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Schroedinger’s Website(s)

There are days I am afraid to look at various iterations of blog attempts because if I open that box I’ll learn that the site(s) are dead. I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing with this one either.

But, moreso, I’m really not sure what I’m doing with what is/was at security.cluebat.ca. At one point I thought I’d actually have interest in blogging about infosec /stuff/. Then I discovered that I didn’t, or at least couldn’t talk about enough stuff that I do that’d make the blog interesting to even me.

But hey, a feed aggregator would be useful right?

No.

Still boring.

So now I am just thinking there is no reason to separate various interests, or various facets of me, into various sites. Seriously, why the hell should I? Initially, some goofy attempt to carve out spaces with different behaviours.

Anyway… cogitating.

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Donate to help Japan

US (How To Donate Money By Cellphone To Japan Quake Victims)

  • To donate to American Red Cross Relief, text REDCROSSto 90999
  • To donate to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization that does community outreach and disaster response, text TSUNAMIto 50555
  • To donate to GlobalGiving, which focuses on “grassroots projects in the developing world,” text JAPAN to 50555
  • To donate to World Relief Corp., the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555

Canada (Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami)

  • Donating online
  • Calling 1-800-418-1111
  • By texting the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5*
  • By contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

One quick additional note: I am not advocating donating to “faith-based” organizations. I am advocating helping Japan, but would just as soon see the money go to a secular organization that isn’t going to try capitalizing on the tragedy to increase their number of worshippers. Still, better to help than not.

(a)theists don’t own this time of year

Once more into the breach…

I’m not inclined, for once, to meet Rant with Rant. That said, I am inclined to comment because I think there is a need for reasonable discussion about that must NEVER be a taboo subject. Let’s start with a little textbite:

and told me she was an Atheist. Blah blah blah. She can’t take a joke and I couldn’t care less about the rest of the argument. My boyfriend is an Atheist and he doesn’t bitch and moan about people doing their thing during this season, he was brought up with religion in his life and endured education in the Catholic school system as an atheist. I have nothing against religion or atheism. I poke fun at it from time to time (and I also poke fun at myself), but I totally understand why people don’t believe in anything. Some people just can’t. I thought I was into atheism for the longest time until I realized what it was really all about, it didn’t quite fit the description of how I felt.

– BOOHOO: Whiney Atheist Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas

An image on the blog post hits at the same point too, a misconception that Atheism is a “belief in nothing”. Hardly. the literal meaning of the word, care of how English works, is basically a belief that there are no gods (or a God). Google helps with some definitions and sources thereof: define:atheism

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The Disney-esque Ethics of Dietary Lifestyle

Wow, that post title really sucks. I’m not sure how else to capture what I’m trying to get across though. I’ve taken to refer to the belief that somehow eating meat is Evil and eating plants is Good as “Disney ethics”. You know what I’m talking about. Childrens’ programming is the worst for this, and I’m including classic cartoons in that category. Have you noticed how the cat, fox, wolf, carnivorous dinosaur, and other meat-eating creatures are almost always the bad guys? That is certainly true of Disney stuff. Has the constant barrage of entertainment media, “health” programming, and various other sources convinced you that somehow eating meat is unethical?

If so, congrats; you’ve been suckered by Disney ethics. Read the rest of this page »