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Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 170)

Humankind’s ability to destroy increases in direct relation to humankind’s ability to create/improve/advance.

That is why all science/invention/advancement must be taken with a grain of salt; all possible uses for anything new should be examined, evaluated, and prepared for with the best interests of humankind at heart and as the first priority.

Exhibit A: Atomic power.
Exhibit B: Advanced technology.
Exhibit C: Make up one of your own, you know you want to.

This is probably stating the obvious for most people, but…just sayin’.

Adopt Don’t Shop

I’ve seen some posts about how this is a “deceptive” slogan and “misleading”.

BULLSH1T.

Of COURSE dog breeders are gonna say that. I mean, COME ON.

FACT ONE: Purebred dogs are wanted by a LOT of people. Very few, if any, will ever be put to sleep.

FACT TWO: LOTS and LOTS of dogs and cats in shelters around the U.S. WILL be put to sleep if they aren’t adopted.

FACT THREE: EVEN IF a particular dog or cat is not put to sleep, think about this: since purebreds are pretty much guaranteed a home, if people didn’t adopt these non-purebreds, exactly how would they find a home? They wouldn’t. They would live in a cage without a pet owner to love and take care of them.

So…to anyone who hates “Adopt Don’t Shop”…I think D. Vinyard said it best: “…get your head out of your a$$”.

10/19/16: It’s sad when the best propaganda that anti “Adopt Don’t Shop” people can come up with is that it’s all an “agenda” by “extreme animal rights activists” to eventually have all dogs “freed”, to roam the streets.

Fck, I mean Trump can come up with better BS propaganda than that.

Look up the word “outlier”.

Are there people out there that want all breeders outlawed, all animals freed, cows no longer viciously milked, mice free to explore career opportunities, mosquitoes saved from horrible hunters that kill them for their wings (which can fetch up to .8 of a penny)?

Sure. There are outliers to EVERY cause, EVERY movement, EVERY position. EVERYTHING in the WORLD that can possibly be subjective in ANY WAY has outliers. That’s what they are: outliers.

The VAST majority of people who urge people to adopt (including me) do NOT believe it is assault to milk a cow, do NOT believe cats and dogs can be converted to vegetarianism, etc…

In the same way, the VAST majority of people who buy purebred dogs do NOT believe there is a “conspiracy” against purebreds, do NOT think that we must defend breeders rights NOW or they will soon be gone!!!

I mean, come on. As is almost ALWAYS the case, the TRUTH lies somewhere in the middle of two extremes.

Are there some good, reputable breeders who love their dogs – and dogs in general – and aren’t evil monsters just in it for the money? OF COURSE.

Are there some good, reputable shelters who love their rescues – and rescues in general – and who exist to help give abandoned animals a second chance? OF COURSE.

I mean, what moron actually believes that puppies are NEVER bought because they’re “cute and little”, and then dropped off at a shelter when they grow into adult dogs? And that these dogs are somehow “defective” because of that? And that these dogs don’t deserve a home as much as ANY OTHER dog?

Oh, and to the people that say dogs are simply “property” (yes, I’ve read at least one rant about that) that’s just not true. NOT TRUE. Period.

See…this pillow I sleep with is property. If I want to, I can punch it, kick it, not give it food or water, dropkick it around the house, eat it, shove it up my a$$…WHATEVER. It’s a FCKEN PILLOW.

Dogs and cats are NOT property in anywhere NEAR the same sense. They are not merely “things”. If you think they are, then by that belief you show you don’t really care about them.

There are LAWS against animal cruelty. FACT. Dogs cannot be forced to fight and kill each other. FACT.

There are no laws against pillow cruelty. Noone will be appalled if I tell them I was really frustrated and so I hit my pillow. Noone will try to stage a pillow intervention to remove it from its abusive environment. Noone will campaign for pillow rights. Noone is insane enough to do this, or believe it will happen.

In conclusion, here’s the middle ground between the two extremes (The “milking cows is the same as raping a human woman” ones and the “all animals are property and anything can be done with them that anyone wants including sadists and Jeffery Dahmer-wannabes):

Not all breeders are bad. Not all shelters are bad.

Research where you’re thinking about getting a pet from. Make sure they treat their pets humanely. Make sure you can care for the pet properly. Make sure you are willing to keep the pet for its lifetime. Make sure that the pet has no behavioral issues that would cause you to return the pet. Make sure you LOVE THE PET.

Any objections?

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 168)

Feeling:

…After you’ve seen something, sort of a “My God…” realization – because in that moment you’re not debating theism or reason – “…my life could be so much worse.” It’s sort of like time freezes; everything that went too slow before is fine, everything that went too fast is fine, everything outside of you and that feeling, basking in it, feeling it slowly drain away with an odd sort of sadness with the relief. And you think about everything that means something; nothing else seems to matter.

It seems so simple.

…what the Hell was that? Hmmm. Oh well, back to life…

“…This is hard rock as the term was understood before metal moved in–the kind of loud, slovenly, tuneful music you think no one will ever work a change on again until the next time it happens, whereupon you wonder why there isn’t loads more. It seems so simple.”

– Robert Christgau on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 165)

It’s the feeling you get over and over; very very rarely, but consistently. You feel it wash over you, you’re awed by it. You wonder how it could possibly be so amazing and achingly beautiful. You wonder how you couldn’t see it before. You know you didn’t; there was a time the feeling was gone, it didn’t exist, but now it was evoked. Sometimes you don’t know why, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Whether you write the most beautiful poem or just sit and marvel at what it is to feel, and think, or say, “wow”…it is what matters in that moment, and that moment is pure beauty. And you wish so strongly that it didn’t have to fade, because you know it will. And you wish so strongly it would go away, because you’re too weak and awed to handle both its power and its loss. And then, slowly, it’s gone. And you go about your life; sometimes wistful, sometimes forgetting altogether, for months, years…but it always comes back. And that is worth living for.

I wonder how I’ll feel about this tomorrow?

I’m so glad I got to type this, that it came to me and I was able to let it out, using the best words I knew to capture the feelings.

If you’re ever lost, think about this.

Apology, Explanation, And Onward

I apologize for the delay in Grimmsy Grimmling, it was due to me being a selfish, insensitive, self-centered a$$hole.

I’m trying not to be any of those things now, or in the future, especially for people who absolutely don’t deserve it, and MOST ESPECIALLY for Dave and Jet – the two best friends I’ve ever had or could ever have.

I love you both, and I echo the sentiment of the following clip from the character of Carlito (towards two people INFINITELY more worthy of it than his target).

2:37-3:00

You’re the family I choose (gender irrelevant in the following quote):

“Hey! Kleinfeld is my brother. Look at me! He’s my brother.”

Interpretation (Noun)

Nuance. Subtlety. Empathy. Sarcasm. Irony.

There are many different ways to communicate other than 1+1=2; which is what dogmatic following of language “rules” is.

There are many words that are REAL WORDS (as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary) today ONLY BECAUSE people used them INCORRECTLY as SLANG often enough.

In the same sense, dogmatic following of science “rules” serves one purpose: keep everything safe, orderly, unchallenging.

Protect the weak minds who are incapable of creative intellectual thought by establishing “rules” to be learned that are, once memorized, as easily fallen back on as 1+1=2.

Mediocre scientists follow; great/innovative/REAL scientists lead.

And, while I’ll admit that a lot of what he said was horsesh1t…
1) A lot wasn’t AND, more importantly;
2) He was not ALWAYS intending to state everything as a dry, formal recitation of facts.

“Do not be misled by the fact that today hardly anyone gets killed for joining a scientific heresy. This has nothing to do with science. It has something to do with the general quality of our civilization. Heretics in science are still made to suffer from the most severe sanctions this relatively tolerant civilization has to offer.”

“Most scientists today are devoid of ideas, full of fear, intent on producing some paltry result so that they can add to the flood of inane papers that now constitutes “scientific progress” in many areas.”

– Paul Feyerabend

“Feyerabend attacked science because he recognized—and he was horrified by—its power, its potential to stamp out the diversity of human thought and culture. He objected to scientific certainty for moral and political, rather than for epistemological, reasons.”

If you’re too emotionally stupid to understand nuance, that’s your problem; PLEASE, let’s keep emotional intelligence alive. Once in a while, say something that isn’t PURELY LOGICAL.

Try it.

Do you know one of the reasons more and more people have problems with emotional intelligence, with empathy?

Because it is not encouraged…because it’s not “logical”.

Which is a travesty and a load of sh1t.

Stay human, people.

KEEP THIS ALIVE:

“…it doesn’t quite ring true.”

“There are no ‘superior facilities’; he knows that. But that’s not the point.”

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 158)

I can only assume that the CA/A’s trying to hack into my website disagree strongly with the following:

…Rationalism… is a secularized form of the belief in the power of the word of God…”

“…The separation of state and church must be complemented by the separation of state and science, that most recent, most aggressive, and most dogmatic religious institution…”

“…Unanimity of opinion may be fitting for a church, for the frightened or greedy victims of some (ancient, or modern) myth, or for the weak and willing followers of some tyrant. Variety of opinion is necessary for objective knowledge. And a method that encourages variety is also the only method that is comparable with a humanitarian outlook…”

Paul Feyerabend, ‘Against Method’

‘Hagakure’ and ‘Against Method’: two invaluable reads.

Some things in each may contradict the other. Hopefully, that is.

Supporting/Reviewing Indie Comics

I’ve reviewed very few indie musicians/movies/artists.

This is not because I don’t want to.

Nor is it because I don’t think they’re worth it.

The main reason I have not reviewed many indie artists (music, movies, etc) is that indie artists are inherently harder to find.

The co-main reason is that VERY few indie artists – given the opportunity – have expressed ANY interest in me reviewing their work.

And in terms of “supporting” new/indie artists…how the fck can I support something when I haven’t even seen it?

It’s just as possible that the person behind an indie is a greedy sonofab1tch as a mainstream. It’s just as possible they’re just in it for the money (TRYING to get the money, that is…churning out stuff they know is sh1t but they ALSO know is generally popular): hoping to make money off a name, get signed by a mainstream, pander to a market, etc…

Being indie doesn’t make you noble. Just like being “mainstream” doesn’t make you ignoble. One thing has nothing to do with the other.

So, after babbling a bit, I AM TOTALLY WILLING to review movies/music/comics/any other form of art I find interesting, REGARDLESS of who it’s from/how popular it is/if it’s indie or mainstream/etc, etc etc…

The PROBLEM is:

I don’t support something just BECAUSE it’s indie.
I’m not going to say “Hey, check out X!” just BECAUSE they’re indie and ask me for a plug. I’m not, sorry.

If someone ASKS me to review something/support them, I’ll do what I think ANY critic (and I am, albeit an unprofessional one) SHOULD do:

I’ll look briefly at the subject. If I know I’m gonna hate it, I’ll decline…because I DON’T GIVE FREE PUBLICITY. I *PAY* for this site. I make NOTHING from it. I never have, I never will.

Only the most blithering of idiots couldn’t see why saying “Sure, I’ll pay money to view/listen to something I know I’ll hate so I can give you free publicity” is RIGHT OUT.

HOWEVER…

If I think I MIGHT like it, I will almost certainly agree to watch/listen to it, and review it. I’m not gonna PAY to do this, of course. Just like I don’t get paid TO DO it.

And my review will come after watching/listening to THE WHOLE THING. Critical integrity, you know.

And my review will have nothing to do with how nice you are…you have to separate the artist and the art.
Critical integrity, you know.

So, basically, I am a means of gaining free publicity. Even a bad review is a review.

The problem is…while *I* am quite willing to do this, VERY FEW people are willing to agree to this. They want a free plug, or a guarantee that I’ll review it positively, etc…and I don’t do that.

Why? Same reason you (hopefully) don’t sell out the first chance you get: artistic integrity.

My reviews are art. Perhaps not very GOOD art, but art, in my opinion. Putting aside the fact that if I gave EVERYTHING a positive review, NOONE would care about my reviews, EVER…I just personally, myself, don’t want to. I want to be – as every artist should – genuine.

SO…if you want YOUR art reviewed – be it a short film, a comic, an article, a poem, WHATEVER…all you have to do is ask. And the worst I will do is say no.

And to close, of course, two quotes:

“…The only thing that matters is what actually winds up on the big screen, not how you got it there. You could make a cartoon in crayons about a red square that falls in unrequited love with a blue circle, and there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house if you know how to tell a story…”

“…You never want to lie to your audience… you can trick them, you can disturb them, you can annoy them, but you can never lie to them. To me commercials are nothing but lies.”

I consider honesty one of my virtues.

Rotting Point

“Anti-theist Central”

Just saw their ad on Facebook.

Wow…Chris Hitch looked…really happy, huh?

I think he proves (well, proved) that the following is correct:

“…For is it not possible that science as we know it today, or a “search for the truth” in the style of traditional philosophy, will create a monster? Is it not possible that an objective approach that frowns upon personal connections between the entities examined will harm people, turn them into miserable, unfriendly, self-righteous mechanisms without charm or humour? “Is it not possible,” asks Kierkegaard, “that my activity as an objective [or critico-rational] observer of nature will weaken my strength as a human being?” I suspect the answer to many of these questions is affirmative…”

Thank you, https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Paul_Karl_Feyerabend

CounterPoint

OK, so I’ve taken some slack for defending freedom of religion and putting down fervent CA/A’s…but here, something I just saw that is at least as ridiculous as anything a CA/A has ever said (I know!):

On Facebook, a “Suggested Group” for me (???) with a picture of Obama with a moustache made to look like Hitler (????) and the name “Atheism – A Pathway To Extreme Ideology” (?????)

I think this is the only proper reaction to that, besides the far too obvious ‘Billy Madison’ quote:

(1:45-1:50)

FAIR USE: CRITICISM – A great reaction to something utterly absurd.

Oh btw, if any CA/A thinks this is my suck-up attempt cuz you’re bangin’ away at my site: Go fck yourself. Thank you.

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 155)

Ah, praise Jesus for the “Reason Rally”:

Dick Dawk advocates intellectual assault, Penn Jillette talks at length about truth as climate change DOES NOT OCCUR!!!

(SATIRE…SATIRE…SATIRE…)

“The withdrawal of philosophy into a “professional” shell of its own has had disastrous consequences. The younger generation of physicists…may be very bright; they may be more intelligent than their predecessors, than Bohr, Einstein, Schrödinger, Boltzmann, Mach and so on. But they are uncivilized savages, they lack in philosophical depth – and this is the fault of the very same idea of professionalism which you are now defending.” – Paul Feyerabend

“Holes In the Foam
Yet, it seems to bother a goober like you enough to have to comment ad nauseum about it with absolutely ridiculous drivel. Funny how that is. Shut the fck up loser. :D” (edited for naughtiness)

Your “yet” has no basis, since in my extreme mockery of the pointless waste of time that is the Redundancy Rally I am quite clearly trying to show how incredibly stupid and pointless it is. “have” is used improperly, I LIKE pointing out horsesh1t. I know you have no actual basis for saying “absolutely ridiculous drivel”, so I’ll NOT ask “what do you mean by…”
etc, cuz who gives a fck anyways, who the Hell are you you attention whore. Ummm…to finish, no, it’s not funny in a funny sense or in an ironic sense. But to finish, my two favorites before I post this and your best twaddle on my website (TOP OF THE WORLD!!!): 1) You using the phrase “ad nauseum” of course INSTANTLY makes your opinion, whatever it may be, correct, and anyone else’s incorrect. 2) Well yeah, I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you kill me? *Dundun DIN dunDIN…*… and so on, and so on…

Jesus H. Christ!

It’s so great that, like…there are so many weaknesses you probe for…
so many you’re accustomed to, so many you have so many pre-programmed scripts for, etc…but I have ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THEM. I mean…you’ve got nothing. I…think I just might orgasm. Maybe that’s because of Hitchens though. No, wait…there is ABSOLUTELY no necrophilia in the British Navy. Absolutely none. And when I say none, I mean there is a certain amount.

And I close, of course, with a quote from The Three Stooges:
“You too, rain-in-the-face” – Moe Howard

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 154)

I truly believe that the reason he doesn’t write more commercial music is that he simply doesn’t want to; he’s creating, he’s expressing.

He’s not selling.

And he’s a brilliant lyricist, at least at times.

“A dreamer of pictures, I run in the night…
you see us together, chasing the moonlight…”
– Neil Young, “Cinnamon Girl”

The Quasi-Intellectual And Conversational Latin – An Unhealthy Symbiosis

Regarding a previous post regarding those that insert random Latin and/or random “scientific” into their conversations (written or spoken), I believe the obvious parallel (and reaction) come courtesy of Diane Chambers and momma Crane.

(First, a bonus! From the same episode, some pseudo-intellectual analysis!)

“The primary symptom of postprandial trauma is the blurring of the metatarsals…”

(Frasier’s Mom) “…I wanted to save you from ruining what could be a brilliant career. I just can’t stand the picture of you being married to a pseudo-intellectual barmaid. No offense intended.

(Diane) None taken. C ne fit rien…”

And, of course, one eventually comes to terms with it, albeit grudgingly:

“I never understood your spider collection either, but I grew to accept that.”

Or does one?

(Frasier’s Mom) “I understand you used to date that woman. I want to know how much you’d charge to start things up again.”
(Sam) “You don’t have enough money.”
(FM) “How would you know?”
(Sam) “There isn’t enough money.”
(FM) “I know what you mean.”
(Sam) “I don’t think you do.”
(FM) “I think I do.”
(Sam) “Oh, no…”
(FM) “Oh, yes…”
(Sam) “OH, no…”

Un Scene De Diane Chambers

FIN

My apologies to the fictional character of Diane Chambers for lumping her in with this grouping, but it’s for a good cause. I actually LIKE the character of Diane Chambers because – while she may be somewhat pretentious – she is, at heart, a truly caring person. Very noble indeed.

And, bonus…Diane and Woody talk about an antitheist’s manifesto and a normal person’s reaction to it, Diane having praised the manifesto: (JOKE)

“No, he tossed it in the thresher.”

Thank you Cheers, episode ‘Diane Meets Mom’.

DDOS FAQ (Part One)

To save some of you the time you appear to be taking:

Q: If I’m blocked for doing/attempting to do anything at all naughty to the website, how long will it be before I become un-blocked?

A: Hmmm…well, assuming I live another 40-45 years, whoever inherits this site might lift the ban…then again they may not. So let’s go with 40-45 years…but I can’t GUARANTEE that.

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 152)

From My Review Of ‘Babe’

I can’t resist a wry smile when two groups are presented, both of whose opinions are narrated with complete neutrality, both of whom prove to be wrong. It’s an obvious reference to “ism”‘s of any kind (Sex, Race, Etc…) as being, above all else, stupid. It’s quite clever and, to quote a wise (fictional) being – “I do, in fact, agree with it.”

And then…

“You know, I don’t know what y’all believe and I don’t really care.” – Bill Hicks

Regarding…

Assuming this person – who I was in contact with, but am not now – actually gave a fck about me, and I wasn’t simply a curiosity; an amusing toy to play with and then throw away…a final, vaguely regretful message:

“Honors English, (X) was a BRILLIANT student…like you. But (X) hung out with simple-minded fools…also, like you.”

“…(X) you are too d@mn smart to be floating around here pretending you don’t see all the holes in this bullsh1t…”

“…I’m tired of feelin’ pissed off. I’m just tired of it.”

Deep Puppy Thoughts (Part 151)

It’s absurd…I mean, there are people that will refuse to watch/listen to BRILLIANT works of art SIMPLY BECAUSE they have religious references/connotations. Come on, man…

A short list of songs we’d never hear again if extreme antitheism won:

“Dream On”
“Stairway To Heaven”
“Hotel California”
“Sweet Home Alabama”
“Baba O’Riley”
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”
“Like A Rolling Stone”
“Gimme Shelter”
“House Of The Rising Sun”
“My Sweet Lord”

Three quotes to end:

“I mean I really don’t give a fck whether it’s about religion or not. I don’t give a fck what their belief is, or is not. All I care about is: is this something I enjoy listening to, for musical and/or lyrical reasons? As for the rest…who gives a fck? If your hatred of religion is so extreme and invasive that you can’t enjoy GREAT music because of it, that’s your loss; and you’re an idiot if you can’t see that.” – Me

“Here’s the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don’t find it anywhere else. Songs like ‘Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain’ or ‘I Saw the Light’ – that’s my religion. I don’t adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I’ve learned more from the songs than I’ve learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs.” – Bob Dylan

“Rock ‘n’ roll is everybody’s f—-n’ music…I think that’s where God and the devil shake hands – right there.” – Neil Young