30 November 2009

Things You Don't Think About #3: On Pet Food....

Pet food adverts always play up the "it has a flavor" angle, hyping the texture and flavor(s) of the food -- tuna, chicken, meat, what have you.

So... who does the taste testing?

18 November 2009

Things that make you go: Huh?

Okay, I'm in a severely altered mind-state right now, so please disregard typos and weirder than normal shit.

I had a brilliant thought on the nature of the human uterus and how it's meant to carry (ideally) one fetus to term per pregnancy. And sometimes stuff happens and you end up with twins, rite? Well for each additional fetus in the uterus there is less and less available to them from momma's resources. The human uterus is simply not meant for birthing litters.

And then I thought, but they do breed litters -- they just do it one cub at a time.

Youa's litter of four is going to have another cub to play with in ~6 moons.

As for me, no, I will not be plopping out cubs AT ALL because I'm not mother material.

Honestly, I dislike most cubs: they're loud, obnoxious, and move WAY TOO FAST for my comfort. At teh same time, I absolutely WILL NOT ALLOW ANY CUB -- related to me or not -- to come to harm. This is one of the huge NONO-s of the Church of Satan: WE DO NOT CONDONE the hurting or killing of children and small animals. (So, no, no squicky sacrifices going on.)

I guess I could cub-sit when they're a bit older, though.

Unfortunately, not many (even within my own family) would be willing to leave a Satanist watch over the cubs.

*sad* But at least I can get in on a cuddle puddle with my favorite cubs every once in a while.




13 November 2009

Things You Don't Think About #2: When your parents compare you to Sesame Street characters, they might have a point.

I remember, at various times and ages, in my childhood, being compared to Oscar the Grouch.

Today, I heard Sesame Street mentioned a few times (40th anniversary or something), and that got me thinking about a Sesame Street Persona quiz, and how I was going to make one (if someone hadn't already).

Well, one was made over at OKCupid

And, surprise, surprise, I am:

Your result for The Your SESAME STREET Persona Test...

Oscar the Grouch

You scored 33% Organization, 53% abstract, and 31% extroverted!

This test measured 3 variables.

First, this test measured how organized you are. Some muppets like Cookie Monster make big messes, while others like Bert are quite anal about things being clean.

Second, this test measured if you prefer a concrete or an abstract viewpoint. For the purposes of this test, concrete people are considered to gravitate more to mathematical and logical approaches, whereas abstract people are more the dreamers and artistic type.

Third, this test measured if you are more of an introvert or an extrovert. By definition, an introvert concentrates more on herself and an extrovert focuses more on others. In this test an introvert was somebody that either tends to spend more time alone or thinks more about herself.

You are more sloppy, both concrete and abstract, and more introverted.

Here is why are you Oscar the Grouch.

You are both sloppy. You might not always know where everything you need is. Perhaps you don't even care. You don't live in a trash can though.

You both can be concrete or abstract thinkers. Oscar's vision of life is very dreamy in an unusual way. His greatest pleasure is being unhappy, but the act of being unhappy makes him happy... which is exactly what he doesn't want. That's quite abstract. You have a good balance in your life. You know when to be logical at times, but you also aren't afraid to explore your dreams and desires within limits.

You are both quite introverted. For whatever reason you are uncomfortable in social settings. You probably have one or two people that you are close with. You'd rather do things by yourself and you dislike working in groups. Oscar hates it when people bug him.

Take The Your SESAME STREET Persona Test at OkCupid

08 November 2009

"Because She Needed It"

I just read an excellent, if disturbing, article over at Box Turtle Bulletin -- "Because She Needed It"

In short, a man was fired for harassing a fellow employee, who happens to be a lesbian, over her mentioning her engagement (and upcoming marriage) to her partner.

He told her that her lifestyle* is "deviant", among other things.

The irony, the sick twist in this, is that he was in charge of making sure the company's non-discrimination policy was upheld.

So the company fires him for, basically, being a dick towards his co-worker. And now he's claiming he was fired because, get this, he's a Christian, and "she needed to hear that her 'lifestyle' is 'deviant' and 'sinful'." *snicker*

I don't understand this.

Why did she "need" to hear that she's "deviant"? Or that she's a "sinner"? Or any of the ever-growing number of insults and slurs often used against LGBTs?

Why couldn't he just be happy for her, congratulate her on her engagement, and move on?

Why did he feel compelled to insult and belittle her, over something so trivial as who she was marrying?

For that matter, why do Christians feel the need to constantly (over)share their religion?

This is America. You can't sneeze without hitting a Bible. We've ALL heard the spiel already -- Son of gawd, died fer yer sins, repent, DELIVERANCE! -- and for those of us who've rejected it in favor of other religions, or for no religion at all, it gets old. Fast.

No other religion pushes as hard as Christianity. Sure, you'll sometimes see Hare Krishnas, or what have you, but 99% of the time, when you get proselytized at, it's some flavor of Christianity. (Most likely Evangelical, Mormon, or JW. They can be fun to play with.) I've never been approached by a Muslim and asked if I've found Allah. Never had a Jew try to convert me to Judaism. Never met a pagan or witch of any flavor (or either Path) who tried to recruit me. The few Satanists I know (online)... no pressure there.

But Christians! Ah! No, they HAVE to make everything about Christ. Most Christians are cool, really, but I seem to run into mostly the pushy obnoxious fundamentalist types. I've been told (with a straight face, no less) that "GOD will give you new legs." (I distinctly remember being too stunned to make a witty reply.) I've been told that my disability is a result of sin -- mine, my parents', my birth-parents', my grandparents' (both real and, uh, genetic). The hell is this shit?

I, uh, I should get back to what I was saying before I went on a tangent/rant, there.

So, yeah, Christian douchebag is fired for being a bigoted dick. Files a lawsuit. Claims that his lesbian co-worker "needed" to hear that her "lifestyle" is "deviant", and that he was fired over his religion. For fuck's sake, he's the goddamn MANAGER IN CHARGE OF ENFORCING THE COMPANY ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY! You think he'd have KNOWN that he was breaking the rules. Of course, he's a Christian, so he gets a free pass on obnoxious, annoying, and even illegal behavior.... *eyeroll* He's "not perfect, just forgiven."

Overhearing normal conversations about his co-worker's upcoming wedding is somehow "forcing" her "homosexual lifestyle" "down his throat."

But when he deliberately seeks her out and goes all Jesus-junkie, calls her a "deviant", and so on, it's just "sharing the good news."

Can someone PLEASE explain this godawful hypocrisy to me?

The other thing I wanted to riff on, here, was the title. "Because she needed it." Those are four words that I don't ever want to hear again. It's nothing more than an idiotic deflect-the-blame dick move. Every abuser has used it. "I hit her because she needed hitting." Yeah. It was a trigger. I did a *shudder-twitch-gag* when I read it.

Nobody needs to be abused. Verbally, emotionally, mentally, or physically. What this man did was not only against company policy, but it was abuse. The company was right to fire him, and I think charges should be brought against this asshole.

Religion is NOT an excuse (or free pass) for bigotry, hate, or abuse, and I'm tired of seeing it used as such.

* There is no such thing as a "homosexual lifestyle". It's not a choice. And it certainly isn't "deviant".

02 November 2009

What. The. Fuck.

Girl, 11, Gives Birth On Wedding Day

Read the article.

Go on, read it. I'll still be here when you're done.

Give it a minute to sink in.

Then you'll understand why my reaction went something like this:

What the fuck?



With a 19 YEAR OLD?!

And she had a BABY?

Quite possibly the most disturbing part of the article is where she said that she "has a new toy."





Sometimes I hate humanity.