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Pop Culture DivaPop Culture

Ok - I am a pop culture junkie. I love Duran Duran - still, I watch reality tv (not all of them - I do have some standards), and I get excited every time there is a new muppet movie coming out. My family wonders why I enjoy lowbrow entertainment, but have come to accept it. Anyway - enjoy..

This section contains my thoughts and opinions and speculations about the things I like and don't like about pop culture.




Naked and Afraid PDF Print E-mail
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Naked and Afraid

What a TV show has taught me about being naked.

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I live in a culture that doesn’t like people to be naked. We all wear clothes and we have “private” areas that are to remain private until you are lucky enough to find someone to share your “private” bits with.

This antipathy towards nakedness has a long history. I have been reading the Bible and being naked is most definitely not considered ok in that book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a naturist. I like my clothes. But I’ve recently started watching a show called Naked and Afraid. In the show, two survivalists, a man and a woman, are thrown into a remote area naked with only one survival tool each. They must fend for themselves against the elements for 21 days before being rescued.
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The Problem is Fear PDF Print E-mail
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The problem is fear

What caused Trayvon Martin’s death? Fear.

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While I didn’t like the verdict of the Zimmerman trial, I think my friend Abraham made a good point. The system failed for all the right reasons. The standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt for a reason.  Regardless, that’s not what I want to talk about here.  What I want to talk about is why Trayvon was killed so that perhaps we can avoid these sorts of things happening in the future.

Zimmerman shot Trayvon because he was afraid. Of that I have no doubt. The question we should be asking isn’t whether he really was afraid. He clearly was.  The real question is SHOULD he have been afraid? And the answer to that question is no. Trayvon wasn’t a criminal; he was a teenager coming home from a junk food run. If Zimmerman had seen a kid trying to get home in the rain instead of a criminal up to no good, things would have turned out differently.

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Zombie Ideas PDF Print E-mail
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Zombie Ideas

What is a zombie idea and why this term needs to enter the general lexicon.

Creationism? Zombie Idea. Debate Invalid

A zombie idea is an idea or myth that won’t die despite all the evidence stacked up against it.  Creationism is a zombie idea. There is no evidence for it, all the evidence points to evolution and yet, 150 years later and we are still arguing about creationism.

In a rational world zombie ideas would die a natural death as soon as it was shown they no longer work or that they are in fact false.

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Creative Junk Email PDF Print E-mail
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Junk Email I like to read

I know it sounds crazy that I would like to read junk email. Because I don’t.  Mostly I just delete it all. However, I did get one piece that was extraordinary. I actually read the entire thing.  I will not include the link to the sales pitch which was cleverly embedded into the story.  And please, don’t send me things like this because most just ends up in my trash folder and if it is not sent there automatically, I send it there myself. 

I am only including it here because I like the creativity of it all.

It's always nice when someone takes the time to be creative

Anyway – here is the email I received.

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More work needs to be done PDF Print E-mail
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More work needs to be done

As a mother and as a Humanist the following statistic is upsetting. We Humanists need to do more!

No child should ever be discarded


According to a study done last year (see: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/07/12/515641/study-40-percent-of-homeless-youth-are-lgbt-family-rejection-is-leading-cause/?mobile=nc) 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and one of the main reasons they are homeless is because their family rejected them!

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The Gibran Fallacy PDF Print E-mail
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What do Aaron Schwartz, Khalil Gibran and Voltaire have in common?

Your expectations color your reality. Having realistic expectations about what life is supposed to be like will save you a lot of grief.

The fallacy is in thinking that you have to stay deeply troubled all the time to be authentic

I hadn’t heard about Aaron Schwartz before he committed suicide. Afterwards, however, I became aware that at least part of the reason he killed himself was because he was being prosecuted for a really silly crime that really didn’t warrant the excessive approach the prosecutor was taking.

However, the recent article in the New Yorker on Aaron provides a really interesting portrait of this young man. (see: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/03/11/130311fa_fact_macfarquhar ) As I read it I realized, part of his problem was that he suffered from what I like to think of as the Gibran fallacy.

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Doubt vs. Certitude PDF Print E-mail
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Doubt vs. Certitude

Why facing reality with doubt is better than religious certitude.

Religious Certitude is Dangerous

I got a tweet from Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church the other day. It was about bullying. My point was that you don’t have to suffer at the hands of a bully. You can do something to get it to stop. You just need to learn what to do and how to do it. Her response was that the only thing that ever works is to obey God.
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Words and Meanings PDF Print E-mail
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"A Boys Praying" by David Castillo DominiciWords and Meanings

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about religious words and their meanings and whether I was offended by them or not.  Specifically, we were talking about blessed. I don’t have a problem with that word because, well, there isn’t really another more secular word that would mean the same thing. 

To me, being blessed isn’t just that you are lucky; it is also that you are grateful for being lucky. There is no supernatural element to this word for me. It is simply easier to say blessed then grateful for being lucky. Blessed encompasses the thought really well in a way no other word does. However, it does carry with it a religious connotation so  I rarely use the word myself, but I understand why other people use it and that they don’t always use it in a religious way. It is just a convenient word that expresses but the luck element and the grateful aspect of their feelings.

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