The problem with gods

If you know me, you probably figure that title means I’m about to rant about being an atheist again and, well, that would be a good guess. But this time I’m thinking about gods in fiction and why I think their fictional existence is problematic.

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Pain and the lack of treatment thereof

I’ve had an epic rant on this topic brewing for years, but the CDC’s latest recommendations on the prescribing of opioid painkillers has finally given me the reason I needed to write the darn thing down.

See, here’s the thing: I think this country’s understanding of pain and approach to pain management is a clusterfuck of the highest order. And that’s me putting it nicely.

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Sexual harassment for all

It used to be that when people talked about being sexually harassed, whether it was street harassment or something like fondling or rape, I would keep quiet. Not in the sense of condoning what happened, but in the sense of “well, it’s never happened to me, so I have nothing to contribute.”

Then one day someone mentioned a guy following them around and staring at them and I thought “Oh…wait, that kinda sounds like something that happened to me back in college.” Continue reading

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Unintelligent design of the human body

I’ve long thought that the defeat of intelligent design theory lay not in complicated scientific proofs, but simply in forcing people to actually look at the design that their creator supposedly gave us.

A quick look at the human body shows not a miracle, but rather a kludgey system that barely keeps running at the best of times and breaks down spectacularly at the worst of times. Continue reading

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Vaccine refusers make me scream

Wow. I just watched about half of a video on youtube that was pretty much the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. I’d love to do a thorough fisking, but I’m too busy dealing with the FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.

To give you an idea, the video is titled “Vaccines: Medical Rape or Personal Choice.”

Yeah. ::facepalm:: Y’all can pretty much see this trainwreck coming a mile away, can’t you?

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One parent, two parents, dead parents, oblivious parents: Parents in Power Rangers and Super Sentai

Becoming a parent makes you look at lots of things in a slightly different way. It turns out that for me one of the things I look at differently is parental figures (or lack thereof) in children’s programming.

After watching 10 or so full seasons of Power Rangers (and parts of all the rest) plus 11 seasons of its Japanese predecessor (and footage source) Super Sentai, I found myself thinking about the various parents we meet along the way.

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Thoughts on impostor syndrome

I know I’m hardly the only person in my circle of acquaintances who suffers from an occasional frequent constant bouts of imposter syndrome, so I’ve had it on the brain lately.

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