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To the folks of CTV, please, please cancel eTalk. It has to be the most pretentious, self absorbed pimp of pop-culture garbage that I've seen this side of the 49th. Please, do Canadian culture a huge favour and send these writers, announcers and hosts to Hollywood where they can wait on tables with the rest of the talentless wannabes.

It was due to drivel like this that convinced me that I needed to cancel my cable subscription and throw out my TV. One of the best decisions I've made in a long time.

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Ok, cutting and pasting something from another website is lame, but I was totally blown away by this and needed to put it somewhere.

Posted by "Rashers101" on http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1947245,00.html

November 14, 2006 1:20 AM

I evade my personal responsibility for the things I choose to do. I blame the government, the oil companies, George Bush, the economy, the wealthy and anybody else I can think of for the destruction that my lifestyle causes.

I put my comfort, my convienence and my conformity ahead of the lives and livlihoods of thousands of future generations, and I try not to think too much about my daily contribution to the destruction of the world that was left to me by thousands of past generations. I put myself far, far ahead of my ancestors and decendents and take from them for the most trivial of reasons.

I ignore the real human pain, suffering and death that my behaviour causes. I turn the page, switch the channel, and change the topic of conversation. I pretend that the science isn't definitive yet, or that there's no point in changing before others do, and I convince myself that 'scientists' will come up with a technological solution that will make my lifestyle and me OK.

I avoid, I deny, I justify and rationalise, I pretend, I project, I squirm and sqeeze and do whatever I can to maintain my concept of myself as a good person while still doing what I do. I evade my moral responsibility a day at a time in the hope that reality will somehow be different tomorrow morning.

I steal from those who live far away from me, and who I do not know because I see their pain as cartoon pain, and not fully real. I casally destroy what future generations will depend upon to live because they have yet to be born and it is only me, and my time and my normalcy that is important.

I am like those who, sixty years ago, did their jobs and lived their normal lives and didn't ask questions about where their jewish neighbours had gone. I am like those who participated in slavery and other atrocities, except that the effects of my crimes will outlast all those others.

And it is OK, because today I am normal, and busy, and have other things on my mind and, if what I do is really so bad so many people wouldn't be doing the same, would they?

But when, in the hours before I die, I think back upon my life and what it has meant, I must do one thing. I must hope and hope and pray and pray that there is nothing beyond life and beyong time and beyond myself, that there is no blance, no karma, no morality and no justice.

Because if there is, and I do what I do, knowing what I know....

Well, lets not think about that.

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A friend of mine gave me some invites to a couple closed torrent sites. Having never done Bit-Torrent before, I figured it would be kinda fun. One of the sites is an all information/documentation site (no warez, pr0n, etc.) and has some *fantastic* material, including some BBC documentaries of my new hero Richard Dawkins. So, after downloading several GB of documentaries (Richard Dawkins' The Root of all Evil, Jonathan Miller's Documentaries The Atheism Tapes and Brian Flemming's The God Who wasn't There), I've now ordered legit copies of some of these to give out.

All of these documentaries are great viewing for folks who doubting religion, or looking for solid arguments of persuasion for their religious friends or who are willing to have their views challenged. For me this was simply preaching to the choir, but I still enjoyed them immensely. With the crazy leader to our south, and our own bible thumping prime minister and minister of public safety, it's nice to know there are some very intelligent, well respected atheists who are getting heard.

I'm thinking of getting copies for my (very religious) relatives. Not sure how well it will go over with them, but at least many of them are probably open-minded enough to watch some of them.


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