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A personal Rant From My Inner Atheist

It's fast becoming a need of mammoth proportions to stand against religions as antiquated belief systems with no redeeming features. Moreover, religious belief is an immature explanation for what science now reveals as fact without superstition, morality without coercion, and love without the need to appeal to, or appease a god. How many lives will the religious sacrifice on the altar of their ignorance? How many beating hearts will the priests of burden rip from the bodies of the innocent

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Looking Back at the Future

So I'm having a pessimist moment: We're living in some kind of culture warp where politicians are intent on reversing all the gains made since The Enlightenment. It's not that we are moving in reverse as much as we have turned our back to the future and are walking (sometimes it seems like we are running) backwards, into a future with no idea that we're going to fall over a cliff grasping at the thin air of cartoon-like superstitions. Then when we hit the road at the base of the cliff we get ru

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Our New Cat...The Continuing Saga

Following my blog post of 10th March 2014 Sweet, yeah, right. I've never seen such aggression in a household cat. I can only think that he was taken from his mother too soon. (I had a boyfriend that was taken from his mother too soon, when I was 18, but his problem was that he didn't know that my boyfriends don't entertain the local harlots (female) in the woodshed.) Psycho the cat continued on his journey of training for the remake of the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, slashing a

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The Taxi Driver and the Doctor

The Doctor So, I haven't been making many comments in this here Blogging thingy, mainly because of all the issues we had organising our finances and preparing for our dementia which will hopefully be delayed by all the supplements and vitamins I take. I showed the doctor all my pills and powders, and gave him the print outs of all the websites that proclaim longevity if you take this and don't eat that. He perused the documents with what I suspect was related to Pecman's speed reading faculty

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Naming Our New Cat

My de facto partner, (that's how the Australian Government regards my relationship with my boyfriend of over 40 years) and I have been lucky enough to share our home with a number of cats. All have lived happily with us for 16 - 20 years without any real traumas, until they died. I won't go into the heart-wrenching details of the death of our beloved cats except to say that I doubt they could have been happier, whilst they lived. I digress for a moment to describe how we recently overcame our f

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A Memory of a Pronoun Lesson

My second year high school physics teacher was a popular young man of around 23 years old. He enjoyed a joke or two and made the lessons memorable, if not fun. When a teacher was called to an away mission, usually a phone call, it was, in those days, customary for the class cabal to appoint one of their members to keep watch at the door for the teachers return. This permitted the rest of the class the freedom to enjoy a chalk fight, or as often happened, a competition to see who could enginee

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Blown Away

G'day, Forecasts for Adelaide include gale force winds of 100 kph (64 mph) or more, and continuing intermittently for the next week. It's not unusual for this time of the year but I thought I should warn y'all in case you thought we were enjoying the blow job.

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Wait, There's More!

In time I may get around to describing how we have overcome the horrors of the last 4 years. Suffice it to say, for now, that my lover and I have been able to reduce our mortgage repayments to next to nothing by subdividing the land on which our house stands. We keep our house and have a smaller mortgage and back yard to look after. Hooray! If I said that we had to survive on the smell of an oily rag with no surplus for the niceties of life, let alone the occasional treat, I would not be lying

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Y 'Management"?

Do I need to tell you what I am going to do with this, even though it means I will become destitute...again? Y ‘Management’? What exactly is the problem with the current generation of management? They go out of their way to call in experienced staff and then seemingly setting them up to belittle them, and their experience. Having now lived with this new management style in a number of different situations, I am absolutely fed up with management's incompetence and disrespect. It seems like man

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My new short story

Drum roll please... I take great pleasure in announcing my newest short story, The Policeman's Birthday Cake I haven't written a story for a while, so I hope you enjoy it.

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Is 'Gay' a Religion

My latest article is here. It contains my version of a very old (legendary) story about a youth's search for meaning. Is 'Gay' a Religion.

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Holy Wars and Equality

I was reading about some of the horrors that are happening around the world...always a lovely way to pass the hours ...when it occurred to me that the religious right and their conservative cohorts are not all that friendly to LGBTQ people. But it doesn't stop with them. Various regimes are imposing anti-gay legislation in many different forms, all around the world. The familiar suspects, who deny the rights of LGBTQ people, can be thought of as waging a war against more than LGBTQ people. Th

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Old or New, Inspired or Remembered?

I wonder how much of what we write is truly original? I read a poem by bi_janus today, just now in fact, and I allowed my mind to go blank. This is not a difficult feat for me, unless I think with my feet. Anyway back to bi_janus' poem, which you can read here, Original Face Instruction Manual for Worrywarts I confess the title seemed to not do the poem justice, but it works if you think about your original face. The poem gave me pause for thought, and I was put into the frame of mind that us

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Parents - Three of Each

Parents - Three of Each A humorous introspection by Desmond Rutherford © 2012 I’ve been asked for a short version of little Dessie's early years of parental influences. It all seemed to me, even back then, to be rather ordinary really, but in reality my early years were a minefield of historical precedents setting our cultural taboos and traps. How's that for an opening sentence? Okay, don't get excited, here are the details. Most of the time my mother and her sister suffered from the mala

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About me coming out.

I found a site that I am worried about called When I Came Out. This site is a place inviting people to submit their story, in five sentences or less, which describes their coming out. Sounds good? Don't get excited. The site conditions state that they reserve the right to refuse posting a story. Okay that's fair enough. However they also state they will edit the story for length or grammar. It's only five sentences, how short do they want it to be? What really annoys me is that they claim th

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My Life in a Rocky Horror Picture Show

For 50 years my working life has been involved with motion pictures...on film. It is therefore not without some sense of nostalgia that I saw the headlines about Kodak filing for bankruptcy. I knew when I came out of retirement late last year that the cinema I am working at would succumb to the deadline, in about 18 months, when all new movies will only be available for digital projection - no more movies on film. From what I can see all cinemas including large screen format theatres will be d

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My Teenage Missing Link

Like old people tend to do, I was recently aware of reminiscing about my early teenage years; in particular about my school days, and specifically, my high school nickname, 'De-link'. Now you might actually think you can work out how I was given this name, but I'm willing to bet you'd never get it right. As fate (and my poor study habits) would have it, I had to repeat my second of year high school. I was pissed, to say the least; another year of being bullied and tormented by both teachers an

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Rewards of Despair

Okay there are several threads where I might post this op-ed with some degree of being relevant and not off topic, but Ive decided that here might be as good as anywhere. Just be warned I'm in a philosophical mood. As always, feel free to comment. Rewards of Despair © 2011 by Desmond Rutherford The circumstances of one's life are often overlooked as being a significant contributing factor for creative work, and yet adverse conditions might be used to dismiss the opportunity to create. Tryin

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Coming Out At Thanksgiving

My dysfunctional family would have been difficult to come out to. They all died before the modern era of liberation, but the real problem would have been, when to tell them. Let's say I chose a celebration like Christmas dinner. (We don't have thanksgiving here in Australia, but we have 'turkeys' in every family) Anyway getting back to when to tell my family. First I would have to wait until I could get them altogether. Dad would have had to be in town which wasn't all that often, so step-fat

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Just what has happened to me?

Where have I been? Friends, despite rumours to the contrary, I haven't been ill, dead, or ignoring you all. Our video store has been in decline for several months and that has left us with many troubles which have demanded most of my time. We finally closed the store at the end of February. Renting DVDs has become too difficult in a small town like ours, especially when you consider that 70% of discs are returned with scratches, dried pizza and greasy etchings from fingers. I suspect some pe

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Why Dildo?

Timmy at, 'A Place Of Safety' recently posted this ad for making a dildo of yourself, and then asked why? So I replied thus: I can think of four reasons, Timmy. 1. It allows the individual to experience what others experience when he is topping them. 2. It would make a nice conversation piece on the coffee table. At least it would alert the overnight guest as to what he is in for, as well as letting your visiting parents know how much you have matured. 3. As a parting gift to one

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Mixing Sexuality and Music With Pride

Should I use my blog to tell you of something I am proud? (inner Voice:) No, no, that would seem like bragging. (other inner voice:) Do it, do it, yes tell everyone what you did. Perhaps it would be wrong of me, but damn it, it's my blog and I'll brag if I want to. (inner voice:) don't say 'brag.' What should I say then? (other inner voice:) tell them you want to ....pst, pst whisper whisper Okay so I want to share the following little story with you all. In effort to be in the face of a

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Time and Sex

How long does it take to achieve orgasm? This was discussed at Joe My God, and I thought I should share my answer with you here in my blog. Under 25: From slack to spit in 60 seconds. After 40: Use it or lose it. Make sure you have at least 3 orgasms a week. (with or without a partner.) If you do this then you should be able to have an orgasm once or twice a week after 60. Chinese herbs can assist the elderly and are safer than Viagra in my opinion. (You don't need them when you are younger

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Creation: a movie review

Creation: a movie review by DesDownunder Creation, directed by Jon Amiel and starring Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin, with cinematography by Jesse Hall, is an outstanding movie made with great attention to detail, both in the personal life of Darwin and his family, as well as insight into the times in which they lived. The past limitations of writing, medicine and belief, the remains of which are for some of us, barely a lifetime ago, are carefully, brutally but honestly, and sensitively visit

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