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  1. I would have loved to have seen you shoot that.

  2. @Ken – Why, so you could see me freeze my cajones off? It was Sofa King cold out there! A guy walked by with his dog–yes, that dog–and said, “it’s not that warm out here!” He was right.

  3. Jason Gendron says: Reply

    ROFL!!! Now I REALLY wish I was there!

  4. You’re a very silly man, you know that.

  5. @Steven – I know you are, but what am I?

  6. I guess I was asking for that.

    Technically, you’re not really supposed to use that retort in that situation. If I had just said “you’re a very silly man”, then yes. But your “I know you are” doesn’t really match my “you know that”.

    …Bah, whatever.

  7. @Ken – For some reason–which I was far too cold to investigate–my timer was stuck at, like, five seconds. So there are a lot of shots of me almost to the binoculars, and almost doing a hand stand. I’m sure it would have been lots of fun for a bystander. ;)

  8. Brent – What do you think of the idea that there shouldn’t be a label for atheists, that it’s the superstitious who should be labeled. For example, we don’t call ourselves non-racists, we simply assume people are sensible enough (there’s the whole problem with this idea) that they’re not racist. We assume people are non-astrologists, non-Osiris believers.

    Okay, okay, so it’s probably too much to expect of America today, but do you think our culture will ever get there, where everyone assumes everyone else is not superstitious?

    1. @Brian – I agree with you. I’d love not to be identified by a negative. I think labels are interesting. I certainly don’t want to be pigeonholed.

      I hope our culture will get there. The signs are positive, methinks. Education is critical.

  9. I think we’ve discussed some of this privately before, Brent… but where I live, when I meet people I generally assume they are atheists unless there are obvious signs otherwise, e.g. we are meeting in church or at a Catholic school or something.

    Now that’s obviously my perspective only, and it turns out that it’s actually erroneous, if you look at the stats – fully three quarters of Australians do consider themselves religious (although in the fashionable inner city areas I frequent it’s surely way less than that).

    And of course, famously, 70,000 Australians recorded their relgion as “Jedi” at census time :-)

    Anyway… from what I can see from here, in your country it seems that politicians feel they must profess their belief in God to ensure broad appeal. Here it is the opposite. It seem to me that it is considered “un-Australian” to talk about your religious beliefs. Most politicians avoid it. Our current PM is a notable exception. He is seen attending church etc. Although he doesn’t crap on about it… and would NEVER admit to going to war (or making any other decision) on the basis of what God told him to do. That would be political suicide. After all, no-one wants a loony at the wheel :-)

    See also:
    Google: Australian politicians religion

  10. @Steve – Great stuff. Thanks for the insightful comment. I hope it will become un-American (and embarrassing) to publicly and proudly express delusions and superstitions.

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