Peeper Dee #178

farm by biodork

Here’s Peeper Dee # 178.

Seriously, I don’t understand why you’re holding out on your submissions.

Are you stuck on some kind of fear?

If I were to name biodork’s photo above, I would have called it, “Big Farma.”

You know what I’m talking about!

my parents’ anniversary can beat up your parents’ anniversary by  sunny lee
I knead a food stool by J-dub

Aron Ra’s “Faith is not a virtue”

This one is going around. Aron Ra, an atheist whom I really didn’t hear about until somewhat recently, delivered this speech to Eastern Illinois University, 04/19/2012, less than a week after the Global Atheist Convention.

John Loftus posted the video at his blog and pulled out a quote that I’m ripping off of his site because it’s worth reading if you don’t watch the video:

“I was told that faith is trust… I was told I would not step onto an airplane unless I had faith that it would land safely. That doesn’t make sense because I know the plane exists… I know something about the safety ratings for commuting on an aircraft and I know that I can check my sources to find out they should be fairly reliable. But how could I be expected to trust things which can’t be verified and which are told to me by people which, frankly, can’t be trusted? I can’t trust the teacher, the preacher, or even the President, which when I was a boy was Richard Nixon. And maybe that was why I never recognised any authority as being unquestionable and that includes the people who wrote all the world’s religious tomes while claiming divine inspiration from a host of gods who cannot all exist at the same time.

Each of my science books said, “This is why we think this; this is how we figured it out; and this is what we still don’t know.” That I can trust. And it inspires me to contribute. Conversely, religious books claim to already know everything we’ll ever need to know, even thought they never explained everything; and you’re forbidden to question them. Instead, you should believe them without suspicion and simply because they said so (even when they have already been proven wrong). This is why the word ‘confidence man’ describes a criminal swindler. Such people should not be trusted. When is it ever wise to believe someone without question?”

Aron Ra has joined Freethought blogs and you can find it here.

Just in case you’re bored and need something to do …

I figured you might be in need of something to pass a few moments.

Well, check out these photographs that Kenneth O Halloran took of the contestants who competed in the World Irish Dancing Contest in Belfast.

The huge variety of little girls are anything but plain … wearing spray tan which is sometimes self-applied.

About the event:

The all-natural look did not win any prizes this year at the nine-day World Irish Dancing Championships in Belfast. The young girls among the dancers — who came from as far away as China, South Africa, Australia and Canada — applied spray-tanner and wore purple eyeshadow and pink lipstick and sparkly dresses and wigs with long ringlets. As the story goes among dancers, the curly wigs derive from the tradition of Irish girls dressing up for Sunday Mass. ‘‘When they were going to church, they would curl their hair or put a bow in it,’’ says Julie Showalter, who is a co-chairwoman of the North American Nationals, another major competition, which will take place in Chicago in July. ‘‘And afterward they would gather just to be with their friends and family, and they would get up and dance.’’

Julie Bosman

Click here to see the rest.

Gooey!

We finished our morning photo shoot. We’ve gone through the film and I’m going to edit a few images now.

But I wanted to tease you with this shot of a finger full of icing.

Tina had the brilliant idea of bringing out a cupcake for the girls at the end to mess them up with.

Look at how ooey gooey that is.

suburban life

Over the weekend — Pride Weekend — Tina, Talulah and I ventured out to the suburbs for some R&R with our friend whom we stayed with in Hawaii.

Remember them?

There are three kids and Tina’s friend Kim, who has an unbelievable passion for Hawaii and would love to live there fulltime.

Hell, Tina and I would love to live there full time.

We had a great time out in the ‘burbs, though. We ate, swam, hiked around and played games. I let the boys beat me at Xbox basketball and I didn’t let them beat me too badly at a racing game.

They’re a cool family to hang out with. I’ve never really spent time with a family in which the kids had interest in hanging out with the adults. Usually they seem to want to do their own thing.

It was a lot of fun.

This week is going to be busy for Tina and me. We have a lot of catchup to do after so many jobs and then Tina’s aunt passing away.

This morning we have a photo shoot.

I don’t know where I’m going to find more hours in the day!

Facebook kids posting the hits

I don’t remember where the first one below came from. I saw it on Facebook, though. How neat.

The second is from George W. The third is from MJ Shepherd and it’s not really a hit, per se, but it needed re-publishing here.

When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind. —J. KrishnamurtiFreedom from the Known, pp.51-52

“If you stop telling people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it out while they’re alive.” Terry Pratchett