Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Why Helen Mirren quit coke

"I loved coke. I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties," said Mirren. "But what ended it for me was when they caught Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, in the early 80s. He was hiding in South America and living off the proceeds of being a cocaine baron. And I read that in the paper, and all the cards fell into place and I saw how my little sniff of cocaine at a party had an absolute direct route to this fucking horrible man in South America."

Mirren says that from then on she never took cocaine again. "Until that moment I had never grasped the full horrifying structure of what brings coke to our parties in Britain."

Here is more. Here are further controversial claims by Helen.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Did Ray Allen just friend me on Facebook?

A Ray Allen friended me so I friended him back. I checked out his profile and he pretends to be *the* Ray Allen, you know the shooting guard on the Boston Celtics, photo, green jersey and all. He friended me and the Cato Institute, so far no one else. Oddly I've read somewhere that the real Ray Allen is in fact a libertarian and also quite intellectual. What are the odds that this is *the* Ray Allen? If not, what is the best theory to explain the behavior of this trickster?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Are some notions of God more absurd than others?

Let's say you were told that God had put man on earth so he could invite us up to heaven, after our deaths, and play endless games of Parcheesi with us. Most people, even believers, would find that notion absurd. But are there in fact any good reasons for rejecting such a conception of God? Could this not be God's inscrutable will? To the atheist it is not obviously absurd to postulate a totally arbitrary desire for God. We, as non-believers, do not know what it means for God to have a reason. God can be defended as unfathomable, yes, but then we are back to Parcheesi.

Can you think of a desire of God that would be even more absurd?