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Meet the new pope, Francis:


While he looks depressing as hell, at least he doesn't look evil, like the previous one:


- In more cheerful, less evil news, poor Ellie New Cat needs a new diet. Two years ago she was 10 pounds. Last year she went up to 12 and we wanted to get her back down to 10. Somehow she went up to 15 instead. Eek!

The vet suggested putting her on prescription food, but that's a pain in the butt (20 minute trip to the vet each way to pick up more). So anything with more than 11% protein (in a wet food) would be an acceptable replacement. Over lunch I went to the pet store and peered at the backs of cans (I really need to start carrying a magnifying glass, the type is so tiny!). I found Core, which seems to be the best option. 12% protein (highest in the store, higher than the prescription's 11%) and check out the ingredients:

Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Chicken Meal, Turkey Liver, Dried Ground Potatoes, Natural Chicken Flavor, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Cranberries, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Taurine, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Chicory Root Extract, (everything else looked like vitamins and minerals).

Everything is either stuff we would eat, or stuff we eat and don't realize it (guar gum, carrageenan). Hopefully she'll like it.

The only downside is that it's darned expensive. $2 per can, and it should be fed one can per day per 6-8 pounds of weight. I'm probably going to give her one can per day with some dry to make up the extra two pounds to a 10 pound cat. (You're supposed to feed for goal weight instead of current weight.)

The funny part is a bunch of comments on Amazon talk about how eating this food cured cats of diabetes, so for the briefest moment I thought maybe I should try eating it. :P

- I'm still reading Kazan the Wolf Dog, and still coming across the wackiest of facts, Did you know otters and beavers are mortal enemies? That otters exist in the world to destroy beaver dams? That they drill through them using their heads? Also, beavers have a "scoop" in their chin that can hold up to 10 pounds of mud and concrete! Also, apparently concrete is naturally occurring and found in riverbeds.

On the third day the destructive instinct of the otter began its work. He began to examine the dam, close down to the foundation. It was not long before he found a weak spot to begin work on, and with his sharp teeth and small bullet-like head he commenced his drilling operations. Inch by inch he worked his way through the dam, burrowing and gnawing over and under the timbers, and always through the cement.

Also, when exposed to air for too long, beavers die.
thistlechaser: (black cat looking up)


I was poking about at new items for the coming WoW expansion, and I came across one called Good Fortune. That stopped me in my tracks, sending my mind back to this book. The Cat Who Went to Heaven. Thinking further about it, I think this was the start of my Major Issues with religion.

If you haven't read it (and you really should), it's a children's book about a poor painter in Japan. While he has no money for food for himself, a cat (named Good Fortune) becomes part of his household. The painter comes to love her.

The local Buddhist temple hires the painter to do a picture of the dying Buddha with the animals of the world come to pay their respects. He has to leave cats out of it, because "cats are cursed, because of their pride and sense of superiority, which caused them to refuse to bow before the Buddha in his lifetime".

But the painter loves his cat and she's heartbroken because there's no cat in the painting. In the end, he adds a small cat in the corner of the painting, even knowing that doing so may make the temple reject his panting and thus make him die of hunger. Upon seeing the cat has been added, Good Fortune dies "of happiness".

And the temple does reject the painting. The painter is in disgrace. Starving. But then, miracle! The painting has magically changed! The dying Buddha is now extending his hand to the cat, blessing it!

Writing all this up, dabbing tears from my eyes, I see this is likely the start of my issues with kitties dying, too. :P

On one hand, someone commissioning art can request anything they want. "Draw me a picture with every animal in the world BUT NO CATS" is a valid request. But "...BUT NO CATS BECAUSE THEY'RE CURSED AND EVIL AND WON'T BOW DOWN TO OUR GOD" is a different story.

But more than that, it bothers me that cats would be thought of that way. (And it's not just in Buddhism, how many black cats are killed around Halloween because they're "witches" and "evil"?)

The whole book just made me so sad for so many reasons. Why do religions need to hate? Exclude? Groups of people, kinds of animals?

...And why did the cat have to die in the story? *sniffles*
thistlechaser: (Men hugging)
Amazon is was selling this calendar:



Think it's just some (un)funny joke? The author, a "Christian cartoonist", wrote on his Facebook page:

The “truth” is that AIDS is an “elective” disease. It STOPS the day guys quit sticking it to each other. And for the tragedy of women and children infected— THAT stops the day their gay husbands and fathers stop cheating on them.
Anyone need MORE education, science or funding to understand THAT?


The author also complains about being "bullied" by the gay community on his Facebook page: "Like most bullies bluffs, the facts outweigh the fists: with almost 100 hissy- fits being thrown today only a couple of my calendars are in actual circulation. All the hysteria is coming from those nice folks who haven't bothered to actually purchase and read my collection."

At least only a couple have been sold? c.c
thistlechaser: (Happier than...)
This interview with a Megadeth band member turned Christian is just the most mind boggling thing to read.

"They're taking God out of the schools to dumb us down."

... Okay then. Credit to the interviewer for staying as professional as he did.

Homeland spoilers back here. )

Crowfeathers is my WoW character who has had the most RL money spent on him, more than all my other alts put together. He started on one server (Feathermoon), he moved to a PvE one to play with friends (Durotar), then he moved to WRA. Then he moved to Alliance on WRA, and tonight he moved back to Horde. So that's, what, $120 of RL money on him alone. D: It kills me to think about that.

But! He's back home on Horde now. He started out as a tauren, went to worgen, and I was kind of thinking of making him a tauren again (maybe female, because they look better than males), but I couldn't do it. Blood elf or ugly cow thing? Easy choice. So now I have belf hunter #3 on Horde WRA. c.c At least hunter #4 is a worgen?

The excuse I used to move him was that I was short on Christmas gifts (not enough finished products I wanted on Horde AH or mats to make them), but that was really just an excuse. I had 330K gold on Alliance that I was itching to move to Horde. As usual, I filled his bank and bags with Alliance-only vendor stuff, so I'll be selling that for ages. (My guild bank is such a mess! Arg!)

I got a little RP tonight, which was great. I hadn't for the last couple nights, and it shocked me that I couldn't find Thistle's voice at first. Eek! Character voices don't usually vanish that fast! But luckily it came back.

It's always amusing when IC things turn up in RL. I had to (had to! had to! had to!) get my Christmas cards out tonight (tomorrow is the last day to mail them and have them arrive on time). One of the cards had glitter on it, so now it's all over my desk. I can't stop snickering. (Glitterbombs have been featured in our RP lately. :D )
thistlechaser: (Buh?)
I keep the TV on all the time for background noise, but sometimes something catches my attention and I have to rewind to listen. The story was about how the military has more religious people than the non-military population.

Interviewer asks top-level military religious person why she thought that is. She said religious people make better soldiers. He asked why. Her reply:

"The ethos that we adhere to always places the mission first, never accept defeat, never leave a fallen comrade behind. Those kinds of things require you to have belief in something bigger than yourself."

This fits right in with the conceitedness I tend to hear from religious folks. "You can't be a moral person, you don't believe in god!" "You can't be a good person! You're not [that person's religion]!"

You know, I could never be in the military for many reasons, but one of them is that I would be unhappy blindly following orders. That seems a much more likely reason for the percent of religious people being higher in the military -- religion, faith, requires blind obedience, requires not questioning the logic of things, not requiring proof before buying into stuff.
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I'm tempted to make today's Russian cat of the day picture my new desktop wallpaper. It would be replacing my current Russian cat of the day picture (which originally applied to WoW RP way back when).

For folks new to my LJ, [livejournal.com profile] ru_cats_daily is one of those cat image of the day comms, but the picture quality is so much higher than most picture of the day sites.

I didn't get to RP last night, which was disappointing but not horrible. I was so exhausted that I probably would have sucked. And today I'm sick yet again. "Stomach troubles". I swear, six days out of seven I'm sick with that kind of thing. I'm starting to wonder if I've grown allergic to some kind of food.

When RL and WoW crosses! I just dealt with a customer named Jérôme. All those alt characters! My first reaction to it was a mental rolling of my eyes, then I laughed at myself because I guess alt characters are okay RL.

Two edits: I (like everyone else?) am not getting comment emails, so sorry on slow replies!

I messed up my Alliance money-making ring by moving Thistle yesterday. Now I have two tailors on Horde! Up and coming Clover will become one, when he is high enough level. Also, I made good and bad gambles on things to move. I brought about 400 cats of various types across to Horde, those are good money. Other Alliance-only stuff actually sells for less on Hordeside, oddly. But the cats should make me a crapton of gold when they eventually all sell (48734701 years from now), so it's all good.

And by way of [livejournal.com profile] donnaimmaculata, this is funny but shouldn't be funny but is: Al-Qa'eda bans women from buying suggestively-shaped vegetables. It's amazing how insane religions get. "They even killed female goats because their private parts were not covered and their tails were pointed upward, which they said was haram." Oh those sinful goats!
thistlechaser: (Super Ninjas! (Naruto))
Sorry for multiple posts today! I haven't been gathering random images lately, but a few fell into my lap by way of my friendsfriends list.

I love this cat and bird picture -- there's a story there, jumping right out of the image!

I want this statue. I want it very much. It's so wacky! What does it mean? It's so interesting and cool!

Sexy image is NWS -- naked butt! I swear I've seen a Harry Potter slash fanart picture exactly like that years ago...

And lastly, the sad story. Jerusalem rabbis condemn dog to death by stoning. For being possessed. Seriously?

"A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say."

Forgive my ignorance, but I thought Judaism was one of the more modern religions and didn't, you know, stone things to death anymore...
thistlechaser: (Super Ninjas! (Naruto))
Sorry for multiple posts today! I haven't been gathering random images lately, but a few fell into my lap by way of my friendsfriends list.

I love this cat and bird picture -- there's a story there, jumping right out of the image!

I want this statue. I want it very much. It's so wacky! What does it mean? It's so interesting and cool!

Sexy image is NWS -- naked butt! I swear I've seen a Harry Potter slash fanart picture exactly like that years ago...

And lastly, the sad story. Jerusalem rabbis condemn dog to death by stoning. For being possessed. Seriously?

"A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say."

Forgive my ignorance, but I thought Judaism was one of the more modern religions and didn't, you know, stone things to death anymore...
thistlechaser: (Watchful cat)
Okay, okay, I was willing to laugh at this whole 'world ends on Saturday' crap, until a news story today. One of the insane people who actually believes that is having his pets put to sleep today. Because, you know, the world is ending tomorrow.

D: D: D:

At least the guy says "that he intends to wait until the earthquakes hit Denver before he starts killing his pets" so maybe, maybe he actually means that.

This guy has serious mental problems, someone should be looking into getting him some help.
thistlechaser: (Watchful cat)
Okay, okay, I was willing to laugh at this whole 'world ends on Saturday' crap, until a news story today. One of the insane people who actually believes that is having his pets put to sleep today. Because, you know, the world is ending tomorrow.

D: D: D:

At least the guy says "that he intends to wait until the earthquakes hit Denver before he starts killing his pets" so maybe, maybe he actually means that.

This guy has serious mental problems, someone should be looking into getting him some help.
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Main Street Christian Church in Indiana. Pastor Stephen Bishop gave a children's sermon (titled "Finding Nemo"), in it he took 200 fish (goldfish, guppies, and others) and dumped the entire tank of fish into the church floor and watched as panicking children attempted to save the dying fish. His point in this? That the kids cared more to save "15 cent fish" than their friends' souls.

From his Facebook page: "Well, yesterday's sermon was a big hit! We had a mass execution of feeder fish that I pulled out of a fish tank and then threw all over the floor. The kids were in shock and then started to pic[sic] them up and put them back into the fish tank. Obviously, most of them died in the effort...the point however was made that they cared more about .15 cent feeder fish then[sic] they do about their friends dying w/o Christ."

Link to the church's Facebook page.

Screenshot of the pastor's FB post about it.

The church has curiously empty forums, and a website.

What horrible people, and the poor kids who had to go through that.
thistlechaser: (Flames)
Main Street Christian Church in Indiana. Pastor Stephen Bishop gave a children's sermon (titled "Finding Nemo"), in it he took 200 fish (goldfish, guppies, and others) and dumped the entire tank of fish into the church floor and watched as panicking children attempted to save the dying fish. His point in this? That the kids cared more to save "15 cent fish" than their friends' souls.

From his Facebook page: "Well, yesterday's sermon was a big hit! We had a mass execution of feeder fish that I pulled out of a fish tank and then threw all over the floor. The kids were in shock and then started to pic[sic] them up and put them back into the fish tank. Obviously, most of them died in the effort...the point however was made that they cared more about .15 cent feeder fish then[sic] they do about their friends dying w/o Christ."

Link to the church's Facebook page.

Screenshot of the pastor's FB post about it.

The church has curiously empty forums, and a website.

What horrible people, and the poor kids who had to go through that.
thistlechaser: (rainbow terror alert)
A Kentucky church won't sign marriage licenses for straight couples until they can for same-sex ones as well. "The Douglass Boulevard Christian Church’s congregation approved the action unanimously Sunday..."

"Members voted in 2008 to become an Open and Affirming Community of Faith, the designation for LGBT-friendly churches within the Disciples of Christ denomination."

I had no idea that existed! So nice to hear!

The comments are so lovely, too.

"I am one of the ministers at Douglass Blvd. Christian Church. I am deeply touched by the outpouring of support from you all here and else where. I wish I could speak to everyone personally and thank you. I hope and pray that this might be a moment that the Gospel of Christ be an instrument of peace rather than an instrument of hurt. From the bottom of my heart thank you."

See, that is religion I could get behind. "an instrument of peace rather than an instrument of hurt".

Here's their website, you can use their contact us form to send them a happy little note if you want. If you follow my link and say mean things to them, you'll get all sorts of angry faces from me!
thistlechaser: (rainbow terror alert)
A Kentucky church won't sign marriage licenses for straight couples until they can for same-sex ones as well. "The Douglass Boulevard Christian Church’s congregation approved the action unanimously Sunday..."

"Members voted in 2008 to become an Open and Affirming Community of Faith, the designation for LGBT-friendly churches within the Disciples of Christ denomination."

I had no idea that existed! So nice to hear!

The comments are so lovely, too.

"I am one of the ministers at Douglass Blvd. Christian Church. I am deeply touched by the outpouring of support from you all here and else where. I wish I could speak to everyone personally and thank you. I hope and pray that this might be a moment that the Gospel of Christ be an instrument of peace rather than an instrument of hurt. From the bottom of my heart thank you."

See, that is religion I could get behind. "an instrument of peace rather than an instrument of hurt".

Here's their website, you can use their contact us form to send them a happy little note if you want. If you follow my link and say mean things to them, you'll get all sorts of angry faces from me!
thistlechaser: (Staring blue cat)
I was listening to NPR on the way home from the farmers market, and they kept running a promo on an upcoming story: a clip of a kindly sounding southern woman explaining how she had faith that they'd get through the lack of jobs/money after the Gulf oil spill. She used the quote "God feeds the birds".

It made me smile every time. A simple statement showing so much faith. (Misplaced and illogical yeah, but still faith.) Then the whole story played and I heard the entire quote. "God feeds the birds, and we are far more valuable to him than they are."

UGH UGH UGH. And so once more religion has shown its true colors. The self-centered-ness of it! Why couldn't the first half of the quote be enough for her? Then I came home and googled, and found that that's actually what it says in the Bible.

I'm just so UGH now. I hate it, hate it hate it hate it, when I find something about religion I can like and then inevitably it does a 180.

Heck, looking at the whole quote from the Bible, what does this even imply?

MATTHEW 6:26 LB
26 Look at the birds! They don't worry about what to eat-- they
don't need to sow or reap or store up food -- for your heavenly
Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than
they are.

Is that saying that if you believe in god you shouldn't have to work for your food? (Not to mention it's wrong. Some birds do store food!)

Heh. Analyzing Bible quotes, a first for Thistle LJ!

Edit: Now that I think about it, isn't there something in the Bible that says you're supposed to be humble? Isn't saying "God loves me more than X, teehee~!" just the opposite of humble? Bah!
thistlechaser: (Staring blue cat)
I was listening to NPR on the way home from the farmers market, and they kept running a promo on an upcoming story: a clip of a kindly sounding southern woman explaining how she had faith that they'd get through the lack of jobs/money after the Gulf oil spill. She used the quote "God feeds the birds".

It made me smile every time. A simple statement showing so much faith. (Misplaced and illogical yeah, but still faith.) Then the whole story played and I heard the entire quote. "God feeds the birds, and we are far more valuable to him than they are."

UGH UGH UGH. And so once more religion has shown its true colors. The self-centered-ness of it! Why couldn't the first half of the quote be enough for her? Then I came home and googled, and found that that's actually what it says in the Bible.

I'm just so UGH now. I hate it, hate it hate it hate it, when I find something about religion I can like and then inevitably it does a 180.

Heck, looking at the whole quote from the Bible, what does this even imply?

MATTHEW 6:26 LB
26 Look at the birds! They don't worry about what to eat-- they
don't need to sow or reap or store up food -- for your heavenly
Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than
they are.

Is that saying that if you believe in god you shouldn't have to work for your food? (Not to mention it's wrong. Some birds do store food!)

Heh. Analyzing Bible quotes, a first for Thistle LJ!

Edit: Now that I think about it, isn't there something in the Bible that says you're supposed to be humble? Isn't saying "God loves me more than X, teehee~!" just the opposite of humble? Bah!
thistlechaser: (Ha ha ha (laughing cat))
I'm dying here. Dying! So dying I'm tempted to say "literally dying"! Everyone remembers how Bill O'Reilly argued that god exists because there's no explanation for how tides work, today he fires back at the "pinheads" who corrected him on that.



"Oh yeah? Oh yeah! Well then how did the MOON get there, smart guy! No one knows!"
thistlechaser: (Ha ha ha (laughing cat))
I'm dying here. Dying! So dying I'm tempted to say "literally dying"! Everyone remembers how Bill O'Reilly argued that god exists because there's no explanation for how tides work, today he fires back at the "pinheads" who corrected him on that.



"Oh yeah? Oh yeah! Well then how did the MOON get there, smart guy! No one knows!"
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LFMF (Learn From My Fail) is amusing enough that I read it nearly every day. It's never made me snicker out loud until today:

When an Evangelist tells you she can "help you be born again," the correct response is not to look at her crotch and ask, "You really think I'll fit?"

I totally disagree! That is the PERFECT response to that comment! *rolls* :D

Edit: I love these It Gets Better videos. This one is from the Pixar people.



It boggles me and makes my heart ache that people exist who don't want these people to be happy, don't want them to be with their partners, don't want them to live. I don't understand how anyone could live with that much hate inside them.

One day not only will kids' situations get better, but hopefully the country and world as well.
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LFMF (Learn From My Fail) is amusing enough that I read it nearly every day. It's never made me snicker out loud until today:

When an Evangelist tells you she can "help you be born again," the correct response is not to look at her crotch and ask, "You really think I'll fit?"

I totally disagree! That is the PERFECT response to that comment! *rolls* :D

Edit: I love these It Gets Better videos. This one is from the Pixar people.



It boggles me and makes my heart ache that people exist who don't want these people to be happy, don't want them to be with their partners, don't want them to live. I don't understand how anyone could live with that much hate inside them.

One day not only will kids' situations get better, but hopefully the country and world as well.

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