Friday, October 06, 2006

Looking back

Pharyngula: Will this work?

Remember early info-age
Before 2K & 10,
When genome seqs were run by geeks
On hardware humming hot for weeks;
All brains were simple then.

Recall the days of Hollywood
When starlets ruled the screen,
When flesh-life still had roles to fill
In 2-D movies shot to thrill--
So quaintly pre-machine.

Remember when the snake oil flowed
In PowerPoint plus poise--
The next big thing with QA lingo
Boomed your biz with buzzword bingo
Meaning lost in noise.

Remember when the minds of men
Spent weekends watching jocks,
When freaks of meat with agile feet
Were lionized for sheer conceit
And pimped by idiot box.

Remember when the brightest minds
Were valued overseas,
But strapped for cash, their budgets slashed,
Were treated here like neuro-trash,
Divided by degrees.

Remember how teh stoopid spread
Infecting unsafe heads,
When fundie fools could castrate schools
And stifle thought with prudish rules
Enforced by covert feds.

The world was hateful-crazy then
Before the New Cognition
With every child from birth beguiled
By ancient myths contrived and styled
On gods and superstition.

It's hard to think of how they coped
With fear-memes running mad;
So few could see how life could be--
That all they had to do was free
The simple brains they had.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

What separation?

Pharyngula: The Special Favors for Fundamentalists Act of 2005

In a land headed backward in time
Where dissent is construed as a crime,
Any person who cites
Constitutional rights
Is ungodly and not worth a dime.

Here's a thought: just reverse the directions;
There'd be outrage and violent objections;
Free speech would be stricken
If the words of a Wiccan
Were quoted on government erections.

The religion of those in authority
Is presumed to be granted priority:
Each monitored minion
May voice the opinion
Of the self-proclaimed "moral" majority.

But the folk who hold other beliefs
(Out of sync with th' commander in chief's)
Faced with fundie crusade
Are denied legal aid
And are told where to lodge all their briefs.

So for justice, remember to clench
More than teeth when approaching the bench.
If you're not Christian sheep
Basic rights don't come cheap
From the mob that thinks "freedom" means "French".