July 28th, 2007

Vexen Crabtree 2015

More trash workmates

Today 5 of us are in 'civilian' clothes, we travelled to St James' in a coach with Team 2... who, apparently, found my Cyberdob tshirt so hillariously funny that they took, en masse, to making fun of it and shouting comments at me. They were behaving like ignorant, spiteful schoolchildren, fucking cunts... I had no idea why the phrase 'cyberdog' has such a big impact on the mundanes, but apparently it does. I stood to the side with a few of the more-responsible minority.

I argue with all of them about everything, from recycling (they don't do anything, and don't see the point), to tolerance of people who look different, to the simple way we use English (they swear more than they talk, use stupid phrases all the time, and I stick to clear, concise logical non-fun English).

Anyway. I chose to live amongst the untermensch to learn about them, and I've largely learnt: We are right about them.
Vexen Crabtree 2015

All change... I'm free today!

In the crazy work of public duties, I am now suddenly free again after (after getting up at 6am) it transpired that they didn't need as many people as my senior thought they did, and in particular, they didn't need a ... junior supervisor (if that describes me).

So anyway, I got changed there and then into big new rocks and funky trousers, and departed. Am now in Camden, resisting the urge to spend any money.
Vexen Crabtree 2015

Rabbi Sherwin Wine (79) killed in car crash

Sad news:

The founder of Humanistic Judaism, Rabbi Sherwin Wine (79) has been killed in a car crash in Morocco.

Wine, a native of Detroit who was raised by Conservative parents, attended Reform rabbinical school before founding the first congregation of Humanistic Judaism in 1963. He helped establish the Society for Humanistic Judaism in 1969, gradually building it into a worldwide movement with some 40,000 members. He retired in 2003.

Wine was the author of several books, including "Humanistic Judaism," "Judaism Beyond God" and "Staying Sane in a Crazy World." According to The Associated Press, he was in Morocco this summer writing a book about living a meaningful, moral life without depending on faith for guidance.

He and his partner, Richard McMains, were near Essaouira, Morocco, when the taxi in which they were riding was struck by another driver. Wine was killed instantly. McMains remains hospitalised in a stable condition, according to the society's Web site.

See also: Rabbi shook faith with courage <http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20070724/opinion02/707240336/1070>

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