Thursday, 19 July 2012

My Views On...

The good news is I was able to podcast. The bad news is that there is no bad news, so you're stuck in a state of happiness. Which I suppose can count as bad news. So, in an effort to continue the question answering, I decided that rather than write about, I would talk about the prompts involving my views on certain subjects, those prompts are as follows:

Your views on gay marriage.

What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

Your views on drugs and alcohol.

I think that if there is a podcast you're going to want to share with people, then it's this one. But I've thought that before and it never really seemed to happen. Not that I'm complaining or anything, I've said before I'd rather have one true friend than a lot of fakes, and the same goes for listeners and readers. I'd rather have my core group, ie you guys, than start pandering to others, or saying you aren't enough. I don't have a big ego, it doesn't take much to satisfy it. Anyway, you came for a podcast, so here it is.

It's here if it's not here;


  1. oh shit! this reminds me I have to write something about gay marriage too :( totally forgotten :(

    my views on gay marriage???

    I really don't care about gay marriage. I mean, I have nothing against it. Thu, I must admit, guy on guy kissing disgust me very much.

  2. I agree with you Mark, I honestly believe we're a bit behind as a society to not hate it. Similarly to Mai it might make me feel a little uncomfortable but really that's my problem, not there's, they still have the right for happiness after all, they can't help how they were born.

    1. And, seriously, why would you put up with society's crap if you had a choice?
      I'm still going to make fun of Chaz, though.

  3. I have been thinking about the marriage issue lately. The basis for opposition to gay marriage really is religion or people's religious beliefs, and at least in the U.S. there is supposed to be a separation between church and state... So, really religion isn't supposed to be a factor in our law there really isn't an argument against it, that makes a lot of sense. And denying people the right to get married if they want, is just kind of oppressive, and me being one of the most oppressed people around, I know what it feels like, so I don't want to do it to others. On religion, the longer I have thought about it, the more unlikely it seems that God dictated a bunch of rules to a human and he wrote them down. Just from my own experience, if there is a God, he doesn't respond to things on a piece by piece, line by line basis...which is precisely what organized religion wants us to believe. Well, it's kind of hard to respond to all you said without writing a book, so I will just end it right here. Also, I thought this was your best podcast ever, because you were tackling some real heavy duty issues.

  4. Gay marriage? Don't care. Whatever.
    Politics? There are weasels in both parties (and throughout the spectrum in the UK, I'd imagine).
    Religion? I was born a Catholic. Married a Jew. Was divorced by a Jew. Married a Presbyterian. I'm going to Hell. Unless that Hell thing is all crap. But, if it isn't, at least I'll see my dad again.
    Drugs? I don't care. I don't use them, but I don't care if you do as long as you leave me alone.
    Alcohol? I'm going to a party at my brother's house this weekend. I'm thinking drinking will be involved.
    I just hope I don't get so drunk I end marrying a dude.

    1. I'm loving Mark's commenters, really! this comment is awesome Mark..Mark? are you hearing me? haha!

    2. Thanks, Mai. That reminds me. I need to go pick up some beer. No more thinking. Drinking will be involved.

  5. (Speaking as a resident of the US)
    It's interesting that Jimmy mentions the separation of church and state...because religious ideals are so ingrained in our government's ideology that the phrase has become laughable. And not to point fingers, but a lot of it rests on the GOP, the Republican party. They use religion as a major pillar of their campaign, hence their opposition to gay marriage. My personal belief? The world has changed. Religion is no longer the sole governing power, as it was centuries ago. We are no longer a theocracy. It's time to accept our fellow people for who they really are and encourage them to be themselves. Isn't that what they mean when they say "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"?

  6. You know how I feel about gay marriage Mark. I would like to dance at my sons wedding and to hold the children he and his partner have in my arms. Unlike some of the other people who commented, the sight of two men kissing is not a repulsive one. It is a beautiful sight to see two people in love express that love with a kiss and it is difficult as a mother of a gay son to hear someone say that it is disgusting.

    Again you have inspired me Mark and made me proud to knw you. I think I'm going to write a piece after I get done with the series of interviews about being the mother of a gay son. The hate we've endured, the pain of watching my son deal with death-threats and my own pride over how my son handles thsese things.

    I got your message on the figure you picked out. He's stunning and I've always wanted to do a piece with wings. It will be the most challenging piece I will do to date. Again, Thank You Mark

    1. oh. I am sorry, for some reason I felt guilty saying I disgust guy on guy kissing. I believe I chose the wrong term.

    2. I'm in a hurry so can't leave a proper response but Anne I think she meant more that it makes her uncomfortable. I hope. To be honest it does me too, but that's just because public displays of affection can make me a little uncomfortable. I'm just like that. I don't think you can be for gay marriage, but against gays :)

  7. Interesting topics you've got there. I actually had a rather lengthy discussion with a colleague on the gay marriage issue some time ago.

  8. What a great podcast, and I think I agreed with you on just about everything. It makes me mad to know that I could just divorce my wife right now, go walk into Wal-Mart 10 minutes later, drop down to one knee, and propose to the first creature I saw, and if she said yes, I'd be married. That's all it takes. And yet 2 people that have been together for 10 years can't get married if they're the same gender. Ridiculous.

    Also, like you, I hate the notion that religion and science can't coexist. There seems to be this stigma that if you have any kind of religious sense (mine, like yours, is very minimal, mostly just that I believe in a higher power), that you're automatically some inbred backwoods idiot who just doesn't "understand science." Well, that's incorrect. I believe in science, and I believe in intelligent design, and I'd like to think I'm a reasonably smart person.

  9. Excellent podcast! You were spot on with your gay marriage argument. There is little sanctity in marriage anymore. Its moreso about the resulting benefits. Maybe if we can allow all walks of life to marry, we can restore some faith in marriage. Bah, you seem to know a lot more about the issue than I.

    As for religion, I believe in God, myself. I've seen too many things in life that have convinced me of his existance. But to say that just because a guy dresses in a gown and swears an oath means that God speaks directly through him, I don't think so. I respect religion a lot. I went to a Catholic school, read a good majority of the Bible, even dabbled a bit in the Koran in my spare time, so I know a decent amount about it. But, those types of institutions aren't for me. Not to say that they're a bad thing, though.

    What angers me is when people say that the only way we can progress any further as a society is to wipe religion from existance and embrace science entirely. I'd like to think we've made it far in society with religion still being a factor. Why must people abandon their beliefs due to the thoughts of a few? Religion has helped shape writing and introduced philosophies that have played a significant part in inventions used to this day.

    Bah, I should stop now before I write out an entire essay. Sorry if none of this makes sense because I didn't proof read any of it. I'd like to touch on the other subjects, but again, I'm rambling on and on.

  10. my view on marriage: its fucking gay and practically means nothing, married ppl are the minority now anyways

  11. Oh wow I haven't for a very long time! I know I have tons of posts to catch up on. My view on gay marriage is pretty simple: do whatever you want, marry whoever you please because at the end of the day, it won't affect my life in any way.

    And nobody likes extremists in any form, whether it's religion or anything else. I also do believe religion and science can go hand in hand.

    P.S: you have a very comfortable voice to listen to. I hope I don't sound like a creep for saying that :P

  12. Mark, I'm still on vacation and couldn't listen to the entire podcast...I'll try again tomorrow.

    However, I'd like to say that love knows no color or gender. Love only knows what is felt in the heart and it's beautiful when it's shared with another person. I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it!

  13. Great podcast, Mark!

    I really enjoyed listening to it, and again, you deserve so many high-fives. And baked goods. I would bake you mountains of cakes and cookies.

    I completely agree with what you had to say concerning gay marriage and how people are so backwards.

    My mother (quite the sore subject) re-married pretty much out of greed and money. There is no love in the marriage that she's in right now, and her 'husband' pretty much used her to get a green card. She's also an independent fundamental baptist, which is a few notches below Westboro baptist church. She's so stubborn and so blind, and I often leave her house in tears due to our arguments about our beliefs concerning marriage, religion, and politics.

    And I agree with you about communism. The idea has been misused and corrupted by power-hungry individuals who wanted to take advantage of idealists. It's sad. Really sad. On paper, communism would solve most of the world's problems, but I don't think that we will ever be able to achieve the purest form of it due to man's greed and hunger to be "the best".

    When I was younger I used to want to be in politics so that I could make a difference. Now that I'm older, I see how impossible that is. No matter what, you're going to have to kiss someone's ass in order to make a fraction of a difference. Personally, I don't like having shit smeared on my face, so I gave up on that dream.

    But I digress, I seriously found myself agreeing 100% with everything you said. I wish there were more people out in the world like you.

  14. Nice podcast Mark! I don't comment on most things as I am pretty neutral. Al is always funny, though!

  15. I didn't know gay people weren't allowed to get married until approximately five years ago. In my teens, I found out the gay community wasn't always accepted, but had no idea they couldn't marry. I am still shocked.

    Why do you hate using the word 'celebrities'?

    If anyone is going to blow themselves up, they should call me first, so that I can record it.

    I just quit smoking, and you're right, we don't care about the health risks. I can't say I will never smoke again, but I hope I won't. The reason I quit is because running became more important, and my vanity demanded I stop. Cigarettes are not kind to the skin.

  16. I don't see what the beef about gay marriage is. I'm a Muslim, in Islam homosexuality is a no no, but ot everyone in the world is a Muslim, so you do what you gotta do. As long as theyre not doing anybody any harm, why should anyone be denied something like that?

    My cousin smokes, I hate it. There are I benefits of it what so ever, but again, everyones choice is there own. I tried it, and honestly don't get how people get in the habit, it doesn't really feel great when you first do it,so why ppl do it to the point that they become dependant, I don't understand.

    In regards to alcohol, I don't drink, never have, never will. I don't mind it when my friends drink around me, but when some people try to persuade me to do it pisses me off. My choice is my choice!

  17. F*ckin' awesome podcast!

    I agree with some of what you said and disagree with other parts! (and have info you might find interesting!)

    Gay marrage (which we totally agree on)
    Yay gay marrage! Most of my married friends are gay! (gay marrage legal in Canada!)

    Religion (which we have opposite sides)
    You said some people believe in God to exept death, but talked as if you thought that ment "cause they were close to death" but I think when atheist say that, they mean: Religous people believe in God to exept death cause if they didn't believe in God they'd be frustrated/scared that there death ment they'll be gone for good and that they'll never see there dead relitives again.

    And you saying you believe in God cause you feel there's something out there. But that could be you misinterpeting your own subconscious and processing the infomation as God instead of your more powerful subconscious controling and protecting your mind (which is what a subconscious does).

    Politics (the big one... more important to me then religion is to a preacher)
    You like communism? Cool, so did I. But communism doesn't take certain things into account, like technology. 80% of jobs people do nowaday could be done by machine. In a properly done sociaty those peoples "jobs" would be raise there kids and have fun! And the 20% of jobs left would be the jobs people like to do!
    I'd go into this further here, but instead I'm posting a link here to an awesome documentary:

    Watch this video please. If you don't have the time now, find the time. If your busy, watch it in lue of watching my videos. The ideas in this documentary are awesome! When I was young and trying to figure out the world I came to many of the same conclusions, but this documentary explains it better then I ever could. So if you only do me one favour in life, please watch it.

    I wish they'd make cigarrettes with less bad stuff in them!!
    And if people wanna snort coke all day long and die in a ditch, let them. We have the technology to easily (and freely!) make enough cocain for everyone who wants to snort it to snort it everyday till they die! So let them!

    and thats all I have to say about that... for now...


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