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A Blow to Conspiracy Theories

I think that if some conspiracy theorists were right and the western world was run by Jews, then we wouldn't be in such an economic crisis...

Religious Litmus Test

This is my new number one rule for religions and goes as follows:

Any Religion or Deity that would send the likes of either David Attenborough or Carl Sagan to any sort of damnation is to be treated with mistrust and ridicule.

I think that's pretty water-tight in itself.
Sarah Palin believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

Eve Ensler

Bastardising Reality

It was a long time coming but here it is, bloody creationists! Most people who know me have experienced the agenda that I have against these people, but I suppose I really should make it clear my thoughts on the subject.

The vast majority of creationists are just the misguided public; I really don’t have any problem with these people, in fact I will take the time to explain concepts on science and in particular evolution to them if they so wish. I think the scientific community does have fault in this problem as well. Most of them haven’t taken the time to explain to the public what, how and even why they do this weird thing call science, some have even looked down on people who popularise it as “not real” scientists (there is a parody of something like that in the series Big Bang Theory).

However, the people I do have a real fucking problem with are the bastards trying to promote this shit a get away with it. These people are going out there to actively confuse and undermine society for their own personal insecurities and all the money that comes with it.

I guess people who know me wonder why I got into all of this in the first place so I might as well tell this epic tale here. I guess it was a fair few years ago before I started collage and at home I had just started appreciating the wonders that broadband brings, especially YouTube. It was at this point that after searching about dinosaurs (naturally) that I came across this man called Kent Hovind. His well styled hair and car salesman charms shot through my meagre defences as I had never even heard what a creationist was before. I was taken back by a lot of what he had said and made me think (it feels absurd as I type it now but I’m trying to be honest). Later on after watching a few of his videos I came across another channel called ExtantDodo, they completely blew him out of the water and systematically tore apart and shredded every lie that he so smoothly said and at this point I saw him for what he was, a fucking con artist. It wasn’t even that he was confused of miss representing facts. He was out right lying through his damn teeth and smiling about it. It really hit me that there are people out there that will abuse the trust of fellow human beings for their own personal gain. Thus I began my obsession of blowing these frauds and con artists out of the water.

Throughout my years of learning about science I have discovered many wondrous things about the universe which I really am grateful for and I think it is tremendously sad that people will close their eyes to the world because it’s not what a book says it is. Far be it from me to tell other people what to believe, the fact is I do love the imagery and the stories that religion provides the world and I happen to think that parts of faith really can be an asset to this weird manifestation of atoms we all humanity, but when the facts are smacking you in the face and you are curled up in a corner rocking back and forth saying that everything is how I say it is I really do think you should grow the fuck up.

Possibly my favourite quote ever is from Carl Sagan, “We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”

I find it strange that during the times that black people where considered second class citizens, and were still riding at the back of the bus, that if a senator proposed a bill giving interracial couples a civil partnership with all the rights of marriage but not actually being marriage I doubt Martin Luther King and his followers would have put up with it. So I really don’t see why the bloody Gay community should!

 It is fucking disgusting that some people would rather use their energy spewing out bigotry and hatred rather than using some glucose to allow their brains to maybe fucking think for a minute.

In one of my excessively long bouts on YouTube I came across Senator Alan Keyes debating Barak Obama about various things. He was challenged on an earlier statement in which he said that homosexuality was an abomination, he quickly replied that he didn’t say that but in fact the bible does say that. I wonder, do people think this is a legitimate position to hold? And also is right or even decent for a man of public office to hide behind a world religion in order to protect his pathetic hate speech? I also find it profoundly ironic for a black guy such as him to use a book to support his prejudices that also readily condones slavery. And this I’m not even going to go into his insane claims that gay couples adopting children causes incest! And on the bigger picture I find it ironic that evangelists, bible literalists, and people who just hate gays through religious conviction aren’t out on the streets today picketing seafood restaurants and clothing outlets that sell more than one type of fabric.

 Gay communities tend to be very a productive part of society, they tend to be much less violent and crime orientated than their heterosexual counterparts. They also never have unwanted children or even abortions considering the biology of it (funny that the pro-lifers also tend to discriminate against the only group in society that is guaranteed never to have an abortion). Even form adoption, they are very loving parents which cause very little if any damage to a child’s psychological upbringing. Coincidentally the only psychological damage children of gay parents seem to suffer is the bigotry of the surrounding population.         

As much as I admire Obama, I find it disappointing that he doesn’t support same sex marriage even though he is planning civil partnerships with all the same amenities. And I am pleased that the gay community will not accept this and still push for full gay marriage.

It is my belief that marriage is a gesture of commitment and love to another person, and whether that person is the same or a different sex from you doesn’t matter.

You don’t choose who you fall in love with.


The joys of American Politics

Nothing makes me more liberal than watching Republican speeches. After being infuriated by the drivel spewing out of Palin’s mouth I could only take so much after 20 minutes. So later on I tried watching McCain’s speech which was only slightly better even if he did use the word “fight” 48 times which is slightly disconcerting. Eventually I gave up and decided to see if Obama’s speech was all that Keith Olbermann had proclaimed, which surprisingly it did even if I am used to watching lectures online (yes I am that sad).

Anyway aside from nailing the abortion issues right on the head, I was very pleased to hear that he wants to reform the education system making it more accessible to everyone and invest a great deal in science. In recent times it seems that America’s hold on the top position in science in the world may have been wavering with all this creationist bollocks emerging its ugly head with court trials and school districts failing to serve the future of children’s education for their own vile religious motives. This was another thing that really fucked me off about Palin as well. Not only is she a bloody creationist trying to get this crap taught in schools, she has also feels that banning literature in a school library is somehow acceptable.

The only thing that has so far disappointed me about Obama is that it doesn’t seem he is going to socialise America’s health care system and catch up with the rest of the modern western world.

 However in saying that if he doesn’t get voted into office this coming election, he can come over the ocean and try his hand in Britain, he will certainly be welcome here and I’d bloody vote for him!


The Hardiest Creature Ever!

Even though Manatees lead a beautifully simple and satisfied existence, they ain't really the toughest or exciting of creatures. That medal goes to a creature that most people have probably never heard of.
You Probably think that an animal that at its biggest reaches less than 2cm probably wouldn't be very tough even in the arena of our back-boned colleagues but the Tardigrade or water bear is by all accounts fucking tough. I'll give you a list of its abilities....

Where can they live? - Pretty much anywhere, and by that i mean they have been found in hot springs or frozen ice, they have been found on top of the Himalayas or 6km below sea level, and of-coarse lakes, ponds and meadows, stone walls you name it. 

What about temperature ranges?- Well they can survive being boiled at 151c for a few minutes down to 1c above absolute Zero (that's colder than space). They can be chilled for days at -200c, nearly 4 times colder than either of our poles.

Don't they get crushed under pressure or explode without it?- In a word...no. They can survive in the vacuum of space or 6,000 atmospheres of pressure, try swimming to the floor of a diving pool and you will get an appreciation of withstanding pressure (ocean divers are crazy).

Will dehydration kill them?- You can guess where I'm going with this. They can survive a decade without any water and be fine, you try and go without a drink for a day and see what its like.

And Radiation? - A lot of people are scared by radiation poisoning what with the uproar against nuclear power and all, 1-2,000 rads of radiation is enough to kill you. Our tiny, tough little friends can take up to 570,000 rads.

All these facts clearly lead to one logical conclusion, they are some sort of interstellar race of fighting beasts. They have been waiting round since the Cambrian for their time to strike out against a worthy opponent. They are still biding their time....

  

What kind of animal would you be?

It's one of those half arsed questions you sometimes hear and usually give a half arsed answer to. Many people reply to it with either something cuddly like a rabbit, or something at the top of the food chain like a shark or a tiger. But when you think into the problem would you really want to be any of those creatures?

Starting with the cute and cuddly. If you're not locked up in a cage as someones little entertaining prisoner, you're running for your life and when not running your paranoid of being spotted as you much your meal. And the bitch of it is that you will probably get the shit kicked out of you when your desperately trying to get laid.

It may seem better at the top when you get to choose the innocent victim that will constitute your next source of energy but when you think about it there are a lot of others doing the same. So when you have finally managed to wrestle the struggling, screaming chunk of meat to the ground, you have to then vigerously defend it from all those bastards who want to take advantage of all your hard work. And then there is the point of being ridiculed by the Homo sapain population for just trying to stay alive, or maybe they just like you either for your fur or the fact that you make a very expensive smug soup.
And still you get the shit kicked out of you when you feel the need to shoot DNA at the opposite sex.

These types of problems trouble my mind when i have nothing else useful to think about and then one day when i was browsing on youtube i realised that one animal possibly had the best and easyest of lives (better than parasites due to the fact that most people like these animals).
Look at the life of a Manatee, you have no natural predators, you spend all day swimming around munching on sea grass, occasionally have sex when you fell the time is right and if your really lucky you get to meet David Attenborough sometimes. The only thing you have to worry about is the occasional twat on a speed boat, but when that does happen no one bitches about it being the way of nature and the majority of people and genuinely on your side. The weight of the world doesn't bare on their shoulders and they don't even have to bare their own weight anymore, moving back to water was clearly the right move.

If I am delusional or clearly wrong please tell me so.