Archive for the ‘Confused Thinking’ category

Ron Paul, Evolution Denier

December 27, 2011

Ron Paul believes that asking whether or not you can accept a conclusion based on evidence is an inappropriate question.

But, apparently, he is open minded enough to pander to both Young and Old Earth’ers.

8.6% > 8.9%?

December 17, 2011

According to Fox News it is.

With pathetic gimmicks like this, why would anyone trust anything they hear on this station?

Silence for Silence?

November 13, 2011

Just Draw Whatever Comes to Mind

October 20, 2011

Automatic Drawing is the practice of letting your mind float free, while you let your hands draw whatever they will, believing that the resulting image will be the result of contact with the spirit world. Not sure what Sigmund Freud will think about this image.

Non-Violent Hate Crimes

October 10, 2011

What do you do when your religious convictions command non-violence … but … you just really really really want to get someone. Turn to Loophole Theology, of course.

The attacks occurred over the past three weeks in Carroll, Holmes, Jefferson and Trumbull counties, which form the heart of Ohio’s Amish population, one of the nation’s largest.

There have been only minor injuries. Each time, beards have been targeted.

“What they’ve been doing to everybody else is shaving the entire head and beard,” Mrs. Miller said. “We believe their intent was to do the same things here.

“They say this is to uncover sins, and it’s to straighten us out.”

So, a break away Amish sect are lynching other Amish, cutting their beards off. That is just a bit bizarre. What made the sect break away to begin with? A major theological disagreement, or were they splitting hairs?

As Weird Al said, “I know I’m a million times as humble as thou art“.

Bachmann Adds Anti-Vaxer To Her Resume

September 14, 2011

Global Warmering denier, anti-gay crusader, creationist, and now Anti-vaxer. Oh, what a lovely set of traits for a wanna be president to have.

“Mrs. Bachmann said on NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday that after Monday night’s debate in Tampa, Fla., a tearful mother approached her and said her daughter had suffered “mental retardation” after being vaccinated against HPV. “It can have very dangerous side effects,’’ Mrs. Bachmann said.”

In that case, it looks like Mrs Bachmann has had her fair share of the drug (Boom, Crash … Thank you, I’ll be here all week).

Seriously, though. The HPV vaccine did not cause this child’s mental retardation. And an unsubstantiated claim by an unknown person that has never been looked into by anyone isn’t a valid argument, anyway. And Bachmann should know that, what with the medical wiz she’s married to and all.

And the benefits of HPV vacinnes are great: HPVs are the leading cause of cervical cancer (source). And you don’t have to be promiscuous to get one. HPVs are very common. Most sexually active people in the US will acquire an HPV at some point (source). Some cases will go away, others can kill you. The government is well justified adding it to the list of vaccines already required for school children. It’s just good medical practice, and good for US citizens in general. Using vaccines to scare an ignorant and easily scared population into voting for you is just fucking evil.

What do you know, even Rush Limbaugh is calling out Bachmann on her stupid fear mongering remark.

“Bachmann might have blown it, she might have jumped the shark,” Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show. “There’s no evidence that the vaccine causes mental retardation.”

The 2012 (Religious?) Movement

August 14, 2011

The belief that the end of the world, or a massive meteor strike, or .. or something, will happen on Dec 12, 2012 (12/12/12 … get it?) is pretty popular. But, the widely accepted belief system may be more than just a bunch of crazy assholes with huge gaps in their education. It may shed light on the formation of religious movements. Archaeologist John Hoopes has an interesting interview about the subject over at Boing Boing.

MKB: We’re starting to see anthropologists publishing research on the 2012 movement. Why is the movement something important to study on its own, separate from the traditional archaeology that seeks to understand what ancient Mayans believed?

 

JH: Mainly because I think it gives us an opportunity to see how religious movements begin.

There’s a lot in that mythology that people are referring to as if it is real or as something they want to believe in. It’s been tied together with the Age of Aquarius, the legitimacy of prophecy, and visionary experiences. There’s a lot there that’s similar to the beginnings of other religious traditions. Christianity, for instance, began in the context of messianic prophecies. The LDS church began in the context of speculation about Native Americans and concerns about the end of the world. And the Millerite movement of the 1840s is another one. That gave rise to today’s Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses. William Miller prophesied the second coming for October 1844. And even though it didn’t happen, it still had a lasting legacy because so many people believed. Publications started by Millerites are still the publications of the Jehovah’s Witnesses today. I really think there will be some religious or spiritual movements that come out of the 2012 mythology. If you go into Barnes and Noble and look in the metaphysics or spirituality sections, you’ll find tons of books about 2012. It’s not treated as historical or scientific, but as spiritual.