Coke Kills Insects in India
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 10:39AM
Chemophobic naturopaths are so inconsistent that they can't even believe their own bullshit.
Yes, soft drinks are used for controlling pestilent insects in India and other places. The critical detail that these fuck heads are leaving out is that the soft drinks are not used as poisons. Sugary liquids are effective at attracting predatory ants. Who'd'a' thunk it!? When amassed in numbers, these ants feed on insect larva, effectively keeping the crop-eating pestilent insects at a low... [more]
Richard Dawkins and Categorizing Rape
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10:52AM
Oh my Flying Spaghetti Monster, what a goddamn pseudo-controversy from stupid people! Richard Dawkins is getting some heat from people for making a few questionable tweets involving rape and under what circumstances the experience is worse.
The point is simple enough to me. Am I the only one who reads Dawkins' statement and understands them as mere variables in an overarching concept? If you remove the example of rape, you are left with the point that I suggest Dawkins was trying to make.... [more]
UC Santa Barbara Shooting
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:36PM
I appropriately sympathize with the victims of this tragedy and certainly do not condone violence, but I also feel rather bad for the shooter because I very easily relate to how he feels. I am more than 12 years single and I have had to discover wisdom to overrule many of the very same ideas expressed by him in his video. I regard myself a kind and compassionate guy rejected by the majority of women I encounter and often cannot determine why. Meanwhile, I observe what I view to be lesser men... [more]
The Morality of Meat-eating
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 6:03PM
I have often wondered how long it would take for some vegan among my Facebook friends to get me to describe the moral reasons for my consumption of meat and animals products. I have been entangled in such a discussion and it has turned wordy, so here goes. This will be my typical format, breaking down specific arguments and rebutting them one-by-one.
Why would you kill animals when you know they suffer and plants don't? It makes no moral sense to consciously pay someone to kill animals. We... [more]
Answering an Anti-vaxxer
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 8:41PM
An anti-vaxxer was throwing some questions at me on Facebook earlier. My response became wordy. Time for a blog!
Let's digest this point-by-point.
getting the measles which in most cases is not life threatening or fatal.
The World Health Organization disagrees with you.
Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
In 2012, there were 122,000 measles deaths globally – about 330 deaths every... [more]
Monday, Jan 13, 2014 1:19PM
Wow! It feels like it has been an eternity since I have bogged anything. I was going to do a brief Facebook post on this, but figured I'd turn it into a blog before it got too long. Let's have some fun. The following appeared in my feed today.
Most of you probably already know this, but... most artificial sweeteners cause autoimmune response effects which can increase inflammation around the body and therefor, worsen Fibro symptoms.
Easily the #1 thing you must cut from your diet... [more]
Occupy Concepts: Seriously Lacking in Journalism Skills
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 9:17PM
I want to start by saying that I fully support what the Occupy Movement has been doing since their emergence last year. They have spread like wildfire and while I don't always agree with their choice of solutions, or lack thereof, I applaud them that they are at least looking for solutions. Regretably, some of their numbers are in dire need of assistance in the world of journalism.
Earlier today, I was directed to have a peek at the wiki on OccupyConcepts.org. They have an article all about... [more]
9/11 Twoofers: Give me a Break
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 12:31PM
This is predictable. On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the twoofers are rampant with straw men, pseudoscience, and general ass-hattery.
"The official story is nonsense!" I'm not going to argue that. I give skepticism all the room it needs. However, skepticism is rigidly defined in such a way that positive claims are forbidden in order to remain skeptical. Twoofers have a tendency to claim that 9/11 was an inside job -- a positive, non-skeptical claim -- and once they are taken to task for it,... [more]