God Hates Christians Wednesday, Apr 29 2009 

Swine Fever/Pig Flu is close to becoming a pandemic, just 100 days after President Obama took office and started to reverse the lunacy of Bush II, and three US states recognise gay marriage.  So when do we start getting the religious loonies over there saying “IT’S A PUNISHMENT FROM GOD!”. 

Please, Please, PLEASE tell us it is a punishment from God, because I want to get in the queue (hell, I’ll start the queue) to point out Muslims and Jews consider pigs dirty creatures, and they would not have been intensively farming them, unlike CHRISTIAN Mexico, causing this problem.

Oh No- If only Obama REALLY WAS Muslim, and REALLY INTENDED to force you all to become Muslims, maybe you would all be saved by Allah. (Yeah, I know, there are cases in the Middle East now, but hey, when did the Religious Right let the facts stand in the way of a good rant?)

Elitest Bastard (aka Hussar goes off on one) Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

See that blue button with Richard Dawkins on it?  Click on it (not yet- I haven’t finished ranting at you) and you will go to the Carnival of the Elitist Bastards.  Who?  A bunch of bloggers generally pissed off with everything being so damn stupid.

Why am I proud to be an elitist?  The question should be why are you so unconcerned not to be?

We are people who are just annoyed that there is a movement against intellectualism.  I am sick and tired of being clever being seen as somehow a bad thing.  Someone who can kick, throw or hit a ball gets paid millions of pounds, while those who actually work worry about the recession.

People revel in not being good at maths.It’s seen as something funny.  I know I’m good at day to day maths, but I am amazed how many people don’t understand basic principles.

“How does this affect you?”  you say “why should you care?” Because a dumbed down population affects the economy and the planet.

People who don’t understand basic maths GET TO VOTE, often based on what they think will be best for the economy.  They can’t do percentages, for FSM’s sake, how are they supposed to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of a Keynsian solution?

It is a fact that people, all of us, even Stephen Hawkins, are stupid to one degree or another.   We are very good at ignoring evidence that doesn’t back up our personal beliefs.  Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t like the fact that cars are contributing to destroying the planet. Solution? Insult environmentalists.  Republicans don’t like the fact that Neo-Con ideas have screwed up the market. Call Obama a socialist. The Religious Right don’t like the fact that science shows the Bible isn’t literally true. Solution? Attack anyone who relies on evidence rather than 4000 year old fairy-stories.

And where does it leave us? Click on the break, and I’ll tell you. Forcefully. (more…)

Catholic Church still Rooted in nonsense (redux) Sunday, Mar 8 2009 

A nine year old is repeatedly abused by her step-father, and becomes pregnant.  When it is discovered she is given an abortion.  I’ll say that again- NINE YEARS OLD.  What is the Vatican’s response? To excommunicate the mother and doctors.


Oh fer fucks sake.  Personally I believe there may be a valid debate to happen around the latest date for a termination.  BUT this happened at 4 months (?18 weeks), inside the limit for many countries.  This is what happens when you wed your world view to a mythology, and one that considers a foetus a human at the point of conception.

There is no happy ending to this story, but the idea that a nine year old could give birth to twins with no ongoing negative effects beggars belief.  Her life is screwed up as it is.  Why is the Pope giving her a kicking?

Middle East Crisis Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

More tit for tat killings, and it is the innocent who suffer, not the ones casuing the violence.  The problem is that Hamas is committed to the destruction of the Israeli state.  A BBC article –  Here 

I am not condoning Israeli actons, indeed the state of Israel was born from terrorism against the British (I used to have a friend who had a hobby of getting thrown out of historical sites by correcting the tour guide’s spin and gloss.  In Israel he pointed out that the ‘two brave Jews’ hanged in a particular prison were there for planting bombs in a British barracks that killed soldiers).  However the reality is Israel is not going to go away, and rocket attacks and suicide bombings are not going to advance the Palestinian cause one jot.

There will never be peace until both sides commit to respect the original borders.  I can not see this happening in the near future, with a mix of Islamic lunacy and militant Zionists setting up ‘settlements’ because ‘God said so’.

1st The US MUST negotiate with terrorists.  Wars end in negotiation.  The British government negotiated with the IRA despite ‘policy’.  Of course it will never be that simple- there is a chance of a democratically agreed united Ireland- there is no chance of ‘no Israel’.

Hamas and other extremists need to agree for an Israel.  In return for that there will have to be massive  investment making sure that ‘New-Palestine’ is a viable country.  I don’t just mean aid, I mean a proper infrastructure.  The reason Hamas is DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED is that it is about the only organisation running schools and hospitals for the Palestinians.

Once attacks on Israel stop the US can use its muscle to force Israel into acting responsibly.

Of course none of this will happen without both sides being willing to compromise.  And while ‘God’ is directing both sides’ land-claims this won’t be anytime soon.

A Teddy called Mohammed Saturday, Dec 1 2007 

As every one in Britain is probably aware, Gillian Gibbons, a British teacher in Sudan, has been sentanced to 15 days for allowing her pupils to name the class Teddy Bear Mohammed.  This apparently was so anti-Islam, so hateful, so calculated to insult Muslims, she had to be punished. 15 days in a third world prison, with a crowd of a 1000 protesting, some demanding the death penalty. 

Radio 5 phone in this morning seemed to divide into two camps- the “punish the wogs” type, and the “it’s her own fault for not researching the culture” band.

This is nothing to do with religeon.  This is a classic case of people being used.  Yes there are a few nutters to whom this is such a great insult that they want her dead.  But they are a minority.  There are Christian fundies in the US who would be no better, a point to remember before listening to those who would shout about Muslim barbarians.  There are also too many so called “jihaddis” who seem to take offence at every little comment.

I do not believe that this has anything to do with religeon.  Saddam wrapped himself in Islam to defy the West, though he seemed really not to care that much- Tariq Aziz, his PM is Christian, changing his name to fit in. Baghdad also has a synagog.

 Likewise the Sudanese government is allowing its self the same luxury- using the religeous extremists to mask the position.  Western governments know what the message is- they understand exactly what the Sudanese dictator ship is saying.  “Stay out of Darfur”.

Sudan has been under sustained pressure over its actions in Darfur.  Gibbons is a handy patsy. The message is clear “Intervene, and we will manufacture religeous hatred”.  The Sudanese government are playing to the gallery, the same way as Saddam did- there will always people guillible enough to believe you are their hero, and an attack on you is an attack on them.  It is just possible those protesters are helping to continue their own repression.

The Spirit of Burma Thursday, Sep 27 2007 

I’ve been following the protests in Burma for the past couple of days.  There is something amazing about the human spirit in events such as these.    This time the people know that it is easier for the media worldwide to see what they see.  The site of the monk facing down soldiers shouting “I’m a Monk, beat me” was amazing.  The Dictatorship may be caught with nowhere to go.  The people who are leading the protest are the one section of society who will anger society if they are attacked.

It reminded me of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, bemused border guards realising they can not stop the popular feeling, or Yeltsin acting as the focal point against the Soviet Coup against Gorbachev.  The velvet and Orange revolutions in Eastern Europe.  Most of all it reminds me of the lone man who stood in front of a column of tanks at Tianamen Square- a sight of extreme bravery.  I hope the people of Burma are more successful than he ultimately was.

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