Jesus is everywhere

April 26, 2010

Jesus is on your farm:

And Jesus is even inside of you:

Happy Boobquake Day!!

April 25, 2010

If you don’t know what Boobquake is, then you don’t watch enough news. But if that is the case, here’s the story. An Iranian Islamic cleric, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, is predicting that earthquakes will hit Iran soon and it’s the women who are at…fault (Eh? Eh? See what I did there?).  Apparently he thinks women wearing immodest clothing and behaving promiscuously have offended “God,” and that is why we have earthquakes.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes”

Of course, Iran sits on top of a very unstable fault, so it’s only a matter of time before another earthquake hits regardless of whether the Iranian women wear underwear under their burqas.

So this little farce has inspired Boobquake, a movement designed to fight such primitive superstition byand the oppression of women by dressing immodestly. The proposal was to scientifically test his claim by devoting an entire day to women dressing immodestly to see if they could cause an earthquake with nothing but the power of their breasts.

Today, Monday April 26th, is that day!

So by the end of today, we’ll know scientifically who the real boob is.

News From Around The Blogosphere 4.24.10

April 25, 2010

1. May 20 is “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”! - Obviously this is inspired by the recent controversy surrounding the show South Park. But as my previous post shows, I got started early.

2. Where the South Park creators got it wrong - I’ve written two defenses of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s recent 200th and 201st episodes of South Park over on my Examiner page (here and here). However, Trey Parker was just quoted in a Washington Post “On Faith” article and what he has to say about “atheism” is so extraordinarily idiotic that it merits the kind of mockery worthy of South Park:

But Parker says atheism is more ludicrous to him than anything else.

“Out of all the ridiculous religion stories — which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous — the silliest one I’ve ever heard is, ‘Yeah, there’s this big, giant universe and it’s expanding and it’s all going to collapse on itself and we’re all just here, just ‘cuz. Just ‘cuz. That to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever,” he says.

Um, what?! Putting aside the ultra straw man he presents that doesn’t accurately describe the physics, this isn’t just some wacky ideas scientists made up out of whole cloth. It’s empirically testable and measurable. This is not up for debate. It’s scientific fact. And I’m sorry, Trey, if you’re unimpressed by this bastardized version of the science but that’s just too bad.

3. Could the winner of the UK’s next top leader be an atheist? – When asked if he believed in god, Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats’ new leader in the UK, said no. And it seems as though he’s now leading in the polls. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about Clegg. But assuming he isn’t a nutter or a wanker of some sort or another, I’m rooting for him.

4. Canadian climate scientist Andrew Weaver sues newspaper for poisoning the well on climate change – I’ve been saying for a while now that we need to start holding cranks more accountable for their potentially libelous accusations, so I’m all for this. It’s quite different than when the cranks sue their critics like when the British Chiropractic Association sued Simon Singh, because there we’re talking about frivolous lawsuits used merely to intimidate critics. But when the cranks inevitably launch into their grand conspiracy theories, they make serious accusations that often do satisfy the criteria of defamation. And when you’ve got a legitimate defamation suit there’s no shame in taking legal action. And if Weaver is correct and this newspaper did publish articles that promoted “grossly irresponsible falsehoods,” he may have a good case. Of course I don’t know the Canadian statutes on defamation but I’d be surprised if they radically differed from those in the U.S.

Reverend Barry Lynn does a commendable job against Fox News liar

April 25, 2010

Lynn does a great job of remaining cool and collected while being subjected to Megyn Kelly’s massive revisionist history. He stays on target and doesn’t let her asinine statements sidetrack him. All in all, I think this was a win for those of us on the side of reason.

Good job, Reverend Lynn!

Have you seen this Muslim prophet?

April 23, 2010

News From Around The Blogosphere 4.21.10

April 22, 2010

1. Russia bans $cientology material - Perhaps taking a cue from the Germans, Russia is cracking down on beliefs it considers detrimental to society and have now banned books and recordings by L. Ron Hubbard a court determined to be extremist. Russia has already banned some texts by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

2. 60 Minutes applies hardcore skepticism to bring down bogus stem cell quack - Lawrence Stowe is a con man with no real medical credentials who has scammed ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease patients out of money with promises of bogus stem cell cures. I am very proud of 60 Minutes for setting up and airing this sting operation in all its uncomfortable glory.What’s really shameful is that every news organization isn’t doing this sort of thing all the time.

3. Oklahoma proposes new insane abortion bill – The bill would allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects and require women to answer intrusive questions.

Debunking Mike Adams’ 10 Biggest Lies About Healthcare in America

April 21, 2010

Mike Adams laughing at his victims

Mike Adams belongs in jail. Either that or in a mental institution. His propaganda does direct harm to those who read it and are fooled into thinking he’s a medical expert when he isn’t. How he can get away with his claims without it being considering practicing medicine without a license is beyond me. A few decades ago, his activities would have been considered medical fraud. And yet today, this merchant of death is allowed to get away with deceiving the public about the efficacy of medical science. It’s simply criminal.

Now Mike Adams has produced a list of supposed lies about medical healthcare, all of which instead expose his own lies.

So let’s go through them:

“Lie #1) Vaccines make you healthy”

Nobody makes this claim. If fact, right off the bat the writer of this list exposes either their complete ignorance of medical science or their complete contempt for their readers by flat-out lying to them. Vaccines are the safest and best PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT and cannot help anyone who already is infected with the virus the vaccine was intended to prevent.

“Lie #2) Pharmaceuticals prevent disease”

This is nothing short of a scientific fact brought about by over a 100 years of clinical research. In other words, this is just a refusal to accept reality itself. The author might as well claim the Holocaust never happened either while they’re at it.

“Lie #3) Doctors are experts in health”

This is the tactic of every denialist. Because their claims can’t be backed up with any evidence, they have no choice but to attack the very notion of expertise at all in an attempt to lower everyone else to their pathetically poor standards. The fact is that no so-called “alternative” “medicine” has been proven to work under a proper standard of measurement (if it did, there’d be nothing “alternative” about it), so their REAL agenda is to lower the standards of evidence to allow any unproven “remedy” to be called medicine. It’s no different than when creationists try to lower the standards of science to allow “intelligent design” or when Holocaust deniers try to lower the standards of historical research to allow for their particular brand of historical revisionism. The author of this list, Mike Adams, has no medical background of any kind and is apparently insecure about it, so he’s invented an imaginary expertise in medicine and is insisting everyone with real credentials have no qualifications even millions have been saved using real medicine while Adam’s methods have never proven to save a single life ever.

“Lie #4) You have no role in your own healing”

Again, nobody makes this claim. Doctors happily encourage patients to engage in healthy diet and exercise as this my help prevent countless health problems such as heart disease and some cancers, etc. However, no amount of diet and exercise will prevent all cancer and certainly none of it can cure your cancer once you have it. It’s a complete fantasy of the delusional that the human body is capable of fighting off all disease on its own unaided by medical science.

“Lie #5) Disease is a matter of bad luck or bad genes”

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Bad genes are a major component to countless diseases and disorders from cancers, diabetes, and autism. While other diseases are largely the result of catching a virus just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course luck isn’t the only factor here. Nobody in the U.S. is likely to catch polio for instance for a good reason. Thanks for strong vaccination campaigns, polio has been completely eradicated from all but about 5 countries in the world. Also using condoms, for instance is an effective way to prevent STDs.  Sadly, delusional fools like Mike Adams flat-out refuse to accept Germ Theory and think they can treat people with their voodoo medicines. They can’t.

“Lie #6) Screening equals prevention”

Once again, nobody makes this claim. Screening certainly benefits prevention for reasons that should be common sense to everyone above the age of 4. The sooner you catch a problem before it get worse, the better. But no, screening to find a problem itself is not itself preventing the problem and nobody would claim otherwise. That’s just asshole dumb.

“Lie #7) Health insurance will keep you healthy”

Once again, nobody claims this to begin with. Sensing a pattern here? No, the mere fact that one has health insurance does not guarantee health because that’s simply ridiculous. Unfortunately, nothing Mike Adams would have you believe does keep you healthy has actually ever proven to do so under proper clinical testing. But of course, like any denialist, Mike tries to dodge the lack of validity for his own claims by focusing his efforts on a smear campaign against whatever aspect of reality he’s competing against.

“Lie #8) Hospitals are places of health and healing”

Here, Mike Adams commits a “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” fallacy by exploiting a sad fact that many people unfortunately do die in hospitals due to infection brought on by a failure of medical personnel to maintain sanitary conditions. The system is far from perfect and unfortunately mistakes are made that lead to patient death. Mike Adams might learn something about this if he ever decided to actually study. But he doesn’t practice medicine, nor can he by law. Again, this is just a smear campaign against his competition because he is not prepared now or ever to present hard data that shows that he can legitimately treat anyone. Are there problems with the current hospital system? Sure. Does that mean the best solution is to throw out that system entirely? No. The best solution is to simply work towards improving the system we have, not to start treating patients with voodoo.

“Lie #9) Conventional medicine is “advanced” state-of-the-art medicine”

This is really just meaningless rhetoric designed to create the illusion that science-based medicine is somehow either arrogant or prone to using meaningless marketing slogans. Adams puts those terms in quotes as if these are buzz words used by physicians. But has anyone ever heard a physician call their treatments “state of the art”? This is pure silliness. Adams directly says here that Germ Theory is “outdated.” Really Mike? Fucking prove it, asshole! Germ Theory has over a hundred years of clinical studies backing it up. It’s as proven as gravity and evolution. Maybe we should start calling Mike Adams the Bananaman of medicine.

“Lie #10) More research is needed to find “cures” “

Here, Adams says, “This lie is especially hilarious because western medicine does not believe in any “cure” for any disease.” Bullshit. First of all, there’s no such thing as “western medicine.” This is a fiction invented by quacks like Adams to create a non-existent dichotomy. The real dichotomy here is between proven science-based medicine and quackery. Second of all, countless patients have been cured of countless diseases using medical science. Most people in fact know people who have personally been cured of some form of cancer using medical science. What medical science does not do, however, is typically promise positive outcomes for diseases because the existence of unforeseen factors prevents treatments from working 100% of the time. This is still better than Mike’s “alternative” treatments that prove effective 0% of the time.

“You are your own editor”

April 20, 2010

Wow, Mike wasn’t kidding. Nobody edits reality quite like Mike Huckabee, who is seen here flat-out lying to his audience:

As I pointed out yesterday, that unedited interview Mike demanded be made public HAS been made public. . .and it doesn’t help Mike’s case.

News From Around The Blogosphere 4.19.10

April 19, 2010

1. Loose women cause earthquakes? -

2. 26% of Millennials are religiously unaffiliated – This is up from 20% among Gen Xers, which in turn was up from 13% of Baby Boomers. This suggests that contrary to what many religious insist, this is not just a brief post-9/11 trend. On the contrary, the religiously unaffiliated have been on the rise for some time now. It’s only now that they’re coming out in numbers that demand attention.

3. Belgium the first nation to ban the burqa – In a unanimous vote, Belgium approved a law that would effectively ban the burqa or any clothing that covers the entire face in public. This is complicated issue and even I’m not entirely sure where I stand on it.

Huckabee attacks student journalist for accurately reflecting his views on gay marriage

April 19, 2010

Michael Tracey, a student reporter at The College of New Jersey, recently interviewed Mike Huckabee. And during that interview, Huckabee made some pretty embarrassing comments about same-sex marriage:

“That would be like saying, well there’s there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?”

“Why do you get to choose that two men are OK but one man and three women aren’t OK?”

So when this made national news, Huckabee struck back against Tracey, stating:

“The young college student hopefully will find a career other than journalism. I would ask that he release the unedited tape of our conversation. I believe that what people do as individuals in their private lives is their business, but I do not believe we should change the traditional definition of marriage. Not only did he attempt to sensationalize my well known and hardly unusual views of same-sex marriage, he also inaccurately reported my views on Michael Steele as GOP chairman — I offered my support and didn’t “Rip into Steele” as his article asserted. I had a candid and frank conversation with the group about health care, education, the economy and national security while the young journalism student, instead, chose to focus on the issue of same-sex marriage and grossly distort my views.”

And that’s when Huckabee learned a valuable lesson about bluffing–it only works when you’ve got leverage. For instance, if Huckabee knew Tracey didn’t record the interview then it’d just be a former politician’s word against that of an ambitious young reporter looking to make a name for himself. But you see, Mike. Tracey had recorded the interview and you almost certainly knew that he had recorded the interview. So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he had both the means and the desire to acquiesce to this demand fueled by your empty bravado.

So since Huckabee asked, the student newspaper released the unedited tape of their conversation.

Better luck next time, Mr. Huckabee.


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