Thursday, June 28, 2012

What Makes America The Best Country In The World?

Is America the best country in the world? What makes it the best? Is it all of the freedom that we enjoy? We know that we arnt the only country in the world who has some sort of document that sets up government in a way that protects the citizens rights..and we certainly arnt the only country that has a democratic system..

Maybe its the attitude of its citizens. We all support the "American dream". What IS the American dream? The American dream, is being able to make something out of yourself, no matter what social class you come from. Is this really possible, and are there really no other countries like that?

I'll use our past presidents as an example. The American dream means that ANYONE could be anything they wanted regardless of class, even the president of the united states. So, why is it that there were only seven out of forty four presidents who were anything less then a lawyer or teacher who ran our country? you might say, but that's ridiculous..all lawyers and teachers arnt successful...No, but do you know how much money it takes to go to school to become a lawyer? More then an average working class person of that time could afford, and that's just not something a lower class citizen could identify themselves with.

Speaking of the attitude of our citizens, is a countries nationalism really proof of anything? If that's the case, why is it that we are skeptical of other countries that support blind nationalism?

Maybe we are the best country in the world because we do the most good for our citizens. How well are our citizens taken care of?

Here are a few figures, that show us how we rank with other countries in the world:

7th in literacy.
27th in math.
22nd in science.
49th in life expectancy.
178th in infant mortality.
3rd in median household income.
4rth in labor force.
4th in exports.

Now, compare that to the things that we lead the world in. Here are two that I am the most ashamed of:

1st in incarcerated citizens per capita.
1st in defense spending..which is more then the next twenty six countries combined.

Now, of course we do have programs such as social security, medicare and medicaid to name a few, but most people will agree that there are aspects of these programs that need reform.

Looking at these few examples, I think its safe to say that we dont have the right to call our selves "the best country". Are we a good country? yes, I think everyone should be proud, but at the same time, realize that when there is something to be critical about, the best thing to do is to fix the problem, not ignoring it by blind nationalism.

Why God's First Words to Adam Was A Lie: By Rosa Rubicondior

Now here's a funny thing.

Browsing my King James Bible, I came across this curious tale. Maybe you've heard of it. It's the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. It makes you wonder just what sort of god the author was writing about. It soon becomes all too obvious why he was writing it in the first place though - and I do mean he.

Firstly, this god is supposed to have created the Garden of Eden, complete with fruit trees for food, and put Adam into it.

    Genesis 2:8-9 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

He then tells Adam that he can eat the fruit on all the trees except for the [fruit of the] tree of 'knowledge of good and evil' otherwise he will surely die.

    Genesis 2:15-17 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

    But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

So this god has put temptation in the Garden of Eden yet poor Adam does not yet have knowledge of good and evil so he doesn't yet know it's wrong to disobey this god. The words 'set up to fail' spring to mind.

But maybe that threat that Adam would die would do the trick, though we aren't told if this god has actually told Adam about death yet, and he can't have heard about it from anyone else.

God then makes all the animals and birds, etc, out of the ground, apparently hoping that Adam could use one of them as a 'help meet'

    Genesis 2:18-20 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

Okay. So, this god decides to make Adam a 'help meet' and creates a whole lot of birds and animals to see if any of those would do, but fails to make a suitable one - which is strange really, what with being omniscient and having created Adam in the first place.

So, he has another go and creates a woman for him. For some reason, although he could create a man from dust and all the animals and birds 'out of the ground', he needs a piece of man from which to make a woman, but that's by the by. Maybe he was losing his touch or the magic was running out along with his omniscience.

    Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Well, obviously! With no knowledge of right and wrong, why would they feel shame?

And now the tale starts to get really bizarre, as though it weren't bizarre enough already.

Apparently, this god had included a talking, reasoning and cunning snake when he created all the animals and birds 'out of the ground'. It turns out too that this snake knew that the god had lied to Adam before it was even created, but we aren't told how it got this knowledge. Obviously someone must have told it because it wasn't there when the god told Adam the lie.

The lie was of course about dying if they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or even touched it (though the god apparently forgot to mention the touching part).

So, here we have an incompetent god who tells lies, and a clever serpent who tells Eve the truth. And Adam, who was told personally by this god that he would surely die, decides to take his chances with Eve and the serpent instead.

Perhaps he wasn't too impressed by this god either, having seen his bungling over the 'help meet' fiasco. But of course, Adam and Eve didn't know right from wrong, so they can't be held responsible for doing a 'wrong' thing, can they?

Anyway, they then eat the forbidden fruit, gain the knowledge of right and wrong through some mysterious process, and don't die, just like the serpent says, and contrary to what the god had said.

God had lied to them.

So, was this knowledge of right and wrong the knowledge that this god is a liar and did Adam and Eve get their morals from a talking snake?

But it doesn't stop there.

A bit later on, Adam and Eve, who had mysteriously found a needle and thread and made some simple cloths to cover their newly-discovered naughty parts, heard this god walking about in the Garden of Eden so they hid from it.

And the god couldn't find them so he had to call out to Adam and ask him where he was.

    Genesis 3:8-9 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

They hid from an omniscient, omni-present god!

Moving on...

And it's only then that this omniscient god discovers that they have eaten the forbidden fruit and now know right from wrong!

    Genesis 3:10-13 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

    And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

    And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

So, this omniscient god now needs to be told what happened and falls for Eve's lie. The serpent hadn't deceived her at all. The serpent was the one who told them the truth and the only person who could have told the serpent the truth in the first place was the god. They touched and ate the fruit and didn't die like this god had told them they would; instead they lived, like the serpent had said they would.

It was Adam who had been deceived by the god.

It all smacks of a set-up to me.

But it maybe all becomes clear in the final few of verses of the tale:

    Genesis 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life

So the poor serpent gets punished for doing what he was made to do and for telling the truth which it can only have been fed by the god. And of course, as we all know, snakes eat nothing but dust to this day!

Then the sucker punches, and the reason the entire tale was made up in the first place, even at the expense of making the god sound like an incompetent fool and a liar. The god who rigged the whole thing in the first place decides to punish Adam and Eve even though they didn't know right from wrong until after they had done the naughty thing. Not only that, but this was the worst crime imaginable and one for which all Adam and Eve's descendant were to be punished too.

And this is supposed to be an omni-benevolent god!

    Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Yep! Women are to be the chattels of men!

    Genesis 3:17-19 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

    Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

And the best a man can hope for is a life of toil and drudgery and labouring in the fields.

Except of course for the priests and the ruling classes, who just happen to own the fields and need a compliant labour-force who know their place and believe they deserve nothing better from life.

And that's the women put in their place too! Sod all that seduction and foreplay stuff and wanting a say in everything! A man should be master in his own house!

This is how you can tell that the Bible was written by men for the masters they served and how the god in it is a utility god who is made to be whatever suits the rulers at the time. Later on it will be a brutal, genocidal god, or a capricious, threatening one, or even one who sides with the underdogs - up to a point of course.


10 Quick points: pro-circumcision

1. The American Academy of Pediatrics (1999) stated that studies suggest that neonatal circumcision confers some protection from penile cancer.

2. Circumcision is associated with a reduced risk of urinary tract infections

3. The American Academy of Pediatrics (1999) stated: "Circumcision has been suggested as an effective method of maintaining penile hygiene since the time of the Egyptian dynasties

4. An inflammation of the glans penis and foreskin is called balanoposthitis; that affecting the glans alone is called balanitis. Both conditions are usually treated with topical antibiotics (metronidazole cream) and antifungals (clotrimazole cream) or low-potency steroid creams. Although not as necessary as in the past, circumcision may be considered for recurrent or resistant cases. Most cases of these conditions occur in uncircumcised males

5. Phimosis is the inability to retract the foreskin over the glans penis; authors frequently distinguish between "physiologic" phimosis (or developmental non-retractility) and "pathological" phimosis. The latter is most commonly caused by balanitis xerotica obliterans, for which circumcision is the preferred treatment. The American Medical Association states that circumcision, properly performed, protects against the development of phimosis

6. In another analysis, in which 21 studies were included, there was a statistically significant reduction in prevalence of HPV

7. There is strong evidence that circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual men in populations that are at high risk. Evidence among heterosexual men in sub-Saharan Africa shows a decreased risk of between 38 percent and 66 percent over two years and in this population studies rate it cost effective

8. The American Academy of Pediatrics points to a survey (self-report) finding circumcised adult men had less sexual dysfunction and more varied sexual practices, but also noted anecdotal reports that penile sensation and sexual satisfaction are decreased for circumcised males...but, I see this as a benefit for men with a problem with pre-mature ejaculation.

9. Social/cultural conformity.

10. It is literally the most common form of surgery that is performed today. with modern methods and anesthesia, there are very few cases of complication.

Quick Thought On Education

The problem with our country's education is that it is rated 88 in the world.

our government would rather spend more money on corporations that boost the economy then to spend money in education...which would help the economy in the long run. A lot of people even feel that it isn't right to spend more on education because it would mean it was some what socialized, and we all know..that's a "slippery slope to communism".

we have had so many recent spending cuts in the education department, and teachers are being seen as less important. also, you should look at some of our text books to understand why we care so little about education. also, about textbooks..our adoption committees are too controlled by the parents. they are afraid to tell students the truth because it might go against their beliefs. they are also there to make you feel more patriotic. a lot of people feel better about making our students nationalists.

I could go on and on about our education system here in the states. its just..there's so much wrong with it right now and people dont even realize it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pledge Of Allegance

Its a violation of the first amendment. it matter how many times a fundie will argue, promote certain religions over another or non at all. Some religion's dont have gods, and those of us who dont believe in gods can tell you...its really the christian god they are referring too anyway.

I also feel that little children should not be pledging their allegiance to something that they dont understand in the first place. we should teach our children to strive for a better future, not to blind them with nationalism.

also, what is it about seems that they dont want to conserve history at all, but to alter it, or shadow over important things in history that would actually make you think. the mention of god was never in the original pledge, it was never on the dollar, but yet they wont even begin to consider removing them...the conservatives are not conserving anything.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Just A Thought On Birth Control

if you believe sex is a sin, but believe that condoms are wrong...
people are still going to have sex because they dont share your view. not letting them get birth control, or not allowing them to use condoms are hurting them, just because it is against your beliefs. actually, not only are you hurting think that its god's will for them to suffer.

there is nothing humane or moral about that.

Top 10 Widely Believed Myths

10. Pigeons blow up if you feed them uncooked rice

Wedding guests are often told to refrain from throwing uncooked rice because of the explosive consequences that it can have on birds, especially pigeons. Ann Landers and The Simpsons both warned us about it, so it must be true.

  If rice hurts their insides, then birds are pretty dumb. Did you know that birds eat rice grains during the cold months to maintain a healthy body mass? No bird explosions due to rice have ever been documented. The fact is that birds don't drink enough water to cause any significant stomach swelling due to rice. The no-rice wedding rule really exists to keep guests from taking a tumble.

9. Napoleon was short

Napoleon’s nickname may have been "Le Petit Caporal," drawings may depict him standing among much taller soldiers and he may have had an inferiority condition named after him (the Napoleon complex), but the truth is Napoleon Bonaparte wasn't short. Napoleon's height was measured in French feet, which listed him as being 5 foot 2 inches. That's short, but using the Imperial system, Napoleon stood at 5 foot 6 inches, an average height for men in his country. What about the nickname? Napoleon was given the "Petit" tag because of his friendly and respectful nature toward his soldiers; and since most of them were above 6-feet tall, that's why he seemed small by comparison.

8. If you shave your hair, it returns thicker and faster

Despite studies from the 1920s showing the opposite, many men believe that shaving, waxing and cutting hair can accelerate its growth and that the hair will return  thicker and darker. In reality, it's one big special effect.

For one thing, the hair that we touch, see and style isn't alive. Living hair lies under the skin and scalp, so cutting it won't change the texture or speed that it grows. The fact is you're merely seeing your hair at a different stage. Cutting your hair doesn't change the color either: Since the sun naturally lightens hair, new growth looks darker, but it all evens out in the end.

7.The Salem witches were burned

In February of 1692, an investigation was launched into alleged witchcraft among citizens in colonial Massachusetts. Over the next year, some 150 people were arrested and 20 of those convicted were executed. Contrary to popular belief, however, the accused “witches” were not burned. 

While some European laws encouraged burning after death as a way to "cleanse" witchcraft, it was forbidden in Massachusetts -- this ruling was because the judicial system was operating under English law. As a result, the "witches" all died through hanging, except for one: Giles Corey, who was crushed to death for refusing to enter a plea.

6. Space has no gravity

Since astronauts appear to be "weightless" in space, there is an assumption that space is a place with zero gravity. While there is less gravity in space, the idea that there is none is factually incorrect.

There isn't just gravity on Earth, on the moon or even on the sun -- it's all around us.  Gravity is responsible for keeping our feet planted on the ground and it's also the way that planets and satellites maintain an orbit. The reason why space allows humans to be weightless is because they are gravitating toward the Earth at the same rate as their ships.

5. Marie Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake"

“S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche.”
- Marie Antoinette?

Translated to "If they have no bread, let them eat [cake]," this cruel statement is mistakenly linked to Queen Marie Antoinette. As evidence of its true origin, historians point to two other sources instead: One is 18th-century author Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who wrote of an arrogant princess suggesting brioche for the poor if they didn't have bread. The other potential source for the quote is Marie-Therese of Spain, who allegedly uttered the quote.

4. The only visible man-made structure from space is the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of Earth's architectural wonders. Historians like Richard Halliburton boldly proclaimed that it could be seen from the moon. NASA's Lunar launch proved Halliburton wrong, but the belief remains that from a close orbit, the Great Wall is the only man-made structure visible on Earth.

Ironically, the Great Wall isn't very easy to spot from a close orbit of 180 miles -- it's large enough, but its colors don't distinguish it from its natural surroundings. Furthermore, astronaut descriptions and photographs have shown that airports and highways can be seen from orbit as well.

3. The inventor of the lightbulb was Thomas Edison

Calling Thomas Edison the "inventor" of the lightbulb is false. Although instrumental in developing a commercially successful lightbulb, he did not create it. A closer examination takes us to 1809, when Englishman Humphry Davy created an arc lamp. A decade later, Warren De la Rue built the first sealed lightbulb and in 1840, William Robert Grove lit an entire room of lamps. Unfortunately, the products were expensive with questionable durability. Eight scientists and three patents later, Edison expanded on these ideas to create a longer-lasting, cheaper product. The rest is history, but it wasn't Edison's to begin with.

2. Humans only use 10% their brains

In the 1800s, scientists debated the overall function of the brain. Out of these debates, William James later wrote about humans only using a small percentage of their brains and the 10% myth was born.

Although simple tasks require specific brain areas, anything complicated requires far more than 10% of the brain; magnetic imaging has documented this and scientists are basically in agreement about brain functions. Unfortunately, many psychics still use the 10% myth to promote the idea that they are using more brain power than others. Psychics might be intrinsically connected to some topics, but brain science isn't one of them.

1. Men think about sex every seven seconds

The belief persists that a new sexual thought enters the male mind every seven seconds. While this statement is commonly mentioned, where science is concerned, it has no factual basis. 

Many people point to Alfred Kinsey as the origin of this "fact," but even he didn't get that specific. Kinsey concluded in one study that 97% of men thought about sex between a few times a day and a few times per month, with 54% falling into the daily category. While we can debate whether men are more sexually driven than women, the "seven-second" rule is pure fiction.

Urban Legend About Witches

Its pretty bad when an atheist has to defend paganism, or neo-pagan beliefs like wicca.

this is a myth that's been going around the internet for quite some time, and im sick of seeing it.

"witches are portrayed with flying broomsticks because many women who were accused of witchcraft were drug users that would put hallucinogens on broomsticks and hold it between their legs to be absorbed by vaginal tissue, sometimes producing a sensation of flying."

Brooms ARE used in wiccan traditions, but the real use has to do with creating positive energy. if you actually look into wiccan mythology, special brooms are blessed and made purified to cleanse the area around an fucking sweep with it.

English Class Story

Our school district was one of the worse in the area. This being said...they set a day were we had to implement math skills in every class.

my incident happened in reading class.. the assignment was to manage a budget, in order to plan, and go on a vacation. We were all matched up in teams of two. We had to pick at least two things to do. something educational and something recreational.

our educational activity was a trip to the zoo. that part was fine but Myself, and my partner were into fishing, so we decided to plan a fake fishing trip for the recreational part of it. We had everything done, and we were pretty proud of it.

on the last day before the project was due, our teacher told us we couldn't plan a fishing trip because it wasn't considered recreational. I was pretty confused..i went home that night, got my fishing hand book that came with my license and showed my teacher the next day. The book clearly said "Pa recreational fishing" on the front cover. She continued arguing with me so I just let it go. so..she suggested a different activity for us. she said horse back riding would be just fine.

mother fucking horseback riding....