It Gets Better – Enough is Enough.

Im a casualty of love.
Well, Im tired of life really. Its so hard, Im sorry, I cant take it anymore.
First Id like to mention my friends Nancy, Abby, Colleen, jemma, and Kasia
Being sad is sad : /. I’v been like this for way to long. I cant stand school, I cant stand earth, I cant stand society, I cant stand the scars on my arms, I cant f***ing stand any f***ing thing.
I dont want my parents to think this is their fault either… I love my mom and dad : ) Its just too hard. I dont want to wait 3 more years, this hurts too much. How do you even know It will get better? Its not.
I hit rock f***ing bottom, fell through a crack, now im stuck.
My favorite singers were lady gaga , Adele , Katy perry, and Jessie james, Christina aguilara and most of all I think KASIA!!! I LOVED Singing, and she helped me a lot : ) Im not that good at it though :”/, Im going to miss you guys
(well You know who you are, But to the people who didnt like me (many) A big f*** you, Go ride a unicorn. But w/e I love you anyway.)
Remember me as a Unicorn :3 x) MAybe in my next life Il be a flying squirreel :D
Il fly away.

This is the last post by Jamie Hubley on his blog. Jamie was a 15 year old Canadian who committed suicide after being bullied at school about his sexuality. This is just a week after Jamey Rodemeyer also committed suicide after being bullied.

Before I start I can honestly say that this actually affected me in a very profound way. It took me nearly 2 hours to place all my thoughts down as I walked the fine line between rage and writing. Because I felt a personal sympathy as I was on the causative side of these kinds of feelings when I was in school myself. And looking back at when I was just a kid with more hair than common sense, this is the one thing about myself I am genuinely ashamed of. I would love to start up some sort of Agony Service for bullied kids. Just an IM service or a Skype line so that kids can call up volunteers across the globe and speak to someone who would just listen to them. Maybe even something as simple as an email system where we can respond to such people. Maybe give them a bit of hope to hang in there till it does get better. This was just a kid who wanted someone to talk to, someone who may have given him the hope he needed to go on.

We can talk about how “It Get’s Better” and how we ourselves rose above the bullies. How we learnt and grew from all of that. But it doesn’t help kids who are being bullied right now.

We are adults, we all are responsible for this. It won’t get better unless we make it better ourselves. We cannot simply expect the gay kid, the kid who isn’t like the others and the nerds to put up with this kind of nonsense. We cannot expect them to simply keep fighting while we cheer from the side lines. It’s time we acted like adults.

We have to stop bullying now. All of it. It’s hard, bullying is the natural state of any group of people. But at least we can try and curtail the excess of it. Kids don’t learn homophobia from other kids, they learn it from parents. Our society is filled with racism, homophobia and hate so kids learn that and take that with them to the schools where they just apply our behaviour to their peers.

Be it racism, sexism or homophobia. All bullying is wrong. We shouldn’t tolerate it, we should stop it and we should stop it now. It does get better, it really does. But it would get better a lot faster if we did something about it ourselves.

I do feel that we as adults should reach out to kids who suffer from bullying. That we ourselves can use our experience to fight bullying on all fronts, from adult life to schools.

For me school was some of the best days of my life, but I know I was responsible for some level of bullying of kids for their perceived sexual preference. For me school was some of the happiest days of my life to the point I never understood why no one would ever hate school. But for some kids it’s the worst possibl
e place on earth, and we need to start changing that. It’s not something that can happen overnight, it’s something that takes time and effort but we have to start right now.

Enough is enough, we need to take responsibility. 

Dear Camille Marino, You are still a horrible person

For someone claiming to be a law abiding and peaceful activist, Camille Marino is back to her double standards again.

This time she is suing the University of Florida due to their unwillingness to disclose information which she claims she will use SOLELY for demonstrative purposes.

Except Camille Marino has threatened students in the past. Specifically from the University of Florida and the information requested does carry names of people involved. She has even threatened to assault the disabled should they fail to do as she says rather than do as she does (she utilised medical care developed through animal research to save her own life.)

And she still continues to to host threats against biologists on her site. Look it’s simple, I feel for a lot of things, but death threats will be condemned. Any and all. They show an utter lack of perspective and are a sign of severe privilege that someone can think a mouse has the same value as a human even while being part of a system that harvests food on a scale that requires the death of rodents in order to ensure our grain can feed the population rather than the mice and rats that can plague us.

Her current target of ire is Donal O’Leary who is the Director of Cardiovascular Research at Wayne State University, and her site hosts this lovely little tirade. (It is rather NSFW being a death threat and all but I trust my readers are sensible!)

For starters I do call Camille names but I don’t wish her death even if she is a horrid human being whose sense of perspective is clouded by her extremism resulting in a frankly criminal level of human ignorance. She has a right to live the same as every human on earth, but this little tirade is frankly disturbing.

It’s not by her (it’s linked to someone writing under the name of Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees.) but she has specifically given the threat it’s own thread in order to showcase a good post in the same way that a good point made on a proper blog may get it’s own blog post to showcase and highlight the points made in an archive format.

Hey Freddie! What are we going to do tonight?
The same thing we do every night!
We try and post death threats on the internet!

It’s a frankly disturbing read, it’s either written by some kid who thought he was being smart (death threats are threats irrespective of source and the internet is less anonymous than one thinks and are valid anywhere in the world as a legitimate reason for investigation.) or worse by someone who genuinely can think of doing these things to someone. I mean,  at some point I will have to insert needles into people and cut people open (I wish to go into surgery) but the very thought of doing it to a living human makes me nervous because I cannot simply say that “I would cut you open and wear your skin like a puppet” without actually imagining it and I would be rather uncomfortable doing it.

This is not the Badass Boast of a hero as Camille thinks. This is the psychotic threat of someone who is genuinely scary and who genuinely may be a threat to Dr. O’Leary.

Maybe I haven’t seen that many Animal Liberation death threats, maybe this is a normal one for their ill breed which may be why so little is done about it. Maybe it’s all talk and no trousers, but frankly? I don’t see why we should wait till someone is hurt or killed before stamping down on this sort of thing.

It is not a threat against a single individual. It is a threat against all the people who work in medicine and biology and any field that involves animal research. It threatens not just him but his family as well.

This isn’t a movement of love, it’s a movement of fear. They are no different from terrorists of every sort. From the IRA who claimed to have a love of their country but instead killed people for belief in a different variant of their god to the muslim extremists who we are so familiar with.

What can we do? Well for starters we need to start protecting students from these people, they are the most vulnerable as they are poor and easy to physically get hold of and harass. We need people to see the genuine benefits of animal research rather than hiding them away. In short we need a new movement in the USA to campaign outright for animal experimentation in the same way that PETA does.

You cannot ignore them, the more you ignore the greater the support they drum up. You cannot hide because the more you hide they more you are portrayed as Dr. Frankenstein or Dr. Moreau. The fear of medicine and the fear of the unknown science is an old one and the only way to fight it is to prove that science isn’t scary and to make it accessible to all. You have to meet them on the battlefield of public opinion and crush them. It was done in the UK and it can and must be done again.

This isn’t just about students, this is about teachers, this is about doctors and most importantly this is about the environment and patients. The biggest environmentalists are the very people the animal liberation movement attack (Banner Waving and harassment won’t save Tigers. Captive breeding can.). The biggest source of medical research for a new generation are the people we abandon today to be harassed by these luddites.

Are we so cowardly and incapable as scientists to start campaigning against them and for research rights? For me it took the work of Laura Cowell to start fighting, I hope her story encourages those who read to realise what our patients go through and what animal research represents for medical progress.

To borrow Laura Cowell’s joke, I rattle too.

It Gets Better – Chess

It is under your bed!!!


Apparently the gay agenda is in full swing again.

The american religious right simply does not get it, the gay agenda is the same as the straight agenda. To have sex with people we want to have sex with. There is no difference except in the target market.

Basically the fuss is about a play where the lead portrays a gay chess playing ultra geek who is a pastiche of every bullied student in bizzaro land (because let’s face it, there are rather few chess millionaires than there are ones of the outdoor sport). In a world where we are trying our level best to stamp out bullying, be it based on race, intelligence, social status, awkwardness or who you like. It basically is meant to provide a look into a school if the popularities of activities and cliques were reversed.

It’s alright! It’s very easy to confuse
vampires and gay people.

Instead we are treated to a tale of incredible amount of homophobia from the audience. The play has done it’s job in proving to us how deeply ingrained the problem is. The people who formed the audience were shocked by something so utterly natural as a kiss that many left as if you could be turned gay from watching a kiss or even if you were kissed by another man. And the thing is despite all this the anti-gay brigade simply don’t get what the problem is. This is hatred, if it were a straight kiss there would be no complaint, despite many thousands of gay teenagers trying to come to grips with their sexuality in a similarly awkward way.


The USA’s education system is failing because of the SATS, standardised testing forces teachers to teach towards a test rather than towards and education. Yes, I understand the value of competitive exams but kids across the years don’t require it. Because kids are expected to only read what is necessary it reduces the breadth of knowledge they possess as they aren’t really working to produce education but are working to produce parrots.

A parrot does what it’s taught to do, in this case pass exams and be homophobic. The fault lies not in the parrot but the person who is teaching the parrot these things. There are no moral objections to homosexuality. There are only religious objections and those are usually based out of superstition and a section of the bible that also claims we should throw our children out of the house dressed in sack cloth if they have any pimples and that we should eat locusts but not pork.

If one is happily able to accept a BLT as a choice then one is equally able to accept homosexuality as a choice too without frothing at the mouth. Blaming the homosexuals for the fall of the american school system is just icing on the anti gay cake.

Not to be confused with the Gay Cake which is fabulous!

For once I would like the real issue to be discussed. This play is not a product of the Gay Agenda, which basically consists of being left alone to have sex with other consenting adults without people bringing the law and religion into it.

No dear readers… This is obviously the work of the deeply insidious Chess Agenda!

Catholic Humanism is another term for evangelism

Austin Iverleigh’s Op-Ed piece deems humanism (which by nature is secular and universal) an inferior concept to something he calls Catholic Humanism, and quotes the pope on various challenges being made to the secular world.

See humanism is an approach to philosophy that espouses human centric ideology. Catholicism by it’s very nature requires faith in a completely magical entity. And the organised Catholic Church is under heavy attack across the western world from a combination of secular principles which simply don’t allow some of the things that the church took for granted just a few years ago and because of the very nature of the Church’s own problems. Basically, it has lost credibility, and has resorted to attacks on secularism rather than cleaning up it’s own problems.

“I appeal in particular to you, the lay faithful,” he said, “to put the case for the promotion of faith’s wisdom and vision in the public forum”

The catholic vision involves everyone being a catholic. The entire point of secularism is that no religion gets a free ride. Not catholicism, not scientology and not the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Pope is “old school” and he probably is kind of puzzled why we don’t really want to listen to a bunch of celibate men in dresses hanging around in incredibly expensive houses telling us that the only god to follow is one who lived and died by carpentry and that this somehow pertains to real life decisions involving science, healthcare and economy.

It was not just that the myth of the British nation-state as Protestant had died: after all, here was the entire British political establishment sitting waiting patiently to be addressed by the Successor of St Peter.

The Pope however does not look like he could kill
a man with nothing more than a nod
and a syringe filled with polonium.

The greatest achievement of Great Britain is it’s secularism. It’s grown in strength from not being a religious state where faith is important. Just look at good olde catholic Ireland? You can blame England for a lot of it’s woes, but post independance the giant counterweight to progress and indeed freedom was not England but good old Roman Catholicism.. From contraception, to abortion to the simple right of two people who don’t love each other anymore to live separately.

And it’s called politeness. The pope is unfortunately a world leader with a lot of clout so he gets treated like one. Vladimir Putin get’s that kind of treatment too which doesn’t mean the UK suddenly wishes to replace steak and kidney pies with borscht.

The riots, coming in the wake of scandals in banking, journalism and politics, have led to call for a way of “re-moralising” society with values and virtues. What we are living through is, in essence, a crisis of the liberal project. Britain’s liberalism has long shown itself capable of managing and reconciling different interests. 

I am sure people weren’t rioting because the tabloid paper the News of the World were implicated in phone tapping which they had used in the past. They were basically torn a new one by actual proper solid journalism rather than hacking phones into private conversations. Someone basically asked around, gathered proof and dropped them into hot water while they were just publishing information gained from illegally tapping phones. They just happen to be owned by a giant news corporation. Political Scandals and Banking Problems were caused by people who for the most part routinely flaunt their christianity as if belief in magic somehow makes you a good person. Infact the current crisis has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the idea of conservatism which is linked to mainly christian people who assumed that no one would do anything this idiotically villainous (like artificially driving house prices up, like selling securities, like being really greedy) or worse were planning to do something this idiotically villainous to make a quick profit at the cost of others. It’s hard to tell, Americans do have a problem with belligerence, it’s easy to sum up. It’s no malicious, it’s just the incapability of understanding that our actions have effects beyond the immediate. We all are guilty of it, but americans due to their relatively privileged position are especially guilty of it because they often don’t realise what a simple action such as wanting cheap food can do to the world’s economy. Or indeed what a simple pleasure like water skiing can do in the wrong place…

I can’t get no satisfaction!

The morals people are sick off are the Church’s. Not only are Churches exempt from taxation but they also had enough political clout to cover up and protect paedophiles to protect their own image. The people who screwed the economy up were devout christians, the people who reduced banking oversight were people who proudly admitted that they go to church as if it means anythi
ng. The people who dragged us to war spoke lies to get us to go while claiming to be christians. How dissociated from reality do you have to be to think that the Riots are a failing of morals rather than people getting pissed off the lack of oversight in a system and how some people (including a certain Catholic Church) were getting a free ride when they didn’t really need it.

Catholic social teaching, and the attempts to produce an economics centred around the needs of humans, rather than of money, look like the only thought-through alternatives to unbridled market capitalism – and certainly the only ones which have a chance of widespread popular support.

Socialism right? The principle that the government provides a safety net and services considered essential and universal? The problem with catholic socialism is that you have to be a catholic to enjoy it. A lot of the complaints that the catholic church has regarding loss of religious freedom is the loss of religious freedom to evangelise.

It’s simple. The calls for frugality come from an organisation that is worth an estimated 400 billion dollars a year. We simply don’t know because the Church for the most part has tax exempt status and so no one polices earnings, but all those fancy cars and silly hats don’t come cheap and neither does the power to cover up paedophilia scandals. The church wants you to be good and obedient and not get angry and break things (I don’t like people breaking things but even I can see the point of sometimes doing it.) and most of all not question where all the rich people got their money from lest we realise that the church is itself quite rich.

It also wants a leg up in a world where it has been deemed irrelevant to humanity by humanism itself. It wants to be taken seriously when the scientists discuss stem cell research. It wants people to not give gay people rights and it wants people to not put up such a fuss when people ban abortions. And that’s what catholic humanism means.

It’s just Catholic Evangelism after someone hired a spin doctor.

Another One Bites the Dust

Malaria has a vaccine which is reported to drop malaria infection rates by around 50%, which is cause for immense celebration.

The malaria vaccine is the first vaccine produced against a parasite rather than a pathogen and if the efficiency rate is to hold this would result in a massive drop in cases and in mortality. Roughly 800,000 people a year die from Malaria per year and a 50% infection drop would halve that.

This is without the countless man hours and pain caused by this disease, remembering that there are roughly 225 million cases of malaria per year and that malaria is a serious disease. The sheer amount of money saved in medication and treatment will be astounding particularly since the people this will benefit the most will be the poorest nations of the world who normally don’t have access to the best medication.

It will be a few more years before the vaccine is released but clinical trials are promising. This is 30 years of hard work that have come to fruition even if the immunity doesn’t last long.

This vaccine is hard to produce as malaria has two different forms in it’s infective stage in humans and it was difficult to produce a combination vaccine.

But this is still amazing science.

Ethanol Based Cancer Treatment

Apparently Hitchens isn’t using logic according to this humour free priest.
There it is! It’s the obvious inconsistency in his atheistic philosophy and what he assumes to be a rational approach to his life. By bringing this inconsistency to light, I mean no disrespect to the man as a human being. His suffering is real. Anyone with an even ounce of compassion will feel sorry for what he and all cancer sufferers endure. Many Christians continue to pray for Christopher’s physical healing as well as for a spiritual transformation in his heart and mind.

That’s the thing. We don’t need prayer. Whether you pray or not Hitchens will live or die by sheer luck and his medical treatments. The medical treatments hedge the bets in his favour but he can still lose. It’s sad, it’s horrid, but it’s the truth. There is no god watching over him just as there is no god watching over anyone else when they survive cancer. There is just human beings.

Yes, I do feel sorry for him. No one should have to suffer like this but I have hope that he will live courtesy of medicine. It’s not the magical effect of prayer but the effort of Hitchens and the various medical staff who treat him. 

In order to understand the discrepancy in his thinking, we can compare his cancer to something even worse. Hitchens and others believe he definitely has cancer. I do too. The tests and symptoms prove it. In comparison, Christians believe that they definitely have “spiritual cancer” that is far more devastating in its consequences than other types of cancer. The symptoms prove it. The empirical evidence is strong. Destructive thought patterns and harmful behavior all back up the claim that man has the “cancer of sin” in his soul.

This is specifically not compassion. And it shows the flaw in the “pray for you” mentality. They have just made up a problem that isn’t even in the same league of terrible as real cancer. The “cancer of sin” is one of the most horrid doctrines of christianity. It results in humanity forever beholding to some imaginary being for the things that are normal but perceived as sins. Everything you do is inherently sinful so repent! And this is apparently from a kind and loving god.

The doctrine of sin of christianity is a leash on mankind.

Millions of Christians have testified how faith in Jesus Christ has not only forgiven their sin, but also delivered them from themselves and their pernicious behavior. The empirical evidence is strong. Hitchens can point to some “professing Christians” who don’t “walk the talk,” but what about the millions of genuine Christians who do? What about all the hospitals, orphanages, and homeless shelters run by Christians which demonstrate what a changed life is all about? 

There aren’t as many atheists as christians, but atheists also do these things. Only better, christian charity comes at a price. Let’s just say that catholic charity in Africa didn’t help control the spread of HIV and merely encouraged it.

There are plenty of secular charities out there. The biggest medical charities are the Red Cross and Medicin Sans Frontier and both are secular bodies. How many hospitals run by christians failed to provide women with basic medical care? How many failed to provide abortions or information on contraception to women who need it the most? How many orphanages were home to horrific abuse of children? How many shelters such as the Hephzibah House girls or the Magdalene Laundries exist?

The absolute monopoly on morality does not belong to people who believe in an immutable morality as handed down to by a 3000 year old bronze age culture. Charity isn’t unique to christians, all men are capable of charity. 

Plenty of people’s hearts are changed by atheism. Plenty of people change what they do because of a single moment in their lives. It has nothing to do with Jesus or Allah or Vishnu but everything to do with wanting to do something that makes a change. Such as this man, it’s not religion but human compassion, something we all are capable of not just christians. And he didn’t do it because god told him or to save the people from a metaphysical fate. He did something to make the difference right now. 

During his speech in Texas he stated, “There is no absolute truth.” Any yet, he seems to believe that he absolutely has cancer. He says he would travel to Omaha if a cure was available here. If there is no absolute truth, then how could anyone know if some “ethanol-based” cancer treatment or any other treatment was really effective? Here is how you would know. If the body gets healed and the cancer is gone, then the treatment worked. If the sinner begins to live a noble life rather than a selfish and mean-spirited life, then the treatment worked there too.

There is empircal evidence for cancer in the neoplastic cells we see under a pathological specimen, while there isn’t any for any god. And ethanol based cancer treatment is a reference of Hitchen’s love of scotch. The problem with christianity is that they define nobility by how much you believe in Jesus. It doesn’t matter if you are kind, or loving, or educated. All that matters is how much suspension of disbelief you have.

There really is absolute truth. Christopher Hitchens experiences this to be true in many areas of life, including his physical condition. Suffering in the midst of cancer is very tangible. Death is absolute. Hitchens knows this because none of his family members or friends who have died have come back from the dead.

Prove it. The bible isn’t proof no more than Harry Potter is proof of the existence of wizards, dark or otherwise. Death is not an absolute, but a part of life itself. In death there is life, not for the individual who died but for those who continue on. Does not the cow die for humans? It’s meat becomes ours. In time our meat will become that of worms and bacteria. In time our bones will return to the soil or as we are cremated, broken down to our component elements.

There remains One Person who is willing to be Christopher’s friend who actually did come back from the dead. His apostles allowed themselves to be killed for their faith after they witnessed His resurrection. The empirical and historical evidence is conclusive. The changed lives of million
s of believers prove the reality of God’s grace through faith in Christ.

Which person would that be? There is no proof of Jesus’s existence any more than there is evidence of Shiva’s. Why should you claim that Shiva’s resurrection was not as miraculous as Jesus’s?

The list of gods who resurrected outside of Jesus Christ include Ishtar, Jullungul, Quetzacoatl, Xipe Totec, Phoenix,  Adonis, Baal, Melquart, Osiris, Amun, Cronos, Dionysus, Orpheus, Persephone, Kali, Shiva, Izanagi, Kaknu, Odin, Gulvig, Baldr, Attis, Aennaes, Bacchus, Veles, Inana and many more… It’s actually a rather big list.

The evidence for their resurrection is just as valid as yours. If you are going for “youth” then Odin is the youngest resurrection god and the oldest one in here that’s still worshipped is Shiva (pre-aryan proto-hindu myth Above 4000 BC)

Are not millions of lives changed by Islam or Hinduism? Why should yours be special? And atheism changes lives too because it’s closest to the truth. That there is probably no gods and we are responsible for ourselves and our actions. That we should look at the world through the eyes of science rather than blindly following the teachings of people who didn’t know that much about the world. That there is no shame in not knowing but there is in ignorance.

To borrow John 8;32 – Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

And to geek this out a bit

As much as we scientists don’t believe in Gods, we’re also the closest to them. Talk about irony.”
- Edward Elric – The Full Metal Alchemist

Every Little Helps

I lied, this isn’t a little. This is a lot. James “Fat Boy” Onen is on a crusade to bring skepticism and free thought to Uganda and is taking on witchdoctors and pentacostal christians in his quest to do so.

He speaks out against superstition, he speaks out for gay rights, he speaks out against mass hysteria and possessions which often results in exorcisms (A euphemism for mental illness.). He even speaks out against the spectre of child sacrifice.

Catch him on his blog at Freethought Kampala.

Vultures

I have few opinions about Steve Jobs death. I really do, to me he was just another CEO who made a product that I never owned mainly because I couldn’t afford to own them. The whole shebang was generally out of my reach price-wise. To me they were designer luxuries like a pair of expensive jeans, cool to look at but an unjustifiable purchase. And yes I wanted one, but luxuries being what they are and all…

But I was aware of his disease and indeed his work on more affordable things such as Pixar and their movies. I can see that he brought a lot of joy to the world via his technology. To me Steve Jobs is the man who mixed technology and art rather than the man who made smart phones popular or what have you.

I lost a friend to pancreatic cancer. The disease is quite insidious but I understand that Steve Jobs had a neuroendocrine tumour. This is a relatively slow growing tumour which means that he had an excellent prognosis of living a longer life. Most pancreatic tumours are incredibly aggressive but his specific one is not, it grows a lot slower and many patients outlive the disease.

I was aware of Steve Jobs’s usage of an alternative medicine based diet and indeed his delaying of treatment. This may have contributed to his untimely death but we cannot say for sure, it certainly wasn’t doing him any favours. But what we can say for sure is the alternative medicine bandwagon didn’t really wait for the body to cool before they started to circle the carcass.

Mike Adams in his typical charming way blames his death on medicine.

It is extremely saddening to see the cost in human lives that modern society pays for its false belief in conventional medicine and the cancer industry in particular. Visionary Steve Jobs died today, just months after being treated for cancer with chemotherapy at theStanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. In recent months, he appeared in public photos as a frail shadow of his former self. The thin legs, sunken cheek bones and loss of body weight are all classic signs of total body toxicity observed in chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients.

Mike Adams sells quackery, his website actively advertises products that make him money. His entire spiel is reliant on you falling for his nonsense and forking out money for his product rather than medicine. In short he is a pharmaceutical company that deals in sugar pills. Hence his love of denigrating working products. Not once does he mention the special diets Jobs put himself through nor did he mention Jobs delaying his initial treatments before embracing real medicine wholesale. He had radical surgery to remove sections of tumour (Whipple’s Pancreaticodudeonectomy) and had to have a transplant when it recurred in his liver. The man was fighting a real disease and he fought it using medicine. By contrast a friend of mine who perished from pancreatic cancer died in under a year from diagnosis. Mr. Jobs survived courtesy of all this and experimental hormone linked chemotherapy which improves the specificity of chemo.

It’s utterly shocking that Mike Adams would flog his nonsense by name dropping the dead but he certainly goes onto parade a bunch of famous people’s names like some grotesque hitlist of medicine. He also mentions Michael Douglas on that list which is kind of weird since Mr. Douglas is still very much alive.

It’s a disingenuous mechanism of fooling the ignorant. See all these famous people have died from chemotherapy without mentioning all the famous people who survived with chemo. I see not one mention of Kylie Minogue in his list. Maybe it’s because she fought cancer and lived.

But what’s the sell here?

The simple combination of vitamin D and selenium, if taken in combination, could probably prevent more than 80% of all cancers in America. Yet the American Cancer Society and all the mainstream cancer non-profits don’t dare advocate vitamin D or selenium. If solutions were readily available to everyone,how would the cancer industry maintain its profitability?

Mike Adams the health ranger is trying to flog pills using the death of another human. Pills that do not work. Pills that will cause the death of their patient by not actually doing anything. Particularly since Vitamin D is produced naturally by our bodies and Mike Adams is providing a supplement that isn’t even necessary.

And it never mentions mechanisms or types of cancers or how selenium and Vitamin D kill cancer cells but not human ones. Wait a minute… If Arsenic is the Poison of Carbon that Means Selenium is the Poison of Silicon based life forms.

Holy moly! Mike Adams isn’t even making stuff up, he is just lifting out the plot of Evolution before the rest of the article degenerates into rambling nonsense and conspiracy theories about people tracking where you are with your iPhones. Which is incredibly stupid since if we wanted to spy on Mike Adams we would just look up his Twitter feed. What is it about conspiracy nutters who assume that the world is out to get them and then write about it on the internet where any damn fool can see it? Do they assume that the powers that be don’t have broadband?

He isn’t done with this though and tries to flog a friend’s nutritionist stuff stating that it could have saved Steve Job’s life. This man in particular teaches you “How to minimize your genetic predisposition to diseases such as diabetes, heart and thyroid disease”.

Yes, he is offering to do the impossible. Your genetic predisposition can be counteracted by removing other variables that contribute to a disease but it can not be eliminated because it is genetic. If your genetics are being changed, it is a bad thing. Changed Genetics are caused by Mutagens. Mutagens cause Cancer, not Ninja Turtles and he ends with this challenge.

I don’t mean to be blunt, but how many conventional doctors are dead in their 50’s and 60’s? All the people I know who follow drugs-and-surgery medicine are either dead or dying. If you’re smart, you follow those who are healthy, not sick! And Dr. Bisci is a shining example of authentic health — he sets an example we would all do well to follow for lifelong health.

In a bid to encourage readers to do something, readers who are above the age of 50 please go tell Mike Adams how you survived the scourge of medicine and how all us medics die young.

It is true in one way, doctors do tend to die younger than their patients. Medicine is a stressful job, one of the most stressful in the world. You go in daily to cure patients but there isn’t anyone who treats doctors themselves. We are more prone to falling sick due to exposure to sick people all the time and more prone to stress related disease. We are more prone to dietary issues because many doctors spend large amounts of time in hospitals and don’t get to eat balanced diets.

Because patients come first. A lot of doctors destroy their own health to treat patients. My mother got varicose veins from standing so long. My aunt had to have a hip replacement aged 45 after a patient knocked her over. Our family is filled with people who have injuries from being doctors. And not one of them wo
uld trade patients over our own health.

Maybe I haven’t been fair. I don’t think it’s fair to compare these people to vultures. Vultures are a part of life. These people are worse in that they are willfully ignorant. Delusionally so. Any evidence provided turns you into a pharmacological shill who accepts bribes (of ballpoint pens!) and they simply ignore you. I don’t know how many people have suffered serious injury or death at the behest of people like Mike Ranger but many of those are certainly preventable.

The Problem with Apologetics

Is that sometimes they have to depend views that can only be described as backwards and barbaric. And often there is no defence for this, bar one and only one. And that defence harms christianity but allows us to accept their actions.

Unfortunately the author uses it.

Critics of the Bible must be careful not to impose their present day moral system upon that of an ancient culture found in Scripture and then judge Scripture as though it is inferior to their own subjective morality. The above verses were written 3,000 years ago in a very different culture and location. Sexual purity was very highly valued, unlike today, and when a man would marry a woman, her virginity was critical. In ancient times a dowry was paid to the father of the bride and the rightful expectation was that the bride would be a virgin.

Of course we cannot impose our morality on a bunch of bronze age people. We have come such a long way from their barbarism and we are trying to develop a truly egalitarian society on the principles of equality of all, the brotherhood of mankind, compassion and reason. Theirs was a brutish society dictated by the laws of superstition and of inequality.

So yes, it’s correct. We cannot judge a bunch of people with no idea of our modern ethics and our better morality which developed over time. We can be shocked at their murder of women but being shocked won’t bring those women back. We can laugh at the ignorance of these people who would stone a woman to death just because she had sex and even at the purchase of women as chattel. These are things in the past. The author is right in all of this.

No, what we should be asking ourselves is “If they were so backwards, why on earth do we need to listen to anything they have to say in the first place?”.

In the culture of the time it was the father who was charged with the covering, care, and well-being of his daughter. Her sexual purity was representative of the father’s ability to raise her according to the laws God. Therefore, in that culture, a man’s reputation, as well as the family’s reputation in the community, could be adversely affected by the fornication of his daughter. If his daughter had been promised to a man to be married, and a dowry had been paid, there was every expectation from the bridegroom that she would be a virgin. If the contrary was discovered after the marriage, then the implication is that there had been a deception in which the father could be implicated, or it would mean that he was unaware of her sin and this would bring great shame to the family and the community, not to mention it being a display of outright rebellion against God’s law. In this case, to insure the integrity of the family, and to remove the evil of adulterous/fornication from the community, stoning was advocated.

Oh, I completely agree with him. To those people who lived around 1000 BC this would have made perfect sense and would be logical and true. What bugs me is why we have to listen to anything they have to say about morality when it has absolutely no correlation to what morality we have.

Finally, she was not stoned for not being a virgin, but for carrying out a deception in trying to appear as one.

Could this be because the punishment for not being a virgin is to be stoned? I really cannot believe that I have to say this but “Making it worse? How could it be worse?“.

But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.”  

General Charles Napier

And yes, I cannot believe that I have had to quote Monty Python and Napier in one article but it really is that ridiculous a piece of apologetics.