An Offer You Cannot Refuse

I found myself asking the question. Why disprove anti-vax nonsense? Well it’s because anti-vax are horrible luddites who aggressively campaign. You cannot get into a discussion with them without either them calling you something like “sheep” or them failing basic biology. Debate does not solve the problem because science doesn’t function by debate. I could debate the age of the earth or the theory of gravity but should I win it doesn’t make the earth 6000 years old or gravity function by gravity fairies.

Over the past few weeks I have learnt an important lesson. Anti-vax rules the vaccine debate because they are prolific blogger and routinely visit each other’s pages. It makes proper sensible advice hard to find. Anti-vax relies on one cardinal rule that we are all guilty of. We don’t trust things we do not understand. If we cannot understand something we instantly assume its bullshit. Anti-vaccine ideology isn’t new, it’s as old as the modern vaccine itself. Despite the elimination of some of the deadliest diseases to ever plague mankind they still think that vaccination is the second coming of Mechahitlersatan. When one searches for information on autism and vaccination, one is barraged by a series of quacks and luddites who spread misinformation which is what attracts more followers to their cause.

The backlash against posting honest science ranges from deleting comments, to banning people from speaking out. Good old harassment and bullying is often seen with some very vicious attacks on individuals. So I figure that the best way to fight back is to provide resources of well known arguments. Liz Ditz is handling a current challenge that I had hoped to help out before I got blindsided by three exams and a massive project to be done in a week (Now she has to do it!). So figured that I would tackle something a bit simpler and something I can be a bit more humorous and flippant about than Liz’s rather more serious tone.

What follows is a section from Guylaine’s book called The Medical Mafia. Where it describes the various methods we apparently destroy your health by making you live so long that you turn into decrepit old things rather than letting you live fast and die leaving a sexy corpse. So let’s review the Dr. (oh yes, she is a MD) Guylaine’s essay!

What is the objective of the world authorities in destroying people’s health, both in industrialized countries and in the Third World? It is always difficult to presume the intentions of others, particularly when one is not close to them. And this is true in this instance. But there are certainly advantages for someone, somewhere, to so doggedly keep-up the campaign for vaccinations, by any and all means possible. They must profit someone, somewhere. One thing is certain. It is not to our advantage. In order to determine what these advantages are, and for whom, let us stop and look at the CONSEQUENCES of these massive vaccination programs and draw our own conclusions.

There aren’t any “World Authorities”. That title is much like the WWE World Champion, it doesn’t mean anything. We as a species can barely get along on the basis of gender, colour, creed and religion and I am to believe the fact that there is a nebulous and secretive cabal called the “World Authorities” who rule every single part of your life yet can be undone by a bunch of housewives who read articles on public websites which can be easily accessed. Okay this is a relatively mild jibe at this mythical organisation but if one goes into or Natural News one quickly learns that the medical professional’s decrepit form is powered by ancient spirits of evil.
Ancient Spirits of Medicine transform me into AVICENNAAAAA! The Medical Student!!!
1.   Vaccination is expensive and represents a cost of one billion dollars annually. It therefore benefits the industry; most notably, the multinational manufacturers. One sells the vaccines. The other then provides the arsenal of medications to respond to the numerous complications that follow. Their profits increase while our expenses go through the roof. To the point where we have simply had it up to here and are ready to accept the unacceptable, such as socialized medicine in the United States, for example.
Vaccination is one of the cheapest methods of disease prevention out there. Vaccination actually REDUCES profits since it reduces the amount of curative medicine being sold. Many nations actually produce their own vaccines at cost. “The Complications” that follow are not very severe (Mostly it’s inflammation of the injected area, pain and fever) and the few that are easily treated (Anaphylaxis, High Fevers) when compared to say things such as Diptheria or Pneumonia. People spend more money on calamine lotion and antipyretics to treat chickenpox (A disease that kills around 100 people a year in the USA without going into hospitalisation) than on the vaccine and that doesn’t even factor into loss of time in schools and work.

The argument here that vaccination is expensive is frankly nonsense. Vaccination in the USA is usually free of cost either provided by insurance agencies or by the government vaccination fund. All children are eligible for the basic set of vaccines.

And I do like the fact that “socialised medicine” is unacceptable. This just proves that the good doctor is a dumbass because the only difference between private and socialised medicine is that the you are insured by the government rather than a private company and the government won’t screw you out of stuff you need while private companies will try their best to not pay out. The total cost of vaccination is around $200 a
s a whole. The loss of earnings per day at a minimum wage job if you work 8 hours a day is around $50 a day. If your child gets chickenpox then congratulations, you will have to take at least 8 to 10 days off work (I am not counting Saturdays) which is $400 to $500.

Now something like the Chicken Pox or Measles is a common disease. These were once part and parcel of childhood (as were the deaths and permanent damage that went along with them). Even monetarily speaking (without factoring in the deaths or permanent damage) it’s cheaper to vaccinate than not. If we factor in the care that goes into the complications of these diseases, you end up with this costing way more money than the cost of vaccinations and this is without bringing in more lethal diseases like Pneumococcus or Neiserria Menigitidis.

2.   Vaccination stimulates the immune system, the body’s defense mechanism. Repeated, vaccination exhausts the immune system. It gives a false sense of security and, in doing so, it opens the door wide to all kinds of illnesses. Notably, to those related to AIDS, which can only develop on ripe ground, where the immune system has been disturbed. It causes AIDS to explode. It ensures that the illness flourishes perpetually.
The immune system is not a muscle. You cannot exhaust it by stimulating it or else you will have to live in a bubble. There is a near inexhaustible supply of cells (barring certain diseases) in your body dedicated solely to kicking arse and taking disease names.

Now this is a horrendous lie. AIDS is caused by HIV which targets cells that carry the CD4+ receptor. These are lymphocytes and some monocytes which causes a depletion in the specific immune system and our ability to produce antibodies. There is no “ripe” ground for AIDS. This kind of logic means that gay men vaccinate more than straight men and that Africa has more vaccination than the USA.

This is a outright lie and a dangerous one because we know that HIV affects prince or pauper equally. This is someone promoting the notion that she knows a way where the disease won’t flourish “perpetually”. If you have HIV and go into remission, she may claim you are cured and you may end up infecting someone else. This is just plain deadly advice not just for the patient but for the general population. 

3.   Vaccination leads to social violence and crime. What better way to destabilize a country than to disarm its inhabitants, and reinforce police and military control? The authorities subtly create situations of panic and fear among the population which, in turn, necessitate the reinforcement of “protection measures”, including forbidding citizens from owning weapons. The authorities then come across as saviours and strengthen their control. It is certain that, in order to impose a single world army, one must first disarm the citizens of every country. One must therefore create violence, if they are to achieve this disarmament, particularly in the United States where the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Constitution.
Vaccination does not lead to social violence. If the author had her way she would blame Somalia and Afghanistan on vaccination rather than the very real problems affecting various countries. It’s scaremongering and the worst bit is that people believe this sort of scare mongering. They honestly do not understand how vaccines work. No, vaccinations actually reduce childhood mortality and reduce loss of work leading to increased productivity and earning and therefore creating a more stable society.

And if we assume point 2 (weakened immune systems) is correct then how on earth are all these violent criminals causing all those crimes if their immune systems are run down and they are constantly sick? AIDS patients may be a lot of things but I haven’t seen any beat up an old lady for her money. I think you are confusing vaccines with PCP.

At no point does a vaccine require you to not own a weapon. A vaccine will function just fine whether you are equipped with harsh language or ICBM. Forbidding people from owning specific weapons designed to kill human beings is just common sense. The USA’s murder and accident rate with handguns is testament to this. You aren’t safer in the USA because of guns, you are actually in a world where any conflict can quickly and rapidly escalate from scary to lethal. And there is no plan to create a “One World Army” or rule you through mind control nanobots or voodoo shaman.

In order to progress as a species we need to work together. We need to realise that nationality and religion are things that hold us back. That the greatest achievements of humans have always come when we put aside our differences and work as humans rather than representatives of the ground we consider home. We have come a long way as groups of apes and the next logical step is to create a global society of Humans or Earthicans or Terrans or what have you that can work together to improve the world.

Maybe there were naysayers like this when families started banding together to form tribes or when tribes became villages and cities. But to me it smacks of a fear of cooperation of man.

4.   Vaccination encourages medical dependence and reinforces belief in the inefficiency of the body. It creates people who need permanent assistance. It replaces the confidence one has in oneself with a blind confidence in others, outside ourselves. It leads to loss of personal dignity, in addition to making us financially dependent. It draws us into the vicious circle of sickness (fear – poverty – submission) and, in this way, ensures the submission of the herd so as to better dominate and exploit it. And then lead them to the abattoir. To slaughter. Vaccination also encourages the moral and financial dependence of Third World countries. It perpetuates the social and economic control of Western countries over them.
Vaccination means you use fewer medicines because you don’t fall sick as much. And the human body is actually rather efficient. The problem is what we consider acceptable death rates are no longer the same. In Nigeria, death of infants is a fact of life. Out of a 1000 live births, 120 will die in the first year of life. In India its better but 60 will die. In the UK only 4 out of a 1000 will die.

I don’t know how the good doctor lives but I am reliant on a lot of people. There are people who grow my food, who make my electricity, who deliver my food to supermarkets where I buy them. There are people who drive buses I travel on and there are people who rely on doctors like me for treatment. You aren’t less of a human being because you rely on humans. You are just part of a modern society rather than living in a Mad Max world. I assume the doctor is a libertarian and so thinks that a world where everyone is self reliant and no man cares about another is some sort of Randian utopia rather than Somalia or Afghanistan.

In order to wrench itself from moral and financial dependence on “big pharma”, South Africa undertook a local African medicine strategy to controlling HIV. This resulted in the infamous “Salad Stand” at the International HIV and AIDS conference which got laughed at. It was funny as hell because we knew it wouldn’t work. What was not funny was that South Africa stopped giving out retrovirals and condoms and instead gave out “Salad and Vitamins”.

The net result was 2 million more cases of AIDS (the increase in HIV transmission due to this decision above the normal rate of increase) often affecting women and children. There is no such thing as “Western Medicine”.  There is medicine which is based on evidence and scientific methods and there is quackery. If you can prove that your stuff works then you get adopted by medical practice.

Obviously a libertarian would think that helping other human beings is evil because it breeds weakness or something equally Atlas Shruggedesque. Randian philosophy by nature is one that rewards selfishness and punishes charity.

5.   Vaccination camouflages the real socio-political problems of poverty of some due to exploitation by others, and results in techno-scientific pseudo-solutions that are so complicated and sophisticated that patients cannot understand them. In addition, vaccination diverts funds which should be used to help improve living conditions, and channels them into the banks of the multinationals. It widens the gap between the dominant rich and the exploited poor.
Vaccination just stops as many people dying from vaccine preventable diseases. You have to have to be rather delusional if you think that reducing the deaths of people will somehow result in them being exploited. And for a doctor this individual is awfully idiotic considering her entire education would be based on “techno-scientific” solutions to problems. A stethoscope is a technologically based scientific solution. This is like shouting that a pointed stick is a techno-scientific solution to starvation and attack by animals and that we should not make spears. How else will we know who is superior and who is inferior if not for the tiger?

There is an idea that medical care in third world nations doesn’t focus on improvement of living conditions which is a rather bizarre idea. I have never seen anyone involved in quackery or anti-vaccine lobbies out in India giving out superfoods or $40 a month multi-vitamins and supplements or teaching poor uneducated villagers about new agriculture methods, hygiene, family planning or building them facilities such as clean drinking water, toilets and sewerage. In fact it’s mainly people who are for vaccination who do these things.

If you complain that we should never use anything we don’t understand then the good doctor had better start explaining to me how her computer works. Because I don’t know how exactly it works. I know it’s by scientific principles rather than pixies but that’s pretty much the limits of my knowledge on the matter. We should instead communicate by shouting!

And how does giving out free (yes, the Indian government gives out the vaccines needed for free) vaccines make the people who get them poorer? Anti-vax have some really shady business ideas where we make profit by giving stuff away. No business ever made a profit by giving away things for free. 

6.   Vaccination decimates populations. Drastically in Third World countries. Chronically in industrialized countries. In this regard, the former President of the World Bank, former Secretary of State in the United States, who ordered massive bombing of Vietnam, and member of the Expanded Program on Immunization, Robert McNamara, made some very interesting remarks. As reported by a French publication, “j’ai tout compris”, he was quoted as stating: “One must take draconian measures of demographic reduction against the will of the populations. Reducing the birth rate has proved to be impossible or insufficient. One must therefore increase the mortality rate. How? By natural means. Famine and sickness.” (Translation)
Vaccination does not decimate populations. I work in a third world country. It’s got 1.2 Billion people in it. It’s got 4 times the population of the USA. That’s not decimated at all. That’s actually a lot of people.

Robert McNamara did not say that. If he did then vaccines reduce the number of people dying. The best example is this. Measles used to kill more people than Smallpox. If we take the current rate of HIV mortality and add it to Smallpox and then DOUBLE the value you would still be short of the number of people per year that Measles used to kill. Prior to vaccination, 8 Million People a year died to Measles. By contrast the current mortality of HIV is 1 million a year and Smallpox was 2 million a year.

We need to control our populations. There are more people on the planet than we can care for. If we do not control the population it will get controlled the way evolution always controlled our populations. Through starvation. We will run out of food and just die. Instead, what we have learnt as people is that if we artificially control our populations by family planning we end up with an excess capacity for food and resource production resulting in an artificial boom. We in the west live in such an artificial boom. Most people in third world nations
do not. The method we achieve this is through education, economic improvement, feminism and condoms and other forms of birth control. Human beings don’t think like Soup Kitchens. We don’t serve food till we run out, we take what food we have and split it amongst ourselves. If you have food for four and there are five people who need to eat then the number of people who starve is five.

Vaccines reduce the mortality of such people who live in such conditions. They are less likely to try and beat the odds by having more children. Women in these conditions cease to be purely vaginas and uteruses and start becoming productive members of society. As for J’Aime Tout Compris? It’s a magazine that predicts that all European Societies will due to immigration and that there will be a new Crusade against Islam. It’s a conspiracy theory rag filled with fear mongering pushing the idea of “Culture” (Hint… it probably means punch all the swarthy people) War.

7.   Vaccination enables the selection of populations to be decimated. It facilitates targeted genocide. It permits one to kill people of a certain race, a certain group, a certain country. And to leave others untouched. In the name of health and well-being, of course. Take Africa, for example. We have witnessed the almost total disappearance of certain groups. Some 50% dead, estimate the most optimistic. Some 70% dead, according to the less optimistic. As if by chance, many were in the same region, such as Zaire, Uganda, the extreme south of the Sudan. In 1967, at Marburg in Germany, seven researchers, working with green African monkeys, died of an unknown hemorrhagic fever. In 1969, also by chance, the same sickness killed one thousand people in Uganda. In 1976, a new unknown hemorrhagic fever killed in the south of Sudan. Then in Zaire. It is noteworthy that sincel968, virologists (virus specialists) have installed their sophisticated equipment in certain hospitals in Zaire. At a CIA hearing, Dr. Gotlieb, a cancerologist, admitted having dispersed, in 1960, a large quantity of viruses in the Congo River (in Zaire) to pollute it and contaminate all the people who used the river as their source of water. Dr. Gotlieb was named to head up the National Cancer Institute! A couple of years ago, Reuters reported: ‘An illness similar to AIDS has killed 60,000 in the south of Sudan. They call the illness, the killer. Families, whole villages, have disappeared This illness, the Kala-azar, takes the form of a fever and toss of weight. The symptoms are the same as those of AIDS The immune system is deficient and one dies of other infections.” It is obvious that Africa, particularly those countries in the center and to the south, contain fabulous resources that have always incited westerners to crush their inhabitants to take over their riches. And beware anyone who stands in their way. The colonies have disappeared. But not colonialism.
There is no way to select a “specific population to be killed” beyond the wild fantasies of neo-nazis and idiots.

Africa is rife with tribalism as an underlying force. Large parts of Africa still have tribalistic divisions rather than distinct nationalism. It’s why Hutus killed Tutsis. It’s not due to vaccination. People in Africa are rejecting the underlying tribe and now fighting for their nations. It’s a long way to go and we in Europe are also prone to it (Just look at the Balkan Conflict). In the USA it manifests itself as gang violence. It’s just that the USA and most of western Europe deals with this sort of violence a lot more effectively than Africa. The massacres were caused by this kind of ideology, not vaccination. In fact those who vaccinate such as the MSF actively place themselves in the way of such conflicts and try to halt it.

Marburg Fever was brought to the west due to monkeys imported from Uganda (oh!) and was controlled by German and Yugoslavian experts who dealt with the outbreak in Marburg and Belgrade. There is no such thing as a “Cancerologist”. Oh and Kala-Azar was first described in India. The name is Urdu for Black Fever. It’s spread by a protozoan parasite from the Leishmania genus. The causative agent is many many many times bigger than a bacteria which itself is massively larger than a virus. Kala-Azar’s more proper name is Visceral Leishmaniasis. It is spread by a sandfly.

It’s not AIDS.

This is just a horrific lie. If Africans read this and think that she is onto something they would not accept medical care and the end result would be a lot more dead Africans. And there would be no blame attributed to Guylaine.

8.   Vaccination serves as a form of experimentation, to test new products on a great sampling of a population. Under the guise of health and the well being of the population, people are vaccinated against a pseudo-epidemic with products that one wants to study. The vaccine of hepatitis B seems to be the choice of authorities to accomplish this goal. Yet, this vaccine is manufactured by a process of genetic manipulation. And it is much more dangerous than the traditional vaccine because it inoculates into the body cells that are foreign to its genetic code. Moreover; this vaccine is produced from virus cultivated on the ovaries of Chinese hamsters. One can only imagine what future generations will look like! But there is more. It is also reported to cause cancer of the liver. Despite all that, it enjoys great popularity among the authorities, who impose it first on all those who work in the health field, and then on the rest of the population. In 1986, the medical authorities administered the vaccine against hepatitis B to Native Indian children in Alaska, without any explanation or the consent of their parents. Many children fell ill. And several died. It seems there was a virus called RSV (Rous Sarcoma Virus) in the vaccine. (1) American Indian tribes have been subjected to many vaccinations. Let us be aware that they are difficult to beat into submission, and they own vast tracts of land which the authorities would like to have for their own benefit. Recently when I met a group of Native women to chat about health with them, the subject of vaccinations cropped up. I was giving them some information on the topic when, suddenly, the group’s nurse confided in me that the federal government had given her complete freedom in the management of their health, but on one strict condition. That every vaccination had to be scrupulously applied to all. The silence was deafening. We all understood. In 1988, the Ambassador of Senegal gave a radio interview reporting on the ravages of AIDS in his country where entire villages were being decimated. A few years earlier, scientific and medical teams had come to vaccinate their inhabitant
s against hepatitis B. In 1978, a new vaccine was tested on homosexuals in New York. And in 1980, on those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and St-Louis. Officially, this “new vaccine” was against hepatitis B and, as we now know, it caused many of them to die from AIDS. It sounded the “official” beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1981. The vaccination program of homosexuals against hepatitis B was led by Saint W.H.O. and the National Institute of Health . There are reports of collaboration between these two organizations in 1970 to study the consequences of certain viruses and bacteria introduced to children during vaccination campaigns. In 1972, they transformed this study to focus on the viruses which provoked a drop in the immune mechanism. Wolf Szmuness directed the anti-hepatitis B experiments undertaken in New York. He had very close links with the Blood Centre where he had his laboratory, the National Institute of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the FDA., the W.H.O., and the Schools of Public Health of Cornell, Yale, and Harvard. In 1994 a vast vaccination campaign against hepatitis B was undertaken in Canada. It is both useless, dangerous and costly. And what for? Is there a hidden agenda? I note that the Province of Quebec is a particular target, over the course of three years.
I hope the good doctor doesn’t eat anything with DNA because that too inoculates into the body cells with a non-human DNA code. And I doubt that the author is a doctor. Any high school student knows that Viral DNA code does not become more hamster like if you grow it on hamster cells. Also the virus causes hepatitis and cancer of the liver. The vaccine actually reduces it.

The RSV co-infection seems to be found only in the works of Guylaine. Nowhere else does it mention this making me think that she is a liar with pants constantly on fire.

HIV is a disease with a well known transmission system and the fact that it kills you by reducing your immunity means that it was very hard to initially diagnose because every HIV patient eventually can die of various different diseases depending on the local incidence.

To blame HIV on the Hepatitis B is a frankly insane statement. Particularly considering the suffering of gay men. The HIV epidemic is due to the small population of Men who have Sex with Men (AKA few partners), the relatively casual attitude to sex and the lack of condom usage (Because men cannot get pregnant). This resulted in a greater chance of a MSM coming into contact with someone with HIV and shagging him. It’s nothing to do with vaccines and everything to do with basic statistics. (Roughly 3% of men are MSM, so out of 100 men there are 3. Now, if 1 man sleeps with one woman, then that man has slept with roughly 1% of the available women assuming there are 100 women. By contrast the MSM has slept with 50% of the available men if he sleeps with one man. On a large scale that means a single HIV positive homosexual man can infect a greater percentage of partners even if he were less promiscuous as the average heterosexual man because his sexual pool is much much smaller. It’s mathematics and it’s harsh. It has nothing to do with sin, promiscuity or anal sex and everything to do with populations.

Hepatitis B is a massive problem because it is not just a STD and can be transferred by contact too. It may not be an epidemic but you know what? It really screws up your liver and I would rather have a liver than risk it. And yes, those who don’t vaccinate actively reduce the herd immunity and make society sicker. If the net number of non-vaccinated reaches a critical point a disease can make resurgence. 

She knows all this but didn’t know that Kala Azar is caused by a parasite. And something tells me that the vaccine didn’t cause these injuries but something else. It’s kind of like how anti-vaccine have claimed that Shaken Baby Syndrome (A series of injuries created by violence towards an infant) is caused by vaccination (It’s not, it’s caused by someone attacking a baby). Claiming vaccines cause random exotic diseases is a well known anti-vaccination trick.
Why was there such a murderous will. Like Native peoples, the people of Quebec are also a “bother”. They believe in their cultural identity and in sovereignty. What is more, Quebec with its Native territories, encompasses huge reservoirs of water which many a multinational have their eyes on. As an acquaintance of mine who sits on the California water management board said, “Water today is gold.” Could one think of a more appropriate biological weapon to possibly remove any impediments to accessing that resource?
Or you know. This is just paranoid fantasies created by a doctor who claims that Kala Azar is caused by a virus thus making me doubt her credentials. She is also appealing to the “Won’t Someone Think of the Native Americans” crowd who think we are still out to get all their land (well not me personally). Every study in the world of any worth has shown vaccination to reduce disease. 
9.   Vaccinations permit epidemiological studies of populations to collect data on the resistance of different ethnic groups to different illnesses. It permits one to study the reactions of the immune systems of large numbers of the population to an antigen (virus, microbe) injected by vaccination. Should it be within the framework of the fight against an existing illness, or one that has been provoked. In 1987, certain American laboratories and the Department of Biotechnology of India signed an agreement authorizing the testing of genetically manufactured vaccines on the people of India. This agreement was met with fierce opposition because it gave access to epidemiological and immunity profiles of a population. This data is extremely important from a military standpoint. It is even more valuable because India has never experienced yellow fever. And, at time of writing this book, it had known only a handful case of AIDS. Over and above all that, the private American laboratories proposed to test products on the Indian population for which they had no right to test in the United States! And the Indian authorities acquiesced!
Yellow Fever is heavily vaccinated for in India for travellers going abroad because of two African diseases that came to India. Chikengunya is a miserable bastard of a disease (It left me with arthritis. My joints still hurt when I have a fever) and Dengue (it nearly killed me. It kills a lot of people in India). Yellow Fever would kill a lot of people.

Seriously? Epidemiological studies prove vaccination works. This is basically “I Hat
e Epidemiology Because It makes My Arguments Look Stupid”.  And Yellow Fever cannot be found in India for the same reason Malaria cannot be found in Quebec. It’s because there are no intermediate hosts. Yellow Fever is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which doesn’t live in Asia. It cannot be spread. Also HIV in India is heavily controlled by drugs, education and the usage of condoms. When HIV came to India there was no South Africa like shenanigans. It was dealt with. HIV still exists in India. There were 5.5 million cases but the new case rate has dropped significantly due to education and condoms reducing it to just 1.5 million. It’s not a handful of cases but it is a testament to education and condom usage without the interference of quacks and the Roman Catholic Church.

10. Vaccination is a biological weapon at the service of biological warfare. It permits the targeting of people of a certain race, and leaves the others who are close by more or less untouched. It makes it possible to intervene in the hereditary lineage of anyone selected. A new speciality is born. Genetic engineering. It is flourishing, enjoys much prestige, and is receiving substantial research hinds. The challenge is staggering. To find a vaccine which gives an illness against which we already have the vaccine! In this way, we would be able to send in troops who have already been vaccinated against the killer vaccine, which they would then spread among the enemy. It is absolutely crazy and insane! Meanwhile, industrial theft is in full swing. Captain and biologist of the US Navy at Fort Detrick, Neil Levitt, reported the disappearance of 2.35 liters of an experimental vaccine. A dose sufficient to contaminate the entire world. Fort Detrick is a research laboratory which manufactures vaccines. It is located quite close to Washington, in Maryland, and it is attached to the National Cancer Institute at Bethesda, a suburb of the capital.
More scaremongering. You cannot target a “Certain Race” genetically. That’s fantasy. Genetics doesn’t work that way. And no you cannot intervene in the heredity in any way using a vaccine. Genetic Engineering saves countless lives. If you know anyone who has a son with Cystic Fibrosis or Duchenne’s you will notice that they will not attempt to have another child. Because a geneticist would have sat down and drawn out how the condition is traced through the genetic line and lay down the risk factors for another child to be born with the same disease. Most parents love their children and would not risk bringing another child into the world to suffer a genetic disorder. That is the most simple work of a geneticist.

Every diabetic on Insulin you see uses a product of genetic engineering. Without which their life expectancy would not be as high as it is.

Also? 2.35 Litres of Vaccine = 2350 ml of vaccine. Each dose is 5 ml = 470 doses of vaccine. There are 7,000,000,000 people on the planet.
It is hardly astonishing that, in every major vaccination campaign, one finds the same tangled web. Government, the military, Saint W.H.O., financiers, researchers, laboratories, universities, the CIA, and the World Bank.
The Government and World Bank care about development, vaccines reduce mortality rates and are a indicator of healthcare. Research and Laboratories care about finding out new things and new treatments and so are interested in vaccines. The military has large groups of men who live in close quarters where disease can spread like the plague so worry about vaccine. The WHO care about vaccines in the same way that the WWF care about Pandas or the WWE care about Sharpshooters.
Just saying that a lot more people would watch this that’s all…
In the name of the defense of our countries, we manufacture the most murderous of weapons. War; whether it be biological or not, is war. And weapons kill. Biological warfare is a giant business, largely financed BY OUR FUNDS, through the medium of the military, research, and our donations. It is also financed, and without our knowledge, BY OUR LIVES. Those of our children and of millions of innocents who have been sacrificed. It is we, those who live in the Western world, who are responsible for all the illnesses and acts of genocide in the world. By our acceptance of vaccinations, both at home and abroad.
No country has ever used a biological weapon for the same reason that no one ever keeps a wild tiger as a guard dog. Because in general, one prefers their weapon to not be indiscriminate and not likely to backfire and kill all your own guys.

Measles vaccination saves roughly 7 million lives every year. I fail to understand how saving 7 million lives is genocide. The doctor is a quack and I declare shenanigans. She doesn’t know how vaccines function, she makes shit up and quite honestly she didn’t know how a well known disease described in 1903 is spread. She is either lying or delusional and I frankly don’t know which is worse.

Age of Kali – Deadly Woo

Well, it’s nearly the start of the monsoon and the ugly spectre of mosquito borne disease raises it’s head in India. So naturally the Government has decided to lend a helping hand.

We know that homeopathic pills do not function. They are effectively nanodoses of things based on the notion that water has a mystical power to fly in the face of all known chemistry and biology.

Dengue is a nasty disease that can cause internal haemorrhaging. It kills by the thousand in India every year and it’s not something to be trifled with. This is a sad waste of money, lining the pockets of woo merchants rather than spending money on actual preventative measures and education.

A lot of people will die this year thanks to this. Hurray for pseudoscience.

Why Aren’t You Married Yet

Tracy McMillan and the Huffington Post have surprised me by printing a selection of absolute anti-female drivel regarding marriage. Normally Huffington’s leftist stuff is harmless, if a tad fascinated with woo, but this is pure anti-female that is on par with “Math Class is Tough” Barbie. This two-part series is insulting, in equal parts, to both women and men  and is a perfect example of “Cosmo Thinking”.  If any man has read Cosmo, he would probably agree that Cosmo  treats men as if they were incompetent morons who can be controlled like circus dogs (much like how its male counterparts of FHM and Maxim treat women). 

There is no SINGLE way to run a proper marriage.  Marriages have been built on everything from necessity, honour, politics, religion,and  business to love. In fact, marrying for love rather than every other reason has been the norm only as of recently. Sure we may romanticise marrying for love, but historically people got married because it was the social thing to do and mostly a put upon affair where women were often treated like brood cows and property. In fact, these here are a terrible list of reasons as to why you aren’t married.

I speak as someone who is heterosexual, extremely single, and made the decision not to pursue a relationship with a woman I still love to this day in order to go back into education to be a doctor.  And yes, there are some pretty hefty regrets with the decision I have made; at times I worry that picking a career over a relationship may have been a stupid decision.

So let’s see what’s wrong with Tracy McMillan’s article from the viewpoint of a heterosexual male who is part of the crotch thrusting, penis waggling, monocratic patriarchy.

The Patriarchy is like this only we get paid more than you.

Then, something happened. Another birthday, maybe. A breakup. Your brother’s wedding. His wife-elect asked you to be a bridesmaid, and suddenly there you were, wondering how in hell you came to be 36-years-old, walking down the aisle wearing something halfway decent from J. Crew that you could totally repurpose with a cute pair of boots and a jean jacket. You started to hate the bride — she was so effing happy — and for the first time ever you began to have feelings about the fact that you’re not married. You never really cared that much before. But suddenly (it was so sudden) you found yourself wondering… Deep, deep breath… Why you’re not married. 

We all want the same things in life. Yes, at some point even I will want to get married to someone who I hope will spend the rest of her life with me. But I don’t think that the ceremony of the marriage is anything but an open declaration of love rather than some magic ceremony that grants satisfaction. The author thinks you need to be married to find happiness, and if you have not done it by the age of 36, your hand will glow red and it will be time for Carrousel.

Or the Menopause.

Well, I know why. How? It basically comes down to this: I’ve been married three times. Yes, three. To a very nice MBA at 19; a very nice minister’s son at 32 (and pregnant); and at 40, to a very nice liar and cheater who was just like my dad, if my dad had gone to Harvard instead of doing multiple stints in federal prison.

If only Husband No. 3 is a douchebag, then what does that imply for Husband No. 1 and 2? And listen, if you are comparing the men you date to your daddy, then you have issues and should not be giving relationship advice. Also, the way she describes the men who married her is rather disturbing.  I mean at least 1 and 3 are described by their own achievements. No. 2 is being described by the achievements of his dad!

And from this we can learn that Tracy McMillan is not only a serial bride, but also divorced 3 times. Here is the thing, the entire point of a marriage is not to try to have a number more than 0, but less than 2. Tracy McMillan comes off as someone who gets married really quickly, then ends up in a relationship that is ill thought out and ends in divorce.

But I won’t lie. The problem is not men, it’s you. Sure, there are lame men out there, but they’re not really standing in your way. Because the fact is — if whatever you’re doing right now was going to get you married, you’d already have a ring on. So without further ado, let’s look at the top six reasons why you’re not married.

Actually there are some fucking terrible men out there. Lame is, “not having a job”.  Terrible is, “fucks around, lies, beats you, and steals your stuff to pay for his bathsalt habit”.  There are a lot of terrible men out there who do get married. Nearly every person has a story about someone they dated who was just an awful person, and YOU could end up married to that person.

Pictured… A Terrible Man

The person you marry is more important than the marriage itself.

1. You’re a Bitch.
Here’s what I mean by bitch. I mean you’re angry. You probably don’t think you’re angry. You think you’re super smart, or if you’ve been to a lot of therapy, that you’re setting boundaries. But the truth is you’re pissed. At your mom. At the military-industrial complex. At Sarah Palin. And it’s scaring men off. The deal is: most men just want to marry someone who is nice to them. I am the mother of a 13-year-old boy, which is like living with the single-cell protozoa version of a husband. Here’s what my son wants out of life: macaroni and cheese, a video game, and Kim Kardashian. Have you ever seen Kim Kardashian angry? I didn’t think so. You’ve seen Kim Kardashian smile, wiggle, and make a sex tape. Female anger terrifies men. I know it seems unfair that you have to work around a man’s fear and insecurity in order to get married — but actually, it’s perfect, since working around a man’s fear and insecurity is big part of what you’ll be doing as a wife.

Marriage is not the Force.  Anger doesn’t make marriages fail.  Also, these things aren’t “anger”; these things are passions. People are passionate about a lot of things, and quite rightly so.  Claiming that women aren’t attractive because they have things that they care about is moronic and patronising.

Female anger does not terrify men. We aren’t stupid.  Some of us are pretty smart.  We aren’t made out of crystal. If you don’t placate us, we won’t throw a t
antrum. What Tracy is describing is a Cosmo relationship: The idea that all men are incompetent children who will roll around the floor bawling if you question their idiocy in any way.

And no, we don’t all want a Kim Kardashian. This point is effectively suggesting that women should shut up, smile, and wiggle their bums at men because all men function like Pavlov’s dog. Yes, some men want a Kim Kardashian, and if you want to date those men then by all means be that woman. However, some of us really want someone who can actually do something other than smile, wiggle, and make sex tapes that they release to become famous.

2. You’re Shallow.

When it comes to choosing a husband, only one thing really, truly matters: character. So it stands to reason that a man’s character should be at the top of the list of things you are looking for, right? But if you’re not married, I already know it isn’t. Because if you were looking for a man of character, you would have found one by now. Men of character are, by definition, willing to commit.

Instead, you are looking for someone tall. Or rich. Or someone who knows what an Eames chair is. Unfortunately, this is not the thinking of a wife. This is the thinking of a teenaged girl. And men of character do not want to marry teenaged girls. Because teenage girls are never happy. And they never feel like cooking, either.

Tracy starts off strong, then falls off the tightrope of good advice.  Character should be at the top of the list, which I assume includes things like intelligence and humour.  Physical attraction is also vital. Yes, some people can run a relationship solely on mental attraction, but I am not one of them and neither are most people. We tend to marry someone who we fancy.

The argument is stupid. If you aren’t married RIGHT NOW then clearly you haven’t found a man of character as those men would want to marry you. It doesn’t matter what they are doing; they will drop all of that and follow you around like a dog because men are stupid.

Sure you shouldn’t be shallow, but you shouldn’t fuck whatever strange comes your way either. Just because an offer is there doesn’t mean the person asking is a man of “Character”.  It makes him a man who has asked you to get married. Complete arseholes can ask you to get married too.

We all have some preferences. I like redheads. I think “the gingers” look cute. I assume it’s the same way that women want someone who is tall.  Yes, it hurts to be rejected due to an arbitrary aesthetic choice.  I started balding at aged 21. I have lost a lot of hair and have been rejected on more than one occasion due to that, but that’s their choice. They are allowed to want someone who has similar interests or fits a specific look. I am clearly not a man of character because I would not want to marry “any woman”, but have my own tastes of who I would and wouldn’t date.   And yes, it may be sad to say that I, like most people, am influenced by something as petty as appearance. 

3. You’re a Slut.
Hooking up with some guy in a hot tub on a rooftop is fine for the ladies of Jersey Shore — but they’re not trying to get married. You are. Which means, unfortunately, that if you’re having sex outside committed relationships, you will have to stop. Why? Because past a certain age, casual sex is like recreational heroin — it doesn’t stay recreational for long. That’s due in part to this thing called oxytocin — a bonding hormone that is released when a woman a) nurses her baby and b) has an orgasm — that will totally mess up your casual-sex game. It’s why you can be f**k-buddying with some dude who isn’t even all that great and the next thing you know, you’re totally strung out on him. And you have no idea how it happened. Oxytocin, that’s how it happened. And since nature can’t discriminate between marriage material and Charlie Sheen, you’re going to have to start being way more selective than you are right now.

And all that testosterone coursing through my veins means I will fight all men for dominance over the breeding women…

Oh wait, that’s moronic.  Oxytocin causes pleasure but attraction is due to a variety of things. Charlie Sheen is attractive because he is a rich  party boy and hangs out with women who LIKE that sort of thing.  Also, cocaine is a hell of a drug and makes you do idiotic things… Like Sleep With Charlie Sheen.

Hormones do not work this way. Casual sex doesn’t make you marry arseholes:  falling for arseholes and their lies does. Every Charlie Sheen appears to be a nice, normal man until you realise that he isn’t.  And yes, there is a problem with marriage in that most people do not want to marry people who are “sluts” (of either gender) because there is the idea that people who are promiscuous are more likely to cheat.

People who are cheaters are more likely to cheat. There are plenty of “monogamous sluts” out there who are loyal to their spouses despite having multiple partners prior.  People who are more honest and expressive about sex tend to have better relationships. If you and your spouse lie about your sex lives then there is a good chance you won’t be satisfied.

4. You’re a Liar.
It usually goes something like this: you meet a guy who is cute and likes you, but he’s not really available for a relationship. He has some condition that absolutely precludes his availability, like he’s married, or he gets around town on a skateboard. Or maybe he just comes right out and says something cryptic and open to interpretation like, “I’m not really available for a relationship right now.” You know if you tell him the truth — that you’re ready for marriage — he will stop calling. Usually that day. And you don’t want that. So you just tell him how perfect this is because you only want to have sex for fun! You love having fun sex! And you don’t want to get in a relationship at all! You swear! About ten minutes later, the oxytocin kicks in. You start wanting more. But you don’t tell him that. That’s your secret — just between you and 22,000 of your closest girlfriends. Instead, you hang around, having sex with him, waiting for him to figure out that he can’t live without you. I have news: he will never “figure” this out. He already knows he can live without you just fine. And so do you. Or you wouldn’t be lying to him in the first place.

Oxytocin is not a love potion.  And what’s wrong with a skateboard? Seriously, Tracy comes off as a horrible gold digger. I cannot read anything she writes without the words “prenuptial agreement” flashing in front of my eyes as a defence mechanism.

Okay, I can see what the problem is:. There is an idea amongst a lot of women that they can change men. It’s that they think they can improve the base model, like buying a crappy house with a lot of potential. Sure there are some men who go from loser to bruiser (do you have any idea how hard it is to rhyme?) with the right impetus. Women aren’t that stupid. Yes, some women fall in love with their “casual sex partners” but guess what? Some men fall in love too. The point of casual sex is also honesty between the people involved. However, most people won’t change radically.

5. You’re Selfish.

If you’re not married, chances are you think a lot about you. You think about your thighs, your outfits, your naso-labial folds. You th
ink about your career, or if you don’t have one, you think about doing yoga teacher training. Sometimes you think about how marrying a wealthy guy — or at least a guy with a really, really good job — would solve all your problems. Howevs, a good wife, even a halfway decent one, does not spend most of her day thinking about herself. She has too much s**t to do, especially after having kids. This is why you see a lot of celebrity women getting husbands after they adopt. The kids put the woman on notice:
Bitch, hello! It’s not all about you anymore! After a year or two of thinking about someone other than herself, suddenly, Brad Pitt or Harrison Ford comes along and decides to significantly other her. Which is also to say — if what you really want is a baby, go get you one. Your husband will be along shortly. Motherhood has a way of weeding out the lotharios.

This is terrible advice.

This is basically telling women that they should be selfless helpmeets who indulge in their man’s desires. They are a supporting act to enable men to reach the lofty goals of whatever. I don’t want that and I am damn sure there are other men like me out there who would prefer a woman who actually has stuff that they want to do.

And for the love of god do not do what celebrities do. Most are idiots who have gained fame solely through either doing something that is overvalued or worse, are famous because they simply are. If you either adopt or have a baby with the idea that it will somehow get you married, then you are having a baby for the wrong reasons. Celebrity women get married because there is a small pool of celebrities and they really cannot date “us normals”.  We don’t hang out in the same circles, do the same things, or have the same social calendar. The choices in their available dating pool are rather small if you are a celebrity. Also celebrity mothers are blessed with something we morlocks don’t have: money, attention, and time. It makes the whole dynamic a lot more different

This is the worst reason to ever adopt or have a child.  Again, this is the assumption that a man will marry you no matter what. If a man doesn’t want to go out with a single mother, there are reasons for that. I wouldn’t, mainly because at this point in time I have enough to worry about without a kid  and have a career that will always come first. I would want a kid at some point, but not when I am 26.  Yet in Tracy’s eyes, I am a horrible man who is doomed to a horrible life of loneliness because I wouldn’t want to take care of someone’s  kids at my age.

6. You’re Not Good Enough.

Oh, I don’t think that. You do. I can tell because you’re not looking for a partner who is your equal. No, you want someone better than you are: better looking, better family, better job. Here is what you need to know: You are enough right this minute. Period. Not understanding this is a major obstacle to getting married, since women who don’t know their own worth make terrible wives. Why? You can fake it for a while, but ultimately you won’t love your spouse any better than you love yourself. Smart men know this. I see this at my son’s artsy, progressive school. Of 183 kids, maybe six have moms who are as cute as you’re trying to be. They’re attractive, sure. They’re just not objects. Their husbands (wisely) chose them for their character, not their cup size.

Yes, self respect is important but this is an argument based on wanting someone. Sure, you aren’t going to find happiness if your dream man is some famous celebrity, or someone who has the body of a chippendale, the brain of Stephen Hawkings, and the wit of Stephen Fry.  Most people have realistic expectations in their mates. This is the last of the points in her first article and it is faulty as hell because what she thinks smart men do is not true.  Smart men are capable of making the same mistakes as “smart women” and dating women who are bad for them.  No, what Tracy regards as “Smart” is retrospective. Women who are still around after all these years are a great choice.  Women who suddenly run away with the pool boy are clearly not irrespective of how good a choice they were.  Hindsight is 20/20. If we knew how some of our worst dates would end we wouldn’t have gone on them.

As I said, there are some people who you ARE better than and who you shouldn’t marry.  I know it’s harsh to think that, but put it this way: there is a man/woman who you go out with, but  you don’t speak about anything in particular, you don’t have anything in common, and you aren’t physically attracted to them.  Do you think you should marry this person?  You aren’t good enough for them and they aren’t good enough for you.  Keep calm and carry on, don’t marry this mythical person or you will end up miserable.

Because ultimately, marriage is not about getting something — it’s about giving it. Strangely, men understand this more than we do. Probably because for them marriage involves sacrificing their most treasured possession — a free-agent penis — and for us, it’s the culmination of a princess fantasy so universal, it built Disneyland.

This is some sort of malicious rumour being spread about men. We don’t think like childish frat boys or stereotypes.  In fact, the ultimate joke is that from 1970 to 2002, the number of men wanting to get married has INCREASED.  That’s right, feminism has made men more likely to want to get married because men aren’t obsessed with sticking penises into holes. We have other drives too, and like women, for things other than their various orifices.

The bottom line is that marriage is just a long-term opportunity to practice loving someone even when they don’t deserve it. Because most of the time, your messy, farting, macaroni-and-cheese eating man will not be doing what you want him to. But as you give him love anyway — because you have made up your mind to transform yourself into a person who is practicing being kind, deep, virtuous, truthful, giving, and most of all, accepting of your own dear self — you will find that you will experience the very thing you wanted all along: Love.

So basically Tracy thinks that all marriages are sitcoms where men follow this stereotype of being incompetent bread winners with hearts of gold and brains of blanc mange which requires women to run their households; otherwise we would set it on fire. If I met Tracy she would probably think I was either a figment of her imagination or one of those gays that she keeps hearing about.  In fact, if Tracy met most sane men she would probably think the same.

There’s only one problem though. You’re still single. And you still don’t want to be. And ever since your sister/mom/co-worker/frenemy sent you that incredibly (pick one: dumb, mean, totally, completely FALSE) thing last year, it has crossed your mind (maaaybe once) that there might have been just the teensiest bit of truth to it. Maybe you are sort of bitchy. Maybe you don’t want to date short men. Maybe the casual sex you’ve been trying to have never does stay as casual as you wish it would.

Part II  indicates that her list is preying on the notion that women SHOULD get married.  If they don’t, then they are broken and incomplete.  It’s Sex and the City nonsense because it places the fault of  lack of marital opportunity solely on the woman.

7. You’re a Mess. You overdrink. You overeat. You overspend. You under-earn. Whatever it is, there’s (at least) one big thing in your
life — an attitude, a behavior, a vice — that you absolutely, for sure, under-no-circumstances want to let go of. And the bad news is, that is the ONE THING you absolutely, for-sure, under-no-circumstances WILL NOT be able to keep. At least not if you want to move forward. The sneaky part is that this thing holding you back feels like it is making your life more bearable! It’s also telling you that you’re fine! So how do you know if something is a problem? Easy. YOU’RE KEEPING IT A SECRET. If there’s something you can’t (or don’t want) to tell your mom, your best friend, or the guy you’re dating — you can be sure it’s getting in the way of having your best relationship.

Yes, people aren’t likely to want to marry people who have a lot of issues going on right now. That’s not a problem.  Issues are meant to be fixed, but you know what? It’s not fair to get into a relationship with them hanging over your head and expect someone else to want to fix them for you.

8. You’re Crazy. Crazy is where you LOVE INTENSITY. You want life to bring the exclamation points!!!!!!! Normal people, and relationships? Big, noisy YAWN. You think of yourself more like Angelina Jolie when she was with Billy Bob. Crazy is where you use your cell phone like an automatic weapon. You meet, have sex, fight and break up — all by text message. Another sign you’ve got the crazies is if you are constantly telling long, involved stories in the break room about what happened this past weekend. You think your listeners are wowed and they are, but to them it’s like watching an episode of “Fear Factor.” Who doesn’t want to watch another person eat bugs? In fact, a sure-fire way to know you’re crazy is if more than one person has told you you’d be great on a reality show — and you agree with them.

This just makes you someone who likes drama, and therefore cannot hold down a relationship until it progresses into a marriage because relationships usually up and explode by that point.  However, adding this to a list of reasons why you aren’t married is like implying only lunatics aren’t married.

Moreover, f you behave like the woman in this example then what you crave isn’t intensity What you crave is attention, so you engineer incidents to garner it. Intense relationships exist without the crazy.

9. You’re a Dude. It’s not that you love the Cardinals, have short hair, or or make more money than most guys. It’s that, when it comes to relationships, you want to hunt them down and kill them. You call guys, you text guys, you ask guys out. You have sex like it’s a temp job, hoping that if you rock a guy’s world, you’ll get hired full-time. And it’s not working for you, because right now, you are in a long-term, committed relationship with EXACTLY NONE of those dudes. Am I saying you should join a quilting circle? Wear ruffles all the time? Um, no. But you might want to see what it’s like to let the game come to you. Because there’s one requirement above all others a guy needs to possess to be your man: he has to REALLY WANT to be in a relationship with you. (Duh!) Fortunately, there’s a foolproof way to find out just how much of a crap a guy gives: he will 1) ask for your contact information, and 2) HE WILL USE IT RIGHT AWAY. (Do not try to tell yourself he waited two weeks to call text you because he probably had to visit his grandmother in Milwaukee! Guys bring their phones to Milwaukee.) Prequalifying a man like this will prevent the mortgage meltdown that is your love life. Because at the end of the day, you don’t need to know if a guy wants to donate his sperm to you. (The answer will probably be Oh, hell yes.) You want to know if he’s willing to send your egg to college. And if a guy doesn’t feel like taking you on a date, THE ANSWER IS NO.

I will tell you this as a guy:  there is nothing as sexy as being asked out by a girl, because it rarely happens to most of us.  Most of the time we are left guessing. Playing “hard to get” or “passive”  is stupid,  because you live under the assumption that all men who fancy you are going to ask you out rather than have their own little internal voice that says, “Don’t say anything!  What if she laughs? What if everyone else laughs?  What if she gets the wrong idea?! You will look like an idiot!”.

Additionally, if a guy hasn’t called in x amount of time, then maybe it’s because he has shit to do that doesn’t involve fellating your ego. I’m just putting that out there as someone who has other things to do in his life that don’t involve waiting on people hand and foot for a date.

10. You’re Godless. Remember how I said that marriage is a spiritual path? Well, we’re there. The point where I suggest something totally radical and punk-rock as a way of transforming whatever it is you have going on (or don’t have going on) in the area of relationships. And here it is: I want you to get a god. Wait, come back! It’s not necessarily what you think. What do I mean by god? Well, I don’t mean a bearded dude in the sky who is going to give you a Mercedes and a husband if you’re good and punish you if you’re bad. That would be Santa Claus. I mean I want you to cultivate a sense of SPIRIT in your life, a relationship with the intangible, the unseen — the power behind the oceans, gravity, chocolate and the Beatles. You know, the thing you experience in life where the hair stands up on your arms? The Big Something. You could just call it Love. Whatever you name it — it’s the game changer. Because when you mix the idea of spirit into your relationships, it no longer matters how many men are, techincally, out there. No more demographics, no more short guys and tall guys or chicks with cankles or ten extra pounds. There are no more lists of things you think you have to have in a mate. There are only two people on a spiritual assignment: TO LOVE EACH OTHER.

This is what irks me the most. Marriage is not spiritual. There is no difference between two people who were in a relationship yesterday then  married today. None. There is no magic. All the benefits that are gained are solely designed by humans (AKA monetary)

Yes, a lot of people don’t want to marry atheists. That sucks. It’s a sucky life for us. We don’t believe in any gods.  For a lot of people that is a big deal breaker. But there’s something that people like Tracy don’t understand:  we know the power behind oceans, gravity, chocolate, and the Beatles which actually gives us more of an appreciation of them. We don’t need a relationship with imaginary beings to appreciate these things. I can show you more wonder in the deadliest poisons known to man than Tracy would ever conceive of  because I know how they work and can use some of them to save lives. I know people who can see little streaks or blips and decipher how the universe works. That’s truly marvelous. It amazes me that in one breath Tracy claims that you should be yourself and in the next she claims that you should find religion, or at least some nebulous bullshit faith about spirits.

Honestly, IMHO as a straight, single, atheist man? Ladies and gentlemen, if you want to get married then think before you do so.

1. Do you want to get married, or do you want to spend your life with someone you love?

Marriage is merely a social contract of government approval of your relationship. The relationship you have today will not change if you sign a contract tomorrow. There is no divine insight or magic powers gained from getting married. If you think marriage will somehow FIX a relationship, then you are seriously deludi
ng yourself. A marriage is hard work, mainly because breaking up is hard and expensive.  It lacks the flexibility of a live-in relationship because you have signed a binding and legal contract. The wedding, while nice, isn’t actually all that important in the legal scheme of things. 

2.  If you value a career or education, then marriage may not be for you (during that time period).

I speak as someone who traded a relationship for a career with someone who I still love to this very day.  If I married her then I wouldn’t have had the chance to be a doctor. Sometimes you have to decide what you want and don’t judge others who have made the same decision. And no, picking your career isn’t the bad choice.  Many men prefer to wait until they are financially secure to get married because getting married is bloody expensive. I speak as someone who is expected to have a lavish wedding and who will not be available to avoid it. I will probably end up having two separate weddings:  a simple ceremony for myself and the bride (look western marriages are simple…) and another ceremony for the sake of my family, so I would want to be financially secure before agreeing to a ceremony that will wreck savings.  I understand it’s a special day. However, considering that  most people spend between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds on a wedding it seems like an awful lot of money, especially since Tracy described a wedding as a princess fantasy.

3. You haven’t found someone you want to marry yet.

It’s kind of essential really. Yes, some people have unrealistic expectations or stupid ideas on what they want. I have had women turn me down for dates because I am balding as if being bald was the equivalent of “eats children”. Hell, I have been turned down for the colour of my skin. Okay, maybe she had other reasons but the one I was given was my hair and skin. It sucks but that’s life; some people think keratin and melanin are vital.  I know women who are holding out for men who pretty much would only exist in a comic book (They would wear blue and have a big giant S on the front). Yes, sometimes we need to realise that we aren’t going to marry the princess. But most people want pretty sensible things out of their husbands and wives and there is no shame in waiting for someone who matches a sensible description.

4. The most important one? You don’t want to or your spouse doesn’t want to

But remember, just because someone doesn’t want to get married now, doesn’t mean they don’t want to get married ever. Be honest and be patient.   Not getting married at a certain age isn’t the end of the world. People go their entire lives without getting married and still have no regrets. What matters most is doing what you want to do!

These are great reasons why you aren’t married right now. Don’t listen to someone who thinks you should marry someone just because they asked you to and that you are broken because you aren’t married.


 I Get Mail – Messages to Tracy from Readers

 The only thing more incredulous than my reaction to the OP was my reaction to the amount of support in the response thread.  I thought for sure I was scrolling down into a lion’s den, but surprisingly what I found were several females (“Women”?  Really?) squeeing in delight because the author  so eloquently  made them realize what a bunch of slutty lying selfish bitches they are.  You said it, ladies.  Not me.   But speak for yourselves.  It’s important for people to recognize their own shortcomings and work to overcome them.  However, if any woman thinks that the points in the OP and their supporting arguments show the slightest shred of validity, critical thinking process, or any stable or otherwise sound method of serious personal evaluation, then you are so insanely deluded that the only hope I would hold out for you is that you never have a daughter to raise the way that you think [or don’t… at all]. 
 I can’t wrap my mind around why anyone would give  Tracy McMillan or her self-help gossip columns a second thought ever again after reading this, even if I were firing off all of the neurons from the population of an entire city.    I see nothing complex, profound, or intricate in this post that leaves the reader open to confusion or different interpretation.   The stupidity is pretty blatant and easily summed up:  
1.” Hey, here’s some really shit points to define yourself and personal relationships by.  Anyone who hits thirty and isn’t married and knocked up yet is either slutty, selfish, a bitch, a liar, or shallow lolz.  They’re supported with arguments that are loosely structured at best and ‘whoops Tracy’s off her meds again’ at standard.” 
2.  The author uses her young son’s admiration of Kim Kardashian (Kim FUCKING Kardashian) as an example of how functional every day adult relationships should work.  Additionally, this is a grown middle-aged woman who writes for Mad Men and proudly has her byline under text that uses terms like “howevs” and “frenemy”  to articulate herself in a self righteous article that gives obnoxiously pretentious instructions on personal growth.  This should really be all that has to be said.  
 3. The reader is fully informed that the brains behind this operation are coming from a what?  A forty-something single mother and three time divorcee from men who all, by the author’s own description seem like they were standard quality fuckwads to begin with?   
So given all that, there are actually people who draw the conclusion that, “Yep, this is legit, solid stuff we’re delving into here. First thing tomorrow, I’m giving up my education and career so I can focus on shaping my life after this brilliant piece of literature because clearly this individual has her shit together.”???? Okay, so the part about giving up the career and education part was embellished for sarcasm’s sake.  
Can I change my organ donor card to include everybody except these people?
Please, someone (ANYONE), make any of Tracy McMillan’s arguments support its title point with a logical, rational based thought process.  No no, I don’t mean how there were those couple of years after college when you were drinking heavily and slept with half of your office co-workers.   Then you were SO TOTALLY IN LOVE with Brad from accounting but he never called you back after you diddled him in the copy room but you found your salvation in this article when it explained that the reason why you aren’t married is because you’re a slut and it gave you all of this new mental and emotional insight that you’ve been missing and how it touched you on such a deep intellectual level….”    
Unless I see some legitimate peer reviewed shit thrown down, I’m going to go with my best estimation that any formal education, credentials, or otherwise expertise, that laid the framework for this article come from the “author” recording the minutes at a slumber party full of thirteen old girls with a purple glitter pen. Perhaps afterwards she brought her notes back for thorough and educated critique she began tweeting it immediately in a furious rage brought upon by the bottle of chianti that she polished off because husband number 2 is marrying a new, hot, twenty year old choir girl from daddy’s church and husband number 3 stood her up for that “second chance” dinner that she already shaved her legs for.   I don’t know but however this article came about, I pray to his holiness, Flying Spaghetti Monster, that Tracy actually was good and wine drunk when she composed this abortion of life lesson wisdom, because I cannot take this ridiculous assertion seriously that this was inspired as the result of genuine experiences from her adult MARRIAGES.  If that is really the case, then I feel deeply sorry for you, Tracy.  Who knows, maybe it’s not a matter of which of our opinions are right or wrong here.  Maybe we’re approaching the same points of our lives, just from different avenues? So maybe it’s okay that we’re different.  Thinking more about it now, I guess I could totally understand how if I wasn’t such a self-sufficient person, or if my character was just made with much lesser strength that wasn’t secure enough to be able to stand up on its own feet without a husband to maintain me… maybe if I wasn’t so confident in the woman that I am as being a sole individual, then I could see how I would only be able to define myself by a man too.   
But I guess I’m just none of those things that you are.  While I can recognize negative traits that I have, I LOVE my positive ones more than I’ll ever dislike the bad ones.  I’m sure you have some great ones too!  But again, it’s just that we’re different because I don’t have the seal of approval for reassurance from a man to validate the good things about me.  I don’t know what it’s like to live my life as a tenant who rents my confidence and sense of worth from my husband,  because the thing is that I OWN the deed to my own shit.      
Otherwise every time I hit a rough patch throughout my life, I’d have to rush out and hunt for the next husband to lease me out.  But I couldn’t get a man to marry a selfish woman like me.  You’re definitely much more adept in your abilities to acquire as many husbands as possible.  I still have plenty of time to up my marriage score, should I at some point feel compelled to rack up my number of husband points, but from where I’m sitting right now my little shiny zero (plus two bonus cats) looks pretty good next to your pre-owned, rusted out, codependent three.
The dispute to this OP needed to be made, but I absolutely cannot believe that we’ve even had to dignify such fuckery to begin with due the fact that even a fraction of it was warranted as having any merit when it so transparently revealed itself as bullshit right out of the gate.  As a reader, this is a very plainly obvious perception.  The only area where I have any confliction about this is  at all is whether  I’m more shamefully embarrassed or just genuinely feel  such pathetic pity for the members of my gender who bought into this.   
P.S. De
scribing a wedding as a princess fantasy tells me one thing:  Your saying. “I want to have a marriage’ is directly translated as “I want to have a wedding”, and given that, you haven’t a pot to piss in to say anything of contributory value about anything beyond the end of the night at the reception when you’re cleaning the wedding cake stains out of your princess gown and your brother has to carry Uncle Bob off to bed after he passed out drunk at the cash bar.   
Your’s Sincerely
Sekret Skvirrel

Pink Ribbons and Sexuality

I never thought I would say this twice but…

I disagree with Taslima Nasrin on the idea that Breast Cancer is sexualised and that this somehow detracts from the reality or the treatment of breast cancer. I do agree with her. If we could sexualise Testicular Cancer or Prostatic Cancer we would have a much better prognosis for those diseases. Sadly testicles are more amusing than sexy (I am sure some people think otherwise. Let’s say that the majority consensus thinks testicles are funny) and prostatic tests are forever associated with uncomfortable visits to the doctor.

Breast Cancer is a pretty scary disease which mainly affects women. There are a variety of causes ranging from genetics to a bad roll of the dice. Breast Cancer HOWEVER is one of the major cancer success stories. The national consciousness of breast cancer in first world nations coupled with the frank nature of breast discussion means that detection rates in our countries is extremely rapid. Most women having palpated a lump usually immediately seek medical aid resulting in a high diagnosis rate of Stage 1 and Stage 2 Carcinoma of Breast which results in a 10 year survival rate of nearly 95%. Overall the survival rate is around 85 to 90% depending on country. (Remember not everyone who comes in is at Stage 1 or 2).

And we didn’t get this way by posting photographs of what cancer really looks like, nor did we get this way by belittling a genuine fear of women. That they won’t be as attractive physically after the procedure than before. Not one person is denying the fact that the disease is as serious as we make it out to be, however what we are saying is that you don’t have to think it is all doom and gloom and that it doesn’t mean that you cannot be sexually active or indeed be sexy.

Taslima may see it as a world where “women without breasts aren’t women” but most women who get breast cancer and opt for reconstructive surgery regard their breasts as part of their attractive nature because this makes them feel good and happy and you know what?

If you have cancer you may deserve a little happiness in the form of what you want. And if you want tits then be my guest!

The “so called” sexualisation of breast cancer has made the disease one of the most treatable and survivable cancers out there. Individuals such as Kylie Minogue show that even famous people get it and the disease is inherently survivable unlike the daytime TV myths. Now, we don’t promote the idea that women only get breast cancer, it’s just that women are more likely to get breast cancer and since it is a large demographic it’s easier to scan them rather than do it for men where the cost and the risks associated with the scan are a lot higher due to the lower incidence.

Putting up photos of “Real Cancer” fails to understand one important thing. And this is a problem a lot of Asian Trained doctors have. It’s called Bed Side Manner. What you see as a doctor is different to what the patient sees and what the lay public sees. For instance, Taslima claims that there is something a little erotic about a woman being asked to palpate her breasts regularly. That’s perception. I don’t see anything erotic in that. The patient DEFINITELY doesn’t see anything erotic in that. The public thinks “Wahey! Boob Grope!” because the three of our perspectives are wildly different. I don’t see a problem in asking patients to do that. My patient however is TERRIFIED of what she may find with every passing week. Think what the person surviving it has to think about. Many women ask about sexual activity and the like not because their lovers are wanting sex, but because it affirms their normalcy and it is fun.

Breast Cancer is not sexy. Breast Cancer however involves a group of people who have taken a non sexy disease and fought back by being comfortable with their bodies and by embracing the sexual nature of the organ. Breast Cancer campaigns are mainly aimed at women, not men. We men aren’t getting off while leering at naked breast cancer survivors. What breast cancer survivors are doing is fighting a common fear of women who are about to undergo masectomies. That post surgery they will be considered as unattractive. Sexy photos of breast cancer survivors are meant for women who are scared of the surgery. These individuals see these photos and think “Goodness she looks amazing, are you sure she even had the surgery? If she can do it, so can I!”.

Does Taslima really think that she is doing a favour to cancer survivors or indeed healthy people by putting up graphic photos of real tumours? We all know cancer is a bastard without having to see it’s ugly face. But that’s the thing. The real face of cancer is NOT those tumours. It’s the people it’s attached to. We don’t treat Livers, Lungs, Breasts and Testicles. We treat people and those people are benefitted by being told that they will be attractive, that the changes to the body will be corrected and that they can survive. That they too can be the pink ribbon sporting, fun loving, laughing and be as beautiful as they used to be. It’s like claiming that Brad Pitt/George Clooney/Harlequin Romance Fabio isn’t attractive by showing us a pictures of his spleen, lungs and brain under surgical lights.

And whoever thought doctors and hospitals are sterile places with no sense of warmth and humour and companionship have never seen a proper doctor do their job. It may be scary but we do not tell our patients that and we go out of our way to crank down the fear because fear doesn’t kill cancer.

Clearly a Figment of your Imagination

You guys should not eat so much cheese.

Ralph Barker’s argument is stupid. It assumes atheism is a categorical statement against the known truth rather than a statement that there is “probably no god since there is no evidence and that following a religious faith is a pointless waste of time, resources and intelligence”.

Ralph Barker’s argument is based on a massive series of assumptions. That a god exists and it is the christian flavour of the judeo-christian god. And it is based on this assumption he thinks we don’t exist and that we live in sin. My life is no more or less sinful than the average “good christian”. Infact considering the christian fascination with all things sexual and the effective fetishisation of virginity and abstinence, I am probably more holy by their standards than most of their followers and many of their priests.

Any person who quotes a verse from their religious text as a solid argument is an idiot and should be treated as such. This entire culture where we don’t call things what they are is pretty daft considering people like Ralph Barker have audiences.

If one looks down a microscope or a telescope and sees the “wonders of creation” and happily thinks to himself “It’s so beautiful the work of our mighty Tlaloc! I must remember to sacrifice a baby to him!” then that person clearly hasn’t grasped the significance of what he saw. A scientist (and there is a reason a lot of atheists are scientists) would want to find out precisely how these phenomena occur. And it is there something even more wonderful than a magic being is seen. That these processes are entirely natural and a rational understanding of these processes will allow us to utilise them to our benefit. The problem religious people have with science is that science explains things and it is hard to create a reasonable doubt for the existence of something as ludicrous as a god around people who keep explaining the function and mechanism of existence.

If you believe that the world was created 7000 or so years ago in 7 days by Jehovah, then you deny human existence. Humanity is not defined by our genome but by what we are. Yes, if we create a sufficiently advanced AI or come into contact with another sapient and sentient life form, then you can apply the concept of humanity to them. So we regard our ancestors as “human” too. Human tools have existed for nearly 3 to 4 million years indicating our development from sharpened rock to Internet. We wouldn’t have come this far if we assumed “god did things” and we certainly insult our origins as the most intelligent life form on the planet if we attribute our success to “kowtowing to magic beings” rather than “hardwork and toil”.

Atheists wouldn’t give any fucks about Ralph’s religion if Ralph’s religion did not go out of it’s way to enforce it’s will on other people. The so called war on religion was not started by atheists, it was started by those who believe in gods who try to undermine the ideals of a secular society where all men are equal irrespective of what they believe in. Also it’s a bit hypocritcal coming from a christian whose entire faith is based on conversion of people of other faiths to christianity by actively denying the existence of false gods.

I don’t believe in ghosts and goblins, so I actively campaign against ghost hunter series and the like too. However those shows just con stupid people out of time. Ghost shows aren’t running around trying to make Ghosts a viable alternative to decomposition in biology. Ghost shows aren’t trying to rewrite history. Finding Bigfoot isn’t trying to get sasquatch put up as a genuine species. These are muppets running around while other muppets watch shaky camera work. Hell many atheists routinely mock psychics.

God Said There are No Atheists? In which case, clearly I am a figment of your imagination. And you should totally send me your bank details.