Bread and Circuses – Gay Marriage

Why do they fight against gay marriage?

Gay Marriage is the modern Bread and Circus. It’s used to distract from the real issues in the USA. In this case?The cynic in me says this… It was election year and Obama is rather competent. Republicans have nothing else (and to be fair, Obama is guilty of this to some extent himself but it seems reactionary rather than something he starts) to go on apart from attempting to play the “Won’t Someone Think of the Children” card. There are big issues in the world. We are running out of fuel. We are in the economic doldrums. AIDS… And yet we see pandering to people who think the BIGGEST problem being faced is two people of the same gender getting married. It’s bread and circuses. It distracts from these very real issues which is precisely why it’s being contested. Republicans don’t lose anything by gay people getting married. They do however gain a lot from opposing it. It gets them votes from the kind of people who don’t think beyond the hype from a few nutters. And nutters do scream the loudest (mainly because normal, sensible and logical people have better things to do than scream about how gay sex summons hurricanes).

It’s a pointless piece of oppression done solely to distract people. It polarises the fears of people wh fear and hate the gays into a civil rights issue which forces anyone sensible to argue over this issue rather than say “Fiscal Policy”. The American Right benefit from this because if you are too busy fighting over this then you won’t pay attention to other things. How many people vote for Republicans as the “moral” choice based on things like this when in reality the other republican platforms are straight terrible for some people. The argument in the UK used for this is “Makes You Wan’t To Vote BNP, Don’t It?”. Where you indicate a willingness to vote for Neo-Nazis because they have a tough stance on whatever it is you hate today. I fear the sole reason the USA debates things like basic healthcare for women or the right of two people to sign a register that gives them some benefits is solely to create issues where there are none because honestly there is no choice between the two parties. You are basically torn between red or blue. Far Right and Centre-Right. It’s a lovely piece of legerdemaine where you can distract people from seriously major issues over what two people chose to do in the privacy of their own homes by portraying it as the downfall of society rather than say “Non-Ethical Banking” and “Unregulated Industrial Pollution”.

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Sikh of Racists

Racists exist in every culture. There are Hindu racists who declare that my lack of “proper indianess” is evil. There are indians who won’t marry outside their local ethnicity. Places like Mumbai are home to the Shiv Sena who regularly attack non Maharashtrans. It would be like the KKK telling people from New York working in Georgia to “go home”. It’s really that moronic.

And honestly? Let’s face it, racists are morons. There are two kinds of racists, the accidental racist and the guy who should be asking himself this question.

Today’s titan of white power wank is Greg Johnson with his lovely defence and blame shifting piece about the Sikh Temple Massacre. A little back story… I am aware of the difference between skinheads. There are essentially one kind of image that the word “skinhead” portrays. It is the image of the classical neo-nazi. The American History X look. The problem is it’s not. Skinhead was a movement born out of the Lemon subgenre of the Mod movement in the UK. Initially it was an all race movement based on the working class. White and Black kids got together and they shared a love of music. Bob Marley is considered “British Skinhead”… It’s musical influence is Mod mixed in with classical west indian music genres (Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady).

It began in the 60s where the big fear in the UK was the arrival of the south asians. Indians, the original skinhead neo-nazi movement was aimed at south asians. But even at this time there were a significant and vocal anti-nazi population of skinheads. In fact they were the majority. Bands such as Madness, Cockney Rejects and the entire traditional skinhead culture spoke out against the neo-nazi skinheads. However the damage was done, skinheads appeared in the media solely as racist pricks rather than a culture born out of a shared love of west indian music. Skinheads as a mainstream genre was dead. The fringe of ANTIFA and SHARP still exist. You see them at british neo-nazi rallies marching against the racists, but they are a dwindling bunch. I used to be part of ANTIFA, I met them at a BNP rally where I was working as a medic. I too had the preconception of skinheads as solely neo-nazi and then realised we had more in common with them. Such as a shared love of Madness… Fuck there are Skinheads such as Right Said Fred who are GAY. But in our minds when we say skinhead we think Neo-Nazi because the Neo-Nazis have a monopoly on the kind of epic douchebaggery that makes the news. It’s like if we considered the portrayal of the Minotaur themed metalhead in Dexter to be representative of all metal…

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Hail to the King

Apparently the Catholic Church in the USA wants to raise awareness of freedom and wants to spend a fortnight trying to raise awareness and campaign for it. But I wanted to do a bit more poking around so I found the actual letter which the bishops wrote and I don’t think they know what freedom means.
Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.

That doesn’t sound like freedom. That sounds like good old “I want to be free to impinge on other people’s freedom” which is catholic theology 101.

Conscientious Objection is only good if your conscience objects to things that are bad. The KKK are conscientious objecters against miscegenation. Their stance is not valid. The Men’s Rights Activists actively campaign against women due to faulty perceptions on feminism. Their stance is not valid.

We sadly have to live in a world where we respect people’s superstitions and treat them as equal to reality solely on the basis of their age. It’s a testament to human idiocy that we think a 2000 year old faith in a dead jewish carpenter has any meaning in today’s world where we walked on the moon and have done miracles far greater than Jesus. If your belief in ancient superstition produces a conscientious objection that is immoral, then it is well within our rights to treat you as immoral. The beliefs of many people involve Female Genital Mutilation, should we treat their beliefs as sacred or as superstitious nonsense that harms society as a whole? What about Sati? Child Sacrifice? Purdah and Hijab? Are these ideas that need to be supported or superstitions to be fought?

With this in mind let’s see what Freedoms we are impinging on?

HHS mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.The mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services has received wide attention and has been met with our vigorous and united opposition. In an unprecedented way, the federal government will both force religious institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching and purport to define which religious institutions are “religious enough” to merit protection of their religious liberty. These features of the “preventive services” mandate amount to an unjust law. As Archbishop-designate William Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, testified to Congress: “This is not a matter of whether contraception may beprohibited by the government. This is not even a matter of whether contraception may be supported by the government. Instead, it is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide coverage for contraception or sterilization, even if that violates their religious beliefs.

The HHS mandate is a requirement that healthcare providers meet a basic standard of Gynaecological and Obstetric healthcare. That contraception, abortion and sterilisation are vital parts of Gynaecology and Obstetric healthcare and form a vital part of women’s rights in particular the right to control their own reproductive cycle and the rights of families as a whole to determine how many children they have as children are an economic burden mainly because we don’t live in the “good olde days” where we could just send our children to work in a factory or a mine. (Amusingly enough? It was the communists who created that law and campaigned for it. The tenth plank of the Communist Manifesto infact. Children to recieve free education and children to not work in factories. I joke that if Americans realise this they would stop their children from being educated and send them to work up chimneys if only out of spite.)

This law is not unjust so much as a basic requirement of medical services. The law from the government is very simple. Your Healthcare Service Provider Must Meet A Basic Standard. The Catholic Church REFUSES to meet a BASIC standard of healthcare and so does not make the cut. This is a law that applies to EVERYONE and what I see is a bunch of Celibate Men in Robes dictating what medicine a bunch of Non Celibate Women recieve based on the teachings of a 2000 year old book assembled by a bunch of Roman Bishops under Constantine rather than a bunch of Trained Medical Professionals With Years of Experience And a Scientific Understanding of Human Function and Physiology. You can pray to whatever gods there maybe for your unconquerable soul but you still pay a doctor to treat you rather than a priest. Why is it that a bunch of priests get to decide then what is healthcare and what isn’t?

It’s very simple. What the Church has an argument against is Gynaecology. The Vagina is Evil and Must Be Punished after all. If a insurance company or health provider didn’t offer you blood transfusions or organ donation then you would consider them to be goddamn quackery at the highest level.

There are said to be five pillars of medicine. The Catholic Church wishes to be a healthcare provider while only providing Medicine and Surgery while leaving out Social/Preventative Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Compassion.

Christian students on campus.In its over-100-year history, the University of California Hastings College of Law has denied student organization status to only one group, the Christian Legal Society, because it required its leaders to be Christian and to abstain from sexual activity outside of marriage.

The California Hastings College of Law recognises the Catholic Law Students Association, it refuses to recognise the Christian Legal Society because the Christian Legal Society fails on two accounts to be a inclusive society. It discriminates on the basis of religion and sexual orientation.

For a student group to recieve public funds and official recognition, it must be open to all students regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexual orientation. The Catholic Law Students Association meets these standards. Hell… The Muslim Law Students Association meets these standards (AKA A Gay Jewish Female to Male Transexual with no legs can go join the Muslim Law Students Association if he so chose to) but the Catholic Church wants what effectively is a hate group with
special laws to encourage hate.

Thou Shalt Not Tell a Lie, but Thou Can Tell Half The Truth.

Catholic foster care and adoption services. Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia, and the state of Illinois have driven local Catholic Charities out of the business of providing adoption or foster care services—by revoking their licenses, by ending their government contracts, or both—because those Charities refused to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples who cohabit.

Again… Because the government has set a basic standard of service and these organisations do not provide a service that meets basic standards. They have not driven any organisation out of business. They have merely stated that your organisations have a bunch of nonsensical rules which prevent children from recieving the best possible service in finding adoptive and foster parents. Because the Catholic Church lives in a magic world where Celibate Men in Robes are more normal than people who Love Each Other.

There are more children than permanent adoptions and the Church actively prevented people from adopting either because they didn’t have a certificate declaring them to be Husband and Wife (Because you automatically become a great parent because of the certificate!) or because they were gay. The government is completely right in denying these organisations money as per the separation of Church and State (since the overarching ideology in selecting placements is one of a primarily religious nature) and because it is a discriminatory organisation that prevents children from finding homes.

Discrimination against small church congregations. New York City enacted a rule that barred the Bronx Household of Faith and sixty other churches from renting public schools on weekends for worship services even though non-religious groups could rent the same schools for scores of other uses. While this would not frequently affect Catholic parishes, which generally own their own buildings, it would be devastating to many smaller congregations. It is a simple case of discrimination against religious believers.

It is not discrimination against small church holdings so much as an important LAW in america about separation of Church and State. I understand this is difficult for Catholic Bishops to understand so to put it in a simple way “Render Unto Caesar”. The rules of man state that tax payer money cannot be used to promote religion. AKA You Cannot Utilise Public Property (A School) For Church Purposes. And it is embarassing that I as someone who is not american (I am a Limey) have a better grasp of the rules of America than American Bishops.

Neither the Catholics, Protestants, 7th Day Adventists, Mormons, Watchtower, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Scientologists, Pagans or the Cult of Cthullu have any right to utilise the school for this purpose. It is not discrimination and the argument is frankly moronic to make.

Non Religious Groups By Defnition Are Not Religious And Therefore Exempt From The Separation of Church And State. At it’s heart this argument is a complaint that the American Government does not allow Catholics to spread their nonsense on public property. It boggles the mind that the Catholic Church cannot grasp this basic concept. You can run whatever you want in your churches or your homes. The schools are off limit.

Discrimination against Catholic humanitarian services. Notwithstanding years of excellent performance by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services in administering contract services for victims of human trafficking, the federal government changed its contract specifications to require us to provide or refer for contraceptive and abortion services in violation of Catholic teaching. Religious institutions should not be disqualified from a government contract based on religious belief, and they do not somehow lose their religious identity or liberty upon entering such contracts. And yet a federal court in Massachusetts, turning religious liberty on its head, has since declared that such a disqualification is required by the First Amendment—that the government somehow violates religious liberty by allowing Catholic organizations to participate in contracts in a manner consistent with their beliefs on contraception and abortion.

The Catholic Church is not being disqualified again due to religious belief but because it refuses to provide basic healthcare. In addition many Catholic Humanitatrian Services are complicit in the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa. Giving them Money is not helping the HIV control efforts considering the church is still actively responsible for spreading superstition and lies about condoms in HIV ridden Africa.

The issue is that the Church and it’s organisations provide a shoddy service that can be obtained better by sponsoring any number of other charities. Religious institutions can be excluded from government contracts if they fail to meet the basic requirements of the contract which includes proper medical care for women (and men. The Church is against vasectomies too). Why should they pay the Church to produce an inferior service and reduce the choices of women who really need help.

If you don’t like abortions, if you don’t like condoms or the pill or the copper T, if you don’t like vasectomies or tubal ligations then don’t have one. No one is forcing the Pope to get the Snip. But what the Pope and his celibate flunkies are doing is forcing women to undergo a procedure (Delivery of Pregnancy) by producing an inferior service in the USA and expecting to get public funds to be shit at their job.

“In the face of an unjust law, an accommodation is not to be sought, especially by resorting to equivocal words and deceptive practices. If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them.”

I can only see one law that is unjust here. Being banned from ministering to illegal immigrants. That’s just a petty law enforced by people who think illegal immigrants are stealing american jobs because the average american really wants to go pick fruit all day for minimum wage. This is a petty law and a pointless one at that.

Coopting the words of Martin Luther King which was spoken during the fight against the American Apartheid where black people were treated as less than human is a callous disregard for history and indeed for the meaning. Using it to defend the right to discriminate against women and GLBT is mindbogglingly idiotic and an insult to the ideals that Martin Luther King stood for.

Freedom to spread hate and lies is not freedom. Freedom to deny women healthcare is not freedom.

Fear of A Black Planet

Racism in America is not dead. Trayvon Martin’s death is a catalogue of errors and poor thinking. What basically happened is a nice young man was gunned down because of the colour of his skin and the clothes he wore by George Zimmerman. What is being decided is whether George is guilty of any crime or not in doing so due to the sheer silliness of Stand Your Ground legislation that allows you to respond with deadly force using concealed weapons to perceived threats to life.

Had Trayvon Martin been white, the police would have (Probably) handled the case differently. George Zimmerman was a private citizen whose attempt at heroism fell flat on it’s face when he accidentally attacked an innocent bystander.

Trayvon allegedly ran. Trayvon allegedly attacked George. Maybe both. The Details are not clear. What is clear is that black people in the USA have had another Rodney King moment. Where they quickly realise that they aren’t being treated as equal due to their race and the clothes they wear. It’s a stark reminder of the kind of apartheid black people in the USA have had to rise out of. It’s the kind of reality that gave the world the Black Panthers, Martin Luther King and Public Enemy.

And so black people and families try and sit down with their kids to protect them. They have tried to blame something other than racism by blaming hoodies but clothes don’t make the criminal. Otherwise we should arrest people in business suits on sight for the kind of economic shenanigans that lead to our busted economies. Black people are trying to warn their kids that racist pricks will always exist and to not make themselves a target. 

It’s Okay! He is white!
I disagree with that stance but they fear for their children’s lives. They don’t want them to be out fighting the power and get shot over something as silly as a hoodie. They want them to be living a sensible life. They see their kids as the next Trayvon. They hope that the hoodie is the reason Trayvon was shot. Not because he was black. Being black isn’t something you have to apologise for (neither is being white but the ensuing post charts the incredible martyr syndrome from John Derbyshire in his article – The Talk: Non-Black Version)


And John Derbyshire SIMPLY does not get it why they fear that. This young man was not killed because he was wearing a hoodie. He was killed because he was black and wearing a hoodie. If he were Sikh wearing a kurta he may have been shot too for the fear that he may be a terrorist. If he were a muslim he may have been killed in the same way. Why? Because someone attacked him based on the colour of his skin and his outfit rather than his actions. That Trayvon’s Killer may walk based on a law that allows him to confront people on the suspicion of them being criminals and shoot them if he feels he is sufficiently threatened is a terrifying prospect to any person who is constantly in fear of being accused of being a criminal.

That parents are terrified that this could be a trend of attacks on their kids. So he gives his own fallacious and slimily racist “talk” because apparently he took offence to the fact that black people in the USA may be a tad annoyed that the police did not follow routine procedure involved in such a crime which probably wouldn’t have happened if the kid was white.

(1) Among your fellow citizens are forty million who identify as black, and whom I shall refer to as black. The cumbersome (and MLK-noncompliant) term “African-American” seems to be in decline, thank goodness. “Colored” and “Negro” are archaisms. What you must call “the ‘N’ word” is used freely among blacks but is taboo to nonblacks.
No. It can be used by anyone. I use the word Nigger. I know what it means. I don’t HAVE to say the N word. But because I know what it means I don’t CALL anyone it. However if I have to use it for example in an argument like this I will.

Calling Nigger the N word doesn’t change the fact that John Derbyshire cannot grasp why they are coopting it to mean something different to them. And Fuck You John Derbyshire. Coloured was used as a method to oppress anyone of colour. Not just black people. I am ethnically Indian. Do he know why they threw Mohandas Karamchand from a first class train compartment? Coloureds cannot travel in first class compartments. It’s only for white people. It shows appalling lack of historical knowledge if one thinks that “Coloured” is an anachronism and not something that is a word of hate. 


I had hair like him once
And from what it seems like his actual complaint is that people keep trying to find a less insulting term than defining an entire group of people solely by how much melanin they have in their skin.  
 (2) American blacks are descended from West African populations, with some white and aboriginal-American admixture. The overall average of non-African admixture is 20-25 percent. The admixture distribution is nonlinear, though: “It seems that around 10 percent of the African American population is more than half European in ancestry.” (Same link.)
The “Average” doesn’t mean anything. African Americans are not African any more than John Derbyshire is English. They are for all intents and purposes Americans. Their culture is entirely american.

Mixed Race black people got treated as “black” by people. Because when you define an entire race by the colour of their skin then you start defining all people like that. Mixed race people who happened to have a black parent were quickly lumped with “black people” and black people were a lot more accepting of these people than white people were.

The term was not defined by African Americans.

(3) Your own ancestry is mixed north-European and northeast-Asian, but blacks will take you to be white.
You know if people stopped classifying people by their vague understanding of genetics perhaps we can progress as a species. The entire reason we are in this mess is because people like John Derbyshire seem to think race is important.

Maybe black people will see his kid as white. But you know what? People tend to recognise races by the most obvious characteristic. Colour of the Skin is black? Black person! Eyes have the extra fold? Asian! White? White guy!

(4) The default principle in everyday personal encounters is, that as a fellow citizen, with the same rights and obligations as yourself, any individual black is entitled to the same courtesies you would extend to a nonblack citizen. That is basic good manners and good citizenship. In some unusual circumstances, however—e.g., paragraph (10h) below—this default principle should be overridden by considerations of personal safety.
Except as we shall see what John thinks is personal safety is kind of racist. 
(5) As with any population of such a size, there is great variation among blacks in every human trait (except, obviously, the trait of identifying oneself as black). They come fat, thin, tall, short, dumb, smart, introverted, extroverted, honest, crooked, athletic, sedentary, fastidious, sloppy, amiable, and obnoxious. There are black geniuses and black morons. There are black saints and black psychopaths. In a population of forty million, you will find almost any human type. Only at the far, far extremes of certain traits are there absences. There are, for example, no black Fields Medal winners. While this is civilizationally consequential, it will not likely ever be important to you personally. Most people live and die without ever meeting (or wishing to meet) a Fields Medal winner.
I understand that this is a snide attempt to point out that black people don’t win the Fields Medal for a reason that he goes into later.

Euclid and Erastothanes were doing mathematics when most white people were scrabbling around in pre-civilisation tribal societies. Clearly the issue is that mathematics is a heavily entrenched subject and people like David Blackwell have written on the topic.

When David Blackwell was a Professor at MIT he was detained alleged bank robbery. David Blackwell obtained a Mathematics Doctorate aged 22. He quit his first tenure when threatened…

By the KKK. When he was at the IAS he was prevented from attending lectures at Princeton as no “coloureds were allowed”. There are black mathematicians. They just don’t get very much credit because for a long time they were simply not given Fields Medals, or were not allowed to get the best education or were threatened by racist LARPers.

Hangs out in the woods dressed in a home made costume calling himself a Wizard while taking orders from a Dragon… That’s either Live Action Role Play or the KKK
(6) As you go through life, however, you will experience an ever larger number of encounters with black Americans. Assuming your encounters are random—for example, not restricted only to black convicted murderers or to black investment bankers—the Law of Large Numbers will inevitably kick in. You will observe that the means—the averages—of many traits are very different for black and white Americans, as has been confirmed by methodical inquiries in the human sciences.
Oh yes! Black people dance better and can dunk while white people don’t beat their kids! Black people walk like this while white people walk like that! Snake!!!

The differences are almost entirely cultural. Black people until recently formed an economic underclass and nearly every economic underclass in the world possesses a crab bucket mentality. The british underclass of white inner city kids is the same. Posh Bastard is a great insult, even amongst upper middle class kids who slouch around in jeans and hoodies with their hands tucked into the pockets and a surly drawl trying their very best to not be Posh Bastards. The Crab Bucket does not like you having ideas outside your station or trying to break the mould. It’s in every culture.

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The traits are entirely nurture based as written in this article and the statistics quoted is appallingly bad.. 
(7) Of most importance to your personal safety are the very different means for antisocial behavior, which you will see reflected in, for instance, school disciplinary measures, political corruption, and criminal convictions.
Unlike all the white bullies, white corrupt politicians and white criminals out there. Socio-economic mobility is also kind of important and if you maintain an entire legion of poor black people artificially through apartheid, then you create a vast group of people who form a underclass. In Europe criminals are often white for this reason since they didn’t have big groups of black people to enslave creating a white lower class. It has nothing to do with race and everything to do with their economic stability and opportunity. Lack of opportunity is what characterises this group of people. Crime grows out of poverty and desperation irrespective of your melanin.

Not that black people are natural super villains.

(8) These differences are magnified by the hostility many blacks feel toward whites. Thus, while black-on-black behavior is more antisocial in the average than is white-on-white behavior, average black-on-white behavior is a degree more antisocial yet.

No… Black people don’t hate white people. Maybe the older ones do but that’s because people treated them like animals and like they weren’t even human. All that hatred didn’t disappear when they got equal rights (on Paper Atleast).

And good grief! Is he seriously discussing black people like they were aliens?

(9) A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks—around half—will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event. They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.
No they are not. A youtube video means nothing about an entire group of people and frankly I can go pull out idiotic garbage from the Stormfront that makes white people look like a bunch of uneducated hate fuelled morons. It doesn’t mean anything apart from “Bastards Come In All Colours”.

(10) Thus, while always attentive to the particular qualities of individuals, on the many occasions where you have nothing to guide you but knowledge of those mean differences, use statistical common sense:

What Hollywood thinks Statistics can do
Oh! In which case black people should really stay the fuck away from white people because they are all genocidal monsters who have no qualms about shooting up people of colour…

Oh wait… Categorising people by the actions of statistics is just setting yourself up for consistent disappointment. This isn’t Gun kata where statistical probability lets you dodge bullets but the real world where people are made up of individuals. And individuals behave differently. The statistics quoted by John are criminally bad.

It is the application of statistics to a variety of biased sources comparing things that cannot be compared including mythical entities such as “aggression thresholds per race” which is extremely elegant stupidity.  

(10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

Heaven forbid you hang out with the darkies right! You may catch jungle fever from all their boogie woogie. You shouldn’t eat Chinese food either because it will make you all slitty eyed. And stay away from the brown people because everyone knows they are all dirty terrorists.

And never attend any charity event involving the NAACP…

(10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.
Stay out of bad neighbourhoods. The colour of it doesn’t matter. If you walk around Moss Side in Manchester it’s not black people who are going to mug you. It’s white people.
(10c) If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).
Oh tell me John! How do you know which days are black people more likely to be at amusement parks? Judging by the general ignorance and industrial grade racism I am guessing it’s “When there is a fried chicken and watermelon festival”.
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(10d) Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.
Because when black people achieve critical mass they cause rap battles to break out and Public Enemy show up.
(10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.
But do so surreptitiously! We wouldn’t want people to think we were racists!
(10f) Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians.
But say it’s because of the poor schools because you wouldn’t want people to think you are a racist.
(10g) Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white.
You should check his Birth Certificate because he may be one of those secret British Kenyan Muslims I keep hearing about who will bring down your nation for the Mahdi… Queen Elizabeth the II who is just Osama Bin Laden in disguise.
(10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway.
You had better things to do and you are sure that someone will come along to help them out. People may think you are a decent human being and that’s just not cricket.

(10i) If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving.
Black people are like Reverse Tyrannosaurus Rexes. They cannot sense moving objects. Also they are better at dunking but worse at biting the spines out of a triceratops.
(11) The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black. These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. They are reflected in countless everyday situations. “Life is an IQ test.”
IQ is a product of education. And IQ varies depending on situation. Even MENSA who pick members on the basis of IQ admit that and are rather sheepish about it. And IQ doesn’t really mean anything in real life. There are plenty of high IQ individuals who really don’t have the skills to survive in the real world and plenty of low IQ individuals who do. IQ is not the be all and end all of anything.

IQ is a product of nurture. My kids will be intelligent rugby players because I see the value of education and sport. I will do things to encourage both. Parents who don’t see the value of education do not encourage education in their children (same applies to sport).

And the link doesn’t make sense. The majority of reasons why people foreclose on mortagaes are health related costs and under the Bush administration there were drives to hand out mortgages to poor people (of whom, a lot are black due to the fact that Apartheid ended in the 70s and the USA had no actual uplift schemes to equal the centuries of caucasian dominance) and they foreclosed because people were encouraged to buy property they could not afford. White people who were better off didn’t foreclose as much per capita because they have more money.  

(12) There is a magnifying effect here, too, caused by affirmative action. In a pure meritocracy there would be very low proportions of blacks in cognitively demanding jobs. Because of affirmative action, the proportions are higher. In government work, they are very high. Thus, in those encounters with strangers that involve cognitive engagement, ceteris paribus the black stranger will be less intelligent than the white. In such encounters, therefore—for example, at a government office—you will, on average, be dealt with more competently by a white than by a black. If that hostility-based magnifying effect (paragraph 8) is also in play, you will be dealt with more politely, too. “The DMV lady“ is a statistical truth, not a myth.
The USA is not a pure meritocracy. It is a capitalist society. Money is what speaks. Socialism is a dirty word to the point that if we pointed out that compulsory education for children, weekends off and anti-child labour laws were socialist ideas, I am pretty sure Americans would send children up chimneys on Sundays as chimney sweeps.

Affirmative action is mainly to improve hiring practices because if we left it upto the John Derbyshires of the world they would never hire black people because “they clearly have inferior IQs”.  

(13) In that pool of forty million, there are nonetheless many intelligent and well-socialized blacks. (I’ll use IWSB as an ad hoc abbreviation.) You should consciously seek opportunities to make friends with IWSBs. In addition to the ordinary pleasures of friendship, you will gain an amulet against potentially career-destroying accusations of prejudice.
No… No you won’t. Starting any sentence with “I am no racist, but..” and “I have friends from this ethnicity/race, I cannot possibly be a racist” is just vile. It’s utilising black people (and indeed any other group of people) as a shield. You may as well say “I cannot possibly be a racist! I love Indian/Mexican/Chinese food!”. We can tell when people are being fake and wanting to hang out with us because they are more interested in the colour of our skin than who we are. We aren’t goddamn pokemon.
Oh… Never mind
(14) Be aware, however, that there is an issue of supply and demand here. Demand comes from organizations and businesses keen to display racial propriety by employing IWSBs, especially in positions at the interface with the general public—corporate sales reps, TV news presenters, press officers for government agencies, etc.—with corresponding depletion in less visible positions. There is also strong private demand from middle- and upper-class whites for personal bonds with IWSBs, for reasons given in the previous paragraph and also (next paragraph) as status markers.
I refuse to believe that white people are as odious as this motherfucker. This is a man who thinks people hire people of colour because we are “nice to look at” or “we stop the accusation of racist” rather than “because we do our job well”. It’s bad enough that he is a racist without him trying to drag down other people with him.

I think we have conclusively proven how racist this man is. I will however leave you with this one… 
(15) Unfortunately the demand is greater than the supply, so IWSBs are something of a luxury good, like antique furniture or corporate jets: boasted of by upper-class whites and wealthy organizations, coveted by the less prosperous. To be an IWSB in present-day US society is a height of felicity rarely before attained by any group of human beings in history. Try to curb your envy: it will be taken as prejudice (see paragraph 13).
Oh yes! Go on! Compare black people to inanimate objects to be possessed by rich white people. That goes down so well with absolutely no historical baggage whatsoever. Maybe he would like to black up and sing “Dat Old Man River” for an encore to demonstrate his subtle grasp of racism.

Help! Help! I am being oppressed.

Don’t worry Madam! I am a medical student. Let me call you a Waaahmbulance!

Prayer doesn’t belong in schools, it’s exclusive. It treats only a specific brand of Christianity as acceptable (I am pretty sure you would consider the song Jerusalem blasphemy and indeed sedition despite being a Church of England hymn) and worse it hurts any person who isn’t a christian. Public schools are also subject to the whole “Secular Rules of the USA” which make it highly illegal. The founding fathers of the USA themselves placed the rules to stop this kind of nonsense and to defend us from people such as the Lt. Gov. of Florida, Jennifer Carroll.


“Today unfortunately many in the media would like nothing better than to ridicule Christians,” Carroll said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally. “They promote The Da Vinci code, they place doubt in the public’s mind that Christ was not risen, and they condemn the passion of Christ.”

I am the Scourge of God. If you had not committed great sins,
God would not have sent a punishment like me upon You.

Actually, most religious people seem to be doing a fine enough job in giving us ammo to ridicule them. Be it islamic terror, christian hypocrisy or hindu silliniess. In this case the sheer level of pride american christian right wingers have in their ignorance is highly alarming and deserves to be mocked.

The Da Vinci code is fiction. It’s not real, just like Harry Potter and Lyra and Will and the Teletubbies. Even if Jesus’s family are still alive (which may be the case should Jesus have existed as a person rather than the son of god malarky since the bible mentions his large family.) they wouldn’t have any special worth or value. It is believed that a large number of people out there are related to a famous goat herd called Temujin.

Temujin is known by his more famous name of Ghenghis Khan, t descendants do not possess any of his powers. Should you trace your ancestry back to him you will not be possessed of the singular ability to commit atrocities and ride ponies all day. Nor will you be able to unite the tribes and be named Great Khan.

I am honestly surprised that people think the Da Vinci code is still relevant fiction wise or indeed has done any damage to Christianity more than the hypocrisy of it’s rabidly anti-gay priests who turn out to be gay themselves or the child abuse and anti female health stances. It’s those that have destroyed the church, not a silly story book.

“These are very sad times when we allow the minority to poison the minds of the majority,” Carroll said and then added: “This is exactly what dictators and socialist rulers did.”

Aided and abetted all the way by the churches and other purveyors of superstition.

And the tyranny of the majority is responsible for the Holocaust. Lest we forget racism was acceptable in the 1940s with the USA actively treating black people as not human. The only difference was that the USA never attempted to kill all the black people while Germany did. The UK ran apartheid regimes across the world. Italy is responsible for destroying large areas of Ethiopia with poison gas.

Remember the church actively praised Hitler for his stance on atheists and the hatred for Jews was the official stance of the church.


“Ladies and gentlemen, Christianity is in a fight and it is one of the greatest trials we have seen in modern times,” Carroll said.

She also said that “in today’s society we will trust the car salesman and the government more than we trust in the Lord.”

You can pray all day for a car but when push comes to shove the car salesman is what you need. And how many people prayed at Katrina only to die when the government didn’t respond fast enough?

Ultimately, human beings are responsible for ourselves as a species. Not magic beings who don’t exist. Praying will not save you, faith in our fellow men has and will. Not one thing we have today has come about by praying but has come about by the hard work of often nameless humans who will never be remembered.

Christianity is fighting for survival because it is a superstition and it dared to stand in the way of science rather than stay a private issue. It’s being fought because politicians like this exist who wish to plunge the USA and indeed as much of the world as possible into a theocratic dark age where we value ignorance over knowledge.

What they want is not a world where you can say “I don’t know” but one where you don’t ask any questions.

Roquefort

It is official, the Rock Beyond Belief event is going to take place with support from the US military. It’s good to see people finally accept that there are military atheists and that the overt bias towards christianity in the US army has negative consequences.

However, you do see a lot of little niggling things. Rock Beyond Belief is also an open event, anyone is welcome to come. However it is catered solely to an atheist crowd rather than a christian one. I expect what christians consider to be blasphemy to be common in the RBB event list. The chaplain in this doesn’t see an issue with how easily the army let evangelicals throw a party while atheists were forced to literally fight every step of the way to do something as simple as throw a party where one of the smallest belief minorities in the world can get together to feel a little less alone.

There are many people with doubts about their faith, there are many people with no faith. I don’t think atheism is something we prosletyse. It’s hard to, you can only get atheism when you have doubts about your faith. If there are no doubts then nothing we say will change your mind, but there are people with doubts who wish to be free from the bondage of religion and for them we can offer support.

Sitting in a church or a mosque or a temple going through the motions doesn’t really help you, but most people in the world believe that they do. The few that don’t or have doubts are those who make up our ranks. Most people fear of coming out and saying what they are lest they be treated like this. The Fundie Christians will probably be there to irritate and harass people who attend it but who cares, the skeptics who attend will quickly learn that they aren’t alone.

It’s an open event, and yes many atheists are virulently anti faith and with good reason. We aren’t really treated that well by the religious and the religious do have a habit of doing things which are incredibly selfish and poorly thought out. They often conflate personal belief in something to a personal vendetta to ensure something occurs for everyone irrespective of what people think.

“There are no atheists in foxholes, that may be the case, but I see this as less of an argument against atheists and more of one against foxholes.”

I recently had the good luck to run into Sgt. Griffith (The Foxhole Atheist) on the facebooks. He has done so much for atheists in foxholes and indeed atheism as a group that this is a personal victory for him.

A hero is merely someone who does what needs doing when no one else is willing. Be it save a life, take a risk, give someone a hand or give up his own life… It isn’t faith or culture or anything that makes a hero, it’s his humanity. There is no hand of god, there is only love and empathy and all those chemical betrayals of emotion that drive us to do such amazing things.

And isn’t that more impressive than being compelled to do things by an invisible man? There is no difference in bravery between a man or a woman, between straight or gay and especially between faith and atheism. 

Rights of the Silent majority – We’re not in Kansas Anymore

The people this will hurt are women and the poor. Abortion is a right for a reason, because it’s the woman’s choice to decide and for most women abortions take place in the first two trimesters.

The reason behind that is that most abortions when personal take place in the first trimester. Every woman knows when her menses is late and seeks medical confirmation of the delay. They are educated enough to know what it means and to seek an abortion. Most of these abortions are chemical, designed to cause premature contractions rather than surgical (the abortions that the fundies love whinging about) but curettage can be used.

In the second trimester, most abortions are medical. Done to terminate damaged foetuses whose lives will not be that great post birth. It’s because we can detect most congenital anomalies at the 18th to 20th week. Having a 20 week ceiling means that you are effectively fucking over people whose babies are born defective. It sounds harsh but lest you forget, you aren’t having to pay and care for these babies. The US government does not provide universal healthcare and thus these children are burdens on their family often bankrupting people. The choice should be there to terminate these.

The 20 week ceiling is retarded. It shows a distinct misunderstanding of biology. You may have a brain, you may have a heart but neither are fully developed. And they lack the lungs needed to live. The medical statistics are clear. At 20 weeks 95% of children die EVEN with life support. Of the 5% that live, 95% have severe mental retardation due to hypoxia and require permanent care. To survive and be normal is a rarity in itself and has to do with early lung development (not miracles). At 24 weeks 95% of foetuses survive because of the presence of the lungs. It’s the difference. The ceiling should be 24 weeks.

The mere 2 week gap means that an ultrasound has to be done exactly on the 18th week to screen for anomalies lest the woman run out of time to go get her abortions. It’s a calculated attempt to deny women’s rights under the guise of healthcare improvements.

Get angry, get mad and start making yourselves heard. The better your abortion and sex education facilities the LOWER your abortion rate. No woman likes to have abortions, no doctor likes to give them. I didn’t like the first abortion I assisted in. I felt “bad”, but it’s a necessity. It’s needed and no woman I know would undergo all that for “fun”.

It Gets Better – Dear Arch Bishop Dolan

I did send a response to the Archbishop of New York about his stance on marriage,  However as his comments are moderated, I assume that my post will be deleted. So I shall post it here as a letter, hopefully someone will read it and it may reach him.




Dear Archbishop Dolan


I disagree. Your nation was founded on the principles determined by man. There was no God mentioned in your constitution until the 50s when the USA had a sudden attack of god fearing to differentiate themselves from the USSR and the “godless commie”, to the point that being an atheist was regarded as equivalent to being a soviet spy. 


Your nation was founded supporting the oppression of women and the belief that white man is superior to all others and can own other human beings as property. The idea that America is “the land of the free” only became reality in end of the 1970s by the action of human beings. It has persecuted native americans, black people and various ethnicities at one time or another. And it is your history, denial only hurts those who fought to create the current USA. 


The bible says that slavery, rape, stoning and unbelievable brutality is acceptable. What you have now is a world tempered by human wisdom. Incest was acceptable in the bible. Selling your daughters as sex slaves was acceptable. Oh lest you forget I too have opened a bible once or twice and can quote scripture too. And while you may defend your faith by saying that the “Devil May Quote scripture”, I will point out that the clause you use to hate gay marriage is in the same part of the bible as all that. 


What you want is something awful. You wish to protect christian marriage. Do you think Hindus are not married simply because they worship other gods? Muslims don’t get married because they call your God Allah rather than Jehovah? Jews because they don’t believe in Jesus as a Messiah? Atheists because we don’t believe in any god? 


And it’s a shame that you think marriage is so weak that gay people getting married would somehow destroy it.


One more thing. The constitution of the USA states (under the First Amendment) states that it will not support any religion over another indicating that there is no state religion. If marriage is enshrined in religion then every argument you have made is a reason why the Government of the USA should not support Marriage using various tax breaks, benefits and rights to property and in case of emergency. 


And by your logic, single parents are just as incapable as gay people as raising kids and these kids should be taken away and put in foster care. Only the catholic church can suggest that kids should be raised in dormitories and moved from house to house and be unable to settle down and be children rather than be adopted by a loving family. Who cares if the person is gay, straight or single. They are offering children a loving home, stability and a life that they wouldn’t have SIMPLY because you assume that men cannot take care of kids. Because face it when you think of gay marriage you are thinking of two men trying to raise one child. 


I find it insulting that women have made so many strides yet your organisation simply thinks of them as nothing more than child raisers and us men as physically incapable of caring for a child. If a single mother can care for a child then a single father can and if they can then two men or two women can care for a child. EVEN if they were not as good as the straight couple, it’s a lot better than a foster home at providing a child with the loving environment they deserve. 


The “true” meaning of marriage does not include me as I am a straight atheist and there is no god in my marriage. And you probably won’t even care about what I have to say because “quite frankly religious leaders tend to not listen to atheists”. But what I speak is the truth. To you true marriage is christian marriage ONLY and if it were upto you, the rest of our marriages wouldn’t count for anything. 


I may not believe in Jesus but his message was one of love. Your message is one of hatred.


Your’s Sincerely


Avicenna 
author of A Million Gods

It ain’t easy being green

Now you know how it feels!

It has always been a problem. Humanity by its nature is destructive to the environment, but we can by our nature help protect it. It’s a fine line we must tread between using natural resource and preservation of the environment. 


None of us can blithely say that the rest of the world does not deserve the development that we have. We cannot fault India and China for their pollution as they are simply doing what developed nations did during the industrial revolution. However what we can do is encourage them to not make the same mistakes by giving them a leg up on renewables and other systems that do not impact nature as much. We can also help reduce the draw of their nation’s resources by encouraging family planning schemes and responsible growth. 


Recently the GOP gave us the joy of reading out their actual environmental platform as condensed into a plan. This makes it easy to achieve (and equally easy to make fun of!)



Nope! No risks here!

1. Put oil and natural gas leasing on the Outer Continental shelf on a fast track, holding lease sales every nine months and making them dependent on commercial expressions of interest to determine what parcels should be leased.



Because if the BP tragedy has taught us one thing that drilling out in the middle of the ocean is without risk. Yes I understand our need for oil but let’s keep these risky areas as a reserve for when we run out rather than using them up. Not to mention there is no provision for ecosystem based decisions on drilling. Sometimes profit does have to take a back seat to the issue of keeping our environment safe to preserve ecological diversity.


It’s not leaking, it’s overflowing!

2. Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to an “environmentally sound program for the exploration, development and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain.

There isn’t an environmentally sound scheme to do this. Oil by it’s nature is kind of thick black stuff that gets everywhere and makes a mess. Oil is by it’s nature environmentally unsound because even if you do not damage the alaskan wilderness you are still burning fossil fuels. Also any sane person would want to maintain a strategic reserve of the stuff just in case it is needed (Other things come from fractions of crude oil too. No fossil fuels just means less profit from oil. The stuff is pretty marvellous though considering how useful it is as a whole.)

3. Expedite lease sales for companies seeking to extract oil and natural gas from complex geologic formations like oil shale and tar sands in the West.

It is believed that the mining of oil from tar sands is one of the dirtiest in the world. One day we may need to do that if we are unable to find alternatives, but that day is not today. We should try and avoid as much unnecessary destruction to the environment. And where necessary we should take steps to reverse the damage.


4. Set a nine-month deadline for the environmental review of any federal action like such leasing.

The entire point of environmental review is to decide and debate the cost benefit analysis of the mining. Having deadlines simply means that you can waste time until the deadline is over pushing the legislation through. Why have review when anyone can waste time for 9 months!

5. Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying carbon dioxide or methane from agricultural activities — like manure-waste ponds filled by livestock in confined feedlots — as a pollutant. No statecould get federal permission to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from passenger vehicles.

CO2 from cattle tends to be carbon neutral coming from plants, however methane has a greater greenhouse gas quotient and so should be considered as such. The usage of such manure-waste to run fermenters which produce methane in usable quantities for power generation. If a piece of regulation provided carbon neutrality for such efforts then I would accept that manure waste ponds are relatively carbon neutral. Although a more interesting question is whether or not rice fields are considered as pollutants since they produce methane and CO2 too due to the anaerobic marshy conditions needed.

Also it is a giant pit of cow faeces! It’s a pollutant! If I poured that into your drinking water you would not drink it! It is however useful if used in fermenters in producing power via methane while cutting down on lost methane. It also is extremely good fertiliser post ferment and that is a better scheme to introduce than simply not regulating them.

6. Allow state governors to declare emergencies, which, once declared, require federal officials to ignore the provisions of the Endangered Species Act w
hen dealing with the emergency.

 Understandable in some cases but what constitutes an emergency? No this should be done on a case by case basis as I feel there can be some cases where the fish cannot be protected without actual physical human harm. The ESA exists to save endangered species, not to sacrifice them if you think you are going to lose some money.


7. Allow mountaintop removal mining to proceed at Spruce Mine in Logan County, W. Va.

Depends on what is being done to the mountain tops afterwards. I would allow this if the rules state that the mountain top must be returned to its previous state and the debris not be just dumped in a river or left in spoil heaps.

8. Reinstate the oil and gas leases in Utah that were purchased in the last years of George W. Bush’s administration.

One of the things the rest of the world figured out was that Bush Jr. was not an environmentalist.  And these bills probably were illegal or done on the sly.

9. In California’s dry central valley, ensure that no federal scientific report requiring water for endangered fish be allowed to interfere with farmers’ rights to their historical maximum allocations.

 Yes, because why should they listen to science! Also we can encourage farmers to reduce water loss and thus use less water rather than relying on primitive water levels which just encourage waste.

Most of the platform seems to be to make it easier to use the natural resources of the earth without any fear of the repercussion. There are repercussions to our resource use and we must try and mitigate that rather than revelling in the short term gains. Remember we humans are in it for the long game and I for one would like my children and grand-children to live in an earth where nature has not been demolished solely for the profit of my generation. Be it in America or indeed in the rest of the world. How can we press China and India for change if we ourselves do not? 

Dear Minessota

Dear Minessota

I am not a particularly angry atheist. I am just a rather well informed one but surely SURELY you guys have realised that the man giving this invocation is a horrific and backwards individual who is trying to take your nation back to the days when people couldn’t fly!

This man has misrepresented his own nation (Pop Quiz here, the nation that the USA broke away from is the Oldest Nation – The United Kingdom had a constitution before 1776.) And yes while the USA is the second oldest nation on earth, it has more to do with isolationism than anything else. And age has nothing to do with it, the oldest nation a few years ago was the Kingdom of Nepal and that was a backwards kingdom for most of it’s existence, while Sweden is a relatively enlightened socialist nation despite being young.

He shows no grasp of history, remembering Iwo Jima after WW2, and Vietnam as if were a war for freedom. His implication that the USA should return to the original document of the constitution is daft. All constitutions are living documents, only a fundie would believe that old rules must be unchanged and blindly followed. This man has just stated that the civil rights movement and suffrage were “of no consequence” and against the founding father’s vision for the nation.

Probably, but screw them. They were born in the 17th century. They would think we are wizards, and we have grown further than they did. Oh they were remarkable men, Jefferson and Franklin were extremely progressive for the time period, but they were still keeping slaves and treated black people like cattle. America has grown since then, people don’t seem to realise how nice the nation really is instead wishing to go back to a time when people would apply leeches to their skin.

Europe laughs at americans because your politicians seriously think that Gay Marriage is a bigger issue than say… any other issue on the board. You have a problem with crime, a lack of social mobility, a terrible education system failed by the performance related incentive thus punishing inner city schools in a downward spiral. You have high unemployment and job skill dearths that are not covered by local candidates. You have a national problem with drug usage. You have a war. You have no healthcare system worth speaking of and you have a problem with people who cannot tell the difference between a personal faith and freedom of belief. There is an obesity epidemic in kids as well as adults too.

And in this there are politicians seriously worrying about what homosexual adults are upto in the privacy of their own bedrooms? Obviously people need to straighten out the priorities. Literally everything else is more important than stopping gays from getting married because you think it is icky.

Stay Classy Minessota.

Yours sincerely;

Avicenna