Faith in a Delusion

I think these guys should be up for a Darwin Award Honourable Mention except for one thing.

They were willing to risk their children in a bloody stupid adventure over a delusion.

A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.

Dear NPR. It’s not a leap of faith. It’s a fucking moronic delusion that nearly cost their lives. Driving a motorcycle without a helmet is not a leap of faith. It’s the act of high stupidity. Sailing off in an underpowered boat with nothing to help them on their way but incompetence and prayer is not an act of faith but an act of idiots.

Hannah Gastonguay, 26, and her husband, Sean, 30, were fed up with abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the “state-controlled church” and so “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. With them were Sean’s father and the couple’s two daughters, one 3 years old and the other an infant.

Because 3 year olds and infants are phenomenal in open waters.

Seriously? Going galt because other people are having abortions, gay and having to pay tax? And what? You would end up on a tropical paradise? You clearly thought a child under the age of one would thrive on a small sail boat. Something tells me as preparations go you were more in the “prayer and Bibles” side of things than in the “Compasses and Food”.

A few weeks into their ultimately 91 days at sea, the Gastonguays encountered “squall after squall after squall” that damaged their boat. Originally on a heading for the archipelago nation of Kiribati near the international dateline, they changed course to the Marquesas Islands, but were unable to reach them either.

Because there are no gays near the international date line… Also? No taxes? I am pretty sure Kiribati is a real country with real taxes. Just because it’s a tropical paradise doesn’t mean it’s bereft of the trappings of modern society. It isn’t populated by hula girls wearing coconut brasseires and natives who fear fire and your boom sticks.

I mean, wikipedia is your friend.

Along the way, they apparently suffered damage to their mast and, unable to set a foresail, made little westward progress.

They were down to “some juice and some honey” and whatever fish they could catch when a passing Canadian cargo ship tried to help out with supplies. But when it came alongside, it did even more damage to the tiny sailboat.

Eventually, the family was picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel.

I am pretty sure that’s just Satan trying to stop them from reaching their tax free paradise bereft of abortions and gays. Or physical forces.

Not god. Clearly it’s just bad luck right? I mean, it’s only a miracle when unlikely but good things happen!

That’s the real tragedy. This family will never realise how really lucky they were to be found. They will put it down to magic rather than the technology  of man. They will forever consider it a test of their faith and be proud and claim that their god kept them safe throughout rather than think that their actions were frankly delusional and not only endangered the lives of themselves but also of two minors who don’t know any better.

Is Bradley a Humanist?

I am in two minds about Bradley Manning and indeed the whole issue about “Wikileaks”.

Julian Assange aside, there is nothing wrong with what Wikileaks has done. The problem lies with Bradley Manning. He is alleged to have released classified data to the public. Now without context we need to realise that Bradley Manning is effectively guilty of treason. He effectively released “state secrets”.

In the past he would have been summarily shot by his own men. But now we have to realise what he did in context. [Read more...]

Racist and Sexist

When the BNP set the bar low they set it fucking low.

For those who are unaware, TV Chef Nigella Lawson “may” have been a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence in a public place. He was photographed holding her by the throat at a restaurant.

Honestly? It’s a cut and shut case. There is nothing to comment about. Charles Saatchi is a violent man who hits his wife. His wife wants to divorce him and this is a public way to leave him. She can escape from this. [Read more...]

Floods

The death toll from flooding and landslides following heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is close to 600 at the moment.

More than 40,000 people are still stranded in what the government has described as a “national crisis”.

Officials have admitted a lack of co-ordination in the rescue effort.

Early monsoon rains in India this year are believed to be the heaviest in 60 years.

The rainy season generally lasts from June to September, bringing rain which is critical to farming. This year the rains began early and were heavier than normal. While this means that crops will be better, it also means flooding, diarrhoeal diseases, malaria, dengue and chikungunya.

Thousands are still missing in Uttarakhand, many of whom were on pilgrimage. Aid collections have begun with many charities sending supplies and workers down to assist.

The Price of Fundamentalism

In a Theocracy, the Fundamentalist is King. And the usual lamb that is sacrificed on the altar of faith is the rights of women.

On Saturday afternoon at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University in Quetta, a bomb was detonated on a bus killing 14 students and injuring 19. These students were taken to Bolan where a second bomb was detonated in the Emergency Department.

Militants who were able to get inside the building then opened fire, killing Quetta Deputy Commissioner Mansoor Kakar, who had rushed to the hospital after hearing about the bus bombing. [Read more...]

Khaaaaan!

I got to watch the new Star Trek movie in a rather “romantic” date with Tiga and something caught my eye. I was not aware that Bernard Cumberbatch was set to play Khan Noonien Singh. I didn’t really notice this till my brother wondered why the “White Guy Was Called Khan”. [Read more...]