Age of Kali – Uber, Rape and Indian Corruption

For many people who have been paying attention, Uber got into India and was revolutionising the Taxi Industry here in a deep way.

Here is the thing? My place is 3 Km from the hospital in Rural India. I get a bus, lifts and cycle to work. Sometimes (like today) I end up taking an auto rickshaw which is the equivalent of a New York Yellow Cab. These things are (also yellow) everywhere but  they hold a monopoly over pick up rides.

This means they don’t have to utilise a meter. They can charge whatever they feel like and if you are shit out of luck, you have to pay them. I pay around Rs. 160 a day if I have to take them. Not a large amount of money if you are converting from pounds but a sizeable amount if you live in India. To break that habit, I purchased a bicycle figuring the 4000 rupee outlay would save me money in the long term. It has. The price of showing up to work sweaty is a small one though but “India is hot and I sweat at work anyways, what’s sweating 15 minutes before I get to work going to do to me?

But along comes Uber. A non union taxi service which gave back the power of the taxi to the consumer. What we began to see was a gradual erosion of the monopoly. While I like Unions, I think  they should work towards the benefit of the service rather than simply creating a monopoly of shitty quality like in India.

But when an Uber driver raped an Indian woman? The government of Delhi banned the service, blaming it for hiding rapists. And I disagree. I was skeptical so I did some poking around the claim.

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On Dawkins and Jesus

It’s kind of a weird tactic hear. On the one side WND is anti-evolution and thinks the world was created 6000 years ago and that Satan made things like the Cave Paintings and Dinosaurs freely roamed the Earth. These same people often think that this wouldn’t happen if you run into T-Rex.

Unless you were a particularly unlucky pumpkin. I mean this sounds silly, but some creationists seriously ran the “T-Rex as a Veggie” argument. My response at the time was to joke that “this was the reason Christians keep getting eaten by Lions”. [Read more…]

Outrage and Acceptability in Black Riots

I have an interesting way of explaining to people who don’t get “racism”. The idea of casual racism is much more deadlier than the Klansman.

The person you fear is not the swastika wearing goose stepping skin-head. That guy is all talk and no trousers. His very struggle for white domination is a joke. I don’t look at places like the Stormfront and think “MAN! That’s scary!” but “Man that’s kind of pathetic”.

These are  people who see themselves as the German Nazis. Educated, Erudite and Stylish.

Not potato men who the Nazis would have killed. These are the sort of people who think that “if only we beat the Darkies and Jews! We would be upto our balls in Hugo Boss and Frauleins”. Without realising the biggest impediment to their plans are the fact that they are not bright. These are people who literally think the people who are so bad that killing Nazis is akin too killing Aliens, Robots or Zombies in public media. And rather than take the reality where the Nazis were actually human beings with nuances and beliefs that had their roots in many things… they would rather just march around badly mutilating German. [Read more…]

How To Deal With Anti-Vaccine Parents

As the occurrence of vaccine-preventable diseases declines, the challenge of communicating the risk of not being immunized increases.Every situation is unique; parents have diverse concerns for various reasons. These can be cultural, religious or even personal. Many believe there is a link between some diseases and immunisations or believe in strange ideas perpetrated by unscrupulous online media. It’s no secret.

Blogs like this actually are in the minority. I understand my blog is in the medium sized category. I can get around 1500 to 2000 hits a day. What I get in a month Natural News often gets in a day. It racks up 8 MILLION views. If a 1000 hits equated to $1 it would be large enough to be making around 9000 dollars A MONTH and that is without sales of quackery and speaking fees and all the other things Mike Adams gets. Considering the level of research and the harm it causes it is quite shocking. [Read more…]

Not the Ducks! -Push Back Against Doctors

One of the amusing things in general about the anti-vax is their unwillingness to be able to do work. I do get some amusing hate mail. Mostly its the “Fuck You baby Killer” variety which is a dig on the fact for a short period, I was FTB’s official abortionist. See? I used to do abortions and quite frankly I don’t think it is any of my business judging the people who have abortions for their situations. It is their choice. If you are against abortion then don’t have one.

I got sent this as a sort of “dagger through the heart” post meant to end my stance on vaccination. I figure I should do this as a two parter. So let’s look at the first “letter to doctors”. This one from someone speaking as a parent.

If someone said “speaking as a parent, I think it is okay to mix water and electricity” we would consider them shoddy parents. Yet the same sort of logic is considered acceptable. Parents often make poor decisions with regards to children’s healthcare and that is fine. However don’t portray yourself as an equal in terms of knowledge. One of the prices of my education is realising how much I don’t know. A lot of my medical posts are after a read through of the literature and text books.  [Read more…]

Religious Values

The global poll found that in 22 out of the 39 countries surveyed, the majority of people believe that faith in God is needed for people to be moral and have good values. The results varied considerably throughout regions, with European nations most often rejecting that such a belief is necessary for morality, while Africa and the Middle East were particularly strong in opinion that faith in God is necessary for good values.

Good on us Europeans. [Read more…]