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A Comdeian makes Sense

Russell Brand on voting


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My source: quakerattled

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Do we pray to the same God?

Reading on BBC News

“But we are warriors in facing adversity and with faith in God, in Christ the Redeemer, and with this immense love from the Venezuelan people… we will prevail.”- Hugo Chavez in respect of his accusation, OAS – “a tool the US uses against us”.

Do the Americans not pray to the same God?

Will they not also ‘prevail’?

The absurdities of religion and politics!

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Freedom of Choice

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The Church Remains in the Dark Ages

Catholic leader calls government’s gay marriage plans ‘madness’

Cardinal Keith O’Brien accuses coalition of trying to ‘redefine reality’ with plans to legalise gay marriage

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who said allowing gay marriage would 'eliminate in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child'. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

A Catholic church leader has called the government’s plans for gay marriage “madness” and a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic church in Scotland, also accused the coalition of trying to “redefine reality”.

In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, he says the prime minister is a “passionate” advocate of the change and told his party two years ago he supported gay marriage “because I am a Conservative”.

O’Brien wrote: “Since all the legal rights of marriage are already available to homosexual couples, it is clear that this proposal is not about rights, but rather is an attempt to redefine marriage for the whole of society at the behest of a small minority of activists.

“Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.

“Other dangers exist. If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women, why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage, if they pledge their fidelity to one another?”

Source: The Guardian Read more

Opinion:

The church exists to control people through fear. As we progress from the Dark Ages, the church knows that it is losing its grip and it is the church who fears.

Marriage was invented by the church, supposedly at the behest of God. We have been brainwashed by the church for centuries where we have come to believe that marriage is the only way and if we consider any variation we are condemned to fire and brimstone for an eternity.

Marriage as defined by the church goes against nature’s instincts, in fact it is an abomination in the sight of Mother Nature.

When I look at the church’s track record, inquisitions, genocide, wars, etc I am appalled that people can simply say “It is the will of God.”  What a bunch of sanctimonious arseholes?

This vitriolic attack by a leader of the people shows how outdated the church is, and it is high time for it to be brought, screaming if necessary, into the 21st Century. Reality needs to be redefined.

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Christian Bigots won’t be Missed

Christian Pastor Calls For Starbucks Boycott Over Gay Marriage Support

A Christian pastor is asking customers to boycott Starbucks due to the company’s support of a bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, King 5 News reports.

“Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God…Starbucks can follow Satan if they want to,” Steven Andrew, and evangelical pastor and president of the USA Christian Ministries in California, said in a statement.

Source: Huffington Post Read more

Opinion:

Good, the damned bigots won’t be missed!

These evangelical bastards think they have all the answers. It’s about time they pulled their heads out of their sanctimonious arseholes and looked around at the real world.

As for being a ‘Christian’ pastor, he’s about as unChristian as they come. Doesn’t the church teach tolerance?

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I Have Proof

The measure of intelligence has for years been the IQ Test (Intelligence Quotient); a series of tests and tasks that are graded, the resultant quotient being a persons ‘IQ’ level. Those with a high IQ are very intelligent, while those with a low IQ are classed as dimwitted.

Makes me think of this; You need an IQ level of 60 to tie your shoelaces, it makes you think why so many Australians use thongs. Yes, an old NZ schoolboy joke.

But I read an interesting article yesterday that explains something that I have always considered and led me to further reading into the wee hours.

Prejudice and IQ are linked. Racists and bigots generally have a low IQ, markedly lower than the ‘normal’ spectrum. Further, I found that conservative people had a similarly low IQ, although not quite as low as the former. Liberally minded people tended to have a higher IQ than the ‘normal’ spectrum and are therefore lesser in number.

Does this not explain why we seem to have a preponderance of conservative governments. Not that the governments are conservative, but their ideologies are. The politicians have a higher IQ, high enough that they know that in order to entice votes their policies need to be conservative to gain power.

Why do conservative people need conservative values? Because conservative values are simple, less complicated. People of low intelligence tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, which have a higher resistance to change and, in turn, prejudice. Because the conservative ideologies are more structured and ordered and make it easier to understand a complicated world., it is unfortunate that many of these features can also contribute to prejudice.

Let’s look at an example.

The latest Republican primary and caucuses in America. Why have the three conservative candidates outpaced the one liberal? Because the conservative candidates are appealing to the less intelligent people. The liberal is trailing because his ideas require a greater cognitive ability and more intelligent people are harder to find.

By voting for a conservative candidate the less intelligent people don’t need to think so hard, don’t need to complicate their lives by considering the more complex liberal ideologies.

Oh, you don’t believe me…

“Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes.

The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.”

Source: Huffington Post Read more

“Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups.”

Source: Psychological Science Read more

The latter quote is from an Abstract in the Journal of the Association of Psychological Science. I mention this to show that the idea is not mainstream media bunkum, not just my fanciful idea; it has serious foundation.

So while lower IQ levels prevail in numbers, we get a conservative government.

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China has One Thing Almost Right

China to limit ‘vulgar’ reality television shows

Satellite television channels are hugely popular in China, but often fall foul of authorities

China is to clamp down on the number of entertainment shows broadcast on satellite television channels in a bid to boost public morality.

Authorities are concerned at the “vulgar tendencies” of light entertainment shows, particularly reality TV, dating and talk shows.

From next year, satellite channels will each be permitted to screen only two programmes of this type a week.

Networks will be required to promote “socialist core values” instead.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

Well, congratulations, almost, to China.

The clamp down on reality TV should be global. It is the worst type of TV, it is banal, it is keeping people from the real issues of the day like the US government’s slights of hand.

Really the same needs to be said of the majority of soap operas and other crap that is being served into the world’s homes on a daily basis.

The thing that the Chinese haven’t got right is the “socialist core values” bit. Haven’t they discovered yet that it doesn’t work. Well, they probably have, but while it works for the elite bugger the people.

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945). The Chinese haven’t figured that out yet.

But I do agree on their stance on reality TV. Now, I am not talking censorship, I am talking about the criminal lambasting of the people with banal rubbish that deadens the mind, that is TV’s excuse for programming.

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Uninformed ‘vital for democracy’

The uninformed tend to side with the majority, the scientists suggest

Uninformed individuals are vital for achieving a democratic consensus, according to a study in the journal Science.

The researchers say that they dilute the influence of minority factions who would otherwise dominate everyone else.

This is because they tend to side with and embolden the numerical majority.

The findings challenge the commonly held idea that an outspoken minority can manipulate uncommitted voters.

“We show that when the uninformed participate, the group can come to a majority decision even in the face of a powerful minority,” said lead author Iain Couzin, from Princeton University.

“They prevent deadlock and fragmentation because the strength of an opinion no longer matters – it comes down to numbers. You can imagine this being a good or bad thing.

“Either way, a certain number of uninformed individuals keep that minority from dictating or complicating the behaviour of the group.”

Natural preference

But the effect has its limits. The team found that if the number of uninformed becomes too high, a group ceases to function coherently, with neither the majority nor the minority taking the lead.

“Eventually, noise dominates because there just aren’t enough informed individuals to guide the group,” said Dr Couzin.

Source: BBC News Read more

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Define ‘Necessity’

Opinion:

Need I say more?

Source: Running ‘Cause I Can’t Fly

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