Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Oh, No... Could This Be Our Next President?

Hours after declaring Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he's worried the United States could be “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists,” in the foreseeable future, according to Politico.
Thanks CNN: Gingrich fears 'atheist country ... dominated by radical Islamists'

I certainly hope NOT!
The "dumb" is strong with this one. Unfortunately, such is the case with most of the Republicans nowadays. I fear that no matter who runs in 2012, there will be no choice but to vote against the "lightheaded" ones, instead of actually voting for someone well qualified to be our next fearless leader.
How do you get an "atheist" country, dominated by Islamists? Last time I checked, being an Islamist implied not only being religious, but it meant being CRAZY religious, pretty much at the same level as being an Evangelical Christian in this country. Nice going Mr. Gingrich. You have just proven that you will say anything, no matter how dumb it is, just to get elected. Fear mongering and simple FUD seem to be your political strategy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Traditional Medicine - Read and Weep

If you are a proponent of some "natural", traditional medicine, if you prefer "natural" cures from what can be produced in a lab, read the article below:

Asian Bear Bile Remedies: Traditional Medicine or Barbarism?

I hope you are as outraged as I am. This is exactly why there should never be a "what's the harm" mentality when dealing with those traditional modalities.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Here We Go Again: Mr. Wise - Not So Wise After All

Yes, he is an embarasment to our state again:
"Why do we still have apes if we came from them?" Wise, a retired educator, said during the interview with the Tampa radio station. "And those are the kind of questions kids need to ask themselves. You know, 'how did we get here?' And, you know, there's more than one theory on this thing. And the theory is evolution, the other one is intelligent design."
More conservative Legislature considers evolution bill

Not so wise and an embarasment to all educators as well. Let's hope the educators of today are wiser, and let's hope this bill dies quickly and we do not have to see another Dover and all the money wasted.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The End Is Near

Almost here...
Judgment Day is coming on May 21. On that day, people who will be saved will be raptured up to heaven. The rest will endure exactly 153 days of death and horror before the world ends on October 21. That message is splashed across their five sleek, vinyl-wrapped RVs, bearing this promise: "The Bible guarantees it!"
Anyone has any money to "invest" with me until then? You will not need it anyway, and you probably can't get raptured with any "earthly" possessions anyway!

More: Road trip to the end of the world

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More On Vaccines (of course)

The last two months flooded us with good news about vaccines. Good, because after many years of sitting on the fence between science and anti-vaxxers, the mainstream media finally started to realize where the real information and truth is, and began reporting on this issue the way it should have for years. Maybe some of the recent outbreaks of measles or pertussis helped and made everyone realize where we are heading if we don't stop the nonsense anti-vaxxers have been feeding us.

Recently, I found a few good articles discussing this issue on the Time portal, following the Supreme Court decision in the Bruesewitz v. Wyeth case:

Bruesewitz v. Wyeth: What the Supreme Court Decision Means for Vaccines

and their follow up with Dr Paul Offit:

The Dangers of the Antivaccine Movement

However, there is another, potential issue here, an issue that has been overshadowed by the purely scientific debate of the "safe vs. harmful" that we've grown accustomed to. The other issue is: can/should the government mandate vaccines? You can probably tell pretty easily where I and my convictions are. We live in an increasingly "packed" and interactive society. I do feel that individual rights are the most important and should be guarded vigorously. However, there are cases where those individual rights can and do interfere with common good. Common good not so much as some vague communal idea, but with individual rights of others. In case of vaccines the decision is rather simple. The scientific evidence is overwhelming: the harm is minimal (almost zero), the benefits are huge and there is simply no excuse not to vaccinate. It is a requirement of being part of, and reaping benefits of, modern society.
On this topic, The New York Times has an interesting article:

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Vaccines