Why is our country in such a mess?

I got on my bus last Friday evening after work, and I saw this leaflet on the empty chair in front of me. The first thing that caught my eye was the Union Jack.

To me, it looked like it was from the British National Party or the equally moronic English Defence League. So I picked it up and forgot about it until today when I thought I’d scan it in and share the wonderful news of “Why is our country in such a mess?” You know their serious because it’s big font, in yellow, at an angle, an outline and, for added drama, a shadow. In subliminal typesetting, this means we’re fucked.

And I’m guessing it can be expanded to the whole world.

Anyway, this leaflets asks the question: “Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE.” Ooo a quiz, I wonder if the answer to the 18 statements is all true. Let’s see shall we.

  1. Violence has rapidly increased on our streets over the last 10 years!
  2. There are more teenage pregnancies than ever before!
  3. The rate of abortion gets higher and higher year after year!
  4. There is constant rebellion against authority!
  5. On the whole, society has become more aggressive than ever!
  6. The Government has become more dishonest; ‘fleecing’ the people rather than protecting them!
  7. Alcohol and drugs are rampant in every city, town and village.
  8. People are being ‘conditioned;’ our freedom and choices are being taken away!
  9. Morals, standards and manners have declined to the degree of near non-existence!
  10. TV has made people anti-social!
  11. There is a widespread lack of discipline!
  12. People are less thankful these days.
  13. TV has encouraged and promoted sex before marriage, homosexuality, adultery, violence, pornography etc.
  14. TV is desensitizing people; making them less sensitive to cruelty and suffering.
  15. No one today has a FINAL AUTHORITY in which to turn to. Everyone has ‘heir own opinion, so how do we KNOW what is r!ght and wrong?
  16. Christianity is being marginalized!
  17. People will do almost anything for money these days!
  18. Lying has become the norm! Today we expect to be lied to, whether it’s buying a product or service. People lie to one another SO MUCH that oftentimes you cannot differentiate between what is truth and what is false!

Don’t you see how serious this is? Look at those exclaimation marks at the end of virtually every one. I didn’t realise we were so screwed.

But the time I got to three, I figured it was a Christian selling leaflet and not the racist junk the BNP or EDL put out. Also because there was only one spelling mistake at this point.

Anyway it’s the usual Christian bollocks of wanting the “good old days” and bashing progress like it’s a bad thing.

The only interest to me was this bit.

Schools have replaced the teaching of God’s creation with the ‘theory’ of evolution. They no longer teach the Bible to our children, therefore children no longer feel accountable for their sin … they don’t even know what SIN is!

Hmmmm. Click here and you can read this piece of shite leaflet for yourself.

Am I to hardcore an atheist for hating Xmas so much?

Hate is a strong word. I don’t readily use it to describe something, but for Xmas, there really is no other word for it. I hate Xmas, I can’t even bring myself to say the word! And I hate it with a passion.

I hate the screaming little brats in town because the spoilt bastards haven’t got what they want.

I hate seeing people carrying bags and bags full of shite for their kids, knowing full well that the hundreds of pounds spent on that crap will be thrown out in a few months because their little darlings are bored of it.

I hate the terrible television programs. Endless fucking repeats of the same crap. Oh, and the Queen’s Xmas Message. How lovely that she took a few hours out of her busy schedule in September to patronise her ‘subjects’ by stating the blindingly obvious.

I hate the false fucking sentimentality. Goodwill to all mankind, it’s the season to be jolly. Fuck you. I’m relatively nice to people all the time, does that mean everyone else are right cunts and for one day of the year they are really nice to everyone? Of course not. What a crock of shit.

I’m an atheist, so the idea of celebrating the birth of someone I don’t believe existing seems a little hypocritical to me.

What I love about this time of year is the time off work, and it’s one of the few occasions of the year our family can get together, mother, father, brothers, nieces and nephews.

The rest of it… you can shove it up your arse. Roll on Boxing Day!

Science according to creationists #3

For people who think they’re experts on evolution, creationists are pretty dumb.

Joey the porn peddler has mentioned that a giant camel found in Syria and the size of Neanderthal man compared to modern man is proof evolution is wrong.

I think that deserves a…

Now I’ve read On the Origin of Species dozens of times, and I must admit that I’m a little puzzled and I’m sure I’ve never seen that the size and strength is a major player in evolution.

Now creationists, a little homework for you. Why would a larger animal become extinct while the smaller modern camel would survive?

Answers on a postcard.

Science according to creationists #2

Evolution. What will it take for creationists to understand it?

The latest piece of shite from Joey the Peach is about the coelacanth disproving evolution.

The background is that there have been fossils found for this fish, about 390 million years old, and it was long believed to have been extinct. The discovery of the animal still alive and kicking in 1938 apparently is a big issue for evolution.

I’m not sure why since being Joe there’s no proof by him for this, but I’m guessing there’s confusion over an animal not changing very much, if at all, over large periods of time. This isn’t rocket science, but since when has creationists understood anything that isn’t mentioned in the bible.

These ancient animals, like the crocodile or shark or anything else, are adapted perfectly to their environment, and since those  environments haven’t changed, there’s been no  pressure on these populations to change. Evolution doesn’t change for the hell of it.

So where’s the problem? Apart from creationists not having a fucking clue what they’re on about.

Depression strikes again

This has been creeping up on me for a while now, but it’s only now hit me full in the face. Yes, the roller coaster ride that is my life has hit the depression stage again, and unusually there wasn’t the manic stage beforehand.

The last few weeks have been complete shite. The constant battle with the marketing department to get some consistency on the web site is a constant source of resentment in me. Coupled with the tedium of my job at the best of times, it’s not a healthy mix.

But worse of all, on Tuesday my Uncle Alan was buried. It didn’t really hit me until we moved from the chapel to the grave side. He was buried in his son Paul’s grave. Now Paul was a cousin of my mine who died of the same condition I had, and I’ve had a terrible guilt complex about his death when he rang me up to ask about the operation and I said “it’ll all be ok.” After his death several years ago, I didn’t speak to Uncle Alan. To see them both in the same grave didn’t help.

It was uplifting to go to the wake, and apart from wondering “who’s’ that” for three hours, it was a good occasion because a) it’s not often my brother comes down from Malvern to visit and b) I met all the uncles, aunties and cousins who I remember from my childhood. Perhaps turning up with a hangover from the night before when I went out with my brothers wasn’t the best idea, but it’s what my Uncle would have wanted.

So anyway, my misery continues and if one more person asks me in work “what can I do to help?” I’m going to swing for them. You can’t do anything; it’s just the cycle of my life. I’ve been pretty good since my two years of therapy at spotting I’m on the edge of falling into a depressive state, but the past two weeks have been too much for my frail grip on reality to handle.

In this state, I’ve deleted two Twitter accounts, two yahoo accounts I’ve had for donkey’s years that I used to annoy people with on the internet and finally decimated my main Twitter account of followers who, according to my head at the moment, “suck.”

It’ll probably mean I’m out of some people’s good books, but not in a position to care at the moment.

Give it a few days and I’ll snap out of it and I’ll be right as rain again.


History according to creationists #1

“No fairy story in #Bible. #Israel, same geographical location w/ same beliefs” – @joecienkoski, 19/10/2010 @ 14:07

He’s not the first to use this as proof of the the bible, and any explanation of what self-fulfilling prophecy doesn’t get you anywhere.

Well let’s start off dismissing this as pathetic with a short history. Israel was created in 1948 by the United Nations, and unless God has a seat on the U.N then it’s bollocks.

Didn’t take long to refute did it. But let’s just take a moment to work through the logic of Israel’s creation in 1948 being all down to the christian God.

The creation of Israel is directly linked to the Holocaust of the Second World War, so that’s six million deaths deaths. Without the Second World War there wouldn’t have been a Holocaust, so let’s use the lower estimate of 52 million deaths in that conflict, including 40 million civilians, to make YHWH look less of a blood thirsty bastard.

But hang on one moment, that world war wouldn’t have happened without the First World War so that throws 15 million more into the dead toll.

So God allowed 67 million people to die. And I haven’t even mentioned the millions who were injured, raped, tortured, left homeless, lost sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and in the case of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have slow, painful for many years to come.

This is the price worth paying just to create the modern state of Israel?

Have I missed anything out Fundies?

Don’t trust anyone who uses the word “real”

It was during the usual baiting of Joe Cienkowski that he first mentioned “real science.” My heart sank at that point because I know exactly what people who put the word “real” in front of things mean.

Apart from being a science buff, I’m also a great lover of history, late Victorian, Tudor, middle ages, Egyptian, pretty much anything really. But the Second World War really interests me, and the final solution especially. From Nuremberg Laws to isolation in Nazi Germany society to Ghettos to extermination to the forced marches.

So when Joey said “real” in front of science, I automatically think of David Irving, the lying, distorting, manipulating, racist, anti-Semitic “historian” who practices “real history.”

The similarities in distortion, lies, frauds and pick and mix attitude to evidence is uncanny.

David Irving punts a know forgery of the Dresden bombing after being told it’s a fake.
Joe Cienkowski similiarly believes the Paluxy footprints after being told it’s a fake.

David Irving deigrates professional historians as frauds and liars.
Joe Cienkowski does the same to scientists.

David Irving twists the German language, using mechanical German dictionaries.
Joe Cienkowski twists definitions to suit his needs.

David Irving dismisses mountains of evidence for the holocaust because it doesn’t fit his racist agenda.
Joe Cienkowski dismisses mountains of evidence for evolution, abiogenesis, in fact anything to do with science because it doesn’t fit his dogmatic view of the world.

I could go on, and I probably will in the future.

The moral of this post is NEVER trust ANYONE who puts REAL in front of something. They’ll be bullshitting about something, somewhere.

@JoeCienkowski and dragons, dinosaurs and unicorns!

Joe believes dragons are real. No you can’t make this shit up. He believes that they were renamed “dinosaurs” in 1842 by Richard Owen.

His evidence? Well.

  • Chinese years of the dragon
  • Cave paintings of dragons/dinosaurs
  • Dragons on the side of ships

Convincing huh. Superstitious nonsense is now entwined with creationist nonsense now.

The Paluxy riverbed. Faked by creationists.

He also mentioned on Twitter that human and dinosaur prints have been found side by side, so when I asked if he thinks the Paluxy riverbed is genuine, he says they are. I provided a the Wiki link that shows that the family of George Adams, who discovered them, have admitted they are fakes. Wow, creationist faking evidence? Who’d thought it eh.

Even with that evidence, Joey implied that they forced the confession. Incredible.

Apart from the three superstitious nonsense pieces of “evidence” and an known fake being the basis of his proof, what could he do to prove it?

Well, it’s quite simple. We have dinosaur fossils all over the world, all he needs to prove his theory is pretty much the same as the evidence that’ll falsify evolution.

Where is the human and dinosaur fossils mixed together? Just one is all you need. We have evidence of humans and mammoths in the same enviroment. where’s the evidence of co-habiting with dinos?

I’ve asked him 11 times, and never received an answer. I wonder why?

Unicorns? Well he’s never mentioned them but if the Bible mentions dragons and they’re dinosaurs then unicorns are……? Well Joe?