Sunday, May 24, 2009

Religion = Brain Dysfunction?


Jack Burns has a great description in this post: The Southern Wedding of a Fundamentalist Christian wedding, replete with all of the hypocrisy and flamboyant irrationalisty that one would expect from extremist religion.

Now we learn that this god thing may be a brain dysfunction. The BBC reveals, in this article, that epileptics can have religious experiences during seizures, and even atheists can have a "universal oneness" experience through brain stimulation. It seems that human brains are hard-wired to produce what is interpreted as a religious experience under unusual stimulation.

Just as I thought - religion is an irrational, abnormal brain condition that has been exploited for the benefit of those seeking power over others.

Which means, of course, that religion can be cured!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Subterfuge and the Science of Repeating Lies | CommonDreams.org

In this article, Roberto Rodriguez explains how official state language manipulates the masses to accept war as legitimate foreign policy.

Especially when delivered on TeeVee, the technology that creates a compliant and receptive mental state among its viewers, such rhetoric, when applied consistently and repeatedly, is amazingly effective in changing the way people think. Just look at the difference among those who watch Faux News, MSNBC and those who don't watch TeeVee at all.

Richard Nixon loved TeeVee and attempted to control it from the White House.

Nuff said.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

US Out of WAR, NOW!


Even with Obama in Charge, Anti-War Democrats Powerless

It's not about Afghanistan or Iraq. It's about war as an instrument of foreign policy.

The united States government has used the military as the strong arm of big business for over two hundred years, having learned the techniques well from our bloody British ancestors. Big Business walks softly about the planet, carrying the big sticks of the CIA, NSA, Pentagon and now a phalanx of pecuniary mercenaries, in the fight for the fun of it as much as the money, paving the way for Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Agriculture, their paths greased by American consumers ground under their wheels.

Torture, mutilation, genocide, and environmental destruction are the collateral damage of official uS policy. Too bad our fancy flying robot murderers kill more innocent children, grandparents, brides and grooms and party guests than targeted combatants. Fortunes of war. The "acceptable" (for us) price (for them) of spreading democracy. Let's spread it thick!

Countries have life spans just like their citizens. It's time for the united States to grow up. We have a new Democratic President and a Democratic Congress. If there ever was a time to steer this country from the path of it war, it is now.

Let's make it so.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

You mean everything really is hitched to everything else?

According to this article in Wired, epidemiologists have long anticipated that swine flu would evolve in factory pig farms and jump to humans. Factory farms serve as incubators of myriad diseases, where animals are packed so closely together they can't turn around and they stand in their own shit and urine 24 hours a day. Pigs are shipped across North America between birth and slaughter, spreading whatever viruses they happen to contain.

It was only a matter of time.

It doesn't take threats to humans to show that factory farming is morally wrong.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi