Saturday, December 27, 2008
the Israelis would give the palistinians a break, but, of course, they didn't. This is the latest bbc heading:
Israeli F-16 bombers have launched a series of air strikes against key targets in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 195 people, medical chiefs say.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I am uncomfortable as always in an airplane (going to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The noise is very, very annoying. It and the fact that it is stuffy in here is giving me a head-ache. The little boy in front of me is not helping.
October 25th added: PS: Dutch Ketchup is weird. I know because I had a sausage roll at Schiphol airport in-between hurrying, getting lost, and getting very, very confused.
October 25th, 2008 Saturday
Writing for October 24.
Yesterday started for me in the plane, where I was very uncomfortable. In that plane I watched the movie Hancock. Then we reached Tel-Aviv airport. We went to baggage. At baggage claim we waited and waited untill When in the shuttle to Jerusalem I had trouble not going to sleep.
October 25, 2008 Saturday
Jaffa gate hostel, Old City, Jerusalem
Here is what happened:
4:30ish Am: breakfast
12 ish: write previous article
1 ish: Eat out and chess with mom
After that: Try to do the ram-part walk but arn't allowed.
So we try to go to the dome of the rock, end up in a market-place where we were treated well by two shopkeepers and bought a few things including a hand-done chess set and played chess over dinner.
October 28th, 2008 Monday for October 26, 27, and 29
I woke up at 2 AM. I couldn't sleep until 3 AM. But I wasn't asleep.
We got up at 5 AM. We finished packing. After that we went out.
We got a $200 private tour. Then the tour guide showed us his families store...
To put it simple:
Mom could not chose which piece of jewelry to buy and always when it's like that she decides that she doesn't want to buy anything. They interpret that as hard bargaining.
Miriam took us to the bus station. I don't remember what happened after that.
Here is what we did.
1) Wake up.
2) have free breakfast at Rutenburg
3) Go to PRC (the Baha'i pilgrim reception center)
4) Get pilgrim badges
5) Go to bank for money to get health insurance
6) get sushi
7) go to presentation
8) listen to it.
9) Go back to Molada guesthouse.
10) Try to use internet while mom gets her coat at PRC.
Yesterday I woke up at 8:30. We went to breakfast at Rutenburg. I don't remember what happened next.
Oct 31, 2008
I went to Bahji (Baha'i owned mansion) today.
In the morning mom brought breakfast to me.
Speaker tonight: Cooper Dunbar
Nov 5, 2008
Let me see if I can write anything. OK, do not feel like I can. Let me try again. OK, tired, excited, and can't remember a thing.
Looking out at the clouds I remember something. It is the names of the mansions. They are Bahji (probably misspelled) and Masraih (also probably misspelled).
Wait a second. Now I remember some stuff. Now I forgot it again because mom had to start arguing with me just when I was remembering.
OK, I am remembering it again. Arrrgh, Mom has interrupted me again!! This is sooo annoying!! She seems to have a thing against me remembering.
We are above the Davis strait. We passed South of Nuuk (major city in Greenland). I got to see part of Greenland. It was totally covered in white. I got several pictures of the view. I am probably going to take a break from writing. I might write later. I will try to write on the next flight.
Nov 7, 2008 added: PS. the flight was 11 hours.
Nov 7, 2008
Ok, I give up. I can remember virtually nothing.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
"The probability of independent events occurring in a specified order is the product of the probabilities of each event."
"The probability of dependent events occurring in a specified order is the product of the first event and the recalculated probabilities of each subsequent event."
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
There is a man named Ken Ham.
He is such a ham.
His brain is so small
he could fit in a crowded hall.
My mom Instantly labeled it "Backbiting". Unless it is in the dictionary I won't listen to the word.
Oh it is. Waaaaaaaaaa.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
the nice, caring, social worker. However, (and this is important) It is not what she would vote.
Prop. 1: YES, I care about our climate.
Prop. 2: YES, I want animals to be treated well.
Prop. 3: (further research needed)
Prop. 4: YES, but maybe NO (depends on circumstances).
Prop. 5: YES, our prisons are overcrowded.
Prop. 6: NO, (see previous)
Prop. 7: YES, I support solar, wind, etc.
Prop. 8: NO.
Prop. 9: YES.
Prop. 10: YES.
Prop. 11: ?
Prop. 12: YES.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
There was once a thing,
it was the only thing,
at least in it's universe.
Don't ask what it was.
I don't know.
All I know is that it was something,
who, what, where, I don't know.
The thing was small
and very hot
and not to mention,
After I don't know how long,
When it exploded
it created everything,
from time and space
to the building blocks
In the seconds after
the quarks came together
forming the protons
and the neutrons.
In those few seconds
there were things
that don't exist now
such as negative protons.
But by less than
a minute after
the big explosion
they didn't exist.
And thats how
may have started,
can be proven wrong.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
People take their beliefs personally so it is only natural that people will feel like they are the ones being challenged when their beliefs are what is being challenged and will act accordingly.
It is preventable. If the person whose beliefs are being challenged takes into consideration the fact that his beliefs, not him, are being challenged he can bypass the first part of the statement. A Baha'ullah (the
Bahai prophet) quote say how to avoid the effects of the first part of the statement.
“Should any one among you be incapable of grasping a certain truth, or be striving to comprehend it,
show forth, when conversing with him, a spirit of extreme kindliness and good-will. Help him to see and recognize the truth, without esteeming yourself to be, in the least, superior to him, or to be possessed of greater endowments.”
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Friday, August 22, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Gummy Bear sits in the candy tree,
merry merry king of candy is he,
laugh Gummy Bear,
laugh Gummy Bear,
how gay (happy) your life must be.
Gummy Bear sits in the candy tree,
counting all the candy he can see,
wait Gummy Bear,
wait Gummy Bear,
thats not candy, that's me!
Gummy Bear sits in the candy tree,
eating all the candy he can see,
wait Gummy Bear,
wait Gummy Bear,
save some candy for me.
This song was based on Marion Sinclair's "Kookaburra"
Thursday, August 7, 2008
There's an ugly case brewing in Ohio. A popular middle school science teacher has been ordered to remove his copy of the bible from his desk. On the face of it, I think letting a teacher have a bible on his desk or on his person should not be a problem — it's nothing but a personal tchotchke, and it's not worth fighting over. John Freshwater, though, has made it more than an expression of personal preference. He is proselytizing in the public school classroom. Freshwater is responsible for turning this into a church-state separation case; he's one of those particularly obnoxious Christians who wrap themselves in sanctimony and loudly demand that they have more than a right to believe (a right I would defend), they have a right to tell their students what they must believe, and who uses every opportunity to evangelize in defiance of his professional responsibilities.
The school has a right and an obligation to tell him to knock it off, and if he won't comply, they should hold him in violation of his contract and fire him. But I wouldn't have him fired for being a pretentious Christian, only for refusal to do his job.
There's another reason he should be fired, however, and the school district should take advantage of his intransigence over his stupid bible to kick his sorry ass off the faculty. He's an incompetent science teacher.
In one class, Freshwater used Lego pieces to describe the beginning of the world. He dumped the pieces, then asked students if the Legos could assemble by themselves, said Joe Stuart, 18, assistant editor of the high-school newspaper.
When Freshwater taught students about electrical current, he used a device to leave a red mark in the shape of a cross on the forearms of some students, Stuart said.
"If it were just about the Bible, I don't think people would have a problem with it," Stuart said.
In his evaluations through the 21 years he's worked for the district, Freshwater has drawn consistent praise for his strong rapport with students, broad knowledge of his subject matter and engaging teaching style.
In 2006, he was instructed to remove from his curriculum a handout titled "Darwin's Theory of Evolution — The Premise and the Problem." A parent had questioned its validity and use in a science classroom.
Mr Stuart is wise. It's not the bible at all. It's that he's a deluded creationist teaching lies to students in a science class. Unfortunately, there's little recourse for expelling bad teachers (and his popularity is not an indication that he's a good teacher, don't make that mistake) on the basis of incompetence.
And the cross thing is just plain bizarre. Burning religious symbols into students' flesh is not a way to teach them about the physics of electricity; what next, will he teach about the chemistry of oxidation reactions by burning heretical students at a stake? Even religious parents in the community are disturbed by this kook:
The fax stated, "We are religious people, but we were offended when Mr. Freshwater burned a cross onto the arm of our child. This was done in science class in December 2007, where an electric shock machine was used to burn our child. The burn was severe enough that our child awoke that night with severe pain, and the cross remained there for several weeks. ... We have tried to keep this a private matter and hesitate to tell the whole story to the media for fear that we will be retaliated against."
These same parents also expressed the key issue in separation of church and state:
Short said it is alleged that Freshwater used his classroom to advance religion and that he teaches his own beliefs from the Bible and not the approved curriculum. In the fax, the parents also said, "We are Christians who practice our faith where it belongs, at church and in our home and, most importantly, outside the public classroom, where the law requires a separation of church and state."
Freshwater can believe whatever he wants. When he decides to use his public school classroom to shove his beliefs down student throats, he's in the wrong and should obey the order to keep his class secular. And when his personal beliefs so scramble his judgment that he can't even teach the evidence and logic of science, his professional duty, fire him.
DNA (to the tune of TNT by ACDC)
Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi!
See me divide up in your nucleus on your micro-screen
I'm all of you that you can get
If you know what I mean
Proteins to the left of me, lipids to the right
Aint got no oxy, but I got moxy
Don't you start a fight
"Cus I'm DNA
(DNA) I'm wound up tight
(DNA) I have secrets to tell
(DNA) I'm in your cells!!!!
I'm Adenine! Guanine! Cytosine!
And Thymine man!
Nitrogen bases, a phosphate group
G binds to C
A binds to T
A double helix plan
I run your life!
I control your cells!
So don't you mess me around!
Cus I'm DNA!
(DNA) And I'm wound up tight!
(DNA) I have secrets to tell
(DNA)I'm in your cells!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
A rare 111-year-old New Zealand reptile is set to become a father, possibly for the first time.
Here is some more.
Henry, a tuatara with prehistoric origins, had previously shown no interest in females during nearly 40 years in captivity, say keepers.
But his 80-year-old partner, Mildred, laid 12 eggs in mid-July, 11 of which are due to hatch in about six months.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The p53rd Psalm
p53 is my shepherd, I shall not cycle
It maketh me to lie down in G1
It leadeth me beside still nucleotide pools
It restoreth my genome
It leadeth me past the restriction point for replication's sake
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the cobalt irradiator
I shall fear no gamma rays, for thou art Guardian of the Genome
Thy amino and thy carboxy termini, they comfort me
Thou maintainest my genomic stability in the presence of mine enemies
Thou annointest my nucleus with p21/WAF1/Cip1/Sdi1/Pic1
my cyclin dependent kinases overflow
Surely pRb phosphorylation and E2F activation shall follow me
all the cycles of my life
and I shall dwell in a non-tumorigenic state until senescence.
John Freshwater, the Ohio science teacher who uses his classroom to proselytize and promote creationism, is following a familiar tactic: LIE.
Supporters of a middle school science teacher facing firing for burning crosses into students' arms were in the majority at a central Ohio school board meeting.
They gave John Freshwater a standing ovation when he rose to speak Monday night during the two-hour Mount Vernon school board meeting. He attended the meeting to say he has never branded or burned anyone.
This reminded me of chapter 5, "Never said it", in Lauri Lebo's excellent book on the Dover trial, The Devil in Dover(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll). This is the part of the book where the lawyers for the prosecution are trying to get an injunction to prevent the school board from going through with their attempts to promote ID in the classroom, and they bring in the defendants, Buckingham, Bonsell, and others, to corroborate the arguments documented in the press that they were looking for textbooks that blended evolution and creationism. And to the obvious consternation of the lawyers, they all simply lied and claimed that they'd never said it and the reporters had all made everything up. It was patently dishonest, but it essentially blocked the injunction and let them go ahead with their scheme.
Don't worry, the chapter ends on a good note: Lebo gets footage from a local television that shows they lied, which will later come to good use in the actual trial.
It's always disturbing to see how readily these creationists will lie for their own ends, and how happily their supporters will cheer for the lie.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
There are days when it is agony to read the news, because people are so goddamned stupid. Petty and stupid. Hateful and stupid. Just plain stupid. And nothing makes them stupider than religion.
Webster Cook says he smuggled a Eucharist, a small bread wafer that to Catholics symbolic of the Body of Christ after a priest blesses it, out of mass, didn't eat it as he was supposed to do, but instead walked with it.
This isn't the stupid part yet. He walked off with a cracker that was put in his mouth, and people in the church fought with him to get it back. It is just a cracker!
Catholics worldwide became furious.
Would you believe this isn't hyperbole? People around the world are actually extremely angry about this — Webster Cook has been sent death threats over his cracker. Those are just kooks, you might say, but here is the considered, measured response of the local diocese:
"We don't know 100% what Mr. Cooks motivation was," said Susan Fani a spokesperson with the local Catholic diocese. "However, if anything were to qualify as a hate crime, to us this seems like this might be it."
We just expect the University to take this seriously," she added "To send a message to not just Mr. Cook but the whole community that this kind of really complete sacrilege will not be tolerated."
Wait, what? Holding a cracker hostage is now a hate crime? The murder of Matthew Shephard was a hate crime. The murder of James Byrd Jr. was a hate crime. This is a goddamned cracker. Can you possibly diminish the abuse of real human beings any further?
Well, you could have a priest compare this event to a kidnapping.
"It is hurtful," said Father Migeul Gonzalez with the Diocese. "Imagine if they kidnapped somebody and you make a plea for that individual to please return that loved one to the family."
Gonzalez said the Diocese is willing to meet with Cook and help him understand the importance of the Eucharist in hopes of him returning it. The Diocese is dispatching a nun to UCF's campus to oversee the next mass, protect the Eucharist and in hopes Cook will return it.
I like the idea of sending a scary nun to guard the ceremony at the next mass. But even better…let's send Webster Cook to hell!
Gonzalez said intentionally abusing the Eucharist is classified as a mortal sin in the Catholic church, the most severe possible. If it's not returned, the community of faith will have to ask for forgiveness.
"We have to make acts of reparation," Gonzalez said. "The whole community is going to turn to prayer. We'll ask the Lord for pardon, forgiveness, peace, not only for the whole community affected by it, but also for [Cook], we offer prayers for him as well."
Get some perspective, man. IT'S A CRACKER.
And of course, Bill Donohue is outraged (I know, Donohue is going to die of apoplexy someday when a gnat violates his oatmeal, so this isn't saying much).
For a student to disrupt Mass by taking the Body of Christ hostage--regardless of the alleged nature of his grievance--is beyond hate speech. That is why the UCF administration needs to act swiftly and decisively in seeing that justice is done. All options should be on the table, including expulsion.
Oh, beyond hate speech. Where does this fit on the Shoah scale, Bill? It shouldn't even register, but here is Wild-Eyed Bill the Offended calling for the expulsion of a student…for not swallowing a cracker.
Would you believe that the mealy-mouthed president of the university, John Hitt, is avoiding defending his student is instead playing up the importance of the Catholic church to the university? Of course you would. That's what university presidents do. Bugger the students, keep the donors and the state reps happy.
Unfortunately, Webster Cook has now returned the cracker. Why?
Webster just wants all of this to go away. Especially now that he feels his life is in danger.
That's right. Crazy Christian fanatics right here in our own country have been threatening to kill a young man over a cracker. This is insane. These people are demented fuckwits. And Cook is not out of the fire yet — that Fox News story ends with an open incitement to cause him further misery.
University officials said, that as for right now, Webster Cook is not in trouble. If anyone or any group wants to file a formal complaint with the University through the student judicial system, they can. If that happens, Webster will go through a hearing either in front of an administrative panel or a panel of his peers.
Got that? If you don't like what Webster Cook did, all you have to do is complain to the university, and they will do the dirty work for you of making his college experience miserable. And don't assume the university would support Cook; the college is now having armed university police officers standing guard during mass.
I find this all utterly unbelievable. It's like Dark Age superstition and malice, all thriving with the endorsement of secular institutions here in 21st century America. It is a culture of deluded lunatics calling the shots and making human beings dance to their mythical bunkum.
So, what to do. I have an idea. Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers? There's no way I can personally get them — my local churches have stakes prepared for me, I'm sure — but if any of you would be willing to do what it takes to get me some, or even one, and mail it to me, I'll show you sacrilege, gladly, and with much fanfare. I won't be tempted to hold it hostage (no, not even if I have a choice between returning the Eucharist and watching Bill Donohue kick the pope in the balls, which would apparently be a more humane act than desecrating a goddamned cracker), but will instead treat it with profound disrespect and heinous cracker abuse, all photographed and presented here on the web. I shall do so joyfully and with laughter in my heart. If you can smuggle some out from under the armed guards and grim nuns hovering over your local communion ceremony, just write to me and I'll send you my home address.
Just wait. Now there'll be a team of Jesuits assigned to rifle through my mail every day.
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I needed to do that.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Robert Mugabe is a dictator in the country of Zimbabwe. He is ruling by bullying people into submission. Also he is generally a bad leader (For instance he ruined the Zimbabwean economy.)
HE DID NOT EVEN HAVE ANY COMPETITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That was sooooooooooooooo pointless!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The country's main electricity company says a cat chasing a mouse caused a 72-hour blackout in parts of the capital, Tirana.
The animals ran into an area of high-voltage cables and were electrocuted, a spokeswoman for the firm - Kesh - told Reuters news agency.
Sorry I for got. The country is Albania.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
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