Spurred by the frustrations of a good friend trying to reach common ground with a loved one, I am providing a funderful crash course.
Not Feeling Guilty Just Because Religion Doesn’t Go Down Smooth and Always Lets You Down 101 (regardless of how many spoonfuls of sugar you take it with)
Professor Teezey: Professor works as a Biomedical Engineer and has explored the issue extensively (from scientific and psychological standpoint) during world travel with much spirited discussion as well as extensive reading and exploration into the issue during a period of being between school and jobs. Officially raised catholic, your professor was a student of “Sunday School” (which he attended on Mondays), and he had a generally good experience with the organization and the people in it. Raised by a highly conservative family in very liberal areas of coastal southern California, your professor is an extremely intelligent individual who loathes contradictions and cognitive dissonance. Essentially, he has agonized over this issue so you do not have to. The professor hopes that you will no longer feel guilty for being who you are, and that any conclusions you end up drawing are your own.
Your education begins…
God bless Joe Pesci:
The God Delusion, preface linked below. You do not have any choice in the matter, if there was something higher than Required Reading, this is it. If you were read chapter 2 and then go to hang out with friends downtown…they would know that your mind was elsewhere. Chapter 2 is where he called me out, it was one of those zen like reading experiences where the author was talking directly to me and me only, even though we had never met and the book was a bestseller. Essentially he said, you are on the fence, I know how you got there, and I’m going to pull you off of it.
One summertime family dinner on the patio I had this 1 v 4 debate with my parents and grandparents as the sun was setting (erstwhile my siblings looked fairly uncomfortable).
I was not looking for an argument but if they insisted saying things that were patently false with me there…it was only a matter of time.
All the proof you need:
Split brain patient: 1/2 atheist, 1/2 Christian
This piece of ABC programming is a good representation of the debate today: the chosen ones, i.e. zealous writers and actors, making insipid attempts to stay one step ahead of those meddling scientists.
Do you fear that you are going to isolate yourself from other people? Don’t worry, not all of them:
ThoseOnboard will take your poor, your huddled masses…they just better be smoking hot though.
TV Shows you can watch that will not alienate you:
Penn & Teller’s Bullshit
Derren Brown (watch anything from Derren Brown)
My advice: Do not try to think of all the people in your life and then try to devise a way not to piss any of them off. Your concern is never to worry that other people feel threatened by your views. Allow yourself t come to your own understanding. Don’t forget to check the comments here, my cohorts will probably put up better links than I have. Feel free to post as well if you are new.
In a previous article, I discussed insider trading and explained what makes it illegal. Since then, I recently learned a disturbing fact. Our elected representatives in government are apparently above the law. What do I mean by this? Well, actions that would land a citizen in jail for insider trading carry no penalties for some politicians. You can see this on the various committees and subcommittees in our government. An example of this is a politician who sits on a committee that decides how the government spends it’s money. This politician will be a stock-holder in a company that gets a government contract due to the decision of the very committee that politician is a part of! In other words, Politician A is a part of a committee which decides which company gets the government contract for something like building new military airplanes. Now the corruption can happen in one of two ways.
Example 1: Politician A learns that company B is going to be getting the multi-billion dollar contract for making new military airplanes. Politician A immediately calls up his stock broker and and says “Buy a ton of stock in Company B!” If this situation occurred in any other industry, Mr. A would go to jail for insider trading. But since he’s “Politician A,” he’s allowed to do that without any penalty.
Example 2: Same as above except Politician A already owns a ton of stock in Company B. Now when it comes time for the committee to decide which company gets the multi-billion dollar government contract to build military airplanes, Politician A votes for Company B. Gee, ya think there might be a conflict of interest?
And I’ve got news for you folks: this type of thing goes on in BOTH parties. Democrats and Republicans are both equally guilty of this. In fact, that’s the reason why this corruption has been allowed to remain unchecked; because neither the Democratic politicians nor the Republican politicians dare to point a finger at their opponents on this issue because they know the opponents can point a finger right back at them. So amongst all the bickering back and forth that goes on between the two parties, one of the things they CAN agree on is to remain hush hush on the issue of this particular type of corruption / conflict of interest.
Wrapping up, this is just another example of how the political system in the US has gotten to the point of being legalized bribery. I’ll write another article going into more detail on the subject so stay tuned.