Friday, February 25, 2005

Religion is Harmless Until People Take it Seriously

The christian religion in one form or another has been in America since the beginning. So why is it only now rearing its ugly head in dangerous ways? Because now people in high positions of American government are taking it seriously!

What is the difference between a religious fundamentalist and a religous moderate? The fundamentalist takes his religion seriously, believes deeply, and follows absolutely. When the religion says kill nonbelievers, the fundamentalist follows the command. Both the Koran and the christian bible order believers to kill nonbelievers. The only difference between the 9/11 terrorists and the religious republicans in America is the terrorists were more devout in their faith.

Religion is mostly harmless as long as nobody takes it seriously. When people allow their religious superstition to rule ceremonies and funerals but rely on reason and science to guide their actions and government, life goes on. But when people allow religious superstition to rule government then all hell will break loose!

The pope just had an emergency tracheotomy last night to save his life. Clearly, when his life is on the line, he and his followers trust medical science more than they trust god. Any time the outcome is clear, objective and indisputable, all people, religious or otherwise, trust reason and science over their religious superstition. It's only when something is vague, unclear and subjective that any person in the world is willing to put their faith to the test. Clearly, faith is unprovable, unreliable, untestable and therefore, of no value in reality.

Yet faith is destroying America right now. We have a retarded child in the presidency right now who believes he is doing god's will. How does he know god's will? Through faith. Religious faith is believing something when there's no reason to believe it. So in essence, George W. Bush simply believes that if his belief is strong enough, god will guide him. Considering that he was a failure in every endeavor prior to becoming president, clearly our country is in danger.

So, now religion is coming out of the closet and out of the church and starting to have more than mere ceremonial influence in our lives. The last time this happened it was called the dark ages. Superstition ruled and the church murdered millions and people suffered on a massive scale. Allowing religious superstition to rule in the nuclear age is not a good idea.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Gates - Is it Art?

The so-called "Gates" was just unveiled in New York City by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude.

It's a bunch of rectangular panels of saffron-colored pleated nylon swaths.

Is it art or just nylon nonsense?

It is definitely NOT art because absolutely anyone in the world could dream it up and create it. If it requires absolutely no talent and anyone in the world can do it then it CANNOT be a work of art.

It might be an interesting novelty but it is certainly not art.

It is precisely for nonsense like this that we need to have a good definition of art. Having a widely accepted rational definition of art will inevitably result in an overall improvement in the quality of art available for all of us to enjoy.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Bad Time for Retarded Children to Control America

North Korea has admitted possessing nukes and Iran has refused to curtail their nuclear program.

This is a very bad time for us in America to have retarded children running our government. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, and Wolfowitz are the crazies. They are a pack of retarded children in a bible study group chanting religious mumbo jumbo while America gets sucked into the dark cesspool of religious superstition.

Thanks to them, we have maxed out our military in Iraq, which has been proven to be absolutely no threat to America, and we have little military power left to focus on the despotic countries that actually do pose a threat.

When Bush or even a muslim mullah get sick they go see a doctor. They don't sit around in a prayer group praying to get well because they don't trust faith when it comes to their own health. Yet when it comes to war and young soldier's lives, America's leaders rely on prayer and the christian bible for direction. That's why we're in this mess with Iraq and we're heading for disaster with our soaring national debt and increasing numbers of nuclear powered wacko regimes.

At this dangerous time in our history, we need clear rational thinking and good judgement running our country not the religious superstition of retarded children.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Carly Fiorina Dumped at Last

Hewlett Packard has finally seen the light and dumped Carly Fiorina.

The Carly saga is a good example of what's wrong in American business today - management being drawn from the ranks of smooth-talking used car salesmen rather than from the ranks of people with talent and good ideas. That's why America is tops in the world at marketing but pretty poor at engineering. We still have good innovation which is why most of our strong, exciting companies are young, such as google for example, while most of our older companies are dying a slow death.

Any two-bit car lot is populated with smooth, eloquent, fast talkers but you wouldn't hire a used car salesman to manage a nuclear power plant, would you? Yet American businesses often can't seem to distinguish between someone who sounds good versus someone who is good.

If you find a CEO who is a horrible talker but has a track record of success, invest in that company. You know that person will be a winner because they got there through talent, not smooth talking.

Carly was a smooth talking salesman. That's her talent. She should have never been in charge of anything larger than a McDonald's. Her only real success happened during the height of the dot com bubble when virtually everyone was successful. Combine a dot com bubble with a fast-talking salesman and you get a lucky skyrocketing career of an untalented future CEO destined for future flameout.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Torture Czar Confirmed as US Attorney General

The torture czar is now head of the Department of Justice.

This says a lot about the Bush regime's position on human rights and civil rights and brings into focus the abject hypocrisy behind their anti-abortion slogan "the strong must protect the weak."

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Digital Privacy of Fallen Soldiers

I'm annoyed at the parents suing to get access to their dead children's email accounts and websites. They are piggy-backing on the emotional trauma of soldiers dying in Iraq to invade their childrens privacy for their own benefit.

The families claim that digital access should pass to the next of kin just like letters, clothes and high school soccer balls. But letters, clothes and soccer balls are out in the open and don't constitute a privacy issue. Doesn't a person have a right to some degree of privacy even after death? What if a fallen soldier had personal videos of sex with his wife? Doesn't he have a right to expect that his parents will never see it? What if a fallen soldier hated his parents? What a tragic final insult to then give the hated parents access to all his personal information.

Take the case, for example, of Karl Linn who died in Iraq last week. His father, Richard Linn, is trying to get access to Karl's email accounts and websites. If Karl wanted his parents to have access to his private emails, why didn't he leave his password with his parents in case he died? He could have left his password in a sealed envelope addressed to his parents among his personal effects at his station in Iraq. After his death, his parents get all his personal effects and the problem is solved and no one's privacy is invaded. As far as his website goes, any pages of the website that the parents had access to could easily be downloaded and saved permanently. Why do the parents need access to anymore than this?

I'm ashamed of these parents trying to use the courts to get access to their dead childrens private and personal files. If they want to honor their dead children, how about they start by honoring their dead children's privacy!