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The reason why I hardly read the news…

Posted by dorian on March 24, 2012

...OR NOT.

Example: Here is the headlining news for today, (a straight cut-and-paste) from one of the top internet search engine news sites:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

  • Slain teen’s friends say he never picked a fight
  • Tsunami-tossed boat spotted off western Canada
  • Bales charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder
  • Woman to wed slain French soldier posthumously
  • 6 kids, 2 adults killed in West Virginia house fire
  • Deadly clashes in Egypt after soccer club banned
  • ‘Borat’ anthem at sports event angers Kazakhstan
  • Roadside bombing kills 5 in Afghanistan
  • Space junk forces astronauts to take shelter

Do you see anything positive up there? Something that will start your day off with a smile? Okay, maybe the Borat article made me snicker somewhat. but I can say that all of the above news were all on the negative side and called forth the stress hormones to come to the harm of the body, the spirit, and the mind. Stress= dis-ease.

There are other sources where you can educate yourself on current events (important for social interaction, real and/or virtual, and if you like to play Jeopardy!). Slim pickins, however. Most news sources cater to what will sell off the counter — Sensationalized crime stories, sports, and celebrity gossip.Violence and how the super rich live dictate what news publishers put out for us to read. So this morning, I will share some good news with you. Here are some, have a good day!




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Why are extremists so loud

Posted by horsservice on September 28, 2010

A metaphysical mystery on the way of resolution by science!

If those who have the most extremist opinions are always so keen to voice then, it’s because they’re convinced that their ideas are shared by the majority: it’s the first conclusion of a study conduced at Standford by Kimberly Morrison et al. Read the rest of this entry »

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let them marry and eat wedding cake! says arnold…

Posted by dorian on August 9, 2010

Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined in the move by the attorney general and San Francisco city

Schwarzenegger calls for same-sex weddings to resume

 California’s governor and attorney general have asked a US federal judge to allow same-sex couples to wed pending an appeal against his rejection of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Backers of the ban had asked for a delay while the appeal was considered.

The judge ruled that the ban, known as Proposition 8, was unconstitutional.

“The public interest is best served by… restoring the right of same-sex couples to marry in California,” wrote a lawyer for Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Doing so is consistent with California’s long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect,” the lawyer wrote in a court filing on Friday.

Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is running for governor, filed a separate motion.

A lawyer for the city of San Francisco, which also joined the legal effort, said those supporting the ban had failed to show they would “suffer irreparable injury – or any injury at all” if gays were allowed to marry right away.

US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled on Wednesday that California’s marriage ban violated equal protection guarantees of the US Constitution.

The ban was passed in a ballot referendum by a vote of 52% to 48% in 2008.

But the ruling did not immediately take effect because backers of the ban requested a stay of the judgement pending their appeal against it.

In their request for a stay, ban proponents argued that legal chaos would ensue if same-sex couples were allowed to marry but the ban were eventually upheld by a higher court.

BBC News August 6, 2010


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We survived Bush. You’ll survive Obama.

Posted by dorian on April 23, 2010

And now a few words from the spunkiest straight-shootin’ grandma ever, Mrs. Helen Philpot !

Margaret, please tell Howard that I love him because he loves you.  But that is about all the reaching across the aisle that I can handle.  A few years back, millions of people across this nation and across the globe marched for peace.  George Bush ignored us and we had to endure his lazy ass being in the White House for eight years.

So now a black man named Barack Obama, elected by the will of the people, has decided to fight for the poor, and work for world peace… and a bunch of white guys who think Fox really is News just can’t stand it.

Well, they can kiss my ass because I am tired of their belly aching.

This is exactly how our political system works.  Sometimes your party is in and sometimes it is out.  Your party is currently out.  So shut the hell up and deal with it. Read the rest of this entry »

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News or sensationalism?

Posted by 1minionsopinion on April 14, 2010

I’m not a journalist, nor did I ever have much interest in it save for lack of other ideas during career days in junior high. Still, I did go to university (Sociology degree, btw) and can be something of a critical thinker when I feel like it, so sometimes I like to pick on news sources and look at how they deliver information to the public.

I’m comparing a couple articles about a court case in Brisbane, Australia. I’ll start with The Brisbane Times whose headline was noticeable enough: ‘Satanic’ charges dismissed.

The article concerns itself entirely with the result of court proceedings where four people were accused of desecrating 82 graves at an historic cemetery.

The court heard one of the group bragged about inverting crucifixes at the cemetery because it “had meaning to Satanists”.

But following evidence from several witnesses at a committal hearing yesterday, lawyers for the four accused today argued their clients had no case to answer.

Lawyers Jann Taylor, for Ms Wilson and Mr Bell, and Debra Wardle, for Mr Smallbon, told the court the element of unlawfulness could not be proved by the Crown.

Laughably, their defense appears to center around the fact that police never contacted the owners of those plots to find out if the group had permission to tear the place up. (Another Brisbane article I found also points to police and investigators who couldn’t say precisely when the damage might have occurred. Some of all of it could have happened up to two weeks before this group was there.)

Ms Nisbett said Ms Wilson had been “quite animated” as she recounted what she had done.

“I said I hoped she hadn’t gone near my family’s graves. My grandmother and my uncle and aunt are buried at the Toowong Cemetery,” she said.

Ms. Nisbett’s testimony is what drives the second article, where she explains what else Wilson, her work colleague, said happened. I definitely like the wording of One India’s headline:

‘Vandal pinned down by Jesus Tombstone Down Under.’

The federal public servant said Ms Wilson had told her of a bizarre incident involving a tombstone.

“(Wilson said) ‘Jesus smashed Shane’. (She said) the tombstone moved a significant distance, hit Shane and pinned him on the legs,” Nisbett said.

Bell screamed and passed out from the pain, and the three others had to move the tombstone off his legs, the court heard.

Now, if you just read Brisbane’s version, you can gripe about how dumb the court system is since it has let this group get away with destruction of property. The Brisbane article only glosses over this tombstone story, because it’s more intent on providing a decent rundown of what all led up to the case against these people. Reading One India’s coverage, we’re led to think that God may have exacted some very specific revenge on one of the vandals. Is that true? Pretty damned unlikely. I’d believe Wilson’s ghost did it first.

The only value of the Jesus tombstone story is to explain how Bell’s leg got injured, which is what helped police pick him as a suspect. Well, that and the gravestone chunk he took home with him. He wound up pleading guilty to possessing “tainted property” because of it.

To sum up, I think the need to generate clicks on a story means writers or editors or whoever’s in charge of that stuff have to take the sensational angle more often than not. But you don’t get well rounded stories that way. And maybe they don’t care; they just want the clicks. Why worry about what a gullible audience will take from it? Caveat emtor and all that. Are journalists like this at all liable for leading their readers to goofy conclusions? Judging by what else I’ve read in the past, I guess not.


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The Rage Is Not About Health Care

Posted by dorian on March 29, 2010

Frank Rich photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

The Rage Is Not About Health Care

The New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Published: March 27, 2010

THERE were times when last Sunday’s great G.O.P. health care implosion threatened to bring the thrill back to reality television. On ABC’s “This Week,” a frothing and filibustering Karl Rove all but lost it in a debate with the Obama strategist David Plouffe. A few hours later, the perennially copper-faced Republican leader John Boehner revved up his “Hell no, you can’t!” incantation in the House chamber — instant fodder for a new viral video remixing his rap with will.i.am’s “Yes, we can!” classic from the campaign. Boehner, having previously likened the health care bill to Armageddon, was now so apoplectic you had to wonder if he had just discovered one of its more obscure revenue-generating provisions, a tax on indoor tanning salons.

But the laughs evaporated soon enough. There’s nothing entertaining about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank. And as the week dragged on, and reports of death threats and vandalism stretched from Arizona to Kansas to upstate New York, the F.B.I. and the local police had to get into the act to protect members of Congress and their families.

How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.

No less curious is how disproportionate this red-hot anger is to its proximate cause. The historic Obama-Pelosi health care victory is a big deal, all right, so much so it doesn’t need Joe Biden’s adjective to hype it. But the bill does not erect a huge New Deal-Great Society-style government program. In lieu of a public option, it delivers 32 million newly insured Americans to private insurers. As no less a conservative authority than The Wall Street Journal editorial page observed last week, the bill’s prototype is the health care legislation Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts. It contains what used to be considered Republican ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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God-belief runs rampant in USA. Well, duh…

Posted by 1minionsopinion on March 15, 2010

In a study that seems almost redundant, Canadian researchers took the results from two U.S. surveys regarding people and their faith in god and came to the (quite obvious) conclusion that many Americans are deluded habitually giving god credit for everything from a winning touchdown to getting voted into power to getting a speeding ticket.

“In American culture — much less so in Canada — there’s a really constant flow of God-talk that references these small, personal interactions. It’s almost like a self-absorbed view of divine will,” says study author Scott Schieman, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto.

“The extent that it’s so visible, almost saturating the culture at times, makes me think it’s not just metaphor or symbolism; many, many people believe these processes are real.”

Eight in 10 Americans say they depend on God for decision-making guidance.

Seven in 10 believe that when good or bad things happen, the occurrences are part of God’s plan.

And six in 10 believe God has set the course of their lives.

Crazy. The article also reports on the fact that a third of those surveyed believed there was essentially no free will, that god is the guiding hand in every event, for good or ill.

“If you feel like, ‘No matter what I do, it’s all going to work out a particular way,’ what does that do for your motivation?” says Schieman, who suggests the 32 per cent of people who behave this way do so because it relieves anxiety in desperate circumstances, shifting the pressure skyward.

For others, they treat the invisible dude like he’s a BFF and get great feelings of love and confidence out of their delusion.

The concept permeates shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and Big Brother, all of which frequently feature participants who credit their victories to a higher power. They also assume their failures are part of His plan, rely on prayer to further their competitive success or talk as though the right hand of God is cramped from texting votes on their behalf.

“People will weave a divine narrative into just about anything,” says Schieman …

Personally, I think the bigger question should be why. Why do so many people still cling to religion to get through life? Even if they claim they aren’t following a religion, that it’s all spiritual and godding around town with best buddy Jesus as a co-pilot is just something to brag about. Why do it? Why think it? Aside from feeling like they have big important friends solving their problems for them, what else is going on in their heads to make this logical and worth believing?

How did it come about? Has it always been this bad, or is something making it worse? Why does faith become such a powerful force for so many people? And why does faith have no impact for other people?


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Hollywood Liberalism knows no boundries.. Exhibit 1… the movie “DOUBT”

Posted by kayms99 on March 14, 2010


Well, the liberals ON ADKOB are going to say… “here we go again”…

Yep… liberalism certainly gives me a lot to gripe about.  Right now, I’m going to gripe about the capital of progressive liberalism… Hollywood.

I’ve watched the movie “Doubt”, with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, several times and I now know that my first impression was correct.  This movie promotes Hollywood’s ultra liberalistic movement to stifle (or completely wipe out ) Christian values.  And it’s frustrating because of the great amount of influence Hollywood has.  I believe, unfortunately, they will ultimately win and their views will reign in main stream society, if they don’t already.

The reason I say that I “now know” that my first impression of the movie is correct is because, on the surface, the movie seems to be very ambiguous.  Even to the end, we can’t truly be sure who the protagonist is and who is the antagonist.   But really, one could know this just by learning of the major components…. a staunch, hard lined, by the “Book” Catholic (CHRISTIAN) Nun, a Priest who wants to “modernize” or “LIBERALIZE” the church, and Hollywood. And to be more descriptive… a Nun who holds on to traditional Christian values and a Priest who believes that “love” is the most important thing above all, but… oh yeah, this kind of “love” just happens to express itself sometimes through sexual contact with a 12 year old boy. Read the rest of this entry »

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