Learning How To Program

I know, long time no see. It’s been a long time, and I mostly use G+ now. However, I do miss my blog, so maybe I’ll start posting here instead, and just posting links on G+ or something. We’ll see.

One thing which I’ve been doing in the last year is learning how to program in C/Objective-C/Cocoa/iOS. It’s been frustrating but finally, I’ve been making some headway.

As some of you may know, my sis, Winter Seale, is a full time programmer. She showed me this cartoon today which made me laugh so hard for ten minutes or more that I’m still giggling as I post this. =) I was telling her about my frustrations with computer programming books, and this is exactly what I was trying to say:

Jon Huntsman and the Republican Party

I don’t like Huntsman. I wasn’t going to vote for him.

But it was refreshing to see a man stand up on the right and publicly state that he accepts the scientific evidence for evolution and climate change.

I give him a ton of credit for that. However, it was not the way to win the Republican nomination because the conservative base doesn’t accept these things. In fact, they believe that these things are the enemy. They believe that science is the enemy.

That makes me sad.

Now, we only have Republicans who publicly state that they don’t accept the scientific evidence for evolution or climate change – or anything else scientific, for that matter. And whether it’s because they are trying to become accepted by the most inbred, lunatic, racist, paranoid, deluded bunch of idiots in the country or whether they actually don’t really accept science as the fundamental way of discovering the way that the universe works doesn’t really matter much to me. The fact is that the right is utterly devoid of the ravages of intelligence.

I find this to be incredibly sad. I blame dogmatic jingoism and religion for this. For years, Americans have been told, over and over again, that they live in the “freest” nation on earth, the “best” nation on earth, and the one “blessed by god”. And now that their little rustic world has come crashing down around their shoulders, all that they can do is retreat further into the fantasy which they have been taught.

If you want to be elected as a republican today, you have to state that you believe in bronze age magical, superstitious, ignorant thinking, or you will never, ever, be elected.

Republican candidates today, including Ron Paul, are simplistic, divisive, paranoid morons. And it does matter a great deal if you accept science or not. A person’s beliefs do matter. The goal of going to school for decades isn’t to teach us to make decisions based on our fantasies, but to make decisions based on acquired knowledge which has taken centuries to collect. We don’t sit in class to learn matters and subjects based on “a feeling” which we get when we close our eyes and just robotically “believe” something to be true.

We go to school to learn how to process information, accept science in a variety of subjects, and then build our own thoughts upon it so that we may lead more educated and enlightened lives and, perhaps, to one day contribute to that body of knowledge ourselves as well.

Not everyone is a scientist by profession, but everyone is supposed to be a scientist in our daily lives. Even when we drive or cross the street, we don’t just blindly turn or cross because we “feel” that a car isn’t coming the opposite way. We learn to observe and process data.

Somebody who publicly states that they don’t believe in this process is not worthy of my vote. In my view, they are not even worthy of much in the human discourse.

And they are certainly not worthy of running this country; of fixing complex problems which require deep thinking and problem solving. They have missed the entire point of what it means to be educated.

I’d rather vote for a village idiot who understands that you will never, ever, be able to fly by simply thinking very hard and wishing it were true.

Religion is Evil

I’m going to try to make this as quick as I can.

The first reason being that there already are a slew of things to read on the subject of 9/11 today starting since around a week ago, and the second is because I really don’t want to mark this day any more than I already have to.

Ten years ago today, I was living in New York City, and I was there with a few other million people when the towers collapsed. I lost neighbors, friends, and acquaintances that day. The front doorstep of my house in Brooklyn became a local shrine to our firefighters and neighbors that we lost. A lot of people stared in shock and horror and cried, and I didn’t.

I didn’t cry at all because I knew it would happen someday, and I knew what idiots were fully capable of. I also didn’t go around saying that now, “Everything is different.” I knew then, as I know now, that you cannot so easily change a society steeped in ignorance and religion – and that goes for both sides of this conflict.

9/11 did very little to change American society, and it did even less to change the “Islamic World” – a term I happen to think is an outrage as much as saying that we are the “Christian World”.

All that 9/11 did was make Americans more touchy-feely and maudlin about national tragedies, or think that “God” was on our side in the fight against Bin Laden and his moronic self-immolating brigades.

A lot of people still don’t get it. They won’t get it because their entire universal view is based on mythology which only a bronze-aged cave man could come up with when they had none of the answers and, even worse, none of the right questions.

The message of 9/11 is this:

RELIGION IS BAD.

That’s all you need to remember about 9/11.

Now, a message to the religious people: I don’t care if religion gives you a sense of purpose, or meaning, or makes you act kind at times, or if it wants you to change the world for the better. You can get that from certain drugs as well. Religion is the retardation of societies at this point, and it has to be entirely discarded. Religion is rationalization of ancient mythologies which have absolutely no bearing on reality in any way whatsoever. Religion, for lack of a better word, is evil.

It’s time to wake up. It’s time to say that we’ve grown as a species and we’ve discovered more than any person could have imagined two thousand years ago. We’ve discovered the real answer to how the earth was formed, that stars, the universe, and how we evolved as well. It’s time to say that we have learned everything real from science and nothing from those ignorant books which come out of a dawn of our species.

Don’t “believe”, because all that you are doing is enabling the fanatics. If you are a believer, or a “spiritual” person, you’re just as guilty. Yes, you. It doesn’t matter if you “feel” a certain way or not, and please spare me the tears of how wonderful it makes you as a person.

Science may not have all the answers yet, and perhaps it never will have some of them, but let me ask you this: Is it any surprise to you that any time we have discovered the answer to a burning question, it has never turned out to be “spiritual”? The answers to all of the great questions so far have been discovered with only one thing: Science. That’s it. That’s all we have to go on. We have not found cures to diseases, or even discovered that diseases even existed, or found the age of the earth or the answer to how we are here, or discovered electricity or the atom with any religious book. We, as a species, discovered all of these things with science.

Some will say that science is cold and heartless, and those people are utter fucking idiots. Science is humanity. Doctors cure disease and pestilence every day and save thousands or even millions of lives because of science. Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the polio vaccine, literally saved the lives of millions of children in this century alone by his work.

That is cold and heartless? That is something without ethics or morals?

Did he even reach for a “holy book” when he was working? No, he didn’t. He reached for a stack of work produced by other people before him, entirely based on science and not “religious feeling” and rhetoric.

And some religions would have him still burn in hell because he was not a Christian or a Muslim. Now, that is Evil. To even think that is insane and offensive. You want a clear cut definition of how religion is poison, then you think about that. You want a clear example of how science is not cold and heartless, and religion is utterly insane, then you think about that.

Your religions would burn Dr. Jonas Salk for all eternity because he didn’t conform to your holy books, and yet he has saved more children than any of you combined could ever imagine.

Those are your religious morals? Exactly how do you justify that without sounding like a fucking ignorant asshole?

If you want to know what religion did for humanity in the last ten years, you can start with 9/11. You can start with suicide bombers. You can start with people praying in tongues in Congress live on TV and rejecting every scientific thing we’ve learned because they think it’s all part of the lies of the “devil”. That’s where your warm and fuzzy religious feelings are leading you, or enabling others to travel there.

I’m sick and tired of hearing that 9/11 was about anything other than religious mania. I’m tired of idiots justifying on the left and the right about how that doesn’t represent most religious people in the world. The fact is that it does represent all religious people who believe in a hell and who think that the world should be converted to their cause.

9/11 was about nothing else than that. And while our stupid, fat, soft culture tries to make it into a variety of things, and tries to mythologize it so that it becomes untouchable, I’m going to simply remember what it was really about and move on:

Religion is evil.

 

Reply to another Email Scammer

Initiating Contact:

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Yours Sincerely
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My Response:

Really!

Wow, thank you so much for contacting me.

As it so happens, I am also in need with a personal family tragedy. You see, my father was the late Umbutu Bassekke from Nabali, Africa. As you know, he was the President of that country for eighty two years before being put on trial for crimes against humanity.

Before fleeing the country, my family had $59,687,098,000.82 in the bank account which is currently inaccessible to my family and myself. However, with your help and access to your bank account, I will be able to transfer the funds directly to you, and you can keep 50% of it! Think of it: Free Money!

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God’s Miracles

God sure has been unimpressive lately, hasn’t he?

Imagine that: we discover the scientific method, documentation, and recording…and the miracles stop coming our way.

Maybe back then he just needed the practice. After all….

 

He was going around carving entire highways into seas with enormous walls of water rushing up on either side, only to drown a massively huge army in the nick of time.

Then he went around, slaying entire armies with simply the presence of his eternal light while they writhed in agony on the ground, cursing the fate that they were born in the first place.

And then he was able to make the walls of a vast city-state come crashing down merely by the sound of some ram’s horns because they were calling out his name and will.

I’ll admit: so far, that’s all pretty fucking impressive. Bravo.

Bravo….

Encore, please.

Well, there isn’t much of an encore. It’s more of a “period at the end of a sentence” – if that, because it can pretty much be explained by science, medicine, biology, and chemistry. But…let’s see if you’re just as impressed anyway:

What the fuck is that???

Well, apparently: It’s a miracle.  

What it is is bacteria on a communion wafer which turned red in water so, of course, some think it’s a miracle.

I know, I know, the standards that people appear to hold God up to in his declining years appear to have slipped…a lot.

Poor God…maybe he’s just getting too old to go around whacking people on the heads left and right, reshaping entire vast bodies of water, and crashing down enormous stone walls. Perhaps he needs a break because his repertoire has become thoroughly unimpressive.

 

Scientists Flock to Telescopes to Marvel at Revelation

July 20th, 2011 – Caltech and NASA Observatories - With tears streaming down their faces, computer keys clicking away in hundreds of mathematical computations at once, and chants of relativistic and string theory equations, scientists have been flocking to telescopes around the world to witness a true revelation of science as truth in the Universe.

The latest pictures coming out from telescopes reveal an enormous infinity symbol ( ) buried within the Milky Way Galaxy. Surprisingly, it has never been seen before.

“This is a miracle of science and we all feel it deep inside,” said one scientist named Rodney Fermian who drove all night with his family several hundred miles to witness the image on the telescope himself “it proves the truth and reality of science. Science bless physics!” he exclaimed.

Another professor of Astrophysics, Umberto Tallini, commented calmly how this reveals something deep about the universe. “Religious people have no ground to stand on,” he said, pausing to refill and light his pipe “people need to understand that the hand of science has revealed itself in this image and that they should bow down and worship it because it just shows that we’re right and everyone else is going to be damned into the nucleus of a proton so small for the rest of eternity, doomed to collide over and over again with an anti-proton in a grand release of energy so intense that it will melt their very existence forever if they do not kneel and accept this image.”

While scientists gathered around, many chanted equations of supersymmetry over and over again, and some even made offerings of the smallest particles they could hold in a gesture towards the image on their telescopes as thanks for giving them proof that scientists are brilliant and the rest of the world are absolute idiots.

“We don’t really mind religious people living amongst us, but they better know that this sign shows how doomed they truly are.” another scientist named Bob Helgard explained. “I hope this picture convinces them of their folly of their ways as it is a miracle that only science can offer. Blessed all be to science.” he clapped his hands and started to chant more equations dealing on the nature of String Theory.

Whether or not this picture is a miracle of science will have to be debated and settled at a later date, of course, as all the scientists were in agreement that peer-review was the best thing ever and was necessary to discover the type of miracle it was, using the most esoteric kinds of language possible so that the common layman could never have one chance in ten to the power of pi to ever understand it. They were all in agreement as well, however, that religious people are fools and are doomed, and the proof was in the picture.