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Monday, May 31, 2010

They're Doing It! Hooray....

Pope Ratz has made a panel to check out child abuse allegations in Ireland. Great. What was that line....? "Who watches the Watchmen?" Yeah, that's it. Someone needs to investigate the Pope and get his ass up on some charges.

In any event, one of the dudes heading up the Ireland charade is New York Archbiship Timothy Dolan. He is apparently hard on pedophiles, but check out what he said about gay marriage:
There is an in-built code of right and wrong that is imbedded in the human DNA...Hard-wired into us is a dictionary, and the dictionary defines marriage as between one man, one woman for life, please God, leading to the procreation of human life. And if we begin to tamper with the very definition of marriage, then we're going to be in big trouble.
It always kills me when priests start talking about DNA. Please, Mr. Dolan, don't try to be scientific. Stick to philosophy where your "arguments" just might be a tad more persuasive. Unlikely, but at least there's a chance.

Question: Is an infertile hetero couple a slap to god's face too? Should the husband of an infertile woman just dump the barren chick and find a babe with nice birthin' hips? Should the wife of a man who's shootin' blanks just ditch him and his empty gun and search the bars and internets for a stud? Come on, Dolan, pipe up.

Dolan. Hey, hey we're the Monkees...and people say we Monkee around! Oh, wait, they didn't come from no monkey.

Back on track. Dolan is also quoted as saying:
The recent sad scandal of clerical sexual abuse of minors, as the professionals have documented, has nothing to do with our celibate commitment.
Is this really one of they guys you want doing any sort of investigation? He seems like he can barely think, let alone break from the Vatican on any issue. Seriously, as IF the pope is going to prosecute anyone. He could find a priest ass-raping a 12 year old at the alter of St. Peter's Square and there would be a cover-up. I'd bang my head against the wall but that would only hurt me when it's the Church that I want to disappear.

If I find a way to do that I'll keep you posted....

Monday, May 24, 2010

R.I.P. - Martin Gardner

If you don't know the name Martin Gardner, you likely have not been involved in the skeptical/science-based community for very long. His is a giant profile and one that, sadly now, will be very missed. Martin Gardner died on Saturday, May 22 at the age of 95.

Go here and read. Then go do some math puzzles or just learn something new. You know, for Martin. It'd make him smile.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Everyone Draw Muhammed Day!

As a late, just-squeeked-in entry to EDMD, here's my rendition of said fella. Not offensive in the least, unless you're a crazy psycho religious nut-job. But, then again, if you're that far gone, if a stupid drawing doesn't set you off on a murderous rampage, something else will.
muhammad

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Muslim Pussies "Defend" Their LIttle "God"

Look at these idiots.


Man, have you ever seen such little bitches? All these dummies show up and attack a cartoonist and can't do any real damage. Granted, there were a couple of plain-clothes police guarding Vilks, but, come on, they're not professional cage fighters or anything.

Oh, and by the way, does it not strike any of these morons as ironic that their supposed god is all-powerful and super-sensitive to offense, but can't handle his own business? (Probably not, as they likely don't know what "irony" is) Don't you think that if Allah was actually pissy about being drawn as a dog, maybe he'd be able to arrange a heart-attack or a lightening strike or something?

Nope, he's got to send incompetent little imbeciles to do his bidding...poorly.

Everyone sing along: You don't have the right, to not be offended, no you don't!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Hey! I'm A Nice Guy With Stupid Challenges!

I recently got a comment on my post about Brandon Raynor's stupid massage "course". I was going to shut comments down because his alt.med weirdos kept sending me dumbness in text form. This note caught my attention however because of its pseudo-friendly tone and complete ignorance of any type of scientific education. He signs his name as "James", so his words are in blockquotes, my replies are in normal font.
Hi Mike,
Interesting blog and I do believe discussions like this are a necessity in order to allow the public to choose for themselves.
The public isn't educated enough with respect to science/critical thinking to "choose for themselves". I have no idea how my car works so I depend on my mechanic to know what works and fix my shit efficiently and ethically. Anyone in the health/medicine field should be the same way.
With that, I am guessing your vulgarity is likely not going to win "the public" over on how an RMT is as professional as you say.

*Yes its your blog...do as you see fit just pointing out the obvious*
Get it straight, James, I'm not here to "win the public over". I'm here to espouse my opinions on a wide variety of topics. You can take them or leave them, but my language - vulgar as it fucking is - is the least of your or anyones concerns.
Some of US Raynor students come from 15 years of health and fitness education and was the primary reason of not trying to fall asleep learning the same stuff that I already have in several other certifications etc. and taking it again for massage.
Wow, fifteen years of health and fitness, you say? You must be an expert. I wouldn't want to bore you with details, so I'll hold off commenting here, but I'll remember your extensive experience with health and fitness later in this post. It's probably a good thing that Raynor's courses in Canada are a maximum of 10 days - you seem to get bored with learning easily.
Also, please understand that in North America we have maybe 300-400 years of "educated experience" compared to countries in Asia (just to name one continent)that have over 3000-4000 years of experience in massage practice.

The fact is that most of those years were spent learning "practical" forms of massage rather than relying on strictly on theoretical knowledge that could not even be written down in the first place.
Ah yes, the "appeal to antiquity". "But Mike, we're so young, the Ancients knew things we didn't and had access to knowledge we are only now figuring out." The reason, James, that things couldn't be written down was that the Iron Age was when the alphabet actually came into somewhat popular use. That and that sparkling new invention that still blows my feeble mind, the bow and arrow. Fucking amazing.

All those years spent learning "practical forms of massage" or medicine in general helped populations live to the hearty average life span of 35 or 40. Man, I wish we could go back to those glory days! Practical medicine! Not so much of that pointless "theory" shit.

James, you have no idea what you're talking about.
The tradition of massage is also placed in the bible in the laying of hands etc. so again there are several cultural and religious variations in which massage has been used successfully without requiring "north american" standards.
Really? The bible, James? This comment is too stupid to warrent any sort of rebuttal.
I find it hard to believe that our continent is indeed setting malicious and discriminatory standards on something they are merely just starting to comprehend.
No, no, no...YOU are just starting to comprehend it. Don't spread your ignorance all over the rest of us like some sort of shitty marmalade. Additionally, please show your work on how exactly you think having professional standards to protect the public from ignorant fuckwads is in any way "malicious and discriminatory". I'd be interested in reading that.
Did you know that that Traditional Chinese Medicine uses meridian lines and chi flow in order to help many "North Americans" with major health issues because relief was not found using NA systems of health care?
Wait. Chinese "medicine" uses chi and meridian lines?! Why wasn't I aware of this?! WTF!?

Howzabout you give me any actual peer-reviewed evidence published in a reputable journal that shows goddamn "chi" and/or "meridian lines" even fucking exist. How about that? Let's start there and only after you show that those things exist, THEN we can move on to how you go about working with them and using your little techniques to fix people.

There's a term for doing medicine in this manner...it's called...umm...dammit, it's right there on the tip of my tongue... Oh, right. SCIENCE. Fuck me....
Again, we all know these Monopolies that CMTBC and NCBTMB are attempting to hold on to have more to do with money.

Now if something is accepted for treatment in one country is not in another due to regulation I can understand a reason to ACKNOWLEDGE the differences.
Associations take money. True. I think the CMTO's annual dues are way way WAY too fucking high, but that's nowhere near the issue here and trying to sideline the point (whatever it is you're trying to make) with financial talk is a red herring.

Also, the point is not that one modality is accepted in one country and not another - it's that one set of modalities are bullshit and the practioners unqualified alt.med. charlatans.
However, what you are stating is something equivalent to that of a student going to Harvard and one who goes to any general University that is not a "blue blood" caliber is any less qualified.
I don't think you could miss the point any more if you had tried to land on the top of the CN Tower by jumping out of a plane over Tokyo. I could care less where you went to school. I care about you providing medical care/advice to the general public with a fucking Iron Age understanding of how the body works. You will end up hurting people either directly or indirectly. A much better analogy would be one student going to any general university to learn accounting and another person who was raised by a troupe of chimpanzees. The general university student gets a job and then chimp-boy is outraged, OUTRAGED that he is not allowed to provide accounting services to the public.
In fact...if you really wanted to settle this how about this Mike.
Oooo, a test!
Why don't you get the best of the best (which would likely not include yourself) in North America up against Brandon's selected therapists?

Have Brandon and 2 others from Raynor and then whomever is your "esteemed" best and his two see who is actually offering the best massage.

Just ensure to have 20 people over all walks of life, cultures and ailments and have them discuss treatment, why they are doing it and then allow the application of it.
Oh, for fuck's sake. Could you be any more scientifically illiterate? All you'd have at the end of this would be 20 testimonials of who these people liked better. It's not a real test, dumbass. Fuck, no wonder you get bored in an anatomy class. Repeat it one more time for emphasis, everyone: the plural of anecdote is not "evidence". Could you tattoo this on your goddamn antebrachium (that's your forearm, btw) so you never never forget it again?
If you can PROVE that everyone in the CMTO is better and offered unmatched therapy to Brandon and his best students I will stop offering massage as one of his students!

Challenge is up...now go out there and prove your CMTO is better than Brandon Raynor School Of Massage Therapy.

Good luck!

JAMES
I have a better offer, James (sorry, "JAMES"). If any of Raynor's students (or Mr. Raynor himself) can pass the practical and written portion of the provincial board exams to become a certified member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario or British Columbia, with only Raynor's courses and personal learning ("practical forms of massage", as you've written) as their base, I will shut this blog down forever. Deal? Oh, come on....

Good luck to you.