Saturday, May 27, 2017

Halal

 Well is this not just a fine pickle? Is it Kosher?

http://www.wgrz.com/news/muslim-man-sues-little-caesars-claiming-halal-was-a-lie-in-dearborn/443254858

Muslims have some good ideas, just as the stopped clock is right time twice a day. They have a concept of right and wrong that is different. Depending on who is writing about it, it is more of a five point scale: required, permitted, neutral, wrong, absolutely forbidden. so Halal are permitted.

So the food rules are essentially the same as the old testament, and in a hot dirty country are about what is necessary to stay healthy. Now we have cleaner conditions, refrigeration, we generally understand disease, bacteria, blood borne parasites, and similar disease agents, these rules are just well archaic and followed out of blind faith.

So I will leave it to you to look up those rules if you like; Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy, Torah, and or Quran.
Now let us consider pizza; first you have crust, grain; then cheese, dairy, then meat. In what alternate reality would these be acceptable in one dish? He was only concerned about the meat. Pizza, with halal meat violates about four other rules. With such a ignorant question as "is it halal?", the answer to such ignorance must always be yes, for you do not know the rules, why should I, an atheist or christian for that matter.

In one rule set it is not permissible to mix grain, dairy or meat. Even a sandwich with butter and meat is not halal, you idiots. Pizza, is a vegetable according to a US senator. Pizza is a mix of all three also.

For meat to be halal, the animal (not pig or rabbit) must die from a slashed throat, which is not legal in either the US nor Canada for humanity rules. No commercially produced, government inspected meat is halal. So imagine the outcry when this is recognized. On one side there is the animal right, on the other the Muslims.  Oh well. The Kosher Rabbis know this and look the other way in the slaughter houses, for the animal is just stunned then the throat is slit, as the rabbis pray.

Halal pizza and halal meat is like a bank looking after the customers interests. Just does not happen. You can think that if you like, but you need to get hold of something solid and give your head a real good shake. It is like believing that there is an all knowing, all wise old man in the sky to call god.      

Thursday, May 25, 2017

What is there to understand, Bob?

 What is there to understand, Bob? Islam is faith, not reason. Those that believe, believe. That is the problem, it is the Islam faith. It is blind acceptance of a hypothesis as real. It is based on ignorance. All religions are.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/05/24/i-may-never-understand-a-suicide-bomber-hepburn.html

Mohamed was a general. He wanted young soldiers who would charge to death without question. He created a religion that would provide that and more. It replaced all other belief systems. As long as no one questions, and those that do are terminated, it can take over any other religion. Fear is one method of short term control of the minds.

The suicide bomber gains in standing, and looses nothing. Life has no value in Islam to the soldier. That is the root of the problem. As long as we insist on freedom of religion, the problem will just grow. We cannot call then disenfranchised, they were never franchised. They are the spares of big families, the disposable of Islam. Religions are allowed to infect there young with dangerous memes before there brains can reason. Memes are dangerous things, especially that it is good to kill non-believers. The root cause is religion and specifically the Islam religion. The solution is to disallow the teaching of religion of any kind to the young. If they wish to learn and adopt it after the age of majority, well, then it is another problem.

Islam trains their people to follow without questions. Those that follow are selected, the remainder are just too busy with life. The next steps are small, and already well started, to follow through a simple action to a glorious conclusion and massive reward, all with the blessing of the leader and the great sky leader.  The religion is brain washing, to follow, to believe, to do as they are instructed, period. To pass from this place of deprivation to the place of plenty, pleasure, peace and the like is reputed to be wonderful; it is really just a story of bullshit. The final activation step are small and to the non-thinking person easy. No thinking person would do it; they are aware the promises are empty, the only life there is is the here and now.  

Keep in mind that all belief systems have no foundation and reside only in the mind of the believer. These mind parasites, memes, control all our actions almost automatically, some are fully automatic and beyond the control of the person...  Once we have them, to change, requires considerable effort... we need to overwrite them, provide alternatives, or have a major psychological shift. As these are often not based on logic, these are often termed spiritual awaking, or other goofy term with limited real meaning. It is like learning that traditional food are destroying us, yet we want to eat them, for we know not what else to eat. We need a change in attitude sufficient to bring an immediate end to the problem.

It is not about understanding the insane, it is about accepting they are insane, and offering them a real true alternative, not just a different version of insanity, or your untrue meme system. That alternative is really the secret of life. It is logic, realism, possibly derived from first principles. We are just animals with intelligence. Some have tremendous memory, others logic,or understanding. We need to cooperate for our own survival. For survival of all, we need to all cooperate. Those that will not cooperate need to be expelled from the community, and that is the problem. The community of non cooperatives are larger than the cooperative now. We have a major problem. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway. 

We also need the conditions to be able to live the truth, without harassment and conflict. We atheists, humanists, realists, what ever we call ourselves, need the same conditions free of god that religions are given, imbibed with the goofy delusion of gods. We need the freedom to make all efforts at converting others to reality. There is no god, no souls, no afterlife, and no self for the most part, in the Buddhist meaning. Where do we go from here?  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In Search of That Old Pleasant Feeling

Jack got me thinking:  http://www.atheistrev.com/2017/05/could-atheism-replace-religion.html

When I was young and going to church, it was more a social outing than a religious one for me. I grew up in quite isolated conditions. Church, and Sundays was the main time we escaped for a short while from the farm life. That and school; school was not fun, the town folk abused the rural, the ranch kids, abused the farmer kids. It was not good. But at church, the group was small enough that there was not so much abuse, except for that shin kicking asshole, McKnight.

Now knowing there is no god is only one of the factors. I never found the relief when I tried to go to church in the city. It was different, not the religion part but the extended social situation was not there. Those who go to church never talked about the sermon, just the people and the socializing afterwards, perhaps the potluck dinner; they were predictable, Jessie's casserole, mothers pies and potatoes, turnips, and/or coleslaw, the community turkey, or beef roast, etc. All the cousins, second cousins, extend families, in-laws, etc, on most Sundays; these were not community, but familiar community, my community. There were also those who never darkened the doors of churches except for weddings, funerals, and other specific functions, yet occasionally would show up for the dinners.

Those time are gone, and that is something atheists cannot address. Nor the opportunities to listen to the great storytellers, those who could spin a yarn so effortlessly, that kept us kids amused and quiet for hours. No truth, just tails, however there may have bit of truth there; how would we know? It is the memories of childhood which can never be recreated. Oh well, the young will be occupied with other things today. Life is much more complicated today.

Atheism could become a religion today, but not as just atheism. Realism has a chance, but not as Marc Perkel suggests,( http://www.churchofreality.org ), although some of his stuff is good in content, it requires additional input and over larger subject areas, and a concept/belief/personal directives areas. Rather than reason everything, prepackaged concepts are helpful to teach to the young, which is an essential function of religion.

I think any replacement of religion needs to be community based, real person to person contact, where a common belief system, value system could develop and be recorded. There is so much literature available for us to pick possible values from, or to develop our own, but ultimately, these need to be recorded and distributed. These need to go beyond the atheist no god, no soul, no afterlife, no reincarnation, no supernatural, all evidence based, but not clear and useful description of core beliefs or extended rules to live by. We all have our rules, but everyone's are in different orders, and the foundation for each must be included to deal with time change and needs change.

Enough.            

Friday, May 19, 2017

Too Much Information

Today we are exposed to too much information to really take in, in a well understood way. We take in much of this based on faith. For the religious it is taking in of god on faith, For the remainder it is taking in science facts on faith that somebody understands this stuff, and we sort of do understand, and can see some evidence for the logic. Religion is fraud; what they point to as evidence is evidence of a result, not the process that in there view, requires a god. There is no physical evidence of a god, yet so many insist there is a god.

The internet has allowed us to find much information, books and the like. Much of it is untrue, hypothesis, pure bullshit, story, but there is also some correct information. It is hard to sort, truth vs pure fabrication, fiction, bullshit. Bullshit now has a definition; the author does not care if it is right or wrong, it is just a good story. 

Atheism is superior to any of the religions today as it is truth and knowledge based. It does not simply go on believing as our ancestors have for thousands of years but stop to ask questions. Is there any physical evidence of god? No. Is there any physical evidence for souls? No. Life after death? No. Afterlife? No. So what is the foundation of Religion? Stories from long ago.

Man, an opportunistic animal developed on this whirling rock. We went from our latest evolution out ward in all directions and mated with our primate relatives, any that we could interbred with. We were just the latest out of Africa group, or were we. The process of evolution, variation and section pressure continues everywhere. So we who carry the genes necessary to reproduce, and those who do not or chose not to do not reproduce. Not reproducing in an over populated world is a proper response, but our genes die out. Overpopulation will become just another selection pressure. Oh well.

So what should be the foundation principle for the morals of the world. This is 2017, I am a man. I am responsible for all that is wrong in my relationships, so the wife tells me. Ultimately, we all are responsible for us all getting along. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trump Burns Canadian Asset

OK, so trump burns an Israeli asset. Trump to Russia to Iran and Syria, then kills the whole village and the asset.  A day and a half, and it is all over except for the screaming and more killing to come. A well placed source (the internet, well placed but I did not say reliable) told me so. It could be true but it was the US strike.   http://www.businessinsider.com/air-strikes-on-islamic-state-in-syria-kill-30-12-of-them-children-2017-5

 https://www.rt.com/usa/388528-trump-shared-data-russia-right/ 
In the world of spy novel, which often have some foundation in the past reality, Trump just burned someone's asset. Oh well, we now know that Trump and by extension, the US, cannot be trusted. The effect is that if anyone wants to be safe, then sharing information about what the undesirables have been up to is risky. It always was, and as the governments have, in the past shared info, it is more of a problem.

That is if Russia can figure out who gave them the information, and Russia has a reason to act, and if ... and if... and if....  .  But the real damage is trump cannot be trusted to keep his mouth shut when dealing with Russia.  Impeach.  Assassinate. Shut him out of the real information flow.  Your choice or not.

Now what does that have to do with anything. I have a neighbor who has three greenhouses. I have never been in the third, yet, from the heat, I know it is active, and has been for years. I also know that he spends a fair bit of time in it, and plants do not come out of it in the winter, nor in the spring that I have ever seen. The other two are part of a smaller greenhouse operation.  Yet occasionally a van pulls up and "something" is moved.  Occasionally stuff comes in as well. But what do I know? Am I going to say anything to anybody? not likely beyond this.

So if the trump cannot be trusted, is the Canadian government going to continue to feed the US information? Not when the information gathering is active, for they value their sources, or at least I hope they do. Or the sources will filter information for their own safety. Although he may have the right to pass on the information, I doubt that he will be given it henceforth. He just shot himself in the foot and has not realized it yet, openly anyway.

If trump cannot be trusted, I suggest that Canada impose a matching softwood export tax on the US and watch them scream. The damage is already done in Canada. Shot down the BC coal port that the US uses, or apply the carbon tax on that coal. Do something anyway.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Religion, the home of the uneducated

Religion is just not compatible with advanced education. Where ever we look, we find answers but no god, no afterlife, no soul. There is no physical evidence of any gods. The only place left for a god to hide is in the mind of the believer. The more we learn, the more it is apparent that any continued belief is just not compatible with higher education. Cognitive dissonance, is just not reasonable to live with. One concept is wrong, the other is right, both cannot be.

Some of us were raised on farms and saw first hand the development of livestock. Evolution, that is at least change in livestock, generation after generation, is a given. To say that evolution, aka change, did not happen was just a non-starter. Some of us have spent our lives working with the residue of time, geological formations containing traces of the past, fossils, and processes visible today. We have explored for the devil, and found only nature, and natural process, no god or anything that is not natural. There is no god. Some, among us, have moved on. Now it is time to become positive, and develop understanding of the foundation of society at a practical level.  

The foundation of cooperation between humans demands common ground to build a relationship on. Cooperation for survival is a good place to start, once survival gets to be dependent on cooperation. We are near that point now. Survival has always had a component of cooperation, but we are living in a good time of survival. We spend freely on medical research, and now have the capability to extend life of the generally nonviable bodies " about as long as the money lasts." It is time we need to make a decision on our priories. The first should be survival of the species, and to a large extent, that depends on accurately understanding the real problem we face. Religions are not looking at nor helping in the understanding of the problem.

Looking forward, we are facing a number of situations. Islam intent to take over the world with their over control of the people, and those of us who resist religion in general. Europe is a power keg, and there are sparks here and there, so it could touch of at any point. The middle east is unstable, and the US and North Korea, where propaganda is the religion. Unless these are resolved, the problem will just fester, all the time becoming more dangerous. It is time for the religious to see clearly, that they are part of the problem, if the foundation is reality.

One of the truths of the world is that as population grows, so does the variety of possible governments. The problem of government is it is a dead weight that must be carried. As they grow, and they all do, the burden of carrying the government grows, and at some point will kill the incentive to work legally. So tax crime grows, to the point tax avoidance become acceptable in the society, even preferred. Than regime changes occur, and we start over again. We are getting near that point again. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.        

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

blasphemy

The Irish law states:
“matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion”

So even saying that I am an atheist would be blasphemy. " Especially, saying that there is no physical evidence of a god anywhere, so the likely last place for a god to hide is in the mind of the believers," aha it is all in your heads, would be blasphemy, yet that statement is true.

We in science have not yet found any traces of god. True statement. Not that we have looked everywhere, but we also know that to go from a believer to a non-believer, all we need do is to remove god from our mind; we therefore know that god exists in the minds of the believers. In other words, gods are concepts that are wrong and cause problems for many people as they try to leave religions. 

Blasphemy is the emotional cry of those who cannot put forward a logical operation due to first and second person thinking. Once we step into third person thinking, as some of us need to do to overcome other psychological problems, it is obvious that religions are all frauds. Bullshit. Sheepdip.

So the Irish Law is likewise illogical, trying to avoid offense to major religions. We atheist should take the next logical step to Realism, stop telling what we do not believe, and instead say what we believe. If we call ourselves a religion, we can be offended and anyone who suggests there is a god, or tries to limit our ability to speak out against such foolish concepts. We, the Realism Religion can then press charges against any religious leader, by taking offense.

Our first great commandment is there are no god, gods, fairies, souls, afterlife, reincarnation, or the like.
Our second is we should be offended at anyone who does not believe the first. It is up to us to educate the population of this reality. Those who will not learn may be left to die off, as in the end we all just die anyway.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Realism

After accepting that there is no god, never was, never could be, it is time to move on with life, stop debating and considering the arguments, and move on, but what do we call that moved on state? Realism. There are many people that are stuck at that arguing atheism stage, like David Silverman, who make money arguing that there is no god, that have nothing further to offer, once we make that step out of the sucking hole of religion. Once we are free of it, well then, we are free to make our own decisions, and responsible for those decisions. We need to review our major moral beliefs and make up our own mind on what is right and wrong, good and evil, moral, what is virtue, and away we go.

We are not bogged down in endless debate about religion, but all that down drag sucking is just gone, we are free of the gravity like suck of religion. It is time for others to end their attachment to that giant sucking feeling. Morals have nothing to do with many subject, these become just more taxes on life. Life has it's own "Higgs field". Religion is part of that.

Marriage is one tax dodge, binding agreement that was intended to provide more security to raise children. Same sex marriage is a fraud, but if they want it, there is a bit of tax benefit, or home security system, home comfort system to be obtained for those who like those methods. They were born or psychologically developed a twisted obsession, and so wish to live that way for the remainder of there lives. We are overpopulated, and they should be allowed to live the way they want in piece. The gays have always been with us, and likely always will be. Twisted psychics exist; there is nothing to be done for these obsessives, unless they start impacting on the healthy peoples, and then there are laws for that. We are too many people, living in each others businesses. That is the real problem. Without religion, it becomes a tolerance issue, and they have the right to live out there lives in relative comfort they can afford. If they wish to register the union, so be it. The taxes are too heavy anyway.

We, the too many, may need to open up and allow, even perform the service of abortion, as a medical choice of women, right or wrong. If you are in the medical business, and disapprove of that service, but are public funded, you may be required to provide the service or get out. For many years I, an atheist, provided foundation design criteria for churches and other buildings. I did this unflinchingly while knowing much of religion is fraud. Yet the leaders who are complacent in the fraud deserve a suitable building foundation. It is part of the job, just do it or get out of the business. We need to be willing to take on the whole job or none. Most of us suffer along with jobs which we only like part of the job. That is life and the nature of life.

We, the two many, need to allow the suffering, without reasonable hope of recovery, to be terminated with consent free of pressure. We would do the same for a dog and call it compassion. We need to allow nature to terminate without prolonging the life of those who are unable to give consent, and have no reasonable expectation of recovery.  

Religion is a rabbit hole that we need not go into, certinally not after we have escaped. We can waste a life down those holes. It can be pleasant, but it is not real, living in our mind, with imaginary concepts like Alice in Wonderland. We can select a system of thinking that deals with reality and away we go. The Stoics and Buddhists had most of this figured out, and the systems work well together with a few minor pruning for the lay peoples. Little needs to be added to deal with the digital age, the information age, plastic age, computer age, what ever this will be called looking backwards from the future. It all does not matter much, we all just die in the end.

We, the too many, need to pass on our skill to the next generation, if they wish those skills. If they do not, oh well.  

  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The State of Affairs

Last night I was at an atheist thing - discussion group. It is apparent to me this morning that the only thing atheist have in common is that we do not believe there is a god. We all got to this belief/knowledge along different paths; we are all at different stages. How we came; where we are is strikingly different. There is no evidence of a god; that we have in common.

The discussion was movies and how atheists are portrayed in religious/christian movies. These movies are written by christians, so of course, we atheists come off looking like derange people, but when we look at the real evidence, then there is none presented, only opinion. It makes a good entertaining story, nothing more. Movies are all fiction, and we cannot lose sight of that. These are not real, all atheists have in common is that we only believe in one less god than most.

The president of the local association is all upset because we are not being portrayed fairly, boo who oho. It is all fiction, most of non physical world is from this point of view, that which is not history or speculation of the future. If the author is not atheist, anything could only portray only one atheist, rightly or wrongly, and only at one stage of development, of life. Many of us change substantially over our lifetimes and over short period of our life. Most portray a fictional life, at one instant of time. Minor things can have major impacts on some people's lives. How a movie portrays us is just not important to me, at this point in my life.

To understand christianity, at the root, one must understand what was going on in the Roman occupied land of the Middle East. There was strife; life was savage, brutish, short. Many of the people were in revolt; some were hoeing out a living, raising a few sheep in community flocks. It was a time of little education. Many of the Romans could read and write, paper making was a well know technology. Life was mostly about living, but some had some excess income for more than essentials. It was a time of prosperity. Rome was having difficulty controlling the population. And along comes some lay about peace-nick. The real movement developed in the next four centuries, as the movement was adopted by "women and slaves" throughout the roman empire as it ungulate about trying to develop democracy among the various tribes and invasions. History is recorded by the survivors, so the real history is a bit warped all the time. Christians were and are more about story than facts, so haul in the salt, and so it began.

The human like a good story, and like to be able to explain everything to the story loving people. Many of us recognize that facts are the truth, but we have difficulty understanding / separating facts from good story. We are left struggling. Oh well. In the end we just die anyway, just like taxes.     



         

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The nuts are in control

 If you are not for us, you are against us. There is a bit of a logical error here. There is a big space between for and against, including the do not cares, do not know about, the apathetic and ignorant, and those who have no sneakers in the race.. Raise a toast to Rodger Runningshoe. Slave Lake 1973

http://www.foodpolitics.com/2017/05/breastfeeding-policies-are-a-barrier-to-trade-the-u-s-trade-office-thinks-so/

 So the US thinks those are unfair trade issues. This is magic fairy thinking, that the world was created for the US. The US is an idiot state, in the same thinking league as North Korea. We all have the world rights to do what we like in our countries while trump does his idiot thing about making america great again, but he is lording it over other nations which will not fly. Europe, and TTP group are all wild for trade. US loses once we start trading elsewhere. Something are just cheaper to produce here, just as some things are cheaper to produce elsewhere. If we wish to keep our industries, we need to protect them. US is entitled to do the same.

So perhaps we need to put on a "trump tax" on our lumber exported to the US. Increase the cost of lumber in the US, and watch the fire works. Keep the money in Canada.

So trump is just an another believer of  "fairies at the bottom of the garden" type person. How can a nation elect such a person, except in a country with a "fairies at the bottom of the garden" believing population. It is just not logical, not rational, not possible to believe. The nuts are in control. That explains much. The nuts are in control.

So back to the current world, CNN is not going to print trump propaganda without getting paid to print it.    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/2/15518860/trump-campaign-cnn-censorship  ... well they recognize it as propaganda, when it its trump boasting what he has accomplished, but nothing has happened yet beyond presidential declarations.   


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pitty the US

You Americans have a big problem now. You and your Trumps. The man is so paranoid, and sociopaths. He loudly puts down anyone like the media who do not agree with him, and his "I am the greatest" attitude. He will destroy the already poor reputation of "American Citizens" outside the US. "Yankee go home" has become a common refrain. Outside of the US, a yankee has a different definition than in the US, a yankee is any American, to us.

He not only has a bombastic, abusive, threatening attitude toward those he does not care about around him, but also to other nations. He is a high functioning sociopath, who only cares only for those he sees as valuable to him. His attitude is going to start a nuclear war with North Korea, as he is unable to allow others to be free to do as they need to do. North Korea lives in a state of well founded fear of aggression; they are a dangerous in that state of fear; as long as the US threatens them, there fear will grow. Can the US handle mutually assured destruction. Anyone starts it, then we all lose. The US is overstepping if they think they can prevent development of the ability. Today North Korea, tomorrow some other third world republic or religious caliphate with WMDs.    

He does not believe the direct relationship between carbon dioxide and methane level and erratic weather shifts. This is the final destructive force which the masses will not be able to handle. The rich will be able to have clean air filtration to deal with the breathing problems or oxygen generators to dilute the pollution. Look at the rise of CPAP machines to help sleep breathing. How much of that is just air contamination?

He does not honor existing agreements. This can throw others into chaos, and the US as well. NAFTA, and our Canadian supply management of milk products. Most products have a supply-price curve. But what about historical industries, where capital cost are high, and overproduction common? Can a Country afford to loose that industry. Lumber is the same, but the US lumber industry does not have the capacity to supply the US, and Canada has currently adequate but dwindling supply and lower cost. Most of the small lumber mills are gone; our domestic need is served by big companies who rape the land. Oh well, it employees people.

The US has a problem, whether or not they realize it. They are a society in decline. Europe is on the rise, as is China, Britain is about to split, Canada - who knows, but we are going broke also. Trump has become hated in many industries and parts of the world. The fasted solution would be assassination, them impeachment for conflict of interest, but that does not fix there problems. The next in line may be less bombastic, but still has no solutions. The world has over-regulated itself into a corner; we have laws which we are unwilling to spend the money to enforce, laws that we do not have the moral authority to make or enforce, hence do not have the good will of the people. Government is useless in that case. The people themselves must want to enforce the law, and abide by those laws. If that is not the case, civilization is lost. Truth must be the foundation of laws. a religion cannot bring peace except through annihilation of opposition, of truth seeking opposition. The US is doomed if this trumping continues. 




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Once more into the breach

We hardly, but this past weekend, I retook the Coach Training Workshop. Perhaps this time I may do the certification work required. Too much information in too short of time, It should be two weekends.

It is a pit of alphabet soup. FCA course, under NCCP, delivered by AA... That is the Federation of Canadian Archers, National Coach Certification Program, Alberta Archery.  It is one more case of breaking things down to the point of no one having control, so change is slow. Much of the work is done by volunteers anyway, and to jump through all the hoops is time consuming. Much of the information and process are useful, but without the background theory.

Not the other AA, a god based treatment for Alcohol that works for those who can believe a lie or story and live that delusion instead of thinking for themselves, and to control the information by calling them self Anonymous. The truth is that most suffer from a delusions, personality disorder, psychological disorder, chemically induced psychic disorder, homeostatic disruption or disorder, or related combination of issues.  But that all is a different issue.

Along the way, life has prepared me for this point, using information that I have for purposes it was not intended. The entire CanBow program built for the purpose of supplying ideal young athlete to the competitive archery stream. Recreational and hunters are not included. I am a recreational shooter, using modern traditional recurve and older compound, both using fingers for release and finger on mouth anchors (high anchor). I shoot indoors in the winter, and have the choice in the summer, however indoors has advantages. I shoot reasonable short distances, 18 meters indoor, and up to 40 meters outdoors. I shake some, so I am not accurate. Process not outcome is my focus, enjoy the process, get some exercise, meet some people, learn a bit, understand more. It is more about putting in the time until death. I can do something to make the time pass quickly or not.

Outdoor involves too much time searching for arrows. I cannot/willnot leave an arrow behind. It is an inbreed personality thing, a compulsion, a need to find that arrow. Outdoor shooting will likely be even less in the future as I creep toward the final demise. Recreational shooting is a potential lifetime activity that does not require expensive equipment. Club membership is the largest single cost for most, but transportation to the range is higher for me as I am twenty five km from the heated/cooled/equipped range.

Now you may have noticed I keep saying recreational shooting. Competition and hunters are different cats, with different goals. The competition cats are driven by being the best or the love of competition. Some parents drive their children and are results driven, not enjoyment driven. Hunters are purpose driven and usually have training wheels, aka compounds with sights. Most no nothing of archery, only a compound.

I think my future in archery is likely recreational with no competitions beyond me against myself. It lies in low tech, but not primitive technology, aka modern traditional. Bows can be found that are works of art, and often such are only used as show pieces, to nice to shoot with. I prefer utility, tough, durable that shoot fairly well. With recreational, $200 get you shooting, with competition you need $3000 bow to be competitive.

Aiming with the arrow is effective at shorter distances, and is one of the traditional methods of aiming. Much of the real traditional was done by instinct, which for most would take ten years to master. That is ok if you start at 4 years old, but most adults will not have patience enough. Some will catch on to instinct automatically, and some will not ever get it. It is not my interest. 

Instinctual shooting is learned, and is competency without comprehension. I have never seen a instinctual break 150 at the range. (150/300) But the arrow aimers often hit 250 to 280 range. These do not compare to olympic recurves 285 and compound 295's. Oh well, it is all about the process not outcome, competence with comprehension. Distance is all about seeing the arrow path.    



Fine tuned argument

The answer to the fine tuned argument can be found here. In short, fine tuned argument is backward... We are an opportunistic carbon based life form that grow where we can. We found a place where we could grow. The world was here first, and we invented religion to explain the Higg-Boson. 




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6ef99T-IJE

Monday, April 24, 2017

We are getting closer

 We are getting closer to understand the beginning of life as we know it just when we can see the end as we know it, as a result of carbon dioxide rise, which stimulates methane release from methane hydrate. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-rna-nucleobases-simulated-primordial-earth.html

Trump, another 20% on softwood. How about we put on a 50% export tax, and 200% on timber, and 100% on oil. That should shutdown Alberta.
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/04/24/trump-slaps-20-tariff-on-canadian-lumber

On a high note:
 https://phys.org/news/2017-04-caterpillar-bags-biodegradable-solution-plastic.html
Caterpillars are not fussy on what they eat. Now are wax worms eatable? A bit of genetic selection and we could have a method of cleaning landscape or plastics.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Directions Anyone

I was at a atheist meeting... where the topic was Countering Apologist or similar. I guess I am just not interested in debate or the illogical or quzi logical "science" arguments. Fine tuning.  Consider 𝞹. 3.14159... and how fine tuned is that. It is what it is, the science constants are what they are. The constants are what they need to be. There was competence without comprehension, just like in evolution.  A schism of self.

The numbers are what they are. The order is the universe, last big bang 13.8 EE9 years, sun 4.8 EE6 years, earth 4.54 EE6 years, man 200EE3, H. sapiens, since the last population bottleneck 74 or 75 EE3. Religion 3 EE3. Religions are created by man, and is a artifact of abstract thinking and time not devoted to carving out a living. If there is any doubt that religions were created by man, consider Ron L Hubart, Joseph Smith, Rastafarians, etc, and the Cargo Cult. Promises that are impossible, in effect fraud, if there is no god and there is not. Expect for North Korea, which is leader worship religion, Praise, thank, praise..., repetition brain washing.

There is no physical evidence of a god. We are just opportunistic animal with a capacity for abstract thinking and problem solving. Arguing, debating is just not my style, take my word or not, I just do not care, is more my style.

Many of the people there were new to the atheist way of thinking, and/or were actively converting. Some were abstract thinking still, and were interested in debating the religious. Not I. I know some of the truths, and seek more truth.

Some one said that our beliefs do not impact our behavior and that go a rise out of me. Our behavior is a direct result of our beliefs, we do not do things that oppose our beliefs, and we only do that which aligns with our beliefs, unless we are forced by a more basic need to do otherwise; greed or money need... to do work that we do not value, as an example. We do it for the money. We do it at the government direction. We do it for our defense. We do it for our safety. We do it for our god. We do it for our religion.

Moral behavior is conducted as a result of empathy for people and their lives, our lives. In the short run, we may follow the directions of others, as a learning method; competence without comprehension. Some later come to understand it.

I guess my approach is more one of reworking history, an anthropological approach. It may come from the geology, how our near surface soils deposits came to be.  There were floods, small in geological scale; massive in human scale. If there was a boat, it likely involved the farm animals. It may have had a visible cause, someone who understood water flows downhill, and may have been just a river flat "world".

We know that the Macedonians and later the Romans burned the bodies of the defeated as a final act of brutality to prevent martyrdom of dead heroes and hamper to grieving. Is this the resurrection story reworked?   

It becomes a schism of self. And in the end we all just die anyway.   

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ethics and Religion

SO religion says there is a god, but there is no physical evidence. Lack of evidence is not proof of nonexistence, but after an long search, where can god hide? In the mind of the believer, and is non physical but an mental object. God is a mental object, and as a mental object has no physical or consistent presence. This makes all religions that claim a god to be fraudulent, so how can they claim to be an ethical authority to provide moral direction?

So with religion safely out of the way as a moral authority and all peoples being equal, it is equality that becomes the moral authority. After education and scientific knowledge is corrected for, the greatest moral rule is likely the negative or the golden rule, do not do to other people that which you would not permit others to do to you. We are all here to cooperate with each other, to advance society of humans.

We are overpopulated it we look at the rise of carbon dioxide as the indicator. This should be our guide to creating a universal code of behavior, what ever that might end up being. Religion, aka artificial thinking, historical/cultural creation/guidance hypothesis need to be abandoned, and a cooperative attitude must take it's place. Death must once again be allowed to become the rule of those who cannot live without heroic measures. That is the proper job of the opoids and other medically appropriate drugs if the patient wishes.

Many people have written about what there version of utopia is. I will not. All I want is warmth in the winter, close, food and a bit of space to wander. What more do we old need? In the end we all just die anyway.

Before WWII, there was little for drugs, for welfare, and already too many people in the well populated areas, and too few in great swaths of the globe. Now there are too many even in the least populated areas, where making a living is hard. Once the oil is gone or in decline, we will be desperate for energy. Solar energy will not heat northern homes. That time is coming. our current young will see it, if war does not erupt soon.

Some were about 75,000 thousand years ago, we humans only numbered perhaps 10,000 after the Lake Toba die off. Perhaps it was the supervolcano, or that serves as a marker of time. We have had remarkable reproduction and survival to decimate so many other species and our atmosphere is now in danger. It is time to give up religion and start cooperating to save the planet from being destroyed by overpopulation.

Religions, without a god, are just fraud. So why are religions so unwilling to really take a serious look? Perhaps they have and realized this. Without god, religions are fraudulent organization, and chose to suppress the truth. Feel free to draw Mohamed👦👦👦.    

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Religions are immoral

Any group of people who try to subjugate a second group are immoral. This is typical religion subjugating their young.

Religions are fraudulent. They promise to save your souls. They are unable to deliver, and there are no souls, no self.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Cannot Stand the Truth

http://freethinker.co.uk/2017/04/03/teacher-in-trouble-for-saying-adam-eve-story-is-a-myth/

So the DOE does not like the truth. Perhaps it is the word myth. Perhaps she need to us something more politically correct, historical cultural creation hypothesis.

The basic problem is that people do not want their beliefs to be challenged. Islam are more outspoken than Christians, but tell the truth should be the first Commandment of all human relationships. 

 

Friday, March 31, 2017

And the Survey says...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/national-survey-indigenous-attitudes-1.3620705

Residential schools have been closed for how long, and since 2008 the natives blaming residential schools has gone from 31 to 48 percent.    And how many benefited from residential schools? over half. And our senator who reminded them that there were benefits was hassled out. Reconciliation anyone?

So the choice was residential school or nothing in those small communities. Would they have rather that?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Individual Rights

What "rights" does anyone have to push their opinions onto others?   What is the foundation for government, and are they over stepping their foundation rights?   How many freedoms and rights do we give up in living within a society?   What am I on about?  LGBTQ and the bathroom issue, gay rights, civil liberties, property rights, land development, planning and land use, bullying, Islam, Christian, Atheism... all have one thing in common; some group of people trying to force a behavior, belief, or action onto another group who do not want to behave in the manor prescribed by the group.

This saga all starts with a little town, Warburg, essentially forcing a senior out of his house that he has owned for the last 40 years. The old place was in need of paint, and the town bylaw officer place a paint or we will do it and send you the bill order. The old fellow had just a bit of pension, and cannot really afford to live there any longer, he cannot afford to live anywhere any longer, but the old house was not worth much; it is doubtful if anyone will ever live there again. But the town, in there infinite wisdom placed this order anyway. So the old fellow tried to paint it himself. He fell of the ladder, and injured himself. It was a wet year, so the town decided to paint the house and send him the bill. But the town does not know what it is doing, so they paint it when it was wet, and the paint pealed, and it needs scraping and repainting again.  Anyway, the only way he could raise the money was to sell the house, and move elsewhere. Oh well.   Does the town have the ethical right to force this? They may have the legal right but I hold they did not have the ethical right. The old fellow would have died off in a few years anyway. All this to keep up the look, to appease the rich bitch that lived next door. She harassed the town into the bylaw enforcement, which they did because they could legally. So the ultimate question is what gives the old bitch have the right to harass here neighbor out, and for the town to enforce this?

We see this over and over again; some group forcing a behavior, belief, or action onto another individual or group. This is the classic definition of bullying. We see this with Islam. Until people have free choice where both choices are reasonable, there will be conflict. People must be free to leave that faith without death threats, and isolation or shunning. Shunning is the ultimate display of phobia, of prejudice, of disrespect of individuals. We should not be raising people to blindly follow, or to adhere to the opinion of the masses. but to think for themselves.

Early Christians were condemned because they were considered atheists, they did not believe in the Roman gods. Many of us today just believe in one less god that modern religious. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.

It seems that many of the religious do not really believe that which is illogical, but rather just go along with others for fear of losing the relationship with family and friends if they oppose the beliefs of the strong believers. Perhaps now it is time to stand up for yourself.

It is my opinion that much of the current psychological difficulties is caused by the cognitive dissonance of religion and modern life, of government over-regulation and society, of available powerful automobiles and low speed limits, of safety of others vs our desire to be elsewhere. We have people pushing that we can be whatever we want, but without the reality of ability, natural talents, or any knowledge of what will be required. It is bullshit. Our talent stack and interest stack must be considered, and we should not push people beyond what they are capable of with reasonable effort. This is all getting screwed by the rate of change in our society. We are unable to adapt at the current rate of change.

So what or how gives the ethical or moral right to force your beliefs on others? When the legal system becomes an ass, over-through of government is the moral and ethical choice. Government has gone to far already. Religion has gone to far. There is no evidence of a physical god, there fore is only in the mind of the believers.

The world is overpopulated; the maximum population is one at which the carbon dioxide level is near stable. 


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Consider where the advice is from

Everybody has advice. Consider where the advice is from and if your objectives and the objective of the advisor are the same.

5. “You are never too poor to give.” // Parents, 1979.
http://www.becomingminimalist.com/best-financial-advice/ 

I give enough in taxes for the government to waste in support of welfare, natives, and other low energy people that I do not feel any more is required.

Some people just need more pressure to feel the need to earn a living. There are those who are too damaged to hardly live, and perhaps they need our support. Many of those though, would not have survived without extraordinary efforts of the medical community. This has produce a tremendous long term liability on the government. It is my opinion that extraordinary efforts should be at the cost of the patient, and there long term care also at there expense. This is a reality of self supporting population.

I recognize that the population would not stand for such a change, but it will come as the medical system will bankrupt Canada, along with the welfare system. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.

But back to charity. I volunteer as a Archery Coach at Capital Region Archery Club, a totally volunteer run archery club. I do the drop in class, a class intended as the first introduction to archery.
I teach traditional style with modern wood riser recurves... sort of oxymoron. Oh well. The modern recurve shoots a faster arrow, much straighter and with far superior accuracy than any traditional bow for the beginner. The class can handle anyone that is old enough to pay attention to what they are doing to seniors. In general, archery is a light upper body workout to a heavy upper body workout in time, if you desire.That is my contribution to our society, likely over 100 to 150 hr/year. Two to four days, taking the show on the road, 2 to 4 days of workshops, open houses, etc plus perhaps 40 drop in classes, and still have to pay membership. Oh well, in the end we all just die off anyway.

   

Friday, March 24, 2017

M 103 is not the solution

http://globalnews.ca/news/3330776/anti-islamophobia-motion-m-103-approved/
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/byblackscom/black-in-alberta_b_15563176.html

It seams like colors and religious want special treatment. I do not think they are entitled to anything more that we whites.   

So what is the dividing line between the normal abuse that the public servants (including police) dish out to all and racist / sexist remarks. We whites take a lot of abuse from many we encounter on a daily basis. Just look at the abuse we old fogies get down at the local coffee shop. Some of what is taken as racist is just federal civil service abuse and normal interpersonal abuse.

The real solution for religious percussion is to abandon all religions. These are just scam at the conceptual level anyway, and have a negative value anyway. The solution for race issues is to recognize that we are a group of different species flocking together, and that we treat our own species different that we treat other species. Get over in and grow skin, and recognize they as different species. All whites are not even the same species, there are the gay species, the one percent species, the hillbilly species, the middle class species, the street people species, the malignant overlords species... etc. The inter species relationship is far different than the within species relationship between individuals, as is the relationship between known and unknown within one species. Many within any species are just assholes, for the lack of a better work. We need to be able to deal with all kinds.

There is no physical evidence for any god. It is all just concepts, ideas, beliefs, superstition. The books are just documents of the superstitions. There may be some history, perhaps, perhaps not. These books may contains much alternative facts, story, as well as stories of what to do or not to do, but no statement of which. The logical thing is to eliminate all religion, and learn to live in reality without thinking there is a magical old man in the sky.

We often see bullying by a religion, trying to force a specific cultural belief onto the remainder of the population. Consider the "no drawings of Moe rule of Islam." Bullying, is forcing others to behave as the bully desires, against the public opinion of what behavior should be, aka standard practice. Without religion, we would know that we all are responsible for our own actions, in the here and now. We could make more behaviors worth spending money on to prosecute, like fraud and even treason. Islams, on seeing a depiction of Moe feel offended. They want us to apologize and adhere to their beliefs. No, that is bullying, and is the start of the slippery slope. There is no gods, so your feelings are your problems. Get over it.

Acceptance of violence is a cultural and time dependent thing. In old time, much more violence was acceptable then now. All violence should be eliminated. Any violence should be prosecuted by the state, to the point of seizing all assets of the propagator, deporting them, if they are not nationals. If they are national, long prison sentences, possible even forced labor, or slavery.

Parental approved mutilations should be a civil matter, with no statute of limitations, so that the child can suit the parents at the age of majority for every thing they have, leaving the parents in poverty if they dare to mutilate.

We should not tolerate any consideration of sharia by Islams, for it is treason to consider to replace Canadian Law with something else. Note that sharia means law, so to say sharia law is redundancy. Anyone suggesting sharia is guilty of counseling treason. 

I think the Heritage Department should define acceptable conduct for everyone, an impossible task. But with no physical evidence for god, first the would need to say that there is no god, therefore all religions are just people living in a fantasy, or they would be defining a fantasy world.

https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-latest-edition/20170131/281659664767177

In the next 240 days, behind closed doors the malignant overloads will make decisions that do not reflect the desires of the populous. It is necessary to voice our opinions.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Out with Political Correctness

Out with Political Correctness, up with truth.

We have been hearing about native reconciliation. Yet the natives shoot moose from the road in acreage subdivision and are not charged because they are natives.

The Natives are just running wild, and some of the females get harvested by the predators. They do not behave like whites, consider the predators, and not run wild. And of course we whites are at fault. Oh well.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

On Native Reconciliation

 On Native reconciliation has a long way to go. Along the way the natives will need to take responsibility for there actions as well as their part in this world and their behaviors. Things like this do not fly well, and you can bet that this family has lost any willing for reconciliation. Native rights must matched with native responsibility. 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/grieving-saskatchewan-family-angry-convicted-drunk-driver-moved-to-healing-lodge-414713374.html

If the natives are not going to behave in a responsible manner, we the people will not put up with the shit. The government can want peace and respect for the natives, but the government cannot dictate what, we the people actually think nor why.   

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Organic computer short coming

Organic computer short coming of only negative conformation signaling is rather interesting and will generate random errors until the error is recognized as an error and cancelled. This produces random generation of odd signals, and is the foundation of imagination and creativity.

What am I on about? well any signal sent our can be positive, negative, or null/neutral/just missing. So a selfish neuron fires a signal down to a  hedonistic synapse, to another neuron's synapse, and hence to the next neuron. Now if and only if that neuron objects is a signal sent back. If the original signal is right, or partial, or not received, no confirmation signal is sent back. This would not do in computing for the error rate is to high, and much is not received nor understood. In a leaky first generation organic computer, this is as good as it gets, until a better method is adopted. Retained is a separate matter.

The advantage of this sort of communication is that it generates errors between neurons. But that is not an advantage!! It is if we value unclear thinking, imagination, parasite concepts that control behavior to the group standard (right or wrong standard not in question here). Well it worked well enough to get to this point, but now that we know this "error possibility" perhaps we need to implement a correction / check phase as to the correctness of all hypothesis we utilize?  Perhaps the next step is a parallel system, using the human to input, output, generate alternatives, and the computer to process and store data.

The necktop has errors, and we have taken up errors in our education. It is just that hypothesis that we have learned but some of the assumption hypothesis are also likely wrong. This is dangerous as without certainty, and hence confidence in our knowledge, we can become frozen in the decision process. Neither is correct, but all we can move all suspect hypotheses to a group of  X believes Y, but there is no logical proof. This is a logical thing to do, but others do no like "I will take that under advisement."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Looking forward - Canada vs. USA

In looking forward, there are some obvious differences between Canada and the USA.

First, in the matter of health care, Canada has a total health care system which will keep all people alive. Cost is not an issue for the individual. So the the parents can be kept alive by their children until the machines are unplugged. Or if the senior wishes, they may end their own suffering. There is a danger however, of going beyond and losing control of making the choice. DNR medallion may be required to prevent extended suffering. Parents can, at little or no cost to themselves, have human pets, if they do not bear healthy children. This will bankrupt the government if something is not done soon (5-10 years). The natives are the second big drain on the government, from which the drain typically just grows as they reproduce.

The US, on the other hand, for those who cannot afford health insurance, have the right to die. End of. But the government is trying to say no abortions, no public birth control, by pushing their opinions of morality onto others. The richer can have health care as long as they can pay the premiums and fees.

Education is heading the same way, the wealthy will be educated on both sides of the border, but the Canadian education, at the public level, will be slightly better. The US will still have milder winter weather, but too hot and wild in the summer. Canada will be milder than it was but we will need good heat also.

Two in thirty five of Canadians go south for some of the winter, taking their CPAP machines and/or oxygen enricheners with them. These were among the top few percent of wage earners. When the health insurance becomes too much, they will stop going, but a new crop of snowbird will arrive.

The US has a Christian problem; the do as I say christian attitude, is causing problem between the atheist, agnostic, satanists, Islam and free radical groups. They are shutting down science with the likes of Ken Ham and his ilk, climate change deniers, and the like. It is not climate change that will get the human species, but the atmosphere contamination with CO2 and methane combined with population growth, and animals, energy desires and needs of modern societies.  Everyone is demanding more, and there are more people growing now. Population stabilization should be prompted, as well as reduction in the public support of nonviable unproductive humans.

The US is pushing oil, energy, and the likes, not doing anything to limit carbon dioxide. Alberta has capped several big producers and starting to encourage conservation, but nothing toward carbon sequestering. Active carbon sequestering, and carbon sequestering with a positive cash flow should be encouraged.

Canada has a first past the post electoral system and appointed Senate (upper house) with partisan biases. It has some issues, but the Judiciary is near independent. The US has a convoluted system that has not kept up with population changes and has an appointed executive arm where the implementation of law can be modified at will. Neither system is correct, but the Canadian system has disadvantages only for minor parties. The money should be remover from both systems. Both favor long term political types and the rich that can buy votes.    




Monday, February 6, 2017

Beaumont RCMP are losing social support

Beaumont RCMP are losing social support. There ticketing is becoming excessive, and ridiculous. So the town changed an intersection from stop sign on one side to a four way stop. No Signal change warning. Just added to more stop signs. It was already 40km/hr each way already. Mind you there had been a accident there already, caused by a RCMP cruiser changing his mind, forcing a quick stop on ice behind for two vehicles which bumped.   So the next day two cruisers all day. Filling there unofficial quota. They have become "revenuers".

Then there is the friendly welder. He puts a piece of dunnage on his rig, jammed in between the mounts, and puts a bungee cord across. It is not going to go anywhere in the few blocks between the job site and home. Cop sees something and pulls him over. Then the cop sees another bungee cord that keeps a tank from rattling. 1500 dollars later....

Do you think anyone has respect for the RCMP in Beaumont? 

So on Feb 10, the town put us new signal sign on the south only. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

No concept of evidence



http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2017/02/04/Father-of-Louvre-attack-suspect-My-son-is-innocent.html

Some people have no concept of what real evidence is or what truth is. How can a man who's son flies a thousand miles, take a machete into a secure area, swings it an armed guard and gets shot have evidence a thousand mile away of anything.

This little guy took a machete to a gun fight.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

So called Trump

So the so called Trump, with alternative facts, and his typical overstatement of reality jetted off to Florida Friday. What a show you guys are producing! As we in Canada watch, and wait for the next round. Bets on assassination by a member of his own party are emerging. What a show! What a show! It's gonna be great, fabulous!

So now that his first executive order has be rejected in your federal court, what will the ring master do to retaliate? Threaten to cut the federal funding for the court? as he did with Berkeley? The so called President is a bully, with tactics of a third world dictator. Oh well, we in Canada can just watch the circus.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Alternative Facts

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/01/31/catholic-priest-critics-of-donald-trump-should-kill-themselves-by-jumping-off-of-a-building/

to the other extreme

http://www.inews880.com/syn/107/176910/manitoba-ndp-boot-saran-from-caucus

The NDP caucus stands against all forms of sexual harassment.” 
 
--- but that should really be all harassment but that would eliminate vial politics... 


The world has gone nuts. We have two extremes here. Have you ever worked around *Arabs, Muslims, in a mixed sex environments? Their typical attitude toward women needs sensitivity training to bring there awareness up to acceptable standards. It is often not intentional, but difference in cultural standards, and a lack of cross cultural training.   

* I do not know what the political correct term is for people from the middle east with the "women are property to be controlled " attitude. This is living up to the feminist idea of men in general, that we are all a bunch of controlling assholes.

All people should be given sensitivity training at the school level to provide them with some understanding of what is acceptable  and what is not. We have such a diverse mix of cultures in Canada.

Anyone who does not live up to Canadian Standards should be sent for sensitivity training, but first Canadian Standards must be defined.

But that brings us to the next point. What do I care about someone who cannot separate real from fiction as taught to him as a child?  Also known as... belief in a supernatural being or religion. Such concepts are just concepts, and as such must be evaluated or the real-to-fiction spectrum. It is like the obese dietitian, the smoking doctor, the drinking sobriety promoter, the abusive sensitivity trainer.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

What do Canadians Really Want?

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-mosque-shooting-idUSKBN15E04S?il=0

Trudeau needs a answer to the question, What do Canadians Really Want? but at the same time there is an extreme range of strong and irrational beliefs on both sides. Muslims want to believe in a imaginary being, and live in an imaginary world by a set a of rules from the bronze age. Others want to live by a different set of imaginary rules of their own making that dramatically make Muslims there enemy. Both are wrong, and that is ok, since the gods each follow is only in their cultural collective mental image. Both sides are delusional. And standing between the end are the majority who just do not much care, as long as it does not effect them much.

In the US nearly half of the voting citizens elected a man who stated he would ban Muslims. That could be used to imply the dislike of Muslims is substantial in the US. Canada is not as anti Muslim, and we have more of them. The extreme Muslim haters took steps themselves to eliminate a few and themselves. Both are delusional, but that is their problem.

The real question is what is the most rational philosophy, and life style? Well it should be free of delusion, that is recognize that in realty there is not now nor ever was a supernatural being nor occurrences.  Gods reside only in the mind of a believer as a delusion, or collective delusion. Our behavior should be rational, as far as that is possible... given the emotions and instincts cannot always be overridden by rational actions. Those who are unable to override the emotions sufficiently should be locked away where they cannot harm others. Given that overriding emotions and instincts is learned behavior, those skills should be taught in schools so that all have the opportunity to learn these skills without a supernatural component to good behavior.

Closes should be selected based on rational principles, protection from weather, and not aimed at enticing attention. We are live in a herd/predator environment, and that is the current reality. It should not be but is.

So what am I saying? Trudeau has no idea what we Canadians want, only what he thinks we want. If he was to put such a question on a plebiscite, it would split the country with feelings running high on both sides, and there may be, like the US, nearly half the population against the immigration policy. Multicultural is a divisive policy; splintering all sides. For those  of us who are atheist thinking, we see that it is the religions and behavior that splits the races. It is not genes very often, but learned behaviors that cause problems. This knowledge has lead to many failed attempts at producing a uniform culture.

This is likely not going to help the upcoming human battle over resources. Clean air with reasonable levels of carbon dioxide being the first big issue that all humanity is going to have to unite on, if we humans are going to survive. The second will be voluntary population control. Oh well, it is not my fight, I am retired, and have no decedents. Aka, have no dog in the race.

          

Sunday, January 29, 2017

religion and politics

Religion and politics are going to destroy the world. These two collective groups are belief based, not fact and logic based. They have caused an over-populated the world, and are refusing to acknowledge the problem, or even to consider the overpopulation in decisions. The world needs to go to a state of carbon dioxide concentration stability as a guideline.

Deduction of fossil fuels would help, but we need to reduce the production of carbon dioxide, which means the reduction of burning, of carbon dioxide production, and/or carbon sequestering, much of which can be done in the soil, plant matter, and animals. Humans have developed in a state of growth of the human population, and this must be replaced with a stable population. A one child policy may be the fair way to maintain the gene pool depth. Abortion should be allowed without question, birth control should be encouraged, and reality embraced.

Embracing reality will be the most difficult thing, for that means abandoning religion and learning many new science sort of things. That means change, and to what?

Change is a process which has bean studied. The first difficulty is to define what we want to change and into what. The Ideal future us must be defined so that we can figure out what much be changed, how and why each component must be changed, and what that is going to require. To that end, I have started to really consider what changes I wish to make to myself, even though I am on the downside of life sliding through retirement to the inevitable demise.      

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rate of Change

In calculus the rate of change is the derivative of the function, but in this case, the slope of the line at the current time is fast, high, and we are at the end of our experience. We have no indication that our life function continues past this point. All other similar functions just stop, or die to zero very quickly. In my lifetime I have seen technologies die off, be born and die in my working life. Fax, teletype. And the change, drafting by hand, computer, now standardized franchise designs, pick one of many past and customize. More problems, and mistakes. Oh well, I am retired now.

We humans may have exceeded our natural rate of change adaptability. Just as computers have exceeded our "need utility" and as a result, are not being replaced as fast, How much communications do we actually need? How much automation do we need? When computers are replacing minimum labor rate jobs, is there an economic benefit to society? There may be to companies, but to society? We humans have been society based, but now the electronics make human interaction unnecessary. What will that do to our society?

Self check out at the grocery store. I saw a lady? fill her purse with vitamins the other day, from her basket, in what I would guess is a camera dark area, with her back to the camera. How many time will she get away with it before some wises up? It is not safe to stick my oar in, so why would I? Security may be a growth industry, but unless a human is actually alertly watching in real time, what is the point of cameras? So who is the first to get laid off? The camera watchers or not get hired? Oh well.

So with a high rate of change in the employment, what career path should be considered? I have no idea. It is a question like what is the economy going to be like 10 years from now? Career choice is often that long term of planning.

There are those who say go with your heart, yet so many people do not have a strong desire for anything specific. I was gloated into becoming an engineer, but there was little for engineering employment for many of those years so I did various things, and some engineering. Oh well, I survived and I retired. looking back, I was poorly trained for some parts of engineering, and over trained for other parts. Miss match, mainly due to rapid change in the industry. I also noted another big change coming, economic decisions not sound engineering, where the lowest bidder was cutting below the code where he could find someone to take responsibility, and that make competition and code following difficult. Oh well, I retired.

It is this rate of change that will kill many industries, or at least some of the employees. As we get older, we need to be able to move up or upgrade our skill set entirely too fast. I figured it was we needed to spend 10% of our time learning new skill, but in some areas it must be higher, perhaps 20% or more.

I grew up learning to harness horses and work horses, and now what do we have? Some is cultural, granted I came from a backwards local community, and so much of what we have today is a result of cultural/societal characteristics. So what is the ideal society/culture, and where will that be at in the future? That may be a study of idealism of the future, but not the reality of what will be achieved due to retro people coming into power, alternative facts importing alternative reality governments. Men controlling women and abortion in an overpopulated world will just end in civil strife. People have had a taste of freedom, and Trump's proclamations cannot end well.

The British have over regulated themselves into a tight place, from which there may be no legal escape. Oh well.     






  

Friday, January 20, 2017

An important non-issue

http://canadianatheist.com/2017/01/20/demystifying-the-gallagher-index/

But all this does not examine the uniformity of the system, but of the results. There are some issues that are not mathematically resolvable.

1. The system must have a consistent numbers of eligible voters, more or less. This cannot occur if it is first divided by provinces and territories, and then rounded to the nearest or upper whole riding's.

2. Riding's have changing populations.

3. The turnout will not be consistent between riding's.

4. Some riding's will have no or disliked candidates, negative or strategic voting, as there are no obvious choices.

5. No system can correct for strong regional feeling for one party. This produces a strong voting preference, which can substantial effect the number of voters and proportional results. 

Conclusion: no system can produce equal number of representative percent and popular vote percentage. Equal potential representative is as close to fair as we can come.    

Friday, January 13, 2017

35 percent Trump

So Trump has suggested that unless someone produce a widget for a cost saving of more than 35 percent outside the US, it must be produced in the US for consumption in the US. Well for the next four years. So that will drive up the consumer cost by less than 35 percent. but it will be felt.

Trump is familiar with business among the rich, those that come to him. This is not the same as for the middle class, where cost is always an issue. Philosophy is fine until the costs are considered, then philosophy becomes a secondary consideration among the rational. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway.  

So if you are a capitalist, and you have two choices, one plant in the US to serve 400 million people, or one plant in the world to serve 7,000 million, which are you going to choose and those other 400 million can have the product at 1.35 times the cost, which are you going to choose? The other choice is two plants, one to serve 70 and the other 4 hundred million, which are you going to choose? Well 350 billion have no money, so the US is 10% of the world market for some widgets, and 5% for other widgets. The US loses.

Now what about copyright and patent laws, existing agreements, and civil traditions? But this could be for eight or four years, or less. So what is the more economical to the business? 35% may be worth smuggling, at least by US citizens into the US. He will need a wall for sure, but it will have holes. At best it may be four years before it would be complete, and then what? Or will it just develop more holes? The US loses.

To China, in total trade, the US is 10%. So wtf. How upsetting will Trump be to the US? Packaged in Canada may be the common label for a few years. The US loses.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Unplanned Social Engineering

http://theseagypsyphilosopher.blogspot.ca/2017/01/social-engineering-for-fun-and-profit.html got me thinking about unplanned social engineering.

Nobody planned anything. It is all reactionary. Just like Politics. Just reactionary to the situation that develops.

Anything that is done perhaps has a few years at best before it is out of date and should be revised to correct for the unforeseen consequences. The unknown unknowns. There are some known unknowns, but it is the unknown unknowns that will kill us.

Consider the Canadian medical system. When it started, it was aimed at the high cost life saving processes, but since any medical is high cost for the poor, unemployed, working poor, that make up close to 50% of our population, most medical is covered. But not psychologist, and a bunch of other, as seen by the powerful, optional medical care professionals. The government missed a big chance there, the ability to reprogram the population just as they would like. Oh well. Everybody piled on, and no one is just allowed to die without heroic effort to save their lives; even when there is no realistic hope of life or them ever becoming a useful part of society again. This generates large costs and no benefit, other than turning dollars in the medical industry. Oh well, a fix will be required and nobody will like it. Bankrupt government will be the catalyst to that change.

Now our society is based on the most popular of competing technologies combined with ideologies. Some homes now are doing away with TV, others becoming minimalist, others home gardens, home preserving of vegetables, or living like the homesteaders. Back to the land movement is well and thriving, but not loudly as it once was. Radio and news papers have a difficult economic future, but oh well. TV as well, but it has a old population of addicts to die off first, or find new hobbies.

Now the US is about to embark on a re-establishing of home grow industry. Canada, Alberta mostly, is trying to reduce carbon emission from fossil fuel; and at the same time wrongly allow decrease carbon capture in the agriculture sector through carbon sequester depleting to make factory farms more economically productive and employ less people. All the while driving up the cost to the residents, which the government says is good for the economy. Forced spending of any cash reserves we may have. All this makes Alberta far less economically competitive for both industry and as a place to retire and live out the remainder of life.

The long term solution is education; or so we are told. Yet so many of us have spent so much time in getting more education, only to spend years oscillating between underemployment, unemployment, part time, and self employment where our highest technical level was occasionally required. Education is a sold commodity, and there may be no space, no need, no sale for the product. Nerds are not well suited for working construction, but with a excess of engineers, what are the choices. Oh well, that is all over now. You can go through a program and find that you are just not competitive because our ethics keep us above the building code, not a few percent below the code. Or short term designs that will get us beyond the warranted period. Oh well. Industries and professions change at tremendous speeds, and education is always behind the curve. Consider the speed that desktop computers came in to some industries, once they became economic and software was available, some at highway robbery prices, others at give-a-way prices. Oh well, it is all over now for me.

The real problem is over population, over supply of services, rather that an unsatisfied demand continual shortage of people and services. One can function long term, and the other has unemployment. Oh well. Which is easier to live with? If you are among the rich, say top 50%, over population is not a issue, but if you are in the bottom 50% competition will kill you. Of course, the political management is always in the top 50, likely mostly in the top 1% in Canada. Keep in mind, currently, the top 1% of income is just over $100,000/year family income. (2015 data).  So why are we letting the top 1% rule us?