Old quacks, new quacks

Remember the old days when people believed a person could read your palm and tell you about your future health. Remember when phrenology, making measurements of the skull, was used to predict certain personality traits. Scientists and other educated people said it was quackery. 

Now educated research scientists are saying that a crease in the ear lobe, receding hairlines, length of the fingers, fat in the eye lids, etc. indicate higher risk for certain diseases.

Next researchers will be telling us that astrology is real.

Self-esteem

China badminton players were tossed out of the Olympics for trying to lose matches to get better playing positions in finals. If the coach had just told the officials that they knew they were going to win a medal and they knew the lesser teams would not win otherwise, that they wanted to let the other teams win to build up their self-esteem, then they would have been praised instead of being punished. 

Cures for what ails you

Why are we spending so much on doctors and medicine when it is not needed. All you have to do is read the newspaper, watch television, or listen to the radio to learn that there are cures for almost even disease that are available for free and they are just a phone call away. All you have to do is give them you credit card number to pay for shipping and handling. Of course there is  a problem, the "cures" do not work, the shipping and handling fees are more than the shipping and handling costs and the actual cost of the product, and, once they get your credit card number, they will continue to send you the product and bill you an exorbitant amount until you tell them to stop. However, then you find it is nearly impossible get them to stop.

Again with the heroes

Every time there is catastrophe, conspiracy theories arise, but also other dubious claims arise. An example are the claims that abound after the murders in the movie theater in Aurora , Colorado.

It appears that every boyfriend that died was a hero for sacrificing himself to protect his girlfriend. A just as believable version would be that they were both running away, she tripped, and he fell on top of her. Or, they were both running away, he was shot, and fell on top of her. Or, they both dived to the floor and since she was in front of him, he landed on top of her.

Does this means the girlfriends that died did so because they had boyfriends who were cowards? Apparently women are still helpless and need men to protect them. You never hear of girlfriends falling on top of boyfriends to protect them. Are women cowards?

Heroes would have been the ones running TOWARD the killer in an attempt to stop him from killing more people.

The same week of the 12 murders in Colorado, 14 died in a truck accident in Texas. Where is all the concern for them? Most people do not even know about the Texas deaths. What is classified as a tragedy is determined by who it was that was killed (from whom may the media garner the most attention) and whether the media decides to make the incident into a tragedy. Fourteen people killed by a truck is local news, twelve people kill by a firearms if a national tragedy.

Secret agenda

I watch the television show House Hunters. From the large number of episodes that involve homosexuals, one might assume that a large portion of couples in the United States are homosexual couples. However, according to the 2010 census, only about 5% of Americans report that they are homosexual. Something is wrong here.

A tale of two dog parks

There are two dog parks in Forsyth County, NC. Each one is unique in the type of people who bring their dogs to it. 

Washington Park is 1 mile from the center of Winston Salem. On an typical visit you will find dog owners who are obviously either gays, lesbians, pacifists, old hippies, pot smokers, extremely vocal liberals, obese, drunk, or live in a car. At least one owner will think their dog does no wrong, at least one owner will ignore the dog and what it does, at least one owner will panic if another dog plays with his or her dog, and at least one owner will let their dog take balls and discs from other dogs and will even then use the toy to play with their dog. Many dogs, and their owners, are at the park every day and think it is their territory so they become territorial.


Horizon's Park is about 15 miles from the city center. Being in a rural area, the dog park gets fewer visitors and most visitors are from rural areas and not from the city. On a typical visit you will find ordinary people out to play with their dogs and to let their dogs play with each other. The owners are attentive to their dogs and and are friendly and helpful to other owners and their dogs. There are rarely any problems with the dogs or their owners.

Must be nice to be God

Last week at a church in a nearby town, children were playing in the cemetery while their parents stood nearby. A large stone cross toppled and crushed a four year old girl to death. When a child is healed of a deadly disease, it is called a miracle from God. What is it called when a child is killed by a cross at a church? The pastor called it a freak  occurrence. Why is not the healing of a child also considered a freak occurrence? God gets excused when things go bad and gets thanked when things go good; you can do no wrong when you are God.

Offending

Isn't it strange how schools say cannot control bullying, but they have cracked down on such things as drawing a stick figure of a gun, bringing unhealthful food in lunchboxes, offending Muslims by wearing a tee shirt with a Bible verse on it, or offending Mexicans by wearing a tee shirt with an American flag on it. If you bully by only using force without offending anyone, it appears schools cannot control it, but, if offend anyone, they will squash you.

Humans are stupid


As humans, we tend to think that we are intelligent. Look at what we have accomplished since we have been on earth—music, art, technology, medicine, space travel, etc. However, as a whole we are still stupid. Look at what else we have accomplished since we have been on earth—war, eradication other species, torture of animals and humans, belief that there is a utopia, belief that we can borrow our way out of debt, belief that everyone is equal, and beliefs in other unsubstantiated, unverifiable, far-fetched ideas, theories, and religions.

Martial Arts for Dummies

Martial art "masters" are away writing books that may be considered to be in the "Martial Arts for Dummies" category of writing. Many of these books are illogical, lack any type of empirical proof, rely upon unproven claims of some mysterious forces at work, and often are just outright lies. One may ask "Who would believe this mumbo jumbo?" That's a easy question to answer. Just consider who the books are written for.

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Birds of a feather

The old saying goes "Birds of a feather flock together." This applies to idiots, such as the Occupiers and fans of Michael Jackson. The idiot philosophy of life is:
  • If you do not have what it takes to be successful in life, then attack the ones who are successful.
  • If you are an unimportant nobody, then act like somebody important by yelling obscenities and being a public nuisance, or by worshiping a perverted freak.

Too Entertaining

China is cracking down on television shows that are deemed "too entertaining." That is not a problem in the United States; not the cracking down part, but the too entertaining part.

Pink

Is anyone else sick of pink? What makes breast cancer so special? The reason is that celebrities chose it as their cause-du-jour and, since public sheep want to associate themselves with celebrities in an effort to give their lives some meaning, they jump on the bandwagon. Over the the decades, billions of dollars have gone to breast cancer research. Other than making researchers and fund raisers wealthy, there has been little progress in finding a cure in relation to the amount of money spent.

Iraq Hikers

Now that the nation has spent millions of dollars to get three idiot hikers returned to the US, they will probably write books (actually ghost written as Obama has done for "his" books) and get millions from the books. Wonder if they will repay taxpayers for what we paid to free them? I hear they are planing their next hike in China along the border with North Korea.

Segal Invented a New Front Kick

In UFC 126 on 2/5/11, Anderson Silva knocked out Vitor Belfort in the first round with a front kick to the chin. Silva credited actor Steven Segal with teaching him the kick. In an after fight interview, Segal said he worked for years to develop the kick. 


He did what! In the first class every Taekwondo or karate student attends he or she is taught the front kick.It is then used and perfected over the years the student trains.  An yet, here is an arrogant actor claiming to have developed a new way to front kick and opponent on the chin.


Segal is the Al Gore of the martial arts. It was Gore who said in a March 1999 interview with Wolf Blitzer that, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

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