This is worth watching. Bill Maher explaining why he thinks he lives in a country full of very stupid people. You can image the reaction to this when it was aired – lol
Fell upon this wonderful site called ‘Survive 2012’ by Robert Bast. I reluctantly admit that young Robert is a fellow kiwi, but if you have some time to read some absolutely entertaining thoughts and views of Robert, you could conceivably decide to chuck in your job, have unprotected sex with as many people that are willing to have you, max out your credit cards, experiment with every drug that you can beg, borrow or steal and generally just live your life as you have always wanted. For you sceptics out there I can share the following bit of wisdom from Roberts site;
And when the earth reverses its direction of movement, the seas will again gather into immeasurable tides…and planetary lightning will electrocute huge parts of the earth. Without notice the astonished spectators will start fighting a battle they will lose against this planetary violence of nature adrift, and almost all will perish in a horrible way…
Apparently the site has had 5 million visitors so far and there is a wealth of information, such as the 23 possible ways you will meet your fate, how to use a Pyramid as a cosmic ray shelter (this is really useful because it even gives you a list of everything you need to purchase to put into your pyramid), some conjecture about the role of dragons and unicorns etc.
So with this bit of encouragement, read Roberts excellent propositions and then get out there and kick some ass otherwise you will be very deeply disappointed on Dec 21, 2012 when you realise you are truly fucked.
This has been a topic that has come into conversation a few times over the past weeks. Here in The Netherlands you need permission/licence for almost everything – you need to do an exam to play golf! However the single most important thing you can do, which is to have children, is completely unregulated universally. Why?
I’ve heard the argument that it is a fundamental human right, but so is the right to keep living and that gets abused/taken away across the globe, daily. When I become the benevolent dictator of the world, one of the first things that I will do is require every couple to pass a test and only should they pass, can they breed. My proposition is simple – Stupid people wont be allowed to breed!
I can already hear the first howls of “who are you to decide the standard”, well the answer is simple, it already exists and it is already accepted by a significant number of societies. Go and try to adopt a child from another land and you will see what I mean.
There is also the old chestnut of “Why do you think you can play God”. Historically nature and circumstances proved the cull of stupid people. They would get too close to a wild animal, they would get killed by marauding tribesmen, they would fall into bear pits or die from eating something that they shouldn’t have. Due to our ‘enlightened’ way of living, we have saved stupid people from themselves by eliminating many of the dangers that would have sorted them out previously and from this secure position, they breed – prolifically!
There is a huge upside to preventing stupid people from reproducing. Just think about it. Within 2 generations the amount of money that could be saved in not having to provide resources, programs, govt departments to support these folks would be considerable. TV would change forever because there wouldn’t be an audience for Fox News and Big Brother. Your child would be in a class of 15 other well adapted children who want to learn instead of being one of the five out of 30 today. We wouldn’t live in a world where the current predominant culture has been ‘dummed down’ to the point where a significant majority have lost the ability to reason for themselves and their immediate reaction to someone who is fractionally brighter and dares disagree, is to label them as “Left wing, commie, gay, atheist”, not realising that in doing so, the joke is on them.
And the very best thing – we could even end up with decent politicians.
Been a very interesting week. First was the TV program about Pinnacle Point and then the day after I read an article about the Genographic Project.
The Genographic Project is attempting to document the long migratory history of our early ancestors. To date they have gathered 55,000 (from a target of 100,000) DNA samples from indigenous people as well as 360,000 samples from people who have purchased testing kits.
What this study has also reinforced is that ‘Race’, in terms of deep seated biological differences, doesn’t exist scientifically.
At the genetic level, every person on earth is 99.9% identical. This low level of genetic diversity, compared to other species of primates, is linked back to the population bottle neck described in my previous post.
I very rarely watch TV, usually only when travelling on business, so on such an occassion last week in the UK I saw a programme about the caves at Pinnacle Point in South Africa. It was riveting.
In 1999, Curtis Marean found his site, a cave high in the cliffs at Pinnacle Point overlooking the Indian Ocean near South Africa’s Mossel Bay, within the area known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. Curtis is a Paleoanthropologist with the Arizona State University. He and a team of scientists have been there since 1999, and they have discovered evidence which almost conclusively proves that every single human on earth can be tracked back to a “bottle-neck” population of approx 600 breeding individuals that lived in these caves 160,000 years ago. What was so unique to this population is that they exhibited 3 key behaviours. They harvested and ate shellfish, they made sharp blade stone tools and they used red ochre for paintings and body art. Marean’s discovery offers the earliest dated evidence, so far, of “modern” human behavior.
I found this to be amazing. The current global population is circa 6.6 billion, with 6,900 known languages and an estimated 100,000 ethnic groups, can all be traced back to 600 individuals that lived in a small grouping of caves on the southern coast of Africa.
This will upset a good number of white folks who believe in ‘racial superiority’ – LOL
If you have the time you can also watch an interesting lecture by Curtis – here.
Mary Roach’s interesting, funny presentation to TED in 2009. Watch it until you see the clip that she shows on how Danish farmers have learn’t to increase birth yields of pigs – very funny.
You can access the presentation here.
Read the comments and feedback left on the Fox News website related to the story of the Israeli attack on the blockade ships. Most of the comments are left by Americans, need I say more.