There was a time in my life when I was a very negative person. Part of this was my own personal issues causing me to be bitter towards the world and part of it was my knowledge of the negative things becoming so common in our daily lives. As time has passed though, I have let my anger go and hope this post can help others do the same. You see, there is and always will be those who get ahead for doing the wrong things while those that do the right things fall behind. I cannot change that and neither can you but there is something you can do and so can I. Endure…..realize that when your life ends, your actions and the memory of them will be the only evidence of your existence, at least in this portion of humanity. When you allow yourself to be wounded by the bad, no matter the pain it causes, and you continue to endure, you show off the beauty of the human spirit. Love, hope, generosity, caring, kindness, these are all examples of the things in life that etch you permanently into the memories of those you knew as a wonderful and amazing person.
I have realized that no amount of pain can hurt me. No amount of suffering can change my love of my family, my friends, and the innocent animals that live among us. The memories I have of my friends, my family and the experiences I have had with them will always fill me with a joy that no evil action can take away. The love I have shared with the few people I have had relationships with will always remain at least partly in me, teachings that lead me to my true love, my angel Renee. I needed the pain of those relationships failing in order to learn what I needed to know, to feel, in order to find my soul-mate and only by enduring through those ups and downs, those moments of attraction that turned from friendship to relationship before breaking down again by their conclusion, was I able to find the person I was meant to be with.
I am a parent, a friend, a brother, a son, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, a grandson, a writer, a student, a teacher, a philosopher, a neighbor, an American and a human being and no matter what happens to me, being those things are the greatest thing I could ever experience. I am mentally ill, and mentally unique. I share thoughts and emotions with others, but cannot be understood by everyone. I am strong, I am weak. I am cold, I am warm. I am a man, a boy and I laugh and I cry. I am open to the world, yet closed off to everybody. My anger is a poison and my hate is a disease. They are my only weaknesses because I am different,yet the same as everyone. A beautiful, happy human being and I have gotten more from my relationship with the world than i could have ever asked for. I am grateful for every experience before and fortunate for everyone after.
This is food for thought. I do not claim to be a nuclear expert but I feel this information is worth ingesting because as you are, you may also be ingesting radiation. I cannot say for sure that this will happen but better safe than sorry
Is it possible that we are currently facing an event that could extinct the human race? Is it also possible that our leaders know this and are intentionally keeping it from us? The reason this question come to mind is the continuing issue with the Fukushima nuclear site in Japan.There have been numerous meltdowns over the 13 months since the initial one. These meltdowns, unbeknownst to most American citizens, has already spread radioactive particles across the oceans and into the United States, as well as Europe, Africa, and basically everywhere else. There has been radioactivity found in pollen in no less than 7 western states and it seems likely it will continue to spread. Even worse, the Fukushima situation continues to be active to this very minute and what most people outside the highest levels of the government don’t realize is that the problems there threaten the very existence of human beings even as we speak.
I am going to provide the information concerning this situation, pasted directly form an article concerning it, below along with a link to the article. This research is not mine but I consider it valid and scary. Read it here or follow the link and I hope this opens a few eyes. Your very life could be in danger…
THIS IS THE ARTICLE…READ IT. THINK ABOUT IT AND REMEMBER I DO NOT OWN THIS ARTICLE, I DID NOT WRITE IT, I AM ONLY TRYING TO SPREAD THE INFO
HERE IS THE DIRECT LINK TO THE ARTICLE I HAVE PASTED BELOW—-http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2012/04/22/fukushima-is-falling-apart-are-you-ready-for-a-mass-extinction-event/
Thirteen months have passed since the Fukushima reactors exploded, and a U.S. Senator finally got off his ass and went to Japan to see what is going on over there.
What he saw was horrific.
And now he is saying that we are in big trouble.
See the letter he sent to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Ichiro Fujisaki, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NRC’s Chairman Gregory Jaczko here.
But what is so ironic about this is that we have been in this heap of trouble since March of 2011. March 17th, to be exact, when the plume of radioactive materials began bombarding the west coast of California.
And Oregon. And Washington. And British Columbia. And later Maine, Europe, and everywhere in between.
Independent researchers, nuke experts, and scientists, from oceanography to entomology and everywhere in between, having been trying to sound the alarm ever since.
The scientists most upset are those who have studied the effects of radiation on health. I’ll say it again, so its really clear: we are in big trouble.
The most preliminary reports of soil contamination are starting to come in from the USGS, who has seemed reluctant to share this information. Los Angeles, California, Portland, Oregon, and Boulder, Colorado, so far have the highest radioactive particle contamination out of the entire US.
That being said, every single city tested across the country showed contamination from Fukushima. What is even more alarming, however, about the numbers coming in, is that they are from samples taken April 5th, of last year.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has only recently confirmed that there were three meltdowns, and they have been ongoing, unabated, for thirteen months, and no effort has been made to contain them.
Technology has to be developed/invented to deal with the melted out corium under the reactors. Until then, they will keep doing what they have been doing.
TEPCO just keeps dumping water on them, after which they let it pour into the ocean, and steam up through the ground, every second of every day. The jet stream, and a highly dynamic portion of our atmosphere called the troposphere, have been swirling around massive amounts of radioactive particles and settling them out, mostly in rain, over the entire northern hemisphere, especially the west coast of North America, from Alaska down to Baja and even further.
Iodine, cesium, strontium, plutonium, uranium, and a host of other fission products have been coming directly from Japan to the west coast for thirteen months.
Maybe you have heard about sick seals, polar bears, tainted fish, mutations in dandelions and fruits and vegetables, possibly even animals already, and seaweed. In fact the kelp from Corona del Mar contained 40,000,000 bcq/kg of radioactive iodine, as reported in Scientific American several weeks ago.
If you don’t know your becquerels, its a lot. That’s what your pacific fish feed on. And that was only ONE isotope reported. There were up to 1600 different isotopes that have been floating around in our air, pouring out of the reactors, and steaming out of the ground, every second of every day, for 13 months.
And there has been silence from our mainstream media, for which the depths of depravity are so severe I will devote an entire article just to the “why” at a future time.
But back to the research: reports in the past week indicate the pollen in southern California is radioactive now too, and it is flying around, and if you live there and go outside, you are breathing it in. And so are your children.
Along with fission products blowing over from Japan. And radiation in your drinking water. And in your rain. And in the fish you are eating. And your vegetables. And the milk supply. And its happening every second, of every day. For 13 months. Are you starting to see a problem here?
Problem is, that’s not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem is what Senator Wyden is all bent out of shape about, even though independent researchers and nuke experts have been warning about this for a year.
And that is that the Reactor #4 building is on the verge of collapsing. Seismicity standards rate the building at a zero, meaning even a small earthquake could send it into a heap of rubble. And sitting at the top of the building, in a pool that is cracked, leaking, and precarious even without an earthquake, are 1565 fuel rods (give or take a few), some of them “fresh fuel” that was ready to go into the reactor on the morning of March 11th when the earthquake and tsunami hit.
If they are MOX fuel, containing 6% plutonium, one fuel rod has the potential to kill 2.89 billion people. If this pool collapses, as Senator Wyden is now saying too, we would face a mass extinction event from the release of radiation in those rods.
That is, if we aren’t in one already. Nuke experts like Arnie Gundersen and Helen Caldicott are prepared to evacuate their families to the southern hemisphere if that happens. It is that serious.
So now you know, if you didn’t before. We are in big trouble.
Get informed. Start paying attention to this. Every single statement . I hope this article is wrong but I would rather err on the side of caution and be wrong. If I’m wrong, we will all be fine. If this article is even half right, we have a serious problem.
What is a human being? Is it simply a physical life form, a flesh machine designed to procreate and spread it’s species across the planet it is a resident of? Or is it something more, such as a being with a shell made of flesh but containing a mind and a soul that, with the right technological advances, could literally exist for hundreds, if not thousands of years? It is a question worth examining, especially considering that every day we see more and more technology being designed to extend our lives. We have, for years had devices implanted in us designed to help us live longer, everything from pacemakers to regulate the operation of our hearts to the more simple steel rods and pins used to permanently fix broken bones. Now these examples are simplistic and far from anything that will extend our lives to unheard of levels but one has to assume that as technology and science advances, and it always does, that there will be grander goals as far as human longevity goes. There are numerous areas where we are seeing humanities science community strive to make unbelievable advances, huge steps designed to help humans begin to measure the length of their lives in centuries as opposed to decades, and these are the ones I want to focus on in the hope I can give you a clear view of what science may be a hundred years from now. Take a moment to consider the long-term ramifications of some of these areas of science and then ask yourself if, at some point, our science will achieve their goal of evolving us not through natural evolution but instead through scientific advancement.
The first area of study that comes to mind is stem cell research. We have all seen the debate going on publicly, as many of these cells originate in unborn fetuses and with that being true, there is great debate over whether they should be used and if the process to acquire them is an unnatural one not worth taking part in. You see, modern stem cell research, depending on if you are talking about the publicly discussed levels of success, or the assumed levels governments have achieved behind the scenes, seems to focus on the ability to regrow cells in a body that we previously could not. This could have widespread ramifications if perfected and harnessed correctly, and the research could literally lead to the eradication of dozens of diseases that destroy cells in the human body. Cancer, for example, eats away at its victims but what if, through this area of study, we were simply able to regrow the damaged parts as we get rid of the cancer? Chemotherapy can be physically damaging in its quest to destroy cancerous cells, but if our science advanced to the point where regrowth of cells was commonplace you would imagine that even if chemotherapy left a person damaged after the procedure, as long as the cancer was gone we could simply regrow any non-cancerous cells hurt during the process. This concept, if ever perfected, would literally eliminate cancer as a fatal disease and turn it more into a sickness, that while unpleasant and time-consuming, would be easily beatable. I mean there are already people beating cancer today, so with this additional option of recovery and replacement, it seems the days of cancer being fatal could be left behind us.
Cancer is only one of many diseases that damage cells permanently in the human body. There are countless other examples of an ailment that destroys part of the body, but if stem cell research would allow us to just inject and regrow whatever a particular person needed then you would have to wonder aloud how many countless diseases could be permanently beaten. At this point though, this begs the question of whether we should do this as opposed to whether we can. The medical community is already heavily overburdened by cost issues and personnel shortages with only the simplest of advances being common to our treatments and the longer lives of many people these days is having a significant effect on that. If a person living to be 80 or 90 years old consistently is already causing such a strain on the system, what happens if we advance enough that people start living 125 or 150 years on a regular basis? Additionally, we have a massive overpopulation problem on this planet right now that is becoming a larger and larger problem, so if people suddenly see their life expectancies jump thirty or forty years over the next half century, where will that leave our population issues? Or the issues concerning the rate at which we consume natural resources?
Another area of science that raises concerns as far as population and too much longevity go is cloning. Cloning in the United States is, for all intents and purposes illegal, but I highly doubt that means it is not being experimented on by members of the military or by secretive government labs hiding under the guise of “classified” information or “national security”. The interesting thing about cloning is that because it can produce a genetic replication of pretty much any part of the human body, it is reasonable to assume that if ever perfected, that if you were to suffer a serious injury or illness to a specific organ, it could simply be replaced. Organ transplants can be dangerous but usually they are because of the chance that your body will reject an organ that does not match up with its genetic code. Well if the organ was cloned from your very DNA it would be logical to assume that your body would view that replacement as a perfect genetic match and therefore have a greater chance of accepting it. So imagine a scientific process producing a scenario where your heart, your liver, your lungs could all be replaced with new ones with many years’ worth of less mileage on them. If a person’s brain is still in good shape, which is often the case of people who die from heart failure, lung cancer, etc., then it could be possible for any individual, barring an instant death from something severe, to live well beyond one hundred years. Again, this brings the question to mind of if elongating the lifespan of people on a planet so overcrowded already is going to be a good thing for all of us.
These are just two areas of science that we are rapidly advancing towards and as we do it saddens me that the question is rarely asked if we even should be striving towards such goals. Yes, technology and the advancement of science is both purposeful and amazing, but as we attain higher and wider reaching levels of science, and the effect of that science has major implications on our development as a race, I often wonder why we rarely consider the consequences until after we have been forced to suffer them. Trust me, I am about to become a father and if my daughter was ill and this science was available, I would be the first one to stand in support of it but saying that is merely a reflection of how much I love my daughter, not how good or bad I think the long-term effects would be for all of us as a race. In that sense I suppose I am somewhat selfish but that is another blog altogether. I will leave you by simply stating that I genuinely hope that whatever direction our scientific advancement as a race goes, that we are prepared to deal with the consequences of our actions.
I have always wanted to write a manifesto.A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, often political in nature. Now, my manifesto will probably be a little different from the ones we all hear about on the news for a few reasons. First off, though I am often considered “crazy” or “unbalanced” as many people who undertake these type of writings have been, at least in the public eye, I am different from say, the Unabomber in the sense that my manifesto is less of a declaration of intent and more of a statement of belief. What I intend to do as a result of my belief is not something that I would publish for others to read, especially if it was something that I would say would not be politically correct. I also would not openly declare to harm others in my writings, even if the thought does cross my mind from time to time. No, my only intention with what I have begun to write is to relay an opinion, a perspective, and a general thought pattern to others in the hopes that once read, the views I have can combine with other people’s and produce something meaningful that will benefit us all. Maybe this is a pipe dream, but the thought pattern that rings through my brain needs to be expelled because if it is not, it festers into a problematic chunk of waste in my skull…..
RELIGION-Belief is a powerful thing. Religion is arguably the most influential practice followed in today’s world and because of this you often see belief carry more weight than actual reality, but why does this happen? Human beings seem to have a need or a desire to believe that there is a higher power guiding us. This belief almost seems to fill a subconscious need for purpose in humanity often because human beings feel no specific purpose for their lives beyond our daily activities. Because of this, we see that humanity is so connected, so dependent on our purpose of existence, at least as we see it, that we will often put faith and belief above concrete reality. I think the reason for this is that reality is simple, almost too simple, for human beings to understand. We look at a tree, a wall, a car and we see it for simply what it is, that being an object that serves a specific purpose. Beyond that, it is nothing more than a physical item designed to do this or that. When we perceive our beliefs, there is no limit on what power or purpose can be bestowed upon us. It gives us a feeling of empowerment that provides strength and direction and I suppose in that case, it gives something to us that no physical item ever could. It is almost as if belief and religion fills us with a purposeful energy that only has the limits that we are able to set to it in our minds. As the most intelligent beings, at least on this planet, it is too difficult for our minds to believe that we are simply here as the byproduct of some evolutionary chain, only living to further spread our race and learn the things that the humans before us have learned. We need to be worth more, we need to be built for a higher purpose and because of this, and we are often willing to ignore physical reality if we feel that our belief is more important, even if only on a subconscious level.
This type of reaction to our own existence is also the reason that we see so many people of religion unable to just follow their beliefs without needing others, even people they do not know, to believe the same things they do. The pedestal that we have put our “Gods” on, even if in the subconscious parts of our minds, is so high that to each of us it is almost offensive to see someone try to put a different higher power in the place of the one we believe in. This is a strong feeling in most people, as evidenced by the current struggle happening worldwide between followers of Christianity and Islam. There are those out there who are comfortable enough in their beliefs to ignore other non-believers but there are many more that cannot and will not accept another view as possible. In many cases, each group’s commitment to their belief is so strong that they are willing to harm others and see others die in conflicts just because they follow the “other” belief structure. Furthermore, the commitment by some is so powerful that we have seen an increase of what most of us would consider “radical” followers of various religions. People so connected and committed to their individual belief of choice that they consider it their right and their responsibility to almost wage war on the followers of other ones. While doing this, they have become so blindly committed to the cause, or their interpretation of it, that collateral damage and actions that actually go against their own scripture become acceptable and, in some cases, even encouraged. This is where belief starts to get dangerous because if you consider that people mold reality to fit into their “view” of a belief system you start to realize that a person can do almost anything while still claiming they are simply following a belief, even though they may have corrupted it’s true message.
The conflicts that can be caused by this direction of thinking can have widespread effects and, to be honest, it does not really make a lot of sense. You see, no matter what belief a person follows it still remains a belief and not anything that is proven fact. With that being true, it is hard to understand why one religion should hold sway over another. If we have ten groups of people all following different belief systems, their passion for the system completely based off of faith, then how can one of these groups claim dominion over another when in truth they are all just following what they blindly believe? Sure, one of them may be the right one but according to just about every scripture that is out there, none of us will have that answer in any provable way until we die, and because we cannot openly communicate with the dead, it is highly illogical to claim your belief is better, stronger, or more worth following than another. Now people feeling their belief system is superior, or the correct one, probably would not be a huge deal except for the fact that people seem unable to accept their differences peacefully. Instead, the different views are a point of contention and judgment between groups of believers and this point of contention often leads to discrimination and physical violence in reality based on beliefs that do not exist is any tangible way in the physical, real world. Ideally, you would like to be able to see a Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Taoist all living next door to each other in peace but that just is not the case in the real world.
Even worse than the fact that many will not accept any belief other than their own, is the fact that many of these same people think nothing of being passionately committed to a belief but only following the parts of their chosen scripture that they choose to. The scriptures of most religions lay out a pretty clear idea of what is expected of its followers but in many cases human beings pick and choose which parts they will follow and which parts they will not. Now I am not saying that a person cannot disagree with parts of a belief and still be committed to it, but at the same time if a person is doing so then they are undermining the whole point of their existence being attributed to a higher power they owe allegiance to. A perfect example of this is the section of Christian followers who are staunchly and vocally against homosexuality. The individuals in this group will protest gay marriage, equal gay rights and generally any equal treatment of people of the homosexual lifestyle and when they do, it is usually because they have a religious opposition to it. The thing is though, is that the part of the Bible that labels such sexuality as a sin and is regularly quoted by those who discriminate against homosexuality is the same book in the Bible that says it is ok to own a slave. Despite that being true, you would never see any of those who oppose the homosexual lifestyle protesting because they want the right to own a slave. They, as a group, have chosen to be opposed to one “rule” of their religion while ignoring another one in the very same book of their Bible. Now, I cannot stop them from doing so, nor do I believe I should have the right to, but how can a person take someone’s commitment to a belief seriously when that belief is selective to their own personal preference. Another example of this is the regular, hate filled protests of the Westboro Baptist Church. This group regularly rallies outside the funerals of soldiers carrying signs proclaiming that “God Loves Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates Fags”. Again, this is their right as people in the United States with free speech but does this behavior sound like the behavior of a “good Christian”? Of course not, but again this is a group that has decided that they can define the “word of God” and act however they feel while speaking in the name of the being that they supposedly serve, whether “his” scripture justifies it or not.
Now, as mentioned above, these people do have the legal right, at least in the United States, to interpret religion however they wish and I do agree with that right. I just do not understand how people expect each other to be unified in the beliefs if each person sees it in their own way. This is most likely the reason that when this country was founded, there was supposed to be a separation of Church and State, but do we truly have such a thing? Many would say yes but consider the following points before you agree. For starters, the big question is whether we should involve religion in our government at all. Most would say no, and when you look at some of the theocracies that exists in the Middle East and the problems they have as far as personal rights go, it is easy to see why it being involved in government is probably not a good idea. Then again, even though people in the United States are quick to be offended by religious decisions in government that infringe on their personal rights, again they will put up with selective parts of religion being enforced on the population which again shows selective belief. Gay marriage is a perfect example of this. Most of the people in the government and in the populous that are against gay marriage are of that position based on their religious belief. They claim marriage is a religious right and union between men and women but if that is the basis of their argument, and the same people want a separation of Church and State, then how can they expect their government to enforce a gay marriage ban? It makes no sense. Another simple yet telling example of this is the fact that all the money printed in this country has “In God We Trust” printed on it. Again, all of the people in this country do not trust in God so why then are they ok with something that I admit is simplistic, implying that our country and our government should espouse this view? Again, it just seems odd to me.
The previous statement is only one of numerous examples of how religion, which should be an empowering and beautiful part of the human experience, has become corrupted through mankind’s interpretation of it. Another very telling observation one might make is that the vast majority of those who follow each of the religions are either poor or very poor, while the individuals in the official positions of the churches tend to be very wealthy. It struck me as almost funny, in a sad sort of way, when I recently saw a picture of the Pope presiding over a church function that was reported on by many of the mainstream news sources in this country. In the picture of him sitting in front of the crowd, he held in his right hand a cross made of solid gold adorned with what appeared to be various jewels. When I saw this it made me chuckle and think that a gold cross of that size must be worth thousands of dollars, and I wondered aloud why the church that supposedly cares about its followers would care so much about their appearance that they would spend so much on what is basically a prop for appearance instead of using that money to feed and help the poor followers of their religion. The same goes for Vatican City, a small sovereign city that houses a significant number of religious authorities. It is an intricate and somewhat “fancy” area and again you have to wonder if a more simplified version of it could free up millions of dollars to truly help the poorest followers of the Catholic and Christian churches. Additionally, showing the human corruption of everything these days, in 2012 the U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report listed Vatican City for the first time among the nations of concern for money-laundering, placing it in the middle category, which includes countries such as Ireland, but not among the most vulnerable countries, which include the United States itself, Germany, Italy and Russia. This truly shows that the religion and its purpose is somewhat ignored as the city works towards both an image and financial success, both of which should be a lower priority than helping their followers in need.
Speaking of followers in need, I also find it curious that if you look at the world’s religions, it seems that in almost all cases the large majority of the people truly committed to the belief are among the poorest of their lands. I often wonder if this is because these people feel so defeated by their positions of poverty that they have lost faith in humanity and therefore feel the need to look to a higher power for good fortune, knowing that they cannot rely on their fellow-man for either assistance or fair treatment. This does not mean that every poor person is mistreated, in fact the majority of them seem to be born into societies that are poverty-stricken and they are more a victim of where they were physically born than they are of mistreatment, but if the religious leaders all become so wealthy, what does that say about the way they follow scripture? I am far from being a scriptural expert but I know enough to know that the writings preach unity, being humble, and spreading the wealth of the church among the truly needy before it speaks of building a fancy building or making sure the Pope has a stylish gold scepter worth thousands. Remember, Jesus Christ was a man of the poor, of the downtrodden and the only people he ever expressed anger towards was the money changers, often because of their greed amongst people of poverty. If the organized aspect of these religions truly cared for the majority of their followers as opposed to their own levels of wealth and power, we would see the churches focus be less on their images and more on putting all their effort, and faith, into helping those that are the voice of their religions. If the church lost all their followers that were poor, many of them would suddenly have so few followers that they would be more like a small cult than any major religion.
This treatment and behavior brings up another thought that repeats in my mind on a regular basis. You see, “God” for example, is said to be all-knowing and aware of all that happens and exists. That being said, that means that even the facts about people who never come to light are known by the Lord. Well, when you look at the horrible stories every day in this country and this world, you start to realize that it seems there are far more people falling into the bad category than into the good. Does that mean Hell is filling up twice as fast as Heaven? I suppose if there is any true justice out there then the answer would be yes, but if that is the case, I wonder if the followers of these religions should basically expect their destruction in the near future. If they did, I am not saying they should just give up on life but at the same time, if people have come to expect a major fall for the human race, you would think that we would recognize our shortcomings and try to improve ourselves. At least that is what you would expect out of people who were true to their religious beliefs. Well, in a typical circle of logic, this begs the question, are most of the people of religion in the world only giving it lip service as opposed to being committed to the words coming out of their mouths? The real reason I ask this question is that if it turns out a large percentage of followers are just giving lip service then it would be fair to say that religion has become a trend and a phenomenon more than a belief system and with all the conflict caused by belief, that would be a scary, scary situation.
Now all the points I have made about religion are obviously debatable and as someone who will not claim religious expertise, I welcome you to disagree with me but I feel I have made some valid points. Religion in today’s world has become a point of contention not only between people but between governments and on a daily basis, we easily see hundreds of people per day lose their lives over the debate. In a perfect world, you would think that religion and the practice of it, would be sacred as most of the scripture teaches that it should. It is sad really, it could all be so perfect for all of us. Each person could be staying faithful to their beliefs without feeling threatened by those that disagree with them, being able to work in unison for the betterment of all of us. It may seem unrealistic but thinking so is a perfect example of what is wrong with people these days. They accept their intolerance of each other and whenever someone suggests that we all work together; it is looked upon by most as weakness. What is weak about tolerance? What is weak about unity? I truly fear that humanity will only get past this mental block they have put upon themselves through the near destruction of all of us. Only when faced with extinction do I believe that people will look past their religious differences and separate beliefs and that fact is why it will most likely take the almost complete eradication of the human race to truly teach us our lesson. Hopefully I am wrong.
I was recently speaking with a friend of mine about what freedoms have been lost recently in this country. It really got me thinking because if you have a Facebook or Twitter page, you most likely have seen the same thing I have, that being massive anger being constantly spewed about all the freedoms we have lost under the current administration. The thing is though, most of these people either do not even know what they are angry about or are just joining the trend because things have not changed as much as you might think. Let me explain…
The freedoms of American citizens have been being eroded for years now, much longer than the current administration, and many of them are too numerous to count. To be honest though, counting them would be a monumental waste of your time and let me show you why. All you activists out there, all the wannabe internet revolutionaries, for all their anger still just do not get it. You have lost. Your voice changes nothing. The system of corruption and power mongering in this country has so much control that nothing short of all out, complete revolution by a majority of the population united together to the death will change anything. Thinking that there is a way to make the system just and fair, equal for all, is a pipe dream and if you believe it is not then I have some magic beans to sell you. Our government monitors everything. They see everything. Every keystroke, every email, every phone call, every movement. They control the skies, the ground, the water, the power, the food, the drugs, the weapons, the disease, the police, the military, the air we breathe, the electricity we use, they control all of it. They want you to bitch and moan because by allowing you to do so they create the illusion that your free speech and voices have power when in truth, they have none.
You have to be able to see this. The corruption, the illegitimate behaviors, they do not even try to hide it from you. They do these things right out in the open. It does not matter what they actually do because they control and monitor all your sources of information so whatever actions they take, unless you are physically standing right next to them as they do it, are manipulated when presented to you in a way that allows them to control your reaction. People will say this is a defeatist post but how much more do you need to have done right in front of your face before you will realize that the time to fight the system passed a long time ago and we were all too distracted by our entertainment and lust for the almighty dollar to do anything about it?
Look at the current social situation. With the availability of social media, we are all more connected than ever before and the more we are, the more we see corrupt act after corrupt act being done right out in the public eye. As this is happening, there are countless more similar acts being done behind closed doors and the system that is in place has permanently closed those doors so in the end, you never know what the hell is going on. All the while, we all complain and spew anger towards our leaders day after day as those very leaders completely ignore us and do you know why? The answer is obvious, we the people have no power and those in control know it, plain and simple.
The CIA, FBI, NSA, Homeland Security, DEA, FEMA, ATF, and countless other government agencies, many you have never even heard of despite you tax dollars being the gasoline in their engines, do whatever they want every freaking day. They have complete power and other than the occasional scrap of a fall guy or patsy they throw the way of the general public to appease us, we have no means to do anything about it. The only true measure of our strength is our numbers but the system knows this and because they do they have divided us along the lines of race, religion and social class to the point that there are millions of Americans who want the same thing, yet they all hate each other of religious beliefs, the color of their skin or the size of their paychecks.
Now, I may be attacked for this post or insulted as if I am giving up, but I stand by my statements and challenge any reader to prove to me that anything I have said in this post is untrue. We the people have lost our power, and despite the illusion that this politician or that one is going to be the one who restores it, the bottom line is that any politician who espouses the belief that they can change the system is diluting themselves in thinking that those they are working against are not simply allowing them to exist to provide fodder to the cries of anger produced by our defeated populous. The time for waking up has passed and now, even with the masses awakening, their words and objections strike no fear in those that control us. You’ve been warned….act accordingly.
So I thought I would comment on this terribly sad story and the influence the media has played in the path of justice this case was taking. I am not saying the altered path is or is not the correct one but this case has definitely been treated differently due to the massive public outrage and the media’s usual thirst for anything that they can hype up for ratings. Let’s look at the various angles on this story and as we do, keep in mind that because most of the information coming out is being filtered through the media so while you can get your information in this way, you should certainly take it with a grain of salt.
- First off, the official story, or as official as you can find with the countless interview and reports circulating all over the place. From what I have been able to surmise, George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain calls 911 to report a “suspicious person”. This is the first red flag in my opinion. The reason I say that, is as a neighborhood watchmen, while I can understand calling the police for a suspicious person, you are not a police officer so for Zimmerman to instantly call 911, a call reserved for emergencies usually, just because he saw someone doing nothing more than “looking suspicious” seems like an instant overreaction to me. I live in a fairly family based neighborhood myself and if I saw someone suspicious walking around at night, while I may call the non-emergency number of the police to have them check it out, I certainly wouldn’t rush to dial 911 and run after the person as if I was a policeman chasing a bank robber. This brings me to my next point.
- The next red flag in my opinion is the haste and urgency with which Zimmerman pursued Martin despite the fact that Martin had seemingly done nothing other than being considered by Zimmerman to be suspicious. Think about it, Martin could have easily just been someone Zimmerman didn’t know but Zimmerman pursued him as if he had just witnessed some horrible crime. Additionally, and this is another questionable fact in the story, Zimmerman continued to pursue Martin despite the fact that the 911 operator specifically told him “We don’t need you to do that”. Onto the next suspicious action by Zimmerman.
- The last known contact with Martin was a phone call he was on with his girlfriend. She has stated that she heard someone ask Martin “what he was doing” and Martin responded by asking the person why he was following him(he asked Zimmerman why he was following him). Now, at this point, if you think about it, it doesn’t seem that Zimmerman had identified himself at any point as a neighborhood watch representative so from Martin’s perspective, Zimmerman likely appeared as an adult he did not know who he has now seen following him at night for some unknown reason. When you consider this fact, it is easy to assume that Martin, only being a teen, was likely afraid or concerned not knowing who this adult was who was following him.
- This is the point where the story starts to get confusing and clouded as far as the facts go. To read the story and Zimmerman’s claim, after momentarily losing Martin, he crossed the teens path again and when he did, the two exchanged words and Martin punched him in the nose. He then said Martin pinned him on the ground and began slamming his head into the pavement, at which point he was able to grab his gun and shoot Martin, killing him. When police arrived, Martin was dead and Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and from the back of the head, which would be the case if things had gone the way they had been described by Zimmerman. This was seemingly the reason that the police ruled it, at least initially, self-defense. Had this been a typical case, you have to wonder if it would have ended right there. To be fair, Martin had no history of crime or violence and was only carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of ice tea so it is hard to imagine why he would attack Zimmerman. That is unless you consider what is my final point and the reason I think Zimmerman will be convicted of the crime he has now been charged with.
- You see, for all the scenarios given so far, the following one seems to make the most sense to me. Imagine Martin, a teenager, a black teenager who like many black teens, is ignorantly profiled by police and others as being “suspicious” just because they are black, which is beyond ridiculous. He is walking home, seemingly having done nothing other than purchase ice tea and Skittles, when he notices, not once but twice, an adult following him who as far as I can tell never identified himself. It seems likely that if Martin did become hostile it was likely he did so out of fear over an adult coming after him when he had done nothing wrong. For his fear, a reaction many of us would have in this situation, he lost his life.
- In the end, Zimmerman, for all his self-defense claims, disobeyed a 911 operator, pursued a kid who hadn’t done anything wrong, and when the kid reacted to what could easily be construed as harassment by Zimmerman, Zimmerman killed him. Additionally, as a neighborhood watch member, other than notifying the police of suspicious activity, he had no right to either assume Martin was a criminal or to pursue him in the same manner that a policeman would pursue someone they just saw commit a crime. That type of pursuit is exactly what Zimmerman did and had he listened to the police dispatcher and simply left Martin alone, this story never would have made the news, Trayvon Martin would still be alive and the police would have most likely checked Martin out and found he was just a kid, unarmed, walking back to his folks house. Zimmerman may not be a complete racist, but he is certainly guilty of negligent behavior, numerous times, that led to the death of a seemingly innocent teenager and for that I believe he will be convicted of what he has been charged with. A black teenager walking down the street, no matter gated community or not, should not be assumed to automatically being a violent criminal to be pursued in such an urgent and confrontational matter.
Facebook is an interesting site, allowing the voices of many to be heard in a way like never before. In addition to people being able to espouse their own personal views, the site has also become a conduit of information where people can spread media coverage of issues that are often omitted from the mainstream news we see on our cable TV every day. Lately, and when I say lately I mean over the last year or two, we have seen quite a rise in the anger and disgust many citizens on the site have for what they consider dishonest and irresponsible leadership from the countries they live in. Article after article is posted and often the arguments that ensue are long, heated, and in many cases, just plain mean. I have read so many of these at this point that it has brought a question to the forefront of my mind. What are you prepared to do?
When I ask this question, the answer I am looking for is more a commitment of how far people are actually willing to go to deal with the problems and injustices they are seemingly so angry about. It is an almost universal truth that the vast majority of the people out there spreading the information I mentioned have had enough of the system. Have had enough of leaders getting rich, fat, and powerful at the expense of doing what is the best for all of us but what are people willing to do to change it? There are numerous, obvious options and I thought i would take a minute or two and explore each of them because if people are not willing to take the next steps available beyond bitching and moaning, then there really is no point in continuing these conversations. If they do continue but that is as far as people will go, then those doing the complaining are really doing nothing more than wasting their precious lives. Let’s look at the options available. One thing to remember…I do not suggest or condone violence or any unlawful action, the following reactions are hypothetical and should be treated as such.
Do nothing but use free speech to voice our anger-While I do believe this option is healthy for the mentality of everyone involved, we have reached a point where all the complaining has really just become static or background noise. Those in control of the system have long since realized that if they just stay their corrupt course and ignore the complaining, it will eventually fade in its intensity and nothing will change. A perfect example of this is the gas prices in the United States. Our citizens express outrage and disgust over the rapidly rising prices every day. We bitch, moan, complain, whine and all the while, our leaders make statements about how they hear our cries for help and sympathize with our plights, but as they make these statements they don’t actually do anything to change it. You see, so many of the members of our government have been re-elected two, three, four times, if not more, that they have realized they will not be held accountable for these problems. They have become like a parent who puts a rule upon a child that they know the child won’t like. They lay down the rules and allow us to complain but in the end, they have the authority and believe they know what is best and, much like a parent, they do not fear any actual reprisal from the citizens, just as a parent fears no reprisal they can’t handle from their child. The only difference is that a parent does what they do out of love for their child while our leaders do what they do to maintain control and authority. So as we can see, option number one isn’t really getting us anywhere. Let’s look at option number two.
Use the system that is in place to force our leaders to comply to our desires-This seems to be the most obvious and likely answer but in being recognized as such, it really shows how controlled the system has truly left us. Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or any of the other parties out there, I am sure you would agree that at least half of the system is completely broken. That being said, how can one use a broken system and the rules of it to fix itself? The answer is, generally, that you can’t. If the system worked correctly it wouldn’t need fixing so to think going through the process that lead us to this point is something that will fix the problems is fairly illogical. You see, the reason it won’t work is the same reason it is broken in the first place, the people who are representing us are not bound by any rules as far as their actions once they are given authority. Even more disturbing, despite the fact that these people have proven time and time again that they will say anything to gain re-election only to later turn around and not represent their constituents, they continue to be re-elected again and again by the very people who are pissed off at them for not representing our views. If the system was capable of working correctly, you would not see individuals such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and countless other representatives continue to be elected over and over again despite the fact that everyone hates them for their poor job performance. That brings us to the third and probably the most dangerous of our options as the people.
Physical revolt against the system and the authority-We see this step taking place in countries all over the world and I often wonder how bad things have to get before we start seeing similar behavior here at home. The people who lead us, in my opinion, would be much more hesitant to turn their backs on the very people who voted them in if those same people, when angered, went to their actual home and dragged them out of it. Imagine if a congressman or woman who has violated the trust of the their constituents was sitting at home after getting rich off of screwing the people saw those very people walk up to their door and drag them into the light of day. I would imagine that if this happened a few times, future representatives would be far less likely to screw over the voters. Especially if they saw their fellow representatives being pulled from their homes and tarred and feathered, for example, when they lied to the people. Again, I am not condoning violence of any kind, but if this scenario played out it would be the first time that the government would actually fear the people as opposed to the people fearing their government in quite a long time. It’s not surprising but physical humiliation goes a long way and though it may sound stupid or childish, if it has the desired effect, the appearance of it shouldn’t really matter.
These may seem drastic or crazy to some of you out there but how much are you willing to take? For more than a decade, the vast majority of us have been sick and damn tired of gas prices, the economy, the healthcare system, corporate influence in the government, misuse of the military, racial issues, social issues, inflation, ridiculous use of our tax dollars, the erosion of our civil liberties, invasion of our privacy by the government, questionable election results, media involvement in the government and bias reporting, government agencies involving in committing crime in order to stop it(LOL), justice depending on the size of you paycheck, religious influence in a government that is supposed to have a separation of church and state, astronomical government salaries,dishonest presidents, dishonest senators, dishonest congressmen, dishonest governors, dishonest mayors, dishonest city councilmen…..how much are you going to take for Christ’s sake??????
Well with Easter upon us, Facebook today has become a hotbed of religious debate and sadly, in many cases, it has devolved into a cascade of insults. As usual, religion seems to divide people more than it brings them together so with all that being true, I decided it was time for me to reveal a secret idea I have been keeping to myself for a while now. Enjoy…
This post is the first time I am going to reveal a religion of my own creation and origination. I believe I am going to call it “KromDontKnowism”. Now before you start laughing or consider me a nut-job, take a minute to read my ideas and consider my reasoning. My religion focuses on the two main points of contention whenever I see a debate between people about religion, that being facts and faith. It seems that those of faith are often offended when a person demands facts be considered when debating religion, just as people with facts tend to be offended when someone tells them to ignore them and believe based on faith. My religion takes both these positions into account. Let’s start off with faith.
Faith is having a belief based simply on that belief, no facts required. When one looks at all that exists, I can see why people have faith. Reality is full of amazing and beautiful things, so many in fact that to think that everything just exploded from nothing into such perfect unison as we see in nature is hard to believe. In fact, it is so hard to believe, that if everything was random that it could be so perfect, that it is easy to understand people believing in a “higher power” so to speak. It’s just that simple(my religion isn’t very long-winded) so faith is an intricate part of the belief I would like to teach. In my religion, faith will represent a respect for the amazing creation of the universe and all that it contains, from nature, to humanity, to the stars and the heavens. Part of this faith is believing that whatever had the power to create such a thing must be truly wonderous, but must also be far beyond our understanding. I mean, we can’t even leave our one planet, our planet that is only one of trillions of planets out there. If we are so small, so limited in our ability, then how can we claim to be able to understand something so far beyond us? In my opinion, we can’t and that is why we must have faith that only a truly amazing thing could have conceived such a master plan and also have faith that this being, for lack of a better term, must have loved us very much for only through love could we be given so many amazing things with nothing in return.
This is also the part of my religion where fact starts to come in but fact, at least in my religion, is intertwined with faith. You see, once you look at the facts, the staggering truth they represent should give you faith even if you aren’t able to exactly define what type of being you have faith in. Think about these facts….there are billions and billions of galaxies and that is only in the small part of the universe we can actually see. That is a fact. In each of the galaxies there are billions and billions of stars. That’s a fact. So when you consider only the part of the universe we can see, you realize the fact that there are literally billions of trillions of stars, planets, and endless space that we are aware of. These facts alone should show people that there must be something truly amazing out there, but it should also show that our little planet and our tiny race most likely has no better understanding of all of it, no better comprehension of it all, than a single blood cell swimming through your veins has of the body it is within.
That’s it, plain and simple. My religion isn’t designed to tell you to worship some unknown being, nor is it there to tell you that there is any proof that we are merely some random result of chemicals and matter floating through a randomly created universe. I preach only love for each other, respect for the amazing process of nature and creation of life we see each day, and tolerance of each individual’s beliefs because in the end, regardless of what each of us believe we each want the right to live our lives the way we prefer. The thing is though, is that having a belief doesn’t demand that you hate others who don’t agree with you. In truth, if you are truly strong and confident in your belief, you should then not be threatened or offended if someone else decides to see it another way.
Religion should unite us, not divide us. We as human beings need to start realizing that what WE do is what effects us. There should be no reason that there cannot be five houses on a street with a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, and a Taoist living in unity with each other, being neighbors and brothers before they are followers. We can each choose whichever faith we wish to and it shouldn’t matter because they are all matters of personal lifestyle and belief and until we each become worm food we will never KNOW which one is right. Until humanity reaches a point where belief is treated as belief and not knowledge, we will always have people ready to kill, judge, and hurt their fellow-man over a belief that, no matter how committed a person is to it,cannot be proven or known and therefore, should not influence how we treat others. Personal belief should be just that….personal…
I am struggling lately, not in my personal life but instead over a particular line of thinking. I watch the world in great detail and even with all I’ve learned over the years, all the facts I have ingested along with all the perspectives I have tried to take, I am struggling to be able to put what I see into words but I am going to do my best to try. The thickness of what is truly happening to the human race, the sheer amount of layers to the reasons and the effects, is almost incomprehensible. It is almost like living inside a hurricane, aware of every strand of wind or breeze blowing through it, fully conscious of their path and able to see their interconnection while at the same time, so overwhelmed by the strength of what you are perceiving and so influenced by the gusts that to try to make sense of how it works as a whole spins your mind like a top. This is the point the human race has reached, a world with as many factors influencing it as there are grains of sand in the Sahara desert. I want to try to show you what has always consumed my mind, what knowledge has clouded me for so many years in the hope that maybe someone out there will be able to help me truly piece it all together.
I think to begin to understand you first have to understand a simplistic factor on nature that applies to pretty much anything in existence. What I mean is this...the more factors that influence and affect anything that exists, the further that thing is pulled away from its natural state. So in the case of human beings, human nature and humanity in general, examining those factors is the very key to unlocking the puzzle that is driving human existence through such a problematic time in our history…..and there are so many factors. Let’s get started because I am thinking there are going to be some confused people when I’m done with this one so the quicker I explain, the less insane people will think (or know) that I am.
Despite the fact that there are so many factors, I have to come to the realization that they can be grouped or classified in order to have a better understanding of how truly deep and involved this problem is, as well as how it is a problem both naturally existing and created by humanity at the same time.
Belief-Belief is the first and arguably the most powerful of the categories. Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true. The thing about belief though, that is so perplexing and most likely the reason it causes so many problems, is that it requires no proof, no fact and no justification. For this very reason, belief is an extremely powerful thing, I mean how can it not be? Depending on one’s commitment, a person can believe anything they want and use that as motivation for actions in the real, tangible world regardless of whether their belief is unfounded, ridiculous or even fanatical. I’m sure you, much like myself, have realized that the biggest example of this phenomenon in the real world is religion and we are seeing exactly the type of effect I have described above. Entire cultures, along with their governments, base significant decisions and behavior off of their belief of religion. I am not saying any or all of the religions of the world are false but people by the millions fight wars, pass laws and kill each other over a belief of something that, regardless of their level of faith, is completely unable to be proven to be true. Even more illogical than that is that the religions of the world, especially Christianity and Islam, tend to hate each other over beliefs that in many ways are the same as far as their blind commitment to them. Think about it for a second….the Christians believe that they should fight and kill over their belief and ridicule Islam as a joke and Islam does the exact same thing to them in many cases and as all this is happening, nobody stops to consider the fact that they could both be completely untrue human-created fallacies!
Another interesting characteristic of belief is the fact that in almost all cases it will override any proven fact in the real world if those who have it are committed to it deeply enough. This phenomenon can be easily seen by examining the many different forms of government on our planet. Despite the fact that systems of government such as communism, totalitarianism, and possibly even capitalism here in the near future(see the current United States situation) have failed time and time again, the countries that prefer each system continue to plod along. A perfect example of this is Russia. The Soviet Union pretty much collapsed and even though Russia remains, their system of communism can hardly be said to be the best for all involved, yet despite the fact that it has proven to be less than ideal they continue to remain committed to it. Now there are those out there who will argue that socialism, communism, are good systems but I just haven’t seen tangible results, at least in my opinion.
A third area of belief that exists and is problematic to humanity as a whole is belief in certain lifestyles. Materialism is a good example of this, a life where status or success is predicated on owning physical things. Now there will be a few people out there who say “that’s” ridiculous but I hope if they do they are not Americans because materialism is the American way. Brand names seem to define quality more these days than actual quality does and especially in the United States, it’s getting worse and worse. Bullying in schools is a perfect example of how image and status are intertwined and what a person has is often more important than who they are. The children being bullied are rarely what society considers “attractive” or “cool” but these terms are foolish as they have no bearing on the actual quality of person they are. The same goes for celebrity…there are very few lead actors or actresses these days who are overweight, unattractive and it’s truly sickening how certain people’s “celebrity” is almost completely based off their physical appearance, which in the end is very meaningless when determining the actual quality of the person. If you don’t believe me simply look at Kim Kardashian for a second and ask yourself what actual talent she has other than her breasts and ass along with those features that makes her someone to admire. Is she attractive? Absolutely, but being attractive has little to do with internal quality, even though we treat these people as such.
Interaction With Nature– It’s funny, but the way people act would lead you to believe that we are naturally separate from nature when in fact we are a large part of it. Sadly though, we are the only part of nature that seems hell-bent on destroying it. You see, just about every creature there is walking this planet, from the insects to the animals, have a natural symmetry with nature, they live in unison with it. Human beings, on the other hand, are like a cancer to nature. Our continued expansion affects nature in a bad way in almost every category. As our population grows, we destroy more of nature to make space for us and in doing so leave less room for the rest of the creatures walking the Earth. We are bleeding every natural resource from the planet faster and faster everyday and, much in line with what I was saying about materialism, we are the only creatures that kill other living things to enhance our appearance or purely for sport. Every other thing on this planet suffers more and more every day simply from our existence. You may not like it but it’s true. In addition to those facts, there is additional runoff of destruction that flows from our race every day. Chemicals, waste, there are countless things that we basically heap upon the Earth that are inanimate objects that further wear on the planet and again, we are basically the only living thing on the planet that does such things.
Creation Of Technology-This subject heavily interacts with the previous one about nature in that our technology is often destructive towards nature. A perfect example of this is the nuclear disasters, and they were disasters, in Chernobyl and more recently in Japan. Our technology breaking down has permanently ruined two spots on this planet and cannot be repaired. To this day, Chernobyl is a radiated ghost town, completely unable to have anything living there and this is something that cannot be fixed. As time passes and more of the world uses nuclear power, it is almost unavoidable that this will happen again and it is sad that people are not more respectful of nature when deciding to use certain technology. Yes, nuclear power is efficient and helpful but I believe that the fact it can do damage that can NEVER be repaired is something that should be considered when deciding if it is feasible to use as a power source. This is only one area of many where our technology is hurting everything but us.
The water that flows across our planet has been permanently contaminated with countless chemicals that have been there for so many generations that is will likely never be fully removed. The United States has probably the best water supply technology on the planet and our regular drinking water has been found to be ripe with so many chemicals that it is stunning. anti-depressants, cholesterol and blood pressure medicine, these are so highly used that they have permanently infected the water system due to their constant presence in all of our bodies. Little by little, we are starting to see the effects, ever so slightly as time passes. For example, worldwide, scientists have been baffled by massive amounts of the worldwide bee populations dying off without a definite cause. This may seem trivial but the ecosystem of our planet heavily depends on the pollination by bees and if they were to ever become extinct, we would have a problem much larger than most people would imagine. The same goes for the recent issues surrounding the coral reefs in certain areas of the ocean. These reefs dying off as they have been, and becoming bleached out as they react to human made chemicals, is damage to the ecosystem that we cannot repair.
Now some of what I’ve said may seem unimportant to you but I believe there are all part of the larger problem, that being human beings having no respect for the lives they have been given. I can only hope that as time passes people will begin to see the value in the world and the lives we have and do something about once and for all. Existence isn’t permanent and the dinosaurs are an extinct race….hopefully being more intelligent than they were won’t be wasted on us.
I was just reading an article on a few of the news sites that really has me disgusted. Augusta National, one of the most well-known golf clubs in this country and one that holds regular PGA events was allowing their chairman, admitted sexist Bill Payne, to publicly state that the clubs bigoted denial of membership to ALL women is a “private matter”. Are you fucking kidding me? Did we just go through a time-warp back to 1956?? What’s next, are they going to post a sign that says “no niggers?” I can’t believe that in the United States in the year 2012 that a golf club that is so involved in the competitive golf world not only has the gall to deny women membership based strictly on their gender, but has been allowed to do so. This post is a straight up challenge to the P.G.A. to grow some balls and quit playing both sides of the fence in order to make money. The P.G.A. has a women’s division and makes millions off of it yet they hold major events at a club that has a gender biased rule reminiscent of the 1940’s??
This Bill Payne guy, who is their national chairman, is a bigot, plain and simple. To stand in front of a microphone and room full of media and defend such a sexist and ignorant position allows little room to call him anything but a bigot. The women on the woman’s version of the tour should be outraged over this and if they are willing to accept this because they make enough money golfing to not care then, in a sense, they are nothing more than prostitutes selling out their own gender for the almighty dollar and if they are ok with their fellow women being treated this way then they might as well not be offended anymore if a man tells them to take their shoes off and get in the kitchen.
What really bugs me about this story is the fact that if Wal-Mart, McDonald’s or any other type of company tried to say “no women” in their establishments there would be widespread outrage and likely enough lawsuits to put even those giants out of business. When it comes to employment and many other areas, it is straight up forbidden to take part in this discriminatory practice and most wouldn’t even dare try, but when these mostly white, elitist jerks run a golf club this way that’s ok??
The P.G.A. has a responsibility to both the public, who pays their bills, and their female players, who wouldn’t want the P.G.A. discriminating against them playing, to take a stand and refuse to hold any further events at Augusta until this bigoted policy is changed. By continuing to hold events there, the P.G.A. is making a public statement that they believe women are lesser people than men and should be treated as such and their support of this practice is paramount to having every player on their tour required to have a penis to golf.