What’s dumber than a western political leader calling for government funded homeopathy and astrology? How about a pack of Surt worshippers trashing their own cultural heritage? Gentlemen… behold:
And on top of trashing a museum full of artifacts, the Islamic State representatives did this:
Remember, kids: you’re a racist if you think some cultures suck.
“I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.
“Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.
“And, yes, I have helped fellow MPs. I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare.”
I looked this dumbass up on Wikipedia. Apparently he’s for real. And apparently his interest in BS “alternative medicine” is real and not new:
Tredinnick supports alternative medicine including homeopathy and chiropractic. In October 2009, he told Parliament that blood does not clot under a full moon; a spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons of England warned his colleagues would “laugh their heads off” at the suggestion. In the same debate, Tredinnick characterised scientists as “racially prejudiced“.
Health journalist Victoria Lambert has interpreted Health Minister Jeremy Hunt’s call for traditional Chinese medicine to be available on the NHS as an endorsement of Tredinnick’s call for integrated alternative healthcare. Tredinnick claims that “herbal medicine is not quackery”, is cost-effective and, unlike Western medicine, has been used for thousands of years in China.
In July 2013, Tredinnick sponsored an Early Day Motion congratulating a farmer for his decision to use homeopathy.
Ye gods. And I thought American politicians trended towards derp.
People practice martial arts for any of a number of reasons. It can be good exercise. It can be a sport. It can be a defensive or offensive combat technique. It can be some sort of spiritual thing.
That latter one is the one that’s most difficult to quantify, of course. But for the most part… who cares? Someone wants to wear their jammies and dance real slow while getting in touch with the Mysteries Of The Universe, hey, great, whatever. There are worse ideas. I suppose. But when the spiritual notions cross over into the more practical applications, that’s when it can become seriously silly. Take, for instance, the martial artists who believe (or at least profess to believe) that they can knock out another person without touching them. Yes, good old fashioned Jedi mind tricks. Now, if you could actually knock a person unconscious just with magical mind powers… the practical applications and implications of that would be profound. Not only self defense, but offense. Imagine if you could mug someone without touching them. Political debates would become entertaining as hell as the candidates try to force-blast each other off the stage. And then the technique would be taught to medical and police personnel: someone is drugged, psycho or injured, or just plain uncooperative… with a glance and a dramatic hand gesture, you could put ‘em into a stupor. It would be fabulously useful.
And these martial artists who claim to be able to knock people unconscious without touching them have the videos to back up their claims, with many and sundry students being shown going goofy when their “master” throws Chi Balls at them. That proves it’s real, right? Well… as it turns out, there is an armor against magic. Who would have guessed?
What is the armor that works against magical martial arts? Skepticsm. Simply put, if you don’t believe in it, it doesn’t affect you. (Alternative explanation: it doesn’t actually work on anybody; the students shown being knocked for a loop are just play acting. A shocking hypothesis, I admit.)
But perhaps the message to take away isn’t that disbelief renders you immune… it’s that belief renders you vulnerable. Because there is another form of “no touch knockout” that is regularly demonstrated, with apparently equivalent or even more dramatic success. Take a look at this little music video, a mashup of “no touch knockouts” using both “eastern martial arts” and “televangelists:”
On a certain level, if people want to believe in this sort of woo… well, fine, whatever. It’s a free country. But it’s the *promotion* of this sort of woo that’s problematic. If you think you can defend yourself with magical nonsense, the person most likely to suffer is… you. But if you try to convince other people that they can defend themselves with magic, then you are imperiling them, just as surely as if you were convincing them to not get vaccinated.
The televangelists are a slightly different situation. They are not, so far as I’m aware, trying to teach you how to harness this magical ability for your own ends; they are simply using it as a way to impress you at their power. Still, it’s the same level of ethics, and, really, in both cases, be it “chi masters” or televangelists, their goal is much the same: to gain power over the believer and to extract money from them.
But as the videos show, there is a defense against these dark arts: simply don’t buy their BS.
There are times when telling people that a message might save their life. And then there’s this, which is basically using the threat of death to make kids pay attention during what is about the most deathly dull and non-important meeting imaginable:
This recent episode of “The Amazing World of Gumball” has new relevance:
There is a growing religious movement in Iceland. But unlike the rest of Europe, this religious movement is *not* a certain Religion Of Peace…
A collective of followers called Ásatrúarfélagið has started construction on the shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg, that will overlook the capital city of Reykjavík—for the first time since the Viking religion was superseded by Christianity.
Read about the Icelandic followers of the old gods at the link above and HERE. You may find their view of religion rather refreshing in a world full of people increasingly convinced that some old tome is the absolute Truth when it says that the world was created in six days, or that nonbelievers who should be fought and killed.
“You can’t simply erase your brain and pretend it’s the year 800.”
Preach it, brother.
“I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet . We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”
“So yes, it’s partly a ‘romantiquarianism.’ But at the same time, we feel that this is a viable way of life and has a meaning and a context. It is a religion you can live and die in, basically.”
“We have caterers.”
Little kid saw “The Hobbit,” brought a ring to school and told another kid that said ring could make said other kid “disappear.” SUSPENDED!
the principal said threats to another child’s safety would not be tolerated – whether magical or not.
Anybody else here old enough to remember when “imagination” wasn’t considered something to be *entirely* stamped out in school?
People freaking out about kids using “magic” makes as much sense as people refusing to vaccinate their kids… and should be met with the same response: if you are afraid of vaccinations or magic, you don’t have to send you kid to school. In fact… you’re not allowed to. Go wipe out your *own* gene pool, leave everybody else out of your stupidity.
The King of Saudi Arabia (future historians note: the transitional period between “Arabia” and “South-East Province, Republic of Greater Israel), that is.
Now to see who puts in an appearance at the inevitable Gathering Of Terribly Important People. Ya gotta wonder if there might be Certain Administrations who make more of an effort here than, say, showing solidarity with the French a week or so back…
Shown: a sycophant bowing and scraping before the now deceased King Abdullah.
Remember, these are the jackholes who want to drag Israel before the International Criminal Court…
“The stabbing operation against Zionists in Tel Aviv is a heroic and daring act. This is a natural reaction to the occupation’s crimes and its terrorism against our people,” Izzat al Risheq, an official at Hamas’s political bureau, wrote on his Facebook page.
Who were these Zionists who deserved to be stabbed to death? Random civilians on a bus. And at least one woman *not* on the bus, who was caught on video being stabbed in the back.
You had to know that eventually someone who rejected modern western medical science in favor of supernatural woo would actually succeed. Well, rejoice!