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Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Church of England is dropping every ounce of respectability as an organization of faith to apologize to Charles Darwin. Perhaps Darwin’s theory does hold true under the current science, but there is no purpose to a faith so adaptable. Of course this is the same church that was split from Catholicism by Henry VIII so he could have a divorce. Maybe now that they are officially accepting Darwin’s perspective on life and evolution they should call themselves the Church of Darwinist England. From the view of Christianity which would be worse, parting from faith because of selfishness or disbelief? Although this question is skewed because Henry VIII also probably didn’t believe since he used the religion in a power struggle.

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New information from the CDC says ‘blacks’ and ‘gays’ are more likely to be newly infected with HIV. At least this is how it is worded by a CNN article. However, HIV is mostly a lifestyle infection, and so they are only more likely to partake in a risky lifestyle than to actually be infected. A young ‘black,’ ‘gay’ male who does not partake in risky behavior would have the same chances of being infected as any ‘straight,’ ‘white’ male. They are trying to attribute HIV to a group of people rather than to a lifestyle of which those people do not have to be involved. This is futher evidenced by claims such as “AIDS in America continues to be a black disease.” Doing so is a hindrance to society, and to the ‘black’ and ‘gay’ community. If HIV is attributed to lifestyle, maybe they would come to see the unnecessary risks rather than accept the risks. If HIV were to be attributed to lifestyle maybe society as a whole would come to better accept the ‘gay’ community and the ‘black’ community (Citation: CNN).

To stop smoking is the single most important thing a smoker can do to improve their health. To never smoke is one of the most important things a non-smoker can do to maintain their health. Yet, over 45 million people in the U.S. alone still smoke. People use excuses like stress and coolness to justify their choice to start or continue smoking. But there is no reason that justify destroying your own lungs, and many people will suffer in the future because of their decision to smoke. Even those who say they only smoke a little, or only socially, are putting themselves at risk.

I saw a commercial promoting High Fructose Corn Syrup and my stomach tightened. Not only are produces getting away with using a cheap, unhealthy sugar, but now they are allowed to blatantly lie, to say that HFCS is healthy. I knew immediately this would be my next sonic sez video. This sixth video is a little shorter, and I don’t go far into specifics but it is more of a word of caution than an informative video. I also tried a new way of making the video. My last idea required to much printing, so this time I constructed my own mini green screen. The final outcome wasn’t too bad considering I used construction paper and cheap software, but not exactly what i had hoped.

No matter what doctors, nurses, technicians, and other hospital staff do – medical care will never be good enough. The decisions made can always be better, mistakes will be made, and people will die. Perfection is a dream for most people, but it can be a nightmare for many people in the medical field. What if this was done, would the patient still be alive? This problem should have been noticed earlier. The answer to this illness is unknown. And yet, doctors are at the epitomy of respected professions. Health care may be a gray area, but care is not. The responsibility of people in the medical is to do their best, not to be perfect. People will entrust their own lives to someone who’s best action is determined, not necessarily by what’s right or wrong, but more so by the situation itself.

I read an article entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr. Bluntly, to answer the question, I would say no. But it does seem there is a dark side to Google. The founders of Google, Sergery Brin and Larry Page, have quotes placing their interest in creating an artifical intelligence smarter than humans. Brin even goes so far as to say we would be better off if all the world’s information was attached to our brain. The concept of information as a source of good life is foolish. At the moment, it is also fictional, but most people who think down to Earth, such as author Ray Bradbury, would probably agree the idea is stupid. If that is truly where they plan to take the Google company then we would truly be stupid. The anniversary of Google and the release of Chrome might be a turning point for Google in its effort to change our lives through the use of the net.

Shawne Merriman will go through with season ending surgery after trying to play through a knee injury. What did he expect? Doctors repeatedly told him that not only was his season at risk, but his career was put at risk by attempting to play with such an injury. Then he comes out, plays, and says he didn’t feel right. Did he expect to be Super Man? Not playing is certain to make him unhappy, but dealing with the injury is the best option he has. The San Diego Chargers will survive without him in a conference that is becoming less and less of a powerhouse. The teams should remain competitive for the division with the Denver Broncos, and at least achieve a wild card spot. And in the playoffs anything can happen…

Apparently Kim Jong-Il II had some serious health problems, possibly a stroke. North Korean officials have so far denied that their leader has collapsed, but I’d bet something is going on. He is likely not dead, but he probably feels the pain his own cruelty put on other people. People I don’t like are dropping like flies, first Tom Brady and now Jong-Il. If someone else falls soon I’ll have to wonder if I am the cause.

The big question here is what happens when the reign of Kim Jong-Il ends. Does another tyrant take over? Will the situation be worse or better? There are hundreds of questions to be asked, and an answer may be coming soon.

Every so often, a Christian group comes to the center of the VCU campus to preach the word of God. Supposedly they are there to help people find the light, but instead they cause ruckus and push people away from the idea and ideals of God. What these people say may be the truth, but it is not said in a truthful way. All they do is hold up a Bible and shout idiotically. If their reason for being on the campus is to attract people to God, then they are failing, because they only turn people away. Then certain other people show up, athiests, agnostics, and people of other religions, and turn a failure into a horrible spectacle by arguing, name calling, and using foolish tactics. They allow themselves to be pulled into an argument with fools, and only fools argue with fools.

Is it okay to love another country?  In the United States, Patriotism is held as one of the most important values, and I do care deeply for my country. However, my experience living in Germany for three years and making friends with people from many other countries has lead me to a different point-of-view than the blind patriotism that prevails. I find it hard to dislike, let alone not care about a country that is the home of a friend. Maybe I would disagree with the way the government functions, or certain lifestyles that the people might adopt, but those apply to the United States as well. Then the argument that the U.S. adopts is that its freedom makes it worthy of the patriotism. But isn’t the love of a country an important basis for the willingness to improve that country? Of course it is not possible to actually love a country where one has never been, but there are a growing number of countries that I want to U.S. to have good relationships with; not just for the sake of the United States but for the sake of that country too.