A post where I lose my train of thought about Russians

Posted in Miscellaneous rant, Phone rant, Politics, Russian Front with tags , , on March 23, 2014 by brenatevi

SFgate.com article about ethnic boundaries.
While I agree with a lot of points in the article above, the writer misses the point of what Putin is doing: it has nothing to do with race, language, or religion. And honestly, we’ll never get everyone to sit down and draw more sane and humanitarian borders that reunite any of these tribes, for the same reason: they don’t give two shits for anyone but their own tribe.

So why does Putin go through these motions if he doesn’t really care? Ego. Actually, ego is why people follow him despite the fact that he is obviously a titanic asshole. He shows that he can be a savior to an entire people, and he makes the people he’s “saving” feel more important. Never mind the fact that other people that aren’t part of the Russian tribe want no part of this charade. Remember how I said it had nothing to do race, religion, or language? Well, in hindsight, I guess it does, but only as an excuse to feel important. Actually, this entire post might be rubbish, but that’s ok; I’ve written posts even worse than this.

An old link, but a lesson to be learned

Posted in Fuck this shit, Phone rant with tags on March 22, 2014 by brenatevi

http://reason.com/blog/2013/10/21/better-not-to-protest-the-nsa-than-to-ho

You know, there are times when I find myself in awe of human stubbornness. We have a tendency to spite each other just because we don’t see things the same way. At this point, we should be pulling together against these petty tyrants, no matter what we think of our erstwhile allies, but instead we bicker on the finer points of the way the world should be ran.

Ah well, what can I do? I’ll rent and rail against the stupidity, knowing that nothing I say will change the way people think. Unless it does. I can’t find out unless I try.

So I might be growing up

Posted in Fuck this shit, Phone rant with tags , , on March 20, 2014 by brenatevi

In either a sign that I’m growing up or a sign of the apocalypse, I actually have up the chance to argue with an idiot that said that there was no proof that evolution was real, and that it was fine to teach Creationism in school. Yup, I actually passed that chance up, mainly because he kept talking, without giving me a chance to rebut his fallacious logic, so I said fuck it, told him that he was wrong, and walked out. I think I’m sick, but it wasn’t just that… It was time for me to go home, and I’m not going to waste my time with someone that was that beyond reasoning, especially since I have a beautiful wife and daughter waiting for me.

Still, me being me, I’ve thought about it some, trying to think of a simple rebuttal to all of the creationists that say there is no proof for evolution, and today I came up with a three step example that shows that evolution is not bullshit.

1) antibiotic resistant bacteria – so relatively recently, we came up with something wonderful: antibiotics. They took care of a host of illnesses, as they wiped out bacterial infections with ease. The problem is that bacteria have built up defenses… you know evolved.

2) We all start out life as a single cell. Now think about it – if bacteria, a single cell organism can adapt, evolve, then why can’t we, since we start off on the same foot?

3) With that in mind, how do we go from a single cell to the walking, talking messes that depend on bacteria in our guts to survive, and can be felled so easily by the same little critters?

I realize that this isn’t going to convince any hard headed creationist, but at that point, they don’t want proof, they just want excuses for why they are right.

It’s tab cleaning time!

Posted in Fuck this shit, Miscellaneous rant, Politics on March 17, 2014 by brenatevi

Yeah, I’ve been accumulating tabs for a while, gathering link upon link showing that while Obama might not be Hitler, he is a complete hypocrite. Seriously, for a man that promised to shut down the spying, he has done exactly the opposite. I’m not sure if he’s stupid, evil, incompetent, or just bloody arrogant. My guess is the latter, where his shit doesn’t stink, and everyone around him has no incentive to disagree. It seriously makes me want to weep for our future. So with that out of the way, let the linkage commence, before my tablet kills Chrome for bogartting RAM:

And we want to trust these jokers with ALL of our data – http://gizmodo.com/the-u-s-governments-cybersecurity-is-a-total-shitshow-1515947200

Yes, let’s drop malware that can be repurposed and make the Internet less secure – http://www.darknet.org.uk/2014/03/nsa-large-scale-turbine-malware-also-target-sysadmins/

Not security related, but proof that getting rid of these assholes is going to take a whole lotta work- http://www.cracked.com/article_20705_5-ways-u.s.-democracy-more-rigged-than-you-think_p1.html

Great, the Government is taking part in the PC zombie apocalypse – http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002684.html

Hell, everyone is surveilling you right now – http://betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

I have nothing clever to say about this one – https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/03/surveillance_by.html

So yeah, the CIA is trying to dictate what happens during an investigation against them – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/us/new-inquiry-into-cia-employees-amid-clashes-over-interrogation-program.html

Coming back for some Old Testament Ranting

Posted in Fuck this shit, Miscellaneous rant, NSFW with tags , , , , on March 15, 2014 by brenatevi

Yeah, it’s been a loooooong while since I posted here. A lot of things have happened in the past two (three?) years, but they are incidental to my rants, which is what this blog is for. (As an aside, my stepson has a blog where he “rants,” but I don’t think he really knows what a good, vicious rant is like. And I don’t intend to educate him any time soon.)

So, a couple months ago, I tried to read the Bible literally. Biggest mistake I ever made.  I got to Chapter 6 of Genesis, and I wanted to throw the book through a window, burn down all of the Literalists house, and beat all of them with a rubber hose. I’ve talked about this before, but I feel extremely strongly about this.  (This and the NSA/spying has taken Apple’s and Al Gore’s place as my push button topics.)

So, what did I find so upsetting about the book about my literal reading of the Book of Genesis?  Well, let us set aside the fact that it outright contradicts itself (Man is created twice, with animals created before man in one version, and created after man in the other) and look at the Fall from Grace, the Big Original Sin. In that portion of the story, God creates two Trees, *neither of which Man was supposed to eat from: the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life.  Now, God tells Man not to eat from them, lest they die. And then He basically leaves them alone with these forbidden trees. Now remember that Adam and Eve were basically children, completely innocent. And God left them alone with what amounts to deadly weapons.

I want you to stop and think about this for a moment: if you as a parent leave a loaded gun where your children can reach it, who is responsible if they shoot themselves?  You are, you fucking dumbass. It doesn’t matter if one of your older children talked the toddler into doing it, you left that fucking gun where they can reach it. And everyone and their brother would be shocked and blame you for being a dumbass. Yet, somehow, God gets a pass for doing exactly that, mumbling some excuse about God giving us free will or some other lame excuse.

“But I don’t read the Bible that way,” someone once told me. Well, as someone that got neglected and abused, I can tell you that is exactly how abusive parents act.  For example: I got a message from my mother accusing me of keeping her from seeing my daughter, and yada, yada, yada. She basically tried every guilt trap (as opposed to guilt trip, because I’m refusing to fall for that shit again [Ha!]) that she could possibly think of.  And I didn’t read every line of that email because it is the same shit she has been pulling my entire life: it’s my fault that she is a fucking shitty mother. Oh, she never said that directly, but she’d bitch and moan when things didn’t go her way, and then take it out on me. Or my siblings. Yeah.

Oh, and when you look at Christ in this light, he’s a patsy: oh look, I’m giving you My only Son to atone for your sins, except it was My mistake that put you in this position in the first place. You’re welcome.

But let’s put that off to the side, and then consider the root of the problem (ha!): The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  So here’s a stumper for you: why did God make the tree in the first place? If He didn’t want Adam and Eve to have knowledge of Good and Evil, then He shouldn’t have created the tree. Yet, there it was.

Let’s think about this some more: people that worship the literal truth of the Bible, believe that having knowledge of good and evil is a sin. (Although as I’m writing this out, it’s more likely they believe disobeying God is the original sin, but I haven’t asked, and quite frankly, I don’t think I really care.)  But whatever they believe, the effective result is this: they are trying to keep people ignorant of the facts that lie outside the Bible. Why else would they be so damned afraid of evolution, which has been demonstrated by tons of evidence? Sure, it’s incomplete evidence, but there is plenty of proof in biology and geology that support it. And like the earth, it keeps piling up.

Before I let this bone go for a bit, let me ask you a question about Intelligent Design: if God is so perfect, then why are there so many species that have some fucked up sex? Just read the link at the end and ask yourself, “Can I really believe that a kind and loving God designed this?”  You should be able to guess what my answer is, but I’m really curious what other people think.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/03/invertebrates-inject-a-bit-of-romance-during-sexby-stabbing-each-other/

I feel better, I swear

Posted in Fuck this shit with tags on November 13, 2011 by brenatevi

Ok, after today, I’m not going to hate on Penn State anymore. Losing didn’t hurt, the students didn’t riot for JoPa, and I think I have officially quit giving a shit for college football. I still think JoPa is… well, JoPa helped ruin at least eight future young men’s lives. He might not have been the aggressor, but he did nothing. Silence is the greatest killer.

And this is going to sound bad (when did that ever stop me from saying it here?) But the worst part is that lawyers are now involved, and they are going to profit from this carnival of suffering. I read something about JoPa’s lawyer going for a loophole for the impending civil suits.

God, you listening? I rarely ask much of you, because I know You’re busy (or maybe not) and I’m used to carrying the load myself, but please, please send a little thought to these scum buckets’ heads that any money made will go to child abuse prevention. I’m not one to deny someone their coin, but the thought of someone getting rich(er) off of this is a bit much for me.

Even better, JoPa could redeem himself in my eyes by negotiation a settlement and donating a fat bag of cash to this cause. He’s old, and soon won’t need the money anymore.  I can deal with someone buying their way into Heaven this way.

JoPa can go fuck himself

Posted in Complete and Utter Plog, Fuck this shit, Uncategorized with tags on November 12, 2011 by brenatevi

Sorry Gift about making a American Football related post, but I had to say this somewhere…

Penn State, if you guys say that this game is for Joe Paterno, you will officially be my most hated team ever. Joe Paterno fucked up in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine and caused unimaginable, preventable pain. So if you try to make this game about him, I will root against your football team every single game. I will hope your sports programs fail in every way imaginable (especially in bowl games, where I tend to root for Big 10 teams… I won’t any more if you make this game about JoPa.)

Basically, I will hate your team more than Michigan, and Ohio almost went to war with Michigan.