Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alix Catherine Tichelman - The Sugar Daddy Murderess


In 1982, Catherine Evelyn Smith (born 25 April 1947) served fifteen months in the California State prison system for injecting John Belushi with a fatal dose of heroin and cocaine. Did she commit a crime? Belushi and Smith were injecting each other with the drug, but Belushi's dose caused his death, while Smith's dose didn't. Smith was accused of murder for injecting Belushi with the drug that he wanted. Did Smith know the concentration of drug she was giving Belushi? Wasn't Belushi being as reckless with his own life as she was with hers? It is an old case, and the debate continues. We  have a new Catherine on the scene, and her name is Alix Catherine Tichelman.

 

2014, a 26 year old woman, Alix Catherine Tichelman is accused of injecting her 51 year old
sugar daddy, Forrest Haze, with heroin, causing his death. They were drinking and injecting each other, the injection caused his death, while Tichelman's injection did not cause her death. 

Security footage from the yacht shows the victim suffering medical complications and going unconscious. Rather than providing first aid or calling 911, Tichelman gathered her belongings, including the heroin and left. To my understanding, in the United States only certain people have a duty to act (police officers, fire fighters, teachers). If any person is hurt or needs help - nobody has a duty to help. 

I am not saying that is what I would do. In fact, I would help someone who needs help. If you do not want to get involved, then call anonymously for help. That being said, most society do not have a duty to help. We have a duty not to harm someone, in this case, she was giving this man what he wanted and what they did together as a couple. There was nothing she did that he didn't want.
"It showed our suspect, it showed our victim, it showed her injecting him with heroin, showed her absolute callousness, after the fact, as he starts to have medical complications.  There was no effort to call 911," police said. I call bullshit. How was she to know this man was having an overdose and wasn't just sleeping? She was under the influence as well - both alcohol and drugs. People under the influence are not going to be as perceptive as sober people. If this woman was completely sober and clean, and understood that an overdose was happening - then you call her callous. The fact is, people are picking on her because she is a woman, she is attractive, and she had a sugar daddy relationship with this man. Makes for sensational reporting. 
According to police, the video also shows Tichelman stepping over the victim’s body several times as she is gathering her belongings.  At one point, she steps over the body to finish a glass of wine. Eventually she is shown leaving the boat, stopping to lower a blind to  so that the light would not wake him up in the morning. 
What reason would she have had to intentionally kill this man? They had a relationship, even if we disapprove of the nature of their relationship, the fact is - they were involved with each other. He provided for her. The fact that she was allegedly a commercial sex worker, or had a sugar-daddy relationship with this man is irrelevant. These two are adults and can have what ever kind of relationship they want. The potency of heroin changes from one batch to another, there is no way this woman could have known that this particular batch would have been too strong or too weak. If she is used to weaker heroin - how much of a risk was she taking? How much reasonable risk could she foresee without really knowing the chemistry of this particular batch of drugs?  

Why would she kill a man financially providing for her? It makes no sense. 

She did have an ex boyfriend who died of a drug overdose. He was a drug addict, and he died. That is irrelevant to the death of the Google executive. I do not see any evidence that this woman had any intention to kill anybody. If someone wants to be shot-up, and wants their drug using friend to do it - they are rolling the dice. This man's choices lead to his own demise, she did not force him to do anything he did not want - he has responsibility in his own death.
When people are injecting themselves and each other with drugs, I do not think any one person should be charged with murder when an accidental death occurs. These adults know that overdose is a real possibility, especially with a drug like heroin. Belushi wanted to be injected, the Google executive wanted to be injected, these women wanted to be injected. 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Here is to all those people who love talking about all the things they are going to do.....


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My Ancestor William Riley Caldwell


William Caldwell was born on the 31st of November, 1879 in Kerr County Texas. His mother was Nancy Ann Jarvis and his father was George Caldwell. William's father George had three brothers and three sisters born Pulaski Missouri. One of William's paternal uncles, James Patton Caldwell (1844 - 1906) had a son David Samuel Caldwell (1890 - 1957). David Samuel Caldwell became the major of Richland Missouri and founder of an oil company. 

William was my great great grandfather. I am lucky to have William's penetrating dark brown eyes and dark hair. My father and great grandmother also have some of Williams striking features.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Say It Right - Obesity and Acceptance


There are many thing about "fat acceptance" that should bother everybody. Take for instance, the definition of acceptance, and tell me if these phrases sound correct.

1. I receive obesity
2. I approve of obesity
3. I am in favor of obesity
4. I believe obesity is just as good as being fit

Now, lets compare that to the following statements:

1. I accept anorexia.
2. I approve of anorexia. 
3. I am in favor of anorexia.
4. I believe anorexia is just as fine as eating a healthy diet. 

I have seen many people struggle with obesity, women and men alike. They all wanted to be fit, but just did not know what they were supposed to eat or how to exercise. When I was about fourteen years old, I remember vividly my friends mother trying to workout in the living room. She had a fitness book on the floor, tight fitting fitness clothing, and she was trying to do the workout. Her movements were slow and confused, the poor woman simply did not know what she was doing. Twenty years later she is still obese.

I have seen men struggle with obesity, including many of the men in my own family. Obesity hurts them just as much as women. Obese men know women prefer fit, strong men. Standards of beauty are ingrained in our DNA. Two hundred and fifty thousand years of human evolution cannot be erased just because someone wants it erased. The ultimate goal is to live long enough to pass genetic material, caring for our grandchildren and great grandchildren. The fact is: obesity kills. Humans have evolved to know it. Within 99% of world cultures, including those not exposed to Western Media - obesity is still not sexy. LINK

There are two major characteristics obese people possess, first, they are in a great deal of emotional pain, and second, they display a general pessimistic attitude towards nutrition.

They deal with that pain by denying it. One of the most common lies obese people tell themselves is that they are happy being overweight. They have an elaborate maze of defense mechanisms. They try to convince themselves, and the world that they happy just as they are. They claim that they love their bodies - when we all know they don't. They claim they love being out of breath after long walks - when we know they don't. They claim they love going to the beach in a nice bathing suit - when we all know they want to hide. They claim they do not care that their children are embarrassed by their appearance - we all know they do care. They claim that they are not bothered when they have to turn the lights out before being intimate with their partners. They claim they love their diabetes - we know they don't. Most importantly - they claim that they are so strong, powerful, and confident that they can transcend what they consider "fat hate". They claim their obesity is nobody's business but their own - but then turn around and make it everybody's business by publishing blogs, videos, and conducting interviews about how proud they are being obese. They throw their obesity in our faces, trying to force feed us their mutually shared delusions, then when we tell them they are wrong, they say "its none of your business."  The truth is - fat people hate fit people. They perform more mental gymnastics than the Cirque du Soleil, covering up all that pain inside.

One will often observe a pessimistic attitude towards calorie control. The obese anticipate undesirable outcomes if they attempt eating within their calorie range and believe evil hardships will outweigh the positive benefits of eating within their daily calorie range. For example: obese people will will criticize diet books, claiming they do not work, whilst ignoring the tens of thousands of people who lost weight using those diets. The women featured in BookLiberation2, display a typical pessimistic attitude towards diet and nutrition. I doubt any of these women eat within their calorie range on a daily basis. If they did - they would not be overweight.


Even recently, an anonymous person made an instagram page accusing fit women of lying about what they eat. LINK

The fact is - fit people do not hate fat people. When I am in the gym, I do see overweight and obese people working out. I do not look at them and say, "eww". I have never seen anybody in the gym do that to an overweight person working out. In fact, we accept them. We are happy they are there, making the right choice. Fit people want to see more overweight people in the gym. We know they feel insecure and we want them to overcome the insecurity. Sometimes, they never come back. I have to wonder if they don't return to the gym because they feel nervous working out around fit people. Fit people are not doing anything bad to overweight people, rather, our existence makes them feel insecure.  How dare fit people exist! How dare we wear nice jeans, sexy clothing, or show off our six pack abs! HOW DARE WE! LINK



Obese men know women prefer fit men. Obese women know men prefer fit women. We know it is true, but we don't want to admit it because it hurts feelings. The fact is, we are so tolerate towards obesity that few people will actually say that they reject someone because the other person is too fat. Take the Hodge Twins for example, think for a second, they admit to sleeping with large women, but do you think these men would ever choose to have sex with a fat woman over a thin woman? Do you think they would marry an obese woman? Listen carefully to what these men say about obese women - do you really...really think they find obese women sexy? Of course they don't, at the end of the video they say, "if you are fat and want to lose weight, we have this great channel..." Think about it for a second, if they really thought fat women were sexy, would they direct these ladies to a channel about how to lose weight?



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Overweight and obese people insist they do not overeat (when they do), they insist they exercise (when they don't, or don't do the right kind of exercise.) They try to convince themselves that they "celebrate" their obesity, like it is a race, ethnicity or gender. The difference is that we cannot choose race, ethnicity or gender. Everyone, except those .001% of people with thyroid problems can control their weight. I repeat - EVERYONE had power to control their own bodies. Obese people lie and say, "I can't work out at home. I can't go to a gym. I can't go to a track and run. I can't walk at a park. I can't lift weights. I can't control my portions. I can't eat vegetables. I can't stop eating pizza. I can't eat an apple." They all can do these things, the truth is, they don't do these things for two reasons. Reason one: they don't know how. They were never properly educated. Reason two: they don't want to do these things because they are lazy and feel it would be too hard. This is not to say all obese people are lazy, we know what is coming, "Waaaa, don't stereotype all fat people as lazy...waaaa (boo hoo hoo)." Let me be clear - many obese people ARE lazy. Sure, they may work a 9-5 job sitting at a desk or driving a bus, they think that being employed now means they are not lazy. If they are not getting in 60 minute of cardio every week, and making excuses for watching TV instead of going for a walk - they are lazy.  Or, let me guess, just too much work they don't have time? Right.


The problem is that many feel powerless. They do not know how many calories to eat, they do not know their metabolic rate, they do not know how many calories are actually in the foods they eat. They simply do not know how to eat properly. They push their "fat acceptance" agenda onto the world, deluding themselves into thinking that society is going to change. The fact is, women and men will always be repulsed by obesity. We will always look down on it as something gross, unattractive and shameful for the simple fact we cannot overcome human evolution. It took hundreds of thousands of year of human evolution to make us desire certain traits - no amount of social networking will change our hard wiring.

Men will always prefer attractive women over unattractive women. They will always prefer to look at a fit beautiful body over an obese body. I do not care how many fat acceptance twitter hastags, or fat acceptance YouTube videos or Fat acceptance facebook pages a person creates. People simply will not change.

But lets talk about the obese people themselves. First, they consider the word obese to be an ugly, insulting word. Obese is a medical term, if your Body Mass Index is 30 or above - then you are obese. If your BMI is between 25-30, then you are overweight. Today, my BMI is 23.7, last year it was 26. (remember muscle weighs more than fat, so people with a large amount of muscle will show higher BMI without being obese.)



Obese people are in a lot of pain. They have a tremendous amount of emotional pain and suffering. I think that most people in this world do not, or cannot really understand how much these people suffer. Their smiles are fake, their laughter is fake, and their lives are not as full as they could be. This is not to say they do not have happiness, I am sure they do. The fact is - obese people never enjoy being obese.

My Fitbit profile
I lost 16 pounds in 3 months. 25 pounds in 12 months.
I remember trying to lose the baby weight, my BMI was over 25 making me medically overweight. Losing 16 pounds was not the easiest thing to do, but a healthy serving of vegetables every day did the trick. Losing weight is easy - people make it complicated.

I could have been just like all those overweight people who say "I love my fat, I think the way it giggles as I walk is cute." Truth be told, if you love yourself, love your spouse, and love your family, you will want to lose the weight. I lost the weight because I recognized that having two children was not an excuse. I did it because I loved myself. I deserve to be happy. I lost the weight because I love my husband, he deserves to have a fit attractive wife. I wanted to look good in a nice dress for my husband. I do not want my children embarrassed by my appearance. Remaining overweight would have been selfish. Obesity affects the entire family in a negative way. Think about it for a moment, what family is better off because of obesity? What child is truly proud that their mom or dad chooses to be obese? What woman is truly happy when her husband chooses to be obese? The only woman happy by that choice is if she is also obese, and his weight loss makes her feel bad about herself. If a person really has self-esteem, and truly loves their spouse the way I love my spouse, the will lose the weight. People who are selfish will remain obese.

How do they feel when they go shopping? How do they feel when the person they like does not want them because of the weight? So much suffering for something that can be fixed in one year. All it takes is one year of eating healthy foods, lots of vegetables, limit processed foods, drink water and workout at the gym. Shedding pounds can be a lot of fun when you get into it. Why are they cheating themselves?

Obese people are insecure about the way they look. If they truly did not care what other people thought about their appearance, then they would not be so vocal online about it. They would be like, "this is who I am, and I am happy being obese, period." Even when we are nice to obese people, and offer to help them - they come off with so much anger and hostility.



They talk about their obesity so much because deep down, they are not happy with their body. They want us to believe they are - but really, they are not. Just look at the above interaction between me and Jasmin Ashton. She was offended that I responded to something she posted in public. (Sometimes I think people forget what social networks are) Anyway, she posts a picture of herself eating some sort of processed twinky food thing. I do not know if this particular lady is aware of this - but you cannot eat foods like that
you want to lose weight.

As I looked at her picture, she came across as an attractive woman. I mean, she is not ugly by any means. From looking at her posts, it appears that she projects herself to be stronger than what she really is. I am not saying this to make her feel bad about herself, on the contrary, I do not want her to feel bad. People forget what we say or do, but always remember how we made them feel. She clearly has an eating problem, so how can a person help someone who clearly needs it, while being clear that she  did this to herself. She made herself obese. Nobody pointed a gun at her head and made her do it - she did it. Many overweight people want to lose the weight without the effort. Ah, if only life were that simple.

It comes down to a painful process which I call, tearing down the defense mechanisms. Stop saying you are okay being obese when you know you are not. Stop saying you are happy when you are not. Stop saying that it is okay when it isn't. Take the defense mechanisms, throw them away. Instead, tell yourself that you can, and will lose the weight. Say you deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel sexy. You deserve all the happiness that will come with a healthy weight. When it comes to obesity - say it right.

Jasmin refused to allow me to help her. She wants to be obese. She does not want to be happier in life. That fact is something we all have to accept. I only hope she has family willing to step up and show her that accepting a bad thing, like obesity, will only hurt her even more than it already has. That is what family is supposed to be for.

Another woman on twitter, Mandi Stewart, posted the following image. What we see Mandi doing is making a strawman out of my argument, as if to imply my argument is that all obese people live with self-loathing every second of their lives. If you read my blog, you know that is not what I am saying.  It is a very common defense mechanism for obese people to joke about their pain. She posted a picture of herself, exposing her breasts, as if to imply that an image of her obesity is offensive. Her profile reads that she is married and slowly being "okay" with being obese.

As these people make their lives public, they should expect the public to respond to these claims. Privacy is not existent when they make their fat-acceptance and obesity public. Nobody forced these women to make their obesity public - they did. Question to readers: do you think Mandi would be happier her current weight, or fifty pounds lighter? She lives in Kentucky, one of the fattest states in America, so she already has hurdles to deal with. Do you think she would drop the weight if she knew she could? If she is truly confident in her obesity, why not just take a full body shot and put it online? If she is truly happy with her appearance, why is she wearing so much makeup in the profile picture? Why not just go without the styled hair and make-up if looks do not matter?

One of the most common defense mechanisms, is that obese people say, "I go to the doctor and get blood work, I am healthy - ergo, my obesity is okay."  And what about your heart? Not the one pumping blood through your body, but your emotions? What about your self-esteem? What about your desire to fit comfortably in a seat, or be sexually attractive to your husband? Mandi Stuart is not happy, she wants the world to think she is happy. She publicizes her obesity, and then complains when the public responds. She is conflicted.

Truth be told - someone who has a fitness board on Pintrest and subscribes to Facebook page, "busy moms get fit" clearly wants to get fit. So this whole ruse about "being fat and starting to get comfortable with it" is a farce.


American Obesity Map


So here is the advice I would have given Jasmin and Mandi if they were willing to listen:

"Start eating 1.5 cups of raw or steamed vegetables every day. Just include them in your diet. Continue eating as you normally do - just get that 1.5 cups of veggies in every day, preferably before 3 pm. You do not have to eat them all at once, spread them out with breakfast, mid-morning snack and lunch. The secret to losing weight is recognizing that we cannot deny ourselves the things we enjoy eating. Eat your regular diet, just get those veggies in. Simple. Think about what you need to include in your diet, not what you must exclude. Eat for nutrition first, enjoyment second. The problem with going on a "diet" is that when you go off the diet, you will gain the weight back with a few extra pounds. Just stop dieting, they don't work. Eat 1.5 cup veggies every day. The weight will come off, and you will be healthier."

Eat This Once A Day - Every Day (without dressing)


They even find excuses for not eating vegetables. 


Obese people will find that the weight will start coming off with very little effort. Once she sees how 1.5 cups of raw veggies took off 20 pounds in four weeks, she will be inspired to make better and better changes. Make the changes slowly. What amused me, was how some obese people claim they cannot eat 1.5 cup of raw or steamed veggies everyday because onions contain sugar. This only proves that people are completely unaware of basic food science. That "onions have sugar" statement confirms a UK study proving many obese people have no idea how many calories they eat every day. LINK USA Today also published an article showing American's are unaware how many calories they eat every day. LINK  In all seriousness, what person would say, "I cannot eat 1.5 cups of vegetables everyday because onion contains sugar." The kind of person who eats for gluttony - not nutrition. The kind of person who does not want to take responsibility for their own obesity.

Nutrition Quiz One - Test Your Knowledge  Nutrition Quiz Two - Test Your Knowledge

The fact is - some overweight people refuse to admit they hate being a fat bride, and they want to be more beautiful for their husbands. It takes a lot of courage to admit that it is time for change.

Of all the obese people reading this blog, fewer than 10% will take my advice. Even though the change I suggest they make is relatively small, they will choose not to see the good intentions behind this blog. I do not come from a position of hate, I too have had to lose weight, and I did lose it. The reason they will not take my advice is because they do not want to change and they want to be obese.

Below are a couple of videos, you do not have to eat exactly as these women do, but they give good advice. Weight loss is 75% diet and 25% exercise. If you are overweight, look at your diet first, look at your exercise second. If you need an exercise video, start with this Jillian Michaels three days a week. If you want to know how many calories to eat, start by using this calorie calculator.



Enjoy the videos.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Elliot Rogers: Entitled Spoiled Brat Believed He Deserved A Beautiful Woman

Elliot Rogers was a 22 year old gunman, in a rampage left six people dead because he couldn't get laid.

The internet is ablaze with the Elliot Rodgers mysogeny murder rampage story. Prior to the rampage, he wrote a 130 page manifesto so misogynist that it rivaled even the ugliest, most entitled MRA and PUA's of the internet. The man actually suggested that women be killed off, with a few attractive ones left in concentration camps for breeding purposes. That sounds like some MRA Adolf Hilter rhetoric on steroids.

He had therapists, social workers, a gleaming black BMW. He went to college in Santa Barbara and lived with his family in Calabasas, the exclusive LA enclave home to Justin Bieber and the Kardashian family. His father, a film director, rubbed shoulders with Hollywood's elite and brought his son to red carpet functions.

Elliot was a self-absorbed brat. He was shallow, superficial and had a sense of entitlement. I understand it is hard growing up in a world surrounded by designer cars, beautiful women, champagne and movie stars. Must be tough.

In his YouTube video, "retribution" Elliot spewed his plan to murder the beautiful women whom he feels, did him wrong by not fucking him or loving him. Last night I watched the video with my husband, and told him that rhetoric reminds me of 'decadent slut" aka Davis Aurini. The way those two men speak, and the anger they have in their hearts towards the female gender sounds exactly the same.

Poor Elliot suffered in sunny Southern California because he was a 22 year old virgin. Looking at him, he is not a bad looking guy. The thing is, women are attracted to more than just good looks. There are many things a person brings to the table: personality, charm, moral character, friendship, and trustworthiness. Perhaps this little fruit cake was socially awkward. Perhaps he just did not know how to relate to women. Clearly was full of anger and mentally ill.

The problem is that Mom and Dad should have sent that little shit to live on a farm, in the real world, with real people and away from the superficial life he had grown accustomed to.  If one gets their self-esteem, defining themselves, from superficial places, including one's ability to seduce a woman, they will be disappointed because no one can guarantee they'll have it tomorrow. A lot has been written about how big egos are harmful to young men. Elliot had a big ego, and thought he deserved a beautiful woman because he was "magnificent" and drove one of the best cars on campus. In his manifesto video, he said he was going to the sorority with the "hottest" girls to get his retribution. You see - he only wanted a "hot woman" - a woman with a weight problem, or a woman who wasn't the "hottest" was clearly not good enough for him. He did not care about being rejected by the ugly/fat girls - after all, beauty is the only thing that matters in life, right?

Don't get me wrong, I think women should work out, take care of themselves, and be as beautiful as they can be. (that goes for men to) The idea these young men have that the all deserve a beautiful woman is just messed up. When they do not get what they "deserve", then they think women reject them because women are "gold diggers" or "heartless snooty bitches".

In my life, I encountered many men who felt entitled to beautiful women. Even the poor, ugly, fat men think they are entitled to a beautiful woman. Don't get me wrong, I know many men who are not that entitled or superficial. There are many good men in the world. But unfortunately, it the young ones (age 35 and under) we have to worry about.




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boko Haram is okay under Islam




Muslim apologists will be quick to claim the leader of Boko Haram (translation: Western Education is Evil) is not making a correct interpretation of Islam.



"Oh, Islam is peaceful, what these guys did is wrong.," and "bla bla bla bla"

They will say that Islam holds what he did to those hundreds of girls is not okay. The problem, is that Muhammad did the exact thing that these Nigerian Boko Harem people are doing. These men are literally following in Muhammad's footsteps.

Islam does permit kidnapping non-Muslims, selling them, and forcing them to convert.

In fact, I wrote an extensive, well cited blog showing everything from Quranic verses, Hadiths and Tafsirs proving that slavery, kidnapping, selling slaves, slave rape and forced conversions is acceptable in Islam. LINK  My research into that matter was very thorough. The problem, is that in our politically correct world, we are suppose to think that religion equals good, and all religion must be respected because it is religion.

If we even stop to think for a second that Islam is harmful...then suddenly we are horrible human beings. Let me be clear - Muslims  do two things. First, they lie about the "peacefulness" of their religion. Second, many Muslims are uninformed about their religion - they really do believe that Islam equals good. They really believe that the good things about Islam erases the bad things.

We also must believe that atheists (like Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Warren Buffet, Julianne Moore, and Jodi Foster) are all a bunch of heathens incapable of ascertaining right from wrong. If we say religion is bad, we will be called haters, racists, and a great number of ad homimen attacks. So it is better for us atheists to sit back and shut up if we do not want to be insulted.

So I am thinking - if it is okay for Muhammad to take slaves, sell slaves, manipulate them into converting to Islam. (by manipulation, I mean that they cannot be freed until they convert to Islam) Then surely it is okay for Muslims to do it. After all, they want to be just like Muhammad....right?

That being said, these Boko Haram guys think Western education is evil, yet they publish their propaganda surrounded by modern guns, cameras, automobiles and even use the internet. Sometimes the ignorance of the world is enough to make me cry.

Muslims cannot say that what this man is doing is wrong unless, they are also willing to say Muhammad was wrong for doing the exact same thing. With that - people need to start opening up their "holy books" and start reading them...really read them. In doing so, one would realize that religion is poison.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Crimea River


Russian aggression in the Ukraine is as bad as it appears. This is an invasion of one sovereign state by another. The ethnic Russian speaking Ukrainians living in Crimea are not in physical danger from the Ukrainian government, so Russian "explanation" that their actions are justified to ensure the safety of those citizens should not be taken seriously. Imagine if Mexico invaded southern California to "protect" the Spanish speakers from the evil Californian government. Imagine Quebec invading Maine to "protect" American francophones. It makes absolutely no sense. Russia has no legitimate justification for what they have done, other than pursue their own greedy desire to control that strategic area in the Northern Black Sea.



Russia is making our European allies feel nervous. Just as the United States has military bases in foreign countries, so do Russia, United Kingdon, Turkey, France, Japan, India and a handful of othersRussians have have a Navy in the Black Sea for decades, and have even had Navy basis in the Ukraine for just as long. It appears that recently they have been over stepping their limits since the Ukrainian president was given the heave-ho. 

Only someone living in an episode of Dr Who would support a strong military response to Russia for doing something that makes our European allies nervous. The Russian military is too strong. Russia is too rich. Crimea is too far away.The US military are still licking our wounds from military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. After the Iraq War, Afghanistan, Sudan - and all the crap we pull to ensure control of our oil supplies, US credibility lives in the mind of Republican think tanks, not in the real world.


BACKGROUND ACCORDING TO NAOMI


Ukraine gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union only five years after the catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  Under the authority of the former Soviet Union, the Russians covered up the large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, poisoning thousands of Ukrainians. This fact probably has nothing to do with the current Ukrainian crisis, but certainly gives us one of many reasons why resentment lingers, and predominately Western Ukrainians do not trust Russians. 


Ukrainian presidents tend to come into two groups: those who back relationship with Russia and those who back relationship with Europe. File that fact in the back of your mind as it will be useful later.


Ukrainian economy is one of the most repressed in Europe because they cannot easily export their goods to Europe. The inefficient legal framework remains highly vulnerable to political interference, and corruption further undermines the fragile rule of law. Ukrainian  economic freedom score is 49.3, making its economy the 155th freest in the 2014 Index. Ukraine is ranked last out of 43 countries in the Europe region, and its overall score is lower than the world average. In other words, it really sucks to be a Ukrainian. 

Submarine Cables

 The Ukranian government is trying to borrow $4 billion in international capital markets, in part to help service $3 billion owed to the International Monetary Fund and $2 billion owed to Russia’s VTO Bank. It also has allowed Chevron and Shell to prospect for gas in the Black Sea. Ukraine has well-developed agricultural and industrial sectors, but dependence on steel and steel-product exports makes it vulnerable to global financial turmoil and Russian pressure. Its geo-strategic location provides a vital energy transit route from Russia to Western Europe. The Ukraine appears to have access to submarine cables. The important thing to know is that Russia is an economic powerhouse. They supply oil and gas to most of Europe. Russia controls pipelines traversing the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Serbia and then to European refineries. Russian oil companies like Lukoil and Gazprom roll in the big rubles.





Ukranian president Victor Yanukovych was in office from 2010 until he flew the coop to Russia. Last year, Yanukovych promised to sign a A comprehensive free trade area between Ukraine and the European Union, which will be formed as part of the Association Agreement, will help open the European market for Ukrainian goods within the first year of the agreement taking effect, Ukrainian prime minister Mykola Azarov said.



"The average rate of customs duties in Ukraine will halve for goods from the EU, from 4.95 percent to 2.42 percent, whereas the customs rate on Ukrainian goods in the EU market will shrink by 16 times, from 7.6 percent to 0.5 percent," the Prime Minister said at a Cabinet of Ministers meeting on September 18, 2013.
Azarov said that 90 percent of Ukrainian goods would be subject to the changes within the first year of the agreement coming into effect.

November 21, 2013,  CNN reported Yankovych suspended talks with the European Union.

December 12, 2013 USA Today reported Yanukovych promised to sign the agreement with the European Union. Yanukovych was scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a potential strategic partnership on that date. In a major "fuck you" to his countrymen, the president decided not to sign the deal. The European partnership would have improved the economy and made it easier for Ukrainians to sell their goods. The little thing Putin doesn't like is that the deal would have created closer political ties with Western Europe. Putin wants the Ukraine to be closer to Russia than Europe. Needless to say, the Ukrainians are pissed off.


ANTI PROTEST LAW - CENSORSHIP


In an attempt to soften the Ukrainian people Yanukovych flew to Moscow, where he and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Russia would buy $15 billion in Ukrainian debt and slash the price Kiev pays for its gas. It is as if these two groups think that only slavs can or "should" solve slavic problems. Russia is committed to fighting in every way to retain influence in its post-Soviet periphery. Crimea represents a broader vision of Russian interests and national security, one that it is demonstrably not respectful of the national sovereignty and self-determination. The fact is - Ukraine is a sovereign nation. 


JANUARY 28, 1014  Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych left the country. Tuesday, amid a political crisis fired by violent protests on the country's streets. Parliament overturned all of the anti-protest laws pasted by Yanukovych. Right now the Ukrainian government have control of the Ukraine, except for one problem - the Russians invaded them.

Meanwhile...in the United States Republicans like Mike Rogers is quick to seek out any way of blaming Obama for Putin's actions. When it comes to Republicans, they never fail to find a way to blame Obama. While they are at it, they may as well blame Obama for the Chernobyl disaster as well. 


Wednesday, March 5th, a United Nations special envoy was forced to abandon a mission in Crimea by masked Russians. As time ticks, the situation continues to worsen.


SOLUTION - THERE ISN'T ONE
Few Americans know this, but the Russians have had a permanent Navy outlet in Crimea for many years. Just like the Americans have their military bases in Germany, South Korea and other countries - Russia also has their military bases. It is called the Black Sea Fleet. Believed to have been founded by Prince Potemkin on May 13, 1783, with its principal base, the city of Sevastopol,Ukraine. The major shipyard is located in Mykolaiv (today in Ukraine). The Black Sea Fleet defeated the Turks in 1790, fought the Ottomans during World War I, the Romanians during World War II, and Georgia during the 2008 South Ossetia war. The division of the fleet in 1997 became the basis of the Ukrainian Navy. When the US was talking about striking Syria for chemical warfare, Russia sent ships from Sevastopol, Ukraine into Syrian waters. Their purpose was to intimidate the US from taking any action on Syria, and encourage Syria to solve their own problems internally. 


The US and several other nations propose an embargo on Russia. These are good ideas, worth doing, but are not likely to stop Russian leaders from doing what they want in Crimea.The problem with economic embargo is that we must rely upon European nations to cooperate in order to make it effective. Europe has a huge trade with Russia, as such, sanctions will not hurt the Russians that much. Remember ladies and gents, it's all a game of chess. 

Additionally, while the US should do things like refuse to send a high level delegation to the upcoming Paralympics in Sochi and even expel Russia from the G8, this amounts to little more than kicking Russia out of our country club. In case anyone didn't get the 411 - Putin doesn't give a shit. 


Neither US credibility nor US security is at stake in Ukraine. The fact is, the only threat Russia poses to us is that they make our allies feel insecure. We might not like what they are doing, but we are not directly hurt by it. 



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Stoner Bowl

I love my home city of Seattle! I am especially excited the Seahawks beat our nemesis San Fransisco, and are taking us to this year's superbowl. It is noted that this year's Super Bowl will be played by teams from the only two states that have legalized marijuana.
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face each other in two weeks, representing residents in Colorado and Washington, respectively, who can legally buy and smoke pot recreationally.
As the match was set late Sunday night, the realization dawned on Twitter, which had something — OK, a lot — to say about it: #stonerbowl 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Belief in the Unfalsifiable



I           INTRODUCTION

What would you think if I told you there is an ugly, self-sustaining, omnipotent invisible force that explains everything. It frames every argument, structures language, and every element of human experience. It is like the air we breath, most of the time we do not think about it or know it is there. It has an amazing ability to control the brains of women and men, framing every belief, value and cultural norm human beings experience since the dawn of time. It's barnacles are entirely invisible. You cannot touch it, feel it, taste it, or even smell it. It has no shape, color, form, or mass. As scientists, forget about trying to use the scientific method to study it because it cannot be studied.  Imagine something so powerful, omnipotent and invisible that it is able to inundate every single collective achievement made by humanity since the day we jumped down from the African trees and started walking on two feet.

This impressive thing explains everything. However, as it cannot be quantified or studied in any empirical manner, one must construct auxiliary hypothesis answering questions that cannot be answered in a research facility. When we start to question it, when we ask "how can this one thing explain everything?" they become angry, defensive, and create safe, exclusive groups. Behind the walls of these exclusive groups, believers congratulate each other on their intelligence, wisdom, and berate those who are just too blind to 'get it.'

People believe in my invisible, all powerful thing because they selectively notice information that is consistent with its existence, and ignore whilst undervaluing/ignoring information that is not consistent with its existence. Within their exclusive groups, they pander anecdotal stories proving the omnipotent invisible force is real. They feel victimized when anyone questions the existence of the invisible thing. Most of you probably think that I am talking about God.  But you know what. I am not writing about god at all, I am writing the social theory of patriarchy.

This article will examine Patriarchy as a theory that is beyond falsifiability. I will make no value judgement for or against patriarchy as a legitimate social system. I will consider the fact that it is real and not real, has power over human behavior and little power over human behavior. As a person who values fairness, I will treat patriarchy with as much fairness as I can muster. For now, my personal beliefs about patriarchy are irrelevant, and will be discussed in the End Notes, after the conclusion of this blog. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sleepless in Austin: the other side

Today I watched Critical G's video about Sleepless in Austin. I thought it would be funny to copy and past his exact post and only change a few words. I changed: girl to boy, man to woman, and a few other things to make it all sound like I am reversing the gender.

I posted it on Craigslist and am waiting patiently to see if any dude is willing to date me.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tools To Transform Our Thinking (Part One)

Knowledge: Justified True Belief

Epistemology is a big word, don't be intimidated by the term. Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that concerns itself with the search for a theory of knowledge. There is always a theory behind how we approach these things, anytime one is questioning "how do I know what I know" they are questioning their own theory of knowledge. If one stops and thinks about it, it is a fascinating set of questions. We make knowledge claims all the time. Everybody does. It is something we do every day. We are consistently claiming to know things. How do we know them?

Epistemology is my favorite branch of philosophy because I find most people are not actively aware of their own thought processes. We are notorious for NOT being reflective of our methodology. We all need to think more self consciously about the tools we use and how we use them. If only people would stop and think about their thinking, we would solve many social problems, big and small. Family problems, fights, disagreements - you name it. Just getting people to perform a little meta-cognition now and again would make the world a happier place. 

On the flip side, I found that going too deep into epistemology can take a lot of fun out of life. Epistemology is a dangerous thing to study because the more you study it, the more you realize that you do not know a damn thing. You will find yourself questioning everything from the air you breath to the earth you stand on. Going deeply into epistemology can drive one into a very destabilizing life. If you just so happen to be the kind of person that likes to live in a comforting delusion, then epistemology is not for you. 

I do not subscribe to any one theory of knowledge, yet I actively reject several theories. I reject the theory that something can be known through faith and intuition. Neither authority nor spiritual revelation provide any reliable path to knowledge. I accept empiricism, but only in the science lab, yet recognize that things can be true without experiencing them. Reason is the best guide to have knowledge of anything in the world. There are many layers to epistemology. No matter what area you like, one thing is certain, studying it will certainly make you a smarter person. 

On another note, what about credibility? The concept that one can be trusted? Credibility does belong to the study of epistemology only to the degree that one "knows" a person's word to be good because they "perceive" the opposing party to be untruthful. The idea that John Doe is truthful because we perceive Jane Doe as being untruthful is completely absurd. How do we know we can take John's word over Jane without empirical evidence to support such claims. The problem is - we can't. 

The idea of credibility is a tough one for me because credibility tends to be right, yet when it is wrong it is disastrously wrong. When credibility fails us, in philosophy we call this a Flaw of Inductive Logic. Allow me to explain. Credibility presumes that past behavior (all based upon perception) is a good indication of future behavior. When the system fails, and John Doe's behavior does not turn out to be what we thought it would,  the whole system (theory of knowledge) must be thrown out and recycled for a new one because it probably means, that credibility never existed in the first place. 

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In common discussion, a "statement of belief" is an expression of a person's faith or trust in something. When someone believes something, it only means that they accept as true a certain cognitive content. Beliefs are not all true, all true things can be beliefs. Many beliefs are false. The goal is to have as many true beliefs as possible and as few false beliefs as possible. 

If something is known, then it cannot be false. This area confuses people because they do not know what it is to know something, and they do not know how to show their epistemology. For example, if a person believes a bridge is safe enough to support him, and attempts to cross it, but the bridge collapses, it  could be said that he believed the bridge was safe but his belief was mistaken. It would not be accurate to say that he knew the bridge was safe, as it obviously was not safe. Lets say that the bridge was safe, then the man can say he had believed that the bridge was safe, whereas now, after testing it by crossing it, he knows it to be safe. 


One of the mistakes people often make is that they use belief and know interchangeably. The words are not the same thing. When we think about what we know to be true, often times, we are thinking about beliefs and not knowledge. 


Knowledge has standards, it must be tested, verified, and and subject to falsification. Beliefs are cheap. They are a dime a dozen. Anyone can have a belief like anyone can have an opinion. Beliefs have no value until they are put to the test.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

The Book of Mormom

The Mormons have been coming to my house lately. To be frank, I do not mind at all. They are nice boys, very polite, and kind. I was honest with them that I am an atheist, and do not take anything on faith.

After reading the first book of Mormon, I have to wonder - how is it seemingly intelligent human beings are not aware that this is completely made up? I am to believe that 2300 years ago, men built a vessel capable of transporting people from Israel across the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic, all the way to the Americas?

The voyage would have been impossible.  Faith is believing in things when common sense tells one not to. This leads me to think that common sense is so rare these days, that when it does appear it should be considered a superhuman power.







Davis Aurini is stalking me.

Davis BJ Aurini has been up to his typical weird shenanigans. Over the last year or so, time permitting, I take a look at the content Aurini puts online. Perhaps it I just have a morbid fascination with his self-victim hood, or his gynophobic rants.

Aurini simply does not understand why I disprove of his arguments. Instead of reading my blogs, and arguing the issues brought up therein, he attempts to invalidate my claims saying I must have a great big lesbian crush on him. Or perhaps I am menstruating.

Then he writes something about me driving across the country for pics of someones home? WTF is this dude talking about? I lived in Manhattan 6 years, and in Europe. I have not driven a car in YEARS!

Then he goes on to claim that I am in love with his skeevy bald butt. (actually, I find that funny) And, claims that I read his blog. In fact, I never read his blog.

Lets give BJ Aurini a lesson in technology. (Apparently, only men are supposed to know this stuff). Take a look at the images below:



This images shows us that in one day, 64 people read my blog about how BJ Aurini was caught doing something .... Well, he knows what he did.







Real Time Geolocation tracker of current blog hits. A feature available on all blogger pages.

Notice that CANADA is the only country showing in dark green.








 I embed a code into each of my blogs, which allows me to view all IP addresses, nation of origin etc. I have to corroborate the information I get from this service with the information I get from blogger.

When I click on Canada, I know when and where my blog was viewed. Then I compare it with what blogger reports, from that I know for
a fact that Aurini reads my blog A LOT. He spends a lot of time on my blog too.




Conclusion: I have Aurini's IP address. The dude is a little stalker and loves reading my blog. What really strikes me is the amount of time he keeps my blog open. I mean....WOW. I was not expecting that.


With that, I have to thank Aurini. I am very complimented. :-)


Friday, November 22, 2013

"Restoring the Virtue of Women" - Davis BJ Aurini's hatred at the world

"Men, it's not your fault that 2/3rd of divorces are brought due to frivolous claims on a woman's behalf." - Davis BJ Aurini

Dear Reader,

It is no secret that Davis BJ Aurini makes my skin crawl. He is a disgusting little dude, angry he is not surrounded by giddy, insipid women in poodle skirts and pink sweater sets. He dreams of a life where everyone is pleasant, and everything is black and white. In his video - "Restoring the Virtue of Women," Aurini makes more comments so retarded that they cannot be ignored by his dear, sweet nemesis.

He claims that 2/3 of divorces are initiated by women who make frivolous claims.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bound2 is an epic fail


Kanye West released an epic piece of shit video, Bound2, featuring himself (of course) and the very naked Kim Kardashian. As we see from the image below, the video clearly depicts these two egocentric clowns engaging in shaky motorcycle sex in the middle of a sky desert.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Graduate - An Analysis

I just watched The Graduate (1967). After 45 years, what can we say about this movie? - plenty. My first impression of The Graduate was that it was funny. Everything about the seduction scene just made me laugh. Benjamin's response to the titillating seduction of an older woman is just - funny. All of that, "Mrs Robinson, this conversation is getting really weird," was just hilarious. I was shocked to discover how many times the The Graduate was referenced in other movies.

The Graduate has many enigmatic, long still shots of Benjamin's face, a kind of over-intellectual 1970's cinematography including were lengthy shots of Benjamin's stoic face whilst stared up at the sky in deep contemplation from the family swimming pool. The film was youth-centric, everything from the Simon and Garfunkle soundtrack, to the cinematography to the pop culture shock was all about the young people. The cinematography really encapsulated the distinct spirit of the late 1960's without getting too much into the weird 1970's intellectualism.





Monday, August 5, 2013

My Favorite Clips

I have often asked myself, what is the point of knowing a word when I cannot use that word to communicate with another person. If you ever have the answer to that question, please clue me in.

Below I include a list of some of my favorite movie clips. Before each clip, I explain why the clip makes the list.

1. Breaking Bad: This clip shows us how the protagonist becomes the antagonist.




2. Devils Advocate: Al Pacino's Speech is not the lecture of a devil, it is the lecture of a nihilist. I like the lecture because, as an atheist who believes neither in god nor the devil, agree completely with his argument.



3. Forrest Gump: If it is true that stupid is as stupid does, then Forrest is a genius because he has done a lot in his life.



5. The Color Purple: This clip is wonderful as Celie comes into her own. After years of humiliation and abuse, she finds her voice.



6. Girl Interrupted: Angelina Jolie is truly frightening. There is something frightening about a person who tells the truth.



7. Pulp Fiction: "Mmmm, this is a tasty burger". I like this scene because I think it is good acting



8. Elizabeth I - I love this scene because Cate Blanchette accurately prortrays the strength of Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabeth was one of the best rules England had ever known (and she kicked Spain's ass)




8. Breakfast Club: The 1985 movie is about how five students from different cliques, meet in detention where they discover how they have more in common than they may have thought. This scene is meaningful to me because we see how Bender has a horrible home life.




9. Mildred Pierce: I like this scene because Mildred (Joan Crawford) finally lifts the wool over her eyes and see's her daughter for what she is, a manipulating snake in the grass. I think Joan Crawford is a fantastic actress.



Friday, July 26, 2013

Why is it so hard to just ignore these people?



Another Trayvon-Martin-esque case sprung from the bowels of Florida once again. November 23rd 2012 Seventeen year old Jordan Davis was shot to death whilst sitting in the back of a vehicle. The shooter was 45 year old Michael Dunn. He drove a black Jetta. Below is the CNN video. If the link does not work, click here: LINK




Forward to 1:24 of the CNN video. "Police say what happened was a verbal altercation between Dunn sitting in his car and the other teens sitting in theirs." According to Dunn, one of the teens was trying to escalate the confrontation threatening to kill him.

At the 2:00 mark, Dunn explains that he said to the teens, "excuse me, but are you talking about me?" According to Dunn one of the teens said, "kill that bitch." Then the boy allegedly reached down and grabbed something. 

When confrontations happen, egos hijack common sense. People need to learn to take the high road and walk away. Speaking only for myself, I went to an awful inner city high school in Seattle. There were some gang-bangers and many bratty kids who started problems. My solution was simply to ignore them. They are morons. They are retarded people making retarded choices. As such, they do not deserve my attention or my words. 

Some would argue that Dunn should not have to move his car, the teens should have been decent human beings. The fact that the teens were acting like a bunch of hood rats is doubtless. However, this is an example of that situation where one must be the bigger person and walk away. It is not about "accepting defeat", it is about being smart. 

If a fight or argument ensued, my job was to stand up, gather my belongings and walk away. One time, a black kid (they type with his pants hanging halfway down his ass) actually came out yelling at me because I ignored him. "You ain't deaf!" As much as I wanted to say, "Ain't is not a word, please learn the English language if you want to address me." I remained silent and continued to ignore him. We never spoke to each other and that is exactly how I like it. 

The kid with his pants hanging down his ass is not the only one I ignored. There were also a group of trailer trash girls that I would also ignore. 

I had a small circle of friends: two white females, one black female, two Hispanic and a few Vietnamese girls. That was it. I had some male friends as well, they too were from different racial backgrounds. The point is, do not be so politically correct that you fail to identify the people in this world who are not any more valuable than a stinking pile of shit. Shit people start fights. Shit people actively seek out things to be upset about. Shit people are never happy. Shit people are crabs in a bucket. Shit people rarely amount to anything in this world. Identify the shit people and ignore them. 

So what is the point of all this. Some shit punks will play their radio loud. Some will verbally accost you, and many will do it particularly because you are white. I was targeted many times because I am white.  Be the bigger person and ignore it. 

Some people are not worth the air consumed to speak their name. Some people are not worth your time or your words. These are the low class people who have nothing positive to contribute to society. 

Some people deserve to be ignored until they are ready to enter civilized society. Just look at the video below. Why would you consider even speaking to these people? There are millions of people in this world far better than this. The fact that any person would even engage in this activity and not walk away from it shows their true value to society.