Thursday, September 29, 2011

Idiotic Myths: the Antichrist and Armageddon

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 29, 2011, 6:51 AM
The end of the world and the Antichrist: pure baloney fueled from that acid trip that's the Apocalypse. There will be an end of Earth when, Billions of years from now, the Sun'll become a red giant; there will be eventually, billions of billions of years from now, and end to the present cycle of the Universe (Big Crunch or otherwise): but they're not our concern, nor is the concern of the apocalyptic crackpots. They forget that at the end of that acid trip of Apocalypse, "Jesus" promise to come SOON., that is, before the generation alive in the Thirties BC would pass away, Well that generation had passed, two thousand years ago, with no comng. The second coming and the apocalypse was a lie, an illusion at best. And a very grim illusion at that. Imagine the "Saved Ones" staying in the clouds gleefully observing the bloody massacre that's the apocalypse schmapocalypse is about!Let's put it in the wastebasket of absurdities along with Adam and Eve and talking serpents, and the so-called "original Sin".

But the "christian right" it's precisely looking forward to that, and in its wholly UN-christian folly has the gall to call President Obama "The antichrist". Now, lets see..if there were an "Antichrist" who would that be? Someone who does and preach the opposite of what Christ did and teached, logically.

Jesus Christ said "Help the sick, needy and the poor" The religious right wants to cut social security and medical aid. Some also said of a cancer patient that couldn't afford to pay medicines "Let him die!"

Jesus Christ said "Love your Neighbor", the hearts of the religious right are filled with hate towerd gays, immigrants, liberals

Jesus Christ said that the greedy and the selfish rich won't inherit the Earth. The Religious right worship the rich, and are against taxing them

Jesus Christ valued Charity above all. The religious right's evil sons chant of a theen gay boy driven to suicide by bullies "we're glad you're dead"!

If there'd be an Antichrist who would that be?

Take your own conclusions!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fight homophobia

Lovers

Methods and excuses to avoid a work meeting:
- Fake a strong cold with sneezes, coughs and tremors
- Say with a fanatical glint in your eye "my religion forbids me to attend work meetings on Tuesdays" (or any given day of the week)
- Say "My doctor says attending meetings in closed rooms may trigger my lychantropic bouts"
- Say"My son came from school with lices yesterday", then scratch furiously your head
- I've a very jealous stalker who's menaced to do a massacre on my workplace if I don't marry him/her.Police's ambushing him.
- Say "The CEO just asked me a personal favor", then run

Homoerotic art

Arresting officers


Rowing

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Wet dreams



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Smiling gay Newliweds

Anti-gay hatemongers talk of religious "freedom" is a lie




The so called "defenders of marriage" and religious hatemongers talk of their religious freedom whining that such freedom is treathened by gay marriage, anti-discriminaton laws, anti bullying programs. Pure bloody lies!They brazenly want everyone to conform to their archaic prejudices and their bibliolatry (the bible says so! SO WHAT?). They have no right to that, and "religious freedom" means you're free to practise your religion RESPECTING OTHER PEOPLE'S FREEDOM! when will they realize that?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Touch

Hei, Blondie!

Germans lukewarm over Pope’s visit

http://freethinker.co.uk/2011/09/26/germans-lukewarm-over-pope%E2%80%99s-visit/

DESPITE the fact that German reaction to Ratzinger’s four-day state visit was one of overall apathy, Germany’s top archbishop, Robert Zollitsch, said the Church was extremely pleased with the visit. He told reporters:

All our expectations have been surpassed.

Ratzinger met with victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday during his visit to his native Germany, and expressed deep regret for their ordeal. Photo AFP

But according to this report, the posturing old bigot’s first state visit to his native Germany:

Fell far short of the expectations of sex abuse victims and those clamouring for a more open and tolerant Church.

Ratzinger’s’s four-day marathon, which wrapped up Sunday, taking in Berlin, the former communist East German city of Erfurt and staunchly Catholic Freiburg, aimed to reinvigorate a Church in crisis in the face of the abuse scandals and growing secularisation.

The report said that those expecting the Pope to take concrete steps toward healing religious rifts or modernising the Church in the interest of winning back alienated Roman Catholics were sorely disappointed, and it quoted Catholic theology professor Werner Tzscheetzsch, a longtime Church critic, as saying:

Nothing will change under Benedict XVI – this year’s trip was a nice show, nothing more.

Despite blanket media coverage, the visit met with a large measure of apathy in this increasingly secular society with liberal views on sexuality.

Germans are leaving both the Catholic and Lutheran Churches in droves. Richard David Precht, a best-selling German author on philosophical issues, said the lukewarm reception in Germany, which had taken great pride in his 2005 election, was symptomatic of a Western trend.

The fate of the Catholic Church in the next few years and decades is not looking very positive or euphoric and I don’t think the Pope’s visit is likely to stop the decline of Catholicism in Germany. I think we will continue to see falling numbers of Catholics unless we experience a major economic downturn.

On a personal note, I have reason to be thankful to Ratzinger, as he indirectly brought me into contact with a brilliant atheist commentator.

After the Pope’s visit to Spain earlier this year I was amazed and gratified to read a blistering attack on him by ex-Catholic Paul Arnold, a former BBC producer who penned a piece for the Costa Blanca News under the heading Sometimes the Pope should put a Sock in It.

I was so impressed by Arnold’s style that I contacted him immediately and asked whether he would consider writing for the Freethinker magazine, and he enthusiastically agreed.

Unfortunately, the CBN did not post Arnold’s piece on the internet, but I have created a link so that you can read it in full.

In his article Arnold lambasted the Pope for making:

The unforgivable clanger of laying the blame (for society’s ills) squarely at the door of secu­larism, and claimed that his religion is the antidote. He has even used the term ‘ag­gressive secularism’ in the past. It’s on these points that me and the pope are going to have a falling out.

He pointed out that:

The Vatican and its minions are unhappy and angry that Church and state are moving further apart. Not only here in Spain, but in other countries in the union. The pope is losing control over the lives of millions of people and control is what the body politic of the Roman Catholic Church once had and is desperate to cling onto.

When he decries secular­ism his message is less about making the world a more har­monious place but more a re­cruitment drive and rallying call to get people to come over to his side of the fence. It is a lust for power and control. He sees Spain as an instrumental part of his plan to rebuild his Church in Europe and to have a greater influence in how we should all lead our lives.

The Vatican, with its ap­palling anti-women, anti-intellectual, narrow minded view of the world, is in no fit state to advise on the social, econ­omic and cultural life of a nation. It never was and never will be, and anything that diminishes the influence and the power of this most un­trustworthy and discredited institution is welcome. It should simply concentrate and focus its energy on what it does best, concerning itself with spiritual and theological matters.

And he added:

And in any case, what kind of society would we be living in if the church’s tentacles stretched further and deeper into our lives? After all, this was an institution that fully supported Franco’s coup in 1936, even going so far as to de­scribe it as a “crusade” against “antichrists”. And it continued to support his dictatorship – one of the darkest chapters in this country’s history – for more than thirty years.

Or perhaps his holiness en­visages generating a society where, as in America, the Christian lobby is a major force in politics. It is made up of the sorts of people who do not believe in a welfare state, oppose government funding of scientific research because they see it as contradicting the Bible (this is the kind of re­search that may lead to cures for cancers and other horrible diseases), and want laws and policies based on what is in the so-called good book. But dog­matic religion is devoid of com­passion, reason and sense and should have no place in wider society, unless you want to turn the clock back several hundred years.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Particles Found to Travel Faster than Speed of Light

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=particles-found-to-travel
Neutrino results challenge a cornerstone of Albert Einstein​'s special theory of relativity, which itself forms the foundation of modern physics.


An Italian experiment has unveiled evidence that fundamental particles known as neutrinos can travel faster than light. Other researchers are cautious about the result, but if it stands further scrutiny, the finding would overturn the most fundamental rule of modern physics—that nothing travels faster than 299,792,458 meters per second.

The experiment is called OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus), and lies 1,400 meters underground in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. It is designed to study a beam of neutrinos coming from CERN, Europe's premier high-energy physics laboratory located 730 kilometers away near Geneva, Switzerland. Neutrinos are fundamental particles that are electrically neutral, rarely interact with other matter, and have a vanishingly small mass. But they are all around us—the sun produces so many neutrinos as a by-product of nuclear reactions that many billions pass through your eye every second. [Click here to read more about CERN's Large Hadron Collider]

The 1,800-tonne OPERA detector is a complex array of electronics and photographic emulsion plates, but the new result is simple—the neutrinos are arriving 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light allows. "We are shocked," says Antonio Ereditato, a physicist at the University of Bern in Switzerland and OPERA's spokesman.

Breaking the law

The idea that nothing can travel faster than light in a vacuum is the cornerstone of Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity, which itself forms the foundation of modern physics. If neutrinos are traveling faster than light speed, then one of the most fundamental assumptions of science—that the rules of physics are the same for all observers—would be invalidated. "If it's true, then it's truly extraordinary," says John Ellis, a theoretical physicist at CERN.

Ereditato says that he is confident enough in the new result to make it public. The researchers claim to have measured the 730-kilometer trip between CERN and its detector to within 20 centimeters. They can measure the time of the trip to within 10 nanoseconds, and they have seen the effect in more than 16,000 events measured over the past two years. Given all this, they believe the result has a significance of six-sigma—the physicists' way of saying it is certainly correct. The group will present their results September 23 at CERN, and a preprint of their results will be posted on the physics website ArXiv.org.

At least one other experiment has seen a similar effect before, albeit with a much lower confidence level. In 2007, the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) experiment in Minnesota saw neutrinos from the particle-physics facility Fermilab in Illinois arriving slightly ahead of schedule. At the time, the MINOS team downplayed the result, in part because there was too much uncertainty in the detector's exact position to be sure of its significance, says Jenny Thomas, a spokeswoman for the experiment. Thomas says that MINOS was already planning more accurate follow-up experiments before the latest OPERA result. "I'm hoping that we could get that going and make a measurement in a year or two," she says.

Reasonable doubt

If MINOS were to confirm OPERA's find, the consequences would be enormous. "If you give up the speed of light, then the construction of special relativity falls down," says Antonino Zichichi​, a theoretical physicist and emeritus professor at the University of Bologna, Italy. Zichichi speculates that the "superluminal" neutrinos detected by OPERA could be slipping through extra dimensions in space, as predicted by theories such as string theory.

Shower hunks

Morning lovers

Just one more kiss

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nice catch!

Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA

Rose Fox -- September 12th, 2011
Editor’s note: The text of this post was written by Rachel Manija Brown, author of All the Fishes Come Home to Roost, and Sherwood Smith, author of Crown Duel and a great many other novels for adults and young adults. I am posting it in order to provide a pseudonymity-friendly space for comments from authors who have had similar experiences to the ones that Rachel and Sherwood describe. I strongly encourage all authors, agents, editors, publishers, and readers to contribute to a serious and honest conversation on the value and drawbacks of gatekeeping with regard to minority characters, authors, and readers, and to continue that conversation in all areas of the industry. –Rose



Say Yes To Gay YA

By Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

We are published authors who co-wrote a post-apocalyptic young adult novel. When we set out to find an agent for it, we expected to get some rejections. But we never expected to be offered representation… on the condition that we make a gay character straight, or cut him out altogether.

Our novel, Stranger, has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki’s romance, like the heterosexual ones in the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to his sexual orientation.

Rachel replied, “Making a gay character straight is a line in the sand which I will not cross. That is a moral issue. I work with teenagers, and some of them are gay. They never get to read fantasy novels where people like them are the heroes, and that’s not right.”

The agent suggested that perhaps, if the book was very popular and sequels were demanded, Yuki could be revealed to be gay in later books, when readers were already invested in the series.

We knew this was a pie-in-the-sky offer—who knew if there would even be sequels?—and didn’t solve the moral issue. When you refuse to allow major characters in YA novels to be gay, you are telling gay teenagers that they are so utterly horrible that people like them can’t even be allowed to exist in fiction.

LGBTQ teenagers already get told this. They are four times more likely than straight teenagers to attempt suicide. We’re not saying that the absence of LGBTQ teens in YA sf and fantasy novels is the reason for that. But it’s part of the overall social prejudice that does cause that killing despair.

We wrote this novel so that the teenagers we know—some of whom are gay, and many of whom are not white—would be able, for once, to read a fun post-apocalyptic adventure in which they are the heroes. And we were told that such a thing could not be allowed.

After we thanked the agent for their time, declined the offer, and hung up, Sherwood broke the silence. “Do you think the agent missed that Becky and Brisa [supporting characters] are a couple, too? Do they ever actually kiss on-page? No? I’M ADDING A LESBIAN KISS NOW!”

This Is Not About One Bad Apple

This isn’t about that specific agent; we’d gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character. We wondered if that was because of his sexual orientation, but since the agents didn’t say it out loud, we could only wonder. (We were also told that it is absolutely unacceptable in YA for a boy to consensually date two girls, but that it would be okay if he was cheating and lying. And we wonder if some agents were put off because none of our POV characters are white.)

We absolutely do not believe that all our rejections were due to prejudice. We know for a fact that some of them weren’t. (An agent did offer us representation, but we ended up passing due to creative differences that had nothing to do with the identities of the characters.)

This isn’t about one agent’s personal feelings about gay people. We don’t know their feelings; they may well be sympathetic in their private life, but regard the removal of gay characters as a marketing issue. The conversation made it clear that the agent thought our book would be an easy sale if we just made that change. But it doesn’t matter if the agent rejected the character because of personal feelings or because of assumptions about the market. What matters is that a gay character would be quite literally written out of his own story.

We are avoiding names because we don’t want this story to be about one agent who spoke more bluntly than others whose objections were more indirectly expressed. Naming names can make it too easy to target a lone “villain,” who can be blamed and scolded until everyone feels that the matter has been satisfactorily dealt with.

Forcing all major characters in YA novels into a straight white mold is a widespread, systemic problem which requires long-term, consistent action.

When we privately discussed our encounter with the agent, we heard from other writers whose prospective agents made altering a character’s minority identity—sexual orientation, race, disability—a condition of representation. But other than Jessica Verday, who refused to change a character’s gender in a short story on an editor’s request, few writers have come forward for fear of being blacklisted.

We sympathize with that fear. But we believe that silence, however well-motivated and reasonable from a marketing point of view, allows the problem to flourish. We hope that others will speak up as well, in whatever manner is safe and comfortable for them.

The overwhelming white straightness of the YA sf and fantasy sections may have little to do with what authors are writing, or even with what editors accept. Perhaps solid manuscripts with LGBTQ protagonists rarely get into mainstream editors’ hands at all, because they are been rejected by agents before the editors see them. How many published novels with a straight white heroine and a lesbian or black or disabled best friend once had those roles reversed, before an agent demanded a change?

This does not make for better novels. Nor does it make for a better world.

Let’s make a better world.

What You Can Do

If You’re An Editor: Some agents are turning down manuscripts or requesting rewrites because they think that the identities of the characters will make the book unsalable. That means that you, who might love those characters, never even get to see them.

If you are open to novels featuring LGBTQ protagonists or major characters, you can help by saying so explicitly. When agents realize that LGBTQ content does not lead to a lost sale, they will be less likely to demand that it be removed.

The same goes for other identity issues. If you are interested in YA fantasy/sf with protagonists who are disabled, or aren’t white, or otherwise don’t fit the usual mold, please explicitly say so. General statements of being pro-diversity don’t seem to get the point across. We ask you to issue a clear, unmistakable statement that you would like to see books with protagonists or major characters who are LGBTQ, people of color, disabled, or any combination of the above.

If You’re An Agent: If you are open to manuscripts with major or main LGBTQ characters, please explicitly say so in your listings and websites. Just as with editors, simply saying “we appreciate diversity” could mean anything. (In fact, the agent who asked us to make our gay character straight had made such mentions.) You can throw the gates open by making a clear and unmistakable statement with details. For instance: “I would love to see books whose characters are diverse in all or any respects, including but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and national origin.”

If You’re A Reader: Please vote with your pocketbooks and blogs by buying, reading, reviewing, and asking libraries to buy existing YA fantasy/sf with LGBTQ protagonists or major characters. If those books succeed financially, more like them will be written, represented, and sold. Your reviews don’t have to be positive; any publicity is good publicity. Review on blogs, Amazon, Goodreads, anywhere you yourself read reviews.

An annotated list of YA sf/fantasy with main or major LGBTQ characters is available here, with links to Amazon. Please bookmark this list for reference. It will continue to be updated as new books are released.

Characters of color/non-white characters are often also relegated to the status of sidekicks in YA sff, and are depicted as white on the covers of the few books in which they do star. Please vote with your pocketbooks and blogs to support novels in which they are protagonists.

An annotated list of YA sf/fantasy with protagonists of color is available here, with links to Amazon. Part I: Author surnames from A – L. Part II: Author surnames from M – Z. Please bookmark these lists for reference. They will continue to be updated as new books are released.

The usual protagonist of a YA sf/fantasy novel is a heterosexual white girl or boy with no disabilities or mental/neurological issues, no stated religion, and no specific ethnicity. Reading and reviewing novels whose characters break that mold in other ways would also be a step forward.

If You’re A Writer: If you have had a manuscript rejected because of the identity of the characters, or had an agent or editor request that you alter the identity of a character, please tell your story. Comment here, or leave a link to your own blog post. If you would prefer to use a pseudonym, feel free to do so; see this post for more information on Genreville’s pseudonymous comments policy and credibility verification option.

If You’re Anyone At All: Please link to this article. (If you link on Twitter, please use the #YesGayYA hashtag.) If enough people read it and take the suggestions, enormous and wonderful changes could take place.

Who We Are

This article was written by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. Rachel Manija Brown is a TV writer, poet, and author of the memoir All the Fishes Come Home to Roost: An American Misfit in India. Sherwood Smith has published more than thirty fantasy and science fiction novels, including the adult fantasies Inda and Coronets and Steel, and the YA fantasy Crown Duel. Together, we created an animated TV series, Game World, which we sold to the Jim Henson Company.

Our YA post-apocalyptic novel, Stranger, remains unagented and unsold.

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