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Praise for Google

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/01/14 by darkshrouds

Just in case you were all wondering, i am alive and am planning on posting much more in the next week or so. My cat has kept me occupied and I am almost ready to relaunch my blog.

However, today there is something worth noting. China might loose Google.

Or in a better phrasing, because of China’s violations of free-speech and some attacks and attempted hacks, found here on Google’s Blog, Google has thought of removing the censorship from Google.cn – their China search engine that runs through the Great Firewall of China.

I applaud the choice by Google to remove the censorship from the internet. The internet should be a free area of debate, where ideas can be shared, integrated, improved and more. I will be disappointed if they allow the censorship back on. Immensely disappointed enough to likely run everything through another search engine and email system as to not use the server of a company that bent to the whims of an oppressive and destructive government.

I think the attacks that Google has information on are enough for me to feel confident in the oppressive and destructive government, even without the atrocities of 1989 and more. Targeting human rights activist that refer to China and trying to gain access to US based companies over the internet is demonstrative of this implicitly. If China is willing to do this and be seen in doing so, it makes myself wonder what is being hidden that we have yet to see.

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Governor Perry, Stop It…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 2009/10/08 by darkshrouds

Governor Perry has co-sponsored a bill to allow religion to be brought up in schools. Now, I have no problem, however I do find this odd.

The bill is designed to allow students to discuss religion with classmates as they would any secular issue in school. However, the portion right after that statement is problematic.

“”Students are discouraged from any conversations about religion,” said Poirier, who also is a co-sponsor of the bill. “Perhaps in science class, when evolution is discussed, a student would be able to bring up creationism.””

Creationism is NOT science. It has no right to be in a science class and to continue to allow so is detrimental to the students minds. You can discuss religion already in schools, you just can’t say Jesus, or Mohammad, or any religion is the right one. This isn’t needed.

Finally, if you haven’t read it, the new Dawkins book is wonderful. I love my new book. Perhaps we should give Ms. Poirier one. Perhaps she would then see that creationism is not a viable realm to be discussed in science class.

You can review the article here

One can hope,

Issac Mills

Travel Day and Theists

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 2009/08/08 by darkshrouds

I’ve begun my flight to Houston and will be there shortly, then a transfer to get me to Columbus. While I’m sure I will be exhausted, I’m gong to gear up and make sure to be ready for the tour tomorrow. I hope to get at least 3-5 hours of sleep.

However, I digress as, I don’t wish to cover my dull day of transfers but the detriment of the religiously inclined. The mental wound that I am speaking of is the religious and their firm belief that their version of general sect is correct without question, without proof and without analysis. This assertion to give them a method to rationalize the events of this natural world and a way to live on after their being ceases to exists.

A majority of mankind wishes to believe in a higher power or something to explain why things happen, however, we are restrained in our explanations by our common sense and observations. Science covers why things rise and fall, chemical reactions, growth, how to heal, how to kill, etc and for the events and occurrences in the world, they happen because of natural causes and they events are random. Random in the sense of natural disasters, disease, etc, not my toast is done because I put it in the toaster. Religious people state that these events, such as people coming into your life, a good job, happiness in your home, etc, come from God or something similar. There is no proof of this. You might as well as claim the Cookie Dough Dragon is watching over you and breathed himself into existence. You must eat of his dough and drink of his blood (milk) to not be cast into the stale bread at the end of days. This is seen as ridiculous. However, this is exactly what Christians follow. Accept Christ or go to hell. We let our common sense tell us that the Cookie Dough Dragon is bogus, why hold onto Christianity or any religion? Just because some cattle-sacrificing primitives believe that this book was correct and the word of God, doesn’t mean that you, a rational, thinking human being has to buy into it.

God is not dead because God was never alive. God has never existed except in the eyes of people who instead of seeing the world rationally and objectively, analysing what comes their way and actually thinking about their conclusions, desire a simple explanation to the troubles of the world, want comfort for themselves and others when loved ones pass on, and want comfort that things will be alright when they look bad.

This is not necessarily a bad want, however, it has caused a false construction of reality. To believe in adult fairy tales because it makes you feel better is not intellectually honest. I wish, as Jefferson did, that one day we shall shelve our beliefs that a story of a man who was born of a virgin will be placed on the shelves of our libraries with the myths of Zeus, Baal and all the others already there and yet to be.

Isaac Mills