SkeptiSys

March 20, 2011

Brooklyn man beat without mercy for being Gay

Filed under: News, politics — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 9:18 pm

Six men beat  Barie Shortell senseless in Brooklyn NY 1 month ago, leaving him in need of 9.5 hour facial reconstruction surgery – because he is homosexual.

News report here.

Mr. Shortell has no medical insurance, so he will be liable for $100,000 in medical bills.  If you would like to donate to help with his bills, please visit this website.

To donate for LGBT rights, see ACLU.

If you want to protest, I recommend doing so at a catholic church or other organization that speaks against homosexuality.  We need to tell them to stop hating and start helping.

BarieShortellx390 (Screengrab) | Advocate.com

 

Update: April 2, 2011

I received an angry message from a Catholic supporter, John.  Usually I do not respond to these messages, but this one actually contains semi-coherent thoughts that may be universal enough to warrant response.  The parts I left out of John’s message were for coherency and do not change the meaning.

 

John: “right, so 6 men beat this guy up and you’d rather punish the catholic church then the people who did it?   why are you blaming churches for this again, considering there’s zero evidence that the guys that did it are even religious?  for all we know he was beaten senseless by 6 skeptic atheist fag-haters.”

A: No, I did not speak about punishment at all, purposefully.  I think this country punishes too much and does too little to help.  If the police catch these guys, they will punish them strongly (unless they are on the board of directors of Verizon), so protesting the police to catch them would do absolutely no good.  So, why do I think it would do well to protest at a catholic church or other organization that speaks against homosexuality?

The Catholic Church does not just preach against homosexuality to the deeply religious.  They also preach to the rest of us and go as far as to push for anti-homosexuality laws, which is quite unconstitutional.  When their hatred reaches federal and state law, it has long since ceased to reach only the religious, and affects all people who may be persuaded to hate gays, including non-Christians.  The religion of the attackers is irrelevant to me.  But protesting the Catholic Church may just convince them and their followers to see that their divisive speech causes violence, and just maybe they will care about humanity and preach against violence instead of hatred of homosexuality.  If we can do that, we will prevent more violence like this in the future.  That should be everyone’s goal.

 

 

 

March 18, 2011

Glenn Greenwald presentation on journalism today

Filed under: law, News, politics — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 1:05 pm

Glenn Greenwald, well respected journalist, constitutional attorney, and best selling author gave an informative speech in New Mexico on March 8 2011.  I highly recommend listing to the speech and follow-up Q&A period despite the length (combined approx 90 minutes).

Presentation here, through Lannan Podcasts.  Q&A here with long time journalist, David Barsamian is here.

You can pre-order Glenn Greenwald’s next book through Amazon here.

 

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Art by great street artist Banksy.  Check out some of his art at ResourcesforLife or his web page.

March 8, 2011

Michael Moore’s Speech to the Wisconsin People

Filed under: law, News, politics — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 5:36 pm

For almost 20 years, Wisconsin had one of the best representatives in the Senate, Russ Feingold.  After 3 months of his replacement, Scott Walker, the people of Wisconsin have had enough.  Here is the video of Michael Moore addressing the courageous Wisconsin elite.

Order your Walker sucks Kock tshirts hereScott Walker Sucks Koch T-Shirt

January 5, 2011

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art censures and destroys beautiful mural

Filed under: art, politics — skeptisys @ 11:56 am

Jeffrey Deitch is Director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and giant Douche-tard.  Deitch, whose art collection includes an MBA from Harvard and many years as VP at CitiBank, is attempting to Disneyfy all fine art – reducing it to a simple financial profit/loss statement cleansed of all artistic or intellectual message so it will appeal to the largest number of people.  One manner in which Deitch ensures his art is similar to the crappy bland predictable Disney movies is by direct censorship.

Below is the powerful mural by artist Blu.  Beneath that is the mural being painted over in white paint under instructions from Herr Deitch-tard.

censored mural by artist Blu

 

 

censorship in action

What possible excuse could there be for such ugly censorship?  In MOCA’s own PR words:

For his work on the museum’s exterior wall, Blu created a massive panorama of coffins draped in one dollar bills — a provocative image considering that the wall faces an L.A. Veterans’ Affairs Hospital, as well as the so-called Go For Broke monument, which honors Japanese-American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.  According to a statement issued by MOCA, “The museum’s director explained to Blu that in this context, where MOCA is a guest among this historic Japanese American community, the work was inappropriate.”

Wait WTF?  This art has nothing to do with Japan or WWII.  Nor is it an attack on American soldiers.  (even if it were about Japanese soldiers, such censorship would still be despicable)    Does Deitch actually believe that all people who once served in a military must necessarily believe that all wars are just, to the point that any other suggestion would be such an horrible offense that censorship is needed?  What a giant Douche-tard!

As an aside: multiple news articles written at the time Deitch took over at MOCA early in 2010 discuss the issues with his potential financial conflicts, including the New York Times and LA Times.  Here is another from culturegrrl.

More photos of the mural here.

November 17, 2010

TSA wants some TNA

Filed under: law, life & death, News, politics — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 1:14 pm

The 4th amendment to the United States Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

If you have set foot in an American airport, you will notice these rights being violated.  To a more and more extreme degree, these rights are being crushed by Government officials who use fear as their weapon.   Bags and persons have been searched with neither warrant nor cause in actions that could not violate the Constitution in any clearer terms.  Most recently, people, regardless of age, are required to either have their naked body revealed, their entire body  molested (including genitalia and breasts) or be arrested and/or fined a large amount.

Folks, we have finally reached the tipping point.   The citizens will not allow their Constitution violated like this anymore.

John Tyner, an ordinary American, brought these tactics to light by videotaping security at an airport.  He posted the video on his website here.  There are many scary and creepy parts to the video, such as the security peon who describes how he plans to touch Tyner’s legs and crotch, but one phrase stated by security keeps getting repeated in my mind -

you gave up most of your rights when you bought a ticket.

He said what? Yes, the position of these scumbags is that all Constitutional rights are waived once they decided on Air travel.  I guess there is no good argument to why they have to see your kids naked and grope your grandma, so they will come up with anything.

More info on this here at FDL.  Please do sign the petition here to stop this illegal harassment.  Although the petition inaccurately refers to the scanners as ‘porno scanners’ (nudity does not equal pornography), the more signatures we have, the better.

cat torure

enuf! it was de goggie!

 

John Tyner

This is what a hero looks like... any one of us.

pics from I can haz cheezburger and signsonsandiego.    I don’t recall which pic came from which site.

October 18, 2010

Obama’s Health Care for the Insurance Companies

Filed under: law, life & death, News, politics — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 6:07 pm

 

In March 2009, new President Obama held a ‘Health Summit‘ at the White House to ‘kick start his Health Care Plan’.  At the time, the stock prices of the 2 largest Health Insurance Companies were:

Wellpoint, Inc.  $31.01/share

United Health Group Inc. $16.57/share

By June 2009, hatred and distrust of Health Insurance Companies were still high.  Polls showed public support for a public health plan by 72% to 20% and were significantly higher than support of private industry, even among Republicans.

By September 2009, support for a public health plan was even higher, but evidence that the Obama administration had already made a deal with the Health Industry were openly discussed.

In March 2010, Obama signed the Health Care Bill into Law, without the public option.  What was the state of the Health Insurance Industry, hated by the public for bad service and high costs, while people suffered around the country?

At the time the Bill was signed in March 2010, the stock prices of the 2 largest Health Insurance Companies were:

Wellpoint, Inc.  $66.33/share

United Health Group Inc. $35.16/share

Yes, their worth more than doubled. The Obama Health Care Bill is a large financial gift to the Health Industry.

I understand why people continue to support the Obama administration, even if I don’t agree with it.  Here are a few reasons they do:

1. There are only 2 options, Democrats and The Republicans and other right wingers (so called tea party and libertarians): crazy, hateful, ignorant, thieves who constantly get attention, scaring us into believing anything else must be good.

2. Current and past racism in America is so disgusting and vile that instinctively, criticism of the first Black president feels wrong.  This feeling is reenforced by racist criticism coming through from Republicans and Tea Baggers.   Get over it – the Obama administration has made it worse for Black Americans.  Prison rate, poverty, employment, health – everything has gotten much worse since Obama took over.   It is actually more harmful to African Americans to continually support politicians and other governors (Judge Clarence Thomas) based on the color of their skin, rather than looking at their policies.

3. Obama is very convincing.  I can’t listen to him anymore because I know he is lying, but he could convince me to sell my neighbors’ internal organs for donation money.

4. Confirmation bias.  The emotion of support for Obama’s candidacy, as he ran against George W. Bush, the least popular president since  Harry S Truman, convinced everyone that he was the right choice.  This is hard to drop.

5.  Supporting a ‘third party’ that supports the people, rather than the large governing corporations is a long term difficult and sometimes abstract process.  Picking the seemingly best candidate put forth by the same large governing corporations is much easier, although self destructive.

we found the tumor

Comic from HealthCare Now!

September 21, 2010

DON’T ASK how much we spend for Military functions – the ‘Media’ DON’T TELL

Filed under: News, politics — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 3:17 pm

Despite the big production Obama has made regarding the removal of troops from Iraq and the ‘problems’ of America’s large debt, the democrats in the senate are pushing a new bill (S. 3454) to increase military spending.  Any mention in the ‘mainstream media’ of the gigantic increase in military spending is obfuscated by discussion of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy attached to the Bill.  The Obama administration is continuing the Bush administration’s policy of draining resources from the bottom 95% to enrich the top 5%.

“In the US, there is basically one party – the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.”

-Noam Chomsky-

Nobel Prize for War Mongering

meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Cartoon by Rodrigo at RodrigoCartoon.

May 11, 2010

Catching up with SkeptiSys

Filed under: Cool other, law, News, politics, Strange, Uncategorized — skeptisys @ 10:35 am

Thanks to you readers who contacted me, wondering when I will post again.  Well, ‘ere I am.  Let’s see if I can catch up in just one article.  What’s been going on…

SkeptiSys on his break

1. Tiger Woods has been attacked mercilessly by the government (Disney) for having consensual sex with White women.  And for dominating a previously all White sport.  Yes this is repeat news from 1912 – see Jack Johnson, Boxing champion.

2. The Obama/Exxon administration manages to be considered ‘left’ and ‘liberal’ despite:

a) nominating 2 right-wing corporate loyalists to be U.S. Supreme Court Justices.  In fact, most of Obama’s position choices are right wing corporatists, many of whom served under Bush

b) turning over multiple trillions of dollars from the people to large banks that caused a depression, auto and gas industries that caused global warming, military companies that have committed murder, fraud, and the Iraq fiasco, and the Insurance industries that have caused our medical and disaster recovery to be the worst in civilization.

c) blocking all investigations into war crimes committed under the Bush administration, which itself is a War Crime.

d) Protecting large telecommunications companies that committed crimes by spying and wiretapping American citizens then sharing the private info.

e) Increasing the already sick military budget and escalating wars, resulting in well over one million civilians dead – many are women and children.  Somewhere during this, Obama receives Nobel Peace Price from obviously stoned Nobel panel.

f) Declaring the President can order the assassination of any American citizen without oversight.

g) resisting all humane health options (single payer or public option) to assure record profits by scummy health insurance companies.

h) increasing the prison rate, poverty rate… and on, and on, and on.

Somehow the ‘media’ has defined ‘left’ and ‘liberal’ to include Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, John Lennon, and Hitler.  Take that Propaganda, old mother Russia!

3. The Catholic Church, obviously upset that they have lost their crown as Most Evil Institution to Islamic Fundamentalism -  makes a comeback with their ‘we rape children’ advertisement campaign.

Here is Pat Condell with his unique view on the Catholic Church:

As an aside, did you notice that you are considered by pollsters to be voting based on ‘morals’, if you vote for a candidate that hates Gays, but not if you vote for a political candidate because you hate killing and rape by military and religious wackos?  In this weird culture,to be more ‘moral’ means having more hate and bigotry.

I guess that is enough to get out of my hiatus.  As always, be skeptical of everything, and make a joke out of everything.  Peace and love!

Peace & Love

Photos from tattoo.

If you like Pat Condell, donate to his cause at his website.   If you hate his work, please write a note saying so, when you donate.

July 29, 2009

Freedom of the press? Censorship of Rorschach’s tests.

Filed under: law, News, politics — Tags: , , , — skeptisys @ 10:08 am

In America, the large corporate entities that govern the country have found another bizarre step in their attempt to completely control speech on the Internet: censorship of non-copyrighted material.  Seriously.

From today’s New York Times: an article about the availability of Rorschach tests on Wikipedia in which they liken the posting of the Rorschach tests to cheating and immorality.  The article is so slanted, it has to be read carefully to determine if it was penned by The Onion.

Please read the article for yourself, and look carefully for the answer to two major questions:

1.  Why are people able to publish the Rorshach tests in books freely, but not on the Internet?

2. Why should any group (psychologists in this instance) have more access to free available information than the rest of the public?

I couldn’t find the answers in the article.

Disclaimer: I have participated in the administration and analysis of psychological tests in my business capacity (we paid for all tests in full), and come from a family of Psychologists.

I see Marlon Brando being attacked by a pig.  Is that normal, doc?

I see Marlon Brando being attacked by a pig. Is that normal, doc?

Others see Thelonious Monk (Mad times).

June 21, 2009

New Rules for June 18, 2009: Bill Maher gets it right

Filed under: humor, News, pictures and videos, politics — skeptisys @ 10:12 am

I have two reasons to love Bill Maher:

1. I once dated a woman who claimed to have dated Bill Maher, which only about 20% of American men can say.

2. His New Rules segment.

Last night’s New Rules segment was his best in a long time.  Please enjoy.

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