Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Verbal Attacks on Vegans

A Facebook friend seems to have a great problem with people being vegan.  Anyone else can post medical articles supporting their particular problems, or diets they like, in response to the threads started by this FB friend.  But her threads are a ploy to get an argument going when a vegan posts a suggestion, and she responds with a vengeance, stating that “you have no business telling others what to eat.  “Eating is personal, and I will not be told on my page what to eat.”  When a vegan posts about how most Americans eat way too much fat and protein, and Americans’ health is horrible compared to other countries with our obesity levels skyrocketing, she always counters with, “There is no typical American diet” and then talks about “hungry children” in America.  Speaking about hungry children does not discount the obesity problem, but she likes to end her thread with a lecture, a mention about hunger and virtual applause from her meat-eating fans.

Hunger is one of her issues, and I also agree it is of utmost importance, but I pointed out that people can help animals by cutting down on meat and dairy, and while those people are snacking, they can be online, helping solve world hunger or any other issue.  It is never a “humans against animals” choice of which to help.  Both can be helped. 

My words thus far have fallen on deaf ears and also on ears of people who love to call names and taunt the vegan.  So far I have been called “Holier than thou” (on an atheist site) and “smarmy.”  I am always careful with my choice of words and do not tell people how they must eat – I usually say that I find an article credible and try to explain that because most people are not familiar with a very low fat, vegan diet and its health benefits, I think the article could be enjoyable for them to read.  The responses to my carefully worded statements are always hateful, and my article not appreciated at all (and usually not read).  

I cannot figure out how to get people to realize that even poor American children speak our language and stand a chance at being able to say to someone, “I am hungry.”  Adults can ask for help.  Animals are hidden away and are the true slaves of our era; abused, no, downright tortured for the entire short lives, and then painfully killed.  They are locked away so that they can be more easily hidden from our thoughts; a shameful practice of a “civilized society.” 

Yet people think that I have no right to suggest that our world needs to change.  They shout (as loud as a person can shout while typing) that they have the right to eat whatever they want, and that those nasty vegans always moralize: as if that is a bad thing to talk about making moral choices.  I just do not understand the hatred, especially from atheists, who criticize Christians for closing their ears and eyes to reality. 

I realize I am going against what people like and love, eating what they were raised with and what gives them comfort, happiness and pleasure.  Vegan foods also give the same feelings and one more feeling can be added:  pride.
I do not have a tidy ending to this blog post, but am just writing so that the next time I am drawn into a conversation, I will have a clear idea of what barriers I have, so perhaps I can find a way to explain better or break through barriers; and find a way for meat eaters to work with vegans (by eating even a little less meat and dairy) in order to make a collective effort – enough to shut down the factory farms.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sperm are Not Intelligently Designed

It semens to me that the Intelligent Design advocates have some explaining to do.  If God made man and woman specially to procreate, then only one sperm should be necessary.  That little guy would hit its target as Adam was made in the image of God and God is perfect.  (Are you picturing God’s penis right now?)  But in reality, 300 million spermatozoa shoot off with every ejaculation, give or take a few million.  I wonder if there are any Christians who cry over all that wasted life?  Richard Dawkins even mentions our excessive production:  “We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”   

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Vaccines - what is not in them!

I recently got into a discussion with an anti-vaccination Christian, and the ending was not pretty, as she was offended by my facts.  However, it always means I learn something while I quickly look up information to counter the emotional anti-medicine, anti-doctor, anti-science, anti-sense sensationalism.
So here is the low down on mercury, taken largely from the source below my writing:

Which is in your vaccines, ethylmercury or methylmercury?  Do you know the difference and do you know the answer?  The answer in most cases is neither.  There are trace amounts of ethylmercury in some flu vaccines and a trace amount in some DTaP vaccines although mercury free options are available, and there are more formulations that are mercury free.  Although I am just beginning to learn about this subject, it seems to me that the normal vaccines given to children are mercury free.

If there are trace amounts of mercury in a shot, ethylmercury does not build up in the system like methylmercury does and methylmercury is never used in vaccines.  Where do we find methylmercury?  In the fish people consume where it accumulates and is concentrated.  I should make a meme with people stuffing their mouths with fish while discussing the dangers of mercury supposedly in vaccines!

There is a chart at the end of the article I attached which shows all the vaccines with no mercury at all and the ones with trace amounts.  (Ethylmercury is a preservative and improves effectiveness of the vaccine.) Although I err on the side of caution and I do not take flu vaccines because I haven’t been sick at all in years, the scientists have done extensive safety studies.  I doubt anyone here has had 1000 times the proper dose, which would cause side effects and does in the tests they have performed!  Even then, there is no link to autism and never has been any link to autism.

If you need to be protected from getting meningitis, you may have to have a vaccine with a little ethylmercury.  I am sure you will be happy to take the risk as meningitis itself causes severe brain injury.
So any time you see a person talking about how dangerous vaccines are and pointing to them containing mercury, you have a handy chart showing that most likely the vaccines they are talking about have no mercury at all; and if they did themselves have a shot containing ethylmercury (in the form of Thimerosal) as a child in the "old days," any ethylmercury has long since left their bodies.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Having Fun with The Flat Earth Society!

This is about The Flat Earth Society's beliefs, but see if you can pick up my views about Christianity in general from reading this article. 
I found a drawing of a Flat earth as believed by The Flat Earth Society. The Flat Earthers take the Bible literally and actually believe what is said in the Bible about the earth, i.e., the earth is a circle, spread out, and people can go to the ends of the earth.  Nowhere does it say or imply “sphere” in the Bible, by the way. There is a dome like the Superdome above, and some believe the earth is held up by pillars as it mentions the pillars in a few places in the Bible such as Job, and a rectangular shape is mentioned in the Bible so that is thrown in as well.  The composite looks like this picture!

If the Flat Earthers think differently, they believe they will not be a Christian - and they think all other Christians who believe in a round earth are not true Christians. This is how a religion takes over and pushes logic and common sense off the edge of the earth! : )I can certainly understand how people believed the earth was flat in ancient times, since the people did not have cars or planes to travel and lived in generally flat lands.  But with our satellite pictures, detailed maps of the universe, and pictures our astronauts took, there is no rational reason for anyone to believe in a flat earth.  Think about it: these people have to deny maps, the core of the earth and all the rock layers, the distance of the galaxies, our travels to the moon and all the measurements.  If everyone were to become Flat Earthers, what would happen to space discovery or progress in geography, geology, cosmology or any science?  The Flat Earthers look at a story in Joshua and came up with their belief that the sun and the moon are ten miles apart!  Anyone see a problem with the sun being 10 miles from the moon?  The Flat Earth Society originated in Illinois.  We can be so proud.

I would say the Flat Earthers are entitled to their beliefs, but they should not discount scientists and cannot with any sense of rationality expect for us to “teach the controversy” as if this is a valid “theory.”  There are those who teach their children the earth looks like this picture.  It limits those kids’ abilities to appreciate what we actually have discovered.  Hopefully, we will not see them running for offices of the United States, getting on School Boards so their “science" can get pushed through instead of going through rigorous tests and Peer Review the way real science does, and the worst case scenario would be if one of them were appointed to the National Science Committee.  But we are too rational for that, aren't we?

Picture drawn by Mr. Kari A. Tikkamen