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Loot Crate Unboxing – August 2014 “Heroes”

Posted on 22 August 2014

 

The Secular Nerd and That Heathen Girl unbox August 2014 edition “Heroes” from Loot Crate!

 

 

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Natural Selection & Survival of the Fittest

Posted on 22 August 2014

             I just had a conversation with The Secular Nerd about this and thought I’d share my thoughts with you. These are just observations I made, and I am no scientist. Let us know what your thoughts are on this subject in the comments!

 

 

“Survival of the Fittest”

Evolution

If you’ve heard this, you probably think of it in terms of who is physically strong to survive.

Well, let’s have a little example:

Say two people are preparing for a fight, standing a few feet or so apart. Bob is tall, built, very strong, very health. Frank is frail and skinny.

Now if you took those two and said, of course Bob would survive, look at him! He could crush a guys skull with his bare hands!

Now add in a weapon for Frank. Say some kind of gun. Who do you think would survive now?

The problem with “Survival of the fittest” is that it’s turned into “Whoever has the biggest gun and has the best shot survives”.

We don’t fully realize how much our viewpoints have to change in order to adapt to our species evolution. Natural selection can’t work the way it’s supposed to if the weak carry an AK-47.

Those weak genes will just get passed on instead of strong genes. Say Frank in this scenario has some kind of health issue. Nothing life threatening but something nature wouldn’t want passed on to affect their children. Say they we’re fighting for a mate, and Frank wins because hey, he’s got a fucking gun!

Bob would have had the genes necessary to create strong healthy children. However, since the population of Earth is now well over 7 Billion, and overpopulation is becoming an issue, natural selection doesn’t jump in anymore because nature is trying to curb the human population.

If you look at the way nature changes around us, you’ll notice how Humans are very very slow to evolve now. It’s because we’re at the top of the food chain. Other species change around us all the time, to adapt to predators. Humans have an unfair advantage since our brains are more evolved, so we make weapons. Those species in turn slowly change their way of staying alive as Humans fight amongst ourselves.

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Let’s hope it never comes to that, though it would be kinda adorable.

Viruses are probably the only other species that have killed as many humans besides humans themselves. Think about that. The Black Plague hit China and Europe, taking out a hefty chunk of their populations. It could happen again.

Nature and humans have always battled each other out to dominate the food chain, and it’s only a matter of time before we either destroy ourselves, or nature does it for us.

I shall leave you with a good quote:

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
― Charles Darwin

What do you guys think of Natural Selection?

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Religious beliefs for corporations win in Supreme Court

Posted on 30 June 2014

Today, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in what is considered a landmark decision that gives corporations the right to decide what their employees receive coverage for, in terms of their insurance they have with that corporation. What does this mean? It means a company can pick whatever they want to deny, and say it’s due to religious belief.

I can’t stress enough how hypocritical Hobby Lobby is in this case, since their 401 k retirement plans were invested in the pharmaceutical companies that made contraceptives [Source Mother Jones], then through whatever backroom political pressure meeting, decided to go to the Supreme Court to fight for the right to deny their own employees from being covered for contraceptives.

What’s going to happen when corporations like Hobby Lobby say “It’s against my belief to receive coverage for blood transfusions”? Jehovah Witnesses come to mind with that. One thing you need to ask yourself is this: “Is it right that any corporation can have control and say on what coverage you can or cannot receive?”. Before you start to say “Well, they can just find another job!”. Think about that statement, and think about your current situation. Are you in a position yourself to have free roam to have a change of where you work freely? Do your relatives have a choice in where they work?

Regardless of if you make that statement or not, it’s a crime against humanity. Contraceptive is used for hundreds of other things besides preventing pregnancy. It’s used for the treatment of painful menstruation cycles. It’s used to prevent some extremely life threatening conditions such as cancer of the ovaries and womb – [Source]. All this is, is an overreach of the Supreme Court. They are more fearful of the loudmouth minority fundamentalists, because they are capable of triggering radical things. What things you ask? Oh, I don’t know, like shoot up abortion clinics [Source] (Google for more than this), bomb abortion clinics [Source].

 

Protesters

 

Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion, over a dissent from the four liberal justices, that forcing companies to pay for methods of women’s contraception to which they object violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He said the ruling is limited and there are ways for the administration to ensure women get the birth control they want. – [Source Boston Globe]

 

Corporations qualify for protection of religious beliefs under the law, Justice Alito writes for the majority, because even though corporate personhood is a “legal fiction,” those corporations are formed by human beings and they represent the people who are associated with them and their rights. Protecting the corporation thus protects the people who own and control it. – [Source New York Times]

 

I personally cannot wait until secular businesses fire people for radical religious beliefs, and then rely upon this ruling. The Supreme Court just approved of discrimination based on “personal religious beliefs” because “those corporations are formed by human beings and they represent the people who are associated with them and their rights. Protecting the corporation thus protects the people who own and control it”.

We live in a country where capitalism does not represent humanity’s best interest. It represents the corporation’s best interest. - The Secular Nerd

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