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Kratom Made As Illegal as Heroin in Arkansas Under the Radar

Posted on 27 February 2016 by The Secular Nerd

Kratom Made Illegal

Kratom Made Illegal

If you try to order Kratom today from the many distributors, you’re gonna have a bad time. That’s because a bureaucratic decision (not a legislative decision) made by the Director of the Department of Health with the stroke of a pen made it as illegal as heroin in Arkansas.

Since my interview with KARK (Article Here), I have been blackballed from every single doctor in almost a 50 mile radius. What have I been using to treat my chronic back pain? Kratom. This atrocious decision originates from Dr. Thomas Atkinson. Want to know what reviews say about him?

 

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Interesting that a doctor who found out his patients was using something all natural to treat their addiction and immediately took action with the Department of Health to have it declared just as illegal as heroin. And what was with this one day public comment period that I have yet to find any mention about as of this writing? I would have been there or made my voice heard in a heartbeat.

I’ve reached out to KARK and hoping to hear more from them. I will post updates and more details as I get them.

Right now, there is a good conversation on Reddit about this (Found Here) along with a link to the PDF that details this from the Arkansas Legislation Site (Or direct link here).

Stay tuned for more details that I find out about this.

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Top 6 Frustrations Living With Conservatives

Posted on 29 January 2016 by The Secular Nerd

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Tea Party Pro Gun Rally

Many people were fortunate to have never shared a roof with someone of the opposite political spectrum. This Top 6 is for you and those who could really relate to the frustrations. Please feel free to share any frustration points I might have missed in the comment section below.

 

6: The Bold Faced Lies

 

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Seeing lies and half-truthism coming out of the fingers in social media conversations are bad enough, but to have a loved one spewing those same lies? It digs deeps into the core of you. What do you do? Do you call them on it? Hell no. Why? Because attempt number 4,539 to do it will fail. Even with substantial evidence to disprove it, your loved one will go on a wild tangent how this person connects with this person, who did this small thing which caused X to happen because Y person said this, and their butcher was connected to an Islamic Goat Farm. WHA?!? I was just proving your claim that Obama wants to kill everyone to be false. What does this have to do with the goat herder in Saudi Arabia?

 

5: Insane Games of Connect The Dots

 

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Number 6 leads us to 5, where your head will spin from trying to follow the outrageous connections that have nothing to do with your original conversation. This will usually happen when they try to “prove” they are right. You could be sitting there having a casual conversation about flowers, then out of nowhere BAMB! A global warming conspiracy pops up and they are telling you about this one guy who knows a guy who allegedly saw a memo there’s no evidence of, which connected this organization to Nestle which produces chem trails for the government. WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH FLOWERS?!?! Furthermore… WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GETTING THIS?!?! Excuse me, I digress… but you know the frustration. The crazy game of connect the dots where they make new dots to prove a point.

 

4: Vote for my Candidate or Get Out (or some other threat)

 

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Living with and depending on each other for stability in a trying economy can be both beneficial and a nightmare. You may have experienced a time or two an outrageous argument out of the blue that starts with “You are voting for X Conservative right?”. IT’S A TRAP! Do you lie? No… because you want to maintain an ethical standing. IT’S A TRAP!

 

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So what’s left to do? Lie… Lie because if you don’t, IT’S A TRAP! When you don’t lie, and you are honest with who you are voting for, the threats start coming in. “If you don’t vote for X person, I’m not helping you anymore!” or “If you don’t vote for X, get out of here!”. Something along those lines.

 

 

3: Passing by a room blaring Fox News

 

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We’ve all been to a public place at one point or another, and a channel you would rather not watch, let alone listen to, is blaring for the amusement of the few employees really. Imagine 24/7 practically that channel blaring under the same roof? You might catch yourself listening and shaking your head ready to Google evidence that proves that douche bag guest of theirs wrong. Do you? No, because it will just start another fight. Instead, you find yourself venting on Social Media or to a like-minded friend of how much you want to pull your hair out over such insane claims.

 

 

2: The Conspiracy Theories

 

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As expressed in previous points, many of the arguments you might find yourself getting into will involve not only half-truths and lies, but also conspiracy theories. In my time, I’ve heard some outrageous things coming out of my mother and father’s mouth. The longest time, Obama was Barry Santos and Michelle Obama was Michael Obama. WHAT THE HELL?! Luckily my mother didn’t believe the Mars conspiracy theory where Obama either came from Mars or lived on Mars, but if your loved one does… I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry.

 

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1: Religion mixed with Politics

 

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If you relate to any of the top 6 points in here, it’s most likely the case that religion and politics are also involved. I’m an Atheist. I’m also a Secular Humanist. I use reason and logic to come to conclusive opinions based solely on fact. When I see things such as religion involved with politics, I shudder. I know many religious people who also shudder at politics and religion mingling. I’m sure you heard the rants of “Obama is a Muslim!” or “We need Donald Trump because he will keep all the muslims out of here!”. That’s all based on Religious propaganda, fearful of Muslim belief taking over Christian Belief. Little do they realize, they are the same thing.

 

 

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Enable Windows 10 Dark Theme

Posted on 13 September 2015 by The Secular Nerd

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Settings Panel Dark Theme after applying Registry Value

 

How to Enable the Hidden Dark Theme in Windows 10

There is a hidden feature in Windows 10 that allows you to make most apps, including the Settings Panel to go Dark!

Below, add these two registry DWORD values using Regedit (Instructions on how to get to and use Regedit are below the screenshots):

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
“AppsUseLightTheme”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
“AppsUseLightTheme”=dword:00000000

Additionally, for a quicker way to add them, simply download the Dark Theme Reg file and the Light Theme Reg file (Right-Click and save as) for quick switching back and forth (or if you don’t really care for the Dark Theme after all). No need to log out or reboot, simply close the Apps and reload them. Feel free to inspect the Reg file before double clicking on them to switch between the two (it’s a good safe practice to always inspect registry key settings prior to importing them, no matter where you get them).

 Settings Before Applying the Dark Theme

 

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Settings After Applying the Dark Theme

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Store Library Before and After

 

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Instructions on how to use RegEdit:

  1. Hold down Windows Key on your Keyboard and press R to bring up Run (Or right click on the Start Button and click Run).
  2. Type in Regedit and press Ok.
  3. You will see a tree like view of keys. Expand each of the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize
  4. Inside the “Personalize” Folder right click on the right and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Rename it to AppsUseLightTheme
  6. If it already exists, double click on it and change its value to 0 and press ok (Keep it on Hexadecimal).
  7. To change it back to light, simply change it to 1.
  8. Do the same for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize
  9. If you don’t have a Personalize Folder in Themes, simply right click on Themes Folder and press New > Key
  10. Rename that Key to Personalize, then do steps 4-7

 

 

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How to get the police called on you at the doctors office for not doing anything

Posted on 10 August 2015 by The Secular Nerd

So there I was, ready to go in with my wife for her monthly visit to the doctor at AR Care in Des Arc, AR. I was stopped at the door and told I wasn’t allowed to come back with her. Forty minutes later, they called the police right before she got out and he waited for me to leave and then pulled me over.

A little backstory. Des Arc’s AR Care bogusly kicked me out of their care because of what happened with KARK. They viewed me as threatening and intimidating and claimed I had three prescription anxiety medications in my system. I asked to see the medical records proving it and they never produced it. That’s because it was bogus. They waited until I came in to see them to hand me a letter stating I was a threat to them and others. I had talked to the office three days prior and was never told to come in.

So I called the complaint department about this bogus charge and no one got back with me. Fine, I know what they are doing. Trying to make an example out of me. Well a few months in with my wife seeing them, they cut her anxiety medication down without even talking to her. To make matters worse, they lied to her on a Friday saying they called her prescriptions in, but never did. She went three days withdrawing on her medication until they called it in on a Tuesday.

They were punishing her because of me. Then, last month? They gave her to a fill-in nurse practitioner because her normal Nurse-practitioner was too scared to confront her. When she asked why they cut her down during the worst month of her life (We had to go to court to sue her mother), they wouldn’t give her a straight answer. Then, today (8/10) they told her that she is being cut off from all controlled-substances because Walgreens filled her previous doctors Ambien for her (she had three refills left) instead of her current nurse-practitioners prescription.

When she asked them how is it her fault Walgreens did that while bawling her eyes out, they shrugged and did and said nothing. Then they had the nurse bring her a prescription for 10 Klonopin and told her that “We aren’t terminating you, we just can’t give you controlled-substances anymore”. When my wife came out with tears in her eyes I asked her “What did they do?”. She said “Let’s just get out of here.”

We walked out. I was pretty livid, but not livid to the point of making a terrible mistake. I saw the cop next to my car. I walked back in and asked how can I make a formal complaint? They pointed me to a stamped envelope on the wall. I grabbed it and took it outside. With the cop car next me, I got in my car and drove next door to the gas station. I saw the nurses talking to him. I knew then what was going on. They called the police thinking I would retaliate against them for lying and screwing my wife over because they wanted to make an example out of anyone on Medicaid and especially me who called KARK on the local hospital.

So I went into the gas station, got what I needed to get, and started to pull out. I saw the cop was going to follow me, so I got behind someone at the gas pumps. He pulled around, waited awhile, then went back to AR Care.

Mind you, they made my wife wait until the second they closed because they didn’t want anyone witnessing what was going on. They were legitimately scared of me for no reason. I never once acted threatening or intimidating. I never once cussed at them, raised my voice, or did anything to merit this. What they did to my wife and I was unbelievable. Two months ago, they even lied to her on the phone and said “Well the Nurse-Practitioner talked to you about lowering your anti-anxiety medication”. My wife was flabbergasted about that! Why would she agree to something like that with a pending court case against her own mother? Not once did she ever speak with her.

So let this post be a notice to anyone going to AR Care, especially Des Arc AR Care, that if you are young, going through some troubles and require aid, you have Medicaid, you will be discriminated against. You may even have the police called on you because you are poor, and poor people are threatening.

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Update on Unity Health in Searcy, AR

Posted on 29 May 2015 by The Secular Nerd

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It’s been about two months since I went to KARK and had my post go viral on the internet about how Unity Health has turned Searcy Medical Center into a nightmare. I have a lot to report about since that time. I’ve been completely blackballed by the entire Unity Health system. I was turned down by three different doctors in the system. Doctors who refused to see me since my Primary Care Physician and I completely parted. I’ve been attacked many times over from Unity Health workers, calling me a drug addict and a liar.

 

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

That quote resonates with me on so many levels. When my story went viral, I had nearly 75 people tell me their horror stories. They all shared a common theme. They were poverty stricken, seeking help from their local hospital here in Searcy, AR. I had to do something for them, so I went to KARK to share my story, and the story of others. I was met with a complete blackballing of my wife and I. Even our family physician wouldn’t see me. He sees my father and my sister. He won’t see me because he is a part of Unity Health. I’ve also applied to several other doctors and all met with “We can’t see you”. No explanation given.

I’m not considering myself a martyr. I consider myself someone who did the right thing, and when people do the right thing, there is a backlash. That is how the world works. I had no illusions about what to expect when I went toe to toe with Unity Health. I gave those who needed a voice about their experience an audience. The reaction was predictable with attacks and assumptions. We live in a world where those who suffer can’t suffer enough, and those who do get good care or in a comfortable position are usually blind to those who suffer.

Let there be no mistake about this. It is happening all over America. The land of the free has turned into the land of the rotten to the core. Stand tall and continue to be vocal about atrocities. Know that if you receive a backlash against something that is humanistic or humanitarian, you are doing something right.

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Arkansas Hospital Creates Its own Death Panel

Posted on 17 April 2015 by The Secular Nerd

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Clarification: I noticed a lot of negative comments in regards to this situation so I wanted to summarize this so there are no misconceptions: My Doctor told me to go to the ER because my conditions have worsened and my follow-up was not going to be until after the weekend. When I told them my conditions were worsened and my Doctor told me to go to the ER, they continued to claim that it was not an emergency. This has nothing to do with insurance as I have insurance. A doctor pre-diagnosed me without even seeing me and said if I want to be treated for the very things they listed to seek immediate medical care for, I had to pay $200 dollars because of this new policy. I am aware of the stigma around Medicaid, however when my doctor tells me to go to the ER, I and everyone else should expect to be treated at the ER for immediate medical care. My condition is still critical and I am without proper treatment as of writing this at 4/17/2015.

Update 9: The Arkansas Department of Health said they found no immediate issues, but will now monitor the Hospital for violations. Also posted my own personal update on how I have been blackballed by them.

Update 8: Filed a complaint with the Arkansas Department of Health. You are encouraged to file a complain as well with them at 501-661-2201 if you are one of the people who were turned away by Unity Health/White County Medical Center’s Emergency Room policy of a $200 deposit.

Update 7: Here’s the link to the interview and the story. I hope this gives those who have suffered the same fate as I have a voice in these matters.

The Interview:

Update 6: KARK has interviewed me! I made mention of some of the people’s comments and made awareness to what was happening. Tune in at 6 tonight to see it. If they put it on the web, I’ll embed it here.

Update 5: KARK will be interviewing me around noon on camera. I promise to create as much awareness as possible for everyone who has been turned away who can’t pay the $200 and told their emergency was not an emergency.

Update 4: Spoke with a reporter for KARK and they are going to have a meeting Monday to finalize and get the ball rolling to do a camera interview and let me share the information about my experience and the others in the comments.

Update 3: KARK has reached out again and I have a call scheduled for Sunday to go through everything.

Update 2: I am getting a tremendous amount of traffic and people messaging me privately about what White County Medical Center did to me, and to people they know. Please, if you or someone you know has experienced this, please leave a comment sharing your story.

Update 1: KARK in Arkansas has reached out to me. They are looking into the resources I provided them.

I don’t like to share much private information about myself or my health, but something so profound and so disturbing has just happened to me and is happening to others in White County (Searcy) Arkansas that I feel as though I need to bring as much awareness as possible about it. Below is a brief story on my experience with what could only be described as a private death panel.

I suffer from a large ailment of issues with my back. Recently in the last year however I developed a bulging torn disc in my lower back. When it first appeared it was painful and I received some treatment for it. I then moved to White County for personal reasons with my wife. We are both on the Affordable Care Act Private Option that is only available in Arkansas. It was a very unique approach to provide medical insurance instead of traditional medicaid. We are both on Ambetter.

On the 13th of April, I aggravated my bulging torn disc somehow by bending down to pick up a 2-litre. I was in extreme amounts of pain. I tried taking my normally prescribed medications already treating my damage in my back but it made no difference. It was a pain I had never felt before. It felt like tremendous pressure. It felt like I needed to crack my back to relieve it, but that wasn’t it at all. I went to the ER (White County Medical Center) in Searcy seeking relief.

When I arrived there was no one waiting so I got in quick. I was seen once by a doctor and he determined that it may be a slipped or herniated disc at this point. They gave me an injection of Demerol and then gave me 4 day prescription of Percocet, Valium, and Naproxen. I attempted to reach out to my doctor the next day hoping for an appointment that week. My doctor isn’t in on Wednesdays or Fridays past noon, so I was given one option of a morning appointment on Thursday or an appointment on Monday. The only person who could take me was going to be out of town on Thursday morning, so I said Monday.

Well, I realized that I was running out quick on my prescriptions given to me during the ER visit (due to me being in constant pain and taking 1 every 4 hours of the percocet and only prescribed 20) and I called on the 16th telling the nurse of my doctor that I’m getting worse (as well as being concerned that since the conditions are getting worse, I will have to continue taking 1 every 4 hours) and that I’m experiencing the things listed where it says seek immediate medical attention. The Nurse said I needed to go to the ER again with these new symptoms. So I had my father drive me as I can’t feel my legs and I’m in incredible amounts of pain beyond what the Percocet is helping with.

We arrived at the ER at around 10pm and I signed in. I told the triage nurse that these symptoms appeared and I was getting worse. She took my vitals and sent me back to the waiting room. 10 minutes later, a man called me over to a desk. Now before this man called me to the desk in my wheelchair I was in, I overheard a person with Thyroid cancer saying that she couldn’t be seen because it wasn’t an emergency and that she would need to pay a $200 deposit if she wanted to be seen. I remember seeing her so distraught over the ordeal and she was frantically calling urgent care clinics that were all closed by that time.

I went over to this man, and he told me the same thing. I told him that I was told by my doctor to come to the ER, but the man continued to say I am not considered an emergency. I asked to speak to a nurse about this, and I told her I was having issues with pain shooting down my leg and a lack of control over my bowels. She continued to say that it wasn’t an emergency that that was happening and I needed to pay the $200 deposit to be seen.

My wife and I were so enraged we left. We came back after we realized nothing else was open to see me. We asked for this policy notice and more of an explanation. We didn’t get too much information other than a letter they have prepared for this. The picture above is a photo of the symptoms I was experiencing that they told me to seek IMMEDIATE medical care for, yet was still considered not an emergency and the letter of the policy with a list of urgent care clinics that could instead deal with me.

As we were leaving, we found out that a nurse who actually works there was waiting for her husband to come by ambulance because he too was turned away. I don’t know what condition he was in, but he too was turned away unless he paid the $200 deposit to be seen.

Republicans back when the Affordable Care Act was placed into effect used to preach about “Death Panels” that would decide who lives or who dies. They meant it for the insurance companies and Medicaid. Through some pretty weird sense of irony, the hospitals are now implementing their own “Death Panels”. If you don’t have money, you are going to be turned away based on a doctor who doesn’t even see you, with information given by a Triage nurse.

This is wrong. This is incredibly incredibly wrong. I have reached out to several news outlets here in Little Rock Arkansas to tell them of this story, and I hope they get back with me and report about this. What would happen if someone was feeling just mildly ill and they go into the emergency room and the doctor thinks they just have a cold, and the person is sent home because they can’t pay $200 dollars and it ends up that person dies because it was something much more severe?

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The Secular Nerd needs you!

Posted on 30 November 2014 by The Secular Nerd

Why I need you:

That’s right, The Secular Nerd needs you because a series of unfortunate events have led our family into a pickle. We are closing on a house for my disabled father and mother (they are on fixed income) and we have helped them with all the extra fee’s needed (over $800) to get to this point. Due to an issue with putting the closing cost on the loan or a separate loan, they were forced to come up with $2,000 for the home. The home is only $23,000 and they got $1,000 up. It was left to me, but as a freelance contractor I can only do so much to help. Unfortunately a client has delayed a massive project for way past our deadline to close. Our deadline to close is the third. If we don’t come up with $1,000, we lose the house to another buyer.

My parents are in their 60’s and have been living in a camper for 3 years looking for a decent house that they could afford and call home. We now live with them too. In the camper.

 

Bottom Line:

I’m offering services, perks, incentives, etc. I’m even auctioning off a one of a kind cuff made by The Craft Mill that looks like this (Give them a like on Facebook too!) :

R'amen Cuff (Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) Click to be taken to the auction post on Facebook!

R’amen Cuff (Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) Click to be taken to the auction post on Facebook!

 

If the link on the picture doesn’t work, find this post at The Secular Nerd Facebook Page

The starting bid for this one of a kind cuff is $35.00. All you have to do is bid higher than anyone else in the Secular Nerd’s Facebook post and it’s yours (If you are the highest bidder come December 2nd at 8pm Central Time)!

 

The place for the perks? That’s on our GoFundMe campaign.

 

I can’t express how important it is for my family (including my wife and I) to have a house. We are eternally grateful to everyone who has contributed thus far, and we will be eternally grateful to those who contribute and procure my services. You can see my freelance contractor site, Praeon Technologies, to get an idea of what I have already been doing for clients.

 

Below, is a picture of the lovely camper we all share!

 

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And below, is a picture of the house you can help us replace the camper with:

 

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Religious beliefs for corporations win in Supreme Court

Posted on 30 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

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].

 

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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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Top 5 GOP Fails for June 2014

Posted on 29 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

In this new top 5 segment, each month we will list the fails/fallacies of the GOP party backing it up with evidence at the time, along with any fallacies they commit and the definition of said fallacy. We will not state opinion, but the irony here is the fact that we are rather biased. This is “nothing but the facts”, so help me Flying Spaghetti Monster.

 

5. Jordan Haskins running for office with felonies involving masterbation

A convicted felon running for a Michigan House of Representatives seat this November isn’t getting support, or opposition, from the Saginaw County Republican Party he has filed to represent.

Jordan Haskins’ record of criminal offenses dating back to his teenage years are mainly tied to a sexual fetish the candidate says he has since left behind him.

Haskins admitted to police that he scaled fences and trespassed on both public and private property in order to take vehicles for joyrides and to facilitate a fetish he referred to as “cranking.” Police reports state he disconnected the spark plugs on a vehicle and then masturbated while attempting to turn over the engine. – [Source MLive] [Alternate Source The Raw Story]

Saginaw resident Jordan Haskins is the lone Republican candidate who is running for the 95th State House District seat in November 2014. Neil Barris | MLive.com

Saginaw resident Jordan Haskins is the lone Republican candidate who is running for the 95th State House District seat in November 2014.
Neil Barris | MLive.com

The Secular Nerd:

This speaks for itself.

 

 

 

4. Suing the President for using executive orders granted to him for being the President

President Barack Obama on Friday slammed Republicans for a forthcoming lawsuit against him over alleged abuse of executive power, saying such actions were only necessary because the GOP has been unwilling to compromise on even the most basic issues.

“Now Republicans are mad at me for taking these actions. They’re not doing anything, and now they’re mad that I’m doing something,” Obama said during a speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, then why don’t you join me and we’ll do it together,” he added. – [Source NBCNews] [Alternate Source NPR]

 

House Republicans argue the illegality of executive action signings, like one in April 2014 in which President Obama acted to close the gender compensation gap among federal contractors.

House Republicans argue the illegality of executive action signings, like one in April 2014 in which President Obama acted to close the gender compensation gap among federal contractors.

The Secular Nerd:

Article 2, Clause 1, Section 1 of the Constitution states [Source Cornell University Law School]: “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected….”

United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law when they take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution, or are made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress that explicitly delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation).” – [Source Wikipedia] [Alternate Source USA.Gov]

Congress may attempt to overturn an executive order by passing legislation (a bill) that opposes the order. However, the President can veto that bill, and Congress would then need to override that veto to pass the bill. Also, the Supreme Court can declare an executive order to be unconstitutional.” – [Source USA.Gov]

Total count of President Obama’s Executive Orders (As of 6/20/2014): 182.     George W. Bush: 291.    Bill Clinton: 364.     George Bush: 166     Ronald Reagan: 381  – [Source The American Presidency Project]

 

 

3. Rush Limbaugh’s book denied shelf access at a bookstore, and he loses it

…This is exclusionary, it’s racist, it’s bigoted, and it’s the opposite of everything they claim to be.  And it’s exactly what they accuse us of being.  They claim that they’re tolerant. They claim they’re open-minded. They claim that they are colorblind and all that.  They are the most bigoted, racist people. They exclude here and exclude there and then they don’t make any money and they can’t figure out why.

My two books are in the top five on the New York Times best-seller list, and here’s a woman at a bookstore who wants to sell books, is begging people to buy ’em, proudly says that two of the books in the top five are not even available at her store, and she wants accolades for that. These people are loony. They simply are dumb.  They don’t have the slightest idea what they’re doing.  And they happen to be running the country.  And I don’t just mean in Washington. People like this are in charge of the public school system. People like this are teaching your kids. People like this are running day care.  People like this show up at Obama’s fundraisers.

Limbaugh’s mention of the store was prompted by Teaching for Change Executive Director Deborah Menkart‘s remarks at a C-SPAN-taped event at Busboys and Poets for an unrelated book, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil, which aired Sunday. Menkart gave the opening speech and said 90 percent of children’s books that Teaching for Change sells at the bookstore are by or about people of color, specifically noting that the shop does not sell Limbaugh’s best-selling children’s book. She said the bookstore proves there is a market for these books by or about minority people, but then added that the bookstore isn’t breaking even and asked the audience for support through donations.” – [Source Washington City Paper] [Alternate Source Daily Kos]

 

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The Secular Nerd:

Fallacy List time:

  • confirmation bias: This refers to a form of selective thinking that focuses on evidence that supports what believers already believe while ignoring evidence that refutes their beliefs. Confirmation bias plays a stronger role when people base their beliefs upon faith, tradition and prejudice. (“This is exclusionary, it’s racist, it’s bigoted, and it’s the opposite of everything they claim to be.  And it’s exactly what they accuse us of being.”) The rebuttal is:  “Menkart gave the opening speech and said 90 percent of children’s books that Teaching for Change sells at the bookstore are by or about people of color, specifically noting that the shop does not sell Limbaugh’s best-selling children’s book. ” The bookstore “proves there is a market for these books by or about minority people, but then added that the bookstore isn’t breaking even and asked the audience for support through donations.” (It’s a bookstore focused on minorities, by minorities and/or for minorities)
  • ad hominem:  An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). (Practically everything in confirmation bias)
  • appeal to fear: When fear, not based on evidence or reason, is being used as the primary motivator to get others to accept an idea, proposition, or conclusion. (“People like this are in charge of the public school system. People like this are teaching your kids. People like this are running day care.  People like this show up at Obama’s fundraisers.”)
  • The list can go on, but I believe I made my case.

 


 

 

2. Ann Coulter calls soccer a liberal conspiracy

“Liberal moms like soccer because it’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys,” Coulter wrote. “No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level.”

They’re doing an incredible job of hiding all those girls on the field this week.

The 52-year-old also ripped the lack of scoring in soccer (“No other ‘sport’ ends in as many scoreless ties as soccer”) and how they don’t let players use their hands.

“What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs,” she wrote. “Our hands can hold things. Here’s a great idea: Let’s create a game where you’re not allowed to use them!” – [Source San Jose Mercury News] [Alternate Source The Kansas City Star]

 

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The Secular Nerd:

This speaks for itself. The biggest fallacy is Appeal to Tradition, at least what she feels is tradition, which are contact sports.

 


 

1. Timothy Ray Murray believes he won because the candidate who did win is an android

Murray claimed that Rep. Lucas was “executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine. On television they were depicted as being executed by the hanging about the neck until death on a white stage and in front of witnesses.”

 He stated that while “it is possible to use look alike artificial or man-made replacements,” such “replacements” are not human, and therefore ineligible to serve in office. He also assured the board that he “will NEVER use Artificial Intelligence look alike to voice what The Representative’s Office is doing nor own a robot look alike.” – [Source The Raw Story] [Alternate Source New York Daily News]

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The Secular Nerd:

All I can say is, this speaks very loudly for itself.

 

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Teaser Trailer for Next Season of Doctor Who with personal expectations

Posted on 28 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

They have announced the date for the next season of Doctor Who! Are you as excited as I am? The next season starts August 23rd at 8/7 Central Time. Have you asked yourself yet, what you expect out of this season? I have and gave it a lot of thought (I know, I have no life) and I’ve come to the conclusion that Peter Capaldi is a necessity for the reboot at this point in time.

My reasoning? I believe he’s needed after what happened during the 50th Anniversary. The Doctor (Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen it!) matured so to speak. He did something incredible, and brought forth all the Doctors to correct (kind of, it’s that whole timey wimey thing that complicates this) what he felt was a mistake from The War Doctor time. Hints were given anyway during the 50th that The Doctor has lost his way, got younger in appearance because he became immature and reckless and he needed to do something that was incredibly difficult.

 

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What is in store for The Doctor this next season? Well, a transformation of sorts, and a lot of questioning. I fully support what I have seen and heard of this next season (what little there is) and I love and hate this trailer below because of how little it shows, yet shows so much at the same time. – The Secular Nerd

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