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Don’t Think, Just Live

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Knowledge is good, thinking is great. Don't just live, think and live a wonderful life.While perusing my Facebook News Feed the other day (if you really want to consider most of the bullshit we see on Facebook “news”; but then I guess some consider my FB posts BS too, touché) I stumbled upon this doozy, “Don’t Think, Just Live.” A simpleton statement presented within the image of a peaceful ocean scene. Hey, I’m all for nice scenery, but you know what? There is way more to life than just fucking sitting there enjoying the view.

Pardon my harsh language, but I won’t censor myself when I feel strongly about something like this. “Don’t Think, Just Live” has got to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Who the hell does that?

“Don’t worry, be happy” is one thing. I can see trying not to stress too much about stuff. My father used to tell me, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” and over the years I see that, while he is a hard working man, he is a pretty easy going, happy-go-lucky kind of guy too. You can enjoy life, work hard, and not make too big a deal over shit. That’s the way I try to live. Well, except in this instance. This “don’t think” thing irked me.

But “Don’t think?”

Damn people, we have to think! And I don’t mean, “hey should I make a right or a left here…” We’re not talking about the obvious. Although, now that I think of it there probably are a few peeps out there who would just leave that decision up to luck (or worse, some sort of destiny) and say like “hey man, swing that wheel wherever you feel.”

If we don’t think we are limiting ourselves. If you want to really appreciate life then think, learn, wonder. This is an amazing world in which to exist but it is also an amazing world to try and understand.

“Don’t think, just live” is just as bad as “Ignorance is bliss.” Pure stupidity. Why do you think Steve Jobs dubbed his company Apple. Because he was fucking smart, that’s why! He was a frigging goddamn genius. He thought, and lived.

Knowledge is bliss. Wondering about stuff can be rewarding. Thinking can be a dream come true.


Ion Cleanse and DIY Toxin Foot Soak Scams

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Recently I was made aware of an acquaintance falling for a scam known as an “Ion Cleanse” footbath. They actually visited a “clinic,” much like a spa I would guess, where they paid $40 to immerse their feet in a tub with a contraption in it that would, it was claimed, remove toxins from their body through the soles of their feet. $40 is a lot of money, but any amount of money is too much when you’re being ripped off!

Foot Detox is complete nonsense. Be smart, get the facts.This is FRAUD! Pardon my crassness, but how does anyone hearing such a claim not know it is complete bullshit? After all we go to school where, in health class, they teach us about our liver and kidneys which are responsible for the filtration of blood. The liver is the first pass, filtering blood that comes from our digestive tract and removing toxins. The kidneys remove waste from our blood and are responsible for regulation of fluid and electrolyte balance in our bodies.

Even if you were half asleep in class you should at least have gotten the gist of it!

Unless there is a problem with one of these organs or a drug overdose our bodies should not load up with toxins. A regular checkup with your doctor is a good idea too. Good doctors have a tendency to find out if something is wrong with us through blood and urine tests. No level headed doctor will soak your feet or check there for signs of toxicity.

I posted something about the detox foot pad scam a few years ago and I’m amazed to see this kind of con still being perpetrated, and on an even greater level. Not that anything I say would make much of an impact, my readership is scant, but holy crap are we really this gullible? How does this kind of nonsense actually gain a foothold and succeed? We’re not thinking for ourselves and we’re falling for nonsense and quick feel-good remedies. It’s all psychological. There is absolutely no reason to feel good after an ion cleanse, other than the fact that you just had a good foot soak. A good foot soak always feels good.

How the Ion Cleanse Footbath Really Works
It doesn’t work the way it is advertised. It does not cleanse or remove toxins from your body. What does happen is this: salt added to the water bath prompts an electrochemical reaction with metal electrodes present in a device which is placed in the water. The reaction creates a form of rust, that’s it. The color that develops in the water is not caused by toxins in your feet, it is caused by a simple chemistry experiment put in motion intentionally to fool people who will pay good money to have their feet soaked in it.

The YouTube video below, posted by Eb Jensen (three years ago!), clearly shows the Ion Cleanse foot soaking products to be a scam. It generates the rusty colored stuff whether there are feet present or not…

Something needs to give. Something needs to change. We have criminals earning a living by selling nonsense remedies and services to a gullible public. There is something gravely wrong with this picture. If it sounds too stupid to be true (it certainly doesn’t sound too good), then it is. Foot cleansing detox sounds just as stupid as colon cleanse!

We need to put these people out of business, they have NO business being in business. Do not fall for the Ion Cleanse foot spa services and do not buy any Detox Foot Soaking products, they are completely bogus!

Unfortunately these pieces of junk are being sold almost everywhere. If people want to spend money on bullshit there are plenty of retailers willing to grab a shovel.


The Secret Vision Board Fails to Win Woman 1 Million!

Friday, August 21st, 2009

I was laughing my ass off the other night while watching “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Host, Regis Philbin asked the contestant how she felt about her chances for winning one million dollars.

The woman, Leslie, replied with a little story about her mom’s “vision board” which is a method found within “The Secret” for telling the universe what you want and drawing it toward you. Yeah, I didn’t make this stuff up.

Anyway, she said that as she was gazing at her mom’s vision board a commercial announcement aired on TV, and Leslie could hear the call for contestants. Leslie decided to enter to become a contestant and through the entire process, as she explained to Regis, she just knew she was going to be on the show.

She was right about that, and she probably thought that The Secret would make a her a shoe in for the million dollars too. I wonder why The Secret didn’t magically bring any correct answers to her while she was on the show.

Leslie also merrily shared her idea that she would buy a little fantasy island called “Leslie Land” when she became a millionaire. She seemed fairly certain that she was destined to hit the big jackpot.

Funny, The Secret fell short on this one. Leslie only won $1,000. Hey I’m all for the power of positive thinking as it relates to mental health and wellbeing. But believing your way to being a millionaire is not going to happen. In Leslie’s case, knowing a few of the right answers would have helped.

Better LUCK next time!


St. Joseph Home Sale Kit & The World of Woo!

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

St. Joseph Home Selling Kit. Nonsense.

Woo of the highest order!

James Randi, aka “The Amazing Randi” — magician, skeptic, and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation, an organization aimed at promoting rational thinking and understanding of why people believe in supernatural or paranormal phenomena — frequently uses the terms “woo” or “woo-woo” when referring to erroneous beliefs.

I contacted Randi regarding a recent woo-full encounter and he directed me to the JREF website where, among other woo, I found many references to a belief that has garnered more attention due to the current real estate slump. St. Joseph and his apparent desire to play realtor from beyond.

My realtor had suggested that I bury a statue of St. Joseph in my yard to help with the sale of my home, and to bury it upside down no less, whatever difference that would make. I replied with a rather pointed email inquiring “what are realtors for!?”

While I do feel a little bad about responding so harshly, I did not apologize. In this day and age rational people should not sit idly by as superstitious baloney continues to seep through our society. Ignorance should be dwindling, not growing, but we see that just the opposite is true.

Believe what you want, but I will not walk on egg shells or humor the magical thinking that drives ridiculous superstitions like burying a statue in the yard to help sell a home. The mechanisms behind such superstitions are known and easily explain why people believe them.

The Facts…
First, a logical fallacy is at work called the “post hoc” fallacy, or “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” which describes the misconception that “A came before B therefore A caused B.” In our example, “I buried a statue upside down in my yard and the following week someone was interested in buying my house.” One cannot draw the conclusion that the statue made it happen.

I could bury a rock in my yard. If someone subsequently became interested in my home, does that mean the rock made it happen? No. This situation is what one would consider coincidence, nothing more.

The second thing at work here is confirmation bias. That is, someone will confirm their belief in the statue’s effectiveness when they get a potential buyer, whether it takes one, two, three, or fifty people to walk through the home before someone becomes interested.

Eventually they’ll get a buyer, but the statue will get the credit, not the improving real estate market, or other logical possibilities. People are quite willing to delude themselves in order to justify their beliefs.

So I was annoyed, and amazed that this seemingly childish superstition would even be suggested to me, but what amazes me even more is how many people actually believe it, and what a huge market there is for this bunk! They’re selling St. Joseph Home Sale Kits on for crying out loud. No joke!

Some may say, “well, if there is such a big market for it, it must be true.” No, there’s a big market for it because if there is someone gullible enough to buy the bunk, there is someone unscrupulous enough to sell it.

Sorry if I offended anyone. The truth can hurt sometimes.


This Just In… Alien Demons Crash at Roswell

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

I just saw this article online and had to share it, included are my comments in italics.

Christian Symposium Offers Different Take on Aliens at Roswell UFO Festival.

ROSWELL, New Mexico, May 12 /Christian Newswire/ — Alien Resistance, a Christian counter-cult outreach ministry, will hold an all-Christian-speaker Symposium on aliens during the annual Roswell UFO Festival July 3-5th, 2009. The 11 participants include 4 PhDs, 2 doctorates of ministry, 2 pastors, 2 ordained ministers, and several pastoral counselors, with 12 books written between them on the UFO/Alien topic. The Symposium will educate on the UFO/alien topic from a Biblical Christian perspective, with emphasis on counter-cult evangelism, creationism, and spiritual warfare [educate?]. The event is free for the public to attend, and will be held at the Best Western Sally Port Inn Ballroom. Tens of thousands of people interested in the UFO/Alien topic are expected to attend the Roswell UFO/Alien Festival this year.

Organizers assert that, “From a Biblical Christian perspective it becomes clear that ‘aliens’ are actually the evil spirits of the Bible. This idea is backed up experientially with the evidence of numerous testimonies of ‘abductees’, which show that ‘alien abduction’ experiences stop in the name and authority of Jesus Christ [There is SO much wrong with that statement!].

Also the sinful behaviors of the ‘aliens’ behind abductions, the false gospels and new age messages they proclaim, and their supernatural powers so very reminiscent of those described in the Bible as being had by angels, all adds up to make clear that ‘aliens’ are in fact the evil spirits of the Bible.” [I can safely say that aliens are NOT, IN FACT, evil spirits of the bible, because there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to suggest that either exists. Why do believers keep missing, or avoiding the obvious?]

Here are the facts as we know them: The Roswell UFO crash of 1947 has been sufficiently explained. It was the crash of one of many high altitude balloons carrying equipment used to detect low frequency sound waves which would have been created by missile launches from the Soviet Union. It was kept top secret because it was part of our national defense.

UFO believers twist the facts, misplace details and blur the edges of the truth to make it fit in with their tall tale of a crashed flying saucer from outer space and the great fantasy that they refuse to grow up and out of.

Cases of alleged alien abduction have been examined by psychologists and specialists in sleep disorders, and are found to be consistent with known conditions, such as sleep paralysis, waking dreams and hallucination, that can create the kind of experience shared by so-called abductees. Keep in mind that similar experiences have been described throughout history, but in the past they were attributed to ghosts or demonic possession.

This is not to belittle those who think they have been abducted, or the seeming reality of the experience. But the experience is not supernatural or alien.

Now a subculture of exceptionally delusional Christians are keeping the torch of ignorance lit for millions of exceptionally gullible believers to see, and follow. Caral Sagan wrote a book called “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” If you think you might believe that aliens crashed in Roswell, and that aliens are demons in disguise, I suggest you avert your gaze from the torch of ignorance and turn to the light of science. It’s a much more entertaining place, really.