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Christian Radio Host Hopes Ebola Will ‘Solve America’s Problems Of Atheism And Homosexuality’

Posted on August 7th, 2014 at 22:16 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Speaking on his radio show on Tuesday, Wiles said, “Now this Ebola epidemic can become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague. It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming… Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.”

“If Ebola becomes a global plague, you better make sure the blood of Jesus is upon you, you better make sure you have been marked by the angels so that you are protected by God. If not, you may be a candidate to meet the Grim Reaper.”

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  1. Holy shit – The Ebola virus can check your beliefs before infecting you! Can it also be bribed? And what is this blood of Jesus stuff? Where the hell are we going to get that? Wait…let me check on Facebook for everyone named Jesus…..ah, I found a few…see you later ..got to run and get some blood.

  2. “Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism (not enough), homosexuality (too much prejudice), sexual promiscuity (not fucking enough), pornography (not the good sort) and abortion (too hard to get).”

    (Actually I’d like to meet the Grim Reaper. Has he come about the hedge?)

Beyond Torture: The CIA’s Shameful Kidnapping of a 12-Year-Old Girl

Posted on August 7th, 2014 at 22:10 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Obama is letting the CIA play a major part in censoring a report on brutal human-rights abuses perpetrated by CIA employees. This has always been self-evidently absurd: No possible arrangement would present a bigger conflict of interest. What many Americans might not know is that the CIA isn’t just intent on covering up torture. It’s also averse to the public knowing more about renditions, a euphemism for kidnapping people and handing them over to violent thugs.

A rendition victim is now speaking out to highlight this aspect of the controversy. Today, she’s a 23-year-old college student working toward a degree in the humanities. When her family was kidnapped she was a frightened 12-year-old girl.

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  1. Where’s the Evil Empire or the Axis of Evil now?

The terrifying scale of political illiteracy in the UK

Posted on August 7th, 2014 at 20:54 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Essentially, the British public has allowed right-wing press barons like Rupert Murdoch to frame the political debate to such an extent that the actual meanings of basic political words and phrases have become lost. This alarming scale of political illiteracy has not been brought about because the public is inherently stupid or gullible, it has come about after decades of effort from the right-wing media to frame the political debate in such a way that basic political words and phrases like “socialist” and “left-wing” have been divorced from their actual meanings.

Although this blogger is writing about the UK, the lesson is the same across the Murdoch media empire and beyond. The Big Lie, repeated frequently and consistently actually wears a hole in people’s heads.

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Bike Lanes

Posted on August 7th, 2014 at 8:44 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. Very funny and also true – ticket the path blockers. As an avid city bike rider, often with my twin daughters in tow in a trailer, when on common paths (for joggers, walkers and bikers), I am amazed how many stupid selfish people are out there. Either pedestrians walking 4 abreast blocking the bath, runners/walkers with earphones cranked up so loud that my dual bells do not register, other bikers out weaving like they are the only ones. Road bike nazis who feel it is their right to speed through crowded sections. Common sense is lacking. Share the trail – a concept very far.

  2. Is there as much friction between cyclists and cars/trucks in Europe as there is in America?

    That guy is a bit of a tool. When your path is blocked, you don’t keep going forward. You go around or you stop until the path is cleared, just like cars and trucks. Also, he was going the wrong way on the bike path about half of the time. Finally, complaining that you’re getting a ticket when so many other lawbreakers aren’t is definitely a losing argument.

    That said, cyclists do need drivers to be more aware of them. It’s not easy, though. The mind and the eye work together. Drivers looking for and expecting to see a car or truck may not see the cyclist or the pedestrian at all.

  3. @Rob In Europe, at least in the NL, the drivers are trained to look for bikers, especially when turning. Bikes have the right of way, except when it comes to Trams. Thus I disagree with “it is not easy”. It is easy, it requires retraining drivers that the car is not king and the road is for multiple vehicles. Open season on pedestrians and bikers by car drivers is closed.

  4. ALL drivers are trained to look for pedestrians, cyclists, and obstacles everywhere. Unfortunately, experience and repetition are far better trainers. If you don’t see it much, you won’t always look for it. It’s human nature. Magicians use that in their misdirection.

    Or, you can take your approach and I’m sure your family will take comfort that you were totally in the right, Mykolas.

  5. @Rob – What? Restrain you leaps of logic. I said nothing about being totally right. I merely said it is easy if there is training. And besides, driver training in the U.S. is a bloody joke compared with the riggers one goes through to get a license in the E.U.

  6. OK, I’ll bite. What rigors do you in the EU go through to get a license that I in the US don’t go through, particularly in regards to avoiding collisions?

  7. Blimey! Talk about bull-baiting! The average cop on the street in a dark serge uniform with flak jacket is already hot and bothered. He was lucky the officer was too tired to get out of his car…

    And for crying out loud, wear a helmet, people!

  8. @Rob – Google it. If that fails read http://ec.europa.eu/transport/roadsafety_library/publications/supreme_f2_thematic_report_driver_education_training_licensing.pdf and http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/811543.pdf
    Also “texting” and hand held phones while driving is still allowed in numerous US states. In the states that it is prohibited, it is not enforced. Now, please go away and read.

  9. Not going to get into dueling links with you, Mykolas. Besides, maybe you shouldn’t link to a PDF document. It’s searchable. See where it says anything other than hand held phones are anything other than unsafe. If you can’t find that same guideline on a US site, I’d be a little disappointed in you. You haven’t read all of the US manuals and I haven’t read all of the European manuals. I don’t intend to. Drivers here have to take a written and a driving test. Most of them also take a course. I suspect I would pass in Europe just as easily as you would pass in America.

    The problems here between drivers and cyclists stem from a lack of awareness and maybe even a little condescension on both parts, not from lack of rules or training.

  10. @Rob Oh yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  11. After reading the discourse between Mykolas and Rob I need to just need to give you my personal experience. I am from and live in the US. I moved to Scotland and had to get a British drivers license. Without going into detail I can tell you that the drivers test I took in Scotland was much more intense. The US test was a joke in comparison. In the US the actual driving part took about 15 minutes or less. In the UK it took almost 45 minutes. That’s why you see driving schools all over the UK. You don’t see that here in the States. I also noticed that bicyclers in the UK were given much more respect than the US.

  12. “Is there as much friction between cyclists and cars/trucks in Europe as there is in America?”

    This is all I asked. I then got a lecture on who’s right and who’s wrong and why the EU is far superior to the US, blah, blah, blah …

    From your experience, Gene, did you also notice more people on bikes in the UK than here in the US?

    From my experience, I see dual-controlled training cars on my commute every day and I don’t even know where the school is. My driving test was about 30 minutes long as I recall. I’ve been driving for 40 years now. That semester of driving school and the tests I took have been replaced by everyday experience.

    When I’m on my bike, I am intensely aware of everything going on around me. I am never, ever going to be one of those cyclists who says bikes have right of way always and forever when I can tell that 18-wheeler coming up to the traffic circle doesn’t see me. Right or wrong, I’m going to stay out of his way. When I’m in my truck on country roads, I have good awareness of bikes and give them a wide berth. When I’m on busy streets in the city with lots of moving parts, it’s much more difficult … regardless of training or where you took your tests. You have bikes weaving in and out, pedestrians walking out from behind cars, and construction everywhere.

    As far as training goes, the cyclist in the video needs it as much as any of the motorists he was whining about.

  13. “Is there as much friction between cyclists and cars/trucks in Europe as there is in America?”

    Not easy to say – Europe has a lot of different countries. Here in the Netherlands however… The Theory test for a drivers license usually sees only 46% pass, that should tell you something about the intensity. There are lots of regulations for mirrors and even cameras on trucks for dead angles where a driver could otherwise overlook people on a bike.

    But more importantly, driving a bike is much more common over here than in most other countries, especially in town.

    I think in the Netherlands there is far less friction between different uses of the available road space. Can’t say about other European countries.

  14. One thing I’ve noticed in North American states and provinces – generally roads are not very often well designed for sharing the road between bikes and cars. (There were few bikes around until recently).

    Ironic, considering that nice smooth asphalt roads were first lobbied for by bicyclists in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

  15. Absolutely true, Sue. The roads out here where I live were just re-paved. The painted end stripe is between two inches and six inches from the edge of the road. I don’t even know how they kept their machine that close to the edge. So when you see a road that has a two to six inch shoulder, it’s not erosion like I always thought. It was designed that way.

  16. That’s pretty much how it is here, John. In the city here, people use bikes as transportation and recreation. Outside of the city, they use them almost strictly for recreation. The problems are in the city where the drivers are hurried and harried to get where they’re going and the cyclists are, too. Neither observes and respects the other and neither observes or respects the rules of the road.


    Bike messengers are a thriving business in New York. See how many rules they break in that one video. That’s partly why drivers get so testy with them. They don’t stop at stop signs, they don’t fall in line behind cars, they don’t stay on the road, they ride against traffic. If you’re driving along and a cyclist comes flying out of a side street and turns alongside you without even giving you a glance like that messenger did, it will test your resolve.