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Interesting Space articles

Hi all,

I thought I’d share a couple interesting articles on space. Take a look:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_sci_shoot_the_moon

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101020/ap_on_sc/us_sci_oldest_galaxy;_ylt=Al8bybVztOOkMDhAnLdXjL.s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFpZXM0YXEwBHBvcwMzOARzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDYXN0cm9ub21lcnNz

Enjoy!

Steve

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Interesting benefits of sex

Hi all,

Click here for an interesting article about the health benefits of sex.

Steve

Outrage of the week!

Hi all,

I wanted to post a link that I feel is an outrage of the week (maybe outrage of the month).  I fairly found out about and viewed the following link on youtube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDceBHOgm6A&feature=player_embedded .  Pretty much, this is the second in command of the Mormon church (the same church that horrifyingly supported the repulsive Prop 8 in California in the 2008 election).  This speech/sermon/hate speech he was referring to homosexuality (funny considering he never specifically to homosexuality/gay etc.; could he really hate it that much? [retorical question]).  I feel that this kind of hate and bigotry is repulsive and sickening in the worst sense for people who are suppose to be the men (or women of g-d and the cloth of their religion) to allow their hatred and bigotry to their members to “spread the hate around”.

This is not just the worst part of the story, this hate speech/ sermon comes following several gay teens committed suicide.  This is affirmed by an weekly email from the Human Rights Campaign that says “…in the wake of multiple suicides of gay teens who were “bullied to death,” the second highest-ranking official in the Mormon Church told an audience of millions that same-sex attraction was “immoral and impure” and can be “overcome” – something the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association both say is harmful.”  Showing that many, if not, the top people of the Mormon church that using religion and their positions are harmful and are harming those who are still coming into their own in their sexual identities. Religion is one of the things that people find as a really personal thing and for a really personal thing to tell someone that they are sinful, bad, wicked, immoral, and unnatural for them just being themselves to the point where they do commit suicide is so wrong and completely the opposite of the “message of g-d” that these people should not be even preaching let alone running a church and guiding people of their religion.

Steve

Deadly bullying

Hey all,

I have read 2 different articles (from people magizine and boulder weekly) talking about deadly bullying.  Deadly bullying is when someone is bullied to the point where they commit suicide (I’d extend it to killing sprees as well).   In both articles, they both look at the aspect of a college student, Tyler Clementi, who, as reported, was bullied by his college roommate for being gay leading him to take his own life.  I will look at the 5 different aspects of the story that specifically relate to this subject:  bullying, homophobia/anti gay attitude,  being gay (though I might be slightly repetitive on my blog on this subject), invasion of privacy, and I will briefly tough on the role of technology has on bullying.

So, as far as I know (taking place late September),  Tyler asked his roommate, Dharun Ravi, for the room (dorm, apt., whatever) until midnight.  So Dharun, without Tyler’s permission, set up a web-cam in Tyler’s room, and went to a friends.  At his friend’s place, Dharun remotely accessed the web-cam and streamed Tyler making out with another man to the internet and was making comments about it as well.  3 days after this event, Tyler drove off campus and jumped off of a bridge.

Bullying is such a nasty thing.  It’s when one person teases, humiliates, demeans, etc. another person.  Unfortunately, there are many different reasons why people engage in it, why many people are victimized by it, and how it affects those who are victimized by it.  The reactions of it can vary ranging from telling an adult, to letting it roll off your back (and I was teased back in elementary and this was my reaction) and unfortunately it  so happened that some people who are victimized murdered themselves and/or others.  The reasons that people to bully others can vary including but not limited to being bullied themselves, insecurity, some sort of abuse, maybe just simply personality, etc.  But the thing of it is that there could be many known and unknown reasons as to why someone would be bullied or victimized.  But either way  at home starting at childhood, children as they grow up should learn proper behavior in normal interactions and relationships with other people, know right and wrong, the right way to feel, react, think about problem solving skills that affect their relationships and interactions, etc.  which should help reduce bullying problems.

Homophobia/anti gay attitude is a highly prevailing subject  in this case.  In this specific case, Tyler’s college roommate (at face value and only face value based on what has been currently reported that I know of) is, at least homophobic and anti gay to his room mate.  It is events like this that is an atrocity especially when kids show an antigay attitude towards gay people.  Because many people who are gay and at a young age like 18 year old Tyler Clementi (more likely than not) are either uncertain about their sexuality and if they are they are terrified of their surroundings and peers (esp. if they’re homophobic).  Doing what Tyler’s roommate did, it was beyond a travesty because it was an invasion of privacy and an invasion that was streamed across the internet to thousands and millions of people.  It is sentiment such as being homophobic and anti gay that leads many young gay people to hurt themselves or even killing themselves just because of who they are.  To say you can’t be gay is like denying who you are can be devastating to some people that they may feel like suicide is their only choice and for someone like Tyler’s roommate adding to that by being anti gay is so horrific, it is beyond words, and this kind of thing should not be encouraged and should be criminalized and not be tolerated or accepted.

This next point is something that I’ve pointed out in previous blog postings (though maybe not as direct as I will be direct now).  BEING GAY IS NORMAL AND FINE.  THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT.  IT IS NOT UNNATURAL OR PERVERSE.  IT IS AS NATURAL AS STRAIGHT COUPLES AND GAY PEOPLE IN TERMS OF THER RELATIONSHIPS WANT TO BE AS EQUAL AS STRAIGHTS IN SOCIETY AND IN THE EYES OF THE LAW. For anyone  who thinks otherwise should have their head examined because it is equally as normal as being straight.  It IS NOT a choice and IT IS  the way person was born.  For people who cannot or will not accept or tolerate people for who they are (in terms of sexuality), there is no place for their opinions to spill over into their behavior to possibly drive an 18 year old college student to commit suicide.  Say, think or feel what you want but do not go around telling everyone that it is wrong or bad or anything of that nature.

As slightly touch on earlier, this case is certainly an invasion of privacy.  Unless given consent, intimate moments especially, is between the people involved the intimate moment and no one else.  One such example is here with Tyler is because he asked his roommate to stay away until roughly midnight and obviously did not give his consent to be recorded by a webcam that was shared on the internet for everyone to see and comment.  To someone who beneath it all, wasn’t comfortable with himself and who knows what was affecting him like depression and for someone to post something like this is so tragic esp. when it gets to the point of suicide.  The roommate and the friend (whom he was visiting) should have criminal charges brought against them for at least manslaughter and invasion of privacy.  This case should lead into creating and making stricter laws against bullying, cyber bullying, and now “deadly bullying in which ever form.

I will briefly tough on the role of technology has on bullying.   On the kids end of the bullying subject, bullies with current technology (computers, cell phones, Ipods, etc.) can really have a huge surge on bullying.  For example, opposed to the old days where rumors were spread via the bathroom walls, gossip, passing notes, etc., you can do that plus, text/pic/vid message someone, post remarks and comments on social media sites, email, IM, etc. allowing for a more broad based digital version of bullying (cyberbullying) that may lead to commit suicide or go on a killing spree (Deadly bullying).  And since bullying can be seen by potentially everyone (including the victim), who knows how it will affect the victim.  Also, in a different spotlight the media news outlets just seems to be baffled on how technology plays a role in bullying.  To news outlets you would hear, lets say, “So-and-so commuted suicide (or went on a killing spree) because he/she/they were bullied from classmates.  Did the computer to blame?” (or something like that).  I would say, “NO,  the people who were teasing the kid and they are responsible.  The computer (or whatever technology), just enhanced the teasing to spread like wildfire and made it easier to pick on someone, but technology just enhances and magnifies the affects of bullying.”  And this is why internet activity through at least high school should be monitored (though not breathing down someone’s back at the same time).  And parents should be teaching their kids right from wrong and proper behavior that does not cultivate bullying and teasing each other.

As an additional final note, Lenore Skenazy who is in charge of running the popular movement Free Range Kids who feels that parents can raise kids to be strong and independant while not having to be a helicopter parents worrying about stranger danger around the clock.  She has a blog posting on the subject on “Deadly Bullying” that I found interesting and relevant to this blog post of mine.  Feel free to read and enjoy both of our postings.

Steve

Hi all,

My grandfather and I were talking about appearances on jobs the other night and we have an agreement.  We were both were watching for the local news (and extend it to any news) and obviously we saw the person sitting at the “news table” or what ever its called and obviously he was wearing a suit shirt, jacket, and tie.  He and his coworkers were wearing the same stuff and he is probably (I’m guessing and assuming) suit pants, shoes and socks.  Women wearing a nice dress or their equivalent clothing and probably high heal matching shoes.  And for 9/10 or more  of total jobs require some sort of suit-wear  to wear while on the job.

Now there is a certain logic and one of which makes perfect sense.  It is to have some sort of uniformity and to distinguish yourself to the  customer/ audience you are catering to can recognize you and address their concerns or whatever concerns your job addresses.  It’s certainly one thing to dress in a full on suit at a CEO job or a Police street uniform if you’re an officer walking the beat, etc.

During college (which I graduated in 2009), I had 2 primary jobs.  One was at a movie theater (work ranging from concessions to usher to box office and door)  and a grocery store (as a bagger and getting the carts from the parking lot) both in Tempe, near my college and the jobs were the entry level at the bottom most level.  Essentially I had to wear the same type of work cloths.  It was a dress shirt, dress pants, dress shoes and socks.  The movie theater add a bow tie, cummerbund and suspenders (and supervisor trade the cummerbund and suspenders for a vest) in which the theater chain was going for that “conservative look” and both jobs I had a name tag.  Now this is kinda the point that I’m making for working.  I felt working at those places at those jobs, I really did feel like I was over dressed for those specific positions which was pretty much a suit minus the jacket haha.  I feel that of the 90% of jobs that requires pretty much a suit (with or without vests, jackets, and such) can be done with more formal casual clothing.  The 2 jobs I did work at (especially in Arizona’s heat) you can get away with wearing  khaki colored pants, nice matching shirt (with or without a color) and nice shoes/socks.

I feel that many jobs such as the ones that I worked at and many equivalent jobs (especially as you gets closer to entry level) you could get away with wearing formal casual clothing because otherwise it would be over kill and over dressing.

Steve

Hi all,

Here is an article written by the associated press posted on Arizona Republic’s website azcentral.com.  It is a short article about how the Republican Party in Montana wants to pass a law making HOMOSEXUALITY ILLEGAL.   It is outrageous and prosperous.

To me, and this is my opinion, I do not understand how on a basic level people can hate other people for one reason or another.  Ok,  people may disagree with someone on a topic and even agree to disagree about something.  Ok,  you may not like someone because you may not like something about the other person.  But there is a difference between that and lets say discriminating against an entire community.  Someone telling lets say an interracial couple is wrong, so why not send the message that saying loving someone of the same sex is right.

If this asinine legislature passes,  I hope that all the gay persons in Montana (esp. the ones who are out as gay/bi/etc.) move out of the state into an area and state more gay friendly.

Steve

An interesting article of space

Hi all,

Here’s an interesting yahoo article about a few tid bits on space.

Enjoy,

Steve

9-11 A Day To Remember

Hi all,

I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the 9th anniversary of 9-11.  It was a day that will be lived in infamy when Al-Queda’s evil radicalism attack us killing nearly 3,000 people at the world trade center plus the pentagon and the plane that was downed in Pennsylvania.

I remember where I was that day.  I lived in Chicago at the time.  It was my freshman year in High School (which started at 8 in the morning and 2 hours behind New York).  About halfway into my first class, the principal announced that the 1st tower was attacked and the same thing happened when the 2nd tower, pentagon, and the downed Pennsylvania plane happened.  Days after, I listened to the news to hear updates as they happened (nightly local news on WGN).  I remember and can still see today that it was very devastating and still has an impact how how we approach terrorism, laws like flying restrictions, how people feel about ground zero, etc.

From 9-11, there are a few points that I feel safe to say that was reflected (then and now) stemming from this tragedy:

1.   From this tragedy, American patriotism is shown and is still shown.

2.  I feel that we took the battle to Al-Queda and kept them on the defensive, which I feel is helped keep out country safer.  And showing support for the troops is very important!

3.  Americans DO NOT have a problem with Islam and Muslims.  The problem lies with the radial extreme Muslims who want to see the end of the Western world.  Such groups in this area include Hamas and Al- Queda to name a couple.  America is open minded and tolerate but will NOT accept tolerance for those who want to hurt the USA.

God bless America!

Steve

Hi all,

According to this story posted on yahoo and written by the associated press, stated that U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips (in federal court) struck down the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy signed into law by Ex-president Bill Clinton in early 1990’s.  And it is a current debate with current President Barack Obama who made a promise to repeal it (which is yet to be seen).

According to the article, it was struck down because it violated the 1st and 5th amendments.

You can read the Bill of Rights here, but to state the 1st and 5th amendments:

1st: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

5th: No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Now if you read my previous blog posting on prop. 8 in California you will see how I feel 5th amendment applies to the repealing of prop. 8.  But let us apply it to DADT.  Now unlike gay marriage with previous case law such as straight and interracial couples, there is not previous rulings that would guide this decision one way or another, that I know of.  But just like repealing prop. 8 it does violate the part about not being deprived of life liberty or property with due process of law.  Because gay are deprived of the life and liberty of serving in the military while being openly gay.  To some gays just like straights, to them the military may be their life and would want a career in the military.  Due proess is the principle that the government must respect all of the legal rights that are owed to a person according to the law (from wikipedia) and this part of the 5th amendment of the constitution is violated by DADT.  It is because that this principle of law is that gays serving in the military is that all legal rights are owed to every person because serving in the military is not being afforded to people who are gay (bi, lesbian, etc.).  Therefore DADT, is unconstitutional.  According to the ruling, the 1st amendment is violated by DADT.  I can reasonably see the part about “….to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  I feel that that this is violated because supporters of gay rights that the government was never really readdressed this grievance against again an entire group of people who are just wanting to serve their country.

On different but somewhat practical note the article suggests that this is a threat towards national security.  Reason being that (especially) in a time of war and with our military being somewhat depleted with being in 2 wars that the military shouldn’t be picky of whom they let into the military.

I feel that DADT should be struck down for all the reasons that were stated above and that the military of all places because any person should be able to serve in the military of the country they love so dearly.  It should be struck down and not be in effect any longer.

Steve

Pages looked at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Bill_of_Rights#Amendments

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Due_process

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100910/ap_on_re_us/us_gays_in_military

Our President’s Religion

Hi all,

I was just reading an article from the Associated Press posted on Yahoo, discussing what a poll suggests about our president’s religion.  In this article it says, “…a recent poll showing that nearly one-fifth of Americans believe he is a Muslim….A poll released earlier this month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center showed that 18 percent of people believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009. Just 34 percent said Obama is Christian, down from 48 percent who said so last year.”  In other words, those who think that he’s Christian went down and up for those who think he’s Muslim (18% nearly 1 in 5 people).

On one hand, he says he is a Christian and had been one his entire life.  He went to church (and as questionable as the church’s views and pastor(s) and they are questionable) it still believed in a version of Jesus Christ.

But on the other hand, nearly the 1 in 5 people believe his Muslim because of his support for the 9/11 mosque as well as a father who was raised Muslim but was confirmed atheist by the time his father met his mother (from Wikipedia).

Now here are my thoughts:  I would like to make a note first regarding religion/ religious beliefs.  I think that there are 2 components to religious beliefs.  One is by blood that if your parents were born to a specific religion, then you would have the blood of the religion(s) from your parents (for example, Pres. Obama is half christian and half Muslim by blood from ancestry).  The other is by self identification regardless of your blood (for example, Pres. Obama self identifies as a christian so he’s christian regardless of his acknowledgment of his  Muslim half and his father identifies as atheist regardless of his acknowledgment of his Muslim blood from his family).  So the way I see it,  I feel it is more so important for a person to decide to go down a religious path that they feel is right for them regardless of their bloodline.  Religion and spirituality is different and personal for each person that they feel they should identify themselves as they feel.  Unless is Barack Obama decides the next day he’s muslim or Buddhist or some random ancient South American Indian Tribe’s religion, I’ll take him at that value with that identification.

Steve