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liberal woes September 30, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics.

If I was a Liberal supporter right now I would be deeply saddened and maybe even a little pissed off. Members of the Liberal Party of Canada have began their delegate selections for the December leadership convention to replace Paul Martin. Although there are eight contenders, there are only four real possibilities for the leadership of Canada’s historically most successful political party: Michael Ignatieff, Stephane Dion, Bob Rae, and Gerard Kennedy. To be fair, I am not a Liberal supporter, but I would much prefer seeing a true leader challenging the Conservatives than the options it seems Liberals are faced with. The thing that bugs me the most is that the voting so far is showing me that Liberal members would rather see a leader more like Conservative Prime Minister Harper than one of their own. The front runner himself begs to question what it means to be a Canadian. (more…)


health & sanity September 29, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in health.

A friend of mine, Leah, has been passionately writing about her new-found discoveries in day-to-day health, physical or mental, for awhile now on her myspace blog. I’ve helped her set up a new site that will concentrate in these areas. I will be minimally involved in the site (mainly editing/design, etc.) but she will be doing most the writing. So go check out health & sanity.

swipe your card for jesus September 28, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in business, religion.

I just can not pass this one up: Pam over at Pandagon found an article on church ATMs. Yes, they are exactly what you think they are: tithing machines for the new generation. The best part is that SecureGive, the pastor of Stevens Creek Community Church’s for-profit company, is installing these automated ushers at other churches for $2,000 to $5,000, plus a $50 monthly fee and 1.9% of each transaction is shared between SecureGive and a card-processing company. Things that make you go hmmm… Just wondering, when Jesus returns do you think he will storm into Stevens Creek and overturn the tables… I mean… ATM machines? (more…)

the hedgehog’s dilemma September 27, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in psychology, reflections.
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It’s the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something. – Crash (2004)

The closer that two people get to each other, the more likely they will hurt each other. If those two people stay apart, the pain of loneliness will hurt them.

The hedgehog’s dilemma.

We all live somewhere between these two extremes, attempting to find a balance. What is your tendency? Do you prefer the discomfort of confrontation or the pang of emptiness in your stomach?

del.icio.usly nutritious September 26, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in Uncategorized.
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Call me a troglodyte, but I have finally discovered del.icio.us. Sure, I had heard of it and even signed up for it a while ago, but I did not really know what it is. I still have not looked into it at length, but at least now I have come to an understanding of its resourcefulness. Anyway, I have added my del.icio.us bookmarks to my site at the bottom right hand corner (just after the science links – labeled “what i read”).

Oh yea, it appears that the hostilities between my computer, my home network, and my internet provider have ceased… for now.

I have also noticed that wordpress has a new little feature called “Top Posts”. I have added this to the right side of the blog just below my mini-profile. It shows the top 5 blogs over the past 24-48 hours, so this does not replace my “Top Posts” page (which features a monthly update of the my most popular entries).

ex-president bush in 2009 September 26, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics.
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In about 846 days our southern neighbour will have a new President. God, and his friends in the Bush administration, only knows what is in store for America and the world in the next two and half years. I say this believing that there will be no impeachment process due to the lack of organization and leadership in the Democratic camp. The Republicans could get an impeachment proceeding over an affair, but the Democrats cannot get anything going over two fraudalent elections, thousands of deaths in Iraq, illegal wiretapping, implicitly (or perhaps explicitly) approving acts of torture, and blatantly lying to the American people about every event since January 20, 2001. So ever wonder what will happen to George W. Bush come January 20, 2009? (more…)

violent pacifism September 23, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in philosophy, politics, religion.
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A Buddhist monk kneels peacefully, not unlike he would in the confines of the monastery, beside a typical Vietnamese street.

A child looks on in wonder at the spiritual leader’s odd location for meditation.

Within seconds, the public square erupts in amazement, disbelief, and panic. (more…)

technical difficulties September 23, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in Uncategorized.
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I have been experiencing some technical diffulties with my internet provider.  My posts will be somewhat sporadic until Shaw gets their act together. I hope to be back soon.

ambivalent allies September 21, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics.
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Due to the mass amount of illegal border acrossing from Canada to the United States, Homeland Security is set to build 900 surveillance towers along the longest unprotected border in the world. The U.S. government agency has awarded the initial $80,000,000 contract to Boeing for the Homeland Security’s Secure Border Initiative — a Boeing representative has claimed, however, that it may rise to $2,500,000,000 over the next several years.

Wait, did I say Canada? I mean, I admit that I once walked down “0 Avenue” with one foot on American soil and one foot on Canadian soil, but seriously, you do not find too many Canadians “sneaking” across the ditch between Abbotsford and Sumas. (more…)

are feminists failing the youth? September 20, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics, sexism.

Males writing about feminism should be a study in itself. Those males critical of the feminist movement generally lack credibility and often resort to traditional patriarchal arguments. I, however, criticize the feminist movement for its misguided targeting. Generally speaking, who are the feminists? Without getting into generalizations, one cannot disagree that most feminists are females. Whether the feminist movement is being eclipsed by the shallowness of mass consumerism aimed at teenage girls or not could be debated. Studies (sorry, I cannot find my sources for this at the moment) have shown that it is accepted in the marketing industry that the most important target to hit is teenagers, especially girls.

My own personal opinion is that the feminist movement is failing. One only has to walk down the halls of a local high school, which at times can look more like brothels than centers of education. (more…)

dr. dobson: the art of war September 19, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics, religion.
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What is the connection between family politics and geopolitics, if any? Do they share the same principles? Should they be held to the same values? This weekend I ‘stumbled’ back on to Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” website. If you do not know who Dr. Dobson is, he is a Christian evangelist who concentrates on traditional “family values”. His favourite targets recently, of course, have been homosexuals (especially homosexual teenagers). He has a PhD from USC in Child Psychology (1967) and was an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine and later served on the Attending Staff of Children’s Hospital of L.A. in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics.

I do not want to get into the whole homosexual debate because for those that are homophobic because of Biblical reasons, there really is not much you can say to convince them otherwise. However, there was several parts of the website I found fairly interesting. (more…)

mankind’s folly September 18, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics, science.

“This civilization is the work of man, who high-handedly and ignorant of the true workings of Nature, has created a world without meaning or foundation, which now threatens to destroy him, for through his behavior and his activities, he, who should be her master, has disturbed Nature’s inherent unity.” -Viktor Schauberger

What will our ignorance cost us in the end? Will our dreams of big houses and fast cars be worth it? Will the tyranny of other men be our main concern? Capitalism, for all of its wonders, sacrifices our planet, our poor, and our happiness in the name of the allowance for the American dream. The warning signs are here. (more…)

alcohol + heat = good buzz September 17, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in science.
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Scientists have confirmed what every university student already knew: drinking booze in the heat will get you drunk quicker than in a cold atmosphere.

The reason alcohol makes us drunk in the first place is because ethanol makes its way into cell membranes and increases its fluidicity. This distorts the normal function of the cell and gives us the buzz that we all love and cherish.

Using fruit flies as test subjects, scientists explain that the fluidity of a cell’s membranes is also effected by temperature. Just like they taught us in Grade 4 science, cooler temperature solidifies (remember those analogies of the atoms that were so cold they couldn’t move, but the hot ones were burning so they bounced all over the place?). Cell membranes, the scientists continue to explain, produces fatty acids in the cold in order to keep the membranes from getting “rigid”. (more…)

playground antics on global scale September 16, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics.
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I missed a week of news on my blog during my “9/11 Week”, which included a whole lot of shenanigans. You had the insensitive, misunderstood Pope (who also recently pissed on the immoral Canadians for allowing homosexual marriage and abortion into the country), the madness of King George the Second, and a bunch of neo-Nazi’s in Germany who might actually win a seat or two in regional elections (which is more than the Green Party of Canada can say). All this, I believe, just goes to show that society does not change. I am pretty sure that if I had a newspaper from September 16, 1936, I doubt it would be much different. The Catholic church pointing fingers at immoral nations while turning a blind eye to real problems. An all-but-in-name fascist dictator defending his use of excessive force on a minority. Extremist political groups poised to win seats in otherwise moderate nations. These stories were all very interesting but the news I had the most fun reading about was the playground antics of King George and Shah Mahmoud. The story read something like this (note: bigots may insert “that Arab kid” for “Mahmoud”): (more…)

evangelicals aim for theocracy September 15, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics, religion.

I had so many great headlines for this story. If it was not so long, ambiguous or condescending I would have stuck with: “Evangelicals Chose God over Democracy in American Politics”. I admit, the title I selected is still a little harsh and maybe a little misleading but it is getting my opinion across about a poll released by the Pew Research Center back in August. Polls on religion and politics in the United States are always fun (since half of these people are the same people screaming about Islamic fundamentalists). Specifically, my “favourite” question is the one concerning the influence the Bible should have on United States laws versus the will of the American people. The exact question? “Which should be the more important influence on the laws of the United States – Should it be the Bible or should it be the will of the American people, even when it conflicts with the Bible?” The questionnaire asked white evangelicals, white “mainline” Christians, Catholics, and secular Americans. The results: (more…)