Category: Serious Topics

Time Travel Is Overrated And Here’s Why

Time Travel is a nice idea. You get to go to whatever period you want to go to, and you can meet whoever you want, but there are more problems than it’s worth.

tardis lorry

The Chameleon Circuit’s jammed again!

First of all languages change over time, and that means you aren’t going to understand what on earth they are saying. Even if you do your research, it doesn’t change the fact that there will be errors in information, accents you’ll have to decipher and then t

There’s also how there hasn’t been a recorded incident of a time traveller “BUT STEWART WHAT ABOUT THAT MAN WHO”… Like I said, no recorded incidents of time travellers in the past. But what about the future? Well I hear things are gonna get moist, so the equipment will probably get short circuited anyway.

Personally I don’t even think time travel is possible due to the huge leap in logic needed to assume that there is a time tunnel that one could theoretically pop in and out of (And yes I know space travel technically counts as time travel, but it’s not exactly going to get me beheaded by Henry VIII, is it.). This is a good thing, because if time machines became commercially available then you just know some dipstick is gonna try and kill Hitler, meaning some one competent will take his place and we would probably lose the war. But thinking about it, someone would probably kill that dude too, and someone else will kill the dude who killed him and OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO COMPLICATED.

It might be funny if sports teams go to the future to find out the results so they can revise their tactics and win, and then the other team will do the same, and then they’ll go back and forth until the timeline would be confused about which timeline to show them, so there is some hilarity there.

The sad truth is if the time machine breaks down then there’s no one to do maintenance so you’re kind of stuck there. Still, bring a torch and you can have yourself a carnival act.

“The light goes on, and then it goes off. Now give me your money! Oh dammit the battery’s dead.”

A Message About The Paris Attacks, And Also Peace

In France last Friday there were several attacks made by Isil terrorists, murdering at least 129 people. I’m not going to describe the events here, there are other sites for that. Instead I want to give a message that might bring hope to those concerned.

Peaceful Ocean

First I will say that this surprised me, but there are indeed violent verses in the Quran. For example…

Quran (47:3-4) – “Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord… So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah’s Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)… If it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.”

However there are also violent verses in the Bible.

(Deuteronomy 7:1-4 NLT) When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These seven nations are all more powerful than you. When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completely destroy them. Make no treaties with them and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them, and don’t let your daughters and sons marry their sons and daughters. They will lead your young people away from me to worship other gods. Then the anger of the LORD will burn against you, and he will destroy you.

But does that mean that Muslims or Christians are violent groups of people? No. Of course not. That would be ridiculous.

Religious people are better than the outdated texts they follow. Most of them only follow the good and peaceful verses and ignore the bad and hateful ones, because a lot of the bad verses are a load of rubbish. People want peace because 1. It feels good and 2. The idea of blowing yourself up doesn’t sound very appealing. Shocking, I know.

Yet there are still people who try to kill and injure other people in the name of their God. I thought it was mostly by Muslims, but one very quick Google search reveals that, yes there are Christian terrorists as well.

129 people may be dead from Friday’s attacks, but billions are in mourning. No matter how many attacks terrorists make on behalf of whatever religion they’re from, or how much panic they cause, the damage they make can only be minimal. They can’t win. It’s impossible. It can’t be done.

But terrorists are blind to following the wrong verses in these books, and as a result they can only be doomed to failure.

Love spreads more love. Hate spreads more love, and we’re seeing this right now. The biggest threat to love is indifference, but that’s not exactly a weapon, is it.

My message is that people don’t follow religious books as much as even they think they do. But that’s ok because that means that peace, and sense, have prevailed.

Links I used

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11995246/Paris-shooting-What-we-know-so-far.html

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm

http://www.evilbible.com/Evil%20Bible%20Quotes.htm

http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/10-worst-terror-attacks-extreme-christians-and-far-right-white-men

To be honest, I wouldn’t normally use links as negative towards something as the ones I’ve used (Links two and three), but I get to defy them so that’s ok with me.

To be honest, euphoria is kind of overated

So yesterday I got accepted for a great opportunity. It made me so happy that they decided that I had the qualities they were looking for. I’ve never had anything like this before, and I’m looking forward to starting.

But the change, wow. I’m going from almost nothing to all of these hours for so many days. I’ve had long hours before doing backstage theatre work, but not like this. I know the results will be worth it, but is my body going to be able to cope? I’m not sure.

So I’m thinking about this during the night and during the next day. However I also have work experience the next day.

I’ll sum up my rush of emotions as so…

Excitement of getting accepted + Worrying about not being able to cope with the changes + Worrying about not calming down in time for the work experience placement = Not a very good combination.

I was feeling so many emotions at one time that you could make an entire Sesame Street episode around it.

Sometimes euphoria can turn into anxiety if you start to worry about something, and it’s happened to me once before. It’s like you’re running on high and low emotions and it’s impossible to be neutral. However this time it was slower and less dramatic. But like I said, I needed to calm down in time for work experience.

I was thinking that I was on too much of a high so I should try to bring myself down. That only resulted in me feeling sad. It’s also difficult to eat while panicking because of your muscles shaking and your blood pumping too much.

You can’t just get your heart rate back to normal because I’m sure that’ll just make you fall over, and no one wants that.

Of course the best solution is slow deep breathing and lots of water.

I was able to remember this and barely calmed down before it was time for me to go out.

I think I did ok. As long ask no one knows then I’m alright. :p

Vaccines Which You Stick In Your Arm And Make You Stronger

Attention people! I have an announcement to make.

syringe-vaccination

Vaccines are wonderful things that help prevent you from getting deadly illnesses like Tetanus (Which kills 200,000 newborns a year in developing places without the vaccine), and Measles (Which kills 400 people a day in developing places without the vaccine.)

Unfortunately some people have stopping vaccinating their children, and that isn’t because the needles are sharp and pointy (If they aren’t then Doctor’s can’t inject you properly, instead it would just sort of spill out and it’ll be weird). So what could be so dangerous enough to stop people from protecting their children?

Autism.

Something that doesn’t even kill you.

Something that isn’t even linked with vaccines.

If people with Autism aren’t looked after correctly then they are more likely to have an accident due to differences in outward behaviour, however it doesn’t actually kill anyone by itself.

So what has led people to believe that vaccines cause Autism?

Well Autism takes around a year to develop from birth, perhaps around the same time children take their vaccines. Some people believe that these two events are linked.

They’re not.

Here’s something I found…

This is an incredibly common story among parents who believe that vaccines caused their child’s autism. Many vaccines are scheduled to be given during the same time that children often show the first behavioral alterations associated with autism, and it is not uncommon either for such changes to occur within a few weeks of a vaccination by random chance alone, nor is it uncommon for parents to remember incorrectly that the child’s symptoms started soon after a vaccine when they did not. Indeed, it is not uncommon at all for experts to be able to detect the subtler signs of autism on videotapes of babies before the parents noticed and before the child received the vaccinations for which parents blame the condition. Unfortunately, human memory is fallable, and it easily relates events that are not closely related, particularly in response to other information or preexisting beliefs. This happens all the time with vaccines and autism, where numerous epidemiological studies have failed to find an association between either mercury in thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, between MMR and autism, and between vaccines in general and autism.

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/antivaccine-hero-andrew-wakefield-scientific-fraud/

If TLDR, well basically people have found symptoms of Autism in their children before they have taken vaccines.

It was even part of a court case: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Autism_omnibus_trial

If TLDR; picture a group of people one by one comically trying to discredit vaccines in a style of a film aimed at toddlers. With silly noises added in post. Dr. Vasken Aposhian will be played by Tinky Winky.

Tinky objects

So how did this theory become mainstream?

It was probably because of Andrew Wakefield and this study: http://briandeer.com/mmr/lancet-paper.htm

The study claims that there is a link between vaccines and Autism.

Notice the word ‘Retracted’, this means to withdraw. That means the information is no good and should not be used for anything scientific ever again.

Unfortunately people still believe it.

“According to the figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, Wakefield was paid £435,643 in fees, plus £3,910 expenses.”

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/01/01/surprise-surprise-andrew-wakefield-was-p/

But surely he could have been paid to make it look like there wasn’t a link?

Well…

First, no scientist not associated with Andrew Wakefield has ever been able to replicate his work. Second, as was exposed by U.K. reporter Brian Deer, not only was Wakefield paid big bucks by trial lawyers seeking to sue vaccine manufacturers for “vaccine injury” to do his studies on autistic children, a conflict of interest he never revealed and that had to be exposed through Deer’s investigations, but months before he published his Lancet paper Wakefield had applied for a patent on a an allegedly safer single measles vaccine that could succeed best if the safety of the MMR were called into doubt.

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/antivaccine-hero-andrew-wakefield-scientific-fraud/

If TLDR;

  1. No scientist has repeated these results.
  2. He was paid by people who were going to sue vaccine companies.
  3.  He was planning on making a ‘safer’ vaccine and may have used this opportunity to put the MMR vaccine into doubt and help his sell better.
  4. He is probably a douchebag

Ok that last one may not have actually been in the article, but if I was writing it I definitely would have added it in.

There are people out there who try to exploit your fears to get you to do what you want. However by writing this post I am kind of doing the same thing. It can’t just be you fearing what other people say is the scariest, because otherwise you could get your children in a situation where they not only have Autism (Which isn’t preventable), but also have Measles as well (Which definitely is preventable). Whereas if you give your kids vaccines, then they may only get Autism, and even then it isn’t very likely.

If your kids end up having Autism wherever they have vaccines or not, love them anyway, just like how they will love you. Some of them can only show it in a different way.

Remember that most people who think that vaccines cause Autism are genuinely trying to help others, but are just going about it in completely the wrong way. But you also get people who are able to profit from these fears.

And these people are probably douchebags.

Links I used

http://www.wpro.who.int/immunization/factsheets/tetanus_nt/en/

http://www.healthmap.org/site/diseasedaily/article/measles-kills-400-people-day%E2%80%94-costs-less-buck-avoid-4313

http://www.empowher.com/autism/content/autism-fatal-diagnosis-dr-volkmar-video

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/antivaccine-hero-andrew-wakefield-scientific-fraud/

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/01/01/surprise-surprise-andrew-wakefield-was-p/