The Beginning....

The Beginning....
When William Least Heat-Moon toured the country many years ago, his steed, if you will, was a van that he named Ghost Dancing. His journey of America was 13,000 miles. His book is Blue Highways, A Journey Into America. My steed will be a Subaru WRX (traded for an XV Crosstrek). My travels will be, what in the past were called, the blue highways of Virginia. Years ago, maps showed secondary roads in blue. Yes, the ones less traveled.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Yes, Our Government's Pissin' Away More Money.... This Time on So-called Psychics!

Here's the CBS article.

Most honest-to-gosh 
scientists would never get involved in anything of this kind. They would never try to test something that makes absolutely no sense. In all of the years of so-called psychics wandering around...there's never been even one that proved to actually have psychic abilities. Geller was mentioned in the article. He and I have the same abilities. 

Speaking of Geller. I'm amazed that he went from talk show to talk show using his mind to bend spoons. Bend spoons! Dang, that's truly useful. Hey, Uri, next time we need a spoon bent we'll call you.

Here's a great article about James Randi that discusses Geller.

Can't get this posting organized the way I want. Sorry. Anyway, watch the James Randi video and learn how to bend stuff....

Here's another video. Hedrick is amazing. He goes from show-to-show making a pencil move and making a page in a phone book flop over. Of course, he's blowing. Again, and no one ever said, Can't you use your terrific psychic powers for something a little more practical?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

OK, Folks, I am Now "Identifying (don't you just love that word?)" as a Humanist! Pretty Cool, Hey?

Let's not kid ourselves. Most folks just don't like atheists. And, that's a fact. If I am ever asked about my religion I'm going to say, I'm a humanist. Frankly, I doubt if many folks will know what that means.
Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism and empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition. The meaning of the term humanism has fluctuated according to the successive intellectual movements which have identified with it.[1] The term was coined by theologian Friedrich Niethammer at the beginning of the 19th century to refer to a system of education based on the study of classical literature ("classical humanism"). Generally, however, humanism refers to a perspective that affirms some notion of human freedom and progress.
In modern times, humanist movements are typically non-religious movements aligned with secularism, and today humanism typically refers to a nontheistic life stance centred on human agency and looking to science rather than revelation from a supernatural source to understand the world.[2][3]
The above is from Wikipedia.

Contrary to what the fundamentalists would have us believe, then, what our society really needs is not more religion but a richer notion of the nature of morality.Humanism is compatible with atheism and agnosticism, but being atheist or agnostic does not automatically make one a humanist.

Atheism does only mean lack of belief in gods. Humanism means a philosophical stance that focuses on the value and agency of human beings. However atheism and humanism accord with one another very well, which is the reason that a lot of people are atheists and (secular) humanists at the same time.

Humanists believe that this is the only life of which we have certain knowledge and that we owe it to ourselves and others to make it the best life possible for ourselves and all with whom we share this fragile planet.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Who In "OUR" Government is Pissing Away Our Money? Here Are a Few.....

Yes, the Guardian, again.

Ahh, More Religious Sleaze.... From Our Government.... Thanks, Ben (the world's 6,000 years old and the pyramids are filled with grain) Carson!

Secretive religious charity run by top US housing officials raises questions....

Thanks to the Guardian for this.

And, yes, this fellow, Naved Jafry, hired as a senior advisor to Hud. He has quite a history.

Folks, you should read both of these articles. There are many of our citizens who aren't making it from day-to-day and there are many in our government just pissin' away our money.

We don't even have universal health care and Carson was going to piss away $30,000 on a dining room set!!!

And, there's absolutely no accountability. None!

Hey, might as well bring Sarah Pallin back. At least she's pleasant looking and would most likely bring a little comic relief.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hey, You Guys. Here's the Latest in Energy Healing. No More Reiki, Jin Shin Do, and the Rest. This is the One That Everyone's Talking About!!

The International Jen Chin Wakdork Wellness Center

                              What is Jen Chin Wakdork?

   Jen Chin Wakdork is the synthesis of centuries-old Eastern acupressure and life force energy therapies. One of the primary concerns of the therapy is bringing the chi into harmony. Chi can best be described as the universal natural energy of the universe. Each of us as individuals also has our chi, our own life-force energies.
   The body is made up millions and millions of atoms and cells all of which interact with each other. When the interactions are degraded because of physical, emotional, or psychic pathologies, the chi becomes compromised and the well being of the body is thrown out of harmony as the life-force energies are diminished and thrown into a state of disorganization.
   Jen Chin Wakdork recognizes that when the body is under attack the body’s natural rhythm gets out of synch and the energies become blocked, diverted, and disorganized and the body’s natural abilities to fight off illness is diminished. When this happens the body enters a state of disharmony and many maladies and ailments may come into being, and those already present can increase in intensity.
   While there are many energy manipulations and therapy techniques available, Jen Chin Wakdork offers a quick, noninvasive method of bringing the natural harmony back to the body and to restore the body’s natural rhythm.
   Jen Chin Wakdork also addresses the spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being as well as the physical. The basis of Gen Chen Wak Dork is having all spheres of our being in balance.

How Does Jen Chin Wakdork Differ From Other Energy Therapies?

   Jen Chin Wakdork was developed after using, studying, testing and reviewing most of the currently used legitimate energy therapies. Many of the therapies attempt to isolate and identify particular areas of blockages or areas where energy has been diverted, slowed down, or intermittently arrested. The disadvantages of some of these therapies include multiple or lengthy sessions that try to identify each individual energy-compromised area. These therapies generally include touching pressure points to measure and determine energy flow at numerous locations. Not only is this time consuming, it often can cause misinterpretation of the energy strengths and flows, which can lead to a misunderstanding of the needed therapeutic levels of manipulations to restore the harmonic balances of the chi.
   Jen Chin Wakdork energizes and reactivates the entire system with each therapeutic session. The therapeutic sessions typically last from 35 to 65 minutes and the length of the session will depend on the psychic pathology of the energy fields and their corresponding harmonic imbalances.
   The therapeutic process starts with a gentle touching of the left knee and then the right elbow which stimulates the heart and reorganizes the energy paths. The next step is to stimulate and energize the energy centers. This is accomplished by gentling tapping on the right knee which causes the energy to flow throughout the body, while at the same time the practitioner rapidly moves their hands over the body to further disperse the energy. This process balances the chi and restores harmony. During a session, this process may be repeated several times as needed.

How Often Should You Have a Therapeutic Session?

   We believe that the path to wellness is best obtained by avoiding as many maladies and discomforts as possible. Toward that end, we recommend regularly scheduled sessions so that you can stay healthy. Too often we only seek help when we have a problem. And remember, you can never have too much energy!
   Each of us has our individual harmony clocks. Some of us, barring a physical trauma, increased stress, or emotional upset, may do well with a session every two months…for others six weeks, and for some maybe once a month. When you initially visit our clinic we recommend a follow-up in one month and during the follow-up visit we should be better able to determine the optimum therapeutic schedule.


Standard office visit…………………………………… $135
At your residence or business………………....    250
Twice monthly plan……………………………………....... 215
Note: If you can’t come to the office we can arrange therapy sessions with our telephone practitioners. Please call for rates. Please inquire about group and corporate rates……

Also, you may want to consider a Jen Chin Wakdork party held at your home. Please call for rates.

Jen Chin Wakdork Products

Jen Chin Wakdork tea….box of 20…………………… $ 20
Jen Chin Wakdork elixir…a highly energizing mixture of herbs in a pleasant tasting light syrup base..8 ounces........... 35

Note: The herbs and teas used in our products are carefully chosen and can only be found in one mountain range in the Qon Ting province of China. Accept no substitutes; Look for the familiar Jen Chin Wakdork trademark. Both of the above products enhance the therapeutic process and during our clinical trials proved to prolong energy field improvements.

The Way of Jen Chin Wakdork. The definitive work by our esteemed founder. Carefully printed and hand bound at our US Retreat Center in Utah. $ 200

If able, we invite you to join us on a retreat. Our centers are in Utah and China. Rates start at $4000 per week.

Good news for those of you who have asked. Yes, The International Jen Chin Wakdork Wellness Center is currently in discussion with several cruise lines and will soon offer Jen Chin Wakdork getaways on some of the finest cruise ships available.

Training and Certification

For those of you who feel the calling and would like to be Jen Chin Wakdork practitioners, we offer a couple of options, both of which allow you to sit for the Jen Chin Wakdork Boards.

A two-year program in basic Jen Chin Wakdork. Classes every weekend. $17,500 annually.

A three-month intensive course. Classes meet daily with one day off a month. $13,000.

We also offer several advanced classes which are already filled. Look for announcements for upcoming advanced-class dates.

Cramming for the Jen Chin Wakdork Boards. A study guide to help make your board test easier. $475

Board fee $5,700.

Note: After taking one of the above classes and passing the boards you will be allowed to practice Jen Chin Wakdork and hold yourself out to be a certified Jen Chin Wakdork practitioner. It is mandatory to be a member in good standing of the International Association of Jen Chin Wakdork Practitioners. Annual dues $2,300.   

EDIT: Hi folks. Did you actually read the above??? Amazing, hey. Anyway, about 12/14 years ago, in another of my pissed-off moods, yes, I dreamed this up. Of course, it works as well as all of the others!!! Send me your credit card number and I'll send you magic tea and a bunch of Jen Chin Wakdork energy. You did see the Dork part, didn't you?

Another edit: I may have mentioned this elsewhere. Anyway, many years ago I mentioned that I was going to write a book on energy healing. The person said, You don't know anything about it. I just smiled. What's there to know???

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stephen Hawking is Dead

Everything on this page is from the CNN article.

On the universe

"It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love."

    On scientific discoveries

    "I wouldn't compare it to sex, but it lasts longer." -- at a science festival in 2011.

    On persistence

    "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up." -- at an Oxford University Union speech in 2016.

    On curiosity

    "So remember, look at the stars and not at your feet." -- at the Sydney Opera House in 2015.

    On intelligence

    "I would never claim this. People who boast about their IQ are losers."-- in response to a 2017 question if he believed he was the most intelligent person in the world.

    On space

    "May you keep flying like superman in microgravity." -- to NASA astronauts in 2014.
    "I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity. Perhaps one day I will go into space." -- to the New York Times in 2011.
    "I have already completed a zero gravity flight which allowed me to float weightless, but my ultimate ambition is to fly into space." -- to ITV in 2017.

    On God

    "God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator." -- in a 2010 CNN interview.
    "The scientific account is complete. Theology is unnecessary." -- in a 2010 CNN interview.

    On women

    "My [physician assistant] reminds me that although I have a PhD in physics, women should remain a mystery." -- in his first Reddit AMA. (His PA is a woman, by the way.)

    On his appearance

    "Unfortunately, Eddie [Redmayne] did not inherit my good looks." -- of the Oscar-winning actor who portrayed him in "The Theory of Everything."

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Ahh, is it Time for a Levity Break?????

    I found these on IMG. Take a look.

    OK, Folks, Who's the Happiest? Finland Rules and the US Sucks!

    For 2018, The World Happiness folks rate Finland number one and the US number 18. Also, the Nordic nations seem to dominate the ratings.

    Yes, I'm sure Trump has made the US Great Again, but we sure ain't the happiest. Trump, if you're reading this, you could start with universal health care. Not having to worry about not having health insurance or paying God-awful-premiums would definitely go a long way to at least make us a little happier. And, Trump...don't put your small hands near the Red Button.

    Though I'm not saying there's a correlation, most of the top-rated countries have a population with a high percentage of atheists. I guess anyone would feel better knowing they are able to get health care and not worry about being burned to a crisp for the slightest of infractions of God's rules.

    Yes, Still Pissed Off. I Just Reread the List of All the Children Who Were Murdered Because of Religion!

    I ask that anyone who happens by here, carefully and slowly read this list of children who were murdered!

    What's the Harm? Natural Cures and Other Nonsense! Fucking Death is the Harm!!!!!

    OK, I readily admit I'm in a ticked-off mood. Hence, the bad words! Really, folks, this whole so-called alternative medicine crap at times is just too much. IT DOESN'T FUCKING WORK!!!! Period!

    And, it seems no one cares. I'm somewhat battling with our (Virginia) board of medicine about the bullshit stuff chiropractors do. The example I'm using with the BOM is the so-called detox foot baths. Yes, the chiropractors claim they can stick your feet in a metal pan, start an electronic gizmo, and it will suck the toxins out of your body. How? Of course, out THROUGH YOUR FEET!!! And, it seems the BOM just doesn't give a shit!

    A thirteen-year-old boy is dead because of being treated using herbs and not using regular medicine. Morrow is the quack who caused his death.

    "Morrow, who described on his website how the voice of God led him to start using herbs for his prostate cancer, began treating the boy's Type 1 diabetes with herbs after meeting his mother at seminars Morrow conducted, City Attorney Mike Feuer said.
    When the boy became sick and semi-comatose in August 2014, Morrow told the parents not to give the boy insulin, but to use herbal oils he was selling, Feuer said.
    The boy identified in court papers as Edgar L. died the next day. The medical examiner determined the boy would have survived if he received proper medical care."  Quote from CBS news report.

    Here's the link to the CBS article.

    For more examples of people dying because of bullshit treatments, look here, Yes, what's the harm?

    Here's a list of children who were killed because of religion and/or so-called alternative medicine. And, some of you may wonder why I say religion is one of the greatest evils! Besides poisoning minds, it kills children.

    If I Ever Get Around to My Resolutions for 2018, There Will Be No Restrictions or Prohibitions on Cursing!

    OK, yes, this is most likely pretty darn silly. That said, in a couple of recent postings (maybe still in draft form) I used Bullshit and Fuck! And, frankly, I think it was appropriate.

    For 2016 and 2017 resolutions I stated I wouldn't say anything I wouldn't say around my mom. My mom never even said damn. She always said cursing was because of a bankrupt vocabulary. And, I'll agree with her.

    Though I'm an atheist and knew my mom wasn't in any kind of heaven place looking down and seeing what I'm up to; just to be sure I called my best bud, Jesus, to get his advice about this.

    So folks, yes, you'll see some cursing in the future. I hope I don't make it gratuitous. But, you may be the judge of that, if you'd like.

    Yes, I need a period after scam.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Introducing, the Cult of Dusty.....

    I stumbled across the Cult of Dusty when I was looking for fake Kung Fu videos. Anyway, you really should watch this video.

    Yes, Dusty uses the F and MF words all throughout his videos. That said, I do find him talented for what he does and quite entertaining. So, turn on your F and MF filters and give it a look.

    The Bible - Atheist Redneck Edition! This is a History Channel presentation with Dusty narrating. 

    Teenager Stabs Three, Killing One, Because of Religion!

    "Johnson has confessed his actions to investigations (sic), stating he stabbed the victims because of his religious beliefs," Shannon said, adding Johnson had converted to Islam.
    According to the incident report, Johnson “felt Dane ‘made fun of his Muslim faith and the fact that [he] prayed and kissed the ground.’”

    Trump Stepped on His Wiener a Few Years Back and It is Now Haunting Him....

    Just when it didn't seem it could get any messier, the porn star, Stormy Daniels, is now suing our president. Yep, suing Donald Trump.

    It would seem that they did have sex at least once quite a few years ago. Yes, Trump was married at the time.

    And, then there was the $130,000 pay off. And, he didn't

    know about that!

    In a way this might be funny...but, it really isn't. No telling how this is affecting his family, especially the First Lady. 

    OK, this is tacky to say, but I'll say it anyway.  Daniels claims they had unprotected sex which means that by proxy the First Lady has had sex with a gazillion guys. I'm sure all of this is not sitting well with her.

    Except for the fact that there was a payoff during a campaign, this shouldn't even be news if you will. But, there was a payoff during Trump's presidential campaign.

    It will be interesting to see how this eventually plays out.

    EDIT: CNN article March 13, 2018.