May Day is upon us

May Day, the international worker’s day, is upon us. Remember to honor the working man’s struggle this day, and to support your local labor unions wherever they may be. Much has improved since the days of the Pullman Strike, but much needs to be improved as well. Raise the minimum wage to a livable wage for starters, here in the US $7.25 an hour isn’t even enough to rent an apartment with. Establish and strengthen safety nets in place for the laid off and unemployed, and oppose so-called “austerity measures” really meant to fuck over the poor while shielding the rich during times of economic hardship, support stronger, Keynesian reforms and regulations to prevent, for one, another Great Depression/Recession, hold Wall Street accountable for its criminal actions, and abolish legalized bribery euphemized as “lobbying,” which makes the people in power less beholden to the people and more beholden to robber baron corporations.

Face it, people, the Gilded Age was a horrible time to live in for the average worker, we really don’t want to go back to it again. So remember to do your part in the ever-going class struggle, and when November rolls around for my American audience, to vote left.

Addressing Morons About Black Holes

I`m a little late to the party but I’ve seen some hogwash going around about how the new black hole photo taken recently is a “hoax,” citing the fact that the photo is blurry to claim it’s “photoshopped.” Of course the damn photo’s gonna be blurry, it’s a picture of an object over fifty three MILLION light years away, be amazed we even managed to take the photo in the first place. Idiots, I swear. Why would they hoax something as amazing as this? Wouldn’t it be a far greater accomplishment to, you know, *take the damn photo in the first place*?

This reeks of the bullshit about the supposed Apollo Moon landings “hoax” and the same principle applies here as it does there, it would be an infinitely greater achievement to actually land on the Moon as oppose to faking it, sometimes the path of least resistance isn’t always the way to go. People are too pessimistic and paranoid, well there’s my two cents. Make of it what you will.

Asceticism: Why It Sucks

Religious asceticism, which is the abandonment of most “worldly” things in favor of living a “humble and pious life,” is not for the faint of heart. Most people can’t handle being ascetics, and often end up relapsing back into their own habits. Humans aren’t designed with asceticism in mind, which is why you often see Catholic priests molesting their choirboys for instance, because they have taken vows of celibacy but are still sexually active, sexual frustration is a dangerous thing I`m afraid. It doesn’t help that some of the more extreme forms of asceticism are actually harmful for the ascetic in question, such as the form practiced in ancient India that lead the Buddha to quit in disgust and found his “middle way,” the eight-path-fold. (The form in question wherein ascetics would literally starve themselves to near death, the Buddha ended up being overtaken by hunger and begged for a village girl for some rice. Suffice it to say, he got ridiculed and exiled from the ascetic community as a result, and the rest is history.)

If you want to become an ascetic, all the power to you, but at least try reading up on the risks involved with becoming an ascetic before you do so. Asceticism isn’t for everyone, only certain people can handle the life of an ascetic, so tread wisely.


New species of human discovered in the Philippines

Very interesting, and this species demonstrates many similarities to Homo floresiensis, including sharing many basal traits with australopithecines and early members of the genus Homo. One wonders how it got there given even at the time Homo luzoniensis lived Luzon was still separated from the Asian mainland by miles of ocean.

The fact that *two* species of primitive human were found in the region at the same time suggests human evolution in the region was far more complicated than previously thought, but this is in line with the discovery of stone tools in China dating back to over two million years old.