Religion and The Stupid

I think it goes without saying that, if you’re stupid, you shouldn’t try and use religion to justify anything. You just don’t have the mental acuity to do it. I guarantee you, you’re going to screw it up. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying if you’re stupid, you shouldn’t be religious. God knows, you probably need it more than most. I’m saying, you shouldn’t use it to try and justify your actions and beliefs.

Case in point….

This guy has been told that Leviticus 18:22 is germane to his beliefs about homosexuality.  For those unfamiliar, here is the King James Bible version of his tattoo:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Now, I said the guy had been told about this bible passage. How do I know he didn’t read it? Well, if he had bothered to read the Bible or even read all of Leviticus, he would have come across this passage – Leviticus 19:28:

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you.

Anyone else believe that applies to….oh…I don’t know….TATTOOS?

I feel one hundred percent comfortable in saying to this guy – “You sir, are a moron of the worse kind. Someone so stupid, they don’t even realize how stupid they are. You couldn’t spell “irony” if I spotted you the vowels – even the y.”

When people claim that we will eventually grow out of our bigotry and racism, I point to assholes like this guy. As long as people like him continue to breed and pass on their particular brand of The Stupid, we’ll never get rid of bigotry and racism.

Daily Kos’ Open Letter to People Who Hate

“An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America”

Dear haters, you are the cruel, heartless misinformed assholes who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat, you would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care, you cheer when we discuss denying health care to young people with preventable diseases, and you boo when we discuss the First Ladies plan to cut back on childhood obesity.So stop wearing your hate with pride. Stop celebrating your anti-science, anti-math ignorance. Stop using code words to mask your bigotry like “family values”, especially when you hate my family and when you stand on the same stage as a guy who has had three marriages or if you share a seat in the Senate with a guy who cheated on his wife with hookers while wearing diapers. You should be ashamed.

Hat tip to my friend @Blatherskyte

Cause that’s the ONLY possible reason…

Did ZDNet ever write well?

I ask that as a serious question because, over the past few years, it seems their columnists just write whatever drivel pops into their heads with absolutely no thought, logic or common sense associated. Is there no one who reads their dreck and calls bullshit on what they post?

The latest is from David Morgenstern in “Backroom only for Thunderbolt cables”, he talks about how difficult it is to find cabling for his Thunderbolt-capable devices. Perfectly fine topic of conversation although I don’t know of how much real value the article provides. It boils down to “It’s hard to find new technology and it’s expensive”. No shit, Sherlock.

He ends his (mostly useless) article with a story of going to an Apple Store to buy a Thunderbolt cable. He can’t find any on the shelves so he asks staff to assist:

He said they were likely in “the back.” Another round of internal discussions ensued until the shrink-wrapped cable was finally brought out. $49. Could it be that these easy-to-shoplift cables are so valuable (or rare) that they must be left in the back room? Or is it that there are few sales of the cables and they don’t warrant a spot on the shelves? Could be both reasons.

REALLY? That’s the best you could come up with? If you had the common sense God gave rocks, you could have looked around the STORE YOU WERE IN to see if anything with a greater value than the $49 cable you were buying was on the shelves. Because….you know…that would be a data point for your idiotic shoplifting theory….

But you didn’t. Instead, you wrote your little screed and showed the world that, once again, common sense and logic are slowly dying…

“Could” it have happened or *did* it happen?

One of the beauties of the internet is fact checking. It’s made even easier when the people you are fact checking don’t bother to check their own facts.

Alex Heath of Cult of Mac posts this today:

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell recently addressed the rumor that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited his company last week. Newell flat out denied the rumor, originally published by AppleInsider, that Tim Cook visited Valve HQ.Cult of Mac originally added to the rumor by saying that Apple could have been meeting with Valve because Apple is working on its own type of gaming console for the living room, and was potentially looking for partnering with Valve.

All true – except where it’s not.

In a story written by….huh….look at that….Alex Heath…he says:

We’ve gotten word that Cook was indeed at Valve yesterday…

Here’s an idea, Heath. When you are demonstrably proven wrong, apologize for your mistake and make amends. Don’t make it worse by writing another story basically making the same claims as the first one.

Oh wait…you quote your sources in both stories. So you’re doubling down on The Stupid.

Spilling the Beans – Norton Identity Safe now available

In my day job, I get a lot of press releases announcing everything from the latest cool new products to dumb stuff like “we updated our web site with pretty new graphics!” The vast majority of them are of little interest but occasionally, a gem pops up that has to be commented on.

For those of you unfamiliar, companies will sometimes have embargoes – where they tell the media about their products days or weeks in advance but ask the media to not reveal the details until a particular date and time. You see it often with products from Apple. Ever notice how The Usual Suspects all get their Apple product reviews posted at almost the exact same time? It’s because Apple has contacted them and said, “We’ll let you use our latest toys but you can’t tell anyone about it until this date/time”.

The key is the method I described – the company contacts the journalist and asks if they would like to be involved but constrained by certain ground rules. This allows the journalist to decide whether or not to participate. But what happens when you have a company that sends you a press release with all the details and then tries to put you under embargo, without you ever having agreed to it? This…

Tomorrow [Tuesday], Norton will announce a new, free, secure password manager – Norton Identity Safe – that works on Macs and iOS.According to a recent survey by Norton, 70 percent of people have forgotten at least one of their passwords in the past month – not surprising, when you consider how many passwords we all have to remember on a daily basis, whether on our home computers, laptops or mobile phones. In fact, when given a choice of several challenging tasks, 40 percent of people indicate remembering all of their passwords is among the top three most difficult – more than those who selected balancing their checkbook.

As a result, people often resort to using weak passwords based on their pets’ or family members’ names or using the same password across multiple sites, leaving them at risk of identity theft and loss of personal information when a hacker cracks one obvious password and gains access to all of their online accounts.

Others keep a physical list of passwords at home – not much use for the 48 percent of people who access online accounts on the go from their mobile device.

The Norton PR person sending out the email then writes, “Below are the press release and screenshots of the product, under embargo until Tuesday, April 24 at 8 a.m. ET/ 5 a.m. PT.”

I never agreed to be embargoed. I have no prior relationship with Norton or this PR person. They never contacted me by phone, email, Twitter, smoke signals….From my point of view, I am under no obligation to “keep their secret”.

You can get this new product, for free, at Norton’s web site.

But contrary to their own press release, it doesn’t seem to be available for the Mac OS yet.

9to5Mac/Gizmodo – Douchenozzles again…

I follow Dan Frakes of Macworld on Twitter. This morning, he RTed this from Marco Tabini:

I’m sure the original author of the article will be grateful for the link back.

(I deleted the link included in the original tweet – you’ll understand the reason why momentarily)

I followed the bread crumbs to the often criticized (by me, at least) 9to5Mac site to an article called “How to unlock an iPhone 4S in 12 easy steps” (again, no link intentional). I read the article, not understanding what Tabini was talking about until I got to the end and see “(via Gizmodo and Singularity)”.

I click on the Gizmodo link and see the same 12 steps and a link to the same Singularity site. Turns out, this is the site Tabini was referring to.

Both 9to5Mac and Gizmodo simply lifted the ”12 easy steps” from the other web site – almost verbatim.

Both of those sites will undoubtedly say, “We included a link to the original!” They did – after they took all the relevant content and made going to the original article completely unnecessary. Both sites also left it until the very end of the “article” to give credit where it was rightfully due.

This is a disturbing trend of a lot of sites - 9to5Mac and Gizmodo are just the latest sleazy examples. I’m sure both of those sites wouldn’t and aren’t happy when their content gets lifted by others – but are more than happy to do it themselves.

Use your spellchecker or look like an idiot

Great article at Jalopnik - Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Building A Car For Her Sweet Sixteen - ruined by the utter lack of copy editing.

Kathryn made a compelling argument, bought an old beather Fiero and dove right in…Kathryn’s gone from simple sanding and spray painting to sand blasting, welding, upholstry work and everything else…

Okay wielding looks terrifiying …

Great to see younger people intrested in working on cars…

she decided to sit out sping soccer…

Kathryn has also become aquainted with her ride…

Holy shit….USE A SPELLCHECKER, NUMB NUTS!

Why my next Tablet will run Windows 8 (Good. Stop writing about the iPad)

We are going to see a lot of these kinds of articles in the coming weeks and months. I encourage you to read them with an open mind and attempt to understand what the writer is trying to get at.

Just don’t start with this article from Tech.pinions.

Android and iOS tablets do a yeoman’s job when it comes to consuming content, but lack the software tools and hardware features needed to create content.

Garageband, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Keynote…Those are all from Apple. There are hundreds of others from dozens of other vendors – all very capable of creating content in all kinds of ways.

He doubles down with:

“Content Creation” as I use the term applies to a broad range of activities that includes tasks as varied as a student taking notes, a worker recording and distributing meeting notes, a club secretary assembling and distributing newsletters, a teenager spiffing up the audio from a band performance, a webmaster updating a website, and a mother preparing her annual Christmas letter.

Ah! That’s how he defines it. OK. Fair enough. HE’S STILL COLOSSALLY WRONG.

It’s OK to critique the iPad for any number of reasons. But try not to do it in ways that make you look, at the very least, uninformed and at the worse, setting up a straw man argument to make your premise look better.