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   Religion makes people do horrible things.  Today we look at religion making people do horribly funny and obtuse contortions to history and biology.  This abuse of fact, reason and common sense is sponsored by and completely underwritten by the nonsense you can find in the bible.  However, it must be noted that this is the first time that I have seen biblical evidence for Dragons (awesome)!!

Worried about Big Pharma and what corporate sponsored doctors are going to do with you?  Worried your tinfoil hat is one size too small and “they” are on to you?  Worried and misplacing your skepticism about science based medicine?  This news  article from the CBC is for you.

“A Quebec woman rushed to hospital after undergoing an overnight detoxification spa treatment involving intense sweating has died.  The woman, 35, died late Friday afternoon in a Drummondville hospital, said Quebec provincial police.

She and another woman were hospitalized after undergoing a detoxification treatment at the Reine de Paix farmhouse in Durham, a small town near Drummondville.

“The treatments consisted of a process of sweating by being all wrapped in plastic with mud, and also with blankets,” said Sgt. Éloise Cossette. Both women were also encased in cardboard boxes.

They were both unconscious when emergency services arrived at the rented farmhouse early Friday morning.

This would be an easy post to write if the women had just been hospitalized for severe dehydration and loss of electrolyte balance.  One woman regained consciousness, the other did not.  Learning that alternative medicine is utter bullshit at the cost of your life is unacceptable.

At least 10 people were undergoing the detox treatments at the time, which lasted for several hours, and did not include drinking water.

Police are investigating the farmhouse, which is being rented by a woman who offers an initiation to Reiki, a practice developed by a Japanese Buddhist in the 1920s.”

Ah, Detoxification, Reiki, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, the list of ways for people to be bilked out of their money grows daily.  Sadly, the death count continues to grow as evidenced by this latest tragedy.

It is a truism, gullible people do stupid things.  However, they should not have to pay with their lives.  Alternative medicine is a fracking lie.  What is worse, its a fracking lie that kills people.

This Friday’s interlude is a bit different only because I can say that I’ve also sung what you are about to watch.  The Scene of the Drunken poet is not only comedic, but musically interesting as well. Listen in the chorus parts while the sopranos, alto’s, tenor’s and basses play with the melody line in quick succession.  Let me assure you, it takes a fair amount of practice to get your notes to fall in the right places. :)

Watching stupid people do and say stupid things in Texas.  Admittedly, low hanging fruit, but great fodder for low blogging weeks. :)

Returning from vacation is always a pain, as routines need to be reestablished and new ones laid down.  The time I usually spend blogging was not available as I was doing the 12 hour drive from Kaslo back to Edmonton.  So, now we are catching up slowly with a few word-light/video-heavy posts.

The PI institute does a good job of laying down some basic cosmological questions and explanations.  Dark matter (and energy, not mentioned) is a fascinating topic and leads to much speculation about how and why the universe is the way it is.

For a more comprehensive, yet still non-specialist friendly talk on the subject, check out Lawrence Kruass.

 

No surprises here, just a nice video of the birth and eventual death of our star.

Of all the women and all the poses that are available *this* one gets the attention.  Of course it is rape culture double thumbs up approved so its all good.

*sigh*

Still so much work to do…

 

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