Lying Outright About the Moon Landings.

I’ve used this blog to deal with all sorts of ridiculous claims, dogmas and political crap over the past decade or so. Now my attention turns to lunar landing denialists.

According to these lunatics, NASA faked the moon landings as part of a vast conspiracy. Why they would ever claim such a thing is a mystery to me, but I guess some people just take comfort in believing that humans are simply not capable of achieving such feats. They need to grow up.

For the latest manifestation of such insanity, read this story:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/11/20/apollo-moon-landing-was-faked-conspiracy-theorists-claim-with-new-photo.html

Wild conspiracy theory claims that Apollo moon landing was ‘faked,’ touts new ‘photo’ evidence

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Despite insurmountable evidence to the contrary, conspiracy theorists have claimed for years that man did not walk on the moon, that the landings were fake. That theory has surfaced again, thanks to a new “picture” posted to YouTube that alleges the last moon landing, one from Apollo 17, was staged.

The video, which shows a picture that was allegedly taken in December 1972, is named  “Reflection in a Visor.” The person who posted it, using the user name Streetcap1, claims that there is a reflection of a stagehand on the helmet of one of the astronauts.

At 21 seconds into the video, Streetcap1 points out what this person believes is someone not wearing a spacesuit. “I thought it looked a bit strange, so I took a picture of it using my software,” Streetcap 1 said in the video.

He added that it appears to be “a figure of a human not wearing a spacesuit, circa early 70s… Apollo 17 photograph.”

Streetcap1 goes on to say that he believes the object in the astronaut’s helmet looks like a man with long hair.

“You can see some sort of, it looks like a man, back in the early 70s, long hair, wearing some sort of waistcoat-type thing… and a shadow of that figure presumably.”

Comments appear split on the video, with many saying the object being pointed out is indeed an astronaut wearing a spacesuit. Others, however, seemed to side with Streetcap1, with one commenter writing: “Omg goodness. Congratulations Street cap1. Making world news. Amazing find xx”

Apollo 17 was the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program and was launched at 12:33 a.m. ET on Dec. 7, 1972 with Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt on board.

They spent two weeks in space, returning to Earth on Dec. 19, 1972.

Apollo 17 is notable for a number of reasons, including being the last time mankind has ever gone past Earth’s low-orbit. It is the first mission without a test pilot, it holds the record for longest moon landing, longest total moonwalks, largest lunar sample and the longest time spent in lunar orbit.

Conspiracy theories have continued to pop up since man first walked on the moon on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to ever set foot on the lunar surface.

On the description of the video itself on YouTube, Streetcap1 says: “There is no backpack on the figure and even allowing for visual distortion due to the visor, surely you would see a backpack because they were extremely large.”

No they weren’t. Here is another photo of an astronaut on the moon.
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Like the first one, this pic includes a reflection of another astronaut on the visor of the actual subject of the photo.  Note that on the subject, the backpack is seen, but it is NOT “extremely large”.

Here is another example, this time a side view allowing the backpack to be seen more clearly:
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Again, the backpack does not seem to be “extremely large”. Indeed, it could not have been or the astronaut would have been unable to move about while wearing it.

When I look at the reflected figure in the first pic, an astronaut in a spacesuit is exactly what I see, and nothing else. Of course, the reflection is extremely blurry, so it really is not sufficient evidence to prove anything.

So why does streetcap1 claim otherwise? Why does he make such an assertion that is sheer nonsense with evidence as flimsy as his video?

BECAUSE HE IS A LIAR, OF COURSE! When you have an agenda not based on reality or genuine ethics to push, you are usually willing to tell any lie to promote it, regardless of its lack of merit. That’s true in dogmatic religion, political ideology, or even other conspiracy theories. But only hard evidence, clearly discovered and described via scientific methods and defended via peer review, can enable us to find truth and with it, ideologies and principles that allow for the highest forms of justice in the world.

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The Bigotries of “Everyday Feminism”

Everyday Feminism is a hard-core progressive website that publishes articles of opinions promoting what is called “intersectional feminism”, the idea that promoting women’s rights must be paired with promoting rights of EVERYONE, including blacks, gays, lesbians, transgender people, and Muslims, among many other marginalized groups in the United States. But there are two groups of people that seem to be DEMONIZED by the writers of this site: whites and men. And if you are a WHITE MAN (like me), I am guessing you must be an agent of Satan fit only to be exterminated. OK, that is hyperbole, but I do feel constantly excluded and disrespected by this site.

Look at these articles:

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/08/told-white-friend-black-opinion/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/11/what-is-whitemale-privilege/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/white-privilege-explained/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/10/white-liberals-perpetuate-racism/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/08/hatred-of-racism-supports-racism/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/06/white-people-say-progressive/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/11/why-white-women-terrify-me/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/12/everyday-ways-you-may-be-sexist-without-knowing-it/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/10/dating-faux-feminist-men/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/08/reasons-to-beware-feminist-men/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/07/cis-men-socialized-to-be-abusive/

Every one of these articles implies that whites and/or men are by their very NATURE sexist and/or racist, and thus cannot be trusted by feminists who oppose racism, regardless of their stated intentions.

And yet….
https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/08/dear-feminist-men/

One article calling for men to be allies against sexism does not make up for many others depicting men as unworthy to be such allies. You simply CANNOT have it both ways; you either are truly inclusive of EVERYONE, or you are not. And in my judgement, you are NOT inclusive of white men at all. You make them targets. And I refuse to accept being a target!

Even more offensive, you have been begging for money!

Dear Beloved Reader, we’re going to be real with you. We’re asking you to join our membership program so we can become fully financially sustainable (and you get some cool perks too!) With dropping ad rates across the media industry, we’re at continuous risk of shutting down. And we don’t want you to face Trump and his kind without the unique resources we provide. If everyone reading this only gave $10, we could raise enough money for the entire year in just one day. That’s right, with the price of a single lunch out, you can save us. We’re an independent feminist media site, led entirely by people of color, and that pays everyone who writes for us. If Everyday Feminism has been useful to you, please take one minute to keep us publishing the articles you’ve come to rely on us for. Thank you! Click here to join!

No, I won’t contribute a cent to your site. Not unless you change your attitude!

I’m against ALL racism, including that of African tyrants like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. And I’m against ALL sexism too, including the reverse sexism of some of Everyday Feminism’s writers. These extremists, in turn, make the anti-feminism of “Men’s Rights Activists” seem credible, which is dangerous.  This verbal abuse of white men simply has to stop!

 

Electronic Arts can go to hell!

EA (Electronic Arts) is one of the biggest video game companies in the world….and one of the most corrupt companies of any kind in the world too, right up there with ExxonMobil, Nestle, and Wal-Mart in terms of its contempt for both their employees and their customers. Ethics are constantly sacrificed for the sake of profit!

This video tells EA’s story:

Here are some more videos with damning criticism of EA:

 

I have never knowingly bought a game from EA and I never intend to. I hope most gamers take the same stand and help run that empire out of business!

I have published a BOOK

For over a decade, I have used this WordPress blog as a weapon against all kinds of irrationality, bigotry, ignorance, and hypocrisy. Recently, I decided to take many of my blog entries relating to Unitarian Universalism and/or the Baha’i Faith and assemble them into the form of a book for people to read.
Introducing:

The Baha’i Faith and Unitarian Universalism: A Personal Testimony and Analysis

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It can be purchased as either a hard-copy book or an e-book from this link:
http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStore/the-bahai-faith-and-unitarian-universalism-a-personal-testimony-and-analysis/8747fe7e-cb0c-4559-8f91-1a02599247e3

I’d like to sell a few dozen copies, at least, but my real hope is that the book influences people. If its contents can deter at least one person from joining the Haifan Baha’i cult and maybe even persuade him to join Unitarian Universalism instead, then my efforts will not have been in vain.

Another version that can be viewed for free can be found here:
https://issuu.com/dalehusband/docs/the_baha_i_faith_and_unitarian_univ

A Critical Analysis of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Part Nine

At long last, I have reached the home stretch of my dealings with the Most Holy Book of Baha’u’llah. This has been a catharsis of sorts for me and I now think that once this is done, I need never write anything about my former religion again, though I will always keep and use the various blog entries I have made about it as weapons against it.

Here are the links to Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven,  and Part Eight of my critique of the Most Holy Book of Baha’u’llah. And as always, I will include direct quotes from the book in red bold and my responses will be in blue italics. My source for this book is:

http://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/bahaullah/kitab-i-aqda

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