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Is the Reverend Wright? by underground

Barack Obama has had to distance himself from his former pastor in light of the the Reverend’s controversial opinions being made public recently. Presidential hopefuls Democrat Hilary Clinton and Republican John McCain have sought to extract as much mileage from the controversy as possible. The media has leapt onto the story, questioning whether the (media-induced) uproar could derail Obama’s presidential bid.

But are Reverend Jeremiah Wrights comments fair? Continue reading

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Inappropriate advertising? by underground

A plane crashes at Whenuapai Airbase, two die. Stuff.co.nz run a brief story. Is it just me or is the advert below the story a little insenstive to the victims. Perhaps not as insensitive as the web media’s requests for “bad weather” footage after the Elim school tragedy, but it is another example of poor taste in internet reporting. This time the fault appears to be google’s fault, who I assume provide adverts considered relevant to the story. Continue reading



Irrational Design by underground

Apparently there is some film entitled “expelled” that seeks to illustrate how the scientific community are keeping the Intelligent Design movement from debating evolution on public. I have not seen the film, do not really wish to, as it can only be the type of damage control publicity stunt we have come to expect from ID proponents. ID has been dismissed by far more qualified people then myself, but clearly these people are not listening. It really is quite simple, there’s not much to not understand. So let me kindly give the ID fans the answer as to why no one takes them seriously. Continue reading



Another Bertrand Russell Quote by underground

Yes, more Russell. I did say I would have more of old Bertrand, but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. But I had too. Whilst reading Ian Wishart’s response to a comment I made on a blog, I actually felt pity for him. Immediately I could relate to a passage I had read from Bertrand Russell’s An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

“…If, like most of mankind, you have passionate convictions on many such matters, there are ways in which you can make yourself aware of your own bias. If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do. If some one maintains that two and two are five, or that Iceland is on the equator, you feel pity rather than anger, unless you know so little of arithmetic or geography that his opinion shakes your own contrary conviction. The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion. So whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.”

In fact I encourage people to read the full essay, it is a truly thought provoking piece of writing.

When I used to read Wishart’s Investigate magazine, I used to feel rage. How could a person actually believe this stuff? Why would anyone buy this filth? It was not so much that I was angry that this man had views strongly opposed to my own, it was that it encouraged others to feel the same. I was furious that this trash’s hateful pseudo-journalistic articles would incite attacks against the communities the magazine rallies against, homosexuals and Muslims in particular. I do feel the same anger, but mainly now I feel pity for the guy. He actually believes what he says! And I suppose he believes that he has some sort of truth that the world should know, but the world won’t listen. He is the boy who cried wolf. Sure, his books will sell, but it will be the same old people, and he will never be taken seriously the general public.

But then I suppose Hitler started with a small following…

No, I’m not serious. But why are these investigative journalists always so bias? Would their work not be more credible, and they would not be open to accusation, if they attack those in power on all sides of the political spectrum?

Alright, I said I wouldn’t mention Wish-hard again, but couldn’t help it this time!



For what it’s worth, here’s my 2 cents. by underground

I’m sick of it. I’m sick of it leading news bulletins. I’m sick of it on the front page of the New Zealand Herald’s world section. I’m sick of everyone blogging about it. I’m sick of the ridiculous scandals. I’m sick of the he said/she said. Im sick of trying to understand the system. I’m sick of explaining to others a system that I don’t fully understand. I’m sick of the pointless debates. I’m sick of the speeches. I’m sick of the last four months and I’m sure I’ll be sick of the next nine or so months.

I’m sick of the American presidential elections. I’m sick of the Democratic Primaries. I’m sick of George Bush, but I am also sick of Clinton, Obama and McCain. I’m sick of caring about an election, I can’t even vote in.

So for what it’s worth, here’s my 2 cents. Continue reading



Credibility of a creep by underground

Polls conducted by the likes of Readers Digest magazine and others frequently find journalists alongside lawyers and used car salesmen as the publics’ least trusted professions. Considering that journalism students study ethics and are usually idealist people concerned with objectivity and impartiality (we are also naive!), from where does the public get this perception? Much of it must be for the gutter journalism that dominates the television in particular. Insensitive interviews, sensationalist stories, the hounding of victims and the pursuit of tragedy give viewers the impression of journalists as cold-hearted egocentric vampires. All it takes are a few bad eggs, and all journalists are unfairly smeared as untrustworthy. There is one I consider to be particularly rotten.

Ian Wishart. Helen Clark was kind when she called him a creep. I can think of another word starting with C that would be more appropriate. Continue reading



“But it says so in the bible” by underground

This post is of a reply I wrote to another blogger’s post. Having some objections with the argument put forward, I considered a counter-argument. Hoping that my disagreements would encourage some debate, I sent the comment to her. Unfortunately she did not address my concerns. I am interested in creating healthy debate, so I’m posting both her initial post and my response. As her opinions are commonly held, I would like to know how a theist would address my response. Continue reading