There’s a dirty trick in politics called the push poll. That’s when pollsters seek to sway the election by sowing seeds of doubt. Bush did it (successfully) against McCain, and the No On Prop-1 people in Seatac tried it on me. Continue Reading
Posted on 31 August 2013.
There’s a dirty trick in politics called the push poll. That’s when pollsters seek to sway the election by sowing seeds of doubt. Bush did it (successfully) against McCain, and the No On Prop-1 people in Seatac tried it on me. Continue Reading
Posted on 27 August 2013.
Warning- This is an unfunny article.
Things we should have learned from the recession:
That when the chips are down and they are losing money, the big companies will give up their Ann Rand for Karl Marx and take bailout money from the government which is the worst type of socialism there ever was. Continue Reading
Posted on 30 May 2013.
ENGLAND – In the wake of Thursday’s vicious attack in London, a new poll finds that a majority of the British public now believe the fascist leader Oswald Moseley was right when he condemned liberal immigration policies in the 1950s.
A survey commissioned by The Times on Monday which polled twenty-thousand people came back with 56 percent in favor of Moseley’s positions, 40 percent against, and 4 percent answering “I’m a multiculturalist-Liberal-Democratic-Faggot.” Continue Reading
Posted on 14 October 2012.
I am summarizing some Rigorous Research from University of Chicago, Economics Department, on Violence, Gangs, Drugs, and Poverty amongst the Blacks.
The key point of this research is that, despite of Hollywood Hypes such as “Scar Face”, 99.9% of people in a gang will have a salary of $3.30/hour, will have to live with their mothers, and have a 1-in-4 chance of being killed.
If you can get this one point across to the young minds of the at-risk population, they might as well as pursue a career at a fast food restaurant and be happier, safer, and richer.
Here is a speech I wrote during my college years based on this rigorous research done by University of Chicago.
“Sudhir Venkatesh, born in India, began to pursue his PhD in sociology at University of Chicago in 1989. He was studying under the eminent poverty scholar William Julius Wilson and volunteered to do field work on the causes of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.
Venkatesh was a thoughtful, handsome, well built, and a BRAVE Indian scholar, very much like many of our ECE Indian students here at Georgia Tech. He went straight to the source of the poverty of these communities, which was narcotics (specifically crack), and deliberately sought out the gangs who sold them to the communities to survey them.
“Well then,” Venkatesh, who got himself captured and held under captivity after continuously provoking gang members with sociological questions, still pounding away at them with his questions, “how does it feel to be African American and poor?”
Here we shall censor the responses that Venkatesh got in return. But we wanted to share the braveness, persistence, and patience of this scholar who risked his life to allow the academia to demystify the true financial compensation (aside from the Hollywood hype) of illegal-drug businesses in America.
So how does the drug business work? An awful lot like a Mcdonald restaurant actually, with its corporate-style book keeping: 1 CEO, 20 Board of Directors, 120 officers, 5,300 foot soldiers, and 20,000 unpaid rank-and-file members.
- CEO – $100,000
- 20 Board members – $500,000
- 120 Officers (each command 50 foot soldiers) – $7/hr
- 5,300 foot soldiers – $3.30/hr
- 20,000 unpaid rank-and-file members – negative salary, they must pay gang dues (many of whom wanted nothing more than an opportunity to become a foot soldier).
- Number of times arrested – 5.9
- Number of nonfatal wounds or injuries – 2.4
- Chances of being killed – 1 in 4
A 1-in-4 chance of being killed! That makes crack dealing the most dangerous job in America. On top of that, crack dealers spread violence wherever he goes and destroy solidarity and financial stability of entire communities.
And if the salary is only $3.30 an hour for an average Joe-Shmoe (McDonald pays 2 or 3 times higher), a clear headed scholar such as one of you would ask, why would anyone get involved with this dirty business?
Eta Kappa Nu (a national scholarship program) believes that it is ignorance that is feeding African Americans into this epidemic business that has been plaguing this city that we live in for decades (as well as this country that we live in). Thus in the past 4 years, we decided to work especially against the school dropping out rates troubling Atlanta and Georgia in general amongst the African American demographics.
Our working thesis is that if people, especially kids who are still in their formative years and not addicted to drugs, can stay in school long enough to understand that the payoff matrix of being a functional and contributing member of society versus that of a deviant and destructive drug dealer (in doing so who will most likely also have to live with his mother on $3.30/hr salary and have an 1-in-4 chance of somebody else “busting a cap in his head” to steal his job), he will have more incentive to stay upright and continue onto a higher education.
In pursuit of this goal, Eta Kappa Nu has team up with Hope Worldwide charity program for the past 4 years, the number one ranking tutoring program here in Georgia for the last decade now (and internationally, a $40 billion dollar a year charity foundation). With this joint venture, we hope to insert our scholastic influence with an age group whom are still defining their life’s identities, values, and attitudes in the most non-academic, impoverished, and drug-afflicted areas of our community, such as the inner-city Atlanta.
We believe that our effort to educate these children with basic skills of arithmetic, reading, and character, which we do together every weekend, will help these children get the message quite early that the narcotic business is not worth it. It’s just simple math. And plus you’re destroying your community, your family, friends, and neighborhood wherever you go.
So far this is the one of most successful projects Eta Kappa Nu operates. We run a poll surveying our participating Eta Kappa Nu members on their experience with this service project. Up to now, we have a near 80% satisfying response with our Eta Kappa Nu participants. And the kids absolutely love our Eta Kappa Nu students. These kids know our members by their names and look forward to spending Saturday mornings with our students.
Sudhir Venkatesh was a brave scholar who ventured into danger to obtain data to help the society to better understand the complex issue of poverty and drug-abuse and how it ties to the lack-of-education, in hope of making our community that we share a better place. Eta Kappa Nu, not so brave of-course, hopes to use his knowledge to help our own community here, such as the inner-city, Atlanta, to become a better place for our future generation. We hope that everyone can share our bright vision.”
But if you have worked as hard as I have and asked questions as you went along, at some point in time, you must answer the question honestly to yourself and others, how did so much cocaine get into the United States in the late 70s and all of 80s from Latin America and made itself into the most cheap and addictive form onto the streets: Crack, which pushed backwards 10 years of the good progress that the African Americans were making after the Civil Rights Movement.
The Affirmative Action program was putting millions of African Americans into the middle class with the Whites. Civil Rights movement has brought about so much equality and attitude changes among the Whites.
Where were the coast guards? Where was the Interpol? Where was the United States of America’s Military?
Even a child in Middle School knows about Columbia from their World History lessons in the 70s and 80s. Columbia’s primary export for decades has being Cocaine (mostly into the United States). Even to this day, it’s biggest illicit export is still cocaine.
The United States have invaded Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, and many Latin American Nations in the past 50 years for land grabs, national interests, and for politics and bombed the crap out of them (e.g. for the interest of United Fruit Company). America has erected one of the most brutal dictatorships in Chile in the name of “Capitalism and Freedom.”
America has caused several countries’ economic meltdown in Latin America in the name of “Free Trade”, during a time when private ownership of capital, properties, and land wasn’t even a clearly defined concept in some of these Latin America’s cultures. The only reason the United States did not invade Cuba was because the Soviet Union was backing up Cuba.
But the United States sanctioned the heck out of Cuba for almost 50 years to the devastation of Cuba’s economy and its people’s livelihoods. And the CIA assassinated countless Catholic, Liberation Theology preachers in fear of the political and economical consequences of their preaching, with the consent of the Pope.
The United States is the God Father of the Western Hemisphere. No country can step out of the line on that the U.S. controlled turf.
So why has the United States never thought about using military intervention against Columbia’s drug cartels (without interfering with their national sovereignty). Even the Colombian know that their government cannot control their drug problems and cocaine’s un-taxed export, and it is opening the door wide open for the United States’ military for help.
(Cocaine is the chief source of most of the political unrest and instability in Columbia, where assassinations against the politicians and chief justices occur regularly. And in this case, only military intervention should be suitable because of such a high margin of return when cocaine is exported into the United States.
One pound of cocaine can be manufactured under $4,000 in Columbia. But that same pound of cocaine can be sold for as high as $50,000 on the streets of United States.) The consequences of not interfering in Columbia are dire against the U.S.’s own citizens — especially that of African Americans.
Why does the United States not care in this case when the U.S., historically, loves to meddle with other countries’ businesses. Why does the U.S. not see its own its clear interest at stake here? How does the United States choose its use of military?
The following is what most conservatives will call the “Leftist Conspiracy Theory.”
The United States Government Agencies were conducting secret-ops in the Middle East at the time that required unlimited secret funding sources for weapons to overthrow unfriendly regimes to secure the oil supply. Congress, of-course, was not going to approve this funding.
That funding, unfortunately, came from drug cartels in Latin America and went into the CIA. All of this material is now being unclassified to the public. You can read about it just about everywhere from even credible sources and intellectuals’ work at MIT and Harvard, famous intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky at MIT: “email@example.com.”
There are powerful forces at work in this world, and some of it we don’t even know about. Very little is revealed about what the United States Government was doing in the Middle-East during the 70s and 80s.
Famous presidents such as Ronald Reagan got a slap on the hand when the Iran-Contra-Affair was discovered and made public. He claimed, “He had no idea. But he will personally look into it.” But he didn’t.
However, we must make the best of what the government of the United States has done but never being revealed. The United States of America is still the richest and most powerful country in the world with the largest economy in the world. There is an economic effect called “The Trickle Down Effect” for citizens living in such a wealthy country.
With all of these years of violence in the Middle East, and especially the wars conducted after 9-11, the United States still has control over most of the oil supply there. And this is a crucial factor in America’s future and the future of America’s competitors.
The second largest economy of the world, China, is not growing as fast as it could, simply because China cannot get its hands on the oil supply that it needs. China tries to invest, build, and buy oil fields from everywhere United States does not have a strong presence with a policy of “No Interference with National Sovereignty.”
It even tries to buy oil from Sudan at a fair price even though all of the infrastructures are built by the Chinese. However, look at what happened during the 2008 Olympics. The United States Media blamed China for Sudan’s own Civil War that had long being going on before China even laid a step on to Sudan.
The Olympics Torch was grabbed and Chinese flags burned everywhere. George Bush was threatening not to be present for the Olympics. That is why China has to rely on burning the “environmentally-dirty” coal for almost all of its power plants to power China. And the United States is blaming China for environmental pollution while the US is hoarding all of the oil.
The third largest economy in the world, Japan, has banned the presence of Heavy Industry in their country because of the lack of oil. Government commanded the economy into focusing on semi-conductor designs and electronics. Nuclear Power Plants are essential to Japan’s Energy Industry. However, as you can see Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japan is living on the edge everyday as a big island, entirely sitting on the top of the earth quake zone.
There will be no doubt that United States of America will remain the largest superpower and the largest economy of the world for decades to come, without competitors coming close.
In the 50′s, the Soviet Union tried to compete with the United States. it collapsed. In the 80′s Japan tried to compete with the United States. And now, Japan’s economy is in heavy debt with no way out for at least 20 years and never again at a position to ever compete against the United States. United States made sure of that by doing 2 things against Japan.
To guarantee and maintain the market for Japan’s unbalanced export to the United States, the US encouraged Japan to take up massive US debts as economic and political leverage for a small country against the massive military superpower. Then the United States let the Japanese Yen rise exponentially in value while devaluing the US dollar globally by printing more money, therefore making Japan lose hundreds of billions of dollars in the loans that it has given to the US. Then the United States helped to create the Real Estate Bubble in Japan that busted and caused an economic crisis for 20 years. Now Japan’s annual debt is 200% of its annual GDP. It will never be in the position to mess with the United States again.
The United States’ primary competitor of the 21st century is China, and the US is doing the same thing again to China: making the Chinese currency rise in value at the same time printing more US dollars to devalue its own currency globally (with China being the biggest creditor to the US debt with no way out anytime soon); creating a real estate bubble in China that if it bursts, China’s economy will be in the ruins.
In the 90’s, if you travel to your neighbor country, Canada, the Canadian Dollar was traded at 50 cents to one US dollar. Try again now. The Canadian dollar is currently trading at $1.20 for each U.S. dollar. And for the Muslim Oil Tycoons (and poor the Zimbabwe) who are hoarding US dollars as a safety currency, the U.S. dollar has devalued more than 10 times against their own national currencies since the 80’s.
Even the unconditional ally of the United States, the weak Saudis, has complained relentlessly against this to no avail. The US dollar is the international currency guaranteed by the Brent Wood System: the monetary management system establishing the rules for commercial and financial relations among the world’s major industrial states in the world, invented by F. D. Roosevelt’s cronies. Even Alan Greenspan announced publicly to the world at one point in his career: “The United States of America will never go bankrupt, because the US can always print more money.”
So to the preachers who are preaching that the dollars are being destroyed for the average American in the world, take a different perspective, you would see that, no, China, Japan, the Middle East, and African countries with unstable currencies are slowly being destroyed economically.
A lot of preachers in United States blame “godlessness” as the primary reason why all of American competitors came or will come to ruins in the end. “The US will always PREVAIL in the end. God bless America!” – I heard from one southern preacher once when I was studying at Georgia Tech.
So what does this have to do with African Americans, Latinos, and other minorities living as citizens in the United States?
You can have hope in the “Trickle Down Effect” and the values and the long history of “Freedom and Democracy” that runs deep in the veins of every American.
1) US will always be a democracy
2) The “Trickle Down Effect” of a free market.
If you are smart, you will see, because of the different reproductive rates of the different races and the immigration rates from Latin America, accurate statistical prediction points out that by 2050, the United States will have 30% Whites, 34% Blacks, 35% Latin Americans, and 1% Asians.
Barrack Obama is just a beginning of good things to come for minorities in a democracy and a free country such as the United States. Even though Barrack Obama still has to follow all the “King-Makers” to his presidency, he has already made tremendous changes, a lot of it under the table, for the Middle Class and the Poor of the United States during the first term.
Even though Universal Healthcare Bill did not pass in his first term, there is a lot of unexplained federal money flowing into the public healthcare and welfare system during a time when the federal government is bleeding money into the Middle East War and the Stimulus Package while revenue from taxes keep on declining.
If the African, Latino Americans, and other minorities can be educated and united in a representative democracy, Obama is just the first of the wonderful changes to come to this country that believes in freedom and the collective voice and decision-making of every one of its citizens.
Posted on 07 October 2012.
Earlier this year my wife saw a clever gadget on television. It’s called the iPosture; a button-sized gizmo that promises to correct your posture with a quiet, subtle vibrating reminder. The only problem is that it’s a massive ripoff.
We ponied up our $70 to buy it. When it came, I examined it closely and it turns out it’s just a circuit, watch battery, mercury switch and vibration motor… it’s a $5 gadget, though it’s sold at $70. Continue Reading
Posted on 05 October 2012.
Yesterday, I led Yanan to watch the launch of Shen Zhou 9 Hao’s Rocket into space on TV at exactly 6:47 PM, sending one of the most key modules into orbit to be connected with Sheng Zhoa 8 Hao, part of the process of completing China’s own Space Station that will aid and fuel China’s 2020′s mission of putting a man on the moon.
China will be the second nation in the entire world to put a man on the moon — after America. (Even the Soviet Union at its height could not accomplish such a difficult task.)
RIGHT: A Chinese rocket sitting waiting for launch. A truly impressive sight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
As I watched the launch process with Yanan, and as the rocket flied across each and every one of China’s major radar sites, out of earth’s atmosphere and into the empty space of the unknown, without a single glitch or altering of the assigned orbital flight, I was proud and filled with unknown emotions.
I understand, in my decade of studying engineering, physics, airplanes, and missiles, that the Laws of Nature are at their most unforgiving point at that kind of speed and precision. (If you remember just a month ago, North Korea tried to launched a satellite into space, catching the entire world’s attention, only to be shamed in front of the whole world by the global media.)
You cannot will your way into overpowering Nature’s unchanging and unforgiving laws and God’s active forces with these kinds of high desires and demands that man wants to accomplish. Only through becoming the most humble expert in understanding all of Nature’s Laws and through the use of most cutting-edge and precise technologies and instruments, can man perform such miracles of gods.
I tried to explain the entire rocket’s structure and launch process to Yanan. I tried to teach her the physical principles of firing an imaginary “artillery shell” at such a speed into the sky that will be forever trying to fall back on to the earth with its gravitational pull, but never quite reaching the ground.
I tried to explain to her the precision needed in launching a rocket into space’s busy orbit, all without being able to alter that launch course because of its speed, as the friction of the atmosphere will rip off any kinds of aeronautical fins you tried to put on there. (Only through high-energy, combustion reactions can you alter the rocket’s course by just a little bit.)
Shengzhou 9 Hao is a well-deserved victory China’s space and engineering program. Even Yanan is filled with pride in China’s successful launch of the spaceship, without much understanding of the complexity of such a engineering miracle.
As we watched all of the interviews with each and one of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists, the leader of this team who led 2 others into space moved me and reminded me of you. The captain of this space team who will manually perform the module connections was a very calm and strong person.
He was not a handsome nor young man. He came from a very, very poor farmer’s family. He told the entire world, with humility and confidence, that he did not choose his career, but the country chose him by each opportunity that was presented to him throughout his life. When he was born, his family had no money to send him to school but put him on their fruitless farm. However, a Chinese Air Force Base was built not too far from the mud house that he was living in. An Air Force lieutenant was recruiting soldiers to become future pilots when he was still in his teens.
When the recruiter saw that he was a pretty bright kid, he took him away from his family and sent him to school at the airbase to study aeronautical engineering. As fate would have it, China, especially at this airbase, grew in its power, wealth, and technology. In 10 years, he got the opportunity to fly some of the Second Generation and Third Generation Fighter Planes.
But even with his stable job as a pilot, he had a very high demand for himself and never just looked at the “surface aeronautical data,” but “always tried to understand the foundational principles and theories” that were producing these data. He excelled in his studies as well as his skills as a pilot. And he never wanted to look back to the desperate poverty of where he had come from.
As China grew in power, wealth, and technology, he was selected out of many of his colleagues into China’s Space Training Program. And out of 3,000 Chinese pilots he was selected in the top 3 pilots in the real space simulation program.
He called it fate, and he was not about to let fate as well as the fortune of his entire country down. He trained each day on the ground with such high attention to each detail and followed each methodology so carefully for years that it was almost like he was actually sent into space already each day he spent training on earth. And it was this that impressed all the leaders and led the leaders to pick him to pilot Sheng Zhou 9 Hao out of 3,000 expert, Chinese pilots.
With years of training on the ground, when he was interviewed by the Chinese and the entire world’s media on how much confidence he had on correctly piloting the ship to connect the space modules together, he replied, with a soft and silent confidence, “One hundred percent.”
There are a lot of prestigious opportunities in this world that we don’t get to pick as our career’s destinations. However, like him, like you, like who I will become, we must prepare and train each day here on earth, with such careful attention to details, knowledge, and skills, just like we are already sent into the heavens of the unknown space, disregarding what our fate actually has planned for us. This is really the only attitude to have to live out a full and meaningful life.
Happy Father’s Day!
Sincerely, Your Son,
Charles L. Wang
Posted on 29 September 2012.
I’ve been working in the field of Genetics and Bioinformatics for many years now. What I’ve been taught most of my life is that homosexuality is an innate condition that people are born with. The genetics of this is very complicated so I will simplify. For example:
1. SRY (Sex-determining region Y) is a sex-determining gene on the Y chromosome (XX = Female; XY = Male). SRY is a single gene located on the Y chromosome that activates a complex array of male determining genotype and phenotype genes during the process of fertilization, differentiation, and development of an female egg into a baby.
However, during the mixing and cross-over of chromosomes, the SRY gene can be stripped from the Y chromosome and attach itself to the X chromosome. So some XX sex determining chromosome sets to from a woman can produce homosexual characteristics that can result in the birth of a Lesbian. The opposite is true for Gays.
2. Prenatal Hormones. If a lot of Androgen is present in the mother’s womb during the development of nerve cells and the brain, then a female baby can come to form as a Lesbian.
3. Androgen Absorption Resistance. Cells in a baby can be resistant to the absorption of androgen to produce testosterone. Without testosterone in the presence of a baby, the baby can also become homosexual.
Other genetic factors are too complicated to explain here. But take my word for it!
However, an interesting bioinformatics statistic came to my attention today: “Almost all of the homosexual children are born by heterosexual parents. And Almost all of the children raised by homosexual parents are heterosexual children.”
I did some research outside of my field of study on what other factors other than inheriting genes, proteins and hormones that can cause homosexuality. Can homosexuality be a choice or a lifestyle rather than genetics? I came across some literature on this subject today.
In a U.S.-based 1970s mail survey by Shere Hite, lesbians self-reported their reasons for being lesbian. This is the only major piece of research into female sexuality that has looked at how women understand being homosexual since Kinsey in 1953. The research yielded information about women’s general understanding of lesbian relationships and their sexual orientation.
Women talked about social conditioning, which made it “almost impossible for me to have a truly healthy sexual relationship with a man”. Another woman stated that because of their conditioning “women are much more sensitive to other people’s needs”, and so “sex is better with women physically and emotionally”, stating she preferred the symmetries of power and aesthetic between women. Some talked about preferring women.
“Personally, I like girls better, they are more tender and loving”, and some went into how they found that emotional relationships with women were more satisfying than those with men, with women making more creative and versatile lovers. One woman reported it was easier for her “to give myself emotionally to a woman”.
A woman who had been a lesbian for two years said she found that sexual relationships with women were more pleasurable on both psychological and physical levels than with men; this was “because the women I’ve had sex with have been my friends first, which was never the case with men. Being friends sets up a trust that I think is essential for satisfying physical intimacy.
Relating to another woman physically seems to me like the most natural thing in the world. You’ve already got a head start on knowing how to give her pleasure. Gentleness seems to be the key, and is the main difference between relating to men and women.’”
Women talked about women making better sexual partners and that was a dominant theme: “I find women better lovers; they know what a woman wants and most of all, there is an emotional closeness that can never be matched with a man. More tenderness, more consideration and understanding of feelings, etc.” This was because men were perceived as unliberated “sexually or emotionally or any other way”, and lesbianism was perceived “as an alternative to abstinence” and to men generally.
Men were perceived as usually juvenile, while a relationship with women was described as “more of a communion with self”. Sex as well as relationships with women were seen as a way of achieving independence from men; “sex with a woman means independence from men.”
Male sexual performance was another problem, “ten to twenty minutes for a man, at least an hour with a woman, usually more”, as well as attention to the sexual needs of women who themselves “seem to have a more sustained energy level after orgasm, and are more likely to know and do something about it if I’m not satisfied”. One understanding of the difference was that sex with women “is not an ‘exchange’ or a ‘trade’ or services”, and not focused on orgasm, with “more kissing and holding” and “more concern for my pleasure”, which was experienced as liberating.
Sex with women was also seen as a political act; “I see lesbianism as putting all my energies (sexual, political social, etc.) into women. Sex is a form of comfort and to have sex indiscriminately with males is to give them comfort.”.
Hite found the two most significant differences between respondents’ experience with men and women were the focus on clitoral stimulation, and more emotional involvement and orgasmic responses. Since Hite carried out her study she has acknowledged that some women may have chosen the political identity of a lesbian. Julie Bindel, a UK journalist, reaffirmed that “political lesbianism continues to make intrinsic sense because it reinforces the idea that sexuality is a choice, and we are not destined to a particular fate because of our chromosomes.” as recently as 2009.
The study’s senior researcher said that women’s sexual desire is less rigidly directed toward a particular sex, as compared with men’s, and women’s sexuality is more changeable over time. Men lack of knowledge about women’s sexuality. McCormick states that emotional, mental, and ideological connections between women are as important or more so than the genital stimulation. Women generally exhibit greater sexual fluidity than men and find it easier to become physically and emotionally intimate with the same sex than men do.
I also found research in what is considered attractive in women between lesbian couples VS. that of heterosexual couples.
Men’s shaping of women’s sexuality has proven to have an effect on how lesbians see their own bodies. Studies have shown that heterosexual men and lesbians have different standards for what they consider attractive in women. Lesbians who view themselves with male standards of female beauty may experience lower self-esteem, eating disorders, and higher incidence of depression. Lesbian women are more attracted to women with a higher body mass.
There are also a great deal of research, history, and culture relating Gender Roles and Career Choices with that of being a Lesbian.
Greek stories of the heavens often included a female figure whose virtue and virginity were unspoiled, who pursued more masculine interests, and who was followed by a dedicated group of maidens. Foster cites Camilla and Diana, Artemis and Callisto, and Iphis andIanthe as examples of female mythological figures who showed remarkable devotion to each other, or defied gender expectations. Choosing to be lesbian might be a woman’s choice to defy one’s gender role that is constructed socially as well as culturally.
There are even religious factors that causes women to sexually express themselves more freely to other women.
For ten centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, lesbianism disappeared from literature. Foster points to the particularly strict view that Eve—representative of all women—caused the downfall of mankind; original sin among women was a particular concern, especially because women were perceived as creating life. During this time, women were largely illiterate and not encouraged to engage in intellectual pursuit, so men were responsible for shaping ideas about sexuality. Lesbianism was the only way that women can truly and freely express themselves, emotionally and sexually, to another person.
I read a book by one of the most famous Social Psychologist in the World as well as one of the most faithful Christian I’ve ever encountered: Dr. David Myers at Hope College. (In fact, I read every book and every paper this person has ever published.)
This following book has made the most impact on my views on gays and lesbians; which one is a choice and which one is not; which one is sinful and which one is not.
“What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage, Myers, D. G. & Scanzoni, Letha Dawson (2005), San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco. This is an effort to bridge the divide between marriage-supporting and gay-supporting people of faith, by showing why both sides have important things to say.” Buy the book from amazon.com. (You can read chapters from this book for free on Dr. Myers website.)
“What God Has Joined Together is an effort to bridge the divide between marriage-supporting and gay-supporting people of faith by showing why both sides have important things to say. By affirming marriage for all, What God Has Joined Together concurs with conservatives’ call for marriage renewal and a more marriage-supporting culture. And it concurs with liberals’ affirmation of everyone’s right, regardless of sexual orientation, to seal love with commitment and to participate fully in the church’s life and ministry.”
“With its traditional defense of marriage and its progressive embrace of same-sex relationships, this book cannot be pigeonholed, and that in itself is refreshing.”
Dr. Myers made ten Conclusions:
1. Our Reformed and ever-reforming faith tradition beckons us, with open minds, to discern and reconcile the truth in God’s word and God’s works.
2. All humans have a deep “need to belong,” to connect with others in close, intimate, enduring relationships.
3. As one potent example of such relationships, marriage contributes to flourishing lives—to happier and healthier adults, and thriving children.
4. Toxic forces, especially radical individualism and the media modeling of impulsive sexuality, are corroding marriage and the health of communities.
5. Sexual orientation is a natural (largely biologically influenced) disposition, most clearly so for men.
6. Sexual orientation is also an enduring disposition, which is seldom reversed by willpower, reparative therapy, or ex-gay ministry.
7. Out of 31,103 Bible verses, only seven frequently quoted verses speak directly of same-sex behavior—and often in the context of idolatry, promiscuity, adultery, child exploitation, or violence. We infer that the Bible has nothing to say about an enduring sexual orientation (a modern concept) or about loving, long-term same-sex partnerships. (One of our goals was to familiarize readers with biblical scholarship that offers alternative interpretations to the familiar proof-texts used against gay people.)
8. The creation stories focus on human companionship, on the importance of relationship and the formation of new kinship units (most of which will be heterosexual, but some of which, we now realize, may be gays).
9. A Christian case for gay marriage arises from the human need to belong, from the biblical mandate for justice, from the benefits of a culture-wide norm of monogamy, and from a refutation of popular arguments against gay marriage.
10. Although not part of our argument (and therefore in an appendix) we also note—for those who may wonder how history likely will judge us—that attitudes on this sexual issue are rapidly changing, and becoming more accepting of gay rights and relationships.
Moreover, there is a large generation gap, with most older adults opposing gay marriage and most younger adults supporting it. Given that the forces driving the attitude changes are likely to continue, and given generational succession, it appears that the culture war over gay marriage and gay ordination will gradually be resolved in the years to come, much as were previous culture wars over minority and women’s rights.
So in my simple conclusion, gay homosexuality may definitely be the result of genetic disposition since it is almost never fluid. So for gay people, homosexuality should not be a sin.
But as for some Lesbians who are not genetically programmed that way, if it is a choice and if you are a religious person, you might find the following advices helpful: a time for you to choose a better lover, choose a husband who is your best friend first, choose a more emotionally mature partner, choose a more ardent supporter for you career and your equality at home as well as your ambition, choose a husband with a more androgynous personality, and finally choose someone who want to please you in bed for hours.
Posted on 24 September 2012.
Forget the 2012 election. The path to it is already littered with debris.
The problem with our two party system is that it concentrates political power into two narrow, easily manipulated, easily controlled channels. And it pushes very worthy challengers from less powerful parties out of the picture.
This has dramatically happened now in two of our most recent elections. Twice in past few years we have had first rate candidates who had sterling records and excellent qualities pushed aside and ignored in the primaries. Continue Reading
Posted on 23 September 2012.
My advice to a woman who is about to divorce her husband who is suffering from depression.
Right: Image appears courtesy of Heather Gillam. Click to enlarge.
Here I am quoting the very famous, beautiful, wealthy, upper-middle-class Virginia Woolf, whose husband was probably walking in your shoes at the time.
“Dearest, I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of these terrible times again, and I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices and can’t concentrate. So I’m doing what seems to be the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I know that I’m spoiling your life and without me you could work, and you will, I know. You see, I can’t even write this properly. What I want to say is that I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me. And incredibly good. Everything is gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.”
And another few lines, this time from one of the most famous psychologists in the history of the West: Carl Jung. “The root problem to all human suffering in this world is our unwillingness to face the necessary amount of pain in order for us to grow.”
I am a firm believer in this quote.
There is the truth that I always like to see the potential in everyone, even in the Black and Latino kids I taught for many years, most of whom, statistically, can’t make it into college. And even amongst despaired, depressed, delusional people, I see potential. I believe that this is our difference, and we have to draw a clear line here.
Since you do not want him as your husband anymore, therefore his problem should not be your problem anymore. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Then why are you still in so much pain?
There is a book called “The Beautiful Mind.” An young MIT woman fell in love and married a genius professor, John Nash, believing that he will bring her everything she ever desired. Years later, Nash turned out to be crazy. She divorced him in disillusionment and out-of-anger. However, later when she found out that Nash had nowhere to go and ended up on the streets without a penny, she had pity on him.
Without remarrying someone else, she opened her front door to let him into the house again and helped in treating his mental disorder. She worked hard to support the whole family and take care of this bum, who could not hold a paying job, for almost 40 years.
I won’t spoil the plot and the ending for you. Go read it on your own (or watch the Hollywood Version).
My father once wrote down something that I later discovered in his notebook, during a time when he was battling for his failing marriage with my mother: “If I can’t charge up this hill and back into her heart again, then this is the hill that I will die on.”
My parents could not be happier living and sharing their lives together nowadays after almost a decade of fighting, arguing, and under the constant reminder that there is a easier way out of this whole mess — divorce.
People are different. We all have different values while coming from different family backgrounds. And I must admit we all have to respect each others’ differences and boundaries. Coming from a stable and loving family, surrounded by unbroken promises of imperfect marriages of all of her friends, and living in such a conservative and collective society such as China, my wife does not even know the definition of the word “Divorce.”
That’s our marriage surviving! And I am grateful for this Chinese, conservative wife, who faithfully followed me through some of the worst years of my life. And I am indebted to the Chinese conservative culture where the divorce rate is so low compared to that of the West. And my wife and my marriage could not be better these days.
And I am trying to repay her for how much emotional debt I owe her for the rest of my life with heart-felt, honest gratitude of this undeserved kindness from her unconditional love for me. I am grateful for her, for not leaving me, every morning that I wake up beside her on the same bed.
I am not judging you. However, you want to hear my opinion, since there does exist an obvious parallelism here.
Here it is, fully told…
Charles L. Wang.
Posted on 13 September 2012.
I immigrated to the United States when I was 13 years old because my father wanted to study at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University for his post-doctorate degree.
My mother, at the time, was working as a supermarket’s cashier. Needless to say, our family was very poor at that time.
However, both of my parents valued education so much that my father rented an one bedroom apartment with a den in an affluent district for me to get the best public education that they could afford. Continue Reading
Posted on 08 September 2012.
I got up at 3:30 AM this morning here in China in great anticipation for the London Olympics Opening Ceremony. England had a greater budget to prepare for this show than China had, and the English had great hopes that London’s Opening Ceremony show would beat that of Beijing’s.
I always had doubts that the British can beat the Chinese’s cosmetic perfection, individual discipline, 20,000 cast members, technological breakthroughs, and 5,000 years of history, culture, and philosophies. Continue Reading
Posted on 15 August 2012.
An ultra-conservative friend of mine recently wrote to me saying that he’s read my stories, but secretly suspects that I might not be as left-leaning as I come across in some of those articles. To him, I said “you’re probably right,” and wrote this open letter in response.
And for those of you scoring along at home, I’ve included copious amounts of links and citations. Feel free to check my work.
Posted on 01 August 2012.
The truth is Bush made a mess and Obama, despite obstruction at every turn, has turned the economy around in fantastic fashion. Continue Reading
Posted on 28 July 2012.
This is NOT a funny article.
There is a strain of psychic illness prevalent in certain social stratas of the Denver area of the Colorado Front Range. It is a sickness that spreads tendrils like a cancer. It has been here for a long time, well before the Columbine disaster. Continue Reading
Posted on 01 July 2012.
CHICAGO, IL – EBBQ - Today GlossyNews lost one of its most faithful and cherished writers, Bob Rohden, aka BobZaguy. While I wish this were a roast instead of a eulogy, and I only knew Bobz (as I affectionately called him) through our writing experiences both on and off GlossyNews.com, I do think I can adequately sum up his life for you in order to get a better peek at who Bobz was as a human being. Continue Reading
Posted on 28 February 2012.
By Guest Writer Frank Edward Jordan
The state of Israel will not forgo attacking Iranian nuclear facilities just because the US has not given it permission. Israel is a nuclear power. It has both the means and military expertise to subject Iran to a nuclear holocaust when it feels the time has come to act. One should remember that the only reason Israel did not subject Saddam’s country to missile strikes during the first Gulf War was that George H. W. Bush, fearful of losing Arab support if Israel retaliated, pledged to wipe out the Scud missiles that were impacting in Israel. But, the Knesset and the Israeli leadership were just a hair’s breath away from launching its own retaliation.
Eighty years ago, the Nuremburg Laws set out to destroy Jews from all of Germany and Europe. The survivors of that Holocaust settled Palestine under the terms of the United Nations Partition. Now, the state of Israel is a military force that, more than once, has beaten back all the nations surrounding it, and without nuclear weapons. Continue Reading
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