Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Report on Earth Religion






Alfred J. Haines
Report on Earth Religion
REL212
World Religions
Naomi Sanderovsky
July 24, 2011









To the Council of Science and Exploration, Department of Cultural anthropology:

The following is my report of the existence of religion on the planet Sol 3. known to many of it's inhabitants as Earth. The many tribes of Earth are separated by bodies of water which limit the movements of populations from inter-connecting. This separation has resulted in many distinct cultures, many with complex and distinct belief systems. Most of these have sub-groups and branches that have diverged out of the main belief system. Some belief systems do not comply to our strict definition of religion yet are beliefs held by groups of humans. I will do my best to answer the Councils main questions following these criteria and wish to explain that humans may hold more then one belief which are in conflict with each other. This defies reasonable examination and farther complicated my research.
Are the people on earth religious or hold sacred beliefs?

I have attempted to study those that comply to the criteria which I have found in the 'The Encyclopedia of Philosophy':
  1. Belief in supernatural beings (gods).
  2. A distinction between sacred and profane objects.
  3. Ritual acts focused on sacred objects.
  4. A moral code believed to be sanctioned by a supernatural being.
  5. Characteristically religious feelings (awe, sense of mystery, sense of guilt, adoration), which tend to be aroused in the presence of sacred objects and during the practice of ritual, and which are connected in idea with supernatural beings.
  6. Prayer and other forms of communication with supernatural beings.( mostly requests for the deity to circumvent the laws of Physics for the followers.)
  7. A world view, or a general picture of the world as a whole and the place of the individual therein. This picture contains some specification of an over-all purpose or point of the world and an indication of how the individual fits into it.
  8. A more or less total organization of one’s life based on the world view.
  9. A social group bound together by the above.

This definition encompasses most belief systems across the many diverse cultures. Included are aspects of sociological, psychological, and historical factors are accepted by a majority of experts in these fields. Although this criteria is not without its flaws, it does allow for a broad explanation of the structure of belief systems on Earth. The requirement of a supernatural beings is the most debated point in the current state of human evolution. Certain humans, Jesus; Buddha and Mohammad; have been attributed with supernatural abilities and attributes far beyond those of mortal man but not every religion revolves around the supernatural.

Describe examples of behaviors or beliefs you observe that meet the criteria?

The largest land mass has several beliefs which are held by millions of people. The older ones such as Zoroastrianism or Mazdaism have fallen out of favor with the young members. Zoroastrianism's belief in the creator/deity Ahura Mazda was exalted by Zoroaster as the supreme divine authority. There is only a minor schism based on calendar differences and monasticism is rejected by most all followers. Their worldview concerns a battle of good vs evil with a savior that will lead the righteous in the final battle and all beings will live forever under the rule of their deity. This worldview has been adopted by most younger beliefs such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The Zoroastrian pray in the presence of fire often at a Temple of Fire as described in their sacred texts. They believe their lives are guided by Fravashi, a guardian spirit or angel and their social group is bound by their beliefs.
In the southern deserts another religion, Judaism, arose from this worldview and they appear to have adopted many of the Zoroastrian beliefs. The belief in a creator, the battle between good vs evil, The prayers to communicate with the deity, a savior and an afterlife. The followers of Judaism believe they are God’s chosen people and that they have been granted special rights to a holy land that is protected by their deity. They share rituals that create a strong bond within the group and celebrate events in life as sacred such as birth, the coming of age of adulthood, marriage (the joining of mates), and death. They have been given sacred texts from their deity and have joined into a covenant with that deity to obey these sacred texts and obverse no other deity before him in exchange for a peaceful afterlife.
Judaism has had several schism's, the major two being Christianity and Islam. Christianity has accepted the sacred texts of Judaism as their 'Old Testament' but have accepted Jesus the Christ as their Savior and believe he will be born again at the end of the world to lead their followers, on his white horse along with three other spirits or horsemen. The Rapture will raise the faithful to heaven, a place where their deity GOD resides.
The newly inhabited western continent has adopted a secular personality by welcoming all faiths and has enacted laws to protect religion although religious groups, mostly the ruling class of Christians, use these laws as a protection from punishment for their oppressive violence against members of other faiths. It is a commonly accepted belief that non-believers or Atheists are not covered by these laws because they do not have religious beliefs. This has lead to major acts of violence against Atheists such as the bombing of health-care clinics that offer conception services to Atheists, the exclusion from political office and other rights such as same sex marriage or the right of a death with dignity (often rejected as suicide). The persecution of non-Christians goes unpunished under these laws protecting religious freedom and recently members of the nation of Islam have been the major focus of this hatred due to a few acts of violence by an isolated groups of radicals within their group.

What is the function of religion as it appears on Earth?
Through my research I have observed that the primary function of religion on Earth is to ensure the safety of numbers and bind the generations through a common belief of respect for the values of their elders.

If your research suggests alternate views to its function explain how religion could be understood outside of this function?

Religion is often abused by the ruling class as a weapon of oppression and control over the populous. Several religions have control over the governments of their nations and have laws prohibiting all averse actions including sexual intercourse; the rights of women to show their faces or drive a vehicle and converting to another faith. These actions can result in punishment ranging from public whipping to death and little protection is offered for non-believers.


Resources:

Fisher, M. P. (2011). Living Religions (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson



Friday, May 27, 2016

An example of Zenity and the MySql query in C++

/*
 * ALfred Haines Copyright 2013
 *
 * This example of Zenity and the MySql query
 * Both must be installed
 *
 *
 * g++  cpp/main.cpp -Wno-deprecated -Wno-write-strings  -DQT_SQL_LIB -DQT_GUI_LIB -DQT_CORE_LIB -DQT_SHARED -I/usr/include/mysql -I/usr/include/mysql++ -L/usr/lib  -L/usr/lib -lpthread  -I../ cpp/dr01.cpp -lmysqlpp -lmysqlclient -lnsl -lz -lm -o dr01
 *
 * you must setup a connection file for this to access MySql
 * I call mine con.cpp and it is in my cpp folder
 * it will define
 * SERVER="localhost",USER="root",PASSWORD="",DATABASE="DBase"
 *
 *
 *
*
#include "sstream>"
#include "boost/tokenizer.hpp>"
#include "boost/iostreams/device/file.hpp>"
#include "boost/iostreams/stream.hpp>"
#include "boost/algorithm/string/replace.hpp>"
#include "vector>"
#include "mysql.h>"
#include "con.cpp" // MySQL password File
#include "stdio.h>"
#include "iostream>"
#include "cstdlib>"
#include "string>"

using namespace std;
MYSQL *connection, mysql;
MYSQL_RES *result;
MYSQL_ROW row;
int query_state;

#define N_MOVIES 300
#define N_ReGen 12

struct drs_t {
  string name ;
  int id ;
} actor [N_ReGen];

struct movies_t {
  string title;
  int year;
} films [N_MOVIES];

void printmovie (movies_t movie);
std::string exec(char* cmd);

int main() {
    string rs ; string re ;
    mysql_init(&mysql);
//connection = mysql_real_connect(&mysql,"host","user","password","database",0,0,0);
connection = mysql_real_connect(&mysql,SERVER ,USER ,PASSWORD ,DATABASE ,0,0,0);
if (connection == NULL) {
cout << mysql_error(&mysql) << endl;
return 1;
}
string tm ; int c = 0 ;
query_state = mysql_query(connection, "select * FROM drs ");
if (query_state !=0) {
cout << mysql_error(connection) << endl;
return 1;
}
string cm = "ans=$(zenity  --list  --height 400 --width 350  --text \"Choose a Doctor\" --radiolist --column \"Pick\" --column \"Num\" --column \"Name\"";
result = mysql_store_result(connection);
while ( ( row = mysql_fetch_row(result)) != NULL ) {

tm = " ";
tm.append( "FALSE \"" );
tm.append( row[0] );
tm.append( "\" \"");
tm.append( row[1] );
tm.append( "\" ");
cm.append( tm );
}

cm.append( " ); echo $ans" );
cm.erase(remove( cm.begin(), cm.end(), '`' ),cm.end());
char* cmd = strdup(cm.c_str());
re = exec( cmd);

// string j = "select * FROM drwho WHERE intid = 1";
// string j = "select  drs.name, drwho.*  FROM drwho, drs   WHERE drwho.intid = 1";
//sprintf(qu,"%s" , "select  drs.name, drwho.*  FROM drwho, drs   WHERE drs.id = " );

string j = "select * FROM drwho WHERE dr = ";
j.append(re);

query_state = mysql_query(connection, j.c_str());
if (query_state !=0) {
cout << mysql_error(connection) << endl;
return 1;
}
cm = "ans=$(zenity  --list  --height 400 --width 350  --text \"Choose an Episode \" --radiolist --column \"Pick\" --column \"Num\" --column \"Name\"";
result = mysql_store_result(connection);
while ( ( row = mysql_fetch_row(result)) != NULL ) {
// cout << row[6] << endl;
tm = " ";
tm.append( "FALSE \"" );
tm.append( row[0] );
tm.append( "\" \"");
tm.append( row[4] );
tm.append( "\" ");
cm.append( tm );
}
cm.append( " ); echo $ans" );
cm.erase(remove( cm.begin(), cm.end(), '`' ),cm.end());
cmd = strdup(cm.c_str());
re = exec( cmd);
j = "select * FROM drwho WHERE intid = ";
j.append(re);
query_state = mysql_query(connection, j.c_str() );
if (query_state !=0) {
cout << mysql_error(connection) << endl;
return 1;
}
cm = "echo ";
result = mysql_store_result(connection);
while ( ( row = mysql_fetch_row(result)) != NULL ) {
// cout << row[6] << endl;
tm = " ";
tm.append( "\"");
tm.append( row[5] );
tm.append( "\" ");
cm.append( tm );
}
cm.append( "  | zenity --text-info --height 300 --width 650 " );
cm.erase(remove( cm.begin(), cm.end(), '`' ),cm.end());
cmd = strdup(cm.c_str());
re = exec( cmd);
mysql_free_result(result);
mysql_close(connection);
return 0;
}

std::string exec(char* cmd)
  {
    FILE* pipe = popen(cmd, "r");
    if (!pipe) return "ERROR";
    char buffer[128];
    std::string result = "";
    while(!feof(pipe)) {
    if(fgets(buffer, 128, pipe) != NULL)
    result += buffer;
    }
    pclose(pipe);
    return result;
}
void printmovie (movies_t movie)
{
  cout << movie.title;
  cout << " (" << movie.year << ")\n";
}

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Trump's road to greatness!

What is it with Americans for Trump?  I sort of see the appeal for a person that says what he thinks but does he really have to say everything that comes to his mind?  I remember growing up with people like this.  I have even, at times, been guilty of saying hurtful things without thinking but I grew-up.  There is this thing we do where we catch ourselves before we say something we may regret later.  This thing is missing in Trump, so he just spouts out whatever pops into his head. Some of what comes out sounds reasonable until you put it through the reality checker to see if it is possible.  Some of it sounds dumb even to low IQ voters...
The dumbest is the wall, one foot higher then the great wall of China, the billions of dollars that this would cost could fix or replace every broken bridge in the US.  He says he will make Mexico pay for it but that just isn't going to happen. If you believe that they will pay for it then your more delusional then Trump.  No either we will have to pay for it or it wont be built, end of story!
How about, "If I become president, we're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again."?  Well not everybody is Christian and some people might resist this small piece of bullcrap.  What is he going to do, throw all non-Christian in jail?  Our prison system is already over-burdened from the failed drug war.  Any law forcing people to say 'Merry Christmas' would be unconstitutional.  So this is just not happening!
He said he would "Get rid of Common Core" and the Federal Dept of Education.  This sounds confusing because if he wants to make the US great again we need better education.  If we go back to a system where every school sets their own standards then fake religious charter schools can teach any nonsense they want.  While their students suffer because they wont be prepared for college. I feel that the Common Core should be harder and include Art &; Music. How can we be great if our students fall behind in the global arena.   This is not the right direction toward greatest!
How about doing away with the Environmental Protection Agency?  Towns across America like Flint Mi. are unable to drink their water due to population, even with regulation.  Many of Trump supporters aren't old enough to remember the dark clouds of smoke over most major cities.  The untreated water and the harmful chemicals like DDT and asbestos or lead in the paint. The air is cleaner and most of the water is drinkable! So maybe the EPA has done more good then harm, so far.  Look at countries without such regulation, China; India; Africa, all finding it hard to breath on most days.  That's his idea of the road to greatest?
What about, "Defund Planned Parenthood"?  This is just stupid and will result in the worst health crisis America has ever seen.  PP clinics aren't abortion clinics, in some cases they have been the only health care that poor women have available.  In many states that allow doctors to refuse Medi-Aid participating doctors are few and far apart.  In Pa. I had to travel 16 miles to see a doctor because local doctors did not accept state insurance.  This is just an attack by the religious haters that feel they must control the lives of non-believers.  Trump must accept this for what it is, A HATE CRIME against people who believe differently from him!
What about the countless number of ways he says he will violate the constitution by denying rights to Muslim Americans and "Target and kill the relatives of terrorists"?  Should you be killed if a family member commits a crime that had nothing to do with you?  On and on the madness just pours out of this man.  The things he says about other nations are insane not presidential.
He has strange ideas of foreign policy like, putting the "hedge fund manager Carl Icahn in charge of trade negotiations with China and Japan" instead of in jail where he belongs. On and on the madness continues. If this man weren't wealthy he would be in a mental hospital where he couldn't hurt himself or others.  Trump is not right for America and can never make the US great again.
There is one good idea among the madness, End birthright citizenship, yes a citizen test should be required at birth so that wackos like Trump can be denied citizenship before they can screw up our country!  Why should losers become citizens just because they were born here! Under the strict immigration laws that Trump favors the Drumpf family never would have been allowed into the country in the first place!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I guess I have to stop watching documentaries

I think I have to stop watching documentaries.  The ones I have watched lately just make me sad.  "terms and conditions may apply" and "the propaganda game", both on Netflix, show disturbing views of our lives and the lives of people in N.Korea respectively.  "Terms" asks the question ' if you knew that your personal data was being given to the government would you say so much?'  Facebook; Twitter; and other social media sites are the NSA's best source of info on your life.  People don't just give social media their info they brag about what they do!  The NSA loves social media and the fools that tell all. On the other side of the privacy game is "the propaganda game" which tells how misinformation is the only information we get about N. Korea.  Both were frightening views of what a government does to its people.
I for one am afraid of both views but being brain washed to think our system is the best is the most disturbing.  The best system should be one that allows their people to think what they want and have the freedom to say it.  Without fear of incarceration or financial reprisals.  "Terms" tells how a seventh grader was detained by the Secret Service for comments on social media about how the President "had better be careful" because of the "suicide bombers".  Not that he was making a threat, only small talk about the dangers and he was detained!  Watch the show.  It will scare most people out of using social media.
What would it take to get people to share just a little bit less about their every move?  Do you need a shock like having your child detained by the Secret Service or having your credit reduced because you shopped at Wal-Mart?  Yes, having your credit reduced because of where you shopped!  What about being put on a no-fly list because of statements you made to a friend on Facebook?  Could you be a victim of a government pre-crime unit that has predicted that you are likely to commit a crime?  not that you have but that you might, based on something you said in jest.  Would you want to live in a country where jokes are illegal?
I want to see a watchdog program that watches the government and posts their abuses on a website, exposing them in the light.  BUT how can we trust that government moles wont control that program?  Using it to further spread misinformation! Aw crap it disturbs me too much to think about!
I guess I have to stop watching documentaries.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The strange case of the alien worshipers

When I heard that some people believe that an alien dropped our souls in a volcano and that he will be back someday to collect us I thought “how weird”!
Then I thought that's not too different from what Christians believe.  An alien made this world so he could create life that would adore and worship him.  He destroyed the world a couple of times just because he didn't like how his creations turned out.  He made a bet with a fallen Angel, another alien race, that Job would love him no matter how bad he made his life.  This alien killed Job's wife and kids, and all his livestock, gave him diseases and turned everyone against him.  Just to prove to this other alien that Job would love and worship him forever.   He destroyed two cities because Lot couldn't find a good man. Then he turned Lot's wife into salt because she turned to look at the devastation.   Aliens called angels are sent down to earth, from his world called Heaven,  to teach us stuff and tell us when bad stuff is going to happen.  The Alien 'GOD' ordered Moses to kill all tribes that have non-believers and inspect their girls to see if they have known man. In public in front of everyone Moses strips the clothes off young girls and checks their virginity.  He kills all the women that have know man.  THAT'S suppose to be normal for Christians.
This Alien found a preteen virgin and made her pregnant with his spirit.  The child is born in a lowly manger and is told he is the King of the Jews, who reject and kill him!  He comes back from the dead, creepy, and become their Deity.  His followers cover the world and kill non-believers for a couple thousand years until the current followers no longer 'follow his words' yet still try to kill non-believers!
His message of Love and Peaceful co-habitation are lost and all that is left is several cults that disagree with each other over what he said, while blowing up clinics and shooting non-believers that perform legal operations.  Still they all believe that they are the chosen ones that will be swept away to Heaven while the rest of the world burns in the fiery ruins of the earth.  I think about some of this and am disgusted by their behavior.  Love and Peaceful co-habitation once meant with everyone but now it means with others that agree with their version of this story. To hell, a hot and bad place, with anyone that disagrees with them.  I may have skipped a few bits along the way but just this bit makes me sick.  How can anyone follow this nonsense with an open mind and still believe it????
If you are still reading this then you must be special!  This is why I can not believe in this nonsense. How about you?  Have you thought about what it would be like to live without Gods?  Without judgment?  Free to explore the world and think about new things, to create things.  Maybe create new life that has never been seen on earth, so I have someone to worship me.  I do this in my computer create new code, that's what we are is code called DNA.  What if I code a new life-form?  Would these Christians kill me because I do not follow their restrictions against almost every form of scientific study.  I wish to live in a world where I can be naked all the time and sex is thought of s natural.  A place where religion is a private thing and no-one needs fear the beliefs of others.  Share this if you agree that people should not be prisoners of a religion that they do not believe in!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How time has warped the minds of this mighty secular nation!

How have we allowed the Christians to derail the Constitution and pervert this mighty secular nation?

The First Amendment to the Constitution grants Americans the "freedom from religious persecution" and yet the Christians have perverted this Amendment to mean "freedom of religious".  A subtle yet important difference exists that can not be allowed by the free people of this mighty secular nation.  In "freedom from religious persecution" every citizen is protected from religious persecution and the other has come to mean that the government can not control the actions of individuals claiming religious authority.  The intent was to protect from religion those that seek such protection from religious laws that are in conflict with national or state laws.  No citizen shall be held to answer to a religious authority expect by choice and that no religious authority shall hold power over the people of this mighty secular nation.  If a citizen chooses to reject the faith of their parents or community such citizen has the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution and can not be compelled to return to that religion.  The citizen has the right to live either in that community or to leave to establish a new home free from persecution.  No citizen shall be marked or harassed by others that seek to compel them to except a religion not of their own choosing by protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Any citizen calling for such markings or refusal to allow others to live their lives free from such religious persecution is in conflict with the Constitution and hence The Federal Laws of this mighty secular nation.  No religious test or requirement shall be enforceable upon an application for citizenship under the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

On a historical note: Ten years after the Constitutional Convention ended, this mighty secular nation assured the world that the United States was a secular state, and that its negotiations would adhere to the rule of law, not the dictates of the Christian faith.  According to Frank Lambert, Professor of History at Purdue University, the assurances in Article 11 of The Treaty of Tripoli were "intended to allay the fears of the Muslim state by insisting that religion would not govern how the treaty was interpreted and enforced. John Adams and the Senate made clear that the pact was between two sovereign states, not between two religious powers.

Ref:
Art. 11. of The Treaty of Tripoli as presented to the Senate by President John Adams;
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen (Muslims); and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan (Mohammedan) nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Holiday advice that you didn't ask for!

A major cause of holiday upset is when one party has expectations but never voices them, expecting another to 'just know' what the first party was thinking. Good trick if it can be done but mind reading does not really exist!

We assume people will do things the same way we do, such as be on time for appointments, pay their fair share in a restaurant, and tell us in advance if they’re going to miss a deadline—because that’s what we do. We don’t tell people what we expect from them, because we don’t think we need to.
It’s a little like being frustrated that you were hoping for a new iPad for your birthday but not telling anyone, and then being annoyed when you receive a series of coffee-table books that will go straight to your re-gifting shelf.
you: “How could he not know I wanted an iPad?”
the Voice of reason: “Because you never told him.”
you: “But I shouldn’t have to tell him. He should just know.”
the Voice of reason: “Expecting people to know what you want without telling them is insane."

Do not go insane on the ones you love. Share your thoughts, hopes and dreams. You will be rewarded

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