Tonight’s Dish: Please Pray for the Victims of the Chilean Earthquake

Sorry about the brief absence. Busy, busy, busy! But I’m doing dish tonight instead of tomorrow morning, because I’m afraid I have an exam I’m supposed to be studying for then. Also, I have a work related event in a few days for which I have to binge diet and exercise. Blogging is good for the body.

First things first, the recent earthquake in Chile is an 8.8- the worse since 1900.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared parts of the country “catastrophe zones” in the wake of the 8.8 magnitude quake, which was centered about 70 miles offshore from the port city of Concepcion.

With images still fresh of Haiti’s devastation from an earthquake last month, the world woke up to new disaster — and fears of another catastrophic toll. But the Chile quake struck at a relatively deep 21.7 miles, and building codes are strict in a country that 50 years ago was struck by the biggest earthquake ever recorded: a magnitude 9.5.

It gets worse. The jolt from the quake is also putting Hawaii and the Pacific under Tsunami warning.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning — its highest alert — for Hawaii, where incoming waves could cause damage along the coastlines across the island chain. A warning was also in effect for Guam, American Samoa and dozens of other Pacific islands.The first waves were expected to arrive in Hawaii at 11:19 a.m. Saturday (4:19 p.m. EST).

A lower-grade tsunami advisory was in effect for the coast of California and an Alaskan coastal area from Kodiak to Attu islands. Authorities in Australia did not issue a warning, but asked residents to stay away from the coast.

UPDATE: Earthquakes have also hit Argentina and the coast of Japan.

My friend Brad says on Facebook that he would like to write a letter to mother nature that goes a little something like this: …ahem… Please stop destroying everything? Please? Thanks. Forever Yours, Brad.

I know we’re all hurting, but just like with Haiti we have to dig deep in our pockets and in our hearts and find a way to help. The suffering are our brothers and sisters, even if they aren’t close to home.

Moving on. Rasmussen Reports has Obama’s approval ratings at 43% and his disapproval at 55%. And I think it will steadily get worse, because he will not abandon the ridiculous joke known as the Senate Health Care Reform Bill and start doing what he is elected to do, which is fix the economy and create jobs. John W Smart thinks its the only way he can turn it around.

A poll number that shows the plurality or out right majority disapproving of Obama’s performance becomes a flashcard signifying tone deafness for every news outlet in the nation. It’s short hand for “He’s ignoring us.” While even a slight majority approves rather than disapproves, Obama can still posture as a man trying in good faith to do “what people elected me to do.” It’s the last smidge of a popular mandate he can claim. Once it’s gone he must adjust, refuse to and take down his party with him, or hope beyond hope the economy takes off.
Obama can turn it around and he can do it quickly as well. As in this year. But only if he walks away from the Senate health care bill and makes economic recovery his centerpiece. If he doesn’t the yelps from the Right of “What is his problem?” will some become “The President is the problem” from the middle.

According to a new study liberalism, atheism, and male sexual monogamy are all signs of a higher IQ.

The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans’ evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them.

“The adoption of some evolutionarily novel ideas makes some sense in terms of moving the species forward,” said George Washington University leadership professor James Bailey, who was not involved in the study. “It also makes perfect sense that more intelligent people — people with, sort of, more intellectual firepower — are likely to be the ones to do that.”

I disagree with a lot of what is in this article, for example, the fact that it has always been evolutionarily beneficial for women to be sexually exclusive. Wrong. That is an unacceptable cave man gender stereotype. Millenia of history has shown that women are just as unfaithful as men are, they are just more discreet about it. *Points* Women are scum too! Don’t sell the ladies short you stinky college professors!

And of course, while the article is clear that these studies are not meant to generalize intelligence as they correlate with personal beliefs, I also disagree with the ridiculous statement that having unconventional beliefs is a way to broadcast yourself as elitist and smarter than everyone else. Wrong. Its more a way to get yourself beaten up in school, alienated from your peers and estranged from your family. Just ask me. My loved ones have made it clear to me that my unconventional beliefs and lifestyle make me a huge disappointment in their eyes. Oh well.

Besides, it doesn’t matter, because if the general gist of this study is true, I’m one of the high IQ types. I’m liberal; not an atheist but the in the eyes of Yahweh, your Lord Jesus Christ and conservative Republicans being a witch is just as much of an abomination as being an atheist. And while I’m not inclined toward monogamy, I am certainly capable of it…  I think.

Have a nice evening everyone.


3 Responses

  1. I read the IQ article, and its explanations for the correlations sounded really dumb to me. They seemed to bend over backwards to not imply that liberalism or atheism is a product of an high IQ. The more plausible explanation is: intelligent leads to exposure to new ideas, and a consequent rejection of dogma and fear & ignorance-based conservatism.

    You are right that non-conformity has always offered more drawbacks than advantages. I have never heard Bailey’s argument before, and it makes no sense.

    As for the genetic fitness advantage of monogamy, in general:
    * females ought to be selective;
    * males ought to be promiscuous;
    * any species with a long gestation/infant phase/late weaning will benefit by developing a behavior that cleaves the father to the mother & offspring.

    But that has no direct correlation to intelligent. Seahorse dads raise their young — does that make them smarter than dolphins?

    All the married women I’ve slept with have been very intelligent, and very careful!

  2. BTW, spelling reflects in no way on intellegent (sic).

  3. LMFAO! ILU Tamerlane!

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