Thursday, 8 January 2015

Why Are Moslems Offended by Pictures of Mohammed?

This is written after the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were murdered by two cowardly gunmen.  They had no weapons to defend themselves - only wit and satire, and a desire to be free from racial and religious intolerance.

The Moslem fanatics - and we must apparently always remember all Moslems are not like that - decided they were offended by a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. They were offended by something so they decided to murder twelve people.  How selfish and pathetic is it to arm yourself with a gun and kill people because you are so wrapped up in religious nonsense from hundreds of years ago?

religious beards cartoon

We must breath a sigh of relief that no one ever got around to taking a selfie with the Prophet.  Their days would be numbered if they shared it on Facebook.

I am offended too by things.  I am offended by the cowards who tried to shoot the girl as she attended school.  I am offended by the banning of music, art and all kinds of freedom by religious maniacs.  I am offended by being constantly told we must make allowances.

We do make allowances.  In the West we mostly preach (wrong word) tolerance and respect for minorities - even though some of those minorities show none in return.  The religious fanatics want to impose their misguided view of the world on normal people and they threaten killing if we do not obey.

The West has largely got over religion.  Our days of burning people at the stake and other forms of torture have given way to occasional child abuse by Catholic priests.  Our friends in Israel relieve their religious frustration by killing the children of Gaza.  But the fanatics of the Moslem world - those Sunni and Shia who cannot see beyond the end of their beards - still live in some dark age of terror that they seek to impose on everyone else.

I read up on why they cannot bear to see an image of the Prophet Mohammed. In some teachings he apparently said that no images of him should be made because he did not want to be worshipped as a God.

So?  Is it intolerable that someone might draw a picture or poke fun - the same as they would about everything else on the planet.  In the name of sanity, fairness, freedom? Is the Moslem faith so rocky and insecure that they cannot live with the thought that not everyone buys into their particular brand of religious nonsense?

Why are these people so humourless and so hung up?  Boring, miserable idiots who kneel five times a day to pray to an idea corrupted over years by scholars and teachers who twist every word to suit their controlling purposes.  How can they be so stupid and backward?

More importantly from my point of view - why should I give a crap about their sensibilities?  I am with Charlie Hebdo and anyone else who wants to poke fun, undermine and satirise the poison of religious faith.  There is no place for religion in a civilised world.

Rock on Charlie.  And may the wank-goblins of Hell descend on the souls of those who would support the actions of intolerance from whatever religious whack-job fanatics - be they Catholic, Jewish, Moslem or any other so-called faith.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The Benefits of Vaping v. Smoking

vaping v smoking cartoon

I have recently started vaping - the strange term for inhaling vaporised nicotine.  Sounds attractive - don't it?

Well, compared to smoking old-fashioned cigarettes, pretty much anything is attractive.  For a start, the vaporisers don't come with images of tar-damaged lungs or people with their legs missing.  For another, as yet, vaping is a far cheaper alternative to smoking tobacco.  I say 'as yet' because vapers are under assault from the big tobacco companies - but more of that later.

I am not an expert in this subject.  Vaping has been around for a few years now but has recently really started to hit the mainstream which is where I came in.  What on earth were those people doing in the smoking shelter at work?  They weren't even smoking a real cigarette.  How could that be any fun?

Not that smoking is fun.  It is a miserable habit which all smokers know will kill them in a horrible way.  The nicotine hit long since stopped given any satisfaction and we smoke because we have to.  We are addicts.

The alternatives to smoking are not exactly enticing.  Give up.  Stick on patches and try to give up.  Chew gum and suck mints.  None of those are appealing.  Sure - we want to give up but it is a tough and often unsuccessful business.

The tobacco companies and the government like it like that.  The government gets the tax and the big tobacco companies continue to profit from death.  Don't think for a moment that the tobacco companies don't own the government.  Remember Tony Blair and Formula One tobacco sponsorship?

Along comes vaping.  This curiously homespun small seeming business is mushrooming in size.  So what is it?

I was given one for Xmas.  A rechargeable battery with a vaporising coil, which goes into a reservoir that holds the flavoured nicotine juice.  You press the button and suck - and the machine delivers a hit of vapour.  It is close to the smoking experience with one small difference...

It is much better!

Seriously.  I am a lifetime smoker who loves his fags.  Within a couple of days I am moving over to vaping.  It is cleaner, quicker, easier, cheaper and more satisfying.  I am pretty sure that my cigarette habit is going to be completely replaced by this new method.  I still have some packets of fags but who would choose that old way of killing themselves?

I won't bore you with the health benefits of delivering nicotine in a vapour rather than the old-fashioned way.  They are many and obvious.  Vaping is probably not completely harmless and you are still addicted to nicotine - but anything is better than tobacco and smoking.

What I Don't Miss About Smoking

I don't miss the hit because my vapouriser gives me that.

As for smoking old-style cigarettes and boy do they seem antiquated now.

The cigarette boxes and the butts.  Finding a lighter and fumbling to light one in the wind.  Having to open doors and windows so the whole house doesn't smell of smoke.  Or standing in the cold and rain in order to get a brief hit of nicotine.

The need to smoke a whole cigarette or watch it burn away in the ashtray when you only need a couple of puffs.  Ashtrays.

The ever-present danger of setting fire to something - yourself, your clothes, property.

The fear of running out of cigarettes.  Going out and queuing up at the cigarette counter waiting for people to buy their lottery tickets so you can spend ten pounds on a packet of cancer sticks.

Big Tobacco Fights Back

The big tobacco companies - the ones who have poisoned us for years and own governments - were slow to pick up on vaping.

They belatedly made moves into e-cigarettes but they are not where people want to be.  Vapers don't want tobacco-like branding.  It is a different sort of community.

Some of the juice-makers are the total opposite of that old-style corporate poisoner.  That is where vaping is at - not with some cowboy riding into the mountains.

However, the tobacco companies and the politicians in their pockets have lots of clout.  It is more than likely a stream of bad news about vaping will be delivered by all sorts of vested interests over the coming years.  The aim being to continue the old dominance.

Let's hope they don't succeed.