Is Free Speech For All?


So I’ve just seen a comment on an old post I did on the holocaust. It was posted by someone called Baxter Buber and he simply said:

Hi

Why do you post a photograph of typhus victims as evidence for the so-called Jewish holocaust?

So I asked him to explain himself. No reply. So I checked out his website. A supporter for holocaust deniers.

Normally, I wouldn’t give these type of people the satisfaction of mentioning them in my blog, however his website does bring up an interesting debate. In many countries around the world, holocaust denial is a crime. The countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel,LiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, RomaniaSlovakia, and Switzerland (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Now I whole-heartedly believe that the holocaust existed and these atrocious things occurred (how anyone can deny it is truly beyond me), but do people have a right to believe otherwise? Surely we fought the Nazi’s so we could have the right to deny their actions if we wished without fear or persecution.

Of course, these types of subjects have resonating effects to the present. In today’s world, there is still huge amounts of anti-Semitism and racism in all forms and holocaust denial could be seen as fanning these flames. But I still can’t shake the feeling that these people have a right to believe this, just in the same way I have the right to believe in Allah if I wish even though I live in a country where Muslim extremists have blown up my countrymen and attacked my people (just an example, please don’t start calling me a Muslim hater, cause I’m not!).

I want to post the link to this guys website, but I think openly posting it would be giving too much advertisement to a cause I REALLY disagree with. If you want it, e-mail me and I’ll pass it on.

Please, let’s get this discussion going. It’s an important discuss about free-speech, so let’s express our right too it!

Beautiful Aurora


This is one thing I have to see before I die. It’s a true natural wonder.

When you look at things like this, it’s so easy to understand how earlier civilisations believed in Gods and Spirits.

The Vikings believed that Bifröst, a burning rainbow bridge, spanned between Midgard (the human world) and Asgard (the land of the Gods). It is protected by the god Heimdallr from the jötnar (giants). Look and sound familiar?

I have a huge fascination in mythology and ancient beliefs and stories, with the majority of it in and around the Norse, Germanic and Celtic (but not specifically Irish) beliefs. But this is due to my ancestry. I just love the way ancient people would build their faiths and beliefs around the natural world, without feeling the need to change anything and just accepting things.

If anyone else shares this passion with me, please feel free to comment, suggest anything to investigate and read up on, or just your favourite fairy tales (non-Disney versions, if you please!)

The World’s Penis Size Revealed


I came across one of the most random sites I’ve ever seen. It is a global map of the average penis size by country.

So let’s digest this a little.

We can see the old myth of Asian men being “smaller” than the average man is being confirmed by the SUPER scientific map and that African men are still “the big boys” on the block.

For me, the surprise runner in all this are the South America crew. Check out those bad boys!! 3 countries in the top 5 are South American with only 2 being African. Here is the list with biggest first:

Territory Name Value
Congo 17.93
Ecuador 17.77
Ghana 17.31
Venezuela 17.03
Colombia 17.03
Lebanon 16.82
Cameroon 16.67
Bolivia 16.51
Hungary 16.51
Sudan 16.47
Jamaica 16.3
Panama 16.27
Benin 16.2
Brazil 16.1
Peru 16.03
Haiti 16.01
Puerto Rico 16.01
France 16.01
Dominican Republic 15.99
Senegal 15.89
Burkina Faso 15.89
Czech Republic 15.89
The Gambia 15.88
Cuba 15.87
Netherlands 15.87
Belgium 15.85
Zambia 15.78
Belize 15.75
Italy 15.74
Angola 15.73
Egypt 15.69
Zimbabwe 15.68
Guatemala 15.67
Georgia 15.61
Paraguay 15.53
Nigeria 15.5
Chad 15.39
Central African Republic 15.33
South Africa 15.29
Denmark 15.29
Nicaragua 15.26
Cote d’Ivoire 15.22
Slovakia 15.21
Uruguay 15.14
Slovenia 15.13
Mexico 15.1
Gaza Strip 15.06
Morocco 15.03
Bulgaria 15.02
Tunisia 15.01
Costa Rica 15.01
Honduras 15
El Salvador 14.88
Argentina 14.88
Serbia 14.87
Sweden 14.8
Croatia 14.77
Albania 14.73
Greece 14.73
Suriname 14.67
Belarus 14.63
Chile 14.59
Iceland 14.56
Iran 14.55
Iraq 14.5
Germany 14.48
Eritrea 14.39
Israel 14.38
Switzerland 14.35
Norway 14.34
Poland 14.29
Somalia 14.2
Algeria 14.19
Austria 14.16
Turkey 14.11
Cape Verde 14.05
New Zealand 13.99
Macedonia 13.98
Ukraine 13.97
United Kingdom 13.97
Canada 13.92
Greenland 13.87
Spain 13.85
Estonia 13.78
Finland 13.77
Libya 13.74
Azerbaijan 13.72
Afghanistan 13.69
Turkmenistan 13.48
Ethiopia 13.39
Australia 13.31
Armenia 13.22
Russia 13.21
United States 12.9
Ireland 12.78
Mongolia 12.77
Romania 12.73
Yemen 12.72
Pakistan 12.2
Indonesia 11.67
Singapore 11.53
Malaysia 11.49
Vietnam 11.47
Bangladesh 11.2
Hong Kong 11.19
Japan 10.92
China 10.89
Sri Lanka 10.89
Philippines 10.85
Taiwan 10.78
Burma 10.7
India 10.24
Thailand 10.16
Cambodia 10.04
South Korea 9.66

Ok, I know, this isn’t exactly scientific! 39 of the countries figures appear to come from universities or other such establishments, but the years are a little off. The top 6 countries figures come from uni’s, but the 8 after that don’t tell us where the info comes from.

Either way, lets use this map for what it’s meant to be used for……….. bragging that British sausage is bigger than Irish, American, Australian and Russian

Japan: Before and After Tsunami Pictures


I’m sure you all agree with me that the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been an astonishing reminder of the power of Mother Nature and no matter how powerful we think we are, we’re still small-fry in comparison. My heart goes out to all those that have been affected by this truly tragic event.

I found this piece on ABC News with before and after pictures of the areas most effected by the tsunami. They make for astonishing viewing (if anyone knows how I could have embedded the pictures rather than just link, please e-mail me the instructions or leave them in the comments) Roll the mouse from left to right on each picture to see the difference:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

 

Illegal To Lie Down In London


Have the people in charge of our great nations capital gone insane?! According to this bylaw, it will now be illegal to lie down in public, give out refreshments for free (there go soup kitchens I guess) and god forbid you should EVER put down a pillow you’d just bought on the floor in public……..

CNN Removed This Comment


I’m a Redditor and recently found this picture posted up on there:

This raises some excellent points. I’m all up for helping other countries etc. but how do our governments decide which ones to help and which ones not to?

I heard on the radio earlier that a prominent member of the US government said US forces wouldn’t intervene in Lybia. So why Iraq? WMD’s weren’t the reason, we all know that. Why not help the people in Darfur etc?

I don’t know and I doubt we’ll ever really know. I just thought this post was an excellent piece, it needed sharing and this sort of subject has to continue being discussed so we can, in future, effect the outcome of these types of conflict for the right reasons.

Noah vs The Council


My step-uncle is not only an amazing author of 3 books, but a word-smith with an apparent knack of telling it how it is. He was recently “bored” and decided to re-write the Bible and bring it into the modern era:

In the year of Our lord 2011, Noah was living above a former boatyard
in Caterham Town, along with his sons Ham, Shem and the other one
nobody can ever remember, when the Lord came unto him. “Noah, good
servant of mine.
Once again the world has become wicked and over populated. Build
another Ark and save two of every creature. Then gather around a few
good humans and prepare for the deluge to be visited upon the Earth in
six months. Here are the blueprints for the Ark”
Six months later God returned to Caterham, but there was no sign of
the Ark, just Noah sitting on his arse looking rather dejected in his
boatyard. “NOAH! Where’s the Ark? I’m about to start the rains.”
“Forgive me Lord but I needed a building permit, and these premises
were no longer licensed for boat construction. That took weeks to sort
out. Then the Inspector of Boats insisted I installed a sprinkler
system.(EU Directive 97/EC/1492BC); then the neighbours complained I’d
violated local by-laws by exceeding permitted height limitations, that
took another three weeks to sort out; then I had to source Gopher Wood
from the sustainable Forest of Dean. Don’t even mention the nightmare
I had about getting the animals-the trouble I’ve had with the RSPCA.
Then the Environmental Agency turned up. They want an Environmental
impact study on your proposed flood.”….”As for the crew.” Noah
continued. “I had the Racial Equality lot here last week demanding we
follow correct interviewing procedures, with the composition of the
crew reflecting diversity among all religious, cultural and ethnic
groups. Its doing my ‘ead in Lord!”
Suddenly the clouds rolled away, the sun came out and a glorious
rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder scratching
his arse. “Lord does this mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”
“No I’m not.” said God. “The Government has already f**ked it for me.”

Certainly made me laugh!

Let me know what you think and please do check out his books. They are based on fact relating to Jews during World War II and the stories and details are brilliant. Amazing writing and truly moving. You can get the books here.