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Friday, September 20, 2013

What's up with those Montreal Expos Baseball Fans? Seems like They Want that Baseball Back or somethin'...

I've wrote somewhat extensively on the Montreal Expos Renaissance Movement.

January, 8 of 2013: Speculations and/or Prognostications on Phase II of Montreal Baseball Project

April 4, of 2012:  After 34 years the Serious Heart Attack Fires still Burn Strong

In the prognosticative piece we delved into Warren Cromartie's Manifesto ("Montreal is a Five Tool City") on the return of the Expos...or I guess it's more of a Cro-Mafesto. Within the Cro-Mafesto we focused on the 4th point of the pentagon-pointed five-tools which make up this wonderful baseball city in my heavily speculative article.

Today we shall look into another piece of the pentagonal "5 Tools" (as such). We shall be looking into the "Passionate Fan Base" tool.

The other sports fan bases in this city we already know about. Not one person hasn't heard of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club. The Montreal Canadiens fans look at their city's hockey team as the life and essence of the city itself almost.

We wish to focus on the rabid fan base of baseball fans only.

Take this story:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/expos-fans-pack-bleachers-at-toronto-game-hoping-to-lure-a-team-to-montreal-1.1375970

A contingent of 1,000 Expos fans comprised of hardcore fans, who never stopped believing in their team, dawned Expos gear and showed their colors at a Toronto Blue Jays game. Now granted 1,000 is not a huge number but it's only the tip of the ice berg of the rabid base that lies underneath the surface.

Last week, the New York Mets and Toronto Bluejays announced two exhibition games will be hosted at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Within a week they have sold over 80,000 tickets for these games. Montreal wants baseball back. That's 80K tickets purchased by Montreal's fan base for exhibition (not even regular season) games. It seems they are serious about getting a team back.

That's how it starts...

A guy like Cromartie convinces everyone it's possible...The "baby steps" have been set in motion.

The ball gets rollin' and 1,000 people are convinced it's possible and crash a game in full Expos regalia...The Kool-Aid starts gettin' stirred up quick.

Then 80,000 people catch the Baseball Fever...Something's brewin' that's what it's doin'.

The wheels are now in motion...will 4 million people in the greater Montreal area catch the Fever? My guess is...Yes, it is most likely.

Memories of the Greatest

On a related note, Vladimir Guerrero has announced his official retirement from the game:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/23645316/vladimir-guerrero-makes-retirement-official

Vlad was "The Last Mohican" of the Expos...or maybe Vlad was the "Last Samurai"...No, Vlad was the "Last Dragon..."


You aaaaaaare the Last Draaaaaaagon!

Out of all the Heroes, Legends, and Diamond Kings...Vladimir was Montreal's last Diamond King, our Last Dragon.

When many of the Montreal's Diamond Kings careers came to a close they ventured back here to receive their curtain call. Take the dearly departed, but still awesome in all our hearts, Gary Carter...

1992 Double Video

Or who could forget Tim Raines' triumphant return in 2001?

Rock 2001 Return

Yet, with the Expos no longer around...there will be no curtain call for our Last Dragon. Vladimir Guerrero won't get to double over Andre Dawson's head in right, or draw a walk while 55,000 fans stand and cheer during his entire at-bat like they did for Raines. If the Expos were still here Vlad would have been on the 2013 roster and he would have had an unforgettable curtain call at Olympic Stadium.

I will say this...Vlad was the most electrifying athlete who EVER played in this city. His talent was unfathomable.

The rumored story of how Vlad ended up here was that Tommy Lasorda kicked him off the Dodgers because Vladdy showed up with two different pairs of moldy old shoes and Tommy judged the book by the cover and assumed he was a bum. Felipe Alou recognized the diamond in the rough and invited the skinny awkard lanky kid to spring training.

He was the strong silent type. Never ever speaking. The only time anyone heard him speak was at the last game he played in an Expos uniform when he took a microphone onto the field and simply stated...

"Merci Beaucoups"

Everything had to epic like that with this guy.

Happy trails Vladdy, it is too bad that you didn't get a send off. If anyone deserved one it was you.


Like the seasons, love will come and go
If it's right, you'll automatically know
The world of mystery exists only in your head
When you become one with yourself
The wall will fall

There's a power deep inside you, an inner strength
You'll find in time of need.
You had the power. You had the glow, bro. 

You were the Expos' Last Dragon...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why the Scientific Community is Concerned about Climate Change...

...and why you shouldn't hate on them.

Recently, it appears that a few tabloid articles from tabloid news agencies (Daily Mail (UK) was the first I believe to run it), have claimed to prove that climate change is a hoax.

I do not personally 100% agree with the articles of late that claim to have proven climate change to be a scam..but...there's some factors of it that I do agree with. I hate the climate change apocalyptic prognosticators as much as anyone, I think Al Gore is a sheister/buffoon, and I do not believe we will see immediate disastrous effects out of our backyard windows in the next few years.

Yet, that is not to say that because the apocalyptic prognostication faction has been slow to show us any awesome apocalypses, we can officially demote climate science to junk science.

The following are the reasons I believe climate change is occurring and why it can be very dangerous.

1. Humans evolved with their environments in a similar fashion throughout the entire planet. Humans are far and foremost a coastal sea-faring species. The percentage of humans still living in coastal regions vary from source to source yet a general estimate of 40-50% seems like the mean figure.

http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/es/papers/Coastal_Zone_Pop_Method.pdf

2. A 2006 study carried out by Church and White found that global sea levels are rising. They have concluded that sea levels have risen at a steady rate and will keep rising. Any proceeding study into sea levels supported the results of this study.

http://naturescapebroward.com/NaturalResources/ClimateChange/Documents/GRL_Church_White_2006_024826.pdf

So...if half of the humans on earth live on the coast and global sea levels are rising, could all these cities eventually be submerged? The answer is yes but it will not be tomorrow or next month. This is a gradual process. The cities can be submerged in 2100, 2300, 2500, 3100...we don't know. The possibility of this coastal submerging occurring is definite yet due to the time frame, me and you won't have to worry about it. Your great great grandchildren? Yes, probably.

3. Global sea/ocean temperatures are going up at an incredible rate. As water heats it expands (through convection) causing the density of the liquid to drop but the mass to increase. This only explains a portion of why water levels are rising. The other factor is that glaciers, ice shelves, and other blocks of solid liquid are also losing density and increasing in overall mass (melting).

The ant-arctic ice is staying stagnant and even growing (to the glee of climate change opponents) yet we have lost millions of square kilometers of ice in the opposite pole. Millions of square kilometers of ice in the north pole is becoming liquid.



That's how they derive their statistics.

4. Why are global waters getting hotter? Why are they melting ice? What is causing this? Some speculate that it is only natural. Others speculate that a dense covering of gas is trapping heat within the planet, the oceans then absorb this heat and convect. The proof they cite is that they have measured the acidity of the water and it is increasing at a gradual rate as well.

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/What+is+Ocean+Acidification%3F

This is the theory which gets everyone excited and worried because it is the one that links human-made pollution to the rising temperature of global waters.

2 Things to Remember...

Firstly, Tabloids are not very educational. Sadly, all news outlets are of the tabloid variety because it is the only profitable method to sell news. The definition of "tabloid" is as follows (as per wikipedia):

"Tabloid journalism tends to emphasize topics such as sensational crime stories, astrology, gossip columns about the personal lives of celebrities and sports stars, and junk food news. Such journalism is commonly associated with tabloid sized newspapers like the National Enquirer, Globe, [Fox], or the The Sun and the former News of the World."

This is not the place to get your understanding of the world and how it operates. This style of journalism is designed to run stories that make readers mad/happy/sad (i.e. generate some sort of immediate emotional response) it is not designed to be educational. The Daily Mail (UK) column this story initially surfaced from is a tabloid...nothing more and nothing less.

If you would like to verse yourself in scientific journals and have a broader opinion on the matters at hand then by all means do so. Getting your info from scientific journals is going to give you far more credible information than a tabloid source.

Secondly, scientists understand the sands of human time in the scope of the god damned universe. Here to try and explain it is my home-slice, the deceased but still awesome Carl Sagan, and he's rappin' 'bout how short human history has been:



He's trying to explain it with calendar-esque day/hour/minute/second metrics that most of us are used to judging time in. We've only been here but for a moment, we really have. To the cosmos billions of years is nothing. Things take a long time, forces such as the erosion of rocks, the forming of continents, or the evolution of species are forces that alter the planet very GRADUALLY. You have to understand that it's not a bang-bang one-two punch. It takes a long time.

Yes, the average human only lives for about 75 years but your life is just one moment in the grand scheme of human existence. Theoretically, we can carry on the human game we're playing for billions of years right to the end (when the sun peters out), we can carry on the human game for a coupla hundred more years (by killing ourselves)...or we could even possibly harness technology, save ourselves, and fly out to settle other space rocks heated by other damned suns and play the human game infinitely.

The sensational tabloids will report the matter on either polarized perspective of climate change as if it will or will not kill us right now. People who are interested in science don't tend to think of the right now all the time, they know gradual processes take immense amounts of time.

Nuclear war will kill us all right-here-right-now and it is the only immediate apocalyptic event...but the destruction of our life-support system on earth through natural forces and/or man made pollution is a gradual process that may take thousands or hundreds of years.

Conclusion

Yes, climate change is occurring. No, it is not a hoax (my opinion anyway). Should we worry about it? Not in the immediate future.

In the case that you are a future-thinking dude/chick and wonder what the lives your great great great ancestors will be like....then yeah, you should worry.


Note (added Sept. 25/2013): I mentioned nuclear war as being the only event that will instantaneously assure our mutual destruction but I was not correct with that statement. There are many ways we can go extinct from natural causes. A good read on the subject of how we may all die is the 5th section of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's excellent book..."Death by Black Hole and other cosmic quandaries."

Monday, September 16, 2013

Does a Correlation Exist Between In-Breeding and Xenophobia?

First let's define our terms (as per wikipedia):

Correlation: "In statistics, dependence refers to any statistical relationship between two random variables or two sets of data. Correlation refers to any of a broad class of statistical relationships involving dependence."

In-Breeding: "Inbreeding is reproduction from the mating of parents who are closely related genetically.[1] Inbreeding results in increased homozygosity, which can increase the chances of offspring being affected by recessive or deleterious traits."

Xenophobia: "Xenophobia is the irrational or unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange."


Okay, so in simple terms I am asking whether a strong statistical relationship exists between people who's family tree is "closely related genetically" and people who irrationally fear that which is to be "foreign or strange."

Now this isn't going to be a scholarly article. This is mainly a humor blog so the questioning into the relationship of these two variables will remain in the domain of light hearted observational comedy and not in the form of a professional essay. So yeah, I'm not scientist or nuthin', that's for sure.

The Notion of "Pure Blood"

Many if not all xenophobic sects around the globe tend to refer to the term pure blood all the damned time. Take these examples from notorious nationalistic groups:

1. In Filthy Old Nazi Germany:

"Blood purity was very important to the leaders of Nazi Germany. According to Hitler, blood purity would ensure the survival of the Aryan race and the ‘1000 Year Reich’. Laws were introduced to ensure blood purity within Nazi Germany and anyone who acted outside of these laws was deemed to have committed the crime of ‘rassenschande’, which translates roughly as ‘racial pollution’ or ‘racial crime’.(from: History Learning Site)

2. In J.K. Rowling's Hacky-Boring Harry Potter Book:

"Pure-blood is the term for wizards and witches who have a purely or approximately pure magical heritage. This means that there are no Muggles in their family trees"

3. In Israel (the following are statements from Shas party politician Eli Yishai)

When asked on foreigner laborers having babies in Israel..."Our people shall be contaminated!"

4. Quebec's Favorite Nationalist Lionel Groulx (there's still a lot of things named after this guy):

Groulx was a nutcase whacko who preached that quebec people's pure blood has been ruined by immigrants and stated...

"the children of ethnically mixed marriages suffer from a form of schizophrenia because they are inhabited by two different souls."

Enough of These Fucking Examples

I don't want to go on with these awful examples anymore from these awful people. I was going to get one from the British Royal Family but everyone knows those jokers are "pure" already. I wanted to put the Harry Potter one instead because popular culture is usually familiar to everyone and usually works as a good example. Harry is heroic and pure...he has no dirty stinky "muggle" blood in him. He doesn't have "subhuman" or "low caste" or "peasants" blood in him...he's pure.

You get the idea? To these xenophobic Pure Bloodists it is cool to have a small gene pool. It's not good to breed with people who are not 100% similar to you. It's only acceptable to breed with exact replicas of yourself (same race, same language, same religion, same mother).

Basically, they are recommending and encouraging in-breeding.

Take the last example we used, the Quebec french "race" (as Groulx calls them). In-breeding in Quebec was very popular. The settlers in the 17th century from New France only numbered in under 9000 and every "pure" Quebec person is a descendant from that group. That's one of the smallest gene pools ever. In fact scientists the world over know and love Quebec because of this. They refer to it as a "Founder Population" and they go to Quebec all the time to study large groups of people with identical genes.

"The French Canadians of Quebec are a classical example of founder population. Over 150 years of French colonization, between 1608 and 1760, it was estimated that 8,500 pioneers married and left at least one descendent on the territory.[15]  While the French Canadians of Quebec today may be partly of other ancestries, the genetic contribution of the original French founders is predominant, explaining about 90% of regional gene pools"
(from H. Charbonneau, B. Desjardins, J. Légaré, H. Denis, in A Population History of North America)

Thanks to writings of Lionel Groulx and other pure bloodists a large portion of "French Canadians" have only bred with the descendants of the original 8,500 settlers for over 400 years. They scientifically have possibly the smallest gene pool of any sect of humans on earth at this moment (another good candidate for that title would be an isolated island nation such as Japan).

Quebec's government has made worldwide headlines of late in some peculiar ways. Recently it banned the word "pasta" from society for not being considered a "quebec enough" word (I'm not even joking). Now it's under more fire for trying to ban certain fashion accessories for not being "quebec enough," the accessories that have people up in arms are the proposed ban of the hijab scarf and the kippah hat. People are accusing Quebec folks of being xenophobic.

Honestly, you can't really be mad at them though. When you understand that this society's gene pool is 90% identical for the core base of the population...how could they possibly not be xenophobic? They are one big family (literally).


 

In the above video the man is accused of incest with his daughters. He states in a pidgin' creole version of french something along the lines of..

"I never hit my daughters! I never slept with my daughters...oh wait...except for that one time at the cottage."

Only having babies with people who look, act, dress, talk, think the same as you will only end up regressing your gene pool.

You remember that scene in Fiddler on the Roof where the Jew guy's daughter brings home a nice young man who doesn't happen to be Jewish? Yeah, and then the lead character casts her out of his family, threatens to kill her, and proceeds to never ever talk to her again? Wow, what a cool dad.



"Accept them? Deny everything I believe in? Abandon my faith? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! NO THERE IS NOOOOO OTHER HAND! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! NOOOOO!"

Okay we get it....you're mad she doesn't want to marry a jewish guy...good for fucking you. Shutup already, fuck.

EXTREME CASE

As usual the USA has to do things bigger and better than everyone else. USA! USA! USA!

The Americans have the most in bred family ever, they are the Fugates...and they have BLUE SKIN.

Wow.
This is an EXTREME in-breeding case from Kentucky, USA. I did not believe this story but it turns out it is true and confirmed.

This family's genes have gone whack. They have in-bred themselves into smurfs. That's pretty bad.

Pure bloodists used to lie and say nobles had beautiful blue blood and peasants had red blood. Well, having blue tinted humors doesn't really make you anything special. It is just a sign to tell you to start expanding your gene pool. Seriously.

Blue skin is an extreme but in-breeding in general is a super health risk. In-breeding dogs is known to breeders to cause an obscene amount of health and body problems. There's a good reason why in-breeding is so taboo. It's bad for you.

Cross-Breeding

If small gene pools lead to xenophobic clan mentalities and health problems, then what about the opposite? What about cross-breeding? Where everyone who's anything bangs whoever they want and makes cute babies. It's actually really good. Let my main man, the deceased but still awesome, Buck Fuller explain:
The United States of America is not a nation. Nations are large tribes of humans that have been geographically isolated for millennia and have progressively inbred the physical types surviving under those unique geographical conditions. As mentioned, the U.S.S.R. had 146 naturally evolved nations" to integrate, the physiognomies of each U.S.S.R. nation looking quite different from the others'. The United States of America is a crossbreeding integration of humans from all the nations of the planet Earth; though often speaking of itself as the United States of America, it is not America. Its population is only one-half that of North and South America. The North Americans, consisting of Canadians, the U.S. citizens, and Mexicans, are evolutionarily cross-breeding into a single hybrid family of world humans. (Fuller)...
B.U.C.K Everyone Accusin' Me!!

My homie Buck Fuller believes that thanks to air travel and open borders to immigrants...the metropolis cities of America are quickly becoming a "hybrid family of world humans". He believes the era of "nation cages" is ending. The hybrid family of world humans era is going to make in-breeding tribal nations 100% obsolete.


We are going to expand the global gene pool into a fully cross bred human nation. I love that shit. I don't want to have anything to do with Pure Bloods and their philosophies on breeding n' mating after knowing what Buck knows.

Cross breeding doesn't give you "dirty blood" like those weirdos or J.K Rawling want you to think. Cross breeding brings our asses together as one big chill global unit.

In Conclusion

To avoid in-breeding and therefore xenophobia brought about from tribal/endogamic inbreeding, we must accelerate the rate of cross-breeding amongst gene pool tribes of the world. So...

If you are a white dad and your son brings home a black woman. Don't hate, let 'em procreate.

If you are a jew and your daughter wants to marry a christian. Don't run n' duck...just let 'em fuck.

If you are an arab and your son tells you he's seeing an ecuadorian chick. Don't go crazy...just let 'em make a baby.

If you are a russian and your daughter is infatuated with a mexican. Don't freak out and hide...let him stick it inside.

If you are lutheran and your son is in love with a mormon. Don't throw up...tell him to knock her up.

Okay, I can write these all day but the last one sucks...I'm gonna stop now. You get it. Anyway to recap, yes indeedidly, tribal breeding does lead to xenophobia. The answer to this problem as explained by Bucky "Big Time" Fuller is just to hop on a plane and fly outta town and bang a hot chick until there's no tribes left but just one...the Human Tribe.




Note (Sept. 18/2013): I'm not trying to offend anyone or call anyone "in-bred" with this, my main point when referring to the Quebec example in this article was just to point out that Montreal is one of those "hybrid world human metropolis" cities mentioned, and the surrounding regions around it are not even close to having this distinction. Meaning that rules that apply to a "hybrid world human metropolis" will have to be different than rules applying to a one-tribe rural area such as Lac-Saint-Jean.

Yo, the first time I ever met someone from Lac-Saint-Jean was at a workplace in Montreal and the Lac-Saint-Jean guy was scared of a black man working at the company because he thought he could catch the "black demon" living inside him if he got too close to him, and he'd do the "sign of the cross" after every time they brushed by each other. That's fucked up. The mentalities of people living in a metropolis and people living in a rural isolated area are VASTLY DIFFERENT. That's the only point I was trying to make in regards to that. I honestly believe that xenophobia is the result of being isolated in a single tribe area.