A lesson for Pharyngula

Dr. PZ Myers demonstrates the educational shortcomings of the professorial class:

I’ve often wondered what these “positive qualities” of belief might be. They’re always assumed to be there, so no one bothers to iterate them — but seriously, I see no virtue in unfounded faith in weird old superstitions.

1. Longevity: People with religious faith live seven years longer. I suppose this may not be seen as a benefit if you’re a fat, lonely atheist with a drug problem.
2. Psychological health: People with religious faith suffer less depression, are less likely to require medication for mental illness and are far less likely to kill themselves.
3. Evolutionary fitness: People with religious faith are more likely to marry, more likely to have children and have more children.
4. Happiness: People with religious faith are happier.
5. Health: People with religious faith are less likely to be obese. They also recover from surgery faster.
6. Sex: People with religious faith are more content with their sex lives.
7. Art: Religion inspires better, longer-lasting art than non-religious inspirations.
8. Good government: religious regimes are far less likely to murder large quantities of the citizenry than non-religious regimes, much less atheist regimes.

There’s more, such as the lower incidence of drug and alchohol dependency, but that should help PZ get started. With the exception of 7 and 8, there are plenty of scientific studies to back up all of these assertions. And there’s massive quantities of historical data supporting 8.

Now what, I ask, are the positive qualities of atheism that make up for being an unhappy, unmarried, chubby, short-lived alchoholic in therapy and contemplating suicide over a lackluster love life?

Apparently I’m not a feminist

Such a shock:

You Are 26% Feminist

No one would consider you a feminist. You believe women should hold on to traditional gender roles. Well, that’s not the world we’re living in anymore. Time to wake up to the 21st century!

Typical mindless blather. I’d like to send the woman who wrote those last two sentences to the Parisian banlieus or certain parts of London. It seems that coastal feminists haven’t noticed yet, but there are more female slaves in the West than there were 100 years ago and the fastest growing part of the population in most Western countries is the one that believes in cliterectomies and honor killings.

You’ve got three choices, ladies. Traditional Christian bondage, the Islamic burqah or the secular brothel. You’re within a decade of getting as close to Happy Happy Unicornitopia as you’re ever going to get; the inevitable counterreaction hasn’t even begun yet and it’s going to be a remarkable bitch.

If you’re lucky, you’ll look beautiful in chains.

Adios UK

Britons have had enough:

The country’s biggest foreign visa consultancy firm has revealed that applications have soared in the last seven months by 80 per cent to almost 4,000 a week. Ten years ago the figure was just 300 a week. Most people are relocating within the Commonwealth – in Australia, Canada and South Africa. They are almost all young professionals and skilled workers aged 20-40.

And many cite their reason for wanting to quit as immigration to these shores – and the burden it is placing on their communities and local authorities. The dearth of good schools, spiralling house prices, rising crime and tax increases are also driving people away.

I think another part of this emigration is dislike for the EU’s master nanny state. After 8 years of Hillary Clinton, it’s possible that American emigration will be up as well, although the increasing popularity of homeschooling could prove to be a foundation that will turn America around. The key is turning off the immigration tap and keeping taxes from getting out of hand.

I was reading some Indian history the other day, and periodically, when the tax collectors would get out of control, entire regions would voluntarily depopulate. This isn’t a new phenomenon.