Friday, November 25, 2016

What is the biggest misconception Christians have about atheists?

That’s a pretty stiff competition. There are a few that are stated over and over.
  1. Atheists have no morals.
  2. Atheists are angry at God.
  3. Atheists are afraid of God.
  4. Atheists secretly believe but don’t dare to tell anybody.
  5. Atheists worship Satan.
  6. Atheists use science, themselves or whatever as a substitute for God.
  7. Atheists cannot love.
  8. Atheists cannot lead a fulfilling life.
And that’s just from the back of my head. If you are arguing in favor of atheism you hear a lot of really weird stuff.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

How did Donald Trump win the 2016 US Presidential Election?

If you don’t understand how Trump could win before Nov. 8th, I totally understand you.
If you still don’t understand how Trump won now, you have a serious arrogance and ignorance problem.
I would assume you, the reader to this answer, live in a urban area in either Northeast or the West Coast, college educated, a typical left-wing supporter and advocator for your entire life.
That’s nice. You work in the office with HVAC on 24/7/365. You go to gym after work, watching news from CNN or NBC on the treadmill. Then you eat your dinner out somewhere with a friend, probably not cooking at home. Sometimes you fly between NYC/Boston and LA/SFO for business. When you look down from the plane window and see those endless farmlands and mountains in the midwest, you are thinking “I can’t imagine living a life down there.”
When you saw Trump won, you were shocked. Holy shit! There’s not a single person around me who supports Trump, how could he win?
That’s where the problem is. You are living in a completely different world than those Trump supporters.
When you refuel your car, have you ever wondered where the gas comes from, if not imported? Who drilled the oil for you?
When you charge your phone, have you ever wondered where the electricity comes from? Who dug the coal to power the plant?
When you shop in the supermarket, have you ever wondered where the fresh vegetables and fruits come from? Who drove the truck all the way from California to New York to deliver those goods?
Those are the people who support Donald Trump. Have you ever talked to anyone of them?
Without you, they can still feed themselves, but without them, you will be starved to death.
So now how could you despise them as “uneducated redneck racists”?
When they watch the news, even when watching Fox News, the camera is always on the big cities far away from them. They are ignored, as if they don’t exist in this country. No one pays attention to them, and no one speaks for them, until Donald Trump.
They could drive a truck for $8k a month 20 years ago working 60 hours a week, but now the illegal immigrants are willing to do it at $3k. They lost their jobs.
They could work in a factory for $4k a month 20 years ago, but now the job goes to China and Mexico. They lost their jobs.
You can’t urge a 40-year-old man having a family to raise to go to college again and learn programming. They can’t and they can’t afford.
You also can’t say in 10 years robots are doing the job for them and they should just vanish because they can’t follow the era.
They are human beings. They are lovely nice people. They don’t hate you. They work hard so you can live a comfortable life. Why do you hate them? Why do you label them as racists, xenophobia, bigots without even knowing how hard their lives are?
When they are losing jobs and falling into poverty, they stay at home and turn on the TV, see Obama and Hillary speaking on ABC News: “The biggest problem we are now facing is climate change.”
And they sigh, they switch to Fox News and see Donald Trump speaking on his rally in Detroit MI: “We need to rebuild our inner cities, we need to bring jobs back.”
When they saw Obama visiting NYC after hurricane Sandy in 2012, but was playing golf when the devastating flood in Louisiana destroyed thousands of homes this summer, they knew they were forgotten.
When they saw Trump visiting Louisiana after the flood, a state that he didn’t need to campaign at all, they knew someone actually cared for them.
If you are them, who will you vote for?
They are the silent majorities. They live in your flyover states. They don’t care about LGBT or BLM. They are not racists or homophobia. They just want jobs to feed their families.
Please throw away your arrogance and start to care about those people. They are Americans too. They are more American than you are, since some of your clients and costumers are foreign.
They have no methods to let you hear them. They only have their ballots. They vote to knock you out of your utopia. That’s the power of democracy. That’s why democracy is great. It never ignores anyone.
If you believe your value is progressive and right, you need to help them getting out of their trouble first. You can’t blame and mock them. It will only push them away from you even more.
Trump has been a democrat longer than republican in his life, but he could still defeat 16 republican candidates and won more votes in the primaries than anyone else in the history. This has already proven that the silent majorities are much more tolerant now on social issues. They just want someone to fix the economy for them.
Now it’s your chance to work with them, help them under the 4 years of Trump’s presidency. Stop protesting and introspect yourself. Isn’t your arrogance and ignorance that brought Trump to the White House?

Friday, November 4, 2016

Removing Hardcore width and Height in WordPress

Add the following code in you functions.php file

// Removing Hardcore width and Height in WordPress
add_filter( 'post_thumbnail_html', 'remove_thumbnail_dimensions', 10, 3 );
function remove_thumbnail_dimensions( $html, $post_id, $post_image_id ) {
    $html = preg_replace( '/(width|height)=\"\d*\"\s/', "", $html );
    return $html;

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mistake of my Life (Short Story ) - COPIED but worth sharing

She told me she was pregnant. I said, “ok, let’s have the baby. I’m rich. No worries. And I love you.”
She was crying. I kept saying, “what’s wrong.” But she wouldn’t tell me.
Eventually she kept me out of her apartment. She needed to be alone. I stumbled through Brooklyn for an hour or so. I had a meeting, two meetings, three. I blew them all off.
I ended up nowhere. I was lost. I called my friend. “Where am I?” And we took some signs and some search engines and I was somewhere and eventually I found some sort of jitney to take me “home”.
I put it in quotes because I had no home. I made it back to the city.
I didn’t hear from her for a week. Then she told me she had an abortion.
A woman has a right to choose. I agree with that. But that baby would be about nine years old now. Goodbye baby.
Maybe he would look like me. Maybe he would draw. Maybe he would read science fiction. Or play chess. Maybe he would ask me questions and I would make up answers.
I stopped talking to her. She kept texting me. “Please! Please! Respond to me!”
And I loved her so eventually I responded. And eventually she came over. And eventually we got back together.
But it was a dream within a dream. We were riding around a carousel and eventually we had to get off and leave the carnival so it could pack up and move to the next town.
The games were stale and no longer fun.
The last time I saw her I was getting picked up by a car service. The driver recognized me. She helped me pack my bags in a car. The driver said to her, “this here is a good guy”.
She said to him, “I know.”
And that was the last time I saw her or heard from her.
It’s ok. I don’t blame her. This is the thing. Life is really confusing. We don’t even know what gravity is. Let alone what love is or what someone should do in a situation that is not really in the scope of what we’re supposed to know as humans.
I loved her. After her abortion we were together for another six months.
All my friends told me, “Don’t do it.”
But words are in the brain. And love is in the heart. They don’t really talk. You just keep doing what you’re doing no matter what pain the brain is.
Was she my biggest mistake?
I took a year off from my life trying to figure out that relationship. I stopped every business activity. I wrote the worst book in world history. I dropped all my friends. I lost all my sources of income.
I loved her. I haven’t spoken to her since. She’s disappeared off of all social media. I have no idea where she is or even who she is.
The mistakes we make are looking backwards. Like I’m doing right now. But I felt like doing it for a few minutes.
That’s ok. I’m going to read a good book. I’m going to go asleep. And tomorrow I look forward.
Maybe one day I’ll have another kid.