Why Religion and Atheism need Smart Women

Found this article through the Atheist Foundation of Australia on Facebook:

http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/why-religion-and-atheism-need-smart-women-20100805-11imn.html

The Vatican’s recent revisions that put the ordination of women on par with child sex abuse drew howls of protest from around the world. In some ways, I think people are being a little unfair.

After all, the Catholic Church is just being true to form รขโ‚ฌโ€œ it has actively discriminated against women since its inception. Perhaps rather than condemning the Church for this slip-up, we should be thanking it for the reminder that religious values and teachings have been used to incite, aid and justify discrimination against women throughout history.

I enjoyed reading it…

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On Track

Just a quick post to say that everything is on track and doing really well lately. I am actively working on a major development for Sports Arbitrage Guide which I really hope to have in place in the next month. Following that I will be working intently on the new embodiment of TDMSKP.com which will be huge too. So I am very busy at the moment, and hope to be making more posts in the near future as I have some actual results and announcements to make (rather than filler posts).

Watch this space! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Shane

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The Truth about OzRipOff, CSI Arbitrage and Shane Greenup

Update

As of sometime towards the end of 2011, thanks to the tireless work of Ricky and the amazing Super Investigator powers of Ken Gamble, the OzRipOff site has been taken offline. So the situation outlined in this post is no longer relevant. The scammers have been …well, kicked in the shins. Now to close the deal and put them in prison. If you go to the bottom of this post you will see a link to the ACA story on Pickering in a comment I posted. The polic have promised to invstigate since the story, but nothing more has been heard.

As usual, the scammers come in, do the damge, and then walk away (overseas) and live up the life of luxury with their millions in stolen cash. It’s a real shame.

Original Post Follows:

Googling “Shane Greenup” these days sadly places a scam website, OzRipOff.com way too high in the results. Ever since September last year I have been targetted by a couple of scammers who run Sports Arbitrage Investment and Software scams as part of their defamation campaign against all critics and competitors. As the owner of Sports Arbitrage Guide, the most trusted and relied upon information resource in the Sports Arbitrage world, I am obviously both a competitor (Compare all alert services before buying!*), and a critic (Don’t get ripped off by arbitrage scams) of these scammers. Therefore, the scammers (in this specific instance, the individuals behind CSI Arbitrage) use their fraudulent and illegal website OzRipOff.com to defame me and others.

*It is worth noting that CSI Arbitrage was in this comprehensive list up until a few weeks ago when it was proven conclusively to me that they were indeed a scam, lying about their activities, and behind OzRipOff.com – therefore responsible for the baseless assault on my integrity and reputation.

OzRipOff.com

Since the original defamatory post was a made, a second post about me and Sports Arbitrage Guide has also been posted. The first article, titled simply, “Shane Greenup Wanker” was replaced on the front page of OzRipOff with the much more aggressively titled “Shane Greenup, the sexual deviate’s sportsarbitrageguide scam”.

In the first article, the author simply insults me and attempts to be intimidating. All of the comments are without doubt posted by the same person, with one exception, the first post by “honest”, which I posted in an attempt to inform ignorant readers of the article of the context in which the post was made. The DAY after making this post, my email account, paypal and moneybookers account were hacked, and a significant amount of money was stolen from me.

The second article simply attempts to undermine my integrity, honesty and reputation. It fails for several reasons, primarily missing the point of Sports Arbitrage Guide being a “Free Guide” and also missing the fact that SAG covers every single arbitrage alert service in the market – thus making it impossible for their lies to be even close to reality – there is no way that I personally own every single arbitrage alert software in the market. Not to mention, that the whole thing is a lie anyway – I don’t run any alert service, I “Affiliate” with every alert service which runs an affiliate program, and happily claim whatever small commission I can from the sales off my website, but I am otherwise not associated with these companies at all. But anyone can see that for themselves just by looking – and you can also see the numerous ones which do NOT run affiliate programs, which are also reviewed in my comprehensive* listing of alert service providers. (*Comprehesnive excluding all known SCAM products and services not yet made known to me)

OzRipOff.com is Run by CSI Arbitrage

I knew CSI Arbitrage was behind this assault on my reputation, but what I did not know until recently, was that the entire website (OzRipOff.com) was operated by the same people who run CSI. The proof came when I compared the ip addresses of the emails I received from Antoinette Mead, the director of Cohen Strachan Investment, and the ip address of the emails I received from “John Taylor” of OzRipOff.com – They were identical. 59.167.219.109

Further evidence came when Richard Partington posted on OzRipOff about CSI Arbitrage (http://www.ozripoff.com/report-view/826-cohen-screwyouoveryour-investment), and overnight his report of a real rip-off, was quickly turned around into defamatory attack on his character (equally backed up with the same number and style of ‘user comments’ as can be seen on my own articles – further evidence that the SAME PERSON is performing all of these posts and comments.). Anyone can test this fact out for themselves – go to OzRipOff.com right now, and post a report about CSI Arbitrage being a scam, and I guarantee it will be removed – unlike every other article about any other company, which requires you to spend $6000 to have an ‘investigator’ investigate you and clear your name…

Furthermore, only in the last week, CSI actually went and reposted the same lies about me on OzRipOff.com into their own blog (csiarbitrage.com.au/blogview/directors-reponse-re-richard-partington-322). They repeat the lie about the alert services being mine, and incorrectly assume that Richard Partington is somehow under my control or direction. I met Richard Partington for the first time when I went to his CTTT hearing against CSI Arbitrage in Gosford – he was already well under way in his legal proceedings against them, and had already spent a long time investigating them before I even met them. I went to the hearing simply out of duty to my visitors and readers – I felt obliged to find out what was going on. Sadly, I was the only other person who turned up on the day – not even Antoinette Mead (Toni Mead) showed up, but instead partook in the hearing via telephone…ร‚ย  The judge did incorrectly assume I was a friend of Richards at the time (since I was there, and no one else was – it is a reasonable assumption), and introduced me to Antoinette Mead as such when the call connected – but the reality was that i was just trying to find the truth – as I always have. Since then, I have found the truth – and as all of this evidence is already demonstrating, it is not in CSI’s favour. So ironically, CSI’s accusation that Richard is working under my directions has the cart before the horse.

And finally, to segue nicely into the next topic, what sort of respectable company publicly names a mere moderator of a public forum, and identifies their geographical location and real name as a way of dealing with the fall out of a disgruntled customer? ArbForum.co.uk is NOT my website. There are 5 moderators there, and 1 administrator – and for some reason, they single me out personally in this way and attempt to make it sound like *I* am responsible for Richard’s ‘rants’. This is NOT respectable company behaviour, under any circumstances. It also completely misses the fact that I have probably deleted more of Richards posts than anyone in an attempt to keep him under control (he’s angry – and I don’t blame him).

Cohen Strachan Investment Lies

CSI Lying Shill in ArbForum – TopOdds

TopOdds spent two years trying to infiltrate ArbForum. He cried scam at every arbitrage scam that was found – and brought plenty of new ones to everyone’s attention. He also spent a lot of time belittling the monthly subscription services (in exactly the same way that they were belittled in the OzRipOff and CSI articles), saying that they were useless and a waste of money. Lastly, he spent a lot of time talking about how “he wouldn’t sell everything he knew for anything less than $50,000!” In short, he spent his whole time on arbforum trying to sound like an experience professional arber, and tried to make $100 a month for an alert service sound too expensive, but $17,600 for some training and software cheap.

And then he posted this thread on arbforum. Sadly, my own replies there show my ignorance at the time, but that was the way it went down. It is clear now that TopOdds was indeed a Shill from the beginning. When confronted with such accusations, he rants:

im not a customer,i dont own it,i dont work for them,i didnt build the app,im not paul perry!(as far as i know hes a leading sydney racing identy/trianer – so shouldnt be hard to find!)

Sorry it that kills the dream of some here but facts are facts -end of story!

Topodds is opinionated,not a fence sitter,not policly correct,right wing but not a lier!

Yet comparing his IP used to make the posts on ArbForum, with the IP used to log in to trial the Carbon A software 2 years ago, and I found (surprise!) that Topodds was in FACT posting on arbforum from CSI’s office. (btw, note the trades on that screenshot – none of them are arbs?!??!?!)

No respectable company would spend 2 YEARS setting up such a deep shill. Systematically trying to undermine every competitor in the marketplace, legitimate or not, while lying the whole time about who he was, what his experience is, and what his intentions were.

Ironically, it was only because of TopOdds posted the review of CSI that all of this happened. I was happy to ignore CSI altogether – actively fighting scams and scammers didn’t seem worth my time, i had done my part by warning people REPEATEDLY on SAG about scams already – but then TopOdds made his post, and Richard Partington came on the scene making lots of noise – and TopOdds started to defend CSI a little bit too hard. If it wasn’t for TopOdds’ great work defending CSI, I may have never got suspicious. And if it wasn’t for CSI making this personal – by making defamatory comments about me online, and trying to harm my reputation, I don’t think i would have bothered going to all this trouble of reporting their illegal activities to the police, the ACCC, ASIC, Politicians and media outlets, not to mention this much more public posting, which ultimately will reveal their true criminal nature once and for all – hopefully stopping the need for people to bother emailing Richard or myself any more, unsure whether CSI is a scam or not…

So congratulations CSI – Antoinette Mead, Larry pickering, and Wayne Evans – you actually did this all to yourselves.

CSI Steals Their Alert Service Feed

As stated in my original article in 2007, CSI Arbitrage’s Carbon A steals it’s arbitrage alert feed from SportsPunter. I thought that SportsPunter had fixed the problem from their end, but a statutory declaration from an ex employee of CSI states that the attempt to stop CSI from stealing and reselling their feed for the biggest mark-up ever didn’t completely work, and CSI continued to use Sports Punter’s feed. I am not certain that they still use SportsPunters arb feed now, but it was clear that CSI never intended on making their own odds collection and analysis service – they just made someone else’s work look like it belonged to them.

Larry Pickering is CSI Arbitrage

You can also see in that stat dec, that Luke states that he worked for Larry Pickering. Antoinette (toni) Mead is just the fall person. She’s the one who will end up in prison when the authorities finally catch up with all of these criminals. Today Tonight have previously run a story on Larry, reporting his inability to afford maintenance on his children, but maintaining his luxury penthouses and his own helicopter. This is what life is like when you have no ‘legal’ income. The search results which tell the story of Larry’s long history with horse racing software and now arbitrage investment schemes speaks for itself.

And while OzRipOff.com continues to post articles calling me a scammer and worse, they have not once provided any form of evidence or argument in support of their claims. Meanwhile, as clearly shown in this article, I have plenty of evidence proving their lies, their corruption, and their fraud.

Take Action

If you have been ripped off by CSI Arbitrage, or any of the previous arbitrage or horse racing scams, then keep an eye out – a group of pissed off people are snowballing into a very large angry mob, who want justice. Take the time to subscribe to this thread on ArbForum, and follow all of the directions posted by Richard – he has done tremendous work finding every avenue possible to make these con men (and woman) accountable for their crimes.

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Support the Ethics Trial in NSW Primary Schools

St James Ethics Centre logo The Australian Christian Lobby have organised themselves and are trying to get the St James Ethics Centre trial of an ethics program as an alternative to scripture axed. I am so completely disgusted in the Australian Christain Lobby right now.

Please download this Petition, Print it, and send it to Penny Sharpe. It really isn’t very hard to do it, and it will actually make a difference on the future of our education system!!!!

NSW Primary School Ethics Trial Official Petition

So print it, get 10 peopl to sign it, then mail it to:

Penny Sharpe MLC
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport
Australian Labor Party
Parliament House
Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000

If need be, print more copies and get more signatures. Send them all in one envelope! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks.

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Church Warning to Europe

This article in the Sydney Morning Herald made me chuckle today. Oh how terrible it must be to not be the dominant power anymore… Apparently the Church of England have released a report stating that Europe is at risk of becoming a “Secular tyranny”. They state that it is “more uncertain of its future and more mistrusted by its citizens than ever before” – although based on this article alone, i don’t know how much attention was paid to the fact that ‘citizens of europe’ is a reasonably recent phenomenon in the first place; perhaps this is the first time in history that anyone has even thought of them self as a Europe Citizen? Lets face it, Europe is still mostly made up of Countries, and most citizens of those countries still identify as citizens of their actual country… To say that Europe’s citizens are ‘more uncertain’, some how assumes that there is a previous point at which Europe’s citizens were actually certain about their future!

Anyway, more importantly, just because Christianity is losing the power it once had in Europe; just because the Religious Tyranny has been broken, does not mean that the new cultural/social/political scenario that has replaced it is tyrannical!

Basically, this ‘report’ (based on the SMH article) seems to basically be crying “We aren’t in control anymore, that’s not fair. You’re all mean!”

For the first time in history, all religions and personal preferences are starting to be treated equally (“starting” to be!). Rather than discriminating based on the BELIEFS of one group, we are starting to try to be inclusive, and non discriminatory. And in return, the Church of England is getting upset because they believe it is their God Given Right to discriminate. And because they no longer have the POWER to do this discriminating, they are calling ‘Tyranny” on the EU.

I will admit, that i find it somewhat unfair to force a Christian couple counselor to counsel homosexual couples (I don’t think the counsellor should be forced to do anything), but in general, the fact that homosexuals should be able to get counselling is an incredibly important part of the advancement of society – One which wouldn’t be in place if the EU did stick close to its Christian heritage, as the Church of England is demanding of it.

Fact is, secular government is the only reasonable option. Religious control will always be harmful.

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Ethics Classes as an Alternative to Scripture in NSW Schools

The St James Ethics Centre has been trialing a moral class alternative to scripture in NSW schools for some months now. Until now, whenever a school runs a scripture class for its students, the students are free to choose which denomination they are, or whether they want to sit out of the class entirely. There has been no alternative for students. Now there is a chance that moral education might be introduced as an alternative.

This has stirred up the religious leaders in NSW no end. They are very upset about this.

In the past couple of weeks numerous public announcements have come out from the various Christian denominational leaders, as well as news stories about the reaction to this idea by the religious teachers themselves, for example:

  1. Catholics are concerned that the ethics class will be competing with them for scripture student numbers. (Sydney Catholic Website)
  2. Scripture teachers attending P&C meetings to protest the secular ethics classes. (SMH)
  3. Jim Wallace thinks you cannot teach ethics without Christianity. (SMH)
  4. Archbishop Jenson lists 10 reasons why the ethics course is not a good idea. Most importantly, he references an agreement with the government from 1880 which guarantees SRE education in schools. (Youthworks website)

And more. I’m not going to list every article and publication that has come out about the class, but you can get the idea from those ones.

I have 2 main thoughts on this. Firstly, nowhere in our society is a monopoly acceptable except where it is a government basic service. I find this incredibly offensive that CHRISTIANITY specifically thinks that it deserves to have this 30 minute monopoly over every other belief system available, where you either learn their system, or you learn nothing. At this point in time we are talking about the opportunity to bring in a secular moral education as an alternative to Christian education, but I see no reason why Judaism, Islamic, Hindu, or Budhist education should not also be available… Why does Christianity deserve a government enforced monopoloy? It does not.

What is important about this being a SECULAR education, is not that it is against christianity, as the anglicans and catholics want their followers to believe, but rather that it is open to everybody equally. Christianity is exlcusionary – if you do not believe what they believe, then you are not one of them. A Secular education can be attended by christians, jews, muslims, hindus, budhists and atheists equally. Your religious beliefe is irrelevent to the education itself. That is what makes it so damn fair and good.

This does however bring me to my second point, which is that they have good reason to be terrified by this prospect. I want to be able to say that they are reacting unjustly, but I think their fears are real. The dominant christian denominations have had the exclusive monopoly where I have no doubt parents for for years been given the option “Catholic or Anglican or Nothing” (I feel confident that the nothing would have often not even been mentioned), and then the parents have jsut selected the most appropriate choice for their children, even if they themselves never went to church, and didn’t actually believe in God. And thus, another generation of children were planted with the seeds of religion as truth as part of their public school education.

What is going to happen now though, is that parents will be given a real alternative, and all of those parents who for so long haven’t cared about religion, but simply wanted their child to learn something about morality, will no longer stick their religion free children into scripture, but will without doubt opt for the “Moral Education” option. How could you not? It isn’t a religion you don’t believe in, and it must be good, it is about morality!

So yes, student numbers in Scripture classes will fall. And yes, long term result of this is that belief in God will decline (because future generations of adults won’t have early childhood influences to direct their thinking in times of struggle towards a mythical saviour concept). And that is why the religious leaders are scared.

They know that when children and parents are given real OPTIONS, they will choose the more reasonable one. The BETTER option.

Christianity cannot survive real competition, nor can it survive real inspection. And they know it. Which is why they need their early childhood indocrination periods; they need to get in there before analytic skills and the ability to discerne a good argument from a bad argument is developed.

What I find sad though, is that these people think they are the moral compass of our society. They think they are the saviours of everyone around them – but they are the cancer that is stopping progress and improvement. They are tying us down to an ancient story, and an ancient way of thinking. And they are doing it with absolute unrelenting force; God forbid any alternatives should be given a chance!

True believers really do think that their religion is the only option for morality. And that should be terrifying to everyone who isn’t part of that religion. It is because of that absolute belief system, that they would rather FORCE everyone else to not be able to find morality, and goodness in their own way, but instead just wander aimlessly through life. I guess it makes the structured rule book of the bible slightly more appealing when you have no alternative system to compare it against. Again. (Always coming back to the monopoly!) Too bad that the rest of society has to deal with the consequence of people having no tools for assessing moral actions though. Worse yet, too bad society has to deal with people who were also given no tools to assess moral actions, but were instead given a RULEBOOK which says what they can and cannot do, and they think that this rulebook constitutes moral education.

If only Christians got some secular moral education, maybe they would understand that following rules out of fear of punishment does not constitute being moral.

To show your support for the St James Ethics Centre’s Secular Moral education, go have a look at their facebook fan page.

Please Support this most important cause. And help our future generations be free of religious tyranny, and free to learn about morality and ethics in an unencumbered way.

This is important.

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Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

I just stumbled across this list of 40 Belief Shaking Remarks by Friedrich Nietzsche, and I want to post my favourite ones. I still haven’t read any of Nietzsche’s books, and I really should, because I think I love his mind…

  • A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
  • Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
  • We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
  • He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
  • The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
  • Morality is but the herd-instinct in the individual.
  • The most common lie is that which one tells himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
  • God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
  • A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.
  • What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.

Hmmmmmmm…..ร‚ย ร‚ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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