The Diary of Danielle

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cartoonpolitics:

“The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.” .. (attributed to Mark Haskell Smith) .. (story here)

cartoonpolitics:

“The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.” .. (attributed to Mark Haskell Smith) .. (story here)

(Source: gocomics.com)

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Even though not all homosexuals are pedophiles, all pro-homosexual arguments are pro-pedophile arguments. Name me one that isn’t. Born this way, check. Deeply felt urges and yearnings, check. Who’s to say what’s normal, check. There is not one pro-homosexual argument that cannot be enlisted in the service of toppling the next taboo, whatever that remaining and increasingly lonely taboo might be.

Douglas Wilson (via sds)

Let’s try a little thought experiment here…

Even though not all Christians are assholes, all pro-Christian arguments are pro-asshole arguments. Name me one that isn’t. Taught to be this way, check. Deeply held beliefs and self-importance, check. Who’s to say what’s socially acceptable, check. There is not one pro-Christian argument that cannot be enlisted in the service of championing the next character flaw, whatever that remaining and increasingly common character flaw might be.

You’ll forgive me if I take the deepest offense at the comparison of my gay and lesbian friends and family as having anything at all in common with pedophiles.

Fuck. Right. Off.

(via apoplecticskeptic)

Hmmm. You’ll forgive me if I conclude that you don’t know how to read, or how to follow an argument, or understand the ineffectiveness of ad hominem attacks.

(via sds)

You know what, @apologeticskeptic?  I’ll go right ahead and accept your revision of the argument.  As long as you’ll concede that not all Christians are assholes, which you have, I’ll happily agree that pro-Christian arguments could be used as pro-asshole arguments, provided we agree that assholes deserve freedom of speech as much as anyone, and that assholes, like everyone, are best responded to in love.

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Well, that ain’t my name but it’s close enough that I’ll assume I should respond. :)

Yes, I will happily concede that not all Christians are assholes. I used to be one (though some may contend I am a bit of an asshole), and I have many family and friends who are still way deep inside the church and they are definitely not assholes.

I am also positively thrilled to know many, many, many believers who would be as appalled as I am at the ridiculous and specious argument Mr. Wilson is attempting—and failing—to make.

Any conflation of homosexuality with pedophilia (or the other popular fundamentalist slur du jour, bestiality) is reprehensible, and deserving of passionate shaming. An apology for any perceived “emotional outburst” on my part should not be expected and will not be forthcoming. What part of this “argument” is even remotely worthwhile? So what if one could make a few similar points about two completely separate spheres of information?

An erection and a recently-fed mosquito are both living things, both filled with blood, and both explode when pounded just so… so, therefore… what exactly?

Which brings us to, ah, yes, the “freedom of speech” bit. Interesting, in light of a reblog from just this morning. Absolutely, by all means, Mr. Wilson and your ilk, please oh pleeeeeease keep on speaking freely. And I mean that with all the (assholery-free) love in the universe.

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Love the analogy apoplecticskeptic!

And completely right, you really can’t compare homosexuality and pedophilia arguments…

Firstly it is looking past the part that homosexuality is something which occurs at a much higher rate across the whole of the animal kingdom and in humans it is two consenting adults vs pedophilia with a non-consenting child. It’s really not as simple as the paragraph you started with above.

Also you are making quite big assumptions on pedophilia which are not at all conclusive or backed by current science or studies since pedophilia is still massively under-studied subject. Born this way? While one theory currently suggests improperly developed neural pathways which confuse the emotions felt towards children can be one cause, it is by no means a fully accepted theory on why different people become pedophiles.

Also with the above theory, new neural pathways are created every second through out a human’s life and with other studies showing a link between being abused or frequently watching abuse happen can later develop into the person becoming an abuser. Therefore disputing that a pedophile is ‘born this way.’

Compared with homosexuality where in the majority of cases, a person has these sexual urges towards a person of the same sex much earlier than their first homosexual experience. However when applied the other way round, most would agree that someone preforming homosexual activities on you would not turn you gay if those sexual desires weren’t there in the first place, unlike the link between pedophilia and abuse victims.

One thing which really annoys me and which the internet, newspapers and various other places try to do all the time. Is simplify complex arguments in order for it to fit whatever argument they are wanting the reader to agree with however in reality, most issues are far more complex and cannot be simply used for a completely different subject because they seem to have somewhat of the same principles like the penis and mosquito demonstrates.

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Filed under homosexuality pedophiles pedofilia arguement homosexual links

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pomeranianprivilege:

when you ask a white person about their ethnicity & they go back 200,000 years to claim they’re not white

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Firstly if you’ve read Richard Dawkins works or know about evolution this is actually in reference to us descending from African Apes which happened around 13 million years ago.

Dawkins greatly opposes the denial of evolution, one of Richard Dawkins most famous sayings and has been repeated by fans of Dawkins is “Proud to be an African ape” and “I am an African ape.” It is most likely in reference to this however it could also be making reference to racism and the idiocy of it due to evolution but from knowing Richard Dawkins works, it is far more likely to be in reference to evolution deniers.

I can’t stress the important of context enough and sadly on the internet this is often completely lost.

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Filed under white richard dawkins racism black race ethnicity evolution

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thinksquad:

http://elitedaily.com/news/world/controversial-anti-homeless-spikes-prevent-homeless-sleeping-doorways/624292/

http://www.travelandpositiveliving.com/2014/04/whats-purpose-of-concrete-spikes-under.html

http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2012/07/photos-guangzhou-sets-concrete-spikes-under-bridges-to-drive-away-homeless-people/

http://stsnext20.org/vignettes/2014/03/26/when-parisian-benches-have-politics-street-furniture-and-the-strategies-of-spatial-exclusion/

http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/photo-rue/2009/11/26/empecher-les-sdf-de-sasseoir-la-ville-ne-manque-pas-didees

http://www.morbleu.com/le-tiers-exclu-iv-des-dispositifs-architecturaux-anti-sdf/1547124430_1854ccee23_o/

http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/catalog/issue-43-walls/do-not-remain/

http://www.bogoboo.com/bizarre-park-bench-spikes/

It’s like society rather than actually ever solving it’s issues just keeps papering over the cracks and ignoring the real issues about why homeless people exist in the first place. It’s much easier to just push them off onto somewhere else…

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All the history, every other culture you have learnt about, the very human nature you’ve been taught. It all comes from the viewpoint of a capitalist, patriarchal, colonial society.

A society which saw every other culture or civilization as beneath them, as less advanced and as barbaric.

The highest irony is that many of the peaceful tribes which they slaughtered, are now re-written into history as being simple and barbaric by the very people who dominated them by sword or gun.

Many tribes have existed peacefully, meanwhile western civilization has created war, increased poverty and slaughtered millions. Yet somehow we still believe we are the most advanced and most diplomatic of all cultures. It really is laughable when you think about it.

And yet it is so hard for many to accept and they are so convinced of human nature as taught to us by a society which wants to dominate over all. That we must kill or be killed. That if it wasn’t for high western civilised society, we’d all be back to the barbaric tribes which previously existed. As if somehow they saved the whole of humanity and therefore ensures our dependence.

However when you look at the true history of society, we have often survived peacefully without global leaders. We lived off the land and were happier than we were now, despite all of our “advances”.

Filed under tribes peace society western civilisation Western Hypocrisy

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herpicusderpicus:

iflewbikes:

Paddy Power (a UK betting company) have chopped down a portion of the Brazilian rainforest as a publicity stunt for the World Cup.Here was their ‘apology.’
Fuck everything about football.

Fucking disgusting


Yes because destroying a natural habitat with still many undiscovered species which currently face extinction to advertise your betting company is really what the world needs. #don’twantobeonthisplanet

herpicusderpicus:

iflewbikes:

Paddy Power (a UK betting company) have chopped down a portion of the Brazilian rainforest as a publicity stunt for the World Cup.

Here was their ‘apology.’

Fuck everything about football.

Fucking disgusting

Yes because destroying a natural habitat with still many undiscovered species which currently face extinction to advertise your betting company is really what the world needs. #don’twantobeonthisplanet

(via whatshallwedo)

Filed under idiots paddy power rainforest brazil brazilian eco ecology save the planet trees deforestation

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Sooooo…. I found out I’m Jewish. Which only came out because I started working for a Jewish company. The area where I’ve moved to has quite a high Jewish population. Everyone seems to know each other…

So my Mum’s grandmother was Jewish, so my great grandmother that she’s Jewish and apparently because it’s on the female side of the family. It makes me Jewish (part Jewish? I don’t know… but basically my mum’s mum’s mum…).

This really brings questions to the idea of identity… I mean suddenly you find out you have this whole heritage that you didn’t even know about.

A guy once came and sat next to me at the airport and started chatting to me. He was from Israel, I now wonder if he’d looked at me and thought. She looks like she has Jewish characteristics. I was working in the middle east at the time… so was a bit of an odd conversation but we ended up exchanging e-mail addresses.

So then I chatted to my Grandmother on my father’s side and turns out there’s quite a lot of Jewish heritage on my Dad’s side too. My grandmother starts giving me surnames of my great grandmother’s whom all had Jewish surnames.

So yeah…. My Nan became a Christian in her teen years and my mum followed in her path. My Nan’s mum didn’t practice any religion but likely from her time and my Nan being born just before WWII, it’s likely she just never spoke about it… I guess?


The Jewish people I work with said I should trace my history on her side. So I think I’ll do that, could be interesting.

Filed under jewish heritage jew judaism christianity identity