All entries for October 2008

October 12, 2008

He's an Arab!

I really don't know where to start with this (alternate link). McCain surprised me - after all the bullshit rhetoric and agressive swipes that have been coming out of his campaign office recently, to stand up for Barack like that took guts, and just upped his ranking on the respect charts. He's always seemed like a straight shooter, so I felt a little guilty when questioning his motivations for saying so - has he always felt that politics should be respectful and full of mutual admiration, or is he responding to the tone Obama set almost a year ago, when he talked about rising above the slings and arrows of negative politics? I'd like to think it's the former, but the cynic in me disagrees...

Perhaps more worrying is the woman who couldn't trust Obama because he is, I quote, "an Arab"... I don't even know where to start with this, and in fact, I won't unless provoked. Suffice it to say, I despair for the States sometimes.

The most amusing/distressing thing is that, once McCain realises where it is going, he takes the mic back and says "No, mam. He's a decent family man, and citizen"... Surely the implication there is that if he were an Arab, he wouldn't be a decent family man or citizen? O.O

Next week, live from Tunbridge Wells :P


October 10, 2008

Longest word

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

As far as I can work the pronunciation, it's new-moh-nal-tra-my-crow-scop-ic-sil-ee-coe-vol-can-oh-con-ee-oh-sis. Wonderful :D


October 07, 2008

It's my dad's fault, honest

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7657092.stm

She said men with primary premature ejaculation tended to be fast reactors generally.

"These men have very quick reflexes. They may be excellent at playing tennis or computer games, for example."

Well shit... >.< Though that is affirming the consequent - being good at computer games doesn't mean you're premature... Though some people would argue it does show a lack of maturity :P


October 05, 2008

Drugs are bad, mmmkay

Ugh, idiocy on all sides. Stupid residents/gang for pressuring the girl, stupid sister for succumbing to peer pressure and overdosing, but what particularly irks me is the mother. It's not a moral stance, it's brainwashing. Drugs are not evil, and the whole mindset of acting like they are will only encourage people to take them by appeal to their taboo nature. 11 year olds are not idiots - it would be entirely possible to have some degree of logical, nuanced and most of all balanced conversation with her daughter about the positives and negatives of drug use. She could have stopped her hanging out with the other girls because they're too young to be doing drugs, and don't yet understand the consequences or importance of their actions. She could even tell her daughter to wait until she's 18, and old enough to decide for herself. But this self-righteous bullshit totally misses the mark.

"It annoys me when people start talking about kids having the choice not to fall into a gang, because there isn't much choice is there?" said Marie.

"What's the choice? Join in or we'll make your life a total misery?"

Well no. Peer pressure is just that, pressure, not necessity. It is resistable. What's more, it's highly unlikely that everyone else succumbs to it, so why not seek out those who also chose not to take drugs? And if some little brats on the estate are making life hard, then the parents need to step in, or the police if necessary. Just because the community is lax enough to allow some form of mob rule to take hold does not mean you should brainwash your children with one-dimensional, unjustified bullshit.


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