Glorious - dinosaurs and literary humor.
Glorious - dinosaurs and literary humor.
Anyone who thinks you can just walk into a convenience store and get the affordable birth control you need clearly has no understanding about the reality of women’s lives — and no business making decisions about them.
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More than 90% of Americans believe that the US government is unduly influenced by money, and the Mayday.US super PAC is raising $5M to fund the election campaigns of politicians who’ll pledge to dismantle super PACs and enact other campaign finance reforms. They raised more than $1M in 30 days last month, and this month, the goal is $5M. It’s the brainchild of Lawrence Lessig, who’s going to run prototype the project by running five electoral campaigns in 2014, and use the lessons of those projects to win enough anti-corruption seats in 2016 to effect real change.
Again, I’m not able to contribute to Mayday.US, because I’m a Canadian and Briton. But I ask my American friends to put in $10, and promise that I’ll put CAD1000 into any comparable Canadian effort and/or £1000 into a comparable UK effort. We all win when countries embrace evidence-based policy guided by doing what’s best for its citizens, rather than lining the pockets of corrupting multinationals.
The next time a reporter asks an actress ‘what she did to fit into her costume’ i want her to look at him like he’s a bit dim and say slowly, "Well…it’s my costume. It was made in my size. I was cast as that character, so they gave me a costume that would fit.” while looking a little embarrassed for him. And then go on to answer the deep character interpretation questions he obviously meant to ask. Obviously.
This pissed me off so much when Watchmen came out and the cast got interviewed - all the male stars got questions about the characters and the comic, and all poor Malin Ackerman got were variations on “Hey, that was one tight outfit, huh? Hurr hurr hurr.”
And this comic summarizes everything I was saying with the analogy people who see someone getting beat down in the street and the first and only reaction they’ve got is to run up on the victim and demand acknowledgment, they, too, are not beating the person, instead of stopping the assault.
Because that’s basically what happens every time some kyriarchy, micro/macro aggression shit goes down and someone points out that it’s wrong or fucked up.
I think now of every war memorial I ever yawned through on a class trip, how someone else’s past horror was my vacant diversion and maybe I learned something but I didn’t feel anything. Everyone should have a museum dedicated to the worst day of their life and be forced to attend it with a bunch of tourists from Denmark. Annotated divorce papers blown up and mounted, interactive exhibits detailing how your mom’s last round of chemo didn’t take, souvenir T-shirts emblazoned with your best friend’s last words before the car crash. And you should have to see for yourself how little your pain matters to a family of five who need to get some food before the kids melt down. Or maybe worse, watch it be co-opted by people who want, for whatever reason, to feel that connection so acutely.
This tchotchke store — this building, this experience — is nothing more than the logical endpoint for our most reliably commodifiable national tragedy. If you want to bring a coffee table book full of photos of cadaver dogs sniffing through smoking rubble back home to wherever you’re from, hey, that’s great. This is America, you can buy what you want; they hate our freedom to buy what we want.
If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?
Beaver a fish!!!
This was an expression of cultural sensitivity. Beavers were a Canadian staple food at the time, especially among Native Americans who had converted to Catholicism. The latter needed to clarify whether they could eat beaver, this staple food, on no-meat days (in the 17th Century, there were plenty more no-meat days than just Lenten Fridays). And, yeah, the Church classified beaver as, basically, not being meat. Because it made life easier for a lot of people.
See also: alligator and turtle in South Louisiana.
Exactly - the church changed its rules about meat to make life easier and to welcome more believers into the fold. It changed the services from Latin to welcome more believers into the fold. It didn’t change rules about birth control or homosexuality. When it comes to silly dietary restrictions or actually understanding the scripture, the rules are the bendable creations of mortal men, but when it comes to equality between genders and sex these are the infallible instructions of a divine creator?
"I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough." ~ Christopher Hitchens