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Dede King has been at 6 events

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Jaco Brill7,74825 May is International Towel day, celebrating the life and works of Douglas Adams. Remember to take your towel with you where ever you go! Remember to post pics with your towel!International Towel Day2013-05-25 07:00:0064  
NASA2,835,213Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008308  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych411,060It's been a pretty disappointing year for some of us, celestial sights wise. There have been the usual meteor showers (it was cloudy for me every time), the transit of Venus (also cloudy) and several eclipses (none were visible from my area). Luckily, we still have the Geminids left. They're generally considered to be one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year, so hopefully we'll get a good show. They will appear to radiate from the constellation of Gemini, and you could spot up to 120 meteors per hour. The moon will be new meaning that visibility should be very good. Although Dec 13th-14th is the peak, meteors will be visible for several days before and after that so don't forget to look up this week. As usual, if you get any good photographs/videos please send them our way!Geminid Meteor Shower2012-12-14 00:00:00161  
Isabelle Fortin27,223Some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow _Moustaches_ we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones. This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics, We also encourage anyone who would like to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thanks so much ❤ Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember2012-11-02 00:00:00135  
BergenHIRL32*We are inviting you all to watch our Hangout on air!* From Bergen/Norway we have invited special guests just for you!  @107291158434082397409 will play some of his wonderful songs for us.. ! @102200998221061156689 will try to participate and sing some of here songs! @105361532867188314601 , artist of the mounth in August will performing live in Nøsteboden! And in between we have interviews with famous G+ persons like @114056084994793924628  and other names will appear here very soon...  :)  Stay tuned and don't miss out :)  #bergenhirl   #bergenphotowalk  Bergen Hirl - HOA2012-09-22 20:00:0058  
Cadbury4,165,234Whether you can be there in person, or you'll be watching from the other side of the world, you are invited to join us for the biggest event of the summer! We'll be celebrating the spirit of the Games from Cadbury House in London's Hyde Park throughout and bringing you highlights of the atmosphere right here on Google+. Who's looking forward to it?London 2012 Olympic Games Celebration on G+2012-07-27 21:12:00278  

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2015-10-05 21:07:59 (228 comments; 3 reshares; 128 +1s)Open 

Poll option B
+1 if you agree

Most reshares: 22

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2014-09-04 00:39:13 (31 comments; 22 reshares; 146 +1s)Open 

I wish...
that some Americans would learn that Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea and similar do not come highly recommended on TripAdvisor.com. If you happen to be that stupid American that packs a bible and sunscreen heading for the sunny shores of blow your head off and someone asks your name, I highly suggest you say, "أنا لا أتكلم الإنجليزية" or "내가 영어 를 못하는" or similar. Trust me on this one. 

Most plusones: 146

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2014-09-04 00:39:13 (31 comments; 22 reshares; 146 +1s)Open 

I wish...
that some Americans would learn that Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea and similar do not come highly recommended on TripAdvisor.com. If you happen to be that stupid American that packs a bible and sunscreen heading for the sunny shores of blow your head off and someone asks your name, I highly suggest you say, "أنا لا أتكلم الإنجليزية" or "내가 영어 를 못하는" or similar. Trust me on this one. 

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2015-12-19 00:09:09 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

😶

I have no more words. ___😶

2015-12-18 22:57:23 (44 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

#2015In5Words
I saw this hashtag on Twitter. It's a sad testament to the banality of my 2015 that all I could think of was:
Trump hates all brown people

You?

#2015In5Words
I saw this hashtag on Twitter. It's a sad testament to the banality of my 2015 that all I could think of was:
Trump hates all brown people

You?___

2015-12-17 03:11:57 (118 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

10 Second quiz
Are you a sockpuppet? Do you have sockpuppets? Have you ever sockpuppeted your G+ friends?

Asking for a friend.

10 Second quiz
Are you a sockpuppet? Do you have sockpuppets? Have you ever sockpuppeted your G+ friends?

Asking for a friend.___

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2015-12-15 23:03:59 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

It's been over 30 years.
Aren't you proud to witness the evolution of the socio-political and socio-cultural landscape? Oh. Wait.

If I'm honest, I'm really bored by all the Star Wars posts, chatter and whatnot, so much that I'm perpetuating this insipid cycle. I wonder how many are genuine fans, and how many are just posers who couldn't give a damn but just wanna sit at the cool table.

I didn't hate the original movies, I'm actually a too short fan, but not to the point where I'm wetting myself with excitement for the new release. We have an urban saying here called "stokvel". It's when you like something, let's say a song, but once others start liking it and overplaying it, the song becomes "stokvel" and you sorta lose interest. Star Wars fans have rendered it stokvel for me. Which to some would imply that... more »

It's been over 30 years.
Aren't you proud to witness the evolution of the socio-political and socio-cultural landscape? Oh. Wait.

If I'm honest, I'm really bored by all the Star Wars posts, chatter and whatnot, so much that I'm perpetuating this insipid cycle. I wonder how many are genuine fans, and how many are just posers who couldn't give a damn but just wanna sit at the cool table.

I didn't hate the original movies, I'm actually a too short fan, but not to the point where I'm wetting myself with excitement for the new release. We have an urban saying here called "stokvel". It's when you like something, let's say a song, but once others start liking it and overplaying it, the song becomes "stokvel" and you sorta lose interest. Star Wars fans have rendered it stokvel for me. Which to some would imply that I'm not a real fan then, to which I'd say 'eff off'.

Perhaps I'm just being a whiny pessimistic asshat especially because I'd totally spazz out if it was a fandom I'm overzealous about, but about this I'll happily wear the ass hat.
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2015-12-15 01:02:35 (157 comments; 2 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

What's new with me?
Fuck you Google Pus, that's what's new. What's also new is that I actively despise this software and UI. I tried five fucking times to post a stupid tiny image with two lines of text, five!, every time I click the 'add image' button, my entire phone freezes. Not just the G+ app, the whole freaking phone just freezes and fades to black before my phone probably thinks "fuck you too G+" and eventually comes back to Apple life. And fuck you for the stupid "what's new with you?" prompt like we're a bunch of recalcitrant tweens that have to be guided to have a thought.

I can't believe I actually logged back in just to post this instead of throwing this phone against the wall because of you. I normally roll my eyes at people who can't handle change and complain about beta, but this is not beta. What the fuck are... more »

What's new with me?
Fuck you Google Pus, that's what's new. What's also new is that I actively despise this software and UI. I tried five fucking times to post a stupid tiny image with two lines of text, five!, every time I click the 'add image' button, my entire phone freezes. Not just the G+ app, the whole freaking phone just freezes and fades to black before my phone probably thinks "fuck you too G+" and eventually comes back to Apple life. And fuck you for the stupid "what's new with you?" prompt like we're a bunch of recalcitrant tweens that have to be guided to have a thought.

I can't believe I actually logged back in just to post this instead of throwing this phone against the wall because of you. I normally roll my eyes at people who can't handle change and complain about beta, but this is not beta. What the fuck are your engineers doing? Do any of you actually use your own software and do any of you use non Android devices in order to form an unbiased opinion?

Phew. Now that I've taken a much needed deep arse breath and realized that I've just anthropomorphized a company's social media platform, I just want to say, it's because of you we can't have nice things. Do you even KISS? It's not that hard.

Okay I'm still doing it, I just really hate when I'm paying for a service via all my anonymized data that Google uses to include me as a target demographic for Advertisers, and I'm just not getting said service.

A moment of zen if anyone from Google actually cares to listen...
Listen to and communicate with your human Users like your job depends on it.

If you're sick of hearing people complain about G+ and the changes then yeah it's too bad you've read this far. It is what it is. Wherever you go there you are etc etc.

Update to add issues/gripes as I encounter them. IOS 9.2 iPhone 6
Updated after new update
- Phone freezes when adding an image to a post - Fixed
- App intermittently freezes on normal browsing - Fixed
- External links don't always show up in the in-app web browser - Fixed
- After adding a comment, the screen momentarily freezes
- No way to see who plussed your comments, who reshared etc
- No way to see how a post "rippled"
- No way to categorize posts without using a Collection
- Collections automatically show all users following you, even if it's supposed to be hidden in your settings
- Can't see comments on posts when clicking on a link to a post from within a comment - Fixed
- New notifications marked as 'Read'
- No easy way to see trending or relevant posts
- No easy way to meet new people through 'normal conversational' posts that do not exist in a Collection or Community
- No easy way to introduce your circles to new people
- Complete lack of communication on new updates and changes
- The UI is not intuitive___

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2015-11-18 23:38:34 (32 comments; 4 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

Don't you compassionate types get it?
Those cute refugee kids with the sad little faces will grow up to be just as useless and evil as these Syrian immigrant descendants. Steve Jobs? The 'first woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, and the first woman Chief Justice of that court'? Jerry Seinfeld who? Oh please. Small fry. Two years is not enough to vett those mini jihadists and their surviving guardians who probably have fake documents anyway. Let's just send them right back to the Muslim psychopaths they're running away from. After all, all our countries are safer without them, no one dies from mass killings, like ever, and there are absolutely and irrevocably no extremists already in the gates. 

Don't you compassionate types get it?
Those cute refugee kids with the sad little faces will grow up to be just as useless and evil as these Syrian immigrant descendants. Steve Jobs? The 'first woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, and the first woman Chief Justice of that court'? Jerry Seinfeld who? Oh please. Small fry. Two years is not enough to vett those mini jihadists and their surviving guardians who probably have fake documents anyway. Let's just send them right back to the Muslim psychopaths they're running away from. After all, all our countries are safer without them, no one dies from mass killings, like ever, and there are absolutely and irrevocably no extremists already in the gates. ___

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2015-11-09 01:12:52 (55 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Confirmation Bias Is A Terrible Thing
It's scary how many legitimate news outlets regurgitated this spurious story without researching it, and how many people actually believed it (and still do). Perhaps all Carson's facts do not line up, but with some research, the gist of it does. This is why I'm a staunch believer in bearing "falsifiability" in mind when critically reading absolutely anything. I'm also a fan of the Thesis/Antithesis/Synthesis triad in writing pedagogy and believe it should be applied to journalism. It's not that hard.

In other words, journalists, stop being so fucking lazy.

*Just to be clear: I can't stand Carson.

Confirmation Bias Is A Terrible Thing
It's scary how many legitimate news outlets regurgitated this spurious story without researching it, and how many people actually believed it (and still do). Perhaps all Carson's facts do not line up, but with some research, the gist of it does. This is why I'm a staunch believer in bearing "falsifiability" in mind when critically reading absolutely anything. I'm also a fan of the Thesis/Antithesis/Synthesis triad in writing pedagogy and believe it should be applied to journalism. It's not that hard.

In other words, journalists, stop being so fucking lazy.

*Just to be clear: I can't stand Carson.___

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2015-11-07 09:53:25 (52 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

I don't get some people
Some of my friends specifically. Why do they complain about their emotionally and/or physically abusive boyfriends/husbands/fuck toys, yet they keep taking them back? It's very much like this brick wall they keep banging their heads against, hoping it will somehow magically transform into Platform 9 3/4.

What irks me more, is that I've been one of those women, where for no blinking reason and sans reason, deceptive emotion trumps logic.

It's not that any of these women aren't smart, have low EQ or in some cases lack self esteem; It's just...I don't know. Love? What a deceptive beast.

So low key vexatious, right?



I don't get some people
Some of my friends specifically. Why do they complain about their emotionally and/or physically abusive boyfriends/husbands/fuck toys, yet they keep taking them back? It's very much like this brick wall they keep banging their heads against, hoping it will somehow magically transform into Platform 9 3/4.

What irks me more, is that I've been one of those women, where for no blinking reason and sans reason, deceptive emotion trumps logic.

It's not that any of these women aren't smart, have low EQ or in some cases lack self esteem; It's just...I don't know. Love? What a deceptive beast.

So low key vexatious, right?

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2015-10-23 23:40:17 (69 comments; 10 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Change my mind
I'm pretty sure everyone's already heard the news that Lamar Odom needs a kidney transplant following a drug, herbal viagra and sex overdose. Of course it's illegal to buy a kidney in the US, but I'm certain he'll find a willing donor among his or Khloe Kardashian's legion of fans (which I am not, so needless to say it won't be my kidney).

But, in everything I've ever read on this and peripheral topics, I have yet to come across a good enough reason why you shouldn't be able to sell a kidney when you can donate one anonymously or not.

If you have the most rational answer, please enlighten me.

Reward will be my kidney should you ever need one. I'm blood type Oh Positive. Many, many terms and conditions apply.




Change my mind
I'm pretty sure everyone's already heard the news that Lamar Odom needs a kidney transplant following a drug, herbal viagra and sex overdose. Of course it's illegal to buy a kidney in the US, but I'm certain he'll find a willing donor among his or Khloe Kardashian's legion of fans (which I am not, so needless to say it won't be my kidney).

But, in everything I've ever read on this and peripheral topics, I have yet to come across a good enough reason why you shouldn't be able to sell a kidney when you can donate one anonymously or not.

If you have the most rational answer, please enlighten me.

Reward will be my kidney should you ever need one. I'm blood type Oh Positive. Many, many terms and conditions apply.


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2015-10-23 01:59:42 (57 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

So impressed at how she pwned that Benghazi Committee.

So impressed at how she pwned that Benghazi Committee.___

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2015-10-23 01:26:58 (35 comments; 0 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Oi
How pathetic do you have to be to take even an iota of the responsibility for the conception of the Holocaust away from the Nazis? How much hate can you have for a People to invoke the meat space version of Godwin's Law, in the process absolving Hitler of that egregious 'solution' and piss off your own people just to justify a stance?

I'm convinced Bibi's brain is simply an accessory.

Honestly, I wish Israel and Palestine (so to speak) would just take direction from South Africa's road to reconciliation. When will it ever stop? 

Oi
How pathetic do you have to be to take even an iota of the responsibility for the conception of the Holocaust away from the Nazis? How much hate can you have for a People to invoke the meat space version of Godwin's Law, in the process absolving Hitler of that egregious 'solution' and piss off your own people just to justify a stance?

I'm convinced Bibi's brain is simply an accessory.

Honestly, I wish Israel and Palestine (so to speak) would just take direction from South Africa's road to reconciliation. When will it ever stop? ___

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2015-10-05 21:07:59 (228 comments; 3 reshares; 128 +1s)Open 

Poll option B
+1 if you agree

Poll option B
+1 if you agree___

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2015-09-04 15:28:24 (27 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Minimalist pixels how I love thee.

Minimalist pixels how I love thee.___

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2015-08-31 15:42:37 (36 comments; 12 reshares; 111 +1s)Open 

Interview goals.

Interview goals.___

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2015-08-22 23:58:35 (30 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

My split end under a weak microscope. You're welcome.
#selfiesunday #science

My split end under a weak microscope. You're welcome.
#selfiesunday #science___

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2015-08-19 01:29:41 (52 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Looks like the Ashley Madison hackers made good on their threat. Oi.

#ashleymadison #lolyouarescrewed

Looks like the Ashley Madison hackers made good on their threat. Oi.

#ashleymadison #lolyouarescrewed___

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2015-08-18 20:29:37 (69 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

This is such a lie.
I'm supposed to have a 20Mb line (sad I know). There should be a "feels like" meter. Even with local websites they take forever to load on my mobile connecting via Wireless to an Apple AirPort Extreme wired to the old Netgear router. Update: After disabling WMM on my old router, the speed suddenly feels a lot faster even if it only shows a meg difference on the speed test. Progress. Next steps: Buy a new router and optimize the configuration like a boss.

This is such a lie.
I'm supposed to have a 20Mb line (sad I know). There should be a "feels like" meter. Even with local websites they take forever to load on my mobile connecting via Wireless to an Apple AirPort Extreme wired to the old Netgear router. Update: After disabling WMM on my old router, the speed suddenly feels a lot faster even if it only shows a meg difference on the speed test. Progress. Next steps: Buy a new router and optimize the configuration like a boss.___

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2015-08-17 22:12:05 (151 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Has appending any 'abled' word with '-challenged' turned some of us into habitually offended violas aka whiny pansies? Should every description become so neutral that it eventually becomes indistinguishable? Is that our ultimate goal? To be equally labelled human beings period? Is the slippery slope in this Disney trope really all that slippery? With the exception of blatant hate speech, can Political Correctness be likened to Newspeak?

No response required, I'm just thinking out loud.


Has appending any 'abled' word with '-challenged' turned some of us into habitually offended violas aka whiny pansies? Should every description become so neutral that it eventually becomes indistinguishable? Is that our ultimate goal? To be equally labelled human beings period? Is the slippery slope in this Disney trope really all that slippery? With the exception of blatant hate speech, can Political Correctness be likened to Newspeak?

No response required, I'm just thinking out loud.
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2015-08-16 19:07:26 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

Pro choice. 

Pro choice. ___

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2015-08-15 23:44:25 (26 comments; 4 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

"The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding."

If you're genuinely interested in philosophy or simply being human, I'd encourage you to take the time to read this essay by +Peter Strempel. It's a long read, but it it will give you a feast for thought. Not for the faint-hearted. Not for lulz. And nary a stupid cat in sight.

Luminous realm of values
Christopher Hitchens used to tell a story.  A good natured but stupid 'nature' class teacher, Mrs Jean Watts, had one day ventured to explain that grass and leaves were green as god's gift to mankind.  He paraphrased her: 'This is an excellent thing and proof of the glory of god, because he could have made vegetation orange or red, something that would clash with our eyes, whereas green is the most restful colour for our eyes!'  Nine-year-old Hitchens concluded: 'That's bullshit!'  Bang.  Done.  The Eureka moment from which he extrapolated all the other idiocies that flow from humans presuming to speak for god.

For me the matter was less certain and more complex, but no less fundamental.  And it applies much more widely than just to matters of religious authority proper.  The purview is all human reasoning.

Let's take a detour via Jean Paul Sartre's 1946 lecture, 'Existentialism and Humanism', which some have argued should have been translated as 'Existentialism is a Humanism'.  The distinction is not as inconsequential as it may seem.  The translation of this lecture from the French by Philip Mairet contains the sentence: 'Thus we have neither behind us, nor before us in a luminous realm of values, any means of justification or excuse.'  A sentence that, when considered carefully, is not just profound, but one of the most elegant literary renditions of any idea in the modern era.  In fact, it was such a perfect phrasing that I wondered whether there had been a mistranslation of 'numinous' for 'luminous'.  I had to check various sources, but in those I can lay my hands on it is at least a universal mistake, if it is a mistake at all.

What would be the difference in meaning?  The sentence with 'luminous' is elegant and borders on the brilliant.  It evokes the visual of a brightly illuminated, and illuminating, path of values that is in fact a fantasy across literary, ethical, and æsthetic dimensions.  Is there any confusion about Sartre's meaning?  Not to me, but I suspect that a large and growing number of people will have trouble with this because it has no literal interpretation that makes sense.  You have to be able to think in abstract and unfixed meanings across multiple topics, stretching from history to philosophy, and from politics to religion.  It is not at all amenable to a reductionist determinism that seeks to pin down an inherent and atomically reducible, precise meaning contained in the words.  As if the words could stand alone and apart from intention and audience.

For fundamentalist audiences, however, the word 'numinous' would be more fortunate because it restricts meaning to theologically defined values.  That meaning would be more limited than any intention one might derive from 'luminous', which can attach to any paradigm being proposed as a bright and shining example that illuminates human thinking on ethics and moral action.  How one can explain this profound difference to the intellectually stunted people who cannot think figuratively is not a problem I can address, let alone resolve.  However, it does mean that such people will never understand fully what it is to be human, and to be humanist.  That demographic includes a surprisingly large cohort of nominally educated people who would shrink away from considering themselves the fundamentalist literalists they are.

This is not a game of semantics.  The different meanings being considered are important in understanding Sartre's description of mankind, which he argues is forlorn, as if abandoned by a higher authority, and therefore without choice about reaching judgements and making decisions for which it must accept absolute responsibility.  Translate that to individuals: every grown human is individually responsible for its decisions and actions.  No excuses, no absolutions, and no choice.  No fence-sitting either.  Even inaction is a decision.

That was my childhood realisation.  It wasn't a single event or realisation, like that of Hitchens's 'bullshit' moment, but a progressive, growing awareness of the unreliability of authority figures to act in a manner deserving of emulation or respect.  I watched, as a child, the ritual humiliation of other children, sometimes also my own, and wondered why it was necessary to cruelly and sadistically pursue such powerless agents over many quite petty matters, apparently just to make them cry or watch the mounting terror widen their eyes and turn their faces pale.  It is a refined sort of bastardry that seems particularly ingrained in Protestant conceptions of righteousness, but has spread into all sorts of other authority domains.  Orwell talked about it spellbindingly in a recollection of his schooldays, 'Such, such were the joys'.

As a powerless child I was unable to deliver a clip around the ear for the adults who were thus abusing children; that came only years later.  So I was left to consider how I would have acted, in each instance, to attain reasonable outcomes sans tears or trauma.  I was moved, in my own head, to also come up with the justifications for why my methods were better, imagining how I would argue my causes with the grown-ups.

I have not ever found anything like an illuminated path, or any particularly brilliant insights into any system or formula from which humanist values can be derived.  I am tempted to conclude that such a simple-minded approach is precisely what we call religion, ecclesiastical and secular.  It has always been hard work to consider each event that requires ethical judgement as separate from any other, and to analyse every dynamic of the specific context individually.  Every time.  That is what I think is ethics and moral action: intellectual effort, not deference to predetermined. fixed rules.  Deference is the opposite of ethics.  It is reliance on a codex, or algorithm, to reduce all complexity to meaninglessness, and to apply a predetermined judgement, like a wrecking ball, regardless of its moral character or consequences.

Looking again at the Sartrean luminous realm of values, it becomes possible to see the vast bulk of reductionist determinists banishing humanism with the darkness of a kind of anti-ethics that is the unthinking reliance on uncritically adopted, and therefore infinitely corrupt rules.  In that darkness we find the specks of light that are people who actually do think, and who do make an effort to analyse, form judgements, and act on them.  They become, in that conception, the specks of starlight that prevent an otherwise dark universe from being completely black and void.___"The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding."

If you're genuinely interested in philosophy or simply being human, I'd encourage you to take the time to read this essay by +Peter Strempel. It's a long read, but it it will give you a feast for thought. Not for the faint-hearted. Not for lulz. And nary a stupid cat in sight.

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2015-08-14 20:17:16 (27 comments; 2 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

In Pursuit Of The Peach
This is the pixel perfect metaphor for life as I know it. Smashing through brick walls or glass ceilings, growing up too fast, knowing when to say no to magic mushrooms, collecting cash only to watch it disappear then reappear, stomping on goombas, reaching the flag, sliding back to reality, defeating the dragons; Always finding that the goal is in another castle. Until finally you reach that frisky peach. Yet, still you choose to do it all over again.

All the fun is in the pursuit. Or something.

Happy Friday.

In Pursuit Of The Peach
This is the pixel perfect metaphor for life as I know it. Smashing through brick walls or glass ceilings, growing up too fast, knowing when to say no to magic mushrooms, collecting cash only to watch it disappear then reappear, stomping on goombas, reaching the flag, sliding back to reality, defeating the dragons; Always finding that the goal is in another castle. Until finally you reach that frisky peach. Yet, still you choose to do it all over again.

All the fun is in the pursuit. Or something.

Happy Friday.___

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2015-08-13 15:56:31 (108 comments; 8 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

I did this for the first time this morning. Oh my god I'm still tired. Who tortures themselves like this, willingly? This is why I much prefer a sedentary lifestyle, but alas, with age things just go all wobbly of their own accord. Not that I'd want to look this muscled. I prefer gently toned to juiced and stoned.

As a pre-pre-teen, I did boobies. It was the whole elbow thrust maneuver whilst chanting "I must, I must, I must increase my bust." Those who've read Judy Blume will understand the reference.

As a pro-pro-teen, I'm now doing burpees. Fuck my life.



I did this for the first time this morning. Oh my god I'm still tired. Who tortures themselves like this, willingly? This is why I much prefer a sedentary lifestyle, but alas, with age things just go all wobbly of their own accord. Not that I'd want to look this muscled. I prefer gently toned to juiced and stoned.

As a pre-pre-teen, I did boobies. It was the whole elbow thrust maneuver whilst chanting "I must, I must, I must increase my bust." Those who've read Judy Blume will understand the reference.

As a pro-pro-teen, I'm now doing burpees. Fuck my life.

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2015-08-12 20:24:13 (110 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

'Serendipity' was my favorite word as a kid. I loved the sound of it, and the way your mouth moves when you say it. It was a loved word that I always thought should be used to define the feeling of popping bubble wrap, rather than what it actually means. Though it could be relevant in certain circumstances...

'Serendipity' was my favorite word as a kid. I loved the sound of it, and the way your mouth moves when you say it. It was a loved word that I always thought should be used to define the feeling of popping bubble wrap, rather than what it actually means. Though it could be relevant in certain circumstances...___

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2015-08-12 16:28:12 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 93 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-11 20:18:32 (63 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

I've watched all of these at least once in my life at different ages, but I wonder, now that I'm a fully grown adult, what difference watching it now would make. Except Die Hard. I don't think I ever want to re-watch that.

I've watched all of these at least once in my life at different ages, but I wonder, now that I'm a fully grown adult, what difference watching it now would make. Except Die Hard. I don't think I ever want to re-watch that.___

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2015-08-10 21:38:25 (91 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Can someone with teenaged daughters (or sons) please explain One Direction's appeal? I've stood on my head and squinted, and even listened to their new number one song 'Drag Me Down', also ew, but I just don't see it. I thought maybe it's because I'm too old, but I find Zayn quite doable so it's not that. Have standards of sex godness dropped or is it just me?

Can someone with teenaged daughters (or sons) please explain One Direction's appeal? I've stood on my head and squinted, and even listened to their new number one song 'Drag Me Down', also ew, but I just don't see it. I thought maybe it's because I'm too old, but I find Zayn quite doable so it's not that. Have standards of sex godness dropped or is it just me?___

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2015-08-09 21:26:04 (48 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Newsflash
At that time of the month, some women really do become homocidal maniacs brought to tears by an episode of SpongeBob or a Jerry Maguire rerun or a Jezebel article. It happens. #truestory

Newsflash
At that time of the month, some women really do become homocidal maniacs brought to tears by an episode of SpongeBob or a Jerry Maguire rerun or a Jezebel article. It happens. #truestory___

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2015-08-08 23:38:30 (132 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

When you don't have time for total political correctness. Sometimes impoliticness rules ok.

When you don't have time for total political correctness. Sometimes impoliticness rules ok.___

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2015-08-08 22:51:02 (142 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Who woulda thunk it. You?

Who woulda thunk it. You?___

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2015-07-29 00:24:34 (46 comments; 1 reshares; 83 +1s)Open 

So sick of seeing white-privilege-blind-racism-apologists in my stream. If your argument against police brutality is, "What do you expect if you poke a bear?" or any other inane logical fallacy, then you probably fall in this category. Frosting a verbal turd with #AllLivesMatter platitudes, does not a rainbow cupcake make.

So sick of seeing white-privilege-blind-racism-apologists in my stream. If your argument against police brutality is, "What do you expect if you poke a bear?" or any other inane logical fallacy, then you probably fall in this category. Frosting a verbal turd with #AllLivesMatter platitudes, does not a rainbow cupcake make.___

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2015-07-25 13:59:10 (59 comments; 2 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

In a nutshell
The children are our future, teach them well and let them fuck it up royally, because #selfie.

In a nutshell
The children are our future, teach them well and let them fuck it up royally, because #selfie.___

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2015-07-23 22:41:05 (72 comments; 2 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

Dear Donald Trump
About that illegal immigrant thing...
But, I want you to win because watching the world burn is my all time favorite thing, and I dig contrarians whose opinions aren't swayed by donor moolah.
Sincerely

Dear Donald Trump
About that illegal immigrant thing...
But, I want you to win because watching the world burn is my all time favorite thing, and I dig contrarians whose opinions aren't swayed by donor moolah.
Sincerely___

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2015-07-22 01:12:14 (125 comments; 3 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

My heart goes out to all the potential victims of the Ashley Madison hack. It must feel like such a betrayal of their trust.

My heart goes out to all the potential victims of the Ashley Madison hack. It must feel like such a betrayal of their trust.___

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2015-06-28 09:57:36 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Those hashtags...

Those hashtags...___

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2015-06-26 23:02:58 (37 comments; 2 reshares; 118 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-25 21:53:48 (47 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

On Circles
Why was the circle sharing relegated to the G+raveyard? Does anyone know? I met 90% of the best people in the world through those shares. What a pity.

Also, it's a great day when TELETUBBIES 2 adds you to their circles. So much better than 1. Just think of the possibilities.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


On Circles
Why was the circle sharing relegated to the G+raveyard? Does anyone know? I met 90% of the best people in the world through those shares. What a pity.

Also, it's a great day when TELETUBBIES 2 adds you to their circles. So much better than 1. Just think of the possibilities.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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2015-06-24 14:34:38 (187 comments; 2 reshares; 104 +1s)Open 

Fundo
A couple of years ago, I took a really strong sleeping pill. The thing is you’re actually supposed to go to bed. I didn’t, which totally fucked with my mind to the point that I was outside of myself. This led to me sending the craziest G+ messages to someone I was flirting with.

At that point, we were at the ‘just friends’ stage. He knew he wasn’t in the friend zone, but he didn’t know I wanted to put him in the V zone and then some. By some miracle I realized what I was doing, and he hadn’t yet read the messages so I deleted it.

I went to bed and four hours later I jumped up in a panic remembering the messages, but not sure whether I deleted them or dreamt that I deleted them. Fortunately I did. And he never knew. Or he did and just pretended not to. Either way, I was never as grateful for the delete button as I was then. 

Then there are theones where I w... more »

Fundo
A couple of years ago, I took a really strong sleeping pill. The thing is you’re actually supposed to go to bed. I didn’t, which totally fucked with my mind to the point that I was outside of myself. This led to me sending the craziest G+ messages to someone I was flirting with.

At that point, we were at the ‘just friends’ stage. He knew he wasn’t in the friend zone, but he didn’t know I wanted to put him in the V zone and then some. By some miracle I realized what I was doing, and he hadn’t yet read the messages so I deleted it.

I went to bed and four hours later I jumped up in a panic remembering the messages, but not sure whether I deleted them or dreamt that I deleted them. Fortunately I did. And he never knew. Or he did and just pretended not to. Either way, I was never as grateful for the delete button as I was then. 

Then there are the ones where I was on the receiving end.  I’d read something someone sent on G+ in an email notification with text included, or the person’s email recall failed. The person would think I hadn’t read it and I’d pretend I didn’t just to save them the embarrassment, but I still suffered from secondary shame...I could always tell they were sussing me out to see whether I’d read it or not, which made me feel worse. But in the bigger scheme of things their primary shame was probably worse than mine.

The new Gmail Email Undo Send option must be a god send to the impulsive types. Now if only they’d come up with an undo button for the mouth.___

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2015-06-23 13:30:56 (206 comments; 0 reshares; 106 +1s)Open 

On The N-Word, Stars And Bars
So the POTUS used a painful racial slur to illustrate a point. Some think it should never be used, ever again; That it be relegated to the same museum as the Confederate flag. I’m not sure some of the offended realize that any taboo word can be used objectively, with the literary, artistic or rhetorical intent to bolster an opinion. 

In my country, the word “kaffir” holds just as much racial offense as “nigger”, with just as much pain and power as a slur or obscenity. But, I can use it in the context of this paragraph and not have the entire African continent baying for my blood. 

‘Kaffir’ is an Arabic word meaning ‘non-believer', with etymological roots in the Arabic owned African slave trade. As a person of mixed race with actual Malay-African slaves as ancestors, I’m not offended by anyone’s use of it. 
Provided it’s used o... more »

On The N-Word, Stars And Bars
So the POTUS used a painful racial slur to illustrate a point. Some think it should never be used, ever again; That it be relegated to the same museum as the Confederate flag. I’m not sure some of the offended realize that any taboo word can be used objectively, with the literary, artistic or rhetorical intent to bolster an opinion. 

In my country, the word “kaffir” holds just as much racial offense as “nigger”, with just as much pain and power as a slur or obscenity. But, I can use it in the context of this paragraph and not have the entire African continent baying for my blood. 

‘Kaffir’ is an Arabic word meaning ‘non-believer', with etymological roots in the Arabic owned African slave trade. As a person of mixed race with actual Malay-African slaves as ancestors, I’m not offended by anyone’s use of it. 

Provided it’s used objectively, and not stuck on a freaking pole, waving willy nilly in the Southern cross wind, serving not a noble intent, but an egregious one symbolic of subjugation, racial segregation, murder and slavery. 

Yet, even if I was a hood loving white supremacist piece of shit - freedom of speech would allow me to say  ‘all day nigger’ and fly a version of the Confederate Battle flag outside my home. But, there’d be nothing objective nor well-intentioned about it. 

This doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to do it, but common sense, decency and a thorough history lesson would tell me I’d probably be better at humaning if I didn’t. I shouldn’t, because it’s just downright mean. 

There’s no dissonance in these views. Intent, context, motivation, it makes all the difference.

Also: Dat ruby rose doe. Female sexual plasticity is a thing. wet ijs___

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2014-11-02 22:33:54 (35 comments; 4 reshares; 93 +1s)Open 

The full poem by Erin Hanson gets my gooses all pimply. Takes me back to my childhood for some reason. Perhaps it's reminiscent of e.e. cummings, one of my favourite romantic poets (besides the insensitive poem he wrote where he speaks of a nigger holding a star in his hand; He claimed it was shining a spotlight on prejudice, but I'm sure there were better ways to do that.)

The full poem by Erin Hanson gets my gooses all pimply. Takes me back to my childhood for some reason. Perhaps it's reminiscent of e.e. cummings, one of my favourite romantic poets (besides the insensitive poem he wrote where he speaks of a nigger holding a star in his hand; He claimed it was shining a spotlight on prejudice, but I'm sure there were better ways to do that.)___

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2014-11-02 21:56:06 (137 comments; 0 reshares; 102 +1s)Open 

On the bright side...
I am with pulse and #EbolaFree.
Just thought I'd let ya know.
Because I'm polite like that.
And also narcissistic. Not a lot. Just a little bit.
Look, a squirrel.

X
#AllAboutMe

On the bright side...
I am with pulse and #EbolaFree.
Just thought I'd let ya know.
Because I'm polite like that.
And also narcissistic. Not a lot. Just a little bit.
Look, a squirrel.

X
#AllAboutMe___

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2014-09-04 02:03:48 (17 comments; 11 reshares; 123 +1s)Open 

Yo. Goodnight. ^.*
zzzz

Yo. Goodnight. ^.*
zzzz___

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2014-09-04 00:39:13 (31 comments; 22 reshares; 146 +1s)Open 

I wish...
that some Americans would learn that Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea and similar do not come highly recommended on TripAdvisor.com. If you happen to be that stupid American that packs a bible and sunscreen heading for the sunny shores of blow your head off and someone asks your name, I highly suggest you say, "أنا لا أتكلم الإنجليزية" or "내가 영어 를 못하는" or similar. Trust me on this one. 

I wish...
that some Americans would learn that Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea and similar do not come highly recommended on TripAdvisor.com. If you happen to be that stupid American that packs a bible and sunscreen heading for the sunny shores of blow your head off and someone asks your name, I highly suggest you say, "أنا لا أتكلم الإنجليزية" or "내가 영어 를 못하는" or similar. Trust me on this one. ___

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2014-09-03 22:53:45 (122 comments; 4 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

I’m officially a horrible person - I actually looked at the nudes of some of the hacked celebrities.
Honestly, they have nothing to be ashamed of. Their photographs are a glowing private glorification of their beautiful bodies, their sexuality and their selfie lives in general. But still. As much as I feel they should shake off the shackles of cultural and societal norms associated with body and sexuality shaming, I am appalled that their privacy was invaded in such a despicable way. Those who blame them for taking nudes of themselves in the first place, should ask themselves whether they approve or disapprove of the NSA’s flagrant invasion of privacy. The bullshit fallacy “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” or “don’t take nudes on your cellphone then play victim when your privacy is invaded” does not apply. Whether its nudes, medical records, banking details or your extensive goatporn collecti... more »

I’m officially a horrible person - I actually looked at the nudes of some of the hacked celebrities.
Honestly, they have nothing to be ashamed of. Their photographs are a glowing private glorification of their beautiful bodies, their sexuality and their selfie lives in general. But still. As much as I feel they should shake off the shackles of cultural and societal norms associated with body and sexuality shaming, I am appalled that their privacy was invaded in such a despicable way. Those who blame them for taking nudes of themselves in the first place, should ask themselves whether they approve or disapprove of the NSA’s flagrant invasion of privacy. The bullshit fallacy “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” or “don’t take nudes on your cellphone then play victim when your privacy is invaded” does not apply. Whether its nudes, medical records, banking details or your extensive goat porn collection - privacy is privacy and it should matter.___

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2014-08-31 01:28:32 (60 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

That's a lot of people to have in common...this is a normal G+ user. Weird.

That's a lot of people to have in common...this is a normal G+ user. Weird.___

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2014-08-31 00:08:55 (33 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

On an article that Joan Rivers is on life support...
#Headdesk

On an article that Joan Rivers is on life support...
#Headdesk___

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2014-08-30 22:53:41 (65 comments; 8 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

On Love and Depression
When I glance across my timeline, the posts that attract me are usually the ones shared privately. Those are the ones that give insights into the true mindset of those in my circles. What saddens me is when some of them are tinged with whispers of depression, loneliness or disillusionment with failed relationships. It's not overt, and I could be wrong, but it's what I perceive.

Often my intent is to reach out, to offer some encouraging words, but inevitably I back away. Selfishly, perhaps, lest I find myself entangled in a personal issue that I know I won't have time to be truly committed to. There's nothing worse than someone saying they'll be there for you, when in reality it's not that easy. So instead, I flit past while sending quiet words of hope and love to that person.

I have no idea where this post is going nor why... more »

On Love and Depression
When I glance across my timeline, the posts that attract me are usually the ones shared privately. Those are the ones that give insights into the true mindset of those in my circles. What saddens me is when some of them are tinged with whispers of depression, loneliness or disillusionment with failed relationships. It's not overt, and I could be wrong, but it's what I perceive.

Often my intent is to reach out, to offer some encouraging words, but inevitably I back away. Selfishly, perhaps, lest I find myself entangled in a personal issue that I know I won't have time to be truly committed to. There's nothing worse than someone saying they'll be there for you, when in reality it's not that easy. So instead, I flit past while sending quiet words of hope and love to that person.

I have no idea where this post is going nor why I'm posting it - perhaps it's just to say, "You'll be okay, kid. You are in my thoughts even though I'm too much of a lazy selfish bitch to actually be there for you, here's hoping my thoughts of you are enough."  Now I feel bad :/ Oh this thing called life. Listen to A.A. Milne instead, he had it right.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, friends.___

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2014-08-30 21:55:47 (91 comments; 5 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

In Which I Effing Hate Windows
I had to install a Windows software program because the company apparently believes every user on the planet loves EXEs. After confirming that there really is no Mac version, with a sigh I commenced the download and installation on my ex, my PC. But first,  I was forced to install Windows updates, which took a while, I did a full facial in that time, restarted the PC, then realize the installer service is not starting automatically, nor manually, had to reinstall it, didn't work, had to restore from previous working point, realize there's no previous point, had to restore Windows period. Only then could I install the software which then couldn't open, so I had to reinstall it. It finally opens but the PC can't handle the large file and turns the monitor into a Super Meat Boy glitch screen level. Sigh, sigh, fucking sigh. Finally, I turn back to the... more »

In Which I Effing Hate Windows
I had to install a Windows software program because the company apparently believes every user on the planet loves EXEs. After confirming that there really is no Mac version, with a sigh I commenced the download and installation on my ex, my PC. But first,  I was forced to install Windows updates, which took a while, I did a full facial in that time, restarted the PC, then realize the installer service is not starting automatically, nor manually, had to reinstall it, didn't work, had to restore from previous working point, realize there's no previous point, had to restore Windows period. Only then could I install the software which then couldn't open, so I had to reinstall it. It finally opens but the PC can't handle the large file and turns the monitor into a Super Meat Boy glitch screen level. Sigh, sigh, fucking sigh. Finally, I turn back to the one who I know truly loves me for me. My Mac. On my Mac it took me just a few clicks and minutes to install Parallels, install the program and open it - with success.

Tell me again how unfortunate I am to be a Macphile? I effing love Apple.___

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2014-08-29 22:54:47 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

"Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness, will never see the light." - Bruce Lee

"Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness, will never see the light." - Bruce Lee___

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2014-08-29 15:29:22 (121 comments; 3 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

So
This Irish chick gives 24 blow jobs to guys in a bar and is filmed doing it. It goes viral. What ensues? Slut shaming. What ensues the ensued? Mansplaining and more slut shaming with a good dose of other politically correct catchphrases and attempts at pithy statements of empowerment. The question that stumps my mind  - when is it okay to call someone a slut? Or should that word just be banned? I think a woman can do whatever she wants, provided it harms none. In this case her personal choices don't affect me at all, so whatever. 

Though, sometimes, just sometimes, I wish we'd dispense with being politically correct and call things for what they are.

In the words of the immortal first chick of ass kicking, "You're a vampire? Oh, I'm sorry. Was that an offensive term? Should I say 'Undead American'?" - Buffy

So
This Irish chick gives 24 blow jobs to guys in a bar and is filmed doing it. It goes viral. What ensues? Slut shaming. What ensues the ensued? Mansplaining and more slut shaming with a good dose of other politically correct catchphrases and attempts at pithy statements of empowerment. The question that stumps my mind  - when is it okay to call someone a slut? Or should that word just be banned? I think a woman can do whatever she wants, provided it harms none. In this case her personal choices don't affect me at all, so whatever. 

Though, sometimes, just sometimes, I wish we'd dispense with being politically correct and call things for what they are.

In the words of the immortal first chick of ass kicking, "You're a vampire? Oh, I'm sorry. Was that an offensive term? Should I say 'Undead American'?" - Buffy___

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2014-08-21 15:25:51 (35 comments; 12 reshares; 131 +1s)Open 

After you're disappointed in not achieving something and you say, "It wasn't in god's plan." I pretend you're possessed by a pig. 

#JustCan'tHelpMyselfThursday

After you're disappointed in not achieving something and you say, "It wasn't in god's plan." I pretend you're possessed by a pig. 

#JustCan'tHelpMyselfThursday___

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