• John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 week, 1 day ago

    But…if we make the world better, jeebus won’t come!

    Its tribulation, one damn’ kotex at a time.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    That ‘object’ sample is the worm in the apple of ‘consent’ language. Safety from coercion is barely a minimum on the way to autonomy, active self-interest, and the framing and owning of personal desire and intention.

    The Right, if it even thinks about consent, will frame it as transactional, or severely compromised by coercion and peer-pressure.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Well…Anti-vaxxers, rather than being Marin-county sandal-wearers, turn out to be: misinformed, credulous, lacking in critical thinking skills, at least on the fringe of conspiracy-mindedness.

    In other words they arrive at their position just about the way most Americans derive all their political/moral/scientific positions. All floating about…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Never underestimate the capacity to rationalize away negative evidence. Anti-vaxx nuts already claim that ‘polio’ isn’t really the same illness. According to Peter Bowditch, in Australia, ALL of Tenpenny’s venues cancelled her appearances when they learned of her reputation.

    And Bowditch fails to grasp that, in the US, Osteopaths are recognized…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Given the threat, the Fraternities should be shut down on Saturday. Apparently NON-sorority members are fair game?

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Of course, the number of Americans who think ‘Muslim’ is a race is significant. Along the the flat-earthers and climate change deniers.

    Still, wow! No Asians, including South Asians, no non-Hispanic Native Americans….? Who took the survey? Who were the people questioned? Hobby Lobby shoppers?

    • I can’t help but point out that James Abourezk and Darrell Issa are both Arab Christians. (And that Christians are one of the groups targeted by ISIS.)

      Then again, they probably don’t even realize not all Middle Eastern ethnic groups can be called Jews or Arabs.

      In other MENA news, fuck yeah!

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    And what was ‘Islamophobic’ about these ads? Apparently the accusation of Islamophobia removes all responsibility for argument. I am not, in theory, opposed to ‘wheatpaste’ attacks on public advertising. But there has to be a real reason, not the usual ‘taking offence.’ As the Marvel character is unveiled, the paste-overs might be censored in…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Dieudonné is a racist, anti-semitic asshole, who deserves nothing but contempt and scorn. Seems he is vastly popular with neo-nazis and islamist thugs. Whether he is worthy of arrest is another matter.

    Fred Phelps and David Duke never faced arrest for their toxic spewings either. France and Germany do have speech laws, many around Shoa-denial,…[Read more]

    • There were some mildly racist stereotypes that were portrayed in some of Hebdo’s cartoons. But yeah, even the worst of the Hebdo cartoons weren’t as bad as some of the cartoons that were published ‘in solidarity’ with them.

      Whether Hebdo cartoonists were better people than Dieudonné isn’t the question. They almost surely were, but people…[Read more]

      • I just can’t have sympathy for what I am now referring to as NoCs (Nazis of Color) who claim their speech is being oppressed because racism. And believe me, until we’re willing to look at who our self-styled ‘allies’ are, well, the standard you walk by is the standard you accept.

        I mean, seriously? Look at the Salaita case. I didn’t know a…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hmm. The actual, ya-know, BOOK of Exodus doesn’t mention the pyramids at all. A reason that some cast doubt on the whole story, though the ‘land of Goshen’ was where the short-lived Hyksos dynasty was located.

    AND. The bible suggests that three days of high winds ‘parted’ the body of water. No earthquake.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Gee. Are those Larxist-Meninists?

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    I seriously doubt that anyone would spend a moment considering circumcision as a disease prevention strategy except as a means of continuing an existing tradition. Think how we could make breast cancer a thing of the past by routinely performing mastectomies on pre-adolescent girls?

    Pro-circ arguments are always justifications for not stopping…[Read more]

    • Sounds about right. There’s another thing going on, though: Most AIDS patients in developed countries are men who have sex with men. The fact that two stigmatized groups have such a large intersection increases the stigma for both.

      Of course, I would say it’s more important to get medicine to people who need it instead of wasting your money…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Climate change and addiction/alcoholism seem like stock denials for the ‘libertarian’ crowd. I have no idea whether Randi himself has any particular enthusiasm for the Randroid subculture, but many of his close supporters (Penn Jillette etc.) DO.

    Randi has made the point that he is a lifelong teetotaler himself.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    I do not see any logic in demanding that the ‘accused’ (who were not actually accused) be solicited to ‘tell their side.’ The victim’s report is the victim’s report. Maybe the journalist could or should have expanded the investigation. I think so.

    But it is absolutely crazy to expect a victim’s report to equal some objective gods-eye view of…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Free speech? General Napier’s comment to the priests who protested his interference with their ‘strongly held religious belief’ in burning women might make for a model reply. To them he wrote:

    ‘Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Um… the Lakota reached their political-economic-cultural peak on the backs of their neighbors. Ask the Blackfoot, Arapaho, Cheyenne etc. about how peaceful the mythical ‘Native American’ culture was. And ‘systematic genocide’ is a mythical notion. The vast catastrophe for New World peoples started, and almost finished, with medical disasters…[Read more]

    • Starting a comment with “Um…” in this manner comes across as super condescending.

      Your statement about the history of the Lakota may be true (I will assume it is; I am not particularly knowledgeable about this area of history), but it is an utter non sequitur, as well as poisoning the well, and perhaps a bit of a straw man. No one made any…[Read more]

      • Well, the other John provides us with Holocaust denialism. We have groups like CERA, CERF, ELF, ALF, Sea Shepherd, Wise Use, and a bunch of militias to play the role of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad. And now we have Stephen Harper saying how we’re all dishonest thieves.

        Jon (Elder of Mato Tipila)

    • “Ask the Blackfoot, Arapaho, Cheyenne etc. about how peaceful the mythical ‘Native American’ culture was.”

      Funny how two of the peoples you mentioned were our traditional allies. You could’ve at least said Pawnee or something.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    If anything, Scheeres’ comments should reinforce the significance of the expression ‘drink the kool-aid.’ Abandoning one’s personal judgment and moral integrity to a charismatic Leader is a kind of suicide. Even though many of the Jonestown victims only drank the potion upon coercion or by force, they had put themselves into the hands of a maniac…[Read more]

    • Sikivu Hutchinson has a piece this week about the racial aspects of the Jonestown tragedy that I found fascinating. The situation was never as simple as gullible people falling under some charismatic cult leaders sway. There were political and sociaological issues involved that complicate that tidy little story.

      I for one was never very…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Just who is it that needs to remember that this was started by ‘just a shirt?’

    Of course a creepy, kitschy, garish, shirt deserves some comment. Especially as it’s ‘content’ evokes geek-fantasy iconography while the anti-Sarkeesian jihad is raging. It is the subsequent flood of hatred and rabid fury from the gaters and MRAs that makes the…[Read more]

    • I agree. And yes, there are lots and lots of people who have been in my mentions saying “it’s just a shirt.”

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    ‘Confidence’ is not a virtue all by itself. Whether Kim Kardashian is a mother, or poses for images with racist antecedents, or has a nice ass, doesn’t mean that there is any reason I should EVER have heard of her.

    Women who write, and teach, and speak out against violence and misogyny. These women, I hope, have ‘confidence.’ Confidence about…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Anti-vaxx began as a religious ‘thing’ (god decides if someone gets sick, therefore DOING anything about it is blasphemous). The absolutist, irrational stance runs right through to today. Like ‘alt’ medicine, absolutely ANY argument will be accepted, no matter how incompatible it is with ANY other argument.

    Cancer is entirely caused by…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    A relief to see that a bland name like ‘Tony Ryan’ isn’t enough to shelter this troll. I’m not about to travel to Hong Kong. But if I was, I might pack an ax-handle in case I met this pig. He might even find it ‘memorable.’

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