Shit that Pissed me Off this Week – 6/1

Missed last week because I was on vacation so here’s a couple weeks’ worth of annoyances.

Disney Changes it’s FastPass System – Sort of

I’m not going to try to explain the whole thing but the basic issue is that Disney has a system wherein you can get a pass that will allow you to go to the front of the line for various popular rides.  The catch is that you can’t go on the ride until a particular time.  So if you want to go on Space Mountain, you get a fast pass for – say – 10:00 and come back later rather than waiting in a 40 minute line.

Now the fast passes have always given you an hour window.  If your pass starts at 10:00, it ends at 11:00.  Except it never did.  They have been honored all day for as long as the system has been around (over ten years now).

Until now.  Now if you have a fast pass that says 10:00 to 11:00, you’d better get there between 10:00 and 11:00.  No exceptions.

So great – if I’ve got a lunch reservation at one and the fast pass time available is 1:00 to 2:00, I’m out of luck.  This wouldn’t bug me so much if the rules had always been that way.  No matter what it says on the pass, though, they have never enforced it.  Until now.

It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing.

Why did they do it?  I don’t know for sure but I would guess they did it to cut down on the wait in the standby line.  I would imagine most people using a fast pass wait well past the posted time on their pass and that serves to back up the standby line more and more as the day progresses.  Most people with a 9:45 fast pass don’t show up until much later.  I know I didn’t .  Also, by having the fast pass expire, not everyone who gets one will end up using it.  Overall, it means fewer people going through the fast pass line every hour which means the standby line is probably at least fifteen minutes faster.

That’s great for  them.  But what about me?

Arizona Secretary of State is a conspiracy Theory Asshole

He wants to keep Obama off the ballot unless Hawaii provides him with an official birth certificate in spite of the fact you can find the damn thing on the fucking web with the three word search “Obama’s Birth Certificate.”  He claims he’s not  a birther but goes on to say..

I believe that the president was born in Hawaii, or at least I hope he was

So, in other words – “I’m not a birther because those loons are crazy.  I just don’t know for sure that Obama was born in the United States.  Yeah, sure he released his long form birth certificate but that doesn’t prove anything!  He’s the President of the United States and he could fabricate that thing up easy.  I mean, I hope I’m wrong but….”

But nothing.  Stop pandering to a fringe group and do your job.

Pro-Gay Pastor may Lose his Church Because he is Pro-Gay

I’m betting you’ve heard about Reverend Oliver White.  In 1995 he came out in support of gay marriage and he lost over 2/3rds of his congregation.  You know why?

Because people use god to support what they already believe and if a spiritual leader tells them that they have it wrong, they are going to find someone who will tell them something different.  Nobody likes being told they are a bunch of homophobic pricks.  Especially when they are actually homophobic pricks.

If White keeps his church, I really hope that people who agree with him find their way there.  I also hope that the people who abandoned him because they are homophobic pricks have a gay couple move in next door.

Chinese Twitter-like Site will Score Users Based on Their Ability to Avoid Controversial Topics

It’s important to remember that China is still a very closed society and free speech is something that they don’t particularly care for.  Given that China is well on the way to being the most powerful nation in the world (most of our money is headed over there if you hadn’t noticed), that ought to worry everyone.

On the bright side, it sounds like this version of Twitter will be filled with shiny happy people!

North Carolina Legislators Decide Information about Sea Level Rise is Inconvenient – so are Trying to Pass a law to Change it

We don’t elect scientists to political office.  That means if a legislator doesn’t like scientific findings, they can change them.

Or in this case, they can tell scientists they are measuring it wrong.  A bill in NC (they just passed the gay hating Amendment One) would make it illegal to extrapolate sea level rise exponentially.  They would only allow extrapolations to be done linearly.

Don’t understand what that means?  It means that they want to force scientists to say sea level will rise – say – an inch per year rather than an inch this year and two inches next year and four inches the year after that.  One measurement (the correct one) presumes the effects of melting sea ice will increase over time because the less ice there is, the faster the remaining ice will melt.  The other measurement (the crazy as fuck one) presumes that – ummmmmm – MAGIC!!!!

Don’t worry – extrapolated linearly, it won’t hit us for another fifty years!

New York Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of soft drinks over 16 oz.

Why is he doing this?  Here’s why:

Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something. I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do

So he thinks the public will stop being so fat if the mayor doesn’t allow them to buy a 60 oz. Coke.

Hey, Mayor Bloomberg?  I don’t drink pop.  At all.  I’m still overweight.  I think you are going to need to do a little more than tell people if they want 60 oz. of pop for lunch, they will have to get three free refills on their 16 oz. pop.

To be fair, at least they will get a little bit of exercise when they stand up and walk to the pop machine.

DVD Viewers will get an additional unskippable scene because politicians need to justify their paycheck

This is old but I was on vacation so forgive me.

Instead of just the standard FBI warning that we shouldn’t pirate video, we will now get that warning plus an additional warning telling us how we can learn more about why pirating is bad.  It looks like this:

Piracy is BAD???? OMG, I’ll never do it again!!!

The ultimate goal of this extra screen is…what exactly?  We all get 10 extra seconds to grab a bowl of chips and some pop before the movie starts?

Because it isn’t like we are all going to hit pause and go to the website.

I’m sure they assume that people who are pirating movies will see the screen and suddenly realize what they are doing is wrong.  That seems like the sort of thing that happens all the time….

New Gallup Poll shows 46% of Americans are Creationists

What the fuck, America?  How the hell does this happen?

Note that only 15% of the respondents believe in “unguided” evolution.  I would imagine most of that 15% are people who have – you know – read a book.  Aside from the bible.

I’m not going to knock intelligent design believers too much.  When I was still a deist, I was of the opinion that some sort of higher being “nudged” the human race in the right direction.  The evidence doesn’t support that conclusion but at the same time, it isn’t a completely deluded point of view.

Creationism requires complete denial of every scientific fact in evidence.  Believing in creationism requires gallons and gallons of crazy juice.

And if you are a creationist and I just offended you – why the hell are you reading this blog anyway?

“One Million Moms” Upset because JC Penny continues to Recognize that Gay People Spend Money

Actually, “One Million Moms” has a couple head scratchers this week.  First, they are upset because DC has announced that one of their “major” characters is coming out of the closet.

While most fangeeks anxiously await word the character will be Batgirl (closely followed by Supergirl) “One Million Moms” had this to say:

Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?”

Um…..yes.  I can imagine that.  And I’m OK with it.  So is my wife who, by the way, is a mom.

The other thing that has all “One Million” of these folks in an uproar is a JC Penny ad featuring *gasp* two gay dads!

Oh my god! Those kids look so happy! Don’t they know they are going to hell???

They object to the fact JC Penny is “promoting sin” in their adverstisements.

Yeah.  The sin of avarice.  They want gay peoples’ money!  And, I’m sorry to tell all “one million” moms, the gay people outnumber you.

Also, this is a Father’s Day advertisement.  It isn’t for moms anyway.  Go complain about “Glee” or something.

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About Petsnakereggie

Geek, movie buff, dad, musician, comedian, atheist, liberal and writer. I also really like Taco flavored Doritos.

One response to “Shit that Pissed me Off this Week – 6/1”

  1. Chris Mortika says :

    “Because people use god to support what they already believe and if a spiritual leader tells them that they have it wrong, they are going to find someone who will tell them something different”

    Yes, precisely. And it cuts across both sides of the aisle. I identify as a liberal Catholic, and when I’ve heard homilies on “wives, obey your husbands”, I get about as uncomfortable as the fat cat Catholics next to me who hear a homily about “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Come to think of it, I’m still pretty attached to my belongings, too; I should be just as uncomfortable with that passage.)

    That was one of the reasons C.S. Lewis favored parochial rather than congregational worship communities. He thought it better to pray with those who happen by accident to live close to you, rather than who agree with your point of view on social issues.

    There’s a humility required in listening to a homilist with an open mind, willing to admit that one’s viewpoint is in error. But it’s tricky; sometime you disagree with a pastor — or any secular advisor — because she’s not only challenging, but wrong.

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