Shit that Pissed me Off – 12/4
In the video (which is complete bullshit and anyone who watches it and sympathizes with the filmmakers can just fuck the hell right off), a couple of guys trick a girl to prove that when she claims she has a boyfriend, she doesn’t actually have a boyfriend. What a bitch, amirite?
No. She’s just not interested. But she’s probably learned that if she says “I’m not interested,” the answer could likely be “why not?”
At that point, she has to lie and come up with some nice way to tell the guy he seems kind of sleazy and makes her feel unsafe or she can tell him the truth. She’ll probably lie because when most of us are confronted with the choice of telling someone they are a sleaze or telling them something slightly nicer, we’ll go the nicer route.
Also, she’s probably learned that if she tells him that he is sleazy and makes her feel unsafe, he could ask her why she thinks that and then call her a “cunt” or a “bitch” or “frigid” and say she deserves to get raped.
Here’s the sad part, though, for the girl in this video, no answer is OK. If she says he’s kind of sleazy (because he is) and she isn’t interested, she’s a bitch. If she lies to be nice or just to avoid a more unpleasant conversation that she doesn’t want to have because fuck him she’s trying to study and he should have just left her the fuck alone, she’s still a bitch because she lied!
Shit that Pissed Me Off This Week – 6/14
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is Off the Rails
Kennedy has long been an Anti-Vaccine crusader and I dislike the anti-vaxx movement with only slightly less zeal than the creationist movement.
I have two children on the autism spectrum. They were both vaccinated and I know two things:
1) Vaccinating my kids did not make them autistic
2) Even if it did (and it didn’t), I would rather have autistic children than children with Smallpox or Polio
Kennedy and others like him have been pushing misinformation and, as this article proves, they are willing to name names. They people they name, however, never actually said what they are claimed to have said. Nor do the studies they cite actually say what they claim those studies say.
So all he is doing is engaging in character of assassination.
I get that big pharma is theoretically evil but here’s the thing – vaccines are not. Yes, pharmaceutical companies make money off vaccines. I guess that’s a price I’m willing to pay to ensure that my kids don’t get the measles.
Claiming vaccines cause autism is to make the claim that you understand a shitload more about autism than all the folks out there researching the condition.
And in the meantime, making people afraid of vaccines is contributing to the rise of diseases we thought had been eradicated. That’s what I call a lose-lose.
A Very Special Birthday Episode of Geeks Without God!
Today is my birthday. It is also time for a new episode of Geeks Without God! Of course, I took some time to geek about the fact that the Indiana Jones Blu-Ray set was released for my birthday. We also talked about the manned space program in the wake of Neil Armstrongs passing and we had our first set of listener submitted answers to our five questions! It made us feel all important and stuff! Go over and have a listen!
Alphabetical movie – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
I think all the folks who love and all the folks who hate Temple of Doom can agree on at least one point: Willie Scott is damned annoying.
Unlike Marion, who is brash and tough or Ilsa, who is, at least, Indy’s intellectual equal, Willie is pretty much whiny and useless.
Alphabetical Movie – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
While it is easily the second best Indiana Jones movie, Last Crusade is not without problems. In one aspect, however, it makes one of the best storytelling choices I’ve ever seen.
It’s a small choice but when I first saw the film, I was completely surprised by its simplicity. It is the sort of choice that must have been very easy to make and yet it was unusual enough to be a complete surprise.