Oct/21
2014

Gamergate is a thing and this cracks me up. Really. As a card-carrying member of the gamer community I find this navel-gazing about as funny as when your kid discovers its genitals. Because every kid has one and the reaction is more or less the same: Wtf? Wow! Shit I can't do that here. Yeah but it still feels good.

The idea that gamers hate (h8) on things and each other is hardly news. In this era of "let's solve things with lots of posts and outcry" the notion that some guy would hate on his ex in a gamer forum isn't novel. Unless you're not a gamer. Because vitriol is the lifeblood of organized gaming. The minute two players are joined by a connection the smack talk goes down. And it doesn't matter about what or to whom. It just becomes more "novel" when it's a minority. Like a woman. Which brings me back to a place and time, say the early 2000's and a semi-popular gamer forum dedicated to Unreal Tournament players back when organized team play was still alive and kicking (read: well before Sony, Microsoft and Steam owned all the networks.) The forum was called Pro Unreal or ProU for short, and it was no place, NO PLACE, for a woman. At least one that acknowledged herself as one.

I suppose back in 1999 when UT came out there were SO many players that it didn't matter, but as the community contracted it became more and more select, and the environment more rarefied that only "true" players were tolerated. The rest were run out on a rail. But special treatment was reserved for women, a good decade before "Gamergate" women were hounded with A/S/L, mockup pic of their privates, harangues about their parenting skills (or lack thereof since they were gamers), pranks, hacks, and a triple-helping of misogynistic behavior. That's JUST HOW IT WAS. And if you were a girl you had three options: a. never give out the fact you're a girl, b. take the abuse, or c. quietly hide behind a clan full of guys and never, ever speak up.

Suddenly today that's not ok. Not that it was back then, but then again it wasn't ok for a woman to try and enlist in the marines either.

So where am I going? Here it is: Misogynistic behavior in gamers is nothing new, in fact it's old as fuck. But our society is misogynistic so really WHO do you want to blame? Finally, the press LOVES to vilify gamers for anything, making us scapegoats for every shooting carried out by someone under the age of 40 and now this tidbit makes for additional juicy tripe that buys mainstream attention while ridiculing a subset of nerdy society that HAS no good social skills to begin with. I suggest that gamergate could have been about hamster fucking as much as misogyny and STILL be a current-news thing. (Side note: it would have been more acceptable in 2003 to be a self-avowed hamster-fucker with pics to prove it on ProU than a woman but that's neither here nor there.)

So my position is: gamergate: so the fuck what? A woman in the gaming industry, a woman in the military, a woman president, it's all the same thing. It's NOT news. It's just how things are right now. Sad but fact.

Oct/19
2014

You might be skeptical, but just read below ok?

The Van Buren County sheriff's department says a 39-year-old woman mistook the Van Buren County jail for the bar where she was trying to pick up her boyfriend.

The department says Deputy Robert Miersma spotted the Hartford-area woman backing into the jail parking lot in Paw Paw about 2 a.m. Sunday and noticed she smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.

It says a breath test showed her with more than twice the 0.08 percent blood alcohol considered drunk in Michigan. She's expected to face drunken driving charges.(AP)

Drunk woman drives to jail and books herself in. I call that a double win. Maybe that's a hint for more police stations, a little neon, maybe something about "poles" and "cuffs", or even donuts... It could be a thing right?

Oct/18
2014

I went out last night. Yes out. With friends, thanks, all of the same gender, mine basically. We toured around an area that gets very popular this time of year. About half the herd was divorced, some remarried, some still married, some none of the above. One of the pack, recently unchained, is trying to recover their mental and financial footing thus it was unpleasant to watch them spend what they didn't have and rock out when they probably wanted to be home rocking in a blanket and slippers.

Does that make me sound sensitive? I hope not. I don't feel that I am.

Anyway, as the night wore they pulled me aside and recounted much of what I'd heard from friends about their recent plight. In no way did they take responsibility for their actions, it was all on the SO who, by most assessments, is a drug-dragged-fuck-whore but a well heeled one. Also of note: said whore never pretended to be anything other than what they were, so truth in advertising? No? Ok, let's move on.

During their recount I nodded where nodding was expected, and sympathized where that too was supposed to be. It was hard. I don't fake sympathy well. Good thing it was dark out.

Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I don't party well. Maybe I'm the one who should have been sitting at home in the rocking chair. Or maybe I just have a low tolerance for self pity. Life sucks you know? Buck up and deal. Oh and maybe lay off the credit cards for a while too.

Oct/17
2014

Where you can't bring yourself to read the news?

Oct/16
2014

No amount of smart in the Federal government will solve the fact that stupid people can vote.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.

The growing gap between the rich and everyone else narrowed slightly during the Great Recession but has since accelerated, Yellen said in a speech at a conference in Boston on economic opportunity. And robust stock market returns during the recovery helped the wealthy outpace middle-class America in wages, employment and home prices.

"The extent and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concerns me," Yellen said. "By some estimates, income and wealth inequality are near their highest levels in the past hundred years."

Yellen is bright, as are her colleagues but they can't help America. The GOP is poised to gain even more ground in the midterm elections, happily handed to them by the hoards of disenfranchised including middle and poor classes. So why do people vote to elect a party that openly hates and despises them? Well because there's religion. And "values". And Mom and Apple Pie. Because the GOP is as successful as cigarettes when it comes to branding and packaging, even if everyone fucking KNOWS it will give you cancer and take all your money at the same time.

There's no saving America. The heartland and south are lost, especially since GOP gerrymandering has given them an unconditional edge. I feel for Yellen. She's doing the job she was given, but outside of the administration there's no one who cares. And GOP voters are too worried about their guns (which no one has infringed on) and their marriages (ditto) and Ebola (because ph33r is a great motivator even if it's improbable.) So it goes: America the poor, the stupid and the self-disenfranchised. It's the 1%'s nation. We just get to live here and pay them for it.

Oct/15
2014

It's getting to where I might as well toss out all the other post categories in favor of this one. It's basically the only one I use.

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley said the presence of a Confederate flag on the statehouse is okay because not "a single CEO" has complained about it.

Haley was debating with her opponents Tuesday when Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen called for the removal of the flag. Haley recognized the subject as a "sensitive issue," but rejected the idea of removing it.

"What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state," she said. "I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag."

Because apparently when it comes right down to it the only people that matter in South Carolina are the CEOs. Everyone else isn't actually worthy of being represented by the state.

Damn the GOP can field some stupid twats.

Oct/14
2014

I was at the meeting, not because I had the time or because it was my meeting but because I'm a really, really nice person. And I care. Ok, maybe I don't actually care, but I am a nice person. Fuck you if you think I'm not, I already said I don't actually care.

ANYway... so I'm at this meeting waiting to give a brief presentation and the guy next to me is going on and on to the person next to him. "I was Sooooooo sick this weekend. Yeah, no, I'm better now, but man I felt awful. It was terrible. I'm pretty much ok now, just feeling slightly bad," and so on.

Then he notices me and sticks out his hand, "Hi! Nice to meet you!" Uh no? Not really? I shook it, but touched no other part of my body or clothes until I could scrub it down repeatedly in the bathroom. I mean fuck, that's great you were sick, and no I don't need your damn germs k'thanks. Worse, he wanted to see the hardware I'd brought with me for show-and-tell. I sprayed THAT down with Lysol too, not fucking caring what it might do to the sensitive electronics.

Goddamn, if you're sick STAY THE FUCK HOME MMMMM'KAY? Yuck.

Oct/13
2014

In the club of insular religions Catholicism is about to turn in its membership card and take a step out into the world of today.

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Gay rights groups hailed a "seismic shift" by the Catholic Church toward gays on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexuals with "precious" support.

In a preliminary report half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life, the bishops also said the church must recognize the "positive" aspects of civil unions and even Catholics who cohabitate, with the aim of bringing them to a lifelong commitment in a church wedding.

Of course this news, while heralded by a majority of people as "good news" has helped to established where the boundary lies between true Christians and those "in name only". Those who feel that theirs is a special, privileged club which others shouldn't be allowed to belong to. It's that sense of exclusivity that's being dealt a mortal blow.

Conservative groups denounced the report as heresy and a "betrayal" that will only serve to confuse Catholics.

What will Catholic parents now have to tell their children about contraception, cohabiting with partners or living homosexual lifestyles?" asked Maria Madise, coordinator of the Voice of the Family, which says it is representing several pro-life and conservative groups. `'Will those parents now have to tell their children that the Vatican teaches that there are positive and constructive aspects to these mortal sins? This approach destroys grace in souls."

Well Maria the parents will tell their kids that contraception, cohabiting and living with a person you love isn't wrong. Which, for the majority of people out there, isn't a problem. The fact that YOU have a problem doesn't mean that everyone else needs to. See, Maria, that's the point Jesus was trying to teach "inclusivity is good exclusivity is BAD." And all those learned men who are far better educated and far better thinkers than you have finally reached that conclusion. I doubt very much that you're smarter than they are.

It seems that the divisions in human society and thought are moving radically apart. On the one hand you have people like Maria and IS who want our social structure to stay firmly embedded in the dark ages. Hanging, burning, enslaving, demeaning and killing anyone who doesn't act, believe, think or revere the way their "conservative" leaders want them to.

And then there's the rest of us who only want to get along. It's an ugly war, with the bad guys doing ever more evil, killing more of themselves than of us. But as long at intelligence wins and continues to win maybe there's hope after all. If the Catholic church can change, maybe someday Islam can too.

Oct/13
2014

There's not a soul in the world that doesn't know that islamic fundies treat women despicably. And yet somehow, some way, there are women in the first world who romanticize this treatment and will even run away for it. In my mind it's a good thing, because they're removing their stupid from the first world.

Sahra Ali Mehenni and Nora El-Bahty are among some 100 girls and young women from France who have left to join jihad in Syria, up from just a handful 18 months ago, when the trip was not even on Europe's security radar, officials say. They come from all walks of life - first- and second-generation immigrants from Muslim countries, white French backgrounds, even a Jewish girl, according to a security official who spoke anonymously because rules forbid him to discuss open investigations.[..]

Girls are also coming from elsewhere in Europe, including between 20 and 50 from Britain. However, the recruitment networks are particularly developed in France, which has long had a troubled relationship with its Muslim community, the largest in Europe. Distraught families plead that their girls are kidnap victims, but a proposed French law would treat them as terrorists liable to arrest upon return. (AP)

The stories are mostly the same: girls who can't think for themselves don't. Voila, they wind up going to extraordinary steps to place themselves in horrific slavery and then... feel bad that they made such a decision.

I'm sorry?

No, actually I'm not. Because if you're capable of going to the lengths necessary to deceive your family and travel to a difficult-to-reach part of the world in search of your satori well, you deserve what you choose aren't you? It's not like the internet didn't provide an equal amount of clues that running away to a WARZONE where the men there RAPE, MURDER and ENSLAVE WOMEN wasn't a clue. Oh no, not at all. That was fine print. Pfft.

"They are being held against their will," says Severine, a French woman of European descent. "They are over there. They're forced to say things."

Sure maybe they are now, but their choice to come their was entirely their own. I'm sorry I have no pity.

The "horror" stories of the girls that do manage to return are supposed to be shocking. 'Oh it was evil. People are bad. I've seen murder, rape, torture. Maybe I even had to participate myself.' Oh sure it's all fun and games until suddenly the barrel is pointed at you. Or the dick. Initially it's all dress-up and empowerment until enlightenment suddenly does settle in and then it's all "the horror, the horror". Sorry honey, but you wanted to come here, remember? You were going to be a jihadi bride, and guess WHAT jihadi's don't give a fuck if you're "into" it or not any more.

The women talk about the failings of Western societies, speak negatively about restrictions on how they can practise Islam (for example, the ban on wearing the burqa in France), and criticise the political system.

Yet paradoxically, while quotes from the Koran are woven into their accounts, there is very little sign of deep knowledge about the conflict itself, or indeed about Sharia law or Islam. (BBC)

All in all the stupidity will breed quickly. The jihadis are bagging them selves well-heeled but clearly inept females which frankly doesn't bode well for them or us. It means a lot more morons with guns, basically. As for us over here in the (mostly) bomb and beheading-free first world, we need to keep in mind that stupidity is NOT a right or something that needs to be respected. A great example is Saba Ali who feels she is being discriminated against for just dressing as she pleases.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. ? A Colorado city is standing by its decision to turn away a Muslim woman from its recreation center pool for wearing an Islamic dress over a shirt and pants. Saba Ali told KMGH-TV that she offered to just wear the shirt and pants to swim on Sunday but was denied. Commerce City spokeswoman Michelle Halsted says street clothes aren't allowed in the pool because they can increase the likelihood of contamination and waterborne illness. (NYDailyNews)

It's pretty simple actually and the city has a valid point: your religious hangups are not allowed to endanger yourself or others. No one in their right mind swims in loose flappy clothing. You want to swim fully clothed? Buy a wet suit and go to the beach. But Saba's stupidity shouldn't be defended as "a religious right". Especially when it means additional cost and risk to others. Mind you, I fully support a person's right to be as idiotic as they like, just so long as it affects them and ONLY them. Wearing colanders on your head in a thunderstorm helps you connect with your flying spaghetti monster? Be my guest. Just don't expect anyone to come get you when lightning hits.

Oct/12
2014

... stay the FUCK away.

So I'm driving home and there's a white minivan in front of me. The entire, ENTIRE back window of the minivan is covered with biblical verse, thick and dense. The words completely obscure the visibility through the window. Thus we can assume that the owner of said vehicle felt it was MUCH more important to show everyone an excessively long (TLDR) verse than have any sort of visibility out their back window.

This is a reason to equip cars with vehicle-to-vehicle missiles. Because assholes who think it's more important to advertise their religion than see if they're going to lane-change over their fellow drivers are prime assholes beyond the pale.

Dickmongers like these need to be eliminated. Only only hopes they eliminate themselves without taking out any innocent bystanders.

Oct/11
2014

Yes, I kid.

On the evening of 6 September, police were called to the Anchorage home of a man named Korey Klingenmeyer after a report of a brawl involving as many as 20 people.[..]

Bristol Palin entered the property spoiling for a fight. Mr Klingenmeyer said he told her he would not have any fighting at his home, at which point Bristol Palin confronted him with profanity.

Then, Mr Klingenmeyer said he invited Bristol Palin to punch him in the face "if it makes her feel better".

She did so, five or six times and "she was hitting pretty hard". Mr Klingenmeyer and other witnesses said Mr Klingenmeyer never returned the blows.

Bristol Palin, meanwhile, told police she had intended to confront someone who she said had pushed her sister Willow, when Mr Klingenmeyer pushed her to the ground.

A witness, Matthew McKenna, told police that when the fight started at an intersection near the house, he told Todd Palin to gather his family and entourage and leave.

"He said the problem was that Bristol and Willow were drunk, as were their boyfriends," the police wrote. "McKenna apologised for wasting our time." (BBC)

Yeah, such a good, wholesome family. Gosh what fun it could have been if they'd managed to get in the Whitehouse. Probably better than Jimmy Carter's brother.

Oct/10
2014

Tariq Khattack is a man. In Pakistan that makes him worthy. Malala, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner is a woman. To him that makes her unworthy.

Indeed, Tariq Khattack, editor of the Pakistan Observer newspaper, actually condemned it, telling the BBC: "It's a political decision and a conspiracy."

"She is a normal, useless type of a girl. Nothing in her is special at all. She's selling what the West will buy." (BBC)

Well Tariq, if she is so "normal" and "useless" I suggest that YOU do what SHE did. Here's the steps: 1. get shot in the head. 2. keep campaigning for what you believe in.

You do those two things and I'll agree with you. Until then? Keep YOUR useless mouth shut dickwad.

Oct/10
2014

And if he's not from Mars then he's just an inept asshole.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says women don't need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system - one that at technology companies is overwhelmingly male.

Nadella spoke Thursday at an event for women in computing held in Phoenix. He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise.

His post-faux pas excuse? That he's just "inept" at explaining what he really meant. Yeah, given that less than 30% of the workforce at Microsoft is female you can see why Saty had a hard time relating. Which makes one wonder why he was invited to speak at a convention for women.

Saty, you're an idiot and a fool. You make it clear that you come from a third world country that burns women when the dowry runs out or throws acid in women's faces when they repulse unwanted advances.

You can dress a pig and make him CEO. But a pig is still a pig. Even when he wears a rolex.

Oct/09
2014

From the historic past comes this YouTube gem. Way back in 1994, a punk band played for a group of elementary school kids. Not since young Koreans singing The Ramones or The Cramps playing a mental institution has a weirder clash of music and audience occurred. This was back before it was cute to teach kids about anarchy.

Well, ok - it was the tail-end of the grunge movement, but that's ok. The general populace was still scared of anyone with odd hair and piercings.

Here's the URL.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKDmuzbzxA0

Oct/09
2014

BLUF: There is NO expectation of privacy when posting online.

Twitter has sued the US government over surveillance laws.

Under current regulations, Twitter cannot reveal certain information about government requests for users' data relating to national security.

Twitter argues that this violates the right to free speech, as defined by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.[..]

"It's our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of US government officials by providing information about the scope of US government surveillance," Twitter's lawyer, Ben Lee, wrote in a blog post. (BBC)

So long as Americans have the expectation that their government will keep them safe there cannot be an expectation of privacy when it comes to data posted online. Phrased another way: what American would *not* volunteer their private data were it needed to track down a terrorist? Example: you took pictures at the Boston Marathon and then posted them online to your family. If there was a chance your photo might hold a clue to finding the perp would you really tell the government to shove off?

I have nothing to hide from my government, online or otherwise. I do, however, minimize my personal profile by staying away from the big data warehouses like Facebook and Twitter. In no way do I feel marginalized by this choice. But imho the second you click 'post' or 'send' and your data leaves your home network it's open season. (Note, for those who don't encrypt their home networks, the season starts earlier.) I don't for a moment believe that my ISP or the backbones my data travels on is private. How can they be when they're owned, operated and connected by giant commercial (and in some case) government entities? To me that's like screaming "don't look at me" randomly to strangers when I'm outside dressed only in my skivvies. If I didn't want people to look then maybe I should have just stayed home.

The internet age is here but there is an artificial expectation of "privacy". I don't think it means what most people think it means any more. Want privacy? Unplug. That's all.

Oct/08
2014

Quote of Today:

"Today's decision has been cast by the media as a victory for gay rights. What has been ignored, however, is the right of Oklahomans -- and Americans in every state -- to write their own laws and govern themselves as they see fit."(UPI)
-Mary Fallin

Quote of Yesterday:

I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.
-George C. Wallace

Mary could learn a thing or two from history, don't you think?

Oct/07
2014

Maria is one of those Catholics who defines themselves by hate. It's both pathetic and sad because without people to hate religion has no meaning for them.

"The unqualified welcome of homosexual couples into family and parish environments in fact damages everybody, by serving to normalize the disorder of homosexuality," said Maria Madise, coordinator of Voice of the Family in a statement. (AP)

What Maria is referring to is the recent event where selected catholic couples were brought in to educate the prelates about sex and what makes good sex when you're a believer. One couple in particular laid it all out rather bluntly, a good experience for men who can't seem to say things (especially about sex) in layman's terms.

Ron and Mavis Pirola, parents of four from Sydney, Australia, told a Vatican gathering of some 200 prelates that sexual attraction brought them together 57 years ago and that sex has helped keep them married for 55 years.[..]

"Gradually we came to see that the only feature that distinguishes our sacramental relationship from that of any other good Christ-centered relationship is sexual intimacy, and that marriage is a sexual sacrament with its fullest expression in sexual intercourse."[..]

The Pirolas told the story of how devout Catholic friends reacted when their gay son wanted to bring his partner home to a Christmas gathering.

"They fully believed in the church's teachings and they knew their grandchildren would see them welcome the son and his partner into the family," they said. "Their response could be summed up in three words: `He's our son.'"

Nichols said the synod gave them a round of applause.

The sex wasn't the problem for Maria, nor the fact that sex was described in the same sentence as "sacrament". Nope. The problem with Maria was that these well-rounded, successful and long-married couple could continue to accept their gay son. THAT was a problem. And the fact that this couple could love themselves and each other AND their gay son was not just harmful to them but to EVERYONE.

You see, Maria, it's not everyone else that has a disorder, it's actually you. Because you're the only one finding fault that a parent could love their child and the person their child chooses to love. What they choose to do *is* normal for most humans who aren't brainwashed into thinking they have a right to judge others. Last I checked only deities have that privilege. In layman's terms: no one died and made you god ya dumb twat.

Judgmental assholes like Maria have no place in our society. Unchecked they run amok, and in the worst case they run rampant like ISIS. That's evil we could all do better without.