“No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald, and that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?”—
President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’s Dinner, with Donald Trump in the audience
“We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”—
-Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern, Republican
Oh, and then she goes on to say that women earn less than men because they spend more time in the home. Does this lady not realize she’s got a shovel in her hand?
At a town hall earlier this week in Montana, Rep. Danny Rehberg (R-MT) began comparing the plight of every day middle class Americans like those at his town hall with his own economic circumstance. He droned on about how he’s ‘struggling’ as a small businessman. A constituent asked him what his…
When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, 2500 people died and 1500 were wounded.
When America attacked Japan, more than 200.000 people were killed and more were wounded.
I mean, it was ‘a bit harsh’ to do that against Japan after what they did?
It was harsh, yeah, but Pearl Harbor happened “without warning.” I’m putting that in quotes, because the Government became aware of what happened, but due to the lacking technology in the 1940s, the warning came way too late for the base to prepare any defense for the attack. While the US was already involved indirectly by giving supplies to the Allies, it wasn’t until Pearl Harbor that pushed us into attack.
Sure, innocent civilians were killed in Japan. But innocent civilians were also killed in concentration camps, whether they were Jews, Gypsies, or anyone who didn’t fit in the Aryan race. The US should not have dropped the bomb, but Japan (and Italy), by joining forces with Hitler, condoned his actions with the concentration camps.
To put it simply? there’s always more to war than a simple black and white picture, and both sides had reasons for doing what they did, even if it was wrong.
The Japanese were also relatively tolerant toward the Jews in their country as well as in the areas which they occupied. Despite pressure by their German allies urging them to take stringent measures against Jews, the Japanese refused to do so. Refugees were allowed to enter Japan until the spring of 1941, and Jews in Japanese-occupied China were treated well. In the summer and fall of 1941, refugees in Japan were transferred to Shanghai but no measures were taken against them until early 1943, when they were forced to move into the Hongkew Ghetto. While conditions were hardly satisfactory, they were far superior to those in the ghettos under German control.
To then suggest that a few hundred thousand innocent civilians, most of which probably had nothing to do with or even supported efforts for the war especially when most were willing to surrender even before the heavy causalities (nuclear bombs), is ludicrous.
If the Iraq government detonated a nuclear bomb in the US out of revenge for its 100,000 dead civilians, it would be considered an act of terrorism. You did agree that it was harsh, but don’t try and justify the death of innocents. The US didn’t bomb Japan because of those camps.
BUT WILLS AND KATE ARE GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW OMG LOOK AT LONDON AND LOOK AT THIS TOWN IN THE ARSE-END OF THE UK HAVING A STREET PARTY JUST LOOK AT THE BUNTING WILL YOU LOOK AT IT LOOK AT IT OR WE WILL EAT YOUR CHILDREN
“Birther” is just another code word for “racist.” That’s really what it boils down to. It’s not really about Obama’s citizenship, because save for the “John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone” or whatever that other bullshit issue was that last arose during the 2008 election, and the question over whether Arnold Schwarzengger was qualified — by virtue of citizenship — to be Governor of California, this whole birther issue should have been a non-starter almost from the get-go. Certificates of live birth and newspaper announcements weren’t enough. Also, that whole “his middle name is Hussein!!! He must be a Muslim!!!” thing. Barack Obama has to prove he’s a citizen of the United States! But he is a citizen. But we haven’t seen the birth certificate! But there’s other legal, government-issued documentation. But he’s not white!!! Yes, we would never raise this question about a white person.
It’s simple as that. And folks responding to my original post jokingly say that some Birther — ahem, racist — is nonetheless going to claim that the birth certificate Obama presents today is a forgery. Or fraudulent. “Look, you can see that he printed it out on a Canon Bubblejet printer in his basement, there’s no raised seal, IT’S SO OBVIOUSLY FAKE!!!” And the mainstream news media — CREDIBLE FUCKING JOURNALISTS — will carry that story too, just like they did Donald Trump’s fantastic claims about how his investigators in Hawaii “can’t believe what they found!” and all that assorted, nonsensical bullshit which, if a legitimate news organization had put through the requisite wringer, would have come out the other side as a puddle of diarrhea spewed forth from the asshole of an asshole that is Donald fucking Trump. He was shitting all over you, news media, and you fucking let him.
And now, it’s come to this: a President begging a bunch of white racist ignoramuses to please, please, please believe him when he says he was born in the United States, look now, I have proof, next I’ll have to show you too that I’m not a Muslim, I’m not a Socialist, and whatever other undermining falsehoods you are sure to throw my way because hey, he’s black! He can’t possibly be all those things he says he is, and he must continue! To! Prove! Himself! To us!!!
Is the President really American? And is racism alive and well in America?
I find it interesting. I notice that the majority of parents who are ignorant or bigoted are recent immigrants and have really warped ideas of the world.
Some of them escape this. My Mom in particular, even though she is slightly homophobic, but others are downright misogynistic, homophobic, condescending, sarcastic, mean, irritable, harsh, or physically-demeaning.
When kids complain about that, they are totally justified in it. That is kind of a “not cool” thing for those parents to do.
But I always think: what kind of life did those parents lead in order to become like that? My Mom was beat unconscious by her parents and whipped with a hook and had to trek four months by foot to get across the border. She somehow turned out to be the most loving and calm Mom I have ever known.
and maybe then, the reason has to do with their upbringing. My Mom told me that Grandma did not show her a lot of respect. She verbally, physically, and emotionally harassed her all the time. She has a deep hatred of those things she did, although not of her actual Mom.
So then maybe she escaped because her reason for running away was to get away from that abuse. other parents grow up living in that way and probably justify the behavior in their head. If their dad did it, are they not a good dad for doing the same? They came out as a ‘good person’, why can’t their kid do the same?
I frequently wonder about this every time I read. Why is that mom so afraid of boys driving their daughters home? Why is that dad so strict with getting their son to do well? Why does this person refuse to accept criticism on the way they view the world and life?
It’s an interesting thing and I think no matter which one you asked, it would be a very tragic past.
If anyone else would like to tell me that most NTs are not insensitive unempathetic jerks, I would like to tell you this little anecdote from my very real and lived life.
Where I work there are 6 lawyers and 12 secretaries and other assistants/aides. I have stretched myself very, very far to accomodate their NT demands for upholding norms and such. I have dined with them, I have talked with them, I have smiled and nodded politely and born with their penchant for gossip and constant nattering at me and each other.
I have asked that in return they not touch me and tell me outright if something’s up.
The former request most of them managed. The not touching. Two of them repeatedly screwed up and never apologised, one has screwed up and apologised profusely.
The latter request was not only met with failed attempts, it was met with outright hostility and refusals.
The request was simple. When I’m engaging in social interactions I do not notice if someone is suddenly looking all huffy and offended. I literally cannot see it if I am engaged in conversation, I cannot see and listen at the same time. Therefore I need people to tell me when I step on their toes, because I simply will not notice on my own until a LOT later if at all. I asked them to please stop me if I’m crossing their boundaries, so I can stop before even more damage is done.
They refused this.
Not because they don’t think I’m a pain when I’m stepping on their toes. But because they feel really uncomfortable with telling me to stop doing what I’m doing.
They would, in fact, rather let me go on and on, let me continue to unknowingly insult and hurt people and thus push people away causing me to be ostracised and hated, than straighten up and tell me that “Yo, Jem, that weren’t a fair thing to say.”
They would rather I be hated and ostracised than that they feel a little discomfort in telling a person they messed up, even after said person (me) has specifically asked them to.
They not only refused to help me out by telling me what I’m doing wrong, thus forcing me to continue doing it wrong (or alternatively do nothing and all and never, ever leave my house), they also told me that I should be the one to figure out methods for THEM to communicate to me that I’m in the process of messing up. Never mind that I already told them the surefire method, namely using words to tell me stuff. (novel idea, I know. /sarcasm) Nevermind that using words is the only way you can be sure to actually reach me and I told them this.
But no. The NTs insist that the discomfort they feel at having to verbalise such things as “Jem, you’re talking too much.” “Jem, can we change the subject, please?” or “Jem, we’d like to discuss this topic without you.” this discomfort is much, much more important than me being hated, ostracised and pushed away by everyone around me, because I don’t catch those messages when they’re sent with facial expressions or gestures.
I understand that it can be kinda terrifying to tell someone that “Yo, you fucked up.” For many of us there’s a very real reason to suspect that your interlocutor might blow up and tear you a new one. But when people ask for constructive criticism and have already proved that they can take it? That excuse becomes invalid. But I do understand the discomfort. Really. I do. I imagine it is a discomfort slightly less bad than the discomfort I feel when I start getting the sense that everybody’s fucking avoiding me. You know… after 3 months, when it finally starts to dawn on me, and when things are so bad in the eyes of the NTs that it’s nearly irreparable.
Have the NTs even so much as tried to understand how much it takes out of me to work 8 hours a day in what is essentially a hostile environment? Have they really? Do they imagine the literally physical pain I am in, when someone has accidentally touched me? Do they imagine the panicky and utterly desolate state I’m in, when I am once again asked to not have lunch with my colleagues but to sit by myself?
The answer, my friends, is no. I am the odd one out, therefore it is on me to become more like them. And when I can stretch no further in their direction after having stretched several yards it’s just too bad. No fucking way they’ll stretch in my direction even just the last 1½ inch needed, because that makes them “uncomfortable”.
So like I said above. The next person who tries to claim that most NTs are kind and sensitive and empathetic towards non-NTs will be verbally smacked six ways from sunday and have their figurative arse handed to them by yours truly.
Americans keep putting on the pounds — at least according to a report released this week from the Trust for America’s Health. The study found that nearly two-thirds of states now have adult obesity rates above 25 percent.
But you may want to take those findings — and your next meal — with a grain of salt, because they’re based on a calculation called the body mass index, or BMI.
As the Weekend Edition math guy, I spoke to Scott Simon and told him the body mass index fails on 10 grounds:
1. The person who dreamed up the BMI said explicitly that it could not and should not be used to indicate the level of fatness in an individual.
The BMI was introduced in the early 19th century by a Belgian named Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. He was a mathematician, not a physician. He produced the formula to give a quick and easy way to measure the degree of obesity of the general population to assist the government in allocating resources. In other words, it is a 200-year-old hack.
2. It is scientifically nonsensical.
There is no physiological reason to square a person’s height (Quetelet had to square the height to get a formula that matched the overall data. If you can’t fix the data, rig the formula!). Moreover, it ignores waist size, which is a clear indicator of obesity level.
3. It is physiologically wrong.
It makes no allowance for the relative proportions of bone, muscle and fat in the body. But bone is denser than muscle and twice as dense as fat, so a person with strong bones, good muscle tone and low fat will have a high BMI. Thus, athletes and fit, health-conscious movie stars who work out a lot tend to find themselves classified as overweight or even obese.
4. It gets the logic wrong.
The CDC says on its Web site that “the BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for people.” This is a fundamental error of logic. For example, if I tell you my birthday present is a bicycle, you can conclude that my present has wheels. That’s correct logic. But it does not work the other way round. If I tell you my birthday present has wheels, you cannot conclude I got a bicycle. I could have received a car. Because of how Quetelet came up with it, if a person is fat or obese, he or she will have a high BMI. But as with my birthday present, it doesn’t work the other way round. A high BMI does not mean an individual is even overweight, let alone obese. It could mean the person is fit and healthy, with very little fat.
5. It’s bad statistics.
Because the majority of people today (and in Quetelet’s time) lead fairly sedentary lives and are not particularly active, the formula tacitly assumes low muscle mass and high relative fat content. It applies moderately well when applied to such people because it was formulated by focusing on them. But it gives exactly the wrong answer for a large and significant section of the population, namely the lean, fit and healthy. Quetelet is also the person who came up with the idea of “the average man.” That’s a useful concept, but if you try to apply it to any one person, you come up with the absurdity of a person with 2.4 children. Averages measure entire populations and often don’t apply to individuals.
6. It is lying by scientific authority.
Because the BMI is a single number between 1 and 100 (like a percentage) that comes from a mathematical formula, it carries an air of scientific authority. But it is mathematical snake oil.
7. It suggests there are distinct categories of underweight, ideal, overweight and obese, with sharp boundaries that hinge on a decimal place.
That’s total nonsense.
8. It makes the more cynical members of society suspect that the medical insurance industry lobbies for the continued use of the BMI to keep their profits high.
Insurance companies sometimes charge higher premiums for people with a high BMI. Among such people are all those fit individuals with good bone and muscle and little fat, who will live long, healthy lives during which they will have to pay those greater premiums.
9. Continued reliance on the BMI means doctors don’t feel the need to use one of the more scientifically sound methods that are available to measure obesity levels.
Those alternatives cost a little bit more, but they give far more reliable results.
10. It embarrasses the U.S.
It is embarrassing for one of the most scientifically, technologically and medicinally advanced nations in the world to base advice on how to prevent one of the leading causes of poor health and premature death (obesity) on a 200-year-old numerical hack developed by a mathematician who was not even an expert in what little was known about the human body back then.
Even though I’m Canadian, a lot of the same things apply.
So I’ve noticed this kind of pattern that all the most annoying and complicated interactions I’ve had with people have had to do with them assuming how I felt about something.
Premature assumptions that are acted upon without treating me like I’m not a stupid immature brat incapable of talking about anything serious.
-People ignoring me under the guise of “I don’t want to lead him on” of related crud -People not telling me things directly because they think I’m so stupid I’ll get offended easily -People not answering my questions fully and truthfully even though I was the one who asked them for a direct answer in the first place -People being reserved because they think that I will feel awkward if they talk to me about friendship -People being awkward because they think I got offended from something they said -People apologizing overly much thinking I was annoyed or angry from something I’m only offended when people think I’m offended easily. -People stopping discussions halfway through because they decide I am offended
I mean, really, what did I do to give out that kind of impression? And maybe I’m just being a little overly ticked by this. Even this isn’t a huge deal. It’s certainly not on the top of my priority list to say to every person I meet “I don’t get offended easily please never act immature” But it’s the ideology behind it. This idea of “I will decide how you feel because me, not you, is the sole decider of how you feel and how I should react to how I think you feel even if you tell me statements against that.” Of deciding what is best for me. That’s what I despise.
Certainly, people can discuss it with me, and I would welcome suggestions with open arm. Most of my life has been defined by constant self-improvement because I’ve had to combat the damn a________, but the biggest trouble I had? Every time I asked someone “Please be honest, don’t hold anything back, tell me every time I screw up”…
"No. You’ll BE offended. I’m only like 75% honest with you."
That kind of stuff would be the response. Ugh. Or more annoying, they would lie to me. Say they were being absolutely honest in every way even though they clearly weren’t. These kind of situations have been happening more often lately.
The biggest dilemmas in my life have resulted straight from all of these. I’m kind of tired of it. I am an honest person: if I was actually offended by something anyone says, I will tell them straight up that I was offended and that whatever they did was kind of a douche move.
(P.S. this post is not exclusive to only one person. Recent events may have reminded me of this particular peeve of mine, but this post itself is referencing at least 7 different people)
What we found was that in G-rated movies, for every one female character, there were three male characters. If it was a group scene, it would change to five to one, male to female.
Of the female characters that existed, the majority are highly stereotyped and/or hypersexualized. To me, the most disturbing thing was that the female characters in G-rated movies wear the same amount of sexually revealing clothing as the female characters in R-rated movies.
And then we looked at aspirations and occupations and things like that. Pretty much the only aspiration for female characters was finding romance, whereas there are practically no male characters whose ultimate goal is finding romance. The No. 1 occupation was royalty. Nice gig, if you can get it. And we found that the majority of female characters in animated movies have a body type that can’t exist in real life. So, the question you can think of from all this is: What message are we sending to kids?
Great essay. Points #3, 4 and 8 (“I don’t see race!,” “that’s how the world works, shut up and get used to it,” and especially the “you have anger issues, you need help”) are the most common responses I get from white people.
the only one i sort of disagree with is number 2, but on point
Tennessee’s state judiciary committee passed the “don’t say gay” bill this week, prohibiting any discussion of homosexuality prior to ninth grade. Sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxille, the measure is being added to the existing Board of Education’s “family life curriculum.” The 6-3 Republican-dominated vote is now headed to the Senate floor, and supports Campfield’s suspicions that homosexuality is being discussed in classrooms despite the state Department of Education claiming they were unaware of any such activity. Campfield has been pushing the bill for six years.
Do we need more evidence that they want us dead?
Seriously? What the fuck?
At first I thought this was a law banning people from calling things “gay” as a slur/synonym for “lame” or “bad.” No actually it’s a proposed law to make it illegal for teachers to mention that homosexuality exists. UGHHHHHH
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