The thread of hope.

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby My pseudonym is Ix » 20 Jul 2013, 11:57

Seen em before, still awesome
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby Wraith » 22 Jul 2013, 12:31

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Teach them while they still listen; break that flawed programming.


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Have you ever actually seen a teacher tell a little boy it's OK to pull a girl's hair? Parents and teachers may laugh, but they little boy still ends up sat in a corner or put in time out after being told "you never hit a girl." "That's cute, I think he likes her" is what adults say to each other, not to children as an excuse.

Not everything is a horrible conspiracy in the war against women.

Besides, if you want to apply the "get them when they're young" logic, perhaps we should look at little girls. Boys have the words "you never hit a girl" drilled into their heads from the day they're old enough to know what a girl is. People just assume girls will know better. Flash forward to adulthood, and 40% of domestic violence victims are male. Of course, the odds of a male reporting it and pressing charges are only a fraction of what they are for a female; regardless of bruises, broken noses, etc. They're embarrassed and ashamed to admit that a woman beat them up, since everyone knows that boys don't hit girls; and why would anyone stress the gender differences unless the the former is supposed to be more capable of handling themselves than the latter in a fight? Fist to the eye, foot to the groin, lamp to the head; who cares? Man up!
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby Deedles » 22 Jul 2013, 19:12

I know some people can be cynical about companies like Razer, thinking they have extortionate prices, but reading stuff like this makes me smile.
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby 2stepz » 22 Jul 2013, 19:38

Wraith wrote:Parents and teachers may laugh, but they little boy still ends up sat in a corner or put in time out after being told "you never hit a girl." "That's cute, I think he likes her" is what adults say to each other, not to children as an excuse.

Unfortunately, no. You are giving parents too much credit. Little girls are told that constantly. "Why did little Johnny do <insert any mean thing here> to me?" "Because he likes you (and doesn't know how to express it.)" It's the overwhelmingly consistent response.

That is why teenage girls and even some older women go for the bad boys... they have been taught that's how 'boys' express their affection. At some point most wise up and realize the difference between boys and men and the way they express themselves.

Does it need to change? Yes. Does it still happen that way? Yes. Maybe not in your world, but overall, it's scarily accurate.
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby empath » 22 Jul 2013, 20:03

Moving right along,

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby empath » 23 Jul 2013, 05:24

...and,

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby empath » 25 Jul 2013, 16:13

And, because there are still people who think gamers are anti-social scum:

Sarah's Jenner (context, more context)
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby empath » 06 Aug 2013, 18:46

(Update: over $80,000cdn raised for CCS)

Moving right along, I really find it a little surprising that I'm quoting THIS GUY in THIS THREAD, but

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby My pseudonym is Ix » 06 Aug 2013, 23:46

The social history of racism is a very interesting one; I must get round to blogging about it one of these days
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Re: The thread of hope.

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby empath » 14 Aug 2013, 18:17

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And now the hope part:

I really do hope that everyone finds that someone...
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Re: The thread of hope.

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Re: The thread of hope.

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby My pseudonym is Ix » 08 Sep 2013, 00:16

Can we have someone other than empath posting in here? I thought he was meant to be the bitter cynic...
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby empath » 08 Sep 2013, 04:48

I'm a little schizoid like that; I blame it on being an Aries/Pisces cusp. ;)
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Re: The thread of hope.

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby Cybertrash » 08 Sep 2013, 11:37

A prominent Swedish Hip Hop DJ came out as gay today and has been shown lots of support. Considering Hip Hop's history with LBGT issues this is pretty refreshing.
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby King Kool » 14 Sep 2013, 20:58

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby Lord Hosk » 16 Sep 2013, 09:04

I am having kind of a tough day, and then what should I see on the Penny Arcade Site?

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/09/16

The last panel in particular reminded me of Bikers Against Child Abuse who have a stated goal of "Are you scared of something bad? We are scarier but we are here to help you, fear not, evil fears us.

Which just makes me super happy.

And then of course there is This thread and I dont know how anyone could be upset on a day when great people are throwing their support behind you while you try to do something fun for the bussers who do such great things for childsplay. It is just such a chain of wonderfulness that I am happy to be a small footnote in.


ETA: Oh and now this.. WHEATON!
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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby Deedles » 18 Sep 2013, 07:48

All those things made me smile so broadly. Just wonderful. <3

Time to add a little something that I found.

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby Lord Hosk » 18 Sep 2013, 08:00

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Re: The thread of hope.

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby Geoff_B » 18 Sep 2013, 10:02

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Re: The thread of hope.

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Re: The thread of hope.

Postby empath » 11 Nov 2013, 10:57

Well, been a dour couple of months, but...


A friend of mine apparently makes an annual post about Armistice Day; maybe it's different each year, but this really struck me this time.

I'd read Slaughterhouse Five years ago, and sadly I've forgotten a lot of the deeper details beyond the overall gist of the plot - I'd actually let this gem of a passage (that my friend quoted) slip from my memory.

(our protagonist has become "unstuck" in time, and happens to watch a war movie...while time is moving backwards for him)
Kurt Vonnegut wrote:"American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter plans flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.

"The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, though, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.

"When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

"The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids. And Hitler turned into a baby, Billy Pilgrim supposed. That wasn’t in the movie. Billy was extrapolating. Everybody turned into a baby, and all humanity, without exception, conspired biologically to produce two perfect people named Adam and Eve, he supposed."


...just because a hope might be unrealistic and in vain, doesn't mean it can't still make you feel good for holding it in your heart. :)
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