Torture is for the Sake of Torture

Torture exists solely for the sake of torture, it is indeed a sad world where we assume that torture is an acceptable way to obtain confessions and information. Sarah Palin’s attempt to portray torture as harmless and “a dunking” is the sort of revisionism you see when people just want to feel better about doing something bad. It’s just water after all. A lot of the torture that the CIA (and indeed the UK government by our involvement with the extraordinary renditions) was involved in was just that. Torture.

Sure you can call it a fancy name. Enhanced Interrogation makes it sound like a particularly difficult questionnaire. No. I am afraid water boarding is torture. And hiring someone else to do it for you makes you just as responsible for the blood their hands. The Republicans have long supported torture. A lot of Americans bought into the necessity of torture. I often joke that as long as Americans have the right to own guns they will accept any real loss of freedoms and abuses from the government because they still think that the gun will protect them.  [Read more…]

Outrage and Acceptability in Black Riots

I have an interesting way of explaining to people who don’t get “racism”. The idea of casual racism is much more deadlier than the Klansman.

The person you fear is not the swastika wearing goose stepping skin-head. That guy is all talk and no trousers. His very struggle for white domination is a joke. I don’t look at places like the Stormfront and think “MAN! That’s scary!” but “Man that’s kind of pathetic”.

These are  people who see themselves as the German Nazis. Educated, Erudite and Stylish.

Not potato men who the Nazis would have killed. These are the sort of people who think that “if only we beat the Darkies and Jews! We would be upto our balls in Hugo Boss and Frauleins”. Without realising the biggest impediment to their plans are the fact that they are not bright. These are people who literally think the people who are so bad that killing Nazis is akin too killing Aliens, Robots or Zombies in public media. And rather than take the reality where the Nazis were actually human beings with nuances and beliefs that had their roots in many things… they would rather just march around badly mutilating German. [Read more…]

It’s Racism

There is a rather interesting lawsuit out there.

It’s alleged that César Ramirez of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, a place with a $305 a plate was rather blatant about his biases. The chef at a three-Michelin-star eatery in Brooklyn dictated that lesser pieces of meat be given to Asian customers and Upper West Siders.

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Elizabeth Lauten – A Note From An Ex-Teenage Dirtbag

I want a tattoo.

See? Indian Culture is seeing a Tattoo renaissance, it used to play a big role in my culture but it lost out to the actions of Victorians and Christian Revivalists who claimed that the Tattoos of our Hindu/Animist past were superficial and invited Satan into your lives.

I would want something medical to celebrate my achievement. I don’t know what I would like yet, but it is something I cannot take lightly.

For those who have seen me online during the Google Hangouts I sometimes slink about in? You may notice I shave my head. The reason I started doing that was two fold.

Firstly? When I was younger I had hair that was rebellious. I dyed my hair Red/Blue and had spikes in it. Lots of product. When I joined Medical School I had to change

Secondly? I lost my hair. My hair never grew back properly after my childhood and my hair began to fall aged 18.

Shaving my head was a fashion choice as much as a choice of rebellion. It was a skinhead cut, the ultimate rebellion for an Indian Man. A shaved head is for those in mourning or in penance.  [Read more…]

White Guilt Trip

 

 

Apparently it is Thanksgiving season in America.

Yes, I get the history of Thanksgiving. I understand a fair amount of it. It’s a festival by the colonists of the USA and it ignores some of the atrocities committed in the name of colonisation to portray a family friendly version of Pilgrims and Natives sitting down to a joint dinner. I get it. But the problem here is the defensiveness that comes from this. [NSFW ads on mine on that link BTW] [Read more…]

Ann Coulter Doesn’t Get Football

Yeah this kind of needs to be done.

It is no secret that I love football. I grew up watching it. I am rather irritated that I cannot see the matches at the moment and that England managed to go out with a whimper rather than a bang. It’s no secret that I was a Manchester City fan during the Roller Coaster Era where sublime football strode hand in hand with shockingly bad football. You didn’t follow City for glory back then.

You followed it because just once. When all the stars aligned… City would be perfection.

So it is rather amusing that Ann Coulter’s taken on football. What’s rather amusing is her points seem awfully similar to an email I got a few weeks ago. [Read more…]