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Category Archive: forces of stupid

Jan 01 2013

Those poor Wall Street CEOs

One of the fascinating aspects of privilege is the way in which it totally skews your perception of what ‘average’ is. I would think, for example, that things like street harassment or sexual assault or other forms of misogynistic abuse are fantastically rare. After all, I’m a guy who spends a lot of time with …

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Dec 17 2012

The best laid plans of mice and small minds

One of the fascinating aspects of the denial of privilege is the pirouettes one must turn in order to square the denial with observed fact. “Black people have just as many opportunities as white people!” “Well, here’s an assload of evidence that suggests that’s not true” “…culture of poverty! Single moms! Phrenology!” This is the …

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Dec 14 2012

Movie Friday: FAN MAIL!

A picture of me giving a 'thumbs up', holding a sign that says "I

Ohmygosh you guyse, I am just super excited. I was poking around in the dashboard of this site yesterday, and I noticed that I was getting a lot of hits from a Youtube video. Seeing as it is highly unusual for me to get referrals from Youtube, I clicked on through to see what was driving …

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Dec 11 2012

A mysterious and puzzling mystery

There are some things, for all our vaunted expertise and powerful scientific tools, that we can simply not seem to answer. We may never be able to figure them out. They are the mysteries of the universe. And this is one of them: A new poll released by the charitable organization Samara suggests Canadians are …

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Dec 04 2012

PPP looks about to snap

Imagine you had to talk to Republicans. Every day. And pretend they weren’t idiots. How long do you think you’d last before you just snapped? Public Policy Polling looks like its patience is wearing thin: 49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. Wefound that 52% of Republicans …

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Nov 24 2012

Tom the Dancing Bug gets ‘traditional’

After the election, Fox News’ resident zeppelin opined: The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff, they want things. And who is going to give them things? President [Barack] Obama. He later “clarified”: If you look at the exit polling, you’ll see …

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Nov 19 2012

SERIOUSLY?! Episode Six

Happy Monday, all! The Rev and I were at it again, this time taking on a pair of stories of political nonsense from the United States. Video and links are below the fold:

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Nov 15 2012

Because Abortion needs to be explained, apparently.

I am irate. Look, I realise that I am in a position of privilege, and I realise that I’m not angry about this all the time because I’m male and that this is something that I have the privilege of simply not-concerning-myself-about for the vast bulk of my life. I rationalise this as that I …

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Nov 06 2012

Ayn Rand, and Obscurantism

People often wonder at the success of Ayn Rand’s writings, at how otherwise intelligent people get sucked in to the Randian circle-jerk. I want to take some time to deconstruct one of her essays, on “Man’s Rights”, with two purposes in mind: 1) to demonstrate that her writing is not 100% vacuous crap, and 2) …

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Nov 01 2012

How is a black man like a parking space?

Because all the good ones are taken or gay! Wait… I think I screwed that joke up. Speaking of things that are screwed up, here’s a thing: Extremist Christian and Bishop Earl Walker Jackson may believe gays are ‘sick’, but he has admitted he thinks they have stolen ‘all the nice looking black men.’ He made …

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