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» The best joke of Christmas:

Following the introduction of mandatory “porn filters” by British ISPs, it seems that along with the numerous sex ed, charity, LGBT & community outreach websites that are now blocked, so too is the website of Tory MP Claire Perry, who was a key proponent of the web censorship.

Best laugh of Christmas so far.

See Forbes for the full story.

Lowkey - Soundtrack to the Struggle

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If you do one thing today, listen to this album. Don’t just put it on and go about your business. LISTEN TO IT.

Whether you like rap or not, just listen.

This is the world we live in.

(Source: Spotify)

MY (PERHAPS MOST) UNPOPULAR OPINION

I came late to the whole ‘Blurred Lines’ debate, mainly because I interpreted the song in - I believe - the way it is meant to be:

A tongue-in-cheek pop song about flirting with someone who obviously wants to fuck you (indicated by touching/grabbing you) but has a partner so is just toying with you.

He’s not talking about the ‘blurred lines’ of sexual consent, he’s taking about the ‘blurred lines’ of what to do when a someone is back and forth flirting with you and playing coy (due to having a partner) to instigate a bit of a ‘chase’.

He’s talking about crossing the line into being ‘the other guy’. He talks about the boyfriend trying to “domesticate” the girl who (for lack of a better term) wants to do the dirty and is bored with her boyfriend who is trying to suppress her wild side and - frustrated with this - is toeing that ‘blurred line’ of cheating.

There’s nothing in there about forcing himself on her, if anything it’s exactly the opposite. One line even says: “Hit me up when you’re passing though” - as in, if you ARE interested after all, I’m game if you are.

In fact it talks about NOT letting men dominate you (outside of the bedroom- the distinction is important) and says “you don’t need no papers” (permission from her boyfriend to do things) and “that man is not your maker” (he’s not ‘god’ don’t let him tell you what to do).

As for objectification sexually: Yes it’s talking about fucking, yes it’s talking about dirty animalistic sex.

Perhaps a news flash guys, but being treated dirty and like a sex object is a kink people have and as long as it is in relation to consensual sex between two people, it doesn’t mean you overall have no respect for the person.

Believe it or not, you can enjoy being degraded and objectified in a sexual way in the bedroom as a fantasy and not be so in day to day life.

The song touches on all of these things, but as far as I can see doesn’t even allude to rape or non-consensual sex. Many people point to the “I know you want it” line… It’s because she clearly does (grabbing/flirting with him) but isn’t doing anything because of being in a relationship. He doesn’t say “I know you want it, but you’ve said no so I’m going to force myself on you”. He even says “go ahead, get at me”, as in “if you want me, come get me”.

As for the video, it’s sexualised to the point of ridiculousness (which is the point) and is clearly tongue-in-cheek. It’s relating to (if anything at all) sexual taboos; while alluding to the theme of being tempted to do things that are frowned upon or “naughty”.

There’s no implication of rape, or non-consensual sex.

Well what is there?

There’s confident, beautiful women shirking society’s backward ideas about chastity and modesty.

The most ironic thing about the whole backlash is that it was ROBIN THICKE’S WIFE who came up with the whole idea for the video! This is the woman he’s been with since he was 16!!

This backlash actually reminds me a lot of when Sasha Grey licked a toilet seat in a scene and there was an uproar about how she’d been degraded and it turned out that SHE CAME UP WITHT THE IDEA.

This was a stream of consciousness post, I may write a proper one later.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.
President (And former General) Eisenhower, Jan 17, 1961

gunrunnerhell:

Common Courtesy

I posted the 2nd image last year, curious as to what could possibly be in a shopping bag held by Afghan guerrillas. Well now I know. The photos were taken by Finnish photojournalist Rauli Virtanen during the 1980’s, around the time of the Russian-Afghan War.

Rauli had apparently gone grocery and supply shopping for things to take to Afghanistan and when he met up with the Afghans, as common courtesy to guests, they offered to carry his bags because if something were to happen (enemy contact) Rauli could run and keep up without being slowed down by his stuff.

Funny to think that it’s these guys who are now our ‘evil omnipresent enemy’. After all “Al Qaeda” was just the term for the database which had all the information on the mujahideen we trained to fight the Russians.

Or at least that’s how the story goes.

(via thewraithingsouth)

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» /var/null: Don't Fly During Ramadan

chimeracoder:

A couple of weeks ago, I was scheduled to take a trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on JetBlue. Every year, my family goes on a one-week pilgrimage, where we put our work on hold and spend time visiting temples, praying, and spending time with family and friends. To my Jewish friends, I often…

ronworkman:

Journalisms

ronworkman:

Journalisms

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notcayleb:

I’m gonna go stare at the sun or something outside is bye.

(Source: drunkonstephen, via deidaras-handmouths)

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
Noam Chomsky
ALERTS TO THREATS - EUROPE 2013: BY JOHN CLEESE

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya, Egypt and Syria; and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed “to “Peeved.”

Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.

Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.”

The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniforms and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia meanwhile has raised it’s security levels from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright mate. Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll have to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled”. So far no situation has ever warranted the use of the final escalation level.

eurovisionth0ngcontest:

eveninarcadia:

abbiinsocks:

eveninarcadia:

‘No I’m Not Making This Up’ of the Day

It what is perhaps one of the most hilarious examples of the farce that is drug control policy in the UK, Warrington Borough Council has claimed that "Cannabis can now be stronger than Heroin".

This sweeping statement, backed by no evidence whatsoever has left many critics asking:

"Dude, where can I get my hands on this super-dope?

The ensuing torrent of criticism levied via social media has led to the deletion of numerous Warrington Council tweets and the temporary suspension of their Facebook page due to “inappropriate comments”.



Cannabis related crime? what even is that? eating the food in the shop before you even reach the counter?

"Laughing to the extent of becoming a public nuisance."

Who do they actually think they’re trying to kid here? Everyone knows they’re full of shit, no matter what your political stance is. Seems like its only politicians who are blind to the fact we need to vastly change our drug laws

This is endemic in our politics in general.

The bloody medical advisor to the government acknowledged that if properly regulated, LSD, ecstasy and cannabis are in many ways less harmful than tobacco and alcohol, and got sacked for it!

eurovisionth0ngcontest:

eveninarcadia:

abbiinsocks:

eveninarcadia:

‘No I’m Not Making This Up’ of the Day

It what is perhaps one of the most hilarious examples of the farce that is drug control policy in the UK, Warrington Borough Council has claimed that "Cannabis can now be stronger than Heroin".

This sweeping statement, backed by no evidence whatsoever has left many critics asking:

"Dude, where can I get my hands on this super-dope?

The ensuing torrent of criticism levied via social media has led to the deletion of numerous Warrington Council tweets and the temporary suspension of their Facebook page due to “inappropriate comments”.

Cannabis related crime? what even is that? eating the food in the shop before you even reach the counter?

"Laughing to the extent of becoming a public nuisance."

Who do they actually think they’re trying to kid here? Everyone knows they’re full of shit, no matter what your political stance is. Seems like its only politicians who are blind to the fact we need to vastly change our drug laws

This is endemic in our politics in general.

The bloody medical advisor to the government acknowledged that if properly regulated, LSD, ecstasy and cannabis are in many ways less harmful than tobacco and alcohol, and got sacked for it!

(via blonde-intentions)

eveninarcadia:

Hopskotchers Beware! - Drawing on pavements/buildings with chalk is now “Criminal Damage”

In a staggering example of “mad policing”, a University of London student is arrested for allegedly writing slogans with chalk on a pavement and wall of a university building.

While we can only speculate on the damage that could possibly be caused by chalk - unless it contained some unknown compound of Xenomorph blood and dragonfire - what is certain is that the “chalking” was carried out as part of a protest demanding pensions, sick and holiday pay for cleaning staff employed by the institution.

Certainly the only damage this observer can see is to the reputation of both the university and London’s police force.

'No I'm Not Making This Up' of the Day

It what is perhaps one of the most hilarious examples of the farce that is drug control policy in the UK, Warrington Borough Council has claimed that "Cannabis can now be stronger than Heroin".

This sweeping statement, backed by no evidence whatsoever has left many critics asking:

"Dude, where can I get my hands on this super-dope?

The ensuing torrent of criticism levied via social media has led to the deletion of numerous Warrington Council tweets and the temporary suspension of their Facebook page due to “inappropriate comments”.

'No I'm Not Making This Up' of the Day

It what is perhaps one of the most hilarious examples of the farce that is drug control policy in the UK, Warrington Borough Council has claimed that "Cannabis can now be stronger than Heroin".

This sweeping statement, backed by no evidence whatsoever has left many critics asking:

"Dude, where can I get my hands on this super-dope?

The ensuing torrent of criticism levied via social media has led to the deletion of numerous Warrington Council tweets and the temporary suspension of their Facebook page due to “inappropriate comments”.

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