commented on The Federal Way Shooting Was a Domestic Violence Incident, Say Police
@11 if you don't understand that victimhood extends beyond literally having a bullet puncture your skin and mortally wound you, then you are dense and/or willfully ignorant.
Anna's post even talks about the external effects of "private violence" and @1 is likely building on that. 1000s includes the family members whose lives are shattered by the sudden loss of a loved one that could have been prevented if fearful gun-loving cowards accepted the god damned century that we live in and didn't scream and cry to their masturbatory fantasies of stopping perceived government totalitarianism with their own private arsenals.
commented on Bad News for Microsoft
@26 If the rumors of the new Xbox's "always connected" requirement are true, then it will be another nail in their coffin.
If gamers HAVE to be connected to the internet at all times in order for their Xbox's to function (a really fucking stupid DRM idea) then they will lose a massive chunk of their base. I've been an avid gamer for years, but I will walk away without regrets if the new Xbox is a brick w/out internet. I know I'm not alone in my outrage. And this is coming from someone who ALWAYS has his systems connected to the internet and has been a Live subscriber since it launched on the original Xbox.
commented on Please Stop Confusing My Political Agenda for Homer Simpson's Brain
My favorite part comes at the end:
"Want to support a queer project that doesn't already have access to hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of lobbyists? Awesome! SUPPORT Black Girl Dangerous and help amplify the voices of queer and trans* people of color!"
In her post of course, the word "SUPPORT" links to a donate page. Because YES, donating to this girl over the internet so she can write more blog posts deriding YOU for caring whether you, your friends, and your family members are treated equally under the law will solve the problem.
Sure, changing your Facebook photo to HRC's Red Equality symbol could be considered "slacktivisim," but it could also be considered a show of support and love to your friends and family on Facebook. To remind them that no matter what the decision is THIS time, that they have friends who care. It also isn't indicative that there's nothing else the person has done/is willing to do.
Back to the BGD blog; would she say the same thing if social values and norms were 50 years behind our current technology and the SCOTUS was listening to the arguments of Loving vs. Virginia? "While you were all so concerned about interracial marriage, here's a list of racist things people have said this week, anti-immigrant laws passed, etc. There's no way you could care about two, three, or even all of these things, because you're self-centered and only give a shit about interracial marriage! Please give me money!"
commented on The Slog Netflix Streaming Movie Club: The Imposter
@5 I agree with Paul on this. In a movie filled with so many unreliable narrators (the secretive family, Bourdain, and the director intentionally misdirecting the audience), I was left eagerly awaiting closure by the end of the movie. I thought that digging for the boy's body in the backyard (something concrete and final) and turning up nothing (just more questions) served as a reminder of what I felt was the central theme of the movie: Always question your biases.
As an audience member, I wanted so badly to find a truth in the film, that by the end I had accepted that the PI was probably going to find a body in that backyard. That he found nothing really stuck with me.
commented on What Do You Think About the Veronica Mars Kickstarter?
I've never seen Veronica Mars, but this got me interested in it. I didn't realize it was so nerdy.
I don't look at this as Warner Bros going to Kickstarter. I look at this as a writer/director going to Warner Bros, getting shot down, and coming up with a creative compromise. Call me naïve, but this seems like a true love of the people involved in making it (execs not included) paying a pretty good service to their fans in return for their funding.
What @14 said. Let's do this with Firefly! We could keep the show on the air for 10 more years with crowd-funding. Especially if their were rewards like being an on-screen baddie getting shot by Nathan Fillion or getting your ass kicked by Dummer Glau.
commented on When a Rat Doesn't Fear a Cat
Thanks for the follow up.
When I first learned about toxoplasmosis, it caused me to question a lot of my preconceived notions regarding why I like the things that I like and dislike others. What sort of microscopic biological/organic/chemical reactions were happening that made my brain decide at some base level that I like or dislike something?
It's difficult to not slip into nihilistic lines of thought when one considers that ALL of our preferences and aversions may come down to either active infections, or vestigial bits of DNA from exposure to microbes that was left permanently in our ancestors' DNA and passed down to us.
We seem but mere puppets under the control of otherwise brainless, single-celled organisms.