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Jul 25, 2011 Madonna commented on Norway Police Revise Down Number of People Killed in the Terrorist Attack.
My worry is that what was once just the terrorism from Islamic extremist crazies onto the west has become a two way dialogue (of bombs and bullets) between crazy Mulslim extremists and crazy Christian extremists - spoken at distance, with the rest of us inbetween.

If this turns out not to be a one off, can expect to be caught in the crossfire of people who speak the language of violence from hereon?
Dec 29, 2010 Madonna commented on "Portland Is Where Young People Go to Retire".
What about all the other things that Portland is known for?

community gardens
organic food co ops
political activism
Dec 29, 2010 Madonna commented on Kids Say the Most Face-Punchiest Things.
Can I just say that I'm enjoying this new tradition of posting videos of contemptible children...

Keep them coming. As for this bloke, he is/is going to be an asshole, but there's only so much harm you can do if everyone knows you're an asshole.

Here's another of my favorites;…
Dec 28, 2010 Madonna commented on SL Letter of the Day: Can't Help You.
Dan, do you filter your letters? or pick them randomly?
Did you ask your tech savvy at risk youth to find the most annoying and cringeworthy letter you can find?

I don't know how old this girl is, but I know she's young. If you hadn't published this letter, I'm sure she'd look back on what she wrote years from now, when she's less pretentiously half educated on sexual minority academic speak, and be very grateful that it was not published.

But alas, this letter has been published so she can be torn apart. If she's as pretentious and naive as this letter suggests, then these honest comments are going to be shredding.

She sounds delusional and annoying.

Personally, I was also delusional and annoying when I was younger. I didn't go around calling myself 'Cis' gendered at every opportunity, but I'm sure I was more annoying then than I am now, and I'm sure I'll look back at this time in my life and cringe when I'm older too.

As for binning the words 'cis gendered' and 'monosexual' well I think binning 'cis gendered' will make discussions about trans people more confusing, and I think if we bin 'mono sexual' then the monosexuals will continue to impose their bigoted "I exist and you kind of sort of don't" world view on bisexuals as they have for millenia.

Keep them both I say, and Dan, stop publishing letters like this pleeeeese!
Dec 23, 2010 Madonna commented on Ricky Gervais: Why I'm an Atheist.
Such great quotes.

I'm hanging on to these too.

I especially like 'no one owns being good'

I think one of the reasons that Christianity has prevailed is because in our attempts to break away from it, we have been inexperienced at the practice of being autonomously good.

Even today, when atheism is very common, it appears that the number of really kind people, people who sacrifice a lot to help others in need, these people are still pretty thin on the ground in the atheist communities compared to the Christians.

It seems we atheists still have a way to go in cultivating a culture and cultural traditions which have at their centre, being good to others.

A gap has been left where Christianity once lived, and many of us are yet to fill it with something better rather than something bland, such as self interest.
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Dec 17, 2010 Madonna commented on The Hatchet.
@28 are7era,

I just want to say thank you for your comments. They've made me stop and consider.

I don't know what the solutions are to our social problems, but I know that one of the mistakes we as a society continually fall prey to is that of conveniently forgetting the humanity of groups of people for some reason or another. Being reminded that these people are feeling human beings never hurts.

It seems that many acts of cruelty, callousness, or violence are preceded with some reasoning as to why the target is less than human, less than worthy of human compassions. Why do we continue to fall into this trap I don't know.

Thanks for your words of compassion. An important message.
Dec 17, 2010 Madonna commented on This Is One Reason (Of A Hundred) Why Art Commenters Rarely Comment About Art.
can someone explain what she means? Could it be she's got the wrong metaphor?

"...the art market becomes a lightning rod for the haves and have nots in an inequitable society..."

does she mean that in unequal times, artists are likely to find themselves at one end of the rich poor spectrum?

is she putting the haves and have nots in the same category? or is she putting them at different ends (giving and recieving) of this lightning rod.

This is going to bug me until I get it...
Dec 15, 2010 Madonna commented on I'm Pro-Choice (If You're Talking about Choosing to Punch this 12-Year-Old in the Face).
I have a fuzzy recollection of being an anti abortionist at her age. I feel pretty bad about the comments I made way back.

I also had some pretty warped ideas about women... namely that a Mother is someone who must sacrifice everything of herself for her children.