commented on Obama Mocks Climate Change Hecklers
My god this is fucking dumb. I mean, don't get me wrong, the XL pipeline project shouldn't be moving forward, and attention needs to be brought to that. In that regard, good for the protestors, however obnoxious they may be (It's their job in this case, after all).
But is the president being dismissive? Callous? Are you fucking kidding me? He's trying to talk about one issue, and he's being interrupted. He's telling people in the audience who are booing that "Ahhh no no, it's OK" - i.e. NOT BEING A DICK, or otherwise allowing or encouraging disrespect for the protestors (despite their lack of respect of his own goals for his speech). He then tries to BUILD A BRIDGE to the protestors - "We had that the climate change rally back in the summer!" - saying that, YES, he's generally on their side. He was fucking smiling for god's sake!
I mean, Ansel, What would you have done that would have been better? Not finished your speech? Invited them on stage? Take a few minutes to detail their concerns and your reasoning for your course of action? Remember, you're their for a particular reason (healthcare, btw... also reasonably important, even if you believe the only reason he cares is his "legacy"). So really... tell us.
commented on Post-PAX Shitstorm Report
I just read through all the articles posted in the discussion above, and while I empathize with the initial reaction to the comic, it's awfully demonizing to assume that it was ill intended. As this Mike fellow said, he regrets his reaction to the criticism he received, and he's trying to be better. That's really all that I can ask from someone who fucks up. While he's had a few more run-ins with being ignorant and stupid, that's just an area he's got to work on. None of those occasions seem purposefully hurtful, but were insensitive at times when they were reactionary. The full burden of the internets commentary on someone's mistakes is probably hard to handle deftly.
I really wish him the best, and hope he continues to strive to be better.
At the same time, to echo other people in these comments. Those people who chose to continue to demonize people who ARE TRYING to apologize and be human - You're actively destroying the people who are our best hope for reconciliation, forgiveness, and education on the subject. I say "are trying" because changing the way you react and speak, particularly on sensitive issues, CAN TAKE YEARS. Sure, I get it, "What do we want? Change! When do we want it? NOW!"... but understand that change is OCCURING NOW, but you don't jump from point A-->B in a day or a year, it takes a lot of time. Small changes do seem to have occurred in Mike's perspective, and you should be thankful of that much shift at all. Most people, just keep on truckin'....
commented on What Do You Think of the Fast & Furious 6 Trailer?
You're really missing out on one of the best movies if you skipped #3. F&F: Tokyo Drift is one of the finest movies in the series. You go in expecting that it's going to be full of bad acting, machismo, hot cars, and extreme orientalism - AND THEN IT SATISFIES ON ALL COUNTS!!!
So my recommendation is that you watch it (even if you skip 4/5/6)
Jun 13, 2011
commented on A Question on Buses About Smoking
@76 - FTW
Also, I've been on both sides of the fence, and what I've found is that people who think other peoples' business is there own, will go ahead and make it that way. If they want to be pissed at your for smoking, they're the same people who bitch at traffic, at the lines in the grocery store, and when you put your seat back in the airplane (Yes, this might be the most controversial of all things, I realize). There's a certain egotism about wanting to control everything about your environment while not making any concessions for the other people who use it. It's made even more frustrating by the fact that they make "health" their holy grail, and a foil through which they let you know YOU are inflicting injury on THEM, while obviously, as many other commenters have pointed out, there are many worse things people and society do for our health.
Yes, smoking smells. Yes, it can cause health damage. No, stopping smoking for every person in your space will not make you happy or less pissed off, you're just an angry egotistical person. Share space, be polite, and people will do the same for you.
Jun 8, 2011
commented on Yeah, Sure, We're Underinvesting in Education, but Hey Look... Squirrel!
I get it. Originally you were just... making conversation. And people went and got all ape-shit. Now, their ape-shit-ness brings up another point... why don't people care more when things REALLY MATTER?
Why?... Because they just really like being angry! RAWR!!!
Good series of posts.
Apr 16, 2010
commented on Ugh
At the same time, smokers are a frequently publicly prosecuted group. Despite the habit being legal, in a large number of cities they aren't allowed to smoke legally in their homes (if they live in apartments), on the sidewalk, inside any building, or in the city of Seattle, in parks.
I use to smoke, and let me tell you, when you're enjoying your government taxed, store bought, PERSONAL death-stick, and someone gives you a dirty look from 25 feet away, or makes a snarky comment you kind of want to punch them in the face. And unfortunately, despite being a smoker who was respectful and courteous of non-smokers around me, almost every time I stepped out to have a cigarette over 5 years this happened. So, forgive my fellow smokers and smoker sympathizers, but it gets a little old.
(All this being said, you're kind of right... but see where they're coming from?)
Apr 5, 2010
commented on Required Reading: New York Times Magazine On Whether Animals—Besides Humans—Can Be Gay
Dan, do you really think scientists are "steeped in cultural prejudices against homosexuality?" That seems a bit strange to me, as ALL the scientific communities I've ever had the pleasure of being part of are very accepting of any gender or sexual orientation. Much better then other work communities I've been a part of. So, did you meet some dick scientist or something? Why the generalization?