captainstarless said:

Have any of the mods seen the fckh8 video where it has little girls (I'm guessing 7-10) are saying fuck and talking about feminism, including the "1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted" statistic, the wage gap, and a few other topics? Its cringe worthy at best, infuriating at worst, exploitative any way you cut it. vimeo. com/109573972

Yes. And honestly I’m not even disturbed by the girls saying “fuck”, but I am disturbed that these fake factoids that have been debunked dozens are still around. Also I’m guessing these girls will grow up being indoctrinated by this kind of mentality and it makes me want to throw up. I hope they’ll grow up learning to fact check because reality is ugly enough without making people paranoid about it.

-the italian one

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anonymous said:

r u for the republican or democratic party?

In (direct) reply to your query: I am not (for) either party. Contrary to the political spin and indoctrination much of the voting population receives through various media sources, I’m a classically-trained, political scientist.  I perform my own research regarding relevant ballot issues and vet every candidate regardless of party affiliation.  In reality,  U.S. politics and governance is a bit more complex than simply choosing a “team.”  More importantly, the respective party “platform” of (today’s) Democrats and Republicans is more a reflection of the desires of their corporate handlers and the oligarchs than citizen membership.  

Now, assuming your query was more about getting a feel for my political leanings rather than adherence to a particular ideology, then….

  • Fiscal conservative. Less government is preferred.
  • Support equal rights for LGBT persons, including marriage equality.
  • Support (free) market enterprise, NOT crony capitalism
  • Support FAIR trade policies
  • Against Cap & Trade policies and legislation. 
  • Support the unalienable rights of (man) conferred in the US Constitution and support  repeal of all conflicting laws, federal agency administrative decrees and executive orders with same. 
  • Support individual gun ownership and all rights conferred in the 2nd Amendment
  • Support women and their right of choice in matters affecting their health and well being.
  • Support complete transparency in government
  • Against (corporate) welfare and subsidies
  • Against government financial support to non-profit charities
  • Against farming out government functions and services to private for-profit and non-profit entities.
  • For complete repeal of the PPACA (Obama-Care).
  • Support a complete, (medical) delivery system overhaul: (of government regulations, insurance provider terms of service, medical service providers standard practices and pharmaceutical companies’ operating practices), particularly in areas of patient access, pricing, billing transparency, opening up patient access to competitive foreign markets for prescription drugs and the elimination of all protectionist crony- capitalist government regulations; ie, state controlled CONS boards, insurance provider boundaries, etc…  I hold the belief that medical care needs to be both accessible and affordable. I believe that the current system fails to meet the basic needs of most citizens due to excessive government regulation, corporate control of the system and crony capitalism.  Employers have no business being involved in the private health care matters of their employees. All health insurance policies should be available “open-market” not “employer” based.  Furthermore, I hold the belief that most citizens, like myself, would prefer (self-directed) choice in matters of healthcare as opposed to third party or government controlled, mandates and (cost-managed) delivery of access and services.
  • Support repeal of all tort reform laws that limit both citizen access and amount of civil damage awards by juries. 
  •  Support changes in laws of incorporation to provide for the recognition of (employees) as a stakeholder, with compensation to include stock options as well as employee designated (voting) seats on the governing board for every (publicly-held) corporation.
  •  Support term limits for Senators, Representatives and Supreme Court Justices.
  • Support strict separation of the (government’s) business from (church) business.

 btw… I’m always up for “thoughtful” political dialogue.  My (political) blog is: Southern_Gentry.tumblr 

Disclosure: Thought from this reddit discussion:

I really dislike it when people use arguments like “indoctrination” or “you just can’t see it” or “you just don’t get it” lightly.

Because there’s no proper response that can change their mind. Any form of disagreement gets met with: “See, I know you were indoctrinated,” or “See, you really don’t get it.”

Edit: To be fair, in this particular discussion, the other party told me explicitly how I could change their mind. That is a good response.

babysitting is fun because its a good excuse to watch movies uve already watched and play video games uve already played + u get to subtly indoctrinate a child into social justice

The public school system: Usually a twelve year sentence of mind control. Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism and compromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting it instead into meek subservience to authority.
—  Walter Karp

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”

Banksy

Mind = ... Holy fuck...

[WARNING]

Spoilers! Do not read if you have not finished ME3 or wish to avoid spoilers for the ending.

Alright. I’ve been toying with the idea of the Indoctrination theory for the ending of Mass Effect 3 that has been floating around the internet. And I have discussed many points with my housemate, who has also studied literature extensively. She knows how invested I am in the story, and has given me a seed of hope that has blossomed into a razor-sharp flower of abject disbelief. She has also been researching this purely to ease my troubled mind, because living with me when I am in the throes of anguish or the grips of rage is pure hell.

And I can safely say that this is either the most dick move that Bioware could have pulled, or pure. Fucking. Genius.

So, yes. I have been won over to the indoctrination theory, and I’ll share with you some of the reasons why.

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Calvin and Hobbes. Paraphrasing Carl Sagan and promoting science literacy since ‘85.

“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

The Sagan Series; Episode 3: A Reassuring Fable

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.

“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.

Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.

More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

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