anonymous said:

How does the industry normally react to (female) body hair? -- A hairy hippie circus performer wanting to get more into burlesque

I have a bush.  A few girls at my clubs rock the pubic hair as well.  Generally, having hairy legs or arms will earn you less money because guys are easily indoctrinated into only valuing the typical beauty standards, but that doesn’t mean it would be impossible.  It’s always good to change guy’s minds about what they can actually see as attractive vs. what they thought made a girl unattractive.

summonthespiritsup said:

How do you recommend introducing children to the magickal uses of plants & witchcraft/shamanism? What age? How were you introduced?

That’s really a loaded question :)  You can certainly introduce children to plant magick at any age, provided you work with safe herbs.  Just having them tend a garden in and of itself is magick.  Teach them the care of and properties of them.  As for introducing them to witchcraft, I’m not the best person to answer that.  I have three adult children and a teenager.  I allowed them to choose their own path in life.  2 are pagan, 1 is Christian and 1 agnostic.  If you want to indoctrinate your child/ren into the craft I would advise getting the Book Circle Round by Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill.  It’s an excellent book with all kinds of good advice and lots of pagan activities, stories, chants etc.  It’s my go to book for helping my teenage son.  

too many people, some of my own family included, come to the United States for a better life but end up losing their souls to cultural indoctrination. prolonged exposure to our dominant ideology can cause greed and perversion to take root in the minds of the uneducated and underinformed. this is where uncle toms and hispanic republicans come from

anonymous said:

Why does it seem like the cycle of life is always corrupt and selfish? Why do people only look out for themselves?

Things are never as they seem. We are all products of society whether you are a hippie, a cop, a murderer, whatever. And we are the way we are due to social conditioning and indoctrination. However, when we realize our current state, it is  only then that we can change it and break the cycle that seems as you say corrupt and selfish. 

anonymous said:

Why the creepy dp?lol

This perceived ‘creepiness’ is merely a projection of your own notion of acceptability onto my image. It’s a manifestation of societal boundaries that limit and shelter our individuality. This ‘creepiness’ opinion is a result of a societal indoctrination whereby policing ensues toward any act deemed unacceptable by a fully superficial and immoral code of conduct that dictates every aspect of our lives.

Visit http://natskep.com - Teach children to use logic and reason. If you have a child never talk down to them. Bring yourself down to their level and talk to them eye to eye. We’re raising humans not puppies. #indoctrination#religion#religious#hell#fear#afterwards#humanism #humanist#logic#thinklogically #love #atheism #atheist #atheistforlife #antitheist #goodwithoutgod #godless #godlessamerican #heathen #Notforme #atheist_jbird #Godisalie #religioniscancer

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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