Concerning the Masquerade event

For folks who are upset about the masquerade and view it as being exclusionary, rest assured - everyone is invited to participate.  You just have to come up for a plausible reason for your character to be there.  

Got a Night Vale character?

Maybe they were kidnapped or this is part of their re-education or they’re acting as spies, or they’re doing service jobs, or they’ve snuck in to try and free an indoctrinated loved one, or they have a forbidden romance with a Strex employee, etc.  

It’s cool, folks - no one’s saying you can’t come.  

I’ve compiled a list of Connor and Ezio aka the ASSASSIN DADS’ soon-to-be-not-officially-adoptive-children here we go

  • Steven aka baby gem
  • Mike aka speed demon
  • Fionna aka lil ass kicker
  • Selim aka literal demon child
  • Look at the benefits! Apply today! Your age matters little, you could be 50 and Connor would still make you a boxed lunch and dote on you like he was your mother tbh
  • The Brotherhood is going to be known The Fatherhood at this rate if you’re a recruit you’ll automatically be indoctrinated into this family you’re stuck here punk now eat your dinner

I’ve been reading a book about running, or penguin waddling for those of us who are slowwwww.

One of the big points that has stood out for me is that you can run just because you enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be for losing weight, achieving normative sexiness, whatever.

As women we get so much indoctrination that the way we look is all that matters. That our bodies are objects not instruments.

I’m starting to see just how endemic this thought is - that many (if not most) women seem to participate in fitness solely for how they look. 

How hard is it to do something because it makes you better, stronger, faster, and you enjoy it, instead of doing it to look a certain way?

And if you do do fitness just to look a certain way, why can’t you keep it to yourself? 

Seriously, we need to stop bonding over shared feelings of body hatred. I don’t hate my body, and I am sick of being told that I should.

I lift weights because its fun, I like being stronger. I run because I WANT TO BE FIT.

I tend to think that sexiness comes from intellect, from confidence, humor, from a smile, rather than from fitting a heteronormative vision of what women should look like. 

Meta on obiwan

I was thinking earlier about how obiwan is personified as a virtuous jedi- the etymology of the name obi means ‘soul’ in sanskrit, and ‘wan’ additionally means heart. In biblical terminology, heart and soul are the main functions of the body, and are believed to be the organs which are symbolised as ‘closest to God’ and ‘holy’ which is what obiwan basically is. He is ideally closest to the orthodoxy of the jedi order and as a result he represents the virtuous nature of the jedi.

It is because of this Indoctrination, he shows little emotional affection to characters . However the only character that encourages obiwan to become emotional is anakin. For example it is obiwans affection for anakin- that determines the plot for the entire star wars saga: the most iconic representation of this is on the climatic duel on mustafar- where obiwan admits love for anakin. Throughout the entire prequel trilogy obiwan has oppressed his emotional response, it is a trait often acquainted with quigon who showed shimi and anakin compassion, where obiwan was stoic. In attack of the clones, obiwan is like an elder brother figure to anakin: sharing brotherly support on the elevator to padmés apartment etc. However in rots novelization, padme challenges obiwans love for anakin- but he does not reply. But on mustafar he confesses his love for anakin, which coming from a stoic character shows development and the emotional turmoil he is enduring. This duel is the pivotal point for obiwans character.

After this moment- he embraces the compassionate qualities of quigon, he shows compassion to threepio, padme, bail, yoda etc. This sets up the ‘uncle’ approach that Alex Guinness performed as obiwan in a new hope- compassionate to every cast member, even the droids.

In conclusion after the death of vader and the resurrection of anakins force ghost, that the emotional narrative of obiwan could come to a close.

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.

High School AP History Book Rewrites 2nd Amendment

Textbook version: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”

Actual 2nd Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Did you catch the sleight of hand?

A militia is a body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies. It’s a common man army of citizens, NOT soldiers. The citizens are called up in emergencies to protect the free State.

The 2nd Amendment says that a militia is necessary to protect a free State, so in order to be able to have a militia, the citizens have a natural right to keep and bear arms and the government cannot infringe on that right.

The textbook version implies that we’re only allowed to keep and bear arms if we’re in a State militia, a clear misrepresentation of the 2nd Amendment.

Your Call to Action:

1. Call Guyer High School and tell the appropriate person something like the following:

"Hello, my name is _______________. I saw that your AP History course has issued a book titled, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. In this book, on page 102, the definition provided for the Second Amendment is incorrect and seems to be suggesting that only members of a State Militia are allowed to keep and bear arms. Who made the decision to use this text book? I’d like them to issue a public statement on this book’s attempt to redefine the 2nd Amendment and why they chose to use it. We would also like this issue to be discussed at the next school board meeting. Please include it on the official agenda.”

John H. Guyer High School
7501 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76210
P: 940-369-1000

2. If you live in the area or if you child attends this school, organize with your neighbors and storm the next school board meeting to demand answers.

School Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:00 PM

The Denton ISD Board of Trustees will be meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Board Room at the Dennis Stephens Central Services Building. For more information please contact Kim Stevenson, administrative assistant to the superintedent, at (940) 369-0002.

3. Inspect your child’s history book and photograph other instances of intentional misrepresentations. Post pictures and blog about these occurrences. Demand your school districts regain control of their curriculum.

4. Share this story with your friends, family, and media connections to raise awareness.

 

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