Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Suffer insanity? Thankfully not!

"I don't suffer from insanity. I host the dinner party and we dance naked in the moonlight!"

I'm sure I saw that somewhere, once. Maybe it was just on the inside of my frontal lobe....




Friday, June 16, 2017

Fiction Friday - "The Culling" Campaign Setting

Today is June 14, 2035. Or, Year 7 of The Culling, depending on how you mark time.

To this day, still no one knows the identity of The Reaper, The Bitch with the Book, The Mind Grinder, or as she seems to prefer, simply The Cullen (a bastardization of “The Culling”).

You’d think in a world of superheroes and villains, where figures of myth and legend walk the Earth, we’d at least know the identity of this creature who causes lives to end. Hell, we have the damn "Sorcerer Supreme" and even she can't figure out the identity - let alone how to stop - The Cullen.

But, let me scroll back.

May 10, 2018, 7:01 AM GMT is the moment of “The Vision,” or properly “The Memory of the Vision” - in an instant, every human on Earth over the age of nine had a perfectly clear memory of the contents of a spiritual event - a mystical vision - with no memory of actually having experienced the vision.

The great winged and blindfolded woman was clad in scintillant white. Everyone knows the color of her skin - but the color depends on the bias of whom you're asking, so no one knows shit.  In one hand, she held scales like Justice, and chained to her waist was a great book.

“Five thousand years, and still you idiots won't grow up. Cycle after cycle of self-destruction ends now.”

She touched the book at her waist. It’s size seemed to change, as if it was simultaneously every book, and not a book at all.

“New rules have been written. You have ten years to clean house, and then the culling becomes law.”

She raised the scales. On one side was a heart, and the other a feather.

“Five years from today, the deep-to-the-core, remorseless narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths will change. Their bodies will become as diseased as their minds. Some of them can be saved - if people are willing to help them. Some will be too sick, and cannot be saved. Others will be discarded by the callous around them. The choice is your’s.”

Her head turned, and she stared at us, as if her hidden eyes tore through the soul of every human.

“Ten years from today, those mentally broken whom you do not save, will die.”

The scales tipped, raising the feather above the heart.

“New rules. Extreme lack of empathy is a crime. Narcissism, sociopathy, and psychosis - the inability to acknowledge living beings as having value - is an illness today, dangerous and fatal to those around the sick bastard. Now the tables are turned, and the mental illness is fatal. Change your values, save each other. There is no appeal. The choice is your’s.”

Five years later, to the day - May 10, 2013 - world leaders, business leaders, religious leaders and millions of normal people started to develop palsies and skin diseases. It started slowly, but accelerated quickly.

An estimated 11% of the world population got sick. Some people had thought ahead, and realized those who were physically ill also had deep mental problems - narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths. No chemical or drug - not even the super drugs created by the Mega-Intelligent - treated the physical ailments, but mental health treatments worked - normalize the mind, save the body.

Then May 10, 2028 - “The Culling” - “Weeping Saturday”- an estimated 3% of the world population - human, robot and alien - fell over dead.   It's called "Weeping Saturday," because the cries of terror and anguish for those left-behind lasted months.

There were no surprises - they were all sick in the soul - they were the mentally broken who could not - or would not - repent or change.

Since that day, the “New Rules” continue. Mental health has become a priority - lack of empathy is a fatal disease.

The world has changed for the better. Oh, it's still a mess. There are many layers of “lack of empathy” before getting anywhere near the fatal thresholds of narcissism or psychosis. People still get stabbed and shot, people still let others starve, we still have hate and stupidity, but world leaders are again public servants and not extreme madmen bent on personal power.

No one - mortal, superman, nor godling - has been able to stop The Culling, nor to even touch The Bitch with the Book, herself. She literally seems invincible.

She walks the land from time to time, giving succor and aid. A few times a year, somewhere on Earth, she is spotted in soup kitchens to serve food and wash dishes. She appears in flood zones to help rescue people and distribute supplies. She never does anything superhuman, or magical. It's very mundane and very humble - she leads by example.

When asked for advice, the answer is always how a human institution can help. Directions to a shelter, or crisis counseling services, things like that. She once pulled financial assistance application forms from her book for someone who couldn't otherwise get them in time to meet a deadline. And she helped the person fill out the forms, and gave her a postage stamp to mail them.

When the righteous confront The Cullen, she responds only “What have you done today to help?”  She never raises her voice, but she does have a cutting tongue. The self-righteous always lose those arguments.

No one misses the Dr Armageddons or New Conquerors, or the City-Leveling Madmen. Those were Class E threats to health and sanity the world over. Absolute lunatics who killed and conquered without remorse.

But, 3% is a huge number - families were devastated, governments destabilized and large corporations cast into chaos.  It wasn't particularly bloody, but it was definitely a massacre.

This is Year Seven, but it will be many decades more before we really - as The Mind Grinder said - “grow up.” The only - sick - hope is that we can finally do that now, without the most evil among us.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Communication is 50-50

Yes, it's a cliche, but cliches start somewhere.

You are reading what I am writing. That means an attempt at communication is happening.

I'm trying to share a point of view, and you are trying to understand my point of view (and then you can agree or disagree later).

I have a responsibility to make myself clear. To use clear language, to use words that are relevant to my point, and to include enough details or examples that you have a reference point in the myriad of possible interpretations of my words and phrases.

You have a responsibility to put some effort imto understanding what I'm saying. If my point is not automatically clear, you have a responsibility to take a deep breath and think about it. If a word or phrase has multiple potential meanings, you have a duty to put some effort into figuring out which meaning I intend, so that you can help yourself understand what I'm trying to say.

In my practical experience, people fail to carry their weight in one side or the other, leading to pointless and unnecessary conflict, especiallyion the Interwebs.

I'm sure you've seen it:
- Someone makes an unclear statement with multiple potential meanings;
- An audience member makes no effort to interpret the intended meaning, and instead either gets pissy or provides an invalidating retort;
- The original speaker gets pissy about how stupid the audience member is for failing to understand "the obvious," and/or takes offense at not being validated, and escalates the pissiness;
- Blah, blah, stupid fight that didn't need to happen.

I see it online and offline every damn day. That's why I make an effort to make myself clear ("Use more words!") and make an effort to slow down, try to understand, and try to not get pissy.

Sometimes I do a good job, sometimes I don't, but I'm sure as fuck bragging about trying harder than the average bear.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Tattoo me (but not today)

I'm not sure why I haven't yet surrendered to the needle. I think because once I started, I would forever be unhappy having only so much canvas to express myself.

Maybe I need to become a tattoo artist, and convince others to be my living canvas, showing off whatever the fuck I want to put on them.

Hm?



Model unknown - anyone know the model or photographer?



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Funny, how no one *really* tries Libertarianism

You know, that's a good point. You never hear people chanting the praises of unbridled libertarianism, or decrying the shortcomings of a failed libertarian society (oh, wait, there was that Mad Max meme).

It's as if no one ever wants to seriously give it a try...

Kim Brown originally shared:

I'm still waiting for any Libertarian to give me one example of a successful libertarian country.



Larry Lyons

Larry Niven told it best in one of his stories, Cloak of Anarchy. Any case of anarchy or libertarianism dissolves into violence and strongman rule after a very short time.

http://www.larryniven.net/stories/cloak_of_anarchy.shtml


Oh, wait, apparently the CEO of Sears did try libertarian corporate structure and has nearly destroyed the company, and the oligarchs of Hondouras have tried it, and have successfully destroyed the country.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/column-this-is-what-happens-when-you-take-ayn-rand-seriously/


And here is how things can go when the Libertarian model is applied to services that are really the public responsibility, such as incarceration

And an example of the ever popular "well those city-owners assets to private industry, and we'll be just as loyal, no really" gone horribly wrong (because in a big corporation, the sociopaths always rise to the top)


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Good vs Evil: STUPIDITY is King

GOOD is stronger than EVIL.

EVIL is more seductive than GOOD.

STUPIDITY is the most powerful force in the universe - history  proves this.


In the eternal struggle of Good vs Evil, Good and Evil aren't the problem - the problem is that STUPIDITY can't tell the difference.



Monday, April 10, 2017

Darkness, My Old Friend

Don't fight the darkness, that just gives it power.

Don't hide from the darkness, then you can't see it infiltrate you.

Acknowledge the darkness, understand the darkness, and bring it to heel, as a guardian against foreign darkness, and tool for the appropriate times.





And, just to wear the lampshade (even though it isn't quite the same message, but I know the ear worm probably got you by this point). :-)








Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump's Syrian Distraction - 60 missiles WAS NOT APPROPRIATE RESPONSE

Shared with me:


Personally, I think President Trump gets off on ordering a billion taxpayer dollars of men and materiel to fire tens of millions of taxpayer dollars of missiles to blow the shit out of a few hundred million dollars of materiel and men, just because it strokes his ego to know people will kill people because he wants them to, and other people will worship him for it.

Yes, absolutely some response was required. 60 missiles and sending every foreign nation to DefCon Four anticipating irrational attack from our ego maniac President is NOT an appropriate response.


(Just as a reminder, President Trump paid ZERO income taxes for nearly 20 years.  So, all those "taxpayer" dollars President Trump is wanking off on blowing up?  YOUR MONEY.)



Trump Attacks Syria To Distract You

Meanwhile, Donald Trump whips out his big ego and strokes or for everyone to see. He wants the world to see how big and manly he is. He starts a goddamn fucking war with a US ally, turns the world against us, and pushes us all closer to World War III - because he can stroke his ego and 60 fucking missiles annihilate an area the size of a town.

If you support Trump and the GOP - who have waged war on humanity to feed the greed of tiny little savages like the Trump family for decades, then you can fuck off. YOU can sign up yourself and your children and your grandchildren to die for Donald’s ego, for Bannon’s Aryan Dream and to make the elitist rich richer while children starve to death. Make the world a better place: fuck off and die.




There is no excuse to let children starve on the streets

Today I passed a woman and her two children on the street of Seattle. They were freezing and begging for spare change - outside the fucking Macy’s store. Their not-tattered cloths, clean skin, and look of shock said until recently they enjoyed a normal life, and knew life wasn't supposed to be “leave school and curl up in the sidewalk for the night.” Quite probably they had a home until last week. The first of the month is when rent comes due. It's when landlords kick people out. I gave her the pissant change I had on me.

The first of the month is when rent comes due. 
It's when landlords kick people out.

This evening there was a young woman camped outside Fred Meyer, freezing her ass off. Her sign was asking for tents, blankets, camping gear, and spare change. Again, her gloves, cloths and skin screamed “I had a roof until this week.” She was smart enough to write that sign. She almost certainly completed high school and maybe college. I gave her the money in had gotten from the ATM to buy myself a candy bar.

No one should be forced to live in the street. It’s a stab through the heart to look at children exactly like the middle class kids you grew up with, and a woman exactly like the soccer mom, who was your “other mom,” who took you for ice cream with your best friend after every game, huddled against a fucking wall with her children, trying not to show the terror, despair and crushing sense of failure she felt, because she couldn't protect her kids.

It turns your world upside to see yourself sitting by the road, freezing, begging for blankets or spare change. Education means opportunity, but it no longer guarantees survival. “By the grace of God,” and all that bullshit. My lifepath lead to stability - her’s has lead to freezing on the street.

It fills the compassionate heart with revulsion that we have allowed this to happen. It fills the sane mind with terror to know it can easily happen to people exactly like us.

America is the richest country in the history of human civilization. There is no excuse for anyone - especially children! - to be freezing, starving and begging. 

NO EXCUSE FOR LETTING CHILDREN STARVE.

Every day I try to do something - anything - to make the world a better place for everyone. I give time, I give money. Some days more, some days less, but something.

I don’t give a fuck who you want to blame for the sorry state of the world. Blame and anger aren’t helpful unless they all focus on one critical action item:

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?




This Sucks

Just yesterday morning I was congratulating myself for having stayed off social media for five whole weeks. 

I was so proud of myself for changing my perspective.  For sorting out my priorities. For practicing letting the world take care of itself.  For letting go.

I was starting to think about my fiction again. I was enjoying music again, and maybe writing some cool new posts, someday. 

I was spending more time with my family, and thinking about putting up new pictures, or maybe getting some old posters (that I still carry around, because I still love them) framed and hung on the walls.  Maybe re-working the budget to buy a better (used) car.   Exercising regularly again, and getting more sleep.  

I discovered I actually can keep houseplants alive, and that I like bright flowers.

Then, the fucking universe kicked me in the face and screamed: 

"HA! HA! You can't hide! You're hard-wired to give a crap!  Rage and depression and screaming into the wind is your function! Welcome back, bitch!"






Rich isn't special, especially when children are starving

“We can't disrupt Barron Trump’s school life by making him move into the White House, and change schools,” like every other President’s kid has done. Like not-billionaire kids do every damn day.

“We can't expect the President to pay for security on the building where his wife and son are living,” just because they refuse to move to the White House, like every other Presidential Family has done. And nevermind he was paying for it himself, before becoming President, instead of making you pay for it.

There are homeless children starving on the streets of Seattle.
I met two of them yesterday.
They were huddled against a wall,
looking as confused and terrified as you would expect.

If you think “rich” and “celebrity” means “special” and “privileged,” if you support Trump and the GOP, then fuck you: YOU are the reason evil thrives in this world.




Fuckity Fuck








Saturday, April 1, 2017

My Secret Identity Revealed

Okay. I'm ready to come clean. I'm really Angelina Jolie, leading a double life as world-class entertainer, philanthropist, and secret online rager against human stupidity, selfishness and greed.

You can understand why I would feel the need to keep the two lives separate. I mean, seriously, people get so easily distracted from my public work trying to make the world a better place.




It's Class Warfare, Bitches! 
Rage on, my loves. 
Rage on!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Icarus Superhuman

If I had superhuman powers, who would I be?  Well, since I'm hard-wired to give a crap, I'd make the best go I could at being a super hero.  Of course, the world has such a love-hate relationship with heroes, that would go over just so awesomely well.  But, I'd try anyway.  So, here is who I might be, if I was a Savage Worlds Supers character.

Hortensia Mihaela Quinones

Background & Origin:  She is a native of Belgium, in the northern region, where Dutch is the native language, and French is spoken by almost everyone (Belgium has three official languages - Dutch, French and German).

She was working as a carpet fitter, when she had a mysterious radiation accident and gained superhuman powers.

She was born as a university hospital. It was the closest facility when her mother went into labor at the university library.  She was raised by close family members: grandparents, an aunt/uncle, or similar. They were royalty by blood. They are alive and well.

She has the following siblings:
  • A younger brother that  she has lost touch with;
  • An older brother that she is very close to;
  • An older brother that she is very close to.

She has experienced the following important events:
  • A serious relationship ended when her partner died, dying under mysterious circumstances;
  • She became addicted to drugs.
  • She made a friend; an old friend that she reconnected with. They have great personal power;
  • She was involved in several casual relationships, each lasting a month or more, but none became serious;
  • A holy man visited her home region, and she spent several months as a disciple, bolstering her faith;
  • She made a friend, a relative. They are an important figure both locally and beyond the immediate area;
  • She found that she has a younger brother that she never knew she had (see above);
  • She made an enemy, people in positions of power, the authorities. She'll go out of her way to start a physical altercation with them. They are an important figure both locally and beyond the immediate area. The dislike is the result of a personal relationship.


Combat Tactics:  She is a skilled melee fighter, having studied various forms of close combat even before developing super strength.

Personality Traits:  Brilliant, arrogant, independent (that's what the random generator came up with, but yeah, yeah, it totally fits, I know).

Appearance:  She favors latex, because skintight stays out of the way, and it just looks good. She has wild, unkempt hair. She carries a locket, with a lock of hair from her partner who died. She wears it fairly prominently, and sometimes drops (fake) clues that it is the source of her power (motivation maybe, power no).

Powers:  She can run at 200 MPH, do tasks ten times faster than normal, regenerate, and lift a bus, while keeping her witty charm, good hair and cute butt.

Notes:  Model unknown.  



(model unknown)

Hortensia Mihaela Quinones  - Savage Worlds

Novice Human Heavy Hitter Superhero
Agility     d6
Smarts     d6
Spirit        d8
Strength     d12+6 (lift 10 tons)
Vigor         d8

Charisma     +2
Pace         96
Parry         7
Toughness     14

Skills
Fighting     d10
Intimidation     d6
Notice     d6
Persuasion     d8
Streetwise     d6
Taunt         d6

Knowledge (language) (Dutch)     (native)
Knowledge (language) (English)     d4
Knowledge (language) (French)     d6

Edges
Arcane Background (Super Human)
Attractive
Combat Reflexes
Dodge
Martial Artist
Strong Willed

Hindrances
Heroic (Major) - always compelled to help those in need and a sucker for a sob story
Big Mouth (Minor) - she talks too freely and doesn't edit enough
Wanted (Minor) - She pissed off the authorities in a couple Asian countries. It was all a "misunderstanding,"  of course, and really it wasn't that much property damage, but that whole "slavery" thing kind of pissed her off. 

Super Powers
Extra Actions 0 Modifiers: Fast Action (still only one action per turn at no penalty, but extended actions take significantly less time) (2 pp)
Regeneration 2 Modifiers: Recovery, Regrowth (natural healing roll every hour, halve time to recover from fatigue, permanent injuries are only temporary) (7 pp)
Speed Pace 96, Modifiers: Blinding Reflexes (240 MPH, attack penalty -4, might be able to dodge explosions) (12 pp)
Super Attribute 10 Strength +9, Vigor +1 (20 pp)
Super Edge Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Martial Artist (6 pp)
Super Skill 5 (5 pp)
Toughness 8 (+8 Toughness) (8 pp)


Sourcebooks Savage Worlds (PEG, 2015), Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion (PEG, 2014),   Savage Worlds Rifts The Tomorrow Legion Players Guide (PEG, 2016).


Random backstory generator - http://www.pbegames.com/lifepath/ .
Random name generator - http://www.behindthename.com/random/ .
Random job generator - http://writingexercises.co.uk/random-job-generator.php .
Random personality trait generator - http://writingexercises.co.uk/random-character-traits-generator.php .

I haven't played Savage Worlds yet, so I don't know what I think. I was kind of disappointed with how many hoops I had to jump through to get the exact character concept I was looking for, and I had to bump her up a power category (to Heavy Hitter) to get enough points for what seemed like a fairly basic concept.

I don't know. Maybe if I actually get a chance to play it, sometime, it will make more sense.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grown-ups deal with reality, children pretend reality is a lie

Oh, Hell, "thinking" at all, seems to be a lost art form. A huge problem today is that people like to replace selfish emotional needs with thinking. People don't like the answers that come back, therefore substitute the answers they want and gyrate like crazy to justify it.



It takes real emotional maturity to be able to accept reasonable and honest answers and then deal with those answers. Grown-ups can say "I don't like that answer, but I will now deal with it," but children say "Nuh-uh! That's not the answer! I had the biggest inauguration crowd in history! Ever!"





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Root Cause: Rape happens, because people commit rape

Women don't get raped for wearing the wrong clothing, they get raped, because men rape them.

This is basic root cause for so many things. People get shot (or stabbed, or clubbed), because someone shoots them.

You get two basic reasons for trying to wave off the reality of rape.

1) blame the victim - often done as a way to justify it otherwise moralize the rape action. "Well, if she hadn't advertised she wanted to be raped, no one would have raped her." Obviously, this is bullshit, and somehow the would-be rapist never seems to catch the implicit insult about how he has less self-control than a mentally damaged dog.

2) Evil exists in the world and you need to try to protect yourself from it. This is a true statement. It should not be construed as an excuse for evil to be evil, that is, just because men sometimes rape women, does not absolve rapists of being rapists, if a women does not somehow prevent him from raping her.

So, just as the root cause of murder (deliberate killing action) is someone committing the murderous action, and failure to prevent oneself being murdered does not absolve the murderer of being a murderer, then rapists are rapists and we need to grow up and accept that rape happens, because men refuse to exercise even basic control over themselves.

But, you know, at the end of the day, grow up and take some responsibility for your actions.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Republicans lack introspection

Yeah, no.  Republicans didn't "soul-search" when the GOP lost in 2008 or 2012.  They did double-down on their  racism, thumbscrews and false promises, though.  They did double-down on plans to screw Americans and tell them to beg for more, the ungrateful little turds.


I just don't feel like there is a lot that needs to be said here.  After #Electiongeddon2016, and millions of Americans stared at themselves in the mirror and asked "Oh, fuck, what have we done!?" and now, months later, it turns out that everything is worse than possibly expected from President Trump and the GOP, and - this is the kicker - the Faithful Flock, who - it turns out - are just as arrogant, self-centered, and self-delusional as we always knew they were.  Amazing.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Fiction Friday - Green-haired Marine Biologist (Aberrant RPG)

Eva Æbbe Arissen


Background & Origin:  She was a marine biology student, when a freak diving accident lead to her eruption. She continued her studies and is now working professionally as a marine explorer and salvage operator.

She knows people in the marine salvage community, where she works as a deep sea specialist, and in the marine biology academic world, where she contributes to research papers.

Combat Tactics:  She'll try to drown a foe into unconsciousness, then haul him to the surface and resuscitate him.

Personality Traits: Relaxed, easy-going, loves the ocean and can talk about it for hours.

Appearance: She is six feet tall, and her hair has turned green as a natural mutation.

Powers: She is perfect in every way, and also bullet proof. She is fully amphibious, and can survive at extreme depths indefinitely.  She is a professional Marine Biologist by training and vocation.

Notes: Model Victoria Van Violence. Character by I.A. Riley, August, 2016.






Eva Æbbe Arissen - Aberrant

Strength ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Might ⬤ [6])

Dexterity ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Athletics ⬤ [6], Martial Arts ⬤ [6])

Stamina ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤/⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5] (+4)
(Endurance ⬤⬤⬤⬤ [9], Resistance ⬤⬤⬤⬤ [9])

Perception ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Awareness ⬤ [6])

Intelligence ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Academics [Maritime Law] ⬤⬤ [7], Engineering [Marine Salvage] ⬤ [6], Medicine ⬤ [6], Linguistics ⬤⬤ [7], Science [Marine Biology] ⬤⬤⬤ [8])

Wits ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Art ⬤⬤ [7], Biz ⬤ [6])

Appearance ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Intimidation ⬤ [6], Style ⬤ [6])

Manipulation ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Streetwise ⬤⬤ [7])

Charisma ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ [5]
(Command ⬤ [6], Perform ⬤⬤ [7])

Quantum ⬤⬤⬤
Quantum Pool 26
Willpower ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤ ⬤⬤
Taint ⬤⬤
Combined Soak - Bashing 17, Lethal 10
Health levels - Bruised, Bruised, Bruised, Bruised, Hurt, Injured, Wounded (cannot sprint), Maimed (movement halved), Maimed, Maimed, Crippled (can only move one meter per turn), Incapacitated, Dead

Backgrounds
Eufiber ⬤⬤⬤⬤
Resources ⬤⬤⬤

Powers
Body Modification (Adhesive Grip, Extra Health Levels [+1 “Bruised,” +2 “Maimed”], Gills)

Mega-Stamina ⬤⬤⬤⬤ (Adaptability, Resiliency)
(heal six times faster than a baseline, lifespan 200+ years, dice pool penalties due to injury reduced by four, two extra “Bruised” Health levels)





Just shit -

Sourcebooks Aberrant RPG  (White Wolf Publishing, 1999).

Random backstory generator - http://www.pbegames.com/lifepath/ .

Random name generator - http://www.behindthename.com/random/ .

Lots of Mega-Stamina, by itself, isn't actually much use, since there are only two Abilities linked to it, and it's overpriced compared to Armor for the defensive benefits it provides. However, this character was specifically built around the premise of lots of Mega-Stamina, so there you go.

Eufiber is actually the cheapest possible way to boost soak, since five dots can be had for one nova point.





Thursday, March 9, 2017

Deeply Held Beliefs Feel Good

"Deeply held beliefs" make us feel good.

"Deeply understood facts" are often uncomfortable, frustrating, or in direct opposition to humans feeling good about themselves.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mock the Meme: the NRA trying to sell silencers

I'm totally fine as long as we're really talking about using them for hunting rifles, which is the story the meme is selling.

So, let's all agree to keep pistol suppressors off the market? Since no sane person tries hunting deer or rabbit with just a pistol, anyway, right?

I mean, a pistol as a backup, in case something goes wrong, absolutely, but anyone who wants to shoot the rabbit or deer up close and pistol personal in the first place isn't the kind of person I want having a gun, anyway.

By the way, apparently in the US, there is a $200 application fee to buy a silencer, aka firearm suppressor.  Given that most decent firearms can cost well in excess of $200, oh, boo hoo.  If you want it badly enough, do some paperwork, otherwise don't whine when "the criminals" start flooding the market with suppressors and shooting your "lawful gun owner" ass.


It's called "persuasive argument," and the point is to convince you of an idea. The meme presents the idea of firearm silencers as a good thing that every reasonable person would want.

What the meme deliberately ignores and deliberately misleads you away from is items I touched on above - pistols and all the other reasons silencers are currently illegal. They weren't designed as courtesy features. They were designed as military and killing features - imagine how much harder domestic violence case become when there are fewer witnesses because no one heard the gun shots the day before, so no one called the cops until the body was found long after the assailant fled the state.

This isn't rocket science. There are very good reasons that suppressors are not legal, and the NRA assholes are still selling the same old shit: get everyone terrified, so everyone jumps into the arms race out of terror, and the NRA owners - the gun makers - make shitloads of money off terrified peasants killing each other.




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Focus, Berned, Focus - Electiongeddon2016 is OVER

“hillbots” - how quaint.

Listen, “Berned,” #Electiongeddon2016 is over. We have Trump.

Clinton is gone and relegated to the dustbin of history. Both of them. Let it go. We have Trump and the GOP.

So, you're mad at the DNC because you feel cheated and defeated by the 40 year slow burn of the GOP? You can point to the neo-liberal failings of Clinton and Obama? You’re mad that Obama wasn't radical enough.

That's nice. Remember the part where Obama spent 8 years barely able to get anything done at all, due to GOP obstruction? Oh, you've already forgotten because #Electiongeddon2016 left you feeling Berned and angry?

Where were you during the Clinton years? Where were you during the Bush years? Where were you during the Obama years? You do know the GOP were stealing your shit long before Bernie’s Kiss magically woke you up during #Electiongeddon2016, right, Berned?

Congratulating yourself that a Trump presidency is “punishing” the DNC is just plain stupid. The DNC still exists. The DNC will continue to exist. The DNC isn't “punished,” because you voted Trump, or Stein, or - this is my favorite - wrote in Sanders (after he dropped out and told you not to), instead of Clinton.

No, Berned, the DNC are doing just fine despite your choice. It's the rest of America that's getting fucked and that's why everyone thinks you're being an asshole, Berned.

What are you doing - TODAY - about GOP voter suppression, Berned?

What are you doing - TODAY - about GOP gerrymandering, Berned?

What are you doing - TODAY - about GOP brainwashing and gaslighting of America, Berned?

What are you doing - TODAY - in your district to unseat the GOP with candidates you do like, Berned?

In other words, Berned, what are you doing other than tearing down the only bulwark - shitty as it may be - standing between everyone in America and the naked fascism of the GOP?

Or, are you just hung up on Clinton and the DNC and feeling “berned,” so you’re just as useless to humanity as the Trumplings you congratulate yourself in being better than?

Focus, Berned, Focus.



Satan's Son - the GOP hate you

GR “The Liberal RN” B wrote:
(And, I mean, really, about the only thing I can add to this seriously epic rant is some amusing links. Sometimes a work of art is so beautiful, just don't fuck with it, you know?)

Satan's Son, Prince Reibus Claims #RepubliKlanners Never Questioned Obama's Legitimacy...

Wait! What? Repeat that, #PrinceReibus (R-Satan's Son)? You unmitigated fucksticks didn't question his legitimacy? For EIGHT fkn years, your #Klanbaggers demanded to "see the birth certificate" and calling him a secret Muslim/Kenyan. Shit, even that overweight glob of grease, former House Speaker Newt(ron) "Bomb" Gingrich (R-I Cheat On Sick Wives) said on TV that Obama had a Kenyan Colonialist mindset (and HOW the FCK would he know what Obama was thinking and thinking like? When did this slug become a mind reader?). And all of those "Birther" asshats were led by none other than Our Dear Leader, The #GiantOompaLoompa, The #NuclearCheeto, The #VulgarTalkingYam, #GoldenShowers, himself, Donald J. #tRump (R-Ferret-Wearing-Shitgibbon)...and you can sit there with a straight face telling that lie? Oh, let's not forget the notorious Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R-I Have No Fucking Manners), who screams like a spoiled toddler in the middle of the State of The Union address. 

I could go ON and ON with plenty of documented statements by elected #Klanbaggers and #ReichWingDouchbags that attempted to delegitimize President Obama. Not one word from YOU, #PrinceReibus, nor from #MitchTheBitch "Mumbles" McConnell (R-Yertle The Turtle), nor #LyinPaulRyan (R-Eddie Munster)to EVER condemn that shit. No, not once. You sat there grinning on the sidelines, tacitly endorsing this shit, while the #Klanbaggers screamed "Take our country back". We all know that meant, "Take it back from the NITWH*".

So, to borrow a couple of movie quotes, #PrinceReibus:
"Don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry." - Michael Corleone (The Godfather)
"Reap the whirlwind!" - Billy The Kid (Young Guns)

In other words, #PrinceReibus, "Go fornicate with thine ownself, injest excrement and expire" because "Thou dost protest too much".

#EvilGOPBastards, #ReichWingDouchebags #Klanbaggers #GOPFail


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Trump Losing His Mind

Donald Trump is losing his mind on international television. The broadcasts are going into space. Even the Martians are seeing it. This isn't really open to debate. POTUS is coming unglued.

You know what makes me a decent human being? I wrote this sentence, I'll stand by it.

Still, and pathetic as [Trump is], and has been - and even if it is justified karma - it is always tragic and heartbreaking to watch someone publicly and high profile lose his mind.

Sometimes, I really want to be the bitch and not the principled person. But there you go.





Focus, Berned - Your Russia love is insulting Sanders

Look at the name of the collection he put the meme into. I don't ever want to hear anyone give me shit about my chewing out the Berned ever again.




Russia - the Cold War wasn't that long ago. Russia invaded the Ukraine to put $billions$ in oil money into Putin's personal pocket.

Russia and Putin have been reliably fingered for tampering with #Electiongeddon2016.

Some Berned wants to make a joke about trusting Russia more than US Citizens?

How very Trump Special Snowflake of you, Berned. You're an embarrassment to everything Bernie fought for.







(It stripped the poster's name, because this isn't about him necessarily, it's about the meme and the attitude, and that's my focus, because he and I agree on so many things. He can jump in here if he wants. I'm just explaining why I did it this way.)






That relationship has got to end

Listen, random lady overheard on the train: Any time you use the phrase "Well, he doesn't hit her..." you've just described a relationship that doesn't have "communication issues," (as you went on to say), you've described a toxic relationship that simply needs to be ended.  Ugh.

Is Common Sense dead, or what? Double Ugh.





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

You pee in your stall, I'll pee in mine, life goes on just fine

Same shit, different day. Don't bug me in the bathroom, I won't bug you. This isn't rocket science; it's common fucking sense.

I don't need to know if the person is transgender. I don't give a crap. Hell, I've used the Men's bathroom more than once in my life - Hellllooooo, I've been to a rock concert and the fairgrounds more than once in my life. Should men now be allowed to beat the crap out of me for going into the Men's bathroom?




The whole "don't let men into the women's bathroom" is just such a load of shit. You don't need fucking discrimination, you don't need to whip idiots into a frenzy, you don't need to tell idiots they have an excuse to hurt people - any pervert who was going to sneak into the Ladies' Loo before the "Trannie Gonna Getcha!" sham terror campaign is still going to sneak into the Ladies' Loo. 

Don't be a fucking idiot and tell yourself transgender people didn't exist before 2015. Don't be a fucking asshole and tell yourself it's suddenly okay to harass, harangue and threaten people because you're a big chicken.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Short-Sighted Fools

#DemExit ? Seriously?

The Judean Peoples' Front and the People's Front of Judea. Common enemy crushing both of them, yet happy to bicker among themselves.

I fucking give up.  Stupidity is the strongest force in the universe. History proves this.



To be clear, I don't agree with everything the idiots at the DNC are doing, and I actively disagree with a lot of it.  The root problem is that we have a common enemy - the GOP are the fucking enemy, and we live in a binary two-party system, so the best chances are not to further fragment, but to reform the DNC from within.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Stupid Memes: Revisiting 9/11 fools again

What temp does the floor material in-between melt at? The aluminum ductwork has a lower point. What temp does melting plastic rise to? Plaster board? Computer equipment? Aluminum file cabinets? How much do all those things weaken when thousands of gallons of water from ruptured plumbing floods throughout? Or possible explodes the pipes due to sudden vaporization? But, you know, thinking is hard, 9/11 make everyone angry as Hell, and believing in conspiracy theories makes people special.


To hand wave and dismiss 9/11 as a conspiracy theory is to diminish the deaths of thousands of people and the genuinely heroic actions of hundreds of rescue and emergency responders who rushed into the fires a and saved as many people as they could, before dying themselves.

Conspiracy theory throws simple answers at hard problems and makes everything worse.

Grow up and deal with reality. Reality sucks rocks hard enough without making it worse by diminishing it into some childish feel-good fantasy-rama.




Promised Land: A Modern Fairytale of same-sex true love

When a young Prince and a farm boy meet in the forest, a growing friendship between them blossoms into love. However, when the Queen re-marries, her sinister new husband seeks control of the enchanted forest and the land the farm boy’s family are responsible for protecting.

In a Kingdom where all are considered equal regardless of what they look like or who they love, Promised Land is a brand new fairytale about friendship, responsibility, adventure and love.

Written by Adam Reynolds & Chaz Harris the book features 32 stunning illustrations by Christine Luiten & Bo Moore sure to delight kids young and old.