I Fucking Hate it When Racists Lack Verb-Noun Agreement

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It’s so unfortunate when the subliterate racist trash that populates our world decides to express an opinion that only shows their supreme ignorance. I call this a teachable moment, so let’s all rewrite this together. It’s “Black Lives Don’t Matter and Neither DO Your Votes” you stupid motherfucker. It would probably also read better if the racist pig who wrote this had simply used “their” instead of “your” in addition to correcting the verb tense, but that’s being picky. On the plus side, I think we can all agree that North Carolina would be better served working to educate their indigenous backwoods racist fucking morons than spending valuable resources guarding bathrooms from transgender people.

 

 

Let them eat cake

Seriously? This man is the Republican nominee for President of the United States?

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Trump and Pence, seated on their gilded Louis XIV thrones, describe their sacrifices in the wake of Mr. Khan’s agonized speech on the death of his son:

Trump appeared to try to brush the speech aside, saying that Khan “was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me.”

Trump also said, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

Pressed by Stephanopoulos to name the sacrifices he’d made for his country, Trump said: “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

What a douchebag.

PS  Just because the wife stood by her husband while he spoke doesn’t make her a puppet. What a tool this guy is.

PPS If this is the very best the Republican Party has to offer as their candidate, and Paul Ryan and crew stand by this misogynistic, racist cretin, as the face of the party, I weep for the future. Grow a pair and step away.

PPPS to Pence. Your tie doesn’t work with that suit at all. Also, how much valium did it take to achieve that look of being at inner peace despite sitting next to that man while he talked about how great he is?

Some vegans are sanctimonious prigs

Every year, the world goes insane over the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This year, more than 11 million people signed petitions aimed at stopping the barbaric slaughter. It’s gotten a great deal of press and inevitably, a response from sanctimonious vegans who call everyone a hypocrite for decrying the Chinese dog meat trade while still eating meat. Shut the fuck up already annoying sanctimonious vegan people.

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Why, pray tell, does not being vegan make omnivores hypocrites for wanting to stop the dog meat festival in Yulin? It absofuckolutely doesn’t. I am all for cruelty-free living, but there is a gargantuan difference between your average American who eats meat and the Asian markets that slaughter everything that walks, crawls or swims, preferably in the most horrific way possible, in the name of “medicine”*.  Dogs are eaten in soup because it is supposed to make people cooler in the heat.  The dogs are tortured before they die because it’s supposed to make the meat “more tender”. Seriously.

Witchcraft is the root cause of the horrific deaths of so many animals.  People are rightly outraged over the treatment these dogs endure before they die in an outright demented way. On the whatthefuckery scale of 1-10, the Asian dog meat trade is sitting at an 11, and while the corporate farming practices in the United States are no prize, you don’t see that level of barbarity in the process and if you did, they would be all over the news. How do I know? I worked in the office at a meat packing plant in college and I saw a lot of crap that made me not eat meat. As horrible as the cow slaughter was, it wasn’t 25 dogs stuffed in stifling heat into a 4 x 4 wire crate being yanked out and bludgeoned repeatedly with a meat cleaver.

So self-righteous-vegan-prig posting diatribes about western people shutting up about the Yulin dog festival, I strongly suggest you shut your hole. We should welcome any help to stop this atrocity from any quarter.

*Lest you think this is some racist diatribe, the Asian market drives almost all the trade in endangered animal parts for use in “Traditional Chinese Medicine” much of which is absolute bullshit.  Check out this link to see the Thai monk tiger debacle and for more on tiger parts trade in general, see this link. There is no European/African/South American/Pacific Islander/NorthAmerican market for animal parts. It is certainly true that there are many Asians desperately working to stop this and they are making headway, but cultural norms take a long time to defeat. Try getting someone in the rural South to neuter their dog.

 

Facebook Killed the Social Media Star

Last week, Facebook got slammed in the press for bias for the way that Facebook trends news stories. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the pundits who declared that the fix was in and the world was coming to an end. Despite all the hand wringing, I doubt Mark Zuckerberg ever foresaw Facebook becoming the planet’s primary source of news any more than Comedy Central intended Jon Stewart to the be the second coming of Cronkite for Gen Xers so it is hard to see this as some sort of evil plot and it’s more like a happy accident for Facebook. However, the reality is that Facebook is the virtual world for a huge number of people and what they see and when they see it is controlled by algorithms that determine the ranking of posts.  It’s a sad fact of life, but Facebook is actually the place people go to get news now.  Au revoir, CNN.

Since Facebook went public and needed a way to make money, they began to charge for the privilege of seeing posts. In essence, Facebook had the genius to get you to sign up and then get you to create all that content which it owns and then Facebook charges you for the privilege of having other people see your creations.  Distilled to its essence, the people that make the news now have to pay so that others see the news.  In the corporate world, this is fine and well and it’s just another form of advertising for which the corporate vampires must pay. The problem in my mind is that this is another form of shutting voices out because only those that can pay get to play and the only voices you will hear are those who can afford to pay.

This has had significant unintended consequences. I doubt Mark Zuckerberg and crew intended to cause harm to non-profits because with a face that dorky, I just can’t assign bad intent. It would be like Fred Savage’s face being the poster child for the slaughter of harp seals. It just cannot be. However, in the wake of these changes, non profits and community outreach organizations can no longer get their message out and their posts are swallowed in oblivion. By way of example, in 2012, the percentage of Big Fluffy Dog Rescue fans who saw posts exceeded 25%. Today, with the application of the algorithm, it’s less than 5% on average. When you are trying to find a home for a dog or raise funds to rescue one, having an audience of 175,000 versus 35,000 is a significant difference. You may not consider a post about a dog to be news, but it is news in the world of Facebook and if that cash-strapped rescue needs to raise funds, they can’t because they can’t afford the pay for play rules that govern the Facebook playground now.  Google recognized the problem immediately and they offer grants to non-profits for ad buys to help the little guys stand up and be heard. Facebook has failed to do the same and it is unfortunate across the board.

What started out as a revolutionary way to spread charitable intent and revolutionary thought has withered away and it is unfortunate that Facebook has killed what made it great in the first plac