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Agreed! Basing your self worth off arbitrary cultural standards of physical beauty is ridiculous.
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Why am I staring at imgur instead of getting stuff done?
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This is a really important and often overlooked issue.

Prisons, if you think about it, are really a way of sheltering each other from the negative effects we've engineered into our own society. Study after study shows that crime is caused by deprivation and the wealth gap, yet we so rarely try to solve that problem, instead focusing on a system of locking people in cages to "punish" them.

Punishment is one of the least effective ways of influencing behavior, and one with a very high degree of blowback. Think of how ridiculously presumptuous it is- it basically bypasses any attempt at reason and goes straight to the very bottom rung of moral development, something closer to the system we'd use to influence the behavior of a pet. So we proceed to lock people in cages next to all sorts of other socially maladjusted, hurting people, and expect them to heal and somehow become a productive part of human society?  Oh, and once they're released, they're treated to further shunning and subjugation, denied basic rights and privileges that other people get, and we expect them to not go back to the only way we've taught them they can survive- crime. Yeah, right. Oh, and we'll need a law against everything we can possibly think of, to maximize the people we can shunt through this broken system. That's the ticket...

I'm part of the statistic he mentioned in the video- I've been arrested twice. Once because I was too poor to afford a traffic ticket (debtor's prison, yay??), and the other for speeding. Yes, seriously, I've been imprisoned for speeding, on an empty road, on a motorcycle, not endangering a soul besides myself (and virtually no danger to myself either). ::rolls eyes::  And not once did a single person in the "system" try to interact with me in any meaningful way- not to connect with me intellectually, find out the reason for my behavior, nor to understand me, nor to try to influence my worldview in any positive manner whatsoever. In fact, on the second occurrence, I was kept in solitary confinement for the duration of the weekend, with nothing to read or do, and not even a blanket to keep me warm in a ~60 degree concrete cell with a barren  mattress. It's not until you've experienced something like that that you realize how deeply social even the most introverted of us are, and after several hours, I found myself wishing, pleading, for someone to physically torture me, because at least the pain would be accompanied with human interaction. I cannot imagine being kept like that for weeks, months, or years, as others have.

The system needs some fundamental change. We need to tackle the causes(a broken culture), not the symptoms (crime). That's the more challenging thing to do, but then actually solving problems always was more difficult than simply slapping on a bandage and burying your head in the sand. As long as we raise broken people, with barely enough resources to survive, no healthy food, an extremely negative culture filled with violence, neglect, and abuse, while others live lives of fantastic wealth and power, we'll have crime. But instead of changing that, we make campaign contributions limitless (because apparently money is free speech now??), further cementing power in the hands of a few.
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How much candy is your child drinking?  Created by +Ryoko Iwata  http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/120
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She's totally right. It's ridiculous and absurd that there's no problem with a man exposing his chest, but when a woman does the exact same thing it's somehow scandalous and pornographic. There's nothing scary or socially destructive about the shape of the human body.
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Thank you. It's good to see that some people are thinking about why things are the way that they are, rather than accepting them blindly :)
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I really liked the comments from today's Leftover Soup. Also, if you haven't read Leftover Soup, you should! It's an excellent, hilarious, and very insightful webcomic, one of five that I deem worthy of following (the others being xkcd, OOTS, Nimona, and Oglaf).


"I like utopian science fiction. I think it's an important, underused genre.
Utopias tell you what their author thinks is good, what that author hopes the future will resemble. One of the most significant utopias of the past century is the Star Trek universe, and early Star Trek is a very good indicator of what Gene Roddenberry thought the world should be like - racially harmonious, culturally tolerant, post-capitalist, with a giant hierarchical military force that does more exploration and science than actual defense.

Most popular sci-fi these days is actually quite dystopian. Think of Hunger Games, Divergent... heck, the latest Superman movies have him in a darker-coloured costume and killing people because he thinks it's required for the greater good, and that's usually a sign that you're in an evil parallel universe. Grit, darkness, and oppression are the norm in today's speculative fiction, even the freewheeling fantasy stuff where it really shouldn't be necessary.

Utopian fiction is rare, and most people think that it's because it's hard to shoehorn drama into a perfect world. (It's not that hard, you basically have four options for plots: threat from without, threat from within, characters separated from civilization, new discovery that must be integrated.) I'd argue that dystopias are more common these days because of a general pessimism, because it's easier to use metaphor to criticize the world than to inspire it to become something better.
I'd like to see a college course on Utopias, in which utopian fiction of the past century is analyzed and compared. I'd like all the students to then have to write up their own Utopias - taking into account projected trends and technological developments - and subsequently criticize each other's work, pointing out unintended flaws and unanticipated consequences of their worldbuilding decisions.

Dystopias are important and have artistic merit. District 9 is a great metaphor for institutionalized racism. Hunger Games has a lot to say about classism. But I think it's equally important to be positive and optimistic, to write an equal number of fictional worlds in which problems are solved or solvable, in which goodness and kindness are common and rewarded, a world we'd like to see our grandchildren inhabit."
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I feel like I've encountered a lot of this lately.
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As the source for all beings is OMNISCIENCE, we must understand that if we TAP this source effectively then accomplishing our goals is a definite. Always think with a CLEAR HEAD and never navigate through your EMOTIONS! Don't cloud your movements! Breathe Life and Love Daily! with +Cheryl Clarke 
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