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Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Dude, enough with the entitlement. She doesn’t owe you shit. Why are you telling her to smile? Are you owed a smile? No, you are not. You aren’t owed shit. I had a guy ask me for my phone number when I was getting out
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"Many women are practiced at de-escalating..." My mum taught me how to de-escalate when I was eight.

I needed to use that skill before I was 13.
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Kids. Some are smarter than others. But sometimes the kids that are considered the least smart are actually the smartest of all. Take a look at this list compiled by Bored Panda to see what we mean.
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#34 has me in stitches.

Get your shit together, Martha.
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"When it comes to picking up and-moving, non-indigenous Canadians are like reformed drug addicts who got clean through the power of Scientology"
The gospel of 'just pick up and leave' is extremely foreign to almost everyone else on Earth, but non-Indigenous Canadians treat no-strings-attached mobility like a religion
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"Go wherever capital demands! If you don't, you're lazy and bad!" - dominant cultural paradigm
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Who was that guy who forced Jews to wear a special badge on their clothes that indicated they were Jews, and who supported a policy to force Jews to give up 1/3 of their property in taxes?

Oh yeah. Pope Innocent III.

Any Christian who bitches about the Muslim faith being based in terrorism and hate has conveniently forgotten the 13th century. And the Crusades, when Christians sought out Muslims all over the world to murder them as heretics.

There are no "radicalised" religious adherents more bloodthirsty and intolerant than Christians have been.

This is why the rhetoric coming from the (radicalised) fundamentalist/extreme Christian right makes me so bloody angry. These people don't know the history of their own damned faith. If they did, it probably wouldn't matter because they'd do that thing where they look at one side of history from the point of view of someone who wants history to work in their favour. You know, revisionists.

Muslims aren't out to get you, your wife, your kids, or your aeroplane. Assholes are.
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Islam is done with it. Anyone who's studied Islam knows this. Hypocrisy is when someone's behaviour doesn't conform to their stated morals or standards or principles. If someone claims to be Christian (let's leave aside the very real fact that 99% of people who claim to be Christian don't have a clue what the liturgy actually is and have never read 95% of the Church's teachings) and then points a finger at bad behaviour and says "you are evil because you are judging others" that's a prime example of hypocrisy. If someone who says they're Christian says "Muslims extremists are different from Christian extremists because they murder people who don't agree with them", they have, at best, no knowledge of their own cultural heritage (which is dangerous), and at worst, no concept of the difference between a religion and people who do things in the name of religion.

This wasn't about radicalised Christians being critical of Islam. This was about radicalised Christians who claimed that "Christians" who murdered and raped people in the name of the Christian church were somehow different than the "Muslims" doing the same thing. I don't think anybody has a problem with people being critical of religion (whether it's Islam or Christianity or Jainism or Scientologists). But there's a huge difference between being critical of religion (or being critical of a religion) - again, let's assume the people being critical actually have some knowledge of the religion they're being critical of - and judging (and declaring) an entire religion to be based in terrorism. GRANTED, the people saying this shit do NOT have any knowledge of Islam. And it's clear most of them don't have much knowledge of Christianity either.

Christians DO believe that humans were created, where is where that assertion came from, and if they follow Christian liturgy, they are supposed to leave judgement to God. Christianity, by its very nature is a religion all about judgement, which is why Matthew fits in just perfectly. It's like he sauntered on by and was all, dudes. Stop being dicks. And everyone else was all, oh hey Matthew, why? And Matthew was all, um, because it's shitty, and it makes you look like a dick. Because you're a dick if you act like a dick. That, actually, is a fairly good summation of most of the book of Matthew.

Just for the record, my own religious beliefs or atheism have nothing to do with this argument - personally I think people are all ABOUT judgement and that the whole purpose of most religions is to try to teach people to chill the fuck out and stop being dicks to each other (which is actually what Islam teaches, just like Christianity).

The argument about what role morality plays in Abrahamic religions is for another day, though. That could fill several entire Internets.

Until radicalised Christians stop promoting hate and intolerance, I can't take a single thing they say about any other group of people, including, but not limited to, Muslims, as anything other than ignorant fear. (Although I don't know that we don't see armies of Christians raping and killing in the name of God; I'm pretty sure there are Christian militias doing exactly that in Syria.)
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Can someone please tell me how paying $3M to a business startup is not “picking winners and/or losers”? Especially to a company that was ALSO paid over $5M startup funding in Manitoba? …
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This is important. 

Also read this article from The Guardian about who gets comments like this: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/12/the-dark-side-of-guardian-comments
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It was always this bad, but now that everyone and their dog has a social media page and account and everything is published online, *it never goes away*. People used to say this kind of crap at the bar late at night or maybe in the pages of a ruled notebook, but if they said it in "public", they'd be shot down pretty fast. 

The difference is that there are no real repercussions for people who choose to post stuff like this online. Content providers want the interactivity of comments, because it boosts ratings by making the consumer feel like they have some kind of twisted agency in the franchise. 

I think that rather than closing comments down, content providers should institute a pay-to-comment policy so that if you WANT to comment or be able to send messages to public figures, you should have to have a paid subscription that tracks your IP, your real name, and your contact info. You'd see a LOT of shitty comments disappear then, I think. 

And yeah, I've heard people say this kind of crap, mostly about female news anchors, sports reporters, journalists, actors, musicians...so I think it's always been a thing AND it's more public, by definition, now.
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What really bothers me about these 'introductory' fields in social networks is that they in no way represent the truly awkward aspects of actually being introduced to someone, or of introducing yourself. So if you could just picture me smiling nervously (I know you might not actually know what I look like; make up the best mental image you can of someone nearing their forties, with a fairly sedentary lifestyle, who wears spectacles and has a bit of a cleft chin) and laughing too loud, that would be grand.

You might want to throw in the obligatory shuffling from foot to foot, and the self-conscious admission that yes, being a writer is cool, and no, I've not published a book yet, but yes, I've been published, and yes, I *am* that sort of editor - the kind who corrects restaurant menus, and no, I haven't a dog, but I have a stupid cat, and yes, I have children (two; they're boys), and that I live in Happy Hollow in the Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, and that I work with book publishers.

And then, when there's nothing left to seem interesting enough to talk about, pretend I've just asked you how you are and what you do and whether you have a family and stupid cats. Then, there would be the first Awkward Silence of our acquaintance. 

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