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Nov. 27th, 2012

On Insults

Why does it seem like people have forgotten the purpose of insults?

I mean, the whole point of insults is to be insulting and offensive.

You can cry all you want about how it's so mean and horrible and whatnot, but chances are if you've pissed me off to the point where I've called you one of the most obnoxious, hateful words in the English language, I'm probably just going to laugh and take it as a victory that I've upset you that much.

I mean, I try my best to be a good person. I don't break out the vilest of vile words unless I'm under extreme duress. There have been exactly four times in my life I've dropped the C-bomb to someone's face, and two of those were when I was in situations where my fight-or-flight reflex kicked in. In those situations, I was being confronted by a person who was reacting in an aggressively physical manner to something that I wasn't all that sure I had done to provoke. One was in the middle of a psychotic break. The other was a time where I had simply had enough of being blamed for someone else's incompetence.

If you have pissed me off at some point, odds are I've called you a bitch. Odds are I've directly called you a bitch. I don't much care if you think it's offensive because it refers to a female dog. I know full well that it is offensive. That's why I said it- if you have made me that angry, I don't really care what you think is and is not offensive.

I keep seeing these ridiculously long threads on different forums where people complain about how horrible certain words are, and most of the time those words aren't even that much more offensive than “bitch.” The way I see it, if you can use the word in a movie rated PG, it's lost a lot of its bite. I also think a lot of these people who fight about this sort of thing are just encouraging everyone else to start being as obnoxious as possible whenever they're around. I also find it kind of interesting that these people are more likely to use some... interesting compound swears.

fuckmuffin

douchecanoe

fucktard

Uh... most reasonable people would be quite a bit more offended by those words than they would by “bitch.” Sorry, but that's just the way the world works.

And goddamn, I've written the word “offended” way more than I ever thought I would.

Oct. 28th, 2011

How To Make Me Automatically Disregard Anything You Ever Say

I'm a pretty tolerant person. I'm nice. I don't bite unless you're something tasty like a burrito. But if we're having a debate or a discussion, for the love of Longcat, DO NOT FUCKING LINK ME TO SHAKESVILLE. That is an instant conversation shut-down. I don't care if you think McEwan has some good things to say, I want nothing to do with anyone who thinks it's OK to harass 12-year-old boys and little old ladies and chase other bloggers off the Internet because they had the fucking audacity to support a charity. Not to mention a person who is incredibly fucking ableist against those of us with personality disorders, but flips the fuck out when someone calls her “crazy.” Because, don't you know, PTSD is serious business, but paranoia is fair game to make fun of. Excuse me while I go berserk and stockpile toilet roll, Twinkies, and ammo in my basement. (Ha ha, see, I'm so funny! I can make fun of my own issues! BWAHAHAHAHAHA)

Look, we live in a free society where Melissa McEwan is free to projectile vomit her bullshit all over the intertubes, but this also means that I don't have to listen to a goddamn word she says. Just like I don't listen to Ann Coulter. So please, if you want me to take you seriously, don't link to Shakesville.

The moar you know.

Mar. 28th, 2011

THE END IS NIGH!

Because Judgment Day is coming!

Apparently, May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day, at least according to the guy whose website is linked to up above. On this day, according to him, it will be exactly 7000 years since the flood that brought us the story of Noah's Ark, that destroyed the entire world (which apparently missed the Chinese, if records are anything to go by). Also, May 21 concludes the 23 year "tribulation" period, a full 23 years of torment and horror unleashed on humanity by God as punishment for their sins. Apparently, on this day, god intends to shut the door on humanity forever, anyone born after that time is screwed, as is the majority of humanity.

And on October 21, 2011, the world will end. Everything will go kaput. No one survives, and if you aren't Christian, according to this guy, you're gonna die and then suffer for all eternity. Sounds scary, right? You'd think it might be a good idea to go convert, huh? I don't know about you, but suffering for all eternity sounds like it would kinda suck.

But I'm not too worried. According to his Wikipedia page, this guy has predicted the end of the world already, in 1994. Considering that the world has still been here for the past 17 years, it's safe to say that his prediction didn't come true.

In my expert opinion, we don't have anything to worry about. People have been predicting TEH END!1!!!!1!!ELEVENTY! for hundreds of years, and so far, the end hasn't come yet. The last major freakout in most of our lifetimes was Y2K, the year 2000 prediction. I remember being a Kaboomlet and watching the television, listening to everyone going on and on about how all the electronic devices were not going to work and planes were going to crash, banks weren't going to be able to give people their money, televisions, VCRs, and DVD players were going to no longer work, and computers weren't going to turn on. I remember my dad had to take his work computer to a "Y2K testing center" where they did all this stuff to it to make it supposedly better able to withstand the year change. Obviously nothing happened, since we're all still here. Some people did have to set the date on their electronic equipment back several years, just so it would work, but other than that, there wasn't too much of a problem. But you had people building Y2K bunkers and stocking up on things they thought they would need.

But these aren't the only predictions for the end of the world that have failed to come true. Writing up all of them would take forever, so here's some interesting links that discuss them.

Top Ten Failed Apocalyptic Predictions: from Listverse, this article gives a short overview of some of the failed apocalypses from history, going from the 5th century CE up to Y2K.

Forty-Four End-of-the-World Prophecies- That Failed: from the James Randi Educational Foundation, which is an expert on pseudoscience, a short overview of many failed apocalypses. It doesn't go into much detail but is still useful if you want a quick understanding.

Armageddon Online: LOOOOTS of failed prophecies here, from 30 CE to 1998. It is a Christian website, however, and has a bias towards "THE RAPTURE IS COMING!"

....and I seriously need to stop using all caps for post titles.