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Mar. 16th, 2014

Warnings Wars: Science Fiction Edition


Dear god, it just doesn't end, and now I'm worried they're going to drag my favorite sci-fi series into it. Christ almighty, leave the Ring of Fire books alone! If the social justice warriors get their mitts on that I think I'm going to have a breakdown.

Why am I concerned about the fate of the Ring of Fire books? By the way, for those of you who are not familiar with them, the Ring of Fire series is also known as the 1632 series, written by Eric Flint and others, about a modern West Virginia town that ends up being sent back in time to Germany in the year, you guessed it, 1632, right in the middle of the 30 Years War. I highly recommend these books- go read them if you possibly can.

Anyway, apparently there's been a bit of a dust-up over at Baen Books (which just so happens to publish the 1632 books). And the Ring of Fire gets namedropped as something that wouldn't have happened in today's hyperpolitical world, especially with the sorts of people attracted to the Baen Books now. And they've hijacked the Baen convention. A lot of the authors are becoming nervous, worried that they won't be able to write what they want anymore without risking a disproportionate backlash. I hate to say it, but given what I've seen happen in fandom, they are right to worry. And given the way this convention was skyrocketed onto Twitter by inviting a certain British dude to host it, well... the sci-fi writers should be battening down the hatches, because it's about to get rough.

No comments on this, folks, apparently one of them is linking to things from Twitter. I don't think my poor Lawn is up to the challenge of dealing with them. Oh, and by the way, if any of them read this: stay away from Eric Flint and the Ring of Fire or I'm gonna punch you. Why must they take everything I love?!

Feb. 8th, 2014

Extremes

So, the Olympics in Sochi started today (well, technically yesterday), and there have been a lot of problems- unfinished hotels, water unsafe for consumption, and a bobsled team athlete getting locked in the loo and having to bust his way out through the door- as well as some issues that have been bothering a lot of people for quite some time, like Russia's human rights abuses. We've all seen the news stories about how Russia has some pretty serious issues with homophobia and other human rights violations. Obviously that's bad, and I really shouldn't even have to say that.

But there's also a disturbing trend of people being equally vitriolic about random Russian people and people who are watching the Olympics. I went to a sports bar yesterday to pick my brother up from a team meeting, one that's well-known for showing every major sporting event whenever it comes on. People gather around and drink and cheer for their favorite teams, at the Olympics, the World Cup, the Super Bowl, and probably other sporting events I can't think of off the top of my head. I noticed that the television was tuned to a random soccer game instead of coverage of the Olympics. My brother wasn't ready to go yet, so I had some time to kill. I asked the owner of the restaurant why the televisions weren't tuned to NBC, and he told me very seriously that he had gotten death threats for trying to show the Olympics, some he believed might be credible. I also saw in the newspaper that a very, very famous gay bar in the next town had the same issue, to the point where the police were stepping up security around the place because the proprietor had been hyping the events for months (apparently he's personally friends with one of the bobsledders and has been planning to do a big thing for those events). I've also seen a lot of vitriol over the Internet for random Russian people- not the government, but just random people. I even saw some people talking about how they'd like to murder the little girl that was in the opening ceremonies because “she's probably a homophobic Russian bitch anyway.”

People. This is incredibly fucked up, knock it off right the fuck now. Threatening to murder people because they're watching televised coverage of an event the entire world takes part in is fucked up. Wanting to murder 10-year-old girls because they represented their country, which is hosting a major sporting event, is exponentially fucked up. You don't have to like the Russian government. You can believe the Russian government is incredibly corrupt. But random Russians aren't the problem, it's their government that's the problem. People are not their government. There are things that the US government has done that I find absolutely horrific. But I had nothing to do with it. There's nothing I could do to stop it. I am not the government. If I was, things would either be better, or things would be going to hell in a handbasket even faster than they are now.

Knock it the fuck off. Sending death threats to bar owners and little Russian girls doesn't make you look enlightened and supportive of social justice, it makes you look like a goddamn psychopath, and it will probably make you end up on an international terrorist watch list.

To my Russian readers, since my flag counter thingie says I have a few: good luck to you guys at the Olympics! The Opening Ceremonies were impressive- I especially liked the Tron segment.

Feb. 5th, 2014

In Which I Get Screwed By The University Again

Anyone who's read my blog before probably knows about my ongoing fight with the university I attend- it seems like every single damn semester something else gets screwed up and I end up having to do damage control for something that wasn't my fault in the first place, yet it gets blamed on me. This time is no exception.

Yesterday I was late for a class because, apparently, the university oversold its designated parking permits over the winter holiday. Previously, in all of the semesters I have attended this particular university, my part of the parking garage that I have the access card for has been more or less empty. It's never been difficult to find a parking place, mainly because the area I park in is 1- expensive as fuck to get the access card for, and 2- in the middle of nowhere. But apparently the general spots were too difficult to find, so people started paying more for the more expensive permits. Which wouldn't be a problem if the university didn't oversell them. So now there's way more people parking in the place I have the permit for than there are parking places. Which is a problem- especially because I can't park outside of that designated area without getting a $150 parking ticket. I can't afford to pay $150 every time I need to go to class!

As usual, the university doesn't give a shit about the students. We're just there for them to bleed dry for money.

Dec. 30th, 2013

Simple Grammar Error or Actively Malicious?

So, one of the most important contributors to open-source computer science has been harassed to hell and back, causing him to drop out of the projects he was working on. His crime? Not realizing that in English, you can use a singular “they” as a pronoun and have it be grammatically correct. He did not think that changing a use of “he” to “they” in his code documentation was a big enough deal to make a fuss out of, and as a result, it set off this shitstorm.

Now, I might not be in CS anymore, but I can tell you one thing: if the documentation to some software said “he” instead of “he or she” or “they,” I most likely wouldn't even notice it, because if I'm reading documentation, I care more about what it is I'm reading than social justice linguistic issues. It's also worth noting that the guy who wrote the documentation does not have English as his first language. In many languages, it is impossible to use a non-gendered pronoun in singular, because it doesn't exist. In others, it is possible, but your writing would be incredibly confusing. In English, it is possible to use “they,” but it is not entirely out of the realm of possibility that someone who is ESL wouldn't know that.

Even some people who do speak English as a first language don't know that. I got into trouble in a university-level English course because I used “he” as a generic pronoun. Well, I was taught in elementary school that using “he or she” is clunky, and “they” as singluar is grammatically incorrect. Now, I do use “they” in most of my writing, but it took a little time to get used to it. And English is my first language (well, for all intents and purposes it is). I do not have to try to overcome my first language's grammatical rules for this sort of thing, although I do when I speak Japanese or Spanish.

Unfortunately, this is not going to help the impression of women in technology. All it's going to do is waste time, energy, and piss off people who are actually doing something useful. It also reflects poorly. So you found a minor grammar error that could be construed as sexist, or, more likely, was the effect of someone who's first language isn't English, or even who was taught that singular “they” is grammatically incorrect. Simple logic dictates that the error was more likely unintentional rather than malicious, and the response of “why should I have to go back through all of my documentation to change one minor thing?” was more likely confused frustration than any actual malice. Now, did the guy handle it well? Absolutely not- he probably should have just changed the word without making a fuss. But I can understand why he did. As a woman, my first thought about the whole thing was "who cares about a damn pronoun in software documentation? I don't!" The reaction, on the other hand, was completely over the top and uncalled for.

Both sides come off badly here, but one comes off worse than the other. One side comes off as vicious and petty, while the other comes off as simply stubborn and kind of confused as to where all the vitriol came from.

Oct. 16th, 2013

Grinch Watch 2013: Equal Opportunity Grinchiness

Yesterday was the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. I hope all of my Muslim readers had a great holiday and spent time with their family and friends.

Unfortunately, it seems that the Grinch Brigade is no longer happy with throwing fits about how secular Christmas has become, it seems that now they're targeting other holidays, including Eid. In Montgomery County, in Maryland, about forty-five minutes outside of Washington DC, Muslims in the area have been trying for about a decade now to have the schools closed on Eid so that their kids don't end up missing class for their holiday. Their arguments are sound- Montgomery County school district closes down for Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter. All three of those are Christian holidays. They also close down for the Jewish High Holidays. But they don't close down for Eid.

Personally? As a former student? I would say HELL YEAH to getting the schools closed for Eid. I love holidays! If I could get away with it, I would celebrate ALL THE HOLIDAYS. And seriously, Eid isn't like some random, teeny little cult's holiday. There's about a billion Muslims in the world, and according to the news article, several million Muslims in Montgomery County alone. That's a significant number of kids and teachers who are going to be out of school/work on that day. So shut the school district down. Muslim students and teachers get to have their holiday, and everyone else gets the day off from school. I don't see a reason to argue with that!

However, some people do not see it that way. I hesitate to offer links, because some of the rhetoric is mind-bogglingly offensive. However, you can get sample of it in the comments to the USA Today news article. But you would not believe the vitriol this has inspired in certain parts of the Internet. While I was Googling for the article (that wasn't behind the paywall I read it in first), I accidentally clicked on the Free Republic link. I do not want to give them page hits, so I won't link to it, but I'll give you a few samples of the comments from the site here, underneath the cut. Please do not click on the “read more” if you do not want to see this. I tried to pick some of the less obnoxiously racist ones, but... less obnoxiously racist than the rest of that website doesn't mean much. Please realize that these are in no way my opinion whatsoever and are 100% the words of their writers only.

Oct. 16th, 2012

My Business, Your Business, Everyone Else's Business

I hesitate to write this, because it seems like lately the Lawn is becoming less and less of a fun, interesting blog and more and more of a ranty political blog. I don't really like that. I will be so glad when this election season is over, maybe then things will calm down and I'll stop being inclined to write these sorts of articles and more inclined to focus on less depressing and serious topics. But I honestly do think that these things are a serious problem, and that this kind of thinking erodes at basic freedoms of thought and speech. People are attempting to become the thought police, and you get shouted down if you dare express an opinion that is different from the Hivemind.

I am talking, of course, about one's political views and personal beliefs, and I find it kind of sickening that this is the second post with the same basic premise I've written in a month.

You can have your own beliefs. Just let everyone else have theirs.

Now, obviously, I'm not trying to say that you cannot critique anyone else's beliefs. There are some things that I find absolutely morally bankrupt (see the Parenting for Sadists series as an example), and I will not hesitate to write about those things. But, while I do address Michael Pearl directly in those posts, I don't actually expect him to ever read them. It is a rhetorical device. If I was to actually speak to Pearl face-to-face, I would be a lot more respectful than I am in the Parenting for Sadists series. It doesn't mean my thoughts on his work have changed at all, but that there is a certain expectation of rhetorical etiquette when you are engaging directly with the person whose beliefs you are criticizing. The best way to get someone you are engaging with directly to completely disregard you is to bombard them with invective.

I have previously compared the way that some people engage with individuals that they disagree with to Gordon Ramsay on meth. That, I have come to realize, is unfair. Gordon Ramsay, while he is confrontational and fond of the F-bomb, actually isn't quite so rabid as the majority of political bloggers. The difference is that while Ramsay likes to scream swear words, he won't do it unless you fuck up, and even then he doesn't mean to cast aspersions on you as a person. He just thinks your cooking sucks. But these bloggers, if you disagree with them, suddenly you are literally Hitler and not worthy of respect. They also attack in swarms. There's only one Gordon Ramsay. If you get on the bad side of a political blogger, you piss off ALL the political bloggers. And they do not hesitate to let you know about it.

There have even been incidents where these people have set out to cause repercussions for the people they disagree with in real life, going so far as to contact their opponent's employers and try to get them fired. I am just going to say that that sort of behavior is absolutely disgusting. Attempting to destroy someone's livelihood because of an Internet disagreement is disproportionate reaction. There, I said it.

I can already hear your objections. “But Kaboom!” you'd say. “Isn't that what you're trying to do to Michael Pearl and No Greater Joy?” Well, not exactly. Yes, I wouldn't be too sorry if No Greater Joy Ministries was to shut down tomorrow, and I honestly do think that Pearl ought to be held at least partially accountable for the deaths of the children whose parents utilized his materials. But Michael Pearl is his own boss. NGM is his business. He owns it. He makes a great deal of money from pushing dangerous ideas to parents of young children. He advocates beating babies with tree branches, for fuck's sake! That is a HUGE difference from a guy who just posts on his own blog that he supports the opposite presidential candidate that you do. If you can't see the difference, then I say this with all due respect, but get your head out of your ass.

Since the beginning of the United States, there have been opposite political parties. Even during George Washington's time they had the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Yet, despite the fact that since the beginning of the nation there have been people on opposite sides of the political spectrum, we've only had one civil war. I ask you- do you really want to go there again? That is what I fear may happen if this current trend keeps up. No, I don't think part of the country is going to try to secede again. But if stupid arguments over who to vote for are getting this ugly, where people try to get their opponent fired from their job, I worry that it's only a matter of time before someone confronts someone else in real life, and the conflict escalates to the point of violence. THAT is how civil wars start, my friends. The government doesn't necessarily have to crack down on their own people, like what's happening currently in Syria. Sometimes, the conflict starts between citizens.

I don't know about you, but I kind of like living in a free country.

Again, this is not to say that you can never disagree with anyone. That is not what I'm saying at all. What I'm saying is that you need to keep a sense of proportion. Simple disagreements about politics are not worth destroying real-life relationships over. I mean, fuck, I don't even like Mitt Romney and yet here I am writing over a thousand words defending people who want to support him and who did nothing more offensive than post on their own webspace that they support him.

I know this may be kind of hypocritical, and quite possibly unnecessary since I never get comments anyway, but I'm going to disable comments on this post. It is not because I do not respect your opinion, but because I actually want people to think about this for a bit, without just reacting blindly. I am also going to tag this with the Parenting for Sadists tag since it makes extensive reference to that series.

I'm not going to be naïve and say that everyone should just get along, but I am going to say that three are proportionate reactions, and disproportionate reactions. Attempting to destroy someone's business over a political disagreement is disproportionate. Disagreeing, maybe even impolitely, on your own blog? THAT is proportionate.

Sep. 25th, 2012

You can't even give me this?


Sometimes, not often, but occasionally, I really regret choosing to transfer from my first university and move back in with my parents. Today is one of those days.

Most of you know that pretty much every day, I do three things: go to work, go to class, and get on the Internet. Woo. Exciting life. Occasionally I'll do something different- go out with some of my friends, see a movie, go shopping at an actual store... but most of the time, I'm either working or studying. It seems like my mom is on my case about that all the time, too- “Kaboom, if you don't live while you're young you're going to regret it when you get older!” Yeah, thanks a lot mom, like I didn't know that, especially not with you rubbing my face in it every goddamn day. And when she's not doing that, she's always going on about how I need to get off the Internet and do something else for a change.

It's not like my dad is much better. Sometimes, he'll be all like, “Kaboom, I really regret buying you that TV. You never come out of your room! Come and interact with the rest of us on occasion, it's alright!” Yeah, I'd feel a lot more confident about that if I wasn't getting lectured about how to be a “responsible adult” or “how to enjoy my life” or “don't work so much, you need to focus on your studies and have fun.” But, anyway, lately I've been doing just that- going downstairs to use the big-ass television in the living room that connects to Amazon and watch some instant videos from Amazon Prime. We all have it- I have it, my parents have it, my brother has it- and one of the television series that is available for free on Prime is The West Wing. It's a political drama that started airing in 1999, although you can't tell that unless you see the really old computers/cell phones/pagers the characters use. It's relevant enough that it could have been written yesterday. Anyway, I've been watching this show, one or two episodes a day, for the past week and a half. I didn't think anything of it, until my mom came in today after I shut the television off, and started talking to me. Apparently, I shouldn't be watching this heavy, depressing show on such a beautiful autumn day. I shouldn't dwell on the depressing topics that the show discusses. Well, thanks a lot mom, I wasn't actually “dwelling” on anything until you brought it up. After that, it turned into a half-hour argument about what I'm doing with my life.

For someone who's so obsessed with me going to university, it's a bit odd that she's so focused on me doing things other than studying and working. Before I got my job, every single day it was “go get a job, you lazy moocher!” Now that I have a job? “You need to work less, your schoolwork should be your first priority!” When I'm actually studying? “Go out and make some friends!” MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MIND. I can't do multiple things at once, And when I finally DO take a break from working my ass off nonstop to watch a television show I find interesting, I can't even do that? I don't know what the fuck she wants me to do! If everything I do is somehow bad, then what the hell am I supposed to do? Sit in my room and stare at the wall all day? No, that's not productive either. I have to work my ass off, yet have fun, but when I actually try to have fun, I'm doing it wrong? Nobody gave me an instruction manual on how I'm supposed to spend my free time! My watching television isn't hurting anyone, why does she care?

And wonderful. I just wrote a fucking novel on my mom complaining about me watching The West Wing, of all things. When did I move into Bizarro World, and why didn't anyone tell me?

Aug. 8th, 2012

Kaboom vs. Salmonella

So it turns out that nasty illness I contracted on my trip was salmonella poisoning. I don't want to get into the disgusting details of what I went through, but suffice to say that I cannot remember the last time I felt that bad, and that includes the times I broke my collarbone, the time I fell off a cliff, and the times my cysts acted up. I still feel kind of poorly, and I'm going to the doctor tomorrow again to make sure that everything is okay, that I'm not relapsing or so,mething like that.

The problem with salmonella is that once you get it, it can take a few months for you to totally recover. You'll stop throwing up in about four or five days, apparently, but it can take months for your system to totally go back to normal. Another potential serious issue is a side effect from the bacteria called Reiter's syndrome, which causes premature arthritis. While I was told that this side effect is very rare, knowing my luck with health issues, I wouldn't be surprised if I did get it.

My dad and I are both pretty sure we got the illness at a Cracker Barrel, so that's the last time I am ever eating at one. I know it was probably a once-in-a-million incident, but still, it's the principle of the thing. I won't eat at Taco Bell, either, since I got sick after eating there once in grade school. If something makes me sick once, I wan't eat it again. It's the same way if I eat something and then get very sick afterwards, even if it wasn't from food poisoning. I won't eat pickle relish either, since the last thing I ate before the flu knocked me on my ass a few years ago was a hot-dog with some pickle relish. There's a few other things I'm paranoid about eating, since I got fevers or migraines or my other medical issues acted up after I ate them.

All in all, though, I'm actually very glad to be back at home. Being sick and having to sleep in the spare room in your grandmother's basement on the lumpy-ass bed that's been there since 1975 really kind of sucks and isn't all that conducive to healing.

Aug. 3rd, 2012

Kaboom's Miserable Vacation

Last Sunday, my family and I left to head on out to Chicago, to visit some relatives there. At this point in time, I am currently hanging out in my grandmother's house in Nebraska, since my father and I both contracted a nasty bout of food poisoning. I am doing somewhat better- I am not getting violently ill every couple of minutes anymore, although I also have slept for the better part of 48 hours. My dad, unfortunately is not doing as well. Our plans have basically been turned upside down, and I will tell you that this is just miserable. I am never going to a damnable Cracker Barrel again, as long as I live.

On a slightly happier note, I did get some cool pictures from the Sheds Aquarium in Chicago. When I get back home, I will post them. Right now I'm using my Kindle on a somewhat sketchy Internet connection, so I don't think it is possible to upload them right now. But yeah,that's what's been going on the past few days. I am really quite annoyed that I had to get sick on vacation. I couldn't get sick during a work week?

Jul. 20th, 2012

On the Batman Shootings

This morning, I woke up and turned on my computer to check my email. I am waiting for some stuff to ship that I bought online and wanted to see if it had shipped yet. When I logged onto the Internet, though, there wax a huge banner informing me of what happened in Denver early this morning. Apparently some guy walked into a midnight shooting of the new Batman movie and released tear gas, then started shooting at random in the movie theater.

I really don't have a whole lot to say about this, I'm kind of in shock at the moment. I'm kind of disgusted that someone would take advantage of something that is supposed to be fun escapism to commit a terrorist attack against people who had done nothing. It is daunting to think that you can't even go watch a damn movie without having to worry about some crazy fucker shooting you. At the time of me writing this, the police have captured the gunman, a 24-year-old man named James Holmes, although they do not know what his motivations were. At the time of me writing this, the death toll had risen to 13 dead and at least 30 more people injured.

I wish I knew how to react to this. I'm torn between wanting movie theaters to be more careful in the future, but also aware that if that did come to pass it would probably end badly. Do we really need airport security at the movie theater?

I'll probably do another post on this once I can think straight again. I just don't know right now.

May. 17th, 2012

Parenting for Sadists: Ignorance. Ignorance Everywhere.

Part 9 of a series, click the Parenting for Sadists tag to find parts 1 through 8. This is the last part of the same article I've been dissecting since Part 7, thank Longcat. That fucking article is like gamma radiation for me- if it went on for too much longer I think it would turn me into Kaboom-Hulk and then I'd start smashing the shit out of everything.

As per usual, most of the post goes behind the cut, NSFW, warnings for child abuse, and this time, please be aware that this article contains discussion of suicide, death of adults, and sexual assault as well as the usual discussion of child abuse.

May. 6th, 2012

Good Feelings Gone

This morning I woke up more refreshed and calm than I've felt in months. I felt GREAT. I was calm, I was actually in a good mood, and I was feeling perfectly healthy for once. I had buggered off out of work yesterday and took my brother to go see The Avengers at the movie theater, I was going to spend some time with a friend who I rarely ever get to see because of our wildly divergent schedules, and I was actually excited about something, which, if you know me, know rarely happens. And, we had fun, going to the shopping district and buying some nice things. All in all, it was a good day. At least, it was a good day until about twenty minutes ago.

HOLY FUCK FINAL EXAMS START THIS WEEK. GOOD FEELINGS GONE. I also have a ridiculously huge web development project due tomorrow that I sort of finished, but have basically given up on. The professor will just have to deal with it, considering she gave us hardly any time to do this site with stupid parameters (seriously, who the fuck cares if our final project conforms to copyright law? I just need it to be online long enough to get a grade, and it's not like we're making any money off of it).

Just like that, my mood went from “great” to “wretched” in a few seconds. Wonderful.

Apr. 27th, 2012

Attention Congress:


Last night in IT Security class, I found out that CISPA passed the House of Representatives. And, really? The Democrats and Republicans can't even agree on what to name the damn post offices or what color to paint the walls, but they'll put aside their differences to pass laws that violate the Constitution of our country? What in the actual fuck, seriously- they can't agree on anything but screwing over the people? Yeah, that totally fills me with confidence for the future. Or not.

Mar. 25th, 2012

Parenting for Sadists: Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Since this series is getting so long, just click the “parenting for sadists” tag in the sidebar now- it will make things a lot easier. Articles are sorted with the most recent first.

As per usual, most of this post goes behind the cut, to avoid exposing anyone to anything they're not in a place to deal with right now. NSFW, warning for child abuse. This is part 8, I think everyone knows how this goes by now...

Feb. 9th, 2012

THIS is what's offensive now?

So, Mother Jones is usually a pretty reliable site, even though I don't always agree with their politics. And this article was... well, not perfect, but it at least was able to make its point without going way too far off the deep end, although if you ask me, we have bigger problems facing the country today than sexy commercials (uh, SOPA? PIPA? The looming threat of YET ANOTHER WAR?). And then, the bonkerosity got ratcheted up to 11.


So... getting offended by talking M&Ms dancing to an LMFAO song is now what we as a country should be worried about? Sir/madam, I don't think you quite understood what this commercial was about. It was about an anthropomorphic M&M. Dancing around "naked." To a popular song you can hear on the Top 40 radio stations. Oh yes, the silly dancing candy is soooooo much more important than, oh, you know, that bullshit other people are going on about with regards to the government barging into our private lives!

Oh, who am I kidding, the perpetually butthurt will always be much more interested in getting angry over stupid commercials than in actually fixing anything that's wrong with our society.

Dec. 18th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: Apparently I'm A Socialist Now

Since this is the seventh part of this series, I think everyone knows the drill by now- most of the content goes under the cut, warnings are in place for child abuse and emotional manipulation, and Michael Pearl is a douchecanoe. There, did I cover all my bases? Good.

Dec. 15th, 2011

The 2011 Scrooge Award

I don't often read FandomSecrets, because it tends to make me tired, angry, or just plain old confused. But the other day I decided to check it out to see what was going on, and I came across a secret submitted by a really nasty piece of work, that outraged me more than just about anything else I've ever seen on that site (and that includes the rampant “let's talk shit about the mentally ill while still keeping it all PC and shit”- but that's a rant for another day). Anyway, take a look at this shit:



Allow me to put it as bluntly as possible: YOU FUCKING SUCK AND I HOPE YOU GET USED UNDERPANTS FOR WHATEVER HOLIDAY YOU CELEBRATE. I don't give a flying fuck what your personal beliefs are regarding Twilight, if you purposely refuse to give the kid you adopted for the holidays what they want, you deserve to be waterboarded, but since it's the holidays, we'll settle for giving you used undergarments for Christmas.

According to the FandomSecrets thread, apparently some people didn't understand what it meant to adopt a family for the holidays. This isn't like Secret Santa- you don't draw a coworker's name out of the hat or whatever to do a surprise gift exchange. Generally, these kids are disadvantaged, and their parents can't afford to get them decent presents for the holidays. It is also sometimes done for children who are terminally ill, or who lost a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. So, no matter what the situation, if you purposely refuse to give one of these kids what they want for the holidays, you're tacky as fuck and I hate you.

I wish I could get the address to send the present to, because I'd get that poor kid a copy of all four Twilight books and send them a gift card as well, so they could buy some other stuff, all because their secret holiday buddy is a fucking asshole.

Aug. 16th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: Anderson Cooper vs. the Pearls

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

I'm working on another article dissecting the Pearl's articles, but it daunts me, it's so graphic. I can't really work on it for more than a few minutes at a time without feeling sick to my stomach. But Anderson Cooper did an exposé on Michael and Debi Pearl, which has very good analysis. Please be aware that these videos are very graphic and show the damage done to a person's body from following the methods outlined in To Train Up A Child.

Video Here

Jul. 22nd, 2011

Goodbye Borders

Today, the Borders store near my house shuts down. The gigantic liquidation sale is going on right now, and I just got back. I'm... upset, to say the least.

I always liked Borders, and it's where I did all my book buying (well, that or Amazon). I really dislike Barnes and Noble and refuse to patronize that store, so that's out. Now, I guess I'm down to Amazon, which is a bit depressing, really. I have a lot of good memories at that Borders. I went to the midnight releases for Harry Potter 6 and 7 (which considering my paranoia, was no small feat) and actually had a good time. Sometimes if I was bored I would just go over there and read some manga. That Borders was the first store I was able to get up the courage to buy an actual, physical, yaoi book. Once, when I was in ninth grade, I went to that store with a few of my friends, and one of my friends got the bright idea to go grab one of the Penthouse stories books from the erotica section. We hid in the computer section and took turns reading it aloud and giggling like the naughty schoolgirls we were. In retrospect, it was pretty ridiculous, but it was still a good memory.

But now that's all gone. No more Borders. And I have no idea what they're planning on putting in that storefront, if anything. Somehow, though, if it just sits empty, that's going to be a lot more depressing than having the shop replaced with something less interesting. Although I really do hope it's not another grocery store. There's already so many of those around here that it would be a shame to see something that was once a destination switch into something as boring as a grocery store.

Jul. 7th, 2011

Parenting for Sadists: Epically Missing the Point

Part 3 in a series

Ugh. These articles take so much mental effort and I usually end feeling a lot worse than I had when I started, but I've stated before: I might not have a religious morality like people like to screech about. But I do have standards, and these people violate every single one of those principles.

Full Disclaimer: Copyright law states that I have to do this, and put the address, website, and contact information for the sick fucks who wrote this mess that I will be quoting heavily from. I have placed it at the bottom of this article, but for the love of everything that you hold dear, DO NOT ACTUALLY CLICK THE LINKS. These... “people” (and I use that word in the loosest sense of the term) do not deserve any more traffic. The citation links in the paragraph do not link to their website, and are there for corroboration, but I would advise against clicking on them, either. I wanted to take a shower after reading that, and I want to take another shower after typing this up. This is some seriously sick, twisted shit. Whatever you do, DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING WRITTEN HERE AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF THESE METHODS. I would hope that would be obvious, though.

VERY NSFW. WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE. You all probably know the drill by now- most content of this post goes behind the cut, but don't expect this for everything, blah blah blah... eh, you're smart, you'll figure it out.

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