Take the police on a romantic dinner date, and really win them over. Over the course of the next few months, slowly win the absolute affection of the police. Make the police fall in love with you, make the police unable to imagine life without you. Eventually, once your relationship has reached the apex of perfection, tenderly make love to the police. Make the police want you. No. Make the police need you. Then move away and never call again.
“A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. If our concern is about suffering in this universe, it is rather obvious that we should be more concerned about killing flies than about killing three-day-old human embryos… Many people will argue that the difference between a fly and a three-day-old human embryo is that a three-day-old human embryo is a potential human being. Every cell in your body, given the right manipulations, every cell with a nucleus is now a potential human being. Every time you scratch your nose, you’ve committed a holocaust of potential human beings… Let’s say we grant it that every three-day-old human embryo has a soul worthy of our moral concern. First of all, embryos at this stage can split into identical twins. Is this a case of one soul splitting into two souls? Embryos at this stage can fuse into a chimera. What has happened to the extra human soul in such a case? This is intellectually indefensible, but it’s morally indefensible given that these notions really are prolonging scarcely endurable misery of tens of millions of human beings, and because of the respect we accord religious faith, we can’t have this dialogue in the way that we should. I submit to you that if you think the interests of a three-day-old blastocyst trump the interests of a little girl with spinal cord injuries or a person with full-body burns, your moral intuitions have been obscured by religious metaphysics.”—
I had a dream last night that Mike and I were in Chicago drinking and at one point I was like, “Mike you got so quiet” and I looked over and he was curled up in a wheelchair impersonating someone with cerebral palsy. And I laughed so hard that in my dream I puked and in real life I woke up laughing.
“I’m tired of hearing America is the best at this or the best at that all the frickin’ time. It’s a fat country with bad health care, bad politics, bad education, bad infrastructure, bad religion, a horrific income gap, a load of violent crime, moronic drug laws, rampant racism, people who deny the rampant racism, sexism, people who deny the rampant sexism, an active and overt hostility to higher education, and a population that consists of large blocs devoted to ideology over real-world pragmatic answers.
And to top things off, it’s filled with the sort of people who give idiotic responses to all these facts by saying, “Well, if you don’t like, why don’t you leave?” Morons.”—Michael Hawkins, Thought of the day (For the Sake of Science, 10 Mar 2011)
other than the horrifically hot weather, is the general “cat-hate” that is so flagrant. The amount of times I’ve heard people say that they destroy wildlife, etc etc, or that we should just run them down, or kick them or shoot them.
Are you fucking kidding me?
True, I was only young when I lived in Canada, but I never heard people being so flagrantly cruel about an animal.
One prospective employer rang me yesterday and I missed the call.
I called back but all the calls went straight to voicemail.
I left a message and she still hasn’t called back.
My hopes of ‘ooohh, this might be a second interview!’ have turned into ‘ughh, this is just another rejection call’.
Also, the other interview I went for didn’t even get back to me.
“I have religious friends, and they’re like, ‘Well if you look, it’s proven.’ And you’re like, ‘No, it’s not proven.’ Don’t try to tell me that you can prove this stuff. Just say ‘I believe it,’ and I’m down with you. Don’t mix the two together. Because you can’t logically say, ‘We know that Jews came from Jerusalem and settled in America and turned into Native Americans.’ That just doesn’t make any sense. But at the same time, if you say ‘I believe this,’ I say ‘Okay. Cool man.’ Because at the end of the day, we all have certain beliefs and deeply held things that probably don’t make a lot of sense to anybody else.”—
“Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.”—Stephen Colbert (via drinkyourjuice)