Cognitive Dissonance

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To the people who’ve sent me love notes over Bitcoin:

Just kidding — they’re nastygrams. I’m not even going to answer your messages pissing and moaning about how you lost money and you think I’m making fun of you.

First off, I mocked the idea of Bitcoin and its crash. But now, I’ll validate your feels insofar as being mocked. What did you expect with an unregulated, speculative form of currency without any oversight of its market, value, or exchange, or much legal precedent?

One of the messages I received was from a young guy who invested all his savings in Bitcoin because he doesn’t trust banks. Look, I get not trusting banks, but at least you know who’s running the show. If hackers stole your money from a bank, it’s insured by the FDIC. Bitcoin? Nope. It would have been safer in a coffee can in your backyard — or go with a local credit union if you truly hate corporate banks.

Your libertarian dream crashed with Bitcoin, and I bet that hurts. However, you forgot to factor in a few things — if you’re truly governed by rational economic self-interest and complete individual freedom, other people’s rational self-interest will conflict with yours, and not everyone behaves in that manner. Oh, and some humans are altruistic and some are greedy.

You know what? The hackers that jacked your Bitcoin were acting in their own rational self-interest as well — they jacked your money because they could, and figured they could do it without getting caught. Good luck getting it back, and it sucks you lost it. But in a truly free market, isn’t that what happens? You’re free to make good and bad investments and deal with the good and bad consequences.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go raid my change jar of Realcoin for a coffee.

Cheers!

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Ok, you pretentious, patronizing little fuck. I get hundreds of messages a day. I’ve answered several of yours. A much longer answer to yours WAS in the queue, but since you’re as impatient as you are presumptuous, I exercised my free will and deleted it. I wrote you a note instead.

If you’re more comfortable with a society that embraces those who choose not to help because they don’t want to, I seriously pity you, and hope you lead a charmed life AND come from an independently wealthy family.

Look, I get why you might be excited about reading “Atlas Shrugged” - “fuck you, got mine” was pretty appealing when I was 13. Then I grew up. I suggest you try it, then let me know how that goes for you.

Filed under 1kevindb This guy Ayn Rand seriously selfishness I remember my first time reading Ayn Rand it was horrible

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Discussing women and scientific achievement with a pal of mine, when suddenly — INTERRUPTING MRA!

MRA: I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help but overhear — are you really suggesting that men haven’t contributed anything to science?

Me: No, I’m suggesting a lot of women’s achievements were usurped or overlooked and my friend is agreeing with me.

MRA: Well, without men, there would have been no one to teach science to women. When will there be conferences dedicated to just celebrating their achievements? Or a men’s history month? Frankly, I think men are under recognized because of the search to always recognize a woman in anything.

Me: Sorry our conversation isn’t celebrating the tyranny of the patriarchal cock. Is there something more acceptable you’d like us to talk about, besides, you know, my friend’s thesis?

MRA: Tyranny of the cock? What are you, a lesbo? *walks off, shaking his head*

My pal: What…. the… hell… Has that guy never, ever read a science or history textbook? Holy shit… like every month is men’s history month, and EVERY conference I’ve been to is celebrating men in science the majority of the time. Is he for real?

Me: Yes. These people exist.

My pal: I’d heard legends of this Reddit tribe… maybe I should get out of biology and into anthropology.

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In news that’s not The Onion, on the one-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, the NRA  released a brand-new iOS game called “NRA: Practice Range,” which is available for free on the iPhone and iPad. The game is rated for ages four and up. 

Seriously. 

It’s described as “a 3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations. It strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education.” 

Oh, but remember this gem:

“But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?
…
A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.” 

That was NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre at a Dec. 21, 2012 press conference blaming violent media and video games for causing mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Essentially, after spending the past month blaming shooting games for mass shootings, the NRA released a target shooting game for those aged 4+ on the one-month anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in America that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children.

Still with me?

According to  Kotaku, the game has three modes, and in all of them “you get to pick a weapon and use it to shoot moving targets. You can use handguns and shotguns. You can also buy an AK47 assault rifle for just $0.99, which is a very good deal for an AK47 assault rifle. Other weapons, like an MK11 sniper rifle, also cost $0.99 each.”

But it’s not just shootin’, it’s learnin’! Kotaku continues: “And then there is the best part. As you play NRA: Practice Range, you’ll see NRA Fun Facts™ like ‘The NRA sanctions or sponsors over 11,000 shooting competitions and 50 shooting championships each year!’ and ‘NRA programs train over 750,000 gun owners each year!’ These NRA Fun Facts™ are also free and available to kids ages four and up.”

So that makes it okay, amirite? /sarcasm

In news that’s not The Onion, on the one-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, the NRA released a brand-new iOS game called “NRA: Practice Range,” which is available for free on the iPhone and iPad. The game is rated for ages four and up.

Seriously.

It’s described as “a 3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations. It strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education.”

Oh, but remember this gem:

“But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.”

That was NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre at a Dec. 21, 2012 press conference blaming violent media and video games for causing mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Essentially, after spending the past month blaming shooting games for mass shootings, the NRA released a target shooting game for those aged 4+ on the one-month anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in America that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children.

Still with me?

According to Kotaku, the game has three modes, and in all of them “you get to pick a weapon and use it to shoot moving targets. You can use handguns and shotguns. You can also buy an AK47 assault rifle for just $0.99, which is a very good deal for an AK47 assault rifle. Other weapons, like an MK11 sniper rifle, also cost $0.99 each.”

But it’s not just shootin’, it’s learnin’! Kotaku continues: “And then there is the best part. As you play NRA: Practice Range, you’ll see NRA Fun Facts™ like ‘The NRA sanctions or sponsors over 11,000 shooting competitions and 50 shooting championships each year!’ and ‘NRA programs train over 750,000 gun owners each year!’ These NRA Fun Facts™ are also free and available to kids ages four and up.”

So that makes it okay, amirite? /sarcasm

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The above t-shirt is for sale at a local business in Laramie, Wyo.
Here’s my thought: If you can’t recall how many guns you have, you might actually have too many. And that might also make you the poster child for gun control and registration. If you can’t keep track, someone should.
Just a thought.

The above t-shirt is for sale at a local business in Laramie, Wyo.

Here’s my thought: If you can’t recall how many guns you have, you might actually have too many. And that might also make you the poster child for gun control and registration. If you can’t keep track, someone should.

Just a thought.

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Instead of calling the photo of Anne Hathaway’s crotch a ‘mishap’ or ‘wardrobe malfunction’ (as everything I’ve seen about it has), all articles should actually be about the person who snapped the pic and begin with ‘A creepy, despicable photographer was caught violating common decency in a photo they sold for money this week…’

Political cartoonist and professional rabble-rouser Matt Bors on Facebook today.

This is another example of institutionalized misogyny. Instead of people just not taking pictures of a woman’s genitalia because human decency, it’s Anne Hathaway’s fault. Essentially, if she didn’t want a paparazzi to take an upskirt shot, she shouldn’t have put herself in that situation where he could get the shot.

Don’t give me any shit about “she should” either — I had a boob fall out of a wrap dress I thought was pretty modest (and tied tightly). It happens. I’ve seen enough dude ass crack to last a lifetime — does it mean I should photograph it? Put it on the internet? 

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GOP Sen. John Barrasso: Abortion is ‘a personal and a family decision, not a government one’

Oops, that was John Barrasso running for U.S. Senate in 1996, not now. Silly me!

Actually, Sen. John Barrasso, (R-Wyo.) said he doesn’t support abortion in cases of rape or incest at tonight’s PBS debate. That would be the 2012 version, not the moderate seeking to replace former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson. 

So, let’s do the time warp again!

"In 1996, he ran for the U.S. Senate when Republican Alan Simpson retired. He faced then-state Sen. Mike Enzi in a crowded GOP primary where the abortion issue played a key role. Running as a moderate, Barrasso favored abortion rights and had opposed a 1994 constitutional amendment to ban most abortions." – The National Journal on Barrasso’s first run for U.S. Senate

"Barrasso ‘believes the GOP has room for everyone "under the tent," and has described abortion as ‘a personal and a family decision, not a government one.’" — Gillette News Record, June 18th, 1996

"In Wyoming, usually a very Republican state in Federal elections, the Republicans have been feuding, with the religious right and the more traditional factions at each other’s throats. The retiring Senator [Alan] Simpson belongs to the latter group, the one that thinks government has no more business regulating abortion than controlling guns. Mr. Enzi made his opposition to abortion a central theme in eking out a primary victory on Tuesday over John Barrasso, an abortion rights supporter." — The New York Times, August 24, 1996

"On the controversial issue of abortion, Barrasso said he doesn’t believe in telling physicians what to do, and that he believes that abortion should be a decision between a woman and her doctor. He contributed to a political action committee in 1994 that opposed a constitutional amendment to ban most abortions." — New West on Barrasso, June 22, 2007, after his appointment to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D)

And here’s what happens when the big tent collapses:

It’s almost tragic how quickly a political opportunist can fall in line once the big tent he championed collapses. Perhaps he needs a visit from The Avenging Uterus:

The Avenging Uterus from Matt Bors on Vimeo.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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A Day In The Life: A Non-Muslim White Girl Relates How She’s Treated After Donning A Hijab

This link was submitted to me several weeks ago by Chris K., who wrote, “There’s just so much wrong here that I don’t know where to start.”

Well, neither do I, except to say that someone’s race or ethnicity isn’t your goddamn social experiment, white people. You don’t get to try it on like Tyra Banks and her fat suit, and then come away saying, “Gosh, I learned something. Life is just SO UNFAIR to those people.”

No shit.

As the author wrote in her reasoning for doing this:

"At first I wanted to keep this story between me and a few close friends, but in light of what has just recently happened at the Islamic Center of America, I feel that I have to share this story. This is no longer an issue on religion. This is outright discrimination and intolerance. If my story can inspire others, or at least affect someone on a personal level, then I’ve done all that I can do."

How about you actually ask Muslim women what it’s like to wear the hijab? Let their stories inspire people. Or ask an American Indian about their culture versus donning a headdress and discussing how spiritual it makes you feel? And for fuck’s sake, blackface and afro wigs are never okay. 

A few excerpts of this piece that made my blood boil:

"[A]n idea occurred to me when I was driving home from the mosque. Back in high school, I wanted to do a social experiment for my Sociology class. My sister gave me the idea to wear a hijab out in public to see how people treated me. Back then, I didn’t know where to find a hijab. Now that I had one, I thought I would give that experiment another shot. So I put on my new hijab and set out to three public places: a bookstore, the mall, and a restaurant."

Oh, and this:

"I wrote this in my status on Facebook: Muslims put up with some of the worst customer service. I am not exaggerating when I say this."

If that doesn’t sound the WORST DAY EVER for a privileged white person…

"I want it noted that when I stepped into the mall, I was not wearing a burqa (Muslim clothing that covers all of the body and the face), a chador (Iranian clothing that covers the entire body) or a niqab (a veil that covers the hair and face which reveals only the eyes). In post-September 11th America, the clothing listed would understandably be considered suspicious in case of a burglary or a bomb threat. The clothing makes it difficult, if not impossible, to make a clear identification in case of those threats. Had I been wearing those, I would understand the neglectful salespeople and the security guard trailing me, but all I wore was a hijab. All I was covering was my hair."

Get that, Muslim women? If you’re in any traditional clothing but a hijab in post-9/11 America, it’s okay that you’re discriminated against because security.

I just don’t know what else to say here, other than you’re doing it wrong. 

ETA: As it was pointed out to me, there are Muslims of every skin color. I may not have been clear, but I’m referring to non-Muslim white people.

Thoughts, Tumblrverse?

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Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I’d much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.

Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world. It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that’s 18 or over (who is) a legal citizen, and every person that’s 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C.

God bless America.

Janis Lane, president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, on why women shouldn’t have the right to vote.

I assure you, this is not The Onion and she is a real person.

That said…

I just don’t even know what to say here. Words fail me. 

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