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sulphuriclike:

Mauro Reggio_Via Giolitti_2011

sulphuriclike:

Mauro Reggio_Via Giolitti_2011

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Serene tortoise with cabbage.

Serene tortoise with cabbage.

fursasaida:

L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

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lightningcatters:

I found the video game embodiment of Brosencrantz. 

lightningcatters:

I found the video game embodiment of Brosencrantz. 

youknowyourebritishwhen:

The Definitive Stereotype Map Of Britain And Ireland

officialunitedstates:

introverts: very friendly and helpful, help bake cookies and stir the soup

extroverts: make up stereotypes, eat soup without helping, angry all the time

Maksym Kryvonis [Maciej Kozłowski] and Cossacks

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I doubt Mr Munroe and I would actually disagree in principle on many political issues. But even when your cause is just, your argument can never be “my voice is louder”.

The thing every angry, morally-fired-up idealist misses, is that this isn’t actually a more enlightened age, because objectively there is no such thing. Your grandchildren will consider you just as awkward and outdated and “problematic” as you consider your grandparents, never mind how progressive they were in their youth. In five hundred years’ time we will be considered exactly as barbaric and misguided as people who enslaved each other and stoned adulterers to death, for a whole new set of reasons and cultural preferences. Every generation thinks the past was morally wrong.

And none of them are any better than the others. Oh, look, look at our rights, look at how permissive our culture is! I agree, of course, but that’s because of the age I was brought up in. Open a hole in time and we would find cultures that would find our social ideas exactly as horrifying as we would find theirs. Which of us is right? What the hell does “right” mean?

Ideology is one of the many, many, many tools people use to gang up on other people and beat them up. Fair play, even-handedness, the courage to be different, and tolerance for diversity are the only consistently laudable characteristics through history.

Self-examination is difficult. Going against the grain is difficult. But if 99 people say it has to be one way, for no other reason than they feel it’s so, I reckon you have a moral duty to voice the suggestion that it’s the other way.

Tags: xkcd

lisaquestions:

nevver:

Free Speech

Alt text from xkcd:

I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.





legitimisingmobmorality.png

This “we all think this way, therefore shutting down everyone who doesn’t is totally cool” approach is identical - identical - to that of every morally superior argument and pressure movement to, say, segregate schools, or keep The Gay out of the media, or any other ugly, repressive way a dominant ideology crushes its opposition. The method is the same. The sanctimonious moral priggishness is the same. Congratulations, you are encouraging people to have the moral accountability of a cheering onlooker at a lynch mob.

But of course, we’re right! We’re on the side of progress, we’re making things better! Guess what? The people arguing for segregation, the people fighting for chemical sterilisation of homosexuals or the banning of books that didn’t fit with their morality, they thought the exact same way. And they were gradually beaten out of the picture, as the current faceless wave of concern-trolling petty tyrants hopefully one way will be, because courageous people were able to stand up and publicly disagree with them.

Freedom and diversity of expression is a goal in itself and a sign of a healthy, functioning political atmosphere. A culture which is legitimising - celebrating! - ways to lock that down, to ostracise anyone who doesn’t toe the line and scream down everyone who defends them with twitter dogpiles and waves of emotive demagoguery terrifies me.

Fuck absolutely every tendentious piece of crap beginning “public service announcement”, fuck the obscene internet projection of American morality and legal concepts onto all of human culture (piss on your First Amendment, give me Article 19 of the UDHR) and fuck you, Randall Munroe, for giving the ever more terrifying internet moral monoculture another reason to never doubt itself. I hope Voltaire’s ghost punches you in the cock.

lisaquestions:

nevver:

Free Speech

Alt text from xkcd:

I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.

legitimisingmobmorality.png

This “we all think this way, therefore shutting down everyone who doesn’t is totally cool” approach is identical - identical - to that of every morally superior argument and pressure movement to, say, segregate schools, or keep The Gay out of the media, or any other ugly, repressive way a dominant ideology crushes its opposition. The method is the same. The sanctimonious moral priggishness is the same. Congratulations, you are encouraging people to have the moral accountability of a cheering onlooker at a lynch mob.

But of course, we’re right! We’re on the side of progress, we’re making things better! Guess what? The people arguing for segregation, the people fighting for chemical sterilisation of homosexuals or the banning of books that didn’t fit with their morality, they thought the exact same way. And they were gradually beaten out of the picture, as the current faceless wave of concern-trolling petty tyrants hopefully one way will be, because courageous people were able to stand up and publicly disagree with them. Freedom and diversity of expression is a goal in itself and a sign of a healthy, functioning political atmosphere. A culture which is legitimising - celebrating! - ways to lock that down, to ostracise anyone who doesn’t toe the line and scream down everyone who defends them with twitter dogpiles and waves of emotive demagoguery terrifies me.

Fuck absolutely every tendentious piece of crap beginning “public service announcement”, fuck the obscene internet projection of American morality and legal concepts onto all of human culture (piss on your First Amendment, give me Article 19 of the UDHR) and fuck you, Randall Munroe, for giving the ever more terrifying internet moral monoculture another reason to never doubt itself. I hope Voltaire’s ghost punches you in the cock.

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malformalady:

A remarkable series of photos taken in a Russian forest have been making the rounds on social media sites, showing what happens over time to instruments of carnage discarded in the woods. The striking images depict rifles, artillery shells, grenades and sapper shovels embedded in tree trunks - essentially swallowed up by the natural surroundings in a silent act of protest against human folly. It is likely that the helmets came to rest on young saplings during a battle. Over time, the maturing trees widened the bullet holes, and the helmets essentially became impaled.

malformalady:

A remarkable series of photos taken in a Russian forest have been making the rounds on social media sites, showing what happens over time to instruments of carnage discarded in the woods. The striking images depict rifles, artillery shells, grenades and sapper shovels embedded in tree trunks - essentially swallowed up by the natural surroundings in a silent act of protest against human folly. It is likely that the helmets came to rest on young saplings during a battle. Over time, the maturing trees widened the bullet holes, and the helmets essentially became impaled.

malformalady:

A Chinese businessman hid two illegally built extra storeys on his penthouse suite with trees and plants. The penthouse already had a roofgarden, but it was increased in size to deceive neighbours and officials.

malformalady:

A Chinese businessman hid two illegally built extra storeys on his penthouse suite with trees and plants. The penthouse already had a roofgarden, but it was increased in size to deceive neighbours and officials.