That vacuity thing seems really spot on. If I go into Boston and hang out with my city friends, they all agree with each other %100 but don't bother to learn what it's like for most of the rest of the state, let alone the country.
The major coastal cities are all guilty of "navel gazing" like this. It's as if there is a wall and a moat around each city and there are just dragons and jungles outside of town.
As the one that posted that, yes, I was fooled. Of course I have actually heard the argument made by leaders on the left that global warming is causing terrorism. While I'm more than willing to accept that this meme is false, I'm actually more surprised that Water hasn't said something like that.
Past the leftist media, the attitude that you gotta break eggs to make an omelette, the conviction that the ends justify the means, and the simple fact that leftism is based on lying about every aspect of your motives, methods, and results.... we have Wikipedia!
I use wiki fairly often, as a CASUAL reference source. But It's not an encyclopedia. It's a slow forum, presented as a Blog. It's often wrong. And on politics it's worse. Even simple, you would think, articles on well known history are seldom correct in detail, and when it comes to leftist policy, seldom have any truth at all.
The best example I know is the article on "assault weapons". A year ago, it listed the anti-rights activist who invented the term, and linked to his work. Today, that has been erased, and the factual content is negative. It's hard to find one actual fact. It's pure lies. Deliberate propaganda, by anti-rights zealots.
You can safely assume every wiki entry has been massaged, by fans or paid experts, to launder the statements of politicians from their past, and erase crimes. The paid services that modify Wikipedia to reflect the lies of people will always be ahead of any well meaning Citizen that edits in a little truth, because they work 24/7 and are notified when you stick your nose in.
And then they will have you banned. Lies are power. Power pays well.
Wikipedia is handy for non-politically charged topics, but it's complete crap for anything politically charged. It's lorded over by a bunch of leftists who block virtually anything contrary to the leftist propaganda.
So the latest despicable ploy by the leftist media is to use the term "conservative Islam" instead of "radical Islam".
I despise leftists. God help me, I so despise them.
Just to be clear, it's been some years since I read the Koran. There's a lot to like about the culture, ( the American Dad episode breaks me up ) specifically the rules on hospitality and treatment of a guest, that are very much like European Chivalry.
But Islam isn't just a religion. It's a political system, a theocratic mess that could be summed up pretty simply.
1. The Mullahs of the tribes control the whole mess.
2. The system is rigged to prevent anyone from reforming it.... I.E. taking any power away from the Mullahs. The Mullahs can make up any crap they want, as long as the monopoly on power is maintained.
3. When things got better, and people were running around enjoying life, back in the 1300's the Mullahs got upset, killed a whole bunch of people, and dragged the whole culture back to the 800's.
4. Some of the Mullahs twist the Prophet's words to mean anything they want to. Since he said utterly contradictory things, depending on the year or how full of crap he was that day, you can use the Prophet's words to prove anything. Sort of like how evil men can interpret the Bible to mean anything, except the Prophet actually meant all the "kill everyone who disagrees" part. And did so.
4. The REASON Islam is protected by the left is historic, pragmatic, and insane.
Back in WW1 different tribes sided with different sides. The losing tribes got screwed, and the winning tribes got countries. Ditto WW2. During the Cold War, the Soviets backed Obedient Islam to attack the west, figuring they were the best liars, and would discard their tools, after they won. No matter how nuts that seems to me, the implausible deniability part seems to be too attractive to give up, and Obedient Islam certainly is a great way to ruin the rest of the planet.
So when CNN tells you you are Islamaphobic for not wanting The Religion Of Peace to Impose 7th century slaver laws on you, it's being Obedient to the Soviet sponsored education & indoctrination they got in school, and enforce in the news room.
The insanity part I can't seem to grasp is when the White Male Hating fringe tells me Islam is great even though if they actually lived under it and acted as they do they'd be murdered in public to a cheering crowd.
If a conservative muslim follows the dogma and kills all his non-muslim neighbors but a radical muslim doesn't follow the dogma and doesn't kill all his non muslims neighbors, I would much rather have a radical muslim as a neighbor.
re: Amazonian armpit hair. As not seen in the hit movie Wonder Woman.
Some RadFems are complaining that the Amazons shave. That this is unfair, or something. Not properly lockstep with some current fashion.
First, I feel your pain. Shaving is a pain. I have to shave every day to not look scruffy, or I can look like Leonardo Dicaprio in his award winning performance. ( and I do get that way in winter ) I've even shaved my legs, long ago, on the high school swim team. That was pretty horrible. I never shaved my arm pits, it seems like a real trial.
So you have some sympathy in your rebellion against all things conventionally pretty. I agree it's unfair that a Sasquatch looking person probably has an unfair harder time getting a job. Or a mate. I admit I'm even grateful that the Patriarchy since Rome doesn't insist I shave my body hair, since I'm pretty hairy.
( In the days of Rome, before soap, you oiled up and scraped the dirt off with curved knives called strigils. yep, that smooth body athletic look is That Old )
But I have to tell you that you are fighting a very stupid fight against nothing.
For one thing, Wonder Woman is THE Feminist comic book. Written by a Harvard PHD in Psych, who was also polyamorous, lived with his wife & grad student, was heavily influenced by both remarkable women, and had a thing for bondage. It's hard to get better street cred than that.
Wonder Woman had constant references to the suffrage movement, and has been a ( somewhat inconsistent ) force for equal rights since before WW2. Countless girls found inspiration in Wonder Woman comics. The power equal of Superman, usually morally his superior, and always, even in the campy tv series, put forward a positive roll model for women.
But the REAL reason Amazons don't have body hair is simple. They are comic book characters. Artists have to draw everything. They rely on subtle lines to show body shape, and at the resolution of a typical comic book there's no way to draw armpit hair that doesn't look like a bad merkin. Time is money, and body hair takes too much time. Comic artists aren't Pixar. There isn't a giant supercomputer and an army of renderers cut & pasting textures onto a wireframe. It's a guy or gal with pencils and pens. And their art will seldom be shown larger than the palm of your hand, on cheap paper.
And comic fans are likely to complain when you change costumes and hair styles. Adding body fur to the movie version of a comic would not sell, and that's why NO comic book movie I recall since Heavy Traffic has body hair on the female Heroes.
Because that would be dangerous. Nobody issues fatwas for upsetting straight white men. They're essentially cowards, only picking fights with people who essentially agree with most of their agenda. For example, I'm a feminist, but not like these ladies.
I have some gay ( lesbian ) friends. A few gay male folk I see at events but don't hang with. ( I had some close gay male friends, but they all.... died. Aids, Suicide, it's kinda depressing )
There are 2, possibly related changes in the "gay community" lately. ( which is not really a community. It's many, and some interact at bars, some don't )
1st, is the "balkanization" of sex. It's not just Straight or Gay, or Bi, anymore with shades of preference. It's a bunch of tiny slices of the pie, and there's a lot of anger in the splits.
The manipulator types invented a bunch of new words to slice the pie into thinner and thinner bits, and while they might be useful running a Craigslist ad to find your ideal partner, they strike me as deliberately divisive.
The Gay guys & Lesbians don't really get along that well, and there is resentment of the "mainstream" folk at the multiple "trans" folk for what is seen as diluting the gains made in equal rights and legal marriage. Solidarity! but resentment at losing the spotlight. It's really messed up. I suppose it could be just jerk college kinky studies professors unduly influencing the discussion, but it seems like deliberate and with bad intent to me. I hope I'm wrong.
2nd Major problem is the same for leftist of all stripes and the rad-fem-lib ( men are beasts, sex with a man is rape ) as the infinite flavors of "not mainstream sexuality" folk.
They don't insist on tolerance of action or ideas anymore. That's gone. They demand you agree and praise them, or you are the enemy.
Intolerance in the extreme. I can understand some militancy in demanding due rights. I'm generally on anyone's side who demands that basic human decency and equality of opportunity apply to them like anyone else.
No, this is demanding privilege over the norm.
Perhaps it's just the co-opting of splinter groups into the political Party of Ultimate Intolerance and promises of other's riches?
In any event.... Why is Trump supposed to be anti-gay? Did he hire some uptight sex freaks while I was trying to ignore his twits? Or is it pure lies and propaganda?
Did Donald hire Alfau? I know he seems to have some hangups about gay people and for some reason fried dough. ?????