On Hugging Our Sl-Dogs

It’s amazing how guilty people become when you tell them that they’ve been acting incorrectly. A study can be peer reviewed and then discredited, but literally no one gives any fucks about what you think your dog likes and doesn’t like. Especially since you’ve earned a grand total of zero degrees in behavioral science, animal husbandry, nor psychology of any kind. It’d be a little crazy for a dog that you feed, have raised, and conditioned to bite you just because you had a shitty habit of touching it in a way it detests. You’d definitely kill it if that happened. You wouldn’t care about its feelings nor reasoning anymore than your reaction to this study illustrates that you disregard them almost entirely.

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Why can’t people, as a whole, just be(come) informed and make the necessary adjustments to their behavior in order not to be completely inconveniencing/harmful/problematic? Is it really so difficult to be expected to consider the feelings of someone other than yourselves? Then again, people have to be forced by the law not to mutilate these animals, so maybe I’m asking a bit much.

Hacking people up and keeping their body parts is good luck?

//”Malawian albinos are being attacked because their body parts are thought to bring wealth and good luck”, Ikponwosa Ero said. There have been 65 recorded attacks on albinos since late 2014.//

People with albinism in Malawi are at risk of “systemic extinction” due to relentless attacks fueled by superstitions, the United Nations’ top expert on albinism said on Friday on her first official visit in her new role.

At least 65 cases of violence against people with albinism including killings and dismemberment have been recorded by police in Malawi since late 2014, said Ikponwosa Ero, the U.N.’s independent expert on human rights and albinism.

People with albinism live in danger in regions of the world where their body parts are valued in witchcraft and can fetch a high price. Superstition leads many to believe albino children bring bad luck.

In Malawi, where people with albinism number around 10,000 out of a population of around 16.5 million, the situation amounted to “an emergency, a crisis disturbing in its proportions”, she said.

Some of the Malawians with albinism she met compared their ordeal to that of endangered species in the wild, Ero told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview from Malawi.

She said people with albinism are “an endangered people group facing a risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done.”

“We talk about protecting wildlife while not even prioritizing efforts in protecting people with albinism,” she said.

Ero, who is from Nigeria and has albinism, took the job as the U.N.’s first independent expert on the issue last August.

Albinism is a congenital disorder affecting about one in 20,000 people worldwide who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes. It is more common, however, in sub-Saharan Africa.

Attacks against people with albinism are particularly brutal, at times involving victims being dismembered alive by assailants wielding machetes, Ero said in her first report earlier this year.

She said was particularly troubled during her Malawi trip by an encounter with a teenage boy, Alfred.

The 17-year-old with albinism had been found in a pool of blood a year ago after being stabbed during his sleep by a machete-wielding attackers.

He was silent while meeting her, she said. The boy hadn’t recovered and stopped attending school since the attack.

“You wonder what will become of this person,” said Ero.

Attacks against people with albinism this year have also been reported in Burundi, Mozambique and Zambia, according to Under the Same Sun, a Canadian advocacy charity.

(Reporting by Sebastien Malo, Editing by Ros Russell)

ColourPop Part II

So, I discovered ColourPop last week and was really excited to find a matte lipstick that could withstand my constant eating. After discovering the website, I dove in and after finding the website lacking, I skipped over to YouTube in order to watch the hauls and see which colors would look best on my skin. I finally narrowed my selection down (picked a few mattes and satins and one regular (loud) lippie), and believing to have made an informed decision I accessed the website this morning. Or rather, I attempted to access the website this morning. It kept refreshing and then completely stopped working at around 11:30 AM.
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I was confused since no one does maintenance in the middle of the day, so I just did a search for “ColourPop”. I found an article that announced a new collection release that had been scheduled for Thursday. Then it all made sense. You create a rush to consume by deliberately placing inhibitors in the path of your customers. Even when watching the haul videos, I saw YouTubers complaining about things running out of stock being the reason why their videos had been uploaded late. I didn’t think too much of it until I ran into the site problems today. Limited quantities are an intentional choice made by managing directors to generate a higher demand for otherwise mediocre products. The malfunctioning website assists in slowing the consumption of said merchandise (and going by the complaints on their Facebook Page, this is very common). They’re regularly used but aggravating ploys. Ones that have me rethinking the want to give ColourPop my money. We’re being treated like cows, led on a singular path to stunning, and I’m supposed to buy into that? Reward that? Nah, I’ll skip the childish behavior. Thanks.

Questioning the Delusional

Numerous publications have claimed that there is a problem of anti-Semitism within Labour and Naz Shah MP and Ken Livingstone have been suspended by the party because of statements they both made. Yet despite the party’s leadership moving quickly to deal with the allegations the press continue to argue that the problem persists. This of course has been jumped on by the Tories, who have gleefully stoked the flames.

But the noise made about the apparent anti-Semitism within Labour has far outweighed the fuss made over the overt racism within the Tory Party and points to a gross double standard from both Westminster politics and the press.

The publications that were calling for Naz Shah’s resignation and the suspension of Livingstone were not so quick to condemn David Cameron on his Islamophobic attempts to smear Sadiq Khan. Nor were they calling for his resignation when the Prime Minister attempted to dehumanise refugees by referring to them as a “bunch of migrants” and “swarms“.

There are a ton of people I know who are either from or who live overseas, and they swear up and down that racism and xenophobia are American blights. It is mind boggling how a group of people who claim to have traveled could be so willfully ignorant. It’s like they live under a rock, or they’re lying to themselves in order to not deal with the fact that they’re knowingly funding racist regimes. *sips lemon juice*

Why the press furore over Labour anti-Semitism but silence on Tory racism?

Where are all the men who interrupted us?

Whenever I talk about the injustices visited upon rape victims (how disgusting it is that there are thousands of untested rape kits in Texas alone, that rapists are given parental rights in thirty states (an issue only now gaining national attention), and how victims are forced by usually male officers to retell the story of their attack tens of times before being told that they “led him on”), and specifically when I spoke out against Bill Cosby, black and white men attack me. They do this mostly because their practices are being called into question (they don’t always take no for an answer, which makes them rapists, and defensive), and because they feel ignored. They always ask me about the male victims of rape, deny rape culture even exists, and attempt to present women who have lied about sexual assault as if these lies are rampant, or as if these liars aren’t swiftly dealt with and given jail time for their transgression. But then I ask them why they support the Catholic church when the institution has been raping little boys and covering it up for hundreds of years. Then they fall deathly silent.


I ask these women-hating, piteous excuses for adults, with clear power and masculinity issues: Where are you now? In the face of the Sandusky and Hastert rape/child molestation scandals, where the hell are you pieces of shit and your harsh stances given the mountains of proof? Why aren’t you here for the male victims you supposedly gave a shit enough about to bring up when we were speaking about Cosby’s four and a half dozen victims? Where’s your outrage over his fifteen month sentence? Why are you people so pathetic?


The More You Know

Probably warped, but~ I acutely remember my parents getting into an argument because my dad bought me an original, green and yellow, Super Soaker (one of many things my mother deemed violent), and he said that it was good to have as it was invented by a black man.

I’m annoyed that this isn’t common knowledge though. Why are some of us taught this and others not?

Knocking Over All the Mics

“‘Why are so many robots designed to resemble women?’ The question is becoming inescapable as more and more AIs, which do not need to have a gender, appear on the market with female voices and female faces, including Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa and a new wave of uncannily lifelike sexbots marketed almost exclusively to men. As we move into a new age of automation, the technology we’re creating says an uncomfortable amount about the way society understands both women and work.

This month, Microsoft launched Tay, a bot with the face and mannerisms of a teenage girl who was designed to learn and interact with users on Twitter. Within hours, Tay had been bombarded with sexual abuse and taught to defend Hitler, which is what happens when you give Twitter a baby to raise. The way Tay was treated by fellow Twitter users was chilling, but not without precedent – the earliest bots and digital assistants were designed to appear female, in part so that users, who were presumed to be male, could exploit them without guilt.

This makes sense when you consider that a great deal of the work that we are anticipating may one day be done by robots is currently done by women and girls, for low pay or no pay at all. Last week, a report by the ONS finally quantified the annual value of the “home production economy” – the housework, childcare and organisational chores done largely by women – at £1 trillion, almost 60 per cent of the “official” economy. From nurses, secretaries and sex workers to wives and girlfriends, the emotional labor that keeps society running is still feminized – and still stigmatized.”


Laurie is on. Really on.