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Who would you appoint as Earth's ambassador to alien races, and why?


meeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!1

or patrick stewart. because the first thing the aliens are gonna tell us is "hi, we come from a peace-loving federation of planets who defend against warlike empires and a deadly cyborg collective. your show, star trek, is incredibly accurate!"

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What would you be willing to give up in life to have healthy looking skin?


my soul, lots of money and all my free time!!!!

99% sure this is what our sponsor vaseline wants to hear

italians against columbus day

it would be nice if i could find italian-americans who were

1. opposed to the use of columbus day as a community holiday and the use of columbus as a community icon
2. and who also could make appeals as to why columbus day stands for genocide without being all "and sometimes the I in NINA stood for italian"

i am not denying or invalidating italian-american experiences with ethnic discrimination. i'm just saying that italians need to come to terms with the fact they became white or arrived white and that a bunch of white people having a yay white people party on the anniversary of white presence on this continent is fucked and offensive.

if you need help figuring out how italians are as white as irish people, you can look at some books:

copypasta from this book summary

"Carefully drawing the distinction between race and color, Guglielmo argues that whiteness proved Italians' most valuable asset for making it in America. Even so, Italians were reluctant to identify themselves explicitly as white until World War II. By separating examples of discrimination against Italians from the economic and social advantages they accrued from their acceptance as whites, Guglielmo counters the claims of many ethnic Americans that hard work alone enabled their extraordinary success, especially when compared to non-white groups whose upward mobility languished."

another good read is "are italians white" which also includes stories by/about people of mixed heritage including italian who id as POC.

roots too is another good read, which looks at how exploring italian and other white ethnic identities was a big thing in the post-civil rights era. because columbus day (and other days too, ffs) are not the time to try and co-opt the experiences of POC.



so while i would like some initiative from italian-americans on the issue, in the meantime i invite pretty much everyone to have a look at this petition (which yes is the same one from ontd_f) to rededicate this holiday to native americans.

and if you do live in an italian-american community in the states, try and start this discussion.
it is from this blog - http://www.dressaday.com/2006/10/you-dont-have-to-be-pretty.html

Now, this may seem strange from someone who writes about pretty dresses (mostly) every day, but: You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female".

I'm not saying that you SHOULDN'T be pretty if you want to. (You don't owe UN-prettiness to feminism, in other words.) Pretty is pleasant, and fun, and satisfying, and makes people smile, often even at you. But in the hierarchy of importance, pretty stands several rungs down from happy, is way below healthy, and if done as a penance, or an obligation, can be so far away from independent that you may have to squint really hard to see it in the haze.
weed-based
BC Marijuana Party
Planting Seeds Party
The Herb Party

mainstream
BC Liberal Party
BC NDP
Green Party of BC

we have this many fascists!
Western Canada Concept
Nation Alliance Party
British Columbia Patriot Party
The Progressive Nationalist Party of British Columbia
Western Party

fringe but not ridiculous
Communist Party of BC
Conservatives
Libertarian
The Sex Party
Work Less Party of British Columbia

weren't you totally discredited 10-20 years ago?
British Columbia Social Credit Party
BC Reform
Citizens Action Party
Democratic Reform B.C.

wants to join the usa
The Annexation Party of British Columbia

who the fuck are you
BC Refed
YPP-of-BC
Advocational International Democratic Party of British Columbia
British Columbia Democratic Futures Party
British Columbia Party
Link BC
The Moderate Democratic Movement
People’s Front

and the winner for best name evar is
The Platinum Party of Employers Who Think and Act to Increase Awareness
The Emerged Democracy Party of British Columbia
Party of Citizens Who Have Decided to Think For Themselves And Be Their Own Politicians
but i will be taking advantage of the sales on things sparkly, engraving services, and the like.

my reasons for hating it haven't changed much since i went around in a jean jacket with punk patches and angsty political bullshit scrawled all over it. i'm too HARDCORE, you see.

1. conformity sucks
2. red and purple and pink hearts are harsh ugly
3. hetero people making out is gross, sry2say. i don't know if this is an asspie thing or if it's a political thing. yeah, i can be hetero and i make out, but i don't do it in public. this is honestly one of my few waspy english canada traits.
4. lines (or line ups, if you parlez canadian) seriously fucking suck
5. surprises are better than regularly scheduled events

so unless you know a super subversive, tastefully decorated, fully gay, sparsely attended, spontaneous valentine's event you can count me out.


ok i lied, i really dig the elementary school style cards. that part of valentine's day was awesome.

also i feel vindicated

pinkypinky78 annoyed the living shit out of me. it turns out my grudgewankery wasn't totally unfounded, because that shitty user is aria_star

lulz.

is this about dongs?

i posted this in the philosophy comm and i have a feeling that people who dabbled in this in undergrad or took philosophy in high school have already laughed at it and it's probably old meme but this shit is new to me, k? we didn't have to read the dreams shit back in political theory and we sure the fuck didn't read no Hobbes in motherfucking ~contemporary~ european studies unless some continental hack happened to make fun of him.

link so u can see ppl mockin me

Is Hobbes thinking about dongs or am I?
I am reading Leviathan. In part I, Chapter 2 (Of Imagination), Hobbes says:

as natural kindness, when we are awake, causes desire, and desire makes heat in certain other parts of the body; so also too much heat in those parts, while we sleep, raises in the brain an imagination of some kindness shown.


This is about wet dreams y/n?

also i looked up wet dream in french because i have to appear fluent in french to like pass grad school and stuff and such things come up in wank cultural studies. it's "pollution nocturne" which is exactly what it looks like to english-speakers... but i think that translation may be a crock since it only has 7000 google hits. then again, the french are nasty and have sex 24/7 and probably only sleep in cum-stained sheets so maybe there's no need for such a term.

chicken of the sea

tonight was the first time i saw "chicken of the sea" brand canned seafood products. i lol'd and took crappy cell phone pics as evidence i didn't end up needing, because he looked at me and was all "you mean you've never seen that before?"

imho chicken of the sea sounds like something you'd encounter in a nightmare. it would look kind of like archaeopteryx, except more scaly. ew, i'm creeping myself out.

also wtf tuna does not taste like chicken.