eor: (Leon & Mathilda)
My reaction to this article was perhaps a bit harsh. Here is the comment I sent the author:

cut for length )

Because of the lack of explanation of where the money went, the only impression I get is that these people were glaringly stupid. Am I a bad person for feeling anger and not sympathy for this scenario?

Yes, these people were probably manipulated by predatory lenders, but spending twice your income is gross negligence. People shouldn't be excused from irresponsible behavior, they should be held responsible.

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Dec. 31st, 2007 08:32 pm
eor: (for all the good)
Think about it. )
eor: (Leon & Mathilda)
I recently heard a US senator quote the cost of the occupation of Iraq at $10 billion per week. I don't for a minute think the Iraqi people are getting $10 billion worth of service each week. I think large companies are getting the goldmine and they are getting the shaft.

It's guns versus butter time. Let's put some things in perspective.  )
eor: (pissed)
"There comes a time when the operation of the machine is so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part" - Mario Savio

I discriminate against minority groups. I expect them to be more sympathetic toward others because they have experienced discrimination. I resent it more when a person who belongs to a religious minority is intolerant of another social minority (or vice versa) than I do when a member of the majority does the same thing. I expect people who've experience the unpleasant acts of prejudice to not perpetrate the same thing on others. I know it's wrong to expect them to be better people than the asshole public at large, but I must admit I do.

So when a member of one of those groups says something with "They are all..." the hair on the back of my neck stands up. It doesn't matter what group you're talking about. The only good way to finish that sentence is "human." They are all human. If you finish that sentence any other way you're turning them from individuals into a group to be dehumanized, demonized, and discriminated against. You're one of the assholes.

No, this wasn't about one incident. This was about a hundred million incidents. A hundred million assholes wondering why the world treats them poorly.
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politics )
eor: (Default)
Oh, great.

"Lay down your burdens, lay down your cares.
The Holy Virgin, she's gonna greet you up there,
with a big can of spray paint, and a big blank wall
and I can guarandamntee ya,
there ain't no cops around at all." -- Michelle Shocked "Graffiti Limbo"

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