Am I the only lonely one of you.
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My love for ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ is unending.
Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking soundbites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, ‘that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘The Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machinegun?”
The obscure 1995 Leonardo DiCaprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.
The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. Kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, “The NBC Nightly News” and other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them.
The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.❞
Roger Ebert (via pizzaforpresident)
Yesterday a 14-year-old boy set fire to Manchester Dogs’ Home. As a result, as many as 60 dogs have died in the blaze, while 150 were rescued. 20 of those dogs were rescued by two men who lived nearby who risked their lives to break down the cages and rescue as many dogs as possible.
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Dave, Barry and Kat singing My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.
if you don’t already think that glasgow is hilarious then i’ve got news for you because a guy on a rickshaw followed a bunch of labour MPs around the city playing the imperial march from star wars and i just
You don’t have to love animals to be vegan. Hell, you don’t even have to like them. It isn’t a question of love or compassion; it is a matter of basic decency.
But you have to be vegan to love animals? I’ve heard THAT too many…
Okay. Back up right here.
YOU CAN EAT MEAT AND STILL LOVE ANIMALS.
I have no medical problems that prevent me from going vegan. What I do have is personal reasons which are none of your business.
I’ve seen vegans kick dogs across yards and starve their animals for their own sense of justice. I know of plenty of vegans who directly contribute to problems in animal cruelty and neglect (some who even participate and perpetuate these actions), who patronize other (meat/animal product eating) people for hating animals, then go home all self-satisfied without ever trying to stop any problems in the food/meat industry beyond not eating ALL animal products. Basically? One of the least things you can do.
I’ll go back to spreading awareness about misunderstood and therefore often abused animals, advocating for more research about such animals, being knowledgable about where my food comes from and what I’m paying for, advocating for and donating to animal welfare groups I have researched and understand my contributions to, volunteering at or donating to no-kill animal shelters, and (of course) hating animals. Because of course me not being a vegan just erases all the other stuff and means I don’t really care about animal welfare and I am just a hypocrite. :)