“I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.”—George Carlin (via mutualaddiction)
I am thankful to have a boyfriend who doesn’t mind going lingerie shopping with me and giving me his opinions. I finally splurged on a good garter belt, which is lovely. And I got new lacy bits and stuff. These will go well with the corsets I got for Halloween, which I should probably take pictures of myself wearing at some point. Tonight, I get dressed up.
“A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. If our concern is about suffering in this universe, it is rather obvious that we should be more concerned about killing flies than about killing three-day-old human embryos… Many people will argue that the difference between a fly and a three-day-old human embryo is that a three-day-old human embryo is a potential human being. Every cell in your body, given the right manipulations, every cell with a nucleus is now a potential human being. Every time you scratch your nose, you’ve committed a holocaust of potential human beings… Let’s say we grant it that every three-day-old human embryo has a soul worthy of our moral concern. First of all, embryos at this stage can split into identical twins. Is this a case of one soul splitting into two souls? Embryos at this stage can fuse into a chimera. What has happened to the extra human soul in such a case? This is intellectually indefensible, but it’s morally indefensible given that these notions really are prolonging scarcely endurable misery of tens of millions of human beings, and because of the respect we accord religious faith, we can’t have this dialogue in the way that we should. I submit to you that if you think the interests of a three-day-old blastocyst trump the interests of a little girl with spinal cord injuries or a person with full-body burns, your moral intuitions have been obscured by religious metaphysics.”—
Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
Get it through your heads, people. Potentiality=/=actuality, and we don’t hand out rights based on mere potential.
I don’t understand why my extended family gives me random gifts I will never use or gift certificates instead of money. Really, I appreciate the effort, but goddamn I do not need a jewelry tree or fuzzy socks thank you very much. Money is better.
“Dress suitably in short skirts & strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, & buy a revolver.”—Countess Markievcizv, 19th century Irish revolutionary, dispensing eternally relevant fashion advice. (via sharkyteeth)