A. If you could get away with one murder in your lifetime without any legal, social, or emotional repercussions, would you kill someone?
B. What is your first thought when you receive a message on Tumblr, are you excited for the idea of someone from potentially the other side of the world wanting to talk to you or fearful that someone will criticize you?
C. Have you ever looked down on someone because you thought your religious views were superior?
D. Would you rather know everything the universe has to offer but in exchange lose all emotions or remain the way you are now?
E. If you could live and be healthy without sleeping or eating/drinking, which would you cut out of your life?
F. If you could take on the exact body and form of anyone else on Earth, who would it be?
G. Would you rather burn or freeze to death?
H. If it meant it would solve all world hunger, war, disease and bigotry, would you spend the rest of eternity in Hell?
I. Was the first crush in your life something you had or something someone had on you?
J. Could you live without having sex ever (again) in exchange for eternal youth?
K. Have you ever watched a full length pornographic movie?
L. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
M. If you could have the ability to manipulate matter or energy, which would you choose?
N. What was the worst nightmare you ever had?
O. Would you rather spend one year with your one true love just to never see them again or the rest of your life with second best?
P. All the sequels/remakes/adaptations/rip-offs in movies nowadays, good or bad?
Q. Would you rather be dirt poor and emotionally fulfilled in life or be rich beyond imagination and emotionally dissatisfied for life?
R. Do you have any (secret) feelings of bigotry to any group of people?
S. Would you rather be the only person in the world that can read minds or have everyone else in the world be able to read minds except for your own?
T. If everyone in the world would automatically only know one language, which language would you choose?
U. If you were old enough and not in a situation where it would be inappropriate, would you sleep with one of your (past) school teachers/professors?
V. A world without religion, good, bad, neutral?
W. The men's rights movement, legitimate cause or laughable, and why?
X. You can eliminate one of your five senses to substantially strengthen the others, which one and would you do it?
Y. Do looks mean anything to you? Don't lie, could you fall in love with someone you thought was ugly?
Z. Can you understand the mindset and logic used by the opposite spiritual opinion? An atheist understanding the belief in a higher power and vice versa.
One of the chief memes employed by the gun culture is this black and white vision of the world being Good Guy vs Bad Guy. In the world of gun culture, people and societies simply aren’t complicated: there are Good Guys, and there are Bad Guys. Whatever is done by the Good Guys with guns is acceptable, because they are the Good Guys; whatever is done by the Bad Guys is an acceptable reason to arm ourselves against them. This way of looking at the world fits perfectly with acquittal of Ezekiel Gilbert.
Imagine for a moment that Frago had not collected her fee up front from Gilbert. Imagine that at the end of the half hour she demanded $150 and that Gilbert, having not gotten his rocks off, refused to pay. Imagine that she and her pimp had then killed him. Can you honestly imagine the jury acquitting? Or, if you prefer, imagine that Frago was a business consultant who was hired for half an hour to advise Gilbert. If he had spent that time chit chatting rather than asking for advice and she had refused to refund the money for that half hour, would a jury have approved of his gunning her down?
To me, this seems like it has less to do with the letter of the law, and more to do with the mindset that “a whore gets what’s coming to her.” She is, after all, a Bad Guy - especially if she’s with a pimp, that most notorious and despised of urban Bad Guys. The nice white boy who just wanted to have sex in the privacy of his own home? Hey, that could be any one of us.
To a certain extent, this seems similar to the strategies employed by George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys that Jonathan chronicled earlier this week. To shoot an unarmed boy is a hard sin to forgive. But if you can create an image of him as a Bad Guy, that task becomes infinitely easier to sell to the gun culture crowd. One person was a pot smoking, rap-listening, gangstah thug; the other, a gun-owning volunteer for the neighborhood watch. What more do you need to know? Sure, that thug may not have been doing anything illegal at the time - but we are all men and women of the world, and we know that he would have been committing crimes eventually, yes? The important thing is the Good Guy killed the Bad Guy, which is why we have guns in the first place.
While Financial Capability Month reminds us all that we could do a little bit more to be in charge of our finances, it is also a good time to talk to your kids about how they too can begin to understand finances and how it affects your family.
“In general, on taxation-type things, you’d think of me as a Democrat. That is, when tax rates are below, say, 50 percent, I believe there often is room for additional taxation. And I’ve been very upfront on the need to increase estate taxes. Particularly given the medical obligations that the state is taking on and the costs that those have over time. You can’t have a rigid view that all new taxes are evil. Yes, they have negative effects, but I’m like Krugman in that if you expect the state to do these things, they are going to cost money.”—Bill Gates (via azspot)