On this anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed many who were simply going about the business of enjoying their lives, it is apt to recall the danger that extremist religions pose to those who are not their adherents. In the past year we have seen journalists beheaded, individuals executed for practicing “sorcery,” children captured for sexual slavery, and people of all ages and genders slaughtered for believing otherwise than their captors.
Yet even those who would not be deemed “religious extremists” still follow the age-old practice of intolerance towards non-believers and others who do not share their particular scripture-based views. Here in the U.S. we’ve witnessed Christians seeking to legally discriminate against LGBT individuals by asking President Obama to be allowed not to employ them and Christian owners of businesses wishing to limit contraception options for their employees based on their sect’s take on their sacred writings. The first failed but the latter succeeded. This is a battle of secularism vs. theocracy, and it is being fought around the globe.
Sadly, most people share the misconception expressed by President Obama in his speech yesterday regarding how he intends to address the issue of the aggressively murderous Islamic State: “No religion condones the killing of innocents…” The history of the past as well as the news feeds of today demonstrate the untruth of that idea.
Many religions have taken it as a God-mandated prerogative to exterminate any who are named as apostates and heretics. Christianity and Islam have committed particularly bloody offenses over the past two thousand years in search of world dominion and the priests of those religions have blessed soldiers, weaponry and torture devices meant to mutilate or murder the people they sought to conquer. And so it still goes today.
I suggest that my own piece dealing with the danger offered by those who believe in deities, The Murderous Madness of Theism, may be worth another read today as it addresses this anniversary and the subject at hand—the faithful gleefully slay innocents for in their God-ridden minds they’ve judged that dissent merits death.
Brands that try to get in on the social conversation around 9/11 can come off as crass and opportunistic. But it takes a witty foil to really show how dumb some of the tweets are. Luckily, Mike Monteiro is that foil.
iOS forensics and security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski spent Tuesday morning disassembling Facebook Messenger’s iOS binary, at one point declaring via Twitterthat “Messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it than I’ve seen in products intended specifically for enterprise surveillance.”
Ello is a beautiful, simple, and ad-free social network. The Ello interface supports posting and private messaging. Ello allows users to share images, video, text, and sound files in an elegant environment that makes it fast and easy to read, post, and search content submitted by friends. Ello does not mine user data and there are no advertisements. Clutter management tools help users filter noise and minimize unwanted content while helping users focus on the posts that matter most.
Kids please don’t think that it’s unusual or special to be dating someone with whom you can watch netflix and eat pizza and hold hands and also have hot sex with
It concerns me when I see millions of notes on a post that’s like “fuck me hard but also be sweet with me”
Like what kinds of relationships are you in that you think this is a revolutionary thing to ask
I see these kinds of posts all the time and think the same thing. Short diatribe: As a young girl, as so many young girls do, I felt like the only important thing in life was that people I was attracted to would like me. I would do anything, change anything about myself, suppress my unease or desires or common sense just to have a boyfriend.
It changes as you get older and, hopefully, start making your bottom line a little higher than “treat me with basic human decency.” Find someone who deserves you and to hell with the rest. I wish more grownups would tell young people that it is okay to break up with someone if you don’t like them. Being single isn’t a curse. It just means less time until you find someone great.
Boy here. The adults in my life when I was growing up seemed so fucking petrified of the idea that someday their kids might have sex that they built up sex and relationships into this once in a lifetime holy grail thing - it took me a long time to realize that you weren’t just expected to just find that one person who was perfect for you and be with them forever. Several of my grade school crushes were mentally disastrous for me because I convinced myself that some cute girl was “the one” before we’d ever had a conversation. My first break up I thought was the end. Had no understanding at all that it was OK and normal. It took years and crazy heartbreaks for me realize that it’s totally OK to date different people to find out what it is you even like and it’s totally OK to not date anyone at all to find out what it is you even like. And most of all that it’s no big deal, some people will fit, some people won’t. It’s all OK. Realizing that makes finding people that you can watch netflix with and eat pizza with and have hot sex with sometimes all at the same time much easier. It’s treating those things like the unattainable master boss level that makes you crazy.
Hi I subscribed to your quarterly box before they cancelled it. I was looking forward to September package. Did you know what was going to be in the box and if so what were the items?
We were actually in the final stages of deciding what would be in it, I’d proposed a few options and was waiting to hear back on which angle we’d be running when I found out they were canceling it. It’s a bummer, I’m sorry.
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At a financial conference, Twitter’s chief financial officer Anthony Noto suggested that the service will offer algorithm-driven curation of feeds much like Facebook does, in order to try and improve the relevance for users
Remember a while ago when some of us were all “this seems like the beginning of the end” with a round of twitter changes? This is the next big step towards that end.
Again, I’d do anything for Twitter circa 2009 to exist again online somehow.