Thursday, 15 July 2010

Government responds to petition against 'homophobic' Pope's visit

The British government is, of course, ignoring all the important points of a petition.

Speaking to, Mr Tatchell complained that Downing Street had agreed to keep the petition open until October but had "unilaterally declared it closed on June 6th".

He added: "The government's response ignores all of the issues raised in the petition apart from the cost of the visit.

"It has nothing to say about concerns expressed on women's reproductive rights, gay equality and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV.

"In particular, it ignores the Pope's collusion with anti-Semitism by his rehabilitation of Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson and his plan to make a saint of Hitler's Pope Pius XII.

"Amazingly, there is not a word in the government's response about the child sex abuse scandal and the Pope's role in its cover up."

Wonderful, right?

Here's a link to the 'Protest The Pope' official website, which I have joined.

I intend to take part in the protests if I can afford to get to them. If not, I shall have to make do with a big sign in one of my front windows.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Mel Gibson and his fans

Brilliant, another man who think's it's the victim's fault if she gets raped. This man is an asshole. We got a good idea of that with his last drunken rant, this just confirms it. Little wonder his agent has dropped him.
- Me

@whisperelmwood I'm sure he's not so stupid. He's saying he run to advise her (in his most momentarily frustrated frame of mind) if she attracted the wrong kind of attention and gets raped.

Teasing men is simply cruel. Doing it in front of your man is to disregard him. What redeeming qualities do you really need to defend in this woman? (Comment removed by moderators, but turned up in my email anyway)

@whisperelmwood you're a fool. You sound like a woman. (Comment removed by moderators, but turned up in my email anyway)

@whisperelmwood foolish words.


Yes, I am a woman. This has what baring on this? Other than perhaps my understanding how it feels to be treated like shit by an arrogant, racist and sexist man?

Mel Gibson is indeed stupid. He is racist, sexist, bigoted, arrogant and an asshole. He is not telling his ex-girlfriend any such thing as 'advice', he is purely, outright ranting his head off at her in the most disgusting way.

It is clear from his ranting that he does indeed think that if a woman dresses provocatively, she deserves it if she get's raped. That is disgusting, despicable. And no, no it is not her fault, EVER, if a woman get's raped. Dressing 'provocatively' or 'sexily' in no way should allow any man to touch her without her permission - if a woman wants to dress like that, fine, she's allowed and should not have to be scared of some asshole forcing himself on her because of it.

Dressing like that is in no way 'teasing' men and is in no way 'cruel'. If a man can't keep it in his pants, that is HIS problem, NOT hers.

Grow the fuck up.

A woman pissed off at Mel Gibson's fans' attempt's to excuse his sexism and racism.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Comment Moderation

Sorry guys, I have to put moderation on for a bit, I've been getting nothing but porn-links in the comments section the past couple weeks. As soon as it's settled down, and they've pissed off to bug someone else, I'll take it off again.

Evolution Song

Speaks for itself.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani

Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani is a forty-three year old mother of two children, 16 & 20 year old respectively. Both Sakine's children and her lawyer tried everything they could to stop the stoning sentence, as a result of committing adultery. However, her stoning is finalized by the Iran's court. Sakine is in Tabriz prison awaiting her imminent stoning sentence.

I'm sure you've all heard about this by now, but here's the petition that is an attempt to repeal her sentence:

Stop Stoning [of] Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani

This is a vile and despicable act, being enforced by a medieval patriarchy on a helpless woman for a jumped up charge. Sign the petition, if you can do no more.

There is also a 'protest' taking place on the 11th of this month:

July 11: International Day Against Stoning

Stoning is execution by torture, an act of sheer barbarism and a hideous crime against humanity. Stoning is practised by Islamic governments and groups imposing the Islamic Sharia law. Hundreds of women and men have been killed, or are awaiting death, in this gruesome way.

Such savagery and barbarism must not be tolerated. Stopping stoning must be a priority for all humanitarian organizations and individuals throughout the world. We must put an end to this barbaric act once and for all.

Offical Stop Stoning Now website.

To show your condemnation against stoning and support for Sakine, during the week of 5-11 July, take stones to your city centres, universities, media outlets, workplaces… and put them in a public place, with a message in support of Sakine and against stoning and executions.

Monday, 5 July 2010

'Virginity Spot Test'

Oh now what the hell is this?

Convicted Rapists Go Free After Acupuncturist's Absurd "Virginity Test"

In Vietnam, acupuncturist Pham Thi Hong has announced the existence of a virginity spot, a small red spot that she alleges male virgins have on the back of their ears, which disappear after engaging in sexual intercourse with a woman. Her outrageous claims and vehement insistence that three men convicted of gang rape were innocent because they possessed a virginity spot led Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet to reopen the case. The men convicted of gang rape were then released.

What. The. Fuck.

Right. Let's just hand over the judicial system of every fuckin' country to the Woomiesters! Them and their utterly wondrous wooey powers will SAVE US ALL.

Because NO-ONE is going to try and use these stupid fucks and their stupid fucking woo to fuck with the system at all, are they?

Ass holes. Stupid fucking, stuck up their own asses, assholes.

Muslim's attack lecturer

Alleging blasphemy, fanatics hack [off] lecturer's hand

In a truly surprising turn of events - I joke - a Lecturer accused of blasphemy has had his hand lopped off in an attack by Fundie Muslim's.

In a horrific instance of Talibanism, Muslim fanatics in Kerala on Sunday chopped off the right hand of a college lecturer, accusing him of setting a question paper with a derogatory reference to the Prophet.

Lecturer T J Joseph was returning home from church with his mother and sister around 8.30 am in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district when he was accosted by the attackers. "We had just got into our car when a van pulled up in front. Around eight people armed with swords and knives emerged and pulled out Joseph after smashing the windscreen.
They then chopped off his right hand and stabbed him in the left thigh," said Joseph's sister, Mary Stella, a nun.

Such a wonderful and adult way to react to someone making an alleged derogatory comment about ones diety!

And they wonder why people are so pissed off with them. Assholes.

Homeopathy; a load of piss

And oldy, but a goody.


Or Pariedolia, whichever spelling you prefer.

Daily Mail has today preinted any article showcasing some examples of Jesus appearing in random stains and objects! So much fun!

Face of Jesus seen from the heavens by internet fan using Google Earth

My own paradolia has given me these reults for each image:

The fields: Hitler (rather effemenite, but still Hitler!)

Pipe stain: The face of David

Iron: Darwin

Bottle: Disney version of Zeus

Marmite lid: John Lennon

Frying pan: This is the only one that looks like the westernised version (albiet a little longer/horsier in the face) of Jesus - though I'm also seeing Mona Lisa!

What do you guys see in these images?

The bastards are suing Quackwatch

Doctor's Data, a laboratory that caters to chelation therapists and other offbeat practitioners, has sued [Quackwatch's Stephen Barrett, M.D.]

On June 18th, Doctor's Data filed suit against me, the National Council Against Health Fraud, Inc., Quackwatch, Inc., and Consumer Health Digest, accusing us of restraint of trade; trademark dilution; business libel; tortious interference with existing and potential business relationships; fraud or intentional misrepresetation; and violating federal and state laws against deceptive trade practices. (On June 29th, Consumer Health Digest was dropped as a defendant.) The complaint asks for more than $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The suit objects to seven articles on my Web sites:

Quackwatch is a great site, one I frequent regularly, and this is frustrating as hell both for Dr. Barrett and for his fellows and followers. As Pharyngula has stated, it's going to be an interesting thing to watch, but also a bit ironic, because it's just going to make the fact that Doctor's Data are a fraud far more widely known.

There's a link to help with the legal funding (badly needed I should think) so if you can spare some money and are inclined to do so, go make a donation: Donate to Quackwatch

Sunday, 4 July 2010

London Gay Pride

photograph from Guardian

I hope everyone who managed to attend the London Pride 40th anniversay event yesterday enjoyed themselves!

One of these days, I intend to attend one myself - just gotta get the time, the money to get there and the perfect outfit XD

London Pride Offical Site

Thousands march with Pride across London

'Million' take part in London's Pride celebrations

In pictures: London's Pride 2010 celebrations

The annual London Gay Pride parade

Pride 2010: From section 28 to Home Office float, Tories come out in force

Young muslim actress attacked by family

In something of a shocker - alright, I'm lying - a young female Muslim actress has been attacked by her father and brother. It is surmised as a result of her dating a Hindu man.

Afshan Azad's Family Tries To KILL Her: 'Harry Potter' Star's Brother & Father Attack

It seem's her brother actually managed to harm her, as he is being charged with ABH (Actual Bodily Harm), while her father is being charged with threatening to kill her.

I do wonder if this would have been reported on at all, if the girl wasn't from the Harry Potter films. I hope she recovers well, though and doesn't let this shameful act get her down.


Here is a further article on the attack:

Dad charged over threat to kill Harry Potter star.

She was allegedly attacked at her home in Longsight, Manchester, on May 21 this year.

Now her father Abdul Azad, 54, and brother, Ashraf Azad, 28, both of Beresford Road, Longsight, have appeared in court.

Abdul is accused of threatening to kill his daughter and Ashraf of threatening to kill and assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his sister.

Both men appeared at Manchester magistrates court and the case was adjourned until later this month for committal proceedings to crown court.

And another, which mentions that her father and brother are both out on bail, until their next court appearance on the 12th.

Afshan Azad Harry Potter Star Attacked by her Family

The two appeared on a Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, and have been released on bail. They are due back in court on July 12.

I find myself hoping she is being adequately looked after while those two are free.

'Freedom of Worship'

This man is SO FAR up his own ass, I don't know where to start.

"For those with ears to hear in Gaston Hall that day, the promotion of the so-called LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgendered) agenda had just been declared a human rights priority of the United States, in the same sentence in which the secretary of state had offered an anorexic description of religious freedom that even the Saudis could accept."


And a comment on the video caught my eye:

This is not about equality because homosexuals already have that. It is about trying to get attention and have others be force to say what they are doing is okay. We don't have to do this. Why would we? What they do is dangerous even to themselves. Homosexuality is linked to sexual abuse of minors, more so than any other activity. So it is not discrimination to say that homosexual practices are a negative to our society.

My response is pending approval:

The LGBT community does NOT have equal rights yet. I can't believe you are also linking homosexuality to pedophilia! That is such an erroneous claim, with zero evidence to back it up! Yes it IS discrimination to claim LGBT is a negative to our society, it is discrimination and bigotry and pure hate speech based on nothing but homophobia from the religious masses.

YouTube's comment boxes have severely limited text availability these days, you can barely talk to someone on that forum, let alone argue with them. I wonder if my commet will even get through the moderation.


Another comment that caught my eye:

No, it's not that simple. Part of the so-called "gay agenda," for example, is to use our public schools to try to convince children that homosexuality is normal and acceptable: this is not equal treatment, it's propaganda. Further, the "gay agenda" in my state, WA, includes SPECIAL rights for gays that NO OTHER group gets: the right to "express" characteristics of your minority status without fear of discrimination at work or in housing. That is not equal at all.


And my reply, currently pending approval:

Homosexuality IS normal and IS acceptable. These 'gay agenda' things you complain about would not be needed in a truly equal world, LGBT people would be able to express themselves without fear of reprisal - which they currently do, hence the need for these rights being put in place, they are there to protect them from the types of homophobics that react violently or in discriminatory ways! You're right that it's not equal, but not in the way you obviously assume.

Belgian Police investigate witness death threats

And isn't this just the icing on the damn cake?

Belgian child sex abuse police probe death threats.

Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates...

...Jean Marc Meillure, a spokesman for the public prosecutors office, confirmed that an investigation was under way.

"There are some threats against certain people around the case, and the prosecutors office is investigating that," he told the BBC.

He said the threats had been made against people who gave the authorities information or made a complaint, or against some magistrates.

I wish the authorities over here and in Ireland would be as stringent as the Belgian Police. It looks to me like they've got them running scared over the whole thing, if they're now also having to investigate bloody death threats to the people involved.

UK and US authorities? Take a cue from the Belgian authorities and do the bloody job right.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Buffy vs Edward

In this re-imagined narrative, Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's an example of transformative storytelling serving as a pro-feminist visual critique of Edward's character and generally creepy behavior. Seen through Buffy's eyes, some of the more sexist gender roles and patriarchal Hollywood themes embedded in the Twilight saga are exposed - in hilarious ways. Ultimately this remix is about more than a decisive showdown between the slayer and the sparkly vampire. It also doubles as a metaphor for the ongoing battle between two opposing visions of gender roles in the 21ist century.

I read the first book in the Twilight saga - it didn't take long, I wanted to get it over with asap - and found it to be one of the worst written, Mary-Sue, Self-Insert pieces of shite I've ever read. And that was quite apart from the apalling gender stereotyping!

Not only is Bella the girliest girl of all girls that ever there were, she is also the stereotypical 'damsel in distress' and plays it up to staggering hieghts at all times. She's also (as far as I can tell, unintentionally on the part of Meyer) callous, selfish, bratty and arrogant. And for some reason, she's also the heart-throb of the new school she starts at, despite the fact that she dumps every suitor on the way-side the moment she realises Edward is 'cool'.

And, as if Meyer was fishing for some character flaw (that was intended, rather than accidental, and an apparent attempt to make Bella three-dimensional), she's also the clumsiest character I've ever read. Oh - and to top off the vampire 'romance', she's also so scared of blood, she faints at the mere thought of the sight of a pin-prick amount.

Edward is no better. He's downright creepy. He's 107 years old, for goodness sake! 107 and apparently lusting after a seventeen year old! So lusting after her, in fact, that he spends his nights - apparently vampires in Meyer's world don't sleep - watching her sleep. He's big and burly and oh so dreamy (blech) - I mean emotional, when he's not being terribly victorian and reserved. He's also possessive, aggressive and downright condescending.

What the hell, Meyer, were you thinking when you decided the vampires in your world glitter, by the way?

I tried to read the second book and literally gave up after about three pages. Bella had gone from bratty, self-absorbed, damsel-in-distress to suicidal, (I'm turning eighteen! I'm getting old! I'll look older than Edward! PLEASE BITE ME!) bratty, self-absorbed damsel-in-distress. Ugh.

This video just makes me insanely happy.

[Edit - an explanation of the video can be found here: WIMN's Voices ]