….. aaaaaand another post furiously typed out and promptly saved to Drafts.
Trolls, man. Can’t reply to em, reblog em, or kill em.
Unfortunately it’s children that are usually the victims of “faith healing.” That’s not natural selection, it’s child abuse, and it’s legally protected as a religious exemption to medical care in most states.
Let me repeat that: There are religious exemptions to laws that prevent abuse and neglect of dependent persons.
CHILD, Inc (website here), founded by Rita Swan, has been working on removing religious exemptions for 30 years. This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics has finally called for a repeal of the exemptions. The National Association of Medical Examiners, the National District Attorneys Association, Prevent Child Abuse America and the American Medical Association have all publicly called for a repeal as well. There are only a few states that have done so.
I get that Ricky Gervais makes a living being borderline offensive and I understand why people are reblogging this and laughing. But children dying painful and often drawn-out deaths from completely curable illnesses isn’t funny. And supporting “prayer healing,” even as a joke, just creates more child victims. ~JJ
What JJ said.
The new leitmotif of the Israeli propaganda machine is that Iran is cheating. The Iranians just can’t do otherwise. Cheating is in their nature.
This might be effective, because it is based on deeply rooted racism. Bazaar is a Persian word, associated in the European mind with haggling and deception.
But the Israeli conviction that the Iranians are cheating is based on a more robust foundation: our own behavior. When Israel started in the 1950s to build up its own nuclear program, with the help of France, it had to deceive the whole world and did so with stunning effect.
There’s a moment in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass’s excruciatingly tense tale of the 2009 capture of an American ship captain by Somalian pirate, where the audience gets a rare chance to laugh. It’s probably not meant to come off this way, but after 90-ish minutes of nightmarish, shaky-cam time spent with Tom Hanks’s schlubby title character and his harried, emaciated captors, the appearance of square-jawed, capital-H Handsome Navy Seals onscreen sent at least a few of the people in my theater into titters.
The mood changes in other ways once these guys literally parachute in and then, spoiler alert, bring an end to the hostage situation. An aircraft carrier and a couple Navy destroyers assist; as Time’s Michael Crowley wrote, “you feel that the U.S. military has come to your rescue.”
Captain Phillips joins a host of recent, acclaimed, non-fiction films that leave viewers gleeful about the power of the United States’ national-security forces. Zero Dark Thirty documented the abuses, dead-ends, and bureaucratic bullshit that prolonged the hunt for Osama bin Laden, but its final third satisfyingly drove home just how smart and surgical the CIA and Seal Team 6 ended up being. Argo leapt back a few decades to show Ben Affleck’s covert agent as a personality-free avatar of competence who whisked a group of stranded Americans out of a hostile Tehran.
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"Not propaganda"?! That’s sarcasm, right? I mean, seriously.
‘Cause people seem to only post the 20-something Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn was the granddaughter of a baron, the daughter of a nazi sympathizer, spent her teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the dutch resistance against the nazis, and spent her post-film career as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, winning the presidential medal of freedom for her efforts.
…and history remembers her as pretty.
AND HISTORY REMEMBERS HER AS PRETTY