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I was sitting down and writing something for a project I’m working on. It involved quills and ink and that brought up the idea of Harry Potter because that’s the first story involving quills and ink that popped up. I got to thinking on a bit of a side track that a pack of biro pens would have made their lives so much fucking easier.
I mean, they’re writing with quills and bottles of ink. Where are they getting the ink? They’re writing on parchment. A biro would speed up their writing time and stop them spilling shit every where.
That one thought started the snowball.
What do they learn in school?
Defence against the Dark Arts. Potions. History of Magic. Muggle Studies (Elective). Herbology. Astrology.
That’s fucking useless.
They don’t know basic Math. Or English. Or science, but that’s kinda moot. They don’t know any History besides their own.
They get taught stuff which isn’t universal from age eleven. And only those muggle/half bloods get to go to school until eleven anyway.
THAT’S A LOT OF RETARDS.
Who taught them to read and write?
How the fuck are they writing a coherent essay if they’ve never been taught?
How the fuck do they do their maths?
They’d have no medicine beyond magical and physical injury. No vaccinations.
Let’s see them diagnose cancer, let alone cure it.
And then you get to more mundane matters. They’d all be dodging ‘muggle’ taxes. They’d have no ID.
And they’d be fucked in a real war.
No defence force, crappy government which doesn’t seem entirely democratic.
Let’s looked what happened in the series:
One guy starts a civil war which is only ended when he fucks up and fails to kill a child.
That guy comes back, gathers a small force of wizards, convinces a number of magical creatures to join him, including the guards of the only prison.
And who is left to stop him?
A few Aurors, who suck and serve the useless government, a handful of almost militia from a secret society and a bunch of school kids.
If any opposing nation from that universe declared war on the wizards of Britain and used modern military strategy, Britain would be lost in four days. Seriously, four fucking days.
Let’s just sum up some of their problems:
-A corrupt and inefficient government
-No formal military/defence force
-No modern medicine
-A bunch of powerful artefacts that they don’t properly protect
Okay, if it were real, they’d be dead. Just dead.
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That’s the kind of bloody thing I think of when I get someone ranting on about ‘body image’ or ‘body awareness’ issues. It’s something I listen to and just think, ‘What the fuck is your point?’
Here’s what the good ol’ Australian government has to say on the issue:
‘Body image is an issue of concern to young people. Research tells us that negative body image can affect self-esteem and general well-being, inhibit participation in social activities and lead to serious health issues such as depression and social isolation.’
And here’s a nice simple definition from the ever popular wikipedia:
Okay. so I can gather that body image issues are when someone thinks that they’re ugly or unattractive and this seems most likely to develop in teens. Alrighty, that I can understand.
The problem I have with body image issue is the way people go about trying to solve them. I see pretty girls complain all the bloody time about how they aren’t pretty people and how no loves them. Meanwhile, their boyfriend/potentially friend-zoned male buddies are feeding them compliments and their female friend are using self-deprecating compliments. It ends up being this mushy wasteland of self-pity and obviously poor come one attempts. Freaking shocking.
I see an average guy who is worried he isn’t attractive or just feels like he could improve. He hits the gym. He fixes his diet. He cuts down on drinking. And that’s my brother and, as far as I know, he wasn’t even concerned with his body image. He just wanted to go to the gym.
So, the body image issue just seems kinda of pointless to focus on. It’s like cyber-bullying; anyone who actually freaks out over the issue has forgotten that they can take control.
And, let’s be honest here, what could you do to fix body image?
Promote ‘real models’?
Run an extensive program like the government seems to be doing, focusing on discussing issues?
Make everyone look exactly the fucking same?
All of those solution do not work. Even if everyone looked the same, some people would just freak about something else. The same way some people would freak out and be all racist even if everyone was nigh on identical.
SO, please, just fuck up about body image.
I seriously don’t care about girls who are pretty, get told constantly that they’re pretty and yet post about how ugly they are. THAT SHOULDN’T BE A FUCKING HOLE FOR TAX PAYER MONEY.
And please, if you are one of those fucking idiots who says, ‘I’m not pretty,’ despite many people saying that you are or have people asking you out just stop. Even in the worst case scenario that you are in fact an ugly wench who belongs on exhibit then you are still a person worthy of pride. Develop a better method for judging or comparing yourself.
It’s like that fucking annoying quote, ‘if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is an idiot’. DON’T BE A CLIMBING FISH. BE SOMETHING DECENT.
And please stop posting about how ugly you are. It just makes me want to post a comment which says, ‘OH WOW. I’m glad you realised that you’re hideous, I’ve been meaning to tell you but I thought it’d be awkward. Anyway, have fun with your realisation that you’re a terrible ogre monstrosity,’. If you were truly ugly and if you thought you were truly ugly, THEN YOU WOULDN’T DRAW ATTENTION TO IT.
Long story short: Body Image shouldn’t be an issue. Bitches who whine about how they look are in fact bitches. Fuck up already.
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The Western world has been a huge pillar for democracy ever since, I’m going to say the end of WW2. The US began it’s world policing tour fighting those damned “commie reds!” and pretty much the rest of the world flipped its shit and started following the guy with the A bombs. Which, kinda makes sense. Anyway, eventually the A Bomb is restricted by the country which has the most of them like some spoiled child saying, “Nawp you can’t have any because I want them all. I wanna be the only one,” and we freak out about Iran and North Korea having nuclear capabilities. It’s bit justified but I like how no one is fucking pissed about India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers, who are almost always on the verge of blowing the shit out of each other or about the US could wind up just fucking glassing entire continents.
Anyway, my issue is with democracy. I like democracy for a couple of reasons but I dislike it for a lot more. I’ll start with the positive. Democracy is fairly stable and rather peaceful when it gets going. No politician is going to start directly fucking with the people because the people will just vote him out. There’s debate and discussion of issues not just blind “FUCK ‘EM ALL!”. And I think it has this wonderful idea of freedom and everyone getting along nicely. However, there’s gaping flaws in the system and some of them you kinda have to be politically incorrect to point them out.
My biggest argument with democracy is the fact it takes far too long for anything to happen. Gradual change is good and slowly dismantling old systems to implement new ones is fine. But when you spend weeks discussing the issue and never actually coming to an agreement about whether or not it’s going ahead. Then you have the fact that even if there is an agreement, there’s concessions and compromises that are made in order to get these bills and shit passed. The issue with that is it dilutes the bloody bill to the point where you need another five bills to get the original result and in getting those other five bills, you have another 5 or so concessions to make. So, pretty much the opposition could just tack on what they like.
In Australia, democracy is essentially a two party system, there’s almost no room for independents, it’s either Labor or the Coalition of Liberal and National Parties. It’s the extremely moderate left or the extremely moderate right. And even the left has different sections within itself, at least the coalition stays pretty much in a tight unit. Labor’s all over the fucking place. Anyway, the Greens who are Australia’s one really prominent small party are so fucking left at times that their goals become just unachievable and detrimental to the nation’s interests. Then there’s our 4 independents, 1 of which sided with the coalition because of his conservative voter base and the other 3 are now the only thing keeping Labor going. And they’re fucking crazy at times, each with their own pet project and own ambitions. So, nothing ever gets done. We have a government which is only interested in self survival and an opposition who opposes everything purely on the basis of opposing everything.
The next issue I have with democracy is the fact it’s popular vote. And any mother-fucker can be popular. Especially, in Australia right now, where all you have to do is be a tiny bit more preferred than either leader and you’re a shoe in. The problem with this is, most Australians do not understand their own government system. They actually think they elect their prime minister much the same way the US elects it’s president. We don’t. The party does. We just decide our local member of parliament and they go to a party meeting and pick a leader. We have no real say as to who is PM. We just set them up with some candidates. Then we come to the fact that people, all people myself included, are idiots. They don’t know fucking anything the majority of the time. They pick stupid people and then complain we these guys don’t do what they they promised. They freak out when interest rates rise and expect that the government should have a tight ass control over the economy. THEY DON’T. ALL THEY CAN DO IS TAX US AND TRY TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY WITH TAX CUTS AND HAND OUTS. But people block taxes because they’re afraid they’ll lose money and then complain about education and health services going to shit.
AND THIS IS JUST AT A FUCKING FEDERAL LEVEL. When you involve the states as well we start seeing people of the same party harassing each other to benefit the states. They can even be from the same state and party and have a go. It’s mind fucking boggling.
That’s why in Australia I think the democracy thing is kinda useless. They’re so busy trying to keep everyone happy in order to save their jobs that they achieve nothing. It takes a fucking global crisis for us to change. It took the Great Depression to realise that fuck we need to be good with our cash. It took WW2 to realise that Britain can’t really help us and we need to start fixing things. It took the GFC for us to start trying to re-regulate the banks. Something, they’re actually still not doing to my satisfaction. Banks were once a service, now they’re a business. At that point they became so interested in cash over people that they’re a threat to the country’s health.
So, what the fuck can I do about it? Start my own party? I’d just fall into the same traps. I’d wind up having to make so many deals to gain power that I’d have none. What alternatives are there? Dictatorships? Maybe. SHht’ll get done. Instant fucking response and compliance if the military is used as force but then we just wind up with a dickhead leader who will fuck us over. Monarchy? Fuck that, same thing as a dictator but with inbreeding involved. Pass. Anarchy? Nope, then not only would we not get anything done, we’d go backwards. Oligarchy? Nope, it’d just be a rich man club as they’d have the resources to get into control.
We’re kinda stuck with democracy. And I suppose that’s fine. But what I’d like to see is Australia become a republic in a similar form to say, Germany. I want us to be like those progressive European countries, I don’t want to follow the US to its death. I wouldn’t mind a formalised bill of rights, a fixed up constitution and the Royal family can go fuck themselves. OH WAIT THEY ALREADY DO.
So, fuck, useless fucking politicians, little chance of change without massive crises and high chance of collapse! What are we waiting for?