I can’t imagine how scandalized those critics who were relieved to have something that was mild enough to not excite their kids would’ve been if they’d stopped for a second and realized what was actually going on. The very first rule of Scooby-Doo, the single premise that sits at the heart of their adventures, is that the world is full of grown-ups who lie to kids, and that it’s up to those kids to figure out what those lies are and call them on it, even if there are other adults who believe those lies with every fiber of their being. And the way that you win isn’t through supernatural powers, or even through fighting. The way that you win is by doing the most dangerous thing that any person being lied to by someone in power can do: You think.” —Ask Chris #81: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism (via love-and-radiation)
Last week someone asked me did I care about the reported destruction of billionare Richard Branson’s house due to a hurricane, I said yes as its never nice to have your house destroyed, I followed this by mentioning that I didn’t think it deserved the reporting it did. Nor did whatever hurricane it was that week. I honestly find the reports of a hurricane hitting the US and only 3 people dying despite it effecting millions of people is something to celebrate. Well done america for having the infrastructure to warn your populace, then evacuate people, and even then most houses aren’t destroyed. Some are, and the Katrina disaster was a combination of many other factors, mainly due to the city being below the sea line and atrocious response. But generally, hurricanes, which have a season, are not news. We then hear about the remnants of it going up to New York and all that, still, not. news. What is news is when again, as happens every year, the monsoons hit the subcontinent, and villages are washed away. Every year, people die and the numbers are regularly much higher than the worst disasters that effect high income countries. Everyone needs to get some damned perspective on these things. There, twitter is being pissy and I just wanted to say this.
From the French “tet”, meaning head, and “anus”, Latin for butt. So, tetanus in fact means “butt head”. This is a medical fact.