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I watched a video on The Chive website, which showed a small group of orcas swimming in the wake of a boat. I thought it was a really amazing video because the killer whales were not only incredibly close to the boat, but they were jumping out of the water. In fact, they looked just like dolphins playing and leaping in the surf off a boat – a far more common occurence. Anyhow, I thought it must have been incredibly thrilling to be one of the people on the boat, and I bet it’s a sight they won’t forget in a hurry. In fact, watching the video just brought a big smile to my face.
Until I read the comments on the article.
See, there’s sound to the video as well, and mostly what you can hear is one of the women on the boat saying things like, ‘Oh my god! This is unreal!’ Which to me seems like a reasonable reaction when you’re watching wild killer whales leap out of the water a couple of metres away from you. No?
So I felt really fucking disappointed with humanity, when I scrolled to the comments and read the following;
GotYour6 said: “Throw the bitch in and get another show.”
Durk said: “If only the whore would shut the fuck up and stop screaming and yelling”
Duncanmurray13 said: “i hate this woman so much”
BobNet said: “I’d let you keep it if you’d shove it down that bitch’s throat so she would shut up.”
How the hell are these comments appropriate? What kind of twisted individual do you have to be to direct this kind of hatred towards someone who was simply expressing awe and excitement? What kind of attitude must these commenters have towards women in general that they felt justified in calling her a bitch and a whore simply because she was amazed by this close encounter with wild orcas? What planet are they fucking living on, that after watching a spectacular nature video, all they can contribute is bile and filth?
I would rather listen to this lady scream and shout all day long, than spend a minute sat silently in a room with these people. She’s enjoying her life, and isn’t afraid to share her positive emotions about a wonderful thing she’s witnessing. The commenters appear to hate her, and wish her harm because she’s happy. I know which kind of person the world can do without.
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I read this article on the BBC website today, and thought I’d write a post on it since I have quite strong feelings on the subject.
The tl;dr of the article is that assembly members wanted the Welsh goverment to ban smacking a child by removing the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement or punishment’ for assaulting a child. The minister responsible for children has ruled out such a change before 2016 but wants to encourage parents to change their style of discipline using other means. Children’s Commissioner Ken Towler says that, “Children should be entitled to the same level of protection as adults. There’s no such thing as a safe smack.”
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Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight, the withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
Memory, all alone in the moonlight
I can dream of the old days, life was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Synopsis: The first novel, Guilty Pleasures, introduces Anita and her world. Anita is blackmailed by Nikolaos, the vampire Master of the City, into investigating a series of vampire murders.
During the course of this investigation, we learn that Jean-Claude, another master vampire, is interested in Anita and gives her two of the four marks necessary to make her Jean-Claude’s “human servant.” We also learn that while Anita can usually guess the age of vampires, she cannot get a read on Jean-Claude’s age.
Anita identifies the murderer, but by that point has sufficiently antagonized Nikolaos and her underlings that she expects to be killed. With help from Edward, a human associate who specializes in assassinating supernatural targets, and Rafael the Rat King, Anita kills Nikolaos and many of her followers. To her surprise, Jean-Claude becomes the new Master of the City.