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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found a Snopes article that talks about the dubious origins of this claim - http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2598/was-ludwig-van-beethoven-of-african-ancestry
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
And the part about Beethoven incorporating African music into his repertoire? That kind of stereotyping is just painful to read.


yeah, that was the part that hit me. that, and saying the Constitution said slaves were 3/5 human - they counted as 3/5 of a person because it was a compromise on congressional representation (not saying that a lot of slave-owners didn't have a problem with considering their slaves human, but that's not what the Constitution meant).

that said, there seems to have been a lot more mixing of races in europe than is currently recognized - one of the comments on that article mentioned pushkin, and there was dumas, and those were just the ones who got famous. it seems that europeans were far more willing to acknowledge and accept children born to black (even slave) mothers than americans were. but i would be more convinced by a little more detail on beethoven's mother than just the flat assertion she was a moor. granted, women didn't tend to be as well-documented as men, but surely there were church records on births and marriages that could be traced?

drat, stripey sneaked in ahead of me.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While watching Ghostbusters today, I learned that the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man represents both the patriarchy (why not the Stay Puft Marshmallow Womyn?) and at the same time KKKapitalism (as he is a corporate mascot.)

Note that he is also white and as a figure from Ray's youth, we can assume old as well. His entrance involves him trampling through the city with the "little people" below powerless and unable to stop him in any way.

The film ends with the Ghostbusters literally being drenched in a sticky white substance, analogous to semen and the very essence of the old, white corporate male. Winston, the token PoC, is baptised in whiteness.

Afterwards, their business goes on to great success. After all, they have been impregnated by the semen and have surrendered themselves to the KKKapitalist cause.

I don't understand why people like this movie. It's the biggest ReTHUGlikan wankfest wet-dream scenario ever.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KillAllMen wrote:
His entrance involves him trampling through the city ...


Actually the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man can be briefly sighted during the scene where the eggs pop on Sigourney Weaver's kitchen counter.

I may have watched the movie a time or two too many.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Freedom Socialist Party in Seattle wants to hire a part time web content manager at a pay rate of $13/hr, and they want the minimum wage to be $20/hr.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today while watching Conan the Barbarian and taking notes about Hollywood's machismo fetishism, it dawned on me that Israel is an apartheid state and should be wiped clean from the maps.

What is it with movies from the absolute worst decade in North America's history that clarify the need to dismantle and ultimately destroy the cishet heteronormative status quo in this wretched country?

Serious, America, as it stands today, doesn't have a single redeeming value at all. It really does need to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.

But only first after removing all white people. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you always have a political slant? I thought you were supposed to be a sock puppet posing as a SJW. I have a hard time keeping tack of what you're supposed to be mocking. I miss the days when the fake posters were Kanye West, Servo the Elephant, and the Vulcans. Those were alts you could appreciate, who never defied their stereotypes.

Sigh. Alts these days.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't we used to have a Godzilla for this kind of thing?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KillAllMen wrote:
Today while watching Conan the Barbarian and taking notes about Hollywood's machismo fetishism, it dawned on me that Israel is an apartheid state and should be wiped clean from the maps.

What is it with movies from the absolute worst decade in North America's history that clarify the need to dismantle and ultimately destroy the cishet heteronormative status quo in this wretched country?

Serious, America, as it stands today, doesn't have a single redeeming value at all. It really does need to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up.

But only first after removing all white people. Wink


I'm pretty sure that the Conan movie wasn't from the 1950's
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learned that Russia is "purging" McDonalds to get back at the U.S. because we supported Ukraine . . . This is fucking surreal and childish: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6989397/russia-mcdonalds-putin-ukraine-yolo
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darqcyde wrote:
Today I learned that Russia is "purging" McDonalds to get back at the U.S. because we supported Ukraine . . . This is fucking surreal and childish: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6989397/russia-mcdonalds-putin-ukraine-yolo

Well if I've learnt anything it's that McDonalds is the greasy high fat patron saint of 'Murica Wink

Like if they were mad at, say, Canada they'd get rid of maple syrup and hockey. Not sure what they would do if Australia pissed them off, but maybe we'll find out at G20 when Abbot faces off against Putin.

Also I'm mad at G20 because my animated film is due a week earlier than it would be thanks to it shutting everything down in Brisbane.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best part of the article is this:

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In purely economic terms, the war on McDonald's is, like so much of Russia's recent lashing out at the West, mostly self-defeating. There are give-or-take 437 McDonald's in Russia and they purchase about 85 percent of their supplies from Russian companies. So the anti-McDonald's campaign is, in a way, a microcosm of Putin's entire approach to the Ukraine crisis: damn the economic costs, full speed ahead on aggressive nationalist symbolic gestures.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ennis wrote:
Like if they were mad at, say, Canada they'd get rid of maple syrup and hockey.

Russia would never get rid of hockey. They're almost as obsessed about it as we are.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Russia is a classic petrostate, and it is failing.

stuff like this is par for the course agitating
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can recycle styrofoam coolers into shelters for feral cats:


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