March 23rd, 2011

My wonderful Meg kitty.

Why I seriously hate people

Someone put out an app for the iPhone which would cure you of being gay. In theory, you could go online to Apple's store and buy an app to cure you of being gay.

(Frankly, I thought it was a pretty good chance for a practical joke or two -- download it onto someone else's iPhone and watch the sparks fly, right?)

Someone complained and managed to get around 150,000 people to bitch, whine, and moan at Apple about this app. Presumably, the complaint was that you can't cure homosexuality and that it was offensive to gay people.

So Apple decided to pull it on that basis. And at that moment, I found a new hatred for people.

Seriously -- is that all it takes? Get 150k people to agree with you that an app WHICH YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR AND DOWNLOAD AND NOT DELETE is offensive? I bet there's at least that many people who think that being gay is offensive. I guess grinder should get pulled too?

News flash: Some people believe different things than you do. They're every bit as entitled to those beliefs as you are. What gives you the right to ride roughshod over their beliefs? Is there a quality to your indignancy which makes the offense you feel to be a right?

No. There isn't. You're just another sad, stupid human being who has no more right to force people to think a certain way.

I remember a certain quotation from Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Am I blowing this out of proportion by quoting a pastor who was talking about the Nazi holocaust? Maybe I'm just sensitive to this because I suspect that I could easily offend 150,000 people. In fact, by defending the ability for people to post an app, I'm likely offending at least that many people right now.

I wholly believe in your right to have intercourse in whatever way you'd like with whoever's willing. But right now, I hate the people who perceive this as a triumph for gay rights rather than a tragedy for human rights.
My wonderful Meg kitty.

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The strangest things happen to me when I'm reading William Gibson.

15:49 < hongwareeomg> hi
16:18 <@testing4l> Hi!
16:18 < hongwareeomg> Yay someone to talk to :-) !! how are u? I found your name in the yahoo online members search :)
16:18 <@testing4l> I wasn't sure if you were someone I knew or not.
16:19 < hongwareeomg> my roomates just stepped out I only have a little while alone... ;-) are u alone too? we should cam2cam ;)
16:19 <@testing4l> I'm pretty sure you're not my type.

I still have my AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, and MSN accounts online and bitlbee dutifully watches them for me, but I quickly forget about them. It's like a society which used to be alive, fun, and vibrant, but it's gone dead. Out of a sense of obligation to those times, I sit on the other end of the radio and wait.

Sometimes, there's a scream from the darkness.
My wonderful Meg kitty.

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This is the best joke I've ever seen/heard/experienced about a president or a musician.

EDIT: Whoops! I meant "rapper", not "musician".