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and i hope you burn in hell

no, not you, not the one who's actually reading this post and wondering why i'm suddenly so angry. you're fine. probably. maybe you eat babies or something, which most people would look down on, but i'm not here to judge what goes on in your house and that isn't what i meant to talk about anyway.

one of the nice things about having this kind of forum is that you get feedback from people who read it. some of you leave comments here. some of you leave comments on facebook, where this is "simulcast". and i like that.

what i don't like is when i log in here, see comments and find out that they come from strange asian addresses and link to little start-up porn sites. if that's the kind of thing that you want, fine. personally, i think that if you have to trawl through comments on a blog to find porn on the internet, you're probably too brain dead to know what's going on when you find it.

i never get spam. does anyone seriously respond to any of these ads? "yes, i would like to order the cut-rate rolexes and viagra you emailed me about, please take my money. and please, if you know where i can find porn, let me know, there doesn't seem to be any of it where i look on the web".

i'm not saying that spam doesn't have its purpose. when i clear out my spam filter, i always get a great chortle out of observing the absurdities that have accumulated. (see previous post here.)

i personally think it's almost inexcusable that people have the kind of time it takes to set these spam programs up, when there are so many actually useful things that can be done. but i update my spam filters often and shrug off that which i cannot control.

i really take umbrage, however, when these little shits start putting their stupid links on my damn page. you've got a blogger account- use it. i don't allow anonymous comments. i make people pass a captcha test in order to post. and they still find a way through. get a life. leave me alone. there are lots of people who want your services- go find them and stay the f**k away from me. i have better things to do than find new ways to block your ass from posting here, but i will make an exception to keep weeding you out of my life.

i should probably just take a pill and relax a bit. i found this cool site in my spam filter that will apparently sell me brand name drugs at 80% off.

Comments

Martin Rouge said…
I always find those spam for online canadian pharmacies completely hilarious (and very, very pathetic), just like those that advertise high-end brand knock-offs... as if you cant get the same stuff easily anywhere. I count myself lucky to not have to deal with spam on my blog, but then again, I dont suffer from much in the way of comments, so...
SIGHUP said…
I believe the spam comments are in part for search result seeding, so that, when you type "hot porn" into a search engine, that said site will show up first. Also, sometimes they are there to trick other commenters into following links, but then that's only going to be a successful strategy where the mouthbreathers roam.

as long as you're here, why not read more?

don't speak

you might think that it sounds dramatic, but linguistic genocide is something that happens. people in power will go to great lengths to eradicate certain languages, not just for the sheer joy of making the world a lesser place, but as a way of beating down the culture that's associated with it. language has a unique reciprocal bond with culture, and every group that has attempted to break down another has recognised that forbidding a cultural group from communicating in their own language is an extremely effective way to tear apart their culture.

there are lots [and lots and lots and lots] of examples of this sort of thing, some successful, some not, but far too many to cover in one blog post. however, i thought it was worth looking at some languages that have been the subjects of active repression, and what the political consequences of that have been.

devastation :: the native north american languages :: it should come as no surprise that the largest genocide in history [by a ma…

long division

after the united states election last year, there were the usual calls for the country to unite behind the new president. that never happens anymore, because, since george w. bush scored a victory in 2004, having launched the country into a war in iraq for no reason, the people on the losing side of a presidential election have been pretty bloody angry about it. democrats hated bush 43. republicans really hated obama. democrats really hate trump.

it didn't help that trump didn't make the typical conciliatory gestures like including a couple of members of the opposite party in his cabinet, or encouraging his party to proceed slowly with contentious legislation. barack obama arguably wasted at least two and as many as six years of his tenure as president trying to play peacemaker before he felt sufficiently safe to just say "screw you guys" and start governing around the ridiculous congress he was forced to deal with. not-giving-a-shit obama was the best president in …

losers?

just a short time ago, i waxed prosaic about trump supporters who felt betrayed by their candidate pursuing in office the exact things that he said he would. short version: i have no sympathy.

today is a bit different. in the wake of america's bombing of a syrian air strip, in response to a chemical weapons attack by the syrian government, my facebook and twitter feeds were peppered with plaintive shades of "we believed you". these are the people who heard trump say that he wanted the united states to step back and focus on defending its own. indeed, trump did say such things, over and over; america cannot be the policeman of the world. even arch-liberal cynics like me had to admit that this was a refreshing argument to hear from someone outside the paul family, and, could easily have been turned into trump's greatest argument against hillary clinton. [he chose to go another way, which also worked.]

trump also said, repeatedly, that america needed to invest heavily …