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      1. Bands or artists that promote or defend rape culture, violence against women, homophobia, racism, general asshattery, etc.
      2. Besides that, there are a few I’ll side-eye you for liking, but that’s certainly not going to stop me from being friends with you and/or associating with a person.
      3. Of course, part of that is nobility, but most of it is the fact that my own musical taste consists mostly of oldies, Disney music, and Broadway showtunes.
      4. Okay, I’m finally going to suck it up and ask: what exactly has Nickelback done? Are the band members assholes in real life or something? Is their music really THAT much worse than that of any similar band? I feel like I should research them and their music to try and figure it out, but the internet has made me afraid I’ll burst into flame after listening to one too many music videos on YouTube.

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      It’s scary to think that people would leave their children unattended in a hot car- or any car for that matter- and leave “just for a bit”, somehow thinking there’s nothing wrong with the idea. Also worth noting that people do so with their dogs all the time without a second thought. These are the people who should be shut in a sweltering vehicle, just to see what it feels like. That said, just a few comments in and people are already talking about how they could never, ever actually forget their kid in a car and that the only people who do so are terrible, disgusting people who don’t deserve children. I can’t criticize. I used to do the same. But I linked this article before, and I’m going to do so again. Leaving your kid while you sext women is horrifying. That’s not what usually happens. Most parents…well again, I’ll just say there are some major triggers. Read with care. (That goes double for this nosleep story about the topic, with a commenter who linked to the article the first time I saw it)

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      Was the jab in the subtitle really necessary? People gave to the potato salad thing because it was weird and silly. I didn’t get it, but to each their own. People can enjoy stupid stuff AND care about the important stuff, no destroyed humanity required. I wouldn’t even be surprised to hear about people who gave to both campaigns. Okay, sorry, sorry. This is amazing, and I so wish we could hear about more things like this in the world’s major news outlets. People don’t try to do good because they think there’s no hope. They think there’s no hope because they don’t hear these stories. Never change, Quinn!

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      It’s not really that Joan says mean things. It’s more that she sits on a pedestal of irrelevance, taking pride in her shallow barbs toward others when, with her own cosmetically altered face, she’s not so much calling the pot calling the kettle black as the pot calling the kettle a pot. To be upset about the interviewer’s nastiness while defending Joan’s in the same breath is worth an eyebrow raise. Maybe it’s inappropriate for someone in the news to reach that level, but it’s also inappropriate for someone like Joan to be getting any attention whatsoever anymore, so que sera sera. Maybe I shouldn’t criticize her for being too outraged, though. It’s quite possible she simply couldn’t unstick her face from that position.

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      So this dude takes a photo in which an attractive, well-dressed woman just happens to be featured front and center, which is of course a total coincidence despite there being nothing else worth focusing on in the shot. When confronted, he doesn’t apologize, but takes another photo right in her face. Then she physically attacks him so savagely that he is maimed to the point of being forced to go home and swear about it on Twitter*- all while several other companions yell too. Our poor soul who has done nothing wrong whatsoever then proceeds to use language that might have made slaveholders proud many times over while posting the photos and inciting his own like-minded followers…and he did nothing at all to deserve getting fired. Mmmhmm. *I don’t condone the number of times she punched him (assuming his story is true) After he took the second photo, I could understand hitting him once, as she may very well have felt violated and threatened, but she didn’t need to respond with that level of violence. But while his actions didn’t excuse hers, her punching him a bit doesn’t excuse the fact that he’s a racist POS who, from the enthusiasm he displays, was probably only too happy to go on a rant displaying his true character.

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      This case is extremely suspect, and given how horrific it is for anyone to die this way- especially a young child- I can’t judge extreme reactions to any case where a child dies in a hot car. But to those who look at any story where this happens- not this one, necessarily, where it looks like it could have been intentional, but those where the tragedy truly does seem to be an accident- and say that it could absolutely never, ever happen to them because they’re a good parent who would never do that, please read this article. Actually, everyone, please read this article. I can’t tell you how much its changed my own perspective. *While it’s probably pretty self-evident, I should warn that this is every bit as difficult to read through as you’d imagine- and then some. But please stick through if you can. Credit for the link I stumbled upon goes to it goes to a commenter in this infamous nosleep story describing a tragedy like this from the perspective of the parent (so even more tigger warnings there)

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      Your satire of something nobody has remotely suggested is amusing. You seem very well practiced in the art of using nothing whatsoever in order to give your mad commentary skillz a pat on the back.  As for the actual point, there’s nothing wrong with chivalry in theory, except that it stems from painfully outdated gender roles. Everyone should hold doors for everyone. Being a gentleman means treating your date- and all those around you- with the same respect you’d want to be treated with. This kid isn’t comforting this girl because of her gender. He’s doing it because she’s upset. You could learn a thing or two from this four-year-old.

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      Ah yes, a young girl maimed by dogs turned brutal by her own family member. Other family members (most likely, based on recent events) using that innocent girl as a prop for sympathy that is in many ways about them as it is her. People across the country outraged, many spending money under false pretenses (though Victoria should absolutely still get it). Others under widespread attack for something that seems never to have happened. But yes, a single trip to a fast food restaurant (with a child who couldn’t eat solid food anyway) is totally the real problem here.

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      To people angry at news sources for picking this up without verifying it: do you know that this story has been verified? “sources “with deep knowledge of the investigation”” is the kind of language tabloids use when reporting how someone totally told them some celebrity had an affair and in emotional turmoil.  That said, I’ve read that there’s apparently security footage showing that the grandmother and little girl were never in KFC on the day in question. Between that and what people have mentioned about bringing a girl who can’t even eat solid food into a fast food restaurant, I’m leaning towards believing it is a hoax. IF so, I’ll completely agree that the main feeling should be pity towards this little girl. She’s going to have to live with it, when she’s only ever been recovering from something horrible and is too young to really understand what’s happened. The worst part, I think, is these adult relatives using an innocent child they love as way to get attention. The pity play, even more than the money- because maybe they were desperate for that; people do intense things when they’re desperate- makes me cringe, because their faces will be part of the story as much as hers. This 3 year old is the only one who deserves our sympathy and our funding, and I certainly hope she still gets everything she needs to recover as much as possible. Props to the doctor who still wants to do the surgery and to KFC for handling this as well as possible, given the circumstances. Again, all the above is only true if the hoax is. If this new story somehow proves false, I’ll offer my extended pity again. But that does seem quite unlikely now.

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      I think you’ve hit exactly why I keep watching this show even after the upteenth plot “twist” that basically translates as the original plot and characters disappearing entirely halfway through the episode. But you forgot my favorite- when a guy gets bitten by the guard dog of a vic and is squabbling about getting checked for rabies, to which Olivia replies “I highly doubt you gave the dog rabies”. Also, I’m pretty sure sass was Munch’s default mode of function. Please come back more often, Munch. And don’t die. Ever.

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      I sympathize with the people saying there’s an air of white privilege to this- that simply stepping in, planting a flag, and leaving again does little for the internal problems of Uganda and creates a sense of Western superiority when we certainly have major problems with homophobia, too- just to a much lesser extent. (Even while, as demonstrated at least once above- once at the time of my posting- there are certain verbose but mentally lacking individuals here who might well support Ugandan actions.) That said, I get a little tired of the automatic “How would we feel if _____ did the same thing here?!” reflex. If someone from another nation- maybe, for discussion purposes, one we disagree with politically- came here and put a symbol on our lands calling out, say, our treatment of transgender people, the racial bias within our justice system, or our early eradication of the native people of this land, I’d want to pat that person on the back. Some people would be outraged, yes, and those people would be idiots. The problem here is not the gesture itself, but that the way it was implemented can easily be seen as a shallow and ignorant gesture.

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      Gotta agree with the people saying this isn’t as big a deal as it’s being made out to me. Only a handful of old shows? New shows won’t be added for years and even then, it’ll be old seasons? I mean, there are some great shows being added, but apart from that, meh. I don’t know about the gauntlet being thrown. A pair of rubber gloves, maybe. (Yes, I did just use Google to find out what a gauntlet actually was. Why do you ask?)

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      I saw the title of this post and wondered whether it was going be one of those with famous writers/critics smearing other famous writers with a mix of dry sarcasm, self-superiority, and sometimes even good points, or just a collection of things taken from Amazon users who are lucky to know what their computer keyboards are for, much less be able to use them. And then I read the first entry and wondered no more.

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      57/83. Yup. Though I’m a weird introvert. I like doing things. I get bored very quickly. So I go shopping, to movies, out to eat, etc. on my own. But I also like doing all those things with friends. But I still spend the majority of my time curled up in bed watching TV and on Tumblr. And then there are the tendencies like always going to self-checkouts in grocery stores but always going into fast food places, even to get to-go, because I hate trying to talk through that voice box.

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      1. I’m too afraid of conflict to either make trouble with my fellow employees or to question the absurdity of that question.
      2. Get a really big fridge.
      3. Horse-sized duck. Several loaves of bread. Run.
      4. …What was the question again?
      5. I have no idea, but I’m sure there’s a video on YouTube about it. Hold on, let me look.
      6. My grandma is on Facebook, so I’d say pretty easily.
      7. Do you really want me to say what I’m thinking? In that case, the interior design.
      8. The answer can not be determined from the information provided.
      9. You could probably just Google that…
      10. I would like to phrase my answer in the form of an interpretive dance. *mimes throwing*
      11. I do not feel professional using that kind of language in this setting.
      12. He’s probably here to report that the zoo he escaped from is enforcing Mexican stereotypes on animals that aren’t even from the country.
      13. Fill the 5, pour into the 3, and add half of what’s left. Close enough.
      14. Okay, seriously, you know I’m an English major, right?
      15. The limit does not exist.
      16. If the blender is turned on, that’s really not a question to bother asking.
      17. Dude, let’s find out!!
      18. …Gosh, I never thought about it, but they must do that one at a time. I mean, on a large scale with many machines, but still. Really makes you ponder the scope of our existence in the universe, doesn’t it?
      19. Well, I probably wouldn’t be here, so I’ll see myself out. …No wonder I spent two years unemployed…

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      That’s nice. I am an English major and my experience with language and linguistics has taught my that our words and how we use them are a constantly changing experience. Buzzfeed is a silly, time waster website, not a venue in which communications are expected to be precise and professional. Colloquialisms are part of what makes language interesting, and if they don’t stick to the strict rules of grammar invented hundreds of years ago for the kind of forms of communication that existed hundreds of years ago, too bad. Unfortunately, I meet far too many people- in and out of the English field- who find a form of superiority in frowning upon anything that deviates from the rules they learned from a textbook in elementary school. We like to ignore the fact that that everyone from lolcats to Shakespeare has laughed in the face of the “rules” of English to create things that affect us- from simply making us laugh to changing the English language as we know it. So long as we decide grammar and spelling are the prime markers of intelligence in English speaking and writing, it allows us to not bother even listening to people- often those who have never had the the privilege of learning such rules- and maintain said sense of superiority against those who, on an intrinsic level, might well be as smart or even smarter than us. In short, I used to call myself a “grammar nazi”, too. But then I actually started paying attention. …Dammit, and this post was about a photoshopped video of pushing cats around on ice. Sorry, everyone.

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      Not to put this comment down (because it is true that human rights should take precedence over animal rights and that some PETA people really need help understanding that), but I would be really sad if more people started commenting on every single post about animal cruelty with a post about human beings, instead of just every one one. It is, in fact, possible, to care about more than one issue at once. And yes, I realize you said “more people”, and that you made sure to make it clear you frowned upon the mass killing of innocent creatures. But, even if some hardships do “mean more” than others, cutting off discussions about one with another that is already being discussed across the world is rude and unessesary. In other words, don’t worry: even though this is the first article about the many deplorable things going on in Sochi that I’m commenting on, I promise I wouldn’t choose a dog’s life over that of an LGBTQ person or one of the impoverished people living just outside the Olympic villiage.

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