chibi_trillian: (!!!!!!)
Pope Says Condoms "Not the Answer" in Fight Against AIDS in Africa: Emperor Popetine apparently of the opinion that if you're having recreational sex you deserve to die, also, religious aid workers ask what His Holiness is smoking

Benedict had never directly addressed condom use. He has said that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against AIDS. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.

...

"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon, where he will begin a seven-day pilgrimage on the continent. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."


What.

WHAT.

Seriously, WHAT THE FUCKING HELL IS THIS BULLSHIT.

Some priests and nuns working with those living with HIV/AIDS question the church's opposition to condoms amid the pandemic ravaging Africa.

"Excuse us, sir, but people are dying horribly. Can we pleeeease pass out condoms now, seeing as they're the only thing that makes a serious dent in the transmission rates of STDs?"
"No. Tell them to stop having sex."
"Sir, that's not really going to--"
"SILENCE! I AM THE POPE! THAT MEANS I WIN!"

This 'don't use condoms, use abstinence' thing is, like all abstinence-based programs, utterly worthless and bordering on criminally negligent. A lot of women in certain regions of Africa don't get to turn to men who want to have sex with them and go, "I'm sorry, but I'm saving myself for a mutually monogamous relationship." And hell, completely monogamous marriages are rare enough in cultures that glorify it, much less in cultures that say a man isn't a man unless he's getting some booty on the side.

THIS IS GOING TO KILL PEOPLE. AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL SAY IT'S OKAY, BECAUSE THEY WERE OBVIOUSLY SINNERS AND DESERVED TO DIE.

ARG ARG ARG ARG *froth flail chew carpet*

ETA: France, Germany, UN AIDS Task Force Reaction to Pope's Comments Best Summed Up as "WTH, Benedict, WTH."

"Condoms save lives, in Europe as well as on other continents," the ministers said. "Modern assistance to the developing world today must make access to family planning available to the poorest of the poor — especially the use of condoms. Anything else would be irresponsible."

RAWR.

Nov. 5th, 2008 03:59 pm
chibi_trillian: (at the end of my rope)
Proposition 8 passed.

I've donated to Equality CA and HRC, I've been both a buyer and a seller in a fandom charity auction to raise money to fight the measure, and I've been watching the results for it all day between bouts of trying to get my piece-of-shit label printer at work to function.

I started to get angry when I realized that the early exit polls showed the measure failing by about the same percentage as it passed by, meaning that some folks lied to the nice pollsters. You were ashamed enough to lie about how you voted, because you knew it was wrong, but not ashamed enough to vote differently.

But I didn't get choked up until I read the MSNBC article about Prop 8 passing and read what Frank Schubert, the co-head of Yes On 8, said after the declaration. He was so smug, so immensely pleased with himself and his bigotry that I wanted to vomit. This is the same guy that sent out extortion letters to companies that donated to oppose the ban, the same guy who orchestrated horrible lying TV and radio ads that turned a population fairly strongly against Prop 8 to one just barely for it. And he was sitting there talking like he had the moral high ground because he thought that some of his fellow human beings should have less rights than others, babbling vapidly about the sanctity of marriage.

Apparently, gay marriage totally destroys the sanctity of Britney Spears' 55-hour Las Vegas marriage.

And it completely annihilates the sacredness of marriages of convenience or for money.

And let us not forget how those horrible gays are devaluing the natural glory that is the green card marriage.

After all, decades of monogamous committment, which I had mistakenly thought were the basis of a marriage prior to this, don't matter if there are faggots or dykes involved.

I hope the ban's not retroactive. I hope those 18,000 married gay couples in California stay there, still married, creating legal tangles and making the bigots weep. I hope they file lawsuits and haul this shit right up to the Supreme Court and dare the Justices to say that "equal under the law" doesn't apply to them. I hope we get the Roe v. Wade of gay marriage out of this bullshit. And if we do, I propose we all send Frank and all the Yes on 8 managers thank you cards. After all, we couldn't have done it without them.
chibi_trillian: (selling your organs for fun and profit)
Reading commentary on financial articles on MSNBC.com, there's a lot of stupid and selfish floating around regarding this bailout plan. A lot of people think that people who are in foreclosure or going bankrupt obviously did something to deserve it and should get no help. Same for banks. After all, I'M not in foreclosure, so why should I help YOU? People aren't looking at the big picture--that bank collapses hurt the national economy, and that every foreclosed house on your block is a huge bite out of your personal home equity and the local economy.

If we substituted "foreclosure" and "bankrupcy" with "on fire," I think people would understand things a bit better.

Extended metaphor of doom. )

ARG.

Jan. 19th, 2007 10:13 am
chibi_trillian: (*is pissed*)
Parental responsibility and MySpace-related rant under cut. )

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