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Jun 13 2014 08:56

he even can copy a Spart's facial expression ...

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Jun 13 2014 09:37
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Intriguingly, Newberg has found some overlap between the neural activity of self-transcendence and of sexual pleasure.

The ecstasy of St Theresa of Avila. Who wrote in her journal that she sometimes doubted whether the consecrated host could really be the body of Christ. Because it didn't feel big enough in her mouth.

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Jun 13 2014 21:13
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Intriguingly, Newberg has found some overlap between the neural activity of self-transcendence and of sexual pleasure.

The ecstasy of St Theresa of Avila. Who wrote in her journal that she sometimes doubted whether the consecrated host could really be the body of Christ. Because it didn't feel big enough in her mouth.

The most common (by a country mile) metaphors for sex in all medieval stuff are religious or feudal and the saints lives are ridiculously full of sexual overtones (and sado-masochism, Sade lifted lots from Saints' lives and claimed to use them to get off iirc). They also take the bride of christ stuff to a rather 'earthy' place.
There's one text where a character talks about what would happen if you exchanged the word relic with balls and then describes what you would do with them.
So an early example of the joke about christian rock (just swap Jesus for baby) which I think I first heard in Peep show but can't find it for now.
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/154133/replace-darling-baby-with-jesus

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Jun 30 2014 14:39

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/06/29/fox-news-pundit-equal-marriage-is-a-marxist-plot-from-the-new-world-order/

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Jul 4 2014 09:22
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"We're dealing with fiery darts aaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllll day long...and the devil is trying to find an opening where he can get a fiery dart through."

There's some serious sexual repression coming through in that vid, Ent.

now, he did the step from "fiery darts" to "consuming fire"

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Jul 10 2014 09:32

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/north-korea-files-complaint-to-un-over-seth-rogen-and-james-francos-kim-jongun-assassination-movie-9596605.html

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Jul 10 2014 12:06

The best thing I saw in the V&A Renaissance section today. Every museum should have a kids section. WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT.

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Jul 22 2014 16:52

After 7 fascists came down to Cricklewood against 300 anti-fascists. This is one of the saddest things I've ever seen.

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Jul 23 2014 04:41


Saw this at the bookstore today, it looks like a sci-fi novel starring Marx as a space-wizard on Planet Proleteniusol

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Jul 24 2014 08:49

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Jul 24 2014 18:02

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipster

"Outside of Germany, the term nipster has also been used to mean different things, including Asian hipsters and fans of male breasts."
" and at least one vegan neo-Nazi cooking show exists"

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Jul 27 2014 16:22

Question for everyone in UK: Is the word "chav" considered offensive?

I didn't want to start a whole new thread for a pretty trivial question, and this thread seems non-serious enough that it would be ok to derail just for a moment.

I live in Canada so don't know. I heard the term used on a TV show and just assumed it was a non-derogatory description for white youth with a certain fashion style and who are generally poor. I assumed people like this in the UK refer to themselves as chav as a chosen self-descriptive. But is it actually just an insult?

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Jul 27 2014 17:52

https://www.facebook.com/GMIULRO

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Jul 27 2014 21:32
boomerang wrote:
Question for everyone in UK: Is the word "chav" considered offensive?

I didn't want to start a whole new thread for a pretty trivial question, and this thread seems non-serious enough that it would be ok to derail just for a moment.

I live in Canada so don't know. I heard the term used on a TV show and just assumed it was a non-derogatory description for white youth with a certain fashion style and who are generally poor. I assumed people like this in the UK refer to themselves as chav as a chosen self-descriptive. But is it actually just an insult?

CHAV was originally a tabloid acronym and means Council House Associated Vermin. It was coined to demonise poor kids. It is an insult and I don't know of anyone who chooses to call themselves that.

Its the youth equivalent of calling poor adults benefit scroungers.

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Jul 27 2014 21:53

I suppose some people might use it as a self description but every time i've heard its a negative.

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Jul 27 2014 21:59

Boomerang - yeah it's derogatory, but at the same time quite acceptable to use in mainstream society. I find it pretty offensive, yet I hear my mates use it all the time, my family too, even though looking back ten, fifteen years, we'd be labelled a chavs too. But now we're mostly all out of that estate, it makes me sick to my stomach when my friends use that word, like, "where the fuck do you think you're from? Look at who you're calling that word, then look in the mirror". Pisses me off to no end really, but every society needs a folk devil.

From 10:15 this rapper from East London talks about it in a TED talk, I think he explains it pretty well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhtAfIw4qJY

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Jul 27 2014 22:01
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CHAV was originally a tabloid acronym and means Council House Associated Vermin. It was coined to demonise poor kids. It is an insult and I don't know of anyone who chooses to call themselves that.

Its the youth equivalent of calling poor adults benefit scroungers.

Nah, it was originally a gyspy/Romany word to mean little child. "Chavi". The papers just adopted it as they do.

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Jul 27 2014 22:10

You can see for yourself how people use it https://twitter.com/search?q=chav&src=typd

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Jul 27 2014 22:19

That's actually a great example. Those tweets are horrible.

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Jul 27 2014 22:25

Boomerang, I could be taking your username at face value wink but when I was in Australia I heard a lot of people use the words "derro" and "bogan". I could be wrong, but I think it's the equivalent of chav.

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Jul 27 2014 23:28

Boomerang

I think it's pretty derogatory, whatever it's etymology. I'm from the UK and I live in Canada and I can't really think of a specific Canadian equivalent, possibly because the class system has different nuances here than in England. I suppose the nearest would be trailer trash but even that isn't quite the same. It's a pretty nasty.

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Jul 28 2014 15:22

Thanks everyone! It's important to know this. The show I saw that used the word was years ago, so I can't remember the exact context, but I got the impression it wasn't meant to be negative, but a subculture label like skater or goth or raver. So for years I've had it in my mind that this is an acceptable label. I've never used the word because nobody here does, but it was in my head categorized as a neutral word. I'm going to have to make my brain relearn that chav=offensive.

That's harder than you might think.... In grade 8, I went to a school for 6 months where all the white and black kids referred to the brown kids as "Pakis" -- but they didn't say it with malice, just as a way of describing someone. The brown kids mostly hung out with each other, so I didn't hear their reactions to it, but there was this one brown kid who hung out with black and white kids, and he called himself a "Paki" so I got it in my head that this was actually the appropriate term for a person of Pakistani descent, kind of like people from Britain are called Brits or people from Serbia called Serbs. So even after I got into my late teens and early 20s and started hanging out with progressive folks, I still thought it was an appropriate term. I was stunned to learn it's a racist slur! And it took a long time to retrain my brain. A few times I almost caught myself using it...

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Jul 29 2014 18:15

Brazilian police list Bakunin as a suspect

http://revolution-news.com/19th-century-anarchist-bakunin-investigated-by-brazils-police-as-suspect/

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Aug 1 2014 04:46

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Oh I thought this was saddest thing you read today

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Aug 1 2014 08:34

found at https://www.facebook.com/socialistmemecaucus/posts/599180053531710

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England's James Anderson and India's Ravidra Jadeja found not guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

are they now accepted into the Proletarian Milieu?

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Aug 1 2014 23:20
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Who's the Green Goblin in that picture?