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(Yahoo)   Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday in which she said education could change the world   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 126
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2013-07-12 09:27:26 PM
I got socks and underwear for my 16th birthday.
 
2013-07-12 09:29:52 PM
Well i agree.

The only way we're gonna put a stop to this insanity is with a solid foundation in reading, writing, and science.
 
2013-07-12 09:33:15 PM
Wow.

Words fail me.
 
2013-07-12 10:43:07 PM
That girl has bigger balls than anyone I know.
 
2013-07-13 12:12:01 AM
The problem is that the ones that need educating the most are the same ones that shot her, and they're already beyond redemption by education

/until they're gone and have stopped spreading their poison to their children, there is no hope
 
2013-07-13 12:26:27 AM
She then paused to pick up the bleached oblong skull of the former Mullar Omar and hold it in the gleaming light above the podium. The skull was now with gold filigree and emeralds, and took a long deep drink of wine before pounding her fist on the podium, shrieking "I will not rest until mine enemies are disemboweled, their families razed to the ground, and their shrunken heads placed alongside the road to my palace! The holy cleansing fire of my wrath shall know no bounds until it is slaked with the knowledge that the Taliban have been expunged from the pages of history," her voice rising steadily. "Their death shrieks shall serve as warning to all who would dare oppose my iron fist!" she screamed and cackled with delight.

Well, that's what she should have said, anyway.
 
2013-07-13 12:27:11 AM
I'm still a bit drunk, or I would have edited that better.

Burp.
 
2013-07-13 12:28:28 AM

Somacandra: I'm still a bit drunk, or I would have edited that better.

Burp.


Still?

/Damn... I'm just coming up to running temp
 
2013-07-13 12:52:26 AM
And just two days ago (three now, I guess), I marked my birthday by drinking alone at home.

\Celebrated with people and stuff last weekend, and will do so again this one.
 
2013-07-13 01:02:46 AM
Dear gun-wielding coward,

How's that whole attempted-child-murder thing working out for ya?

Diaf,
Everyone
 
2013-07-13 01:06:00 AM
She's braver than me.
 
2013-07-13 03:04:34 AM
She's 100% correct.

Want people to not do cruel, violent, and suicidal things? You have to teach them there is a better way.
 
2013-07-13 03:09:03 AM
This girl is ten tons of awesome. Her courage is humbling.

Higher education will always be opposed by people whose worldview requires a Bronze Age perspective to perpetuate itself. If you can stand up to those people while they hold a gun to your head, well, you're a far better person than I am.
 
2013-07-13 04:32:38 AM
meh, i would have done a MUCH better job.
 
2013-07-13 04:50:53 AM
Ugh, she's dressed in all pink.  There's no way to take her seriously.
 
2013-07-13 05:40:12 AM
This girl is an affront to Allah, he who sent his prophet Muhammad, who spoke the words of wisdom. Girls who attempt to educate themselves are a blasphemy to his teachings, they are to be the victims of the holy jihad, they who bare their heads without coverings and go against the words of their fathers and husbands.
Let us shout joyful praise "Allah Akbar!" as the brave warriors of virtue who are the true servants of Muhammad and through him Allah, cut from this wretched woman's neck her head and make her dull dead eyes watch as we celebrate by fornicating with young boys in holy sodomy in his name!
 
2013-07-13 05:41:04 AM
I applaud her, but I really do wonder how such a change can be enacted in countries that are so steeped in violence and repressive towards women. Women rally for rights in Pakistan and mobs of thousands of men come down and attack them. Girls try to to get an education in Afghanistan and they are brutally murdered. I don't see how change can come easily when someone is willing to shoot a kid just because they want to learn how to read.
 
2013-07-13 05:42:04 AM
And her country, her people might just have a chance of being dragged into modernity, kicking and screaming.

We need a word better than hero, hero has been watered down. I mean sure, some guy who saves ducklings is awesome. This is something so much beyond that.

/salute
 
2013-07-13 05:52:40 AM
I'd like to know how and where she learned these ideas. If she can think them, why can't others? And I mean others in her community. She can't be the only one.

/Good for her.
 
2013-07-13 05:52:56 AM
So clearly we need more madrassas?
 
2013-07-13 05:53:20 AM

DoomPaul: I applaud her, but I really do wonder how such a change can be enacted in countries that are so steeped in violence and repressive towards women. Women rally for rights in Pakistan and mobs of thousands of men come down and attack them. Girls try to to get an education in Afghanistan and they are brutally murdered. I don't see how change can come easily when someone is willing to shoot a kid just because they want to learn how to read.


You should see if you can pick up a copy of 'Iron Jawed Angels', think it was an HBO special. It was about the fight for women's rights in the United States, and the violence that took place against those women. They were imprisoned, beaten, and when they went on a hunger strike, had their jaws pried open with tools and were violently force fed (hence the name).

Now, there's a clear difference in violence and problems here. But you have to look to where progress takes place for minorities. Education, spread of information, exposure to different cultures and environments, and time.

Honestly, in the US I *never* thought we'd see gay rights come this far. I went to HS in the late 1980s. My freshman year it was *seriously* discussed in my honors science class ...that homosexuals should be sent to camps because of AIDS. Not just people with the virus. All homosexuals. The teacher was part of this discussion. Oh and that they should also be visibly tattooed, so if/when they were allowed to move outside the 'camps' people would know who they were. Memory hazy, but either I (or more likely someone else and I'm misremembering it) pointed out the obvious correllaries to the Holocaust.

They insisted it was entirely different.

20 years ago..ish. The change in gay rights in this country has been nothing short of extraordinary. And in many places in the world. Still some backwards cultures who want to kill homosexuals, but they can't escape modernity either. There's just no reason for a lot of these bigotries outside of ignorance. You can't expunge that from some people (PAULA DEEN. Lookin' at you sweetcheeks) but the next generation can start with a better basis.

Life for humans on planet Earth, all the shiat aside, continues to improve. Violence worldwide has drastically dramatically fallen.

The death throes of a dying meme. Religion next, I hope. Oh, I hope.
 
2013-07-13 05:53:59 AM
*shrug* the NSA and CIA disagree with you, and are going to continue rigging the game.

I guess it's nice to dream about though.
 
2013-07-13 05:54:27 AM

Wolf892: This girl is an affront to Allah, he who sent his prophet Muhammad, who spoke the words of wisdom. Girls who attempt to educate themselves are a blasphemy to his teachings, they are to be the victims of the holy jihad, they who bare their heads without coverings and go against the words of their fathers and husbands.
Let us shout joyful praise "Allah Akbar!" as the brave warriors of virtue who are the true servants of Muhammad and through him Allah, cut from this wretched woman's neck her head and make her dull dead eyes watch as we celebrate by fornicating with young boys in holy sodomy in his name!

 
2013-07-13 06:09:48 AM
I closed the video after she thanked god and then thanked people who prayed for her. Not the medics, surgeons, emergency personnel, and others who worked in tandem to save her life. She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.
Nice pink outfit, though.
 
2013-07-13 06:12:33 AM

God-is-a-Taco: I closed the video after she thanked god and then thanked people who prayed for her. Not the medics, surgeons, emergency personnel, and others who worked in tandem to save her life. She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.
Nice pink outfit, though.


One step at a time.
 
2013-07-13 06:14:49 AM
But can she make a sandwich?

/you knew it was coming
 
GBB
2013-07-13 06:28:15 AM

God-is-a-Taco: I closed the video after she thanked god and then thanked people who prayed for her. Not the medics, surgeons, emergency personnel, and others who worked in tandem to save her life. She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.
Nice pink outfit, though.


Well, she did say she needed better education.  You can't expect someone that wants better education to be an absolute genius, can you?
 
2013-07-13 06:30:24 AM

God-is-a-Taco: I closed the video after she thanked god and then thanked people who prayed for her. Not the medics, surgeons, emergency personnel, and others who worked in tandem to save her life. She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.
Nice pink outfit, though.


Did it ever occur to you to listen a few seconds longer and see if she would thank those people? Because she did exactly that about 30 seconds later dumbass.
 
2013-07-13 06:32:32 AM
She spoke AT the United Nations, and while the Secretary-General and a few other officials were there she did not speak TO the United Nations.  She spoke to a group of students.

/Just saying.
 
2013-07-13 06:35:51 AM

Mock26: She spoke AT the United Nations, and while the Secretary-General and a few other officials were there she did not speak TO the United Nations.  She spoke to a group of students.

/Just saying.


pissedoffmick: meh, i would have done a MUCH better job.


staplermofo: Ugh, she's dressed in all pink.  There's no way to take her seriously.


There are always crowds of three. Now that we have that out of the way- her speech was pretty nice. a bit naive, but nice.Plus one, would listen to again.
 
2013-07-13 06:39:50 AM
Sharp skull fragments. Would not hit.
 
2013-07-13 06:44:08 AM
*Joke you've heard a million times comparing the GOP to the Taliban*

Get it? Because they're misogynistic religious fundamentalists too.

/Gimme a break, I'm tired and slightly sozzled
 
2013-07-13 06:45:08 AM

God-is-a-Taco: I closed the video after she thanked god and then thanked people who prayed for her. Not the medics, surgeons, emergency personnel, and others who worked in tandem to save her life. She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.
Nice pink outfit, though.


Uh, if you had any patience you would have heard her thank them too.  It only took her a couple more sentences.

She also had some insightful words to say education.

I may not share her faith in Allah, but I can respect it.   Not all Muslims are ignorant or terrorists or even hateful. I highly recommend you at least tune into the highlights - I had seen bits and pieces on various news sources before this, but not the whole thing

"Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution."

those doesn't sound like the words of someone who is ignorant to me.
 
2013-07-13 06:46:28 AM

God-is-a-Taco: She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.


Except if you actually watched the video, you'd know she thanked everyone else too.
 
2013-07-13 06:48:34 AM

God-is-a-Taco: I closed the video after she thanked god and then thanked people who prayed for her. Not the medics, surgeons, emergency personnel, and others who worked in tandem to save her life. She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.
Nice pink outfit, though.


You're no better than the people who shot her. You close your ears after you hear one thing you don't like. You should have kept listening.

"I don't know where to begin my speech. I don't know what people would be expecting me to say. But first of all, thank you to God for whom we all are equal and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and a new life. I cannot believe how much love people have shown me. I have received thousands of good wish cards and gifts from all over the world. Thank you to all of them. Thank you to the children whose innocent words encouraged me. Thank you to my elders whose prayers strengthened me.

I would like to thank my nurses, doctors and all of the staff of the hospitals in Pakistan and the UK and the UAE government who have helped me get better and recover my strength."


I challenge you to read her whole speech without the room getting dusty.
https://secure.aworldatschool.org/page/content/the-text-of-malala-yo us afzais-speech-at-the-united-nations/
 
2013-07-13 06:49:19 AM

Lady Indica: And her country, her people might just have a chance of being dragged into modernity, kicking and screaming.

We need a word better than hero, hero has been watered down. I mean sure, some guy who saves ducklings is awesome. This is something so much beyond that.

/salute


Dovahkiin?
 
2013-07-13 07:00:07 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The problem is that the ones that need educating the most are the same ones that shot her, and they're already beyond redemption by education

/until they're gone and have stopped spreading their poison to their children, there is no hope


republicans shot her?
 
2013-07-13 07:02:52 AM

Smoking GNU: Lady Indica: And her country, her people might just have a chance of being dragged into modernity, kicking and screaming.

We need a word better than hero, hero has been watered down. I mean sure, some guy who saves ducklings is awesome. This is something so much beyond that.

/salute

Dovahkiin?


I'm more into Borderlands 2 atm. So, Ultimate Badass!
 
2013-07-13 07:12:16 AM

ReapTheChaos:
Did it ever occur to you to listen a few seconds longer and see if she would thank those people? Because she did exactly that about 30 seconds later dumbass.

I gave her a few more sentences and it was all about hope and god and prayers.

WhyteRaven74: God-is-a-Taco: She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.

Except if you actually watched the video, you'd know she thanked everyone else too.


I did watch it. I watched the first few minutes before I got sick of the god talk. It's nice that the people that worked and paid for the care eventually got a nod, but it's clear that god and prayer deserves the real credit

.Hermione_Granger:
You're no better than the people who shot her. You close your ears after you hear one thing you don't like. You should have kept listening.

I have no interest in entertaining a battle between interpretations of god. She (or her parents) chose that opening paragraph for a reason, and I think it's in error. Let's support education, but first I want to praise god for allowing me to live.
T
 
2013-07-13 07:12:19 AM

feckingmorons: I got socks and underwear for my 16th birthday.


I got a rock.
 
2013-07-13 07:18:09 AM
But seriously, good for her. She is 100% correct, even if it will never come to fruition in her lifetime. You want change in Taliban controlled areas? Start executing any Taliban or extreme Muslim. I know, I know...an eye for an eye, yadda yadda yadda. But those people are bottom of the barrel and do not deserve to breathe the same air as sane and rational people.

I feel the same way about some Catholics, the Church of Scientology, WBC, and any other hardline dumbasses that hide behind religion. Most religions are a plague on society. Get rid of them.
 
2013-07-13 07:20:04 AM

alienated: There are always crowds of three. Now that we have that out of the way- her speech was pretty nice. a bit naive, but nice.Plus one, would listen to again.


My clarification of the situation in no way, shape, or form was meant to be a criticism of her or her speech.  I was just pointing out that she did not speak to the General Assembly.
 
2013-07-13 07:21:01 AM
Education is only part of what can make your life good. It won't change somebody's life if in the end, they still can't find a job despite graduating from college.
 
2013-07-13 07:23:28 AM
But what if I don't want my world changed? I 'm very rich, so I guess I need to stop all this education.
 
2013-07-13 07:33:07 AM

GreenSun: Education is only part of what can make your life good. It won't change somebody's life if in the end, they still can't find a job despite graduating from college.


While the cost of higher education has gotten to a point where it is necessary to use it to find lucrative employment, the whole point of higher education is really to keep people from being mouth breathing ignoramuses .  That's why they call it "indoctrination" on faux news.  It's hard for people like the Koch Bros to totally hijack government when people know their little tricks.
 
2013-07-13 07:35:59 AM

WhyteRaven74: God-is-a-Taco: She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.

Except if you actually watched the video, you'd know she thanked everyone else too.


B-b-but she thanked God first. Therefore she's a mouth-breathing rube, and the Taliban needs to work on their aim.
 
2013-07-13 07:38:22 AM

ReapTheChaos: God-is-a-Taco: I closed the video after she thanked god and then thanked people who prayed for her. Not the medics, surgeons, emergency personnel, and others who worked in tandem to save her life. She's full of the same ignorance she wants to fight.
Nice pink outfit, though.

Did it ever occur to you to listen a few seconds longer and see if she would thank those people? Because she did exactly that about 30 seconds later dumbass.


To be fair, she should have thanked god for the shot in the head, then thanked the people for saving her.
 
2013-07-13 07:42:53 AM
If I were her, I wouldn't waste my time trying to make the world a better place. I'd become a rapper, because getting shot in the head by the Taliban and surviving is some major street cred.

/good for her
 
2013-07-13 07:43:09 AM
How much money would it take to send a plane or two over to some of these places that think women are a burden, and offer to relocate all those troublesome females far, far away so that the male types left can live in peace?  Probably a lot less than has been spent trying to stamp out the ignorance and hatred of the last few centuries.
 
2013-07-13 07:44:50 AM

Notabunny: Dear gun-wielding coward,

How's that whole attempted-child-murder thing working out for ya?

Diaf,
Everyone


This will do nicely.
 
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