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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 49
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2013-07-13 06:45:08 AM
6 votes:

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 06:48:34 AM
5 votes:

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 05:53:20 AM
5 votes:

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 03:04:34 AM
4 votes:
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 12:12:01 AM
4 votes:
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 11:02:50 AM
3 votes:
The wealthy classes in Pakistan have always provided quality education for their daughters.  I know quite a few Pakistani women near where I live...including one of my father's doctors....who received first class educations in Pakistan.

This is about tribalism, and local control.  Pakistan is a nation of tribes (extended families).  Tribal affiliation is everything in a shiat-hole like Pakistan.   The wealthy, urban tribes, are usually quite progressive in their attitudes about how women should be treated (progressive by Muslim standards).  The flatearthers out in the villages are another matter.  True to stereotypes that pretty much hold all over the world as concerns rural people, the rural dwellers of Pakistan tend to be illiterate, unskilled, violent, farkwits.  They don't want education for their children because they fear...rightfully....that when their kids find out what the outside world is like, they'll take off and never be back.  It also serves the interests of the ruling class because it limits competition and challenges to their authority.
2013-07-13 08:13:21 AM
3 votes:

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.


Your bigotry is showing...

Not all religious people want to oppress you.

You do realize that, right?
2013-07-13 06:46:28 AM
3 votes:

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 06:09:48 AM
3 votes:
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 03:09:03 AM
3 votes:
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.
2013-07-12 10:43:07 PM
3 votes:
That girl has bigger balls than anyone I know.
2013-07-12 09:29:52 PM
3 votes:
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.
2013-07-13 03:06:01 PM
2 votes:

TV's Vinnie: The Taliban and christian fundamentalists both hate and fear the educated mind.


If you can't see the difference between the Taliban and the Christian fundamentalists, your "education" is nothing more than egotism.  Pick a side or GTFO.
2013-07-13 10:24:49 AM
2 votes:

God-is-a-Taco: 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



So basically once you heard the word God your bigotry kicked in and you never heard a word after that.

She mentioned God once, and then she thanked all the PEOPLE who prayed for her, and the PEOPLE who sent her cards and words of encouragement. Then she thanks the doctors, nurses etc. Of course if you weren't so blinded by your hatred for people of religion you would have known that.
2013-07-13 08:59:04 AM
2 votes:

Hermione_Granger: I challenge you to read her whole speech without the room getting dusty.


Nice speech. Well-intentioned and completely pointless.

Invoking Gandhi is not a magical sainthood card. Gandhi was up against the British, who had at least a passing acquaintance with basic human dignity. If Gandhi had challenged the Taliban they would have cut his head off and showed us the video.

The speech doesn't accomplish jack shiat.

Not a one of the people who need to heed Malala's message the most give a damn. They have continued their attacks on girls and it would surprise me not in the least if they doubled down. Back in Pakistan the street-loons with Korans jammed down their shorts think the whole thing is an American plot.

The Taliban need nothing so much as a good killing - preferably by a combined strike force of gays, Jews, atheists, musicians, artists, librarians, pig farmers and strippers.
2013-07-13 08:17:28 AM
2 votes:

Clint_Torres: 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.


Holy crap.

You are equal parts ignorance and scary.

/you sound Talibanish
2013-07-13 06:32:32 AM
2 votes:
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 06:30:24 AM
2 votes:

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 05:52:40 AM
2 votes:
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 01:06:00 AM
2 votes:
She's braver than me.
2013-07-13 01:02:46 AM
2 votes:
Dear gun-wielding coward,

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

Diaf,
Everyone
2013-07-13 12:26:27 AM
2 votes:
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.
2013-07-12 09:33:15 PM
2 votes:
Wow.

Words fail me.
2013-07-13 05:08:36 PM
1 votes:

cherryl taggart: 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?


I doubt there's much that they'd disapprove of more than their women and girls living free, educated, and probably secular lives some far-off place over which they had no control.  Except maybe seeing their women and girls living free, educated, and probably secular lives right next to them (presumably behind giant see-through walls they couldn't shoot through).

Besides, who would be their slaves if not women?  You can't teach a goat to cook a decent kebab.
2013-07-13 04:59:47 PM
1 votes:

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.


Speaking of being full of the same ignorance one wants to fight, have you ever heard of false equivalence?
2013-07-13 04:58:24 PM
1 votes:
Lady Indica: 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.


Don't misunderstand me.  I agree that there has been a big change in that time.  But it is worth pointing out that those people are not completely gone.
2013-07-13 04:54:37 PM
1 votes:

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.


Well, no, I don't see how change can come EASILY, either.  But I think she's right in that the best (and possibly only) long-term solution involves education.

There may be also, sadly, a need to use guns and tanks and bombs.  But guns and tanks and bombs alone will not solve the problem.  You can't get rid of groups like the Taliban just by hunting down and killing every last member, because there would always be more people willing to join them.
2013-07-13 04:32:22 PM
1 votes:

Mouser: TV's Vinnie: The Taliban and christian fundamentalists both hate and fear the educated mind.

If you can't see the difference between the Taliban and the Christian fundamentalists, your "education" is nothing more than egotism.  Pick a side or GTFO.


Make no mistake, chump. The fundies in this country would be executing gays, kids who sass back at their parents, and women who wear slacks 24/7 if they thought they could get away with it.

The only difference for now is that our Founding Fathers were smart enough to put in Constitutional barriers to keep these Domonionist psychos from having an easy coup.
2013-07-13 03:19:30 PM
1 votes:
Want to change the world?

Stop having so many kids then you f*cking morons.

Specifically -

China, India, Brazil and sub Saharan Africa are going to destroy the world at this rate. Too many people. Not enough resources.
2013-07-13 01:28:12 PM
1 votes:

Pumpernickel bread: I admire her for her bravery, but I am pessimistic about there being any meaningful change in the region anytime soon. Just a couple of weeks ago a couple of sisters in Pakistan were the victims of an honor killing because they made a video of themselves dancing in the rain. Somehow, it is dishonorable to have playful happy daughters over there


I think that we can make meaningful changes inn the region.  We just need to mobilize every able-bodied soldier in our military, line them up and march across the entire country, killing every male over the age of 5.   Other than that or some equally drastic option then you are right, the region is probably not going to change.
2013-07-13 11:37:20 AM
1 votes:

Pumpernickel bread: I admire her for her bravery, but I am pessimistic about there being any meaningful change in the region anytime soon. Just a couple of weeks ago a couple of sisters in Pakistan were the victims of an honor killing because they made a video of themselves dancing in the rain. Somehow, it is dishonorable to have playful happy daughters over there


If such a region were to be nuked to the point where it cannot be inhabited by humans for a very long time...how long would it take for the number of killings that had been prevented would outnumber those killed in the sterilization?
2013-07-13 11:07:17 AM
1 votes:
I admire her for her bravery, but I am pessimistic about there being any meaningful change in the region anytime soon. Just a couple of weeks ago a couple of sisters in Pakistan were the victims of an honor killing because they made a video of themselves dancing in the rain. Somehow, it is dishonorable to have playful happy daughters over there
2013-07-13 10:51:38 AM
1 votes:
The Taliban and christian fundamentalists both hate and fear the educated mind.
2013-07-13 10:27:44 AM
1 votes:

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.


Good luck with eradicating bigotry and discrimination through education, everyone. You're going to need it.
2013-07-13 10:24:04 AM
1 votes:

Lady Indica: 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. Yo ...


Even if the cruelties and injustices of organized religion disappear, there will always be corporatism.  There's a lot less outrage in the West toward sweatshop owners, and the plantation owners and overseers in Jamaica, Haiti and Mississippi weren't wearing turbans.
2013-07-13 09:54:43 AM
1 votes:
To think that no one would ever even have known she existed if they hadn't tried to kill her. I would say their attempts have completely backfired but I suspect they wouldn't care much.
2013-07-13 09:32:01 AM
1 votes:
education could change the world

No, it won't. More education doesn't right-wing people more centrist; it simply entrenches their extant right-wing beliefs.
2013-07-13 09:02:38 AM
1 votes:

Gulper Eel: Hermione_Granger: I challenge you to read her whole speech without the room getting dusty.

Nice speech. Well-intentioned and completely pointless.

Invoking Gandhi is not a magical sainthood card. Gandhi was up against the British, who had at least a passing acquaintance with basic human dignity. If Gandhi had challenged the Taliban they would have cut his head off and showed us the video.

The speech doesn't accomplish jack shiat.

Not a one of the people who need to heed Malala's message the most give a damn. They have continued their attacks on girls and it would surprise me not in the least if they doubled down. Back in Pakistan the street-loons with Korans jammed down their shorts think the whole thing is an American plot.

The Taliban need nothing so much as a good killing - preferably by a combined strike force of gays, Jews, atheists, musicians, artists, librarians, pig farmers and strippers.


Israel's out. They can't defend their own borders without USA backing them up with weapons and money.

History proves the 8th century goat herders that populate this part of the world will never change, because they haven't yet. Their "golden age" was during a time where Europe was completely farked, and China was completely isolated. Now that neither is the case, what point is the rural middle non-oil-producing South Asian mountains? Don't really need them as a sea route for trade any more.

If the world just abandoned these asswits to their own isolation I doubt anyone'd care.

As for this girl, she has a bright future in lecturing the West in how much our policies screwed up her region, once she learns there's money to be made in the UK, USA and elsewhere.
2013-07-13 08:29:16 AM
1 votes:

Lady Indica: .

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. Yo ...


First off, towns like yours are reasons cities like where I live are thriving. All the smart people leave, leaving behind the people that want concentration camps for gays. 20 years of this, and we have our red/blue split in America. Bright people leave backwards areas, hateful bigoted people stay.

That model probably is followed in Pakistan as well - the bright people in the north flee to Karachi or Islamabad or Lahore - the really bright ones find a way to get to England. Whats left behind are the sh*thead bigot bully losers whose only economic model is based on tribal warfare and 8th century religion replacing science.

I wonder if instead of seeing into Pakistan's future, where education brings them up to Western standards .. we aren't instead looking at our own - where tribalism, religious zealotry and lack of education eventually doom our red state areas to being even more like the Taliban than they already are, as bright people from those regions continue to flee to our big cities.

It's already happening. My neighborhood in Seattle has been a mecca for gays and artists and educated people for over 20 years, I'm one of the early arrivers; not gay, but fleeing a dumbass home town full of crapass people that probably would have loved concentration camps for gays if they'd thought of it yet. Every year, my area of town gets every small town's bullied, intelligent, STEM-skilled or art skilled people move here, or visit here and flip out at how many of their own kind they find walking around. It's not just here, its every city on the West Coast does this to some extent, San Francisco or the Bay Area being the original model for this type of migration but it happens everywhere in America. Smart / sensitive / intelligent people say fark this noise I'm out and they leave and they never go back. 200 years of that, we have a taliban environment in our rural areas. It's already happening.

Eventually America will be another Pakistan perhaps. Isolated cities with isolated people while the redneck hatred of the rural areas has won over the government. Thats already happening too.
2013-07-13 08:26:09 AM
1 votes:

Lady Indica: Truther: Holy crap. Where'd you go to high school?

I too graduated in the late eighties. Never heard anything like that. Scary!!

Southern CA, but...a Catholic school. The science classes were science, they never brought religion into it. But of course it may simply be that their religious attitudes totally colored that situation. Especially if it is shockingly anomalous.


I am sorry to hear that.

You'd like to think that we're more enlightened than older generations, but those advocating for "Camps" were our peers.

Makes me wonder if their opinions have evolved since then.

I hope so anywho...
2013-07-13 08:18:12 AM
1 votes:
One of the few places that "won't someone please think of the children" is actually appropriate. I am glad she has gotten publicity beyond the UN, because I don't have much faith in their ability to help any more.
2013-07-13 08:14:46 AM
1 votes:
I heard some of her speech while driving yesterday.  One of the things she said was that if the guy who shot her was standing before her and she had a gun, she wouldn't shoot him.  I'm impressed by such restraint.

/I would have reloaded.
2013-07-13 08:14:08 AM
1 votes:
The Taliban fear nothing more than a girl with a book.

Anyway, if you're a hater you REALLY need to seriously examine your own life because FU.  She is effing amazing (her dad as well).
2013-07-13 08:11:20 AM
1 votes:

Lady Indica: 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.


Holy crap. Where'd you go to high school?

I too graduated in the late eighties. Never heard anything like that. Scary!!
2013-07-13 07:43:09 AM
1 votes:
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 07:21:01 AM
1 votes:
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 06:12:33 AM
1 votes:

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 05:42:04 AM
1 votes:
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 05:41:04 AM
1 votes:
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.
 
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