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(The Duffel Blog)   Is it Satire? I think it's satire but I'm never quite sure. Should I fwd it to all my fb friends? Will they think I'm serious? Holy crap, what if it IS serious? Who knows. Anyway, something something Muslims, blah blah ham   (duffelblog.com) divider line 85
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2013-12-28 02:35:37 PM
The answer to your first question lies in the front page of this website.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-12-28 05:35:23 PM
"10th mountain division isn't any where near farking mountains."

What does that tell you about the site?
 
2013-12-28 05:38:02 PM
The Duffel Blog is great, like a precision guided onion.
 
2013-12-28 05:39:39 PM
I like the author bio. Prince Harry's expedition to Vegas was hard duty.
 
2013-12-28 05:39:54 PM
It's too early to be getting out the heavy drinks just yet, modmins.
 
msP
2013-12-28 05:40:27 PM
Anyone who can't figure out this is obviously a joke shouldn't be on the internet anymore.
 
2013-12-28 05:41:12 PM
Nothing compared to the Hawaii National Guard incident a few years back.
 
2013-12-28 05:42:27 PM
Tasteless ham? Must not have been Boar's Head, or VA smoked.
 
2013-12-28 05:43:31 PM
When pigs fly, subby.  When pigs fly.
 
2013-12-28 05:43:44 PM
You might say it's Literally Unbelievable.
 
2013-12-28 05:44:04 PM
Every day I am utterly disappointed in the sheer number of people who have no ability to judge what is satire. When you tell them you always get the same response "Well, Obama is so evil it COULD be real" or "Well, Bush is so dumb it COULD be real."
 
2013-12-28 05:44:28 PM

AMonkey'sUncle: Tasteless ham? Must not have been Boar's Head, or VA smoked.


Mmmmm. Boar's Head has a pesto parmesan ham that is REALLY good.
 
2013-12-28 05:44:30 PM
It's satire in the way that removing a leg with a grenade is surgical precision.
 
2013-12-28 05:46:46 PM
FTFA:

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.

That's for sure the most true thing in the article.
 
2013-12-28 05:47:24 PM
Lucky bastards today . . . we just had the pistol grip of our M-16s when I was in . . .

Fleshlights Issued To Male Soldiers In Bid To Decrease Combat Zone Pregnancies

Read more:  http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/04/fleshlights-issued-to-male-soldiers - in-bid-to-decrease-combat-zone-pregnancies/#ixzz2ooQyo3ZZ
 
2013-12-28 05:49:39 PM
The consumption of pork violates halal, a Muslim regulation that also forbids the imbibing of alcohol, personal grooming, societal advancement, and treating women like people.

No, this is the most true thing from the article :)
 
2013-12-28 05:49:59 PM
As Allah is my witness, I thought hams could fly.
 
2013-12-28 05:50:00 PM
gspiess.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-28 05:50:09 PM

chard: FTFA:

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.

That's for sure the most true thing in the article.


not really
 
2013-12-28 05:53:04 PM
www.paulpoteet.com

"It's raining canned hams out there."
 
2013-12-28 05:53:22 PM

Pichu0102: It's too early to be getting out the heavy drinks just yet, modmins.


Speak for yourself.
 
2013-12-28 05:57:12 PM

Bucky Katt: chard: FTFA:

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.

That's for sure the most true thing in the article.

not really


Maybe, maybe not; but the truth is pretty ugly.
 
2013-12-28 06:00:18 PM
When your actual religion is almost a parody of brain-damaged medieval ignorance, satire is difficult.
 
2013-12-28 06:01:59 PM

Bucky Katt: chard: FTFA:

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.

That's for sure the most true thing in the article.

not really


 It's pretty close.

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/brinkley/article/Afghanistan-s-dirty-l it tle-secret-3176762.php
 
2013-12-28 06:06:40 PM

jenlen: The consumption of pork violates halal, a Muslim regulation that also forbids the imbibing of alcohol, personal grooming, societal advancement, and treating women like people.

No, this is the most true thing from the article :)


Not knowing that website, it honestly took me until that point to realize it was satire.  I even had doubts that that point but with the next sentence mentioning boys I was able to confirm.

Sad that I'm either that gullible or that it's fathomable that we could do something that ham-handed (oh yeah pun intended!).

\gullible really does sound like orange if you say it slow!
 
2013-12-28 06:07:10 PM
It must be a serious news site. This is the patriotic image (in full) that they use to get people to sign up.

www.duffelblog.com
 
2013-12-28 06:07:52 PM

Prey4reign: When pigs fly, subby.  When pigs fly.


It's just a little airborne!
Still good.
 
2013-12-28 06:10:47 PM

Laobaojun: Bucky Katt: chard: FTFA:

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.

That's for sure the most true thing in the article.

not really

Maybe, maybe not; but the truth is pretty ugly.


bigwf2007: Bucky Katt: chard: FTFA:

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.

That's for sure the most true thing in the article.

not really

 It's pretty close.

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/brinkley/article/Afghanistan-s-dirty-l it tle-secret-3176762.php



Ok TMI, time to log off and go work in the shop for a while, at least till the dry heaves abate
 
2013-12-28 06:11:07 PM

PawisBetlog: I even had doubts that that point but with the next sentence mentioning boys I was able to confirm.


Um...
 
2013-12-28 06:11:41 PM
As much as people biatch that The Onion isn't as funny as it used to be, it still beats the alternatives.
 
2013-12-28 06:14:03 PM
www.lolpig.com
 
2013-12-28 06:22:11 PM

HairBolus: It must be a serious news site. This is the patriotic image (in full) that they use to get people to sign up.

[www.duffelblog.com image 680x386]


That was created by Jason Heuser. I happen to own a print of it.
 
2013-12-28 06:25:08 PM
Isn't satire supposed to be funny?
 
2013-12-28 06:36:47 PM
Paid link?

The Onion has no worries.

/meh
/BEH
 
2013-12-28 06:46:45 PM
I'm always up on he latest from my Aunt in Council Bluffs, Iowa

http://www.sharesfromyouraunt.com/
 
2013-12-28 06:47:33 PM

Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?


This one was weak, but they have some gems.
 
2013-12-28 06:50:21 PM
The number of unfunny sites trying to copy The Onion is astounding.
 
2013-12-28 07:04:49 PM

dukeblue219: Every day I am utterly disappointed in the sheer number of people who have no ability to judge what is satire. When you tell them you always get the same response "Well, Obama is so evil it COULD be real" or "Well, Bush is so dumb it COULD be real."


When I point out stuff is fake I always get the "well yeah, but it makes you think!"

Wtf is that even supposed to mean?
 
2013-12-28 07:05:06 PM

Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?


Eh, this part made me chuckle.

The consumption of pork violates halal, a Muslim regulation that also forbids the imbibing of alcohol, personal grooming, societal advancement, and treating women like people.
 
2013-12-28 07:23:32 PM

Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?


It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.
 
2013-12-28 07:28:46 PM

Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.



Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.
 
2013-12-28 07:36:54 PM
Just shower the terrorist bases with pig's blood, body parts, and whatever. Problem solved! It's like making an extremist christian watch gay porn where the characters are wearing priest and nun costumes and none of them are women lol!
 
2013-12-28 07:52:18 PM
Nothing a couple pallets of c-notes won't fix for Hamid and his cronies/family.
 
2013-12-28 07:54:28 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.



What race is the article racist against?
 
2013-12-28 07:57:18 PM

bigwf2007: Bucky Katt: chard: FTFA:

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.

That's for sure the most true thing in the article.

not really

 It's pretty close.

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/brinkley/article/Afghanistan-s-dirty-l it tle-secret-3176762.php


FYFA: One married man even asked Cardinalli's team "how his wife could become pregnant," her report said. When that was explained, he "reacted with disgust" and asked, "How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean?"

It's like the goddamn Screwfly Solution over here.
 
2013-12-28 08:00:00 PM

Boojum2k: Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.


What race is the article racist against?



What race would you describe Afghanis as?
 
2013-12-28 08:01:37 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Boojum2k: Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.


What race is the article racist against?


What race would you describe Afghanis as?


I don't know, what race were you thinking when you threw the card?

For the record, I don't know of any race that has a halal requirement.
 
2013-12-28 08:01:55 PM

fusillade762: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

Eh, this part made me chuckle.

The consumption of pork violates halal, a Muslim regulation that also forbids the imbibing of alcohol, personal grooming, societal advancement, and treating women like people.


ITS FUNNY BECAUSE ITS TROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!1!!
 
2013-12-28 08:06:04 PM

Boojum2k: I don't know, what race were you thinking when you threw the card?For the record, I don't know of any race that has a halal requirement.


Why don't you name a few groups you consider "races" so that we have a basis for common understanding?

 "Its not racist because XXX isn't a race!" is usually the first red herring bigots throw out to defend their bigotry.
 
2013-12-28 08:06:57 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.


???
Not entirely respectful,  maybe.  It isn't like any remark was factually incorrect.

/wiping your butt with your bare hand is normal, but dogs and ham are unclean?  Keeping little boys around to rape as a status symbol?   And don't start me on how women are treated.
 
2013-12-28 08:08:50 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Boojum2k: I don't know, what race were you thinking when you threw the card?For the record, I don't know of any race that has a halal requirement.

Why don't you name a few groups you consider "races" so that we have a basis for common understanding?

 "Its not racist because XXX isn't a race!" is usually the first red herring bigots throw out to defend their bigotry.



Um, no, racist doesn't mean "people I don't like" it means "a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others" coming from racism "a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others."

So one again, you see racism in the article. Which race is it denigrating as inferior?
 
2013-12-28 08:09:12 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Boojum2k: Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.


What race is the article racist against?


What race would you describe Afghanis as?



I don't know how I'd describe this guy.

http://unsafeharbour.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/kalash-man-2.jpg?w= 10 00&h=
 
2013-12-28 08:19:00 PM

Prey4reign: When pigs fly, subby.  When pigs fly.


As God is their witness, they thought pigs could fly!
 
2013-12-28 08:38:05 PM

dukeblue219: Every day I am utterly disappointed in the sheer number of people who have no ability to judge what is satire. When you tell them you always get the same response "Well, Obama is so evil it COULD be real" or "Well, Bush is so dumb it COULD be real."


In most cases, these satire pieces are confirming the reader's preconceived worldview.

Then again, the mark of good satire is how believable it would be, i.e. the Kanye/Mandela comparison
 
2013-12-28 08:40:50 PM
Well this part is real...

"Don't these assholes have any idea we're trying to partake in sacred Afghan rituals here," said village elder Mohammed Omri Gul, while caressing and ogling at a seven-year-old boy pouring his tea.


So that means all of it is real, including the teahadists making internet propaganda videos.

/Teahadist or Talabanist... they both is the same... Religious nutters who doom mankind to nuclear vapor
 
2013-12-28 08:43:38 PM

bigwf2007: Wolf_Blitzer: Boojum2k: Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.


What race is the article racist against?


What race would you describe Afghanis as?


I don't know how I'd describe this guy.

http://unsafeharbour.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/kalash-man-2.jpg?w= 10 00&h=


Apparently the application of critical thinking caused a cognitive dissonance moment in Wolf_Blitzer as he's utterly vanished now.
 
2013-12-28 08:47:33 PM

HairBolus: It must be a serious news site. This is the patriotic image (in full) that they use to get people to sign up.

[www.duffelblog.com image 680x386]


That is a pretty good photo considering how long ago it was taken.
 
2013-12-28 08:54:44 PM
Military Humor, the only thing less funny than Republican Humor.
 
2013-12-28 09:08:24 PM
Best satire is one so close to the truth...
 
2013-12-28 09:29:51 PM

Boojum2k: bigwf2007: Wolf_Blitzer: Boojum2k: Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.


What race is the article racist against?


What race would you describe Afghanis as?


I don't know how I'd describe this guy.

http://unsafeharbour.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/kalash-man-2.jpg?w= 10 00&h=

Apparently the application of critical thinking caused a cognitive dissonance moment in Wolf_Blitzer as he's utterly vanished now.


I'd forgotten the internet axiom of not wrestling with a pig (appropriate for this thread I suppose). If you want to chalk that up as a "win", go right ahead, slick.
 
2013-12-28 09:36:16 PM
"something something Muslims, blah blah ham"  - This line needs to be on a T-Shirt!  Thank you subby for the giggle-snort.
 
2013-12-28 10:12:20 PM

tiiger: The Duffel Blog is great, like a precision guided onion.


I can't speak about the website itself, only the single article I read.  I guess it's good insight into what dumb and hateful people think is funny.  I kinda hope the site isn't normally like that.
 
2013-12-28 10:14:09 PM
It may not be satire.  It could just be really, really heavy sarcasm.
 
2013-12-28 10:48:13 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Boojum2k: bigwf2007: Wolf_Blitzer: Boojum2k: Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: Speaker2Animals: Isn't satire supposed to be funny?

It's by military folks, for military folks.  If you don't get it, don't read it.

/I don't expect to laugh at accountant jokes, but I don't make snide remarks about their humor, either.


Having known more than a few military folks, they're mostly not as racist as that website portrays them to be.


What race is the article racist against?


What race would you describe Afghanis as?


I don't know how I'd describe this guy.

http://unsafeharbour.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/kalash-man-2.jpg?w= 10 00&h=

Apparently the application of critical thinking caused a cognitive dissonance moment in Wolf_Blitzer as he's utterly vanished now.

I'd forgotten the internet axiom of not wrestling with a pig (appropriate for this thread I suppose). If you want to chalk that up as a "win", go right ahead, slick.


Sorry to hurt you so badly using simple facts. Maybe next time you'll bring some lthing to the table.
 
2013-12-28 11:18:56 PM

ciberido: tiiger: The Duffel Blog is great, like a precision guided onion.

I can't speak about the website itself, only the single article I read.  I guess it's good insight into what dumb and hateful people think is funny.  I kinda hope the site isn't normally like that.


Why shouldn't we look at the Taliban with scorn?  Or do you approve of people who rape little boys, treat the livestock better than they treat their daughters, and would murder a woman for learning to read?
 
2013-12-29 12:21:18 AM

Laobaojun: ciberido: tiiger: The Duffel Blog is great, like a precision guided onion.

I can't speak about the website itself, only the single article I read.  I guess it's good insight into what dumb and hateful people think is funny.  I kinda hope the site isn't normally like that.

Why shouldn't we look at the Taliban with scorn?  Or do you approve of people who rape little boys, treat the livestock better than they treat their daughters, and would murder a woman for learning to read?



Here's the problem with you and the article's author: you're taking vile attributes of a population subset (Talibs) and generalizing it to an entire ethnocultural group (Pashtun Afghani). Your sweeping generalization would be like me working from the fact that many Catholic priests have been accused of molesting children, to saying that all Christians are pedophiles. It's pure bigotry.
 
2013-12-29 12:56:40 AM
Love the Duffleblog
 
2013-12-29 01:13:41 AM

Clemkadidlefark: Love the Duffleblog




No one who is familiar with your posts will be the least bit surprised by that.
 
2013-12-29 01:17:56 AM

Boojum2k: Sorry to hurt you so badly using simple facts. Maybe next time you'll bring some lthing to the table.


Would it be wrong to bring a ham?
 
2013-12-29 01:39:02 AM

Danger Avoid Death: Boojum2k: Sorry to hurt you so badly using simple facts. Maybe next time you'll bring some lthing to the table.

Would it be wrong to bring a ham?


Not for me, I love ham.
 
2013-12-29 01:59:19 AM

Laobaojun: ciberido: tiiger: The Duffel Blog is great, like a precision guided onion.

I can't speak about the website itself, only the single article I read.  I guess it's good insight into what dumb and hateful people think is funny.  I kinda hope the site isn't normally like that.

Why shouldn't we look at the Taliban with scorn?  Or do you approve of people who rape little boys, treat the livestock better than they treat their daughters, and would murder a woman for learning to read?


Ask me again when you understand what a "false dichotomy" is.
 
2013-12-29 02:36:18 AM

ciberido: Ask me again when you understand what a "false dichotomy" is.


Is that when you get your false dich removed?
 
2013-12-29 03:08:10 AM

AMonkey'sUncle: Tasteless ham? Must not have been Boar's Head, or VA smoked.


What's the reason for being unable to find a decent VA ham in VA? Seriously, they're all ham-flavored salt licks. It's farking nasty.
 
2013-12-29 03:23:57 AM

Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: ciberido: tiiger: The Duffel Blog is great, like a precision guided onion.

I can't speak about the website itself, only the single article I read.  I guess it's good insight into what dumb and hateful people think is funny.  I kinda hope the site isn't normally like that.

Why shouldn't we look at the Taliban with scorn?  Or do you approve of people who rape little boys, treat the livestock better than they treat their daughters, and would murder a woman for learning to read?


Here's the problem with you and the article's author: you're taking vile attributes of a population subset (Talibs) and generalizing it to an entire ethnocultural group (Pashtun Afghani). Your sweeping generalization would be like me working from the fact that many Catholic priests have been accused of molesting children, to saying that all Christians are pedophiles. It's pure bigotry.


Uhh... you think the Taliban are the only ones with chai boys? I'm guessing you've never set foot in Afghanistan in your entire life.
 
2013-12-29 05:28:46 AM

Wolf_Blitzer: you're taking vile attributes of a population subset (Talibs) and generalizing it to an entire ethnocultural group (Pashtun Afghani). Your sweeping generalization would be like me working from the fact that many Catholic priests have been accused of molesting children, to saying that all Christians are pedophiles. It's pure bigotry.



And just bad math.

Well said, WB.
 
2013-12-29 07:12:07 AM

TomD9938: Wolf_Blitzer: you're taking vile attributes of a population subset (Talibs) and generalizing it to an entire ethnocultural group (Pashtun Afghani). Your sweeping generalization would be like me working from the fact that many Catholic priests have been accused of molesting children, to saying that all Christians are pedophiles. It's pure bigotry.


And just bad math.

Well said, WB.


If that is a proper analogy, then find me the Christians who support the right of Priest to molest children. The right of Muslims to treat their women badly, kill their daughters for bringing shame to them is written into their rules and you guys act as if it's a culture that should be treated on par with every other culture. Why do you hate women so much?
 
2013-12-29 07:45:13 AM

Wolf_Blitzer: Laobaojun: ciberido: tiiger: The Duffel Blog is great, like a precision guided onion.

I can't speak about the website itself, only the single article I read.  I guess it's good insight into what dumb and hateful people think is funny.  I kinda hope the site isn't normally like that.

Why shouldn't we look at the Taliban with scorn?  Or do you approve of people who rape little boys, treat the livestock better than they treat their daughters, and would murder a woman for learning to read?


Here's the problem with you and the article's author: you're taking vile attributes of a population subset (Talibs) and generalizing it to an entire ethnocultural group (Pashtun Afghani). Your sweeping generalization would be like me working from the fact that many Catholic priests have been accused of molesting children, to saying that all Christians are pedophiles. It's pure bigotry.


Actually Wolf, the Taliban picked up the habits from the Pashtun.  The aversion to ham, and other tasty, tasty pig based goodness for the table is Koranic (and at the time of the Prophet was classist and a statement of contempt for people lower down the social order), but bachi baz and treating women as property is straight up, old school Pashtun.

But you go on white-knighting them.

ciberido:  Ask me again when you understand what a "false dichotomy" is.

Is that something like humorless, pretentious,  bloviating post-modernist?
But please, proceed.  I am certain the boy-rapers you are defending will thank you.
 
2013-12-29 08:06:50 AM
Not even close to Onion-level satire.

Hamhanded, if you will
 
2013-12-29 08:15:55 AM

Optimus Primate: Not even close to Onion-level satire.

Hamhanded, if you will


You're getting the chop for that one.  You've gone way past the usual ribbing.
 
2013-12-29 09:56:55 AM
Satire is supposed to be funny so, no. This is not satire.
 
2013-12-29 10:29:19 AM
Took a course in Epidemiology in grad school.  One guest lecturer (a physician) suggested that the prohibition against pork in those areas was an example of an early public health law.  Trichinosis control, etc.
 
2013-12-29 10:58:42 AM
Why do they hate such a "wonderful, magical animal"?
 
2013-12-29 01:52:35 PM

Laobaojun: ciberido:  Ask me again when you understand what a "false dichotomy" is.

Is that something like humorless, pretentious,  bloviating post-modernist?
But please, proceed.  I am certain the boy-rapers you are defending will thank you.



I'm not completely humorless.  I think you're pretty damn funny, for a start.

Pretentious and bloviating, though, sure.  I try to bloviate at least once a week.  It's good for the sinuses.
 
2013-12-29 01:59:14 PM

SoupJohnB: Took a course in Epidemiology in grad school.  One guest lecturer (a physician) suggested that the prohibition against pork in those areas was an example of an early public health law.  Trichinosis control, etc.


It's been suggested in several books that rules against eating pork (in some societies) or beef (in others) "evolved" for pragmatic reasons like that.  If not public health, then as a means of preventing people from "killing the goose who lays golden eggs."  The hindu proscription against beef, for example, is supposedly to prevent followers from killing off their dairy cattle all at once.

I wish I could remember the title of the book.  It all seems to tie in with the idea of memes (in the original sense, not the current "lolcats" sense), that religions evolved under selection pressure as they competed with other ideas.
 
2013-12-29 02:38:47 PM

ciberido: SoupJohnB: Took a course in Epidemiology in grad school.  One guest lecturer (a physician) suggested that the prohibition against pork in those areas was an example of an early public health law.  Trichinosis control, etc.

It's been suggested in several books that rules against eating pork (in some societies) or beef (in others) "evolved" for pragmatic reasons like that.  If not public health, then as a means of preventing people from "killing the goose who lays golden eggs."  The hindu proscription against beef, for example, is supposedly to prevent followers from killing off their dairy cattle all at once.

I wish I could remember the title of the book.  It all seems to tie in with the idea of memes (in the original sense, not the current "lolcats" sense), that religions evolved under selection pressure as they competed with other ideas.


I heard one argument that pigs were too easy to raise, and were raised by the poorest and smelliest (literally, as you would know if you have ever been near a pig pen) segment of society.  The religious restriction gave people an excuse to avoid people they didn't respect anyways.  Another argument was that part of the Jewish law was purely to distinguish themselves from their Gentile neighbors, a membership indicator kind of thing.  A third argument was that it was a very indirect demand for better treatment ("God says you can't feed us the cheap stuff!") but this would also work as a rallying cry: "They are oppressing us! They are trying to feed us unclean food!"  The trichinosis thing also makes sense.
The Muslim spin on it stems from the use of an Arabic work that means both physically unclean, and spiritually unclean.  The linguistic consequence is that there is no conceptual distinction between 'dirty' and 'an abomination in the eyes of the Lord'.  So we end up with people who believe that wiping your rear end with a bare hand and molesting little boys is not unclean, but a bacon cheeseburger and a woman in a bikini is nasty.  Religion; making no damn sense at all for over three thousand years.
 
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