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  1. One thing I will never understand is when people (who are, let's be blunt, pro-abortion) compare a fetus to an intruder or parasite. To answer your question, a guest someone whose arrival is prepared for. And intruder is someone whose entrance was not prepared for. If someone breaks into my house, they are an intruder. If someone comes and I have at least an inkling of an idea that they will arrive, they are a guest. The female body, whether the mother is in tune with her menstrual cycle or not, knows when a baby has the chance to come. The body prepares for it (ovulation, thickening of uteren walls, etc). It's more like an expected guest in that regard. The body does not prepare for things like, say, tapeworms. That's a true parasite. A nice place is not prepared for it to stay inside the body, like with a baby, and the body does not prepare a means of food and waste exchange to accommodate the tapeworm, like it does for babies and the placenta. The body is always caught off guard. A parasite is exactly that. No one, the body nor the woman, prepares for it to come. It's where it is not supposed to be, eating what it's not supposed to. A fetus is prepared for by the body, or by both the mom and the body, in a special place with special accommodations. It isn't a parasite in that regard, and no one has ever made that comparison make sense to me.
  2. I was thinking the exact same thing. I thought the choices would be more along the lines of continents, not specific countries. Africa and Australia are completely ignored here.
  3. Hm. Maybe she doesn't want a job in the private sector because the perks or pay is better in the public sector? That and/or she likes stirring the pot and getting reactions. Even though I am anti-abortion myself, her actions are irrational. It's apparent that she will never win a case because the job she wants requires her to take part in activities her beliefs won't allow her to take part in. She should move on and seek the other options available to her that allow her to practice without compromise.
  4. First Article Hm, well thanks for the article, but please, sincerely forgive me for taking what the author says with a grain of salt. The article's content oozes with pro-choice rhetoric, obviously given that it's a Feminist website. So I expect such an article to demonize organizations like StS without much proof about all of their alleged wrongdoings. And the whole part about StS suggesting that babies come from storks as part of their mission just sounded... out of the blue to me. It feels like the author is seriously grasping at straws there. Why the heck? Next, the article uses loaded words like "anti-choice" and calls the opposite side "childish" in order to get its point across. That is just a turn-off for me, for someone who prefers a more objective and mature approach. I'm not saying that StS has done no wrong, but I'd be more convinced if a more refutable site was offered up with evidence and some first-hand accounts. Namely a much-less biased and more mature source would make more sense. Second Article Now this one was waaaay more convincing than the first one. No need for ad hominems, just tell me what the author or reporters saw or experienced. It's saddening to see that some of these StS workers are misinformed and are misinforming the women they are trying to reach. If you want to really help people, get your facts straight first. The goal should not be to push a pro-choice or a pro-life agenda. It's just supposed to be to make them more aware about all of their options, abortion or not, so they can make a more informed decision that they will hopefully not regret later. I'll definitely be more wary and do some research on this about StS, and will hopefully find some info on this subject from refutable sites. Obviously one article isn't enough to totally flip a person's mind, but at least Sock pointed me to other organizations I can look into as well.
  5. Those other organizations seem fine enough, and I wouldn't mind donating to some of those. You seem to have first-hand experience with Save the Storks. What happened to you or someone you know concerning them? You had a bad experience?
  6. First and foremost, I don't support the act of aborting a child. This mainly stems from my beliefs that an unborn child is indeed a human, no matter what stage of development he or she is in. This means that abortion is murder in my eyes. I do believe that God created each and every one of us for a reason, and that it's not someone else's job or place to say who can live or die. That being said: I absolutely hate it when people are only pro-life until the child is born. What do I mean? A lot of people who claim to be pro-life only care whether the mother aborts her child or not. They don't care about the child's or the mom's life after she gives birth. That's twisted and makes no sense to me. If you are going to guilt-trip a woman into being responsible for another human being's life (which is disgusting to do, by the way), and if you are going to preach about how abortion is murder and how she better not do it, then you had better be there to support her and her child after she gives birth. Getting an abortion is not a decision a lot of women make easily. Some do, but a lot of women struggle with the guilt that often comes from knowing that, deep down inside, they decided to end a life. Many of them feel trapped, like they had no choice. Many of them didn't have the financial or social support needed to care for a child. And those people that only care about the abortion won't see that, or just don't care. Those women need to know that they have options, and how they can access those options. They aren't witches or *s or irresponsible (except for women that treat abortions like birth control pills). They are human beings that need help, not a lecture from someone who could care less about them. That's why I don't outwardly protest against abortion unless I have a personal relationship with the woman in question, and can help her in some way. Even if I can just let her know that she does have other options that she may be happier with in the end, that's good for me. I can't do much for most women in the world, but that's also why I hold my tongue most of the time. And I can donate to and support awesome pro-life organizations like Save the Storks, who help women before and after their choice to save the life of their child. Supporting organizations that don't demonize women and show them that they have alternatives is a much more humane way to handle this. Keeping your distance while acting high-and-mighty is not. I know I would want someone to be understanding in their situation.
  7. In my opinion, there we were all losers in this election from the moment the candidates were finalized. This election was sad. The outcome was sad. But I think the people that will suffer the most are the people who voted for Trump. They actually expect things from him, expect him to uphold his promises and grand ideas of "making America great again," and when he does not deliver they will be disillusioned. He's already stepping back from some of his promises, and he's not even the POTUS yet. This nasty election has severely tainted 2016 for many Americans, myself included, and I won't be sad to see it go. On the bright side, 2017 is coming, along with the return of some great TV series, and SNL will have loads of material (and tweets) to use for the next 4 years.
  8. Okay. Just a little note, bestiality isn't the best example to use. If something like bestiality becomes "normal" and "moral" in the future, then humanity definitely deserves to slowly die in the hole its dug for itself. You have a point with the oppressors being hurt by racism. The officers are a good example. Those slain officers were just doing their jobs, and they were killed because of their jobs. But your convenience store example does not have much ground. First, we have to mention white privilege, and yes it exists. As SockPuppet said, there is a difference in power between the white man and you guys, and the motives behind the same joke may very well be different. Context: Black people were enslaved and oppressed by white people for many years. White people used terms like n* in derogatory manners to describe these oppressed people. Fast-forward and now we are all equal (in theory). Should whites still use such a term so freely now, considering the cultural history and baggage tied into the meaning and use of the word? I do not think so. It means something else coming from a Caucasian's mouth. I don't really understand why black people use it on themselves (I am black, mind you), but it definitely doesn't have the same connotation when a white person uses it. And there is no need to even say something like that in the first place, so Caucasians are not suffering by not being able to say racial slurs whenever they want to.
  9. Correct. People think that there are no setbacks to being pegged as "successful" due to your race, but that's not true. I have met Asian peers that have experienced the disappointment of their teachers and peers towards them because they weren't as smart as they were expected to be, meaning that they were Asian, but were not above average in their performance. I can understand being disappointed in someone who is very intelligent/gifted, but the lack motivation, or did poorer than they usually do. But it sucks if you have not shown any indication of being extraordinary, but people assume you are because you or your parents were born in China, and you didn't live up to their set stereotypes. The pressure to be more than you actually can be without trying very hard is hard to deal with. The same goes for a lot of other immigrants, like Indians and Nigerians. There's a running joke that, if you are a Nigerian college student, then you must be studying to either be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Anything else is considered by others to be beneath your intelligence or potential, even if those people don't know how smart you are, or what your potential even is. There may be a few perks to being pegged as smart, but if you can't deliver or fit into people's pre-made expectations, then you have a big burden and disappointment to carry.
  10. My favorite events to watch are gymnastics, swimming, diving, and track (no cross country), in that order. I'm rooting for Team USA, of course, but I love watching everyone compete in those events. I especially want the Women's Team USA in gymnastics to win, and I want Phelps to have a good run too.
  11. This exactly. And yes, I say that, especially in this election, if you vote for a third-party candidate, you throw your vote away just as much as someone who doesn't vote at all. This country needs to make sure Trump does not win, and I had to get over myself and what special grievances I had against Hillary and decide that I wanted to help do what's best for this country, because that's my duty as a citizen. I won't vote for a candidate that obviously has no chance against the big candidates, and I refuse to just let Trump win without doing my part to make sure that doesn't happen. In any other election, I might exercise the choice to seek out third parties (for the fun of it, because they just don't win anymore). But this election is too important for me to throw my vote to someone who has no chance. I just hope the majority of people who are undecided and/or independent take up their duty and help America avoid making of of the biggest mistakes ever. Trump WILL win if people throw their votes away.
  12. Speaking as an Independent voter here. What's really worrying me the most is this apparent divide among the Dems. There are people who are so die-hard over who they wanted that they now either won't vote at all, or will vote for a third-party candidate. All the while, by the looks of it, Republicans and Trump supporters/Hillary haters will unite and vote for the Rep candidate, Trump. And Trump will win due to this split in voting. Bernie's supporters, myself included, are a fickle age group. Peoples don't seem to realize that Trump has a legit chance of winning if we keep bickering and sticking to our ways. I don't trust Hillary AT ALL. I don't feel like she's the kind of person we need as POTUS, but I sure as heck don't want to see Trump win. That would be horrible, much worse than having Hillary win. Picking between the two of them, for me, is like choosing between 2 long-term illnesses. It sucks, but I also won't throw away my vote by not voting or voting for someone who has almost no chance of winning, compared to the other candidates. Hillary may not be the best for America, but Trump is DEFINITELY not what America needs right now or ever. I'm scared because people don't seem to realize that, and that is exactly what Trump needs to win.
  13. That's the best analogy I have seen used in explaining the Black Lives Matter movement. Kudos. No one is saying "Only black lives matter." What is meant is "Black lives matter too."
  14. Exactly. Actions and leading by example is what brings change. Saying a poorly-understood phrase over and over does nothing but desensitize people.
  15. It's all well and good to repeat opinions like this, but we have to face reality: People WILL Judge and be judged by others. Bottom line. No matter how many times people tell each other not to judge, judgement will always be present wherever humanity is present. So we need to move on from thinking and saying "Don't Judge," and think about how to best handle judgement when it does come. I'm in no way saying racism and sexism are good things, because they are not. But we need to come to terms with the fact that they exist and we can't with them away just by calling foul on them. Judgement is a part of life. It's not a glamorous point of view, but it's realistic. Human beings are judgemental by nature. We make judgements every single day, whether we know it or not. We make judgement calls about when to wake up, where and why we go or don't go somewhere, etc. We judge people, to determine whether we call them "acquaintance" or "friend" or "trustworthy." We judge that person on the road with us that's swerving this way and that as either drunk, high, or distracted behind the wheel, and use that judgement to avoid their car. What I'm saying is this: The phrase "Don't judge." has been misused a lot in recent years. We need to be specific. Judgement calls can save your life, or they can show racism. They can be a product of common sense, or a product of prejudice. We need to stop throwing phrases around without explicitly defining the context and definition we use. Second, people are racist and sexist. What are you going to do about it WHEN you encounter it? (By YOU I mean everyone). We need to focus more on actively handling those problems. That brings more change and results that just saying that people shouldn't judge in the first place. They WILL judge, whether we believe they should or not. So, are you prepared for that moment? I hope I made sense.
  16. Does anyone have/know where I can find a list of all the ingredients and the potions they make? This is the first time I've done this event, and I would like to know if I missed anything.
  17. Can someone please explain to me how all of this actually works? This is my first time dealing with this event. I think I collected all the the Trick or Treat objects because I can't find anymore and thus can't get back to the Trick or Treat page... Is that all there is to it? And what's all this stuff about hatching eggs?
  18. Starting school next Wednesday. I'll be looking for a job on campus as well, and taking an extra class. I'm kinda looking forward to it though. I'll miss mama's cooking though.
  19. Well that rose and fell quickly...
  20. I hope Germany wins. There. I said it.