The arrest of a Dutch teenager didn’t dissuade copycats. It created a noxious meme.
Almost 21 years old and I already hate the fuck out of teenagers.
I’ve hated them since I was a teenager.
Seriously? They arrested a girl for a very very very very very bad joke and people got angry. That’s normal. These kids are just trying to show how ridiculous the arrest was/piss off the people who did it/ show solidarity. Yes, the joke was racist and bad. No, it was not worth an arrest. And people realized that and got mad.
It’s not because the joke was racist, it’s because YOU DON’T JOKE ABOUT BOMBS ON AIRPLANES.
IT’S NOT FUNNY. IT’S NOT WITTY. IT’S NOT CUTE.
Airlines can’t take shit like that lightly, especially because, I don’t know, planes have been blown up or used in terrorist activities how many times now?
WAIT. REALLY? IF YOU ASK ME, SHE SHOULD BE CRUCIFIED.
You idiots need an example of exactly what NOT to joke about. It was totally worth the arrest. Threats like bombs on airplanes do not get taken lightly because they are very real. She wasted the time and resources of hundreds of people trying to determine if the threats were true. And what if a bomb did happen to go off? How fucking shitty would that be? I have no sympathy for her.
I not only have no sympathy for her, but no sympathy for anyone who gets in any sort of trouble for doing stupid shit like this.
If you think this stuff is normal or acceptable you can fuck yourself.
Youth are just too out of control.
Can we just acknowledge that if this were a non-white POC who made the same joke (which would still be discriminatory/display inter-racial prejudice) and were arrested, there would be no Internet vigilantism to show ‘solidarity’ and ‘support’ for them? Can we acknowledge that her being a young, white European girl helps her be shown as an ‘innocent victim’ of her own naivete? Let’s not play dumb right now that these copycats are equally disturbed and none of this is funny, cool, a show of the power of the Internet community, or anything other than racist.
If this were a non-white POC, the headline wouldn’t have been “Dutch girl arrested” it would be “Potential terrorist arrested, bomb plot foiled”
What was said above, pretty much.
Also, it’s interesting this has turned into a conversation about her being young, we all know the significance of what happened in 2001, it’s been drummed into us for 13 years, I have flown a lot, and it is not something you joke about, the security measures are serious and even making too much noise or having phones or cameras on in some airports is problematic. Naivety has certainly played a role here I’m sure, but you would have to have had your head stuck down a hole to not be aware of how strict security regulations are around airports and these sort of threats.
Any threat, even a fake one can actually be used against you, no I’m not making that up, and this sort of thing is not amusing to anyone. and these sort of threats can get you fined put in prison for up to 5 years. (x)
If bodily harm results, it can be up to 20 years. Enjoy that brigade tweeters.
Going back to the youth thing, I have been flying alone since I was 13, and with my sister who is now 13, and neither of us would do this, in fact I asked her about this and she said it was stupid and attention-seeking, not to mention that there would probably be a lot of consequences. My point is, the youth thing is not necessarily the factor of the day, there didn’t seem to be much of an indicator to me that any of the tweeters were in fact teens, I’m just saying. It’s a very irritating assumption that everyone who is on board with trolling is a teen when that’s generally not the case. Also, why are American Airlines on Twitter? I know, branding but still, if this is communication, maybe it’s better to limit yourself to traditional methods
Anyway, this will likely pass over and people with little to nothing to do will go and find something else to do.
I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama
that came from taxes I paid.
Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.
what the fuck is wrong with Americans who aren’t on board with free healthcare. I’m Canadian and I don’t care that I pay extra taxes so a little boy in Alberta can have open heart surgery, or an elderly man in Nova Scotia can get the heart medication he desperately needs. It’s called taking care of your people. I’m glad I pay so that people can have a good quality of life. It’s called being a decent fucking human being.
Australian here feeling the same way.
I’ll make it super simple, as a country, there are incomings and outgoings, things to pay for, and things to be paid.
All countries sell and buy things like food supplies, wheat, cows, cars, rice, computers, iron, coal, etc. and basically end up with a positive number of incoming money (hopefully, or something’s going wrong, which can and does happen)
Then there is tax from the citizens, this is basically extra money, we all pay it, generally the rule is, if you’re rich you pay more tax, because you have more, although Americans, before you gripe about Obamacare you should have a look at the wealth distribution in your country, it’s incredibly messed up. Like more messed up than you ever thought possible. Basically we all pay tax, income tax, death tax, corporate tax, sales tax, goods and services tax, etc.
Anyway, then you have your outgoing costs.
Roads, schools, medical funding like hospital care and public health care, government employees, welfare, sewage, infrastructure, public transport, war and defense, space research, libraries, other research funding including cancer research (which is dropping btw) and other scientific research, Universities although less in the US, pensions, subsidies for businesses, etc.
The general point is, public health care is one of the many many many things funded by tax dollars, and the budget.
If you still want to complain about people using your tax dollars to access health care, let me put this on your shoulders. I will use my own situation, because I’m just like that.
I’ve suffered from a neurological condition for 9 months that left me house bound, I suffered from vertigo, and various other problems that the doctor’s cannot explain. I am on medication, I have had 2 MRIs, a CT scan, a Lumbar puncture, a SPECT scan, and seen 3 different specialists, including a neurologist and a psychiatrist, that I calculated would have cost me upwards of $15,000 in the US. Or one person’s tax dollar’s and they told me I might have SLE along with a few other scary conditions that they ruled out, but SLE is still a maybe (they still don’t know about that)
Medical bills aren’t easy to deal with. I didn’t ask for this. I can’t function without my medication. I thank fuck I live in Australia and I don’t have to deal with such excessive bills because I can’t work because I can’t guarantee I’m not going to get sicker, I have random episodes of weird symptoms I can’t explain. I can’t go to normal University, I have to do it online. Do you understand my problem? And I’m not abnormal. I wish I was. But my case, so many people like me, experiencing chronic illness, you just don’t see them.
Medical care is so important, in fact, I filled out a medical survey yesterday and it asked how many times I’d been to a doctor in the last 12 months, and I’ve been more than 10 times, and I’ve been and in-patient at the hospital 5 times in the last 9 months. I hadn’t been in a hospital since I was 4 before this. No-one expects this stuff. I just need to impress on people how important this stuff is.
how are these people not dead
Oh he can eat plastic bags and the other lady can eat drywall, but if I want to enjoy some fucking cookie dough I’ll get salmonella and die
I’m just going to start with Salmonella doesn’t usually kill people.
You can get salmonella poisoning from the raw egg in the cookie dough, but that’s kinda rare generally although there are outbreaks, every year or two particularly in the US and EU where farms tend to bigger and outbreaks harder to control and trace. There are also a bunch of measures in place to test the hens for Salmonella because the farms can get sued and they really don’t want that.
Anyway, Salmonella is a common cause of food poisoning. Basically stick to use-by dates and refrigerate your eggs, that generally keeps infection out of food.
Most people recover without going to hospital or dieing, I’m not really sure where you got that, although if you have other health problems, are immuno-compromised, very young, very old, pregnant, etc, complications can occur and you should talk to your doctor.
The main reason most people are admitted to hospital with Salmonella poisoning is dehydration.
As to why he is not dead, plastic bags are made out of a material called low density polyethylene or LDPE, the thing about it as a material, it has excellent resistant to acids, bases, alcohols, bases and esters and low resistance to things like mineral oils, essentially what I’m saying is, it just goes through him. That’s why he’s not dead. We can’t ingest the things that would break it down. It’s incredible flexible and thin and unless it gets itself tied around something, which is unlikely, it just passes through him like roughage.
We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.
Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via theimperfectascent)
I lost whole years of my life to self-loathing and self-sabotaging because I couldn’t sustain being ‘gifted’. Don’t make the same mistake.
I watched a video once about our education systems, and the way we educate people in age group classes as opposed to learning styles and learning rates groups of mixed ages. It was based off several studies and I could probably go and find it now, but I will do it later, because it’s 12:30 and I’m tired. Basically my point is, ‘gifted’ children and accelerated learning come about as an interesting bi-product of an education system insistent upon dealing with children in age groups, mainly because that is conducive to a better social atmosphere, the bullying that goes on in schools is representative of how that’s not necessarily the case, (just as a side note: I was one of these ‘gifted’ children, I skipped 2 years, I went through 3 class groups, I was going to skip another, I didn’t because of how mercilessly I was bullied through the first ones. It was awful. Like terribly bad.)
Anyway, interesting to see “naturally” smart looked at in a different way.