Things your dumb friends post on facebook

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  1. tagutcow

    tagutcow Senior member

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    Going back to the topic of friends on facebook, apparently fb crawled my history of posts to usenet, as one of my friend suggestions was a fellow participant in a political newsgroup I used to post to in the early-mid aughts, despite the fact he lives in the UK and we have no friends in common. Whenever he posts his opinion on anything (typically from a conservative Catholic angle,) reliably, this secular liberal friend of his rejoins him with the expected opposite view, and of course I would never even see her statuses on my newsfeed if it weren't for him giving his obligatory counterpoint. It's this ongoing antagonistic pas de deux, and yet the format of fb insures that they'll never discuss anything to the depth necessary to reach any sort of mutual understanding.

    I'm reminded of this Goya painting:

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    I don't doubt atheists can feel put-upon in this society, but I wonder if these atheists know what it feels like to read an article unrelated to the topic of religion in a news magazine and see a broadside against their beliefs gratuitously inserted, or to watch a movie that turns out to be bait-and-switch propaganda piece mocking their beliefs.

    At least part of the reason why this is the case has to do with differences in the forms of expression of atheist and Christian beliefs. When Sally expresses her Christian beliefs, it typically takes the form of expressing her Christian beliefs proper, but when Tommy expresses his atheist beliefs, it typically takes the form of expressing why he thinks Sally's beliefs are stupid/insane/harmful. Again, this is just generally speaking, but there is a strong tendency for atheist views to be explicitly antagonistic.


    It's one of the great mysteries of SF. Incidentally, I never have the opportunity to discuss religion or politics in real life, so the internetz is my only outlet for this kind of stuff.
     
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  2. L'Incandescent

    L'Incandescent Senior member

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    This is from a person I knew in high school, who wasn't particularly religious then, but who is clearly on fire for Jesus now. Literally every fb post I've seen of hers is about Jesus. Literally.
     
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    trying to get to heaven before they close the door.
     
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    Well when I say "happy Saturnalia" nobody knows what I'm talking about.
     
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    I am sick and tired of people who take Saturn out of the Saturnalia. SATURNALIA is SATURN!!!
     
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    do you think you might be willing to share this one? I'm still waiting for a reasonable answer to this. I'm fine with the people doing evil things aspect because of the people have free will thing. That makes sense. What I'm less able to understand with is the presence of things like cancer. That can't be blamed on free will. So the benevolent god has to be responsible for it. Unless I'm missing something. What is it?

    As to the rest of the discussion, when I walk to the subway of an evening there is regularly a couple of people with a microphone and a speaker saying things along the lines of "you have to come to Jesus to be saved" and handing out pamphlets. I have never yet seen an atheist doing something similar to that. Religious people also poke their noses into other people's business all the time - Prop 8 in California for example. Atheists don't, in my experience, do that. Almost all of the militant atheism that I see is in response to things like this. That may well just be my experience, which could well be different from other people's, which is fine. Just saying it like I see it.
     
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    She is obviously unstable..
     
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    The pictures are kind of obvious before you click on them in your feed. They're usually read like "OMG Rihanna Is Sick!!" with a link to a "youtube" video or some other website. I always report them as spam
     
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    There are 2 people on my list in particular that do that whole: I am so successful, you can be too if you sell this random beauty product/aging creme/magic penis creme etc, followed by some horrible attempt at "inspiration" thing.

    They are not successful at all. Unless you consider 30k a year "successful".
     
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    Goddamit I need better friends. No one's posting any porn to my wall. :angry:
     
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    go check your notifications :smarmy:


    admit you checked this, and admit you were scared lol

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    Some guy on my friends list is talking about what a lulzy prank putting Everclear in someone's humidifier would be. I'm trying to convince him that this would be an epically bad idea.
     
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    This just came up on my news feed... wow.

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    I'm not sure why I even blurred her name....
     
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    You should respond "you aren't a big girl until you've got a social security card. Also, on an unrelated topic, what is your mom's maiden name?"
     

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