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Writer's Block: American Music Awards

Who is the best musician or band of all time?


i fucking hate questions like this. but you know what? i'm going to answer it truthfully: the best musician of all time was the first human who ever realized that he or she could bang two stones together/thump on a log/rattle some bones, or whatever it was that first spurred human beings to create music. ever since then, music has been an evolving thing, and in every era, musicians have been inspired both by their contemporaries and by those who came before them. that's why questions like, "who is the best musican or band of all time?" are bogus, because no musician, no matter how good, created his/her/their music in a vacuum.
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Writer's Block: American Censorship Day!

Today, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same. [Learn more here.] Do you support this bill?


hell. to the. no. there are already laws on the books aimed at stopping music/film piracy; this bill goes beyond that and into censorship, plain and simple. this is not a good idea.
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Writer's Block: Freewill vs. fate

Is love destined or is it a choice?

neither. i don't believe there's any such thing as fate or destiny; whatever happens, happens. we can't control it, but that doesn't mean there's any sort of pre-determined path that our lives are going to take, either. and it's absurd to think anyone can choose who they love. if that were the case, nobody would ever end up staying in a miserable or abusive relationship, and there'd probably be zero heartbreak and failed relationships, because we could all just choose not to love someone who hadn't chosen to love us.

that said, though, i do think some degree of choice is essential to a successful love relationship. we might not be able to choose whether we love someone or not, but when a relationship hits a low point, we can choose whether we want to work on it or give it up. other than that, choice plays no role at all when it comes to love. but nor does "destiny."
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Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


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Writer's Block: You and me and baby makes three

Do you think having children is a fundamental human right? Should there should be any restrictions?


o hai there, can of worms!

as nice as it would be if children were born to only the most "qualified," regulating who can and can't reproduce gets into scary territory. do we really want the government (or whatever "authority" would govern reproduction) to have that much control over a person's body? and how does that entity decide how to determine who gets to have children or not? how exactly do you measure someone's parenting abilities, especially if they've never had children before? i know i wouldn't be comfortable with any outside entity having that much control over my body and my decisions, so i couldn't in good conscience condone that much control over someone else.