Sucks Usage Shoots

Many of you have probably used, or at least heard, the construct “x sucks” as a statement that “x” is inferior, skill-lacking, or terrible. Maybe you have even created one of those “_______sucks.com” websites. Or maybe you’ve used the not-as-common “blows” in place of “sucks”.

But what exactly about sucking or blowing makes it an act of inferiority? Some people just like to suck and blow. And their presence doesn’t really make anything worse or not nice. So why is this our action of reference when we wish to express this sentiment of disapproval?

Perhaps it’s time we disparage instead something that actually makes society suck, I mean, cruddy. People in excessive love with guns who lobby for more lenient background checks and more rights to serious weapons actually help perpetuate an issue in American society, keeping it far behind its peer nations in reduction of gun violence. And hunting? Really? Deriving joy out of the needless killing of others among our animal brethren? I propose to you a vocabulary shift: replacing typical usage of “sucks” and “blows” with “shoots”.

Here, let’s practice it a bit:

“This door really sucks.”
> “This door really shoots.”
“Zits suck really terribly. My condolences.”
> “Zits shoot really terribly. My condolences.”
“Comcast sucks balls.”
> “Comcast shoots unarmed Black teenagers.”

But I hear you cry “That’s also a sexual act I like to participate in that is nonharming when consensual!”. Yes, yes, but maybe the right solution here is to not be associating the projectile ejaculation of semen that reflects the occurrence of pleasure with the violent discharge of a case of metal made for bringing harm. The latter, here, is what actually shoots.

Godwin’s Law Abuse

Pretty much any idea, once wildly spread, will inevitably find one who bastardizes it to usage outside of its appropriate scope. Sometimes, such an idea is originally intended to point out a flaw in popular streams of discussion, marking a rather ironic point when making this assertion has become popular enough for misusing it to become a standard, like the when it became socially widespread to point out concluding causation from correlation and people started applying this retort to concluding anything from correlation.

Alas, it looks like our beloved Godwin’s Law has met this unfortunate rite of passage. This observation, intended to point out the absurdity of likening the person who just corrected one for one’s e-mail where they split an infinitive to a genocidal regime, reminds people to prioritize their levels of judgment: insisting on unsplit infinitives could be annoying, but mass cruel killing is incomparably worse.

But we seem to be (re)establishing a standard that nothing is as bad as Hitler or Nazis, and that is overwhelmingly not the case. And not every comparison of non-Nazis to Nazis deserves a calling out of feeding Godwin’s Law, because there have definitely been dictators and regimes (perhaps arguably today) respectively comparable to Hitler and Nazis.

There is at least a fair selection of people actually comparable with Hitler and regimes actually comparable with Nazi Germany. The classically mentioned people are Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, who all lead brutal regimes of unfathomable degrees of mass killing and torture; my assessment is that at least the first two in that list were arguably more terrible than Hitler; for one thing, the count of people who died in their hands is larger, and for another, these communist regimes additionally applied a layer of deceit over their totalitarianism: their outward proclamations of being lands of peace and love shroud the same hellish interior; fascist regimes, like Hitler’s, tend to be strikingly frank with their assertions of innate supremacies and their intentions (of course, the world believing them before they saw for their own eyes was an issue).

In addition to mass-killing communist regimes, there have been plenty of other governments that have carried out systematic death machines, including, as in the case with the Nazi regime, the targeting of specific demographic groups: Rwanda, Darfur, Japan’s war crimes in Asia, Guatemala, West Pakistani war crimes on East Pakistan. The third item should come of particular note as an incidence of heinous war crimes that a substantial population of the perpetrating country still denies to today, and the fourth item in that list is particularly to be noted to America the Country of Freedom, as it was a genocide carried out with the support of the U.S. government, because the U.S. went through a period of supporting pretty much anything against the red threat. (Speaking of the U.S., it has quite a history of atrocities towards the native peoples of its lands [like what Guatemala did here], and to this day has still failed to very much make it up to the Native Americans, a demographic the American public still do not seem to deem deserving of the dignity to not have sports teams named after racial slurs towards them.) (Also supporting the genocidal Guatemalan government was Spain, which I guess wanted to cement the size of the progress of their attitude towards the Natives of America over 500 years.)

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Decreasing Faith in Humanity

(decreasing downwards)

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2010: Odyssey Two versus actual 2010

BuzzFeed

How the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded

Quora

The popularity of selfie sticks

The UN declaring internet access a human right

The pool of Republican presidential candidates

The existence of Coinstar

Seeing what YouTube comments are upvoted

The fact that we still use a calendar system where that year was called 2010

Seeing what YouTube videos are popular

One Agar.io a Day; Sixteen Days

I was quite thrilled to learn shortly after the post in which I graphed my mass in a game of Agar.io I played that Agar.io started generating mass graphs for players. Thus, each day since that feature was implemented, I played a game of Agar.io and saved the graph (except on two days when the server never lasted long enough for me to get completed consumed) so I could make a graph collage.

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That fifteenth game, by the way, was definitely the most exhilarating and exciting game I have played, and I have quite a few videos over at my Twitch channel of fun scenes from that game.

One Twist Further

Many people know certain facts.
> Fewer know a certain twist.

East Timor covers the eastern half of the island of Timor.
> The name of the island, “Timor”, comes from Malay for “east”.

Negative forty degrees is where Celsius and Fahrenheit agree.
> It’s also about when mercury freezes.

“Maine” has one syllable.
> All of the US’s four-letter states are polysyllabic.

Tiananmen Square is the site of a brutal massacre of protesting students.
> “Tiananmen” means “gate of heavenly peace”.

The same side of Charon always faces Pluto.
> The same side of Pluto always faces Charon.

A and M are letters representing the universal vowel and the universal consonant, that is, the most commonly found vowel and consonant sounds in natural languages.
> A and M are the only letters in the same places on the QWERTY and Dvorak keyboards.

Same sex relationships are still not recognized by most countries.
> This is one of those countries’ flags.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is not from Kentucky.
> Arizona Iced Tea is not from Arizona either.

Nepal is the only UN-recognized country with a non-rectangular flag.
> Nepal is the only UN-recognized country exclusively in a quarter-hour time zone.

The tallest mountain on Mars is taller than the tallest mountain on Earth.
> The tallest mountain on Iapetus is taller than the tallest mountain on Earth.

North Korea’s official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
> North Korea’s official motto translates to “Powerful and Prosperous Nation”.

This exists.
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> This exists.
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