Created and Submitted: Andrei Nicolescu
Did you know that we’ve been in the middle of a Loch Ness Monster sighting drought? Last year marked the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie hadn’t been spotted for an entire year. In fact, there hadn’t been any ‘confirmed sightings’ of the elusive cryptid for 18 months, leading some veteran spotters to voice concern that perhaps the famous monster had finally given up the ghost.
But wait! Something awesome just happened: Two different people, both using Apple Maps, captured screenshots of something measuring approximately 100ft long, with what appear to be two large flippers, powering along just under the surface of the loch. Experts from the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club have been studying the images and Gary Campbell, club president, reports that they’ve been steadily ruling out alternative explanations, leaving it increasingly likely that these images are brand new ‘confirmed sightings’:
‘We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is. It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is. Whatever this is, it is under the water and heading south, so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie.’
‘Now that we have spies in the skies above Loch Ness, maybe we will get more sightings which will whet the appetite of more down to earth Nessie hunters to come north. Furthermore, the use of satellite technology means that if Nessie is just swimming below the surface like in this case, we can still pick her up.’
Visit Dailymail.co.uk for additional information about this exiting development and the history of Nessie hunting.
I feel a connection to the cereal one
Okay. I decided to write a short thing about this type of typical response I get (usually, but not always, from cis white dudes) in response to a horrific story about rape, in this case an Oklahoma police officer who has been accused by eight women of rape and assault.
It’s a horrible story, but of course this cop has supporters who are raising money for him on Go Fund Me, which is the same site supporters of officer Darren Wilson (the cop who murdered Mike Brown) used to raise funds.
I’m posting these tweets here as an example of what not to say when someone is trying to talk about rape, specifically police rape against communities of color (all of the women in the above OKC case are black).
These are great examples of micro-aggressions, annoying attempts at derailing a conversation.
1. NO ONE IS ASKING FOR CENSORSHIP. Bigots and rape apologists have the freedom to raise funds, and we have the freedom to call them assholes (and if that entails an organized campaign to pressure Go Fund Me into dropping this page, that is also not censorship. That’s called feedback)
2. If your immediate concern in the wake of a terrible story like this is to play devil’s advocate on behalf of a rapist, you’re an asshole
3. You cannot convince me for one second that the public’s response would be the same if these eight women were white.
4. YOU ARE NOT AN ALLY. You call yourself progressive, but really you’re a PUW (progressive until women). For example:
Here we have the “you used to do great work until you started talking about ladies” and “outright threat for talking about ladies and yelling at someone for being a rape apologist” varieties. (Jamie is tweeting the author of the threat, @Boss1000, in the above tweet, who said he was going to cancel his pre-order of our book)
Here at Citizen Radio we get these tweets ALL THE TIME whenever we talk about rape culture or women’s issues. These are the boys who luuurve when we yell at Blackwater or Wall Street, but recoil when we suggest maybe a crowdsourcing website shouldn’t support a rapist.
Again, no one is suggesting there shouldn’t be a trial, but you don’t need to send this guy money in the meantime.
But whatevs. I guess it’s easier to cry about censorship.
"Those poor boys"
"She deserves to be punished too."
"I’m not saying I support rape, but-"
"Sorry to say - she deserved it."
"She put herself in harm’s way"
"But if she was fingered, then that’s not rape."
"She ruined their lives."
"Well she didn’t exactly say ‘no’.."
"Yea, but did you see what she was wearing?"
"Boys will be boys!"
"She should know better than to drink at a party…"