Max Fisher, Vox slammed for their ‘straw man’ attack on Bill Maher

http://twitter.com/#!/AdamKishel/status/521848562406023169

Not only is Vox making a “BS” “straw man” argument, but they’re doing so with a close to 400 word explainer from Max Fisher on how just “one tweet” is the “perfect response” to Bill Maher and his alleged Islamophobia:

The perfect response to people who say all Muslims are violent, in one tweet http://t.co/ik3eNZWyfv

— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 14, 2014

Let’s see if we can summarize Vox’s point in far fewer than 400 words, shall we? Here goes:

“If Muslims are so violent, how come they won all these Nobel Peace Prizes? Boom!”

How’s that? Now let’s take a look at the single tweet that Vox considers a “perfect response”:

5 of the last 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners were Muslim. So according to Bill Maher, we're all Peace Prize winners! pic.twitter.com/SDY3w51A3D

— Hend (@LibyaLiberty) October 10, 2014

Get it? Tell “people who say all Muslims are violent” about all these Nobel Peace Prizes! Case closed. Argument won. Debate over.

But not really.

First off, Both Fisher at Vox and @ladyliberty have created a straw-man argument that Maher (and people who agree with him) claimed that “All Muslims are violent.” He never said anything of the sort:

@voxdotcom feel like this is false equivalence. Can't say I agree w Bill but this doesn't take into account most of his argument.

— Frank Karl (@realfrankkarl) October 14, 2014

@voxdotcom Holy straw man argument. Marr didn't make that claim at all. Try again.

— Adam K (@AdamKishel) October 14, 2014

@voxdotcom Show this to anyone that needs an example of a straw man. Exactly what @billmaher and @SamHarrisOrg were trying to discuss.

— Torrey McMahon (@tmcmahon2) October 14, 2014

@voxdotcom FYI @billmaher & @SamHarrisOrg DID NOT SAY all Muslims are violent. @Max_Fisher Is this willful misunderstanding?

— Ellen Jean Meany (@EllenJM) October 14, 2014

That’s a great question. This certainly reads like a “willful misunderstanding” on Fisher’s part as this entire piece is based on something Maher never, ever said or argued:

Next time someone quotes Bill Maher or tells you that all Muslims are violent, show them this: http://t.co/YKF9Jerv0Z

— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) October 13, 2014

And secondly, when you review the bios of the winners — 2014 Malala Yousafzai; 2011 Tawakel Karman; 2006 Muhammad Yunus; 2004 Mohamed El Baradei; and 2003 Shirin Ebad — you’ll see that Yousafzai, Karman and Ebad won their Nobels because of their fights to promote women, children and broader human rights in their home, Muslim countries. And El Baradei won his Nobel, at least in part, for his work to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In other words, they won their Nobels because of everything that Bill Maher said about Islam:

@voxdotcom they won those fighting the atrocities created by Muslims

— goonerrific (@AFC__1886) October 14, 2014

@voxdotcom To be fair, the Nobels are incidental to their being Muslims while IS's insanity is derived from their specific religious views.

— wormbolt (@wormbolt) October 14, 2014

@voxdotcom Number of those names won because of their actions in spite of prevailing ideological landscape around them. Makes Marr's point.

— Adam K (@AdamKishel) October 14, 2014

Fisher is now tweeting out a few of the “200” or so angry emails he’s gotten because of this piece in an effort to paint those who agree with Maher as the real crazies:

People asking if I’m selectively tweeting craziest emails. I wish. Ive received 200+ pro-Maher, anti-Muslims emails; read 3, tweeted all 3.

— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) October 14, 2014

That’s cute, but he’s still missing the point. So let’s give Vox and Fisher our one-tweet, perfect response to their straw-man attack:

@SandaBlue burn a Koran and see what happens @voxdotcom

— Somite (@toxicpath) October 14, 2014

If Max Fisher is right and Bill Maher is wrong, Vox shouldn’t have any issue with putting a video of a burning Koran on their website, no?

Related:

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/14/max-fisher-vox-slammed-for-their-straw-man-attack-on-bill-maher/

Fluffy Chicken Saved From Laboratory Becomes Best Friends With Abandoned Two-legged Chihuahua

These two adorable and unlikely animal friends, Penny the chicken and Roo the two-legged Chihuahua, met each other through Alicia Williams, who works at Duluth Animal Hospital in the U.S. She saved both animals from almost certain death. [Read more…]

Roo was found in a ditch by the side of the road. Because he was found missing two legs, it was suspected that he had been born deformed at a backyard puppy breeder’s home and was abandoned because it would have been difficult to sell him. Penny, a silkie chicken, had been rescued from a laboratory that otherwise would have put her down. “She was an experimental chicken in the program and she had run the course of the experiment, so that was it for her,”  Williams told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “I asked if I could have her instead of them doing anything with her. I brought her home.”

The two have developed  liking for each other and spend a lot of time together. The animal hospital has taken to publishing the two pals’ antics on their Facebook page, attracting a great deal of attention from animal lovers around the world. Williams even says that clients have scheduled their visits around Penny and Roo’s schedules.

For more friends like these, check out our list of unlikely and adorable animal friendships.

Source: Facebook | H/T: dailymail

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Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/chicken-chihuahua-rescued-animal-friendship/

These Adorable Puppies Look Just Like Miniature Panda Cubs

We understand just how deeply heartbreaking it is that pandas aren’t suitable to be house pets, but these adorable panda-like puppies from China offer those of us who adore pandas a glimmer of hope.

These adorable critters were born in the Jiangsu region in Northeastern China. Neither of their parents look much like pandas – mom was a local rural dog and dad was a Pekinese dog.

Three pups from the litter look like pandas and the other three have different markings. When they were born, their fur was closer to an ash color, later changing to black and white, so it’s unclear whether their markings will stay this way or whether it’s just a phase. [Read more…]

Owner Shaojun Shi denied skeptics who claimed that he could’ve simply dyed the pups’ fur, saying, “I think that if I’d tried to do that, it wouldn’t have turned out this good.” The owners have allegedly been flooded with offers for the young pups, but say they won’t sell them yet because they’re too young.

Pandas are as rare as they are not just because they are endangered, but because the Chinese government has a monopoly on them. Pandas are desirable and only found in China, so China has used them as a diplomatic tool, loaning them to governments that they want to form closer relationships with. They insist, of course, that any cubs born overseas still belong to China.

Source: rocketnews24.com (via: huffingtonpost)

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Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-dog-panda-puppies/

When did Memorial Day become Mattress Day?

http://twitter.com/#!/srames/status/470432411357286401

We thought Memorial Day was for honoring the fallen, but it sometimes feels like it’s really all about sales on mattresses.

http://twitter.com/#!/savingsgator/status/470421551511511040
http://twitter.com/#!/bestmattress4u/status/469796187726282752
http://twitter.com/#!/MattressFirm/status/470247878716190720
http://twitter.com/#!/SertaMattresses/status/469869156503138304

We’ve got nothing against mattress retailers, but come on.

http://twitter.com/#!/ATXANT10/status/469232578709696512
http://twitter.com/#!/Burt_Northfield/status/469907905127657472

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/25/when-did-memorial-day-become-mattress-day/