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Marijuana and the dangers of Google image search

In my day job as a Martial Arts instructor, I teach classes in various locations around Sydney. Some of those are in schools and universities, where I rent space after hours for classes. In one of the primary schools that I teach from, the younguns have obviously been learning about the evils and dangers of drugs. They’ve been taught that tobacco kills you a little bit every time you smoke (and the government gets a bit more tax revenue) and that marijuana can send you psycho (and that it’s illegal as the government doesn’t get any tax from it). The most notably absent thing on their projects appeared to be alcohol. The drug responsible for more deaths, assaults and crimes than any other didn’t seem to rate a mention. But there’s no surprise there. The government makes most of its drug related tax revenue from alcohol, so you can expect that schools are discouraged from discouraging it too blatantly.

How do I know what primary kids are doing for their school projects? Well, before you start thinking that I’m some creepy guy sneaking through the corridors at night and breaking into desks, let me just clear that up. Between the hall where I teach and the bathrooms in this particular school are various notice boards where school projects are displayed. This particular drug “education” project caught my eye.

The problem seems to lie in just letting kids do image searches to make their anti-drug posters without a detailed vetting by the teacher. For example, we have this effort:

“The message from tobacco companies is loud and clear.”

I’m not sure that’s an entirely appropriate gesture for a primary school. Then again, perhaps I’m just showing my age.

Then we move on to the entirely surreal:

“If you smoke [EVERY BURGER] You die!”

A cow with a cigar, then a burger from some Japanese advertisement (presumably a tenuous connection with the cow?) and You die! I think these kids have been on the mellow green already.

Then we come to my personal favourite. This is what happens when you don’t pay close enough attention to the images the kids have decided to use:

“Marijuana makes you crazy
You can go hyper up to six hour
And it takes months to get
chemical off.

Don’t take illegal

OK. Now this kid is well on the message, even if the grammar needs some work. Making a point to lay off the illegal drugs will score points with the local member for parliament when he visits the school, as the kid has quite rightly refused to comment on the legal drugs. But wait a minute. Let’s have a close look at that image the kid used:

“#1 fuel
#1 fiber
#1 paper
#1 food
#1 medicine

educate yourself”

That’s right, folks. Educate yourself. This is a pro-pot message brought to you by pre-teens. Ah, kids – don’t they just say the darndest things?

Caveat: I feel that I should point out that I have the utmost respect for the public school system and the people that work there. I have absolutely no respect for government drug policy. But, most importantly of all, I’m not above seeking out hypocrisy, especially when there’s a cheap laugh in it.

So where’s the exit?

This is a sign made by more of those signwriting idiots that we’ve seen here on The Word before. This one truly denies all logic and any attempt at understanding.


I don’t want to go in anyway, as the place must be full of idiots.

Dumbledore’s gay and Christians are idiots

So, Albus Dumbledore is gay and Christians are idiots. I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know, I suppose.

It seems that J K Rowling has posthumously outed Dumbledore. In a fan Q and A at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Rowling was asked if Dumbledore had ever enjoyed passion in his life. She answered, “My truthful answer to you is that I have always thought of Dumbledore as gay.” She went on to explain his relationship with Gellert Grinwald, explored in the final book of the Potter septology, as a love affair. To be honest, anyone that read that particular story and didn’t pick up on the homo-erotic subtext should watch a few Carry On films and have a serious word with themselves.

Apparently Rowling was cheered when she revealed this revelation and was quite surprised at the adulation. “If I’d known it would make you so happy I would have announced it years ago,” she said. Well, she did announce it really, in the books. It’s actually very good that she made the sub-text apparent without actually announcing it out loud. It makes the whole subject less relevant and simply more character development. After all, so what if the Headmaster of Hogwarts is gay?

Hands up if you like men!

And then, as surely as night follows day, the idiots begin to swarm. One particular idiot is Georgia mother and anti-Potter campaigner Laura Mallory. She has been campaigning hard to have the Harry Potter books removed from school libraries on the grounds that they “indoctrinate anti-Christian values”. The irony of a devout Christian arguing that indoctrination is a bad thing. To quote the woman, “My prayer is that parents would wake up, that the subtle way this is presented as harmless fantasy would be exposed for what it really is: a subtle indoctrination into anti-Christian values.”

Well, Laura Mallory, let me riposte. I wish that you and others like you would wake up and recognise that the sledgehammer way in which your Bible is presented as fact would be exposed for the harmful fantasy that it really is: a not so subtle indoctrination into anti-intelligence values.

On the subject of Dumbledore’s homosexuality, Mallory said, “A homosexual lifestyle is a harmful one. That’s proven, medically.”

And an idiot will say anything if it fits their agenda. That’s proven time and time again, no medical required.