Thursday, December 14, 2017

Homophobia makes no sense (Part two)

 “All men can marry women, and all women can marry men. Therefore there is no inequality.”

The inequality lies in your straw man. It is perfectly okay for a man to marry a woman and vice versa, but yet someone whom is gay can’t marry the person they are attracted to? Do you not see the inequality here?! Are you stupid! It’s understandable to have a limit on the number of people you can marry and also having a limit on the age in which individuals are allowed to marry. However, it makes no sense to try and ban same-sex marriage because you don’t agree with it. You have no place in telling two adults in a consensual relationship that they can’t get married. Therefore your argument here is invalid.

“If we legalize gay marriage, what’s next? Pedophilia? Man-dog sex?”

We have legalized gay marriage and yet it still makes absolutely no sense to bring up pedophilia and bestiality. Bestiality will never be considered norm because it is illegal! Animals are not humans and cannot give consent. Any person under the age of 18 is considered a minor, and having sex with a minor is considered statutory rape and you will go to jail! Both of these will not be the norm so stop using them to justify taking the rights away from the LBGT Community.

“There are more important things to worry about than gay rights.”

I agree, which is why it should’ve never been an issue from day one! How would you feel if you were told you couldn’t marry the person you loved because it offended people? You would do all that you could to fight the oppression and marry that person; now put yourself in the shoes of someone whom is gay. It literally is the same thing, you are telling two adults that are in a loving relationship that they can’t share their lives together and have the same rights/benefits that every other married couple have. It’s pretty stupid if you think about it. Interracial couples suffered the same fate but we redefined marriage and we did the same with same-sex marriage, please get off your high horse and seriously get over yourself.

“Gay rights should be put up to a public vote.”

No it should not! You cannot walk into someone’s bedroom and tell two adults that they can’t have sex or sleep in the same bed. You cannot dictate someone’s life, especially if they aren’t harming other people. It’s one thing to make laws that say ‘don’t kill anyone’, ‘you can’t rape people’. These laws were placed for a reason! Society cannot function if people have to constantly worry about walking down the street and being attacked or killed by other people. Secondly, I really don’t see why you’d want to dictate someone’s life. You are attracted to the opposite sex that’s fine and others are attracted to the same-sex and that’s also fine. But what isn’t fine is your need to bully and discriminate against those who don’t share your interests!

“Calling me a bigot just makes you a bigot too.”

Bigot: a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

Now that we have that out of the way, it is not bigot to call out someone for being a bigot. You cannot call me a bigot because you are the one being intolerant of someone else’s life. You want to deprive people of their basic human rights and yes you will be called out on it. You can have your opinion and you can wear it for the rest of your life, but don’t you dare try to enforce that opinion onto other people. Two consenting adults in a loving relationship whether they are two men or two women should be able to have the same rights as everyone else. Please remember, that gay people don’t want to make other people gay. Homophobes want to make other people homophobic. Who has the real agenda here?

Homophobia makes no sense! (Part one)

 “Marriage should be between a man and a woman, because it has always been this way.”

Marriage ‘should’ be between two adults who love each other. It shouldn’t matter if they are two men or two women. Marriage is a manmade concept and not created by god. Secondly, there have been gay marriages prior to the spread of Christianity. It was more of a taboo topic and people were killed because of it, especially around the time Christians began enforcing their beliefs onto other people. Some can say this was one of the many reasons the Roman Empire fell. It may have been the norm then but it surely isn’t the new norm now, the LGBT Community has the right to marry so get over it.

“Homosexuality is a choice.”

It is certainly not a choice! Please stop with this lie about everyone being born heterosexual. You are born with your sexual orientation and it has been proven scientifically, you don’t choose the gender you are attracted to. It’s becoming really sad that homophobic assholes are trying so hard to invalidate someone’s life because it doesn’t fit within the guidelines of their religion. It would make more sense if you were to attack rapist, murderers and pedophiles that are actually harmful to society. Two consenting adults in a loving relationship not harming anyone shouldn’t be on your list of attack, just saying.

“Homosexuality is condemned in the Bible.”

We have this wonderful thing called freedom of and freedom from religion. You can have your religion, practice it day and night. You can wear it on your sleeve and scream it from the rooftops. It becomes a problem when you try to enforce it onto other people. The government realized that it can’t ban gay marriage because it was pandering to an ideology that it should’ve never been supporting in the first place. It’s understandable that your little world is being shaken and the government isn’t putting your religion on a pedestal, but can we please get over these same stupid arguments!

“Homosexuality is wrong because it is unnatural.”

There are at least 450 species in the animal world that have been recorded having same-sex partners. It also has been proven that you don’t choose what gender you are attracted to, with that said it is perfectly natural to be gay. Just because your religious text says it’s not doesn’t validate anything in your argument. It just makes you look even more stupid.

“Gay marriage is wrong because homosexuals do not procreate.”

Again, you are using the bible to justify your argument and even so that isn’t a good one either. There are couples who are heterosexual that can’t produce children. What if an elderly couple were to marry? You are shaming more than just the LGBT Community in this argument. You are shaming anyone who can’t produce children. Everyone may not want children either! What is so wrong about two adults being in a loving relationship? What is so wrong with that?

Blog (responding to articles via internet)

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In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner.

I decided to respond to an article that lists twelve things you should never ask your boyfriend. I find many of these quite funny actually, as I can see the situation being played out. However, I will explain why some of these situations showcase insecurities in a person and how some of these may signify deeper problems than just a mere ‘question’.

"Should I get my hair cut?"
I can understand this one being a legit honest question. I’ve asked my partner this a lot and I get a straightforward honest answer. “No, I think your hair looks great” or “yeah, maybe you should consider getting it trimmed”. I don’t see how this is a question that can’t be asked altogether? I don’t understand how anyone can get mad if they get an honest answer, and to say that well you didn’t like my hair prior to it getting cut signifies you really didn’t want an opinion, you just wanted to pick a fight.

"Which dress looks best?"
(Again) you ask for an opinion and get mad at the answer you get. I never get mad at the answers I get from my partner because I asked him and he answered it to the best of his ability. Not all men are afraid of giving their honest opinion on fashion, but to get mad at the option they choose is just annoying. I may not like the shirt that my partner likes, but I’m not going to make that the option if I’m seeking opinions. I will pick the two I like and decipher from there and if I need his opinion I’ll ask and lean into the direction of the opinion that was given.

"Do you want to come to my mom's birthday party?"
I do this a lot to my partner but he mostly just either says ‘yes’ or if he really can’t participate he will say I have plans. I’m perfectly fine with it. I have gone to functions without him and vice versa. I feel like asking your partner to participate and not forcing them is so much better. You wouldn’t want to be forced into a situation you didn’t want to be in, and it should be reciprocated.

Literally anything about your weight. Anything.
This is a question I literally don’t touch with a six foot pole. It can get quite sensitive for me and my partner knows not even bring it up, even though time to time I’ll weigh myself and he’ll try to comfort me when I get depressed about my slow progress of losing weight.

"Did your ex do this better?"
This is also a big ‘no’ in my books as well. I would never ask anything about my partner’s ex and ask if I’m better than that person. I’m not a direct comparison to someone else. I want to be the person that he became attracted to not a direct comparison or competition.

 "Do find Jennifer Lawrence attractive?"
There’s a difference between saying hey I think this person is attractive vs hey want to get with that person. I’ve told my partner that I’ve seen guys I think were attractive looking and vice versa. It doesn’t mean we are lusting over that person, it just means that we have ‘eyes’ and we aren’t dead!

"How often do you masturbate?"
Some couples like to masturbate together. Some couples like to watch porn together. My partner masturbates but I don’t ask him about it because it makes for such a weird conversation.

"Notice anything different?"
I’ve never said this ever. I’d just show off what I bought or if I did something to alter my appearance in anyway shape or form, my partner will notice right away. After all, we look at each other (literally) every single day. He will notice if I bought a new shirt, got my haircut, shaved etc. It’s a little unfair however for those who aren’t as observant, it’s not that they ignore the little things it’s just they don’t notice them right away.

"Was that the best sex you've ever had?"
This is another one I wouldn’t ask my partner because it makes for awkward conversation. I like all the times we have sex because we are in a relationship and we are going to have to have some form of sexual attraction towards one another, otherwise we are just friends playing house. I can understand talking about things that turn you on sexually and wanting to try new things in bed but not ‘yeah was this better than the other times?’ and jumping down the road of argument.

"What are you thinking about?"
I’ve never asked my partner this and vice versa because we tend to be very open about our feelings. He knows when I’m upset because I wear my heart on my sleeve and I know when he’s upset because he’s very vocal about it. It’s all about keeping communication open between the two of you.

"Can we talk?"
This could mean anything. I wouldn’t take it as if oh yeah we are about to break out spill. It may seem a little daunting but at times in relationship the ‘serious’ talk does happen and well you have to be prepared for it. It’s like ripping off a bandage, once you’ve gotten over the sting the rest can just flow. I have pulled this card with my partner on several occasions and mostly they were about other scenarios and not us, it felt like a serious discussion so I used a serious tone. Communication in a relationship is important otherwise you won’t have a relationship.

"Are you still going to the gym?"
I wouldn’t bother ever asking this question unless I was looking for my partner to work out at the gym with me.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pathological goes to Rio with Kia

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The Kia Rio for a while carried the image of being a budget car nothing more. Those who needed a cheap means of getting around considered the Rio because of it's ultra-low base price. Now times have changed however, and the Kia Rio is far from the cheap car that it used to be. It's still affordable and offers much new technology for such a low asking price. Has Kia finally stepped up their game? Or is it a case of all style no substance?

Performance: The Kia Rio only comes with one engine and that's a 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 138hp. There's plenty of pace for city and highway driving, and fuel economy is really good as well. The engine is paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six speed automatic gearbox. Picking between the two depends on your tastes.

Ride & Handling: The Kia Rio ride often feels firm and never settled over bumps and potholes. If you get the top of the range trim with the low profile tires, the ride comfort will suffer a bit more. Handling is okay, it's not as sporty as a Fiesta but it does offer a secure feeling. The only downside is the steering can often feel numb at times.

Refinement: Wind noise is well suppressed but very little else. Engine noise is often joined by tire noise slapping on the road. The gearshift is a bit notchy too. On long journeys this can make things a bit tiresome unless you turn the radio up a bit to drain out the noise.

Behind the wheel: This car is very easy to get comfortable in because the driving position is adjustable and should suit everyone. The seats are flat and firm. The controls are simple and well placed. The big problem however is the small rear window and thick pillars, which restrict rear visibility.

Space & Practicality: The Rio offers an impressive amount of space for four adults. There's plenty of headroom and legroom to go round. The boot offers plenty of space for its size and the rear seats fold 60/40 for added versatility.

Equipment: The base trim level misses out on power windows and power door locks. But you do get air-con and a CD-player standard. You'll have to step up to the EX trim to get power door locks, windows and Bluetooth connectivity. SX trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, power folding exterior mirrors, auto headlights with LED day time running lamps and a sports tuned suspension.

Buying & Owning: The Kia Rio is one of the most affordable cars on the market. However, the value factor slowly disappears when you climb up the trim levels. The base trim loses out on features that should be standard, while the top of the range seems rather overpriced for what it is. Running costs should be low thanks to good fuel economy, while resale unknown.

Quality & Reliability: The Kia Rio overall interior quality feels good. The quality of the materials used feel sturdy and long lasting. A huge step forward for the brand. Reliability has been average for the Kia brand.

Safety & Security: All Rios come equipped with front and side curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are standard as well. It should also be as thief-proof as other contemporary Kias.

The Kia Rio has really stepped up its game since it was first released in the U.S. No longer is it the car you'd choose because it’s the cheapest to buy. The new generation of the Rio is stylish, practical and even offers good fuel economy. However, the only disappointing factors are the kit level for the base trim and the disappointing driving experience compared to the Ford Fiesta. If you can ignore these few little faults, you'll find that the Rio is a great car with good value for the money.

Devon's Pick: SX trim may be the most expensive of the Rio range. It's the only version of the Rio that offers the most attractive features such as those LED daytime running lamps and flashy alloy wheels. It's worth spending the extra but it loses the value for money factors.

Likes: Good fuel economy, stylish exterior looks, practical and offers good value for the money.

Dislikes: Not as comfortable or fun to drive as a Ford Fiesta, the base trim is very disappointing.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We test drive the Audi A3

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The perception of luxury is beginning to change and the proof is the Audi A3. It may be the most inexpensive way to leap into Audi’s Line-up. But at least it’s not a penalty box. Here’s why:

The 1.8 turbo that was shared with the Volkswagen Golf is no longer offer. Instead you get to choose from two very potent 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The front-wheel-drive configurations get 186hp while the versions with Quattro All-wheel-drive get the familiar 220hp output. Pick of the range depends on what you want the most from your A3. If you really do need the extra traction your only choice is to get the more powerful engine option, while everyone will find that the front-wheel-drive form is good enough for their needs. Our tester car came equipped with the all-wheel-drive seeing that the first time around when we drove the A3 it was front-wheel-drive and had a 1.8 turbo engine.

The A3 is quite easy to drive around town and is very nimble. What we enjoyed the most about the A3 is how refined it felt without ever feeling dull or boring. The 2-liter turbo engine offered the low-end torque that we loved especially when merging and overtaking on faster paced roads. We did get the chance to experience the all-wheel-drive in action as it did rain during our test. The grip was there and we loved it but like we said prior, you’ll have to really want it to justify the slight increase in price and the spike in running costs. The 1.8 turbo we tested proved that the front-wheel-drive A3 is just as capable of holding its own on slippery surfaces. Steering feedback was where it should be, it provided enough feedback to provide confidence in corners and bends without being overly heavy like in some BMW vehicles we’ve encountered. Wind and road noise are far from an issue but the ride comfort can get slightly too firm with the larger alloy wheels. The sports suspension option that our tester car came equipped with made the ride comfort overly firm and borderline unforgiving. It would’ve been different if the A3 had the trade-off of fantastic handling like the Mini Hardtop 4-door Cooper S, but it’s nowhere near as good as the Mini.

Audi knows how to make an interior and the A3 is no exception to this, even though the A3 is the cheapest of the range. The materials used inside of the cabin feel high class and well put together, you won’t have any complaints about the interior. We love how the infotainment system leaps out of the dash, it adds a bit of classiness to the overall impressive interior layout. The controls and dials are easy to read and are also easy to navigate through. What we love the most is how everything feels substantial and doesn’t feel like it’s built to a price. The front seats offer plenty of support while those in the rear seat will feel shortchanged on legroom. The boot space is actually quite good for such a small sedan.

The A3 we had as a tester car was the Premium Quattro which came fitted with the following options: keyless entry with push button start, sport front seats with Audi drive select, heated front seats and a sports suspension riding on 18-inch alloy wheels. Bi-xenon headlamps, dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof and leather-wrapped gear selector all come standard on the A3.

The Audi A3 is a great option for those who want an Audi but can’t afford the price premium of the A4. However, just like the CLA we have to say that the A3 is pretty hard to justify when there are so many indirect rivals that offer more standard kit and a bigger backseat. You’ll really have to want an Audi to be willing to dish out the premium that is associated with it. Our tester car mildly kitted came with a price tag near $40k and well for that money we could go elsewhere and get more value for our money.

Likes: The new 2-liter turbo engine is way better than the old 1.8 turbo. The interior is classy with high quality materials used.

Dislikes: The A3 is bland to look at. Our tester car was pretty pricey and that was just the entry-level trim.

Our pick: The premium with front-wheel-drive will be enough for most buyers. You don’t really need all-wheel-drive unless you just have to have the extra traction. Otherwise, running costs wise and performance wise the front-wheel-drive is just as good and can hold its own well.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pathological tries out a Compass from Jeep

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The previous generation of the Jeep Compass was an absolute joke that had no one laughing. It literally was one of the worse crossovers you could opt for, but with deep discounts it kept it a favorite among rental car lots and budget buyers. The new Compass however Jeep is hoping to change things but has it done enough?

 You only get the choice of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder pumping out 180hp. You can opt for a six-speed manual gearbox but that only comes with the entry-level Sport and Latitude Trim levels. Our tester car was the top of the range Limited which came with a nine-speed auto gearbox. It came with mixed reviews as many felt that it was just way too many gears for the amount of horsepower the engine produced, while others thought that the engine and trans pairing was more ‘okay’ and just not that refined. Driving around town the Compass did feel very comfortable and easy to maneuver around, while on the highway you’ll feel like you had fewer gears as the engine horsepower gets lost in all the gears. The engine is flexible when up to speed and doesn’t really make too much of a racket while at cruising speeds. The engine stop/start technology isn’t as smooth as it could be but it does a decent job and you can deactivate it if you find it annoying.

The front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of support and adjustability, while those in the second row won’t have anything to complain about as it is decent in space. The boot space is also generous too but it isn’t class leading. The infotainment system is easy to use and simple in operation, but the several menus can get quite distracting while on the go. The one area that we wish that FCA would improve on is the interior quality. It just doesn’t seem up to snuff with the rest of the competition. It’s great that Jeep has improved interior quality and also improved the Compass dynamically, but it still isn’t as great as it could be.

Our tester car (Limited) came with a sunroof, heated leather seats, navigation system with back-up camera. 4x4 system, dual-zone climate control, HID headlights and a security group package. It’s really hard trying to justify this version of the Compass as it is close to $40k and well for that amount of money there are some real heavy hitters that will give the Compass a run for its money in quality and refinement.

We enjoyed our short time with the Compass and found it to be light years better than the outgoing model. However, the nine-speed auto gearbox isn’t refined and FCA reliability record hasn’t been great. If you want the most capable compact crossover of the lot than this is your best bet, however you can buy a Subaru XV and it’s just as capable. It may not have the flexible engine but the running costs are lower and the refinement is much better.

Likes: Light years better than the previous generation, Trailhawk version has the most off-road prowl.

Dislike: Refinement of the transmission and build quality needs to be improved; otherwise this fresh new design is just a coat of primer.

Our pick: Ditch the Sport and go right for the Latitude. You get plenty of kit standard and the price isn’t too expensive like the Limited. The Trailhawk is the option for those who are going to do off-roading in this, but at the price point. You minus well consider a Subaru XV which is similarly priced, more refined and more reliable.

We test drive a Outlander Sport (2.4 GT)

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport maybe one of Mitsubishi's top selling crossovers, but in a crowd full of heavy hitters. Does the Outlander Sport still have what it takes to really stand out? 

You can choose between two enignes and both seem very odd. The standard 2-liter four-cylinder doesn't offer the flexibility you'd desire on the highway but it feels more than up to the job for driving around town. We'd say it's best to avoid the all-wheel-drive with this engine as it really isn't needed. The optional 2.4 is the pick of the range. You may have to pay a little bit more in the purchase price but the engine feels more than up for the job in both city driving and highway driving. The 2-liter is the only engine that can be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the CVT (continously variable transmission) is the better choice for lower running costs. 

The Outlander Sport isn't sporty at all. We do love the comfortable ride that is associated with it. The 18-inch alloys really doesn't make the ride firm but on faster paced roads the ride can offten feel unsettled and the steering is more on the numb side. It doesn't feel as sharp to drive like we'd like it to be but for what it offers it's not disappointing in any sense. Road noise is nothing to complain of but wind noise can be heard at highway speeds. It's far from a deal breaker. 

The interior layout is pretty much straight forward. It's not as flashy as some of its rivals but the fact that the layout is simple and easy to navigate through is a plus in our eyes. The more expenisve higher trims get a full-touch screen infotainment system that feels sort of dated compared to the rest of the conpetition. We wish that Mitsubishi put a little bit more effort in it because it would pretty much be the best in class. It's simple to use and the most logically laid out in terms of menus and interface. The front seats do offer decent comfort but the driving position is just way too awkward. The rear seat offers plenty of space while the boot offers decent space too. It's actually more generous than the size of the vehicle suggests. 

Our tester car 2.4 GT came equipped with roof rails, fog lamps, HID headlights, all-wheel-drive and rear spoiler. Push button ignition switch, power folding mirrors and rain sensing windshield wipers also come kitted as standard. The generous amount of standard featues for such a low price did spark a lot of interest in the vehicle. It fit within our budget and resulted in the purchase of the vehicle. 

The Outlander Sport certianly won't please everyone, but that's okay because it's not meant to. It's the cheapest way into a crossover, with low running costs and high standard features. Some may be worried about residuals and the fact that the Outlander Sport feels a little dated compared to its rivals. You could pick some great crossovers in this segment but the Outlander Sport is one of those crossovers that really is worthy of the shortlist. 

Likes: Low running costs with stylish looks inside out. Standard kit is generous and it's quite comfortbale to drive. 

Dislikes: It feels its age. Residuals are low. 

Our pick: Ditch the 2-liter and go right for the 2.4 GT which with deep discounts makes it the best buy of the compact crossover segment.