Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had weeks that were significantly less shitty than mine.
Before I get to the Comment o’ the Week, I wanted to briefly mention an issue that cropped up yesterday here on the blog. Stacey had posted something about Bristol Palin’s recent interview in which she stated the obvious: that abstinence-only education doesn’t frigging work. The post was on-topic because of the simple fact that abstinence-only education is completely illogical and yet continually pushed by people (often Christian fundamentalists), to the detriment of our children.
Apparently the post sparked some controversy, and due to worries that it was too politically biased and offensive to some readers, Stacey deleted it.
This is the first time something like that has happened, so among the Skepchicks we never discussed what someone should do with a post she no longer felt should be public. The deletion of this article sparked that conversation, and we agreed that this isn’t something that should happen again in the future. We’ve also gone over alternatives to deletion, such as locking thread comments and editing posts to include flagged updates.
I’m sorry for those of you who were participating in the thread and were left wondering where it went. Stacey offered to restore the post but unfortunately, once a post is deleted in that way, it’s gone for good.
On the bright side, you have my assurance that this won’t happen again, and I’m sure that we’ll have plenty more politically-charged posts in the future for your bickering pleasure.
Okay, on to Comment! O! The! Week!
I’m in a remarkably cruddy mood, so while sorting through the nominations for COTW, I decided to just go with the first one that made me laugh out loud, and I mean that in the purest sense: the very first comment I read that caused me to involuntarily emit a sound of joy. Here it is:
durnett // Feb 18, 2009 at 10:29 am
I think that â€œEternal Reefsâ€ is a little obscure for the name of a company that turns cremated remains into fish habitat.
I would have gone with â€œAshes to Splashesâ€.
Oh, Durnett, you slay me. Congratulations, you win an eternal resting place in a watery grave . . . IN THE LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS. You think I’m joking? Well I’m not. That’s right, The Sun found the place using Google and then convinced PLATO, the DEAD PHILOSOPHER, to write a sidebar article about it.