I posted what I thought was a quite humerous piece about dealing with Pacifists on the General Discussion forum (as opposed to on this Politics and World Affairs Forum). The response was quite surprising - the following quote was a particular good one:- For someone who claims to be a teacher, you show no signs of logical thought or rationality. You seem to have no clue to human nature, and no life-experience in the real world. I suppose you could try to excuse this post as humor, but that would require something to be funny As well as: If you can tell me what Iraq has to do with those terrorist attacks in the USA on 11/09/01, I might begin to consider you something more than an irrational, braindead imbecile. Well hey, I'm as happy as the next guy to have a bit of discussion, but all of the above, and more, was based on my piece about Peace Activists, not on any particular stance I claim to have (or not have). So, stop insulting me in the discussion forum and lets talk serious up here in the Politics forum. Here goes:- Humour is something we often use to point out the absurdities of human existence. Jokes often play on stereotypes that although not necessarily true, have a grain of truth about them that we all recognise. This is what makes them funny. Stand up comedians do whole routines about mundane topics such as shopping, the office party, dating, sex, affairs, whatever. These all poke fun at us, human beings. We laugh at men, women, politicians, children, pets, race, gender etc. But what is and isn't acceptable. Are there ANY topics that are not acceptable (eg 'Home Alone IV' the scariest one yet, staring Michael Jackson) Is this sick, racist, sexist, homophobic or just mildly amusing? Q, What do you call a man with no legs or arms floating in the sea? A,- Bob. Is this cruel or funny? Do Peace activists have some behaviour traits that are amusing to others? Is George Bush someone who some may find a figure of fun? Can a black person tell a racist joke? Can we laugh at male/female differences? Is humour off-limits on some topics? Should it be? Over to you.