"Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children." An article in Slate. So let me answer in the most adult manner I can, because that's what you'll respect. Fuck you. Fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I grew up at a time where reading, believing and taking seriously anything online was the height of childhood foolishness. You're getting into Dickens and Warton? Good for you. Know where they have people read those books, when they're YA (I read them in high school). Lots of people online are talking about how they're proud to read YA. Hell, I read Neil Gaiman's Instructions and loved that book. It's a wonderful story (yes, there is a story in there). Every generation has some self-selected, wooly-headed prognosticator who likes to mark the bright line between what is childish (what you like) and what is adult (what they like). Comics, cartoons, fairy tales, Disney movies, whatever. "You should be ashamed." Fuck you. You should be ashamed to confuse "adult" with boring, pedantic, and confused narrative disguising itself and "sophisticated" literature. It's not. It's just bad story. And if you've been reading my blog long enough you know nothing, nothing, trumps story. Hobble off and play with your adult toys, I'll be over here constructing whole worlds with my Legos and Lincoln Logs. (Grokked from so many people)
George Takei and and his take on the current insanity in the GOP. Yes, this.
Someone posts a woman's STD status on a slut shamming site. Someone is a-gonna pay a big fine and never work in the healthcare industry again. It's called HIPAA, and it's about to slap a lot of people around. (Note, I washed everything out of my post on working in healthcare, there's nothing in there you could tie back to a patient, this is how it works). (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
Fact checking recent claim on climate change. Guess who is on which side. No, go ahead and guess. (Grokked from Geoff Landis)
I've been wanting to write up my thoughts about the release of Bowe Bergdahl. Like many a military/political issue, Jim Wright beat me to the punch. Also read his counter point article. One thing not mentioned, though, is the war is coming to an end. At the end of hostilities you exchange prisoners. No matter how much I personally loath the Taliban (a bunch of presumptuous students with a penchant for administration whom the other Mujahideen left administer the territories behind the front because they didn't want the fuckers around at the front where they could get everyone killed, who got too big for their britches and thought everyone should think like they do), you also don't hold prisoners after hostilities are over. That's a war crime. Also note, the reasons people are upset we let five "high ranking" Taliban go are the reasons we should have tried the Gitmo prisoners in civilian courts instead of treating them as enemy combatants/POWS.
"US Marshals swept into the offices of police in Sarasota, Florida to whisk away records related to operation of "stingray" surveillance tools that the ACLU had requested." Look, an actual scandal. Probably won't see this anywhere.
"What I am saying, however, is that it is utterly inconsistent to claim the Framers as one’s moral foundation while parading around with the US Constitution one’s shirt pocket and then arguing from the anti-Federalist POV. At a minimum it shows that one does not understand one’s own arguments." On the insanity of willful ignorance of the right. Those that claim to know History, and the True Meaning of the Constitution are often the same types who claim to venerate the Bible but not understand that Jesus represented a new covenant with God. Can you read the Bible without accepting that? Sure, but then to base your arguments on the veneration of the document becomes meaningless. (Grokked from Janiece)