Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Monday, February 9, 2015

Linkee-poo is careful with the things you say, children will listen

Sorry, things got a bit hectic last week and over the weekend.

Product Review of The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege from LL Bean. (Grokked from Janiece)

"For the first time, a new study borrows a medical research tool to pinpoint fluorochemicals in the blood of firefighters, identifying novel compounds that have never before been publicly reported." Ah, the joys of proprietary information. What could possibly go wrong? (Grokked from Dan)

"The condition, called fetus in fetu, is thought to occur in 1 in 500,000 births worldwide." Girls can be born pregnant. It's rare, but does happen. Just some more grist for the mill about how the stories we tell ourselves are very wrong. (Grokked from John)

The rich are just like you and me, hiding their money in Swiss accounts with the help and collusion of their bankers all to avoid paying any taxes or follow reporting laws. Cause we all do that, right? (Grokked from Dan)

"How do you get from a place where Barry Goldwater is considered a right-wing extremist to a place where Goldwater is bitterly describing himself as a liberal on some issues because his party and the country in general have moved that far rightward? How do you explain the fact that by any rational post-WWII standard Barack Obama is a moderate conservative – throw an Amy uniform on the man and there is precious little daylight between him and Eisenhower – yet there are legions of Americans who will look you in the eye and tell you with an absolutely straight face that he is some kind of howling Socialist?" A look from an actual historian. And if you think the reason is playing out right in front of us, with all the vindictiveness and politics of division and dog whistling, you haven't been paying attention. The dog whistling is starting again. (Grokked from Janiece)

"'It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kinds of movies,' Doocy added.'" Wow, that's some industrial strength unexamined privilege there, Doocy. Not that they were far from it, but I think that official labels Fox & Friends as trolls. (Grokked from Dan)

It's the "we are awesome" thing all over again. Seriously, conservatives, it's called therapy. The President used the Prayer Breakfast, ad religious gathering (that, hey, at least Fox News is acknowledging that he was in attendance, which will come to the surprise of many conservatives) to "first remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye." But then, that's not conservatives most favorite part of the Bible.

It always amazes me that conservatives just go there. I mean, it's like they're always thinking about engaging in activities, like child porn, rape, all the various degredations they claim the "slippery slope" will lead us to. Because they just so naturally go to those places. It had to be on their minds all the time. Hint to conservatives, progressives don't actually think about committing crimes. You all might want to get a little therapy. Also, you may want to buy a clue. Please, before it's too late.

So, you know how the government, with the powers granted to it by the Patriot Act (I still cringe at that name), can issue "Security letters" or, you know, actually do its job and get a FISA warrant, to look at your various records and that by that law, and the people being served are not allowed to tell you they've been asked for your records, or even admit they have received such a request? Well those crafty people on the internet have figured a way around that. They use what's called a "warrant canary". And now there's a clearing house for all those canaries. (Grokked from Dan)

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