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

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Linkee-poo has a case of the "don'twannas"

"She thanks all donors for their 'relentless gay support, relentlessly.'" Followup to that story about the rainbow-colored jars and neighbors threatening to call the cops unless the widowed mother of 4 stopped her "relentless gay support." (Grokked from Dan)

The problem of airplane stowaways. Many die on the journey because they hitch rides in un-pressurized and unheated compartments. Of course part of me thinks, "Wait, wasn't this a plot point in Sherlock?"

The most interesting man in the world. I don't often like the commercials he stars in, but him, he seems to be interesting.

"(I)t is beyond dispute that critical thinking has been abandoned as a cultural value. Our failure as a society to connect the dots, to see that such anti-intellectualism comes with a huge price, could eventually be our downfall." While I agree that there is a common societal thread to embrace anti-intellectualism and a pride that comes along with that action, I disagree (and the article contradicts) the assertion that anti-intellectualism is the root of racism. It allows racism to flourish and grow, but prejudice is the root of racism. "Indeed, these corporate interests encourage anti-intellectualism, conditioning Americans into conformity and passive acceptance of institutional dominance. They are the ones who stand to gain from the absurd levels of fear and nationalism that result in militaristic foreign policy and absurdly high levels of military spending (link is external). They are the ones who stand to gain from consumers who spend money they don’t have on goods and services they don’t need. They are the ones who want a public that is largely uninformed and distracted, thus allowing government policy to be crafted by corporate lawyers and lobbyists. They are the ones who stand to gain from a prison-industrial complex that generates the highest rates of incarceration in the developed world. They are the ones who stand to gain from unregulated securities markets." Yes, that. (Grokked from Cat Rambo)

Getting the synthetic estrogens out of our water. While the report talks mostly about spillover from birth control pills, most of the synthetic estrogen (and estrogen like compounds) are industrial wastes. While there's been a lot of concern about spillover (antidepressants, estrogens, viagra, etc), not much attention has been given to these "micro-pollutants" that are the result of industrial processes.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says his chamber will vote on legislation banning most late-term abortions." Well of course they will. Once conservatives gain power, they always vote to ban abortions and hurt women.

"The report says repealing the Affordable Care Act's spending cuts and tax increases would add $137 billion to the deficit over the next ten years, and the number of people with health insurance would drop from 90 percent of the population to 82 percent." Yea, that would be a problem if you were fiscal conservative.

Waterloo. It's more than an Abba song.

Why are so many people trollish? Because some trolls make a lot of money. At this point, it would be hard to argue that Ann Coulter is anything but a troll.

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