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Monday, February 8, 2016

Linkee-poo is running

What copyedits look like. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

"New York will investigate high levels of radioactive contamination found in groundwater at Indian Point Energy Center, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday." Well, that's going to leave a mark.

Ohio is only the fourth most depressing state to live in. Or, Ohio, Where Seasonal Affective Disorder is an Official Winter Sport. (Grokked from CC Findlay)

So, what is it like to live in a world of unexamined privilege and discrimination based on "cultural norms"? If you're a man with breast cancer, it's quite obvious. And I can appreciate this, the whole breast cancer story has been built around "women at risk for breast cancer." Want to see how it "normally" works in society, try finding the same thing for women with heart disease. Because "normally" it's "men have heart attacks." And both are just as dangerous. One, because most men don't know they are also at risk for breast cancer, and two, heart disease and especially heart attacks present differently in women. Both of those end up being deadly. All the more so because people in the health care industry also hold those beliefs. Also, just for the record, as a rad tech student I asked our mammography techs that if they had a male patient, if I could be present as a student to learn how mammography is done. And yes, we did have male patients, unfortunately just not on the days I was there.

Why is it important to pay attention to local politics? Crystal City, Texas is a prime example. The Fed have arrested nearly everyone involved in local government on corruption, bribery, fiduciary malpractice, and human trafficking charges. Way to go Texas!

You may have heard me (and others) talk about how far to the right the conservative party has swung over the last 3 decades. You may wonder exactly what I mean by that. Okay, here's an example. "Eight years ago at this time, there was a senator running for president en route to winning his party’s nomination. He supported closing Guantanamo, banning torture, passing comprehensive immigration reform, and creating a cap-and-trade system to address the climate crisis…That candidate’s name was John McCain. His running mate endorsed the same platform. Her name was Sarah Palin." They still continue to the right, always to the right. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Not only is Jeb!'s Mother campaigning for him, his Super PAC aired an ad featuring G. W. Bush. I'm sure that won't be seen as a negative. I'm also sure we won't see any remixes of it. Nope, positives all the way down.

Oh, most of your family has been killed or inducted at gun point to fight a civil war, and you barely escaped being killed yourself while making a desperate run across the border? Well Donald Trump will fly over to your camp and tell you to you face, "go fuck yourself." Now that's compassionate conservatism in action. I'm really getting close to the point of just looking at the GOP line up and shouting, "Burn it! Burn it all with cleansing fire!"

You know, being a progressive I'm used to our own candidates getting into the Firing Squad Circle Formation. It actually is kinda funny when it happens to other people.

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