And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Linkee-poo why can't you be true, you've started back doin' the things you used to do

I guess they're remaking the Left Behind movies. Must. Get. WIP. Finished.

Revising the DSM and changing and adding to the categorization of mental disorders among the young. As Lucy said, "If we can find out what you’re afraid of, we can label it." Actually, there's a lot of behind the scenes things going on in there. Make sure to notice how if it's in the DSM, not only does that allow people to get the correct treatment, it also affects what insurance will pay for. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Need a quick Halloween decoration? How about a fold it yourself paper skeleton. (Pointed to by Dan)

"You see, Portman doesn't like our reality, so he has no qualms about making up his own version of facts, and asking Americans to believe him – even though he's blatantly, shamelessly lying." That's our senator from Ohio. There's a difference between "from your point of view" and "just making shit up." Unfortunately one side has decided to go to the "just making shit up" version of things. It's like the new Romney line about "if you include all those people in th ejob force when this recession started and kept them in the numbers of people looking for jobs, our unemployment rate would be…" Sure, change the criteria used to generate a number and you can make it say anything you want. Not to mention that the numbers of people looking for jobs is always changing (people come in and go out of the market, the retire, they go to school, they move somewhere else, they have kids, they die…). To suddenly switch and say, "we're going to make it cumulative" is just an insane argument. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"Residents said they saw a giant image of Mitt Romney's face hovering right above their households. And then that image crashed in the field behind me." An airship with a Romney ad crashes in Florida. The jokes nearly write themselves. (Pointed to by Dan)

Yeah, because it's not intimidating to have your boss talk to you about politics. Not to mention when they threaten your job if you vote "the wrong way." You know that meme of comparing conservatives to the bullies on the playing field? With all this you can kinda see their point, can't you. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Don't let Mitt fool you about the auto bailout. Like many conservatives, he made millions on the deal. You know that whole, "wiped out the investors, saved the union" meme? Yeah, it's mostly bullpuckey. (Pointed to by John)

But then, many conservatives who benefited from the stimulus, which they roundly hate, are now giving to conservatives. Um, hey, guys, you might want to rethink that. But then most people I personally know who took advantage of the "Cash for Clunkers" program were also people who denigrated the program and hate President Obama. Go figure.

Apparently conservatives are upset their own VP muscled his way into a soup kitchen to have a photo op cleaning already cleaned pans. Although, maybe they were actually dirty, but the soup kitchen is nominally non-partisan, and the non-paid president of the organization wasn't consulted about his appearance. Only they're upset at the soup kitchen, not at the photo op chasing VP. They're upset because the people at the soup kitchen told the truth. So now donations are dropping. Hey, you know how conservatives like to talk about how we don't need all that social spending from tax money and that charity donations will be enough. Yeah, kinda proving the opposite here. But then, conservative hate to be proven wrong. And they also like to believe whatever small sacrifice they make is equal to the hell other people go through. It seems like they can't come clean and it takes smaller fish to tell the truth (and then those who told the truth become ostracized). It's just amazing to me that this party continues to draw the popularity it does. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Marco Rubio shows that conservatives still can't tell reality from their bubble thought. This time in regard to the Lilly Ledbetter Act. While I agree with the basic premise that just suing people won't get fair pay. Until companies realize that they may be sued and lose unless they actually pay women fairly. What I think it weird is that conservatives believe the death penalty and harsh prison sentences lower the crime rate (when there's ample evidence to prove they don't - ie. nobody plays the lottery to win the $2 prize), but then have a disjunct that lawsuits don't affect anybody's behavior (when there's ample evidence to that effect - ie. malpractice lawsuits and the overly defensive practice of medicine).

On how "American Exceptionalism" blinds us to the real problems we need to address. While the article blames both parties, I'll have to remind people the constant meme of "Why do lefties hate America" which is rolled out by the right whenever someone on the left points out something that needs to be fixed. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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