Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How Ferguson showed us the truth about police

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Metallic Flesh

Italian photographer Guido Argentini takes the human form to a whole new level with his photos of painted dancers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

How a $47 Shrimp Treadmill Became a $3-Million Political Plaything

Over the past few years numerous media stories have surfaced about how hard-earned taxpayer dollars are supporting scientists who run shrimp on treadmills: Forbes.com listed shrimp-treadmill research as wasting $3-million in taxpayer dollars, AARP produced a nationally distributed commercial of lab-coat-wearing scientists running shrimp on treadmills to equate the lack of federal support for retiree health-care services to money spent on shrimp-treadmill research, and Mike Huckabee linked the National Science Foundation’s funding of shrimp-treadmill studies to limited military spending.
(David Scholnick, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Word War III: The Inside Story

Here's a little real talk about the book publishing industry — it adds almost no value, it is going to be wiped off the face of the earth soon, and writers and readers will be better off for it. 
(Matthew Yglesias, Vox.com)

Friday, November 07, 2014

Don’t Waste Any Tears on the Democrats

If we progressives hold any hope for the 2016 election year, we'll need to replace Harry Reid. He's outclassed by even the likes of Louie Gohmert.

There are a thousand and one reasons the Democrats lost control of the Senate, but the main one is this: They didn’t stand for a goddam thing.The GOP ran on a single talking point — “We’ll stop Obama” — whereas the Dems couldn't even work up the guts to admit they voted for the man.
What a bunch of empty suits, lacking vision, courage, values, goals — indeed, lacking any sort of apparent dream other than that of being elected to public office.
It’s become a commonplace to criticize President Obama for failing to lead.  I call bullshit on that.  What happened is that his party has failed to follow. (Far from Brooklyn)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Treason in the Air

Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan called for a military coup, but she didn't mean anything by it. Sure she didn't.

Ms Dunnegan's Facebook post reads; "I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military...having not put on a uniform nor taken any type military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief but the constitution gives you the authority. What am I missing? Thank you for your bravery and may God keep you safe."

"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance." Goethe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sen. Chicken Little of South Carolina

Graham was on Fox News Sunday this past weekend to discuss the Islamic State and gave a performance that can be charitably described as unhinged. 

“This is a war we’re fighting!” Graham shouted. “It is not a counterterrorism operation. This is not Somalia. This is not Yemen. This is a turning point in the war on terror. Our strategy will fail yet again. This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.” (Salon.com)

"Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures. … They may accept and even welcome repression if it promises to relieve their insecurities." George Gerbner, Annenberg School for Communication.
"Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear." Bertrand Russell
Sen.  Graham - one of the primary reasons why American's trust in its government is just above that of used car salespersons.