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Feb. 21st, 2011

THIS is why I'm vocal about my atheism.


Jan. 19th, 2011

I don't know whether this is hopeful or just sad & oblivious.

Jan. 4th, 2011

Detroit Lives

The decline and re-invention of Detroit, Michigan is a popular subject in the BoingBoing/Reddit internet hipsterverse. Some shoe company sent a camera crew and Johnny Knoxville to document the bottom-up renaissance of Motor City.

Edit: LJ and the site's player don't like each other, so go here for all three parts plus some extras.

Nov. 29th, 2010

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Thank you Glenn Greenwald.

This is the first piece of press I've read on the "Foiled Portland Bombing Plot" that gets to the crux of things: the FBI took this pissed-off kid by the hand and walked him through the whole process of becoming a terror operative so they could have a trophy to wave around. They could have arrested him at any point: intent, conspiracy, buying the dummy explosives, any of it, but they let him play out this whole drama as their end of the disgusting security theater we've been subjected to since 9/11 gave the military-industrial complex an excuse. This hapless fucker is the Judas goat who's supposed to justify the backscatter machines/airport groping, warrantless wiretapping, and other offenses against our civil liberties and national honor that we have to live with every goddamn day. (And you all know about Chertoff's connection to the pornoscanners, right?)

It's so transparent, it's laughable. Even the location is perfect propaganda; Portland, Oregon is the permissive little liberal city where anything goes but nothing happens, so if The Terrorists almost strike here, not only could it happen anywhere, but Jabba the Limbaugh & Friends get to crow about all the hippie stoner Jon Stewart viewers having to eat their words because the FBI "saved" them.

I want to think nobody in my society is stupid enough to get taken in by this rejected premise for a 24 script, but some reactionary nutbag already tried to burn down the "bomber"'s mosque. Thanks, FBI; your commitment to a safe and tranquil America is, as always, unimpeachable.

Nov. 5th, 2010

I have a new favorite band.

Nov. 4th, 2010

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EAT THIS MORNING PEOPLE.  And tell me how you like it.

Nov. 3rd, 2010

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Today has been craptastic for all sorts of reasons.  Let's look at a list.

Oregon's next governor is likely to be a Republican.

In Wisconsin, the only Senator to vote against that Orwellian police state omnibus, the PATRIOT Act, was voted out in favor of a teabagging, climate-denialist high school dropout whose wife bought him an $8 million campaign.

Florida has completely rolled over for the Republicans.  Tragically, Orlando has ousted the man with the biggest, brassiest balls in recent memory to scrape the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Alan Grayson.

The grinning, vapid progeny of pharmacolibertarian favorite Ron Paul and notorious GOP empty suit Dan Quayle have both taken power.  So has South Carolina's Conservative Party Line Barbie, Nikki Haley (speaking of empty suits).  The Tea Party's "populist revolution" has conveniently secured Congressional, Senatorial, and Gubernatorial seats across the country for big-business Republicans, and this dangerous idiot is our new Speaker of the House.

There's a lot of blame to spread around for this debacle, but a hefty helping belongs with liberal voter apathy and the entire Democratic approach to campaigning.  Our team does not play to win.  The Democrats don't get their hands dirty.  They won't meet the GOP and its proxies down in the mud, they won't hit as hard as Fox and the Republicans do, they won't lock arms and steamroll.  And it's killing us.  Again!

This is my last election of matching step with progressive optimism and trusting the purported Left to fight for society, humanity, and a fact-based approach to problem-solving with the same fervor with which I vote for those ideals.  I thought party solidarity could square off with the Right's propaganda-fueled jingoist groupthink, but there turned out to be no there there.  Progressive solidarity goes as far as acknowledging we all watch The Daily Show, and look what that got us, a rally about how to be more polite to people who want to tear down everything we care about.

FUCK solidarity, and fuck the Democratic Party.

Take it, Cenk.

We want warriors for our cause.

We want representatives who will fight as hard for the poor to access food and medicine as the Right fights to keep gays from visiting their partners in the hospital.

We want legislators who will say, yes, it takes money to make money, so we'll tax you within the limits of reason, and then we'll invest that tax revenue in energy research, in infrastructure, in education, and our entire society will reap exponential rewards.

We want leadership who will confront the errors of our recent history without flinching from their oathbound duty to defend the rule of law and prosecute war criminals and profiteers in the light of day.

We want public servants whose commitment to truly progressive ideals extends far enough beyond careerism to reform campaign finance and reaffirm transparency, accountability, and the reservation of rights for sovereign citizens, not corporations and other legal fictions.

We want committed progressives, and if there aren't any among the carefully-crafted boutique selection of candidates on the Democratic slate the next time around, we'll just have to dig them out ourselves, dust them off, wind them up, point them in the right direction, and then stay behind them with our shoulders to the wheel.

And if the disloyal opposition lines up in our way armed with the same mix of old distortions and off-the-cuff absurdities, wielding the same miserably misspelled signs and screaming the same thought-terminating cliches, run right over the bastards, trample them in the dust, and kick them in the groonies while they're down.

Never apologize,


Oct. 10th, 2010

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In other, better news, regenerative medicine FTW.

Oct. 7th, 2010

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Sometimes it feels like the world went mad ages ago, and there's no digging out of it.  Election seasons especially send me into a spiral of desperation as the same handful of hack puppeteers feed the same pack of outright lies to the electorate, and they eat it with a spoon because they'll cling to any falsehoods that justify their terror-instinct to vote against brown people, gay people, poor people, or what have you.  I know I'm not alone, and I know it can be overwhelming.

There is a simple answer, dear friend.    Every day, in between reading the news and confronting the particular challenges of your own life, check in at Science Daily and just skim the headlines.  We aren't all either atavists or profit-crazed gadget fetishists.  There is work being done that has meaning.  Hunger, disease, poverty, and ignorance are being beaten back -- too slowly for some, but blows are being struck every minute of every day.  Learn about it.  Reassure yourself.  Go to Science Daily, or the science news aggregator of your choice, and tell yourself, "This is what we know today.  What will we know tomorrow?"

Or, failing that:

Sep. 26th, 2010

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Happy Petrov Day.

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