What an odd headline. Isn’t nature always out of the realm of human control? Isn’t that what an “act of nature” *is*? Even if there had been fewer quakes in the past, it doesn’t mean humans had more control over nature, back in the good ol’ days before the gays and the socilaists.
vruz: is MSNBC out of control ? welcome to mainstream media.
Oh, up the shut fuck, honey. You remind me of when people would pick up their blood test results at the hospital and frown and look disappointed because they were healthy. If you want trouble, go piss on a houseplant.
There must be a sub-law of Newton’s First Law of Motion that applies to hopes. When a person wants something and hears there is a chance they may get what they want, no matter how slim the chance, it is impossible not to get one’s hopes up.
A hope in motion will stay in motion, unless an outside force acts upon it.
Wrong category. File under Hearts and Hope, Normal . (And good luck to whatever, sweets.)
The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans’ evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them.
vruz: on the other hand, we’re fucked if the ones who follow this evolutionary path don’t have more children.
I hereby propose a reverse-malthusian approach for liberals. Conservatives don’t need to apply, there’s enough of you already.
VRUZ: that’s the problem. Liberal women have fewer kids. And as my dad used to lament, “the left can’t shoot”. The right controls the military and the money. What have we got left on the left? Macrame and good intentions?*
*From which we get abortions like Sendero Luminoso, etc. But…
He’s right, it does seem counterintuitive, but I have called on Alex in times of trouble and he really is there, if by “call” you mean “unburdened myself while somewhat tipsy in a bar.” But hell, maybe I’ll try this “calling” thing right now. PICK UP THE DAMN PHONE ALEX!!!
Now, Doree,this is a slippery slope. If you get Alex to call you, who knows…soon he might find himself licking a stamp. Mailing a letter to his mom. Phone calls are a gateway drug. Think twice, eh?
The American people are nowhere nearly as reactionary as many middle class liberals I know insist. For what its worth (not all that much in America’s corporate managed dollar democracy), popular U.S. attitudes on key policies and values have long stood well to the left of both of the two dominant U.S. political parties, the investor class, and the nation’s “mainstream” (corporate) media. Contrary to pundits’ routine description of the U.S. as a “center-right nation:”
* 71 percent of Americans think that taxes on corporations are too low (Gallup Poll, April 2007), 66 percent of Americans think taxes on upper-income people are too low (Gallup Poll, April 2007) and 62 percent believe corporations make too much profit (Pew Survey 2004).
* 77 percent of Americans think there is too much power concentrated in the hands of a few big companies (Pew Survey 2004), 84 percent think that big companies have too much power in Washington (Harris Poll 2007), and two-thirds think that “big business and big government work together against the people’s interests” (Rasmussen Reports, 2009).
*A majority of American voters think that the United States’ “most urgent moral question” is either “greed and materialism” (33 percent) or “poverty and economic injustice” (31 percent). Just 16 percent identify abortion and 12 percent pick gay marriage as the nation’s “most urgent moral question” (Zogby, 2004). Thus, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the population think that injustice and inequality are the nation’s leading “moral issues” (Katherine Adams and Charles Derber, The New Feminized Majority [Paradigm, 2008], p.72).
* Just 29 percent of Americans support the expansion of government spending on “defense.” By contrast, 79 percent support increased spending on health care, 69 percent support increased spending on education, and 69 percent support increased spending on Social Security (Chicago Council on Foreign Relations [hereafter “CCFR”], “Global Views,”2004).
* 69 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide health coverage to all U.S. citizens (Gallup Poll, 2006) and 67 percent “think it’s a good idea [for government] to guarantee health care for all U.S. citizens, as Canada and Britain do, with just 27 percent dissenting” (Business Week, 2005).
* 59 percent of Americans support a single-payer health insurance system (CBS/New York Times poll, January 2009) and 65 percent of Americans respond affirmatively to the following question: “Would you favor the government offering everyone a government-administered health insurance plan – something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and over get – that would compete with private health insurance plans?” (CBS-New York Times, September 23, 2009)
Jeez, Louise. Could it be that stereotypes are not so right all the time? (See my earlier rant on anti-Americanism.)
‘A social services department is facing mounting criticism tonight for failing to stop a mother starving her seven-year-old daughter to death despite numerous warnings.
Khyra Ishaq, who weighed just 2st 9lb (16.8kg), was said by a paramedic to be like a concentration camp victim when she was finally rescued from her home.
She later died in hospital from infection caused by extreme malnutrition.
The tragedy of Khyra’s death was summed up by a high court judge who said: “It is beyond belief that, in 2008, in a bustling, energetic and modern city like Birmingham, a child of seven was withdrawn from school and thereafter kept in squalid conditions for a period of five months before finally dying of starvation.”’
This heartbreaking news is just the latest in a grim succession of cases where young children are killed by their parents or carers. I just wondered, is this a British thing, or does it happen everywhere?
I can’t compare statistics but yes, it happens everywhere. For example, in Spain, it’s often a result of impending divorce where the parent who feels rejected or who thinks they’ll lose custody kills the kids and them themself. Or in cases of male to female domestic violence, sometimes the husband is so enraged at the wife that the kids are collateral damage. I did a lot of research on murder in college (ok, more than 25 years ago). Murder does adapt to local social conditions, but don’t think it doesn’t happen.
I agree with this 100%. Although with Britain rather than the US, of course. It just seems kind of disrespectful. I will give plenty of passes (and I don’t usually care that much) — if they manage to say something constructive or thought provoking or genuinely nothing more…
Well, yes and no. I agree with the American thing, since my son’s American GF remarked on how much American-bashing she sees over here. But I’m proud to hate my country, and if you want to join in, then fill yer boots as far as I’m concerned.
I’m sick of America-bashing too, but let’s define it. An intelligent discussion of what’s going on in politics, cutural differences and misunderstandings….open the wine and let’s yack. BUT: people who I meet at a bar, a party,on a job, on the Metro platform who, no sooner than learning of my nationality, start spouting “you fucking people…” - drop the fuck dead. (Just let me try to suggest that Spain, where I live, has a bit of a dodgy history in terms of colonialism, human rights, etc - like most former empires - and you’ll see them spew flames.) And those of you who went out of your way to casually say to me, in the days after 9/11, “you people deserved it…all those people in the towers were rich Wall Street types..” thank you so much. Or those of you who also said that the people in New Orleans were just going to enjoy their insurance benefits…read a fucking newspaper once in a while. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you do, inform yourself and speak to the person, not the passport. (And if you continue to give me shit, Santa Claus better bring you a shiny new nose for Christmas. ) Don’t fuck with me. New York born of Irish-Catholic immigrants with a serious feminist backbone…I’ll be your worst nightmare. Or, your best friend. You decide.
I took Lee to the vet this morning to get an ultrasound because there was some concern that her liver enzymes were elevated and the drug cocktail of medicines with names like metronidazole and Denamarin was not working, and so, when I finally got the vet on the phone, she said they had to see…
I cried reading this. Lee has the best personality of any dog in the world, sorry other dogs. I hope she continues to be decrepit but happy for many years to come.
“White people also like Farmer’s Markets because it is outdoors (they love being outdoors), they can bring their dogs and children in expensive strollers, and they get to see other white people. If they are single, this is a good place to meet other single white people who share their passion for sustainability.”—
I like Farmer’s Markets because I can get good food at relatively decent pricedsand I don’t have to be under the same roof as Yups with pricey strollers, I can talk loud, chat with the vendors, and ignore the other patrons. It’s all how you look at it.
Granted, he is like 6 years older than me. Still, in that time he has graduated from Duke undergrad, NYU Medical School, has completed his surgical rotation, and is now a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is also married with three kids.
Meanwhile, I consider it an accomplishment to have something to do in a day that requires putting on pants.
These are the inherent dangers of social networking.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. What makes you so sure this guy can put on pants?
How did the song “Hole in My Dick” come about? Chris: That is a crazy story. Joey: One night after a show, we went to the condo to party and Anthony, Chris, and I had our fuck moccasins on. Chris and I were fucking Anthony’s girlfriend (with his blessing) when she looked over and saw Anthony rump-running some other chick and she flipped out. She couldn’t stand to see Anthony disrespecting another woman. They had crazy arguments and she was über-jealous. She had tried to kill herself maybe 30 times. Anyway, they argued for a while and she ended up making Anthony fuck the girl vaginally, which he hated. The next day when Anthony woke up, he found that his dick had been nailed to a coffee table. There were a bunch of people who could have done it, but we never found out who did. Anyway, that’s how “Hole in My Dick” came about. Anthony wrote the lyrics and Chris wrote the music. Anthony: Most people thought it was about a lover forlorn, but it wasn’t really. It was actually about an actual hole in my dick.