Wednesday, April 30, 2008

No Matter What Is Said . .

*
". . (i)ts about context people and we are not so important that we need to inject our cause into every sentence that comes out of everyone’s mouth."
[From a commenter on Qweerty*, as quoted in NYT political blog, The Caucus]
There are much better ways to deal with bigoted speach than by lettin' our anger manage our reactions; even when the speech is from politicians. I like the quote because it gets to the Unequivocal Real Problem with human beings: distorted self-importance.

You can defend yourself without deluding yourself into thinking that a person expressing themselves poorly by showing off their down-home flavor of ignoramia is an unrequited and socially worthless bigot. They - WE - are dangerous; no doubt about it. Such is life, and it takes a little more effort than a reactionary lashing out to alleviate the damage such ignorance does cause.

Personally, I think the NC Gov'nor should've gone with pushover instead of pansy. He didn't because society demeans homosexual peops fairly casually, even though that's seriously not a very rational state of affairs. But look at society's priorities; at the death and carnage we allow our government to inflict upon other peops in order to merely protect our horrifically wasteful and destructive, and incredibly consumptive and unsustainable way of life, and go figure.

Then think of a more productive way of pointing out how the Gov's use of "pansy" as a pejorative might actually be tactless and impolitic.

Then again, ranting and raving is a rocking way to get shiite out of one's system. And nobody gets hurt if we just remember to lash out in safe venues, and especially to always try to fight subtle battles with subtlety, and the big ones with more intensity.

If we realize that, then we can care what others think about us when it's negative, without succumbing to our own self-doubts.


* I kind of doubt it, but have been unable to get confirmation as, well, ... meh! You figure it out. {-;


* I can't even check the site from work: Weighted Phrase Limit Exceeded says my work's Interwebs software. {sigh}

'-)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Everyone Has Hopes to Dash

No.. I don't think it does.


"The sentence 'Women want men who have power and money' works just as well if you erase the words 'men who have.'"


Which, as a Great Equivocator, I must be quick to add does not mean that it doesn't work for all women. I just think that, irrespective of their being every bit as unavoidably human as men, most women are at least smarter enough ;) to prefer that their man be the one to hold the Wealth and Power, whilst they access it via the holding of their man.

A biologically originated situation which is culturally well cemented for a majority of majorities.

Is this a sexist analysis on my part? Well, considering that the two sexes, though each definitionally of the same species, and each inescapably possessed of both our greatest virtues and weakest faults, are spectacularly and irresolvably different from each other, I don't believe it can be helped. IMO, such knowledge just needs to be utilized in a manner which benefits each half of our single, though constantly evolving, species.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Facts for Thought


Everyone can aspire to "having it made." In the U.S.A., opportunity has always been the watchword; the motto, the credo.

The illusion, or delusion, depending on one's depth of belief (or gullibility.)

Reality, not only unregulated, but purposefully manipulated, is far less Democratic.

Economic View
The Wealth Trajectory: Rewards for the Few


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They report that one out of every 10,000 American families has income in excess of $10.7 million. These lucky duckies number less than 15,000. Put together, they could all fit into a modest-size town. (We could call it Aspen or Nantucket.)

What’s more, the superrich have been getting an increasing slice of the economic pie. In 1980, the top 0.01 percent of the population had 0.87 percent of total income. By 2006, their share had more than quadrupled to 3.89 percent, a level not seen since 1916.

[The Land of Delusion Welcomes Your Wealth!]

Friday, April 25, 2008

Oh! Ye of Too Much Faith



Whilst there are surely those who practice an atheistic philosophy, adherence, whatchamacallit thingy, (I know that I used to be fairly evangelical in my own atheism) most of the folks whom I've met or have really related to online, tend to just not believe in gods and such.

Just sayin'.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Don't Meditate, Medicate!


My bro emailed that to me and it had me LOL. Thing is, I always wanna try and find the source, but a google search on Sarcasma appears to have just turned up others using it w/o a ref. Who knows, though, maybe the source was in there but .. whatevs... They don't sign 'em, I won't 'em.

{sigh} C'est la vie, eh.

(BTW: The bleeding from me eyeballs is well worth the resulting dearth of bloodied, headless co-workers!)

;-]

Addendum: Thanks to Nava for the link to the originating site. Funny stuff o'er yonder!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Articulate This!




You Are 20% Sociopath



You're empathetic, loyal, and introspective.

In other words, there's no way you're a sociopath... but you can spot one pretty easily!



Just, please, have fun. That's all I'm askin'...

'-)



What Michael Means



M is for Misunderstood



I is for Influential



C is for Cheerful



H is for Healthy



A is for Articulate



E is for Extraordinary



L is for Likeable


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Obama Who?

Back at the beginning of 2007, just after the Democrats had retaken (barely) control (Hah!) of both the House and the Senate, I submitted my thoughts that Barack Obama was simply too much of a political unknown quantity for him to be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate. I did then, and I do now, wish sehr heartily that Al Gore would've jumped his stiff neck back into the ring and scooped up the young Senator from Illinois as his running.

I wish I were wrong...

Maybe Not 'Bitter,' But Aware of the Loss
In Western Pa., Witnessing a Steady Decline

...

(T)Yet they find it hard to get worked up about the comments -- as do other Pennsylvanians, judging by polls that so far show little damage from an episode Clinton has worked hard to exploit. Years of watching the decline of the town they have lived in since their family arrived from France in the 1920s has, they suggested, provided perspective that keeps them from getting caught up in 24-hour cable and Internet outrage.

Bob Jeanmenne almost always votes Republican (though he's a Democrat) and Michael almost always votes Democrat (he hasn't decided whom to support next week). But both doubt that Obama's remarks will affect the primary.

"He overstepped his statement, and didn't realize what he was saying. It was a Freudian slip -- he said what's in his mind," said Bob Jeanmenne. "But I don't think it will make much difference."

This town 30 miles south of Pittsburgh illustrates the challenge Obama faces with older, blue-collar Reagan Democrats in the Rust Belt -- a weakness Clinton backers warn may yet hurt the Democrats if he is the nominee. Most Democrats interviewed here said they would vote for Clinton, citing her experience and their fondness for her husband's administration, as well as their unfamiliarity with Obama. Some said they will vote for Obama if he is the nominee; others weren't sure.

Yet while questioning elements of Obama's remarks, residents showed little personal offense. Some, including potential Clinton supporters, questioned her claim to be a grittier alternative to Obama, noting her personal wealth and her husband's signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, blamed for job losses.

"She'd be okay, but he's more for the people," said Teena Papa, 39, a restaurant worker who appreciates Obama because he was raised by a single mother, which she is.

[Bitter is as bitter does -or- Just stop lying and give us an opportunity]

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We're the Sweetener

While we may indeed be the bitterness in this cup of coffee called the planet Earth, with our ability to constantly increase our knowledge and adjust our perspectives, we indubitably do also have the chance to be the sweetener.

The multitudinous facts of Global Climate Change do manage to make several issues of causality quite clear. Among them, we are All responsible for it; just by being alive at this time.

'REVOLUTIONARY' CO2 MAPS ZOOM IN ON GREENHOUSE GAS SOURCES

A new, high-resolution interactive map of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels has found that the emissions aren't all where we thought.

"For example, we've been attributing too many emissions to the northeastern United States, and it's looking like the southeastern U.S. is a much larger source than we had estimated previously," says Kevin Gurney, an assistant professor of earth and atmospheric science at Purdue University and leader of the project.
--snip--

"Ten years ago there might have been resistance to the notion of examining who is responsible for the CO2 emissions in such a visually detailed way," Gurney says. "However, what Vulcan makes utterly clear is that CO2 emissions cannot be exclusively affixed to SUV drivers, manufacturers or large power producers; everybody is responsible. We need to look for real solutions, and have a deeper discussion about energy use. It's not about politics. It's about doing good science and solving the problem, and we can all be a part of that."

The Vulcan data is available for anyone to download from the Web site at: http://www.eas.purdue.edu/carbon/vulcan.

A video of the maps and simulations of the atmospheric fate of fossil fuel CO2 also can be viewed on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJpj8UUMTaI.

[For the original story]

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

You Get What You Play For




From Wonkette

Does this remind anyone else of Carter's "malaise" jaw-dropper?

Seems to me the peanut farmer's choice of words is still quite accurate and relevant. People still don't care to be truthful about human motivations and limitations. Until our Leaders are, their followers won't feel any inclination to be.



Cheers!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Obama's Eschews Political Correctness

And both McCain and Hillary Clinton show why neither one of them Gets It.
Obama's comments in Indiana in turn sparked another round of criticism from his rivals. Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said in a statement that "instead of apologizing for offending small town America, Senator Obama chose to repeat and embrace the comments he made earlier this week."
Because they were an accurate assessment of why such "good people" such as the working class folk under discussion can behave so poorly and with such disdain for their fellows. When the system is rigged against you, as it is for everyone who works in rising-pay manufacturing jobs in the U.S., then you are going to "... get bitter, (and)cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Elitist? Yes. Both Clinton and McCain are elitists because all they can see here is way to divide people yet further, while what Obama is doing is showing why people Are divided, and speaking to what needs to done to bring them, US, back together.

I just hope the voting public can see this.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Wish I Was Here . .

. .



fasm push 'em
lost an' roll
crock-a-dill
dilly
over the pole
holp
nope
I can't
but would I
could I
nonsense
none of it
all, now,
run dry
"Pinklequickle", my ass...

Thursday, April 03, 2008