Sunday, September 20, 2009

9-12 Nonsense

My landlord, Guy, is a pretty big fool.  He held me hostage for about 45 minutes yesterday afternoon so he could rant about how "there was a MASSIVE protest on 9-12 that the "mainstream media" missed!".

I don't know how many of you heard about this fox news fabrication, but I told him what I knew.

Me:  "I read that fox news invented this 9-12 movement to protest Obama.  I guess Glenn Beck was hyping it?"

Guy:  "Where did you read that?  Cause none of the big corporate news outlets got it!"

Me:  "Well, the New York Times, for one.  And Fox News was covering it extensively.  I mean, they are the most watched cable news station.  Pretty mainstream."

Guy:  "Well, everyone else missed it.  I mean, it was massive!  I had friends there, and there were funny posters and signs and stuff."  FYI:  Guy is not an avowed Fox Watcher, though he said his main source of info on this event came from a blog he is a member of ("It has over 9000 members!")

Me: "Well what were they protesting?"

Guy: "Spending!"

Me:  "Seems like they were just protesting Obama.  I mean, I heard it was "astroturfing", sponsored by some really well-endowed conservative lobbying corporations."

Guy:  "Well no!  It was totally by the people.  No sponsorship.  You know, real people who can only give a little. Also, just because there were no white people they said it was RACIST!"

Me:  "Hmmm..."

At that point, knowing that Guy is a real paranoid who sees conspiratorial connections in many unlikely places I decided to let him run the conversation.  He and I did agree that government is essentially the tool of corporate interests, but I'm sure our solutions to the problem would be entirely opposed.  Inevitably the one-sided discussion turned to finance and "the government printing money to solve the problem".  I have little say about things that are artificial and imaginary tools for rich people to get richer, so I couldn't speculate alongside his wild suspicions.

Anyway, in case you haven't been following this 9-12 nonsense as obsessively as myself I will include some commentary links.  It is bound to amuse.

No corporate sponsors!?  Take a look at their own website with its "grassroots" sponsorship: 9-12 DC
Of course, the various sponsors are not blatantly corporate, but it is fact that they are astroturfing offshoots of big lobbying entities:Freedom?Works?
(@ 912dc.org, I really love the use of red fists pumping over the capitol!  Radical!)

Mainstream media! Grrrr! You LIE!

It was a massive protest against spending!  I really got off on this assertion, mostly because of the fraudulent reporting on the size of the event.  Between 1-2 million people!  No, more like 60,000

Also, was it really about spending?






Smaller Gov't!!!  Really, how stupid are these people?


Finally, I really love Bill Moyers.

Once again, thanks goes out to Fox News for  sowing the idiotscape with the seeds of idiocy.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Beer Advocates and Global Warming

Here is a fun article about climate change and eating, with special attention paid to how the flavor of hops has already begun changing.

http://www.ediblegeography.com/the-taste-of-climate-change/

Check it out!  Lots of interesting links too.

Yeah, a lot of self-absorbed beer nerds who are currently skeptical of climate change might start changing their minds if this is true about hops.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Nightmare

Bad things are happening with respect to our most important public institutions in this country. This example was brought to my attention by Boing Boing:

The public library system of Philadelphia is scheduled to end operations in October.

I think that the country has had enough of the absurdist anti-public rhetoric of the far right.  It is time for normal people, the other 70% of us, to start re-framing public discourse in our country.  We need to reaffirm the values that we share and shun the purposefully divisive, hateful, and disingenuous ideology of Ronald Reagan and Sam Walton.  We need to overcome our debt culture.  We need to care for the elderly, the poor, and the sick.  We need to value education.  We need to embrace logical debate and science, not ignore it in favor of manipulative dishonesty.

How do we do this?  We need accept that we are all in the same boat.  we also need to abandon the well-crafted language of the right-wing. Public is a good word, and so is privacy, but private is exclusive.  Remember that the right wants to put PRIVATE signs on everything.  If a nationally renowned library system shuts down, we don't have far to go for municipalities close to home to lose control of public schools.  Or sidewalks, streets, or public beaches for that matter.  Wouldn't it be awful if we couldn't afford to use a beach? What would that mean for nature?  I'm sure some owners would value conservation, and maybe even free access, but it is better if EVERYONE owns the resources that we have always enjoyed sharing.

The Award for Most Obnoxiously Nonsensical Goes to: WYDOH

Whenever I wish to leave Rawlins, I must traverse distances previously deemed unacceptable to my "Boston is too far away to visit" homebody mentality.  Needless to say, on these lengthy journeys not much stands out amidst the very dusty plains of southern Wyoming.  That is, not much but the ridiculously conceived Wyoming Department of Health anti-secondhand smoking billboards littering the landscape.  Say what you may about smoking and secondhand smoking, these slogans are still abysmal in their attempt at...well I don't know what they are attempting.

Here is an example I see often:

 
 Figure that one out, children.
Other examples include:
"Over my secondhand smoked body"
"Secondhand smoke two birds with one stone"
"Hard work never secondhand smoked anybody"
"Curiosity secondhand smoked the cat"
"Silent but secondhand smokely"
" 'Til secondhand smoke do us part"
"Don't secondhand smoke the messenger"
"Ding dong, the witch is secondhand smoked"
and my personal favorite, "Who secondhand smoked and made you boss?"

I want to secondhand smoke this messenger for being annoying.  Also, I highly doubt that including fine print at the bottom of each board is a wise idea if your goal is to save lives.  Good job.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Welcome to the Idiotscape

Sorry to mislead you with the title of this post - you have been here all along.

The reason for this blog:

Darwin movie is supposedly a very good film, but cannot find a US distributor because...we live in an Idiotscape.