We must immediately implement multiple trigger warnings against violence, misogyny, slavery and other Upsetting Things in the Old Testament. But wait, there’s more. Opera is filled with yet more violence, as well as betrayal, treachery, adultery, and more. Before each aria starts, we must have warning signs saying “The following aria may be upsetting to those with tender sensibilities.” Next we must seriously evaluate the teaching of history as it is often filled with Horrid Events.
Once we implement these desperately needed trigger warnings than it’s just a quick and easy step to simply banning content we disapprove of. Then we will have a minty-fresh, carefully scrubbed world where reality is not allowed to intrude.
Trigger warnings are a very dangerous form of censorship because they’re done in the name of civility. Learning is painful. It’s often ugly and traumatic. How different my life would be if I hadn’t read Crime and Punishment because it’s misogynist and violent. How terrible my teaching would be if I hadn’t spent years researching spectacle lynchings and eugenics and freak shows in order to teach courses on race and American culture.
The world is a painful and anxiety-inducing place, and human representations of the world are often painful to consume. But rather than retreating into a world where our courses are reduced to viewings of My Little Pony, let’s all put on our big-girl panties (or big-boy tighty whities, as in the case of the Wellesley statue).
He was found by Wasco Animal Control, presumed dead, and put in the freezer. The next morning they heard scratching. He was alive, but in such bad shape they decided to put him down. Instead, the shot revived him.
Here’s what probably happened. The shelter used potassium chloride to put Lucky down. He was probably severely dehydrated with low potassium – so that’s why the shot brought him back.
He is almost certain to be adopted quickly. We’ve seen lots of municipal shelters. The Wasco Shelter is tiny, has limited funds, and does a great job with what they have. Maine Coon Adoptions is currently adopting out 8-12 cats a week and is no-kill. It’s almost kitten season. Maybe you need one.
China exports were supposed to be up 7.5%. Instead, they tanked 18% in the biggest miss on record, leading to laughable explanations similar to those given here. For example, US, prognosticators said bad housing numbers were due to the weather, ignoring their own data which showed housing in January strong in the Northeast and weak in California. Drat those pesky facts. Similarly, Chinese forecasters said this epic miss was due to confusion over the Lunar New Year. This prompted Zero Hedge to say “but didn’t the 45 economists who forecast this data know the dates before they forecast.” Indeed.
This is a 6-sigma miss and plunges China’s trade balance to its biggest miss on record and 2nd largest deficit on record.
If you support Ukraine overturning an elected government, you have to also support the Crimea Parliament voting to go independent. And yes, they will have a referendum on March 16 allowing voters to decide on joining Russia. I’m guessing the vote will be overwhelming yes.
Thus, Crimea may leave Ukraine and it will be done with a surprising lack of violence. And it will be done democratically.
When Slovakia voted to split from Czechoslovakia, Premier Vaclac Havel said “I don’t think it’s a good idea. But they voted for it. Let them go.” Will the US / EU allow a similar split without violence or “intervening”?
Getty Images just rolled out a new plan allowing 40 million of their images to be used for free using their embed tool. Click the little embed icon on the image then cut and paste the code. Getty is to be hugely congratulated for this bold and welcome move (especially considering they use to be seriously hard ass on the usage issue.)
This new embed tool is aimed at non-commercial content… This is really for Getty to get more embedded into the world of social media and user-generated content a la Tumblr and sites like it that have become popular havens for people freely repurposing copyrighted media.
My friend DJ Mitchell self-published Ordinary World on Amazon. It has sold a surprising number of copies. It’s well-written, fast paced, and deals with how do families survive when the social and financial structures we all rely on crumble and become non-functional.
Ordinary World, a novel by D. J. Mitchell. As the financial system crumbles around them, a family learns how to survive the challenges of an unfamiliar new world. Bill, Gracie, and their son Joe learn new ways to live as their reality changes. Bread, gasoline, and even toilet paper all become scarce when the trucks stop rolling. When a ghost from the past threatens their lives, there are no police to call. And even greater, unexpected trials lie ahead. Faced with a new and unfamiliar economy, they find new friends and learn to cherish the community around them. From food to self defense, there is no one to rely on but their neighbors and themselves. Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and audiobook.
This is Chicago-style payback for Medea Benjamin mocking US officials at hearings in DC. Let Egyptian thugs break her bones then have the embassy ignore the phone calls, and do nothing while she writhes in pain. They didn’t even feign concern.
MEDEA BENJAMIN: No. Some of the delegates, including Ann Wright, who had already arrived for the Gaza delegation, had been calling the embassy non-stop. The CodePink people in D.C. were calling the embassy non-stop. They were always saying, “They’re supposed to show up. They’re supposed to show up.” They never showed up. I was on the tarmac. The Turkish airline was forced to take me, but we delayed an hour while they were debating what to do. There were about 20 men there. And the embassy never showed up the entire time.
AMY GOODMAN: And how long were you held, that the U.S. embassy, that’s supposed to protect U.S. citizens, never showed up?
MEDEA BENJAMIN: Well, I was held from 8:30 in the evening until the next day at about 11:00 a.m. They—as I said, we put in so many calls. And they even knew then, when I was attacked and I was in excruciating pain and wanted their help to get to a hospital. They still didn’t show up then. And so, they were missing in action the entire time.
A ballot initiative to kill the California High Speed Rail zombie will soon begin collecting signatures. My prediction: It will be on the ballot and will pass. It bans future HSR bonds and terminates the current project.
Prevents the issuance and sale of the remaining amount of high-speed rail bonds previously approved by the voters to initiate construction of a high-speed rail system. Authorizes the Legislature to redirect any unspent high-speed rail bond proceeds away from high-speed rail purposes, to repay outstanding highspeed rail bonds. Prevents state from incurring additional debt, spending any federal, state, or local funds, or entering into new contracts for the high-speed rail project. Requires state to terminate the high-speed rail project, including, to the extent feasible, existing contracts.
California voters originally were enthusiastic about High Speed Rail and approved a ballot measure. However, it soon became apparent that proponents were using the MSU Method of Accounting to justify the project. That’s right, they’ve were Making Sh*t Up. The bonds can only be sold if proponents can show they have complete funding for the project. They are nowhere close. Courts have blocked any building until proof of full funding is given. California Gov. Jerry Brown has been yowling in protest over the effrontery of the court to demand terms of a bond measure actually be followed. Imagine.
Even forgetting the rampant hypocrisy of the US getting all sanctimonious because Russia is making moves in Crimea, given that the US routinely invades other countries, why is what happens in Ukraine any of our business? What can the US possibly hope to gain by blundering into an area it knows little about, has few if any strategic interests, and has no convenient place nearby to stage troops from? Maybe Ukraine is just not our fight.
In the era before we got our Pacific port in 1848 and in the 166-year interval since then, the security and safety of the American people have depended not one wit on the status of the Russian-speaking Crimea. Should the local population now choose fealty to the Grand Thief in Moscow over the ruffians and rabble who have seized Kiev, what’s to matter!
Worse still, how long can America survive the screeching sanctimony and mindless meddling of Susan Rice and Samantha Power? Mr. President, send them back to geography class; don’t draw any new Red Lines. This one has been morphing for centuries among the quarreling tribes, peoples, potentates, Patriarchs and pretenders of a small region that is none of our damn business.
Are we really going to have a Ukraine war no one wants? Russian forces already are in de facto control in parts of Ukraine. What could US gain by getting involved? There are no neighboring areas the US or UK could stage forces except for Poland and Romania, and that’s not going to happen. Plus, the US needs Russia on Syria and to get troops out of landlocked Afghanistan. All of this probably won’t stop the Ukraine situation from getting dangerously loony. All this is made worse by Putin consistently out-maneuvering Obama.
“Babylon burning. And they got no water. Fire, fire. And they got no water.”