Wife of Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court justice) finally releases details of her income from last year; she earned $150,000 from her Tea Party-aligned “Liberty Central” group that fought Obama’s health care plan. Clarence Thomas must recuse himself on any cases involving Obama’s health care plan.
what do you think of the words "Iraq war" and "hero" put together in the same sentence?
“Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs and get a distress call from the commissioner and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around, fighting crime. Those are the real heroes.”
“A real Memorial Day would involve commitments to cease sacrifices that don’t actually, you know, do anything in the name of freedom. Losing your legs so that Chevron can see higher profit margins is not noble. It’s a god damned shame. Dying in the service of defense contractors doesn’t bestow sainthood on the deceased. It just means that a life got snuffed out for no good reason. Reflexive military worship is a cancer on society. Unscrupulous people use it to justify their actions and avoid any criticism.”—
When my husband died, because he was so famous & known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — & ask me if Carl changed at the end & converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage & never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief & precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive & we were together was miraculous — not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous & so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space & the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me & it’s much more meaningful…
The way he treated me & the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other & our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.
Ann Druyan, on the passing of her husband, Carl Sagan
When you know you're about to have a bad reaction to food poisoning, how do you avoid freaking out? Thanks Doc.
this is something that i actually have some experience with. i’m allergic to cucumbers. you know what cucumbers are in? everything. lotions/shampoo/sushi. even just getting too close to sliced cucumbers will make my throat close up. i should probably carry an epipen. i used to, but i don’t any more. i avoid freaking out when i accidentally eat a cucumber because it’s happened enough times that i know how long i have until i get all deathy. that and being constantly aware of the fact that i’m going to die eventually anyway and something has to be the cause. my money is on cancer killing me but a cucumber could do it also if i’m not careful. if you’re talking about food poisoning as in shitting your guts out after eating an undercooked burrito from a gas station then who the fuck cares. everybody shits. shitting is nothing to freak out over. shit.
“I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us”—Charles Bukowski (via henrycharlesbukowski)
“With all the horrible, horrible shit that your priest is pumping into your kid’s head, his dick should be the least of your worries, honestly. That’s just a little mouthwash and a few years of therapy will get rid of that. That Jesus shit will torture you for a lifetime.”—Doug Stanhope