The tragic debacle that has been the Troy Davis execution has another dimension to it beyond racism, classism, and the miscarriage of justice in a flawed system. That dimension is capitalism: specifically, the corporatization of the prison-industrial complex. If you’ve noticed some angry tweets directed at @correcthealth in the past day, that’s because “CorrectHealth” is the Orwellian-named “medical company” that, according to the ACLU, “oversees all executions in Georgia” including last night’s. It is a for-profit company that stands to make a pile money off of every execution.
Washington, D.C. – Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by U.S. PIRG. Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer.
“Sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military”? That will be a surprise to the men and women, of every orientation, who love, marry, and become parents while serving. We have an all-volunteer military whose health relies on its strong ties to civilian life — not a praetorian guard of eunuchs. Does Santorum think that “the military” is a collection of battle scenes in an action movie? Surely not; his father worked for the Veterans Administration, and so he must know better. He also ought to know that there is no “special privilege” here, just the possibility of serving without the special obligation of lying, and the same knowledge other soldiers have that the person they love most might be able to be handed a folded flag if they die. Or is the word “gay” so strong for Santorum that it blotted out the word “soldier”—Amy Davidson on Rick Santorum. (via thenoobyorker)
In nine months in office, the new Republican House majority has amply proven the emptiness of its early promises: to create jobs, run government more like a business and respect small-town America. But there’s no better object lesson in Republicans’ real priorities than their bid to end the Postal Service as we know it.
you know what would be so cool? if like, you had your wedding on the beach! and like the groomsmen just wore khakis and a white dress shirt but untucked! like, it’ll just be super casual because you’re “the cool couple.” and nobody will wear shoes! oh man, people will love it. nobody has ever thought of doing this. it is so unique and it’ll be a lot more simple than doing all that fancy typical wedding stuff. just sand and ocean. so romantic. i mean, all of your family and friends will have to fly or drive all the way to the beach but people love the beach so it’s like you’re doing them a favor anyway, right? the bridesmaids can just wear some strapless casual short dresses even though everyone but the bride is at least 60 lbs over weight and will probably cry for days at the thought of wearing a strapless dress because everyone will see her big fat lumpy shoulders and tree trunk legs. but whatever they won’t mind, it’s at the beach y’all! and it’s all about the bride anyway so i’m sure they won’t even say anything about it. i know your grandparents are 90 years old but i’m sure they can walk 500 ft in the sand, and if they can’t they can just watch from the hotel balcony with binoculars. i mean, it’s your wedding! they can tough it out. i’m just so happy for y’all and i know that jesus will make this a blessed day. oh, and the open bar should have sea shells and sand on it, you know? cause it’s at the beach and all.
Testilyingis a United States Police term for the practice of giving false testimony against a defendant in a criminal trial. It is typically used to “make the case” against someone they believe to be guilty when minor irregularities during the suspect’s arrest or search threaten to result in acquittal on a technicality.
Orca minds are made for more than doing repetitive tricks (yes, tricks, not “behaviours”) in order to eat dead fish.
Orca bodies are made to swim more than 100 kilometres a day, not to languish in a substandard tank like Lolita’s at the Miami Seaquarium.
Lolita is one of “our own,” taken from her L pod family in 1970, from Penn Cove, Whidbey Island. She has spent the past 41 years in a concrete pool not as deep as she is long.
Her only orca companion in all those years, Hugo, killed himself as a young teen in March 1980 after 12 years of captivity by repeatedly ramming his head into the wall of the tank. That was 31 years ago.
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Association hearings will be held this month as well, an inquiry into Sea World’s safety practices for employees, as a result of Tilikum having killed Dawn Brancheau last year.
Orca captivity is not entertainment, and is clearly abusive and a torture for these intelligent, family bonded, culturally complex cetaceans. Animal abuse is never a glamorous career choice.
at which point in the show did you start liking doctor who? I've been trying to watch it and am still not impressed
i started with season 5 with the 11th doctor. i was just bored and watched the first several episodes back to back an i got into it. i think i also got into it because i needed a new show. like, i can only watch every Star Trek episode so many times before i start losing my mind. i started to believe that i was the Q. which is crazy right? i mean, you can’t prove that i’m not the Q and for all you know i just choose not to prove that i am the Q. like, your entire life may or may not be a hallucinated test that i’ve created just to prove whether or not human kind deserves to exist and if you fail i will unmake all of human history. but i’m probably not the Q, right? anyway, Doctor Who took a while to grow on me so maybe just give it a few episodes…or not, it’s just a tv show.
“The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world could actually come to an end. The plain fact is, religion must die for mankind to live. The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having key decisions made by religious people. By irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken. George Bush prayed a lot about Iraq, but he didn’t learn a lot about it. Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It’s nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it’s wonderful when someone says, “I’m willing, Lord! I’ll do whatever you want me to do!” Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas. And anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don’t. How can I be so sure? Because I don’t know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not. The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that’s what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong. This is why rational people, anti-religionists, must end their timidity and come out of the closet and assert themselves. And those who consider themselves only moderately religious really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace and comfort that religion brings you actually comes at a terrible price. If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest. To do otherwise is to be an enabler, a mafia wife, for the true devils of extremism that draw their legitimacy from the billions of their fellow travelers. If the world does come to an end here, or wherever, or if it limps into the future, decimated by the effects of religion-inspired nuclear terrorism, let’s remember what the real problem was that we learned how to precipitate mass death before we got past the neurological disorder of wishing for it. That’s it. Grow up or die.”—Bill Maher
We’re all familiar with the idea of metallic life forms like sentient robots, but somewhere out there, metallic life may have actually evolved just like organic life has here on Earth. A Scottish research group is out to prove this is possible by creating reproducing and evolving synthetic cells made entirely out of metal.
Tak-Sing Wong from Harvard University has created a synthetic material so slippery that it makes a duck’s back look like a sponge. It is “omniphobic” – it repels everything. All manner of liquids, from water to blood to crude oil, roll straight off it. Ice cannot form on it. It even heals itself when damaged. It’s an extraordinary material and it was inspired by the lips of a flesh-eating plant.
Researchers on the OPERA project, in conjunction with CERN, have determined that neutrino particles beamed between the two facilities arrived at the target destination 60 nanoseconds faster than light would have.