Thursday, August 31, 2006
And yet he can stand up, in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emporer’s New Clothes?
In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused the United States of America?
The confusion we -- as its citizens— must now address, is stark and forbidding.
But variations of it have faced our forefathers, when men like Nixon and McCarthy and Curtis LeMay have darkened our skies and obscured our flag. Note -- with hope in your heart — that those earlier Americans always found their way to the light, and we can, too.
The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.
And about Mr. Rumsfeld’s other main assertion, that this country faces a “new type of fascism.”
As he was correct to remind us how a government that knew everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right when he said that -- though probably not in the way he thought he meant it.
This country faces a new type of fascism - indeed.
Although I presumptuously use his sign-off each night, in feeble tribute, I have utterly no claim to the words of the exemplary journalist Edward R. Murrow.
But never in the trial of a thousand years of writing could I come close to matching how he phrased a warning to an earlier generation of us, at a time when other politicians thought they (and they alone) knew everything, and branded those who disagreed: “confused” or “immoral.”
Thus, forgive me, for reading Murrow, in full:
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty,” he said, in 1954. “We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.
“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.”
And so good night, and good luck.
From Keith Olberman's countdown last night. You can see it from crooks and liars and the link goes to the script. It is heartening in a way that I feel has been sorely lacking. Possibly, finally we have a national voice calling out that the emperor has no clothes on.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The screenplay for the Joss Whedon film is expected to be finished by the end of 2006, the New York Post reported Wednesday. "
When there is a shortage of women, the women can 'marry up' and inevitably the least desirable men have no marriage prospects, according to the study published in the published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
Monday, August 28, 2006
Ages are believed by some to affect mankind. For Aquarius (also called 'the Water bearer'), it is reported we have already been feeling influences - titled Orb of Influence (the last ten degrees backwards of the Age of Pisces) - in the accelerated individual, social, cultural, scientific and technological development and globalization through the 20th century. This view is consistent with the popular notion of the New Age movement that regards current times as the 'dawning of the Aquarian Age'.
On the other hand, the Aquarian Age is thought to bring with it an era of universal brotherhood rooted in reason where it will be possible to solve social problems in a manner equitable to all and with greater opportunity for intellectual and spiritual improvement, since Aquarius is an airy, scientific, and intellectual sign and its ruler planet, Uranus, is associated with intuition (knowledge above reason) and direct perceptions of the heart; and on the mundane level it rules electricity and technology. It is generally described by astrologers that in the Age of Aquarius there will be a blending of religion and science to such a degree that a religious science and a scientific religion will be formed.
Eastern astrology associates the Age of Pisces with the yin; i.e., spirituality and intuition. Aquarius, on the other hand represents the yang, with its emphasis on rationality and high technology."
Sunday, August 27, 2006
For example, with a female teacher, boys were more likely to be seen as disruptive. Girls were less likely to be considered inattentive or disorderly.
In a class taught by a man, girls were more likely to say the subject was not useful for their future. They were less likely to look forward to the class or to ask questions.
� 32.6% of new mortgages and home-equity loans in 2005 were interest only, up from 0.6% in 2000;
� 43% of first-time home buyers in 2005 put no money down;
� 15.2% of 2005 buyers owe at least 10% more than their home is worth (negative equity);
� 10% of all home owners with mortgages have no equity in their homes (zero equity);
� $2.7 trillion dollars in loans will adjust to higher rates in 2006 and 2007."
He said it was important for the credibility of the church to be there for everyone. 'Once it is possible in a moral principle to make room to save lives,' he said, 'my position extends to women and girl children who are subject to all kinds of abuse.'
'Abstinence is fine as an ideal, but it does not work in all circumstances,' he added. 'We have to try a more holistic approach, a theology and possibility for people to encounter God right within their situation.'"
Friday, August 25, 2006
Apparently, this scene with the woman sobbing and begging for a relief to the end of her anxious wait was played out with the vast majority of women Wicoff interviewed. The humiliation of this scene is such that one eagerly seeks easy solutions to relieve women of it, but as Wicoff explains eloquently how it ends up being so unavoidable for most women who get married or want to. Perhaps women could do the asking? That isn’t an answer, because in our society as it is, if a woman asks she’s seen as desperate. And, as Wicoff notes, feminism has even been co-opted to keep women from pressing for marriage. Her husband, for instance, responded to her pressure for a proposal by accusing her of not being feminist enough and being clingy. Every avenue a woman seeks for relief presents another humiliation. According to Wicoff’s interviews, many if not most of the women ended up issuing a veiled ultimatium in order to get relief from the anxious wait, were forced to make it clear to their husbands that if these men didn’t give up the power they enjoyed to keep women anxiously waiting, the women would play their final card and leave the relationship.
Weddings and marriage have been the topic of a lot of conversation on my trip this week and once again Amanda kicks ass at walking through why the whole thing is so deeply unsettling. The whole post is great.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I mean really if you think about it they mix very well:)
Why? Because if many social scientists are to be believed, you run a higher risk of having a rocky marriage. While everyone knows that marriage can be stressful, recent studies have found professional men are more likely to get divorced, more likely to cheat, less likely to have children, and, if they do have kids, they are more likely to be unhappy about it. A recent study in Social Forces, a research journal, found that men�even those with a �feminist� outlook�are happier when their wife is the primary breadwinner."
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Racism is now acceptle and mainstream? I thought we liked these type of folks hidden and out of the way?
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Because the old liabilities cost collectors as little as 25 cents for each $100 in face value, companies can make a profit if they can get debtors to repay even a tiny fraction. Along the way, some collectors realized they also could squeeze money from people who didn't even owe it.
Some consumers pay because their finances are so disorganized they don't realize the debt isn't theirs. Others are coerced into paying by illegal threats of lawsuits or ruined credit. Some, like Alappat, pay rather than risk losing a desired loan."
Because people aren't bad off enough?
Body Mass Index, invented by Belgian polymath Adolphe Quetelet between 1830 and 1850, is a measure of body fat calculated from height and weight.
A figure of less than 18.5 is considered underweight, while from 18.5 to 24.9 is normal, 25 to 29.9 is overweight and anything over 30 is categorized as obese.
Intended as a broad indicator of general health, it has become a standard diagnostic tool of heart disease risk.
Maria Grazia Franzosi from the Instituto Mario Negri in Milan, writing in the same issue of the Lancet, noted that a 52-country study comparing four different tests -- BMI, waist-to-hip ratio, waist measure and hip measure -- found that waist-to-hip was the best predictor of heart attack risk.
"BMI can definitely be left aside as a clinical and epidemiological measure of cardiovascular risk," she said.
Its crap like this that makes trying to figure out how to be healthy so annoying. I understand BMI being easy for anyone to calculate, but given that it isn't predictive of what it is supposed to predict, why not add a disclaimer. Granted, maybe if I read all the way through eDiets or any of the other ones I would find a disclaimer, but I would prefer this understanding to be much more front and center.
Monday, August 21, 2006
'The energy isn't being converted from any other source such as the energy within the magnet. It's literally created. Once the technology operates it provides a constant stream of clean energy,' he told Ireland's RTE radio."
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
A few years back, the mother-daughter team took a self-defense class. In an instant, everything Miller learned came back to her.
"They tell you to scream and to try and pop them in the nose, but I couldn't get my hand up there," said Miller
She also said she thinks that her trip to the beauty parlor may have helped.
"I said it was so fuzzy, with all these curls, that's what helped my head when he was banging it against the bed," she said.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I'm working from home today due to my project mates infecting me with their colds. As I sit in seemingly forever in a room with people I won't know six months from now, the nature of friendship is being brought into particularly sharp focus. I definitely have more than one friend in life and am glad I can be considered lucky:)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
With so much discussion about the death of feminism, I am always heartened by data based evidence of the positive impact of women having more power.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Shout out to Jess on the title for the best comment on my blog ever!
"American Protestantism is more fundamentalist than anybody except perhaps the Islamic fundamentalist, which is why Turkey and we are so close," said study co-author Jon Miller of Michigan State University."
At what point does this country become unrecognizable?
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
"That can happen 'if the mother is very, very controlling and wants the baby all to herself,' Coleman said. 'Also, fathers can experience frustration, sexual and emotional, if they forget to remember that
the wife is not interested in sex at that time. If the wife is very motherly and maternal, he might feel kind of useless, on the periphery.'"
Seriously how is it the women are so powerful? Isn't it amazing what we control? fucktards.
Normally I think the parenting articles on MSN are a whole hot of hooey, but I would have to say Ithink this one is right on.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Honey, if your husband is uncomfortable with a baby feeding, do you really want to have children with him?
The funny thing is, these high temps are not evidence of global warming at all (record-breaking highs for 10-20 years in a row would be). But hey, we'll take what we can get.