cobracons

Shopping at Urban Outfitters does not make you cool.

it makes you a contributor to the republican hate agenda:
"Urban Outfitters is a triumph of marketing - a hugely successful business that has disguised the gap between what it is and what its customers suppose it to be. Shopping in Urban makes you feel like you are somewhere radically Left-wing, an antidote to the corporate blandness of The Gap. But [founder and owner Richard] Hayne is a stanch conservative who donates money to Republican politicians, not least Rick Santorum, a now failed Senator whose views on homosexuality are both bizarre and old-fashioned. Hayne doesn't give many interviews precisely because he's afraid that college slackers who get to know him will suddenly realise that buying his clothes is like giving cash to George Bush."
well, ok. the hate agenda thing is a bit strong. although i wouldn't say altogether untrue. i mean, that's what santorum ran on. hate.

good thing i stopped going there years ago. not that i was a regular, but in chicago i found these two seriously great tees. one with the decepticon logo and one with the cobra logo. the logos were fuzzy velvet and made me really really cool 8 years ago. but then the last few times i went in to an urban... it was shit. so i stopped going.

good thing.
rosaleen

Penn connects nail to head.

This I Believe:
There is No God
i've always kinda liked this guy. even when he was an obnoxious magician's-worst-nightmare. i was collecting his podcast until it got canned. he got a little annoying here and there on it... but overall it was pretty good. he even explored one of the best oddly philosophical concepts this one time about how the oddly placed joke can save a relationship, as it once did one of mine...

but i digress.

in this essay, jillette manages to pretty much summarize everything that i feel about religion and faith, why i have none, and how backwards it all is.

the only thing that could have made it better was if he brought in hitch's term "antitheist"...
doi

"This is cronyism, this is waste, fraud and abuse"

ABC News: Fed Official: Golf Helps End City Gang Crime:
The Justice Department, in a decision by Flores, gave the money to the World Golf Foundation's First Tee program, even though Justice Department staffers had rated the program 47th on a list of 104 applicants. The allegations were first reported earlier this year by the trade journal Youth Today.

"I don't know why people insist on denigrating it, it's a sound program," Flores told ABC News.

...

A program to help troubled teens in San Diego, Vista, was ranked number two by the staff out of 202 applicants in its category of prevention and intervention but was turned down for a grant to help deal with inner city teen violence in San Diego.
see now, this is part of the problem in political debate and discourse these days. and who know, maybe it was in the past, but i'm too young to know this. but, holy fuck. i mean, waht do you say to that? mr. flores granted government money to the 47th place finisher but NOT the 2nd place finisher... and his response is 'why are you so mean to the golfers, it's a sound program?'? seriously? it's clearly not sounder than the 44 other programs that the san diego one is, now, is it?? and THAT IS THE ISSUE.

this is what i'm getting at: sometimes the rebuttal in a debate is just too stupid. it's the old saying of arguing with an idiot. (never do it, people won't be able to tell the difference.)

but now... since we've let so many idiots that possess the critical thinking skills of an 8 year-old into positions they should never have come close to holding... the argument is taken seriously. because a bunch of other daft idiots hear it and say "well gee, bob, he's got a point there".

no. he doesn't.
cobracons

Ambivalence.

i've recently taken up "stumbling" as my main source of internet time wasting.

it's pretty interesting most of the time. and it's great for the ADD in me that needs to be sated which is why i've temporarily stopped doing whatever it was i was supposed to be doing...

a few minutes ago i was offered this. because it was filed under "politics". which starts you off with a hint on how retarded this is about to be: some unsound and unintelligent rant-piece disguised as "researched" and reasoned, so scare people away from the HPV vaccine. they start off with the main tactic used in pieces like this, misrepresentation. that way, it's not a "lie" per se, but it's offered in an inaccurate context so that you make different conclusions that what the observations actually say.

like, oh, pointing to slightly more than 6000 examples of "issues" filed after receiving the vaccine as an argument directly against the "FDA [claiming] that adverse reactions to this vaccine are rare..."

i'm sure you can see where this is going. "6000? now i may not know how many young women have received this yet... but i'm pretty sure it's a large enough number to make 6000 out of it to be an extremely small percentage." and you'd be right. according to the CDC, as of 2007, 7 million doses have been given.

yeah that's right, 7,000,000.

does anyone know how to do some maths? no wait, i'll get it. 6,000 / 7,000,000 = 0.000857 otherwise known as 0.09%. or less than 9 out of every ten thousand people to get vaccinated. ahh but you may say that's still an unacceptable  rate of people getting seriously harmed or permanently altered or DEAD. let's follow the link they offer for proof of those 6000. let's look at the first report that comes up:
Patient fainted after receiving her second dose of Gardisil Vaccine. Patient c/o headache and pain in back of her head. Returned to office 12/28/06 for exam. Still c/o head pain. To call office prn with followup.
OMFG SHE FAINTED BAN IT NOW. who cares about getting cancer when there are HEADACHES HAPPENING.

now, i don't know how many are serious injuries or death, but it's much much less than 0.09%, as you can see if you flip through those. but there's another issue that comes up a lot in medical tests: what caused what? now, if all you mention is (a) this one girl got gardasil and (b) she's dead... boy does that sound suspicious, right? but the age that women most likely get gardasil is also the age the most of the crazy shit goes down, right? adolescence.

now, i'm not saying that gardasil is completely safe. i have no idea. but as with most things i bitch about, i have a problem with the argument being posited.

this is retarded.

oh and, hey guess what?
Joanne Waldron is a computer scientist with a passion for writing and sharing health-related news and information with others. She runs the Naked Wellness: The Gentle Health Revolution forum, which is devoted to achieving radiant health, well-being, and longevity.
wtf? what is this, the amazon.com reviews??

but then i think... wait. isn't it actually helpful to the grand scheme of humanity if these homeopaths and the stupid sheep that listen to them go ahead and die of being retarded...?
o rly?

this just in, bigotry exists in WV

Analysis: Clinton crushes Obama across the board - CNN.com:
Clinton, as expected, trounced Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama in the West Virginia primary. In the process, she underscored Obama's weakness with blue-collar, working-class white voters -- a segment of the electorate that may prove pivotal in November.
ehhh. does anyone not in the talking-head industry think it's odd that obama doesn't perform well with the population category containing the most racists??

derp?

how is this a big deal.

also, clinton is the new nader. well done, hillary.

also also, russert can shut the fuck up, with his pseudopopulist bullshit.
The core -- if not the entirety -- of this persona can be summed up in the word Russert invokes at every opportunity, wielded like a talisman of authenticity: Buffalo. Buffalo, where the salt of the Earth trudge home from their exhausting blue-collar jobs, where the cheap beer is guzzled in corner bars, where the grime sits heavy on the walls of crumbling buildings, and the mills have all left town. Buffalo, where the young Russert got to know the real Americans on whose behalf he now speaks.
buffalo, where racism is more rampant and more tangible than anywhere i've ever lived, including texas. because it's so fucking monolithic. and i know the 'hood which he grew up because i did too, and i can tell you for certain that he learned it all too well. that's not to say he hasn't since shed all of that disgustingness. as i like to think i have. but it's impossible to escape. because there's no reason nor mechanism to get used to "the other".

buffalo. where no one should have to live.