“You’re looking at legislation that is going to make sure that when you are talking about sexuality with students that it is age appropriate,” said Matthew Parsons, a father of seven children and founder of the group “Something Better.”
He says he’s in favor of the proposed bill that avoids talking about homosexuality to kids so young.
“If we’re talking about homosexuality, we are talking about specific acts that are going to be unhealthy for anybody to engage in outside of marriage.”
The bill, known as House Bill 229 or Senate Bill 49, says in part: “No public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.”
And…what “specific acts” would you need to talk about, Mr. Parsons? Kissing? Hugging? Being in love? Thinking someone is attractive? Please, throw me a fucking bone here, ‘cause I’m lost.
I heard that the Wisconsin unions are greedy. I also heard that the greed o the rich is what makes capitalism function. Could somebody remind me how much you need to make a year before self-interest becomes a virtue instead of a vice?
But if the transcript of the conversation is unexceptional, the fact of it is lethal. The state’s Democratic senators can’t get Walker on the phone, but someone can call the governor’s front desk, identify themselves as David Koch, and then speak with both the governor and his chief of staff? That’s where you see the access and power that major corporations and wealthy contributors will have in a Walker administration, and why so many in Wisconsin are reluctant to see the only major interest group representing workers taken out of the game.
The critique many conservatives have made of public-sector unions is that they both negotiate with and fund politicians. It’s a conflict of interest. Well, so too do corporations, and wealthy individuals. That’s why Murphy — posing as Koch — was able to get through to Walker so quickly. And it shows what Walker is really interested in here: He is not opposed, in principle, to powerful interest groups having the ear of the politicians they depend on, and who depend on them. He just wants those interest groups to be the conservative interest groups that fund him, and that he depends on.
Today I picked up a copy of USA Today because there was an article on the front page which caught my eye. It was about some maps published by the Centers for Disease Control which suggested a link between physical inactivity and instances of diabetes, as well as showing which parts of the country had highest rates of inactivity and diabetes (i.e. the South and Appalachia).
Now, neither of those are shocking pieces of data. Most of us are aware that physical activity is good for health and can potentially prevent a host of ailments. And even we native Southerners are aware of our shortcomings when it comes to public health issues
What I did find troubling, however, is that neither the article itself, nor any of the commentary I’ve seen about it has even attempted to explain why public health in the South is so poor and what, if anything, can be done to fix it. So, I decided to look at the data and see if any other patterns emerged and whether or not they could point to a way to improve public health, not just in the South but throughout the country.
Here’s the CDC physical activity map of my home state, Tennessee. As you can see, the vast majority of the state is dark blue, falling into the least active group. Of the 96 counties in Tennessee, 76 fall in this category. Another 18 fall into the second least active group.
There is, however, one pale yellow spot in the middle of the state, Tennessee’s lone representative in the most active group. That county is Williamson County, a suburban county just outside of Nashville. It also happens to be the 17th richest county in the United States.
(Aside: If you like, you can visit the official CDC website and check out the maps for obesity and diabetes; they follow a similar pattern.)
In short, the healthiest county in Tennessee is also its wealthiest. It may just be coincidence, but I find that hard to believe. If we as a nation really give a damn about public health, then maybe we need to stop pretending that poor health and poverty are not connected. Good health should not be a matter of privilege.
Elmer Bernstein - Frankie Machine (via The Man With the Golden Arm: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Performed by Shorty Rogers & His Giants
Bernstein: “I told [The Man With the Golden Arm director] Otto Preminger of my intentions after one quick reading of the shooting script. There is something very American and contemporary about all the characters and their problems. I wanted an element that could speak readily of hysteria and despair, an element that would localise these emotions to our country, to a large city if possible. Ergo, jazz.”
One of, if not the, very best opening sequences of all time.
Feral starlings have returned to the central pedestrian mall area on the main campus. Facilities Management personnel will be using noise making devices to attempt to disrupt the birds roosting habit. This action will commence at sundown today, February 15, 2011, lasting as long as an hour and will be repeated into the future until the birds no longer roost in the trees located around the central mall area.
According to NorthJersey.com, Tofutti is set to unleash “Better Than Ricotta” verrrry soon. Delightful! I know Tofutti products are mainly for lactose intolerants and those who keep kosher but hey, us vegans reap the rewards! Except never buy that Tofutti salmon cream cheese because that shit…
Excellent. I made stuffed shells the other day, and while the taste was spot on, the texture just wasn’t quite right. If this is anything close to the texture of real ricotta, I will be one happy fat Italian vegan.
The list begins with “cheap, small, low-power plug servers,” Mr. Moglen said. “A small device the size of a cellphone charger, running on a low-power chip. You plug it into the wall and forget about it.”
Almost anyone could have one of these tiny servers, which are now produced for limited purposes but could be adapted to a full range of Internet applications, he said.
“They will get very cheap, very quick,” Mr. Moglen said. “They’re $99; they will go to $69. Once everyone is getting them, they will cost $29.”
The missing ingredients are software packages, which are available at no cost but have to be made easy to use. “You would have a whole system with privacy and security built in for the civil world we are living in,” he said. “It stores everything you care about.”
Put free software into the little plug server in the wall, and you would have a Freedom Box that would decentralize information and power, Mr. Moglen said. This month, he created the Freedom Box Foundation to organize the software.
“We have to aim our engineering more directly at politics now,” he said. “What has happened in Egypt is enormously inspiring, but the Egyptian state was late to the attempt to control the Net and not ready to be as remorseless as it could have been.”
“A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.”—
These bills are not prolife. These bills are pro death. They are designed to kill living, breathing, walking human beings. They are designed to let people with guns terrorize doctors providing legal medical care. They are designed to terrorize women, trans and genderqueer folks who dare to fuck without their permission, or have the temerity to be raped.
“If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: ‘He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned.’”—Epictetus (via pterodactyls)
“IT HAS ALWAYS been crucial to the gourmet’s pleasure that he eat in ways the mainstream cannot afford. For hundreds of years this meant consuming enormous quantities of meat. That of animals that had been whipped to death was more highly valued for centuries, in the belief that pain and trauma enhanced taste. “A true gastronome,” according to a British dining manual of the time, “is as insensible to suffering as is a conqueror.” But for the past several decades, factory farms have made meat ever cheaper and—as the excellent book The CAFO [Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations] Reader makes clear—the pain and trauma are thrown in for free. The contemporary gourmet reacts by voicing an ever-stronger preference for free-range meats from small local farms. He even claims to believe that well-treated animals taste better, though his heart isn’t really in it.”—
A truly excellent take down of “foodies” by B.R. Myers over at The Atlantic. Warning: it contains a NSFW/LIFE bit about Anthony Bourdain grossly eating endangered songbirds and then exchanging “just fucked” glances with fellow diners/psychopaths. Seriously, my eyes started to water. Was it to cry? Or dry heave? Possibly both. Yep! It was both.
The only problem with this seemingly perfect piece of writing is that it’s published in The Atlantic, home to some of the most terrible food writing in the world. Oh well, nobody’s perfect.
These are just some of the big ones… but dozens of other agencies and programs are affected as well:the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian, various environmental programs, the National Parks system, Amtrak. You know, the usual targets… programs that make up such an insignificant portion of the budget that cutting them in order to reduce the deficit them is like clipping your toenails in order to lose weight.
There is NOTHING RIGHT with Peta’s “2011 Super Bowl ad,” which is described as “outtakes from last year’s ad’s casting video.” Every goddamn thing about it is offensive, from the disembodied male voice directing the ladies in bikinis to the roughly 1 billion “this looks like a penis!” jokes to the one shirtless dude who has clearly not spent his entire adult-bodied life working out like a fucking fiend acting all hapless, like we needed the extra pandering.
What a joke. What a disgrace. Peta, WHAT THE FUCK. This does not make anyone want to “go veg,” it makes them either want to puke, masturbate, or masturbate and then puke from the shame of having gotten off to some softcore porn masquerading as an anti-animal-cruelty video. Your “skins” campaigns, full of photos of naked attention-hungry omnivores who show up everywhere else in leather and silk? Whatever the hell the women in lettuce bikinis are supposed to represent? The Worst. Why are you such hypocrites? As Deceiver puts it, “How is exhorting young women to get it on with gourds in any way ethical treatment? Are pretty young things not animals as well? Or are there exceptions in the vegan manifesto about how living creatures aren’t to be exploited for our entertainment?”
Honestly! Your non-sexually explicit arms do good work (well, mostly), Peta, but you’re always going to be “those nuts who throw paint on people and take a lot of naked-chick photos” if you don’t cut this out. We vegans and animal-rights activists are SO TIRED of our association with you, it’s SO EMBARRASSING—worse than a dozen birther relatives addicted to Facebook, because at least you can hide those people and deny their “add relative” requests; we can’t hide from your well earned, terrible reputation.
Again, what are “hott chix in bikinis literally fellating zucchini” doing for the animal-rights movement? “I love vegetables so much I actually fuck them” is not the same as “I abstain from all animal products”—why do bunny-eating omnivores understand that better than you, ostensibly strict vegans?
Fire your public relations team. Fire everyone involved in any of your clothes-free ad campaigns. Hire some people with talent* and the good sense not to do anything like this ever again, who won’t make you look like such gross hypocrites. Unless you really all are gross, Dov Charney/Terry Richardson-style exploitative creeps, in which case, just shut the fuck up and leave the talking to the rest of us adults.
*Hints: our Megan Rascal is an advertising genius! (And I am editorially talented and very strict!)