Showing posts from February, 2015

We're Gettin' There

Try not to get too nutso, but using GMO Viruses against different types of cancer seems to be a pretty amazing thing.  

What is this virus treatment?The researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the US, led by Dr Stephen Russell, are using an approach called ‘oncolytic virus therapy’, which is generating a lot of excitement in the cancer research community around the world. In fact, we’ve written about some of our work in this area a couple of times already.Briefly, it involves treating patients with viruses that have been genetically engineered to specifically infect cancer cells, rather than causing the particular illness that they usually bring. When injected into the body, the viruses seek out and destroy the tumour cells, multiplying inside them to create even more cancer-killing viruses. At least, that’s the theory.To date, researchers have created oncolytic viruses from a number of different types of modified virus, including the herpes virus (which causes cold sores), pox viruses and …


So, lemme see - we've got Peter King saying there's a buncha nuts in the GOP.  

Remember, this is the guy who wanted to put all Muslims under surveillance; and he said mosques are incubators for terrorism.  Now he's saying the GOP has a radical wing made up of people who're 'self-righteous and delusional'.  Peter King is not exactly the voice of rhetorical moderation, and he said a buncha his guys on his end of the spectrum are delusional - things gotta be pretty fucked up if you're so far to Peter King's right that he calls you delusional.

We've also seen a pretty constant barrage of wingnuttery coming down on John Boehner's head (eg) - and we've seen him (imo) struggling mightily not to say something like, "these idiots don't care if everybody dies as long as they get their version of conservative purity in place by lunch tomorrow."

There are others in the GOP who have to be well past jumpy about some of the weird Monsters-Of-Th…

DumFux Lies

Jon Stewart ran a bit on last nite's show that everybody's been reposting - so why should I be any different:

The Daily Show
Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive
Here's the Vine Video:

(click to pause)

Surprise Surprise

Turns out, Racial Bias actually is a thing.  Which makes Race-based Privilege into a thing as well.

Not that anybody who needs to hear this will actually hear it - much less put any stock in it because of course it's just more academic mumbo jumbo from people who've spent the better part of their lives studying such things, and who gives a fuck about Australia anyway!?! - but anyhoo.

From Univ of Queensland via NYT
With more than 1,500 observations, the study uncovered substantial, statistically significant race discrimination. Bus drivers were twice as willing to let white testers ride free as black testers (72 percent versus 36 percent of the time). Bus drivers showed some relative favoritism toward testers who shared their own race, but even black drivers still favored white testers over black testers (allowing free rides 83 percent versus 68 percent of the time).The study also found that racial disparities persisted when the testers wore business attire or dressed in army u…

Rudy Rudy Rudy

Rick Ungar at Forbes on Giuliani's fail which turned into a fourple fail when Rudy doubled down twice - most recently by getting space in the OpEd section of Rupert's Vanity Street Journal.
“My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart. My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance.”Really?When you boldly and directly state that a President doesn’t love his country, while suggesting that this lack of affection is the result of not being like "us", you have to be something of a fool to imagine that you can return to the fray pretending that what you meant to say was you don’t like how the President speaks on the subject of American exceptionalism.

The Hate Parade

Wanna know what Repubs really really REALLY hate?  
Well, it would seem there's enough GOP Hatred to spread a rich and creamy slathering over a pretty good sampling of just about everything.

A user called Scuba at Democratic Underground put together this handy (and partial) list:
Harry Reid
Thinking people
Public & Indian Housing
Sewer systems
Jesus' teachings
Social Security
President Obama
Peace Corps
Social justice
Creative people
14 year old rapist victims
Housing & Urban Development Dept
Government healthcare
Illegal aliens
United Nations
Smart people
Postal Service
1st Amendment
Any Arabic person
Economic justice
Consumer protections
Social programs
All democratic leaders
14 year old incest victims
Public education
14th Amendment
Federal government
Food stamps
Worker's …

God Love Wonkette

Today's TED Talk


Today's Pix


Winter Sucks Now

I'm thinkin' I might hafta skip Leg Day tomorrow.  

And Cardio on Tuesday?  Yeah - that's lookin' a little iffy too.

What Bill Said

I'm not much of a Bill Clinton fan anymore, but here's a good one from a few years ago:
"It's arithmetic.  The top 25 Hedge Fund Managers made $14.14 Billion in 2012. They pay a 15% tax rate.  That's equivalent to 314,222 workers earning $45,000 a year.  And they pay a 35% tax rate.It takes all of the income tax paid by 180,000 of these workers just to pay for the tax loophole for these 25 Hedge Fund Managers.And that, my friends is only $2.8 Billion of the approximate $660 Billion in tax cuts that go each year to make the wealthy wealthier. Get up on your hind legs and push back - vote against this shit.

Bando del Diablo

We always tho't the kids in band were a little strange in high school.  Took all 45 years since then for me to learn how cool strange can turn out to be.

hat tip = Little Green Footballs

The Bullying Of America

Stand up.  Stand together.  Push back.

To borrow and paraphrase the old saw - getting bullied doesn't build good character in the victim, it reveals a lack of character in the bully.

Obama Roll

I used to call him President Lawnchair - mostly because I tho't he folded completely instead of really sticking it out on ACA (Public Option in particular).  And I continued that criticism for quite a while because it just looked like the guy wasn't all that willing to smack the Repubs around the way I tho't he should.

I can tell y'all now that I've changed my tune a bit lately, and while it'll take some study from an historical distance to see what all is what, I gotta say there might actually be something to the meme about how this guy plays a mean game of Fourple Dimension Chess; and we may be seeing a pretty good example of just how far into the future he's able to play.

I guess it's also possible he's been playing for this point in time all along, and he's about to kick over that one pawn that puts things in motion like a political Mouse Trap Game. (hey - let an old guy dream)

Obama wants to do something meaningful on Immigration, but he knows…

Get 'Em, Charlie

Charlie Pierce is a fucking hero:
William Kristol is what you find at the bottom of a dumpster outside of a think tank on a hot day in July. Nobody has been more wrong about more important things with more devastating consequences, and somehow remained out of jail or a locked ward. A chickenhawk's chickenhawk, he slaves constantly to send other people's children off to be maimed and to die, and he still gets invited to all the best places as a "public intellectual." Yeah, and Charlie Manson taught thoracic surgery. But, against all possible odds, he may have outdone even himself this time.Searching for new ways to call the president a coward -- And we'll get to the obvious joke in a minute -- he fastens on the two-fisted youth of Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel who has been invited by John Boehner to come over here and heckle the president as part of Netanyahu's campaign to compromise the president's foreign policy intiatives regarding Ira…

Today's Pix And A Few Toons Too


Expanding The Narrative

And we're back for a bit longer look at some aspects of "Black History" that we (ie: I) never even thought about thinking about.

I got outa school a very long time ago, but the way I recall it, we were taught American History as The History of White People in North America.  And then once in a very long while, we also got this other thing - Native-Americans or Afro-Americans or Spanish-Americans or even on very rare occasions, Sino-Americans.  But nobody ever referred to Franklin or Jefferson or Lincoln or Calhoun or Lee or Davis or TR or FDR or or or;  as Euro-Americans.  Ever.

"Our" history of "our" country in "our" terms from "our" perspective, as told to "us" by "us".

Exclusive.  Restricted.  WASPs Only.

Here's a peek via HuffPo:
Every February during Black History Month, we recognize pioneers like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King who have pushed the civil rights agenda forward. However, the integral work of…

Come To Where The Journalism Is

Dear American Media,

Where the fuck are you guys, anyway?

And why is it that we have to count on Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore and John Oliver to do a better job of covering shit like this than all of your over-paid & under-performing Press Poodles who do practically nothing but pollute the public airwaves?
Get your shit together and try to act like you know what the fuck you're supposed to be doing.

Freedom Rings A Little Hollow

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.

hat tip = FB buddy VWE and Addicting Info

Today's Facebook Wingnut

This came across from an ex-FB-Friend (which was commented on by a current FB Friend, which is how it showed up where I could see it), and it's what everybody used to get in an email that had enough "FWD"s and "RE:"s attached to it that it looked like god's own phone book.

I took a break from this shit for a while, but sometimes, I just cain't hep muhsef.

code = the Wingnutty Nonsense is in black, and my oh-so-clever rebuttals are in blue.  You prob'ly coulda guessed that much so I'll step aside and let you reap the benefit of my extraordinary wit.

So anyway - for old times' sake I guess:
Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free. Because this is a nation of, by, & for thoughtless dolts who can’t think beyond simplistic bumper stickers. "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again." When was the last time some kid killed his little brother with a parachute tha…

A PolToon

...while the Executive Committee sits in a conference room (that prob'ly cost more than your fucking house) wondering, "Whatever happened to company loyalty?"

It Could Be Tranference

I've been wondering about the blow-up over Brian Williams.  And about why everybody and his uncle are jumping on this guy for having botched one story - yeah, OK, it was kind of a doozy, but c'mon.  He fell into the "Acquired Memory" trap, and we're compelled to a public lynching?

And here's an interesting little wrinkle - he admitted it, and tried to correct the record long after everybody'd forgotten about it.  When was the last time anybody - ANY-FUCKING-BODY - in the media decided to come clean like that?

We need to hold people accountable, but Coin-Operated Politicians and The Banksters (eg), and a pile of others who've screwed things up way bigger than anything a news reader ever did (DumFux News being the exception of course) - those guys are practically bulletproof, and we get pretty fucking frustrated about how it seems like they never get spanked or even yelled at.  Then along comes a Dan Rather or a Brian Williams, and we lose our shit over i…

Happy VD

That's Valentine's Day for those of you who're not all that cynical, and/or who can think at least slightly above gutter level - which kinda lets me out so why the fuck am I still typing?