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From Policy Mic: On Tuesday, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump unearthed remarks Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's new campaign manager, made in January 2013 suggesting that rape is women's fault. If they weren't so weak, Conway suggested, they'd be able to fight off their attackers."If we were physiologically — not mentally, emotionally, professionally — equal to men, if we were physiologically as strong as men, rape would not exist," Conway said on the PBS show To the Contrary at the time."You would be able to defend yourself and fight him off."I wonder if all the men who've been raped know it wasn't possible for them to have been raped.
For the 1,255 miles of the US-Mexico border that's made up of the Rio Grande, where exactly will Mr Trump's wall stand?
The border more or less runs right down the middle of the river - and you literally can't build the thing in the water.
So do you build it on the Mexico side? Since Mexico doesn't want anything to do with our silly wall, it seems kinda doubtful they'll allow that.
But if we build it on the US side, then don't we kinda lose access to the river itself?
There's an awful lot of that riverfront that's private land. Do you plan to condemn 100 or 500 or 1000 miles of private property thru Eminent Domain and then forcibly take possession of the land if necessary?
Maybe that's why the Trumpkinites have restarted the talk about a "Virtual Wall" or "Technological Wall" or a "Digital Wall". Except that every time surrogates try to ameliorate anything, Trump comes back and either re-doubles down or flipflops and deni…
From Vox: In 1997, after a distinguished career in military service that culminated with stints as national security adviser under Ronald Reagan and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Colin Powell launched a charity. Named America’s Promise, it’s built around the theme of Five Promises to America’s children. And while I’ve never heard it praised as a particularly cost-effective way to help humanity by effective altruists, it was surely a reasonably good cause for a famous and politically popular man to dedicate himself to.Needless to say, however, Powell continued to be involved in American political life. His sky-high poll numbers ensured he’d be buzzed about as a possible presidential or vice presidential nominee, either as a moderate Republican or as an independent. Realistically, that wasn’t in the cards, and Powell was smart enough to know it. But his support for George W. Bush during the 2000 campaign lent him valuable credibility, and his…
Where are the ghostbusters when ya really need 'em? The Trump campaign is like the Comments Section of an Alt-Right website came to life and decided to run for president. hat tip = some random Twitter dude
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Humpty Dumplings, Hardy Boys Double lattes, Ode to Joys Hooters, shooters, physics tutors Bobbsey Twins and bald commuters Double-WMD's MRE's and PFD's Snow-white dwarfs, Picasso cubes 99 words for boobs
Gerber servers, holy grails Whoopee cushions, humpback whales Flying saucers, traffic stoppers Super Big Gulps, Double Whoppers Pillows, billows, Don DeLillos Soft-serve cones and armadillos Pimped-out hubcaps, inner tubes 99 words for boobs
Midget earmuffs, warming globes Strobes and probes and frontal lobes Knockers, honkers, knicker…
Especially the bits about how some of the big "conservative" writers have begun saying that maybe the GOP oughta get on board with the whole ObamaCare thing; and it might not be such a bad idea to stop just pimping the Tax Cuts For Rich People thing cuz gee, it's starting to make us look like a buncha dopes. Very interesting.
And here's the original website, where you can make a donation or click on the Amazon link and help 'em out just by spending a few bucks for stuff you were gonna buy anyway (costs you nothing extra): The Professional Left Podcast
For a good long time, some very clever "conservatives" have been wondering (very loudly and very smugly) why it is that Da Gubmint insists Americans are so stoopid, we need silly stuff like:
Who doesn't know this shit, right? Who could possibly be so stupid - maybe we should just get rid of those labels and let the whole problem with stoopid people sort itself out. And we laughed and laughed - but then it got really really not funny, because...
Any more questions on that one? OK good - so, on to the next point - stop thinking this shit happens by accident. Cause and Effect, bitches. I'm not saying there's a giant conspiracy afoot and there's some super-genius pulling all the strings and blah blah blah. I'm just trying to stay aware that there are some very smart people who have no scruples, and who will take every opportunity to pimp anything they think might work in their favor and further their ambitions. It's pretty easy to see whe…
The whole banana from Andy Borowitz at The New Yorker: NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The billionaire Donald J. Trump’s bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged.Jesus, who has not generally been active on Facebook, made a rare appearance on the social network on Monday to announce His decision to ignore the presumptive Republican nominee’s request for a personal relationship with Him.In a brief post, Jesus offered the following explanation: “Just everything.” The turndown from Jesus Christ, the inspiration behind one of the world’s most prominent religions, caps what has been a tough month for the Trump campaign.Privately, campaign staffers fretted that the candidate would pen a disparaging tweet about Jesus, which might alienate evangelical voters in key battleground states.But, at a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump made no reference to Jesus, and instead touted endorsements he had r…
This is currently what the POTUS section of the Minnesota 2016 ballot looks like:
You may have noticed that the name of one Donald Trump is missing. This seems to be due to the Trump folk not having a firm grip on the rules in Minnesota, and so they've neglected to fulfill a small technicality ie: nominating Alternate Electors. Which, apparently isn't really odd or different since almost every state has pretty much the same rules. On the first pass, I'm like - this bunch could fuck up a 2-car parade. Are these really the people we want running the joint? But then again, given all the weird shit that's been going on, I can't be sure this isn't a deal where the Minnesota GOP is looking to fuck Trump over. Or maybe it's Trump doing a very Trump-ey thing by trying to make sure his claims of "rigged election" have some plausibility. But then again (again), it could be more strong evidence that the GOP is just hopelessly fucked up altoget…
Just in the last several years: Hillary's emails: Looks bad, and while there's a few bits and pieces, nothing to get your panties in a bunch over.
DNC emails: Democrats "conspiring" to nominate a Democrat. Color me unsurprised. Moving on.
Benghazi!!!!!: Get fucking serious.
"Scandal" after "scandal" for 25 years; and 25 years of "oooh, this time for sure; those indictments are coming any minute now" - and there's just never ever anything that amounts to more than a little nose-wrinkle?
I managed to be woefully mis-informed, and missed it, but on August 18, 1920 - The 19th Amendment was ratified by Tennessee, making it part of the US Constitution.
A weird political irony is that with the exception of a few states, only the men could vote to make the government stop denying the women's right to vote. (and I promise I'm not trying to steal the thunder and pat myself on the back for being so magnanimously man-errific)
And it just seems like a good example of Progressives being right again (which happens a lot), and the Conservatives being wrong again (which, funnily enough, happens just as often).
And you don't have to look very far to find what I think is pretty good evidence to back that up.
When you think about which states you'd consider to be "typically conservative" (and if you're more or less normal), you're prob'ly thinking those states are in the South.
Now consider this list of when certain states finally got around to rati…
Home town hero (as long as he agrees with me of course) Larry Sabato runs a little joint called The Center For Politics at UVa, and he's gotten pretty good at what he does.
Here's a little snapshot of where Professor Sabato thinks we stand right now:
What about the overall picture? As our regular readers know, we’ve been the Rock of Gibraltar when it comes to a Clinton victory. Our first electoral map, issued at the end of March, showed Clinton at 347 EVs to 191 EVs for Trump, and all subsequent maps have maintained those totals — until now. After looking carefully at Nebraska’s 2nd District — Nebraska being, along with Maine, a state that awards one electoral vote to the winner of each congressional district — we’ve decided that NE-2 is leaning toward Clinton. It isn’t much of a lean, and it’s possible that if Trump can tighten up the contest, this one will wobble back to the Republicans. But for the moment, adding NE-2 to the Democrats makes Clinton’s total 348 EVs and Trump’s…
And lots more at Media Matters As far as she's concerned, it's nothing but a can of beans on the shelf, or a bag of chips in the machine in the break room - waiting for somebody to wander by with a coupla bucks to spend. Kellyanne Conway says what she says because she gets paid to say it. She'll say whatever it is you want her to say if you pay her enough. There's a word for that, but I won't use that word for Ms Conway because I have too much respect for honest, hard-working whores.