@JonahNRO your dog is obviously a liberal facist homo-feminazi
I admit, I’d buy his dog a drink and share war stories, Secretly hoping it’s a Schnauzer.
@JonahNRO your dog is obviously a liberal facist homo-feminazi
I admit, I’d buy his dog a drink and share war stories, Secretly hoping it’s a Schnauzer.
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is notable for two reasons - he was the only high profile right winger to offer a full-throated defense of “Barack, the Magic Negro,” and for being the 65th most influential conservative in the United States.
What Erickson is not notable for, however, is the ability to speak about race with nuance, clarity, nor self-awareness, and his latest ‘gem’ is not withstanding:
“”If only President Obama weren’t black, maybe he would realize that people don’t dislike him because he is black, they dislike him because he is a self-absorbed ass.”“
A self-aware person is capable of self-censorship, an acquired immunity to ‘foot in mouth’ disease, and usually, a hedge against falling victim to irony. Not so, for Erickson, who has, in the past provided such quotables as:
“A while back, Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a ‘racist.’ Given all the terrorists, thugs, and racists Barack Obama has chosen as close personal friends (see e.g. Rev. Wright), it’s not a stretch to say it.”
“Gay Rights Proponents Act Like the Third Reich.”
“Is Obama Shagging Hookers Behind the Media’s Back?”
“The nation loses the only (David Souter) goat fucking child molester ever to serve on the Supreme Court.”
“At what point do the people … march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp?”
To name but a few. So, while obvious he has no natural nor acquired immunity from ‘foot in mouth’ disease, he appears also immune to recognizing irony - without Barack Obama, Erick Erickson would likely not be the ‘65th most influential conservative in the U.S.” :
Erickson’s “Morning Briefing” e-mails grew from 498 subscribers when they began in February 2009 to nearly 70,000 by January 2010.
If Barack Obama were not ‘Barack Obama’, it is fair to surmise, Erick Erickson would not be ‘Erick Erickson’. That stunning lack of irony, then, to lament an immutable fact of the man who made the ‘manboy’, is delicious in it’s lack of any awareness at all.
However, irony is not Erick’s greatest personality deficit: racism is.
So - why you ask, is Erickson wishing Obama not be African American? Well, simply put, in his desire to not be criticized for racism for criticizing Obama, he in fact makes the fact that Obama is black, an inherent and immutable fact, the problem.
To wish away a foundational characteristic of a person, such as race is, is to place the issue unavoidably on that very foundational characteristic. If one were, in a moment of insanity perhaps, to wish your adversary were not female, so you could strike her, makes the fact that you want to strike her part and very parcel of the fact that she is in fact a woman. More-so, the fact that you hesitated to strike her, is also inseparable from the fact that she is a woman.
And so it goes.
Which brings me to another what if:
What if, Erick Erickson, were not a polysemetic homophone???
This is my second attempt at a round up post of various links on and about the devastation happening in Nepal, India, the Himalayas, and Tibet. Many are just a round up of links and lists to other in depth articles. As usual Google and Twitter are your go to places for the latest up dates.
I won’t comment on what a terrible tragedy this is. Anyone who doesn’t have a soul made of stone must realize how terrible things are in that region of the world. Things are being made worse by weather, the terrain, and, as always, the lack of governmental cohesion.
By now, of course, many of you will have heard the siren call of various agencies asking for donations. May I advise caution? Already there are reports of so-called Christian missionaries offering aid, but really seeking mass conversion. Can you say parasites?
To the links..
The latest from Al Jazeera. The people of Nepal are not impressed with their government’s efforts at relief. And they are not shy about it, either.
Thousands of displaced residents in the Nepali capital have expressed anger towards the government, as they face food and water shortages, a day after a magnitude 7.8 quake hit the country and killed more than 2,500 people.
As rescuers continue to dig through the rubble on Sunday, the densely-populated capital Kathmandu faces a “chaotic situation” with hospitals running out of medical supply, and thousands of people, who are camped in open air areas, are left hungry and thirsty, according to Al Jazeera reporters on the ground.
“A lot of people taking shelter outside in open spaces are without food or water,” Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha, who is in Kathmandu, said.
A really comprehensive report from The Wall Street Journal complete with maps and links. I love maps.
KATMANDU, Nepal—Residents of the earthquake-hit Nepalese capital huddled in the dark beneath plastic tarps in streets and parks Sunday night, after a day in which soldiers and police dug, often by hand, in the rubble of collapsed buildings to rescue survivors.
More than 2,400 people were confirmed dead after Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake, which devastated a broad swath of the Himalayan nation, severely damaging the historic heart of Katmandu, flattening remote villages and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.
Nepal was hit by aftershocks Sunday from the earthquake that has so far killed at least 2,200 people and injured 5,800. Eyewitness photos, videos, and accounts show the destruction in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and on Mount Everest as survivors continue to fear for their safety and rescuers work to free victims from debris.
Here are some images and accounts from people on the scene.
A series of photographs and eyewitness accounts from on the ground. The devastation just takes your breath away.
The death toll from Saturday’s powerful quake stood at more than 2,288 people on Sunday, according to the United Nations, and that number is expected to rise. Deputy Chief of Mission at Nepal’s Embassy in New Delhi Krishna Prasad told Buzzfeed News the aftershocks are “continuous” and “getting stronger.”
A constantly updated post from Buzzfeed including many graphic photographs, emphasis on the graphic. So be warned. There is also much information on how the people of Nepal are responding to the havoc.
I do love the BBC. Very comprehensive, with maps, (did I mention I love maps?), pointing out that the damage and deaths extend to Tibet and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, there have been avalanches at Mt. Everest, killing 17 climbers, destroying Base Camp, and stranding a currently unknown number up on the mountain.
With the death toll now at now estimated at over 2,100, according to ABC, the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday is one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory. With countless lives lost and major archaeological and historical sites irreparably damaged, the devastation in Kathmandu and elsewhere is truly awful.
Photos taken from before and after the earthquake show just how much damage the earthquake has wrought in this South Asian nation, where rescue efforts continue and the full scale of the tragedy may not be known for days.
Two links that show that Nepal hasn’t just lost lives and buildings. The country has also suffered the loss of some of its most important historical and archaeological sites, which can probably never be rebuilt.
A timeline of the various recent earthquakes that have hit Nepal in the last century.
A snapshot of what is currently trending on Twitter under the hashtag #NepalEarthquake. There is a lot and some of the photos are painful to behold.
There is a whole list of videos available on YouTube. Most of it looks decent, although beware, the conspirators are beginning to make their presence known. More parasites.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of Saturday’s quake in Nepal at 7.8. It said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time at Lamjung, about 80 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu. Its depth was only 15 kilometres, the largest shallow quake since the 8.2 temblor off the coast of Chile on April 1, 2014.
A bit of science. Shallow earthquakes are more dangerous than those deeper down. This article explains why.
An earthquake can be one of the most destructive events in the natural world. More than three million people were killed in quakes in the 20th century alone. Although scientists are able to predict which regions are most likely to be hit, it is impossible to predict precisely when a major temblor will occur.
More science. What makes earthquakes so dangerous. At least the people of Nepal and Northern India don’t have tsunamis to worry about. Avalanches and landslide are another matter entirely.
Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.
Survivors of the quake are struggling, amongst the ruins. Even those who have shelter are too terrified to remain inside, as aftershocks and another, smaller earthquake continue to rock the region. They lack food, shelter, water, and, of course, medical supplies. Aid agencies are rushing to help now that Kathmandu’s International Airport has reopened. But there are fears of a bottleneck building up, like the one that formed during relief efforts for the Haiti Earthquake. And, as mentioned at the top, the government of Nepal is not exactly covering itself with glory as it tries to help its people.
Thousands of desperate Nepalese have spent a second night in the open, terrorised by strong aftershocks, as Australian authorities have confirmed more than 830 Australians in Nepal are safe after the devastating earthquake.
All disasters are local. Nepal, Kathmandu, and Everest are all together some of the top tourist destinations in Asia. So the reach of the disaster stretches all across the world. Several hundred Australians are missing, fate unknown. 3 Americans are known to be dead, including a Google executive who was killed by the avalanche on Everest. 61 people in India are dead, and the trains in Mumbai and Kolkata temporarily ground to a halt when the earthquake struck. 17 people are said to be dead in Chinese controlled Tibet.
A raft of links from The Guardian, very comprehensive, with a video link to CCTV footage taken in Tibet when the earthquake hit.
The horrific earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday did not come as a surprise to experts. They knew it was coming. In fact, just last week a group of earthquake specialists gathered in Kathmandu to try to figure out how the country could prepare for the major earthquake they feared was imminent. “It was sort of a nightmare waiting to happen,” seismologist James Jackson, head of the earth sciences department at the University of Cambridge, told the Associated Press. “Physically and geologically what happened is exactly what we thought would happen.”
Alas, what happened in Nepal was foreseen. Experts knew and steps were being taken to mitigate, but in a country so densely packed, with no real building codes, and not much of a government, little could really be done.
It’s impossible to walk through some streets of Kathmandu on Sunday. And it isn’t just because of the rubble, but rather because it’s where tens of thousands of people have decided to stay, terrified of the multitude of aftershocks that have been hitting the capital a day after a massive quake killed more than 2,500 people and injured around 5,800. At least 2,430 people died in Nepal, with 61 reported deaths in India, 17 in Tibet and four in Bangladesh, according to the latest Associated Press count. Terrifying screams engulfed the capital again on Sunday as a magnitude 6.7 aftershock hit the region, one in a seemingly endless stream of tremors that have made people fearful of going back indoors, reports the New York Times.
Earthquakes just don’t happen. There are always aftershocks, terrifying traumatized survivors, and hampering rescue efforts. Even as aid is beginning to arrive, the people in 5 countries are trying to come to grips with their new reality. History as well as lives have been lost. Mt. Everest has suffered its worst disaster in history, and no one is clear on how many climbers are still on the mountain. People round the world are donating, and the Nepalese Diaspora are rallying, but it is going to take a long, long time to put these shattered lives and countries back together.
Terrifying. German climber Jost Kobusch was at Everest Base Camp as the earthquake that devastated Nepal, hit Everest too. You can see the people realize the ground was shaking and then immediately get hit by a horrific avalanche right after. So sad.
It’s so scary that the time to process the earthquake had hit and the incoming avalanche was coming was only a few seconds. 18 people died in the avalanche
Some really frightening video of the avalanche that destroyed Everest Base Camp. Language most definitely NSFW.
A major shallow earthquake hit near Kathmandu in Nepal just before noon on Saturday local time. Between high population densities, intense prolonged shaking, unstable slopes, and inadequate buildings, this has the makings of a very nasty disaster.
A really, really in depth analysis of why the earthquake was so bad, and why it’s going to take a long, long time for the area to recover.
The disaster in Nepal is heartbreakingly close to the worst-case scenario for any region in the world vulnerable to earthquakes—a “nightmare waiting to happen,” in the words of one seismologist. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 2,500 people had died across the country—placing the earthquake among the two-dozen or so deadliest quakes worldwide over the past 40 years. The tragedy is only compounded when we consider how badly prepared the nation was for such an event, a fact that is sadly still common among developing nations in earthquake zones. In a world that’s getting better at preventing disasters, Nepal and other poor countries continue to bear the brunt of tragedy.
A bit of meta analysis here. While developed countries like Japan and the US have found ways to mitigate and even prevent earthquake damage and death, poor, undeveloped countries like Nepal and Haiti are falling further and further behind.
Another update by The Associated Press. The official death toll now stands at 3,617, a horrendous number that is bound to climb.
Turns out the insane radical right hate Neil Degrasse Tyson even more than we previously thought. WordNetDaily Erik Rush would like him dead, for not promoting “good biblical science.” Now all Tyson has to do is debunk creationism or climate change denial one more time, and wingnuts across America will literally start exploding with rage! Doktor Zoom has more,
WordNetDaily columnist Erik “The Other Rush” Rush — he really calls himself that — would like to share with you some Thoughts About Science, which mostly boil down to: science is nice when it gives us flatscreen TVs and atomic bombs, but we’d better not trust the “scientific community” because it’s full of atheists and socialists who are trying to set themselves up as some kinds of authorities on stuff that they have no business talking about, like the age of the Earth, how life came to be on Earth and whether it’s getting hotter, none of which they really know a damn thing about. And by the end of his meditations on science, he actually appears to say it would be OK to kill a few scientists, if that’s what’s necessary to preserve Liberty.
Modern scientists, Rush says, are a heck of a lot like the Pharisees back in Bible Times:
Arrogant, corrupt and self-righteous beyond description, these elitist clerics believed that since they were the earthly representatives of God according to Mosaic law, this made them above suspicion and beyond reproach.
This supposed infallibility is precisely what we observe in the deportment of numerous scientists. With regard to theories they espouse, these are often presented as incontrovertible fact, though they’ve been tainted by ideology, money, or they’re simply fallacious.
And one of the worstest of all these Science Pharisees, Rush says, is Neil deGrasse Tyson who is one dangerous guy, because not only is Tyson affable and funny, he “also happens to be black, which, if you hadn’t noticed, can be advantageous if you’re trying to get millions of white people to do something.”
This article by Heather Cox Richardson in Salon contains one of the best and most succinct publications I’ve ever read concerning the formation and evolution of the modern Conservative movement. It goes on to describe how Jindal has possibly and quite cynically splintered and revealed the true nature of the Business and Social wings of the Conservative Movement.
In his op-ed, Jindal undertook to explain to business leaders how Movement Conservatism works. Its political strategy, he lectured, “requires populist social conservatives to ally with the business community on economic matters and corporate titans to side with social conservatives on cultural matters.” The governor is right: Since the 1980s big business interests have managed to secure policies that have concentrated wealth at the very top of the economic ladder, and they have managed their coup only with the help of the votes of social conservatives.
But Jindal’s hyperbolic posturing as he warns “any corporation” “bullying” social conservatives into accepting same-sex marriage to “Save your breath,” reveals a touchstone moment: This grand alliance is over.
To determine the states using the most mind-altering drugs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of state residents reporting near-daily drug use to relax based on interviews conducted between January and December 2014 for the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. We also considered data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, including median household income, poverty rate, and adult educational attainment rates. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we reviewed annual state unemployment rates from 2013. We also reviewed 2013 obesity and teen pregnancy rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Incidence of heart disease in 2013 is from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Cancer deaths and the number of years lost due to premature death are from the United Health Foundation. Admittances to drug rehabilitation centers are from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Interestingly enough, only two Blue States make the Top 10.
I just read on the NewsWorks web site that some Philly residents are being told they must pay the sheriff a large fine because they missed jury duty. This is the latest one of many jury duty scams to be used by con-artists to get money out of individuals. Read the NewsWorks story: newsworks.org
But according to the right it’s us who live under tyranny…
A court in southern Russia has sentenced three young women to brief jail terms for making a video showing them twerking next to a World War II memorial.
Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Allies’ victory in the World War II next month, an emotionally charged holiday the Kremlin has been using for propaganda purposes.
The sentencing in the Novorossiysk district court of a 19-year-old woman to 15 days in jail and two women in their 20s to 10 days comes after prosecutors launched a probe into a video showing a group of women twerking next to the memorial on the Black Sea. Twerking is a sexually provocative dance involving thrusting of the hips.
Twenty-two months ago, the Supreme Court — perhaps not fully realizing that it was doing so — set off a constitutional revolution. In a decision that spoke somewhat tentatively about an “evolving understanding of the meaning of equality,” the Court in United States v. Windsor saw in that understanding a deep even if new respect in America for the dignity of same-sex couples who choose to marry.
What followed from that, with astonishing speed, was that the list of states where such marriages became legal expanded from twelve to thirty-six. Lower federal courts, in particular, led the way. On Tuesday, at a two-and-a-half-hour hearing, the Supreme Court confronts a simple question: did those courts go astray, and misread what Windsor really meant?
A cabinet shelf full of about one hundred and fifty briefs introduced the Justices to that question from many angles. But the actual outcome of the case known as Obergefell v. Hodges could well depend upon how the Court answers three core onstitutional issues. Each by itself, in fact, could be decisive: who decides? what right is at issue? what is the constitutional test?
Wikileaks posted the Sony info, then sites like Jezebel, among others, ran with it. In the guise of humor, Jezebel exposed the very personal shopping habits of Sony executive Amy Pascal.
I will not link to that as I found it thoroughly disgusting. Suffice to say the Jezebel author, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, was previously employed by First Look Media.
I find the hypocrisy amazing, not to mention the harassment and ridicule of a fellow female by a supposedly “woman friendly” website. Ugh!
The Wikleaks dump also reveals “credit card number, medical information, private e-mail addresses, salary data”…
Where is the outrage from the privacy advocates?
OPINION | MICHAEL A. COHEN
Where’s the Wikileaks outrage?
The site has done far more damage to privacy than the NSA
THIS WEEK, the group Wikileaks posted on its website the entire archive of data and information stolen from Sony Pictures last fall — and it seems every day there’s a new, earth-shattering scoop.
We’ve learned that one rich person tried to help another rich person’s kid get an internship at Buzzfeed. Shocking!
A former Hillary Clinton aide sometimes talked with movie studio presidents about how great they think Hillary Clinton is. Scandalous!
And a famous movie star was embarrassed about — and tried to cover up — the fact that his long-dead ancestors owned slaves.
What a victory for transparency that these critically important stories are now in the public domain!
That’s what Wikileaks and its click-obsessed enablers in the media would like you to believe. But in reality, data dumps like these represent a threat to our already shrinking zone of privacy.
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