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The Burning Stupid — The Stupid is on Fire!

I’m just going to put this here for you to “enjoy”.  The stupid will burn us all up if we let it.

If net neutrality goes away, most likely my blog will too.  Or at least you’ll have a helluva time finding it unless I fork over lots of cash so you can find it.

Can we not let them take everything?  They don’t even know how to use it right.  That might be the exact reason they’re trying to take it away from those who pwn them every time.  Every damn time.

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/09/new-iamarepublican-campaign-backfiring-predictably-spectacular-fashion/

 

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The Burning Stupid — Remedial Sex Education

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I spent most of yesterday in a rage haze. There are so many more eloquent explanations of why the Supreme Court decision is so odious so I’ll share a few but here is my summation.

The SCOTUS has determined that someone’s sincerely held misconceptions are more valid than scientific and medical facts. And, because so, those misconceptions can now adversely affect other people legally.

This is what makes me the most insane. We cannot prove or disprove the existence of god, the soul or heaven. Those are up for debate and taken on faith (or not). But when you believe something that is factually inaccurate and easily dis-proven, how is that a supportable defense?

I’m going to disavow you of any argument by defining the medicines in question.  Definitions are from dictionary.com.

CONTRACEPTION — the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices; birth control. (The key word here is prevention).

PREVENT — 1. to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: “He intervened to prevent bloodshed.” and 2. to hinder or stop from doing something: “There is nothing to prevent us from going.”

[TRUTH: If a baby never happened in the first place, there is nothing to abort.]

ABORT — 1. to bring forth a fetus from the uterus before the fetus is viable; miscarry.; 2. to develop incompletely; remain in a rudimentary or undeveloped state. and 3. to fail, cease, or stop at an early or premature stage.

An abortion occurs after a fetus has been created. A contraception device or medicine prevents said fetus from ever existing in the first place. That should be as plain and clear as the nose on your face.

I don’t think I can spell it out any clearer than my sister-in-law did for someone who was unclear on the concept, so here is how she explained the function of the drugs/devices in question (Morning After Pill and IUD):

{name}, you are laboring under a misconception that these 4 methods at issue eliminate fertilized eggs. That is absolutely false. All four PREVENT sperm from fertilizing an egg. The two so-called “morning after” pills at issue (Plan B and Ella) delay release of an egg, this leaving nothing for the sperm to fertilize. If the egg was already in transit and sperm reach it, it may be fertilized and will implant just like a normal pregnancy and the pill will have been ineffective. Neither of those two drugs alter conception or cause abortion. They do NOT work post-conception.

As for the IUDs, the two types at issue are the copper and progestin devices. The copper IUD releases copper, which is a spermicide, thus preventing fertilization from occurring. The progestin IUD works by releasing the hormone, which thickens the mucous lining of the cervix, preventing sperm from passing AND by delaying egg release, once again PREVENTING fertilization from occurring.

So, you see, the entire premise of this case is based on a false understanding of both the items in question and biology itself. None of the above methods of birth control at the heart of this decision are abortifacients.

If you believe that something does something against your faith but it in fact does not do that thing, then you are wrong!  Your belief, regardless of how sincere, is counter to measurable and provable reality and thus should hold no legal weight.  Say I am a devout druid.  I can sincerely and deeply believe that when you tear down forests you are killing fairies but if reality proves there are no fairies, which so far it has, then I cannot stop someone from logging based on my sincerely held belief.  I can cry all I like for the fairies, but no fairies are being killed by the lumber industry.  Now there are some actual living and breathing indigenous people who are in great danger but it seems that no one gives two shits about them.

This has been a bullshit case from the beginning which ended with a bullshit ruling. I feel like I’m in Bizarro-land or something.

John Oliver is really getting good at his job. So I’ll let him explain this craziness as only he can.

And if you don’t hate women and don’t think sex is sinful, these are the benefits (for EVERYONE) when women have access to comprehensive sex education and effective means of controlling their reproduction. If you think otherwise, then I don’t have an intellectual jackhammer strong enough to get any knowledge into your thick skull.

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Everything Bad is Good Again

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So the recent cover of Time magazine declares that butter is actually good for you.  The food scientists had it all wrong.

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They did this before with eggs too.

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At this point, I don’t think any of them know what the hell they’re talking about.  I’m fully expecting them to start sounding like these guys at the beginning of this clip from the Woody Allen film SLEEPER.

We’ve become obsessed with health and thinness to the point that we will jump on any bandwagon that sounds scientific.  However, I don’t think anyone is really doing enough studies that go long enough to truly understand the impact of food.  A few months does not determine anything worthwhile.  And what if what we think about food has an impact too?

If I believe something is bad for me and I eat it anyway, does that impact what my body does with it?  This short study seems to imply as much.

Now this is by no means enough information to come to a sound conclusion, but it’s an interesting place to start.  Perhaps with the question, “Is there a mind-body connection in regards to health?”  Some people believe there is while others look at the body as more mechanistic than that and just thinking things has no effect.

The best thing we can all do is calm the hell down about food and get a little smarter about it.  We have to be our own scientists in some ways.  If you eat a food and it makes you feel bad then you might consider not eating that food.  If eating eggs and full fat dairy make you feel good, enjoy those things to their fullest.

Unless and until they get real about their experiments (rather than doing the bare minimum to get past the FDA), trust none of this bullshit.  Whether you live longer or not, you’ll be a little saner and a lot happier enjoying the foods you like in moderation.  Everything in moderation.

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Oh and by the way, this is the new food pyramid.  Vegans are gonna love this one.  Where’s the bread?

 

 

 

 

The Burning Stupid, or forgetting how the internet works

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No one is safe from “the internets”.  No one is above rebuke, mocking or harassment.  No one.

Beyonce is a pretty well liked celebrity but they still did this.

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So imagine if you are a reviled human being who does something in poor taste, like Ann Coulter, how fast the internets will respond to your attention-whoring antics.

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This was one of the tamer ones.

As hateful and scary as some of the stuff coming out of the internet can be, it’s a perfect reflection of the concept of free speech.  I may completely disagree with you, despise your point of view and find it to be offensive and repulsive, but as long as you are not inciting people to do harm to one another, I will support your right to say what you please.  You will not be placed in jail for it.  That’s free speech.

However, free speech is not free of consequences.  And that is what the internet doles out the best.

Jenny McCarthy was a vocal opponent of vaccination at one point (although she has back-pedaled on that recently) so she kind of deserved this Twitter flame war.

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BIC learned a valuable lesson when they tried to make a pen for the ladies.  The internet agreed it was sexist and tore it to shreds in the funniest possible way — Amazon reviews.  Who knew product reviews could be so entertaining?

http://www.amazon.com/BIC-Cristal-1-0mm-Black-MSLP16-Blk/dp/B004F9QBE6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400103932&sr=8-1&keywords=bic+for+ladies

I could go on with examples for days.

But sometimes, the internet is a magical place and for all the shit it spews out, it rewards us with something like this.

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The internets say You’re Welcome!

 

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I Can’t. I Just Can’t.

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I generally pride myself on being the kind of person who takes pains to understand other people’s thought patterns and points of view.  I’ve trained myself to not jump to conclusions whenever something unpleasant happens.  This affords me a clearer head in order to deal with things and solve problems.

But sometimes, the stupid… IT BURNS!

I think as I up my output, I will have a weekly blog entitled “The Burning Stupid” and share with you all highlights from the week which you can look over and then go about your day.  I do this public service so your head doesn’t have to hurt too.

Today in The Burning Stupid, Michele Bachmann opened her mouth and the stupid came pouring out.

WASHINGTON — A House bill to establish a bipartisan commission on the creation of the first national women’s history museum might sound pretty noncontroversial — but it has deeply upset Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

“I rise today in opposition to this bill, because I believe ultimately this museum that will be built on the National Mall, on federal land, will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement, and pro-traditional marriage movement,” Bachmann said on the House floor Wednesday ahead of a vote on the bill.

“As it’s currently written,” she added, “the legislation lacks the necessary safeguards to ensure the proposed museum will not become an ideological shrine to abortion that will eventually receive federal funding and a prominent spot on the National Mall.”

I won’t post a picture of her face because it’ll just make me want to punch my computer.

What is it with these people and abortion for christssake!?!?  Abortion is a concept that if handled properly would be a minor affair that happened in relatively few circumstances — rape, incest and the life of the mother.  The pro-life stance is not about life.  It’s about control – plain and simple.  People who believe that abortion should be illegal want to control how others behave.  They take no steps to minimize the need for abortion apart from telling other people not to have sex (i.e., control how others behave).

Don’t give me your empty concern about all the aborted babies.  It’s a load of hogwash.  You don’t give a fuck about the women, so keep your fucking concern about the babies out of it.  To be pro-life is to be pro-ALL-life.  Stop picking and choosing… just like you do with the Bible scripture and the Gays.

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If a woman isn’t excited about a museum being established to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of women, and instead just sees it as having some bullshit agenda to push abortion, then she needs to have her woman card revoked.  Stop it already!  Go away Michele Bachmann.  You have nothing to say that contributes to the betterment of humanity.  Have the decency to stop talking altogether.

You, Michele Bachmann, you and Phyllis Schlafly and Sarah Palin and your kind… You are why I need Feminism.  I need women to know that they have options in life.  They can be mothers and housewives or they can be CEO’s and politicians.  They can be whatever the hell they want to be.  And I need Feminism because I know the world is a better place when women are free to make those choices about their lives.

And whether you know it or not, you need Feminism too.  Perhaps the word itself seems limited in its scope.  Feminism has never been about tearing men down.  It has only been about lifting women up.  Creating the level playing field we all claim to be in support of.  If paying a woman the same salary as a man for the same job is something you don’t want, then you really need to re-think your basic philosophy of life.  Feminism is Equalism.

I am an Equalist!  You may say I’m a dreamer.  Well, I’m not the only one.

http://www.feminismisequality.com/

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