Monday, June 29, 2009

A brief lesson for any whackjob libertarians reading this:

The data does not support your contention that a strictly private healthcare system is more efficient or cheaper than a public one. No, you will not even have to wait longer for a doctor's appointment.

I know, I know, that's not what you've been led to expect. Just read this.

Marvel at its reliance on actual data.

That sensation you're feeling? It's cognitive dissonance.

Sometimes, people come up with theoretical systems that seem very likely to work out, but those systems end up not working out as well as theorized. Right now might be a good time to reevaluate whether or not your system is as ideal in practice as it is in theory.

Take as long as you need.

When you're done with that, repeat after me:
A public health insurance option is not the same as a single-payer system.

A public health insurance option will create more competition, not less.
Sometimes a public project is more effective than a private industry.
Taxation is not equivalent to theft, slavery, or initiation of force.

Now get over yourselves.

On a slightly unrelated note, I read my President's speech about his plans for healthcare reform to the AMA, and I squeed a little. Yay for having a reasonable! person! in the White House.

Here's a link to the post that got my boxer-briefs all in a twist.

And here's a link to my craaaaaaaaazy suggestion that people who use the apparatus of society the most and draw the most benefit from said apparatus should be expected to contribute more to it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A brief note about Pharyngulan commenters.

Commenters like Troy are seriously idiotic fucked up monsters, and they make me want to find the servers that host Pharyngula's comment threads and burn them to the ground. Or at the very least, to never ever ever read said threads again.

Commenters like Rev. BigDumbChimp give me hope for humanity. Don't ever stop "feeding the trolls" by correcting their asshattery; if no one speaks up and says that bigoted shit is wrong, it seems like there's some implicit condoning going on. I hope you get a Molly, and I'm planning on voting for you the next chance I get. Reading your responses has helped preserve my sanity today, and for that I thank you.

Good day.

...

I SAID GOOD DAY.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

WANT

I am an unbelievable sucker for silly books that attempt to proselytize to me.

Friday, June 19, 2009

I've been hooked

The Sims 3 is the reason why I haven't been posting... or doing laundry.. or doing much of anything, actually. It is a fantabulous game.

Here is a small example of why.


Now I'm going back to my Sims family!

BTW: BUY THIS GAME.

Friday, June 12, 2009

TONIGHT WE DANCE WITH LORD STANLEY

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Teaspoons.

I've been up all night, spending some time with The New Dude, then home to read and fret and read and fret some more. The internets can be a rough place, even when I stay in more-or-less happy places like Scienceblogs and Feministe and Racialicious. Even if I'm not going to get slapped in the face with misogyny or racism or general ignorance... blogs tend to be full of Big Scary Issues, and reading about the latest creationist goofball or sexist pig or domestic terrorist can get my insides all tied in knots.

So I go to my security blanket on the internets: Shakesville.

Shakesville is my happy place. The authors there cover serious business with amazing grace, and on top of that they make sure I get my daily quota of kittens and non-hate-filled lulz. Shakesville has changed the way I think, act, and talk. And I owe a great debt to Liss for making all of it that way.

I'm ashamed that it's taken something like this to make me realize that.

So this is for Liss:

I don't have a Disqus account (because I already have a facebook and a gmail and a livejournal and good gawd damn there are only so many minutes in the day and if I have to remember one more username and password I'm going to start screaming and I don't know if I'll ever stop), and I don't want to contribute to the clusterfuck that I'm sure your inbox is swiftly becoming... but I wanted to say something. Oh, fuck that, I want to say THANK YOU.

Thank you!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. For putting up with this bullshit internets thing for so long, for gathering together such an amazing crew of people, for caring so deeply, for helping effect a positive change. Thank you for your teaspoons. You are so brave and persistant and wonderful, and the world is a better place for it. I am amazed by your strength.

I would totally bake you a million cookies, do your taxes for the next decade, give you a week-long foot massage, and rent you one of those awesome inflatable bouncy-castle thingies that make me want to be 5 again.

If you need to take a break... Hell, if you need to pull yourself permanently out of this wretched hive of scum and villainy we call the intertubes... I think we can all understand. Take some you-time. Maude knows you've given us plenty of us-time, at your own expense no less.

But you should know that you've at the very least inspired me (and I'm sure many others) to maintain my little corner of the blagoweb as a safe space.

You're welcome here any time.

((((Liss))))

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Domestic Terrorism

First there was the abhorrent shooting death of Dr. George Tiller, which I've just found out was disgustingly successful in achieving its aims - Dr. Tiller's clinic has been closed. The success of this form of domestic terrorism is horrifying. This is not new, and so long as we do nothing about it, it will continue.

And now I hear about this shooting at the Holocaust Museum in DC. Seeing the two following lines in the same article infuriates me:
According to a Web site maintained by Mr. von Brunn, he embraces a far-reaching conspiracy theory involving Jews, blacks and other minority groups.
There were no clues to his motive or identity.
Where the fuck did all our righteous indignation go about terrorism? Why aren't the waterboarding-is-OK people going all gung-ho on Tiller's killer, since it's the closest thing to a ticking time bomb situation that we're going to get outside of TV?

Oh yeah... white, Christian, American dudes aren't terrorists. I forgot.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

RRRRRR.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Silence is the Enemy.

Do you care about the institutionalized rape of women and children? Want to do something about it?

Go here. Frequent the linked blogs. Thank you.