I Don't Want To Live On This Planet Anymore...

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
John Steinbeck (via nedhepburn)

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— 3 years ago with 3069 notes

stfuconservatives:

nefariousnewt:

downlo:

In which Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) is fucking awesome (via):

Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.

However, I won’t physically rise, because I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room.

I won’t call for the sunlight of additional hearings, for fear that Republicans might excommunicate the finding that the Earth revolves around the sun.

Instead, I’ll embody Newton’s third law of motion and be an equal and opposing force against this attack on science and on laws that will reduce America’s importation of foreign oil.

This bill will live in the House while simultaneously being dead in the Senate. It will be a legislative Schrodinger’s cat killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process!

Arbitrary rejection of scientific fact will not cause us to rise from our seats today. But with this bill, pollution levels will rise. Oil imports will rise. Temperatures will rise.

And with that, I yield back the balance of my time. That is, unless a rejection of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is somewhere in the chair’s amendment pile.

BRAVO!!!!!!!! *clapping*

“The bill will be a legislative Schrodinger’s cat, killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process.”

That’s the kind of bad-ass speech I plan to give after I’m elected to Congress. Me and this guy are going to start the House Committee on Legitimizing Actual Science and Facts.

Things like this make me a little less cynical.

— 3 years ago with 942 notes
"I’m tired of hearing America is the best at this or the best at that all the frickin’ time. It’s a fat country with bad health care, bad politics, bad education, bad infrastructure, bad religion, a horrific income gap, a load of violent crime, moronic drug laws, rampant racism, people who deny the rampant racism, sexism, people who deny the rampant sexism, an active and overt hostility to higher education, and a population that consists of large blocs devoted to ideology over real-world pragmatic answers. And to top things off, it’s filled with the sort of people who give idiotic responses to all these facts by saying, “Well, if you don’t like, why don’t you leave?” Morons."

For the Sake of Science (via azspot)

But I think I will leave, just in case.

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— 3 years ago with 1350 notes
#politics 
"Some have asked if there aren’t conservative sites I read regularly. Well, no. I will read anything I’ve been informed about that’s either interesting or revealing; but I don’t know of any economics or politics sites on that side that regularly provide analysis or information I need to take seriously. I know we’re supposed to pretend that both sides always have a point; but the truth is that most of the time they don’t. The parties are not equally irresponsible; Rachel Maddow isn’t Glenn Beck; and a conservative blog, almost by definition, is a blog written by someone who chooses not to notice that asymmetry. And life is short …"

Paul Krugman (via azspot)

KRUG LIFE

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— 3 years ago with 168 notes
#Krugman  #Politics 
"Well, in Florida, a state representative has introduced a bill that would impose fines of up to $5 million on any doctor who asks a patient whether he or she owns a gun. This is certainly a new and interesting concept, but I don’t think we can classify it as a response to Tucson. Jason Brodeur, the Republican who thought it up, says it’s a response to the health care reform act. A sizable chunk of this country seems to feel as though there is nothing so secure that it can’t be endangered by Obamacare. It’s only a matter of time before somebody discovers that giving everyone access to health insurance poses a terrible threat to the armed forces, or the soybean crop, or poodles."

Gail Collins (via azspot)

Doctors asking if you own a gun: unconscionable, punishable by a major fine.

Doctors misinforming patients about the link between abortions and breast cancer: mandated by law.

Hundreds of protesters rallied at the Indiana statehouse on Tuesday in opposition to restrictive abortion measures that would, among other things, require doctors to tell pregnant women about a controversial theory that says having an abortion could lead to an increased risk of breast cancer.

House Bill 1210, introduced by Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner (R), would make abortions illegal after 20 weeks. The Senate has already passed a similar bill, but it is awaiting action in the House.

The bill would also require physicians to inform a pregnant woman seeking an abortion that the fetus could feel pain and require patients to view an ultrasound. A patient could get out of doing so only if she stated her refusal in writing.

[O]ne of the most controversial portions of the bill is the part that would require doctors to inform women about the risks of abortion, including “the possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural protective effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast cancer.”

Indiana wouldn’t be the first state to promote this theory. According to the Guttmacher Institute, five states — Alaska, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia — currently include mentions of a link between abortion and breast cancer in written counseling materials.

Okay, planet.  You win.

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— 3 years ago with 9 notes
pantslessprogressive:

motherjones:

Tsunami makes it to our back yard…San Francisco Bay, moving toward Emeryville on the Bay’s east side. The Bay Bridge and San Fran are visible in the background.
(via Berkeleyside.com)

Stay safe.

As somebody who lives by the water in the East Bay, I am breathing a sigh of relief. So glad this is all we got.

pantslessprogressive:

motherjones:

Tsunami makes it to our back yard…San Francisco Bay, moving toward Emeryville on the Bay’s east side. The Bay Bridge and San Fran are visible in the background.

(via Berkeleyside.com)

Stay safe.

As somebody who lives by the water in the East Bay, I am breathing a sigh of relief. So glad this is all we got.

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— 3 years ago with 1295 notes
"The headline you won’t be reading today: “Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes”. But it’s the truth."
— 3 years ago with 1275 notes
#Japan  #Earthquake  #Tsunami 
motherjones:

Next issue, we’ll have a whole package on the science of science denial, and why folks cling to untenable beliefs. Until then…sigh.

motherjones:

Next issue, we’ll have a whole package on the science of science denial, and why folks cling to untenable beliefs. Until then…sigh.

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— 3 years ago with 885 notes