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Supreme Court Unamiously Rejects Corporate Greed

In case you missed this:

WASHINGTON — Human genes may not be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The decision is likely to reduce the cost of genetic testing for some health risks, and it may discourage investment in some forms of genetic research.

The case concerned patents held by Myriad Genetics, a Utah company, on genes that correlate with an increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The patents were challenged by scientists and doctors who said their research and ability to help patients had been frustrated.

This is a HUGE victory. What was happening is that companies would patent an important gene and then no one would allowed to use that information without paying very expensive fees to the company that discovered it if they allowed it at all.

Yes, companies that invest money into research should benefit from it but not at the cost of human lives. The BRAC test based on the the gene in dispute costs $3000. Can’t afford it? Too bad for you. Try not to get cancer, yeah? This is clearly not in the best interest of the public’s health.

Now, critics (Republicans) will cry that the Supreme Court will scare off investment in research. Bullshit. There’s still money to be made in discovering the genes that cause disease and misery and, not for nothing, there’s a quite a lot of government money being poured into medical research as well. Companies relying a little more on that instead of their own is perfectly fine so long as the populace benefits in the end. That’s what government is for: to use our collective resources to improve our lives.

Now who would object to that? Hmmmmm…..

The Filthy Liberal Scum Podcast!

This week’s episode where we join Fox’s Megyn Kelly in kicking Erick Erickson in the balls, puzzling out why the right is so afraid of women in the workplace and why they think stay at home dads are “less manly.” We also lament the passing of Michele Bachmann but cheer the GOP’s continued descent into madness, dissect what a bad idea it is to keep people’s DNA in a law enforcement database and laugh at just how much college students dislike the Republican Party.

As always, take a hit and pass us around like a lit joint!

Outro: It’s All Because (The Gays Are Getting Married)

Why Conservatives HATE College

I was reading a short article by Francis Wilkinson about how colleges generally tend to go with liberals for commencement speeches and protest when conservatives are scheduled to speak, even at regular events:

Like conservatives before him, Hassett concludes that liberal arts colleges are “hostile territory.” One of his case studies is especially convincing. Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative and a deputy secretary of state for President George W. Bush, who later served as president of the World Bank, withdrew from a scheduled commencement speech at his alma mater, Swarthmore College, after students objected to his association with the Bush administration. As Hassett wrote:

“If Zoellick, a moderate gentleman with an impressive record promoting women’s rights as president of the World Bank, can’t speak on a college campus, no Republican can.”

Well, yeah. Duh.

Wilkinson suggests that liberals are closing themselves in a bubble in much the same way the right has; a bubble where they only hear what they want to hear. But his main culprit is something else all together:

But the overall numbers may be due to another factor beyond rude liberal students plugging their ears: It keeps getting harder to find conservatives worth listening to.

Well, yeah. Duh.

This is actually a bit of a concern for the left, although it’s not being voiced often or with any force. Liberals are not putting themselves in a bubble so much as the vacuum of credibility on the right is sucking them into one.

Despite the ridiculous claim that “both sides” have become more extreme, the reality is that the right has been taken over by crazy people and extremists. The reason that liberals can’t be bothered listening to conservatives is that they aren’t saying anything rational. In an environment like a college, where the entire purpose is to teach critical thinking skills, the bullshit the right peddles is so odious and transparent that it’s simply intolerable. This is why the right despises college and public education of any kind, for that matter. Unless the school or university is geared specifically towards right wing propaganda, conservative ideas wilt and die. It’s really REALLY hard to convince people that slavery wasn’t that bad or that Hitler was a gay liberal when people are allowed to ask questions, something the right actively discourages. And so you get a political movement trapped in a bubble of pure stupidity.

But without a healthy and sane opposition party, liberals are forced to talk to themselves which can be a problem if left unattended for too long. The powers that be on the right deliberately sealed their followers in a bubble because they know damn well that things like science and honest  debate are dangerous to conservative ideas. Liberals, on the other hand, tend to shift when presented with a strong argument supported by strong evidence. This is often interpreted as weakness but only by the foolish.

However, if we only talk to ourselves, we will, eventually, drift over to the far left in much the same way the right did and with equally disastrous results. Try to imagine the liberal movement controlled by PETA. Yes, I just threw up in my mouth a little, too.

 

Gratuitous Nudity In Star Trek And Why It’s A Good Thing

When the commercials for Star Trek: Into Darkness started airing with the quick scene of Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) showing off how well toned she is, I thought, “Niiice,” followed quickly by, “Why is that in there?”

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Seriously, she even looks like she’s asking, “Why, exactly, am I in my underwear?”

It’s not that Star Trek doesn’t have a healthy dose of sexuality in it; Captain Kirk was legendary for poking anything with a pulse, Counselor Troi was purely eye candy until someone got around to realizing she was a fantastic character to explore, Seven of Nine (’nuff said). But the Marcus shot seemed out of place and that was just in the commercial. I haven’t seen the movie yet (soon, my precious….soon) but I’m to understand that the scene was as out of place as I thought and Damon Lindelof fesses up:

Look, there’s nothing wrong with showing the human body in various stages of undress, as long as it serves a purpose. That purpose can be to highlight the attraction between two characters or, conversely, to show the lack of attraction. That Lindelof just sort of tossed it in there and then publicly admitted that is exactly what he did is encouraging. It means that the idea of having women strip “just cause” is becoming less acceptable. It also means that calling attention to it is no longer a fringe reaction.

Progress! It’s what Star Trek is all about!

 

New Poll Shows Just How Desperate Republicans Are For An Obama Scandal

Via PPP:

While voters overall may think Congress’ focus should be elsewhere there’s no doubt about how mad Republicans are about Benghazi. 41% say they consider this to be the biggest political scandal in American history to only 43% who disagree with that sentiment. Only 10% of Democrats and 20% of independents share that feeling. Republicans think by a 74/19 margin than Benghazi is a worse political scandal than Watergate, by a 74/12 margin that it’s worse than Teapot Dome, and by a 70/20 margin that it’s worse than Iran Contra.

One interesting thing about the voters who think Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history is that 39% of them don’t actually know where it is. 10% think it’s in Egypt, 9% in Iran, 6% in Cuba, 5% in Syria, 4% in Iraq, and 1% each in North Korea and Liberia with 4% not willing to venture a guess.

To summarize: They don’t know what happened. They don’t know what the scandal is supposed to be. They don’t know who to blame (Obama before the election, then Rice, now Hilary). They don’t know if there was a cover up. They don’t know what was supposed to be covered up and they don’t even know where it happened.

But GODDAMIT! They KNOW it’s worse than any Republican presidential scandal! They’re mad at Obama (or Clinton)! They want him impeached (or Hilary not to run)!

Republican voters are so transparent it’s pathetic.

 

The GOP’s Shrinking Future

Via Political Wire:

Jeb Bush: “The conventional wisdom coming from the 2012 election was the Republican Party is in decline. We lost on messaging, tone and policies that alienated growing minority communities. What that narrative misses is that conservative principles and Republican leadership are thriving in the states, providing the way forward for the GOP.”

“There now are 30 Republican governors, the highest number in 13 years. In 26 states, Republicans hold a majority of the seats in both the House and Senate chambers.”

Yeah, thanks to extreme gerrymandering and voter suppression. Also, people are not as active at the state level so it’s easy for a handful of Tea Party fanatics to sway elections.

Fortunately, there is a rapidly growing awareness that state politics matter, too. With every pro-business, pro-1%, anti-middle class, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-democracy and anti-minority bill the GOP forces through against the will of their constituents, the more people realize that their state has been hijacked by lunatics who only obey their own ideology and the hell with everyone else.

How long does ol’ Jeb think that’s going to last? In a decade or two, the GOP will have reduced itself to a strictly regional party in the Deep South. Actually less as Texas turns purple and Florida turns blue. Those remaining states will be poorly run and the rest of the country will be thankful we never let the GOP do that to the entire country for very long.

The GOP Is The Party Of Constitutional Original Intent?

Pure bullshit.

Lindsay Graham and John McCain are spearheading a movement to have Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an American citizen, declared an “enemy combatant” so we can A.torture him B.shit on the Constitution C.feed right wing crybabies their daily diet of fear or D. All of the above.

And since Obama said, “Screw you idiots” and put Dzhokhar in the justice system created by the Founding Fathers that Republicans claim to revere, the GOP has been throwing a hissy fit.

I’m actually quite happy about this particular bit of GOP lunacy. Because Obama said X, the entire right will leap to say Y. They will be angrily denouncing Obama for NOT taking away the rights of an American citizen on American soil. Can you imagine a more effective way to show the rank hypocrisy of conservatives than having them bellow like drunken elephants that the Constitution doesn’t apply to American citizens?

Yes, independent voters, please do tell me again how there’s really no difference between the parties. How hard do you think it would be for another Bush/Cheney presidency to go from declaring someone like Dzhokhar an enemy combatant to declaring Occupy protests “terrorism” and stripping their rights as well? 12 years ago, the idea of enemy combatants would have made the country vomit en masse. Now it’s a question of WHO we get to strip of their rights. This slippery slope is about as steep and slippery as it gets.

See You Tomorrow

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NEWS FLASH! Obama STILL The Worst Anti-Capitalist Commie Socialist Enemy Of Wall Street!

Seriously! Anyone that still says Obama is destroying the economy is certifiable at this point.

Via The New York Times:

The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index closed on Thursday at a new record, eclipsing its previous closing high, set in October 2007.
At 4 p.m., the benchmark index was at 1,569.19 points, up 0.4 percent for the day, despite a report of rising claims for unemployment benefits. It closed the first quarter with a robust 10-percent gain.
The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average, which was also up 0.4 percent Thursday, passed its 2007 milestone earlier this month, but the S.&P. 500 is widely considered to be a broader-based reflection of the American stock market

I wish, at some point, Corporate America would realize that Obama is the best friend they’ve ever had in the White House and tell tell their lapdogs, the GOP to stop obstructing him. The amount of money they’ve lost due to the sluggish recovery engineered by Republicans is staggering. I thought these masters of the universe were supposed to be smart?

CNN’s Steubenville Coverage Exemplifies Rape Culture

I don’t know what it is about this case but it’s been driving absolutely insane since I first heard about it. Maybe it’s my instinctual loathing of jocks. Or maybe it’s my instinctual loathing of men (I use the term lightly) that would rape a drunken, unconscious girl. Or maybe it’s because the lowlifes involved called themselves the “Rape Crew.” Or maybe it’s the fact that the “men” involved were so high on the smell of their own piss they never even considered they might have to pay for their crime. Or maybe it’s the fact that the defense tried to claim that an unconscious girl (they have actual pictures of her insensate) was a willing participant because she didn’t say “No.” Or maybe it’s the fact that a good part of the town is outraged that these two fine, upstanding citizens are even in trouble. After all, she got drunk around a bunch of boys, what did that little whore expect?


Perhaps it’s just the way the Steubenville rape is the perfect example of what rape culture is: A world in which women are constantly in danger because we do not tell our men not to rape, we tell them not to get caught. A world in which the sentencing of two teenage boys to serve a whole whopping one year in jail is cause to lament their shattered futures instead of a source of outrage:

Those poor boys! Their lives will be forever scarred! They’ll never be able to pretend the whole sad affair never happened!

Well Boo Fucking Hoo.

Welcome to the world of a rape victim.

Full disclosure: I’ve never been raped. I cannot understand the pain that a rape victim experiences or how it may haunt their life. I cannot know and do not pretend to.

On the other hand, I know, for a certainty, that a year or two in jail is not justice. To sympathize with the rapists is sick. To do so without putting it in context of the harm the did to their victim is even worse. Yes, their lives are probably ruined. Too goddamn bad! No one forced them to do it. They were not coerced, they were not pushed, they were fully in control of their actions. Were they drunk? Who cares? They were part of the self titled “Rape Crew.” Does anyone REALLY think the alcohol is to blame?

What the hell is wrong is with CNN? How did this get on the air without an immediate push back? Feel bad for these two budding little animals? The hell with Mays and Richmond! They’re not sorry they did it; they’re sorry they got caught! I don’t know much of Candy Crowley aside from her being a moderator for a presidential debate last year but she and Poppy Harlow might as well have spit on the victim and those like her.

Good job, CNN. You really advanced the national conversation about rape culture.

In the wrong direction.