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How about now?

I missed this when it came out but it seems relevant today:

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will slam Republican Donald Trump for being too friendly with North Korea...

Trump has said he would sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear programme and has criticized the decades-old NATO alliance with mainly European nations as obsolete and too costly for the United States.

..."Donald Trump's statements about North Korea show that he has more interest in making Kim Jong Un like him than backing up our friends and allies in the region," [Clinton aide Jake] Sullivan said, noting that South Korea has worked with the United States on missile defence.

Today, Dianne Feinstein is surprising me in a good way by admitting that isolating North Korea hasn't worked.


By fnord12 | August 8, 2017, 6:05 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Inequality illustrated

The New York Times has a nice animated chart illustrating the data from Piketty (et all).


By fnord12 | August 8, 2017, 10:48 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Thank you for your service

Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions.

...the distressing trend could have a grim upside: If people don't end up living as long as they were projected to just a few years ago, their employers ultimately won't have to pay them as much in pension and other lifelong retirement benefits.

By fnord12 | August 8, 2017, 10:36 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Deweaponize the debt limit

Brian Beutler argues that now is a good time.


By fnord12 | August 7, 2017, 12:40 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




How About We Stop Trying to Find Ways to Blame the Victim?

If someone gets punched by another person, do we ask the assault victim "yes, but did you fight back?" and use that as a measure for how guilty the attacker is. Link



Survivors of sexual assault who come forward often confront doubt on the part of others. Did you fight back? they are asked. Did you scream? Just as painful for them, if not more so, can be a sense of guilt and shame. Why did I not resist? they may ask themselves. Is it my fault? And to make matters worse, although the laws are in flux in various jurisdictions, active resistance can be seen as necessary for a legal or even "common sense" definition of rape. Unless it is clearly too dangerous, as when the rapist is armed, resisting is generally thought to be the "normal" reaction to sexual assault.

But new research adds to the evidence debunking this common belief. According to a recent study, a majority of female rape survivors who visited the Emergency Clinic for Rape Victims in Stockholm reported they did not fight back. Many also did not yell for help. During the assault they experienced a kind of temporary paralysis called tonic immobility. And those who experienced extreme tonic immobility were twice as likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and three times more likely to suffer severe depression in the months after the attack than women who did not have this response.

Tonic immobility (TI) describes a state of involuntary paralysis in which individuals cannot move or, in many cases, even speak. In animals this reaction is considered an evolutionary adaptive defense to an attack by a predator when other forms of defense are not possible. Much less is known about this phenomenon in humans, although it has been observed in soldiers in battle as well as in survivors of sexual assault. A study from 2005, for example, found 52 percent of female undergraduates who reported childhood sexual abuse said they experienced this paralysis.

We have the expressions "deer in the headlights" and "frozen with fear". I'm sure there are plenty of horror movies depicting a victim standing still with their mouth moving silently as the terrible thing approaches. Is it really so amazing that someone who is threatened with sexual assault will experience the same kind of paralysis?

This "rape-induced paralysis," [University of Sydney psychiatrist Kasia Kozlowska] explains, is one of six automatically activated defense behaviors in animals and humans that make up the "defense cascade." Typically, nonhuman animals are programmed to go through each of the states as the proximity of the danger escalates. The stages are: arousal (alertness to possible danger); freezing (momentarily putting flight or fight on hold while assessing danger); "flight or fight"; tonic immobility; collapsed immobility (fainting in fear); and quiescent immobility (a subsequent state of rest that promotes healing). People who experience sexual assault may go through several of these stages, or skip straight to tonic immobility.

Each of the defense reactions, she explains, involves activation of motor and arousal centers in the brain and changes in pain and sensory processing. When flight or fight is possible, motor programs for running or fighting are activated, the arousal system is switched to a high-energy setting and nonopioid analgesia is switched on. This helps the victim either run away or fight the predator. When flight or fight is not possible, immobility motor programs are activated, causing the paralysis. At the same time, the arousal system is switched to a low-energy setting, and the brain is flooded with "opioid analgesia" to reduce the intensity of the fear and pain.

Humans and other animals cannot control these defense mechanisms. In humans who are being raped, tonic immobility may be immediately triggered when their sensory inputs (touch, smell and so on) reach a critical threshold and they feel there is no escape.

The system should be focusing on the rapists and their behavior and not on trying to shift responsibility to the victims.


By min | August 4, 2017, 2:14 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Venezuela

Some good discussion here.

This in particular was interesting, but it almost reaches conspiracy theory levels. IF it's true, it's pretty sick.

For a while it was, achieving impressive gains in health care, life expectancy, education, and social security; radically expanding political participation, bringing the excluded and marginal into the debate and giving diverse social movements access to political power; and charting a foreign policy independent from Washington. Now that model is in ruins. It's easy to criticize Chavismo for riding high oil prices. That critique, however accurate, captures only half the story: Chávez, and his cohort of oil diplomats, largely helped create those high oil prices, revitalizing OPEC, affirming Venezuela's commitment to OPEC production quotas and pricing, and working with non-OPEC energy-producing countries, like Brazil and Mexico, to reverse the neoliberal dream...

...saw high petroleum prices as a way to tax the First World, and then redistribute that revenue through equitable social programs, solidarity, and support for poor energy-importing nations, and an oppositional foreign policy. Thus many of Barack Obama's energy initiatives, especially when Hillary Clinton was at the State Department, were counterstrikes against this repoliticization of oil: promoting fracking, not just in the United States but worldwide; wooing of Mexico away from Venezuela while promoting the privatization of PEMEX, Mexico's state-run oil industry; turning Central America into one big biofuel plantation (that's one of the things the 2009 coup in Honduras was about). It worked.


By fnord12 | August 3, 2017, 5:24 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Bitter fight

Ryan Cooper on the left's distrust of the 2020 candidates.

Semi-relatedly, i've found this mocking of Mark Zuckerberg's "I Swear I'm Not Running For President" tour to be pretty funny.

Meanwhile, here is some full throated union support from Bernie, who is helping to organize at the Nissan plant in Mississippi.


By fnord12 | August 3, 2017, 12:42 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Hulk like beans!

I try to not do too much vegan advocacy on this blog and i just linked to a related article yesterday, but i won't pass up an opportunity to advocate for that prince of foods, the bean.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2017, 11:17 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Valentine Moghadam

My level of sophistication on Syria doesn't extend much beyond "we should get the fuck out", but this is a compelling interview.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2017, 1:45 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Kate Brown

As every centrist politician in the country has been hinting that they're going to run in the Dem 2020 primary, i've found myself wondering how to get around the problem that aside from Bernie and Elizabeth Warren* there's basically no one acceptable to the growing leftist wing. Not just for 2020, but just in general. There's Barbara Lee and Keith Ellison* and a few others in the House, basically no one else in the Senate. The Berniecrats are having a lot of success at local levels and with Our Revolution and Justice Democrats and the like i am hoping that they continue to bubble up. But not a strong bench of people ready now. But the governor of Oregon seems pretty good.

*Foreign policy still being a big problem with these two.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2017, 1:08 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




"shocked that $20 'rabbit ears' pluck signals from the air; is this legal?"

WSJ:

Carlos Villalobos, 21, who was selling tube-shaped digital antennas at a swap meet in San Diego recently, says customers often ask if his $20 to $25 products are legal. "They don't trust me when I say that these are actually free local channels," he says.

Earlier this year, he got an earful from a woman who didn't get it. "She was mad," he recalls. "She says, 'No, you can't live in America for free, what are you talking about?'"

Almost a third of Americans (29%) are unaware local TV is available free, according to a June survey by the National Association of Broadcasters, an industry trade group.


By fnord12 | August 2, 2017, 12:04 PM | Liberal Outrage & TeeVee | Link




Fast food as government policy

New Republic reviewing Supersizing Urban America.

In the wake of the 1968 riots, Nixon's law-and-order presidency began programs that doled out federal funds to fast food franchises. The administration asserted that black-owned businesses serving fast food would help to cure urban unrest by promoting an entrepreneurial spirit in poor communities. The federal subsidization of McDonald's and other chains to enter urban markets previously considered too poor or dangerous was meant to promote "black capitalism."

By fnord12 | August 2, 2017, 10:51 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Kevin Drum Misrepresents Research Results on Public Perception of the Homeless

What happened to you, Mother Jones? Link

An article published on July 14 by Mother Jones produced widespread anger. The piece, written by Kevin Drum, began by discussing newly published research from two political science professors on public perceptions of homeless people. Drum addressed the seemingly contradictory findings that people generally support aid to the homeless but also favor banning panhandling and sleeping in public.

Drum's controversial passage came when he attempted to reconcile these views with this reasoning (emphasis in original):

The researchers solved their conundrum by suggesting that most people are disgusted by the homeless. No kidding. About half the homeless suffer from a mental illness and a third abuse either alcohol or drugs. You'd be crazy not to have a reflexive disgust of a population like that. Is that really so hard to get?
...
The profound problems with Drum's argument are self-evident. To begin with, it relies on a crude, ugly stereotype of homeless people -- as well as addicts and people with mental health problems -- that makes it hard to believe Drum ever interacts with any people in any of those groups. The work I've done with homeless people over the last two years confirms what should be extremely obvious: Many people end up living on the street because of some combination of economic hardship, bad luck, job loss, and a lack of family support; any decent human being reacts to their plight with sympathy, empathy, and compassion -- not disgust.

Worse, the reasoning in the Mother Jones article implies that people are naturally and justifiably disgusted by those who lose their homes, struggle with addiction, or have mental health afflictions. Who still thinks this way? It's as if a caricature of some 1950s retrograde moralizer was reincarnated as a 21st-century columnist for a magazine named after a fiery pro-labor revolutionary.

But perhaps the most serious problem is one raised by the researchers on whom the Mother Jones article purports to rely. In an email to me, which I promptly posted on Twitter, one those researchers -- professor Spencer Piston of Boston University -- objected that the Mother Jones article profoundly misrepresented their research:

Especially infuriating to me is that he misinterpreted our scholarship to do so. We argue that media coverage of homeless people often portrays them as unclean or diseased, which activates disgust among the general public. But he cites our research as proof that homeless people are inherently disgusting -- which perpetuates the very problem in journalism our research was trying to solve.

The article goes on to print the full response the researchers sent The Intercept for publication. Feelings of disgust for the homeless are a learned behavior that are, at the very least, exacerbated, if not caused by, the negative way they are portrayed in the media. And here comes Mother Jones basically saying, "Of course! The homeless are disgusting." *smacks forehead* Great self-reflection there, Kevin Drum. I'm also starting to question your reading comprehension abilities.

The response from Mother Jones' editor-in-chief shows how the magazine continues to miss the point.

[Clara Jeffery] had only this to say: "Piston and Clifford's point is that 'support for these counterproductive policies is driven in part by disgust.' Kevin was attempting, in a very brief post, to challenge readers and policymakers to contend with those shortcomings of compassion."

Uh, no. They were actually challenging you, the media, to overcome your shortcomings in they way you report on the homeless.


By min | August 2, 2017, 10:39 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Dead meat zones

Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms that create oxygen-deprived stretches of the gulf.

(No jokes about the dead zone being "roughly the size of New Jersey".)


By fnord12 | August 1, 2017, 2:12 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




The Center doesn't exist

We get articles like this every few years, but Dem consultants don't ever seem to listen (for obvious reasons discussed in the article).


By fnord12 | August 1, 2017, 9:58 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Eds and Meds

Interesting article on the relationship between cities and universities. (I do wish the article expanded more on the "and their attendant medical centers" portion.)


By fnord12 | August 1, 2017, 9:52 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Walker Giving FoxConn Special Dispensation

To pollute. And he's also giving them a $3 billion tip for their troubles in the form of subsidies. Link

Walker, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have in recent days touted Foxconn's announcement that it will open a new manufacturing plant in Ryan's Southwest Wisconsin congressional district. None of them, however, mentioned that the legislation providing the taxpayer subsidies included blanket waivers from Wisconsin's environmental statutes.

Under those laws, companies are prohibited from discharging materials or otherwise polluting wetlands without a specific permit to do so. Under the bill that Walker has put forward, companies within the new "economics and information technology manufacturing zone" will be allowed to discharge material into non-federal wetlands if it relates to the construction or operation of a manufacturing facility. Walker has called a special session that will discuss his bill tomorrow.

Another section of the bill outlines how existing Wisconsin law requires companies to obtain a permit to disturb or transform nearby waterways. According to the official analysis of the bill by analysts in the Republican-controlled legislature, the new legislation will allow Walker's administration to waive those permitting requirements "if they relate to the construction, access, or operation of a new manufacturing facility" in the zone where Foxconn is planning to build its facility.

A separate section of the bill exempts new energy utilities built inside the Foxconn development zone from facing regulatory oversight by the state's Public Service Commission. Those provisions also exempt regulation of the building and relocation of high-voltage transmission lines, according to state legislative analysts.


By min | August 1, 2017, 12:13 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




I give up

Politics is bad enough, but when some female Marvel employees post a picture of themselves drinking milkshakes and the Men's Rights nitwits freak out and start ranting about SJWs, it's time to give up on the human race.


By fnord12 | July 31, 2017, 12:13 PM | Comics & Liberal Outrage | Link




I said i was "objective", you idiot. Not an Objectivist.

Whatever that is.


By fnord12 | July 30, 2017, 7:20 PM | Boooooks & Liberal Outrage | Link




Do it. Take away their insurance.

This is indeed bonkers.


By fnord12 | July 29, 2017, 9:11 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




The Great Recession never ended

This has seemed obvious but it's good to see it spelled out and quantified. We need a major infrastructure spending stimulus bill. Bernie, Hillary, and Trump all campaigned on one, to various degrees. Hillary's was too small, Trump's relied on private corporations too much, and Bernie's was, ofc, just right (honestly, his could have been bigger too). But at this point anything would help.


By fnord12 | July 27, 2017, 2:11 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




More Jersey flooding

Scientists: 21 N.J. towns to face chronic flooding by 2035.


By fnord12 | July 23, 2017, 11:51 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Pathetic opposition party

Between the Thomas Frank editorial Min linked to below and this one by Steven Thrasher, the Guardian is on fire.


By fnord12 | July 22, 2017, 11:52 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Main Stream Media is Useless

I haven't been able to read most of it for the last year because it's turned into the "All Trump, All the Time" outlet.

Thomas Frank on how the media continues to fail:

It's about legitimacy, of course, and what's left of the respectable press is utterly captivated by the theme. It completely defines their war on Trump, for example. They know what a politician is supposed to look like and act like and sound like; they know that Trump does not conform to those rules; and they react to him as a kind of foreign object jammed rudely into their creamy world, a Rodney Dangerfield defiling the fancy country club.

I believe that the news media needs to win its war with Trump, and urgently so. But as long as they understand that war as a crusade to reestablish the old rules of legitimacy, they are going to continue to fail. Until the day they get it right, the world will burn while the in-crowd parties obliviously on.

I'm not holding my breath for the media to eventually "get it". What's worse is the people who still rely on them for information. Ugh.


By min | July 21, 2017, 11:42 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




1st Edition Landsharks

This should in no way be construed as a preview for tomorrow's session.

Although it should make you worried.

By fnord12 | July 21, 2017, 5:49 PM | D&D | Link




German is Awesome

Add it to my ever-growing list of languages i want to learn. They have words for everything!

fremdscham

-noun
shame felt for actions done by someone else; vicarious embarrassment, secondhand embarrassment


By min | July 21, 2017, 1:50 PM | Good Words | Link




The Russian perspective

Some nice background from Matt Taibbi.

Of course, no amount of rational context is going to defeat this level of ignorance from MSNBC hosts:

Yup, Yugoslavia was in the Soviet Union, and Slovakia was in Yugoslavia

By fnord12 | July 21, 2017, 11:35 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Recap 79

Traipsing Through Mangar's Training Ground


By min | July 20, 2017, 10:31 PM | D&D | Link




Seems like a real liberal champion

Kamala Harris seems to be the 2020 candidate that the rich Clinton backers are getting behind. So here is some background on her:

As California Attorney General, she was the champion of an extremely punitive truancy law (which mostly affects black and Latino youths). She supported the death penalty. She laughed at marijuana legalization. She supported using prisoners as slave labor. And yet she was not-so-tough on crime when it came to corporate criminals like Steven Mnuchin, now Trump's Treasury Secretary.

As a Senator, she's offered tepid, caveat-laden support for Single Payer ("as a concept, I'm completely in support of single payer, but we've got to work out the details, and the details matter on that."). She mainly seems to have come to prominence for her performance in the Russian Show Trials.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:28 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Why don't they know what they're sponsoring?

Whatever you think of BDS, a bill criminalizing it, with a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison, seems insane. Even more insane is that a lot of Democratic sponsors (not just supporters, mind you, but sponsors) of the bill don't even seem to know what is in it.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:21 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Flooding away Jersey's poor

Atlantic City meets climate change.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:19 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Individuals can't fix structural problems on their own

I've been saying this since Al Gore's movie ended with telling us to change our lightbulbs.


By fnord12 | July 17, 2017, 11:56 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Thanks for Finally Making a Wonder Woman Movie, I Guess?

But...

What the FUCK was the bullshit origin story about? Amazons were created by Zeus to soothe Man's violent tendencies? They actually showed a painting of naked women coming out of the sea to drape themselves over warrior men. Plus, Zeus was benevolent and kind and made Man to be the same until Ares corrupted them? WHAT??? I'm pretty sure that is not how the story goes. Zeus was a huge dick. All of the gods were. There was no Garden of Eden paradise situation before Ares/the Serpent came and messed it up. Edith Hamilton is going to come back and kick all your asses.

The story I know is the Amazons were souls of women who were victimized and/or murdered by men. Hera and the other goddesses and Hermes took their souls and brought the women back to life on Themyscira. Wonder Woman was sculpted from clay and given life and powers by these same gods. She wasn't the child of Zeus. Ew. In George Perez's run, Zeus actually demands Diana sleeps with him cause he's Zeus and he should get to try out all the pretty girls. *shudder* Yeah, yeah. I know DC turned her into a demi-god in the comics continuity, too. I have been deliberately ignoring that piece of idiocy for the last several years. Successfully, too, until i saw this movie.

How much more of an empowerment story is it when you've got women who were abused but are given new life and learn to be warriors and scholars and everything they wanted to be? Compare that to "Zeus created some handmaidens to use their nurturing ways to soften man's natural aggressive tendencies". Argh. I'm so pissed off about this that i'm barely appreciating the scrap they've thrown me by finally, after decades, making this movie.

The rest of the movie was fair. Nothing too great, nothing too terrible. Kinda slow in the middle. I did have a problem with the silent exchange between Wonder Woman (nobody calls her WW in the movie, either, which is annoying) and Steve Trevor before they have sex. Look, we live in a society where people think they can say shit like, "Her eyes were saying 'Yes'" or judges might agree that "she implicitly said yes even though she was unconscious". So, while Diana giving Steve the "come hither" expression and Steve correctly interpreting it was totally fine in this context (esp since Diana was physically capable of putting a stop to anything she didn't agree to), i would still like a verbal exchange between the characters because society still needs to learn that while the good guy in the story might get the girl, it shouldn't be taken as a given and he should still ask.


By min | July 14, 2017, 12:15 PM | Comics & Movies | Link




Jurassic Parks

This week was Dinosaur Week in the Supermega-household. In addition to classics like One Million B.C. and The Giant Behemoth, we watched 4 Jurassic Park movies with various degrees of regret.

Jurassic Park 1: Jurassic Park - It was chockful of bad dinosaur science, but wasn't super terrible. I was left with questions though.

  1. Why didn't they tranquilize that velociraptor before transporting it to the park? Who thinks it's a good idea to transport a fully awake raptor? Not the poor gatekeeper guy, that's for sure.

  2. Why did they spend so much time on the sick triceratops if they weren't ever going to find out what made it sick?

  3. How did the safari hunter guy not realize that when they decided to shut down ALL the power, by "all", they meant yes, the raptor cages, too?

  4. Knowing the containment of the carnivorous dinosaurs had failed, why was the old guy sitting in the window-ful cafeteria with all the lights on???

  5. Why didn't they use bird DNA for the missing bits?

Other than the girl turning on the lamp when the last thing they wanted to do was draw the attention of the T.Rex, i didn't have too many strong feelings about the characters deserving to be eaten.


Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World: - Julianne Moore's character was so patronizing and annoying. If i had been Jeff Goldblum, i would have left her ass on that island to die. She kept poo-pooing his real and deserved trauma of almost being eaten by dinosaurs and told him she knew what she was doing. About 5 minutes later, she brings a bleeding T. Rex infant back to their research trailer and guess what follows the scent of its missing offspring. Yeah.

After surviving that (Jeff Goldblum, why didn't you just let her fall?), Miss I-Don't-Need-Your-Help continues to wear the blood-soaked jacket as they try to escape the island. Guess who follows. There are just some people you need to break up with and not look back.


Jurassic Park 3: Jurassic Park III - Sam Neill should have just tripped Tea Leoni and William H. Macy when he had the chance. Anyone who walks around a jungle full of carnivores whilst shouting deserves to get eaten. As fnord12 likes to say: I don't have to run faster than the bear. I just have to run faster than you.

They were the most horrible people. They caused the deaths of no less than 3 people and still thought they were the good guys. And in the end, because of Tea Leoni, the pterosaurs escape their enclosure and you see them fly past the main characters' plane. Instead of horror, they basically go, "Ha, I guess they're finding a new place to nest." AND THAT'S IT! "People are going to get killed and eaten. Isn't that heartwarming and amusing?!"


Jurassic Park 4: Jurassic World - First off, Chris Pratt, stop taking roles where you are misogynistic and creepy towards women. Please. The whole subtext about "control" between him and Bryce Dallas Howard was just ooky.

Second, the movie was really about parents sending their teenaged and pre-pubescent sons off to be eaten by dinosaurs. Having come to the realization their children have ruined their lives and their relationship, they arrange for the boys to take a "vacation" in Jurassic World without them. At the airport, mom swears they're going to have "so much fun" and after the kids walk away, dad darkly comments, "So much for that last family breakfast." The film wants you to think he's referring to their divorce, but i know the truth. We were told how many pounds of meat the dinosaur park needs to feed its inhabitants just before the kids are put on the plane. I know what's really going on here.

In the end when the parents show up, mom's not crying because she's happy her sons are alive. She's crying because she now has to take them home again.

Oddly, this turned out to be the best of the JP movies because of that last fight between the T. Rex and the Plotosaurus. All the human stuff was shit, but the dinosaur fights...

This trailer is all true:





By min | July 13, 2017, 10:48 PM | Movies | Link




Who Carries Paper Anymore?

Poor guy.

The Corpus Christi police lieutenant Chris Hooper said the contractor became stuck on Wednesday when he was changing the lock to a Bank of America room that leads to the ATM.
...
The contractor then passed notes through the ATM receipt slot to customers retrieving cash, imploring them to call his boss. One read: "Please help. I'm stuck in here."

By min | July 13, 2017, 10:38 PM | Ummm... Other? | Link




Actually, going veggie is pretty great but i know how you people are

Maybe this is the pressure point we needed: either let us regulate the fuck out of these 100 companies or you all have to go vegetarian.


By fnord12 | July 13, 2017, 9:13 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Shell game

Taibbi:

Sanders, along with co-sponsors Elizabeth Warren and Robert Casey, offered an amendment... that would have allowed for importation of drugs from FDA-approved facilities in Canada...

Once again, Democratic discipline broke down. The amendment this time was beaten in committee, 13-10. Two Democrats, Patty Murray and Michael Bennet, both of whom accept a lot of pharmaceutical money, voted no.

Interestingly, two Republicans from states bordering Canada who voted for almost exactly the same measure earlier in the year - Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine - now voted no as well.

This often seems to happen with controversial bills. The math will allow a large-ish number of members to cast a vote in favor of a popular policy disliked by industry, but if there's any danger of it actually passing, there will suddenly be defectors or converts. The political damage is limited to just a few poor souls who have to wear the unpopular vote.

This is why you should never trust a politician like Cory Booker who tells you that he supports your issue but couldn't vote for this particular version of it because of some minor (bullshit) flaw.


By fnord12 | July 12, 2017, 7:45 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Why you lie to me, Hasbro?

Technically i suppose a Dire Wraith can look like anything, but seriously.

Shoulda sold the rights to ROM to Marvel. No one wants a ROM toy if he can't fight a proper looking Dire Wraith:

I would also have liked a male form Dire Wraith, and a Deathwing and a Hellhound, but clearly you'd go for one of these first.

Also, WTF is a Visionaries' Leoric?


By fnord12 | July 11, 2017, 9:50 AM | Comics | Link




Life Comes At You Fast

Conservatives: Solar power will never work.

Also Conservatives: Solar power is working too well.

The linked article is also a good example of why the press sucks. There is absolutely no reason to print the baldfaced bullshit from the utility lobbyists with a straight face. "Unfair to homeowners who do not want or cannot afford their own solar installations" made me snort so hard i nearly lost a nostril.


By fnord12 | July 10, 2017, 8:44 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link




Jersey is a land of contrasts

The good: "New Jersey is at the top of the list for having achieved the greatest reduction in our prison population in the country -- a 35 percent decline since 1999."

The bad: "New Jersey has the worst racial disparities within our prison population in the country. "

Link.


By fnord12 | July 8, 2017, 12:10 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



No need to stop here. There's plenty more SuperMegaMonkey where that came from.