I love the people I’ve “met” here but felt the need to take a break. Plus, my Tumblr mobile app stopped working properly. So I uninstalled and reinstalled it. I will check on that later. The nice Tumblr app doesn’t appear to be available for my older operating system (G1 - original Android)…until I get a new phone, I will make due with so-so apps.
BTW: Yes, I changed my username. For anyone who missed it. I am no longer interhuss.
Not every homophobe uses religion to back up his/her hatred. Some won’t even try to use it as an ‘excuse’. Some are just through-n-through bigots.
These same people are so proud of how they feel but when you call them out on it, perhaps call them a “bigot” or say something else related, they look shocked. As if their willful ignorance is justified. As if awfully hateful statement they just uttered somehow does not make them bigoted.
Jen McCreight has a very smart take on the issue of a lack of ethnic diversity among we seculars. The biggest problem in her mind is the denial that a problem exists by many within the atheistic…
I posted on this right after TAM8. It is true that atheist and skeptic groups tend to be on the paler side. The lack of color has been improving lately but it still stands out. I didn’t even notice a deficit of women at TAM, so at least that’s improving.
Seriously. I saw it in my paycheck. Yes, my paycheck WENT UP because of this tax cut.
And yet I’ve got at least one Tea Party-believing co-worker who cannot be convinced that their paychecks went up as well because of the same Obama tax cut. They just cover their ears and go LALALALALALALA and regurgitate back to me the whole “Obama’s a scary man and a Muslim, not even American” spiel. It makes me want to just scream.
When I said comparing FOXnews to MSNBC is like apples to mp3 players, I was wrong. It’s like comparing rotten apples to mp3 players. Or something more along those lines. I’m trying not to be too callous. And I don’t think I am. I think it’s pretty justified. I could have said a pile of shit.
“Let this incident [involving MSNBC’s proper suspension of Olbermann] lay to rest forever the facile, never-true-anyway, bullpucky, lazy conflation of Fox News and what the rest of us do for a living. I know everybody likes to say, ’Oh, that’s cable news. It’s all the same.’ Fox News and MSNBC, mirror images of each other.
…Hosts on Fox raise money on the air for Republican candidates. They endorse them explicitly; they use their Fox News profile to headline fund-raisers…. We are not a political operation. Fox is. We are a news operation. And the rules around here are part of how you know that.”—
RACHEL MADDOW, rising above the din. As per usual.
In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle on the problem—it decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other illicit street drugs. The theory: focusing on treatment and prevention instead of jailing users would decrease the number of deaths and infections.
Five years later, the number of deaths from street drug overdoses dropped from around 400 to 290 annually, and the number of new HIV cases caused by using dirty needles to inject heroin, cocaine and other illegal substances plummeted from nearly 1,400 in 2000 to about 400 in 2006, according to a report released recently by the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C, libertarian think tank.
I used interhuss mainly because it’s relatively short and I can get it anywhere. I used to go by Intergalactic Hussy but it was too long. I shortened it and the rest is history. Intergalactic Hussy is a Simpson’s reference:
Though, I’m way more of a Lisa than a Marge. Actually Lisa was my role model growing up. When The Simpsons began, she was 8 and I was 8. Though, I’m not as goody-two-shoes as Lisa..
But I digress. I started using interhuss. Now, I’m trying to go by my actual name for most things. I can’t believe I got roseschwartz at DeviantArt and YouTube! There’s not much on those profiles yet. (But the links are here: DA / YT.) My Tumblr and Twitter user names will remain interhuss.