Archive for June, 2012

June 29, 2012

Disasters have a way of causing politicians to refocus. SOB

This Ruthless World

I have a very misanthropic friend who likes to say: “Calamity is the teacher of fools.” I am beginning to think that perhaps he is overly optimistic. Fools are fundamentally incapable of learning anything, even from disaster.

Wildfires raging in Colorado are now eating away at the city of Colorado Springs. At least one person is dead, 346 homes and 34 streets have been destroyed, and thousands of people have been evacuated – although, this being Colorado Springs(see below), I am not sure what exactly those evacuation efforts entailed, other than people simply running for their lives. Mayor Steve Bach, a conservative who campaigned on the Tea-Party darling issue of “small government”, has told residents that he appreciates the President coming to the city, and that he plans to ask for money. Federal money. Evil money. Socialist-communist-fascist money.

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June 29, 2012

Great recipe but I’d double the vodka. SOB

Someone Left The Cake Out In The Rain

Vodka.  Rhubarb.  You’d think these ingredients alone would be the reason I’m so pumped to share this recipe with you.  They’re pretty low on the totem pole.

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June 28, 2012

Good on them. This travesty must be stopped. SOB

June 23, 2012

New study estimates sea level rise two to three times higher than previously believed | Deep Green Resistance News Service

Of, course, the GOP creates their own facts. They aren’t interested in science, only corporate profit.

 

New study estimates sea level rise two to three times higher than previously believed | Deep Green Resistance News Service.

June 21, 2012

Got any old computer cases laying around? SOB

Vanishing Point

I’m not sure how I feel about this…

Via OSXDaily

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June 20, 2012

We are kindred spirits!

Diane Henders

If there’s an enzyme that regulates concern for how one is perceived by the general public, my levels are dangerously low.  Add that to my tendency to choose a logical (to me) solution despite the hair-pulling, eye-bulging frustration of my companions, and I’m pretty sure I’m a sociopath.

As evidence, I present Exhibit A:  my fanny pack.  But I don’t wear it on my fanny, so I refer to it as a waist pouch.  See?  Blatant disregard for the norms of society.

I’m not actually oblivious to fashion; I just find it annoyingly illogical.  On those rare occasions when I’m forced to dress up, I wear stylish clothes and hide my waist pouch inside a capacious handbag.  But it’s only an empty gesture to craftily hide my psychosis (which is another earmark of sociopathy, by the way).

When I’m wearing my waist pouch, I’m happy and comfortable… and a walking…

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June 20, 2012

10 Reasons to Legalize Hemp | Black Eyes, Slashed Throats: Fashion Mag Hits New Low | Banks Screwing Us With Fee Hikes – uglicoyote@gmail.com – Gmail

The only people who oppose the cultivation of industrial hemp are anti-cannabis bureaucracies, politicians, drug-testing companies and U.S. law enforcement.

 

10 Reasons to Legalize Hemp | Black Eyes, Slashed Throats: Fashion Mag Hits New Low | Banks Screwing Us With Fee Hikes – uglicoyote@gmail.com – Gmail.

June 20, 2012

How much does humanity weigh? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

North Americans had the highest average body mass of any continent with 178 pounds.

How much does humanity weigh? | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

June 19, 2012

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado

Sorry for my random absence as of late, it was mostly unexpected on my part but when I started to feel a case of burn out slowly overcoming me, time away from the blog was just what the doctor ordered. Funny how it sneaks up on you like that, but I’m happy to say that with a couple recent changes, I’m feeling much more relaxed lately and I’ve even found some time to remove the 600 photos from my (technically Philip’s) camera. I temporarily lost my kitchen mojo but with the help of Philip and some of my awesome cookbooks, I’m slowly coming out of my rut.

Even though it’s been raining for the past week, I’m really looking forward to this summer. We’ve got an upcoming, long overdue vacation planned!! BBQ’s, running outside (I’m actually getting back into running for the first time in 3 years!), hiking and one…

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June 17, 2012

The Actual State of Marriage in America

re-posted from Tim’s Reflection Connection

The Actual State of Marriage in the US

Divorce for child: difficult choiceToday, an interesting article appeared in my news feed that made me curious enough to do more reading about marriage and divorce. The facts, when isolated from a conservative or liberal agenda, are sobering, fascinating, and not at all what one might think given media coverage of the same. Here is an encapsulated version of the information I found.

The Data

  • Conservative, self-defined, born-again Christians have the highest divorce rate by far in the nation—a whopping 13% higher than atheists! (The old saying, “The family that prays together, stays together.” just isn’t true.)
  • People living in the “Bible belt” have the highest divorce rate in the nation.
  • Less educated people have a higher divorce rate while more educated people have a lower divorce rate.
  • Married couples who argue about money once or more per week are 30 percent more likely to divorce.
  • Atheists and Agnostics have the lowest divorce rate.
  • One year after Massachusetts legalized marriage equality for same-sex couples, their already low divorce rate actually dropped.
  • If you live in a red state, you’re 27 percent more likely to get divorced than if you live in a blue state.
  • If only one partner in your marriage is a smoker, you’re 75 to 91 percent more likely to divorce than smokers who are married to fellow smokers.
  • Married adults now divorce two-and-a-half times as often as adults did 20 years ago and four times as often as they did 50 years ago. Between 40% and 60% of new marriages will eventually end in divorce.
  • The bible belt has the highest rates of: divorce, murder, STD/HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, single parent homes, infant mortality, and obesity rates in the nation. (Yet, they believe that being obese is genetic and being gay is a lifestyle choice. Huh?!)
  • The average length of time a couple in the US remains married is only 11 years.

Divorce rates by faith group:

  • Non-denominational (Independent, conservative fundamentalists): 34%
  • Baptists 29%
  • Mainline Protestants 25%
  • Mormons 24%
  • Catholics 21%
  • Lutherans 21%
  • Atheists and Agnostics 21%

Failure to Help
If Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council actually, sincerely, wanted to support family values and maintain a truly special place (the actual definition of “sanctity”) for marriage in this nation, he and his organization would stop wasting their time babbling on and on ad nauseam about marriage equality being a “war on marriage,” and focus on what really is causing marriage to fall apart in this country. Religious fundamentalism is probably strongest in the very places in this country where divorce, murder, STD/HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, single parent homes, infant mortality, and obesity rates are the highest. This fact speaks to the outrageous level of ineffectiveness of what religious leadership is actually doing in those areas. Is what the religious extremists are doing actually hurting the institution of marriage. Is their “cure” (raising hell about gay people all of the time) really a level of indifference to the real issues and actually making the state of marriage worse! I have come to the conclusion that they themselves are the ones defeating their own self-proclaimed mission!

To claim an interest, no, more than an interest: a singular focus, a mission, a calling to preserve a very special place for marriage and do little of nothing except ranting on and on about gay people is, at its very best, disingenuous. Why isn’t the Family Research Council grappling deeply with the actual real causes for divorce in the places where the dissolution of marriage has reached the highest levels?!

Instead, the church chooses to ignore real people with real needs, perhaps because the church has presently demonstrated a real inability to provide real people with anything of substantive value to address their needs and reduce their failed marriages. This inaction or misplaced action on the part of the church is not just an outrage, it’s a moral outrage. Devoting so much of their attention, financial resources, and talk time to decrying marriage equality is perhaps their strategy of choice to obscure the absolute failure of their faith practice to provide critically needed care and support to real people in need: to reduce divorce, murder, STD/HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, single parent homes, infant mortality, and obesity rates. Instead, their “support” is nothing more than turning the very people who are in need of their support away through self-righteous judgement and condemnation!

While it may be alarming to discover that born again Christians are more likely than others to experience a divorce, that pattern has been in place for quite some time. Even more disturbing, perhaps, is that when those individuals experience a divorce many of them feel their community of faith provides rejection rather than support and healing. But the research also raises questions regarding the effectiveness of how churches minister to families. The ultimate responsibility for a marriage belongs to the husband and wife, but the high incidence of divorce within the Christian community challenges the idea that churches provide truly practical and life-changing support for marriages.”

Source: George Barna, president and founder of Barna Research Group

Correlations
Don’t miss these important facts as I suspect they are all deeply correlated:

  • The Bible belt is the poorest area of the nation. (Arguing about money increases divorce.)
  • The Bible belt is the least educated area of the nation. (Less education is associated with divorce.)
  • The Bible belt is filled with Conservative, self-defined, born-again Christians. (This is the religious group with the highest divorce rate.)
  • The Bible belt significantly trends to “red states.” (Red states have a higher divorce rate.)
  • The Bible belt has the highest rates of, among other things, teen pregnancy, single parent homes, and infant mortality.

A Plan that Would Work
Shouldn’t Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallagher really be focusing their efforts on getting the people in the Bible belt higher paying jobs, better and more education, and more progressive and liberal religious and political ideology. I mean, hello! The data indicates that effort would actually pay long term dividends in their self-proclaimed mission to protect the special place of marriage!

Clearly, we are once again witnessing a failure of leadership! Shame on them! Shame, shame, shame on them!!

Enslaving people in ignorance is the cruelest form of imprisonment!

I say that everyone should utterly reject organized faith practice that hurts people!

I say that everyone should utterly reject government policy (and those who make it) that hurts people!

I am personally fed up with religious and political liars whose lies promote only themselves and end up hurting people. America: Stop supporting the people that are hurting you!

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