Another Meme That Pissed Me Off
This one is about Global Warming:
Problem is, there was more sea ice in 2013 compared to 2012, true. But it was still far less than usual and it was, in fact, the sixth lowest amount of polar ice on record.
So look, if you, as someone with no scientific education whatsoever, are going to smugly post a meme about science, I would suggest you research the science first. The Google search to find out the truth of this meme took me two minutes.
You also need to learn a bit about trends.
You see, one data point is just that. One data point. If you see a graph that shows sea ice is gradually getting smaller and then see a data point that shows in one year the ice coverage went up slightly, THAT IS NOT A TREND!!!!!
Holy shit why isn’t that obvious? One data point is not a trend. Ever. There has never been a time in the history of data collection when one data point was a trend.
If you honestly want to argue with scientific consensus, use science. Don’t use a data point. Because that just makes you look stupid.
He didn’t just threaten to kill someone. He did it while holding a loaded shotgun.
He admitted he did so to police. He even said he probably should have fired.
At issue is not the question of whether or not people have the right to own guns. The issue is why people feel that casually producing a gun and pointing it at someone in the street is an acceptable act. This guy is a loon but his action is, I think, part of a greater movement that troubles me.
When people openly carry semi-automatic weapons into Target because they feel it is their right, we have a problem. This isn’t about the right to bear arms any longer. It is about the right to not have someone point a gun at you when you are shopping for produce.
I feel that if I like a different kind of Pop Tarts than you, I shouldn’t be concerned that we are going to need to have a showdown in frozen foods to settle the problem.
Turns out Mitt can see the future! He can see it so well, he could have stopped Putin if he’d only been elected President.
I’m sure he was on the phone to Obama several times a week because fixing the problem would have been a lot more important that scoring political points, right?
Look, I know that the Republicans are contractually obligated to say that Obama does a bad job at everything. However, are they so stupid as to think they could have fixed the Ukraine situation?
No, of course they aren’t. They know full well that in the same circumstances, they couldn’t have done anything either. Thing is, they are assuming all the people listening to them are too stupid to figure that out.
And what really pisses me off is they are probably right.
Yes, I know this is, in fact, completely awesome news. So why am I annoyed?
Because apparently nobody noticed the other movie that was announced. That would be Cars 3.
Look, I’m as big a fan of Pixar as anyone but are we not concerned that they are making a sequel to the film that is arguably their worst movie to date? I know that the Cars franchise has made Disney and Pixar countless millions in merchandise and that is why a third film was inevitable.
But can I be a little upset that all Pixar is producing these days is sequels? I want more movies like Up and WALL-E. It’s great that Pixar has found ways to mine the existing universes they have created and I’ve been waiting for a sequel to The Incredibles for a long time.
How about a sequel every other year, Pixar? How about that?
Welcome to a right-wing Christian college! We want to make sure that you follow the straight and moral path so if your boyfriend abducts you and rapes you in a construction site, we’ll ensure you know it is because you are a spoiled vessel who doesn’t deserve to be around decent people! Especially decent men like your rapist boyfriend!
A regular by-product of fundamentalist religion (any fundamentalist religion) seems to be the shaming of women. It isn’t enough that you are subservient to men. You should, in fact, be ashamed of your gender. If you are raped, it is your own fault for existing.
As is frequently observed, this attitude is no more helpful for men than it is for women because it teaches men that they have no responsibility for their own behavior. Basically, if you are a guy who sexually assaults a woman, it isn’t your fault. You can’t control yourself. She is supposed to do that for you. If she fails to control your sexual urges, she should be punished.
Tell me again how religious liberty is under attack in this country.
New Ulm is home to Martin Luther college, which is run by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. They believe in a literal interpretation of the bible no matter what observable evidence might suggest and “Inherit the Wind” has the nerve to suggest that maybe god whispered to Darwin.
Yeah, that line is in there. The play doesn’t deny the existence of god. It only suggests that maybe god works in allegories every now and again. And why not? He created them, didn’t he?
The bullying tactics engaged are what really get me riled up. The play
is was being put on by a community theatre off campus. Unfortunately, the director and some of the actors attended the college. They, apparently, were placed under considerable pressure by their professors and chose to withdraw from the play.
Is this play so threatening to their faith that they can’t just leave the kids alone? Are they afraid that one play will turn these budding conservative Christians into raving liberals who have the audacity to think that god whispers to them?
College should be where kids go to learn how to think. It would appear that Martin Luther college would like them to do just the opposite.
Same-sex marriage is about to be a reality in Minnesota but the folks over at Minnesota for marriage tried their best to lie their way into a victory.
They warned folks that if the marriage law passed, people who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman would be labelled as “bigots” (because they are) and “prosecuted under the law” (which is complete bullshit).
See, the law says that same sex couples can get married. You don’t have to like it. There are lots of laws different groups of people don’t like. Not liking a law is completely legal and nobody is going to prosecute you for it.
Now if your job is to issue marriage licenses and you refuse to issue them to a same sex couple, you might lose your job because they are legally allowed a marriage license. You don’t get to re-write the law to suit your “deeply held religious beliefs.”
However, suggesting that people will be prosecuted for believing that same-sex marriage is wrong is a great example of inciting homophobia. All they are doing is trying to make people afraid of homosexuals. They seem to imply that once homosexuals have rights, they are going to trample all over everyone else’s.
That’s what bigots do.
He decided to take a tense situation and make it all about gunz. As Bostonians were awaiting the results of a manhunt for a killer, he was wondering how many of them wished they had a semi-automatic weapon.
I’m going to attempt some mind reading to suggest that the number he was looking for was damn near zero.
There were armed police everywhere. A bunch of civilians with machine guns weren’t going to make the situation any safer. In fact, the odds of an innocent bystander getting shot would have skyrocketed.
Nate Bell loves his gunz. He loves them so much that he makes a fallacious assumption that people who don’t love gunz will automatically change their mind in a situation where a gun might have come in handy (although there is no proof that is the case.) He’s got that one wrong.
As with most things, the people on both sides of the issue have equally strong justifications for their choices and one fugitive is unlikely to change someone’s mind about how many guns they would like to have in their home.