Monthly Archives: September 2006

Legalizing Tyranny

I couldn’t get to sleep last night thinking about the torture/detention legislation that got scared through Congress yesterday.

We are a country ruled by a President who has seized the power to break the law in multiple ways while virtually nothing is done about it. Yesterday, we formally vested the power in the President to abduct people and put them in prisons for life without so much as charging them with any crime and by expressly proclaiming that they have no right to access any court or tribunal to prove their innocence.

Researchers Recreate Sense of ‘Being Watched’

Reported in Nature:

When the patient sat up, leaned forward and clasped her knees, she felt that the figure was also sitting, embracing her in its arms – a feeling she described as “unpleasant”.

The temporoparietal junction is known to be involved in creating the concept of ‘self’, and the distinction between ‘self’ and ‘other’. According to the researchers, stimulation of this region interfered with the patient’s ability to integrate information about her own body, leading to her experience of a ‘shadow person’.

Although the woman was aware of the similarity between her own movements and those of her doppelganger, she didn’t recognise the experience as an illusion of her own body.

Bill Clinton Chews Chris Wallace Up and Spits Him Out on FOX News and All Critics of His Conduct Re: Bin Laden, Cole Bombing and ‘Wag the Dog’

I still love Bill Clinton. Any guy that can do the New York Times crossword in record time can be in my Oval Office any day. And Clinton post-bypass is fearless. Chris Wallace asks him why he didn’t ‘do more’ to stop Bin Laden. Bill lays him out – not just in tone but completely blasts every single question or insinuation Wallace comes up with. Bill trashes ‘wag the dog,’ FOX News, the neo-cons and the whole right-wing apparatus with deft control and point-by-point articulation.

Video of Bill Clinton’s interview on FOX Sunday Morning with Chris Wallace.

God I miss well-spoken, articulate, intelligent leadership.

Notes:

Clinton thought he was appearing to talk about his Clinton Global Initiative.

Wallace prefaces his question with "I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.  And I have to say I was surprised, most of them wanted me to ask you this question.  Why didn’t you do more to put bin Laden and al-Qaeda out of business when you were president?" This is the familiar ‘some say’ tactic. I’m not asking this because I want to know but because other people want me to ask it.

Wallace says they’d asked the Bush admin about the Cole bombing but: Vice President Dick Cheney has been on Fox News Sunday 6 times. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been on Fox News Sunday 9 times. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been on Fox News Sunday 23 times. And none of them were asked about the Cole bombing at all.

In other news, Bush calls 2700+ American soldiers dead and thousands of Iraqi dead just a comma in the history books.

Search for Emergency Contraception in Rural Ohio

The condom broke and she goes searching for emergency contraception in rural Ohio:

Folks, the condom broke Friday night and I searched all weekend for someone who could prescribe me EC. It is now Monday and I have to report that I have been unable to find anyone who will write me a fucking prescription for EC. None of the hospitals in the surrounding counties would write it for me. I stopped my search at about 100 miles from my home because my telephone book wouldn’t take me out any further than that.

I have been asked about my sexual practices. Whether I’m ‘monogamous’ or ‘in a relationship’ if I’m married, if I have kids, how many kids I have, if I was raped or ‘traumatized’ but there wasn’t’ ONE question about my health. Not one. The few places that said that they had a doctor who would occasionally write prescriptions for EC told me that I had to ask for that doctor specifically and then they proceeded to tell me that I would be ‘interviewed’ to see if I meet that doctors ‘criteria’ and then they proceeded to ask me all the above questions before telling me that I should ‘try anyway’ and I ‘might be able to talk him into it’.

EC wil be available over-the-counter nationwide with the new year. I think personal morality should never be any kind of a barrier to a pharmacist dispensing medication that a patient has been prescribed. I think it is disgusting that a doctor could be more concerned with if a woman is 1) married or 2) raped than if she simply needs to have full access to all options of reproductive health.

Single straight sexually active girls out there: you better get a back-up prescription from your gyno – or drive how ever many hours/miles it takes to your nearest Planned Parenthood.

Groovin’ Friday with Beatrix Kiddo and Laundry Denial

Friday already. I feel like I’ve done a lot but I feel like I haven’t done anything. We’re currently trying to get all the courses scheduled for the rest of the year and ready for deployment. I think it’ll be fun for me to not be making all new content and simply focus on delivery. Only one of the courses needs serious updating.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the keywords class that I completed on Wednesday. It was fun and I got to talk about things I really enjoy talking about like traffic tracking and different methods for seeing where your traffic is coming from. We’re going to run the class again in a few weeks just to keep the momentum going.

I feel like I’m starting to hit a groove. I’ve got Super-Sharon further integrated as a coordinator and bringing her further into the biz. I had a very successful month last month but the trouble has been doing promo-promo one month and then delivery the next so every other month is a very good month. But as we standardize systems and timelines, hopefully this will start to change and there will be more smoothness to the delivery.

I’d tried to take a week off from the gym but it didn’t work. I could only do 4 days. I talked to Fred Hahn yesterday, co-author of Slow Burn Revolution, about his blog yesterday (he’d read Blogwild) and so I was quizzing him on his training techniques. His program comes from the research around ‘slow motion’ workouts where you do a 10 count up and down for each repetition. And you only do one set per body part. And you only do this twice a week. I’m skeptical of only lifting twice a week but I might try it just to shake things up a bit. He also says that anything related to fat loss is all in diet and has little to do with what happens in the gym. So basically I revolve my life around the gym, the kitchen, my desk and the bed.

The laundry situation has elevated to DEFCON-1. I am seriously hitting the wall here. I have no more man-panties left. I always smile when Ron calls underwear panties. I almost busted a gut when we were at Bloomingdales in the underwear section and the guy asked if we’d found any man-panties that we liked. I of course told him about www.manties.com.

Kill Bill 1 & 2 has been playing a lot on TBS this week and I think the first movie is an expert study in creating, elevating and then breaking tension. And so much of it done with sound. Though it takes the second film before the real heart of the story is revealed. The second film lags in the first 1/3 and gets a bit too in love with its own talkiness. The Gogo fight with the morning star is really nice. And I think my favorite moment of the first film is right before Uma goes outside to fight Lucy Liu. She’s just gotten done fighting the Crazy 88 against a blue background of sillouette and the noise and carnage of the scene dissipate when Uma opens up 2 sliding doors to reveal the quiet, snowy winter garden outside – with a water fountain quietly bubbling. I love transitions like that. And of course, Ron wants to have Pai Mei’s beard. Every time Pai Mei does his beard stroke, Ron says, ‘Girrrrl!’ in the fey-est voice possible. Try it next time you watch the movie.

Homophobes Are Obsessed With Butt Sex

I just had to say that out loud. Or rather, in print.

I think homophobes are gay.

Really.

Anyone that is that obsessed with other people’s genitals has a big problem with their own.

Stories that gay men show their love by drinking eachother’s urine. Ha. Ron never drinks out of a water bottle after me because he hates backwash.

This is connected to the Daily Show a few nights ago where they had the homophobe saying that he’d rather be in a terrorist attack then be in a locker room shower with a gay.

The armed forces is in desperate need of recruits. So they’ve loosened age requirements, criminal records and mental testing. Basically you can be an arthritic, retarded ex-con but if you think men are cool you’re out.

HOWTO: Make Sure Black/Poor People Can’t Vote

Enforcing voters to present a valid photo ID when they go to vote in federal elections seems like a great idea on the face of it. But:

If an ID costs $30 and blacks are less likely to have $30 and a spare couple hours to get the ID, and blacks are more likely to vote against you if they do vote, by requiring ID you’re swaying the vote in your favor. Does this specifically affect every black worse than every white? Of course not.

This reminds me of the hazing of a ‘twenty-four hour waiting period’ for women wanting to obtain abortions. They know that women won’t want to come to the clinic twice (and stay overnight at a hotel if they are from out of town). They gradually make it harder and harder to make it to the clinics. Here they are making it harder to get a voter ID card by charging money for it (and you know there will be long lines). This voter ID measure is also a way to confuse voters (especially first-time voters who aren’t sure of all the regulations and procedures)

And yes, I know that this measure speaks more to the economic class of a voter than their ethnicity but this is in the same vein as the poll-taxes of days gone by and the GOP  know they lost black voters during Katrina.