If you go to West Point tomorrow night and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president…. It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government… Your corporate backers are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding.
via Michael Moore: An Open Letter To President Obama On Afghanistan.
From a Jezzie thread about Jesus Luz:
“Becoming a DJ” and “Launching a celebrity fashion line” and “Shopping a reality show” and “Writing a tell-all book” are all euphamisms for “This Person Doesn’t Have Any Real Talent.
They obviously aren’t working hard enough to find the jobs they weren’t trained for that don’t exist:
It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs.Virtually all have incomes near or below the federal poverty line, but their eclectic ranks testify to the range of people struggling with basic needs. They include single mothers and married couples, the newly jobless and the chronically poor, longtime recipients of welfare checks and workers whose reduced hours or slender wages leave pantries bare.
via Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades
Introducing the naked mole rat:
About 1,500 naked mole rats live in clear tanks connected by long tubes at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where researcher Rochelle Buffenstein nurtures the largest colony in the U.S. At least a half-dozen other universities also have colonies. Nearly blind and hairless, the rodents resemble wrinkled spring rolls with tiny legs and buck teeth. They normally live in underground tunnels with a social structure comparable to bees.
via Rat pack: Scientists warming up to African rodent
“This marriage is bigger than José María and I,” Freyre told the Observer. “It is a victory for all who face prejudice and discrimination across Latin America and the Caribbean. It is proof that at last the grip of the Catholic church is slipping across Latin America, the system that has kept gay communities silent and fearful is crumbling. What is happening on Tuesday is a strike against those attitudes that have repressed sexual rights across this continent for too long.” The most controversial marriage in Argentina’s history became possible when a city court judge ruled that it was unconstitutional for civil law to stipulate that a marriage can exist only between a man and a woman. The marriage licence was granted on 16 November.
via Gay Argentine couple’s wedding plans divide an entire continent | World news