Too Venal for Words category archive
At The Sacramento Bee, Mike Madrid argues that the anti-vaxx movement is a symptom of the unraveling of the social contract. Here’s a snippet; follow the link for the rest.
The “freedom” the anti-vaccine movement demands is not the garden variety Libertarian notion of individual rights. Instead, it wants a hall pass from the tacit social contract needed to create a civilized society.Our freedoms stop where harm to others begins. We do not get to drive on the wrong side of the road just because we feel we have a right to do so. There are public health consequences to all of our actions, but the anti-vaccine ideology selfishly dismisses the social contract.
This self-selection by anti-vaccine “warriors,” as they call themselves, is the manifestation of a growing self-righteous ideology that believes we have no obligation for the health or well-being of each other. This emerging attitude is precisely the opposite sense of community that drove millions of Americans to be vaccinated in the early days of immunization efforts against polio.
Shaun Mullen highlights a disturbing pattern.
David discusses the pathological nature of Donald Trump’s lying, illustrating his points with personal experiences with liars he has known.
The Tampa Bay Times reveals Florida Republicans’ strategy for dealing with concerns about white supremacists and about access to firearms of mass destruction: Blame everybody and everything except guns and the people who fire them.
Full story at the link.
In the context of the Jeffrey Epstein case, Spocko describes the four types of “fixers” and discusses how their work manifests itself. Per Spocko, these are the four types:
- Thug fixers.
- Legal fixers.
- PR Fixers.
- Media fixers.
Follow the link for a detailed description of how each type manifests itself.
David comments on a photo which he maintains captures the essence of Donald Trump.
Elie Mystal examines the “Trump Defense.”
What is the “Trump Defense,” you might ask?
“MAGA bomber” Cesar Sayoc argued that his pipe-bombing terrorism was because of messages he received from watching Fox News and listening to Donald Trump. That mitigation was rejected, and Sayoc was sentenced to 20 years. Now, Curt Brockway, who was arrested and charged for assaulting a 13-year-old and breaking his skull because the kid didn’t remove his hat during the National Anthem, is arguing that Trump’s rhetoric contributed to the assault.
Follow the link for Mystal’s thoughts on this–er–tactic.
The Philadelphia Inquirer tries to track down serial robocaller “Will” with a signal lack of success.
For months, Will has been badgering Philadelphians with recorded messages, offering to buy properties in the city and New Jersey. He asks homeowners to call back if they’re interested in selling, promising an offer in just seven minutes over the phone. He’s super casual about it, acknowledging how “random” his dropping them a line might seem.
So we decided to ask Will “what’s up,” ignoring experts’ advice that you shouldn’t speak to robocallers, many of whom are fraudsters.
Follow the link to read about their quest.