February, 2024 archive
That’s a phrase I noticed on IMDB, and, it occurs to me, that this honor is accorded to persons noted for pretending to be something they aren’t.
The editorial board of the Tampa Bay Times notes that, as more and more persons are falling for lies about vaccination (politely referred to as “vaccine hesitancy”), measles cases are increasing. (I can still remember suffering from measles when I was a young ‘un, before the vaccines came along, and mumps, which is much more serious in adults than in children, nearly killed my parents when I was a pre-schooler.)
The Times offers a simple bit of advice:
Follow the link for the complete editorial, where they point the finger of blame squarely at those who propagate this stupid.
We have over two centuries of proof, starting with the smallpox vaccine, that vaccines work.
Unfortunately, we have no vaccine against stupid.
Robert Reich takes exception to a comment by noted fifth columnist Tucker Carlson:
Well, I’m sorry, Tucker. You’re wrong.
Real leadership is the opposite of thuggery.
Follow the link for the evidence.
The Pittsburgh Post’s Gazette’s Gene Collier finds Republicans’ refusal to assist Ukraine to resist Putin’s aggression to be–er–somewhat problematic. Here’s a bit of what he has to say:
It was Johnson who scuttled the bi-partisan border deal Republicans have been screaming about for decades, which he did at the urging of Trump, who has to run for president on something other than 91 felony charges. Trump was doubtless behind Johnson’s Ukraine walkout as well, which happened just as Putin opponent Alexei Navalny was turning up dead in a Russian prison.
The widow of opposition leader Alexey Navalny accused Putin of killing him in a video posted on her X account on Monday. That came as she announced she was taking over Navalny’s role as opposition leader after his death in a remote Russian prison colony on Friday.
Her profile page showed an “Account suspended” message on Tuesday and an explanation that the service “suspends accounts which violate the X Rules.” Shortly after, the account appeared online again.
The story goes on to report that, as of press time, X had not responded to inquiries as to why this happened.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Eden King and Mikki Hebl explain that the fuss over DEI is much ado about a misunderstanding. They point out that the term doesn’t mean the bad things that those who oppose claim it does.
What King and Hebl don’t address, though, is this: The persons who oppose DEI detest diversity, equality, and inclusion, regardless of the words used.
Those folks really want to go back to the good old days, if not the 1850s–that’s where their hearts truly yearn to be–at least the 1950s, before Rosa Parks boarded that bus.
It doesn’t help if we look away, look away, look away from what’s going on here and
fail refuse to recognize that they are still rising again after all these years.
Based on my experience from a lifetime of fighting against being a fat little kid (I was scrawny little kid till I had my tonsils out in second grade, then I became a fat little kid who wore “Sears husky”–remember Sears?), if you want to lose weight, lift weights and ride a bicycle.
It works, it’s fun, and it’s cheap.
Dick Polman looks at Tucker Carlson’s Russian impulses and finds a parallel from the past.
If you must crash a party, be sure to crash it with politeness.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Joe Pierre takes a deep dive into what may
make persons susceptible to motivate persons to believe in conspiracy theories. He lists three main points in his summary:
A new poll found that 18% of respondents believe Taylor Swift is part of a secret plot to get Biden reelected.
- As many as 32% of conservatives, but only 4% of liberals, believe the conspiracy theory.
- The belief may be explained by fears and motivated reasoning about the upcoming 2024 election.
Follow the link for a detailed exploration of each.