The contagion of hysteria over contagion is nothing new. It has all happened before.
A city boy will never learn everything a country boy knows by instinct. A country boy will learn everything a city boy knows in six months.
Southern Beale sums up the hysteria, which, you will note, is being ginned up by the usual right-wing fear mongers.
It is truly amazing to hear the same people who bitched and moaned about how TSA body scanners at U.S. airports violated their civil rights now attack nurse Kaci Hickox for not submitting to a 21-day house arrest on her return from Africa.
We are a society of stupid.
I was agin’ the body scanners, mostly because I considered them a waste of money and effort, silly security theatre, not because I thought they violated civil liberties. Civil liberties are no more; corporations have stolen them. For example (via Bruce Schneier):
Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader—an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending libraries—actively logs and reports every document readers add to their local “library” along with what users do with those files. Even worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear, allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic (such as the National Security Agency, Internet service providers and cable companies, or others sharing a public Wi-Fi network) to follow along over readers’ shoulders.
Timothy Egan wants to lead a tour.
Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy I’d want to share a beer and a brat with, or be stuck next to on a long flight. But I would like for the most influential swing voter on the Supreme Court to step away from his legal aerie and wade through some of the muck that he and four fellow justices have given us with the 2014 campaign.
How did we lose our democracy? Slowly at first, and then all at once.
Follow the link for a travelogue.
Still looking up a mite:
The four-week average of jobless claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, fell to 281,000 in the period ended Oct. 25, the lowest since May 2000, from 281,250 the week before, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. Compared with the prior week, applications for benefits rose by 3,000 to 287,000.
The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits rose by 29,000 to 2.38 million in the week ended Oct. 18.
Thom and Vincent Bugliosi consider how President George the Worst’s Great and Glorious Patriotic War for a Lie in Iraq fathered ISIS.
The teen told deputies he and the 14-year-old were “playing around” with guns.
The older teen “stated the victim was pointing a .20 gauge shotgun at him” at which time the older teen “picked up a 9mm handgun, pointed it at the victim and accidentally fired the gun,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Politeness is essential to marital bliss.
The investigation determined that Snyder and his wife were not cleaning the gun when it discharged. Instead, Snyder was demonstrating to her how to properly load the weapon when it discharged. The bullet struck her in the lower abdomen and exited out her upper thigh, police said.
. . . bringing new meaning to the term, “lying together.”
He left out the part about “violence with guns” being inherent to white culture. There is no NRACP.
In defending himself, he doth protest loudly that he has no prejudice because of course he doesn’t.
Also, pigs, wings.
Colbert takes on Pennsylvania Governor (and destroyer of public schools) Tom Corbett’s photoslop.
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Shaun Mullen is disappointed at President Obama’s failure to grapple with President George the Worst’s legacy of torture. A nugget:
Seven and a half years after Obama promised a new beginning, including banning torture in one of his first acts, any expectation . . . that he would at least advocate a thorough examination of the torture regime’s worst excesses has been dashed. Obama’s endorsement, by his silence, of the CIA’s continued obstruction of the Democrat-dominated Senate Intelligence Committee’s release of its damning report on torture without redactions that would render it meaningless, is nothing less that a legitimization of that agency’s vile practices. His defense of CIA Director John Brennan, who has led the campaign to stymie release of the report while at least tacitly approving the rogue agency’s own spying on the Senate committee, makes farcical the president’s statements that he believes in the U.S. hewing to international law, including the Geneva Conventions.
I tend to agree with Shaun on this. I do not agree when persons complain that President Obama failed to close Guantanamo; Congress prevented that. In this case, though, he had freedom to choose, and he chose wrong.
The child then handled the gun and Sanders tried to grab it from the toddler, police said.
“At that time, the gun went off and Sanders was shot in the face. The child was not injured,” Houston Police said in a statement.
Via Juanita Jean.