Der Spiegel takes a look at the megalomaniacs of Silicon Valley and finds it’s not a pretty sight. Here’s a bit; the entire article is worth your while.

The new “masters of the universe,” though, are fundamentally different from their predecessors: Their primary focus isn’t on money. They don’t want to just determine what we consume, but how we consume it and how we live. They aren’t trying to capture just one economic sector, but all of them. They aren’t stumbling haphazardly into the future, rather they are ideologues with a clear agenda. Indeed, aside from their astounding success, it is that ideology that makes them unique. The religion of Wall Street is money. But the religion of Silicon Valley goes much deeper. It is driven by substance; it is the unfailing belief in a message.

That message holds that technology can change humanity for the better. The people from the valley who hope to reshape the world fundamentally believe that their high-tech solutions will create a better future for all of mankind just as pious Hindus believe in reincarnation. But they are not interested in external interference. The Silicon Valley elite has little use for policymakers and considers regulation to be more than just a hindrance, they see it as an anachronism. Their message seems to be: If societal values such as privacy and data protection stand in the way, then we simply have to develop new values.

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Republican Congressman:  Today is sunny, so who needs a clean air bill?  No one got indicted today, so who needs campaign finance laws?  I got my government-funded health insurance, so who needs to expand Medicaid?  But we urgently need laws to protech relights liberties from gay wedding cakes!

Via Job’s Anger.

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Jessica Valenti suggests that Republicans think that women are magickal beings with mystical powers beyond masculine understanding.

Methinks she is onto something.

Then, again, mayhaps they are simply sexist nutcases.

Inquiring minds want to know.

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24 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.

The stupid. It burns.

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24 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Man shaking pastor's hand as he leaves church:  Inspiring sermon.  I never heard bigotry sound so virtuous.

Via Job’s Anger.

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22 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Republican Culture Warrior in Crusader's Armor:  How dare Obama condemn the crusades.


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21 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

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21 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

One more time, the internet is a public place.

Be governed accordingly.

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In the Charlotte Observer, Glenda Gilmore, an ex-pat North Carolinian now living in Connecticut, comments on the case of Craig Hicks, who killed three Muslim students for reasons that remain unclear.* A snippet:

If Hicks had been a Muslim, the press would have immediately branded him a terrorist, which of course he is. Would Craig Stephen Hicks have shot me, a white woman old enough to be his mother, over a parking dispute at our apartment complex? I think not.

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18 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Man standing in Aladamnbama's door (as Juanita Jean would say) shouting

Via Job’s Anger.

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15 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Yeah. Right.

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15 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors, The Secesh

Leonard Pitts, Jr., places Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore’s recent invocation of nullification in the face of gay marriage into context. A nugget (please read the rest):

. . . there is nothing new here. History reminds us that whenever social change comes too fast for the South’s taste — which is to say, whenever social change comes — there seems to invariably arise some demagogue to decry the “tyranny” of having to obey the law and follow court orders. The South always resists.

That’s what necessitated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Freedom Rides of 1961. It’s why federal troops had to march into Little Rock in 1957. For that matter, it’s why they had to march into Richmond in 1865. The demagogues always use the same justification, always say that in denying it the right to discriminate as it sees fit, the federal government steps on the South’s “traditions.”

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Of course, “tradition” is just a smokescreen word, like “values,” “heritage,” “faith” and all the other pretty terminology opponents of marriage equality use to justify their increasingly untenable position. . . . It is, and ever has been, only about a single ugly word: bigotry. . . .

One more time, when you hear someone invoke “states’ rights,” ask, “States’ rights to do just what, precisely.”

Dollars to doughnuts you don’t get a precise answer.

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15 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors, Political Economy

Reactions to Fifty Shades of Grey:  Roy Moore:

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14 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Beggar standing outside of

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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13 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

The Republican Party, party of dirty minds.

Later:

Now he says he was just joking.

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12 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Caption:  Roll Tide.  Image:

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07 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors, Health Care

The Deseret News skewers the notion of “religious objections” to vaccinations.

And while the question of personal objections to vaccinations remains a hot topic, one aspect seems to be indisputable: No major religion explicitly objects to immunization. The Deseret News identified one faith, with approximately 12,000 members, that has a tenet explicitly rejecting injections or vaccines of any kind.

But the world’s major faiths — Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam — have no explicit prohibitions against oral or injected vaccines. At times, some followers or preachers within a given religion or sect may have spoken against vaccination, but researcher John D. Grabenstein of Merck Vaccines, writing in the scientific journal Vaccine in April 2013, could find no sustained teaching against the practice in any major faith community.

According to the story, even Mary Baker Eddy said that vaccinations were okay.

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04 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

Yeah. Right.

An Arkansas man’s husband and family are saddened and dismayed that they have been unable to find a church sanctuary that will allow them to hold his funeral. Even the local firehouse, which was built by his father, has closed its doors to the grieving family, refusing to host a reception or memorial for James Stone, who died at the age of 32 in January.

The Dallas Voice reported that Stone’s husband, Jay Hoskins, has been trying to find a place to memorialize his partner since Stone’s death on January 19.

These folks must worship some Jesus I never heard of.

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03 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

When the Salk vaccine against poleo became available, my parents hied me to the doctor immediately because we had seen too many pictures like this on our telly vision.

We are a society awash in stupid.

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03 February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Culture Warriors

If you have ever wondered whether they are only in it for the money, well, yes, at least some of them are.

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