Words fail me.
Reg Henry wonders at the Republican One Note Samba:
History provides many examples of the public being invited by these folks to get their underpants in a knot: Russian expansionism, deficits, SARS, gay marriage, Marxist influence on government (a golden oldie), Common Core, the Islamic State, Obamacare death panels, Obama administration gun seizures, use of the Fairness Doctrine to shut down talk show hosts, terrorists in sombreros crossing the southern border to the astonishment of the locals, whatever crazy fool thing happens to be the fear du jour.
And now it is Ebola’s turn.
Because frightened persons stop thinking . . .
Read the rest.
Be polite in school.
More guns will no doubt prevent incidents like this in the future.
Dr. Dan Gottlieb speaks with Dr. Priscilla Ward and Dr. Cindy Dell Clark about the dynamics of fear. The first part of the show considers why Americans are panicking over ebola, but don’t get flu shots. Here’s a bit from the webpage:
Dr. Priscilla Wald, author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, a study of the intersection of medicine and myth in the idea of contagion and the evolution of the contemporary stories we tell about the global health problem of “emerging infections. Wald is also the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form. She is also editor of American Literature as well as on the Editorial Board of Literature and Medicine as well as a is a member of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and an affiliate of the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Institute for Global Health.
The audio is at the link. I think you will find the show well worth a listen.
I do think that the discussion did not give sufficient weight to one factor: the racism and bigotry that provides a base line to the ebola melody from the wingnut Wurlitzer.
The segment ends at about the 34 minute mark; there’s a short begathon break at the 20 minute mark.
Sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro remembers the San Francisco earthquake of 1989. He was there. A nugget:
A few minutes before the scheduled start of Game 3 between the Oakland A’s and Giants, I was in a media workroom on the mezzanine at Candlestick Park when I heard a rumble from above. At first, we thought it was fans in the upper deck stomping their feet.
Then there came a stranger sound – like 62,000 people taking a collective deep breath – before the room began violently shaking. The lights went out as the shaking continued – for a total of 17 seconds, we would learn.
As this was happening, a feeling of helplessness began in my knees and sent me to the floor. I may have tried to crawl under a table. I remember thinking that I hope the TVs attached to the walls don’t come down.
At the time, my then-in-laws lived in the Bay Area and my father-in-law’s route home included the double-decker freeway that collapsed on itself. He happened to work late that evening.
More stuff you can’t make up.
A woman accused of illegally entering the Thousand Oaks home of a man she went on multiple dates with was arrested Sunday after firefighters used jackhammers to partially dismantle a brick chimney she had become trapped inside.
She was clearly not related to Santa Claus.
Bob Cesca tells of his experiences fighting those who were
Palin pilin’ on his “fair use” of some video clips.
And that’s not a good thing.
Boys who will be boys think with the small head.
Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up. If you can’t tell the difference between your work computer and your personal computer, you deserve to be punished for stupid.
Play your beer pong avec politesse.
According to the Liberty County Sherriff’s Office, investigators are searching for two men who allegedly shot up the party after losing at the beer pong table. Deputies identified the suspects as Decoris “Red” Rucker, 24, and Chris “Crazy Chris” Hackett.
I don’t know the rules of beer pong (I assume there are “rules”). And I don’t want to. It appears to be too stupid for words.
Barry Ritholtz examines why ideas that have clearly failed live on. A nugget:
What underlies all of this nonrecourse bad policy? It is much more than corporate lobbying and partisan politics. The worst of today’s political malfeasance is being driven by failed ideologies. Zombie ideas that refuse to die have become enshrined in our collective intellectual legacy. The people behind these have been insulated from the economic costs they impose.
Blame the billionaires.
They are ones who fund the think tanks. These think tanks in turn consider it their jobs to promote the ideology of their benefactors, regardless of its intrinsic value or demonstrable worth.
Follow the link. The whole thing is worth a read.
Jim Wright considers the freak-out about ebola. A snippet:
It’s the emotion that defines modern America, fear. Knee knocking, spine tingled, sphincter loosening, pants wetting fear.
When we don’t have something to be afraid of, we make something up.
Follow the link. You will be glad you did.