Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What the...

Hello. Long time, no talk.  Been busy with life and putting funny little comments on Facebook. Having a really difficult time getting it together for here.  Or, more accurately, ignoring this blog completely at this point.

I just moseyed over here to check it out, as if someone else might have contributed, and I see ads. Do you see ads? I see them on the left hand side towards the bottom, at the bottom, and at the top.

I didn't put them there. I didn't ask for them to be there. I get no money from them being there--they're just there. How long have they been there? When did Blogger decide it would put things on people's blogs without their consent or notification?

Can there be no ad-free space anywhere? Is that simply not allowed? On a blog that espouses simple living and trying to reduce, reuse and recycle and NOT buying a bunch of crap, can't that be a single space that doesn't try to convince people to go out and buy stuff?

Outrage! Outrage, I tell you!

I will get to the bottom of this and report back. Or, I'll get sidetracked by life and not report back. Either way, know that I am appalled at this abomination on my blog.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wayne LaPierre Called Me

Wayne LaPierre just phoned me and I listened to his automated message.  Wayne is the CEO of the NRA which is WTF.

They really, really,  really called the wrong person.

As I read it, (and I always notice that no one else seems to read it this way, even though this is how it is written) the second amendment that Mr. LaPierre is so all fired up about protecting (get it?  I put a gun joke in there...) states, *ahem, throat clearing*:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Did you catch that?  Do you see the first part of that?  The conditional part?  The part that is almost universally ignored?  A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE...  Do you see that part?  That's the condition upon which we are allowed to have guns in this country.  In order to ensure our security, through a well regulated militia (do you hear that Michigan militias--hey!  Do you guys still exist?), the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.

So, if I want to bear arms in something other than a well regulated militia, that right may be infringed, because that's not the right that the second amendment protects.  I might have to have regulations that our society deems reasonable for me to pack heat.

Does anyone else read it this way, because I believe that's how it's written?  And how do I know that's how it's written?!  Because I read the words that they so carefully chose, and I understand English, it being my mother tongue.

The first part is a condition, people!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Here's a Ted Talk with Richard Wilkinson explaining how larger income gaps within societies increase social maladies--poorer health outcomes, greater crime, imprisonment, shorter life spans, etc.

The richer countries, those with a higher median income, don't do better.  The USA is the worst!

The Occupy people know all of this already.  This is what they're railing about.

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