This video has all sorts of great elements of FAIL: horrible 80′s rap music, corporate pearl clutching, bad public service advertising – everything!
This video (highlighted by Sully) is a fascinating piece by National Geographic that explores the possible explanations for why one identical twin can turn out straight while the other turns out gay:
I suppose that it’s accurate to describe it as a “controversial” question, but only in the category of controversial questions like “Did humans evolve from monkeys” or “Is the Earth more than 6,000 years old?”.
The only reason the “controversy” exists is because nuts peddle religion-inspired nonsense that seeks to refute all scientific evidence to the contrary.
The only true “controversy” in scientific circles on this question is what specific combination of biological factors (e.g., genetics, hormonal levels in the womb, epigenetics, etc.) come together to produce The Gay.
There is no serious debate as to whether being gay is a product of a volitional choice after birth.
Anyway, that’s it for my rant. Very good video otherwise :).
News like this is unequivocally good in my view:
Nearly all of this work is done below the radar, but dozens of government agencies hear from hundreds of official advisory committees, featuring tens of thousands of unpaid members. In general, the panels are made up of people with a certain expertise in obscure areas of public policy, representing companies, trade groups, or advocacy organizations.One always wonders how things would be different in this country if everyday people (qua everyday people) were represented by some kind of a lobbying group, a group that worked to advance policies that benefit the American people as a whole — which would serve as a counterbalance to the corporate, monied interests who wield 90%+ of the clout on Capitol Hill…
It’s a fairly standard practice for these advisory committees to include plenty of lobbyists. It’s a practice the Obama administration is changing.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of lobbyists are likely to be ejected from federal advisory panels as part of a little-noticed initiative by the Obama administration to curb K Street’s influence in Washington, according to White House officials and lobbying experts.
The new policy — issued with little fanfare this fall by the White House ethics counsel — may turn out to be the most far-reaching lobbying rule change so far from President Obama, who also has sought to restrict the ability of lobbyists to get jobs in his administration and to negotiate over stimulus contracts. [...]
Under the policy, which is being phased in over the coming months, none of the more than 13,000 lobbyists in Washington would be able to hold seats on the committees, which advise agencies on trade rules, troop levels, environmental regulations, consumer protections and thousands of other government policies.
Oh wait, the people’s interests are supposed to be represented by their elected representatives.
Oh, and cue the waaaahmbulance:
But lobbyists and many of the businesses they represent say K Street is being unfairly demonized by a White House intent on scoring political points with scandal-weary voters. They warn that the latest policy will severely handicap federal regulators, who rely heavily on advisory boards for technical advice and to serve as liaisons between government and industry.
I just received this gem of a comment on an old post. I’ll let it speak for itself:
well why do u discount that there is a god, how could oneman change time, ie bc to ad.. be the most known man in all time, you say jesus, people say yeah i know, or yeah i followhim, or yeah f*** him… every1knows tho… how could it not be true, so be ready cos the judgement is near, i will pray 4 u to turn to the truth :) and believee me i know the devil is real, i used to worship him, i have an inverted cross on my arm as a reminder hmmAll I have to say is my current quote in the sidebar:
“I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”Earlier: Fake GOP Lie of the Day – Mandatory Wicca Education
Remember all the pantswetting in the respectable establishment media about how Obama’s trip to China was embarrassing and how Obama didn’t seem to be getting much from the Chinese?
Here’s a quick wrap-up by Alexandra Fenwick:
In almost every analysis of the trip, Chinese officials were portrayed as optimistic and newly emboldened to stand up to American interests and Obama was cast in the role of the meek debtor, standing with hat in hand. The line is that little was achieved and Obama was stifled, literally by state television and figuratively by the Chinese upper hand in the power dynamic.All of this which is borne of the pundit caste’s puerile obsession with real-time, blow-by-blow, horse-race-style “analysis” that casts everything in the model of “How should this be viewed in terms of its optics today?”.
Well, if this is Fail — Obama keep on Failin’:
I’m not sure I understand how we can continue to call ourselves an informed democracy when 50+% of people get their information from a mainstream media that is, on the respectability ladder, two rungs above rabid baby-murdering lemurs.
Today in the NYT: “China Joins U.S. in Pledge of Hard Targets on Emissions”
Today in the Washington Post: “China’s backing on Iran followed dire predictions; Before Obama’s visit, NSC warned leaders of Mideast turmoil”
Today in the (state run) China Daily: “Mainland may pull some missiles…. Beijing might consider removing a portion of its missile arsenal in South China, a long-held precondition by Taiwan for peaceful cross-Straits ties, a mainland expert said Wednesday.”
Today also in the China Daily: “DPRK top leader meets visiting Chinese defense minister”
Update: More from Fallows on Obama’s Win/Fail:
From the NYT just now, under the headline, “Iran Censured Over Nuclear Program by U.N. Watchdog”:
And his summation:
Seriously, when does an official part of the chattering class — one of the weekend talkers, someone from the leading newspapers — look back on these past two weeks in journalism’s effort to represent reality and ask how the dominant narrative could have been so wrong, and wrong in a way that was easily noticeable at the time? Just curious.
The guiding motto for the inquiry should be the deathless subhead on Tish Durkin’s article: “Even through a veil of censorship and propaganda, the Chinese people managed a clearer view of Obama’s visit than the US media did.”
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