Archive for the ‘Stupid’ Category

Not all women, not all men

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

As with so much about Twitter and the rest of the internet, the recent #YesAllWomen movement, which took place in the wake of the UCSB murders but which both legitimately and laughably moved far away from the killer's supposedly misogynist motivation and into the everyday fears and annoyances that women ...

It is not possible to reason with some people

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

"Gee, you're just now figuring that out?" you might say. But seriously, think about the full meaning and implication of this fact: Adult human beings of average or even above-average IQ have become so willfully ignorant, so blinded by bias and partisanship and fighting their battles, that they are constitutionally ...

I knew liberals liked banning things, but sheesh…

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Mollie Hemingway writes about the seven most ridiculous things about the campaign to ban the word "bossy". The whole short thing is worth a read, but this passage was my favorite: Further, even if there were a sex differentiation here, it’s not the one described by the campaign here: When a little ...

If you boycott Forever 21, you’re probably a hypocritical moron

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Via Facebook I hear about this letter that the U.S. clothing store Forever 21 sent to many of its employees, telling them they will be cut from full-time to part-time to avoid incurring the costs of medical and dental insurance mandated by the looming Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. One or ...

NSA apologists are proven wrong over and over and over again

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The people who have excused, defended, rationalized, and given the benefit of the doubt to the U.S. government and the NSA since Glenn Greenwald began publishing Edward Snowden's leaks are looking more and more pathetic with every new revelation. If nothing else, this shows that you can rarely go wrong ...

Whose rights, specifically, have been violated by NSA?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

That is a question I've encountered more often than I expected in the social-mediasphere and in the comments to articles written by Glenn Greenwald and others. These skeptics say: Is the National Security Agency's surveillance really excessive or over-reaching if it hasn't actually been used to violate anyone's rights or ...

Fox has no legitimate claim over Jayne Cobb hats

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Blastr and ThinkGeek report that 20th Century Fox Television has sent cease & desist letters to Etsy users to ban them from producing homemade versions of the hat that Jayne Cobb received from his mother on the short-lived Fox show Firefly. This might be the most absurd example of intellectual property ...

Blatant, misleading propaganda about Obamacare

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Via my Facebook feed (where else?), I came across this inane guide from Health Care For American Now called How to talk about Obamacare during the holidays. Almost every point it makes is either false or interpreted in an inaccurate, pro-government way. Health care is too expensive. Everyone agrees with that. ...

Tyrants overthrown vs. innocents killed

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

This Tom Toles political cartoon from 2010 is making the rounds in the Twittersphere in support of strict gun-control laws in the wake of the Newtown, CT elementary school murders. The content and the message of this comic are so misdirected and disingenuous that they could not have been unintentional. ...

Liberal hypocrisy on the economy

Friday, December 14th, 2012

We’ve been hearing for four years how the poor economy and slow recovery under Barack Obama are not his fault because George W. Bush screwed it up so badly for eight years before him. I don’t doubt that’s true, just as I don’t doubt Obama’s and the Democrats’ policies are ...

The problem with science funding is that it comes from the government

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Much writing about science funding and policy reveals how a consistent libertarian morality and an understanding of basic economics could add valuable insight into otherwise vacuous writing. It also shows how handicapped scientists and science writers are by being stuck in the mindset that government should fund science research and ...

Maybe free speech is less popular than I thought

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I had a bizarre experience yesterday: I encountered two people who were wrong on the internet who asserted that words can harm people and so their (mis)use should be punishable by law. I don't mean using libel or slander to harm someone's reputation, which should not be considered crimes anyway. ...