Posts in the Politics category

The State of the Nation: Lies and more lies

The US federal budget for 2008 cut large amounts of funding from physical science projects. Of the ones I can get references to (with a quick search 'cos I'm at work), they cut:

  • $88MM from high-energy physics programs.
  • Completely killed the US's contribution of $149MM to the International Fusion Project.
  • Cut funding for the International Linear Collider by $45MM (from $60MM to $15MM).
  • The National Labs Argonne and Fermilab had their funding slashed.

(Source: http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/us-basic-science-decline-15233.html )

Last night's state of the nation address?

Bush pledged to double funding for physical science programs.

It's not hard to double funding for a program when you've already halved it that year.

Can we get rid of this administration already? I'm sick of the lies, and the fact that they're run this country directly into a recession.

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America The Insane

The Second District Court has this to say regarding Terry Schiavo:
Since 1990, Theresa has lived in nursing homes with constant care. She is fed and hydrated by tubes. The staff changes her diapers regularly. She has had numerous health problems, but none have been life threatening.

Over the span of this last decade, Theresa's brain has deteriorated because of the lack of oxygen it suffered at the time of the heart attack. By mid 1996, the CAT scans of her brain showed a severely abnormal structure. At this point, much of her cerebral cortex is simply gone and has been replaced by cerebral spinal fluid. Medicine cannot cure this condition. Unless an act of God, a true miracle, were to recreate her brain, Theresa will always remain in an unconscious, reflexive state, totally dependent upon others to feed her and care for her most private needs.
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Although the physicians are not in complete agreement concerning the extent of Mrs. Schiavo's brain damage, they all agree that the brain scans show extensive permanent damage to her brain. The only debate between the doctors is whether she has a small amount of isolated living tissue in her cerebral cortex or whether she has no living tissue in her cerebral cortex.

... so why is there any debate about this?
People, she doesn't have a brain any more. It's not that she doesn't have a particularly well working one, she simply doesn't have one. It has gone away.
Frankly, the whole debacle sickens me. People should have more respect for the dead.
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Bring out yer votes...

Being a British citizen - albeit one who holds a green-card - I don't get to vote in US elections (and I won't have that privilege for another two years). However, I've been living here for 7 years now, and as such, I think I've earned the right to stand up and have my say.

I don't like any of the candidates we have right now.

Bush - too religious, too warmongering, and too big-business.

Kerry - too pandering to what the voting public wants to hear... and appears to be just holding the party line.

Badnarik - some good ideas, but once you get away from his core platform, he shows himself for the most part to be just a complete whack-job.

Nader - please. The guy scares me. He's the anti-Bush... yet when was the last time you saw who funds him, and who he has standing behind him? (You won't ever see this, because Nader deliberately hides this information and makes it impossible to find out by playing shell games with his funding).

Frankly, I'm disgusted with the calibre of the candidates up for election this time around. If I had to go with a career politician, I think I'd write in Senator Jon McCain, because at least he's shown himself to be a decent human person with a sense of humor when he appears on The Daily Show.

Speaking of which though...

I think the ideal people for the job are Jon Stewart and Lewis Black. If I could vote, I'd be sorely tempted to vote for them. Jon could be president, Lewis could be VP - after all, you want someone with a little fire to be in the VP position, and someone who can be diplomatic and measured in the Presidential office. That way they balance each other out.

So I'm casting my metaphorical vote - on November 2nd, ignore the listed candidates. Vote for Jon and Lewis instead. Write them in. Send a message to the politicians to let them know that they're not doing their job. It's the right thing to do.

 

(And if you don't want to vote for Jon and Lewis, then please, just make sure that whatever happens, you do vote - because if you can vote and you don't, and you were born here, it'll just piss off those of us who have had to fight and wait for our chance to do so).

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Triptych of Wind and Rain

Did you ever consider that three hurricanes in two months is a bit much?

Poor Florida.

Actually... maybe it's not an accident... perhaps, just perhaps... (and bear with me here)... perhaps it's God's way of telling the Floridians to not fuck up a second time and vote George Bush back into office.

Although I do think that destroying all of the voting machines with 130mph winds is going a bit far - after all, there's that whole free will thing to consider.

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Senator Rick Santorum - Republican, Pennsylvania - Please Shut Up

Stop trying to push your morals on other people.

You're a homophobe and a bigot. Alas, you're a bigot who apparently got voted into office.

But here's the rub:

Mob rule does not dictate what is right or wrong.

Just because you don't like something, that doesn't give you the right to ban it. Especially if that something is something which has never concerned you.

You don't like gay marriage? Don't marry a man then.

It's that simple. No one is forcing you to do anything you don't want to do. Good. No one is getting hurt by gay marriage. Nothing is being "destroyed" - no matter how much you might want to claim it is. There is no evidence of any kind of hurt occurring - why not go see some same-sex couples getting married. Do you see heartbreak? Pain? People getting killed or subjected to cruelty?

No. You just see what you see when straight people get married. Namely, happy smiling faces. A couple who want to be with one another more than they want to be apart. Two people who have promised to live together as a family, and to support one another.

Why should this issue be reduced to sex? Sure, you might be a bigoted religious nut who believes everything you read in the bible (I sure as hell hope you don't eat shellfish, or you'll be damned to an eternity in hell, you sinner)... but what has that got to do with the law of the United States of America? A country, I might add, that practices the complete and total separation of church and state. Or at least, it claims to. The more right-wing Republicans such as yourself appear to have a severe mental deficiency when it comes to such topics. You don't seem to get that part.

Or perhaps, maybe, you mean to codify that families are only families if they create children. Well, that's all very Henry VIII of you. But what about families that choose not to have children? Or that are sterile? Are they not families any more? Do you mean to strip them of their rights next?

Where will you draw the line?

Senator Santorum, please understand... I don't hate you... I just don't want to see you going down in history as the man who voted against giving women the vote. Or who voted for black slavery. Because, in case you've not figured it out yet, what you're trying to achieve is exactly the same thing.

If you don't want to go down in history as a petty-minded zealot who wanted to limit human rights, you might want to change your course.

And if you don't? You and Jerry Falwell can burn in hell for all I care.

(For the record, I'm straight, and married).

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