Posted by: quiscus | November 19, 2010

November 19, 2010

1.  That’s great – yet another enemy:

Texas Gov: US Should Consider Invading Mexico

2.  “The 7 Creepiest Things About the TSA’s “Porno Scanners”

The invasive scanners can see your tampons, give you cancer and make your grandmother cry — and they’re not cheap. Why do we keep using them?”

3.  “I’ve previously written that real men stand up to fascists:


The fascists’ view of masculinity is that — to be a real American man — you have to rally around the “strong leader”, you have to talk tough about the “war on terror”, you have to get pleasure out of watching “our team” (the sole superpower) beat the stuffing out of a bunch of third-rate armies like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Are they right? Well, psychologists tell us that rallying around the authoritarian leader is actually a very infantile way to affirm one’s masculinity.

Okay, listen up guys. Real men don’t bluster like George W. Bush or Bill O’Reilly. Real men stand up to fascists.

“If you’re really a patriot, you will defend the constitution. If you’re a coward, you’ll defend the elite who want to subvert it. Real men stand up to fascism. Cowardly men become boot lickers.”
– Chris D

“Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right.”
– Joseph Sobran”

4.  “Journalistic Objectivity: “Getting the Best Obtainable Version of the Truth”

Objectivity does not exist, in journalism or in any other sphere. That is what quantum physicists have been telling us now for nearly a century. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle tells us that what you know about a quantum particle depends on what you measure. You can measure its position, but you cannot determine where is it going at the same time with equal accuracy, and vice versa. You can’t even call it a particle all the time because sometimes it acts as a wave. Experiments have shown that whether you see a particle or a wave depends on what you expect to see.


Seeing what we expect to see also explains the results of polls that elicit certain types of answers depending on how the question is formulated. Some people even believe that seeing what we expect to see explains our own experience of the world.

Information is a commodity which is bought and sold, although the currency is not always money. Chris Hedges wrote, “When reporting depends heavily on access, it becomes very difficult to challenge those who grant or deny that access. This craven desire for access has turned huge sections of the Washington press, along with most business reporters, into courtiers. The need to be included in press briefings and background interviews with government or business officials, as well as the desire for leaks and early access to official documents, obliterates journalistic autonomy.”

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