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Rick Santorum's Google Problem

Poor Rick Santorum. When he isn't making sure you know gay marriage and adoption are "violations of natural law" (his words) or that the Super Scary Sharia Law is already here, he's got this small Google problem. Google his last name. Go ahead, but be ready for something pretty gross to read. Actually, you don't have to Google it, just click here.

He earned thatyears ago. But, now, he started blaming Google themselves, asserting that the company is purposefully letting the search results stand because he's, yah know, a intolerable, intolerant, bigot.

Well, Rick, it's not Google. It's me. And millions like me who think you're a worthless excuse for a politician and a cog in the machine driving this country into a partisan hell. Congrats on getting one more link to re-enforce your Google problem, you insufferable douche.

Quote of the Day

“Don’t be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen because the poverty’s been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don’t be taken in when they paternally pat you on the shoulder and say that there’s no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretence of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they’ll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces.”
- Jean-Paul Marat

Quote of the Day

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
source, via Krugman

In My Own Words: Why Unions Matter

Bit of history: I am not your typical leftist-liberal big-union person. In fact, I have issues with a lot of union activities, mostly with union leadership and the ridiculous amount of (perceived and/or real) corruption at the top. Union leadership has, from my admittedly comfortable seats always been the most negative aspect of the modern labor movement. However, corruption hardly requires a union card to happen, as you need only search yourlocalpapertofind.

Despite this early resistance to organized labor, I always respected the right of people to unionize and collectively bargin. I don't have to agree with them, I don't even have to support them, but it's a right earned over many battles with business and government. When measured against the negative, the good done by unions always outweighed the bad. Hell, even Ronald Reagan said "... where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." (He also said "Government's first duty i…

Can we call them Fascists yet?

Quoting directly from Reddit user Veteren4Peace:
Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. ::check
Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. ::check
Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc. ::big fucking check

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How TV Ruined Your Life

Charlie Booker nails it.

Doctor Who - Decades in One Graphic

This is very cool. (via Blastr)