But we all agreed ahead of time that the navigator would have final say on music. So we have been listening to the radio on and off all damn day. (My the Mountain Goats-heavy playlist was not a hit. Heathens.)
There is a lot of religious radio in the South
Bare Naked Ladies songs did not hold up well
You can hear the same some five times an hour, if you are unlucky enough
You’ve basically just defined “money”. Unlike stock (or money for that matter) the total supply of Bitcoin is finite.
Yes, but “money” has “the full faith and credit” of a government backing it up, and “stock” has a company’s assets and income to back it up. Bitcoin has…a gentlemen’s agreement? An army of speculators? Neal Stephenson’s science fiction stories?
I understand the theory, but all I can see is a whole bunch of tech folks staring longingly at an emperor’s engorged penis and saying “that is ONE NICE pair of trousers.”
I can hear the Winklevoss twins going, “Shhhhhh, shut up, man.”
I fail to see why a finite supply of currency is a good thing—it guarantees long-term price inflation.
The biggest issue with Bitcoin right now seems to be that most of the people talking about it are concerned with the exchange rate with USD. That’s something to think about, yes, but they’re expecting that number to keep increasing. Money is a store of value, and it’s used to exchange goods and services. Many Bitcoin enthusiasts are using it as a short-term, high-margin investment—they’re speculators1.
We can argue about the usefulness of a currency designed to exist outside a political entity, and we can argue about the usefulness of cryptocurrency in general, but until the speculation and wild price swings stop, it’s really hard to take Bitcoin seriously as actual currency.
As much as I think Bitcoin is silly, I’m kicking myself for not having done exactly that. ↩
I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.
We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’
"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."
Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.
"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."
"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.
"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."
"What do you expect us to do?"
I let that hang for a minute.
This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund
Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.
The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:
"He (the doctor) always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."
Choose life, obviously. Sacrifice for your beliefs. “Crisis pregnancy centers” are willing to use deceit, intimidation, and violence to prevent a pregnancy, but apparently they draw the line at giving to prevent one.
See my reblog of that anti-abortion protester from the other day. If you’re opposed to abortion, what, other than shaking signs and harassing women, are you going to do about it? How will you help the women you think are being forced into choosing abortion?
I’ll let the sound of crickets from anti-choicers be my line to walk on.
commiefemme: The violence on the streets of Ukraine is far more than an expression of popular anger against a government. Instead, it is merely the latest example of the rise of the most insidious form of fascism.
“The political formation is known as “Pravy Sektor” (Right Sector), which is essentially an umbrella organization for a number of ultra-nationalist (read fascist) right wing groups including supporters of the “Svoboda” (Freedom) Party, “Patriots of Ukraine”, “Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian National Self Defense” (UNA-UNSO), and “Trizub”. All of these organizations share a common ideology that is vehemently anti-Russian, anti-immigrant, and anti-Jewish among other things. In addition they share a common reverence for the so called “Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists” led by Stepan Bandera, the infamous Nazi collaborators who actively fought against the Soviet Union and engaged in some of the worst atrocities committed by any side in World War II.”
The mass of protesters in Ukraine are fascists. They are all literally fascists. They do not want a democratically-elected leader. They’re trying their hardest to revive fascism and are even firebombing synagogues (does this sound familiar to anyone!?)
Why do people not realize this!?
The situation now isn’t much different than after World War II and throughout the Cold War, when the U.S. supported unreformed or neo-fascists and military strongmen in the name of containing communism. (See Spain, Greece, and various Latin/South American nations) We don’t have that ideological crutch anymore, but the fear of Russian economic and political power (which, let’s face it, is rightfully scary. Putin might not be on the side of the fascists right now, but having a Putin-led Russia could lead to destabilization pretty quickly throughout eastern Europe and Western Asia.) is leading the supporters of liberal and social democracy into a place where they are once again support non-democratic, hard-right forces in the name of containment. This is just as dangerous as an unchecked Putin, if not more so.
I don’t have an answer; I’m just saying, like some of us did when the issue was Syria, that there aren’t any good outcomes here—just a lot of varying levels of bad. The rise of fascism (again) in Eastern Europe has to rank among the worst, doesn’t it?
Back in August 2013, the venerable Farmer’s Almanac predicted the following for the Chicago winter 2013 - 2014:
"…Winter will be "slightly milder than normal, with near-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall in most of the region."
With the exception of the White Christmas prediction, they got it so very wrong, which gives me hope that their prediction of a “hotter than normal” summer 2014 is just about as accurate as the winter forecast.
This is what happens when you rely on astrology to predict weather.
So many great comedy moments. Thanks for the laughs, Harold.
From the obituary:
Ramis was quiet about his illness, but friends did visit, including brothers and Second City castmates Bill Murray, from whom he’d been estranged for years, and Brian Doyle-Murray, who appeared in seven Ramis movies.
This is super nice to hear. I don’t usually concern myself with the feuds of those richer or more famous than myself, but it always bummed me out that the two were on bad terms (thanks mostly to Murray’s famous prickly-ness).
I am drinking cider, and Emily is playing a game that apparently involves electronic music and goats (that is actually happening). So I’ve started dancing in my chair and occasionally making goat noises. Because you have to make your own fun.
They’re perpetual babies. They are perpetual victims.
The most dangerous hate crimes are those perpetrated by people who think of themselves as victims. It is the entitled fearing the loss of their entitlement. Michael Dunn believed he was entitled to demand that a group of teenagers lower the volume of their music. He believed he was entitled to shoot and kill Jordan Davis for speaking to him with “disrespect.” He, in fact, thought so little of it, so little of that boy’s life, that he didn’t even bother to call the cops, he just went back to his hotel room, ordered pizza, walked his dog and acted like nothing had happened. The idea that he wasn’t entitled to do this had not even occurred to him.
Proposition: The structure and contents of any large list or reference work tell you as much about the biases, cognitive processes, and mental defects of the author or authors than about the material it purports to cover.
If any of you have to fill prescription medications and you don’t have insurance, make sure that before you go to the pharmacy you get yourself the GoodRx app on your phone. My friend Erikk showed me this thing. It helps you get a discount. I just got my $150 medication for $75. No joke. It just like gives you a code you show your pharmacist. I know I sound like an advertisement or something but this shit is bonkers.
Also, if you go to Target, ask about their discount program. A few months back I needed a refill and insurance wasn’t letting it go through. The Target discount plan gave me the medicine for about a dollar more than insurance would have cost.
“But if you are determined to sue 1,200 people for linking to a newsworthy article, you may begin with me. You know who I am and I am very sure you know where I am, since many of my book contracts route through your office. I await notification of your suit.”—
John Scalzi, past president of the SFWA to Sean Fodera.
Man, I kinda came in at the tail end of this whole thing, but wow. Fodera sounds like a genuine, grade-A, self-important asshole. And the people on that forum, who depend on culture to make their living, really, really, really, really, really, need a lesson on Fair Use. Also, someone needs to tell at least one of them to stop using the term netiquette unironically.