October 26th, 2014

RatWorldOfIdiots

America -- Love It Or Leave It

Douglas MacKinnon.

Yup, you know where THIS is going already.

MacKinnon is a former aide to President Ronald "I Don't Remember (And I Have Medical Proof)" Reagan.  He's written himself a book, The Secessionist States Of America:  The Blueprint For Creating A Traditional Values Country ... Now."

Yup, you also know where THIS is going already.

For those that don't know (and believe me, I envy you), MacKinnon is the dipshit who earlier this year tried to pick a fight with the Walt Disney Company, saying they were indoctrinating children into a "pro-gay agenda".  Among his claims were that Disney was featuring the colors of the gay pride flag in as many shots as possible (considering the gay pride flag has all the colors of the rainbow, I'm very curious how you can make something WITHOUT including the colors, other than black and white).

MacKinnon, for some reason, sees acceptance of gays as the ultimate unraveling of the republic (as opposed to our present two-party system.  But that's for another column).  "For whatever reasont the leaders that we're picking are deciding not to stand firmly for traditional values."  MacKinnon sees marriage equality as the ultimate threat to personal liberty (I still don't see how.  No one would be forcing me to marry another guy, so I think we straights are safe), but taking over branches of government is useless as the court system won't let them have what they want.  The media won't keep quiet.  So what is his solution?

Secession.

MacKinnon wants certain southern states to secede from the Union and form their own country.

I read that and just sat there staring at the screen.  I sez to myself, So, basically, they will leave America and not be American anymore.

Sweet!

You have to admit -- it'd be a lot easier if we bottled up all the crazies somewhere where they couldn't bother us rational folks.  Hell, I'll pay for a U-haul!  I will insist on a no-tagbacks rule, that they can't repatriate.  These people forming their own country would be the most perfect justification of xenophobia ever witnessed by man.

What?  You want more crazy?!?  No problem!  MacKinnon proposes the name of the new country should be "Reagan."  First, we name an airport after a guy who fired all the air traffic controllers, and now we're going to name a country after the guy who helped make discrimination a weekend sport.  We will never have to retire the phrase, "I hate Reaganites" ever.

You may have noticed I wrote "certain southern states."  This is because MacKinnon wants Reagan formed from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (ooo, home of the theme park of his mortal enemy, Disney!  You sly gerrymanding dog, you).  He specifically excludes Texas.  It's too corrupted by "a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico."  Wow, he's really talking about walling himself and other crazies off.  Can we Kickstart this thing?

"If you do believe in the Golden Rule, then you're seeing all of this unravel before our eyes daily, unfortunately," he bitched to Janet Mefferd in an interview.  Uh, the Golden Rule is, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  How does treating people with respect whether or not they are different from you in any way conflict with that?

I do note that the proposed new nation is significantly small.  I mention this because, remember a while ago when Arizona passed that law allowing people to refuse to serve gay people in their businesses if it violated their religious beliefs?  Well, in the days afterwards, lots of Arizona businesses put up gay pride flags and window stickers and other things to let gays know they were more than welcome there and the shop owners did not support excluding them.  The people behind the ballot initiative started complaining to the businesses that they were being a "get out of being a douchebag free" card and refusing to use it.  In other words, the people who actually supported this gay discrimination bullshit were a lot smaller in number than they anticipated.  MacKinnon is in for a rude awakening if he ever finds out just how many people in his proposed areas think his idea of institutionized discrimination are bullshit.

Remember, kids, democracy is the right to say what you think, even if you don't think.
VaderWTF

About Last Night

Things I learned yesterday:

Nothing says, "You are my rival and I am going to crush you" like a friend you've known for decades hitting you with a Draw Four.

goddammit-god-damn-it-goddammit
PalinWhut

It's How You Play The Game

The following is a series of Tweets from one Joe Fortenbaugh. Let's see what he wanted to share with the world:

"In 30 minutes, two mid-30s men will meet in a field in my hometown for a fight over something that happened in our fantasy football league."

"Out-of-shape, heavy breathing slob fight. RT @FazzerSports Bare knuckle boxing or grappling match?"

"No. Realized I was stuck with this group about 10 years ago. MT @drwolf007 has this at all made you reconsider your group of friends?"

"2 guys are filming. Will post when I get it. MT @davidfucillo You gotta get some vine or instagram video of this."

"Getting live updates now from scene of the fight. Both parties have agreed to "no leg breaking" (is that necessary?), on to other rules."

"Final note on that FF fight: It was a "Loser leaves the league" fight. Ironically, the guy who created the league was the guy who got beat."

I think we all lost here....
Time For Science

Current Events

Now, I know what I'm about to write about is going to get radical reactions from all my readers.  There is largely no middle ground on this issue, and both sides are screaming back and forth.  So I'm going to ask you all to please read all the way through before you react, because this could be something that redefines the issue for everybody regardless of where they stand.

Everybody still with me so far?  That's good!

Okay.  Let's start off with the subject.  It is "climate change."  There are people who say it is man-made and we are going to bake ourselves to death like a potato or freeze like an Otter Pop.  There are people who say climate change is a myth (my own belief is that global warming is the result of sunspot activity that happens every 17 years, and weather logs support this theory).  Positions on this issue will call into question people's reputations.  When I heard Bill Nye supported the idea of man-made climate change, I was disappointed in him, because I felt his evidence was oversimplified and I expected better of him.  By way of contrast, Cecil Adams, author of The Straight Dope and World's Smartest Human, believes climate change is man-made, and him I'll believe.  Through it all, people will find annecdotal evidence one way or the other, with both sides declaring, "The science is settled!"

...well, no.  The science is not only still ongoing, but they just found a huge, HUGE piece of the puzzle.  It changes the entire nature of the problem, including if there actually is anything humanity can do to control it.

26350046Okay, you know how everyone says greenhouse gasses are responsible for climate change, right?  Well, a group of researchers from Rutgers are saying that the circulations of the world's oceans is equally culpable.

Here's the dirt -- the Atlantic Ocean pulls in heat and carbon dioxide, then moves them through the deep ocean from north to south until it hits the Pacific Ocean, where it is released.  Why doesn't the exchange happen at the ocean surface, why does it go halfway around the world?  It does this because, 2.7 million years ago, there was a huge build-up of glaciers in the norther hemisphere and a huge drop in sea levels.  Antarctic ice cut off the surface heat exchange and the currents forced it into deep water.  Says Stella Woodard, lead author of the report and a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, "We argue that it was the establishment of the modern deep ocean circulation -- the ocean conveyor -- about 2.7 million years ago, and not a major change in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere that triggered an expansion of the ice sheets in the northern hemisphere."  The data they used comes from ocean sediment core samples between 2.5 million and 3.3 million years old.

So, what does this mean for the rest of us?  Well, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of CO2 being released in the air in the last 200 years, more than any recent period in geological history.  This is fact.  This suggests that the CO2 is not coming from man, but from deep ocean currents that are shifting and releasing more after absorbing so much and not releasing it.

Which means, we might be screwed, and there might be nothing we can do about it.

Temperatures were elevated about 3 million years ago, at which time there was roughly the same amount of CO2 in the atmosphere as there is today and the temperature was 4 degrees Fahrenheit higher.  The ocean conveyor that resulted cooled the Earth and created the climate we live in now.

Big changes are a-coming.  And we're not going to get anywhere if we keep arguing with each other instead of learning what we can.