One big exhale never did me no good

One big exhale never did me no good August 22, 2012

“Look Look what that human being just did! UNBELIEVABLE!”

What has NASA done to make your life awesome?

“Its giddy language games and its cultivated diction, as much as its lightweight adolescent backdrop and its steady exploration of what it means to be ethical, to be human, to find meaning in being — perhaps calls into question the idea that slight and substantial, ephemera and art, language and content are mutually exclusive just because we tend to treat them as binary opposites.”

“Our Church exists in the midst of the Vatican’s. But there are so many more of us out here than there are priests and prelates walking the hallowed halls of the Vatican.”

“The financial mismanagement and questionable business practices would have seen widespread resignations at the top of any other public institution.”

“For my part, I found it was easier to simply stop identifying as evangelical rather than to try to convince others of what shade of evangelical I was.”

“According to LaBarbera and Mefferd, it is inappropriate for companies to back gay rights efforts or groups because they will be offending customers when they should be remaining neutral in the ‘culture war.’ However, if a company like Chick-fil-A opposes gay rights, then it is an admirable decision worthy of support and any criticism of their activism is an assault on freedom.”

“Former Bellevue police chief Don Van Blaricom reviewed the police reports and determined they ‘were obviously written in concert, after the fact, to CYA [cover your ass].'”

You need a lot of money to run for Judge in Pistolvania.”

Carbon dioxide is plant food. So the more of that there is in the air the more the crops grow and the cheaper the food is around the world, this actually helps especially the poor.”

“Well, no. Actually, it would be very bad.”

“An alarming percentage of these people appear to lack a junior high understanding of science or human physiology once we exclude Bible-based theories. So, you know, maybe STFU about it.”

When confronted by opposing facts, you kill them. It’s war after all.”

“I’ve been trying to think of any notable cults, sects or religions that have sprung up in the past 20 years, and I can’t think of any.”

“See what some of the most forward-thinking and imaginative storytellers of that time saw when they cast themselves toward today.”

“And, by humble, I mean driving a domestically made mid-size sedan with high mileage.”



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  • cjmr

    Climate change (warmer temps and higher CO2 levels) seems to have been particularly beneficial for poison ivy and kuzdu.  Also Lyme disease carrying ticks and West Nile carrying mosquitoes. 

    None of that is at all beneficial to any humans…

  • Daughter

    Great point about the CO2. Too much of something good (water, fertilizer, etc.) can kill plants; so too, warming. And to the extent that warming benefits crops, it will also benefit the things that kill crops, like weeds, disease and pests.

  • JustoneK

    CO2 is to plants as pepper spray is to condiments?  As internment camps are to summer camps?

  • D9000

    Aum Shinrikyo? Falun Gong? 

  • And cockroaches. They die quickly in cold temperatures. They love warm temperatures.

  • I wouldn’t have survived my first few weeks of life without NASA technology.

  • Fusina

    Good to know about Target supporting gays. Makes me feel much better about how much I have spent there just on school supplies. Note to self, must go eat at Chili’s soon. 

    Um. Yeah. I am serious. I have a daughter whose best friend is gay. We do what we can. She demanded we not eat at Chick-fil-A once that news broke, and she was the main reason we ever went (she loves their spicy chicken sandwich). Dunno what we are going to do about her field hockey fundraiser this fall, they usually sell CfA calendars–

  • vsm

     Aum Shinrikyo started in the eighties, so I’m not sure it counts. Falun Gong should, though.

  • aunursa

    According to LaBarbera and Mefferd, it is inappropriate for companies to back gay rights efforts or groups because they will be offending customers when they should be remaining neutral in the ‘culture war.’ However, if a company like Chick-fil-A opposes gay rights, then it is an admirable decision worthy of support and any criticism of their activism is an assault on freedom.”

    It is appropriate for companies to support whatever causes they wish to support.  Most boycotts seeking to punish companies for supporting or opposing a cause considered controversial are doomed to fail, because the percentage of consumers who base their purchasing decisions on such reasons is quite low.  And by the very nature of a controversial cause, the revenue lost to consumers who participate in a boycott will be balanced by the revenue gained from consumers who would participate in a “buycott.”

    EDIT: Upon further reflection, the balance in revenue may be affected by the percentage of consumers for or against the particular issue and the relative enthusiasm of both sides — whether they are equally motivated to support or punish a business based on the cause.

  • It is appropriate for companies to support whatever causes they wish to support.

    If it is an actively harmful cause, this is no more true than it is of an individual.

  • aunursa

    If it is a harmful cause, then the company may be associated with the harm.  That is entirely appropriate.

  • Is it appropriate for me to do harm?
    Is it appropriate for me to support others in doing harm?
    Is it appropriate for a company I own to support others in doing harm?

    Your answer to that last question seems to be “yes.”
    It seems to follow that your answer to the other two questions would also be “yes”.

    Is that right?

  • D9000

    Yeah, I keep forgetting the eighties weren’t yesterday … and every morning I wake up old again. Sigh.

  • Is it legal for companies to support actively harmful causes? Yes.

    Is it appropriate? Not so much. At least not according to the definition of “appropriate” I tend to use.

  • MaryKaye

    I was struck by one bit from the _Economist_ article:

    One of the Boston parishes, St Frances Cabrini in Scituate,
    Massachusetts, has been occupied for the past eight years by
    parishioners who have refused to accept its closure. They have a roster
    chart to ensure at least one person is at the church at any time, so
    that the archdiocese can’t change the locks.

    I visited their web site, which confirms this story and is quite moving.  I think this is a perfect example of the struggle for “ownership” of Catholicism in the US, and I wish the Cabrini parishioners all success.

  • We Must Dissent

     The article specifically mentions that the author is looking at Western Europe and North America.

  • banancat

    I think that Gothardism and Quiverfull have become cults.  Even though these closely related movements started over 20 years ago, they have become more popular over the past few years because of high-profile people like the Duggars.  Maybe it doesn’t count as a cult because they don’t all live together in one compound, but their lives are so rigid and extreme that I think it counts as much as Scientology does.

  • Tricksterson

    Maybe you can work on getting them to change their sponser?

  • Tricksterson

    But are you denying that it’s hypocritical to say that the idea of boycott is wrong when it comes to things you support but good when it’s something you oppose?  because that’s the absolutist moral; terms these people deal in.

  • Fusina

     I’d like to, but I don’t know if it would do any good. The season starts pretty much as soon as the school year, and the calendars are, I think, ordered before school ends the year before. So last year, no one would have known about it. I think I’ll just donate money to the team. Pretty sure that the daughter will refuse to sell them regardless.

    I’m so tired of this crap. Why can’t people just let people be people. I have asked this question a lot, and have never gotten a good answer from anyone with any kind of position in church. “If God is indeed the creator and instigator of everything, can’t we just trust that he will make everything right in the end?” Believe me, I’m hanging on to that hope with all my being.

  • PJ Evans

     Weeds seem to like having more CO2.

  • vsm

    Poor kids. I doubt selling those calendars will be a pleasant experience.

  • AngryWarthogBreath

    My perfect response to the “you call it CO2, we call it life” ads came up recently, but they’d been away for two years by then. How lucky I am to see the argument back; the chance to get a good rejoinder by far outruns my despair at seeing that nothing ever goes away while there’s money in its pocket. (Hmm… “$ = HP”. There might be something in that.)

    Anyway, another natural byproduct of life that’s really good at helping plants grow? Manure. Poo. Really good nutrient base for plants to grow in. Perfectly natural result of the digestive system. “You call it poo, we call it life!”

    But despite these wonderful qualities, I don’t want poo all over the place somewhere where I’m busy living. I think having poo everywhere would be bad for my life and the environment.

    Follow the metaphor as you will.

    (The 2012 GOP: “Proudly Pro-Poo”.)

  • Jessica_R

    I love this, because the spiritual awe in the telling of the creation of the universe is actually how I feel about science,

  • I think the other side of the problem with people handwaving the CO2 issue is ongoing deforestation can make it a losing proposition in the end – that is, even if plants begin taking up more CO2 than previously, the Earth-wide plant biomass may not be taking up as much as it used to since there would be less of it.

  • Actually, kudzu leaves are edible (by both humans and livestock),  the vines can be used for textiles, and the roots can be processed for cooking starch, and it’s alleged to have medicinal properties although I’m not aware of any controlled double blind studies verifying same.  All of which suggests that what’s needed to control the stuff is companies to harvest and market the stuff.

  • Tonio

    That sounds like the type of deflection I’ve encountered whenever anyone criticized Augusta National’s old He Man Woman Haters Club membership policy. Defenders claimed that the club is a private organization and has a right to set membership rules as it wished. While that may be true, that doesn’t make the rules themselves right or moral.

  • Cathy W

    …and it can be processed into ethanol fairly easily. Apparently simply making liquor out of it results in a product that tastes something like gin, and if nothing else it would be a source of fuel ethanol that might reduce the amount of food we put into our gas tanks.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Two words, Cathy. Corn subsidies.