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New Antibiotic seems to be working

But I need one more week without posting–this has been one long siege but I think it’s over.

EVERYONE GO TO JON STEWART’S RALLY. I’LL BE THERE (HOPEFULLY) IN AN IVCAFFEINE T-SHIRT!

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Bronchitis Relapse

Gonna try to be better for next week :)

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Moratorium on Foreclosures? Heavens, No, It Might Ruin the Recovery

Little Nell is carted off from her house to allow it to be foreclosed upon.

The housing market recovery depends on foreclosure mills?

How’s this grab ya? Despite the foreclosure scandal with banks and other financial institutions not having the necessary paperwork to foreclose on properties in arrears, having fraudulent paperwork, the discovery of “robo-signer”, the guy who processed thousands of foreclosures a month by the simple expedient of never reading any of the paperwork…despite Americans being thrown out of their homes, and a growing number of banks calling a halt to their own foreclosures, we can’t declare a nationwide moratorium on mortgage foreclosures because “it might hurt the housing recovery.” WTF? Our recovery depends on being able to throw people out into the cold? How seriously FU’d is that?

There was a time, in living memory even, when banks wanted you to pay your mortgage. If you were having trouble, they’d usually be more than willing to restructure your loan, because they made more from successful loan repayment than from foreclosing. But somewhere along the line, all that changed. Now, banks make MUCH more from foreclosing–since they’d made side bets on the fact that you would NOT be able to repay your loan–and the Snidely Whiplash’s and Mr. Potters of the world have been having a field day.

Now the housing market is driven by the necessity of foreclosure to ensure that properties keep changing hands in some insane version of musical chairs. Recovery is not defined as stopping this game. No–recovery is continuance of the status quo, with everyone running around and around to a lunatic rendition of “Pop goes the mortgage!” One person in the administration (who shall remain nameless for demonstrating THAT HE’S AN IDIOT) has opined that we should not stop foreclosures just because there are so many fraudulent ones, because there are others that are perfectly legitimate. This idiot never pauses to consider that with so much fraud, lost paperwork, improper filings, we have no idea which foreclosures are legitimate and which ones aren’t! Better that 10 people lose their homes unjustly than one scofflaw get away with a few months of squatting.

It’s time we stopped defining the recovery in terms of the money boys and instead, in terms of you and me. After all, a rising tide floats all boats, not just the big yachts.

In other news, today is my true birthday. I get a day off for it every year, but only in one in 7 does the holiday actually land on the date. I’ll accept the tribute anyway, despite that people think the day off has something to do with Mr. Columbus. Your good wishes are accepted and I extend birthday greetings to all the other October 12ers out there who were lucky enough to be born on MY birthday :)

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Is this what it takes to get Christine O’Donnell to accept evolution?

A monkey is evolved into Rush Limbaugh by a magician, proving evolution to Christine O'Donnell.

Christine O'Donnell is finally convinced about the validity of evolution.

Still a little bit under the weather here, but definitely nowhere quite as bad as last weekend, so I’m gonna take it easy on the commentary this week. Anyway, it seems as if one of the many great quotes from Christine O’Donnell concerned evolution. “Evolution is a myth. Why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?” Why indeed, when devolution is so apparent, with people making monkeys out of themselves all the time?

I could blame the schools for not teaching an accurate summary of what evolution actually is. I could ask the evolution deniers “just what part of millions of years don’t you understand?” But that’s like shooting fish in a barrel. You can’t blame someone for not understanding millions of years in a culture that thinks “oldies” were top 40 six months ago.

Instead, I’m going to put the blame squarely where it belongs. On the science fiction TV shows of our youth. How many times on “The Twilight Zone” or “The Outer Limits” did we actually witness evolution taking place–RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR EYES? “Oh, my god, he’s evolving–he has SIX FINGERS AND TWO THUMBS!” Not just evolution, but devolution with men turning into men in gorilla suits. “Oh, my god, he’s reversed evolution–if we don’t stop this right now, he’ll become an amoeba by the last commercial!”

In many ways, the “science” we were presented in movies and on TV was just magic with a different mumbo-jumbo. If so many people cannot accept the realities of science, is it because they’re expecting magic and they don’t get it? Millions of years? What good is that? If something’s evolving, I want to see it right NOW. Christine O’Donnell will not believe in evolution until she sees a monkey turn into a person right in front of her eyes.

Worse than that, in science there’s no one to bribe. “O Science, grant me this promotion and I’ll give up sinning for the rest of my life.” Nope, don’t work that way. Far better to have someone to entreat who might answer than to have no one to talk to at all. God is someone who will answer your prayers. Usually with a “no”. But “no” is an answer, isn’t it?

So maybe the scientists should practice pulling a few rabbits out of hats to get people to believe. After all, it worked with the loaves and the fishes. It all depends on whether you have the right basket.

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