redheadedfemme: (ignorance point of view)
As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.   ~Hunter S. Thompson
 
Sometimes I think Charlie Pierce is the Last Journalist Standing.
 
Perception is perception and reality is reality and, if they don't match up, then it is the job of journalism not to accept the perception as the reality, but to hammer home the reality until the perception conforms to this.
 
I once suggested that Rachel Maddow should be the new host for NBC's Meet the Press, but hell, Charlie should get it. This one sentence should shame David Gregory right out of Washington.  

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redheadedfemme: (ignorance point of view)
This was on the front page of today's Arizona Republic.
 
 
The story explained the average temperature in Phoenix from June through August was 95.1 degrees. This was followed by a little table listing the five hottest summers on record, dating from 1895.
 
The four hottest summers were 2013, 2011, 2007 and 2002.
 
Coincidence, I'm sure.
 
What I found interesting about this story (and not in a good way) is that the words "climate change" were never mentioned, and there was only a brief one-sentence quote in the story from a climate scientist.
 
The story also includes this, almost as a throwaway.
 
It wasn’t just Phoenix that simmered this summer. It was the fifth-hottest summer worldwide since record-keeping began in 1880, and the 15th-hottest in the United States, Crouch said. Most of the hotter areas were in the West.

Nationwide, the numbers reflect a warming trend of 1 degree over the past century. In Arizona, the increase has been about 2 degrees, he said.
 
It is a thoroughly irresponsible lapse in journalism to write these facts and not provide the explanation behind them--namely, that global warming is taking place, and humans are the cause.
 
Nonsense like this is why nothing will be done, and humans will continue their slide into the abyss, taking the planet with them. 


redheadedfemme: (feminist you were warned about)
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. ~Khalil Gibran

This should be posted in every police department in the country.

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And please don't feed me that shit about "women taking precautions." We need to work towards a world where women don't have to take precautions, and rapists are prosecuted.

This should be everyone's goal.
redheadedfemme: (ignorance point of view)

The images coming out of Moore, Oklahoma are just incredible. 

 

51 people dead (as of this writing). A mile-wide swath of destruction. At least an EF-4 in strength, perhaps an EF-5. 200+ mph winds. 

 

And even after this, there will still be assholes who deny the reality of climate change.  


redheadedfemme: (open the door)
Well. This is sad. 

Author Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

On my Delicious account, I just linked to the poem that inspired one of his best stories, "There Will Come Soft Rains." (The story can be found here.) Written in 1950, it's an old-fashioned kind of science-fiction story, perhaps, but Bradbury's unique, iconoclastic style cannot be mistaken. 

It's too bad we don't have the future he wrote about (except for the nuclear holocaust, obviously). I could think of a lot worse things than living in Bradbury country. 
redheadedfemme: (open the door)
Well. This is sad. 

Author Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

On my Delicious account, I just linked to the poem that inspired one of his best stories, "There Will Come Soft Rains." (The story can be found here.) Written in 1950, it's an old-fashioned kind of science-fiction story, perhaps, but Bradbury's unique, iconoclastic style cannot be mistaken. 

It's too bad we don't have the future he wrote about (except for the nuclear holocaust, obviously). I could think of a lot worse things than living in Bradbury country. 
redheadedfemme: (well...shit)
"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings."  ~Franklin Thomas 

I cannot believe a person like this would ever be considered for any form of elective office.

White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee

And what party elected him, pray tell? Need you even ask?

Read the accompanying article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. It's chilling.

In my darker moments, I think this country is headed for a second Civil War...one the South has a very good chance of winning.
redheadedfemme: (well...shit)
"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings."  ~Franklin Thomas 

I cannot believe a person like this would ever be considered for any form of elective office.

White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee

And what party elected him, pray tell? Need you even ask?

Read the accompanying article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. It's chilling.

In my darker moments, I think this country is headed for a second Civil War...one the South has a very good chance of winning.
redheadedfemme: (kick nuts)
Well. This is the feel-good story of the day.

Female Pilot Ejects Sexist Male Passenger

Too bad it couldn't have happened in this country.
redheadedfemme: (kick nuts)
Well. This is the feel-good story of the day.

Female Pilot Ejects Sexist Male Passenger

Too bad it couldn't have happened in this country.

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Words To Live By

There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away. ~Emily Dickinson

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins. ~Neil Gaiman

Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in. ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The road to hell is paved with adverbs. ~Stephen King

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. ~Mark Twain

I feel free and strong. If I were not a reader of books I could not feel this way. ~Walter Tevis

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

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