Monday, April 27, 2015

superman is clark kent

if superman or spiderman existed in real life, our government would know in just a few days who they really were. all that they would have to do is record the hero's voice, then run that for a match against the trillions of recorded phone calls the nsa has on file - literally every single phone call made from or received by any phone carrier in this country. they already have the software to do so - the documents that edward snowden leaked made that clear.

from there, they could pull a photo or video of the hero in their civilian clothes from their phone or any of the millions of traffic cameras, which they could also use to tell where they were at any given time, because they have facial recognition software now, too.

but, since superheroes are fictional characters, all that the nsa, fbi, cia, and other spy agencies have to look at and listen to are you and i. every minute of the day and night - even on christmas.

these are the things i think about when i walk my 10,000 steps.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

american slavery

the article after the jump is depressing, but it's time to stop pretending that slavery in america is a thing of the past. literally thousands of american kids today are sex slaves, rented and sold by their own families.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jefferson Saw Religion as Mythology

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. ... But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding...." - Thomas Jefferson (in a letter to Jhn Adams)

US Not a Christian Nation, According to Founding Fathers

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
-John Adams

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

coincidence or crime?

update: each senator that voted for the pipeline received us$250,000 for doing so.

Friday, February 6, 2015 might be a member of congress if

i don't for a moment believe that this article was written by a member of congress, but the points that the author makes are valid. where we differ is the last bit: in a time when everyone in government - regardless of party - is for sale, being a special interest flunky simply pays too well for us to compete against. that leaves a couple of paths:

1) the folks that currently bankroll the entertainment extravaganza that we call washington get old and die off, to be replaced by new faces that have different ideas regarding what constitutes acceptable political engagement.

2) the next world war - likely with china - causes such catastrophic loss of life and/or assets that our government breaks down completely.

3) things become so gridlocked that government stands directly in the way of citizens receiving a majority of the benefits that government exists to provide (ie, protection from internal and external enemies, a competitive public education, secure retirement, a living wage, protection from discrimination, affordable utilities, access to a safe and secure supply of water, affordable food, and the security of our assets), beginning with protests and eventually leading to open revolt.

4) people aren't buying enough hats.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

half of congress doesn't believe in reality

here are all of the senators who believe that climate change is primarily caused by human beings:

Alexander, Lamar (R – TN)
Ayotte, Kelly (R – NH)
Baldwin, Tammy (D – WI)
Bennet, Michael F. (D – CO)
Blumenthal, Richard (D – CT)
Booker, Cory A. (D – NJ)
Boxer, Barbara (D – CA)
Brown, Sherrod (D – OH)
Cantwell, Maria (D – WA)
Cardin, Benjamin L. (D – MD)
Carper, Thomas R. (D – DE)
Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D – PA)
Collins, Susan M. (R – ME)
Coons, Christopher A. (D – DE)
Donnelly, Joe (D – IN)
Durbin, Richard J. (D – IL)
Feinstein, Dianne (D – CA)
Franken, Al (D – MN)
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D – NY)
Graham, Lindsey (R – SC)
Heinrich, Martin (D – NM)
Heitkamp, Heidi (D – ND)
Hirono, Mazie K. (D – HI)
Kaine, Tim (D – VA)
King, Angus S., Jr. (I – ME)
Kirk, Mark (R – IL)
Klobuchar, Amy (D – MN)
Leahy, Patrick J. (D – VT)
Manchin, Joe, III (D – WV)
Markey, Edward J. (D – MA)
McCaskill, Claire (D – MO)
Menendez, Robert (D – NJ)
Merkley, Jeff (D – OR)
Mikulski, Barbara A. (D – MD)
Murphy, Christopher (D – CT)
Murray, Patty (D – WA)
Nelson, Bill (D – FL)
Peters, Gary (D – MI)
Reed, Jack (D – RI)
Sanders, Bernard (I – VT)
Schatz, Brian (D – HI)
Schumer, Charles E. (D – NY)
Shaheen, Jeanne (D – NH)
Stabenow, Debbie (D – MI)
Tester, Jon (D – MT)
Udall, Tom (D – NM)
Warner, Mark R. (D – VA)
Warren, Elizabeth (D – MA)
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D – RI)
Wyden, Ron (D – OR)

here are all of the damned, whose immortal souls have been sold to oil and coal companies in exchange for magic beans:

Blunt, Roy (R – MO)
Boozman, John (R – AR)
Burr, Richard (R – NC)
Capito, Shelley Moore (R – WV)
Cassidy, Bill (R – LA)
Coats, Daniel (R – IN)
Cochran, Thad (R – MS)
Corker, Bob (R – TN)
Cornyn, John (R – TX)
Cotton, Tom (R – AR)
Crapo, Mike (R – ID)
Cruz, Ted (R – TX)
Daines, Steve (R – MT)
Enzi, Michael B. (R – WY)
Ernst, Joni (R – IA)
Fischer, Deb (R – NE)
Flake, Jeff (R – AZ)
Gardner, Cory (R – CO)
Grassley, Chuck (R – IA)
Hatch, Orrin G. (R – UT)
Heller, Dean (R – NV)
Hoeven, John (R – ND)
Inhofe, James M. (R – OK)
Isakson, Johnny (R – GA)
Johnson, Ron (R – WI)
Lankford, James (R – OK)
Lee, Mike (R – UT)
McCain, John (R – AZ)
McConnell, Mitch (R – KY)
Moran, Jerry (R – KS)
Murkowski, Lisa (R – AK)
Paul, Rand (R – KY)
Perdue, David (R – GA)
Portman, Rob (R – OH)
Risch, James E. (R – ID)
Roberts, Pat (R – KS)
Rounds, Mike (R – SD)
Rubio, Marco (R – FL)
Sasse, Ben (R – NE)
Scott, Tim (R – SC)
Sessions, Jeff (R – AL)
Shelby, Richard C. (R – AL)
Sullivan, Daniel (R – AK)
Thune, John (R – SD)
Tillis, Thom (R – NC)
Toomey, Patrick J. (R – PA)
Vitter, David (R – LA)
Wicker, Roger F. (R – MS)
Barrasso, John (R – WY)