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Victor Ganata
Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola - L.A. Times
More on why the U.S. was unprepared for Ebola - L.A. Times - Victor Ganata
"…funding for a Centers for Disease Control program to help states and municipalities with public health emergency preparedness funding collapsed from $1.1 billion in 2006 to $585 million last year." - Victor Ganata
"NIH’s budget was reduced by $446 million from 2010 to 2014, and subjected to inappropriate politically motivated interference in its decision making. The CDC’s discretionary funding was cut by $585 million during this same period. Shockingly, annual funding for the CDC’s public health preparedness and response efforts were $1 billion lower for 2013 fiscal year than for 2002." - Victor Ganata
"The cuts in public health spending are part and parcel of Congress' post-2008 budget stinginess, in which cutting expenditures somewhere -- anywhere -- takes a front seat to figuring out the places where spending is crucial." - Victor Ganata
I was treating an Ebola patient and then flew from Texas to Ohio and you do. - Greg GuitarBuster
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A Filipino restaurant owner says shame may be one reason authentic Filipino food has not become mainstream - 2014 Feb 13 - PRI
I say give it a few years. Americans maybe can only focus on one Asian cuisine at a time. - Anika from Android
that may very well be true for Americans as a group. - Big Joe Silence
I can totally see colonial mentality being a big part of it, though—I've definitely heard Filipino Americans be self-deprecating about how Filipino food isn't really it's own cuisine especially since it borrows so many elements from Chinese, Spanish, Mexican, and even Indian food. - Victor Ganata
There's a filipino restaurant not too far from me. As soon as things happen and I can start eating out again, I'm going to try it. So, maybe by the end of the year, if I'm lucky. - bentley
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Richard Dawkins: Religion isn’t the problem in the Middle East - Salon
I will admit, I am surprised that Dawkins would concede such a thing. - Victor Ganata
I do find it interesting that so many "rational" people are willing to assign causation to essentialist reductionist explanations like religion and culture and never to the long history and ongoing legacy of colonialism and imperialism, not to mention the ongoing economic hegemony by the institutions of global capitalism. - Victor Ganata
Perhaps religion is a problem amplifier? - Todd Hoff
Religion is often an expression of culture and nationalism; the beliefs, spirituality, practices are less the driving and defining force than the Statement "I am a ____" I haven't read the Dawkins piece yet, but if I were writing something with that title, that's what I would be describing. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
The thing that stands out to me the most, though, is the tacit denialism of the thesis that the primary cause of these conflicts is colonialism and imperialism, both historically and ongoing. I think these conflicts are completely intractable without acknowledging this. The contribution of religion is almost entirely an incidental factor, an accident of the history of colonialism and imperialism. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
The Islamic empire was one of the largest on earth for a very long time. It was because of religion that the empire was built. So there is an expansionist kernel there. Not that I think anyone should be stuck with silly boundaries drawn up because of a world war. But the way the campaign is being carried, the violence, could be a reaction to colonialism and imperialism? I don't know. Just wondering... - Todd Hoff
I think the bloodiest modern ME conflict (Syria's civil war) has many causes (the dominant position of Alawites, etc), but colonialism and imperialism are not even close to be "primary". - tres devices
But how did the Alawites become so dominant in the first place and why are there so many disparate cultural groups in a nominally unitary state? How did Syria even come to exist as it is in the first place? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Of course it has something to do with the French colonial policy, but that was 70 years ago. If we're going this far, then maybe, you know, all the problems were caused by the Ottomans? :) After all, the Ottoman colonialism did last 400 years, while the French were in place just for 30 years. - tres devices
Was it really the religion that inspired imperialism, or did imperialism spread the religion? In any case, we clearly know Islam doesn't have a monopoly on expansionist imperialist tendencies, so the idea that this specific religion is the primary cause seems suspect to me. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Well, the Arab tribes became united only by the Prophet's sword. So in that case we can be pretty sure that Caliphate couldn't exist without the advent of Islam. Not that every imperialism is a bad thing, though (take Rome), the Arabs did spread many of the arts and sciences. - tres devices
I dunno, I have a feeling not everyone whom the Romans conquered would've necessarily seen the Empire as a good thing, but, hey, the winners get to write history. - Victor Ganata
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New Ebola case in Texas raises worries about U.S. health system - L.A. Times
"A second Ebola case in Texas — identified Sunday as a hospital worker who cared for the Liberian man who died last week from the disease — is raising fresh doubts about the preparedness of the U.S. health system to handle the deadly outbreak." - Victor Ganata
"It is also prompting new questions about whether U.S. health officials need better measures to identify hospitals that may not be able to handle complex diseases such as Ebola." - Victor Ganata
Ebola in the U.S. really seems to be demonstrating the inadequacies of laissez faire and free markets and our profit-driven dysfunctional health care system, and of small government and the outsourcing of critical functions previously handled by the government. If only we could shoot/bomb our way out of an epidemic. #FuckYeahAmerica - Victor Ganata
"At some point, there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection." Fuck protocols, because nanny state </sarcasm> - Victor Ganata
"…Doctors Without Borders, the international aid group that has provided front line assistance in West Africa since the outset of the current Ebola outbreak, has largely succeeded in protecting its health workers with strict controls." - Victor Ganata
"…a strong public health and medical response helped prevent a wider Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation." - Victor Ganata
"But the second Dallas case has highlighted the holes in even basic infection control procedures." - Victor Ganata
I still can't believe they sent the original patient home from the emergency room - maʀtha
I am highly suspicious that it was primarily due to him being uninsured. - Victor Ganata
(just to troll a bit good old USA) do you know who is on the front line of the ebola crisis with its highly trained medical staff? Cuba :P - d☭snake
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Clowns roam the streets of a California town. No one is sure who they are - ABC 15 #WTF #HighOctaneNightmareFuel #CantSleepClownsWillEatMe
"Strange clowns have begun roaming the streets of Wasco, Calif., at night." - Victor Ganata
"No one seems to know why they're there, or who is behind the appearances." - Victor Ganata
:( - Alix May
Sounds like a publicity stunt to advertise an upcoming horror movie. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
NOPE - Mary Carmen
Wasn't that happening somewhere in the UK earlier? Just, no. - Jennifer Dittrich
Noooooooooo!!! - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
No. - Katy S
Did they all arrive in one small car? - Greg GuitarBuster
They're making a movie about politicians. - imabonehead from Android
Victor Ganata
"So basically I'm using Tinder as an Instagram discovery tool." #DoingItWrong #AloneForever
Try Coffee Meets Bagel. IME it's slightly less soul-crushing than Tinder. - Andrew C (✔)
Slightly less soul-crushing? Sounds good! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I don't want to promise too much. - Andrew C (✔)
Isn't everyone moving to Mixxxer for Instagram? #noclue - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Slightly less soul-crushing FTW! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Victor Ganata
Sugar is a hell of a drug. And so is fat. (via Dr. C)
Nucleus accumbens C-Fos expression is correlated with conditioned place preference to cocaine, morphine and high fat/sugar food consumption - 2013 Nov 13 - Victor Ganata
Remember how sugar as a drug was laughed at a few years ago? - Todd Hoff
I think not everyone has completely accepted the whole dopaminergic reward circuit hypothesis even though it's been around for a long time. Under this hypothesis, *any* pleasurable stimulus can be addicting on a molecular physiological level. - Victor Ganata
Everything in moderation, then? :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Pretty much. And Oreos are probably not that moderate ;) - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
When my girlfriend talks to other people about me, she refers to me as "The Doctor". This sometimes causes confusion among Doctor Who fans.
"sonic screwdriver" #iam12 - Big Joe Silence
Which doctor? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
/e didn't know Victor had a girlfriend and can't recall him mentioning her before. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
^ more of the same - Anne Bouey
*awaits more information* - Katy S
Is this where I stand in line? *looks around* I think it is. - Micah
Oof. I'm glad I brought a chair. This line looks long. - bentley
*passes out popcorn* - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
He mentioned a girl friend and Microsoft demos a new holodeck product. Coincidence? - Todd Hoff
ich weisse so immer, bleibst du bist war - Tastamam★★★★
LOL! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Believe it or not, she's not holographic! :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Although truth be told, we haven't been together for very long. We're not even Facebook Official yet ;) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I did meet her on Coffee Meets Bagel, so I owe you Andrew big time :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I don't know. He is kinda obsessed with holodecks. Hmmmm.... - bentley
She's pretty great :) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
She doesn't have an FF account but she does check my feed :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
just be belive it....or nothing him self spirit - Tastamam★★★★
Awesome! I liked Coffee Meets Bagel. Hi Victor's Girlfriend! Sign up for FF! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Lol, I love how it's totally more believable that I have a working full-featured holodeck than that I have a girlfriend :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
just only is so enough... - Tastamam★★★★
Hi, Victor's girlfriend! - bentley
it is you... - Tastamam★★★★
Hi Victor's girlfriend! ^_^ - Heather
it is too so - Tastamam★★★★
schreibt bitte deutsch oder türkisch denn wiil ich schleck für Sie sagt - Tastamam★★★★
I was afraid it'd be too nosy to ask Victor and I'm glad to see everyone else pressed for the info while I was offline. Hahaha! Congratulations, Victor! Hi, Victor's girlfriend! - Spidra Webster
so bück dich ich mache dich glücklich:))) - Tastamam★★★★
Hi Victor's girlfriend! And boo to Victor and gf for keeping me from losing hope in CMB! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
lick your mother is you last story amk - Tastamam★★★★
I sense a disturbance in the Force, as if an account was about to be blocked. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Who is 4 star? Don't be douchy 4 star. - Eric - It's My Thing from iPhone
Victor Ganata
First day getting hot coffee instead of iced coffee. I guess I'm finally letting go of summer.
Of course, I spilled it on me. - Victor Ganata
Apparently summer wasn't ready to let go of you - Steve C Team Marina
That coffee is an asshole. - Hookuh Tinypants
Andrew C (✔)
It's a shame doctors' formal attire didn't freeze in time like formal military uniforms.
Everything changed when they realized doctor's formal attire could spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria all over the place :D - Victor Ganata
^This. Apparently the NHS in Britain got rid of white coats, and several places are doing away with neckties for the same reason. - Jessie
Yeah, and military formal uniforms were like huge targets for snipers, which is why they went to drab colors and then camouflage for field wear. But formal dress still has epaulets, shiny bits everywhere, etc. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
Our Ebola response shows our true colors. Ain’t pretty. - Neuron Culture
"So the richest country on earth has no team to contain the first appearance of one of the most deadly viruses we’ve ever known. Instead, apparently untrained contractors without protective clothing show up four days late and use not bleach and buckets to kill and contain the presumed hazard, but a power sprayer to blast them around. The family this patient was staying with, meanwhile, is left to its own devices, isolated from the world. They’re left to deal with the sheets and towels themselves. The fate of these linens, uninspected but possibly the most infectious single item associated with Patient Zero, is left to chance." - Victor Ganata
"This response is what you get when a country essentially has no sense of what public health is about. It’s a crystallized expression of an abiding feature of our so-called healthcare system: Health is something you do in a hospital or a doctor’s office. Generally you must pay to get it." - Victor Ganata
"Reach one of those places and maybe we can help you — an event more likely if you show ability to pay, and pay big. (Would the hospital have so quickly sent home a patient who had insurance? Statistically less likely.) Outside the paywalled environs of hospitals and offices, though, you’re on your own. This is no way to treat fellow human beings. This is no way to stop an epidemic." - Victor Ganata
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While I totally understand the pitfalls of second guessing ER physicians (because everything is obvious only in the retrospectoscope), sending home a patient with Ebola after prescribing antibiotics seems especially egregious
Now that he has died, there is going to be some hell to pay for that one. - Eric - It's My Thing
To be honest, the fact that he died probably doesn't change much, since we know Ebola is for the most part a fatal, untreatable disease. But Thomas Duncan's case has certainly made the claim that we have the best health care system in the world untenable. - Victor Ganata
I'd say it's a good, if somewhat extreme, example of how our system works. Some people have priority, and we move heaven and earth for them. Some are barely processed through triage and booted out the door as quickly as possible. - Jennifer Dittrich
It's basically a horrendously expensive system that's just as shitty or shittier than health care systems in developing countries. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @laurabowes: Takes a long time to become comfortable calling yourself a "writer". Even longer to define yourself as a "poor person" and "broke".
Ouch - Victor Ganata from iPhone
There's a thread on NeoGAF about making indie games, and the subtitle of the thread is "on being professionally poor." =P - Andrew C (✔)
Amit Patel
I would "like" it but, as is typical with Google Trends, the total lack of a vertical scale means that we don't know whether "interest" dropped from "so little as to be not worth mentioning" to "even less" or something more interesting. - Walt Crawford
100 = its peak search value. 29 is 29% of peak. - Louis Gray
Louis: Well, sure, I can interpret from the graph that the current value is around one-third of the peak--but the peak doesn't *mean* anything, even if you label it "100." (Heck, you could just as easily label it 1,000,000: it would be precisely as meaningful.) - Walt Crawford
See, to me the concept that "interest has dropped 70% from its peak four weeks ago" is a meaningful stat in and of itself. I understand both sides (people wanting to know how many total searches there were, and Google not wanting to share that proprietary information) but I think all Amit was trying to get across with his post is that there is data to back the impression some of us have discussed here that interest is waning. - Stephen Mack
But if at the peak, interest was infinitesimal, what does it really mean that it dropped 70%? It doesn't seem like it would be statistically meaningful if that were the case. - Victor Ganata
Thank you, Victor. That's what I'm trying to say. It's like sales of ebooks going up 200% from one year to another when sales were $100 in the first year (a mythical example)--just having the numbers (Exploding sales! Up 200%!) doesn't mean very much, statistically or otherwise. - Walt Crawford
I understood that point when Walt first stated it. But Google is intentionally not populating the scale, presumably to keep the data proprietary. In this case, we know there was a flurry of interest in Ello, and we know it dropped. The scale doesn't need to be filled in for Amit's post to prove a point and to be interesting. - Stephen Mack
Oh, I agree it may be of interest, but I'm not certain it's meaningful. Without the absolute numbers, I really think it's impossible to interpret. #MoreStudyNeeded - Victor Ganata
If I knew it was 50 searches per minute, what would I conclude differently? What does 50 mean? - Amit Patel
You're right, even the absolute number isn't much context. Ideally, it would be in comparison with other dominant trends. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Looks like I got the URL wrong for being able to compare with other words and phrases. Try - Amit Patel
The comparative trends graph is at least somewhat meaningful; thanks, Stephen. - Walt Crawford
Amit deserves the thanks! - Stephen Mack
Thanks Amit, then. - Walt Crawford
LOL. Ello: even less popular than Ebola. #justkidding - Victor Ganata
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That Ebola made it to the U.S. exactly as flu season picks up is probably going to cause untold havoc.
I've been thinking the same thing. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Hmm. Do you think the Ebola panic that's on now might actually send people in for flu immunizations (not that it helps with Ebola but just that people might be more inclined to go after the immunizations we have that work)? - Spidra Webster
Maybe I'm being overly cynical and jaded, but I think it's going to send people who would otherwise just come in to their primary care physician to the ER instead, even if they've never traveled to west Africa. I honestly think it has the potential to cause massive breakage to our already fragile and dysfunctional health care system. - Victor Ganata
Good thing people aren't freaking out about it in the media every single hour then, or else there might be trouble. - Andrew C (✔)
:-/ I hadn't even considered that (because I forgot there are people who just go straight to the ER as they have no regular doctor anyway). - Spidra Webster
My officemate and I were just talking about this very same thing this morning. - Hookuh Tinypants
You guys are bringing The Monk down. - MoTO: Team Marina
Andrew C (✔)
RT @tvoti: Why would you care if a show you watch is about to be canceled? If you enjoy it, watch it. Everything ends eventually.
How wonderfully existential :D - Victor Ganata
There's something to that. - Jed from iPhone
Why would anyone care what anyone else cares about caring about? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
To paraphrase Voltaire: "We must tend our garden." :D - Victor Ganata
*hunter-gatherer 1000-yd stare* - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
There's something to be said about wanting closure. OTOH, I like shows juuuust outside of the mainstream. So too weird to be renewed (though the increasing atomization of the TV audience has mitigated this problem lately) but mainstream enough to be greenlit. If I only watched shows that were safe bets for even a second season, I would have missed out on a lot of good TV. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola? - NPR
It's kind of crazy how contagious measles is. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, it's waaaaaay higher on my worries list for that exact reason. - Jennifer Dittrich
"Take, for example, measles. The virus is one of the most contagious diseases known to man. It's R0 sits around 18. That means each person with the measles spreads it to 18 people, on average, when nobody is vaccinated. (When everyone is vaccinated, the R0 drops to essentially zero for measles)." Thank god there's no one resisting vaccinations for children these days. - Steve C Team Marina
Useful article. - Son of Groucho
No so BTW Thanx anti-vaxxer crowd from a compromised immune system #partoftheherd - WarLord
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The complicity cost of racial inclusion - Al Jazeera America - 2014 Aug 24
"Expanding what it means to be white isn't good news; it only preserves structural privilege" - Victor Ganata
"What is white in America (and what isn’t) has always been subject to revision. The Irish and Italians are examples of groups that have been invited into whiteness." - Victor Ganata
"The Boston Marathon bombers are examples of how one might be escorted out. Despite their light skin and Caucasian ethnicity, the Tsarnaev brothers were depicted as dark-skinned 'Islamic terrorists' on the cover of The Week magazine. American whiteness may be able to absorb mass shooters of schools and movie theaters, but once a bomb was involved, the media seemed eager to relocate the Tsarnaevs to an imaginary Middle East." - Victor Ganata
"But race is a social construct, not a scientific fact: American whiteness was an ideological creation to rationalize the enslavement of Africans and the extermination of native peoples." - Victor Ganata
"For the past 50 years, Asian-Americans have been the so-called model minority — the minority group held up by politicians and the media to demonstrate the potential for success for people who aren’t white. It is no coincidence that this narrative arose alongside the black power movement in the 1960s. Asian-American success over time became a rhetorical bludgeon used to deny the real and ongoing effects of institutional racism and white supremacy on African-Americans." - Victor Ganata
"By passively accepting the privileges of whiteness, Asian-Americans become complicit in America’s present system of hierarchy, a system in which the nation’s institutions inflict ongoing injustices on a racial underclass. Highly paid Asian-American Google employees do not bear more responsibility to combat racial injustice than similarly positioned white people, but they don’t bear... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Also, I like mayonnaise! - Andrew C (✔)
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Apparenlty saying 'no' to a guy asking for my number 7 times isn't enough I had to say I'm "seeing someone" to get him to stop harrassing me
What an ass. I hope he spends the rest of his days being rejected. - Anika
:( that guy is wack - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Thanks, y'all. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Sorry for the headache - Steve C Team Marina
Andrew C (✔)
Windows 10 May Have Gotten Its Name Because of Lazy Coders -
Windows 10 May Have Gotten Its Name Because of Lazy Coders
"If you're not code literate, allow me to explain. An easy (and lazy, and bad) way to check what version of Windows a user is running is to just read in the first little bit of the name the operating system is using to identify itself. There are better ways to do it, but if that first bit reads "Windows 9" it means the operating system has to be either Windows 95 or Windows 98. Unless of course there's a Windows 9." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"It's a y2k sort of problem, where programmers either didn't think the Windows naming scheme could ever generate another "Windows 9x" version, or didn't want to bother future-proofing their code to control for it. And while it's just an unsubstantiated theory that this is why the name is Windows 10, the problem this coder brings up is verifiably a common shortcut. " - Andrew C (✔)
Here I thought they wanted to change the luck of every other version of windows sucking.. and renumber the whole damn thing so the even numbers are good now. - Me
Why not just name it Mystery Science Windows 3000. - Joe
I wondered if they were trying to mimic Apple, so that every future version of Windows would now be Windows 10. - John (bird whisperer)
They wanted to avoid Windows Nein (as per a joke in the comments). - Stephen Mack
But if you are not code illiterate and you have actually ever had to write any code that detects win9x, then you know that code example would never work, since Win95/98/ME version number actually begins with a 4, and not a 9. :P - April Russo
Vista is 6.0, 7 is 6.1, and 8 is 6.2 - Eric - It's My Thing
As it turns out, Java lets you do stupid stuff like this: - April Russo
While amusing, I haven't heard this rumor internally. The response has mostly been one of flabbergast and resistance. ;$ - joey from iPhone
"The great tragedy of science -- the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact." - Andrew C (✔)
Is Windows 10 actually going to have an internal version number of 10, considering Windows 8.1 is really 6.3? - Victor Ganata
Actually, maybe they're getting the 10 from the fact that the next internal version number might be 6.4? :D - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The 6 Most Terrifying Examples of 'Rule 34' - Cracked
:( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( I am sorry I clicked on that. - Stephen Mack
:( I'm sorry you clicked on that, too. But I couldn't not post this! - Victor Ganata
After I discovered the horrors of Edward Penishands, I never again doubted the veracity of Rule 34. - Hookuh Tinypants
I don't even know how to respond to "Edward Penishands". A part of me wants to Google it, but most of me knows it will be really disturbing. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
It is really *really* disturbing. I felt like I ought to have been able to sue for emotional damage. - Hookuh Tinypants
I will never forgive you for this, Victor. - Vampire Hunter DYSP from Android
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An ER in the US discharged a man with a fever who had traveled from Liberia. Insurance issues? #BestHealthCareSystemInTheWorld #EpicFail
Ebola patient sent home from ER - WTSP - Victor Ganata
It kind of freaks me out that Rick Perry is ultimately in charge of Texas' response to Ebola. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, caught some of his presser yesterday, and the first thing out of my mouth upon seeing him was, "Oh, God. We're all dead." - Vampire Hunter DYSP
Victor Ganata
The Atheist Disillusionment - Pharyngula
This post by P.Z. Meyers has helped me put together my thoughts about "New Atheism". If the movement is actively anti-social justice out of a misguided sense that only Western Civilization is rational and only straight white males can be logical, then it is exactly just as shitty as any fundamentalist extremist religion. - Victor Ganata
For all the major faults of mainstream organized religion and the atrocities done under the aegis of faith, they do at least address the idea of social justice. - Victor Ganata
"Too many atheists turn out to be just as shallow as the fervent faithful I rail against. Too many see atheism as another useless difference they can use to excuse discrimination against others they are already prejudiced against." - Victor Ganata
"I used to have this illusion that an atheist society would be more tolerant, that under it government and education would be secular, but the churches would still exist, if people wanted to attend them — a sort of Scandinavian ideal. But no, what I’m fast learning is that tolerance isn’t automatically a property of abandoning the false tribe of religion, but is more a reflection of the greater culture it is embedded in." - Victor Ganata
"Atheists can still hold a 'kill the wogs' mentality while babbling about the wonders of science; people who regard women as servile appliances for their gratification don’t seem to become suddenly enlightened once the scales of faith fall from their eyes." - Victor Ganata
To this I say "Duh!" - DB, Lil LB's Dad
For sure, to judge all atheists by Richard Dawkins and his ilk really is akin to judging all Christians by the Westboro Baptist Church or people who murder OBGYNs and judging all Muslims by the Taliban or ISIS, even as New Atheists like to point out that Dawkins and his ilk haven't shot or beheaded anyone. But New Atheism looks more and more like nothing but a secular defense of misogyny, white supremacy, and Western imperialism. - Victor Ganata
Heh, sorry, I was just being facetious. Atheism encompasses a broad array of people, and some are truly awful. I used to label myself agnostic (which sounded better to me than "weak atheist") until I had a long conversation with Eivind a couple of years ago, where he convinced me the label of atheist was a better match for my views. So I do use that label for myself -- but just as religious extremists don't speak for my religious friends, atheist extremists don't speak for me. I agree with this blog post. - Stephen Mack
could it be that in thinking that what you believe (or don't) innately makes you better than someone else is the first step toward, if not damnation, sinning? DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE? - MoTO: Team Marina
I identify as an atheist because I have no shred of faith in any religion. But I'm not very impressed by atheists who are driven by "furious rage at the lies and injustice and corruption of humanity by religion." It seems to me that intolerance and injustice is a human problem, which often cloaks itself in religion, but is not itself limited by or caused by religion. I'm no historian,... more... - Steele Lawman
Well put, Steve. - Stephen Mack
Yeah, I did get the impression that most of the atrocities of the 20th century were committed in the name of "logic" and "reason". I certainly think it's extremely naive to expect that people will stop being terrible to each other just because they no longer believe things that aren't "true". - Victor Ganata
(haven't read the article; liking for the discussion) - bentley
I'm not an atheist because I think religion is bad; I'm an atheist because I don't feel like I can be anything else. - Steele Lawman
The word "atheism" isn't short hand for this "organized atheism," this "movement" in the anglosphere, to me. An atheist is just a person who lives her life as if there are no gods, as if there are no supernatural agents she needs to consider/placate/fear in course of the day. That's not much of a basis for an organization (and certainly not for a society). To me it's a tiny word, but it seems to be such a big word to so many others. - Eivind
Sure. There's atheism and then there's New Atheism (which P.Z. Meyers just abbreviates as atheism), and it seems that P.Z. Meyers and Richard Dawkins et al have been at odds about the movement for quite some time. So there's definitely some specific context underlying the post. - Victor Ganata
I think Meyers is just using it for shorthand and not being reductive in the same way that some people equate ISIS with all of Islam or the Christian right in the U.S. with all of Christianity. - Victor Ganata
Eivind, it seems by your definition plenty of theists are also atheists, living their life as if there is no god. A belief based definition, asserting god does not exist, makes more sense to me than a behavior based definition. - Todd Hoff
That said, I think an argument about essentialized definitions misses the point here. P.Z. Meyers *is* talking about a specific movement headed by specific people and while certainly I understand that other people might not like the co-opting of the term (and I think it's really important for atheists outside of the New Atheism movement to be vocal about their resistance to the co-opting of the term), it is what it is. - Victor Ganata
The thing is, the lived experience of a lot of theists (in my experience) aren't that driven by the shear fact of the god being real/supernatural vs. a convenient and familiar mental scaffolding to hold a framework of their moral ideals. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
To be clear: I despise the sexism, classism, racism, rudeness and disrepect exhibited by Dawkins and Hitchens and other leaders of New Atheism. They don't speak for me at all. - Stephen Mack
I'm a practical man, Todd. I am comfortable with that definition. I think many people live godless (atheos) lives with small bursts of trying to adhere to the scripture of their upbringing without ever consciously denying the existence of the god of their upbringing. Then they're mostly atheist to me :) - Eivind
When someone says "I'm a practical man" you know there's a lot more to the story :-) - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
CDC confirms first case of Ebola in United States - PBS News Hour
OK, this is a little more worrisome. - Victor Ganata
Government Confirms First Case of Ebola in US - ABC News - Victor Ganata
It sounds like they got things locked down pretty quickly, and the patient wasn't symptomatic until six days ago. Hopefully that gives a short enough window of exposure (and limits who could be at risk.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Victor Ganata
OK, seven hours of sleep does work a lot better than caffeine.
But I still need the caffeine :) - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Oh God. Caffeine is having the exact opposite of the intended effect. Now what am I gonna do?
Damn. Time to taper off coffee, reset, then build again? - Stephen Mack
I once saw in cartoons how hiking your eyelids up with toothpicks can work.... - Spidra Webster
It's National Coffee Day. Perhaps coffee itself is taking a holiday. - Spidra Webster
Maybe you need to sleep more, Victor. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
LOL, yeah, probably. - Victor Ganata
Call it a day. Try again tomorrow. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
There comes a point where caffeine will not work any more and you just need to get some sleep. So, have a cup of coffee and go take a 20 minute nap. You'll wake up just as that cup of coffee will be ready to kick in, and it will work better. - April Russo
April knows - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
diminishing returns demands a detox on some scale to re-acquire efficacy. or something. - Big Joe Silence
water. When caffiene stops working, drink water. I find carboated water extra helpful/ - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Make a deposit at the sleep bank so you can keep hitting dat coffee ATM. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
LOL I love how we're giving lifestyle/health advice to a doctor. - Spidra Webster
He's constantly telling us how sleep-deprived he is, so... - Andrew C (✔)
Clearly time for an intervention. - Spidra Webster
You know what most interventions are sorely missing? Coffee breaks. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Victor Ganata
In 'Selfie', John Cho Gets An Unlikely Shot As A Romantic Lead - NPR
"Sure, in a perfect world, there have been so many Asian-American male romantic leads that this casting choice is hardly worth noting as unusual or counter-intuitive, but as Cho himself acknowledges we don't live in that world. There's a reason we still have to call it 'colorblind casting' instead of just 'casting.'" - Victor Ganata
Steve C Team Marina
'Dating Naked' cast member sues after VH1 showed her naked | Inside TV | -
'Dating Naked' cast member sues after VH1 showed her naked | Inside TV |
"Adding insult to alleged injury, Nizewitz also noted in a New York Post interview that a man she was dating never called her again after the show aired." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
It was supposed to softcore, not hardcore. :D - Victor Ganata
... - hoop
Andrew C (✔)
As I understand it, capital accrues to the rich in society not unlike how mercury accumulates in the body.
Now that you mention it, a similar metaphor of capital being like fat and the rich being like adipocytes does kind of work. - Victor Ganata
So redistributive policies could be either chelation (my analogy) or liposuction (yours) ? - Andrew C (✔)
Well, the more fat accumulates in adipocytes, the more systemic inflammation you get, and then the whole body dies because of atherosclerotic heart and cerebrovascular disease. - Victor Ganata
Allegorically speaking, how the way the rich invest their capital has a tendency to cause damage to the economy, to the point where essential infrastructure starts failing, and then the entire country collapses. - Victor Ganata
Ah, so what we need isn't so much lipo as statins? #IdontknowhwhatImtalkingabout - Andrew C (✔)
If statins are a metaphor for effective government regulation of all forms of investment, than, yeah! - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Arrgh. Someone on FB made a joke about the name Ello and now I have a Rihanna song stuck in my head.
trepanation is the new facepalm. #GetTheBadThoughtsOut - Big Joe Silence
Oh God, it really is stuck in my head. Every time I follow a link there, I can hear her singing "ello… ello… eh… eh… eh…." - Victor Ganata
HAHAHA! uh... uhoh. DAMN YOU! *slams own head in solid-core door repeatedly* - Big Joe Silence
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