We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, we finally took the family Christmas card photo on Saturday afternoon, after brunch, so I doubt the card made from it will arrive by Christmas Eve. We forgot to take the photo at Thanksgiving and it's difficult to get everybody together in one place at one time. You do the best you can. Christmastime is hectic, too much packed into a short while.
"Going to Africa. Hope I don't get aids. Just kidding. I'm white." I am still totally stumped about why this is offensive. I have a feeling it is all about the fact that it is cool to declare you are a minority in any situation but that rght is reserved for minorities and how dare a white person point out their race as though that made them special. In other words it is racism by those on the left. Seriously, what am I missing here?
How about all the things relating to AIDs in Africa that are unspeakable? The fact that African leaders have said it is fake and made up by whites or that it was inflicted upon them by the CIA to kill black people. Or that the superstition is that if a man has AIDs he can cure himself by having sex with a baby. Or that a lot of AIDs in Africa is the result of homosexual sex and THEN spread to the hetrosexual population. How about the fact that half of the so-called AIDs in Africa is not AIDs at all but some other disease which is tabulated in the AIDs column because there is money in AIDs. It would seem all of those things need to be talked about but instead the advocates want to have a witch trial over a meaningless comment.
She wasn't just white, she is a white South African, the story at the link identified her as a New York woman. Justine Sacco is on a work visa in the US, which is now jeopardized.
As a white, SA, woman, she knows quite well the potential risks she faces upon landing. AIDS is epidemic and Interpol has named SA the "Rape and murder capital of the world". Reported, that black African men don't like to use condoms and their response to the risk of infection is to seek young virgins or women who are unlikely to be already infected.
So Justine Sacco was drunk and tweeting on the plane and (IMHO) frightened about going home. "Hope I don't get AIDS...I'm white".
I have had my bank accounts hit twice in the last 3 weeks. First the local grocery store chain was hit with a security breakdown, and then Target. Not to mention my local gas station running my card three times for the same purchase.
I am writing to ask what is going on in other parts of the country--do you have regional/local security issues going on your neighborhood? I have a feeling we are in for something really big here! It will be interesting to compare the events by geography..
Yeah, debit cards are a completely unsecure product. They are past-due for an end-of-lifetime announcement. The last time my debit card got hit, I told the people at the bank that the cards are a POS and they should be ashamed at how bad they are, and I won't be using them any more.
When all your choices are PsOS, it's time for some good-old-fashioned market disruption by some new entrants. I guess bitcoin is an example of that. May there be more along the path that bitcoin is hewing through the financial wilderness.
The EPA claim that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke causes cancer is fradulent. They never measured any exposure. People were asked about their exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in a poll. The EPA claims they can determine what causes cancer by taking a poll.
I have never been able to get the url thingy to work, so go here. http://training.seer.cancer.gov/disease/war/