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11:11 AM Brooklyn Reader commented on Todd Akin Is Back, and He's Defending His "Legitimate Rape" Comments.
I wish I could be less pessimistic about the American public, but between Fox News and right-wing talk radio and the other outlets of the, you should pardon the expression, vast right-wing conspiracy....

Let's face it. There are a lot of stupid, tuned out, otherwise unfocused, and/or misinformed people in the US, and a lot of right-wing media money being spent to keep them that way.

Pardon my despair. Carry on.
2:38 PM yesterday Brooklyn Reader commented on Utah Takes Gay Marriage to the Supreme Court.
@7 If some other Court had decided Windsor, they might have some wiggle room to "clarify" the language and return marriage to "states rights." Being as it was this Court, they're pretty much over a barrel if they don't want to embarrass themselves.

If they take the case, they'd pretty much be stuck legalizing marriage equality for the entire country. If they avoid the case, it will only happen Circuit by Circuit. I'm betting the conservatives will do that rather than allow the Court to "force gay marriage" on the entire country at once.
1:44 PM yesterday Brooklyn Reader commented on Utah Takes Gay Marriage to the Supreme Court.
My money is on "cert denied."
12:43 PM yesterday Brooklyn Reader commented on Baseball Commentator Inspires Internet Conversation About Anti-Semitism and Texas Slang.
Oh, and just because he switched gears in the middle of flapping his gums, doesn't mean he didn't settle on "jewed," with its colloquial meaning of tricked/deceived. It wasn't a two-word phrase. It may have been a three-word phrase, though. "Trick or jewed him into waiting to see if it was a home run or not."

Whatever the hell it was, it certainly wasn't "tricker you'd," which makes zero contextual sense.
12:19 PM yesterday Brooklyn Reader commented on Baseball Commentator Inspires Internet Conversation About Anti-Semitism and Texas Slang.
"...most boring thing on television."

I just watched the first full day of a 5-day cricket test match between England and India. Personally, I don't think baseball can hold a candle to that.
10:45 AM yesterday Brooklyn Reader commented on Savage Love.
I didn't actually like the answer to the second letter.

The letter writer should tell the girlfriend that the journal wasn't intended for her. He needs to work through some stuff from time to time and that's how he does it. His day-to-day thoughts aren't necessarily how he feels about her now, but he IS pissed at her for reading it. If there was anything in there that he wanted to tell her, he would have, to her face.

After that, it's up to her. If she wants to open a conversation and work through things, fine. If she wants to leave, fine. But, if she wants to stay, she has to promise to leave him some personal space, including his journal, which I hope he didn't just leave lying around in the open.
Jul 8 Brooklyn Reader commented on Loose Box of Smallpox Virus Found in NIH Storeroom.
@5 That's just the new vaccine. There are still stores of the older vaccine. By the way, the live vaccine is contagious, so you can get a secondary vaccination from someone who was vaccinated a couple days ago.

And, about half the population of the US is over 40, so is probably already vaccinated. The vaccine doesn't convey lifetime immunity, but those people are probably at least partially protected.

Also, the theory is that any outbreak would be in a limited region, hopefully not on both coasts at once, so they could ship the vaccine to where it's needed.

NYC had a smallpox scare in the '40s. An infected traveller showed up. Our public health agency vaccinated the whole city in a couple of days and cut off any epidemic, so it can definitely be done.
Jul 8 Brooklyn Reader commented on Loose Box of Smallpox Virus Found in NIH Storeroom.
This fits in nicely with the science fiction meme of the world ending, not through malevolence, but through stupidity.

I'm not exactly sure when smallpox vaccinations stopped. I know I've had two of them, one for grade school and another for college. The last known case of smallpox "in the wild" was in 1977, so routine vaccinations stopped either shortly before that or soon afterwards. Meanwhile, all the baby boomers and all members of the military have been vaccinated.

More recently, concerned about bioterrorism, CDC approved a new vaccine and stockpiled 192 million doses of it for civilian use. So, not to worry.
Jul 8 Brooklyn Reader commented on Why Are Conservatives Fighting Contraception?.
That sums it up pretty well.

One other possibility, at least for religious conservatives, is that they need human misery to sell their product. If people are happy and unworried, they don't seek the kind of comfort/abuse that religious conservatives offer. And, without those seekers, those collection baskets dry up.
Jul 7 Brooklyn Reader commented on A Bunch of Burning Questions about Legal Pot Answered.
I still think Washington missed a bet. In my mind, the best model for legal sales, and benefit for the state, is a completely state-run operation, from farm to store. A tax of 25% is nothing. The cost of product is close to nothing compared to its market price. A state-run system could tightly regulate sales, make sure no one is buying above the legal amount by making purchases at multiple stores, and funnel all the profits into state coffers. Also, I'm not sure the Feds would be able to criminally prosecute a state, due to its sovereignty. And payment transfers wouldn't be an issue, since a state has its own treasury and also the ability to charter its own banks.

I wish Washington and Colorado nothing but well. I hope this works out and I'd like to see legalization spread. I just think the state could have done better for itself.
 
 

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