Late Afternoon Links

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  B | 

    re: dumb Obama criticism

    I agree the claim that an increase in pedestrian fatalities is linked to an exercise promotion program is absurd on its face for any number of reasons, not the least of which would be that there is scant evidence that the First Lady is actually getting more people to go jogging in the first place.

    That said…I have stopped wearing earbuds during my (pedestrian) commute, because of how many times I’ve had a close call with a car turning from behind me, or into my crosswalk, that I probably would have heard a couple of seconds earlier were it not for the earbuds. The plural of anecdote not being data, YMMV, etc., etc…but I don’t think it is inconceivable that earphones might make pedestrians (or runners) less safe.

  2. #2 |  guest | 

    In Cooperstown, NY we still get the group of war protesters down by the post office every couple weeks.

  3. #3 |  SJE | 

    Y’know, perhaps the Indiana Governor would get more cooperation from prosecutors re sentencing reform if he was willing to, y’know, send a few prosecutors away for long periods.

  4. #4 |  Aresen | 

    What happened to the anti-war movement?

    Bush lied to start the war.

    Obama is lying about ending it.

    So far, even.

    (Assuming Barry wins in 2012, does anyone want to bet that the US will be out of Afghanistan and Iraq by January 20, 2017?)

  5. #5 |  Pablo | 

    Whenever prosecutors oppose something that is a pretty good sign that I should support it.

  6. #6 |  Mattocracy | 

    The cockpit of that space shuttle is so…damn soviet. To think, we used computing power that was less sophisticated than the original Oregon Trail Game to sucessfully blast people into space and back. And the soviets had even less than that.

  7. #7 |  EH | 

    Ha ha, “Barry.” Cute.

  8. #8 |  Jesse | 

    I doubt Michelle Obama can single-handedly cause pedestrian deaths, but anecdotally, I know I’ve read a few stories lately where people were hit by trains while walking or jogging on railroad tracks, due to the fact that they were listening to their iPods. There was an incident like that just a year or two ago in my state, it was a high-school teenage girl, very sad.

    Not that listening to headphones while jogging is a new phenomenon, however. Walkmans have been around for 25 years.

  9. #9 |  Big A | 

    “Many of us do not buy that presumption that drug offenders are nonviolent offenders,” said Apsley.

    Then they should book the violent offenders based on their violent crime. Asshole. If they fail to reduce drug sentences due to violence, then it is up to them to prove the connection. Logic has become a lost art. Why aren’t more people upset about this sort of thing?

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    The major difference between the Soviet Space Shuttle and the American one is that the Soviets had the sense to chuck theirs when it got too expensive.

  11. #11 |  Gordon | 

    Pretty lame criticism of O. It’s all wild-ass speculation (e.g., wanking) without any facts behind it. This is what journalism has become?

    It seems that both Right and Left view individual human beings as mere puppets, dancing mindlessly on the strings of external influences.

    Walking on the tracks is stooopid, earbuds or no. You’d be surprised how quietly a train can approach, especially on modern welded-rail trackage. Using trestles as shortcuts is also a dance with Darwin. Sad, yes, but avoidable and not O’s fault.

  12. #12 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The anti-war movement always consisted of the usual assortment of leftwing protester losers, enraged that Bush had DARED to oppose Al Gore, with a leavening of genuinely pacifist idealists. It got big play because the Media wanted, for an assortment of reasons, to belabor Bush. This caused it to gradually expand over the course of the next several years, accumulating a variety of attention-hugry idiots with too much time on their hands.

    With the election of Obama, the Media no longer wants to belabor the current Administration, so the anti-war movement is no longer deemed “newsworthy”. The attention-whores have probably wandered off, but the idealists are still out there. They will not garner much media attention until there is a non-Democrat administration in the White House.

  13. #13 |  Les | 

    The anti-war movement always consisted of the usual assortment of leftwing protester losers, enraged that Bush had DARED to oppose Al Gore, with a leavening of genuinely pacifist idealists.

    It’s always had more variety than this. There are plenty of ex-military in the anti-war movement, and plenty of folks who aren’t “pacifist idealists,” but rather principled realists who oppose war as a political tool.

  14. #14 |  Aresen | 

    @ Les | January 20th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Agreed.

    Plus there were some who hated Saddam but knew the damn thing was going to be a clusterfuck from the beginning.

  15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Photos of an abandoned Soviet space shuttle project.

    It would never have flown. I mean, did you notice they still use flat head screws?

  16. #16 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Apparently our police brutality is now making headlines worldwide.

    The video is really stunning, although it doesn’t show the chase that supposedly led up to the police attack, assuming the chase actually occurred and isn’t just a fabrication by police to try an justify the violence (not that police have a history of that sort of thing).

  17. #17 |  Steamed McQueen | 

    Then they should book the violent offenders based on their violent crime. Asshole. If they fail to reduce drug sentences due to violence, then it is up to them to prove the connection. Logic has become a lost art. Why aren’t more people upset about this sort of thing?

    You know the answer to this question Big A. More people aren’t upset because too many of them are making a comfortable living off the status quo.

  18. #18 |  C.E. | 

    Class V: Drugs that don’t really exist, but that some stupid law enforcement officer is tricked into thinking is the Next Big Thing. See: Jenkem.

  19. #19 |  jac | 

    Cool looking dog in the abandoned space shuttle photos.

  20. #20 |  Chance | 

    “It would never have flown. I mean, did you notice they still use flat head screws?”

    The Buran did fly at least once unmanned. It’s worth nothing that we have to buy launch services from the Russians, mainly because our own shuttle is a piece of shit.

  21. #21 |  c andrew | 

    Yeah, two guys in black fatigues running at you in a dark alley. Nothing to scare an innocent person there, of course. All his fault. In fact, the police should charge the family for the trouble he caused. /sarcasm.

    What a bunch of thugs.

  22. #22 |  boomshanka | 

    Re: dumb Obama criticism

    I dunno, not too far off from Nick “healthy food ain’t cool” Gillespie.

    http://reason.com/blog/2010/04/06/michelle-obama-replaces-easter

  23. #23 |  Episiarch | 

    Apparently our police brutality is now making headlines worldwide.

    The Seattle PD is fucking terrible. I think a lot of people think “oh, Seattle is such a mellow place, their cops are probably mellow too”. I know I thought so before I moved here. But the SPD is one of the worst police forces I’ve seen, and I also lived in NYC and Baltimore. The sheer number of shootings they do is mind-blowing, for instance, and they have a long history of extreme corruption. Also, the King County Sheriff’s Office is pretty bad too.

  24. #24 |  Chuchundra | 

    It’s just fatigue, you know. How long can you stand out there in the street, waving your signs, demanding to bring the troops home, for year after bloody year and nobody out in the world giving a shit. After a while, you just go home, pour yourself a libation and cry yourself to sleep.

    And it’s not like lefties are really giving Obama a pass here. Most of them, and I would include myself in that bunch, wanted him to order the troops to get in their Humvees and make a beeline for the Iraqi border on Jan 22nd 2009. Most of them are still pretty pissed off that it didn’t happen. Again, I include myself in that group.

  25. #25 |  delta | 

    The antiwar package is really good. Random comments:

    (1) I’ve been in more than one ANSWER action (the group featured here), last one a few weeks ago.
    (2) The Obama speech at the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance is pretty much too enormously painful for me to watch.
    (3) The student-libertarian arguments against war sound pretty much identical to what Bush campaigned on 10 years ago (full circle again, as it were).

    Finally: The fact that the armed services are now commoditized wage-jobs, that the capitalist approach to defense causes most of the populace to be totally disconnected from the effects of foreign wars (what Marx would call “alienation”), is a large part of how these wars can go on indefinitely with little pushback. It’s basically similar to a special-interest problem; there is no directly motivated constituency to resist it.

  26. #26 |  Tom Bowersox | 

    I don’t know whether this makes me want to laugh or cry – either way, it’s an… interesting… sign of the times.
    http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/01/20/steampunk-palin-comic/
    Yes, that is “Steampunk Palin”

  27. #27 |  BSK | 

    Egads! http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Officer-accused-of-rape-takes-lesser-rap-963942.php

    Choice excerpts?

    ““Officers should be held to a higher standard,” prosecutor Trey Banack said Tuesday of his request for jail time. “A police officer who is a criminal does not deserve mercy from the system he serves to protect.””
    … from the guy who then proceeded to plea him down to a far lesser charge

    “Nash was arrested last February after the victim — currently serving time in a male state jail facility for prostitution — reported that she had just been held captive and raped by the officer.”
    … anyone want to give me odds that the victim spends more time in prison than the cop?

    “Prosecutors opted to pursue the misdemeanor charge against Nash instead of the felony as they began looking ahead to trial and contemplating “additional issues we’d have to deal with,” said Adriana Biggs, chief of the district attorney’s white-collar crimes division. She declined to elaborate.”
    … my hunch is these “issues” were relating to the victim’s transgender status. So because the defense likely would have disgustingly attacked the victim for her gender expression, we should just avoid ensuring her rights are protected. Open season on transgender folks in Texas.

    And lastly… “Nash had been a good officer and good father to six children and probation seemed appropriate, Brown said.”
    … oh, really? Okay. Outrage eliminated!

  28. #28 |  JOR | 

    “The fact that the armed services are now commoditized wage-jobs, that the capitalist approach to defense causes most of the populace to be totally disconnected from the effects of foreign wars (what Marx would call “alienation”), is a large part of how these wars can go on indefinitely with little pushback.”

    Uncle Sam never had any trouble finding fingers for his triggers in the good old days of “citizen (slave) soldiers”. People are more likely to react to the direct experience of the horrors of war by going all-out paranoid tribalist psychopaths as they are to morph into hippies.

  29. #29 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    And lastly… “Nash had been a good officer and good father to six children and probation seemed appropriate, Brown said.”
    … oh, really? Okay. Outrage eliminated!

    Remember, Brown knows NOTHING about what type of father this guy is other than the type of father who just raped and beat a tranny. What a lying POS.

  30. #30 |  Sallie | 

    Terrific anti-war video, but one criticism: one of the commentators refers to “socialists on the left and libertarians on the right”. Without wanting to get into yet another interminable discussion about alliances/political strategy, etc., libertarians are not “on the right” even if we are often popularly, and incorrectly, perceived that way. It would be great if libertarians could avoid feeding that perception. /rant

  31. #31 |  delta | 

    “Uncle Sam never had any trouble finding fingers for his triggers in the good old days of ‘citizen (slave) soldiers’”.

    But the point of the package is that there was far more anti-war political force in the days of WWII or Vietnam than there is now. (Even with Democrats in office.) Much of that not from fighters, but from friends, family, coworkers, etc.

  32. #32 |  Lefty | 

    “What happened to the anti-war movement?”

    The economy blew up and since there’s no draft no one cares. This hasn’t been a serious issue since the 2004 elections.

  33. #33 |  albatross | 

    I’ve never seen much media coverage of antiwar rallies in the US. From the polls I’ve seen, I’m pretty sure the fraction of the population that was antiwar in the runup to the Iraq invasion was a bit larger than the fraction of self-identified supporters of the Tea Party movement just before the 2010 elections. But for whatever reason (selective focus by the media? lack of flair for organizing big rallies?), you would never, never get that idea from watching TV news.

  34. #34 |  JOR | 

    “But the point of the package is that there was far more anti-war political force in the days of WWII or Vietnam than there is now.”

    The antiwar movement in WWII was marginal and completely irrelevant – far moreso than the antiwar movement for Iraq/Afghanistan. The antiwar movement in Vietnam was less marginal, but still ineffectual. The antiwar movement in previous wars was usually ineffectual, and when it wasn’t it was crushed by overt military and police actions. And if anything, the slave armies of past wars were far less reluctant to massacre noncombatants than the mercenary forces employed today.

  35. #35 |  Julian | 

    What happened to the Anti-War movement? They were ignored for 10 damn years by everybody, and most of them got discouraged and quit. When Obama ran on an anti-war message plenty got excited, only to see him sell them out before he even took office, and continue this disgusting imperialism. I’m sure some are still protesting regularly, but with the media ignoring them and folks like Reason implying they were just partisan hacks, I doubt they get much of a hearing.

  36. #36 |  Radley Balko | 

    …but with the media ignoring them and folks like Reason implying they were just partisan hacks, I doubt they get much of a hearing.

    Folks like Reason were defending them when they were getting hit with the same sort of smears the anti-government right is getting hit with now. And the fact that Obama broke anti-war campaign promises ought to make them all the more furious with him.

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