Highlights and Lowlights

This is the laziest kind of post possible, yes, but I’m just going to cut and paste a few articles I’ve read in the last week that are really– duh, what’s the word– good!

First is Bill Maher’s guest column at HuffPost.  I used to hate the guy– now I just don’t like him– but he is nearly always right about everything.  A highlight:

Folks, we don’t need more efficient cars. We need something to replace cars. That’s what’s wrong with these piddly, too-little-too-late half-measures that pass for “reform” these days. They’re not reform, they’re just putting off actually solving anything to a later day, when we might by some miracle have, a) leaders with balls, and b) a general populace who can think again.

Next is an article from Der Spiegel in Germany.  This is a great publication, and a great movie that I saw last night, The Lives of Others, can attest to the power of it.  The article presents more good news from the rosy Religious Fanatic world, and specifically more super news for homosexuals who live in territories ruled by these cavemen.  Another highlight (?):

In Baghdad a new series of murders began early this year, perpetrated against men suspected of being gay. Often they are raped, their genitals cut off, and their anuses sealed with glue. Their bodies are left at landfills or dumped in the streets.

And if that weren’t enough, more good news for gay rights from right here in the States!  Here we go:

Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha, a sailor trained to work with military dogs in the Navy’s anti-terrorism, force protection, and explosive detection operations, was brutalized for more than two years at his base in Bahrain after his refusal to hire a prostitute raised suspicions that he was gay. The abuse included hog-tying Rocha to a chair and pushing him, bound, into a dog kennel full of feces, as well as humiliating him by repeatedly forcing him to simulate oral sex with another man while being videotaped.

And finally, Newsweek presents some evidence that I could have used when I discussed with my dad the waterboarding of prisoners at Guantánamo:

It’s become the conventional wisdom that the tortured will say anything to make the torture stop, and that “anything” need not be truthful as long as it is what the torturers want to hear. But years worth of studies in neuroscience, as well as new research, suggest that there are, in addition, fundamental aspects of neurochemistry that increase the chance that information obtained under torture will not be truthful.

Sorry for the crappy entry, but I was pressed for time– I’m hungry and I want to go eat dinner.  I’ll add pictures later; stay tuned.


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