August 23rd, 2012

Darkseid is.


"But even though I wish it would, it doesn't stop. Rep. Todd Akin still leads Claire McCaskill in the polls by a point and refuses to drop out of the race. Voters — millions and millions of them — will still cast their ballots for people like Akin and Iowa Rep. Steve King this election, even though they've made it their business to deregulate the hell out of banks and regulate the shit out of women. I hate to sound like a crotchety YouTube commenter who just watched a clip of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for the first time, but what is wrong with this country? We have so far to go before we're even close to where we need to be for human beings to coexist in a state that is not terrifyingly precarious for one or more historically disenfranchised groups. This story and the garbage avalanche that has followed feels like stepping outside of my apartment one morning and realizing that I had traveled through time to 1955. Or 1200. I feel like a teacher who just gave a long division test only to discover that most of her students don't know how to subtract.

"As President Obama said earlier this week, 'Rape is rape.' Seems like a pretty simple concept that a human being possessing a basic level of empathy should understand. But so many people don't. And no matter how sputteringly angry I get, no matter how many Twitter jokes or scathing Atlantic articles are written and petitions are signed, assholes are still going to vote similarly destructive assholes into office."


The middle class, a double standard, and science fiction

* Voter ID: why minorities are more likely to lack identification.
* Good read: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama and the double standard of integration.
* New Pew report finds that, yes, the middle class is poorer, and earning less.
* "For the second year in a row, more American soldiers killed themselves than died in combat."
* Yes, there is still fact-checking out there.
* "The GOP sold its soul to the extremist Christian right. So why do its leaders act surprised by their Todd Akins?"
* Oh, and there's an outbreak of the West Nile virus in Texas.
* 'Ten myths about space travel that make science fiction better.'