Texas petitioners: Let my people go

Roughly 80,000 petition-signing good ol’ boys ‘n’ girls have had it up to their 10-gallon hats with a federal government that insists on meddling in the affairs of their home state, cruel and unusual Texas. The New Republic recently addressed their grievances:

…Maybe the solution is simply to give Texas and other secessionist-conservatives what they really want: free passage to the land of all their conservative fantasies. Send them all off with gratis one-way tickets (I’m happy to earmark some of my socialist tax dollars for the effort) to a country with: a small federal government with limited power and meager influence over the private lives of its citizens; extremely weak trade unions routinely sabotaged by the federal government (i.e., a “pro-business environment”); negligible income tax; few immigrants, legal or otherwise; a dominant Christian population, accounting for some 70 percent of the people; no mandatory health insurance or concept of universal health care; a strong social taboo surrounding homosexuality and a constitution that already states, “All individuals have the right to marry a person of their choice of the opposite sex”; and a gun culture so ubiquitous that you can find automatic weaponry displayed openly on the streets of its capital city and in many households.

Sound like a Texan secessionist’s dream? Well, it’s no dream. This country already exists. It’s called the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Virtually Speaking Science

Virtually Speaking Science Nov 14 – 6pm pacific| 9pm eastern. Listen live or later: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/virtually-speaking-science/2012/11/15/jennifer-ouellette-mark-changizi

Science writer Jennifer Ouellette talks with evolutionary neurobiologist Mark Changizi, about the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do.

Mark‘s research focuses on questions such as why we see in color, why we see illusions, why we have forward-facing eyes, why letters are shaped as they are, why the brain is organized as it is, why animals have as many limbs and fingers as they do, and why the dictionary is organized as it is.

They talk about his latest book and work on vision and cognition, plus such crowd-pleasing topics as pruney fingers, complex networks as they relate to organisms and language, the cognitive sicence behind “Eureka!” moments, complexity of writing over human history, scaling principles for city highway networks, and his new science show, Head Games.

Jennifer hosts Virtually Speaking Science on the 2nd Wed of each month. Widely read – Washington Post, Discover, Discovery News, Salon, Nature, Physics Today, Symmetry, Physics World, New Scientist, etc, she maintains a personal science-and-culture blog at Scientific American called Cocktail Party Physics, featuring her avatar altar-ego/evil twin, Jen-Luc Piquant.

Follow @MarkChangizi @JenLucPiquant

http://changizi.com/changizi_research.html

AP Ticker’s Scrapple News: Post-Election Chaos and Radical Christian Gay Sharia Law

Folks, I have been a proud liberal/progressive/dirty-fuckin-hippy for as long as I can remember. So it is my sad duty to tell you that in the week since Obama’s re-election , I have learned through sad, heart-wrenching experience, that the Tea Party, Ted Nugent, Victoria Jackson, Rush Limbaugh, that guy at Libertarian Republican (dot-com) and all the rest…. were right. Yes, friends they were right about Obama’s secret radical Christian gay Sharia agenda. And here’s the video that PROVES it, so get your guns and run to the hills.

We are doomed. And I am gay-married… to a BOX TURTLE. A gay one.

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