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Mitt Romney: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

In 1%, Birth Control, Current events, Government, Health Insurance, Justin, Obama, Romney, Welfare on November 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Some elections are close. This one wasn’t. Even as Karl Rove tried to deny reality  and other conservatives attempted to digest the ill news, it became apparent that this was hardly even a contest. Ceding only North Carolina and Indiana back to Republicans from his initial election, it was obvious pretty early on in election night that it was going to be Obama’s night.

What was remarkable was how most Republicans had no idea that such a victory for the Democrats was coming. It wasn’t simply a psychological ploy that Romney had no concession speech prepared on election night…he truly believed he was going to win, and the Fox News spin machine (Looking at you Dick Morris) played right into that. Most Fox pundits, and even Romney’s own advisors, were predicting landslide victories for the Republican nominee.

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On Sesame Street

In Current events, Economics, Government, Justin, Politics on October 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

You know that a presidential debate has been interesting when the prevailing topic dominating social media throughout the even was Big Bird. When Romney came out and stated that he would cut funding to PBS, the big bird trend took off and it became one of the few “missteps” that Romney made on the night, angering millions of Sesame Street Moms and Downton Abbey fans in the process.

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The Weekender

In Beauty, Fascinating, General, Government, Interesting, Justin, Religion on June 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

The Swinging Bridge of Death. Guaranteed to be the coolest video of a bridge that you will see today. Or any day. The “Gallopin Gertie” was only in operation for about four months before some stiff winds roiled the bridge into collapse. The video, however, shows the asphalt of the bridge deck waving like a ribbon, and it is hauntingly beautiful. (via Kottke.org)

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The Weekender

In Current events, Economics, Fascinating, General, Government, Interesting, Justin, Local, Politics, Religion, Science on May 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Just in case you were feeling significant today. There is nothing quite like being complete awestruck by the beauty of the night sky, and this isn’t a normal night sky. My favorite astronomer Phil Plait serves up these astonishing pictures pretty regularly, and this one comes from Helge Mortensen. Dazzling aurora dancing over snow covered peaks makes my life feel very, very small.

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The Weekender

In Fascinating, General, Government, Interesting, Justin, Science, Ted Talk, Thoughtful on May 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Thinking outside the box – and inside the vein. I was tuned into this story by one of our readers a couple of months ago. This is an interview with a worker at Vancouver’s Insite center, which is a place where addicts can come use their drug of choice in a safe environment. The shock is that not only is it government sanctioned, it’s government funded. This is incredibly eye opening.  One of the most clarifying statements about the mission of the center:

“It’s place where staff members and nurses supervise people’s injections. The participants come in with their own drugs. In case a participant overdoses or has a heart attack, someone is there to help. If we can intervene timely and quick, there’s no reason anyone should ever die.”

The implications for a larger conversation on the role of government are clear. Should government throw billions of dollars ($15 billion a year in the US) to reduce access to drugs that people are going to use anyway? What if the government provided a haven for users to feed their habit while reducing the harm done to themselves and to others? Food for thought.

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The Weekender

In Current events, Economics, Government, Health Insurance, Interesting, Justin, Maps, Politics on March 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

This week’s edition is going to be a little bit different. The usual links are still going to be here, but keeping in the spirit of this blog – the passion to never stop exploring – I wanted to ask the readers for suggestions/topics/websites that aren’t usually covered here. I tend to cull my links from the same stable of sources, and while i do find them fascinating, I want to broaden to scope and explore some new territory. Hit the comments at the bottom of the page or email me at lifesworthknowing@gmail.com to send me your ideas and sources for interesting material. Thanks in advance.

It’s a beautiful world. This video is able to visualize something that we rarely get to see, but constantly experience. Ocean currents are one of the most influential aspects of weather patterns. We have all heard of El Nino, and the effects of that current…well this video is able to demonstrate what those currents look like across the entire globe. It’s oddly beautiful. (via Kottke)

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Health Reform and the Supreme Court

In Current events, Government, Health Insurance on March 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

If we strip away all of the political rhetoric that surrounds the healthcare debate, and spurn the death panels and the government takeover, we are left with an essential constitutional question that went in front of the Supreme court this week. In my experience, not many people really understand what it is that is at the center of the health care case. The question is not whether the Affordable Care Act is a good idea or whether or not this is a government takeover of healthcare. The essential question regards the individual mandate, and is actually fairly simple and straightforward. Essentially, can the federal government require a citizen to buy a product?

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Leading from Behind

In Current events, Government, Justin, Obama, Politics, Romney on March 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Another Republican primary came and went this past Tuesday, with Mitt Romney sweeping to a decisive victory in Illinois. His victory speech Tuesday night represented an opportunity to coalesce the conservative movement behind his supposed inevitability. He trotted out his usual stump speech, focusing his sights primarily on President Obama after congratulating his fellow Republican candidates. He reiterated some of his main talking points and mentioned that Obama “leads from behind”, a phrase that has been thrown around a lot in this campaign cycle

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The Weekender

In Birth Control, Current events, Economics, Fascinating, General, Government, Health Insurance, Interesting, Justin, Politics, Science, Thoughtful on March 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

A Tiger can’t change his stripes, but an ant can change his color? A humorous, and pretty cool story about a photographer in India who realized that his local ants turned white after drinking spilled milk. Taking that discovery a step further – he introduced colorful sugar water to the ants – and the results were stunning:

As the ants drank the liquid – their translucent abdomens clearly show the results. Apparently, some ants even drank more than one color, creating a whole rainbow of psychedelic ants. Click over for even cooler pictures.

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What’s an Apology Worth?

In Current events, David Gregory, Government, Meet the Press, Newt Gingrich, Obama, Politics, Uncategorized on March 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

What is an apology worth?

It is a question that has recently taken on presidential implications. The Republican candidates have really enjoyed themselves painting President Obama as an “appeaser-in-chief” that regularly apologizes for America. Whether he is bowing to a Saudi, or blaming America for the banking crisis, Republican hopefuls have repeatedly made it clear that Obama’s brand of humility is unbecoming of the leader of the free world.

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