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August 10, 2012

Overnight Open Thread

Well, at lot of you probably missed this the other day as it involves Rachel Maddow and MSNBC but it really highlights why too many folks out in the general public are stuck on stupid as it is not just MSNBC that does this. Rachel Maddow's Misleading Report On Fracking.

She began her segment with that favorite boogeyman of the progressive anti-nuclear left, Three Mile Island, saying, "People began to feel like whatever its potential upside was, it was maybe too dangerous to be worth it to pursue more nuclear power."

Yes, that's true, but it's because of people like Rachel Maddow.

Three Mile Island was indeed scary, but it was nowhere near the catastrophe the anti-nuclear movement made it out to be. In fact, the natural background radiation posed a bigger threat to the residents than the small amount of radioactive gas that was purposefully vented following the meltdown. Did Maddow remind her viewers of that fact? No.

Clearly fearmongering, she went on to explain that powerful images are what cause people to turn against allegedly dangerous sources of energy. She then proceeded to show the now infamous footage of some guy in Colorado lighting his tap water on fire, and of course, she tied these images to natural gas drilling. Did she mention the University of Texas study which concluded that methane in water wells was probably natural and likely was present in the water prior to shale gas operations? No.


Until we clear out this BS that masquerades as journalism and get some honest reporting on energy and climate issues, we are going to continue to have energy problems. Look at nuclear power. The NRC This Week Has Put Nuclear Licensing Decisions On Hold due to fears over storage concerns. Hey, what about Yucca Mountain? Oh wait, that plan has been put on hold. Obama Promises To Close Yucca Mountain and Romney Tries To Remain Neutral. All this going on while California Braces For Power-Grid Test During Heat Wave. Hopefully we won't become India before it's too late.


Bacon Song

The Youth Vote

This kinda fits in with the earlier topic on energy but specifically, the youth vote. By a two to one margin, Young Voters Are Dumb Enough To Support The Guy Who Is Destroying Their Future. But hey, he's cool or something. Dumbasses.

I have spoken to several under-30s recently, and I was struck by how often they referred to Obama as cool or “hip.” Indeed, Obama can be very winsome. He has that charismatic, incandescent smile; the ability to project gravitas and dignity in one moment and then to be disarmingly informal and down-home normal in the next; the talent for delivering a text in tones that are alternately inspiring, warm, soothing, or fired with passion; and a knack for coming across as level-headed, genuine, reasonable, quietly confident, and so very accessible in his well-crafted television commercials.

If young Americans want to vote for Obama because he is cooler than Romney, that is their right and privilege. It is sad, though, that they seem oblivious to the high price they are paying for “coolness.” Underneath the hip, attractive surface is a president who says many of the “right” things about helping America move forward, and then cynically acts in ways that hamper progress. Many young Americans (and not a few older ones) who find Obama attractive have a hard time connecting the dots and comprehending just how disastrous his policies have been for young Americans.


Somewhat related, Young People Like The TSA too. We are so screwed.

Lindsey Sterling

This is a pretty awesome video by Lindsey Stirling.

Stress

After reading this article, I'm pretty sure many morons on this blog are suffering from stress. Study: Stressed Men Prefer Bigger Women. I'm going to assume by bigger they mean Christina Hendricks bigger. If bigger means something else, then remember what Yoda once said. Stress leads to booze. Booze leads to beer goggles. Beer goggles leads to....

Doggeh Video

Doggeh parkour.

Fap Blocker

I guess back in the day, it was really, really bad to fap in France. An Extremely Rare Anti-Masturbation Device. At least we've come a long way since then. Today a picture of Helen Thomas is far more effective.

Luke Should've Died On Hoth

Heh. Science Proves Luke Skywalker Should've Died In The Tauntaun's Belly. Psst. It's just a movie guys.

Hope n' Change

Some Friday Foto Funnies for your amusement.

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