The Morning Grumpy – 11/1/12

1 Nov

All the news, views, and filtered excellence fit to consume during your morning grumpy.

1. As an atheist, I find all religion to be bizarre in some way and I typically keep my opinions on the matter of people’s faith to myself. However, this video of mormon temple rituals is beyond the pale.

Andrew Sullivan neatly summarizes why Romney’s mormonism is a non-starter for a sizable number of born again christians. It won’t matter in many of the deep red states where Romney’s Republican enrollment advantage guarantees victory, but in swing states (OH, NC, VA, FL) where there are many deeply red rural and christianist counties, Romney’s faith could have a depressive effect on turnout.

2. In WNY, we were spared any serious damage from Hurricane Sandy, but we like to be prepared for the worst, right? I know I do. Which is why this list of emergency gear from WireCutter has me buying some new supplies. Years ago, you only needed to have a lantern, some beer, and some batteries for your flashlights/transistor radios to ride out a storm. Now? You need to be able to charge cell phones, computers, and other “essential” gadgets and that can be tough when the power is out for a few days.  I’ve already bought the power inverter for my car and the crank battery charger.

3. Does the the mere act of watching television make us more passive and accepting of authority? New evidence suggests that it does.

In a truly democratic society, one is gaining knowledge directly through one’s own experience with the world, not through the filter of an authority or what Mander calls a mediated experience. TV-dominated people ultimately accept others’ mediated version of the world rather than discovering their own version based on their own experiences.

Add in the time we spend online and playing with our smartphones and tablets and we start reaching epidemic levels of passivity.

4. Here’s a list of the nine most anti-science candidates for elected office in America. The crazy here is at a very serious level.

The candidate: Rep. Paul Broun (R, GA)

The race: Republican candidate for US Representative of Georgia’s 10th congressional district (incumbent)

The issues: Evolution, astronomy, geology

Why he makes the list: It’s pretty easy to figure out where Broun stands on the whole evolution issue. He said recently that “all that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang Theory—all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” Broun also thinks there is a scientific plot to hide the true age of Earth, which he believes is “9,000 years old.” He serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Men rode on dinosaurs and fossils are just things God put in place to test our faith.

5. Politifact rounds up all of Mitt Romney’s statements, ads, and claims that have been designated as “Pants On Fire” lies. What does a “Pants On Fire” lie mean? The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim.

Notice how many of these claims are still central to Romney’s campaign, absolutely disgusting.

Fact Of The Day: There is a theory that states that our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe. And that all the black holes found so far in our universe may be doorways into alternate realities. Boom, mind blown.

Quote Of The Day: “Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.” – Jimmy Carter

Springsteen Of The Day: “Thundercrack” – Live at the Ahmanson Theater in LA  in 1973, Bruce opened for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

Song Of The Day: “Crackity Jones” – The Pixies

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7 Responses to “The Morning Grumpy – 11/1/12”

  1. MaxPlanck November 1, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    RE: #5 – Politifact’s findings on Romney’s claims demonstrates the blinding impact of the deep loathing held for his opponent, who embrace the “anybody but Obama” tact and are not driven when facts or legitimacy prove those claims erroneous. It’s also a likely outcome of ‘mediated thought’ discussed under #3.

  2. Brian Castner November 1, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Re #3 – There is an article to be written somewhere about Avenger obsessed man-babies, TV consumers, and your Richard Florida piece from yesterday. If we’re dividing the modern age into two groups, maybe the important distinction won’t be rich/poor, white/black, etc, but producer/consumer. There are people who get really excited about going to see a new movie from a beloved franchise, and people who get really excited about going out to make the next great movie. I think this creative/consumer thing is a thing (see “Cloud Atlas,” the book anyway), and our ever expanding service culture of ironic coffee baristas is adding to it.

  3. BlackRockLifer November 1, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    On #5, I have never seen a candidate for president continue to repeat so many bold face lies. I realize politicians sometimes exaggerate or cherry pick to suit their story but Romney is the most dishonest man to ever seek the nations highest office. This is no longer about party or a different vision for America, this is about honesty, decency, and character. What does it say about our values, our principles, when almost half the country will vote for a man than lacks the basic integrity necessary to lead?

  4. Brian Buckley November 1, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    #3, I think the thing that people are missing the point on is how to use technology as a tool in your life and not let it run your life.  We are currently in a change of technology equivalent to the Industrial Revolution I believe.  The thing is it’s happening at an exponentially faster rate because that’s how technological development happens.  We are witnessing and living through a ground swell change of how basic things are done in our society.  People are becoming too absorbed into their technology and not functioning very well because they are using it as a tool to live life.  It has become their life.  I fully believe we will see society come out on the other side as a better society, but for now it’s going to stay chaotic.  I don’t think people will get a handle on it until tech doesn’t completely control them.

  5. Whitney Crispell November 1, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    #1 – I am still staring at the computer screen like O_O after watching that video. 

  6. clay_blasdel November 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    A correction.  Some Mormons become a living god, not in the next life, but here and now.  This is not some  secret. Ask any Mormon.  I was told by an ex-Mormon that her ex-husband was very close to becoming a living “god”.   Without question a Mormon bishop like Romney has reached that status – considered a living god by other Mormons. 

    Secret temple ceremonies are interesting but that doesn’t compare to the predatory sexual activities of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.  They would harass a young girl into marrying one of them, insisting that god commanded it,  even keeping them imprisoned until they agreed to the union.  Often, Mormon men shared each others wifes – all in the name of god.  This history is easily documented.

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