Open Thread and Link Farm: Your Heart Is Thrashing Like That All The Time Edition

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Man Dies Of Toothache. “A no-longer-living, no-longer-breathing example of the ‘push the patient to the edge of financial desperation’ theory of health care cost controls. It turns out that the quality of a frightened, pain-wracked young man asked to make technical medical decisions under severe financial constraints is not very high. The social cost of 24 year-old fathers dying of eminently treatable tooth infections, by contrast, is gigantic.”

Polluting the Air and Poisoning Our Kids Doesn’t Help the Economy or Create Jobs

Fourteen magic words that can increase voter turnout by over 10 percentage points?? — The Monkey Cage

I have a Google Plus feed.

Florida Republicans Fight To Keep ‘Cohabitation’ Of Unmarried Couples Illegal | ThinkProgress

Cop breaks man’s leg. Judge then throws man into jail for contempt of court, because he was unable to stand for the judge.

Fifteen Thoughts on Digital Comics

Amanda argues that writers should stop using revealing clothing as the go-to example of inequality between women and men on campus.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sexist, offensive advice to women is a good example of how much feminism has accomplished.

Did the White House double-cross its supporters on the smog rule? Short answer: Yes, it really did. Obama is such a fucktard asshat. Read more here.

JAMA editorial calls for taking fat kids away from their parents. No, really.

A good question to ask: Can I have this fight productively?

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time | Discover Magazine

Fat Is A Masculist Issue Good post, but don’t bother reading the comments.

Check out these wonderful photos of a dog with its head stuck out the car window at various speeds.

So that’s how a folk song collector wound up as the legal co-author of a Jay-Z diss track. I can’t think of a better illustration of the copyright system’s dysfunction than that.”

Stereotyping fat in the visual language of the Left

Huntsman’s economic plan is to raise taxes on ordinary people so he can give tax cuts to the wealthy. As Ezra points out, this is pure “Now-more-than-everism.”

Spray-on clothing. (Video).

Bert And Ernie Shouldn’t Get Married

Atheists no longer the most unpopular group in America! Congrats, Tea Partiers!

This webcomic (which only takes a minute or two to read) scared the crap out of me. Seriously, you’ve been warned. Don’t worry if you don’t read Korean, it’s still good.

CO2 is just a trace gas

Sometimes commercials are great:

Sometimes so is medicine:

Via Unequally Yoked, who says, “How amazing is it to remember that, inside your chest, your heart is thrashing like that all the time?”

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16 Responses to Open Thread and Link Farm: Your Heart Is Thrashing Like That All The Time Edition

  1. 1
    Krupskaya says:

    I object to the use of the word “fucktard.”

  2. 2
    Krupskaya says:

    Also, HOLY CRAP on that Korean webcomic.

  3. 3
    allburningup says:

    -Whenever I remember that I have a heart jerking and thrashing like that inside me I feel a little bit horrified. It just seems wrong.

    -I feel like I’m missing a lot in that comic due to not reading Korean.

    -I also object to “fucktard”.

  4. 4
    Kan says:

    The title of one of these links could just as easily be “Florida Republican Fights To Repeal Law Against Cohabitation”. The sponsor of the repeal is Republican, and, in the article, there was stated opposition from only one Republican (the rest of the opposition from Republicans is simply assumed, because Republicans are assumed to be against things like this).

  5. 5
    Ampersand says:

    Sorry about the word “fucktard”; I’ve edited the post.

  6. 6
    Adrian says:

    I know you warned against reading the comments following “Fat Is A Masculinist Issue,” but the first one lured me in. I’m sympathetic to a commenter who tries to accept other people’s bodies and thinks it’s “weird” for him to feel icky and self-hating about his own. I skimmed down the comments to see others offering support, telling him it wasn’t weird–lots of people felt that way when they tried to reject the body shame of the surrounding culture.

    The irritating thing about the conversation. what made it so frustrating I threw up my hands and backed away, looked like a very deeply embedded false belief. They seem to take it for granted that there is an organized “Feminist Fat Acceptance Movement” with clearly defined beliefs, and leaders who can speak for it like the Pope speaks for the Catholics. (An outsider can reasonably say, “Yeah, I agree with you. I still think the Catholics are completely wrong about this.” Even when talking to an individual Catholic who disagrees with the Pope.)

    There is no Cabal of Feminist Fat Acceptance Movement leaders who define what the rest of us believe about the subject. There are just a bunch of feminists who care about fat acceptance, agreeing on some issues and disagreeing on others. This doesn’t seem to have occurred to the commenters at Strictly Moderated.

  7. 8
    Nancy Lebovitz says:

    Are any left wing cartoonists using the perfectly dieted and exercised body as a symbol of wealth?

  8. 9
    Ampersand says:

    Nancy, not that I’ve seen, although that would be an interesting approach to take.

  9. 10
    Julie says:

    I literally screamed and ran from my computer at that $@%! webcomic before dissolving into embarrassed laughter. I do not consider myself adequately warned!

  10. 11
    Ampersand says:

    What warning could be adequate, really?

  11. 12
    Jake Squid says:

    I love this statement from Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time:

    Intuitively we think that the “now” is real, while the past is fixed and in the books, and the future hasn’t yet occurred. But physics teaches us something remarkable: every event in the past and future is implicit in the current moment.

    I’ll be thinking about that for a while.

  12. 14
    DaisyDeadhead says:

    I live-blogged the Tea Party debate on Labor Day, which was in my illustrious state capital. “I watched it, so you don’t have to!”:

    Jim DeMint’s Tea Party Presidential Forum

    And general nasty take-down of Governor Nikki Haley, who is too fiscally conservative to go to the Governor’s conference on the people’s dime, but WILL go to Paris and throw a helluva party. (And she has slumber parties with Michele Bachmann):

    Haley Watch: Nikki and Michele have a slumber party!

    If any of these people win, we are so so screwed.

  13. 15
    DaisyDeadhead says:

    AMP! I am already up at 4am and now I will never sleep after that damn Korean comic! Your fault!

  14. 16
    Charles Brubaker says:

    An article about “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and its surprisingly huge following amongst guys. Not perfect, but it’s the best one I can find so far.

    Anyone watch the show?