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March 10, 2006

That was the point, dick-head

I just saw a post over at The Nation (can't remember where the link came from now), attacking an interesting article in the latest edition of Harper's, which I coincidentally just finished reading last night. I couldn't find the article online, but you should check it out. It's 15 pages long, so I hate to do a really quick summary, but I'll try.

The story, called "Out of Control: AIDS and the corruption of medical science" talks about the business of medical and pharmaceutical research. A lot of the things in the report are pretty depressing. Once you start moving through the story (everything in Harper's is so long), you get to what the author belies is the main problem. Because AIDS is so politicized, and there's a growing industry surrounding it, research that's not in line with the official story is being ignored, and those who conduct it branded "AIDS denialists." Which is particularly ridiculous because these are scientists questioning not the existence of AIDS, but whether or not HIV causes AIDS. Seems like a smart question to me. There's a lot more in the story, and if you can find it, I recommend it. The author does a good job of presenting the questions and outlining how important it is to keep asking them.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this story, doing exactly what the author talked about. Wow, way to prove a point kids. "Harper's Published AIDS Denialist."

As soon as we finish the name-calling (see, if you call someone an AIDS denialist you can immediately ignore everything they say), the post rushes right into mischaracterizing the tone of the story completely. Both the author's and a virologist in the story. And of course call all the shame in the world down on Harper's.

Here's a question for the class. If there's any chance that what we "know" about AIDS is wrong, why not let people do the research? Challenging conventional wisdom is not denying the problem. And frankly, I thought this was a right-wing tactic - squashing any dissent. It's a shame to see liberals doing it. Especially about something as deadly serious as AIDS.


You're lucky I'm even here...

It's way too nice out for me to even think, let alone work or blog. But I can tell you random things. First, something's wrong with my iPod, and it's upsetting me a lot more than it should. The thing just keeps shutting off sometimes when I try to skip over a song. I'm a little distraught. But there is good news. There's a Rita's water ice in DC. Did you hear me? I can get real water ice in the damn District. Wahooo. Granted, Rita's isn’t as good as the custard stand near my mom's house, but the shit does not travel well. Believe me, I've tried. How did I not now this before? What the hell is wrong with me?


March 09, 2006

Yes indeedy

First of all, I'm pro anything that involves the words "Google bomb" and "asshat" at the same time. It's a bonus that this asshat is the biggest(?) worst(?) most(?) asshat in a while. Also, I do what Bitch says. I just do. I'd do it more if what she told me to do was go out drinking with her, but, alas.

Anyway. Here it be. Join in kids, join in. You know you want to… everyone else is doing it.

I give you sexist asshat, Senator William M. Napoli. What did he do? Just watch.


March 08, 2006

Blog Against Sexism Day

Today I'm blogging against sexism. The kind in my own stupid head.

I hate that even though I know better, I find myself saying and thinking things like: "Men are so (insert bad thing here)." or "That's such a guy thing to do."

I really super double hate when I think "That's so girly." or "Women are so catty (or something similar).

I went to this movie screening on Monday night. I was the first in a three part series on race, focusing on what organizations can do to deal with race and diversity issues. Very interesting. But the one thing that we ended up discussing for a long time was, when the "narrative" of racist thinking (that was the discussion leader's term, not mine) is so ingrained in everything, how do we get past it. How does someone who acknowledges it and wants to fight it, fight against their own brain? We didn't come up with an answer about racism, and I don't have one about sexism.

Of course, it's one thing to have these thoughts, and it's quite another to act on them. I like to think I do a pretty good job of not acting sexist. But I don't want to think that way either. So in addition to blogging about sexism today, I'm going to spend time thinking about it too.

Check out who's blogging about this today.


March 07, 2006

"Just where have you been, young lady?"

Sorry I've been gone. But I haven't stopped thinking about you, I swear. With all the abortion-related craziness I've been swamped. And then the lovely and amazing Anthony over at The SmackDog Chronicles had to provide a link to a fantastic blog (Violet Blue's Tiny Nibbles), I've been laying in bed with my iPod doing uh… math. Thanks for the carpal tunnel, Ant'ny. Can I call you Ant'ny? I'm from Philly, I'm going to do it anyway.

Meanwhile, I don't have anything to say you don't already know. So go read. Right now. Then come back.

Welcome back! See? That's why I'm spending all my free time masturbating. Oh, oops. Forgot I was being coy about that.