Monday, October 18, 2010

Considering Tetrapods

These dramatic unfoldings are ripped from the headlines:

  • A mountain goat -- an actual goat, not a member of the musical act -- has killed a hiker on the Olympic peninsula. I saw an Olympic marmot when I went there once, but it didn't kill anyone. Apparently human-animal relations have soured greatly since then. Terrible. It renews the question: "Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod" and made sure to get the hell out its way when it charges?

  • I don't know about you, but I have a shirt and socks picked out for Wednesday, October 20:
    [P]eople will be donning purple this coming Wednesday to honor those young lives that have been taken prematurely due to hate. October 20 has been designated Spirit Day, a day in which the color purple will be worn as a reminder of the string of recent young, gay suicides.
    I wouldn't have called it "Spirit Day," but that's a small quibble. If I can show just a little solidarity, it might tell someone who needs to know it that it gets better.

  • Kevin Drum observes and wonders:
    The modern, tea party-inflected conservative movement is based on a few core principles. Global warming is a hoax. Income inequality hasn't been growing. Tax cuts don't increase the deficit. America has the best healthcare in the world. Evolution is a myth. The economy is weak because of regulatory uncertainty. Barack Obama is a socialist.

    I'm trying to think of another successful political movement in history based on so many objectively fantastical beliefs.
    I can't think of any, but then again, I'm not strongly inclined to think of any. The supply of reality-optional whiners we have is more than meeting my subjective demand.

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