The Myopia of the Masses: My Own "Better Off Dead" Experience

Crossposted at DailyKos.

If you haven't read the diary " surely better off dead" by Auntie Neo Kawn of DailyKos yet, go read it now -- I'll wait.

This diary is an additional build upon it -- my own experience as one of those who the comment "better off dead" refers to.

When you're ready and you've tipped, rec'd and commented over on Auntie's piece, feel free to drop below the fold to get my take. And thank you for your time.


Is Rush Limbaugh on Drugs Again, or Simply the World's Biggest Ego Trip?


Is Rush Limbaugh on Drugs Again, or Simply the World's Biggest Ego Trip?


Ultra Conservative Political shock jock, Rush Limbaugh, seems to have finally slipped off the reservation. It is hard to know whether he's back on drugs, or if the recent election returns have caused him to lose his mind all together.

The Argument Against a Post-Racial Society

Originally posted 2009-01-27 21:13:48 -0500. Bumped by Carol.



The Argument Against a Post-Racial Society

I recently read a letter to an editor suggesting that race should stop being used as a descriptive element in news stories. While I fully understand the writer's sentiment, isn't the fact that President Obama the first Black leader of the free world news? And beyond that, I don't think our goal in this country should be to do away with difference, but rather, to embrace and promote it.

The primary characteristic that makes the United States different from virtually every other country in the world is that we are a quilt as oppose to a blanket, and that very patchwork of varying cultures is what makes us more, rather than less. That isn't to say that we're the only country that's made up of different cultures, but rather, we are the only country that is defined by difference. Thus, one of the greatest gifts that America can contribute to the world is the understanding that "difference" is a good thing rather than the reverse.

Allegating Arrogance

Photo: State Idiot Asylum ©
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Larry Neumeister/AP: NY judge orders prison for former Refco CEO

NEW YORK - The former head of Refco Inc., blamed for the collapse of one of the world's largest commodities brokerages, was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday by a judge who decried the "staggeringly arrogant" greed of white collar criminals.

AFP: French prosecutors seek charges against rogue trader assistant

One of France's big three banks, Societe Generale shocked the financial world when it announced in January staggering losses of 4.9 billion euros at the hands of a rogue trader. .. The bank incurred the colossal losses when it was forced to unwind more than 50 billion euros of unauthorised deals Kerviel is said to have made.

Probably not what they meant when they sought "asylum". . .

Greed, Arrogance and War Profitteering are Not Charities

–noun, plural -ties.
1. generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless: to devote one's life to charity.
2. something given to a person or persons in need; alms: She asked for work, not charity.
3. a charitable act or work.
4. a charitable fund, foundation, or institution: He left his estate to a charity.
5. benevolent feeling, esp. toward those in need or in disfavor: She looked so poor that we fed her out of charity.

Ding Dong(s)

Zimmerman+Kim/LAT: Santa Barbara paper illegally fired union backers, judge says
[Judge] Kocol also found that the paper had spied on employees' union activities, forced workers to remove buttons reading "McCaw Obey the Law" and fired a supervisor because he refused to go along with management's actions. .. In addition to telling the News-Press to rehire the fired journalists and pay them back wages, Kocol ordered new evaluations for the four union supporters.
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AP: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday that he had requested a team of investigators from Britain's Scotland Yard to assist in the investigation into the killing of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
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Image: Wicked Witch of the West @ Wiki.