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Something good from the Terry Schiavo case
It gave Jon Stewart a great segment. (MOV) Thanks for the pointer donnerjack!

I can't believe that fraud John Edward actually had the balls to jump into this case as some kind of expert. He's a cut rate psychic who had one of the worst shows on television. It was so very obviously fake, I watched it a few times and I can't believe anyone could really believe that was psychic and not cold reading. So he can cold read people, so can any number of con men - which is all he is. Jesus, that man needs to be run over by a truck. I'm still amazed he managed to get a TV show out of his parlor tricks. (I remain agnostic on psychic issues in general - but I'm 100% convinced Edward is a fake just from watching him.)

And just to say it - I'm on the 'let her die' side of the fence. And memo to self - I really need to get a will, living will, and all the other legal shit you need. I'll state for the record - if I'm in the kind of state she's in, just fucking kill me.

I am: tired tired
Current Media: quiet

wednes From: wednes Date: March 26th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I must agree with you on both Shiavo and that creep John Edwards. I used to do tarot readins for that company that had the Miss Cleo commericals on TV. Being naive, I thought they had some integrity, and that I could maintain my own integrity as a tarot reader with that company. I was appalled at how it is all a huge scam to trick sad housewives and the mentally unstable.

I felt the same way about Edwards and his show, that he takes advantage of depressed, grieving people and thier inability to heal and move forward with hsi carnival style trickery. It's really offensive, and to parlay that into a spot on CNN to comment on someone he never met--just to increase his own visibility and perception of validity...appalling!

With regard to Shaivo, I think it's just sad that our laws are such that she can't be allowed to die with dignity. Slowly starving from removal of the feeding tube is not pleasant, and I suspect that's what a lot of people are upset about.

Anyway, I've been resistive to talking about this in my own journal, I hope you don't mind my going off a bit here.
buran From: buran Date: March 26th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I posted this summary on a discussion board:

It's all a bunch of idiots that are too stupid to realize they're fighting a futile battle and are too stupid to understand that science doesn't give a damn who wants what and no stupid political crap is going to change it one way or another. They think religion is going to solve this problem just like anything else and are refusing to face up to reality just because it doesn't conform to what they want it to be. They're just a bunch of idiots. The case is LOST, stop whining like a bunch of crybabies and bothering people who told you "no" multiple times. They're not 3 year olds anymore.

Disgusting. More and more I'm appalled by the stuff that our government does.
From: autarchia Date: March 26th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Blame Florida.

If you do not watch Penn and Tellers Bullshit, I highly recommend that you do. Especially the episode where Penn tears into "psychic mediums" like Edwards and Rosemary Altea. Slimeballs is the least of what these people should be called.

I'm really sick of everything about this woman and her family. I'm sick of the political football, I'm sick of the media circus, and I'm heartily sick of the story detracting from really important news, like, oh, I don't know, the WAR?! I feel for everyone caught in the middle of this thing, but if it goes on much longer I'm gonna buy a gun and put her out of her misery.

There have been some suprising things though, like Gov. Jeb Bush refusing to overstep the bounds of his office after the courts have spoken. (If only he'd shown that much restraint when we were haggling over the Florida constitutional amendments the people had voted to enact in the previous election.)

Gah, just once I'd like to live in a state that doesn't make headlines every week.
readcloud222 From: readcloud222 Date: March 26th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Blame Florida.

Gah, just once I'd like to live in a state that doesn't make headlines every week.
preaching to the choir here. and all the headlines are about stupid stuff.
like the 'anti-murder act' being voted on in the legislature now. who is going to vote against an 'anti-murder bill? is there a strong pro-murder lobby working against it?
and now they have passed a ordinance/rule/whatever that will allow a single police officer to make an arrest based solely on his being offended.
he can walk into a strip club and while no one else in the place is bothered that a woman is taking her clothes off on stage, the cop can arrest her if it offends him. i am not defending strip clubs---it is a demeaning way for a lady to have to make a living. if a woman was paid fairly for the honest work she did, she would not have to lap dance to feed her kids. but the point is that the man who can make the arrest can now be the same man who decides what the law is. i think that is a very dangerous precedent to be setting. and it's being brought to you by the state that brings you goofy golf. :-]
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 26th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Blame Florida.

Your moral superiority is showing.

I've known/know womeh who strip, and they'd heartily disagree with your comments. Try chaoticerotic, she makes her living as a dancer, stripper, and model - and loves it. She comments all the time about how some clubs are great and others are terrible, and how she loves some of her regulars who always come to see her dance. There are other women I know online and in real life who did, or do, strip, or even work as sex workers. And they generally do it by choice because it is what they want to do. And some of them have made very good money at it, and others struggle but keep doing it because it is their passion.

I'm not naive enough to believe that's true for all of them, but don't presume that because a woman is dancing and taking off her clothes that she's doing it because she can't do anything else or couldn't make more money at another job.

(My personal view is perhaps you shouldn't be having kids if you don't already have the ability to support them. And yes, I know, people lose jobs - I was laid off for 16 months myself - but there are a lot of people who are struggling on their own and then have a kid. Use protection. If that fails, take the morning after pill or abort. If you won't do that, there is adoption. (I'm adopted.) It is almost certainly better than keeping the kid - for the parent and the kid. But that's another debate...)

But, all that aside, I agree that there are some fairly lame laws out there. All you need is a fundie cop arresting someone for saying 'fuck' in public.
From: autarchia Date: March 27th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Blame Florida.

I didn't want to be the one to jump first, but I do know women who strip and work in the porn industry because they find it liberating and/or empowering. Their attitude, if men are dumb enough to drop huge wads of cash just because a woman flashes her goods...well it's a shame to let a sucker keep his money.
If only all women in the sex industry were there because they wanted to be *sigh*.

And I want front row seats to the first challenge to the offend-a-cop law. Just what we need, people getting busted for crude t-shirts and being members of the Democratic party.
7threality From: 7threality Date: March 28th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
This is completely off topic, I'm not disputing the truck part.

The use of "jesus" ties into another discussion I'm having. Seeing you use it in a sentence caused my brain to blink.

Was it a deliberate word choice or just a subconscious/habit kind of thing?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 28th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I grew up Roman Catholic - I went ot RC school K-6. Plus my parents own a heating company and I grew up in/around construction - and 'Jesus' is a common expletitive around job sites. Ranging from "Jesus" to "Jesus H. Christ!" to "Jesus H. Christ on a fucking pogo stick!" So using it as an explitive comes naturally.,

I was aware of what I was typing as I typed it - sometimes I deliberately swap in 'Eris' instead, just because. But this time it just felt right to leave it in.
7threality From: 7threality Date: March 28th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I assumed it was something like that, I was just unsure about the deliberateness, particularly in light of the discussion a few months ago with the blogger that was reported to the FBI for using similar phrasing that was considered a death threat.

I've been introspective about my own use of explicatives, and I've found that swearing like Yosemite Sam works just as well. "rasafrasin consarn mumblegrumble"
elfs From: elfs Date: March 28th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hey, in response to John Edward on FOX, CNN had to roll out its own ridiculous guru. "CNN's Live From..." series had Chopra say, "Her soul is now transmitting throughout the universe" or some such nuttery as that.

Duelling gurus: one claims she's still here, the other doesn't. Whom are we to believe?

How about, neither of them?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 28th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
And this is 'news'.

I weep.