To put it in Romneyesque terms, it’s all about finding an excuse to slash programs that help people who like to watch Nascar events, even while lavishing tax cuts on people who like to own Nascar teams.
In December, liberals were telling us not to donate to The Salvation Army because it’s anti-gay. Now conservatives are telling us to not support the Girl Scouts because they’re pro-gay. I can’t help but admire the symmetry.
Can we all at least agree that whatever political agenda you support, Girl Scouts cookies are delicious?
In the end Steve Jobs’ contempt for human life did not exempt his own. He sacrificed himself thoughtlessly in one final and meaningless act, an act of radical branding so brave and revolutionary the media listed the cause of death as pancreatic cancer.
Of course, as we learn in Steve Jobs, to attribute Steve Jobs’ death to pancreatic cancer is to libel the cancer. In 2003 Steve Jobs had a pancreatic cancer scare that turned out to be a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, an extremely rare and slow-growing condition that accounts for only 1 percent of pancreatic cancer cases. It was the best-case scenario. His wife told Isaacson she remembered his doctors “tearing up with joy” when they learned the good news.
But then Steve Jobs refused to have surgery, once again putting all his faith and bullying, reality-blind certitude into his insufferable brand of sanctimonious veganism. This wasn’t a matter of passing up radiation and chemo; this was a matter of passing up every cancer patient’s dream of not even having to go through radiation and chemo.
“The big thing,” his wife explained to Isaacson, “was that he really was not ready to open his body,” as if such a move might jeopardize his manufacturer’s warranty. Then, burrowing into the depths of reality distortion, she added: “It’s hard to push someone to do that.”
WHAT IN KRISHNA’S NAME WAS HE DOING GETTING A BIOPSY THEN?!
“There are advantages to being wounded in the back. You have a doctor’s certificate that you have a backbone.”
A fascinating story about Iran’s attempts to get nuclear weapons and Israel’s attempts to thwart these efforts. Reading at times like a spy thriller, it focuses heavily on the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. Very important and fascinating stuff.
It looks like no-one at Amazon has noticed and taken their American Gods Kindle Special down yet. It’s http://say.ly/Qrj1i92 and was only meant to have been a 24 hour special, so may not last for very long.
Say what you will about the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation—but the special effects even during the long and boring pilot, Encounter at Farpoint, were top notch for their time. And it looks like they’ll look even better on Blu-Ray.