Posts Tagged ‘Police killings’

In a recent post we mentioned our favorite wacko Christian web site, Biblical Gender Roles, and their mind-boggling article, “Christian Husbands — you don’t pay for the milk when you own the cow!“ Well, they’re back with another jewel:  “How a husband can enjoy sex that is grudgingly given by his wife,” which states “men should not tolerate refusal.” While that post is funny in a very dark way, it’s so sick that we don’t want to give it further thought, and will instead refer you to a good short piece on Raw Story.

While we’re on the topic of religion, The Guardian had a story last week succinctly titled, “Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts.” The story reports on a scientific study published in Current Biology,  “The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World,” which concerns secular, Christian, and Muslim children. Given both Christianity’s and Islam’s “chosen people,” us-versus-the-heathens foundation, the finding that religious children are meaner than nonreligious children  is hardly surprising. We’d bet the farm that a study of secular, Mormon, and Hindu children would come to similar findings.

One of the standard lines from big pharma and its apologists is that price gouging by the pharmaceutical companies is necessary if they’re to develop new drugs. That’s complete bullshit, of course. They spend more on marketing than they do on new drug development. With more than two million Americans coming down with antibiotic resistant infections every year (including yours truly this summer–pro tip: never buy marked-down fish), and 23,000 dying annually, many have wondered why there have been almost no new antibiotics on the market for decades. Wonder no more. Motherboard provides enlightenment with its article, “Why New Antibiotics Never Come to Market.”

Tucson musician Chuck Maultsby, of Chuckwagon and the Wheels, has a new song, “The Ballad of the USS Liberty,” about the Israeli attack on the U.S. naval surveillance ship USS Liberty that resulted in the deaths of 34 American sailors. The bitter irony is that two years after using the manufactured Gulf of Tonkin incident as justification for massive escalation of the disastrous Vietnam War, LBJ ordered the cover up of the Liberty incident, an actual, deliberate attack on a U.S. naval vessel.

Government dishonesty? Shocking, I know.

Finally, The Guardian has a good report on police killings in the U.S. Among other things, The Guardian reports that “U.S. police kill more in days than other countries do in years,” that on a per capita basis U.S. police kill over twice as many unarmed black people as unarmed white people, and that so far this year U.S. police have killed a thousand people.

Logo of Campaign against sex robotsWhen I saw  a news report about a campaign to ban sex robots, I laughed. I thought that the “campaign,” if it actually existed, was the result of:

  1. The entire Onion staff going on a PCP binge
  2. Denizens of the fetid, postmodernist swamps of academia unleashing a new mutant horror upon an unsuspecting public
  3. Some pranksters doing an excellent imitation of the entire Onion staff going on a PCP binge

Then I saw another article on the campaign, and followed the link to the campaign’s web site. I still wasn’t convinced it was real, despite persuasive evidence on the site–sex robots will, somehow, “objectify” women, and (as always) must be banned for the sake of the children. You’d think that would have been enough, but no. So, I looked up both members of the “organizing committee”–all two of ’em–and they’re real academics with real jobs in academia! I’ve gotta stop being so suspicious.

The Guardian has a good article, “I was fresh meat,” on a negative aspect of AA we haven’t covered here: sexual exploitation of newcomers. As long as we’re on the topic of Alcoholics Anonymous, I’ll mention again that the best online source of information on AA is Orange Papers.

If the entirely unwarranted worship of Ronald Reagan by Republicans makes you queasy (as any type of hero worship should), check out The Intercept’s “Seven things about Ronald Reagan you won’t hear at the Reagan Library GOP debate.” It’ll provide several handy facts you can cite the next time an acquaintance shows disturbing signs of Reagan worship.

The stupidity of the right’s rhetoric about a “war on police” is revealed by the figures reporting violence committed by police and violence committed against police. According to The Guardian‘s “Counted U.S. Police Killings,” “US police kill more in days than other countries do in years.” There’s no government registry of police killings, so The Guardian‘s count of 862 citizens killed by U.S. cops so far this year is very probably low. At the same time, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 96 cops have died in the line of duty this year. However, according to the same pro-police site, last year over half of the 117 police fatalities resulted from accidents or illness, with only 49 resulting from assault (primarily gunshots). Assuming the same holds true this year, that would mean that 39 cops have died from citizen assaults in 2015. Compare that with the 862 citizens killed by the police. That works out to a 22:1 ratio. There’s a war on all right, a war of the nation’s cops on its citizens.