News Appetizers Believe in Dinosaurs with Lasers

There are certain things I want to be sure I know about: when presidential candidates drop out of races, when charges are brought against certain people, and whether Apple is fixing the prices on my e-books. I never knew I really wanted to know about laser-equipped dinosaurs. Read on!

A group of Pakistani soldiers remained trapped under snow after an avalanche buried their army camp. The camp is high in the mountains in the disputed area of Kashmir. Things look grim since you really have only a few hours for rescue after an avalanche. Some parts of the world are crazy cold, y’all.

The U.S. Department of Justice brought a lawsuit against Apple and several publishing companies over a scheme to fix e-book prices. Evidence in this case includes the Steve Jobs biography because it shows that Apple knew the deal would lead to higher prices for consumers. I still read library books, but fixing prices is whack.

Where’s the Springfield of The Simpsons? It’s in Oregon! I once spent a good hour of one day trying to figure this out on my own. Now I’ll spend another good hour of another day enjoying the hints that someone on the Internet will helpfully put together.

What’s standing between you and the drug you’re taking causing you crazy side effects? Think the company is looking out for you? Think again. A U.S. judge has fined Johnson & Johnson $1.1 billion for downplaying the risks involved in taking its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. Used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability in autism patients, the drug has been linked to an increased risk of strokes and death in elderly dementia patients, seizures, weight gain, and diabetes.

Prosecutors charged George Zimmerman of 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Wednesday. Zimmerman appeared in court on Thursday and will likely plead not guilty. I just want everyone to remember we have a justice system and everyone gets fair representation, including Zimmerman.

Some lady faked cancer to get a free wedding dress. I just. What is wrong with people? How does this even cross your mind as okay? Also, how is having the perfect wedding so damn important? Though as a single, never engaged lady I’m sure there’s someone out there who will tell me I just don’t know any better, but I am also not a horrible person. So there’s that.

Lovely. A Democratic strategist accused Anne Romney of having “never worked a day in her life.” You know what? I’m sure plenty of women would love to have enough money in their bank account to be stay-at-home moms. I’ve known plenty of women with office jobs who would jump at the chance to stay at home with their children, but they can’t, because they don’t have enough money. And you know what? Being a stay-at-home mom is work. My mom was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom and she worked her butt off. Let’s stop seeing what women do in the home as not work. And let’s also not vote for Mitt Romney. Thanks!

So there was this random article that got picked up by some blogs, including Boing Boing, that talks about how life on Earth was probably seeded by some space stuff. But that Earth may have paid it forward by seeding life on other planets. And at some point the author of the paper posits whether there are super smart dinosaurs with lasers ruling other planets. So there you go.

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

6 replies on “News Appetizers Believe in Dinosaurs with Lasers”

How incredibly naive to think that companies are in for it to make anything else but money. I might be turning on my pessimist-overdrive a bit too far, but some days I think we could have fixed a lot of lethal diseases if it wouldn’t be so financially attractive to have them around.

The accusing Anne Romney of never working a day of her life really pissed me off, not just because of its devaluing the hard work stay-at-home moms do, but I thought the attack was terribly unfocused on what it should have been trying to do.

The whole point was supposed to be talking about how Mitt Romney was out of touch with what women really wanted; the line of attack would have been SO much better if it criticized him for thinking his wife’s particular views represented everything women as a whole (across all races, social classes, economic standings, etc.) want! Cause that’s generalization at its worst.

I think it was worded terribly probably due to an underlying bias against stay at home moms, but I think the reason behind it was spot on. Mitt is using Anne to make up for the accusations that he is out of touch and has no idea what women care about. His line is – Anne tells him what women care about. The thrust behind Rosen’s point was that Anne is no more in touch with  most American women than Mitt is. Which I just realized is similar to the point you made in your second paragraph. However, while I think it is essential to remind everyone that attacking women, whatever choices they make, is a horrible and all too common occurrence, it is also essential to expose the hypocrisy, narrow-minded, privileged ignorance of assuming you can speak for all people of your gender.

I cringed when this hit the news because my mother is hardcore conservative Republican, and I have more moderate to liberal leanings, and it just gave her fodder to say how terrible liberal Democrats are because their women are attacking other women. Being a stay-at-home mom is hard work! My mom was one, and she also schooled my sister and me up until 9th grade (for me) and 11th grade (my older sister). However, being as incredibly wealthy as the Romneys are, I struggle thinking that her stay-at-home mom-ness was quite the same as my mother’s.

Yes, most definitely. I cringed hard for the same reason; not only was it a TERRIBLE thing to say, but it also gives fodder for people to talk about how liberals hate teh wimmenz.

Not to say that all liberals have a good track record on women’s issues (cause…they don’t), but it totally diverts from what we DO want to say, and it devalues “women’s work” once again.

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