Government Benefits – We Hardly Knew Ye – On The Media

Government Benefits – We Hardly Knew Ye – On The Media

Picture an elderly person, supported by social security, sitting in a medicare-subsidized hoveround, holding a sign at a tea party rally that says “get your government hands off my medicare.”

A Cornell study has shown that a substantial portion of Americans who receive government benefits either don’t believe or don’t understand that they are government beneficiaries. We talked with Danny Hayes of American University to figure out what role the media, politicians, and citizens themselves might play in our nation-wide cognitive dissonance.

Blogger Who Posted Marcus Bachmann’s ‘Barbarians’ Remark: ‘I Didn’t Doctor a Damn Thing’

Blogger Who Posted Marcus Bachmann’s ‘Barbarians’ Remark: ‘I Didn’t Doctor a Damn Thing’

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all of Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s anti-gay remarks and beliefs, but unfortunately, today brings with it yet another twist. A couple of weeks ago, the internet rediscovered audio of totally straight person Marcus Bachmann’s May 12, 2010, appearance on Point of View, a Christian talk radio show, in which Bachmann referred to gay adolescents as “barbarians.” Now Bachmann is alleging that the audio was doctored. From the Minnesota Star Tribune:

The Antisocial Network

The Antisocial Network

BBC News – Austrian driver’s religious headgear strains credulity

BBC News – Austrian driver’s religious headgear strains credulity

Well I should hope he’d win.  You wouldn’t want to single out Pastafarianism, would you? You must respect his faith😉

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as “religious headgear”.

Less funny:

The Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor’s certificate that he was “psychologically fit” to drive.

Do they make others do the same? Do you have to take a psychological test if you want to wear a yarmulke?

Daily Kos: Why Mitch McConnell is caving on debt ceiling

Daily Kos: Why Mitch McConnell is caving on debt ceiling

Phone hacking: 9/11 victims ‘may have had mobiles tapped by News of the World reporters’

Phone hacking: 9/11 victims ‘may have had mobiles tapped by News of the World reporters’

Let it burn…

Jaws are very ancient, and possibly unnecessary [Evolution]

Jaws are very ancient, and possibly unnecessary [Evolution]