The Crap and Cute Day

My plan to post on Friday what I'm going to be writing about in the coming days has gone to the same place all plans go in the end...into the silent void where we hope no one remembers what we promised.

But I do think Fridays deserve something special. After all, for most people, it's the end of the work week. Friday is a day we associate with drinks with friends, excitement about weekend plans, and relief that you don't have to get up at 5AM to commute to work tomorrow.

Friday is also the day when most of us post something cute. It's the funny video and photo day. The cute story day. It's a day to decompress from the serious stories we've been subjected to all week, and to take a moment to realize that Hey! Life's rough...here's a cute bat video.

Corporate Actions vs. Personal Belief

Gay Pride Parade

Second Update Andrew Sullivan in The Hounding of a Heretic:

Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.

Update: Mozilla caved to pressure. This was not a good decision. It was a cowardly decision.

The Affordable Care Act: Field Tested in Battle Conditions

How can you tell if armor is any good? You field test it. You shoot stuff at it. You shoot a lot of stuff at it.

Think Progress created a one page timeline of GOP attacks on the Affordable Care Act. After looking at the extraordinary degree the GOP went to undermine and/or kill the ACA, I came away with a feeling that this thing must be pretty good—look at how it survived all these attacks.

What's a bit sad about the timeline is knowing that the GOP has spent most of its time the last several years either trying to prevent people like me from having access to affordable health care, or ensuring that women have little or no control over their bodies—or both. Seriously, GOP, my god, don't you have anything else to do?!

Go Vegan!

While we're waiting for the utopian world where people sit side by side with lions and tigers, and all only eat fruit that gently falls out of the tree on its own, we need to face the problems associated with our food supply today.

I have a hint for you: the world is not going to become vegan overnight. I doubt it will become vegan in the next several decades--if ever.

So we can either ignore all problems unless the solution is premised on "Go Vegan!", or we can look to do better, one step at a time.

Go Vegan! is not the only answer

Donate to a Cause...End up in Court

Think back on the last donation you made for a cause...Imagine that eight years after you made the donation, you get a legal letter or subpoena from an intimidating Washington DC law firm representing the coal plant or oil company, informing you you're going to be deposed and/or forced to appear in court in an ongoing racketeering lawsuit against the organization you supported. Said lawyers will explain that they are seeking co-plaintiffs in their multimillion dollar lawsuit, with an implication underlying the communication that if you're not with us, you're agin us.

Read more at Judge Strikes Blow Against Activist Groups.

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