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The War Nerd: Here’s everything you need to know about “too extreme for Al Qaeda” I.S.I.S.

As the Scriptures remind us, “Do not believe the hype.” The hype of the moment is ISIS, the Sunni militia that just drove the so-called Iraqi Army out of Mosul, Tikrit, and other Iraqi cities.

This is one of those dramatic military reverses that mean a lot less than meets the eye. The “Iraqi Army” routed by ISIS wasn’t really a national army, and ISIS isn’t really a dominant military force. It was able to occupy those cities because they were vacuums, abandoned by a weak, sectarian force. Moving into vacuums like this is what ISIS is good at. And that’s the only thing ISIS is good at.

ISIS is a sectarian Sunni militia—that’s all. A big one, as militias go, with something like 10,000 fighters. Most of them are Iraqi, a few are Syrian, and a few hundred are those famous “European jihadis” who draw press attention out of all relation to their negligible combat value. The real strength of ISIS comes from its Chechen fighters, up to a thousand of them. A thousand Chechens is a serious force, and a terrifying one if they’re bearing down on your neighborhood. Chechens are the scariest fighters, pound-for-pound, in the world.

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I suppose there are bat shit crazy Republicans everywhere across this country, but still...

Susanne Atanus, Who Blames Gay Rights For Tornadoes, Wins GOP Nomination For Congress

A Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God's punishments for marriage equality and abortion access won the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) in the Chicago-area 9th Congressional District.

Susanne Atanus, of Niles, Ill., garnered 54 percent of the vote in her Tuesday win over David Earl Williams III.

"I am not in favor of abortions, I am not in favor of gay rights," Atanus told the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper, in January.

She blamed natural disasters and mental disorders on recent advances in LGBT equality and legal abortions.

"God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions," she said. "Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it's in our military, it will weaken our military. We need to respect God."

Atanus also reached out to the Windy City Times, an LGBT publication, in an attempt to explain her views.

"Everybody knows that God controls weather," she told the news site in January. "God is super angry," she added. "Gay marriage is not appropriate, and it doesn't look right, and it breeds AIDS."

Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, and Adam Robinson, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, both condemned Atanus' comments and distanced the party from her candidacy.


I'm actually posting this partly for laughs (this is a very blue district, in which someone with Atanus's views has approximately a snowball in hell's chance of winning--if that), but also as an example of just how batshit things have gotten when someone like this can actually win a GOP nomination.
Freedumb: Let the Ignorant Masses Decide How Are We Going to Get Infected and Die.

Measles outbreak! Vaccine trutherism now officially a public health crisis
It's never been more important to take the infectious disease seriously

It’s back. Three years after public health officials realized that they had been preemptive in declaring that measles was eliminated in the U.S., new outbreaks of the highly infectious disease are once again cropping up in cities across the country. And it wold be a mistake, epidemiologists warn, not to take this extremely seriously.

As expected, the outbreaks have caused plenty of outrage directed against Jenny McCarthy and the crowd of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Writing in the Daily Beast, a pediatrician using the pseudonym Russell Saunders calls it “sheer lunacy”: “Just over a dozen years ago this illness was considered eliminated in our country,” he writes, “and this year people are being hospitalized for it. All due to the hysteria about a safe, effective vaccine. All based on nothing.”

But for the most part, the outbreaks are also being treated as a cautionary tale – an opportunity to chide anti-vaxxers while reminding parents to make sure that their children are up-to-date on their shots, as KJ Dell’Antonia does at the New York Times’ Motherlode blog:
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Popular vampire novel author Anne Rice has signed on to a petition demanding that Amazon disable anonymous book reviews after Internet trolls began ganging up on her in a section of the website normally reserved for critical but comparatively mild commentary

Correction appended, March 10, 2014

The creature with which Anne Rice is most commonly associated is the vampire, but that doesn’t mean she’s a stranger to trolls — at least of the online variety.


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OP: "The creature with which Anne Rice is most commonly associated is the vampire, but that doesn’t mean she’s a stranger to trolls — at least of the online variety." Actually, Anne Rice is herself a troll.

One thing that I find really unfortunate about all this is that there seems to be little discussion of READERS being harassed for daring to post negative reviews of a book. Which has happened (link is to my personal blog -not because I think I'm awesome or the last word on this subject, LOL, but simply because I have listed some examples there).

(PS: I found this article through a link posted to a petition (which is a reply to the petition Rice discusses above, posted by idemandjustice.)
February 27, 2014

Right-wingers in media, politics and so-called "think-tanks" wasted no time in becoming apoplectic about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's reluctant decision to veto her state's blatantly discriminatory law which would allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers.

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Unhinged is right. These incoherent spewings are so stupid and full of fail that I find them to be more pathetic than rage-inducing. Ymmv, of course, but my reaction is mainly to point and laugh--which is why I'm sharing this.

In closing, here's a little (nsfw) something to take your mind off all this raging butthurt:

[Penis cakes]
WATCH: Arizona’s Senate Passes Bill To Appease ‘Christians’ And Discriminate Against Gays

Kansas got the memo. Indiana got the memo. Arizona refuses to read the memo. The state Senate just passed SB 1062 which allows anyone to discriminate against gays at any time if they are doing so out of ‘religious conviction’.

Arizona Democrats did their most unexceptional to stop the bill.

Senate Democrats in Arizona attempted to derail the law with eight amendments, which were quickly disposed of by the Republican majority. The Democrats also warned that Arizona is in for another round of being shunned by businesses, conventions, and tourists who don’t appreciate the continual hanging of a “NOT Welcome” sign. That would echo what happened in 1993 when Arizona lost $500 million and the Super Bowl over its refusal to approve the Martin Luther King holiday. Or in 2010, when companies avoided Arizona en masse over the outrageous anti-immigrant bill, SB 1070.
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Update regarding the state of anti-gay bills in other states.
(OP: These two stories are a follow-up to the Blue Rhino plant explosion i posted about last year.)

OSHA report on Blue Rhino propane plant paints troubling picture

Is this 2014, or is it really 1914?

The question sprang to mind after reading reports last week about what caused the July explosion at the Blue Rhino propane plant that nearly obliterated a chunk of south Tavares from the map.

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The disregard for even basic caution by a company with many years of experience running propane plants could be the subject of more clever derision if it weren't for the workers who were injured seriously. One man reported being engulfed in an explosion and waking up a month later in a hospital room. Another spent months recovering from second- and third-degree burns.

Ferrellgas owes the community of Tavares an explanation, but so far, its officials have failed to respond to the newspaper's questions.

Tavares must take steps to regulate propane business

Second of two parts.

Despite a July explosion that sent seriously burned workers to the hospital, caused hundreds to evacuate their homes and damaged nearby businesses, the Blue Rhino propane plant has reopened and is operating again — having escaped nearly all scrutiny.

Oh, the plant had to pass an inspection by the Tavares Fire Department before reopening, but that's limited to requirements such as having a working fire extinguisher mounted in the right spot. The state Bureau of LP Gas had its own narrowly focused inspection — for bulk tanks and associated piping.

It seems that each agency has the authority to either regulate some sliver of Blue Rhino's operation or investigate some aspect of the blast that turned 53,000 propane canisters into flying missiles. Apparently, it's not anyone's job to examine the totality of the plant's operations.

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Part 1 Source // Part 2 Source

so...we'll see how this goes. i'm glad to see blue rhino getting their shit dragged into the sunlight - both of these articles corroborate what my husband told me about his single six-hour shift, and why he just left - and i hope the city does the right thing by the residents and the workers to keep this from happening again.
In interviews with entertainment news websites Collider and ComingSoon, director Jaume Collet-Serra, who was previously in talks to work on Warner Brothers' stalled live-action Akira film project, mentioned that he's still working on the film, and that he hopes it will be his next one.

Variety reported last August that Collet-Serra was possibly rejoining the project, stating that, if he returned, he would direct the project in Spring 2014. Warner stalled the project in 2012 to revise the script so it would be less costly. Akira manga creator and anime director Katsuhiro Otomo was reportedly going to oversee the project as executive producer.

Of the adaptation, Collet-Serra told ComingSoon that he will have to be "respectful of the source material" and that he hopes to "take the spirit of it and adapt it. It will be as different as the anime was from the manga." Of the changes he hopes to make he said:

"I hope that I can bring strong characters. In the original source material, I don't think the main characters are the protagonists... That's part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They're used as a way to move the other philosophy forward."

Collet-Serra has worked on two movies since his talks in August, the second of which, Non-Stop, will be out in theaters on February 28.

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After police said adolescents ringing doorbells early Friday morning in a small borough provoked an Adams County man to shoot a 14-year-old boy, nearby residents are concerned about what prompted such a reaction.

According to State Police, Eric Lee Steinour, 28, of Biglerville, shot the boy around 2:30 a.m. Friday after the teen rang the doorbell of a home in Arendtsville.

The boy was hit in the leg and foot.

Steinour is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, plus counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment.

One neighbor believes car break-ins and home invasions have nearby residents on edge.

Others don’t understand why an adult would shoot a child playing a doorbell-ringing prank and wonder if there’s more to the story.

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Of course the comments are mess of "WELL THEY'RE BOTH AT FAULT/SEND THE KID TO JUVIE" bs.  I will also never understand how shooting with a gun doesn't count as an automatic "attempted murder" charge.

SARATOGA, Calif. (AP) — Three teenage boys have admitted to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later committed suicide after photographs of the attack were circulated to classmates, according to published reports.

The San Jose Mercury News first reported the case, soon followed by the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday.

In September, two 16-year-old boys admitted in Santa Clara County Juvenile Court to participating in the sexual assault and possessing photos of the girl, Audrie Pott, the newspapers reported, citing documents and other sources. Both crimes are felonies.

In addition, a 17-year-old boy admitted to the same two felonies, the papers said.

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/audrie-pott-suicide_n_4608720.html

Thirty days (served on weekends) to forty-five consecutive days in jail for sexually assaulting a girl, taking pictures of the assault and sharing them around. Wow, that will certainly teach them a lesson. And let's not release the names of the criminals, and let 2 of them serve their sentences on weekends, because we wouldn't want their lives to be impacted due to them being rapists.

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