Evil Infests Augusta

John Brunner said it exactly right in The Shockwave Rider:  “If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil it consists in treating another human being as a thing.”

With that in mind, let me give you the latest from Maine’s governor, the utterly odious Paul LePage:

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill Wednesday that would allow pharmacists to dispense an anti-overdose drug without a prescription, saying that allowing addicts to keep naloxone on hand “serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.” [via Kerry Eleved at GOS]

That’s nonsense on its own terms, as the deeply valuable Maia Szalavitz — herself a former addict — has argued over and over again:

As with needle exchange, opposition to Naloxone distribution has mainly come from those who fear that reducing drug-related harm will lead to increased drug use.   Fortunately, also similarly to the data on needle exchange, the research doesn’t find this occurring.

But don’t let any actual experience bother you, LePage!

“Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,” LePage wrote, repeating a contention that has caused controversy before. “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”

It’s a strong word to use, I know.  But this is evil.


In LePage’s telling the addict isn’t a person.  He or she is rather just the worthless meat sack that locally reverses entropy between one overdose and the next.  He’s rather let those suffering an overdose die than live because, as he frames it here, the state of addiction robs the user of all other human attributes.

This is how a monster thinks.

I won’t say that this is the view that infects all of your modern Republican party, because on this issue it’s not. But it remains a perfectly mainstream one for the GOP — and this is a case of words (and inactions) that kill.

If you needed any more reason to go all yellow-dog Democrat on every line of your ballot, Governor (sic!) Paul LePage is exhibit (n)*

Last, to help wash the taste of tiny-minded misery out of your mouth, here’s Szalavitz again:

…one of the biggest misunderstandings we have about addiction is that tough love—is that being kind will fail and tough love will work. What really helps and why harm reduction, which is this idea that we will meet you where you’re at and we’ll help you whether you’re ready to stop or not—why that works is because when you have addiction, you tend to be very marginalized, self-hating. You might be homeless. You feel like a criminal. Nobody has any respect for you. And when somebody just hands you a clean needle or gives you access to naloxone and says, “I believe you deserve to live, regardless of whether you do what I want,” that’s a really powerful message of kindness.

And here a plug (full disclosure: she’s a friend) — here’s Maia’s new book on addiction.

*Where n is an arbitrary large number.

Image: Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Preaching (The Hundred Guilder Print) c. 1649.

What Hell Hath God Wrought?

Absolutely completely 100% awake and can not sleep, so I was going through my music archives, and I found…


How the hell did that get in there? I feel so dirty.

One Of Us

Or, well, me:

Love it. I seriously thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for saving that sweet woman and her child.

Why does Wolf Blitzer have a job again?

Bring On the Asteroid

Todd Palin’s Alleged Prostitute Releases “Tell All” book.

Boys Will Be Boys: Media, Morality and the Cover-up of the Todd Palin Shailey Tripp Sex Scandal is the true story of how Shailey Tripp (Wait, what?), a young single mother of two special needs children became sexually involved with Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP Vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.

This book explains the many factors that culminated in Shailey becoming not only the mistress of ” Alaska’s First Dude” but also a prostitute working for him which ultimately resulted in Shailey being arrested in March of 2010.

The end is officially fucking nigh.

I mean it.  We, the human race, deserve to die a fiery, pulverized death if so much as one tree is killed for this abomination.

Also too, open thread.

Mobile Apps

I’m an Android user.  I like the iPhone, but my carrier doesn’t have it.  AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and C-Spire carry the iPhone, but US Cellular does not.   Anyway, I LOVE my Android phone.

One of my favorite apps, a cloud storage app called ‘Box‘ as in “put it in the box,” is currently offering 50GB of free storage for life if you download the app and activate an account by the end of March.  The 50GB can be accessed from any device that accesses the web.  If you have data you need to protect, for example, stuff you put in your Box, you should use Encrypt It for simple, straight forward AES 256-bit encryption.

Of course, I use Evernote just about every single day, as well as various Google apps.  The Facebook app finally got decent, and I spend my lunch hour every other day with headphones on streaming TV shows from Netflix.  Pandora is essential to me, as is Shazaam, an app for finding the names of songs by taking samples of them.  Android’s first real credible analog to the iPhone’s Siri is Speaktoit Assistant.  I could go on and on about various apps that I use or that I’m impressed with, but I’m pretty sure you’re already bored to tears.  I’m pretty happy with my Samsung Mesmerize, the US Cellular version of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon, and I don’t anticipate getting a new phone until USCC has 4G service in the OKC metro in the second half of this year.  We also have a Toshiba Thrive tablet that we use for all sorts of stuff, but it doesn’t have a cell modem built into it.  We tether it via bluetooth to one of our cells when we want to use it mobile.

What mobile apps do you guys use for your various platforms?

Open Thread, while we’re at it.


While Others Just Talk and Talk

I don’t watch Meet the Republicans, This Week with the GOP or any of the other Sunday shows, but reliable sources report that Jack Lew went on Face the Conservatives and State of the Right Wing with Candy Crowley yesterday and told the bishops that clowntime is over:

Mr. Lew said the president put out a solid plan, and when asked whether there is more room for compromising said, “No. This is our plan.”

In an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Lew said, “We’re going to go ahead and implement it.” He said the White House has “broad consensus – not universal consensus – that this is an approach that’s right.”

Rick Santorum was on next, and his face got red as he cried, bunched up his little fists and pounded the table saying that in his ideal world women would be constantly pregnant, but until he can raise up his new caliphate, he’ll accept that sluts can take their shame to a pharmacy and get the pill, but those roundheels should have to pay for it. Or words to that effect.

And is it just me, or do any of you detect a bit of a post-coital flush coloring Mitch McConnell’s pronouncement on Bob Scheiffer’s Old Man Show that not only Catholics, but any employer, should be able to decide not to pay for contraception as long as they dispense Viagra like a holy sacrament? My guess is that Mitch just renewed his Rx for the little blue pill for free on his Congressional health plan.

It’s all fun and games until someone skips a mortgage payment

I did catch part of the republican debate last night.  Very interesting in a make me want to shoot my TV kind of way.  Also watched my beloved Broncos beat the Steelers last night.  The only thing I have to say about that was that if Tim Tebow were as a good a Quarterback as his press makes him out to be, Denver wouldn’t have needed to come from behind so many times recently.  Again. Or to break a tie in overtime this game.  I’m with Tbogg on this issue.  I don’t hate Tebow for his situation.  He’s doing the best he can, and living his dream, and praising God for what he honestly believes is God’s work in his life.  Good for him.  But everybody else who constantly fluffs the guy and makes some huge religious issue out of it can please just DIAF.  My only issue with Tim is the idea that with all of the bad shit going on in the world, quite a lot of which happens to the faithful, is he really that conceited to think that God rewards him with victories on the football field while His believers die of disease, famine, and war by the millions each year?

The newest graphics card from AMD (formerly ATI), the Radeon HD 7970, dropped last week. From specifications, it looks amazing. I want one. I want one bad. Like most of you, however, at $549 MSRP, I just can’t afford one.
I don’t really need one, either.  Even playing the most recent games, Skyrim and Star Wars – The Old Republic with all the eye candy turned up, I’m still getting very playable frame rates with amazing imagery.  And that’s what I’ve been doing for the last week or so while you’ve all been tearing each other apart over the ABL/GG/JC flesh feast.