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Phew? We’re Not Stupid; We’re Misinformed

December 17th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

If you’re anything like us, you find yourself more and more often shaking your head in despair at the state of this nation’s population, because it’s starting to feel like everybody is just really, REALLY STUPID. Like, you can’t even relax, you can’t hope for things to start making sense, you cannot escape a deep and lingering sense of agita because, by golly, it really seems like most Americans are not playing with a full deck of cards.

A great deal of the people, at least:

What, us worry?

Then, no doubt, you are disturbed by the results of the new World Public Opinion study taken after November’s U.S. midterm elections, which were released this week and reflected an alarming state of confusion in voters on the country’s most pivotal issues. [FYI, the study included 616 self-reported voters that were chosen scientifically to represent the U.S. population, with a margin of error plus or minus 3.9%]

45% percent of voters thought that most scientists believe climate change is not occurring, despite the fact that the National Academy of Sciences has concluded that it is. 40% of voters incorrectly believed that the TARP legislation was initiated under Obama, not Dubya. 53% of voters said that most economists have concluded that Obamacare will increase the budget deficit, despite the fact that the Congressional Budget Office has concluded that law would actually reduce the deficit.

And what about the Republican voters who made such a big bang during those fateful midterms? 64% didn’t think it clear that Obama was born in the United States and 72% were convinced the economy is still getting worse (even though the Department of Commerce says otherwise, with June ’09 marking the official end to the recession). But before you lefties get smug, know that Dems aren’t off the hook: 18% weren’t sure about Continue reading Phew? We’re Not Stupid; We’re Misinformed

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! US Army Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee

October 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Last week marked the first annual Military Rape Awareness Week, sponsored by Veterans For Peace, a non-profit and officially-recognized United Nations NGO comprised of military veterans seeking alternatives to war.

Military Rape Awareness Week was conceived as a response to a recent Veterans Administrative Study funded by the US Army Medical Corps that found 1 in 3 women in the military have been raped.

US Army Reserves Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee, who was raped twice while serving in Iraq, is one of those women. She spoke at the week’s kickoff event, at the Times Square Recruiting Station in NYC:

1 in 3 servicewomen raped in the military.

Wow.

And we’re worried about gays in the military because why?

[Veterans For Peace]

Thanks, @erwinism!

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Mercury Retrograsian

January 24th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
Mmmmmmmmmmmm…

The New York Times published a report today raising questions about bluefin tuna samples from twenty Manhattan restaurants that tested high for mercury levels. Tuna from five of the restaurants were so high, in fact, that the FDA would be within its rights to take their fish off the market. I tell you, just repeating these words is giving me an “oh no, not sushi!” panic attack.

The alarming report continues:

In general, tuna sushi from food stores was much lower in mercury. These findings reinforce results in other studies showing that more expensive tuna usually contains more mercury because it is more likely to come from a larger species, which accumulates mercury from the fish it eats. Mercury enters the environment as an industrial pollutant.

So now what? We shouldn’t eat expensive sushi? I can’t even process that idea. My mind is having a meltdown. I seriously do not know how I can possibly even deal with such a proposal.

Some environmental groups have sounded the alarm. Environmental Defense, the advocacy group, says no one, no matter his or her age, should eat bluefin tuna. Dr. Gochfeld said: “I like to think of tuna sushi as an occasional treat. A steady diet is certainly problematic. There are a lot of other sushi choices.”

AN OCCASIONAL TREAT??? I SWEAR TO GOD MY STEADY DIET OF SUSHI HAS NEVER BEEN PROBLEMATIC IN ANY WAY! LOOK AT ME, I’M FINE. OH MY GOD, HOW I WISH I HAD NEVER EVER EVER EVER LAID EYES ON THIS ARTICLE!!! HOW CAN I UNDO IT? HOW? WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…

**Addendum: Empower yourself! Environmental Defense has done their homework so that people can make fish choices that are good for them AND the ocean! Sounds like a win-win. Check out their Seafood Selector here.

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Thanks a whole lot, Maris.

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