- Right-wing goon James O'Keefe wasn't satisfied with ruining ACORN with doctored videos, or with his arrest for attempted wiretapping of a senator's office. So he decided he was going to trick a CNN journalist onto a boat, sexually harass/assault her, and secretly videotape it to somehow "discredit" her. More proof, as if we needed it, that right-wingers are malicious psychopathic thugs who have no place in human society... and that too much of our society is unwilling to say so, and thereby enables further abuses by this type of animal. When the politicians and the media wave this off as a prank or say that O'Keefe's attempted sex crime was just "punking" his potential victim, then that sort of behavior becomes the new normal, and the sociopaths have to go even further before anyone notices them.
- Speaking of crazy people, it turns out that religious people don't actually know much about what they believe. Atheists do know what religious people believe, which is how we know they're crazy!! According to a Pew Research survey it turns out that Christians don't know basic facts about other religions or even their own. Atheists and Jews score highest... and since many Jews are culturally Jewish and otherwise atheists, it sort of makes sense. This news comes at the same time that critics of vocal atheists like Richard Dawkins and P.Z. Myers are complaining that atheists are too ignorant of religion to criticize it publicly. This Pew study highlights my objection to this complaint: if it is OK for religious people to embrace religion while being deeply ignorant about it, then I don't need a theology degree to reject it. Certainly, people who claim a belief should carry a heavier burden to learn about it than people who don't believe it.
- I got my Chemistry test back, and I got a 90% on it. The professor did some sort of weird curve on the grade though, so even though a 90% is an 'A', a 54% score netted a 'C' instead of a failing grade. I don't care if he wants to curve the grades so that fewer people fail, but in my mind that curve should apply to everyone, not just the stupid people. If a failing grade is now barely passing, everyone with an 'A' should get an extra couple of points averaged into our grade. It just seems more fair that way. Also, whoever the guy or girl was who scored an 18% really needs to reconsider the whole college thing. The test was multiple choice with four choices per question. Random chance should get you 25%, so if you're doing worse than blind guessing you're in big trouble.
OK, that's it. I'm getting my newly ancient ass back into bed, and we'll catch up again in a couple of days. Have fun, and thank your mother for the chicken soup.