Thursday, May 29, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Can we take unacceptable behavior x seriously now?

I hate the "look, it really is serious" post that attempts to prove the seriousness of a really crappy phenomenon when an exceptionally crappy case pops up. If the criteria for taking, say, harassment of women seriously is that someone gets killed by a scummy stranger, then no, we can't. These things don't happen very often, luckily. Catcalling is notacceptable even when it does not end in murder. Bad behavior doesn't become acceptable when worse behavior exists.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Subsidizing human survival - oh no!

Via Andrew Sullivan (who uses one of those great dehumanizing photos of a faceless fat person to illustrate an item on obesity), Ezra Klein writes about subsidy and obesity:
In essence, we're paying to make our country fatter, then paying even more to keep our[selves?] alive as the health costs of obesity come due. It's insane.
I sure don't think it's insane to spend money to keep people (yes, even fat people) alive.