Odds and Ends

Things that make me sad:

Oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Barrier Reef.  I’m just getting my SCUBA certification this spring – quite screwing up the pretty diving areas!

The Party of Hell No! – Republicans who like to look tough when they’re grilling Goldman Sachs executives, but who vote no to discussing Wall Street Reform.

The new Papers Please law.  Thank you, Arizona, for your cultural sensitivity and legal logic.  From Jon Stewart: “”It’s not unprecedented, having to carry around your papers. It’s the same thing free black people had to do in 1863!”

Oklahoma’s new limiting-your-choice abortion laws.

Things that make me happy:

Pay It Forward Day (here’s the facebook group).  As Anne Frank wrote: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Zooey Deschenel’s She and Him.

My favorite books.  Not too long ago I had to submit a Top 10 list to the bookstore for a “Our Employees Suggest” display.  This was the original list – before I had to chop it down – who only gets to pick TEN favoriate books?

Stranger in a Strange Land

Robert A. Heinlein
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Joanne Greenberg
Tales of a Female Nomad Rita Golden Gelman
Flowers For Algernon Daniel Keyes
Good Omens Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman
Lamb Christopher Moore
The Shack William Paul Young
Voyage of the Dawn Treader CS Lewis
The Cat Who Went to Heaven Elizabeth Coatsworth
Ecoptopia Ernest Callenbach
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress
Darkfever Karen Marie Moning
Vertical Run Joseph Garber
Replay Ken Grimwood
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
Toxin Robin Cook
And Eternity Piers Anthony

This picture that Liz from the bookstore drew during break, and then gave to me!  It’s a book superhero robert:

Things that make me giggle:

A church sign seen in Hutchinson, MN:  Be a fisher of men – You catch ’em, He’ll clean ’em.  Aieee!  I don’t want to be filleted!

This Family Guy video: 



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5 Responses to “Odds and Ends”

  1. Erin B. Says:

    Living in AZ right now makes me pretty sad. The only thing worse is knowing that the evil biatch who calls herself governor only signed the bill to LOOK like she was doing something about immigration. She knows damn well it won’t be upheld in court…. but now she’ll be able to rerun for governor and say she is tough on illegals. Can we pretty please have Janet Napolitano back? Someone whose goal in life isn’t to destroy the state of Arizona and who cared about the people living here?

    Ooh and I love She and Him!

    • biodork Says:

      I listened to the interview, and she’s either not very good in front of the press in general, or she just failed during this particular event. She sounded unsure of the legislature, how it was going to be enforced, and though she kept saying “this isn’t racial profiling”, she never really got around to explaining how pulling someone over to demand proof of citizenship based on looks is isn’t…umm…racial profiling.

  2. David Says:

    Not to diminish the oil spill, but you must not know that the oil rigs in the outer shelf of the Gulf of Mexico is prime scuba because of the oil rigs providing reef and shelter for the marine life. These accidents are typically few and far between, thankfully. Again, not to diminish the accident, but rest assured that the GBR is quite large, there’s lots of great diving there, and the affected reef will recover.

    Regaridng the immigration bill in Arizona, I don’t know what you’re sad about? The law only asks police to enforce existing laws. There has to be probable cause for cops to stop someone, and we’re all required to carry identification. I know, it’s possible for a particular policeman to be overzealous in enforcing the law. But something must be done to stem the flow of illegal immigration.

    • biodork Says:

      Hey David, thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to post some thoughtful comments.

      My worry about the oil spills aren’t really that pretty dive sites are being harmed – this was a very tongue-in-cheek comment. I don’t have a problem with oil drilling or the transport of oil – I think it’s a necessary process for our current way of life. I work in biotechnology, and as a scientist I understand that a few bumps along the way are usually very much worth the benefit that is gained from such advances. I *am* depressed that in the case of the Gulf of Mexico spill the “bumps” includes the death of 11 oil rig workers, and that we haven’t yet been able to stop the flow of oil into the ocean.

      Regarding the “immigration” bill in AZ – There is a very real problem with uncontrolled, i.e. illegal, immigration into our country, and the AZ government is trying to do something about this problem – I get that. The problem isn’t that a overzealous cop might abuse this new law, it’s that with the wording in the new law, *there would be no abuse* – the law provides loopholes for racial profiling. Very big loopholes over which one might become sad.

      Probable cause and reasonable suspicion are legally different, and it is this wording that makes the difference between a US citizen of Mexican descent being inconvenienced and humiliated by AZ police everytime he runs to the grocery store. This law hinders our right to be safe from unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause.

      • David Says:

        Having worked out there in the Gulf, I can sympathize, and do sympathize with the poor workers-but honestly, there’s really no place to go. At any rate, don’t be discouraged about the diving. One thing accidents tend to do is to make the industry aware of holes in the system, and hopefully, to plug them up. We used to have people in the Gulf Oil industry that were very good about stopping these things and cleaning them up, but it’s been quite some time since we had a problem.

        I agree that the immigration law needs to be rewritten. I think they waited way too long to try and do something. I guess they were waiting on the appropriate agency-the Federal Government-to do something, like enforcing the current laws, and since they weren’t any help, AZ had to do something on their own. I don’t like the infringement, either, though. I don’t envy the poor illegal immigrants, or the legal ones who look like them either-most are honest hard-working people.

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