Watering Hole: Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Managing Fear

There are a lot things to be afraid of lately, at least that is what the media keeps telling us.

Here’s some ways to conquer fear.

  • Keep an eye out for iceberg beliefs,
  • Sit still,
  • Reach out

Explanation for these can be found here as I will not be providing more details.  I feel confident that you will be finding all kinds of information to share.

This is our Open Thread.  You know what to do.  Speak Up!  Have a field day.

93 thoughts on “Watering Hole: Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Managing Fear

  1. Bringing this over from late last night post:

    Those RWNJs blasting Obama for being ‘slow to acknowledge’, here’s their St. Ronnie, the bastard…

    As we read about and discuss the history of the American AIDS epidemic in class, my students — all Reagan babies, born between 1981 and 1985 — are often dumbfounded when faced with simple facts. Although AIDS was first reported in the medical and popular press in 1981, it was only in October of 1987 that President Reagan publicly spoke about the epidemic. By the end of that year 59,572 AIDS cases had been reported and 27,909 of those women and men had died. How could this happen, they ask? Didn’t he see that this was an ever-expanding epidemic? How could he not say anything? Do anything?

    The bottom of the article has this gem

    A headline you won’t see in the butt-kissing revisionist mainstream press:

    Ronald Reagan, Apologist for Apartheid, Champion of the Rich and Big Business, Ignorer of AIDS, and Funder of Death Squads, Dead at 93.

  2. Born on this day in 1854:

    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

    “Be yourself, Everyone else is already taken” -Oscar Wilde

    • Oh how I love those inspiring bootstrap lectures from people that tell you to shake it off and get back in there.
      Quite often, this advice is coming from a sanctimonious prick that loves to watch people suffer.
      One of my favorites: That which does not kill you makes you stronger.
      Actually, it doesn’t.

      • Well, I happen to believe that one must let go of hate and anger as both are none productive. Yes, shake it off and get back in there and do something that makes a difference.

        Funny thing, I found that some of the most difficult times in my life have made me a stronger person. It was the hard times that taught me the most about life and love. Those were the times that I grew the most as a person.

        • I have recently come to, once again, understand and appreciate that “hard times” thesis! Currently employing the ‘one step at a time’ methodology where progress is slow but steady.

          Thanks for picking up some of my posting slack, Cats.

  3. You’ve heard of the stress hormone cortisol, right?

    Actually, no, I haven’t. And thus the ‘writer’ of the Huffpuff article loses me at the start. No simple explanation of what it does, just an assumption I already know. Plus, not one, but two pictures of the ebola virus at the top of the page.

  4. My child reports that he is one of the few students in the high school who is not scared witless by the ebola virus. I blame this on the decidedly right wing bent of my community.

  5. This is a writer.


    By Charles P. Pierce

    We will set aside all discussion of whether the commercial was worth the candle politically; Davis has been less of a candidate than people thought she would be, and remains likely to lose the election. And we will set aside the simple argument about whether Abbott’s actions in office make him a hypocrite. The Davis ad is an important one because it strikes at the heart of what movement conservatism has made of the Republican party, which once was the party of the Pure Food and Drug Act, trust-busting, the Interstate Highway System, the Clean Water Act, and the EPA. Over the past three decades, however, beginning with that epochal moment when Ronald Reagan said, in his first inaugural, that government was the problem — not if you were a defense contractor, one thinks, or a mullah who wanted missiles — the Republican party has profited uniquely from a massive internal contradiction that would have given a less well-funded institution the blind staggers. And the party has doubled down on that contradiction year after year, decade after decade. Simply put, the Republican party deliberately has transformed itself from the Party of Lincoln to the Party of I’ve Got Mine, Jack. And it rarely, if ever, gets called to account for that. As a result, and without substantial notice or paying a substantial price, and on many issues, individual Republicans have been able to justify the benefits they’ve received from government activity that they now oppose in theory and in practice. This is not “hypocrisy.” That is too mild a word. This is the regulatory capture of the government for personal benefit. That it makes a lie, again and again, of the basic principles of modern conservatism — indeed, that it shows those principles to be a sham — is certainly worthy of notice and debate. It is certainly worthy of notice and debate that the conservative idea of the benefits of a political commonwealth means those benefits run only one way. Modern conservatism is not about making the government smaller. It’s about making the government exclusive. It’s not about streamlining the benefits of the political commonwealth. It’s about making sure those benefits flow only to those people who have proven through their ability to work all the other levers of power that they deserve those benefits.

    • I wish those who write or speak of the Republican Party’s evolution from what it was to what it’s become would point out what it all really means, what it really indicates. That could be done simply by quoting Benito Mussolini who knew, close to a hundred years ago, exactly the path the GOP would eventually choose as its own:

      “The Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism [which denies] the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State as expressing the real essence of the individual.

      “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

        • Yep, and it precisely defines the current overall philosophy of the GOP. The Constitution begins with the words “We the people,” a phrase which now recognizes the wingnut factoid that “Corporations are people, my friend” — aka “. . . the merger of state and corporate power.”

          Benito was obviously one of the original Teabaggers.

  6. Mark Zuckerberg recently purchased 700 acres of property on the North Shore of the island of Kauai, for $100 million.

    No, people are not all alike.

  7. Crossfire Canceled On 10 Year Anniversary Of Jon Stewart Appearance

    Exactly 10 years ago on October 15, Jon Stewart appeared as a guest on CNN’s Crossfire. Stewart’s scathing criticism of the hosts and the show destroyed the show in such a way that it was cancelled shortly after. It was brought back many years later, but on Wednesday, on the 10th anniversary of Stewart’s interview, Crossfire was cancelled again.

    Crossfire stopped being entertaining and informative once the GOP machine began coaching their operatives how to obstruct their opponents’ points with interruptions and Frank Luntz focus-group-approved talking points. Having Newt Gingrich and Sippie Cupp as con hosts didn’t help either.

  8. Thanks To the NRA, The US Has No Surgeon General Overseeing the Ebola Threat

    …………it may have led one to wonder exactly where “America’s doctor,” the Surgeon General of the United States, is hiding and why they are not stepping into the spotlight to put Americans’ minds at ease. The truth is this nation has not had a Surgeon General for a year, but not because President Obama failed to appoint an extremely qualified candidate; he did last November. However, the National Rifle Association, no Americans’ idea of an organization concerned with the health and safety or preventing even one American citizen’s death, issued an edict to Senate Republicans that a vote to confirm the President’s appointee meant an immediate end to their political career. Going into a hotly contested midterm election, Senate Republicans did precisely as their NRA masters dictated and made sure America will not have a Surgeon General unless they support spreading the epidemic of gun deaths in America.

    Last November 14th, the President nominated Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an extremely qualified candidate to replace ‘acting’ Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. It took three months, but the Senate finally got around to holding a confirmation hearing for Dr. Murthy’s appointment. However, the National Rifle Association exerted its very substantial legislative prerogative and blocked Murthy’s confirmation because he does not recognize that the NRA is “fourth and all-powerful branch of the federal government” and called for sane gun restrictions to prevent more Americans from dying unnecessarily from the gun violence epidemic. It is exactly what a real medical professional, and highly-qualified potential Surgeon General of the United States, is supposed to do; help prevent a deadly epidemic from spreading to save American lives.


    • It’s in the sixties and I had to put on long pants and shoes today.
      Usually it’s board shorts, an off shore shirt and flip flops.
      I don’t like cold weather.

      • We had 6.4 inches of rain in four days, but the highest chance of rain on the ten day forecast is 10% now.

        My mud should dry up pretty soon. Leaves too.

    • Victims in Africa, overwhelmingly of color. Lone death in US, also African. Two US nurses infected. Asian and African-American.

      • There you go again using facts! (the memo spread to the Repugnant/RWNJs didn’t have any of those things, only shivering in your boots fear-mongering!

        • “Phew it’s A-Ok…. only the nignogs and Victor Charlie catching this one”…. when KKKlayman realized his mistake.

    • Well, at least he’d ‘take him alive’ as opposed to dead…for a few minutes before the feral mob of reichwing nutjobs tore him limb from limb for Presidenting whilst Black.

    • “Dagga, dagga, dagga….. I’m hit Squadron Leader, my campaign is cooking up…. I’m going in…. tell my fund manager I love him deeply”

  9. Another vile creature speaks out. Here’s my response to Ms. Coulter.

    “Free” health care benefits the patient and anyone that he or she may infect with something if their condition is left untreated. The best way to stop an epidemic is to treat those who are sick before they infect someone else. If the entire U.S. budget is used up to save a single human life? It’s money well-spent.

    Of course. We all know that Ms. Coulter and her ilk are all in favor of massive spending to kill people but call money spent to save people “wasted”. This attitude is inhuman but simple enough for humans to understand. It’s all about “bang for the buck”. One can easily see the results of spending to kill people. All they need to see is the pile of dead bodies that would be alive were it not for said spending. The results of spending to save people are difficult, if not impossible, to quantify. There’s no way to make a specific claim that a single person who is not dead would have turned up dead without said spending.


    • This – from “Dr.” Coulter:

      (it’s a fauxnation site – understandable if you don’t want to click through)

      With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer.

      This only seems counterintuitive because of media hysteria for the past 20 years trying to convince Americans that radiation at any dose is bad. There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine.

    • Is it time to Saranwrap(TM) myself into my kitchen, or bathroom, or wherever the hell I need to be? Similarly yearning for the nostalgia of the Bush years anyone?

        • its a great theme for trick-or-treat…… whole bunch of these people come up to the house and start spraying chemicals on the cat and painting a blood-red cross on the door, just like the 1660s….. fookin wicked!

  10. On Glenn Beck’s radio show, Louie Gohmert — who represents Texas, where one Ebola patient has died and two nurses have been infected — said he was “okay, but do any of us really know for sure.” This is his shocked face:

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