Because who enjoys their privacy, anyway?

Obamacare Terms and Conditions, people:

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose.

And wouldn’t we all like to know what exactly ‘lawful government purpose’ means? And when I say that, I mean wouldn’t we all like to know what it means to them.

 

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You can live, you can live, you can live, and you…well, sorry.

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St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph, Illinois has implemented a pretty interesting assignment for its’ freshman and sophomore students. And the assignment literally looks like a lesson in death panels. As a part of their sociology unit, the students were required to participate in an assignment deciding the fates of ten fictional characters. In the assignment, the ten characters are all in desperate need of kidney dialysis – the lesson literally says, and I quote, “Unless they receive this procedure, they will die.” It then goes on to say the hospital only has enough machines to support six of those patients. “That means four people are not going to live,” the assignment states. “You must decide from the information below which six will survive.” The characters were described in the assignment, stating their occupations (lawyer, prostitute, et cetera). The students’ worksheets showed that the characters they chose to live were characters with the occupations of lawyer, cop, doctor, minister, teacher, and housewife. The ones left then to die were the ones with less socially acceptable positions such as prostitute, college student, ex-con, and a disabled person.

I don’t know how you feel about this, but I myself feel pretty vomitous about it. The school claims that the assignment was supposed to show students that social biases exist and help them gain a different perspective. I can see how this assignment may show them that, but I also feel like this is an extremely morbid way of learning and could potentially have no actual impact on their reasoning. For all we know, some kids may have came out of doing that assignment just thinking they had better be a doctor or one day they’re going to die from a hospital not providing them with kidney dialysis.

Any (good) school instructor would be able to teach their students about social values in a number of ways. A number of ways that doesn’t include them having to choose if a lawyer or a prostitute deserves life over the other. This could have been taught differently, no blurred lines there. It could have been and it should have been.

This would however be a great assignment for someone wanting to work in the Department of Health and Human Services.

You’ve got to be kidding me

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Governor Jerry Brown is one of my least favorite people, which is probably no surprise. But he has officially been bumped up into the Top 10 on my personal Blacklist.

Brown just signed AB 14, which legalizes “non-physician abortions in the state.” Here is an actual excerpt from the bill itself:

This bill would instead make it a public offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment, or both, for a person to perform an abortion if the person does not have a valid license to practice as a physician and surgeon, except that it would not be a public offense for a person to perform an abortion by medication or aspiration techniques in the first trimester of pregnancy if he or she holds a license or certificate authorizing him or her to perform the functions necessary for an abortion by medication or aspiration techniques. The bill would also require a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant to complete training, as specified, and to comply with standardized procedures or protocols, as specified, in order to perform an abortion by aspiration techniques, and would indefinitely authorize a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant who completed a specified training program and achieved clinical competency to continue to perform abortions by aspiration techniques. The bill would delete the references to a nonsurgical abortion and would delete the restrictions on assisting with abortion procedures. The bill would also make technical, nonsubstantive changes.

He says he just wants to “support the health and well-being of women in California.” I, for one, am pro-life but if abortions are going to be performed they should, you know, be performed by a freaking PHYSICIAN.

This is just flat out disgusting.

C’mon Mr. President

Just moments ago, House GOP leaders proposed a short-term debt ceiling hike, in exchange for a ‘real commitment’ from the President.

House Speaker John Boehner said:

“It’s time for leadership.  It’s time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin.  I would hope that the president will look at this as an opportunity and a good faith effort on our part to move half way — half way to what he’s demanded — in order to have these conversations begin.”

The Blame Game Revealed…kind of.

NOPE.

Check out this link ^^. This chick on Buzzfeed just made my day.

I personally find this to be fantastic because I think there are a lot of people out there who have no understanding or interest in understanding what is happening with the government shutdown, and have even less of an understanding as to who the bad guy is here. This web article is awesome – mostly because it is super easy to understand and has images of things that make it lighter and actually a little funny.

UNBELIEVABLE. Literally….unbelievable.

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Do you remember playing tag, throwing around a football, playing baseball or lacrosse as a child? Doing cartwheels? Anyone? My guess is that as a kid you did at least one of these things, probably on a daily basis maybe at recess? I don’t know about you all, but I would very much like for my children to be able to take part in these activities because it teaches teamwork, builds friendships, and gives them something healthy to enjoy. Oh, and it’s FUN for them.

Sadly, Weber Middle School in Port Washington, NY has decided that their young students may not participate in these activities. They have literally banned students from playing with footballs or doing cartwheels. I’ve done the satire check on this and it’s real. This is actually happening. And I’d be naïve to think that other schools won’t soon be attempting to do the same.

While I don’t want to throw too much opinion into this…I’ve got to say upon finding this out I had to stop myself from puking up my breakfast. It saddens me that these things are happening and that children are no longer able to be children in many places. There is no normalcy in a child not being allowed to play, just as there is no normalcy in a child who’s only outlet is games on an iPhone and their closest communications through technology. I personally will never bring my children up in a technology-fueled, playtime-killing environment but it seems that with every day that passes our nation’s younger generations get further and further from reality. I could go on for days about this subject (but I won’t). I just hope that more parents begin to stand up and fight against the changes being imposed on their children.