Good Morning (and I hope you all feel better than I do).
1 Tide Pod Update: If you want more libertarians, here’s how to get them. At the Fortune site, Harold I. Ziegler writes,
Recently, videos have circulated on social media showing teens deliberately eating Tide Pods laundry detergent packs. All of this is part of what some call the “Tide Pod Challenge.” These pods contain highly concentrated laundry detergent under pressure and explode when bitten into, releasing their toxic contents and causing rapid ingestion and inhalation of dangerous chemicals. In my capacity as a toxic chemical researcher and consultant, I have investigated and seen several instances of the horrendous consequences that result from laundry pack ingestion: permanent burning of the mouth, throat, digestive tract, and lung tissue, and in some cases even death.Procter & Gamble (P&G), the manufacturer of Tide Pods, as well as other companies selling laundry detergent packs, have acted in the past to stem the misuse of their products. But these safety measures have failed.
It’s clear that laundry pods as they currently exist are too dangerous to be sold to the public. If P&G and other manufacturers can’t figure out a way to reduce the more than 10,000 injuries they cause each year, laundry packs need to be taken off the market.
If there is a better example of the thought processes that create nanny states and push society to eliminate personal responsibility, accountability and autonomy from its values, I can’t think of it. If people persist in the “Hit Yourself In The Head With a Hammer Challenge,” ban hammers. How do intelligent, educated people end up thinking like this? More amazing still is that a consultant can put out an addled argument like this one for public consumption—Wait! Harold’s opinions make people stupid, and we can’t seem to stop people from reading them! Using Harold’s logic, we better ban freedom of expression! Or Harold!—and still be able to persuade clients to pay for his advice.
2. But if it’s more white nationalism you want, here’s how you get THAT…San Francisco Acting Mayor London Breed, an African-American, was voted out at by her colleagues Board of Supervisors in favor of Mark Farrell, who is white. The Horror. will replace her as interim mayor until voters select a new mayor in June. As soon as it became apparent that the first African-American woman to lead San Francisco, albeit only because the elected mayor died suddenly, was being replaced by a white male, black citizens in the room erupted with rage, with many leaving in protest, and others shouting, “Shame, shame, shame.” “This is war!” some shouted as the meeting ended.
In related news, the Congressional Black Caucus announced that it will boycott the State of the Union speech.
3. Or maybe it’s civil war you want…The mainstream news media was going nuts over the Mueller investigation yesterday, proclaiming that it was “heating up” and throwing all sorts of hope-bombs to my deranged “resistance” Facebook friends. This was all brought on because The New York Times, again citing hearsay evidence from anonymous sources, plastered a story on its front page about how the President was about to fire Mueller, but was talked out of it. Believe it or not, people who were once as normal as you or I, some of the lawyers, too to social media to proclaim that this was impeachable as an attempt to obstruct justice. In the New Yorker (no, I’m not going to link to it because the lawyer who wrote it should be ashamed of himself), an attorney “resistance” member or Richard Painter writing under a pseudonym made this argument:
- Trump fired Comey.
- He had the power and authority to fire Comey.
- It’s obstruction of justice if the President did what he had power and authority to do if he was trying to impede the Russian collusion investigation. (Of course, the author ignores the salient point that Comey had proved himself dishonest, incompetent and untrustworthy, and it would have been a dereliction of duty not to can him)
- Trump’s desire to fire Mueller proves that his motives in firing Comey were mens rea for obstruction, so
- Mueller can indict Trump, and
- Congress might be able to impeach him.
Brilliant. I have never seen, heard or read about so many prominent lawyers setting out to mislead the public and make them more ignorant than they already are. I’m sure the author is sincere, which is even more troubling. By the time the Trump Presidency is over, the public will have lost all respect for and trust of both political parties, politicians, judges, feminists, civil rights activists, lawyers, psychiatrists, journalists, artists, legal ethicists, and historians. Every one of those professions will have earned it; indeed, they already have after just one year.
4. Or if you want Olympic glory at the cost of a child… From The Hill:
The U.S. Olympic Committee demanded late Thursday that all board members resign by Jan. 31, saying USA Gymnastics would lose its status as the nation’s governing organization for gymnastics if they did not. USA Gymnastics, on Friday, agreed to the demand. “USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements,” the group said in a statement…
Problem solved! Now let’s get back to cheering those delightful sprites as they tumble, balance and spin!
The U.S. Olympic Committee is fully complicit in the Larry Nassar serial child molestation and sexual assault scandal, of course, and so are the gymnast’s parents. From NPR:
Sari Weiner, whose 6-year-old daughter has taken classes at Silver Stars for about three years, says the Nassar story is awful and she’s long felt uneasy about the sport for other reasons. But the news won’t change her family’s routine.
“My opinions of gymnastics have not really changed. I’ve always thought that the competitive nature of the sport is extremely messed up,” Weiner says. “I think it is just unconscionable how long it went on and how nobody spoke up about it. But if my daughter is compulsively doing cartwheels all over the house, I’m going to put her in gymnastics for as long as she’s having fun.”
Other parents here say the sport helps their kids burn off energy and gain confidence.
Cara Altimus brings her 3-year-old daughter here once a week to have fun and get stronger. She says the Nassar story doesn’t really feel connected to her experience at Silver Stars, despite a disturbing incident last year, when a father planted a small spy camera in a bathroom.
The sport, like women’s swimming and skating, attracts predators, government bodies care more about the sports and profits than the athletes, but as long as the girls are having fun, their parents will continue to place them at risk. The unethical, incompetent judge who sentenced Nassar said, “It stops now.” No, if this attitude, denial and dodging of responsibility continue, it won’t stop at all.