Keurig – An Environmental Nightmare

To say I hate Keurig K-Cups is an understatement. The coffee (if it can be called coffee) produced from those little plastic pods is simply vile. The cost per cup is astounding (over $40 per pound). But the environmental impact of those non-recyclable cups is vomit inducing.

Even the inventor of the K-Cup is trying to atone for his mistakes:

He [John Sylvan] sold the stock a couple years ago when it broke $140. He also recently started a new company that sells solar panels, partly to atone for the environmental problem he believes he created. The company is called Zonbak, which means “sun bucket,” in Dutch.

[source: The Atlantic]


On Josh Duggar and Ashley Madison

What somebody does in their life is none of my business. I do not care what you do in your relationships and bedrooms. I’ve know plenty of people in plenty of different types of relationships (open, closed, monogamish, group, etc). HOWEVER when you make a career out of “protecting the sanctity of marriage” and you’re then caught seeking ways to cheat on your wife — you are a valid target.

As Gawker reports (and I despise Gawker):

In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” During that time, he also maintained a paid account on Ashley Madison, a web site created for the express purpose of cheating on your spouse.


But data released online in the wake of the hack on Ashley Madison’s servers certainly seems to show otherwise. Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, with a billing address that matches the home in Fayetteville, Arkansas owned by his grandmother Mary—a home that was consistently shown on their now-cancelled TV show, and in which Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child—paid a total of $986.76 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015.

Josh Duggar made a lot of money working for the Family Research Council. Time after time he made disgusting remarks about the GLBTQ community. Again and again he talked about the sanctity of marriage and how important it is to society.

Fuck you Josh Duggar, you sanctimonious hypocrite.


Troll targets Target, and it is beautiful.

There are just so many examples here, I wish I could share them all. Head over to this link thingy to view them all.

Brands can’t be as honest as they might like in dealing with haters on Facebook. But sometimes other Facebook users can do it for them.

That dynamic played out in particularly rogue fashion on Target’s Facebook page this week. As the retailer received a steady stream of nasty comments from people upset about its move toward gender-neutral in-store labeling, Facebook user Mike Melgaard posed as Target with a fake Facebook account—Ask ForHelp, with a bull’s-eye profile pic—and began excoriating the haters with comically sarcastic replies.

He got away with it for about 16 hours, too, commenting on about 50 posts before the fake account was shut down. Here are a few of his greatest hits:



Office Of County Clerk Kim Davis Defies Court, Turns Away Two Gay Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses

The solution is simple:

  1. Hold her in contempt of court.
  2. Fire her bigoted worthless ass.

End of story.

Everthing below is via JoeMyGod:


Late yesterday Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was ordered to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Yet this morning her office turned away two gay couples. Via the Associated Press:

A Kentucky clerk’s office has turned away two gay couples seeking marriage licenses, defying a federal judge’s order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom. Hours after the judge’s order to issue licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office still turned away the two couples, one after the other, on Thursday morning. Davis has argued that her Christian beliefs prevent her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage bans unconstitutional, Davis stopped issuing licenses to any couple, gay or straight. Five couples sued her, and U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning on Wednesday ordered her to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling. On the street Thursday, gay-rights activists held signs reading “clerk not clergy” and “obey the law.”

Deputy county clerk Nathan Davis says that the Liberty Counsel has told them to defy the court while awaiting the appeal of yesterday’s ruling.


On Thursday, deputy clerk Nathan Davis, Kim Davis’ son, said the office was advised by attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel to continue refusing same-sex couples as it appeals the order that was filed Wednesday. They told David Moore and his partner David Ermold, who showed up as soon as the doors opened, that they were not issuing marriage licenses. Davis’ attorneys at Liberty Counsel were not available for comment Thursday. They told WKYT they were in a prayer meeting. After being turned away by the clerk’s office, the couple went to the county judge executive’s office to see whether he would issue a marriage license. Moore and Ermold say he told them he didn’t have the required paperwork and that the issue would have to be settled by the courts. When they were turned away this morning Moore and Ermold got emotional. This is not the first time Moore and Ermold, his partner of 17 years, have been denied a marriage license by the Rowan County Clerk’s Office. Last Month, the couple tried to get a marriage license, but Kim Davis refused to issue it. They videotaped the experience, posted it on YouTube and it eventually went viral. “These people are cruel and this is wrong. And that’s how it is,” Ermold said. “That’s the bottom line. She’s wrong and these people are cruel to do this to us and that’s how I feel.”

UPDATE II: Davis has filed a motion for a stay on yesterday’s ordering pending the resolution of her appeal to a higher court.

Bernie Sanders to speak at Liberty University

This ought to be very interesting. Statement from Senator Sanders via the NY Times:

“Liberty University was kind enough to invite me to address a convocation and I decided to accept. It goes without saying that my views on many issues — women’s rights, gay rights, education and many other issues — are very different from the opinions of some in the Liberty University community. I think it is important, however, to see if we can reach consensus regarding the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in our country, about the collapse of the middle class, about the high level of childhood poverty, about climate change and other issues. It is very easy for a candidate to speak to people who hold the same views. It’s harder but important to reach out to others who look at the world differently. I look forward to meeting with the students and faculty of Liberty University.”

RNC quietly rejects anti-gay resolutions

So it appears that the GOP is trying not to be a total laughingstock. Emphasis on the word trying. The party remains solidly homophobic, xenophobic, anti-science, anti-education, anti-worker, and anti-woman.

So yes, thank you RNC for rejecting these two proposals. But not really because it will do nothing to tone down the rhetoric coming from your party members. Tonight’s first GOP debate is surely going to be a black eye for the GOP.


via Time:

The first resolution, introduced by embattled Michigan national committeeman Dave Agema, would have encouraged “schools that are teaching the homosexual lifestyle in their sexual education class also include the harmful physical aspects of the lifestyle.” The second, which would have encouraged Congress and states to pass laws in an effort to nullify June’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, was introduced by Louisiana national committeeman Ross Little, Jr. The Washington Blade first reported on the proposed resolutions over the weekend.


According to a person familiar with the resolutions committee meeting, only four resolutions were sent to the full Republican National Committee for a final vote on Friday: one condemning Planned Parenthood amid recent controversial videos about fetal tissue, another condemning President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, a resolution on judicial overreach, and a fourth honoring a recently deceased former RNC member.


The 16 year old girl stabbed Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade has died

Profound sadness at yet another unnecessary death. This is the danger that extremists of all religions pose.

Haaretz reports:

Three days after being critically wounded by an ultra-Orthodox man that went on a stabbing rampage at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade, Shira Banki, a 16-year-old Israeli teen succumbed to her wounds Sunday afternoon. Five other people were wounded in the attack. Police confirmed that the suspected stabber is Yishai Schlissel, a Haredi man from Modiin Ilit who stabbed three participants in the 2005 Gay Pride march. He was recently released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence. Banki was a high-school student from Jerusalem, studying at the Hebrew University High School. She took part in Thursday’s parade to show solidarity with her LGBT friends. She is survived by her parents and three siblings; her family decided to donate her organs.

Shira’s family has issued a statement.

“Our magical Shira was murdered because she was a happy 16-year-old – full of life and love – who came to express her support for her friends’ rights to live as they choose. For no good reason and because of evil, stupidity and negligence, the life of our beautiful flower was cut short. Bad things happen to good people, and a very bad thing happened to our amazing girl. The family expresses hope for a less hatred and more tolerance.”

h/t JoeMyGod

Religious Right Hero Vladimir Putin Okays Polygamy, Sharia Law

Right Wing Watch sums this all up pretty succinctly:

The Religious Right’s support for Putin, an authoritarian leader who has infringed on basic liberties and the democratic process, undermined the freedom of religion, particularly for Protestants, and allowed for the creation of a Sharia law enclave where polygamy is legal, once again proves that for a certain segment of American conservatives, everything comes down to opposing homosexuality.

In short, Russia has allowed a Chechnyans to take more than one wife. This includes a forced marriage between a teenage girl and a 57-year-old chief of police.

One of polygamy’s noted defenders ended up being the country’s foremost supporter of the “homosexual propaganda” law: Yelena Mizulina. Ioffe writes:


[W]hen a lone member of the parliament proposed a law criminalizing polygamy, the initiative was duly shot down by Yelena Mizulina, the parliamentarian who was among the most vocal supporters of Russia’s anti-gay laws and other “traditional values” initiatives. Criminalizing polygamy, Mizulina said, was “absurd.” The reason for polygamy, she argued was that “there are not enough men, the kind with whom women would want to start a family and have children.” Last week, Mizulina was promoted to the upper chamber of parliament.


Mizulina authored the ban on “homosexual propaganda” and pushed through a law “banning the adoption of Russian orphans by gay couples, unmarried couples and single people in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.”

Read the full post, with all the hypocritical details over at Right Wing Watch.

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