1. Here’s an idea that the evil side of me had. People applying to receive Medicare, Medicaid, social security, farm subsidies, welfare, unemployment, food stamps, or just showing up uninsured to receive treatment at a hospital should have to show a card declaring who they voted for. If they voted for Romney, they should be turned away and told to pull themselves up by their boot straps.
2. I’m not sure how people can argue over the contraception piece of the healthcare plan as “attacking religious freedom”. If your religion affects my ability to get contraception, then you’re the one imposing YOUR religious beliefs on ME. Oh, and there’s that little thing where most Catholics do use contraception.
3. With all this talk of Paul Ryan & Ayn Rand, I’ve been feeling a little self conscious about my love of The Fountainhead. I read it when I was 18 and declared that it was one of my favorite books. But like many books I read when I was younger, I basically just enjoyed it for the story and didn’t pick up on the subtle hidden political/existential/academic meaning. Let’s face it, I still basically just enjoy books for the story, because I’m just not that intelligent. Then come to find out that Ayn Rand supposedly stands for everything I hate. But in my teeny bit of research trying to figure out where I went wrong, I found out that basically every teenager that reads this book thinks it’s amazing. I especially felt vindicated after reading the quote by Nora Ephron that “it is better read when one is young enough to miss the point. Otherwise, one cannot help thinking it is a very silly book.” Ok, so I’m not crazy. I know it’s supposed to be a bastion of capitalism, but I somehow read the exact opposite meaning. It’s been a while, but from what I can remember, Howard Roark appealed to me because he was so unwilling to sacrifice his vision and go along with mass opinion. As a teenager from suburbia, I thought he was totally hot because he bucked the system and didn’t give a crap. If he failed, he failed. If Peter Keating did everything he could to keep him down, he turned the other cheek and kept on keeping on. I’m still not totally sure how this relates to not paying taxes or taking care of your fellow human being when they’re down on their luck. But at least I don’t feel quite as much of a traitor to my liberal democratic ideals. Although I’m still thinking maybe I should remove it from my list of favorite books on Facebook.
4. Found out that twice as much water is used to create the electricity that Americans use as the actual water that we drink/wash with/flush. I’m paraphrasing from an episode of Radio Times but also found this page to corroborate.