Dressers v Guns


Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured in the past 27 years, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.

Source: Ikea Recalls Dresser Cited In Deaths Of Three Toddlers

This Ikea recall is due to just over one (1) per year violent incident due to faulty design 1 for the 27 years this line of furniture has been available.

Since 23 toddlers have shot that many people between January 1 and May 1, 2016, it’s safe to say more toddlers will be involved in gun violence in 2016 than this dresser has seriously hurt or killed over 27 years.

1. Really, we avoid any dressers that require mooring against the wall whenever possible. It’s a reasonable expectation to assume that most people assemble a dresser and assume it’s free standing.

“It is very unjust”


“The Benghazi Mission was understaffed. We know that now,” Stevens said. “But, again, Chris knew that. It wasn’t a secret to him. He decided to take the risk to go there. It is not something they did to him. It is something he took on himself.”Stevens, the chief of pediatric rheumatology at Seattle Children’s Hospital, also told the magazine Clinton has taken “full responsibility” for the tragedy and she doesn’t “see any usefulness in continuing to criticize [Clinton]. It is very unjust.”

Source: Slain Ambassador Chris Steven’s Sister Speaks Out: ‘I Do Not Blame’ Clinton

“Pay me what you owe me”


“Donors are demanding a lot these days, man, and they want answers and they want results, and a lot of them hit the panic button a lot,” said Theresa Kostrzewa, a Republican lobbyist and donor based in North Carolina, who is supporting former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. “This is a new day. Donors consider a contribution like, ‘Well, wait, I just invested in you. Now I need to have my say; you need to answer to me.’ ”

Source: Big Donors Seek Larger Roles in Presidential Campaigns – The New York Times

“The mistake I made there was to protest against segregation generally…”


On tactical errors, and the need of a protest movement to have a goal:

The mistake I made there was to protest against segregation generally rather than against a single and distinct facet of it. Our protest was so vague that we got nothing, and the people were left very depressed and in despair. It would have been much better to have concentrated upon integrating the buses or the lunch counters. One victory of this kind would have been symbolic, would have galvanized support and boosted morale. But I don’t mean that our work in Albany ended in failure. The Negro people there straightened up their bent backs; you can’t ride a man’s back unless it’s bent. Also, thousands of Negroes registered to vote who never had voted before, and because of the expanded Negro vote in the next election for governor of Georgia—which pitted a moderate candidate against a rabid segregationist—Georgia elected its first governor who had pledged to respect and enforce the law impartially. And what we learned from our mistakes in Albany helped our later campaigns in other cities to be more effective. We have never since scattered our efforts in a general attack on segregation, but have focused upon specific, symbolic objectives.

via "Militant as Well as Moderate": Martin Luther King's Longest Interview

Veteran Greg Popovich on SNAP cuts denied vets food security


Veteran Greg Popovich on SNAP cuts denied vets food security:

“Just like the way it is right now – how many vets might have to do without food stamps because of what’s going on with the government right now? That program is huge to a lot of these families. I mean huge. It gets them through. And it may or may not be there – who knows? – because government is not very functional at this point, as we all know. So it’s a day to reflect, to honor but also to not lose sight of the fact that a whole lot more has to be done with what they’ve done for all of us.”

Amy Poehler on Activism


“As I get older, I realize that I am old, But I also realize I don’t know very much and all I have is the present moment. And I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people any more about judge, or talk, or talk about what people do. I want to be around people who dream, and support, and do things.”

via Actress and Worldwide Orphan’s Foundation activist Amy Poehler at Variety Power of Women awards (cred to Alyssa Rosenberg at ThinkProgress).

Watch the entire speech below:

On Military Strength and Restraint


“Even if the use of the Hiroshima bomb was justifiable in order to precipitate an end to the war, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later was clearly a test of new arms,” he wrote. “It cannot be justified.”

After the lecture, he toured a Los Alamos museum, where full-size models of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs are on display. His wife, Akemi Shimomura, also a chemist by training and his longtime research collaborator, said that the Japanese government had been stupid to not surrender immediately after the Hiroshima bomb.

“Starting the war was stupid,” Dr. Shimomura replied.

The next day, they returned. Something was on his mind. The day before the Nagasaki bombing, Dr. Shimomura had seen a B-29 bomber drop three parachutes. The drop had puzzled him. He would later learn that they carried instruments for data transmission and measurement.

He asked John E. Pearson, the Los Alamos physicist who had invited him to lecture, about the instruments. After some hunting they found models of the original parachute payloads.

“Some guy came up and started explaining what we were looking at,” said Dr. Pearson. “Osamu said, ‘Yes. I watched them falling.’ I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone quite as stunned as that guy.”

Atomic Bomb Survivor & Nobel Laureate Osamu Shimomura from “For Witness to Nagasaki, a Life Focused on Science – NYTimes.com”.

Charles Pierce: “Simply put, the job creators are now not creating jobs.”


Charles Pierce for Esquire: Simply put, the job creators are now not creating jobs. They have no intention of creating jobs now or in the future. They don’t have to create jobs and there’s nobody out there to make them do it. They simply will reduce the number of jobs they have now and grind the remaining employees, most of whom have no recourse any more, either to the government or to organized labor. The job creators thereupon will get rich not creating jobs, and they will continue to get rich not creating jobs, because creating jobs costs them money. Any politician who says anything else is lying to you..