Republicans think the average American worker is either lazy, a drug addict or both, REPUBLICANS JUST DON’T LIKE THE UNEMPLOYED
One GOP congressman recently compared the unemployed to “hobos.” Several Republicans have blocked extended benefits for the unemployed. In the House, GOP lawmakers tried to eliminate a successful jobs program.
But Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is taking Republican revulsion for the jobless to new depths.
Hatch introduced an amendment to the tax extenders bill that would require those who are applying for some of the benefits in that bill, including unemployment and welfare benefits, to pass a drug test in exchange for the benefits.
Depending on the scope drug tests per individual can run from $30 to $60 dollars per person. Where does the brilliant Senator Hatch think that money to going to come from. If there is a conservative on some crusade you can bet there is some irony involved – Orrin Hatch’s Charity Received Mass Sums From Drug Companies He Passed Legislation For. The senator also has been known to buy drug company stock and just coincidentally I’m sure, pass legislation that they wanted passed. Eli Lilly & Co and Pfizer Inc are among his top contributors. If the underlying issue here is the immorality of drug use than let’s also be fair and drag every corporate executive and medical doctor in for a drug screening . Anyone that has collected unemployment benefits knows you barely get enough to survive much less buy expensive street drugs.
More evidence for evolution in our time, Scientists uncover the genetic secrets that allow Tibetans to thrive in thin air
To pinpoint the genetic variants underlying Tibetans’ relatively low hemoglobin levels, the researchers collected blood samples from nearly 200 Tibetan villagers living in three regions high in the Himalayas. When they compared the Tibetans’ DNA with their lowland counterparts in China, their results pointed to the same culprit — a gene on chromosome 2, called EPAS1, involved in red blood cell production and hemoglobin concentration in the blood.
[ ]…While all humans have the EPAS1 gene, Tibetans carry a special version of the gene. Over evolutionary time individuals who inherited this variant were better able to survive and passed it on to their children, until eventually it became more common in the population as a whole.
Sharron Angle floated possibility of armed insurrection. Everyone, as Senator Hatch suggests, gets high. Sometimes people get high and start talking about bloody revolution. That’s just one excuse she could use.
Higher Anxiety, Depression Among Women May Have Basis in Cell Signals. Sounds interesting, but they haven’t actually gotten around to testing the hypothesis on female humans.
Analyzing the brains of rats that responded to a swim stress test, Valentino’s team found that in female rats, neurons had receptors for CRF that bound more tightly to cell signaling proteins than in male rats, and thus were more responsive to CRF. Furthermore, after exposure to stress, male rats had an adaptive response, called internalization, in their brain cells. Their cells reduced the number of CRF receptors, and became less responsive to the hormone. In female rats this adaptation did not occur because a protein important for this internalization did not bind to the CRF receptor.
“This is an animal study, and we cannot say that the biological mechanism is the same in people,” said Valentino, adding that other mechanisms play a role in human stress responses, including the actions of other hormones. However, she added, “researchers already know that CRF regulation is disrupted in stress-related psychiatric disorders, so this research may be relevant to the underlying human biology.”
They might be on to something. Though as recent studies on anti-depressants show interfering with hormone receptors is a mysterious process.
That commie rag Businessweek is at it again, Wall Street Bonuses Should Link to Debt, Harvard’s Bebchuk Says
Bonuses for Wall Street’s top executives should be linked to the value of a firm’s bonds as well as its stock to align managers with all stakeholders, Harvard Law School Professor Lucian Bebchuk said.
Under current stock-based compensation arrangements, executives are “not exposed to the potential negative consequences that large losses could impose on other contributors to the capital structure, like preferred shareholders, bondholders and depositors,” Bebchuk said in a conference call with reporters today.
Most executives are for letting the market decide except when it comes to their pay.
Isn’t there an old fable about the woman who screams about her triumph having reached the mountain peak as the sherpa who carried her up lays exhausted on the ground, How Dare Sarah Palin and Other Anti-Woman Conservatives Call Themselves Feminists
Real feminists find themselves unimpressed with the notion that there can be a feminism based around rich, powerful women passing policies that destroy the possibility of equality for all other women in the country. Nowhere in the centuries-old definition of feminism is there a phrase explaining that equality is only for rich, white, straight, married mothers with conservative politics. That Michele Bachmann has the same right as James Inhofe to trot out a particularly loony kind of right-wing nuttery doesn’t do much for the vast majority of American women, who have the same needs they always did for equal pay, equality at home, bodily autonomy and freedom from violence.
It is an oxymoron to call someone a conservative feminist, but let’s say that such an animal does exist. They got to where they are on the backs of real feminists.