Return to Insanity

I’m back and recovering from a recent (and very stressful) research trip to Vanuatu. More on that later. Returning to the States after a media blackout is like getting hit with a brick. I often wonder why I even pay attention, but how can one not?

According to a more reasonable and inclusive measure of wealth, Americans are the second wealthiest on the planet. Japan wins, something I’ve said for more than a decade. Americans, though, are so blindly conservative that they have to be the most block-headed of all the developed nations.

Bigoted America rallies around stupid Chick-fil-A, while lesbians in Nebraska get tied up, mutilated and have their houses set on fire for the simple crime of not being interested in men. In fact, anti-gay murders in the United States hit an all time high in 2011. it’s worth noting, that murders of homosexuals and sexual minorities are often far more brutal than murders over drugs and interpersonal conflict.

The solution, of course, is to allow greater and easier access to military grade weapons. Perhaps we should allow households to start developing chemical and biological weapons. We never know when the feds might storm in. The only way we’ll be able to defend ourselves and preserve our less than free state, is through cheap sarin gas bombs.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney happily prostitutes himself out, fans the flames of racism and polarizes the discussion of Israeli-Palestinian peace for a mere $50,000 a plate. Right wing members of the The House of Representatives, in their enduring stupidity, waste time submitting “English only” bills with the goal of “unifying” the country.

Members of the Congress have plenty of time for bigotry, unless they’re distracted by micromanaging women’s health decisions. One must only conclude that the legislative process of the Congress would be radically different if the Congress and the Senate actually reflected the true demographic of the United States.

Enough ranting, it’s time for some Lamb of God.

About Pete Larson

Researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Lecturer in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I do epidemiology, public health, GIS, health disparities and environmental justice. I also do music and weird stuff.

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