Kardashian’s Trainer Says Post-Baby Pix Faked

I know, I know, Kardashian! You’re posting something with the name Kardashian in it? Holy fuck did your channel changer break on E! this weekend? Has Polislice been brainwashed over to the nonsense side of things?

HA! Polislice brainwashed like George Romney? Never! Rest assured reader that this has a point that is actually pretty compelling (I think).

This personal trainer is denouncing photoshopping of women’s pictures in magazines, a practice that is so commonplace and pernicious in portraying the women pictured in magazines as being way more “perfect” than they are. The exposes of this practice, hereand here, where pores disappear, wrinkles are miraculously smoothed, hips and thighs are narrowed, muffin top eliminated, cleavage enhanced and so on, so that a 40 something 120 pound woman who smokes, drinks and lives in the sun becomes a 20 something 105 pound woman who lives like a cloistered nun, are generally both comical and crazy-making. Nobody is as perfect as these people are purported to be. If you hate yourself because you can’t look as good as them, let it go because they don’t look that good either!

It’s one disgusting thing to take 20 pounds off of curvy Jennifer Lawrence so that young women will think they have to binge and purge to be like her, but to fake photos of women who have just had a baby to show them back in their perfect bikini bodies just after the cord was cut is really beyond the pale. This is when women are at their most vulnerable on body image – having a baby changes your body, period. When Victoria’s Secret models are back on the cover of Vogue with no ill effects it can be demoralizing to woman who can’t shake that last 5, 10, 30 pounds, watched their breasts drop and have stretch marks that resemble road maps of Ohio on their bellies. But ladies, it’s all smoke, mirrors and air brushing. They are not superwomen. They may have personal trainers and personal chefs, but they also have Photoshop to take care of what 6 hours of aerobics and the Tic Tac diet can’t.

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With Syrian Deal – Maybe we can move on to budget apocalypse

Final thoughts, I hope, on the Syria chemical weapons issue. Not the Syrian civil war, which won’t go away for some time, I fear, but the chemical weapons “distraction”. That violations of every norm of warfare and humanity added up to a distraction is a story unto itself. The deal brokered between the U.S. and Russia could break down or, even in the best of situations, the process of destroying chemical weapons can drag on for years rather than the shorter time period in the deal, but that news would just be a curious footnote to this debate that waylayed the country for a month. 

It is a testament to the power of Obama that he could make the GOP an anti-war party. Who would have thought that Obama derangement syndrome would be so strong as to overwhelm their powerful instinct to belligerently bomb the shit out of Muslims? The upshot of this is that we found out who the “reasonable” Republicans were – the McCain/Graham “blow ’em up real good” caucus were the few able to put their hatred of the President aside long enough to push for more war in the Middle East, and not just “pin prick” responses, no. They were level headed enough to continue to want to spread conflagration and chaos into another country. God bless ’em. 

Can the rest of the GOP really be against military action and against diplomatic solution? Of course they can! These are brilliant conservatives who can hold two opposing thoughts at one time especially when they’re both negative. They can hate action and inaction equally, and for differing equally complex reasons! Is Obama for it? I’m agin’ it by gum. That’s good old fashioned frontier nuance my friends.

But the real upside of the deal with Russia is that we can once again focus on the insane upcoming government budget/debt ceiling deadline. To catch you up, the Sequester, the draconian budget cuts that kicked in the last time no deal could be reached on a budget has done two things: 1. sent the budget deficit to its lowest point in five years, and 2. hamstrung the economy by forcing cuts just when the economy might have been ready to get off the ground.

Here we are again, having to come up with a government budget that can be agreed upon by the people who like government and think it’s a valuable part of our civilization and the people who HATE government, think it is the devil and Hitler and should be bombed to oblivion like they used to want to do to Middle Eastern countries (while they accept their government paychecks). In fact, the stakes are even higher this time because the Tea Party has decreed that hated Obamacare must be defunded or there can be no government at all. They will not vote for any budget that includes Obamacare funding and have decided that it’s so important that they will decide the worthiness of their fellow Republicans based on their stance on this. They will destroy their fellow Republicans (“RINO” hunting, they call it) if they will not vote against such a budget – even though it is as clear as day to everyone with two brain cells to rub together that such a budget is a non-starter that would never pass the Senate and would never be signed by the President.

The Tea Party would make it a self-fulfilling prophesy that the entire federal government of the United States of America could come to a screeching halt because of Obamacare – or more accurately, because of their vote to shut it down because it includes Obamacare. Remember, they’re geniuses.

 

12 Years Ago Today – The Last Time I Cried

Watching the Towers crumble I broke down like a baby, for the people still inside and for the pure emotional shock of the chaos of that morning.

I wasn’t living in my home town that day, I was 3000 miles away physically, watching it on TV in the very early morning on the West Coast. But I couldn’t wait to come home, to walk those streets. I got back there the first week of October and I went right down to Ground Zero to see what I could see, to feel what I could feel – to be with my people.

A lot of it was still cordoned off but that smell – that smell that wafted up from downtown for weeks afterward. Wow. And everywhere you went in the city it was still raw, still a fresh wound. The makeshift memorials, the desperate handbills looking for the missing stating “last seen on 9/11”. The firehouses with the pictures of the fallen taped up on the walls and fields worth of flowers being left on the sidewalks outside.

Funny, but one of the things I remember most was going to work the next day, sitting in my high rise office building and just staring zombie-like at the computer screen looking for news. Numb. Pretty useless for anything like work. Some time after noon I went to my office manager and told her that I wasn’t doing anybody any good being there, I wasn’t functional. She knew what I meant, of course. We both looked out the window from her 29th floor office and she said, “If that happens I’m not going that way, I’m going out the window.”

Is Pollution in China Causing Infertility?

Interesting piece from Quartz, a publication I had not heard of before. Is pollution in China ratcheting up infertility?  

Longtime opponents of China’s one-child policy can stick this feather in their cap: Infertility is rising and at this point, the causes can’t be easily reversed. Last week, Chinese scientists from three universities and the government think tank, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said they would be launching a five-year study (paywall) into the relationship between pollution and female infertility.

Although China’s infertility rate is likely still lower than the average for developing countries, it’s particularly a problem in the context of China’s growing population woes. Decades of the one-child policy, which restricts most urban couples from having more than one child, have left China with a disproportionately large numbers of old people, a yawning gender gap, and a workforce set to start shrinking by 2025.

I knew about the aging population and had heard that the huge disproportion of men to women is causing unforeseen marriage and procreation problems (and I can only surmise the greatest surge of masturbation in history). Now on top of that add the effects of the runaway pollution problem on women’s hormones and fertility. 

Nature generally corrects, doesn’t it? A population correction in China over the next 50 years seems inevitable. 

If you keep scrolling down on the link there’s also a story about Volkswagen discontinuing the VW minibus, the longest produced model in automotive history.

Wonkblog – Left behind: even with Obamacare there will be millions uninsured

And never let us forget that Obamacare, as well meaning and welcome as it is, is still a band aid on a gaping wound

The Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping health care program created in a half century, is expected to extend coverage to 25 million Americans over the next decade, according to the most recent government estimates. But that will still leave a projected 31 million people without insurance by 2023. Those left out include undocumented workers and poor people living in the 21 states, such as Virginia, that have so far declined to expand Medicaid under the statute, commonly called Obamacare.

As with almost every program that is not universal, there will be people who qualify who will fall through the cracks. There will be numerous people and families who just make too much to qualify, but not enough to get their own insurance. There will always be states or insurance companies that make arcane rules that couldn’t be anticipated even in the 900 page law. There’s the shocking gap in dental care, everywhere. And then there are the states that are not expanding their medicaid and the people that will be forced to continue to rely on the capacity of free clinics.

Andre Sokol, a 59-year-old unemployed carpenter, is an example of someone who won’t be helped by the law and will continue to rely on the Arlington clinic, which, at an given time, provides care to about 1,600 people. He lost his health-care benefits when he left his job in the construction industry several years ago to care for his longtime girlfriend, who was diagnosed with ALS, and his mother, who was battling dementia. Two years ago, the women died within two months of each other. Sokol had no job, no income and no place to live.

In January, Sokol had quadruple bypass surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, which absorbed the costs. He didn’t qualify for Medicaid because Virginia doesn’t allow single men, no matter how poor, on Medicaid, unless they’re disabled. The state has one of the strictest eligibility standards in the country. That would change if the state expanded its program under the health law.

It’s a shame that we have to expend so much energy defending a program that isn’t even going to be universal. It’s truly amazing to think that the opposition at this late date still does not even recognize the problem and offers no alternatives. We have to continue to work for a single payer system – Medicare for all – everyone with a social security number is covered. period.

Gun Nuttery’s Ever Moving Bottom

Just when you think you reached bottom, a new bottom.

Legally blind and completely blind Iowans can obtain permits to carry guns in public due to a 2011 adjustment to state law banning sheriffs from denying permits based on physical ability, the Des Moines Register reported Sunday. 

“I’m not an expert in vision,” Delaware county Sheriff John LeClere told the Register. “At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.”

Elizabeth Warren Takes on Corporate Supreme Court

The Sexiest Woman in the World is not afraid (that’s what makes her soooo sexy)! She calls the 5 conservatives on the Supreme Court out for what they are: 

“You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business,” she said, as quoted by Politico. 

Sen. Warren might be the FDR we need for the New New Deal. A sexy, sexy FDR who actually grew up middle class rather than the benevolent patrician saviors we’ve had to rely on throughout our history. 

I love her.