Climb Aboard Little Wog, Sail Away With Me | TBogg

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By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 9:18 am

During the holiday break (at least it was my holiday break, maybe not yours) snooty elitist New York magazine published an article by Joe Hagan about his adventures aboard the post-election  National Review cruise on the S.S. Brutally Disappointed where he documented passengers – who ranged in color from alabaster to eggshell white as long as they stayed out of the noonday sun – commiserating with each other  over the failure of the Republican party to woo enough of the dusky horde over to their side of the aisle in the previous weeks election.

So sad.

Some key scenes:

Then, at 3 p.m., the group gathered into the Showroom at Sea, a three-tiered amphitheater decorated in a bright-red Art Deco style, for the first of several sessions deconstructing the loss. Onstage were Reed, now in lime-green pants embroidered with pink swordfish and navy polo shirt with white piping on the collar; and Scott Rasmussen, the pollster who consistently overrated Romney’s chances of winning the election. Rasmussen blasted the assembled Republicans with one crushing statistic after another. The exit poll data, he said, “create a negative brand image of the Republican Party as a party that only cares about white people.”

The audience murmured unhappily.

“And that image is hurting among the youth,” he continued. “It is hurting across the culture. It is something that has to be addressed across the party. It has to be addressed. You can’t just wish it away.”

Reed expanded on the theme. “You can’t run and win a national election in an electorate that is becoming decreasingly white and increasingly minority and lose 80 percent of the minority vote,” he said. “That math just doesn’t add up.”

Rasmussen offered some friendly advice about approaching minorities. “You show them that you really care, you talk to them as grown-ups on a range of issues, you get them involved,” he suggested, “and you accept the fact that it’s a long-term investment. And you accept that you can learn as much from them as you can teach them.”

This was harsh medicine to reluctant patients, and afterward some of them made their discomfort known. “That depressed me!” one woman said. To my right, a man snapped, “That’s bullshit!”

The man was Bing West, former assistant secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan, a former Marine and a National Review contributor.

West, mocking Rasmussen, said: “If you stupid Republicans weren’t so goddamn bigoted you would have won the election!”

His wife, Betsy, who bears a resemblance to Nancy Reagan, patted him on the back and apologized on his behalf, saying, “I don’t know why he said that. He’s usually not like that.”

…and then:

I met a man near the railing who was there as a caregiver for a 70-year-old National Review cruiser from Palm Desert, California. He was gay and seemingly liberal and had come on the cruise only to push his boss around in a wheelchair. As he smoked a cigarette, he recounted a conversation the two had about the ship’s largely Indonesian and Filipino staff.

BOSS: You notice none of the workers are white.

CAREGIVER: Except the managers upstairs.

BOSS: Well, that’s the way it should be.  [[More at Link]] Continue reading

2012 cultured meat highlights


2012 cultured meat highlights

2012 cultured meat highlights.

Scientific American ran a feature about how the company Modern Meadow is working to produce tissue-engineered leather for mass production by 2017. Wired published an article about Peter Thiel, who is the billionaire founder of PayPal, for investing in cultured meat technology.

UK’s Guardian posed the question to its readers “Could lab-grown meat soon be the solution to the world’s food crisis?” And in a contest for the best essay regarding the ethics of eating meat, New York Times readers chose this piece on cultured meat entitled, “I’m about to eat meat for the first time in 40 years,” as the winner.

On radio, our choice for the best piece of the year aired on National Public Radio’s, Kojo Nnamdi Show. The episode featured cultured meat scientist Mark Post and New Yorker writer Michael Specter. It’s a must listen!

And for video of the year? Check out what students at Beckmans College of Design produced to explain the importance of cultured meat research.