The Daily Wrap: October 11th

Is it the end of the week already?  Well alright, time to bust out the beers and nachos and the news!


According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, only 24% of respondents currently have a favorable opinion of the Republican party thanks to their role in this shutdown and the vast majority of Americans blame them over Barack Obama for what has happened.  The Tea Party is polling at 21% approval, making one wonder why they exist at all anymore.

Worse news for the Republicans is that Obamacare has become more popular since the shutdown.  It’s still not polling favorably, but the numbers are going up and 50% don’t approve of eliminating funding for it altogether, up from 46% before the shutdown.

Obama’s approval rating has stayed stable at 47%, while Senator Ted Cruz, the man who held a pointless all-night pretend filibuster is rocking a 14% rating.  The Democrats as a party are only sitting at 39% but the Republicans’ 24% is the lowest in poll history.  Will any of this stop the shutdown?  Probably not, but if anyone has an ounce of sense it will affect the number of voters who head out to make their feelings heard next time we have an election.


Facebook Privacy is Gone

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Because not a lot of people were bothering to keep their profiles private on Facebook, now no one can keep it private.  You have two ways to appreciate Facebook’s new move that makes it basically a Google for people.  The first is to get up in arms the way many people have, angry that Facebook is doing this to their page and letting anyone look through their photos and history.  The second is to appreciate that you don’t have a Facebook page.  No one does.  Mark Zuckerberg and his company, however, have millions of them that you put content on for him. Getting mad when Facebook makes your profile public and allows a Swedish photography company to steal your pictures is like getting mad at Coke for bottle the drink you spent so much time making and selling it to someone else.  It was never yours.

If you’re worried about privacy you can still make every individual thing you post private.  Or just delete Facebook since when’s the last time you ever heard anyone say anything good about Facebook?

Home Amputation Sounds Horrifying

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A 47 year old man from China was told by doctors he had an arterial embolism in his leg.  After numerous visits to the hospital he burned through the money he had and could not afford the treatment, which was amputation.  The hospital sent him home with a prognosis of three months to live.  Unable to accept that, the man did what pretty much no one would ever dream of doing and he amputated his leg at home, by himself, with a saw and a kitchen knife.  No word on how he staunched the bleeding but he did bite down on a piece of wood to work through the pain, so hard that he knocked out three of his own teeth.

Now the man has the same problem in his other leg but thanks to the story getting out, a doctor in Shanghai has offered to do the procedure free of charge and, hopefully, with anesthetic.


Unsafe Stamps? Not in America!

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An entire run of stamps aimed at getting kids active, because nothing motivates children quite like stamps, is being destroyed thanks to its horribly unsafe message.  Three stamps are deadly awful and will promote terror and suffering such as a kid doing a cannonball, a kid skateboarding without kneepads and one doing a headstand without a helmet.  Call us old fashioned but has anyone ever done a headstand in the history of ever with a helmet?  Has anyone ever mimicked a stamp and gotten hurt?  Do children even know what stamps are in 2013?


Racism in Sports?

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The Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins have been in the news this last week as the debate over changing the team names continues.  The basic argument is whether or not the name is racist and some people say there’s history, it’s not meant to be offensive,  and so on and so forth but it does come down to a question – do you have a right to tell someone else what offends them?  And, does that image posted with this, one created by the National Congress of American Indians, have a point?

At the end of the day, they’re right when they suggest Americans would not stand for any other racial group being called out so explicitly.  Is it time for a name change?  If not, why?