Ever notice how the things that could enrich us are often banned, or otherwise destroyed, at the first opportunity to do so? It’s 2013 and folks are still “banning” books and other resources from people who could benefit. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri ask why people seek to strip resources from those who can spare it the least.

Topics discussed include Congress cutting $39 billion dollars from the food stamps program, how a lot of people want to reinforce the idea that poor people who receive government subsidies are “getting over.”, scientists saying that the deadly brain-eating amoeba that’s killing folks is the result of Hurricane Katrina, new California carpool regulations, the gun debate resurfacing after the latest mass shooting, a school removing Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man” from their reading list, false accusations of racism, people who attempt to de-legitimatize claims of racism, and more!

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  • Discussion about Congress cutting $39 billion dollars from the food stamps program.

    House Republicans narrowly pushed through a bill on Thursday that slashes billions of dollars from the food stamp program, over the objections of Democrats and a veto threat from President Obama.

    The vote set up what promised to be a major clash with the Senate and dashed hopes for passage this year of a new five-year farm bill.

    The vote was 217 to 210, largely along party lines.

    Republican leaders, under pressure from Tea Party-backed conservatives, said the bill was needed because the food stamp program, which costs nearly $80 billion a year, had grown out of control. They said the program had expanded even as jobless rates had declined with the easing recession.
    Source: New York Times

  • Sadly, there seems to be general apathy about these cuts. Why is it that nobody seems to give a care about stripping funding from poor people.
  • Heit & Cheri speculate that there will be an increase in crime as people try to make ends meet.
  • The real experts are the people who are forced to rely on food stamps.
  • Discussion about how a lot of people want to reinforce the idea that poor people who receive government subsidies are “getting over.”
  • Discussion about scientists saying that the deadly brain-eating amoeba that’s killing folks is the result of Hurricane Katrina. What?!?

    Experts say Hurricane Katrina may be to blame for a rare brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana.

    A boy was infected with the parasite in St. Bernard Parish last month while playing on a water slide and he later died.

    State officials said the reduced population there following Katrina left most of the water stagnant, allowing organisms like the deadly amoeba to thrive.

    Health officials said the water is safe to drink in the area but caution against getting it in the nose.

    The water system is now being flushed with chlorine.
    Source: KPLC

  • What do they claim that all of the bad stuff is from Africa?
  • Discussion about new California carpool regulations.

    A California regulatory agency has approved the first statewide guidelines in the US for ride-sharing services, setting up safety regulations for the tech companies disrupting the transportation industry.

    Ride-sharing companies like Lyft, Sidecar, and UberX will have a year to bring their drivers up to the standards (PDF) set Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission, which include things like background checks on drivers, driver training, and minimum insurance coverage.
    The companies see this as a win because it could allow them to expand to other cities in the state with fewer regulatory roadblocks.

    Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business who has been studying the sharing economy, said the new guidelines do lend legitimacy to ride-sharing services, but many of the companies already self-regulate on safety since it’s in their best interest to keep drivers and customers safe.

    “I honestly think that a lot of what the government is dictating here should be something the market takes care of on its own…If there’s even one bad incident, it’s going to damage their business. The incentives are well-aligned,” he said.
    The arrival of on-demand ride-sharing services in California cities caused friction between the burgeoning industry and the existing commercial drivers from the established taxi industry. Taxi drivers said these services were undercutting taxi fares, were unsafe, and were improperly insured.

    In response, the state commission created a new category for ride-sharing services and developed a set of standards for safety, many of which companies already adhere to.
    Source: CNET

  • Discussion about the gun debate resurfacing. Now people are focusing on background checks for firearms. Of course, this was quite predictable after this week’s mass shooting.
  • Discussion about family members of victims of the mass shootings becoming activists for gun control. Although they are experts about their loss and grief, this does not make the qualified to implement policies for prevention of violent crimes.
  • Why do they bring up background checks every time a mass shooting occurs. In these cases BG checks would not have prevented the crime.
  • Discussion about a school removing Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man” from the school’s reading list.

    A North Carolina school board has banned Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man from its reading list on Monday, citing a lack of “literary value.”

    The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported that the Randolph County Board of Education voted 5-2 to remove the book following a complaint by a parent, Kimiyutta Parson.

    “This novel is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthier, too much for teenagers,” Parson wrote in a 12-page statement to the board. “You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge. This book is freely in your library for them to read.”
    Source: Raw Story

  • Discussion about people choosing to protest the wrong things. They seem to always be off on a tangent.
  • Discussion about false accusations of racism.
  • Discussion about people who attempt to de-legitimatize claims of racism.
  • If we spent a little more time individualizing our acceptance of others, not only would the world be improved, but we would be improved in the process.

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