May 14, 2009
Did you read this: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/05/13/genes.patent.myriad/index.html
They are patenting pure human genes, so if anyone develops medical treatments direct at them the corporation has to given their permission first (and wet their beak on any future profits). What the fuck. Where does rank on your outrage scale?
Former citizen of the Democratic Republic of the United States of America
Damn, that is a bigger slap in the face than actually being slapped in the face. The idea that the fundament of our being is property is offensive enough, but that the motivation for making it property is to ensure people can’t treat disease for free: that takes a special kind of shamelessness. It is getting to the point where they will patent the Hard-On and I’ll have to sleep with an elastic band around my junk to keep my morning wood from driving me to financial ruin.
Of course the real crime is not that some scumbag corporation attempted it, but that the government’s response was anything besides immediate trial for crimes against humanity. They have abandoned all of pretense of being an extension of the public will, and become the crooked bagmen of children-stealing ghouls.
As for where it ranks on my outrage scale, take a look-see:
Beats Entropy: Things A.J. is Outraged by Scale
0- Delicious toast being provided in a timely fashion
1– My beloved Sally’s shameful towel hoarding 
2- Godzilla being female and taken down with two pitiful sidewinder missiles 
3- Couples who hyphenated their last names instead of just picking one
4- Being “Shusssshed”
5- Special Education getting more funding than Enrichment classes
6- Vegans trying to undermine our hard won position on the food chain 
7- Twilight having been a best seller
8- Prefacing the explanation of a simple concept with “Basically”, or, a clearly figurative statement with “Literally”. 
9- Patenting things in nature that you did not create
10- Filthy Quebecois traitors whining Bill 101 in existence
 And now I can’t use a beach towel either! This is a bigger slight than the “don’t drink out of a measuring cup” debacle of 1988.
 The acceptable methods for dealing with Godzilla
a) Drive him back into the sea.
b) Hope the giant moth/robot/deep sea fangly fish starts running its mouth and aggravates him.
c) Persuade elf looking alien chicks to soothe him with song…that he might return to the sea of his own accord.
 You think the Bears aren’t watching for signs of weakness; they are.
 No, you did not “literally” jump out of your skin when the dog barked…you lying son of a whore.