January 31, 2010

Can I get some of what he's smoking?

Because he's got to be really fucking high if he actually believes this:

The American people do not want the president to walk away from health care reform, White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

"They want us to act," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "They would like us to work together to do it."

Keep fucking that chicken, Dave. All the way to November.

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Presented without comment or context - David Shuster's online reading list



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Old School Sunday Night Hotassery

Since this place could use a little class

Before anyone asks (I'm looking at you Gabe), this is Gene Tierney.  She's best known for her work in Laura.  Really, they don't make movies, or starlets, like they used to. 

More below the fold

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Good Riddance?

At least some of the noisier Japanese want us gone.
My question, do we need to stay in Okinawa?
We have bases in South Korea and Taiwan in that region. They need us, Japan doesn't.

Japan can defend themselves and nobody really wants to invade them anyway. The original reason we stayed was because we didn't trust the Japanese, but these days they are too into fucking robots, marrying cartoon characters and generally leading the world in "weird and creepy" to want to invade anybody else. They mostly want the world to leave them alone except to buy their stuff.
Their biggest threat is the poofy-haired maniac lobbing missiles, and we have cruisers and whatnot for that and they can field their missile defense. They're probably helping us and the Israelis build the systems anyway.

It seems to me there's no reason not to be out of western Europe and Japan. They don't need us and those bases cost us money. We can keep those soldiers in places where they're needed.

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why does this sound familiar?

Hmmmm. It's a mystery. The only question is did the guys get shirts?.

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Because no one saw that coming

Other than, say, every conservative around.

Bank bailouts created more risk.

Money quote (see what I did there?)

Barofsky wrote the $700 billion financial bailout has encouraged more risk-taking because bank executives, who are still receiving massive bonuses, figure the government will come to the rescue the next time they steer their ships nearly aground.

No.  Fucking.  Shit.  Once the whole "too big to fail" meme started, why the hell would risk taking be reduced?  Hell, the gubmint will just come and save us the next time.  Also note the slam on the bonuses as well. 

Look, there is no way out that's not going to involve tons of pain.  The question is how much pain and for how long.  The same people who created the regs and whatnot that got us into this mess are the ones now claiming they can get us out.  Yeah, that's going to end well. 

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Evangelical Atheists Suck

Via Hot Air (where you saw it), we find this article about some atheist group angry over Mother Theresa getting a stamp. As an atheist, I'll respond.
Go screw.
Idjits, you're making my life difficult.
They weren't upset about Martin Luther King because, so they claim, he just happened to be a minister while she was known primarily as a nun.
Methinks the Reverend Martin Luther King, in one of his sermons, might have disagreed.

Good people is good people. There are few enough who deserve our respect to restrict the pool because you have a problem with their particular religion.
Cool fact I didn't know until reading wikipedia about her for something I then deleted, she was born in the Ottoman Empire.

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Don't forget the three laws

Via the Puppy Blender we see the Slashdot article linking to this page that's an open access summary of an experiment into robot evolution and this page that discusses the first page and has vids of the experiments.
Very cool. Read the whole thing, you'll enjoy it.

I don't really understand how the researchers recombine the robots' "genomes" to make "generations", but they do so I'll let it slide.
What they did was let robots run around doing stuff, the ones who did what they wanted best "reproduced", they kept going until the populations were stable, in other words, didn't learn anymore (except once).

For instance, they told robots to run around longer than their batteries could handle with the instructions on how to recharge, so they had to go home periodically.
After 100 generations they all went back with 10% power left, that didn't change at 200 generations. They obviously developed a Murphy's law.

The exception was the predator/prey scenario.
The predator had to touch the prey, the prey had to run away. The prey was twice as fast but the predator could "see" the prey from 200 times the distance.
The prey figured out the best way to evade the predator and then the predator figured out how to overcome that stragety so the prey figured that out so the predator changed....
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Overall, these experiments revealed that a large variety of sophisticated behavioural strategies could evolve, but none of them were stable over time because of the coevolutionary dynamics.

It never stabilized.
Which makes them uniquely like people I think, these guys must be on the right track.

It seems to me that animals stabilize how they get their prey and how they avoid their predators, that's why new predators or prey can destroy an eco-system.
Man is the animal that best evolves its strategery in killing. It seems to stabilize, but then someone figures out a better way to do it an off we go. That's how empires are founded, like the Romans or the Greeks before them. Not many animals do that and none do it nearly as well.

Interesting and, I also think, important if they can evolve an intelligent robot.

We know lots of stuff, but not a lot of people know a lot about a lot of stuff and nobody can know everything we know all at once.
A brilliant physicist doesn't know all that a brilliant astronomer does and neither of them know what a brilliant mathematician knows.

Asimov, I think, wrote science-fictionally about how a lot of advances were made very quickly simply because a thinking machine could know lots of stuff and correlate it to do unexpected stuff.
That would be cool. If we could make reasoning computers they could figure out important stuff, like how to shut up a global warmmonger or  make the perfect s'mores.

Related, excellent sci-fi books, Code of the Lifemaker and The Two Faces of Tomorrow, both by James Hogan, he's hit and miss, but those two are excellent about evolutionary robotics.
Related Video below the fold, because I'm supposed to.

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Bob Barker donates $1 million to try and stop PA pigeon shoots, Haitians still starving in the streets

For those unaware, this has been something of an issue in PA, mostly with the PETA set, and of course some squishy suburbanites and liberals.  PA is the last state to legally allow pigeon shoots.  Some of you might remember the ending of the pigeon shoot in Hegins, PA in the 90's, which saw some publicity.  Anyway, the PETA set and HSUS (who are really the people you need to watch out for) have been driving hard for a ban for a while in PA. 

There have been a couple of proposals, but they've thus far all languished in committee.  The NRA has been opposed to the ban, because most of the bills have been written in ways that would probably make life difficult for birdhunters, particularly upland and waterfowlers who use dogs when they hunt.  Naturally most of the PETA/HSUS set don't care, as they want hunting banned anyway.  PA of course is pretty much in a perpetual contest with Texas to be the huntin'est state in the union, there's a strong hunting and gun culture here, so the bill is seeing some resistance.

So we now have Bob Barker dropping $1 million into a group that's been actively pushing for a ban.  The good news is he didn't give it to HSUS, which is a proven capable organization.  The bad news is politicians are whores and cowards, and a million dollars can still buy votes, and can buy ad space and be used to stir up a shitstorm, and pigeon shoots aren't exactly the most PC thing in the world.

I'm inclined to defend the PA pigeon shoots.  For starters, the anti-Nanny instinct kicks in, I hate, hate being told by my "betters" what to do, I hate being told you can't do this.  My first reaction is almost always fuck you, yes I can.  Seriously, every time I see the PETA set screeching for a ban on the shoots my first instinct is to buy a nice double, break some clays and then sign up for the next pigeon shoot out of pure spite, just like my first thought is, why yes, a double bacon cheeseburger would be tasty right now, every time I hear the PETA set cry about eating meat.

I also don't like politicians getting into the habit of banning everyfuckingthing that comes down the pike that people don't care for, the last thing I want is a million little Nanny Mike Bloombergs running around banning every one of life's pleasures.  There's also a good bit of cultural elitism involved in the push for a ban, most of the published pictures and video are of white trash types from poorly run venues doing these shoots, not the respectable looking hunters in the old days.

Are the pigeon shoots a blood sport?  Yes, but properly run, there's no reason it can't be done with as much consideration for the pigeon's welfare as hunting, and most people aren't opposed to hunting.  I know I'll probably take some flak for defending this activity, which I can live with. 

That said, if the PETA set start spamming or screeching, I'm locking comments, I don't need to read the squealing and threats from PETArds.


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Obama When He Leaves The Teleprompter At Home

The recent meeting between President Obama and the House GOP received a lot of attention, but The Hip Prez mentioned something about his socialized medicine plans that I wonder if he wanted to have mentioned.

“The last thing I will say, though — let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we’ve presented — and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.”

Emphasis mine.

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The Stupid Party

I'm not so much a Republican as an anti-Democrat. I don't like the GOP but I really, really, (insert another 50 or 60 "really"s) don't like the Dems.

So what's the deal with the South Carolina GOP? The Governor wants to be with his soulmate but doesn't want to lose his wife or something and now the LT Gov shows his political acumen.
Quoth the LT Gov while campaigning for governor.
that people receiving government assistance are like "stray animals" because "they breed" and "don't know any better."

We've all done that. You want to say to the girl, "You can kiss better than that." but it comes out, "My dog can kiss better than that." in a really snotty voice and you're never getting another kiss from her (true story).
Obviously the SC LT Gov wanted to make a point but it came out "I'm an idiot".
So what's an idiot who wants those "stray animals" to vote him to do?
Noting that he has raised money for a group that protects animals, Bauer also said he is "not against animals."

Oh, well that makes it better I guess.

I do have to wonder if he's a Dem plant, doing for the GOP what Karl Rove plants are doing for the Dems.
I look forward to his explanation of his explanation.

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I Do My Research On Taxes, Polling, And Healthcare By Reading "Highlights" And Talking To Myself. So What's The Diff?

Seriously? Fucking seriously?!?? The UN can't be this fucking stupid, can they?

In its most recent report, it stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.

However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them {and I read Spank Magazine for my research into health care-ed}.

The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master's degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.

The revelations, uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph, have raised fresh questions about the {shitty-ed}quality of the information contained in the report, which was published in 2007.

What. The. Fuck.? Yes, these fuckers are that stupid. And lazy. I really cannot believe what I just read. The UfuckingN basically went to Barnes & Noble, pulled a "Hiking" Magazine off the shelf, backed up their research by talking to the cleaning lady at the pizza parlor, and called this "settled science"? 

Well, then fuck settled science. Fuck the UN. Fuck East Anglia. And fuck algore. Fuck all of them with a rancid meat javelin coated in hurty sauce. Those fuckjuggling fuckbags of fistfucking fraudulent fucking fuckity fuck fucking sold a shitfucking load of people on a fruitfucking scam, pushed fucking legislation, and fucking reaped their own fucking rewards, on a fucking piece of research that wouldn't make it out of a fourth grade history class? Fuck this! Fuck it forever with fire. And fuck all of them.

Fuck their research. Fuck their findings with the funny pages. And fuck anybody who still sides with them. This shit needs to be called out, and the hoaxers stripped of any work permit greater than being the backup elephant fluffer at the zoo.

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Madame Speaker Loves The Military

Especially if it means babysitting and taxi service.

Using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Judicial Watch uncovered thousands of pages of travel documents related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of military aircraft.

What hasn’t been revealed so far is that military aircraft are being used to shuttle Pelosi’s kids and grandkids between DC and San Francisco without any Congressional representatives even onboard! Put simply, the United States Air Force is serving as a multi-billion dollar chauffeur- and baby-sitting service for Nancy Pelosi’s kids and grandkids — presumably because commercial travel is beneath the families of the autocrats.

Honestly, while I am not surprised to discover that the Party of the Little People treats our military in such a fashion, I am still amazed into silence at the impunity with which they do what they do.

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I can't decide if this is hot or disturbing

you decide

Rumor: Angelina Jolie Had an Affair with Lady Gaga

According to the latest rumors, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are finished. Expanding upon that rumor is another interesting claim: that Jolie had an affair with Lady Gaga.


Jolie is openly bisexual, and Lady Gaga is a rumored hermaphrodite who has insinuated in the past that she might be open to getting down with both girls and boys.
It's Angelina Jolie so by definition there is some hot involved, but it's also Lady Gaga so there is a little "ick" factor in there also.  Throw in the way the Cleveland Leader makes her sound like a freak performing in the Cirque de 'Soleil and it comes off as a little disturbing to me. 

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January 30, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock." - Will Rogers

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It's funny because it's true

I found this while randomly surfing around and must say, this sums up my viewing habits nicely.

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I say, chaps, do as we say, not as we, erm, do

I don't understand how the Brits were able to rule the largest empire in the world when they can't even manage to get shit like this right...

The Government’s controversial equality watchdog was last night accused of ‘rank hypocrisy’ for flouting its own policies on fair pay.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has angered business leaders by ordering a crackdown on hard-pressed companies that fail to pay the same rates to employees doing similar work.

But official figures show that more than two years after it was set up to stamp out discrimination, the commission is paying its own ethnic minority workers almost ten per cent less than white staff – an embarrassment for its black chairman Trevor Phillips.

I don't care what color he is; that ought to be an embarrassment for anyone. When you're running the government agency that's supposed to "stamp out discrimination" and you're discriminating against your own fucking employees, that's some FAIL right there.

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Obviously I must buy this

I mean c'mon it's clearly meant for me.

And, yes, I would buy it just for the humor value.

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No one I have contracted for has ever bought me hookers...

What's up with that?

Distributor Claims Microsoft Terminated Partnership After Reps Refused To Take Part In Sex/Drug Party

Israeli software distributor EIM is suing Microsoft over a terminated contract. Microsoft claims the contract was terminated due to filing fraudulent sales reports, but EIM says the real reason was that EIM representatives refused to take part in a sex and drug party aboard a cruise put together by Microsoft for Turkish and Israeli distributors. EIM claims that there were women who would perform sexual services in attendance, as well as some "illegal substances," and EIM representatives were encouraged to partake of both, though they refused.

Right... because every eleventy bazillion dollar software company bases it's business decisions on who wil and won't do coke and have sex with hookers.

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Retro Cereal

I'm starting to see why Alex hates clowns.

Check out a bunch of defunct cereals like C3PO's, Ice Cream Cones, and Crazy Cow here.

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