September 30, 2010
A woman in Australia was so enraged by her husband cheating on her that she believed setting fire to his penis would make him mend his ways.Yeah, because nothing makes a guy say, "Hey, baby, I was wrong to have cheated on you. We should stay together forever," like setting his junk on fire.
Oh, and I should probably mention that there were also some other kind of serious consequences to her actions.
September 28, 2010
(2) OpenOffice wasn't faring well under its new corporate overlords at Oracle (which acquired Sun Microsystems, and got OOo in the package). So it's attempting to break free, going with the almost universally despised name of LibreOffice. Let's hope whatever organ Larry Ellison has in place of a heart allows him to donate the "OpenOffice.org" name back to the project.
I'm sticking with OOo 3.2.1 until somebody (either Oracle or Libre) puts out a stable version.
(3) Looks like the Democrats have made a pretty explicit decision to lie like dogs and hope that something sticks.
(4) Former SEIU boss Andy Stern is under investigation. It's about dang time.
(5) New Borg-like neural re-wiring tech for victims of traumatic brain injury. All your neurons are belong to us.
(6) UK docs improvised a sandwich bag insulator for a 26 wk preemie. Of course, this was almost a major Fail Britannia for telling a preggo woman with abdominal pain to not bother coming in to the hospital.
Miss Rowberry and her partner Lee Lacey, 24, feared she was having a miscarriage when she suffered agonising stomach pains when she was 26 weeks pregnant on the evening of June 26.
She rang the maternity suite at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester but was told it was nothing to worry about and to go back to sleep.
Later her mother Gillian called an ambulance and she was rushed to the hospital.
Who said socialized medicine would stifle innovation?! Just MacGyver yourself up some sammich bag insulation...
September 27, 2010
Some process server tried serving divorce papers to a lady who had successfully avoided at least one other process server.
She was stuck in traffic so he pounced.
The videotape shows Bantley behind the wheel of her car. As Bellizzi stands near the front of her car, he can be heard saying, "Oksana Bantley ... Superior Court …" Bantley shields her face with her hands. But before Bellizzi finishes speaking, she can be seen apparently turning the wheel of her car toward Bellizzi and the car accelerates. The video shows Bellizzi on the hood of the speeding car for a few seconds before the tape cuts off.
So she tried to run him down. She hit him with her car and went at least a couple hundred feet with him hanging onto a windshield wiper.*
"Well that's not confusing" you say.
You should wait until I finish. Jeez, some people are so impatient.
A Denver process server has been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief after he was run over and badly injured...
Weird. That's about a clear cut a case of adding insult to injury as you'll see outside a State dept SUV vs. Treacher.
I wonder, is she related or affiliated in some way with local police or politicians? Conversely, did he piss off the local police or politician?
That's the only thing that would make sense of this story.
*Pro-tip: If this happens to you, grab the edge of the hood by the windshield with both hands spread wide and lay spread eagle on the hood while using the tops of your feet on the front of the hood to stay stable.
Trust me, I avoided serious injury once in just that manner after not avoiding minor injury a previous time. It's nearly impossible to be dislodged if you do that.
September 22, 2010
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September 15, 2010
Sunspot activity isn't really getting better. It's more active than last year, but still a minimum.
According to the article, the minimum has been for 26 months, normal ones are about 16 months.
Some scientists are measuring magnetic activity in the sunspots. That's been going down steadily.
Now, they're predicting that by 2016 there wouldn't be enough magnetism to sustain sunspots. That seems almost like reverse-global warmmongers. Looking at a trend and assuming it'll continue that way and then WE ALL DIE!!!!!!, except this time from the coming ice age, not from bursting into flames.
At least they note that there's no proof the trend will continue in a straight line graph, but...
There is precedent for the Sun shutting down, the "Little Ice Age" a few hundred years ago, and, of course, the Earth's climate has gone up and down for as long as there's been an Earth.
I have to admit, I'm rooting for the global warmmongers because I really hate the cold, I just prefer my science to have a basis in fact and not endlessly subject to "correction" when you get caught.
September 14, 2010
Any ideas what that something is?
Clip via Tim Blair
September 13, 2010
"I've got a little penis inside of me," the 34-year-old actress said on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Call me lazy, but you know, I don't think I even have to come up with a joke here.
September 12, 2010
September 10, 2010
I'm terrified of cockroaches, it's probably the only thing I'm more afraid of than guacamole. If I were dying of MRSA, and was told that all I had to do to be cured was eat a pill made of cockroach brains, I think you'd all be coming to my funeral.
September 09, 2010
Sadly, the vaccine has not been FDA approved for use on websites.
I'm picking the Vikings tonight by 3.
September 07, 2010
Oh yeah, and...
September 04, 2010
Sep 14 - Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals:
In 2009 the Justice Department announced that 9/11 plotter Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would be tried in New York City, setting off a firestorm of protests. Besides the cost and safety concerns, at issue are whether terrorists should be tried in criminal court or whether national security requires the use of military commissions. Likewise, issues like the closing of Guantanamo, the reading of Miranda rights, and enhanced interrogation all center on the same question: How should the U.S. treat captured alleged terrorists? In a war with no foreseeable end, whose actors are neither criminals nor soldiers; can we keep America safe and still bring terrorists to justice.
Oct 6 - Islam Is A Religion Of Peace
Is the rise of terrorism and violence justifiably traced to the teachings of Islam, or is this call to war a twisted interpretation of the true Muslim faith? Most of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are moderates who see Islamic terrorism as a violation of their sacred texts. Is it wrong to let a radical minority represent authentic Islam? Has fear blinded us to its lessons of tolerance and peace?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be arguing against the motion
Oct 26 - Big Government Is Stifling The American Spirit
Intellectuals, tea partiers and everyone in between are concerned about the size of our government and how it affects America’s financial and political future. Is government intervention in everything from economic policy to health care rewarding the “takers,” and not the “makers,” stifling innovators, entrepreneurs and business owners? Or has government done too little to support the growing poor and rapidly shrinking middle class?
Art Laffer will be arguing for the motion
Personally I find these debates kind of interesting. The arguments aren't as in-depth as I would like, but it's an hour long show so that's to be expected, however a lot of times I think it points out weak areas in the arguments on both sides. I find that useful in refining my own arguments for and against certain positions.
September 03, 2010
Then I read this phrase:
(Genocide) had to be done the old-fashioned way, the historical way: not with a single catastrophic release of air or heat, something that would have been detectable from afar, but with the apparatus of state: armed force, applied via her new army of servitors. The citizens had been rounded up, pacified with lies and then executed by machine.
It was more impactful when you also consider that it revolves around an unarmed citizenry. I'm not saying that is his intention but it certainly read as pro-power to the citizen at the expense of the state.
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