Face Transplants

There's been a lot in the news lately about face transplants and the ethics involved. One of the issues I've seen brought up is what the effect would be on the recipient when they look in the mirror and see someone else's face - would that have damaging psychological effects?

Well, of course there would be psychological effects, but my question is this: Do they really think that it would be more damaging than looking in the mirror and seeing whatever damage there was that led to them being eligible for a face transplant? Would seeing a different face than the one you were born with really be worse than seeing a face badly disfigured by fire or an accident?

Personally, I think if they've got the ability to do this and help people, then they should. It's certainly a more ethically justifiable use for the skills and technology than boob jobs, cheek implants, or, um...Michael Jackson.

I'd Love This Product Even If I Weren't A Stealth Marketer

By Kyle Pafrath

"Like you, I'm bombarded every minute of every day with advertising. And having been misled more than a few times in my life, I'm immediately skeptical of any product I see on the side of a bus. That's why I was so surprised by the new Mountain Dew True Blue"

Scary Funny spoof about the new marketing trends. From The Onion.

More Music Business Hijinks...

...or "How to Ensure People Get Thoroughly Pissed Off and Continue to Download Illegally Whenever They Can"

"You Have to Admire the Transparency"

"The other day I fired off about the moribund music industry shifting its target from downloads to target lyrics websites, in essence offering to litigate them into oblivion. But I was wrong about their attitude.

The music business knows one thing better than anything else on the planet; money. Just as they salivated over getting paid for every 'illegal' download, so now they are licking their lips at being paid for every copy of every lyric of every song. First shut down the free sites, then put all the lyrics, even the ones that are out of copyright, behind a paid login and behold, instant profit in the billions. Open champagne, order new Ferrari, dance on table top."

And it gets worse. There's new stuff in the works to keep you from making copies of CD's for your own personal use. From A Networked World.

Star Trek Evangelists

"When Star Trek (original series) first began, the USS Enterprise set out on a five-year mission. However, NBC cut the mission short cancelling the series after only three years (seasons).

Now a crew of Star Trek evangelists ranging from an urologist to an Elvis Presley impersonator are resurrecting the original series and completing the mission by filming new episodes playing off the original timeline. Yep … these extreme Star Trek evangelists are filming new episodes under the name STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES. They've filmed two episodes and the third episode is to be released in the Summer of 2006."

Over at Brand Autopsy, via Johnnie Moore.


A Totally Different Spin on the National Health Care Crisis

"Most advocates of universal health care focus on the opposition of Republicans and insurance companies. But perhaps the most important factor keeping an overhaul off the national agenda is one that few Democrats acknowledge: most of Mr. Gettelfinger's fellow labor leaders don't support a single-payer system either.

The reason comes down to simple self-interest. The United Auto Workers is one of the few private-sector unions that doesn't run its own health plan. Rather, most have created huge companies to administer their workers' plans, giving them a large and often corrupt stake in the current system."

Strange Product


Fixing Elections for Fun and Profit

"Two counties in Florida have terminated their use of Diebold computerized voting equipment after computer experts showed that vote totals could be changed by a single individual in a way that would be undetectable later. "

Fraud Alleged at Red Cross Call Centers

"Nearly 50 people have been indicted in connection with a scheme that bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Red Cross program to put cash into the hands of Hurricane Katrina victims, according to federal authorities.

Seventeen of the accused worked at the Red Cross claim center in Bakersfield, Calif., which handled calls from storm victims across the country and authorized cash payments to them. The others were the workers' relatives and friends, prosecutors said last week."


Walmart Attempts to Circumvent Local Laws Through the WTO

"As communities across the United States and elsewhere are increasingly successful in their effort to limit "big box" store expansion and destructive retail practices through transparent and accountable measures at the local level, Wal-Mart and other retailers have pursued rules at the World Trade Organization (WTO) which threaten to preempt, or at the very least chill, these local laws. These rules are part of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)."

"Unless the United States takes action to fix this problem in the current round of negotiations, local governments could see challenges to state and local land use laws brought before WTO tribunals, which are empowered to authorize trade sanctions against countries that refuse to conform their domestic policies to WTO dictates. Across the country, state and local officials are working to put laws in place to protect their communities, their environment, their wage base and tax dollars by putting land use limits on “big box” retailers, as well as retail chains and other development projects they deem destructive to the community or the environment or out of step with local needs and planning."

Via an email from Dad.


Hurricane Katrina

One of the local television stations in South Louisiana actually aired an interview with a woman of color from New Orleans. The interviewer was a woman from a Boston affiliate, so she asked the interviewee how such total and complete devastation of the churches in the area had affected their lives.

The woman replied," I don't know about all those other peoples, but we gets our chicken from Popeye's".

The look on the interviewer's face was priceless.

Via an email from my Uncle John.


Judge bans teaching intelligent design

"PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday banned the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution by Pennsylvania's Dover Area School District, saying the practice violated the constitutional ban on teaching religion in public schools.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge John Jones dealt a blow to U.S. Christian conservatives who have been pressing for the teaching of creationism in schools and who played a significant role in the re-election of President George W. Bush"


Loans to Homeowners Along Gulf Coast Lag

"Loans to Homeowners Along Gulf Coast Lag

Hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast families, hoping to rebuild their homes after the hurricanes using low-interest government loans, are facing high rejection rates and widespread delays at the federal agency that administers the disaster loan program.

In fact, the loans that have been approved appear to be flowing to wealthy neighborhoods in New Orleans but not to poor ones, according to a list of loans released by the government and mapped by The New York Times."


Fuck Christmas

Fuck Christmas

Now THIS is a rant! Woo Hoo!

It's Star Wars on Satellite Radio-Bob Dylan to DJ satellite radio show

"Bob Dylan shocked his fans 40 years ago by embracing the electric guitar. Now he's stunning a few more by embracing another technological innovation: satellite radio.

The singer has signed on to serve as host of a weekly one-hour program on XM Satellite Radio, spinning records and offering commentary on new music and other topics, starting in March. The famously reclusive 64-year-old performer said in a statement yesterday that 'a lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mike.'"

First Victoria's Secret commercials, now this. Much as I like Dylan, it's starting to look like he's selling out. I'd probably be less concerned if he was on Sirius, but XM sucks, and/because it's owned by Clear Channel!

Red Cross President Resigns; Questions Remain

"Dec. 13, 2005 - Today's resignation by American Red Cross President Marsha Evans makes her the third in the last four presidents of the organization to end their tenure after a major national disaster.

Evans' resignation came as a surprise just hours before a congressional committee heard detailed testimony of Red Cross shortcomings and failures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "

All I can say is, I told you so! I ranted everywhere I could about them, telling everyone to donate someplace else. I hope people listened.

Christmas in East Texas


National Geographic Printable Photo Posters

"Picture this: Now full-color posters of National Geographic's classic photography are yours for the taking."

Music thing: Reader builds drum machine in an Excel spreadsheet

Music thing: Reader builds drum machine in an Excel spreadsheet

Cute Overload!

The cuteness quotient on this site only increases as you scroll down, and the captions get wittier, too. Good site to save for those days when your need to strangle your boss is close to exceeding your need for a paycheck. Site link is above, in the title.

And who knew that a doormouse is the cutest creature on the entire planet?

Emergency Landing At Bermuda Due To Toilet Sex...

"THEY were jetting off for a holiday in Kingston, Jamaica, and the drinks flowed freely during the ten-hour flight.

Intoxicated, the couple, who were seated in business class, decided to submit their membership for the 'mile-high club' in one of the toilets.

But the British Airways flight staff became suspicious after hearing cries of passion from the loo, and the randy couple was ordered to stop and return to their seats.

Randy quickly turned into angry.

Stunned passengers watched in horror as the couple fought with flight staff."

Big Brains at the Beckman Institute

"Big Brains 2006 Calendar

Tap into some of the best minds on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus with a 2006 calendar produced by the Beckman Institute.

It’s a uniquely U of I product – from the artistically enhanced brain scans of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators to the magnetic resonance imaging technology developed by Nobel Prize winner Paul Lauterbur used to create those scans -- the calendar is about the characteristics that make us a powerful presence. Explanations of various brain functions correlated to each individual underscore the interdisciplinary nature of the Beckman Institute and the myriad ways that cutting-edge technology at the U of I is benefiting people around the world."

Virgin Spaceport to Be Built in N.M.

"Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport.

Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 'founders' who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront. Virgin Galactic is planning to begin flights in late 2008 or early 2009.

New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said construction of the spaceport, to be built largely underground in the south of the state near the White Sands Missile Range, could begin in early 2007, depending on approval from environmental and aviation authorities."


Santastic: Holiday Boots 4 Your Stockings

Holiday Mash-Ups and such. Free. Check 'em out. They even provide a link to a cover you can print.

Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'

Dec 9, 2005, 07:53

Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.

Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."

"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

I've talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution "a goddamned piece of paper."

Follow the link above to read the rest of the article.


Se�ora Presidente?

"CHILE is one of the more conservative countries on a continent that is not especially renowned as tolerant, forward thinking or democratically minded. Divorce was legalized here just last year, and abortion continues to be a taboo subject even for the most progressive of politicians. Our social codes and racial prejudices are deeply engrained. We are an overwhelmingly Catholic country with a history that has been marked - and continues to be marked - by the power of its military.

Given this context, it is nothing short of extraordinary - even revolutionary - that the clear front-runner in the presidential vote being held on Sunday is Michelle Bachelet, a divorced mother of three who is an atheist and a member of the Socialist Party.
Polls show Ms. Bachelet, a former defense minister, far ahead of her rivals...Although a runoff is likely, the prevailing opinion here is that Ms. Bachelet will be the ultimate winner. "

Megachurches Cancel Christmas

This is both baffling and amusing. No church on Christmas?

"Some of the nation's most prominent megachurches have decided not to hold worship services on the Sunday that coincides with Christmas Day, a move that is generating controversy among evangelical Christians at a time when many conservative groups are battling to 'put the Christ back in Christmas.'"

Truly a sign of the coming apocalypse

Fender is making Hello Kitty guitars. If you don't know why this is wrong, I can't begin to explain it to you.

Excessively Cute

Video clip of the new baby otter at the Seattle Zoo.

Sappy Stuff

I only post sappy stuff when it has to do with animals. So here's a really sappy one for the holidays:

A Rescue Animal's Christmas Poem

`Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full – we are lost but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
We hope every minute that someone will care,
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,
"Come here, Max and Sparkle – come fetch your new ball!"
But now we sit here and think of the days
We were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways.
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew,
Now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
They reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?
We jump on the children, don't come when they call,
We bark when they leave us, climb over the wall.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
Now we suffer the consequences of errors THEY made.
If only they'd trained us, if only we knew,
We'd have done what they asked us and worshipped them too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse – left to roam,
Now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye,
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."

So now here we are, all confused and alone,
In a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
With so many to care for, they can't stay to chat,
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer,
We know that they wonder how long we'll be here.
We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads,
Of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears,
Our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the Inn,
Could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year,
Can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat
And help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
And more of us will, if more people will give.

Author Unknown


The Long Tail - Who Decides What the People Want to Buy?

"This is not just a virtue of online booksellers; it is an example of an entirely new economic model for the media and entertainment industries, one that is just beginning to show its power.

Unlimited selection is revealing truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it in service after service, from DVDs at Netflix to music videos on Yahoo! Launch to songs in the iTunes Music Store and Rhapsody.

People are going deep into the catalog, down the long, long list of available titles, far past what's available at Blockbuster Video, Tower Records, and Barnes & Noble. And the more they find, the more they like. As they wander further from the beaten path, they discover their taste is not as mainstream as they thought (or as they had been led to believe by marketing, a lack of alternatives, and a hit-driven culture). "

Can I hear a "Hell, yeah!"?


Snappy Comeback

An older gentleman had an appointment to see the urologist who shared an office with several other doctors. The waiting room was filled with patients. As he approached the receptionist desk, he noticed that the receptionist was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler.

He gave her his name. In a very loud voice, the receptionist said, "YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE; YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT?"

All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at the very embarrassed man.

He recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied, "NO, I'VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON'T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS."

Barbra Streisand speaks out for journalistic integrity

"This letter is to inform you that I am canceling my subscription to the LA Times, and here is the reason why:

In light of the obvious step away from the principals of journalistic integrity, which would dictate that journalists be journalists, editors be editors and accountants be accountants, I am now forced to carefully reconsider which sources can be trusted to provide me with accurate, unbiased news and forthright opinions. Your new columnist, Jonah Goldberg, will not be one of those sources.

Robert Scheer's column, with its often singular voice of dissent and groundbreaking expositional content, has been among the most notable features that have sustained my interest in subscribing to the LA Times for many years now. Apparently, previous leadership at the LA Times had no trouble recognizing Mr. Scheer's journalistic prowess in that they nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize. "


Strange, new carnivore species sighted on Borneo

"GENEVA (Reuters) - Environmental researchers are preparing to capture what they call a new, mysterious species of carnivore on Borneo, the first such discovery on the wildlife-rich Indonesian island in over a century.

Swiss-based environmental group WWF said on Monday its researchers photographed the strange animal, which looks like a cross between a cat and a fox, in the dense, central mountainous rainforests of Borneo."

Tough Article to Swallow: School Newspaper Sparks Controversy over Sex Insert

Tough Article to Swallow: School Newspaper Sparks Controversy over Sex Insert

High School Student Article Disturbs Community

Dec. 6, 2005 - 'One in ten teenagers have had it,' '43 percent of teens see it as not as big a deal as sexual intercourse,' begins a four-page article called 'That Other Sex,' in a high school newspaper in Columbus, Ind., which has sparked controversy in the community.
'I think the person who allowed that to go through should be dismissed "

I'm only posting this to express my disbelief that ABC News used such a suggestive headline!

Jesus saves....at the 1st National Bank

"Real Jesus followers beat Kansas University professor who is to teach a class on the myths of intelligent design."

On this page, on Easter Lemming, there's a link to the quote above. I couldn't get it to open, but I just had to post this example of Christian tolerance and love.

Kansas is fast becoming the new Texas - used to be, every time there was some shining example of stupidity or bigotry or incest or just general freakishness, two out of three times, it was in Texas (Admittedly, Tom DeLay was responsible for quite a few of them). And the rest of the time, it was Indiana (I even have a not-blood-relative in Indiana who made national news for her stupidity. But I digress...) But lately, Kansas is taking large strides towards leading the pack.

Can bumper stickers and t-shirts with stupid sayings be far behind?

"I wasn't born in Kansas, but God created me here as fast as he could!"

"My other car is a Jesus Horse!"

"God couldn't be everywhere, so he created televangelists!"

"Fundamentalist butts drive me nuts!"

"Kansas...our prairies are wide open, and our minds are closed!"

Okay, this is too easy. Your contributions welcome...


Hitmakers Implicated in 'Pay for Play' Plans

"Hitmakers Implicated in 'Pay for Play' Plans
Investigators looking into the corruption charges found evidence against two Sony BMG senior executives, sources say."

Lengthy, but interesting if you care at all about why radio sucks.

Sex, or something like it

I just noticed that I seem to have a lot of sex related posts here lately - lots of freaks making the news. I wonder if it's the season, or if there's just not much else going on?

When Animals Attack

Click for a clearer view of exactly what's going on. Photoshopped, but funny.

Via Worth 1000.


Bad Sex Award

"LONDON (Reuters) - Food-critic-turned-novelist Giles Coren won one of Britain's most dreaded literary accolades on Thursday -- the prize for bad sex in fiction.

The prize is awarded each year 'to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel.'
Coren won it for a raunchy passage from his debut novel 'Winkler' which included a description of the main character's penis 'leaping around like a shower dropped in an empty bath.' "

Safe Sex Dress

Click to enlarge (insert your own bad joke here!)


Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog'

"Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report. "

Upload, Store, Play and Share in a Few Clicks -

"Which leaves only one question: 'What is Glide Effortless?'

Here's another stab: it's a personal Web site (www.glidedigital.com) to which you can upload your favorite photos, MP3 files, video clips and even Word, PowerPoint or PDF documents. (A separate companion program speeds the uploading process by letting you drag and drop big batches of files at once.) Once everything's posted on the Web site, you can do two things with it: manage it or share it."

I couldn't actually see the site, because their server was too busy, but it sounds really useful.

Controversy over a Katrina-themed Christmas display...

"METAIRIE -- Frank Evans thought the tiny blue-tarped roofs, little toppled fences and miniature piles of hurricane debris he included in the Christmas display he builds every year for a suburban New Orleans shopping mall struck just the right humorous tone. "

Wizards Of Winter Video

Wizards Of Winter Video on Metacafe

Somebody in Mason, Ohio synchronized their entire Christmas lighting display in their yard to music. Far more interesting to watch than it sounds, this is pretty impressive.


"NOVEMBER 23--Meet Sean Kobin. The Wisconsin man, a freak if ever there was one, will be spending his Thanksgiving in a Milwaukee jail due to his toxic sexual compulsion. Kobin, you see, gets off by watching women vomit, a process he helps along by feeding them caustic liquid substances."

WhiteTrash Xmas


This animated movie came to me via multiple emails. Break out the Velveeta, it's party time!


Trees - Christmas and otherwise

With all the flap on the news lately about the ultra-right religious organizations carrying on about stores referring to "Holiday Trees" and wishing customers "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas", I decided it's time to comment. Personally, I was never offended by "Christmas trees" or "Merry Christmas", but since they're signing petitions and trying to manipulate corporations and making stupid pronouncements at news conferences and proclaiming America to be "a Christian nation", I guess it's time to speak up:

Hey, you illiterate idiots, the "Christmas" tree is a pagan/druid thing! It would be nice to think you're promoting religious tolerance by adopting pagan rituals, but we all know that ain't what's happening!

History Channel - Christmas: "as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans"

It's nice to know that, in this time of year when we break out all the traditions, the religous right is sticking with their tradition of being ignorant, intolerant twits. Happy Chanukkah, Donald Wildmon! Merry Winter Solstice, Jerry Falwell! And a Happy Ramadan to all!

Bill O'Reilly's list

Bill's got a list, and Iggy wants to be on it:

"The following media operations have regularly helped distribute defamation and false information supplied by far left websites:

- New York Daily News

- The St. Petersburg Times


These are the worst offenders. In the months to come, we expect to add more names to this list. We recommend that you do not patronize these operations and that advertisers do the same. They are dishonest and not worth your time and money.

I just sent him an email (oreilly@foxnews.com):

Mr. O'Reilly:

Please place me on your list of media operations that help distribute defamation supplied by far left websites.

Thank you for you consideration.


I think I'm gonna have to send Bill the same email. Let's all do it! C'mon, it'll be fun!

I'm a 2%

Got this in an email today. And since I'm bored today, I thought it would be interesting to see if most people really do have the same final answer. So take the test (you don't need to write anything down) and then post your result in the comments section.

"Note: This is really weird. At the end of this message, you are asked a question.Answer it immediately. Don't stop and think about it.Just say the first thing that pops into your mind.

This is a fun "test"... AND kind of spooky at the same time! Give it a try, then e-mail it around and you'll see how many people you know fall into the same percentage as you. Be sure to put in the subject line if you are among the 98% or the 2%. You'll understand what that means after you finish taking the "test".

Now... just follow the instructions as quickly as possible.Do not go to the next calculation before you have finished the previous one..You do not ever need to write or remember the answers, just do it using your mind.You'll be surprised.

Start: How much is:89 + 2

12 + 53

75 + 26

25 + 52

63 + 32

I know! Calculations are hard work, but it's nearly over.. Come on, one more...!

123 + 5


Scroll further to the bottom...

A bit more...

You just thought about a red hammer, didn't you? If this is not your answer, you are among 2% of people who have a different, if not abnormal, mind.

98% of the folks would answer a red hammer while doing this exercise.If you do not believe this, pass it around and you'll see.Be sure to put in the subject line if you are among the 98% or the 2% and send to everyone, including the person that sent it to you. "

So how'd you do? And if you're in the 2%, what color/tool did you say? (I said purple shovel - I wonder what Freud would make of that?)


Bush Thinks He's Second Coming of Christ....

"Publicly, Bush depicted his reelection as a referendum on the war; privately, he spoke of it as another manifestation of divine purpose."

Gary at Easter Lemming again.

Bush Biography

"George W. Bush began his sadistic career by exploding frogs with firecrackers."

Some of this I was aware of, some not. It's really just inconceivable that actual adult human beings were stupid enough to vote for him. The guy is obviously deranged.

From Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.


Longer needles needed for fatter buttocks

"Nov 28, 2005 - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Fatter rear ends are causing many drug injections to miss their mark, requiring longer needles to reach buttock muscle, researchers said on Monday.

Standard-sized needles failed to reach the buttock muscle in 23 out of 25 women whose rears were examined after what was supposed to be an intramuscular injection of a drug. "

Public Pillow Fights!

"Feathers fly and teddies soar as you converge on Dundas Square for a giant urban pillow fight! Swing and whack as you evade pillow-wielding assailants. Join us for this London-style silliness: bring a soft pillow to the middle of the square at 2 PM and wait for the signal. Pillow fight!"


Nasal Spray Arouses Women's Desire To Have Sex In Minutes

A new nasal spray aphrodisiac for women that works in minutes may soon hit the market, according to a Local 6 News report.

Doctors said women who used the drug PT-141 in test studies felt a tingling or throbbing followed by a strong desire to have sex immediately after spraying their noses."

Can a plug-in room freshener be far behind?

Ugliest dog dies

SAM, the chinese crested hairless dog whose ugliness earned him TV appearances and even a meeting with Donald Trump, has died just before his 15th birthday."

R.I.P., Sam


Flirty Women Are Blamed For Rape

"More than a third of people believe flirtatious women are partly responsible for being raped, a survey has found."


Reuters Business Channel | Reuters.com

"NEW YORK, Nov 18 (Reuters) - It's not easy finding love in cyberspace, and now some frustrated online daters say they were victims of fraud by two top Internet matchmaking services and have taken their complaints to court.
Match.com, a unit of IAC/Interactive Corp. is accused in a federal lawsuit of goading members into renewing their subscriptions through bogus romantic e-mails sent out by company employees. In some instances, the suit contends, people on the Match payroll even went on sham dates with subscribers as a marketing ploy. "

Tears Save Mother From Being Burned Alive

"Nov 18, 2005- BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese peasant woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage was left at the undertakers alive for cremation because her family could no longer afford hospital treatment, state media said on Friday.

She was only saved by the tears in her eyes
The case is the latest in a series of tragedies illustrating China's stretched health care system and the inability of rural workers to meet spiraling medical costs."

Disability Law, Moving Backward

" The federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, known as the I.D.E.A., has greatly improved the lives of disabled schoolchildren across the United States. Before the original legislation was passed in 1975, children who were institutionalized with serious emotional problems could sometimes be found strapped to their desks and screaming at the top of their lungs.

But the Supreme Court erred this week when it weakened the part of the law that allows parents to challenge the educational plan that the districts are required to make for each child.

The court ruling was the result of a controversy over whether the family or the school district should bear the burden of proof in determining whether a school had failed to provide an appropriate education. Some states argued, sensibly, that the school districts should bear the burden of proof, given their greater resources and public responsibility. But in a case involving a district in Maryland, where state law is silent on the issue, the Supreme Court ruled that the parents, as 'the party seeking relief,' should have that burden.

The court's ruling ignores the clear advantages that school districts almost always have over parents who challenge their decisions. The districts have the money, and many have lawyers and rosters of experts on their payrolls. But many of the families cannot afford legal representation at all."

New Orleans will be below sea level in 90 years


A natural disaster expert says it's time New Orleans residents faced the fact that their city will be below sea level in 90 years . Prof. Tim Kusky advocates a gradual pull-out from the city, whose slow, steady slide into the sea was sped up enormously by Hurricane Katrina. Kusky speaks to Scott Pelley for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 20 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network"


Sony CD's again

Parital list of CD's that Sony will be replacing, free of charge (including shipping both ways:

"Trey Anastasio, Shine (Columbia)
Celine Dion, On ne Change Pas (Epic)
Neil Diamond, 12 Songs (Columbia)
Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times (Columbia)
Chris Botti, To Love Again (Columbia)
Van Zant, Get Right with the Man (Columbia)
Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound (Columbia)
The Coral, The Invisible Invasion (Columbia)
Acceptance, Phantoms (Columbia)
Susie Suh, Susie Suh (Epic)
Amerie, Touch (Columbia)
Life of Agony, Broken Valley (Epic)
Horace Silver Quintet, Silver's Blue (Epic Legacy)
Gerry Mulligan, Jeru (Columbia Legacy)
Dexter Gordon, Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia Legacy)
The Bad Plus, Suspicious Activity (Columbia)
The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Epic)
Dion, The Essential Dion (Columbia Legacy)
Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (Epic)
Ricky Martin, Life (Columbia) (labeled as XCP, but, oddly, our disc had no protection)

Several other Sony-BMG CDs are protected with a different copy-protection technology, sourced from SunnComm, including:
My Morning Jacket, Z
Santana, All That I Am
Sarah McLachlan, Bloom Remix Album"

Four women forced to consume human excreta in Orissa

"Uparkhandadhar (Orissa), Nov.14 : In a revolting incident of superstition some villagers in Uparkhandadhar village of Sundergarh district in Orissa allegedly forced four women accused of being witches to eat human excreta under the disguise of witches. The police have arrested eight persons, including two women for this heinous action"

From India.

Jews' Belongings Unearthed in Polish Camp

"LUBLIN, Poland Nov 17, 2005 - A child's ring. Twisted reading glasses. A few gold coins: scraps of personal dignity, hurriedly buried in a last act of defiance to keep them from falling into Nazi hands. Israeli archaeologists helped by survivors are writing a new chapter in the terrible history of the German death camp at Majdanek, Poland, by excavating grounds long thought to be empty. "

The Pen Gets a Whole Lot Mightier

More than just a toy.

"For example, in Notepad mode (draw an N in a circle), you can write up to three block-letter words at a time; the pen then reads back what you've written. In Scheduler (circled S), you can write 'Tuesday 3:45 P.M. student council'; at the specified time, the pen will turn itself on and speak the appointment's name.

Then there's the Calculator (circled C), which is for nerds what 'Pinocchio' is to wooden puppets. As you draw a set of calculator buttons, they come to life, speaking their own names when tapped and announcing the mathematical results ('one hundred sixty-nine, square root, equals thirteen'). "

Salon.com | Gulf Coast slaves

"Martinez, 16, speaks no English; his mother tongue is Zapotec. He had left the cornfields of Oaxaca, Mexico, four weeks earlier for the promise that he would make $8 an hour, plus room and board, while working for a subcontractor of KBR, a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton that was awarded a major contract by the Bush administration for disaster relief work. The job was helping to clean up a Gulf Coast naval base in the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina. 'I was cleaning up the base, picking up branches and doing other work,' Martinez said, speaking to me in broken Spanish.

Even if the Oaxacan teenager had understood Bush when he urged Americans that day to 'help somebody find shelter or help somebody find food,' he couldn't have known that he'd soon need similar help himself. But three weeks after arriving at the naval base from Texas, Martinez's boss, Karen Tovar, a job broker from North Carolina who hired workers for a KBR subcontractor called United Disaster Relief, booted him from the base and left him homeless, hungry and without money.

'They gave us two meals a day and sometimes only one,' Martinez said.

He says that Tovar 'kicked us off the base,' forcing him and other cleanup workers -- many of them Mexican and undocumented -- to sleep on the streets of New Orleans. According to Martinez, they were not paid for three weeks of work. An immigrant rights group recently filed complaints with the Department of Labor on behalf of Martinez and 73 other workers allegedly owed more than $56,000 by Tovar. Tovar claims that she let the workers go because she was not paid by her own bosses at United Disaster Relief. In turn, UDR manager Zachary Johnson, who declined to be interviewed for this story, told the Washington Post on Nov.

Wherever the buck may stop along the chain of subcontractors, Martinez is stuck at the short end of it -- and his situation is typical among many workers hired by subcontractors of KBR (formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root) to clean and rebuild Belle Chasse and other Gulf Coast military bases. Immigrants rights groups and activists like Bill Chandler, president of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, estimate that hundreds of undocumented workers are on the Gulf Coast military bases, a claim that the military and Halliburton/KBR deny -- even after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency turned up undocumented workers in a raid of the Belle Chasse facility last month. Visits to the naval bases and dozens of interviews by Salon confirm that undocumented workers are in the facilities. Still, tracing the line from unpaid undocumented workers to their multibillion-dollar employers is a daunting task. A shadowy labyrinth of contractors, subcontractors and job brokers, overseen by no single agency, have created a no man's land where nobody seems to be accountable for the hiring -- and abuse -- of these workers.

Right after Katrina barreled through the Gulf Coast, the Bush administration relaxed labor standards, creating conditions for rampant abuse, according to union leaders and civil rights advocates. Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires employers to pay "prevailing wages" for labor used to fulfill government contracts. The administration also waived the requirement for contractors rebuilding the Gulf Coast to provide valid I-9 employment eligibility forms completed by their workers. These moves allowed Halliburton/KBR and its subcontractors to hire undocumented workers and pay them meager wages (regardless of what wages the workers may have otherwise been promised). "

To read the entire article, you'll have to watch a short ad.
Via Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News.

Giant ape lived along-side humans

"Hamilton, ON - A gigantic ape, measuring about 10 feet tall and weighing up to 1,200 pounds, co-existed alongside humans, a geochronologist at McMaster University has discovered. "

Sony CD's, Part Something or Other

"LOS ANGELES - Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Monday it will pull some of its most popular CDs from stores in response to backlash over copy-protection software on the discs. "

Exotic Animal Meats on VIP Menu at Zoo

"BANGKOK, Thailand Nov 16, 2005 - VIP guests at the grand opening of the night safari zoo in northern Thailand will not only get to see exotic animals, they'll get to taste them.

The Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo will have its official opening on New Year's Day, and the 'Exotic Buffet' marking the event will include tiger, lion, elephant and giraffe, said Plodprasop Suraswadi, the director of the zoo project. "

"Critics have lambasted the idea, saying that it will encourage wildlife trafficking in a country and region already notorious for smuggling tiger parts, bear claws and endangered species for Chinese delicacies, traditional medicines and pets."


Carl Everett is a man of many opinions - Wednesday July 19, 2000

"'God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve,' Everett said last Friday, before the Red Sox lost two of three in Atlanta. 'The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Someone actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus rex.'"

Um, yeah. But who saw god?
This explains a lot about how W. got elected.
Via Timmy at Blogs Get Slaughtered.

No Place for a Poet at a Banquet of Shame

"For reasons spelled out below, the poet Sharon Olds has declined to attend the National Book Festival in Washington, which, coincidentally or not, takes place September 24, the day of an antiwar mobilization in the capital. "

Received this via an email from Dad today. It's a few months old, but it's still relevant.
Got this via email today:

"As you open your pockets for the holiday season, keep these facts in mind:

Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, salary for the year ending 6.30.03 was $651,957.00

Brian Gallagher, President of the United Way, receives a $375,00 base salary plus numerous expense benefits.

The Salvation Army' Commissioner, Todd Bassett, receives a salary of only$13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 Billion organization.

Please be generous to the bell ringers. No further comment necessary."

So I checked it out on Snopes.com. It appears to be incorrect. The United Way's president recieved $500,768 and the Salvation Army's top executive received $166,850.

Ants Reportedly Eat Woman's Eye in India

"NEW DELHI Nov 15, 2005 - A woman died in a Calcutta hospital after ants ate one of her eyes as she was recovering from a cornea operation, media reports said Tuesday. "

Well, here's a reason to be glad you live in the U.S., in spite of President Koo-koo Bananas.

ABC News: 50 Cent to Launch Hip-Hop Book Line

"NEW YORK Nov 15, 2005 - 50 Cent will again turn his reality into fiction with a new line of hip-hop novellas and graphic novels featuring his former G-Unit rap crew buddies, a publisher announced.

Pocket/MTV Books promised the venture would showcase 'gritty' stories and cover much of the same terrain as 50 Cent's raps.
'These tales will tell the truth about The Life; the sex, guns and cash; the brutal highs and short lives of the players on the streets,' the publisher said in a release over the weekend."

Oh, good, there's been a real need for this. I'm glad someone's filling the gap. I'm gonna put 'em on my bookshelf right next to Faulkner and Steinbeck.

ABC News: 'Intersex' Fish Found Off Calif. Coast

"LOS ANGELES Nov 15, 2005 - Scientists have discovered sexually altered fish off the Southern California coast, raising concerns that treated sewage discharged into the ocean contains chemicals that can affect an animal's reproductive system.

So-called intersex animals are not new, but most previous instances were in freshwater. Environmentalists say this is among the first studies to document the effects in a marine environment.

Last year, federal scientists reported finding egg-growing male fish in Maryland's Potomac River. They think the abnormality may be caused by pollutants from sewage plants, feedlots and factories."


Too Much Free Time

Squared Circle Poster

Cool picture, though.

"if you're going to kill someone, don't google how to do it and get rid of the body on your home computer."

"DURHAM, N.C. -- Robert Petrick searched for the words 'neck,' 'snap,' 'break' and 'hold' on an Internet search engine before his wife died, according to prosecutors Wednesday.

More than two years after Janine Sutphen's body was discovered floating in a Raleigh lake, investigators continue to find new evidence on computers seized from Robert Petrick's home that prosecutors say support their arguments that Petrick killed his wife."

On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets:


Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals.

Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).

Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason. "

local6.com - News - Thai Tourists Warned Of Sedative-Spitting Transvestites

"BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai police are warning tourists of a new scam.
Members of a Thai transvestite gang have confessed to hiding strong sedatives in their mouths and spitting them down the throats of victims during deep kissing. Then they rob the drugged tourists."

Man Claims He Has Rid Himself of HIV

"LONDON -- AIDS experts called for more tests on a British man who claims his body has rid itself of the virus that causes AIDS.
Andrew Stimpson, 25, told two British newspapers that he tested positive for HIV in August 2002, but that tests 14 months later came back negative. He told the Mail on Sunday, 'I can't help wondering if I hold the cure for AIDS.'"


Sony CD's - Part V

"A controversial copy-protection program that automatically installs when some Sony BMG audio CDs are played on personal computers is now being exploited by malicious software that takes advantage of the antipiracy technology's ability to hide files.

The Trojan horse programs three have so far been identified by antivirus companies are named so as to trigger the cloaking feature of Sony's XCP2 antipiracy technology. By piggybacking on that function, the malicious programs can enter undetected, security experts said Thursday. "

Finnegan the Squirrel

Cutest email of the week (click the pictures to enlarge):

"Finnegan, the Squirrel"

For about as long as she can remember, Debby Cantlon says, friends and strangers have brought her animals in need. So it wasn't much of a surprise when someone asked her if she'd care for a newborn squirrel found at the base of a tree somewhere near Renton.

Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house. Cantlon, who has cancer, says rescuing injured animals is therapeutic for her.

When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse's aide: her pregnant Papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle.

Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies.

Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's cage - twice - to her own bedside before she gave birth.

Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out - and the inter-species bonding began.

Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, and eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.

Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.

Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his "siblings" in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies and sinking in deeply for a nap.

Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillion puppies, get along together as if they were meant to.

Finnegan naps after feeding.

Finnegan makes himself at home with his new litter mates, nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding


Warm, Fuzzy Winter Bra Unveiled in Japan

"Furry, heated bras may soon appear in some Japanese wardrobes as the country prepares for 'Warm Biz' a nationwide government campaign urging workers to bundle up and save energy on heating this winter.

The Warm Biz Bra, unveiled this week by Tokyo-based underwear maker Triumph International, is lined with material that the company says helps save warmth.

The bra also has removable pads that can be heated in a microwave or hot water as well as long, furry straps that wrap around the neck like a scarf, and matching shorts."

scribblette: New addition, hopefully one that'll live.

It's early summer in Australia, and Shak is busy rescuing baby birds. Cute pictures.

"Chirping very softly but not trying to eat again yet. Only had the one mouthful. They said it ate a worm they gave it but kept getting kicked out of the nest they were putting it in (so either not from that nest or the mother refuses it). Can still see the tiny dot of what must've been the tooth at the end of it's beak, so it's not been long since it hatched. No fully developed feathers. Rough fuzz/fur in very small patches in areas. Perhaps under a half centimetre of feather blooming from the quills it has growing."

Arctic drilling dropped from House bill

"WASHINGTON - House leaders late Wednesday abandoned an attempt to push through a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, fearing it would jeopardize approval of a sweeping budget bill Thursday"

Congress May Curb Some Patriot Act Powers

Associated Press Writer


Congress is moving to curb some of the police powers it gave the Bush administration after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including imposing new restrictions on the FBI's access to private phone and financial records.

A budding House-Senate deal on the expiring USA Patriot Act includes new limits on federal law enforcement powers and rejects the Bush administration's request to grant the FBI authority to get administrative subpoenas for wiretaps and other covert devices without a judge's approval.

Even with the changes, however, every part of the law set to expire Dec. 31 would be reauthorized and most of those provisions would become permanent.

Under the agreement, for the first time since the act became law, judges would get the authority to reject national security letters giving the government secret access to people's phone and e-mail records, financial data and favorite Internet sites.

Holders of such information _ such as banks and Internet providers _ could challenge the letters in court for the first time, said congressional aides involved in merging separate, earlier-passed House and Senate bills reauthorizing the expiring Patriot Act. "

The Mafia Name Generator

"Get A Mafia Name!"

I'm "Rita the Brain" or "Shaky Stella De Luca".

Needed: A Volunteer

Blatantly stolen from Iggy:

* George Bush has started an ill-timed and disastrous war under false pretenses by lying to the American people and to the Congress;

* he has run a budget surplus into a severe deficit;

* he has consistently and unconscionably favored the wealthy and corporations over the rights and needs of the population;

* he has destroyed trust and confidence in, and good will toward the United States around the globe;

* he has ignored global warming, to the world's detriment;

* he has wantonly broken our treaty obligations;

* he has condoned torture of prisoners;

* he has attempted to create a theocracy in the United States;

* he has appointed incompetent cronies to positions of vital national importance.

........... would someone please give him a blow job so we can impeach


Texas Makes All Marriages Illegal!

Yep, Texas voters have overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2, which was an attempt to outlaw gay marriage. However, as reported by Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News, due to fuzzy language, the proposition actually makes all marriages illegal.

I'm so proud of my neighbors! They've gotten government out of our bedrooms at last!


Sony CD's, Part IV

"Sony may be investigated by Italian police over its controversial copy protection software."

Blue Ball Machine

This is just completely nuts. Go look at it.

ABC News: Is Sauerkraut the Next Chicken Soup?

"Nov. 8, 2005 - Could sauerkraut be the next chicken soup?

The fermented food has been getting a lot of buzz lately, after scientists in Seoul claimed that 11 of 13 infected chickens started to recover from the avian flu after being fed an extract of kimchi, a Korean dish similar to sauerkraut, according to a BBC report.

A recent study by the University of New Mexico indicates that eating sauerkraut's main ingredient, cabbage, may help ward off breast cancer."


The Oracle of Bacon at Virginia

"The Oracle of Bacon at Virginia"

Somehow I've never seen this page.
It's the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, computerized.

Missing Man Found After 25 Years

"It's a weekend a Luzerne County family never imagined. A loved one who went missing over two decades ago and eventually was considered dead is safe and sound at home."

Court Passes on Transsexual Discrimination

"The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider shielding employers from discrimination lawsuits by transsexuals, dodging a workplace rights fight.

The court's refusal to intervene leaves in place a victory for Cincinnati Officer Philecia Barnes, who was born Phillip Barnes.

A federal appeals court upheld a jury's finding that Barnes was a victim of discrimination, under a federal civil rights law. The city had been ordered to pay the officer $320,000, and pay another $550,000 in attorney fees. "

Swedes may offer abortions to foreign women

"Sweden, which already has one of the world's most liberal abortion laws, should loosen restrictions further by allowing non-residents access to the procedure, according to a government-commissioned report.
'We suggest that foreign women be allowed to have abortions in Sweden,' head of the study Eva Eriksson told reporters in Stockholm.

The Scandinavian country has since the mid-1970s offered free abortions up until the 18th week of pregnancy -- no questions asked -- making it one of the world's most liberal countries on the issue."


Kevin Federline (Mr. Britney Spears) Has a Rap Song!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Vanilla Ice!

Sony CD's, part III

"The update is more than 3.5 megabytes in size, and it appears to contain new versions of almost all the files included in the initial installation of the entire DRM system, as well as creating some new files. In short, they're not just taking away the rootkit-like function - they're almost certainly adding things to the system as well. And once again, they're not disclosing what they're doing."

Continuation of the two posts below.


"November 2, 2005 - This Service Pack removes the cloaking technology component that has been recently discussed in a number of articles published regarding the XCP Technology used on SONY BMG content protected CDs. This component is not malicious and does not compromise security. However to alleviate any concerns that users may have about the program posing potential security vulnerabilities, this update has been released to enable users to remove this component from their computers."

Yeah, uh-huh.

'Go Kinky' Reality TV Show Pilot to Air...

"Country Music Television will air a preview of a proposed reality show based on Kinky Friedman's independent run for Texas governor. "

Go Kinky!

Student 'girlcott' protests Abercrombie t-shirts

"With a few words on their T-shirts, Abercrombie & Fitch lets young women send a message: 'Who needs a brain when you have these?'

A group of female high school students have a message for A&F: Stop degrading us."

You go, girls!

Sony CD's Automatically Disable Your Computer!

"After a very thorough investigation, half of which went way over my head, Russinovich tracked it down to a copy protection program installed when he put a Sony music CD into his computer. Two CD-burner device drivers and an NT system service were installed, then promptly hidden from sight by a rootkit.

When this CD is put into a Windows computer, a license agreement pops up declaring that a small program will be installed. The license agreement claims that the software will be used to play the music files and to allow you to make a limited number of copies of the music. It also claims that you cannot play the music files without installing the program.

The agreement contains significant omissions. The fact that a rootkit is installed is not disclosed. The fact that device drivers are installed is not disclosed. That these device driver will disable the CD burner if someone attempts to copy the CD is not disclosed. The NT service is not disclosed and in fact, is given a deceptive name: "Plug and Play Device Manager".

If you ever play CD's in your computer, you should read this article. If you ever burn copies, even for your own use (like a copy for your car), you should read this article. The average, or even above-average user, can't uninstall this without breaking their computer.



"While I'm certain Civil War enthusiasts would enjoy this book, it is not geared for someone with my particular disability -- Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder... or NADD."

This is an old post, but I hadn't seen it before. If you are afflicted, you'll laugh yourself silly at this. If you don't have it, you just won't get it. You'll think you do, but you won't.

Silly Video

Two Chinese students lip-synching to the Back Street Boys. They really start jamming at the end. And if you've ever sat through a BSB video, you'll know that they're not really overdoing it.

I want to - a page of utilities that help you do stuff you want to

"'I want to...' or 'I need to' or 'How do I?' These are all questions we all ask all the time. This is a small collection of resources that will help to answer those questions. It is not complete, nor will it ever be. I will be adding to this on a regular basis, so feel free to bookmark it and come back and visit."

Google Print

"Search the full text of books (and discover new ones)."

Mind Like a Steel Trap...

...or maybe a sand trap. Click on the link above to see the inane comment someone made on a post regarding the Bodybouncer. I don't even know where to start - the fact that it's not related to the post at all? The atrocious spelling and grammar? Or the fact that they posted anonymously so that I can't even tell them where to send the "air fair"? "Seriosly", I'd love a free trip to Europe!

And I wonder what we can make of the fact that they made their comment on a post about a sex toy?

Scientists Find Fossils in Sexual Union

LUCKNOW, India Nov 3, 2005 — This was no one-night stand. Scientists in India say they have discovered two fossils fused together in sexual union for 65 million years.

'GMA' Bloopers

" A look back at 30 years of bloopers and silliness on Good Morning America."

Hang in there through the commercial - and they don't really get good until they get to the weather segment. You need speakers to fully appreciate this.


FarmersOnly.com Online Dating Singles Service and Free Personals

farmers, ranchers, agriculture,
cowboys, cowgirls, animal owners, outdoor enthusiasts,
small town & country folks

Bobby Brown & Mike Tyson Do the Monster Mash

On the Jimmy Kimmel show, on Halloween. Bizarre.

New Radio Station for Dogs and Cats

"DogCatRadio.com is the newest online radio station designed for your dog or cat. The station plays a popular blend of songs often referred today as 'mix', but selected to sooth your pets while you're away.

Listening to the station, the DJ will say stuff to your pets like:
"We want your owner to come home to a clean and friendly home, so please don't chew or tear anything up."

"Oh, and be kind to the mailman, he only wants to deliver your owner's mail."


Movie: WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price

"Everyone has seen Wal-Mart's lavish television commercials, but have you ever wondered why Wal-Mart spends so much money trying to convince you it cares about your family, your community, and even its own employees? What is it hiding?

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel... and shop. "

COMING TO THEATERS in NY and LA on November 4th. Additional cities to follow later including Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Atlanta.

"America's Next Muppet" mini-series in development

"Now the Muppets are working on their latest gig, putting together their own "reality" television contest called "America's Next Muppet".

Some reports even say that Disney is working to make the show “interactive” by allowing viewers to vote for their favorite characters in that week’s episode."

Woo Hoo!
Via Naked Bacon Cooking Lessons.

'View Tax' Triggers Revolt in Rural N.H

"The one-room cabin David Bischoff built in a cow pasture three years ago has no electricity, no running water, no phone service and no driveway. What it does have is a wide-open view of nearby hills and distant mountains _ which makes it seven times more valuable than if it had no view, according to the latest townwide property assessment. He expects his property taxes to shoot up accordingly."

Should Drug Laws Limit Religious Activities?

"About once a month and on certain holidays, members of a New Mexico branch of a Brazilian religious group drink a tea called hoasca, a sacrament they liken to Catholics taking wine at communion. They believe it gives them heightened spiritual awareness.

But one of the ingredients in hoasca, which is made from plants indigenous to the Brazilian Amazon, is dimethyltryptamine (DMT), an illegal hallucinogen. The government has been fighting since 1999 to stop the group from importing and using the tea.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the group could continue to drink hoasca. Now the issue has reached the Supreme Court in a case that is seen as a test of religious freedom in America. "

I'm not a big fan of drugs or religion, but it seems obvious to me that to outlaw this is restricting religous freedom.


A Fetish That's Been Blown Out of Proportion

"But there are people out there, particularly on the Internet, who have no reservations about sharing their fantasies. These folks are very open and forthright about the sexual experiences they'd like to have. Even though we 'normal' people are tempted to criticize them for this, we have to remember that, just because others are more comfortable with their sex life than we are, that doesn't make them strange.

The fact that some of these people want to have sex with inflatable pool toys does, however, make them strange. "

I wish I could claim credit for the headline, but it was their idea.

Shak has figured out the Secret of the Universe

...but maybe we just need to defragg?

Over at The View From The Blender.

Sam Alito is less qualified

"According to George W. Bush, Sam Alito is less qualified that Harriet Miers"

Via Iggy.

Willie Nelson Hosts Friedman Fundraiser

"Willie Nelson opened up his central Texas ranch and private golf course Sunday, raising an estimated $170,000 for his friend Kinky Friedman, an independent candidate for Texas governor. "


New Environmental Protection Laws

A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger and an anti-hunter,
purchased a piece of timberland.

There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract.

She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree.

As she neared the top, she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her.
In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch.

In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters.

The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help her.

She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared.

The angry woman demanded, "What took you so long?"

He smiled and then told her, "Well, I had to get permits from the
Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and the Bureau of
Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area.

I'm sorry, but they turned me down."

Early Holiday Cheer - Disturbing Santas

A little something for HannuRamaKwaanzaFestiMas.

Anna Nicole Smith's Dogs Boycott Iams

"Marilyn, Sugar Pie and Puppy are boycotting Iams until it stops testing on animals in labs," the poster reads beneath a picture of Smith, a former Playboy model, and her three dogs

PETA claims an undercover investigation in 2002 and 2003 revealed "deplorable" conditions in Iams' contract laboratory."

NYC Smells Like Maple Syrup

"New York City has many odors, but when the city began to smell a little too good, New Yorkers became alarmed. "



Not your mother's choir.
Via Shak.


All-Terrain Wheelchair - iBOT- 4000 Mobility System

"The INDEPENDENCE- iBOT- 4000 Mobility System is unlike any power wheelchair. Its combination of unique, innovative functions allows you to go places and do things not possible with any other single mobility device.

You'll be able to climb curbs, or go up and down a flight of stairs. Raise yourself to look others in the eye, or lower yourself to sit comfortably under a desk, countertop or table. Travel over uneven terrain such as sand, gravel or grass with ease and stability. It is subtle and responsive, unlike any wheelchair"

Dean Kamen strikes again.

Mother Accused of Throwing Kids Into Bay

"A woman who was hearing voices tossed her three young children off a pier into San Francisco Bay, authorities said. Rescuers had found one body, and the two other children were feared dead."

How many times does this have to happen before this country starts believing that mental illness needs to be taken seriously? If you go on national TV and tell people you're an alcoholic, everyone feels sorry that you have this terrible disease (just put the glass down, idiot! When did lack of self control become a disease? Oh yeah, right around the time they started doing stomach stapling for people who can't stop eating...), but if someone says they were hearing voices, everyone thinks they're lying.

I have personal experience with a family member who was paranoid schizophrenic. These people don't need to be in jail, they don't need to be living on the streets, they need help. Part of the disease is that they're afraid to take their medication, seeing it as just one more way that someone is trying to "get" them. But the US government keeps cutting back their help (and they certainly can't hold a job until they are taking their meds consistently), and they end up drowning their kids, or living in the streets committing violent acts, because the voices told them they had to. If we're not willing to protect them from themselves, we ought to at least help them so they don't hurt us, or hurt innocent children.

Olamide Adeyooye: Missing Illinois State University Senior

"Olamide Adeyooye is a senior at ISU, she is 21 years old, 110 pounds, and about 5'3?. She is of Nigerian descent and has shoulder length, natural black hair and dark eyes. she went missing on Oct. 12th at about 9pm. She drives a dark green 1996 Toyota Corolla with license plate LBG 927."

Surprisingly, this is getting national media attention even though the girl is not a blue-eyed blonde white girl. And even though her parents have heavy Nigerian accents. And from what I can tell, she's been dating a white punk rocker for about 3 years. Could it have finally dawned on the corporate media that it's still important? It's certainly not a slow news day, what with the World Series and Hurricane Wilma and Tom Delay and the mother throwing her kids into the bay.

Link to Andy Wildrick (Boyfriend) message on antimusic.com:

Girlfriend Missing
The following is an urgent, personal, non-music related message from Andy of The Junior Varsity. Message From AndyHello: This is Andy Wildrick from The Junior Varsity. As of recently, my girlfriend of 3 years, Olamide Adeyooye, has been reported missing by the police. The last known place she was at was Family Video on Kottage Avenue in NORMAL, ILLINOIS on Thursday October 12th at about 9:00pm. Both her and her car are missing. Her cell phone was left at her apartment and her TV was on so she wasn’t planning on being gone for long. As you can imagine, this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever encountered in my life. She is 5′1″ tall and weighs about 100lbs. She is Nigerian. A picture of her can be found here. If you have any information please email me ASAP at andywildrick@gmail.com I will get the email on my blackberry immediately. Thanks


Camel Toads

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Trespassing charged in horse-sex case

"King County prosecutors say it's the most-severe charge they could file; Washington is one of more than a dozen states that does not outlaw bestiality."

Follow-up story, because I knew you were all dying to know...

The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have

"Prenatal testing is making your right to abort a disabled child more like 'your duty' to abort a disabled child."

Via Easter Lemming.

Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man

"excerpts with long-time Wal-Mart manager Weldon Nicholson
from the documentary, 'Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price'"

This is a little incoherent, but it's still interesting. Just in case you didn't already hate WalMart.

Via Gary at Easter Lemming.

Salon.com | The land of Republican perfection

"Where the only mistake you can ever make is to confess your sins."

Written by Garrison Keillor.
Via Iggy.


US troops 'starve Iraqi citizens'

"A senior United Nations official has accused US-led coalition troops of depriving Iraqi civilians of food and water in breach of humanitarian law. "


Something Awful

"I have six years of experience in prancing and three years of experience waving away a manservant with irritation. "

Cat Born With 2 Tongues

"The cat, named Five Toes, was born with two tongues and five toes on each paw."
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.” - - - Theodore Roosevelt

Via an email from Dad.


Bone of Hobbit-like species�uncovered

" Scientists say they have found more bones in an Indonesian cave that offer additional evidence of a second human species -- short and hobbit-like -- that roamed the Earth the same time as modern man."

South Asia Quake Help

"South Asia Quake Help
News and information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts after the South Asia Earthquake of October 8th, 2005."

Picture of the Day


Arkansas Mother Gives Birth to 16th Child

"Michelle Duggar just delivered her 16th child, and she's already thinking about doing it again. "

Which ties into this:

Babies are Stupid

Courtesy of Timmy.


"Macintosh-style interaction design has reached its limits. A new paradigm, called results-oriented UI, might well be the way to empower users in the future. "

Sexual Slavery in Prison

"In what may be the first case of its kind, Mr. Johnson sued prison officials and accused them of violating his rights under the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment."

Festivus Appreciation Day

"Oct. 11, 2005 - Seven yadda-yadda years after 'Seinfeld''s finale episode, Festivus - the holiday for people fed up with holiday stress - continues to be celebrated in homes, schools, offices, bars and parking lots. And now, the holiday for the rest of us is getting a lot more attention. "

Bill Maher

"Because at least when Clinton talked about tapping the woman down the hall, he was just having sex with her."

Via Iggy.


New Scientist - Book thrown at proponents of Intelligent Design

"'Devastating' early drafts of a controversial book recommended as reading at a US high school reveal how the word "creationism" had been later swapped for "intelligent design", a landmark US trial scrutinising the teaching of ID heard on Wednesday."

Via an email from Dad.

Baby Peace: Randal Kleiser's 35 year old antiwar PSA

"In 1970, film director Randal Kleiser (website / IMDB) was a film student at USC -- his roommate there, btw, was George Lucas. One of Randal's projects during that time was a one-minute "ad" protesting the Vietnam War, created with Harry Winer. They asked Jon Voight to do the voiceover, he said yes. With a very simple set and help from a very young actor, they produced a beautiful short which Randal has kindly offered to share with Boing Boing readers again today. "

Over at Boing Boing, via Gary at Easter Lemming.

How to Levitate

"David Blaine And The Balducci Levitation"

Via Shak (or whoever he is this week)


Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

"I hope you will forgive me for saying so - and I hope the filmmakers will forgive me, too - but 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' has forced me to ponder the deepest mysteries of cinema. Why, for instance, do certain faces haunt and move us as they do? "

Python Explodes After Eating Alligator

"The snake apparently tried to swallow the gator whole and then exploded. Scientists stumbled upon the gory remains last week. "

Oregon RIAA Victim Fights Back;

"This is the case peer-to-peer file sharers have been waiting for. Tanya Andersen, a 41 year old disabled single mother living in Oregon, has countersued the RIAA for Oregon RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, negligent misrepresentation, the tort of 'outrage', and deceptive business practices."

Anatomy of a Photograph

"Because the whole truth -- that the girl was part of a group of naive teenagers recruited by Communist activists to wear terrorist-style bandannas and carry Palestinian flags and obscene placards -- is disturbing, and doesn't conform to the narrative that the Chronicle is trying to promote. By presenting the photo out of context, and only showing the one image that suits its purpose, the Chronicle is intentionally manipulating the reader's impression of the rally, and the rally's intent. "

Lying by omission...

Son of Jimmy Carter to challenge Ensign in 2006

"Jack Carter, the son of former President Carter, said Tuesday he plans to run against John Ensign for the U.S. Senate next year"


Energy Conservation, as per President Koo-koo Bananas

"Tuesday, October 04, 2005


The Federal Government has finally unveiled its plan to conserve energy.

This is it:

I'm not kidding.

How did I get to be part of this bizarre country?"

Via Iggy.

Cat Confession...

...and an explanation - Our cat, Buddha, ran away at the rest stop on our way out of town. So when we got to N.M., and I started making up flyers to post on the way back, I didn't have any pictures of him to put on it. I searched on the internet and found a picture of a cat that looks just like him, (my Significant Other [hereafter referred to as "my S. O."] thought it was him) and used it on the flyer. When I got back and discovered a lot of people wanted an update, I posted the update while at work and used the same photo because I didn't have one of him with me. So....to make up for dissing my cat, here are some actual photos of Buddha (A.K.A. Bailey, or Boudreaux, or Sweet William, or, during the holidays, Good King Wenceslas, or Fat Bastard, or, while he was still feral, Shithead.)

Here he is with his "real" mommy, my daughter (in a picture she hates, thus the bar across her eyes!) This is how he prefers to spend his entire Sunday, if possible.

And here he is sitting in the window, waiting for his real mommy to come home from Atlanta for a visit . For some reason, he likes to sit with one arm resting on the sill. He just knows he's cool, I guess!

You can click on the pictures to enlarge.

More to come...

A Sampling of the Writings of Harriet Miers

"Gay Rights
An indication of her stance on gay rights comes from this questionaire from the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas Miers filled out while running for the Dallas City Council in 1989. In it, she supported full civil rights for gays and lesbians and backed AIDS education programs for the city of Dallas. (Source: Quorumreport.com) "

See, I'm on to something with my previous post about her! Fudamentalists don't normally think gays and lesbians even have the right to exist.

eBay: The Ultimate Hippie Vacation

This is for real, and funny as hell...

"Okay, the deal is, my brother-in-law and his huge hippie bus moved into our backyard. AND WE WANT HIM OUT! Please help us by bidding on this auction! Every bid moves him one step farther out of our yard!

About my brother-in-law, he may be a little 'touched in the head.' He just showed up a few weeks ago (unannounced of course) from California and parked his Hippie Bus in our yard. Apparently, he was fleeing from some sort of alien or supernatural invasion or something like that. (If you win, he'll be MORE THAN HAPPY to explain that one to you.) Anyway, his bus really stands out up here in the Ozarks of NW Arkansas (not too many hippies around here), and the neighbors have started to 'talk'.

It really didn't help matters much when, 2 weeks ago, we got a call from an elderly lady that lives down the road from us. She was out of breath and could barely get out the words: 'I just saw Cody runnin' down the road 'nekkid' as a jaybird! You best git your husband down here to fetch him or else I'm callin' the law!' Well, she did call the 'law' and now he needs money for his newest court date. "

Here's the ebay auction page:

"Cody has asked me to add quite a few things to this auction listing.

Among the list:

If you are looking to lose weight, this is the trip for you! Just look at Cody! The Cody Diet is guaranteed to work! (He believes that you can live off of pine trees and water only.) Also, pushing the bus is great exercise!

If you are interested in UFOs or aliens, this would also be the trip for you! Cody has extensive experience with communicating with aliens. In fact, he will help you to reach them! (You must supply your own foil hat and satellite dish.)

Cody will not pick up hitchhikers unless he receives approval "from above" (his words).

Interested in a Hippie Convoy? Anyone that wants to follow along behind Cody's bus is welcome.

Cody built his bus with his own six hands. (His other two personalities helped out.)

Be advised that Cody does like to "hang out with his wang out." Not exactly sure what that means, but it doesn't sound good to me.

Cody spent most of the day working on his new hang-glider! Oh boy! I will post pics tomorrow. PLEASE get him out of here!"

And here's the web page to keep up with him now that the auction's over:


Just a thought - but it surprises me that no one has had anything to say about the fact that Harriet Miers has never been married. Considering her fundamentalist background, I would doubt that she'd be "living in sin". So...

1. Secret Lesbian?
2. So screwed up that no one can stand to be around her for any length of time?
3. Still a virgin?

Anyone of those things could seriously affect her judgement on issues that might come before the Supreme Court.

Not that I don't have other issues with her, I'm just surprised no one seems to have mentioned this issue.


The Huffington Post

"Making Faux Martyrdom Pay: Judy Miller Lands a Book Deal"

What I like about this is that I'm pretty sure "Judy Miller" was a character played by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live - the character that was about 8 years old and always jumping on the bed and putting on shows by herself in her bedroom.


"Mr. President, you've got some explaining to do. And please remember - we've been defending you these five years because of this moment."

"I like Bush a lot, but this kind of choice really makes me question his judgment."

Ha ha, this will gladden your heart and make your day! The Right Wing suddenly realizes they've got a complete idiot at the helm. God bless President Koo-koo Bananas, we can always count on him to keep on doing dumber and dumber stuff!

"Send in the clowns....don't bother, they're here!" Always hated that song until now...

Via Iggy.

The Return of 'Calvin and Hobbes'

"Almost 20 years have passed since 'Calvin and Hobbes' debuted and a decade since the reclusive comic strip creator's retirement. But precocious 6-year-old Calvin and his beloved stuffed pet tiger remain forever young.

In celebration of the anniversary of Bill Watterson's strip, 'The Complete Calvin and Hobbes' - a three-volume collection of the duo's adventures - is set to be released on Tuesday. Reprinted 'Calvin and Hobbes' comic strips began reappearing in newspapers nationwide in August in a four-month run-up to the book's release. "

Lost Cat Update

Personal stuff here - I got up at 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning and drove back to the rest stop where our cat ran away during Rita. Didn't see any sign of him, but talked to a maintenance guy who told me how to get on a road that took me past all the farm houses that back up to the place.

I was driving down that road, putting flyers in mailboxes, and one good ol' boy was just coming home from somewhere. He said the only cats he ever saw were his two (outside) cats that he fed, but that just a couple of days before, he had seen a black cat on his property (Our missing cat, Buddha, is black. Which the good ol' boy didn't know yet). As we talked, he then remembered that just that morning, he had left very early in the dark and had seen what he thought was his black and white cat lounging in his carport near the (St. Bernard-sized) cat food bowl, and thought it was unusual that the cat didn't run away like it always did. He said the more he thought about it, he thought it was probably my cat, since it didn't run. I hung around a while but didn't see him, but my cat hides anyway because he was feral when I got him and he's still a big chicken. But thinking about it, I know that Buddha's not stupid, if he's found a place with a continuous supply of food and water, he'll stick around. It's just a matter of him getting into a routine and feeling comfortable so he'll show himself. The good ol' boy gave me his name, address, phone numbers, etc., and said we could come back anytime and look for him. Next weekend, we have to go back to New Mexico to retrieve the rest of our cats (we left them behind, hoping we'd find Buddha on the way back, and not wanting to spread any diseases/ticks), so we're going to show up at this guy's house around cat-breakfast time and try to find him.

Meanwhile, if my cat has to be anywhere besides at home with me, this guy's farm is like a cat spa. Lots of fields of tall grass to hide in, crickets and rabbits and squirrels to chase, fruit trees to climb, flowers, cows to look at, continuous supply of food and water, etc. He's probably happier there than he was in our house, except that he doesn't have his sister with him, and he doesn't have anyone to lay in bed with napping on Sunday afternoons.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed.

Intelligent Design

On the first day of creation, the cat was created.

On the second day, man was created to serve the cat.

On the third day, all the animals of the
earth were created to serve as potential food for the cat.

On the fourth day, honest toil was created so that man
could labor for the good of the cat.

On the fifth day, the sparkle ball was created so that
the cat might or might not play with it.

On the sixth day, veterinary science was created to keep
the cat healthy and the man broke.

On the seventh day, the creator tried to rest, but he had to scoop
the litter box


Tom DeLay quotes

These are just some of the many gems DeLay has uttered.

Via Iggy.

Oliver Twist

If anyone is thinking about going to see Roman Polanski's new movie version of Oliver Twist, I hope you'll remember that Roman Polanski is a convicted felon for drugging and raping a 13 year old girl in 1977 (He fled the country and has never served time). If you haven't heard about this before, here's an article from 2003:


I could say more, but why don't you just insert the violent curse words of your choice here.

FEMA strikes again

So this week in Houston, FEMA has opened up a processing center for evacuees in an old grocery store (they planned to do it last week, but Rita interfered). It's running about as well as you'd expect - Peoople lined up for hours in the blazing sun, no water, no seats, no shade, and at the end of the day, no benefits, either. People passing out from the heat. They're just told to come back the next day. One woman told a reporter that she's still living in her car with her kids. How many weeks has it been since Katrina?

I think they did finally get some awnings set up to provide shade after a couple of days. But they're still not really doing anything for a lot of these people. People are telling of calling FEMA every day and being told their application was still being processed.
How many weeks has it been since Katrina?

Thibodeaux sticks his head into a barber shop and asks, "How long before I can get a haircut?"

The barber, Cormier, looks around the shop and says, "About 2 hours." Thibodeaux leaves.

A few days later Thibodeaux sticks his head in the door and asks, "How long before I can get a haircut?"

Cormier looks around at the shop full of customers and says, "about 3 hours." Thibodeaux leaves.
A week later Thibodeaux sticks his head in the shop and asks, "How long before I can get a haircut?"

Cormier looks around the shop and says, "About an hour and half."

Cormier looks over at a friend in the shop and says, "Hey, Menard, follow Thibodeaux and see where he goes. He keeps asking how long he has to wait for a haircut, but then doesn't come back."

A little while later, Menard comes back into the shop, laughing hysterically.

The barber asks, "Menard, where does he go when he leaves here?

"Menard looks up, tears in his eyes and says "Your house".


Another Brick In The Wall: Music Video Links

"A Site Devoted To Music Videos"

Free videos.

When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Get Off the Phone

When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Get Off the Phone SorryGottaGo.com - Helps End Unending Phone Conversations

Like, for instance, when a herd of cows is stampeding through your living room.

After the Love Is Gone - New York Times

" I'd sit around with friends at dinner talking about How We Got Here and Whose Fault Was It?

Was it Nader's fault? Or Gore's? Or Scalia's? Even Monica got onto the list, because after all, she delivered the pizza, and that pizza was truly the beginning of the end.

Most of my friends had a hard time narrowing it down to a choice, but not me: only one person was at fault, and it was Bill. I drew a straight line from that pizza to the war. The way I saw it, if Bill had behaved, Al would have been elected, and thousands and thousands of people would be alive today who are instead dead."