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.


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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.