1/31/2006

Dominatrix Acquitted in Bondage Death

"A dominatrix was acquitted of manslaughter Monday in the death of a man who prosecutors say suffered a heart attack while strapped to a replica of a medieval rack.

Barbara Asher, a 56-year-old woman who called herself Mistress Lauren M, was also cleared of dismemberment...

...During his closing argument to the jury, prosecutor Robert Nelson put on a black leather mask with a zippered mouth opening and re-enacted the bondage session. With both hands, he reached back and clutched the top of a blackboard as if strapped to the rack. Then he hung his head as if dead.

Asher's lawyer objected, and the judge agreed.

"That's enough Mr. Nelson," Judge Charles Grabau said. "Thank you for your demonstration."

Abortion Rights

"Legislators in at least five states are proposing bold anti-abortion measures as the Bush administration reshapes the U.S. Supreme Court, a report said.

With the goal of challenging the Roe vs. Wade ruling that ensured a woman's right to an abortion, lawmakers in Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee propose banning all abortions except when the woman's life is in danger, Stateline.org reported. "

Coretta Scott King Dies at 78

"Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., has died. She was 78. "

1/30/2006

Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases

"...study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-admitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did."

No shit, Sherlock.

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More bling for your buck!

1/27/2006

State Of The Union Drinking Game

"Bush's State of the Union address isn't scheduled until next Tuesday, but it's never too early to start memorizing the rules of the State o' th' Union Drinking Game.

- whenever Bush looks either confused or like he just accidentally crapped his pants: one pull of beer

- awkward pauses during which W. stares blankly into the camera: one shot of Jim beam"

But wait, there's more! At Timmy's house...

1/26/2006

T-Mobile seeks to halt sales of call records | Tech News on ZDNet

"T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. wireless carrier, has asked a Washington state court to prevent companies from allegedly using fraudulent means to obtain and sell T-Mobile customer call records.

German-owned T-Mobile said Monday that it asked the court for an injunction against Data Find Solutions, 1st Source Information Specialists and related companies and individuals. T-Mobile said the companies ran or owned Web sites such as Locatecell.com and Celltolls.com that offered such services. "

Anonymous Posters

If you have a blog, or read blogs, or participate in web forums, then you know about anonymous posters (sometimes known as trolls) - people who have violent opinions but don't have the courage to identify themselves, so they post anonymously. On one of the forums I frequent, someone posted a diatribe against anonymous posters. Since I had to ride the bus to work today, I had some free time, and I composed a response to that diatribe. And since it's been a slow week on here, I'm gracing you all by re-posting it here:

"Hi, my name is Fairywench, and I…I was a Guest poster.

The first time was an accident – I had signed in, but then when I clicked “submit”, somehow it posted me as “Guest”.

I didn’t like it at first. I felt shaky and sort of nauseated. But then I noticed a tingly feeling in my dainty bits…

I didn’t do it too often at first, and I posted on many different web forums so no one would suspect. I posted here on Ian’s forum, and over at American Idol. I made the occasional anonymous blog comment, or posted over at HGTV. But never, ever on My Space! I had standards, after all!

But then one day, it wasn’t enough any more. I took the next step, and started calling in anonymously to conservative radio talk shows. I quickly went out of control, and started making deliberately inflammatory remarks – “I read at Daily Kos that Dick Cheney wears lacy underthings!”, or “I hear your sister baby-sits for Karl Rove!”…things like that.

Those were heady times, but after a bit, even that wasn’t enough. Soon I was flying cross-country to sit in the audience of daytime TV talk shows. I started with Ricki Lake, moved on to Jenny Jones, and eventually made it to Jerry Springer, of course. And always, ALWAYS in disguise. I had to take a second job as a phone sex operator to pay for air fare and costumes.

Then one day, I made the fateful decision to go on Oprah. I carefully donned my outfit – a pink sweatsuit with a teddy bear on the front, and a bad perm. The flight to Chicago was harrowing. I had to keep fending off helpful flight attendants who were worried because I was hyperventilating with anticipation.

Finally, I arrived. Luck was with me that day – Oprah’s guest was Dr. Phil! I waited patiently and then, when it was time for audience questions, I stood up and yelled “You’re a fraud, Dr. Phil! A fraud! You couldn’t tell a Paranoid Schizophrenic from a Paranormal Experience!”

Then I bolted. I ran out of the studio and down the hall. I could see the exit sign glowing at the end of the hall, and I ran furiously toward it, exhilarated by the knowledge of what I had done.

I was reaching for the door knob when a hand grabbed my arm. A security guard! I found myself being hustled down a long hallway and locked into a small, brightly lit room. I don’t know how long I had been sitting there, maybe forty-five minutes, when the door opened, and in walked Oprah herself.

“I can help you!” she said, and took my hand.

For three days and nights we stayed in that room, Oprah and I, with Oprah asking probing questions about my childhood, and me muttering “What’s your User Name? What’s your User Name?” over and over – a kind of mantra to keep from thinking about what she was saying.

But then, Oprah hit a nerve. There in that little room, surrounded by three days worth of empty fried chicken buckets and red soda bottles, Oprah asked me about the Red Hat Ladies. You know them – those “over-fifty” women who run around wearing red hats and purple dresses, to celebrate the fact that they’ve finally realized that no one can live their lives but them.

“That’s it!”, I sobbed. “I hate them! They’re so…STUPID! Them, and those guys who paint their faces blue at sporting events, and people who circle the parking lot for twenty minutes looking for a spot right by the door, rather than walk fifty feet to the store, and people who don’t use their turn signals! I just couldn’t take it any more…” I dissolved into a helpless puddle of tears.

I won’t go into the rest of it, just suffice it to say that, with the help of Oprah’s on-site counselors, over the next six months I found the strength to stop. It wasn’t easy, and every day is still a struggle, but I just take it one step at a time.

Oprah saved my life. And when I asked her how I could repay her, she told me to just do my best to keep others from starting down the same evil path I had traveled.

“Remember,” she said, “Friends don’t let friends post anonymously!”

Truer words were never spoken."

1/25/2006

Adult Diaper Sales Soar in China

"SHANGHAI, China Jan 24, 2006 - Alongside food and fire crackers, Chinese are adding a new item to their lunar New Year shopping: Adult diapers. Sales have soared ahead of the holiday as travelers prepare for long trips home aboard trains so crowded that even the toilets are jammed with people, newspapers said Tuesday.

In Foshan, a southern industrial city with a large migrant population, supermarkets report diaper sales have risen 50 percent since the main travel season began on Jan. 14, the papers said.

The problem arises from the need to sell twice as many tickets as there are train seats to accommodate the crush of travelers. Those without seats must find some place any place to put themselves, including in overhead racks, between cars, and in the usually stinking toilets."

From "Bareback Mounting"

Cute post spoofing "Brokeback Mountain". Only offensive if you have no sense of humor.

Via Ian Moore's website.

Male Student Wins Fight to Wear Skirt

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - A male high school student can wear a skirt to school after the American Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement with school officials.

The ACLU announced the deal Tuesday. It will allow a Hasbrouck Heights School senior to wear a skirt to protest the school's no-shorts policy.

The district's dress code bans shorts between Oct. 1 and April 15, but allows skirts, a policy 17-year-old Michael Coviello believes is discriminatory.

'I'm happy to be able to wear skirts again to bring attention to the fact that the ban on shorts doesn't make sense,' Coviello said in a statement."

Older Than Dirt

1/24/2006

And now for something completely different

What a Honda sounds like, as performed by a choir.

1/23/2006

Album Review

I'm bored today, so I'm posting my fake Britney Spears album review:


"On her latest album, Britney's fusing of the opposing musical forms of Bubblegum and the little-known, yet more highly regarded "Duesenburg Bete Noir" branch of the punk revivalist movement, results in a sonic feast not unlike that offered up by Ian Moore's recent release "Luminaria", itself a glorious conglomeration of Gospel and Southern Gothic, which the artist himself refers to as "Gothspel". Indeed, Miss Spears' current offering itself at times delves into the depths of the Louisiana bayous (from whence she originally came, of course), emerging coated not with the expected rollicking rhythms of the parish's Cajun and Zydeco traditions, but rather with the dark ooze of Southern Despair smeared across her otherwise rather fetching underbelly. One can only speculate whether this embracing of her heretofore unexplored swamp heritage is a result of her recent wallowing with some of Tinseltown's lesser mortals. If so, then those wallowings have not been in vain, for this album is a marvelous juxtaposition of the tension of the sweet, almost unendurable pain of longing for that which one cannot have, and the release achieved by the realization that the object of desire, while still unobtainable, is not that which it seemed to be. Overall, a stellar effort by someone frequently dismissed by the intelligentsia as unworthy of serious consideration."

Belafonte Continues Tirade Against Bush

"NEW YORK -- Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration's harshest critics, compared the Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo on Saturday and attacked the president as a liar.

'We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended,' Belafonte said in a speech to the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference."

If you haven't been following this, Harry's been on a roll lately.

1/20/2006

Is the Organ Transplant System Unfair?

"And while inadequate health care is a big problem in general for uninsured Americans, organ transplants raise unique ethical issues, said the authors of a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. While the uninsured or poor can't easily receive organs, they do donate them: As many as 25 percent of organs come from the uninsured, according to estimates by the authors of 'Health Insurance and Cardiac Transplantation: A Call for Reform.'"

Or, in other words, as the report states: "Individuals donate their hearts, although they themselves would not have been eligible to receive a transplant had they needed one."

Human Head Knife Block

The title says it all.

Global Warming Could Spell Disaster for Blacks

"Relatively, Blacks are environmental Good Samaritans. Per capita, (blacks)... emit approximately 20 percent less carbon dioxide than Whites - well below 2020 targets set by the U.S. Climate Stewardship Act. Not only do (blacks)... use more energy-conserving public transportation, (blacks)... spend considerably less per capita on energy-intensive material goods.

Yet Blacks are exposed to worse air pollution than Whites in every major metropolitan area. Some charge that the Bush administration has made matters worse by creating new policies, like the Clear Skies Act and the Healthy Forest Initiative, that allow utilities and industries to pollute more. "

ABC News: Study: Most College Students Lack Skills

"More than half of students at four-year colleges and at least 75 percent at two-year colleges lack the literacy to handle complex, real-life tasks such as understanding credit card offers, a study found.

The literacy study funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the first to target the skills of graduating students, finds that students fail to lock in key skills no matter their field of study.

The results cut across three types of literacy: analyzing news stories and other prose, understanding documents and having math skills needed for checkbooks or restaurant tips."

If you have a brain at all, this article will make you sick. It goes on to say that these students, dumb as they are, are still smarter than the general population.

And yet, they're all allowed to vote. Sigh....

1/19/2006

Pictures of Pennies

Pictures of Pennies: "The following is the basic pattern for building cantilevered structures with Pennies. Although it looks trivial, we can build amazing structures with these pillars. All penny columns are ten high, a 'stack'. Two side-by-side pennies held in place by a penny above them is called a 'triad'. Below is a stack with two triads resting on top. "

This is why civil engineers don't get laid.

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Funny EDS Commercial - Cat Herding - Google Video

Funny EDS Commercial - Cat Herding - Google Video

This is well done. I love the guy with the lint roller!

Tom Kills Oprah - Google Video

Tom Kills Oprah - Google Video

Mouthy parrot 'reveals sex secret'

"LONDON, England -- A computer programmer found out his girlfriend was having an affair when his pet parrot kept repeating her lover's name, British media reported Tuesday.

The African grey parrot kept squawking 'I love you, Gary' as his owner, Chris Taylor, sat with girlfriend Suzy Collins on the sofa of their shared flat in Leeds, northern England.

But when Taylor saw Collins's embarrassed reaction, he realized she had been having an affair -- meeting her lover in the flat whilst Ziggy looked on, the UK's Press Association reported."

1/18/2006

Consumer Group to Sue Cereal Maker

"A consumer group wants to keep Tony the Tiger from promoting sugary cereals on the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon show, or anywhere else kids are watching.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest Wednesday announced legal action to try to stop the Kellogg Co., maker of cereals like Frosted Flakes, and Nickelodeon cable network Viacom Inc., from marketing junk food to children.

A planned lawsuit will ask a Massachusetts court to stop the companies from marketing junk foods in venues where 15 percent or more of the audience is under age 8, and to stop marketing junk foods through Web sites, toy giveaways, contests and other techniques aimed at that age group. "

You know, I thought it was the parent's job to decide what their kids eat. Just because the kids ask for it doesn't mean you HAVE to buy it for them. And maybe explaining to your kids why junk food isn't a good idea would be good practice for explaining why drugs aren't a good idea...because advocacy groups certainly aren't going to be able to sue anyone for convincing children to try meth.

It occurs to me that maybe we need to be teaching parents to "just say no"!

1/17/2006

San Antonio News - Bible Study Coming to New Braunfels ISD

"One public school district voted Monday night to begin offering a new bible class as part of its curriculum.
The elective course is called 'The Bible and its Influence.' Board members voted six to one to approve the new class. "

Cloning

Those crazy Catholics are at it again!
Oh, wait, they're not Catholics, they're Raelians! Sorry, I got confused by the long robes and the belief in beings that no one can confirm the existence of....

"The U.S. biotech firm Clonaid has sprung to the rescue of the embattled cloning scientist Hwang Woo-sook with an offer to join a research partnership at its secret research facility.

Clonaid was founded by the Raelian Movement, a cult-like religious group that maintains humans were created by aliens and claims to have cloned a human being. The company is represented by French scientist Dr. Brigitte Boisselier.

A press release from the company on Monday said Boisselier has written to Hwang to outline the proposal. Boisselier said she believed Hwang's discoveries to be original and that groups opposing stem cell research...conspired to undermine Hwang by making it appear as though the scientist concocted his data. She said he had become a victim of a conservative anti-scientific faction, according to the press release. "

I love the way they call them a cult-like religious group. I have never seen any real difference between them and a lot of so-called mainstream religions. Any one of them could be right or wrong. Personally, I'll stick to worshipping chocolate. It's never done me wrong.

1/16/2006

Death of an American Hero

“Hero” is one of the most abused words in the English language, often applied to people who simply face some danger or who do well in sports or business. But the word really should be reserved for someone who – in the face of danger – does the right thing.

Hugh Thompson, who died on Jan. 6 at the age of 62 from cancer, was such a hero. In one of the darkest moments of modern American history – on March 16, 1968, in the Vietnamese village of My Lai – Thompson landed his helicopter between rampaging U.S. soldiers and a group of terrified Vietnamese villagers to save their lives.

Circling over the village, Thompson was at first uncertain what he was witnessing. A bloodied unit of the Americal Division, furious over its own casualties, had stormed into a hamlet known as My Lai 4.

Revenge-seeking American soldiers rousted Vietnamese civilians – mostly old men, women and children – from their thatched huts and herded them into the village's irrigation ditches.

As the round-up continued, some Americans raped the girls. Then, under orders from junior officers on the ground, soldiers began emptying their M-16s into the terrified peasants. Some parents used their bodies futilely to shield their children from the bullets. Soldiers stepped among the corpses to finish off the wounded.

But there also were American heroes that day in My Lai, including helicopter pilot Hugh Clowers Thompson Jr. from Stone Mountain, Georgia. After concluding that he was witnessing a massacre, he landed his helicopter between one group of fleeing civilians and American soldiers in pursuit.

Thompson ordered his helicopter door gunner, Lawrence Colburn, to shoot the Americans if they tried to harm the Vietnamese. After a tense confrontation, the soldiers backed off."

Via Gary at Easter Lemming.

I AM BETTER THAN YOUR KIDS

"If you work in an office with lots of people, chances are that you work with a person who hangs pictures up that their kids have drawn. The pictures are always of some stupid flower or a tree with wheels. These pictures suck; I could draw pictures much better. In fact, I can spell, do math and run faster than your kids. So being that my skills are obviously superior to those of children, I've taken the liberty to judge art work done by other kids on the internet. I'll be assigning a grade A through F for each piece:"

Mean spirited and awful. Just exactly what I needed today!

Blood Sucking Politicians

"Minnesota voters, who eight years ago elected a former professional wrestler as their governor, may find a self-proclaimed vampire on the ballot for the office this year.

'Politics is a cut-throat business,' said Jonathan 'The Impaler' Sharkey, who said he plans to announce his bid for governor Friday on the ticket of the Vampyres, Witches and Pagans Party. "

1/13/2006

Frvade

"The first thing you need to realize is that this isn't your typical online game. It's not a point and click ordeal. Yes, it has levels and yes, you want to progress through those levels one by one until the end, but you can only do that through using your wits. Every level will come complete with a set of hints that are especially made to point you in the right direction. It's up to you to find and use these hints.

There are two ways to move from one level to the next (but only one way for each level). The first, and most common, way is to simply alter the URL with the answer you find. The second method is that there will be a clickable portion of the picture within the image. After you click this area, you will be prompted for a username and password, which you will have had to have found within the level in order to proceed.

Basic Tactics

Don't give up, it's going to be hard
Don't cheat by giving the answers to others or by looking the answers up online (it ruins the game)
Look for all of the hints you can find in a level and then put them together
Clicking randomly won't help you
If you get frustrated, take a break!
You will need some kind of image editing software such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro
Try everything you can with what you have
A riddle consists of more than a picture, try checking the source and looking at the title for starters
The URL of the current level is in no way connected to the next level
The usernames, passwords, and URLs contain no spaces or capital letters
The usernames and passwords are always given together
Keep track of all of your logins, you may need them later"

Woman Who Dressed As Aunt Jemima Banned From Council Meetings

"Jackie Brown was escorted out of a Nov. 22 City Council meeting after loudly criticizing the council for the city's small business incentive law.

Brown, president of the Jacksonville Coalition of Black Contractors, said the law treats blacks like 'slaves' because it does not provide enough opportunities for minority contractors. "

1/12/2006

IKEA: The Swedish Feeding Trough

"Furniture giant IKEA lures customers with homey interior landscapes and cheap warm meals. But more and more people are starting to use the stores as an ersatz for social services and babysitting."

100 things we didn't know this time last year

BBC NEWS

"Each week the Magazine picks out snippets from the news, and compiles them into 10 Things We Didn't Know This Time Last Week. Here's an end of year almanac. "

Very British. There's some strange stuff in here.

Ten reasons why you should never accept a diamond ring

"Ten Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Diamond Ring from Anyone, Under Any Circumstances, Even If They Really Want to Give You One"

HOW TO ORDER WINE WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE AN ASSHOLE

"'I'm not a wine guy. I like whisky and beer. But I appreciate the artistry that goes into making wine and I respect people who have a good grasp of Oenology. However, since most people are dopes when it comes to ordering wine, I've assembled a list of tips to help you not look like a putz. It's not an exhaustive list. (It's not a knowledgeable list for that matter either. I'm sure the wine snobs are going to rip it apart.) It's just a list of observations I've made over the years."

DoCopenhagen: Top 50 Music Videos Of 2005

As decided by some unknown person - but you can watch all 50, and you've probably never heard of most of them - a lot of indie music.

1/10/2006

local6.com - News - Some Of Nation's Best Libraries Have Books Bound In Human Skin

"PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University's library boasts an anatomy book that combines form and function in macabre fashion. Its cover -- tanned and polished to a smooth golden brown, like fine leather -- is made of human skin.

In fact, a number of the nation's finest libraries, including Harvard's, have such books in their collections. The practice of binding books in human skin was not uncommon in centuries past, even if it was not always discussed in polite society.

At the time, the best libraries belonged to private collectors.

Some were doctors who had access to skin from amputated parts and patients whose bodies had gone unclaimed. In other cases, wealthy bibliophiles acquired skin from executed criminals, medical school cadavers and people who died in the poor house.

Nowadays, libraries typically keep such volumes in their rare book collections and do not allow them to circulate. But scholars can examine them."

Girl Gets Bird Flu After Kissing Chicken

"Sumeyya Mamuk considered the chickens in her backyard to be beloved pets. The 8-year-old girl fed them, petted them and took care of them. When they started to get sick and die, she hugged them and tenderly kissed them goodbye. The next morning, her face and eyes were swollen and she had a high fever. Her father took her to a hospital, and five days later she was confirmed to have the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. "

1/06/2006

Rowdy air passenger left on remote isle

"LONDON: A drunken passenger on a holiday flight from England to Spain was dropped at a tiny island off the African coast after he swore at the cabin crew.

The plane's captain decided to leave the man at Porto Santo, a volcanic outcrop in the Atlantic, after he became abusive when he was refused more alcohol, the Daily Mail said.
The Airbus plane, heading from northern England to the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife, diverted to the Portuguese island, which is just 16km long and 7km wide."

Microsoft Shuts Down Chinese Blog

"Microsoft Corp. has shut down the Internet journal of a Chinese blogger that discussed politically sensitive issues including a recent strike at a Beijing newspaper.

The action came amid criticism by free-speech activists of foreign technology companies that help the communist government enforce censorship or silence dissent in order to be allowed into China's market. "

Anti-gay group disrupts funerals of slain soldiers

"An anti-gay group that spews hate and homophobic propaganda has taken protest to a new low - staging photo op demonstrations at funerals for soldiers killed in Iraq.

Waving signs with slogans like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates Faqs," the group from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, has appeared at funerals for slain soldiers in Missouri and Illinois recently, spouting their homophobic bile and disrupting what should be a solemn moment for a grieving family."

Grammy-Winning Singer Lou Rawls Dies

"LOS ANGELES Jan 6, 2006 - Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer who started as a church choir boy and went on to record such classic tunes as 'You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,' died Friday of cancer. He was 72. "

1/05/2006

The Nattering Nabob

Oh, you're gonna love this:

"Saipan is an American province. Female garment workers in Saipan who get pregnant are forced to have abortions if they wish to keep their jobs. This is perfectly legal there.Tom DeLay and other Republicans think that's just fine and have vowed to keep labor conditions in Saipan exactly the way they are."

Saipan has spent millions on Washington lobbyists and given top Republicans in Congress free trips to the beautiful Pacific island, including one over Christmas for House Majority Whip Tom DeLay"

Via Iggy.

And from the source article:

"It's all possible because Saipan is allowed to set its own immigration policy--a policy that Clinton administration officials told the subcommittee is out of control and must be changed. "

Study toasts free drinks for homeless alcoholics

"Free drinks may improve the health and lives of homeless alcoholics and reduce their run-ins with police, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Seventeen chronic alcoholics who drank upwards of 46 glasses a day over the past 35 years, including cheap substitutes such as mouthwash that often led to unconsciousness, were offered a glass of wine or sherry each hour, from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm at an Ottawa shelter over five to 24 months.

Three quit, three died of alcohol-related disease before the end of the study, but 11 others reported 'a markedly decreased consumption of beverage and non-beverage alcohol, and most reported improved sleep, hygiene, nutrition and health,' according to the authors of the study. "

1/04/2006

Barbie Accused of Being Part of the Transgender Movement

"The Concerned Women for America were - well, concerned. Outraged, even. Was Barbie becoming part of the transgender movement?

On Dec. 30, CWA, a leading Christian conservative group, noted on its Web site that on the Barbie Web site, www.Barbie.com, 'there is a poll that asks children their age and sex.' "

These women need to get jobs, or something to occupy their time.

Board Rescinds 'Intelligent Design' Policy

"DOVER, Pa. Jan 4, 2006 - Dover's much-maligned school policy of presenting 'intelligent design' as an alternative to evolution was officially relegated to the history books Tuesday night.

On a voice vote, and with no discussion beforehand, the newly elected Dover Area School Board unanimously rescinded the policy. Two weeks earlier, a judge ruled the policy unconstitutional. "

Hallelujah! Hee hee!

Did Jesus exist? Italian court to decide

"ROME (Reuters) - Forget the U.S. debate over intelligent design versus evolution.
An Italian court is tackling Jesus - and whether the Roman Catholic Church may be breaking the law by teaching that he existed 2,000 years ago.

The case pits against each other two men in their 70s, who are from the same central Italian town and even went to the same seminary school in their teenage years."

Why the Hell Not?

After supporting Kinky Friedman for months now, I'm officially withdrawing my support of him. I found out he supports smokers being able to smoke where ever they want. Sorry, but my right to breathe clean air supercedes his right to pollute it. Personally, I don't think people should even be allowed to smoke in their cars with the windows rolled down - when you sit next to them at a stop light, the stuff comes right into your car. If they want to breathe it, they can just sit in there and wallow in it, but don't FORCE me to breathe it.

That's why the hell not, Kinky.

Bunny suicides


These are some of the most sick, twisted, and clever things I've ever seen. Follow the link in the heading to see more.

Via Shak.

1/03/2006

The Cute Factor - New York Times

"Scientists who study the evolution of visual signaling have identified a wide and still expanding assortment of features and behaviors that make something look cute: bright forward-facing eyes set low on a big round face, a pair of big round ears, floppy limbs and a side-to-side, teeter-totter gait, among many others. "

Owners' Web Gives Realtors Run for Money

"MADISON, Wis. - Across the country, the National Association of Realtors and the 6 percent commission that most of its members charge to sell a house are under assault by government officials, consumer advocates, lawyers and ambitious entrepreneurs. But the most effective challenge so far emanates from a spare bedroom in the modest home here of Christie Miller.

Ms. Miller, 38, a former social worker who favors fuzzy slippers, and her cousin, Mary Clare Murphy, 51, operate what real estate professionals believe to be the largest for-sale-by-owner Web site in the country.

The site, which charges just $150 to list a home and throws in a teal blue yard sign, draws more Internet traffic than the traditional multiple listing service controlled by real estate agents.

Elsewhere, the Justice Department, free-market scholars, plaintiffs' lawyers and countless entrepreneurs are vowing to make real estate more competitive and to bring down sales commissions. To do that, they advocate forcing the Realtors' association to share control of its established listing services. Those critics seem to view the listings as an unassailable monopoly.

And who can blame them? Those 800-plus local listing services, controlled by local branches of the Realtors' association, help dole out about $60 billion a year in commissions to real estate agents and the firms that employ them. Despite numerous attacks, the association has been remarkably successful to date at protecting its turf. Through lobbying, litigation and legislation, the Realtors' group has managed to keep control of the crucial listings."