5/31/2006

Time Killer

"Random Name Generator"

This has some interesting options - you can generate a witch name, a Goth name, a Basque name, a Classical Greek name, a Kreatyve name (my favorite), and many more.

5/30/2006

They Followed Me Home

"Can you see some guy going 120 mph down the interstate with these balloons trailing about 50 feet behind him?"

If you have a sick sense of humor, you'll crack up at this.

Hero returns as lesbian

"Comic book heroine Batwoman is to make a comeback as a 'lipstick lesbian' who moonlights as a crime fighter, a DC Comics spokesman has confirmed."

5/26/2006

Researchers: Antivirus Software Has Flaw

"WASHINGTON May 25, 2006 (AP)- Symantec Corp.'s leading antivirus software, which protects some of the world's largest corporations and U.S. government agencies, suffers from a flaw that lets hackers seize control of computers to steal sensitive data, delete files or implant malicious programs, researchers said Thursday. "

5/25/2006

House OKs Oil Drilling in Alaska Refuge

"WASHINGTON May 25, 2006 (AP)� Citing the public outcry over $3-a-gallon gasoline and America's heavy reliance on foreign oil, the House on Thursday voted to open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, knowing the prospects for Senate approval were slim. "

ABC News: Father of Girl Killed in Bus Accident Asks for Mercy

"May 24, 2006 - NEW YORK (AP) - The father of a second-grade girl killed when an empty school bus rolled forward and crushed her is asking for mercy for the eight-year-old boy accused of setting the vehicle in motion."

5/24/2006

On This Day

Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!
(May 24, 1883)

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

Sixty-five today.

BobDylan.com

ACLU Launches Nationwide Action Against NSA Snooping on Americans� Phone Calls

"NEW YORK -- Responding to reports that phone companies are turning over private details about Americans’ telephone calls to the National Security Agency, the American Civil Liberties Union today launched a nationwide initiative to end illegal government spying.

ACLU affiliates in 20 states today filed complaints with Public Utility Commissions or sent letters to state Attorneys General and other officials demanding investigations into whether local telecommunications companies allowed the NSA to spy on their customers."

Doctors Make Progress With Mysterious Disease

"OAKLAND -- A horrifying and fascinating disease is affecting thousands of people in the Bay Area, along the Gulf Coast and in Florida. Though some doctors have claimed the malady is psychosomatic, other scientists are making headway unraveling the mystery of Morgellons Disease."

"It started in Oakland four years ago. Koch saved 44 games and was the top reliever in the major leagues. His fastball wowed crowds. And then the strangeness began.

"He freaked out. He wanted to ignore it … I wanted to too. But when it comes to your kids, you gotta stop ignoring it," said Koch's wife Brandi.

She describes their symptoms: "It was the scariest thing I had ever realized in my entire life. There was matter and black specks coming out and off of my skin."


The disease is characterized by slow healing skin lesions that often extrude small, dark filaments, especially after bathing.

"That's when it would really just ooze -- literally ooze out of my skin," explained Brandi Koch.

The couple was at wit's end after numerous doctors not only provided little in the way of relief, but actually were skeptical about their health problems: "There's no reasonable explanation for it. I'm not seeing things. l'm watching it happen. We're pretty sane people…" lamented Billy.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Neelam Uppal sympathized with the Kochs' plight: "They've seen several doctors, [and] everybody's told them they're crazy. It's in their head. They're delusional."

This is some freaky shit.

French Newspaper Reprints Controversial Cartoons

"Paris, Feb. 1 2006 (VOA News) -- A French newspaper has published Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that have stirred outrage in the Muslim world. France-Soir newspaper says it is simply defending freedom of expression.

France-Soir plastered its own cartoon on its front page - spoofing not only the prophet Mohammed, but also Buddha, Jehovah and Jesus. The French newspaper wrote in a large headline, 'Yes, one has the right to make fun of God.' "

5/23/2006

Bill Considers Pets in Disaster Plans

"WASHINGTON May 22, 2006 (AP)— A television shot of a little boy losing his dog during Katrina rescue operations was the catalyst for a House vote Monday on legislation requiring pets to be considered in future emergency preparedness plans.

The House was to vote late Monday on the bill, which requires that state and local preparedness offices take into account pet owners, household pets and service animals when drawing up evacuation plans. Offices that fail to do so would not qualify for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"When asked to choose between abandoning their pets or their personal safety, many pet owners chose to risk their lives," he said.

The Humane Society of the United States cited a recent Zogby International poll that found that 49 percent of adults say they would refuse to evacuate if they couldn't take their pets with them."

Former Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Dies

"HOUSTON May 23, 2006 (AP)- Lloyd Bentsen, a courtly Texan who represented the state in Congress for 28 years and served as President Clinton's first treasury secretary, died Tuesday morning, his family said. He was 85. "

Famous for telling Dan Quayle "You're no Jack Kennedy"

Former Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Dies

"HOUSTON May 23, 2006 (AP)- Lloyd Bentsen, a courtly Texan who represented the state in Congress for 28 years and served as President Clinton's first treasury secretary, died Tuesday morning, his family said. He was 85. "

Famous for telling Dan Quayle "You're no Jack Kennedy"

Today in History

(According to the NY Times) "On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, La. "

Country radio nixes Dixie Chicks

"NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 22 (UPI) -- It appears the war U.S. country radio stations mounted against the politically outspoken Dixie Chicks has not abated in the least. "

5/19/2006

Couple Arrested For Asking For Directions

"Baltimore City police arrested a Virginia couple over the weekend after they asked an officer for directions."

There is, of course, more than that to the story. But it's not that they did anything wrong, it's that the story gets more and more crazy.

Iran eyes badges for Jews and Christians

"Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims."

How very Holocaustian of them. (Is that a word? It should be.)

5/18/2006

Toddlerpedes - weird puppet art by John Beinart

Who says you can't have fun with dead babies? (Oh, boy, here come the nasty comments from anti-choicers...)

Venice build entirely out of lego

Ezprezzo.com - Venice build entirely out of lego

This is just insane. If you don't click on any other link today, click on this one.

Impressive New Tricks of Light, All Within the Laws of Physics

"Instead, in the latest example of logic-defying tricks that physicists can now perform with light, Dr. Boyd and his colleagues demonstrated an optical fiber - a glass strand that transmits pulses of light - with a couple of odd characteristics:

A pulse of light shot into the fiber departs before it enters.

Within the fiber, the pulse travels backward - and faster than the speed of light."

5/17/2006

Mo. Town Denies Unmarried Couple Permit

"The city council has rejected a measure allowing unmarried couples with multiple children to live together, and the mayor said those who fall into that category could soon face eviction.
Olivia Shelltrack and Fondrey Loving were denied an occupancy permit after moving into a home in this St. Louis suburb because they have three children and are not married."

And yet some married couples that fire shotguns at each other are allowed to live together...

Seat Belt, Bra Save Woman From Gunshot

"Robin Key, 44, of Riverview, Fla., was shot through the windshield of the car she was riding in Sunday. She said she felt a searing pain in her shoulder.

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said a .38-caliber bullet smashed through the windshield then bounced off Key's shoulder thanks to a seat belt and a thick bra strap. "

5/15/2006

Wife 'didn't realise husband was a woman' | the Daily Mail

"Mr J, born with gender dysmorphia, underwent hormone treatment and had breasts removed before, at the age of 30, he met and married Mrs C, then aged 20 and from a wealthy background.

He concealed his true gender from her for 17 years, using a home-made part of the anatomy for sex. At a Court of Appeal hearing in 1996, Mr J failed in a bid for a share of the marriage wealth, including a L400,000 home. "

The news has been so awful lately, between the phone records scandal that no one cares about, and the kid with rabies dying and BP busily polluting away, that I thought this was a good post for today. I really don't want to know about that home-made part of the anatomy, though!

Working Assets opposes NSA database

"Working Assets is the only telephone company participating in the ACLU's lawsuit against the National Security Agency. We believe that the warrantless monitoring of phone conversations ordered by the Bush administration is illegal and unacceptable. We oppose the sale of domestic calling records to the NSA by AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon."

And they'll give you a free phone.


5/10/2006

ABC News: Saudi's Penis Reattached After Maid Cuts It Off

"May 9, 2006 - Surgeons have reattached the penis of a Saudi man who paid the price for trying to have sex with his Filipina maid and she attacked him with a knife, a hospital source said on Monday.

'This is a sophisticated operation. You are dealing with an organ in a difficult area and you want to try to return to its efficiency,' said a spokesman at Riyadh's Takhassusi Hospital.

Earlier this month newspapers reported that the maid removed her employer's manhood when he tried to molest her in the middle of the night as his wife was sleeping. The maid is now in police custody.

'It's one of the rare cases - but they did it (the operation) last week and it went smoothly,' the spokesman said. 'The hospital has done this kind of operation before, but only after people had car accidents.'"

5/08/2006

Chevron Memo Raises Suspicion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Chevron memo is raising suspicion that oil executives intentionally reduced refining capacity in an effort to boost profits. The 1995 memo, obtained by Consumers Union, reads:

"If the U.S. petroleum industry doesn't reduce it's refining capacity, it will never see any substantial increase in refinery profits."

In the last 20 years, 18 of California's 32 refineries have shut down. The industry is now seeing record prices and profits at the pump.

On Friday, former oil and gas executive Joe Sparano spoke with KCRA 3 and made no apologies for continued rise in gas prices. In fact, he explained that prices are a direct result of driver demand far exceeding gas supply. "

5/05/2006

Psychologist to be UK's oldest mother at 63

"'She came here with her husband, the couple love each other, she is very slim, blonde and in perfect condition, she fits all the criteria for maternity.' "

Um, yeah - those are important criteria - slim and blonde.

5/04/2006

Right between the eyes

"Not in recent memory has a Montana governor had the guts to step up and face a major corporation head on for its irresponsible record of toxic pollution and decades-long evasion of cleanups. But Gov. Brian Schweitzer did just that when he made the decision to end the obfuscation and legal weaseling of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BN) over its hazardous waste sites scattered across the magnificent landscape of Montana. And when they fought back-as corporations always do-Schweitzer let 'em have it right between the eyes. "

Cat to Reunite With Owner After 10 Years

"SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 3, 2006 (AP)- Sneakers the cat is being reunited with his owner, hundreds of miles away from where the feline disappeared in 1996. "

Goat Batters Way Into Elementary School

"PLANO, Texas May 3, 2006 (AP)� It was strange enough for a goat to be wandering through a Dallas area school. But the way the goat got in would be more difficult to believe if it weren't for the video.

Building security cameras captured the male goat butting glass doors repeatedly at Hickey Elementary School in Plano on Sunday. Eventually the goat, which was apparently doing battle with its reflection, broke through the glass and got into the building. "

5/02/2006

Couple, 33 and 104, Reportedly Marry

"KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia May 2, 2006 (AP)- A 33-year-old man in northern Malaysia has married a 104-year-old woman, saying mutual respect and friendship had turned to love, a news report said Tuesday.

It was Muhamad Noor Che Musa's first marriage and his wife's 21st, according to The Star newspaper which cited a report in the Malay-language Harian Metro tabloid. "

5/01/2006

Pesticides may affect penis size

"A renowned U.S. scientist who has documented fertility and sex changes -- including decreasing penis size -- due to environmental contamination says he wouldn't apply pesticides on his own lawn. "

Sony playing a Cheap Trick on musicians? | Tech News on ZDNet

"Two rock bands, the Allman Brothers Band and Cheap Trick, have filed a lawsuit against Sony BMG alleging that they are shortchanged when Sony divvies up royalties from digital downloads. "