Saturday, September 17, 2011

More Evidence of the awesomeness that is the foo fighters

What This Blog Needs Is More Bollywood Love Songs


Because well ... It's Saturday night

A little more April Wine For A Saturday Night


A little good old fashioned Canuck Rock

I must be hungry

This is looking very good about now

The Author Has This ALMOST Right

The Spencerian: I am an Obama Conservative:
"I don't suggest we all become Buckley intellectuals tomorrow, either. But the GOP is going to have to figure out how to re-brand being smart once again. I'm pretty sure their future is riding on it.


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It is OUR future as a nation that is riding on it, not just that of the GOP.

Steve King might not be a fuckwit

but boy he does sound like one.

On Rogue Traders

There Are No Rogue Traders, Only Rogue Banks | The Big Picture: "Anyone who runs a shop that has a proprietary trading desk is obligated to do everything in their power to prevent a single employee from bringing down the company. Indeed, everyone who earns their bonus by risking firm capital is a potential disaster. A rogue trader with massive losses is a sign of complete and utter failure BY THE BANK’S MANAGEMENT. It means that the supervisory functions have failed. That the ability to track what is occurring is not happening, certainly not in real time. In the case of the UBS London trader, he hid the losing trades for 3 years (so much for real time supervisory tracking).


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A Rick Perry Fan?

Law And Order

Justice Department survey confirms downward trend in violent crime - "Violent crime in the United States continues to drop significantly despite the difficult economic environment, according to new statistics released Friday by the Justice Department.
According to the Crime Victimization Survey released annually by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2010 violent crimes dropped about 13% among U.S. residents ages 12 or older."

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Voltaire Nails Our Times

It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.

And yes I am well aware that Voltaire is long dead. Tell me though that this doesn't resonate.

A Message To "I'm Not Going To Vote in 2012" Liberals

The President of Rich Christian White Men | Blue Collar Atheist: "When (if) Perry gets elected, oh man are you going to be sorry.


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On Elizabeth Warren - Silly Idea Department

Forget the Senate. Elizabeth Warren should go work on Wall Street. - The Washington Post:
"Seven weeks removed from the political reality that cost her a job as one of the nation’s best-known — and controversial — advocates for consumers and the middle class, Elizabeth Warren now officially wants to return to Washington as the junior senator from Massachusetts. But if she is really serious about wanting to help working Americans and reform Wall Street, Warren should consider a different line of work: She should get a job as a partner at Goldman Sachs.


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Sous Vide Steak

I need me one of these

Experiments in Sous-vide

Cook Your Meat in a Beer Cooler: The World's Best (and Cheapest) Sous-Vide Hack | Serious Eats: "By this point, there is absolutely no question that the method of cooking foods at precise low-temperatures in vacuum-sealed pouches (commonly referred to as "sous-vide") has revolutionized fine-dining kitchens around the world. There is not a Michelin-starred chef who would part easily with their Polyscience circulators. But the question of when this technique will trickle down to home users—and it certainly is a question of when, and not if—remains to be answered.
The Sous-Vide Supreme, introduced last winter, and of which I am a big fan, is certainly a big step in the right direction. But at $450, for most people, it still remains prohibitively costly. In an effort to help those who'd like to experiment with sous-vide cookery without having to put in the capital, a couple weeks ago I devised a novel solution to the problem: Cook your food in a beer cooler."

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Easy Questions For Republicans

Personal-Political: Gosh, Why Don't People Like Those Wonderful Republican Presidential Candidates?:
"I tell my conservative friends that the Republican presidential candidates aren't the worst of what their party has to offer. No, these candidates are the perfect statistical average of the over-the-cliff irrationality, greed, denial, and dysfunction of the Grand Old Party. And Palin, Ryan, Christie, and anyone else who might get into the race is no different--just more of the same Republican mainstream extremism in a slightly different package.

My second question is one that makes them very uncomfortable: If you don't like the Republican candidates for president, and these candidates represent the mainstream of the Republican Party, then why are you a Republican? I get a lot of blank stares in response."

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On Political Stupidity

Eschaton: The Worst Idea In The World: "Mucking with Social Security is bad, mucking with the Medicare eligibility age is bad AND stupid. So it's probably the likeliest outcome then.

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The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class

Friday, September 16, 2011

Is Elizabeth Warren Jed Bartlett?

It would be nice to think so.

The more I see of her the more I like her.

Fingers crossed.

And yes ... I know I said before that I hope she didn't run. She is running. I hope she wins.

Go give her some money so she can beat that fool Scott Brown.

The Animals We Eat

Cow - yes
Horse - No
Pig - yes
Dog - No
Turkey - yes
Cat - No
Lobster - Yes
Caterpillar - No

So ... how come.

Dumbest Staffers Ever?

Senate staffers claimed their public tweets were off the record | Poynter.: "Aides to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., had claimed in their Twitter bios that their publicly viewable tweets should be considered “off the record.” New York Times developer Derek Willis first noted the absurd disclaimer (#notquitegraspingtheconcept) in the profile of New Media Director Catherine Algeri, and the blog techPresident pointed out that Communications Director Seth Larson and Deputy Press Secretary Richard Pezzillo had similar disclaimers. All three removed them after the publicity spread.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pat Robertson Is a Worthless Douchebag

Pat Robertson Says to Divorce Your Wife If She's Terminally Ill | Crooks and Liars:
"Asked what a man should do whose wife has Alzheimer's, an increasingly decrepit Pat Robertson says, "I know it sounds cruel but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over."


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I can't even do my usual "may not be" with this one.

Pile on the cumin?

There's a Potential Cure for Cancer in Indian Food - Technology - The Atlantic Wire: "Tumeric, the main ingredient in curry, has had a reputation for being a "holy powder" with healing powers for centuries in India. From its anti-inflammatory effects to its ability to slow bleeding, there's a long list of ailments for which tumeric is a remedy, and a growing pile of evidence shows that cancer is on that list, too. In a study due to be published on Thursday, researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center describe how curcumin, the primary component of tumeric, effectively changes the molecular behavior of human saliva and slows the growth of mouth cancer. Previous studies have shown that cumin is effective in treating various types of cancer, and with the new knowledge, scientists hope to turn curcumin into part of the cure.


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Three Cheers For The CRTC

Loud commercial volume: CRTC tells broadcasters to knock it off: "The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said draft regulations will be published by year's end to spell out that ads can't be louder than TV shows, and Canadian broadcasters will have until next September to comply with the new rules.


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Is Ron Paul Really This Stupid?

Ron Paul: Africa Has Famines Because They Aren't Capitalists | Video Cafe: ""All I know is if you look at history and if you compare good medical care and you compare famine, the countries that are more socialistic have more famines," Paul told CNN's T.J. Holmes. "If you look at Africa, they don't have any free market systems and property rights and they have famines and no medical care. So the freer the system, the better the health care."


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Haven't We Seen This Movie Before?

Daily Kos: FAA could shut down on Friday as Coburn blocks Senate vote: "Monday, Laurence Lewis explained how Republicans want to cut bike safety money from the transportation bill, despite (or because of?) the fact that spending on bike lanes improves safety and encourages clean energy transportation. Now, Sen. Tom Coburn is threatening to once again shut down the FAA over that funding.

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"Racist" Is The New "N*****"

Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race by Jen Graves - Seattle Features - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
"Today the same argument is made under the precious neologism that laws intended to redress racial inequity are themselves racist. "Racist is the new n*****," says Riz Rollins, the writer, DJ, and KEXP personality. "For white people, the only word that begins to approximate the emotional violence a person of color experiences being called a n***** from a white person is 'racist.' It's a trigger for white people that immediately conjures pain, anger, defensiveness—even for white people who are clearly racist. 'Racist' is now a conversation stopper almost like that device where you can skew a conversation by comparing someone to Hitler. It's an automatic slur. And only the sickest racists will own up to the description." "

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I am white, middle-aged, upper 5% income range liberal. I am also a racist. I think it is very difficult to be otherwise in this country if you are as privileged as I am. I fight against it but I do not always succeed. Now, those of you that know me ... ponder what I just said and look in the mirror. Do you see a racist too?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On What The Real Problem Is With The Economy

THEY STILL THINK THIS IS A BANKING CRISIS | PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM: "One of the primary reasons why we can’t get out of our current malaise is due to the fact that our government continues to misallocate resources and impede the recovery by completely misdiagnosing our problems. Over the last few years we have constantly referred to our problems as a “credit crisis” or a “banking crisis”. But this was never a banking crisis. It was a household crisis. The American balance sheet recession is a direct result of the fact that households took on too much debt and when their debt position became unsustainable the economy sank into a deep recession as American households went into deleveraging mode. This ultimately led to a banking crisis which was merely a symptom of a much bigger problem.


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Vroomy New Graphics Processor

Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 ready for holidays - News - Linux for Devices: "Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that mobile devices powered by his company's quad-core Tegra 3 processors will start hitting the market before the holiday season. Huang said the quad-core market will be dominated by Nvidia and Qualcomm, which is prepping its own "Krait" quad-core processors for release in 2012.

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Cool Toy

Core-powered panel PC is like a giant tablet - News - Linux for Devices: "Aaeon announced an 18.5-inch panel PC that looks and works like an overgrown tablet. The ACP-5815 has a capacitive touchscreen with two-point multitouch, a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, CompactFlash and hard disk storage, a Mini PCI expansion slot, plus an optional camera and RFID reader, according to the company.

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On Being Eaten By A Badger

Gordon Ramsay's Porn Dwarf Double Eaten by Badger: "U.K. tabloid Sunday Sport recently introduced the world to Percy Foster, a 35-year-old dwarf porn star whose career was just beginning to catch fire. It was all because an observant production assistant on the set of Hi-Ho Hi-Ho, It's Up Your Arse We Go had noticed how much Foster looked like celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. But just as Foster was set to join the rarefied ranks of celebrity lookalike dwarf porn stars, tragedy struck: The body of the 3' 6" performer has been discovered in a badger's den, partially eaten.


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ABL on The Tea Party

Balloon Juice » CNN Tea Party Audience Cheers at Idea of Letting Sick Uninsured Man Die: "The simple truth is this: The Tea Party is comprised, primarily, of savages. That’s the only word I can think of to use. They are the party of Die Early and Often. They are the party of “No Government except for in A Woman’s Vagina.” It’s so horrifying, that I am rendered nearly without power to snark about it.


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And Other Duties

Some Texas Teachers Left to Clean Up Budget Cut Mess — Public Education | The Texas Tribune: "Entering the new year, Gardner’s district can say something that fewer and fewer schools in Texas can — that no teachers have been laid off as a result of state budget cuts. But the Dripping Springs Independent School District has eliminated custodial positions, and that has left teachers there with new tasks once the school bell rings: sweeping classrooms and taking out the trash."

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About Those Immigrant Ancestors

The Era Of Open Borders | ThinkProgress: "But if your family lore contains anything remotely resembling a classic immigrants’ story of a poor person coming to this country, and combining hard work with American opportunity to obtain a higher living standard than was possible in the Old Country the odds are overwhelming that this didn’t involve navigating anything resembling the current process by which a low-skill person can legally obtain permission to come here."

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Ron Paul and His Fans Are Repulsive

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On Glowing Kittens

Glow cat: fluorescent green felines could help study of HIV | Science | The Guardian: "US researcher Eric Poeschla has produced three glowing GM cats by using a virus to carry a gene, called green fluorescent protein (GFP), into the eggs from which the animals eventually grew.


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From The Collection Of Stupid That is American Renaissance

Black Kids Twice as Likely to Have Food Sensitivities to Peanuts, Eggs, Milk :: American Renaissance News: "African DNA is primitive and not adapted to agricultural produce. They can eat the crude out of bananas and other wild or naturally occurring food. Milk for example, whose possession on a regular basis indicates the ability to domesticate animals and plan fodder for the animals, is not tolerable for most adult Africans. In fact, Europeans are the only species on the planet whose bodies can process milk into adulthood. Just as they are not adaptable to modernity, they are also intolerant of agricultural produce.


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The Only 9/11 Video I am posting today

Shot from about 500 yards away by two ordinary people. No inspiring music, no heartwrenching voiceover. Just the pictures.

Dumbest Comment Of the Day - Edition

Letters: Herman Cain produces incredibly tasteless 9/11 video - Salon:
"I'm not sure, but one thing I am sure of and that is that very few Salonistas have a right to comment.

I say that as one of the ones that have a right to comment.

When you strapped on a gun or put on a flak vest...

When you lost your significant other at the Twin Trade Towers or one of the planes commandeered by terrorists...

When you've watched what little if anything of your loved one lowered into the cold earth wondering when you will be able to hold them again...

When you cough up parts of the aftermath after going thru the rubble looking for bodies...

When you've put a bullet into another man and watched the his life essence ebb away...

Then you have a right to give your opinion--and have it matter...

Last time I looked, Pareene didn't qualify for any of the above.

And that is why we say that today's liberal is yesterday's Redneck, Bigot and Fascist...A little more educated, but just the flip side of the same coin.

A pity. Yesterday's Liberals are turning over in their graves."

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This kind of bullshit cannot be accepted as correct for that way lies the world of personal experience rather than common values and that world is a very nasty place.

Not Breaking News

The following came to me in my CNN "Breaking News" Feed:
At a ceremony in New York marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, family members of the victims have begun reading the names of those who died.

Silence spread across New York at 8:46 a.m. -- the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center a decade ago.

The city observed another moment of silence at 9:03 a.m., when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower.
More than 200 miles away in Washington, mourners will observe a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. -- the moment American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon and killed 184 people.

And at 10:03 a.m., silence will fall on Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 thwarted a hijacking plot and crashed the plane into the ground.

The attacks killed 2,977 people. 
Breaking News that isn't

Computer Trash Hauling - Job Of The Future?

Complex Event Processing | Computer scientists say it’s time to start looking at treatment of data waste: "As anyone who has ever used a Windows based computer for any length of time knows, the longer you have it, the slower it goes; this is because of the accumulation of data files and entries in system logs; information that in many cases isn’t really necessary. Thus, our computers slow down due to the accumulation of “waste.” Now, two computer scientists from Johns Hopkins University have published a paper on arXiv, where they argue that data waste management on computer systems could, and should be handled similarly to the way physical-world waste is managed.

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The paper can be found here

Prison Visits As A Profit Center

Arizona to Charge for Prison Visits | Dispatches from the Culture Wars:
"The Arizona legislature has passed legislation that will now allow prisons to charge $25 for people to visit their family and friends in prison. It is a remarkably cruel law since many of these visitors are coming from low income families and have to travel great distances. Yet, legislators are pointing out that they originally wanted to charge babies and children as well but decided to be nice guys.
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Two of my nephews are currently in jail (one possibly for the rest of his life) for their involvement in a terrible crime. I cannot imagine the mentality that would come up with this law.

On 9/11 Truthers

The day that a 9/11 Truther can come up with a rational explanation as to how the group that planned, executed and successfully kept secret a massive false flag operation involving at minimum thousands of people and then pivoted to fuck up absolutely everything else they touched over the next few years is the day that I will start to listen to them about anything else. It is far easier to believe that they took advantage of a disaster than that they made it happen.

I know that I have Truthers in my readership. Convince me without using the words Bilderberg, Freemason or PNAC as magic charms please.

Sucky Time To Be A Banker

BofA layoffs: Bank of America to cut at least 40,000 jobs - Los Angeles Times:

"Bank of America Corp. is preparing to slash 40,000 or more jobs nationwide, a dramatic retrenchment that reflects the deepening woes of the country's largest bank and the magnitude of the U.S. economic slowdown.

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I am sure this is somehow Obama's fault too.

On 9/11

It was a terrible day and resulted in a great country losing its moral compass. Hopefully someday we can find our way back.
I am not hopeful.

Sally Kern on The Dangers of Homosexuality

GOP Legislator: Homosexuality Is ‘More Dangerous’ Than Terrorist Attacks Because We Have To Deal With It Every Day | ThinkProgress: "KERN: Which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS? In the last twenty years, fifteen to twenty years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat? And you know, every day our young people…they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean. It’s more dangerous, and yes I think that it’s also more dangerous because it will tear down the moral fiber of this nation.

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