Saturday, August 3, 2013

On The Cancer Cure Conspiracy Industry

Joe Schwarcz: The cancer conspiracy unveiled:
"But you can take this to the bank: there is no conspiracy to keep cancer cures from the public. If you do want to look for a conspiracy, take a look at those who are trying to make a buck from promoting the notion that such a conspiracy exists."

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Comment Of The Day - Facebook Edition

My FB friend (and all round good guy that I need to drink a beverage with some day) Dave  Howlett sad this on my timeline today

 In a good world, we would judge someone not by how many times they had seen a dick but by how many times they had resisted being one.  

Hard to disagree with that.

Not Just In Florida

Zandar Versus The Stupid: Because Of His Sagging Pants, Right?:
 "To recap, Zeigler is a three-star police chief, one of the highest ranking officers in the NYPD. His mistake was that he was off-duty and black. When he showed his identification badge, the cops who ordered him out of his SUV didn’t believe who he was. The defense of the two white plainclothes officers who approached Zeigler was that they saw a gun in the SUV and only then ordered Zeigler out of his vehicle at gunpoint.  Apparently one of the cops then got into an argument over Zeigler’s ID badge. "

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Cuccinelli Probably Won't Understand Why He Will Lose This Election

Cuccinelli: No plans to repay Williams gifts -
"Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he's glad Gov. Bob McDonnell is returning all the gifts he received from a major political donor. But he has no plans to repay the more than $18,000 in gifts he received from the same benefactor."

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

on Bradley Manning

It was ludicrous overreach to charge him with Aiding The Enemy in the first place

The Green Card Chronicles - Part another - With a shout out

So we are almost ready to file the various documents that we need in order to get my Green Card (which no isn't green). Along the way we discovered that my ill conceived idea of joining the Canadian Navy back when I was a mere sprite was possibly going to come back to haunt me because of the question about "Have you ever had military training". While it is true that I beat a hasty retreat before the end of basic training it does count (although my company commander would no doubt disagree).

This wouldn't have mattered except that I have no clue where my discharge papers are so i needed to order a new copy (a process that I found takes 6 months or more). I sent an email to the current Premier of Nova Scotia, Darrell Dexter, who also happened to be in the same training unit as I was all those years ago. His office very helpfully gave me a hand and it now looks like I might have my discharge papers in hand by the time it comes for me to have my interview.

Nice to have someone that can actually help in your corner. I am sure that the Premier would have done it for any constituent and that he doesn't remember me from a hole in the wall but it is something to remember the next time someone says that politicians are uniformly useless.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stupid Tweeting For $200

Words fail me when someone says something this dumb

Obligatory Geeky Post - FPGA basics - A Video

via the nice folks at Make

Comment Of The Day - Pharynula Edition - Default Assumptions Division

The racialization of danger » Pharyngula:
 "Somehow, straight white men between 20 and say 55 are people and individuals. But everyone outside of that segment is explained and understood as a group member when looking at the question “why are they like that?” and “why did they do that?”"

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