Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wireless Communication with no batteries or Wires

Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique | UW Today:
"University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. "

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Very cool indeed

On Playing The Race Card

It seems to me that most of the folks that use this phrase in a serious manner are the same ones that opine that it doesn't seem fair that black people get to drop an n-bomb and white people don't.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


My Opening Farewell, So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, Oh The Places I Will Go, How Can You Miss Me If I Won’t Go Away, Just Leave Already Fer Chrissakes, Post Thingy | TBogg:

"While I have done this blogging thing mainly as a hobby – since I have actual Real Life Skills that are monetizable in The Real World – it has also been a rather all-consuming hobby which has taken me away from my family, the outside world (why live at the beach if you’re going to spend every free hour in front of a computer?), and from reading actual books (in lieu of blogs written by idiots), as well as watching movies and the teevee and enjoying life’s rich pageant. What tipped the scales this time was the recent loss of  the brilliant and greatly missed Doghouse Riley whom, I will note, was younger than moi when he passed so suddenly. As was Jon Swift. And Steve Gilliard. And Jim Capozzola. For me, this was a mortality wake-up call."

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He shall be missed

Monday, August 12, 2013

Speaking of Judicial Activism

Judge In Tennessee Orders Baby's Name Be Changed From Messiah | TPM LiveWire: ""The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ," Judge Ballew said, according to t.v. station WBIR. Ballew said the child could go by "Martin DeShawn McCullough," which includes both the mother and father's names."

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Is Georgetown Law Running A Ponzi Scheme?

How Georgetown Law gets Uncle Sam to pay its students’ bills:

"Upon first glance, it looks like what’s happening is that Georgetown is paying for part of the cost of law school and the federal government is forgiving the rest. But as Jason Delisle and Alex Holt at the New America Foundation discovered, Georgetown’s cleverer than that. The tuition paid by new students — tuition they’re often paying with federal loans — includes the cost of covering the previous students’ loan payments."

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A moment of GOP Zen

Missouri State Fair Rodeo Clown Wears Obama Mask:
"A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked the enthusiastic spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” 
 The antics led the state’s second highest-ranking official, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, to denounce the performance in a tweet Sunday. He said it was “disrespectful” to the president.  
 “We are better than this,” the Republican tweeted."

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When will the folks in charge of the GOP realize what they have unleashed on the rest of us and start taking some fucking responsibility for it?


I crack myself up.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Donald Trump - Still a Birther Asshat

Donald Trump Beats The Birther Drum Again: 'Was There A Birth Certificate?' (VIDEO):

 "Was there a birth certificate? You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows."

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Representative Markwayne Mullen on SNAP

Congressman Claims Widespread Fraud Because He Saw 'Physically Fit' Couple Use Food Stamps | ThinkProgress:

 "“The food programs are designed to take care of people who can’t work, not won’t work. And we all know those people that won’t work, right?” he asked the audience. “They’re abusing the program, and we’ve got to get them off of it.”"

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Except that is not what SNAP is for.

The Next Target - The Disabled

Hate Flyers Target The Disabled in Portland OR | Crooks and Liars:
 "Five upper-class neighbourhoods in the city of Portland - Irvington, Arbor Lodge, the SW hills, Laurelhurst and Eliot - have been targeting people with disabilities. 
"There are sixteen people in this neighbourhood who vote and receive cash disability payments," the note read, posted by an anonymous writer known only as Artemis of the wildland, suggesting that those people who receive disability benefits are a menace to the republic. "The names of these people are being posted where they can be seen by taxpayers and the neighbourhood can decide who is truly disabled." The mayor's office is concerned with the underlying threat of violence, the Portland Commission on Disability requests that anyone who has received or seen the flyer to report it, in order to track it. The Portland Police are searching for the author of these hate-mongering flyers, asking anyone who knows who may be behind the flyers to come forward."

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