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Monday, December 5, 2011

PSA of the week: Why Burn Doctors Hate Instant Soup

Modern Life:
The Race: #Occupy:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New York's Finest, protecting America from peaceful, uppity young women:

Rest assured that Anthony Bologna, the white-shirt cop who did this, has been soundly punished by being assigned to the cushy Staten Island beat, and he's also been docked ten whole vacation days. That'll teach HIM to just walk up and pepper spray a group of completely passive and helpless women who have been "kettled" by his fellow officers. 

Clearly, helpless, passive, peaceful young women represent a grave threat, and they must be dealt with harshly:

And they will just have to accept the fact that police can grope, grab, and beat the hell out of them with impunity:

Being a journalist can get you killed:

As for "Casually pepper-spraying" Lt. John Pike:

A sad, sad day for America.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Reviews for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn"
  • “But a significant number of its 117 minutes do seem like hours, and whenever certain actors take the lead and set the pace of the dialogue, time itself begins to crawl backward...” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
  • “By any normal standard, this is a terrible movie, with stilted dialogue and leaden pacing—every 15 minutes or so, the action stops for a musical montage involving slow-motion handsomeness. But the Twilight saga stopped being normal a long time ago.” – Dana Stephens, Slate
  • “What we learn in this all-pain/no-pleasure episode is that marriage feels like a life sentence, weddings are miserable events, honeymoon sex is dangerous and leaves a bride covered in bruises, and pregnancy is a torment that leads to death in exchange for birth. Also, during pregnancy, families fight like werewolves and vampires. Way to go, [young adult] message.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
  • “Breaking Dawn is both overlong and understuffed. I lived a thousand lifetimes watching it, and died a thousand deaths.” – Dan Kois, Village Voice
  • “Forget that the film is too long and not very exciting, that the dialogue is still as deadly as a vampire bite (sorry — the lame writing must be contagious) and that some of it is SPOKEN BY WOLVES.” –Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
  • “Twilight is to real horror as cotton candy is to real food.  But only if the cotton candy is spun out of arsenic and crystal meth, because for the metaphor to be accurate, it needs to be something that is sickly sweet but genuine poison.”—Drew McWeeny, HitFix
  • “The movie’s tagline states, 'Forever is only the beginning …' After a few minutes of viewing this lifeless pap, we realize that it’s not a slogan at all. It’s a warning.” – Kimberly Gadette, Doddle

Monday, November 14, 2011

As mentioned earlier, 'tis the season to be very careful driving out on the open road, especially at dusk and dawn:

Deer collisions per month, Kentucky

Oh, Dear God: Wal-Mart Wants To Be Your Doctor -- and they announced this just after they cut medical insurance for their own employees.


  • Historians are all aflutter over the new and very sensationalistic movie about Shakespeare. While there have been various theories about other possible authors -- Bard Wars -- most experts agree that the theory in "Anonymous" is claptrap: ‘Anonymous’ and the Shakespeare conspiracy theory. The movie itself is receiving mixed reviews:  Review for Anonymous. It's probably good fun if you don't actually believe the content.


  • (3) Wall Photos: Amazing beautiful, inspiring photos of the #Occupy movement, posted by participants on FaceBook, updated constantly.
  • What Would Jesus Do? He'd do this: wwjd.jpg



Technology and Gadgets:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
  • Fact: CO2 (Carbon dioxide) is a "greenhouse gas." More CO2 in the atmosphere will cause higher global temperatures.
  • Fact: CO2 levels are now at a record high for the entire history of Planet Earth's life-bearing age.
  • Fact: those record-high levels of CO2 came from humans burning fossil fuels.
  • Fact: people who hate the entire idea that humans may be causing global warming (which they claim doesn't even exist) believe that there is no correlation between CO2 levels and global temperatures.
And now, a graph:
(source article)


CO2 levels
                            plotted with global temperatures

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The "#Occupy Wall Street" phenomenon: it is just possible that things are actually changing in America.

I can certainly identify. And it ties into Halloween perfectly, because I feel like I'm living in a horror movie:
  • Predator banks
  • Vampire hospitals
  • Zombie bureaucrats
  • Werewolf politicians
  • Serial-killer investment houses
  • Alien candidates
  • Gargoyle media
  • and Troll police
The Blob, The Thing, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Cockroach that Ate Texas are all frantically scrambling for the Republican nomination so they can "Take Back" America to a simpler, better, male-dominated time of McCarthyism, Cold War arms races, segregation, white superiority, trickle-down economics and a free ride for the rich. All this, while Caveman Car Makers spend millions (fully tax-deductible, thank you very much) in advertising to sell us the latest "bigger, badder, faster, meaner" chest-thumping, gas-guzzling, road-hogging, rollover-prone, giant steel behemoth SUV dinosaur.

And then there's the 99%. We don't ask for much. We just would like the chance to work for:
  • a livable wage
  • a humane job
  • affordable health care
  • a healthy environment
  • a chance to go to college without selling our soul to the bank
  • a future for our kids
Dear US Government: you can let the 99% have a chance at those things, or you can keep spending trillions of OUR tax dollars to give the 1% their Venture Capitalist Utopia of Government subsidies, bailouts, tax breaks, flagrantly unfair regulatory advantages and financial free-fire zones.

The #Occupy News:
And in further news:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Occupy Wall Street" is getting interesting: some brilliant posters, innovative protest methods, and a message that is shaping up to be a coherent and concise concern over the way the ultra-wealthy elite treats -- and controls -- America. Mostly it's a safe, fun environment, but there have been some inexcusable incidents with thug cops and a few peaceful protestors have been injured. Boing Boing is covering it all in excellent form.

For history nuts, a forgotten war, covered by the winners: An 1812 overview worth watching | Toronto Sun



Deer Science:

Mostly, deer don't seem to notice cars. And they are hit by cars 1.5 Million times a year. Deer, in general, don't recognize approaching headlights as being a threat: they seem to be almost invisible to a deer. Hence the massive numbers of deer killed at night. For my entire life, the only behavior I ever observed was that deer completely ignore approaching cars at night. If you tap your horn at them, they recognize that the sound is "getting closer" and they will turn and run away from the sound, but the car itself always seems to be something that doesn't even register. Then, three or four years ago, I noticed that deer were stating to take better notice of approaching cars, especially at night. This is important, and it's very significant. And it's a perfect example of natural selection at work. Smarter Deer? Smarter Drivers? Both? Fewer Being Killed On Roads

A few facts you may not know:
1. if you swerve to avoid a deer and hit something else, even if it's just a fencepost, you're "at fault" and your insurance will charge you accordingly.
2. swerving to avoid a deer often results in a catastrophic collision with an oncoming car.
3. if you're about to hit a moose or a horse: duck! The bulk of the body mass will come through the windshield, your best bet to survive is by being below the dash line.
4. most deer collisions happen at dusk and dawn.
5. November (peak of the rutting season) is the worst month for deer collisions. October and December come in a close second.

More Science:
Interesting articles on the Black Death, which seem to contradict each other in some significant ways:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Modern life:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

From somewhere on FaceBook: "I'll believe Corporations are people when one is executed in Texas."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The state of Georgia EXECUTED  an innocent man tonight.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
DADT is finally gone. It's about time.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Life in post - "Patriot Act" America:
The "Surveillance Society":

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Simon Glick Versus Boston: finally, as of August 26, 2011, the US Federal Court affirms in a unanimous decision that YOU DO HAVE THE RIGHT to video a cop in the public performance of their duties. The Decision, in PDF.  It may be worth printing out all 24 pages just so that you can present it to any police officer who threatens to arrest you for having a video camera in public.


Monday, September 5, 2011
A rare nod to sanity in the Republican race for the 2012 presidential nomination, from Jon Huntsman:
 “To be clear: I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”
Sadly, it's only a brief nod, then he returns to indulging in the GOP's rabid "I despise the very air Obama breathes" crap.

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