Thursday, May 31, 2007

Torture

This article is so fucked, I'm not going to bother quoting even a single paragraph.

Go read it.

linky

Vaginas!

THIS morning I was reading the news, and the headline for this article caught my eye.

Designer vaginas grown in lab


Sadly, the article wasn't even close to being what I thought it was, but I figured I'd post it anyway.

linky

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Keys to the Kingdom

THE silly rabbits have changed their keys. Here is the new one.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

RIP, Zheng Xiaoyu



APPARENTLY China takes government corruption seriously.

CHINA'S former drug regulator has received the death penalty — against a backdrop of growing international and domestic concern over the safety of food, pharmaceutical and other products made in China.

Zheng Xiaoyu, head of the State Food and Drug Administration from 1998 until his sacking in 2005, was convicted yesterday in a Beijing court of taking 6.49 million yuan (more than $1 million) in bribes and for dereliction of duty. Zheng, 62, was arrested last year and accused of accepting kickbacks to speed up drug approvals. In one case under Zheng's watch, a tainted antibiotic approved by his agency killed at least 10 patients last year.


Now that's a government policy I could get behind.

theage.com has the story - linky

Cindy: Bye Bye Democrats

Why I Am Leaving the Democratic Party

By Cindy Sheehan

Dear Democratic Congress,

Hello, my name is Cindy Sheehan and my son Casey Sheehan was killed on April 04, 2004 in Sadr City , Baghdad , Iraq . He was killed when the Republicans still were in control of Congress. Naively, I set off on my tireless campaign calling on Congress to rescind George's authority to wage his war of terror while asking him "for what noble cause" did Casey and thousands of other have to die. Now, with Democrats in control of Congress, I have lost my optimistic naiveté and have become cynically pessimistic as I see you all caving into "Mr. 28%"

There is absolutely no sane or defensible reason for you to hand Bloody King George more money to condemn more of our brave, tired, and damaged soldiers and the people of Iraq to more death and carnage. You think giving him more money is politically expedient, but it is a moral abomination and every second the occupation of Iraq endures, you all have more blood on your hands.

Ms. Pelosi, Speaker of the House, said after George signed the new weak as a newborn baby funding authorization bill: "Now, I think the president's policy will begin to unravel." Begin to unravel? How many more of our children will have to be killed and how much more of Iraq will have to be demolished before you all think enough unraveling has occurred? How many more crimes will BushCo be allowed to commit while their poll numbers are crumbling before you all gain the political "courage" to hold them accountable. If Iraq hasn't unraveled in Ms. Pelosi's mind, what will it take? With almost 700,000 Iraqis dead and four million refugees (which the US refuses to admit) how could it get worse? Well, it is getting worse and it can get much worse thanks to your complicity.

Being cynically pessimistic, it seems to me that this new vote to extend the war until the end of September, (and let's face it, on October 1st, you will give him more money after some more theatrics, which you think are fooling the anti-war faction of your party) will feed right into the presidential primary season and you believe that if you just hang on until then, the Democrats will be able to re-take the White House. Didn't you see how "well" that worked for John Kerry in 2004 when he played the politics of careful fence sitting and pandering? The American electorate are getting disgusted with weaklings who blow where the wind takes them while frittering away our precious lifeblood and borrowing money from our new owners, the Chinese.

I knew having a Democratic Congress would make no difference in grassroots action. That's why we went to DC when you all were sworn in to tell you that we wanted the troops back from Iraq and BushCo held accountable while you pushed for ethics reform which is quite a hoot...don't' you think? We all know that it is affordable for you all to play this game of political mayhem because you have no children in harm's way...let me tell you what it is like:

You watch your reluctant soldier march off to a war that neither you nor he agrees with. Once your soldier leaves the country all you can do is worry. You lie awake at night staring at the moon wondering if today will be the day that you get that dreaded knock on your door. You can't concentrate, you can't eat, and your entire life becomes consumed with apprehension while you are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Then, when your worst fears are realized, you begin a life of constant pain, regret, and longing. Everyday is hard, but then you come up on "special" days...like upcoming Memorial Day. Memorial Day holds double pain for me because, not only are we supposed to honor our fallen troops, but Casey was born on Memorial Day in 1979. It used to be a day of celebration for us and now it is a day of despair. Our needlessly killed soldiers of this war and the past conflict in Vietnam have all left an unnecessary trail of sorrow and deep holes of absence that will never be filled.

So, Democratic Congress, with the current daily death toll of 3.72 troops per day, you have condemned 473 more to these early graves. 473 more lives wasted for your political greed: Thousands of broken hearts because of your cowardice and avarice. How can you even go to sleep at night or look at yourselves in a mirror? How do you put behind you the screaming mothers on both sides of the conflict? How does the agony you have created escape you? It will never escape me...I can't run far enough or hide well enough to get away from it.

By the end of September, we will be about 80 troops short of another bloody milestone: 4000, and MoveOn.org will hold nationwide candlelight vigils and you all will be busy passing legislation that will snuff the lights out of thousands more human beings.

Congratulations Congress, you have bought yourself a few more months of an illegal and immoral bloodbath. And you know you mean to continue it indefinitely so "other presidents" can solve the horrid problem BushCo forced our world into.

It used to be George Bush's war. You could have ended it honorably. Now it is yours and you all will descend into calumnious history with BushCo.

The Camp Casey Peace Institute is calling all citizens who are as disgusted as we are with you all to join us in Philadelphia on July 4th to try and figure a way out of this "two" party system that is bought and paid for by the war machine which has a stranglehold on every aspect of our lives. As for myself, I am leaving the Democratic Party. You have completely failed those who put you in power to change the direction our country is heading. We did not elect you to help sink our ship of state but to guide it to safe harbor.

We do not condone our government's violent meddling in sovereign countries and we condemn the continued murderous occupation of Iraq .

We gave you a chance, you betrayed us.

Sincerely,
Cindy Sheehan
Founder and President of
Gold Star Families for Peace.

Founder and Director of
The Camp Casey Peace Institute

Eternally grieving mother of Casey Sheehan

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Card gets booed

Sucks to be Andrew Card. He got an honourary degree from UMass, and he got booed off the stage by the students.



I wonder how he felt, watching hundreds and hundreds of students wearing his name with a line crossed through it as they picked up their degrees.

The Raw Story has more - linky

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Florida: Don't touch me

WELL, it was about time.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Monday signed into law a bill requiring that all voting districts in the state replace most touch-screen electronic voting machines with optical scan machines.


PCWorld - linky

God smites... Jesus?

COLOUR me insensitive, but I can't help finding something fundamentally funny about a statue of Jesus getting hit by lightning.

denverpost.com - linky

What I'm listening to





Picked this CD up after seeing Zabiela and Fanculli in Miami. Definitely worth buying.

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What I'm reading





Just finished Richard Dawkin's book, "The God Delusion". Highly recommend, although I think the first 80 pages or so are a jumbled mess. If you can make it past that crap, then the rest of the book is decent.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Du'a Khalil Aswad





stoned to death at 17, because her boyfriend prayed to the wrong god.



The dailymail has a story, and there is also a wikipedia entry about her, as well as a page over at Amnesty International.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Time magazine <3 Gore



SO Al Gore, has written another book, "The Assault on Reason".

Time magazine is running an excerpt which is definitely worth reading. linky

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Irony

SO apparently a column in a Hong Kong university student journal was classified as "indecent", which caused quote a bit of ruckus. In protest, almost 1,000 people have called in asking similar classification for the bible, due to its violent and sexual content.

Yahoo has the story - linky

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Paris Hilton petitions




UNLESS you have been living under a cave, or you posess an ability to ignore tabloid news that I wish I had, you probably know that Paris Hilton is about to go to jail for driving on a suspended license.

It turns out that there is a petition to Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to pardon her.

This petition is to ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon Paris Hilton for her mistake. Please allow her to her return to her career and life. Everyone makes mistakes. She didn't hurt or kill anyone, and she has learned her lesson. She is sincere, apologetic, and full of regret for her actions as she explained tearfully to the Judge handling her case in court yesterday.She is distraught and understandably afraid.


linky

It also turns out that there is a petition to Arnold Schwarzenneger asking him NOT to pardon her.

This petition is to ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to avoid pardoning Paris Hilton for her mistake. Please allow her to serve her prison sentence with a minimum of delay, so that she may afterward return to her career and life with newfound wisdom and enlightenment. Everyone makes mistakes, and in these cases justice should be done to ensure that irresponsibility has a price associated with it.


linky

Be sure to sign both of them. I did.

The legacy of Agent Orange

DURING the Vietnam War, the Vietcong used the forests as cover to launch attacks against US forces. In an effort to kill the forests and remove this advantage, the US sprayed Agent Orange. These pictures at slate.com, taken 30 years later, show the horrifying consequences of chemical warfare.

Warning: some of these pictures are fucked up.

linky

What price will innocent Iraqis pay 30 years from now for our greed?

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Patriot Act

Three clips from the documentary "Unconstitutional - The War on Civil Liberties"





Saturday, May 05, 2007

Cops <3 Tickets

THIS just in from the no shit sherlock department.

CBS4 investigator Brian Maass learned a ticket writing quota has been instituted for officers in the Traffic Operations Bureau.

For about two dozen motorcycle officers, the order is to write 16 tickets for an eight hour shift. Fall short, and they will have to explain their slacking to superior officers.


How are the drivers taking it?

"I guess it forces them to, you know, maybe someone that they wouldn't pull over before they would consider pulling over now because they need to meet their quota," driver Stephen Gulau said. "It's not giving someone a ticket because they broke the law; it's giving someone a ticket because they are supposed to give someone a ticket."


Of course, its not true right? The cops aren't _really_ going to write more tickets, they only give them to the people that deserve them, right?

Asked if the quota system had increased the number of tickets written, Rubin said he had no figures readily available.


Whatever.

CBS Denver has the story.

linky

MPEACHW



IN THE LAND OF THE FREEEEEEEEEEEE...

...you're not allowed to have licence plates that express how you feel


But Division of Motor Vehicles director Deb Hillmer said Thursday that the law clearly gives the state authority to recall the plates and have them forcibly removed if necessary. And although only one person complained about Moriah’s political statement, that’s all it takes to recall a set of vanity plates, Hillmer said.



linky

Think it's bullshit? Feel free to call or fax Debra at the DMV and let her know what you think.

Phone: 605 / 773-3541
FAX: 605 / 773-5129

Oxymoron of the day...

"Battlefield Ethics" (Apparently there was a survey, and the researchers are surprised that they found "lapses in battlefield ethics")

(?!?!?!?!?!!)

link: http://tinyurl.com/2zr9t7

Insurgent :"Excuse me sir, would you mind terribly if I cut your heart out and feed it to you while it's still beating?"

Allied Troop : "Absolutely not my fine chap. Thank you for asking. In fact before I came to battle, I placed an 'X' on my chest in case the situation arose"




Friday, May 04, 2007

This just in.....

There really is a book called "Understanding Your Sex Drive" and it really is by some dude called "George B. Eager"

and he wrote many more sex books. Just "Google" it. George must really B Eager.

and the Diamond Jackass Award goes to....

If you haven't heard of R&B "sensation" Akon, you must be living in a coalmine. If his irritating song "I'm so lonely" (remade by just speeding up the original until it reaches chipmunk quality sound, and then just singing some crap in-between) didn't make you rip off your own ears and then swallow them, then you must have heard "Smack That" or seen him on the red carpet somewhere (or at Club Zen in Trinidad dry humping a 14yr old girl on stage after tricking her into thinking she won a trip to Africa). Anyway, I've had the pleasure of all four. I saw him in an interview on the red carpet decked off of course with the obligatory "bling". Diamonds in this case. The interviewer asked him some shit and he then stated that he "owns a diamond mine" for the last two years. (??!!?) I was a little taken aback. Owned a diamond mine? I saw Blood Diamond but much before that I had also read about conflict diamonds and the history of Sierra Leone in a book called "Operation Barras" (good read). Anyway, having sparked my interest with that information, and hoping that it would offer some sort of legit explanation, I of course, "googled" it.

Below are some excerpts of an article which can be found in full at

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/features/article2272672.ece:

here goes :

with regards to conflict diamonds Akon is quoted as saying: "I don't even believe in conflict diamonds,"... "That's just a movie. Think about it. Ain't nobody thought about nothing about no conflict diamonds until the movie came out. Where was all that shit before the movie? That's the problem with people - they believe everything they read or see on TV".

he also went on to say :

"It's no different from The Blair Witch Project. Everybody thought that was real. That campaign and marketing was incredible. After that, they're getting Oscars. Unless you go to Sierra Leone and see what's going down, don't believe everything you're reading or see on TV. Trust me."

trust you? you're an ex-con who served hard time and now owns a diamond mine. I shall defer on trusting him for now thanks. (This doorknob is comparing the "Blair Witch Project" to "Blood Diamond") Moving right along...

""If anything, there's conflict oil," he continues. "Worry about the oil - you see what the oil is doing to people. You see what Bush is doing over there... oil is conflict. When you're driving your cars, you're driving conflict fuel. It's killing thousands of people a minute. Diamonds are the least of our worries."

ok, he has a point about "conflict oil". Oil is, of course, controversial but let's save that for another discussion. Let's stick to the stupidity right in front of the interviewer...

Apparently he doesn't like to go into details about how he acquired this mine which was "presented" to him about two years ago. That's kind of strange to me. Not that I want the details but if you feel compelled to say "I own a diamond mine" on the red carpet when you weren't even asked that question directly, and then not want to go into ANY more detail, then I smell bullshit of the highest order. Anyway, it gets really good here... In an era of increasing awareness of our fragile mother Earth, of the realization of species extinction and depleting resources, we get this gem of investment advice (from a car thief)

"Diamonds are always going to be selling, people are always going to get married, black people will always want to shine and bling-bling," he smiles. (Sounds like Imus)

and :

"I always felt like if you get to a point where you've got enough money to invest in something real, you gotta invest in anything that's related to a natural resource because that's gonna be here forever - so you might as well invest in something that's gonna be here, rather than invest in something that's gonna wear out. I know for a fact that these are going to be selling forever."



wow

And here I am, conserving water, not buying hardwood flooring because of the rainforest and all that. Looking for an alternative to granite counter tops because they are mined (and have you seen the price of granite these days? Fred Flintstone should have been on "Cribs"), and Akon is telling us that natural resources are gonna be here forever! (?!?!?!?) and Akon seems to be "the man" these days. all chipmunky voiced and all. I can actually see it now. Golden Globe Awards. Red carpet affair. Ryan Seacrest standing his short ass on a soft drink crate so he doesn't have to look up at everyone including Verne Troyer, ass kissing as he fights to stay in the closet. P. Diddy rolls up with a blinged out watch and solid gold eyeballs. Jay Z flowing along with a diamond encrusted, platinum coated Beyonce.....and our homie Akon, sweating, hunched over with a fucking diamond mine on his back. Well peeps I'm off. Looking to invest in some rainforest property and chainsaws. Akon said that shit's gonna be here forever!

A couple of more memorable quotes :

He once said in an interview that the operation (his car stealing operation, that is. "operation" being the word used to describe his "gang of car stealing punk asses") was like the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds".

cool. a car thief who owns and diamond mine, can steal a car like Nick Cage in a movie and takes a chipmunk sounding record to number 1 in the UK and Australia.

more...

Does he think crime pays? "Crime paid for me!" he laughs... "It definitely paid for me in all aspects, before and after the crime. But I wouldn't recommend it, because not everyone's lucky. I was definitely lucky." He changes his tone. "I wouldn't recommend it. You get all of that, from houses to cars to all that money, and they seize all of your accounts, repossess all your houses and cribs, and then you're stuck in here. Then when you get out you don't own none of that, so it's like what was all that done for?"

so to conclude...if you're feeling lucky...go for it (crime that is). It's great!!! (unless you get caught or "they" repossess all yo shit)

and more from the article...

He doesn't consider himself a celebrity and longs for the days when he can just nip out for a bite to eat without legions of women looking to chase him in the process.

hmm. poor bastard. I guess "smacking that" can get old. I can't imagine what "legions of women" would look like.

and more...

A collaboration with Jackson, the king of pop, "is in the air"

what's it going to be called? "My Two (Weirdo) Dads in Neverland?"

and more...

"That's why Akon has put aside his dreams to run for the presidency of Senegal, and is more content with being the current leader's "dawg". "I don't even want to be president no more," he says." (?!?!?!?!!!???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!???!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!)

He said "president". no really. Fucking "president"? Who's he up against? Mc Hammer?

presidency of senegal? Not President of the Bingo club, or President of Society of People who sing like Chipmunks, or Grand President of the Society of Men who Hump underage girls, but President of the country of Senegal! Well then in that case I nominate Lil Bow Wow for this years US election and Lil Kim for Secretary of State.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Most Awesome Website Ever!!!!

This is why we love the world wide web...

http://cheddarvision.tv/

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You might be a terrorist if...

you're Italian, you're a stand up comedian, and you make fun of the pope.

In an unusually strongly worded editorial, L'Osservatore Romano said a presenter of a televised May Day rock concert, which is sponsored by Italy's labor unions, had launched "vile attacks" on Pope Benedict in front of an "excitable crowd."

"This, too, is terrorism. It's terrorism to launch attacks on the Church," it said. "It's terrorism to stoke blind and irrational rage against someone who always speaks in the name of love, love for life and love for man."


Hmm. Sounds like pretty serious stuff. I wonder what he said?

At the concert, held every year in front of the Saint John in Lateran basilica -- Rome's cathedral where Pope Benedict sits as bishop -- one of the presenters, Andrea Rivera, spoke out against the Pontiff's stand on a number of issues.

"The Pope says he doesn't believe in evolution. I agree, in fact the Church has never evolved," he said.

He also criticized the Church for refusing to give a Catholic funeral to Piergiorgio Welby, a man who campaigned for euthanasia as he lay paralyzed with muscular dystrophy. He died in December after a doctor agreed to unplug his respirator.

"I can't stand the fact that the Vatican refused a funeral for Welby but that wasn't the case for (Chilean dictator Augusto) Pinochet or (Spanish dictator Francisco) Franco," he said between musical acts at the open-air concert.


So this guy criticized the Pope for believing the story of Genesis, and for authorizing funerals for two of the biggest mass murderers of this century and then hypocritically refusing a funeral to a paralyzed man who wanted to die.

Move over Osama, Terror just got a new face.

The Washington Post has the story.

linky

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Killing in the Name Of - RATM - Coachella 2007

This is easily one of my favourite songs of all time. I saw them perform this in California in 2002 or so, and it was fucking insane.

And then they broke up.

At Coachella 2007, RATM performed for the first time in years. With any luck, there will be a tour soon.

Wake Up - RATM - Coachella 2007

A new performance of Wake Up by Rage Against The Machine at Coachella 2007.



With some new stuff at the end.

A good friend of ours said that if the same laws were applied to U.S. Presidents as were applied to the Nazi's after World War II, then every single one of 'em, every last rich white one of 'em from Truman on would have been hung to death, and shot. And this current administration is no exception. They should be hung, and tried, and shot. As any war criminal should be. But the challenges that we face, they go way beyond administrations. Way beyond elections. Way beyond every four years of pulling levers. Way beyond that, because this whole rotten system has become so vicious and cruel, that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy entire countries, and profit from their reconstruction, in order to survive, and that's not a system that changes every four years, it's a system that we have to break down generation after generation after generation after generation after generation. WAKE UP

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Keys to the Kingdom

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