Thursday, January 31, 2008

The law is an ass

With global warming and human smuggling almost completely eradicated, lawmakers in Kentucky are considering passing a bill that would prevent minors (under 18yrs) from buying energy drinks.

In an effort to curb the epidemic of wanton and disgusting underage energy, State Rep Danny Ford (R-Mt Vernon) has introduced the bill because a student had a "bad experience" from it and his "heart beat rapidly". (In related news, puppy love is to be upgraded to a federal crime).

The bill defines an energy drink as “a carbonated beverage that exceeds a caffeine content of 71 milligrams per 12 oz. serving and contains taurine and glucuronolactone,” which would fail to include juice-based energy drinks, and energy drinks without taurine or glucuronolactone.

Bear in mind that most energy drinks are packaged in 8oz and 16oz and not 12oz. And some juice-based ones are actually carbonated.

It's a good thing that the cashiers at the convenience stores are not pimply faced morons because you can imagine the kind of confusion this can cause...oh...wait...



Haiti, I'm sorry

NEVER have I been moved to tears while making a post to this blog. Until today.

With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau.

The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.

I own thirty cookbooks or more. One of them contains recipes for nothing but soup. Another is at least two inches thick, and has nothing but recipes for sauces. I have another which is solely about bread.

And these people are literally eating dirt.

AP story


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rudy Guliani

HAS thrown in the towel.



At Fox News, a chicken called propaganda comes home to roost

IT looks like the country is finally starting to realize that Fox News is nothing more than the US version of Pravda that has been pumping out worthless propaganda for years. With one notable difference. Unlike Pravda, Fox still needs ratings to make money.

Eric Boehlert has a pretty interesting article about the gloomy outlook for Fox News in 2008.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Fear of flying

THIS weekend I was planning to go out of town. I decided not to go, because the logistics required by the trip would have required me driving there and flying back. I cancelled the trip was because I didn't want to deal with the hassle at the airport that I knew I would get from the TSA if I tried to fly with a one-way ticket.

Or in other words, the terrorists have already won.


Books that make you dumb

(image by gadl)

SO the social network du jour is Facebook. If you're a facebook user, you know that Facebook lets you publish your favourite books. You may also know that universities publish the average SAT scores of their student bodies. And we all know that when any scientist is given two sets of related data, he generates a graph.

On his website, Virgil Griffith has generated a graph showing the relationship between reading material and SAT scores. The site is definitely worth looking at, if only for hard scientific proof of what you're suspected all along, which is that philosophy students are idiots.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Welcome To America

IF you've ever wondered what would happen to your children if you got sick while traveling in the US, wonder no more. Yvonne Bray has done that research for you.

Yvonne Bray, took her daughters Gemma, 15, and Katie, 13, to New York shortly after Christmas for a shopping trip but was taken into hospital when she fell ill with pneumonia during their visit. The girls were then told they could not wait at the hospital and as minors would have to be taken into care.

Sounds reasonable.

Social workers took them to a municipal orphanage in downtown Manhattan, where they were separated, strip-searched and questioned before being kept under lock and key for the next 30 hours.


The two sisters were made to shower in front of security staff and told to fill out a two-page form with questions including: "Have you ever been the victim of rape?" and "Do you have homicidal tendencies?"


Since returning home, Bray has received a letter from the US Administration for Children and Families, notifying her that, because the children were admitted to the orphanage, she is now "under investigation."

Just fucking beautiful.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fred Thompson

HAS thrown in the towel.



And the #2 most popular video on YouTube is....

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ron Paul inspires

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Thursday, January 17, 2008


SO the Colorado thugs sent in a SWAT team to raid the home of suspected grower.

Unfortunately for them, it appears that they did not bother to do any preparation or detective work other than strapping on the guns and bashing in the guys door. Turns out that the owner of the house, Kevin Dickes, has a license for growing marijuana to treat the pain he suffers from a shrapnel injury he received while serving his country in Iraq.

It also turns out that under Colorado law, any property used for cultivating medical marijuana may not be destroyed by the police. Sixty-five of Kevin's plants were destroyed and he is seeking compensation from the police using the standard DEA valuation of $5,200 per plant. Grand total ?

$369,200 in damages.

Time to start writing some traffic tickets boys!

Full story - linky

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

MacBook Air

no optical drive + no ethernet + only one usb + no firewire + integrated battery + slower than the macbooks + integrated graphics + $700 more expensive = fuck that.

gg apple.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Donald Knuth

The Don is flat out the greatest programmer of all time. Knuth's genius is relatively unknown compared to lesser, but more famous programmers such as RMS, Carmack, Kernighan, Ritchie, Gosling and Strousop. For years I've been trying to understand his books and sharing them with my friends.

And to think that it took a post on reddit for me to realize that today is his birthday. I think my membership in the Knuth fan club may soon be revoked.

wikipeda article about Knuth

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Fight Club

I'm embarrassed to admit that every time I wanted to buy this book, I talked myself out of it because buying it went against the principles of Fight Club. What I really should have done is steal it, but I'm too much of a pussy to get arrested over a ten dollar book.

Anyway, I got it, I read it, and so should you.


RMS on the 2008 candidates

Richard Michael Stallman is a legend. In my opinion, he is the most influential computer programmer of all time. He is a very smart dude, and in many ways, he is also batshit crazy. Here is his take on the presidential candidates.

I support Dennis Kucinich for president. I am confident that he would run the country for the benefit of its citizens, not for the benefit of global business. He is the only candidate whose values and goals I fully support. He also champions impeachment of Bush.

Why would I, as a Liberal, have anything favorable to say about a Republican such as Ron Paul?

I have fundamental disagreements with Ron Paul. I support a welfare state and the New Deal. He wants to weaken social security and medicare, in effect throwing the poor back on their own resources. He wants to abolish income tax, which would mean reliance on taxes that fall most heavily on the poor and let the rich off lightly. This would increase concentration of wealth, which is already dangerously excessive, and the poor would pay for it.

In ordinary times I would simply oppose a candidate with such views, but these are not ordinary times. The Bush regime has contempt for human rights, and most of the 2008 candidates are little better than Bush. Most voted for the disgraceful U. S.A.P. A.T. R.I.O.T. Act, which authorized the Bush regime to collect businesses' (and even libraries') records about individuals without a court order. Most of them voted to launch a war of aggression in Iraq, accepting Bush's patent lies with the innocence of a sheltered child. Obama, who was not in the Senate when those were voted on, nonetheless does not convincingly oppose them.

Aside from Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, those candidates that criticize the occupation of Iraq do not show a firm will to end it. They dwell on "mismanagement", as if the worst you could say about Bush's crime was that "he didn't plan it well enough."

The only Democratic or Republican candidate, aside from Kucinich, that clearly stands for human rights, democracy, and an end to torture, secret prisons and the occupation of Iraq is Ron Paul. I urge Republicans to support him for that party's nomination.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A step in the right direction

There is no terrorist threat. There is no terrorist threat. There is no terrorist threat. There is no terrorist threat.

If only everyone could get it through their heads, this nightmare of overreaction, destruction of civil liberties, baseless imprisonment, torture, endless war, billions of dollars in war profits, paid for in blood, for the families of Bush and Bin Laden, would all be over.

But two planes, two buildings, three thousand dead (less than 1/100th of the amount that die every year due to poor diet and obesity in the US alone) and the the world became so afraid that it lost all sense of reason.

The words "war on terror" will no longer be used by the British government to describe attacks on the public, the country's chief prosecutor said Dec. 27.


"The people who were murdered on July 7 were not the victims of war. The men who killed them were not soldiers," Macdonald said. "They were fantasists, narcissists, murderers and criminals and need to be responded to in that way."

Looks like England finally got it. How long for the rest of the world?