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There seem to be a lot of Californians who are buying sick and dying puppies in parking lots. That's not weird, right? Plain old Californian dying puppies are not good enough though, so they are shelling out top dollar, up to a thousand bucks for imported Mexican dying puppies.
Michael Jackson has decided that it would be a good idea to move to the Persian Gulf and dress like a woman. After all, where on earth would a man dressing as a woman be more welcome? Why am I thinking that this plan was not given a lot of consideration?
After an assistant asked photographers to stand back because they were scaring the children, the whole party left in a white sports utility vehicle.The photographers were scaring the kids. The photographers. Holy crap assistant dude! Check out the trans-gendered Frankensteinian apparition of death getting into the white sports utility vehicle and tell me that the kids are scared of the photographers.
His father has said it is unlikely he will return to the US to live.I think I speak for the whole continent when I say:
Well, Bob Woodruff got injured and the media is going on about how this proves the argument they have been making that Iraq is too dangerous a place to report on in an unbiased manner. I heard one report claim that he was riding in an Iraqi police vehicle but that is not possible because there are no Iraqi police according to what the media tells me. He was also driving into what NBC called "the heart of insurgent country". Man, you rebrand yourself from terrorists to insurgents and the next thing you know you have your own country. I need to get myself a publicist.
I was looking over "normblog" and a couple of posts caught my eye. The first one brings to my attention that The Guardian is referring to people who Hamas terrorists kill (those men, women and children on bus) as Hamas' "enemies". I new The Guardian was low as far as journalistic ethics were concerned and yet I still thought they might at least pretend they has scruples. Also, a new Gallup poll shows that the people of Iraq and Afghanistan are so brainwashed by their American captors that they are actually optimistic about the country and its future. I am chilled by what might happen once the American military brings those newly perfected mind control weapons back to the homeland. As an aside, Palestinians have been in the news because of their election of Hamas. I can understand dumping a political party that has become too corrupt and I can even understand being so desperate for change as to hope against hope that a terrorist organization might suddenly make a good governing body. What I can not understand is the "custom" for firing machine guns in the air as a celebration. This is in a city mind you, not some barren mountain range in Saudi Arabia. Do they not have gravity in the middle east? Sure, most of the bullets will not hit anyone and they do slow down significantly due to air resistance going up and coming down but skyward bullets still can and do kill people on occasion. And these guys are firing clip after clip! Are there not enough bullet holes in the roofs of you neighbors homes? I know it is a poor area and firearm safety courses are few and far between but can they afford common sense at least? (And if they can afford it they should export it to the world at a huge mark up.) While we are embodying our own cultural stereotypes, I think my Irish blood and I will go out and get drunk so I can beat someone up with my shillaly.
Partisans have been shown to not experience "any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," when confronted with facts they don't like. I have always thought that membership in a political party causes brain defects but now there is evidence.
The most important action of governments (with making new laws coming in a distant second) is deciding how to spend the money which they have plundered in a manner that is most likely to get them reelected. With the need to balance strategic spending (pork) with basic services which they have established monopolies on, it can be tricky. It means that there is a strong emphasis on saving as much money on these services so that sufficient will be available for their own purposes. Ironically, this leads to lots of self defeating behavior like refusing to budget for productivity research and development which would end up saving lots of money in the mid to long term (as I mentioned in my last post, I feel that we are quite weak in our ability to view the world outside of the "present" context).
Making ethanol from corn would only be a transition step since making it from cellulose is becoming feasible and would allow large amounts of farm waste, yard waste and all those damn leaves that fall every autumn to be turned into fuel. But it is still encouraging to find out that it is actually more energy efficient and less environmentally damaging to use gasoline to farm corn for ethanol when the opposite has been thought recently.
In 2004, ethanol blended into gasoline comprised only 2 percent of all fuel sold in the United States. But auto manufacturers are able to make cars that run on 85 percent ethanol, and nearly 5 million such "flex-fuel" vehicles are now on the road. Kammen noted that almost all light trucks now sold have flex-fuel capability, though frequently unadvertised. Converting a car into a flex-fuel vehicle able to burn E85, as the 85/15 ethanol/gas mix is called, costs about $100. More flex-fuel vehicles than diesel vehicles are on the road today in California.I suppose that the reason that the fuel-flex quality is not advertised is so that they don't discourage the segment of the market that feels that alternative fuels are for effeminate types. As the price of gas rises this quality may start to get noticed, just as hybrids are becoming popular. That brings up the question: Are the hybrid vehicles, fuel-flex.
Well, Stephen Harper has not been sworn in yet and he already has been informed by the American Ambassador that in every friendly relationship (like the traditional definition of marriage and the prophet Ezekiel's view of the relationship between God and Israel) there is a "bottom" and a "top".
"We don't recognize Canada's claims to those waters...(of the high arctic) Most other countries do not recognize their claim."None of those waters? Even the ones that are lapping on the shore? So if a nation wants to set up God knows what on Canadian soil, they just need to keep one toe in the sea? No, he later clarified what is Canada's and what is not:
"I simply restated our position on the 12-mile territory limit. Period," said Wilkins.Uh... David, I suppose the fact that these waters are surrounded on all sides by Canadian land and that America has created a precedent by unilaterally claiming sovereignty over all resources extending out to the edge of its continental shelf are irrelevant, right?
Wilkins refused to comment further on the issue, stating that "military decisions regarding the Canadian military are internal decisions for the Canadian government. Period."Thanks for the clarification. Period. Uh, David? Question mark. What is with the verbal punctuation? Question mark. Let it be noticed that while he says that our military is our business, America reserves the right to decide (by whatever means is most fun) whether we observe a 200 mile limit or a 12 mile limit. Just so we are all clear.
"Wilkins also said he expects less anti-American sentiment from Harper's minority government, and added that he called Harper to offer congratulations on his election victory."I am sure that 'We expect less crap from you guys' was meant in the most diplomatic of tones.
Brian Williams was in fine form last night. NBC nightly news aired a story (story in the sense of a fictitious narrative) about the training of Iraqis by the US military. They did a very good job of creating the impression that there were about 9 Iraqi soldiers and police who have been trained so far and that they all run off from their posts for cigarettes quite often, combined with thousands of terrorist infiltrators (sorry brave insurgent infiltrators). I am not saying that there have not been some infiltration and that there are not significant problems when training a civilian and military force from the ground up but this was a complete hatchet job.
Matthew 6, verses 5-6 were never real crowd pleasers and since the Indiana Legislature is probably going to have them edited from newer translations of the Bible, I feel I should post them here so that they will be archived in the various internet archives and cashes.
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love
to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they
may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut they
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in
secret shall reward thee openly."
I should mention that we have a new Prime Minister up here in the Soviet Republic of Canuckistan. He is a social conservative with little of intelligence to say on the economy but he is starting off with clean hands. Plus he has a paltry minority in parliament so he will have to behave for the next few months until his government is brought down and we do this all over again.
Let it never be said that the NBC Nightly News is not educational. I learned something from it tonight. They had a story based on a New York Times report on the reconstruction in Iraq. In fairness, they did mention that there were 1300 projects completed (by who and how big they were and what they were doing was left up to the imagination because this piece of info went by so fast that I am not even sure about the accuracy of the 1300 number). This bit of news was buried in a story that effectively claimed that the entire reconstruction was a cross between a fraud and a boondoggle. A froondoggle.
Mr Natural is selling his customers' personal info to fellow hucksters as an "easy marks" list. Plus he is billing them "unexpectedly" for a newsletter.
Batzri said that evil demons from "the other side" use nocturnal emissions to create more demons.When I went to summer camp on "the other side" we made demons out of dry macaroni, construction paper and glitter. I guess there were budget cuts and now the evil demon kids need to provide their own art supplies. I would have recommended Elmer's glue instead of nocturnal emissions but then I don't run demon camp so who am I to second guess.
"Most of our troubles are caused by these demons," said Batzri. "They hurt us, they hurt our children, they cause poverty." Batzri said that the special prayer, which includes the reading of portions of the Zohar, fasting and repentance can destroy these demons.
Robert Bell of Libertopia posted an interesting article entitled Why Atheism is Irrational. Since I am a part time atheist (I could never get the funding to go pro) I thought I might respond but as I drafted it I quickly exceeded what could, in good conscience be plonked down in a comment section so I thought I would respond on my own space and leave a link for whoever might care what little old me reckons.
"theism is the proposition that God (or some supernatural being) exists"So are deism and pantheism but they differ as to whether this being interacts with the physical universe and what its relationship is to it. A small point but one that often gets overlooked in the atheism/theism discussion.
"Indeed, generally speaking, atheism would appear to be the natural result of education"Strangely enough, I find myself disagreeing with this statement nearly as much as you probably do (at least when I am not talking with fundamentalists). Education seems to enable people to consider alternatives to their culturally endowed views; alternatives like atheism, agnosticism, deism, pantheism and even the religions and philosophies of other cultures, which is why you do see higher levels of all of these views among the educated, but I do not see the appearance that education specifically leads to atheism in a logical or practical sense (even if I might wish it to ;-) but since some people see feel that it does, I can see why you would wish to refute that. Also, while ignorance is as rampant in religious realms as it is in every realm of human endeavor, I don't currently see religion as being any more guilty of trafficking in ignorance or being sourced in it than many other realms though given the state of human affairs that is not saying much.
"Regardless, I can, and will, demonstrate that atheism is, in fact, misguided and irrational; and conversely, that theism is inherently rational."
"The so-called Atheist Manifesto certainly tries to make that case:"I agree (the Atheist Manifesto never asked for my opinion - can you imagine?) but this draws attention to the fact that the question of atheism verses theism depends not on logic but on how your premises are chosen and evaluated (epistemology).
'Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma. The atheist is merely a person who believes that the 260 million Americans (87% of the population) who claim to never doubt the existence of God should be obliged to present evidence for his existence…'
It is obviously not possible to "present evidence", i.e. empirical evidence, so that "obligation" is really no obligation at all."
Premise 1) Believing in something without sufficient evidence most often leads to believing in things which are, on further examination, false.While the premises may be wrong, the decision to adopt them is an epistemological issue and does not make the argument irrational.
Premise 2) The negative consequences of believing in falsehoods are far greater than the negative consequences of not believing things which are true but are not evident.
Conclusion: Fewer negative consequences result if we do not adopt beliefs for which evidence is insufficient or completely lacking.
Premise 3) There is a complete lack of evidence of, or insufficient evidence for, the existence of a creator of the universe.
Carl Zimmer asks: "Are brain parasites altering the personalities of three billion people?"
I was reading the January issue of National Geographic and there was an interesting article on the use of forensic science in Iraq and its importance for the issue of genocide in general. There are three things that stand out in my memory of this article.
I am sure that Iran wants subs and nukes for completely self-defensive purposes, not wiping Israel off the map or anything. Kofi Annan trusts them so that should be good enough for us. (Does Kofi have any other children? Or financial dealings with Iran? Not to be cheeky mind you.)
I want to say that by linking to this post I am in no way condoning the proposition that Churchill and Bush have anything in common. Churchill was able to sober up but continued to drink. Bush took the opposite path of quitting drinking without sobering up. It is an interesting historical parallel though.
A South African Gay rights group feels that screening blood donations for risk behaviors is discrimination. They feel all blood should be treated equally. I'm sorry... body fluids have human rights now? I suppose that if you are going to confer civil rights to individual human cells you might as well include the 4 humours. Homosexuality is not sufficient to ban a donation but they are asking people if they have had guy on guy sex in the last 5 years. (I seem to remember that I get asked if I have since 1977.)
Some Islamic scholars feel that nudity during sex will annul a marriage. I wonder if the annulment occurs before, during or after the event. If before or during then the woman would be committing adultery and in some countries face stoning.
For some animals, being cute is not enough to get by in life. That is why the Slow Loris has toxic sweat glands. Not only can it take the toxin into its mouth to cause its bite to become venomous, it can coat its young with the stuff to dissuade predators. Who wants to eat a stinky baby Slow Loris and get a swollen mouth full of elbow poison. You don't make that mistake twice let me tell you.
I do not want to give the impression that I don't like chemistry but I have tertiary carbo-cations coming out the wazoo!
I watched tonight's political debate for 42 Minutes. It went on past that but who can stand it? Promises, palaver and preening. Followed by puking.
Ted Kennedy has written a children's book that is told through the eyes of his dog Splash.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to create a book for young readers and their families that will deepen their understanding of how our American government works," (emphasis mine)This means that if it is going to be suitable for children it will have to be a complete work of fiction. I don't think many parents are going to want their kids to read stories about politicians selling their asses to lobbyists. (I bet it was text like the foregoing that kept me from accessing my own blog from the hotel kiosk over Christmas. That and all the F-words sometime back. Oh well.)
I like learning about other cultures; including the con-men of other cultures. Apparently coughing up a golden lingam (this lingam looked more like a golden egg to me - the thing that comes out of the cloacae of magical geese on Disney cartoons so that the characters have something to fight over) is a sign of divinity in some branches of Hinduism. Wikipedea seems to think that a lingam is some kind of phallic symbol. This makes it all the more strange that this Hindu holy dude is claiming to have spat one up.
So, some "Christian" ministers snuck into the Senate hearing room so that they could anoint the chairs for luck???? I can't wait to see everyone slipping and sliding off their chairs like drunken bumpkins (they might as well look the part if they are going to play the part).
After being sentenced to 45 years in prison, Jim Bakker was released 5 years later. Apparently the parole board was not the type to take things literally.
"At one point in the sermon, Bakker said he predicted the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. At another point, he claimed to have predicted that New Orleans would be devastated by a hurricane. He said he would reveal other revelations during the second part of his sermon Saturday, but only if there was no media present."If the media are present they might report the news for free while Bakker is probably charging an entrance fee for it. While they were there, they might have ask him for some kind of evidence that he predicted September 11th and Hurricane Katrina. Hey Jim, I predicted them too. Can I get a speaking engagement now?
"He said six years ago God revealed to him 31 things that would happen during the biblical last days."My favorite line of this Article is when Jim is quoted as saying "I don't profess to be a prophet".