Monday, December 25, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Geekiest animals: Flipper writes "CNET has compiled a list of the geekiest animals throughout history. The entries include such peculiar characters as Ham The Astrochimp (the first chimp in space), Schrödinger's Cat (used to demonstrate quantum superposition) and Hans, a horse who could apparently do complex mathematics and read words. The classics are there too, Pavlov's dogs get a well-deserved mention, as does Dolly The Sheep. What sounds like a pretty bizarre list is actually strangely interesting — some of these animals are seriously geeky."
Alcohol to the rescue: Adolytsi writes "MSNBC has an interesting article on an Italian study on alcoholism. While the obvious notion of overconsumption of alcohol being detrimental to one's health is supported, apparently drinking it in moderation can actually extend your lifespan. A study on over 1 million drinkers and 94,000 deaths yielded the results: "According to the data, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol — up to four drinks per day in men and two drinks per day in women — reduces the risk of death from any cause by roughly 18 percent, the team reports in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
And yes, thank Jeebus that there are still adults left.
Wtf!? I am flabbergasted. But not really.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
From the broadcast:
For me to suggest to tattoo marks on people's bodies, have them wear armbands, put a crescent moon on their driver's license on their passport or birth certificate is disgusting. It's beyond disgusting.
Because basically what you just did was show me how the German people allowed what happened to the Jews to happen ... We need to separate them, we need to tattoo their arms, we need to make them wear the yellow Star of David, we need to put them in concentration camps, we basically just need to kill them all because they are dangerous.
Monday, December 18, 2006
In 1974, the mine pulled out and so did the people; some even left behind personal articles. A Japanese photographer went to the island recently and took some beautiful pictures. Check it out.
Also, check out the photographers page. There are some hauntingly beautiful pictures there.
From 3QuarksDaily, we see a scientist studying how humans utilize their sense of smell. Its a rather ingenious experiment, actually. He found, among other things, that humans smell odors similarly to dogs. Also, we use both nostrils which suggests a stereo effect that means when one nostril is blocked, our smell performance degrades. Anyway, check it out.
The victim is Ellen Tauscher, a Bush supporter in CA-10 district. Someone has since scrubbed the photo from her official, federal web site.
Remember the unwanted backrub for the German Chancellor? Jeebus. Really, nothing surprises me with this freakin' clown.
Also, be skeptical of those "centrist" democrats who say that Dems need to appeal more to "religious" voters because it does not work. And certainly no one would suggest that Dems should go racist (at least, I hope not). Also some good stuff on Dean's 50 state strategy, a strategy that paid off in spades during the midterms.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Of course, it is the Dems to screw up and I will remain guardedly optimistic. Being old enough to have watched the Dem implosion of the early 90s, culminating in the "Republican revolution" in 1994, I hope the Dems can learn from the past and shape up. I think if they really come through with ethics reform, raise the minimum wage, and doggedly pursue the Bush administration with their oversight power, we may enjoy a long and prosperous Dem hegemony.
We are invincible.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Yesterday on Hannity and Colmes, outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that he was removed as a direct result of the “outcome of the election.”And Rumsfeld said in an interview with Cal Thomas:
I don’t think I would have called it the war on terror.Snap.
Of course, the ambassador "officially" resigned to be with his family. Or he was exhausted. Its hard to say.
Monday, December 11, 2006
If you are unsure of who Auguste Pinochet is, and why hell is too good for him, see here. Also, as usual, The US was complicit in mass murder and mayhem.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Note that the first study, for the first 18 months after the occupation began, estimated 90k+ excess deaths and the latest study, which was highly corroborative of the first, stretched that number out until June (if I remember correctly) and came up with the 650k number.
For more in-depth information, including lots of thoughtful responses to the ridiculous objections to the Lancet studies by Tim, go here. Now lose a day immersed in how science is obfuscated by innumerates.
A surprise for Americans: The most urgent and destabilizing crisis in the Middle East is not Iraq. It is, according to King Abdullah II of Jordan (who will meet Bush today), the Israel-Palestine conflict, which is a major engine driving the radicalization of Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe. It seldom makes the front page any more, but the Israelis are keeping the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank in Bantustan penitentiaries and bombing the ones in Gaza relentlessly, often killing signficant numbers of innocent civilians.This really is the logical Achilles' Heel of the Bush Administrations humongous failure in the "war on terror" which, allegedly, is about, you know, actually curtailing the radicalization of the Middle East. I cannot imagine that, though cannot rule, the colossal cognitive dissonance required to keep the charade of Bush keeping us safe.
And the point about how the US press has let Israel drop off the face of the Earth shows that we just cannot trust the press corp to look out for our best interest.