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January 29, 2009

I think the lesson here is "no remorse"

Link (via Glenn Greenwald, who makes a political point out of it):

Roy Brown, 54, robbed the Capital One bank in Shreveport, Louisiana in December 2007. He approached the teller with one of his hands under his jacket and told her that it was a robbery.

The teller handed Brown three stacks of bill but he only took a single $100 bill and returned the remaining money back to her. He said that he was homeless and hungry and left the bank.

The next day he surrendered to the police voluntarily and told them that his mother didn't raise him that way.

Brown told the police he needed the money to stay at the detox center and had no other place to stay and was hungry.

In Caddo District Court, he pleaded guilty. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison for first degree robbery.

By fnord12 | January 29, 2009, 4:58 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1) | Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

The Homecoming Queen Has Got A Gun by Julie Brown

It was homecoming night at my high school
Everyone was there, it was totally cool
I was real excited, I almost wet my jeans
'Cause my best friend Debbie was homecoming queen

She looked so pretty in pink chiffon, (chiffon)
Riding the float with her tiara on (tiara on)
Holding this humongous bouquet in her hand (bouquet)
She looked straight out of Disneyland

You know, like the Cinderella ride, I mean definitely an E-ticket (E-ticket)
The crowd was cheering, everyone was stoked, was stoked
I mean it was like the whole school was totally coked or something
The band was playing Evergreen
And all of a sudden somebody screamed

Look out! The homecoming queen's got a gun!

Everybody run, the homecoming queen's got a gun
Everybody run, the homecoming queen has got a gun

Debbie's smiling and waving her gun
Picking off cheerleaders one by one
Oh Buffie's pompom just blew to bits
Oh no, Mitzie's head just did the splits
God, my best friend's on a shooting spree
Stop it, Debbie, you're embarrassing me
How could you do what you just did?
Are you having a really bad period?

Stop Debbie, you're making a mess
Powder burns all over your dress

An hour later the cops arrived
By then the entire glee club had died
No big loss
You wouldn't believe what they brought to stop her
Tear gas, machine guns, even a chopper
"Throw down your gun and tiara and come out of the float"
Debbie didn't listen to what the cop said
She aimed and fired and now the math teacher's dead
Oh it's really sad but kind of a relief
I mean, we had this big test coming up next week

Debbie's really having a blast
She's wasting half of the class

The cops fired a warning shot that blew her off the float
I tried to scream "duck" but it stuck in my throat
She hit the ground and did a flip, it was real acrobatic
But I was crying so hard I couldn't work my Instamatic
I ran down to Debbie, I had to find out
What made her do it, why'd she freak out?
I saw the bullet had got her right in the ear
I knew then the end was near

So I ran down and I said (in her good ear), "Debbie, why'd you do it?" She raised her head, smiled, and said "I - I did it for Johnny." Johnny? Well like who's Johnny? Answer me, Debbie, who's Johnny? Does anybody here know Johnny? Are you Johnny? There was one guy named Johnny but he was a total geek, he always had food in his braces. Answer me, Debbie, who's Johnny? Oh God this is like that movie Citizen Kane you know where you later find out Rosebud was a sled? But we'll never know who Johnny was because like, she's dead.

By fnord12 | January 29, 2009, 9:12 AM | Music | Comments (1) | Link

January 28, 2009

It's a Solid and a Liquid!

Who doesn't love mercury? Not only is it fun to play with, it also makes my cola extra delicious.

Some foods and drinks rich in high-fructose corn syrup may contain detectable levels of mercury, a new report shows.

The report, published on the web site of the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), shows detectable levels of mercury in 17 out of 55 tested products rich in high-fructose corn syrup.


The new report comes from researchers including David Wallinga, MD, director of the IATP's food and health program. They bought 55 products that list high-fructose corn syrup first or second on their list of ingredients, which means high-fructose corn syrup was a leading ingredient in those products.

Wallinga's team sent samples of those products to a commercial lab, which checked the levels of total mercury in each sample.


Wallinga and colleagues caution that their list was "just a snapshot in time; we only tested one sample of each product. That clearly is not sufficient grounds to give definitive advice to consumers."

Wallinga's report doesn't prove that the mercury in the tested products came from high-fructose corn syrup, but "I'm hard pressed to say where else it would come from," Wallinga tells WebMD.

Wallinga explains that mercury can be used to make caustic soda, which is one of the products used to make high-fructose corn syrup. That's outdated technology; mercury isn't needed to make caustic soda, notes Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association, in a statement emailed to WebMD.


Wallinga agrees about the technological shift away from mercury. "If you just look within the confines of the U.S., yes, about 90% of production now is not using mercury," says Wallinga. "The problem is that we don't actually know where our companies are buying their high-fructose corn syrup from ... it's a global industry."

"For me, the take-home message is really that this is a totally avoidable, unnecessary exposure to mercury," says Wallinga. "We've got a safer, more efficient technology for making these chemicals that are part of the ingredients used to manufacture high-fructose corn syrup."

While the Corn Refiner's Association says that the mercury technology is outdated, another article quotes IATP as saying that there are still 4 plants in the US that still use this tech. And the very good point made that yeah, we might not use mercury much anymore here, but corn syrup can come from anywhere.

You shouldn't be eating that much corn syrup anyway. You'll get the sugar diabetes. Plus, a hundred pounds of ketchup a day is just excessive for anyone. I don't care how much you love ketchup. It's just wrong.

Is there any element/compound/chemical we used to think was fabulous that hasn't turned out to be some sort of deadly killer? I mean, look at asbestos. Everybody loved that stuff. It was fantastic as fire protection. Deadly killer. Lead. It made paint dry faster, made it more resistan to corrosion and peeling. Deadly killer. We just can't win.

By min | January 28, 2009, 2:32 PM | Science | Comments (3) | Link

What's good about the stimulus, and why i'm still not happy.

The Progressive Caucus has released a memo touting the good things that are in the stimulus bill.

Unemployment benefits (UI) extension. Cost = at least $12.7 billion

Anti-hunger provisions:

  • SNAP - 20% temporary increase in maximum food stamp level above the FY2009 level for two years. Cost = approximately $24 billion and increase in funds for state food stamp administrative costs Cost= $250 million;

  • WIC - increase funding to make up for shortfall not covered in the current Continuing Resolution. Cost = $450 million and increases for management information system and related infrastructure improvements. Cost = $50 million;

  • School meals - provide a 15% increase in funding for breakfast and school lunch programs. Cost = $1 billion;

Medicaid payments to states (FMAP). Cost = at least $15 billion

LIHEAP assistance to provide low-income Americans relief from higher energy costs. Cost = at least $5 billion

Job creation via down payment on rebuilding America's infrastructure and schools, starting with massive investment in commercialization of green technologies and related job training that promote environmental protection and energy independence. Cost = at least $100 billion

In general:

  • No funds for Iraq or Afghanistan wars and no funds for defense procurement.

  • Prevailing wage to be paid for jobs created and upholding of Davis-Bacon Act

Everything listed here is very good, but the focus here is helping the truly poor. Again, that's great (no sarcasm), but it continues the dichotomy of Democrats helping the poor and Republicans helping the rich, and no one really looking out for the middle class. The middle class is struggling in this recession, and that causes a spiral effect that deepens the recession as the middle class cuts back on spending. It's also bad from a political point of view; this is a chance for the Democrats to really show that they are the party of working people, and creating or expanding welfare programs while letting the middle class struggle creates resentment and turns people towards the Republicans.

I can't say enough that the items listed here are very valuable. They create a safety net that helps those teetering on the edge of middle class and that definitely has a bottom-up ripple effect as well. But we need real... "change". Massive infrastructure investments, more than just rebuilding schools, that will create high tech jobs and potentially improve the way we handle transportation and energy, reducing costs in those areas. Real health care reform. Changes that the average voter will be able to feel the impact of. It's still possible that the "green technologies

A lot of proposals that were initially being considered for the stimulus were dropped to make way for Republican tax cuts. Politically that sends a message to the middle class that the only way to help them is by cutting taxes; that government programs are never effective. In reality, tax cuts are not going to help very much in a recession because there is no guarantee that the saved money won't be hoarded away until the recession is over (in fact, for wealthy people, that is the likely effect).

By fnord12 | January 28, 2009, 1:42 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

Russians Know How to Collect on Debts

This is the most awesome thing i've read this week.

Russian bailiffs have recovered millions of rubles in debt from delinquent borrowers by barring them from travelling abroad until they pay up.

Government bailiffs said they had signed orders for 82,000 foreign travel bans and recovered almost 800 million roubles ($24.25 million) from debtors -- some of whom only found out when they arrived at the border with their bags packed.


"If someone can't keep up his payments on a $100,000 debt and then buys a package tour to Thailand ... that's not just illegal, it's immoral," he told a briefing in Moscow.

Russia has long been forced to use unusual measures to reclaim debts as its legal system often favours poorer borrowers over their lenders, said Richard Hainsworth, director of RusRating, a credit agency in Moscow.

Russian authorities have posted the names of people with unpaid bills on billboards in recent years to shame them into paying.

They posted people's names on billboards. That rewls. We should be posting the names, pictures, and home addresses of all the CEOs getting bonuses while the employees are laid off and the companies lose money.

By min | January 28, 2009, 11:29 AM | Ummm... Other?| Link

Beware the Deadly Cello Scrotum

Fear the Horrifying Guitar Nipple!

Until this week cellists worldwide had reason to fear a terrible malady. Worse than fiddler's neck, flautist's chin or even the dreaded guitarist's nipple was the condition known as "cello scrotum".

Never mind that this dermatalogical ailment seemed unlikely, given the posture of the average male cellist, the condition was named in the British Medical Journal, and thereafter in an array of reviews of musician's aches and pains.

Nearly all such reviews referred to a letter to the journal in 1974 from John Murphy, husband of Dr Elaine Murphy, who noted that he had once come across a case of cello scrotum.


In a letter to the BMJ, prompted by yet another reference to the ailment in the journal last month, the couple wrote: "Perhaps after 34 years it's time for us to confess that we invented cello scrotum."

Their letter of 1974 was in response to a missive from a Dr Curtis regarding a skin irritation that he had seen among classical guitarists. After many hours with the instrument pressed against their chests, the musicians had developed guitarist's nipple.

"We thought it highly likely to be a spoof and decided to go one further by submitting a letter pretending to have noted a similar phenomenon in cellists, signed by the non-doctor one of us," the couple wrote. "Somewhat to our astonishment, the letter was published."


Noel Bradshaw, 52, a cellist with the London Symphony Orchestra, said that he had never felt inclined to worry about developing cello scrotum.

"You would have to be doing something fairly extreme to get that by playing the cello," he said.

He suggested that any such performance would not be tolerated in polite society. "Otherwise, given the angle of the cello, you would have to have pretty enormous bollocks," he said.


Playing instruments is dangerous, kids. Don't go taking chances!

By min | January 28, 2009, 11:19 AM | Music & Science| Link

January 27, 2009

Bipartisan means chump.

DDay at Hullaballoo:

The stimulus isn't a horrible bill, and there's a lot to like in there, particularly in the energy and health care provisions. But it's certainly Chamber of Commerce-friendly at a time when their member organizations are laying off tens of thousands. Obama has maintained this sugar plum fairy vision of bipartisanship, yet his bill manifestly does NOT value "what works" over ideology. Quite the opposite. It makes room for ideology, conservative ideology, and pre-empts provisions that would work much better in bringing back the economy. Despite a mandate for major new social and economic programs from the public, Obama is still playing small ball. He's responding to Republican hissy fits and teaching them that all they have to do to wring a concession is scream for a day or so and let their media allies whip up a frenzy. He's offering half-measures when they won't do the job.

And then after the Republicans get all the good stuff out of the bill and add their tax cuts, they're intending to vote against it anyway. Win win for them.

Also see Krugman.

By fnord12 | January 27, 2009, 1:55 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link


[mon-di-green] -noun a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard.

I always think Elton John is singing to Tony Danza. I mean, he wrote a song about Marilyn Monroe. Who's to say he wasn't a huge Who's the Boss fan?

By min | January 27, 2009, 10:26 AM | Good Words & Music | Comments (1) | Link


Ultron Wii

See comments here for an explanation.

By fnord12 | January 27, 2009, 10:06 AM | Comics & Video Games| Link

January 26, 2009

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

War Machine #2 - I was thinking that the problem i have with this book isn't really this book's fault. I really don't like what's happened to James Rhodes; the whole cyborg thing. I understand why they did it; they wanted to make him less like Iron Man. But now he's basically Deathlok, and is that any better? Now that Iron Man has Extremis (does he still?) it would have been cool to see Rhodey in a big, clunky old school set of armor, closer to the original Iron Man or the Hulkbuster suit. Make him the Hulk of the armored heroes or something.

But parts of what i don't like about this book are the book's fault. There's been no effort to make Rhodey a likable character. The set-up for this series, by Gage, set War Machine up so that he'd be the guy that was unaffected by the shut-down of Stark Tech, but there wasn't anything i saw that made him so driven to hunt the bad guys in an obsessed Punisher sort of way. Pak needs to give him supporting characters that actually like him and develop out his personality some more. James Rhodes used to be a down-to-earth counter balance to Stark. He's more working class and he's got a military background. There's a lot to do with him. These issues have been all fights, and they've been uninspiring fights with non-super powered opponents - and yet they've been so difficult that Rhodes' whole body has been destroyed (and i hope we don't get Wolverine syndrome here, where War Machine constantly gets his limbs blown off just because he can survive it). But next issue has him fighting a super-powered opponent, so i've been tempted to go for one more issue, even though i know i'll be disappointed.

And yeah, merging your broken torso onto a tank is pretty badass.

Guardians of the Galaxy #9 - Very good. I don't know that the War of the Kings had anything to do with this, but it's a great plot, it's funny, it makes great use of obscure characters, and i like the art.

Dark Avengers #1 - Let's state here that Deodato, who for a long while was a joke, has become a superstar again. Not that it's happened with this issue; his work on the Thunderbolts was great as well. I'm just happy to see great art on an Avengers title for the first time in a while. Although this book is really still the Thunderbolts, isn't it? Well, it's still good. I liked the recruiting scenes and the "presenting" of the Avengers to the public. I'm even tempted to pick up the appearances of Wolverine's son as much as i hate the idea that he exists (but min tells me not to). One minor quibble: they made a big show of giving Ultra Girl Ms. Marvel's original costume in the Initiative book, so it's weird that Moonstone is using it now.

By fnord12 | January 26, 2009, 11:08 PM | Comics| Link

Musta been sleep deprived

It seems that min and i have been over at Spored To Death's, helping out with the Best of the Worst Awards. I have to say that i don't remember a minute of it, so either he wasn't kidding about the booze or my Ultron-Wii dictated sleep patterns aren't doing anything good to my memory.

By fnord12 | January 26, 2009, 7:18 PM | Movies | Comments (4) | Link

Cull the Birds, Tuppence a Bag


Neighbors on streets in the Griggstown section were left Sunday shoveling up hundreds of dead birds that had apparently been killed a few days earlier in an attempt by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reduce their numbers.

"It's horrible," said Colette Kiveris, who said she and her husband Sunday morning used tongs to pick up and bag 216 dead birds on their property on Park Lane. She said residents had been taken by complete surprise at discovering the birds on Friday and Saturday.

She and others said they were worried about pets and other wildlife eating the poisoned birds. "A couple of birds we picked up had been partially eaten," Kiveris said.

She said neighbors on Acken Lane had also discovered dead birds.

Mayor Brian Levine said Sunday evening he agreed with the residents that the USDA should "absolutely" have informed the township well ahead of time how and why the birds were being killed, and warned of any consequences.

Levine said his information as of late Sunday was that the birds had been killed with poison seeds, but he was unaware of any township officials having direct contact with the USDA over the weekend to provide further details.

Levine said the township had received some pre-notification from the federal agency late on Friday. "Word came in from the USDA that they were going go have a culling," Levine said. "We really had no idea what that meant."

Which, mind you, didn't prompt him or anyone else to actually contact the USDA and find out wtf they were talking about.

And the cops weren't much more help. They pretty much said "Oh, yeah. We got an email about it, but I can't go disclosing a memo by another department. You'll have to ask the USDA. But, hey, it was a legitimate operation." Whatever the hell that means. As if that's supposed to make someone feel better after waking up one morning to find hundreds of bird carcasses on their lawn, roof, and car. "Oh, it was legitimate. That's ok, then."

Anyone who called them was told to use gloves when picking up the birds and bagging it. Yep, that's right. They poison birds without telling any of the residents, and then they have the balls to tell you to pick them up yourself. Jackasses.

By min | January 26, 2009, 3:24 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

Listerine - Kills Germs and Gives You Cancer

I thought about posting this when i mikkim first pointed it out to me 2 wks ago, but by the time i got around to it, i figured it was old news. Not so, i have just learned from wanyas and bob. So here it is.

Leading independent experts have issued this strong warning after investigating latest scientific evidence linking alcohol-containing mouthwashes to the deadly disease.

Their review, published in the Dental Journal of Australia, concludes there is now ``sufficient evidence'' that "alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer''.

The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth more easily and cause harm.

Acetaldehyde, a toxic by-product of alcohol that may accumulate in the oral cavity when swished around the mouth, is also believed to be carcinogenic.

Listerine, the nation's biggest-selling mouthwash and a brand endorsed by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), contains as much as 26 per cent alcohol.


The review reported evidence from an international study of 3210 people which found daily mouthwash use was a "significant risk factor'' for head and neck cancer, irrespective of whether users also drank alcohol or smoked.

But the effects of mouthwash were worst in smokers, who had a nine-fold increased risk of cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx and larynx.

Those who also drank alcohol had more than five times the risk - and even those who neither drank nor smoked still ran a four- to five-fold risk of contracting cancer.

A Brazilian study has also found regular mouthwash use is associated with oral cancer regardless of alcohol or tobacco consumption.

"Mouthwash products are in contact with the oral mucosa as much as alcoholic beverages, and may cause chemical aggression of the cells,'' researchers from the University of Sao Paulo said.

They said the role of ethanol in causing DNA damage needed to be explored further.

A review in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology last year said it would be "prudent, precautionary public-health policy to generally refrain from using ethanol in (mouthwash) products'' because of "doubts about the safety of alcohol-containing oral products''.

Listerine's gross, so it's no great loss to me. I loves me that Tom's of Maine peppermint mouthwash.

By min | January 26, 2009, 3:08 PM | Science | Comments (3) | Link

January 22, 2009

SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

Been a while...

War of the Kings Saga - Ugh. If the purpose of this was to justify the fact that i haven't been reading any X-Men or Inhumans comics, it worked. What the hell's been going on over there?!? What a mess of stupid ideas. And I know it's just a Saga issue, but can't they try to make it a little less dry? Recaps don't have to be such a boring read, do they? I mean, our D&D recaps are fascinating, right?!?

Secret Invasion: War of the Kings - I demand that House of M: Civil War: Planet Hulk: Secret Invasion: War of the Kings be released. In the meantime, i can't say i find the motivation/characterization of Black Bolt and the other Inhumans to be all that believable, and Vulcan just makes me roll my eyes. I'd have been able to enjoy it more if i could have gotten into the whole Crystal "My family's insane and i'm the only one who sees it" angle, but the fact that they kept drawing her like a bimbo with her ass sticking out kind of ruined that for me.

Guardians of the Galaxy #8 - Now this was better, so there's still hope for the Kings crossover. Kind of a lot going on at once, though, and not in a Claremont "5 subplots simmering nicely" sort of way. More of an MTV schizophrenic jumping from one thing to another without really giving too much attention to any one thing sort of way. And get these kids off my lawn.

Avengers: Inititative #19 - I have to tell you i can't keep track of all these teams and all these new characters. When i first started reading this book i thought that was sort of the point, that you've got all these faceless recruits and they didn't really matter and we were gonna focus on the lives of a few of the training staff, and for the most part that's still true but sometimes those montage scenes (And here's what the Texas Rangers are up to! And here's the Georgian Nerfherders!) get to me. And min's right, it doesn't matter if you give him a gun and let him hang out with the Skrull Kill Krew and try to have him act like a badass: he's still Triathlon and there's nothing he can do about it. This book's good enough that i can't bring myself to drop it but if it got canceled i'd probably be happy.

Avengers: Initiative #20 - Poor Henry Pym. Dressing up a robot like his dead wife so he can have conversations with her. He's a mixed up man. I'll let min talk about the head tiltling. From my perspective the art's just not very good, and i think it's the fat lips and faces that make everyone look like they have down syndrome as much as the heads that must be veeeeery heavy.

Secret New Avengers #48 - Good enough. Bendis restores my faith in him to a degree. Although if the good guys knew about all those AIM and Hydra bases, why'd they wait until now to break them up?

Fantastic Four #562 Hey! You know what's really bizarre?!? The Invisible Woman at her own funeral! I mean, isn't that weird?? Because it's her own funeral! Didn't Millar come up with a clever idea? After all, it's the Invisible Woman at her own funeral. I just wish he was a little less subtle about it so that every reader would realize how awesome an idea it was. Maybe he could try to have tried to mention twice on every page instead of just once.

Daredevil #114 - Good good good. Mid-plot, so hard to comment on it, but Brubaker, if you're listening, we managed to get min reading the book again so don't blow it by going back to making everything depressing.

Captain America #45 I'm sorry, but Brubaker makes Batroc cool, and that's just impressive.

War Machine #1 Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmdrop*!

X-Force #10 - Ok, really: Hrimhari? This truly is just an X-Men Greatest Hits series. That's fine when it's taking the time to do something with the hits, but now we're getting into this MTV schizophrenic mode (why are you still on my lawn?) where it's like And here's Hrimhari! And Warpath is fighting the Demon Bear! With Ghost Rider! And here's the Right! And the Legacy Virus! Wowowowowow! I don't know, i just feel like so much is happening and nothing is happening at the same time.

Nova #20 - Well, i was hoping that Robbie Rider becoming a Nova Corp guy was just a fakeout, but it seems like it's for real. I don't like it, especially the ease with which he and the other new recruits seem to have mastered powers that took Rich many many issues to learn. But this is still good, and i liked all the downtime stuff with the New Warrior a lot.

Hercules #124 - Marvel's best comic.

It turns out i haven't actually read Mighty Avengers #20 or Age of Sentry #4 yet, so you'll just have to wait for the definitive judgments on those (but it'll probably be "Avengers: Good downtime dialogue issue, which plays to Bendis' strengths unlike all the recent 'epic' plotting he's been doing" and "Sentry: More stupid Silver Age tributes. Kinda cute but i don't need 6 issues of it and i'm glad we're dropping it"). To make it up to you, here's some bonus trade reviews:

Marvel Zombies - I thought this was quite good. Much more to it than i expected. Funny, and of course bizarre, but also interesting and serious in its own way with good characterization. I can't imagine how there can be two sequels, though.

Wisdom: Rudiments of Wisdom - Some great ideas, and some great set-ups, but really poor delivery and conclusions. And the team is really not very fleshed out and they all come off as fairly unlikeable (except John the Skrull, i like him). I did like seeing all the old supporting characters from Masters of Kung Fu, though. (P.S., i'm actually only halfway through this trade, so maybe it'll get better).

*That's a Beastie Boys reference ("Beastie Boys are known to let the beat... mmmmmmmmmmmmmdrop!"), not a Hanson reference. I can't believe i had to clarify that. What do you people think of me?

By fnord12 | January 22, 2009, 10:20 PM | Comics | Comments (7) | Link

Why is my Wii Fit messing with my brain?

Seriously, does anyone know why this wouldn't be an insane way to sleep?

By fnord12 | January 22, 2009, 10:12 PM | My stupid life & Video Games | Comments (7) | Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

Animals by the Talking Heads

I'm mad...and that's a fact
I found out...animals don't help
Animal think...they're pretty smart
Shit on the ground...see in the dark.

They wander around like a crazy dog
Make a mistake in the parking lot
Always bumping into things
Always let you down down down down.

They're never there when you need them
They never come when you call them
They're never there when you need them
They never come when you call them down down down down.

I know the animals...are laughing at us
They don't even know...what a joke is
I won't follow...animals' advice
I don't care...if they're laughing at us.

They're never there when you need them
They never come when you call them
They're never there when you need them
They never come when you call them down down down down.

They say they don't need money
They're living on nuts and berries
They say animals don't worry
You know animals are hairy?
They think they know what's best
They're making a fool of us
They ought to be more careful
They're setting a bad example
They have untroubled lives
They think everything's nice
They like to laugh at people
They're setting a bad example
(go ahead) laugh at me.

By fnord12 | January 22, 2009, 9:06 AM | Music| Link

January 21, 2009

End of the 50 State Initiative

Disappointing, if true.

By fnord12 | January 21, 2009, 3:27 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

January 20, 2009

I Think I Might Be Screwed


A new study shows that people who are socially active and not easily stressed may be less likely to develop dementia.
The study found that people who were not socially active but calm and relaxed had a 50 percent lower risk of developing dementia compared with people who were isolated and prone to distress. The dementia risk was also 50 percent lower for people who were outgoing and calm compared to those who were outgoing and prone to distress.

"In the past, studies have shown that chronic distress can affect parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus, possibly leading to dementia, but our findings suggest that having a calm and outgoing personality in combination with a socially active lifestyle may decrease the risk of developing dementia even further," says study author Hui-Xin Wang, PhD, with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

I expect you people with the calm dispositions to take very good care of me when my mind starts to go.

Of the 506 people in the study, 144 developed dementia at the end of the 6 years. Ofc, some of that might have to do with all these scientists following them around. That would drive anyone nuts.

By min | January 20, 2009, 12:48 PM | Science | Comments (1) | Link

January 15, 2009

What do you do with your bananas?

By fnord12 | January 15, 2009, 1:11 PM | Comics| Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

No Shelter by Rage Against The Machine

The main attraction: distraction
Got you number than number than numb.
Empty your pockets, son. they got you thinkin' that
What you need is what they sellin'
Make you think that buyin' is rebellin'
From the theaters to malls on every shore
The thin line between entertainment and war
The front line is everywhere there'll be no shelter here.

Still burn the nightmare works you pushin' for,
I'm a snap of the whip, the true feather to tar
Memroy erased and promise gone,
Tradin' your history for a V.C.R.
Cinema simulated life in trauma
Forthright culture, Americana
Chained to the dream they got you searchin' for
The thin line between entertainment and war.

There'll be no shelter here,
The front line is everywhere.

Hospitals not profitful
The market bulls got pockets full
To advertise some hip disguise
View the world from American eyes
The parmagon keep fiendin' for more
The thin line between entertainment and war
Fix the need, develop the taste,
Buy the products, or get laid to waste.
Coca-cola was back in the veins of Saigon
And Rambo troops. We got a dope pair 'a Nikes on.
Godzilla: pure motherfuckin' filler.
Get your eyes on the real killer.

Cinema simulated life in trauma
Forthright culture, Americana
Chained to the dream they got you searchin' for,
The thin line between entertainment and war.

There'll be no shelter here,
The front line is everywhere.

Americanize, American eyes,
View the world from American eyes,
Bury the past, rob us blind,
leave nothing behind.

Just stare.
Or live the nightmare.

By fnord12 | January 15, 2009, 10:30 AM | Music| Link

January 14, 2009

Please, Sir. I Want Some More

The banks "need" more money.

It'd be nice if there was a point where the government thought of the same solution i did. Save the banks by taking over them.

Oh, you'd like some more tax payer money? Sure. Now you belong to us.

By min | January 14, 2009, 3:25 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

Recap #23

Giant Trogs and Close Calls

It's a thriller, let me tell you.

By min | January 14, 2009, 3:10 PM | D&D| Link

January 13, 2009

Plumb Dumb

This is for real:

By fnord12 | January 13, 2009, 2:40 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

January 9, 2009

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | January 9, 2009, 3:25 PM | Comics| Link

January 8, 2009

Spider-man should've punched out Obama, just like Captain America did to Hitler.

Anything less is treason.

Debbie's contribution to Big Hollywood's war on Hollywood liberals is a post that proves that Marvel Comics has been infiltrated by Mooslims. Her evidence? Barack Obama makes an appearance in a Spiderman comic book. No, seriously

By fnord12 | January 8, 2009, 5:09 PM | Comics & Liberal Outrage| Link

Full scale replica of the White House for sale


By fnord12 | January 8, 2009, 5:08 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

Anti-Universal Health Care guy named Surgeon General

CNN's Sanjay Gupta, who inaccurately attacked Michael Moore over Sicko, is going to be our Surgeon General. Kind of dashes one's hopes about universal health care, let alone his general competence. See Krugman for details.

By fnord12 | January 8, 2009, 5:05 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (4) | Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

Lust for Life by Iggy Pop

Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And the flesh machine
He's gonna do another strip tease.
Hey man, where'd ya get that lotion?
I've been hurting since I bought the gimmick
About something called love
Yeah, something called love.
Well, thats like hypnotizing chickens.

Well, I'm just a modern guy
Of course, I've had it in the ear before.
I have a lust for life
'cause of a lust for life.

I'm worth a million in prizes
With my torture film
Drive a GTO
Wear a uniform
All on a government loan.
I'm worth a million in prizes
Yeah, I'm through with sleeping on the sidewalk
No more beating my brains
No more beating my brains
With liquor and drugs
With liquor and drugs.

By fnord12 | January 8, 2009, 8:46 AM | Music| Link

January 7, 2009

Jungle Jane

From Reuters

An Australian man broke into three adult shops, had sex with blow up dolls named "Jungle Jane" and then dumped his plastic conquests in a nearby alley, local media reported Wednesday.

By min | January 7, 2009, 3:46 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

Bees Freebasing

Remember it was reported that honey bees are disappearing, colonies collapsing for unexplained reasons? Well, i've found out the problem. They're suffering from withdrawal.

To learn more about the biochemistry of addiction, scientists in Australia dropped liquefied freebase cocaine on bees' backs, so it entered the circulatory system and brain.

The scientists found that bees react much like humans do: cocaine alters their judgment, stimulates their behavior and makes them exaggeratedly enthusiastic about things that might not otherwise excite them.

What's more, bees exhibit withdrawal symptoms. When a coked-up bee has to stop cold turkey, its score on a standard test of bee performance (learning to associate an odor with sugary syrup) plummets.

The friggin Australian scientists are getting bees hepped up on cocaine. Cocaine. Jesus christ. If you're going to fuck with an insect in order to "study" its behaviour, why can't you pick one that nobody likes and doesn't do something useful? Like cockroaches or something. Thus, once again proving that scientists are jerks.

By min | January 7, 2009, 1:45 PM | Science | Comments (3) | Link

No More DRM


Beginning this week, three of the four major music labels -- Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group -- will begin selling music through iTunes without digital rights management software, or DRM, which controls the copying and use of digital files. The fourth, EMI, is already doing so.

In return, Apple, whose dominance in online music sales gives it powerful leverage, agreed to a longstanding demand of the music labels and said it would move away from its insistence on pricing all individual song downloads on iTunes at 99 cents.

Instead, the majority of songs in the store will drop to 69 cents beginning in April, while the biggest hits and newest songs will go for $1.29. Others that are moderately popular will remain at 99 cents.


And with the copying restrictions removed, people will be able to freely shift the songs they buy on iTunes among all of their computers, phones and other digital devices, potentially changing the way they listen to music.

It's about time.

Apple said customers would be able to pay a one-time fee to strip copying restrictions from all of the music they have already bought on iTunes. The price is 30 cents a song or 30 percent of the album price. ITunes customers can achieve the same effect by burning all of their music to a CD and then reimporting the music to iTunes, although this reduces sound quality somewhat.

Ha! I'm supposed to give you money to remove the restrictions i never wanted in the first place that you placed on songs i own. Pfft!

By min | January 7, 2009, 1:14 PM | Music| Link

January 6, 2009

Democrats stand up and fight for what they believe in!

I don't really have much of an opinion on whether the Senator appointed by disgraced Illinois governor Blagojevich should be seated or not. I just think it's funny that after eight years of unjustified wars, encroachments on civil liberties, betrayals by Joe Leiberman, phoney Republican filibusters, etc., etc., etc., this is where the Senate Dems finally have decided to make their stand.

By fnord12 | January 6, 2009, 2:28 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

Seasonal Gravity

Things fall at a different rate depending on the season. Who knew?

Objects on the Earth are always moving differently in different seasons because the Earth revolves around the Sun, so apples could fall faster in some seasons than others.

Predictably, you can't get scientists talking about anything without the subject of anti-matter coming up.

The Standard Model Extension predicts that a particle and an antiparticle would interact differently with the background fields, which means matter and antimatter would feel gravity differently. So, an apple and an anti-apple could fall at different rates, too.

"The gravitational properties of antimatter remain largely unexplored," said Kostelecky. "If an apple and an anti-apple were dropped simultaneously from the leaning Tower of Pisa, nobody knows whether they would hit the ground at the same or different times."

Anti-apple. *snort*

At least this is safe. They're not going around generating black holes or colliding matter and anti-matter particles. *shudder*

By min | January 6, 2009, 11:09 AM | Science | Comments (2) | Link

He's absolutely right

By fnord12 | January 6, 2009, 8:57 AM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

January 5, 2009

And now, ladies and gentlemen... the winner of Marvel's 1978 "Best Hat" Contest

The runner-up is not pleased with his assistants.

By fnord12 | January 5, 2009, 10:57 AM | Comics | Comments (7) | Link

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