Jan 31, 2008
Be sure to watch the whole video, or at least skip ahead to the part where they load a week's worth of groceries into the car.
Jan 30, 2008
Jan 29, 2008
Jan 25, 2008
It is the epitome of Chimpy's, "it's true because I believe it" world view.
Pathetic little man. He couldn't even steal a horse because he's afraid of them, so he's looted the treasury instead.
Jan 23, 2008
Call Nancy. (202) 225-4965
(Look here for the latest invertebrate news)
Last week it was "pretty certain" that House Democrats would quickly move forward with contempt citations against two Bush administration figures who were stonewalling Congress. Then the economy started circling the drain more quickly.
The planned citations now appear to be on hold as Congress and the White House work on a bipartisan economic stimulus package, the central tenet of which involves cutting virtually everyone an $800 check.
Study: False statements preceded war
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."
The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of the study Tuesday night but reiterated the administration's position that the world community viewed Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, as a threat.
"The actions taken in 2003 were based on the collective judgment of intelligence agencies around the world," Stanzel said.
The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both.
935 lies in two years, that's only 1.2808219178082191780821917808219 lies per day.
Jan 22, 2008
Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call.
"Hello," says I.
"Hello, this is Jane from the fraud department at blah, blah blah credit card company"
"We noticed some unusual activity on your account; in the last 15 minutes there have been 10 charges for $2.00 each to Yahoo Voice, and we are following up," said the rep.
"Oh, that's not me," says I.
(Lots of blah, blah, blah and thank yous on my part, and stop using the card, we'll send you a new one and so forth.)
Nice work on their part, but what I wonder what activities they are monitoring that will set off other alarms.
(As an aside, I ordered something from Geeks.com back in December, and I later read that they had a security breach. I presume that's how the number escaped into the wild. I'm glad the perp used the card in a way that set the fraud department into motion immediately.)
Jan 18, 2008
A dog, held by its owner, waits to be blessed during the traditional feast of Beneidas of Sant Antoni, patron saint of animals, in Palma de Mallorca January 17, 2008. The Saint is called different names in different countries.This dog looks like it needs an exorcism rather than a blessing. Taco Bell, anyone?
Jan 17, 2008
I'm sure I could make some udderly inappropriate jokes, but I will restrain myself.From Facemakers Incorporated (interesting site in itself)
This is an interesting article from The Times.
First animal-human embryo trials to go ahead
Mark Henderson, Science Editor of The Times
Experiments to create Britain’s first embryos that merge human and animal material will begin within months after a Government watchdog today approved two research teams to carry out the controversial work.
Scientists at King’s College London and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne will now inject human DNA into empty eggs from cows, to create embryos known as cytoplasmic hybrids that are 99.9 per cent human in genetic terms.
The experiments are intended to provide insights into diseases such as Parkinson’s and spinal muscular atrophy by producing stem cells containing genetic defects that contribute to these conditions.
These will be used as cell models for investigating new approaches to treatment and for improving understanding of how embryonic stem cells develop. They will not be used in therapy, and it is illegal to implant them into the womb.
Jan 16, 2008
Jan 15, 2008
Antarctic ice loss speeding up
Shrinking continent is losing ice faster today than a decade ago.
A comprehensive study of Antarctica’s ice confirms that the polar cap is shrinking. In 2006 alone, Antarctica lost nearly 200 billion tonnes of ice, researchers say — the equivalent of a global sea level rise of more than half a millimetre. That’s 75% more than losses in 1996, they add.
(Read the rest here)
Rudy Giuliani began his Sunday in an unusual place for him - at church - and with an unusual fellow congregant, the controversial former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris.Oh Kathy, how we've missed you! By the way Rudy, she's not Secretary of State any more. Maybe she's campaigning to be wife number four.....
Jan 14, 2008
Jan 10, 2008
I'm getting more warmed about this climate change thing. Excuse the pun.
This article is worth reading if for nothing but the title.
If Only Gay Sex Caused Global Warming
I find it's not enough for me to know about it, but I need to know how to rebut skeptics. I even got a troll in the comments on the video I posted the other day.
Jan 9, 2008
Jan 8, 2008
Fox News edits Ron Paul out of AP story.
Fox News recently excluded anti-war conservative Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) from its New Hampshire presidential debate. Libertarian Underground reports that Fox has now edited out Ron Paul’s name from an AP story posted on its website:
From the International Herald Tribune:
From Fox News:
Has Winston Smith landed a job at Fox? His experience as a clerk at the Ministry of Truth would certainly qualify him. I'm no fan of Paul, but dropping him down the memory hole is a little drastic.
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