Tuesday, July 31, 2007
In a 2001 paper, “The Whiteness of Nerds: Superstandard English and Racial Markedness,” and other works, including a book in progress, Bucholtz notes that the “hegemonic” “cool white” kids use a limited amount of African-American vernacular English; they may say “blood” in lieu of “friend,” or drop the “g” in “playing.” But the nerds she has interviewed, mostly white kids, punctiliously adhere to Standard English. They often favor Greco-Latinate words over Germanic ones (“it’s my observation” instead of “I think”), a preference that lends an air of scientific detachment. They’re aware they speak distinctively, and they use language as a badge of membership in their cliques.
But somehow she didn't manage to wonder if the reason they use "I observe" is that just maybe they based their opinion on observations instead of parroting the opinions of those around them and saying "I think".
And it gets worse;
By cultivating an identity perceived as white to the point of excess, nerds deny themselves the aura of normality that is usually one of the perks of being white. Bucholtz sees something to admire here. In declining to appropriate African-American youth culture, thereby “refusing to exercise the racial privilege upon which white youth cultures are founded,” she writes, nerds may even be viewed as “traitors to whiteness.”
My main question is where did she do her study? after all, the percentage of Asian nerds is quite high, and white students are a minority. And are there no nerds whose parents immigrated from China, Japan, Korea, India, Bengeladesh, or even the Philippines?
Apparently, college professors fail to exercize their intelligence in noticing such things.
COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking
buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write
proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
COSTELLO:! Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm
sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start
with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have
anything I can track my money with?
ABBOT T: Money.
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!
(A few days later)
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on "START"...........
Your email of the day from Col. Updraft
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
* 1 kilo cavendish (saba) bananas
* 1 head onion
* 1 pc red bell pepper
* 1 head garlic
* 3-3/4 liter water
* 20 pcs chili pepper
* 500 mL vinegar
* 1 kilo brown sugar
* 100 grams rock salt
* 1/8 tsp cloves (fine clavo de comer)
* 1/8 tsp cinnamon
* 1/8 tsp paprika
* 1 tsp catsup red # 600
* 1/8 tsp strawberry red
* 1/8 tsp chocolate brown
* 5 grams sodium benzoate
go to link for directions.
we just buy it...it's easier than making it.
Wild (species) bananas must be pollinated to have fruit, but the domesticated banana is a 'mule' (cannot reproduce). The plant is a triploid (having 3 sets of chromosomes) as the result of inheriting one set from the diploid, Musa acuminata (AA) and 2 sets from the tetraploid, Musa balbisiana (BB BB). The domesticated banana (ABB) has 33 chromosomes.
In most plants, if the ovules are not fertilized to form seeds, the fruit never develops. The female flowers of wild bananas develop relatively dry fruit with little or no pulp and large seeds. But the domesticated banana develops large, pulpy, nutritious fruit with no seeds. Because the chromosomes cannot divide equally, the domesticated plant cannot produce seeds. The nourishment that would normally go into the seeds goes instead to the fruit.
and did you know a banana is a berry?
Saturday, July 28, 2007
MissCellania has a blogpost on bugs...
This cartoon sounds like our farm, where you clean up ants with a broom and wastepan, because the house seems to have been built on an ant colony
Don't miss the joke about the contest between the Japanese Samurai, the Chinese Samurai and the Jewish Samurai...
I may have published the photo before, but I didn't realize the HelloKitty hat for your cat was actually something you could buy.
According to gizmodo:
" the "Hello Kitty transformation set." It's basically a hat, bib, collar and carrying bag to turn your cat into the saddest, most ridiculous-looking cat on the block."
and then there are the "rich"...
A general rule: If you are told what someone does for a living and it makes sense to you--orthodontist, store owner, professor--that means he's not rich. But if it's a man in a suit who does something that takes him five sentences to explain and still you walk away confused, and castigating yourself as to why you couldn't understand the central facts of the acquisition of wealth in the age you live in--well, chances are you just talked to a billionaire.
Friday, July 27, 2007
My take on todays "big news" from the NEJM is found on BNN
The cat who "senses" death is probably detecting acidosis/uremia, and that people who have this odor need her help.... and the ironic part is that in the old days, nurses did this all the time, in the good old days....
And a study that the press is spinning to suggest you can "catch" obesity overlooks culture, since they don't recognize white ethnicity. There are a lot of people who figure that eating is fun, and obesity is not a mortal sin, so enjoy already.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
And he notes what stopped a lot of the African Genocides was the AnnCoulter solution:
"African genocide ... has abated almost miraculously during the past half-dozen years. Part of this...is due to the determination of Western powers to stop the civil wars...But a great deal of the credit, I firmly believe, goes to Christian evangelists who have won tens of millions of Africans to a "religion of peace", if that expression still has currency, as opposed to tribal loyalties.
And THIS article discusses the increased prosperity in Sub saharan Africa...
As for Zimbabwe, the government hasn't paid the scam artists who set up Archbishop Ncube...and if they don't pay up, he is threatening to release a lot of other politicians' extramarital affairs...
NYTimes defends TNR's article:
Mr. Foer said. He said that he had met the writer and that he knows with "near certainty" that he is, in fact, a soldier.
Ummm...didn't you check his travel orders?
YUM....MUCUS...bird's nest soup is not the only use for this molecule....
I saw this on TV last night....about half the demonstrators in the front were western elites teaching poor dumb pinoys how to demonstrate.
One of those poor innocent Taliban who had been jailed in Gitmo gets out, and restarts a war against Afghans and Chinese.
Luckily he "killed himself" with a granade to stop being captured...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
First is Barbie girl. with stuff to buy and free on line games.
Well, here Ruby is into Barbie stuff (Barbie Fairytopia...Barbie's the princess and the pauper videos, barbie computer...barbie sandals...) The "new" Barbie is beautiful but resourceful, and usually uses her nice smarts (rather than Karate) to solve problems and save the world. So I don't object to her as much as I thought I would.
and then we have LINK "Spotz girl"...which lets you down load nice pictures to make into "tokens" (charms) to decorate stuff...using their "Spotz" maker, only $29.95...
Pure commercialism, and encouraging useless stuff.
To me a waste of time, but for kids who like crafts it's probably okay.
Ruby is also into "Disney Princesses"
Again, most of the princesses are smart. I mean, even if Snow White needed a prince to wake her up, she was resourceful enough to know how to clean a house when she needed a job.
Lots of links for them, including how to dress and put on princess makeup. Ruby had a Belle dress last year for her birthday/haloween parties.
The photo is from Amazon, but of course we made one here...much cheaper.
(For those of you who are Disney challenged, Belle is from Beauty and the Beast...and ridiculed because she likes to read books)...
So if you have girls, these are the things you need to buy.
Oh yes: Hello Kitty is big too...bookbags and sandals...and I have a HelloKitty Alarm clock.
Only 150p (3 dollars) at the Palenke...
And the Father of the Green revolution has an editorial in support of "frankenfoods", pointing out out that genetically enhanced food is merely using technology to do what farmers have done slowly for thousands of years.
Oh yes: did you read that last week he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, America's highest civilian honor.
An Alzheimer cure/prevention drug? Scientific abstract HERE
Archological items of the day:
Coprseroads in Shakespeare? Fortean times has the history..via FreeRepublic's GodGravesGlyphsForum headsup
And was the legend of the satyr based on an ancient salt mummy? That forum also has a discussion of salt mummies and a link to a USA today article on Satyrs.
Caution: FR is a political site, and may be blocked at work.
And, via PinoyCentricBlog, your YouTube of the day:1,500 plus inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center rehearsing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
Turn up speakers and enjoy...
Monday, July 23, 2007
But for the last Year, with all the internet outages and problems, I haven't used it.
Well, they now have an update, and it's called Miro. And yes, they have a linux version.
It's global warming stupid...or maybe not.
You see, malaria was once common in England and New York City...it has to do with population density, and the availability of stagnant water or ponds in which to breed. Make people richer, clean up the swamps and breeding areas, and spray breeding areas with stuff that kills the wigglers (DDT is nice but oil worked in the old days) and voila, malaria is gone.
I suspect the increase is due to Africa's population explosion, allowing the parasite to spread...100 years ago, you only had scattered villages in the highlands, which were populated mainly with herders not farmers.
But never let truth in the way of global warming hysteria.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Japanese factories needing signs in Portuguese, and your English teacher in Korea is probably a Filipina.
Yup. Globalization is here.
I know about the Korean tourists in Borachay, but what I didn't realize is that thousands of South Korean students study here....it's because they can learn English, the passport to the world's economy.
Cartoon is from ABSCBN article.
Friday, July 20, 2007
The Red Mosque siege was in response to the students attacking Chinese workers at a "health clinic" (read bordello).
China has been holding joint exercizes with Pakistan and has shut down a terror training camp near the Pakistan border.
What does this mean? I'm not sure, but sounds like China is in the war on terror whether or not she wants it.
The Italians got Father Bossi back from the ASG/MILF, and deny paying ransom.
Yup. And if you believ e that, there's this used bridge in Brooklyn that I want you to buy.
Father Bossi is the third Italian priest kidnapped for ransom, making one Mindanao writer wonder if the MILF just likes Pizza. One priest "escaped" but the second was released "without paying ransom", perhaps because the 80thousand Euros ransom that they "didn't pay" was promptly stolen by the intermediary.
Yup. As one wag put it, here in the Philippines, they steal over the table, under the table, and the table itself.
The scandal of the mortars that didn't work is now being joined by a scandal that the MILF has the latest equipment, with locals wondering if someone high up is selling the good stuff off.
Broken Glass redux: terrible story by "soldier" in journal is already being questioned LINK LINK LINK
I agree with Powerline: If it was true, then why print the story by one sociopath and ignore 100 000 honorable men's stories? And a lot of the details seem false, making people wonder who checked it out.
I mean, I was only a lowly Captain in the National Guard, but we had both ATV's and Tanks, and one of our jobs was preventing and monitoring hearing loss.
So THIS part of the story, that they ran Bradley fighting vehicles over sleeping dogs, sounds phoney, to say the least.
So I checked it out: Even idling the Bradley fighting vehicle is 75 db, and when running, it is 110 plus decibles, running at top speed (38mph) the noise is 115 db.
A jet engine is 110 db, and 120 db causes pain.
Either they have deaf dogs in Iraq, or someone made up the story and no one bothered to check out the facts.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Your social class is stuffy. Let's dance with the ship's rats and have fun.
You have captured my heart. Let's run around the ship and giggle.
(The ship SINKS.)
Never let go.
I promise. (lets go)
Grapefruit (but not other citrus fruits) slows the metabolism of estrogen: translation, it stops the body from breaking down estrogen, so you get a higher level of the hormone. And women with higher levels of estrogen have more breast cancer.
Previous studies have shown that a molecule called cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) is involved in metabolising oestrogen hormones.
This action of grapefruit has long been known to interfere with other drugs, including heart medicine such as Zocor, Nifedipine, and Amiodarone.
Longer post on BNN...
Luckily we have a generator and the small backup generator from the farm to use if the brown out goes on too long
The internet/telephone line had a short and has finally been fixed.
The "Livelihood" program held a seminar yesterday on making jewelry (Cheap stuff). Ruby gave me a beautiful pair of earrings with a tozaz plastic dangle.
The "livelihood" program is piecework for locals, mainly women, to do to earn extra income. We usually subcontract it from Manila merchants, and supervise/deliver materials. When we were doing Christmas balls, which sell for $5-10 each in the US, the livelihood worker got paid 50 cents each, we got ten cents each, the middlemen (ship to the US, warehouse, sellers) the rest. But since the average wage is $3 a day, and since they could make one Christmas ball an hour, you can see it was good money. Not as good as working in a Manila factory, but here the housing is cheap, and most people have fields nearby to grow their own rice and veggies to eat.
But our percentage was mainly eaten up by the increase in Gasoline/diesel to ship the stuff, and wages for the drivers, so we didn't make much. That's why Chano has designed the Capiz lamps and items and brought workers in from Pampanga (who know how to work in Capiz) to make them. If we can ge the business going, these workers can move here and supervise others from nearby. But it's a very small business so far.
LINK shows some of his designs
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
And the big local scandal: The when the Marines tried to defend themselves, the Mortars didn't work...and the mortars were bought from the USA.
John Edwards ...according to the Onion..John Edwards made his most ambitious policy announcement yet at a campaign event in Iowa Monday: a promise to eliminate all unpleasant, disagreeable, or otherwise bad things from all aspects of American life by the end of his second year in office.
.according to his own press statements.Edwards believes we need to protect the city and the region from weather and crime.
NYT puff story on HBO film... The background is here.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Well, duh. You just noticed?
Next thing you know they will find out that Saudi Charities fund terror, and Saudi funded madrasses teach radicalized intolerant Islam that encourages jihad...or that there are a million Catholics in Saudi but no churches allowed...
NYTimes admits that North Korea shutting down their nuclear reactor is a diplomatic triumph for Bush...but they spend two paragraphs reminding readers of his "failures" which is out of context to the subject discussed. Editorializing in news stories? well, duh.
The BBC is in trouble for creative cutting of a documentary that made the Queen seem like a hot tempered old lady...but the incident never happened...and there is a big scandal about it in the UK...
The BEEB slanting the news? well, duh...
MEMRI, an organization that translates what is being written in the press of the Middle East (news that is rarely reported of course) has started an economic blog.
Well, duh. quick: when was the last time you read about Dubai?
Sunday, July 15, 2007
They are native of eastern Asia.
The Lady Bug (Beetle) was introduced to the United States by the U. S. Department of Agriculture as a biological control agent. The tree-dwelling insect can live up to three years. They are a predator of aphids and other pests. They do not bite, sting, carry human disease or feed on wood, clothing or food. They can become a nuisance to homeowners in the Fall when they come inside seeking warmth. Because they are so beneficial, they should be released back outside and not killed.
and for photos of Ladybugs in all their different stages, just go to "What's that bug" website
In her quest for medicinal plants now extinct in Israel, Sallon asked Mordechai Kislev, an archeobotanist at Bar-Ilan University, for some ancient seeds he had received in the 1970s from Yigael Yadin, the prominent Israeli archeologist who excavated Masada.
"He asked what we wanted to do with them, and when I said we wanted to grow them, he said, `You're mad,'" Sallon said, adding that after "a lot of persuasion," five seeds were handed over.
Three of the seeds were planted by Solowey,..on March 3 the soil in one pot cracked, and a shoot later appeared.
"I couldn't believe it," Solowey said....
After the seed germinated, Sallon sent the two unplanted seeds to the University of Zurich in Switzerland for carbon dating, which showed that they were from around the 1st Century. A leaf of the plant was sent for DNA analysis to determine how it differed from modern varieties.
The date seed is one of the oldest seeds to be germinated anywhere and is believed to be the oldest dormant tree seed brought to life.Solowey said prospects for re-creating the ancient Judean date remain precarious, even if the palm she is growing turns out to be a female with the potential of flowering and bearing fruit.,,,....
"With luck, in three years maybe we'll get some flowers, and perhaps we'll know something about the past."
Saturday, July 14, 2007
IRNA adds, “These squirrels were equipped by foreign intelligence services, but were captured two weeks ago by the Police”.
The "top 100" are porn, and it's full of conspiracy stuff about the Jews taking over the world. Yecch.
However, not all is lost: I did find this film Snake Coughs up Entire Hippo.
With a push of a button, the shaft lights up, illuminating you and your path. Now, even in the darkest of nights, you're a lot more visible to the cars on the street, making your long walk home through the rain a lot safer.
Yup. A nice gift for Lolo to see his way to the square when he jogs at 4 am during typhoon season...
Big mistake. The Gwinnett County mother kicked off an airplane with her 19-month old son tried to tell her side of the story Friday morning, but her son's crying drowned out part of the interview.
the Philippine Armed Forces are now preparing to reenter the area in force to find the AbuSayyaf group and the rogue "MILF" forces behind the unprovoked atrocity.
At first the MILF spokesmen claimed the Marines were "trespassing", and that locals merely were defending themselves.
However, Basilan is not in the MILF area agreed to in the peacetalks, and the strength and number of "insurgents" in the attack suggest another scenerio: a planned ambush, where the AbuSayyaf group was the bait that led the Marines into the trap.
So now, MILF spokesmen claim the Marines had beheaded an Imman in the village of TipoTipo, and so the "International Monitoring Team" and the government needs to investigate that atrocity too.
This story, not reported until several days after the attack on the Marines, is highly suspicious to say the least.
Even Bishop Cruz, a well known critic of government corruption and it's "extrajudicial killings" is angry:
It is not enough for them to kill people. They consider necessary to still decapitate them. They even felt the need to desecrate the bodies of their dead victims. This is inhumanity at its worst. This is barbarism at its best....
Officially, the government is saying that they are not going to blame the MILF for the attack, but only seek justice in finding the "rogue elements" who helped the AbuSayyaf kill and mutilate the Marines.
In reality, it's payback time.
(Crossposted to BNN...)
But the big news is this part:
After hearing screams in the darkness, San Francisco resident Ronaldo Cabague went out to check and found three bedraggled and shivering individuals who told him of the disaster.
Cabague immediately alerted his neighbors and prepared his small motorized outrigger for a rescue operation.
Cabague and his fellow fishermen, all members of Bantay Dagat, were able to initially rescue 50 passengers and recover four bodies. Hours later, they plucked 75 more survivors out of the raging waters.
San Francisco Mayor Tan said the death toll from the maritime disaster could have been higher had Cabague and his team not acted quickly.
“They were prepared. They knew what to do,” Tan said of the fishermen, adding that volunteers from Barangay Nasalaan also rushed to help the passengers.
Friday, July 13, 2007
GetReligion blog says:Is the pope Catholic? Yes, it appears that he is and it appears that this is news.
Mattingly, as an Orthodox, sees the discussion about what is the meaning of the church and the reality of the sacraments, which in many Protestant churches are diminished to mere symbolism.
Ignatius press blog sardonically predicted that the MSM would merely rehash the whole thing into the template of good liberals vs nasty conservatives who want to push back the clock.
My contribution is background story about the Christian underground railroad smuggling NK Refugees...
Kenyan ladies of the evening have a new uniform:the buibui - a loose, floor-length gown and head covering favoured by Muslim women.
Jihadi TV...nah, if it was reported they might have to acknowledge that Bush didn't make up these things.
Historian reminds NYTimes of reality LINK.
Good news of the day: Sending date palms to restore the Basran orchards. Spanish scientist hopes to help replant using Spanish seedlings. It's part of the Iraqi Marshlands Rehabilitation project. The marshlands were destroyed by Saddam to punish the locals. One of the major ecological atrocities of the 1990's ...
But the real danger to the world is....
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Some nearby locals, annoyed at the MSM types from NYC who worried about the local rednecks, decided they may as well celebrate their heritage.
Ceremonial Barbecue Grill...horseshoes...bellyflop diving...
and don't miss bobbing for pigsfeet.(headsup from the britishredneck at the corner)
a poppet was any doll that was probably made from cloth. Many dolls resembled puppets with only a fabric handle under the dress to hold on to. There is no particular pattern for a poppet so references to poppets may describe many different cloth dolls
Teachers download this PDF
on early American crafts for kids.
Wiccans might prefer this updated version of a corn husk doll...made from Saranwrap. Webpage includes spells.
The name poppet means a cloth doll but nowadays is mainly used for wiccan spell dolls.
Yes, you are doing nicely playing macho and hunting, but if you were a woman and had a baby every 18 months, with the chronic backache and nausea, and still had to fetch wood for cooking and fetch water and dig in your garden, you just might prefer living in a town with running water, TV, and birthcontrol pills.
But that's just me.
StrategyPage compares it to the non existant "Jenin massacre" stories and the photoshopping in Lebanon.
Marines killed in the Philippines...they were following AbuSayyaf group kidnappers into the jungles, when the ASG told the local MILF that the marines were there to attack them, so the MILF joined the fight. The good news is that the main ASG head was hurt and his son killed in the fight, and although ABSCBN showed the Muslims complaining the marines broke the truce by trespassing, one suspects they are trying to get publicity so they can avoid payback.
Michale Yon says that the reason the Sunni chiefs now stopped fighting the US and joined forces to get rid of Alqaeda was for the children.
Over here, the fact of al Qaeda murdering children is just that: it’s a fact. How they chose to commit the murders is a variable that changes from incident to incident. I’ve written often about how Iraqis, as a rule, love and greatly value their children. This makes the children especially vulnerable as targets for terrorists. That is a brutal fact.
Carter's role in Zimbabwe...he not only manipulated the polls to let Mugabe win, but ignored the genocide of the Ndebele.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
On the other hand, what's with all the Turkish troops on the Iraqi border? It's the Kurds, whose "insurgent" war kills a lot of people...lLink...LINK...
Gloria plans to use the "anti terror" law against "
Communist rebels, religious extremists and rogue military and police elements who sow terror... not on her list: Politicians whose private armies zap their political opponents.
Yup. Up here the commies are still causing trouble. But in India, they are stronger, running several states (promoting capitalism) but also recruiting and spreading. LINK..longer article here
So with all the bad news, let's see some nice stuff
Google Earth has some weird photos...LINK
DOWNLOAD of the day Tolkien and the true king...LINK
And the sports news of the day: ROBOCUP
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Your own private island...only 20M Pesos ($250 000).
It's on a site about retirement to the Philippines. Actually a lot of people retire here, especially men married to Pinays. (i.e. nice Filipina girls) but since we are in the farming area, not too many Yanks or foreigners.
2. GOD MADE US SISTERS, PROZAC MADE US FRIENDS.
3. IF THEY DON'T HAVE CHOCOLATE IN HEAVEN, I AIN'T GOING.
4. MY MOTHER IS A TRAVEL AGENT FOR GUILT TRIPS.
5. PRINCESS, HAVING HAD SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE WITH PRINCES,SEEKS FROG.
6. COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, MEN. SOME THINGS ARE JUST BETTER RICH.
7. DON'T TREAT ME ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU WOULD THE QUEEN
8. IF YOU WANT BREAKFAST IN BED, SLEEP IN THE KITCHEN.
9. DINNER IS READY WHEN THE SMOKE ALARM GOES OFF.
10. I'M OUT OF ESTROGEN - AND I HAVE A GUN.
Bad news: The designer designed parts for Boeing...
Good news: Near death experience found in 18% of very sick cardiac patients.
Bad news: Scientists trying to explain it with pseudoscientific "quantum consciousness" theory...
Good News: Thailand finally found where the terrorists are hiding: in mosques and religious schools. Who wudda thought?
Bad news: multi ethnic Malaysia being taken over by radical Islam? Who needs terrorists when the government will tear down churches for you.
Good news: Anti terrorism law is worrying our left wing bishops.
Like all good liberation theology Catholics, they hate Gloria more than they worry about churches being destroyed by terrorists;
Bad news: the Italians keep pressuring the government to pay for Father Bossi's release, in effect saying a European priest's life is worth more than the Pinoys who might be killed if his kidnappers get money for bombs.
worst News: J.I. is recruiting women to be suicide bombers.
Terrorists prefer easy targets: Glasgow airport didn't even have an armed guard, and people there never thought they'd be a target.
Similarly, the NYTimes admits terrorists prefer killing civilians in small towns without armed Americans.
It is rare for insurgents to mount such large attacks in remote villages like Amerli, often preferring to strike in crowded city centers and at religious sites and Iraqi security forces. But since the start of the Baghdad security plan in February, they have frequently struck outside the capital within major cities or targets that are less well defended.
In other words, they're losing...the bad news is that the NYTimes and Congress hasn't noticed it.
That's why the cowards prefer "soft targets" like moms shopping with their kids.
I knew this in Africa, where they preferred killing unarmed nuns than trying to attack a farmer or shopkeeper who had an Uzzi.
But of course the World Council of churches and all the good people in the world backed the "freedom fighters, and as a result starvation and economic ruin stalk Zimbabwe.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Good news out of China:
Floods have left 94 people dead and 25 others missing in seven provinces in China...About 16.67 million people had been affected and 555,100 people in Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Chongqing and Shaanxi evacuated by 4 p.m. on Sunday. More than 49,000 houses collapsed and another 240,100 were damagedWhat do I mean "good news"? Well, in past floods hundreds of thousands drowned....it's not global warming that leads to disasters, it's bad governments...
"It has become a backyard industry once again." says a gov't spokesman.
And last week's bus explosion was to get extortion money, so no one was killed. But the group claiming responsibility calls itself "Al Khobar" , a reference to this bombing, and police also report finding two live rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) on a highway near General Santos City.
And the big question is: will they hit the ASEAN Summit?
Posted to BNN...
Sunday, July 08, 2007
The doghouse is decorated with 7,600 Swarovski crystals, complete with a Hello Kitty cushion, and is expected to sell for 3.9 million yen ($32,000/£15,907). An even pricier item is a Hello Kitty made from 42,400 Swarovski crystals, valued around 8 million yen ($64,824/£32.223). This year’s sale is on 24th July, so get saving!
And the Italians are trying to pressure the Pinoys not to attack those who kidnapped an Italian missionary priest. The priest was kidnapped by one of the Muslim groups to get money, and they want to pay it to "keep him safe". The Pinoys, having learned that doesn't work, want to play hardball, and pay those ratting out the criminals instead of paying the criminals.
My Report on BNN here...
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Robert A. Heinlein
When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.
Robert A. Heinlein
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
Robert A. Heinlein
Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
Robert A. Heinlein
Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.
Robert A. Heinlein
The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
Robert A. Heinlein
"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." - Robert A. Heinlein
Me, I like choral music, but wonder why we put up with lousy music written by "clergy" who think they are talented and get some written by actual popular composers...
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Ramos said bystanders cheered for the wounded when they were wheeled out of the casino to ambulances, and later talked about the people who tackled the gunman.
"People don't put up with stuff after 9-11 no more," he said, adding that he was surprised that the casino never shut down.
Earth's polar temperature has swung wildly—by as much as 15 degrees Celsius (27 degrees Fahrenheit)—over the last 800,000 years, an Antarctic ice core has revealed. ...
In today's online journal Science, the team showed that the coldest period occurred around 20,000 years ago, during the last glacial maximum, when the ice sheets were at their peak...
Meanwhile, the warmest period was during the last interglacial period, which is an interval of warmer global average temperature that separates ice ages. At that time, around 130,000 years ago, it was a balmy 4.5 degrees Celsius (8.1 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than today.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have staged nationwide protests calling for an end to kidnapping and the civil conflict which has lasted 44 years....The calls for peace were prompted by the killing in June of 11 politicians held by the left-wing Farc movement.
And the book of Mark is found HERE.
Klingon is one of many artificial languages, and their website is HERE
Myself, I prefer Sindarin....not so many gutterals.
Now the Australians admit two of the doctors had applied to Australian hospitals but had been turned down for "character grounds", and "WA medical officials confirmed one of the brothers applied using different names on "several occasions".
Yup. he used fake documents.
Two of the London bombers came from Bengalore, the center of the Indian high tech industry and notorious as the center for H-1B visa fraud...and also a hotbed of anti western mullahs.
Longer report on BNN...