Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Are you eating garlic to keep your heart healthy? Don't bother
To those of us familiar of how small group of activists can take over organizations (e.g. medical societies, main line churches, Catholic convents, political parties) because the rest of us have a life and don't bother to fight the bureaucracy. We either leave or just pay our dues and shut up. So Bishop Robinson's hubris asking if Bishops or believers run the church, the answer is neither. It's run by the middle level bureaucracy who voted him in. All the belivers are down the street at the Assembly of God.
Good news: Bit torrent is now legit.
Bad news: I can't download legit stuff with an overseas address. Sigh.
I guess I'll have to have my brother record stuff off of AMC and TCM...I like the old movies. And the irony is that the Palenke has all the new movies via Chinese pirates for 80 cents...
THIS STORY is not going to help organ donation...And here in the Philippines poor people sell organs is one more way to exploit the poor for the rich.
The stock market fell...no it's not Bush's fault. It started in the Chinese stockmarket...hmmm...wonder if it was from the bad news from the soothsayers last week.
Lolo and I are coughing. One of Lolo's friends died, and the funeral is today, but I might not let him go. His friend had a bad stroke eight years ago and moved to the US to live with his son, but he is being buried here. The funeral is about 30 miles away: with the bad roads and traffic, that means 1 hour or more drive. And it's the hot season.
The outside cat slept here two nights ago, and I am covered with fleabites, so yesterday I had to spray and clean the room...uggh. I'm the type of person who bugs love...
Aside from that, no news.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I tasted two. Horrible. One spread out all over the back of your palate in an ominous fashion that recalled the WW2 cartoons showing Nazi advances over Europe; the other was a chianti that tasted like glue. With some clerks I’ll discuss the wine, because I know it just makes their day when they have to nod and smile and agree with the assessment of some guy whose palate is slightly more discerning than the pads on a dog’s foot, but with this clerk I said nothing. Because he never says anything. You say “that’s good,” he nods and wears a half-smile: whatever. You say “that’s been strained through an inch-thick woven mat of underarm hair,” and he nods wears a half-smile. So this time I said “I don’t like either of them,” which earned me a nod and a half-smile....
Genocide? I don't see no stinkin genocide...so what else is new? zzzz
WSJ points out that Bush's "fascism" is limp next to what France routinely allows under Napoleonic law....Nah, don't tell the DailyKos....zzzzz.
Seven Sunni Muslim countries are worried about Iran's Shiite bomb. Iran's economy is tanking, and Iranian generals were caught in Iraq...and the NYTimes finally notices Iran's link with AlSadr....Clash of civilization anyone? Four years into the war, this should have been noticed five years ago...wonder if Congress still can't tell a Sunni from a Shiite...zzzz
Pope discusses natural law vs social engineering that follows the latest utopian fads. LINK. Ah, but his warning will be ignored in favor the bruhaha of Jesus' tomb.. hmm. didn't Monty python already do that story?.....zzzz
The LATimes notices the danger of drug resistant TB and HIV: They are too polite to point out the "good news" is that the patients die quickly, which decreases their ability to spread the disease...(they live an average of 25 days) ....
I am always amazed when intellectuals steal old ideas to show how smart they are...today's HNN blog has this guy spouting Paul Ehrlich's "we're all gonna die" nonsense. and This lady rips off Betty Friedan's "The Second Stage" . Until someone comes up with an idea less than 30 years old, I'm going back to sleep.
Monday, February 26, 2007
For those unfamiliar with her works, they include children's books such as A Wrinkle in Time and essays such as the Summer of the Great Grandmother which is a good book to give to someone caring for a person with Alzheimer's.
The link has a podcast too.
GMA implores: No more people power revolutions. Well, if it wasn't for the election this May she might really have to worry. But now all we see is sound and fury. Lots of talk and rallies going on.
Chano and the businessmen helped by globalization love her. Lolo and the farmers in the area don't. Me, I'm voting for Hillary...
Astroturfing the military ...Greyhawk is not amused. Astroturfing means to set up a fake "grassroots" group, and use a publicist to get the MSM to present it as a real group.
On the other hand, Hirsi Ali made it to Bill Maher...Link at YouTube
You know about the Oscars...now read about the Razzies.
And in a similar note, Austin Bay discusses the meaning of "Embrace the suck" .. HERE
And read about Cock up Society dinner. ("cock up" is an old archery term for getting your arrow's cock feather up, not down, and missing the target)...
Finally, Manolo says: Leave Britney alone. All she needs is ice cream and a new pair of shoes.
But the dirty little secret is that even with all the changes he recommends, the need for cheap energy will soar, not because the US public is "addicted to oil" but because people in China and Thailand and the Philippines prefer the comforts of modern life to the good old days of working 12 hours a day bent over in the rice fields.
full essay crossposted at bloggernew
Sunday, February 25, 2007
A scene right out of Rambo...
It was even mentioned in a Bush speech last week, but somehow didn't get into the news. Wonder why?
The Internet has emerged as a major forum for critics of the Egyptian government to express their views in a country where the large daily newspapers and main television stations are state-run.While Suleiman was the first blogger to go on trial for the content of his writings, other opposition bloggers have been arrested periodically during street protests and then held for weeks or months before being released.
Also check the report on Pajamasmedia...and check FreeKareem website
So this year we have, voila, a bigshot film makers who decided they found Jesus's tomb...and not only his but his mother's, his wife's and two of his kids.
"If it proves true, the discovery, which will be revealed at a press conference in New York Monday, could shake up the Christian world as one of the most significant archeological finds in history".
Well, hot damn. Tear down the churches and let's all celebrate.
But the most absurd part of the claim is this one: "According to the filmmakers, the film’s claim is based on close work with world-famous scientists, archeologists, statisticians, DNA specialists and antiquities experts."
DNA Specialists? what did they do, find the lady from the DaVinci code and test her DNA?
But the final comment on the science of the film is found HERE
Yup...Jesus was a space alien, and the coffins prove it.
Update: or how about cloning Jesus? LINK...methinks these people have too much time on their hands. GetaLife, man.
cross posted to blogger news, and Longer discussion moved to Boinkie's blog
Friday, February 23, 2007
Asia News from Italy, a Catholic website, has a summary
Now, if someone would just investigate politicians/businessmen who hire hitmen to take out their rivals....
Even the NYTimes is noticing Mugabe's birthday bash...
Fascism alert...now they're banning light bulbs... Do any of these guys realize how lousy we gals look under fluorescent lights? AGGGGHHH.
Quote of the day:
"There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country," he said in an interview to mark his 21st birthday. "That may sound very patriotic, but it's true."
Yup. Princess Di would have been proud. (headsup from The Corner
Psst: Want to retire? Marketing retirement homes to Japanese...
Measles was reported in North Korea. Well, after all that country is falling apart. But THIS REPORT says three Americans who went to China to adopt caught measles...
Two things important about this: One, there is measles in China. Are they vaccinating their kids? That country had 100 000 cases in 2005...t
Two: All three US case had all had two Measles shots...which means in epidemics, we're going to have to give a third shot to adults.
There is a supper/talk here tonite. For married couples, by some pastor. Lolo and I will probably skip and just khalwat...
Hot season/brownouts have started. The bad news is that the dogs have found out that the bedroom is airconditioned, so sometimes we have four dogs and three cats in the room. Luckily the dogs stay on the floor.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
well, why not? They already wrecked the agricultural economy, so why not confiscate mines from those who invested money into them and know what they are doing and give it to your cronies?
But at the bottom, it notes "
Over 28,000 people have been arrested on charges of illegal diamond and gold mining in an operation dubbed Chokorokoza Chapera (No Illegal Panning), which started in mid-November to curb the country of illegal mining activities as the country.'
Oh yes. Just like illegal vendors and unclean/unsafe slum housing were cleaned up with "operation cleanup", the pollution/ecological degradation from these small panning/mining is terrible. But in a country with 80% unemployment, and 1600% inflation, some people see it as the only way to feed their famiies, explains the BBC .
cross posted to my EvilMugabe blog and Bloggernews
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A source in Russia's nuclear power agency Rosatom told Reuters it was "obvious that the timetable on building the plant will need to be corrected" after Tehran missed payments for the work for more than a month.
Moscow had been due to start nuclear fuel deliveries for the plant in March this year, paving the way for the reactor's planned start-up in September. It was unclear by how long the project would now be delayed.
Well, I was under the impression WR was going to be closed because it was in bad shape even before the Iraq war started, but like the WAPO article I can't find links.
However, after working with the Indian Health Service, I am familiar with federal health care, the good the bad and the ugly. Summary: If you need expensive care, good. If you need elective care, bad. If you don't understand paperwork, ugly.
- It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure.
- In 1987, cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America (about 50 million cats resided in 24 million homes in 1986). About 37% of American homes today have at least one cat.
- If your cat snores or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you.
- Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the fact that women's voices have a higher pitch.
- In an average year, cat owners in the United States spend over $2 billion on cat food.
- A domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.
- The heaviest cat on record weighed 46 lbs.A cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog.
- Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human's 6 muscles each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.
- Cats' hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.
- Cats' hearing stops at 65 khz (kilohertz); humans' hearing stops at 20 khz.
- In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
- Most cats do not have eyelashes.
- A cat sees about 6 times better than a human at night, and needs 1/6 the amount of of light that a human does
- And guess who is a famous cat lover?...alas, they don't allow cats in the Vatican, so his cat lives in Germany.
But the article is about a new fighter against modern slavery:
Zach Hunter was only 12 years old when he became an abolitionist. During Black History Month three years ago, as he read about Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, he thought he, too, would have fought against slavery if he'd lived back then. But to his astonishment, Zach found soon afterward that people are still held as slaves today.
"When I learned there were about 27 million slaves in the world, it blew me away," says the high school freshman from Atlanta. "I wondered what I could do."
If you think slavery doesn't exist, think again.
It includes huge numbers of prostitutes in the United States, farmers in India who work off debt, and maids who are recruited from third world countries but after they arrive are not paid, are mistreated, locked up and passports confiscated so they can't leave. (Last summer, during the Lebanon war, I wrote about the "Rapunzels" who were Pinays who died jumping out of windows to flee Beruit, because their employers had locked them up).
There is a petition HERE to abolish slavery. The link connects the new Wilberforce movie and Zach's crusade to end modern slavery.
So why is John Edwards getting a pass when he hires anti Catholic staff, and now makes Anti Semetic remarks? What's next, a fundraiser with blackface minstrals?
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The article contains this interesting detail:" (his oldest son) Jong-nam ruined his chances (to succeed his father) in 2001, when Japanese officials caught him trying to sneak into Japan using a false passport..."
Hmmm...was he fleeing his father? Looking for his girlfriend? Planning to spy for NK? and why does he live in Macau?
Apparantly "the Little General" is a software engineer, and in charge of that country's software program, and he wanted to get information on computer technology., and this was not his first visit to Japan.
North Korean software is apparantly thriving. With the help of a South Korean company, they are devising software for fingerprint and voice recognition. And it's profitable: Samsung paid over 700 thousand dollars for five software programs for their computers, and another businessman paid a million US dollars for another program.
Yet after Kim the Little General was caught at a Japanese airport with a fake passport, he fell out of favor with his father. And therein lies a tale...
The entire Kim family sounds like it comes from the script of Dynasty.
Kim the Fearless leader has seven children from four concubines or wives
His first wife had one daughter, and then was appointed a minister of education.
The second wife, an actress, Song Hye-rim, was five years older than her husband. They had one son, the Little General. Reported to be tired of her husbands sexual affairs, she left him, moved to Moscow and died there in 2002.
In1974 he married Kim Yong-suk, the daughter of a high-ranking military official. But she had only two daughters and no sons.
He then married a dancer. Ko Young Hee was actually born in Koreatown near Osaka Japan; her father was a karate instructor who moved with other ethnic Koreans to North Korea in the early 1960's. She gave him two children, both sons: Kim Yong Chol, who I will call Kim the Young child and Kim Yong Oon, who I will call Kim the Youngest son. Like their older brother, they received a western education under false names. She reportedly died of Breast cancer in 2004.
The Little General was always assumed to be the heir to the dynasty. However, when he was caught entering Japan, he had two women with him...it was unclear if one was his wife...and when asked why he came, he said he wanted to visit Disneyland. He had a Dominican passport, with a Chinese name that translates FatBear. The diplomatic fall out from the incident put him into disfavor with his father, and his reported behavior since then doesn't help: a Japanese magazine reports he has visited Japan several times and spends most of his time with high class prostitutes.
The plot then thickens.
In 2004, he survived an asasination attempt in Austria. Austrian intelligence suspected the plot was to remove him from the succession, in favor of his younger half brothers, Kim the Young young child and Kim the youngest son.
Indeed, a 2003 propaganda campaign bore the slogan "The Respected Mother is the Most Faithful and Loyal Subject to the Dear Leader Comrade Supreme Commander." Many interpreted this was referring to Ko Young-hee, and was a way to promote her son, Kim Jong-chul, who I will call Kim the YoungChild, to succeed the father Kim. The reason for the assasination attempt might be because it goes against Korean culture for a younger son to inherit the throne, so a dead older brother would be the easiest solution.LINK
FatherKim the Fearless Leader comes from a long lived family (his father died at 82) but he smokes and it is reported that he is diabetic. This complicates matters, since diabetics have a high risk of heart, kidney disease, and amputations. He also is reported to have liver problems form excessive alcohol consumption.
As a doc, I would advise you: Don't sell him insurance.
Ah, but if the CNN reports is correct, and if Kim the Little General attends his father's big birthday party suggests that the dynastic problem has not yet been settled. This, of course, makes worries of infighting and instability with the death or serious illness of Kim the father more likely.
This is merely one more complication that could cause a massive humanitarian disaster in the Korean peninsula. Already both South Korea and China worry that famine may result in three million refugees this winter. Who knows how many would flee if a civil war between heirs apparent started.
So there are many questions:
Will Kim the Fearless leader reconcile with his older son the Little General?
Will Kim the Young Child manage to bump off his older brother?Or will he run off and become an Earl Clapton groupie?
Will the third brother, who I haven't even mentioned, Kim Jon Oon, decide they are all a bunch of idiots and move to San Franciso with his body guard Sam?
Or will Kim the Fearless leader, discover Viagra and beget another son to take over his country?
Or, as the Asia Times wonders: What will happen when these Western-educated and widely traveled computer buffs and Eric Clapton fans take over a failing Stalinist nation?
Tune in next week to DYNASTY in North Korea.
Not a peep was heard then, or since, from Hollywood regarding the people who disappeared behind Vietnam’s bamboo curtain. No one has ever mentioned the concentration camps into which a million South Vietnamese soldiers were sent; 56,000 to die, 250,000 to stay for more than six years, and some for as long as 18. No one criticized the forced relocations, the corruption, or the continuing police state. More to the point, with the exception of the well-intentioned but artistically weak Hamburger Hill, one searches in vain for a single major film since that time that has portrayed American soldiers in Vietnam with dignity and in a true context.
Why? Because the film community, as with other elites, never liked, respected, or even understood those who answered the call and served. And at a time when a quiet but relentless battle is taking place over how history will remember our country’s involvement in Vietnam, those who ridiculed government policy, avoided military service, and actively supported an enemy who turned out to be vicious and corrupt do not want to be remembered as having been so naive and so wrong...
Check link for author....heh.
The main worry is that it could be used against the left/opposition parties. Many of them have close ties to the NPA or ex NPA activists and human rights/farmers activist groups....and many of the "extra judicial killings" have been of such activists. The government claims the NPA is killing those who turned against their violent ways, and the left claims that the government is looking the other way while military irregulars do the killing.
Taliban kills Pakistani public health doctor trying to eradicate polio in NW Pakistan.
There is a special place in hell for people who do things like this.
Are a lot of the claims that Pope Pius XII was a Nazi sympathizer based on a KGB disinformation campaign ?
Did you know that thirty to seventy percent of health care and HIV care in Africa is provided by faith based organizations...
Two reasons this is important: a huge amount of US aid to the third world is done via private funding.
Two: when you hear ridicule of Bush refusing to fund organizations that promote abortion, it is about not having NGO's that promote western sexual morality impose their belief on traditional Africans.
Ocean die off? It's the WIND, stupid...
Dafur update HERE...Bush declared it a genocide in 2004...the UN is still thinking about it, while people die...
Last Friday Greyhawk predicted:"now that congress has done their bit for al Qaeda and other killers in Iraq, it's time for them to return the favor. Expect their next best attempt at a Tet-like offensive.."
And today he notes an attack on a US post that ended up with the enemy fleeing (just like in Tet) but the press breathlessly reporting the attack, making it a success from a PR standpoint for the "insurgents".
For those who don't remember Tet, it was a failure but the US press covered it as a success and used it to prove the war could not succeed. An unreported incident of TET was that 5 000 civilians were lslaughtered in Hue.
Ironically, even though this was well known by our soldiers, it didn't get much publicity in the states, where the media and anti war types prefered to think the Viet Cong were merely mild mannered patriots fighting the evil Americans.
Remember that number the next time you hear of a car bomb. There are things worse than car bombs or Abu Graib....like hundreds of mass graves, some containing babies and toddlers still clasping toys. BBC LINK
Ah, but did you know Europeans aren't helping to identify the estimated 300 000 bodies in mass graves in Iraq? According to the BBC: The Europeans, he said, were staying away as the evidence might be used eventually to put Saddam Hussein to death.
Yup...they oppose the death penalty.
Monday, February 19, 2007
For just under 50,000 yen ($430) a month, a fraction of the cost of a human temp, the PeopleStaff agency will dispatch Hello Kitty Robo, a robotic receptionist capable of sensing a visitor's presence, greeting him or her and holding simple conversations.
This fearsome Norse Warrior loves pillaging and plundering all in his path…
as he bobs around little ponds in his tiny boat.
He’s 7 inches tall and has the toughest, most threatening, helmet and weaponry made purely from felt and stuffing.
Only £ 12.95
Sunday, February 18, 2007
the punk jihadis attacked a woman trapped in the second of the three cars. A young man—25 year-old Jalili—jumped out of the third car and ran to the woman’s rescue. The thugs beat him into a coma.
PJ notes the press is playing down the attack, possibly not to inflame the streets, and possibly because they wish to underplay attacks against Jewish Targets in Paris.
But the result is to underplay the heroism of a young man who risked life and limb to help a complete stranger...or the fact that Jalili is a Persian name...
Ironically, Hillary could earn short term animosity but long term credibility if she took a stand on the shennanigans...yes, she is "in trouble" with the Kos typse for voting for the war in 2002, but unlike Murth or Pelosi, SHE had access to the same intelligence that Bush based his arguments on, and will be developing a credibility gap if she doesn't start nuancing.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
As just one of the 21,500 I might be less offended by it if congress would also pass a measure indicating they had some inkling of an idea what the surge really is - thus far I've seen no evidence of that from either side of the aisle. If congress could "stop the surge" we'd still go to Iraq, just a few weeks later and in time to wave farewell to the troops we would have reinforced, facing an enemy emboldened and allies dismayed.
But now we have a measure that will indeed be heard, as Joe Lieberman said in the Senate:
What we say here is being heard in Baghdad by Iraqi moderates, trying to decide whether the Americans will stand with them. We are being heard by our men and women in uniform, who will be interested to know whether we support the plan they have begun to carry out. We are being heard by the leaders of the thuggish regimes in Iran and Syria, and by Al Qaeda terrorists, eager for evidence that America’s will is breaking. And we are being heard across America by our constituents, who are wondering if their Congress is capable of serious action, not just hollow posturing.
The damage is incalculable, and now officially done.
The birds are at risk from oil slicks and the garments protect them from the cold as they re-oil their feathers.
Between them Mrs Whittington, 79, Mrs Evans, 84, Mrs Nichols, 76, who are all members of the St Helen's Church Group, have created almost 50 jumpers which will be sent to the Penguin Rescue Fund in Hampstead and then on to Tasmania.
Friday, February 16, 2007
* To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
* To make excuses for why your child did not do his work- Press 2
* To complain about what we do - Press 3
* To swear at staff members - Press 4
* To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and in several flyers mailed to you - Press 5
* If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
* If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
* To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8
* To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
* To complain about school lunches - Press 0
* If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!
Your email of the day from Col. Thermal Updraft
I originally said they were "non elected" but they are indeed elected.
I saw this on the BBC yesterday, and they showed a Brit telling them off, saying that this was merely about Anti Americanism, not about human rights.
There are 27 democracies in the European union, so what this means is over half of their members feel that the safety of their populations required getting rid of terrorists, who are notoriously hard to convict in liberal European courts.
But only the British seemed worried about the destruction of national sovereignty...
Hariri remembered.. .against Syria and Hezbollah...
US troops arrested some Iranians a couple weeks ago. LATIMES has an article on who they were, and what they have been doing in Iraq, both good and bad.
Again, there is no "proof" they are controlled by Iran...still lacking the invoices and paystubs I guess..
BLogfather links to StrategyPage about the Battle for Baghdad...
the "surge" is more about calming the Saudis than about AlQaeda...and many elites are fleeing because of the thugs...read the whole thing
Here in the Philippines, the big news is the May elections...as soon as I figure out who is doing what, I'll post on it. Think Chicago politics, with corrupt ward leaders, vote stealing, and the usual suspects.
That's why one of my blogs is "EVILMUGABE" blog
They are holding a day of prayer on April 18th.
Please add your prayers.
Athiests and skeptics can address the prayers "To whom it may concern".
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Yea, it's borrowed content, but hey.. it's funny!
New Office Slang
404 - Someone who is clueless. From the Web error message, “404 Not Found,” which means the document requested couldn’t be located. “Don’t bother asking John. He’s 404.”
Adminisphere - The rarified organizational layers above the rank and file that makes decisions that are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant.
Alpha Geek - The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group. “I dunno, ask Rick. He’s our alpha geek.”
Assmosis - The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
Batmobiling - putting up emotional shields. Refers to the retracting armor that covers the Batmobile as in “she started talking marriage and he started batmobiling”
Beepilepsy - The brief siezure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.
Betamaxed - When a technology is overtaken in the market by inferior but better marketed competition as in “Microsoft betamaxed Apple right out of the market”
Blamestorming - A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
Blowing Your Buffer - Losing one’s train of thought. Occurs when the person you are speaking with won’t let you get a word in edgewise or has just said something so astonishing that your train gets derailed. “Damn, I just blew my buffer!” (Synonym: “Head Crash”)
Body Nazis - Hard-core exercise and weight-lifting fanatics who look down on anyone who doesn’t work out obsessively.
Bookmark - To take note of a person for future reference. “After seeing his cool demo at Siggraph, I bookmarked him.”
Brain Fart - A byproduct of a bloated mind producing information effortlessly; a burst of useful information. “I know you’re busy on the Microsoft story, but can you give us a brain fart on the Mitnik bust?” Variation of old hacker slang that had more negative connotations.
CGI Joe - A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and charisma of a plastic action figure.
Chainsaw Consultant - An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee head count, leaving the top brass with clean hands.
Chip Jewelry - Old computers destined to be scrapped or turned into decoration. “I paid three grand for that Mac and now it’s nothing but chip jewelry.”
Chips and Salsa - Chips = hardware, salsa = software. “First we gotta figure out if the problem’s in your chips or your salsa.”
CLM (Career Limiting Move)- Used by microserfs to describe an ill-advised activity. “Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.”
Cobweb - A WWW site that never changes.
Crapplet - A badly written or profoundly useless Java applet. “I just wasted 30 minutes downloading that crapplet!”
CROP DUSTING - Surreptitiously farting while passing thru a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust; leads to PRAIRIE DOGGING.....
Cube Farm - An office filled with cubicles.
Dead Tree Edition - The paper version of a publication available in both paper and electronic forms.
Dilberted - To be exploited and oppressed by your boss, as is Dilbert, the comic strip character. “Damn, I’ve been dilberted again! The old man revised the specs for the fourth time this week.”
Dorito Syndrome - The feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction triggered by addictive substances that lack nutritional content. “I just spent six hours surfing the Web, and now I’ve got a bad case of Dorito Syndrome.”
Egosurfing - Scanning the Net, databases, etc., for one’s own name.
Elvis Year - The peak year of popularity as in “1993 was Barney the dinosaur’s Elvis year”
Flight Risk - Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave a company or department soon.
Generica - Fast food joints, strip malls, sub-divisions as in “we were so lost in generica that I couldn’t remember what city it was”
Glazing - Corporate-speak for sleeping with your eyes open; a popular pastime at conferences and early-morning meetings. “Didn’t he notice that by the second session half the room was glazing?”
Going Postal - Totally stressed out and losing it like postal employees who went on shooting rampages
GOOD job - A "Get-Out-Of-Debt" job. A well-paying job people take in order to pay off their debts, one that they will quit as soon as they are solvent again.
Gray Matter - Older, experienced business people hired by young entrepreneurial firms trying to appear more professional and established.
Graybar Land - The place you go while you’re staring at a computer that’s processing something very slowly (while you watch the gray bar creep across the screen). “That CAD rendering put me in graybar land for like an hour.”
High Dome - Egghead, scientist, PhD
Idea Hamsters - People whose idea generators are always running.
Irritainment - Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying, but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime example.
It’s a Feature - From the old adage, “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” Used sarcastically to describe an unpleasant problem you wish to gloss over.
Keyboard Plaque - The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on some people’s computer keyboards.
Link Rot - The process by which web page’s links become obsolete as the sites they’re connected to change or die.
Meatspace - The physical world (as opposed to the virtual) also “carbon community” “facetime” “F2F” “RL”
Mouse Potato - The online generation’s answer to the couch potato.
Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time during which you realize you’ve just made a terrible error.
Open-Collar Workers - People who work at home or telecommute.
Percussive Maintenance - The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
Perot - To quit unexpectedly. “My cellular phone just perot’ed.”
Plug-and-Play - A new hire who doesn’t require training. “That new guy is totally plug-and-play.”
Prairie Dogging - When something loud happens in a cube farm, causing heads to pop up over the walls trying to see what’s going on.
Ribs ‘N’ Dick - A budget with no fat as in “we’ve got ribs ‘n’ dick and we’re supposed to find 20K for memory upgrades”
Salmon Day - The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed in the end. “God, today was a total salmon day!”
Seagull Manager - A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits over everything and then leaves.
Siliwood - The coming convergence of movies, interactive TV and computers; also “Hollywired”
SITCOMs - What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids. “Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage”
Square-Headed Spouse - Computer
Squirt the Bird - To transmit a signal up to a satellite. “Crew and talent are ready...what time do we squirt the bird?”
Starter Marriage - A short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.
Stress Puppy - A person who thrives on being stressed-out and whiny.
Swiped Out - An ATM or credit card that has been used so much its magnetic strip is worn away.
Tourists - Those who take training classes just to take a vacation from their jobs. “There were only three serious students in the class; the rest were just tourists.”
Treeware - Hacker slang for documentation or other printed material.
Umfriend - One with whom one has a sexual relationship; as in, “this is Dale, my...um...friend.”
Under Mouse Arrest - Getting busted for violating an online service’s rule of conduct. “Sorry I couldn’t get back to you. AOL put me under mouse arrest.”
Uninstalled - Euphemism for being fired. Also: decruitment.
Vulcan Nerve Pinch - The taxing hand position required to reach all the appropriate keys for certain commands. For instance, the warm re-boot for a Mac II computer involves simultaneously pressing the Control key, the Command key, the Return key and the Power On key.
WOOFYS - Well Off Older Folks.
World Wide Wait - The real meaning of WWW.
Xerox Subsidy - Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s workplace.
Yuppie Food Coupons - Twenty dollar bills from an ATM.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
12. "He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."
15. "He's been working with glue too much."
16. "He would argue with a signpost."
17. "He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room."
18. "When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell."
19. "If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he's the other one."
20. "A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on."
One official told ABC News' Martha Raddatz, "He is scared he will get a JDAM [bomb] dropped on his house."
Then the article notes he took his militia leaders with him to Iran and was trying to keep his private Army functioning while the "surge" is going on.
You know, Iran, the place that told Diane Sawyer they aren't helping the militias?
Nah, no news here, folks, just move along...
So what does the headlines say? "U.S. general: No evidence Iran is arming Iraqis,
Pace contradicts claims by other' U.S. military, administration officials
Nope, he didn't say no evidence. Lots of evidence, but until they have the invoice they can't "prove" it...
The full story, which is being ignored, is found HERE
Captain'sQuartersBlog links to the Telegraph, which finds a direct link about sniper rifles sold to Iran's police ending up in Iraqi "insurgent" hands...took only 45 days. No, no evidence, folks, just move along....
Cut capital gains tax, and guess what happens? LINK
The Anchoress comments:"the mainstream press is also evolving, as we see daily in what the “mediating intelligences” decide to report and not report. For example, you don’t hear much about good financial news like this. The president is the wrong party, and he’s Bush, besides, so good (or vital and informative) news is not allowed out unless it simply cannot be contained. But most of it is containable. And what is not containable is either fixable or obfuscatable…if that’s a word!"
But the good news is that HERE you get a correction. The guy wasn't at Ground zero, like many stories claim.
Duh. airborne particles are....AIRBORNE. So if he did traffic duty a couple blocks away, he was still exposed, and probably didn't wear a mask. So he was three blocks away, big deal.
So the story is first spun to criticize Bush for not helping the first responders, and then respun to dismiss the heroism of ordinary folks....
D'Souza on Islam...some interesting points...
Since he comes from India, his point of view is not quite in step with the media.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea agreed to take steps toward nuclear disarmament under a groundbreaking deal struck on Tuesday that will bring the impoverished communist state more than $300 million worth of aid.
Under the agreement, which was reached by six countries in Beijing after nearly a week of talks, Pyongyang will freeze the reactor at the heart of its nuclear program and allow international inspections of the site.
It's BUSH'S FAULT.
What is the link between the song "Baby It's Cold outside" and "Revenge is a dish that is best served cold?"...Filmchatblog has the answer.
and how about an Origami pig for Chinese new year?
Need music? MIDIs herefor new year celebrations
Putin bashes Bush for unilateraism, as if all those enemies would be sweety nicey if Clinton was still in office.
Diane Sawyer, who asked Assad what was on his walkman, is assured Iran is a nice place..
Monday, February 12, 2007
Actually, I'd like to see Out of the Silent Planet done. But like a lot of classic SciFi, it's been ignored by Hollywood...or distorted like Asimov's I Robot and the Milleneum Man...
You declare it an economic zone, use the runways for tourist flights ....and hold Hot air baloon festivals.
STEM CELLS MIGHT CURE DIABETES...nah, won't get publicized, because like many other cures the stem cells come from bone marrow.FAQ or this Embryonic stem cells from Amniotic fluid
It's like Gene Wilder supporting stem cell research from embryos and calling Bush ignorant...yet he had stem cell treatment for his lymphoma, using his own stem cells..."And after three sessions like that, they took out seven million stem cells. Then you go into the hospital in isolation and they do - I did four - I had full body radiation in the morning and late afternoon four days, and then heavy chemo for five days. "
Yup. Adult stem cells: Saving lives for 40 years...lots of success...with little or no publicity.
And the dirty little secret is if there were money in the research, investors would be there. The fact the companies are hyping to state legislators instead says a lot about their profit potential...
In the meanwhile, if you want to invest, I have one word for you:
Hmmm...FAT..another great medical breakthru in adult stem cell research...
Obama says US needs to get out of Iraq and let the Shiites and Sunnis settle it in their own way...Ummm...that's called ethnic cleansing. Guess he's not old enough to remember Bosnia...or the ethnic cleansing of Chinese from Viet Nam or earlier from Indonesia... Already half of Iraq's Sunnis have fled (including most of the Baathists who worked for S.H.). The dirty little secret is that the rest will leave or be driven out, and the US is trying to stop that for two reasons: one, to placate Saudi Arabia, and two Sunni Arabs have more education and expertise needed to run the country and it's economy.
Another ignored story is THIS...it's not just for a possible bird flu outbreak..."Passage of S. 3678 marks a major milestone in improving public health and hospital preparedness for bioterrorist attacks, pandemics, and other catastrophes and for improving the development of new medical countermeasures, such as medicines and vaccines, against biosecurity threats."
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Or if you prefer absurd art, try these stunning pictures
And for doll collectors, try going HERE.
This one is a girl riding a fish.
Or you might check out THESE sun filled paintings...
Actually, this is surrealism since hippos bite, something the South African artist probably knows.
But if you are bored with art, try making out a warning lable for your favorite site LINK
Actually, that should read" You don't want to get Puti, Blackie, PapaDog, Cocoa, Scout, and Happy angry...but it wouldn't fit.
The happy event occured during the "Lovapalooza", a celebration held Saturday night outside a mall in Pasay City.
A reported 6.124 couples kissed simultaneously, breaking a record previously held by Hungary.
!!! BREAD IS DANGEROUS !!!
1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.
2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.
5. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!
n light of these frightening statistics, it has been proposed that the following bread restrictions be made:
1. No sale of bread to minors.
2. A nationwide "Just Say No To Toast" campaign, complete celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.
3. A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
4. No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
5. The establishment of "Bread-free" zones around schools.
This article was written by B.S. Wheatberry in a desert after consuming mass quantities of yeast bread then realizing his canteen was empty. (seriously :P )
Saturday, February 10, 2007
The writer obviously never went anywhere but the airport, the hotel, and the statehouse. (poor guy...guessed he missed the strip joints in Garden City).
So excuse me if I go out and barf at this fiction.My screed is at Podkayne's blog
Thanks for the headsup from Western Confusian, who actually thought the NYTimes guy knew what he was talking about.
From first lady of Arkansas through first lady of the United States to U.S. senator, her life has been eased and cosseted by staff--by aides, drivers, cooks, Secret Service, etc. Her life has been lived within a motorcade. And so she didn't have to worry about crime, the cost of things, the culture. Status incubates. Rudy Giuliani was fighting a deterioration she didn't have to face. That's a big difference. It's the difference between the New Yorker in the subway and the Wall Street titan in the town car.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Then there was a green group who attacked some Japanese whaling ships...and got lost at sea and the Japanese had to rescue them. DUH.. I had actually written a post on that, but the computer crashed. Oh well.
Winds of Change has technical details on why most IED's don't go off...alas if the jamming is too strong it messes up air traffic communications.
And for neat photos, check out THESE of sandstorms in Iraq....looks like something out of THE MUMMY or HIDALGO..
Dustbury links to this library that has free audiobook downloads...
And finally, did you ever wonder if you dug straight thru the earth, where you'd come out? well, wonder no longer LINK...hmm...I'd end up near my son's house in the Andes.
But no one wants to say what we all suspect: her problems were noticed, but NASA didn't want to fire a woman for fear of being blasted by Feminists for discrimination.
What is not being covered in the news: Al Qaeda in Iraq, and is being hit hard. LINK LINK2 LINK3 The BBC notes they are also targeting Shiite Militias/deathsquads who are killing innocent Sunni as "payback".
John Edwards fired his "bloggers" and then didn't fire his bloggers.
Doesn't matter. A Southerner who hires openly Anti Catholic staffers shows his insensitivity (Catholics and Jews were also targeted by the KKK in the South).
And the whole affair shows either he is incompetent, doesn't care, or flip flops with pressure.
Oh yes: And Iowahawk has a satire about it HERE
But, of course, none of this will be on the news...the really big news is The Heiress has died...
Thursday, February 08, 2007
I have posted an essay on BNN wondering if she isn't bipolar and acutely manic.
A good place to start if you have questions on Bipolar illness is THIS LINK sponsored by Sean Astin, whose mom had that medical problem
For everyone who has ever received or given an evaluation, just
could have been worse. These are actual quotes taken from (USA) Federal
Government employee performance evaluations...
1. "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has
started to dig."
2. "I would not allow this employee to breed."
3. "This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a
definite won't be."
4. "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a
5. "When she opens her mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet."
6. "This young lady has delusions of adequacy."
7. "He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve
8. "This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot."
9. "This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better."
10. "Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all
Bad News: a second person is sick with the flu...awaiting tests
Worst news: Oh NO NOT FLUFFY...Indonesian cats have tested positive.
NYTimes: Anti Catholicism by John Edward's bloggers is merely "expressing their opinions in provocative and often crude language."
Yup. Anti Catholism is the only hate speech approved of by the NYTimes.
BBC experts aren't sure why so many helicopters have been shot down recently in Baghdad. Of course, everyone knows it's because it's probably because Iran or another outside country has supplied SAM type missles to "insurgents", but no one wants to admit it...Former Spook gives details.
Poll in China finds one third are believers in a major religion, most Buddhists or Taoists but 12% are Christian.LINK2 The highest increase is in areas with economic growth, not in superstitious rural areas, and is seen as a way to find a meaning in life.
And if you are interested in China, check out LINK this slick magazine which discusses Chinese theories of cooking, brewing tea, Shadow puppets, and the UFO's of the Fujian mountains (actually the round castles of the Hakkan people).
Salim Mansur points out that those who hate Islam and the jihadis that distort Islam are both ignoring the Koran and the many many verses of peace and love and justice.
THAT is what D'Souza argues in his latest book: that pious Muslims have more in common with the values of middle America than with the jihadis--and like middle America, they reject the immorality of Hollywood and the upper East Side of NYC...
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Good news: UK kills 100 000 turkeys to stop bird flu
Bad news: Vet who helped is sick with flu....tests for bird flu pending
Good News: Indonesia has signed a deal to get flu vaccine
Bad news: They now see the virus as a "property right" to sell to the vaccine company and won't send it to the WHO for free.
Good news: Latest bird flu death in Egypt was not the drug resistant strain that killed the other people.
Bad news: You can still die of bird flu with treatment.
The Bad news: Some perfumes in skin creams make boys grow breasts.
Essay posted to The curse of the smelly sneaker at BNN.
Does evil smoking cause ADD? Yes, says this study. So does lead.
Of course, we docs know heavy smoking causes smaller babies, and that lead damages the brain. But smoking is also a "marker" for other reasons that might increase ADD: Poverty, other drug use, and of course maybe mom smokes to treat her own ADD, a trait that runs in families.
Attention PETA: Coming soon to a table near you. Stemcell meat...another Sci fi prediction come true.
Mr. Arkin is feeling sorry for himself. Well, demonizing people used to be fun. But now we have email. Freedom of speech is a bitch, isn't it, when it works both ways.
Blogfather links to a NYPost editorial that criticizes NYTimes . Presumably the NYTimes will respond like Mr. Arkin, labling the Post "biting, fanatical, threatening -- represent the worst of polarized and hate-filled America.".
THE REAL STORY of the Pinoy peace negotiators...held by the MNLF because they were mad, released when money paid. Well, what else is new?
On the other hand, with all the "extrajudicial killings" going on, criticizing Arroyo for being soft on terror might not be accurate.
And finally, Is the Pope Catholic?"...actually, I think it's kind of sweet for them to allow it...you see, if the Mormons are right, this will allow him into their heaven after death. Catholics just figure if you try your best you have "baptism of desire" and will make it there, but a lot of other churches just say all infidels are going to hell.
Or, as Marge Simpson puts it: