Monday, July 22, 2013

Stuff around the net

The "State of the Nation" address is coming up, and it seems that not much has changed:

As he delivers  his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Aquino’s “daang matuwid” (straight path) policy against corruption is under close scrutiny in the wake of allegations that transportation officials tried to extort $30 million (about P1.3 billion) from a Czech train supplier and that bogus NGOs funneled P10 billion in pork barrel into ghost projects.

Making friends in foreign lands: US Marine jets accidentally bomb the Great Barrier Reef.


isn't it ironic that the PC types who attacked Bill Cosby's remarks in his 2004 speech, and are attacking what he says now, either don't know or don't care that Cosby's son was killed by a white (Russian immigrant) racist because he was black.


But racism does exist: One example is this story about paying folks to pressure old people to sign "End of life" incentives. 
Reality check:
The dirty little secret is that Black and minority people won't sign "living wills" because they figure they will be allowed to die. And you know what? They may be right (I can tell you a few true horror stories about this).

the president's speech is another fake story to distract you from some very important stories: The problems of Egypt (which is the main story on the BBCnews here in the Philippines), the impending Sunni/Shia war in the Middle East (which is what StrategyPage worries about), the scandal of the IRS targeting Republicans, the snooping by the NSA, the failure of schools to teach basic literacy, and of course, the economic problems.


The "calling Commandant Lassard" story of the day:
Philippine police still trying to recruit shorter people.

because nothing says "law and order" as a 5 foot 2 policeman with a big gun...


The real culprit in global warming: Beavers.\

Wohl's data suggests that if all the beaver meadow land now dried due to abandoned dams were still wet, the amount of additional carbon sequestered would add up to 2.7 million metric tons.
not mentioned: When the dams flood an area, a lot of living trees die in the ponds, and take years to regrow after the dam deteriorates.


Riverdance line dance record.

More than 2,000 people from 163 dance schools in 44 countries gathered on the banks of the River Liffey on Sunday

The 70 year old experiment finally had a result: The tar dripped.

Photograph courtesy Shane Bergin

and they caught it on camera.

scandal of the day: Supergluing teats so udders look larger.


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