Drink Tank

Extra Aqua Vitae Nulla Salus

11.30.2005

Beerbelly

I'm not sure if my bosses would believe that I gained THAT much weight during Thanksgiving...

Robot Butler

Turkey's Imagined Tryptophan Effect.

You get tired because you eat too much and drink too much. Drugs have nothing to do with it.

Reid: Osama bin Dead

Either he is openly speculating, which is a bad idea without making it clear, or divulging classified information, which is usually also a bad idea.

Then again, it would be fun to see what Pat Robertson has to say about an earthquake killing Osama.

11.29.2005

More On Bugs

In the annals of life, insects are one of the great success stories.

A little over 400 million years ago, their six-legged ancestors came out of the water onto dry land. They have evolved into an estimated five million living species - dwarfing the diversity of all other animals combined. Even if you throw in all the known species of plants, fungi and protozoans, insects still win.

Insects are also a success in terms of sheer biomass. Put all of the insects on a giant scale, and they will outweigh all other animals, whales and elephants included.

And insects are also ecologically essential. If all humans decided to leave for Mars, taking all the vertebrates with them, the disruption to life on Earth would be incomparably less than the catastrophe that would ensue if insects disappeared. Forests would probably collapse, rivers and oceans would be poisoned, and many other animals would starve...

Mantis captures the bird with a swift swipe of its forelegs

Marginal Revolution: Pledge Drive

Why I like economists: they give explanations like these:
Why are we asking for donations? MR is never going to be a paying venture but donations help us to cover our costs. More importantly, donations help to solve a serious economic problem. Efficiency says that goods with zero marginal cost should have a zero price but without prices not only is the incentive to produce diminished but so is information about what to produce. (See Coase's 1946 classic, The Marginal Cost Controversy, JSTOR). Donations allow prices to be set at MC while at the same time providing a (noisy) signal about where true economic value lies. In particular, Tyler and I know that we can appropriate more of our marginal product from professional work than we can from blogging yet it is conceivable that our marginal product is higher in blogging. Thus, to decide how much to invest in this venture we markup donations to get an estimate of our social value and we put positive weight on social welfare in our utility function.

Borat responds



"I like to state I have no connection with Mr. Cohen and fully support my government's decision to sue this Jew.

"Since the 2003 reforms, Kazakhstan is as civilized as any other country in the world. Women can now travel on inside of bus, homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats and age of consent has been raised to 8 years old.

"Please, I invite you to come to Kazakhstan, where we have incredible natural resources, hard-working labor and some of the cleanest prostitutes in all of central Asia. Goodbye."

Dein Papieren Bitte!!

Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats.

Retarded

11.28.2005

Cafe Hayek: Progressive Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart's critics also paint the company as a parasite on taxpayers, because 5 percent of its workers are on Medicaid. Actually that's a typical level for large retail firms, and the national average for all firms is 4 percent. Moreover, it's ironic that Wal-Mart's enemies, who are mainly progressives, should even raise this issue. In the 1990s progressives argued loudly for the reform that allowed poor Americans to keep Medicaid benefits even if they had a job. Now that this policy is helping workers at Wal-Mart, progressives shouldn't blame the company. Besides, many progressives favor a national health system. In other words, they attack Wal-Mart for having 5 percent of its workers receive health care courtesy of taxpayers when the policy that they support would increase that share to 100 percent.
The whole post is good.

The Energy Blog: Laser Fusion Milestone Achieved

Cabin workshop

OK, here's what I've come up in Wisconsin:

Deal out Scrabble tiles - I think the best way is for each player to just reach in the bag and take two.

Round of betting.

The flop: flip over three tiles.

Round of betting.

The turn: one more tile.

Round of betting

The river: A final tile.

Last round of betting.

The word with the higher point score wins (that is, use your Js, Xs, and Qs). In a tie, a longer word will win. In this game, you can use all seven "cards."

Pretty fun; would like to try with a large group. It looks as if it's been developed for mobile phones.

Buying a calf

The scheme works by giving a cow to families in greatest need. When the cow gives birth, the calf, if female, is given back to the scheme to pay back the loan. That calf is then given to another family in need, and when it eventually has a calf, that one goes back into the scheme, and so on. If the calf is male, the family keeps it, and rears it to sell.
Pretty good way to spend $55.

11.27.2005

US in move that may bar foreign researchers

Idiotech

Haaaaaaaaaaayyyyy!

An ex-Balliol student fined by police for calling a horse 'gay' has been summoned to Oxford magistrates court after refusing to pay his fine. Sam Brown, who graduated last summer, was arrested in May this year after a drunken conversation with a pair of mounted policemen on Cornmarket Street. He will appear before magistrates on 16th December.

11.25.2005

Red Sox Have The Edge



Unless the Yankees sign Darth Vadar quick, I think the World Series goes to the rebels.

Python Swallows Cat, Digests

Seriously...

11.24.2005

Bleg

Does anyone know where I can find some good stats on income in the US?

Family gross income would be good, perhaps index by married/single, #kids, unemployed or not. It would also then be nice to get stats on social security & other tax payments (not income tax), along with paid benefits.

Basically, I want a 300M-row table with all the stats. It would then be nice to do some real optimization on tax schemes.

Anyway, do you know where I can find even the most basic info?


ps Anyone know a rough count of the number of bullets easily available in the US? Yes, it's related to zombies. Am I the only one that sees a connection between simulating economies and simulating zombie outbreaks?

Board Games by Gamefest.com - Zombies!!!

XMas gift ideas for Ivan :-D

This One Meal - New York Times

"There was no shame in the collective poverty of the Great Depression. There is no shame in the poverty Americans suffer today. The shame adheres to those who do nothing to change it."

Related to the recent discussion about charity in NH.

Despite my initial reaction of "who doesn't want to wear the ribbon?!", I'm reminded of the disconnect between liberals sincerely wanting to help the poor, and Christians. Their approach of giving without question is very similar.

Here is my Thanksgiving gift to yall: a visualization of a tax scheme that could help end poverty, tax evasion, and save trillions on entitlement payments. Inverse Income Tax + Flat Tax.

The War on Turkey

UPDATE by Josko:
Last year Miguel gave us this great recipe. Fran and I did it with a 17 lb bird and it was indeed the best turkey I've had! This year we have an 18 lb bird. I'll let you know how it goes. Without further ado, the infamous original post. Happy Thanksgiving!:

About a year ago I developed this technique with my roommate. All instructions below are IIRC

The Drunken Turkey

Ingredients:

1 10 lbs. turkey
1 32 oz. Fosters
Some whiskey
A hot pepper
1/2 lbs. butter.
1 lbs. bacon
Salt and Pepper

We adapted the well known Beer Can Chicken (google it) for indoor use, on account of the amazing cold weather.

Pretty much, the idea is to do this in one fluid motion: open the Fosters, drink half of it, and then stick the half-full can up the turkey's ass. You have to empty out the cavity 1st, of course, and then you just want to get that big beer can right the hell in there, so that you can sit the bird up straight, on the beer can, in the oven. (Preheat to like 300 degrees.) It ends up looking very meditative, like it's sitting crosslegged thinking about something important, like "why is there a beer can in my bunghole?"

I developed a basting sauce, using equal parts melted butter and whiskey, with: finely chopped hot pepper; salt; pepper; and other seasonings (quantity to taste... you know what seasonings you like). We basted our bird every twenty minutes for about three hours, and then ate the most delicious, moist turkey I've ever had in my life. Bonus: roll up your bacon stips and put them in a caserole dish beneath the turkey. Three hours is enough to crisp them, and it'll add a lot of flavor to the gravy you catch from the bird.

The basting time is enough to prepare as much sundried-tomato and garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with ginger and soy, even cranberries if you're tradition-minded (I just like a little hot pepper jam on my own plate for Thanksgiving, but to each his own), etc. etc.

I'm serious: this is a yummy turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (And here's the other war on turkey, for your viewing pleasure.)

Original posted by Miguel @ 1:41 PM 11/23/04

11.23.2005

Red Dawn in Taxachussetts

I suggest collect punishment (possibly napalm?), lest the revolutionaries succeed in starting an evil domino effect.

You know, I prefer to call it a "water and milk were contaminated" belly

A culture of 24-hour drinking and bingeing on alcohol may not be unique to modern society, say historians

BBC News

DRINKTANKERS ASSEMBLE!!!

We have to go spring our brother out of jail, Who's with me?

11.22.2005

Farce

CNN.com - 'Ugly dog' Sam dies at 14 - Nov 22, 2005

PostSecret





You are invited to anonymously contribute your secrets to PostSecret. Each secret can be a regret, hope, funny experience, unseen kindness, fantasy, belief, fear, betrayal, erotic desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.

Create your 4-by-6-inch postcards out of any mailable material. If you want to share two or more secrets, use multiple postcards. Put your complete secret and image on one side of the postcard. Please do not email your secrets.

Tips:
Be brief - the fewer words used the better.
Be legible - use big, clear and bold lettering.
Be creative - let the postcard be your canvas.
Mail your secrets to:

More Powerful Batteries

Distinguishing advantages include:

* Up to 5x increase in power density vs competing technologies.
* Intrinsic safety
* Breakthrough improvements in life
* 5-minute charge time
This could be huge.

Nemo me impune lacesset

(10:07:15) abigailkirigin: tuns out i cant cash out my ptob, so that's good, i don thave to work 10000 hours this week
(10:07:17) abigailkirigin: :)
(10:07:28) abigailkirigin: ptob=paid time off bank
(10:07:34) ikirigin: ahh
(10:07:35) ikirigin: heh
(10:07:40) ikirigin: aaf
(10:07:43) ikirigin: acronyms are fun
(10:07:51) ikirigin: acsbta
(10:07:59) ikirigin: all communication should be through acronyms
(10:08:03) abigailkirigin: h.
(10:08:08) ikirigin: hhh
(10:08:13) abigailkirigin: hhhhhh
(10:08:22) abigailkirigin: btw
(10:08:25) ikirigin: y
(10:09:25) ikirigin: IATGTBAT : I am totally going to blog about this

Cafe Hayek: Higgs on the FDA

The FDA is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated on the American people. It is a police agency, pure and simple, driven entirely by political motives, yet it constantly harps on, and gains public-relations mileage from, its scientific grounding. We need to keep telling as many people as we can get to listen that the FDA does not do what it claims to do.
You can eliminate the FDA, without removing other safeguards, like licensed doctors.

11.21.2005

NASAgaddamfast



Ask yourself.. Doesn't this thing look like it could wreak some f-ing havok on Earth BFG10K style? I think we could turn the tide in Iraq if we just start shipping over tons of stuff from eBay that just looks like it would kill you dead. Every AK-toting fool knows what the M-16 looks like, but have they ever played DOOM?. Are you so eager to meet the 70 virgins if you have one of these pointed at your face? I think NASA needs to give up the space thing and get back to doing what they do best -- desiging gadgets and mattresses.

Poker?

Poker Run that is. Everyone want to chip in to get the official Drink Tank vessel? And I don't use the word vessel lightly, because everyone will surely think our collective shlong is 42.0 feet long when we take them tubing at 100mph attached to our fiberglass penis powered by dual Prat & Whitney ST6 jet engines.

"This boat is the most outrageous high performance vessel I have ever been in. This boat would cost over $800,000 to re-produce."


This book is fucking great

Going Postal by possible War Nerd Mark Ames

I haven't gotten as far (or read) these excerpts yet, but 60 pages in, I recommend you buy it right up.

Emergency Powers!

"Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon quit as head of the Likud Party and lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for March elections in which Sharon will"...


...be voted emergency powers as the new Supreme Chancellor of Israel. We will finally bring peace to the republic!!!

Seriously, who in the Knesset gets to wear the Darth Vadar helment?

serriously... How fun would this be?


Answer: Lots

funny

A French woman who is terrified of flying admitted in an Australian court Monday that she drunkenly tried to open an airplane door mid-flight to smoke a cigarette.

Sadrine Helene Sellies, 34, was placed on a good behavior bond after pleading guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to endangering the safety of an aircraft"

there is a verry narrow window of drunkeness where you can stand up and also think that its ok to try to open an airplane door.

Immigration debate: Epilogue

Never heard from anyone besides myself and Ivan (and Abby, kind of) down here.

I did get this film passed along to me yesterday.

New Hampshire ranks last in giving

For the fourth year running, New Hampshire was the most miserly state in the nation, according to an annual index.

New Englanders remain among the most tightfisted in the country when it comes to charitable giving, while Bible Belt residents are among the most generous, according to the Catalogue of Philanthropy's Generosity Index. Mississippi remained at the top for generosity.

The index, which takes into account both 'having' and 'giving,' is based on average adjusted gross incomes and the value of itemized charitable donations reported to the Internal Revenue Service on 2003 tax returns, the latest available."

The Carnival of pre-war Intelligence

Snake bursts after gobbling gator

No, seriously. Look at the picture again. The python had NO HEAD!

Mongolia

Priceless

I mean.. not to pick on the guy, but he sure does have some awesome facial expressions... If you watch the BBC video, you'll notice he really does look like a robot...

11.20.2005

Report: al-Zarqawi may have been killed in Mosul

Probably not... but fun to remind ourselves of how many legs the dude does or dosn't have...

11.18.2005

Don't worry! If you're not getting a free beer, then you have nothing to hide

Grrrr.

Sound Off!

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans, sensing an opportunity for political advantage, maneuvered for a quick vote and swift rejection Friday of a Democratic lawmaker's call for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq.

How do drinktankers vote on the issue.
How do they vote if they care about reelection.

OUT now on both counts for me.

By the way congratulations to the Repbulicans for makeing people stand up for their beliefs.

Ninja moves

With some robot/bboy shite. Also, some bad music.

Don't forget this 'I Never' clip from FG

The Right Brothers

"Zell ... RIGHT!"

Winds of Change.NET: Strykers on watch

Follow the link for a story about soldiers helping with surveillance on the US-Mexico border.

A quick survey: what do you all think about building a tall wall (think the sound barriers along the side of freeways), with many legal access points, along the US-Mexico border?

Abby thinks that most people would be rubbed the wrong way with building a wall to keep people out. I think there is a world of difference between the fence in my back yard and the fence in a jail or old East Germany. Do you agree with Abby?

If you want the Republicans to suffer, you should complain more about immigration and budget deficits. Those two points could cause them to lose control of congress, despite the fact that their replacements would probably be worse.

News

Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed.

In a more than two-hour deposition, Woodward told Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald that the official casually told him in mid-June 2003 that Plame worked as a CIA analyst on weapons of mass destruction, and that he did not believe the information to be classified or sensitive, according to a statement Woodward released yesterday. . . .

Woodward's testimony appears to change key elements in the chronology Fitzgerald laid out in his investigation and announced when indicting Libby three weeks ago. It would make the unnamed official -- not Libby -- the first government employee to disclose Plame's CIA employment to a reporter. It would also make Woodward, who has been publicly critical of the investigation, the first reporter known to have learned about Plame from a government source.


Woodward gets all the scoops...

Originally posted at 10.15AM, Nov 16

UPDATE by Miguel

Sure enough, it looks like Woodward's story may blow this whole thing open. But Woodward (one of the only working journalists Bush trusts) refuses to write it...

Dulce bellum inexpertis

Murtha uncharacteristically responded to Vice President Dick Cheney's comments this week that Democrats were spouting "one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges" about the Bush administration's use of intelligence before the war.

"I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done," Murtha said.

Referring to Bush, Murtha added, "I resent the fact, on Veterans Day, he criticized Democrats for criticizing them."

Word

11.17.2005

IT'S GOOD!

Croatia to Party Like It's Nineteen Ninety Tesla

Croatia, birthplace of inventor Nikolai Tesla, will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of his arrival at the blue planet.
The government will finance the finishing of restoration of Tesla's home in a village in central Croatia and turn it into a museum. Conferences and lectures on Tesla's work are also planned

Hell Yes!

DrinkTank: your source for dancing robots.

The Greatest Video Games Of All Time

I haven't played video games on an even semi-regular basis in years. Caesar III to be exact, and that was in the nineties.

Still, that doesn't mean I don't want to. These lists remind me of the extensive catching-up I have to do. Let it be officially known that if I became a paraplegic, I will devote my life to doing so.

MIT Media Lab: $100 Laptop

"Please note that the $100 laptops—not yet in production—will not be available for sale. The laptops will only be distributed to schools directly through large government initiatives."

Why not? Why not charge the actual cost + $100, and make it available to anyone? That way, this non-profit could give a laptop to someone for each purchase, and the distribution wouldn't have to be just through large government donations.

Also, the effective cost of the laptop would go down.

Any ideas for how much it will actually cost?

11.16.2005

Pirates

fer real

Word of the Day

Detumescence

n. Reduction or lessening of a swelling, especially the restoration of a swollen organ or part to normal size.

Usage: A 26-year-old male ... experienced sudden acute pain and prompt detumescence during vigorous coital activity. The episode was associated with an audible cracking sound [and] his penis became grossly swollen."

Samizdata quote of the day

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

- Ali Rahimi, Ben Recht, Jason Taylor, and Noah Vawter of MIT, getting down to the really important research.

11.15.2005

King Shie-la al-Michael el-Jackson

"DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A Tunisian woman was shocked to find Michael Jackson was the man in the mirror of a shopping mall ladies room in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Although the U.S. pop star was wearing an Arabic woman's head scarf, Dubai police said he probably made "an innocent mistake" in using the wrong facility while shopping Saturday, the Khaleej Times reported.

Dubai Police Col. Abdul Jalil Mehdi did not comment on Jackson's choice of head-wear -- the traditional Emerati women's scarf known as "Sheila," the New York Daily News said Tuesday.

The Tunisian woman at first screamed when she saw a man in the ladies' room, but as soon as she realized it was the King of Pop, she pulled out her cell phone camera and started snapping away, the Times said.

The two started arguing when she told Jackson she wanted "compensation" for the pictures, which attracted the attention of nearby police. No citations were issued, but police told the woman demanding money for her photos was illegal and the pictures were erased."


First instinct: extortion.

Just beat it, Michael.. just keep on beatin' it.

Ergonomics Be Damned




Nice mouse designs (well, the first one fo' sho).

A Depressing State Of Affairs

The most enthusiastic opposition members still speak of peaceful revolt. But the duet is familiar.

The election was stolen, they say, the revolution starts soon.

The state's answer comes back: There will be no revolution. We've made sure of that.

This, after all, is a step forward.

"Let's be realistic here," said one Western diplomat, "there is a limited number of people who want to go out and risk having their heads beaten."

And the Winner of the "most re-usable headline of the decade" goes to:

Madonna: 'I'm a different person now'

Art De Vany: Evolutionary Fitness Archives

Now, if you do as I do and practice episodic caloric deprivation and intense intermittent activity you are going to face another trade-off: you will have low insulin and thus switch your genes to maintenance rather than reproduction, but you will be so sexy it will be difficult to avoid reproduction.

Pink illusion

Should privately conducted polls be used to audit the reliability of uncredible voting systems?

I think so. Ohio electronic voting machines record election in favor of voting status quo.

Anyone know what the deal is with getting movie rights to the stories where the protaganists are criminals?

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(Remember that I love it when visitors bring me popsicles if I'm ever stuck in a southern pokey...)

Question

What percentage of your main gmail account is filled up? Just wondering. I'm at 37%.

Hopeing my kids dont make me live with them

DUBLIN (Reuters) - A nursing home in Ireland has hit on a cheering way to keep up the spirits of its elderly patients -- by providing its own pub.

St Mary's Hospital in County Monaghan, near the Irish border with Northern Ireland, believes ready access to a good pint may help its patients -- average age 85 -- actually live longer.

"We would say the whole social aspect of life does extend the years -- it means the patients aren't bored to death," Rose Mooney, assistant director of nursing told Reuters.

The pub, which opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. and charges normal bar prices, had also led to an increase in the number of visitors, she said.

Having its own bar made the hospital, which has around 140 patients, unique in Ireland, she added.

Mixed bag of drinking news from the UK




So erudite land of our forbearers has in its infinite wisdom decided to let bars and pubs follow the natural order of things and allow sale of delicious ale and spirits for 24 hours a day, but apparently feels the need to quash the concerns of more temperate constituency by launching a vicious attack on our drunken brethren across the pond.

The government has launched an eye-catching poster campaign warning "Get drunk and disorderly, get arrested and an 80-pound (120-euro, 140-dollar) fine".

One shows a man urinating against a wall with a stream of cash flowing down the drain while another shows a pile of vomit in the shape of 80.



I didn't like their posters so instead, please avail yourself of Russian antidrinking propaganda, which I think must have been designed by artist with a distinct expertise in the subject matter, by clicking on the picture above.

$0 -> $1,000,000 in how long?

Read the blog for an interesting story. Scroll all the way to the bottom. Started on August 26th with an idea. Today his total sits over $500,000. The blog is almost more interesting than the idea itself. As you read each day-by-day account, you find yourself asking... what if I made $250,000 last month??

11.14.2005

GX400C Pukka Electric Mini-Bikes from PowerStream $319.00

Vespa 2.0?



This is cool too.

Andrew, you should build something like this :)

Watch Joe Fight.

Ever seen Fight Club? Remember that guy who was some delivery boy, but was a monster in a fight?

This awesome IT intern here at work, Joe Lauzon, is a most talented Ultimate-Fighter.

Watch him get a dude in a choke hold in under a minute.

Exiled In States Of America

He talked of love and hate, of religion and ethics, of global peace and nuclear weapons.

He talked of malls.

"I like shopping centers," the monk, in gold and crimson robes, confessed in his stilted English, smiling as his audience roared. "Beautiful. When I go to these areas, I want this, I want that, I want that," he said, jabbing a finger in the air as though on a spree at Tysons Corner.

"Then, I ask myself, you really need that? The answer is no."

11.13.2005

May 1968, OR When French Rioters Had Slogans And An Agenda

It is difficult to pigeonhole the politics of the students who sparked the events of May 1968, much less of the hundreds of thousands who participated in them. There was, however, a strong strain of anarchism, particularly in the students at Nanterre. While not exhaustive, the following graffiti give a sense of the millenarian and rebellious spirit, tempered with a good deal of verbal wit, of the strikers (the anti-work graffiti shows the considerable influence of the situationist movement):

L'ennui est contre-révolutionnaire.
Boredom is counterrevolutionary.

Pas de replâtrage, la structure est pourrie.
No replastering, the structure is rotten.

Nous ne voulons pas d'un monde où la certitude de ne pas mourir de faim s'échange contre le risque de mourir d'ennui.
We want nothing of a world in which the certainty of not dying from hunger comes in exchange for the risk of dying from boredom.

Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié ne font que se creuser un tombeau.
Those who make revolutions by halves do but dig themselves a grave.

On ne revendiquera rien, on ne demandera rien. On prendra, on occupera.
We will claim nothing, we will ask for nothing. We will take, we will occupy.

Plebiscite : qu'on dise oui qu'on dise non il fait de nous des cons.
Plebiscite: Whether we say yes or no, it makes chumps of us.

Depuis 1936 j'ai lutté pour les augmentations de salaire. Mon père avant moi a lutté pour les augmentations de salaire. Maintenant j'ai une télé, un frigo, une VW. Et cependant j'ai vécu toujours la vie d'un con. Ne négociez pas avec les patrons. Abolissez-les.
Since 1936 I have fought for wage increases. My father before me fought for wage increases. Now I have a TV, a fridge, a Volkswagen. Yet my whole life I've been a chump. Don't negotiate with the bosses. Abolish them.

Le patron a besoin de toi, tu n'as pas besoin de lui.
The boss needs you, you don't need him.

Travailleur: Tu as 25 ans mais ton syndicat est de l'autre siècle.
Worker: You are 25, but your union is from the last century.

Veuillez laisser le Parti communiste aussi net en en sortant que vous voudriez le trouver en y entrant.
Please leave the Communist Party as clean on leaving as you would like to find it on entering.

Je suis marxiste tendance Groucho.
I am a Marxist of the Groucho tendency.

Soyez réalistes, demandez l'impossible.
Be realistic, demand the impossible.

On achète ton bonheur. Vole-le.
Your happiness is being bought. Steal it.

Sous les pavés, la plage !
Beneath the cobblestones, the beach!

Ni Dieu ni maître !
Neither God nor master!

Godard : le plus con des suisses pro-chinois !
Godard: the biggest of all the pro-Chinese Swiss assholes!

Soyons cruels !
Let us be cruel!

Comment penser librement à l'ombre d'une chapelle ?
How can one think freely in the shadow of a chapel?

À bas la charogne stalinienne ! À bas les groupuscules récupérateurs !
Down with the Stalinist carcass! Down with the recuperator cells!

Vivre sans temps mort - jouir sans entraves
Live without dead time [ie. time of boredom, time at work] - enjoy without chains.

Il est interdit d'interdire.
It is forbidden to forbid.

Et cependant tout le monde veut respirer et personne ne peut respirer et beaucoup disent " nous respirerons plus tard. " Et la plupart ne meurent pas car ils sont déjà morts.
Meanwhile everyone wants to breathe and nobody can breathe and many say, "We will breathe later." And most of them don't die because they are already dead.

Dans une société qui a aboli toute aventure, la seule aventure qui reste est celle d‘abolir la société.
In a society that has abolished all adventures, the only adventure left is to abolish society.

L‘émancipation de l‘homme sera totale ou ne sera pas.
The liberation of humanity will be total or it will not be.

La révolution est incroyable parce que vraie.
The revolution is incredible because it‘s real.

Je suis venu. J‘ai vu. J‘ai cru.
I came. I saw. I believed.

Cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi !
Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!

Il est douloureux de subir les chefs, il est encore plus bête de les choisir.
It‘s painful to submit to our bosses; it‘s even stupider to pick them.

Un seul week-end non révolutionnaire est infiniment plus sanglant qu‘un mois de révolution permanente.
A single nonrevolutionary weekend is infinitely more bloody than a month of permanent revolution.

Le bonheur est une idée neuve.
Happiness is a new idea.

La culture est l‘inversion de la vie.
Culture is the inversion of life.

La poésie est dans la rue.
Poetry is in the street.

L‘art est mort, ne consommez pas son cadavre.
Art is dead, don‘t consume its corpse.

L‘alcool tue. Prenez du L.S.D.
Alcohol kills. Take LSD.

Debout les damnés de l‘Université.
Arise, wretched of the University.

Même si Dieu existait il faudrait le supprimer.
Even if God existed he would have to be suppressed.

SEXE : C‘est bien, a dit Mao, mais pas trop souvent.
SEX: It‘s okay, says Mao, but not too often.

Je t‘aime! Oh! dites-le avec des pavés!
I love you! Oh, say it with cobblestones!

Camarades, l‘amour se fait aussi en Sc. Po, pas seulement aux champs.
Comrades, people are making love in the classrooms, not just in the fields.

Mort aux vaches!
Death to the cows (police)!

Travailleurs de tous les pays, amusez-vous!
Working men of all countries, have fun!

L'imagination au pouvoir
The imagination to power.

11.11.2005

Organ Painting


An emerging branch of medicine called “organ printing” takes a patient’s own healthy cells and uses a printer, cell-based “bio-ink” and “bio-paper” to create tissue to repair a damaged organ. Believe.

A new hydrogel or “bio-paper”,developed by the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, enables printing of organs by layering thin sheets embedded with cells. The cells and liquid hydrogel are put in the printer cartridge and then dropped into three-dimensional, 1-microliter dots that form layers as the hydrogel hardens. The cells form tissue that can be implanted into a damaged organ. Glenn D. Prestwich believes testing will begin on humans in the next year as research pushes to repair damaged organs in real-time.

Raise your hand if you inspired Iraqis to undertake international terrorist acts yesterday



Bush: Republicans didn't bullshit our way into Iraq - just ask the Republican Senate. Oh, and also, Democrats have made mistakes, too, so shut up!

On A Very Special Installment Of Drink Tank: Drunken Elks

Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Drunken elks attacked a retirement home in Sweden before being scared off by armed hunters, the Guardian reported, citing Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The elks surrounded the building in the southern district of Oestra Goeinge, the newspaper said. Hunters arrived after police with dogs failed to disperse the group, which had eaten large
quantities of fermented apples, the Guardian said.

Incidents involving drunken elks have increased in Sweden, where an elk last year stole a bicycle from the garden of an elderly couple, the newspaper said. The bike was found several
miles away, damaged beyond repair. In Norway, a female elk recently attacked three joggers, the Guardian said.

"It's not unusual for elks to get drunk,'' forester Fredrik Jonsson told the newspaper. "They don't recognize the difference between fermented and non-fermented and stuff themselves down to the last apple.''

Xtreme Travel!

Monty Anderson got word that the trip was on two weeks after rushing home to California from Ukraine for emergency open-heart surgery. He didn't ask his doctor if it was OK to take another trip so soon. He told him he was going.

Eighty-year-old Joan Youmans heard about it when she picked up her phone messages after a trip to Indonesia. She canceled a few doctors' appointments and booked immediately.

When Joe Walker learned the trip was a go, he said he "just gave them my credit card number and told them to fill in the amount." Cost him seven grand, he figures.

Such is the allure of North Korea to the "extreme traveler."

Opportunities for American tourists to visit the secretive state that makes no secret of its loathing for the U.S. are mighty tough to come by. A North Korean visa for an American is like round-the-clock electricity here in the North Korean capital: not impossible, but rare enough to be appreciated when it unexpectedly arrives.

Oops

"After studying and observing the targets, the places of execution were chosen to be some hotels which the tyrant of Jordan has turned into a back yard for the enemies of Islam, such as the Jews and Crusaders," the insurgent organization al Qaeda in Iraq said in a statement.
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The Palestinian Authority's ambassador in Amman said Thursday that four Palestinian officials were killed in the blasts, including the head of military intelligence for the West Bank. In a statement, the ambassador described Lt. Gen. Bashir Nafe, also known as Abu Walid, as "one of the most important Palestinian security leaders."

Also killed were Jihad Fatouh, the commercial attache at the Palestinian mission in Egypt; Abed Aloun, general director of the Palestinian Interior Ministry; and Musaab Khurma, an economist.

11.10.2005

Talk about adding insult to injury

Ahmed update
Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi pursued his political comeback on a simultaneous trip to Washington.
Chalabi planned to visit wounded U.S. soldiers from the Iraq war at Walter Reed Army Hospital, an organizer said.

Trivial Interlude: Boeing 747 Edition

  • A 747-400 has six million parts (half of which are fasteners) made in 33 different countries.
  • Just one engine on a 747 produces more thrust than all four engines on an early model Boeing 707 combined.
  • When pressurized, a 747 fuselage holds over a ton of air.
  • The 747-400 is about 25 percent more fuel efficient than the 747-100, and twice as quiet.
  • Early model 747s have more than 700lbs (300 kg) of depleted uranium molded into the engine nacelles. Its purpose is as ballast to prevent the wing from fluttering.
  • One of the original 747 design proposals was a full double decker, similar to the Airbus A380. Boeing dropped the idea at the eleventh hour, arguing that a wide single decker would be both more economical to operate and safer.
  • During the flight certification period, Boeing built an unusual training device known as "Waddell's Wagon" (named after the 747 test pilot, Jack Waddell) which consisted of a mock-up cockpit mounted on the roof of a truck. It was intended to train pilots on how to taxi the aircraft from the high upper deck position.
  • At the time of its launch, the term "jumbo jet" had already been coined by the media to describe a general class of new wide-bodied airliners then being developed, including the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar and Douglas DC-10. Boeing was quite keen to discourage the media and the public using the term "jumbo jet" for the 747, but their efforts were in vain, and now the term is synonymous with the 747.
  • The 747SP was originally intended to be known as the 747SB (the SB logically standing for "Short Body", before it was nicknamed "Sutter's Balloon" by Boeing employees, being named after 747 chief engineer Joe Sutter). Eventually the name "Special Performance" was used instead.
  • Due to its immense length, there is a very small flexure of the fuselage in flight. This effect was not anticipated in the design of the autopilot on early models, and so there is a very slow oscillation in yaw when flying on autopilot. This was first discovered on an overseas flight to the Paris Airshow, when some of the people in the rear got air sick. Upon return, the plane went through a shake test for two weeks to sort out the problem and adjust the yaw damper system. This solved the problem and the effect is now too small to be noticeable by passengers.
  • To enable easy transportation of spare engines between sites by airlines, the 747 includes the ability to attach a non functioning fifth-pod engine under the port wing of the aircraft, between the nearest functioning engine and the fuselage. Photographs of planes flying in this configuration are highly prized by aircraft enthusiasts. [5] [6]
  • There is another airplane which has a hump on the upper fuselage, the Carvair, which was built from 1961 to 1969. Its most notable appearance is in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger.
  • In the 1970's 747 pilots nicknamed the Jumbo Jet, "The Queen of the Skies" because of it's huge size and capacity.

Now THIS Is A Bureaucratic Process I Don't Mind Being Glacial

On the morning of June 3, 1996, Howard Stern hosted an explicit discussion between adult-film star Jenna Jameson and her father on a nationally syndicated radio show, broadcast to more than 10 million listeners.

It didn't take long for the conversation to go from tasteless to downright vulgar.

The Federal Communications Commission, under Democratic Chairman Reed E. Hundt, took one year to determine that the radio routine violated the agency's indecency regulations. But nearly four years and two FCC chairmen later, in February 2001, the $6,000 fine was rescinded "due to passage of time," FCC records note.

The FCC's actions were hardly an aberration. A Washington Post analysis of all 92 known proposed indecency fines shows that the agency's record of policing the airwaves has been undermined by plodding investigations, insufficient fine amounts and inconsistent follow-up.

11.09.2005

Not THAT post article the other post article..... Sheesh....

"CNN reported earlier in the day that Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) had said a Republican senator may have leaked information about the so-called black sites to the Post. Lott told reporters yesterday that he had been talking about another Post article. He said he was not talking about the article about the detention and interrogation facilities.

GOP aides conjectured privately that Frist’s delay in signing the letter may have been caused by concern over the possibility of endangering a Republican senator by calling for the investigation.

Frist told a gaggle of reporters at around 5 p.m. that he had not signed the letter. He did not sign it until 5:45 p.m. But even after then, it was not certain whether Frist had signed the letter. Frist’s office compounded the confusion by informing some reporters that he had signed the letter but also decided not to release it.

Confusion caused by Frist’s delayed endorsement of the letter was evident during a dialogue Tuesday evening between CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and CNN correspondent Ed Henry.

Dobbs said, “The fact that the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, Senator Bill Frist, has pointed out that he’s not officially signed the agreement with Dennis Hastert, the Speaker of the House, that seems like a pretty clear statement. Would you like to conclude what "

Dept. of Michael-Jackson-still-a-saleable-brand

Kansas to draft new law of thermodynamics based on the number of angels that could dance on the head of a pin

"In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena."

The narco saint of Bakersfield



These days, his likeness is found on 80% of Mexican drug dealers arrested in Bakersfield, California, which suggests that Jesus is either really busy, not very good at protecting dealers or there are countless men never caught muling the "bad green" across SoCal.

Snopp Doggie Doggs

This entrepreneur is branching out into franks. Hopefully they will be bun length. [via the wtf thread]

It Is Only Natural For A Drunk Man To Post About The Violent Insanity Performed By Another Drunk Man

Drunken Man Decapitates Friend, Uses Head Like Bowling Ball...

I also lost in poker. Congradulations Miguel! Well played.

11.08.2005

The End Of Zero-Tolerance?



Two summers ago, Croatian lawmakers lost their minds in response to high rates of vehicular fatalities by imposing a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol and driving. My father was one of the casualties of this policy---well, insofar as he's had to not drink at all before he drives, which depresses him.
Oh, but look at this! There's light at the end of the sobriety-tunnel:

GOVERNMENT TO ABANDON ZERO ALCOHOL TOLERANCE?
Zagreb, November 8 (FPB) - According to Parliament Speaker Vladimir Šeks, the Government might abandon its zero alcohol tolerance policy and increase the legal blood-alcohol level to 0.05 percent. This comes after much criticism from wine producers and restaurant owners, who claim that the government's unreasonable policy was harming Croatia's flourishing tourist industry.
A 0.05 percent blood-alcohol level would not be considered a violation as long as the driver does not cause a serious traffic felony. The four proposals to abandon the zero alcohol tolerance that have been on the parliament's agenda for months will wait until the Government establishes the ratio between the drop of fatalities in traffic accidents and the zero tolerance.


Let's cross our fingers, people.

More health news you can use

Hops seen to inhibit tumor growth
Most beers made today are low on hops, however, and so don't contain much xanthohumol. But beers such as porter, stout and ales have much higher levels of the compound.

Mice studies show that the compound is metabolized quickly by the body, so it's hard to get a large amount in the body at one time, Stevens said.

We'll see about that! (Goes to fridge for Guinness)

Risk on Google Maps

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time. Haven't tried to play yet.

Bar Owners Fear Mayor Wants a City That Sleeps

The Mayor has been campaigning aggressively, for a huge mandate.

Poker at my place - get here at 7.30

I could use more chips, if anyone has 'em.

11.07.2005

Nightmare on Chambers St

Kerry sent ME an e-mail! Yes, ME!!


"Dear Andrew,

We've got one day to go. We need to make every effort we can to bring us to victory.

You know what's at stake tomorrow. There is an important choice that will be made. New Yorkers can choose Freddy Ferrer -- a proven leader who understands government should solve problems, not create them -- or choose a Republican Party infected with corruption, dishonesty, incompetence, and a shocking failure to address the problems that keep Americans up at night."


Yada, yada, bs, bs.. so.... I'm voting between "Freddy" Ferrer, or "a Republican Party infected with corruption, dishonesty, incompetence, and a shocking failure to address the problems that keep Americans up at night"... how does that name even fit on the ballot?

It's too bad he can't mention Mike Bloomberg by name because he's going to be "Freddy"'s Nightmare tomorrow!

The Stench Was So Powerful They Had To Blast In Fresh Air


Everyone going inside the home had to wear protective gear.

Not enough? Okay:
Emergency workers had to remove some sliding glass doors and lift the couch, with Grinds still on it, to a trailer behind a pickup truck. Removing her from the couch would be too painful, since her body was grafted to the fabric. After years of staying put, her skin had literally become one with the sofa and had to be surgically removed.
People, the skin was fucking grafted to the couch. Grafted! Like some fucking human-couch cyborg, by Jove.

What do you mean, "death of Tupac?"

House Resolution 4210

Get used to permanent Republican rule

They're not going anywhere if they figure they can start punishing churches for political activity.

To be clear: it will cost you if your spirituality is at odds with government policy.

Health news roundup

London parties:
But the sewage samples obtained from Mogden and Beckton plants indicated that the actual figures for cocaine abuse were far higher. Tests found that 37,638 doses of cocaine, or 150,552 lines, are consumed in London every day

Get your abortion online for $25:
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Self-HIV test game theory:
What should you tell your next partner? That you test yourself every year? Every month? Every day? Which frequency would you find most reassuring in a potential partner?"

11.06.2005

Scientific Interlude

So you've been wondering: How much energy would it take to blow up an Earth-like planet?

This is a great read. Read it.

Then read this:

It has been calculated that blowing up an Earth-sized planet takes on the order of 1032 joules of energy; this is roughly the total output of the sun in a week. More detailed estimates place the violent destruction of Alderaan as requiring 1038 joules of energy, or roughly one million times than necessary to permanently break apart the planet. This represents 1012 − 1018 tonnes of matter energy equivalence, not to be confused with energy-TNT equivalence. This leads to obvious problems if storage is considered. If the energy is produced by matter anti matter anihalation with the reagents being stored, spherically, at a density of 1tonne / m3 this would give a ball of matter and anti matter fuel between 12 and 1200 km in diameter. Conservation of momentum also causes interesting problems for this weapon system.
They say the Death Star is only about 120 km in diameter.

Leakey - not farting

Can this be true?
A Dr. Leaky develops 'social beans?'

11.04.2005

Tired, Tired, Tired Of Globalization

In Washington, DC, home of a fabled “consensus” about poor countries' economic policies, a bill before Congress devised by one of New York's senators, Charles Schumer, threatens a 27.5% tariff on imports from China if that country does not revalue its currency by an equivalent amount. In Mr Schumer's view, presumably, far too many Chinese peasants are escaping poverty. On November 4th George Bush will escape the febrile atmosphere along Pennsylvania Avenue by visiting Argentina to attend the 34-country Summit of the Americas. There he will be greeted by a rally against “imperialism”, by which is meant him personally, the Iraq war and the Free Trade Area of the Americas which he espouses. Among the hoped-for 50,000 demonstrators will be Diego Maradona, who as a footballer became rich through the game's global market and as a cocaine-addict was dependent on barrier-busting international trade; and naturally his fellow-summiteer, Hugo Chávez, who is using trade in high-priced oil to finance his “21st-century socialism” in Venezuela.
They overshot by 40,000 people.

Shit takes flight

A new poll of likely voters by Zogby International has found that a majority of Americans support Congress considering the impeachment of President Bush if he “did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq,”

Put Up or Shut Up

Originally posted 11.4.2004
BUMPED UP by Miguel. Wow - it's already been a year since the election. I still think the President owes us the same things I did then, and I pretty much don't think he has any capability of delivering them. There's some benchmarks of success in comments; expect to see this post pop up again at regular intervals as described there.

Starting now, I'm going to try not to use the word godhead too much in describing the president's victory.

Instead, I'll give credit where it's due: the president won because of his strengths in Security Issues and because he is Tough on Terror. I myself hate terrorists and crave security, so it seems we should all be able to play well together on this issue. I understand that Clinton set you up by showing weakness to Islamofascists and everything, and now you have a chance to prove your doubters wrong. Capture and kill Osama bin Laden, stop the hemorrhaging of the security situation in Free Iraq, and declare victory in the War on Terror. It will be hard work, but it's your job.

The sad status quo of Iraq

It will stay this way forever

In comments above, a war supporter claims that the Fallujah campaign of 2004 was a success. I'm more skeptical, as I remember being told that the point was to destroy Zarqawi's base of operations and emasculate the insurgency (I also remember being told that Zarqawi was in fact in Fallujah and likely to be killed or captured as a part of the offensive).

It really takes something special to see the good news from Iraq, and people with that ability aren't about to be persuaded by me. So we're in a state where disbelievers (who outnumber the faithful and the agnostic combined) in permanent Gulf War see the occupation as dumb and lost, while Bushistas think that anarchy and sectarian bloodletting are just a sideshow and the real story is the "democracy." Scare quotes awarded for the recent public statement by the president that Iraq is not a sovereign nation.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said he opposed military action against neighbouring Syria but lacked the power to prevent US troops from using his country as a launchpad if it chose to do so.

I wish it weren't so, but we've been promised that the war "will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated." Which seems more and more like Bush's way of saying the US would never again hold a victory parade.

In a war with no objectives, we can be both winning and losing forever.

Pork: not a zero sum game

Ivan said:

That reminds me of another part of this whole paranoia. Why would the administration want to lie to go to war?

To get cronies some money through contracts? That's the kind of lie micheal moore has pushed, and doesn't quite make much sense. There are so many less obvious ways of getting people you want to benefit to make money. Highway bill anyway? Tax breaks? Rebuilding after a war is orders of magnitude less profitable.


Delay Said:

"I'm not here to defend the highway bill," DeLay said. Then he defended it, saying that without the bill, his Houston district wouldn't get its fair share of highway money.


Oded says:

Ivan, Don't you think the fact that someone is willing to steal domestic is corroborating evidence that they are willing to steal overseas, where it easier to "loose" money.

Half-Life2

Was downloading at 400K last night. I love BT. To avoid legal issues. No, I didn't steal it.

The NEW Monroe Doctrine

11.03.2005

Zell

Fun spy novels... but still irrelevant.
It's like a spy thriller. Institutional rivalries and political loyalties have fostered an intelligence officer's resentment against the government. Suddenly, an opportunity appears for the agent to undercut the national leadership. A vital question of intelligence forms the core justification for controversial military actions by the current leaders. If this agent can get in the middle of that question, distort that information and make it public, the agent might foster regime change in the upcoming election.

But the rules on agents are clear. They can't purposely distort gathered intelligence, go public with secret information or use their position or information to manipulate domestic elections or matters without risking their job or jail.

But their spouse can!

The agent realizes her spouse can go out on behalf of the spy agency, can distort information, go public with classified information and use all this spy-agency-sponsored material and credentials to try to pull down the current government, and it is all perfectly legal.

Suppose the spouse adds just one more brilliant, well-aimed lie: claim your foremost political opponent put the spouse up to the trip. As your spouse uses your agency's name to mount attacks, your enemy may fall into your trap. Will your enemy suffer your spouse's lies or take the bait and try to clarify his non-role? If he tells the press he didn't hire your spouse, the press will demand to know, "Then who did?"

Instead of you violating secrecy laws, it is your victim who is guilty because he tried to set the record straight. Heads, you win; tails, he loses.

It sounds unbelievable, a fiction, perhaps to be called "To Sting a King." But it is no fiction. This is the story behind Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson and the Bush administration. And it appears that Plame and Wilson will get away with the biggest sting operation ever.

Worlds first 0G nightclub

The gamer who bought a virtual space station for $100,000 (£56,200) says he wants to turn it into a nightclub to change the face of entertainment.
Jon Jacobs, aka Neverdie, won the space station, currently being built within the online role-playing game Project Entropia, in an auction.

He wants to call it Club Neverdie and sees it as the perfect vehicle to bridge reality and virtual reality.

Gamers in Entropia regularly buy and sell virtual items using real cash.

Last year, a gamer bought an island for $26,500 (£13,700).

"I'm already in talks with some of the worlds biggest DJs about spinning live sets inside the nightclub,"

Awesome

Um, Is This What They Meant By "War Of Civilizations"?



I'm seriously.

Update. Night Seven and counting:

Iranian intelligence infiltrates Ivan's institute

Chalabi speaks

Weren't we just reading their magazine?

11.02.2005

Boycott Sony

Hopefully, most of you download your music rather than buy it, because if you DID buy it, companies like Sony would do this to your computer. Everyone who feels strongly about this should write your representative in Congress and let them know corporations are performing illegal activities on your computer.

ebaums gold

A man and a woman were driving down the road and arguing about his deplorable infidelity when suddenly the woman reaches over and slices the man's penis off. Angrily, she tosses it out the car window.

Driving behind the couple is a man and his 9-year-old daughter. The little girl is just chatting away at her father when all of a sudden the penis smacks the car on the windshield, sticks for a moment, then flies off. Surprised, the daughter asks her father, "Daddy, what the heck was that?"

Not wanting to expose his little girl to anything sexual at such a young age, the father replies, "It was only a bug, honey."

The daughter sits with a confused look on her face, and after a few minutes she says, "Sure had a big dick, didn't it?"

Whoa, So THAT'S Who's To Blame For H5N1

PREY ROGNIENG, Cambodia - When the half-starved chickens started dying this summer and the barefoot children developed fevers here in this village of thatched huts and emerald rice fields, residents were terrified and deeply divided about the cause of their misfortune.

Some blamed bird flu and took their weakened children to a clinic in a nearby provincial city, where a medic diagnosed human influenza instead. But other residents said it was witchcraft by the only village resident not born here, 53-year-old Som Sorn, who moved here eight years ago when she married an elderly local farmer.

When Mrs. Som Sorn's husband went into the jungle to cut wood one afternoon and she began cooking rice over a fire on the dirt floor of her hut, a local man with a machete took action and later collected $30 in donations from grateful neighbors, a month's wages.

"The assassin grabbed her hair, pulled her head back and cut her throat," said Ya Pheorng, the village leader. "Her neck was almost completely severed."

Phew! Shit, I'm glad they got her! Fuckin' sorceress.

Thriller Live!

Every Halloween in Lexington, KY, they block off the streets and recreate Michael Jackson's Thriller video.

Fitzmas

I just assumed it meant something in Yiddish, something like 'cohones'.

Only a moment ago did I learn it was like Christmas, but with Fitzgerald (fitz) being the annointed saviour, our lord jesus christ. You would think the analogy to a religious holiday would be banned...

And, so, what the fuck? Why no response to what was going to be the Happiest day of a few drinktankers life turning into a dude showing up in only khakis to a halloween party?

This Session Be Closed!

Just in case anyone wanted to read the transcript of what transpired on the floor of the Senate yesterday (Reid's speech). Although everyone says this is "unprecedented", it apparently seems really (, really) easy to do:

(Mr. REID.) Mr. President, enough time has gone by. I demand, on behalf of the American people, that we understand why these investigations are not being conducted. And in accordance with rule XXI, I now move that the Senate go into closed session.

Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, I second the motion.

Ms. STABENOW. I second the motion.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The motion has been made to go into closed session, and it has been seconded. The motion having been made and seconded, the Senate will go into closed session.

The Chair, pursuant to rule XXI, now directs the Sergeant at Arms to clear all galleries, close all doors of the Senate Chamber, and exclude from the Chamber and its immediate corridor all employees and officials of the Senate who, under the rule, are not eligible to attend the closed session and who are not sworn to secrecy. The question is nondebatable.

(At 2:25 p.m., the doors of the Chamber were closed.)

Playing Pocket Pool

This reminds me of this.

Trent Lott Hates Drink Tank

11.01.2005

Weird

Condi has a new name

The Fierce Warrior With Sweetness

This is a much better way to refer to our leaders, IMHO.

Time to vote Republican?

Alter homeowners' tax breaks

The panel recommended lowering the mortgage-interest cap, which is the amount of a loan on which homeowners would receive a tax break for interest paid, from $1 million to the average regional housing price in the range of $227,000 to $412,000.

The deduction would be converted to a credit equal to 15 percent of interest paid on mortgages up to the interest cap. A credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the taxes you owe, while a deduction only reduces your taxable income by a percentage equal to your top tax rate. Deductions benefit high-income taxpayers the most and are limited to those taxpayers who itemize on the federal tax returns.

Generally speaking, the higher your mortgage loan and the higher your tax bracket, the more likely it is that you'll see less of a tax break than you would under the current system. That's because under the current system those in the highest tax brackets benefit most from the deduction.

A day late but worth it

Tough on Terror

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has missed dozens of deadlines set by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks for developing ways to protect airplanes, ships and railways from terrorists.

A plan to defend ships and ports from attack is six months overdue. Rules to protect air cargo from infiltration by terrorists are two months late. A study on the cost of giving anti-terrorism training to federal law enforcement officers who fly commercially was supposed to be done more than three years ago.

"The incompetence that we recently saw with FEMA's leadership appears to exist throughout the Homeland Security Department," said Mississippi Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee. "Our nation is still vulnerable."

Thanks War on Terror! (tm)

London Memo, WWII

"His points are there are far too many prostitutes, that their behaviour is far too blatant, and that the impression created on the American troops and their mommas at home is bad."

The Metropolitan Police did not share the US Army's concerns, saying many of the troops were the cause of the problem.

"It has been noticed that they congregate around Piccadilly Circus and Coventry Street, many of them worse for drink and quarrelsome until the early hours of the morning," said Superintendent A Cole, in charge of policing the West End.

The file also includes details of the types of prostitutes frequenting different parts of London.

Women working around Burlington Gardens tended to be "rather expensive" while in Piccadilly Circus there was "a lower type of prostitute, quite indiscriminate in their choice of client and persistent thieves", according to the file.

One report called Pestering of American Troops by Loose Women referred to those GIs who consorted with prostitutes as Piccadilly Commandos.

Not Puppies



puppies