Dec/20
2014

It's the moron who owns the gun.

SHERIDAN, Wyo., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Authorities in Wyoming said a man was shot in the arm when his dog stepped on a loaded gun in the back seat of his pickup truck.

Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek said Richard Fipps, 46, of Sheridan, was standing next to his pickup truck Monday when his dog climbed from the front seat to the back seat and stepped on the loaded .300 Winchester Magnum, which did not have its safety activated.

The gun fired off a round that struck Fipps in the left arm, Kozisek said.

I won't list all the mistakes here but they should be pretty plain to the meanest intelligence. Guns deserve respect and should be handled as such. That some moron didn't treat his gun with respect isn't really news. But if you can train a dog to have a good understanding of gun safety now THAT would be news.

Dec/19
2014

Because they're acting like one big scared... kitty.

In an interview Friday with CNN, [Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael] Lynton insists that "we have not given in and we have not backed down." The studio pulled "The Interview" from theaters Wednesday after hackers officially linked to North Korea made terrorist threats against theaters showing the comedy. (AP)

See I don't get it, or maybe I do. Sony already showed fear by having the bits of Un's head, spattered the ground after being blown up and catching fire, edited out. They toned down the joke because of "sensitivities" against the wishes of the film's creators.

And then someone in IT got hacked, probably because of a stupid, rookie error. The result was all sorts of embarrassing gossip being tossed to the press who, like the a$$holes they are, published it far and wide for their own benefit. (When confronted with this the press responded "Oh we just wanted to warn people how bad it was to get hacked. That's like hitting someone with a bat to show them that it hurts.)

So now Sony yanks the release and cowers even further in the corner which blows my mind. Clearly no Samurai in that bloodline. They've already discovered that the hackers will release what they want when they want to with no morals, so what they think they're accomplishing in whimpering an cowering is beyond me. The beatings won't stop here. Also, isn't Sony supposed to be a technology marvel power-house? Were *I* Sony I'd direct all my engineers and computer scientists to conduct a massive hackathon and hack right back. But most of all I'd release the movie, and give the collective communist assholes the correct message: your actions are useless.

Lynton says Sony doesn't have the interface to release it online itself.

Really? REALLY? You can push updated for the PlayStation all over the globe but you can't release a movie? On the Internets? Fine. Then fucking step aside and let someone with balls do it. I hear Obama just volunteered US.

Dec/18
2014

Funny isn't it? Now that Obama is no longer hamstrung by his own party he's able to play congress like a fiddle. It should be an amusing year for him. And for me. I must say I'm quite looking forward to it.

Not that congress can overturn the new found friendlies with Cuba. What's as big as the NRA but carries a bat? Can you spell MLB? I know i can.

Dec/17
2014

Let's take a break today and talk about someone who's wonderful.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A black and white French Bulldog named Reggie became a milestone for retired businessman Jeff Bennett.

The squirmy canine became the 3,000th rescue dog Bennett has flown to a better life.

Bennett volunteers with Pilots and Paws. The South Carolina-based charity that enlists small plane pilots to take animals from overcrowded shelters that have high euthanasia rates to foster homes, rescue groups and less-crowded shelters that don't kill them.[..]

Bennett estimates that he's flown about 1,100 hours in his small, four-seat Cirrus aircraft since starting his volunteer work with the group six years ago.

"Most of the time I do puppies and kittens, but I've done snakes, rats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, tortoises, sea turtles, falcons, pigs and a kinkajou," he said.

Dear Mr. Bennett. Thank you. You're a wonderful person and a rare and special human being. For all those furry, slithery and feathery lives you've saved, you're a hero.

Props!

Dec/16
2014

Actually, I lie.

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Bank of America was ordered to pay more than $1 million to a couple who was bombarded by hundreds of robocalls over a four-year period.

A federal judge ordered the bank to pay $1,500 per pre-recorded automated call for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Nelson and Joyce Coniglio said they had been continually harassed by the calls despite telling the company to stop multiple times.[..]

Bank of America said the calls were intended to help the couple avoid foreclosure.

Well in the end it had the same net effect right? BoA DID help the couple avoid foreclosure and even have a little left over too. Even better, maybe, just maybe, BoA will consider amending its practice of targeting victims and then harassing them mercilessly. At the cost of $1 million a go, I think perhaps switching to snail mail would be more cost effective and far less annoying.

Dec/15
2014

If I yelled this at everyone I passed, I'd go hoarse in the first five miles of most of my rides. On your fucking left. People expect it, they know cyclists are going to pass them, but get shitty when they don't hear every single warning, every single time. On your fucking left means I'm coming past you - either move or don't but be aware that I am coming past you, ready or not.

Some people scooch to the right or maintain their lane, say "thanks" and everything is awesome. Some do nothing at all. Some, I don't bother with, because they have headphones or earbuds engaged. But still - if you're close to the center line, I'm going to say on your fucking left.

A month ago, I moved to pass a man and a woman in their casual khakis, walking their mop of a yappy dog. The dog was on the far right of the couple, but shot to the far left when it heard me coming, barking and growling. The woman gasped in fear and shock. The man controlled the cur as I broke hard and swerved. He blew me the usual shit - "Say on you left next time!" What... do you think the dog would have behaved differently? "Control your dog!" said I.

Seriously, don't take your dog on a trail if it's going to go after runners and cyclists. DON'T.

Yesterday. Three people walking abreast, stepping over the center line of the trail. Fuck. Slow up and... on your left I yelled. Nothing - no reaction, other than to scooch over the center line into their own lane. I pass with as much room as I can - which wasn't close at all.

"Say on your left or something!" Oh fuck me. "I DID!"

"Well I didn't hear you!"

Go die. "Sorry about your hearing loss!"

After many years, I've finally been able to put some real time and distance on my bicycle and the only way to continue to do that is to ride the local multi-use path. There's no way to do that without dealing with a stretch of self-important and unaware jackasses who don't realize that the world does not revolve around them and other people are going to be out there, in the world, who won't meet their every level of expectation while on a frickin' trail of all things.

Pay attention. And look around some times. Coz I'm probably going to be there - on your fucking left.

Dec/15
2014

I know I don't.

MADRID (AP) -- Google is locking Spanish publishers out of its popular Google News service in response to a new Spanish law that imposes fees for linking to the headlines and news stories on other websites.

The move announced Thursday will reverberate around the globe. Besides closing Google News in Spain, Google Inc. also is blocking reports from Spanish publishers in the more than other 70 other international editions packaged by Google News.

Google News' exile of Spanish publishers begins Dec. 16, a couple weeks before the start of a Spanish intellectual-property law requiring news publishers to be paid for their content, even if they are willing to give it away.

I'm sure that the (anyone know the spanish word for imbecile?) persons behind the "Google Tax" law thought they'd discovered a gold mine. What they failed to take into account was the fact that not EVERYone on this globe felt that Spanish news was worth paying for. I can only imagine the gleeful rubbing of hands when the law was passed and the chuckles as they counted coins that were going to just pour into coffers. And then Google shrugged.

Whoopsie?

Spain's new law is designed to create a new source of revenue for the country's publishers, who, like most of their peers around the world, have been hard hit as more readers and advertisers have abandoned printed editions for digital alternatives during the past decade. The shift has hurt news publishers because digital ads aren't nearly as lucrative as print ads.

But the linking fees could now backfire if the lost access to Google News diminishes the traffic to Spanish news publishers, making it even more difficult for them to sell digital ads

See the thing about asking Google for money is that Google doesn't MAKE money hand over fist. That's not their raison d'etre. Their job, as they see it, is to facilitate the transfer of information and if someone decides to put their information behind a pay-portal or a lock, well, there's plenty of other information out there to fill the momentary gap.

It's been hard for many print-based services to transition but many have, and many other new services have been created to feed the news-hungry world. I'm sure some geezers with a long family history of printing papers never even imagined that Google wouldn't pay for their content. Now, of course, they not only have to come to grips with THAT reality but the added fact that the world will move on with nary a blink when their content goes missing. I think it's really cute the way some in the EU try to hold on to their historical values. Maybe they'll learn to digitize them someday.

Dec/14
2014

It's a simple question, but if you believe the media and the political spin artists, there is a fine line that is difficult to place properly. I say that it's simple. So simple that the framers of the constitution addressed and codified it years ago.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted

Now, let me clear. I'm not making a legal case here. I'm saying that this is the basis of behavior exemplified in the founding document of the United States. It simply states that if a punishment is overly cruel or inhumanly unusual, it shall not be allowed.

Again, the spin artists try to haze this by throwing up three main distractions: the victims were 1) not in the US 2) Not US citizens and 3) withholding information that could protect the country from another 9/11.

All of which I immediately deem irrelevant. If my sister were the subject of any of the abuses laid out in the recent report, the location of the occurrence would not suddenly make it appropriate. Nor would I care if the person doing it wasn't from the same country as her, or bound by some legal framework. It's clearly horrific and no one needed to check a desk reference book to understand that. And finally, the claim that they were holding valuable information is likewise irrelevant, not only because it likely isn't true, but because there is no valid reason to sink to barbarism. That's what this is.

Cruel and unusual. I don't care if you call it torture or a technique. This report demonstrated that our government performed cruel and unusual punishment on captives. Each and every person that created, suggested, assisted, authorized, approved, and performed them should be ashamed. I would even suggest imprisoned / institutionalized for the rest of their lives as well, but I'm fully aware that the murky legal framework they built up to protect themselves will prevent much of that from occurring.

Regardless of the legal footing, let us not kid ourselves with euphemisms and coy language. This was abhorrent behavior, and clearly it stands in contrast to the ideas espoused in the 8th amendment. If we want to be the country our forefathers envisioned, we cannot stoop to this level of behavior.

Dec/13
2014

Really it doesn't. I can re-post it all day, every day.

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Police in Florida say two would-be carjackers almost got away with a vehicle in Ocala but didn't know how to drive a stick shift.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports the owner of a 2014 Toyota Corolla told police he was sitting in his car talking on his cell phone when a man with a gun tapped the window. Another man was by the passenger side window.

Police say the gunman demanded the man get out of the car and demanded his keys. He gave them the keys, they got in the car and he walked away. The man stopped another motorist who called police.

But the carjackers couldn't move the car because it was a stick shift. The duo ran before police arrived, leaving the keys in the ignition

It never ceases to amaze me that it really IS stupid people who commit crimes. Does that mean we should automatically track everyone with a low IQ with the expectation that they'll do something criminal? Bah, that takes too much thought. I'll just close with: Manual Transmission! The self-saving system! W00t.

Dec/13
2014

Culture schmulture. These people are just insane.

A woman walking through the streets in a mid-length dress is nothing shocking in most cities in the world.

But a recent photo of exactly that has spread widely - because it was taken in Kabul, Afghanistan.[..]

After Hayat posted the photo on Facebook, thousands of people shared and commented on it. Although it's difficult to tell exactly how many people have seen the photo, and what constitutes an online trend in a country with very low internet usage, the BBC's Syed Anwar in Kabul says the woman is a huge topic of conversation.

"We have seen thousands of people talk about it," Anwar says. "Not only on social media but also in the streets people are talking about her, wondering if she is mentally ill or if she is protesting."(BBC)

Like that choice? Mentally ill OR protesting. Funny. In the sad way kind of funny.

The "proper" part of me (yes, such a thing exists) tries to justify the abuse and harassment of women by Muslims as a cultural thing. But that doesn't make it ok. If Afghanistan were a place where women were comfortable and safe so long as they adhered to the rules it might be one thing, but even dressing "appropriately" is no guarantee of anything much less the simple rights of being heard and protected. Try as I might I find it nearly impossible to believe that "muslims aren't misogynists". Maybe because the majority of women in nations which consider themselves islamic don't have the freedom to dress, speak, drive, own property, or live their lives as they choose. The fact that a woman decided to show some KNEE and is now subject to death threats pretty much supports that.

"We are living in a Muslim country and we can't bear such people like she is," wrote a user named Ahmad.

I guess that's fair Ahmad, because I can't bear such smug assholism as you. That much we have in common.

Dec/12
2014

He's right here. And his name is Jamie Dimon.

At the behest of Wall Street's biggest banks, Republican lawmakers had inserted a line that repealed one of the signature provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.[..] Citigroup, one of the country's largest banks, wrote a measure repealing the provision, and with help from JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon, managed to get Republicans to include it in the final $1.1bn budget bill. (BBC)

Every wonder how an asshole like this sleeps at night? It's on top of a mattress stuffed with money.

Dec/11
2014

Multiple conservative states have posted laws requiring doctors and clinics that perform abortions to have admitting privileges under the guise of "protecting women". Mostly from themselves, not from complications because guess what? Yes, that's right, complications are rarer than removing a wisdom tooth (yes that's irony right there).

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The major complication rate of abortion procedures are "rare," less than that of a colonoscopy, researchers at a university in California say.
Scientists at the University of California San Francisco analyzed 54,911 abortions conducted from 2009-2010 as well as six weeks of followup services for each of the women.

The report, published Monday in Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, found that of those abortions, 2.1 percent overall resulted in a complication, with just 0.23 percent having a major complication like a blood transfusion or surgery that required hospitalization.

The authors of the study told Time the complication rate is less than that associated with wisdom tooth extractions, 7 percent, and tonsillectomies, 9 percent. The major complication rate is lower than major complications resulting from a colonoscopy, .35 percent.

Of course the truth is that conservatives don't want women to have control over their bodies, lives and futures. It's still the same third-world mentality where women are chattel, amusing, funny, fluffy bimbos who can't and shouldn't think for themselves. Dis-empowering women is one of the key planks in their platforms.

Even when faced with (gasp) facts and scientific studies conservatives will still cling and propagate myths to mislead the barely-intelligent or willfully delusional.

Don't like abortion? Don't have one. And mind your own fucking business.

Dec/11
2014

Actually it's more ivory and pigs but here's the reference to start from.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches, a report released Tuesday found.[..]

Animal conservationists say higher demand for ivory is fueling the elephant killings by poachers across Africa. Save The Elephants said earlier this year that 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012.

Dead elephants are causing increasing grief for China and its diplomatic relations in Africa and the rest of the world. China's government has said it is trying to curb the illegal trade.

This is why China will never be a first world nation, because they have no class. Their wealthy spend on baubles to show each other up in meaningless displays of wealth, ffs you can't even tell time or drive ivory it's and old, outdated form of wealth that has no relevance in today's society. Rather like rhino horns. But no, the Chinese still adhere to these primitive values without conscience. Raping and pillaging is still quite "in".

China has gotten to a status as a world power merely on size and muscle alone. Not brains and technology. They continue to shame themselves and destroy world-wide resources for nothing more than a paperweight. Shame, shame, shame.

Dec/10
2014

You were the former head of the CIA and NSA. It was your job to provide intelligence and security to the country following 9/11. After the recent torture report's release, you had a lot of mother fucking gall in your response. Your response was despicable.

'I was in government for ten years after 9/11, and let me tell ya, a phrase I never heard from anybody in any position of authority: 'Whatever you guys do about this terrorism threat, please, please don't overreact.'

No one told you not to overreact? Why on earth should someone feel the need to spell that out for you? The violations detailed in report aren't a tiny over-reaction. They're heinous, horrific and completely illegal. No one has to walk up to me and remind me not to pummel random people on the street because I'm having a bad day. No one fucking has to. Its basic god damned common sense. You're the fucking head of a major division devoted to intelligence. You're supposed to fucking have some of your own in order to make choices based on that intelligence.

I learned about rectal feeding today. No one should ever utter that sentence, Michael. No one. But here we are. They pureed food and shoved it up prisoner's asses. To be clear, the body doesn't process any of it. It can't. Because that's not the fucking end you eat with. There is no medical value. You authorized it. You supported it. You tried to hide it. And now that it's out there, your response is 'no one told you not to'???

Fuck you. No one told you. A 5 year old knows that's not a valid response to getting caught breaking the rules. And that's for eating a cookie he wasn't supposed to. You authorized the systematic torture of prisoners. No one told you not to overreact?

How the fuck do you live with yourself? Seriously, it's depraved. It's the product of a diseased mind. While I can forgive and perhaps even excuse the existence of a single such mind inside the CIA, you fucking signed off on it. Someone sick fuck suggested it. Some other sick fuck passed it on. You approved it, either through actively signing the order or attempting to cowardly avoid knowledge of the details. Then a whole different group of degenerates fucking did it. That's not a singular diseased cell. It's a full grown cancerous mass. And like all cancer, it needs to be irradiated, cut out, and thrown away. We should dispose of you in the darkest deepest cell we can find and only take you out to be paraded around for future generations so that people can never forget the horrible cost of allowing people to think they human rights might not be applied universally.

People like you are scum. You try to hide behind the idea of greater good and protecting freedom, but that's not true at all. You're not the masked superhero protecting us from evil. You're the villain. You're the evil. As much as you and your ilk love to pretend that 9/11 was the worst thing that ever happened, I offer up that you are worse.

You're worse because you aren't crazy people deluded into murder by delusions of divine purpose. You rationally considered your course, laid it out, trained people to ignore their humanity, and set them on prisoners without conscience. You did it because you were tiny, spineless cowards uncomfortable with the idea that your wishes don't sprout wings and instantly make the world into how you want it to be.

I do not accept that no one told you not to be human filth. You either know that intrinsically, or you don't. And if you don't, no one can help you. You are what you are:

Loathsome.

Dec/10
2014

Did you guess by the title that I was going to talk about the torture report? Of course you did!

The report reveals that:

Detainees were subjected to repeated waterboarding, slapping, stress positions and sleep deprivation

Saudi al-Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah was kept confined in a coffin-sized box for hours on end

Suspects were threatened with severe harm - psychologically and physically

Interrogators used "rectal hydration" a form of feeding, without medical cause (BBC)

Of course there's a LOT more than that in the report. Basically Darth Cheney and his ilk found a reason and an administration willing to let them go Old School on prisoners. Of course they still bitch and moan about how many lives they saved through torture but that's easy to claim when there's nothing to show for it. Fuck, I think in some post I claimed that my posting to WoS prevented floods, famine and rains of frogs (not cats and dogs mind you, I'm talking amphibians). I challenge anyone to present numbers to the contrary. Just like Dickbag-Dick.

So what's my point? Just jumping on the ol' gravy train of Bush-era bashing? No, not quite. Actually my point is (open sarcasm bracket) the terrorists should take heart at this report because it shows just how much LIKE them we really are. All that "US is better, more democratic, more rights-respecting, more CIVILIZED is har-har hogwash because in the end we can treat their guys the way they treat ours (well, minus the beheadings of course). We get angry and we too can lash out, kidnap people, hurt them for the sake of hurting. In fact we can do it better than they can. Our torturers probably don't have to work as long or as hard, their healthcare is probably better too. After all they're civil servants, not just some recruit off the street, heck no. Our guys probably had to take an exam or get a certification, not just show up with a pair of jumper cables and their wives iron. In the end this report proves that we aren't so far removed from them. In fact we might even start an exchange program for torture, or a conference at least, maybe start a book-club (Shades of Gray?) (End sarcasm bracket.)

Dr Mitchell joined the Air Force in 1974, specialising in bomb disarmament before earning a doctorate in psychology focusing on diet, exercise and hypertension, according to the New York Times.

Dr Jessen, meanwhile, earned a doctorate focusing on "family sculpting" and later became a psychologist with the Air Force Survival School responsible for screening instructors posing as enemy interrogators.

Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. I almost feel sorry for these guys since their names will go down in history under the same subheading as Mengele and Torquemada. People who know them, kids who know their kids will treat them and theirs a little differently. After all they're no longer retired servicemen with a claim to "hero" but two schmucks who pretended to know what they were doing when it comes to the science of human suffering. What's more they and theirs will probably never travel abroad again ever, not this generation, not next. I hope you guys like visiting the Grand Canyon, it's all you and your kids will ever see. Safely that is.

America lost a lot of ground with this report. But by the same token those who murder and behead need NO justification for the crimes they commit. Anyone outraged by this report is either sadly naive or afraid to look in the mirror. Us, like the Chinese, like the mafia, like the jihadis are merely humans with a vast capability to hate and justify revenge. Just ordinary humans after all.

Dec/09
2014

But this french mother takes the french cake.

PARIS (AP) -- A mother whose teen traveled unsupervised to Syria is suing the French government, alleging it should have stopped the underage boy from leaving the country.

The 16-year-old boy left the southern French city of Nice nearly a year ago, heading to Syria via Turkey for what he described to his mother as humanitarian work. He is still there under uncertain circumstances, the woman told Le Parisien newspaper in a story published Monday.

"He told me he was going to sleep over at a friend's house," she said. "The next day, he hadn't returned and he didn't answer his cell phone, which was not like him. The other mothers in the neighborhood told me he had left with friends for Turkey in order to reach Syria."

I'm passing familiar with french, but I don't know the equivalent of "Dear, Dumb Bitch..." as my response to said "mother" would open. It is NOT the government's job to watch your child, it's YOURS. And if you couldn't figure out that he'd left the friggen country maybe it was because you were either a) naive (that's a french word I think) or b) too self-absorbed to notice. Either way you fail, as a mom and now as a litigateur.

Good to see that bad parenting isn't just a local problem, but that there are stupid people around the globe who want others to do their jobs for them. Even basic ones like raising children. Fou fou.

Dec/08
2014

Steven Anderson is an asshole. But even more importantly he's an asshole with a pulpit.

TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Baptist pastor Steven Anderson told his Arizona congregation that gays should be executed for an "AIDS-free Christmas."

"We can have an Aids free world by Christmas ... if we follow this," he said from the pulpit. [..]

Anderson added: "That, my friend, is the cure for AIDS. It was right there in the Bible all along, and they're out spending billions of dollars in research and testing."

He added: "If you executed" gays "like God recommends, you wouldn't have all this AIDS running rampant."

Well Steve what about all the babies with Aids? Wanna murder them too? Or the women who contracted it from men? Or drug users? Kill them all right? Because that's the "good, christian way"?

Somehow I don't see Jesus agreeing with you. Or the Pope for that matter.

Fact is, Steven, you're a turd. A big pile of steaming shit that should be the ONLY thing flushed from our society. Before it sticks the place up.