Sep/02
2015

It's the equivalent of bitching about the color a neighbor painted their house because it clashes with yours.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich disagrees with President Barack Obama's decision to rename Mount McKinley as Denali, the name used by native Alaskans.

Alaska's governor and congressional delegation have praised the long-sought change, which was announced Sunday. But stripping the mountain of its name honoring former President William McKinley, a son of Ohio, drew criticism from Ohio lawmakers.

Kasich, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, said during a campaign stop Monday in Michigan that the name should remain McKinley.

He says people in Ohio feel the name is appropriate and there is no reason to change it.

Listen Kitsch, it ain't your fucking state mmm'kay? You want to honor McKinley, you name your own damn mountain (or hill) after the dude. Mount Jeez (yes, that's for real, though it's not much of a mountain) is a good recommendation.

Ya gotta have a lot of fucking nerve to bitch about what another state calls their mountain. It's THEIR mountain ffs. Not yours. Stop being such whiny brats and grow up.

Sep/01
2015

Just about every murder these days is pinned on "mental illness" and it's getting boring.

A former attorney for the man accused of fatally shooting a suburban Houston officer says he was told the man had a lifelong history of mental illness. (AP)

It's the same song and dance: "access to guns didn't kill someone, the attitude of the person holding the gun did."

My counter argument is: "if the nutjob didn't have access to the gun in the first place then he couldn't have shot the victim."

Then I usually hear the counter-counter: "well, they could always have used a car/bat/knife/crowbar, etc."

To which I usually reply: "using those things is far harder than just pulling a trigger."

Then the discussion usually devolves into variants on the same theme with no new content.

I still stand by my original statement, that if it were harder for people to get guns then less people would get shot. The old mantra "it's not guns that kill, it's criminals" is a lie when the nicely dressed person next to you, the family member, the toddler isn't considered a criminal until AFTER they pull the trigger. It's so easy that ANYone, even a child, can do it.

And then there's all these "accidents".

IRA, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont State Police say a man cleaning his handgun at a campsite accidentally shot his 9-year-old daughter in the stomach, sending her to the intensive care unit.

Wasn't a criminal there, just a careless dad. Or maybe an evil son.

Outfitted in camouflage and armed with a high-powered rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition, Robert Seth Denton fatally shot his mother, stepfather and grandmother while six children witnessed the carnage in the family's double-wide mobile home in eastern Tennessee, a sheriff said Monday. (AP)

America has the highest gun-death rate in the "civilized" world. Either we're not as civilized as we think or... yeah. There's no logical way to reach another conclusion.

Aug/31
2015

Sure other kids did it before him and got away with it. But that's no excuse.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A graduate of an elite prep school who was convicted of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest will be required to register as a sex offender for life, a punishment his lawyer likens to being branded and legal experts and reform advocates say exceeds the crime.[..]

Wanda Duryea, a victim of child molestation and sexual assault and a board member at the Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform-New Hampshire, said the sex offender registry needs to be changed and there's "no discretion on the judge's part, it's legislated."

"It is the most egregious thing I've ever seen that they're going to register this 19-year-old child for the rest of his life," Duryea said.

Wow Wanda, how much did you get paid for that statement of support? I'm thinking no, since no one reasonably calls a 19 year old a "child". Children can't drive. Can't own guns. But they can screw. And they can entice a freshman into a situation far over their head.

No sorry, you're wrong. Owen Labrie seduced an underage girl into sex. If he was smart enough to get accepted (and almost graduate) from a PRESTIGIOUS prep school, then he sure the fuck should have been smart enough to understand that trying to get into the pants of "jail bait" was a risk.

Yeah lots of money SHOULD have gotten him off. But it didn't. And being stupid AND criminal is a crime. Owen Labrie failed. He deserves his failure. And the school deserves a solid measure of comeuppance.

Aug/30
2015

Admittedly it was an "inexpensive" motel. The locality was busy and booked so I figured, eh, for one night how bad could it be? The answer was: not terribly. Yes the AC smelled like old smoke-stank even though the room was plainly labelled non-smoking. Yes there was the irritating fly that we couldn't swat. And true fact, the tub had the unusual feel of having 50 lbs of peanut butter between the concrete and the vinyl liner (very "squooshy" underfoot to the point of being hard to balance) but the sheets were clean, the furniture was worn but functional and heck, it was a bed for the night.

The truly funny thing was the bath soap. One small face bar, one small bath bar and the shampoo and conditioner? Well those came in packets similar to the ketchup and mustard you get at a fast-food restaurant.

I decided to omit the hair-wash myself, but the other person, upon entering the shower tried to tear into the little packet. To no avail. With closer inspection a little scissor mark was clearly printed on the corner. Yes you needed scissors, in the shower, to get into it. Yes. Scissors. In the shower. Luckily we had extra with us from a more generous hotel.

I can't imagine that anyone saves that much money by preventing patrons from opening the shampoo, but I'm virtually 100% certain that the replacement per guest is under 1%.

Really, there's cheap and there's cheap. This was way beyond either.

Aug/29
2015

I saw this slogan in a recent article. I agree with it.

The Satanists, donning black robes, gathered outside the Detroit and Ferndale, Michigan, Planned Parenthood clinics. As part of their counter-protest "theatre," they drenched women-with their wrists bound-in milk, reportedly as a symbol of waterboarding with breast milk, to "illustrate the theocratic agenda imposed upon female bodies." According to the Washington Examiner, the group held up a sign that read, "America is not a theocracy. End forced motherhood."(Breitbart)

It's 2015. Medical science has made family planning affordable for all women. So why is there still a discussion as to a woman's right to control what happens in her body? No woman should be forced into pregnancy. Not now. Not ever. Not any place in the world. Not in this century.

Aug/28
2015

Not because they're not capable, oh no, but because their families won't LET them be capable.

In Pakistan's prestigious medical schools, female students outshine and outnumber their male counterparts. However, many do not end up as practising doctors - and now there are calls to limit their numbers, the BBC's Amber Shamsi in Islamabad reports.[..]

"It's much easier for girls to get married once they are doctors and many girls don't really intend to work as professional doctors," he [vice-chancellor of the prestigious Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto medical university] says.

"I know of hundreds of hundreds of female students who have qualified as a doctor or a dentist but they have never touched a patient."[..]

But the "doctor wife" is more than a trophy: her absence from hospitals has serious implications on the healthcare system of a poor country like Pakistan.

The government spends millions of rupees on subsidies per student - yet there is a serious shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas where women prefer to be examined by female doctors. (BBC)

So instead of a dowry (or rather, maybe a smaller one) the family sends the girl to school for a good education. This is not for her benefit, nor for their society, but rather as a talking point to get her married into another family. In essence, Pakistan sees women as tools to enhance family standings and girls are raised to believe that this is how things must be.

Pakistan is, as most civilizations understand it, a third-world hell hole.

Dr Shaista Faisal is an official with the PMDC whose research into the subject led the council to try and introduce a limit on the number of women being admitted to medical colleges.[..]

"It's not a quota. We want 50% of admissions to be for males and 50% for females," Dr Faisal says, a little defensively.

"It's not discrimination. I don't think we're allowing boys who don't study to get into medical schools. This shortage of doctors is the biggest challenge to Pakistan's health system."

Listen Shasta-shortbrains, if it looks like a quota and is numerically equivalent to a quota then it actually IS a quota. Dumbfuck. Saying that you want to reduce the number of eligible applicants because of their gender is discrimination AND a risk to the quality of doctor the universities turn out. Since it's purely score-based your QUOTA will enable less capable males to score seats from more capable females just based on gender.

Of course the main reason women score higher? It's because they're forced to be shut-ins by their families while boys can go out and do wtf they please.

n other words, perhaps the success of women students is not so much their own hard work, it is embedded in the culture of keeping girls at home.

Being a woman is Pakistan (and you can swap that with any muslim country) sucks. If you're not aborted then you have only a limited chance of getting an education. If, by some miracle you do get an education the state will now discriminate against you to go to school to be a doctor. And even if you do get a degree, there's a good chance you'll never get to practice because your family won't let you.

Too bad Pakistan doesn't have doctors. Actually, not really. The nation doesn't deserve any decent ones.

Aug/27
2015

Actually it's a trick question because there isn't a good reason.

The father of Alison Parker, one of two journalists killed live on air, has appealed to US President Barack Obama to push through tougher gun laws.

"You need to do this... I will help you do this and the press is with you on this because they just lost one of their own," Andy Parker told the BBC.

Staff at WDBJ TV in Virginia have been mourning the loss of his daughter, a reporter, and cameraman Adam Ward.

They were shot dead live on air by a disgruntled ex-colleague on Wednesday.

The attack has reignited the debate about gun control laws in the US. (BBC)

What debate? There's no debate. There's the NRA threatening any and all who try to impede gun access in any way shape or form. It's a false sense of "patriotism" with hands-in-the-air screaming about 2nd amendment rights and god and Jesus and prolife rhetoric. It's the bread and circus magic cooked up by the Koch's to enable their continuing control of politics to benefit themselves.

And American voters swallow it.

Gun control was dead when America looked at the corpses of dead children and shrugged. Who cares about another gun death? Just don't take away my right to buy more bullets.

Aug/26
2015

Because he didn't have any soap!

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian authorities have begun to remove foreign brands of detergents from stores, claiming that they pose health risks.

The Russian Consumer Protection Agency said in a statement Tuesday that recent inspections of selected goods by top foreign brands such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble have found high levels of toxic ingredients in them.

Moscow extended its ban earlier this month on selected food imports from the 28-nation European Union and other countries. Russia, however, has not banned the imports of detergents or washing liquids, and most of the producers mentioned by the agency have production facilities in Russia.

Too funny right? That American-brand products have toxic chemicals in them is pure hilarity. What, are the natives trying to drink the soap rather than clean with it? In that case sure, ban the products, because you need to protect the stupid. The same stupid that makes up silly shit like "soap is deadly" and banning it.

Really, like the profits are going to matter and the US is going to care that Russians can no longer buy Tide. Pfft whatever. Putin thinks THIS will remove sanctions he deserved for invading and oppressing Ukraine? Yeah, no. In fact: No Soap.

Aug/25
2015

Kids'n guns. It's a thing.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Officials in Georgia say an elementary school student suffered minor injuries after being accidentally shot by a third-grade classmate playing with a gun.[..]

Police said the boy who brought the .380-caliber handgun to school was questioned and released to his parents. No decisions on charges had been made.

Nope, no charges because y'know, junior really meant no harm and no one was kilt.

Aug/24
2015

Still got the same outrage goin?

Two individuals associated with the leak of Ashley Madison customer details are reported to have taken their lives, according to police in Canada. (BBC)

Yeah, wow, they certainly did a public service there.

Two down you awesome hackSTARS you. Feelin' good about yourselves now? Yeah!

Aug/23
2015

Question time kiddies! If an assignment is OPTIONAL then are you REQUIRED to do it or not? Actually if you can't answer that question correctly then really you shouldn't be in college. Any college.

A group of students at Duke University have refused to read a book assigned to all new students, saying the graphic novel's depictions of sexuality "compromised" their religious beliefs.[..]

The novel is an autobiography of Alison Bechdel, a lesbian, whose father was a closeted gay man.
But some have taken issue with the novel's depiction of sex and nudity.

"I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to read it," student Brian Grasso wrote in a post to fellow students on Facebook.[..]

Duke's Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations Michael Schoenfeld said the assignment is voluntary and the book was selected by a panel of students and staff members.

What do you say to a college-bound student who doesn't want to learn? I'd say WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU WASTING YOUR TIME, YOUR PARENTS MONEY AND A SPOT SOMEONE ELSE COULD USE? Dipshits like Brian Grasso seem to think that going to college is only about getting attention on social media, rather than learning about the world around them. It's a time to challenge and be challenged, but you can't do either if you hide your head in the sand and cry about being offended.

There's a lot in the world to be offended about, a book which you DON'T HAVE TO READ IF YOU DON'T WANT TO isn't one of them. Something the "click me" generation doesn't get.

Aug/22
2015

Sony and Warner are very busy on YouTube, doing their best to try and strip away anything that might have, at one time, possibly been related to something they've held a copyright for. From classical pieces like piano concertos to popular music they sift relentlessly through the never-ending landscape of what people are posting and cull and cull and cull.

The net result (heh) is that pieces you love that are bookmarked are eventually taken down once they reach enough hits and SME stamps it's death-skull on the dead link with an evil cackle and moves on.

But here's an alternative idea... What IF, instead of locking down the link, Sony and Warner just said "ok, sure, we'll put this out there if you pay us?" Sure there will be some people who just won't pay because they don't have to, but there might be enough people let's say one out of every five, who would toss in a few bucks to restore the content?

Sort of like the Wikipedia idea but for music?

Anyway, the mega-music corps will never go in for it. Mainly because it doesn't give them enough evil. They're dying, and they know it. The golden age of milking artists and audiences are gone. It's too easy to share and too many ways to move media. They even had to give up suing little old ladies and 12 year olds for Napster.

So here's my usual FUCK YOU to Sony and Warner. Your time will come you dinos, just you wait and see.

Aug/21
2015

So someone or someones have stolen data from a hot little number, the Ashley-Madison "dating" service. I say stolen rather than hacked because it was an inside job.

They call themselves the Impact Team and seem to have formed solely to carry out the attack on the infidelity website. There is no evidence of the group stealing data elsewhere before it announced itself with the Ashley Madison attack on 15 July.

Comments made by Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, soon after the hack became public suggested it knew the identity of at least one of the people involved.

"It was definitely a person here that was not an employee but certainly had touched our technical services," he told security blogger Brian Krebs. (BBC)

So yeah, probably some tech-service type dude came in to renovate some pizza-boxes, update a RAID or install some UPS's and added himself as a SU. Time goes by and this guy tells some friends about his service call and the friends go "Think that account still works?" and thus some asshole (yes, using a backdoor into someone else's servers makes you a shitbag, regardless of what your "greater good" is) remotes in and starts sucking down anything he can.

Of course the sys admins for Ashley Madison are really the ones to blame for not cleaning up after the douche did his job and left, but let's move on from the blame thing.

So the data is out there and people will and are getting hurt by it.

Breakfast radio hosts Fitzy and Wippa put a call out on Thursday morning for any female listeners who suspected their partner might be cheating.

The Nova FM hosts offered to find out if the suspected person was registered with Ashley Madison by checking their email address against the data released by hackers this week.

Jo* from Blacktown phoned in because of her ?snippy? husband.[..] ?We?re putting him into this website right now and his details have revealed that he?s actually on the website, Jo,? said radio host Fitzy.[..]

After Jo hung up live on air, Wippa said: ?Oh I don?t know if we should have done that. That hasn?t left me with a good feeling. I?m sorry that that happened, Jo. I feel a bit bad.? (theGuardian)

So outting people isn't all fun and games when those people have real faces and voices. I'm sure some are all high and mighty, saying things about "just desserts" but as we all know the first ones to take those positions are usually the ones with worse shit to hide.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Calling himself "the biggest hypocrite ever," ex-reality star Josh Duggar has apologized for a "secret addiction" to pornography and for cheating on his wife.[..]

The statement was apparently spurred by Duggar's name appearing among millions exposed in a data breach of customers of the Ashley Madison website, an online service that caters to people looking to cheat on their spouses. Leaked data showed that a Josh Duggar whose address was the same as the reality TV star was a member of AshleyMadison.com from December 2012 to October 2014.

Q.E.D. as the math-boys like to say. So girly-groping Josh of the high-holy-rollin' baby-bazooka Duggars is a member of yet another clan, the Cheater Club. But that's the funny side of things. There's an even less funny side for anyone registered for a same-sex relationship...

Gay and bisexual users of the Ashley Madison infidelity website have been left in fear for their lives after it emerged that the identities of users living in countries where homosexuality is illegal and even punishable by death have been posted online. (theGuardian)

I wonder if Joe The Server Dude is going to feel as amused when people are killed because of this. Actually, since he's a shitbag as I pointed out, I doubt he's going to care. Because it's all fun and games, even when someone else loses a marriage, family, or their life.

Aug/20
2015

I have a bag of "snacking chocolate". Yeah. Apparently it's exclusively for snacking. Not shoving fistfuls into your mouth, or trying to cram your face into the bag. Snacking.

Maybe the problem is that the bag needs to come with a definition on the side of what "snacking" really means.

Pfft.

Aug/19
2015

Yes, it's happened again.

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his father in what police in Alabama on Wednesday called a horrible accident.

Just what every toddler should have access to right? Board-books, plush animals, blocks and oh yeah, Glocks.

Aug/18
2015

This was in the news, you might have seen it already...

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A sorority chapter of the University of Alabama has caused controversy over a popular recruitment video, criticized as lacking racial diversity and objectifying women.

The Alpha Phi sorority chapter at the University of Alabama removed a recruitment video it posted on YouTube, but which has since been posted by other users.

Watch the video. Among the nearly endless field of towheads the occasional non-blonde (must be their definition of a "minority") shows up. Almost immediately a blonde will jump on the inferior-haircolor-person's back. Because well, brunettes are good for one thing, horsie rides! (And probably laundry, getting more clearcoat when it runs out, double-dating the 'icky' guy, doing real homework, etc.)

The video has already been slammed for it's ultra shallow interpretation of what life is expected to be like at a southern college for the overpriviliged but hey, if you want to advertise that belles are actually as stupid as most people believe, well bitch, that's your right, ain't it?

Aug/17
2015

Yeah who saw this coming?

Understanding how and why we evolved such large brains is one of the most puzzling issues in the study of human evolution. A new study argues that carbohydrate consumption, particularly in the form of starch, was critical for the accelerated expansion of the human brain over the last million years. Eating meat may have kick-started the evolution of bigger brains, but cooked starchy foods together with more salivary amylase genes made us smarter still. (Science Daily)

Put into fewer words: not eating carbs because "your ancestors didn't" is both wrong and stupid. In fact carbs were the one thing that CAUSED people to become smarter. So in a way, those embracing this fad are, indeed, returning to their less-educated ancestors. They're also stupid. Which I can't emphasize enough.

The real secret to dieting "everything in moderation". Wow huh? Also, it doesn't hurt to eat less fat.

Cutting fat from your diet leads to more fat loss than reducing carbohydrates, a US health study shows. (BBC)

So yeah, for the low-carb diet fadders, you're stupid. And probably eating less carbs isn't going to help you because most of your fat is between your ears.