Mar/11
2011

Wow What A Mess

8.9 earthquake in Japan, one of the strongest quakes in this century, has left one hella mess. Not that the 12 foot high tsunami that followed really helped any. Good luck guys, and good job on your architectural design that enabled Tokyo to ride it out. Yikes.
Japanese media reported that there had been more than 70 aftershocks in the hours after the quake. Some of them were of magnitude 6.0 or greater, strong enough to do significant damage on their own (NYT)
Mar/11
2011
Nice huh? The three guys who may have prevented a massive bloodbath are called heroes and then fired. Why? Because they "mishandled" a backpack that had a bomb hidden in it. Read the full text.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three workers who found a live bomb along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane and were hailed as heroes say they later lost their jobs. The three were employed by Labor Ready and working under contract for the Spokane Public Facilities District when they found a backpack containing the bomb about an hour before the parade was to start Jan. 17. They alerted police, who were able to defuse the bomb. The three, whose identities had been withheld until Thursday for their safety, said they were criticized for not handling the situation properly and later lost their jobs. The head of the Spokane Public Facilities District told The Spokesman-Review there was concern that the men handled the bomb too much before calling authorities.
First, Spokane Public Facilities? You suck. Second, the bomb was *hidden* in the backpack it wasn't clearly labeled with "BOMB" across it. Third, please tell me how much training you provide to your employees pertaining to the proper handling of a potential bomb. And finally? Spokane Public Facilities, once again: you suck. I may have just repeated myself but it warrants emphasis.
Mar/10
2011
Well it sure is slash and burn time up on the Hill. I guess they're trying to pay back anyone and everyone that contributed to their cause while they still have a chance...
A House panel has voted to repeal a set of regulations from the Federal Communications Commission that prevent cable and internet providers from blocking access to the web. The Republican-dominated Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology voted 15 to 8 on Wednesday to overturn the FCC's rules.
Read it again: they are *overturning* rules that *prevent* censorship. That means that your ISP will be legally able to prevent you from getting to any site they deem unworthy, illegal, unsavory or even competitive. Imagine you're with Comcast and you want to check out Verizon. They could block you. If you live down south they could prevent you from reading about evolution. They could charge more for using YouTube, Voip, or Facebook (if it's popular and people are addicted why not make a profit off it?) It's stupid. It's criminal. It's simply enabling a hostage situation where ISPs can filter or charge at whim. Oh and did I mention that it sucks?
Mar/10
2011
At 91 you should have known better than anyone what to say and what not to say in this situation. Being older than most does not give you the right or allow leniency in belittling, impugning or insulting someone *or their child*.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 91-year-old freshman Republican state lawmaker suggested New Hampshire's mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia and said he is unapologetic about the comment. State Rep. Martin Harty of Barrington said he was kidding around with an unidentified woman caller who supported funding for the homeless when he raised the issue of eugenics and the world's population growth.[..] "I said maybe they can rent a spot in Siberia off of Russia," he said. "She called me an Adolf Hitler and hung up on me. I never mentioned Hitler."[..] Laurie McCray, a Portsmouth mother of a boy with medical needs who was testifying, told the House Finance Committee she was shocked when a friend told her a state representative from Barrington espoused shipping "defective people to Siberia to freeze." She did not name the friend or the lawmaker, who was later identified as Harty.[..] Republican House Speaker William O'Brien said he hopes Harty considers his comments more carefully in the future. O'Brien said that at Harty's age, he has earned the right to say what he thinks, but "he needs to appreciate that as a representative, he will be held to a higher standard."
You're a rotten, mean old man Martin. Maybe if you break a hip you too will become "defective" and we can ship you up to Alaska instead of Siberia. It's closer and we can save on postage. Don't worry though, I'm sure someone will poke some air holes in your box first.
Mar/10
2011
Georgia Representative Bobby Franklin wants to make it punishable by death if a woman miscarries. Even the Taliban never went this far...
Betsy had been trying to conceive for the first three years after getting married. Eventually she and her husband Nate decided to "take some time off" and focus on relaxing for a bit before another round of grueling fertility treatments. Life had been way too stressful, both at work and at home, so he and his wife take a leisurely cruise, drinking, dancing and enjoying some snorkeling. Near the end of the trip Betsy starts having some cramps and heavy bleeding. The day after she gets home to Georgia she goes to her doctor only to discover that she'd miscarried. After an emergency procedure to clear up the bleeding Betsy is visited by the Police who demand to know what kind of activities she was up to while on her trip. Did she take drugs? Did she know that she was pregnant? Had she left the country for an abortion? Betsy is already distraught over losing a baby she didn't know she was carrying. She says none of those things happened, they only swam and snorkeled, drank and danced. The officers who are investigating jump on the fact that she admitted drinking during her pregnancy. Excessive drinking might have caused the miscarriage they claim. They're going to talk to her doctor before they see her again, and she should try and find some witnesses to testify to her behavior because ignorance of the law, or a pregnancy, is no excuse. Betsy is hysterical now, having lost a baby she'd wanted very badly, she has no way, other than the testimony of her husband, to prove that her actions didn't lead up to a miscarriage which, in Georgia, is punishable by death.

It's fiction right now, but not if Bobby Franklin has his way. The bill he's proposing is just that vague and states that ANY human action that causes the loss of a fetus is tantamount to murder.
'Prenatal murder' means the intentional removal of a fetus from a woman with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus; provided, however, that if a physician makes a medically justified effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does not survive, such action shall not be prenatal murder. Such term does not include a naturally occurring expulsion of a fetus known medically as a 'spontaneous abortion' and popularly as a 'miscarriage' so long as there is no human involvement whatsoever in the causation of such event. (c) The act of prenatal murder is contrary to the health and well-being of the citizens of this state and to the state itself and is illegal in this state in all instances. (d) Any person committing prenatal murder in this state shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-1. (Huffpost)
The notion of "no human involvement" in a miscarriage is laughable. The mother is *always* involved. Further there is no definition, clarification or understanding medically as to why miscarriages happen in the first place so anything and everything can be blamed on the mom. Hypertensive and forgot to take meds? Her fault. Over stressed at work and not getting enough rest? Her fault. Poor life choices that endanger herself and the unborn? Her fault. Oh and in case you were wondering about subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-1?
ARTICLE 1. HOMICIDE O.C.G.A. § 16-5-1 (2006) § 16-5-1. Murder; felony murder [..] (d) A person convicted of the offense of murder shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for life.
You have to wonder what happened to little Bobby as a child that makes him hate women so much. I'm sorry he's such an angry person, it must have been awful growing up with so much pain that he wants to take it out on all women. Poor pitiful Bobby. Maybe God loves you. That is as long as God isn't a She.
Mar/09
2011
I wanted to wait a while as this story sorted itself out, thus I didn't immediately jump into the fray.
Already under fire from Republicans who want to strip its federal financing, NPR was forced into damage-control mode on Tuesday after the release of a video that showed one of its fund-raising executives repeatedly criticizing Republicans and Tea Party supporters. In the video, the executive, Ronald Schiller, tells people posing as Muslim philanthropists that the Republican Party has been “hijacked” by the Tea Party and that Tea Party supporters are “seriously racist, racist people.”
Schiller quit. And then another Schiller (unrelated and also the chief executive) quit demonstrating precisely what is wrong with the American Left. You see the American Right when caught in this kind of situation, tricked into exposing their true thoughts and feelings, would simply have turned the situation around and used it as free publicity. "Yeah I said we should shoot the bastards! And I meant it! Damn but it feels good to finally speak my mind..." To be quite honest I don't understand where all the shame and self-loathing comes from. Most extreme liberals aren't Catholic so why the urge for self-immolation runs so strongly I haven't a clue. Perhaps it goes hand in had with the notion that the poor should be fed and the elderly cared for. Dunno. Regardless it's hard to effectively work for a cause if you've thrown yourself under a bus. The pancaking makes you pretty ineffective as a supporter. Also why the big todo? The ploy of lying about who you are to catch someone being themselves is as old as the hills. And you'd think, given some of the previous high-profile cases that everyone even remotely connected to politics would have strangers triple-checked to ensure their credentials were true. But no, a news agency executive didn't check it's facts. Sorry but that's downright pitiful. Finally the fact that James O'Keefe is a lying scumbucket in no way affects the job he does in uncovering stupid people. He's simply moving Darwinism along with righteous fervor. If you're dumb enough to get caught like that then yes, you deserve it.
Mar/09
2011
I can't see the people of Wisconsin being very happy about this. I suspect there will be a hella backlash.
The Republicans control the State Senate but had been blocked from voting on the issue after Senate Democrats left the state last month to prevent a quorum. Instead, they used a procedural maneuver to force the collective bargaining measure through: they removed elements of Governor Walker’s bill that were technically related to appropriating funds, thus removing a requirement that 20 senators be present for a vote. In the end, the Senate’s 19 Republicans approved the measure, 18-1, without any debate on the floor or a single Democrat in the room.(AP)
This actually plays well for the Democrats in the state. They're now free to return home, the pregnant lady can have her baby and see her doctor, and they can pick up their paychecks the deadlock is over. The Republicans forced their way through, never paying heed to the demonstrators, polls or news agencies that made much of the fact that this was *not* the will of the people.
“In thirty minutes, 18 State Senators undid fifty years of civil rights in Wisconsin,” said Mark Miller, the leader of the Senate Democrats who had fled to Illinois on Feb. 17 in order to block just such a vote from occurring. “Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten.” Mr. Miller continued: “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people. Tomorrow we will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.”
Nevertheless, the Republicans won this round. Now tell me. Do you know what a Pyhrric victory is?
Mar/09
2011
A clear cut case of "the grass is always greener."
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of disaffected Anglicans left the Church of England to become Roman Catholics on Ash Wednesday, the Christian day of penance. [...] Those joining the ordinariate will be allowed to keep some of their customs and liturgy, though they won't be allowed to receive communion until they are confirmed shortly before Easter. Their priests can be ordained to the Catholic priesthood even if they are married.
It's a double-barbed hook. One the one hand "married" Catholic priests will now coexist alongside unmarried priests. How well is that going to sit? I dunno, ask the guy who's getting his favors from his right hand while Reverend Barnabas goes home to Mrs. Barnabas for a Pope-sanctioned blowjob. On the other hand there are reasons that the Church of England split from the Catholic church, not all of which had to do with Henry's inability to divorce his first wife. Some parishioners may be a bit surprised as to the difference, especially in terms of the respect they get as opposed to what they were used to. You're part of the Catholic church now, it's old school, so don't think your opinions will be welcome here. Especially since you're recent converts. Be interesting to see how this shakes out in a few years. I won't be surprised to see more than a few boomerang back. But I will say I told you so...
Mar/09
2011
I have a hard time seeing how the evangelical, Christan right is going to rationalize this one, but I'm certain they will somehow. You have to had it to the guy because he's pulling out all the stops...
ATLANTA (AP) — Newt Gingrich says his passion for his country contributed to his marital infidelity. In an interview posted Wednesday by The Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich — who recently converted to Catholicism — said he had sought God's forgiveness for mistakes in his past.[..] The twice-divorced former U.S. House speaker has admitted he had an affair with Callista, a former congressional aide, while married to his second wife. It happened at the same time he was attacking President Bill Clinton for his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The interview with the Christian broadcaster comes as Gingrich gears up for a likely presidential run. He has been courting religious and social conservatives who would be critical in a GOP primary.
You have to love the hypocrisy. Maybe ol'Newt doesn't remember the bit in the bible about "s/he who is without sin" casting the first stone. Methinks he does not, but asking the ultra-religious to simply ignore the fact that he was schtupping an aid while legally married? Nah, don't think so. I mean maybe you can get away with it *after* you're elected, but before? Doubtful.
Mar/09
2011
Well, apparently wild revolution in the Middle East, combined with International Women's Day had an effect on one prominent person. What good it'll do is hard to tell, but the very statement is bound to make waves.
RIYADH (Reuters) - A senior Saudi prince questioned the need for a ban on women driving on Wednesday and said lifting it would be a quick first step to reduce the Islamic kingdom's dependence on millions of foreign workers.
You have to love how it's structured: giving women the liberty to drive themselves isn't a matter of equality or freedom, it's about kicking foreigners out of the country. Fascinating. Effectively imprisoning women by preventing them from travel (unless, of course, they're at the end of a leash held by some male family member) is 'civilized' if you're an Arab. Having a Filipino chauffeur? Heresy!
A ban could only be lifted by the government in consultation with the country's top Islamic scholars.
It's unlikely that even comments from a prince will have much impact. In a society immune to poverty, where no one has to work because of enormous oil profits, the liberation of women isn't even on the table. The men in charge have no reason to give up their powers of control, so why would they? The prince, if he is genuine in his intent to equalize treatment for women (at least in this aspect) is ahead of his time. Perhaps with some luck, and succession, he will someday be in a position to make a difference. For now however? Saudi women, like most muslim women, will just have to suck it up and suffer. Tough titties ladies.
Mar/09
2011
Tera Myers is a St. Louis High School science teacher (biology???) who was recently put on administrative leave. Did she hit a student? No. Did she tell an off color joke? No. Did she get high with her students? No. Did she pose nude? Yes, more than pose nude she performed in porn. But it wasn't last week or last year, it was 20 years ago under the name Rikki Andersin. Link to St. Louis Today. A student saw Rikki in a porn movie and the info ran through the school like wild fire. Tera was confronted and fessed up to her past as Rikki, and got placed on leave. First, the kid watching the video should get grounded or punished somehow (which won't happen if he has parents that watch it with him and think it's cool that a minor is watching porn and discussing it. But that has to do with parental lax supervision and rules and that is another topic). Shame on that kid. If you are a kid (sorry, teenagers are kids, deal) and watch porn, keep it to yourself and keep your mouth shut. Other wise you are just a blabber mouth. To the kid who spread the rumor, you ruined a woman's career, you little dick head. Second, the school administration should be ashamed of it's self. It had a knee jerk reaction over something their students shouldn't even be watching. They should be telling the students that porn is something illegal for them to purchase and that they should mind their own business. Instead they are using it as a "teaching moment" for their students about consequences of their actions. Yeah, sure I get that, kids need to quit texting pics of their body parts to other people, but this woman was an adult when she made the movies. She did nothing illegal. Personally, porn ain't my thing, but I can understand the desperation that might drive someone to make it. However, I hate the hypocrisy of a society that says it's legal to make it, over looked when some snot nosed kid watches it then tattles, and thinks it's OK for the admin to punish her. I hate the hypocrisy that we in the US think it's OK for us to devour porn like candy and glorify overtly sexualized behavior, but those making porn are vilified. Porn is all about supply and demand. Rikki wouldn't have had that job if no one watched porn.
Mar/08
2011
Turns out there is, but it's fairly recent - as in started in 1999, not 1911. I'll bet you think that's funny, but to be it's just fucking sad on so many levels. Starting off with even having a reason to "celebrate" women on a special day. Women are not a physical minority. Think about it. A quick internet search confirms this, men and women are *roughly* equal (answers.com says that in 2005 there were 101 men to every 100 women but that as time went on men died more than women so it pretty much evens out.) But how many times have you heard the phrase "women and minorities" in the context of helping the "disadvantaged"? It sucks that women need that kind of support, worse yet it's demeaning to tell them "hey, you can't manage this without some extra help/support/money like a guy so here's a handout." If you need a touchstone for this think of Title 9. "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..." Sad but true, because most of the money for college athletics used to be spent on mens sports because, well you know, women only went to college to find a good husband. Another reason it's sad is because it enforces the notion that a separation needs to exist, one that provides a form of reverse discrimination. Think Google will put up a nice little picture for International Men's Day? (Which, by the by, was started by Trinidad and Tobago is on November 19th. Who knew?) So I guess we're celebrating everyone now, because everyone needs a day right? But wait! What about transgenders? No, the internet has no day for them... unless you count a day of mourning for people killed by haters. Also what about those who aren't really either (XXY variants see "Klinefelter's Syndrome") where do they fit? I guess they don't, but I guess they're used to that. My point is that in the year 2011 women should already be equals, celebrated along side men, such that the world doesn't need a "special day" just to remind us that 50% of the Earth's population is worthy of remembrance. Instead of having one day a year I'd rather we worked towards eliminating the imbalance that exists, hurdles that make women's lives harder or more difficult than men's. You know in Afghanistan it's supposed to be a national holiday. I wonder if celebrate by suspending stonings, burnings and beatings for the day? Hopefully...
Mar/08
2011
They were good enough to stand with the men during the uprising, but now that it's over they're being told that there will be no difference for them.
CAIRO (AP) — A protest by hundreds of Egyptian women demanding equal rights and an end to sexual harassment turned violent Tuesday when crowds of men heckled and shoved the demonstrators, telling them to go home where they belong.[...] "They said that our role was to stay home and raise presidents, not to run for president," said Farida Helmy, a 24-year old journalist. Sexual harassment remains widespread in Egypt, where women often are afraid to report sexual assault or harassment for fear they and their families will be stigmatized. A 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights found that 83 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women in Cairo said they had been harassed — while 62 percent of men admitted to harassing.
And really what did they expect from the men of Egypt, an equal share? This is a muslim nation ladies, so get a grip! There's no equality under a religion run by grumpy, old, misogynistic fuck heads. So no. No revolution for you. Now get back into the kitchen like good little bitches and start serving up the tea like you did last year.
Mar/08
2011
Hats off to Kelloggs! I hope people get the word out, and World of Suck is doing it's part right here, right now...
For each breakfast photo a user uploads to the Web site shareyourbreakfast.com, the Kellogg Company will donate a breakfast to a child who might otherwise go without. The project is part of a national advertising campaign for Kellogg called Share Your Breakfast, which will support National Breakfast Day on Tuesday. (NYT)
So you! Yes you! Get out your cell phone and take a picture of that blueberry muffin, that bowl of Count Choc'ula, that granola bar, leftover cold pizza, those blintzes, grits-n-gravy, eggs or whatever! Do it! Take that picture and send it in, there are kids out there who could use a good breakfast. Please!
Mar/08
2011
I think the Ref was way the hell outta line in this one. See what you think.
A man wearing nothing but a bright green thong and a curly black wig dashed onto the field during a low-level game in England on Monday. Dorchester player-manager Ashley Vickers ended the intruder's 30-second jaunt with a thudding, neck-high tackle during the 70th minute of the game against Havant & Waterlooville. Vickers was shown a red card for violent conduct with the score 1-1. "I'm dumbfounded and speechless," Vickers told local newspaper The Dorset Echo. "My only thought was to get hold of him so we could get on with the game. I managed to grab him and bring him to the ground, and the funny thing was the stewards actually thanked me for it. But the ref decided to send me off and it beggars belief." (AP)
Frankly the ref deserves a big sock in the chops for that one. The red card is for excessive violence *against other players* not against assholes trying to spoil the game. Further this clown deserved it after getting away from two officials who had tried to stop him, Vickers only wanted to get on the game and took the opportunity that was presented. Boo for the Ref on that shitty call. Get yourself another job! You suck!
Mar/08
2011
Not because there are buds on the tree outside my office window. Not because I'm seeing bunnies scurrying around on once-again-uncovered soggy lawn. Nor yet because of the month, astrological signs or the farmers almanac. No, I know it's spring because my cats have gone into apocalyptic-shedding mode where they take on the characteristics of dandelions, leaving little tumbleweeds of fluff that can waft gently upward every time the heat comes on. Oh joy.
Mar/07
2011
Missing the mouse on the main screen where you load a game? Hit shift or space bar (or whatever key you mapped to toggle the mouse) and it will show up. I found it by classic discovery: key mashing.