Feb/24
2011
Audrey Silk would be my hero. Heck, I admire her gumption despite not smoking. Why? Ms. Silk grows her own tobacco for her smokes. If that isn't impressive enough, she does it in her backyard in Brooklyn, drying the leaves in her basement. A little pioneer spirit in the Big Apple.
Feb/24
2011
Seems like every fucking thing you download these days wants to install something else as well. For a while it was only Google or Yahoo or MSN toolbars. I generally catch these fucking bullshit add-ons but a few have (quite annoyingly) slipped past my attention and gotten themselves installed (and just as immediately uninstalled.) It really says something about a product when it has to be jammed down the users throat or snuck in as an aside. It means it's fucking useless bullshit crap, in case I had to spell that out for you, which I'm sure I didn't but I wanted to say it anyway. The latest salvo in this bullshit came today, from Java. Oracle actually had the fucking nerve, the NERVE to try and bundle McAfee with the latest Java update. Seriously? What-the-fucking-stupid is that all about? First they post a popup saying how "Java runs on everything! From your smartphone to your three-speed-multi-function-mega-vibe dildo..." Then ask if you want McAfee installed with it *with the check box already checked*. (Um, no thanks? I don't need that kind of virus protection for my dildo.) Oracle has a lot of goddamned nerve. Sun would never have done something that asinine. And if the fact that they purchased Sun doesn't spell the death of Java than cocktarded marketing stunts like this certainly do. And of all the anti-virus software they had to pick from, McAfee sucks most, btw. I could see Panda. I could see Bit Defender. I could even see AVG or MSE ffs. But McAfee? Please. If you're going to insult your client base at least do a decent job of it...
Feb/24
2011
The old adage about making lemonade when life gives you lemons? Yeah, that applies here. Check out what these clever kids did after a reprimand.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The principal of Savannah High School was always telling his students to tuck in their shirts and take out their gold teeth. So a group of students decided to write a hip-hop song about the badgering. When they presented it to principal Toney Jordan, he asked a technology teacher to help the students produce a video. Now, the song about removable gold teeth, known as grills in the hip-hop world, is a schoolwide project. Everyone from the band, the cheerleaders and teachers are getting involved. Senior Raynell Murrel wrote the song with other students during their winter break. Murrel calls it "I Can't Hear You With That Gold in Your Mouth." The students plan to enter the project in high school media contests and host a video release party.
Outstanding motivation, coordination and inspiration. You all deserve a gold star.
Feb/24
2011
Really. No.
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One more time in case you're confused. No.
Feb/24
2011
I’ve frequently pondered whether city kids are at a disadvantage when it comes to science. The best way to learn something is to experience it and it is far easier to learn something if the lab is in your backyard. I started pondering this thought in the summer following 3rd grade. My mother thought it would be nice for her only child to have a playmate for a couple weeks one summer. I really didn’t have any friends in the neighborhood since we lived in a fairly rural area, and I was the only girl in a neighbor of bad boys who were best not touched with a 10 foot pole (unless one wanted to smack them in the head with it). My mother signed up for the Fresh Air Fund. The Fresh Air Fund matches inner city kids with an experience in the country. The girl that stayed with us acted like it was torture to be in nature. She scowled at me as I caught a toad. She didn’t want to swing on the tire swing. She didn’t want to go for walks and learn about plants. She struck me as being a bit stupid. I’m not saying she had a reduced intellectual ability, she was stupid about nature and she had zero desire to learn. As a teenager at girl’s camp I became friends with a girl who lived in the Brooklyn. She came to visit us. I remember the puzzled look on her face when we explained where our water came from (a 100 ft well) and the need to conserve it. When we asked her where she thought water came from, she shrugged and said “I just turn on the tap.” I know she was a straight A student and she was very smart, but she had never learned where water came from, which is something I would consider a science basic. Recent testing of school children may support my theory that city kids aren’t as good at science as their country counterparts:
Only 18 percent of the city’s public school fourth graders and 13 percent of its eighth graders demonstrated proficiency on the most recent national science exams, a poorer performance than that of other large cities and far below national achievement levels, according to results released Thursday. . . . The exam was given in 2009 to a sampling of 4,300 fourth and eighth graders in the city, or about 3 percent of students in those grades. Nationwide, 33 percent of fourth graders and 29 percent of eighth graders showed proficiency, and in New York State, those numbers were 30 and 31, respectively. New York was one of 17 large cities that agreed to have its results reported separately. Among those, New York scored in the middle of the pack among fourth graders and slightly below average in the eighth grade. The best of the 17 were Charlotte, Austin, and Louisville; the worst were Detroit, Baltimore and Cleveland
The country kids don't get off completely - notice that the statewide and national results are pretty dismal, too. I’m not sure I know a solution to this dilemma. However, we cannot expect to be innovative if we do not understand basic science. Those countries focusing on science education and infrastructure, like China and India, are going to continue to move ahead of us. If we continue to ignore science, our country will continue to decline. We are in danger of following in the footsteps of the Babylonians and the Romans, who created the technological marvels of their times.
Feb/24
2011
CAIRO (AP) — An offshoot of the al-Qaida terror network in North Africa has called on Muslims to support the uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said in a statement posted on a militant website Thursday that it would do whatever it can to support the revolt, but did not give specifics.
It is an astonishing notion that we, the U.S. of A. might actually be in agreement with The Great Evil of Al-Qaida but there it is. We actually are in agreement that Gadhafi must go. Funny, no? Well... no. Not funny. In the US we've hated Gadhafi as a as a criminal mastermind, a mentor for terrorists, as a petty little Dictator, but then again he has oil and because of that we have also put aside our misgivings and given him money, arms, support. True we're not nearly as bad as the UK, handing over the remaining terrorist involved in the Lockerbie bombing in return for better business prospects. Yes that was a vile piece of work, baldfaced and blatant, but that's the British for you (some of their cuisine adheres to the same principles too.) But back to my point, what are we doing agreeing with Al-Quaida? It's not a simple question and I'm guessing that this tidbit of news won't make too many headlines, expect here where I'm posting it just for that reason. But while the complexity mirrors that of our own conflicting values: dictators bad, energy good, terrorists bad, stability good, etc., it highlights the fact that we are only righteous when and where it suits us. Hardly a surprising conclusion, except when it comes to our support for democracy, which should be unwavering regardless of the impact to our economy. Right? No, not right. The biggest champions of the economy, the corporations and business owners who drive our social solvency couldn't give a rats ass about democracy, abroad or at home. They want profits, they want a financial dictatorship. They want to be Gadhafi, but here in the US. So we agree with Al-Qaida only so far. When the next guy steps in to take power it will be back to business as usual, sucking up to them regardless of how militant or not they are. Because Libya has something we need: oil.
Feb/24
2011
The EU loves a good revolution. Hell they've had quite a few of their own and they're relative experts considering the last one was only a few decades ago (hint: think of the Berlin Wall.) But now when the Middle East is in the throes of their own systematic reestablishment? They're very, very quiet. Fairly out of character for people who have a vocal opinion on virtually everything else.
Europe has long seen itself as a champion of democracy, and its ideals are being tested by the real life consequences of democratic change sweeping a region that supplies a great part its immigrant population, one that has become increasingly restive in recent years. Many fear a flood of refugees hitting European shores, a concern made urgent by the crush of thousands of Tunisians who turned up in Italy after the North African country overthrew its autocrat, and signs that Libya — long a gateway of illegal emigration to Europe — is on the verge of implosion.(AP)
The Euro's talk a good game, which is a nicer way of saying they sound like stuck-up, pompous bastards when you listen to them talk about politics. Really, you guys think you invented it? But it's harmless really, because it's just talk. When presented with a full blown opportunity for action there's no posturing, no inspirational speeches, just the sound of the wind in the trees and perhaps the occasional, bored cricket. Yah nothing. Funny when you consider that all this activity is happening just in their back yard. France? Italy? Spain? Switzerland? Hello there? Anyone home at all? No, not really. Just like the old people who are sick of Halloween and refuse to answer the door when the kids come knocking, Europe, the whole, integrated enchilada, is in hiding, offering neither meaty opinion or support. As the snippit said, mainly due to the fact that they don't want the responsibility that lending a hand would entail. That goes for sheltering refugees to spending money to help rebuild governments and infrastructure. The net result is that Europe will have no one to blame but themselves when the new governments turn out to be less than friendly. Europe has a lot to offer, and should, considering how close they are to the upheaval. But by sitting and trying to wait it out they are allowing more people to suffer and die. They are providing opportunity and reason for extremist governments to take hold. They are, effectively, shirking their duty as good, international neighbors. Shame, shame Europe. Shame, shame.
Feb/23
2011
A group called Life Always has put up a billboard near a Planned Parenthood in New York City. The billboard states: “the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb,” and shows a young lady in a pink dress. The group claims that abortion is a genocidal plot against minorities. Let’s examine this claim: First, a woman is less likely to get a college education after having a child. A college education is not a guarantee to success, but it certainly makes it easier to succeed. So if keeping minorities barefoot, pregnant and working in Popeye’s is the goal of Life Always, then getting rid of Planned Parenthood in minority neighborhoods is a good way to keep success out of reach. In other words, it is a good way to keep minorities in their place: poor. Second, children with fewer siblings and children born to older parents tend to do better in school. Also children who live in two parent households, which a young, single woman is less likely to provide, tend to do better in school. In other words, a child that is planned and wanted has an advantage over a child that is born to a teenager who is still a kid herself. Kids that do better in school tend to be less likely to have unplanned pregnancies themselves. Successful kids make for successful communities. Therefore delaying having children, even if that involves aborting an unplanned pregnancy, will help communities thrive. Third, the stats talk for themselves. The birthrate for blacks (16.9 per 1000 population) is greater than for whites (13.7 per 1000 population) based on 2007 data. That does that look like genocide? It is abusive to tell minority women that deciding if and when they want a baby is somehow playing into a genocidal plot. It is abusive to the community to burden it with unplanned babies. If Life Always really wants to help minority neighborhoods, encourage job creation and education in those neighborhoods and watch them flourish on their own. But then again, maybe they just want to keep the sistahs down.
Feb/23
2011
And the only thing worse than a dolt is one that has political power over normal, thinking human beings.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage's comment that the only bad thing about a chemical additive is that it might give women "little beards" has drawn a strong reaction from a health activist group. LePage last week said he's not seen enough science to support a ban on bisphenol-A. A 2008 law to keep it out of consumer products is likely to be debated again. LePage is quoted in the Bangor Daily News as saying that all he's heard is that "if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards."
Aside from four-star stupidity, LePage is shockingly uneducated when it comes to the effects of chemicals in food. Children exposed to these chemicals mature earlier, in addition to studies that have linked it to breast AND prostrate cancer.
A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children. (Wikipedia)
I'm not sure how or why the citizens of Maine chose this imbecile, but I'm betting they're having second thoughts now.
Feb/22
2011
The burka is an all-encompassing bed sheet forced on women by Islam in the name of public decency. You see muslim men simply cannot control themselves. The very sight of a woman drives them insane and they can't control themselves. In fact, based on the accounts of women reporters in Islamic nations, even when women are hidden by these heat-stroke inducing contraptions men still can't act like civilized beings: they grope, grab and abuse based on just the notion that something female is hidden from their view. But aside from the premise that muslim men are clearly defective in the area of self-control, things can only get worse for women in these states. Especially since science has proven that women can work their powers of attraction no matter how they're dressed or how demure their demeanor.
Previous research had shown that a woman at the fertile stage of her menstrual cycle seems more attractive, and that same effect was observed here — but only when this woman was rated by a man who wasn’t already involved with someone else.[...] It may seem hard to believe that men could distinguish a woman who’s at peak fertility simply by sitting next to her for a few minutes. Scientists long assumed that ovulation in humans was concealed from both sexes. But recent studies have found large changes in cues and behavior when a woman is at this stage of peak fertility. Lap dancers get much higher tips (unless they’re taking birth-control pills that suppress ovulation, in which case their tips remain lower). The pitch of a woman’s voice rises. Men rate her body odor as more attractive and respond with higher levels of testosterone.(NYT)
Note the key in that first paragraph of the quote: "but only when this woman was rated by a man who wasn’t already involved with someone else." When men see themselves as committed to someone else they won't react like immature slobs. Thus the justification of the second part of this title. But what about the first? If women can't control their body odor or the pitch of their voice during their cycle then clearly they can't be held responsible for the unwanted attention that's heaped on them in these backward nations. Thus the only logical reaction will be more extremism, more repression. Full-body, black space suits are the wave of the future for women in the Middle East. Something that keeps them as immobile and uncomfortable as possible (how do astronauts pee in a space suit? I suggest you look it up.) Of course men in those nations could suddenly find their willpower and apply it to their morality. But then again the Flying Spaghetti Monster could finally arrive and put to rights all the misconceptions about God once and for all too. Care to guess which is the more likely event?
Feb/22
2011
And article on foxnews.com discusses the plight of a Canadian family, the Maraachlis, and their 13 month old son. A judge ordered the removal of a ventilator tube from the boy and the family is fighting it. I can not imagine the pain the family must be in. However, the reality is that the doctors don't think the kid has a chance to survive. I do find the hospital's hesitance to do a tracheotomy bit cruel, but the fact is that the child will die. The comments on the article are as I expect. Many saying it is an example of what "Obamacare" will be, others saying it is murder and against God's will. I have this to say: The minute they put a tube in the kid's throat to help him breathe they interfered with God's will. Doctors interfere with God's will everyday. Heroic measures, those measures beyond what we can do with our bare hands are interference. Those measures prolong life beyond what is "natural". The other uncomfortable fact is that those God-like measures cost money. Man, unlike God, does not work for free (of course, churches do like to charge on behalf of God for his services, but that is another issue). Since these services cost money, who ever is paying the bill gets a say in the matter. If there is no one paying the bill, the hospital providing the services has a say in whether they continue, and then pass the cost on to the rest of us. Also, since humans are providing the services they have a say in whether they want to participate. Some people may not like that arrangement, but that is the way it is. My sympathies go out to the Maraachlis, but my sympathies will not change the fact that their son is sick. And that has nothing to do with "Obamacare" or socialized medicine.
Feb/22
2011
Yet another dictator has totally lost his marbles. The bad news is that his people are paying for that madness with their lives.
CAIRO (AP) — A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to his "last drop of blood" and roared at supporters to strike back against Libyan protesters to defend his embattled regime Tuesday, signaling an escalation of the crackdown that has thrown the capital into scenes of mayhem, wild shooting and bodies in the streets. The speech by the Libyan leader — who shouted and pounded his fists on the podium — was an all-out call for his backers to impose control over the capital and take back other cities.
It doesn't help that every fucking wack-job dictator is quaking in their boots as a result of the popular upheaval that's spreading. China, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Iran, Nicaragua they're all lined up like tin soldiers, panic stricken and fearful of every shadow. The real question isn't when these mouldering icons will fall, because inevitably they will, but rather how long it will take for those in the middle to throw their lot in behind the popular revolutions. The little dicktators can't rule effectively without the loyalty of those two or three tiers below, the work horses of the regimes. The sympatico stance of the Egyptian military towards the protesters demonstrated that quite plainly. The real question is how much blood of their fellow citizens will they allow to be shed before they grow a spine or a conscience...
Feb/22
2011
It might just save your life. At least it did for one woman.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Memphis pizza delivery driver who was concerned about a regular customer may have saved the elderly woman's life. Domino's delivery driver Susan Guy told WMC-TV that Jean Wilson has ordered pizza every day for the past three years. On Monday, Guy said her boss told her Wilson hadn't called in three days. Guy insisted on going to check on the woman. When no one came to the door, Guy asked a neighbor whether he'd seen Wilson and then called 911. Police broke the door down and found Wilson on the floor. She'd fallen Saturday and couldn't get to a phone to call for help.
Now Domino's can add another slogan to their advertising: "The company that keeps track of our regulars!" Maybe not too catchy, but at was effective. One thing is certain however, Jean owes Susan a big tip on her next delivery, even if it is to the hospital.
Feb/22
2011
The whole conservative rhetoric bullshit about being "family first" is just pure crap. The truth is that the US is at the bottom of the goddamned heap when it comes to ensuring the health and welfare of American families. Why? Because it might cost businesses a buck up front, and when it comes to values we all know that the buck stops with big money, not in the pockets of the workers.
The report, "Failing its Families," says at least 178 countries have national laws guaranteeing paid leave for new mothers, while the handful of exceptions include the U.S., Swaziland and Papua New Guinea. More than 50 nations, including most Western countries, also guarantee paid leave for new fathers. Past efforts in Congress to enact a paid family leave law have floundered, drawing opposition from business lobbyists who say it would be a burden on employers.(AP)
There you go folks, fucking Papua fucking New Guinea and Swaziland are our benchmates. So where's Palin and her Tea Party circus decrying the lack of family support for new mothers and their un-aborted babies? It doesn't exist does it?
Feb/22
2011
I remember as a child, spinning a globe, thrusting my finger at it and when the globe stopped my finger was on this place or another. I wondered what it was like there. I’m sure my finger landed in the Arabian Sea or the western Indian Ocean on at least one occasion, however today it is the last place on the planet I want to be. However, some people seem think it is a fine place to set sail despite the news stories about hijacking and piracy. For four people that folly has ended in tragedy. Those four people lost their lives due to lawlessness in the waters off Somalia. Those four Bible hauling people likely thought God would save them. Of course their deaths may have spared them of what may have awaited them if they made shore. I am not entirely sure what motivates such people. I know I have neither the time nor the resources to consider sailing for months in an area so far from my home. These particular hapless people were at least partially motivated by a desire to spread the word of God and hand out Bibles. What they found were hearts motivated by pure evil and greed. Part of me thinks the US Navy acted appropriately by trying to follow them and rescue them. Another part of me thinks that people doing things without considering the potential consequences deserve what they get. We need to stop “negotiating” with pirate thugs. We also need to stop coddling the people who think they will be safe anywhere in the world, even in tropical waters that happen to be pirate infested. I can understand wanting the adventure that a tropical cruise on a yacht might represent. Adventure frequently comes with risk and that risk fuels an adrenaline high. I suppose pirates holding you hostage while they demand millions of dollars that you may or may not have might provide you a shot of adrenaline.
Feb/22
2011
I used to care about people. I used to hate when big institutions lied to people. I used to want to protect people from things of which they were not aware. I used to want to right wrongs presented before me. Some people want to direct blame in the wrong direction. Some people want to under value the contributions of me and my peers. Some people deserve what is going to happen. And for the rest? Oh well.
Feb/21
2011
I blog therefore I am? But why do I blog when I could Twitter or Facebook? For the same reasons that I chose to paint a mural in High School, rather than just submitting some smaller in-class works as a final art project. For the same reasons I've never adhered to fashion. Because I choose to flaunt my individuality ~and (more importantly) I don't care who my audience is. Back when we started World of Suck we had a solid round of readership. All both of us. We posted, and read what we posted, chortling and applauding ourselves at the rampant, devious nature we were displaying. Yeah! We so bad. Only not really, because no one read (or even knew about) the blog. Sure it's easy to pat yourself on the back as a bon-vivant wit of the trials and tribulations of the era when no one is around to criticize. But yeah, that was us. Weeee. Years went by and the blog stayed alive. Posters came and went with surprising speed. Eventually three of us stayed around as regulars and here we are today, but enough of that history - but the question as to why we host and manage a blog is still not answered. - Because it enables us to maintain and control all our content. - And because, as I stated earlier, we don't need a pre-packaged audience. I'm glad people find Twitter useful and Facebook comforting. But here at World of Suck that really doesn't apply. Mainly because our motivation is purely selfish, see I blog for *me* not for you. I mean I sincerely hope you're entertained, astonished, enraged, enlightened or otherwise increased in some manner but if you're not, well to be honest I don't care. It's more akin to performance art than talk show, I write because I am compelled to write, not because there is an audience out there waiting for my next post (in fact I'll lay good odds that this post doesn't get more than 14 views.) Anyway if you are one of the fourteen, my thanks to you. Consider yourself amongst a special class, the few, the hardc0re, the ones honest enough to say "Yes! I am one of the fucked!" Props.