Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fake "Bomb Detectors"—Again

I've covered this issue more than once on this blog. I just learned about this recent story from the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer:
"For nearly a decade, anyone driving through one of Baghdad's many checkpoints was subjected to a search by a soldier pointing a security wand at their vehicle and watching the device intently to see if its antenna moved. If it pointed at the car, it had supposedly detected a possible bomb. 
"The wands were completely bogus. It had been proven years ago, even before 2013 when two British men were convicted in separate trials on fraud charges for selling the detectors... 
"Yet the Iraqi government continued to use the devices, spending nearly $60 million on them despite warnings by U.S. military commanders and the wands' proven failure to stop near-daily bombings in Baghdad. 
"It took a massive suicide bombing that killed almost 300 people in Baghdad on July 3 — the deadliest single attack in the capital in 13 years of war — for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to finally ban their use."

What a load of shit. This in one of the many black holes into which the billions of US dollars disappeared.

Friday, November 25, 2016

And now back to the show...

We have a new contributor to my illustrious and inactive blog, Metasonix. You may find him/her/it to be even more cynical and jaded than I am but everyone needs a hobby.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Florence Henderson has gone to her Final Reward

Meanwhile, the rest of us have been commanded by Jesus (or something) to go forth on Black Friday, and murder each other in Wal-Mart parking lots. With guns. Plus! Rupert Murdoch properties will tell you "violence is breaking out all over Amerika" because fear sells.

NY Post

The old joke about "all hat and no cattle" was invented either by Texans or Montanans (no one is really sure) and was often applied to George W. Bush. However, this is 2016, and the term seems to apply to this Christmas tree ornament. It is "popular" apparently.


The All-American Boy has been found competent to stand trial. NY TImes  And if that is not disgusting enough, The Internet Archive has saved a copy of his very disgusting website.

"A council has been swamped with suggestions after asking the public to give its new gritting machine a name. The local authority tweeted a picture of the brand new Mitsubishi Fuso and invited suggestions for a name.The idea came after the Natural Environment Research Council asked for ideas for a name for their new vessel - and Boaty McBoatface emerged as a clear favourite.

"Now Oldham Council has received ideas including Gritter Garbo after the classic Hollywood actress, Gritty Gritty Bang Bang after the classic Disney film, Gritney Spears, and of course Gritty McGritface.
Among others are I’m a Celebrity, Grit Me Out of Here, Usain Salt and Grit Expectations."

But no headline for today wins quite as gloriously as this one.

"Truck hits bridge; bridge wins"

(Posted by a fiend who is filling in for the St. Dr. temporarily. The really disgusting and disturbing stuff goeth on my blog, blessed and sanctified therefore. Have a nice day and kill me.)