Monday, January 23, 2012

Our Wacky World—1/23/2011

Headline of the week: "Island of Montecristo to be bombed with poison after rat infestation" (Telegraph). NYC subway workers start anti-rat crusade with fancy web site, "rate my rat" photo contest.

Meanwhile, you've probably already hear all about the IP wars this week. Major sites went dark, hackers attacked industry and government websites, IP legislation was rapidly "steved", Megaupload got taken down and other hosting sites have dropped off, AND we had this moment of clarity:
Chris Dodd, ex–US senator and current CEO of the Motion Picture Ass. of America, may face a White House investigation after he made an extraordinary outburst that appeared to threaten politicians who had the audacity to take the entertainment industry’s money and then abandon SOPA/PIPA online-piracy legislation. “Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake," Dodd told Fox News. "Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.”
Thanks for confirming what we already knew, Chris. (The Register)

A "church" whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government. The Church of Kopimism claims that "kopyacting" - sharing information through copying - is akin to a religious service.

"Putting aside the bong or beerkeg favoured by their parents, it seems that fun-loving kids in Texas are increasingly reaching instead for the plastic bag, improvised noose or heavy weight to place upon one's chest. According to a recent study, nearly one in seven Texas students surveyed had enjoyed being sociably throttled or smothered, generally as part of a cheery group event with pals rather than as a solo Tory-MP-style experience."
The Register

What IQ does this sort of stunt require? Negative-one?:
"It was one of the few — if not the only — coordinated efforts to attempt in-person voter fraud, and it was pulled off by affiliates of conservative activist James O’Keefe at polling places in New Hampshire Tuesday night. All of it part of an attempt to prove the need for voter ID laws that voting rights experts say have a unfair impact on minority voters. Now election law experts tell TPM that O’Keefe’s allies could face criminal charges on both the federal and state level for procuring ballots under false names, and that his undercover sting doesn’t demonstrate a need for voter ID laws at all."
TPM Muckraker

Try tilting your head
In espousing the nutritional value of sperm, Britain's famed martial artist and kick boxing star Alex Reid, says, "It's actually very good for a man to have unprotected sex as long as he doesn't ejaculate. Because I believe that all that semen has a lot of nutrition." He adds: "A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh." The irresponsibility of advocating unprotected sex aside, reproductive research scientist John Aplin reports: "The nutritional content of the ejaculate is really rather small."
USA Science Festival

Ben Stein is still a fucking idiot:
"See, Stein believes that global warming isn't real because "God, and not man, control[s] the weather." When Kyocera declined to pay Stein $300,000 to represent the corporation in part because it doesn't want to be associated with that belief, it violated Stein's constitutional right to $300,000."

“Not only do authoritarian followers uncritically accept conclusions that support their religious beliefs, they have a problem with evidence in general. They are more likely than most people to think that, since airplane crashes sometimes occur when the pilots’ “biorhythms” are at a low point, this proves biorhythms affect our lives. They buy the argument that if skeptics have introduced controls against cheating in ESP experiments, and no ESP appears, that proves skepticism interferes with the ESP powers. They think that any time science cannot explain something, this proves mysterious supernatural forces are at work. True, they are less likely to believe in Bigfoot than in the Shroud of Turin. But they do not in general have a very critical outlook on anything unless the authorities in their lives have condemned it for them. Then they can be extremely critical.”
Note the link to a pdf of the entire book. (Turley's Blog)

I guess this is what they teach in Catholic seminary:
"It was never my impression that the children did not consent," the priest was quoted as saying at the trial. When asked in court if he was a paedophile, he replied, according to local newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitung: "It would be wrong to say No but to say Yes would also fall short of the truth."
Sounds like a guy who's afraid to tell his wife the intern gave him a blowjob. (BBC)

Red flags
"A long while ago, I drafted what was then an unparalleled visual guide to snake oil and quackery. So the Red Flags of Quackery was born. It was deemed worthy by the intertubes, and saw it’s way around the net. In the accompanying article, I stated that I would continue to build upon the guide, strengthening the criteria and adding more red flags. Today I make good with my promise." [amusing cartoons]

It sounds like Robin Gibb won't be stayin' alive for much longer:
Gibb's wife, Dwina Murphy-Gibb, an ordained druid priestess, said in an interview with Sky Arts TV that she's looking into alternative treatments for her husband, including "spider medicine," a type of Native American healing approach.
Seven rounds of chemo. Not good. (Respectful Insolence)

The conference on “Innovations in Gynecology/Obstetrics and Halacha [Jewish law]” is being held by the Puah Institute this Wednesday in Jerusalem. It will include such topics as “ovary implants,” “how to choose a suitable contraceptive pill” and “intimacy during rocket attacks,” in which there are many qualified female professionals, but none will be permitted to speak, at least not from the podium.
The Globe And Mail

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whyfore does Satan make these motherfucking dinosaurs to eat our motherfucking mothers on the motherfucking plane? Me all pissy now.