Thursday, August 31, 2006

Quote du jour

"We face an enemy that has an ideology,'' Mr. Bush continued. "They believe things. The best way to describe their ideology is to relate to you the fact that they think the opposite of the way we think."

Let me straighten you out on this, George. They think the way you and your cronies think. It's me and over 60% of my fellow Americans who think the opposite of what you think.


Spend 6 minutes and 41 seconds watching

The full transcript is at Crooks and Liars.

And then think about it.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Too cheap to meter

Cooling towers could be evolutionary hotspots for new respiratory diseases.

Many species of bacteria, including those that cause legionnaires' disease, are thought to have evolved in association with an amoebic host. Now it seems that the warm, wet conditions found in cooling towers at factories and oil refineries make them a perfect spot for amoebas and bacteria to thrive, increasing the chances of new strains of pathogenic bacteria emerging.

Sharon Berk of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and her colleagues have found that amoebas in cooling towers are about 16 times as likely to host bacteria as those in ponds and lakes. "It's a problem that we have suspected, but now this confirms it," says Jeffrey Cirillo, a microbiologist at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Genetic tests identified several previously unknown strains of bacteria, including some that were similar to Legionella pneumophila, the cause of legionnaires' disease. Berk suggests that they might have been missed in the past because many of the bacteria could not be cultured outside of amoebas.

The cause of up to 50 per cent of pneumonia cases is unknown, and Berk says cooling towers might be one source of these pathogens, creating aerosols that help them to spread more widely. Cirillo says cooling towers should now be monitored for emerging pathogens.

The Closing of the American Mind

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

It can't happen here

but it most assuredly is.
Think the corporations care? They are part of it.

Want to know from bulbs?

It can't happen here

Suzy, you just got to town, and we've been . . . we've been very interested in your development
Suzy: Forget it!
(It can't happen here)

For your surfing pleasure

Try this lovely bookmarklet that makes every site readable. Drag the link to your toolbar and use it next time you go to a site that you can't read.

Found at 456BereaStreet

Monday, August 28, 2006

On this Katrina anniversary

Blogger doesn't want photos for the moment so go here.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Rogue and the Rake

As I drew before

Wagging the dog, smoking the screen (resin is good), Three Card Monte on every screen and street corner.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

To boldly go where no weather porn has gone before

Cape Perpetua

A misnomer to say the least.

And if you missed it earlier, dive in here.

Another set back for preservation

To parody Randy Newman

Friday, August 25, 2006

It can't happen here

but it is.
If you can watch this entire video, and still use an electronic voting machine, you deserve the government you get. If your state or district has decided to use electronic voting machines this November demand an absentee ballot today. Watch this video. Then join those of us who have decided that since paper was good enough for our constitution, it's good enough for our vote too.

Your tax dollars at work #4567

Dr. Faustus, I presume

Great post from Mr. Aitch. Don't fail to double click the images.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

They never would have

published this photo earlier
Of course, they are forever pointing out his good side. And ask yourself, can you believe those fools laughing along?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Nuclear War Starts 9-12-2006

Tell them you heard it there first.

We don't care

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

One can only wish the meeting had come three years sooner.

Don't download this song


Monday, August 21, 2006

More on the image on the right

On the bright side, there's no better time for saying goodbye to the world than just as the mainstream press is gearing up to inundate us with speculation regarding the death of JonBenet Ramsey, from broadcast locations in Boulder, Colorado. That we will be spared Greta Van Susteren's daily musings about what might or might not have happened, surely, must prove the existence of a loving and merciful God.
And so we prepare to meet Him with joy and gratitude. ®

A follow on to an earlier post.

There you go again

Damn language cops
The wisecrack at the TSA's expense actually strikes at the heart of a long-standing conundrum in the philosophy of language: how do we determine the intended domain of everyone and similar quantifiers? In the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, the question has been posed as a challenge to Bertrand Russell's theory of descriptions. Russell's theory is not well-equipped to deal with incomplete descriptions where quantifier domains must be inferred from pragmatic context.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Quote du jour

"War is the unfolding of miscalculations."
- Barbara Tuchman

OK, class, any examples spring to mind?


Friday, August 18, 2006

If the post before was upsetting..

It can't happen here

To tell the truth

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lockin' lips on the beach

from one James Jones. Or another James Jones who knows it ain't bullshit.

Everybody loves a parade

Don't take Sir Wolcott at face value

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I hope you saw it.

It's all around. And the manifestations in opposition are extremely ugly.

More clueless by the hour

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The focus of your fears?

Image du jour

Monday, August 14, 2006

Gotta have it

Image of the day

Sunday, August 13, 2006

You won't see it here

In the days before the hurricane, when other citizens of New Orleans were ordered to leave, city leaders were asked: "What about the prisoners in the jail?"

"The prisoners will stay where they belong," replied Marlin Gusman, the criminal sheriff in charge of the city jail.

But it was a gamble he would regret.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Speaking of Why Hezbollah Has "Rocketed" to Success

Re: the WaPo article
that Larry Johnson referred to today along with Billmon.
And the NYTimes ignores while shilling. In your heart of hearts, forgetting the sophisticated analysis, do you for one minute think that those who don't have the benefit of what we who are 'blessed' to have modern technology and the dissemination of information and the related images CAN'T SEE THAT THESE FUCKERS ARE STEALING COWS!!!! And what did we righteous f-ing Americans do to those kind of folk??
Enlarge image

Quote du jour

"It's a sad day for humanity when promising young men choose to turn household items into bombs rather than drugs."


Friday, August 11, 2006

Futurism is not history

Drip, drip, drip

Nobody likes the idea of Peak Oil. Firstly, you have the politicians. Naturally, a politician will never say that there is such a thing as Peak Oil. It is suicide to give bad news, so a politician will never do that...Secondly you have the media. The media do not like Peak Oil. Why? There is no sponsorship for Peak Oil. The oil companies do not like Peak Oil because you should not say that your soup is cold; you should always say that it is very hot and very tasty, yes? So nobody wants to hear of this phenomenon of Peak Oil.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lest we forget II

What a crock, indeed

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Need it be said again

Posted w/o comment

Fill in the blank

Monday, August 07, 2006

To Israel with love

that Gordian knot.
The one we refuse to cut.

A False Sense of Insecurity

from the Cato Institute

Or be afraid, very afraid.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Why geeks love

Say, heh

Friday, August 04, 2006

In a nutshell

Mare nostrum

Mr. and Mrs. Magoo

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Moral equivalence

...there were times when the IRA would cross from the Irish Republic into northern Ireland to kill British soldiers. And they did murder and kill British soldiers. But we, the British, didn't hold the Irish government responsible. We didn't send the Royal Air Force to bomb Dublin power stations and Galway and Cork. We didn't send our tanks across the border to shell the hill villages of Cavan or Monaghan or Louth or Donegal. Blair wouldn't dream of doing that, because he believes he's a moral man, he's a civilized man. He wouldn't treat another nation like that.

Robert Fisk

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Lest we forget

Hot off the presses

Not my pet goat

Listen to a snippet.

Oh, and one other thing. Why did the Pentagon release the full NORAD recording from 9/11 to a film producer but not to anyone else? Shouldn't this have been publicly released long ago if it wasn't classified?

About a week ago I said if...

I never heard the word Ohio again. Unfortunately I have.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Compare and contrast

Evacuation plans from the Times vs. no plans

It could be a scramble.

Central Signal Box

Central Signal Box
Originally uploaded by numstead.
It's for the railroad but could be something else.