As we all know, cali's being hit hard right now with foreclosures. Luckily (for skateboarders), the state is awash in suburban houses with seamlessly designed swimming pools. According to this NYTimes article, skateboarders are flocking to places like Fresno to hunt down the pools, drain them, and skate them. This is like dogtown and z-boys all over again, except better. When the droughts hit in the 70's, skaters had to sneak into empty backyard pools during the day when people were at work. Now, they can go whenever they want and not worry about getting barged in on during heated shred sesh's. Skateboarders can keep their day jobs and still skate the holy grails of skate! And by draining the pools of the fetid, algae ridden water, disease-infused-super-rodents and tennis-ball-sized-mosquitoes are disappearing from suburbia! The world may be saved after all!
Really Condi? We will thank Bush? Certainly he has created policies that will stand through the 'test of time,' only because it's pretty tough to reverse two failed wars in the Middle East anytime in the near future. Unless we smarten up and just pull out...which is unlikely. And I'm not sure how ending 8 years with failed environmental policies, an economic crisis, and now a full out war between Israel and Hamas will ever be something to be thankful for. Fucking rot in hell.
I found this interesting take on solving climate change while surfing through Ted.com this afternoon. He's definitely got some bizarre ideas, but also seems to be quite level headed about how we need to approach the climate crisis. The NYT article he mentions from the 1950's grabbed my attention right away. And for those unfamiliar with ted.com, it might be the most educational way to waste time on the internet.
Back in the glory days, carp fishin' at "the spot" on the Merrimack river was one of us litchfieldians favorite activities. A short bike ride away, you would go down and wet a handful of oatmeal down on the shore, form it into an oblong glob, slide it on a treble hook, and cast it out as far as you possibly could. Then you'd set the pole down on a stick and just wait for that huge sucker fish to take the bait.
In the meantime, a variety of ridiculous games were played. Most notably, the game where we'd throw a tennis ball way up in a tree and fight for position as it pinballed downward through the limbs. Whoever caught the ball won the liberty of starting the madness over again on the next turn. If the ball ricocheted into the water, "sir-reach-a-lot" was available to bring it back to shore.
Wood runs were made, fires were built, beef-a-roni was cooked, rummy was played, bowls were chiefed, and beers were drunk. Times were good. Just when the side games had overtaken our minds, that's when you'd hear that "ziiiiiiiingg.... ziiinnggg... ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiingg." FISH ON.
If you were lucky enough to have it on your rig you'd sprint over, set the hook, and engage in one of the most epic fights known to humanity. Usually you could count on zak to land at least one of them suckers on each trip: (click to see how freakin big that fish is)
When a carp was landed, everyone marveled at it's size and beauty. Catch and release was always practiced, because carp are scum feeders and taste like shit anyway.
So, when I saw this video online the other day, I couldn't help but laugh at how big of losers these hunters are: Apparently, when the silver carp of the Chicago river is feeding, it swims close to the surface. When a boat comes by, the motor agitates the carp causing them to jump several feet in the air. So these brainiacs decide to cruise by in the high powered boats and shoot the carp directly through the bodies with high powered bow n arrows. Carp might feed on scum, but those bow hunting assholes are the scum of the earth.
"Made in 1898, G.A. Smith's 'Santa Claus' is a film of considerable technical ambition and accomplishment for its period. It uses pioneering visual effects in its depiction of a visit from St. Nicholas.
A former magic lanternist and hypnotist, Smith was one of the first British film-makers to make extensive use of special effects to create fantastical scenes. It comes as little surprise that Smith corresponded with the French pioneer Georges Méliès at about this time, as the two men shared a common goal in terms of creating an authentic cinema of illusion. (Michael Brooke)"
So i was wasting my time, reading this recent interview with Palin, where she was named conservative of the year for Human Events magazine. Anyways, I was really entertained by this little exchange:
GIZZI: Who is your role model? PALIN: Susan B. Anthony. I have great respect there for the history. She was a pro-life feminist and those things that she stood for, and she was so far ahead of her time. It amazes me.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A pro-life feminist? Bitch, Susan B. Anthony died in 1905....there was no serious pro-life/pro-choice debate at that point in time. Is Susan B. Anthony's opinion on abortion really relevant? You're making shit up again!! Can someone please stop asking this woman to talk?
Michael Connell was set to testify in a case alleging election fraud from the 2004 election in Ohio. He was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove, and days before his death there were reports of threats to his life stemming from Karl Rove. An experienced pilot, he died in a plane crash on December 19th.
Reporting from Brentwood, N.H. -- Come February, the red-brick Rockingham County Courthouse, one of New Hampshire's busiest, will arraign criminal suspects, process legal motions and otherwise deal with murders, mayhem and contract disputes. What it won't do is hold jury trials.
The economic storm has come to this: Justice is being delayed or disrupted in state courtrooms across the country.
Financially strapped New Hampshire has become a poster child for the problem. Among other cost-cutting measures, state courts will halt for a month all civil and criminal jury trials early next year to save $73,000 in jurors' per diems. Officials warn they may add another four-week suspension.
"It brings our system almost to a screeching halt," said county prosecutor James M. Reams. His aides are scrambling to reschedule 77 criminal trials that were on the February docket.
"All the effort to subpoena witnesses and prepare for those trials is right out the window," Reams said, frustration in his voice. "Internally, it's a monumental waste of time. We'll have to redo everything."
At least 19 other states, including California, have slashed court budgets and other government services as their economies have tanked, said Daniel Hall, vice president of the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit in Williamsburg, Va.
"Courts are there to provide a fair and impartial resolution of disputes," Hall said. "When you start affecting that, you affect who we are."
CAMDEN, N.J. – Five Muslim immigrants accused of scheming to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix were convicted of conspiracy Monday in a case that tested the FBI's post-Sept. 11 strategy of infiltrating and breaking up terrorist plots in their earliest stages. The men could get life in prison when they are sentenced in April.
The five, who lived in and around Philadelphia for years, were found guilty of conspiring to kill U.S. military personnel. But they were acquitted of attempted murder after prosecutors acknowledged the men were probably months away from an attack and did not necessarily have a specific plan. Four defendants were also convicted of weapons charges.
The federal jury deliberated for 38 hours over six days.
The government said after the arrests in 2007 that case underscored the dangers of terrorist plots hatched on U.S. soil. Although investigators said the conspirators were inspired by Osama bin Laden, they were not accused of any ties to foreign terror groups.
Defense lawyers argued that the alleged plot was all talk — that the men weren't seriously planning anything and that they were manipulated and goaded by two paid FBI informants.
Faten Shnewer, the mother of defendant Mohamad Shnewer, said the informants should be the ones in jail. "Not my son and his friends. It's not right, it's not justice," she said after the verdict. The government "sent somebody to push him to say something; that's it."
Convicted were: Shnewer, a Jordanian-born cab driver; Turkish-born convenience store clerk Serdar Tatar; and brothers Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka, ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, who had a roofing business. A sixth man arrested and charged only with gun offenses pleaded guilty earlier...
Biologists are addressing one of humanity’s strangest attributes, its all-singing, all-dancing culture.
“IF MUSIC be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” And if not? Well, what exactly is it for? The production and consumption of music is a big part of the economy. The first use to which commercial recording, in the form of Edison’s phonographs, was to bring music to the living rooms and picnic tables of those who could not afford to pay live musicians. Today, people are so surrounded by other people’s music that they take it for granted, but as little as 100 years ago singsongs at home, the choir in the church and fiddlers in the pub were all that most people heard.
Other appetites, too, have been sated even to excess by modern business. Food far beyond the simple needs of stomachs, and sex (or at least images of it) far beyond the needs of reproduction, bombard the modern man and woman, and are eagerly consumed. But these excesses are built on obvious appetites. What appetite drives the proliferation of music to the point where the average American teenager spends 1½-2½ hours a day—an eighth of his waking life—listening to it?
Well, that fact—that he, or she, is a teenager—supports one hypothesis about the function of music. Around 40% of the lyrics of popular songs speak of romance, sexual relationships and sexual behaviour. The Shakespearean theory, that music is at least one of the foods of love, has a strong claim to be true. The more mellifluous the singer, the more dexterous the harpist, the more mates he attracts.
A second idea that is widely touted is that music binds groups of people together. The resulting solidarity, its supporters suggest, might have helped bands of early humans to thrive at the expense of those that were less musical.
Both of these ideas argue that musical ability evolved specifically—that it is, if you like, a virtual organ as precisely crafted to its purpose as the heart or the spleen. The third hypothesis, however, is that music is a cross between an accident and an invention. It is an accident because it is the consequence of abilities that evolved for other purposes. And it is an invention because, having thus come into existence, people have bent it to their will and made something they like from it...
I was mildly surprised to find this as the cover story in the latest Economist, with everything happening in the world right now. A good read, and it also touches on a number of things that Cliff and I have been discussing in our Darwin seminar.
Lots of people love this movie of course. But I’m convinced it’s for the wrong reasons. Because to me “It’s a Wonderful Life” is anything but a cheery holiday tale. Sitting in that dark public high school classroom, I shuddered as the projector whirred and George Bailey’s life unspooled.
Was this what adulthood promised?
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people. It is a story of being trapped, of compromising, of watching others move ahead and away, of becoming so filled with rage that you verbally abuse your children, their teacher and your oppressively perfect wife. It is also a nightmare account of an endless home renovation.
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Something to think about this Christmas when you're watching this with your family.
Seriously, I simply cannot understand the thinking process behind having Rick Warren speak at the inauguration. Certainly it may be a wise choice for Obama to appeal to the evangelical, conservative Americans who still think that he is a Muslim. It also ties in with his theme of bringing the nation together. (i.e. "There is not a liberal American and a conservative America there is a United States of America.)" In that sense, it is a smart political decision. But on inauguration day, Americans will not be the only ones watching their televisions. The world will be watching, and in these days the world is practically just as affected by American policies as Americans are. And what kind of unifying message is Obama sending to the world by having Rick Warren, a overtime worker for Jesus Inc. known for his anti-gay stances and his comparisons of abortion to the Haloucaust, speak at his inauguration? Having Rick Warren give the invocation will certainly not heal any wounds between us and the Arab world. It will certainly not send a message of change from our far-right Christian politics under the Bush Administration to our frustrated allies in Europe. And at home? Americans with half a brain will come to the painful realization that whether there is a Democrat or Republican in office, the relationships between these Mega-Church Evangelical preachers and our government will not end anytime in the near future.
MANCHESTER, N.H. – A jury issued New Hampshire's first death sentence in a half century Thursday to a man who fatally shot a Manchester police officer to avoid arrest two years ago.
Lawyers for Michael Addison had sought a life sentence, arguing that he acted recklessly, not intentionally, and suffered from an abusive childhood and possible brain damage from his mother's heavy drinking while she was pregnant.
Prosecutors emphasized Addison's record of violence, including a crime spree a week before Officer Michael Briggs was shot in the head, and noted that Addison had said he would "pop a cop" if necessary.
Addison, 28, had no reaction as the Hillsborough County Superior Court jury announced its verdict after about 13 hours of deliberation over four days. The state Supreme Court will automatically review the conviction and sentence, and the defense said it will appeal.
The judge must formally impose the sentence, scheduled for Monday.
New Hampshire hasn't executed anyone since 1939. The last time a New Hampshire court imposed the death penalty was in 1959, but the lives of the two convicted men were spared when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down capital punishment for a time in the 1970s
The Boston Red Sox have taken strides toward completing a deal for first baseman Mark Teixeira, major league sources indicated on Thursday evening, to the point that team executives may have face-to-face negotiations with Teixeira's representative, Scott Boras, in the forthcoming hours. Mark Teixeira
Boras has told teams in recent days that he's "getting close" to resolution in Teixeira's negotiations, and Teixeira was quoted this week as saying he hoped for a conclusion by Christmas. A rival executive involved in the negotiations believes that a Red Sox deal with Teixeira will fall in the range of eight years, for a salary of about $22 million a year.
i had never seen this video before. weird. fat mike wasn't so fat back then either..
some newer nofx:
"i never looked around, never second guessed, then i read some howard zinn and i'm always depressed..."
i remember finishing (well, most of it) a people's history of the united states by zinn around my senior year of high school. i still feel that it was the anti-government, dis-establishment message of punk rock that innately pushed me in the direction of authors like zinn or chomsky...
But seriously, I haven't read the majority or dissenting opinions, but it seems like another bogus decision from the courts. Notice how the end of the article reads: "The majority ruling went against a recent trend of court rulings limiting state regulation of business and deferring to federal power." How come no one ever thinks twice about regulating the tobacco industry? I have to say, as a smoker...that if you are smoking a pack a day, think you're healthy, and feel you were "fooled by the tobacco industry" when you wind up with lung cancer, you are so fucking dumb you're not even worth the time of a district court, mind the Supreme Court. And can't we regulate Big Oil or America's bullshit food industry if we're regulating the tobacco industry?
Anywhoo...you're no longer a pussy for smoking those Camel Ultra-Lights. You're a fucking entrepreneur.
A state of emergency has been declared in New Hampshire as crews around the state deal with damage left in the wake of a major ice storm that rolled through the Northeast. Ice build-up on trees caused branches and limbs to come crashing down, in many cases on power lines already weighted down by the bulky ice causing major outages in the state. Storm Watch 9 meteorologist Kevin Skarupa said ice accumulated anywhere from 1/2 inch to a full inch in some areas. Combining all four state power utilities, over 350,000 New Hampshire residents were left in the dark. About 320,000 outages alone are on PSNH's grid, according to Martin Murray, of PSNH. That number represents more than half of their customers. Murray said that the number of outages may rise even though 190 crews are working to restore power. PSNH warned that many people may not get power for some time. Hundreds of roads were closed (Check Closures) across the state and residents were told to stay in their homes or seek an emergency shelter (Click For List Of Shelters). Officials said some of the worst-hit areas include Keene, Peterborough, Hillsboro, Milford, Nashua, Manchester, Derry, Epping, Portsmouth and Rochester. Mutual aid crews from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Quebec, Canada, were requested, said James Van Dongen, of NH Department of Public Safety.
More Outages Than 1998 Ice Storm
According to PSNH, the number of outages are unprecedented, and have already surpassed statewide outages from the January 1998 ice storm. At the peak of the 1998 storm, 55,000 residents were without power. The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative said more than 37,000 people on their grid have lost power. According to spokesperson Amanda Conaway, the Coop is having difficulty repairing downed lines on their grid because every time crews take a tree off a power line, another tree falls. The state requested that residents treat all down power lines as live, and report their location to their local utility or police and fire.
State Of Emergency Declared
Gov. John Lynch issued the state of emergency just before 9 a.m. "With rain expected to continue and temperatures expected to drop as the day progresses it is important that the state has all its resources available to manage this situation. I urge all New Hampshire citizens to take sensible precautions and heed all warnings from public officials," Lynch said.
The Toast got power back around 1:00, there are a few trees and branches down in the yard but nothing too gnarly. Its a good thing PSNH knew to get power back up quick here, it would have been tough running the dj an lights off of a generator. See y'all tonight.
For whatever reason, I'd never seen footage of the chase with the audio conversation OJ had with the LA police spliced over it. Great stuff. And, just for the hell of it, a list of the evidence in the OJ murder trial;
* DNA showed that blood found at the scene of Brown's murder was likely O.J. Simpson's. The odds it could have come from anyone but Simpson were about one in 170 million. * DNA analysis of blood found on a pair of Simpson's socks found in his bedroom identified it as Nicole Brown's. The blood had DNA characteristics matched by approximately only one in 9.7 billion, with odds soaring to one out of 21 billion when compiling results of testing done at the two separate DNA laboratories. Each sock had about 20 stains of blood. * DNA analysis of the blood found in, on, and near Simpson's Bronco revealed traces of Simpson's, Brown's, and Goldman's blood. * DNA analysis of bloody socks found in Simpson's bedroom proved this was Brown's blood. The blood made a similar pattern on both sides of the socks. Defense medical expert Dr. Henry Lee of the Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory testified that the only way such a pattern could appear was if Simpson had a "hole" in his ankle. Lee testified the collection procedure of the socks could have caused contamination. * Hair consistent with Simpson's was found on Goldman's shirt. * Several coins were found along with fresh blood drops behind Nicole's condo, in the area where the cars were parked. * DNA analysis of blood on the left-hand glove, found outside Brown's home, was proven to be a mixture of Simpson's, Brown's, and Goldman's. Although the glove was soaked in blood, there were no blood drops leading up to, or away from the glove. No other blood was found in the area of the glove except on the glove. * The gloves contained particles of hair consistent with Goldman's hair and a cap contained carpet fibers consistent with fibers from Simpson's Bronco. A knit cap at the crime scene contained hairs consistent with Simpson's. Dark blue cotton fibers were found on Goldman, and the prosecution presented a witness who said Simpson wore a similarly-colored sweat suit that night. * The left-hand glove found at Nicole Brown's home and the right-hand glove found at Simpson's home proved to be a match. * The gloves were proven to be Simpson's size. Although Simpson testified under oath that he did not own a pair of Aris Isotoner gloves, several media pictures emerged showing Simpson wearing the exact gloves. * LA Police Detective Phillip Vanatter could not explain why he kept the eight CCs taken as a sample of O.J. Simpson's blood for hours before recording it as evidence, and why he had it at Simpson's house when evidence was being collected, as corroborated by TV news footage. * The LA County District Attorney's Office and the Medical Examiner's Office could not explain why 1.5 CCs of blood were missing from the original eight CCs taken from Simpson and placed into evidence. * Officers found arrest records indicating that Simpson was charged with the beating of his wife Nicole Brown. Photos of Brown's bruised and battered face from that attack were shown. Simpson was sentenced with three years' community service for the crime. * Police discovered the dome light in the Bronco had been removed. A search of the vehicle revealed the light was carefully placed under the passenger seat and was in good working condition. * Nicole Brown had told family and friends that one set of keys to her home was missing. She had indicated to several family members and friends that she feared Simpson had stolen them to gain entry. The keys were later found in Simpson's home. * Paula Barbieri indicated that she had broken up with Simpson the day of the murders. She said he seemed very disturbed at the news. Phone records demonstrated that Simpson attempted to contact her shortly before the murders from his Bronco's cellular phone. * Much of the incriminating evidence: bloody glove, bloody socks, blood in and on the Bronco, was discovered by Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman. He was later charged with perjury for falsely claiming during the trial that he had not used the word "nigger" within ten years of the trial. During the trial he pleaded the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination to avoid further questioning after his integrity was challenged on this point. * The bloody footprints were identified as made from a pair of Bruno Magli shoes. These shoes were quite expensive and relatively rare. The large size 12 (305 mm) prints matched Simpson's shoe size.In his civil trial of 1996, Simpson swore under oath that "I never would have owned those ugly-ass shoes!" However, three weeks later, a reporter came forward with multiple exposures of Simpson wearing the shoes at Arrowhead Stadium a few years earlier. In the criminal trial, Simpson defense attorneys had said the prosecution had no proof Simpson had ever bought such shoes. * Evidence collected by LAPD criminologist Dennis Fung came under criticism. He admitted to "having missed a few drops of blood on a fence near the bodies," but on the stand he said that he "returned several weeks afterwards to collect them." * Fung admitted that he had not used rubber gloves when collecting some of the evidence. * LA Police Detective Phillip Vanatter testified that he saw photographs of press personnel leaning on Simpson's Bronco before evidence was collected.
 Evidence not presented at trial
* Ross Cutlery provided store receipts indicating that Simpson had purchased a 12-inch (300 mm) stiletto knife six weeks before the murders. The knife was determined to be similar to the one the coroner said caused the stab wounds. A replica of the knife purchased by the police exactly matched the wounds on Brown and Goldman. The prosecution did not present this evidence at trial after discovering that store employees had told their story to The National Enquirer for $12,500. * Jill Shively saw a white Ford Bronco speeding away from Bundy Drive, in such a hurry that it almost collided with another car at an intersection. She talked to the television show Hard Copy for $5,000, after which prosecutors declined to use her testimony at trial. * A women's shelter, Sojourn, received a call from Brown four days prior to the murders saying that she was scared of her ex-husband, whom she felt was stalking her. The prosecution thought that Ito would rule the evidence to be hearsay. In addition, friends and family indicated that Nicole Brown had consistently said that Simpson had been stalking her. She claimed that everywhere she went, she noticed Simpson would be there, watching her. Her friends Faye Resnick and Cynthia Shahian said she was afraid because Simpson had told her he would kill her if he ever found her with another man. * Former NFL player and pastor Rosey Grier visited Simpson at the Los Angeles County Jail in the days following the murders. Both he and a jailhouse guard, Jeff Stuart, testified to Judge Ito that at one point Simpson yelled that he didn't mean to do it, after which Grier had urged him to come clean. Ito ruled that the evidence could not be allowed in court.
As I think about our bailing out Detroit, I can’t help but reflect on what, in my view, is the most important rule of business in today’s integrated and digitized global market, where knowledge and innovation tools are so widely distributed. It’s this: Whatever can be done, will be done. The only question is will it be done by you or to you. Just don’t think it won’t be done. If you have an idea in Detroit or Tennessee, promise me that you’ll pursue it, because someone in Denmark or Tel Aviv will do so a second later. Why do I bring this up? Because someone in the mobility business in Denmark and Tel Aviv is already developing a real-world alternative to Detroit’s business model. I don’t know if this alternative to gasoline-powered cars will work, but I do know that it can be done — and Detroit isn’t doing it. And therefore it will be done, and eventually, I bet, it will be done profitably.
And when it is, our bailout of Detroit will be remembered as the equivalent of pouring billions of dollars of taxpayer money into the mail-order-catalogue business on the eve of the birth of eBay. It will be remembered as pouring billions of dollars into the CD music business on the eve of the birth of the iPod and iTunes. It will be remembered as pouring billions of dollars into a book-store chain on the eve of the birth of Amazon.com and the Kindle. It will be remembered as pouring billions of dollars into improving typewriters on the eve of the birth of the PC and the Internet. What business model am I talking about? It is Shai Agassi’s electric car network company, called Better Place. Just last week, the company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., announced a partnership with the state of Hawaii to road test its business plan there after already inking similar deals with Israel, Australia,the San Francisco Bay area and, yes, Denmark.
The Better Place electric car charging system involves generating electrons from as much renewable energy — such as wind and solar — as possible and then feeding those clean electrons into a national electric car charging infrastructure. This consists of electricity charging spots with plug-in outlets — the first pilots were opened in Israel this week — plus battery-exchange stations all over the respective country. The whole system is then coordinated by a service control center that integrates and does the billing. Under the Better Place model, consumers can either buy or lease an electric car from the French automaker Renault or Japanese companies like Nissan (General Motors snubbed Agassi) and then buy miles on their electric car batteries from Better Place the way you now buy an Apple cellphone and the minutes from AT&T. That way Better Place, or any car company that partners with it, benefits from each mile you drive. G.M. sells cars. Better Place is selling mobility miles.
The first Renault and Nissan electric cars are scheduled to hit Denmark and Israel in 2011, when the whole system should be up and running. On Tuesday, Japan’s Ministry of Environment invited Better Place to join the first government-led electric car project along with Honda, Mitsubishi and Subaru. Better Place was the only foreign company invited to participate, working with Japan’s leading auto companies, to build a battery swap station for electric cars in Yokohama, the Detroit of Japan. What I find exciting about Better Place is that it is building a car company off the new industrial platform of the 21st century, not the one from the 20th — the exact same way that Steve Jobs did to overturn the music business. What did Apple understand first? One, that today’s technology platform would allow anyone with a computer to record music. Two, that the Internet and MP3 players would allow anyone to transfer music in digital form to anyone else. You wouldn’t need CDs or record companies anymore. Apple simply took all those innovations and integrated them into a single music-generating, purchasing and listening system that completely disrupted the music business.
What Agassi, the founder of Better Place, is saying is that there is a new way to generate mobility, not just music, using the same platform. It just takes the right kind of auto battery — the iPod in this story — and the right kind of national plug-in network — the iTunes store — to make the business model work for electric cars at six cents a mile. The average American is paying today around 12 cents a mile for gasoline transportation, which also adds to global warming and strengthens petro-dictators. Do not expect this innovation to come out of Detroit. Remember, in 1908, the Ford Model-T got better mileage — 25 miles per gallon — than many Ford, G.M. and Chrysler models made in 2008. But don’t be surprised when it comes out of somewhere else. It can be done. It will be done. If we miss the chance to win the race for Car 2.0 because we keep mindlessly bailing out Car 1.0, there will be no one to blame more than Detroit’s new shareholders: we the taxpayers.
Just saw this on the Economist today, I think its interesting to note two things; the first being that in comparison to other Western countries the U.S. is pretty bad, only Italy and France are worse. Secondly, with 12% of corporate executives saying that US firms frequently bribe high-ranking politicians, the recent instances of shadiness in Alaska and now Illinois are only unusual in the sense that we found out about them.
There's a lengthy, well-written article on the life and career of Paul Pierce in the new Sports Illusatrated.
"There stands Paul Pierce. The Celtics forward, once the seeming embodiment of what Jordan sneeringly called "New Jack players"—underachieving and self-involved, persona non grata with the national team after leading it to its implosion in 2002, bearer of a contract that will pay him $18,077,903 this season—is hunched over. He's a wreck. Havlicek hands him the trophy, and Pierce dips his head onto the legend's right shoulder. Pierce lifts his head, tears streaming down his cheeks, and it suddenly becomes clear that we're witnessing a rare moment in modern sports: not market-tested, not spun, close to pure."
::I don't have any video evidence. I'm just shitfaced and writing. But do the research yourself, she is worse than O'Reilly and Olberman. I don't care if the show is "No Bias, No Bull"... talk about relevant news for christs sake. my only wish is to be a good enough writer so that i could fully describe the extent to which i detest this woman. ::
So there is a lawsuit that has been appealed to the Supreme Court on whether or not Barack Obama is a US Citizen. First, I doubt they will hear the case. Second, if the Court did take the case, the plaintiffs would not win. Third, does anyone else find it completely fucking retarded and hypocritical that the same people who complain about lawyers in Washington and the fact that there are too many lawsuits in the country are bringing this completly baseless case all the way to the Supreme Court?
Did the jihadists who tore up Mumbai last week rely on party drugs usually associated with Western decadence to stay awake and alert throughout their three-day killing spree? Britain's Telegraph newspaper suggests that they did, citing unidentified officials claiming physical evidence shows the assailants used cocaine and other stimulants to sustain their violent frenzy. And if the notion of self-anointed holy warriors on a coke binge sounds incongruous, the report also maintains that the killers imbibed the psychedelic drug LSD while fighting advancing security forces.
"We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists, and later found drugs in their blood," the Telegraph was told by one official, whose nationality and relation to the investigation were not specified. "This explains why they managed to battle the commandos for over 50 hours with no food or sleep." (See the terrorism in Mumbai.) ...
"We've never seen instances of operatives using drugs in attacks before, but we've also never seen the kind of open-ended, insurgent-style strike of civilian targets by Islamists prior to Mumbai," says Jean-Louis BruguiÈre, who retired this year as France's chief counterterrorism investigator to take a top post in the transatlantic Terrorist Finance Tracking Program. BruguiÈre had no information to confirm or deny the reported cocaine binge by the Mumbai assailants, but he believes that discounting it out of hand would be naive....
The Telegraph story also quotes an official saying traces of steroids had been found in the bloodstreams of Mumbai attackers - something the unnamed source says "isn't uncommon in terrorists." If so, it's a well-kept secret that runs counter to jihadists' disdain of external "impurities" being used to attain physical fitness they often extol. But for BruguiÈre, wrangling over those kinds of details is simply a counterproductive attempt to create a precise, predictable stereotype of a terrorist in what is, in fact, a diverse, rapidly changing, amorphous milieu of extremists. (Read "Mumbai's Terror Is Over, but Panic Persists.")
----------------------- in all honesty, fuck all these radical muslim assholes. i mean, fuck religion in general but damn, you think bombing abortion clinics is bad...there's reports of every hostage being tortured beyond recognition..i know, as every chomsky loyalist knows, that the u.s. is constantly involved in shady, shitty shit. but i still think that the world is faaarr better off with the u.s. as the superpower vs. a bunch of coked out muslim extremists (joking). it's a meager comparison given the context (we have all the power, they don't) but it's just how i feel. bush's wannabe born-again outlook tainted the world view of a secular america. i hope with obama the u.s. can start with a clean slate and put hypocrites like bin Laden out of a job...
everyone knows rush limbaugh is a oxy-contin addict/closet gay but even this made me perk up. limbaugh is the most syndicated talk show ever. you can find him at at least 3 spots on the am dial anywhere in the country..man oh man...
This video is dedicated to the new kanye album. Also, the intro might rival the legendary intro of Steve Perry. And, If anyone wants to know what I look like when I DJ, the dude in the video is a dead replica.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Attorneys for Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski are asking a California court to dismiss a 30-year-old sex offense case against him, claiming prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.
Polanski's defense team offers what it calls "extraordinary new evidence" of "repeated, unlawful, and unethical misconduct" by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and the judge in Polanski's case based on details that surfaced this year in an HBO documentary. link ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Why even try Roman? Your reputation in the United States will stay the same, and being stuck in France can't be that bad. However, if you're trying this because you want to make another film in the States....that's a different story.
NEW YORK - Patrick Swayze is angry about tabloid reports that say he doesn't have long to live.
The actor, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year, issued a statement Tuesday affirming that so far he is winning his fight against the disease and responding well to treatment.
Says Swayze: "They're reporting that I'm on my last legs and saying goodbye to my tearful family! ... It's upsetting that the shoddy and reckless reporting from these publications cast a negative shadow on the positive and good fight I'm fighting."
Swayze, who stars in the upcoming A&E series " The Beast ," says such coverage is tantamount to "emotional cruelty," and angers him "when hope is so precious."
i think we'll all sleep a little sounder tonight...
"I think I was unprepared for war. In other words, I didn't campaign and say, 'Please vote for me, I'll be able to handle an attack. In other words, I didn't anticipate war. Presidents — one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen."
and, as you can see, this was not unexpected...still, as much as folks will continue their bush-bashing, donald rumsfeld's ignorance should not go unnoticed:
this is an odd case..a third grader committing two acts of pre-meditated murder? something is not quite adding up...unless this kid is proven to be the son of lucifer, i'm not sure if he sould really be tried as an "adult." still, that leaves the question of what to do with him...