Monday, October 31, 2005

Homeland Security Dept. NOT meeting deadlines

"...the government has yet to develop a comprehensive plan to protect roads, bridges, tunnels, power plants, pipelines and dams. He said a broad plan to protect levies and dams might have helped prevent the New Orleans levies from being breached."

This article means no good.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Things shaky in India today

Marketplace bombings.

This makes me want to throw up.

also, train derailing killing 100

Friday, October 28, 2005

Excellent group Halloween costume

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Thomas Sowell on Econ and segregation.

Thomas Sowell, one of my heroes. I was privileged enough to eat lunch with him when the Review hosted. I had no idea what wonderful stuff he had written at that time!

"Those who see government as the solution to social problems may be surprised to learn that it was government which created this problem. Many, if not most, municipal transit systems were privately owned in the 19th century and the private owners of these systems had no incentive to segregate the races.

These owners may have been racists themselves but they were in business to make a profit -- and you don't make a profit by alienating a lot of your customers. There was not enough market demand for Jim Crow seating on municipal transit to bring it about.

It was politics that segregated the races because the incentives of the political process are different from the incentives of the economic process. Both blacks and whites spent money to ride the buses but, after the disenfranchisement of black voters in the late 19th and early 20th century, only whites counted in the political process.

It was not necessary for an overwhelming majority of the white voters to demand racial segregation. If some did and the others didn't care, that was sufficient politically, because what blacks wanted did not count politically after they lost the vote.

The incentives of the economic system and the incentives of the political system were not only different, they clashed. Private owners of streetcar, bus, and railroad companies in the South lobbied against the Jim Crow laws while these laws were being written, challenged them in the courts after the laws were passed, and then dragged their feet in enforcing those laws after they were upheld by the courts. "

Bad grammar officer

"Gov. Jeb Bush, who boasted Monday how prepared the state was, acknowledged shortcomings Wednesday in getting water, ice and food to victims. He accepted full responsibility.

'We did not perform to where we want to be,' Bush said."

Don't they have PR specialists who tell the Bushes about this kind of nonsense. Why can't they speak properly?

I rescind my earlier posted picture contrasting Dem and Rep leadership. In any case, it should be the responsibility of each head of household or individual to be aware of disaster possibilities specific to their location. Survival of the fittest!

Boortz: "Self-sufficiency is no longer the goal for far too many Americans. Now the goal is to see how much responsibility they can turn over to the government while continuing to live the easy life."

One of the best articles in a while

America's elites can sense that it's falling apart, and don't give a damn as long as they've got theirs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hee hee

Monday, October 24, 2005

First Amendment in Colleges

I love Mike Adams' columns exposing intolerance in diversity offices on college campuses, mostly in the South. GA Tech's president is mad at Adams for criticizing the school (that I almost went to). College Republicans and GLBTQ community clubs are clashing over activity funds for the latter (cultural) and not the former (political). anyway, my point is that bad grammar makes one's point less believable. From Tech's student paper: "Britton Alexander, state chair of the Georgia Association of College Republicans, said, 'We got left with a bad taste in our mouth last year [at a gay marriage debate].'" got left???!!! good job, STATE CHAIR, for confirming the stupid WASP southern republican stereotype.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

slavery and torture - chilling

"After brutally beating Joseph on the head and all over his body, the master laid him out on a wooden plank. He then nailed Joseph to the plank by driving nine-inch nails through his hands, knees and feet. He then poured acid on Joseph's legs to inflict even greater pain, and finally left him for dead."

Miraculously, Joseph did not die, even though he lay on the plank for seven days. He survived through the kindness of his master's son, who brought him food and water, and eventually took him to a medical facility.

"In case you are wondering," wrote Phillips, "no criminal charges were brought against Joseph's master, because he acted within his 'rights' under currently practiced 'sharia law.' To say that Christians are second-class citizens in much of the Islamic world (not just the Sudan) is a cruel understatement."

Friday, October 21, 2005

Mug shots of celebrities, musicians

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Weighing dying patients to measure soul loss

"In this case we certainly have an inexplicable loss of weight of three-fourths of an ounce. Is it the soul substance? How other shall we explain it?"

Shit, it's the Jetsons.

"One big advantage the DishMaker offers is the production energy it saves.

'If you made and recycled one of our plates three times a day for a year, the energy that goes into that is comparable to the energy required to make one ceramic plate (in a factory) because the ceramic is fired at about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit,' says Bonanni.

Bonanni says recycling efforts often pose a trade-off between reduced waste and consumption, and the amount of energy required to achieve those aims through recycling. But his device doesn't require people to collect and process the refuse, and uses little energy to recycle it.

The trade-off, of course, is in variety, since the dishes are all uniform and simple in design."
"An X-ray refrigerator uses an interior camera to project the fridge's contents onto the outside door so people can see what's inside without opening the door and wasting energy. The camera takes a snapshot of the fridge each time the door is opened, when the contents are likely to change. Future designs would transmit the image to a cell phone or other handheld device so shoppers could see what's in their fridges while strolling the grocery store aisles.

Bonanni has also created a 'living cabinet' that grows and preserves food. The prototype uses light and carbon dioxide recycled from a kitchen stove to act as a 'life support' system for store-bought produce. A sprig of basil or lettuce placed in the cabinet would not only keep for months, but would grow more leaves. Bonanni says the process works even if the produce doesn't have roots."

My kind of men

Publicity whores

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