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When they wrote the various scripts that eventually got concatenated into 'The Bible' (more or less, depending on whether you are Catholic or not), there was no such profession as fact-checker.

Bloom Energy--Be The solution

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How it works (right-click and pick 'play').  It's really amazing:



You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on... 

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this: 


ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you? 

COSTELLO: Thanks I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer. 


COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou. 

ABBOTT: Your computer? 

COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one. 


COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou. 

ABBOTT: What about Windows? 

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here? 

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows? 

COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows? 

ABBOTT: Wallpaper. 

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software. 

ABBOTT: Software for Windows? 

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have? 

ABBOTT: Office. 

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything? 

ABBOTT: I just did. 

COSTELLO: You just did what? 

ABBOTT: Recommend something. 

COSTELLO: You recommended something? 


COSTELLO: For my office? 


COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office? 

ABBOTT: Office. 

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office! 

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows. 

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need? 

ABBOTT: Word. 

COSTELLO: What word? 

ABBOTT: Word in Office. 

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office. 

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows. 

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows? 

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'. 

COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with? 

ABBOTT: Money. 

COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have? 

ABBOTT: Money. 

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money? 

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer. 

COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer? 

ABBOTT: Money. 

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer? 

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge. 

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much? 

ABBOTT: One copy. 

COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money? 

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money. 

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money? 


(A few days later) 

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you? 

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off? 

ABBOTT: Click on 'START'..... ........ 

Frank S.ent a test

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(snopes.com lists this as 'undetermined', but it's probably hooey, still, it's freakin' funny)

An Actual Craigslist Ad:

To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last.
Date: 2009-05-27, 1:43 a.m. E.S.T.
I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings.. 

I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.
First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason. My girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head ... isn't it?!
I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with that brown sludge in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again].
After I called your mother or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you'd done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, -- on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 150 gallons and was extremely grateful!
I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]
I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb ... after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.
Later, I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone. Ma Bell just now shut down the line, although I only used the phone for a little over a day now, so what 's going on with that? Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target.
The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).
In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you ... but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you've chosen to pursue in life. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky.  

Have a good day! Thoughtfully yours, Alex P.S. Remember this motto ... An armed society makes for a more civil society!


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So, one of the machines I work on has the 'fortune' program enabled at login.  It just said something that made me snicker:

"Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak
it to?"
                -- Clarence Darrow

and, of course, that's not correct.  It should be:

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, to whom are you going to speak
                -- Clarence Darrow
So, I was remarking on the ability of my family and friends (now that most of them are on high-bandwidth servers) to send me *FREAKIN' MASSIVE* emails that clog up my IMAP account.

But, I shouldn't forget the regular stream of misinformation that is bandied about.

There are *TWO* good sites for you to check veracity at.  Snopes.com is one, truthorfiction.com is another.  Before you forward, it's always good to check.  You know 99 out of a hundred forwarded emails are actually 'memes' (mind viruses).

So, that said, and not picking on anyone in particular, if you get the note about how asparagus cures cancer, it's not 'factual' (there's no actual articles backing it up).

Here's snopes.com's take on it:


Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article, entitled, 'Asparagus for cancer' printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979.

I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: 'I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer.

Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favourable case histories.

Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1,
A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.

Case No. 2,
A successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3,
a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4,
A woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

I was not surprised at this result, as 'The elements of Materia Medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones.

We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy. For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh.

I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Green Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.

1) Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator.

2) Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.

Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.

As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that 'what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals.

We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold.

For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.

The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink...

As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory,asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance.

The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good.. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Please spread the news...

...the most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received even to the most undeserved person.

Origins:   This item has been bruited about the Internet since October 2006, and there is even a Spanish translation of it in circulation. While it claims to draw its information from a piece titled "Asparagus for Cancer" printed in Cancer News Journal in December 1979, we've as yet been unable to locate a copy of that article or find information about either the e-mail's unnamed biochemist narrator or the article's purported authority, Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. (It isn't clear what the "D.D.S." stands for -- that abbreviation is typically the short form for Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Science, degrees one would not think would position their holders to perform groundbreaking work in the field of oncology.) It should go without saying that until far more is known about the 1979 "Asparagus for Cancer" article, that its purported miraculous tales of serious bouts of cancer overcome by asparagus therapy cannot be confirmed and thus should not be regarded as anything other than lore.

However, that article's provenance aside, asparagus might indeed have certain anti-cancer properties. In addition to this vegetable's many other nutritional benefits (only 25 calories per stalk, high in folic acid, plus a good source of vitamins A, B6 and C, calcium, iron, thiamin, potassium and fiber), it is high in the micronutrient glutathione, an antioxidant. Glutathione is said to defend the body against viruses, certain types of cancer, and boosts immune cells.

Antioxidants have long been touted as one of the keys to preventing cancer. However, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says of that conviction:
Considerable laboratory evidence from chemical, cell culture, and animal studies indicates that antioxidants may slow or possibly prevent the development of cancer. However, information from recent clinical trials is less clear. In recent years, large-scale, randomized clinical trials reached inconsistent conclusions.
In other words, antioxidants may or may not be the potent cancer-fighters they're widely believed to be -- the medical jury is still out on that subject.

As for the notion that asparagus (or any other food) can actually help cure cancer, however, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center noted:
According to our experts, a poor diet and obesity associated with a poor diet is a risk factor for the development of cancer. However, there is no evidence that certain foods alter the environment of an existing cancer, at the cellular level, and cause it to either die or grow.
Barbara "is it the dawning of the age of asparagus?" Mikkelson
She is a local who thinks that she's not going to find a smart mate out here in the boonies.  She's kind of right.  If they are smart, they won't stay here.  That's not a quality that is of much value out here.  Gullibility seems to be the main staying power here.  Of course, the fact that she's trying means she's not bright enough for me.  If she were smart enough, she'd relocate.

Anyway, I'm ok with this, as the chances that I'd run across a woman smarter than me (at all, let alone out here) approach zero.  I figure that Berkeley or Palo Alto might be a place where I'd run into some, but not Mendocino county.

And high or low IQ notwithstanding, critical thinking skills will likely decrease the chances of marriage (it's doing it for me).  I'm hoping I have enough sense when I next run into infatuation that I'll spend time intentionally away from it in order to keep it from messing me up again.

Do Men Want Dumber Women As Mates Or Are Smart Women Too Choosy?

Social scientists at the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Britain tested the IQs of 900 boys and girls at the age of 11 and then checked on their rates of marriage 40 years later. They found that higher IQ increases the chances a man will marry but high IQ causes an even greater decrease in the chances that a woman will marry. (same article here)

"The finding that IQ in early life appears to be associated with the likelihood to marry is important because factors in childhood may determine a person's marital status in adulthood, which may in turn influence future health and mortality," says the study, to appear in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences.

For boys, there is a 35% increase in the likelihood of marriage for each 16-point rise in IQ. For girls, there is a 40% drop for each 16-point increase.

One possible cause of this result is that many smarter women find it beneath them to be wives. Or perhaps they are too choosy in wanting higher status men whereas the men are not as choosy about status of females and hence can find a suitable mate from a much larger pool of women. Men are more driven to seek physical beauty and youth as a result of selective pressures to seek fertile mates. Whereas natural selection favored a female preference for higher status men as better providers.

For the lower status and less intelligent women the smart successful men (and smart men are more successful on average) look like great catches that allow the women to move up in status and in creature comforts. They might also see smarter men as likely to treat them more thoughtfully (at least on average - though there are smart and callous men of course).

Another possible cause in the reduction in marriage rates for higher IQ women is that they spend more time in school than lower IQ women and therefore delay marriage past the point of their maximum attractiveness and maximum fertility. This is certainly consistent with a study on the Australian Twins Registry found that higher education reduces reproductive fitness of women. It would be interesting to look at the women in the most recent study to see if higher IQ still lowered marriage rates once educational attainment was adjusted for.

Go back and read the comments of my previous post Men Prefer Subordinate Women For Long Term Relationships. Note that some people really took issue when I advanced the argument that smarter women are at a disadvantage in finding a mate. Here is social science data that really proves the common intuition. Anyone still want to dispute this argument?

Here is what I want to know: Are genes for higher IQ being selected against? If smarter men are marrying more are they having more kids to compensate for the fact that smarter women are having fewer kids? My guess is that there is a net dysgenic effect. However, in America there is one higher IQ group that has a higher fertility rate: Higher income Republicans have more children than lower income Republicans and various groups of Democrats. So the selective pressures on genes for IQ are hard to tease out. We need cheap DNA sequencing which will probably come along in 5 to 10 years and settle this question.

By Randall Parker at 2005 January 03 02:18 PM  Human Mating 

Girlz formula

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Girls = τ (time) * $ (money)

G = τ * $

And as we all know, "Time is money."


G = ($*$) = ($)2

And, because "money is the root of all evil":

$ = evil

We are forced to conclude that:

Girls = Evil

Click on the snowman.   You will get a black page.  Then click your mouse anywhere (& everywhere) on the page & see what happens! Better yet, click and hold down & drag your mouse over the black page... I'M SENDING YOU SOME SPRING!!!!




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XYZZY: a mathematics 'in-joke?'

Ron Hunsinger believes there is a more meaningful origin to the 'XYZZY' word:

"[XYZZY is] taught by math teachers the world around as a mnemonic device to remember how to do cross products.

"When I first played Adventure, finding 'xyzzy' in it was like finding an old friend in an unlikely place. Or an inside joke." -- Ron Hunsinger

"'Cross products?' you ask.

"Indeed. The cross product of two three-dimensional vectors is the vector whose length is the area of the parallelogram with the two given vectors as adjacent sides, and direction perpendicular to the plane of that parallelogram.

"There is a 'simple' formula for the cross product. If A = B x C, where A, B, and C are the vectors (Ax, Ay, Az), (Bx, By, Bz), and (Cx, Cy, Cz), then:

Ax = By Cz - Bz Cy
Ay = Bz Cx - Bx Cz
Az = Bx Cy - By Cx
"Notice that the second and third equations can be obtained from the first by simply rotating the subscripts, x -> y -> z -> x. The problem, of course, is how to remember the first equation.

"You do that by remembering the 'magic word,' consisting of the subscripts, taken in order: xyzzy.

"And that, friends, is the origin of the magic word xyzzy. This use of the word was around long before Adventure (or Colossal Caves or whatever name you knew it by) was ever written.

"When I first played Adventure, finding 'xyzzy' in it was like finding an old friend in an unlikely place. Or an inside joke."

Tissue Paper Hot Air Balloon

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York: Video footage casts doubt on assault claims

TORONTO (JTA) -- York University has supplied video footage that it says casts doubt on the accuracy of reports that two Jewish students were assaulted during a pro-Israel event at the school.

Videotaped footage from security cameras, made available to JTA, shows animated discussions and gesturing between Jewish and pro-Palestinian students at the Feb. 1 event to raise awareness for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The only obvious sign of physical confrontation seemed to occur when a young woman wearing a hijab either pushed another student or was pushed. A third student quickly intervened.

Police were not called, but campus security intervened. The Jewish students lodged a complaint with the university's Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution Office, and York appointed an adjudicator to investigate.

The local chapter of the Jewish Defense League offered a $500 reward for the assailants' names, contact information and "aliases."

York requested that local reporters view the videotapes from closed-circuit cameras.

Earlier this month, JTA quoted Tyler Golden, co-president of Hasbara Fellowships at York, as saying that about 50 activists and protesters surrounded the 20 or so Jewish students and began chanting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slurs.

He said two Jewish students were slapped, one on the arm and the other across the face.

Golden had no comment in a follow-up interview last week. Asked whether members of Hasbara Fellowships would request to view the tape, he repeated "no comment."

New Favorite TV Station

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Heh ... looks familiar

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2010 Opressometer

2010 Opressometer

But theirs is static.  RnR's changed when you reloaded (and the 'scurity level when you mouseovered).  

Is it Just Me?

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Or does the idea of threatening a human animal sound a bit hypocritical for an 'animal' rights activist?

Weir scared after anti-fur threats

VANCOUVER -- US men's figure skater Johnny Weir said Saturday he was so rattled by "threats" from anti-fur activists that he opted to stay in the Olympic Village rather than a hotel for security reasons.

Weir, 25, received threats after wearing a costume trimmed with genuine fox fur at US nationals, which lead him to change it for the Vancouver Games.

The American had initially planned to avoid the Olympic village as he had not enjoyed his experience staying there four years ago in Turin.

But faced with the threats he is now sharing a two-bedroom suite with US ice dancer Tanith Belbin.

"All those crazy fur people definitely changed my mind," said the former world bronze medallist.

"Security wise, staying in a hotel would be very difficult. There have been threats against me. Threats of harming me personally, so I didn't want to get hurt.

"So I decided to stay in the village and my team has made it as comfortable as possible. I don't want any outside influences to hurt my chances here."

Weir defended his decision to wear fur.

"I have no argument other than I like fur, I like fur products, I like things that come from dead animals. We all wear leather skates made from cow. I'm an easy person to pick on because I'm very open, I like fur.

"It's easy put your cause against an athlete going to the Olympic Games, it's good free publicity for these activists."

He added that it would not stop him wearing fur again.

"If I still want to compete, if I felt the costume needed fur, I would wear fur. If all this happens again I get a bodyguard."

Mercy Me!

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Ray Gosling, 70, was held by police after admitting he smothered his unnamed partner with a pillow as he lay dying in hospital.

The award-winning documentary maker made his confession during a broadcast on BBC East Midlands' Inside Out programme on Monday. He said he carried it out to fulfil a pact they had made in case the pain got too severe.

He repeated the claim on Radio Four's Today programme yesterday morning.

Gosling said he would not name his lover nor say when the incident took place. Police said they only found out about the case after Gosling's comments were broadcast on Monday.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1251644/Ray-Gosling-arrested-killing-gay-lover.html#ixzz0fo1LnZOX


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Dual-citizenship should be eliminated.  If you change countries, you should give up your former identity.  Nobody should have two passports.

If that were the case, then this story wouldn't be able to happen.  But it's not the case, and so, it did (click the link to get the FULL story--this is a James Bond style hit):

Brown pledges probe into theft of British identities by 'Mossad' hit squad as hunt is launched for SECOND woman assassin

Last updated at 2:07 PM on 17th February 2010

  • Israeli foreign minister shrugs off possibility of diplomatic row with Britain
  • 'There's no proof it was Mossad,' says Israel - as it hides behind 'policy of ambiguity'
  • Dubai hunting six more suspects - including a second woman
  • Why choose us, ask men whose identities were stolen by 'Mossad' hit squad

Gordon Brown today promised a 'full investigation' into the use of faked British passports by a hit squad who assassinated a Hamas commander in Dubai.

The Prime Minister said: 'We are looking at this at this very moment.

'We have got to carry out a full investigation into this. The British passport is an important document that has got to be held with care,' he told London's LBC Radio.

click to see full report


The second female assassin: Dubai police launched a hunt today for this woman, caught here on CCTV entering the Al-Bustan Rotana hotel where the murder took place while disguised as a tourist. She is believed to have been part of a final surveillance team in the hotel in the hours up to the killing. What name/passport she was travelling under has not been released

The smiling assassin: Hotel CCTV captures the woman pretending to be Gail Folliard grinning on camera in the hours before the killing of Mabhouh

The first female assassin: The woman pretending to be Irish citizen Gail Folliard smiles as she passes under a CCTV camera during surveillance of the hotel

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1251581/Mahmoud-al-Mabhouh-assassination-Innocent-Britons-named-Mossad-killers.html#ixzz0fnzn7miy
Ok, so admittedly, I rarely if ever take the 'Red State' folks seriously, but 'Climategate' has attracted my interest, in a sideways sense.

You see, we worry about the polar bears.  If the world warms up, what *WILL* they ever do????

Well, it's likely that they will do what they did during Roman times.

You see, before the 'Little Ice Age' of the 13-1800s, it was warmer.  In fact, it was even warmer before that.

File:Holocene Temperature Variations.png

One has to work with the givens

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My Facebook Friends

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Yano, how well *can* you know a sheet of phosphors?

Here's from what they told me today:

Would Richard Haley make a good spouse?Yes
Do you think that Richard Haley has showered today?Yes
Is Richard Haley fun to be around?Yes
Would you trust Richard Haley with your life?Yes

And the actual answer?

Well, to #1, at least half a dozen women have determined that "no" was the answer.

To #2, that's been running about 75%, depending on what broke that day

To #3, I'd have to say "not lately".

nobody would really want to know #4
This is 'water' skiing, redneck style.

from Snopes.com

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I was there for other reasons this am, and this one caught my eye.  It's true, and it's the story of a woman who found out her 'boyfriend' was married, live:

from: snopes.com

Origins:   If anything could be worse than finding out that your lover has been cheating on you, it would be for such a discovery to take place in front of a large audience -- an audience to whom you'd just affirmed your confidence in your lover's fidelity. Even worse would be if you were the discovered cheater, and the revelation of your unfaithfulness occurred in front of an eavesdropping public as well.

Both those scenarios are precisely what happened to two Minnesota residents named Kim and Greg on Andy Savage's radio program (aired on the now-defunct Minneapolis station KEGE 93.7, better known as The Edge) in 1996. 

A 25-year-old woman named Kim phoned in to take part in a scheme called "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not," in which callers who suspected their lovers of fooling around behind their backs gave Savage contact information, and he employed various ruses to try to catch out the straying sweethearts. Kim had been going out with a man named Greg for about a year, she said. Since Greg lived in Duluth, which was quite a distance away (over 150 miles) from Kim's home near Minneapolis, they saw each other only on weekends. Alarm bells should have been going off already, but Kim swore she had "absolutely no reason" to suspect Greg had been messing around on her. "I know he loves me," she told Savage quite confidently. ("Then this is going to be boring," Savage quipped in reply.)

Nonetheless, Savage plunged ahead with the scheme. He called Greg in Duluth and told him that his business card had been picked out of a fishbowl at a local business establishment, entitling him to one dozen free roses. (Greg didn't find this unusual, since he admitted he came out to Minneapolis every weekend "on business.") And where would Greg like the flowers sent? "To my wife, Cindy," he replied.

"What?" inquired the heartbroken Kim. "Cindy? To your wife, Cindy? Your wife, Cindy?"

Greg, taken aback, could only respond "Aw, Jesus ..." before Savage provided him with the now superfluous bit of information that his girlfriend was on the line. Greg fumbled for a bit as Kim questioned him about his wife, then finally tried the old "I was only kidding" dodge.

It didn't work. A teary-eyed Kim called him a "dick" and hung up, and Greg did the same after informing Savage he was a "son of a bitch."

Yes, this was the real thing and not a staged stunt, according to Andy Savage, now on the air with KNDD 107.7 in Seattle. It was an uncomfortable performance, both for the participants and for the audience. If you can overcome your squeamishness, listen for yourself through the link below.

Additional information:
"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not"
(Andy Savage -- KEGE 93.7-FM, Minneapolis)

Chord Zoo

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Chord Map - Click the words below to hear the chords

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Flavors of Morons

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Now, being an American, and having been brought up after Vietnam, for the most part, I've noticed how the whole civics/critical thinking thing has been downplayed (hell, you can even graduate from high-school now w/o *any* foreign language!).

I got an email today that reminded me of why I'm not in Texas, but I have to admit, trading 'believers' out isn't really what I hoped for.

I traded racism, faithism, and rugged individualism for anthropomorphism, xenophobia, and (strangely) 'hippie haters'.

It doesn't really matter what your 'cause' is.  If it's not based on rationality and critical thinking, it's not, and I'm not particularly interested in it.

And to tell the truth, the more I look at things, the fewer 'causes' I'm interested in working on.

Do The Jews Run Hollywood?

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Who runs Hollywood? C'mon

LA Times: December 19, 2008|JOEL STEIN

I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah.

The person they were yelling at in that ad was SAG President Alan Rosenberg (take a guess). The scathing rebuttal to the ad was written by entertainment super-agent Ari Emanuel (Jew with Israeli parents) on the Huffington Post, which is owned by Arianna Huffington (not Jewish and has never worked in Hollywood.)

The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews. The sixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish.

As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you'd be flipping between "The 700 Club" and "Davey and Goliath" on TV all day.

So I've taken it upon myself to re-convince America that Jews run Hollywood by launching a public relations campaign, because that's what we do best. I'm weighing several slogans, including: "Hollywood: More Jewish than ever!"; "Hollywood: From the people who brought you the Bible"; and "Hollywood: If you enjoy TV and movies, then you probably like Jews after all."

Fuckin' Retards

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I'm getting rather tired of living here with all these ninnies, and their sycophants.

We have developed a culture that thrives on being 'miffed'.  A while back, I wrote on 'niggardly', as it had come up *here* (in Ukiah), after I thought the previous story would have sent everyone to the dictionary.

I've called the folks whose ancestors were from Africa: colored people, negroes, black people, African Americans, Afro-Americans, and 'Anglos' (NM is weird in their racial stereotyping).

Damn near any of the terms could result in some tirade on the part of one of them.

I don't normally defend Rush (nor do I like him), but really, I'm getting sick of people being 'put out'.

When I was a kid, and I was disturbed by people calling me names, my mom told me something to keep in mind that I've kept all along, "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me."

Names will, in fact, never 'hurt' you.  If you are hurt by a name, you've obviously done it to yourself.   If that's not clear, well, then you must be a fuckin' retard, no?

I'm usually pretty amused by incidences where someone's chip falls off their shoulder and they bring the matter to *my* attention.  The fact that you took my words and used them to hurt yourself isn't really my problem, yano?

On the other hand, you hurting yourself, blaming me, and then taking out any kind of 'revenge' on me for 'hurting' you is a problem of sorts for me.

I watch this defective mindset play itself out in the culture pretty regularly, but I don't see a whole lot of commentary on the 'cause' of the problem (defective, chip-shouldered, bad tempered idiots).  I see them clamoring for their revenge, and I see a lot of apologies.

But I don't see enough commentary pointing out that the problem is *them*, so I wrote it myself.

Roller Derby

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Looking for a fun way to stay in shape? Need a positive outlet for the daily frustrations in your life? Maybe you have a theatrical streak you'd like to cultivate? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then roller derby might be for you. Nationwide women are strapping on skates to participate in this full-contact sport and part of the grassroots roller derby comeback is happening right here in Ukiah. Mendo Mayhem, Mendocino County's own roller derby team, practices at Skate City Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:15. The team is actively recruiting skaters, referees, and scorekeepers. Our Mission is to empower women through athleticism. The Mendocino County Roller Derby (MCRD) skaters will skate with heart and proficiency as an all female, flat-track roller derby league. Through the development of athletic skill, a strong team ethic, and training specific to the sport of roller derby, MCRD skaters will learn the skills they need to skate competitively at a regional and national level. MCRD is also dedicated to making a positive impact on our community through raising social awareness, fundraising, and reaching out to those in need.


Currently Recruiting Refs and Skaters!!!


Come  Check us out on Mon. Tues. and Thurs.,  nights, 8Pm at Skate City, Ukiah.

Yeah, it's cute, but it's not real (one of the reasons I always question 'rense.com'):

from rense.com
By Stephen Lendman
Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'
So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Harry Reid:
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.."
NOW THAT'S how it's done, folks.

March 20th, March *again*

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It's still an illegal, immoral, and unjustifiable war.  The President of Afghanistan made a special trip (first dignitary to meet with Obama), because he wanted to stop the flyover killings, since so many innocent people were being killed.  And of course, Obama said: "No."

Gaza in Plain Language

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It's quite clearly stated.  There can never be any acceptable justification for the deliberate devastation of an entire society.

Actually, it reminded me of another similar story.  The Mystic massacre is where the Massachusetts Bay Colony participated in a war between Indian tribes, and a war party of colonists, Mohegan, and Narragansett surrounded a Pequot village, and burned it to the ground while preventing those inside from leaving.

Fraud of the Rings

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THE MARRIAGE DELUSION - the fraud of the rings? (Hardcover)

Mike Buchanan (Author)
THE MARRIAGE DELUSION - the fraud of the rings?

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It is always effective (perhaps not liked) to be honest and to communicate about all topics. So many couples go into marriage with a desired "concept", this book is an awesome read to ensure ones understanding of what marriage IS and or CAN be. 

From the end-notes of the sample PDF:



(Sorted alphabetically by the surname of the speaker or the writer, or by

the title of a show.)

'Passion, sexual passion, may lead to marriage, but cannot sustain

marriage. The purpose of marriage is the raising of children, for which

patience, not passion, is the necessary foundation.'

Edward Abbey

'Marriage, in life, is like a duel in the midst of a battle.'

Edmond About

'Mrs Merton' to Debbie McGee: 'But what first, Debbie, attracted you to

millionaire Paul Daniels?'

Caroline Aherne, The Mrs Merton Show

'Sex without love is an empty experience, but as empty experiences go it's

one of the best.'

'My wife was an immature woman . . . I would be home in the bathroom,

taking a bath, and my wife would walk in whenever she felt like it and

sink my boats.'

Woody Allen, 'I Had a Rough Marriage'

'Alcestis had exercised a mysterious attraction and then an unmysterious

repulsion on two former husbands, the second of whom had to resort to

fatal coronary disease to get away from her.'

Kingsley Amis

'After a while marriage is a sibling relationship, marked by occasional,

rather regrettable, episodes of incest.'

Martin Amis

Lady Astor: If you were my husband, Winston, I'd put poison

in your tea.

Winston Churchill: If you were my wife, Nancy, I'd drink it.

'I married beneath me. All women do.'

Nancy, Lady Astor

'There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they

marry. Look where I will, I see that it is so; and I feel that it must be so,

when I consider that it is, of all transactions, the one in which people

expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.'

Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

'Whatever you do, keep clear of thin women. They're trouble.'

Alan Ayckbourn, A Small Family Business

'Spouses are impediments to great enterprises.'

Francis Bacon

'Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours

everything: familiarity.'

Honoré de Balzac

'I thought I told you to wait in the car.'

Tallulah Bankhead, greeting an ex-lover after several years

'Love is just a system for getting someone to call you darling after sex.'

Julian Barnes, Talking It Over

'You may marry the man of your dreams, ladies, but 14 years later you're

married to a couch that burps.'

'Husbands think we should know where everything is - like the uterus is a

tracking device. He asks me, "Roseanne, do we have any Cheetos left?"

Like he can't go over to that sofa cushion and lift it himself.'

'My husband complained to me. He said, "I can't remember when we last

had sex." And I said, "Well I can, and that's why we ain't doing it." '

Roseanne Barr

'Love . . . the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and

discovering that she looks like a haddock.'

John Barrymore

'People keep asking me if I'll marry again. It's as if after you've had one

car crash you want another.'

Stephanie Beacham

'My notion of a wife at forty is that a man should be able to change her,

like a bank note, for two twenties.'

Warren Beatty

'The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for

money usually costs a lot less.'

Brendan Behan

'Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating


Jill Bennett

'People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do for a husband

or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you'll feel

comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow.'

Erma Bombeck

'It is ridiculous to think you can spend your entire life with just one

person. Three is about the right number. Yes, I imagine three husbands

would do it.'

Clare Boothe Luce

'It is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of

marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in

that connection, and the restraints which civilised society imposes to

prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.'

James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson

'Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage.'

Dr Karl Bowman

'Marriage is the most advanced form of warfare in the modern world.'

'The whole point of marriage is to stop you getting anywhere near real

life. You think it's a great struggle with the mystery of being. It's more like

being smothered in warm cocoa. There's sex, but it's not what you think.

Marvellous, for the first fortnight. Then every Wednesday. If there isn't a

good late-night concert on the Third. Meanwhile you become a biological

functionary. An agent of the great female womb, spawning away,

dumping its goods in your lap for succour. Daddy, daddy, we're here, and

we're expensive.'

Malcolm Bradbury

'People marry for a variety of reasons, and with varying results; but to

marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy.'

James Branch Cabell

'I love it when my period comes round. I can really be myself again.'

'My ex-boyfriend came round last night which was a bit weird, because I

didn't even know he was in a coma.'

Jo Brand

'Sex, on the whole, was meant to be short, nasty and brutish. If what you

want is cuddling, you should buy a puppy.'

Julie Burchill, Sex and Sensibility

'I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.'

George Burns

'It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another

and so make only two people miserable instead of four.'

Samuel Butler, letter of 21 November 1884

Cliff Clavin: How's married life treating ya? Quite a change, huh?

Frasier Crane: Well, Lilith and I did live together for a year before we

wed, so other than the fact that I now see it stretching

endlessly before me until I die rotting in the grave, there's

no real difference.

John Ratzenberger and Kelsey Grammar, Cheers

'It's only adultery if you get caught!'

Thunderin' Paul Carrington

'You know what the difference is between a wife and a terrorist? You can

negotiate with a terrorist.'

Frank Carson

'If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.'

Johnny Carson

Sam Malone: You know . . . you know I always wanted to pop

you one? Maybe this is my lucky day, huh?

Diane Chambers: You disgust me. I hate you.

Sam: Are you as turned on as I am?

Diane: More.

Ted Danson and Shelley Long, Cheers

'The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing -

and then marry him.'


'The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense


Lord Chesterfield on sex

'Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.'

GK Chesterton

'Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not

have chosen a suit by it.'

Maurice Chevalier

'My wife and I were married in a toilet. It was a marriage of convenience.'

Tommy Cooper

'That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle the

Vatican has overlooked.'

Bill Cosby

'I've sometimes thought of marrying, and then I've thought again.'

Noel Coward

'My wife and I were happy for 20 years. Then we met.'

'When it comes to sex, at my age I like threesomes. In case one of us


'We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate

vacations - we're doing everything we can to keep our marriage together.'

Rodney Dangerfield

'I'd marry again if I found a man who had 15 million dollars and would

sign over half of it to me before the marriage, and guarantee that he'd be

dead within a year.'

'I should never have married, but I didn't want to live without a man.

Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm

afraid it did.'

Bette Davis

'My wife is a sex object. Every time I ask for sex, she objects.'

'Last year my wife ran off with the fellow next door and I must admit, I

still miss him.'

Les Dawson

'The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but

must live with a character.'

Peter Devries

'The feminist movement seems to have beaten the manners out of men,

but I didn't see them put up a lot of resistance.'

Clarissa Dickson Wright, Mail on Sunday, 24 September 2000

'I have always though that every woman should marry, and no man.'


'It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human


Benjamin Disraeli

'I've married a few people I shouldn't have, but haven't we all?'

Mamie van Doren

'Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes

into it, deserves all the consequences.'

Isadora Duncan

'They say marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning.'

Clint Eastwood



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Israeli Goel Ratzon is seen during a hearing at a courtroom in Tel Aviv, Sunday,AP - Israeli Goel Ratzon is seen during a hearing at a courtroom in Tel Aviv, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. Goel ...

JERUSALEM - The women tattooed his name and portrait on their bodies and gave their children his name -- Savior.

They spoon-fed the bearded, one-time healer as if he were royalty, brushed his shoulder-length white locks, sent him text messages when they were ovulating and slept with him at his bidding.

They turned over wages and welfare payments to him and lived in cramped, rundown Tel Aviv apartments with the children they bore him. According to police, he fathered some of his own daughters' children.

The man, 60-year-old Goel Ratzon -- whose first name is Hebrew for "Savior" -- is now sitting in a Tel Aviv jail, suspected by police of enslaving a cult-like harem of at least 17 women and 37 children. Ratzon, who's lived this way for two decades, denies any wrongdoing, his lawyer says.

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Best of the Super Bowl

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The half-time show:

More Who:

And regardless of the 'grading', all the ads are here (except they only did *Super Bowl* ads, so they left the clown stomping on the unicorn figurine out--which was my favorite).

The Best & Worst Ads of Super Bowl XLIV

The Commercial

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So I went to a local bar that was showing the Super Bowl so that I could see 'the commercial' and The Who!

I didn't find it offensive.

Maybe I should clarify.  I am in favor of a woman's 'right to choose' (I'd never inflict my morals on another w/o proof).

But I'm personally, 'pro-life' (never aborted anyone, don't plan on it in the future, not even by proxy).  There are plenty of ways to ensure that a child doesn't occur.   I was married to *two* fertile women (for the most part, not counting the last few years with the latter one), and the first one was *TRYING* to make a 'mistake', and I still didn't have an accident.  Even if you only count eighteen years of missing the mark, one *can* do this.

On the other hand, it's a human life.  It's obvious in this society that this is not only *NOT* *sacred*, it's freakin' DISPOSABLE.

Now, if you want to make a point about how we shouldn't kill the BAY-BEEZ, perhaps we might start with a conversation about how we aren't going to be killing the adults.

I find myself in an utterly defensible and sensible position, often between such ludicrous positions as 'pro-death-penalty/pro-life' and 'pro-choice/animal's rights'.

One can't be 'pro-life' and be in favor of a) the death penalty, b) war (of any sort).

One can't be 'pro-choice' and be anti-anything that's choice oriented (like smoking, eating meat, wearing leather, using cannabis).  If it's *your* body, it's *mine* too.

Leastways, not w/o also being hypocritical, but that seems to be the human condition.  People want their *own* freedom, but don't generally give much of a shit about other people's freedoms.  That's how slavery got by for so long, and how women got the short end of the (less than thumbs'-width) stick, and how gay people are still being maligned.

But, would I abort my own child?  Sure, if I thought it the right thing to do.  I've avoided that predicament so far, but should I be presented with (for example) a Down's syndrome baby (whose DNA differs more from a standard human than a chimp's does), sure.

If I knew my child would starve (or die some other horrible death), I might even commit infanticide.  

If I knew my child were evil (like a sociopath/psychopath), I might even commit murder.

The latter is a self-defense statement, the middle a quality-of-life statement, and the first just a quality statement.  I've got some standards, yano?

I'm pro-life, but I'm pro-*QUALITY*-life.  Worthless life is (by definition) worthless.

Maybe I'd be a little less caustic on this point if (at this moment) Texas wasn't about to kill someone who they *refuse* to test DNA on to determine innocence, and we weren't *still* killing all sorts of innocents in *two* countries.

I'm still pro-life, but I understand mercy killing, and I know the difference between human and not.

One shouldn't just go about killing things as a standard method of doing *anything*.  It's just the wrong approach.  It's not aikido.  It should always be a dance.  There should be a partner in death if it's not natural.
So I went to look up *why* we call football soccer, and this game we play with the hands, football (handball was apparently already taken, heh).

It turns out that the original term is British, not American.  The proper name for the game one plays with only ones feet (mostly) is 'Association Football' which was shortened eventually by the Brits to 'football' with 'Association' becoming 'soccer' (slang shorthand for Association) along the path.  It was called 'soccer football' when the Americans came up with their sport.

American football descended from 'rugby football' (as did Canadian football).  It's always been differentiated from soccer football, but over time lost the 'rugby' prefix over here (as it differentiated itself), much as the Brits lost their 'soccer' prefix over there.

The funny part is that the Brits tend to get a bit picky on this word, yet it's *their* term.

Mr. Brain's Faggots

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Faggots, mashed potatoes and marrowfat processed peas.

faggot is a kind of meatball. Faggots are a traditional dish in the UK,[1][2] especially the Midlands of England.[3][4][5] It is made from meat off-cuts and offal, especially pork.[3] A faggot is traditionally made from pig's heart, liver and fatty belly meat or bacon minced together, with herbs added for flavouring and sometimes breadcrumbs. The mixture is shaped in the hand into balls, wrapped round with caul fat (the omentum membrane from the pig's abdomen), and baked. A similar dish, almôndega, is traditional in Portugal. Another variation of Faggot is Pig's fry wrapped in pig's caul: the pig's fry and boiled onions are minced(ground) together then mixed with breadcrumbs or cold boiled potatoes, seasoned with sage, mixed herbs and pepper. All beaten together and then wrapped in small pieces of caul to form a ball. These are then baked in the oven. Usually served cold. This is from British Cookery edited by Lizzie Boyd.

The first use in print cited in the OED is in 1851, from Thomas Mayhew, although this appears to be a calzone- or pasty-like dish, with an outer wrapper of caul, covering a filling of mixed pork offal. This was in London.

The dish saw its greatest popularity with the rationing during World War II but has become less popular in recent years[citation needed]. Faggots are usually homemade and are to be found in traditional butchers' shops and market stalls.

A popular dish is "Faggots and Peas". This is a common combination in the Black Country area of the West Midlands, especially so since the 18th century industrialisation onwards, but also for hundreds of years prior. It is still common to see small butchers shops in the area selling Faggots to their own (sometimes secret) recipe for a cheap price. Commonly, the faggot consists of pork liver and heart minced, wrapped in kel, with onion and breadcrumbs. Often, the Faggot should be cooked in a crock, with gravy and served with peas and mashed potato.

Faggots are also known as "ducks" in the MidlandsYorkshire and Lancashire, often as "savoury ducks". "In Leigh market in 1905 you could buy a savoury duck rolled up in an oatmeal cake."

Industrially-made faggots

The best-known commercial brand is Mr Brain's Faggots, a frozen food product available in Britain, which is made of liver and onions rolled into meatballs and served in a sauce. These faggots differ significantly from the traditional recipe.

Pictures of the product are a popular joke in some Western countries because of additional meanings of the name. Faggots were used as the subject of an infamous 2004 radio advert by the UK supermarket chain Somerfield.[6] The commercial featured a husband challenging his wife's repetitive routine of a set meal for each day of the week. While he wanted lasagne, he was told that, as it was Friday, he was to have faggots. He responded: "I've nothing against faggots, I just don't fancy them." This advert was subsequently deemed to have breached the rules on Good Taste, Decency and Offence to Public Feeling of the Advertising and Sponsorship Code, and was banned from future re-broadcast by the industry regulator, Ofcom.

Nuclear Families

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There's a lot to be said for not just them, but only-child families, too.

I'm in a family of five.  When my folks send me something, it goes through a kind of 'echo chamber' where I often get it back again.

I spent a couple of hours cleaning out my mailbox when I got back from my trip.  I mostly did pruning of old things, and rearranging, so that my IMAP po-box wouldn't get over-full (I've got a 100mb limit there, and I was often getting up into the eighties).  

After the clean job, it was down to eleven mb.

One week's worth of giant attached messages bounced back and forth a bit?  

Back up to sixty mb.

Such a freakin' disconnect

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I'm listening to Mike Malloy, and he's pointing out that the pass of the undie-bomber through security was at the behest of the intel community.

Now, I try to be rational.  Have you heard this *anywhere* else?

A jealous ex-boyfriend has been accused of a 'rape-for-hire' plot after his girlfriend was brutally assaulted, on his orders. 

A former U.S. Marine posed as his girlfriend to post an advert on the internet site Craigslist. 

Angry at being dumped, the advert read: 'Need a real aggressive man with no concern for women.' 

He posted his girlfriend's photo on the site and after receiving a reply from Ty McDowell entered into an email correspondence.

A week later McDowell broke into the 25-year-old woman's home in Natrona County, Wyoming, tied her up, blindfolded and gagged her before carrying out the rape.

An arrest warrant said he held a knife to her throat while carrying out the sex assault.

The bizarre rape-for-hire case was revealed as McDowell went on trial for rape.

Prosecutors said the ex-Marine had wanted revenge on his girlfriend after she broke off their relationship.

Two days after the advert for an 'aggressive man' was posted on Craigslist the woman spotted it and complained to authorities. 

It was removed from the site but by that time McDowell, 27, was already in correspondence with the man believing he was the woman.

McDowell claimed the 'woman' sent him emails saying she wanted to be humiliated and told detectives he believed she had wanted to act out a rape fantasy.

The man, whose name has been withheld to avoid identification of the victim and who was thrown out of the Marines for misconduct, has also been charged with rape.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1242958/Jealous-ex-boyfriend-used-Craiglist-arrange-womans-rape.html#ixzz0eUnn8Emd
It sure looks like it.  From: indymedia.org.uk


"In 1974, the Russian researchers Eskov and Sapozhnikov found that bees generate electromagnetic signals with a modulation frequency between 180 and 250 Hz when they do their communications dances. (It is important to note that our GSM mobile system is modulated with 217 Hz). Hungry bees react to those frequencies by erect-ing their antennae [8]. Warnke reported that the communication impulses of the antennae when touched by a fellow bee can be measured with an oscillograph [9]." 


Here's what 217Hz sounds like:

A particular problem is the 217 Hz sending frequency radiated by a Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) transmitter of a mobile phone operating in accordance with the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standard. This noise interference when heard by human ears resembles the sound of a bumblebee and is thus known as bumblebee noise.

Mobile phone towers a threat to honey bees: study

August 31, 2009Leaving mobile phones near to a bee hive was found to have a catastrophic effect


Honeybees on flowers outside the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phone towers and cellphones can pose a threat to honey bees, a study published in India has concluded

An experiment conducted in the southern state of Kerala found that a sudden fall in the bee population was caused by towers installed across the state by companies to increase their network.

The  emitted by the towers crippled the "navigational skills" of the worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies, said Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy, who conducted the study, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

He found that when a cell phone was kept near a , the worker bees were unable to return, leaving the hives with only the queens and eggs and resulting in the collapse of the colony within ten days.

Over 100,000 people in Kerala are engaged in apiculture and the dwindling worker bee population poses a threat to their livelihood. The bees also play a vital role in pollinating flowers to sustain vegetation.

If towers and mobile phones further increase, honey  might be wiped out in 10 years, Pattazhy said.

(c) 2009 AFP

Video Mondegreen

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I'd never really paid *that* close attention to 'Video Killed the Radio Star', but I'd always wondered what the significance of the kid sitting in front of the dryer was.

It's a radio (a *BIG* radio).

So, what would you call a video mondegreen?

Actor Rip Torn a Conn. character

The "30 rock" actor is well known around Salisbury, especially within the town's active winter bar scene, and few residents were surprised when he was arrested in a bank after allegedly breaking in while intoxicated.

The Hartford Courant

Rip Torn, pictured in this mug shot, after his arrest for driving while intoxicated in Dec. 2006.

Rip Torn, pictured in this mug shot, after his arrest for driving while intoxicated in Dec. 2006.

SALISBURY, Conn. -- The report of the arrest, released by state troopers over the weekend, achieved near perfection in cop jargon.

"On 0-1/29/10, at approximately 9:42 pm, Troopers from the Connecticut State Police were notified of a burglary alarm at the Litchfield Bancorp located at 326 Main Street in Salisbury. Troopers were dispatched to the scene and upon their arrival they observed a broken window at the rear of the building. Observed inside the bank was a lone white male walking within the premise."

That lone white male walking within the premise, as millions of gossip Web site visitors learned over the weekend, was Elmore "Rip" Torn, 78, an actor whose legendary list of film credits now seems threatened only by his ability to stretch the longevity of movie bad-boy behavior.

Torn is a well known and loved figure around Salisbury, especially within the town's active winter bar scene, and few residents were surprised by the details, or the explanations that the police and Torn's lawyer provided about the event. After a night of drinking, Torn was headed home to his modest clapboard house on Farnum Road, just around the corner from the bank. But the bank, which is built in a remodeled clapboard home, looks remarkably like Torn's house, and that is where he thought he was. When his key didn't work, Torn broke a window to get inside and then neatly placed his cowboy boots and a wool cap by the back door.

Add a few more details -- the troopers tested Torn at 2 1/2 times the legal limit of alcohol, and he was carrying a loaded .22 revolver -- and the event takes on the kind of senior roguishness that has made Torn an almost folkloric hero in this genteel corner of the state. Police said that Torn looked unsteady on his feet, that his fly was open and that he repeatedly complained about being handcuffed and then taken from what he thought was his own home.

Daily Pioneer

18th September, 2009

Studies in Kerala have brought out evidence to support the theory of colony collapse disorder (CCD) among honeybees due to bioactive microwave radiation from mobile phones and their relay towers, which leads to extensive disappearance of entire worker bee colonies. This could result in disruption in food production because most of the crops depend on bees for pollination.

Although the theory of mobile towers leading to CCD is yet to be proved anywhere in the world, experts say this is highly possible and the phenomenon could cause unimaginable food troubles to most Indian States, especially Kerala which is already food-scarce. The State has the highest density of mobile towers.

The phenomenon of (suspected) mobile tower-induced CCD and resultant crop loss were first noticed in the US several years ago, but this had spread to most European countries by 2007. Now, experiments by Sainuddeen Pattazhy, a researcher and dean in the department of zoology at SN College, Punalur, Kerala, have found that worker bees fail to return to their hives when their navigation skills are interfered by the mobile microwaves.

Sainuddeen had conducted his experiments by placing mobile phones near beehives (as some scientists in the West had done earlier). He found that these hives collapsed totally in five to 10 days with the worker bees failing to return to their homes, leaving the hives with the queens, eggs and immature bees. The vanished bees were never found, but the assumption was that they died singly far from home. The parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony dies, refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.

"The navigation skill of the worker bees is dependent on the earth's magnetic properties. The electro-magnetic waves emitted by the mobile phones and relay towers interfere with the earth's magnetism, resulting in the loss of the navigation capacity of the bee. Then it fails to come back. Also, the radiation causes damage to the nervous system of the bee and it becomes unable to fly," said Sainuddeen.

The researcher had earlier led a study on the impact of mobile phones and towers on ecology, in which other environmentalists had participated. The study revealed that bioactive radiations from mobile towers threatened the very existence of home sparrow, which lived in colonies close to human habitats, even in crowded cities.

Pattazhy, however, is not the first scientist to notice the phenomenon of CCD occurring in bees due to mobile phone-tower proximity. A limited study at Landau University in 2007, headed by Dr Jochen Kuhn, had found that bees refused to return to their hives when mobile phones were placed nearby. As back as in late 1990s, a researcher, George Carlo, had headed a massive study sponsored by the US Government and the mobile phone industry in America, had said, "I am convinced that the possibility is real."

Apiarists in Idukki, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts confirm that they have been noticing the massive play of CCD for the past four or five years, but they have never thought of the relation between mobile tower-induced radiations and their bees.

A beekeeper in Thodupuzha, Idukki said he had lost 13 of his 17 hives in the past three years. Three years ago, three mobile towers were erected on the hillock near his farm.

"But I have never thought of the relation. I, like other farmers, was thinking that climatic changes and pesticides used in the rubber plantations were the reason," he said.

Scientists warn that Kerala, which already has a large number of mobiles and towers, could face not just CCD-created hive losses but even a crop disaster if the mobile craze continues to grow.

"Honeybees can be wiped out in Kerala and many other Indian States and cities if there is no system to control the unscientific increase in the use of mobile phones. It can in turn lead to a disaster in the food front as bees are responsible for pollination in most of the food crops," said a biotechnologist at a Coimbatore college.

Scientists claim radiation from handsets are to blame for mysterious 'colony collapse' of bees

By Geoffrey Lean and Harriet Shawcross

It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.

They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.

The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees' navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive's inhabitants suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers, like so many apian Mary Celestes. The vanished bees are never found, but thought to die singly far from home. The parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony dies, refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.

The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half of all American states. The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of its commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East Coast.

CCD has since spread to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. And last week John Chapple, one of London's biggest bee-keepers, announced that 23 of his 40 hives have been abruptly abandoned.

Other apiarists have recorded losses in Scotland, Wales and north-west England, but the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs insisted: "There is absolutely no evidence of CCD in the UK."

The implications of the spread are alarming. Most of the world's crops depend on pollination by bees. Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left".

No one knows why it is happening. Theories involving mites, pesticides, global warming and GM crops have been proposed, but all have drawbacks.

German research has long shown that bees' behaviour changes near power lines.

Now a limited study at Landau University has found that bees refuse to return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby. Dr Jochen Kuhn, who carried it out, said this could provide a "hint" to a possible cause.

Dr George Carlo, who headed a massive study by the US government and mobile phone industry of hazards from mobiles in the Nineties, said: "I am convinced the possibility is real."

The case against handsets

Evidence of dangers to people from mobile phones is increasing. But proof is still lacking, largely because many of the biggest perils, such as cancer, take decades to show up.

Most research on cancer has so far proved inconclusive. But an official Finnish study found that people who used the phones for more than 10 years were 40 per cent more likely to get a brain tumour on the same side as they held the handset.

Equally alarming, blue-chip Swedish research revealed that radiation from mobile phones killed off brain cells, suggesting that today's teenagers could go senile in the prime of their lives.

Studies in India and the US have raised the possibility that men who use mobile phones heavily have reduced sperm counts. And, more prosaically, doctors have identified the condition of "text thumb", a form of RSI from constant texting.

Professor Sir William Stewart, who has headed two official inquiries, warned that children under eight should not use mobiles and made a series of safety recommendations, largely ignored by ministers. 

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