September 29, 2008
See? He's a crazy person.
The government does not have a checking account sitting around somewhere with $700 BILLION dollars in it. In fact, our government has a huge deficit. Thanks, Dubya!
So, what's going to happen? They're just going to make tax payers foot the bill for this newly socialized debt.
It's an obscenity.
September 26, 2008
If abortion is illegal even in cases of rape, then prosecution of the act of rape is a retaliatory act against conception. If you are retaliating against conception, then you're effectively making a threat against the life of that child since it is the creation of that life that inspired your act of retaliation. Therefore, might not a child press charges against their mother for pressing charges against his father on the grounds that it is child endangerment?
She is so woefully unqualified for the job of vice president -- whatever she thinks that job entails.
September 25, 2008
September 24, 2008
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Texas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, a doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President.
The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle!"
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.
The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle."
The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. "You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she is up there, and you just have to wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with."
Caution: Contains strong language not suitable for work environments or children.
WATERBURY, Vt. -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.I took out the idiotic PETA explanations. Go look at the article to see all that ridiculocity. The part I want to call attention to is Ben & Jerry's response.
"We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child," said a spokesperson for Ben and Jerry's.
They don't say that PETA is batshit insane for bringing this up or even suggesting that milking is somehow misery for the cows (and we should be concerned about that) and that milking people would be at all practical for their business. They don't even bother to point out people milk and cow milk are not the same chemically, which would mean reformulating all of their ice cream to compensate for the different flavors.
No. Instead, they leave the door wide open to a smartass at PETA pointing out that mommies make way more milk than their babies can eat and so the surplus could be sold to Ben & Jerry's to make their ice cream cow-friendly.
This is the problem with pragmatists. Instead of pointing out the obvious idiocy here (the idea that animals have rights) they're looking at the practical concern that adopting this stupidity might deprive some baby of his mother's milk.
Stupid stupid stupid.
Ben & Jerry's is a bunch of dirty hippies anyway. They get what they deserve.
September 22, 2008
Republicans believe in privatizing profit and socializing fiscal loss. - TedBear
Found in the comments over at Joe.My.God.
Anyway, I sent him an email saying that I was interested in chatting and he sent me a terse note back saying, "give a call," followed by his phone number.
That's very strange to me and not just for the lack of capitalization and punctuation.
I thought about it and decided I would wait and call him today after work, so I sent him an email asking a few friendly questions and telling him I would call the next day.
He responded asking for a photo of me because he wasn't a paying member of the Atlasphere and so could not see my pictures. I sent him links to my Facebook page and my blog which has videos.
I never really worry about sending "good" pictures because my looks are sufficiently within the range of "good looking" as to appeal to a broad population. Even if you have a particular type you're attracted to, I generally offer some amount of appeal. And if you're an Objectivist trying to date Objectivists, well, then you could do far worse than me in the looks department given the limited availability.
(Was all of that indirectly vain enough for you to understand that I am aware of the fact that I'm attractive to most people?)
Anyway, he writes back, " "
I just have to laugh at this because what on earth could he be looking for in a mate? Because of the lack of information in his profile, I can't really begin to speculate about where the incompatibility lies. Of course, I imagine that he's looking for someone with a unicorn horn or walks about in a haze of glitter and sparkles. (Who isn't looking for that, really?)
On the other hand, I absolutely love this exchange. It was simple, direct, and efficient. I wish everyone where that way!
So, on Atlasphere, I met one nice guy who is now geographically incompatible, I got shot down by one mystery fellow, and the third person I wrote to hasn't responded. That isn't a very good track record for a dating site!
September 20, 2008
Actually, I'm against the government stepping in here. I am actually for allowing all of this to take its course and pulling the government out of trade including the finance industry. It's been obvious for years that a correction is necessary and we all knew that the longer this went without correction, the more devastating it would be.
It's like how forests need fires to bring in fresh new life.
The thing that rankles me is how some people describe the government's recent socialistic actions. Naomi Klein on Real Time supports socialism and the nationalization of things like the oil industry. She didn't care for the government buying up Lehman brothers because she says "this bubble wasn't created because the American people demanded it. It was because it was spectacularly profitable for Wall Street."
Two questions Miss Klein:
1) Who is on Wall Street? I always thought there were a lot of Americans involved there, like my coworkers who are not rich people.
2) If the American people did not want this, then why did they buy into it? Someone bought all these houses. Someone ran up these credit card bills. Someone signed their names to contracts and agreements that are now coming to fruit.
For a socialist, she is shockingly ignorant of how the rich and "poor" are connected.
And that's the thing about money. Anytime these people talk politics and money, this resentment toward the rich comes up. They hate the rich for being rich. They don't think it's "fair" that the rich are rich. They're like little children who complain that it's not fair that they aren't the children of some other parents.
Miss Klein is right about one thing: "This isn't real capitalism. This is Crybaby Capitalism." Brought to you by Republicans. When things are good, they want the government out. When things are bad, they want the government to save them.
But she turns this around to suggest that having the government out in the first place is bad. She seems to think that free markets mean anarchy. She seems to think that capitalism means lawlessness.
This is absolutely false.
There has to be a government to protect people from criminals. But that's it.
I think I'll make a video ranting about this...
September 19, 2008
Anyway, before the performance, we walked past the theater for All My Sons, which is notable not only for being a revival of an Arthur Miller play, but for being Katie Holmes' broadway debut. What we saw was even covered in UK papers.
Telegraph: Katie Holmes' Broadway show picketed by Scientology protesters
The actress starred in the first preview performance of All My Sons with husband Tom Cruise looking proudly on.Tigerkitten was given a couple of fliers by members of this group, Anonymous.
Outside, around 30 demonstrators lined the pavement by the Schoenfeld Theatre in New York, loudly protesting against the controversial Church of Scientology.
They shouted "Scientology kills!" and held up posters attacking the religion, which counts Cruise and Holmes as its most high-profile members.
One placard read: "Free Katie - Keep Tom" while another said: "Run, Katie, Run!"
The group called themselves Anonymous and many wore masks. One said: "We are not boycotting Katie, we are not boycotting the play, we are protesting against Scientology." Their placards echoed the message of the 'Free Katie' website set up when the former Dawson's Creek star began dating Cruise in 2005.
This group represents a collective of individuals who perfectly fit the nihilistic, malicious, people I described in my other post.
If I had thought more about it in my last post, I would have remembered this article in the New York Times that I read a while back.
The New York Times: The Trolls Among Us
One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minn., took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents’ bedroom closet and shot himself in the head. The next morning, Mitchell’s school assembled in the gym to begin mourning. His classmates created a virtual memorial on MySpace and garlanded it with remembrances. One wrote that Mitchell was “an hero to take that shot, to leave us all behind. God do we wish we could take it back. . . . ” Someone e-mailed a clipping of Mitchell’s newspaper obituary to MyDeathSpace.com, a Web site that links to the MySpace pages of the dead. From MyDeathSpace, Mitchell’s page came to the attention of an Internet message board known as /b/ and the “trolls,” as they have come to be called, who dwell there.That Times article is as fascinating as it is terrifying.
/b/ is the designated “random” board of 4chan.org, a group of message boards that draws more than 200 million page views a month. A post consists of an image and a few lines of text. Almost everyone posts as “anonymous.” In effect, this makes /b/ a panopticon in reverse — nobody can see anybody, and everybody can claim to speak from the center. The anonymous denizens of 4chan’s other boards — devoted to travel, fitness and several genres of pornography — refer to the /b/-dwellers as “/b/tards.”
Measured in terms of depravity, insularity and traffic-driven turnover, the culture of /b/ has little precedent. /b/ reads like the inside of a high-school bathroom stall, or an obscene telephone party line, or a blog with no posts and all comments filled with slang that you are too old to understand.
From the handout from "Anonymous:"
Who is Anonymous?The flier goes on at some length in this way. It's a morass of juvenile pseudo-philosophical sneering (and bad grammar) and apparently their only point is that they just like to hurt people.
"We are the face of chaos and the harbingers of judgment. We'll laugh in the face of tragedy. We'll mock those who are in pain. We ruin the lives of other people simply because we can. Hungregs die in a plancrash. We lauch. The nation mourns over a school shooting, we laugh. We're the embodiment of humanity with no remorese, no caring, no love, or no sense of morality."
What does Anonymous represent?
"Anonymous broadly represents the concept of any and all people as an unnamed collective. Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, puty, and mercy.
Anonymous works as one, because none of us are as cruel as all of us. Anonymous has no weakness or flaw. Anonymous exploits weaknesses and flaws. Anonymous doesn't have a family or friends."
"'We ruin the lives of other people simply because we can.' It is not needed to know or understand anything about the raid target, 'It is for the lulz.' "
It is shocking and terrifying, which is exactly the point.
I think The Church of Scientology makes a good, challenging target in their eyes because of that organization's reputation for being so rabid about suppressing opposition. I want to emphasize here that their opposition is not ideological at all. Even though their posters appeal to the alleged criminal and oppressive behavior by that group, they say that their objectives in opposing the Church of Scientolog are:
"Bringing the scientology sites down. Tie up phone lines, black faxes. We harass the lawyer and his/her lawfirm. We call them, fax them Goatse [porn] and so on, and complain to his/her boss that she/he is a crack whore/rapist/n---er."In all of these quotations, I've tried to type the spelling and punctuation exactly as it appears in the flier.
This group is scary.
Terrorists don't scare me very much just because I know that they have an ideology that they're trying to stay true to. They're trying to accomplish something. They may pick bad methods, but when someone is going for something, you can at least make a few predictions about what they will and won't do.
This group has no allegiance to integrity or consistency. They don't want anything except to cause misery, suffering, and fear. Any tactic that does that will satisfy them. And any tactic that doesn't do that is fine, too.
I could go on at some length about the contradictions in this flier or about how this makes no sense, but in reality, there is a certain explicitness about it that I like. Even though their words contradict one another, they do strike me as actually being more consistent than most.
So, anyway, there you have it. Those people do exist.
If the high is 73 and the average is 74, then I would bet we are at normal. Not pretty close to normal.
Now, I know most people will think, "But it's not normal. It's one degree less."
And my issue is that "normal" in this case should be used to represent a range of temperatures calculated by some fraction of a standard deviation from the mean. If your doctor takes your temperature and the reading comes back as 98.4 degrees instead of 98.6, he's not going to freak out.
The reason this inaccuracy in scientific language from my weatherman bothers me is because that is the sort of off-the-cuff remark that leads people to look at minor deviations from average as evidence for climate change.
This is the kind of thing that people look at and say, "It's the global warming, you know. Things just aren't the way they used to be."
And that makes me think that this problem isn't just with my weatherman.
September 18, 2008
September 17, 2008
September 16, 2008
I am now sitting through a jerky, jumpy show with lots of artifacting, digital stuttering, and general near-unwatchableness.
TNT records in HD fine. But last week I tried to record Fringe in HD and it was completely unwatchable and now House is messed up.
I hate it and it's REALLY pissing me off.
Update: ok. It's now reached a point where I can't understand anything that is going on.
September 15, 2008
Your kids probably already know all about it.
I was very happy to receive the recognition and I hope that I was gracious in my acceptance.
So, back to my resume. hmmm... I wonder if he'd write me a recommendation. I'd need him to come up with something better than my having a good head, of course.
September 14, 2008
I took a couple of days off of work two weeks ago for my birthday and because my birthday almost always falls near a holiday, I had three days away from work. I didn't do anything special, but it was nice to have the time away. When I came back to work, the work was piling up. It wasn't too bad, but I could tell things were building up.
I thought about going into work last weekend to try to beat the monsters back. I opted against it, though.
Well, this past week was the worst ever. Well, worst in terms of hours. It wasn't the most stressful. I just had a lot of things that needed to get done. I've never worked so many hours in a week. 16 hours on Monday. 12 hours on Tuesday. 14 hours on Wednesday. 11 hours on Thursday. 16 hours on Friday. 11 hours on Saturday. And 9 hours today.
And tomorrow, I get up and start again.
But I can't stop thinking about it. As I sit here, my mind is still racing over things I need to do. Picking what I will do first tomorrow.
I can't remember what day it is or what time it is. My sleep schedule is completely shot. I've been eating terrible food, trading healthy sustenance for expediency and quick shots of energy. I have consumed more caffeine over the last week than I think I've ever consumed in three times as long.
Obviously, I can't keep this up forever. I could keep it up for a long time, sure. Years, maybe. But it's best not to foster bad habits.
There are things I really dislike about my job. There are things that are so frustrating that I usually have one or two moments in a day when I want to scream.
But it's not that bad. I like the business. I was put on one of my accounts because as my boss puts it, I "bring order to chaos," and I do consider it a bit of a personal challenge to turn this thing around. I hope I can do it within the next three months.
Three months because that's how long is left in the new year. And I want to find a new job by then. The average job hunt for someone in my position takes 4 to 6 months, so I'm already behind schedule on that. On the other hand, I am going to be pressuring my boss for a raise for the end of the year, also.
Now, some might wonder if it's unethical or at least unpolitic in business to ask for a raise and turn around and quit. I don't think it's at all unethical. If it were some sort of bonus for work to come (not work completed) then I think it might be argued. But giving a raise is 1) not an investment until it's paid and 2) is negotiated based upon work provided. My quality of work and commitment to my work is obviously not in question. Might a certain overly emotional person in management call me a traitor and generally freak out? It's a possibility. I'm willing to risk it.
I want a job at another agency. A big agency. A big agency that wins awards and runs national campaigns. I want to work at a big agency that wins awards and runs national campaigns and will give me multi-channel exposure and experience. Ideally, I'll be at my next company for 5 to 7 years.
Ok. It's late. I need to try to sleep because I need to try to get back on my schedule this week.
I just wanted to jot down my thoughts and exorcise the demon, so to speak. I wish I had something more interesting to talk to you guys about, but all I think about these days is work. Sometimes I have an outburst about politics, but mostly it's work.
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