Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The war against women

Has been going on for a long time around the world.  In some places, women face down death threats. In others, legislation to control those naughty lady parts is constantly brought to the vote, pushed forward by those who have no understanding of women's physiology.

Because apparently we are now celebrating the Era of Stupidity.

Update 10/26:  sexism is everywhere.

And Malala Yousafzai is able to walk, talk, and can remember.

The horrific facts about rape.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gee, how strange...


Spraying pesticides kills bees.  Who'd a thunk?  (And how many times do we have to rediscover this fact to do something about it?)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Have the Romneys already purchased the Oval Office?

Corrected link.  Petition to Eric Holder to investigate Tagg Romney's ownership of Ohio's voting machines.

Update 10/21: More on the Romney ownership of electronic voting companies.

This is Tagg Romney who would like to take a swing at Obama.


Let the auto companies go bankrupt... but let Romney make a ton ... several tons of money from it first.

Why does Romney lie so much?  Blatantly lie?  Obviously lie?

Republican voter registration fraud.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Science is cool...

Spray-on solar panels.

British engineers produce amazing 'petrol from air' technology:
A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity. 
The company, Air Fuel Synthesis, then uses the carbon dioxide and hydrogen to produce methanol which in turn is passed through a gasoline fuel reactor, creating petrol. 
Company officials say they had produced five litres of petrol in less than three months from a small refinery in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside. 
The fuel that is produced can be used in any regular petrol tank and, if renewable energy is used to provide the electricity it could become “completely carbon neutral”. 
Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis. 
The technology, presented to a London engineering conference this week, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 
The “petrol from air” technology involves taking sodium hydroxide and mixing it with carbon dioxide before "electrolysing" the sodium carbonate that it produces to form pure carbon dioxide. 
Hydrogen is then produced by electrolysing water vapour captured with a dehumidifier.
El Nino will make your state drier than usual this rainy season... or very very soggy.  (Sorry about that, Florida).  But there is no signs of global warming.  Nope nope ignore that.

Curiosity digs up Martian dirt.  Planets in perspective.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

While the debate rages on...

Quick!  Which way did they go?

Ad your voice to help reelect Obama.  And speaking of ads, this is fun.

Psychopaths:  business men and politicians

The physics of medieval viking sword fighting.

They are coming for your birth control... because hussies should get knocked up and then shamed, shunned and finally stoned in the town square.  Because God is love.

DNA from a descendant of Richard III will help identify the bones found below a English car park.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What could possibly go wrong?

Bain-Controlled Company Owns 2012 Voting Machines

Food fakery:

Tongue tampering:
To get an idea of just how high tech such stuff really is, here is bit of an explanation of how it all works from FoodNavigator-usa.com: “Building on work by scientists who have successfully cloned human taste receptors for sweet, bitter and umami tastes, Senomyx uses high-throughput biological screening techniques to evaluate millions of molecules to identify which substances bind to specific taste receptors.” 
Back in the EU, however, an explanatory memo issued by the European Commission to explain its list of “approved flavouring substances,” says that to be authorized a flavoring must not “mislead the consumer.” And that would seem to raise the question of whether there’s any real difference between misleading the consumer and misleading the consumer’s tongue.


Let me warn you and let me warn the Nation against the smooth evasion which says, “Of course we believe all these things; we believe in social security; we believe in work for the unemployed; we believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things; but we do not like the way the present Administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them—we will do more of them we will do them better; and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything.” But, my friends, these evaders are banking too heavily on the shortness of our memories. No one will forget that they had their golden opportunity—twelve long years of it. Remember, too, that the first essential of doing a job well is to want to see the job done. Make no mistake about this: the Republican leadership today is not against the way we have done the job. The Republican leadership is against the job's being done. — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936
Jon Stewart uses this to expose Romney.

Little bits

A woman travels across Antarctica alone.

Oh you Brits. Humor on the Underground. And you can tell a lot about the Brits (and everybody else) by the way they like their eggs cooked.

The world's angriest cat.

Made with a small multirotor helicopter, a video of Hammershus.

The attempt to silence a brave voice.  Malala Yousafzai seems to have survived the attack, but I don't know in what condition.  An update 10/10.

They've found something.... something weird and small... on Mars.  Update10/10:  benign plastic?  Update 10/11: Rats, benign plastic.

Monday, October 08, 2012


Halliburton’s missing nuclear waste found alongside Texas highway

A debate

I finally got around to watching it... and they both did well.

  Update: Video removed by user, etc, etc. Will replace when I can find the full hour and a half of the debate, but most have been pulled.

 (I had a hell of a time getting the sound high enough, finally rewiring my speakers to the old ones that go up to eleven.)

Sunday, October 07, 2012

How do you debate someone using the Gish Gallop technique?

The definition of Gish Gallop.. which sounds like something you experience after eating bad food, basically is unloading so many lies all at once that the opponent cannot attack any of them.  It lets you win the debate (especially if the other one is not ready for it) but you've given the other side enough ammo for a zillion negative campaign ads in the end.


It's suggested that Romney's debate win probably made the House stay Republican, even if he himself loses the election. Only time will tell....

Friday, October 05, 2012

Poll takers


Problems? What problems?

Concern over Sri Lanka kidney disease
Incurable ailment linked by researchers to farming chemicals prompts calls for controls on pesticide use.
Who cares about the poor anyway? U.S. military’s secret experiment sprayed radiation on low-income housing

Droning on takes on a whole new meaning...

Can we just start calling them lies now? At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes  and 10 Pieces Of Proof That Mitt Romney Thinks You're Stupid and Rachel Maddow is keeping track and David Corn notes Romney's flip on the 47 percent.

If you don't support this, you aren't against abortion.  You're against sex.
Abortion rates plummet with free birth control.
Ducks that had been kept in a pen all their lives are introduced to water for the first time. You think you have problems....

This is worrisome....

Exit Polls Canceled In 19 States

Update... there is no voter fraud, so Republicans will MAKE voter fraud happen: Sproul Says GOP Had Him Disguise Involvement in Voter Registration Scandal

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Life in the background

Now that the first debate is over....

The sunken ancient Greek ship that had a 'computer' gets a revisit... they're going back to see what other wonderful things can be found.  (I love this kind of archaeology.)

Your hate and fear of the 'other' is used to manipulate you.


What could possibly go wrong? To quote Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park,"...scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."
Pesticide use rises as genetically modified crops backfire 
Look, Romney! A poor person using the ER... and being told they could not help her.  Obamacare saved her.

Marijuana helps cure cancer? It will be made only if the big Pharmaceutical corporations can control it:
Marijuana And Cancer: Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers
Darrel Issa is out to sea.  But we knew that already.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Anchor teaches a bully a lesson

Cats, the Moon and everything in between

Reddit asks:  What is something your current or past employer would NOT want the world to know about their company?  The responses about banking, food service, recycling, chemical waste, crony drunks on the job... makes one want to dig a hole and hide in it....

Hell cat.

Mars had water.  But does that mean it had life?  And how about a super computer on the MoOOooon!?

Bees, birds and butterflies:

Reasons to vote Republican:

Who will stop the gun violence?
Stephen Barton survived the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. But 12 others didn’t. Watch his personal message asking President Obama and Governor Romney to offer their plans on how they will end gun violence, and join him by signing our petition.

Like... you know...

The worm from the CENTER OF THE EARRRRRRTH.....!1!!1!1!