SK: I made you a present
Me: is it a monogrammed goiter lance?
SK: two actually – so our goiters can fence each other.
7 Up was originally named “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” and contained lithium citrate a popular treatment for bipolar disorder.
:: Via Father Wikipedia ::
Scientists have detected mercury contamination in every one of hundreds of fish sampled from 291 freshwater streams, according to a U.S. government study released on Wednesday.
:: Don’t Eat Poison ::
I installed a blog comment suite called intense debate that reworks the comments pretty seriously. Voodoo Knickers now supports
- Threaded Comments
- Comment Subscriptions
- Comment Ratings
- Other things which I haven’t played with yet.
I am somewhat concerned that it seems to be loading slowly. It feels like the IntenseDebate plugin is loading the comments on from their servers which is incredibly dumb for several reasons. 1. it slows load time which is the number one thing that determines use. 2. It’s not a sustainable growth model.
Please note that I will still delete stupid and boring comments that don’t really add anything to the discussion. I will also continue to publish highly relevant comments in the post body if I feel so inclined. Test out the system and please let me know what you think!
I’m probably going to need a new handle soon as I’ll likely cut my dreadlocks in the next three years. I like to think ahead on these matters. If you think of anything useful email me. It should be witty but also inspire fear in my enemies. You know, something like this (but in word form)
In a new book, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reveals new details on politicization under President Bush, reports US News & World Report’s Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004.
Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was “blindsided” by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.
Okay, I am a cynical person and it’s a very particular bitter cynicism born solely from working in politics. After 9 years, it still blows my mind how corrupt these people were.
There are two things I want to say about this, both of which are so deeply disappointing that I can barely even write about them.
1. This implies that the Bush Administration knew terror alerts raised the presidents standing in political polls and wasn’t afraid to use announcements as a political tool. There’s a graph which I find interesting but not fully conclusive which supports this conclusion. Ridge says he never actually gave in but that doesn’t appear to be the case:
Most notoriously, in an August news conference Ridge issued a terror warning for the New York City and Washington, D.C., financial districts. Ridge did not mention that most of the “new” intelligence he cited when he raised the threat level to orange actually pre-dated the 9/11 attacks. Shortly after the election the terror threat levels in New York City and Washington, D.C., were quietly lowered.
:: SeattlePI ::
JuliusBlog, the makers of that graph say that whenever approval ratings dipped as the result of particularly bad press there was a new terror alert announcement. Assuming that is actually the case, either Ridge was complicit or it happened and he didn’t mention anything…until someone offered him money to write a book!!! In other words, he’s just corrupt enough to reveal it all for cash. Disgusting.
2. According to Ridge, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft were the ones who wanted him to politicize the terror alerts in order to sway an election. As far as our current government is concerned this is not actionable election fraud. There will be no panels, no one brought before congress, no one fined, no one imprisoned. We live with a government so fraught with corruption that prosecuting someone for trying to betray the country with lies is not a viable use of political capital.
Dear Mr. President,
What is the jams?
Rutherford B. Peatmoss
The Jams is pretty much every goddamn motherfucking thing that The Hood Internet touches, that’s what. Look here:
And then The Hood Internet made this Wish Girl (Freekey Zekey vs DAT Politics) business which is better than GYOZA! (what, is that even possible? The Answer: YES!)
How powerful is the Hood Internet? Powerful enough to make fucking A. Bornstein change his mind about mashups (bc of this youtube!)
Sure A. Bornstein was wrong in the first place but he’s pretty stubborn. Presidential Props to The Hood Internet.
The Undead Corpse of Abraham Lincoln
The It List
+ Gyoza (and other vegetarian dumpling variants) for being so delicious!
+ California Supreme Court for making CA release 27,000 prisoners due to inhumane overcrowding. (Note: the court did not say anything about the fundamental structure and concept of the prison system being hopelessly ineffectual and backwards, huh?)
+ Long Term Thinking come on everybody, lets make a 5 year plan!
+ Sesame Oil for making Gyoza even more delicious than normal. Is that even possible? YES. Thanks Sesame Oil!!
+ John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, for using his public platform to express his views on health care reform. Every opinion deserves whatever soapbox it can get, good on him for speaking up!
+ Mexico, for legalizing small quantities of drugs and giving free government treatment for addiction. Wow, that’s so reasonable. But remember, if it’s still illegal to buy and sell drugs that doesn’t really make much sense and continues to give criminal syndicates power over distribution. WHICH IS THE WHOLE PROBLEM.
+ Dreadlocks, because they are awesome.
The Shit List
- Me, for waiting until I’m delirious from lack of food at about 3pm in the afternoon to eat anything (this sentence doesn’t make sense I’m going to the taqueria….)
- Short term thinking
- Obscenity laws that apply to private content (public content should maintain with public standards of decency, although this gets dicey when you start talking about sex shops).
- John Mackey, CEO of whole foods, for making intellectually incoherent arguments about health care and not having the business sense to realize that pissing off your lefty customer base will trigger a boycott in a recession. Hopefully someone is getting spanked hard by their board of directors right now.
- Cafes that don’t include a little plate to put my tea bag on.
There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers. -Richard Feynman
This quote has long been bandied about by science-minded conservatives begging for an air of credibility in a backhanded critique of government. I cringe every time I hear it. Of course, it was an offhand joke by Feynman at the time, but it’s an obviously inept comparison that lacks even the legitimacy of apples to oranges. Armchair pundits ought to note that A DOLLAR BILL IS SUBSTANTIALLY SMALLER THAN A FUCKING STAR. Furthermore, new images from the Hubble Deep Field show that there are at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe and each galaxy containing around 1 trillion stars. That’s 1 x 10^23 or 100 sextillion stars in the universe.
My point here isn’t to rag on Feynman, but instead on people who use ham-fisted, inaccurate, and illogical comparisons about the size of the national deficit. There are a lot of valid critiques available about the depth, breadth and methodology of government spending, none of them are buttressed effectively by cross referencing the size of the universe.
Also, wallstats has some pretty cool visualizations about just how big 1 billion dollars is. There is also a cool visualization out there of the physical size of 1 billion dollars but I wasn’t able to successfully google for it. Also, consider checking out that Hubble Article I linked to earlier.
Mr. Atman Writes:
1 trillion stars per galaxy, 100 sextillion in the known universe
which would give us about 11 galaxies worth of national debt
which is still quite a bit fewer dollars than, say, the number of
kilograms of mass present in the Moon.
keep the faith!
Note how they are embedding high value affiliate marketing campaigns in with actual content? Well, content in the context of twitter here is defined as really incredibly boring offhand thoughts, but I digress.
The big problem is that twitter doesn’t have any way to let users flag spam. This is an easy problem to fix but I suspect they are trying to inflate their user numbers in order to increase valuations and to secure additional vc funding or an acquisition.
It’s much easier to change the system if you game it first.
Last I checked, scaring the shit out of people is a pretty good revenue model.
:::: regarding the acquisition of Everyblock by MSNBC.com
via Email (thanks Sha!!) ::::
I’ve lived in pursuit of indelible memories and, too often, have erased them with what I drank while making them.
:: via Sandra re: Research is a Blind Date with Knowledge ::
Around the Internets
+ Dan Savage on the Aerobics Gym Shootings (very closely paralleling a conversation with Danielle)
+ Dow chemical is shutting down several refineries and building a CO2, Algae biofuel plant.
+ Obama Naked with Unicorns