Saturday, May 04, 2002

Johnny Cash Rocks!

I just listened to Johnny Cash's covers of Soundgarden's Rusty Cage and Beck Hanson's Rowboat. He rocks.

These were recorded back in '96, I'm just surprised I haven't heard them already. Add to this the fact that on the album where these songs come from, Unchained, he's backed up by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Freaking amazing. I feel so lame for not hooking up with this album sooner...

Friday, May 03, 2002

Rain Forests not the Carbon Sinks we thought

A new study says that outgassing from streams, lakes, and other wetlands produces up to three times the amount of CO2 gas than previously thought. According to the article, this increased outgassing equals about a fifth of what humans are producing, and leaves the forests at about even for ouputting / absorbing CO2. These findings could certainly screw up any kind of emissions trading system.

Thursday, May 02, 2002

Hulk Smash!

Via the InstaHub, Meryl Yourish gives us Stan Lee's solutions to todays pressing issues. Is the Hulk green or grey these days?

Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Wrong, just so very wrong....

This picture, via Asparagirl, posted by Ed Murray, is one of the most disturbing pictures I've seen in a while. And I've seen some fucked up shit in my day.
May Day Fruit-Balls
From the BBC, a gallery of May Day perspectives from London. Well groomed people with well thought out ideas on global problems, and fine approaches to getting the word out:

I’m here to promote cycling, but there are wider issues. I’m against anything that mashes up the environment too much...
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...Getting together in a noisy crowd brings anti-globalisation to public attention – the issue was even raised on the radio today...
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...There's lots of wealth in the world and I want it shared out...


Yes, we're certainly gripped by the thoughtfulness and importance of these people's messages. I'm sure they really do care about creating a better, brighter world. Violent protests, rioting, and lots of attention are just a happy side effect.

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I sometimes wonder about the psychology of the Protest Junky. What is it that makes people want to constantly hit the streets, railing against the powers that be? All of the protesters I knew back in college were such needy little attention whores, living comfortably on taxpayer-funded student aid, and bitching about the evils of the government. Most came from upper-middle class families, and they were all majoring in drama, communications, or some other likewise useless degree (my alma mater's communications program was truly dreadful).

Now, there was another group that shared several of these traits -- not worrying about tuition, needy for attention, worthless majors, etc... -- we called them fratboys. They satisfied their basic needs for attention and expression by drinking and getting head from sorority girls. I never saw them protesting (I can picture the signs, "More Titties and Beer Now!"), and they were usually far better groomed.

Anyone claiming your average protest nut is any more thoughtful than the average moron fratboy implies that at least one of these two groups are capable of rational thought, which I assure you is not the case. While teenagers, the two groups seem to fall into one camp or the other: The fratboy will say to his friends, "let's get drunk, watch the game, and then group masturbate to a Jenna James porno". The Protesto will say to his friends, "lets smoke some pot, bitch about stuff, and group masturbate to a Noam Chomsky tape".

Both are loathsome creatures, but I don't understand the mechanism for deciding which person will end up in which group. Genetic? Environmental? Why will one end up a middle-management do-nothing in corporate America, while the other will spend their life not bathing and protesting against corporate America?

Sure, opposition to evil, oppression, and tyranny are great, and mass demonstrations can even bring down regimes, like Milosevic's Yugoslavia. Which is great and all, but May Day is just a festival of fruitcakes screaming their outcries against the evil capitalist system. At least under the Soviets you'd get to see a big parade of cool looking military equipment rolling through Red Square. No missiles or tanks these days, just puppets. Ugly, ugly, puppets.

Ok, maybe I'm just ranting here. I've always hated May Day, and losing my ATM card this morning doesn't make me well disposed to see constant media coverage of ignorant unwashed masses...
Florida Social Services "lose" girl for over a year

A CNN.com story about a young girl in Florida who disappeared a year ago, and may have been murdered in Kansas City. Florida's Department of Children and Families, which was responsible for keeping tabs on her well-being, simply lost track, and never bothered to check up until just recently.

The case came to light last week when an agency caseworker contacted the grandmother to set up an appointment to check on the child. The grandmother told the caseworker that she had turned the child over to people she believed to be caseworkers in January 2001.

The grandmother told authorities those people said they were taking the child for evaluation. They returned about a week later for the girl's clothing, saying the tests were taking longer than expected. The girl was not seen again.

The grandmother said she repeatedly called the state to check on the child, but the agency said they have no records to confirm the calls.

Pretty damn disgusting, all around...

Sunday, April 28, 2002

What have I been saying all along?

Courtesy of instapundit, this article warns of the dangerous European Anti-American sentiment and the need for closer Anglo-American ties.

I love articles that agree with me!