Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two articles on the Carbon market. Second one illuminating.

FT article gives you back drop.

Guardian gives you the scandal.

The fact that China put a second tier official against Obama and the other world leaders is telling.
The Chinese will dominate the carbon market and they will dominate many other markets.

But the gall of them to ask for the USA to add to the American demise is sad.



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Friday, December 18, 2009

Chaff and Twitter

I have been using Twitter to search for information on the results of the Copenhagen Cop15 meeting, but in particular for price direction information.

I broker emissions credits for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUAs, or European Union Allowances).

And when the ONE got up to speak I decided to watch the various comments coming from people who were there and those who were watching (although it is difficult to tell them apart).

[
The Risk was to the upside in my opinion, meaning that there was a sell off in the last day or two and its like a tightened rubber band, waiting to snap back if Obama said something really good re an agreement. But since he didn't, the move down was enforced, so to speak, and the tension went out of the rubber band.]

The really difficult thing to judge is who really has a good grasp of the situation. There are many vested interests on both sides politically; there are many people who are only vaguely familiar with the subject; there are many that are only politically vested and have no idea of this particular item that their hero/nemesis is speaking about and blindly follow/criticise what they say.

So today I am watching the market price move up a bit as Obama speaks and then the comments from people in the audience come flowing in from people in the audience. Imagine all those people typing on their PDAs and phones.

But the result was basically negative: "no agreement without verification" would be the simple one line summary, with perhaps the addendum: "he ain't gonna get that".

Still, it was interesting to follow Twitter by using the twitter search page and watching these two terms "Cop15" and "Copenhagen" - and ALSO using Tweetdeck.

The problem is that there are so many tweets coming in and there still is no way to figure out who is telling the most accurate fact-based news. The CNN breaking news twitter page was singularly inaccurate, and dare I say it, so biased ['There is "no time to waste" on climate change, Obama tells summit.']. Presumably the CNN hack read the text, and put out an optmistic comment - in the MIDDLE of his talk. Considering that might be the only thing that many Americans would wake up to, I consider that to be close to criminal.

Another thing is that the only way to get credible information is to know ahead of time who would be there - and are not so biased - and are witnessing it live. Sure I have heard that you can use Twitter for other breaking news events such as the boy that was supposedly trapped in that balloon scam, and you hope you are getting something like a comment cloud of accuracy but again, in that case you are only being referred to what the cable news is putting out.

Its best for 1)Live events, 2) from people who are there, and 3) from that you trust. Otherwise, you are stuck sorting through the chaff. I look at profiles (quickly) when read a tweet and decide if they are on one side or the other. No very accurate but all you can do. I read one that said roughly "the enviros in the press club are dissapointed with Obama's words" and took that to be a pretty good one.

Since I was watching prices and speaking to clients, I told them, this is the comment and then this is why I think its accurate.

All in all, kind of interesting. The prices are falling. Climate change agreements are not to be had this year.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Are you looking Diane?

Heh, this is for infobee.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Arming Goldman With Pistols Against Public: Alice Schroeder - Bloomberg.com

Arming Goldman With Pistols Against Public: Alice Schroeder - Bloomberg.com

I am surprised by this article regardng Arming of Goldman employees. It just sounds plain wierd that someone at Bloomberg wants to fear-monger about a populist uprising. 

WTF? Huck?

Just my first reaction to Huckabee commuting Maurice Clemmons' sentence.

And I like Huckabee. For president? No, not really, even before this.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Penn Jillette

I am whinging today. Its a general whinge and a specific whinge.

Generally, I hate that Hulu does not play in Europe.

Specifically, I hate that Penn Jillette (twitter @PennSays) no longer is viewable on the site Www.Crackle.com in Europe.

I have googled in manny different ways to find a reason, but nothing has come up. Anyone with a reason for that is welcome to answer here.

Dan

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Priggish

From Camille Paglia at Salon, second page.

I have been deeply impressed by the citizen outrage that spilled out into town hall meetings this year. And I remain shocked at the priggish derision of the mainstream media (locked in their urban enclaves) toward those events. This was a moving spectacle of grassroots American democracy in action. Aggrieved voters have a perfect right to shout at their incompetent and irresponsible representatives. American citizens are under no duty whatever to sit in reverent silence to be fed propaganda and half-truths. It is bizarre that liberals who celebrate the unruly demonstrations of our youth would malign or impugn the motivation of today's protestors with opposing views.

The mainstream media's failure to honestly cover last month's mass demonstration in Washington, D.C. was a disgrace. The focus on anti-Obama placards (which were no worse than the rabid anti-LBJ, anti-Reagan or anti-Bush placards of leftist protests), combined with the grotesque attempt to equate criticism of Obama with racism, simply illustrated why the old guard TV networks and major urban daily newspapers are slowly dying. Only a simpleton would believe what they say.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/10/14/teaparty/index1.html

Why is there so little criticism of the mainstream media for exactly this?: "
It is bizarre that liberals who celebrate the unruly demonstrations of our youth would malign or impugn the motivation of today's protestors with opposing views. "

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Using poop in an advertisement.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Acorn Franken

The story is about the amount of fraudulent votes normally found in any Acorn inspired submission and then extrapolating that to the election of Al Franken. To wit, based on proven execution, the 312 margin that he won by would be wiped out. (Apparently Coleman the GOP choice is nothing to be proud of, so I do not defend him. I just accuse Acorn).






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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Melancholy for Dusty Sydney





Last night I watched "The Silence" with Richard Roxborough, and at one point he is swimming in the North Sydney Pool to relieve stress of being a copper with a troubled investigation involving his past. 

Then, this morning, I hear the stories of the dust storm in Sydney. 

And I go melancholy about the times that I used to run across the bridge at lunch for exercise and then swim ten to 15 laps in the same pool. 

I miss Sydney. 

The attached photos show where I worked (the CBD) and the bridge and pool. And also the dust enveloping the bridge taken from the CBD side I think. 















Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Opera Mini Won't Work in the Nokia 6303

I had a nokia 6300 and used the Opera mini browser. I just bought the Nokia 6303 and the browser won't install properly. Any ideas?



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Hitler Misses the Bull Market of 2009


Hitler Misses Out on the 2009 Bull Market - The most amazing videos are a click away

Friday, August 21, 2009

I want this phone: 3720 Nokia

I want a durable phone. I keep dropping my Nokia 6300. I think its a simple, and very useful phone. I have my gmail and can access my work mail. Its not connected to internet all the time, but it doesn't take much to connect. I am on my second 6300 in one year. (And its clear I won't buy more expensive phones like the N series if I am clumsy with phones).

Well actually the second one just broke, and apparently they will give me a new one with the guarantee (doubtful) but I have to wait three weeks.

So I looked for "tough", "durable" key words and found the 3720. Its supposed to be very strong.

I found it on a number of sites, including amazon, but a lot of local sites that say they can deliver.

They all tell me that they will have it in late sept or early october.

WTF? Why put it on your site, then?

So, anyway. I want a phone NOW. I am using an old nokia handset and the retro thing is not fun. I just dont want to buy another if I can wait til October.

Frustrating. Wait or or buy another 6300. Wait for guarantee which is doubtful or buy another 6300.

So, if you want to buy one for me, I will reimburse you. (unless that breaks some international trade law).



Dan

Friday, July 24, 2009

Exposed: Harvard Cop With Dirty Connections

Today Massachusetts reporters have uncovered a web of dirty connections to the Policemen that arrested respected Professor Gates.

Sergeant James M. Crowley had been no stranger to the dirty side of police corruption because he has often read novels of corruption in Los Angeles such as 'LA Confidential.'



Succkas. You just cannot wait for Crowley to be Palinized for opposing the One.





















..boston globe photo

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Blackberry Messenger : To and From

Did you ever try to search something and get stuck in a loop where the search turns up all one-way answers? Drives me nuts.

For example, and the case in point: I use internet messengers a lot (a heck of a lot). So to use all messenger clients, I use either Miranda-im.org or Meebo or Pidgin (linux). On these I have Hotmail, Yahoo, Facebook, ICQ and AIM and some have Gmail-chat and even Skype chat.

But now my good friend has told me he has messenger on Blackberry. So I am searching if the 'protocol' has been opened so that non-blackbery owners can communicate with blackberry owners. The search? See here: blackberry messenger protocol meebo

So, every search shows only how a blackberry owner can now use various messenger protocols to send from their blackberry device. NOT how a non-blackberry person can send TO a blackberry. Sure, you will say that is less interesting, hardly anyone would think that way. I disagree. There will be people looking to break the code. Skype said no to letting their protocol being used and finally they caved (I think this is the best way to put it, although I am not 100% sure).

So, if anyone has an answer to this, please contact me.

Dan

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Openness and Transparency.

I really like this video. Watch how Helen Thomas shows her repulsion to the 'pre-packaged questions', calling a reporter the night before to brief him on questions. "I am amazed .. at you people that call for openness and transparency".

You people. Love that.




via Drudge

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Boys With Dad

The video is about Bush Senior jumping out of the plane again on his birthday and using it to get old people out and about to 'do something instead of sitting in the corner drooling'.

But there is something about the family stuff here that I really like. About halfway through Jeb and George W come into the camera. Note Bush 43 more at ease and jocular.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I Guess That's Karma

the Bad kind.

I think attaching any humor to the Air France crash is morose, but I can
only say that we should note the irony of two know terrorist suspects
dying on the Air France crash.


Note: officials are not saying they caused the crash but simply in the
wrong place at the wrong time, rather than being in a place they chose
to kill and maim innocent lives as is their normal modus operandi.


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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Felt 1903

I really want one of these:


(The video embed is supposed to work below here. Dunno what went wrong, so click the link and suffer past the advertising to see the bicycle/mortocycle.)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Palm Sweat

I am watching Timothy Geitner shaking hands with Chinese officials and I couldn't help thinking what its like to hold hands with a man for a long, long time as photos are being made. They must be trained on the squeamish factor ahead of time. I wonder if someone has a video somewhere of an official wiping his hand on his clothes as soon as he released Geitners wet-fish palm.

I would need shots after I shook Geitner's hand.

Non-confirmed Kills

This was like out of a bad comedy with Steve Marin. Seriously close to getting rundown by a car cruising through and intersection yesterday after work.

I was out with my six year old walking the two dogs to the park in Prague, when a car comes from the right without yielding and even without looking. I saw the driver look only the other side where she expected traffic to come from and was oblivious to four living beings not one meter to her left.

Whats worse is tha the driver continued into the intersection and almost took out an older woman crossing the intersecting suburban street.

It was an auto-skola (Driving School) lesson! I almost laughed and tried to get the second target/victim to smile at the idiocy of the moment but she would not have any of it.

I did catch a glance of the teacher who was looking across the shoulders of the driver through the rear window. I could not tell if it was a grimace of embarrassment (go ahead, try to make that face; it works), or a "I am totally busted" face. Imagine the teacher's thoughts at that moment. No near misses all month and two on one day. Better than a confirmed kill, I guess.


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Hating "the Perfect Storm"

I am sick of hearing "its a perfect storm" brewing, or "all these factors combined to make a perfect storm"

Are you?




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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Madoff Losses Linked to Palestinian Gains?

I just listened to a long BBC story about Madoff's charitable involvements and how these charities now suffer from loss of their main funds but also about some that will suffer in the future from 'clawback'.

Interestingly, since Madoff ran with the Jewish communities, and he was a known charity mark, it would not be too hard to believe that funds were being directed towards Israeli lobby interests.

Now, consider the recent comments by Hillary (just these last tw0 days) about settlements. And trial balloons these last months that seemed to highlight these policy shifts.

I wonder: is it related? Sure there are some pretty far out claims like this one
which quote's some Russian journal which further quotes Israeli politicians saying that they had better release Madoff or there will be war.

I am not so interested in that type of journalism, but I do believe there are some links.

Maybe I am tired and drifting into conspiracy theories.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

With Biden, We Don't Need the Simpsons

This is a really a great story: Biden leaks the details of his hidden bunker.

A "Doh!" moment if there ever was one.I can imagine that when the VP blurted out this statement, there was a collective slapping of the forehead in the Secret Service headquarters, which no doubt listens to each and every word issued by Biden.

I sometimes wonder if Joe has a mild form of Tourette's Syndrome.




Dan

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Pan Am Building

The Pan Am Building
(please ignore the "Met Life" sign on the picture: everyone knows its really the Pan Am Building.)

I am listening to the Bower Boys lately. They do podcasts about New York history. They recite history, nostalgic anecdotes and opinions (heavy,  in a campy style) about events,  neighborhoods, gangs and also they often pick a famous building. 

I am enjoying these because I was born in Long Island, (Rockville Centre, note the 're' at the end please) and my father worked in the city. 


Yes, he worked in the Pan Am building, for Westinghouse. Westinghouse Electric (I believe) which is not the refrigerator division, but the Energy Generation engineering specialists. 


I like to say that my dad built nuclear generators in Japan and India. This was back in the early sixties, mind you.


But I digress.  The Pan Am building has a great history and the Bowery Boys do a great job of describing it. 


But I just remember going to NY city for the company Christmas party.  (I do not recall if it was once, twice or five times. I just remember it. ) I remember the long escalators. I remember Grand Central. I remember the odd, multi key calculator (probably a slide ruler mechanism; my dad had a bunch of slide rulers).  But I also remember that it had low ceilings. Pretty amazing for a 7 or 8 year old, which I suppose was my age when I visited. 


Its interesting that even though I moved to Seattle in 75, and then returned to NYC for 2 and a half years to work on Wall Street, that I don't remember experiencing any nostalgia for the Pan Am building. (But that is probably very uninteresting for any reader that has landed on the blog of a guy whose dad worked in NY. )


My point is that I do remember visiting; I remember watching the TV show "That Girl" where she has some visit to the helicopter pad which runs in the beginning credits (I think); I remember that it blocks Park Avenue; and I remember that it is above Grand Central. 


I guess that's it. But its important that I associate it with my Dad, his commute to the city, and its a symbol of the 1960s, white shirt, thin black tie, workforce, and my childhood. 






































Dan



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Texans for Kinky


























Texans for Kinky - P.O. Box 92153 - Austin, TX 78709 - http://www.texansforkinky.com/ - http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/
Political ad paid for by Texans for Kinky, Abel Dominguez, Treasurer




Dear Fellow Texans:



Here's the way I see it: Democrats + Independents = Victory



I was serious when I ran for governor in 2006
and I'm serious now. I am a humorist, but I know these are not humorous
times for a lot of us. Part of the reason is the pathetic lack of
leadership at the state level. The last governor, I believe, who was
truly on the side of the people of Texas, was Ann Richards. She was a
very funny lady - she was also a great governor. I'll take my cues from
Ann Richards



I also draw inspiration from Ann Richards' mentor, Barbara
Jordan. Barbara believed that if one is attacked personally, one should
never counterattack personally. During the 2006 campaign I was attacked
personally. However, like Barbara Jordan, I have no desire to attack
anyone personally. Instead, like Barbara, I will merely relegate them
to my "forgive and remember list."



But I do not wish to fight yesterday's campaign again. Today, I
have taken the first step toward running for Governor in 2010 by
forming "Texans for Kinky," a committee to help with research and
raising the funds necessary to launch a successful campaign. Now is the
time to win. I'm running in the Democratic Primary because my heroes
have always been Democrats: Sam Houston, Sam Rayburn, Henry B.
Gonzales, Ralph Yarborough, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Liz
Carpenter, Jim Hightower and Molly Ivins. Their spirit is part of the
reason the Democratic Party is transforming itself into a more
progressive, populist mode - like the Democratic Party that dominated
the past century. It is a party that, at its best, always stood up for
the people against the special interests and big corporations. The men
and women I have mentioned as my heroes have done just that. And we can
do it, too.



It's time to end corporate handouts, get rid of the death
penalty, get rid of the TAKS Test, and get rid of the Republican
stranglehold on this state. Jim Hightower told me he believes the main
reason we've lost every statewide race since Ann Richards is the
inability of our candidates to excite the grassroots. Jim is talking
about rural folks, working people, independents, libertarians and even
disgruntled Republicans (many of whom used to be Democrats and should
be on our side).



I intend to run a serious campaign, one that grows the party. I
intend to visit and listen to the voices of neglected communities,
small towns, suburbs, and rural areas, often where Democrats have
lately feared to tread. This, I feel, is the very definition of being a
Democrat. I intend to play by the rules. I will endorse and campaign
for whomever wins the Democratic Primary.



Will the independents support me and vote as Democrats? I think
they will. I think many Texans appreciate and respect anyone who gets
knocked down and gets back up to fight again. Will Democrats take me
seriously? I think they will. When Barbara Jordan, who may well be
Texas' only modern-day statesman, was a young girl, she was never very
serious in school. The teachers reported to her father (Ben Jordan, a
very strict part-time preacher), that though she was the smartest kid
in the class, she was a perpetual cut-up, a troublemaker and a class
clown. When Ben had finally had enough of Barbara's antics, instead of
reprimanding her with his customary fire and brimstone iron-hand style,
he tried a different approach. "Barbara," he said, "I'll stick with you
just as far as you want to go." That turned her around, and the rest is
truly history.



So I say to Democrats who may not yet take me seriously, I'll
stick with you just as far as you want to go. If we stick together
we'll go very far indeed. All the way to the Governor's Mansion!



God Bless Texas,


Kinky Friedman


Kinky Friedman


PS: Please show me you're serious about Texas' future too by making a campaign contribution now to Texans for Kinky.




Wednesday, April 15, 2009

United Is Watching Its Weight



A friend linked to this article about Fat united passengers being charged more.

Some details were amusing. Like if the passenger does not fit in a seat easily, they might be forced to take the next flight.

My favorite is this one.
Couples flying together who can fit in adjoining seats are exempted "unless one of them complains," a United spokesperson said.

My question is , what if the wife is always complaining. heh.




Sunday, April 05, 2009

Obama: From Prague With Sincerity?

Wife and I are watching Obama speech not two miles from castle, but
from the couch on BBC. Wife is amazed at the telephoto lens ability to
juxtapose a church that is far away. I am amazed that he can be
falsely sincere like Bill Clinton.

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Sent from my mobile device

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Sundance with Isabella Rossellini

This has got to be the Best Thing I have found on the web in months, and its probably been around for ages. Isabella Rossellini.















via Earthfirst.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Blogger and Google Docs

I am experimenting with "Google Docs" for another blog project and I wish to use Docs for blogging so that my documents can be better organized/filed.

But I cannot for the life of me figure how to make the tags/labels function register when searching the blog. I don't mind making a template to use over and over again, but I cannot figure how they link. And surely they must link since Google bought Blogger, and other functions do indeed work in tandem.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Owner Knows

The title of this film is "Wonder where the dog learned this trick?"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cable Hell

Wonderful slide story regarding the problem with cables; received as a tweet from Stephen Fry.

My Life With Cables - Abstract City Blog - NYTimes.com





I am sure that a generation from now, all our hassles with cables will be long forgotten. But I pledge to keep history alive, and look forward to telling my grandkids stories of SCSI cables, unpolarized NEMA 1-15 sockets and DVI plugs.







Sunday, March 15, 2009

Obama's "Czechoslovakia" Visit

Czech news is all agog that Obama mentioned that he is going to "Czechoslovakia".

The funny part is that even Bush didn't get that wrong.



Saturday, March 07, 2009

When Force Is Justified

No kidding around here.



"We stopped the police car and I ran toward the
bulldozer, firing several shots at the driver from the vehicle's left
side until he slumped to the right. I then ran to the bulldozer's other
side and noticed [the terrorist] was trying to sit up, so I fired at
him again. Several moments later another policeman arrived, and he
fired three more shots at the driver with an M-16 rifle," Bin-Nun said.





Friday, March 06, 2009

What Can You Do About It?

Let's face it. I am lazy.

Its so difficult to get to the gym, to work really hard all day long, to clean up the kitchen when my wife is away.

I am getting old - and worse, not fighting it.

So many things going on. Some pressure, some annoyances, things that make you want to stay in bed. And yet, I get out of bed. I find something to make the day interesting.

A lot of what makes life interesting at work is the pursuit of profit. That big deal around the corner. Sometimes that wait is excruciatingly long and boring, and a bit of a worry especially regarding the employment.

And then there is the family, the responsibilities, the kid, the wife, the dogs... and the bills that are so easy to lose track of.

It reminds me of a commercial for Rainier Ale, in Seattle.

"See this? Wood rot. See this? leaking roof. See this? Water seeping into the foundation. What can you do about it? Nor much. Better just to have a Rainier Ale."

That seems like a plan for me. Its Friday, after all. Fix the kid dinner, put him to bed, and crack open a Czech Beer.

Ach Jo. (the Czech expression for "sigh")

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Blogger Post Template Problem: Google Docs Doesn't Have Any


Blogger Lab and Google Docs Lab
Dont Talk to Each Other

Abstract


I am surprised that of all the design effort that goes into blogging and other similar tools, that they have not come up with many post templates. Sure Word Press is better and they have more, but not that many more..

So what is with this format?

Well, since there are no post templates, I was looking around for some and found this 'scientific paper' template in Google Docs.

but google docs is clunky

Its true, unfortunately that Google Docs is really clunky to work with. And seems to me to be unfriendly. Or down right nasty. For a whole week I was convinced it was hiding documents from me.

And now I am sick of using it.

Another Subchapter


One More Chapter


So I would like to kindly ask someone to make some ready-made templates for Blogger.


References

Me, only cranky me.

Monday, March 02, 2009

All my "Google Docs" are gone!

All my google documents are gone. I noticed it last week and thought it might be a glitch with the Opera browser I use on my laptop at work. So I then opened them in google Chrome. And While it was open, I noticed the documents are there one moment and gone after a few minutes!

What is it ?  Luckily they are not life threatening documents. A bunch of invoices for my consultant work, some letters and even notes on a job search. 

But the integrity is definitely in question. I would never used google docs as a safe keeping place and advise everyone against it. 

Sure, sure,... maybe I deleted them somehow; this certainly crossed my mind. But I cannot figure out how that could have happend given the description of one browser and then the next, above. 

Can anyone help?

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Monday, February 09, 2009

I Was Going to Say This

This article makes mention of the idea that terrorists could have started the fires in Australia.

Now think about it. If someone says this, they would almost immediately be attacked for being a fear-mongering, islamophobe. Fortunately for the authors, they have found a valid reference to the idea.

Unfortunately, that might also be seen as spurious.

For example, if there were no direct link to Arab terrorists flying the planes into the World Trade Center, and someone suggested it might have been arab terrorists, then they would have been labled right wing fear mongerers. Especially since it might have been Tom Clancy that gave them the idea in one of his books where the congress was targeted by a plane full of fuel but in this case flown by a Japanese Kamikaze type.

My point is, that although the fires in Australia might have been deliberately set with knowledge of wind patterns, set by mobile individuals with nothign more than a Bic lighter, were the case made that it might have been Arab terrorists, they would have been rounded on by liberals.

In situations like this, all avenues must be explored. A valid idea should probably be given some airplay to see if it dredges up some public informer or observant individual. But the mobs running amok, ready for a good old lynching must be held in check.

In any case, the modus operadi of a few indviduals, makeing use of the simplest of items, is shrewd and horrifying.

I might just turn out that this was indeed the case. Terror is, afterall, the point.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

I Took A Drill to my New Crocs

I am a pretty wierd guy, sometimes.

Got new crocs, that have leather uppers. Ordered them on line.

But they were too damn hot. So I tood a drill to them and made holes in them. (got to make them holes a bit better).


Oh well.











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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

An Idea for the Legal System

The other day I was speaking to some friends about adoption and they told the story of the judge that had to give the final, legal approval for the adoption of their child. It was a fun, they said. The judge was happy and he was happy to meet happy people (my friends) who looked like great parents in waiting. 

After hearing this story I was reminded of those dogs that find people under collapsed buildings or in avalanches. 

Hunh? Stay with me, it really is going somewhere. 

So the dogs, they are trained in situations where individuals are placed under rubble at demolition sites or in snow caves, to train the animals. The animals find them and everyone is happy. Except that is not so when the dogs have real life situations. The problem is that the dogs are depressed when they find dead bodies. Perhaps because they, the dogs, feel as though they did something wrong. Who knows? 

To avoid the depression, at the end of a real life disaster, some of the trainers will be placed under the wreckage so the dogs can end the day on a high note. The saved someone! 

Now, back to adoption. And the judge. Or rather, the judges. Think about all those court scenarios that are not happy. Probably many. Broken families, drug crimes, divorce cases, etc. What about the stress that these judges experience? 

Why not schedule an end of day adoption proceeding for the judges so that, just before calling it a day, the courtroom doors open and lo and behold, smiling people are coming into the room. The judge, in contrast to the whole day before this, is actually doing something where everyone in the courtroom has a predispostion to be incredibly happy. The work of course has been done in the previous weeks, or maybe months. The psychologists and counselors have given the real weight to the decision. Only the judge is necessary since its a legal thing, at the very end. 

Why not lets make the judges happy? 

This idea is mine. I hope it sticks. Please pass it one. 

Friday, January 30, 2009

Gaza Family Recounts Use as Human Shields

 

 

I feel a bit bad for these guys because they will now be targets.

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Timely Quote

If living conditions don't stop improving in this country, we're going to run out of humble beginnings for our great men.
  - Russell P. Askue

hmmmm

Monday, January 26, 2009

Evil Republicans

From Big Hollywood. My favorite section; my personal pet peeve.


8. Evil Republicans: What a surprise.
All Republicans in movies or TV are evil. They’re all trying to cheat the public, start unnecessary wars, take away civil rights and turn the country into a fascist dictatorship. And, of course, it’s saintly Democrats who save the day.

Note to Hollywood: Do you even bother to educate yourself about the corruption going on out there? A lot of Democrats in the news lately aren’t exactly saintly themselves. And those who aren’t under investigation are busy trying to pass laws taking away more freedoms in the name of “saving us”. Gee, isn’t that what you claimed Bush was doing? If you think your party is the good guys and the Republicans the bad guys, no wonder so many of you are crazy. You’re bound for some massive disappointments in the next 4 years. While this will amuse those of us not blinded by your hubris, the fact is politicians of any party are our servants. Some of them forget that and they deserve our scorn. But your blind acceptance of one party, your blind hatred of the other, makes you one-dimensional hacks. We seek truth in our fiction, not propaganda. If you can’t deliver, McDonalds is always looking for burger flippers.

Kristol - Damon Prize Fight

This is one that I do not want to miss.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Child Shields IN Gaza



Its not clear what is going on here and there is certainly room for doubt regarding the actions undertaken by men with guns and balaclavas. But, lets consider it.

Why would someone push a child along? Telling him to go home, get out of the war zone? Why would someone run along and grab a kid suddenly? To get him out of the line of fire?

Or is it that they, the hooded jerks, know that they will not be targeted by IDF snipers.

It is not clear. But we DO know that those that fire rockets (Not just Hamas, but Fatah and a Jihad group) DO fire from in front of Schools. So lets consider that and then look again at the video.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

My Problem With Dogs

I try to explain my problem with dogs to people and sometimes I get blank stares. The blankest of these are from people who are not dog lovers, or people who view dogs as a working tool.

But when I explain to people how interesting dogs are, or how much I like and understand dogs, i almost always say that I believe that it was a few traumatic situations when I was young (watching my dog get hit by a car three times - it lived) that probably caused me to be so attached and constantly worried about dogs. And not just my own (I have been known to drive towards other cars that are close to hitting wild dogs in the streets of Belgrade).

So when I see Mickey Rourke speak about his dogs, I feel somewhat better, and somewhat worse. I mean, its nice to see others that have this problem (like an addiction) but its not so good to see others make a fool of themselves by their honesty for its probably true that my situation cannot be overlooked because I am an eccentric movie star or rich billionaire, for example.

I am sure Mickey would have had no problem explaining a dip in a lake covered mostly in ice to free his dog, breaking ice as he goes out to the stranded pup, like I did.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The One Speaks Indonesian??

Of course I realize he was there. But he speaks it still?

Interesting.

Friday, January 09, 2009

I found this uniquely accurate.



Too bad the beer sucks, big time.

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Speaking of Nationalization

...thinking about communism...

Owners of capital will stimulate working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized, and State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism.

Karl Marx, 1867