Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The video has been pulled. Reportedly, it's been deleted by youtube twice now. You fuckers.
Added note: Here's a replacement link. A 'Thank you very much' goes to Roger at http://curmudgeonlyskeptical.blogspot.com/.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Ya, I couldn't believe it either.
The Olympic committee for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics has trademarked part of the Canadian National Anthem, because according to chairman John Furlong, the phrase, "...with glowing hearts..." "...embodies the emotions every athlete will feel — no matter where they are from or what flag they stand under — when they have the honour to represent their own country on the world's grandest international stage in 2010,"
My National Anthem? Doesn't that belong to the whole country? What's next, trademarking snow???
Yo John. Fuck right off.
The National Anthem is over 100 years old and in public domain. This socialist dirtbag had the nerve to suggest it was ok, the VNOC had no intention of charging hockey fans with copywrite infringement for singing the National Anthem. Meanwhile they have already sued many Vancouver area businesses for using the word OLYMPIC.
Hmmm. The Olympic games are over 100 years old too. The concept of an Olympic Games is thousands of years old. Does that put them in the public domain too??
Hey y'all. I'm thinking of changing my blog's name to 'The With Glowing Hearts OLYMPIC blog.' Whatcha think?
Naw. Too gay.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Aw man, this is rich.
Earlier this week, Communist China's official government news agency, Xinhua, published news reports about a manned orbital launch and spacewalk, including orbit-to-ground conversations, before the rocket took off.
Xinhua's breathless account of the launch included fictional ground-to-orbit dialogue like:
“First-level measurement arrangement!
“After this order, signal lights were all switched on. Various data show up on rows of screens, hundreds of technicians staring at the screens, without missing any slightest changes . . .
“One minute to go! . . .
“The firm voice of the controller broke the silence of the whole ship. Now, the target is captured 12 seconds ahead of the predicted time . . .
Of course this is all in keeping with China's preoccupation with putting on a good false front for the world to see. Most recently, we remember some of the fast ones they tried to pull in the Olympics.
Somebody in Xinhua is going to be sent to the slave labor factory for this boner.
Btw, the actual mission was apparently a success, with the astronauts returning safely, earlier today.
If you're not an internet news junkie (guilty) and rely only on midstream media like the network news and major newspapers, it's damn hard to get a straight story. Today's news is full of midstream media obfuscation apparently aimed at hiding the Dem's preeminent role in creating the conditions that made the crisis possible, and the sabotage of two major legislative attempts in the last eight years to reign in the insane lending practices that fed the crisis.
Some things are clear.
- Ordinary citizens are forced to produce reports like that one, because the midstream media has no interest in telling the truth if it damages their biases;
- The taxpayers will be on the hook for billions, whether the administration's bailout package goes ahead or not;
- There are many many Bank executives leaving the scene of the crime with millions and millions of dollars;
- Except for conservative talk radio, Nobody is suggesting these Bastards go to jail;
- More than a few of those guys are now close advisors to Barrack Obama, some of whom have received TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS from Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae;
- The media cares more that John Mcain's campaign manager's company received 15 thousand dollars a month in fees from Freddie Mac, than that Obama's Financial advisors received TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Score one for the good guys. The Denver DA has decided not to charge a Denver police officer after code pink activist Alicia Forrest complained about police brutality outside the DNC convention last August. I'd seen the internet video and read the arguments. It looked bad, but other journalists present at the event say the videographer and Rocky Mountain News (the publisher of the video) cut the imagery in a deliberate manner to make the police look bad. (click here to read the background which the media left out)
Did you read that last link? Did You? Read it dammit.
Having worked as a reporter, and trained as a cameraman, it's clear to me the videographer was standing next to that Forrest woman while she attempted to taunt and provoke the police. He only turned when the officer raised his voice and shoved her back. I won't suggest it was deliberate, but they deliberately cut from the published video the scenes where Forrest got up, said she was ok, and then went back to taunting the police.
It was an emotionally charged event, this cow was taunting the officers, used the F-word, and she grabbed the Police Officer's baton. Uh-Uhh, you never, ever, grab a Police officer's baton; that's like grabbing at his gun.
She should have been charged with more than just interfering in a lawful arrest. Think about the wasted time, taxpayer's dollars, and emotional distress this code pinko cow cost the state and the police officer involved. I've seen many outraged responses on the net in regards to this news item, but all pretty well assumed that this Forrest woman had a perfect right to grab the Officer's Baton and repeatedly ignore lawful requests to move back.
Monday, September 15, 2008
(Photo of the LHC during construction.)
Too much bs has been written by the world's luddites and chicken littles about CERN labs large hadron collider. It makes for a cool photo and smashing "the world's going to end" headlines but really, it's just another big cyclotron where they're smashing protons. Scientists are hoping for insight into our universe's conditions just after the Big Bang, but there's no shortage of alarmists out there trying to claim it'll create a black hole, and suck up the world.
Well the thing's been powered up and they've been running tests since the 10th of September. We're still here. A word of thanks to Dr. Jerry Pournelle for the link to the webcam at the LHC, you can even watch the ongoing tests for yourself.