Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I would be seeing red and ready to commit crimes if I was in that situation.
Ethics panels or death panels?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
"The Catatumbo Lightning in Venezuela is the world's largest single generator of ozone. It is a cloud storm that forms a voltaic arc at more than 5 km of height, during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour, over the bog area that forms where the Catatumbo River flows into the Lake Maracaibo.
The collision with the winds coming from the Andes Mountains causes the storms and associated lightning, a result of electrical discharges through ionised gases, specifically the methane created by the decomposition of organic matter in the marshes. Being lighter than air, the gas rises up to the clouds, feeding the storms."
Saturday, August 22, 2009
- 2 Original Recipe Filets
- Pepper Jack Cheese
- Swiss Cheese
- Colonel’s Sauce
It's real. No Really. It's being tested right now in select markets. Breaded chicken is the new bread.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
A SCOTTISH soldier has been praised for making the longest recorded kill in Afghanistan after shooting a top Taliban fighter from almost a mile away.Wow what a shot.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Now to the pure cotton candy:
And this is a good one too:
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
First, before we explore all the nuances of this perfect tragedy, I'd like to thank our loyal reader Garit for tipping us to this story.
At least 55 whales stranded on a beach near Cape Town were put down or died after rescue teams failed to return them to the ocean, a sea rescue institute said on Sunday.To make matters worse:
"We don't know if any of those we managed to get back to the water had survived ... one of them just washed up at the rocks around the Kommetjie lighthouse this morning and this could continue over the week," spokesman Craig Lambinon said.
Marine scientists and volunteers worked all day to try to get the whales back into the water, but many were pushed back ashore by waves.
Rescuers had battled to keep the beached adults and calves wet and used earth-moving equipment to try to save them.
Scientists shot 42 of the false killer whales on Saturday and 13 others perished, possibly from internal injuries, at Kommetjie Beach, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. (as a point of clarification they were forced to shoot those whales considered beyond saving)And it appears to be a complete mystery why the whales did this:
Lambinon said it was unclear why the whales had come ashore early in the day and it was the first mass beaching of whales he knew of on the popular stretch of coast.Here at the Perfect Tragedy blog it isn't the great mystery the baffled marine biologists seem to think it is. It's clearly one of two things:
1. A loathsome plot by a rival pod of whales. This is, generally speaking, unlikely because if you've watched any movies about animals you'd know they are mostly nice creatures with the purest of motives; that is, unless they are cats, hyenas, or gaunt lions next in line to the throne, but since none of those live in the ocean we have to assume it is mostly likely not option one that caused this mass beaching.
2. Rather, it is mostly likely that all these whales were members of a pod cult (not to be confused with current owners of iPods). This cult of whales experienced a psychology similar to the Jim Jones cult. Most likely their beliefs contained a heavy Apocolyptic ethos that infused this act of self destruction with a perceived virtue.
What does this information tell us about the attempts of the rescuers to save the whales?
It reveals to us the arrogance of the marine biologist and the citizen whale rescuer. First, who are we to tell another culture/race/for that matter species what they should or shouldn't believe. I mean haven't we learned anything from the past eight years of G.W. Bush? You can't run around the world telling people how to live no matter how destructive the belief is. You just end up making things worse. Here we are trying to deny them their paradise reinforcing the belief in other whales that humans will never stop telling them what to do, thus empowering the apocalyptic cults by perpetuating a belief that the only means to find control in their life is through mass suicides.
Stop rescuing the whales!!! They have rights!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently, Obama nominees endorsed continuing the C.I.A’s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.
The administration has also embraced the Bush legal team’s arguments that a lawsuit by former C.I.A. detainees should be shut down based on the “state secrets” doctrine. It has also left the door open to resuming military commission trials."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
President Obama will seek to extend the controversial D.C. school voucher program until all 1,716 participants have graduated from high school, although no new students will be accepted
Why was it axed to begin with, again I say, paying his campaign debts to the modern clergy.
. . . the National Education Association, have argued that the experimental program is poorly administered and that voucher recipients have not performed measurably better in their new schools.
In a March 6, 2009 letter to Obama, the NEA president Dennis Van Roekel called the D.C. program "an ongoing threat to public education in the District of Columbia" and urged Obama to "use your voice to help eliminate this threat" by opposing "any efforts to extend this ineffective program."
The Department of Education recently issued a three-year analysis of student achievement under the program that showed limited gains in reading and no significant progress in math. But the White House concluded that moving the children back to public schools amounted to an unnecessary disruption.
I ask you: if its good enough to extend and does just as well, even a little better, at educating the kids for less money, why not extend it indefinitely?
Monday, May 4, 2009
Like nearly every politician the NEA has them in a vise: Supporting school choice = hating children and teachers.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"Homeschooling is so important to Uwe Romeike that the classically trained pianist sold his beloved grand pianos to pay for moving his wife and five children from Germany to the Smoky Mountain foothills of Tennessee.If you want to educate your children in your own way we will send the POLICE after you!?!?! I feel so bad for these people. I really hope the immigration authorities come through for them.
Romeike, his wife, Hannelore, and their children live in a modest duplex about 40 miles northeast of Knoxville while they seek political asylum here. They say they were persecuted for their evangelical Christian beliefs and homeschooling their children in Germany, where school attendance is compulsory.
When the Romeikes wouldn't comply with repeated orders to send the children to school, police came to their home one October morning in 2006 and took the children, crying and upset, to school.
"We tried not to open the door, but they (police) kept ringing the doorbell for 15 or 20 minutes," Romeike said. "They called us by phone and spoke on the answering machine and said they would knock open the door if w e didn't open it. So I opened it.""
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
What makes it so awesome?
1. A loose literary/dramatic interpretation of the Old Testament story of David.
2. An alternate universe. What seems to be New York, but with an absolute monarch.
3. For the most part great acting.
4. And, Beautiful camera work. It is alone awesome to look at.
The first season is paid for, but the ratings haven't been so good. At least we should get the first season. Honestly, it feels like it should have been an HBO/Showtime/A&E drama.
No doubt it will be canceled along with a host of other fabulous shows (Brisco County Jr., Firefly, etc).
Both episodes aired so far are on Hulu.
For those of you who actually watch TV it's on Sunday at 9/8 central.
Monday, March 16, 2009
John Lennon's - Imagine is probably the most grossly naive and hypocritical song ever written. I love the melody, but gag on the lyrics. This post is inspired by a discussion with the fervent John Lennon defender Mike Monson. Take it away Johnny:
Imagine there's no Heaven (just "heaven" on earth?)
It's easy if you try
No hell below us (aka no consequences for my narcissistic self indulgence)
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today (like me "whiskey bottles" and children I leave out of my will)
Imagine there's no countries (just anarchic destruction? or a one world utopian collective?)
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for (unless we need to force you to agree in the name of our ideal)
And no religion too (I'm not bitter or immature, but seriously religion does NOTHING good)
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace (in this heaven, oh sorry that's a forbidden idea, this utopia on earth)
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one (yeah that's the problem)
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one (one pool of human mediocrity)
Imagine no possessions (hah! Says the multimillionaire)
I wonder if you can (nope impossible)
No need for greed or hunger (food = a possession: no possessions = hunger; IMPLOSION OF LOGIC)
A brotherhood of man (apparently genetically altered to not need food)
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
Special note: The 20th century's death toll is the result primarily of the human pursuit of utopia on earth. Take a note from religion: utopia deferred is a utopia preferred.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Form a Band! Food for thought as you watch in horror. Could there be a worse host for any show no matter the budget?
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I think Brandon should try this out for his next cooking tip.
I will be picking some of these up soon and will have a review for you all.
I know it isn't a video but stick with it.
"The heaviest snowfall in 20 years has closed thousands of schools and caused transport chaos up the eastern side of Britain, with London and the surrounding areas the hardest hit."This from the country that passed the most sweeping climate change bill last year.
Good luck with that.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Unfortunately the video is not embeddable!
Makes you wonder if somewhere in their evolutionary background they are related to lemmings.
Whale 1: "He's headed for the beach! Shouldn't we stop?!?"
Whale 2: "We can't! Must follow!"
Whale 1: "Gah! You're right I can't turn. Must follow!"
Whale 2: "Why did we vote him pod leader!? Why oh why?"