Monday, March 29, 2004

Funny thing I read...

there was this semi retarded half-japanese kid in my elementry school named patrick. i remember him crying because of all the violence in treasure island.

when you're in 6th grade pirates are supposed to kick ass. someone's mom fucked someone up.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

The Carpetbagger Report: Scandal after scandal after scandal

The Carpetbagger Report: Scandal after scandal after scandal

This list from the Carpetbagger Report is just mind blowing. I know it's common for politicians to compromise their integrity while in office, but this is just unreal...

* Cheney's secretive Energy Task Force was investigated by the GAO and the case is currently pending at the Supreme Court.

* The Plame Game is under investigation by the Justice Department.

* Bush's Medicare scam and the circumstances that led the administration to lie to Congress about the cost of the legislation is under investigation by the HHS inspector general's office.

* The massive intelligence failure that led Bush to lie to the world about the Iraqi threat is under investigation by a congressionally-authorized independent commission (which Bush fought the creation of).

* Bribes offered on the House floor to Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) in exchange for his vote on Bush's Medicare plan are under investigation by the House Ethics Committee and the Justice Department.

* Attorney General John Ashcroft was under investigation by the Federal Election Commission for violating campaign finance laws in 2000, and the FEC concluded that Ashcroft accepted $110,000 in illegal contributions.

* An investigation into House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's criminal fundraising schemes in Texas -- which allegedly used corporate funds to help state GOP lawmakers -- is already before a Texas grand jury.

* Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee were investigated for stealing thousands of confidential memos from Dem computers, a matter that has now been referred to the Justice Department for a possible criminal probe.

* Republican Connecticut Gov. John Rowland is under a criminal investigation (and an impeachment investigation) after he lied about prominent state contractors and several government aides paying for refurbishments to his lake-front cottage.

* Former Rep. Bill Janklow (R-S.D.) was under investigation for vehicular manslaughter, a crime for which he was later convicted.

* The Pentagon launched a formal investigation into well-armed evangelist and three-star General William "Jerry" Boykin, Bush's pick for deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and his record of extreme religious rhetoric.

* The circumstances that led to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 are under investigation by a congressionally-authorized independent commission (which, again, Bush fought the creation of and then later resisted cooperating with).

* And honorable mentions should go, of course, to investigations into Halliburton (Dick Cheney's former company) and Enron (George Bush's biggest corporate supporter).

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Don't Let the GOP get you down

Dear Abby duped by Simpsons episode

This is hilarious...


Monday, March 08, 2004

BBC NEWS | Technology | More than just a pretty interface

Through interviews with Walkman owners and now iPod buyers, he found that listening to music acts as a shield, aura or cocoon.

Using headphones helps to keep the world at bay and reclaim some space.

I definitely use headphones during my travels to shield myself from a lot of outside influences. I put headphones on as soon as I leave my door in the morning, and don't take them off until I get to the office. I block out sounds from the subway, the 5 or so panhandlers I pass (sometimes I give, sometimes I don't), other people's conversations which I don't particular want to listen to, the endless army of City Year and MASSPIRG kids who want me donate all the time, and listen to music I want to listen to and not some (usually) crappy musician playing songs I don't care for in the train stations...oh, and all the crazy people who try to yell at you while walking...

BBC NEWS | Technology | More than just a pretty interface

Coffee is 'health drink' says Italian

From BBC News. Thank god. I love my coffee. Been drinking it for as long as I can remember. One of the benefits of having a Colombian mom...

BBC NEWS | Europe | Coffee is 'health drink' says Italian

Friday, March 05, 2004

Thank god she's gone ***SPOILER ALERT***

Well, watched Apprentice last night, and she's really gone. I can't believe it. Omarosa after being criticized by the Donald, lost her shit, and walked back into the boardroom, uninvited, which almost certainly sealed her fate. It truly was a sight to behold.

I wonder how some of these people recover from a show like this? I mean, your whole personality is out there. You have to take into account that they are somewhat at the mercy of the producers of the show, but for the most part, who they are is pretty much all there in front of the American public. I mean, would you hire Omarosa if given the chance?

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

States I have been to

Wired News: The Masters of Memory Lane

Very interesting. But my only gripe is that several of the people equoted good memories with being super intelligent. I don't necessarily think that is true.

Wired News: The Masters of Memory Lane: "y"

Monday, March 01, 2004

For want of a word

New Scientist: "For want of a word

Imagine how different politics would be if debates were conducted in Tariana, an Amazonian language in which it is a grammatical error to report something without saying how you found it out - as Alexandra Aikhenvald tells us its speakers tell her. Tariana is in danger of dying. With each such disappearance we risk losing insights into different ways of thinking. Aikhenvald told Adrian Barnett about the race to record languages"

The Girl Who Feels No Pain

This is This is freaky.
The Girl Who Feels No Pain