June 22, 2014

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The Consequences of Syria | World Affairs Journal

The reality is, however, that the United States has never been able to deter or contain Iran.
No American policy-maker has ever pushed back against the Iranians for their misbehavior. I’m not just faulting Obama here. I’m also faulting the Bush administration, the Clinton administration, and the Reagan administration which also sought a rapprochement with the clerical regime. No one has pushed back for 35 years.

Kids Today: American Exchange Student Gets Stuck In Giant Stone Vagina In Germany | The Daily Caller

The scandal of fiddled global warming data : The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record.

Kerry: 'I'm Working Hard to ... Have Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Ambassadors' [and get them assigned to Muslim countries]..... The Weekly Standard


Why attach the propeller to a perfectly normal car?

Firstly, because you can!
Second, because you can rid your car of transmission, clutch, brakes and many other conventional systems.
         Dark Roasted Blend: Cars with Propellers, Part 1

Final Proof Global Warming Purely Political |

Proof-stories are those that say
“The science predicted this-and-such, and here is the evidence verifying the prediction.” These were common in the early days of the panic, back in the late ’90s when temperatures cooperated with climate models, but are now as rare as conservatives in Liberal Arts departments. The reason is simple: there is little in the way of proof that the dire predictions of global warming are true, and much evidence, plain to the senses, that they are false.

Taste: The chili pepper that makes your head explode --

Currently rated as “the world's hottest chili pepper” by Guinness World Records, the pepper averages 1,569,300 on the Scoville Heat Unit scale, with peak levels of over 2,200,000. In comparison, a regular jalapeno pepper comes in at around 8,000 units.

Cheney: Another 9-11 Coming

"The next time, it will be with far deadlier weapons than airline tickets and box cutters.
There's been a 58% increase in the number of groups like al Qaeda -- Salafi-Jihadists, and it stretches from west Africa all across north Africa, east Africa, through the Middle East all the way around to Indonesia -- a doubling of the number of terrorists out there.

Here's why I ban laptops from my classrooms:

because we're reading and discussing books.
We look at page after page, and I and my students use both hands to do that, and then I encourage them to mark the important passages, and take brief notes on them, with pen or pencil. Which means that there are no hands left over for laptops. And if they were typing on their laptops, they'd have no hands left over for turning to the pages I asked them to turn to. See the problem?
         laptops of the Borg - Text Patterns

Neo-Conservatism, for example,

was a cosmopolitan revolt
against the traditional bourgeois conservatism of the previous era. More precisely and practically, it was an attempt to fuse the worldly liberalism of the first half of the 20th century with the traditional, American social conservatism of the second half of the 20th century. It was a complete failure.
          The Z Blog › Ramblings on Hyphen Conservatism

Occasionally life throws you a melon, an egg, or a Ming vase,

but you have to be ready.
I've seen far too many people push away perfectly good fruit, because they're scared of what people might think if they ever get caught catching bananas from strangers.
         Worst Movers Ever | The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys


“I was stunned.

House after house, block after block
was filled with incredible Craftsman homes, Tudor homes, and Victorian mansions. I'd never seen anything like it. I couldn't figure out why I'd never heard of this place,” he said.
         Los Angeles’ West Adams neighborhood

“Roth is full of shit,”

he says without hesitation.
Jonathan Franzen is undeserving of his reputation, as is Jonathan Lethem. The postmodernist Lydia Davis is “ridiculously overrated.” Paul Auster, too: “I can’t read him anymore.” The subtle redesign of The New Yorker has been a “dreadful error.” The upstart Brooklyn lit mag n 1 is a “crock of shit.”
An Angry Flash of Gordon

In a world of constant disagreement of every little thing on Tumblr nearly 250,000 people agree....


This guy [Dwight Howard] is an asshole.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 22, 2014 10:42 PM
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Yeah, i agree and I don't use tumbler.

Posted by: Jack at June 23, 2014 6:38 AM

Regarding the Z Blog entry:
What's the point of the polysyllabic obfuscation and distortion of the simple meaning of the word 'conservatism?'
Conserving what? The simple, permanent [because truthful and self-evident] principles stated in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, and limitations on the federal government as stated in the Constitution -- the Constitution with its Amendments as stated, not as warped into areas of jurisdiction not originally intended.
All this neo, post-modern [futuristic?], bombastic, atavistic babbling waste time and effort.
Where do you want to live in the spectrum ranging between slavery and freedom, between disdain and respect, between irresponsibility and responsibility? What principles will be appropriate guides in addition to those spelled out in the DoI, Constitution, and the Platinum Principle, "Knowingly or unknowingly, do no harm. But if you must do some harm do as little as necessary, and repair the damage done, as necessary." This is a thinking humane's credo.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at June 23, 2014 11:10 AM

"Why attach the propeller to a perfectly normal car?"

Looks like that car was made to shred pedestrians.

Posted by: pst314 at June 23, 2014 2:48 PM

When I was a kid nobody had air-conditioning in their car. All we had were fans.

Posted by: mushroom at June 23, 2014 5:08 PM

Speaking of A/C, when did they stop putting vent windows on cars?

Posted by: mushroom at June 23, 2014 5:16 PM

Dwight Howard is first in line:

Celebrate Assholes Get a Punch in the Face Day.

If that doesn't work he should be horse-whipped and pissed on.

This was a non-racist remark.

Posted by: chasmatic at June 23, 2014 11:53 PM

Chasmatic, I think the young fellow should aim lower, in a non-racist "you're an asshole so here's a punch in the nuts" kind of way.

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Posted by: Kendall at July 6, 2014 2:56 PM