Monday, November 28, 2011

What if Dr. Seuss wrote The Call of Cthulhu?

The artist, DrFaustusAU, is at page 42 of 50. See the rest of the book at Deviant Art.

Back to the future

Well it appears that Newt has become the Republican flavor of the month. This status is a double edged sword. Being the front runner means increased scrutiny, and Mitt has plenty in his past to keep the tabloids going for weeks. I only wonder how long he'll stay on top.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More Republican Debate

10:31 Someone told Herman there are mountains in Iran.

10:32 Ron Paul, no foreign entanglements.

10:35 Newt give up our addiction to foreign oil.

10:41 Man on Dog is makes some sense about foreign aid.

10:44 Mitt is looking uncomfortable with Ron Paul telling truth.

10:47 Newt proves he doesn't understand technology. He seems to be a lean sigma six fan. He keeps bringing it up.

10:49 Huntsman sounds like a pragmatist.

11:01 Perry, Texas, Texas, Texas, and Texas.

11:11 Man on Dog, no compromise!

11:13 Newt, wants to follow the Chilian model for social security reform.

11:16 clean coal propaganda.

Enough for tonight.

Live Blogging Republican Debate

10:01 Ron Paul rules! Only one who stands up for our personal liberties.

10:03 Newt can barely contain himself listening to Ron Paul.

10:06 So Mr. Man on Dog Thinks we need a police state.

10:10 Ron Paul is rolling his eyes at Cain. Classic.

10:12 I like Huntsman. Clearly the most intelligent one on the stage.

10:14 Bachman just can't answer a question can she.

10:15 Perry, kill them all and let god sort it out!

10:16 Bachman, Perry is naive.

10:18 Mitt, throw good money after bad into central Asia.

10:21 Huntsman is making sense again. He's taking on Mitt and running circles around him.

10:23 Mitt is being petulant again.

10:24 Newt is pontificating again. He needs to read the news, were already doing what he says we need to do.

10:25 Man on Dog agrees with Ron Paul again.

10:26 Selling crap.

Appropriate Force

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gratuitous dog photo

Found this while sorting through old photos. Here's the little black dog three years ago, before turning grey, and before she injured her ear, doing what she does best, napping.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Herman has a problem

Herman has a problem. Its no longer he said, she said. Now its he said, they said. He can continue to cry lynching, but he really needs to get his story straight. Is it the democrats, or Perry, or someone else who is trying to destroy him. And it doesn't help when you claim you've never met the women, but there are witnesses who say otherwise.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Real reason we don't trust the government

Americans believe an amazing range of kooky things. FEMA has death camps, fluoridation corrupts your bodily fluids, the existence of UFOs are more likely than the survival of social security, Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, and so on.

In the old soviet union, rumors like these came about because everyone knew that the state media was just spewing propaganda. Americans believe this crap because the Internet allows any idea, no matter how crazy to get equal footing with just about everything else.

But not every rumor is unfounded. As the saying goes, just because I'm paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get me. Things such as the air at ground zero is perfectly safe and toxic sludge is good for you seriously erode what little faith people have in government institutions.

Now there is this:

The US government skirted over the radiation safety concerns of airport X-ray machines

According to a new report by ProPublica and the PBS NewHour, the US government has gone ahead with the controversial scanners despite serious concerns from radiation safety experts. The scanners are expected to be in place in every American airport security lane by as early as 2014. This is a big reversal from as recently as 1998, when the device's own inventor, Steven W. Smith, told a panel of radiation safety experts, said he didn't think such devices would be used at lower-security facilities - such as airports.

People don't seem to appreciate that every decision has a cost. Want more intrusive security to feel safer when you fly. You might be increasing your chance of cancer. Proponents argue that the increased risk is very small.

UC San Francisco radiologist Rebecca Smith-Bindman found that the radiation emitted by the machines would lead to six cancers in the lifetime of a year's worth of airline passengers, while Columbia's David Brenner placed the figure at as high as a hundred. Those, however, are out of a total of 100 million airline passengers, meaning the odds of developing cancer from a backscatter machine are at worst about one in a million. And, as Smith-Bindman points out, those same 100 million people will develop about 40 million cancers over the course of their lifetimes, with or without the scanners.

On average that is true. But if you are one of the many Americans who has high risk factors or has already had cancer, the average> risk may not be relevant to you. Radiation risk is cumulative. the more you play the game, the stronger the odds you'd hit.

The rest can be found here.

Herman Cain Under Attack

This pretty much sums it up.

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