Archive for the ‘Random Crap’ Category

A Victory

Posted: August 27, 2014 by veeshir in It's Science!, PEBKAC, Random Crap, Win!

They finally got to do research on the Kennewick man.

The skull, while clearly old, did not look Native American. …the teeth were cavity-free (signaling a diet low in sugar and starch) and worn down to the roots—a combination characteristic of prehistoric teeth. Chatters then noted something embedded in the hipbone. It proved to be a stone spearpoint, which seemed to clinch that the remains were prehistoric. He sent a bone sample off for carbon dating. The results: It was more than 9,000 years old.

It’s going to be interesting, here’s a link to the book with the results. It’s high dollar so if you do buy it, you should do it from Ace’s or the Puppy Blender (That’s where I saw the link) as they make money off that, we don’t make squat.

For those who don’t know, the Kennewick man is a skeleton at least 9,000 years old and doesn’t look like an American Indian, For some reason, American Indians fought to keep it from being studied. I’m not sure of the real reason, I know the tactics they used to try to keep it from being studied, but I’m not sure why.

I was pretty pissed of that people were trying to fight it being studied. We could study it and then bury it with whatever honors they wanted, but that wasn’t good enough.

 

It also spawned a  bunch of whole conspiracy deals, like that it’s an alien’s skeleton and man is descended from the aliens (The Pak Conspiracy), or one of the conspiracies that is actually pretty plausible. It stated that today’s American Indians didn’t want it publicized that there were people , maybe white people, here before their ancestors.

That could mean they’re just like whitey except their ancestors did it thousands of years ago instead of just a little over a hundred and at least we didn’t eat the people we killed.

I Don’t Know What To Think About This

Posted: August 20, 2014 by veeshir in PEBKAC, Random Crap

Does anybody else?

This guy was charged with sexual assault.

…accused of having sex with his wife despite being told she lacked the mental capacity to consent….

…he Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said Rayhons (Republican Iowa state legislator V) admitted having sexual activity with his wife, who reportedly had Alzheimer’s disease….

Dale Rayhons said that while authorities say his father admitted to sexual contact, “that could be anything from a hug or a kiss.”

 

Seriously, should that be called sexual assault?

I’m fairly familiar with people with Alzheimer’s, there are different levels.

My step-father has it, he cannot remember what he had for lunch 5 minutes ago, he doesn’t remember that I moved to AZ 3 years ago, but he remembers me, my siblings and my 20-something nieces.

I don’t know if he remembers my mother’s death from a few years ago, but I think he does. When we talk I don’t bring up stuff that will upset him or ask if he remembers stuff from less than 30 years ago. He’s okay with remembering a trip in 1977, he remembers living in Yuma, AZ (bad memory, it was with my mother) in the late 80s, early 90s but he doesn’t remember my car from 2006.

His mother lived for 30 years with it, I met her after about 20 years, I was “the boy” whenever I went to visit with my step-father.

I’m not sure if she knew who I was or thought I was someone else. She didn’t really remember my step-father very well but she always said, “It’s the boy” and seemed happy to see me.

So what if this lady knew her husband but was confused about the year?

She’s dead now, but with Alzheimer’s she probably couldn’t have testified even if still alive as, if she didn’t know what she had for lunch she presumably wouldn’t have even remembered the incident.

They were married in 2007, so presumably she would have said yes if she were able but they were married only 8 years earlier so maybe she did not remember him as her husband.

What if she didn’t know him at all? What if she wanted to have sex and thought she was cheating on her first husband? We’ll never know her state of mind.

 

Is this right and proper or a travesty of ‘justice’?

I just don’t know what to think.

Forgot to H/T iOwn the World

Once again, African-Americans have been sold a bill of goods about what constitutes “justice” in a particular circumstance. And it seems likely that once again the promised “justice” will not eventuate.

The last prominent case of this was the George Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin shooting. Stipulated that George Zimmerman is a complete asshat, there was never enough evidence to properly charge him with homicide, let alone convict him. And yet Af-Ams, incited by the professional demagogues, were convinced that anything short of Zimmerman being drawn and quartered was a miscarriage of justice.

Then we saw the photos of Zimmerman, somewhat worse for wear. A thoughtful person might come to the conclusion that perhaps things were not so cut and dried. But once incited or committed to a political position, many were –or at least professed to be– outraged by Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Similarly with the shooting of Michael Brown, blacks have been sold a bill of goods about Darren Wilson. Of course, now we have conflicting eyewitness reports. If this story about Wilson having a fractured eye socket turns out to be true, look out.

But according to the Beeb, 76% of Af-Ams have “little or no confidence” in the official investigation.

(That sound you just heard was me doing the biggest facepalm I have done since Obama was re-elected.)

I have no idea how you deal with this.  There is every possibility, probability even, that no charges will stick to Wilson.

Hey, let’s send Eric Holder to straighten things out!

The veneer of civilization wears ever thinner.

What a bunch of shit. Cops are no longer peace officers, they’re revenue generators and that, like much else in the world today,  pisses me off.

 

For those of you who don’t click vids (and do read the blog, so…all 1 of you), a guy keeps walking back and forth in a crosswalk in traffic to get people driving through the crosswalk while the asshole cop is in it.

Notice, they’re not actually near the guy, but it’s the law that you cannot drive across a crosswalk while someone is in it. Even if the walker is on the other side of the road.

So it’s the law, but that’s all about the sliminess.

As Uncle says, Live Free or There.

Via the Outrider, who likes to piss me off.  He says it’s Sommerville, Mass, outside Boston. Definitely near Boston, you can tell by the accent.

During my insanely long commute to work (and a little in the mornings at work before my phone starts ringing off the hook), I’ve been listening to podcasts to keep my brain from completely turning to mush.

I use and recommend the BeyondPod app for Android.  A few months ago I upgraded to the premium version, which I feel was well worth it.  Now I can queue multiple downloads and can adjust the playback speed. I generally listen at 1.1x speed.

For better or worse, here’s my current list. Feedback greatly appreciated.

  • Ace of Spades – (weekly for the most part) – The best part of waking up on Friday.
  • Coffee and Markets – (daily podcast) – Suffering from a dearth of Ben Domenech, but still pretty good.
  • Ricochet – both the “flagship”/namesake one, and GLOP.
  • AEI’s “Banter”
  • Econtalk
  • Uncommon Knowledge
  • The Tim Ferriss Show – Author of the “four hour” books.
  • The James Altucher Show
  • Freakanomics
  • Mark Levin Radio Show – Sporadically when I think ML might have special insight into a topic, or the show title grabs me.

I just added “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” to my queue and will be trying that out tomorrow. I also have the TED app, which allows TED talks to be downloaded. Don’t use it too much, but have been meaning to.

I’d throw up links, but (1) it’s probably just as easy to search from your podcast app and (2) I’m lazy.

Given my areas of interest, I am reminded again of why I have no friends.

Suggestions?

Nits and Wits

Posted: July 16, 2014 by veeshir in Mideast Madness, Obama's Fault, PEBKAC, Random Crap

Sometimes combined!

First, we have a nitwit and an uninterested party

US Secretary of State John Kerry will brief President Barack Obama on Iran nuclear talks

Neither understands the stakes or the opposition, one thinks pretending to care will get him the White House.

A helpful timeline of ‘negotiations’ with the Mullarchy.  replete with parts like this

Iran responds by refusing to suspend enrichment-related activities as it had previously pledged.

 

Too bad our intellectual, moral, political and social betters don’t realize that. They should also realize that countries even more afraid of a nukularized Iran than Israel are every country on the Arabian peninsula, Kuwait and many more Muslim countries.

File this story under “secondary explosions”

The sound of a blast cut through the air on Gaza’s beach, drawing people out of seafront buildings to see a crowd of terrified children sprinting along the sand….

And then another blast hit the site,

Yeah, about that second explosion….

Obama admin getting tough in defense of their allies!

Washington warned its Israeli ally Monday against any ground invasion of Gaza

Assholes.

Speaking of nitwits, I give you Shep! “Israel is killing children!!!!”, he never seems to think about the fact that Israel warns the Terrorstanians and then they go out to get some children to get blown up so tolerant nitwits like good old Shep can get upset.

 

Two witty ones from my favorite ‘stan, SondraKi

First, this is useful for getting nitwits’ heads to explode.

Life expectancy was much higher in the U.S. and the slave population began to reproduce; enslaved peoples’ numbers grew rapidly, reaching 4 million by the 1860 Census. From 1770 until 1860, the rate of natural growth of North American enslaved people was much greater than for the population of any nation in Europe, and was nearly twice as rapid as that of England.

Okay, that’s funny.

Not defending slavery, I think there is no worse scourge in the world, all other problems flow from that whether commie slavery or Islamic terrorist slavery, but that right there is pretty darn funny.

 

 

And last, the wittiest. in response to that Stoners on a Roll article,
From Commenter David Ritenour at Knowledge Is Power

Top Five Kids Who Eat Hot Dogs
1) big kids
2) little kids
3) kids who climb on rocks
4) tough kids
5) sissy kids
and the bonus kid with chicken pox

Alextopia?

Posted: July 6, 2014 by veeshir in Random Crap, This Is My BOOMSTICK!

Hmmmm.

A businessman is selling his small, southeastern South Dakota town for $400,000.

….

Now, the town is just a bar, workshop, three trailers and a house.

 

It’s in S. Dakota, I think they have civilized laws on guns and alcohol so it has that going for it.

The winter thing sucks, but it’s better than buying part of Detroit.

Update!!!!! (not all that important)

The more I think about it the more I like it.

The town would need a sheriff and he’d need SWAT gear for a team of 20, a gov’t-provided MRAP, a few HMMMMMMVVVVVVVs some M-4s, some M-249 SAWs, a few Barrett M-107s, a quad mount for the 4 Ma Deuces , some H&K M-40 grenade launchers, maybe a recoiless rifle, a Carl Gurstav just cuz I like the name, or two and a battery of 105s. You know, because of the law and order.

I hereby declare my intent to run for sheriff and, if elected, promise that all the police weaponry and vehicles will be available for the citizenry to practice on, for a suitable fee so the sheriff’s dept. will not be a drag on the economy, with the MRAP being a free bar-taxi service on weekends and holidays.