oldie but goodie
Thursday, April 30, 2009
“I would tell members of my family – and I have – I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show..
Good. So it doesn't apply to me. That's like the third time this month I've said a little thank-you prayer for not being part of Joe Biden's family.
Posted by lumberjack at 6:54 PM
Smart people belong to MENSA. Smarter people realize that paying $59 a year just to claim you belong to a smart club, is stupid.
Anyway, here's a very short IQ test that seems pretty accurate. (I will admit that I took it twice because I accidentally closed the window after the test had started, but the above results seem about right) Go on take the test. What have you got to lose?
Posted by lumberjack at 11:46 AM
Yikes, two days in a row now, the AP's Calvin Woodward (any relation to Woodward and Bernstein? or Calvin and Hobbs?) has come out with articles questioning Democratic dogma. First he puts the blame for the deficit where it belongs. Then he questions Obama's "jobs created" claims. (course, now the administration is claiming they are jobs "created or saved" -- much harder to dispute)
Soooo, good news! The system can't go too far wrong as long as we've got feedback.Talk of semi-secret breakfasts for the faithful media should send chills up your spine, but having even a fraction of herd in revolt is a good sign. The danger was that the entire mainstream media could be co-opted: this would have been a blank check for the administration, and probable disaster for the country.
Course, Calvin Woodward is just one guy. And efforts to marginalize him are certainly in the works. But with Fox News beating the pants off the competition, and this little inroad into AP; I'd say it's looking like a good day.
Posted by lumberjack at 10:19 AM
Have you heard about Keith Olbermann pressing for Sean Hannity to get waterboarded for charity? It all stems from an offer that Hannity made, either in serious mode or in jest, to be waterboarded for charity.
OK, so maybe it was a serious offer, or maybe it was not. But reset here a second: If Olberman wants Hannity waterboarded, and Hannity wants government interrogators to be able to waterboard terrorists, doesn't that make them pretty much in agreement? They only differ on who gets waterboarded.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:06 AM
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Remember how computers were going to eliminate paper in the workplace? Doesn't seem to have happened does it? It seems like they should have at least cut down on paper, but that hasn't happened either.
So, with computerized medical records the bold candidate told you how it would streamline care, and save money. And the people went "Ahhhh," and shielded their eyes against the brilliant glow. "Yes, of course it will work. It seems like that would work, no?"
Well, maybe no. Electronic medical information systems are already out there, and one of them almost killed Joe Bugajski:
Medical personnel at urgent care and the hospital who interacted with me all used a version of the same electronic health information system (the “system”). It became clear that everyone was fighting that system. Indeed, they wasted between 40% and 60% of their time making the system do something useful for them. The system kept everyone from fulfilling their duties - the health information system did not help medical professionals perform their duties.
Since my hospital stay, I confirmed that electronic health information systems are mostly broken. I interviewed medical professionals, healthcare IT experts, and my allergist. They confirmed my sickbed analysis. Indeed, several experts said that they longed for handwritten charts once more hanging from the foot of every patient’s bed.
He links to this op-ed from a pediatrician:
In short, the computer depersonalizes medicine. It ignores nuances that we do not measure but clearly influence care. In the past, I could pick up a chart and flip through it easily. Looking at a note, I could picture the visit and recall the story. Now a chart is a generic outline, screens filled with clicked boxes. Room is provided for text, but in the computer’s font, important points often get lost. I have half-joked with residents that they could type “child has no head” in the middle of a computer record — and it might be missed.
A box clicked unintentionally is as detrimental as an order written illegibly — maybe worse because it looks official. It takes more effort and thought to write a prescription than to pull up a menu of medications and click a box. I have seen how choosing the wrong box can lead to the wrong drug being prescribed.
So before we embrace the inevitable, there should be more discussion and study of electronic records, or at a minimum acknowledgment of the downside. A hybrid may be the answer — perhaps electronic records should be kept only on tablet computers, allowing the provider to write or draw, and to face the patient.
I hate to think that these billions and billions of dollars are building a system that is worse than what we've got now.
Posted by lumberjack at 1:45 PM
Viper: Good morning, gentlemen, the temperature is 110 degrees.
Wolfman: Holy crap, it's Viper!
Goose: Viper's up here, great...oh crap...
Maverick: Great, he's probably saying, "Holy crap, it's Maverick and Goose."
Goose: Yeah, I'm sure he's saying that.
Posted by lumberjack at 1:01 AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Oofta, it goes on and on:
LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) - The spread of a possible flu pandemic could see an increase in already heightened levels of government intervention in economies and financial markets as a result of the global financial crisis.
In the short term, it might serve to give governments an easy justification to impose protectionist measures that could further stifle slumping trade flows.....
Intimate photos of Carla Bruni stolen from Paris flat... Obama says this may force reform of Securities Industry
Posted by lumberjack at 5:17 PM
MM noted: it would have been much cheaper to Photoshop Air Force One in front of the Statue of Liberty.
Heck you could put it anywhere: in front of the pyramids, flying over the Great Wall of China, landing on the surface of Mars for meetings with Glak-bok, president of the interplanetary council. (How can it hurt to just talk to him for goodness sake?) And of course, my favorite: you could photoshop-harass polar bears.
***Update: time and space? not a problem
.... nah, let them eat panic:
Posted by lumberjack at 1:14 PM
Monday, April 27, 2009
N. O'really sent me this:
JERUSALEM (AP) — The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed "Mexican" influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.
Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and "we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu," he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel.
OK sensitivities noted, but you're too late. And besides, we didn't name it after a literal swine. Call it an homage to the documentary filmmaker:
Posted by lumberjack at 7:57 PM
This is a found image. Artsy, contrasty, like a beautiful woman reclining on the abandoned, decaying, factory room floor. The contrast makes the picture interesting. That is, unless you know about what sometimes happens to couples accused of adultery in Islamic countries. (and the definition of adultery is often very flexible)
But this was probably taken in a country where they knew there would be no punishment for Westerners showing affection in public. Probably the only fallout from this picture was that peaceable Muslims were offended. Was the picture was worth it? I'm thinking not so much.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:49 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This has to be fraud, right?
In exchange for votes to pass a controversial global warming package, Democratic leaders are offering some lawmakers generous emission “allowances” to protect their districts from the economic pain of pollution restrictions.
Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, represents a district with several oil refineries, a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions. He also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which must approve the global warming plan backed by President Barack Obama.
Green says Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who heads the panel, is trying to entice him into voting for the bill by giving some refineries favorable treatment in the administration’s “cap and trade” system, which is expected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars over the coming years. Under the plan, companies would pay for the right to emit carbon dioxide, but Green and other lawmakers are angling to get a free pass for refineries in their districts.
“We’ve been talking,” Green said, referring to a meeting he had with Waxman on Tuesday night. “To put together a bill that passes, they have to get our votes, and I’m not going to vote for a bill without refinery allowances.”
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, the top Republican on the energy panel, said Waxman and others are also dangling allowances for steel and coal-fired power plants to give political cover to Democrats whose districts rely on these companies.
Democrats so far have been unable to get enough support from their own members to pass the bill out of a small global warming subcommittee because most Republicans and many Democrats say the plan will raise energy rates, destroy jobs and increase prices on manufactured goods.
Since when do we have federal laws for some parts of the country and not others?
But never mind that. The bill will "raise energy rates, destroy jobs and increase prices on manufactured goods." Of course it will. That's why even some staunch Democrats won't vote for it. But how would you feel about your representative voting that kind of burden on the rest of the country, even if he had cut a deal to exempt your particular power plant?
Posted by lumberjack at 11:41 PM
If you're going to say stupid things, you can at least make it entertaining by making them spectacularly stupid things. Henry Waxman from an interview on NPR as relayed by Tavis Smiley:
“We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point - they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap..”
Henry, the next step is obvious. Recommend holding down the tundra with goats like they do in Africa. Nobody has ever reported tundra floating away in Africa.
This is what Waxman works on in Congress:
Committee on Energy and Commerce (Chairman)
* Subcommittee on Health
* Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
* Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Write or call your US representatives now.
quote via Watts Up With That?
Posted by lumberjack at 10:17 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I still insist on being a chaperon at any concerts the lumberkid goes to. And I think I have everything...... book -check , heart medicine -check, ear plugs....etc.
But you knew that. (btw- that's not really me)
Went there. Survived. That's steps one and two of going to a concert at my age.
And, besides being a good outing with the kid (and a friend) it had it's own highlights and challenges. On the plus side: the wrist band that allowed us pavilion seating. They're given out on a first come, first served, basis and we got them despite being way back in line and passing up an offer to cheat with a line cut. Also big plus, the girls passed up the offer to cheat. They didn't even ask if we could do it.
Another situation, was plus/minus. Got to see 50 Cent, which isn't really my kind of music, so I liked maybe 25%. Plus, getting a drink and making a bathroom run, I missed about half his set. So, 25% of half of 50 Cent .... call it a little over a nickel.
Big minus is an $8.50 cheeseburger. You don't mind paying extra when there's some fancy blue cheese - mushroom - truffle sauce or something, but this was just bread and meat. Yikes. Anyway the cheeseburger wrapper should have been imaged and saved like the memento wrist band, but when you pay that much for a cheeseburger, you're sort of obligated to eat the wrapper too, just to extract value from the transaction.
And the biggest plus there could be at a concert: we got out of the parking lot without the usual hour and a half crawl. This good fortune was due to a series of factors: a car held up the line and created my opening, a fence post had been removed, and a farmer's field just happened to be in the right place. (and don't judge me - I understand the corn crop wasn't expected to be that great this year -- and that chicken was probably ready to become a Sunday dinner anyway)
Posted by lumberjack at 2:44 PM
150 Million for an airport that carried 20 passengers a day last year? That's stimulus!
Actually I have a fondness for the little airport. Back when I traveled a lot, my favorite airport was in Abilene, Texas. There was something like three flights in and three flights out each day. There were probably a total of three employees in the building at any one time and you got the sense that they'd like you to hurry through so that they could go home. Often my rental car keys were left out on the counter waiting for me.
But the airport was not nearly as pretentious as this Murtha monstrosity. I say that if you don't have more than 20 passengers a day, it's ok to have a terminal with a screen door.
Posted by lumberjack at 1:54 PM
But sometimes you can get a good IQ test out of it -
John McCain said the following:
Following World War II war crime trials were convened. The Japanese were tried and convicted and hung for war crimes committed against American POWs. Among those charges for which they were convicted was waterboarding.
So, does that mean anybody was executed for waterboarding?
Paul Begala says that the quote means that the U.S. executed Japanese war criminals for waterboarding. Begala claimed:
Our country executed Japanese soldiers who waterboarded American POWs. We executed them for the same for the same crime we are now committing ourselves.
I sure hope Begala is being dishonest because it's scary to think he's that dumb.
Anyway, and more important, the new administration has come up with more effective ways to get information. (h/t nimos) So hopefully we'll be able to move past all this once we've executed everyone in the prior administration and done this frog-marching (whatever that is) that the left seems so intent on:
Afterthought: Assuming we can find out what it is; could frog-marching possibly be a war crime?
Posted by lumberjack at 12:29 PM
Friday, April 24, 2009
Any one else notice the crown of thorns in this painting? It's 'The Truth' by Painter Michael D'Antuono. And the arms out to the side and up?
D'Antuono insists that this piece "is a mirror; reflecting the personal opinions and emotions of the viewer; that "The Truth" like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder." What a weaselly cop-out. The imagery is clear. And I expect even Obama is embarrassed by this. He should be. And my particular mirror is offended. Which I suspect was the point.
Posted by lumberjack at 8:52 PM
Trouble at the Bronx zoo:
Cash-strapped zoo officials told a New York City Council committee Thursday that they need to send away deer, bats, foxes, antelopes and other creatures to zoos around the country.
Officials say they're also closing four exhibits to close a $15 million budget shortfall.
and BTW - "More antics, less poo flinging" was my company's first Mission Statement.
Posted by lumberjack at 1:30 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I'm sure you've seen it:
President Barack Obama burned roughly 9,000 of jet fuel yesterday, Earth Day, and that only to deliver one speech in Iowa, reports CBS News's Mark Knoller in an April 22 Political Hotsheet blog post.
As if that weren't amusing enough, Knoller notes that the Air Force and the White House wouldn't disclose to Knoller how much fuel the president's plane burns on an average flight, so he had to consult with the manufacturer of the 747, Boeing.
But lets give him a pass this time. Because:
1) It does no good, witness Al Gore's continued hypocracy.
2) If we were successful in making him feel bad about it, he'd atone by buying "carbon credits". With what? With more of our money.
Posted by lumberjack at 9:47 PM
Remember when George Bush took office? The Clinton team had sabotaged office equipment and taken all the "W"s from the keyboards. Some people were upset but George Bush didn't give it a second thought. It said more about the Clinton folks than anything else.
That's why I'm proud of the Bush people. You know that the Bush transition team really did try to make it a smooth transfer - not for Obama's sake, but for the good of the country. And you know they didn't steal the "O"s from the keyboards, or leave behind any other childish practical jokes. Except for the lion. And that one, well, sometimes you get an idea that is just so funny, you have to go with it.
Posted by lumberjack at 4:34 PM
Found this at Newsbusters:
This is just too funny! A liberal Ivy League student decides to enroll at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Virgina and write a book exposé (The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University) supposedly showing the intolerance that must be there, or so he thought. The liberal student, however, was surprised to find little of the expected intolerance but is now finding plenty of it from the left because his book was not an outright condemnation of Liberty University nor of Jerry Falwell whom he met during his semester there.
So the young man did what he set out to do: he investigated, then reported what he found. But the commenters at the HufPo knew what he should have found; without even having to investigate:
Wow, that must be a pretty good brainwashing program they've got there. That or this guy is weak sauce. You wouldn't catch me praying to some magic sky daddy if I spent a THOUSAND years at Liberty "University."
He should have gone to a deprogrammer to complete the experience.
I wish he'd done an MRI before and after. It appears he's been brainwashed. Long periods of time with cults will do that.
I'm a little worried about Kevin's soul now that he's been programmed. He seems strong and intelligent though, so there's still hope for him. I'll be praying for his salvation from the radical right.
I hope he's been debriefed and re-socialized into the real world. Never visit the darkside.
Reminds me of something I read a few months back about a guy going undercover at Wal-Mart. Seems he didn't find an evil empire at all. That didn't sway some of his commenters though; see when you know you've found the evil Center of All That is Wrong With the Universe, well, you just know it. No more input needed.
And they call themselves open-minded.
Posted by lumberjack at 8:56 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
First, learned it's harder to add a blemish in photoshop than it is to take one away.
But it's harder still to make Perez Hilton look worse than he already does. Without resorting to horse teeth, that is.
(and as for him running up on that stage to snatch the crown from Miss California's head.... beyotch-puuuuhhleeese, she could whip his butt and send him home crying)
Posted by lumberjack at 8:02 PM
First let me apologize to all Canadians, more than usual this time:
Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job? She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo.
In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Ms. Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that "suspected or known terrorists" have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack.
All the 9/11 terrorists, of course, entered the United States directly from overseas. The notion that some arrived via Canada is a myth that briefly popped up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and was then quickly debunked.
Informed of her error, Ms. Napolitano blustered: "I can't talk to that. I can talk about the future. And here's the future. The future is we have borders."
"I can't talk to that." "The future is we have borders." Lord, I'm so proud to live in this great country. Sorry, can't type now, eyes tearing up with pride.
Posted by lumberjack at 1:43 PM
Often, it seems, cloning boasts turn out to be hoaxes. I can only hope this is another one of those 'all sizzle and no steak' deals:
A controversial fertility doctor claimed yesterday to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of four women who had been prepared to give birth to cloned babies.
The cloning was recorded by an independent documentary film-maker who has testified to The Independent that the cloning had taken place and that the women were genuinely hoping to become pregnant with the first cloned embryos specifically created for the purposes of human reproduction.
Panayiotis Zavos has broken the ultimate taboo of transferring cloned embryos into the human womb, a procedure that is a criminal offence in Britain and illegal in many other countries. He carried out the work at a secret lab-oratory, probably located in the Middle East where there is no cloning ban.....
Hope it's false, but oh well.
Anyway, who wants to guess which way Chris Matthews will come down on this issue?
Posted by lumberjack at 12:48 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
26 Reasons To Love Living Here
Reason #2: Our New Neighbor Is Hot
Well, I fixed that. And gave him a receding hairline to boot. How is it though, that people are still obsessing on how pretty he is, and aren't concerned that he's engineered a deficit that our children won't be able to pay off, save by selling their kidneys to the Chinese?
Posted by lumberjack at 11:27 PM
For awhile there I thought I'd gone deaf - almost a day went past without the constant bleat of "the-planet's-on-fire, the-planet's-on-fire." Thank goodness though, it was just a freak news cycle accident:
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago -- Caribbean nations face "very, very scary" rises in sea level and intensifying hurricanes, and Florida, Louisiana and even northern California could be overrun with rising water levels due to global warming triggered by carbon-based greenhouse gases, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Saturday.
Here's the article, but you've heard it all before. The usual doom and gloom, except for that extra bit about California going under. I imagine they don't always emphasize that, for fear it will cause some of us to cheer global warming on. I know, I know, there's a lot of good people in California. But they'll survive, and as for the fringe; well, I envision a great aluminum foil harvest from all the floating hats:
Meanwhile though, sun activity is at a record low. So the carbon nazis are scrambling to enact legislation in time to claim that they are responsible for putting us in a new ice age.
Posted by lumberjack at 9:24 PM
I'm entering this when those stimulus dollars start getting directed towards poster contests for various government agencies. (and how could they not? my calculations show that even if the government buys absolutely everything in the US, there will still be buckets of money looking for something to be spent on)
Posted by lumberjack at 1:04 AM
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Posted by lumberjack at 2:09 AM
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
More than I usually excerpt:
The Earth's climate is driven by the receipt and redistribution of solar energy. Despite this crucial relationship, the sun tends to be brushed aside as the most important driver of climate. Calculations on supercomputers are primitive compared with the complex dynamism of the Earth's climate and ignore the crucial relationship between climate and solar energy.
"To reduce modern climate change to one variable, CO2, or a small proportion of one variable - human-induced CO2 - is not science. To try to predict the future based on just one variable (CO2) in extraordinarily complex natural systems is folly. Yet when astronomers have the temerity to show that climate is driven by solar activities rather than CO2 emissions, they are dismissed as dinosaurs undertaking the methods of old-fashioned science."
Over time, the history of CO2 content in the atmosphere has been far higher than at present for most of time. Atmospheric CO2 follows temperature rise. It does not create a temperature rise. CO2 is not a pollutant. Global warming and a high CO2 content bring prosperity and longer life.
The hypothesis that human activity can create global warming is extraordinary because it is contrary to validated knowledge from solar physics, astronomy, history, archaeology and geology. "But evidence no longer matters. And any contrary work published in peer-reviewed journals is just ignored. We are told that the science on human-induced global warming is settled. Yet the claim by some scientists that the threat of human-induced global warming is 90 per cent certain (or even 99 per cent) is a figure of speech. It has no mathematical or evidential basis."
Observations in nature differ markedly from the results generated by nearly two dozen computer-generated climate models. These climate models exaggerate the effects of human CO2 emissions into the atmosphere because few of the natural variables are considered. Natural systems are far more complex than computer models.
The setting up by the UN of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988 gave an opportunity to make global warming the main theme of environmental groups. "The IPCC process is related to environmental activism, politics and opportunism. It is unrelated to science. Current zeal around human-induced climate change is comparable to the certainty professed by Creationists or religious fundamentalists."
Ian Plimer is not some isolated gadfly. He is a prize-winning scientist and professor. The back cover of Heaven And Earth carries a glowing endorsement from the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, who now holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. Numerous rigorous scientists have joined Plimer in dissenting from the prevailing orthodoxy.
This is important today because the EPA is taking the first step towards regulating carbon. Cap-and-trade will be the wild card in the upcoming tax increases. We have to pay off ten trillion dollars -- did anyone really think that would only involve the "rich"?
The folly is, they think this will be a huge cash cow. Hey, just take the money from the stupendous amount of energy consumed by industry; and as much as you can get from the general population's energy use. But this raid on our wealth ultimately has to be paid by us, the people. Our pockets will be empty whether Uncle Sam empties them directly, or indirectly, through an industrial intermediary. They're going to bleed the cash cow to death.
Excerpt from a review of Heaven And Earth: Global Warming - The Missing Science
Posted by lumberjack at 2:08 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
A life long supporter of the labour party was lying on his death bed when he suddenly decided to join the Tory party.
“But why?” asked his puzzled friend, “You’re labour through and through… Why change now?”
The man learned forward and explained, “Well, I’d rather it was one of them that died and not one of us.”
Posted by lumberjack at 11:30 AM
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I'd like to say that I've been busy checking out the local tea party but I never came close to having the time. For the last two days I've been taking care of our chubby pug, who has been having a diabetic crisis of some kind. Which crisis escalated to the point where all of last night was spent throwing up - her, not me, though several times I came close. Anyway, good news is that the vet is "much more optimistic" this afternoon than he was upon seeing her this morning. She'll be staying in the doggy hospital for a few days so I suppose I better think seriously about getting a second job, or robbing a bank.
Anyway, re the tea party thing, Newsbusters has a video of some particularly nasty liberal jibes from CNN:
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper followed his colleague David Shuster into the gutter on his Anderson Cooper 360 program on Tuesday in making a vulgar “tea-bagging” joke about Republicans/conservatives. After CNN’s senior political analyst David Gergen remarked that Republicans were “searching for their voice” after two electoral losses, Cooper quipped, “It’s hard to talk when you’re tea-bagging.”
(for those who don't know, you probably don't want to know what tea-bagging is - I would have been clueless if it hadn't been for a John Waters film, long ago)
Well, so it's good news I guess -- the "tea parties" have got them scared. They haven't yet found a way to spin it, so they're throwing everything in the book at the "problem".
One Obama spin: (roughly) "What are they talking about? I promised 95% of the country wouldn't pay higher taxes and I delivered on that promise."
But no, Mr. O, You delivered $13 (or $8) per week but on the back of that check is an IOU, that you signed our name to, for much much much more than the lousy face of the check.
I hope the liberals keep asking what the tea parties are about. Raise that question often enough and you run the risk of the general population getting curious, and finding the answer. I'll be ready to explain it to whoever asks.
Not now though. I need sleep.
Posted by lumberjack at 4:59 PM