Saturday, May 23, 2009

Shock Jock Waterboarded. Now He Believes It’s Torture...

I just wish someone could get Cheney to lie down and get waterboarded! If it's not torture, then blood is not red. The Bush regime has resulted in worldwide attention to the fact that we were torturing people. Despite the Geneva Convention, Cheney and cohorts claim it kept the country safe and it was okay that they changed the rules. No one has ever proven torture works all the time. False confessions often come with pain. Think "witch hunts in Salem."

It's time we reclaim the high road and stop the practice of torture. It goes against most Americans ideals. There are many sophisticated drugs and things to get a person to talk without resorting to medieval torture. Yet Cheney defends it. I'll bet he's reincarnated from one of the torturers during the so-called Grand Inquisition in Europe!

From Donklephant ...

By Justin Gardner

Eric “Mancow” Muller is a fairly popular conservative/libertarian morning talk show host, and he didn’t think waterboarding was torture.

It took 6 seconds for him to change his mind:

Witnesses said Muller thrashed on the table, and even instantly threw the toy cow he was holding as his emergency tool to signify when he wanted the experiment to stop. He only lasted 6 or 7 seconds.

“It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that’s no joke,”Mancow said, likening it to a time when he nearly drowned as a child. “It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back…It was instantaneous…and I don’t want to say this: absolutely torture.”

“I wanted to prove it wasn’t torture,” Mancow said. “They cut off our heads, we put water on their face…I got voted to do this but I really thought ‘I’m going to laugh this off.’ "

This is another thing I don’t get about arguments from the right…cutting off somebody’s head is MURDER. Torture is meant to make somebody suffer physical or emotional trauma. True, it could eventually lead to murder, but it’s not the same as killing somebody.

Next up, Sean Hannity? Actually, even though he said he’d do it, I doubt he will. Because he has to know by now that he wouldn’t last very long and would literally have to lie about how he felt. Nobody can beat this technique, and especially not rich, right wing talk show hosts.

By the way, if you want to watch the video of this, go here

Image via Donklephant

Newspaper industry struggling to survive in this depression

From News Cycle...

Here is a running tab of number of people who have lost their jobs in 2009 through job cuts at newspapers and wire services.

The vast majority reflects layoffs, but some are from buyouts offered by news organizations or jobs lost because of a newspaper ceasing operations.

In April, 1,381 people were laid off from newspapers in the United States. At least 3,943 people lost their jobs in newspapers in March.

Here is a list of the newspapers that cut 1,492 people in February. Here are the newspapers that reported 2,114 layoffs in January.

text via News Cycle Image via Google Images

Can a dog bowl start a fire? Test shows idea does hold water

    From the Seattle Times...

    By Maks Goldenshteyn

    Turns out, blaming a fire on a dog water bowl isn't as goofy as it sounds.

A Bellevue Fire Department investigator said earlier this week that he suspects a house fire started when a partially filled glass bowl, resting in a wire stand on the home's deck, concentrated the sun's rays like a magnifying glass.

There was nothing else in that area of the house — no smokers, no electrical devices — that could have caused the fire. The blaze last Sunday destroyed the deck, badly burned the adjacent kitchen — and left some people wondering if the investigator was serious.

"People were trying to guess as to whether or not he had lost his mind," joked Lt. Eric Keenan, the Fire Department's community liaison officer.

So Keenan grabbed his old college physics book and started working out the scenario on paper.

"I thought, 'You know what, I think he's got something.' "

text and image via The Seattle Times

Friday, May 22, 2009

Interesting Marijuana Posters from the History of Medicine



all images via The History of Medicine

Staying home Memorial Day? Take a virtual tour of Pompeii instead!

By Michael S. Cole, M.D.

It is my opinion that Pompeii is the most important archeological site anywhere. Almost every other ancient urban site is simply the remains of a ghost town, long ago deserted by its citizens who carried away with them everything of value. Prior to the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving city. Then it was buried with so little warning in 79 A.D. that Pompeii was literally frozen in time.

If we want to know details about what life was like in a Roman city during the first century, I think by studying Pompeii we can get the very best perspective with the least speculation. We can understand how the privileged rich man and the ordinary slave lived from day to day in the Roman Empire during the time when Christianity was beginning to spread throughout the Mediterranean. A better understanding of life in Pompeii, a city with both Roman and Greek influence, can help us to better understand many of the writings of the New Testament.

Click here to go on a virtual tour of Pompeii.

text and image via The Cole Family

Have scientists found the fabled 'missing link?'

Somehow I never figured the missing link to man would have a tail! Not being a scientific type myself, I don't fully understand why they feel this is the much talked about missing link. I'll go a step further...

I doubt if there is a missing link, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

From the Daily Mail...

By David Derbyshire
Last updated at 6:10 PM on 21st May 2009

Her name is Ida, she is three feet tall and if scientists are right, she could be a common ancestor of apes and monkeys - and you.

Researchers yesterday revealed the beautifully preserved remains of the lemur-like creature who died in a lake 47million years ago.

Scientists claim she is an important 'missing link' in mankind's family tree and will shed light on a crucial part of evolution.

Read the rest of the story here.

photo and text via the Daily Mail Online

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Shirley and I recently spent a day at Glass Beach...



Shirley and I are grinning happily as our blogger buddy "Feather" takes this photo. Feather lives in Ft. Bragg, where Glass Beach is located, and has amassed a really impressive treasure trove of photos! She was also kind enough to show us the best spots to look! A lot of people go to the wrong areas and think the glass is all gone. Not so. You just have to know where to look. Link below...

Meet Feather at Sea Glass Lovers She took all of the photos shown here.

I enjoy looking for stuff and it was fun having Millie (right) along. It was a great day.



LEVI VAN VELUW: he's growing with his landscape art


Levi van Veluw´s photo series are self-portraits, drawn and photographed by himself: a one-man-process. His works constitute elemental transfers; modifying the face as object; combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object of great visual impact. The work you see therefore is not a portrait, but an information-rich image of colour, form, texture, and content. The image contains the history of a short creative process, with the artist shifting between the entities of subject and object.

Click here to read the rest.

Press Release and art via Levi van Veluw

Get a Grip on the Drip: Fast Food Bibs for Drivers!

  A few years back my wife was kidding about coming up with a bib for people who are driving and eating. We joked about it, but of course didn't do anything. She even made the comment, "I bet someone comes up with the idea and makes a mint." Well Shirley, you were right. I found some people who did come up with your idea. Oh well, I guess if you snooze you lose!

From Patent Storm...

1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a bib and, more specifically, to a bib with a pocket portion formed thereon to prevent food and drinks from spilling or falling onto the user's lap.
2. Description of Related Art
Eating and drinking while driving or riding in a
car have become ever more common with the proliferation of fast food outlets and quick stop convenience stores. While this is convenient and time saving for most people, food and drink are often spilled while the vehicle is in motion causing substantial damage to people's clothing and to the interior of the automobile.

Click here to read the rest.

image and article via Patent Storm

From Eat Me Daily...

At first glance, The BeltzBib seems to solve one of life's major dilemmas: How do we keep our clothes clean while stuffing our faces with drive-thru while we're in the car? It goes so much further than the obvious solution of a mere bib — this being America, land of invention, land of fast food, and land of the automobile, a simple shirt covering won't do.

The BeltzBib, brilliant product that it is, has a built-in pouch to hold the food, and attaches to the seatbelt (safety first!) with Velcro to ensure the bib doesn't slip. Priced at a highly reasonable $13.95 (with free shipping no less), we can't decide if this yet another sign of the end-of-times or an important step in the evolution of snacking.

Click here to read the rest.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Jesse Ventura asks, 'If waterboarding is okay why don't we let the police use it?'

 Photo and text from the Raw Story...

 By David Edwards and Stephen Webster

 Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, making a guest appearance on ABC’s The View, gave co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck a lesson or two about the torture technique known as waterboarding.

Ventura, who underwent a barrage of torture techniques at the military Survival, Evade, Resist and Escape (SERE) school, confirmed for Hasselbeck that waterboarding is torture and not just an “enhanced interrogation technique.”

“If waterboarding is okay, why don’t we let our police do it to suspects to learn what they know?” he asked to a chorus of applause.

Click here for rest of the story.

Check out some cool movie posters made with Lego parts

There is seemingly no end to Lego creativity. Models, stop motion movies, amazing ads and art recreation…
And now, even movie posters are being recreated with that unique-tongue-in-cheek style you can only get with lego bricks and minifigs. For 20 more posters
click here.

images and text from Speckyboy

What do you think about parents allowing an 8-year-old to change gender?

From the Associated Press...

Omaha couple to allow 8-year-old to live as a girl

A west Omaha couple says their 8-year-old son has asked for years to wear dresses and change his name, so they’re enrolling him in a new school where he can live openly as a girl.

The parents say their middle child is transgender, and he’s asked to be called a girl since age 4.
“One night she said, ’Every night when I go to bed, I pray my inside will match my outside. But it never happens,“’ the mother said, recalling a conversation with her child.

The family, which is not being identified to protect them from possible harm, met with therapists and gender experts before deciding to switch the child’s gender affiliation.
Ellie Hites, an Omaha therapist who’s worked with more than 200 transgender people in the city, says it’s healthier to live as one’s chosen gender when there’s a discrepancy with the biological gender.

“It’s like they arrive here with one biology but the mental set is counter to that,” she said.
Many of Hites’ transgender clients have suffered from nervous breakdowns, suicide attempts and deep depression because they’ve been forced to hide their true identity, she said.
As the 8-year-old explained: “It’s kind of like you’re trapped somewhere and you can’t get out.”
He’s been allowed to dress as a girl at home, but has had to dress and act as a boy in public. The family says that will soon change.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Anonymous Hugging Wall for Social Facilitation & Mood Elevation

As part of the her ongoing series Methods & Apparati for Social Facilitation and Mood Elevation, Keetra Dean Dixon has created “The Anonymous Hugging Wall”. It is yet unclear if they come in deluxe form or what their cost may be.

Other parts of the series include the “Full Spectrum Optical Invigoration Unit, Psuedo Simile Guides, and the Colling Inhalation Aid (aka Fridgi-Poofs)”.

Story and text by The Laughing Squid

Audacity Vs. Reality: Jews and Arabs will never agree


Middle East: President Obama seeks a grand, unlikely reconciliation between Jews, Shiites and Sunnis. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decidedly undreamy Mideast agenda is about survival.

Read More: Middle East & North Africa

In the Middle East of the early 21st century, the world is challenged by two big facts: one, a problem with no solution; the other, a problem it's been pretending isn't really there.

The first fact is the troubled co-existence of Israel with its hostile Muslim neighbors.

It's obvious that the Jewish state will never be accepted as legitimate by a large number of Arabs.

There will always be Muslim nations and armed organizations that will never accept its right to exist, and that would try to get rid of it.

Yet year after year we hear most of Western Europe, Third World nations and now apparently America insist that a Palestinian state is the key to a lasting Mid East peace.

Click here for the rest.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

California Desalination Plant to Be Largest in Western Hemisphere

It looks like steps are being taken to meet California's water needs for the future. The new desalination facility is supposed to be done by election year (2012). This article by GREENBIZ.COM gives the particulars:

By GreenBiz Staff
Published May 18, 2009

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board last week unanimously voted to begin work on a $300 million desalination facility to help meet the water needs of the region.

The reverse-osmosis desalination facility will be built by the Connecticut-based Poseidon Resources, and the company expects the facility to be online by the beginning of 2012. When it is fully operational, the plant will be able to produce 50 million gallons of drinking water every day, or about 10 percent of the region's water needs.
Poseidon is building the facility in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, and it is just the first of many such facilities in the works in California. The state is in the third year of a drought, and faces pressures on water supplies from a growing population and agricultural water needs.

Read the rest here.

(photo above - This desalination plant in Perth, Australia, will be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere when completed) photo by

Oh yea...those were the good old days for us guys!

image via Fukung

An ill Wind: Parachutist reads the warning sign too late!

image via sharenator

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Western Conference Finals next:Lakers finally close out tough Rockets

photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lakers center Andrew Bynum steals the ball from Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks, who was driving through the lane, in the first half today.

In a series that should never have gone to 7 games, the Lakers won when it counted this afternoon. Still unanswered; which Laker team will show up against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night (6:00 p.m. California time) during the Western Conference Finals? Why did a seriously undermanned Houston team match up so well for so long? What Laker weaknesses were exposed? I've never seen a more erratic (okay chaotic) team than this seasons version of the Lakers. If you're into betting, leave the Lakers alone! They'll break your heart and wallet!

When a warning causes a political flap, America's enemies rejoice

FROM TODAY's Time-Standard...

Dave Stancliff

Posted: 05/17/2009 01:27:20 AM PDT

Politicians leaning left or right must learn how to cooperate to effectively fight the rising threat of extremists in our country.

A recent assessment report to law agencies, released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), warned that extremists in America are taking advantage of current events to recruit members.

This report has caused a lot of controversy, for all the wrong reasons.

Click here to read the rest of the column.

image via Google Images

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...