Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
That is nothing short of awesome. I wouldn’t get a 1st gen version, but once it is bug-tested and customizable, that would be great. Connect it to a smartphone and a bluetooth earpiece and leave Dick Tracy drooling with jealousy. That’d even make Leela cry, and she’s only got one eye.
Welcome to the future.
Friday, July 24, 2009
This had to be the case, because this guy couldn't melt his rabbit cage.
Seriously, is there a stick that can be used to beat 9/11 truther nonsense out of people?
It's a basic truth of human nature that 13 people can keep a secret if 12 of them are dead.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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[phxl|paper] and DANCE
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[[SA]HatfulOfHollow] i'm going to become rich and famous after i invent a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet
Monday, July 20, 2009
Lowest-wage workers to get pay increase as minimum wage rises - TwinCities.com
WASHINGTON — The final installment of a three-part increase in the federal minimum wage is proving to be the most controversial.
Two previous wage hikes, one in 2007, the other in 2008, pushed the federal wage to $5.85 and then to the current $6.55 an hour. The third, which goes into effect Friday, will push it to $7.25 an hour.
Friday, July 17, 2009
The Third Annual
2nd Deadly Sin* Barbecue of Doom!
Where: My house
When: Saturday, July 25th
No, really, when: Lunchtime-ish
What: Enough meat to kill a small army.
Yes. We've depopulated a small farmstead for your gastronomical amusement.
Burgers, brats, hot dogs, lamb, pork chops and more.
How: I recommend a fork.
RSVP: Or else. xxx-xxx-xxxx
* That's Gluttony
President Barack Obama delivered a fiery sermon to black America Thursday night, warning black parents that they must accept their own responsibilities by "putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour," and telling black children that growing up poor is no reason to get bad grades.
"No one has written your destiny for you," he said, directing his remarks to "all the other Barack Obamas out there" who might one day grow up to be president. "Your destiny is in your hands, and don't you forget that. That's what we have to teach all of our children! No excuses! No excuses!"
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Commentary: What the 'wise Latina' remark meant
Entitled "Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation," the conference brought together -- for the first time, to my knowledge -- judges, lawyers, scholars and law students to consider the state of Latinos in the judiciary.
By 2050, Hispanics will be 30 percent of the U.S. population, and yet the number of Latino judges remains tiny. The number of female Hispanic judges is even smaller; Sotomayor is one of two Hispanic women among federal appellate judges, and there are not much more than that among the hundreds of federal district judges.
Part of the impetus for the conference was to signal the potential crisis for our courts in the 21st century if we do not get more Latino lawyers interested in becoming judges and more appointed to the bench.
In this context, I did not find Sotomayor's comment controversial. As I look at the speech eight years later, I'm struck by how measured and careful she was in making the claim.
So, as long as your target audience is not the one you are pushing against, it's not racist? The KKK isn't racist at their rallies, until they actually light up the cross in someone's yard?
Monday, July 13, 2009
The authors of the guidance say that for too long, experts have concentrated on the need for "safe sex" and committed relationships while ignoring the principle reason that many people have sex.
Entitled Pleasure, the leaflet has been drawn up by NHS Sheffield, but it also being circulated outside the city.
The leaflet carries the slogan "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away". It also says: "Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes' physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?"
Encouraging promiscuous behavior is NOT an acceptable function of the school system.
Found via Prof. Joseph Olson.
Friday, July 10, 2009
People often think of the minimum wage as a restriction on employers — that they cannot pay less than a certain number for a job. But it is also equally a restriction on job seekers — my son cannot legally offer to take a job for less than $7.25, even though he would probably gladly do so. For teenagers, just gaining the experience of working and building basic skills (like showing up on time, following procedures, interacting with customers and fellow employees) has enormous value, such that even a nominal payment of a few dollars an hour would more than compensate him for his labor.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
As others have noted, in 2005 (the most recent data I've been able to find) Canada had 5.5 MRI scanners per million population, and 11.3 CAT scan machines per million. The U.S. had at that time 27 and 32 per million population, respectively. Canada's are still backed up for months. Here you can get an elective "heart-saver" CT scan for about $100, usually within a couple of days of calling to make the appointment.
"Called “shared responsibility payments,” the fines would be set at least at half the cost of basic medical coverage, according to the legislation. The goal is to nudge people to sign up for coverage when they are healthy, not wait until they get sick."
Commie bastards. Will they be forced to use the healthcare they are trying to force on us?
A Long Island, New York, social worker is facing two misdemeanor charges after allegedly posting a sexually suggestive ad on Craigslist that gave interested parties the home phone number of a 9-year-old girl.
The sexually suggestive ad allowed parties to get a number for a 9-year-old girl.
According to prosecutors, Margery Tannenbaum posted the ad to get revenge after an argument between her daughter and the girl, who attend the same school in Hauppauge, New York.
Or at least strung up, after the fact?
And I said, "Well, to me a job sustained is if I didn't have to lay-off or fire someone because you ordered something and that's not the case." And he had a guide that the government provided that explains their logic on each line item, and they said, "No, sustained would mean that someone actually worked on the product and made it and so that counts as a job sustained." And so I said, "So the person that answers the phone would be one, the person that boxed it up would be two," and I said I can't do that."
The alert was left in newspaper boxes and doors last week warning people about an overnight break-in.
The official looking fliers alarmed the neighbors at first. However, it turns out the alert was false and used as a sales tactic.
Homeowners in a well-maintained neighborhood in Brooklyn Park were concerned when this crime warning came to their door describing a home break-in through a slashed screen.
"Slashed ... and entered while the occupants were inside," said Brooklyn Park resident Deana McFee.
Contact info: 1-866-746-7238 - Sales
Friday, July 3, 2009
About as effective as "(INDICATE IDENTITY OF OPERATOR) BANS GUNS IN THESE PREMISES" signs for stopping criminal violence.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
For an opinion based on nothing: "And pediatricians say it's a reminder that babies have no business sleeping in beds with adults."
The real cause: "According to a search warrant, the woman uses a couple prescription drugs and she'd been drinking martinis. Police say she blew a 0.12 on a breath test."
The lesson: Don't pass out on top of your baby! That's not an accident, it's negligent.
More meaningless statistics that don't actually support the context: "The most recent numbers, two years ago, show 39 babies died from unsafe sleeping environments in Minnesota." Those 39 deaths-out of approximately 70,000 babies born per year in Minnesota; that's .05%, hardly a statistical worry-include blankets in cribs, babies left to roll off of couches, kids sleeping on floors and being stepped on, and anything else sleep related. Compare that to a rate of 57.1 per 100,000 SIDS deaths in 2002. That's not an apples-to-apples comparison. The rates are from different samples and there is an unknown amount of overlap between the two statistics.
What is clear is that, without a control group-a horrible idea-complaints about family beds are "feel good" complaints not based in reality. There is not a single person railing against family beds who knows how often parents in a family bed have woken up to see a baby having problems that would have gone unnoticed if the baby had been in a crib.
Base your decisions on reality, science and statistics, not the opinions of badly informed control-freaks.
Four in ten Americans say they intend to spruce up their homes rather than tackle a full remodel. Here's what $1,000 will buy in a kitchen or bathroom that has a solid structure but a dated design. Costs don't include the contractor's overheads and profit margins, which can account for up to half of a remodeling budget.
If you are an innovator, trailblazer, explorer or a frontiersperson who is 10 or 11 years old, the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center wants to test your pioneer skills.
Want to learn more?
Register at the nature center or by mail. Registration forms are available online at www.ci.austin.mn.us/Parkandrec/outdoor.html
Call 437-7519 for more information.
The Nature Survival Class, which has been offered for nearly two decades at the nature center, allows children to step into history to a time when survival was an everyday part of life.
Flint knapping, fire building, candle making and cooking over an open fire are some of the activities children will experience in the program.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President* Obama honored Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month with a White House reception Monday where he likened the struggle for gay rights with the struggle of African-Americans for civil rights.
I'm looking at you, Ryan Winkler, and you, Ron Latz.
This article doesn't even mention all of the other "taxes on business" that are pass-through taxes to be paid by the end-consumer via higher prices. As your jobs vanish and your bank account deteriorates, call and thank the Congress-weasels responsible. "Ooh, the ship is sinking, hold this rock."