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Archive for April, 2009

So what is really going on with swine flu?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

If we are to believe what our trusted international media report, the world is on the brink of a global pandemic outbreak of a new deadly strain of flu, H1N1 as it has been labelled, or more popularly, Swine Flu. As the story goes, the outbreak of the deadly flu was first discovered in Mexico. According to press reports, after several days, headlines reported as many as perhaps 150 deaths in Mexico were believed caused by this virulent people-killing pig virus that has spread to humans and now is allegedly being further spread from human to human. Cases were being reported hourly from Canada to Spain and beyond. The only thing wrong with this story is that it is largely based on lies, hype and coverup of possible real causes of Mexican deaths.

Big day for freedom in New Hampshire

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Kudos to the Granite State:

New Hampshire Senate passes gay-marriage bill

CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Hampshire’s Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage after an amendment was added that allows clergy to decline to marry gay couples.

Wait…there’s more!

Medical Marijuana: Yes, 14-10

Concord – Critically and terminally ill patients would be able to use marijuana to ease their pain under a bill the Senate passed today.

By a 14-10 vote, the Senate approved House Bill 648, which allows patients with approval from both their doctors and the state to have up to two ounces and six plants of marijuana. The law allows a patient to designate one caregiver to grow or possess marijuana for them. They can also obtain the drug from another certified patient.

Neither of them are law yet, but hopefully soon will be. Pretty soon we’re actually going to be close to being treated like grownups. Imagine that.

Would you buy insurance from Iggy Pop?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Iggy Pop advert deemed misleading

A TV commercial for insurance featuring rock star Iggy Pop has been ruled as misleading by the advertising watchdog.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the ad implied the veteran singer had a policy, but Swiftcover did not cover musicians at the time.

It ruled the advert must not be shown again in its current form following complaints from 12 viewers.

Swiftcover has since started to offer policies to musicians, while Iggy Pop will continue to endorse the company.

In the advert, Iggy Pop is seen exclaiming that he has insurance cover with the organisation, which the ASA ruled would lead “some viewers to believe the policy covered those who worked in entertainment, when it did not”.

The ASA also stated that Iggy Pop did not hold a policy with the company.

Swiftcover said that it had chosen the rock star for the campaign, not because of his profession, but for his reputation for a fast-living lifestyle.

Too funny.

Let’s play who said it.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

War crimes will be prosecuted, war criminals will be punished and it will be no defense to say, “I was just following orders.”

Guess who.

Ok, maybe Camp Lejeune was killing people with crud

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

US can’t vouch for cancer assurances to Marines

In an about face, the government Tuesday disavowed a 12-year-old federal report that found little or no cancer risk for adults who lived on a Marine base where drinking water was contaminated for three decades.

Up to 1 million people could have been exposed to toxins that seeped from a neighboring dry cleaner and industrial activity at Camp Lejeune, N.C., federal officials say. Now, a report that minimized the cancer threat for adults has been discredited.

“We can no longer stand behind the accuracy of the information in that document,” William Cibulas, director of health assessment for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said at a meeting in Atlanta. “We know too much now.”

Sick veterans, who became known as “poisoned patriots,” and their advocates never believed the report’s conclusions. Their families have filed claims for $33.8 billion in damages. A study continues on whether fetuses might have been harmed.

The agency estimated as many as 1 million people at the Atlantic-seaboard base could have been exposed to the toxins; the Marines have estimated 500,000.

Levels of one solvent, known as TCE, were the highest ever measured in a U.S. public water supply, according to an agency scientist.

Ugh.

Marines: The few, the proud, the poisoned.

Finally, a use for Led Zeppelin

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Townspeople Thwart Cricket Invasion by Blasting Led Zeppelin

Mormon crickets have no taste in music, and Nevadans are using it against them. Residents of Tuscarora are getting ready to blast their boomboxes to ward off the crickets’ semi-annual invasion, after the townsfolk realized three years ago that the pests don’t like Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones.

Mormon crickets are a real problem in northern Nevada and other parts of the Great Basin: They march in columns up to two miles long and one mile wide from about May through August. They hatch in April and invade all aspects of life before they finally lay eggs and die. They destroy crops, invade people’s homes (one resident said, “You’ll wake up and there’ll be one sitting on your forehead, looking at you”), and clog roadways—even requiring snowplows to clear out their piled-up carcasses.

People do what they can to steer the pests away, trying poison bait and other tricks. But in 2006, after reading about a woman in the 1930s who had driven the insects off with a Chinese gong, a Tuscarora resident was inspired to try out some modern music. Since she knew the crickets rested at night, she got a group together to blast music for several days from early morning ’til evening. They tuned their stereos to a hard rock station, and local reports that year said that the music stopped many of the bugs in their tracks.

According to a state entomologist, “The vibrations may deter the bugs, but I don’t know of any research that says yes or no.”

How long before Jimmy Page releases a 4 cd remastered “Cricket” edition of the same songs we’ve heard blaring from Cameros for years now?

Redstate: Unhinged moral cowards

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Redstate.com is where the supposed heavy thinking of the 25%-ers – you know, the folks who would gladly vote Bush “Emperor for Life” and had no problems with Sarah Palin being one skin cancer away from the Oval Office- occurs. They frequently have right wing congressmen and pundits blathering away in their basement lair, and it goes without saying that anything Obama does is swiftly, if rather clumsily belittled.

But its Editor in Chief Erick Erickson really pours on the crazy in his latest misguided missive, reprinted here in its entirety:

Is Obama Rushing Another Attack?

It is all a gamble on this question: at what point will the nation stop entertaining the proposition that it is all George Bush’s fault?

We know, because Joe Biden told us, that the Obama administration expects us to get attacked again domestically.

That’s the working M.O. of this administration: no matter what we do, we’re going to eventually get hit again. The Obama administration views the seven years after 9/11 as more a fluke than a successful strategy by George Bush to prevent domestic terror attacks.

So if the working theory is that we’re going to get hit again, what is the best response? After all, the public does credit George Bush with keeping us safe at 9/11.

The best strategy would look something like taking a band-aid off quickly. Get the pain over fast. And if an attack happens quickly enough into the new administration, they can blame Bush.

So the Obama administration is working hard to release all the memos on interrogations, change all the policies Bush implemented, and clear out the old as fast as possible. Never mind that if it were done slowly over time, our terrorist enemies might not be so incited to attack.

If your working premise is that they are going to attack anyway, get them incited quickly, get it over with, and blame Bush.

There is no other justification for so quickly making us less safe.

It is pointless to mount a rational response to irrational statements- that pig doesn’t want to learn how to sing, it far prefers rolling around in its own feces- but what is striking from this rather repulsive glimpse into the right wing mind is that they truly think that the release of these memos, and the repudiation of torture is what will cause another 9/11. Only in the vacuum of their echo chamber, where only the light from Fox seems to shine, do people actually think that any of this is news to the rest of the world. In reality land, where the rest of us live, we’re all rather certain that the family of the guy with electrodes on his nuts or the bucket of water poised over his head knew that Bush’s “We do not torture” was just another lie. The people of Fallujah- the ones we didn’t slaughter (only after destroying their hospitals)- those people don’t need any further evidence to confirm what reality has already shown them.

But in the cloud cuckoo land of what’s left of the GOP, the only reason Obama aired our dirty laundry was to invoke an attack on our country early, so it could be blamed on Bush. Beyond being just plain ignorant, this shows what happens to people who embrace the lash from Daddy- their souls get twisted into something not recognizable as human. Erickson and his ilk are cowards of the lowest sort- strutting around, flightsuits filled with empty bravado, so glad to have big strong American Exceptionalism around to keep them safe- safe from the rest of the world who object to the boot of America grinding on their neck. If these whimpering masochists had the integrity to actually admit in the light what they rub themselves raw contemplating in the dark, if they were to come out and say yeah, we tortured, we committed war crimes, we invaded countries that posed us no threat simply because we can, then at least they could be said to have the strength of their convictions. But instead they strut and preen while secretly craving the yoke. They are a weak version of a man, daily demonstrating why the majority of voters find them repugnant.

As an aside, take a gander at one of the comments to this article:

With a little help from Hollywood and a willing MSM, a Democrat Administration could convince the vast majority of the population that we had just experienced a natural or man-made disaster of Biblical proportions even though nothing had actually happened. Whaddya want, an earthquake, a nuke, a bio attack from “domestic terrorists – that would be the best; a bio attack from right wing extremists. DHS could trot out their moonsuits, troops everywhere in MOPP gear, scarier ‘n Hell and you could get people to buy off on anything.

It worked on you, didn’t it?

Pierrepoint

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Watched a fascinating movie over the weekend:

hman

This dude killed a bunch of people. A bunch.

Oh, who needs pandemic flu funding anyway?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Stimulus bill headed for passage minus pandemic funds

Feb 13, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – With money for pandemic influenza preparedness stripped from a huge economic stimulus bill that appears headed for final congressional approval, public health advocates say they have to look to the regular budgeting process for the next chance to get some pandemic funding.

The House of Representatives had included $900 million in pandemic preparedness funds in its version of the massive stimulus package, but it appeared that all but $50 million was removed by the conference committee that ironed out differences between the House and Senate versions, said Richard Hamburg, government relations director for the nonpartisan, nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).

The House passed the $787 billion compromise bill this afternoon by a vote of 246-183, with no Republican support, the New York Times reported. The story said the Senate was expected to approve the measure this evening.

The $50 million left in the bill, listed as a Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, is for improving information technology security at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Hamburg said. The sums removed included $420 million for pandemic flu and $430 million for biomedical advanced research and development, he reported.

Oink, oink.

Whatcha waiting for, IRS. Shut ’em down.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Churches that endorsed candidates await IRS

MILWAUKEE – Nearly seven months after defying a prohibition on endorsing candidates from the pulpit, 33 churches across the country are still waiting to learn whether the Internal Revenue Service will take action against them.

The goal of “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” was to trigger a legal fight and ultimately overturn regulations that prevent places of worship from supporting or opposing candidates for office. But a conservative legal group that organized the effort says the IRS has yet to notify the churches of any investigation.

Legal experts suggest a number of possibilities: The IRS has nothing to gain from a costly and mainly symbolic battle; it has limited resources; or it could still be deciding how to respond.

Mainly symbolic? Tell the churches to either pay taxes or STFU. Nothing symbolic about that, I don’t think. I have nothing against people being blasted religious/political natterings as they voluntarily sit in a pew- but I don’t want to pay for it. Churches, pay your taxes- or, put another way- return something to the community in which you sit, or limit your discussions to how many angels can fit on whatever pin you’re pushing this week.