December 31, 2004
I plan on winning this year. My roster contains old, feeble and mostly unknown celebrities/athletes/politicians. I'll wager than about half my picks will end up as Solo Shot opportunities.
Update: Shameless self-promotion: I'll be the host for next week's Carnival.
Update: Chuck Simmins has more details regarding us stingy Americans.
December 30, 2004
A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a
particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where
they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.
Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their
So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with
his wife flying down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room,
so he decided to send an email! to his wife.
However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and
without realizing his error, sent the email.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from
her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory
following a heart attack.
The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives
After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.
The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor,
and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: October 16, 2004
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now
and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just
arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for
your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your
journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is freaking hot down here!
Finally, according to the editor, Coleman's false assertion that he didn't know and we didn't say whether we might be on the take from some campaign, political party or anonymous benefactor, appeared to violate no Star Tribune standard. In his meeting with Coleman after my discussion with the editor yesterday morning, Coleman had told the editor that he "assumed" we received a stipend from the Claremont Institute. (Wrong. As we expressly stated here in response to Coleman's slander earlier this month, "we are not paid by anyone" for our work on the site. What part of "not" doesn't Coleman understand?)
I asked the editor what standards Coleman's column was subject to at the Star Tribune. He said he didn't know; he would have to research the answer to that question and get back to me. But they do have standards, which is of course a relief!
I could write this as a work of fiction and it would get rejected by every publisher on the grounds that even fiction has to be somewhat believable.
I was perusing the Carnival of the Cats FAQ when I came across this little snippet:
I like cats, but I hate the nasty and vile rhetoric of "This Blog Is Full Of Crap." How can I just see the cat posts?
"Hate the nasty and vile rhetoric"? That's the only reason I read the damn thing. Eesh. There's just no pleasing some people.
December 29, 2004
1) He's building up frequent flyer miles, which can be redeemed for cash, to fund Air America for another year.
2) Al will finally give in to his long suppressed "love that dare not speak its name" towards camels.
3) Franken wanted to deliver his resume to Al Jazeera in person.
1) Lileks latest book is full of images that would normally cause my most recent meal to swim upstream. Fortunately, I've been laughing too hard at the commentary for nausea to set in.
Update: I neglected to mention that I also received this collection of essays by Bill Whittle. It should have been in every American's stocking this year. Okay, not Barbara Streisand or Alec Baldwin; the words would be unreadable to them.
And be labeled a heretic
Sounds like fun to me. Anyway, Dean has a good post discussing some of the questions that aren't being asked by many about the HIV-AIDS connection. Of course, no one actually wants to have this discussion, do they? Be sure to read the comment thread. Quite interesting.
Update: Dean continues leading people to certain death. At least, that's what you would think after reading some of the commenters to his posts on this subject.
As a scientist myself, I have to admit that the ad hominem attacks against HIV dissenters have been quite troubling these last 10-15 years. I can remember only one other scientific theory that was as discredited before it was tested: cold fusion. For what it's worth, research on that topic continues today. Excerpt:
Other researchers are finally beginning to explain why the Pons-Fleischmann effect has been difficult to reproduce. Mike McKubre from SRI International, in Menlo Park, Calif., a respected researcher who is influential among those pursuing cold fusion, says that the effect can be reliably seen only once the palladium electrodes are packed with deuterium at ratios of 100 percentone deuterium atom for every palladium atom. His work shows that if the ratio drops by as little as 10 points, to 90 percent, only 2 experimental runs in 12 produce excess heat, while all runs at a ratio of 100 percent produce excess heat.
And scientists are beginning to get a better handle on exactly how the effect occurs. Stanislaw Szpak and colleagues from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command have taken infrared video images of palladium electrodes as they produce excess energy. It turns out that the heat is not produced continuously over the entire electrode but only in hot spots that erupt and then die on the electrode surface. This team also has evidence of curious mini-explosions on the surface.
Sure, these guys are just huckters and snake oil salesmen. Right?
Aspirin. Naproxen. Ibuprofen. As soon as they discover something untoward about acetaminophen, we'll all be able to enjoy pain-filled lifes. Yippee.
Right after I heard about the tsunami disaster, I predicted to my wife that global warming, and therefore the US, would be blamed for the earthquake. My wife, sweet, trusting person that she is, thought I was full of crap. Okay, she has a point, but I was correct. History books are being re-edited right now and a new entry is being added: "George Bush responsible for 60,000 deaths around the Indian Ocean."
I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
Update: Dean has a more reasoned response, but the gist is the same.
It might be a while before I go back.
Steven Taylor links to a story that calls into question the sanity of the people and the legislators in that state. I can't decide which bothers me more: the fact that noodling was actually illegal(I figure it's natural selection at work if you grab snakes with your bare hands) or the fact that the state took the time to deliberate this issue.
December 28, 2004
Anheuser Busch sues for being excluded due to their product not actually being beer
A study at Tuft's University has determined that drinking beer can help bone density. Excerpt:
[Tufts Katherine] Tucker recently participated in a study that showed beer, either dark or light, protects bone mineral density, reported The Harford Courant.
According to Tucker associate professor of nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy the alcoholic beverage contains high levels of an ingredient which allows the deposit of calcium and other minerals into bone tissue.
The reason, we think, is that beer is a major contributor to the diet of silicon, the Tufts expert, who is director of the nutritional epidemiology program at the Friedman School, told the Courant.
And protecting bones may not be the only health benefit of beer. Another recent study found that moderate consumption of dark beer which contains antioxidants that help prevent clogged arteries -- may reduce risk of heart disease.
"Honey, I'm not brewing beer; I'm creating the elixir of life." Yeah, that'll work.
Thanks to TMQ for providing the link.
December 23, 2004
Because Zima gave the cows diarrhea.
Time for the nation's dairy farmers to get with the program. Imagine Guinness flavored milk, straight from the tap(so to speak). Agricultural colleges would see a huge spike in their attendance.
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