April 26, 2004

The Final Stretch Thankfully, I

The Final Stretch

Thankfully, I got my entire manuscript done yesterday and am just waiting for final revisions.

This is my last week of classes and studying for finals will be excruciating, at best. This semester has been...well, I'm just glad it's almost over.

Again, I remain rather busy, so I'm sorry if I haven't been blurfing as much, and commenting. I hope you understand. It's nice hearing from some of you about my absence, though. Please know that I miss you too. In about a week and a half you'll be wishing I was back in school. LOL

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Jackson Camp? Well, this is

Jackson Camp?

Well, this is fascinating news. Nothing says "guilty" more than changing out your defense attorneys. The article would lead you to believe that it's because he wanted Thomas Mesereau Jr. as his attorney, who has recently become available now that he doesn't have to worry about the pesky Robert Blake. But, don't you think it's just a bit curious? Here's what his old attorneys (brilliant attorneys) had to say:

"Based on recent developments and discussions with various persons in the Jackson camp, it became clear that it would be best if Mark and I decided to step down," Brafman said. "And that's what we elected to do."
The Jackson camp? You know, in some ways I hope Michael's money dwindles so much by this that he is forced to be humbled. It's this living like a prince shit, for years on end, that has turned him into a very sick man. Who knows, it may be too late for him. He is like a perpetually spoiled child that never grew up.

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April 25, 2004

I've got a camera and I'm not afraid to use it!

Saw the following exchange over at Dean's site and thought it was pretty darned funny. FWIW, Me is Dean and HER is someone from the rally:

Her (Continuing to follow me): You can't take pictures of me, I've gotten death threats, been on death lists!"

Me: "I don't want to take pictures of you, and you're going to be on another one in a second if you don't get the Hell away from me ..."

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April 24, 2004

Victory Coalition members unite!

Image stolen shamelessly from Michele. Hey, it's for a great cause:

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It's been a hoot duking it out in a pixelated fashion. Sure, there's a lot of people talking smack, but it's all in fun. Remember, we're supporting our men and women in uniform over in Iraq. Donate early and often. And if your current financial situation prevents you from giving money, at least link the Spirit of America Challenge on your webpage, if you have one. Barring that, send the link to all your friends and relatives. Shame the company you work for into giving. They'll be grateful to have the chance to give to such a worthy cause. And remember to send the link to this page for donations so that the much beloved Victory Coalition will get credit. Lots of bloggers are offering different bribes rewards for donaters. Michele has the scoop.

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A Few Things To


A Few Things To Keep You Busy

We're having a garage sale today, I'm trying to finish a manuscript that was due yesterday AND review Chemistry for the upcoming final. But, I have a few things for you that might stir some thoughts, at the very least.

First, I received the funniest email today from an old friend and coworker from our time in Belgium. Man, it was so good to hear from her. Whichever reader passed the site along to her, thank you.

While searching through stuff to sell for the garage sale last night, I found a section of my old Daytimer which had some phrases written down from seminars I took while living in Austin. Here they are:

Remember where you came from, where you're going, and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place. You're going to die a horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work at it, however.
In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It's not always an easy sacrifice.
Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
Have a great day everyone!

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Quote of the day

Saw this little post over at Vox Populi and just had to present it here. Vox Day encapsulates my feelings about John Effing Kerry:

The nice thing about John Kerry is that you can easily justify supporting him. Chances are extremely high that he supports your position on pretty much anything on which you might have an opinion The problem is that he also supports the opposite position as well.

Why will Bush win? At first, I assumed this would be the case because of the homogamy issue. But now, I believe this because the Democrats nominated a candidate who combines Bob Dole's likeability with Bill Clinton's trustworthiness.

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April 22, 2004

Some for the road

Quote of the day from Neal
Boortz
:

One-half of Philadelphia middle school teachers couldn't pass a basic federal competency test.; As they said on Fox News last night, this means that middle school students in Philly have a 50/50 chance of being right when they say that their teachers don't know what they're talking about.

Also found via Boortz is this sitep;which contains
the interesting notion that you can raise a baby without
having him/her wear diapers. Excerpt:

Rather than teaching a baby to eliminate into his or her intimate clothing and cleaning up after the fact, parents learn to listen and respond in the present moment to the baby's needs and communication.

"Teaching a baby to eliminate into his or her intimate clothing"?! How can you stop them? I imagine that the dialogue would proceed in this
fashion:

Me: "Son, do you feel the need to go potty soon?"
Him: SPLORRRTTTTTT! ::splash::

The President lied!!! James Tartanto notes an exchange between Senator Clinton and Larry King that would be rocking all the major networks if, say, Laura Bush were the one being interviewed. Excerpt:

The lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq contradicts years of intelligence indicating Saddam had such weapons, which also was the conclusion of officials in the Clinton administration.

"The consensus was the same, from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration," she said. "It was the same intelligence belief that our allies and friends around the world shared. "

"But I think that in the case of the [Bush] administration, they really believed it. They really thought they were right, but they didn't let enough sunlight into their thinking process to really have the kind of debate that needs to take place when a serious decision occurs like that."

So Clinton didn't actually believe the intelligence reports, which makes him smart, and Bush is an imbecile because he believed it. O-tay!

Anyone that ever reads my stuff(thanks to both of you) realizes that I'm an agnostic when it comes to global warming, mainly due to two things:

1) I'm a scientist and want either evidence or a hypothesis that can be tested
in some manner. FYI: results from a model that cannot correctly forecast current climate conditions will be ignored if said results predict doom and gloom in the future.

2) I have no particular political agenda when it comes to the climate. This gives me the freedom to question any declarations made by either side.

In any event, the Imperial Torturer posts
about some more scientific whacking of all the Chicken Littles.

A family in Canada wants a law passed that will allow them to sue their daughter because she was in a car wreck while pregnant. The accident caused some damage to the little girl. Excerpt:

The family is as close as ever,but Doug Rewega wants to be able to take
legal action against his wife, Lisa, on behalf of their daughter, Brooklyn.

As close as ever? The Magic 8-Ball says: Unlikely.

Why did I have trouble getting dates before marriage? Apparently I'm an expensive drunk:

Pisces Style:
since you're pisces you proberly already now that
you share a sign- as well as an addictive
personality with--- Liv tyler,Liza Minelli and
Kurt Cobain. not only do pisces like to lose
themselves in the dream like state that only
hooch can induce, but they can build up a
strong tolerance real fast. who needs an
expensive date like that? on the other hand,
they're fabulosly enchanting partners, be it
conversation or crime with the right pisces you
can start out sgaring a pitcher of margaritas
and wind up in bed togeather for days. what?
the phrase 'addictive personality' can be seen
from two angles y'know


Alcohoroscopes MRK 2- the stars and your drinking style
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Quiz via Emilywho also provided me with this uplifting
news
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Desert Island Bloggers Which 10

Desert Island Bloggers

Which 10 bloggers would you bring to a desert island?

Kim from The G-Spot

Yes, Kimmy is first on the list. I don’t think I would be able to take her without Darin and the kids, so this may end up being more than 10 people…but, man, would it be fun. Kim is genuine, funny, spontaneous and very supportive.

Ed from Captain's Quarters
Ed’s integrity is what guarantees him a place on the island. He is level headed, fair, intelligible and interesting to talk with in areas of differed opinion.

Her Grooviness from Eurotrash
Really, what would a desert island be without a wacky Brit? Someone has to pour the pints and write her own paper instead of working for the man.

FoO from GotFoO
I don’t know if you’ve been reading long enough to know how I found FoO. But it was from a search for the phrase “America’s Favorite Freak.” This, of course, was referring to Michael Jackson. But, once I found FoO, he was strangely magnetic.

Amanda from Hot Abercrombie Chick

Ah, our philosopher. The world would be a much different place if it weren’t for philosophers. We have to have her with!

Stu from GuruStu
Who else is going to teach us how to relax while waiting for our rescue? Plus, he would be great at engaging Amanda in a philosophical discussion.

SJ from Sarcastic Journalist
She’s actually available for a trip to a desert island now that she was fired. Oh, and she’s pregnant too, so the population continuation would be ensured.

Laurence from Amish Tech Support
What is it about the name Simon that gets everyone riled up? In this case it’s true. Laurence Simon really shakes things up and I wouldn’t want to be out on an island without someone having the capacity to be brutally honest. Plus, he’s Jewish. It can’t just be me.

Daniel from Was I There?
Daniel is a lot like Kim in that I wouldn’t be able to take him without Richard, so I’m adding even more to the list. What the hell, we’ll have fun, right? Daniel is going to bring his uniqueness, style and nachos to the table.


Goldie from dramaqueen
Goldie, Goldie, Goldie. I would want Goldie with just to lighten things up and make them more ethereal. She puts the yum in yummy.

And, just to keep up the whole blogger support thing, here is where this idea is stolen from:

Da Goddess from:

Up Yours from:

Right Wing News

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April 21, 2004

Game on!

The Victory Coalition

Michele has been a busy young lady. Kevin, too. Check out his original post here for details on how to join/

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Assorted links

Yeah, I'm too lazy to write my own stuff. Ergo, I link to others. Anyone that reads me on a regular basis(both of you) will probably appreciate that.
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Found this quiz via Annika:

You are 29% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.


You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!


Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!


You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com


I can't begin to tell you how much this result disturbs me:

Buttercup

Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Joseph Farah predicts the outcome of the presidential election; it's not good for Bush. He joins Dean in feeling that way. Me? I'm still waiting for the conventions. Considering that Kerry will receive his convention bounce waayyy before the election, and Bush will get his much closer to the first Tuesday in November, I'm inclined to disagree with them both. History will be the judge, though.

It's reasons such as the ones presented in this article that make me avoid Earth Day activities like the plague. I ought to go carrying a sign saying "More nuclear power plants to make the enviroment cleaner." It's true, of course, but I'd probably get killed.

Want to get nothing done at work today? Go here. Thanks a lot, Jonah.

Campaign ads I'd like to see.

John Kerry might want to check how his campaign money is being spent.

Dean discusses meeting your significant other via the Internet. Good stuff, if you're single.

Victory Coalition: give until it hurts.
The Victory Coalition

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Useful information

Getting tired of having to provide information such as your name and email address to newsites before you read the articles therein? Well here's a solution for you: bugmenot.com. Just enter the name of the website you're attempting to login to and you will be provided with some dummy user id's and passwords. Hat tip to Neal Boortz.

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April 20, 2004

Like The Wind I have

Like The Wind

I have 5 more class periods before my finals. In two weeks and one day from now, I will be free for the summer.

Next week I will be studying hard for finals and trying to get this blog moved to it's new home. I hope I can be around to handle stuff around here, but if I'm not, you know why.

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News roundup

Another pimple on the butt of humanity gets popped. Swing away, sister, swing away.


This is a little disturbing. Commit a crime on Indian lands and get prosecuted twice. Apparently this doesn't violate the double jeopardy clause. I remain unconvinced.


I'm betting that this stings a bit.


What do you mean, Ted Kennedy's driving me home?



So Coke has created C2, or Coke-lite. What kind of slogans will this stuff spawn?


1) "It's the really watered-down thing."
2) "I can't believe it's not Coke!"
3) "It tastes more like regular Dr. Pepper than bile."


Yes, they're crappy slogans. And no, I don't care. Actually, I'm more worried about the possibility of "New C2".


Whatever you say, my masters:




A disc that can hold 25 Gb of data and can be destroyed with a pair of scissors.
Pretty cool.


I agree with the #1 song on this list. Every time that song starts I have to control my gag reflex. But I still love The Sounds of Silence.


Wow! Lacy has really grown up.



No offense to Dr. Keilis-Borok, but isn't
predicting a big earthquake in California like predicting that the sun will rise in the east? He has given a pretty tight timeline, though.

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A sad obituary...

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge). His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Finally, Common sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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Just had to add this

Was over perusing the posts over at Cold Fury when I saw that Mike had linked to this article wherein the author discusses how, like Zell Miller, the Democrat party has left him. Excerpt:

In a way, what the Democratic party is now is somewhat like a first wife thought about at a safe distance from the divorce. You know you loved her at some point but you can't really remember why. You know she was beautiful to you then, but now you can only see the ruins of that beauty, and you are glad you got the best years. You know that, yes, you must have been happy with her and had a lot of good times. But now you can't remember where or when. In fact, when you think about her now you can't really believe you wasted all those declining years with here just because you believed that somehow, some time, she would grow sane, beautiful, and young again.

Life and politics though don't run backwards. One the hardest things to learn in life is when to leave, that's why we're always leaving late. It's not that the Republicans are running the most decent game in town. It is only that lately they seem to be the only game in town, at least the only one that puts America first. That's why I'm getting on their train. At least to the next stop.

Read it all. His point of view represents a lot more of this country than people think. As I've mentioned in the past, I'm dismayed at what the Democrats have become. I voted for Doug Wilder because I thought he was the best candidate for the job here in Virginia. Turns out that I was right because he managed to correct a fiscal nightmare while acting in a principled manner. A Democrat such as Wilder probably couldn't get elected today because he's not rabid enough. Too bad.

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April 19, 2004

Monday stuff

Want to see some background on the whole Israel/Palestine conflict? Go here.

John Leo flogs the DC press corps. Again.

Duke plans to end 8 a.m. classes because they're trying to figure out what to do to help sleep deprived students. Here's a thought: shut down all sales of beer in town at 9:00 p.m.. Trust me when I tell you that I know the Duke student body pretty well.

WT living F? And I see that my old alma mater is participating. Great. Excerpt:

It is true that Americans have the rights to free speech and assembly. But we do not have the right to protest in all times and places. The Day of Silence takes place at school during classes. Teachers expect their students to speak when called upon, but will the Day of Silence become an exception? Students expect their teachers to teach, but will the Day of Silence become an excuse for teachers to cancel classes, or worse, to show inane videos?

What can you do to resist the Day of Silence? In any community, the answer is to organize a coalition of students and parents, and go straight to the local school board. Tell the school board that students do not have the right to carry on protest activities during the school day, and teachers should be expected to teach during their classes. Most importantly, demand that the school board ban all use of taxpayer money for supporting the Day of Silence.

Here's a question that comes to mind: when did our schools decide that their sole purpose in life was to promote whatever social agenda they could find rather than bothering to actually teach our children something? And lazy kids will use this as an excuse to not do the work. See if this looks too farfetched:

Teacher: Okay students, today is the day for your exam in speech class. Who wants to go first?

Student holds up sign which states that he/she is participating in the Day of Silence and therefore won't be participating.

Teacher: Oh goodness, I forgot. Silly me. All of you get an "A"

Teacher(if I were the instructor): Great. The first zero of the day. Who's next?

Vox Day offers some insight into the mind of a man. Excerpt:

Finally, it is not a bad thing to encourage the boy within the man from time to time. The man who cannot put aside the cares of supporting a family from time to time is a widow waiting to happen. The woman who not only accepts, but supports the male friendships of her husband will always be the most popular woman among the married men in her social circle. And learning even a little about football and holding a staunch opinion on which Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model is the prettiest will go a surprisingly long way in ensuring acceptance by the boys.

If a woman treats a man with civility and respect, maintains a cheerful attitude toward him and encourages him believe in himself, he will not only respond with love and affection, but will consider it an honor to lay down his life for her, both metaphorically and, if the occasion demands it, literally.

I think that I heard it put best the character Maurice on Northern Exposure:
Men are simple creatures, ruled by two things: their stomachs and their penises.

Doug Powers often makes me laugh and today's column is no different. Excerpt:


Trying to figure out what Kennedy is saying at a campaign rally often makes me appreciative of the skills of Timmy from Lassie. Where's Jon Provost when you need him?

"Ahnd ahftah muthna hahve olll crompushnin Johhhnn..."

"What is it, boy? Kerry needs our vote?"

"Nithmish nahd caheforea jah Kreee!"

"Bush must not be re-elected or there will be global Armageddon? Good boy!"



In addition to the occasionally comical slurry harangues, Ted can be absolutely shameless. When Kennedy is endorsing Kerry, he isn't even shy about touting the fact that Kerry once saved somebody from drowning – this statement often causes more uneasiness and suppressed giggles in the room than the time Marilyn Monroe crawled out from under the podium after a JFK press conference.

Statements like this are the most telling symptom of Kennedy's ivory tower induced moral myopia. Ted Kennedy, without batting an eye, can proudly laud a colleague for saving someone from drowning? This takes some serious nerve – right up there with Lizzy Borden praising the skillful hatchet work of Paul Bunyan.

This picture is great. Link via the Instamonster.

I had noticed when Sullivan mentioned that he had an article out supporting a dollar/gallon tax on gasoline. Fisking it would have been easy. Also pointless, as Lileks rakes him over the coals better than I ever could. Excerpt:

Here I disagree. Low gas prices are bad for the economy and bad for drivers, he says - the sort of statement that makes you read everything that follows with wry detached amusement, the same way you'd regard an article on canine training that began "dogs respond remarkably well to feng shui." You read on because it can only get better.

He refers to gas as “woefully undertaxed.” If one uses the phrase “woefully undertaxed” one may be correct, but one should not be surprised when one’s conservative bona fides are called into question. You could make the argument that cable TV is woefully undertaxed. Peanut butter is woefully undertaxed. Once you’ve identified a good that can be cured by additional taxation, well, everything is woefully undertaxed. There aren’t any pro-war movies being made! We could fund them with a movie tax! Popcornn is woefully undertaxed! He says:

The truly needy tend to consume less gas than their middle-class compatriots. Others say it penalizes those in remote and rural areas. So what?

Some conservatives say it's antithetical to the American Dream. Hooey.

I’m not sure how I can argue with that.

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So long Air America; we hardly knew ye

Okay, Bloviating Radio Incorporated(yes, I know that O'Reilly already has a successful show) isn't dead in the water yet. However, as this article points out, it's already on life support. It just doesn't know it yet. The rest of do, though. Link found via Neal Boorz.

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I wonder if Al Gore will sue?

The guy that invented the World Wide Web has been awarded 1 million euros. When informed of the prize, Al Gore had this to say:

"He betrayed the Internet!!!!"

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Happy Days are here again

I go away on vacation and miss the biggest story in the blogiverse: Kelley is working on a new Cul-de-Sac. Also found this quiz via Suburban Blight.


:: how jedi are you? ::

Note to self: stop fantasizing over Carrie Fisher and answer the questions properly.

Update: And the new Cul-de-Sac is up. Kelley mentions that she's not, well, I'll let her tell you:

Before I turn it over to you, a word about link-whoring. Back when I started Sacking, I didn't ever know what link-whoring was. Heh - I learned fast. Later, knowing that every blog out there had a linkback gimmick or two at its disposal was one of the things that drove me away from doing a Sac every week. In short, I don't want anyone to feel obligated to linkback on this. I ain't doing this for the linkage - I'm doing it for the love, baby. Because I like reading blogs. So take it easy.

I didn't link to the Sac because I felt obligated; I linked to it because it's great. It's good to have it back. Now I just have to find time to read the gazillion posts she links to.

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April 14, 2004

News roundup

Well, since I'll be on vacation and away from my PC until Monday, I thought that I'd finish my blogging week off with a roundup of items. Here goes:

Unbelievable. It's amazing that this little girl survived.

This isn't good news. As my son would say, "Owie!".

And I thought I liked to ski fast. Not compared to this guy.

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Wanniski but I have only one reply to this article: bullshit. Excerpt:

The only way to get the burden off the USA is to shift it to the United Nations in general and the UN Security Council in particular.

Yeah, let's get give the responsibility to a group that could stomp at the ground and miss.

Does anyone else want to TP Bill Gates' house? After reading this, you will. One brief observation about Windows: each release since(and including 95) has contained some sort of security flaw, albeit for different reasons each time. Is there some reason why people are stupid enough to keep buying the next version as soon as it's released? Good grief.

Does this make me look fat?
Trident of devotion : An Indian female Tamil devotee (L) who has her tongue pierced with a metal trident is watched by another devotee as she begs in front of the Murugan Temple in Madras on the occasion of Varuda Pirappu (Tamil New Year). (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

The officers must have been distracted by a donut sale. Or maybe this article.

Mel wants to push the envelope in primetime.

Here's a message to some people: grow up.

Steroids: the other white meat.

I've mentioned it before, but this time, I mean it. This is really, really cool.

Wanna see something really scary? Excerpt:

Being somewhat of a voyeur when it comes to natural catastrophe, I couldn't resist running some scenarios through the new catastrophe calculator.

If you read on, please keep in mind that the odds of a serious impact occurring in any year are extremely low. A civilization-ending impact, while possible, almost surely won't happen within our lifetimes (90 percent of all asteroids big enough and close enough to do the job will be found by 200 and is extremely unlikely even over the next millennium.

But hurling big virtual rocks at the planet is admittedly kind of fun. And in this case it's at least more scientifically meaningful than the average video game. I started by dropping a 9.3-mile-wide (15-kilometer) asteroid -- the estimated size of the suspected dinosaur killer -- on San Francisco.

The Bay Area doesn't do so well.

The resulting crater, at 113 miles (181 kilometers) wide, pretty much tells the story. The entire metropolis vanishes faster than you can say where you left your heart. What isn't consumed is knocked over in an earthquake of magnitude 10.2, bigger than any in recorded history. Heat from a scorching fireball would turn much of the state, and parts of others, into toast.
Be sure to read Lucifer's Hammer as well.

Headline: Search To Find Dangerous Asteroids Nearly Complete. Big whoop. What can they do when they see one? Go around screaming like a chimp that stuck a fork into an electrical socket? Or sit there and smoke a pipe leisurely while stating, "Yep, we're all gonna die."

Cool article here. Wait. What was that about?

Take me to your leader.
Birth control is a subject the main Philippine presidential contenders have chosen to quietly ignore. Here 'Mr. Condoman' in Manila(AFP/File/Romeo Gacad)

Where can I get one of these things?

Um, WTF?

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