Libby has a nice post on Rich get richer. The brilliant thing about all this is, people are still rootin’ n’ tootin’. How long will it take them to realise they have a water mellon up their poop hole, courtesy of big Corp?
31 March, 2007
I’m proud to announce that a new edition of Circus of the Spineless awaits your reading at Burning silo. This is my first appearance in any of the blog carnivals.
30 March, 2007
A holocaust survivor (whoever that is) is seeking some Nazi files from concentration camps where his kin was interned. And guess what - the files have been kept from him for sixtly years. Why?
Ever wonder why some member of congress adhere to their pro-war view so firmly? It’s not because it’s made of candy. I’m sure you can imagine what is the driving force. As always, money.
The funny thing is, people still believe this sorry lot of people that call themself government.
28 March, 2007
I’ve always been obsessed with origins and meanings of various words and phrases. I take special interest in those that are commonly used. Take “vitamin” for example. Early human/animal physiologists, who probably coined the term, were researching a substance that was obviously VITAL for life (vita (lat.) = life). They found out that this substance was an amine (an organic substance with N (nitrogen) as the key atom, according to Wikipedia). Hence the term VITamin(e), that literally means amine (substance) vital for life.
22 March, 2007
19 March, 2007
Dracunculus medinensis is a parasitic nematode that parasitizes humans, horses, canines and cattle right under the skin in the connective tissue. The animal is about 1 mm in width and about 1 m or more in lenght. It forms swellings, causes feaver, itching and other symptoms. “We” get infected by drinkinga small copepod crustacean who is infected with a larva of the nematode. When swollen area gets in contact with water, the female starts to lay out small eggs that develop in swimming larvae that search for their crustacean host. It’s at this point when you can grab it and slowly, sometimes over the course of days, pull it out on a special stick. This is probably where the “snake” on the Staff of Aesculapius comes from. Here is one more or less graphic image of the process. You can get it in west Africa or Asia. Enjoy. ^_^
Image of the staff from http://www.morning-earth.org/Images/cadeucusL.jpg
Israel is at it again. Olmert is refusing talks with the Palestinian govt. He says they must first renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Left unmentioned that he already had the chance - but only if Israel recognizes Palestine in return. You see where I’m going with this… They’ll do and say anything to thwart any talks. And when they get some head wind - another Palestinian supposidly blows himself up on an Israeli bus, or a group of “Palestinian militias” raids this or that building…
Imagine you’re a judge. With the power invested in you, you can, based on evidence, sentence the accusede to a fine, jail time or capital punishment (not relevant in that order). To the outside, you should look neutral and play by the books. And if you played by the books you have clear conscience, right? Well not Abdel-Rahman. You see, after issuing a sentence over a supposidly guilty evil doer, he is seeking asylum in the UK. Why would he do that? Change of scenery? Guilty conscience? Monkey trial? A band of his followers on his ass? Who knows…
18 March, 2007
From time to time, I tend to check where I get my traffic from. People searching for “longest orgasm” are not that uncommon, but it makes you feel pretty good when people associate ME with longest orgasm.
It has been a while since my last post. I guarantee you, my school work has kept me busy and away from reading about current events. Perhaps that’s a good thing.
I haven’t read anything interesting about (during the course of my “obligate” reading) to write about. I swore I will not write about molecular subjects. They’re popular enough.
I’ll leave you with a few pics from my little trip a few days ago. From what I hear, such nice weather will be in short supply for a while now. Weather forecast promised 15°C plunge and snow. Some “spring”.
Anyway, more under the fold.
13 March, 2007
After comparing prices for the book Aquarium corals by Eric Borneman (who can be contacted on Marine Depot forum), I almost had a heart attack. Check this out — same book, three different amazons, British, German and American:
German Amazon: 47,50 €
American Amazon: 24,05 €
British Amazon: 31,99 €
French Amazon: from various vendors from 32,39€ - 54,91€
And the gift keeps on giving. Let’s compare Abbott and Dance’s book Compendium of seashells. “From vendors” often means “used”. I paid for this very same book about 100 €.
German Amazon: through a vendor: 659,45€
American Amazon: from vendors: 207 €
British Amazon: from vendors: 155,37€ - 496,57€
French Amazon: from vendors from 314,52€ - 366,29€
Cheap gas, cheap books. I don’t know what they complain about.
9 March, 2007
Strongly recommended reading: What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?.
Remember the war Israelis launched last year in response to the “kidnapping” of two of the soldiers? It turns out the war was based on a plan Olmert approved 4 months earlier. Geeewiz, how convenient.
Oh, what they fail to note is something I’ve been saying from the start - the two soldiers were captured inside Lebanon.
Now, the Durex company, or rather the person translating the package, wants me to read the instructions CAREFULLY BEFORE USE!
There is no way in hell I’m reading this right before I’m about to use it.
I have to get this off my chest before I pop a blood vessel or two.
It is no secret that I’m a “vocal critic” (if blogging about what Israel fucks up constitutes criticism) of Israel’s action bordering or stepping over the legal/moral/righteous line. When my blood starts to boil is when criticizing famous “The Jewish Lobby” makes me “Anti-Semitic”. I won’t even argue why this is utter bull biscuits, I will only give an example. — By criticizing what Republican party - does that make me anti-American?
And as Colon Powell said in 2004:
It is not anti-semitic to criticize the state of Israel. But the line is crossed when Israel or its leaders are demonized or vilified, for example by the use of Nazi symbols and racist caricatures. We must send the clear message to extremists of the political right and the political left alike that all those who use hate as a rallying cry dishonor themselves and dishonor their cause in the process.
There are of course a lot of idiots who use the very same quote but are, in fact, anti-Semitic, by displaying unsubstantiated hate toward the Jews. I say unsubtantiated because I think hate can be totally legitimate emotion. You know, like if a certain nation tries to exterminate a “race”. I’ve said it in the past few days that I don’t care if I offend someone, as long as I speak the truth, and nothing but the truth (so help me god, hehe).
It is no big secret that the US is planning “something” regarding Iran. May that be a direct confrontation due to buildup of ships and other arms in the Gulf, or may be through heavy arming of Israel. At this point it doesn’t really matter, something will go down. For the past year and a half or so, the drums have been rolling, with various “proof” linking Iranians to this or that. They tried linking the Iranians to violence in Iraq, and somehow nobody bought it. They tried yelling “nookular bomb”, but IAEA wouldn’t go for the ride. The latest trick-in-a-hat is the defecting retired general and former deputy defence minister. It’s Iraq 1991 all over again. They’ll have “plans” of nuclear sites “proving” nuclear weaponry exists. I wonder if any of them will have a doughter with them, telling the world with a straight face that Ahmy eats little babies.
As a point in fact, anything coming from these two promenant figures, will fly into a brick wall and will be jailed for questioning until further notice.
7 March, 2007
6 March, 2007
Leading EU institutes have petitioned the EU commission to “establish a new policy that would require all government-funded research to be made available to the public shortly after publication.”
We can only hope. This would be in sharp contrast to what is happening in the US, where the administration is censoring scientists and/or their work, especially on that partaining climate change.