Friday, March 25, 2005

 

Images: U of A over OK State

If you missed the game - or not - the Tucson Citizen has an awesome montage of game photos. Most of them are wallpaper-worthy.

UPDATE: Video highlights available here, including Salim's last second winner. Warning: may cause goose bumps.

 

Huge Breakthrough In Octopus Research

Research funded by the National Science Foundation (read: you tax dollars), has uncovered shocking new news about tactics used by octopi to evade being eaten.
A UC Berkeley researcher has observed octopuses, known for using camouflage to avoid predators, apparently trying to sneak away by walking on two arms while pretending to be a bunch of algae.

The movements were discovered by Christine Huffard of the University of California, Berkeley, who was studying underwater video camera tapes of the animals.

I thought this sounded familiar, so I called the laboratory of Christine Huffard.

Only Huffards lab assistant, who identified himself simply as "the hempster" was available for telephone interview: "Dude, they like, move and stuff so the bogus predators don't feast on them." When asked about the details of the octopus movement, Huffard's lab tech described a cartoon coyote hidden in a bush with just his legs sticking out of the bottom. He also described other tactics used by the octopus including tying itself to an Acme rocket to move faster and trying to shoot itself like an arrow from a bow - also in order to swim faster. In addition, the octopus being studied also fell off of high ledges and often had large boulders fall on its head. Turning back to the ability of the octopus to sneak away from hungry predators, hemster had this to say: "It's so wild, all you see is this green bush moving around - but if you look close, you can see the coyote's legs ... wait ... wooh... that's cartoon network, not the octopus video!... " It was at this point in the interview that the Domino's pizza guy showed up at the lab door. The lab assistant did not return to the phone to finish the interview. Only the sound of eating followed by a watery-bubbling sound followed by coughing and then laughter could be heard. More details as this story develops.

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Leave The Cowards In Canada

Canada Denies Asylum To U.S. Army Deserter (washingtonpost.com) A 26 year old paratrooper from S.D. has been denied protection by the Canadian government. His application for asylum was based on his belief that the war was illegal. Unfortunately for Jeremy Hinzman, Canadian law only provides asylum for people who are likely to be tortured, killed or persecuted on return to their home country. There are also approximately 100 other deserters in Canda - all of whom are surely dissapointed by the ruling of the Canadian government. It is interesting to note that his attorney, Jeffry House, is a deserter from the Vietnam era.

I hope we are not wasting much time, effort or money to get these cowardly soldiers back. Do we really want to have to pay for them to spend time in a military prison? The answer should be to find them guilty in absentia, fine them for all the training, support, clothes and housing provided by the military, then strip them of US citizenship. While they will technically not repay their social debt to society and the military, loosing their citizenship as well as having an outstanding warrant for their arrest will ensrue they become Canada's - or some other country's - problem forever. In addition, they will hardly be living it up elsewhere - take this guy for example, he is working as a bicycle courier.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

 

Minnesota School Killings: No Rich White Kids Dead = No News Coverage.

You may or may not have heard of the most recent school shooting, a-la Columbine. It occurred on a Minnesota Indian reservation. While this has caused a low hum in the blogosphere, I have seen little except superficial, quick coverage in the MSM. Let me preface the following remarks with the fact that I am the last person to buy into conspiracy theories and vast plots against mankind. Having said that, the undercoverage of this story is simply reflects that the Columbine killings were in a upper class, white suburb and the Minn. shootings occurred at a poor, native american school. I have argued for years that Columbine was a blown out of proportion suburbia anomoly made overly famous and popular by the 24 hour news media and 'movie of the week' producers. Years ago I lived just outside Detroit. We used to joke that the local news in Detroit had to be an hour long because the first 30 minutes were all the shootings and murders. Plenty of those stories took place at or near schools in the downtown, poorest parts of that city. Never did I see these stories retold on the national news. No 60-minutes segment or Dateline expose'. Just dead, poor, minority. Then Columbine comes along and everybody is in shock. How could this happen in such a well to do (white) school? Even the unscrupulous Mike Moore cashes in on the act with a movie. We all need to look at this dichotomous coverage and ask why. Take a close look at where you get your news and wonder if you are actually getting the whole story.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

 

Lawrence Summers and the left's thought gulag

David Limbaugh says what I could not have said better myself.

Now isn't that special: the intimidating faculty condemning Summers for squelching debate when they just got through blistering him for trying to open academic debate on a subject they unilaterally deemed to be so offensive as to be beyond discussion. I wonder if it ever occurs to them that they work against their own purposes when they adopt this smothering, patronizing attitude about women, treating them as if they're just too delicate to be discussed. Their hypocrisy and lack of self-reflection knows no bounds.


I made similar comments before, David Limbau just puts a point on the hypocritical, elites teaching in Harvard's Arts and Science college.

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