Q. Where would you expect to find textual material such as the following? The Life Force, then, with its almost holy purity, is in danger of being inhibited, dampened down and threatened by what amounts to some entirely physical dirt that gains access to that temple of the soul the human body. Whilst in Traditional…Read More How to get a bachelor's degree in bullshit
I’m composing this blog entry from my room in the Maldron Hotel in Smithfield, Dublin. After enduring a variety of bizarre and expensive hotel internet access schemes on this trip, I was pleased to find that Maldron offers “FREE Broadband Connection”. However I’d happily pay extra for a service that actually works. I’m not sure…Read More How badly can you misconfigure a proxy server?
Via Boing Boing: Over on Boing Boing Gadgets, our John notes that watching Sleeping Beauty on Blu-Ray requires that you accede to over 120 pages of legal garbage in various EULAs before you can start the movie.Read More Things that cause your head to explode, part 258
From AFP: The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association said instructing girls on how to play the [didgeridoo] was an extreme cultural indiscretion and has called for the book to be pulped. OK, I can believe that it might be a “cultural indiscretion”, whatever that means. No reason not to do it, of course – and no…Read More "Girls warned playing didgeridoo could cause infertility"
Amazon.com is becoming a large company, and I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised that I met a colleague here in Chennai who had travelled out from Seattle on the same flights that I’d taken. What did surprise me was to learn that on the segment from Frankfurt to Chennai, the passengers in economy had…Read More 9 hours 15 minutes, with no food
I was going to post my thoughts about the killings at the Tennessee Valley UUC, but Terry put it better than I would have done.Read More Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity: Accessories before the fact to murder
Over in the UK, it appears that we are just one step away from requiring a criminal background check to be a parent… A woman was prevented from taking her own son to school because she hadn’t been screened for a criminal record. Jayne Jones had been escorting 14-year-old severely epileptic Alex each day by…Read More The lunatics are running the asylum
This is simply sickening: Human Rights Watch has appealed to Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a woman convicted of witchcraft. […]The illiterate woman was detained by religious police in 2005 and allegedly beaten and forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read. Among her accusers was a man who alleged she…Read More This kind of thing belongs in Monty Python, not the real world
OK, here’s the situation. An English woman and her two teenage daughters visit New York on holiday. The woman is taken ill. What happens next? Full marks if you guessed that the girls were taken to an orphanage, separated, strip searched, given a medical examination, told that they couldn’t visit their mother in hospital, and…Read More The war on tourists continues
Larry nails big-Ell Libertarians: Libertarians tend to be upper-middle-class professionals. What these Libertard upper-middle-class professionals fail to realize is that their status and wealth is protected by un-Libertarian law and custom (i.e. requiring law degrees and bar examinations; why not let the market decide who should be a lawyer?) The truly wealthy realize they don’t…Read More The inherent contradiction in Libertarian thinking