A little Colbert

•September 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I was surfing the web and I came across a fun little video of Stephen Tyrone Colbert (for those of you that don’t know, Tyrone is actually an Irish name) having a little fun at Bill O’Reilly’s expense:

Please heed this plea:

•September 18, 2008 • 1 Comment


(Via Pharyngula)

Location, Location…

•September 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Where would be an ideal location for such a base? Most of Antarctica is already claimed by 7 nations, and the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) has a sizable presence as well. The only unclaimed territory lies between 158˚W and 103’24˚W, also known as Marie Byrd land. We could, of course ask for a parcel of the claimed land, but i doubt any government would be amenable to such a request. The top priorities for situating any colony in Antarctica, at least as I can see it, would be the following:

  • Temperature Extremes
  • Mean usable yearly sunlight/radiation
  • Accessibility 
  • Connectivity 

I’ve posted a map of Antarctica below:

An example of dishonest reporting

•September 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Here is an excerpt from the CNN.com Political Ticker’s story this morning about Senator Obama:

It appears Barack Obama’s teleprompter is hitting the campaign trail.

The Democratic presidential nominee has never tried to hide the fact he delivers speeches off the device, though normally he doesn’t use one at standard campaign rallies and town hall events.

But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.

Now why do I consider this dishonest? I’m sure Senator Obama does use a teleprompter to deliver speeches over a certain length, but the objective of this article is not to inform us about the oratory habits of the democratic candidate for president. The point of this article is to point to an imperfection in Senator Obama, to distract voters with a fallible candidate, (not that I’m implying that Senator Obama is infallible) rather than to focus on a pertinent issue like the content of the speech itself. It is noteworthy that the piece makes no mention of the visual aid habits of Senator McCain, who is known to read off of cue cards, which would at least make it balanced distractionist  “journalism”.

A warm welcome

•September 16, 2008 • 2 Comments

…to anyone reading this. I have no delusions of grandeur, so I know that at this time that group consists of me, myself, and I, but on the off chance that someone will stumble upon my blog, it is nice to see you. Now to talk about the reason this blog exists. I’ve been considering the U.S. presidential race, the state of education in the U.S., and the condition of the entire world, and I found myself wishing there was a way out. It seems ridiculous to me that here we are in the 21st century, having split the atom, sent human beings into space, and are even now pursuing the answers to questions about the fabric of reality, yet people still kill each other over which mythical being they worship. It’s insane! Rational people need a way to escape. Allow the crazies, the fanatics, and their ilk to tear each other to pieces, we’ll be over here minding our own business. And let me put it out right here, right now. I don’t care what your religious beliefs are, whether you believe in Jehovah, Allah, the Trinity, or the Invisible Pink Unicorn. Just keep your beliefs to yourself, out of the public eye and mind, and everybody can peacefully coexist. But in order to do so, we must have a place to call our own, somewhere outside of the spheres inhabited by hateful nuts and the like. Far and away the easiest site to establish such a haven would be Antarctica. So I propose the rational inhabitants of these here intertoobz form a committee to explore the plausibility of this Idea.

 

Disclaimer: This website was created by a very tired and fed up person, not a loon. I’m 100% serious about the “wishing” part of this diatribe, but have very little faith that anything will come of this idea. This blog is likely to go through a multitude of phases, with some posts sticking to topic, and others ranging far and wide through the worlds of politics, science, entertainment, and personal musings. Try to enjoy, and don’t hesitate to comment. Fair warning though: anyone spamming will be summarily banned, or if i can’t figure out how to do that, ignored.