18 June 2007

Temporary lull

Amorphous Portents

Since its unnerving appearance in November of 2006 there have been no further reports of the mysterious Sandsend blob, but I have learned of an earlier blob visitation at the scene of a world famous car crash:
"In the recent Channel 4 documentary The Witnesses in the Tunnel, she [Princess Diana] disappeared behind a grey blob, which obscured the body the doctors were trying to resuscitate."
We know from subsequent events the Sandsend blob was a harbinger of doom for Whitby. The presence of a blob at a gruesome accident suggests the blobs might be both an ill omen and a cause of terrible events, perhaps even feeding off human suffering in some manner.

Elsewhere: The $1,000,000 Remote Viewing Challenge.

16 June 2007

Más vibrante para ti

In a speech last Friday President Bush said, "Our nation is more vibrant because of the contributions made by Hispanic Americans in all sectors of our society."

Although he didn't go on to name any specific contributions which have increased our Gross National Vibrancy the ones that leap to my mind at least are the taco, the lowrider car, and a recently developed bit of 'spice in the melting pot' known as el bomba del gato:
"A sicko set a cat on fire in East Boston, and then used the burning, screeching animal as a live Molotov cocktail, chucking it at the window of a house, a crime that investigators believe could be connected to gang violence.

The live fireball was heaved at a first-floor window at 204 Princeton St. in the Eagle Hill section of the neighborhood, leaving the charred outline of the tortured animal in the screen of the two-family home.

"This kid threw something at the house. It was on fire. It was making noises," said construction worker Juan Martinez, who was driving by the attack. "It was terrible."

Horrified neighbors outside the scene cried yesterday, looking at the burned remains of the cat. "It's awful, awful," Santiago Cruz, 43, said. "This is not normal."

Investigators are exploring whether the incident could be related to the MS-13 gang, a notorious enterprise with strong roots in East Boston. Police sources said there is usually unexplained violence on the 13th of every month committed at the hands of young punks associated with the gang."

14 June 2007

How business is done in Dublin

“Property developer Owen O'Callaghan had a bizarre tendency to hide in broom cupboards in toilets during breaks in business meetings he was attending, fellow developer Tom Gilmartin told the Mahon Tribunal yesterday.

Mr Gilmartin recalled how on one occasion he had gone to the toilet during a tea break and had seen Mr O'Callaghan falling out of a cupboard where he had been hiding.”
- via the Irish Independent.

12 June 2007

Approximately not so much

Economist Steven Landsburg calculates Americans who oppose immigration must think immigrants are “worth less than one-fifth of an American citizen.” Obviously a more apposite calculation would be determining how much immigrants’ value the lives of American citizens - to the average immigrant, is an American’s well-being worth three-quarters as much as his, or half as much, or one-quarter as much? I say obviously, but for some reason it did not occur to the great mind of Steven Landsburg, possibly because he’s tired from all the charity work someone as altruistic and unselfish as he is must surely be doing.

06 June 2007

The rediscovered manuscript

I’m not the sort of person who moblogs1, I’m the sort who writes things down on a scrap of paper, intending to type them in later. So there I was reviewing some dormant financial accounts2 when I discovered the following gem, scribbled last December and, what with all the holiday distractions3, forgotten. Until now:

In the spirit of the season I selected a group of troubled teens from a local youth center and had them write what gift they wished for Christmas on a 3x5 card. Of course the requests were ludicrous - designer clothes, gold jewelry, etc. Many asked for expensive video game consoles, or, as one of the delinquents wrote, “get me X buks.” One 12 year old boy just wrote “X”. I think he wanted an Xbox too, but who knows? A 14 year old girl asked for a pony. “You can’t even feed your own children, how would you feed a Pony?” I asked her. She admitted I had a point. Not a single one wished for peace on Earth.

So I threw away the cards and gave each of them a copy of When I Was A Kid, This Was A Free Country, by the famous American super-patriot G. Gordon Liddy. If it inspires just one of the youths to learn how to read, well, I’d be surprised.

Merry Christmas!

1I’m not the sort of person who approves of the word moblogs.

2I was going through the pockets of my winter coats, in search of cash.

3If you guessed booze you guessed right.

03 June 2007

Partager un dimanche avec vous ça depend ça depend de la lune

Afer announcing a proposal to “provide free diapers-to-dormitory public education”, expand “early childhood learning programs”, with “the pledge of a free two-year community college degree to all high school graduates”, the obviously deranged Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick proclaimed:
"There will be those, there always are, who say we can't afford this, that this is too ambitious, that the interests involved are too entrenched, perhaps that this is just too h-a-a-a-rd," the governor said, stretching the final word in a belittling manner.

"Those are the same voices who said that President Kennedy's call to put a man on the moon in less than a decade was a folly, who said the United States could never win the Second World War, who said that America would never free her slaves, who said the colonies could never be independent of Britain, that America herself could never be born."
And then there are those voices that say we can’t build a community college on the moon, using British slave labor (in my experience those voices are no fun at parties).

It should be obvious to everyone by now that democracy doesn’t work (unsurprisingly Patrick was elected in a landslide, winning 56% of the vote), if it isn't after the next presidential election it surely will be.