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May 21, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve seen so many significant scientific developments in just one day so I figured I highlight them here to provide some food for thought heading into the weekend. I found the articles at Science Daily which does a great job of providing the basics – follow the links they provide to find out more.

May 20, 2010 may come to be remembered as the day that everything changed as Craig Ventner, the man who played a huge part in decoding the human genome, announced the creation of synthetic life. (Big tip of the hat to artemis54 for bringing this to my attention)

But our own genome isn’t the only thing that makes us human. We couldn’t live without the myriad microbes which live on and inside each of us and The Human Microbiome Project (even more on them here – looks like they are affiliated at least loosely with Ventner’s organization) has announced that there is a much greater diversity of little buggers living on us than scientists suspected – Diversity of Human Microbes Greater Than Previously Predicted.

In other genome news, researchers have taken a cue from Edwin Hubble, the man who discovered that the universe is expanding, to see how the proteins that make up our genome have evolved over billions of years – Big Bang in the Protein Universe?

Lately we seen a few experiments that have proven Einstein right, but here’s a new one that proves Einstein wrong (sort of). Einstein predicted the behavior of small particles undergoing Brownian motion but thought there was no way to develop an experiment to verify their velocities empirically. Now there is – Instantaneous Velocity in Brownian Particles Observed.

And finally here’s the other one that looks like it could be really big. Physicists have known about antimatter for quite some time and realized that it annihilates regular matter when it comes in contact with it. Since both matter and antimatter were present at the creation of the universe at the time of the Big Bang and were theoretically created in equal amounts, the question has been ‘Why does the universe contain something rather than nothing?’ Now we are one step closer to understanding why – Physicists Find Evidence for Significant Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry.

The new result, submitted for publication in Physical Review D by the DZero collaboration, an international team of 500 physicists, indicates a one percent difference between the production of pairs of muons and pairs of antimuons in the decay of B mesons produced in high-energy collisions at Fermilab’s Tevatron particle collider.

The dominance of matter that we observe in the universe is possible only if there are differences in the behavior of particles and antiparticles. Although physicists have observed such differences (called “CP violation”) in particle behavior for decades, these known differences are much too small to explain the observed dominance of matter over antimatter in the universe and are fully consistent with the Standard Model. If confirmed by further observations and analysis, the effect seen by DZero physicists could represent another step towards understanding the observed matter dominance by pointing to new physics phenomena beyond what we know today.

It truly is a brave new world we are entering and these new discoveries could lead to a better world for everybody or unleash new horrors. Thinking about the implications, the words of one of my favorite songs from Warren Zevon come to mind.

Don’t let us get sick
Don’t let us get old
Don’t let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight

If I were granted a wish upon one of the rapidly receding stars, it would be that as we develop these brave new technologies, we as a species also develop the wisdom to implement them properly for good instead of ill.

If we do, it could be the beginning of a bright new future for humanity.

If we don’t, we won’t be together long at all.

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  1. cometman permalink*
    May 21, 2010 12:29 pm

    Here’s an encouraging development related by Glenn Greenwald. The US’ poodle may not be a pit bull just yet, but at least it’s getting a lot more assertive and that does not bode well for the minions of W or Barry – The Tory/Lib-Dem Government endorses actual change.

    More from the Guardian – Torture claims investigation ordered by William Hague.

    From the Greenwald piece:

    Now that this left-right, Tory/Lib-Dem alliance has removed the Labour Party from power and is governing Britain, these commitments to restoring core liberties — Actual Change — show no sign of retreating. Rather than cynically tossing these promises of restrained government power onto the trash pile of insincere campaign rhetoric, they are implementing them into actual policy. Clegg, now the Deputy Prime Minister, gave an extraordinary speech last week in which he vowed “the biggest shake-up of our democracy since 1832.” He railed against a litany of government policies and proposals that form the backbone of Britain’s Surveillance State, from ID Card schemes, national identity registers, biometric passports, the storing of Internet and email records, to DNA databases, proliferating security cameras, and repressive restrictions on free speech and assembly rights.


    To underscore that this was not mere rhetoric, the Tory/Lib-Dem coalition published their official platform containing all of these proposals, and the Civil Liberties section begins with language inconceivable for mainstream American discourse: “The Government believes the British state has become too authoritarian, and that over the past decade it has abused fundamental human rights and historic civil liberties.”


    Can anyone even imagine for one second Barack Obama standing up and saying: “My administration believes that the American state has become too authoritarian”?

    Greenwald answers his own rhetorical question in his next post and it appears that the answer that Barry would give is a resounding “No, and go fuck yourself while you’re at it.”

    Today, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Bush/Obama position, holding that even detainees abducted outside of Afghanistan and then shipped to Bagram have no right to contest the legitimacy of their detention in a U.S. federal court, because Boumediene does not apply to prisons located within war zones (such as Afghanistan).

    So congratulations to the United States and Barack Obama for winning the power to abduct people anywhere in the world and then imprison them for as long as they want with no judicial review of any kind.

  2. cometman permalink*
    May 21, 2010 12:41 pm

    <O is having a hard time finding a wingnut republican policy he doesn't like. Now he wants to privatize public housing across the country.

    HUD, under Obama, submitted legislation called PETRA to Congress that would result in the privatization of all public housing in America.

    The new owners would charge ten percent above market rates to impoverished tenants, money that would be mostly paid by the US government (you and me, the taxpayers). To maintain the property, the new owners would take out a mortgage for building repair and maintenance (like a home equity loan), with no cap on interest rates.

    With rents set above market rates, the mortgage risk would be attractive to banks. Either they make a huge profit on the mortgages paid for by the government. Or if the government lowers what it will pay for rents, the property goes into foreclosure. The banks get it and can sell it off to developers.

    Pretty sweet deal if you’re a ratfucking criminal banker looking to the government for guaranteed profits. Not so much if you’re poor.

    More here, since I didn’t want to just take Lakoff’s word for it (although he did manage to write an entire article without mentioning “framing”).

  3. cometman permalink*
    May 21, 2010 12:55 pm

    The Merkley-Levin amendment, which if I recall correctly is itself a watered down version of much better proposals but would have limited some speculative trading by the banks, didn’t even make it to the Senate floor for a vote. Simon Johnson speculates that this may be because the amendment might have actually passed.

    It occurs to me that one thing we haven’t heard much about during the last couple years of this financial meltdown is the subject of insider trading. If I were given information by an investment bank that XYZ company was about to tank based on a privileged phone call and I profited from this information, I would be liable for jail time. So why,in all the talk about how we could hold these crooked bankers accountable hasn’t there been more light shed on whether the proprietary trades these banks were making and continue to make were based on insider information that wasn’t publicly available to anyone else? Doesn’t seem to me that you’d even need new laws to prosecute them for that, but the SEC doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to take a look.

  4. artemis54 permalink
    May 21, 2010 12:57 pm

    Tell me lies:

    Not a pradigm shift, in fact likely to get knowing nods from female readers. In what was immediately branded “sex, lies, and antelope”, male antelope are documented making phony danger alerts to convince females to stick close to them.

    Male Topi Antelopes Alarm Snort Deceptively to Retain Females for Mating

    He, it worked for Cheney/Bush.

  5. cometman permalink*
    May 23, 2010 7:22 am

    Hahahahahahahaha! Ha! Not sure if we mentioned the original story here or not but the rebuttal is hilarious.

    • Stemella permalink*
      May 24, 2010 11:10 am

      Oh my god. That was so fucking funny!
      hahahahaha Fair and Balanced

  6. Stemella permalink*
    May 24, 2010 11:13 am

    From Simon Johnson

    The Road to Economic Serfdom regarding the destabilization of Europe

    • cometman permalink*
      May 24, 2010 1:17 pm

      Pretty ironic that it’s finance and not the welfare state making serfs of us all.

      Johnson’s suggested tweaks may be better than what the US and Europe have tried already but still, tweaking things isn’t going to be a long term fix either.

      The problem is capitalism itself and economies run on debt. You have to produce more the next year whether anybody needs what you produce or not just to make the payments on the money you borrowed the year before. It’s that whole “expecting infinite profits from finite resources” thing again. And that will never get “fixed” since there seems to be no will to do so anywhere – we’re just going to have to wait for it to collapse.

      The one thing that does boggle my mind about all this is investor’s running back to the dollar for security. Have other countries really fucked things up that much worse than the US? I’m thinking this is a very temporary measure. What really pisses me off about it is that it was pretty clear to me a few years ago that our economy was a house of cards and I had a pittance of an IRA account which was sinking. So I switched it to some European investments. I didn’t make any money but at least I stopped losing it – not that it would have been that big a deal to lose my pittance. Anyhow, now with this flight away from the euro those investments are tanking too. If I take the money out I pay a big penalty and lose to the banks. And all I could do with it anyway is put it in a CD that pays nothing. If I leave it in the IRA I still lose to the banks. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. What I do now is that every goddamned snake oil salesman in the banking industry will tell you their funds will go up an average of 10% a year which is nothing but unadulterated bullshit. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      • Stemella permalink*
        May 24, 2010 4:47 pm

        I’ve been doing battle recently with banksters on behalf of a family member. The bankster had “sold” my family member a crock of bullshit investment in real return bond funds as a hedge against inflation with CDS’s in European markets and all kinds of other toxic shit. When I read the prospectus my hair lit on fire! I had to help finesse the bankster into letting the family member get into a spread of diversified bond funds more appropriate to the deflationary zone we are in and to avoid the fees.

        I basically told the bankster that he was a vampire squid and that I didn’t appreciate his insertion of the blood funnel into my relative’s neck (metaphorically speaking of course). The bankster then gloated at how the rest of the world was running back to America’s dollar because it still had the best and most stable reputation. I told him it was the last refuge of scoundrels.

        I don’t think this bankster likes me much ;)

        And yeah, one year CD’s are paying around 0.44% interest right now.

  7. cometman permalink*
    May 24, 2010 1:23 pm

    More signs that the Idiocracy is already upon us. Here’s the AZ response to the criticism of their new racist immigration law –

    • Stemella permalink*
      May 24, 2010 5:09 pm

      It truly is an Idiocracy except unlike the movie, there is very little to laugh about with these bigoted fundamentalist morons from hell.

  8. Stemella permalink*
    May 24, 2010 5:05 pm

    It has been over a month now with the gushing oil and dumping of dispersant poisons. The response has been surreal in its lack of appropriate approach, timeliness and scale. The ecosystem is dying now. I find myself almost despondent with anger and sadness over what is happening to the creatures who live in the Gulf. I think of the creatures great and small, the dolphin, the shrimp, the birds, the fish of every color and size and the octopi. Think of the cephalopods down there getting gunked and poisoned!

    The Center for Biological Diversity are thinking about the Bluefin and are asking <O to make them endangered to try to save them

    Obama urged to save marine life from oil

    Conservationists fear the heavy reliance on the toxic chemicals to break up the slick before it reaches shore has inflicted additional damage to stocks of bluefin, on top of the effects of the millions of gallons of crude oil now spewing into the Gulf.

    The Gulf of Mexico is the only spawning ground for western Atlantic bluefin tuna.

    Bluefin tuna stocks, which have fallen by 80% since the 1970s because of heavy demand for sushi and sashimi, could now be wiped out entirely because of the spill, conservationists warned.

    “I think there is a very high risk of extinction with the oil spill still continuing,” said Catherine Kilduff, oceans attorney for the Centre for Biological Diversity, the conservationist group which petitioned the Obama administration to protect the fish.

    Also, now that it is clear that the Corexit was the WRONG choice of chemical,

    White House orders BP to cut use of dispersant by half


    • cometman permalink*
      May 25, 2010 9:13 am

      It is truly sickening to watch this unfold. I take back my earlier comments about this not being “Obama’s Katrina”. At the time I thought this disaster was just an accident that couldn’t be planned for and while I still don’t think we need to come up with clever names to compare everything to a similar incident from the Bush administration, it’s clear that this may have been prevented if Salazar and Barry hadn’t decided to give BP a waiver from the regulations in place.

      <O has given far far too much latitude to just let BP handle this and now his tough talk is way way too little way way too late. Barry "orders" BP to cut dispersant use. Ha! BP tells Barry to go fuck himself – BP ignores government order to stop using toxic oil dispersant in Gulf.

      And what will the consequences of defiance be Barry? Putting on another stern face for a brief televised lecture to BP with the mike in one hand while the other pockets more campaign contributions?

      • Stemella permalink*
        May 25, 2010 5:04 pm

        Just as when the banksters in chief stood <O up for their meeting with him in the White House due to fog, just as the Pentagon and MIC sets the military agenda, just as the Economic Hitmen for the Multinationals set the overall economic policies, Barry is merely a Middle Manager in their Corporate hierarchy. It is as clear as the Gulf used to be to me who is calling the shots. There are no consequences for defiance, not for the Incs. anyway.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 25, 2010 1:04 pm

      And of course fouling the entire Gulf of Mexico and beyond hasn’t made BP stop and reconsider its practices one iota – BP and the Audacity of Greed.

      In a hearing in Canada’s Parliament last week, Ann Drinkwater, president of BP Canada, told stunned and incredulous members of Parliament that she had never compared US and Canadian drilling regulations. In fact, whether by design or appalling ignorance, she had precious little in the way of information to offer them about anything to do with drilling rules, effects of spills, or containment strategems. All she wanted was relief from “expensive” regulation, so BP could go about its business of putting yet another region of the earth and its seas at risk in the pursuit of profits.

      Asked if BP knew how it would clean up oil spilling out under the winter ice in a blowout, Drinkwater told the parliamentary hearing, “I’m not an expert in oil-spill techniques in an Arctic environment, so I would have to defer to other experts on that.”

  9. cometman permalink*
    May 25, 2010 9:26 am

    Now AZ is removing teachers who don’t have proper Murican accents.

    “The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English,” The Wall Street Journal reported.


    Christina Parsons was born in Brazile and has taught the English Language Learners class in Tucson for more than 20 years, but she told CNN that she has been subjected to an audit based on her ability to pronounce English words.

    “They just walked in in the middle of class,” she told CNN’s Thelma Gutierrez.

    But hey, if the crackdown leads to teaching vacancies, perhaps AZ could hire this clueless Georgia teacher who does seem to have the proper accent and may be looking for work soon –Teacher in trouble after students don Klan robes.

    What the hell is wrong with people?

  10. cometman permalink*
    May 25, 2010 10:52 am

    Here’s an article that isn’t quite ready for prime-time but that I thought was worth reading nonetheless. The author takes a golf outing where <O invited the US CEO of UBS to play along (right after UBS got a backdoor bailout through AIG) as a starting point to to describe a history of corruption involving UBS over the last few decades, touching on the BCCI scandal and the shady Harken Energy company W was involved with among other things. A little convoluted but a good encapsulation what these bad actors have been up to and how the world really works – THE GAME THAT GOES ON AND ON: A SWISS BANK, A PRESIDENT, AND THE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT.

    • Stemella permalink*
      May 25, 2010 5:17 pm

      That story sounded familiar to me and indeed I had saved one from Democracy Now from last summer

      Who is Obama Playing Ball With? It looks like this story is the foundation of the one you linked, which is fleshed out with other details. I’ll check it out later. Busy with work of late and I’m already tuckered.

  11. cometman permalink*
    May 25, 2010 12:59 pm

    Another good piece on greenwashing – Environmentalism is Dead. The part I found most interesting was the list of the corporate “partners” of the Nature Conservancy.

    3M Company
    Alliant Energy
    Altria Group
    American Electric Power
    Bank of America
    Barrick Gold Corporation
    The Boeing Company
    Caterpillar Inc.
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Delta Air Lines
    The Dow Chemical Company
    Duke Energy Corporation
    Eastman Kodak Company
    Ecolab Inc.
    ExxonMobil Corporation
    MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Monsanto Company
    Nestlé Waters North America
    PG&E Corporation
    Plum Creek Timber Company
    SC Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Weyerhaeuser Company
    Xerox Corporation

    With friends like these…

    • Stemella permalink*
      May 25, 2010 5:19 pm

      Disturbing. Holy shit that is some list.

  12. cometman permalink*
    May 25, 2010 1:22 pm

    Mike Whitney has a good article on the Eurozone bailouts – Merkel’s Savage Blitz Through Euroland .

    He highlights the point that despite assurances to the contrary, this is not designed to help the people who are struggling, but the banks who are insolvent. If Greece and other countries can’t repay this fact will become a little too apparent, so it’s screw the working class instead.

    This part was particularly good –

    So Merkel can stop pretending that the bailout is an act of selfless charity. No one is buying it. Nor are they confused about the $1 trillion pile of euros that the EU gathered together to ward-off speculators. Short-sellers saw through that sham in less than 24 hours and sent the markets plunging again. Do the Euro leaders really think they’re smart enough to pull the wool over Wall Street’s eyes? Wall Street invented fraud.

  13. cometman permalink*
    May 25, 2010 2:06 pm

    Asshole of the day – the soon to be former head of Massachusetts state pension fund Michael Travaglini.

    Poor Mikey just can’t support his family on a salary of $300,000+ per annum (which is evidently about 2 and a half times what the governor makes) and if he can’t have his bonus too he’s heading for greener pastures.

    Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split ya asshole!

  14. cometman permalink*
    May 26, 2010 10:29 am

    More on the BP disaster.

    BP’s CEO is caught on tape trying to kick the media out of the area.

    Protesters float dead fish and birds on black balloons at an art museum which has BP as a corporate sponsor.

    Greenpeace activists are arrested for painting “Arctic Next?” on the side of a boat.

    Meanwhile in the Artic, on oil pipeline has sprung a leak but it appears to be contained for the time being. Would this have even been worth a mention for the corporate media if the BP disaster hadn’t occurred?

    And TomDispatch with a very good article on what’s at stake in the Artic – Oil Follies in the Arctic .

    • cometman permalink*
      May 26, 2010 12:20 pm

      And some more.

      Yves Smith has a very good post up with several good links in it – BP and Executive Arrogance. Nuking the oil well is not an option I’d want the government to consider, but other than that she’s right on.

      …BP’s outsized institutional ego is making mincemeat of Obama. It is clear that the Administration has NO Plan B if BP continues to get nowhere. And it has tolerated less than comprehensive disaster responses. Why hasn’t BP been asked to do more to contain the oil spill? Given the magnitude of the outflow, even limited success would make a difference. Why hasn’t the Navy been brought in? Trust me, if Al Qaeda had somehow gotten a missile cruise ship with a nuke or two into the Deepwater Horizon location, I’m sure all sorts of military hardware would be dispatched. If the leak turns out to be as bad an many fear, this disaster will be far worse than any readily imaginable terrorist incident, yet our response is sorely wanting.

      The best solution to this crisis I’ve seen so far came from her last link – Experts Propose Plugging Oil Leak with BP Executives!

      “Best-case scenario, they plug the leak,” he said. “And at the very least, they’ll shut the fuck up.”

  15. cometman permalink*
    May 26, 2010 12:23 pm

    The gall of the ratfucker bankers continues –Bernanke Says Central Banks Must Be Free of Pressure.

    So after two years of political machinations by the Fed to make sure the bansters got exactly what they wanted, now it’s time to stop playing politics and let them do whatever the hell they want.

    Where’s that audit where supposed to be getting? It can’t come soon enough.

    Bernanke would look pretty good plugging an underwater oil well too right about now.

  16. cometman permalink*
    May 26, 2010 12:33 pm

    Very glad that Glenn Greenwald keeps giving updates on the treatment of whistleblowers by the <O administration, yet another area where Barry has gone further than even Bush dared – War on whistle-blowers intensifies.

    …now, as Politico’s Josh Gerstein reports, an FBI linguist who leaked what he believed to be evidence of lawbreaking is to receive a prison term that is “likely to become the longest ever served by a government employee accused of passing national security secrets to a member of the media.”

  17. Stemella permalink*
    May 27, 2010 8:07 am

    On the Gulf Coast

    Barry got word he better get his ass in gear, so he has fired head of MMS this morning, Elizabeth Birnbaum

    He’s also extended the so called moratorium
    Citing gulf oil spill, Obama to suspend Arctic drilling from the laughable 30 days to 6 months.

    Not good enough. It should be a permanent ban.

    More bad news loomingFierce hurricane season predicted

    The top kill is proceeding. I watched it a bit last night. Good discussions of what is going on over at the The Oil Drum blog.

    • cometman permalink*
      May 27, 2010 1:09 pm

      I just read this article from the Boston Globe which had a different take on Birnbaum. According to them, she “resigned” after Salazar told her she’d be replaced and Obama didn’t know until after the fact.

      He [Barry] spoke shortly after the head of the troubled agency that oversees offshore drilling, Minerals Management Services Director Elizabeth Birnbaum, resigned under pressure.

      “I found out about her resignation today. I don’t know the circumstances under which this occurred,” Obama said.

      The article really pissed me off as Barry tried to take responsibility and yet couldn’t help spouting the weasel words or flat out lying. Barry tried to affirm that the government was in charge and yet we read this (with an actual named source! – who will probably soon get the axe for being too honest):

      As recently as Monday, the top federal official in charge of dealing with the oil catastrophe, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, declined to broadly say the federal government was “in charge.” Instead, when asked about that, Allen told reporters that BP was responsible for the cleanup and the government was accountable to make sure the company did it. “I would say it’s less a case of ‘in charge,'” Allen said when asked about that phrase.

      And then there was this part:

      He said a cozy relationship between industry and government didn’t change when he came into office.

      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar “came in and started cleaning house. But the culture had not fully changed at MMS. And surely I take responsibility for that.”

      But, he added, “there is no evidence some of the corrupt practices that took place earlier took place under the present administration’s watch.”

      Why didn’t the relationship “change”, Barry, when you promised it would on the campaign trail? Salazar has “started cleaning house”!?!?!?!?! Really? let’s here some names. The first one who should be cleaned out is Salazar. No evidence that the corrupt practices have continued under the current administration?!?!?!?!? Deepwater Horizon started drilling after Barry took office and it was Salazar who granted BP a waiver ferchissakes.

      If <O had any spine or sense of what's right he would have shitcanned Salazar weeks ago. If he truly had any sense of responsibility he would have followed Salazar's axing with his own resignation for having failed the country so miserably.

  18. Stemella permalink*
    May 27, 2010 8:12 am

    More on impact of the black oily plague of our time

    Oil spill brings ‘death in the ocean from top to bottom’

    A pod of sperm whales resides off New Orleans and is believed to be dining on giant squid. These ultimately depend on the tiny specks of life that are slowly being poisoned at the surface.

    What happens next, no one can say for sure.

    Not even the overlord Humboldts can survive this, nor the porpoise and dolphin.

    It looks like the deep deep water bacterial slime mats may be the only thing left when this is finally done

    • cometman permalink*
      May 28, 2010 12:30 pm


      Corexit 9527 — used extensively by BP despite it being toxic enough to be banned in British waters — contains 2-butoxyethanol, a compound that ruptures red blood cells in whatever eats it.

      Once it’s in the food chain whatever eats it will be just about everything. Even if a fish dies from eating it and doesn’t get caught and sold for human consumption, something is going to eat that fish when it sinks to the bottom.

      I’d heard these dispersants were pretty much experimental but ferchrissakes, if this was banned in the UK because it’s known to rupture red blood cells, shouldn’t that have given somebody pause before dumping untold amounts into an environment filled with billions of living things?

      • Stemella permalink*
        May 28, 2010 1:20 pm

        Over 800,000 gallons so far. That is what was reported someplace yesterday. It is a phenomenal amount of poison. Who knows how long it will take to break down in such deep water. And as you say, it will persist as poison all the way through the food chain for much longer. It also acts as a mutagen, so it will fuck up entire species who are now spawning and breeding and somehow survive.

        • cometman permalink*
          May 28, 2010 3:02 pm

          Exactly why I mentioned here a while ago that we may not like what comes crawling out of the gulf once these idiots are done fucking around with it.

          Waking up Cthulu is probably not the best idea.

  19. Stemella permalink*
    May 27, 2010 8:18 am

    Sometimes nature beats the brutal nature of man. A friend of mine from Spain showed this to me yesterday because she hates matadors with a Latin passion. Watch for the slo mo part at the end. Unbelievable that the guy lived

    • cometman permalink*
      May 28, 2010 12:48 pm

      Ouch. How does that guy still have a jaw? Sometimes payback is a real bitch. Yay toro!

  20. Stemella permalink*
    May 27, 2010 8:34 am

    Oh dear god

    North Korea threatens nuclear ‘fire shower’ if attacked

    I saw this headline and started to giggle and then laugh out loud. I think it is obvious I’m not responding well to any more terrible news. In fact, I believe an attitude adjustment may be required fairly soon. :)

  21. cometman permalink*
    May 27, 2010 1:12 pm

    I don’t know what this means but it must be an omen of some sort –Hordes of frogs shut down Greek highway.

    I hope it means the angel of death for the bankers is next. I’ve been very busy lately and extremely frustrated, and much of it has to do with the ratfucking bankers refusing to extend credit to anybody as they sit on top of trillions in taxpayer cash. Making my job extremely difficult right about now.

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