Archive | December, 2009

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Ode to the new year

Posted on 31 December 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

may we all end up like them.

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I want Rush Limbaugh to Live.

Posted on 31 December 2009 by Thraxxus

Apparently he is in the hospital – Something about chest pains – aka potential heart attack. I don’t want him to ever return to the radio, or any other public view for that matter, but hey, let the guy live. Maybe he will be proven wrong on everything – that will make me happy.

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Nothing says happy holidays like a lil ring a ding dinging

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

Improve Everywhere

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2009 wrapped up

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Anthony Bourdain’s Blog

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Thraxxus

People wonder why I enjoy reading or hearing the dude talk. This blog post of his is a perfect example. He calls it how he sees it, and I have nothing but respect for that. Follow the link, and read the blog entry with a nice warm cup of cocoa.

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Don’t Tread on Me

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Caravaggio

As a Republic, we’ve come to a critical point in our history. Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand, the Gadsden flag’s motto of “Don’t Tread on Me”, and laissez-faire capitalism have been and remain firmly embedded in our collective mindset. It must be noted that these concepts and principles were derived from a time when there was a strong belief in the never-ending availability of natural resources (land, energy, etc.). This also served as a springboard for the capitalistic paradigm of infinite growth. Investors expect ongoing positive quarterly returns. The economy requires full time traction to keep society united and functioning. Otherwise the system breaks down into chaos. The reciprocal of our market type is pure Communism. That system failed long before the groupthink-induced meltdown of Capitalistic Wall Street. The red hammer and sickle principles are inefficient, ineffective, and ignorant of inherent human qualities that push us towards betterment… what gives life its je ne sais quoi (Marx was an idealist, not a realist). Even the Communists know that communism doesn’t work and are adopting hybrid free market systems led by autocratic governmental overseers (this includes North Korea with their government-led black market in arms dealing).

Regardless of market creed or geo-political boundary, what we, as a Human Race, have been unable to see. What we have failed to grasp is that resources are very limited – definitively finite. And that our reproduction rates and lifestyles have surpassed the carrying capacity for this planet. Our current resource “burn rate” is guaranteeing an unstable future for our children. When I see the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags on homes and cars, I can empathize with their beliefs. When I hear neighbors declare that it is their “God-given” right to drive a Hummer and have steak every night of the week, I understand. The next sentence is hard for me, as a veteran, entrepreneur, and inventor, who remains completely active within and dependent upon our market system to state.

Free will within a free market has effectively enabled us with the toolset required to kill ourselves. Evolution of our biological hardware was not undertaken to comprehend amalgamative danger. We understand low-level, easily comprehendible threats via fundamental screening algorithms. IF tiger growls and begins to run at you THEN trigger fight-or-flight behaviors.

The late Garrett Hardin’s observations and theories have captured and held my attention. Ecologist Hardin’s “tragedy of the commons” has proven as a vital concept for comprehending how we have come to the brink of cascading environmental catastrophes. The primary emphasis of his theory is illuminated by his offering that humans face a treacherous situation caused not by malevolent external forces but rather by the seemingly benign, appropriate, and innocent behaviors of many individuals acting alone. Hardin’s parable involves a pasture that remains “open to all.” He asks us to imagine the grazing of animals on this pasture or common ground. The individuals who own animals here are motivated to add to their flocks to increase their personal wealth. However, every animal added to the total degrades the commons by a small amount. Although the degradation for each added animal is minuscule relative to the gain in wealth for the owner, if all flock owners follow this behavioral pattern — the commons will ultimately be destroyed. Nonetheless, with humans behaving as rational actors, each owner continues to add numbers to their flock in the effort to improve their stead. Therein lay the tragedy. Each owner is locked into a perpetually reinforcing construct that compels her to increase her animal stock without limit – in a world that is, indeed, limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons (Hardin, 1968).

Without instilling an expedited systemic maturation of the Human-leveraged knowledgebase sans emphasis on religion, politics, economics, or geography, our cumulative future appears to be on a path that will be experienced as rather uncomfortable. Fret is what I feel when looking at my children and considering their lives 40 years from now. Admittedly, I type this as I sit enjoying an imported bubble tea while in a climate-controlled house (78 degrees versus 32 outside) with a television blaring and an assortment of lights burning away. Yes, we are doomed.

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Ron Paul on Terrorism

Posted on 30 December 2009 by scanjack

This whole “crotch bomber” mess is just such a huge, disgusting joke upon the sheep that WE the American people have become. We will believe anything the MSM puts on the TV, well spun, polished and lacking any sort of real details. Full body scans for all! Yea! War in Yemen, Yea! Come on people, stop and think about this. No passport, “we do this all the time.” off to see the manager down the hall; flight paid for in cash; unknown man video tapes this patsy “bomber” the whole time. Enough explosives to possibly put a small hole through the hull, were it actually placed there and not sat on; the plane was on decent and therefore the whole “Hollywood” explosive cabin decompression bit just would not have happened. Bleh.

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GMAC Gets Even More Money!

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Thraxxus

So the Government is bailing out GMAC, again. General Motors went under right? Sort of. Then they filed Chapter EleventyBzillion (who knows what they really did) and that helped them reorganize their company. Everything was all better right? Um, no. To the tune of $3.5 BILLION NOes. Man I wish I could run one of the largest companies into the the ground and be propped up by a stupid government because the company I just ran into the ground is just “too big to fail”!

Sing with me – GOD BLESS AMERICA… MY HOOOOOME… SWEEEEEET…. HOOOOOOOME!

Play ball.

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Security – Act 6?

Posted on 29 December 2009 by scanjack

Interesting read from CNN by Schneier on aviation and overall security in the United States.

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I think your mom is santa

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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THE Burger Place

Posted on 27 December 2009 by Thraxxus

Guy Fieri covered this place on the food network show “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives“. I have spoken of it several times but never been there. Right now, after watching the best of show and seeing it again, this place is right at the top of my “I wanna eat there!” list. The Squeeze Inn – I hope you are as good as I have built you up to be.

Two Words:  Cheese Skirt.

Side Note: notice how I put this in our health category. HELL YEAH.

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Posted on 24 December 2009 by scanjack

Parody work in progress – New lyrics for the 1833 song: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

(Link to song music, and lyrics I have been using.)

God rest ye merry, congressmen

Let no Page go unplayed

Remember, the Proles your saviour

Are born everyday

To save you all from Bank Failures

and stocks gone astray

O tidings of silver and gold

Silver and Gold

O tidings of silver and gold.

In back rooms, in Secret,

This Cash Cow was born

And laid the Yoke of debt

Upon even your unborn

To which the Founding Fathers

Would decry in scorn

O tidings of silver and gold

Silver and Gold

O tidings of silver and gold.

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CDC addressed fears over 2009 H1N1 vaccine safety and availability at a press briefing Tuesday.

Posted on 24 December 2009 by Caravaggio

H1N1 Update: CDC Offers Reassurance on Vaccine Safety and Availability
The CDC Director Thomas Frieden addressed “three major concerns that people have” — that 2009 H1N1 is “just a mild illness”; that the vaccine may not be safe; and that it’s already too late to be vaccinated.</spanDr. Frieden countered with a reminder that 2009 H1N1 has killed many people and will likely kill more. Regarding safety, he said that the vaccine is made in the same way and in the same facilities as seasonal vaccines, which have an excellent safety record. And as to the futility of vaccination, he said, we “don’t know what the rest of this long flu season is going to hold. We haven’t had a flu season like this in at least 50 years.”

He added: “We’re very confident that there will be plenty of vaccine for everyone who wants to be vaccinated. It won’t be available when everyone wants to be vaccinated.”

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Caravaggio Note:  Does this adequately cover the spectrum of concerns represented by readers/participants of this blog?  I was surprised that he summarily quantified the concerns as he did.

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Anthropogenic Climate Change and Belief

Posted on 24 December 2009 by Caravaggio

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At a time when humanity is now both empowered by a blizzard of information and stunned by its effect, we seem to have come to an inflection point. Our genetic composition allows us to learn from experience in an orderly manner.

See fire. Touch fire. Fire hurt. No touch fire. No hurt.

And when there is no precedence for current experiences, we trigger a fail-safe model by which to frame reality… question everything (for survival).

See fire. Fire shine brighter than usual. Think fire sent by Communists. Run from fire. Now eat cold dinner.

The cumulative effect of multiple, concurrent, high impact memes (deep recession, housing crisis, banking collapse, two simultaneous wars, global war on terrorism, global warming, impending epidemics, shifting demographic majorities, rising tensions between two primary religious systems, degraded education system, nuclear proliferation, bioterrorism, rising socialism, rising fascism, the rise of China, etc.) basically creates a systemic brown-out across the social networks with which we pledge of allegance and from which we borrow elements with which to construct our own self-identity.

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The U.S. Constitution

Posted on 24 December 2009 by scanjack

Throughout the world in general, now and throughout history, “States” are known as Sovereign Countries. This was no less true when the U.S. Constitution was being written, and signed, yet I believe most people in the U.S. do not actually understand what this means, and why it is so very important.

I found this article to be a nice primer if you will, to understanding what the U.S. Constitution is and is not.

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The Zygomaticus Truth

Posted on 23 December 2009 by Caravaggio

Peace Prize and Obama

At 0:27, Obama flashes a micro-expression that offers an honest glimpse into how he feels about being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The President (like any other human) offers small, yet detectable leakages in the social veil that we all establish when communicating to our fellow beings. His brow resets from a peaked-arch indicating sarcasm to that of a tightening of the procerus muscles displaying a frown. From that point forward, he continues this expressive cue throughout the extent of his speech. Match this facial transition with the content of his message and it is (somewhat) easy to comprehend that he feels burdened by this unexpected award.

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, I believe this remains of solid interest to anyone who’d like to comprehend the true feelings of this fellow caught in a very unexpected event.

For comparison, Al Gore’s acceptance speech was much different. His zygomaticus major (the grinning muscle) remained semi-flexed throughout his speech – expressing what could be defined as the old adage of “the cat that ate the canary”. He only offered a relaxation of the zygomaticus when he was first introduced, when he defined CO2, and then again when reciting scripture. Otherwise, Sir Gore remained quite pleased with himself, indeed.

Gore Speech

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Another H1N1 Vaccine Recall?

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Thraxxus

REALLY?

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Executive Order 12425 – Obama’s update

Posted on 22 December 2009 by scanjack

Really?!? File under more stuff you just can’t make up.

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Redskins Funny Spammer Style

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Thraxxus

So we got an amusing spam posted this morning on a college football article I posted a couple weeks back.

The Spammer calls herself “Download The Lovely Bones” and this is what she wrote, which I can’t argue against:

“Redskins haven’t looked this bad since Steve Spurrier was the coach. Another well thought out hire by Daniel Snyder.”

The irony here is that she accomplished two things – getting the attention of the administrators of this site (a bad thing to do) and stating a fact that was meant to cloak her true intent which was get her link back posted. I will talk a bit about the fact, and then just maybe I am going to throw her a bone.

The Redskins Suck. How bad? They are the sixth worst team. This may not seem all that bad however one must also understand that The Washington Redskins are the second most expensive franchise in the NFL. Right – they are now behind only the Dallas Cowboys, oddly enough their biggest rival. The only thing I can think of that redeems them was the image I have added to this article that came up when I search for their logo on google. Enjoy the image – let’s both pretend that she is the one that posted the spam on our site to begin with.

Oh – I almost forgot – for you “lady spammer”, if you really are a lady and not some kid sitting in a cybercafe in Southern Korea, this link back is for you! I find it amusing that the linkback is for a movie called The Lovely Bones and I posted a picture of a Maxim woman to go with it. I love me some times. Oh and to the Blinkinblogs reader – please make sure to send our Spammer some lovely email – I am sure she will want to hear from you. AmandaNeufeld9319@yahoo.com. We love you Amanda!

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Israel – America’s Strongest Ally!

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Thraxxus

Among other things, Israel also apparently harvests organs – but hey, we can overlook that too right? So They Harvest organs, oppress innocent people, and hate anyone, other than themselves of course, who are brown. They have learned to use the very Fascist tactics used against them on others. What is not to love?

SARCASM, learn it, love, live it.

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For our Spammers – 3

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Thraxxus

If you are a frequent flier of Blinkinblogs then in the past you may have happened upon our semi annual post for our Spammers. There are loads of people on the web who are hired to make links back to other sites and get paid on the conversion of those clicks. Our Spam Filter catches these folks at their game and throws their attempts into the Spam Bin. I then take the best of these from a creative stand point and post them in one big post for our Spammers. They inevitably thank me, which I always find amusing as typically I make fun of them at the same time. So without further ado, the Spam.
Article: Monchichi – Another Obscure Reference
Commenter: vaginette
Comment: Well, the post is in reality the freshest on this laudable topic. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your upcoming updates. Saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the wonderful lucidity in your writing. I will immediately grab your rss feed to stay abreast of any updates. Solid work and much success in your business endeavors!
Analysis: Aw, Vaginette (seriously?) likes us. She even makes a pathetic attempt to not sound like Spam. Vaginette Le Douche, we salute you!

ArticleE.S. Posthumus
Commenter: free hosting
Comment: What is captcha code?, pls provide me captcha code codes or plugin, Thanks in advance.
Analysis: I love when someone posts on an article a comment that has nothing to do with it. The E.S. Posthumus post was literally just a youtube vid. Dumbass.

Article: Delving into the bowels of Social Norm paralysis
Commenter: Systems Trading
Comment: I somehow dont agree with a few things, but its great anyways.
Analysis: This guy isn’t sure how he disagrees with our post. How is that even possible?

ArticleClimate Debate, Swiftboating, Adam Smith and People Wearing Diapers
Commenter: Cusnemyexamma
Comment: Anyone heard about google money pro programm? I accidently came accro this website googlemoneypro
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Analysis: This dude didn’t even pretend – he just posted his Spam, apologized for doing so, then hit submit. At least he was honest about being an asshat.

Article: Delving into the bowels of Social Norm paralysis
Commenter: Site Build It
Comment: Such a awesome site. I am bookmarking this page.
Analysis: Playing to our egos! Well done sir! DENIED.

Article:My Favorite Phineas and Ferb Song.
CommenterJulia
Comment: interesting article. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did you guys learn that some Iranian hacker had busted twitter yesterday.
Analysis: At first glance this looked like a real comment! Then I realized that she made the comment on a Phineas and Ferb Post, which was purely a video. Bitch.

Article: Robotech Live Action Requirements
Commenter: affiliate email marketing
Comment: I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to start my own BlogEngine blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine example of it.
Analysis: This person just now realized that Blogging is spreading its wings? EVERYONE HAS ONE! Shit my 2 year old has 12,000 followers on his blog. Idiot.

My Favorite: “Glass Reveal,let welcome scheme campaign control aim as situation criterion metal address along night centre constant volume paint secretary in i during practical fire procedure faith an knowledge spring market estate office economy combine official up daughter justice match firm free hope action latter turn smile ready know over addition degree defence cheap fairly link target finance dress collect conversation request examine historical hope his design generate away choose contain audience long file secretary little object when price prepare heavy loss reading bedroom hence constant theory play program close less home” Its not even english.

There were many more, I am bored and tired. Buh bye now.

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Climate Debate, Swiftboating, Adam Smith and People Wearing Diapers

Posted on 17 December 2009 by Caravaggio

Personally, I’m growing more and more despondent to the entire Global Warming/Change topic the more I’m witness to the buffoonery offered from both sides of the debate over in Copenhagen. Let’s begin with the side I reside on. Obviously, Climate Scientists are human. Thus, my hypothesis is slowly defining itself as “human beings are not properly wired to take on such a systemic challenge as we can’t even get a shared baseline established in order to properly argue this issues at hand”. If “Hopenhagen” took 17 years to bring to fruition and in that time the Specialists couldn’t build a consensus in which to establish relevancy upon, then why is this conference taking place now? Should we not suspend activities to allow the Climate Science Community to get their “ducks in a row” so to speak? If we can engage in research on a broad and comprehensive enough realm so as to develop a significant theory on climate change – why can’t this be properly articulated on the world stage? Why can’t the Scientists produce a clear, concise treatise outlying the supporting data?

To quote Adam Smith, “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public”. How apropos of Sir Smith. Human behavior changes little over the centuries. The problem setting before us can be properly defined as too few understand the relevant sciences involved with global climate change (and they refuse to become a target or work “tooo closely” together). And too many of us require a more nuanced understanding of the risks and probabilities (as witnessed via Lord Mockton’s leverage against the blonde dummy – see ScanJack’s posting below). What is left is a gigantic void of miscommunication, misinterpretation, and distrust.

Where is the intellectual elite to lead this critical issue? Of note, this group DOES NOT include Al Gore. Counterinuitively, Mr. Gore has damaged this Cause. And why was Phil Jones (with his inclination to play statistics games with data via email) allowed to be the scientific mouthpiece for global warming? He has been officially swiftboated – and for the betterment of the world. Where are the mature, articulate Subject Matter Experts? With regards to the naysayers in attendance… at least Lord Mockton didn’t slap on blue facepaint and wear an animal-print diaper to show his displeasure. What the hell? Instead of writing some crap on a placard whilst dancing around like a native, make your position known through acceptable channels. Write an editorial. Organize a reading group. Blog on BlinkinBlogs. This group’s colorful protestation is making a mockery of the serious anti-warming position and making me hope that they used chinese-produced paint on their exposed skin.

If anything of value can be extracted from the circus of events taking place in Europe right now it is that the Human Race is definitely not as evolved as we think we are. We all should be ashamed as I know I am.

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Lets be BULLY SMART!!!

Posted on 17 December 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Citigroup Gets Huge Tax Break

Posted on 16 December 2009 by Thraxxus

How does this make any sense? To insure that Citigroup can pay back its TARP loan, the government is giving it a huge tax break. In other words, by foregoing Citigroup having to pay taxes, the government, aka THE U.S. CITIZEN, is paying back the very loan that was given. Steal from Peter, rob from Fred, to Pay…. Peter?

Sort of awesome really.

1) You owe me money for a loan.

2) You owe me money for the income you made this year.

3) So that you can pay me my loan back, you don’t owe me the money on your income any more.

And people wonder why our economy is screwed.

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Computer Generated Cartoon Peddles H1N1 Vaccine in Kansas

Posted on 16 December 2009 by scanjack

As Thraxxus would say: Le sigh

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