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AZ Congressional Ad

Posted on 30 June 2010 by scanjack

I can’t believe they actually allow people to run these kinds of ads! There are guns in this video, and a kid WITH a gun! What the heck are these people in AZ thinking?!?

I wonder if we are looking at a whole new line of “Political Barbie Dolls” with Palin leading the way; Hillary can be the G.I. Joe 🙂

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G20 The Battle of the Unknowns

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Five0ClockCharlie

Some times things just don’t make any sense. In this case why are many of the photographers and videographers wearing helmets and makeshift riot gear. You think that maybe they thought it would get dirty?

Also why is everyone so pissed off? I mean its not like these peaceful world leaders did anything to piss people off or did they?

This also makes you wonder how much the cleanup will cost considering the G20 already cost 1 billion dollars just to put on the big show.

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FIFA – Welcome to the New Millennium!

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Thraxxus

If you have been paying any attention at all to the drama that is the World Cup Futbol Event that is going on right now then you may have heard about the several blatantly bad calls made by a series of referees, many of whom most likely now have a price on their head in some country somewhere. In some instances it can be argued that those bad calls may have lead directly to the course of the game being altered (depends on who you talk to really) and in others the bad calls merely caused a mild speed bump for one of the teams. This ongoing theme of bad referee calls has brought about another series of calls that being for instant replay. Sadly, until this World Cup, and the series of bad calls that came with it, FIFA was totally against the concept of instant replay for two reasons:

  1. Referees are the ultimate judicial force on a Pitch and thus should never be questioned. (what if he is an idiot?)
  2. Futbol is based on a clock that never stops and for some reason FIFA thinks adding in instant replay will change the game both in pace and total time. (Hockey uses Instant replay and the clock doesn’t stop.)

What is missed is the idea that there are not enough referees on a Futbol Pitch to begin with (Right now there is one Referee who reportedly runs something like 12 miles in a single match) as well as the fact that if done right the clock will not stop for an Instant Replay Review. Something needs to be done to make the game a bit clearer and a bit more fair. its a sad day when the team that benefited from a bad call even says that it was a bad call – when that happens you just know it.

What can be done?

  1. Instant Replay Review of close calls.
  2. Extra referees (The NFL? MLB? Anyone?)
  3. Keep the game format – non stop clock. Futbol games actually take less time that American football games because the clock never stop even though on paper they are 50% longer.
  4. A goal scanner system can tell you succinctly if the ball entered the goal box. Hockey uses one.

In closing – FIFA, please update your system. It is time honored, yes, but should not be locked in time.

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Conspiracy Theory Guide

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Thraxxus

Brought to you by the United States Government.

Interesting website if you get the time to peruse it.

I like how the site is broken up into sections and is searchable.

I opted to share this site so that when you read something, somewhere, online perhaps that smells of conspiracy you can look it up on this USA government website and check to see if it is real or just some fake made up garbage.

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Mr. Mazda RX 8

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Thraxxus

I wanted to thank you for driving your high end sports car on the freeway during morning rush hour at the extreme speed of 43 mph. When I merged into the lane behind you and was forced to slam on my breaks to avoid potential death I quickly realized that you sir, you had a plan. That plan was all about saving the rest of us from ourselves. You figured that if you drove well below the speed limit in a car capable of speeds much higher during the busiest time of the day that you would teach by example. I mean really, why do the rest of us need to drive near the speed limit at all, especially those who drive over it, when we could be driving well below it to conserve energy, lives and of course time?

I really enjoyed the moment that my sphincter closed tight to a point of discomfort when that giant 18 wheeled semi had to lock his air breaks in a squeal that would make a banshee jealous just behind my car in hope of not running me directly over. Oh sure there was a chance that the huge trailer he was pulling could swing around behind him and behead me – leaving my family, wife, children and all, with no father or provider  – but at least you got to go wherever you were going at record low speeds right pal? Thank you for the Irritable Bowel Syndrome that you no doubt left me with the moment I saw nothing but giant metal grill in my rear view mirror! I will cherish the inability to hold onto my waste forever – sure going to movies will be difficult – but at least you made your point to the rest of us!

I really loved the moment we took the same offramp together at a whopping 28 miles per hour ensuring that those behind us expecting to exit the 1/4 mile long offramp at normal speeds had miniature heart attacks when they too had to slam on their breaks. I would like to thank the engineers of the fine offramp for having the foresight of adding in a nice shoulder for people to escape to when someone like Mr. Mazda RX 8 decides that it is his self appointed mission in life to show the rest of us how a good, honest, caring person should drive on a Monday Morning during rush hour. Thank you sir, thank you.

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Worst-Case Scenario

Posted on 26 June 2010 by Caravaggio

Disclaimer: Carravaggio currently holds no investment position in BP or any of its subsidiaries including commodity stakes in any food production tier related to seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico.
Attribution: XKCD.com
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BSPA Times

Posted on 25 June 2010 by scanjack


“We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states,” said Matt Simmons, founder of Simmons and Co., an oil investment firm and, since the April 20 blowout, the unflagging source of end-of-the-world predictions. “Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought.” (Washington Post)

There is no end of the dooms day scenarios being put out daily it seems, with the ongoing oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, as we move into the tropical storm season it’s possible some fears may be more credible than anyone thought. Stranger than fiction?

In positive news today, at least Iran woke up and realized sending an aid ship into Gaza was a really bad idea.

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International relationships are preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Caravaggio


Recently there was a post related to a Mayor of a significantly-sized American city courting trading partners in Mexico. The story also included information about a US interstate roadway being identified as the primary route for this international trading as being owned and maintained by a foreign company. This piqued my interest and during some recent travel I had the time to explore this realm.

1) A recent Economic study analyzed competitive pressures from developing countries on developed countries and concluded that there is no direct head-to-head competition causing negative impact for a couple of reasons: A) the relative lack of quality assurance and automated production capacity from developing countries (in this case, Mexico) compared with the same segments in the US, and; B) in segments where Mexico is the strongest, the U.S. has indicated no interest in competing (again, in heavily manual labor tasks, such as; picking strawberries). Now to those unemployed American-born strawberry pickers, I say get a community college grant and re-tool your skill set immediately on Uncle Sam’s dime. These programs exist… take advantage of them.

Ref. http://papers.nber.org/papers/w16105

2) Foreign ownership of US roadways is both a blessing and a curse. Robert Poole, transportation director for the conservative think tank Reason Foundation, said private investors can raise more money than politicians to build new roads because these kind of owners are willing to raise tolls. “They depoliticize the tolling decision,” Poole said. Besides, he said, foreign companies have purchased infrastructure in Europe for years; only now are U.S. companies beginning to get into the business of buying roads and bridges. On the opposing side, John Foote, senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, said the government can take over a highway in an emergency. But he objects to selling roads to raise cash citing this as short-term thinking.

Ref. http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13909

Now I think international trade is not only good but a logical prerequisite for being a member of a globalized world. I theorize that this proposed trade route through Texas and up through Tennessee will not only benefit Mexico but will revitalize several industry tiers in the U.S. that employ skilled workers who support American families. As far as who owns the route… I care not. I only care that the road is maintained BETTER than it has been maintained under government rule. A rule of thumb here: regulated private enterprise (American-owned or not) is ALWAYS better than full governmental bureaucracy. Please take note that I said “regulated” as a modicum of rules are important for keeping the oh-so-human trait of greed in check.

Title quote by Rebecca West

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#25 Reasons Why We Hate Facebook

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Five0ClockCharlie

TOTALLY AGREE

Worth the watch.

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If guys were like girls

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Five0ClockCharlie

A very well created documentary of a group of guys who clearly have studied the female species for many years. This is an interesting representation of what guys would be like if they were girls.  After watching this I am very glad that I have conversations about boogers, farts, which super hero would most likely not be killed by zombies, and our home defense systems for the ZA (reference Zombie Apocalypse) with my guy friends and not this crap.   Enjoy

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As We Said – It is Worse than You Know.

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Thraxxus

The fine folks here and Blinkinblogs are known for being snarky professional jerks and have been accused more than once of being fear mongers, conspiracy theorists etc. The funny part to me regarding those accusations is the material we report on here at Blinkinblogs we didn’t make up – somebody else did – and we are merely passing along their theories, thoughts etc with some commentary of our own. The BP oil spill situation is a perfect example – at more than one time several of our writers have talked about how the situation is far worse than most people know about. See, we read lots of stuff, go to many man different sources, and pull together many points of view before we drop the hammer.

Sometimes we report on something before MSM picks it up, these are the moments when we are most picked apart about being conspiracy theorists – again realize two things:

  1. A Conspiracy is something that is intentionally hidden. The stuff we talk about here isn’t, ever – it just normally isn’t in MSM.
  2. Why doesn’t MSM pick up those stories? Because lots of what we talk about here is not what many MSMs find to be interesting enough for the “normal” person to make money on – so they don’t report it. Recently Newsweek, which I have mentioned, has gone after many of these stories – something I have given them major kudos for.

Why do I say any of this? In recent times the Gulf Oil spill has been a hot topic here, we BB guys talking about it constantly, and we have mentioned either directly or indirectly a few times that things in the Gulf are far worse than most people realize. The real problem that we researched is what a few scientists were talking about – the possibility of a cave in at the hole site on the ocean floor. Newsweek just broke this story (which by the way has previously been on many “conspiracy theorist” websites) about the very problem I am referring to.

I will sum it up for you – although I suggest you read the story and do some research of your own. When drilling an oil well the driller must fill in said hole they leave behind – often times this is done while collecting the oil. Oil comes out, something goes in to replace it else you end up with a rather large cavern. On dry land this isn’t nearly as dangerous, but it can be. On the ocean floor if you do not fill in the hole it can be catastrophic. Why?

The well in the Gulf is down some 5,000 feet – that is quite a bit of pressure pushing down. The well is spilling out its contents but nobody is filling it in. One could argue that the ocean will at some point – and that my friends is the crux of the problem. If the water pressure of the ocean topples that of the oil pressure underneath you can get a massive cave in – shooting the rest of the oil in the well directly into the ocean. This is what has so many people “in the know” so freaked out.

“The likelihood of a complete collapse is difficult to assess, in part, engineers and legislators say, because BP hasn’t shared enough information to evaluate the situation. But a handful of clues suggest that the company is concerned. On Friday, BP spokesperson Toby Odone acknowledged that the 45-ton stack of the blowout preventer was tilting noticeably, but said the company could not attribute it to down-hole leaks. “We don’t know anything about the underground portion of the well,” he said. But, the stack “is tilting and has been tilting since the rig went down. We believe that it was caused by the collapse of the riser.” The company is monitoring the degree of leaning but has not announced any plans to run additional supports to the structure.”

Will it happen? I am no expert and can’t tell you that – all I can tell you is what other “experts” have been saying and are concerned about. Ask Newsweek – I am sure they know more than I do and are far more credible. MSNBC.com has reported this fine story about people working on the project and the effect it is having on them. Probably also made up.

Loved this part of the story:

“”We’re helping cover up the lie. We’re burying ourselves. We’re helping them cover up the [expletive] that’s putting us out of work,” said a 27-year-old deckhand who was working for Kruse on Wednesday and spoke on condition of anonymity. He said Kruse was facing the same problems as others in his business: “It’s just setting in with ’em, you know; reality’s kicking in. And there’s a lot of people that aren’t as happy as they used to be.””

(The Picture included here is for EXAMPLE only. Please understand that this is not an image of the rig in question in the Gulf of Mexico.)

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More Gulf Drama

Posted on 23 June 2010 by Thraxxus

As we all know there is a disaster of potentially biblical proportion going on in the Gulf of Mexico that includes lots of gushing oil, corporate drama, and political warfare.  BP announced  just a week ago that they are starting to solve the problem by collecting much of the gushing oil (there is a debate here on actual numbers) and supposedly relieving pressure on the well itself (also a debate there).

Good news! More drama! Apparently two workers have died and one of the robot submersibles collided with a vent on the well and now oil is gushing again! It just keeps getting better folks. This probably makes President Obama just that much happier. We have supplied a picture of his feelings on the matter.

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General McChrystal

Posted on 23 June 2010 by Thraxxus

General McChrystal is the American General that is the force commander over the Afghanistan War. Recently the General and his immediate staff were show cased in a Rolling Stone article where they were quoted as saying things against the Commander in Chief, President Obama, and his advisory staff. Apparently this is a bad thing – a bad thing that has a long history an example being  General Macarther did the exact same thing during the Korean war to President Truman and was fired over the incident, granted his statements weren’t in Rolling Stone Magazine (I am still trying to figure out how RSM gets such amazing articles).

McChrystal is going to meet with the Obama staff today to discuss what it is that he said, why he said it, and what will be done about it. Principle dictates that the General should be fired – I am not happy about that but it is what should be done. The military is successful only due to the fact that when orders are handed out they are expected to be followed and supposed to be followed. There are channels whereby a soldier of any rank can disagree with what he was told to do but that is not an open forum that causes rifts within the chain of command – and that is really the problem here.

McChrystal has every right to question the authority above him but he should have done so in the proper way instead of doing it globally in a widely syndicated magazine famous for its outside the lines articles (I still find it sad that Rolling Stone Magazine has articles more hard hitting than most of MSM – but I digress). If Obama does not fire McChrystal then he sends a message past the General into the normal ranks that it is okay to question order openly. Why is this bad? If you and I are in combat together, and you are my superior officer, and you tell me to cover a position and I suddenly tell you no, we have a very real very dangerous problem.

Should orders be questioned? Theories? Beliefs? Absolutely – but that should happen in the proper way, not in some Rock and Roll magazine.

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Free speech is dead.

Posted on 22 June 2010 by scanjack

Surely this is a joke!

Does anyone know what a Constitutional Republic is?

Has anyone seen my country?

Does anyone even know that there is a Bill of Rights?

Has anyone read it?

Can I possibly ask more questions?

Maybe you should.

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Dr. Demento Show – R.I.P.

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Thraxxus

Back in 1970 a new radio show came out called the Dr. Demento show. I was a little too young to get into it when released, having not been borne yet, however I was made familiar with the sounds of Demento later on in my childhood. In fact in a High School English class I even used one of Demento’s songs as a class project – They are Coming to Take Me Away. Dr. Demento’s radio show is now off the air not having the support of the station target demographic any longer. That said he has taken his show to the web which apparently makes him happy.

What is little known, at least I had no clue, was Weird Al Yankovic apparently owes his success to Demento as Demento introduced Al to the world when Al was just 16 years old. I have included a video of Al here.

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Big Banks have it all figured out.

Posted on 21 June 2010 by Thraxxus

Do you recall the new regulations being put into place by the government to ensure that Big Banks don’t screw up again and cause yet another crash? It turns out those regulations have an impact on a Bank’s bottom line – mostly because the bank can’t steal from it’s customers any more. Don’t you worry about Big Banks! They have figured it all out – now there will be no such thing as free checking!

I find this amusing and tragic due to several things we here at Blinkinblogs discuss on a regular basis:

  1. When we were younger savings accounts got you like 3-5% interest. Now banks brag about giving you .25% interest on your money.
  2. Checking was free.
  3. If you went to the bank to withdraw your money – you could actually get it! Now you have to request your money and the bank can actually tell you no!
  4. When you wanted to close your account the process took about 10 minutes. Now you may not be able to close your account at all. (My father tried to close his Citibank account and they wouldn’t let him “make that mistake”. They told him he’d have to sue them first!)
  5. Banks used to at least pretend that they were grateful for you allowing them to use your money – now they just rip you off and dare you to sue them.
  6. Banks have fees for fees for fees. (My Niece was charged $490 in overdraft fees for going 11 cents overdraft. Best part? Had the bank actually honored her deposit she wouldn’t have been overdraft to begin with).
  7. There was no such thing as “protecting” yourself by linking your credit card to your bank account to cover for overdraft. Here is the thing – if you do this, and you EVER overdraft – the bank considers this charge as a cash advance on your credit card and will make it the last thing on the card you can pay off – btw that is the highest interest rate on your card. Didn’t know that your Credit Card had multiple interest rates? You should probably know your cards better.
  8. There used to be one interest rate for anything – now there are several for everything. Checking accounts will have an interest rate (if they do at all) for one level of cash held in the account and a different rate for a different level. Same account EXACTLY  but several interest rates.

My suggestion? Do something else with your cash that put it in a bank that way when you need it you may actually have access to it.

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1-1!! New Zealand Ties Italy!!!

Posted on 20 June 2010 by Thraxxus

In what is being called the biggest upset in World Cup History, and possibly sports history, New Zealand (going into this game ranked 76th in the world) tied Italy (Ranked 5th in the world)!!

To put this in perspective for Americans – A Junior College American Football Team Tied The defending Superbowl Champions – yes, its that amazing. In the USA Americans love underdogs – and the underdogs came through.

Congratulations to New Zealand – Your Goalie, Mark Paston, played like a GOD.

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A Point Missed

Posted on 19 June 2010 by Thraxxus

A few days ago President Obama made this statement about the BP oil spill: “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” A bold statement to be sure, but not one that was meant to start a verbal battle on really which disaster was the worst. Naturally, humans being ridiculous in the worst possible ways, several scientists and scholars are debating this statement. I think they may have collectively missed the point of the statement. I am not a staunch defender of Obama, or really anybody for that matter, but I understand grandiose statements made to make a point – and that is the case here. Obama was not trying to start a debate – the guy was merely pointing out that this BP oil spill is a big freaking deal.

Instead of arguing semantics maybe these scientists and scholars could pitch in their brain power on solving the oil spill.

Le Sigh.

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Cool Crowd-Sourcing by NASA

Posted on 18 June 2010 by Caravaggio

If you sitting around wondering what to do this weekend, give the Mars Public Mapping Project or (MP)2 for short, a looksee. This is an online tool that lets members of the general public help scientists identify and map geologic features on Mars. The site uses images of the Martian surface taken in visible light by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), a multi-band camera on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter. (MP)2 is a web-based education and public engagement tool developed by the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University. It is managed by the Arizona State University Mars Education Program.

http://mp2.mars.asu.edu/

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I-69 International Highway

Posted on 18 June 2010 by scanjack

Who knew?

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There can be only one!

Posted on 18 June 2010 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Zombies are People too

Posted on 17 June 2010 by Thraxxus

We here at Blinkinblogs love the concept of a zombie apocalypse – which we lovingly refer to as the ZA. There are loads of zombie flicks out there but none as innovative as this one – BRILLIANT idea. Enjoy the clip – thanks to Karzack for the heads up.

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Lego Mindstorms Chess

Posted on 15 June 2010 by Thraxxus

We here at BB have a certain affinity for robotics and all things cool – thus Lego Mindstorms is something we all find to be totally alluring. That said – super cool chess.

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Toxic Gases in the Gulf?

Posted on 15 June 2010 by Thraxxus

Remember a few days ago when I wrote about toxic gases flying around in the air from the Gulf Oil Spill? Some of you may have scoffed. “But Thraxxus, we haven’t heard that in MSM!!!” Fine. Watch this:

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Nanny State Quietly moves forward

Posted on 14 June 2010 by scanjack

Nanny State Dictator - Barry.

While everyone is distracted with the Gulf Oil disaster (and it is indeed going to be an ever growing crisis) our continued spiral into a complete Fascistic system moves forward.

“National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.” – Last Thursday, June 10th, 2010.

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