Monthly Archives: March 2008

Myspace sued by people with no sense of irony.

Filed under Culture-internet, You have nothing to fear

I hope they win. Then I hope the daughter sues the parents. You know the people  that took on the responsibility to protect their  kid.    Seemingly they don’t. 

Family’s lawsuit claims MySpace responsible for daughter’s assault

Gregory Coleman, a lawyer for the girl’s family, said the law only gives MySpace a “limited shield” from liability.

“It has a responsibility to (protect) children,” he said.

The girl, identified as Julie Doe in court papers, was 13 when she created a MySpace profile in 2005. MySpace requires users to be at least 14, but the girl misrepresented herself as 18 years old.

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The most amusing tale of marsupial on man action since Skippy got into the peanut butter.

Filed under humor

This has to be The most amusing tale of marsupial on man action I’ve seen for a couple of weeks.

“I’ll retract the rape complaint from the wombat, because he’s pulled
out. Apart from speaking Australian now, I’m pretty all right you know.
I didn’t hurt my bum at all.”

Man sentenced over wombat rape claim – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Prosecutors said alcohol played a large part in Cradock’s life, although his defence lawyer said he was not drunk on the afternoon of the phone calls.

Holy crap Rand* gets it right on occasion:D The state doesn’t want you to obey the laws, in fact they plan otherwise. Traffic cameras

Filed under state gone wild, You have nothing to fear

To all that have scoffed at the idea that safety wasn’t the primary motivating factor for red light and speeding cameras this piece on msnbc, looks suspiciously like investigative journalism.Which living in Phoenix and reading only the AZ Republic you’d be unfamiliar with. 🙂

Anyway since most people that read this are thinking, duh! that’s not news I will concede you have a point.It’s not for you it’s for the people that comment every time the local paper prints a story involving cameras.These lovers of all things that remove responsibility jeer at those that may have an alternate view. We’re dismissed on the belief that we’re doing it solely because we’re spoiled children that just want to do what we want. Projection?

I don’t buy that the way to increase responsibility is to provide a surrogate for it that circumvents the need for awareness.This is not a Utopian freedom rant as there are practical applications in the the real world

note. I hate people, oops better expand that :), I hate people that satisfied that the appearance of solving an issue, even when there are doubts to it efficacy ( e.g DARE) are readily conceded , counts for actually doing something. What they don’t get is that they preclude many other paths they could take that may even be effective.That is if your goal is to actually modify behaviour and not set up a revenue stream to keep your organization going.

Speed cameras are just that thing:)

Do red light cameras work too well? – Crime & courts-

*”Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be
much easier to deal with.

Proving my point : There’s a blog, forum and podcast for everyone. one of Man’s oldest diseases makes it to the information age.

Filed under General, humor, reality

One of the ways I “sell” podcasts and blogs to people is by telling them that no matter how esoteric their interests are that there is likely to be a blog , forum and podcast about it. Yep even the people with embarrassing conditions have groups. ( no they are not the same as churches but a good guess my cynical reader;) )

Seriously my reivers diet of flesh , blood and offal when combined with inactivity has not only caught up with me it’s taken an early lead. That is going to stop. Oh that an my ancestors. Bastards that’s why we never invite you around to dinner ( Oops riffing off DNA there)

Dark Ages..

Dr’s , medical journal and chance running into people with the same condition. Unlikely. The most you get is a pamphlet of organizations that survive by your condition surviving:D So you get 2-3 xeroxed copies


If I relied on the hand outs , about gout, without a doubt I’d be a more depressed otter. As it is, and as it seems to be with most conditions, the cause and effect has been established by the women in white coats, a reduction of Xtra beef causes less whY does this hurt? Sadly it’s mostly the widest bromides with information that is taken from the most extreme cases and then generalized into rules for everyone. E.g Low sodium. for those that need it great, sadly that means “everyone” since the medical people don’t want to send wrong messages. e.g hey ethnic group a : you are more at risk from this but to make you feel better we’ll tell everyone to do the same. Same with gout.

Now I have to work out what’s true for me.

Gout Pal Interactive – Discuss Gout Symptoms and Treatments With Friendly Gout Sufferers

More heckles from the small packet of in flight peanut gallery ( koch at the pun)

Filed under firearms, You have nothing to fear

Well at least they’ve managed to work out that sans human interaction the pistol didn’t fire itself. I’m not going to speculate on how it occurred , I have my own Occam moment of having fired tens of thousands of rounds but having 3 go off unintended ( one was a malfunction of hardware, the other two totally operator error) says that there’s a chance that the policies in place are not sane ones. E.g Why the donald duck would you want to even handle / touch a firearm that’s peacefully napping.

The bullet left the plane at 8000 ft which at least saves the Mythbusters from having to show that gunfire on a plan doesn’t equal instant death spiral.Shame as Jamie does seem to enjoy that part:D

Pilot suspended after firing gun in cockpit –

TSA declined to give details about how the gun discharged, but the agency is investigating whether the pilot was handling the gun as directed in policies.

Accidentally? Yeah right. I wonder if her was seeing snakes ? Pilot discharges pistol in cockpit.

Filed under firearms

Oh this will be a fun excuse . This is accidental in the same way that ” oops I slipped and my dick fell in the baby sitter”

Pilot accidentally fires gun in cockpit – The Denver Post

“It’s was too premature to speculate” on sanctions against the pilot or airline, she said.

Scribe Fire. Bye Bye / quick notes. A vlog, a malady and a bike magazine.

Filed under blog blogging reference, blogging, motorcycles

That does it. One more crashed out post. I’m through with Scribefire.

11 years into the mass adoption of the Internet and we still can’t get the basics rights. You know not losing data:(

The post I lost. Bike review, My newest malady ( Gout) and a suggestion to go watch which is a Vlog about the art of motorcycle maintenance, zen may be optional since it comes from my homeland. Still I have always found most American media on motorcycles to be lacking. Way too many nice reviews and seems to not reflect the kind of high jinks that Performance Bikes in the UK gets up to. E.g if the bike is dangerous piece of crap it’s called such. The same bike in the USA is of course just fine.

Expelled the movie. The funniest hypocrites on the block.

Filed under Demon Haunted World, humor, pat, reality

I’m not going to spoil this one. Suffice to say that reality beats fiction any day. Sadly Adams is no longer around to make this stuff up but the residents of the B ark are quite happy to fill in.

You never know in some far out universe , on some very lucky day you may win against the forces of idiocy.

Pharyngula: EXPELLED!

I’m still laughing though. You don’t know how hilarious this is. Not only is it the extreme hypocrisy of being expelled from their Expelled movie, but there’s another layer of amusement. Deep, belly laugh funny. Yeah, I’d be rolling around on the floor right now, if I weren’t so dang dignified.

Why I’ve been quiet. DC Gun case and local idiot media. Until now:D

Filed under firearms, Media mayhem

Supreme Court hears arguments on gun ownership –

Firstly CNN’s title on the above story is about gun rights. Guns are not sentient. They basically have no rights , nor can have rights bestowed upon them. So framing the argument in this manner is asinine but expected.

Now onto the local media. Or as Penn puts it best… “and then there’s these assholes”

Note this is a report by the investigators at Phoenix’s ABC affiliate , the “real” reporters that do more than take an autocue to the eyeball while looking cute (ish) The problem is this. The question about “kids carrying guns” MM let’s check the law.

You have to be 21 to purchase a handgun/ carry concealed in AZ.

If this law went through NO KIDS would be carrying anything. These are the people that are meant to safeguard us from duplicitious lying fucks and expose hidden agendas? Well if they want a story, and help save the environment they don’t need to look too far.

Twenty one is not a kid. If you believe otherwise you have to be kidding, right?

dobie and the dancers

Filed under Dobhran, General

dobie and the dancers

dobie and the dancers,
originally uploaded by haltse.

For daddy’s or Dobh’s memory? Anyway while last night’s game against Edmonton was ( do I know enough about the game to call it) abysmal? The highlights for Dobh pictures with Howler/ Pack Dancers and being side checked by a rude bitch that believes knocking down a toddler and being the aggrieved party is ok.

More to follow. I have a new bike , a new loathing for how insurance companies calculate their risk and the need to write a book called “working with children that vote”

The dump part

Filed under rants

Week 1 : Erin into ER  ..

Week 2 :  Dobhie daycare dilemma ( not going into it but it wasn’t much fun)

Week 3:  Father in  hospital after ambulance took him into hospital ( I’m ooo   thousands of miles away and the passport has expired.  To call the passport line here it’s $3 a fucking  minute.   Thanks  guys  I’m sure the taxes I paid back home could have covered that shit. Fuck you had $170  a year for me for a license to watch television.  As you can see not having a fun time.     It gets worse  major threat to  financial stability has appeared on the horizon and this time  it’s compounded by one of the best taoist examples of  being unable to tell what’s good and bad when you are close to the event   yet in hindsight..

Try this on.

This may be illustrated by the Taoist story of a farmer whose horse ran away. That evening the neighbors gathered to commiserate with him since this was such bad luck. He said, “May be.” The next day the horse returned, but brought with it six wild horses, and the neighbors came exclaiming at his good fortune. He said, “May be.” And then, the following day, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the wild horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. Again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. He said, “May be.” The day after that, conscription officers came to the village to seize young men for the army, but because of the broken leg the farmer’s son was rejected. When the neighbors came in to say how fortunately everything had turned out, he said, “May be.”

I’ve just been lucky enough to have been given such a horse.

May be….

With all due respect M’aam One can bite me.

Filed under Anarchy from the UK, state gone wild.

 There’s one thing that I  can’t stand which is that there’s way more than one thing. There’s a myriad of things that I won’t stand for and in the truest sense of the phrase monarchy is one of them.

  Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Loyalty oaths for kids are sad, really sad.  For adults it’s even worse as they should know better.  Despite the names changing to fit political expediency at the time ( Gee the British Royals changing their name  to something a lot less German) or the US pledge of allegiance which  added in the phrase “under god” in 1956 really are a part of the zeitgeist.    The obligation isn’t bi-directional  and  when you look at it from practical effects.     FED is your lord,   Tax payers are vassals and the difference between the two  is  better bookkeeping.

BBC NEWS | Politics | Pupils ‘to take allegiance oath’

If children refuse to take part, he added, “are they then going to be told or taught that they are somehow less British or less loyal or less patriotic?”  (   Seems to work that way out here in the colonies)

Californication with education. Teachers must be qualified unless… you work for the state:D

Filed under General

My ex wife used to teach in CA  but they waived her need for a certificate since they were so short of qualified teachers. The same situation I believe exists today but there’s a fun ruling that  if upheld  could practically prevent parents from teaching their kids in the manner they see fitting.

Court ruling would make California strictest on home-schooling – San Jose Mercury News

The ruling has angered and confused tens of thousands of parents who are part of the state’s vast and diverse home-schooling community. If the decision is upheld, California would become the only state in the nation to require parents who educate their children at home to have a teaching credential.

This is madness? No this is Utahhhh and not the Office, not the Onion just one motivated sales team.

Filed under Work

Ernunnos gets off a better title than I thought of.  I thought “who moved the cheese” was the worst corporate torture possible but it seems that there’s too much sun in Utah..

everlastinggodstopper – Oxygen…

Acknowledging a rule is more important than keeping it.

Filed under state gone wild, windmill tilting, You have nothing to fear

This is an interesting one.   Oh wait it’s not. This is exactly what the education system they are working within creates so the surprivse is , well, a surprise.  Can a Quaker  truly  maintain their ideology of  non violence  and still be working for the state?   This otter say  not a chance.
There’s a fun comment  on page two highlighting the oddity that remedial  math is being taught to college students. What the hell  were they doing the first 12 years?

Quaker teacher fired for changing loyalty oath

 If she’d just signed the oath, the campus would have been more than willing to continue her employment.”

Get used to that statement in many guises. 

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