|Robert A. Heinlein:
|“Thou shalt honor the noble English language, speech of Shakespeare, Milton, and Poe, and it will serve thee all the days of thy life.”
|Dr. Dean Radin:
|“Maintaining an open mind is important when examining the unknown, but allowing one’s brains to fall out in the process is inadvisable.”
|R. U. Sirius:
|“The genius of the hip left 60’s was that it resolved the tension between altruism and desire by enclosing the erotic, the atavistic, and the visionary within a philosophy of humanism, unifying the personal and political under an ideal of liberation.”
|“Yes, folks, it’s that Lenten time of the year when religious extremists around the world take to the streets to whip themselves and get nailed to crosses to celebrate Easter. No one better get a sexual charge out of it, though, because then whipping and crucifixion would be frowned on by the Church. Let me explain. This is how to tell the SMers apart from the rest of the world:
- We do such things because they feel wonderful and magical. So that’s morally wrong.
- They do them to feel miserable and shattered. That’s morally right.”
|“Online piracy – while it is definitely illegal and immoral – is, as a practical problem, nothing more than (at most) a nuisance. We’re talking brats stealing chewing gum, here, not the Barbary Pirates.”
Full favorite quotations page here.
An organization I work with has web services through iPowerweb, whose services have recently gone down the tubes. Not only have they stopped providing the contracted-and-paid-for access logs, their service representatives keep asking for examples even though those have already been supplied.
In the latest go-round they wanted an error message – which does not exist because their services are configured so badly that an error is not raised. Still, I guess one could be ginned up:
A 35-year-old woman living with her boyfriend developed a severe phobia of leaving the bathroom. He indulged her, brought her food and clothing changes, but she eventually sat on the toilet too long such that it got attached to her gluteus.
So now the ever-compassionate Sheriff Bryan Whipple is recommending that the boyfriend be charged for not forcing the woman to leave the bathroom.
I hope the County Attorney has the sense not to comply with the Sheriff’s wishes. Meanwhile, Kansans, you’re on notice: if you have a person acting oddly and living in your household, you should throw them out, because otherwise your kindly local Sheriff might decide to charge you with abuse for feeding, clothing, and otherwise taking care of them in the manner that they – and not the local Communists, I mean Sheriffs – wish to live.
CNN reports: “U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.”
Somehow I think it’s more important to our national security to investigate government officials who may have lied to Congress than to investigate baseball players, but I guess I just don’t get the idea. It seems it’s more important that US citizens have baseball players that can be trusted than it is to have senior Federal Government officials that can be trusted.
Unless you’re a gay-basher and like to beat gays to a pulp, because Jamaica is the happy hunting ground for such people – and by bashing I’m not talking about nasty names, I’m talking about attempted murder being not only OK but encouraged by many Christian ministers on the island.
More information here.
In yet another unintentional use of deadly force by police who have been misinformed that Tasers are non-lethal, CNN reports that a 20-year old was killed with a Taser. One wonders if the police would have been so fast to use a pistol; my guess is not.
It’s about time that Tasers were labeled as lethal force, because that’s what they are. A Taser won’t always kill a person, but then again, neither will a gun.
Taser International claims “A bystander’s video of the Vancouver incident that showed the victim continuing to struggle after being shot with the device “is proof that the Taser device was not the cause of his death,” the company said on its Web site. Cardiac arrest caused by electrical current would have caused immediate death.”
I suppose they’ve never heard of V-tachycardia.
CNN reports that “A court in Saudi Arabia increased the punishment for a gang-rape victim after her lawyer won an appeal of the sentence for the rapists…”
We can’t cut off money and diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia because we need their oil. If some of the people who were all worried about marching and protesting and doing all sorts of other things about women’s rights would simply spend their time coming up with usable alternative fuels, we could cut off the Arabs’ money spigot.
Marching feels sooooo much better and uplifting than a few years of laboratory research, though…