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Just so you all know, Bill Nye the Science Guy was on The Rachel Maddow Show. Rachel wasn't hosting today so there where no "Dr. Maddow, Mr. Nye" exchanges, so it was slightly less awesome than last time he was on.

But Bill Nye the Science Guy was talking about sea mucus, which automatically makes it the best news show on American television tonight. I have already downloaded it for posterity. *fangirly flail*
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Cheesemaking)
When the peanut story first broke, I mentioned to [livejournal.com profile] violetisblue that at least it wasn't corn contaminated, as corn is the basic unit of American foodstuffs. Good news everyone: Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury!

Not all HFCS, but only half - apparently one of the ingredients to make HFCS is made with a process that can lead to some of the mercury in the machine can leak into to the HFCS ingredient. And the best part is that since HCFS is in everything, you have no idea if what you're eating has mercury in it or not! *facepalm* *facepalm* *facepalm*
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Team Work)
Happy Rosh Hashanah!

I was all happy and bouncy from a meeting I went to. Then I turned on the news. BAD IDEA.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Pockets)
Watching the debate. I &heart; Barack Obama. *waves Obama/Biden 08 flag*



...P.S. Still open to being a mail order bride if Obama loses.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Boston)
Army Unit to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.


From The Army Times

entire article behind the cut )

There are several reasons why this isn't halal, kosher, or cool. I think the entire reason why the Army has troops stationed as a disaster-ready team is because the people who are supposed to be that disaster-ready team - THE NATIONAL GUARD - is overseas or in re-cooperation mode. And, of course, these guys are supposed to be in re-cooperation mode as well. There's going back to Iraq or Afghanistan as soon as their "rest" time is up. I don't think they'll get a lot of "rest" if they're being the National Guard for the entire US. These are the practical, best-case senario problems.

The OMGWTFBBQ is ACTIVE ARMY IN THE US. There probably isn't much of a difference between when a state National Guard is taken over by the Commander-in-Chief. But the difference between extraordinary circumstances like the state government not enforcing federal laws, and having the Army ready to go do riot patrol.

And a comment about the legality of the situation, quoted from [livejournal.com profile] spiderine post here.

"The U.S. Army being deployed against the citizens it is sworn to protect. Right in time for the November elections. THIS SCARES ME. I could start ranting about how this is ILLEGAL according to both the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 and the Insurrection Act of 1807 -- but both of those had the teeth taken out of them in 2007 with the signing of the < a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.R._5122_(2006)">2007 Defense Authorization Bill*."


I'm just so comforted by this. Anyone in Canada or the UK want a mail-order bride?

*There are amendments made to the amendments, and I haven't gotten then all sorted out in my head, but it sounds like the changes to the Insurrection Act have been repealed. Thus leaving the original law in place.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (They all wore a green carnation)
Today was my last day at Essltate. I may miss the people, but I will not miss the bruises, paper cuts, and peeling cuticles.

At our first break, Cherrie was flipping though her People magazine and commented that Thomas and Nancy Beatle had their baby girl. The most of the room ( all seven of us, as the rest were outside smoking ) thought it was unnatural, once the whole situation was explained. Because, really, "a man gave birth to a baby girl" would give a few WTF comments if just for the "how would that even work?" angle. ( I still think it's sweet, and said so. ) Not only that, but the idea of the existence of transsexuals was also unnatural and abhorrent.

This is, obviously, not the first time I've heard this shit.

Remember the diversity talk on my floor this spring? Several of the girls when off on a homophobic tangent, how gays and lesbians act against gender roles. Specifically, how effeminate gay men were far less threatening than lesbians. I pointed out, hi, lesbian sitting right next to you, and she backpeddled and said something along the lines of "Oh, but you're not obvious about it."

Which brings me to "The Making of Me." I've still not watched it, despite my interest in both John Barrowman in pretty much anything and GLBT studies. Partly because on the science part it's not telling me anything new, partly because I've not heard a single positive review of it. And partly because of the invisible lesbian problem, which is a bit silly because it's a gay man comparing himself to others, and while straight men and straight women have at least one gender or orientation overlap, lesbain women don't have an orientation overlap. ( In orientation, I mean "attracted to men" or "attracted to women." Plus invisible bisexuals, which only has the justification "trying to explain being gay is hard enough!"

I think I'll just curl up with a book tomorrow.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Careful now!  Down with this sort of thi)
Now for some black humor:

While I was waiting for my mother outside a store, I happened to glance at the newspaper. On today's ( May 23, 2008 ) St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper, there was a picture of the gas prices at a gasoline station at 12200 Clapton Road, Town and Country. ( Yes, the place is called "Town and Country." Go figure. ) The prices?

Regular: 3.79
Plus : 3.99
Premium: LOL

Yes, it's the LOL, OMG, WTF gasprice board come to life. ( LOL gas is $4.09, apparently. )
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Transmission difficulties)
Reason #3437 Why I'm glad I'm out of High School:

On the St. Louis news, a high school teacher was put on suspension for various things. Not following the lesson plan, letting his students use "inappropriate" technology, and oh, yeah, WIZARDRY. Because he did a disappearing toothpick trick.

There's two parts to this. One, that wizardry is an offence that needs to be punished. The second is that you're stupid enough to mistake a slight of hand trick with magic. ( There's the "does magic actually exist or not" part, but I'm tired and don't feel like it. )

In SRS Business news, apparently the hub for the AT&T/Gov'ment spying on the internets is also near St. Louis. The OMG WIZARDRY was on first.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Poltical Jean Grey)
Watching politics and reading a Doctor Who book - in this case, the 9th Doctor The Deviant Strain - turned out to be an highly enjoyable evening. The weather didn't even turn out to be all that bad.

Okay, so there was eyerolling at the speeches, but other than that, it was good. Especially the "Huckabee is so conservative he doesn't believe in evolution, gravity, or photosynthesis!" line.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Poltical Jean Grey)
A man claiming to have a bomb has taken a number of people hostage at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, police say.

Man walks into Sentor Clinton's office. Released one hostage with infant. Still has two hostages. Has demanded that he speak to Senator Clinton. Sentor Clinton is in Virgina, as she was scheduled to make a speech tonight there.


OMG. WHAT? Am off to find other news sources.

Boston Globe

Local News of the Rochester, NH is being updated constantly.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Travel - Bali)
Whats a big problem in St. Louis right now?

Brick Theft! After a brick building has a fire, thieves go in and clean off the damaged bricks and cart them away to the Gulf Coast to sell them for a premium.

Council members want to increase the penalty for brick theft to a year in jail.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Eat my rubber foam axe!)
Jesus Christ.

The Christists of the Westboro Church are going to be picketing funerals of the victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

Isn't there enough suffering in the world, and then these morons think they have to add more?
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Spoon Bridge)
Bridge collapse on 35W in Minneapolis at 6:05 CDST.

at the BCC

at Yahoo!

at MSNBC

at Boston Globe
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (Eat my rubber foam axe!)
Man beaten for over twenty-four hours and left to die in a southern Indiana field. In April

The brilliant defense by the attackers, who filmed themselves beating Aaron Hall, was that they were in a 'gay panic'.

No one picked up on this except the local papers, and even then it took two months to just get to Bloomington, which is a whopping 90 miles away.

Crothersville is about 60 miles from Jasper.
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Watching the news with mom, and Ron Paul, one of the Republican hopefuls, was laying into the Democrats saying that they haven't taken the option of a preemptive nuclear strike against Iran.

Why are people even thinking that this is an option that is on the table to begin with?
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I would write something elegant on the topic of the recent deletions, but I'm sure that most of those reading this already know about this, or would be better served if they followed [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs posts orginal rumor post and follow up post.

So, instead I'll just say this: Wow, the weather in Cardiff is moderate! Since it's slipped into summer here, I started thinking about whether or not Jack would go running about in his great coat in the summer.

And then my brain broke a little picturing him outside the Hub without it on.

So I looked up the temperatures, and they didn't seemed to be more moderate. Though, since most of my experince with weather is dealing with landlocked areas and the Midwest, it's not very hard to seem more mild compared to Wisconsin!

Anyway, I think I hacked out an idea that Jack wears just the lighter brown coat that was under his greatcoat in "Everything Changes" in the summer months. Or at least that's what I'm going with because Jack needs a coat to be pictured in or the plot-train just jumps the tracks.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (On The Train to Nowhere)
So there's been three school shootings in the last week. First there was the guy who held hostage then shot the teenage girls in Colorado. Then the teenage boy who shot his principal. And now the man who tied up and shot those little girls in Pennsylviana. This goes past the "what the fuck" stage and wanders into the "vauge speachless horror" stage.

I'd go further into the other horrors of the day, like the pertrochemical byproduct dumpings in the Ivory Coast, the bombing in Turkey today, the rioting in Gaza...

Though, today was the first day I was able finish the entire "The New York Times" in a day.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (What the...?)
Oh. My. God.

If only half the stuff in this article is true. Oh my God. I don't know where I am anymore. Sure, it says US on my mail but it sounds more like... I don't know. I would say "the Democratic Republic of the Congo" except there wasn't any rioting.

So. Was the 2004 Election Stolen? by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (with extensive footnotes) flatly states that there was a titanic conspricy in several states, but especialy in Ohio, that was created to get George W. Bush to win the election.

I have never been so happy that there is a two term rule for Presidents.
twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (the view from here)
Keith Oberman on September 11th.

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twincityhacker: hands in an overcoat's pockets (On The Train to Nowhere)
For some reason this morning I thought my 9 o'clock class was a 8 o'clock one, so I rushed over to the building where my class was. Luckily, it was my Infomatics lab, which is mostly self-directed with some instructinoal guidence so I was at least able to do the lab. Then I did my Spanish homework - which is also online.

I could have done math homework as well, but I forgot that I could get to it online until just know. O_O So I fiddled with Wikipedia and online news sites.

Speaking of those, I saw a rather humours quote in the Indiana Daily Stupid, where a proffesor of history laments that getting infomation from Wikipedia is like getting news from the fluffy entertainment network CNN. I'd love to see what he think's real news is, because even I think that CNN does a fairly decent job reporting.

And, of course, my condolences to the victems of the Dawson College shootings.

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