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Sunday, March 28, 2004

What is it With Women and paying For Stuff?

This happens all the time - woman in front of me on line at supermarket asks if they take a credit card. Spends 20 minutes digging around in purse to find card.
Takes another ten minutes to swipe the damn thing. Takes at least 15 minutes to remember how to sign name. Takes even longer if process requires advanced mathematical operation such as entering pin number. WTF???
Just how goddam complicated is it to take out a friggin card, swipe it and sign the the friggin receipt?
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Note to Outback Steakhouse

Projectile vomiting sucks.
Explosive diarrhea sucks.
Both at the same time really really really suck.
Last time I eat there, mate.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Imported Matzo

I'm enjoying some imported Iraeli matzos. Something about a matzo made with real arab baby blood instead of the pale, tasteless substitute used in American made matzo gives it an extra zing and zest.
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The Fun Never Stops

I found this Clinton quote over at Tim Blair's place:

"There were a very large number of women and children in that compound and it's almost like he was daring me to kill them," Clinton said. "I felt it would hurt America's interests if we killed a lot of Afghani women and children and didn't even get him." [emphasis added]

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Too bad he didn't express the same level of sympathy and compassion for the women and children at Waco.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

The Much Vaunted Arab Street
Now coated with a thin wheelchair-and-terrorist
puree.

Hoping the IDF serves up an Arafat Burger real soon now.

Picture of the human shitsmear here
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Sunday, March 21, 2004

Europe vs America

It all comes down to bathroom fixtures.

In America you get two taps, or maybe one joystick trype control. Turn one, you get copious amounts of hat water. Turn the other, you get a raging torrent of cold water. And you can adjust the flow to anything in between.

In Europe, your tap is a masterpiece of intricate industrial design, styling and taste. The designer probably won a Nobel prize. The plumber needed a Ph.D just to install it. Your choice of water is a sickly trickle of ice cold, and a vague, uncertain dribble of luke warm.
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Friday, March 19, 2004

Nuking Gregory Cochran

Gregory Cochran had this to say on Jerry Pournelle's blog recently:
[snip]
Well, I have some trouble with this, because _I_ certainly knew that there was no threat. I knew for sure that they had no nuclear program, when 'nuclear program' is defined as actually _doing_ anything - breeding plutonium, separating isotopes, or building the required facilities.
[snip]
I knew that Iraq had been stony broke for years, had a total governmental budget of maybe one billion, largely stolen from the oil-for-food program, which barely sufficed to pay for a ragged-ass conventional army and secret police - certainly not a Los Alamos or Livermore. I knew that Iraq was small, dirt poor, 60% illiterate - it was _not_ Nazi Germany, it was _not_ crammed with high-quality inventors and scientists and tool-and-die makers. It was and is an incompetent country, full of incompetent people. They are ragheads: let me say this again - RAGHEADS. The idea that Iraq had a burgeoning weapons development program (all totally invisible, of course, done by ragheads paid with sand) ) could only be held by someone who really believed that there are no differences between peoples, and that money does not matter. And who was generally an ignoramus.

[snip]

(See the whole thing here:)

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Well, this exercise in prescience should not pass unnoticed. If only Bush, Cheney, Blair, Powell, Wolfewitz, Rice and dozens of others had heard the Delphic clarity of the esteemed Mr. Cochran's Tiresian call, rather than the Cassandran obscurity to which he has so shamefully been relegated. Or something...

OK, sarcasm off

Cochran has been pounding on this hobby horse for months. He hasn't presented anything like credible evidence or a compelling argument that Saddam didn't have WMDs, just asserting his opinion.

Claiming that the Iraqis are ragheads, I repeat RAGHEADS, doesn't count for jack squat. Firstly, the Pakistanis are RAGHEADS, and they successfully developed a bomb. Is there some reason to suspect that Pakis are less ragheady than Iraqis? I don't think so. GDP per capita, which might do as a stand in for ragheadedness, is $2,000 for Pakistan and $2,400 for Iraq. This is pre-war data. In other words, with sanctions in place, under one of the world's worst dictatorships the Iraqis manged to make more money than the Paks. So, raghead Pakis can and did develop a nuke. So far, no good reason the think the Iraqis couldn't.

Next point: Nuclear bombs are 1940's technology. I mean we're talking vacuum tubes, AM radio and B&W television here. The actual technology to produce a Uranium bomb is pretty simple, 85 kg of 90% enriched U235 and some sort of cannon type device to assemble the critical mass. It's so simple and predictable that the Los Alamos group didn't have to explode a prototype, they just built it and dropped it on Hiroshima. A Plutonium bomb is a bit more difficult, but still, it's not all that difficult. It's been done by the US, the English, the French, the Russians, the Pakistanis, the Indians, the Israelis, and possible by a few others. (for more detail see The Making of the Atom Bomb by Richard Rhodes)

What presents ome difficulty is not the actual technology of the bomb, but aquiring the fissionables to make one. Uranium enrichment or plutonium breeding requires a very large faciity. This is not an easy thing to hide, but it has been done. See North Korea for one example, and the Israeli program for another.
There is no good reason to think that Saddam couln't have hidden his program as well.

Another problem, or at least, a problem faced by civilized nations is manufacturing a bomb without killing the personel doing the grunt work of bomb assembly. And in this case, a ruthless dictator such as Sadam would be able to use slave labor and bury the results. Freeman Dyson made this point in a speech I saw back around 1981.

So, nukes aren't very difficult technology, ragheads can make them, and disguising a nuclear weapons program can be done. And Cochran is a jerk.


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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Solving The Nigerian Problem

The World Factbook shows some pretty dismal data for Nigeria - GDP per capita of $900, average life expectancy 51 years, 28% unemployment. Basically, the place is a shit hole. Which is a shame, considering how much money they have locked up in innacessable bank accounts. I get several offers a day to help bail these poor people out of their predicament. There must be hundreds, if not thousands of individuals in Nigeria with fortunes amounting to tens of millions of dollars each that they can't utilize. Just think of the economic miracle which could be wrought in Nigeria if all this capital were to be freed up. Really, it's a moral imperative to lend a hand where so little effort on our part could do so much good.

For a mere 10% commission I, and many like me are in a position to help these poor suckers by providing our bank details so that they may transfer there frozen fortune through our accounts. Now, I realize this simple action may be too much of an obligation for many to assume. Also, and it pains me to say this, the honesty of some of my countrymen may not be of the highest possible standards, and the temptation of
keeping all of the $130 million fortune of Mrs. Dorkomina ABATCHA (for one example) may be too great to be resisted. Maybe it would be best if the World Bank were to take a hand by establishing an account for all of Nigeria in international hands the money could be freed, and distributed fairly to the most needy.

Let the World Bank issue every Nigerian with a Visa check card (tm), drawing on the national account. I can't think of a better solution.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Cat Blogging

Watching my mini tiger patrol the lawn today I keep wondering what it is about these murderous little predators that makes them so charming. Is it the appeal of a miniature version of a deadly carnivore?
Would a 1 foot tall tyranosuarus that rubbed agaisnt your legs, purred and played with string be as
appealing?



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Dhimmi Follies

Lee Harris wrote the following in his Tech Central Station article today:

Suppose that last week's attack had not been the work of terrorists, but the work of the United States. Suppose American jets had flown over Madrid on Thursday morning and dropped a scattering of bombs on the commuter trains, killing and maiming the exact same people who were killed and maimed in the terrorist's attack. Suppose, further, that President Bush had subsequently announced that Spain would be subjected to further attacks if the Spanish voters did not vote as he wished them to vote.



I generally agree with his point, but I think this analogy has a fundamental weakness.

The case he makes involves a concrete demand, from an identifiable entity (the US) of known strength, and the ability to apply an overwhelming level of force should its demands not be met. For the given case it would not be irrational or cowardly for the Spanish to accede to the demand.

In the actual case the terrorists exploded their bombs and sat back while the Spanish lined up like good little dhimmies and voted for what they hoped would appease the Islamists. Which is entirely more cowardly, craven and morally bankrupt than Harris' example.

The Spanish deserve to lose the respect of civilized peoples everywhere. They have allowed themselves to be stampeded on to the side of anti-civilization, slavery and oppresion.



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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

A party game for scientists


Match The Publication To The Nationality

a) The paper has 37 authors. The text starts with a detailed
description of the origin of the universe in the big bang, covers the
formation of heavy elements in supernovae, the Milky Way, the birth of
the Sun and planets, the origin of life, plate techtonics, human
evolution, societal development, the complete history of the relevant
field, starting with preshistory through the ancient Greeks and
medieval alchemists. The actual unique results reported occur in the
final paragraph of the paper and involve a slightly more detailed
measurement of the half life of negative ions in neutral polymer
solution than was reported last year by the same researchers at the
same annual conference.

b) The author has 23 pages of painstakenly worked out calculations.
He's obviously an intelligent man who knows his subject thouroughly.
Reading between the lines it appears that his actual apparatus
consisted of some twisted bailing wire, used chewing gum and a broken
toaster. This publication would probably have been a significant
contribution to the field 30 years ago. As it is, you wonder why the
author bothered.

c) The author might have an important contribution. Or maybe not. It's
hard to tell. The structure of the paper is incoherent, and careens
recklessly between snippets of significant data and pointless detail.
It's as if he had no idea what is important data to present, and what
isn't, and just wrote down anything that popped into his head as it
occurred.

d) Total bollocks. The author is confused beyond belief, and presents
results that violate all of known physics, causality, common sense, the
laws of god and man, and probably the tax code. All presented with such
certainty and assurance that you want to pound your head with a
concrete block until it goes away. You wonder if the author found his
Ph.D. on the sidewalk, or in a box of Crackerjacks.

e) Not all that bad, really. Looks like he did some significant work.
And the description of his experiment is giving you a serious case of
apparatus envy. This paper almost makes sitting through three days of
the other idiots worth it. This is the only paper you've seen so far
that you might want to read carefully when you get home. The author's
list of degrees and titles is longer than the actual text.


1)Russian

2)Chinese

3)Japanese

4)German

5) Indian



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Monday, March 15, 2004

Recipe Blogging

What's Vodkapundit got that I ain't got?

Here's a few of my favorites:

Pretzels and Hummus
A great taste combination.

Pumpkin Seeds with Soy Sauce
Coat seeds liberally with soy sauce.
Spread in a single layer on a dish and microwave until
soy sauce starts to dry and seeds begin to get crispy.
An oddly synergistic combination, the end result doesn't taste like either
of the ingredients.

Ricotta and hot sauce
Mix a few spoonfuls of good quality salsa into some whole milk ricotta.
The result should be a vaguely repulsive pinkish color. Suprisingly good.



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Pointless Activity

Rub a styrofoam shipping peanut on shirt to build up static charge. Stick to cat.
Mildly amusing fun for the whole family.
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Spain

Sheesh. Words fail me. Why stop at voting for appeasment, when you could just as easily wrap yourself in a burqa and strap on the dynamite. Happy dhimmitude, jerks.





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Outsourcing My Ass

What's that spunky? You say they outsourced your IT/tech support job to Buttholistan. Well, tough noogies, I mean I'm cryin' in my fricken Meisterbrau here. It's not like you IT jackholes were worth an infected pimple on Satan's ass to start with. My sum total of experience with IT jerkoffs over the years has been:

a) Blame the problem on me. No matter what, it's my fault. Don't even bother to try to understand what I'm complaining about, just blame it on me. For extra credit, read it from a script.

b) Tell me the only way to fix a critical error that makes your companies' POS software useless is to spend another $600 on the latest version, less than 1 year after spending $600 on the original purchase. Which you can't be bothered to support anymore.

c) Somehow managing to delete my entire hard drive, including 6 months of vital project files, while attempting to reload the driver for a sound card.

d) Spend all of 5 minutes dicking with the computer, leaving it in a useless state and completely failing to address the problem before going off to the production floor to talk to your girlfriend for 2 hours.

e) Not speaking English, or any other recognizable human language.

You buttwipes deserve to have your phony baloney jobs exported. I can get better tech support from my cat.







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