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News Briefs 02-04-2009

Mosquitoes are the IRS of the Animal kingdom: it’s bad enough that they suck your blood, but why do they have to be so F*%#&G ANNOYING???!!!

  • How would Dr. Evil get rid of those pesky mosquitoes? With a freaking *laser* that’s how! MUAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!
  • And you know what freaking *lasers* are good for, too? Triggering nuclear fusion. MUAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!
  • Earth Hour 2009: A cool animated gallery on this event’s effect on some of the major cities of the world—try to find out which one of the lights kept on belong to Earthling’s apartment 😛
  • A humble example of why those grandiose geo-engineering schemes to fix global Warming should remain on the drawing board… for now.
  • To cure that tummy ache, there’s nothing like Grandma’s chicken soup. To cure the ENTIRE PLANET? There’s nothing like the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.
  • The new enemy of Atheism: the new Atheist movement.
  • Data miners find hidden exoplanet in Hubble’s old files. They also found many stars on my old files—the kind with fake breasts, puffed lips, and tattoos on their… nether regions.
  • Mysterious Dark Matter possibly detected. Is it time to call the Nobel committee?
  • Is Chelation therapy a sensible treatment for autism, or an immoral money scam? And what’s a concerned parent of an autistic child supposed to do then?
  • Coupable jusqu’à preuve du contraire (guilty until proven otherwise). That’s how Sarkozy wants to solve the problem of digital piracy in France.
  • Conficker: The worm that destroyed the Internet. Starting… NOW. Um… any minute now… still waiting… OK so I guess it was a false alar%%%%%%&&&&&&&&&&&&##########…….
  • [Video] Genetic Snobism: David Ewing Duncam brags about his super enzyme for longevity.
  • Marble slabs were the Twitter of 2000 BC: Inscription from the time of Alexander the Great – found in Baktria, land of origin of ancient Bulgarians.
  • Dragging tail or swinging tail? Feathers or no feathers? Upright necks or level heads? Somebody had better be working on that damn time machine to get this over with!!
  • Seems that British Cro-Magnons were a very nourishing diet for prehistoric cats.
  • Nick Redfern —the ‘Joey Ramone’ of Cryptozoology— writes about the “phantom wallabies” of the British Isles.
  • Yep, that old lady at the Scottish castle is sure spooky, but is she a ghost? There’s new evidence which seems to back up this claim.
  • Newsweek covers the Great UFO Hoax of 2009. But we’re still in April! Surely there’s a creative jackass with ample free time who can top it.
  • Lech Walesa, one of the key players in the demise of the Comunist block, threatens to leave Poland over allegations of being a former communist informer—which is like saying that the Pope manages a secret brothel at the Vatican.
  • Farewell to Raúl Alfonsín, the man who restored democracy & dignity in Argentina. Gardel & Borges will greet him at Heaven’s gates.
  • There’s no law for taste in clothing. Except in Israel, thank God. Now if they could only do something to improve their pilots’ intel
  • Now that ‘toxic assets’ are called ‘legacy assets’ & the ‘War on Terror’ is now the ‘Overseas Contingency Operation’, there’s a tragically misunderstood minority group that seek to rebrand themselves.

Thanks Kat; & thanks Rick, who is—despite what Lula says—the kindest & nicest blue-eyed person I’ve ever met 😉

Quote of the Day:

“For me, atheism’s roots are in a sober and modest assessment of where reason and evidence lead us. That means the real enemy is not religion as such, but any kind of system of belief that does not respect these limits on our thinking. For that reason, I want to engage with thoughtful, intelligent believers, and isolate extremists. But if we demonise all religion, such coalitions of the reasonable are not possible. Instead, we are likely to see moderate religious believers join ranks with fundamentalists, the enemies of their enemy, to resist what they see as an attempt to wipe out all forms of religious belief.”

Julian Baggini

  1. 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
    LOL, a bit odd to find that link here, but then again, maybe not after all… I’m involved with this group in a round about way; Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim is here in Oregon, who is one of the grandmothers, and there is a group here of “grandmothers” where we have her come and speak to us, etc.

    The Orange Orb

    1. Why I added the link
      I was trying to catch up on my meatspace reading—i.e. the reading I do outside the net—when I came across an article about this council of indigenous grandmothers that had visisted Europe for the fist time in 2008. So I thought “Wow! How cool is that we are finally heeding the wisdom of the elderly women”.

      In Mexico, as in the rest of Latin America, the grandmother has a very important role in the family hierarchy; something which (IMO) is lacking in other countries, where they see the elder as an embarrassment at best and a burden at worst. So it’s glad to notice we’re finally coming around 🙂

      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

      1. A few years ago, a friend of
        A few years ago, a friend of mine and I created a local “Grandmother’s Council” here in Eugene, Oregon — idea being women getting together to discuss and present to the community issues important to us — and hopefully, everyone, with the intent of children — what we, as “granmothers” (even though I am not a grandmother, or a mother, but work with children every day) as a huge part of this. Teaching, helping, children, as well as learning from them.

        I pretty much dropped out after the beginning, but my friend really worked very hard and after a couple of years, it really has taken off locally, thanks to her. Grandma Agnes, one of the Indiginous grandmothers, has come to Eugene a couple of times now, and she’s coming here again this month at a major function — blessing of the water. Donations help to fund the IG and their work as well.

        The first time I met Agnes Pilgram was a Native American educator’s conference in Oregon; she is an amazing woman!


        The Orange Orb

  2. about that Walesa stuff
    I don’t know about brothels in Vatican but there are evidence that Walesa collaborated with the secret police in the 70s. You see in Poland Walesa is one of the sacred cows and nobody is really debating the issue of his relations with communists, they [mainstream media, popular social commentators] are just saying “oh god, how can you say this” and attack personally any researcher who looks at this. So don’t be too quick in dismissing this stuff. Not that it matters anyway. Also Walesa is an ultra-egocentric dork. It kinda saddens me that he and Wojtyla are best known poles around.

    best regards 🙂

    1. Interesting
      Do you have any links we can search for more info re. this?

      Maybe I’m projecting the remnants of my Catholic upbringing, but when I was at school all my teachers used to revere Walesa and his Union/political movement. No man is perfect of course 🙂

      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

      1. hmm
        It’s difficult to find anything in english… Check this interview with Centkiewicz (one of the authors of “The Security Service and Lech Walesa”, heavily attacked in every mainstream media).,1518,561414,00.html

        recently two more books were published. As for me I think he was an agent in the 70s, some former Solidarity leaders (mostly from right wing spectrum) claim that he still worked for the secret police during the 80s but I doubt it. Still there are many issues here, lustration, policy of thick line, the weird fall of Olszewski government in 92… If you put the pieces together it’s obvious that something is not right here. I guess it’s politics, there is no noble Walesa and there is no revere Solidarity, just murky business as usual.

        (all the Walesa quotations are true, some like “I’m for and also against” are popular memes in Poland)

        best regards 🙂

    1. Huh?
      Sorry but, who is Kevin?

      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

  3. *new* atheism…
    “atheism’s roots are in a sober and modest assessment of where reason and evidence lead us. That means the real enemy is not religion as such, but any kind of system of belief that does not respect these limits on our thinking”…geeze, i hope he means limits on ATHEISTIC thinking…i hope he doesn’t mean the limits of HUMAN thinking…does he really even understand what he is saying?? if all we did was think where “reason and evidence” lead us, we’d have no art, no music…no creativity of any kind…no inventions…may even no stone tools! yikes!

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