Friday, September 10, 2010

Annoyances and Outrages.

Internets in the land of Liberia is sloooooow. Like dial-up slow. Days of loading up multiple YouTube clips while downloading video via torrents while surfing graphics intensive pages and running streaming music are long gone. Otoh, with my newly enforced by technological limitations net-surfing habits, I may actually get more things done with my life. Okay, unlikely, but I can dream, can't I?

Unpacking all our stuff from the move confirms I have too much crap. Once unpacking is all done, there will be a huge cull. Oh yes, there will. [It will of course be defeated by the Mrs' packrat/just in case/you never know tendencies, but still.]

AFN commercials make me want to shoot myself in the face.

Lies, damn lies, statistics and scientific studies - Fat Head - The ‘Atkins’ Study (ahem, ahem) According To Ornish:
"Some of these “low carbers” were eating up to 60% of their diet as carbohydrates (first decile), which-last time I checked-is kind of not low-carb. Even the lowest low-carb eaters were still eating over 37% of their calories from carbohydrates. Whoever decided to call this study “low carbohydrate” is nuttier than a squirrel turd.

Folks in the Animal Group were more likely to smoke and had higher BMIs than adherents of the Vegetable Group. Along with influencing mortality outcomes, this suggests the Animal Food group, in the aggregate, may have been somewhat less health-conscious than the dieters lumped into the vegetable category. And that’s the type of thing that has repercussions for other diet and lifestyle choices that weren’t measured in the study.

The Vegetable Group was nowhere near plant-based: They derived almost 30% of their daily calories from animal sources (animal fat and animal protein), versus about 45% for the Animal Group. If we compare the middle (fifth) decile, the Vegetable Group was eating a greater percent of total calories from animal foods than the Animal Group was. D’oh!"
NONE. OF. YOUR. FUCKING. BUSINESS. You are not doctors, you brain dead rednecks. I can say that because I was born & raised in NC - North Carolina Sheriffs Want To Know Who Is Taking Painkillers | The Agitator:
"Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to state computer records identifying anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled substances.

The state sheriff’s association pushed the idea Tuesday, saying the move would help them make drug arrests and curb a growing problem of prescription drug abuse…

In addition to the obvious privacy, doctor-patient privilege, and Fourth Amendment concerns, a policy like this is likely to exacerbate the undertreatment of pain. The sheriffs argue that giving them access to the database will help them catch doctors who over-prescribe and patients who shop from doctor to doctor when they’re denied access to painkillers. I’m sure there are examples of both misbehaving doctors and patients. But in the past, law enforcement officials’ definition of over-prescribing has sharply diverged from that of pain professionals. High-dose opiate therapy, a promising new treatment for chronic pain, has basically been cut off at the knees because of high-profile cases in which DEA officials, U.S. attorneys, and state and local law enforcement with no medical training have taken it upon themselves to decide what is and isn’t appropriate treatment."
Culture of fear, lies, manipulation and nonsense - The FBI: Foiling its own plots since 2001 - Terrorism -
"The Liberty City Seven, the Fort Dix Six, the Detroit Ummah Conspiracy, the Newburgh Four -- each has had their fear-filled day in the sun. None of these plots ever came close to happening. How could they? All were bogus from the get-go: money to buy missiles or cell phones or shoes and fancy duds -- provided by the authorities; plans for how to use the missiles and bombs and cell phones -- provided by authorities; cars for transport and demolition -- issued by the authorities; facilities for carrying out the transactions -- leased by those same authorities. Played out on landscapes manufactured by federal imagineers, the climax of each drama was foreordained. The failure of the plots would then be touted as the success of the investigations and prosecutions."
Obama Fail - GWB with better rhetoric - The Obama Age of No Federal DEA Raids on State Medical Marijuana Clinics Leads to More Federal Raids on Medical Marijuana Clinics in Las Vegas - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine and Obama wins the right to invoke "State Secrets" to protect Bush crimes - Glenn Greenwald -
"In a 6-5 ruling issued this afternoon, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed the Obama administration a major victory in its efforts to shield Bush crimes from judicial review, when the court upheld the Obama DOJ's argument that Bush's rendition program, used to send victims to be tortured, are 'state secrets' and its legality thus cannot be adjudicated by courts."
Simple minded, yellow ribbon, support the troops nonsense bugs me. Because of stuff like this. Evil shit - US soldiers 'killed Afghan civilians for sport and collected fingers as trophies' | World news | The Guardian:
"Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret 'kill team' that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.

Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians."
This - Various matters - Glenn Greenwald -
"I share Adam Serwer's discomfort with David Petraeus' purporting to instruct us all on what is and is not appropriate speech based on the danger it creates for troops; that's the same rationale used to demonize war opponents (they embolden the Enemy) and justify suppression of torture photos (disclosure would cause harm to the troops), among other things. And while I'm glad to see civilian administration officials speaking out against anti-Muslim bigotry on the ground that it inflames anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world (though there should be no question -- none -- that a Church has the absolute right to burn Korans under several First Amendment guarantees), Blue Texan's observation is quite true:
Well, yes -- burning Korans is deeply stupid and inflammatory. But, um, so is haphazardly invading, bombing, Predator striking, torturing, and imprisoning hundreds of thousands of people, just for the hell of it.
It's a bit strange to watch American officials express such profound concern over the way in which a Koran burning may inflame anti-American sentiment while they simultaneously pursue policies which create precisely that sentiment on a much, much larger scale."
Petraeus should shut the hell up actually. This will sound cold, but I don't buy into this whole deification/defer to the General's crap that sweeps through the left so they can shore up their "We're really patriots too! Look how we love the military!" nonsense. And the unfeeling part is this - Americans aren't supposed to be giving up their freedoms, including the asinine freedom to burn the Koran, to protect the troops. The military is designed to sacrifice for the freedoms of Americans. So they say. Bah.

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