U2’s Bono at the Pentagon

Via The Drudge Report I learn that Bono had a meeting at the Pentagon with Defense Secretary Robert Gates to discuss the eternal hellhole that is Africa.

All good and well, I guess – Africa is fucked five ways to Sunday – but if The Beef of God was President, I’d appoint Ted Nugent as SecDef.

Ted would know what to do in Africa.

Hope for transplant patients

Honestly, I believe it may only work for children and young teenagers because they are still not fully “mature”, i.e., set by nature. But it is a hopeful development for all transplant patients, given the advances in medical science.

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The truth about Hamas

Melanie Phillips truly is the Cassandra of our age. And like Cassandra (who was ignored and vilified, ultimately to the destruction of Troy), she sees clearly what is going to happen to us if we don’t wise up about the poisonous fiction that is “the Palestinian problem”.

I just have one question. Is Egypt going to go the way of Pakistan?

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Another view from the UK

In case you thought everyone in the UK was lock-step with the agenda, here’s a policeman’s view.

There are still citizens struggling there against the tide of fantasmaleftist propaganda. They need our support.

More 70’s: I Feel Like Tisko Tansi!

As long as we’re on the 70’s music flashback thing, it might be time to brush up our dancing skills. And no-one does Tisko Tansi like Finns Jack & Jez.

And that’s just Part 1! Part 2 and Part 3 here.

Practice enough, and you could end up this good!

(–via Daisy, who might have been trying to tell me something)

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Why airline travel in future may be different

Airports are in constant conflict with surrounding communities, many of which knowingly build under flight paths and then complain about them.  Here’s why airline travel in the future may be different.

This is just my opinion, but it sure seems to me that most of the major medical and/or technical advances of today have been spurred by the necessities of war. Not that I advocate war. But human beings seem to act fastest and best in a crisis.

NASA Photo Shows Humanoid Figure on Mars

Man From Mars

Is it Bigfoot? A Tusken Raider from the first “Star Wars” movie? Or just a rock?British newspapers went crazy Wednesday morning about an image from Mars that appears to show a humanoid figure descending a shallow hillside.

The “alien” is actually a blurry detail in a huge panoramic photograph snapped on the edge of Mars’ Gusev crater by NASA’s Spirit rover in early November, and posted on NASA’s Web site on Jan. 2.

Naturally, it took the Photoshop skills of dedicated bloggers to find the “humanoid.”

This sumbitch gets around, doesn’t he? Fox News

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What are you reading?

One of our community, Ash, asked for reading recommendations. Since I was thirteen years old, I’ve been a devotee of science fiction (and that’s a long, long time, folks). I like well-written mysteries, a genre that delves into the psyche of the human mind, some adventure stories, occasionally mainstream “literature” if it tells a good story, and best of all, science fiction stories that combine actual science with human perception and possibilities. So I give you this list via Instapundit (do you get the pattern here?).Contemporary escapist fiction is my passion. I spent years in the academic community reading drivel. If you have good recommendations, for me and for Ash, please post them.

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How does it feel to be white?

This is one of those articles that emphasizes how Americans ought to be thinking of themselves as just plain Americans, instead of hyphen this and hyphen that (and it probably applies to Canada and Australia and every other western nation on the planet Earth as well). I don’t for a minute believe that America will always be the demographic it is today (1,000 years from now, I expect most light Americans will be darker and most dark Americans will be lighter, and we’ll all still have a common meeting ground, which is the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the concept of freedom of the individual).

For the record, I absolutely oppose open borders, and I am more than angry at the politicians in Washington who pander to that supremely stupid idea in the mistaken belief that they’ll be able to garner votes. As a nation, we should be able to control what happens within our borders. Presently, our leadership is failing us spectacularly. This article reveals that even some hard-core idealists are finally getting hit with a cluebat.

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$200,000.00 Space Joy Ride


The Virgin Galactic “space” craft was unveiled today. This is just a larger version of Spaceship One, which won the Ansari X Prize back in 2004.

I put “space” in scarequotes because the craft ascends to the minimum altitude necessary to qualify for space travel and an astronaut designation – providing a mere four minutes of weightlessness – and then coasts back to earth. It doesn’t even do a single orbit! Price for this adventure, as the post title indicates, is a mere two-hundred grand in US dollars. Nonetheless, none other than Steven Hawking is among those who have advance booked a flight.

This is still way cool, of course, and the craft’s design is brilliant – it ought to be, as it was designed by Burt Ruttan. Basically, the thing is just a rocket powered shuttlecock: In flight configuration, a rocket motor propels it to 62 miles in altitude, and then the wings pivot up for reentry. There is only one way it can fall because of this amazing design, and when it has slowed sufficiently and has reached dense enough air for the control surfaces to work, it changes back into flight configuration. Now, however, it’s just a glider.

Expect rapid development in this area, and also expect the prices to come down in a hurry, since several more of these kinds of craft are in various stages of development. As for me, I’m waiting until I can take an orbital flight for less than $10,000.00. I expect that to be sooner than even I can imagine.

It would be nice to give NASA some real competition from the private sector, and that will happen too. I expect free-enterprise capitalism will eventually take over all but the most cutting edge missions, and earth-orbit stuff will be completely public sector.

Eventually, back yard redneck-tech mechanics (like me) will have the means to do one-man versions of craft like this. I think I’ll put a Dodge Ram logo on the nose of mine.

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Cover Of The Rolling Stone..Doctor Hook & The Medicine Show…

This is one of my all time fav’s. Primarily because in my next life I want to be a Rock Star….BUT with my luck this is exactly what would happen to me

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Long Cool Woman

 The Hollies

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OK…some retro 70’s music…This is one of the greatest…more coming..

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Uncovering the past.

It’s the ultimate nanny state with a sinister twist.

As the enforcement arm of the German Democratic Republic’s Communist Party, the Stasi at its height in 1989 employed 91,000 people to watch a country of 16.4 million. A sprawling bureaucracy almost three times the size of Hitler’s Gestapo was spying on a population a quarter that of Nazi Germany.

Something like this is a warning to us as we confront those who would like to impose “human rights commissions” and “politically correct thinking” and “hate speech codes” on us. In fact, some in Germany are trying to make sure people heed the warning.

By preserving and reconstructing the Stasi archives, BStU staffers say they hope to keep history from repeating itself. In November, the first children born after the fall of the wall turned 18. Evidence suggests many of them have serious gaps in their knowledge of the past. In a survey of Berlin high school students, only half agreed that the GDR was a dictatorship. Two-thirds didn’t know who built the Berlin Wall.

It’s a different century and a different world today, though. Totalitarian regimes can no longer count on being able to hide their misdeeds, because ordinary people will always find a voice: “No matter how you try to hide it, we will find out what you did.”

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As long as we’re health blogging today

Here’s a little tidbit via Instapundit:

Lasers are used to help stroke victims.

Medical science has come a long, long way since I was a kid.

Walking beginner? Try this 10-week walking schedule

Week Walking schedule** (time, days a week) Weekly total
1 15 minutes, 2 days 30 minutes
2 15 minutes, 3 days 45 minutes
3 20 minutes, 3 days 60 minutes
4 25 minutes, 3 days 75 minutes
5 & 6 30 minutes, 3 days 90 minutes
7 & 8 30 minutes, 4 days 120 minutes
9 & 10 30 minutes, 5 days 150 minutes

*Before starting this walking plan, you may need to talk with your doctor.

**Doesn’t include warm-up and cool-down time.


Thank you so much for the tips, but you see I learned how to walk several years ago.

OH! Hold the Mayo on that greasy gutbomber hamburger, will you?

Mayo Clinic

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Bill Clinton: ‘Screw It, I’m Running For President’

CHARLESTON, SC—After spending two months accompanying his wife, Hillary, on the campaign trail, former president Bill Clinton announced Monday that he is joining the 2008 presidential race, saying he “could no longer resist the urge.”

“My fellow Americans, I am sick and tired of not being president,” said Clinton, introducing his wife at a “Hillary ’08” rally. “For seven agonizing years, I have sat idly by as others experienced the joys of campaigning, debating, and interacting with the people of this great nation, and I simply cannot take it anymore. I have to be president again. I have to.”

Bill Clinton

“Damn, this feels good,” Clinton told supporters as he shook hands in Charleston Monday.

He continued, “It is with a great sense of relief that I say to all of you today, ‘Screw it. I’m in.'”

In a show of respect, Clinton then completed his introduction of Hillary Clinton, calling her a “wonderful wife and worthy political adversary,” and warmly shook her hand as she approached the podium. A clearly shocked Mrs. Clinton got halfway through her speech about the nation’s obligation to its children before walking briskly offstage.

The Onion

HEY! Gimme a God Damn break, I just woke up not long ago.

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Any Tips Welcome

Anyone got suggestions of a good book or five-hundred for me to read?

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Health Resource Links

Since health in general, cancer in specific, seems to be much on many of our minds at the moment, I thought I’d share a few resources on the subject that I’ve come across. At some point you will fall ill, a loved one will fall ill, a family member may get cancer, you may even get cancer. So bookmark these, and maybe they’ll come in handy some day. And in the “Comments” section, it would be great if other people could share any resources they have.

First, here are some books, plus the website and blog from Jerome Groopman, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS. He is also the author of two of my favourite books in the “health” genre, An Anatomy of Hope (2004), and How Doctors Think (2007). The book information and reviews on Amazon are better than any I could write, so I’ve linked to them. Have a look around his web site to find more information and visit his blog for some good posts.

Second, a simple but concise guide to “Five must-do’s when a loved one is ill.”

Next, a helpful series of articles about Navigating the Hospital (“No one happily anticipates a hospital stay. But if you follow this guide, at least it will be briefer—and safer”)

And a few from the Wall Street Journal’s “Informed Patient” column:


Two rolled-gold sources of on-line information for any kind of medical queries:


US News & World Report also has a pretty good “A-Z” directory of diseases and conditions developed in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Medicine which will lead you to condition-specific links.

And finally two fantastic specialised patient cancer centres, one in the USA and one in Oz, which I’ve found to have comprehensive web sites and really helpful staff:


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Note: Of course, it should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway: these are sources of information only. They’ll help you work in conjunction with the medical system. Never, never, never take anything you read on the Web as gospel truth; never, never, never let the Web replace contact with and advice from your doctor.

I can’t recommend those books by Dr. Groopman (above) enough – they are really great. And as I said above, it’d be handy if people would add links to any other resources in the comments below. Cheers.



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Darwin, again.

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the story of the Darwin teen who was given a suspended sentence after blaming the influence of marijuana for his decision to steal two crocodiles and a monkey from a wildlife park (Drugs are bad, m’kay?).

Today, meet the Darwin man whose mate accidentally shot him while trying to free him from the jaws of a rogue croc.

Zac Fitzgerald was being hailed a hero last night for saving the life of his workmate, Jason Grant, after he shot the saltie that attacked Mr Grant while they were out collecting eggs at Marrakai Station, about 120km east of Darwin.


But the bullet fired by Mr Fitzgerald also hit his workmate.


Mr Grant was flown to Royal Darwin Hospital where he was having surgery for both the crocodile bite and the bullet wound last night.

Darwin. Gotta love it.

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Ultra Low Cost Car Unveiled…We post it, you make your own mind up…

National Geographic

 Damn should have mentioned..No Air-Con, No radio, One windsheil wiper. Now how you like dat?

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Palestinians blow up border wall

“Hundreds of Palestinians have surged into Egypt from the Gaza Strip after masked militants blew several holes in a border wall.

Palestinians destroy a border wall between Gaza Strip and Egypt at Rafah 23 Jan 2008

Hundreds crossed the border after holes were made

The Gazans rushed to buy food, fuel and other supplies that have become scarce because of an Israeli blockade.

The radical Hamas movement which controls Gaza has repeatedly appealed to Egypt to open its border to relieve the siege.”

If it is ALL Israel’s fault, why do the Egytpians, NOT let them in? 

Maybe for the fact, that no Arabs like them? I mean, they have had their asses kicked out of damn near, if not all, Arab countries. I wonder why?


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