New anti-pedophile kit, Kiddarettes


Hot off the new products aisle at PACO corp (all products of a guaranteed quality*)comes the hottest new thing in child safety.

New PACO Molest-Me-Nots kiddarrettes.

More below the fold, borderline NSFW…

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James “wheres my warming” Hansen coming to Oz.


Hmmm lets do the old lefty trick of “follow the money”… Who is paying for this poor public servant to come and enlighten us proles?

There is no mention of an honourarium payment for Mr Hansen at any of the venues, so are we to assume he is paying his own way?

The Government of South Australia, in association with the Environment Institute are hosting James Hansen at a public event.

Lets look at what they have to say then, and just who are the “environment institute“? Well from the info given its a section of the university devoted to environmental issues. Given the direct links between increases in funding for their disciplines and AGW I think we can safely assume they have a vested interest in Mr Hansens theories. There is no mention of Mr Hansens visit on the SA government website, despite them promoting themselves as collaborating to bring Mr Hansen to Oz??

Now heres another talk hes attending in Oz, can we claim Mr Hansen is in the pocket of big uranium?

Note the supporters of this forum, ABC, SMH and Sydney council, all wets.

Always use an alias


Are you a national treasure and idol of millions of Canadians and millions more worldwide?

Bob and Doug McKenzie, eh?

Then use an alias when you get arrested for cooking meth.

Defendant: Kevin Halter
( Cook County Sheriff’s Office photo / February 22, 2010 )
Charge: Operating a methamphetamine laboratory

(FYI, his accomplice in the meth lab does not look anything like Rick Moranis.)

Of course, it goes without saying that this may not be the real Doug McKenzie but a case of the Canadian cloning program gone awry.

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The failest fail since failtown burned down.


That paper of record the Gruinaid (Guardian), has come up with a set of pictures of a protest held in Palestine.

But its the lamest concept in protests ever. If you thought giant paper mache heads were the in thing then daaahlink thats just so last season…

So without further ado I present the most lame protest convergence idea in history.

The AVATAR/PALESTINE protest convergence….

I present AVARETARD.

 

An Avaretard protester climbing a "blockade" into Israel? It would help for consistency if the other protesters appeared to be following him, you know over where the other cameras are pointing and theres smoke plumes.

 

If only hed leave the plastic bag on....

 

Fortunately starvation of oxygen to the brain is unlikely to affect this tool...

 

Aieee!!!! I die, I die!! stagger stagger, crawl crawl....gurgle...

 

I actually feel pity for the poor old dude in front there...

 

Theres a few more piccies at the Guardian link, but I think I can safely say the lamest protest of 2010 has already been found.

Saudi Rock Musicians Risk Arrest


This is truly great news.

“The last three years have seen an explosion in the kingdom’s underground music scene, with bands playing everything from hip-hop and rock to punk and death metal. There are currently more than 40 bands quietly rocking the nation, playing gigs in private homes, in residential compounds that house foreign workers and in tents in the middle of the vast Saudi desert.

But rocking in Riyadh and moshing in Mecca have their risks. The dreaded Mutaween — the Saudi religious police tasked with enforcing Shariah, the nation’s strict Islamic law, feel you have to suffer if you want to sing the blues. They’ve arrested band members for holding concerts without permits, and they’ve charged some concert organizers with money laundering, according to Saudi musicians and human rights organizations that monitor the oil-rich kingdom.

The threat to the Saudi regime isn’t the music itself, but rather the kingdom’s teenagers and young adults, who have grown up with computers, iPhones and satellite TVs, said human rights advocate Ali Alyami.

“The biggest threat to Saudi stability isn’t Al Qaeda. It’s the Saudi youth. None of their needs or demands are being met.

“There’s no jobs and people can’t date. They see what their counterparts around the world have, and they want it too.”

More than half of the kingdom’s 28 million residents are under 25, and educated and tech-savvy youths who are drawn to the sounds of the West are using Internet tools like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to get their ya-ya’s out.”

The power of western popular culture: Is there anything it can’t do? I predict Iran’s illegitimate government will fail first, but once that happens the Saudi’s are toast.

The kids are all right!

More Laser Awe: Laser Mosquito Zapper


Living in south central Texas as I do, my back yard needs one of these.

Beautiful.

Go US: USA Wins the First America’s Cup Face Off


Read it and weep.

“Larry Ellison’s boat USA won a convincing victory on Friday over Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi in the first race of the 2010 America’s Cup off Valencia, Spain.

One more win in the best-of-three series would allow Mr Ellison’s BMW Oracle team to secure the cup from Alinghi, the defender, at the end of a bitter, three-year legal battle that has pitted the two billionaires against each other and excluded teams from other countries such as the UK, China and New Zealand.

The USA trimaran – a lightweight, three-hulled boat – boasted a revolutionary wing larger than the wing of an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, instead of a conventional sail.

As expected, the wing drove the trimaran fast and close to the wind in the initial upwind leg of 20 nautical miles after an awkward start that left Alinghi with a penalty and USA stalled on the start line.

To the surprise of many sailing experts, however, the BMW Oracle boat also performed better than the two-hulled Alinghi catamaran in the downwind leg to the finish, although the lightness of the wind was expected to favour Alinghi, which is believed to weigh less.”

These aren’t the boats I remember from earlier years, but I still love this race series.

Airborne Laser Destroys Ballistic Missile in Test


This is freaking awesome:

This is a test tracking, yesterday the real deal shot down an actual ballistic missile in the boost phase. I’m guessing it looked similar to the above test, but with a big explosion at the end. Can’t wait to see that one.

More here.

“Futuristic airborne energy weapons have officially arrived, so mark your calendars. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said that its airborne laser weapon successfully shot down a ballistic missile during a test late last night, according to Reuters.

The lethal intercept followed up on a demo last August that showed how the airborne laser could paint a target missile in-flight. We showcased the video of the earlier test that showed the laser from the modified 747 jumbo jet tracking the dummy rocket, which took place near San Nicolas Island off the California coast. Yesterday’s shoot-down occurred at Point Mugu’s Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off Ventura in central California.”

No word yet on the photon torpedoes.

Rudd’s scope of works vs a real scope of works


This is for his Building the Education Revolution (BER). The difference is staggering and a big reason why Aussie taxpayers could easily end up paying double the original $14.7 billion announced.

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Fly ins are mollycoddled big girls blouses.


Australia has a 2 tier work system as far as employees go. For those who dont know much of the mining industry works on fly in/fly out  basis. That is employees are flown from major cities to remote locations, stay there for a few weeks (rosters vary widely, from week on week off to much longer.

The system was originally started to service genuinely remote regions without existing towns nearby, before then companies would actually build towns from scratch if they needed to.

The town I live in is a mining town built to service gold and nickel deposits in the area. The system of fi/fo was great in that it let companies get away with building donga style accommodation  which allowed greater profits to be made. However the cheaper option is now coming back to bite them on the bum.

Town has no pity for fly-in ‘whingers’

AMID the red dust and muggy heat of Karratha, the mood is poisonous. It’s the locals versus the FIFOs – or the “bumblebees”, as the multitudes of yellow-shirted, fly-in fly-out resources industry workers are known

I prefer to call them blowflies, they fly in, take the money, they piss off again.

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Kevin Rudd vs school children: FAIL


The Australian PM has been caught out telling a whole stack of porkies to school kids on a show that aired the other night called Q&A. He was even a bit rattled at points, although that might be the case because the school kids were asking better questions than his propaganda department the media usually do.

Here’s a link to the show, and here’s Andrew Bolt with the whole enchilada.

One thing, but. At least he could get through a sentence without using a teleprompter.

Cross-posted at bing’s love shack.

Iran to “punch” the West on Thursday


Tomorrow, Thursday, will be the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution (oxymoron, anyone?). And they reckon they will “punch” West “in a way that will leave [us] stunned“. What exactly this “punch” will entail, no one really knows, but it probably won’t amount to much, as is the norm when Iran bleats defiantly. Shaking in ma boots.

Now if only China would stop selling them weapons and whatever else, we could impose some more effective sanctions on them. China’s veto power at the UN currently prevents us from doing that. And, of course, the commies are thirsty for energy.

Cross-posted at bing’s cubby house.

UPDATE

Was this the punch??? Suspending gmail??

Devastating…

Timewarpians Stroll London in Victorian Garb


Since Steampunk has pretty much gone main stream, I’ve thought retro garb was pretty much a foregone conclusion. Many lament the lack of style and grace in today’s living, including me (But I’m not ready to give up my jeans quite yet).

(CNN) — Social networking may be one of the biggest phenomenons of the 21st century, but for some denizens of the Web, it’s a way to get in touch with the past.

Web sites like livinghistoryworldwide.com (with a membership of more than 5,700) and groups on Facebook allow people who enjoy past eras to connect with each other. But it goes beyond that: Some of them dress and live like they would decades, if not centuries, ago.”

Funny thing is, if you pick any era from the 1950’s back, you’re going to be dressing with more class. Back in the 80’s, when I was going through my, “cool jazz musician phase,” I used to dress like this (As did quite a few of the straight-ahead swing musicians).

I can think of far worse social trends than tasteful dress and refined manners. In fact, this phenomenon has more than a few conservative elements to it.

“Why would one live this lifestyle? For many of these iReporters, it’s a reaction to modern society just as much as a love of the fashion and style of days gone by.

“I suppose others might call me an eccentric, but I just live the life I want to live and don’t care about what others say or think about me,” said Ray Frensham, a “Living Victorian,” from London, England. “Even though I’ve felt increasingly disconnected from the modern world for many years now, I’m not retreating into some past nether-world seeking a kind of comfort-blanket.”

Modern society in the United Kingdom can be “remarkably cruel and unforgiving,” Frensham said. “There is certainly no sense of any kind of community anymore,” he said. “People are purely self-centered, only in it for what they can get out of themselves.” He points to the recent MP expenses scandal there, which led to the resignation of British House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin, as an example.”

So, I’m all for it, but not ready for the top hat and ascot quite yet.

Dinosaur in Living Technicolor


This is way cooler than Avatar.

“A team of paleontologists at Yale University say they’ve been able to determine the actual colors of an extinct species of dinosaur.

While many of the illustrations of dinosaurs we see in movies and books are striking, the truth is that much of the way we depict our jurassic friends is based on educated guesswork. But a few teams of scientists now say they have been able to determine a dinosaur’s coloring with more precision. And one dino, in particular, has been color-mapped from head plume to toe.

Anchiornis huxleyi was a four-winged, feathered dinosaur that lived during the late Jurassic period in China. And, according to researchers, it had a mostly gray body with black and white striped wings and a sweet orange mohawk atop its beaked (and toothy) head.

The team, led by Yale professor Richard Prum, analyzed melanosomes (the melanin-containing part of a cell that gives an animal its pigmentation) present in the entire fossil of one animal. That allowed them to determine color variations throughout the body–down to individual feathers.”

Probably tasted like chicken, judging from the looks of it.

Rudd’s education devolution


His Building the Education Revolution was set to cost around $15B. That figure could easily double and an industry insider knows why.

And this is just the start of it.

When daycare isn’t an option


Epic parenting fail.

A Chinese father chains his two year old kid to a pole while he and the mother are at work.

Cross-posted here.

Good News: US Justice Department Seeks Mentally Retarded Lawyers!


Personally, I think this is really for positions in The Department of Redundancy Department. Aren’t all lawyers retarded?

“The Civil Rights Division encourages qualified applicants with targeted disabilities to apply. Targeted disabilities are deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorder, mental retardation, mental illness, severe distortion of limbs and/or spine…

The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities.”

In any event, I think all of the profoundly retarded lawyers are in the US Senate.

Mining process explained for beginners


A clever little rock ape (slang for an underground miner) has come up with a valuable pictorial instruction manual for new starters.

Clever rock apes.

Check below the fold for the instruction manual, its worth your while.

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I’m Buying Two!

Photographic Evidence Demonstrating the Inefficiency of Wind Farms


This is teh awesome!

“Clouds stream in the wake of wind turbines arrayed at the Horns Rev offshore wind farm in this stunning photo. But David MacKay, a physicist at the University of Cambridge in the UK, sees the image as illustrating the common problem of back-row wind turbines losing power relative to the front row.
Downstream wind turbines may lose 20 percent or even 30 percent of their power compared to their fellows in front, according to a study on wake effects at Horns Rev that MacKay highlights on his blog.”

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