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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Police Academy Dropout # 23

How many of us at some point have wanted to do this. This guy noticed a cop flying past him, who wasn't on a call, so he decided to chase the cop down and confront him. The police are the ones who are supposed to enforce the law, it's unfortunate that more often than not, they don't feel they need to actually follow the law themselves. They speed, the run red lights, and they drive in the carpool lanes. The only times they aren't doing those things, is when they are writing the rest of us tickets for doing them.

Here's the video of the chase with the cop. It's a bit long, so you might want to skip ahead to the actual confrontation. Or click here for the story on wavy.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Un-Green America

A couple of months ago Seattle had a “Green Festival,” which was mostly a bunch of venders selling their “environmentally friendly” products. Being one who cares a little about the environment, I decided to go and check it out. I was given a bag full of paper products upon entering. The bag could be used to fill with more paper products that were being handed out at each booth. One of the things I was given was a free subscription to Green America. A magazine I assumed was dedicated to environmental crap, and not being one to say no to free crap, I signed up.

A week ago, I received my welcome packet full of paper crap, I don’t need or want. And today I received even more paper crap I don’t want or need.

Even if some of the paper used came from recycled sources, and I throw all the stuff sent into the recycling (which I did) energy is still used in the recycling process, and waste is spent. Not to mention the gas consumed for the mailman to deliver all this.

The welcome packet had a 300 page green phonebook. I did with this the same thing I do with any phonebook I’m sent, I tossed it directly into the recycling bin.

Coming Soon – more paper crap that I’m going to throw out.

A thank you letter letting me know all the paper they will be sending me along with my subscription.

Of course it would have to include an ask for money.

And a new member survey. This survey, by the way, was so long that my scanner couldn’t scan the whole page.

An envelope to mail the survey back.

Today’s mail had a letter that could have easily been included in the welcome packet. It’s blotted out, but they also spelt my name totally wrong.

Today also included a return envelope, even though nothing was sent that needed to be returned.

There are many things in this world that piss me off; religious nuts, people who own little yelping dogs, republicans, and up with all them are companies that use “green” and “environmental causes” to make a buck all the while not following what they preach.

Friday, May 22, 2009

No Comparison - Volt vs. Model S

I'm not going to add the video clips, so you'll have to search for them yourself, but a few weeks ago Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, was on David Letterman showing off the Tesla Model S. The car will be available around 2011 and is a full electric car that will get about 300 miles on a charge and cost around $50,000. After that Bob Lutz was on Letterman comparing the Chevy Volt (coming out about the same time)to the Model S. The Volt gets 40 miles on a charge before a gas engine kicks in. the Volt will sell for about $40,000.

Do we need further proof of why GM is going bankrupt? For an extra 10 grand, you get car that competes with BMW and Lexus in luxury, and is fully electric. Or you can save 10 grand and get a car that looks like any other POS Chevy, that still burns gas…



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Credit Card Protection My ASS

As many have heard, Congress passed legislation this week that is supposed to make it tougher on credit card issuers to screw consumers, (Story in CNN.com). What a bunch of bull shit! Sure, it's nice for people who miss a payment, or exceed their limit, but for the rest of us, it's a worthless bill. They added a provision that requires longer notice when a company decided to raise the interest rate, or add a fee to the card, but there is little in the bill that restricts when they can raise those rates. For example; one comment on the article is from a guy who just got a notice that they are raising his interest rate even though he has good credit. When he called to complain they responded with "because of the current market." That's right, they raised his rate, just because they felt like it. This recently just happened to me as well. Last month I received a notice from my Discover card that they were raising the rate. I've got stellar credit, never missed a payment, never exceeded the limit, and they raised the rate. Absolutely nothing in the bill passed by congress protects consumers from this! I can afford to pay off the balance and stop using the card, but most consumers can't. So most consumers are still going to get fucked by the credit card companies… thanks for nothing Democrats!

One more thing - the Republicans slipped in an amendment to the bill that would allow people to carry firearms into national parks. What the fuck does that have to do with credit card lending?!?! What a BS way to get a law passed! You just slip in an amendment to a bill that is going to pass, even though that amendment has nothing to do with that bill.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What the Fish You Eat, Eat

This is pretty gross. It's about halfway through the video, this guy catches a fish with the intention of eating it. He guts its it and …. Look to see what he finds.. Something to think about the next time you are eating that fresh catch.

Something to think about next time you toss that trash out the car window.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pay or Trade at the DMV

This last weekend I had to get my tabs renewed for my car. I also had to do my emissions. And I found out, I also needed new license plates all together. Apparently in another way to be weasels, the Washington State government has a law that says after so many years, a automobile owner is required to get new license plates, or pay an additional $20.00 fee to keep their old ones. I'm sure they expect most people to pay the fee, especially those who have their current plate number memorized.

First and foremost what a jackassary way to make money off people. Many years ago, we voted down a massive tax we were paying on licensing, and the government in all their weaselness , has come up with ways around it. And for those of us, who decide not to pay the fee, and get new plates, now we are stuck knowing that we just added more to the trash that is filling the dumps when throwing our old ones away.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sprawl Be Gone

Since I work for a company that has chosen to destroy acres and acres of land to build hundreds of two and three story buildings, rather than just build a few really tall ones. And living in an area, where I've seen trees chopped down, and replaced with McMansions: it would be nice if more people and urban planners took to heart the message in this video.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Passenger's Bill of Rights

Having been a disgruntled passenger on an airplane, when I saw that there is a bill in congress to force airlines to provide basic services to passengers on delayed flights, I felt it was my duty as a blogger for change to post it here…

Dear FlyersRights.org supporter:

The question of whether or not Congress will legislate airline passenger's rights this year is coming down to the wire. If we're going to get across the finish line you have to call or email your senator as soon as possible.

The Senate Commerce Committee is now working on the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009”. Just as it did in the previous Congress, that Act must contain our Airline Passenger's Bill of Rights provisions - and you made it happen last time! Although last year's bill didn't pass, it was only because of unrelated funding disagreements between the Democrats and the Republicans in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives 2009 version of this legislation (H.R. 915) is already moving, so our focus now shifts to the Senate bill, which will be shaped in the next 10 days.

For more information, please read the enclosed letter that FlyersRights.org sent to the leadership on the Senate Commerce Committee:


Please contact your U.S. Senators now!

If one of your senators is on the Senate Commerce Committee, it is critical that you email or phone his/her transportation staffer. Here is a the contact list:


Urge them to co-sponsor S. 213, the Sen. Boxer/Snowe “Passenger Rights Act of 2009” and to support including its content into the draft “FAA Reauthorization Act”. And please be sure to ask them to respond to you by return email or phone as to whether the senator agrees with you.

Please email or call me and let me know the outcome. We need to know who was contacted and what the results were so we know where to focus our attention. And please let me know if you or someone you know is a personal friend, contact, or campaign donor for your senator.

If your senator is not on the Senate Commerce Committee, please contact them anyway and make the same requests outlined above. This year, we have to work even harder to get our language incorporated into the bill -- because lobbyists for the major airlines are working even harder to keep our language OUT of that bill.

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE who cares about these issues needs to act now. Just last week, a family with three young children, one child only two years old, told us their airplane at sat on a tarmac in Columbia, SC for six hours after a four-hour flight. No food or water, restrooms overflowing. They didn't get anything to eat for over ten hours. Imagine not being able to feed your two-year-old for that long. The week before, a blind man was literally dragged off a plane and thrown in jail just for asking if the passengers could wait in the terminal instead of sitting out on the tarmac.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! So please, contact your senator on the Senate Commerce Committee.

If not you, then who? If not now, then when? This is our moment. Please act now.


Kate Hanni
159 Silverado Springs Dr.
Napa, CA 94558

Friday, May 08, 2009

Wash Your Hands

In further feeding the paranoia around swine flue, Microsoft has posted reminders all over the campus for everyone to wash their hands. The reminder also includes instructions for those who might not know how to wash their hands by this point in their lives. All the restrooms now have signs as you enter them, something that should have been done a long time ago, as I've witnessed many guys not washing their hands. But, for those who might miss the giant sign when entering the restroom, there are also signs in front of the elevators, like the one pictured here. This of course seems kind of pointless as most Microsoft employees have their heads down reading e-mail on their iPhones, Blackberries, or Windows mobile phones and most likely don't even see the notice.
It's also interesting to note; that while Microsoft is in the process of laying off thousands of employees to cut cost, they are putting that saved money to good use in printing up a bunch of signs to cover the walls in hundreds of buildings across the Microsoft campus.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Maybe I should Start Smoking

A recent study by the University of California showed that angry people (ex, Cranky Monkey) might benefit from nicotine patches. Check out MSN for the full article. And look for much more mellowed articles going forward… Now, off to the drugstore.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Did You Know

Since I'm sick of hearing about the swine flu all last week, I decided to pull some happy environmental news off treehugger.com. Did you know...

  • The United States makes up less than 5 percent of the population on earth, yet we easily consume over 30 percent of its resources. While us humans would appear to be doing well, spreading our population like wild fire across the globe, the diminishing resources and other life forms on the planet tell a different story. "We are in the midst of a mass extinction, an event not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago," says Worldwatch Institute.
  • Billions of plastic bags are made each year. Of these bags, one hundred billion are thrown away according to Worldwatch Institute, with less than 1 percent finding their way into a recycle bin. The end result of this is around 1 billion birds and mammals dying each year by the ingestion of plastic.
  • Americans dump 16 tons of sewage into their waters, every minute.
  • If the number of cars keeps increasing at its present rate, there will be over one billion on the road by 2025. There is currently around 700 million cars on the road today producing 900 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. This equals approximately 15 percent of our total output. Sadly, one half of these trips in the U.S. are within 3 miles and could easily be walked in less than an hour.
  • A single quart of motor oil dumped on the ground or in the trash, can contaminate up to two million gallons of fresh water.
  • A large study has found that up to one half of all plants and animals species on dry land could face extinction by the year 2050 due to global warming. According to the World Resources Institute, 100 species die each day due to tropical deforestation.
  • A plant called the rosy periwinkle, which grows in the “rainforests” of Madagascar, has been used to make a drug that can cure some kinds of cancer. Imagine all the other miracles we may have already lost out on
  • Some scientists believe that at the current rate of resource depletion, the Earth will become limited to sustaining only about 2 billion humans by the year 2100. Currently there are over 6.7 billion lives on the earth to support, and of these nearly 15 million children die each year of malnutrition and starvation. In the U.S., one third of the population is overweight and spends approximately $35 billion to cure this “disease”. $20 billion is all that would be necessary to feed every single malnourished nation.
  • The assets of the world's three richest men are shockingly much more than the combined GNP of every single one of the least developed countries around the globe.
  • The Clean Air Council tells us that in the United States, we generate millions of tons of municipal waste each year, equaling approximately 4.3 pounds per person per day and 56 tons per person per year. Of that, 95 percent is deposited into overflowing landfills of which one out of two have been deemed in desperate need of repair due to leaks and contamination of ground soil.
  • Eighty-four percent of the typical waste coming out of a U.S. Household (food, yard waste, paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum cans, etc.) is recyclable.
  • 31 countries around the world today face chronic freshwater shortages. In another 20 years, that number will increase to over 50 countries (2.8 billion people). Meanwhile, the United States continues to import bottled water for its consumers, of which burns about 1.5 million barrels of oil just to get it here, and costs over 10,000 times what a glass of tap water would be. All in all, bottled water per gallon has become more of a costly resource than gasoline itself.
  • The typical U.S. Home uses no less than about 300 gallons of water every single day. Many people around the world have to travel miles just to carry back 5 gallons to use for an entire family.
  • Water is quickly becoming a private commodity. At its current rate of acquisition, 70 percent of all water systems in Europe and North America may soon be owned by private corporations.
  • Just about every single healthy person reading this article has between 70 and 90 industrial chemicals and pollutants flowing through their circulatory system at this very moment. We get these from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. The United States uses 100 different pesticides each year, equaling 2.2 billion pounds of toxic chemicals (carcinogens, birth defects, gene mutations.