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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Discovery Channel to Air Sarah Palin’s Alaska


Discovery Communication's Discovery Channel, a station known for shows like “Planet Earth” is airing Sarah Palin’s new reality show. Sarah Palin is being paid 1 million dollars per episode to highlight the beauty of Alaska. Sarah Palin’s Alaska aims to showcase the “powerful beauty of Alaska,” according to Discovery. That’s right, the former governor of Alaska who championed a bloody aerial wolf-slaughter from airplanes, who fought protecting the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales, and fought protecting the polar bear, and who doesn’t believe in global warming is now the new star of the Discovery Channel, highlighting the beauty of Alaska.

If you are as disgusted by this as I am, visit Defenders of Wildlife to sign the petition against the hypocrisy of this station or visit Discovery directly to contact them. Sarah Palin’s Alaska, where if it moves kill it.





Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Big Ricky Martin News

Wait for it…… wait…. Are you ready for the big news….. Ricky Martin is gay! Yep, I know, you are probably as shocked as I am. Who would have thought that the man who brought us the hetero anthem Livin la Vida Loca was gay? Just look at him, he covered it up so well. I would have never thought it, but it’s true, he announced it on his website. Now what kind of manly man are us straight boys supposed to idolize after? And what about all those gay men who actually bought his CD’s thinking he was straight? I’m sure they are just feeling total betrayal at this news. But hey, good for you Ricky, you finally got your name in the news after years of obscurity.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Liberals Are More Highly Evolved

Proof of something I’ve been saying for years now.

A recent study published by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health has shown that, “People who classified themselves as ‘very liberal’ politically had higher IQ scores as teenagers than those who were ‘very religious’ and ‘very conservative.’” Personally, I’ve never really felt that IQ testing is an accurate portrayal of intelligence, but watching the tea-baggers rant and rave on the news, and having met quite a few self-proclaimed conservatives and religious nuts, I can see how this study might be pretty accurate.

Read more about the study on National Geographic.



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Top 10 Most Pesticide Laden Fruit

Something to think about the next time you are in the produce section. The Environmental Working Group recently analyzed samples of 47 common produce items. Then they ranked them according to the amount and variety of pesticides in each items. Think you are covered because you wash or peel your fruit? Think again, they took that into account for this study. Here’s the top 10.

1 Peach (highest pesticide load)
2 Apple
3 Sweet Bell Pepper
4 Celery
5 Nectarine
6 Strawberries
7 Cherries
8 Kale
9 Lettuce
10 Grapes - Imported

for the full 47 items go here


Monday, March 22, 2010

Heath Care Bill Passes, So Now What?

The big news from this weekend is of course, the House of Representatives passing the health care bill. This is a big win for the Obama administration who has spent the majority of his first year in office on this issue. It’s also a big deal for the democratic party, who can now say they’ve done something regardless of the “party of no” continually attempting to block it. Now, the question at hand of course is how will this affect us- the general public? If you listen to the tea baggers and conservative pundits, it’s going to bankrupt the country. If you listen to the liberals and democrats , it’s going provide health insurance for about 32 million more Americans (who may or may not actually need it), stop preventing insurance companies for denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, and Medicare prescription-drug benefit would be improved substantially for the elderly.

What happened to the public option? Under the new bill, all Americans are going to be forced to have insurance. Similar to how we are forced to have automotive insurance that we don’t use. If you don’t get insurance you will be fined by the government. So now, we don’t have a public option that would have provided incentive for private companies to keep cost low, and are going to be forced to buy insurance from a private insurance company. Which I’m sure they are pretty happy about. Proving that angry mobs are a good thing for insurance companies and government lobbyists.

The other big issue is abortion. Many pro-life democrats held their votes in exchange for a guarantee of no public funding for abortion. They ended up with a compromise that left pro-choice advocates pissed, and no-choice advocates pissed.

So what does the bill mean for the public? We will just have to wait and see. Republicans are already vowing to use this as a platform in the November election. hoping the unhappy public will vote them back into power. And forgetting what a fantastic job they did running up the national debt, why they had control of congress and the white house. Some states and others are planning on suing the government in order to get it repealed. And of course democrats are planning a campaign to prove to the country what a benefit this reform will be to the public, and why they should stay in office.

With the majority of the population being mindless sheep, the fall campaign is really going to come down to which party can utilize the propaganda machine to their benefit. And who can create the flashier ads, scare the sheep, and sway the public regardless of whether or not this bill is actually good for the country.




Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Knee and My Trailer Hitch

Sometimes karma can be awesome. This last weekend I was waiting in my truck to catch a ferry across the Puget Sound. While we were sitting, a couple from the car behind us walked down past the row of vehicles. The guy in front was wearing a slick suite, with perfectly styled super short hair, and walking with authority. The girl following was on her cell phone, in tight clothes, and walking as if she were hotter than she was. My passenger and I of course made fun of them for looking like douche-bags.

Not too long after they walked back past my truck to their car, from the passenger side of the row of vehicles. The guy this time walked behind my truck to get to the driver’s side of his car. My truck has a trailer hitch on it which has saved me a few times from being damaged from a car getting to close. In this situation it provided a laugh as the guy was too busy focusing on himself to notice the hitch and ran his shin right into it.

Thanks karma, sometimes people need the random dumbass moments they experience to be brought down with the rest of us. And of course, thanks for the laugh.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Teacher Calls Student Loser

So how would you feel if you were in the 6th grade and your teacher called you a loser? I know I wouldn’t be too happy about it at that age. The best part of this story is it isn’t the first time this teacher of 12 years has done this to students.




Further proof of the downgrading of our educational system.

Friday, March 12, 2010

No You Can Not Lez Out At This Prom

Proving that bigotry is still alive and well in the south, a Mississippi high school decided to cancel the prom rather than allow a girl to bring her girlfriend as a date. Apparently the girl asked, and they said no. also proving that you should never ask permission to do something, that you should just do it. Because once the school said no the ACLU got involved, parents got involved, and of course I’m sure a few pissed off students at having their prom canceled are involved.

Read more at USA Today

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shoot the First Person Shooters

“Have you played Modern Warfare 2?” I’ve been asked, “It’s awesome!” And so I borrowed it from a friend. The game started off like any other first person shooter, with a tutorial on how to shoot, re-load, change weapons, etc. Then the game play started where my soldier went around shooting things and CG people. As first person shooters go it is a pretty good game. The problem of course is that it is a first person shooter, which makes it not all that different from the previous versions of the game or Halo, Bio Shock, and on and on.

First person shooters are probably the most popular game format out there right now and I’m sick of them. Sometimes you can shoot with both hands, sometimes you can only shoot with one. the buttons you hit to re-load, change weapons, or zoom vary from game to game. And the story line is somewhat different between games. Unless of course you play a sequel, where the storyline is more or less the same or a continuation of the first game.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve had it with first person shooters. I’ve lost all interest in buying them, borrowing them, or even playing them. I recently picked up inFAMOUS and have to say it’s a nice change of pace. The game is a third person point of view. I can actually see my character. I can hide behind objects, jump around, and dodge. And most importantly it’s not just a view of my gun in front of me where I turn and look in different directions and shoot things. I’ve also picked up Seen It, Trivial Pursuit, and a few other out of the ordinary games. The catch is, that they are few and harder to find. Have the game creators not noticed the Wii’s success? It’s not just the controllers that make it so popular, it’s the games. Sure it has the shooters, but it also comes with a bunch of default sports games. Simple games that don’t require involved story lines, sitting down for hours to play, and are fun for more than just the white male who wants to run around and shoot things.

Microsoft and Sony are in the process of creating Wii style controllers for their systems. Hopefully they are also in the process of creating games that are somewhat more creative than a guy running around and shooting or blowing up others.





Monday, March 08, 2010

Netflix and the Long Wait

The movie studios constantly complain about lower and lower ticket sales, yet don’t notice that the more they raise prices the less likely people are to sit in a theatre shoulder to shoulder, with talking people, heads in front, and an overpriced super large soda with popcorn. We now have plasma TV’s, surround sound systems, and beer at home. We also have Netflix. Netflix is of course contributing to brick and mortar video stores closing down, since they allow us to be even lazier and just log into a computer to get the movies we want to show up in our mailbox. Or even better, stream over the internet to our television.

The problem with this of course is new releases usually involve a long wait. I’ve had both Zombieland and The Hangover in the number 1 & 2 positions in my queue since they came out on DVD weeks ago. I could go buy them, but the costs of an actual DVD isn’t worth it. I could pay iTunes, Playstation, or Amazon the rental fee to download and watch it. But I’m paying Netflix a monthly subscription and don’t feel I should have to pay more just to watch a movie that they offer. So what I end up doing that most people are doing these days is, I download it from the internet for free, or find a friend who has already done that and copy it from him. This is free to me, and relatively easy to do. The movie studios need to wake up and see that the more they go after individuals for downloading movies illegally, they worse press they are going to get, and the more they are going to motivate a few intelligent individuals to come up with ways around the copy write protections they put into place. They need to set ticket prices at a rate that motivates people to go to the theatre, and they need to sell DVD’s to companies like Netflix at a rate that allows them to stock up on the movies. And Netflix needs to realize that they can’t keep movies on “long wait” forever, or people are going to start cancelling subscriptions and going elsewhere. I’ve got quite a few friends who don’t use Netflix or Blockbuster. Not because they have a problem with the cost, but because it’s just as easy, and usually quicker to get new releases via other methods.




Wednesday, March 03, 2010

How Chevron Does Business in Ecuador



To find out more about how Texaco/Chevron has managed to destroy the environment in Ecuador and fight any liability ever since, check out the movie Crude. Also available on Netflix’s watch now.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Boycott SeaWorld

Last week the 12,000-pound Orca Tilikum, killed a trainer by drowning, making this the 3rd person the whale it has killed.
The whale was then moved to a small enclosure where it could hardly move while SeaWorld decided what to do with it.
Instead of freeing the whale into an environment where it belongs (the ocean), the parks management decided that the attraction of the whales made them too much money. So instead of freeing the whale, that is forced to put on shows for slack jawed touristic, they decided to just not let trainers in with the whale anymore. That way people can still come and see the show, pay money, and be amazed by the creature that has been forced to live in an unnatural enclosed environment.



Monday, March 01, 2010

Bill Maher on the Dumb and Uneducated

Still think it’s possible for people in this country to still think the earth revolves around the sun? I do, because I had a conversation with someone the other day who didn’t know that. Here are some other interesting statistics about how dumb most Americans are, thanks to Bill Maher.