April 2, 2012 · 9:36 pm
Texas tan line
No point to this. Just made me laugh.
In the news this week a southern California man was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and had (by rough estimate) 1-million rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also has a secret escape tunnel. The television reporter said: “Wow! He has about a million machine gun bullets” and the headline referred to it as a “massive weapons cache”.
By California standards, someone owning even 100,000 rounds would be called “mentally unstable.”
If he lived elsewhere, such as Arizona he’d be called “an avid gun collector”.
In Arkansas Continue reading →
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May 30, 2011 · 10:35 pm
Here are four new ways of doing things – how hide electricity pylons, how to pay for medicare, how to get building materials up to roof level and – most importantly – how to store beer.
1. Hiding those ugly pylons. Dominic Wilcox at the Variations on Normal blog has come up with an answer to two difficult questions at once – what to do with landfill? And how to beautify electricity pylons?
His cheaper alternative is to simply rename pylons, Mini Eiffel Towers and the public will adore them, maybe even pay to go up them Continue reading →
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April 22, 2011 · 1:34 pm
So I was wandering through Harlem (New York) when I saw this sign. I did a double take. Checked my surroundings. Re-checked. Yup, still in Harlem.
No – the letters on the sign haven’t been mischievously rearranged Continue reading →
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April 6, 2011 · 3:29 pm
We’ve all been there. You leave home – where it’s dry, bright, pleasant, a bit warm even.
You travel thousands of miles to end up somewhere damp, drear, dank and drizzly. In my case New York.
Oi! Sort it out Bloomberg. You need to get your hands on this Qatari weather technology Continue reading →
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January 13, 2011 · 2:32 am
Sad bad times sometimes bring forth heroes. They’re the mitigating silver lining. They’re what we focus on to avoid staring too hard at the greater despair.
Kim Hunter & David Niven, A Matter of Life and Death 1946
But they can be hard to spot, these heroes. You don’t notice them beforehand. What do they look like? Not like my idea of a hero – handsome, twirly moustache, flying jacket, gentle eyes combined with slightly cruel mouth – sorry, I’m thinking of David Niven in A Matter of Life and Death.
So for these gloomy times, here are two lots of real heroes. They don’t look a bit like David Niven.
1. Patricia Maisch – She reminds me of Hong Kong Phooey. Continue reading →
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October 27, 2010 · 12:05 am
You will join the Tea Party. Ah go on. Ah go on go on go on go on....
To see ourselves as others do is a concept that can be overrated. You’ll get nowhere if you’re constantly looking over your shoulder, worrying about what other people think. Why give head space to the knee jerk doubters who oppose anything new almost as a matter of principle. Or as the Irish saying goes – “F**k the begrudgers”. (It’s not one you find on decorative tea towels. Nor does it include the Fr Teddish “feck“. But I find it comes in handier more often than the road rising to meet you and being in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.)
Seen from Europe the Tea Party phenomenon seems to be fizzing with crazies, bigots, racists, ex witches, anti masturbators, science deniers, the deluded and opportunists. But Continue reading →
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October 9, 2010 · 3:51 pm
“Great men are almost always bad men.” That’s the tagline to the wonderful play, Blood and Gifts, about US involvement in Afghanistan from 1981-1991. I’ve just seen it.
That depressing opening sentence is also the missing third line from the famous and much cited quotation from Lord Acton (aka John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton):
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Continue reading →
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September 30, 2010 · 10:59 pm
Time for some politics. Three stories. Two American, one British.
- One is sad but true.
- Another rings very true, but is, in fact, just silly.
- The third might be true. I’ve no idea.
But which is which?
1. Sauce for the goose, but not the gander. This quote from Peter Schmuck, a Baltimore sports writer, concerning the indictment of Roger Clemens (left), a baseball player in the USA who allegedly lied to Congress about taking steroids:
“Isn’t it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a Congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a Congressman lying to you is another two years in office?”
I’m not sure what the going rate for lying Congresswomen is.
Hey. This is what came up when I put AWNAA in Google images. Er... perhaps.
2. Finally a bill we can all support: The AWNAA Act of 2010
Washington, DC – Congress is considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans: The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNAA) is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition. Continue reading →
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