Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hamilton wins Belgian GP to take F1 lead

Hamilton wins Belgian GP to take F1 lead
By Paul Logothetis, Ap Auto Racing Writer – 11:56 am

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium – "Lewis Hamilton overcame a late scare to win the Belgian Grand Prix and regain the overall lead of the Formula One championship Sunday.

Hamilton ran off the track with nine laps to race but recovered to keep the lead and edge second-place Mark Webber of Red Bull.

I haven't been following Formula 1 as much these last few years. I'll admit that when Michael was forced out retired it lost much of it's appeal for me. But this year there have been some very interesting results happening. Looks like it is time to get back into the game.
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Obama’s Old Deal

Why the 44th president is no FDR—and the economy is still in the doldrums.
by Michael Hirsh
August 29, 2010

"Barack Obama was “incredulous” at what he was hearing, said one of his top economic advisers. The president had spent his first year in office overseeing the biggest government bailout of the financial industry in American history."
"But the banks were barely lending, and the economy was still mired in high unemployment. And now, in December 2009, the holiday news had started to filter out of the canyons of lower Manhattan: Wall Street’s year-end bonuses would actually be larger in 2009 than they had been in 2007, the year prior to the catastrophe."

Make of this what you will. As for me, I see it as a symptom of our time. Rich people arguing with other rich people about who is entitled to all of "our" money. We should dump all the Wall Street "fat cats" and all the politicians (from every party!) in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Ok, maybe not something that drastic. I am not a fan of anarchy in government. But the idea does make me feel better.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

No, Seriously, What Killed the Dinosaurs?

No, Seriously, What Killed the Dinosaurs?
Analysis by Michael Reilly
Sat Aug 28, 2010 09:33 AM ET

"Seems like an easy one to answer: an asteroid around six miles wide slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula. Continent-wide firestorms, planet-enshrouding dust cloud, massive plant death, toxic ozone, carbon monoxide poisoning ... and that's it: one resounding mass extinction all wrapped up in a pretty, hellish package and explained by a big hole in southeastern Mexico, right?"

Interesting take on extinction. This seems to indicate a more optimistic outcome if/when the next big asteroid hits the planet.
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Facebook “Friending” Leads to Jail

Facebook “Friending” Leads to Jail
Analysis by Benjamin Radford
Fri Aug 27, 2010 08:53 PM ET

"A man was recently sentenced to federal prison for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, including “associating” with an environmental activist from whom he accepted a “Friend request” on Facebook. Rod Coronado, an animal rights and environmental activist, was contacted by Mike Roselle, who co-founded the group Earth First!, and is a former director for Greenpeace U.S.A. Coronado accepted the friend request, and it cost him four months in prison."

Ok, I'm all for keeping law and order, but this might be a little bit over the line. While I do believe that social media can be nearly as interactive a communications vehicle as meatspace, revoking someones parol over a friending seems a little over reactive.

But maybe I'm just being naive on this one. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Parents, do you know what these texts mean?

Parents, do you know what these texts mean?
By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent
August 26, 2010 11:57 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- "Do you know what this means: %*@:-( ?
Or this: ~~#ZZZZZZ ?
If the answers are no, you're not a teenager who uses alcohol or drugs.

This is an article that every parent should read and follow up on. And if you're thinking, "My kid isn't doing this kind of stuff," you need to read it twice.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Freedom of Religion?

Yes, this is going to be about the "9/11 Mosque" brouhaha. But I promise to make it quick.

There are a lot of "facts" being thrown about over this issue. Most of them are about as factual as anything one can see on Fox News, CNN or read in the Washington Post. In other words, they are total crap. But let's break this down to it's fundamental element; freedom of religion.

The ☛scum☚ that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks have as much to do with Islam as the Schutzstaffel did with Christianity. Should we remove all of the Christian churches from the vicinity of "Ground Zero?"

I know that there's nothing I, nor anyone else, can say that will bring some reason and rationality to either side of this "debate." People get so blinded when they hold hatred in their hearts. Still, it would be irresponsible for me not to say something. This was my something.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blogger's New Comment System

The new anti-spam feature in Blogger's new comment system is nice. Don't know why but there is one post from way back that gets at least three of four spam comments a week. Guess it's because of the subject matter.

Oh well, whatever.

Never mind. ☂

To Shave or Not to Shave

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Proposition 8: Here come da judge!

Last week Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage known as Proposition 8. Needless to say, this ignited both celebrations and protests throughout the country. While this is a significant milestone in the debate, there is still a long way to go before there is any kind of final decision made.

However, there is something that has come out of this which is, for me, troubling. It seems that there is a question about Judge Vaughn's sexual orientation. Those opposed to gay marriage are now claiming that he is unfit to rule on the issue. The implication is that a gay judge could not make an unbiased decision on the issue. This is, without a doubt, an extremely ridiculous assumption to make. Following this logic, a judge who was deeply religious or one who was divorced would be equally unfit to rule on the issue. The fact is that the legal teams for both sides state that the judge made his decision based on the legal merits of the cases presented.

There is an interesting perspective on this whole thing, too. A noted theologian, seminary professor, and ordained minister wrote a piece stating "Why Judge Walker's Proposition 8 Ruling Is Theologically Correct."

I don't know how the issue of gay marriage will turn out. Hopefully reason will triumph over rhetoric. I do, however, know, that when one side shifts from arguing the facts to personal attacks, that side is losing the debate.
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Landmark vote opens door to Ground Zero mosque

Landmark vote opens door to Ground Zero mosque
Last Updated: 10:22 AM, August 3, 2010
Posted: 10:05 AM, August 3, 2010

"The Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the thumbs down this morning to giving a lower Manhattan building historic status -- paving the way for a controversial new mosque to open just blocks from Ground Zero.

The 9-0 vote opens the door for the demolition of the 152-year-old building on Park Place, where construction is planned for the mosque.

I think this is a good decision. The US needs to learn that Islam does not equal Terrorist. Could there be some nefarious goings on there? Possibly. But it is just as possible to find the same type of "goings on" in a synagogue or church.

All Christians are not White Supremacists or Black Panthers.
All Jews are not Zionist.
All Muslims are not Terrorists.
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First Posted: 08- 3-10 08:43 AM | Updated: 08- 3-10 08:50 AM

"Campus Pride, a non-profit devoted to creating safer communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students, recently released its 2010 Climate Index of gay-friendly colleges. The group collects its data through the careful analysis of campus LGBT policies across America; schools that are seen as most accepting are given five stars -- an honor bestowed on just 19 out of 230 universities. See below a selection, in no particular order, of five-star schools -- and visit Campus Pride for the full list."

Nice pictures of some nice Universities.
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Monday, August 02, 2010

Chile senator to sponsor gay marriage bill

Chile senator to sponsor gay marriage bill
SANTIAGO | Sun Aug 1, 2010 9:09pm EDT

(Reuters) - "The head of Chile's Socialist party, Fulvio Rossi, told reporters on Sunday that he planned to sponsor a bill to legalize gay marriage in the country, as occurred last month in neighboring Argentina."

Looks like South America is getting some common sense going. Wonder if this will ever take hold north of the equator.
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