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Sunday, September 30, 2012

SLO-MO OF PISTOLS BEING FIRED UNDERWATER ('Cause we all wanna see what happens, right?)

         Here's one from BoingBoing...

 

ROBERT REICH REFUTES THE SEVEN BIGGEST ECONOMIC LIES WE KEEP HEARING

        If you tell a lie often enough, people will (sooner or later) begin to believe it's true.  That's why it's important to refute these bullshit lines whenever possible, and Robert Reich sums each of them up perfectly.

 

Friday, September 28, 2012

SNIPER RIFLE HEADQUARTERS, USA: TOURING THE BARRETT FIREARMS FACILITY IN MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE (Squatlo and camera take you through a Defense Department contractor's facility)


         One of my best friends is a General Sessions Judge in east Tennessee, and one of the perks of his position is being invited to various judge-related junkets around the country.  Yesterday, his group was invited to tour one of our local manufacturing plants here in Murfreesboro, and he was allowed to bring along a guest... and the guest brought his camera, never expecting it to  be allowed within the walls of the world's most famous sniper rifle facility.

          I thought I would have to leave my gear at the door, but the man who met us in the Barrett Firearms lobby simply shrugged and said, "Why not?" when I asked about taking pictures inside the plant. 

          Our group (47 judges, and yours truly) was taken to a conference room and there we were introduced to Ronnie Barrett, the owner and founder of Barrett Firearms.  He gave us a brief summary of his business (from family photographer to the maker of the world's most sought after sniper weaponry), and then we were taken through the plant.

          Here are some shots from our tour:














 

SAMUEL JACKSON HAS SOME ELECTION ADVICE FOR YOUR SLEEPY BASTARDS...

       I dug around for this one yesterday, but couldn't find an embed link that worked.  Lucky for me (and the rest of us...) BJ was on the job!

       If you heard Jackson's "Go the Fuck to Sleep!" children's book, you'll get the picture.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

METRONOMES REMIND ME OF THE MENTALITY OF THE CONSERVATIVE RIGHT: (all together now...)

         

            Found this on BoingBoing while looking for something else entirely...

            After you've watched this for a few moments you'll see how the motion of the 32 individual metronomes begins to influence the motion of the flexible table upon which they are fixed.  There is chaos at first, as each metronome behaves independently of the others.  But as time passes, the individual mechanics begin to influence the motion of the table itself, and that eventually causes the entire field to achieve synchrony.

            Think about this the next time you see a group of people who are regular viewers of Faux Noise Channel.  They'll have varying opinions going into the discussion, but within moments will begin to influence one another, as if they're fixed to a wobbly table and at the mercy of the whims of the other voices they hear. 
            And when you try to reason with them later,  you'll find they're still goose-stepping along to the Party line, like Stepford Wives in the workplace.

            Or maybe it's just mechanics and physics in action, and this really has no political or sociological significance...

             (but don't they remind you of good little Nazis falling in line?)

           

 

DO I HAVE A HUMMINGBIRD-EATING MANTIS ON ONE OF MY FEEDERS???


         When it gets this late in the hummingbird season I usually change out the nectar in the feeders once every other day or so.  They're feeding from daylight to dark, and the feeders are attracting a number of other insects that are drawn to the scent of the sugar water.  That means the feeders get nasty quick, and I'd like to think I'm sending these little travelers off to central America with a good, clean meal on their way out of town, at the very least.

         So I went out back and started to grab two or three of our twelve hummingbird feeders at a time to take inside for a bath and a refill.  That's when I saw this fellow and had to watch for a bit.

 
 


        Preying mantis are interesting to observe, and the fact that this one was perched on a hummingbird feeder right at the mouth of individual feeding stations made me wonder if it was on the hunt for bugs or birds.
 
         Yellow jackets and wasps are a bane to hummer feeders this time of year, but I've learned a trick that discourages them from landing on my feeders:  use a Q-tip to swab a little smear of cooking oil around the lip of the feeding station and bees won't even land to take a taste.  The hummingbirds don't seem to mind, as long as you don't get the stuff in their nectar.  It works, promise.
         
          So I put my camera up on a tripod and hunkered down to watch this episode of "Wild Kingdom" take place.  An hour later this was still my best shot, and I had a cramp in my back and a severe urge to indulge in adult beverages on the porch under an overhead fan.  I'm not exactly National Geographic material when it comes to patience...

         All I can tell you from observation is that this bug raised up in a defensive fashion every time a hummingbird came anywhere near the feeder, and they didn't even attempt a docking maneuver with a feeding station while I was watching.  Ten birds are swarming around every feeder in the yard, but this one had zip for traffic as long as that mantis was on the hunt.

        Was it trying to snag a bug, or am I crazy to think it might have been willing to attempt a bird-napping?  Crazy... I know.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"AN EXTRAORDINARY CONFLICT OF INTEREST" OCCURS WHEN TEACHERS UNIONS NEGOTIATE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS... (pondering life on Mitt's Planet)



             How does one reason with someone who thinks teachers unions negotiating with Democratic politicians they helped elect is "an extraordinary conflict of interest", and yet CEOs of corporate energy giants joining Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force is just hunky dorry?
             Mitt Romney was in New York for NBC's "National Education Summit" and told Brian Williams he didn't think teachers unions should be allowed to make donations to political campaigns.  This is the same guy who says "Corporations are people, my friend." and insists upon keeping both his personal taxes and campaign bundlers' identities from the public.

             So a billionaire oil company owner can donate unlimited funds to Mitt's election campaign, or to a political action committee designed to support his campaign, and do so under the table and free from public scrutiny. And after the election, those same corporate honchos can meet with Mitt at a satin napkin function to discuss his administration's energy policies. Yet a teacher making $50K a year can't be allowed to put her money with those of her teaching peers into a political donation because it might go to a Democrat who would later be across the bargaining table from the teachers union?

            Mitt seems to think this Citizens United clusterfuck by the Soupreems is just fine and dandy, until it benefits a lobby that doesn't typically support voucher-vulture capitalists like himself.  Then he's aghast at the impropriety of it all.  Oh, the humanity!

            When most of this nation's corporate polluters and working condition violators are in your camp, it must be hard to choke back the bile when you say shit like that.  Then again, during this campaign Mitt has shown again and again that he has the gag reflex control of a porn star working on the money shot.  He'd deep-throat one Koch brother while fluffing the other into a froth, and then tell you your contribution to Obama is just distasteful.

           

"WE LIKE OUR GAY FRIENDS MARRIED AND OUR VICES TAXED!" HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS ELECTION?

       I'm so glad BJ has returned to bloggin'!  About once a day now I stumble away from his place with a brand new load of pilfered goodies (which I then post here as if I found 'em on my own...)

       Love this one!

 

"BUTT CHUGGING" FAD BRINGS CITATIONS TO UNDERAGED "DRINKERS"...




         According to a story in the Knoxville News Sentinel, several members of the Pi Krappa Kappa Alpha fraternity on the University of Tennessee campus were issued citations after police arrived to investigate a case of underage drinking that landed one frat boy in a hospital emergency room.  The kid in question was listed in critical condition with a blood alcohol content level of 0.40 percent, five times the legal limit.

         Once the police had entered the frat they were met with an eye-opening sight, and have since issued a warning to authorities to be on the lookout for an activity known to the students as "butt chugging", a method of ingesting alcohol that causes quicker intoxication (and as an added bonus doesn't leave a person with alcohol on his breath...)


         Now, I'm not drawing this visual for my usual prurient motivations... and I'd just as soon this had been reported from, say, the University of Alabama or a fraternity in Austin, Texas.  But, for the sake of getting the story straight, here's how "butt chugging" is done:
      
         (DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS!)

         A tube is inserted into the rectum of the "chugger", and then alcohol (in this case, a box of wine) is funneled into the anus.  This wine enema method left several members of the fraternity passed out in their rooms, while bags from wine boxes were strewn about the place.

         I'm wondering if police are going to have to adjust their methods of conducting breathalyzer tests now...

         "Okay, kid.  Bend over and spread 'em.  You know the drill.  I want you to 'blow' into this device for ten seconds..."

          I don't ever want to go back to school, and I damn sure don't want to become a cop.

GOOGLE STREET MAPS TAKES YOU SCUBA DIVING OFF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!

       Now, this is cool!  We've all seen those Google street map photos where the car with the camera rides around snapping shots of intersections (and the bizarre things people are doing without knowing they're being filmed).
       But Google, in conjunction with Catlin Seaview Survey is now taking folks on scuba diving adventures from the comfort of their office chairs.

If you go to this link you'll find several options at the bottom of the page, and each one is worth a visit:

http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/25/14103244-googles-360-degree-tours-give-you-deeper-view-of-great-barrier-reef


 

HUMPDAY YOUR WAY THROUGH THIS PILE OF STEAMING GUANO... THEY'LL THINK YOU'RE WORKING!