Saturday, December 9, 2006

Time for Another Weekend Roll-up

Russia and the Austrian Alps both have exceeded their record high temperatures. This is the kind of sensationalist reporting that makes my fingers itch to wrap around the windpipe of journalists. Many people will read the headlines, make another mark in the “proof for global warming” column, and continue on their way searching for the newest nude pictures of Brittany Spears (which I have been told are getting easier and easier to find). The problem with this is that the temperature for Russia is less than a degree higher than the previous record—and it is only the record for December (the previous record was in 1953). The Austrian article doesn’t even give specifics, and is filled with vague assurances that it is proof of global warming.

What is it with goats in the news? Last time I pointed out an article about a man who spray-painted goats. This time I found an article about how Sweden is going to safe guard its Christmas Goat, which apparently, has been vandalized for many years, and burned down on a number of occasions. I am not sure which is worse, that there are idiots that deface national symbols, or that the powers that be are putting a stop to an annual Christmas tradition.

Want government stupidity? I’ll give you the next three stories.

A man driving a float in a Christmas parade, was arrested for DUI --Driving Under the Influence for those of you not familiar with the term. Now, besides the man’s stupidity (though I had to laugh when I read that he’d passed the tractor in front of him in the parade) it is worth pointing out that the police charged him with 18 counts of kidnapping. These must be the same police that think breaking into a barn and leaving pornography is burglary.

Finally, the Bong Hits 4 Jesus case is going before the Supreme Court. This was stupid when it happened (2002) and it is just as stupid now. The kid was not on campus and it wasn’t a fieldtrip, therefore he had every right to unfurl a banner reading “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.” How hard is that to figure out?

And the last piece of government idiocy (in this post, though I wish it was forever), New York has decided to crack down on the mystery meats sold in many ethnic grocery stores in the state. Now I am all for safety, but what did they do with this confiscated meat? They destroyed most of it. There people starving all over the world, and they are destroying food. Tons of food, not one or two chickens, around 1.3 million pounds of food was destroyed because it might, not did, contain bacteria or viruses. That is like killing someone because they might turn into a homicidal axe murderer.

I would be remiss if I didn’t hold up the mirror of stupidity for large corporations to look into. Major record labels are going to begin releasing music as MP3s as a test to see if consumers want music that is playable on all digital music processors. A test? Aren’t these the same morons who are taking people to court over downloading music, music which is—if you did not already know—in Mp3 format? But of course in our society if a formal study hasn’t been done and isn’t supported by the vocal majority, then the issue doesn’t exist or isn’t true.

And one more just for fun, a 61 year-old grandmother was arrested for running pot. It turns out she was trying to support a Bingo habit.

Until next time, I’ll be in my trailer.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Hodgepodge and Mish-Mash

Sorry about the lag (and I actually am—hmmm—grumble, expletive), but I’ve been busy tending to my stash of green stuff (money!) and blogging doesn’t pay the bills yet. (Yes, I know I’ve visited other blogs in the past week, but I do that when I am relaxing, and writing this is too much like work to do when I’m relaxing.)

Anyway, here is some of the stupidity that has been going on while I was away:

The World Chess Federation introduced drug testing at the Asian Games. Because you know those wily chess masters are using performance enhancing drugs, well. *shrugs*

Los Alamos scientists have taught bees to detect explosives. Now, instead of teaching the bees to render them inoperable, they are going to teach humans to speak bee.

Lots of science in the news.

Scientist have finally realized that lounging is not only more comfortable than sitting upright, but better for you as well. Hell, I could’ve told you that.

The United States, along with the United Nations, has decided that the best way to deal with a lunatic with nuclear ambitions is to irritate him into submission by grounding him (my parents called it restriction). This is just another in a long line of measures designed to deal with Kim Jong Il and North Korea by Not Doing Anything. Now I’m not saying we should invade North Korea—I am neither stupid nor suicidal—but give me a break, the black market over there puts the New York Stock Exchange to shame.

This one is a bit old, but it had to be shared:

A New York man was arrested on the day after Thanksgiving after spreading pornographic magazine pages across the floor of another man’s barn and spray-painting his goats. The police labeled this as an act of harassment. Please, come harass me. I don’t have enough porn. The man in question was charged with burglary, among other things. Apparently, the police there do not know that the definition of burglary includes the phrase “intent to commit theft.”

That is all for now. If you need me, you know where I’ll be.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Kanrei Home for Wayward Lemmings: Fundamentally Babbling about Faith

I didn't really have anything planned for today. No stupidity to point out. But then I stopped in to see if Kanrei was out of turkey coma, and found out that he had done it for me. Way to go Brad.

Check it out here: The Kanrei Home for Wayward Lemmings: Fundamentally Babbling about Faith

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kicking the Sacred Cow

If you’ve looked over my recently read books list on the sidebar, you’ll already know that one of the last ten books I’ve read was Kicking the Sacred Cow by James P Hogan. And though my blog is dedicated to pointing out the actions of the idiots and morons of this world (and those who support them), I also feel it is my duty to point out those who are fed up with the bullshit and are doing something about it. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on Mr. Hogan’s book.

I honestly had no expectations going into this book. I’ve never read any of his science fiction; hard sci-fi doesn’t interest me often—Asimov puts me to sleep. But I am interested in science, and even more in kicking sacred cows (if they need kicking), so it was natural for me to not only pick up this book but buy it. All of the above said, and having read the book, I am surprised it was published. That is not a shot at Mr. Hogan but praise for Baen Books. It took guts to publish this book.

James P. Hogan writes here about the politicalization of science, and about how speaking against the accepted politically-correct view—even with supporting evidence—is the equivalent of peer-assisted suicide (luckily Mr. Hogan is a fiction writer and can get away with this exposĂ© of bad science).

I am not a scientist (nor do I claim to be one or play one on TV) but as a researcher I can see that Mr. Hogan has done his homework in the area. All of his information is cited (section notation), and I had only a little difficulty in following the technical information contained within what I feel is an entertaining read. I would love to hear the thoughts of any scientist open-minded enough to read this book.

If you have any interest in science—theoretical, physical, environmental, or even medical—there is something here for you. Go get a copy of James P. Hogan’s Kicking the Sacred Cow and tell me what you think.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

So, how much does it cost to insult you? (You can insult me for free.)

Commenting on this is going to ruin my reputation, draw enemies, and possibly get me kicked off Blogger…Okay, I’m convinced.

I wasn’t going to comment on the "Michael Richards Scandal," until I heard the two men he flambĂ©ed were thinking of suing him (if he didn’t allow some retired judge to set an amount for monetary damages). With the risk of starting a my-country-is-stupider-than-yours war with Romulus Crowe, this political correct bullshit has got to go. I’ve seen the tape, heard the commentary (can’t get away from it), and seen the interviews, and not once have I heard anyone tell these two losers to get over it.

There, I said it. I’m sorry, but "waah, waah, waah, he insulted me," isn’t a reason to sue somebody. Any judge that rules in their favor should be bullwhipped, shot, stabbed, hung, poisoned, and drawn and quartered. Give me a break. I understand wanting an apology, but money too? This wouldn’t even be an issue if the man wasn’t famous

But I’m not mad. I’m not going to go to Def Comedy Jam and heckle the man performing so he’ll insult me and I can sue him. Because unlike the two gentlemen in question here, I am not a low-life, opportunistic, money grubbing, piece of shit rolling down the gutter of life. Aw damn, now they’re going to sue me (or is all of that okay because I didn’t refer to the color of their skin).

Until they take it, I’ll be in my trailer.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Marathon Running Causes Cancer

Austrian researchers have found that marathon runners have a higher incidence of skin cancer due to sun exposure than those that do not run marathons. My sensational title aside, isn’t that a tad obvious? I mean do we really need researchers to tell us this?

A marathon, for those of you who have lived in a cave since before the Roman Empire and yet still figured out how to use the internet, is a long run (roughly 26 miles). They are usually conducted in the summer which means lots of sunlight—although doing it in the snow would add a whole new degree of difficulty. Training for a marathon can run (groan) up to 100 miles a week

The average human walking speed is around four miles per hour (source: Stephen King’s The Long Walk). My brother, Steven, is in the Army; his average two-mile run time is 15 minutes (eight mile per hour). The world record for a marathon is a little over two hours (so about 13 miles per hour). So let’s say the average running speed for those interested in running is 10 mph.

The fuzzy math above gives you about two and a half hours in the sun for the marathon and 10 hours a week for the training phase. That’s just time spent running, that doesn’t include mowing the grass, pushing your kids on the swing in the park, and taking in an afternoon softball game. Haven’t scientists been telling us that long periods of exposure to sunlight cause skin cancer for over two decades now? Was I the only listening? Do they really need to do a study on this?

Stay tuned. Next week they will release a study telling us that fast food causes obesity. Although, these are the same people who change their minds every five years about the health benefits of eggs.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Today is Thanksgiving in America. For an excellent look into what that means for the average American, look here—and while you are there, check out the amazing photographs. I would be remiss if I did not include a list of things that I am thankful for. So, once again, Crowd goes left, and Victor grudgingly follows (Not too grudgingly, you understand, I agree with counting your blessings).

I am thankful for my family, including my little brother, Steven.
I am thankful for my friends (both real and imaginary).
I am thankful that I live in a country where I am allowed to complain about the state of affairs (The Zeitgeist Sucks)
I am thankful for the people who I meet each day or who touch my life from a distance (this includes all of you out there in bloggerland.

Most of all, I am thankful that I am me and not some sniveling, gibbering idiot (Like many in my Government).

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

But I want to run away, and that should count for something

Okay! Okay! I’ll do it. Even though I would rather play chicken on a John Deer lawnmower against semi-trucks, I’ll blog if that is what you want me to do. I’ll take time out of my busy life and *Shudder* follow the crowd.

Blah, blah, blah.

Bullshit, I like technology as much as the next person and you know it. But when crowd goes right, Victor goes left. Besides, what do I have to say that isn’t already out there?

Blah, Blah, blah.

What? There are plenty of naysayers for every conceivable topic in existence, and just as many apologists. Why in the electric blue ether would I want to join their ranks?


Because it makes you laugh. What a reason!

Blah. Blah. Blah, blah, blah.

Well why didn’t you say so in the first place? I can point out stupidity, and God knows, that is something that can never be done enough. But where will I get material?


No! I won’t do it. I research enough at work without having to do it for some hair-brained scheme of yours.


I know I read blogs all the time, but now you're talking about the *shudders again* news.


Fine, but don’t expect me to post often. You’ll be lucky if I log on once a month.

Blah. Blah.

Yeah, you’re welcome.

Above is the conversation I had with my brother last week (paraphrased). He will call it an argument and refuse to post any comments here, but that suits me just fine. I didn’t want to do this anyway. I am here against my better judgment, but there you go.

I’ll be in my trailer.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

My introduction to blogging; Take Two (or, Things never seem to work out the first time)

Thus is the story of my life. I joined Blogger against my will, and now I can’t get it to work. Stop me if you’ve heard this…

I created a blog when I joined. I called it, “Runaway Toad.” As soon as I logged off, it ran away. I hadn’t even posted anything yet. I wanted to compose my thoughts first. The next day I go back, log in, and I have no blogs. Wtf.

I can find the blog. It says that the owner is “Victor Allen Winters.” I check the name sewn into the lining of my undershorts, and sure enough, my name is Victor Allen Winters (that or BVD). So I email Blogger and wait. While I wait, I browse around looking at all of the blogs and guess what I find out? For possibly the first time in my life, I’m not the only one with this problem.

So what do I do? Do I continue waiting for the powers that be to decide whether or not to return my blog to my eager, grasping hands? Or do I create a new one and continue on? I’ll miss the name—I agonized over it—but the answer should be obvious by now.

My next post was take one—I’m taking five.

I’ll be in my trailer.