atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1833: Got to avoid using the mouse as much as possible

Damn carpal tunnel syndrome.

I know what did it: I've been playing too much mahjongg solitaire on my DS. Play WoW for several hours, then play DS? Not good. Add the recent clickfest that was reading and saving several chapters each of Kodomo no Jikan and Futari Ecchi and you've got a recipie for wrist hell.

Naturally my perusal of the news and opinion sites generated a ton of links I want to comment on.

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I know how he feels, but vandalism is not the answer.

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Here is another impossible--impossible, I say!--story: the casualties in a New York City gang war are mounting. This story is impossible because New York City has some of the most restrictive gun ownership laws in the United States. It is flat-out impossible that there could be so much gun violence taking place in a city with such a progressive interpretation of the second amendment!

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The left wingers claim to care about people, but Dennis Prager makes the point that they don't actually do anything to help the disadvantaged. Other than advocating spending other peoples' money, of course.
...[J]ust as there is no left-wing Boy Scouts, there is no Salvation Army built and manned by people with left-wing values. Nor has there ever been a left-wing country as magnanimous, as willing to die for others, as opportunity-giving to people from all over the world, as America, whose greatness comes from its traditional secular values and its Judeo-Christian values. As with the Boy Scouts, the left can bring an America down, but it cannot build one.
I can't add anything to that.

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This guy isn't "obese". Okay, yes, he's twice as wide as an average person--such as the guy sitting in the seat next to him--but look at how freakin' tall the guy is! He's pretty damn big!

Big people are people too, damn it.

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So Obama is going to talk to the press even less now.
The president, whose job-approval ratings have been on a steady slide, hasn't held a formal news conference in 19 weeks, since July 22. That one ended badly, when Mr. Obama waded into a racial controversy by saying a white police officer "acted stupidly" when he arrested a black Harvard professor.

"It can't be a total coincidence that the last time he faced the press corps, we ended with beers in the Rose Garden with Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley, when the focus was supposed to be health care," said Julie Mason, a White House reporter for the Washington Examiner who also covered the Bush administration for the Houston Chronicle.

Remember how Bush was nasty and evil for not having a press conference every freakin' week? Remember? But after not having a press conference for 19 weeks Obama is still "overexposed"?

Bias much?

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Climategate stuff:

Derek Lowe, "Climategate and Scientific Conduct". Hint: what they're doing at the CRU is not science. Derek asks, "Is there a problem here? I'll give you the short answer: yes."

Follow the money. WSJ editorial, worth reading.
Consider the case of Phil Jones, the director of the CRU and the man at the heart of climategate. According to one of the documents hacked from his center, between 2000 and 2006 Mr. Jones was the recipient (or co-recipient) of some $19 million worth of research grants, a sixfold increase over what he'd been awarded in the 1990s.

Why did the money pour in so quickly? Because the climate alarm kept ringing so loudly: The louder the alarm, the greater the sums. And who better to ring it than people like Mr. Jones, one of its likeliest beneficiaries?
The Anchoress asks, "Why is Obama still going to Copenhagen? Because Copenhagen is about wealth redistribution and political power, not about saving the planet.

"Hurricane season?" We had a hurricane season this year? "The calmest season before that was in 1997, which had just seven storms." 1997 was the year before 1998, which is the hottest year on record--so much for "global warming will cause ever more violent storms!"

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Okay, comments over. Wrists need rest. No WoW for a week; and as little typing as I can manage.

*sigh* It's going to be a long week.

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