Friday, December 23, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Can't Get Enough Owls

Friday, December 2, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Bizzle Gets Some Dunkers

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion?

According to the results of this recent Intelligence Squared debate, ... well, I won't give away the answer to who won based on post-debate polling. I will say that those proponents arguing the case for religion relied too much on debaters' parlor tricks, like floating straw-man arguments, obfuscation, and loud, blustery statements (Rabbi David Wolpe). They did themselves no favors, especially Dinesh D'Souza. Meanwhile, A.C. Grayling and Matthew Chapman did a nice job making the case against religion in a quiet, humble, and reasoned manner. Listen and decide for yourselves.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - MEOW MEOW

Friday, November 18, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Poop, Already!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hypocrisy Made Worse

Bill Moyers showing us once again why he's such a great, thoughtful American.

Barack Obama criticizes bankers as “fat cats,” then invites them to dine at a pricey New York restaurant where the tasting menu runs to $195 a person.
[…] The president has raised more money from employees of banks, hedge funds and private equity managers than any Republican candidate, including Mitt Romney. Inch by inch he has conceded ground to them while espousing populist rhetoric that his very actions betray.
Let’s name this for what it is: hypocrisy made worse, the further perversion of democracy. Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy—fewer than six degrees of separation from the spirit and tactics of Tony Soprano.

Read the rest from the article How Wall Street Occupied America here at Common Dreams>

Friday, October 21, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - How do like them apples?

(Courtesy of my friend-across-the-pond, Lorna)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Animal Farm Friday: Cyclops Shark

If you're only going to have one eye, it's better to at least be a shark.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Animal Farm Friday: Dinochicken. Chickenosaurus.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - It's a Whale!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Wait for it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Winning Evolution

This rat uses plant poison to make weapons that kill lions

From io9:
Since the rat obviously has not had apothecary or fighter's training, this survival strategy demonstrates several different behaviors coming together with a physical adaptation. The rat had to learn to handle the poison and use a winning battle strategy, while developing the specially adapted hairs. What you've got here are physical and behavioral evolution, coming together to take out a lion.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Humpbacks

Best use of a GoPro I've seen!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Chimp with an AK

I believe this is from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but is still funny.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - MINE!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Kitten vs Pit Bull

Friday, June 10, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Puppy v Mirror

Friday, June 3, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Bitey Things!

Spotted on Buzz Feed:

Then there's this:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Super Cat World VS High Voltage Prairie Dogs Group Audio Harassment

Courtesy of Julie Sigwart (Happy Birthday, btw)!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - A Raptor, because it sounds almost like Rapture

Monday, May 16, 2011

Assad torturing Syrians?

If Bashar al Assad's regime is responsible for this, it deserves to fall. That the Syrian government dropped its bid to join the UN Human Rights Council is telling.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Dogboarding

My kind of sport!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Fetch!

Poor doggy wants to fetch, but that stick is going nowhere!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Dub Parrot

Little birdie likes the dirty beats!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dropbox's new security policy implies that they lied about privacy from the start - via Boing Boing

I really have little or nothing to hide, and I also have little or no belief that anything I think should be hidden could not be discovered by any truly clever agent with the right tools. But being lied to in this manner by a company I trust with my data is inexcusable. Like Amazon, Paypal, and several other services, I've discovered that life goes on perfectly well without them.

I hope this article is more sensationalist than substantive, but otherwise, it looks like I may be saying farewell to Dropbox very soon.

Animal Farm Friday - Super Cats

In honor of that crazy dream I recently had of being overwhelmed by an infestation of cats - including some tigers, I present you this:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Courage Speaks to Power Against Torture!

This type of activism takes courage (and money, too, apparently).

For what it's worth, I will not support an administration that tortures, condones torture, or engages in other extra-judicial tactics, in the myopically misguided assumption that this sort of abhorrent behavior actually makes us more secure. (hint hint: Mubarak's Egypt).

I hope the Obama administration can be inspired by this kind of courage, and step away from the hideous abuses of executive power administered over the past two decades. But if they want to swim in the muck, they can drown in it too.

It will be a great day when mature adults man the helms of leadership in this country. But I believe that wish has been begged for since before the days of Gilgamesh.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When I say US politicians are bought and paid for, this is what I mean

From AlterNet:

When Gingrich won control of the House, he installed what amounted to a pay-to-play system internally, which forced individual representatives to compete to hold their positions on key committees and leadership posts by raising funds for the party. The effect on the House was far-reaching, because the seniority system was already pretty much dead as a result of reforms in the seventies. The movement to limit the terms of committee chairs also worked in this direction, because it meant that more posts were coming open on a regular basis. What happened was that the entire Congress became money-driven.
Positions on key committees, leadership posts — they were all being sold. The money collected then was poured into election campaigns, especially for so-called “open seats,” in which no incumbents were running and in doubtful races. The vast spending and noisy campaigns heated up the political atmosphere in and out of Washington, as the media transmitted the messages.

The Democrats looked at the Republicans’ pay-to-play system and basically decided to copy it. They did this instead of mobilizing their old mass constituencies. Today, as my paper documents, both parties are essentially posting prices for influential committee slots and leadership posts.

The Democrats’ decision to emulate the Republicans and follow the money shifts the system’s center of gravity to the right, as both parties frantically cultivate investor blocs. The result is the weird political world we live in. Behind the scenes, investor blocs and businesses maneuver for advantages in both parties. The system’s center of gravity moves to the right, checked only by the diminishing influence of unions and other mass political groups that retain some resources and influence on the Democrats. You end up with two “money-driven” parties. The parties are not identical, but they have this in common: They cannot possibly campaign only on appeals to investor blocs, so each party reaches out to select public constituencies to scrape together enough votes to win elections, in a sea of public cynicism.

Polarized politics is money-driven politics and political parties are first of all bank accounts, whatever else they do. More precisely, the current polarization of the system is the direct result of the Republicans’ attempt to roll back the New Deal and the way the Democrats responded. I regret to say I don’t see much chance that it will abate any time soon. The Obama administration’s failure to deliver “real change” has given the Republicans a new lease on life. Less than three years after the financial collapse, which handed the presidency and both houses of Congress to the Democrats on a platter, free market fundamentalism is back. Today Republicans look closer to rolling back the New Deal than they ever have. They are unlikely to see much reason to compromise; especially when the Obama administration, in the middle of trying to raise a billion dollars for the 2012 campaign, declines to press a strong defense of investments in people and regulation, not even financial regulation.

It genuinely seems there was no hope for real change from Obama all along. I beg for someone to tell me how the hell we get out of this mess.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Corgi Flop

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Funny Weiner!

I've been away traveling in Syria and unable to post from there, since they block Blogger. I've got some things to say about that trip, but in the interest of this return post being delightful, I present to you this hilarious video from Rep. Anthony Weiner from NY. Really, this IS funny!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Thumbs up for our new overlords!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Pussy Charlie Sheen

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shared Sacrifices? My White Ass!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - The Necessity of Recycling

I can't believe I never noticed this, but I can see why Disney would reuse entire sequences of animation. I find it interesting, nonetheless.

Animal Farm Friday - Puppy vs Cat

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Message to David H. Kock

David H. Kock, relative to your wealth, the pittance you donate for philanthropic efforts is not enough to undue the pain and suffering caused by your efforts to undermine free speech, nor the damage done by your support of 'astroturf' groups like FreedomWorks. Ultimately, the only one you seek to help and benefit is yourself.

For the record, seeing your name at the front of PBS programs you support is sickening, considering the majority of your political contributions go to a party seeking to undermine these very programs.

I would say 'shame on you', but I seriously doubt you are capable of experiencing shame.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Slo Mo Kitty #2

Friday, January 21, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Slo Mo Kitty

Monday, January 17, 2011

8 Reasons Global Capitalism Makes Our Lives Worse

Our way of measuring our worth is so twisted says Helena Norberg-Hodge, that when there is "an oil spill, the GDP goes up; when drinking water is so polluted we have to buy it in bottles, GDP goes up. War, cancer, epidemic illnesses -- all of these involve an exchange of money, so they end up on the positive side of the balance sheet."

But there is hope.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Is This What We've Become?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Animal Farm Friday - Stop! Thief!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I am a US Air Force Intelligence Veteran of the War in Afghanistan and I support Wikileaks.

I am a US Air Force Intelligence veteran of the war in Afghanistan and I support Wikileaks.


After reading many of the Iraq/Afghan/Cablegate logs I am compelled to inform my fellow citizens that I saw nothing in these logs that could endanger our troops or public servants.

Here’s what I did see: I saw Iraq war logs that painted a very bleak picture of the situation there which doesn’t match up with the “improved security” that’s been reported by the “Defense” Department for years. I saw proof of public officials acting dishonestly and abusing their posts. Overall, I saw an out of control government that is in over its head and does more to endanger the lives of its people than any publishing organization ever could.

I volunteered to protect this country under the impression that my government followed the will of the American People and adhered to the US Constitution.

I'm not a Ron Paul supporter, as the writer of this post appears to be, by I am in line with Paul's anti-war/pro-WikiLeaks stance. I also think it's high time for everyone who has taken the oath to defend the Constitution to take a moment and think about it, to think about whether or not their actions are consistent with the Constitution, and whether or not it's time to take decisive action in defense of the Constitution against those who would malign it by breaking their oaths.