Archive for November 12th, 2008

Let’s see… the death penalty for convicted murderers meeting certain criteria is reviled throughout the world, yet little or no useful hue and cry over a sentence of 15 years and 1500 lashes.

Which is more cruel?

Which is more inhumane?

Which is designed to inflict the maximum amount of suffering?

He initially was sentenced to seven years in prison and 700 lashes, but when he appealed two months ago, the judge not only upheld the conviction, but more than doubled the penalty to 15 years in prison and 1,500 lashes.

Raouf Amin el-Arabi, a doctor who has been serving the Saudi royal family for about 20 years, was convicted last year of giving a patient the wrong medication. Egyptian newspapers reported that he was accused of driving a Saudi princess “to addiction.”

source:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,450292,00.html


So how does this factor into “Talk Like a Pirate Day”?

Arrrrr- <BANG> – <thud>


Thanks to Drudge for wordin’.  Oh, and thanks to the Royal Navy for some fine shootin’.


Ok, I *hate* it when sounds get played by my browser.  I go to websites to view information, not have unwanted crap blast itself suddenly over my speakers when all I want to do is listen to my MP3’s.  It is annoying at best, jarring most of the time, and at worst embarrassing as hell as you want to go to a home improvement site and while there, some totally revolting ad for Bulimic Sheep Lovers International plays.  At top volume.

Yes, FlashBlock is a great plugin and all but you need to click on every one that they blocked in order to see what was under the arrow. Waste of time. I want to see what it is visually but not play the sound.

Macromedia Flash may or may not give you the option to kill or mute the sound but only if each flash app was wired that way.  To rip Flash sounds out by the roots:

  1. Open FireFox installation folder. The default path is “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox”.
  2. Create an empty file in this folder with the name “msacm32.dll”. Use Notepad.
  3. Close all FireFox windows and open a web page with Flash sound to test it.
  4. If you wish to return sound back, just rename the file “msacm32.dll”

Apparently firefox looks and sees if that file is there, and if it is does not play Flash sounds.
Hope that makes someone’s day.

FoxNews has an article about giving Wall Street Execs and underlings bonuses in a year when they hardly deserve one:

Challenger pointed to the concerted effort by Wall Street banks to sell equity to the government as an example of why all the investment banks will pay bonuses this year.  While the government forced the banks to participate in the program, the argument went that the companies that sold equity would have a black eye if all of the other Wall Street banks didn’t follow suit. That could happen with bonuses as well, said Challenger.

“If some banks give bonuses and others don’t the talent will flow to the good bank,” he said.

My question is:  WHAT GOOD BANK?  I don’t see anyone swimming in money because of any great virtue.

It gets better:

And the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, isn’t happy. “These are people who lost enormous amounts of money,” Frank observes. “How do you give a bonus to someone for having failed so badly as many of these people did?”

What about Congress for consistently without fail continuing to rake in money rather than stop stuffing their pockets and sniping at each other long enough to notice the problem.  Barney, you a$$hole$ failed everyone just as badly.


more later…

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