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Update (Saturday):  Had to work last night and into the wee hours this morning and then this morning and afternoon.  I just got done buttoning a project up (for now).  But tonight after the kids go down… digital poop will be re-visited and this time hopefully with some skill evident – I promise!

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I think you can crap ASCII or Octal or Hex but Binary… the toilet paper must be like using a handful of sewing needles.

So, for LC Aggie Sith, here is the start, the first crack. Yes, it is quite dark still.  Click it and it will get bigger and easier to see.   Not edited up to make fun of my intended target yet.  Tomorrow.  I must go to bed.

But yeah you could crap in binary.  It’s a squish in the matrix.  Happens when they strain something.

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This is cool and very very disturbing… dirt.  Really wicked dirt.

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Update 2:  I. Am. In. Awe.  Over at Moonbattery is an awesome kickbutt satire magazine cover graphic.  Oh golly, is it good.

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Update:  NOT WORTHLESS.  You know how Obama keeps placing the blame for everything at Bush’s feet?  He ought to clam up – a lot of people are pining for Bush which would argue that not everyone is convinced a lot of issues don’t lie directly at Obama’s feet:

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.

Thanks for the news, Ben Smith.  This ought to cheer many.

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THIS may be the most worthless ever but the title of this post refers to stuff after this graphic.  I’m probably going to catch hell for it, but satire is still free, right?

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Oh, wow.  Oh geez.  Oh boy.

So…  ****ing…  What?

Gosh, Breitbart, glad you gave us yet more useless data and some scientists figured this one out:

If the data devoured in the United States last year were converted to text there would be enough books to bury the country under a pile seven feet (two meters) deep, according to a study released Wednesday.

Researchers at UC San Diego.  I would like to know if one cent of our tax dollars went to this utterly worthless information.  In the days of video on-line the information is neither surprising nor significant.

Seriously, when a study is reduced to a visual sound-bite like burying the country under seven feet of books, words can’t express how useless it really is.  Aparalyzed 18″ tail would serve me better than that knowledge.

Yeah, I’m in a foul mood today.

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Geez, this out of a friggin’ mafia movie…  it’s like:

“You know, without me to protect you, who knows what kind of unfortunate thing might happen?  Then I’d feel bad that I wasn’t able to help you.”  Or, “You should think about what you want to do because I can’t guarantee what Guido here might do to your little buddy.”

Even more disturbing… “You do it like I asked you to or my daddy will talk to your daddy and then you’ll be sorry.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/09/administration-warns-command-control-regulation-emissions/

Updated December 09, 2009

Administration Warns of ‘Command-and-Control’ Regulation Over Emissions

The Obama administration is warning Congress that if it doesn’t move to regulate greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a “command-and-control” role over the process in way[s] that could hurt business.

I’m bothered by the prospect of Congress getting involved in a ways that doesn’t hurt businesses.  That kind of action is rife with favors and corruption as a million little exceptions, loopholes, and incentives are dreamed up by the congress-critters.
Such as Hillary giving her favorite pollster $6M of your tax dollars to keep three employees.  Is it just me or is that suspiciously close to the amount of money she owed from her failed presidential bid?

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Yesterday Harry Reid pretty much accused Republicans of being opponents of the civil rights and slavery abolition movements – which is fine except Republicans were the ones on the good-guy side. I include two excerpts from the Wall Street Journal for background.

In a remarkable statement on the Senate floor, Mr. Reid lambasted Republicans for wanting to “slow down” on health care. “You think you’ve heard these same excuses before? You’re right,” he said. “In this country there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early. Let’s wait. Things aren’t bad enough’ — about slavery. When women wanted to vote, [they said] ‘Slow down, there will be a better day to do that — the day isn’t quite right. – WSJ

It was Southern Dems that were the bad guys.

Historians also faulted Mr. Reid’s curious reference to the Senate civil rights debates of the 1960s. After all, it was Southern Democrats who mounted an 83-day filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. The final vote to cut off debate saw 29 Senators in opposition, 80% of them Democrats. – WSJ

Or as Michelle Malkin points out:

It was the GOP that fought slavery and the Democrat Party that battled to preserve it.

It’s the Democrat Party, not the GOP, that boasts an ex-Klansman among its senior leaders.

But don’t confuse Harry Reid with history while he invokes slavery to lambaste the GOP for opposing the government-run health care takeover.

Amazingly, today Reid defended his remarks:

“At pivotal points in American history, the tactics of distortion and delay have certainly been present,” Reid said. “They’ve certainly been used to stop progress. That’s what we’re talking about here. That’s what’s happening here. It’s very clear. That’s the point I made — no more, no less. Anyone who willingly distorts my comments is only proving my point.”

Now why is it whenever someone disagrees with a liberal-minded person they always jump up and down and scream that the dissenting view is wrong merely for dissenting?

Are Democrats so thin-skinned and are their stances on issue so very flimsy that their debate tactics are the adult equivalent of “I know you are but what am I?”?

How can they continue to have views that clearly aren’t shared by a lot of voters?  It’s a form of psychosis, is what it is.

It’s plain sad, is what it is.

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Tiger, Tiger, Tiger… This is what you get for playing in the rough.

Or as co-worker ID10T-Killer said:  Maybe he was trying to play 18 holes?

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Everyone’s favorite mustelid (Weasel from sweasel.com) said she was so going to steal a quote and by golly I liked it.  The image wouldn’t leave my mind.

This is nowhere near what I had in mind but I had to work tonight, so this is ten minute’s worth of “I care, sort of”.  Think of it as a placeholder.

If you have a physics background, please note the redshifted photon…

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I am shocked… SHOCKED…

As activists from groups as wide-ranging as the Girl Scouts and the World Council on Churches converge on the climate change conference in Copenhagen, some critics say it’s turning into a “circus” sideshow, with 20,000 attendees creating an international echo chamber of climate piety. – foxnews (because no one else will report anything but fuzzy puppies, rainbows, and unicorns)

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The White House is really thin-skinned lately.  Challenging the performance of The One is heretical, I guess.

Asked for a response to Monday’s tracking poll, which placed Obama’s approval numbers among the lowest of any recent president in December of his first year in office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs mocked the reliability of the widely respected polling firm.

“I tell you, if I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I’d visit my doctor,” Gibbs said. “If you look back, I think five days ago, there was an 11-point spread, now there’s a 1-point spread. I mean, I’m sure a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that. I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend.”

He added: “I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.”

Love that “… a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that…”

Oh, like the hockey stick graph then?  I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.

His wording is telling.  Looks like Gibby has been attending his assertiveness workshops.

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Shot tea out my nose and closely following that were my appendix and spleen.

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The Dude was suggesting we use this for the door to the server room at work.  No idea where the graphic came from.

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You, Constant Reader, will help decide what goes in the middle of this front page article…  I am currently taking suggestions.  Anything that mocks AGW and the BedWetters.

Later… And a happy nod to cbullitt for his contribution (read the “New Study” article).

Also, the “Nostradamus” quote is something I read in Gary Sutton’s article on The Fiction of Climate Science.

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Can you get any luckier than this?  I think not.

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Does anyone here shed a tear for a gambler who says the casino’s are at fault (a “plot”, he says) when he has gambled away $127 MILLION dollars?

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I stopped over at Weasel’s place (Weasel Times – sweasel.com) and I realize Weas is stealing it from elsewhere but it’s just the way she said it… made my shoot tea out my nose.  She said:

I am totally stealing “I am so far passed f*cked, it would take take the light from f*cked 10 years to reach me.”

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Ok, so let’s say for the sake of argument – if the hacker that exposed ClimateGate did indeed find incontrovertible proof that this AGW stuff is all a terrible lie, does Gore have to give back his Oscar?

For fun, this was a real block of ice in a real pottery shop in Japan.  Kyoto, to be exact.  There’s a convoluted joke there, but I guess it isn’t a joke if you have to point it out like I just did.  Ahem.

Apparently Obama is ignoring ClimateGate ahead of this gathering of the UN in Copenhagen.  Good news tho – Hookers are providing free services.

That’s NOTHING compared to the utter screwing all of us are going to get at the hands of these power-hungry cronies.

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Nothing says “Hey dude, have a great Christmas” quite as much as an Official Enas Yorl Hotsauce Thneed™.  Now my hot sauce will never get chilly.

Thanks Enas!  Your gift is on it’s way this week.

Notice the bear in the background, slowly edging towards the hot sauce with a pink tongue?  Bad move.  Now we have the stench of charred stuffy animal throughout the house.

I am no stranger to Dave’s Insanity Sauce™.  For those who are not familiar, let me read the side of the bottle to you:

A great cooking ingredient for sauces, soups, and stews.  Also, strips waxed floors and removes driveway grease stains.

It is true.

Years ago I was eating some – I had poured it into a bowl and was eating tortilla chips while watching Monk.  I said to myself “Ok, don’t forget to put that away later.”  Then I went to bed, asking Cruel Wife if I could sleep in.

That morning the bedroom door was violently kicked in, there was the screaming of my wife and the shrieking of my little girl who was a toddler at the time.  She had found the bowl and dipped her hand in the sauce.  It burned her sensitive skin so she did what toddlers do and put her hand in her mouth.

So here is a baby who now has burned fingers, a mouth on fire, is flailing around and we’re trying to hose her off in the shower before she can get it in her eyes.

She shrieked for 30 minutes.  Nonstop.

I was told later that I was a particular shade of green.  I wanted to step in front of a bus.

Now in the present, it is one of life’s greatest joys to make up a batch of peanut butter cookies with a teaspoon of this mixed in and take them to work.  I set them on the table outside of my office and wait for the sounds of “Oh My GOD!” and running footsteps.  It’s the small pleasures in life…

Thanks Enas!

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Pupdate 2009

Zoe’s smile is contagious.

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So the mother got mail that was sent to her son in the military returned and stamped “Deceased”.

She finds out that he’s actually alive.

What does she do?  Is she just happy and thankful that her son is alive and well?

No, she’s taking it as a personal affront, acting like a pissy little six-year-old, and talking about a lawsuit.

She is seeking damages for emotional distress, loss of income, attorneys fees and other expenses.

A claim for $118,000 in damages…

Then the news article goes on to say what they should have said up front, that she’s a leftist anti-war protester.

“This happened while he was … being shot at in Baghdad. That’s not OK … not to even say oops or sorry,” Najbar, a clinical social worker, said Tuesday.

Najbar has never received an apology or an explanation from the Postal Service, the suit said. She described the incident as “somebody’s cruel little joke.”

Najbar, 58, has publicly challenged U.S. military action in Iraq. In December 2005 she spread red fabric on the Capitol steps in St. Paul in a silent protest and met privately with Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Her son was among 2,600 Minnesota National Guard soldiers Pawlenty had visited in Camp Shelby, Miss., days earlier.

We’re a nation of whiny litigious wimps.

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The UN, like certain data-hoarding and data-hiding scientists we all now know, is also going to hide information and just hope that events force everyone to go along with it.

The United Nations, which has been telling the world that it must cut back dramatically on its greenhouse gas emissions, has finally decided to practice what it preaches. But the world body isn’t coming clean on the full costs of its self-greening effort with the member states who foot the bill.

The greening effort is an issue with some urgency, since the U.N. — and the world — are on the eve of the much-touted Copenhagen meeting on greenhouse gas emissions, which begins Dec. 7 and ends Dec. 18. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been leading an unprecedented lobbying effort by the ostensibly neutral world organization to pressure member states into signing a drastic, multitrillion-dollar deal that would dramatically reshape the world economy.

George Russel, Fox News

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Sorry but Babs Boxer takes a backseat to this particular entry.  Look below for discussion on her particular psychological dysfunction.

This mini-post is about my current intellectual erection.  This is so cool I’m going to run out and buy cigarettes just for that “after sex” feeling.

Shapeways 3D Printing

I do solid modeling daily – every day in my work.  I also love to raytrace/render as a hobby along with graphics in general.  So when I saw this site which allows you to upload your 2-manifold models and have them “printed” then cast in stainless or ABS and other plastics my brain went SCHWING!!!!

I’m going to post an image to whet your appetite – go to their site and see what they can do.  Think of it as free advertising, Shapeway.  I’ll take the image down if you like but I’m plugging for you guys.  The piece below is by Bathsheba and there’s other stuff by Bathsheba Grossman here.

Is this not one of the coolest damn things you've seen in a long time?

I know I can use Solidworks and it looks like Blender3D can be used as well (it outputs STL files).

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Babs gets knocked out again.

Remember last week, the government panel of “experts” that ruled that mammograms for women under 50 were not recommended?

Here’s their apology today:

The task force, made up of doctors and scientists, acknowledged the way in which the recommendations were released wasn’t done very smoothly — and the timing wasn’t great either, right in the middle of a heated debate on health care.

I beg to differ.  It is the PERFECT time to put out recommendations because they just gave us a taste of what is going to happen if this “health care reform” is passed – essentially the gov’t making all kinds of stupid decrees like this as they ration off all sorts of things that they aren’t really experts on.  Had they actually been experts in this field they would not have come to that conclusion.

It was the perfect time.  I couldn’t have asked for a better time.

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The ever-so-enlightened queen moonbat of the libtards has spoken.  I’m actually somewhat surprised because I thought not even she would utter something this stupid.

Boxer … said that the recently released e-mails, showing scientists allegedly overstating the case for climate change, should be treated as a crime.

“You call it ‘Climategate’; I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate,'” she said during a committee meeting. “Whatever it is, the main issue is, Are we facing global warming or are we not? I’m looking at these e-mails, that, even though they were stolen, are now out in the public.”

Projection by proxy?  What the hell do you call her stance beyond “weird”?

Certainly shows a huge lack of ability to put competing issues in proper perspective.  On one had we have a whistleblower who hacked a guy’s computer.  On the other hand we have “a guy” and his cohorts who systematically alter, fabricate, massage, delete, and misconstrue data as well as like to cover it up, and then they go on to ride a gravy train while convincing most of the rest of the world – those that are unable to think for themselves, that is – that the world is going to end in a ball of flame and lots of warm water.

All at the expense of literally trillions of dollars, entire economies altered, many many jobs lost.

Yeah, I guess figuring out a guy’s password is a pretty damn big deal.

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For the reader’s convenience, here is a link to a summary of the ClimateGate revelations.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/01/lord-moncktons-summary-of-climategate-and-its-issues/

PDF document in great detail: 

Not so fast.  It snowed in Texas this morning.  AGW is saved!  Because as Ex-Pres Clinton said:  Warming Causes Cooling.

As it begins to melt, if it melts faster, it could change the composition of the north Atlantic and interrupt the normal flow of currents, and ironically global warming could make some places colder.  – WJC

Don’t look for any admissions of being plain wrong or apologies for being twits, just expect leaders, politicians, and smug moonbat liberals to just fade away, slinking into the woodwork and shadows.

… want to make one more remark…

Obama’s science Czar, Holdren…

The adviser, John Holdren, said scientists generally are capable of defensiveness, bias and “misbehavior.” But he said the meaning of some of the statements in the emails isn’t clear, and that the significance of others has been exaggerated.

Human activity is “beyond any reasonable doubt” the primary cause of warming temperatures, Mr. Holdren said.   – source:  WSJ

I have to add one remark that the WSJ just can’t, in following up on Holdren’s remark.  Scientists like himself are also capable of being dead wrong and assholes.

Just ’cause you’re saying it is a non-issue, Holdren, doesn’t mean it will become one.

We sure know where the Obama camp lives – with Browner and Gibbs calling it a non-event as well.

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Obama felt the need, and had ABC’s complete agreement, to knock out a time-honored Christmas tradition “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.  This gives rise to a NEW special.  Man, was this ever a fun graphic.  Thoroughly delightful.

His ego was… three… sizes.. too large.

(Update:  It has been rescheduled for next week.)

(Update 2:  Since then I have found this:  http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/pageant/index.shtml)

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Oh yes, this was funny.  FoxNews article has this from a climate scientist:

Soon says some scientists became staunch advocates for their position that global warming was occurring, and that they they dug in and started refusing to publish papers with contradictory viewpoints.
“I read a paper on increasing heat in the ocean and asked the scientist in France for the backup data,” Soon says. “She told me she did not distribute data to people who didn’t agree with her conclusions.”  – Fox News
Isn’t that just a hoot?  Science is about putting yourself out there and these lame brains can’t be bothered with debate.
Like the pic Rush Limbaugh put up… I now picture all AGW proponents as looking like this:
Can you just FEEL the love?

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