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Gosh this was a fun news article. Zombies ahead!

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Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, "Zombies Ahead." - foxnews.com

Huh.  I would have thought that this would be applicable in any educational institution.  Or anywhere that Congress-Critters congregate.

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A grandmother baking cookies with her grandchildren?  Oh I think not.  Perhaps if they were animal cookies with live animals.

Pelosi, now that she has some real power has discounted the need for bipartisanship.

Note:  I can’t stand the term “bipartisanship”.  It is a politcal snipe-word used against anyone who happens to exercise their rights by having a dissenting opinion.  In this context however, she feels no need to compromise, opting to emphasis “taking” over “working together for a mutually acceptable solution”.

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In my fight against the “figures don’t lie but liars figure” I have to give the hysteria-whippers credit for being sneaky here:

The Labor Department reported that the number of Americans continuing to claim unemployment insurance for the week ending Jan. 17 was a seasonally adjusted 4.78 million, the highest on records dating back to 1967.

(source:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Americans-receiving-jobless-apf-14193255.html)

But wait… uh… these are stacked.  Americans are getting benefits longer.  About all that steaming pile of horseapples they call statistics tells us is that odds are that people are taking longer to find jobs… and they’re getting benefits longer. Wow.  Oh wow.

It should say something that right after that nightmarish statement involving “1967” we read this:

A department analyst said that as a proportion of the work force, the tally of unemployment recipients is the highest since August 1983.

Oh.  So that means… what?  I could freak out and say “AAAAA!  1960-freakin-seven!!!”  or I could freak out and say “Holy Guacamole – 1983!!”.  Big whups.  I was there, folks.  1983 kind of sucked ass.  We lived.

The bigger point that should be made here is saying “since such-n-such date” tells me nothing about context.  Say for the sake of argument that the years since 1983 have had unemployment at a steady 4.77 million.  Now we see it go up to 4.78M.  What does that tell us about 1982?  Nothing other than it was bigger than 4.78M.  What if up until 1983 it was 27.3M?  It tells us nothing about context and only a little bit about relative status based on whatever key stat the hysteria-monger wishes to use to their ends.

In the end, it still serves news outlets even if I walk away confused and not really any more informed because as long as I am left with this emotional impact of “shit shit shit, things are grim”… well, they’ve done their job of informing me, haven’t they?  Now we can all feel uneasy and they can do a report about how “More Americans are uneasy than at any time since 1974 according to a People magazine poll.”

I am not downplaying anyone’s troubles because as I’ve said before – I was once out of work 8 months and I’ve been there, I understand.

What I am pointing out with zero mercy is that the imbeciles in the news media are playing a very real (and dangerous) part in demoralizing good honest people using crappy data and they are doing a damn fine job of whipping up a lot more fear than there should be from objectively looking at facts.

A statistic I’m more likely to believe because it doesn’t show something negative… Economy slows at a lower pace than expected.

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What is it with guys that give “gifts of love” (kidneys, breast implants) and want to take them back when the relationship goes sour?

Man tries to take back implants with a knife.

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Now, I am warning you. This is kind of woozly if you are squeamish (I am not, at least not about this).

I was looking for some textures that had snake scales and so I googled “snakeskin”.  This link showed up.  I have no idea what else is on that blog nor did I want to find out, so don’t blame me if there is anything unsavory there.  You’re big kids.

All the rage among those who feel that a good honest tat is just pedestrian and are wishing to take it to the next logical step.  Logical?  Did I say logical?  While this lady arguably is more drunk than I’ve ever been, has balls way bigger than me, or is a CIPA sufferer… there are truly folks walking around who get off on this.   The tone should be set if I say that this is a link to… skin carving.

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People are surpised??? C’mon, children, this is Detroit.

more later…

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