Jan 142015
 

Yikes:

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

A kid fell into a coma. Two years or so later, his mind re-awoke… but his body didn’t. He could see and hear everything… including hearing his mother tell him that she hoped he’d die… but he couldn’t move anything to demonstrate that he was in there. And every day the care center would park him in front of a TV showing Barney the dinosaur.

 Posted by at 12:41 am
Jan 122015
 

This here is the kind of preacher who makes people atheist:

 

 

In short… he *claims* that he punched a “kid” square in the chest because he wasn’t believing the right way and was bright enough to be dangerous. In all probability, Internet Tough Preacher here is making it up. However, even if so he is claiming to be pleased with himself for the use of violence upon a kid for the purpose of forced religious conversion.

The video is a short crop of a presumably much longer sermon, and so context is lost. What he’s describing, if it actually happened, seems to have taken place in a “youth group,” which might mean that ITP was himself a kid at the time. But I’m pretty sure that doesn’t make it better.

 

 Posted by at 1:30 am
Jan 102015
 

The SpaceX Falcon 9 with a Dragon resupply module was successfully launched early this AM, an the Dragon is on its way to a rendezvous with the ISS. The first stage successfully oriented itself, guided itself successfully down to the landing barge, landed on the barge… and then either hit hard or hit and fell over. In any event, the stage was destroyed, but the barge was not. As the stage would have been destroyed if they *hadn’t* tried to recover it, it’s no great loss; as they’re still very early in the learning process, it’s still a  pretty good step in the right direction. They came, almost literally, this close to making it.

Sadly, there is apparently no video of the landing due to dark and fog.

 Posted by at 8:54 am
Jan 092015
 

While Islamists were busy making a mess in France, Islamists in Nigeria were showing those European pikers how it’s *really* done:

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria’s Baga town hit by new assault

Numbers are vague, but the dead civilians range from the hundreds to 2,000, depending on who you ask.

Surt must be most pleased at his followers actions.

 Posted by at 11:52 pm
Jan 072015
 

The terrorist attack in Paris was brought on because the targeted company publishes “Charlie Hebdo,” a satirical French-language newspaper that has published cartoons mocking, or at least depicting, Islam’s inventor Mohammad. The goal was not only to punish Charlie Hebdo, but also to discourage future mockery of Mo. It was, in short, a direct attack on free expression.

There are two responses that should be spooled up and enacted just as soon as possible:

1) Find the perpetrators and kill them. Or capture, charge, try and imprison them, if you must.
2) Promptly show that efforts at squashing free expression will not only fail, but backfire.

Most people obviously cannot do much about #1, but #2? That’s a game anyone can play. Unfortunately, it’s a game a lot of journalistic cowards are too *afraid* to play:

Some Outlets Are Censoring Charlie Hebdo’s Satirical Cartoons After Attack

As one publisher says in the piece, “what right do I have to risk the lives of my staff to make a point?”

That’s right. You have no right to risk the lives of your staff. So stop sending them to war zones, disaster scenes, high crime areas.

The article includes a distressing number of photos included in major media outlets that show the Charlie Hebdo magazine, but censor out the “offending” cartoons. Feh.

So, these are the ones that got censored. I don’t speak a word of French beyond “merde,” so I have no idea if these are in any way NSFW. So I’ve put a little break here juuuuust in case you’re feeling squishy about opening them up at work or some such.

It should be noted that Charlie Hebdo seems to have been a generally anti-religion publication. Do a Google image search, and you’ll see a *lot* of cartoons, many quite vulgar, that depict old-school anti-Semitic cartoons… and some seriously anti-Catholic cartoons (anti-Catholic. In freakin’ France.) And yet… I don’t see a whole lot of news items about how the offices of Charlie Hebdo were firebombed by Da Joooz or shot up by the Papists.

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 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Jan 072015
 

I just can’t snark.

12 killed in shooting at French satirical magazine

Three Surt worshippers attacked the offices of a magazine and killed the editor (Stephane Charbonnier AKA “Charb”)who was under active police protection, so that alone should prove interesting) and three of the magazines cartoonists, Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous. I understand that these are the most famous cartoonists in France.

Claims are that the shooters shouted “The prophet is avenged” in French and “Allahu Ackbar” as they slaughtered people, including executing a cop in the street. The three “gunmen” escaped and are currently on the loose.

There have been a multitude of exclamations of grief and sympathy for the French. I will say, instead, to anyone in France: good hunting. Go get ‘em.

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Interesting timing:

Furore over novel depicting Muslim-run France

 

 Posted by at 9:13 am
Jan 062015
 

Documentaries purporting to support creationism, ancient (or even current) aliens, ghost hunting, etc. are bad enough. But there’s a concept so mind-bogglingly backwards that you’ll shed neurons just finding out that there are supposedly educated people who actually buy into it: geocentrism. Yes, there are people in the modern world who actually believe that the Earth is the unmoving, non-rotating center of the universe.

Self-Centered: ‘Geocentrist’ Movie To Get Limited Theatrical Release

Look, I know if you look into the sky, it *looks* like the Sun and Moon and stars are turning around the Earth, and that you don’t *feel* the Earth turning. For most people and most professions, a geocentric worldview works as well as a heliocentric one.

But you know what kind of person a geocentric worldview *doesn’t* work for? Forget the astronomers. Forget the cosmologists. It doesn’t work for anyone who uses GPS. It doesn’t work for anyone who needs to aim an ICBM. it doesn’t work for anyone involved in trying to put something in orbit. And I don’t even mean an orbit out to Saturn, I mean the simplest orbit around the Earth.

Sigh.

Look, I get it. Some people have a driving need to feel special. So they try to become celebrities, or politicians, or conspiracy theorists, or religious cranks like these goobers. But individual humans are, statistically speaking, *not* special. And Earth? Even more not special. We’ the center of precisely nothing, except a cloud of satellites and space junk that *we* launched. We are the center of the universe in precisely the same way that Mecca is the center of the spherical surface of the Earth: it ain’t. There ain’t no such damn thing as a center to the universe, anymore than there’s a center to a finite but unbounded region such as a spherical surface.

 Posted by at 3:42 pm
Dec 302014
 

I’m going with the second most popular definition of the word “jit” as defined by Urban Dictionary, what with the first most popular being rather NSFW:
The term jit is originally prison slang. It just means somebody younger than you. However, it is most often used to refer to young thugs/wannabe thugs or other punky kids. For instance, you wouldn’t call your 10-year-old cousin a jit.

And now, how the word is used in actual practice (with substantial NSFW language):

 

 

HAM” as it turns out is Word Of The Day #2.

Children are our future, yo.

Weep.

 Posted by at 9:59 am
Dec 262014
 

A correspondent who has recently suffered some hacking/ID theft incidents came in to his computer room to find that the cursor was wandering around the screen of its own volition… apparently the computer had been hijacked remotely. My recommendation was to feed the computer through a woodchipper. Then set fire to the chips. And then jump up and down on them.

A: Does this sound like any particular sort of *thing,* other than “friggen’ awful?”

B: Anybody got a more productive recommendation than mine?

 Posted by at 2:43 pm