Peru riled by Greenpeace stunt at Nazca lines

Greenpissers set up some big ol’ yellow cloth letters next to one of the better known Nazca geoglyphs (the hummingbird). The problem here is that the surface is *really* fragile. The “Nazca lines” were originally made by simply scraping a thin layer of black dust off the whitish substrate; it’s easy to do, and easy to damage. The link above includes some Associated Press branded photos of the Greenpissers message, but if’n ya want an idea of what their little stunt did…






Monday is going to be fun… a morning appointment at the hospital to undergo a “methacholine challenge.” The latest effort to try to figure out what the deal with my lungs is to have me breathe in increasing doses of methacholine, a chemical that will, if you have asthma, cause your lungs to go bugnuts. So with any luck (ha!), it’ll be a boring time masked up like a third rate Bane. More likely, it’ll be some fun times feeling my lungs curl up and die. Wheeeeee.

UPDATE: Home at last. The testing was unpleasant, but not as bad as expected. In short, you breathe in increasing doses of a substance that makes your lungs rebel. If you have asthma, the effects will appear soon; if you don’t have asthma, the effects will still show up, just later and lesser. And as it turns out… my lungs actually performed somewhat *better* at the initial low concentrations than during the baseline. If your lung function drops 20%, you have asthma. Mine, at the end with the highest concentration, dropped 5%.  So… no asthma.  Good news, I suppose, in that that’s one illness I don’t have, but I’m back to wondering what causes the susceptibility to bronchitis.

The high concentration stuff was just plain uncomfortable, but my lungs worked through it.

The worst part of the day was getting stuck in Salt Lake City rush hour traffic. Gah. Granted, had this been my commute back when I lived in California, I would have thought it a good day… but I’ve spent ten years in rural Utah where a traffic jam is a thirty-second delay caused by a tractor in the road you have to pass before you can get back to your 80 mph cruising speed.

Let it never be said that airline travel can’t get worse:

U.S. Airways Jet From Israel Diverts to Rome After 16 Get Sick

Not just sick… chain-vomiting sick. Due, at least initially, to an “odor.”

Here’s the bit I don’t get, though:

Two passengers and 14 crew members were given medical treatment after a U.S. Airways flight to Philadelphia from Israel made an emergency landing in Rome the airline said.

Fourteen crew members?

In order to protect the eyes and minds of those who don’t want to be exposed to the very definition of “D-bag,” here’s the link, rather than the embed.

You really only need to see the first second or two, and I’m pretty sure that you, too, will go “Yup, that’s it.”

Need some nightmare fuel? Got ya covered:

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If you want some *real* brutality out of New York today, look no further than this recording of the isolated audio from Mariah Carey “singing” something that’s supposed to be Christmas music at Rockefeller Center tonight. Yowch.

Isolated, Unedited Vocals Of Mariah Carey’s Awful Holiday Performance

Sony got hacked… and hacked hard. It appears that the entire company got laid bare.

A Look Through The Sony Pictures Data Hack: This Is As Bad As It Gets

40 gigabytes of data have been posted online… and the hackers claim to have obtained 100 *terabytes* of data. This includes 3600 Social Security numbers, internal financial data, credit card data, passwords, as well as the complete version of the recently released film Fury, and fours as-yet unreleased films: Annie, Still Alice, Mr. Turner, and To Write Love on Her Arms.  Of course, that’s just in the first 40 gig. The next 100 terabytes will undoubtedly have more.

A lot of people think the North Koreans are behind this, as they’re cheesed off about the forthcoming flick The Interview.

Bad as this is for Sony, maybe it’ll be the kick in the pants US corporations need to shore up their defenses. With recent reports that Chinese hackers could shut down part or all of the US power grid, it’s probably waaaaay past time to start listening to Commander William Adama and de-network, firewall and protect our systems.

U.K. Security Experts Worried About Terrorist Attack Around Christmas

Counterterrorism officials in the U.S. and the United Kingdom have been quietly discussing an outright ban on hand-carried luggage aboard airplanes for weeks now … discussing whether to require that electronics such as cellphones, iPads and computers be placed in the cargo hold with checked baggage

Neat. Hours and hours and hours crammed into a tiny seat next to smelly strangers, behind some jackhole who slams his seat back int your knees… and no laptop or book or DVD player or such for you. You sit there and stare at that seatback and go slowly insane.

Thanks Surt worshippers. Y’all suck and your goals suck.

Numerous close-up camera views of the OSC Antares falling from the sky and going FOOM on October 28. Some are *really* quite remarkable.

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Finally, at long freakin’ last, a Twitter hashtag has come along that has actually punched through my disdain and engaged my interest:


This is where public school kids go to post photos of the news and improved lunches that they’re getting, based on new “health guidelines” driven by noted  dietician Michelle Obama. You know, for kids.

I think public school food has always been bad, certainly so since the Department of Education took over and began the task of ruining education in this country. But a lot of these… yeesh. I can state confidently that my cats would promptly try to bury a lot of this “food.”

Perhaps most interesting of all is how the Obamas seem to be losing the younguns.

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