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?

Looks like all my financial worries are over. This just showed up in the ol’ inbox:

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From: “Dr. Mohammed Tanko”
Sent: Dec 5, 2014 5:24 PM
To:
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD PIN IS: {0609}

Hello Dear Friend,

You were compensated by United Nations Organization with ATM MASTER CARD worth sum of US$950,000.00 United States Dollars.Your name won the Award. And i have registered your ATM MASTER CARD to the FedEx COMPANY this morning as we agreed and the delivery will take place tomorrow morning based on my agreement with FedEx Director MOST IMPORTANT:

Reconfirm your Full Name:………….
Your private mobile number:………….
Current delivery address:……………

Furnish where to deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to the FedEx Courier Company. Contact the director of FedEx Courier Company via the following email: The only money you will pay to them is delivery fee sum of $50.00 US. Take note of that.

Name: Dr. Mohammed Tanko
E-mail{fedexcourierservice131@yahoo.com}
+22998785325

Your amount in the Card is US$950,000.00 and the Pin code of your ATM CARD is: {0609}.The only money you will pay to them is delivery fee sum of $50.00 US. Take note of that.

Thanks,
Mr.Usman Danladi.
United Nations Assistant Secretary.

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Gah.

Are there still idjits who fall for this?

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.

As part of the beatification process of Unarmed Teenager Mike “let’s try to take a  cops gun” Brown, a few of his supporters wanted to have a fireworks display.

Alleged plot included bombing Arch, killing St. Louis County prosecutor, Ferguson chief

Sources close to the investigation were uncertain whether the men had the capability to carry out the plans, although the two allegedly did buy what they thought was a pipe bomb in an undercover law enforcement sting.

The men wanted to acquire two more bombs, the sources said, but could not afford to do it until one suspect’s girlfriend’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card was replenished.

That’s neat.

Extra points: the two New Black Panther geniuses… one is named Muhammad, the other Ali. Float like a butterfly, sting like a mentally retarded stinkbug what thinks it’s a bee.

In a world full of Surt worshiping wackos, it’s nice to know that so many of them have almost no ability to think strategically.

What’s more: one of ‘em is one of those “sovereign citizen” goobers, and was on the receiving end of a tazer in 2013 when he refused to pay taxes on a purchase he made at a gas station. His reason? Apparently he thinks he’s a “Moorish national” and that that means he has the right to not be taxed.

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And in other Incompetency News, there’s THIS.

ISIS supports Ferguson protesters: Islamic militants pledge to send over ‘soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage’

Birmingham-born jihadi Junaid Hussain, 20 – who has adopted the nom de guerre Abu Hussain al-Britani – this morning tweeted a photograph of a hand-written letter urging the Ferguson rioters to ‘reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy’

That’d be fun: actual enemy soldiers on American shores. If the fine folk of Ferguson think they have trouble with the cops *now,* just wait until it’s perfectly legal to carry out summary executions of enemy troops not wearing recognized uniforms.

And likely contra-indicated by the owners manual. Probably violates the warranty.

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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:

#ThanksMichelleObama

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.

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

The “labor force participation rate,” basically the percentage of the civilian population over the age of 16 who actually have jobs, is 62.8 percent for October, 2014. This means the *actual* rate of unemployment in the US is nearly forty percent; the only reason why it is generally listed as being much lower is because most of the unemployed have stopped looking for a job, and are thus no longer considered unemployed (it doesn’t make a lick of rational sense, but this is politics we’re talking about here).

And the rate has been dropping steadily:

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So clearly, what the US needs is Even More low-skilled foreign workers flooding in.

Yay, imperial fiat!

 

As a child of the 70′s and 80′s, I remember going into the “Waldens” book store at the mall from time to time and looking at all the sci-fi and fantasy books. This was in an era when Frank Frazetta art was all over the place and Chevy vans were like as not to have airbrushed wizards and dragons on the sides (the 70′s were crazy).

Somethig I clearly recall were the “Gor” books of John Norman. At the time, they were omni-present in book stores. But I never read them; most of my early reading was library books, and the libraries never seemed to have them. And then sometime in the 1980′s they vanished, like the fever-dream of the Carter era, never to be seen again.

But then in 2008 I have a brief stint in Maryland. And like the Carter era reborn under Obama, the Gor books returned… or at least a whole bunch of ‘em at a hole-in-the-wall used bookstore near Elkton, MD. They were cheap ($.50 each, IIRC), and looked like cheap mindless entertainment, so I bought ‘em and started reading. They started off pretty much as I expected… a goofy mis-mash of sci-fi and fantasy tropes… aliens and magic and swords and barbarians and such. Not in the slightest good literature, but decent enough mindless entertainment.

But after a couple books, a disturbing trend began to become apparent. The author started to work into the story details about the system of slavery used on the world of “Gor;” in and of itself that’s not a biggie, as slavery is a pretty much inevitable result of fantasy (or pre-industrial or non-capitalist reality). But it became clear that the author thought that slavery itself was a pretty good idea… and that it was the natural state of women. A woman unslaved and unbeated was, it seemed, a great tragedy.  Sado-masochism, all that weirdass stuff. This soon became the over-riding theme of *all* of the books, overwhelming what had previously been adequate Edgar Rice Burroughs-style cheapo fantasy. Bad as the whack-you-upside-the-head-message became, the writing became boring. My stubbornness was defeated by the books awfulness and I gave up after a small fraction of the books.

I suppose maybe I shoulda Googled ‘em before reading them. Shrug. Live and learn. Well nearly fifty years after the first Gor book was written, John Norman is apparently still plugging away at them; the most recent having been published in 2013. Somehow I seem to have managed to fail to buy the newer stuff since that original purchase of old paperbacks in ’08.

So imagine my surprise to find these “unpublished Gor books” that almost seem as if they might be entertaining…

Unpublished Gor Books

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More such books at the link.

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And because why not:

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Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems

The high point: apparently it takes a special wrench to tighten the (presumably explosive) bolts that hold warheads onto the Minuteman ICBM. That’s not the problem. The problem is that there was only *one* of these wrenches, and the technicians FedExed this single wrench from site to site as needed.

That’s greeeeeeeaaaaaaaat.

 

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