Archive for August, 2005

Lac New Orleans

See Lake New Orleans? That, Dear Diary, is why you don’t build on floodplains. You’re gambling with mother nature, and nature always wins. Those who settled the city were foolish and ignorant. Rebuilding the city where it was would be even more so. Rebuilding the city below sea level would be ridiculous folly, and it’s depressing to me that many are too blinded by irrationality and emotion to see this.

Published in: General, History | on August 31st, 2005 | Comments Off on Lac New Orleans

I heard the news today, oh boy…

Ninjalicious, the lovable and much-respected guy behind, succumbed to cancer late Monday night in Canada. I met him once, when he was in town, and exchanged email with him several times. He was a good guy, which only goes to prove that only the good die young.

Ninj, you’ll be missed.

Published in: General | on August 24th, 2005 | Comments Off on I heard the news today, oh boy…

And Here’s to You, Mr. Robertson

Sheesh. Anyone wondering why Christianity is increasingly becoming irrelevant needs only look at the deranged ramblings of the religion’s best-known and most visible mouthpieces, such as the loathesome Pat Robertson:

There was a popular coup that overthrew [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing… Within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he’s going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent.

I really hate to point out the obvious, but… this isn’t 1950. As I’ve said elsewhere, nobody with two clues to rub together is impressed by or scared of the Red Menace. Anti-Commie witch-hunts were a huge failure half a decade ago, and trying to whip the sheeple into another round isn’t going to produce much of anything.

Boy Wonder then went on to say:

if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war…But this man is a terrific danger and… This is in our sphere of influence, so we can’t let this happen. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.

In the strange, strange world of Pat Robertson, Chavez is a “dangerous enemy” who “could hurt us very badly”. Why? Because he doesn’t like us, and has threatened to suspend oil exports to the United States. Venezuala’s military is almost laughable, compared even to our weakened military of today. The only way he can truly harm America is by exploiting our dependency on foreign oil, by crippling our economy, not our soldiers. So Robertson, who clearly went to the same sort of redneck boarding school that coughed up John Bolton, thinks that the best way to address this danger – the best way to shift attention from our unquenchable thirsy for the world’s oil – is to kill President Chavez. Brilliant… absolutely fucking brilliant.

Published in: General | on August 22nd, 2005 | Comments Off on And Here’s to You, Mr. Robertson

Stressful day…

Qwest has to be one of the worst internet service providers in the world. I mean, even worse than Comcast… which hasn’t made trying to deal with PayPal all day any more enjoyable.

Ah, well.

Published in: General | on August 19th, 2005 | Comments Off on Stressful day…

Misleading headlines

When I saw this story on the BBC, captioned “Space record broken by Russian”, my first thought, embarassingly enough, was that the phonograph record aboard the Voyager-2 probe had been broken. You know those clumsy Russians, right? I mean, okay, it was early in the morning, and I wasn’t real wide awake yet…

There aren’t a whole lot of good ways to write that headline, but I think, twelve-inch gold-plated LPs aside, that that’s not one of the better ones. Your mileage may vary.

Published in: General | on August 16th, 2005 | Comments Off on Misleading headlines