RT Tuesdays : 11/30/10

Every Tuesday I re-post all zee tweets that didn’t originate from this blog just to keep everything in sync.

This last week on Twitter…

  • Do you ever get the sense of Vuja De? That strange feeling you’re seeing the same kind of stupidity you’ve seen somewhere else before? (around 10:30 PM November 30th via Twitter for iPhone)
  • First amendment speech or terrorists – “@thehill: Top Republican: Designate #Wikileaks as a terrorist org http://bit.ly/hYrjWU #politics” (5:48 AM Nov 29th via Twitter for iPhone)
  • Wikileaks: Deals to empty Guantánamo: US diplomats pushed countries to accept detainees if they wanted to meet w Obama. http://j.mp/emzhwc (1:05 PM Nov 28th via Twitter for iPhone)
  • nytimes Browse the diplomatic cables in our interactive document viewer: http://nyti.ms/gjtmCD #Wikileaks #statelogs (10:38 AM Nov 28th via HootSuite Retweeted by RoyceEddington and 100+ others)
  • nytimes NYT is publishing new articles on vast trove of secret diplomatic cables on global crises. http://nyti.ms/dHTlzB #wikileaks (10:09 AM Nov 28th via TweetDeck Retweeted by RoyceEddington and 100+ others)
  • Remember the old saying “take a chill pill?” I found some in the “strange vitamins” isle of my grocery store. http://yfrog.com/eufd90j (4:44 PM Nov 27th via Twitter for iPhone)
Chill Pill

Chill Pill

  • It’s 3:40 AM and I’m seriously wondering if T-Rexes hopped like kangaroos since their skeletal structure is similar. Insomnia is overrated. (1:42 AM Nov 27th via Twitter for iPhone)

Before getting a taser gun, police have to be tased themselves. Why not apply this to waterboarding?

I just had a random thought.

Police officers all have to be tased before they are issued a taser gun, right? (Proof HERE and HERE and HERE)

This serves quote a few purposes. First, it shows the police officers how a taser can take the wind right out of your sails (IE: how much it friggin’ hurts!) and it also shows them how a taser affects a human body.

Is being tased survivable? Oh yes. As a matter of fact, you get back to “normal” very rapidly as soon as the current stops.

Is it justified to get tased for prolonged periods? Day and night? Ask someone who has been tased that question. My money is on “hell no”.

Can a taser kill you? Yes. It definitely can. (HERE and HERE and HERE)

So why not waterboard every “interrogator” that’s still over at the “still-not-closed-for-two-years” Guantánamo Bay so they can see how waterboarding affects a human body and if it’s justifiable to waterboard someone for prolonged periods? It works for tasers. Why not for waterboarding?

I bet if every politician who still approves waterboarding got just a 30 second dip, they would very quickly get on their high horse and make it a point to outlaw this form of torture. I bet if everyone who says waterboarding is OK actually got waterboarded themselves, the talk show/blog brigade would be focusing on nothing but outlawing this form of torture.

So how do you get waterboarding back into the spotlight? Maybe I should set up a “traveling waterboard” show and offer $1,000 for every five seconds on the board to anyone’s favorite charity if they take the dip? Show up with the show at carnivals, malls, WalMarts and Sunday-morning church parking lots for starters!

Ah, but wait… if an individual waterboards someone, they will be prosecuted for “domestic assault, false imprisonment, and making terrorist threats” (HERE and HERE).

A letter from Damon Swank from Torrance, Calif in the 11/23 edition of the Wall Street Journal makes a perfect closing point…

Is America Becoming Ruthless, Imperial?

“The Verdict on Holder” (Review & Outlook, Nov. 19) illustrates the decay of American principles of freedom and justice.

In better times, our nation comforted itself with the warm blanket of moral superiority. We disparaged whose nations conducting “show trials” and “kangaroo courts” which incarcerated prisoners without charges, trials and verdicts. In our view, such nations were morally and ethically primitive beasts.

How the tide has changed. It now suits American convenience to confine prisoners indefinitely without charges. We now seek that forum and those rules of evidence that will maximize the likelihood that defendants will be found guilty of all charges and will receive the punishment the government seeks. In the unlikely event of an acquittal, nothing will change. The condemned will remain imprisoned.

We have forfeited the moral high ground. Many nations now consider America to embody the ruthless, amoral traditions of torture and imperial conduct we formerly deplored. Ethically adrift, seeking results without regard to methods, we are morphing ourselves into pariahs.”

Post #600 just checked in!

The “Monday Morning Music” for today was post #600! Not too bad for a “making it up as I go along” personal blog!

To celebrate the 600th post, I’ve stolen posted some more comic covers that also passed the big “600”! (I have no idea what I’m going to to for the 1k post though!)




Monday Morning Music : 11/29/10

Every Monday I like to post some music to start the week off on the right foot.

This week…

María José – La Ocasión Para Amarnos

The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl

John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band – On the Dark Side

…and finally, Parliament – Flash light

RT Tuesdays : 11/23/10

Every Tuesday I re-post all zee tweets that didn’t originate from this blog just to keep everything in sync.

This last week on Twitter…

  • iOS 4.2 Update Wipe Out Your iPhone Music? Try this. http://t.co/OIZd3pW via @techcrunch (Nov 23rd via Tweet Button)
  • “Notes” on the iPad doesn’t let you AirPrint? Are you kidding me Apple? The iPad’s built-in notepad doesn’t support printing? (Nov 22nd via web)
  • New law: from 3 AM to 5 AM, no drive thru can ask if you want “regular or decaf” coffee. It won’t EVER be decaf coffee at 3, 4 or 5 AM! (5:41 AM Nov 22nd via Twitter for iPhone)
  • WSJ: New York’s high court ruled it is legal to take out a life-insurance policy and immediately sell it to a stranger. http://j.mp/ddmdx2 (12:03 AM Nov 21st via Twitter for iPhone)
  • Just watched movie “The Crazies”. Surprisingly good! Great movie for late night scare/thrill ride. (11:10 PM Nov 20th via Twitter for iPhone)
  • Scientists at CERN have captured and contained antimatter!! Anti-hydrogen atoms in a magnetic trap = trekkie bliss. http://j.mp/cKA7Md (11:37 AM Nov 18th via Twitter for iPhone)

Safco’s suggestion boxes use one master key

Long story short: The company I work for recently purchased a few dozen of Safco’s suggestion boxes from a couple of different stores.

Safco 01

We were setting them up when I found out the suggestion boxes all use the same key.

Safco 02

You can buy a Safco suggestion box online and use that key to open any other Safco suggestion box anywhere in the world.

Is this bad? Not necessarily. But it’s something to keep in mind if you intend to buy this $63 product.

Monday Morning Music : 11/22/10

Every Monday I like to post some music to start the week off on the right foot.

This week…

The Wombats – Moving to New York

The Specials – Too Much Too Young

Jo Dee Messina – My Give A Damn’s Busted

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock N Roll

…and finally, Danzón no. 2 (AKA My Mexican Soul) – Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas