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Conficker

Public service announcement, because I'd hate to see any of you guys lose your computers.

Malware known as Conficker 2.0 is poised to strike on Wednesday, April Fools Day, security experts warn. Conficker is a malicious worm that has so far infected 9 million Windows-based PCs since it was a first detected in October 2000.

Experts are unsure whether Conficker will simply display a harmless April Fools Day message or, for example, begin harvesting PC user names and passwords or even erase hard disks. Security experts advise that Windows PC users run their virus-scanning software today (March 31) to ensure they have downloaded and installed all the latest security system updates from Microsoft.

Microsoft has set up a special Web site to assist users in thwarting Conficker.

Malicious Software Removal Tool

Permalink03/31/09, 06:03:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 283 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Capitalist Fools

Behind the debate over remaking U.S. financial policy will be a debate over who’s to blame. It’s crucial to get the history right, writes a Nobel-laureate economist, identifying five key mistakes—under Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II—and one national delusion.

by Joseph E. Stiglitz January 2009

Permalink03/30/09, 11:19:42 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 393 views, Latest Posts 20 feedbacks

Automakers

Today's big news is going to be about the bailout of the automakers.

WASHINGTON — Neither General Motors nor Chrysler submitted acceptable plans to receive more federal bailout money, the Obama administration said as it set the stage for a crisis in Detroit that would dramatically reshape the nation's auto industry.

The White House pushed out GM's chairman and directed Chrysler to move quickly to forge a partnership with Fiat if it expects to receive additional government assistance.

I find it interesting that, of the big 3, only GM's CEO is being asked to step down. GM is the only one of the three that's working very publicly on an electric car. It's probably only a coincidence, but it's a very disturbing coincidence.

Does anyone know of any government programs to fund development of alternative-fuel vehicles?

Permalink03/30/09, 08:00:37 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 383 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Thought for the day

I'm 52, today. When I was in my 40's Bush was President nearly the entire time. We should never do something like that to anyone, again.

Permalink03/29/09, 09:18:21 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 492 views, Latest Posts 16 feedbacks

Another Reason Beat Cops Shouldn't Carry Guns

The Dallas Morning News, in an editorial, calls for the dismissal of Dallas police officer Robert Powell, who kept NFL running back Ryan Moats from going inside a hospital to see his dying mother-in-law last week while lecturing Moats, threatening to arrest him and ticketing him for running a red light in his vehicle en route to the emergency room.

The Morning News writes in its editorial: "In a society ruled by law, a sacred contract exists between the police and the people they protect and serve. We grant them extraordinary powers and need them to do their duty to keep the rest of us safe. We also expect them to use those powers wisely. When they abuse power--one or all--they cede authority.

"Judging from the videotape from the officer's car, the young cop--25 years old, with only three years on the job--abused the power of his badge. Yes, Moats violated a traffic law; under the circumstances, who wouldn't? Powell may have been within his rights to sanction Moats, but how he did it was appallingly unjust and cruel."

If a traffic cop needs a gun, let him take the unloaded gun that's stored in his trunk out and load it, like any other citizen. There is absolutely no reason why a traffic cop needs a gun strapped to his hip, other than to enhance his power trip.

They shouldn't have tasers, at all.

Of course, we all know how much the Republics respect the rule of law ... not at all.

Permalink03/28/09, 09:07:20 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 270 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

98% Of Babies Manic-Depressive

From the Onion:

March 23, 2009 | Issue 45•13
NEW YORK—A new study published in The Journal Of Pediatric Medicine found that a shocking 98 percent of all infants suffer from bipolar disorder. "The majority of our subjects, regardless of size, sex, or race, exhibited extreme mood swings, often crying one minute and then giggling playfully the next," the study's author Dr. Steven Gregory told reporters. "Additionally we found that most babies had trouble concentrating during the day, often struggled to sleep at night, and could not be counted on to take care of themselves—all classic symptoms of manic depression." Gregory added that nearly 100 percent of infants appear to suffer from the poor motor skills and impaired speech associated with Parkinson's disease.

Permalink03/28/09, 08:29:02 am, by lewagner Email , 305 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Creationism.....

I was scanning USENET for a good Hiroshima/Nagasaki argument to dive into, and came across this creationism/evolution thread.

This post was funny I thought:

> Name one Cambrian mammal.

Trilobites

http://groups.google.com / group / talk.origins / msg / ca6f87a4c80e9f94

Permalink03/28/09, 05:37:08 am, by oralloy Email , 335 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

An Open Letter to Republican Traitors

You Republicans are the arsonists who burned down our national home. You combined the failed ideologies of the Religious Right, so-called free market deregulation and the Neoconservative love of war to light a fire that has consumed America. Now you have the nerve to criticize the "architect" America just hired -- President Obama -- to rebuild from the ashes. You do nothing constructive, just try to hinder the one person willing and able to fix the mess you created.

In the mid 1980s I left the Religious Right, after I realized just how very anti-American they are, (the theme I explore in my book Crazy For God). They wanted America to fail in order to prove they were right about America's "moral decline." Soon after McCain lost in 2000 I re-registered as an independent in disgust with W. Bush. But I still respected many Republicans. Not today.

How can anyone who loves our country support the Republicans now? Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan defined the modern conservatism that used to be what the Republican Party I belonged to was about. Today no actual conservative can be a Republican. Reagan would despise today's wholly negative Republican Party. And can you picture the gentlemanly and always polite Ronald Reagan, endorsing a radio hate-jock slob who crudely mocked a man with Parkinson's and who now says he wants an American president to fail?!

Permalink03/26/09, 03:58:12 pm, by bsa Email , 276 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Where's the love, Jack?

I know most of you have seen it but it's an absolute classic.

Permalink03/26/09, 03:51:55 pm, by bsa Email , 260 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Obama's Next Presser

I have an idea.

How about, next time, he by-passes the brain-dead media, entirely, and takes questions from American citizens instead?

They're just stenographers, anyway. They can write down what the smart people say.

Permalink03/25/09, 07:36:58 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 253 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Plotting the Arc of the Wingnut Meltdown

Mykeru's back!

Following a trauma or a life-altering event (loss, grief, Sarah Palin’s Katie Couric interview) it’s said that people go through distinct stages: Denial, bargaining and acceptance.

The Republican party, especially for the most block-headed true-believers who have a vested interest in keeping the shit perpetually stirred, have suffered an enormous shock to their system.

As hard as they tried, closed their eyes, clicked their heels and really believed, they just couldn’t create that darn pesky reality out of thin air. Or hot air, for that matter.

snip

I have a prediction to make. The right-wing nuts are going to skip the denial, because what has happened is undeniable, leap right over bargaining, which they aren’t constitutionally suited for, give acceptance a complete miss and go directly to bat-shit crazy.

Much more at the link, and (as usual) the Rev is right on.

Serenity Through Viciousness

Permalink03/24/09, 06:09:42 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 287 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Yippee!

Wow, the FED/Treasury cabal smears some tomato sauce on a pile of shxt and the market says "MEATLOAF" and dives in...

Up nearly 500 points

...no need to fear, all is well again.

No more debt
No more bogeymen
No inflation threat despite mountains of new money
No insolvent banks
No bankrupt automakers
No more millions of unemployed
No more crooks on Wall Street

Ah, it is good to live again.

Permalink03/23/09, 04:40:39 pm, by whatta Email , 265 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Michigan 15-year-old dies after police Taser him

Sun Mar 22, 4:07 pm ET
BAY CITY, Mich. – Police in Michigan say a 15-year-old boy has died after being Tasered by officers who were trying to break up a fight.
Police didn't release his name and say state police are investigating.
A Bay City police news release says officers answered a report of an early morning fight on Sunday. The statement says two males were arguing in an apartment, and one of them "attempted to fight the officers."
Police say officers Tasered him, and his reaction led them to immediately call for emergency medical help. He was pronounced dead at Bay Regional Medical Center.
Deputy Chief Thomas Pletzke tells WNEM-TV police placed one officer on administrative leave.

Those naughty boys and their probably nasty language. Somebody could have gotten hurt, arguing with each other the way they were.
Call the big boys in to break up the fight.
Totally fvcking surreal.

Permalink03/23/09, 02:59:14 am, by lewagner Email , 330 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

Un-freakin'-believable

"This certainly appears to be a case of TARP funds being recycled into campaign contributions."

It's hard to say who's the bigger piece of shit; the company that's taking taxpayer money just to survive, then trying to buy off congress, or the congress-critters so obviously willing to be bought off.

*Ahem*

Eric Cantor.

Permalink03/22/09, 09:20:07 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 233 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

I Think I'll Do This

Lights out: biggest show of climate concern ever?

He’s not talking about something like an international series of protest marches, a coordinated shift to buying greener goods, nor a boycott of cars in favour of public transport.

What he wants is simply for you (and at least a billion other people) to turn out the lights for an “Earth Hour” on Saturday, March 28, from 8.30 p.m. local time.

We've got one of those "fire pits" in our back yard. I think I'll put a log on it, get out one of the guitars or maybe the hand-crank radio (we bought one for camping for about 15 bucks), or maybe just get out a deck of cards and take a one-hour break from "civilization". If we didn't have that fire pit, we could light candles and do the same thing.

Permalink03/22/09, 02:37:41 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 214 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Tell Rush to Grow Up

Rush Limbaugh -- de facto head of the Republican Party -- has been on a roll lately with his usual poisonous, divisive and often nonsensical diatribes. And he's been getting plenty of attention for his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), for his spat with RNC Chair Michael Steele and especially for his unabashedly rooting for the failure of President Obama and the Democratic majority Congress.

Check out People For's new video ... and then scroll down and tell Rush to GROW UP.

Send Message

Permalink03/22/09, 08:59:25 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 248 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

The WH "Kitchen Garden"

I see timb beat me to this...from another thread:

"Did you see he's going to be the first President to plant a food garden on the WH lawn? That's COOL! ("Spend $20 on seeds and save yourself hundreds on groceries, cut down on use of gas to transport, and reduce greenhouse emissions. It's a win-win.")"

...but it is a great thing. A "kitchen garden" vs the victory garden in WWII. I think they should also go an extra mile and put a rainwater harvesting system in to water the gardens. And, no chemicals. Do it Green, or don't talk the green talk.

Have you read about seed sales this year? They are booming. Many seed companies are seeing 40-100% seed sale increases over a year ago...selling out of popular items.

Anticipating seed "shortages" and price increases next year, we are already contemplating ways to save seeds from this years crops and trade seeds amongst the local gardeners.

Regarding "cheap" or "free" food. Maybe some of you live in areas of the country where it is easier to grow stuff in native soils and don't have to water much, and don't need much preparation at all to garden....but where I live, "cheap" food can cost a good bit. I am not sure that I save anything over store bought veggies.

From the linked article...Michelle says...

...."We're going to get a big one in our back yard"...hmmm....was she still on the gardening topic? LOL.

Permalink03/20/09, 09:43:15 am, by whatta Email , 338 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Future Cars

I think we have a winner in the competition for "the technological breakthrough" that allows viable clean autos.

Lithium Ion batteries that can be charged in less than a minute (five minutes for the battery of an electric car):

http://www.google.com / hostednews / afp / article / ALeq M5irT IYH7D 3rtf5 0YhkI DYlm_ lpVcw

It'd blow your circuit breakers if you tried to charge a car at home (at least with current circuit breakers). But if you replace gas stations with facilities where you can rapidly charge your battery for a fee.....

Permalink03/19/09, 08:55:55 pm, by oralloy Email , 233 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Fed Failed to Tell Obama About The Bonuses

By David Cho and Michael D. Shear, Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 19, 2009; Page A01

Federal Reserve officials knew for months about bonuses at American International Group but failed to tell the Obama administration, according to government and company officials, exposing problems in a relationship that is vital to addressing the financial crisis.

I'm still of the opinion that companies that are "too big to fail" need to be broken up (by existing or new anti-trust laws) into little companies that aren't "too big to fail". We gave being ruled by corporations (Italian-style Fascism) every opportunity to succeed and should be convinced by now that it doesn't work.

Along with that, BTW, we still need to get the money out of politics. All that money that AIG pumped into congress-critter's election coffers didn't help you or me.

Permalink03/19/09, 07:59:42 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 370 views, Latest Posts 13 feedbacks

OK, Somebody Explain This To Me

Permalink03/18/09, 04:31:39 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 309 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Commentary: GOP's "small government" talk is hollow

Good analysis that details the lies the republics tell about big government.

From CNN.com:

Editor's note: Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. His new book, "Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security -- From World War II to the War on Terrorism," will be published this fall by Basic Books. Zelizer writes widely on current events.

PRINCETON, New Jersey (CNN) -- As the budget debate heats up, Republicans are warning of socialism in the White House and claiming that Democrats are rushing back to their dangerous tonic of big government.

Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Rush Limbaugh warned that "the future is not Big Government. Self-serving politicians. Powerful bureaucrats. This has been tried, tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster."

On CNN, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he is worried that the administration is using the current economic conditions to "justify" a "massive expansion" in the government.

After the past eight years in American politics, it is impossible to reconcile current promises by conservatives for small government with the historical record of President Bush's administration. Most experts on the left and right can find one issue upon which to agree: The federal government expanded significantly after 2001 when George W. Bush was in the White House.

Read more! »

Permalink03/18/09, 08:30:28 am, by billy b, 554 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

AIG

It's not that I don't think a company should be allowed to pay bonuses.

It's that I can't come up with a single reason why anyone would pay a "retention bonus" to keep someone on staff after they drove the country so far into the ground it couldn't survive on it's own.

OK, maybe one. Because the people paying the bonuses are so incompetent they can't even recognize who drive them into the shitter.

Oh, and I may not particularly like Charles Grassley, but he can say "tit" all day if he wants to.

Permalink03/17/09, 08:10:24 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 340 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots

Since Dog's not around any more, I guess I'll post the link.

Permalink03/16/09, 09:18:19 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 212 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Did You Lose Your Cat?

Permalink03/16/09, 06:48:40 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 209 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Secret ICRC file says US practiced 'torture'

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross produced in 2007 a secret report, in which it concluded that the treatment of al-Qaeda captives by CIA interrogators "constituted torture," The Washington Post reported Monday. The newspaper quotes the ICRC report as saying that the treatment of inmates at secret prisons run by the US Central Intelligence Agency amounted to "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment," which is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. The findings were based on conclusions by ICRC officials who were granted exclusive access to the CIA's "high-value" detainees after they had been transferred in 2006 to the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the report said.

The 14 detainees gave uniform accounts of abuse that included beatings, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures and, in some cases, waterboarding, the paper noted.

If we look the other way we're as guilty as Bush and Cheney.

Permalink03/16/09, 06:48:02 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 209 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

When Stock Prices Drop, Where's the Money?

Have you ever wondered what happened to your socks when you put them into the dryer and then never saw them again? It's an unexplained mystery that may never have an answer. Many people feel the same way when they suddenly find that their brokerage account balance has taken a nosedive. So, where did that money go? Fortunately, money that is gained or lost on a stock doesn't just disappear. Read to find out what happens to it and what causes it.

snip

The most straightforward answer to this question is that it actually disappeared into thin air...

I'm not making this up.

Permalink03/15/09, 09:19:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 226 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Fvck with my head, eh?

In English, ten meters is "ten times longer than" one meter, right? 1 times 10 equals 10. RIGHT?
In Lao, ten meters is "nine 'tao' longer than" one meter. 1 plus 9 equals 10. RIGHT?
I just learned that a couple of weeks ago.
No wonder I got so many uncomprehending looks when I was explaining the concept of comparatives in English grammar.
I was using the word "teua", which means "times" or "occurrences" (of something happening in time, only, not in space).
I should have been using the word "tao", which means "equivalent unit".
I'd been stubbornly thinking "three", and the students were stubbornly thinking "two".
The picture I'd drawn on the board of a fvcking yardstick SHOULD have made it perfectly clear, I thought.
All I got was the SAME dumbfounded look, again. I shook my head, and gave up.
They concluded that Americans obviously can't add worth a shit.
I concluded the same about their multiplication.

Permalink03/15/09, 02:10:17 am, by lewagner Email , 247 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Oh, That Joe! (No. 48 in a Series)

March 13, 2009 5:40 PM

At an event at Union Station today where Vice President Joe Biden was heralding the $1.3 billion in investments in rebuilding train stations and passenger rails, a microphone picked up one of the former senator's myriad Senate colleagues addressing him, formally, as "Mr. Vice President."

That met with Vice President Biden's standard reply.

"Gimme a f*&$#ing break," he said, apparently unaware that the microphone was on.

Permalink03/14/09, 10:24:27 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 233 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Build Your own Passive Solar Water Heater

This is what I'm reading, tonight.

For the do-it-yourselfer seeking an inexpensive, easy-to-build solar water-heating system, the integral passive solar water heater (IPSWH, pronounced ips-wah) is a dream come true. All you need to build this down-to-earth water warmer is a discarded electric water heater tank, a homemade insulated plywood box to house the tank, a sheet or two of used window glass or clear plastic, a few common plumbing fittings, some pipe and a bit of insulation. Add a few satisfying hours of measuring, thinking, sawing, hammering, painting and wrench-turning, and you’ll have a continuous supply of hot water, provided virtually free of cost by that friendly furnace in the sky...

Permalink03/13/09, 10:46:01 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 296 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Obama Does Away With "Enemy Combatant" Status

Instead of "enemy combatants" they will now be called "people who can be detained indefinitely without charges under the US's wartime powers".

http://news.yahoo.com / s / ap / guantanamo_detainees / print

Permalink03/13/09, 07:06:32 pm, by oralloy Email , 200 views, User Posts Send feedback

US Guided Missile Destroyer To Patrol Near Chinese Submarine Base

http://www.google.com / hostednews / ap / article / ALeqM 5hvgV Iowou HSCJn jUHVpA xuuJ0D 5wD96S IIT00

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Bit of a background in case people aren't up to date:

Back in 2001 a reckless Chinese pilot crashed into our spy-plane, and then China illegally boarded it when it made an emergency landing.

A few days ago, Chinese vessels made similarly reckless maneuvers around our spy-ship off the coast of their "secret" nuclear submarine base. Luckily they didn't actually crash into our spy-ship.

However, given the way China broke the law when our spy-plane made an emergency landing back in 2001, they cannot be allowed to conduct such antics around our spy-ship.

So now when our spy-ship hangs around off the cost of China's secret nuclear submarine base, there is going to be a guided missile destroyer right along with it.

Permalink03/13/09, 07:03:20 pm, by oralloy Email , 244 views, User Posts Send feedback

Multi-Front Mandate - Why Obama Is Right to Pile His Plate High

Eugene Robinson cuts right through the republic nonsense in his column today. He's one of the few WaPo columnists worth reading anymore.

It didn't work to shout "socialism," so now they're yelling "overload" and "lack of focus." Critics of the Obama administration counsel the president and his aides to spend every waking hour -- and every available dollar, including stray coins found behind the cushions of the Oval Office couch -- on the paralyzing financial crisis. What these critics really want, though, is to delay or derail the progressive reforms that voters elected President Obama to carry out.

Read more! »

Permalink03/13/09, 08:21:01 am, by billy b, 649 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Hey Texans!

Whattaya think? Is Perry gonna be able to get elected dog-catcher after this?

Texas gov. rejects stimulus money for unemployment

Permalink03/12/09, 11:01:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 254 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Howard Fineman: One of Us! One of Us!

My old friend Thersites over at Whiskey Fire rips the gourd-headed Howard Fineman a new asshole in this one.

Howard Fineman is a crazy person. Really!

This is an abysmally stupid column, but no more or less stupid than anything else Fineman has written before, or will inflict upon the world in the years to come. There is however a conceit to it that is instructive as to the virulent pathology of the elite media mindset.

The column is an accumulation of gibberish about how The Elite are having qualms about Obama, and that such qualms place him in the incredibly precarious political position of being left with no real support except for that of the majority of Americans.

Read more! »

Permalink03/11/09, 03:27:12 pm, by billy b, 528 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

A Boss Who Tells it Like it Is

From my email. You know me well enough by now that you already know I disagree with this. The question is, do you? Why?

To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country.

However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests.

Read more! »

Permalink03/10/09, 12:37:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 678 views, Latest Posts 12 feedbacks

Is this thing on?

Hey, Timbukians! Long time. Lloyd...e-mail me. I'm gonna be in Bangkok in a few weeks.

Permalink03/09/09, 10:43:40 pm, by atman Email , 270 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Nikkei tumbles to 26-year low

Japan's stock market, the Nikkei, closed at its lowest level since October 1982.

Of course, if you listen to Rush Limbaugh, the de Facto leader of the GOP, this worldwide economic near-disaster is all the fault of a US President who took office a little over a month ago.

No problem, though. According to another out of control Christer (link via World Nut Daily via Drudge) the world is about to end, anyway. See, we're being punished for the sins of the people who have held no power for a decade and a half, and have actually lost rights over the past few years.

Such lunacy has been redefined as "logic" by the 20% or so who see the Bush years as the high point of American history take no responsibility for the failure of their rigid ideology think the flat earth was created 4500 years ago want America to fail.

Permalink03/09/09, 07:46:23 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 277 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

The GOP wants America to Fail

They've wanted America to fail for a long time.

Permalink03/08/09, 07:49:57 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 253 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Did you remember to re-set your clock?

I like the extra hour of daylight in the evening, but I always feel like "someone stole an hour from me" on the first Sunday morning. Jeepus, it's already after 10!

Permalink03/08/09, 10:20:07 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 220 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Octomom

(I'm not quite sure why I posted this.)

Permalink03/07/09, 03:21:50 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 403 views, Latest Posts 16 feedbacks

Planet-Hunting Space Telescope Blasts Off

A new telescope that will be able to detect earth-like planets around other stars launches Friday night from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:49 p.m. Eastern time.

The Kepler Space Telescope is the first human tool that will be able to find planets capable of supporting life as we know it.

"It's not just another science mission. This one has historical significance built into it," Ed Weiler of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters said at a press conference Thursday.

Permalink03/06/09, 08:29:01 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 229 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Who's the Site Administrator?

I've been getting an error at the bottom of my screen all morning. I was not getting it yesterday morning.

It is happening on all pages on this site (or at least all pages of the blog portion of the site).

It does not hinder my reading or posting here in any way, but keeps saying I should notify the administrator, so..... here is my notification.

Here is a screenshot of the error:

http://tinyurl.com/bv998u

If it matters, I'm using Windows XP Service Pack 3, and Internet Explorer (whatever the most up to date version is).

Permalink03/06/09, 09:23:04 am, by oralloy Email , 230 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Heh!

Now here's a Southerner this Northerner would love to have a beer with. I'll even buy!

Fugitive and subject of folk ballad again on loose

KENNESAW, Ga. – The inspiration for a folk ballad about a man who stole a Wal-Mart trailer to see his dying mother was on the loose Wednesday after escaping from custody in Georgia, authorities said.

Chris Daniel Gay slipped out of leg irons, waist chains and handcuffs and escaped from a deputy Tuesday in Kennesaw, officials say. The officer was transporting him to Tennessee to face charges of stealing the trailer in January 2007, officials say. He also is accused of stealing country singer Crystal Gayle's tour bus.

Read more! »

Permalink03/05/09, 04:34:20 am, by lewagner Email , 485 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

1929 and 2007

Here's a chart showing the size of America's consumer debt compared to the GDP:

Blog entry:
http://www.npr.org / blogs / money / 2009 / 02 / household_debt_vs_gdp.html

Larger Picture:
http://media.npr.org / blogs / globalpoolofmoney / images / 2009 / 02 / household.jpg

Guess which two years consumer debt spiked way up to 100% of GDP?

Permalink03/04/09, 08:05:45 am, by oralloy Email , 294 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Job Losses Show Breadth of Recession

Check out the map at the link, and don't forget that jobs are a "lagging indicator"; employment recovers AFTER the economy starts to recover. The Bush/Cheney administration's goals were to concentrate the wealth in the hands of a few (so wages didn't keep up with GDP), and to "drown the government in a bathtub" (so the President who followed them wouldn't be able to do much to recover). They succeeded wildly.

What does the worst recession in a generation look like? It is both deep and broad. Every state in the country, with the exception of a band stretching from the Dakotas down to Texas, is now shedding jobs at a rapid pace. And even that band has recently begun to suffer, because of the sharp fall in both oil and crop prices.

Permalink03/04/09, 07:57:50 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 201 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

I'm Sorry, Rush

The GOP is fighting an internecine war to determine whether they move back toward the middle or become even more extreme, hoping that if they don't get their own way the nation will crumble.

Here's a handy widget for Republics to use if they're ever foolish enough to criticize the minority leader.

Permalink03/04/09, 07:15:47 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 255 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

This is good

Obama overturns Bush endangered species rule

It's going to take time to undo 8 years of damage, but progress is being made.

Permalink03/03/09, 08:02:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 185 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Is this the world's ugliest cat?

(That's the BBC headline. I think he's beautiful. Reminds me of a male lion.)

Article: LINK

Picture: LINK

Permalink03/03/09, 09:47:38 am, by oralloy Email , 310 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Obama's Big Budget

Here is why it matters. It is deficit spending gone wild.

Maybe you recall a comment I made a week or so ago regarding the FED possibly buying US debt...aka US Treasury Bonds. Why on Gawd's Green Earth would they do that? The very people that 'make' money are buying our debt? How can that be more than sleight of hand...an illusion?

After Obama's budget was announced there was a rise in T Bond interest rates...IOW there was a slight sell off in the bonds face value. Who is it that buys and sell most of our treasuries? The answer would be...Foreigners.

So here is the rub. Foreigners, like China, are willing to finance our deficit spending, but only to a point. Obama's belt busting budget was perceived by the foreign monies as excessive insofar as its welfare state spending and expansion. They will finance the US's attempts to stimulate, but not to expand the welfare state. So we may have reached the end of our rope with foreign financing of our deficits.

Why do you think Hillary really went to China? Begging for them to keep buying bonds...

In the event foreign buyers do dry up, which they very well might, and soon, then the FED steps in and starts buying.....and at that point.....the Dollar may well lose whatever credibility it has left.

Cut spending, cut government size and role. It is the only way out in the long run.

Permalink03/03/09, 09:35:52 am, by whatta Email , 254 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Obama Preparing Full-Scale Assault on the Second Amendment

I hate to say "I told you so" but.....

http://abcnews.go.com /Politics /story? id=6960824

Permalink03/01/09, 07:48:22 pm, by oralloy Email , 553 views, User Posts 53 feedbacks

Worst Week Ever: Republicans Unhinged

Permalink03/01/09, 07:14:50 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 207 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

one love stand

I haven't done a music post in a while. I was listening to Little Feat "one love stand" and decided to look it up on YouTube.

This is what I found:

Some l'l footers for ya, too:

Edit: All That You Dream with Lowell George

Permalink03/01/09, 12:40:08 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 235 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks