Monday, February 25, 2008

Obese Terrorists

Some experts morons at the Oxford Health Alliance Summit have declared that obesity is more dangerous than terrorism.

World governments are focusing too much on fighting terrorism while obesity and other "lifestyle diseases" are killing millions more people, an international conference heard Monday.

Obesity is only a government problem if you believe that government should be deciding what we eat and how much of it. The article also says, "However, it is preventable chronic disease that will send health systems and economies to the wall." The only way that government can prevent obesity is by restricting our diets. Individual cities have already attempted high taxes on foods they don't want us to eat. A couple of cities have banned restaurants from using trans fat (cross dressing fat?) in the foods they prepare.

In the never ending quest of the Nanny Elite for control over our lives they can't leave this issue alone. If I eat too much and don't get enough exercise, I get fat. A few years ago, I weighed close to 240 pounds. I lost a lot of weight and got down as low as 187. I'm fairly consistent at 200 pounds right now. I didn't need a government program to do it. Furthermore, if I was still fat, so what? It's MY business, not that of government.

The idiots carp about the social cost of obesity, blah, blah, blah, but people should be paying their own health care costs ANYWAY! Can you imagine the funny looks you would have gotten 20 years ago if you said, "Now that the government is going after smokers, they'll eventually turn their attention to our food." Sure enough, that's what happened. It's only going to get worse.

Maybe our benevolent government should control the entire food supply so that we only eat what is good and healthy for us. They'll do it or the children!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Not Much Sympathy

An illegal immigrant from the Philippines is having a rough time. She's trying to get through school at UCLA and she has to take time off to work to pay for it.

It's not her fault she's an illegal immigrant, America is the only country she knows. Her parents brought her here when she was very young. I guess what gets me is that in the article she's whining about the difficulties she's having and the fact that she's not going to be able to do anything with her degree when she's done because it will be tough for her to get a job.

Nowhere in the article is there any line such as, "Even though I'm struggling through things here, I'm grateful for growing up in a place with much better living conditions than I might have had back in the Philippines."

She's nearly done with her degree. I happen to know that in the Philippines, people are educated in English. She'd have very little difficulty getting along in Manila on English alone while she applied her self as hard to studying Tagalog as she did her university studies. In the mean time, I've no doubt that a school there would accept someone as a teacher with a degree from UCLA.

I'm not even saying she should be deported, I'm just saying that if she's having such a rough go of it here, maybe she should return and give it a shot there.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Quiz Most Evil

This quiz has been around for quite a while but I ran across it again and I wanted to share it with you.

There is some sense to every question in this quiz. I think I got as high as question 85 when I was messing with it last year.

Enjoy! It's addicting.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Recovery Complete!

WHEW! I dodged a bullet!

A while back, I bought an external hard drive. I backed up my PC to this drive and reformatted my old one (it was time for a fresh install).

Just after installing Windows XP on the freshly formatted drives, I accidentally DROPPED my external drive while it was running!! I knocked it off of my other PC. Something in side the drive broke, I'm not sure what.

Needless to say, this presented a huge problem. I didn't want to pay tons of money to have my broken hard drive taken apart and have the files recovered. I got some recovery software from a friend of mine and it seems to have recovered about 99% of the files I needed fully intact.

The main thing I was concerned about was the pics of Little Dif that I had stored. I had backed those up before to CD somewhere before but it had been a while. I don't like to rely on CD's for long term storage anyway. They are unreliable.

Here's my advice: Go buy yourself a USB hard drive enclosure. Back everything up and remove the drive from the enclosure and keep it in a safe place. Feel free to get another drive and use it as additional storage, especially if you have a laptop but do not use your backup drive for everyday use.

Even better! Buy two drives, get a safe deposit box at the bank. Once a month, swap drives and make a new back up. It's always best to do incremental backups though so you never really delete anything.

No matter what you do, or how you do it, ***PERFORM REGULAR BACKUPS***

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

More On Abiotic Oil

It appears that Titan, one of Saturn's moons has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all of the gas reserves on Earth combined. I guess there must have been a LOT of freaking dinosaurs living on that moon in order.... oh wait... no, that's impossible.

Well gee wiz, I guess it must be a geological producing all of those hydrocarbons (the building blocks of oil). Now, it's certainly possible that some of our oil is the result of dead animals and vegetation but there's a very good chance that it originates from geologic sources.

Oh, one more thing, go look at the article. While you're reading it, you'll notice that the picture of Titan appears to get smaller while you're not looking directly at it.

Friday, February 08, 2008


An 8 year old boy is returning to his school dressed as a girl.

They've instructed the teachers not to use 'he' or 'she' to refer to the BOY. They're setting up special bathrooms for HIM.

They're making everyone else in the school bend over backwards to accommodate this BOY wants to dress like a girl and his parents are letting him.

What an utterly and completely selfish thing for those parents to do. They're foisting their confused child on other children who have no idea how to handle the idea of 'transgenderism'.

And when did gender become a more important factor than sex? Sex is biologicial and gender is subjective.

Another reason just to nuke the entire public school system. Any parent in that school who doesn't pull their kids out of that school so fast it pulls their arms out of socket is just stupid.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

H&R Block Misandry

The H&R Block commercial I've seen a few times now is really irritating. The woman is standing over the man who's stuck doing the taxes and she's berating him for using a boxed software instead of "People" to do their taxes. He sits there looking like an idiot the whole time while she makes fun of him for not doing it the right way.

If it was an isolated incident, that would be one thing, but the constant man-bashing on TV is no longer funny. I'm going to send them an email letting them know I don't appreciate it.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Firefox Ad Blocker

I recently installed the Firefox extension called Ad Blocker.

So far it's managed to be very effective at blocking banner ads and it doesn't seem to have blocked any content that should be there.

If you're not using Firefox, I recommend you install it and use it. Then install Ad Blocker after that.

It should cut down on spyware and malware.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Coming Soon...

I haven't been to see many movies lately. Good movies are getting harder and harder to find. When it comes to movies, I mostly prefer mindless entertainment, special effects and pretty girls. Movies are for visual stimulation. If I need intellectual stimulation, I'll read a book. Even so, once in a while I like a good drama or a romantic date movie.

I was cruising through Apple's collection of movie trailers and thought I'd put up a list of movies I'd like to see. **Disclaimer - I'm not actually recommending these movies since I haven't actually seen them. So if you go see one of these movies and hate it, don't be sending me a bill to get a refund on your ticket prices. The link provided for each movie will take you to the trailer for it.
  • Wanted - Angelina Jolie, guns, bullets that curve. This is going to be a good one!
  • Defiance - This looks like it has the makings of a good libertarian movie. During WWII a group of Jews in Russia escape to the forest to fight for their survival. Starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber.
  • Ironman - I never read the comic but the action in this one looks promising. Looks like Robert Downey Jr. stayed sober long enough to make a good action flick.
  • Doomsday - Stupid plot (virus wipes out millions but there's a city of survivors) but who cares. Swords, guns, motorcycles and a hot chick leading the fight. Yes, despite the implausibility of a 120 pound woman being a truly formidable warrior I LIKE those movies. Suspend your disbelief and grab the popcorn. No, bring your own snacks, that movie theater crap is too expensive.
  • Son Of Rambow - Yes, you read that right, RAMBOW. I just know Little Dif will like this one so it's on my list.
  • 88 Minutes - Al Pacino, always a safe bet.
  • Start Trek - Shut up! I'm going to see it anyway.
  • Witless Protection - Larry The Cable Guy. Good old redneck humor! Get er done!
  • Never Back Down - Of course we know what's going to happen. So?
  • Leatherheads - Yes, George Clooney is a commie bastard but he's funny and Renee Zelwhatever is always nice to look at.
  • You Don't Mess With The Zohan - Adam Sandler is an ex Israeli solider who leaves it all behind to ... cut hair. It looks pretty funny.
  • Kung Fu Panda - Another one for Little Dif that I'd probably enjoy too.
  • Chronicles of Narnia - Disney did a surprisingly good job with the first one. I'd go see this one even without Little Dif but of course I'll take her.
  • Nim's Island - Little Dif will LOVE this one.
  • Fool's Gold - I guess I'll wait for Eleanor and watch this one on DVD.
  • In The Name Of The King - An epic battle with what looks like some decent special effects. It's not going to be LOTR but entertaining nonetheless.
  • Definitely, Maybe - I'll admit, daddy/daughter movies make me cry; seriously, I can't help it. I won't take Little Dif to see this one though and I probably won't see it in the theatre but I'll probably rent it after it comes out on DVD.
  • Speed Racer - No explanation needed.
  • 10,000 B.C. - Another epic adventure but the theme is intriguing; cave men at war.
  • The Dark Knight - Christian Bale returns as Batman to fight The Joker (The late Heath Ledger). Batman Begins was good; let's see how this turns out.
  • Hancock - Will Smith as a loser superhero. It looks funny.
It's highly unlikely that I'll actually end up seeing all of those movies or even half of them, especially since I only see 5-10 movies a year in the theater. But that's my list and I'm sticking too it!