Saturday, April 28, 2007

Cube-farm mate shows up on x-files episode

So I'm watching the last episode of Season Five of the X-Files and see a guy who is the spitting image of someone whose desk was beside mine for a year and a half. I looked up the episode and lo and behold it is him! I never knew the guy was into acting.

Naturally I can't link because of Google searches and so on, but how much bloody fun is this?

Truth in advertising

British Heart Foundation campaign
Click for the large version.

We don't need no stinkin' variation of George Bush in Canuckistan

TORONTO — The Conservatives' new environmental platform is a “complete and total fraud” that is “designed to mislead the Canadian people,” former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said Saturday.


The Conservative government strategy focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. But the plan failed to spell out precisely what many of its regulations will look like.

“In my opinion, it is a complete and total fraud,” Mr. Gore said. “It is designed to mislead the Canadian people.”

Mr. Gore acknowledged he is not a Canadian citizen and said he has “no right to interfere in your decisions.”

However, he said, the rest of the world looks to Canada for moral leadership, and that's why this week's announcement was so “shocking.” (Globe and Mail)
With neoconservatives in power, I wouldn't look for moral leadership from Canada any time soon. In fact, just forget our feds. They've been sucking for years. It'll be cities and provinces showing leadership on environmental issues. Oil companies couldn't care less about the environment, and conservatives have, until very recently, balked at the science behind global warming. It wasn't until a poll showed a majority of Canadians view global warming as their number one concern that Harper started pretending he cared. Before that he pretended to care about public health care. And we know how well that's going.

A lethal combination

From the what was I thinking? department.

Cheesies, popcorn, licorice and oatmeal chocolate cookies consumed close together are guaranteed, apparently, to create a colossal toxic gas bubble in one's gut that has hideous side effects, not the least of which is the most vile sensation: nausea.

Thankfully the agony lasted only an hour or so.

I blame the cheesies and vow never to eat that Republican food again!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Photo of the day

Eli, an Australian cattle dog, leaps off the back of his owner, Josh Mumme, while chasing a disc at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Smiles all around!

Photo and video (below) by Janice Clark

Well it finally happened. The last of the Hawthorn elephants are now free. Gypsy (right) and Nicholas (who is still a relative youngster) are now living at the Performing Animal Welfare Sanctuary in Galt and will soon be relocated to the PAWS' Ark2000 Sanctuary in San Andreas. There they will share a vast and beautiful home with five other freed Asian elephants: Winky, Wanda, Annie, Minnie, and Rebecca.
Updates, photos and videos here.
More of the story here.

Lota, you can relax now. Your tribe is free!

Gypsy and Nic playin' in mud, mud, glorious mud:

It's hard to imagine that these elephants were, until their rescue, living in a fetid windowless barn, chained up to 18 hours a day when they weren't performing in circus acts.

Haircuts and foils may be a quarterly treat...

I still wouldn't trade places with this "Prozac Burp".

Friday, April 20, 2007


Digital sound enhancer for winamp, media player and other MP3 players: DFX

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The resourcefulness of those we continue to view as meat

Resistance is Never Futile
...when the curtain is pulled back, our fellow creatures emerge as active beings each of whom has the ability to shape the world around them. Agency is not unique to the human animal. Cows, pigs, monkeys, and elephants can also resist their exploitation. read more

More impossibly cute pet photos.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Ntodd's petz.

4/5 of the Pack (third down) looks like an Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair cover pic. I have advised Ntodd that I totally love it and would buy the large size. Seriously.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Vancouver in the 1950s

A stunning collection of photographs by Fred Herzog.


Like something Magritte might have painted:

Two Men in Fog

Friday, April 13, 2007


Album: West by Lucinda Williams

The Amazing Chase or A Blur of Bassets:

Writing: James Wolcott on Rush Limbaugh:

Global warming's most popular denialist, talk radio's most imitated showman, conservatism's minister of disinformation, he has injected millions of semi-vacant American skulls with a cream filling of complacency that has helped thrust this country into the forefront of backward leadership. He has given Republican lawmakers the rhetorical cover fire to do nothing but snicker as the crisis emerged and impressed itself on the rest of the world. He conscripted concern for nature as just another weapon in the Culture Wars. May the grasses of his favorite golf courses go forever yellow and dust storms whip from the sand traps.
Amen, brother.

Opinion: What Echidne said about Markos who called Kathy Sierra a whiner for taking email threats of rape and murder seriously.

Echidne's final words on the Imus debacle.
He's been dancing (or tottering) on the edge, and his supporters have been applauding his brilliance. Only this time he chose go a little too close to the edge and fell over. It's not kosher, even in today's fundamentalist America, to call young women playing college basketball nappy-haired hos, when these young women did nothing to hurt Imus, had no political power and were in general acting out the accepted version of the American dream. This is pretty much the consensus, and we should not forget it.

Now step back a little, and ask what it is that we are not really debating in this great Imus-debacle. We are not debating the context (watch the video on the site) in which Imus's comment came. It started with him making fun of the idea that women could play basketball at all, and it continued with essentially rating the fuckability of the two teams in the championship match. It then turned into the "nappy-haired hos" statement.

This context seems to me to consist of first ridiculing women's athletic abilities, then their right to be seen as anything but sexual objects for men like Imus, and then putting the black women into their even lower place as nothing but frightening whores.

Now, this is not how Imus spoke, of course. He spoke in code. But the reason he expected his audience to appreciate the code is that he believed them to agree with him on all those matters. It is this that should be the talking point in the debates, much more than whether certain things can be said or not and by whom.
Coming soon: Another motherfucker should be out of a job next week. Wolfowitz apologized "to a few hundred staff members assembled in the bank building atrium, only to be greeted by booing, catcalls and cries for his resignation." I'm no fan of the World Bank but I chuckle thinking of staid bureaucrats heckling this asshole. Goddamn, that must have been a sweet moment.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

It's all Greek to me, but it sure is amazing to behold.
The inner life of the cell.

Friday, April 6, 2007

"Beware, my friend. Shit winds are a comin'."

Lahey: "You know what a shit barometer is, Bubs?"

Bubbles: "...No."

Lahey: "Measures the shit pressure in the air. You can feel it!

Listen Bubs, hear that?

Bubbles: "...I don't hear anything."

Lahey: "Oh but you will, my sorry little friend. When the old shit barometer rises your ears will implode from the shit pressure.

(Trailer Park Boys Season Five: "The Winds of Shit")

Profits before health-what else is new with Monsanto?

This week, Monsanto declared war on dairy companies that have chosen to ban the injection of their cows with Monsanto's genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). Due to escalating consumer demand, an increasing number of large dairies around the U.S. have declared themselves rBGH-free in the last couple of years. Monsanto, the sole producer of the synthetic hormone, has seen substantial losses in sales as a result of this voluntary movement of the industry towards healthier milk. Although rBGH is banned in most industrialized nations, including Europe and Canada, due to its links to breast and colon cancer, the controversial drug remains legal in the U.S. This week, Monsanto filed a formal complaint with the FDA and Federal Trade Commission, demanding that labeling of rBGH-free diary products be made illegal. Learn more and get involved with OCA's "Millions Against Monsanto" campaign by signing on to our petition.

Organic Consumers Organization

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Your 'sense of duty' is more than a little late, Mr. Dowd.

Mark Dowd is only now going public with a claim of long-held disillusionment with the Bush administration.

He said his decision to step forward had not come easily. But, he said, his disappointment in Mr. Bush’s presidency is so great that he feels a sense of duty to go public given his role in helping Mr. Bush gain and keep power.
Why is "stepping forward" difficult, when the overwhelming majority of the electorate hasn't supported Asshole&Co for months.

Most laughable is Dowd's claim that disappointment with Clinton drove him to the Bush camp. If he was looking for a morally superior, more competent leader, what on earth would have motivated him to pick Bush (and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitiz, and Rove)?

Compare the crimes of Teh Evil Clinton: an illicit blowjob or two in the Oval, with Mark Dowd's preferred choice, who
  • spent his first year in office on vacation
  • abused the relatives of the victims of 9/11
  • lied through his teeth to get America into a pointless war with a country that had nothing to do with 9/11
  • killed and wounded thousands of people in Iraq, destroyed the physical and social infrastructure of Iraq, and destabilized the Middle East, perhaps irrevocably
  • quickly gave up the chase for bin Laden, the guy who orchestrated 9/11, in favour of the stupid pointless war in Iraq where the terrorists weren't
  • misused and wasted billions of tax dollars in no bid contracts that lined the pockets of his corporate pals (most notably Halliburton)
  • deliberately blew a CIA agent's cover to exact revenge on her husband for reporting the truth about Iraq
  • left US citizens to rot after a class five hurricane
  • hired incompetent people to run gov't agencies in charge of security
  • considered contracting out port security to a Saudi Arabian company
  • set up secret prisons around the world
  • allowed and then tried to cover up crimes of torture and murder at Abu Ghraib
  • shredded the US constitution to fulfill his dictatorial ambitions
  • threw out Habeas Corpus
  • passed a bill to allow torture and circumvent the Geneva Conventions
  • fired public prosecutors, especially those investigating the criminality of his administration
  • engineered the Walter Reed hospital scandal (another Halliburton-related fiasco)
and that's the tip of the iceberg. It's a long long list and the preferred candidate is still in office.