February 2008

http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/captain-america-thumbnail.jpgAmerican becomes the first country in the world to incarcerate over 1% of its population in prison (during my lifetime, anyway). Please don’t tell me this is the land of the free. There is a higher percentage of freeer people in every other country on the planet! Granted, you wont see me moving to Rwanda or Darfur or Iraq anytime soon — but the fact remains that no other country on the planet imprisons as high of a percentage of their prisoners as us. And we’ve almost doubled THAT in the last 10 years! Also, I believe we are the 2nd-highest executor (China beats us by a landslide). Just keep this in mind when they ask your kid to pledge allegiance to a flag that is supposed to allegedly stand for the land of the free.

https://i0.wp.com/prospectknights75.org/images/used/garfield-coffee.jpgThe peer-reviewed journal research article behind the news stories about antidepressants working no better than a placebo. This link was going to disappear from New Scientist story (New Scientist wants a subscription), so I needed to save it. Speaking of mental health, apparently if you take Garfield out of Garfield, you get a comic strip about Jon Arbuckle: A deranged schizophrenic man who talks to himself. It’s twistedly funny. Check out this comedy gold: Garfield minus Garfield. And also speaking of crazy — you know the RIAA lawsuits against the very fans who fund them? These were for the artists, right? WRONG! No artist has seen a penny. Just like the karaoke licensing scam, the artists don’t actually get any of this money, so it’s foolish to support such licensing under the guise of “protecting the artists”. So here’s the article: RIAA Keeps Settlement Money, Artists May Sue. http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/police-brutality-thumbnail.jpgStill, the RIAA isn’t as bad as Asshole Officers James Bryant and Chris Webley of Coquille — some guy broke a windshield, so, during the arrest, they broke his neck. He is now on a respirator for life. Of course the police think this is totally acceptable — after all, the guy swung at them! (Or so they say.) What this article doesn’t mention is that it’s more dangerous to be a fisherman, taxi driver, or garbage man, than it is to be a cop. They hurt people not out of self-defense, but unjustified paranoia. Douchebags!

20060921 - after the retina appointment - 0665 - dye made Carolyn's pee day-glo yellowJust wanted to get that off my shelf shoulder chest. The plumbers were just here yesterday, to fix multiple dripping sinks, and install a new faucet in the bathroom. I didn’t have them replace the shower-head, since I thought it would be easy. And the next thing I know, the entire bathtub spout falls off. And our shower comes out of the bathtub spout (there is a kind with a shower-head adapter on the bottom, it’s common enough to be sold at Home Depot). Attempts to hook the shower directly to the pipe coming out of the wall turned out to be quite leaky, and Home Depot can’t find a replacement hose because they have rearranged the store in the last 2 weeks. So I got a new faucet… Can I get it on a rusty pipe? A lifetime of past experiences predicts I will waste an hour of my time and get zero out of it. Already been to Home Depot twice today.

At least, as of the plumbers coming yeterday, we can have hot water in the bathroom, use our spray gun again, use the dishwasher, and washer/dryer again, and don’t need 3 different buckets for leaks.   But now — there’s no way to take a shower!  The 2nd shower is operationa, but it needs a re-tiling/grouting, because the water just runs into the wall instead of the drain.  We took one shower with it, once, to test it out, and since then it has been “storage for potentially wet items” (post-camping camping gear goes here sometimes, or coolers).  Right now, we have that shower, and then a bathtub, with no shower head, no shower pipe, and no faucet — just a pipe sticking out of the wall. Ghetto.

http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/clint_-_avatar_-_simpsons_(200706)_-_tripped_out.jpg“EMBIGGENS”: Scientific American. The best question in the interview: Have any of your colleagues recognized your use of the word? The answer is great!

Here’s a song they will never play, and have probably not played live for over 20 years: “Revenge”. It’s from their 1983 pop/new wave album “With Sympathy”. They burned the originals a few years later, and went into the industrial direction instead, ultimately becoming a hard metal-industrial fusion. So anyway, this video is very funny to a Ministry fan who hasn’t been exposed to their super-early stuff. So here it is, the best song from their worst album:

Click image to go to a flickr set of many songs expressed by graph… But this one was the best (for me).

Okay, I didn’t even listen to Pixies a year ago, and still only know 1 album, but I have to say that “Hey” is a damn good song, like my favorite song for the past few months. So I was watching a different cover of the song on YouTube every day, and… Well, you just have to experience it for yourself. Listen for the dying cow after “been tryin’ to meet you”:

Please find the comment that says “you sound like a dying cow in the beginning” (2nd page) and click the thumbs up. Carolyn can never hear this song again without imagining a cow. Best comment ever.

house_well-11So my real estate assessment dropped again… I believe we were assessed at $475K a bit ago, but I filed a bunch of paperwork and got them to drop it $10 or $20K. But this thing says our 2007 value was only $406K, which I don’t remember ever being that low. And for 2008? $376K.

That’s quite a drop, and the weird part is how the values flipped:

From 1999-2007, the value of my land only went from $150,000 to $166,000. That’s $2,000 a year. This year? Land is $296,000. WTF?!?! It goes up $2,000/yr for 9 years, then suddenly goes up $130,000/yr in 1 year? So the rate increased by 65X as much?!?!?!?!  [UPDATE: On 3/25, new assessment made value of the land $184,000, so the change is not so drastic.  Only 9X as much of a climb instead of 64X as much.]

The value of the building was $240,780 last year, and now is listed as $80,000. WTF?!? This is the first year that our home addition is legally recognized (I believe), so if anything it should have gone up, not down. [UPDATE: On 3/25, new assessment made value of the building $191,970, so it did go down, but not nearly as drasticly.]

Of course, if these numbers are true, that means our house could completely collapse into nothingness (say, from bad contractors), and the land would be worth $296K. [UPDATE: As of 3/25, this is no longer the case.] Considering we owe about $159K on the mortgage (which was originally $139K) , we’d still end up with $137K profit even if the house collapsed.  [UPDATE: As of 3/25, we would only end up with about a $25K profit, instead of $137K profit, now that the house is worth $191K instead of $80K.]

This just doesn’t really make much sense to me. It’s almost like the county is trying to get back at me for having it lowered last year. Thing is, I WANT the land to be most of the value. Houses degrade; land doesn’t generally (barring a mudslide).

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Family calls cops to report disturbance, cops come, call wife a fat ass, punch her, arrest entire family. OOPS! Smile, you’re on Fascist Pig Camera. Officer Paul Oliver is a fucking asshole piglet?! I think it might be looking that way! This is YET ANOTHER case where people call 911 to report a disturbance, and the cops attack the very people who called it. 911 IS NOT SAFE. THE POLICE ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS. They called the wife a fat ass, then punched her, then pulled a fucking gun on her. Meanwhile, a man is charged with “cruelty to animals” for cussing at police dog that was locked inside of police car. WTF! See comment #40 @ article. I believe the exact same thing happened about a year ago! That’s what it’s like dealing with pigs — if you piss them off, they will MAKE SHIT UP to arrest you. Disorderly conduct being the #1 made-up charge, but if one of their precious animals are threatened, they go ape shit. (Half Baked wasn’t too far off, huh?)

Alabamans got black screen during Don Siegelman piece. If anyone really believes this was a “technical glitch” in New York that prevented a broadcast about Alabama from broadcasting in Alabama — then you are quite naive and gullible. PRESSURE CAME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, says the article. I believe it.

    What a crazy day. The tattoo of a cellphone that works as a blood-powered cellphone is very cool. Interesting links today. Especially the nethack porn, hahaha. Is Ricky Really a Sex Offender? NetHack Porn. Cellphone tattoo. Danish cops too scared of Muslims to do their job. White House Says Phone Wiretaps Will Resume. (more…)

    His name is Daniel Hamburg [wiki page here], and he used to be a congressman. He and his wife were arrested for trying to hand-deliver a letter, in Ohio, about voting fraud in 2004. Just yesterday, he interviewed with Alex Jones, and said that he believes the U.S government helped the 911 attackers. 10 minute video here:

    Now, Alex Jones comes off as a cook kook, and is quite extreme. His style makes people have no credibility in him. I’ve been following him for several years now, and while he will always exaggerate to help his cause, his is dead on with certain things. Alex Jones is where I first heard the government could turn on your cellphone and listen to you, years before CNN acknowledged that the government could do this. (They used this type of surveillance to put away a Mafia member. I’d link to the CNN article, but CNN takes its articles down after a few months.) Alex Jones has predicted many things ahead of time. And he has been crusading about 911 and FEMA for quite some time. Watch for his inspirational cameo in the movie The Waking Life.

    Suffice to say, this is all very interesting. And none of it is really new news to me, but I thought I’d cover these topics now and again…

    I won! She thought it was my thumb, and I revealed my hand flicking her off. FTW! (She’s laughing uncontrollably.)

      His crime?  Apparently he didn’t let go of his roommate/girlfriend’s hand soon enough, and she yelled “You’re hurting me”.  I should add that they are both retarded, and he is deaf.  He let go, and AFTER THAT disgraceful Officer William Smith comes over and beats the living fuck out of him.  Then, the officer took advantage of his retardedness, and the fact that he can’t possibly understand his Miranda rights while being both retarded and in an ambulance — and coaxed a “confession” out of him.  One interesting thing that the article mentions is that it is against regulation to handcuff a retarded person without their caretaker present.  Of course this is an aggravating factor in the ensuing lawsuit! good!  Officer William Smith sounds like he would be right at home in Nazi Germany, or some other brutal 3rd world hellhole. The punishment should never be worse than the “crime”!  And in this case, the “victim” Marie Kavanaugh had no injury, and, I’m pretty sure did not even want to press charges.  And yet, this other guy has to be permanently disfigured (as if being retarded wasn’t bad enough!).  His ribs went through his bladder. 4 surgeries. His kneecap was destroyed. I repeat: He was beaten so badly that he had no kneecap left.  Complete replacement.  Officer William Smith, you are a Grade A thug. You’re not even good enough for Iraq.

      What Is “Second Cousin Once Removed?” – definitive guide to determining what cousin you are to someone. I’m tired of people telling me I’m wrong about the meaning of “once removed”. Finally, I can prove THEM wrong! MUAHAHAHA. Also interesting: “double first cousins“. I didn’t realize that could happen. And without being gross, either! Weird! Even weirder: G-Shot Parties: A Shot at Better Sex? Women getting collagen injections in their g-spots to help them enjoy sex more. Very interesting.

      Supreme Court wont hear wiretapping lawsuit, because the people suing can’t know they were tapped. And Wikileaks is removed from DNS via court order (corporate censorship via the legal system), forcing people to have to use the numerical IP address to connet. (more…)

      YahooMail, and it’s shitty spam filter, has been flagging all my emails as spam lately.  It’s the links in my signature — the ones that link to my flickr (owned by yahoo), MySpace, Facebook, Last.FM, and personal webpages.

      It’s pretty damn hypocritical that yahoo doesn’t let me put links to MY OWN NON-SPAM STUFF in my signature — yet yahoo mail inserts an advertisement at the end of EVERY MESSAGE SENT OUT — so every email sent out by every yahoo person actually contains a 1-line spam.

      So you know.. Switch to gmail.  It’s better in so many ways, and never delivers mail one week late like Yahoo has for me with multiple people over the years.

      Take the test. My results below. 9 types listed here. Thanks, Parthena. (more…)

      He died in *apparent* suicide — but people are suspectiong Scientologists for staging a suicide. ANONYMOUS’s response: “His name was Shawn Lonsdale. His name was Shawn Lonsdale. He will not be forgotten. Expect us.” A hose from his exhaust pipe was run to his window. I’d like to see the suicide note. He doesn’t seem like someone who would commit suicide.

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