Multiple studies show – acupuncture helps headaches about the same as placebo acupuncture. You can perform acupuncture and stick the needles in all the wrong places, and you still get the same benefits as doing it right. Which is to say, barely better than pills. It helps, but the power primarily seems to be a placebo effect in your mind, and not a dependence on ancient, accurate acupuncture. Save yourself some money and just stick needles in yourself yourself?
That's what happens when black people call white police. This is happening over and over again — call the police for help, have them hurt you more than the actual criminal who was there. This is not the first time, and it won't be the last. But it does seem to happen almost exclusively to people of color.
HOWEVER, this is the first time I know of where the victim has been a cop. This is going to make things interesting — now both parties' testimony may actually be considered equally.
And of course, the name of the cop beat by cops is released, but the name of the cops who beat the cop is not. The cop who was beaten had his gun and badge taken away, but it seems that no action has been taken against the cops who beat the cop.
Wow. The police state here is getting so fucked up that even being a cop doesn't save you.
In case you missed it, there is a comic called Henry & Glenn, that is about Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig being gay lovers. Here is another related comic, Hilarious.
Very very odd! Also, somewhat vindicating. KEEP ON DRINKIN'.
Of course, this is really only true for people who already made it to age 55 and have gone to the hospital at least once. In other words, people who have health insurance and didn't die of alcoholism at a younger age :)
The real conclusion seems to be: "Heavy Drinkers who have lived to the age of 55 outlive Nondrinkers, that have lived to the age of 55, although moderate drinking still shows the best survival rate, after the age of 55."
Hmm. Cool guy.
August 31, 2010
August 30, 2010
Things I DON'T want for Christmas anymore.
Good! These things are food, not pets. They kill people every year, and cause 10s of 1000s of accidents every year. They cause our cars to be totaled, give us lyme disease, and increase EVERYBODY'S car insurance rates. STOP FEEDING THEM.
Here's a restriction I can get behind!
Of course this is in the south – Arkansas. His mother says "he's really a good guy who made a mistake". No, when you are an officer of the law, using racial slurs is not simply "a mistake". You are not just a person when you are a cop, you represent the government. The government can't be calling people racial slurs. You lose. No donut for you, racist. No cop job for you. You should not be a cop anywhere else ever again. Get a clue, Cheryl Edgmon.
This is why cops are arresting people for videotaping them — they don't want the truth to come out.
And the asshole is wasting even more taxpayer money by appealing his firing: Hey, if YOU got fired, would YOU be able to have a taxpayer-funded appeals process? No, didn't think so. The system protects its own — which allows racism to continue to flourish.
Yup. Christian groups say that bullies should be allowed to bully and discriminate against gays. If you don't think gay schoolchildren should be assaulted by christians and called a faggot, you're "pushing the gay agenda". Please tell me how Christianity is helping these peoples' lives?
He went to a restaurant and didn't get the order he wanted. He allegedly told the people they were going to jail for not refunding his money. He called other police over, and got in their face when they wouldn't arrest him. Even though he was already on paid leave for a brain injury, he was ultimately stripped of police power.
But he refused to turn in his guns and badges! They had to serve a search warrant on his house to make him return items he should not legally have had at that moment! How is that not an arrestable offense? What a douchebag!
Police Chief Herman Nixon sounds like a reasonable guy. He sent a form to the state board notifying the board that Graham may have violated Arizona law. Yes — I think when a job suspends you and says that your taxpayer-funded firearm must be returned — and you don't — that that should constitute a crime.
Wow. I've been using ATI graphics cards with TV out pretty exclusively for 15 years. My only foray into another company [Asus] resulted in my only-ever computer fire, which I had to put out pantsless. Really, the lineup isn't going away, it's just changing names to AMD. Still, it's the end of an era.
Damn you, tumblr. It's like you were made for collections of inane pictures. Damn you, internet. It's like you were made to steal my soul, and make me enjoy the process!
I always feel guilty throwing away my pickle juice, because I know it's edible, has more nutrition than plain water, and of course–I paid for it, and fuel was used to deliver it to me. Finally, a page saying what you can do with that leftover pickle juice!
For the racists out there… Yes, the problem is religion. No, this doesn't mean everyone who's religious is a terrorist.
August 29, 2010
So, did we really win the civil war?
All cats. All animated GIFs. All the time.
Yes: Allowing the government to dictate what consenting adults can do on their own private property is a bad thing. And opening the door to the public shouldn't make it so you lose even more property owner rights! It's seemingly impossible to get this through peoples' heads.
Not being able to drink alcohol? Ludicrous. But hey, this is the smoking ban / nanny government mentality. "What you do is harming me, even though I'm not forced to go there. I must petition the government to stop what you are doing!"
But.. but.. but… people who believe in conspiracy theories are lame! They shouldn't believe such silly things!
I remember when the Obamicons told me that Obama's new policy of ending raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in states where it is legal — would actually constitute hope and change. Wrong. The fear of prosecution is still there, and the raids haven't stopped. LIKE I SAID.
News flash: Cops can shoot their kids and not go to jail.
Another page devoted to our lost brother Dirk Smiler – this one specifically for audio and video
The police in our country pretty much get to make up what is legal and what isn't. Does legislation even matter anymore? Sure doesn't seem like it. This is bullshit.
Salisbury Police Officer Mark Hunter is an unamerican dick.
District Court Judge Beth Dixon should preferably renounce her citizenship and go live in a real authoritarian state, and see what it's like to be on the receiving end of asshole decision makers like herself.
August 28, 2010
I hit 800,000 views today. (23 days after my predicted 30-day window).
I hit 700,000 on 1/21/2010. (17 days before my predicted 30-day window).
I hit 600,000 on 7/7/2009. (within 1 week of vague “June” prediction).
I hit 500,000 on 12/4/2008. (no prediction)
I hit 400,000 on 5/24/2008. (27 days past prediction)
I hit 300,000 on 2/13/2008. (1 day before prediction)
300K-400K took 3.5 months,
400K-500K took 6 months,
500K-600K took 7 months,
600K-700K took 6 months.
700K-800K took 7.5 months.
Slowest 100,000 in awhile; I’m only getting ~450 hits a day. Things are slowing down a bit — people don’t like movie reviews mixed in with political links. The big decline started around when I started reviewing every movie I watched. Or maybe Google lowered my rank. At this rate of decline, maybe 800K-900K will take a good 8 months? That would put my prediction for hit #900,000 at around 4/28/2011 plus or minus 15 days. We’ll see what happens. I’ve been playing this game for awhile, but it’s getting harder to predict the future!
August 28, 2010
PLOT SUMMARY: A hot tub takes people back to the 1980s. Hilarity ensues.
HAIKU REVIEW: Hot tub time machine
will take you to the 80’s
to relive your life.
PEOPLE: Co-written by Sean Anders, who wrote and directed Sex Drive and wrote She’s Out Of My League – both excellent comedies. I look forward to his next 3 projects, though one appears to be a remake of Meatballs. (Sure, why not?)
Starring John Cusack (the movie 2012, High Fidelity, Being John Malkovitch, Tapeheads, One Crazy Summer, Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing), Clark Duke (Sex Drive, 64 eps of Greek, and a bit part in Superbad), Craig Robinson (Darryl from The Office, Miss March, Zack And Miri Make A Porno, Pineapple Express, Fanboys, Walk Hard, Knocked Up), Rob Corddry (Lower Learning, Harold In Kumar 2, What Happens In Vegas, Blades Of Glory, Old School).
With smaller parts played by Sebastian Stan, Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass, How I Met Your Mother), Crispin Glover (Back To The Future, Alice In Wonderland 2010, the movie 9, Beowulf, Epic Movie, Charlie’s Angels, Dead Man, People Vs. Larry Flynt, Wild At Heart, Twister, Friday The 13th:The Final Chapter), Chevy Chase (Saturday Night Live – the golden years), Charlie McDermott (Sex Drive, The Village), Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Cloverfield, 6 eps of True Blood), Collette Wolfe (Observe And Report, 17 Again, Four Christmases, The Foot Fist Way), and Jessica Pare.
QUIRKS: Science fiction. Comedy. Drugs and alcohol. Girls. Skiing. The 1980s.
VISUALS: 1980s… eyes burning… so many colors. Actually, I liked the way everything looked back then way more than now.
SOUNDTRACK: Lots of great 80’s hits! I’m glad that INXS’s “Need You Tonight” seems to be less popular than “What You Need” these days.
MORALS: Fuck reality. Fuck the butterfly effect. Break rules and seize the yesterday!
BAD STUFF: Not entirely historically accurate, but that really doesn’t matter for comedic purposes. So Poison wasn’t really popular in 1986. So what?
There was a slight lull in the middle when they were smoking the cigar and Clint had to play the scene 3 times because he kept getting distracted. But that doesn’t really count as a true detriment.
Some of the plot was predictable, but comedies are about the voyage, not the destination.
CONCLUSION: The writer from Sex Drive and She’s Out Of My League does not disappoint! This was easily the best comedy we’ve seen all year. Sci-fi and comedy go together so well, and they are such an underplayed combination. Futurama, anybody?
It started out hilarious, and then it continued to be hilarious, and then it didn’t disappoint with a crappy ending… It delivered the whole way through. Lots of laugh out loud moments!
Yes, this movie gets a perfect score. Very rare.
RECOMMENDATION: SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jacob: [from trailer] Do I really gotta be the asshole who says we got in this thing and went back in time?
Jacob: I’m kinda right in the middle of a thing right now, but can I text you later?
Girl at Club: Can you what?
Jacob: Are you online at all?
Girl at Club: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Jacob: How do I get a hold of you?
Girl at Club: You come find me.
Jacob: That sounds… exhausting.
FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Stacy M said it was pretty funny. Angel liked it, but not as much as The Hangover. (I think it’s equal to or greater than. Hard to say. Both movies were more or less perfect.) In general this was very well received. Ian had good things to say about it. (more…)
August 28, 2010
I'm kinda anti-vinyl: I think it's archaic, klunky, inferior equalization [but often better dynamics, but that is much more about changes in the industry than changes in format to cd/mp3]. I do love the big cover art, and lyrics sometimes not available on CD or cassette. This, however, is still pretty fucking cool. DEATH RECORD!!!
Click through for a free Freezepop song…
August 27, 2010
Animals in disguise, hanging out with animals they don't belong with.
Make it so that new tabs opened in Chrome are always at the very right.
Will this be as good as Session Manager is for Firefox?
Pastor owns a gun. Pastor has a constitutional right to hold his gun on his own property. Pastor has a constitutional right to speak to someone in an unmarked car, and say, "Why the fuck are you on my property?" Cop doesn't have the right to shoot someone not shooting at him. Cop's name, of course, is not released. Your constitutional right to self defense and owning a gun? Not much of a right, if exercising it gets you shot. What happened to the tasers the cops love?
A great flickr utility. I wanted to download all the photos in a particular set to my harddrive. YES, I already have these photos, but I would have had to manually choose them out of my 14000 photos spread across 1000s of folders and subfolders. It's easier just to download them all again. This is a java web-app [no download] that lets you do just that.
Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because religion is a cancer to the human species, causing people to base decisions on fairy tales instead of reality?