Archive for July 19, 2011
Remind me — please — not to watch Fox because I don’t have time to post about their crapola every time I do, be it for a second or ten. That said, I turned to BillO tonight as I was wrapping up in the kitchen and lo and behold, there was Charles Krauthammer, touting Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) for president: He has “presidential hair.”
So, per the wingers, 2012 is a vote for the best “presidential hair?”
I want to put this abbreviated post up before I head to bed:
Before the former American football player Dave Duerson killed himself, he asked that his brain be left to researchers studying head injuries among athletes. What it revealed shocked the scientists.
The dissection reveals three huge holes in the brain – one large triangle right in the centre of the brain, and two ovals parallel to each other at the base. It is apparent that McKee, who has studied more athletes’ brains than probably any other person, is shocked by what she sees.
“This is an extreme case,” she says, “but it is also very characteristic.” She points to the triangular hole, consisting of the lateral ventricles, and says it clearly shows “tremendous disruption”. There should be a membrane separating the two ventricles, but it has been so battered by the footballer’s repeated blows to the head that only the thinnest of filaments is left. The two oval holes are the ventricles of the temporal lobe and they too are extremely enlarged to compensate for tissue lost from the lobes themselves, another classic sign of having your head bashed repeatedly. “The temporal lobes are crucial to memory and learning and you can see they are very, very small, as miniaturised as possible.”
Read more at the link above.
One of my brothers committed suicide and donated his body to science so I tend to follow headlines like this.
My hope is that their deaths haven’t been in vain.
We’ve gotta learn what causes this.
Love you Eric.
Check out the drawings Boey makes on Styrofoam cups (more at the link above):
My hat’s off to people who find their calling and run with it…especially when it involves Styrofoam cups and pens!
Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article titled: State Intervention in Life-Threatening Childhood Obesity. It postulates that obese children should be taken away from their “abusive” parents.
I bring this up because at this moment here in Boulder, we are experiencing an intense thunderstorm. The sky is dark, the wind is blowing, lightening is flashing and there is almost constant thunder.
According to the local news, there have been 1400+ lightening strikes in my area in the last hour,
yet I hear a crowd of kids playing in a backyard three houses away.
Are the parents of those kids guilty of child abuse for potentially exposing them to a lightening strike?
I.e., where does this end?
Every day I come across headlines about the crazy things wingers are saying and doing. If I posted all of them individually, I wouldn’t do anything else so I think I’ll try to make a habit of posting the headlines and you can go on to read the gory details. If you have the time.
That’s one day’s worth.
Look at this fantastic advertisement WeAreWisconsin is airing in Wisconsin in conjunction with the recall election there. Why aren’t Democrats putting something like this up all across the country? (Answer: A total lack of foresight and no cojones.)
Someone tried to throw a shaving-cream-filled pie in Rupert Murdoch’s face today during his testimony before the British Parliament but Murdoch’s wife, Wendy Deng fought the guy off.
Here is an image captured by ABCNews:
That this happened is a bummer because now the headline about what happened today will be about the pie, not the evasive, we’re-the-victim testimony given by Rupert and his son James.
This is one fearless Chihuahua:
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials Monday released a video of a robbery attempt foiled by an enraged and barking Chihuahua, hoping the public can identify the two assailants.
The attempted robbery took place July 7 about 7:30 p.m. at Ace Smoke Shop on North Lake Avenue in Altadena. The video shows two hooded men, one armed with a rifle, running into the store and demanding money.
The store owner quickly begins placing money in a robber’s backpack. As he does, his Chihuahua erupts into ferocious barking at the two men, who beat a hasty retreat, running out of the store with the backpack but taking less money than they could’ve gotten.
At one point, one of the robbers even points his rifle at the diminutive but undaunted pooch, who chases the pair out of the store and down the street.
Neither the owner nor the dog was injured in the incident.
Here’s the video:
I’m watching live coverage of Rupert and James Murdoch testifying before the British Parliament (here).
Thus far, this is the quote of the day, from Rupert: “Our competitors caught us with dirty hands and they built hysteria around that.” So, as is the case with Fox News, when they’re caught in a lie, it isn’t their fault; they’re the victim. That’s obviously the company’s ethos and it starts at the top.