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Saturday, August 27, 2005

"In his San Francisco Chronicle column on Friday, David Lazarus reports that the company is planning to introduce a feature, ZabaBlog, that will allow people to write and post blogs about other individuals."
A Zabasearch Blog In The Works?, About.com, August 27, 2005

Just when I thought Zabasearch couldn't get any creepier... they do. This lovely feature goes online on September 1.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:16 PM PST [Link]

Cats in Sinks. Unreal. I can't tell what's more interesting, the cats or the sinks.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:28 PM PST [Link]

And I thought I was obsessed with the way Subway cuts their sandwiches.

And a Subway Service Announcement.

Mmmmm, now I WANT a Subway.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:11 PM PST [Link]

Friday, August 26, 2005

Why is YahooMail putting a picture of this poor man on my email log in page?

Why? I just want my email, not... not... whatever this is supposed to be.

Does anyone know? Have all these search companies gone over the edge?

And this isn't the strangest picture, so this could be a series.

Edit: Okay, this one on the right is the strangest one [shudder]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:25 PM PST [Link]

"Ten years later, in the late '80s, Eison's car was rear-ended. An argument erupted as two men leapt out of the other car. One of them said he was going to get something out of his trunk. Eison guessed this something was a gun, so he wasted no time in loosing Conan on him. 'I wasn't going to let him kill me, so my dog took care of him,' he remembers. 'I sicced my dog on that guy, man, and beat the other one up myself. I had no choice.'"
Man's Best Defense. Tyler Eison turns pit bull pups into deadly weapons, by David Shaftel, Village Voice, August 23, 2005

I think jail time, rehab and some anger management courses would have done this man (and society) a world of good, because this crazy man shouldn't be allowed to own a stuffed teddy bear, let alone breed pit bulls.

Full disclosure: I like dogs, including pit bulls, I just don't like what sick people do to them.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:29 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Dick Tracy takes on cyber-crime

Gah! And the femme fatale's name is


Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:11 PM PST [Link]

1983 Beirut Marine barracks boming.

Greneda invasion 1983.

Maru is right, Beirut happened before Greneda.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:53 PM PST [Link]

"4. Richard Nixon's corpse

"Last year, Nixon's corpse came in at No. 23. But in the past 52 weeks, Nixon's corpse has made a strong-and terrifying-comeback. The proximate cause of this Dawn of the Living Dick? Bill Clinton. Check out the www.nixonfoundation.org Web site titled 'Nixon's Sins Pale Compared With Clinton's Transgressions,' in which Nixon symps argue Nixon was a dupe deceived by foul underlings. '[Nixon] did not authorize the Watergate break-in, and accordingly, in whatever accounts of what happened he shared with the American people, he had no firsthand knowledge of events and had to rely on information-frequently quite self-serving and misleading-provided to him by others,' the site claims. This strange conviction is apparently shared by former Nixon speechwriter and perennial right-wing-loon poster boy Pat Buchanan, who on his American Cause Web site (www.the americancause.org), argues: 'Richard Nixon's involvement in Watergate came of misplaced loyalty. He was trying to protect his people.' MITIGATING FACTOR: Nixon's is among the majority of presidential corpses without bullet holes."
Orange County's Scariest People!, OC Weekly, Date? No idea.

I'm from Orange County, not of it.

Huh. That even a dead Tricky Dick can make number four on this list says... um, something.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:14 PM PST [Link]

Urine Battery

What will they think of next?

(This thing is going to need Catchword very much.)

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:47 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

"Scene 4. An army of Angelina Jolie clones is roaming north Tehran, from the malls and cafes of trendy Vanak Street to the upper class suburb of Eliyaheh. Jolie is the ultimate feminist symbol in Tehran. The reason is simple: she looks Persian. And she embodies the image of the ultimate temptress - the bete noire of the Islamic regime, obsessed with female virtue. The black chador, compulsory from 1979 onwards, was supposed to master the legendary power of seduction of the Persian woman. In south Tehran, the chador still ranks a roughly 50% approval rate. But on the other side of town, the preferred composite look goes something like this: colorful Chanel or Hermes scarf, barely disguising a fashionable hairstyle; tons of make up (preferably Mac); Dolce Gabbana sunglasses; a short, tight, light overcoat posing as a chador; designer jeans; and illegally imported Ferragamo shoes. The miniskirt is not back, yet, but some more adventurous temptresses are already showing off golden ankle bracelets, something that in Khomeini times would have landed them in jail. No wonder testosterone levels are on red alert: Tehran men simply can't stop talking about 'all the pretty girls'."
Iran: Tough talk and temptresses, by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, August 25, 2005

Hey, who needs surrealism when there's always the news?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:36 PM PST [Link]

Oy, too much good stuff to link to each entry, just go read John Robert Linton today, everything there is good, terrifying and right on the money (as usual). How often can you get that all in one place? Scoot!

(Why are people in comics such good bloggers? Why?)

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:51 AM PST [Link]

'Blue' is a state of mind.
Famous sayings of Eric Alterman, Altercation, August 24, 2005

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:30 AM PST [Link]

"Collectively, we’re getting fatter. Then fatter and fatter. Over the past decade, rates for being overweight and obese increased by 12 and 70 percent. At the county fair, I saw a booth that sold deep-fried Twinkies. And deep-fried Snickers. And deep-fried Oreos. No lie."
Health Insurance for the Hale. My health insurance hell is other people, by Katie McKy, Raw Story, August 24, 2005

Deep-fried Twinkies. And deep-fried Snickers. And deep-fried Oreos.


Well, most of the healthcare cost crisis is plain old greed, bloated administration, and not enough prevention at the basic health level for the poor. But, you know, she's got a point. Until we have UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE, and the unfit and unlucky have triaged themselves from society, heath insurance costs should be somewhat like the good driver discount I get on my auto policy.

And the fact that we don't have UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE in this country is a failure of will, and the triumph of fear and greed, and nothing else.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:13 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

"7. Manga is here to stay. Adapt or die."
The New Bastard Manifesto, Franklin Harris, August 23, 2005

I just had "Green Lantern" added to my pull because of you, Franklin, I hope you're happy now.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 02:48 PM PST [Link]

"The global nuptial cauldron steamed and belched and, eventually, produced the humble English wedding. It took place in church, starred a vicar and some hats, the congregation retired to the village hall to drink tea and eat sandwiches. In 1950, the average cost of such a happenstance was, in today's terms, about £600. Objectively, it was only faintly offensive. (People in love, of course, are almost always offensive - they lick each other in restaurants and think it's cute - but the ritual itself was downbeat and the nausea was manageable.)"
Oh happy day, In 1950, the total cost of the average wedding was the equivalent of £600. Yesterday it emerged that today's guests are expected to pay £300 each just to attend. How did something that is meant to be a celebration of love become a nauseating carnival of excess? By Tanya Gold, The Guardian, August 23, 2005

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 02:38 PM PST [Link]

"Traces of bomb-grade uranium found two years ago in Iran came from contaminated Pakistani equipment and are not evidence of a clandestine nuclear weapons program, a group of U.S. government experts and other international scientists has determined."
No Proof Found of Iran Arms Program. Uranium Traced to Pakistani Equipment, by Dafna Linzer, Washington Post, August 23, 2005

Okay! Well! That invasion can be called off! Whew!

Maybe bushco could invade Pakistan. We know they have WMDs, and they might find Mullah Omar and Bin Laden.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:32 AM PST [Link]

Monday, August 22, 2005

"Google stealthily monitoring clickthroughs from search-results. There's some very subtle clickthrough tracking going on at Google. Just before you click on a link on a search-results page, at the 'on mousedown' event, Google rewrites the links in its search results with a long redirector URL that is presumably being used to track which search results are being selected most often."
Google, boing boing, August 22, 2005

Google just gets eviler and eviler by the mintue.

Me, I'm using Yahoo until I decide they're too evil, too.

Aren't there any, y'know, clean and wholesome search engines somewhere?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:10 PM PST [Link]

For future reference: Who served in the military? And who didn't. Good to know.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:33 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, August 21, 2005

"MR. GERECHT: Actually, I'm not terribly worried about this. I mean, one hopes that the Iraqis protect women's social rights as much as possible. It certainly seems clear that in protecting the political rights, there's no discussion of women not having the right to vote. I think it's important to remember that in the year 1900, for example, in the United States, it was a democracy then. In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we'd all be thrilled. I mean, women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy. We hope they're there. I think they will be there. But I think we need to put this into perspective."
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Meet the Press, August 21, 2005 (Via Mr. Dan Kelly and Sisyphus Shrugged)

Not even kissed while being fucked. Unreal. Oh, and by the way, 1900 was a long time ago and not a great year at that. 1920 and 1964 were much better years for democracy and the country.

Hey there, women in countries where they let you vote, did you know the people running the US believe women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy? Yeah, me, too. But like you, I never thought they'd have the unmitigated gall to say it on national TV in front of God and everyone.

Regime change anyone? Because if the women of the US don't vote to evolve our democracy starting next year, if not sooner, you can pucker up and kiss your social rights, as well as your asses, good-bye.

Women of California can vote against whatever bullshit our so called governor tries to dish up in the upcoming "special" election we can't afford, such as his desire to redistrict California in the Repukes favor. We can stop the bastards right here on that.

Oh, by the way, just in case you were wondering, according to this, the women of Iraq have had the right to vote since 1980. Progress? I think not. Be warned, sisters, the clock can go backward in bush world.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:27 PM PST [Link]

"'Last month, on the other side of the planet from Abu Ghraib prison and 3,200 miles from Guantanamo Bay, right here in Orange County, five jail deputies handcuffed, hooded, beat and tortured a 38-year-old San Clemente businessman*, according to a claim filed this week.'"
Abu Ghraib California, Seeing the Forest, August 21, 2005

"They're sociopaths, but they're our sociopaths." More or less Norman Mailer about the police, writing on the 1968 Dem Con riots.

I'm not sure they're anybody's sociopaths, and it's very bad when you're almost as afraid of your police force as the people they're supposed to protect you from. Sigh.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:57 PM PST [Link]

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