Why they fought

Courtesy of Radney Balko, we’re treated to this musical reminder of why (allegedly) our forefathers fought for our freedom. Trouble is, I’m not so sure it’s satire! Altogether too many people in these United States appear to think like that! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #459

Today’s award goes to the unnamed ‘star’ of the video clip below. The Dorsal Fin describes it as follows: YouTube user dnahoghunter recently posted the … video to demonstrate how NOT to handle a juvenile blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus). The video description points out that this incident was the result of improper safety and the shark was “simply doing what nature intended”. While the blacktip shark is generally viewed as harmless toward humans, this video shows that even small wild animals can inflict quick damage on a person, given certain circumstances. I recommend The Dorsal Fin to anyone who wants

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Was there a major security breach at AT&T last week???

I’m intrigued by a report from Barrett Lyon. Quietly this morning [March 22nd, 2011] customers of AT&T browsing Facebook did so by way of China then Korea. Typically AT&T customers’ data would have routed over the AT&T network directly to Facebook’s network provider but due to a routing mistake their private data went first to Chinanet then via Chinanet to SK Broadband in South Korea, then to Facebook. This means that anything you looked at via Facebook without encryption was exposed to anyone operating Chinanet, which has a very suspect Modus operandi. . . . What could have happened with

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The myth of handgun “stopping power”: Part 1 of 3

(This is the first of three articles that will address this subject. Part Two may be found here, and Part Three here.) I’ve been reading several articles, forum threads and other sources that are re-hashing the tired old subject of a handgun’s ‘stopping power‘; the ability of a handgun bullet to stop an attacker with one or two shots. There’s so much nonsense out there that I thought I’d tackle the subject myself, since I’ve needed it on more than a few occasions! The first thing that worries me is that all too many people, including some who should know

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Building Castells in the air

Back in 2008 I wrote about the Castell festival troupes in Catalonia, Spain, which compete with each other to see who can build the tallest ‘human tower’. Thanks to a link provided on an IRC chat forum this morning, I came across this video clip of a recent Castell festival in the city of Tarragona. It’s one of the best I’ve yet seen celebrating this gymnastic art form. The celebrations after the festival are also great fun . . . although your head might not agree, next morning! Peter

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World’s oldest jokes prove our sense of humor hasn’t improved!

Reuters reports that a collection of the world’s oldest jokes clearly demonstrates that the human sense of humor hasn’t evolved all that far. The world’s oldest recorded joke has been traced back to 1900 BC and suggests toilet humor was as popular with the ancients as it is today. It is a saying of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq and goes: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.” It heads the world’s oldest top 10 joke list published by the University of Wolverhampton Thursday.

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Doofus Of The Day #458

Today’s award goes to Senator Schumer of New York. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate. Schumer instructed the group . . . to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate. He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as “extreme.” “I always use extreme, Schumer said. “That is

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Happy 100th birthday to the 1911 pistol!

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the formal adoption by the United States Army of the “United States Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911“. Colt M1911 pistol (image courtesy of Wikipedia) Cutaway drawing of 1911 pistol from 1920’s War Department field manual The pistol’s design (and that of its .45 ACP cartridge) predated its adoption, of course. John Moses Browning‘s earliest patent for the pistol was issued on April 20th, 1897, as US Patent #580,924. His second, more developed patent was issued on February 14th, 1911, as US Patent #984,519. The pistol served with great success through World War I, and was

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Cthulhu cupcakes!

I’m sure fans of H. P. Lovecraft will agree that these are too cute for words. They’re Cthulhu cupcakes, made by Raquel, who describes herself as “a girl from Portugal who enjoys video games, comic books, fantasy and sci-fi among other geek stuff”. You can read more about them on her blog. (I came across them via a link at The Lovecraftsman.) Peter

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