My Absolutely Favoritest Version

I really, really like ‘Classical Gas.’ I have several versions including one with Eric Clapton and BB King on acoustic guitars. But my favorite is this one by Vanessa Mae playing it on an electric violin. It is fabulous.


The fact that she’s hot looking as well is just gravy.

Why is it that so many of these violin players seem to be Asian?

Another Overlooked Cost Of Glowball Warmening

William M. Briggs, Statistician » Zombie attacks might increase due to global warming, study shows

A new study by scientists has suggested that zombie attacks might increase if the current projections of global warming are realized. “If the earth gets warmer, it means longer springs, summers, and falls, and shorter winters,” said John Carpenter-Romero, Ph.D., a zombie-ologist who co-authored the study. “And shorter winters means more time for the undead to prey on the populace.”

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The pair calculated a 32.782412% increase in zombie attacks if CO2 increased to twice its pre-industrial rate. “Clearly, this is a very troubling result,” said Dr. Harrister, “If we don’t do something soon, the streets will be filled with blood.”

But…isn’t Al Gore already a zombie? He seems kinda stiff to me.

But this is something that the Global Warming Deniers never answer.

What if the temperature increases results in being overrun by zombies?

No, they never even try to address it.

When a Quota Is Not A Quota.

Delegate Selection Overview – The California Democratic Party

How a Democrat Becomes a Delegate in California in 2008.

The Democratic National Convention will be held August 25-28, 2008 in Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center. At present, there are 4,367 delegate slots nationally this number will change. Each state must have a Delegation which is 50% female, 50% male or within one, and must have a Delegate Selection Plan that includes Affirmative Action Goals (quotas are prohibited).

California Democrats will have:
441 Delegates 221 females, 220 males
62 Alternates 31 females, 31 males
503 TOTAL 252 females, 251 males

08 Affirmative Action Goals

Hispanic/Latino 26%
LGBT 12%
African-American 16%
Youth Under 30 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% those born 8/29/78 or later
Native American 1%
Persons wih Disabilities 10%

Affirmative action goals are okay, but not quotas.
But just exactly what is a “quota?”

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary

quota

Main Entry: quo·ta
Pronunciation: \ˈkwō-tə\
Function: noun
Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Latin quota pars how great a part
Date: 1618
1: a proportional part or share; especially : the share or proportion assigned to each in a division or to each member of a body
2: the number or amount constituting a proportional share
3: a fixed number or percentage of minority group members or women needed to meet the requirements of affirmative action

So according to the dictionary definition of “Quota,” an “affirmative action goal” is a type of quota.

Osama’s Not The Only One With Troublesome Uncles

iowahawk: It’s Time For Some Straight Talk About My Gimp

But the real question in this upcoming election isn’t about whether we are Dutch or Non-Dutch, mysterious muffled screams, or unexplained smells, or missing neighborhood pets, or whether some candidate has one or two gimps in his basement. These are merely distractions from what we really need to be focused on: which candidate has the personal moral judgment to put this country back on the road to greatness.

No more questions. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a nation to heal.

So we should all feel for Iowahawk and the Gimp. We should embrace them as part of the family. Maybe a part we try to keep off the news, but a vital part just the same.

Fatal Misconception

In a review of a book documenting the damage done by “family planners” over the years, Nicholas Kristoff argues that, well yes, they were racist, sexist, backed forced steriliztion and frequently did an incredible amount of damage to the very people they purported to help.

But that’s all behind them now.

And how do we know all this? Because Kristoff tells us, thats how.

Fatal Misconception – Matthew Connelly – Book Review – New York Times

It’s certainly fair of Connelly to dredge up the forced sterilizations, the casual disregard for injuries caused by IUDs, the racism and sexism and all the rest — but we also need to remember that all that is history. The family planning movement has corrected itself, and today it saves the lives of women in poor countries and is central to efforts to reduce poverty worldwide.

Oops!

AIDS research in crisis as miracle vaccines actually INCREASE chance of catching virus | the Daily Mail

The search for a cure for Aids was in crisis last night after it was revealed that two supposed “miracle” vaccines not only fail to protect people from the virus, but could put them at greater risk of becoming infected.

It is a massive blow to Aids research, which has ground to a halt – with seven other trials of similarly designed would-be vaccines either suspended or called off indefinitely.

The US government alone pumps £250million a year into research to try to find a “Holy Grail” vaccine which would put an end to Aids.

Winston Smith, Call Your Office.

Put young children on DNA list, urge police

Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain’s most senior police forensics expert.

Hmm, behavior monitoring starting from childhood…large TV screens with authoriity figures telling you what to believe…someone could write a book about that.

But I Thought It Was Bush’s Fault?

Citizen Soldiers – TIME

Schwarzenegger and California are once again doing what the rest of the country shoulda coulda done but didn’t. After Hurricane Katrina, the secret was out that government alone would never be able to manage big disasters. First responders like firefighters and police make up less than 1% of the population. They cannot be everywhere–or even most places. So the vast majority of rescues are done by regular people.

If the response to Katrina was Bush’s fault, then how could having citizens respond help? Weren’t we told that it was FEMAs job to help us, the government’s job to send buses to carry us out, and the National Guard’s place to provide food and shelter for us?

But when the Big One shakes down California, people will be on their own–in the preindustrial sense–for three to five days: no electricity, gas, running water or phone service. Everyone will be a volunteer, which will be a euphemism for survivor.

Three to five days for help to arrive? Isn’t that what happened after Katrina? If that was due to incompetance then they’re telling us is that they plan to be just as inefficient as Bush?