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(With apologies to Roger for stealing one of his taglines)

This was alluded to in the dGrasse Tyson thread, but WHAT THE FUCKING SHITKNUCKLES CHRIST is this?

I don't even care that it's some actor who pretended to be a space captain.  That would be like thinking Jan-Michael Vincent has some sort of special insight when it comes to helicopters.

No, the point is that it's a show about heliocentrism.  Which we should have done away with IN THE FIFTHEENTH FUCKING CENTURY.

The kicker?  I'll leave it to the article:

Sungenis [the movie’s principal] also happens to be a Holocaust  denier who believes in the “New World Order” and who writes articles about how Jewish people have aligned themselves with Satan. In fact, he’s such a notorious anti-semite that even his own local bishop, Kevin Rhoades of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, has gone on record distancing himself from the guy and his “Catholic” organization. Seriously, do you know how much of an ass you have to be to get a bishop to notice you?

To sum up:


Aneristic Illusions / The best election money can buy.
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:19:41 pm »
Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions

Basically, there's no longer a cap on how much an individual can contribute to a campaign or PAC.

Maybe we should just skip the entire "voting" part, and just weigh the amount of money a candidate has collected by election day.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Neil deGrasse Tyson, super-cool dude.
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:50:04 pm »
"As an educator, I try to get people to be fundamentally curious and to question ideas that they might have or that are shared by others," he told HuffPost Science. "In that state of mind, they have earned a kind of inoculation against the fuzzy thinking of these weird ideas floating around out there. So rather than correct the weird ideas, I would rather them to know how to think in the first place. Then they can correct the weird idea themselves. I don't just tell them no. That's pontifical."

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Backfire!
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:27:20 pm »
Anti-Gay crusader tries to prove a point by demanding he be allowed to march during Pride carrying a "Straight is Great" banner.

March organizers say, "You go, girl!"

GLAAD's President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis says, "As a fellow Irish New Yorker, I'm hoping Bill will march with me at NYC Pride. I look forward to the day when I can march openly with Bill in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, and not be turned away because of who I am."

Aneristic Illusions / Data Mining
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:42:41 pm »
So, a freind on FB wants to know why data mining is so bad, and is asking for documented instances where data mining has harmed an innocent person. 

It's an interesting request -- on one hand, extrapolating that corporations and governments will exploit every piece of available information isn't that hard to do, but on the other hand, she's looking for evidence rather than hype, which should be encouraged.

I found one example of employers using FaceBook to make hiring decisions, but I know there's jucier stuff out there.

Anyone know of something juicy offhand? 

So, I'm lucky enough to attempt a wireless house.  I've got Sonos, a Roku with Netflix and Hulu, and at least half a dozen computers and tricorders that feed off of WiFi.

So, the question I have is: Of those who are using Netflix, et al, how much lag, pausing, and dropping are you getting when watching shows and movies?  I want to hope that the standard experience is seamless, but from what I've gone through, a show will snag and hang at least seven times in an hour.

What should I be expecting, here?

Aneristic Illusions / And now Kansas is getting into the act
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:46:20 pm »
New bill passes house, will allow any individual, group, or private business to refuse to serve gay couples if “it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.” 

Bill can be found here.

This isn't one of those "whip up fury, then die in committee" bills, this has passed the House 72 votes to 49, and the Senate skews hard for hate-mongering assholes.

The bill would also allow government clerks to refuse to sign same-sex marriage licenses without threat of a lawsuit.

Basically, businesses can hang up "No Fags Allowed" signs without fear of getting sued.


57-year-old snowbird Doug Varrieur... was looking for a way to teach his eyesight-impaired wife how to shoot her self-defense pistol without the inconvenience of going to a commercial gun range... [So] he started shooting at cans and zombie cutouts right outside the door of his RV, around people he didn't know. He can do this because a state law prevents local municipalities from banning the discharge of firearms in residential neighborhoods.

The law says folks can fire anything they want on their own property, no matter how small the plot of land, as long as they're not "reckless" or "negligent"—terms that cops admit they're unsure how to interpret. And the first violation would be a misdemeanor anyway, meaning a police officer can't arrest an offender unless he witnesses the offense with his own eyes.

"... if they want to shoot a fully automatic weapon, and have a class 3 license, technically they would not be in violation of anything."

Many municipalities in Florida used to have local laws banning the firing of guns in residential areas. While the preemptive state law has been in place for almost three decades, many local governments ignored it and passed their own gun ordinances.

But in 2011, backed by the National Rifle Association, the Republican-led state Legislature put more teeth into the state law, creating penalties for local lawmakers who violate it. Gov. Rick Scott signed the law that now makes anyone who creates or upholds local gun ordinances subject to fines of up to $5,000. They also can be removed from office and forced to pay their own legal bills if sued over local gun ordinances.

So, basically, we just sit back and wait.

Squiddie, you may want to invest in Kevlar.

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