September 2005

I thought I’d have to miss Karol’s blogger bash, but plans have changed and I’ll be there. Can’t wait!

Judith and Alcibiades have lots of new posts over at Kesher Talk – with news about summers’ end at the Jersey Shore.

Eric Deamer (the Young Curmudgeon) has has become the Blatherist. He changed the name but kept the great photo of himself in New Orleans..

Thanks to Zelda for asking me to guest blog at Urban Grind along with Vilmar of Ranting Right Wing Howler, Scott Sela of Slantpoint and Urban Elephants, Dave of Garfield Ridge, John of Wuzzadem and Bob, who is new to blogging.

Did you know that NYC is the home of the Great Pointed Archer?

I can’t figure this out – is this site is a parody of PETA/Disney style anthropomorphism or are these people for real?

[link thanks to Zelda at The Urban Grind]


WHO expert urges world to prepare for anticipated outbreak

A global influenza pandemic could come at any time and claim anywhere between 5 million and 150 million lives, depending on steps the world takes now to control the bird flu in Asia, the United Nations said.

Additionally, the bird flu virus is likely to mutate into a strain that can be passed person to person, Dr. David Nabarro of the World Health Organization told reporters at a Thursday news conference at the United Nations in New York.

“We expect the next influenza pandemic to come at any time now, and it’s likely to be caused by a mutant of the virus that is currently causing bird flu in Asia,” Nabarro said in a report from The Associated Press…

Nabarro said he hopes to persuade governments that “the U.N. system is actually going to help keep their people alive,” and to generate political support for a three-pronged strategy focusing on prevention, preparedness, and response to a potential pandemic.

How are they going to convince anyone that the UN system cares about keeping people alive when the UN runs like a rabbit from the government sponsored violence in Darfur?

This potential pandemic scares me, but the fact that the UN is handling it scares me more.

…not with leaflets, with bombs.

The nursery responded by giving in to their demands.

Hey, appeasement worked with Irish terrorists – and the Germans, and the jihadis..

..oh, wait, maybe it didn’t.

Giant Squid Photographed for First Time

giant squid

The team led by Tsunemi Kubodera, from the National Science Museum in Tokyo, tracked the 26-foot long Architeuthis as it attacked prey nearly 3,000 feet deep off the coast of Japan’s Bonin islands.

“We believe this is the first time a grown giant squid has been captured on camera in its natural habitat,” said Kyoichi Mori, a marine researcher who co-authored a piece in Wednesday’s issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The camera was operated by remote control during research at the end of October 2004, Mori told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Mori said the giant squid, purplish red like its smaller brethren, attacked its quarry aggressively, calling into question the image of the animal as lethargic and slow moving.

“Contrary to belief that the giant squid is relatively inactive, the squid we captured on film actively used its enormous tentacles to go after prey,” Mori said.

“It went after some bait that we had on the end of the camera and became stuck, and left behind a tentacle” about six yards long, Mori said…

They don’t mention what kind of “bait” or “prey” was used. I hope it wasn’t a photographer.

..Jim Barry, a marine biologist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, has searched for giant squid on his own expeditions without luck.

“It’s the holy grail of deep sea animals,” he said. “It’s one that we have never seen alive, and now someone has video of one.”

Let me get this straight – scientists have been telling us that the giant squid is “relatively inactive” but they’ve never seen one in action before? Maybe those old sailors’ tales weren’t myths after all…


After five days managing near-riots, medical horrors and unspeakable living conditions inside the Superdome, Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron prepared to hand over the dead to representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Following days of internationally reported killings, rapes and gang violence inside the Dome, the doctor from FEMA – Beron doesn’t remember his name – came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.

“I’ve got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome,” Beron recalls the doctor saying.

The real total was six, Beron said.

Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the turning over of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health department officials in charge of body recovery put the official death count at the Dome at 10, but Beron said the other four bodies were found in the street near the Dome, not inside it. Both sources said no one had been killed inside.

Link thanks to Dean Esmay, who says “I guess we can now put that in the bin of discarded Katrina news hype like “tens of thousands dead” and the rumors of cannibalism.”

Will this news make the covers of Time and Newsweek with a headline saying “Hype, the Media, Hysteria & Katrina; Lessons of a National Shame!”?

I doubt it.

..but I’m just an old-fashioned liberal.

Unfortunately, since “liberal” is often defined these days as “anti-war activists to the left of Stalin who only support wars against imperialist Amerikkka”, I won’t be joining these “liberals” any time soon.

You are a
Social Liberal
(80% permissive)

and an…
Economic Liberal
(36% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

[Link thanks to Double Plus Ungood]

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