The World

Talking out both sides of their mouths.

Posted by on March 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The White House says they have a plan to end NSA collection of data, by which they mean they are going to make phone companies keep the data and see to it that the courts issue subpoenas when anybody with a badge asks have overview. Snowden says well hey, that’s better than nothing! And of course, […]

A Scary Halloween Story

Posted by on October 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm

You thought it was your imagination, but no. It’s true. They Are Watching You! Look out! “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” In Closing: enjoying the view; don’t forget that Yellowstone is essentially a giant, flat volcano; organized crime; family tree; I’m willing to take it as a police failure that Target […]

Syriana

Posted by on September 3, 2013 at 3:47 am

Today is all Syria and nothing but Syria. Obama managed to surprise his own advisors on Syria. What’s the rush? Why did John Kerry have to stick his neck out and fluff up the “evidence” with decade old pictures? The phone is ringing, Secretary. It’s Colin Powell asking if you’ve lost your mind. And Ok. […]

An Independence Day Post

Posted by on July 4, 2013 at 1:32 am

I have annotated the Declaration of Independence with relevant news and commentary from the present day Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them […]

America Knows Best

Posted by on May 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Sorry for the little hiatus. Finals are coming Real Soon Now and my writing has been monopolized by a paper on Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells. Fascinating stuff. For a minimally sciencey version, check out this biography. Depending what day it is, the world news front is likely to say something about Iran, North Korea, […]

Silly Snake!

Posted by on November 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Submitted for your approval: Though it became a well-known pop culture joke after Samuel L. Jackson’s 2006 fictional movie, snakes can sometimes be found on a plane. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday when a cabin crew was checking an airplane that landed in Glasgow, Scotland, according to The Scotsman newspaperin Edinburgh. The flight had come in from Cancun, Mexico when […]

Old Time Religion

Posted by on October 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Today, a bunch of men in another part of the world were so threatened by the very idea that a woman might learn something that they shot a 14 year old girl as she rode home from school in a bus. What a bunch of big, manly men that they had to go shoot a teenager […]

A City of Tradition

Posted by on May 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

Why yes, Chicago is a city of tradition. They turn the river green for St. Patrick’s day — and I don’t mean for organic fishing. They have arcane fire codes because of an ancient fire which destroyed most of the city (and freed up the coastal areas for redevelopment as parkland). Foods like pizza and […]

Coincidence

Posted by on May 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

Does anybody else think it’s odd that not that long after a demonstration of how a Bad Guy could get stuff through one of those nudie-scanners, the CIA foils an airplane bomb plot using a “non metallic” bomb carried by a double agent? Yeah, sounds like “more hyperbole… than reality” to me too. Gotta hand […]

R.I.P. MCA

Posted by on May 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Today we have the sad news that Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch — also known as MCA* — has passed away. Although it is widely known that he was battling cancer, there is no word yet on whether he in fact died of cancer. Since he was a Buddhist, it is perhaps more appropriate to […]