# I’ve Been Robbed!

Many thanks to Mr. Tweedy for pointing out that a third party is stealing my content for profit. I’m appropriately angry, etc. etc. – but I won’t have time to do anything about this until the semester finishes. I’m sure Mr. Tweedy is right that it will be hard to fix this as long as…

# An Appropriate Gesture

Sydney, Australia dimmed its lights last night as a “gesture of concern about global warming.” I’m not exactly sure what it has to do with Global Warming, but as a “gesture of concern about the Kyoto Protocol” it’s completely appropriate. Restaurants throughout the city held candlelight-only dinners, and families gathered in public places to take…

# Cherry-Picking is my Religion

Another cool story from Germany. In this case, a female judge in Frankfurt (aka the ugliest city in the world) refused a Morrocan immigrant woman’s request for a divorce on the grounds that her husband beat her, citing the fact that the Koran allows men to beat their wives. OK, obviously this is an illegal…

# Hate Crimes up in Germany – Time to Reinvade Normandy!

“Right-wing” crimes rose in Germany last year. By 14%!!!! And violent attacks on foreigners are up a whopping 37%!!! Call the younger Eisenhowers – let’s kill this serpent in the shell! Or not. Actually, there were only 511 “violent” attacks on foreigners last year – which in a country of 85million with a significant foreign…

# Another Classic from our Tireless Hero

This it too rich! Apparently ethanol is a giant conspiracy by the US to starve the rest of the world. I kid you not – I have this straight from Fidel Castro. Castro wrote that during a Monday meeting between the U.S. president and American automobile manufacturers, “The sinister idea of converting food into combustibles…

# Quick and Easy Math the Reuters Way!

More cool math from Reuters. Today’s example comes from this article on the captured British seamen. Reporting on the “effects” of the “tension” on commodities markets, we get: With the United States conducting naval exercises in the Gulf, the rising tension rattled global markets. Oil prices jumped by $5 overnight to more than$68 a…

# A Dumb Invention

I predict that this doesn’t end up selling very well. It’s a cellphone that doubles as a cigarette case – for sale in China (where cigarette smokers are rumored to still exist).

# What I Want for Christmas

What I want for Christmas is definitely this. It’s some sort of sketching tool that has the potential to be the Coolest Whiteboard Ever. Basically, you draw on it, and it converts what you draw into computer representations of objects in an environment – so that the objects can interact with each other, etc. ,…

# Can I Call ‘em or What?

Can I call ‘em or what? The dreaded budget vote happened yesterday in Commons, and the government survived with support from the Bloc. The NDP joined the Liberals in opposing the budget (I declined to call that one), but it passed 176-119. Harper will stay in power for at least a few more months, and…

# The Slave Trade was Global (in case you’ve forgotten)

Here is a nice illustration of the absurdity of slavery reparations. A protester interrupted a memorial service to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the UK (it wasn’t abolished in the empire until 1833, and most slaves weren’t technically “freed” until 6 years after that, as the Imperial Abolition required 6…