Free meds!

A report released by the Environmental Working Group provides yet another reason not to drink bottled water: disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue and pain medication.

What's not to like?

Some days…

…you just can't get going, right? OK, I can't get going. Here it is noon and I haven't got a single thing done. I think I am going to do nothing this afternoon too, just for the sake of symmetry.

Oh go ahead, tell us what you really think

You may have heard that a group of batshit insane entertainment shills have asked the W3C (the standards body responsible for Web standards) to put "DRM" -- magic beans anti-copying stuff -- into HTML5. 
Boing Boing 


Because they have nothing else to do

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology announced Friday that it will hold a hearing in the coming weeks over asteroids…
Huffington Post
High Wire

iPhone image: Phil Compton

Much, much worse than we thought


Oh oh, I'm going to dig my hole a little deeper

A flaming meteorite crashed to the earth on Friday, injuring hundreds and reportedly prompting fears of an alien invasion.
Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/15/watch-meteorite-injures-hundreds-in-russia/#ixzz2Ky5eQzkn


Zen again

Michael Dibdin hit his stride in this third novel featuring the Venetian detective Aurelio Zen, Cabal. It's a caper sleek and cynical, with a nifty send-up of the Italian fashion industry for extra points.

Now on the list.

Yes, crime does pay

People may have outrage fatigue about Wall Street, and more stories about billionaire greedheads getting away with more stealing often cease to amaze. But the HSBC case went miles beyond the usual paper-pushing, keypad-punching­ sort-of crime, committed by geeks in ties, normally associated­ with Wall Street. In this case, the bank literally got away with murder – well, aiding and abetting it, anyway.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/gangster-bankers-too-big-to-jail-20130214#ixzz2KuMNf5O2
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Wait. What?

What began as a four-day voyage in the Gulf of Mexico has turned into a vacation nightmare, not at all the luxury cruise touted in brochures.

They sent out the wrong brochure?

No wonder everyone's so upset.

Can we call it an Extreme Cruise and charge more?

The Carnival Triumph, a cruise ship passengers compared to a shanty town due to reports of vile conditions onboard, is expected to dock in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, four days after a fire in its engine room.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/14/stranded-carnival-cruise-expected-to-dock-in-alabama-after-four-days-with/#ixzz2KtlVkZAz

Snow: Gone to the dogs

Snow dog by Ted Compton
Snow dog, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.


H/T Seattle Bureau

H/T Seattle Bureau by Ted Compton
H/T Seattle Bureau, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

The Nemos

The Nemos by Ted Compton
The Nemos, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

Two that did not get away.

And don't forget Yale

In our grad school autocracy, underlying organizational principles now come more from the Harvard Business School than from the Constitution.
Progressive Review

Screw wind chill

It's a conspiracy or something. Have you ever seen a weather report in August that says "96°, feels like 74"? Of course not. They only do it in the winter time to make you feel miserable. They might as well say "shut up and swallow your gloom pills."

Screw wind chill, we say. Warm is warm and cold is cold, and today it's 37°.

Texas kinky

In Dallas, chocolatier Andrea Pedraza, who loves designer high heels, molded her pedestrian passion into chocolate form. Her most well-known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.

You can trust us because we are, well, us

Gates, a former CIA director who served as defense secretary under both Obama and former president George W. Bush, said the rules followed by the Obama administration "are quite stringent and are not being abused."
"But who is to say about a future president?" he said in an interview with CNN's State of the Union.
This is the Great Progressive Smash-up: If bad guys did this it would be bad, but we are good guys so when we do it it's good.
Or, to put it another way, the King can do no wrong.

(And by the way, another secret court? Oh, there's a fine idea.)

This is got to be a joke, right?

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has recommended dropping wrestling as a sport from the Summer Games, it announced Tuesday.

Come on. Drop wrestling from the Olympics? You might as well drop running. And throwing stuff.

Or – here's a thought – drop the whole Olympics. That would work just fine. But wrestling? No way.

Get real, committee guys. Or just go away and leave me alone.


Flotsam (Jetsam?)

iPhone photo: Phil Compton

Everything you need to know about Chinese hackers

Government agencies and companies both public and private are lining up to confess that their security has been breached by Chinese hackers. This is astonishing, not only because of the breadth and depth of the hackers’ break-ins, but also because they were apparently able to do it without the aid of Guy Fawkes masks. Authorities are understandably concerned. Authorities are always concerned, and usually understandably so. That’s kind of what makes them authorities. Nobody ever says “Authorities are inexplicably relaxed.” But in this case they’re especially concerned and it’s particularly understandable.


Security theater

Arizona's self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" enlisted the combat services of actor Steven Seagal to train a volunteer posse through a simulated school shooting on Saturday. 
NY Daily News

If you have to ask

You could never tell with women. She had gone for him after all. With taste like that, who could tell what she might stoop to next.


Dibdin, Michael. "Cabal." Vintage Books, 2012-06-20. iBooks.
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And triple for 19th century verse

If recent grads can't find good work because they didn't learn any marketable skills, there's little the government can do to help, besides "nudging" current students to be more practical. And that's exactly what conservative governors in Florida and North Carolina are considering with proposals to charge humanities majors higher tuition than, say, science majors at state schools. 
The Atlantic

No kidding.

(Emphasis mine.)


Blown by Ted Compton
Blown, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.


Obama also has wielded considerable power in secret, upsetting the more liberal wing of his own party.

It's only the "more liberal wing" that gets upset about secret government.

And people who tell you what's really happening in the government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" are called whistleblowers.


Lines by Ted Compton
Lines, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

Morning Window

Morning Window by Ted Compton
Morning Window, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.