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A pretty cool demonstration of the use of HTML 5 I've tested it on Safari and Chrome and it works. Be sure to turn off your popup blocker before you begin.

The writer, polemicist and devout atheist Christopher Hitchens talks about his memoirs, Hitch-22, and his fight against cancer

So OMG and LOL are in the Oxford English Dictionary, but is BFD? Apparently it is


 

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Arcade Fire - The Wilderness Dowtown

If you don't have a preferred browser or you didn't grow up on a street view street you can see the final product here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrnn_ccnVPI

but is BFD? Apparently it is

MILF got robbed

I always thought BFD meant "Boyfriend." Oops.

Red Seven - don't you mean MILF got screwed?

I thought I was being so trendy and modren when I started finishing emails to the grand kids with "LOL", for I thought for sure it must mean 'lots of love'.... Now I know why they all say Granny is so funny.

re: Crows gone wrong.

another great video. I enjoyed the comment explaining logical evolutionary benefits (and hence implied logical, scientific reasons) for the crows behavior. It's pretty clear to me that they were just being BAD - Like my Jay who cries "Hawk!" in a crowded chicken flock. Requiring an animal's behavior to be explainable through evolutionary benefit is so cute.

I think, we don't really have a handle on how often anthropomorphizing is right on. Perhaps that's because seeing ourselves in other critters makes it harder to maintain an attitude of hubris toward the rest of the natural world.

I think, we don't really have a handle on how often anthropomorphizing is right on.

Does that mean that Osprey of yours self esteem suffered after hearing and seeing you laughing at him:)

re: Ospry's self esteem.

well, uh, that might have been a stretch. I doubt he actually cared. Here's a question. Is calling someone (like, for instance, Mr. Limbaugh), a 'bad seed' "bontanymorphizing"?

You mean Mr. Stink Weed?

Around my apartment we have lots of crows, and actually I don't see pigeons that much, like I'm used to, living in a big city.

I can hear them walking on my roof and waking me up when I sleep. They're watching me.

i thoroughly enjoyed the NZ radio interview with the Tomorrow's Table lady. She talks a good game for sure. I can totally see now where you (norm) are coming from. i could hear echo's of the comment threads in her responses. i'm nearly swayed, i must admit. but i still think the dismissal of fears of corporatism and taking the stance of "well, i'm just going to talk about the science, cause the regulation is really someone else's concern and they should definitely do a good job with that." is a bit of a cop-out. i mean, like 90% of the issues people on this blog raise with regard to GE are related to those sorts of fears, not fears about the science.

taking the stance of "well, i'm just going to talk about the science, cause the regulation is really someone else's concern and they should definitely do a good job with that." is a bit of a cop-out. i mean, like 90% of the issues people on this blog raise with regard to GE are related to those sorts of fears, not fears about the science.

Exactly.

I'm no more concerned about the science (and engineering) of GE food than I am about the science and engineering of nuclear power plants and offshore oil drilling (although offshore drilling should be deprecated in favor of other energy sources). From a science and engineering perspective, these are all a solved problem, and perfectly safe.

It was politics, greed, and the audacity of ignorance (from politicians and corporations, not scientists and engineers) that led to the catastrophes in Fukushima and the Gulf of Mexico.

If there's going to be a GE food catastrophe, it will follow the same lines.

I am for genetic engineering (and fission energy), but only when it is done in such a way that greedy idiots in suits (and the politicians they own) can't change the project into a dangerous, haphazard (one might say "laissez-faire") money-grab.

Of course, as I've pointed out dozens of times, corporations such as Monsanto are no different than those who produce automobiles pharmaceuticals, electronics etc, they're all greedy fucks, and all those other corporations produce products that can kill and maim, and yet . . .

and yet?

The Government requires the put airbags and seat-belts in the cars and make them pass extensive safety testing.

In Texas, the police can give you a ticket for unbuckling the belt while stopped at a stop light, say, to take off a sweater. However, the mandatory motorcycle helmet law was repealed.

my point was just that the govt has a long list of regulations for most corporate products, especially those that can kill you. and even though there is no evidence of and current GMO's directly killing anyone, we know from ethonol that fucking with the food economy can starve a few people here and there.

But yes, most regulation has a few moronic items, particlurly when motorcycle owners vote in large numbers.

That's something I should have mentioned: Probably the biggest problem here is the fucking with the food economy. Governments are doing an even shittier and more dangerous job regulating assholes like Monsanto than they are regulating the banks, oil companies, and nuclear power companies (did I miss anything? There's been so many catastrophes lately...)

Millions of people already die of starvation every year. It's nice to know that, as a voter and citizen of an industrialized nation, even more of that blood is going to be on my hands.

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