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    • Color Me Green

      9 years ago

      acidblack

      In the interest of saving the Earth, I think the Audi e-tron electric should be our next car.

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      It goes up to 150 Miles on a charge.

    • Welcome to Bizarro World

      9 years ago

      acidblack

      John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods had an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal the other day. In it, he explained how in his opinion Obama's proposed health care reforms are flawed and gave eight ways that we in America can improve the healthcare system.

      I agree with some of Mackey's points and disagree with others.

      A funny thing has happened as a result. Democrats (like, democraticunderground.com democrats) have totally lost their shit over it. They're calling for a boycott of Whole Foods to teach Mackey (and, presumably, anyone else) from speaking out against one of Obama's plans.

      It's weird enough that these so-called liberals and progressives are adopting one of the favored strategies of the conservatives, most notably the Christian right. Weirder than that, the conservatives are countering the boycott by calling on their footsoldiers to start shopping at Whole Foods to help support Mackey.

      I guess this Thanksgiving, we'll be seeing a lot of conservatives gathering the family for a feast of Tofurkey, organic kale and dairy-free pumpkin pie.

    • Dear Roosterteeth

      9 years ago

      acidblack

      I just wanted to drop you a line telling you how much I appreciate the new site changes. It's so refreshing to have the top third of my window taken up by banner ad space every time I go to a new page. And the ads are for awesome stuff that I'm totally going to buy! World of Warcraft? Sign me up! Champions Online? Where do I get mine?

      What I think is so awesome is that rather than making changes that I wouldn't appreciate at all, like being able to embed video in-line rather than all bunched up at the bottom of a journal entry, you're spending your time creating useful features like random avatars at the bottom of the page. Cool! I've been hoping for something like that!

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      I am rather disappointed, though, that you haven't found a way to put more ads on a page. I sure do like being bombarded with notices that there are T-Shirts available. I had no idea! Good thing I'm reminded over and over and over. I mean, what's next? Start embedding ads in journals and forum posts? Shit, why not? Got to get paid, right?

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      Keep up the good work, guys!

      Sincerely,
      Mike

      Edit: PS. Thanks also for getting rid of that pesky "go to top of the page" link at the bottom of the page. I hated the way it made me lazily skip scrolling back up through long posts/forums/galleries. Now I get to enjoy everything I just looked at, but in reverse scrolling direction! AWESOME! You guys really know how to make things better! Maybe you should raise the sponsor fee, because we're getting so much value for our money!

    • On Second Thought..

      9 years ago

      acidblack

      Forget I mentioned all that stuff about my friend. I just needed to rant.

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    • Ireland = FAIL

      10 years ago

      acidblack

      I am often amused by the shortsighted ignorance of some religious people.

      Ireland, it seems, has passed a law making blasphemy illegal. According to the new law:

      A person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding â'šÂ¬100,000. [Amended to â'šÂ¬25,000]


      25,000 Euros being something like 35,000 US dollars.

      It's an outrage, to be sure, that it is now illegal for any Atheist in Ireland to express his or her belief that there is no god. However, what really gets me is that the people who passed this retarded piece of legislation have the mental capacity of your average Intelligent Design proponent. (Which is to say, not much.) The law goes on to say:

      For the purposes of this section, a person publishes or utters blasphemous matter if (a) he or she publishes or utters matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion, and (b) he or she intends, by the publication or utterance of the matter concerned, to cause such outrage.


      Which means that one of two things is true. On the one hand, the law makes ALL religious expression illegal in Ireland, since claiming that (for example) the only way to heaven is through Jesus is offensive to Jews, Muslims and anyone else who isn't a Christian. The police have the right under this law to force their way into people's homes and confiscate all publications containing the offending remarks. (Bibles, for instance.)

      OR, the law is completely un-enforcable and will only be used to bully those who oppose the religion most favored by those in power. It clearly states that the accused must intend to cause outrage. Where is that line drawn? How exactly are the courts going to determine where genuine religious or political speech ends and blasphemy begins?

      It's interesting that Ireland has decided, at a time when Europe as a whole is becoming less religious, to take a huge step backward for liberty.

      Makes me appreciate the First Amendment..

      Religion is hate
      Religion is fear
      Religion is war
      Religion is rape
      Religion's obscene
      Religion's a whore

      The pestilence is Jesus Christ
      There never was a sacrifice
      No man upon the crucifix
      Beware the cult of purity
      Infectious imbecility
      I've made my choice. Six six six


      (From Slayer's "Cult")

    • Christians Censor Opposing Views

      10 years ago

      acidblack

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      According to some of the Christians in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, this billboard is offensive and should be taken down. Theodore Hamilton, an employee at a nearby business, says:

      We don't agree with this. We don't like this here in our community...


      Translation: I disagree with what you say, therefore you shouldn't have a right to say it.

      Also from the article:

      After seeing the billboard, Team of Life community activist Essie "Big Mama" Reed brought her students out to protest it Wednesday afternoon. "Nothing else matters, but that sign needs to come down. In the name of Jesus," Big Mama chanted, as she led her students in protest.


      In the name of Jesus? New T-shirt slogan: What Would Jesus Censor?

      This is not a sign saying that Christians are wrong. It's simply stating that even people without faith in God can be good people, that you don't need an irrational fear of an invisible man in the sky to have morals and be a benefit to society. It doesn't say not to believe in God, it says that if you don't, you're not alone.

      ZOMG! What a horrible message! No wonder the local Christians are so upset.

      Idiots.

    • Idle Hands

      10 years ago

      acidblack

      OK, this cracked me up. Apparently making fart noises with your hands is called "manualism" or something. I'm waiting for an armpit version to appear soon.

      The best part is that he makes the classic guitarist faces during the solo. smiley6.gif

    • Chewie, Get Us Out Of Here!

      10 years ago

      acidblack

      I enjoyed the movie Contact, where Jodi Foster played a scientist searching the skies for signs of intelligent life. I used to run the SETI screen saver, donating CPU cycles from my PC to the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. I was watching a bit of this video which features a lecture by Richard Dawkins (author of such books as The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion.) He says something at about the 14 minute mark which made me go "hmm.."

      We don't know if any of the stars planets (duh!) out in the universe have life on them, but we do know that if the message we are sending out reaches a planet, that planet will be so far away that if there are creatures out there with telescopes looking at us, they aren't seeing us. They're seeing the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago.

      Damn.

      So much for making contact. smiley6.gif

    • The Revolution WIll Be Broadcast

      10 years ago

      acidblack

      The government in Iran has stolen the election. Amandinijad has been reelected. The hard-line status quo has been maintained.

      Well, maybe not.

      The people of Iran feel that their votes should count, and that they weren't counted in this instance. So they've taken to the street. In large numbers.

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      As Andrew Sullivan states on his blog: "From all the cell-phones and cameras and videocams, this revolution may be broadcast despite the banning of foreign press."

      The storming of the Basij headquarters (Warning: Bloodshed.)

      An eerily silent wave of protesters

      Last year I predicted that if Obama became president and stopped the US sabre-rattling long enough to offer Iran an opportunity to join the rest of the world economy, the people would be inclined to elect a moderate president. So far, it seems I was right. Hopefully their votes will be counted and the true winner of the election will be known.

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  • Comments (472)

    • clubbed Meh

      8 years ago

      Check some of her other tunes, too.

      Her voice is...different...

    • clubbed Meh

      8 years ago

      Happy Birthday, Mike.

      If I had a choice of brothers...

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      9 years ago

      Congratulations dude. :)
      I'll send your'guy's present soon, hopefully

    • maureenlynn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Good luck tomorrow!!

    • JeffSon

      9 years ago

      Cruelty to Animals
      More than 27 billion animals are killed for food every year in the U.S. alone. Animals in factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats, including neglect, mutilations, genetic manipulation, drug regimens that cause chronic pain and crippling, transport through all weather extremes, and gruesome and violent

      That's a lie.


    • JeffSon

      9 years ago

      Interesting rant, as always. Couple questions, though.

      Um.. how is that possible, and how is that possible? If I grow vegetables in my back yard, how do I not know what has gone into them? Assuming that I'm using municipal water and don't live downwind from a feedlot, it seems pretty basic. Yet you claim that the scum of the earth, vegans, don't know what they're eating. But you do. Even though the animals that your plant processes come from myriad sources and you have (I assume) no knowledge of their origins, the methods by which they were raised, or the means by which they were transported to the slaughterhouse

      In this you are wholly incorrect. There is more in your garden that dirt.

      More packing companies have instituted farm-to-table programs over the past 15 years than you'd think. As part of that, those farms monitor feed sources, the soil the feed is grown in is constantly tested for mineral/chemical/organic/microbiological content and the transportation companies are likely to have certificates of cleanliness and sanitation programs in place before they can haul loads to market (aside from customer requirements, this is also a stipulation of government mandated, humane handling regulations - and those are a debate for another day).

      Conversely, "organic" home gardens are often enriched with untreated manure (the source of at least 4 E. Coli outbreaks in the past 10 years that I can think of) or compost which is, by nature, loaded with microorganisms. Couple that with a general, "meh, just rinse it off" attitude, the ultra-clean, untreated municipal water supply (itself a source for coliforms), the severe lack of safe food handling common sense that people as a whole lack and that's a recipe for disaster. Packing houses, on the other hand are mandated to have at least one anti-microbial intervention in their process. Be it a lactic acid wash, ozonated water rinse or a cooking/curing step (for some facilities), there must be something written into the operational guidelines in order for any federally-inspected facility to open its doors.

      I'll get a list of all the stuff we test for and pass it along. It's crazy.

      Side note: if you believe that any of the companies in the livestock industry exist for a reason other than to maximize profits, then you're fooling yourself.


      Other than to maximize profits? Of course they're out to make money, but they aren't there to do it at the expense of the public health.

      That is not to say that the people working for them do not believe in doing the best job they can, or that they don't care a great deal about producing a quality product or preventing contamination of the food supply. It means that the people at the stockholders meeting want to see the profit/loss sheet, not the QA reports.

      Yes and no. The profit aspect comes into it, but - as I said - they are perfectly willing to toss those profits out the window if it means keeping the public safe. Whether that's out of altruism or greed is an argument that can't be won unless we've both sat in one of those meetings.

      In response to your question on growth hormones, you'll find those in fewer animals than you'd like to believe, too. Because of dodgy data regarding its effects on humans (for every study in favor, there's one against), it simply isn't cost effective to use them. In fact, ironic to your comment, packers found that by removing growth hormones, they could raise prices and charge a premium for their meat.

      People don't get fat because of growth hormones in their meat. They get fat because they sit on their asses and don't do anything to lose the weight from that 3000 calorie meal they just ate.

      Antibiotics are another matter altogether. As minimal as that chance is, you're more likely to pick up an illness from an animal that was never treated with antibiotics than one that has. Frankly, based on the condition of the "organic" animals that come in, the removal of antibiotics from their growth cycle is - in my opinion - an act of cruelty. If you're willing to treat your own infections with antibiotics, why not treat an animal with the same thing?

      Prophylactic use of antibiotics is what you're probably referring to. There are quite a few farmers/ranchers who mix them into the feed while the animals are growing, then stop a set time prior to harvest in order to let the antibiotics pass out of their system (several studies were performed to figure out what that length of time was - we were part of one of them on the beef side). This is not a practice that I agree with and never have. The chance of antibiotic residue in the meat is minuscule, but the possibility of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria is elevated.

      Granted, the microbial interventions deal with them during the process, but that doesn't preclude the possibility of environmental cross-contamination.

      So many things have changed in the past 15 years since you toured that one plant that I've been rushing to catch up with it. The advances in test methods, inspection protocols and technology have been staggering. Nothing is today as it was back then...and even then the food supply was safe

      Since you mentioned PETA: one of the things PETA does do is roll out video footage of packing houses and cattle yards from 40 years ago and quail about the deplorable conditions that exist within the industry. That's largely bullshit and PETA is filled with hypocritical nonsense. I'm sure you'll probably take issue with the video, but I didn't have time to research each instance of their crap individually.

      They're a non-profit, multi-million dollar terrorist organization, but - again - that's a debate for another day.

    • mb2000inc

      9 years ago

      That's about my assessment as well... smiley3.gif

    • mb2000inc

      9 years ago

      Actually I knew some of that... but I bookmarked all those resources anyway! smiley6.gif


      Thanks! smiley0.gif

    • mb2000inc

      9 years ago

      a Jamaican in a platypus suit

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    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      Possibly. Although once, the cops raided a meth lab that across the street from my dad's house....

    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      You either misunderstand, or you taunt.

      Where did it all come from?

    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      In reply to acidblack, #4:

      You know, a roll of duct tape is like $5.00 and everyone knows duct tape can fix anything.


      but not parts that are completely missing - they were stripped right off the bike.

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    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      We've done this before, I don't feel like doing it again.

      There is zero concrete evidence of any of the things you mentioned - merely circumstantial/anecdotal. I admit that some of it is strong.

      That includes the bit about mammals coming from a common source. However, the sequence of amino acids that made up the sequence that seems to be common amongst most, if not all mammals is what amounts to a random sequence that may have been the most suitable for anything furry and land-based, and need not have come from a common ancestor.

      Therefore, there is no contradiction.

      Also, note that my stance is that God and evolution are not mutually exclusive

      As contradictory as you may believe that stance, it sits fine by me. You can have your relativism, and I'll have mine.

      Now, seriously answer this question: If there is no God, where did it all come from? Until you can answer that without asking where did God come from?, then there is a giant hoe in all the logic that postulates any argument that there is no God.



    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      That's the same painting I started 20 years ago, hated it and stuck back in a closet. I keep meaning to paint over it...

      (Also, remind me to ask you about the second week in July. Tammy and her niece are going to be in town for a Cubs game and they might need a sherpa.)

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      I was fitted for it today. Charcoal gray with an almost invisible pinstripe, pale blue shirt.

      $372.

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    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      The funny thing is that, if I hadn't ever met you, I wouldn't be as capable of recognizing a decent argument.

      To date, aside from the the debates I've had with you, I can count the number of worthwhile conversations at....one.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Fuck that. You taught me most of those words...

    • maureenlynn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Excited for your visit!!!

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      No, they would have taken HD photos of themselves frowning...

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      Well..... I GUESS I could make a joke about how I am now the man and you need to stick it to me, but I don't want to end up like the Bestiality guy.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      It felt good to be able to jump again...

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Remember how Walt used to say that mustard packets are the only thing separating us from the apes?

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      What's shakin', homie?

    • mb2000inc

      10 years ago

      I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.


      It's going to be very low budget (but really cool special effects)
      And the best part... it's going to be free to the masses - streamed off my website. smiley8.gif

    • fifthofnever

      10 years ago

      Is that Mao? ....Awesome, I approve.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Yeah...I'd hate to have to adblock an image you tagged... smiley8.gif

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Maybe your sister and her husband didn't really want to do the work, they just quoted it as a favor to your dad.

      I think that's exactly the case. Her husband is kind of a jagoff...

    • fnbitch

      10 years ago

      But if you don't GIVE them something to read, they'll FIND something to read! Prescription bottles, hemorrhoid medication labels, douche instructions, etc... smiley7.gifsmiley8.gifsmiley0.gif

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      I only fucking swear when I feel like fucking swearing. I don't like to swear at my goddamn teachers. They don't like that fucking shit.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      I was just there.

      I'm not sure what possessed them to allow everyone to post a comment simultaneously...

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      Oh well ok then. Scissors, FTW. Hey, proof my Speech please. I will like seriously do ANYTHING

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      That explains a lot. But is still incredibly disturbing.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      I remove all symptoms from the get-go and up the drug resistance. If you limit the speed that it spreads at the start, Madagascar is less likely to notice it. Just let your evolution points continue to build until everyone is infected, then turn their inside to liquid shit. You don't get as high a score, but you do have the satisfaction of wiping out 100% of the planet in a matter of weeks...

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Ooooh...


      Prettynewshinything...!

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Yeah...I forgot about that.

      Shit.

      I'm sorry...

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Oh, come on...


      You give me 8 years of Bush/Cheney conspiracy theories and this is a hard pill to swallow..?

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      In a way. It'll be worth it tomorrow when I show all my friends "the awesome new music I picked up over the weekend"

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Have you played this yet?

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Yeah...motherfucker's ain't street no mo...

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      in short, 2 C's. In long, a C in a core class. A C- in a core class. a 70.6 in core class. I need at least a 4.2 to be considered in an Ivy league like Harvard or Yale, and get scholarships. can't afford to go on my own moneys. So, i'm pretty upset, and I am just giving up in the non core class i had a C in for 3rd quarter. I LIKE that class too. But his grading is so arbitrary.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      Sorry you didn't make the next round, man. For what it's worth, I don't think you should give up on the book. It's a good story.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      In the first draft, I neglected to do so. I corrected that after BobLablaw's comment.

    • JeffSon

      10 years ago

      It's that end-of-the-year stupid snow that comes and goes in two days, but you still have to go out and shovel the shit because of the goddamn city ordinance.

      It's already melting...

    • maureenlynn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Get well soon, Mike! DON'T GET NEOMA SICK!!! smiley6.gif

    • TheAlbacor

      10 years ago

      Or, why they should let everyone have bigger watchlists and edit comments.

    • TheAlbacor

      10 years ago

      Agreed. That's why I don't get why they need to give sponsors so much extra stuff...

    • dougss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 10 years

      10 years ago

      we weren't high. I think.

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