….wouldn’t “Mitt Romney’s Weather Machine” be a great name for a band?
Archive for the ‘Hysteria’ Category
The 6-year-old’s sister was also slightly injured when the moose knocked over a piece of “playground equipment”.
In this case I don’t think carrying your gun will be much use, sadly.
Young girl goes fishing in Tom Bass Park. Young girl catches fish. Fish turns out to be Pygocentrus nattereri, aka the red-bellied piranha.
Chron takes the opportunity to get hysterical about invasive species (including the freshwater stingray) suggesting that it “might” be possible for piranhas to survive a Texas winter.
Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! Nitro-burning Tuesday Morning Quarterback after the jump!
They always want to focus on the worst-case scenario.
Sure, if you get wolf pups for your kids, there’s a chance that the wolves will eat your children. But that’s the worst case scenario. Anyway, the wolves are unlikely to eat more than one of the kids.
And, hey, what’s the best-case scenario? Your kids will go on to found Rome. Weighted against that possibility, don’t your worries about kids being eaten seem kind of trivial?
There’s a breaking news story on the northwest side of Austin: apparently, two people were killed in a domestic disturbance, and responding police officers killed a third person. (Edited to add: The Statesman is now reporting only one person and the alleged gunman are dead.)
I’m commenting on this because I had to drive Loop 1 south to get to work this morning: I have never seen this many cop cars in one place, not even in the parking lot of a police station. I swear I saw a dozen police cars parked, nose to nose, on the Parmer Lane exit ramp, and those weren’t the only cars around. There were cars and crime scene tape all the way down to the Baskin Robbins in the shopping center at the Mopac feeder/Parmer Lane corner. Google maps and my eyeball estimate the distance from the off-ramp to there as about 1/2 mile.
(Edited to add 2: From what the Statesman is reporting now, it looks like the APD capped the guy in the parking lot of the Jaguar dealership, which is located right next to that shopping center.)
Combine this with the unfortunate incident on Saturday, where the APD felt compelled to block off two major highways for the better part of a day (not that I’m bitter or anything, just because I was caught up in that mess) and I have to wonder: do Austin police have enough to do?
“I see it– coming here– hell-wind– titan-blur– black wings– Yog-Sothoth save me– the three-lobed burning eye…”Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Giant squid are roaming the Pacific, and they’re not just wiping out fish stocks; they’re eating fishermen.
Honestly, I take this entire article with a grain of salt. However, any time I have a chance to link to a story about giant man-eating squid, I can’t pass it up.
(Hattip: Dinosaur Comics. Really.)
It would be possible for me to care less about LeBron James in general, and last night’s fiasco in particular. But I would have to work really, really hard at caring less than I do now.
However, some of the quotes in Richard Deitsch’s SI article made me giggle:
I originally wasn’t going to blog this, since Sebastian was on it like a fat man on a Chinese buffet:
At least 14 retail stores in Manhattan — including major retailers like the Home Depot, Eastern Mountain Sports and Paragon Sports — have been selling illegal knives, District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said on Thursday.
The knives generally fall into one of two categories: switchblades and gravity knives. On a switchblade, the blade pops out at the simple flip of a switch; with gravity knives, the blades come out by a simple flick of the wrist. Carrying either of those kinds of knives is a crime under New York State law, prosecutors said.
Most of what I see in the photo with the linked article appears to be, not switchblades and not gravity knives, but assisted opening folders along the lines of Spyderco and others. It is interesting that the photo caption refers to “some of the 1,300 illegal knives”, while the investigation turned up 43 allegedly illegal knives over an unspecified period of months.
What did make me decide to blog this, though, was a conversation I had with Mike the Musicologist at the gun show yesterday about the linked video. Fast forward to about 1:05 in: “Are they dangerous?”
Of course it’s dangerous, you fracking moron! It’s a knife! It’s sharp! It cuts things! Including flesh! What is wrong with you people?
(Subject line explained for the benefit of M the M and other friends of mine who haven’t heard the story.)
Edited to add 6/22/2010: A thought that came to me this morning: can I order this from Amazon and have it shipped to NYC?
…all along he possessed a weapon that could have easily done extreme damage, one rapidly fired round at a time.
It is, in effect, a low-powered rifle. Unlike those of some rifles, its bullets probably would not penetrate a police officer’s bullet-resistant vest, a law enforcement official said.
Unlike the Tec-9, it is not frequently used by criminals, the official said.
Meanwhile, Dana Milbank in the WP asks the musical question:
In other news: Houston rapper that nobody’s ever heard of files lawsuit against local radio station for not playing his “music”.
Trae is suing for general damages to his reputation, character, standing in the community, mental suffering, loss of professional opportunities, performance revenue and record royalties.
I’m looking forward to seeing what legal precedent his lawyer sites that requires a radio station to play someone’s music. Could I sue KGSR for not playing Jonathan Coulton? Even better, could I sue KGSR for playing Kasey Chambers?
Edited to add: “Washington Post puts Newsweek up for sale. Do I hear $1? Anyone?”
Provider 1 bids 300 quatloos on the newcomers.
Edited to add 2: I have been in the practice of noting Roger Ebert’s better negative reviews, especially the one-star and zero-star reviews. A zero-star review from Ebert is pretty rare; he’s stated in the past that for a film to get no stars, it not only has to be bad, but morally reprehensible in some way.
Accordingly, I am going to link to this zero-star Ebert review. I am not going to name the film. I do not encourage you to click on the link. I had heard about this film previously on FARK, and wish I had not.
“Would you say the time has come for us to crack open each other’s heads and feast on the tasty goo inside?”Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
As of this moment (7:55 AM Central) snow is falling outside my office window.
This means, of course, that we’re all going to die!
Edited to add: Statesman. Photo and video to come.
ETA2: More Statesman:
A large band of snow, which should bring more consistent snowfall, is expected to arrive mid-afternoon in Travis and Williamson counties, with snowfall subsiding sometime between late afternoon and after midnight.
But we are getting non-stop flights to Branson. I confess; I’m tempted to take advantage of the $49 special and blog the experience.
ETA3: Did you know “Nanook of the North” was public domain?