Sunday, December 29, 2013

"The ice is MELTING!"

Except it's not.
A scientific mission ship, trapped in dense pack ice off East Antarctica, is still awaiting rescue after a Chinese icebreaker failed to reach it.

The Snow Dragon icebreaker was itself stalled by heavy ice, officials say.

It had been trying to cut a path through the ice in order to help the research vessel reach open water.
And remember, it's summer down there.  Makes you wonder what Winter will be like.

Ever have the thought that becoming a lawyer should be considered evidence of guilt?  Greed, chicanery, criminal-level assholery, take your pick.
A plaintiff's lawyer is suing a medical journal and two doctors because they published a case report that makes it harder to win birth-injury lawsuits.
Now the National Law Journal reports that a Boston lawyer who claims to have debunked the Lerner-Salamon case study has sued its two authors, the journal's publisher, and Dr. Salamon's clinic for publishing and refusing to retract it. The attorney's clients are two families whose lawsuits did not succeed, allegedly because of the case report; he thinks they deserve $3 million each.

No wonder a lot of the nut-level feminists hate her guts.
She starts by pointing to the diminished status of military service. "The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service—hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster," she says. "These people don't think in military ways, so there's this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we're just nice and benevolent to everyone they'll be nice too. They literally don't have any sense of evil or criminality." 

The results, she says, can be seen in everything from the dysfunction in Washington (where politicians "lack practical skills of analysis and construction") to what women wear. "So many women don't realize how vulnerable they are by what they're doing on the street," she says, referring to women who wear sexy clothes.
Sex education, she says, simply focuses on mechanics without conveying the real "facts of life," especially for girls: "I want every 14-year-old girl . . . to be told: You better start thinking what do you want in life. If you just want a career and no children you don't have much to worry about. If, however, you are thinking you'd like to have children some day you should start thinking about when do you want to have them. Early or late? To have them early means you are going to make a career sacrifice, but you're going to have more energy and less risks. Both the pros and the cons should be presented."
Personal gripe, connected to the 'blaming the victim!' crap she catches from such 'sexy clothes' points:  Point out that while you SHOULD be able to run around dressed and acting as you choose that dressing like a porn actress or hooker in some places/times is a bad idea and "YOU'RE BLAMING THE VICTIM!" starts.  Closely followed by "WHY DON'T YOU TEACH YOUR SONS NOT TO RAPE?"  bullshit.  These idiots, consciously or not, seem to have lost their grip on reality.

And I get really, really sick of me and son being blamed for what anti-social assholes(whom the nut-level feminists helped create) do.

It's a given that Waxman is a gun-bigot asshole who'll say anything to try and ban firearms.  I have to figure they've got no actual evidence of 'military-style weapons' or it'd be lead story on every "Let's help the Democrats" news outlet.

Also, from what two officials described as a high-powered rifle doesn't really mean squat unless your definition of 'high-powered' is "Whatever I want it to be."  Remember Ted Kennedy insisting the .30-30 be considered armor-piercing because 'it can shoot through a 700-pound safe' ?

'All cultures are equal' my ass.
In 2009 the leader of The Gambia, the self-titled Sheikh Professor Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh—perhaps best known for being the inventor of an herbal HIV “cure”—launched a witch-hunting campaign. Police, army, and national intelligence agents kidnapped up to 1,000 people at gunpoint. They were taken to secret detention centers and severely beaten, almost to the point of death. They were forced to confess and to drink “potions.” At least two died from potion-induced kidney failure.

Self-appointed witch hunter and self-described “Lady Apostle” Helen Ukpabio recently launched a crusade she calls “Witches on the Run” in Nigeria. The Observer reports that accused children in the country are “burnt, poisoned, slashed, chained to trees, buried alive or simply beaten and chased off into the bush.” Some have had nails driven into their heads. Ukpabio is helping to fuel this rampant child abuse.

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