Friday, September 4, 2009

Nothing to see here citizen, move along

A "pandemic response bill" currently making its way through the Massachusetts state legislature would allow authorities to forcefully quarantine citizens in the event of a health emergency, compel health providers to vaccinate citizens, authorize forceful entry into private dwellings and destruction of citizen property and impose fines on citizens for noncompliance.

If citizens refuse to comply with isolation or quarantine orders in the event of a health emergency, they may be imprisoned for up to 30 days and fined $1,000 per day that the violation continues.

Welcome to the Police State. This reminds me of those dystopian movies I am currently hooked on.
Children of Men (2006), awesome.
Idiocracy (2006), a must see movie.
V for Vendetta (2005), very well done.
Of course the classics, Blade Runner (1982), Brazil (1985), and A Clockwork Orange (1971) are on the list and always will have a place on my top 10 favorite films. But I have found these other movies in the last few years and felt they deserved mention here.

This gives me another reason why nearly all New England can now be ceded back to Great Britain. If you're not using those civil liberties, we'll just take them. kthxbye

If you want to see more of the dytopian world promised by the peoples of various states and countries who fail to stand up to their runaway governments check out this list.

Top 50 Dystopian Movies

Obama speech to students sparks new controversy

DALLAS – When kids all across the country return to school Tuesday, some will see a welcoming message from President Barack Obama and some won't.

Obama's planned address to students has touched off yet another confrontation with Republican critics, who have battered the White House over health care and now accuse the president of foisting a political agenda on children.

"As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality," said Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Steve Russell. "This is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein's Iraq."

"I think it's really unfortunate that politics has been brought into this," White House deputy policy director Heather Higginbottom said in an interview with The Associated Press.

I really think its unfortunate that the President thinks EVERY STUDENT SHOULD SEE THIS SPEECH. Yeah, Kindergarten through 12. And while you watch the sign posts for socialism pass out side the window keep pushing the accelerator. You'll get there eventually if you ignore enough of the warning signs.

Thank heaven my kids are old enough to watch this and make an informed decision. Ideology is not something you present to students in school, it is reserved for the dining room table.

It's Florida...What do you expect?

There are many things public officials probably shouldn't do during a severe recession, but no one seems to have told the leaders in Florida about them. One thing, for instance, would be giving a dozen top aides hefty raises while urging a rise in property taxes, as the mayor of Miami-Dade County recently did. Or jacking up already exorbitant hurricane-insurance premiums, as Florida's government-run property insurer just did. Or sending an army of highly paid lobbyists to push for a steep hike in electricity rates, as South Florida's public utility is doing.

How on earth? Did none of these people have government in college? What are these people doing when they are sent to "how to run a local government workshops and conferences"? My son coined a phrase for all residents of Florida in 2005, Floridiots. I'm pretty sure the leaders of the state are prime examples of that.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Irony at its finest

The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.

The massive machine - the UK's most powerful computer with a whopping 15 million megabytes of memory - was installed in the Met Office's headquarters in Exeter, Devon.

It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists and uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run - enough to power more than 1,000 homes.

The machine was hailed as the 'future of weather prediction' with the ability to produce more accurate forecasts and produce climate change modelling.

However the Met Office's HQ has now been named as one of the worst buildings in Britain for pollution - responsible for more than 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

It says 75 per cent of its carbon footprint is produced by the super computer meaning the machine is officially one of the country's least green machines.

The supercomputer predicted a BBQ summer, which didn't materialise. Here Max Preston, 7, paddles around flooded tents in the Lake District

Sometimes irony is so ironic. This is a great story.

This is even better...

A flagship European scheme designed to fight global warming is set to hand hundreds of millions of pounds to some of Britain's most polluting companies, with little or no benefit to the environment, an investigation by the Guardian has revealed.

Dozens of multinational firms stand to benefit from the windfall, which comes from the over-allocation of carbon permits under the European emissions trading scheme.

Global warming...a booming business. And you are paying for it.

Blue Chip, White Cotton: What Underwear Says About the Economy

For one answer to the nation's most pressing economic question -- when will the recession end? -- just take a peek inside the American man's underwear drawer.

There may be some new pairs there, judging by recent reports from retailers and analysts, and that could mean better days ahead for everyone.

Here's the theory, briefly: Sales of men's underwear typically are stable because they rank as a necessity. But during times of severe financial strain, men will try to stretch the time between buying new pairs, causing underwear sales to dip.

There are economic indicators everywhere. You just have to know where to look. This one I would not have guessed. But after it is shown to you, it's kinda obvious.

Whity Tighties FTW.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

American commander: US on the road out of Iraq

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military is packing up to leave Iraq in what has been deemed the largest movement of manpower and equipment in modern military history — shipping out more than 1.5 million pieces of equipment from tanks to antennas along with a force the size of a small city.

I'm sad to say this but we will have to go back. It may be 10 years but we will be back.