Wednesday, 31 December 2008


One last (urgent) thing...

Got room for a Tennessee pup, cat, or horse?

Shelter Closing! Many Free dogs available to good GOOD homes. 10 are scheduled to be PTS [put to sleep - ed] Monday. Various breeds, some are fully vetted, spayed or neutered. Save a life, adopt one! You can see a list on petfinders.

Call 731-439-3471 to place a hold on the dog you're interested in. Must be family pet adoptions, all are good with kids. References will be needed. The shelter is closing due to lack of funding. All dogs must go. Please help them, they have always been a no-kill shelter, they are now forced to euthanize. Please consider saving one of these wonderful pets.
The 30 remining dogs are the biggest concern, but they also have 2 horses, and 5 cats (as of today). The cats include 3 kittens (apparantly from the same litter), one baby, and one adult. The shelter is in Selmer, Tennessee, about 60 miles east of Memphis and just up the road from Corinth, Mississippi.

From:  Rustmeister.

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Arise, sir PTerry

Death isnt on line. If he was, there would be a sudden drop in the death rate. Although it'd be interesting to see if he’d post things like: DON’T YOU THINK I SOUND LIKE JAMES EARL JONES?

-- (Terry Pratchett,
Erm, sorry, got distracted.  Was supposed to be this one:
Terry Pratchett knighted for services to literature
Arise, Sir Discworld
By Lester Haines • 31st December 2008 13:09 GMT

Terry Pratchett has admitted he's “flabbergasted” to be awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the New Year Honours list.

The 60-year-old Discworld scribe told the BBC: “There are times when phrases such as ‘totally astonished’ just don't do the job. I am of course delighted and honoured and, needless to say, flabbergasted.”

Makes my New Year’s Eve.

Pratchett bio page at
BBC News: Pratchett leads showbiz honors
comment thread on the Unseen Message Board

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Tuesday, 30 December 2008


D.A.B. = “Day after Blogaversary”

This time, it’s Ahab. Congratulations!

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Now illegal

From James R. Rummel, a sign of how far we’ve “progressed” in the last 80-some years. “Average citizens” once could freely purchase and own this stuff, and nobody found that particularly shocking.

(I got there from here.)

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Saturday, 27 December 2008


Happy six months, and popcorn chicken

Join the celebration at Brigid’s.

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Friday, 26 December 2008

In Passing

“Sit in the dark and eat a Mars bar”

Some Christmas advice I didn’t take:

SCIENTISTS have warned that Christmas lights are bad for the planet due to huge electricity waste and urged people to get energy efficient festive bulbs.

CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific Research Organisation, Australia] researchers said householders should know that each bulb turned on in the name of Christmas will increase emissions of greenhouse gases.

Dr Glenn Platt, who leads research on energy demand, said Australia got 80 per cent of its electricity by burning coal which pumps harmful emissions into the atmosphere...

He said the nation’s electricity came from “centralised carbon intensive, coal-based power stations” which were responsible for emitting over one third of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
and there should be No Feasting, Either:
MORE than 3 million tonnes of Christmas food will be dumped in landfills this month - where it will produce environmentally-damaging methane gas.

John Dee, founder of sustainable living group Do Something, said Australians spend $5 billion every year on food we buy but don't eat.

“And December is the worst month,” he said.

“What many Australians don't realise is that methane from Christmas food waste is 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas than the carbon emissions coming out of your car exhaust...

“People have no understanding of the damaging food waste is just from a climate change perspective.”

Comments “Simon from Sydney
So after you’ve turned your Christmas tree lights off, you can sit in the dark and eat a Mars bar instead.  Yep, we sure know how to enjoy ourselves Down Under!
...while wearing our environmentally-correct hair shirts.

Started with MaxedOutMama.

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$50 billion?

LATER: Unless maybe it was all smoke and mirrors:
Since my office had previously been in the same building as the Philadelphia Stock and Options Exchange, I knew many of the employees of the exchange and leading market makers.  When I called them, all of them said that they knew Bernie but did not trade with him.  Even though he said that he traded his options over the counter, I still seemed strange to me that none of the giants in the tight-knit options world traded with him. - Laura Goldman  (HT: Insty)

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Sunday, 21 December 2008


Thursday, 11 December 2008


Three cheers!

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Tuesday, 09 December 2008


Dr. Who and the “pretentious windbag”

The Twisted Spinster has a plan for at least one of them.

Elsewhere:  C.G. Hill is taking nominations for future candidates.

(In the interests of posterity, Andrea’s entire post is reproduced in the extended entry, as she has a nasty habit of periodically diappearing her blog.)

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