Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Shipwrecks & Sea Disasters.

They were proud and beautiful once, confident in the face of anything the sea could throw at them - and now they haunt the coastlines with their sadness and beauty...

14 Smoking Accessories That Nobody Should Own.

The dangers of smoking aside, I've always felt that as bad habits go, smoking had some of the neatest accessories. From portable ashtrays you keep in your purse to cigarette cases (I have had several over the years) to cigarette holders, smoker's have some cool toys. I have to say though, some of these are pretty scary.

The Rise and Fall of Atari.

A tale of greed, avarice and (mostly) stupidity.

Swiss Government Panel: Arbitrary Killing of Plants is Morally Wrong.

Switzerland's enshrining of "plant dignity" is a symptom of a cultural disease that has infected Western civilization, causing us to lose the ability to think critically and distinguish serious from frivolous ethical concerns. It also reflects the triumph of a radical anthropomorphism that views elements of the natural world as morally equivalent to people.

U.N.'s World Food Program Cried Poverty While Sitting on Cash Stockpile of More Than $1.22 Billion.

Well yes, but when that $1.22 Billion is gone they'll be broke...and that would be a crisis...and telling people we're teetering on the edge of a crisis is what bureaucrats do best.

High-Fat Diet Used to Treat Epilepsy

Sweet. Now I don't have to worry about getting epilepsy!

Via Instapundit.

A plague of process.

American society has made process as important as outcome, and it is sucking the energy out of us. It is increasingly true that it is not what you did that matters, but how you did it. It is making us slow and cautious, and that will be fatal to us because the competitive advantage of Americans is in being fast and risky.

More here.

Men in Higher Ed.

Dr. Helen notes that America's Universities are turning themselves into "pink collar ghettos".

Her considerably less attractive husband Instapundit, weighs in here.

Canadian Invasion.

James Taranto explains:

Aw, look at the cute little Canadian babies! It's all very sweet and innocuous, right?

Don't believe it. Read between the lines, and you realize this is a sinister Canadian plot to take over America. Canada's military is no match for ours, so the crafty Canucks are using infancy instead of infantry to carry out their imperial designs.

Think about it. Canadian officials send women across the border, smuggling in "anchor babies" cleverly disguised as clumps of tissue. The women give birth inside the U.S., which means their Canadian offspring are entitled to U.S. citizenship. As these "children" grow and mature, they receive instructions from their masters in Ottawa about how to undermine American culture.

Before you know it, your kids are stuffing themselves with litres of back bacon, downing kilogram after kilogram of Crown Royal and Labatt Blue, and belting out "God Save the Queen" as they watch hockey on TV.

It's all so horrible to contemplate, but it can be stopped. All we need to do is make America as inhospitable as Canada for expectant Canadian mothers. Hillary Clinton has the right idea: The U.S. needs socialized medicine.

TV show diseases: fact or fiction?

For The Wife, who likes her doctor shows.

Da Vinci's Last Supper in Super Hi Res.

And no Dan Brown fans, that is not Mary Magdalene to the left of Christ. It's the Apostle John.

Magic Is Misdirection.

Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard reminds lovers of electric cars that the power has to come from somewhere. A lot of the time that somewhere is coal. So much for being green.

Rush's Operation Chaos. Deja Vu all over again?

Ace compares "Operation Chaos" to covert ops in Vietnam. Does that make Hillary and Obama the Viet Cong? Just asking.