Sarah Palin's presence in the lower 48 means the Arctic ice cap can finally return.

calendar   Wednesday - September 30, 2009

Bye Bye EDS

A little follow up to Peiper’s post the other week about Dell Computer buying up Perot Systems.

EDS, an HP Company, Becoming HP Enterprise Services

HP today announced that EDS, an HP company, will become HP Enterprise Services.

The name change marks the next major step in a year-long integration of EDS into HP and emphasizes the growing global role of enterprise technology services in HP’s portfolio.


“Our clients expect us to harness the full power of HP’s portfolio to solve their business challenges,” said Joe Eazor, senior vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Services. “Today we are combining the strong services brand equity that EDS has built over the last 47 years with HP’s technology leadership to become the leading IT services provider. We will continue to deliver the same service excellence that our clients have come to expect.”

To reflect the positive impact the EDS acquisition has made in expanding the breadth and depth of HP capabilities, the Technology Solutions Group will be renamed the HP Enterprise Business. This group is focused on business and government organizations of all sizes. In addition to enterprise services, its portfolio includes servers, storage, software, networking and technology services.

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2009, the HP Enterprise Business accounted for 47 percent of the company’s revenue and 60 percent of its non-GAAP operating profit.(1) All HP Enterprise Business units will continue to report to Ann Livermore, executive vice president of HP.

“Customers are facing tough challenges in their technology environments,” said Livermore. “Challenges such as a rigid infrastructure, increasing applications and information complexity are restricting the speed in which IT can add value to the business. HP is the best at helping customers manage and transform their technology environments to deliver better business outcomes.”

former EDS employees will appreciate my little graphical pun. For a long time EDS used “EDSolved” as an ad logo; see, we can solve all your problems! We (EDS employees at the time) always used to pronounce it as “ ‘e dissolved”. And now ... they have.

The rest of you can link to this YouTube video of one of their indecipherable commercials, either Running With The Squirrels or Herding Cats. We never understood them either, and we worked there at the time.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/30/2009 at 05:00 PM   
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Time To Run An Ad

ring! ring! ring!


Hi Drew, this is Mrs. G. Nancy gave me your number. Can you do my windows?

Ok, I’ll be right over.

What, you can do them right now? Today?

Sure, if you’re going to be around, why not?

Great! I’ll see you in 10 minutes!

I love doing the windows on the condos here. It’s not at all hard, none of them are more than 2 minutes away, and the pay is actually almost double what I get per hour to do a big house. $90, including a nice tip. 5 sliders, a storm door, and a french paned door. No screens, no ladder work. And I was done in just over 2 1/2 hours, which includes doing 2 of them twice cuz they were super grubby. I wasn’t doing anything today anyway. And the customer is overjoyed with my work. Excellent.

I think it’s high time I ran ads in the condo association paper. And in the condo park on the other side of town. And the condo park the next town over. It’s easy money, and it’s fast money. No, it isn’t big money, but there are lots of condos around here ... probably 800 units altogether. And everybody knows somebody, or has a relative with a house in the area ... 10-15 of these a week would be nice.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/30/2009 at 04:07 PM   
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New Casualties From The Forgotten War

Hey, remember the 4th front on the War On Terror? We’ve got the Middle East, Northern Africa, Here At Home ... and the Phillipines. Remember them? They haven’t made the news hardly at all in years. Come to think of it, neither has that Joint Task Force over in the horn of Africa.

President Bush sent troops there back in 2002. And we haven’t heard a peep since then.

Turns out they’re still there, and still fighting training and advising local forces. And now a couple of them have been killed. Doesn’t it just suck that the only time the troops make the news is when they die?

Two U.S. servicemembers serving with the low-profile U.S. military contingent in the southern Philippines were killed by a roadside bomb on the island of Jolo, a stronghold of Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf.

A U.S. Pacific Command news release said the two servicemembers — described in news reports as Navy Seabees — were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb while conducting a resupply mission for a school construction project. The Seabees are the first American combat deaths in the Philippines in nearly seven years. A Filipino marine was also reportedly killed.

Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines has only around 600 personnel, and they are limited to training missions ... and civil affairs projects.

… nationalist sensitivities are a major issue in the Philippines. The U.S. troops are not supposed to do any fighting — except in self-defense — but the local press has raised allegations that the Americans have defied the rules of engagement and engaged in direct combat.

MANILA, Philippines – Two American soldiers and a Filipino Marine were killed when an improvised explosive device went off in Sulu province Tuesday morning, the military said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr. confirmed the incident past noon, about an hour after a ranking military officer first informed Dateline Philippines of the attack.

This is the first confirmed incident of American casualties in an attack in the southern Philippines, where the US maintains a 600-man contingent that officially provides local troops with technical assistance in the anti-terrorism campaign.

Sulu police director Senior Superintendent Alibuddin Esmail named the slain Americans as Staff Sergeant Jack Martin and Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Shaw. The Filipino was named only as a Private First Class Estrada.

In a statement issued by the US embassy hours after the incident, Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney said the slain soldiers “lost their lives serving others and we will always be grateful for their contributions to improve the quality of life on Jolo.”

The incident comes in the wake of fresh allegations that the American troops, who are deployed in the country’s south as part of the Visiting Forces Agreement, have been engaged in actual combat operations in violation of the defense pact and the Philippine Constitution.

Recently, the American presence in Sulu also came under fire after US troops opened fire in Jolo, Sulu, hitting a mosque, as they reacted to what they perceived to be a grenade attack.

“This is the report that we received just this morning (Tuesday). At 8:30 this morning, September 29, there was an IED attack or improvised explosive device attack in front of the Philippine Marine detachment which is...between Luamsing and Kagay barangays, both of Indanan, Sulu. and as a result of this, two Us servicemen were killed, one Philippine Marines were also killed, and two other Philippine Marines (were) wounded,” Brawner said.

If you would like to keep abreast of what our troops are up to over there, they have their own website. Lately they’ve been helping with flood relief, and before that they helped with that capsized ferry rescue. Prior to that it was the usual, building schools and hospitals, and giving the locals free medical care. Because teh USA is such an imperialistic power you know, out to take over and abuse the entire world.


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Just For Show?

US Air Force Fast Tracks MOP Bomb

Super bombs are being fast-tracked by the Pentagon for possible use against nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran. So massive, the GBU-57A/B or Massive Ordnance Penetrator or MOP can only be delivered by a B-52 or a B-2A.

The Pentagon is accelerating by three years plans for a super bunker buster, the GBU-57A/B or Massive Ordnance Penetrator or MOP, a powerful new bomb aimed squarely at the underground nuclear facilities of Iran and North Korea. The gargantuan bomb—longer than 11 persons standing shoulder-to-shoulder or more than 20 feet base to nose, weighs 30,000 pounds. Some 18 percent of its total weight is comprised of explosives.

Guided by a precision GPS system, the MOP can penetrate an unprecedented 200 feet down before exploding with devastation into an underground bunker, such as those buried in Iran and North Korea currently used to shield rogue nuclear programs. Now Congress has quietly advanced $68 million into the 2009 budget to accelerate the purchase and deployment of ten such super bunker busters making clear they are for possible use against the regimes in Iran or North Korea. Pentagon planners are rushing to beat by months the latest June 2010 deadline for just four such bombs, and have been subsequently directed to increase the number of MOPs to at least ten.

In early July 2009, the Defense Department told a Congressional committee that the MOP was the “weapon of choice” for an “urgent operational need” enunciated by both the U.S. Pacific Command, tasked with North Korea, and the Central Command, tasked with Iran. In doing so, the Pentagon accelerated the program by three years.

The GBU-57A/B MOP is so immense it can only be carried by either a B-52 or a B2a Stealth bomber. The weapon’s explosive power is 10 times greater than its predecessor, the BLU-109. Moreover, the GBU-57A/B MOP is one third heavier than the MOAB dubbed the Mother of All Bombs.

Following successful tests in deep New Mexico caverns, and a B-52 test drop, a crash program has been approved to modify a B-2a Stealth bomber to carry a payload of two GBU-57A/B MOP bombs. The speed and urgency comes at a time when Iran, NATO and Israel are approaching a denouement over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, its development of long-range, multi-stage missiles and a new awareness that it is clearly developing a nuclear bomb.

The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which can reach a depth of 60.09 meters underground before exploding. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that top defense agencies and air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber for carrying and delivering the bomb.

The Pentagon has ordered the number of bombs rolling off the production line increased from four to ten - a rush job triggered in May by the discovery that Iran was hiding a second uranium enrichment plant under a mountain near Qom - a discovery which prompted this week’s international outcry.

Congress has since quietly inserted the necessary funding in the 2009 budget.

All this urgency indicates that the Obama administration has been preparing military muscle to back up the international condemnation of Iran’s concealed nuclear bomb program, its sanctions threat and his willingness to join the negotiations with Iran opening on Oct. 1 in Geneva. Tehran may have to take into account a possible one-time surgical strike against its underground enrichment facility as a warning shot should its defiance continue. In particular, the world powers this week demanded that Iran open up all its nuclear facilities and programs to full and immediate international inspection. Failure to do so could bring forth further US military action.

According to our military sources, the earliest date for the accelerated Pentagon program to produce a super bunker buster bomb mounted on a stealth bomber is December 2009 or January 2010. This too is three years ahead of its original schedule.

The MOP weighs in at a whopping 30,000 pounds, it’s warhead weighs in at 5,300 pounds and it can penetrate 200 ft (61 m) of 5,000 psi (34 MPa) reinforced concrete, 26 ft (8 m) of 10,000 psi (69 MPa) reinforced concrete, or 130 ft (40 m) of moderately hard rock.

The bell tolls for thee Ahmadinejad.

No word on whether the Deep Digger bomb project is anywhere near ready at this point.

So we’ve got a bomb that could do the job, maybe. Or at least half a dozen dropped in the same hole at 90 second intervals. That would do just fine. But will 12 of them be enough? Call me crazy, but if it takes half a dozen to blast a hole down to that secret uranium lab, couldn’t you then drop a MOAB down the hole? That ought to do the job and then some.

The big questions are:

1) Will Obama have the stones to do this? My bet says no.

2) Will Obama “allow” several of these to be “lost at sea” so that Israel can rescue the ship and claim salvage rights and do the job themselves, giving the US plausible deniability? Obama has not shown himself to be any friend of Israel, so again I’m betting against it.

Don’t forget, the USA rolled out the MOAB shortly before going into Iraq. And then never used the thing, not even once. So we ought to have a bunch just sitting around gathering dust, but that’s not my point. My point is that the threat of a super weapon doesn’t carry much weight against people who only respect results.

h/t to reader JustMe, and to Rusty at The Jawa Report.


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Excess Horsepower

World’s Largest Horse Recognized

Several Contenders Waiting In The Wings

Remington the horse sets new record. He is a 12 year old Clydesdale who stands 20 hands tall - 80 inches - 6 foot 8 - at the shoulder. And weighs 3000 pounds. That’s a lot of horse!

(9/21/2009) Monday will a memorable one for Cheryl Davis.

It’s the day she got word that her mischievous Clydesdale named Remington officially earned the Guinness World Record as the tallest living horse.

“He did it!” Davis said. “I can’t believe it!”

Davis has been waiting – impatiently at times – for news about her Guinness application since June. That’s when she sent in paperwork and other evidence showing that Remington measured 80 inches - without shoes - from hoof to the top of his shoulder.


That beats the world record held by Radar, a Belgian draft horse owned by Priefert Ranch Equipment in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Radar has held the title since measuring 79.5 inches in July 2004.

Rachel Alexandra, the winner of last month’s Preakness, stands at 16.2 hands and is considered a big horse.

There are probably taller horses than Remington out there, but most owners don’t bother with a title because of all the paperwork and requirements that Guinness demands, Davis says. “If it’s not recognized, it’s not official,” said Bunny Morrissey, Remington’s trainer.

We’ll see how long this record stands. I don’t know how much BS goes on in the horsey world, nor how tough it is to satisfy the Guiness Record people. But here are two other horses that claim to be bigger, and one of these claims is from more than a year ago. So who can say? All I know is that a 3000 pound horse is mighty huge.

New world record for biggest horse

(3/31/2008) A colossal shire horse in Australia has been proclaimed the biggest horse in the world by its owner, beating the current Guinness World Record by several inches.

The giant five-year-old, from Pakenham, S.E Australia, measures a staggering 20.1 hands, or 2.057m tall. He weighs over 1.3 tonnes (1300kg) - about the same as a small car - and is still growing.

His owner, horse trainer Jane Greenman, 47, says the only time the lumbering beast runs is when there is food on offer.

“It sounds like a mountain moving when he gallops across the paddock to come and get his breakfast,” she says. “He eats an incredible amount. I would hate to run a team of eight horses his size - it would send you broke.”

Mounting the horse is no easy task, either. “We have to use a ladder to get on top of him, or swing off a tree,” says Jane.


Although she says that she is not interested in the Guiness Book of Records, nevertheless Jane has carried out her own research and is sure that Noddy comes top.

“The nearest is a horse in Texas, at 20 hands,” says Jane.

“Noddy is already an inch taller than that. The scary thing is he still hasn’t finished - shire horses aren’t fully grown until they’re about six or seven”.

Hmm, maybe this one is a bit of Aussie exaggeration? 1300kg is 2860 pounds, well within the weight zone for horses that size. Actually he’s a bit skinny, though I don’t know if Shires are lighter in the body than Clydesdales.

Here’s another one, from Canada:

Poe the Clydesdale: world’s tallest horse?

(9/29/2009) Poe the Clydesdale may be the world’s tallest horse – and owner Shereen Thompson wants the Guinness Book of World Records to confirm it.  Miss Thompson, who owns a farm in Tupperville, Ontario, measured 10-year-old Poe at 20.2 hands – or 80.8 inches.  The current world record holder, Remington, from Princeton in Texas, measures a mere 80 inches.

Miss Thompson, herself just 5ft 3in, said: “We want to get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible.

“We have known for a while that he could be the tallest horse in the world, we just need to get the official documents that the people in London want to see.

“Poe is 20.2 hands and I know that Remington is 80 inches tall, so that means that Poe has him beat.”


Poe weighs 3000lb (1.5 tons), stands 10 feet tall with head raised, and consumes two bales of hay, 10lb of grain and 75 gallons of water each day.

These are some really huge horses. I would utterly hate to have to clean their paddocks.


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calendar   Tuesday - September 29, 2009

Look Kids, It’s Science!

Maybe this will stimulate kid’s interest in a science career? [ahem]

Porn surfing rampant at NSF

from the Washington Times

Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation that doles out billions of dollars of scientific research grants, according to budget documents and other records obtained by The Washington Times.

The problems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) were so pervasive they swamped the agency’s inspector general and forced the internal watchdog to cut back on its primary mission of investigating grant fraud and recovering misspent tax dollars.

For instance, one senior executive spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer and chatting online with nude or partially clad women without being detected, the records show.

When finally caught, the NSF official retired. He even offered, among other explanations, a humanitarian defense, suggesting that he frequented the porn sites to provide a living to the poor overseas women. Investigators put the cost to taxpayers of the senior official’s porn surfing at between $13,800 and about $58,000.

“He explained that these young women are from poor countries and need to make money to help their parents and this site helps them do that,” investigators wrote in a memo.

The independent foundation, funded by taxpayers to the tune of $6 billion in 2008, is tasked with handing out scientific grants to colleges, universities and research institutions nationwide. The projects it funds ranges from mapping the genome of the potato to exploring outer space with powerful new telescopes. It has a total of 1,200 career employees.

Golly, career bureaucrats with too much time on their hands? Not enough work to do? A failure in management when productivity losses aren’t acted upon? An absence of even the most basic internet filtering firewalls at their offices, the kind that are found in almost every private corporate computer network?

Some terminations and disciplinarian actions had occurred before this story broke, but expect there to be some more public head chopping. Or else perhaps the story will have no life, and will fade away in another day and these “scientists” will go right back to studying the long term effects of erotic visual stimulation in the digital age, instead of handing out grant money to other, actual, scientists.


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Isn’t this just somethin’ else?  Must hand it to the guy. Brilliant.  I’m looking for words and having trouble I am so overwhelmed. No kidding. I think this has a WOW factor of about a million. Took 11 years and he had to learn another language as well.  Talk about determination and enterprise and patience.

Retired firefighter builds a four-seater plane in his garage from scratch

By Chris Brooke
29th September 2009


His wife would have preferred an extension to their house, but after watching the film Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines Alan Shipp vowed to do whatever it takes to build his own plane.

The result was the ultimate DIY project spanning 11 years, costing £25,000 and requiring thousands of hours of his own labour.

Instead of putting together a kit, the retired firefighter did it the hard way by constructing a four-seater aircraft from his garage workshop using only plans.

He had to learn French to translate the detailed instructions from the design documents, sourced materials from all over the world and twice extended his garage to fit his growing Jodel D140E Mousquetaire inside.

Now, after countless nights toiling through to the early hours, his labour of love is complete.

The plane has had a successful maiden flight and Mr Shipp, a qualified pilot, is looking forward to putting his home-built aircraft through its paces in the skies.

The completion of the marathon project is not only good news for Mr Shipp, but a cause for celebration for his family and neighbours in Kirk Ella, Hull, who have had to put up with the construction project for so long.

Local residents became used to the sight of plane parts being delivered to the Shipp family home and listening to the sounds of cutting and hammering coming from inside the garage.


Mr Shipp, 67, started on the aircraft after taking early retirement and primarily used wood and steel to build it from scratch. He said: ‘A lot of aircraft are kits but this is just from plans. Everything has to be made.

‘Even if you’re not building, you are studying plans - there’s no one to turn to for help. Over the years I’ve developed my own kind of French, even though no Frenchman could understand me.’

The engine, fuselage and interior had to be put together with extreme precision and to adhere to the most rigorous safety standards. Parts had to be sourced from specialist suppliers, with steel tubing being sent over from California.

Mr Shipp’s passion for making things began at school when he built a canoe when asked to make a model and ended up setting off across the River Humber in it. He later built speedboats and a caravan before catching the flying bug.

The plane - now said to be worth £75,000 - had its maiden flight from an airfield in York 10 days ago and was flown by a retired airline pilot.

Mr Shipp is awaiting Civil Aviation Authority approval before he can take the plane on solo excursions, but the flying fanatic intends to spend many hours in the skies above Yorkshire over the coming months.

He said:’I must admit, when the plane took off on its first flight I did have my heart in my mouth because it is someone else’s life in your hands but when it all went smoothly I was absolutely delighted.

‘To me it’s just magic. Whenever I see an aircraft take off, it just defies logic. Whenever I look at it, it mesmerises me, that massive weight going up in the air, all the thousands of parts working in unison.’

Wife Andrea, 68, described her husband as a ‘workaholic’ and said finishing the project was ‘very emotional.’

‘He has worked very hard for 11 years in the garage, every night till 3am to 4am.  People are amazed when they walk by and we are bringing it out of the garage and putting it back in.’

Son Garry, 42, said: ‘It’s been 24/7 365 days of the year. He’s done brilliantly and we are all very proud of him.’

Daughter Debra Craven, 40, said:’Dad has always worked for what he has and he will make sure he gets it just right, he’s a perfectionist.

‘It really is an amazing achievement and a relief for all of us that he has finished working on it. Maybe now he can semi-retire and start relaxing a bit - it will be nice to have my dad back.’

She said his next job would be to build his three-year-old grandson a rocking chair.


Really folks ... take a look ... impressive.  I know he isn’t a “hero” in the usual way that word is used. But I couldn’t think of another strong adjective to describe the guy and what he did.  And I really understand exactly what he is saying with regard to looking at planes in wonderment. 


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Because Just Being a Tramp isn’t enough anymore

The latest musical life lesson your kids are being taught comes from that paradigm of class, Britney Spears, with the release of her latest tune 3. A song about the wonders of ménage à trois and orgies in general. Isn’t that swell?

It’s a pretty catchy little tune too, even though it’s machine generated to the Nth degree.

1, 2, 3
Peter, Paul & Mary
Gettin’ down with 3P
Everybody loves *** [sex grunts]
Three is a charm
Two is not the same
I don’t see the harm
So are you game?
Lets’ make a team
Make ‘em say my name
Lovin’ the extreme
Now are you game?
Are – you in
Livin’ in sin is the new thing
Are – you in
I am countin’!
1, 2, 3
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I’m caught in between
1, 2, 3
Peter, Paul & Mary
Gettin’ down with 3P
Everybody loves *** [sex grunts]
What we do is innocent
Just for fun and nothin’ meant
If you don’t like the company
Let’s just do it you and me
You and me…
Or three….
Or four….

Total class. You can find the video everywhere, or go visit Just Jared.

I think her next album will have love songs dedicated to Tony the Pony, and tout the wonders of sexual chickenry.


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Awesomeness Squared

Hey, you saw that Day by Day cartoon over on the sidebar today? The one I reprinted down below here?

The Jen mentioned there ... is the same Jen I’ve linked to before. She has her blog titled Demure Thoughts, but the URL is actually Temple of Jennifer.

Pretty freakin cool to get yourself mentioned in a comic strip. Go give her some props.

In some ways I think this is better than an Instalanch. It’s like some kind of VRWC Seal of Approval or something.



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This really is bothersome on more then one level. Seems like anything that’s on display in a gallery like ... oh let me think.  How about a crucifix in a jar of urine.  Oh well. It’s art if it’s in a gallery. 

How about a photograph of a ten year old girl, oiled and made to look like a woman?  Is that kiddie porn? Is it porn at all or just a photo of a naked and oiled and made up kid having fun?

The newest filth going on display at the Tate Modern will show a nude Brooke Shields at age ten.  I guess back then her parents or guardian or whoever gave the okay.  I haven’t seen the photo and don’t know if it is art or it isn’t.  ??? Does it depend on how the pix was shot and what sort of background?  Somehow, and maybe I’m greatly out of step with the time here, nude ten year olds as described in this article fall far short of ‘art’ imho.

But wait.  That isn’t all.  The latest ‘artful display’ will include pornography including penetration. 

Just so we’re clear and understand things.
Two lady police officers who have kids can’t baby sit for one another (as reported here recently) because of concerns re. child safety.  If they care for one another’s children more then 14 days a year as the new law has been written, they must register and have tests of some sort to prove they are not criminals.  Never mind they’re cops. 
But an art (?) gallery can display an oiled nude of a ten year old.  Got it.

Try passing out porn in public spaces and you might find yourself up on charges of some kind I am certain.  Public nuisance perhaps.  Ah but .. give it a name, call it art and Bob’s your uncle. 

Here you go. See what you make of this.  And lets have no talk of censorship.  Remember. It’s “ART.”

Tate Modern to display nude picture of 10-year-old Brooke Shields alongside giant pornographic images

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:49 PM on 29th September 2009

A provocative nude picture of a 10-year-old Brooke Shields will appear in a new exhibition at the Tate Modern, it was revealed today.

Gallery chiefs said they sought legal advice before including the work, titled Spiritual America, in the Pop Life: Art In A Material World show, which opens on Thursday.

The exhibition also features huge sexually explicit images of penetration and works made from the pages of pornographic magazines.

Richard Prince’s image of Shields shows the actress from the knees up, naked, oiled and wearing make-up, looking directly at the viewer.

It is hung in a special room at the south London gallery with a notice on the door warning visitors they may find the image ‘challenging’.

Prince himself described the 1983 work, which is in fact a photograph of a photograph taken by another artist, Gary Gross, as ‘an extremely complicated photo of a naked girl who looks like a boy made up to look like a woman’.

The picture was originally shown anonymously in a disused shop in a run-down area of New York, and the Tate show is believed to be the work’s first appearance in a UK gallery.

Jack Bankowsky, the exhibition’s co-curator, said he hoped the artistic interest in Spiritual America would not be overshadowed by controversy over its content.

‘I hope that people respond to what is provocative and understand what the artist was trying to achieve,’ he said.

‘If it turned into that kind of brouhaha it would overwhelm the work and become a monosyllabic conversation.’

Prince wanted the viewer to respond to the ‘eerieness’ of Gross’ original image, Mr Bankowsky said.
Full on: American artist Jeff Koons’ Dirty-Jeff On Top’ statue stands in front of Made In Heaven, at the Pop Life, Art In A Material World exhibition to be staged at the Tate Modern

Full on: American artist Jeff Koons’ Dirty-Jeff On Top’ statue stands in front of Made In Heaven, at the Pop Life, Art In A Material World exhibition to be staged at the Tate Modern

A spokesman for the Tate said they had given careful consideration to the work and the reaction it could provoke before including it in the exhibition.

‘As with any artwork that contains challenging imagery, Tate has sought legal advice and evaluated the situation,’ the spokesman said.

‘Tate has taken measures to inform visitors of the nature of the work, providing information outlining the intentions of the artist.

‘This is an important work by Richard Prince which has been publicly exhibited on a number of occasions, most recently in Richard Prince’s major retrospective, Spiritual America, at the Guggenheim in New York.’


This is also art. Art? This?  How about garbage?  And ppl fall for this crap. Why? Where is the art in this. I guess I just don’t understand the term.
works by Damien Hirst, including False Idol, a calf preserved in formaldehyde.


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The mouse that roared: Real-life.

This is one of those things that make ya feel good and wonder how it’s possible to also have so damn much hate and evil in the world.

The tiny mouse stands proudly on its hind legs, stares defiantly into the eyes of the cat just inches away and lets out its loudest squeak.

By Daily Mail Reporter
29th September 2009

Stunned at the bravado of its would-be prey the prowling pusscat meekly slinks off, tail between its legs.

This was the real-life Tom and Jerry scene which greeted Wendy Rothwell in her backyard in Swavesey, Cambs recently.


The fearless rodent proved he was no scaredy-cat as he astonishingly squared up to his large opponent and refused to budge - giving a new slant to the game of cat and mouse.

‘It was incredible, the little mouse stood up and seemed to be roaring at the cat,’ said Mrs Rothwell,

‘The cat was much bigger than him and could have killed him at any moment but he didn’t seem to care.

‘He seemed to be prepared to do anything to protect his home. He must be the bravest field mouse in the country.’



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/29/2009 at 12:15 PM   
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They’re Baaaack!

Kim and Connie DuToit are returning to the blogosphere!  They will be doing a BlogTalkRadio show every Saturday and Sunday at 7pm Eastern. Go here! The shows will premiere on October 3rd.

h/t to the Rott.

This is going to be great!

I’ll have to figure out how to embed the player gizmo over on the sidebar somehow ....


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/29/2009 at 11:38 AM   
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Chicago Teen Killed During Melee

beaten to death with lumber

4 charged with murder

Now get a load of the “solution” to this problem!

Cell phone footage showing a group of teens viciously kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student with splintered railroad ties has ramped up pressure on Chicago officials to address chronic violence that has led to dozens of deaths of city teens each year.

The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showing the fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death was the latest addition to a rising toll: More than 30 students were killed last school year, and the city could exceed that number this year.

Prosecutors charged four teenagers Monday with fatally beating Albert, who was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob street fighting, authorities said.

The violence stemmed from a shooting early Thursday morning involving two groups of students from different neighborhoods, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutor’s office. When school ended, members of the groups began fighting near the Agape Community Center.

During the attack, captured in part on a bystander’s cell phone video, Albert is struck on the head by one of several young men wielding wooden planks. After he falls to the ground and appears to try to get up, he is struck again and then kicked. Simonton said Albert was a bystander and not part of either group.

Prosecutors charged Silvonus Shannon, 19, Eugene Riley, 18, Eric Carson, 16, and Eugene Bailey, 18, with first-degree murder, Simonton said.

Fenger students said Albert’s death intensified tensions at the school, with arguments about him breaking out in hallways all day Monday. Several blocks away, a memorial erected on the spot where he was beaten was burned down. Police also increased patrols before and after school and in the neighborhood.

“They’re still trying to retaliate,” said sophomore Toni Gardner, 15. She did not elaborate.

For Chicago, a sharp rise in violent student deaths during the past three school years — most from shootings off school property — have been a tragedy and an embarrassment.

Before 2006, an average of 10-15 students were fatally shot each year. That climbed to 24 fatal shootings in the 2006-07 school year, 23 deaths and 211 shootings in the 2007-08 school year and 34 deaths and 290 shootings last school year.

This month, the city announced a $30 million project that targets 1,200 high school pupils identified as most at risk to become victims of gun violence, giving them full-time mentors and part-time jobs to keep them off the streets. Some money also will pay for more security guards and to provide safe passage for students forced to travel through areas with active street gangs.

Yup, you read that right. 30 million bux of taxpayer money to provide full time watchers to 1200 thuggish little gangbangers. $25,000 each. Plus jobs!

Meanwhile, the kids - all gang members of course - continue to kill each other at unprecedented rates. But the good news is, they didn’t use guns this time! [ my guess is that Chicago will now try to outlaw boards, and will soon have registration for rocks and bricks ]

Rival gang members have been fighting for a month—and each time one of their fellow classmates is injured.

No knives and no guns were used in Thursday’s fight. Just fists, feet and boards.

Derrion Albert, 16, was struck in the head by one of those boards.

Seconds later the honor student hit the pavement. That’s when witnesses, who are other high school students, say gangbangers began stomping on and punching Albert.

Fucking animals. Degenerate primitives. Products of the Welfare State, products of the highly expanded and very well funded educational system. Products of the Democrat controlled inner cities. Spoon fed government largess from the cradle on up. And the result? You can watch the video at the link above, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It is brutal.

PS - news articles keep referring to the wood used as being railroad ties ("sleepers" for you Brits). Excuse me, but those things are 9 by 7 inches, and about 8 1/2 feet long. They weigh about 200lbs. Hercules couldn’t lift one, much less use it as a club.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/29/2009 at 07:33 AM   
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Americans are ‘illiterate’ about climate change, claims expert.

Right. All it takes for Americans to be illiterate about any subject, is to not see it from the pov of the left.
This is one of the stories on America that appears today in the foreign press.
And there is NO chance at all that this fellow could possibly be mistaken. Just ask him.

According to one hack, America’s lack of knowledge on climate change could prevent the world from reaching an agreement to stop catastrophic global warming.  WOO-HOO

America’s lack of knowledge on climate change could prevent the world from reaching an agreement to stop catastrophic global warming, scientists said in an attack on the country’s environmental policy.

Professor John Schellnhuber, one of the world’s leading global warming experts, described the US as “climate illiterate”

He said Americans have a lower understanding of the problems of climate change than people in Brazil or China..

More than 100 scientists are meeting at Oxford University to discuss the dangers of climate change causing droughts, floods and mass extinctions around the world.

The conference is designed to put pressure on world leaders coming together at the end of the year for the “most important meeting in the history of the human species”.

The UN Climate Change Conference in December will try to reach an international deal on cutting carbon emissions so global warming stays below an increase of 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels.

Prof Schellnhuber, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, said the chance of getting such a deal was “pie in the sky” because rich countries like America are unwilling to sign up to ambitious enough targets.

“In a sense the US is climate illiterate. If you look at global polls about what the public knows about climate change even in Brazil, China you have more people who know about the problem and think deep cuts in emissions are needed,” he said.

“Why can’t we save the world without the US?”


Well that’d be a first professor. Please, be our guest.

If you look at global polls about what the public knows about climate change

What the public knows, or what the public has been indoctrinated to believe? So far, the ppl who do not see it all in the same light, have been very slow to produce a movie shown round the world and with much hoopla. In fact ... no movie at all. Maybe it’s time. 


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/29/2009 at 04:53 AM   
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