DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Archive for September, 2007

Acceptable and Unacceptable Ways to Scam the Rich

28th September 2007

Read it. Why more rich Americans don’t decamp for Belize or Antigua I have no idea.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Websites Still Designed For People Who Don’t Use Them

28th September 2007

Read it. Sad but true. Martha Stewart is apparently the latest “fashion” victim.

When the executives at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia redesigned their site this year, they replaced a clean site design with new snazzy one filled with images, flash, and video. Unfortunately, while the redesign looked really pretty, regular users found it impossible to actually find any of the content that they were actually looking for.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Sprint Realizes That People Hate Forced Contracts, Early Termination Fees

28th September 2007

Read it. Progress is being made.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

Air-driven robotic legs hop, skip and jump

28th September 2007

Read it. Starship troopers, here we come.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

How to build a toilet-flushing Lego robot

28th September 2007

Read it. In case you were wondering. I know I was.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off

Hiring Dan Rather may be unsafe

28th September 2007

Read it. Apparently Dan Rather can’t tell the difference between facts and bullshit. (Can the tabloids afford his salary? I guess we’ll find out.)

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

New Technology Detects Human Genetic Structural Variations Faster

28th September 2007

Read it. Now you can know faster than ever that you’re abnormal. Enjoy.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off

10 Things To Hate About Star Trek

28th September 2007

Read it. The Star Trek Ban at National Review Online has been rescinded, with results as you would expect.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

Activist Jane Goodall Condemned Biofuels for Hurting Rainforest

28th September 2007

Read it. I always find it entertaining when the progs turn on each other.

(Funny, I was expecting somebody who looked more like Sigourney Weaver….)

Posted in Whose turn is it to be the victim? | Comments Off

Belgian disabled get access to prostitutes

28th September 2007

Read it. Surely some Democrat Presidential candidate will add this to the program…?

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Ex-Eastenders star a hit as bionic woman

28th September 2007

Read it.

The revamped version of the 1970s hit chronicles the adventures of Jaime Sommers, a barmaid crippled by a horrific car accident. Facing death, her only option is to have her body rebuilt with the help of a top-secret laboratory.

Haven’t we all faced that choice? And wasn’t it a real hand-wringer?

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

Does Health Insurance Drive Your Job Choices?

28th September 2007

Read it. And ponder. I know that medical benefits are an important factor when I’m looking for a job.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

“The Office” & The Law

28th September 2007

Read it. A really amusing exercise for a lawyer is to watch a garden-variety TV sitcom and tot up the various legal causes of action in which each of the characters indulge. My favorite was “Home Improvement”; typically, by the end of each episode I had a list that would have put Tim Allen’s supposed family on welfare for decades.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off

Illegal immigrants moving out

28th September 2007

Read it. I guess enforcement works after all. Whoda thunkit.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

How Dawkins got pwned

28th September 2007

Read it. And take your time — there’s a lot here.

The problem with our old pal Mencius here — and his unwitting launchpad, Dawkins — is that they are like Euclidean geometers working in a non-Euclidean world. Since the Existence doesn’t match their assumptions, Existence is therefore wrong. The flaw in this ought to be obvious.

But it’s fun watching them sweat. I could do it all day.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

We are the world

28th September 2007

Mark Steyn takes on Katie Couric. Not exactly an even match.

Posted in Think about it. | 1 Comment »

The Forbes 400 as a Lesson in Economics

28th September 2007

Read it. Unfortunately, a knowledge of basic economics is not a requirement for any job that I know of — including economics, as Paul Krugman demonstrates pretty clearly.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

Ron Paul Country

28th September 2007

Read it. Were I running for President, I’d be embarrassed to have such people as supporters.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

Washington today

28th September 2007

Inside Politics.

Inside the Beltway.

Inside the Ring.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | Comments Off

TSA screeners found to cheat; probe expands

28th September 2007

Read it. My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Researchers Map Genome of Wine Grape

28th September 2007

Read it. I can see the headlines now: “Frankenmerlot hits the market.”

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

Scientists Cull DNA From Extinct Mammoth

28th September 2007

Read it. Can the ACLU be far behind? I’m waiting for some American Indian group to demand that the body be returned to them for a respectful burial.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Green hair day called off

28th September 2007

Read it. Well, shucks.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Edwards Reverses, Will Accept Public Campaign Financing

28th September 2007

Read it. That this clown is considered a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination says something really ugly about modern American politics. (Oh, wait, I forgot about Ron Paul….)

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | Comments Off

Arizona Teen Becomes Sixth Victim This Year of Brain-Eating Amoeba

28th September 2007

Read it. Perhaps this is insensitive, but “Brain-Eating Amoeba Claims Sixth Victim” is such a perfect tabloid headline….

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

At Least 56 Arrested in Immigration Raids at McDonald’s

28th September 2007

Read it. Just a drop in the bucket, but every little bit counts.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

House Democrats Fault Blackwater in Deaths of Four Guards

28th September 2007

Read it. Is anyone beside me bothered by the blithe assumption that a “congressional investigation” (staff report prepared by young lawyers) has any credibility when it decides that an organization run by ex-special-forces personnel were wrong about whether or not their people were qualified for what was essentially a military operation?

This is like the Post Office criticizing FedEx for inefficency.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

Queer Eye for the Iranian Guy Woos Ahmadinejad

27th September 2007

Read it. You know it had to happen.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off

Bigger Is Better, Except When It’s Not

27th September 2007

Read it. Surprised to see something like this in the New York Times.

It turns out that there are rules governed by physics to explain why the best distance runners look so different from the best swimmers or rowers and why being big is beneficial for some sports and not others.

Imagine that. Whoda thunkit?

Of course, I wouldn’t want to be in this guy’s shoes when the feminists get through with him. He’ll be facing three to five as Hillary’s towel-boy.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Treason in Georgia?

27th September 2007

Read it. No, no, it’s not what you think — Jimmy Carter doesn’t come up.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

The Mystery is Why People Watch It

27th September 2007

The Hog takes on MST3000. It is not a pretty sight.

There’s no excuse for bad TV or movies. Video is a thousand times easier than writing. It takes more work, but the skills involved are as common as dirt. That’s why there are so many great TV shows and so few good text humorists. Generally, a guy who can write an episode of Cheers in his sleep will be pretty mediocre on the printed page. There are thousands of hilarious Youtube videos created by people who couldn’t write a coherent sentence.

Words you can live by.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

27th September 2007

Lileks asks a question that is well worth asking.

Of course, I had nuns until I got to high school — those were the days! There are some things you don’t do in a classroom presided over by someone who uses a rope for a belt. With knots on the ends of it.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Heroes are not Replicable

27th September 2007

Read it. We have the technology to fix our education crisis — but we have to clear away the obfuscators first.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Michigan Standoff

27th September 2007

Read it. Looks like the Democrats maintain their supremacy when it comes to corruption. It’s just a pity that the poor people of Michigan have to suffer for it.

Oh, wait, they elected these clowns — Never Mind!

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | Comments Off

Season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and halitosis

27th September 2007

Mark Steyn on the dysfunction that dare not breathe its name.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Still Too Thin, and Getting Younger

27th September 2007

Read it. A bizarre subspecies examined.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Behind a Mysterious Balm, a Self-Made Pharaoh

27th September 2007

Read it. Insight into the souls of those who read the New York Times.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | Comments Off

How to Rip People Off Like Disney World

27th September 2007

Read it. Never been to Disney World. Don’t plan to go there. Heard good things about it, mostly from people whose tastes differ from mine.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

The Innovative Space Spinoffs, Both Real and Mythical

27th September 2007

Read it. All my illusions, shattered.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

The advantages of amnesia

27th September 2007

Read it. Can’t say that I buy the premise, but it’s an interesting notion. Of course, being the Boston Globe, I suspect that they primarily want us to forget about Bill Clinton, so Hillary can have a walk to the White House. But that’s me.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Blowing smoke

27th September 2007

Mark Steyn has another vignette on the dhimmification of Western society.

Posted in Living with Islam. | Comments Off

Guest of President Ahmadinejad

27th September 2007

Read it. I love this:

We live in a time when journalists want to be news, rather than report it.

And that tells you pretty much all you need to know about the “profession” of journalism. Check out your local TV news: If they want to know what’s going on, do they interview the people involved? No, they interview a reporter who’s been covering the situation. This is especially true with regard to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Presidential campaigns, etc.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

A Daughter on Her Father’s Bloodlines and Color Lines

27th September 2007

Read it. The progs’ OCD with respect to “race” never ceases to amaze me. 19th-century European aristocrats weren’t this bad.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | Comments Off

The “happiness gap” and the rhetoric of statistics

27th September 2007

Read it. Of course, if journalists could understand statistics, they could get a real job.

Posted in News You Can Use. | Comments Off

What’s so funny about endangered languages?

27th September 2007

Read it. Well, most of them sound like you’re gargling with your mouth full.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Hyphen migration, cartoon style

27th September 2007

Read it. Language is a wonderful thing.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

Misquoting Burke

27th September 2007

Read it. It’s still a great saying.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off

The University Madhouse

27th September 2007

Read it. Victor Davis Hanson points details how far our culture has degenerated.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | Comments Off

Washington today

27th September 2007

Inside Politics.

Inside the Beltway.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | Comments Off

6 Nuns in Ark. Excommunicated for Heresy

27th September 2007

Read it. I wasn’t aware that they did that sort of thing any more.

Posted in Think about it. | Comments Off