Monthly Archives: August 2008

Kudzu - Rock Band or Cuddly Doll

Neither, kudzu is a fast growing vine that has various nutritional and medicinal uses (it even helps with hangovers - I kid you not. Look it up!) the US Natural Resources Conservation Service encouraged southern farmers to use from 1935 -1950 for control of ground erosion. The problem is that this Japanese import grows completely out [...]

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Justice Against Americans

Why does the US Government hate Americans? Apparently, Attorney General Michael Mukasey is preparing to give the FBI broad new authority to investigate Americans — without any clear basis for suspicion that they are committing a crime. Additionally, the rules may also authorize the FBI to use an array of problematic investigative techniques. Among these are pretext interviews, [...]

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Winner of the 26th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

You probably never hear of Victorian novelist Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, but you certainly know the opening line of his novel Paul Clifford from 1830 - “It was a dark and stormy night.” San Jose State University holds a contest in bad writing and this year it was won by Garrison Spik, a 41-year-old communications director and writer, with this [...]

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Twelve-Year-Old Designated Driver

AP reports that a 35-year-old woman was arrested in Longview, Texas after admitting that she had her twelve-year-old daughter drive her to a bar. Let’s see one of those Chinese gymnasts do that! Yeah! We still got it!

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Do All Roads Really Lead to Rome?

Let’s say you’re the mayor of Rome and you are convinced that you need to attract more tourists. You don’t have much to work with, except the magnificent ruins of an ancient empire, the splendor of the Vatican, museums full of priceless art, amazing food and accommodations, fashion, you know, the usual. No, you need something really special.
I [...]

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Again China is Beating US

With all of the attention on the Olympics, Americans are learning that China is more than something you register to get as a wedding gift. Previously, I ranted about how the Chinese are beating us at our own mediocrity game, and now they have gone and beaten us again.
According to the obvious physical appearance of [...]

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Robots with Biological Brains

Scientists at the University of Reading in England have created a robot that receives input to, and processes responses from, a brain made of rat brain cells. The robot knows how to steer to avoid colliding with objects.
I don’t really understand what all the hoopla is about. Americans did this in the 1980s. Doesn’t anyone remember Ronald [...]

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Three’s Company

W’s third Attorney General, Michael Mukasey must be very proud. After all, following John “Tap that Wire” Ashcroft and Alberto “Geneva = Quaint” Gonzales is pretty intimidating. Still, he’s off to a great start in making sure the Justice Department is looking out for justice department.
Mukasey announced that there will be no criminal prosecutions for former Justice [...]

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So She Can’t Sing. She Sure Is Cute

No, I’m not referring to Britney Spears, or Ashlee/Jessica Simpson, I’m referring to nine-year-old Lin Miaoke who lip-synched a great performance at the Olympic opening ceremonies. According to Reuters, US bloggers are enraged that the Chinese swapped out Yang Peiyi, the real singer, because she had crooked teeth. How dare the Chinese ruin such a beautiful moment with such [...]

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Trucker Energy Saving Ingenuity

For years, truckers have been urinating in bottles and throwing them out of the window to save time as they speed to their next job. With fuel prices so high, a trucker’s priorities have changed from saving time to saving fuel, but the methodology stays the same.
Everyone now knows that slowing down will save gas, but more [...]

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