Posted by Brad @ 6:45 pm on October 31st 2013

Quote of the Day

“You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated.”

Mike Rogers, Chairman, House Intelligence Committee.

Posted by Rojas @ 1:57 pm on October 31st 2013

The Silent Killer

Colorless, odorless, and deadly if inhaled, Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is estimated to be present in potentially fatal concentrations in over 3% of American homes. In spite of these shocking facts–and that fact that athletes at all levels have been caught using the substance as a performance enhancer–the federal government remains unwilling to confront the problem. The Crossed Pond urges you to be aware of, and to take proper precautions against, DHMO. For further background, we urge you to check out our friends at The DHMO Research Division.

Posted by Brad @ 2:55 pm on October 24th 2013

Storytime with Oderus Urungus

You know…for kids.

Posted by Rojas @ 10:04 pm on October 17th 2013

Tweet of the Year

“NSA director stepping down to spend less time with your family.” -Dave Gilson. In reference to this.

Posted by Brad @ 4:59 pm on October 17th 2013

Music Video of the Week

Very nice little cover.

Joy Kills Sorrow – Such Great Heights

Posted by Brad @ 6:36 pm on October 16th 2013

Perfidy and that Somali Pirate

So this weird hobby horse of mine. See Bin Laden raid, Colombia hostage rescue

Anyway, out of Belgium – officials undercover convinced a Somali pirate wanted for attacking Belgium vessels (who had publicly retired from pirating) that they wanted him to consult on a movie reflecting his life and on maritime piracy. So he traveled to Belgium and was promptly arrested. Yoink.

Problem is, there are, you know, real journalists and producers out in the world in dangerous places talking to dangerous people for both journalistic and artistic enterprises, and they have a hard enough time doing so without being kidnapped or killed. This is a particular problem in Somali, where the perception that journalists are probably undercover spies is fairly widespread, which is the second most dangerous country for journalists in the world, and where 12 journalists were killed trying to get stories last year alone. So you can imagine that, while Belgium officials are congratulating themselves on how clever they were, some poor schlub in Somali right now actually trying to do a story on maritime piracy or a notorious pirate’s life might be a little less appreciative.

Posted by Rojas @ 11:00 am on October 16th 2013

Mexico meltdown

Mexico is pretty inarguably the best national soccer team in North America. They are experiencing something of a “golden generation” of young talent, and came back from two goals down, on US soil, to thrash the United States to win the Gold Cup (the North American regional tournament) a couple of years ago. The US has emerged as their chief rival, and to say no love is lost between the two is to dramatically understate the case. Trips to Mexico City by the US national team mean being deluged with urine-filled balloons thrown from the stands… (more…)

Posted by Brad @ 10:09 am on October 16th 2013

Great Moments in Jose Canseco

Heh.

Posted by Rojas @ 9:13 pm on October 14th 2013

Complain about underage rape and we burn your house down

The headline refers not to Pakistan but to Maryville, MO. The story itself is not particularly new, nor regrettably is it unusual, but the reporting is especially stellar. Read it and puke.

EDIT: Looks like Anonymous has taken notice. May they rain fire on everyone involved.

Posted by Brad @ 6:14 pm on October 14th 2013

Music Video of the Week

This is on the radio quite a bit now. I like it.

Lorde – Royals

Posted by Brad @ 2:08 am on October 11th 2013

When People Don’t Believe What They Believe

One of the most useless stats in human history is the approval rate of Congress.

It is quoted Ad nauseam in any events where something “Congressional” is happening, and is intended, apparently, to show how much Americans F’ing hate Congress and all those stupid Congress-y things they do. And when a new thing happens, it’s pointed out that the approval of Congress is down – DOWN!.

So, Thing One is this: America has always hated Congress. Mark Twain was making jokes about it. John Adams threw in some quips on the subject…before Congress existed. In my lifetime there have been roughly five years when Congress was viewed with warm ambivalence. For the most part though…let’s just remember that everybody always hates Congress.

But just as Generic Democratic vs. George W. Bush will always, always return far different results than John Kerry – and vice versa – saying Congress is unpopular is absolutely meaningless as both a metric for a policy or event’s popularity, but more to the point, has next to no reflection on how people view their CONGRESSMAN or whether they vote to reelect them. In 2012, only 15% of people approved of Congress. 90% reelected their congressman. In 2002, following 911, an astonishing 82% approved of Congress (the biggest outlier in the history of the polling question, which dates back to the founding of the country). That year, 96% reelected their congressman. Of course, a mere year before 911, in 2000, 40% approved of Congress but 98% were reelected. And so on, and so forth.

Generally speaking, about 2/3s of people hate Congress and about 4/5s of people vote their congressmen back into office. Those numbers twerk a little (boyaah), but not really, in the grand scheme of things.

So, next time someone expresses consternation at the legislature, ask them if they’re going to consider voting for whatever guy is in the party opposite the party their incumbent is in, particularly if they had voted for that incumbent last time.

I dare you.

Posted by Rojas @ 6:51 pm on October 2nd 2013

It’s a privilege

Who is more victimized: white people or black people? Amputees or people who are sexually attracted to plush animals? Lesbians or people who suffer from really severe hay fever? Wonder no longer, as Gawker presents its 64-category Privilege Tournament. Vote on each matchup, follow the brackets, and await the determination of who has the least privilege of all…

Posted by Brad @ 7:29 pm on October 1st 2013

An Open Letter to the Cincinnati Reds

Regarding tonight’s single game wild card playoff.

Because…dude, come on.

Posted by Brad @ 3:17 pm on October 1st 2013

Buy Ron Paul’s 1979 Chevrolet Chevette!

And it’s got a story I had not heard before behind it.

Whatever you think of Ron Paul’s politics, he’s got such an adorable avuncular charm.