Friday, July 8, 2011


China's threat to America is economic not military (Mark Thompson, Battleland blog)
"Military relations are fundamentally altered, he argues, when the prospective foe is making 90 iPhones a minute for the U.S. and world markets, and American Walmarts are crammed with its goods...".

If  the US Gov would just balance its budget (and so quit borrowing money from the PRC) they'd be more vulnerable to Americans than we'd be to them. Just a thought.

Ex-Democratic Party goon "operative" charged with planting bomb in St. Louis attorney's car (St. Louis Today)
"A former political operative with a history of gun and drug charges has been indicted in the 2008 bombing that seriously injured a Clayton, MO lawyer."

WTF is does being an "operative" mean in this context? This guy worked on some Dem campaigns and stuff but his criminal convictions as well as this indictment was all strictly personal stuff unrelated to politics. Or so it seems anyhow. But the Reps would say, "but what if it was a Republican"? And they have a point. You'd never hear the end of it from the mainstream media types.

Someone super-gluing protractors all over Pittsburgh (Rob Beschizza, BoingBoing)
"One of the oddest things I've seen since coming to Pittsburgh was a protractor superglued to the stone in my neighborhood. It turns out that there are hundreds of them cropping up, sealed to surfaces so securely that authorities intend to charge whoever is doing it with a felony. Each is penned with a unique number, and tracking them down is becoming a local mystery."

One person's vandalism is another person's street art I guess. I doubt if the cops and property owners  see it that way though.

A documentary film on the Earth Liberation Front  (via Outside)
"For years, the ELF—operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership—had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge at Vail, Colorado."

One person's "environmentalist wacko" is another person's freedom fighter. But the feds don't see it that way at all though.  The ELF terror campaign compared with the much bally-hooed Weather Underground in the '70s didn't kill anyone and caused much more damage to their enemies. Weather Underground did just the opposite. Just sayin'.

Swedish doctors grow trachea from patient's own stem cells and then transplant it into him (Popular Science)
Kind of amazing. The best thing about this is that the patient can recover without the harsh regimen of anti-rejection drugs.

Revenge of the wage slaves: A movie review of Horrible Bosses (Kurt Loder,
Everybody (who is a wage slave) secretly yearns to kill their bosses.

Tips for talking to the police about your electronic devices (Adam Pash,
A tip sheet from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Congress Whines, But Won’t Defund Libya War (Spencer Ackerman, Danger Room)
Gutless losers with no spine or integrity at all. At least 229 of them anyhow. Sheesh.