Smells of the Subway

I’m not sure I’m with Gawker on this one. Ewwww…

–YY

p.s. They really put in the effort on this thing… wow.


Banned Books on Google

Google has a page dedicated to classic works that have been banned at one point or another. There are some surprises on the list, including “The Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding, “1984”, by George Orwell, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, by Ken Kesey. In any case, any book from the last century with something to say seems to be on the list. Not particularly surprising, of course… Now go read!

–YY


Here’s To Success!

A new study shows that drinkers make more than non-drinkers. While somewhat counterintuitive, it actually makes sense: people who go to the bar are generally more social than people who don’t, so their personalities are such that they are able to go out and make more contacts, etc. Time for a new hobby!

–YY


Kids Not Eating Enough Dirt (Seriously)

Apparently, kids used to build up their immune system by eating dirt. Now that that isn’t happening as much, some doctors are giving kids “dirt pills” to compensate.

I wish I was creative enough to make this stuff up.

–YY


Ummmm I Don’t Think They Like It…

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this before: The movie “Broken Bridges”, starring country musician Toby Keith, got 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. The entire gamut of film critics, from all corners of the MSM and the web, have all unanimously and independently agreed that this movie sucks. Even the worst toxic waste is usually supported by one or two rogue critics from who-knows-where who see something positive in the movie. Not this one, though. I have to say I’m impressed – it’s hard to make a movie that bad. Way to go, Keith!

–YY

p.s. Just read some of the titles of the songs from Keith’s 2003 album “Shock n’ Y’all”. Or these lyrics from “American Soldier”:

When liberty’s in jeopardy I will always do what’s right,
I’m out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight.
American soldier, I’m an American,
An American,
An American Soldier

Of course, Keith himself never was in the army “doing what’s right”, let alone “on the front lines”. What a dickwad.


Such Nonsense

I stumbled on this picture today entitled “Palestinian Loss of Land”, which takes a “snapshot” of Israel from pre-1947, the UN Partition Plan of 1947, 1948-1967, and 2000. Since the host, EatLiver.com, doesn’t take comments or feedback as far as I can see, I guess my only recourse is to write about it here (which is the only reason I’m even bothering with this BS).

Anyone who knows a shred of history in the region knows that the British controlled what is now Israel before 1948. And before the British, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) controlled it. The map implies that it was mostly “Palestinian Land” before 1948. It was called Palestine, but it sure wasn’t Palestinian.

The second picture is my favorite: a map of the 1947 UN Partition Plan. It’s amusing, because the Palestinians rejected it while the Jews accepted. Israel’s 1948 borders were based on that plan. Had the Arab community accepted the plan, the world would be a very different place.

The map captioned “Stage 3” (a BS caption loaded with BS implications) shows a map of Israel from 1948-1967. Again, the green areas are labeled “Palestinian”. But Gaza was controlled by Egypt at the time, the West Bank was controlled by Jordan, and the Golan Heights were controlled by Syria. Again, territory never controlled Palestinians.

None of these maps take into account that most of the south is desert. If you factor that in, the “Jewish land” becomes a lot smaller, even in the 2000 map.

There’s so much other BS in this picture, but I like to actually back up my arguments and put forward a convincing case. And I don’t have time for that right now. But for now, I think I covered the most obvious sources of the stench.

UPDATE: I had to update the link to the image – EatLiver is clever enough to check to see if you’re coming from the site when you try to look at the image. It’s a good way to make sure you have to sift through their ads to see the picture. Touche’ ;-)

–YY


New Reading List

I put in a list of books I’m currently reading on the right side of the page. I’ll try to keep it updated as my reading list changes…

–YY