Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cayce and ratbastard gummint and Acid man

Too Much
Fasten your seat belt

This is the setup to something Don M sent me that I'll get to presently. 

Last week, you may remember, Drudge had this link:
Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found... ^   

That triggered in me "Edgar Cayce" .  I first became aware of Cayce while I was dating this very hot college chick (now the mother of my children) who was surprised I'd not heard of him.  She told me they studied him in class, and the Edgar Cayce Institute was just down the road from my favorite watering hole (The Surf Rider) in Virginia Beach. 

Intrigued, and knowing the value of showing interest in what my girlfriend likes, I started buying and reading Cayce books.  Whoa!  He was perhaps best know for his (extremely well  documented)  ability to diagnose disease in people while in a trance.  But when I dropped by the Cayce Institute, the attendant told me that 90% of researchers who showed up were geologists, or men of science.  They were drawn by his uncanny predictions, one of which was the existence of a fault line running through New York (since discovered) and extending down the east coast.  Virginia Beach, he predicted, was the safest place to live on the Atlantic coast, and would one day be the nations only major seaport.  (And yes, California will fall into the sea)

Atlantis, of which I knew nothing about at the time, also fascinated me.  According to him, Atlantians had a deep understanding of the universe,  but abused that knowledge and, in a cataclysmic event, disappeared under the sea about 10,000 years ago. That time-line held  profound implications for me, if true.  So, what's this all about? 

From Don M.  We've  passed the last turnoff.  If this Earth was my Sim City project, I'd sink the whole damned thing and start over. And someone will do just that pretty damned soon.  No, the earth will not end.  It will end as we know it. Like it did for Atlantians.

Taking Control of Cars From Afar
In the meanwhile, God help us.  I feel unrestrained about posting any damned thing I feel like.  I'll either have 1 million hits/day, or 10.  This, though, may change in the morning. You know what I just thought of?  I thought of? Acid Man naked.  The man had class.


I can't see said the sighted man

Aside from JMcD, I've had three other people report that their comments were not showing up; and others who can't see certain graphics or videos.  I just had that happen with a You Tube video.  The page opened, but there were no controls to show it.  I am using Firefox/3.6.15.  I right-clicked "View in IE Tab," and everything was there.  So, my guess is that the recent Firefox revision is very flawed.  So, use IE, or if you want to stay with Firefox, install IE Tab, which is actually the best of both worlds.  You use IE's  Direct-X bones with Firefox's skin, whenever it suits you. (I think I have that right?)

Carry on. Smokem if you have'm.

Liquor Aisle Miracle

Liquor Aisle Miracle

Same old get along

Obama Outrage # 826

Fed instructs teachers to
Facebook creep students

But first -- a Flashback
  There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to
That was Obama famously asking people to turn in their neighbors, parents, and friends who don't tow the government line.  After the furor reached the alphabet network news, it was quickly withdrawn, and diasavowed.  Of course the people responsible remained at the switch, birth certificate, or no .... . Ahem.  So, this latest heavy fisted initiative, where the administration demands that teachers monitor their students after school social networking, is -- OMG, I want to say "ho-hum."  OMFG, "It couldn't happen here" is become "yawn?" Stab me in the freaking liver!
  Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.

There has only been muted opposition to this far-reaching policy among the professionals and advocates in the education sector, most of whom are heavily reliant on funding and support from top-level education officials.
Fed instructs teachers to Facebook creep students

Stuart Pid

First Amendment, First Ashedmint

The traveling  "O.J. jury" lands in Minneapolis

  1. A blogger named John Hoff, a.k.a. "Johnny Northside," wrote a scathing blog post about Jerry Moore
  2. He correctly cited Moore's involvement in a high-profile mortgage fraud
  3. The University of Minnesota, who had recently hired Moore, fired him the next day.
  4. Moore sues Hoff.
  5. His lawyer shyster claims "emotional distress"  due to "tortious interference" with employment.
  6. Did I say Moore was involved in mortgage fraud?
  7. The 7 member jury awarded the "community leader" $60,000.
  8. Did I say Moore actually, really was involved in mortgage fraud?
Community activist Jerry Moore

Jane Hartley's, a U of M professor of media law and ethics, called the lawsuit an example of "trash torts," in which someone unable to sue for libel, which by definition involves falsity, reaches for another legal claim. She predicted the verdict will be overturned.

The verdict also surprised U of M law professor William McGeveran, but he wasn't so certain that it will be easily overturned. Appeals courts tend to give a lot of credence to jury verdicts, he said.

Blogger Has To Pay In Libel Case... Despite Telling The Truth
Jury: Blogger Johnny Northside must pay $60,000 to fired community leader

I think it fair to say that the judge was a total asshat too.

Towards Greater Understanding

I can see said the blind man

AC does Chernobyl

Don't compare Japan with Chernobyl
the Soviets couldn't make jello

Bra Fitting 101

Greatest Post Ever This Week
With tongue firmly in cheek, one must suppose, Gerard writes:

  This probably won't be of any interest to my readers who are not Gyno-Americans. I am only passing it on here because of it's obvious educational value. I realize that it is, for a video, long at more than 15 minutes, so feel free to stop watching whenever it ceases to interest you.

Bra Fitting 101

Boy, haven't we all heard that line?

Third Place

Hopefully, there's no 4th place trophy

Third Place

Anti-Shyster Software


Armies of Expensive Lawyers,
Replaced by Cheaper Software

  When five television studios became entangled in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against CBS, the cost was immense. As part of the obscure task of “discovery” — providing documents relevant to a lawsuit — the studios examined six million documents at a cost of more than $2.2 million, much of it to pay for a platoon of lawyers and paralegals who worked for months at high hourly rates.
I have for years represented (pro bono) the rights of American entrepreneurs against the the Tort Law machine.  And I'm not the only one who recognizes the incalculable damage that band of brigands have done to American business, and the national spirit.  So bad is their reputation that, like Liberals rebranding themselves Progressives, or ACORN to AHCA ( Affordable Housing Centers of America), the ATLA was forced to change their name to  American Association for Justice - or "AAJ (”Just Don’t Call Them the Suers). 

But I digress.
  But that was in 1978. Now, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, “e-discovery” software can analyze documents in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost. In January, for example, Blackstone Discovery of Palo Alto, Calif., helped analyze 1.5 million documents for less than $100,000.

Verily, many victims of what I choose to call "Television Shysters" choose to settle rather than incur the enormous expense of defending.  Software like this may induce more of them to fight the menace.  But wait, there's even more.

Some programs go beyond just finding documents with relevant terms at computer speeds. They can extract relevant concepts — as lawyer John Edwardian discovered.  His computer (H.A.L) evidently recognized the true nature of Mr. Edwardian's lawsuits, and took umbrage with his greed.  Interacting with the Giant Food pharmacy computer where the lawyer had his prescriptions filled, HAL arranged to substitute Edwardian's next Thorazine prescription with cyanide.  The cause of death was only discovered after the family arranged for a private autopsy. 

What?  You think I made that up?  See for yourself.

Aside: Lest there be confusion, I recognize that many lawyers are honest, decent, and hard working citizens of high repute.  Among them, lawyers in my family, my lawyers, my friends who are lawyers, and the Barn Army's Advocate Corporal, Chuck Martel.