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Superman had come to town to see who he could rock.
He blew away every crew he faced until he reached the block.
His speakers were three stories high with woofers made of steel.
And when brought our set outside, he said "I boom for real."

He said, "I'm faster than a speedin' bullet when I'm on the set.
I don't need no fans to cool my ass, I just use my super breath.
I could fly three times around the world without missin' a beat.
I socialize with X-ray eyes, and ladies think it's sweet."

And then he turned his power on and the ground began to move.
And all the buildings for miles around were swayin' to the groove.
And just when he had fooled the crowd and swore he won the fight.
We rocked his butt with a 12 inch cut called "Disco Kryptonite."

Well, Superman looked up at me, he said, "You rock so naturally"
I said, "Now that you've learned to deal, let me tell you why I'm so for real
I'm Prez O.B. from outer space, I came to rock the human race.
I do it right 'cause I can't do it wrong,
That's why the whole world is singin' this song..."
(Apologies to Newcleus)
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Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
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If you want a truly original Halloween costume, do the following:
  • Dress up in Sarah Palin clothes.
  • Put on Joker makeup.
  • Talk in a high-pitched, gravelly-voiced Alaskan-nee-Midwestern accent.
  • When people ask you who you're supposed to be, answer "I'm 2008's two most over-done Halloween costumes."
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Fark user Antimatter writes:


This one thought that the reference to That one was rather objectionable.

Memage

Oct. 1st, 2008 06:50 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs:
In an upcoming interview with Katie Couric to be aired this week, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) FListers, please take the meme to your ElJay to spread the fun.


This is probably one of the most famous Supreme Court cases, if only because you can see its effects every evening on TNT or USA: In Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court mandated that no one who watches prime-time police procedurals would be unaware of their rights (to remain silent, to have an attorney present... etc.) when accused of a crime.

Edit: Having just watched the interview, I noticed that Couric asks if there are any Supreme Court decisions that Palin can name that she disagrees with other than Roe v. Wade. The one off the top of my head is probably one that she and I differ considerably on: Bush v. Gore, but one that most people would agree upon is Plessy v. Ferguson.
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You should probably skip reading this post.

I don't usually discuss politics, especially when nowadays most verbalized political opinions amount to "you're [sic] candidate sux [sic]" and "if I wasn't [sic] typing away at this keyboard, Id [sic] cum [sic] over their [sic] and punch you in the face, cuz [sic] your [sic] stupid."

This 20-minute presentation from Lawrence Lessig (transcript here), however, has illuminated some of my chief objections to the way candidates in general have run political campaigns in modern times. It also led me to the following video: )

I don't really have any misconceptions that a single blog-post with links to a quasi-famous law professor is really going to change anybody's mind about who they're should or should not vote for, but I thought the link was effective enough in its presentation to pass it on.
thepeopleseason: (porn)
[livejournal.com profile] xopherg: my favorite part is that when you mention the "republican blowjob scandal" people have to ask, "which one?"
thepeopleseason: (snowman)
Yesterday, Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and the writer behind Toy Story and Astonishing X-Men, posted a long treatise on how the various societies and cultures throughout the world treat women. The subject is disturbing to say the least, and it may make you cry or recoil in horror simply from reading its description.

But it's one of those things that everyone, no matter their sense of propriety, should think about.

Because it took me a few tries yesterday to pull up the post, and because I've seen various people comment that they haven't seen or couldn't load the post, I'm going to reproduce the entire thing here (Go straight to the post, however, for some discussion about it). Let's Watch A Girl... )
thepeopleseason: (science/myth)
Cory Doctorow, writer, technologist and blogger-proprietor of Boingboing.net was recently interviewed by US News and World Report about the projected downturn in American productivity. His suggestions about what we should do to turn the economy around in the long term resonate pretty well with me, given that I, myself, am something of a technology buff.

A while ago a link came up on Digg.com about a biotech company in Singapore that was able to create human embryonic stem cells without introducing living non-human tissue. In the discussion that followed, two comments stood out to me: "are we losing to Singapore?" and "How is medical advancement about winning or losing?" I've posted about the general American distrust of science previously, where I included the following quote, which I think sums up why medical advancement is about winning and losing:
Jobs and wages depend on science and technology. If our nation can't manufacture, at high quality and low price, products people want to buy, then industries will continue to drift away and transfer a little more prosperity to other parts of the world.
--Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
Our ignorant politics and corporate salad-tossing are eroding our competitive edge against the rapidly-modernizing third world. With the advent of the internet, countries like China and India, countries that value science as a discipline are overtaking American industries. With idiotic laws and copyright policies, the government is (at times, literally) handcuffing software companies with novel products, such as Napster. The kowtowing we do to the RIAA and MPAA will prevent companies like Last.fm and Pandora from seeing their innovative software to a profit. And the president's close-minded veto of government-funded stem cell research will only make for profits for cures created in other parts of the world.

We are shackled to our old ways--we are far too scared, too dumb to change our cars, our business models, our minds. The technology that American ingenuity has created will only bring us so far--if we're unwilling to continue to learn, to stay on the bleeding edge, then we will, as the commenter on Digg stated, "[lose] to Singapore" and all the other developing countries of the world.
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A few notable stories from Angry Asian Man

A marketing firm, SnapDragon, has released Ten Things Every Brand Should Know About Asian-American Youth. Of particular note:
The 15 minutes of seemingly benign American Idol fame for William Hung had a surprisingly negative effect on Asian-American students. There's a feeling that Hung perpetuated the worst stereotypes about Asian people and gave non-Asians permission to indulge in two years of racial stereotyping and mocking.
To which I say, NO DUH.

I didn't watch the Oscars, but the announcer indicated that Best Adapted Screenplay winner The Departed was based on a Japanese movie. Bzzt! Infernal Affairs (with Andy Lau from House of Flying Daggers) is a Chinese movie. Yes, I know we all look alike, you uninformed, ignorant round-eye.

The New York Daily News reports on a Chinese students' participation in the recent NYU College Republicans' 'Find The Illegal Immigrant' stunt. The piece recounts some of the troubling history of Chinese immmigration in America:
As early as 1850... )
Beau Sia, an Asian poet, posted an open letter to all the rosie o'donnells in response to her defense and half-hearted apology of her own 'ching-chong' remarks on The View. O'Donnell, after viewing the piece, has apparently taken his message to heart and sincerely apologized, all the racist, sexist, and ignorant shitcocks on YouTube, notwithstanding.
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Points to the person(s) who can specifically (namely, with proper quotage) state why each of these buttons is funny.

You can find a hint in the second top-level response of this page (which, whatever your political leanings, is comedy gold).
thepeopleseason: (be water)
While you might not care about the Northern spotted owl, the sudden upswing in polar bear drownings, or a mystical flower in the mountains of China which only blooms once every twenty years (yeah, that last one's fictional), you should be aware that your penchant for rampant pollution is shrinking your nads (and may turn your sons and your sons' sons into chicks with dicks).

Not to mention the sharks which can walk on their fins...

Morality

Jul. 20th, 2006 10:05 am
thepeopleseason: (science/myth)
President Bush argues that the most-recently-vetoed bill expanding funding for embryonic stem cell research "crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect."
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
Here follows a rant on Science and politics.
A rant on Science and politics )
thepeopleseason: (snowman)
I spent the day at Centennial Olympic Park yesterday, playing Uno, rummy, and poker with AK, awaiting the night-time fireworks display, and getting a sunburn on my knees. Despite the early overbearing sun and the persistent light rain that would come later, a good time was had. We watched two bands--the first one of those generic cover bands that play crowd-pleasing sing-alongs like "Brown Eyed Girl" and "We Are Family." They did play "I Will Survive" but bucked trend and skipped "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and (thankfully) "YMCA."

The second band was called The Classic Rock All-Stars, and was comprised of members of various bands from the 70s, the only one I recognized being Iron Butterfly. I told AK that I would be pissed if they didn't play "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and while she didn't think they would, we would hear that overwrought synth organ intro a few songs later. They even made some effort to play the full 17-minutes, albeit with some extraneous flourishes that you always get in a live concert.

The fireworks started afterwards, and it occured to me that it's rather funny that most fireworks displays in these here United States choose to end their program with music from a gay Russian man. The announcer came on after, however, and said "we'd like to leave you with this one thought..." and music from a megalomaniacal anti-semite who was ceaselessly in debt began. I guess the organizers don't have a keen sense of irony. Kill the wabbit, indeed.
thepeopleseason: (tienxia)
This article from the New Yorker details a bit of history and criticism regarding the movement behind Intelligent Design.
thepeopleseason: (snowman)
Last night, Fox pre-empted their airing of The O.C. for coverage of the President's renewed push for his Social Security reform plan. Now, truly, Fox has missed the boat on hitting their target demographics here, because it's my estimation that most O.C. viewers are probably completely unconcerned about what happens with the Social Security system.

Fox should have pre-empted The Simple Life if they wanted to reach the viewership that's interested in vapid fools who are utterly incompetent at executing their assigned jobs.
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Mediamatters.org has a very interesting look at one graph from the results of a CNN.com/USAToday Poll on Terri Schiavo.

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