Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans.
When I was growing up, most of the kids in my neighborhood were fairly uncreative. Instead of thinking long and hard about what you wanted to be for Halloween, you’d run with your parent to the store at the last minute, and grab a prepackaged costume made by Ben Cooper or Collegeville of some famous character. Superheroes, Monsters, and Star Wars characters were usually the favorites, but every now and then you came across a few gems that really made you scratch your head.
For those of you who’ve never read the Quran, let me summarize it for you: Allah has prepared a painful doom for those who disbelieve what he revealed in the Quran to his prophet Muhammad (peanut butter and jelly be upon him).
This idea is so important that Allah (or his prophet) repeats more than 200 times in the Quran. Here are just a few variants.
The variants include this gem of a verse:
Those who believe not in the Hereafter, for them We have prepared a painful doom. 17:10
Now this is interesting:
In October 2003 the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission placed 200,000 of Enron’s internal emails from 1999-2002 into the public domain as part of its ongoing investigations. The archive offers an extraordinary window into the lives and preoccupations of Enron’s top executives during a turbulent period. Read more about Enron’s demise on Wikipedia.
Trampoline engineers used this data as testbed during development of the company’s SONAR technology. The result was so fascinating we decided to open it up and allow anyone to dig in. The Enron Explorer lets you investigate the actions and reactions of Enron’s senior management team as the noose began to tighten.
People in the ‘comment’ section have picked out the more interesting emails such as this one from CEO Jeff Skilling:
21/11/2001 at 20:13
Fuck you, you piece of shit. I can’t wait to see you
go down with the ship like all the other vermin.
Smug, paranoid, unhappy mother fucker.
Or this one from Enron Japan:
Dear top management,
We know how serious is the situation but please don’t fire us now. Our
are waiting for a happy chrismas and new year!!
(via Boing Boing)
The email above was from a fake Skilling. Boing Boing has more on that.
The late Dr Carl Sagan speaks about 4 billion years of evolution. Footage taken from the COSMOS series.
It’s a question you may never have asked, but if you’ve ever brushed your teeth before you’ve had a glass of juice, you’ll know why we had to seek professional advice.
David Cannell is the scientific spokesperson for Questacon, “It’s because of a certain ingredient in toothpaste called sodium laurel sulfate. It actually blocks sweet sensors. All the other taste bud cells in your mouth are firing away nicely, but the receptors which pick up the sweet sensors are not working anymore. Not only does it block the sweet sensors, it enhances the sour and bitter, so you get this massive influx of sour and bitter taste coming through the mouth.”
Crooks and Liars has the video and transcript:
The dictionary definition of the word ‘terrorize’ is simple and not open to misinterpretation: “To fill or overpower with terror; terrify; coerce by intimidation or fear.” Note please that the words ‘violence’ and ‘death’ are missing from that definition. For the key to terrorism is not the act-but the fear of the act. That is why bin Laden and his deputies and his imitators are forever putting together videotape statements and releasing virtual infomercials with dire threats and heart-stopping warnings.
But why is the Republican Party imitating them? Bin Laden puts out what amounts to a commercial of fear; the Republicans put out what is unmistakable as a commercial of fear.
The Republicans are paying to have the messages of bin Laden and the others broadcast into your home! Only the Republicans have a bigger bankroll.
YouTube has the clip also.
These images came to me via a string of friends-of-friends-of-friends: shots of a Space Shuttle launch as seen from the International Space Station.
From Yahoo News! Opinion:
My scientific colleagues have additional reasons to declare emergency. Ignorant and absolutist attacks on stem cell research are just the tip of an iceberg. What we have here is nothing less than a global assault on rationality, and the Enlightenment values that inspired the founding of this first and greatest of secular republics. Science education – and hence the whole future of science in this country – is under threat. Temporarily beaten back in a Pennsylvania court, the ‘breathtaking inanity’ (Judge John Jones’s immortal phrase) of ‘intelligent design’ continually flares up in local bush-fires. Dowsing them is a time-consuming but important responsibility, and scientists are finally being jolted out of their complacency. For years they quietly got on with their science, lamentably underestimating the creationists who, being neither competent nor interested in science, attended to the serious political business of subverting local school boards. Scientists, and intellectuals generally, are now waking up to the threat from the American Taliban.