Sunday, September 21, 2014

Paper handed in by 2nd grader with Autism.

Well, he's not wrong.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In the least shocking news of the day, it turns out that internet trolls are sadists. I know, right?

Courtesy of Psychology Today:

In this month's issue of Personality and Individual Differences, a study was published that confirms what we all suspected: internet trolls are horrible people. 

Let's start by getting our definitions straight. An internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response. What kind of person would do this? 

Canadian researchers decided to find out. They conducted two internet studies with over 1,200 people. They gave personality tests to each subject along with a survey about their internet commenting behavior.

Now there is more information in this article about how they conducted the study, and their specific finds, but it was this last part that caught my attention:  

Trolls truly enjoy making you feel bad. To quote the authors once more (because this is a truly quotable article): 

"Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!" 

So next time you encounter a troll online, remember a few things. (1) These trolls are some truly messed up people and (2) it is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them. 

So keep all of that in mind my friends the next time some troll posts a poorly worded defense of the Palins, insults all IM visitors, or simply takes a shot at yours truly.

Always remember that THEIR lives are so pathetic and devoid of happiness, that the only way they can give their lives any meaning is by making you angry at them.

There IS actually a time when the Stand Your Ground defense does not work in Texas.

Courtesy of Free Thought:  

On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid. 

The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home. There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life. 

Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie. 

Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th, based on a seemingly bogus informant tip off about drugs being dealt from the home. 

Likely alarmed by the men climbing through his windows at 5:30 in the morning, Guy and his wife sought to protect themselves and their property and fired on the intruders- in self defense. 

Dinwiddie, along with three other officers were shot while attempting to breach the windows to the home, according to the department’s press release.

Detective Dindiddie later succumbed to his injuries, and  now prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for capital murder, and three counts of attempted capital murder for firing on officers breaking into his house unannounced in the wee hours of the morning.

As of yet the NRA has not weighed in with support for Guy, nor have there been any 2nd Amendment protests outside the police station demonstrating that they believe this is a miscarriage of justice.

Why you may ask?

 Well this is Marvin Louis Guy. So you tell me.

And before you accuse me of playing the race card you need to know that this guy...

...also killed a police officer unannounced and the charges were dropped against him.

I know, probably just a coincidence right?

The idea that red state tax dollars pay for blue state social programs, is in no way supported by the actual data.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

One of the most hilarious talking points coming from far-right Republicans and the Tea Party is that when “red states” like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are asked to bail out California or Massachusetts, that’s when they will finally become “fed up with socialism” and secede from the Union once and for all. 

The problem with that meme is that it has no basis in reality: the more prosperous and Democrat-leaning areas of the United States are likely to be subsidizing dysfunctional “red states,” many of which are suffering from insufficient tax revenue and an abundance of low-wage workers who don’t have much to tax. Tea Party Republicans like to point out that poor cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Camden, New Jersey are run by Democrats, but they neglect to mention that some of the most affluent parts of the United States—from Manhattan to the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area to Cambridge, MA to Seattle to Chicago’s North Shore suburbs—are dominated by the Democratic Party. People in those heavily Democratic areas pay a lot of federal income taxes, and quite often, their tax dollars go to red states.

Raw Story then lists the ten worst offenders, including Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Indiana, Montana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and of course Alaska.

Concerning Alaska they have this to say:  

Alaska didn’t become part of the U.S. until 1959, and since then, it has gone Republican in every presidential race except 1964 (when Alaska favored Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson over Republican Barry Goldwater). A bastion of hard-right politics, Alaska is the state where Sarah Palin was elected governor in 2006. But when it comes to “small government,” Alaska Republicans don’t practice what they preach: according to WalletHub, Alaska receives $1.42 from the federal government for every dollar it contributes. Tax Foundation’s research showed Alaska receiving $1.93 from Uncle Sam for every dollar paid in. Alaska Republicans love to rail against the federal government, but the reality is that Alaska needs federal tax revenue badly in order to function. 

Alaska is infamous for its harsh winters, which put considerable wear and tear on the state’s infrastructure—and the money for that much upkeep and maintenance has to come from somewhere. That somewhere is Boston, Santa Monica, Brooklyn, Seattle and all the other places that are full of upscale Democrats Palin considers “un-American.”

Still burns my ass that my state is now synonymous with Sarah Palin, and Tea Party politics.  However they are not wrong that we are indeed parasites feeding off the largess of America's tax payers.

And in years past we were well aware of that fact, and grateful for the support.

Ted Stevens did not typically rail against big government, but instead made sure that when money was doled out that Alaska was at the top of the list. In fact for a time he was the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and made sure that Alaska got more than its fair share of federal moneys.

He was famous for working the system, not working against it. And in those days Senator Frank Murkowski, and Rep. Don Young were working right along with him toward that same goal.

However it must be remembered that this state is only one year older than I am. So it is, by comparison, only in its infancy. (Much like I am.) Hopefully when we reach our teen years we will become more capable, and finally get off our lethargic asses and start contributing a our fair share to this country.

However until then, much like Tennessee, Mississippi, and Montana we need to shut the fuck up about reducing the size of government and start demonstrating more respect for our federal sugar daddies.

Last night's New Rules featured the Palin drunken brawl. And Wonkette has finger puppets!

"New rule, now that it's been confirmed that the entire Palin family did in fact participate in a drunken brawl, Sarah Palin must admit that President Obama's "mom jeans" aren't half as embarrassing as her mom genes."

Yep, even more national attention for the story that the Palins desperately want to just go away.

Not muhc chance of that when internet troublemakers like the ones over at Wonkette find new and interesting ways to keep the story front and center.

Like they have done with their new Happy Funtimes Palin Brawl Playset:

Sniveling rage donkey Sarah Palin is back on the Facebook today (Actually yesterday), braying about the “prayer shield” that surrounds her brood of Leon Spinks imitators. Sarah is very proud of her kids’ desire to defend the family and also of their “work ethic,” which they must have learned from someone else’s parents. She also offers up a link to a five-sentence post on Bristol’s blog, which, whoa, don’t work too hard, Bristol! Save some of that energy for getting drunk and punching party hosts! 

Then Wonkette offers cutouts to be used as finger puppets, so that you too can practice Palin family party going, family defense strategeries, and Whack-a-Homeowner.

Oh yeah this story is far from over.

And next week when the APD finally releases their police report, we get to start the whole thing all over again.

I swear if this keeps up I ma going to unbox my fake Christmas tree and start decorating, because clearly my favorite holiday has come early this year.

Florida grandfather who murdered seven family members, including six children, had previously killed his eight year old son.

Courtesy of AOL:

It has been revealed that the gunman behind a mass shooting Thursday in Florida previously killed his son in a hunting accident and reportedly suffered mental health problems. 

Grandfather Don Spirit, 51, reportedly gunned down his adult daughter and her six children inside his Bell home, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said in a Thursday evening press conference. Local media is reporting the other adult victim is 28-year-old Sarah Spirit, but he declined to confirm. 

The deceased children are reported by WESH to be: Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11, Kylie Kuhlmann, 9, Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8, Destiny Stewart, 5, Brandon Stewart, 4, and Alanna Stewart, 3 months. "There's still a lot of unanswered questions. 

There's going to be questions that we're never going to get answered," said Schultz. 

Donald Spirit was previously convicted in a felony drug case and also pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge after accidentally killing his eight-year-old son in a hunting accident, authorities said.

It also appears that the grandfather suffered from mental health problems.   

Donald Spirit revealed to the paper during the subsequent trial that he suffered from mental health problems and also had concerns his medication was insufficient. 

"The medication, I've tried it. It ain't working," Spirit told the Sentinel during a 2003 interview. "The one medicine I have is my family."

That kind of makes you wonder if that first shooting death was indeed an accident, or a practice run for things to come.

Well there is certainly no way to chalk this latest murder to an accidental shooting: 

First responders found a horrific scene when they arrived: Seven dead bodies strewn "all over the property," according to Schultz. 

"I haven't handled something like this at all, to say that this county, this community is not going to be devastated by this... There are certain things in life you can explain, and there are some things you can't," Schultz lamented, looking down as if trying to come to grips with the carnage.

Simply put this individual should NEVER have had access to a firearm, but because of this country's "gun culture"  he clearly did not have much difficulty obtaining one. Or as it turns out more than one.

And because of those lax gun laws there are now six innocent children who are no longer among the living.

Just a reminder of what it was that turned so many of us against Sarah Palin back in 2008.

Somebody sent me this clip the other day, and as I was watching it I remembered how incredibly angry I became, and how I decided right then that I would not only help to make sure that McCain and Palin lost the election, but that Palin would be driven from office back here in Alaska after returning in defeat, and that I would someday reveal to the world all of the secrets that she has been trying to hard to keep quiet.

Two down, one to go.

(P.S. Here is Josh Marshall of TPM's write up about this McCain rally.)

Why you want a physicist to speak at your funeral.

My choice to give my eulogy.
You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got. 

And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever. 

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives. 

And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen. 

-Aaron Freeman.

In my most humble opinion this is so very much more beautiful and filled with hope than the words uttered by priests and ministers at funerals.

They make promises that most of us know to be false, while the physicist can tell us the truth in the most inspiring way imaginable.