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1 William of Orange  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 3:42:07pm

As 2012 is coming to a close, we're thinking back about the people we lost this year. And today another beg name left this earth. Today there's a debate going on about the morning after pill and the role it plays in Obamacare. This pill is a Dutch invention.

Today Professor Arie Haspels died. He was a gynocologist and also the house gynocologist of the Royal house of Orange. Haspels did the delivery of all of Queen Beatrix three sons. From 1969 to 1987 he was a professor at the Univerity of Utrecht and was a proponent of anti-conception. He developed the morning after pill and was also instrumental in the development of the abortion pill.

In his later years he suffered from Parkinson's desease. He died at the age of 87.

2 Charles Johnson  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 3:45:07pm

Anyone who's ever worked in LA as an actor or musician or writer knows this guy.

3 freetoken  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 3:45:54pm

I notice that The Hobbit remains top of the list for the third week. The reviewers trash it, but the studio knows how to make money.

4 freetoken  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 3:51:48pm

Related:

How Neuroscientists Observe Brains Watching Movies

It's a horribly written story in some regards (MAGNETS!) Nevertheless:

[...]

Three members of the group each watched about two hours’ worth of short takes from various Hollywood movies. These data were used to train a separate encoding model for each voxel. The first part of the model consisted of a bank of neural filters. These filters are based on the cumulative research that has been conducted over two decades into the way nerve cells in the visual cortex in people and monkeys respond to seeing visual stimuli with varying positions, size, motion and speed. The second part of the model coupled these neuronal filters to the blood vasculature, describing how the neuronal activity is reflected in much slower fMRI signals.


[...]

Gallant's lab's website:

[Link: gallantlab.org...]

5 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 3:53:28pm

re: #4 freetoken

Related:

How Neuroscientists Observe Brains Watching Movies

It's a horribly written story in some regards (MAGNETS!) Nevertheless:

Gallant's lab's website:

[Link: gallantlab.org...]

So Gallant Lab is the site of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 screening room?

6 BongCrodny  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 3:55:37pm

re: #3 freetoken

I notice that The Hobbit remains top of the list for the third week. The reviewers trash it, but the studio knows how to make money.

I see that Skyfall passed the worldwide $1 billion mark this weekend.

I imagine Daniel Craig is sitting in a pretty enviable position right now.

7 freetoken  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 3:56:46pm

Sort of also related, music may have deep evolutionary history:

Birdsong study pecks theory that music is uniquely human

A bird listening to birdsong may experience some of the same emotions as a human listening to music, suggests a new study on white-throated sparrows, published in Frontiers of Evolutionary Neuroscience.

Music tames the savage beast.

8 Mattand  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:04:19pm

Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume After GOP Caves On Social Security Cut

Just a reminder: if you voted Republican over the last 2 years, you helped create this goddamn mess by enabling these treasonous morons. Magical Balance Fairies need not apply.

9 freetoken  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:04:22pm

Just because:


We're Not Relatives of Brown Trout, According to New Book 'Testing the Spirits'

Christian author Sabin Geyman has discovered that elephants beget little elephants, trout beget little trout, porcupines beget little porcupines, and people beget little baby humans! While armies of pointy-nosed academics and journalists have bombastically claimed that people descend from Geoffrey Gibbon, Charles Chimp, and Sergio Salamander, Geyman was able to gain access to human homes around the country and even in foreign countries, and he saw no evidence of non-human great-grandparents.

As a former magazine editor and defense analyst, Geyman has applied methodical research and analysis to the American scene.

"Evolutionists have egg on their faces, but they're too proud to come down off their manmade towers and embrace being a descendant of Noah," says Geyman. "'Nebraska Man' was a pig's tooth; 'Java Man' was a gibbon bone; 'Piltdown Man' was chemically manipulated; and the 'Lucy' bones came from far and wide. In fact, we were made by the God of Israel, in the image of God, and we're the descendants of Adam and Eve."

Testing the Spirits: Exposing Dark Sayings & Embracing the Light of Jesus offers much evidence that directly refutes Darwinian macroevolution and strongly supports Biblical creationism.

"Obviously, the antichrist spirit is roaring and the anti-God crowd has swelled in the halls of power in the US," says Geyman. "Social Darwinism leads to Darwinian Socialism and that's a very bad thing. We would do well to stand with our Christian forefathers."

So there.

10 Charles Johnson  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:07:18pm

One of my favorite ambient records:

Great for coding.

11 BongCrodny  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:07:48pm

re: #9 freetoken

Just because:

We're Not Relatives of Brown Trout, According to New Book 'Testing the Spirits'

In fact, we were made by the God of Israel, in the image of God, and we're the descendants of Adam and Eve."

He's got a weird understanding of what "fact" means.

12 freetoken  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:08:12pm

re: #8 Mattand

Just a reminder: if you vote Republican over the last 2 years, you helped create this goddamn mess. Magical Balance Fairies need not apply.

On the contrary, it's "the antichrist spirit is roaring and the anti-God crowd has swelled in the halls of power in the US" that has caused all these problems.

13 Kragar  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:08:53pm

re: #9 freetoken

For people who hate the idea of social darwinism, the Evangelicals sure do love practicing it.

14 makeitstop  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:10:28pm

I love reading stories like this one.

Political commentator Sean Hannity was one of the big losers in the 2012 election

According to Nielsen numbers, Hannity lost around half of his audience in the weeks after the election...

15 freetoken  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:15:23pm

Meanwhile, on Twitter Brian Cox is pushing his latest series:

16 austin_blue  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:18:19pm

re: #3 freetoken

I notice that The Hobbit remains top of the list for the third week. The reviewers trash it, but the studio knows how to make money.

Odd isn't it? He takes a trilogy and makes three movies that get the gist of the books, but skips lots of plot.

He takes a thin story of a book and makes...three movies. It's a puzzlement. But yeah, there's money there.

17 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:18:46pm

Ugh, looks like another Jersey corruption scandal may be brewing.

Halfway Houses Prove Lucrative to Those at Top

The Kintock Group, the second-largest operator of halfway houses in New Jersey, is a nonprofit agency that is financed almost entirely by government contracts. But it is run like a well-heeled family business.

Kintock paid its founder, David D. Fawkner, roughly $7 million in salary and benefits over the past decade, according to federal disclosure records. Mr. Fawkner’s daughter, brother-in-law and son-in-law altogether received more than $2.5 million during that period, the records show.

The nonprofit agency hired the brother-in-law as a consultant even though he has no corrections experience and lives in California. And it employed the son-in-law to run a subsidiary unrelated to its mission: duplicating DVDs and other electronic media.

New Jersey has disbursed more than half a billion dollars to nonprofit groups over the past decade to run halfway houses, which handle thousands of state and county inmates annually. But regulators have often failed to scrutinize how that money has been spent, especially by the two nonprofit groups that run most of the facilities in the state, according to an examination by The New York Times. [...]

Gawd, this state is soooo embarrassing sometimes, like back in 2009 when they arrested & prep-walked a bunch of our elected officials & rabbis into the federal building in Newark. They actually used a bus to bring the bulk of them because there were so many. And that was like part two of an ongoing federal probe.

Then, just this past September the mayor of Trenton, our capitol, got arrested in an FBI sting along with his brother and a "supporter" who's a convicted sex offender. This has got to be one of the most corrupt states in the nation. GAH! O_o

18 jaunte  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:19:25pm

“I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”
[Link: www.buzzfeed.com...]

19 jaunte  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:20:33pm

Pat Robertson, American Talib.

20 EmmaAnne  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:26:54pm

re: #16 austin_blue

He takes a thin story of a book and makes...three movies. It's a puzzlement. But yeah, there's money there.

I found the first one slow and dull. I am surprised it is doing so well, and I will be even more surprised if the second does well.

21 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:27:24pm

OT, but is there some flakiness in the DNS land tonight? I can't get NPR.org, Sports Illustrated, nytimes.com or Wiki to come up but, obviously, I can hit here well enough.

Wife is having trouble from her Windows laptop too, so I'm trying to see if it's my router or further out the food chain.

22 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:29:00pm

re: #19 jaunte

Pat Robertson, American Talib.

I think when these guys look at places like Saudi Arabia & Afghanistan they do so with a little bit of envy in their eyes, "Too bad we're not free to carry out Biblical punishments. If we were in charge of things we'd get America straightened up in no time, especially those uppity women."

23 jaunte  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:29:39pm

re: #21 William Barnett-Lewis

Everything works from this end (central Houston).

24 jaunte  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:30:45pm
25 HoosierHoops  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:31:54pm

re: #21 William Barnett-Lewis

OT, but is there some flakiness in the DNS land tonight? I can't get NPR.org, Sports Illustrated, nytimes.com or Wiki to come up but, obviously, I can hit here well enough.

Wife is having trouble from her Windows laptop too, so I'm trying to see if it's my router or further out the food chain.

Open a DOS window and enter 'tracert NPR.org '
You'll see exactly where the connection stops.

26 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:33:19pm

re: #21 William Barnett-Lewis

All's well in NJ too. Have you tried running tracert to see where things are dropping off? You can also try the Alertra spot check (upper right side). That should tell you if it's just you.

27 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:33:38pm

re: #25 A Man for all Seasons

Open a DOS window and enter 'tracert NPR.org '
You'll see exactly where the connection stops.

Coke jinx!!

28 Targetpractice  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:35:06pm

re: #24 jaunte

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At least until next month, when the Republicans start playing around with the debt limit again.

29 freetoken  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:35:24pm

re: #24 jaunte

In the big picture taxes have to be raised. The only question is how long the far right campaigners can control their just barely important slice of Congress on this issue. Many of the institutional Republicans are well skilled in knowing how to walk differently than "the talk", but the 2010 tea partying crowd of true believers are still hanging on to their revolution.

30 aagcobb  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:38:19pm

re: #20 EmmaAnne

I found the first one slow and dull. I am surprised it is doing so well, and I will be even more surprised if the second does well.

I'm pretty sure the second movie will do extremely well; the Tolkien novels are enormously popular and so far Peter Jackson has made the audience very happy. On Rotten Tomatoes 81% of the audience liked it.

31 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:42:01pm

re: #25 A Man for all Seasons

Open a DOS window and enter 'tracert NPR.org '
You'll see exactly where the connection stops.

Freaking Xubuntu doesn't include traceroute? And apt-get isn't getting to the repository either...

Ping does exist. 26 packets to npr.org, 100% loss. Loverly. I'm thinking a router reboot first then see if it clears up there.

Hopefully back in a bit.

32 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:48:17pm

And that's all for the end of the show, as the Minnesota Vikings take down the Green Bay Packers 37-34, riding Adrian Peterson to a critical win that puts the Vikings in the playoffs, drops the Packers from the #2 seed to #3, and leaves the Bears out of luck and out of the playoffs.

RATS!!

33 austin_blue  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:49:39pm

re: #21 William Barnett-Lewis

OT, but is there some flakiness in the DNS land tonight? I can't get NPR.org, Sports Illustrated, nytimes.com or Wiki to come up but, obviously, I can hit here well enough.

Wife is having trouble from her Windows laptop too, so I'm trying to see if it's my router or further out the food chain.

5 X 5 in Austin. I use a Mac OS. Is it platform specific?

35 Targetpractice  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:52:57pm

BWAHAHAHAHA!!

In a tremendous irony, Republican requests for lower tax rates, a high estate tax threshold, and a permanent AMT fix; combined with Democratic requests to delay the sequester, include a “doc fix” for Medicare physicians, and extend emergency unemployment benefits; have left the parties negotiating toward a plan that would result in no net deficit reduction over 10 years, according to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin.

36 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:55:36pm

re: #34 Charles Johnson

Impending right wing freakout:

Unreal... Obama Blames Benghazi 9-11 Terror Attack on "Just Some Sloppiness" | the Gateway Pundit

My final verdict on Benghazi: I think Obama was likely capable of sending help, but was wise not to. To have sent American military assets in would have been fairly high risk and would have created an international incident. To borrow from Henry Stimson, this was sadly a time when men had to die.

37 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:58:31pm

Hmm. No joy. Rebooted still getting the same results. Still can't get to the repository to install traceroute...

OS is using 8.8.8.8 (google run) for dns, router is pointing at 207.230.192.251. Ping shows the google dns fine, the routers idea of a dns not so much.

Hmm...

38 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:59:32pm

re: #32 Dark_Falcon

And that's all for the end of the show, as the Minnesota Vikings take down the Green Bay Packers 37-34, riding Adrian Peterson to a critical win that puts the Vikings in the playoffs, drops the Packers from the #2 seed to #3, and leaves the Bears out of luck and out of the playoffs.

RATS!!

That's one thing I've been trying to find out about all night. Did Peterson at least get his record?

39 bratwurst  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 4:59:44pm

re: #32 Dark_Falcon

And that's all for the end of the show, as the Minnesota Vikings take down the Green Bay Packers 37-34, riding Adrian Peterson to a critical win that puts the Vikings in the playoffs, drops the Packers from the #2 seed to #3, and leaves the Bears out of luck and out of the playoffs.

RATS!!

40 bratwurst  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:02:41pm

I am sure all of the people who laughed about her health problem over at Fox News will be will be sending get well cards...

41 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:04:27pm

re: #40 bratwurst

I am sure all of the people who laughed about her health problem over at Fox News will be will be sending get well cards...

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Awful! Praying she will get well soon.

42 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:04:29pm

re: #40 bratwurst

That is awful. I hope she gets better soon.

43 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:04:35pm

Interesting, traceroute functionality in the bowls of the cheap router.

Trying npr.org I get this: 
--- Trace Route Test Results ---
1 174-124-32-1.dyn.centurytel.net (174.124.32.1) 26.793 ms 26.800 ms 31.444 ms
2 206.51.89.176 (206.51.89.176) 28.371 ms 26.723 ms 26.692 ms
3 173-248-66-109.centurylink.net (173.248.66.109) 29.184 ms 29.400 ms 58.399 ms
4 bb-lcrswixc-jx9-02-ae0.core.centurytel.net (206.51.69.74) 31.967 ms 67.634 ms 33.012 ms
5 bb-chcgilwu-jx9-01-xe-1-1-0.core.centurytel.net (206.51.69.50) 39.119 ms 39.749 ms 38.698 ms
6 * * *
7 cer-edge-17.inet.qwest.net (65.113.255.241) 306.440 ms * *
8 * * chp-brdr-03.inet.qwest.net (67.14.8.194) 260.514 ms
9 208.174.226.229 (208.174.226.229) 39.475 ms 41.125 ms 38.344 ms
10 cr1-tengig-0-5-3-0.chd.savvis.net (206.28.96.29) 256.922 ms * *
11 * * *
12 hr1-tengig-2-0-0.sterling2dc3.savvis.net (204.70.197.70) 68.381 ms 67.111 ms 66.161 ms
13 205.138.157.62 (205.138.157.62) 67.419 ms 65.452 ms 66.300 ms
14 * * *
15 * * *
16 * *

44 jamesfirecat  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:05:06pm

re: #36 Dark_Falcon

My final verdict on Benghazi: I think Obama was likely capable of sending help, but was wise not to. To have sent American military assets in would have been fairly high risk and would have created an international incident. To borrow from Henry Stimson, this was sadly a time when men had to die.

What has driven you to this particular conclusion?

45 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:05:36pm

re: #38 William Barnett-Lewis

That's one thing I've been trying to find out about all night. Did Peterson at least get his record?

No, he was 9 yards short. Ponder used Peterson for several short yardage passes, including a TD, but those don't count towards a rushing total. It was an effective strategy, though, and the win was the critical thing.

Unfortunately, that win means the Vikings get to go to Green Bay and play the Packers next week at Lambeau Field. So Green Bay will still likely have the last laugh.

46 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:06:29pm

re: #40 bratwurst

I am sure all of the people who laughed about her health problem over at Fox News will be will be sending get well cards...

Oh, that's not good. Time for some postive waves man...

47 HoosierHoops  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:06:36pm

re: #37 William Barnett-Lewis

Hmm. No joy. Rebooted still getting the same results. Still can't get to the repository to install traceroute...

OS is using 8.8.8.8 (google run) for dns, router is pointing at 207.230.192.251. Ping shows the google dns fine, the routers idea of a dns not so much.

Hmm...

All your data center connection are running slow.
When I get to mir-edge-09inet.quest things flatten out and the next stop 209.180.14.206 you die...Let me find out exactly the site of the accident.

48 Targetpractice  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:07:55pm

re: #40 bratwurst

I am sure all of the people who laughed about her health problem over at Fox News will be will be sending get well cards...

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Don't know which responses I find more sickening over at FR: the Freepers who are sure this is her trying to weasel out of testifying on Benghazi or the Freepers who think that Obama's having her knocked off to keep from testifying.

49 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:08:39pm

re: #44 jamesfirecat

What has driven you to this particular conclusion?

The enemy was in close to our personnel and their capabilities were unknown. Had we sent support by air, it would have been vulnerable to their RPG-7s as well as any SAMs they had. Moreover, it would have been very badly received within Libya had we sent support, and that might have handed Al Qaeda the win even if their forces were destroyed.

50 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:09:35pm

re: #41 Vicious Babushka

Awful! Praying she will get well soon.

re: #42 PhillyPretzel

That is awful. I hope she gets better soon.

Ditto.

51 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:11:18pm

re: #40 bratwurst

I am sure all of the people who laughed about her health problem over at Fox News will be will be sending get well cards...

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That would require the ability to feel shame, something they seem unequipped for.

52 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:11:25pm

re: #45 Dark_Falcon

no, he was 9 yards short. Ponder used Peterson for several short yardage passes, including a TD, but those don't count towards a rushing total. It was an effective strategy, though, and the win was the critical thing.

Unfortunately, that win means the Vikings get to go to Green Bay and play the Packers next week at Lambeau Field. So Green Bay will still likely have the last laugh.

Too bad for Peterson, that would have been good, I think. As for the Packers, this is probably a better turn out - they do very poorly with bye weeks in the playoffs.

53 jaunte  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:12:45pm

re: #40 bratwurst

I am sure all of the people who laughed about her health problem over at Fox News will be will be sending get well cards...

Their audience got the message.
Image: Screen_Shot_2012-12-30_at_7.11.28_PM.png

54 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:14:38pm

re: #52 William Barnett-Lewis

Too bad for Peterson, that would have been good, I think. As for the Packers, this is probably a better turn out - they do very poorly with bye weeks in the playoffs.

True, but I don't have to like it. But ultimately the Bears did as well as they deserved to do: a winning season but no playoffs.

But the NHL lockout now has a chance to end and the NBA is in high gear, so perhaps Blackhawks or the Bulls can make the playoffs and do Chicago proud.

55 Bubblehead II  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:15:38pm

Evening Lizards.

Breaking News about Hillary.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a hospital in New York with blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained several weeks ago.

56 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:15:51pm

re: #53 jaunte

Their audience got the message.
Image: Screen_Shot_2012-12-30_at_7.11.28_PM.png

Those making fun of Hillary Clinton's concussion should be tackled by NFL linebackers to teach them just how nasty concussions are.

57 Targetpractice  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:16:47pm

re: #55 Bubblehead II

Evening Lizards.

Breaking News about Hillary.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to a hospital in New York with blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained several weeks ago.

Was reading elsewhere that she's been reported as suffering several mini-strokes. No clue how factual that is.

58 Bubblehead II  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:16:48pm

re: #56 Dark_Falcon

What an ass.

59 The Ghost of a Flea  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:19:18pm

re: #56 Dark_Falcon

Those making fun of Hillary Clinton's concussion should be tackled by NFL linebackers to teach them just how nasty concussions are.

Functioning brain meat is for liberal elitists. Real men have bootstraps to deal with cerebral trauma. Walk it off.

60 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:20:47pm

re: #57 Targetpractice

Was reading elsewhere that she's been reported as suffering several mini-strokes. No clue how factual that is.

Ugh, I hope they were mistaken. She's not a young woman. It's worrisome.

61 PhillyPretzel  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:21:44pm

This is what I just found on Yahoo: [Link: news.yahoo.com...]

62 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:22:14pm

re: #59 The Ghost of a Flea

They don't allow bootstraps on NFL shoes.

BBIAB

63 sagehen  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:22:32pm

re: #8 Mattand

Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume After GOP Caves On Social Security Cut

Just a reminder: if you voted Republican over the last 2 years, you helped create this goddamn mess by enabling these treasonous morons. Magical Balance Fairies need not apply.

but the BAAAAAA--BIESSSS!!!

64 jaunte  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:24:22pm

re: #56 Dark_Falcon

Rhondal Burns' twitter timeline is like a parody of Fox News-guided opinion.

65 engineer cat  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:28:11pm

i really must wish hillary well we need her

66 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:30:19pm

Hey Hoops, I ran that router based traceroute again and got the following:

 
--- Trace Route Test Results ---
1 174-124-32-1.dyn.centurytel.net (174.124.32.1) 29.765 ms 27.487 ms 25.969 ms
2 206.51.89.176 (206.51.89.176) 27.666 ms 26.635 ms 27.934 ms
3 173-248-66-109.centurylink.net (173.248.66.109) 29.674 ms 29.623 ms 29.564 ms
4 bb-lcrswixc-jx9-02-ae0.core.centurytel.net (206.51.69.74) 32.651 ms 32.119 ms 31.203 ms
5 bb-chcgilwu-jx9-01-xe-1-1-0.core.centurytel.net (206.51.69.50) 38.299 ms 38.343 ms 38.569 ms
6 * * *
7 * * *
8 * * *
9 208.174.226.229 (208.174.226.229) 44.123 ms 42.587 ms 41.756 ms
10 * * *
11 * * *
12 hr1-tengig-2-0-0.sterling2dc3.savvis.net (204.70.197.70) 66.253 ms 66.554 ms 66.877 ms
13 205.138.157.62 (205.138.157.62) 66.145 ms 66.141 ms 66.586 ms
14 * * *
15 * * *
16 * * *
17 * * *
18 * * *
19 * * *
20 * * *
21 * * *
22 * * *
23 * 216.35.221.76 (216.35.221.76) 399.050 ms *

67 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:31:02pm

Evening Lizardim from the heart of derp country. Not that I don't love my folks, but I just hate how they can be so wrongheaded and I feel powerless to persuade them. It plain sucks. How go things among the Lizardfolk?

68 sagehen  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:31:15pm

re: #24 jaunte

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I actually thought chained CPI was the least offensive of the possible benefit slowdowns...

raising the retirement age sounds reasonable to people who work desk jobs, but it's a horrible thing to do to roofers and coal miners. First because their life expectancy hasn't risen the way office workers' has, but more because 65-year-olds should not be balancing on rooftops or crawling through tunnels.

69 BongCrodny  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:32:56pm

re: #64 jaunte

Rhondal Burns' twitter timeline is like a parody of Fox News-guided opinion.

Obama is the greatest threat to America since it's Independents was won in 1776.

4 mistakes in one 14-word tweet.

1. It's its, not it's. (Got it?)
2. It's independence, not Independents.
3. In this case, independence is not capitalized.
4. America did not "win" anything in 1776.

I wonder how Rhondal Burns rates idiotic tweets on his "greatest threats" scale?

70 Vicious Babushka  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:33:34pm

re: #64 jaunte

Rhondal Burns' twitter timeline is like a parody of Fox News-guided opinion.

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Meh, only 47 followers, not even worth adding to the Derp List.

71 jaunte  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:33:43pm

Not just milk, but everything in which milk and butter are used:

Thanks to Congress's Incompetence, Milk Prices Are About to Double

Federal law puts a giant safety net under the dairy industry by promising that if the price of milk collapses, the government will swoop in and push it back up by buying mass quantities of dairy products. The goal is to make sure that the farmers are paid somewhere close to what it should cost them to produce the milk, a figure that's determined by a complex formula. Usually, dairies can earn plenty selling their product on the open market, and the government doesn't need to intervene. But the 1949 law getting ready to kick back in bases its formula for the cost of milk production on how the industry worked in the early 20th century, when it was far, far, far less efficient than today. As a result, it will automatically force the government to start paying a giant premium for milk products, which will then cause prices to jump for everyone else as well.

To give you a sense of how farcical this situation is, it's not even clear that the government has enough storage space to stow away all the dry milk, cheese blocks, and butter tubs it will have to purchase for absolutely no reason.

Plus tax.

72 Kid A  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:34:46pm

I'm sure the Freepers and other RWNJ sickos are having a field day with Hillary's condition. Let's see...

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!!! BENGHAZI!!!

SEE WHAT YOUR SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGE DID TO YOUR HEALTH???!!!

Or something to that effect. Sigh...

73 HoosierHoops  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:37:15pm

re: #66 William Barnett-Lewis

Hey Hoops, I ran that router based traceroute again and got the following:

 
--- Trace Route Test Results ---
1 174-124-32-1.dyn.centurytel.net (174.124.32.1) 29.765 ms 27.487 ms 25.969 ms
2 206.51.89.176 (206.51.89.176) 27.666 ms 26.635 ms 27.934 ms
3 173-248-66-109.centurylink.net (173.248.66.109) 29.674 ms 29.623 ms 29.564 ms
4 bb-lcrswixc-jx9-02-ae0.core.centurytel.net (206.51.69.74) 32.651 ms 32.119 ms 31.203 ms
5 bb-chcgilwu-jx9-01-xe-1-1-0.core.centurytel.net (206.51.69.50) 38.299 ms 38.343 ms 38.569 ms
6 * * *
7 * * *
8 * * *
9 208.174.226.229 (208.174.226.229) 44.123 ms 42.587 ms 41.756 ms
10 * * *
11 * * *
12 hr1-tengig-2-0-0.sterling2dc3.savvis.net (204.70.197.70) 66.253 ms 66.554 ms 66.877 ms
13 205.138.157.62 (205.138.157.62) 66.145 ms 66.141 ms 66.586 ms
14 * * *
15 * * *
16 * * *
17 * * *
18 * * *
19 * * *
20 * * *
21 * * *
22 * * *
23 * 216.35.221.76 (216.35.221.76) 399.050 ms *

Wow..Lots of shit going down on the network, The good news is you can get out..Call in a ticket with your provider. Good luck.. Did you look at the times between jumps.. Dude that is like a snow storm out there..mmmm I don't think It's your router but I've seen crazier crap.

74 Killgore Trout  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:39:20pm

Hot Air readers going for the conspiracy angle too. Sad.

75 engineer cat  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:40:00pm

o.t. pgmr's qvestion:

Can anybody tell me a less really ugly kludgy way of doing this in Java besides just detecting the MultiByte characters and mapping them to ASCII "by hand"?

* ß => ß
* ö => Ö
* ä => Ä
* ü => Ü

fixedStr = fixedStr.replace("ö", "Ö");

76 TedStriker  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:41:04pm

re: #72 Kid A

I'm sure the Freepers and other RWNJ sickos are having a field day with Hillary's condition. Let's see...

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!!! BENGHAZI!!!

SEE WHAT YOUR SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGE DID TO YOUR HEALTH???!!!

Or something to that effect. Sigh...

Twisted fucks think like that.

Of course, they don't see themselves as twisted fucks, just rock-ribbed conservative Real 'Murricans.

*headdesk*

77 bratwurst  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:41:36pm

re: #72 Kid A

I'm sure the Freepers and other RWNJ sickos are having a field day with Hillary's condition. Let's see...

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!!! BENGHAZI!!!

SEE WHAT YOUR SUPPORT OF GAY MARRIAGE DID TO YOUR HEALTH???!!!

Or something to that effect. Sigh...

Here is a compilation of Fox News personalities mocking Clinton just over a week ago:

[Link: mediamatters.org...]

78 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:42:15pm

re: #75 engineer cat

o.t. pgmr's qvestion:

Can anybody tell me a less really ugly kludgy way of doing this in Java besides just detecting the MultiByte characters and mapping them to ASCII "by hand"?

* ß => ß
* ö => Ö
* ä => Ä
* ü => Ü

fixedStr = fixedStr.replace("ö", "Ö");

I'm not as fluent in Java as I am other languages, but are there any library functions to parse strings in Unicode format? I assume at that point that you could turn around and do some sort of forced conversion to ASCII on output.

79 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:46:11pm

re: #73 A Man for all Seasons

Wow..Lots of shit going down on the network, The good news is you can get out..Call in a ticket with your provider. Good luck.. Did you look at the times between jumps.. Dude that is like a snow storm out there..mmmm I don't think It's your router but I've seen crazier crap.

I actually agree on the router. It passes all the onboard diags just fine. There's something upstream that is FUBAR.

As for opening a ticket, knowing those dorks (Don't use CenturyTel anyone!) it wouldn't do any good. I'll see how it's running in the morning and take it from there. Right now I can get to Google (my email) and the three other places that really matter (LGF and sites for my hobbies) so it's not as bad as it could be.

Thanks for the info Hoops. When you move up here, avoid them for your provider. Come our contract end in July, I'm going somewhere else.

80 Shiplord Kirel  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:48:04pm

(Moved to next string)

81 HoosierHoops  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:53:29pm

re: #79 William Barnett-Lewis

I actually agree on the router. It passes all the onboard diags just fine. There's something upstream that is FUBAR.

As for opening a ticket, knowing those dorks (Don't use CenturyTel anyone!) it wouldn't do any good. I'll see how it's running in the morning and take it from there. Right now I can get to Google (my email) and the three other places that really matter (LGF and sites for my hobbies) so it's not as bad as it could be.

Thanks for the info Hoops. When you move up here, avoid them for your provider. Come our contract end in July, I'm going somewhere else.

I hear ya bro! The best I have found around Lake Tomahawk is DSL.
But I'll find somebody good. Crossed fingers..You should come up for some Fishing this summer. I got a boat, a lake and some property.

82 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:58:05pm

re: #81 A Man for all Seasons

I hear ya bro! The best I have found around Lake Tomahawk is DSL.
But I'll find somebody good. Crossed fingers..You should come up for some Fishing this summer. I got a boat, a lake and some property.

I'd rather chase some squirrels next fall but I bet my son & wife would love to get together a mess of bluegill ;) for us all to go nom nom nom on.

83 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 5:59:28pm

re: #82 William Barnett-Lewis

I'd rather chase some squirrels next fall but I bet my son & wife would love to get together a mess of bluegill ;) for us all to go nom nom nom on.

Mom and Pop Fish have talked about taking their deep fryer up to their rental lakeside cabin on this year's summer trip and frying up some bluegill. Failing that, they may freeze their catch to fry when they return home to fish country.

84 HoosierHoops  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 6:04:30pm

re: #83 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

Mom and Pop Fish have talked about taking their deep fryer up to their rental lakeside cabin on this year's summer trip and frying up some bluegill. Failing that, they may freeze their catch to fry when they return home to fish country.

Lake Tomahawk have lots of different fish. I love Walleye also there are those huge fricking tiger muskies. I'm pretty excited.. I have woods that goes from my backyard to the lake

85 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 6:07:18pm

re: #84 A Man for all Seasons

Lake Tomahawk have lots of different fish. I love Walleye also there are those huge fricking tiger muskies. I'm pretty excited.. I have woods that goes from my backyard to the lake

I'll admit, I'm still a journeyman in the sport of fishing. I caught my first bass only a few years ago. Down here in fish country, the main target is river catfish, so when my dad had the opportunity to come up and go after Minnesota lake fish like bass and northern pike, he was thrilled.

86 engineer cat  Sun, Dec 30, 2012 6:19:43pm

re: #78 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

I'm not as fluent in Java as I am other languages, but are there any library functions to parse strings in Unicode format? I assume at that point that you could turn around and do some sort of forced conversion to ASCII on output.

you would think, but the examples that come up when i google 'java unicode to ascii' don't do what i want, so i coded my own 'by hand' method


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