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Spammers are a pain in the…blog.

Ok, everyone hates spammers.  But if you run a blog.  Even one that only two people read (ok, ok, only me), you hate them even MORE.  I spend a lot of time simply deleting users with names like “eksxsoslselehj”.  It’s annoying, time-consuming, and makes me want to chew my computer keyboard.  So, if any spammers are actually READING this…you are ON NOTICE.  I’m testing various spam registration plugins.  I will find something that stops you!  Just saying…

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So the NSA knows exactly where I am right now, and you too if you’re on Verizon.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/06/nsa-collecting-phone-records-for-millions-verizon-customers-report-says/

Ok, so according to this article, the NSA has obtained a warrantless wiretap on all Verizon customers, with no known time limit.  In other words, that call that I got from my wife this morning, the NSA now knows when she called, how long the call lasted; and even more frightening, due to the metadata all carriers append to their call records, WHERE both me and my wife were at the time.  I don’t know about you, but that scares the bajeebies out of me!

Think about it for a moment.  If you’re on Verizon, the NSA knows where you are, every time you make a phone call.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve done anything wrong, they’re watching you anyway.  Law enforcement agencies nowadays like to say “if you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.”  That’s bullcrap!  My family hasn’t done anything wrong, but I STILL don’t want someone coming into my house to watch me take a shower!  At what point does it stop helping us catch bad guys, and start becoming creepy?  I’d say…about frickin’ now!

Look, I know law enforcement has a hard job.  They look for ways to make it easier to catch bad guys.  But look, it’s not SUPPOSED to be easy.  It’s SUPPOSED to be difficult.  Because anything easier means it’s easier to put away someone you just don’t like, or don’t agree with.  Sure, YOU wouldn’t do that, but how about the guy down the line?  Can you say for certain he won’t?  Politicians notoriously take the short-term path.  Do you actually trust a politician not to throw you in jail because you did something he didn’t like, like maybe let a dog chew up his gardenia?  How many people can truly say they trust the federal government?  And yet, we let them do something like this?

Sometimes I wonder about us.

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Sy-Why?

Ok, I thought that title up, and then went looking for it, to be sure someone else hadn’t thought of it.

…naturally they did.  http://normaluncertainty.blogspot.com/2009/03/sy-why.html.  Oh well, guess what, it’s STILL a good title!  Claire pretty much makes every point I have about the switch from “SciFi”, to “SyFy”.  Still, it bears repeating.  Here, let me do it right…

YOU ARE THE SCI-FI CHANNEL!  SYFY MAKES NO DANG SENSE!  AND YOUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR SHOULD BE SHOT WITH BB’S UNTIL HE/SHE FIGURES OUT WHAT THE WORDS “GOOD PROGRAMMING” MEANS!

I mean, geez, let’s look at what’s been on in the past couple of months.  Mostly hack-and-slash horror flicks.  I mean, I like a good horror movie as much as the next guy, but “Saw” isn’t even Science Fiction, just Fiction!  At least get the genre right!  I guess they want to get away from all that SciFi crap.  It’s cramping their style.  They want to grow as artists, I suppose.  Maybe do poetry at the local coffee house.  Get a cappuccino and do some beatnik, bohemian crap.

Get this through your thick heads…SciFi MADE you the powerhouse you are today!  You don’t go alienating your core demographic and turn your back on what has made you strong in the business, just because you want to play “The Sound of Music” on Friday nights!  You start a spin-off company for that!

There have been some dim spots of goodness.  SG-U is a surprisingly good show, and the movie Wolvesbayne didn’t suck.  But most of those original shows and movies aren’t even “B” movies.  Maybe “D” movies…if you’re lucky.  I’m not sure SyFy execs would recognize a good script if it rolled itself up and played “The Stars and Stripes Forever” on a banjo.  The few glimmers of near-brilliance are immediately replaced with mediocre, or downright horrible programs.

And why am I seeing so many of these horror movies on there, anyway?  What happened to the “Science” in Sci-Fi?  “Saw” was just one of many.  Now, I know they’re doing this “31 days of Halloween” (a blatant ripoff of Fox Family’s old 13 days of Halloween–ABC should sue), but I’ve been seeing nearly nothing but horror on there for several months.  Seems “SyFy” execs think that “SyFy” means “horror blood/guts fest”.  Nearly 50 years of classic SciFi to air, and they give us “Children of the Corn 23:  They’re Back Again and Again”.  Do they give us “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, or campy  cult classics like “Battle Beyond the Stars”?  No, they give us drivel such as “Basilisk”, and “DinoCroc”.   Ugh.  Do I even see “Lord of the Rings”?  Nope, not here.  Gotta watch that on TNT.  You get to see “Manticore”.

“Why do you keep watching?”, you may ask.  Well, it’s kinda like watching an auto accident.  It’s horrible, but you can’t quite look away.  It’s fascinating in some sick fashion.

So I guess I’ll keep watching the death of a good channel.  Unable to look away.

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The global warming consensus cools

The global warming consensus cools.

Bahahahahahahahahaaa!!!

Whooo, that felt good.  You know, everyone’s been so busy with global scre…I mean, Global Warming, that they haven’t taken the time to actually LOOK outside at the temperatures.  It doesn’t help that there’s conflicting reports from biased sources citing that the arctic ice is low, it’s high, it’s about the same.  Not to mention that it’s the hottest/coolest year on record.

I just think it’s complete hubris to think we do enough to actually affect weather.  No one has given me undeniable facts to support that man is causing a global meltdown.  And in fact, how can we know, when we only started gathering weather data about a hundred years ago?

In school, they told me that most climate changes occur over hundreds, or even thousands of years.  Were they wrong?  Who knows, we haven’t been keeping records long enough to tell!

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Confirmed number of flu cases jumps to 331 – CNN.com

Confirmed number of flu cases jumps to 331 – CNN.com.

Oh my God.  What the hell are these news people on, anyway?  This article reads like we’re all about to catch the new Black Plague.  Everywhere I look, people are almost panicked about this swine flu.  If you read that article, you’ll find out that the 331 cases aren’t in Arkansas.  That’s not the number even in the U.S.  That’s WORLD-FRICKIN-WIDE!  That’s right, folks.  Out of 6.77 BILLION people worldwide, 331 of them have confirmed cases of swine flu.  That’s about 0.000005% of the world’s population.

So, tell me this.  WHY is everyone freakin’ out?  The Black Plague killed MILLIONS.  This looks to kill less than the yearly flu that we deal with every single year!

Auto accidents alone kill about 40,000 people every year in just the U.S.  Stop the panic!  Be smart, take care of yourself, wash your hands, and get on with your lives!

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