Friday, August 15, 2008


Due to power-cable mishaps, we've been refreshingly offline most of the week.

The computer has been healed, so posting is likely to resume. But no promises.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Today's PSA

These are your cats:

These are your cats on drugs:

Any questions?

Brought to you by the Partnership for a Nip-Free America.


Monday, August 11, 2008


This is simply unconscionable:

Fewer people are dying from AIDS, but new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men in many countries are rising at alarming rates.

Yet less than 1 percent of the $669 million reported in global prevention spending targets men who have sex with men, according to UNAIDS figures from 2006, the latest available data.

UNAIDS says these men receive the lowest coverage of HIV prevention services of any at-risk population. And experts say discrimination has driven gay and bisexual men in developing nations underground - turning them into one of the epidemic’s hardest groups to reach. From Mexico to India, a surprising number of men who have sex with men insist they are not gay, and in many countries, governments still refuse to admit homosexuality exists.

“It’s very difficult to provide services to men who have sex with men in countries that don’t acknowledge they exist or criminalize them if they do exist,” said Craig McClure, executive director of International AIDS Society, which organized the conference.


The China Century

The U.S. had the 20th. They've got the 21st:
China is set to overtake the US next year as the world’s largest producer of manufactured goods, four years earlier than expected, as a result of the rapidly weakening US economy.


The Rules

Just to be clear, here's what you can and cannot do:
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.

The newest version of the archdiocese's Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.

But it says priests may still shake children's hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.



The situation in Georgia is out of control. My father-in-law has done a lot of work there, and the stories he's getting from friends in the country are unpleasant, to put it mildly:

In yesterday's emergency session, the American U.N. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, accused Moscow of attempting to orchestrate a "regime change" in Tbilisi and said Russia's "campaign of terror" in Georgia could have a serious effect on its relations with America and the rest of the world.

Georgia, America, the United Nations, and France as the president of the European Union have called for a cease-fire and a return to the situation that existed before the latest hostilities in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region were launched on Friday.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gramsci Cleans Up

Typical Gramsci cleaning behavior - if he's gonna be clean, everyone else should be too.