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January 12, 2009

Buddy Holly Oh Boy - 1958

YouTube - Buddy Holly [Oh Boy 1958]

Hilarious fatal head-on collision

YouTube - News Reporter Laughing at Death

Pirate corpse washes ashore with $.135 million

Upside: You finally made your big score. No one can call you a pissant small-time Somali asshole ever again. Downside: Dead as shit. Somali pirate's body washes ashore with $153,000 - Yahoo! News
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed onshore with $153,000 in cash, a resident said Sunday, as the spokesman for another group of pirates promised to soon free a Ukrainian arms ship. Five pirates drowned Friday when their small boat capsized after they received a reported $3 million ransom for releasing a Saudi oil tanker. Local resident Omar Abdi Hassan said one of the bodies had been found on a beach near the coastal town of Haradhere and relatives were searching for the other four. "One of them was discovered and they are still looking for the other ones. He had $153,000 in a plastic bag in his pocket," he said Sunday.

China shoves Internet addicts' heads into cat carriers

internet_addict_china_090109_mn.jpg Pictured: "In this file photo, nanometer wave machines treat young people with online addictions, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China." ABC News: Boot Camp! China's Answer to Web Addiction
A 6 a.m. wake-up call. Afternoon drills in military bearing and formations. And a grueling regime of push-ups and leg lifts before the 9:30 p.m. lights-out. Welcome to rehab for Internet addicts – People's Liberation Army (PLA) style. Here, on a military base outside Beijing, a progressive Chinese psychologist, Tao Ran, has established a treatment center for a distinctly 21st-century malady. The center is an experiment in treating "non-material" addictions – others include work-, shop- and sex-aholism – that are booming along with China's rapid modernization, says Dr. Tao.

Bad Economy May Fuel Hate Groups

Bad Economy May Fuel Hate Groups, Experts Warn - washingtonpost.com
Veteran investigators say they have advocated for increased attention to the problem since late September, when the nation's economic troubles widened, giving white supremacists a potent new source of discontent to exploit among potential recruits. The number of U.S. hate groups has increased by 48 percent, to 888, since 2000, according to experts at the Southern Poverty Law Center, an independent organization that monitors racist movements.

FreakAngels | Episode 0041

FreakAngels | Episode 0041 FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield. fa0041.JPG

Where it's at for Alan

So, it's North American International Auto Show time and I'm working 10 hours of overtime a week, which cuts into the posting time. Apologies. I will keep up my end of the stuff you've come to expect, but until Jan. 26, I won't be posting tons. Please do continue visiting, for what we may not have in volume we endeavor to make up for in quality. Thanks.

January 09, 2009

Pixies: Alec Eiffel and high res bookmarklet

This YouTube video was coveted to high resolution quickly and painlessly using TechRecipes' bookmarklet. Just drag the bookmarklet into your toolbar, find the YouTube video, click the bookmarket and viola! Enhanced picture and sound. I was signing this little ditty all night for some reason.... YouTube - Pixies - Alec Eiffel

Poor Mojo's Almanac(k)
Issue #416 -- Thurs., Jan. 8, 2009

This post will remain here for one day. Scroll down for new news. Break a leg. No, really, 25 bucks or we'll break a leg. Giant Squid: Ask the Giant Squid: On Our Communications, Trans-Dimensional by the Giant Squid
Dear Giant Squid: I'm doing a research project on you and I was wondering what you call the baby giant squid. I also wanted to know how you communicate. Hurry! My report's due soon! Valued Reader, I was upon the verge of setting word onto screen when my lab assistant Rob, as often he does, did lean against the glass of my tank and interject an unrequested snippet of wisdom. "That shit is cold; the distinguished lil Yuri ain't no baby. He's just tiny and shit. Not his fault."
Fiction: Plan B by Doug Mathewson
Since Dad was in the Air Force our family often moved when we were growing up. Even after they divorced Mom kept moving us. It just became a pattern I guess, and seemed natural. Finally after we ran out of child support and alimony Mom needed "Plan B". Santa Fe seemed like a good choice for the three of us. I already painted a mental picture of myself in Art School, my sister planned to rope and brand a cowboy boyfriend for her very own, and poor Mom just wanted a life.
Poetry: Alive and Breathing in Thessaloniki by Thomas Zimmerman
Unseen dogs barking, faint smell of diesel, bus keen and whoosh, but lovely white haze over the gulf, the Aegean frosty blue despite the morning warmth. Pigeons in Aristotle Square, unintelligible letter combos everywhere:
Rant: Make Talk by Fritz Swanson
We went to the Apple store this weekend to get my iPod Touch fixed. I never listen to music because I just read the Internet on it, but then I tried to listen to some music and the headphone jack was bunk. It was crazy and static-y, and people on the Internets said that there was an issue with the Touch jacks. So, we went in on a Saturday, and it was the second time ever that my son, Oscar, has been in a mall, and it was totally wigging him out. We went in the store and he took me directly to the Apple TV, because we had looked at it once the last time we were in the mall, his first time in the mall, and he remembers EVERYTHING.

January 08, 2009

AP Gaza reporter finds hometown in rubble

AP Gaza reporter finds hometown in rubble - Yahoo! News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – I live alone in my office. My wife and two young children moved in with her father after our apartment was shattered. The neighborhood mosque, where I have prayed since I was a child, had its roof blown off. All the government buildings on my beat have been obliterated. After days of Israeli shelling, the city and life I have known no longer exist.

The Dying Time

** Jack ** and I love the depression, lol. Bear rally over, the great dying begins in corporate America - MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Everybody should have known the holidays would only delay it. The freight train of job cuts, plunging earnings and massive spending cutbacks set to hit the economy was, thankfully, pushed back a few weeks while stunned investors and workers across the globe caught their breath after the worst fourth quarter in decades. But now the great dying has begun, and I'm not talking about German billionaires throwing themselves in front of trains or French aristocrats slitting their wrists, as alarming as these incidents have been. No, earnings season, the time for companies to 'fess up just how bad it's been for them in the last three months, is here. Alcoa Inc. kicked it off late Tuesday, announcing 13,500 job cuts. Intel Corp. came in early Wednesday with a statement that fourth-quarter sales plunged 23%. Few sectors were safe, as the carnage on the first awful day of the year for the stock market spread across the retail, energy, media and banking industries.

January 06, 2009

Still don't like Biden -- "OMG it's WAAAAAAR!"

Have we not had enough of the tired "War on ----" rhetoric yet? Have we not yet beaten that shit into the ground? Not that silver-tongued veep-about-town, Joe Biden! Biden on economy: 'We're at war' - Jonathan Martin - Politico.com
Vice-president-elect Joe Biden likened the country’s economic crisis to the attacks of 9/11 Monday in a private meeting on Capitol Hill. “We’re at war,” Biden told congressional leaders of both parties during their sit-down with Barack Obama in the Capitol, according to two sources familiar with the exchange.
Oh, it's a war. Must be serious.

Print Death worsens: Bye bye, Voice

This is going to be a very interesting world in which we are going to end up living. The ad-swollen taste-makers and opinion-leaders who once ran their little sub-cultures are filling with bad gas and exploding in the mid-day sun. What will the landscape of mediated thought look like in 5 years? Village Voice Puts Its Non-Existent Money Where Its Mouth Is / Jossip
Village Voice Media is running out of cash, fast. Even though it's been over a year since they turned their weekly alt-paper into a slighty smaller weekly alt-paper, and fired a bunch of their bigger-named journos, the Voice, once such a staple of counter-culture in New York, is now left trying to scrounge up enough cash to pay anybody, anybody at all. So editors and senior managers are all taking a 10-15& pay cut, which is unfortunate but basically a good business plan if they don't want to be left holding the accountability bag when all the associate writers and "permalancers" (or whatever they're calling the slave labor) start picketing
They also recently laid off Nat Hentoff, which is fine, because his anti-choice whining is a pain in my fucking ass. Maybe they'll pull his column, too, and get him out of my local paper.

Venezuela shuts cheap oil pipeline for 200,000 US homes

The Raw Story | Venezuela shuts cheap oil pipeline for 200,000 US homes
Some 200,000 US households will no longer get cheap heating oil from Venezuela after the state-owned CITGO subsidiary announced it was dropping the program due to falling oil prices, the organization in charge of distributing the oil said Tuesday. "Citizens Energy has recently been informed by CITGO that due to falling oil prices and the world economic crisis, CITGO has been forced to re-evaluate all their social programs, including the heating oil program," Citizen Energy Corporation spokesman Brian O'Connor told AFP by telephone. "Close to 200,000 households throughout the US" benefited from the Venezuelan program since 2005, he said, adding that Venezuelan oil donations in 2007 amounted to 100 million dollars.