Saturday, June 14, 2008

identity not yet verified...

young detective Paco with unnamed dame
Identity not yet verified... but it appears to be young detective Paco with unnamed dame.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sticks and stones


The Canadian Human Rights Commission’s plans for their future headquarters.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will have their viciousness adjudicated at a latter date." just doesn't have the same ring to it.

The Chief CommissarCommissioner of the CHRC says "Freedom of expression is the life blood of democracy"...and so we need to limit freedom of expression just like how we sometimes have too much blood and need medieval leech treatment or how we need to cut ourselves repeatedly like we were an emo kid wearing eye make up and a corn chip hair cut. And of course an unelected bureaucrat should decide when you've been bled enough.

Three concise reasons freedom of speech is important :
1) freedom of speech for the sake of freedom of speech
2) restricting speech does not change what people think
3) restricting speech inhibits discussion and limits the opportunities for people to have bad ideas discredited

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tornado news

tornado damaged telephone pole in Manhattan, KS
Tornado hits Manhattan, Kansas. Among the wind/tornado damage at K State University : "...the Wind Erosion Lab was destroyed."

tornado damaged house in Chapman, KS
Also hit was Chapman, Kansas a small town I've been to many times. It is a friendly little place.

At first the news was depressing but then I realized that even after the tornado, Zimbabwe is still a bigger disaster.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Natural Selection says "...missed it by that much!"

Photo by Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal

Photo by Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal

Ashley Byrne, a Washington, D.C.-based campaign coordinator with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), talks with Memphis police officers during a recent demonstration outside City Hall that coincided with World Vegetarian Week. When officers inquired about the well-being of intern Shawn Herbold (bottom) and volunteer Thomas Olsen, a sweat-soaked Herbold replied that she was in pain and feeling nauseated from the heat after being wrapped in cellophane for 30 minutes, and also asked how much longer she needed to stay there. Byrne let her know it wouldn't be much longer and left her under the hot afternoon sun for 30 minutes more while debating with the officers. PETA would never treat a cow that way, but I guess it's OK for an intern. Many organizations that focus on extremes could take note that leading through example makes more impact than demonstrating with hypocrisy. "1,000 Words" is a weekly pictorial commentary on events in Greater Memphis and around the world. Today's "1,000 Words" was written by Mike Brown, a photographer for The Commercial Appeal.

risking another human being in the tiny offhand chance of convincing someone to go vegetarian and thereby saving a cow is one kind of stupid but risking your own life because some irresponsible peta tool told you to is another kind of stupid.

Besides any fool knows not to leave meat sitting out in the sun. But peta isn't any fool.