Friday, April 29, 2005

*cough cough*

One of the great sources of energy for the future is liquefied natural gas. There's a lot of gas reserves around the world. Gas can only be transported by ship, though, when you liquefy it, when you put it in solid form.

That's one. Now two:
And what the Iranians have said is, "Don't we deserve to have a nuclear power industry just like you do?"I'm, kind of, wondering why they need one, since they've got all the oil. But nevertheless, others in the world say, "Well, maybe that's their right to have their own civilian nuclear power industry."

I'm sure there's a ton more, but don't have time - anyone else see funny things?

Thursday, April 21, 2005

from the whiskey bar

best picture of the poop seen in a long time. (notice how cleverly i didn't say pope?)

the goddess is everywhere.

how true.

And now, women. Ratz, your church has bashed the divine feminine for so long, it's sad and frightening. But of course you know the Goddess is making a comeback, yes? Have you taken note? John Paul did, and he was scared, scared, scared. Because man, is She pissed. Wouldn't you be? The Goddess is everywhere: women's rights, female Episcopal priests, wicked-smart scholars, pop culture icons, entire monologues spoken by irate and needy and blasphemous vaginas. Smack her down again at your peril, pope. Wake up and smell the Shakti. Translation: Female priests. Now. Vatican III? You know it's time.

Friday, April 15, 2005

gay marriage and aids

ok, this is not a real post. this is a work of fiction, this is a conspiracy theory. but it's a pretty interesting theory.

right now america is in the middle of an epidemic - hiv/aids infection rates are increasing, not decreasing. while numbers are growing far faster in other groups, gay men and women still remain a core group for new infections. one of the problems - not the only one, and often overrated, but still a problem - is unprotected sex with multiple partners.

we also have a group of people fighting desperately against gay people's rights, a group of people who consider us immoral, not for our acts, but for who we do them with. (witness Justice Scalia's refusal to discuss the issue - it's alright to be private as long as you're straight.) their rabid discrimination has led them to ban gay marriage in many states and encourage the creation of acts which effectively diminish our chances of having successful, enduring relationships. while marriage does not guarantee such relationships, the fact is that having your partnership recognized by the community and given legal status does make a big difference.

anyone see where I'm going here?

yeah. part of me wonders if the discriminating behavior of these certain groups has led them to zee master plan: since AIDS is spread by sex, let's put as many obstacles in the path of the homos as possible! let's prevent them from having legal partnerships with their long-term lovers! let's not see positive role models and positive relationships between gay and lesbian lovers ANYWHERE! (why the hell is Will still single?) They carp and bait about gay men's sex lives, but really, if they were so damned concerned, they'd be doing everything they could to encourage loving, committed relationships between gay men and women, the way they do with their own children.

i'm not seriously claiming there's a conspiracy or anything here. but the destabilization of the family was a tactic used often by many different groups to harm or destroy other groups. slaveowners broke up families to destroy spirits and maintain control over people (divide! conquer!) concentration camps separated families. deaf people were prevented from meeting each other (we'd use our hands... and not in the good way!) the worst thing you can do to people is take them away from their loved ones. whether they realize it or not, the conservative groups that fight against our desire to create and sustain committed relationships are doing something pretty similar to mo's.....

whatcha think?

Monday, April 11, 2005

ok, one more - yep, you guessed it, we're religious.

i didn't know.

The New York-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has strongly criticized the Ugandan government, accusing it of pushing the abstinence line while downplaying the safe sex message.

A "life-threatening" shift which HRW says is orchestrated and funded by the US.

It says the funding for abstinence is due to President George W Bush's conservative Christian views, which are similar to those of Uganda's first lady.

Easy for George to say. Nobody wanted to get into his pants, once he had them off.

one more today

the most ridiculous headline ever:
72 holes in 72 hours
Denver's mountain ranges provide the perfect backdrop

And the cnn article of the same name.

aaron macgruder is fucking hot

I'm not kidding:

Next came the Super Bowl, and the flap over Janet Jackson’s exposed breast. “We got—how many?—five hundred dead in Iraq, and several thousand more wounded, and they worried about a titty. A titty! What kind of sorry-ass nation is this?”

Yep. In love.


what did ridor do?

everyone. guess.

juan cole weighs in

on wasted money and new power plants in Iraq built with American money. Yes, Juan, it's quite possible they're using American equipment and techniques the Iraqis are unfamiliar with. But let's make the final step in the equation and note that nobody in our current regime gives a flying poo if the Iraqis can make the equipment work. They're creating contracts for their fiscally fluent friends, such as Bechtel. In fact, the less functional things are in their current environment, the longer the people who get to determine how lazy the Iraqis are get to stay there - and they will continue to get paid. The only way you could convince me that the Bush administration is making even a laughable pretense at establishing a sustainable power infrastructure is if you can show me a report, any report, even a right-wing maniac report, which "proves" that hiring businesses and people from outside of a community would revitalize rather than destabilize and impoverish that community.

this is kind of getting to be a big issue for me. I'm sick of liberals making half-statements. "Bush is wasting our money!" Yeah. Finish that sentence with intentionally. Let's finally put on the table what we all know to be true - these people have an agenda they're only thinly masking with platitudes. Saying stuff like "Bush is wasting our money" only serves to reinforce those platitudes because they allow the unstated goal - strong Iraq power grid, in this case - to continue accepted, if unstated. Saying something like "Bush is siphoning money meant to reinforce an Iraq power grid into a cash cow for corporate friends" would be far more accurate - because it would at least admit baldly that there's goals other than those stated. Babbling about poor Iraqis unfamiliar with American technology just goes far off the point. Even responding to their laughable charges of Iraqi laziness (hey, the slaves were lazy too! and Deaf people are lazy every time we decide to use sign language!) just lets them set the damn agenda again and again and again and we never get to the actual bloody POINT.

No personal attack whatever, Juan, just a personal gripe I happened to use your latest comments to illustrate. This applies for pretty much everything that's been going on lately, from Schiavo to Social Security. Bush wanted to save Schiavo's life? Suuuuuure. Like that wasn't a bald distraction from the SS Sinkhole he's trying to pilot into Congress. Liberals can't seem to get out of letting others set the damn agenda. I mean, the whole Social Security thing? If someone came up to you and said "There's a big meteor headed towards earth RIGHT NOW! Let's stop it with nuclear missles!" and you look up in the sky - no meteor! - you say "Look, idiot, go away." You don't respond to them with meteor analysis. Especially when the damn rock isn't heading your way or anyone else's.

*fume over*

Thursday, April 07, 2005

deaf in the shitty

me curious. had a long talk with one of my mostest and bostest about his current work sitch. see, he's a cool lil bloke, but he's doing his do in an all-hearie environment which means dark bars, big groups, and little chance of getting involved. how does a deaf man handle this semi-exclusion? I mean, sure, we're all great one-on-one, but I'm not the only Sy Hersh in the deaf community to notice that once we turn into the Token Deaf in a group of 12 we get whiplash from trying to follow everyone at once, if that's even possible.

Me, I favor either being blunt or learning to live with it. "Look, co-workers, I'm here but I'm not here, ya dig? That cool with you? Cos you know, it's not cool with me." My friend favors humor. He thinks being blunt will turn people off - but he's not sure how humor will work. (I'm not either. I think being funny about things will just make him look stupid - I tried for four years in college and all I got was - serious! - a stupid t-shirt.)

So if anyone who reads this can comment on how they handle being the Lone Ranger in a group of Hear-mericans, I'd love that.

Meanwhile, anyone notice the passport shiz going on right now? The US is gonna prevent people coming in without biometric passports (yep, chips in your passports. Just like Spike's head. Possibly for the same reason.) Europeans will have to have these high-tech identifiers (which seem like a huge invasion of the privacy to me) and North American countries will have to present additional docs. Poor countries, of course, won't be coming to the states anymore. Rich countries will have to pour a huge amount of funds into satisfying American needs. Sound isolationist? Yeah. Of course this is all For Our Protection, though to be honest with the kind of financial resources terrorists seem to have they'll be able to get them more easily than, you know, regular people.

Why is this up here? Cos deafies travel. Oh yeah, we travel. This gonna put a crimp in our plans - and fuhgeddabout having the next deaflympics in NYC... oh wait, that's for the hearies...

Well, more later. Remember, deaf people with hearing groups - GO!

Sunday, April 03, 2005


all those fucking idiots who trivialize denial and say "it ain't just a river in egypt" and all that sort of thing and they don't really understand what theyre referring to when they do all that triviality not just on television but in real life and