Convict Genes

I picked up this story from Boingboing, Dumb Aussie junkies mauled by stolen koala, so they tried a croc.

Aussie thieves try to steal a koala to sell for drug money. They get ‘scratched to shit’. So they turn to everyone’s #2 redeemable-for-speed animal, the freshwater crocodile. Convict genes will out! This story is remarkable for the persistent, diligent, hard-working stupidity of the criminals and the genial bemused zookeeper.

You can read the whole article at The Sydney Morning Herald. When I read this I couldn’t stop from thinking that Australia was founded as a penal colony, a bunch of criminals are the Australian equivalent of our pilgrims. Now that is a grim pilgrim.

[tags]australia,penal colony, pilgrims[/tags]

Shock Absorber

A friend sent me a link to Shockabsorber. When I realized that the site was for a sports bra company I thought he was telling me about his sweaty man boobs problem. Shockabsorber has a great flash animation of topless women running to simulate the movement of their breasts, reminiscent of Baywatch. Go to the site and skip the intro, select your cup size to FF+G, and select your level of activity to seem them boobs bop or jugs jog. You can switch the view from a full frontal to profile of them tigo bities.

[tags]tigo bities, jugs, boobs, breasts, baywatch[/tags]


From Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed by Jared Diamond:

I have often asked myself, “what did the Easter Islander who cut down the last palm tree say while he was doing it?” Like modern loggers, did he shout “Jobs, not trees!”? Or: “Technology will solve our problems, never fear, we’ll find a substitute for wood”? Or: “We don’t have proof that there aren’t palms somewhere else on Easter, we need more research, your proposed ban on logging is premature and driven by fear-mongering”? Similar questions arise for every society that has inadvertently damaged its environment.

[tags]books, book, collapse, easter island, logging, environment[/tags]

World Population

The United States is a large and vast country One is reminded at how vast and empty the United States is when one flies cross country. Compare to China, Japan, India, and even the United Kingdom the United States has low population density. It is also interesting to note that for the last 50 years or so the population of the United States has been aging along with the baby boomers. The United States needs and will continue to need a strong, vibrant, and educated work force to maintain our high standard of living, economic growth, and technological edge.

I claim that one factor for recent economic growth for both China and India is the large population of cheap labor and at the same time large population of educated graduates. It has been reported that the United States produces about 70,000 engineers each year while China and India produce 350,000 and 600,000, respectively, each year!

The following map produced by the geography department at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom shows the estimated human population and distribution in the year 2050. As it is clearly visible, most of the world population is centered in Africa, Indian and China. North and South America, as well as Europe and Russia are thinly populated.

Population 2050

More maps are available from the University of Sheffield’s World Mapper site. What these maps indicate is that with a growing middle class demanding a better standard of living and exercising their economic muscle China and India are well poised for the next millennium. Looking at the world population and the world economy in light of these maps it is clear that the United States will need a strong and vibrant workforce, a workforce that will include immigrants from Mexico, Latin America, as well as from other countries such as India and China.

[tags]population, population growth, population density, immigration[/tags]

Reading List

I was looking around at to pick up a new book to read during my commute. Here are the books that I was looking into, maybe you can suggest something.

The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer. I has been three years since American forces bagged Baghdad, Americans are still dying in Iraq. The number of dead American service men has by now surpassed the death toll in 9/11 while the number of dead Iraqis is many times that of the American losses. Iraq is in the verge of a civil war as Shi’ite and Sunni struggle for control of the country. This book talks our role in Iraq, although right now I am more concern about Iran’s role in Iraq.

Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy, by Bruce Bratlett. Impostor is a critique of the Bush Administration’s policies from the right, that is his republican minded supporters. This books seems to have a lot of positive reviews and I recently saw the author on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Bushwacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose. This book has a lot of positive reviews. From the reviews, this book goes over Bush’s first term including the Enron bankrupcy.

The Bubble of American Supremacy: The Costs of Bush’s War in Iraq, by George Soros. I feel that we as Americans are living in an illusion of supremacy, just as conquistadors conquered and exploited and converted other peoples in the name of God and civilization we tend to do so with in the name of democracy and world order. The truth is that we can easily maintain a hundred year world against sheep herders in Afghanistan but the whole world would come crashing down in a few days if China and the US go at it. I am actually a more concern about our economic supremacy; congress recently increased the US debt limit.

[tags]books, book[/tags]

La Gran Marcha 2006

There are a lot of great pictures of La Gran Marcha 2006 over at flickr for those that couldn’t make it. Some report that this was the largest march in Los Angeles’ history. The following are slogans used to protests HR 4437 and make a good case against such ill devised laws:

No human being is illegal.

God has no borders.

1/4 of the soldiers in Iraq are sons and daughters of immigrants.

Never forget that everything that Hitler did in Germany was legal… Martin Luther King, Jr

Helping others is not a crime.

America fought to tear down the Berlin Wall. Bush and his friends are trying to rebuild it in our home.

Let America be America again! The dream it used to be!

Si callamos no avansamos

United We Stand, Why do you want to divide us?

Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!

We are America.

El que se tiene que ir es Cheney. Si se puede! Si debemos!

I wonder what the compassionate conservative have to say about the following:

Compasion is not a crime.

Jesus would be a felon.

So show your love for the foreigners for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Deuteroaony 10:19

All that I would add is that We are All Immigrants!

[tags]HR 4437, immigration, legislation, protest, La Gran Marcha[/tags]

We Are All Immigrants

We are all immigrants but it seems that newly arrived immigrants are not granted any rights. HR 4437, passed by the House of Representatives, has spurred great many protests throughout the country. From LA to NY and everywhere in between hundreds of thousands have marched against this proposed legislation and many more protests are planned in other cities throughout the weekend. On Friday hundreds of LA students walked out to protest HR 4437 and in Phoenix thousands marched up to office of Republican Sen. Jon Kyl. The people are marching against HR 4437 not just because it is anti-immigrant but simple because it is racist. HR 4437 is not patriotic nor will it beef up our national security since that is not its intent, its intent is to target the defenseless, for example by imposing a “5 percent surcharge on wire transfers from illegal immigrants.” Immigrants have always been targeted for abuse; this proposed legislation intends to institutionalize that abuse.

To those that defend legislation such as HR 4437 as patriotic I say to you that it is not patriotic to be racist. Some wrongly believe that this legislation will protect our nation from future terrorist attacks but the facts have proven that not one of the 911 hijackers crossed the US border with Mexico or wired money out of the US to help support their families.

As a concerned citizen I am just appalled at such mean spirited legislation. The simple truth is that we are all immigrants and immigrants have always been the source of our national identity.

[tags]HR 4437, immigration, legislation, walkout, protest[/tags]

Freedumb Tower

Yesterday Jon Stewart interviewed Dan Bakkedahl, Senior Real Estate Correspondent, about the lack of progress in the the construction of the Freedom Tower. It has been almost five years that the Twin Towers fell to terrorist attacks and as of yet the site of these attacks is nothing but an open lot. Dan says:

Osama bin Laden may have knocked out the Twin Towers but he will never destroy the web of bureaucracy from keeping them from being rebuilt.

[tags]Freedom Tower, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show[/tags]

Your Job Doesn’t Belong To You

I recently read an article on The Wall Street Journal about how some people that live and work around the Mumbai International Airport are afraid to lose their jobs if the airport is bought by private investors. When I read that I thought to myself that these Indian workers could learn a thing or two from the experience of American workers. The average American worker has survived massive layoffs, restructuring, reorganizations, off shoring and off sourcing and now recognized that an employee does not own the position in a company he or she holds; basically you job does not belong to you. Simple Marx theory while show that the only thing an employee owns is his or her labor, which is a commodity. An typical employee does not own the capital, the machinery, the products, and as we now see does not even own their own jobs.

Internet High

Is it just me or does the blogsphere remind you of high school? It seemed to me that around Christmas of 2005 there was a contest of Miss Blog where contenders like Dawn Yang and Daphne Teo battled it out on Technorati for the most popular search. It is all so reminiscent of popularity contests in high school. Dawn and Daphne are not longer the top searches but other net celebs have taken their place.

Stuff Magazine’s April 2006 cover girl is Tila Tequila, “with the world’s most popular MySpace page, Tila Tequila has taken over the internet.” Tila currently has 850,000 friends on MySpace while I only have one, Tom. Tila is a model, song writer, and singer that has found a launching pad in MySpace.

On an aside, MySpace was recently reported to generate more traffic than Google. Maybe it shows the fack that I am not kewl because I think that 99.9% of the pages up on MySpace are crap, including Tila’s top rated page. A typical MySpace page has all the bad design techniques of a 1998 web page; cheesy animated images, horrible background images and awful layout.

So you want to be an internet celebrity? Well, first and foremost you have to have a blog or MySpace page where you can post tons of pictures of you and your hot friends. Post pictures of you as you go about your business, in the bathroom, hanging out with friends, going out shopping while trying out skimpy clothes.