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Thursday, 13 October, 2011
Child Sacrifice Becoming Popular Again
In Uganda: Where child sacrifice is a business.
The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda's capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear.
Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice.
The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until about three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country's economy.
Many believe that members of the country's new elite are paying witch doctors vast sums of money for the sacrifices in a bid to increase their wealth.
"They have a belief that when you sacrifice a child you get wealth, and there are people who are willing to buy these children for a price. So they have become a commodity of exchange, child sacrifice has become a commercial business."
Lost In Corn Maze
This is the kind of thing I'm talking about: Family lost in corn maze calls 911 for help.
A Massachusetts family got the Halloween scare of a lifetime by getting lost inside a dark and creepy Salem-area corn maze and had to call 911 for rescue.
Danvers police say they got a call of distress from a mother of two about 6:32 p.m. Monday. The woman alerted the 911 operator of their situation in the Connors Farm in Danvers, a short distance from Salem.
A voice recording of the 911 call was made available to the media on Wednesday. The exchange:
Woman: "Hi, I just called. I'm still stuck at Connors Farms. I don't see anybody. I am really scared. It's really dark and we've got a 3-week-old baby with us."
I tell you, people are dying in corn mazes. You just don't hear about it because of the cover-up.
Player Plays With No Legs
This is pretty amazing: High School football player played despite having no legs.
Bobby Martin was born in 1987 with Caudal Regression Syndrome and no legs. This video is a relatively recent interview with him and the pictures are from his senior year in high school in 2005.
Very Serious About Their Little Trees
You know little little trees some people hang in their cars? The LITTLE TREES Team wants you to know a few things.
Please don’t misuse our trademarks. Not on clothes, not in your ads and certainly not in your burgeoning air freshener business.
[LITTLE TREES] has now sued Getty Images, owners of one of the larger stock photo agencies. Getty maintained at least 11 images in its inventory that depicted a tree-shaped air freshener. Car Freshner sued on multiple counts, including trademark infringement. Getty moved to dismiss the trademark count, arguing that it was not using the mark as a trademark, and if it was, such use was either nominative or descriptive fair use.
My advice: Just avoid anything that looks like a little tree. Including Christmas trees.
Art made from paper: Jennifer Collier.
My practice focuses on creating work from paper; by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching I produce unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects.
The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles.
Here's a nice little phone:
Wednesday, 12 October, 2011
New Concept In Drinking
It's called Easy Drink.
Using the drinking fountains will not be filled with water leaks. Drinking the water will not be raise your head.
Do you ever feel inconvenient to use the drinking fountains, because of the PET water bottles too big as a result can't filled water successfully?
Do you ever feel neck discomfort when using the PET water bottle has to raise your head.
The "Easy Drink" change 45 degree on mouth of the PET water bottle. It's can improve the inconvenience of people using PET water bottle and reduce the wastage of water resources.
It's been more than five years since I visited the Moist Towelette Online Museum.
It's just as I remember it. But Finger Pinkies might be a new exhibit.
Gun Guy Arrested
In Tennessee: Sponsor of guns-in-bars bill arrested for DUI with gun.
A Tennessee lawmaker who sponsored a controversial bill to allow handguns to be carried in bars was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence and possessing a handgun while under the influence.
Police said that Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) was pulled over at around 11:15 p.m. in Nashville, according to WSMV-TV. Officers found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special hidden between the driver’s seat and center console.
An affidavit charged that the lawmaker was “almost falling down at times” and “obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun.”
I did some additional research for this post, and found his mugshot.
The Bergholz clan is at it again: Amish Beard And Haircut Attacks.
Two people have been arrested over a series of break-ins in which the hair and beards of Amish farmers were cut off in the US
The suspects are reportedly part of the Bergholz clan, an Amish community led by bishop Sam Mullet that was the subject of a disputed child custody raid in 2007, amid allegations of sexual abuse.
Police in Ohio said the attacks, which began about three weeks ago, were apparently in retaliation for the shunning of Mr Mullet by members of the mainstream Amish community.
The two men in police custody were named as Mr Mullet's sons Johnny and Lester.
Animated GIF From Video
Today I learned how to create an animated GIF from a video, using Photoshop Elements. I had never noticed the File - Import - Frame From Video command. You just need to import several frames. Start with one, and then copy/paste the others as layers. Then File - Save For Web.
Quote Of The Day
It's from Pastor Robert Jeffress.
“Do we want a candidate who is skilled in rhetoric or one who is skilled in leadership? Do we want a candidate who is a conservative out of convenience or one who is a conservative out of deep conviction?” Jeffress said. “Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person — or one who is a born-again follower of the lord Jesus Christ?”
I guess you can't have it both ways.
(via Unreasonable Faith)
My Exit Interview: Part 2
Are you ready to continue the interview, Mr. Walkenbach?
Sure, go ahead. Ask me anything.
What blogging software did you use over the years? Which is your favorite?
I started out by using Microsoft FrontPage, of all things. It's not blogging software, but I wrote some VBA macros to make it look kind of like a blog. Then I switched to something else, and ended up using ExpressionEngine -- which is my favorite. But I still used FrontPage to compose the posts. A few years ago, I also started using Microsoft Live Writer to compose the posts. It leaves much to be desired, but it works fine.
Besides deleting the spam comments & having to put up with the ignorant carp from nitwit, et al, what was the most tedious part of maintaining this blog?
Nothing, really. It works very smoothly and is incredibly easy to use.
Will you consider doing a "Best of the J-Walk Blog"?
I considered it, but it's way too much work. Rather, I'll make the complete blog archives (including comments) available to anyone who wants.
Do you happen to have an old photo of you from college?
As a matter of fact, I do.
You've been using Google + for several months. Is that like blogging, or do you consider that place as something completely different?
It's like a blogging in the sense that I post stuff, and read people's responses (if any). But I don't have to do any site maintenance, spam removal, or comment monitoring. So it's quite a bit easier.
Ok.. I have a serious question that you've dodged with prior inquires. Before your switch to G+, were you really going to permanently close the Blog?
Yes. I fully intended to end it after 10 years. But G+ just caused me to change the timeframe.
When will your Google+ thing shut down?
I don't know.
Which blog are you going to be commenting on?
Probably none. I still read a lot of blogs, but it's via RSS. In other words, I hardly ever visit the actual blog.
What has been your favorite content source for finding info for the blog?
If you just want to see the same types of links that I post, you'll find them at Reddit, Fark, and Metafilter. What's missing, of course, is the nice group of commenters that hang out here.
Is there any part of you that will miss the redundant comments by Evil Klown, Wok, Nitwit, and their ilk?
No. They sometimes provided a different point of view, but by and large it was like listening to a broken record.
Have you prepared a press release for the end of J-Walk Blog? You should.
I have not, I will not, and I shouldn't.
Was Pamn involved in the decision to end the blog?
No. She learned about it by spotting the "End of Blog Countdown" in the sidebar.
How did you meet Pamn?
It was through an online dating service when we were both living in San Diego. That was 10 years ago.
How will you now channel your urge for alliteration?
Do you mean highbrow headlines such as Hundred Hackneyed Handwritten Headlines Have Happened Here, Habitues Hail Historic Handiwork? Those days are gone.
Be honest--you're going to miss the puns, aren't you?
No. Puns are allowed on G+.
Are you getting tired of these stupid questions, Mr. Walkenbach. Shall we continue this interview later?
15 Years For Insulting Royalty?
Kind of unbelievable: US citizen faces 15 yrs in jail over Thai royal family insult.
A shackled U.S. citizen pleaded guilty today to charges of defaming Thailand's royal family - a grave crime in the south-east Asian kingdom that is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
Thai-born American Joe Gordon has been detained since late May for translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting them online.
Judges said that a sentence would be issued on November 9 for Gordon, who committed the alleged crimes years ago while living in the U.S. state of Colorado, where he worked as a car salesman.
What The OWS Protests Are About
A pretty good summary, with lots of charts: Here's What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About.
So, what are the protesters so upset about, really? Do they have legitimate gripes? To answer the latter question first, yes, they do. They have very legitimate gripes.
And if America cannot figure out a way to address these gripes, the country will likely become increasingly "de-stabilized," as sociologists might say. And in that scenario, the current protests will likely be only the beginning.
The problem in a nutshell is this: Inequality in this country has hit a level that has been seen only once in the nation's history—at the end of the 1920s. Unemployment has also reached a level that has been seen only once since the Great Depression.
Happy Birthday Wendy!
It was a few days ago, but I've been told that I can't let a year go by without an official Happy Birthday Wendy! post.
Today must be a joliday for javelinas. Three groups came through the yard this morning. Probably about 15-18 total.
Tuesday, 11 October, 2011
Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan
Clueless morons who don't have a chance in hell of getting nominated debating with each other: Bachmann: "The Devil Is In The Details" Of Cain's 9-9-9 Plan
Michele Bachmann says if you turn Herman Cain's "9-9-9" plan upside down it becomes 6-6-6. "I think the devil is in the details," she said at the GOP debate hosted by Bloomberg and Washington Post.
Religious Tolerance Needed?
Religious riots: Obama Calls for Religious Tolerance After Deadly Egyptian Clashes.
The White House is speaking out against the riots in Egypt that have left at least 26 dead and hundreds of others wounded, most of whom are reportedly Coptic Christians.
Maybe tolerance isn't answer. Everybody calls for religious tolerance, and people continue to die because of their religious choice. Could it be the wrong approach?
Perhaps world leaders should call for an all-out war among all religious people. Just let 'em fight it out, with one stipulation: Non-believers can't be killed. May the best god win.