Scared White People — Part Deux January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Personal Experiences, Women Ranting.
Thanks to Cathy.
Cancer Scams January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Law.
Tragedy strikes the royal household in the U.K.
A trusted doctor to the Queen has been forced to quit after developing lung cancer, which he claims was caused by exposure to asbestos more than 40 years ago.
Dr Ian Campbell held the title of Apothecary to the Royal Household at Sandringham for 15 years before being forced to retire last year after contracting mesothelioma, a cancer of the membranes of the lungs.
He is now suing a pharmaceutical company for almost £1million because he claims his illness is the result of being exposed to asbestos while employed there.
In a High Court writ, he alleges that during his teens and early 20s at the Allen & Hanbury plant in Ware, Hertfordshire – where his adoptive father, Dr Norman Campbell, was managing director – he repeatedly polished, screwed, shaped and drilled Ferobestos, a plastic which contained asbestos fibres.
How the hell do you establish a causal relationship based on casual exposure 40 years ago?
Excuse me for being skeptical. Most cases like this are just crap, in my humble opinion. In a former life, I used to deal with black lung (pneumoconiosis) cases brought by coal miners in the U.S. against their employers. Most of the claims were filed by life-long smokers, relying on dubious X-ray readings by technicians whose names became familiar. Cases were judged by a compliant division of the Department of Labor that was, in my opinion, a tool of the UMW.
The writ alleges the company failed to provide workers with suitable protection. It is now owned by GlaxoSmithKline.
Of course, the case will rely on the assertion that “suitable protection” 40 years ago should be judged by today’s standards, and that GlaxoSmithKline should be held accountable even though they were not in charge at the time.
Stuff like this makes me crazy. These days, it seems like bad luck never happens. There’s always a company to sue.
George Habbas, Dead at 80 January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
Rest in peace, George.
No, actually, I meant to say — rot in hell, George.
The founder of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), George Habash, has died in Jordan, associates say. Habash died of a heart attack, one of his former colleagues said. He was around 80 years old.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called three days of national mourning. Under Habash’s leadership the PFLP became known as one of the most radical Palestinian militant groups, notorious for plane hijackings.
At least George is proof that not all terrorist assholes are Islamic.
George Habash was born in Lydda, in British-ruled Palestine – which is now Lod in Israel – and was forced to flee when war broke out in 1948.
He was a Christian, and became a medical student, who espoused the cause of secular Arab nationalism.
They call him a Christian, but somehow, I doubt that he ever embraced the principles of pure Lutheran doctrine. That’s just my guess.
Why You Should Not Worry About Falling Satellites January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in News.
Relax, everything is under control.
WASHINGTON – A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday.
The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.
Well, not everything is under control. Apparently we can’t control officials blabbing secrets to the press.
“Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, when asked about the situation after it was disclosed by other officials. “Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause.”
He would not comment on whether it is possible for the satellite to be perhaps shot down by a missile. He said it would be inappropriate to discuss any specifics at this time.
The “specifics” are that we can make the damn thing crash in Canada if we have to, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Another Reason Why the US Should Conquer Canada January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Politics, Sports.
Tags: Canada, ure
I have previously spoken out on this subject, and offered cogent reasons for conquering Canada (the unfinished business of the War of 1812, energy supplies, undefended border, excessive taxes in Canada, etc.). However, I neglected to mention that we should also conquer Canada because they do stupid shit and need our guidance. For example, Extreme Ice Skating:
MONTREAL (Reuters) – Not content to simply play hockey on frozen ponds or waltz along canals that have turned to ice, some Canadians prefer to amuse themselves with a more extreme form of outdoor skating. In Quebec City, skaters will hurtle through the city’s historic quarter on a 1,755-ft track of ice that has steep drops and sharp turns resembling a bobsleigh run. For added fun, the track includes a series of washboard bumps.
Seriously, this is idiotic. I know, there are lots of “extreme” sports out there today. But Extreme Ice Skating is uniquely dangerous and gay. Somebody needs to get those Canadians back in line.
Is Russia a Threat? January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Crime, Politics.
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Regular readers of Uncommon Misconceptions are familiar with Geoff’s paranoid rants about the Second Cold War.
Maybe he has a point.
UNITED NATIONS — A former Russian top spy says his agents helped the Russian government steal nearly $500 million from the U.N.’s oil-for-food program in Iraq before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Sergei Tretyakov, who defected to the United States in 2000 as a double agent, says he oversaw an operation that helped Saddam’s regime manipulate the price of Iraqi oil sold under the program — and allow Russia to skim profits.
Tretyakov, former deputy head of intelligence at Russia’s U.N. mission from 1995 to 2000, names some names, but sticks mainly to code names. Among the spies he says he recruited for Russia were a Canadian nuclear weapons expert who became a U.N. nuclear verification expert in Vienna, a senior Russian official in the oil-for-food program and a former Soviet bloc ambassador.
Well now, boys will be boys. This does not mean that Russia is completely out of control. A little graft is to be expected.
Um, wait a minute.
He describes a Russian businessman who got hold of a nuclear bomb, and kept it stored in a shed at his dacha outside Moscow.
Justice in Spain January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Crime, Law.
(AP) A speeding motorist who killed a teenage cyclist is suing the boy’s parents over damage to his luxury car, the government says.
Enaitz Iriondo, 17, died instantly in August 2004 when businessman Tomas Delgado’s Audi A8 crashed into him at 100 mph near Haro in northern Spain, an Interior Ministry traffic report said. The speed limit was 55 mph.
Iriondo was not wearing reflective clothing or a helmet, the ministry report said. As the sun had set when he crossed the path of Delgado’s car from a side road, a regional court found both parties at fault and closed the case, the report said.
Delgado, whose insurance company paid Iriondo’s parents $48,500 in compensation for their son’s life, filed a suit in late 2006 to recover $29,400 in damages to his car and car rental costs, the ministry traffic report said.
How the hell could a court decide that it’s a wash when one party is driving at 100 mph, and the other neglected some pansy-ass regulations on how he should be attired? How does that leave the reckless driver free to sue the victim’s parents (not the boy’s estate) for a dented car?
In America, we have legal doctrines of contributory negligence and comparative fault to deal with situations like this, where neither party is completely innocent. We also do not make parents liable for torts committed by their minor children. Parents are only liable if they are independantly guilty of negligence in supervising their wards.
Spain must have the most screwed up tort system on earth.
I’m Going To Live a Loooooong Time January 26, 2008Posted by Michael in Man Laws, Women Ranting.
Have you got some repressed anger? You know, some stuff about your spouse that you want to get off your chest?
Go right ahead. Give your significant other a piece of your mind. Let it all out.
(WebMD) New research on marriage and health shows that married couples who express anger may outlive those who suppress anger.
The key is for both spouses to be comfortable expressing anger, rather than one or both suppressing anger, University of Michigan researchers report.
“The key matter is, when the conflict happens, how do you resolve it?” asks Ernest Harburg, PhD, professor emeritus with the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and psychology department. “If you bury your anger, and you brood on it … and you don’t try to resolve the problem, then you’re in trouble.”
Harburg’s team found a higher death rate among married couples in which both spouses suppress anger, compared with other married couples. Their findings appear in the Journal of Family Communication.
Just don’t mention that you got the idea from me.
Dave in Texas for President! January 25, 2008Posted by Michael in Politics.
In a thread below, it has been moved and seconded that Dave in Texas be nominated by the Republican Party to serve as the next President of the United States of America.
This is a somber moment. We should all pause to reflect on this historic occasion.
I believe the IB Community should seriously consider various aspects of this proposal. For example:
WHAT ARE DAVE’S QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB?
So, off the top of my head, I would say . . .
. . .
. . .
1. The current candidates all suck.
2. More than Dave.
WHAT PLATFORM SHOULD DAVE RUN ON?
Based on Dave’s previous pronouncements, we have a running start here on a strong platform:
1. Pie is good.
2. Sammiches are good.
3. Other stuff, like America should defend its sovereignty by controlling its borders, nanny-state liberalism should be shunned in favor of limited government, judges should respect the actual text of the constitution, the War on Terror should be won, and similar boring opinions that nobody gives a rat’s ass about but will give him something to say during the campaign after he takes a stand on pie and sammiches.
IS DAVE ELECTABLE?
See, there are some serious issues in this regard.
1. Sketchy academic record.
2. Paraffin waxer.
5. Deviates from pure Lutheran theology.
Still, with a strong platform, and considering the suckitudinous gaggle of candidates we currently have, Dave may be able to overcome these negatives. Especially because chicks like him.
Well, they like him more than me.
*Michael grinds teeth*
What do you think?
I say: DRAFT DAVE FOR PRESIDENT!!!
UPDATE: I forgot to mention another of Dave’s credentials. He already owns a sound rig that can handle any campaign event. So that’s something to consider.
Open Thread January 25, 2008Posted by Sobek in Lurkers.
Go ahead. Talk amongst yourselves.
About anything you like. Relax; I won’t force anyone to stay on-topic.
UFOs in Texas? January 25, 2008Posted by daveintexas in Lurkers, Sports.
Bunch of folks in Stephenville freaked out a couple of weeks ago when they saw “strange objects” in the night sky. Initially the Air Force said (3 times) they had nothing in the area, but just recently reversed themselves and said “oh yeah, we did have 10 F-16s operating in the area”.
I don’t know what’s worse. UFOs or losing track of 10 forty million dollar aircraft.
The truth is out there. Especially if you like tequila.