“I am not going to tell you that quantum mechanics is weird, bizarre, confusing, or alien. QM is counterintuitive, but that is a problem with your intuitions, not a problem with quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics has been around for billions of years before the Sun coalesced from interstellar hydrogen. Quantum mechanics was here before you were, and if you have a problem with that, you are the one who needs to change. QM sure won’t. There are no surprising facts, only models that are surprised by facts; and if a model is surprised by the facts, it is no credit to that model.”—Eliezer Yudkowsky
A German student created a major traffic jam in Bavaria after making a rude gesture at a group of Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members, hurling a puppy at them and then escaping on a stolen bulldozer.
Germany get out of Swedens mind boggling absurdity spotlight. This is your first and only warning of nine, after which we’ll consider maybe doing something about it.
Nowhere is the gap between sinister stereotype and ridiculous reality more apparent than in Afghanistan, where it’s fair to say that the Taliban employ the world’s worst suicide bombers: one in two manages to kill only himself. And this success rate hasn’t improved at all in the five years they’ve been using suicide bombers, despite the experience of hundreds of attacks—or attempted attacks. In Afghanistan, as in many cultures, a manly embrace is a time-honored tradition for warriors before they go off to face death. Thus, many suicide bombers never even make it out of their training camp or safe house, as the pressure from these group hugs triggers the explosives in suicide vests. According to several sources at the United Nations, as many as six would-be suicide bombers died last July after one such embrace in Paktika.
Planning to crash their propane-and-petrol-laden Jeep Cherokee into an airport terminal, the men instead steered the SUV, with flames spurting out its windows, into a security barrier. The fiery crash destroyed only the Jeep, and both men were easily apprehended; the driver later died from his injuries. (The day before, the same men had rigged two cars to blow up near a London nightclub. That plan was thwarted when one car was spotted by paramedics and the other, parked illegally, was removed by a tow truck. As a bonus for investigators, the would-be bombers’ cell phones, loaded with the phone numbers of possible accomplices, were salvaged from the cars.)
This is such a great read because it starts of with the catholic church admitting fault, taking responsibility and publicly acknowledgment they both need and are going to deal with the systematic sexual abuse within it.
Then the article gives out a healthy shower of disillusionment towards any thoughts of the Church doing something by it’s own accord, by listing the past years media shit storm the church has been under.
One side of the argument claimed that a good enough central premise would make a great book, even if you were a lousy writer. The other side contended that the central concept was far less important than the execution of the story, and that the most overused central concept in the world could have life breathed into by a skilled writer.
It raged back and forth in an ALL CAPITAL LETTERS FLAMEWAR between a bunch of unpublished writers, and finally some guy dared me to put my money where my mouth was, by letting him give me a cheesy central story concept, which I would then use in an original novel.
Me being an arrogant kid, I wrote him back saying, “Why don’t you give me TWO terrible ideas for a story, and I’ll use them BOTH.”
The core ideas he gave me were Lost Roman Legion and Pokémon… Thus was Alera formed.
Socialism You have two cows. The state requires you to give one to your neighbor.
Communism You have two cows. The state takes both and gives you milk.
Fascism You have two cows. The state takes both and sells you the milk.
Nazism You have two cows. The state takes both and shoots you in the head.
Bureaucracy You have two cows. The state will lose one, milks the other and then throws the milk to the ground.
Traditional Capitalism You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. You make more cows. You sell the cows and make money.
Modern Capitalism You have two cows. You sell three of your cows to your publicly listed company using letters of credit opened by your brother in the bank. Then run involving an exchange of debt with associated general offer so that you already have the four cows back, with tax exemption for five cows. The milk you obtain from your 6 cows is transferred via an intermediary company based in the Cayman Islands, which returns to sell the rights to the seven cows to your company. The annual report says that you have eight cows with an option for one more. You take your 9 cows and chop them. Then sell to people your 10 cows chopped. Curiously, throughout the process, no one seems to realize that in reality, you only have 2 cows.
Japanese Economy You have two cows. You use the 1:10 scale to redesign them and produce twice as much milk. But do not get rich. Then you record the whole process as a cartoon. You name it ‘Vakimon’ and incomprehensibly, you become a millionaire.
German economy You have two cows. Through a process of reengineering they get to live 100 years, eat once a month and milk themselves. No one believes it to have any merit.
Russian Economy You have two cows. You count them, and you realize you have five cows. You work it out,and in fact you have 257 cows You work it out again,and you have three cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
Chinese Economy You have two cows. You also have 300 milkers. You explain to the world your incredible ratio of milk production. Then shoot a journalist who is preparing to tell the truth.
Iraqi Economy You have no cows. Nobody believes that you have no cows, bombard you and invade the country. You still do not have cows.
Swiss Economy There are five billion of cows It is obvious they have owners but nobody seems to know who he is.
French Economy You have two cows. Then you go on strike, organize a violent uprising and cut off all roads in the country, because what you want are three cows.
New Zealand’s economy You have two cows. The left one seems increasingly attractive.
Spanish Economy You have two cows, but you have no idea where they are. But as it’s Friday, you get down to have breakfast at the bar because they have the Sports Newspaper. Perhaps you’d start looking for them next Wednesday after the bank holiday and the bridge…
So the guy takes a cobble stone and enters a pharmacy, then yells at the cashier to give her money. The cashier is too scared to press the alarm button whose purpose I’m now really perplexed about considering it’s not even being used during a cobble stone stickup. Then the guy runs away but trips to the point of depantsation. The general competence of Sweden’s criminals never ceases to amaze.
Sweden will ‘demand’ that the United States closes all foreign military bases if the Red-Green opposition wins power.
That’s even more ridiculous than when the Social-democrats picked Mona Sahlin as their new party leader, if only slightly. Mona Sahlin was the minister that acquired 91 parking tickets in a year until the government simply gave up and bought her a parking spot. I mean.. you can all thank us after the election when we’ve single handedly ended the war in Afghanistan.
It’s to me quite amazing that the only things out of the Social-democrats mouths since 2006 is either just ridiculous or makes them unelectable. If it wasn’t for the green party I’d need to consider voting on one of the two sensible parties in the right block, which of course is the same as voting for the Moderate-party as their “allies” don’t follow their own ideals in practice. Well okay that’s not fair to the Christian-democrats who did vote against legalizing gay marriage last year.