Archive for July, 2008
The salmonella outbreak that started with a scare over tomatoes has been finally traced to a dirty farm in Mexico that uses runoff water from livestock and chicken coops to irrigate jalapeno crops.
I told you so. I told you the Salmonella food scare of 2008 would be traced to organic farming methods. In a previous article here I said:
Organic farming uses “straight-up” poop as fertilizer with no other chemical added to kill the bad germs found in poop. … you get diseases that you normally find in cans of rotten potted meat.
To confirm my prediction, here is a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
The outbreak of salmonella poisoning that sickened more than 1,300 people across the country and cost American tomato growers more than $300 million has been traced to irrigation water and peppers grown on a farm in Mexico.
David Acheson, the head of food safety at the Food and Drug Administration, said the strain of salmonella Saintpaul that caused the nationwide outbreak has been found in irrigation water and serrano peppers on a Mexican farm. Earlier, a single contaminated jalapeno pepper had been traced to the Mexican grower.
Salmonella originates from chicken poo, and if salmonella is in the irrigation water, it means that the water has been exposed to chicken poo, most likely as runoff into a stream, and has not been put through a filtration system. Organic farming also forgoes the use of any chemicals on their vegetables.
Right now there is hell to pay from the FDA and the CDC on their failure to contain this outbreak quickly. What will be needed is new rules which certify farms that produce American consumed goods as clean, both in the US and abroad.
You know, the ninnies that want to police our food and label menus with the calories and abolish ingredients like transfats should instead focus their efforts on labeling what is grown on FDA approved farms. I don’t want to eat veggies watered by chicken pee.
I used to be a welder, and actually helped put the USS George Washington together back in the early 90′s. But the Captain and the Executive Officer got lazy in enforcing fire regulations on board, and the result was a ship in flames that resulted in a $70 Million repair bill. And the Japanese, who are rightly afraid of anything nuclear powered, are having second thoughts about allowing the Washington to serve as the Kitty Hawk’s replacement.
From CNN here:
The U.S. Navy fired the captain and executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington on Wednesday because of a massive fire that damaged the ship in May.
Capt. David C. Dykhoff and his executive officer, Capt. David M. Dober, were relieved of duty while the ship is in port in San Diego, California, for repairs that will cost about $70 million.
The two were fired because of practices on their ship that Navy investigators believe led to the fire. The fire was started when a cigarette ignited material stored in an engineering room.
Investigators found flammable liquids stored in an engineering area of the ship, which is strictly prohibited, and sailors were allowed to smoke in the same engineering areas, considered another violation.
The carrier was due to replace the aging USS Kitty Hawk, which is forward-based in Japan, this summer, but the fire delayed the handover. The incident also worried the Japanese government, which had agreed to have the nuclear-powered George Washington replace the diesel-powered Kitty Hawk despite the country’s long opposition to allowing nuclear ships dock there.
Finally, the world’s stupidest hacker will be extradited to the United States to stand trial. In a last ditch effort, Gary McKinnon went to the House of Lords to beg to be protected from US prosecution. The judges unanimously gave McKinnon the boot.
From the AFP here:
A London man accused of hacking into the computer systems of the US military and NASA on Wednesday lost his appeal against extradition to face trial. Gary McKinnon, 42, tried to prevent his transfer to the United States to be tried over what has been described as the “biggest military hack of all time” by taking his case to Britain’s highest court, the House of Lords.
But five judges unanimously rejected the appeal, paving the way for the unemployed UFO enthusiast to be extradited to the US, where he could be jailed for up to 70 years if convicted of sabotaging vital US defence systems.
This dork hacked into US defense networks because he was convinced that he could uncover evidence of UFOs. I seriously doubt that he will do more than 5 years in prison for his crimes. To see other posts on this crackpot, click here.
This looks like it is going to be a great American movie about the wine tasting in 1976 that shocked the world by naming a California Chardonnay superior to it French counterparts. Wow, I am predicting Oscar. The movie’s official site is here.
I would love to know how Virginia’s wines stack up.
I laughed when I saw this Google Search string in my referral logs:
how long does it take for the fbi to come to your house for accidentally downloading child porn off limewire
I would just like to answer the Ojai, California resident at IP address 76.174.38.x who googled that: They will be there in ten minutes, so delete everything!
Yeah, the FBI does nothing all day except monitor perverts on Limewire, and they keep a fleet of black helicopters on standby so they can swoop in on you. So all those gigs of Hentai porn you keep? The pics of midgets banging sheep? Delete those too.
And one last piece of advice. Stay off of limewire.
I usually post food related blogs on the front site, but this has more to do with underhanded sneakiness, so this post should go here. So it seems a pretty crappy restaurant went tits up. The only thing that was good at any Bennigan’s store was the beer, and thankfully you can get that anywhere. But after years of having a schizoid menu that crossed from TexMex to Irish to American, the creditors are calling in payment. Bennigan’s shut all its corporate stores to liquidate its assets.
This SouthPark video was the same reaction to showing up to work at Bennigan’s yesterday morning. Supposedly the franchises are still operating, but I doubt they will do so for much longer. The Bennigan’s brand is a valuable asset too, and as such, the name should also be on the auction block.
From CBS2 here:
Bennigan’s Grill and Tavern closed all of its corporate-owned locations nationwide after filing for bankruptcy. That amounts to 160 locations, and about 10,000 employees are out of work.
Some managers and some employees say they were called in the middle of the night. People got the calls at the stores, others were called at 1:00 in the morning at their homes. No one expected it.
Bennigan’s spokeswoman Leah Templeton said Bennigan’s and Steak & Ale restaurants – both of which are owned by Plano, Texas-based Metromedia Restaurant Group – have filed for bankruptcy, along with the holding company S&A Restaurant Corp.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy means the company is being liquidated, as opposed to Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in which a company tries to reorganize and remain in business.
How crappy is it for any company to lock out its employees? But the managers at these restaurants had to have seen this coming. They see their dismal sales. They knew they weren’t hitting their numbers.
Yeah, spammers are annoying, no question. They flood inboxes with ads for penis creams, fake watches, penny stocks, and links to malware-infected sites. They even steal identities of victims that fall for their scams. Now there is a new crime to add to the evils of spammers- Murder.
Edward Davidson, convicted for spamming millions, escaped from jail and murdered his wife and three year old daughter before turning the gun on himself. Trench posted this on his News of Doom blog, so thanks for that. From Rocky Mountain News here:
Edward Davidson 35, was known as Colorado’s Spam King. He was sentenced April 28 to serve 21 months in federal prison for his role in sending hundreds of thousands of unsolicited fraudulent e-mails touting certain penny stocks as excellent investments. He was a computer whiz who made millions only to see his life come crashing down, ending on a quiet basin of prairie.
Sunday night he pulled off a seamless escape from a prison in Florence, jumping into a 2006 silver Toyota Sequoia with his visiting wife and speeding away.
On Thursday morning, he drove to his wife’s former home near Bennett and fatally shot her and his toddler daughter. Then he killed himself.
Davidson was found outside the driver’s side of the vehicle, his wife by the passenger side. A handgun lay nearby. His dead 3-year-old daughter was in the back of the vehicle. A 7-month-old boy was strapped in his baby seat, unharmed.
“What a nightmare, and such a coward,” said U.S. Attorney Troy Eid. “Davidson imposed the death penalty on family members for his own crime.”
Rot in hell you cowardly stupid POS. While this world is much better off without you, there was no reason to murder your family members.
Thanks to Chris for the tip.
I wrote previously here about the twisted moonbats in Denver planning to protest the Democrat National Convention who are convinced that the “Gubmint” is going to shoot them with sound waves to induce uncontrollable poopsies in their pantsies.
Pro tip: Don’t give the paper your name if you pretend to be an Anarchist.
Now meet the leader of the crackpots. Its Kelli Refer, an anarchist who, while wearing a mask, provided her real name to the newspaper. She is a Feminazi and a member of the Student Senate at Knox College, serving as a committee chair of.. get this.. student safety! She is a proponent of using a cup to catch her monthly bloody discharge, and she reuses tampons because she is a dirty hippy treehugger, who, by and large, are obsessed with things that ooze out of their bodies.
Kelli’s class picture. I have unmasked the anarchist.
And as an anarchist, Kelli Refer is demanding that the city turn over 50 Million dollars to them or else they will burn the city to the ground after throwing their own feces and urine at the cops. How they don’t get arrested for making terroristic threats is a puzzle to me.
From the Rocky Mountain News here:
A group of self-described anarchists threatening to disrupt the Democratic National Convention is promising to go away if the $50 million federal grant that Denver received to pay for convention security is invested in the community instead.
“As anarchists, we feel the greatest problem with government is how its primary interest is to protect the profits of those in power, even when it comes at the expense of the general public,” Clayton Dewey, an organizer with Unconventional Denver, said in a statement.
“Spending $50 million on weaponry to attack people voicing their opinion and flooding the streets with riot police while schools close down, children go without health care and people lose their homes is exactly the problem with the corrupt two-party system we’re opposing this August,” he said.
Anarchists opposing a two-party system? What do they want? Three parties? Last I checked my dictionary, anarchists want the dissolution of all government, so these twats fail basic government theory too.
Today is the last day that you can purchase a Cisco PIX as it is now considered End of Life.
When I worked at my last DoD gig, I was thrown into a position where I had to administer about 250 Cisco PIXes. At the time I had zero experience, but I knew how to configure firewalls after years of experience playing with Checkpoints. Google and Cisco.Com became my best friends and luckily, I never shot myself in the foot too badly.
I don’t know if you have to feed it bananas. But I wonder what its bacon will taste like?
The pollution in China has finally brought about the introduction of a new species that is sure to wipe us all out in some future war. Or maybe it will fall into a sausage grinder and the war will be averted.
Villagers were shocked after a monkey-like piglet was born in China.
“It’s hideous. No one will be willing to buy it, and it scares the family to even look at it!” Feng told Oriental Today.
He says the piglet looks just like a monkey, with two thin lips, a small nose and two big eyes. Its rear legs are also much longer than its forelegs, causing it to jump instead of walk.
“But our son likes to play with it, and he stopped us from getting rid of it. He even feeds it milk.”
Neighbours have suggested the couple keep the piglet to see how it looks as it matures.
Yay. After spending good money on computer operating systems, Bill Gates is taking his share of the profit from my purchase to finance “Operation Global Nag” to pester the hell out of Joe SixPacks around the World about their smoking habits. Really Bill and Mike? Nothing better to do that export Ydoyouthink BS commercials to Asia? Gonna stage some “die-ins” at the Philip Morris headquarters in Bangladesh?
From the Times here:
Bill Gates and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that they would spend $500 million to stop people around the world from smoking.
The $500 million would be spent on a multipronged campaign — nicknamed Mpower — It will urge governments to sharply raise tobacco taxes, prohibit smoking in public places, outlaw advertising to children and cigarette giveaways, start antismoking advertising campaigns and offer people nicotine patches or other help quitting. Health officials, consumer advocates, journalists, tax officers and others from third world countries will be brought to the United States for workshops on topics like lobbying, public service advertising, catching cigarette smugglers and running telephone help lines for smokers wanting to quit.
Half a billion could put in a nice sewer system in an African country. Oh well. Also according to the article is a questionable statistic from the World Health Organization that estimates a billion people will be dying in the next century from cigarettes. Good news for those Global Warming Believers!
On the other hand, it just heaps more guilt on the remaining American Indians who brought this scourge of smoking to the world. That’s right, I said it! The redskins killed billions of people with their “let’s smokem peacepipe; make friendly with whiteman” routine. I’ll keep that in mind next time one of them asks me to buy them a bottle of firewater, which they no doubt must drink in order to quell the guilty echoes of millions of dead smokers they hear in their heads. I might tell him no. I might tell him, “Listen to those echoes, Falling Squirrel. Those echoes say ‘Why did you and your kind kill me with the choking smoke of your forefathers, Falling Squirrel?’”
Hey, if the black man can blame me for 500 years of black oppression, I can certainly blame the red man for killing billions from tobacco.
According to this Sweetness and Light post about an article in the Evening Standard, Barack Obama’s GrandPappy, Hussein Onyango Obama, was a Muslim witch doctor. And Witch Doctors from that region of Africa play a new fun game, called “Hack up the Albino.” I wonder how many potions Obama’s grandfather brewed that contained human flesh?
The audacity of hope that you can make a white colored black man run for his life in the African bush! Anything for a buck, I suppose.
From the BBC here, along with a chilling video from an undercover camera crew showing Witch Doctors, just like grandpappy Obama, promising to drag an albino out of his home to slaughter him.
This year, at least 25 people with albinism have been killed. They are being killed because local witchdoctors say their body parts provide the potent ingredient for magic charms, which many local people use to bring success in business and love.
The bodies are left limbless and sometimes with a huge hole in the neck, from where blood would have been drained.
As if that is not enough, they have to bury their dead in the house, guard the graves on their farm and or build them with stones, metal bars and cement to prevent the killers from stealing the body parts.
So I posed as a businesswoman who wanted to get rich and “consulted” 10 witchdoctors. The consultations included talking to a hedge and telling my problems to a chicken.
These are regarded as intermediaries between the witchdoctor, their ancestors and the spirits, or “jinns“.
Sticky green stems or old money notes are put between pages from the Koran.
Then the witchdoctors would speak in Arabic and the local Sukuma language and translate or use an interpreter to get the message through to me.
Two witchdoctors promised to get me a magic concoction mixed with ground albino organs. The starting price was $2,000 for the vital organs.
Another told me said that the police were among his customers and that he could make a special potion mixed with ground male and female private parts to enable people to commit armed robbery without being caught.
Speaking Arabic, playing with Korans and believing in “jinns” or genies are all signs of the Muslim at work. I had a feeling in a previous article that the barbaric practices of cutting up people for magic spells had something to do with Islam. I was right. But I had no idea it had anything to do with the magic of Barack Obama.
We just finished watching Knocked Up, and because we love this song so much I thought I should post it. Loudon is actually the doctor in Knocked Up that goes on a trip to San Francisco for a Bar Mitzvah. Click the video to enjoy.
This is a hilarious little video from the FailBlog.
I wonder if Hotels.Com asked for their advertising fees back after being stabbed in the back like this from ABC? Oh well, they should protect their data better and they wouldn’t be embarrassed like this.
Oops. Somebody dropped their global warming. Anchorage is on track to have its coldest summer ever recorded. Suck it Al Gore.
The coldest summer ever? You might be looking at it, weather folks say.
Right now the so-called summer of ’08 is on pace to produce the fewest days ever recorded in which the temperature in Anchorage managed to reach 65 degrees.
That unhappy record was set in 1970, when we only made it to the 65-degree mark, which many Alaskans consider a nice temperature, 16 days out of 365.
This year, however — with the summer more than half over — there have been only seven 65-degree days so far. And that’s with just a month of potential “balmy” days remaining and the forecast looking gloomy.
Global Warming is a myth. All the talk about reducing carbon is merely an attempt to reverse the advances of the industrial revolution.
I wrote a followup to the [GAS] post I wrote last week about Terry Childs, the city’s network admin who went off the reservation and locked out all of his fellow employees from the network.
Lockout: The ultimate solution for the BOFH
It turns out that he thought the only person he could ethically disclose the passwords to was the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom. Check out the post at [GAS] for the rest of the details.
I have a post up at Geeks Are Sexy about Robert Soloway, aka the Spam King, being sentenced to four years of PMITA Prison.
I wrote about his conviction last year in this post here.
I included some statistics on current spam levels and how this single conviction will do nothing to stem to flow of unwanted spam in your inbox.
What?? A rapper jailed for identity theft for lying about his true name in order to dodge medical bills? The hell you say! But its true. Rapper DMX was arrested for medical identity theft after going to the Mayo Clinic for medical treatment and giving the fictitious name of “Troy Jones.”
From Reuters here:
A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office said a grand jury has charged DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, with one count of theft and one count of taking someone else’s identity.
The felony indictment stemmed from a visit Simmons made to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April during which he gave his name as “Troy Jones,” to avoid paying for treatment.
The indictment is the latest in a string of tangles with the law for the 37-year-old rapper.
Earlier this month, Simmons was arrested at a Phoenix airport for failing to appear in court, failure to pay fines and driving without a license.
The rapper was arrested in May on suspicion of drug possession and animal cruelty after searches of his home allegedly turned up weapons, drugs, dog carcasses and abused pit bulls.
Great, another black guy who loves to abuse Pit Bulls. So if this punk has so much cash he can afford lawyers, and bail money, plus all his drugs, and a shovel to bury torn up bodies of dogs, why can’t he afford Blue Cross/Blue Shield? Oh, ’cause health insurance isn’t “Keepin’ it real, bitches.”
I remember when all of the treehuggers banned the paper bag because it killed trees. Now they are switching back because plastic bags harm the landfills. Wait, what? Don’t treehuggers mandate that plastics get recycled?? So why are plastic bags going to landfills? This should be proof that the Environment Worshippers don’t give a damn about the environment. What they really want to do is run your life.
From the AFP here:
The city of Los Angeles announced it will ban all plastic bags from retail stores as of July 1, 2010, following similar anti-pollution regulations already enforced in San Francisco.
The second-largest US city behind New York, Los Angeles, with its four million population, will ban plastic bagging in all supermarkets, grocery and retail stores, the Los Angeles City Council said in its new regulation.
After July 1, 2010, all store customers must provide their own bags or purchase bags made of paper or other biogradable material from the store for 25 cents (0.25 dollar).
The goal is to rid the city of some 2.3 billion non-biodegradable plastic bags that are distributed each year and end up polluting waste dumps for a long time.
So why doesn’t the city government just admit that their recycling program is a total failure if all those plastic bags are going to the dump? And if the recycling is working, why the need for the second law? The only explanation is that this is a political stunt- one that forces citizens to cough up cash for something that has always been free.