Michael Daum

Bush changes plan for emergency shadow government
May 10, 2007, 6:48 pm
Filed under: fight the power, politics

I hear people say sometimes that impeachment isn’t important because Bush’s term is so nearly finished. It’s still important. This points to the type of thing which can go on if he’s left in office. Every day he’s left in will make it harder and harder to uproot him when the time comes. Do it now…it’s not just pardons.

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LOLcademia’s Ivory Tower
May 10, 2007, 3:25 pm
Filed under: geek


I loves me my LOLcats, and those who know me know I loves me the austere halls of learning as well. So you can imagine my glee when I discovered that they are being given the serious treatment which they deserve! The envelope is pushed yet again.

Toronto Car vs. Bike
May 9, 2007, 12:28 pm
Filed under: gruntle, toronto

This could have been me…any day of the week. ‘Nuff said.

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Arrrrrrroooooo!!!!!! Cheney paid for it!
May 9, 2007, 8:33 am
Filed under: fight the power, politics

He started an illegal war, stole billions from the government, abused human rights, and shot a man in the face. But finally Dick Cheney has done something which might be counted against him….he paid for sex. Ride on, baby.

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Debt Slavery For Kids
May 8, 2007, 9:58 am
Filed under: gruntle, kids

Every time my bank offers me “cheques” to write against my Visa card I feel my blood pressure start to climb. So you can imagine how much I enjoyed hearing about the new Visa branded version of the game of “Life”. I used to play the original game when I was a kid, and as I recall, it was questionable even then. I suppose it would be impossible to prevent the game from validating certain life decisions and knocking others. But it was at least fun. The new version sounds less fun. In keeping with its backing from Visa, the new version rewards the children for acquiring credit card debt. No, I’m not kidding.

Nefarious Canadian Currency!!!
May 7, 2007, 9:57 am
Filed under: General

Commemorative quarter

This is rich. Apparently some Canadian contractors entered the US carrying some commemorative quarters in their change. The quarters had a red poppy inset, which here is a symbol by which we remember our soldiers on Remembrance Day. Unused to the concept of creativity in currency design, the US spymasters dissected the thing — and “found” a nefarious nanotechnology device! High alert was raised of course, and the good citizens lived to be afraid for yet another day. All is well.

Update: Story’s been dugg

Update 2: Now it’s been slashdotted

Kindergarten Science
May 4, 2007, 1:17 pm
Filed under: kids, physics

Just thought I’d link to  this very funny post on Cosmic Variance.  She’s talking about discussions about science with kindergarten kids, and how their minds are time-shared between the rational and the not-so-much.  Priceless quotes from the latter slice…could have came straight from the mouth of Jake the Snake!