Sunday, December 2, 2012

Oh, so close! NIU Huskies miss first half scoring record by one point

DAYTON, Ohio -- Dayton held Northern Illinois to five points in the first half en route to a 60-43 victory on Saturday.

The five points were the fewest scored in a first half since Notre Dame limited California to five on Nov. 26, 2010. The fewest points scored in a half in the shot clock era is four by Savannah State vs. Kansas on Jan. 7, 2008. . .

Saturday, November 24, 2012

From QT - "Q: Who's bowing out? A: Yes."

News Headline: "Hu, Wen bow out; Xi to take over as new boss."
Who's bowing out?
I mean the fellow's name.
Yes. Him, too.
Yes. Hu.
Wait. Someone's bowing out. Who and when?
That's right. . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our long national nightmare... more likely a bit of bad Brie from last night's cheese and wine party.

Hopefully, this blog can see some more posts.

I keep seeing analysis of the election results, and a few of them rub me the wrong way.  I have seen more than one site and heard more than one person explain that this election was a complete repudiation of conservatism and conservative principles.  I couldn't disagree more - at least with respect to fiscal concerns.

One friend posted - "the stupidity of the American electorate cannot be underestimated."  Knowing this old friend as I do, I am sure he would explain that the fiscal restraint of the Republican party should appeal to everyone.  While he and I would disagree on trickle-down economics,  (In years where I made a lot more, my extra money was no more likely to go to people who needed it), I would agree that the idea of fiscal restraint probably appeals to most Americans. 

It's just that the Republicans always seemed to say - everyone is going to have it better - but let's be clear some people are more equal than others. 

The demographics issues are pretty clear.  White males, especially those who already have incomes over $100,000, believe that without any fetters from the Federal government, they can do better.  It's probably true.  About the last thing holding them back is taxes.  The very religious and evangelicals, who we can set aside from the financial issues, also voted for Romney in large numbers for understandable reasons.  They believe more than money is at stake in this and every election. 

On the other side we have African-Americans.  Sure, the conservatives say that with responsible fiscal policies that African-Americans, like all Americans will benefit.  Unfortunately, some (not named Mitt Romney) have advocated for the end of affirmative action, and even the repeal of the Civil Rights Act.  With a third of African-American men going through the penal system, double the rates of unemployment of white Americans and the Republican penchant for using coded "welfare" language to refer to blacks when some nut is not claiming the White House should be called the Black House, is it any wonder that African-Americans think that some kind of institutionalized racism is at play?  And that institutionalized racism will trump the benefits of any fiscally sound policy adopted by the Republican party?  Without affirmative action or the Civil Rights Act, if the situation gets worse for African-Americans, what would they say? 

Latinos are perhaps a harder case.  Like some African-Americans, many are very socially conservative.  And again, a sounder economy would only help everyone.  But the achilles' heel here seems to be the immigration issues.  It can be tempting to think Hispanics are monolithic or think that Mexicans want other Mexicans to be able to come here - but it is pretty clear that their voices on this issue are mixed.  Many conservative Latinos are clearly opposed to illegal immigration, especially because its illegal and especially when it threatens their livelihood.  But the Republicans who are arguing for self-deportation (here I'm looking at you Mitt) in conjunction with their ilk who are happy to help that process by profiling and jailing US-citizen-Hispanics without papers, clearly show that the writing is on the wall as to the real issue. 

Mitt's only comment about the very poor that received any focus was "I'm not concerned about the very poor."  Combine that with the calls from those like Paul Ryan to "broaden the tax base" by making sure that everyone has "skin in the game" and it's easy to see why anyone who makes under $20,000 a year (which was where I started at after undergrad) and uses food to live might not want to pay more in taxes to feel like a real American.  While fiscally sound policy is likely to help the poor, it's not like the crappy jobs are going to go away.  And unless there is 0% unemployment, which only Hitler could pull off*, it's unlikely the job creators are going to double the salaries of those menial full-time jobs. 

*if the Republicans can succeed in repealing the minimum wage, we can go back to 0% unemployment immediately.  I would immediately extend an offer to everyone to work for me for free in a venture to test the human body's ability to swim the Pacific ocean.  Poof.  0% unemployment. 

And finally women.  Makes sense to take a dump on them as they are right around half of the human population.  And except for those totally gay families, almost everyone knows one.  "Binders full of women" really wasn't that bad.  But "rape easy" "rape is a gift from God" and "women's bodies have a way of shutting that down" are just asinine.  That and opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Act and equal pay are not exactly going to move the needle for anyone but the most religious Christian women, some of whom are even thinking womens' suffrage may not be all it cracked up to be. 

I guess it is a long circle back, but I just don't see how sound, conservative, fiscal policy is failing to appeal to anyone.  So I suppose there is hope for a Republican future.  I just don't think you can take a crap all over everyone and say - when we talked about fiscal success, we weren't thinking of you.  Or we were thinking of you, but other disqualifying factors are going to mean you aren't as equal as the best of us - the job creators - the entrepreneurs - the success stories. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Um yeah...

Driving to Elgin the other day on I-90 and on the roadside, on the side of a truck is a big Ryan-Romney sign.  No big deal there, except that the side proudly proclaims - this business was family built with no government assistance. 

Not sure what they mean by assistance, but kind of interesting that the sign is really just visible from the Federally-funded highway.  I'm guessing they don't pay for the roads they drive on either.  And I was wondering, have they ever been sued or sued someone?  If so, I'm guessing they may have used the court system.  Maybe the Canon courts took a look at their case though.  A co-worker wondered how they are getting water and electricity to their building.  Presumably, most members of the family were home schooled rather than public schooled.  And I could go on and on.  Do they just mean that the business didn't get foodstamps, Medicare or Medicaid?  If so maybe the sign should be more clear. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wha Happen?

The blog was abuzz with handball posts. Iceland this. Handball that. Then, silence. Crickets. Wha happen?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Handball, for us, has become not just a sport, but the core of the national spirit"

Following remarks made by Iceland's Olympic handball coach about the meaning of the sport, President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson told the international press that handball is a defining sport for the Icelandic people, equivalent to "the core of the national spirit".


Guðmundur Þ. Guðmundsson, Iceland's handball coach, has been quoted in the international media as saying, "We have no army in Iceland, so it's with handball we fight for the recognition," following the country's victory against Argentina yesterday.


"Handball, for us, has become not just a sport, but the core of the national spirit," Grimsson says. "Can anyone honestly say the same about any single U.S. Olympic team? No way. I’m here not just as a great fan of the team," says the Icelandic president, "but to also pay homage to what they’ve done."


When asked for final thoughts before the impromptu interview's close, the president remarked, "My last word to the American audience is to start playing handball. It’s a fun game."

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The all-time list of how poor suckers wound up here

Lattice of Coincidence ~ Search Keywords ~ All Time
lattice of coincidence 382
fuck you 191
butcher 80
buckeyes suck 53
mets suck 46
angry polar bear 25 22
blogger 20
nude recreation 13
henry chase hager (who? - ed.) 12

DJ Brings the Wisdom

DJ on Francisco Liriano: "The main thing he needs to do is get guys out."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Further apologies to the poor suckers who ask themselves: "How did I wind up here?"

Lattice of Coincidence ~ Search Keywords ~ July 28 - Aug. 4
ksu black squirrel student government 5
mad cat funny 3
sewer scum drawing 3
constant flow of bullshit 2 2
wide open lattice fence nude men 2
boner+nyc+subway 1
cat miss me 1
cat that gives the finger 1
economic bullshit 1

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another one of those little things we probably don't have to worry about (cont'd)

An avian flu that jumps from birds to mammals is killing New England's baby seals

Based on full genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, seal H3N8 descended from an avian strain that has been circulating in North American waterfowl since 2002, which implies recent transmission from wild birds to seals.

Given these findings along with the long history of the spread of avian influenza to humans—most notably H1N1 and H5N1—seal H3N8 could pose a threat to public health.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

No Edumacation for the Damned

In a brilliant move coninciding with the rough level of thought and discourse in this country, school vouchers in Louisiana, which may otherwise be used for religious education, cannot be used for Muslim religious education.  And don't get me started on atheists - why they even need an education is beyond me - there's not even here for any reason anyway. 

The article

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm sure this is likewise little if anything to worry about: "Earth Is Headed for Disaster, Interdisciplinary Scientific Review Concludes"

Earth Is Headed for Disaster, Interdisciplinary Scientific Review Concludes

An interdisciplinary group of 22 scientists, combining paleontological evidence with ecological modeling, has concluded that the earth appears headed toward catastrophic and irreversible environmental changes.

Their report, in the June 7 issue of the journal Nature, describes an exponentially increasing rate of species extinctions, extreme climate fluctuations, and other threats that together risk a level of upheaval not seen since the large-scale extinctions 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs.


Their conclusion is that the damaging effects, when combined, appear even worse than each of the experts has seen in his or her own field, Mr. Barnosky said. "These are all driving forces that in fact are greater than what we saw in the past," he said.


But for others, the warning contained in the Berkeley-led report may not be strong enough. "I suspect it's a little too optimistic," said Paul R. Ehrlich, a professor of population studies at Stanford University known for his 1968 book The Population Bomb.

Mr. Ehrlich said he foresees a series of dire threats to humanity, many virtually untouched by political leaders, including climate change, water shortages, and the widespread use of man-made toxins. Even a single repercussion of one of those, such as water scarcity leading to nuclear war between India and Pakistan, could devastate populations worldwide, he said.

"Generally the scientific community has spoken many times," Mr. Ehrlich said, "but nobody's paying any attention."

This is probably nothing to worry about (cont'd), or, They can have my incandescent light bulb when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers

Climate Scientists Lament a Nation Stuck on the Wrong Debate

The global warming debate in Congress, the states and on the campaign trail centers on two issues: Is Earth warming, and if so are humans to blame?

But ask most climate scientists, and they'll tell you that these are the only questions not in dispute. Climate change is a matter of how bad and by when, they'll say -— not whether.

Actually, I have a different question: Why are the collectivists trying to collect all my favorite light bulbs?

House votes to block enforcement of energy efficient light bulb standards

Thank God there are still a few defenders of liberty willing to stand up to Uncle Bo and his Stasi Brownshirt redistributors.

And quit worrying about our grandkids -- they'll thank us later, when they're raking in the dough at the Railsplitter Pineapple Co. (DON'T USE THAT! I haven't trademarked it yet!)

There are about 874,000 Google hits for "redistributor in chief," by the way.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Get a brain, morans! #Amercia

Al Qaeda's number two: Kill him again, for the first time

I think it's the second time in just the last couple of weeks that we did this. Fine with me. This guy is such a phokking prick, I'm totally ok with killing him over and over again.

News item: U.S. strike killed al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mysteries from the LoC Stats Files: Search Keywords of the Poor Suckers Who Wind Up Here

Search Keywords
"kc" "raccoon it's what's" "folksy"
"latticeofcoincidence" "kansas city"
black 14" oem monkey bars
bumble bee guy from simpsons
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kardynał tarcisio bertone
kobe lobster real
nude recreation
quinquagenarian milf
simpsons bee guy

CNBC, Donald Trump, and the willful self-dumbering of America (cont'd) #BRAWNDO

"Perhaps citing, as I clearly stated on air, an unconfirmed report from a conservative website was not the most conventional method to elicit a response from the loquacious Mr. Trump."

True. Next time just give him the mic and let him talk, since the journalism thing is apparently too much work for you.

On a related note, since Trump has chosen to double down on the brain-dead birther thing, the building in Chicago formerly named after him will henceforth be known as Rostenkowski Tower, or more colloquially, The Rosty.

Artisanal Dough "Nuts" in the News

Glazed and Infused has opened its first two locations, at 1553 N. Damen Ave., near the Damen Blue Line stop in Wicker Park, and at 813 W. Fulton Market in the West Loop. A third shop, at 929 W. Armitage Ave.,opens in July.

According to Crain's:

The artisanal doughnuts are made fresh each day from whole ingredients (local butter, eggs, cream and fruit when available) and trans-fat-free shortening. The doughnuts are made with two distinct batters — light, fluffy yeast doughnuts and cake doughnuts. Flavors include: maple bacon long john (inevitably - Ed.), PB&J, vanilla bean glazed, crème brûlée, apple fritter and red velvet. 

Unlike Dunkin' Donuts, these really sound like they are legitimately artisanal, and knowing how much people eat up that artisanal s#i+, this should be a hit. My only criticism is that they passed up the opportunity to spell "infused" with a z -- "infuzed" -- which would have been phokking awesome.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Who's ready to belly up to the idiot bar today? Aha!! Here comes a regular... #BRAWNDO #idiotbar #herecomesaregular

Which animal is hating America today?

Good question! I was about to guess the beady-eyed, weasely wolverine, but it is in fact our frenemy the moose that is stabbing us in the back this time by linking antlers with the YOOOGE global warming HOAX Machine.

"As ruminants, moose have a complicated digestion system that affects their ability to self-cool, and their internal thermostats are triggered with even the smallest temperature shifts."

"Waaah - it's too hot out" ... ya gonna cry now?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

An apology

According to the stats page for this blog, over the past month, 12 people have been led to this site from Suckers!

QT is BACK, baby! #artisanal #BeefSupreme

News Headline: "Beef industry searchers for solutions after 'pink slime' uproar."
News Headline: "What if it weren't called pink slime?"
Too late for that. It is irrevocably called pink slime.
The question now is: How do we get Americans to eat pink slime?"
The answer?
Call it Artisan Pink Slime.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

The world's most expensive hot dog is now MADE IN AMERICA (NO KETCHUP!)

Earlier this year, some Canadian thought he could beat Americans at our plutocracy/encased meats nexus game - an idea so wrong, the original article has been scrubbed from the internets.

America is BACK, baby!

Hot Dog Mike Juiliano creates The World’s Most Expensive Hot Dog (comma) for charity

I guess if your parents name you Hot Dog Mike, it kind of limits your career choices.

Previously, Canada held the record for the most expensive hot dog, but he thought it was time to bring the title back to America, intending no offense to Canada. (America: PHOKK YEAH!! SUCK IT, Canada ... Ed.)

The dog – made with a quarter-pound of premium beef – was also topped with lobster tail and saffron aioli. (NO KETCHUP! Ed.) ... Bystanders questioned whether the condiment covering her face was mustard or gold. At the same time, Juiliano assured everyone that the gold was "American gold" (PHOKK YEAH! Ed.).


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dusty-like shenanigans (cont'd)

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that the plan is for Aroldis Chapman to start "someday." (The inference being that it won't be happening anytime soon. Chapman has posted a dominant 0.00 ERA and 32/5 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings of relief this season and deserves a long-form look. But Baker is as stubborn as they get and seems to think he has the Cuban left-hander pegged correctly as a setup man.)

Baseball FAIL - Democracy FAIL degrees of separation

In the final days, Joe Ricketts, the wealthy AmeriTrade founder whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, threw $200,000 into television ads questioning Mr. Bruning’s character and business record. Mr. Ricketts is one of the primary funders of an anti-incumbent "super PAC," the Campaign for Primary Accountability, that has been roiling congressional races throughout the country.

The non-apology apology: so tricky to execute, it requires a committee

"O’Brien appointed a committee of three representatives to work with Vaillancourt to come up with an appropriate apology..."

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Public Service Announcement: The iPad is dangerous in Bed

Background (also included in the link) - apparently a girl fell asleep while holding her iPad above her head, dropped it, and chipped a few teeth as a result.

The iPad Is Dangerous In Bed:

I wonder what Apple will do to address this obviously fatal flaw with their device! For now, you have been warned!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I did not make this up

Prairie Chicken Head Giveaway (First 1,500 Fans)

This may be one of the most unique giveaways in the history of the sports, and you don't want to miss it! The first 1,500 fans will receive a Prairie Chicken Head. Get to the park early, because these are sure to go fast!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Was literally everyone else unavailable?

News item: World famous eater Kobayashi makes his first visit to Schaumburg for Boomers Opening Weekend.

Kobayashi is a professional eater who memorably challenged a Kodiak bear to a televised eating contest.

Did the bear know he was being challenged? Because I think if he did, he would have eaten Kobayashi.

In addition to Kobayashi’s appearance, the Boomers will be celebrating Opening Weekend with a one-of-a-kind Prairie Chicken Helmet Giveaway...

Okay, now I'm getting interested.

Ver nice, how much?

BBC News - Kazakh gold medallist is played Borat anthem in Kuwait:

Monday, March 5, 2012

So THAT'S how the bees disappeared...

The Associated Press: Swarm of bees delays Giants-Diamondbacks game:

The grounds crew came up with a sweet solution.

They smeared a combination of concession-stand lemonade and cotton candy on two utility carts and lured many of the bees away from fans and players.

Monday, February 20, 2012

America, Distilled

From a Trib story about the "Santorum surge":

Part of the Santorum surge can be accounted for by disaffected supporters of Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I decided to support him three weeks ago. Before that, I was for Gingrich," said Steve Izev, 34, of Westerville, Ohio. "The more popular he got, the more I liked him."

The more popular he got, the more I liked him. Before that I liked the other guy that was getting popular. I love it. So....honest. I'm not really thinking about it, I'm just going with whoever everyone else likes, coz this Romney guy is suspect in some sort of way...

Someone who agrees with the @fungsterm

I'm a Chicagoan, and I like ketchup on my hot dog. Deal with it. | Chicago Quirk:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Why does Rolling Stone want Romney to win?

Back when he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama insisted that medical marijuana was an issue best left to state and local governments. "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue," he vowed, promising an end to the Bush administration's high-profile raids on providers of medical pot, which is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

But over the past year, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a multi­agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush. The feds are busting growers who operate in full compliance with state laws, vowing to seize the property of anyone who dares to even rent to legal pot dispensaries, and threatening to imprison state employees responsible for regulating medical marijuana. With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush's record for medical-marijuana busts. "There's no question that Obama's the worst president on medical marijuana," says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "He's gone from first to worst."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Awesome new films

I thought Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter looked promising.

But I have been upstaged. Iron Sky tells the story of how a Nazi space program deposited the master race on the dark side of the moon, where they went on to live for 70 years, studying our culture, and only now returning to exploit our weaknesses. Oh - and the president is apparently Sarah Palin.

All this and the twinkie workers are apparently going on strike. The cosmic dissonance is going to tear the planet apart.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Shamelessly Recycling

I'm pretty sure I've posted this before, why else would it be on my hard drive?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

"We don't need to ask who you're talking to. We know."

[T]he Obama administration...has brought more prosecutions against current or former government officials for providing classified information to the media than every previous administration combined. [...]

“The Justice Department has always taken seriously cases in which government employees and contractors entrusted with classified information are suspected of willfully disclosing such classified information to those not entitled to it,” a department official explained. “As a general matter, prosecutions of those who leaked classified information to reporters have been rare, due, in part, to the inherent challenges involved in identifying the person responsible for the illegal disclosure and in compiling the evidence necessary to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

This is probably nothing to worry about (cont'ing)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., noticed that to subject American citizens to arrest without warrant and to detain us without trial violates the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. Feinstein proposed to specifically exempt American citizens from the NDAA's arrest policy.

Her clarification of the NDAA passed the Senate by a vote of 98 to 1. That's as bipartisan as it gets, even in good times. In these times, passage of Feinstein's clarification was a miracle of agreement.

Yet in the NDAA's final version, as signed by President Obama, American citizens are not exempt. How did that happen? [...]

The Obama White House specifically asked that U.S. citizens be subject to arrest without warrant and detention without trial.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Congressman Falls for The Onion's Planned Parenthood 'Abortionplex' Story

Meet the next rising Republican star...

Meet John Fleming, the unfortunate Republican U.S. Representative from Louisiana who made that wonderful and all-too-common mistake of thinking that an Onion article was real and telling his Facebook followers to read it.

Who was all gung ho about Iceland again?

Huh huh, Icelandic "handball". Huh huh, huh huh...

Presidential Power. Also, Al Green Sucks.

Sales of Al Green up nearly 500% after Obama 'cover' -

Who knew that President Obama could make a 30-odd year old song shoot up the chartsagain?

Digital sales of Al Green's (hate dis guy - ed) 1972 hit "Let's Stay Together" (hate dis song - ed) are up 490 percent, since a video of the president singing a few bars at a fundraiser surfaced last week.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the song was downloaded about 16,000 times last week — making it the best week for the song since digital sales data became available in 2003.

And that's the only Obama-Al Green (add dat to the nexus list - ed) news.

House Democrats, at a retreat in Maryland, presented President Obama with a CD of the caucus doing a rendition of the song. POLITICO's Seung Min Kim has more.

To which the Fungster says Boooooooooooo!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Canadian plutocrats, we got your dog here

DougieDog Hot Dogs says the footlong creation is "mouth-wateringly delicious" — and it'll set diners back $100.

The Dragon Dog is made with a bratwurst infused with century-old Louis the 13th cognac, which costs more than $2,000 a bottle.

Other ingredients include Kobe beef seared in olive and truffle oil, fresh lobster (NO KETCHUP! - ed.) and a secret picante sauce.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

For 35 years in a row, science has been rooting for the terrorists to win ...

... or, perpetrators of most elaborate hoax ever going to ever more elaborate lengths to perpetrate hoax (cont'd)

This marks the 35th straight year that global temperatures were warmer than normal. NOAA's records for world average temperatures date back to 1880.

Exciting developments in booze (cont'd)

We can now drink meteorite-infused wine.

Imagine a wine connoisseur swirling Cabernet Sauvignon around in his mouth, and then comparing the experience to "drinking elements from the birth of the solar system."

With those exact words, vineyard owner Ian Hutcheon is promoting Meteorito, the first wine aged with a roughly 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite believed to be from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rick Perry - Savoring the Dumbering

His campaign is probably almost over, so we must cherish these golden nuggets of inanity (new team name?) while they're still coming.

"When you have a country [Turkey] that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that type of activity against their own citizens, then yes, not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong to be in NATO, but it's time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it."

— Rick Perry

This was the most jaw-dropping statement of the night.

The ruling party of Turkey is moderately Islamic, but it generally has not interfered with the country’s secular traditions. While Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has prodded the leadership about its commitment to media freedoms, few analysts — if any — would say the Turkish leadership is made up of "Islamic terrorists." We really have no idea what Perry is talking about.

As for foreign aid, Turkey is a wealthy country that already gets virtually no foreign aid from the United States. The State Department this year made a request for about $5 million, which was earmarked for peace-keeping and security operations — not what one could consider traditional "foreign aid."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I guess what's been killing the bees should have been obvious

If they need to find a healthier way to cope with all that bee stress, I suggest booze.

Apparently, neonicotinoids are "a group of toxic chemicals designed to paralyse insects by attacking their nervous systems." But, as it turns out, bees are insects too. Hmmph. And you spelled "paralyze" wrong.

Nicotine-based pesticides in widespread use by farmers are implicated in the mass deaths of bees, according to a new study by US scientists.

The authoritative, peer-reviewed research undermines the pesticide industry's long-repeated arguments that bees are not being harmed, and piles pressure on UK and US authorities to follow other countries by introducing bans on the chemicals.

Pesticide companies have been trying to protect their multi-billion pound businesses by lobbying internationally against bans on neonicotinoids, a group of toxic chemicals designed to paralyse insects by attacking their nervous systems.

Agricultural crops in Scotland, England and around the world are dosed with the chemicals to prevent insects from damaging them. But evidence has been mounting that they could be to blame for the "colony collapse disorder" that has been decimating bee populations.

The US has been losing one-third of its honeybee hives every year, while beekeepers in Europe say that more than one million bee colonies have been wiped out in France, Germany, Italy and the UK since 1994.

Although neonicotinoids have faced bans or restrictions in Germany, France, Italy and Slovenia, regulators in the UK and the US have so far accepted the industry's contention that the toxins were not poisoning bees.

But that view has now been seriously challenged by a new study from scientists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. They found neonicotinoids in bees, in pollen, in soil and in dandelions, suggesting that bees could be contaminated in several different ways.

"We know that these insecticides are highly toxic to bees; we found them in each sample of dead and dying bees," said Christian Krupke, associate professor of entomology at Purdue and a co-author of the study. Bees also suffered from tremors, unco-ordinated movement and convulsions, which are all signs of insecticide poisoning...

Friday, January 6, 2012

latticeofcoincidence.brawndo? #BRAWNDO

News item: A U.S. Commerce Department official is warning of possible "unintended and unforeseen consequences" of domain name expansion, The National Law Journal reports. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the upcoming expansion. The group will accept applications for registration of almost any word in any language as a generic top-level domain name, such as dot-computer or dot-furniture.

Could be dot-smiff's time to shine.