Life is Toxic

January 13, 2009

A few decades ago, there was a heartwarming belief that a woman being pregnant was a natural state.  We now know that pregnancy is actually a life and death struggle between the mother and the fetus for resources.

In the same way, we like to think that nature  (at least without man’s thumb on the scales) is in a beautiful balance.  However, paleontologist Peter Ward thinks…not so much:

In his  [Ward’s] view, the earth’s history makes clear that, left to run its course, life isn’t naturally nourishing – it’s poisonous. Rather than a supple system of checks and balances, he argues, the natural world is a doomsday device careening from one cataclysm to another.

This has the sad ring of truth — and the best argument I know for the legitimacy of the Bush Presidency.

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Good to Know

December 23, 2008

From the BBC:

Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

I’m not quite sure what the connection is between oxygen production and homosexuality, but I’m sure it’s there.

The connection is actually not so strange.  Centuries ago, the Chinese believed that homosexuality caused earthquakes.  I guess the Pope now has other information.



Best Line of the Day

November 5, 2008

Quoted from Wonkette, quoting from Newsweek:

A disgusted McCain aide calls the Palins “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast.”

It seems that the Palins spent a lot more than $150,000 for clothes.


The Power of YouTube

October 2, 2008

An amazing little graf came from Showbiz Data tonight:

YOUTUBE DOUBLES LETTERMAN’S AUDIENCE
Wednesday, October 1 2008


More than 3.5 million people watched David Letterman’s response to Sen. John McCain’s snub last week on YouTube, nearly doubling the number of viewers who watched the original show (about 4 million). A nine-minute clip from the show, in which Letterman showed McCain being made up for an interview with Katie Couric at another CBS studio down the street from his own, was uploaded by YouTube member 1970oaktree, identified in some reports as a member of the Letterman staff, even before Letterman’s show, taped earlier in the day, went on the air.

It’s incredible to think that Letterman’s audience can double because of YouTube.  It’s also impressive that one of his staffers knew to/was allowed to post the clip.  They knew that Senator McCain getting caught in a lie to Letterman was newsworthy, and the show could ride it.

Or maybe they just did it for revenge.

OK, both.