DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein the Permit Apocalypse is revealed.

jwz mixtape 117

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 117.

Proving again that the hot new trend in music videos for 2012 is "people walking in the woods."

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Current Music: as noted

We encouraged people to learn to program and just look at what happened

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Oh, Iceland, What Does It Mean

This is an article making fun of ROFLcon (which is, really, shooting recursive fish in a meta-barrel) but this bit is worth passing on:

Double Rainbow Guy, aka Bear Vasquez, relates how a high school in Iceland flew him over, put on a play for him, let him sit on a throne as he watched it, and smothered him in affection as though he were a minor deity. "The principal made me the protector of the student body!" Bear says, both astonished and confused.

The next day, his Icelandic hosts took him to swim in a hot emerald lake. "Dude, it's trippy," he says. He didn't know if it was appropriate to go swimming with these students. "I'm this old fat man, right?" But sure enough, everyone was okay with the protector of the student body swimming with their daughters. "All the girls under a hot waterfall. I'm holding them in my arms. They're all surrounding me, putting this cream on me. It was mind-boggling. I was, like, wow!"

I tell Bear he leads a weird life.

"No shit!" he agrees.


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Another awesome use for Yelp


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Russian Baby's Also Got a Temper.

This is pretty special:

I mean, it's no:

Or even:

But still. A noble effort, Comrades.

Previously, previously.

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Drivers Still Innocent After Proven Guilty

Being drunk, killing someone and fleeing the scene was still not enough to get a conviction when the perpetrator was cloaked in the body of an automobile:

A Buffalo-area jury acquitted Dr. James Corasanti of all felony charges stemming from the death of an 18-year-old girl he hit with his car. This is despite the fact he was drinking and texting, and drove off from the scene leaving the young girl to die. Paradoxically, he was convicted of misdemeanor DWI.

As has become standard in cases such as this, Corasanti alleged he never saw the victim, Alexandria Rice, who was returning home from work one night last summer. This defense is tried and true in our justice system as drivers are regularly not found responsible for hitting and killing people with their vehicles. A chilling quote from Corasanti's defense attorney sums things up: "We believe the jury saw it for what it was -- a tragic, horrible accident."

In just about every other facet of life, individuals are held responsible for their life-threatening actions, whether intentional or due to their own negligence. Not so for drivers. As long as you claim not to have killed someone on purpose, you are free to wreak as much havoc as you like with your car.

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Don't Forget to Sign Up for the "Do Not Kill" List

Lowering the Bar:

The president, who you may recall won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, then personally approves names on the "kill list" for execution targeted killing by drone. [...]

There may be no need to worry, of course, if you think the government will never get it wrong and target somebody who's actually innocent. And probably that never happens. In fact, it really can't happen, because the administration has adopted a rule defining any "military-age male" it has blown up as a terrorist unless proven innocent:

[The rule] in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent. Counterterrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good.

All perfectly legal under the Fifth Amendment, of course, which provides that no person shall be "deprived of life, liberty, or property, unless he is probably up to no good." And under the strike-zone rule, you also don't have to worry about killing foreign civilians, because there aren't any, at least not near your bomb.

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