Archive for December 10th, 2007

There They Go Again.

To Whom It May Concern:

Please make this go away forever.

Also, the flag-burning amendment.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

December 10th, 2007 at 11:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Democrats,Lieberman,Politics,Wankers

Big Talk

Don’t desert me, boffins!

Once again, NYT has released their Year In Ideas edition of the Magazine. Some of my personal favorites:

Appendix may have a purpose after all!

Fully functional bridge made out of labels and cardboard tubes.

Disease that wants you to be eaten by cats.

No more Checkers. It’s been solved.

Instant martini pickle!

How to fake a photo technique that makes things look fake.

Thoughts of God (and government) make people nicer.

‘Cuz every girl’s crazy ’bout a strong-gripped man…

Teach your bees to manufacture decorative accents for your home!

Ramadan… In… Spaaaaaace!!!

“Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string.” Saucy!

Ovulation + Lap Dancing = Profit!

New Zealand Yum-Yum Teddy Bear Strike Force Z.

Why being a quitter is awesome.

The first-ever un-weighted self-righting object.

Cement that fights pollution.

Starch is what separated us from the animals.

Energy from the waves. And from the air. And through the air.

Social networking with complete strangers you may be vaguely related to!

The “Endpaper” of patents and their possible inspirations is pretty amusing as well.

1 comment December 10th, 2007 at 09:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Monday Media Blogging,Science,Technology

Kellogg, Brown and Rape

It’s not just the military contractors you have to worry about in Iraq:

A Houston, Texas woman says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad, and the company and the U.S. government are covering up the incident.

Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.

“Don’t plan on working back in Iraq. There won’t be a position here, and there won’t be a position in Houston,” Jones says she was told.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave.


Jones told that an examination by Army doctors showed she had been raped “both vaginally and anally,” but that the rape kit disappeared after it was handed over to KBR security officers.


Over two years later, the Justice Department has brought no criminal charges in the matter. In fact, ABC News could not confirm any federal agency was investigating the case.

Legal experts say Jones’ alleged assailants will likely never face a judge and jury, due to an enormous loophole that has effectively left contractors in Iraq beyond the reach of United States law.

No word on whether Ms. Jones was also sentenced to 200 lashes.

1 comment December 10th, 2007 at 07:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Iraq,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers,War

NYC Civil War Statue Photoblogging

Just a couple of different angles on the General Sherman statue in Central Park. Tomorrow: Creepy WWI statue!

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December 10th, 2007 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging

More fun with Mitchell & Webb:

Ever wonder what a hospital show written by people who know nothing about medicine would be like? Still better than E.R.

Likewise for science fiction. “Captain’s Log, Thursday: Keep on driving ship. Done.”

1 comment December 10th, 2007 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

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