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La Jolla Property Photoblogging

La Jolla really does have some very nice real estate…

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September 23rd, 2009 at 08:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Wanker Of The Day

Chris Packham:

“Here’s a species that, of its own accord, has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac,” Packham told Radio Times magazine.

Packham believes that money spent on conserving the panda would be better invested in other animals as the species is not strong enough to survive alone.

“It’s not a strong species. Unfortunately it’s big and cute and it’s a symbol of the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) — and we pour millions of pounds into panda conservation,” he added.

“I reckon we should pull the plug. Let them go, with a degree of dignity …”

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Packham, who is president of Britain’s Bat Conservation Trust and vice-president of the Wildlife Trusts, also saw a grim outlook for endangered tigers.

“I don’t think tigers are going to last another 15 years,” he said. “How can you conserve an animal that is worth more dead than alive? You can’t.”

Um, isn’t the whole point of conservation to protect species that would otherwise go extinct?  And while it’s true that pandas are the anti-cockroach, they were doing just fine until humans destroyed their primary habitat, so they’re evidently not quite the abject evolutionary failures that Packham says they are (and most certainly not “of [their] own accord”).

September 23rd, 2009 at 01:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment,Wankers

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Looks like the Mormon Glenn Beck is doing a little cross-cultural outreach…

Fox News anchor Glenn Beck is encouraging people people to observe Yom Kippur with fasting, introspection and “prayer for the Republic.”  On his television program, Beck described how he will be observing the Jewish Day of Atonement.

He will start by going into a “Real World” style confessional Holy of Holies. In this small room will be only a camera, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  Producers have allotted an hour and a half for a close up of Beck’s face as he reads the Declaration while sobbing uncontrollably.

Beck will then anoint himself as the High Priest of The Republic for the day.  On his set, Beck plans to get on his knees and pour canola oil on his head while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  Duly anointed Beck will then be the High Priest, whose job it is to to cleanse the hearts and minds of America. To anoint America he will ritually burn copies of The New Yorker, Darwin’s Origin of Species, posters for films like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Milk, a map of California, tickets to the Austin’s South by Southwest Festival and a life-size cardboard cutout of Arianna Huffington.

Fox News will cancel all regular programming for the day, for a series of “sermons” delivered throughout the day by leading conservative thinkers.  In the evening, High Priest Beck will lead Fox Viewers in a prayer service.  During the service Beck will have a Passover style plate of food, viewers are expected to prepare and eat along with him as he tells the story.  The food will be 2 fried chicken legs, 3 barbeque ribs, a hot dog, potato salad, and a slice of apple pie.

Beck will then tell of the significance of each piece of food: the chicken legs symbolizing the journey to new lands seeking freedom, the ribs representing the fires our country has been through and how we must each “give of ourselves,” the hot dog a reminder of the idealism of the American dream and how industrialization makes all things possible, potato salad to symbolize our cultural melting pot.  Critics argue that a Irish, German, and English influenced dish that comes out mostly white may not be the best representation of the American Melting Pot, but Fox News has yet to address these concerns.  The Apple Pie represents “how sweet things can be, if we all stay true to our American identity.”

That sounds pretty awesome, although I’m afraid Beck may be atone-deaf.

September 23rd, 2009 at 08:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News


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