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20,000,000 people are being held prisoner in North Korea. They are starving, resorting to cannibalism. Completely cut off from the world, they have no media and no sources of information except for occasional helium balloons carrying leaflets sent by sympathetic people in the South. It's as if they live 70 or 100 years in the past, but they exist under a governmental rule of law that would make Orwell piss himself. Concentration camps that would give Hitler a boner imprison "class enemies" (for example, people who leave picfures of Kim Jong-Il on the ground) and also their entire families (all of them) unto the third generation, and almost no one leaves these camps alive. It's as if a cult of twenty million helpless people is being kept there... And what are we doing about it?

Not a FUCKING THING. Too bad they don't have any oil.

! DECIMATE

Apr. 1st, 2009 01:06 pm
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Okay people. Please help me with this one. Even PBS's NOVA is wrong on it, and it's worrying me.

Decimate == REDUCE by ONE TENTH. To decimate something is to destroy ten percent of it.

People CONSTANTLY misuse this word. They should be using the word "devastate" instead.

DEVASTATE, not decimate.

You may now return to your previously scheduled program.
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I purchased this stainless steel 2 quart bottle with the intention of enjoying seltzer and creating my own all natural, organic soft drinks.

The lovely, thick stainless steel bottle SPRANG A LEAK on my very first attempt at using a CO2 cartridge with it. I am somewhat horrified by this. The company, LISS, is based in Hungary, and they offer a 1 year warranty on the product... but now I'm a bit fearful that this thing, even with replacement, won't last me a year, if their manufacturing is bad enough that the damn bottle has no integrity. Maybe I should get a refund instead?

sigh.
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If the U.S. drops into a Depression (note capital D) do you think that we could just finally get everyone to agree that FDR WAS FUCKING RIGHT and that maybe the Republican party shouldn't have done their very damndest over the last 30 years to deregulate and dismantle every fucking thing the man put in place to prevent another Depression?

Or, you know, we can just concede that government is owned by the ultra-rich and by corporations (banking and otherwise) whose runaway greed has driven the U.S. economy into a nosedive.
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So I had read that there was supposed to be this legislation or legal ruling or something that is supposed to be preventing cell phone companies from applying huge termination fees when you want to end a contract near the end of its term. Not so! It would cost me $175 to cancel my contract prior to 3/22/2008, a mere five weeks away. So I'm stuck paying Cingular/AT&T/whatever-the-fuck another fifty bucks. But it's canceled now, so they can just bite me.

Pay as you go and VOIP for me from here on out.

Ismail AX

Apr. 17th, 2007 02:21 pm
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Blogs all over the place are starting to report the VT shooter's "cryptic" reference to Ismail AX, as written on the inside of his arm in red ink.

All the usual suspects are coming out to play. "It's his email password." "It's his XBox Live tag." "It's a book." "It's a reference to Islamic parables."

Blame? The Internet. Violent video games. Books. Muslims.

Blame Canada!

How about "blame big pharma"? That's going to be my contribution to the game. I bet his anti-depressants brought on a murder-suicide rampage. Who's going to report that one, I wonder...?
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You have more balls than any of the Democrats who clapped for the dictator.
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Who wants to tear this guy's essay apart?

It basically amounts to: "Oh yeah?? Well I can rephrase your argument concerning lack of evidence just by replacing the names in the writing, so it doesn't count!" Not that he actually tries to prove Jesus existed or anything, because hey, that one's a given. He just tries to make people who deny existence without evidence seem like "lunatics".
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Who will Bush nominate as VP when Cheney dies?
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Who cares if 226,000 people died? Not us.

U.S. pulling out in weeks

We've got to protect freedom and liberty, we don't care about saving lives or rebuilding hope. We pledged $350 million when the death toll was half that number... and more people are going to die if we don't keep helping. *This* is the what we need to be doing to prevent terrorism - helping people build better lives!!
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Losing 8.5% of my weight has boosted my self-image a bit. Someone I hadn't seen in a while noticed that I was looking good today. Feeling stronger and healthier has given me more energy and verve, and as such has made me feel a bit more confident in myself. I think people are noticing that in me a little now. It seems like I've been getting more positive reactions from people lately, in general.

I'm still a little gun shy about trying to ask someone out though, especially people I don't know too too well.

Someone said to me tonight that the best thing to do is to think that everyone is interested in me, and to act accordingly. The worst that could happen is that I would seem a little foolish and maybe make the person(s) I ask out uncomfortable. Does this course of action seem rash, gentle readers? Or should I just be going for the gusto?

I did get that call from that old flame... hard to say if anything will come of that, though she did say she might want to get together this coming Sunday.


Consumer note of the moment - NEVER EVER use Yahoo! Personals. They don't cancel your subscription when your ad runs out. WTF?? I haven't had an active ad on their site in months, yet I've been paying a monthly fee to them because I didn't actually cancel the subscription; even though it said the ad was expired!! So what the hell am I paying them for??
Bastards. I hate crap like that.
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What the fuck does "let's agree to disagree" mean, anyway? It doesn't resolve anything. All you end up doing is walking away from the conflict. It's just a pointless platitude - and what if you don't want to "agree to disagree"?? I don't want to disagree, I want you to realize you're wrong, because you are you dumbass!

So there. Venting session over. Not that this has anything to do with any personal interaction with anyone, or even me interacting with random people online... I was just reading a "heated" discussion in a newsgroup, and one of the posters used that line. I totally got irked after reading it. Maybe because I'm tired and sweaty and I'm SO FED UP WITH THE HEAT! GAH!!

Summer can be over any old time now.

In other news, I've hit a plateau on the weight loss. I'm pretty sure I'm losing waistline and trimming up okay, but not moving on the scale is quite frustrating. I'm not being as strict with the calorie counting as I should be, and that's the result. I've been slacking on the exercise too, but mostly because of the thrice-damned ninety degree weather. Fuck all. I will eagerly dive into the pool at my parent's house when I head down there for birthday vacay this week.

High points since the last journal entry: got my Cowgirl Chocolates in the mail (mm, Belgian chocolate and cayenne pepper); went to an awesome wedding - great company, food, music, and dancing fun; went to FuGaKyu for a great sushi dinner; and got to see the "new and improved" He-Man cartoon.

Damn that cartoon was amusing. Revamped versions of all the 20 year old toys, horrible cheesy dialogue (worse in some ways than the original cartoon), total ripoffs of Star Wars in backgrounds, music, and action scenes, and a totally anime look and feel to the whole thing that just made it seem goofy.

Best line ever: He-Man lets Skeletor go, but Skeletor is a jerk and shoots the ledge the king is sitting on. King falls down a bottomless crevasse, and He-Man DIVES AFTER HIM. Using his immense power to accelerate gravity, he catches up with the king, and they fall... the king says:

"He-Man! You can... fly!?!"

to which He-Man replies:

"Uh... well... no."

and then he loses his grip on the king, and they continue to fall.

That was just plain quality entertainment right there, I gotta tell ya.

Sigh

Aug. 5th, 2002 11:16 pm
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I so need a distraction...
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Today's lunchie yum yum: HARD SALAMI. Yeah baby. Sweet, spicy, hard salami sliced nice and thin in a sangwich with American cheese.

On a more negative note... some old crabby broad at the deli stole the last loaf of focaccia bread from me. She walks in, doesn't even get in line, but puts her grimy mitts on the bread because it's the last one and sets it on the counter. You're not supposed to paw the bread, lady, that's why the people at the counter pick it up with wax paper.

I guess that's the one great thing about getting old - you get to not give a shit and be a cranky crabass and completely lose any semblance of manners. Grr. >:(
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For those of you who berate me for my dislike of chain restaurants, I present this tidbit for you.

CHAIN RESTAURANTS ARE TEH SUCCKCKKKKKKK!!!!!

Do you know why I don't like chain restaurants? Because the food SUCKS. The quality of the food is ASS. You who may have uttered the phrase "Grade D, but still edible" when chiding the food services in college... well guess what?? The food quality at chain restaurants is EVEN LOWER THAN THAT.

Chains buy cheap, crappy food and prepare it fast and generic and then overcharge you for it. I keep trying to "give them a chance", I keep trying different locations of chains in the hopes that they'll be better - but they all have the same, low quality ASS FOOD. Make that one word, ASSFOOD. I think I'll start my own chain and call it BUGABOO ASSFOOD'S and decorate it with garbage on the walls and serve the cheapest food I can find, like that "red tide" tuna that Homer ate on that episode of the Simpsons...

Bertucci's is about the only one I can stand, and only certain locations at that. I will take the Wonder Bar over a chain restaurant any damn day of the week. A pox on them all!

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