Archive for July, 2002

Blood Curse

Wednesday, July 31st, 2002

from the terms-of-psychic-warfare dept.

Angelina Jolie reportedly wants the vial of blood she gave former husband Billy Bob Thorton back, seems she’s afraid of a curse being put on her. Underneath the thing about K-19.

Christian Sects Battle Over Jerusalem Church

Wednesday, July 31st, 2002

from the onward-Christian-soldiers dept.

I think we’ve fallen somewhat away from the core of Christ’s original message.

A River Runs Under It

Tuesday, July 30th, 2002

from the lost-world dept.

Indian satellites have discovered the mythical river Saraswati,which flows under the Thar desert in Rajasthan. The river is mentioned in the Rig Veda and is believed to have flowed parallel to the Indus.

Boeing Vs. Gravity

Monday, July 29th, 2002

from the up-up-and-away dept.

Boeing is examining the work of controversial Russian scientist Yevgeny Podkletnov who claims to have developed an anti-gravity process. While his claims are not taken seriously by many in the scientific community if an aerospace giant like Boeing is looking into his claims, maybe there’s something to it.

Woman Sues Airline Over Vibrator Search

Saturday, July 27th, 2002

from the keeping-the-skies-safe dept.

More evidence that you don’t mess with airline security these days. And general mayhem and buffoonery from all concerned.

Decline in Nudism=Decline in Tourism

Friday, July 26th, 2002

from the show-us-your-tits dept.

A decline in nude sunbathing in Munich’s English Garden is resulting in a serious decline in tourism to the city. “Society has become more prudish. You don’t see as many attractive young Munich girls anymore. I hope they’ll come back.” said the park director. Remember, in real life naked people are ugly, the only place where you can see attractive naked people is in porn.

Muppets and NASCAR

Thursday, July 25th, 2002

from the UPS-moves-in-strange-ways dept.

I have to wonder what the anticipated market is for Muppet Show / NASCAR merchandise. Rednecks with a sense of humor? Nostalgics who love the truck?

Everquest Universe Increasingly Silly

Thursday, July 25th, 2002

from the like-the-DMV-with-dwarves dept.

I spend a lot of time online. I’ve been known to get into fantasy worlds from time to time. I spend a pretty inordinate amount of time on a particular MUD. But even I have a lot of trouble believing players of Everquest camping out for several days to kill some dragon like ladies lined up outside Mervyns on sale day morning.

Pam Anderson Plans Hepatitis Treatment

Wednesday, July 24th, 2002

from the another-thing-tommy-lee-gave-her dept.

Pammy’s sick! She claims rocker Tommy Lee gave her hepatits C when they shared a tattoo needle.

Sharon Hails “Great Success” in Gaza Bombing Raid

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2002

from the hey-man,-nice-shot dept.

In the wake of a midnight Israeli bombing run on a crowded Gaza Strip residential neighborhood, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon proclaimed the attack a resounding success. “This operation was in my view one of our biggest successes,” said Sharon. “While scrupulously limiting ourselves to a legitimate military target, we still managed to achieve a civilian casualty rate of 14:1. Those are better numbers even than some suicide bombers achieve. I can’t tell you how proud that makes me feel.”

Steve Earle’s “John Walker’s Blues” Riles Country Fans

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2002

from the yee-hah dept.

Maverick country star Steve Earle has recorded a song in honor of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh. Titled “John Walker’s Blues,” the tune compares Lindh to Jesus, speaks favorably of Islam’s teachings, and generally goes out of its way to annoy the hell out of the conservative country music mainstream. Cool.

James Traficant Is Gonna Whack All Youse

Friday, July 19th, 2002

from the gastric-emissions-on-the-Richter-scale dept.

This being and all, something should probably be said about James Traficant. He’s made a number of truly colorful statements before Congress recently. This almost makes me feel good that we still occasionally elect old-style corrupt organized crime type guys instead of just your average corporate lackey white dudes.

Gamespot Spyware

Friday, July 19th, 2002

from the they-know-who-you-are dept.

Gamespot’s Download Manager hides spyware, DRM.

Sci-Fi Tax

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

from the to-boldy-go dept.

A proposed tax on science fiction books, science fiction comic books, space sciences books and any other space-related literature as well as sci-fi toys and whatnot to fund NASA. To infinity and beyond!


Thursday, July 18th, 2002

from the dear-god-why? dept.

Due to the lack of anything better to do, some fools are trying to make Linux run on the Xbox, even better is the fool who is offering a $200,000 prize for doing so. If there wasn’t a good reason before I guess there is one now.

Urban Street Games For The Uninitiated

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

from the hit-the-stick dept.

For those of you who didn’t grow up in the inner city a few decades ago or never had the opportunity to be an underprivileged kid, now you can print out complete rulesheets for various street games — offered as pdf’s for the highest quality output even. The site also has various news items from the street games world such as inductees into the illustrious Stickball Hall of Fame.

But What About the Vial of Blood?

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

from the dept.

Maybe it was that bad country album, or maybe it was the strain of being married to someone named Billy Bob, who knows?

Relax: Swarthy Furriners Under Control

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

from the well,-*I*-feel-better-now dept.

Fighter jets were called out to escort an ATA flight into La Guardia Tuesday night when some passengers performed the aggressive acts of having dark skin, speaking an unrecognized language, and pointing excitedly at several tall buildings. The police questioned them for several hours before establishing that they were Hindus rather than Muslims, and could therefore be safely set loose. Said one far-too-forgiving victim: “America is good country, and I understand people are afraid of people who look different.”

Parents Lying To Their Kids About Pot

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

from the good-luck,-Diogenes dept.

Silly-ass N.Y. Times login required (cypherpunk98/cypherpunk works, among others), but the story is too good to pass up: Boomers’ Little Secret Still Smokes Up the Closet, in which we learn of the heartbreak of parents who want to go along with the Just Say No message being taught to their kids in school, while still sparking up the occasional doob. Gee, daddy, what is that smell on your clothes?

Britney Starves Self, Blacks Out

Thursday, July 18th, 2002

from the wow.-just-like-Gandhi. dept.

Desperate to shed the pounds she’s packed on since breaking up with Justin, Britney Spears has apparently been on a veggies-and-water diet recently, causing her to collapse after a recent concert. Eat something, Britney! I don’t want your death on my conscience!