Preview: Oyarsa's Observances
This blog is created for my random thoughts and opinions. Conflicting opinions are always welcome, but comments or remarks left in a disrespectful or distasteful manner (to be determined by myself) will be either ignored or deleted.
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I encourage all parents to use this site and educate themselves. Remember: child predators have (and do) wait in public libraries for unsupervised children. http://www.safelibraries.org/
Do You REALLY Know Anything About Narnia?
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Cool Health Search Engines
Yeah, I know there's WebMD and all the rest, but this one looks like it copies the google template; though they do not appear to be affiliated with Google. Fealth.com
What do they have to offer?
- Health Engine: Most advanced health search engine.
- Health Sites by Topic: Users can browse and search health topics.
- Government Health: Users can browse and search important Government health sites like medicare.gov and fda.gov.
- Health Statistics: Users can browse daily health statistics
Very easy to search, authoritative sources. Pass it on.
Also check out: http://www.BioMedSearch.com
BioMedSearch contains all PubMed/MedLine publications, additional journals, and a collection of theses and dissertations that are not in the PubMed database.
The Welfare Fraud Link--Your tax dollars at work!
According to a Chicago Sun-Times article
, welfare fraud not sends a portion of taxpayer money to buy drugs, but it may also fund terrorism.
My solution: kill the program. It's obviously not doing what it's intended to do, and it's unfair to the taxpayers and the families of the beneficiaries. Get the government out, and let private enterprises take care of providing services to the poor; they're not afraid to turn away people who want to take advantage of the system, while providing services to those who really need it.
If anything, the government excarbarates the problem. I was grabbing lunch at a McDonalds and happened to overhear two Black men in their early 20s or thereabouts speaking to eachother; one was ridiculing the other for working at McDonalds, saying that he'd "get more cash" if he applied for welfare". I didn't say anything, but the sentiment didn't surprise me. The more people get on welfare, the more people in the class line above welfare will no longer see a reason to work, which means the more the people that actually do work are forced to pay for those who won't. I truly hope the young man did not listen to the advice of his friend/acquaintance. I respect him for being willing to work.
Before anyone comments on compassion, consider this: your income taxes are not "donated" to the government; if you refused to pay them, the government would barge in your residence and force your compliance at the business end of a gun. You are not "donating" to the needy by paying an income tax. You are a victim of government mugging.
And I think that needs to stop. Before it gets any more out of hand.
Grad School Craziness
Once again, I've had to take a leave of absence from blogging; graduate school and work responsibilities have made me put many of my hobbies aside. Hopefully I will be able to update this more often in the near future, but very likely posting here will be sporadic until the end of the month.
Apologies in advance,
Evil Overlord List and Comic
For all you aspiring Fantasy writers out there, may I turn your attention to the Evil Overlord list.
(If you've seen it already, tough. Review it repeatedly.)
By now, I'd guess that most fans of fantasy or science fiction have heard of it, but I figure a reminder won't hurt anyone.
(From the User Friendly Archives
Click on it to make it appear larger.
School Bans Pig Stories
I wish this was a parody, but sadly, it's true. A West Yorkshire School has banned fictitious stories about pigs
"in case they offend Muslim children"
Come again? The same Headmistress would think nothing of forcing an English schoolchild to read fictious works other cultures, but the same doesn't hold true for Muslim students?
Banning classic works of literature from a classroom in the name of tolerance offends me, and, no doubt, offends some of the non-Muslim parents as well. Depriving children from classics of literature such as "Charlotte's Web", a story celebrating an unlikely friendship, Winnie the Pooh tales, etc hinders their literary and intellectual growth.
Respect for other cultures is a two way street. Those children are living in a Western culture, they need to be taught Western traditions, not sheltered from them.
From the Religon of Peace--Pictures from London
God have mercy on those who would ransack, threaten, kidnap, and kill in the name of Allah
over a bunch of cartoons. Cartoons
There's something I still want to know. According to this London Telegraph
"A leading hard-line Muslim cleric, Sheikh Yussef al-Qaradawi, called for the day of anger to protest against the printing of the cartoons - first published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September
(my emphasis) - in other European papers."
Where was all the Muslim outrage when the cartoons were released last September? Where were the riots and the flag burnings? Anyone?
Regardless of what took them so long, the "Religion of Peace" has proved the point of the cartoonist.(image)
(Thanks to Michelle Malkin for providing the gallery.)
But, back to the original point of the topic, which is, of course, the pictures from London.
Judge gives Child Rapist 60 day sentence.
I'd like to start out this post by directing the reader's attention to this statistic
from an article on Princeton U's site
Effectively, all this judge has done is give young, innocent girls in Vermont (and elsewhere if the criminal flees the state) a 60 day reprieve
from being raped by this particular man.
In my opinion, someone convicted of raping a child should either receive life without parole or should be sentenced to death. Anyone who rapes should receive the full force of the law. That girl's trauma won't end in 60 days, or 60 weeks, or 60 months, for that matter. Why should his punishment?
hasn't done the victim or her family any favors. He's all but ensured this guy will be able to create more victims.
Blanco: Louisiana not getting fair share of aid
Blanco has a lot of chutzpah
6.2 Billion dollars of taxpayer's
money goes to New Orleans and its not enough.
This comes on top of a report about Blanco spending 564,838
to remodel the offices
of some of her staff.
Want to know what that money went for?
"The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass. The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas." and "The coffee room in the northwest corner was modernized." A modernized coffee room, boy, that woman has her priorities straight!
How did she pay for her posh new remodeling?
"Three days after crews started tearing out the old offices, the administration announced that the state's budget would be about $1 billion short because of damages caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. That day, Commissioner of Administration Jerry Luke LeBlanc told a legislative finance committee that the budgets supplying money for public health care and education would need cuts of 20 percent or more and that more than 18,000 state employees would have to be laid off
Come to think of it. Maybe she does need more than 6.2 billion. She probably wants to update both her office and the governer's mansion, plus have a bit of spending money on the side.
Darthmouth Student Lied, Soldiers died?
Perhaps a slight stretch, but it does have a certain ring to it. An article
in the Boston Globe carries the story about the fabrication.
also weighs in on the matter.
How does this kid know the book is on a "rotating watch list of books" and how would that same kid know about the workings of said list, assuming it exists? Given his known track record of lying, I believe we can maintain a healthy degree of skepticism regarding its existence. Heretical Librarian
did the research
and made some other observations, from which I quote part of his findings below:
The ALA article also mentions that the student "requested the book by phone from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst". This raises another question: why didn't the student simply order Quotations
via UMass-Dartmouth's ILL service
, as the first report of this story
indicated? The student could also have used the Virtual Catalogs
feature to order Quotations
from another Massachusetts library. So why would he try to file an ILL request with UMass-Amherst, whose service appears to be limited to Amherst students, faculty, and staff only
? If he simply called Amherst's library to ask about the availability of their copy of the book, would they not have advised him to order the item through his own institution or the Virtual Catalogs? Finally, the claim that the alleged request with Amherst was filed by phone would also make the existence of a record trail less likely, and thus harder to conclusively disprove the story.
Today's other bit of information comes courtesy of Wizbang
. This item
from the Boston Herald
features a comment from the FBI: Complicating matters has been the student, who so far has refused to talk. Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail A. Marcinkiewicz said she has been unable to find evidence that FBI agents visited the student. “We don’t have interest in what people read,” she added.
Given the mounting evidence,I don't think this student should be given a pass. He's not a five year old lying to Mommy about how many cookies he took out of the cookie jar. He knew he was lying. He knew his lie would spread quickly. And if he truly 'didn't know' about the consequences of his lie, then it's all the more reason to put charages against him, before some other person tries the 'didn't know' excuse to leak something more serious.
As I celebrate Christmas, and not Hanukah or Kwanzaa, I wish all my fellow Americans a very merry Christmas indeed, whether or not you believe in the reason for the season.
May God bless you and keep you all, and may He reveal Himself, His holiness, and His love to all who read this blog.
PacMan in the Library?
Evidently, two students at the University of Michigan came up with a prank to dress as Pac-Man and a Ghost, respectively. The pair ran through the UGLi (the Undergraduate Library) and the Fishbowl (a huge computer lab on Central campus) during finals week. Pac-Man screams in horror as the Ghost chases him yelling "Waka Waka Waka." According to Boing Boing
, the video has spread like wildfire on the U of Michigan campus, and killed the original hosting site's bandwidth. Watch the video
. (.mov file; make sure you have a player capable of playing it; you will likely need QuickTime. )
Of course, those who played Pac-Man will recall that the "waka" sound was only made by Pac-Man when he ate the pills. The ghosts were silent.
For those who did not grow up playing the game, learn more about Pac-Man through this Wikipedia article
I received this link from a friend. Very funny.
But, don't take my word for it. Listen to Chewbacca sing
Have You Seen This Penguin?
A 3 month old penguin was evidently kidnapped
from the Amazon World zoo on the Isle of Wight, in southern England on Saturday.
If you know anything about the whereabouts of said penguin, please contact the Amazon World Zoo
Updated Link List: Environment
Those of you interested in environmental issues might find some or all of these sites interesting.
--OyarsaA Better Earth
The site aims to introduce readers to "a wide range of alternative environmental approaches, including locally based 'eco-innovation,' outcome-based regulations, quasi-market pricing strategies, corporate and individual stewardship, property rights enforcement as a means of protecting the environment from polluters, and the cultivation of environmental aesthetics."The Commons
A site devoted to "the principle of promoting environmental quality and human dignity and prosperity through markets and property rights. Put more simply, it’s about free markets protecting the environment."Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Wall Street Journal has called the CEI "the best environmental think tank in the country."Enviro-Truth
Envirotruth is dedicated to injecting badly needed truth into the debate about our environment. For too long, some environmental groups have seized the world stage and the public's attention by distorting facts, bending the truth and even committing acts of terrorism against innocent citizens. Green Watch
Look here for information about nonprofit environmental groups. According to the group, "These tax-exempt groups orchestrate political, legal and public relations campaigns that aim to protect and improve the environment. But green activism, however well intentioned, often harms the environment it would save from Corporate America."The National Center for Public Policy Research
The National Center for Public Policy Research is a communications and research foundation supportive of a strong national defense and dedicated to providing free market solutions to today's public policy problems. We believe that the principles of a free market, individual liberty and personal responsibility provide the greatest hope for meeting the challenges facing America in the 21st century. National Wilderness Institute
"Too often we hear how people are going to be the ultimate demise of our environment. At NWI, we believe the opposite to be true, that people using a little creativity together with innovative technology offer the best solutions for our environmental problems."PERC (Property & Environment Research Center
This organization uses a free-market approach to resolve environmental problems.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Well, I watched Chronicles of Narnia a second time last night, and saw the trailer for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I was impressed. Looks like it will be as good as the original. (At least, I hope so).
For the interested, the trailer is available on the movie's official website
What don’t you remember?
Received this challenge from a friend's blog. I filled out hers, so I'm obligated to pass this on. What don't you remember about me?
“If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don’t speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.
It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.
When you’re finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON’T ACTUALLY remember about you.”