Gerry Canavan

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Indescribable Horror of the Day – Update!

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Following up on today’s indescribable horror: Trapped whales face deadly maze en route to Atlantic.

A group of killer whales that appeared to be freed from an icy prison in Hudson Bay after winds shifted overnight now face a 1,000-kilometre maze of deadly ice floes in order to reach the open Atlantic Ocean, says one expert.

Inching towards a dibs-on-the-screenplay happy ending. Fingers crossed.

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January 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Indescribable Horror of the Day

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Killer whales trapped in Quebec ice captured in haunting video. Additional context from a friend on Facebook:

The bay didn’t freeze until very late in December, and then there was a super fast cold snap, trapping this pod of Orcas. Locals are asking for an icebreaker but supposedly there isn’t one close enough to get there in time.

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January 10, 2013 at 8:55 am


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* Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Depending on the breaks. National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 336.

Aside from the question of whether the crisis would have been so acute in the first place, a labor-oriented Democratic Party almost certainly would have demanded a bigger stimulus in 2009. It would have fought hard for “cramdown” legislation to help distressed homeowners, instead of caving in to the banks that wanted it killed. It would have resisted the reappointment of Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman. These and other choices would have helped the economic recovery and produced a surge of electoral energy far beyond Obama’s first few months. And since elections are won and lost on economic performance, voter turnout, and legislative accomplishments, Democrats probably would have lost something like 10 or 20 seats last November, not 63. Instead of petering out after 18 months, the Obama era might still have several years to run.

* Duke is number 9 of the 10 Greenest Colleges in America.

* Another Detroit obituary.

* Sarah Palin’s sockpuppet Facebook account.

* Syllogism watch: “If Dick Lugar,” Danforth said, “having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”

* Have I done this one before? Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator. I clicked on it enough times to get a few he’s actually said.

* Headline of the day (category: airy whimsy): What happens when you stick your head in a particle accelerator.

* Headline of the day (category: existential horror): Dead Baby Dolphins Washing Up Along Gulf Coast at 10 Times Normal Rates.

‘The Super Bowl Is One of the Biggest Human Trafficking Events in the United States’

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As the country’s largest sporting event, the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will make the Dallas-Fort Worth area a magnet for business of all kinds.

That includes the multimillion dollar, under-age sex industry, said activists and law enforcement officials working to combat what they say is an annual spike in trafficking of under-age girls ahead of the Super Bowl.

MSNBC wants you to feel really bad about the Super Bowl.

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February 1, 2011 at 7:04 am

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

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Following up on that story yesterday of a man who had been trapped in his body, conscious but unable to respond for twenty-three years, there’s now some apparently well-founded skepticism about the report. I first saw this at Pharyngula, where he makes the point that “facilitated communication” looks an awful lot like somebody using an unconscious person’s finger to type. James Randi has a related post. The latter half of the MetaFilter thread is likewise awash in skepticism, including of the fMRI technique used to determine his brain activity, which had previously been used to establish that a (dead) fish was able to respond to the emotional state of human beings.

Hard to know what to think about this; it’s horrible just about any way you look at it.

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November 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm