happy hump day

Posted on March 23, 2011

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i realized after the fact that my “hump day” post last week was made on tuesday… that reflects the kind of week i had!  Thanks to a legislative briefing tomorrow and a Holiday on friday this is kind of like my last (full) work day (in the office work at least).. and looking at it that way makes me stoked.

Some local news involving maryjane:

Fluewelling is a member of THC Ministry, a Hawaii-based organization. The group the use of believes cannabis is a fundamental right protected by God and the U.S. Constitution.

Last week, the Idaho Supreme Court unanimously rejected Fluewelling’s appeal that his religious rights were being violated

I’m not surprised. I’d argue that most individuals and institutions only recognize religions from the abrahamic tradition to be valid… this whole THC ministry thing is pretty interesting though.

And apparently Hilo is the drunkest city in the country:

“Like Kapaa, Hilo may not be a household name in the Mainland U.S., but the residents in these two cities may be able to drink the rest of the country under the table, for better or worse,” the website noted. It reported heavy drinkers were 9 percent of Hilo’s population, while binge drinkers represented 21.7 percent.

Swarming robots may be key to discoveries on mars:

Beaty isn’t aware of any swarming robot search models under current development at NASA. But, he says, if the robots in Kisdi’s search model were long-lasting and mobile enough, the idea has potential. In Kisdi’s current simulation, 50 swarm robots cover an area of 300 square meters in about five days. The area can be expanded by adding more robots with a longer search distance.

Some more on the “kill team” in Afghanistan as one member confesses to everything… but can we take a look at these two paragraphs side by side:

Asked by a military judge whether the plan was to shoot at people to scare them, or shoot to kill, Morlock replied: “The plan was to kill people.”…”Did everybody know, `We’re killing people who are completely innocent’?” the judge asked.  “Generally, yes, sir, everyone knew,” Morlock replied.

and

“He’s really a good kid. This is just a bad war at a bad time in our country’s history,” Nathan said Tuesday. “There was a lack of supervision, a lack of command control, the environment was terrible. In his mind, he had no choice.”

Now I can understand taking part in a group action under certain circumstances because you fear for your personal safety if you break from the pack. However, I have a hard time swallowing this “it’s not his fault” bit.  We all have choices.  Whenever someone the public deems a socially acceptable individual is accused of something horrendous that is the first thing we hear.. what a good person they are and how this cannot be correct or somehow they are not at fault.  It’s bs. I don’t believe in either/or frameworks but I have a hard time understanding how a person can be a genuinely good human being while killing innocent people and taking photos and trophies…

How Karl Rove’s seeming alliance with freedom of information is a whole lot of mupu:

Crossroads GPS, a non-profit co-founded by Rove that runs attack ads against Democratic candidates nationwide, has initiated an intriguing project called Wikicountability.org. This wiki site aims to post information on the Obama administration obtained by organizations, individuals, and journalists (via the Freedom of Information Act) and offer all these documents for crowd-sourcing. With this move, Rove’s outfit is aligning itself with the transparency movement.Crossroads GPS, a non-profit co-founded by Rove that runs attack ads against Democratic candidates nationwide, has initiated an intriguing project called Wikicountability.org. This wiki site aims to post information on the Obama administration obtained by organizations, individuals, and journalists (via the Freedom of Information Act) and offer all these documents for crowd-sourcing. With this move, Rove’s outfit is aligning itself with the transparency movement……This Crossroads GPS project, though, is built upon a profound incongruity. The conservative organization is championing accountability and openness, yet it does not disclose the well-heeled funders and special interests underwriting its own efforts to shape the political system.

and they’re providing false information to boot. Go GOP!

Oh this is nice, bill maher called Sarah Palin a dumb twat… as if there isn’t enough material to criticize her, resorting to gender-based slurs = pretty lame, bill.

And for some good laughs check out Midweek Madness, this was my fav:

The Bradley/Renée story here alleges that he is a player and not a good partner, and that dating Bradley was “the worst mistake she ever made.” Also:Sweatpants ruined the relationship. The text actually blames Renee for dressing so comfortably around her man. “She may have unwittingly taken the spark out of their romance… One can only wonder if the right low-cut dress might have changed Bradley’s mind.” Seriously? Sweatpants can conquer true love? WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD US ABOUT THIS BEFORE?

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