The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A slightly (well, extremely) more reasoned view

Of the "Occupy this or that" thesis concerning global control of economies. It boils down, it turns out, to about 140 corporate entities. I've read the summary in New Scientist, but not the full article, here. I'll delve into it in the next day or so, I hope.

Note that you may not be able to see the New Scientist link unless you're a subscriber, but the full article is on PloS One, and freely available.

Snow Leopards Rebound in the 'Stan

Apparently, centuries(1) of non-stop war is good for snow leopards. Let them run the place -- couldn't do worse than the humans have.

And here's a more general piece on Afghan wildlife.

(1) The article's statement that Afghanistan has suffered "30 years" of war is absurd. Somebody's been fighting somebody there as long as anyone's been there.

Is it illegal to be a moron or isn't it?

We need a ruling on that question, I'm afraid.

Too sad to be funny, I guess. But here it is, anyway. See earlier post on conservation of idiots -- we're in no danger of running out.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Michele Bachmann of Canada

Rejoice! We're not the only country with insane politicians. Not by a long shot.

Although I have no problem with her proposal about polar bears.

2011 11 08: Update: The Bears are winning! This article is even sillier than the first one.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Do you believe it?

Ok - hypothetically, work on the Stadium Bridge will start in November, of this year. Personally, I'll believe it when I see the work being done. But that's what they're claiming. I think I'll go out and get a few "before" pictures, just so we remember what poverty looks like (inside joke.)

Oh, here's the city's official site. Wood-Charles is not responsible for anything you might read there (or here, for that matter, now that I think of it. In fact, "Wood-Charles is not responsible ..." is probably enough said.)