Monday, June 30, 2008

The Fairy King on Kathy Lee Gifford's 'Nasty, bad' comments

I don't agree with everything the King says, here - especially about not voting in this election - but I will agree that it's not right to be bashing us Pagan types. (4:41 in)

Maybe she had no idea we're still around, and admittedly we don't carry on like the folks back in the day did. But that's really no excuse to be calling us "nasty" and "bad." An apology is owed.

Monday, June 23, 2008

cause we're always servicing the public, here

If you get some email claiming some weird disaster has happened, like, say, the Eiffel Tower getting kidnapped, or Donald Trump's hair being leveled by an earthquake, DON'T CLICK ON IT.

If you're not sensible enough to avoid clicking it (because, hey, you could have gotten this important news out of the blue, right?) and you wind up at an innocent-looking porn site instead, DON'T CLICK ON ANYTHING THERE.

What, you clicked on the porn site you shouldn't have gone to when you clicked on the weird news item you shouldn't have gotten in your email??? YOU FOOL! You've been victimized by the STORM WORM!!!!!

The Storm worm's authors have temporarily abandoned their tactic of using recent news headlines and are instead using fabricated events.

Researchers have reported a new round of spam tied to the Storm network which alludes to fake news stories.


However, the links direct to a page designed to resemble adult video site Porntube. When users click on one of the supposed video links on the page, an executable is launched which installs the Storm malware.

"This clever social engineering technique plays on people's inquisitiveness about news of natural disasters and celebrities," said McAfee researcher Kevin McGhee.


"There mustn't be much going on in the world today as the Nuwar [Storm] spammers have moved from jumping on real news of natural disasters and current affairs to creating their own fictional events," noted McGhee.

"This high volume spam campaign is using some wacky subjects to lure people into clicking on the links."

The rANT Farm: educating the masses for a couple years.

Who the **** is this George Carlin guy, anyway?

So everyone on my friend's list is on about this George Carlin guy being dead. All these weepy, emotional posts about seven dirty words and the counterculture, and eating chocolate chip cookies on the pot.

And I'm wondering to myself... who the ****?


No, seriously. I never ****'n heard of him before today. Did you?


It's like the media, you know. They make people up out of whole cloth just to sell papers and spots on TV for advertisers. "And in other news, Wally Wallenza, inventor of the vibrating douche/dildo combos lovingly referred to as 'Cleaners' died today with a big ****ing smile on his face."


"He was 78. Have you taken YOUR lady to the Cleaners, lately? Now, sports..."


But that's how they do things! Half the time these people they're reporting on aren't real. Half the people who supposedly win the lottery ain't ****n real either. Clap if you know anyone who won more than five hundred dollars in the lottery, huh? Clap for me...?

(silence, then a clap)

Yeah, **** you! Lousy liar.


I bet the media put him there!


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Obama Button: Racism or Insensitivity?

Just when you thought people couldn't get any dumber about a Black man running for President, they up the ante.

Remember when some fool down in Georgia started selling t-shirts likening Barack Obama to Curious George? While many rightly called it racially insensitive - if not outright racist - to compare a black man with a monkey, there were those, including the fellow who was selling the shirts, who said that they didn't see them as racist. And the general response was to wonder if (a) they were trying to get a World Record for being disingenuous or (b) they'd been living under a rock for the last century.

Well, it's happened again: the fellow who runs (and, amusingly enough,, too) sold copies of a button saying "If Obama is President... will we still call it the White House?" at the Texas state GOP Convention.

The response was uniformly critical, if not foaming-at-the-mouth furious -- especially from the Texas GOP, who told the fellow in no uncertain terms he wouldn't be welcome at their convention ever again.

Unlike the clown in Georgia, the owner of the stall has at least had the decency to apologize. However, one thing he said is sticking in my mind:

In a telephone interview from Florida, Mr. Alcox acknowledged the controversy but said it was unintentional.

“Obviously, it’s been offensive to people. It was not meant to be that way. We’re into humor - not racism,” Mr. Alcox said.


He said after having a conversation with a black man who called him about the blog post, he came to understand more about the nerve he had hit.

Now, maybe it's just me, but you'd think that someone would have had enough sense to visualize a pin like that, think about it, and realize that it carried enough of a racial charge to piss people off for the wrong reasons.

You'd also think that someone who's savvy enough to sell humorous wares to both sides of the Republican/Democrat divide would have a better grip on what works and what doesn't when it comes to acceptable humor.

But then, this IS someone who, at, sells a button saying "Press 1 for English, Press 2 for Deportation" and "Life's a Bitch - Don't vote for one". So maybe we're asking too much, here.

Maybe people should take a deep breath and try to engage in a little sense and sensitivity? Is that really so damn hard? It saves you a lot of explanations and excuses, and saves you from a lot of bad press.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Japan: I Love You, Miss Robot

Leave it to the Japanese to invent a robot girlfriend.

TOKYO - She is big-busted, petite, very friendly, and she runs on batteries.

A Japanese firm has produced a 15-inch tall robotic girlfriend that kisses on command, to go on sale in September for around $175, with a target market of lonely adult men.


"She's very lovable and though she's not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend."

EMA, which stands for Eternal Maiden Actualization, can also hand out business cards, sing and dance, with Sega hoping to sell 10,000 in the first year.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. But tell me, am I the only one having an 80's flashback, courtesy of The Buggles?