Category Archives: Bad

Things that displease me.

Republicans Against Science – Paul Krugman

From Nobel winning economist, Paul Krugman:

Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory,” one that has “got some gaps in it” — an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists.

Mr. Perry and those who think like him know what they want to believe, and their response to anyone who contradicts them is to start a witch hunt.

odds are that one of these years the world’s greatest nation will find itself ruled by a party that is aggressively anti-science, indeed anti-knowledge

Also check out the book, “the republican war on science” – if you need more examples.

What is ALEC? Corporations controlling conservative government

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line.

Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.

ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at ALECexposed.org.

A McDonald’s boycott?

McDonalds charged me $0.40 to add ONIONS to my sandwich.
They didn’t give me a bonus for telling them to leave off the lettuce.

It looks like their way of saying that you better not customize your order, or you’ll pay a premium.

Those of you who know me, know that I love mcdonalds hamburgers.
But I’m just about boycotting the place now.

UPDATE: I’m now boycotting a specific McDonalds.
This $0.40 fee for a few onions is not company-wide.

Not real – its BS – Home Made Energy

Home Made Energy claims:

“HomeMadeEnergy.org will teach you everything you need to have your own solar or wind power system for $200 or even less.”

I would like more information about this.
Their webpage is set up like the “As seen on TV” infomercial sites.

If it is real, it’d seem to make a perfect christmas gift for homeowners everywhere.
(*Its BS – see link at the bottom of this post)

UPDATE:
Not real, apparently.

http://www.nlcpr.com/Deceptions6.php

Ah well, I found it connected to a site off of world net daily (far right craziness). Figures they would be ok advertising this scam to their unsuspecting visitors.

Here is more, with the obligatory “Not a scam” comment pointing to a website owned for reference that is the same company.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090120203450AAMVwMI

If you see a website advertising this product, please let them know they are helping scammers rip off people who are looking to save money.

The following is real, but read reviews first so you have expectations set close to reality.
Don’t expect a single wind turbine to do the trick for your appliances.

I’ve noticed that my local electronics store carries wind generators and solar generators now.

The solar system may have been something like this, from Toshiba:

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/adet.to?seg=HHO&poid=435676&src=AVEM

Course, the one I saw was $500.

And this is similar to the wind generator I noticed, again for $500, though i could have sworn 700 watts:

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=366859

No Olympics for US – conservatives thrilled

Seemed many conservatives are so anxious for Obama to lose – at anything – they will try to count the denial by the Olympic committee as a win for themselves, even cheering at the news.

And DeMint, Aaron Schock going to Honduras to advertise their support of a position in contrast to that of the government seems a bit on the moronic side.

Here’s video of a conservative group’s happiness after Chicago, USA lost out on the Olympic bid for 2016.

http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2009/10/americans_for_p.php
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/02/conservatives-revel-in-ob_n_307794.html