This came up on my Last.fm feed this morning … had never heard of the Plain White T’s, frankly. Funny song though.
I’m trying not to post so much music, but it’s hard when you have Last.fm running all day, and it plays so many good songs!
So the lesson here is, apparently, make sure anything you turn in to the North Carolina State Department of Transportation is low-quality, dumbed-down work. If it looks “too good” State Traffic Engineer Kevin Lacy will report you for doing engineering without a license.
Lacy said he had told the group last year that it should hire an engineer to make its case. He said he was surprised to see engineering-quality work in a report that was not signed by a licensed professional.
“When you start applying the principles for trip generation and route assignment, applying judgments from engineering documents and national standards, and making recommendations,” that’s technical work a licensed engineer would do, Lacy said.
Seriously. But “I’m not trying to shut him up,” Mr. Lacy added. No, of course not. Who would ever get that idea? A group of citizens opposes your findings, and their work is as good as, if not better than, yours. But rather than say “wow, good work. Maybe you’re right” you respond with “Hey! That work’s too good! I’m reporting you!”
I think Mr. Lacy is practicing professional douchebaggery without a license. Appears he’s fully qualified, and doing the work with skill, but let’s see your license.
Well, that took longer than expected, actually.
It’s only been a month since the new Tea Party lawmakers took office, but the entirely predictable results of their ascension are already coming in. The Republican Party’s newest class of “mavericks” have again stormed into office intent on proving their theory that government is inherently evil by screwing up everything in sight.
Though, to be fair, some of them started the shenanigans well before they were either elected or sworn in.
But the coveted “Hypocritical Idiot of the Decade” award still goes to Andy Harris (R-Idiotville) for this one (which I did write about at the time)
Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in.
“He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. The benefits session, held behind closed doors, drew about 250 freshman members, staffers and family members to the Capitol Visitors Center auditorium late Monday morning,”.
That’s right, he ran on a platform of “repealing Obamacare” (something which, I will point out, is entirely a fiction. There is no such thing as Obamacare) and then stands up and whines about not getting his Government-run and taxpayer-subsidized healthcare for 28 days.
Side Note: Rep. Harris is obviously so under informed that he doesn’t even know about COBRA which he could use to fill his horrifying 28-day gap in coverage. Also notice that COBRA stands for the “Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. That’s right, the whole thing was passed by (the horror!) the Reconciliation process. You remember that, right? Wingnuttia screached that such a thing was “unprecedented” (here, here and, amazingly, in this quote: “So, using reconciliation to avoid a supermajority on health care reform would simply be unprecedented.” by James Joyner) and “unconstitutional.” Shows how much they know about … well, pretty much anything. No one complains about COBRA being unconstitutional or a “government take-over of healthcare.” It wasn’t. Neither is this.
I sort of thought the Teaparty members of congress might wait at least a few months to a year before punking the gullible saps that voted for them but apparently their impatience and hypocrisy were simply too much to bear. To quote the movie Tombstone “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.” Indeed, teaparty. Your hypocrisy appears to be boundless.
So happy with how things are falling into place …
I’ve learned a lot this year. As usual, most of it the hard way. But in the last few months, with the help of some really wonderful people in my life, things have become quite clear on a few subjects.
Growth is hard. True growth takes work. Sweat. Tears. Struggle. Insight. All of that and more.
Part of what I’ve learned are things I’m trying to teach my son. He’s at that age where he needs to learn these lessons. He’s becoming a man, and many of these lessons are about just that: Being a man. So I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about that. About what it means to me, and about what I have learned about it.
A friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook, mostly as a joke, but she posts lots of “Cowboy Meat” these days.
Nice Cowboy Beefcake. Is that what it means to be a man? Big bulging muscles and all? Hmmm … I suspect that he’s not all that secure with himself. See that hand placement? Right. You see that all the time with men that aren’t secure in who they are as men.
Being a man isn’t about how you look. It isn’t about how big your muscles are. That’s all on the outside. Being a man comes from the inside.
And the grabbing your penis all the time? Watch just about every rapper strutting around on stage, one hand on the microphone, the other on … himself. As if he’s going to lose his penis if he’s not holding it in his hand at all times. That’s insecurity about who you are. You may be rich and famous, and yet …
They aren’t men. They’re just rich and famous.
Farther down the ladder are the ‘men’ that hit or otherwise abuse women. I’m of the firm belief that hitting anyone is counter-productive and wrong. It never teaches anyone anything — other than “getting hit hurts” — and it is all about expressing power and anger. Mostly because you have no other way of expressing your anger, and because you feel like you have such little power. Whether you’re hitting your kids, or hitting your spouse, it’s not about them. It’s about you, and how powerless and insignificant you feel on the inside.
Hitting other people doesn’t make you a man. It makes you an abuser. It shows me that you aren’t mature enough to handle your emotions. It shows me that you feel so powerless that you have to try to exert some physical power over someone else, because that’s the only power you have.
My son came home with that song a few weeks ago. A teachable moment for sure. Especially given the current culture teens are growing up in. It’s not okay to hit other people. It makes you a bully and a coward.
Then there are the guys that think that if you cook, or sew, or do any of those “female” things, that you’re not a real man. You know, the old “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche” deal. I have news for you. Real men can do whatever they want, because they’re not worried about what you, or anyone else, thinks about them.
When I first got to college one of my roommates didn’t know how to do his own laundry. He didn’t even know which was the washer and which was the dryer. He didn’t know how to cook. He couldn’t have sewn a button on a shirt to save his life. He was, in essence, a helpless little boy. He certainly wasn’t a man.
I’m teaching my son that lesson. I’ve cooked with him since he was a little boy. He loves to cook. He knows how to do his own laundry. He can sew — both by hand and with a sewing machine — and likes it. So do I. I quilt, too. I made that quilt over there for him. I’ve made him several quilts which he loves. He made one for his Grandparents. One thing he won’t be as he grows up: helpless.
I quilt because I like it. I also make jam and jelly and can out-cook most people — other than a few friends who are actually chefs. And I don’t care what anyone else thinks about me because I can cook and sew. Because I’m not afraid of who I am, and I don’t need external approval for who I am, or for my ‘manliness’ to be ok. That’s the other lesson I hope my son is learning in all of this.
There is another whole class of things that some men do in order to feel more like men: Drinking, women, danger, etc.
Drinking. How many beers you drink, or shots, or whatever. Even what you drink — beer or wine or scotch — really doesn’t make you a man any more than drinking fruit juice makes you a child. All it makes you is drunk. And, more often than not, stupid.
Women. Whom you sleep with, how many women you sleep with, etc. None of that makes you any more of a man. Wwat makes you a man is how you treat those women. With dignity and respect? ✔ in the man column. Dishonestly? Shabbily? Hit them? Emotionally, physically or otherwise abuse them? Not a man. Really.
Money. How much money you make, or what you do with it, doesn’t make you any more or less of a man. I know plenty of what I consider real men who don’t make much money. I know plenty of men that I have no respect for who make a lot of money.
It’s not about how much of anything you have — money, power, women, muscles — that makes you a man. It’s about how you act. About how you treat other people. About how you are in the world. Mostly, it’s about how you respect yourself and others. Those that have no respect for themselves seldom have respect for others. And those that have no respect for others are hardly men.
I know you’ve heard it a million times: “Macs don’t get viruses.” I’ve said it myself half a million times. For the most part it’s true. There aren’t the kind, or sheer numbers, that there are for Windows.
Back in the day (yeah, I’m that old, and have been on the internet for that long!) there were the UNIX virus jokes.
THE NEW “HONOR SYSTEM” VIRUS:
This virus works on the honor system.
Please forward this message to everyone you know, then delete all the files on your hard disk.
Thank you for your cooperation.
(Via Honor System Virus.)
And the even geekier versions like:
#!/bin/bash # Honor System Virus # v 0.0.2 (Mod by Noxn, original by WindowsSucks) # Hello! This is an "Honors System Virus"! Since you received this file, # you must `chmod +x` it, and then run it. echo " /^\ " && echo " /O.o\ " && echo "/_____\ " && echo " I ARE THE TRIANGLE VIRUS OF DOOOM >:D " espeak "HAHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, Okay enough" echo "Thank you for using the Honors System Virus for GNU/Linux" && echo "" && echo "Please enter OHSHIT or else to continue." read ohshit
Also known as “Amish Viruses.”
But I just spent the better part of 2 days cleaning a particularly nasty little Trojan Horse off of a Mac. My wife’s MacBook Pro started randomly loading weird websites. You’d enter a URL, or click on a link, and the next thing you know you were on some site requiring you to complete 2 purchases!
I ran ClamXav for Mac and found some other nasty stuff — mostly Windows viruses and other crap — but I also found this nasty little “Trojan.OSX.RSPlug.C” in 3 or 4 places. But ClamXav couldn’t actually get rid of it.
So I found these instructions that helped me get rid of it, and all seems to be back to normal. Apparently it’s called the “Mac Access Trojan” and it’s very, very real.
So here’s what you do:
- Look in the top level of your hard drive for this:
It’s those cron.inst and i386 files you’re looking for.
Note: Neither of those files were present on my system, so not having them doesn’t mean you’re safe.
- Look in /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ and if you have the files AdobeFlash and/or Mozillaplug.plugin then get rid of them. I wanted to make sure I nuked them, so after moving them to the Trash, I used “Secure Empty Trash” to wipe them clean.
- This step is critical, it turns out. In a Terminal (Under /Applications/Utilities/) run the following command:
sudo crontab -l
which will list the contents of the root user’s crontab file. If there is an entry in there for “/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobeFlash” then run
sudo crontab -r
which will clear the crontab out.
- Finally, if you have been infected, you will notice in your System Preferences/Network Preferences some greyed-out entries in the DNS, usually starting with 85. Disconnect from all networks, then reconnect, and you should see your real DNS entries come back.
Once that’s all done, you’re cured.
I’m still not sure where we picked up this nasty little bit of hackery, but I’ve re-instituted the rules around here about not having Safari “Open Safe Files after Downloading” which is the default, and is anything but safe. And the one about only installing software — which requires an administrator password — that you are sure you know the heritage of.
So let this be a lesson to us all. Especially me. No more complacency just because you have a Mac. Yeah, you’re a lot safer than the Windows crowd. Those people are pretty much screwed. But you’re not safe.
Even in the wake of the AZ Shooting, the wingnuts, who insist on calling every ‘incident’ and “isolated incident” perpetrated by a “lone wolf,” continue the incendiary and inflammatory gun-centric rhetoric:
2010 was merely target practice. How responsible. Nope, nothing inflammatory in there at all. Nothing in that imagery that could cause an unstable wingnut (to be only slightly redundant) to think that shooting one’s political opponents is an acceptable option.
Admittedly the freepers are way wingnuttier than most. Abnormally so. But they’re not the most outrageous or vehement of the nutters either.
Even if a bunch of over-priviledged, out-of-touch, sanctimonious white men say it isn’t.
Ok, especially if they say it isn’t.
(Via Shelby K..)
I bet if all the women in congress got together and tried to redefine a few things for men, they might feel a bit differently, but I’m only guessing.
In other words, call your Representatives. Call every one of the ones listed above. Tell them that rape is rape no matter what they try to say about it, and that we (men and women!) won’t stand by and watch while they tinker with the definition.
Maybe the phrase “denial isn’t a river in Egypt” would get their attention right about now?
Not to be judgmental or anything, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that, as this investigation unfolds, we’ll find out that this latest mad bomber is an avid follower of Glenn Beck.
A California man is in jail on a terrorism charge after he was arrested in Dearborn for allegedly trying to blow up the biggest mosque in metro Detroit, Dearborn officials said today.
The suspect was arrested in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn on Monday, while hundreds were inside the mosque that sits along Ford Road, police said. He came to the city because of its large Arab-American and Muslim population, police said.
Roger Stockham, 63, was arraigned Wednesday on one count on a threat of terrorism or false report and one count of explosive-possession of bombs with unlawful intent for possession of Class C fireworks, Dearborn Police said.
Notice that last sentence? Yeah, he was going to blow it up with fireworks.
Trust me, Glenn Beck follower. And American Taliban.
Wow. Really FauX Newz? Have you gotten so cheap that you’re now hiring 2nd graders for your georgraphy research department? Or was it just easier to take one of your old Iraq war graphics and replace ‘Iraq’ with ‘Egypt?’
It’s not like 90% of your regular viewers will know the difference anyway, right?
That’s right folks, Egypt has apparently panicked in the wake of the protests and moved, wholesale, to Iraq. No news yet on where Iraq went but I can sure understand why they were tired of being there, and didn’t mind moving.
Note to Egypt: We have been blowing that country up for the last, oh, almost decade, so you really picked a bad place to move, but at least you didn’t move to Afghanistan. Wow. That would have been a real Boehner of a move!