Archive for May, 2008

Look what is in my garage

Fate has really been fucking with me lately.  Every single good thing that has happened in the last month has not gone according to plan, torturing me in the process.   Buying a car was no different.   I thought I’d have one to call my own, almost two weeks ago.  But everything that could go wrong has (only after appearing that it was going well for maximum soul crushing effect.) This has been especially annoying as I’ve been without a car since the beginning of April when I had to sell the Alfa.   It rained a lot, which sucks when backup transportation is a motorcycle.   And when it was sunny (all week has been the absolute best weather) it tortured me, because I could have had my car two weeks ago.

Last night was no different really…  The keys were no sooner in my hands, when a cloud appeared in a previously cloudless sky and dripped just enough to torture me while at the pub…  the rain again coming just as I pulled into the car park.

But fate can go fuck a fox in a flaming forest fire for all I care, ’cause I’ve got a Lotus Elise, and what might be a permanent Joker-esque grin.

Oh, hells yeah.

Boris wins!

My bloated, British doppelganger, Boris Johnson, won the London Mayoral race.

I don’t agree with many of his positions, but I wish just once that I had the chance to vote for a presidential candidate that was as literate, intelligent, and honestly human as him.

His excellent victory speech here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7381585.stm

(Can you imagine a speech like that being made in the US…  nah, I can’t either.  He mentioned drinking!  Think of the children!)

American Lung Association Is Dangerous Source of Bullshit Emissions

In the news today:
Pittsburgh Beats Out Los Angeles as U.S. City With Worst Air Pollution

Harold D. Miller helpfully points out how wrong the ALA’s claims are in his article: Misleading Headlines on Air Quality, Yet Again

To summarize: ALA figures are from a single monitor (that is not in Pittsburgh) near a coke production plant that is twice as high as monitors actually in Pittsburgh. Worse still, the ALA fails to point out the source of even these emissions… 80% of which is from states upwind of Pittsburgh.

Better still: they first pulled this stunt in 2006, and yet they continue to ignore the problems with their report.

Ignorantly relying on bad science is one thing, willfully using bad science is another.  Those responsible for this are betraying all those who sincerely donated their time and efforts and who thought they were fighting for a noble cause.  The ALA should be ashamed.

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