Archive for December, 2007

Making Chess Interesting

December 23, 2007

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And random drink recipies

Suicide Chess or Shot Glass Chaos
Fill each shot glass with different liquors. You can even go dark liquors v/s colored liquors. This game is guaranteed to be crazy!

Tequila Sunrise Chess
Fill up all the shot glasses with the tequila of your choice. Next you cut up limes for the black side and lemons for white side. Now all you need is a salt shaker and some Tylenol for the morning hangover!

Neon Shot Glass Chess
Use two colorful liquors. Bacardi Limon and Aftershock work great and the game is sure to be colorful and potentially debilitating.

Red vs. White
The wine lovers version of drinking chess. Use red and white wine.

Battle of the Brews
If you cant hold your liquor or are not up for a major hangover try filling your shot glasses with beer. Dark beer vs. amber beer works great!

Russian Drinking Chess
White Russians and Black Russians go to war on the chess board!

Team Shot Glass Chess
Spread the love, the shots and the hangover! Simply divide up into teams and fill up the shot glasses with your favorite drinks. When your piece is taken… drink!

Barf Chess
That’s right… the title is self-explanatory. The first person to puke losses! (or wins depending on how drunk you are!)

Chest Hair Chess
Scotch v/s Whiskey…now that’ll put some hair on your chest!

Jell-O Shot Chess
This version of drinking chess takes some preparation but is by far the funniest! Simply mix your favorite Jell-O shots, chill them in the appropriate shot glasses and have fun!

And something completely wrong:
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Sources:
http://www.shotglasschess.com/recipes.htm

Bill O’ Rights No Mo’

December 13, 2007

From the Metro:

A judge is set to reach a decision in the case of a woman put on trial for swearing at her own toilet.

Dawn Herb, 33, was cited for disorderly conduct after her neighbor, an off-duty police officer, called authorities to complain about her potty mouth. Herb pleaded innocent and went on trial on Monday in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The mother of four does not deny letting loose a string of profanities when her toilet overflowed Oct. 11. But her lawyer, Barry Dyller, told the judge that cursing in one’s own home is not a crime.

From the Washington Post: FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics

The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad. … researchers are working on capturing images of people’s irises at distances of up to 15 feet, and of faces from as far away as 200 yards. ….. “The long-term goal,” Hornak said, is “ubiquitous use” of biometrics. A traveler may walk down an airport corridor and allow his face and iris images to be captured without ever stepping up to a kiosk and looking into a camera, he said.

From the New York Times:

A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty. … Previously declassified documents show that the F.B.I.’s “security index” of suspect Americans predated the cold war. In March 1946, Hoover sought the authority to detain Americans “who might be dangerous” if the United States went to war.

Interesting comment from Digg:

WHEN IS IT GOING TO STOP! Damn man. I feel like all the crap i was told to be scared of with Communism as a kid is happening in my own country now

From Fox News: Girl, 10, Arrested [Charged with Felony and Suspended from School] for Using Knife to Cut Food at School

School officials say the Ocala 5th grader had brought a piece of steak for her lunch, and a four and a half inch steak knife with which to cut it. According to the report, a couple of teachers took the utensil and called authorities, who arrested the girl and took her to the county’s juvenile assessment center.

Students sitting next to the girl at lunch say she didn’t threaten anyone with the knife; she just used it to cut up her food.

The girl’s uncle, Kenneth Thomas, told MyFOXOrlando that his niece had to ride in the back of a patrol car.

This Eyewitness News (channel 9) video says she was “suspended for 10 days and faces felony charges”. Both the principle and the sheriff have the power to ignore the law and let the situation blow over. They chose not to.

Source:

Metro.co.uk, Judge to decide on toilet swearer’s fate Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Washington Post, FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics $1 Billion Project to Include Images of Irises and Faces Ellen Nakashima, Saturday, December 22, 2007; Page A01
Fox News, Girl, 10, Arrested for Using Knife to Cut Food at School Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Who Owns 500 Media Outlets: Not Many

December 2, 2007

Ever wondered who owns the media? Ever wondered why weekly standard experts appear on Fox News all the time? It’s probably because they are owned by the same person. Almost every single movie studio, newspaper, magazine and TV channel is owned by one of 10 coporations and most of the ownership resides in “The Big Six”. Many of these such as AT&T and General Electric are not limited to news and entertainment. This is what we call the horizontal integration of the media. This is a must read resource:
http://www.thenation.com/special/bigten.html

The Free Press has their own resource.

Resources on oil and media:
http://www.exxonsecrets.org
http://www.exxposeexxon.com/
http://www.desmogblog.com/

Cable TV promised competition. The same goes with a lot of print and internet outlets. If people are simply inviting experts subsidiaries are they really competing or duping us?

More to come later

Sources:

December 20, 2001 (January 7, 2002 issue) What’s Wrong With This Picture? Mark Crispin Miller
Free Press, Who Owns The Media
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