impulsivefarmer:

I went to get Michigans yesterday and while I was waiting for my order I had the opportunity to watch some Fox News. Here are a few things I remember from what I was watching.

They were covering the persecution of Christians in Iraq. According to the dude talking there used to be 1.5 (1.3?) million Christians in Iraq and now it’s down to 300,000. Christians have been in Iraq longer than Muslims (which I believe is true). He then went on to quote something Obama said about Islam not being the problem and how only a few extremists gave the rest of them a bad name, or something. Anyways the guy pretty much said Obama was wrong and that there are more extremist than he makes it seem — implying that the extremist are the majority.

They (the panel of Fox News people) went on to talk about what’s happening in Gaza. One of the woman said what’s going on there is primarily a publicity war, and the Muslims in Gaza are purposely putting kids where Israel bombs to get the most heart wrenching images. The woman then went on to say she doesn’t like it when Christianity and Islam are compared because the Muslims are willing to put kids in front of bombs where Christianity is a religion based on the teaching of Jesus and is all about love.

At that point I had to look away from the tv screen (sound was off and it was subtitled) before I lost it in public.

You have to be fucking kidding me. It’s been awhile since I watched Fox News, but this is ridiculous. How can they air shit like that?

I agree. Calling what they do ‘news reporting’ is stretching things to begin with. There is far more commentary than actual news (depending on who you believe, anything from 50% to 90% of what Fox broadcasts is commentary, not news reporting). They’re not in the business of telling us news, they are in the business of selling us a point of view. They cater to a very specific audience, and everything they say and do is carefully tailored to pander to their prime demographic. 

Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway

Oh my… some mornings I get up and I think I’ve slipped into another universe. I’m tempted to laugh at people like this, but then I remember that there are people out there who actually believe him… Even Pat Robertson, who once claimed a teenager’s stomach pains were due to an ancestor being a witch, thinks Ham has gone off the deep end.

Up on the roof again… Hopefully the last day I’ll have to be up there. I not afraid of heights, it’s the falling off them that worries me.

Up on the roof again… Hopefully the last day I’ll have to be up there. I not afraid of heights, it’s the falling off them that worries me.

Midwestern farmers wage war against 'superweeds' : Business

If you’re interested in farming and agriculture, it’s worth it to take a few minutes to read this article over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It is a reasonably balanced look at how our use of glyphosate (Roundup) has changed the face of agriculture since it’s introduction. It goes into why glyphosate is losing effectiveness, and what alternatives agriculture is looking at.

Could drones be our secret weapon in the fight against Big Ag? | Grist

I’m not exactly sure how this fellow thinks using drones to spy on agricultural operations is going to be legal. The so called ‘ag-gag’ laws some states have passed apply whether he takes the video personally on the ground, or via a remote controlled aircraft.

In addition to that, the FCC regulations concerning the flight of drones in the US by private and corporate entities are strict. Except under very limited circumstances, what he’s talking about doing is blatantly illegal under current FCC regulations and federal law, no matter what the attorney quoted in the article may say.

Hottest day of the year so far, so of course I’m up on the roof all day.

Hottest day of the year so far, so of course I’m up on the roof all day.

An economist is an expert who can explain tomorrow why what he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.

christiannightmares:

Christian album of the day: Mattie McFerrin’s Keep A Lamp Shining Bright (For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/535254224/the-faith-tones-jesus-use-me-found-at)

Oh dear — whoever did that hairstyle needs to be taken to the nearest clinic and neutered before they can reproduce

christiannightmares:

Christian album of the day: Mattie McFerrin’s Keep A Lamp Shining Bright (For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/535254224/the-faith-tones-jesus-use-me-found-at)

Oh dear — whoever did that hairstyle needs to be taken to the nearest clinic and neutered before they can reproduce

4 Ways Archie Comics Have Gone F***ing Crazy | Cracked.com

When I first heard that they killed off Archie (at least in one incarnation of the loathed/loved Archie comics series) I figured that either a) it was some kind of scam, or b) the writers and editors were smoking crack. Or possibly both.

The thing about Archie comics is that they never, ever change. You can pick up any comic book from pretty much any time during it’s ridiculously long life, and nothing will have changed except the length of the girls’ skirts. The plots (and I use the term loosely) will be the same. The jokes will be the same, the characters will be the same. Everything will be the same. There hasn’t been a new joke or plot line in an Archie related comic since the 1950s.

Archie, the red haired, emasculated teenager will be perpetually fought over by Betty and Veronica. Veronica will always be the spoiled rich girl. Betty will always be the poor but good hearted girl. Archie will always have the intelligence of a subnormal arachnid. Jughead will always be, well, whatever the hell he is. Month after boring month, they will recycle the same old jokes, the same horrible puns, the same idiotic plots.

But now, for whatever reason, they’ve decided they need to be ‘relevant’, so they have Archie shot and killed while protecting a gay politician…

Look, Archie comics aren’t supposed to be relevant! The only thing that has kept the franchise alive over the decades is it’s lack of relevance. It never noticed the outside world. Wars, floods, earthquakes, social injustice, politics… All were blithely ignored in the never-changing Archie universe, where the kids were locked in some kind of bizarre “Groundhog Day” time loop, endlessly living out their immortal lives in a world that was blissfully ignorant of reality.

I’m not sure that the kids that are Archie comics main consumers want the comics to be relevant. They are already living in a world of fear, pain, disease, shootings, robberies, war and horror. 

I’ve talked about belonging to the county ARES/RACES and Skywarn organizations. I’m training to be the backup net control operator for the storm spotter network, and we had a training session Saturday morning. The upper photo is the backup dispatch system for the sheriff’s department, the second is our operations area next to dispatch.

It’s a work in progress, as they say, and a bit bare bones at the moment. We only have a single VHF/UHF transceiver right now, but that’s changing this year. We already have another dual band transceiver and antenna ready to go up yet this summer. We have an Icom HF rig installed as well, but I don’t now if it’s ever even been used because we always operate on VHF/UHF. We’re adding equipment and accessories as we can afford it.

We are on the county’s emergency backup systems for electricity and internet, so we should be able to continue to operate even if utilities go down.

The biggest problem we have with the setup is security. We’re in the lower level of the county’s combined sheriff’s department and court house, and this is a secure area. In order to be down here unescorted I had to go through an FBI background check, and even then I have to get someone from dispatch to open doors for me to get down there. They’re working on a revision to the security system so we can get access via the fingerprint scanners on the secure doors so hopefully we’ll have easier access in the future.