Love the Wookie

With Star Wars: The Final Payoff set to hit the movie theatres this year, it’s time to geek out and get your costume ready.

Sorry, I know you don’t have a costume. But, you were thinking about it. However, you’re unable to make that leap and actually, you know, make a costume. Have no fear, my space epic-loving, slightly off-kilter, friend. Rebelscum has your opening-night, identity-obscuring needs covered. Whether for just you or your family, attend the latest chapter of George Lucas’ continuing cash stockpiling in style.

Inside the Monkeysphere

I’m not sure how to file this one; either it’s brilliant or bonkers. Either way, it’s an enjoyable read and something where you occasionally catch yourself going “hmmm”. Of course, then you look behind you to make sure no one in your office sees you on a web page with pictures of monkeys, but that shouldn’t distract from the message.

Later, a far more cynical man sat the monkeys down and said, “you want bananas? Each of you go get your own. I’m taking a nap.” That man, of course, was German philosopher Hans Capitalism.

As long as everybody gets their own bananas and shares with the few in their Monkeysphere, the system will thrive even though nobody is even trying to make the system thrive. This is perhaps how Ayn Rand would have put it, had she not been such a hateful bitch.

Brilliant.

The Law of Monkey

Want to know why Detroit (and this country's economy) is dying?

Read this article and find out. Unions are becoming so irrelevant, they openly flaunt their ability to screw over the companies which their members work for. This type of behavior is not helping anyone. And, I guarentee, anyone who thinks that this story will happen much longer is an idiot.

Congratulations, UAW, you just earned yourself another layoff and more jobs going offshore. When you wonder why, make sure to re-read this article.

10,000 idle autoworkers pocketing $1.3 billion

Rest in Peace – Michael Van Dyke

Just got off the phone with my brother about the passing of someone we used to know quite well. He wasn’t someone we’d seen in a while, but he was a friend none the less. I haven’t seen him since I left town, but I always hoped the best for him. 26 years old, dead of a heart attack.

My condolences to his family and friends. Mike was one of the most unique people I can think of. Rest in peace.

Link to obituary

The Michigan Daily – freakin' wow

I just don’t even know where to start with this one.

Someone named, and I’m not making this up, Joel Hoard, Oh Yeah? has written an op/ed piece in the Record that is so unbelievably disconnected from any point, it’s painful to read. His politics aside (and he’s merely the latest cog in the Record’s agenda wheel), his argument about the “debate” (a term even I’ll use lightly) between Creationists and the scientific community is, uh, lacking.

In fact, he succumbs to the same thing of which he (rightly) criticizes those promoting Intelligent Design; he has a conclusion already drawn and he’s writing from that perspective. I’ll give him a minor pass because it’s an op/ed, of a sort, and that’s a frequent technique for these things. My criticism is more concerned with the unstated and unaddressed conclusions.

He raises the issue that creationists use the excuse that there are missing links in the evolutionary record. His rebuttal basically amounts to “Yeah, duh”. Wow, what a convincing argument. I’d never thought about it from the perspective that, as a non-biologist versed in evolutionary theory, I would know that. To quote from his article, I should call everyone in my Creationist camp with “Oh shit, dude. Turns out Darwin was right.”

You know what, I was going to point-by-point this op-ed, but I don’t have the time or energy. I’ll boil it down to one, fundamental problem. Mr. Hoard, you’re blind to your own faults in this discussion. I know you’re probably a really good student, get lots of accolades from your profs and all that. Hell, you might even be published. I didn’t Google you so forgive my uncaring attitude to your potential literati status. But damn, man, you accuse the other side of “trying to dictate the personal lives of free-thinking adults”, when really, at the core of your argument, you’re doing the same thing.

You’re telling people who, whatever your view of the world, have decided and believe that something or someone had a hand in making this world. I know it’s really hard for you to step down and wallow with the common man, but like it or not, a majority of this country believe in a god of some kind, be it Allah, Jesus, or just Creator. You’re telling them, no, you’re accusing them of not only stupidity, but insinuating that if they don’t subscribe to your worldview, they are ignorant morons deserving of the world’s ridicule. That’s a very progressive, enlightened, rational attitude.

For a long time, the world over, a whole hell of a lot of people have considered the act of creating the universe a pretty big deal. If I had to ask you one question, it would be the only one you don’t seem to have an answer to: Is nothing sacred anymore?

Taking Intelligent Design out of the discussion for second, evolution actual doesn’t contradict a creationist worldview. Science needs to learn something that religious people (who aren’t all on the Right, by the way) learned well a long time ago: you don’t get to have it all at once. Evolution as a theory is a solid scientific cornerstone, to that there is usually no doubt. What the many in the scientific community, and you, miss is that you immediately jump from “creatures evolve” to “there is no God”. As someone who understands evolution, try applying the same evolutionary patience to convincing someone of your views.

The Michigan Daily – Joel Hoard: The evolution of creationism

Stop the bulldozers! Don't destroy Frieze!

I really don’t care if the U builds a dorm at the Frieze site, but this letter to the editor in the Ann Arbor News is just too funny to pass up. After making three reasonable arguments, mostly surrounding the historical nature of the building, Susan Wineberg blows us away with that crescendo point number 4.

It’s not something tangible, it’s something so emotional that only… “Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco” can tell us what it means.

A fourth reason is the emotional impact on the community. Many graduates have a visceral attachment to this building and demolishing it destroys memories and our link to the past, which Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco notes “reinforce our humanity.”

There must be a ton of graduates who have lost their memories because the University has probably demolished more than it’s share of buildings in the 188 years it’s been around. Maybe students should have visceral attachments to something besides the buildings.

It’s not like they need a new dorm. Oh, wait…

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