Category Archives: News

Anonymous hacks the federal reserve

This apparently happened last weekend. Anonymous gained access to the Federal Reserve and published bank executive login details under the URL “dorner-is-a-symptom-not-the-syndrome”, which I think is a brilliant statement.

I’ve been thinking about and wrestling with the Dorner thing a lot lately. I may or may not draft a post on it, depending on time. It’s obviously all over at this point, they’ve found the guy’s charred corpse in the cabin that they executed him in.

I’m still mulling it over.

woman pulled over for osu sticker

buckeyeI knew this would happen eventually, I’m just surprised it happened in the South. The South is all about college football, isn’t it?

I live on what I consider to be the borderline of the South. It may just be my perspective, having grown up in the suburbs of a decent sized city in northern Ohio, but I currently live on the Ohio River, a short drive from West Virginia. With all of the pickup trucks and country music, it feels like the South to me, although it might just be the real Midwest. In any case, college football is huge around here.

The couple had a sticker like the one above on their bumper. The cops in Tennessee apparently mistook it for a pot leaf, which I suppose is understandable, if you’re stupid.

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stephen king publishes 25 page essay on gun control

I came across this news article from USA Today this morning. The TLDR is that Stephen King published, for 99 cents in the Kindle bookstore, a 25 page essay about how semi-automatic guns should be banned.

I’m not gonna buy it, because I think it’s ridiculous to pay 99 cents for a 25 page essay in the age of the internet. He could easily have published it on his website. So I’m not gonna read it. Sorry, Mr. King.

Stephen King is one of my writing role models. I love his books. I’ve lost weeks of my life in the pages of his stories (try to make your way through the seven-book Dark Tower series in less than a few days of straight reading time, I dare you). But this is kind of silly.

His anti-gun points have been addressed in myriad forms. The counter-arguments are there. This is nothing new or groundbreaking. Don’t waste your dollar, buy a candy bar instead.

… but it sorta is

The Telegraph (UK) has published an article claiming that “It’s not poverty that’s fattening, it’s bad eating habits.” It’s sort of true, but it doesn’t paint the whole picture.

I’m broke as fuck. I also have trouble eating well. The problem? I get up at six in the morning to get ready for class. I barely have time to make and drink enough coffee to wake up before I leave, let alone make breakfast. So I usually skip it.

My first chance to eat is during my hour between my first and second classes of the day: 10-11. For my first four waking hours, I’m starving. Sometimes I get a chance to eat, usually I don’t. So after my last class at 2, I usually grab fast food really quick before I go to work, because it’s the easiest option.

When you’re broke and busy, the easiest option is always the best option.

Fortunately for my waistline, fast food prices have skyrocketed here lately. My wife and I used to be able to eat for under $10 at these places, and now we can’t get out for under $15, $20 if we’re not holding back.

Can you eat well cheaply? Absolutely. But you have to trade time. You have a choice: that frozen dinner that takes two minutes to make or a cheap healthy meal that takes an hour. I don’t have a fucking hour.

If I cook dinner and my wife and I sit down to eat together, that’s basically a date. That’s how infrequently it occurs. We’re at the mercy of our busy schedules.

I’m not fat, but I’m not in shape. I weigh 277, at last weighing, but I’m a big guy. I stand 6’2 or 6’3, depending on time of day, and legitimately have a big frame (I’m not saying I’m “big boned”). I do basic bodyweight exercises, because I can’t afford a gym, and once it warms up around here, I’m going to start running. I quit drinking my calories, drinking coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day.

But I still eat shit, and it’s because I don’t have the time. That’s my point. Poverty exerts stress on the system and wreaks chaos on the schedule (assuming you’re trying to climb out of it). I take my meals when I can get them, and don’t worry about it.

By the way, if you’ve never mixed a bit of peanut butter with your drained ramen noodles, give it a shot. Everyone I tell this to seems to think it’s gross, but fucking try it. I also throw a shot of hot sauce in there. Throw the seasoning packets away. That’s my broke-ass tip of the day. Also microwave burritos rule, with a bit of hot sauce sprinkled on and cheese (if you can afford it) sprinkled on top before the second nuking. I’ve dubbed it Das Uber Burrito.

 

lupe fiasco gets the boot

Apparently, he got booked to perform at some inauguration celebration for President Obama. Instead of just getting up and performing, he played the same anti-war song for thirty minutes until some security guards got on stage and forced him off.

People are going to frame this in some Gestapo light, like Obama’s secret police didn’t like him saying he didn’t vote for Obama (part of the lyrics) and talking about the shitty things the government does. But the other side is that he was booked to perform a job, presumably for a hefty chunk of cash, and didn’t deliver.

According to reddit user ieieieieieieieieie (I had to copy and paste to get the right amount of ie’s), “his DJs played all of the instrumentals that he was supposed to rap over, but over each song, he just rapped the first verse from Words I Never Said.”

Here are the lyrics he repeated, over and over, for a half hour:

I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip
9/11 building 7 did they really pull it?
Uhh, and a bunch of other cover ups
Your child’s future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, that’s on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the upper crust
You get it, then they move it so you never keeping up enough
If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of what the fucks
Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such
And that ain’t Jersey Shore homie that’s the news
And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either
I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people

Sums up my thoughts pretty well, I’ve never heard the song but I like those lyrics.

Anyway, I have two conflicting viewpoints battling for supremacy in my head. One side of my brain says Lupe is an asshole and should have just done a couple songs that he was most likely being paid a stupid amount of money to perform. Shit, write five new songs kicking the shit out of Obama. If the crowd’s moving, no one would have said shit. That side of me says he’s a douchebag.

The other side says good for him, it was an interesting little form of protest. The crowd still seemed to be with him, and the club overreacted. Maybe he changed a few minds.

In any case, it’s a semi-interesting story that’ll only be good for Lupe’s publicity. The kind of people who side with that second opinion my brain holds who run across this story, never having heard of Lupe Fiasco, will give him a listen now, or at least proclaim on their blogs and on twitter that “this guy has balls” (I don’t agree, it’s not like he was facing death or even prison, just not getting paid) and that they’re now fans.

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