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Monday, February 8th, 2010
Study: Beer is Good for the Bones!

While too much beer might not be good for bonin’ as such, just the right amount can be great for  bones in general (the real ones, not your blood engorged member) .  Someone tell the ladies –  drink more beer for better bone health!

From Foxnews.com:

But seriously, a new analysis of 100 commercial beers shows the hoppy beverage is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for bone health.

Though past research has suggested beer is chockfull of silicon, little was known about how silicon levels varied with the type of beer and malting process used. So a pair of researchers took one for the team and ran chemical analyses on beer’s raw ingredients. They also picked up 100 commercial beers from the grocery store and measured the silicon content.

The silicon content of the beers ranged from 6.4 mg/L to 56.5 mg/L, with an average of 30 mg/L. Two beers are the equivalent of just under a half liter, so a person could get 30 mg of the nutrient from two beers. And while there is no official recommendation for daily silicon uptake, the researchers say, in the United States, individuals consume between 20 and 50 mg of silicon each day.

Full article here >>.

And speaking of drinking too much beer before attempting coitus, here’s the classic Dead Kennedy’s song “Too Drunk to Fuck”

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Friday, January 8th, 2010
Canadian Arrested for Drunk Snow Blowing

From Metro.co.uk:

“A civic-spirited but ill-advised attempt to remove snow from a Canadian road caused traffic chaos, and ended up with a man being arrested for operating a snow blower while drunk.
The 41-year-old man sparked mayhem in rush-hour traffic after pushing the snow blower into a major intersection on roads in Barrie, 50 miles north of Toronto, police said.

Authorities say the man was almost hit by cars twice as traffic struggled to get through the large clouds of snow he was blowing up, before police eventually managed to reach him and put a halt to his snow-blowing efforts.

The man was arrested, held until he had sobered up, and charged with public intoxication. He didn’t offer an explanation to officers of why he was so keen to blow snow off the intersection.

‘His capacity to make sound decisions was obviously affected,’ police Sergeant Robert Allan told the Toronto Star.”

Original Article here >>.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Killing in the Name of (Christmas)

Facebook strikes again!

From Canoe.ca

LONDON – A grass-roots Facebook campaign has spoiled American Idol mogul Simon Cowell’s Christmas by denying one of his new acts the prestigious Christmas No. 1 spot in Britain.

Thanks to a Facebook campaign that capitalized on growing unhappiness with Cowell’s cookie-cutter approach to pop stardom, the antiestablishment Rage Against the Machine came out ahead of Joe McElderry, winner of Cowell’s popular “X Factor” TV competition.

The upset for the heavily favoured McElderry represents a setback for Cowell, who has made millions on both sides of the Atlantic for his roles in “American Idol,” “X Factor,” “Britain’s Got Talent” and other productions.

Rage Against the Machine finished first with a surge of support for their 1992 hit “Killing in the Name,” which became the first Christmas No. 1 in Britain supported only by downloads.

The Facebook campaign was organized by an English couple Jon and Tracy Morter in a concerted effort to break Cowell’s recent stranglehold on the holiday No. 1 song, a traditional source of status and bragging rights inside Britain.

“Rage Against the Machine was built for moments like this,” the band’s guitarist Tom Morello told The Associated Press. “We are honoured to have the song that liberated the U.K. pop chart.”

“Killing In The Name” surged in the last days of the competition to sell more than 500,000 copies in the past week, compared with sales of 450,000 for McElderry’s single. It also set a record for most downloads in a single week. Morello said the band would donate the profits to the British homeless charity Shelter.

Read the full article here >>.

That rocks jingle bells!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus
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I’m posting today for two reasons.

First of all, it’s Christmas time! And since The Runs (who I hear runs red & green at Christmas) got the Boil Before Drinking holiday season kicked off with a bizzaro Christmas song, I thought I’d share another – “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus” by American rock group The Killers. Hooray for Christmas!

Second of all, I feel a little bad about so blatantly hating on Nickelback yesterday so I thought I’d make up for it by shouting out some praise to a band that other people love to hate. However, unlike my hate for Nickelback, which is perfectly justified for reasons I would gladly explain in detail, any hate directed toward The Killers is mere nonsense and is attributable to a lack of taste.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
WTF!? Fucking Nickelback Named Billboard’s “Band of the Decade”.

Seriously. Fucking Nickelback is Fucking Billboard’s “Band of the (Fucking) Decade”.

Seriously. Read it here >>.

Ok, so it’s based on record sales and not artist merit and that’s fine. So good for Fucking Nickelback in that sense. They’ve worked hard enough for it I suppose. And you can’t really blame Billboard either, since vulgar pop music is their bread and butter and we all know it.

But to the millions of North Americans who used the hyper-inflated credit bubble to purchase Fucking Nickelback CD’s while bankers raped the economy sideways… fuck you!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
The Most Famous 6 Second Drum-Break in History

A short documentary on the ubiquitously sampled “Amen break” –  sonic pillar of hip-hop, jungle, and drum ‘n bass music to name just a few. Originally a 1969 B-side.  Interesting stuff.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Berkeley Scientist Recommends Pot as Treatment for Alchohol, Drug Abuse

From the Times of India:

Putting cannabis in place of more harmful drugs may help in winning the fight against substance abuse, say researchers.

Amanda Reiman, University of California, Berkeley, USA, carried out the study at Berkeley Patient’s Group, and found that 40 per cent of the 350 cannabis users quizzed resorted to the drug to control their alcohol cravings.

The poll further discovered that 66 users consumed cannabis as a replacement for prescription drugs and 26 per cent for other, more potent, illegal drugs.

Amanda said: “Substituting cannabis for alcohol has been described as a radical alcohol treatment protocol. This approach could be used to address heavy alcohol use in the British Isles – people might substitute cannabis, a potentially safer drug than alcohol with less negative side-effects, if it were socially acceptable and available”….

Read the rest of the article here >>.

There’s probably a joke to be made somewhere about the study being done at Berkeley, but I’m not going to go there.

Putting cannabis in place of more harmful drugs may help in winning the fight against substance abuse, say

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Facebook Strikes Again!: Depressed Woman Loses Benefits After Posting “Happy” Photos.

From CBC News:

A Quebec woman on long-term sick leave is fighting to have her benefits reinstated after her employer’s insurance company cut them, she says, because of photos posted on Facebook…

…She said her insurance agent described several pictures Blanchard posted on the popular social networking site, including ones showing her having a good time at a Chippendales bar show, at her birthday party and on a sun holiday — evidence that she is no longer depressed, Manulife said…

…Blanchard said that on her doctor’s advice, she tried to have fun, including nights out at her local bar with friends and short getaways to sun destinations, as a way to forget her problems…

…Her lawyer Tom Lavin said Manulife’s investigation was inappropriate. “I don’t think for judging a mental state that Facebook is a very good tool,” he said.

Read the Full Article Here >>.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
Buying Green? You’re an Asshole!

A new study cited by George Monbiot in his Nov 9th column finds that after purchasing “green products” consumers are more likely to in engage in what’s called “moral licensing” – the idea that the moral self-esteem boost associated with “buying green” is used to justify less ethical behaviour in other circumstances.

From the article:

“Psychologists at the University of Toronto subjected students to a series of cunning experiments. First they were asked to buy a basket of products; selecting either green or conventional ones. Then they played a game in which they were asked to allocate money between themselves and someone else. The students who had bought green products shared less money than those who had bought only conventional goods…

…Then they took another bunch of students, gave them the same purchasing choices, then introduced them to a game in which they made money by describing a pattern of dots on a computer screen. If there were more dots on the right than the left they made more money. Afterwards they were asked to count the money they had earned out of an envelope.

The researchers found that buying green had such a strong licensing effect that people were likely to lie, cheat and steal: they had established such strong moral credentials in their own minds that these appeared to exonerate them from what they did next. Nature uses the term “moral offset”, which I think is a useful one.”

See also this paper from researchers at the University of Toronto on the subject; and these reflections on Monbiot’s piece by Raj Patel at Commondreams.org.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
Wannabe Ninja Fails, Impales Self on Fencepost

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From the Seattle Times:

Seattle police say a man who believed he was a ninja was impaled by a spike when he tried to jump over a metal fence.

At 11:15 last night, a police officer was looking for the victim of a reported assault in the 600 block of Seventh Avenue when she encountered the man impaled on a metal fence and screaming for help. Seattle Fire Department medics were called and removed the man from a fence spike and transported him to nearby Harborview Medical Center. Officers, believing the man might have been involved in the assault, spoke with him at the hospital. The man said he was not involved. Instead, he said he thought he was a ninja and would be able to leap over the 4- to 5-foot fence.

As a police account of the incident notes, “Clearly he was overconfident in his abilities.”

This article can be read in its original format here >>.