Sniffle XLXIII: A Bright Light in a Bad Situation Edition

I’ve often rhapsodized on the wonder of plucky, western Australia (and New Zealand, yes) floating around in the middle of a big ocean surrounded by…well, the sorts of countries that the families of the lost flight MH370 have had to deal with for the past two and a half weeks (at the time of writing). […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Sid Caesar

Well, we seem to have come to that point in history where all my new discoveries are from people dying. Before it was classic movie stars, and I knew all about them, but now it’s the TV stars that came after the classic movies, and I’m terrible with classic TV (except Get Smart and F-Troop, […]

Categories: Entertainment

Jackie’s Strength

I wasn’t planning on posting anything to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination (but lord if you’ve seen the Zapruder Film Stabilized…) because I wasn’t alive during the 60s and I don’t think it often contributes much to over-romantisize that particular decade, even at it’s most tragic. What would I say, as I have […]

Categories: History

We’re All Doomed, Etc, Post Shutdown Edition, Part 262

NRO – Mark Steyn: Potemkin Parliament Washington’s governing systems are in a bad way. Pull quote: “If only we could get American conservatives to be as fiscally responsible as Canadian liberals.” Read the whole thing. Then you can cheer yourself up with a big long article I tweeted last night on suicidal people jumping off […]

Categories: Politics

Southern Africa Doing a Bang-Up Job at Animal Conservation

National Post – All of Mozambique’s remaining rhinos killed by poachers Johannesburg – The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique have been wiped out by poachers apparently working in cahoots with the game rangers responsible for protecting them. The 15 threatened animals were shot dead for their horns last month in the Mozambican part of Great […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Everything In the World Happened While I Was In Maui: A Collection of Catching Up

First: This video of Margaret Thatcher being interviewed about her efforts to support British fashion in 1984 (I’ve never seen archival news footage from the 80s look this good). I’d embed but the uploader has disabled that so just click the link and the video will be bigger anyway. Margaret Thatcher’s fashion sense – TV-am […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Oh, Maggie.

Photo shamelessly pinched from here, a s me on my phone, too. So Lady Thatcher died yesterday, and I couldn’t possibly manage a round-up of links while on my phone, anyway the best ones have been off The Times’ iPad app, which I can’t link to. What I do want to tap about is this […]

Categories: People and Current Events · Uncategorized

That Poor Nurse

I certainly hope that it doesn’t turn out that the poor lady who accidentally talked to those two silly DJs about Kate’s hospital stay was hounded by the press to an extent that that’s what turned out to put her over the edge. For one thing, our royal father-to-be will be severely cheesed off, as […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Politics, Libya, Politics, Blurgh

NRO – Mark Steyn: Who’s ‘Politicizing’ Benghazi? It was Obama who chose to blame a national humiliation on an obscure YouTube video. And he doesn’t even have to mention Vegas. RTWT.

Categories: Politics

Since They Made Rummy Cry

I await the relentless torrent of media accusations that Obama doesn’t care about Our Fallen Heroes™. Gateway Pundit – Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

Categories: War and Peace

Neil Armstrong

This is making me cry with laughter, but rather than make it the Funniest Item of the Day, I’ll just use it to illustrate what a thing it was to have been Neil Armstrong. The Onion – Late Edition: Monday, July 21, 1969 Somebody on the internet said a couple weeks ago on the occasion […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Peter Recommends CXXXIX

In the annals of REALLY BAD IDEAS: io9 – Secret Histories: China’s Worst Self-Inflicted Environmental Disaster: The Campaign to Wipe Out the Common Sparrow To wit: Back in the 1950s, China was going through its Great Leap Forward, an effort to transform China from a largely agrarian nation to a thriving industrial Marxist powerhouse. DOT. […]

Categories: History

Miscellaneous Sex Stuff

First, a fairly good essay for laying out the basic arguments without falling into the “eww icky” trap like so many do, except this still irritated me just because of her language choices. I mean, let’s face it, if I gave this to just about any one of my peers to read, they’d call her […]

Categories: People and Current Events

I Like This Mister Lister

From Friday’s London Times, by way of the iPad app (so no linkage):

Categories: History

Watching the Titanic Sink (In Fast Forward)

Titanic 100: New CGI of How Titanic Sank James Cameron and his team pull together a new CGI of how they believe the TItanic sank and reached the ocean floor. Fascinating, but: I’m not sure about the peppy music. (File under #historychannel) Btw, I saw this on Twitter this morning, from one of The Times’(of […]

Categories: History