George Carlin is dead. Fuck.
Todays a day for swearing people. George Carlin was a hero for skeptics and realists and you owe him a lot - whether you realise it or not.
To put that aged clipped in context watch this episode of Penn & Teller's Bullshit on Profanity
Part 2 & Part 3
If you are in a hurry they get to Carlin almost 8 mins into part 2. I feel bad about putting up a youtube copy of P&T's excellent show - so once you've watched it think about buying it
Also - I can't possible end this post without putting up the video of Carlin view's on Religion.
We'll miss you Rufus.
George Carlin is dead. Fuck.
After the 42 day win yesterday Tony Benn said:
I never thought I would be in the House of Commons on the day Magna Carta was repealed. Then David Davis resigned saying this was the tipping point to a police state.
Which makes this analysis of the arrests being made and the influence being exerted on Anonymous by the Police that little bit more important than it would have been yesterday.
The next protest is tomorrow. If you want to protest find out more here.
One of the great achievements of the 21st century, and one of the greatest human constructions of all time - the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has the power to save the world - In a very real sense. It has representation of every crop and plant and fruit they can get their hands on. Frozen in a vault that is embedded in permafrost. It only takes a flood, or a tornadoes or even just a little war to wipe out crop varieties. And now we have a back up.
Here's 60minutes having a look around the place:
Which is of course massively factually inaccurate, not least because most of the founding fathers were deists and "In God We Trust" not being the motto of the USA till the 50's.
And here's Barak Obama giving a speech in 2006:
I dislike heavily edited things so here is the full 40min talk by Obama (I couldn't find a longer clip of McCain).
I think everyone who makes their way to this site (regardless of their faith) are going to be a lot more impressed with the latter talk - hell after the last 8 years it's almost astonishing. It will be interesting to see if Obama sticks to his guns on the topic, the fact that talk was given in a church is a good sign after all. Heres hoping.
Despite our 'special relationship' I find it reassuring that whilst Presidential candidates in America talk like McCain here in the UK Tony Blair was worried that people might think him a "A Nutter" .
Overall I think that is a far healthier position to be in.
If you go here you can add your name to a database they'll put on microchip and stick on board. It takes 30 seconds. You would be a fool not to.
I'm a sucker for stuff like that. Some 0s and 1s that I typed will be sent to orbit the moon. It's trivial - but awesome.
Don't worry Skeptobot hasn''t become obssessed with CCTV/privacy and terror. It's just in the news a lot at the minute. So much so that I couldn't help notice The Daily mail wip up a fury about this image:
Read it? Good.
I first noticed the image when The Metro (UK free newspaper) carried it on Thursday describing it as "chilling":
Now is this a image created by an al-Qaeda internet site where they plan to destroy the world. Or is, perhaps, a promotional image for the upcoming computer game Fallout 3 ?
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