Quickies

The Geekiest Wedding Proposal Ever

Bernie Peng reprogrammed Tammy Li’s favorite video game, “Bejeweled,” so a ring and a marriage proposal would show up on the screen when she reached a certain score.

(I can’t wait to see how they conceive a child.)

It may not be officially a recession by definition (yet), but things aren’t looking too good: Foreclosures jumped 57%, wholesale prices are way up (lead by food and energy costs), corporate bankruptcies are becoming de rigeur. . . and John McCain thinks a summer relief from federal gas taxes is going to help solve the problem?  Granted, it’s a start, but not enough.  We need changes in policies, folks.  You don’t throw a band-aid on a knife wound. 

Speaking of food costs, President Bush has ordered food aid for foreign countries:

President Bush on Monday ordered the release of $200 million in emergency aid to help nations where surging food prices have deepened hunger woes and sparked violent protests.

The move comes one day after the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, called on the international community to act urgently in helping needy people and “put our money where our mouth is.” Haiti, Egypt and the Philippines are among the countries facing civil unrest because of food prices and shortages.

Might I suggest we suspend paying farmers subsidies to not farm?  Ca c’est plus facile, n’est-ce pas?

But enough seriousness–from News of the Weird:

In January just after police in Tyler, Texas, took Christopher McCuin, 25, into custody on suspicion of killing and eating parts of his girlfriend (an ear was found on the stove), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent the sheriff a fax demanding that McCuin receive only a vegetarian diet, suggesting that too much meat-eating had already occurred in the case.

And finally, a Bush Joke:

The Joint Chiefs of Staff were briefing President Bush shortly after the beginning of the “Coalition of the Willing”. A solemn general turned to W. and said “Mr. President, we’ve lost three Brazilian soldiers.” “Damn!” said Bush, paused a moment and then asked; “How many is a brazillion?”

 

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7 thoughts on “Quickies

  1. I don’t know if its that easy.

    I don’t know all the programs but one program where we pay farmers not to farm is because we wish, as a nation, to maintain ecolgocally important wetland, forest, and other ecological systems so as to prevent ecological degradation of not only natural systems but other farmland under cultivation. For example, the cultivation of wetlands (which clean and filter groundwater and prevent flooding and erosion) would lead to the degradation of the productive capacity of surrounding farmland (meaning less food not more).
    In addition, pesticide runoff from farmland already under cultivation decreases the nation’s drinkable water.

    Such a program is similar to payments to landowners in Brazil and Indonesia not to turn rainforests into farmland.

    Current economic pressure (greater prices for food) may make such payments obsolete, as farmers will just turn the idle acres into farmland because they can get more money but then we just have a whole new set of problems.

    As the key to greater food prices is the cost of fuel to prodcue and ship them, the key to the food problem is to utimately do something about fuel costs. Perhaps by asking our friends and allies in the Middle east to increase production in the short term. (heh). In the longterm find some other god damn fuel.

  2. and my aunt would be really pissed if she didn’t get her $22,000/year to not farm her farm that she doesn’t live on (living in town is much nicer).

  3. I’ll throw out my house plants… how much is that worth? They’re going to die anyway.

    PETA: Like a stopped clock, occasionally they’re right.

    Bush joke = hilarious!

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