Saturday, November 8, 2008

WTF??? 47




I almost didn't post this because I thought it was too silly even for me, but considering how silly today is (see previous entry) I thought, ''why not?''-- plus it gave me an excuse to post some funny bully comics...
Bullies may get kick out of seeing others in pain

By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Brain scans of teens with a history of aggressive bullying behavior suggest that they may actually get pleasure out of seeing someone else in pain, U.S. researchers said on Friday. (yes, you read that right)
While this may come as little surprise to those who have been victimized by bullies, it is not what the researchers expected, Benjamin Lahey of the University of Chicago, who worked on the study, said in a telephone interview.
"The reason we were surprised is the prevailing view is these kids are cold and unemotional in their aggression," said Lahey, whose study appears in the journal Biological Psychology."This is looking like maybe they care very much," said Lahey, who worked on the study with Jean Decety, also of the University of Chicago.The researchers compared eight boys ages 16 to 18 with aggressive conduct disorder to a group of eight adolescent boys with no unusual signs of aggression.The boys with the conduct disorder had exhibited disruptive behavior such as starting a fight, using a weapon and stealing after confronting a victim.
They showed both groups video clips of someone inflicting pain on another person and tracked brain activity with a type of imaging called functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI.In the aggressive teens, areas of the brain linked with feeling rewarded -- the amygdala and ventral striatum -- became very active when they observed pain being inflicted on others.But they showed little activity in an area of the brain involved in self-regulation -- the medial prefrontal cortex and the temporoparietal junction -- as was seen in the control group."It is entirely possible their brains are lighting in the way they are because they experience seeing pain in others as exciting and fun and pleasurable," Lahey said."We need to test that hypothesis more, but that is what it looks like," he said.
Lahey said the differences between the two groups were strong and striking, but cautioned that the study was small and needs to be confirmed by a larger study.
(Editing by Will Dunham)
No doubt our tax dollars at work here...

Happy Abet and Aid Punsters Day...


It's also International Tongue Twister Day and Dunce Day-- all in all a pretty silly (and possibly fun) day...
Click on the image

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Michael Crichton dies of cancer


Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science fantasies as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain" died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 66. He had been privately battling cancer.
"Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

Doonesbury election results...


Not posting this because I feel one way or another about Obama, but because I honestly think it's funny and have been waiting for days to see it, having heard a week or so ago that Trudeau already had it lined up.

Happy Gunpowder Day...


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sorry...


I've decided the post I had in this place was inappropriate so it has been removed.

Sigh...

No, I didn't like McCain either...

The end is nigh...

Ok, we can all stop worrying about the upcoming 'G.I.Joe', 'The Spirit', 'Watchmen', 'Sherlock Holmes' or any other films-- there is another that makes all of these look absolutely wonderful.........................................
There’s Something About Larry, Moe & Curly
MGM has revived the long-gestating Peter and Bobby Farrelly Three Stooges project. The siblings will renew their quest to channel the comic mayhem of the Three Stooges into a contemporary comedy for the studio. The Farrellys will polish the script they wrote with Michael Cerrone and will direct the picture. Peter Farrelly said the Stooges feature was revived because of the enthusiasm of MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman Mary Parent, who has acquired the rights to scripts owned by WB and made a deal with Stooges rights holders at C3. With Parent, the Farrellys have worked out a blueprint for a $45 million budget comedy that will be either PG or PG-13 and feature the slap-happy low-tech comedy prevalent in the Stooges shorts.
“It’s not a biopic. It takes place in present day, and they look, dress and sound exactly like the Stooges,” Peter Farrelly told Daily Variety. “When the economy started turning, we felt like the world could use a Stooges slapfest. Bobby and I haven’t done a real physical comedy in a while, and it’s the most exciting thing we could think of now, to have people go to the movie, see some great slapstick fun family humor.” Farrelly said that an “American Idol"-like search will be conducted to find Curly, the most physically gifted member of the trio. Auditions will be held in three or four cities and a finalist will be chosen in Los Angeles. A second contest will be held to find several comedy shorts that will precede the film. The goal is to create the feeling that audiences got when they watched the original Stooges shorts as part of a diversified film program. “We know this is extremely difficult to pull off; we realize some Stooges fans will be upset no matter what we do,” Farrelly said. “We love the Stooges and honor their memory, and we don’t want them to disappear. We hope that next Thanksgiving, dads will introduce their kids to the Stooges and create a new generation of knuckleheads.”
The Three Stooges are a timeless staple of comedy," said Mary Parent. "And when we heard what the Farrellys had in mind, we knew it was time for Larry, Moe and Curly to return to the big screen." The Farrellys' screenplay -- described by the filmmakers as "slapstick with heart" -- breaks the feature into four 20-minute shorts, in an approximation of the vaudeville and slapstick pioneers' most common format in the 1920s and '30s. The first episode establishes the bruising, boisterous brothers as 7-year-old castoffs who terrorize the nun-run orphanage that takes them in. Eventually forced to leave, Moe, Larry and Curly try to find a place for themselves in a modern world.
I like the Farrelly brothers' movies. I have always been a big fan of 'Dumb & Dumber', 'Kingpin', 'There's Something About Mary', 'Shallow Hal' , and 'Stuck on You'.
I LOVE the Three Stooges, period, end of statement.
But................ I am at a loss for words...
The Stooges aren't like Sherlock Holmes or Dracula or James Bond where several different actors can assume the role-- they aren't just characters, they are........................................... shit, I can't even begin to explain what I am trying to say here, but if you are a Stooges fan, you need no explanation.
Kiss your families goodbye because the world is surely coming to an end.

Happy National Chicken Lady Day...


It's also Waiting For The Barbarians Day, whatever that means...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Wizard of Id election strips...




Condolences to Obama...


I haven't tried to hide the fact that I don't care for Obama, but I am sorry to hear his grandmother passed away...

WTF??? 46


Convicted child-killer to be sentenced in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho – Federal prosecutors in Idaho say a convicted child-killer already sentenced to die should get three additional life prison terms.
Joseph Edward Duncan III is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Boise on seven federal counts stemming from his 2005 kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a northern Idaho boy.
U.S. Attorney Tom Moss argues in court papers that Duncan's conduct is "perhaps the most horrific, cruel and depraved criminal episode in Idaho's history."
Duncan was sentenced to death in August for the 2005 kidnapping, sexual exploitation and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene (GROAN'-ee). The 45-year-old convicted pedophile also murdered Dylan's mother, older brother and his mother's fiance, and kidnapped his younger sister.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesmanreview.com/

Um, why waste taxpayers' money and tie up the courts to try to add life sentences onto a death sentence? Unless they plan to give him a life sentence hanging by his scrotum for the next 40 years, just kill his ass and get it over with-- I guess it looks good on paper though...

Happy Birthday, Godzilla...


Well, what do ya know, 54 years ago today Japan introduced the world to the (not so) jolly green giant and started the longest running film series in history-- 28 movies in 50 years.
Update: Unrelated, but noteworthy, according to Wikipedia 'Wong Fei Hung' has had 89 films since 1949, but there hasn't been a live-action version since 1997 (an animated movie was released this year). 89 flicks in 48 years isn't too shabby...
Update 2: There were 51 'The Three Mesquiteers' films from 1936 to 1943-- damn...

Happy Sandwich Day...


I can not look at this pic without cracking up...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

:P



(Ok, so I altered the first one a little-- still doesn't change the message... And no, I don't like McCain either)

Happy Cookie Monster Day...


http://www.laughingninja.com/videos/cookie-rehab

Hey, I just noticed this is my 200th post-- Why, that's almost 100 times the amount of readers I have...