June 13th, 2004

Iraqi chickens cross the road

page down to Black Humor The link is courtesy of Small Flashes.

A friend in Baghdad sent me this. It is to laugh, it is to weep.

Why Did the Chicken cross the Road?

Coalition Provisional Authority:

The fact that the Iraqi chicken crossed the road affirmatively demonstrates that decision-making authority has been transferred to the chicken well in advance of the scheduled June 30th transition of power. From now on the chicken is responsible for its own decisions.


We were asked to help the chicken cross the road. Given the inherent risk of road crossing and the rarity of chickens, this operation will only cost the US government $326,004.

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LJ Annoyances

I just wasted some time trying to make sure that my lj-cut below was working properly before I posted it. It seems that lj-cuts don't show up in the preview.

Another annoyance: there's no good way to keep track of whether people have made new comments, ist there?

Or have I missed some really obvious stuff which would make these annoyances go away?

An semi-appropriate quote

From Atlas Shrugged:

(A pulverizing sound-beam weapon has just been demonstrated)
Dr. Stadtler looked at the faces in the grandstands. They were sitting quietly now, they were listening, but their eyes had an ebbing look of twilight, a look of fear in the process of being accepted as permanent, the look of raw wounds being accepted as permanent. They knew, as he knew it, that they were the targets of the shapeless funnels protruding from the mushroom building's dome....

Now, in the real world, the proportion of people who are taking the threat of a bad government seriously is a lot higher than it is in the novel, but there are still plenty who seem to think that Bush is our good and trustworthy war leader even though that torture memo is talking about, well, everybody.

Sidetrack: I just realized that the soundbeam weapon is just about useless because its range is fairly limited and it isn't portable.... I won't say it's a typical government project because government are actually pretty good at developing weapons, but it might be a typical Atlas Shrugged sort of item--the proportion of stupid people is very high in that novel.