Quote of the Day

And a story of Mad Science. View From The Porch: Put that back where you found it. Right now..

So some scientists are examining ancient plague DNA… What could go wrong? (If someone says, “Hold my beer,” they should be shot immediately and repeatedly.) Anyway, on to Tam’s quote.

Jesus wept, is never having seen a single horror movie a prerequisite for this job?

Also… From “The 70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries” we get…

14. “Mad Science” means never stopping to ask “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”

Fame Whore Update

Because self-destructing internet “experts” are the gifts that keep on giving. Fame Whore Update: Relationship Expert Fails and Good-Bye, ‘Reasonable’ Man.

Julia Baugher (a/k/a Julia Allison) is a self-proclaimed “relationship expert” who has had every relationship self-destruct. Or pushed every relationship over the edge, because freedom. With a side order of narcissism. (The Other McCain compares her last attempt to find a life-partner to The Hindenburg at Lakehurst.)

This Georgetown University alumna, who 10 years ago was the illustrious example of becoming “Internet Famous,” has left more burning bridges behind her than Sherman marching through Georgia. And while my Saturday report hit most of the highlights (and lowlights) of her biography, even 3,000 words did not suffice to encompass every noteworthy debacle in the descending spiral of this erstwhile celebrity who has outlived her 15 minutes of fame.

Included in this update are photos of where she married herself at Burning Man 2014 (It’s all about loving ourselves. Or something.) But she’s probably not

Anyway, I’m a sucker for any William Tecumseh Sherman reference (Best US General, most quotable) and ends (close enough) with a Latin quote: Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat. Previous post at this link.

How Does Anyone Over the Age 50 NOT Have a Will?

Especially someone with 4 kids, one of whom has special needs? Aretha Franklin died without a will, her estate’s future uncertain.

I almost don’t care about any of the details of this story, the headline is enough.

Look, I’m no lawyer, but not having a will is crazy. (They are not that expensive.) If you don’t have will, get a will. I don’t care if you are 24 years old, and you have nothing but debt. If you have kids, get a trust set up, and put everything in that trust. Bank accounts. Brokerage accounts. Homes. I can let you slide on the car since the bank probably owns that anyway.

Having watched my father deal with the issues around his parent’s deaths, and the lack of issues when he passed away – because he took care of absolutely everything – I can honestly say that you should have more consideration for the people you will leave behind than to do nothing at all.

The State of Our Educational Institutions, or WTF?

This is the kind of thing you expect to see in the Onion. Student expelled for casting a spell | firstcoastnews.com.

An Oklahoma high school suspended a 15-year-old student after accusing her of casting a magic spell that caused a teacher to become sick, lawyers for the student said on Friday.

Aside from questions of freedom of religion – if the student was Wiccan (she isn’t, she’s Catholic) – what the F were these “professionals” thinking?

“I, for one, would like to see the so-called evidence this school has that a 15-year-old girl made a grown man sick by casting a magic spell,” [Joann Bell, executive director of the ACLU’s Oklahoma chapter] said.

And if the administration of that “school” really believes she can cast a spell and make someone sick, exactly how is sending her home going to make anyone safe? Is there a range on magic spells I am unaware of?”

I am not Wiccan, but tracking how Wicca and Wiccans are viewed in the culture is a pretty good indication of cultural tolerance. Or intolerance. Not to mention the general level of insanity in the culture. And in this part of Oklahoma, I would say that the level of tolerance is low, and the level of insanity is off the charts.