Judge Judy crushes eBay crook

I love Judge Judy, especially her book “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining”, a smart lady who does not put-up with crap from bad guys. . . . .

This video below is supposed to be the most-watched episode ever. She destroys this eBay criminal, IMHO, best Judge Judy EVER.

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As a former eBay PowerSeller myself (with 100% positive feedback), I could not believe that this lady defended her selling only “photographs” of a cell phone for over $400.

Ever want to slap the smug look off of a criminal’s face? I think that Judge Judy showed remarkable restraint!

The eBay lady tried to defend herself by citing small-print that said that the auction was “for what you see”, a photograph of the cell phone! When the victim complained, the scum eBay seller gave her negative feedback, claiming that she was a Nigerian scammer. Here is her actual feedback record.

Theft, libel, defamation of the victim, Judge Judy’s dream case. . . .

Judy is at her best, dressing-down this scum, and as much as stating the she was going to report her to Child Protective Services and the IRS. The victim also said that the Attorney General was investigating.

I hope that she follow-through and reports them to Child Services and the IRS, and that this scum gets what she deserves.

This blog also notes that Judge Judy may have set a precedent with eBay, who refuses to remove defamatory false feedback from eBay without a court order, even when it’s clearly false:

“eBay should be required to remove the negative feedback that the accused seller placed upon the profiles of the complaining buyers. eBay should immediately ban the dishonest seller.”

Here’s to you, Judge Judy. I wish that all judges had her inate sense of justice and guts to stand-up to scum like this. . . .

Bigfoot bones in Richmond dump site

The Houston Chronicle notes that a fellow found a severed foot in a Richmond landfill and that it was not judged as non-human, and it may be related to the Anna Nichole Smith case:

The Alleged Bigfoot foot

Spotsylvania sheriff’s officials have said the foot might have come from an “ape-like species,” leaving Bigfoot-believers across the country wondering if there might finally be proof of the creature. . .

“We did see a suggestion that it might be a Yeti or a Sasquatch, and that might be why they call it Bigfoot instead of Bigfeet,” Hagan joked.

Tom Biscardi, who runs Searching for Bigfoot Inc. in Menlo Park, Calif., posted an image of the foot on his Web site, www.searchingforbigfoot.com. Biscardi doesn’t know if this foot is a Bigfoot’s foot, but he is certain the creatures are real.

“I have no doubts in my mind,” Biscardi said. “I’ve had six encounters over the past 34 years. Not in my dreams. Up close and personal.” He supports DNA testing to find out one way or another.

Air Force Bruce Crandall wins Medal of Honor

A proud moment for the US Army today

Bruce Crandall (Lt. Col, US Army, Ret.) is the latest Medal of Honor winner, another true American hero. His heroism was immortalized in a movie “We Were Soldiers”, but sadly, the role of Lt. Col. Crandall was played by the Australian drunkard jackass, Mel Gibson.

“Without Crandall’s actions, the embattled men at Ia Drang would have died in much the same way — “cut off, surrounded by numerically superior forces, overrun and butchered to the last man,” the infantry commander, Lt. Col. Harold Moore, wrote in recommending Crandall for the medal.”

Crandall was first awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and it was upgraded over the years. Crandall now joins the most elite group of soldiers in the world, holders of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Now, if we can just get-back the undeserved Medal of Honor from Douglas MacArthur, an award that I think constitutes a shameful act of stolen valor. Me, I’m sick of fake hero’s parading their fake medals in public, and they should be thrown in prison . . . .

Anyway, congrats to Bruce, a real-deal American Hero. . . .

Fuzzy Zoeller sues Wikipedia

This article notes that Pro Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller has had enough of the libel on Wikipedia, and has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the IP address where he was defamed:

“Fuzzy Zoeller, a Pro-golfer is suing not the website owners, but the owner of an IP address from where allegedly defamatory remarks about him were posted onto the site.

The offending paragraphs, which allege that the golfer abused drugs, alcohol and his family were posted on December 20 2006, and have since been removed, but not before a suit was filed.”

People have had enough of Wikipedia, a web site where a demented crackhead can over-ride the work of a Rhodes Scholar. Some even say that Wikipedia facilitates criminal acts and misinformation and some legislation is underway to ban Wikipedia.

“A bill introduced by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) would block social networking programs and other popular websites from computers at public libraries and computers.”

Even though most folks know that Wikipedia has no credibility, search engines make the mistake of rewarding Wikipedia with high rankings, facilitating its use for character assassination and misinformation.

“In late November 2005, former journalist John Seigenthaler wrote an editorial in USA Today complaining about “Internet character assassination” on Wikipedia, based on a Wikipedia entry that erroneously linked him to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

Of course, the owner of the computer traced via the IP address claims no knowledge, but guess what, it doesn’t matter. The current law makes an employer liable for what their employees publish while at-work:

“Established case law suggests an employer can be liable for even unauthorized publication of allegations by an employee when that publication occurred in performance of an employee’s authorized acts”

Go get ‘em Fuzzy!

We hope that you bankrupt these scum!

Global cooling is real

With upstate New York still digging-out from more then ten feet of snowfall, Americans are becoming more concerned than ever before about the threat of global cooling.

The concern about global cooling is not new, especially since man’s pollution may be to blame, and respected scientists have been predicting global cooling for decades.

Back in the 1970’s, scientist Isaac Asimov saw global cooling as a serious, man-made problem. Even in 2006, respected scientists are predicting more global cooling:

“Abdusamatov and his colleagues at the Russian Academy of Sciences astronomical observatory said the prediction is based on measurement of solar emissions, Novosti reported.

They expect the cooling to begin within a few years and to reach its peak between 2055 and 2060.”

Tropical areas are getting record snowfall

In 1970 the World Meteorological Organization also warned about global cooling, and in 1975 NEWSWEEK noted the consensus about global cooling by scientists. Does this sound familiar?

“ominous signs that the earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically,” the magazine warned of an impending “drastic decline in food production.” Political disruptions stemming from food shortages could affect “just about every nation on earth. . .

This NASA document says that the “Iris effect” contributes to global cooling and that average temperatures are falling dramatically. This NASA chart on global stratospheric temperatire anomalies clearly shows the global cooling trend:

NASA has proof of global cooling

To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather…

But they are almost unanimous in the view that the [cooling] trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic.”

In 2005, the US Senate questioned scientist Michael Creighton about his bestselling book “State of Fear” where he explains the “bad science” behind the “global warming” scare and the scientific reality of climate change. Scientist Lowell Ponte noted that global cooling is a serious issue today:

“It is a cold fact: the Global Cooling presents humankind with the most important social, political, and adaptive challenge we have had to deal with for ten thousand years.

Your stake in the decisions we make concerning it is of ultimate importance; the survival of ourselves, our children, our species”

Dr. Tim Ball, a respected climatology expert, also notes that it’s global cooling that we need to be worried about:

“Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn’t exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. . .

This in fact is the greatest deception in the history of science. We are wasting time, energy and trillions of dollars while creating unnecessary fear and consternation over an issue with no scientific justification.”

This 2006 article titled “Global Cooling Effect” notes the science behind global cooling:

“A report in New Scientist magazine yesterday chronicles the work of a crew of scientists who forecast a new wave of global cooling brought on by a decline in activity in the sun.

The New Scientist report, along with other scientific assessments warning of global cooling”

There is no denying that massive global cooling exists, and the only question is whether it’s natural or man-made. . . .

Taco Bell rats caught on tape!

Taco Bell “Rats Gone Wild” caught on tape!

A New York City Taco Bell/KFC was over-run with rats as cameras rolled, a bizarre “rats gone wild” display captured in this YouTube video.

This article notes that the rats seemed to play to the cameras:

“Rafael Garcia looked through the windows of a KFC-Taco Bell restaurant in Greenwich Village on Friday morning and saw 30 to 50 rats clambering over chairs, tables and children’s highchairs. . .

Garcia, meanwhile, celebrated his good fortune. He was selling the rat footage for $300 a pop, and had made more than $4,000 by Friday night.”

The newspapers are having a field day over this story.

This Wiki entry for “Taco Bell” notes the history of Taco Bell. We all know that everything on the web is 100% true, right?

“Taco Bell is the most popular church of choice for Latter Day Saints, based in the City of Los Angeles, just outside of Mexico. Known for its tasty chalupas and infamous E. Coli wraps, its pastors make up nearly 12/18ths of the population of Mexifornia. In 2004, they reported forced donations north of 276 million dollars.

However, most of these profits were spent on candy, against the advice of Taco Bell’s mother, who had wanted him to start a savings account. One of the biggest fans of Taco Bell is it’s Pope, Benedict XVI. The rat meat within the tacos have been known to be of the highest quality outside of New York.”

Royal Caribean Genesis cruise ships

This story describes the newest generation of cruise ships, billion dollar monsters that will carry over 6,000 passengers.

The new Genesis class – over 6,000 aboard

“Royal Caribbean International on Monday ordered the world’s largest and most expensive cruise ship, a $1.24 billion vessel that will hold up to 6,400 passengers.”

“The $1.24 billion figure includes all expenses for the ship, “from forks and knives and sheets to artwork and everything else,” said Harri Kulovaara, the Miami-based cruise line’s executive vice president of maritime operations.”

Learning at Sea

With cruise prices at an all-time low, these new mega cruise ships herald an era where over 100,000 Americans are cruising the Caribbean Sea at any given time.

With prices less than an average hotel room, cruises are a great bargain and my company is now doing Oracle database training at sea, a great way to learn while having a wonderful vacation. Next year we will be doing Oracle Tuning training in the Caribbean and Oracle RAC classes in the Mediterranean.

The virtual PC of the future

People always tend to overestimate the advancement of computer technology, beginning with the HAL computer from the Movie “2001 A Space Odyssey”.

For decades people have been heralding the advent of true artificial intelligence, yet very little has been brought forth other than speech recognition and language translation, relatively simple tasks compared to a real AI application.

But what will a PC look like in 50 years? Surely, we will not be forced to use old-fashioned keyboards, and some say that the PC of the future might look like this:

Imagine a single small device that handles all of the external devices with a motion-sensitive keyboard and virtual screen display . . . .

No more Big Dick’s in Louisburg

It’s the end of an era. Dick’s Drive-in on South Bickett St. in Louisburg is being town-down. The last real vestage of a lost age of innocence.

A real 1950’s style drive-in restaurant, Dick’s was famous for their hot dogs, as noted by their famous sign:

If you like hot dogs, you’ll love Dick’s

The favorite menu items was the “Big Dick” a foot-long hot-dog served with coleslaw, chili and mustard, a real feast.

Wikipedia Credibility challenged

Wikipedia is a great idea, but it suffers from such such horrendous lack of credibility that it has been banned as a reference citation at all respectable schools and universities.

Only by providing a real identify and qualifications can the credibility of a publication be accessed.

Many folks note that Wikipedia has a huge ultra-liberal bias, with most of the entries being made by people who have lots of free time.

Wikipedia has even spun-off competing Wiki sites and parody sites, mostly attacking the lack of credibility of Wikipedia.

So long as an illiterate drug addict can override the work of a Harvard professor, Wikipedia will never be an authoritative reference.

We also have the issue of cttations. Citing factual references on Wikipedia is problematic because most legitimate references are not online, or not free. Regardless, the credibility for Wikipedia centers around the credentials and reputation of the person publishing on Wikipedia.

Check out uncyclopedia.org

Are Google search engine rankings to blame?

Google has always had the credo “Do No Evil”, but it appears that a part of the problem is the high-weight that Google assigns to uncredible Wikipedia entries. This shortcoming may herald the downfall of Google, as a more intelligent competitor finds a way to improve the “relevance” of search requests.

Remember, Wikipedia is widely used by criminals. Business competitors unjustly defame their competitors personnel and products, jealous rivals publish false biographies, and Wikipedia facilitates many other criminal acts.

The DMCA Section 230 only immunizes the ISP, and it’s not hard to get a subpoena to reveal the true identity of bad guys on Wikipedia.

For example, this accused Google bomber was fined $37,000 for libel. Also, 17 states have criminal libel laws for the web defamation, and hacker how-to guides constitute aiding and abetting a criminal.

Certifying credentials on the web

It would not be difficult for an independent body to verify credentials, and this would make the entire internet more credible, as people can evaluate each publisher on their own background. An independent body could accept college transcripts and other verification, so that you knew exactly how much credibility to place an any Wikipedia contribution.

This would be entirely voluntary, and it should include voluntary measures of “Moral turpitude” such as criminal records and credit history checks. Such an independent body might charge a fee for verification and collect all aspects of credibility, without making value judgments:

Academic qualifications – College transcripts can be easily verified

Published research – It’s easy to verify authorship of academic research from accepted journals.

Books published – Verifying authorship of books is easy.

Criminal background checks – It is very easy for a volunteer to show that they are not convicted felons and have no history of deceitful acts. A failure to supply this information would speak for itself.

Credit checks – The moral turpitude of a publisher is also an issue that goes to credibility, as anyone who would stiff a creditor may not have sound moral values.

Expert experience – Records of testimony as an expert witness and other verifiable experience can be collected.

We must remember that anonymity as just a side-effect of the nascent web technology and they only way that Internet archives like Wikipedia will gain acceptance is when contributors reveal their identify and qualifications.

Read more about Wikipedia credibility in my article Getting Credibility for Wikipedia . . .