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May 13th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-13 11:49
  Subject:   My cow is bigger than your cow.
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  Music:Dead Milkmen - Big Lizard (In My Back Yard)
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His name is Chilli and he's described as a gentle giant. Which is just as well for his handler, Tara Nirula, pictured by his side. His owners have contacted the Guinness Book of Records who are currently assessing his credentials and comparing them to other big bovines.

The black and white Friesian bullock weighs well over a ton and at the same height as a small elephant, casts a shadow over his cattle companions who are about 5ft. "He now stands at 6ft 6ins from the floor to the top of his shoulder and he is massive when he holds his head up."


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=565909&in_page_id=1965

More pics in the article.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-13 13:19
  Subject:   British? Check. Rich? Check. Enormous trebuchet? Check.
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Flaming piano? Che- wait, what?
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-13 14:33
  Subject:   ACLU says membership has doubled - thanks to Dubya.
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  Music:America, Fuck Yeah! - Team America: World Police OST
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By many measures, the Bush administration has been bad for civil liberties.

Yet the past seven years have been particularly good for the American Civil Liberties Union. National membership in the organization, which fights for freedom of speech and religion, equal protection, due process and privacy, has doubled since Bush took office in 2001 - an extraordinary spurt of growth for the 88-year-old institution.

"I think it's very much a reflection of the fact that there was a very aggressive assault on civil liberties," said ACLU national deputy executive director Dorothy Ehrlich. "Over the past seven years, many Americans felt their own cherished values were under attack, and they didn't want to sit by."

From Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay and from wiretapping to waterboarding, Eyers said Americans of many political persuasions were becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the Bush administration's policies.


http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_9240248

Whenever you hear someone say, "Our $STATISTIC has *doubled*!", the first thing you should snarkily think to yourself is: "Yeah well, two times zero is still zero!"

The article says that ACLU membership has gone from 250k to 500k. Do the math: in a country of 320 million, 500k people is 0.156%. Yes, that's right - between one and two tenths of one percent of the US population are willing to pay $50 a year to try and defend their civil liberties.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-13 18:36
  Subject:   Pissing off both sides.
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Obama / Paul '08


"Kicking the system in the nuts so hard, it'll be spitting up pieces of its own testicles for decades."


(Yes, I'm kidding... mostly. ;])
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