Patterico's Pontifications

11/19/2003

WHAT INFINITE MONKEYS REALLY PRODUCE

Filed under: Bear Flag League — Patterico @ 10:49 pm

In honor of the Infinite Monkeys blog, I would like to resurrect a post of mine from May, which relates the results of a scientific experiment which actually placed a bunch of monkeys in a room with a computer and a keyboard.

What happened? Shakespeare? Uh, not exactly. Go here to find out.

SATIRE OR REALITY? YOU BE THE JUDGE

Filed under: Abortion — Patterico @ 8:05 pm

ScrappleFace reports: NARAL to Pay Half of Scott Peterson’s Legal Fees:

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) today announced it would pay half of the legal fees for the defense of Scott Peterson, who is accused of killing his wife and unborn son. Mr. Peterson was bound over for trial in California yesterday after an 11-day preliminary hearing.

“We don’t know whether Mr. Peterson is guilty of killing his wife,” said NARAL President Kate Michelman. “But no matter what he did to the fetus, it’s okay because the fetus is not a human. It’s an outrage that the court is putting Scott Peterson on trial for something that America’s fine abortion doctors do legally hundreds of times every day.”

NARAL is so outlandish it often provides its own satire. As a result, when I saw this headline on my news aggregator, I initially thought it was for real.

LIEBAU ON THREATENED INFOTEL LAWSUIT

Filed under: Infotel,Morons — Patterico @ 5:40 pm

Over at California Republic, Carol Platt Liebau has this post about scumbag outfit Infotel’s threatened lawsuit against Justene Adamec of Calblog. Liebau compares the threatened lawsuit to a threat “to sue the owner of a bullhorn because some thug walked by and yelled something actionable into it.” Good analogy. Read her whole post. (Via Xrlq.)

BEAR FLAG ROUNDUP

Filed under: Bear Flag League — Patterico @ 5:38 pm

The Accidental Jedi has the latest from the Bear Flag League here.

MORE ON RETIRING THE TERM HOMICIDE BOMBER

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 6:05 am

Regarding the synagogue bombings in Istanbul, James Taranto reports:

Fox News Channel reported Saturday that “Turkish police aren’t sure yet if the explosives were set off by homicide bombers or remote control.” So according to Fox, those who murder people using remote-controlled bombs aren’t “homicide bombers.”

Good point. This is the perfect illustration of a point that Taranto and Patterico have both made before: the term “homicide bomber” is not as descriptively accurate as “suicide bomber.”

Everybody understands that suicide bombers are generally trying to commit homicide. But if you just say “homicide bomber,” you leave out crucial information about whether the bomber was trying to commit suicide. This can lead to ridiculous results, as the Fox News example shows.


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