Video Games: Help Boys More Than Girls. Should Dems Tax Softwear Cos?

19 04 2009

Seriously, who cares!?

I mean, isn’t this why Barbie, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Easy Bake Ovens were invented?

Do we really want our women to mimic male “vidiots” and end up looking like this…fan?


*As usual, I will atone for that.

Popsci with a report that’s sure to enflame liberals into a frenzy of worthless, fascist-like, legislation like the proposed ban on big HDTVs in California:

A new study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University suggests that playing video games helps foster the development of visual-spatial skills among middle school students. Cultivating the ability to think visually is crucial to excelling in fields like engineering and surgery, and the hand-eye coordination attained through gaming is increasingly important in our digital world. But the total lack of games tailored to girls could be providing boys with an academic advantage over their female counterparts.

“Girls are at a disadvantage by not having that three-dimensional experience,” according to a statement by professor Linda Jackson, who led the three-year long study. “So when they get to medical school and they’re doing surgery in the virtual world, they’re not used to it.”

That’s it.  It’s the game-maker’s faults.  They’re chauvinists.  It has nothing to do with boys and girls being different (even if the sum of their parts are equal).

Redemption time!



The Highlands



From LiveScience:

Women, accept a present and really enjoy it, while men unwrap a gift and immediately feel a sense of obligation to the giver.

Ruth Marcus writing for RealClearPolitics:

In performance on a standardized math, science and reading test given to 15- and 16-year-olds in 40 countries, girls in every country performed far better than boys in reading. Conversely, boys in all but three countries did better, but by not nearly as much, in math. In all but three countries — Britain, Thailand and Iceland — more boys than girls scored in the 99th percentile in math.


Males typically outperform females on spatial-ability tests by age 4, especially on tasks that require mental rotation of objects perceived as three-dimensional. Yet, two studies of 3- to 5-month-olds, both published in the November Psychological Science, conclude that a substantially greater proportion of boys than girls distinguish a block arrangement from its mirror image, after having first seen the block arrangement rotated. Babies who prefer looking at the mirror image are presumed to have mentally rotated the block arrangement, recognized it and chosen to gaze at the novel mirror image.

Popular Mechanics on video games as military simulators:

But the guts of Gears of War 2, an updated version of Epic Games’ widely licensed Unreal 3 game engine, could introduce a new level of realism for military simulations. Its previous iteration, Unreal 2, served as the core of America’s Army, the United States Army’s family of popular first-person shooters. America’s Army serves both as a recruiting tool and a starting point for actual training simulators. Unreal 2 and now Unreal 3 have also been adapted by other branches of the military. In Gears 2, game balance and gamer satisfaction trump the opportunity to create ultra-realistic virtual firefights. But as the most high-profile showcase for the newest iteration of the Unreal engine—Epic Games owns the engine and the franchise—Gears of War 2 is a peek into the future of better, more advanced military simulators.


Liberal Fascists Demand You Clean Your Plate. Just Don’t Get Fat. Obesity Tax Looms.

16 01 2009

From UK’s “Telegraph:”

“Don’t throw away leftovers, warn “food police.”

Householders are to be visited by officials offering advice on cooking with leftovers in a government initiative to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away.  Home cooks will also be told what size portions to prepare, taught to understand “best before” dates and urged to make more use of their freezers.  The door-to-door campaign, which starts tomorrow, will be funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a Government agency charged with reducing household waste.

The officials will be called “food champions“. However, they were dismissed as “food police” by critics who called the scheme an example of “excessive government nannying”.

One of the great feats of the Left has been their ability to associate Nazism and fascism with the Right.

At Least There’s No Nacho Cheese, Not That I Wouldn’t Take It.

12 01 2009
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 893 Cal from Fat 316
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 12g 57%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 3071mg 128%
Total Carbs 83g 28%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 15g
Protein 55g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
INGREDIENTS: Lettuce,13″ Tortilla,Black Beans,Fajita Veggies,Chicken (4oz),Red (Hot) Salsa,Tomato Salsa,Sour Cream

This is my usual order at Chipotle.

Sometimes, when I’m pissed or something, I go all in and get the barbacoa.  I was surprised to see it doesn’t make much of a difference from chicken.  I guess now I’ll have to get some chips and guac as well on those days.

Most surprising factoid from this?

Adding the salsas I like contributes over 1000mg of sodium.

So, if you’re anything like me, Chipotle and/or Q-doba burritos have played a pretty big part of your life at some point.  Well not that big but still, check out this Chipotle calorie counter right now.

One more thing.

Liberals, stay the eff away from my burrito.

A Gas Tax We All Can Live With

29 12 2008

Charles Krauthammer has some things in common with Obama’s Energy Secretary. He thinks gas should be more expensive.

Last June, he wrote a very insightful piece when gas prices hit 4$ a gallon, saying it was a natural breaking point that coerced Americans to make better choices ie. buying hybrids, driving less, etc.

Now, with the fall of gas prices that has America saving $1 Billion/day, he has amended his theory:

Today we are experiencing a unique moment. Oil prices are in a historic free fall from a peak of $147 a barrel to $39 today. In July, U.S. gasoline was selling for $4.11 a gallon. It now sells for $1.65. With $4 gas still fresh in our memories, the psychological impact of a tax that boosts the pump price to near $3 would be far less than at any point in decades. Indeed, an immediate $1 tax would still leave the price more than one-third below its July peak.

The rub, of course, is that this price drop is happening at a time of severe recession. Not only would the cash-strapped consumer rebel against a gas tax. The economic pitfalls would be enormous. At a time when overall consumer demand is shrinking, any tax would further drain the economy of disposable income, decreasing purchasing power just when consumer spending needs to be supported.

What to do? Something radically new. A net-zero gas tax. Not a freestanding gas tax but a swap that couples the tax with an equal payroll tax reduction. A two-part solution that yields the government no net increase in revenue and, more importantly–that is why this proposal is different from others–immediately renders the average gasoline consumer financially whole.

Here is how it works. The simultaneous enactment of two measures: A $1 increase in the federal gasoline tax–together with an immediate $14 a week reduction of the FICA tax. Indeed, that reduction in payroll tax should go into effect the preceding week, so that the upside of the swap (the cash from the payroll tax rebate) is in hand even before the downside (the tax) kicks in.

The math is simple. The average American buys roughly 14 gallons of gasoline a week. The $1 gas tax takes $14 out of his pocket. The reduction in payroll tax puts it right back. The average driver comes out even, and the government makes nothing on the transaction.The point of a high U.S. gas tax is to suppress domestic demand and thus suppress the world price. Low world prices are a huge blow to overseas producers, particularly ones with relatively large populations, nationalized industries that are increasingly inefficient, and budgetary obligations built on the expectation of a continuing energy bonanza. Countries such as Russia, Venezuela, and Iran.

A UBS analysis estimates that Iran and Venezuela need $90 oil to balance their budgets. And at $70, according to Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin, Russia goes into deficit. It is now draining the reserves built up during the fat years. At current oil prices, Russia will soon become a debtor nation. The World Bank’s lead economist for Russia, Zeljko Bogetic, said on December 19 that at $30 a barrel, “financing constraint would become so sharp that it’s possible even to envisage Russia’s return from a creditor to international organizations to [that of] a borrower.” This will be a far humbler Russia than the one that invaded Georgia, built a nuclear reactor in Iran, threatens Poland and the Czech Republic, and is reestablishing naval bases in such former Soviet satellites as Syria.

The Russian navy just made calls in Nicaragua and Cuba. It has conducted joint exercises with Venezuela in an open challenge to America. These are, as yet, not serious threats. But with a stronger Russia and Venezuela, they could be. The projection of power is very expensive, as Americans very well know. Oil at $39 would simply starve Russia and Venezuela of the means to sustain this adventurism.

Similarly Iran, which is already under sanctions, already suffering high inflation, already the subject of popular discontent over corruption and economic mismanagement. All this was cushioned by high oil prices. They allowed the Islamic republic to act like the regional superpower, giving military and financial support to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, “special groups” and Sadrist militias in Iraq, and various other terrorists. And, of course, oil revenues permit the continued large-scale operation of Iran’s nuclear weapons development program.

And finally there is the environmental effect. If anthropogenic global warming is real, a reduction in driving and increase in fuel-efficiency is an unvarnished good. If anthropogenic global warming is as yet unproved, as I happen to believe, then the reduction in CO2 pumped into the atmosphere is a reasonable bet in conditions of uncertainty.

With recent news that Americans are saving 1billion dollars a day due to low gas prices, it’s hard to understand why anyone would want to raise gas prices just for the sake of it. But, that’s exactly how it’s being proposed by liberals in Obama’s Cabinet, the “progressives” who wish to slow economies and thus, are anti-progress.

It takes a rational conservative brain to combine the “good intentions” of a liberal plan with sound logic to make sure it doesn’t backfire and hurt Americans.

I believe that’s what Mr. Krauthammer has just done.

Obama’s Energy Sec. “Trying To Figure Out A Way To Boost Gas Prices”

22 12 2008

Once again, liberals demonstrate that they fully understand how pricing changes behavior, and yet they still won’t admit taxes on incomes or investments also follow suit.

Steven Chu, Obama’s Energy Secretary “called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work. Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” he said.

Chu, a total wussy also says, “Coal is my worst nightmare.”

I’d say we’d leave a nightlight on but…only if it’s powered by a hamster on a wheel.

Speaking of which, how many hamsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Two, but they have to be very small.

Chu must not read OutOfTheBlu, otherwise, he would have heard about this amazing coal technology.

thanks to

Sin Tax Changes Human Behavior. Prevents People From Drinking Selves To Death!

25 11 2008

Why are liberals so enthusiastic about using taxes to curb undesirable behavior, but so adamant that taxes on income and investments don’t similarly dissuade activity?

Also, since they understand how effective taxing can be, why do they only use taxation to punish and not create tax breaks as incentives?

Try answering this without saying the words, “mental disorder.”