Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 2, 2011

Google, YouTube Mark April Fools With Fake Viral Videos | The Blaze
In case you missed it yesterday, Google and YouTube were monkeying around a bit to celebrate April Fool's Day.  YouTube created some fake throwback viral videos from 1911 and added an option to "1911" current YouTube videos.  

Google announced a new feature called "Google Motion"

If you're a gmail user, you may have noticed this announcement at the top of your gmail home page:

My favorite was a Google job ad for a "Google Autocompleter"

"Are you passionate about helping people? Are you intuitive? Do you often feel like you know what your friends and family are thinking and can finish their thoughts before they can? Are you an incredibly fast Google searcher? Like, so fast that you can do 20 searches before your mom does 1?"


Also released on April Fool's Day was a spoof Obama campaign video.  The fine print says "Paid for by the Republican Senatorial Campaign. Not actually approved by President Barack Obama."


I love these text-to-speech animations....especially when they make a point better than an entire room full of political pundits with PhD's. In this one,  a liberal is trying (unsuccessfully) to defend President Obama's military action in Libya. 
"My labradoodle spends more time deliberating where to lie down than Obama spent on bombing Libya."

"Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?"

So, I'm wondering if we'd be better off  just scrapping all these high school college-prep programs and instead started teaching students how to fill out government job applications.   Seems promising, right?


Abortion pills can cause blood clots  - Thaindian News
Just as the FDA is clearing the way to serve up the abortion pill to minor girls without parental input and without a doctor's prescription, we find out that it's even more dangerous than first reported:
"A vascular disease called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is on the rise and doctors say it has a lot to do with the increase in sales of over-the-counter contraceptive pills.
“DVT is a serious vascular disease where the blood clot is formed in the deep veins that are the blood carriers, usually in the leg,” added Parakh.
With aggressive advertising of over-the-counter contraceptive pills, cases of DVT have also seen a noticeable rise in recent times, believe experts.
According to statistics by the government, the sale of nearly 8.2 million over-the-counter emergency contraceptive pills was reported in 2009, a 250 percent increase over 2008. The pills claim to prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex."
A girl can't get her ears pierced or take a Tylenol at school without parental permission, but the FDA thinks she should be able to take a powerful hormone that she can buy over the counter at the pharmacy along with her bubble gum and lip gloss. Brilliant.


Now for some GOOD news!

The tsunami’s last survivor « Hot Air:
 "This wasn’t a rescue mission. After three weeks, they’d long since given up on finding people alive at sea. The coast guard was looking to recover bodies, and even that’s become so hopeless that they may call off the operation after Sunday. But while they were out there scanning the water, something on a floating debris field below them moved. No food, no fresh water — for three weeks. And yet, somehow…"
 A fishy tale: It seems almost too good to be true, but this little dog seems to have survived against all odds and was discovered by coastguards floating on a raft at sea

Against all odds: The dog appears to have survived by clinging to a house that had been swept away by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11

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