Friday, December 4, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
CashCall to pay state $1M for loan shark tactics
ANAHEIM - Anaheim-based fast-money lender CashCall Inc. has agreed to pay the state $1 million in civil penalties and legal expenses to settle allegations that it ran deceptive ads and used loan shark tactics against its customers.
The state alleged that the company, which has used former child star Gary Coleman in its ad campaigns, runs advertisements falsely suggesting cheap loans are available to all borrowers.
In fact, low interest rates are available only to active-duty military personnel and their families while other borrowers are charged more than a 139 percent annual interest rate, according to the state's complaint.
Why all the hate? "Right-hand man", "gentleman's agreement", "Dark Days" and "whiter than white" are phrases being "banned". Well, what about hateful derogatory phrases like "Loan Shark"? Why is that still acceptable? This kind of blatant stereotyping and discrimination needs to end.
There has never been a documented case of a shark loaning people money - ever. If we did, we certainly would never do things like so-called "Loan Sharks" do. We may be predators, but even we have standards of decency.
It's time to do away with phrases like "Loan Shark". It's hurtful.
And by the way, stop with the whole "Lawyer/Shark" comparisons, too. We're not monsters.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This is the dramatic moment a terrifying Great White shark attacks two baby seals.
Travelling at 35mph, the two-tonne monster rockets out of the sea, tossing the shocked pups into the air.
And although one of the slippery little chaps manages to execute a nifty mid-air spin and escape the jaws of the Great White, the other wasn't so lucky.
This extremely rare sight was captured by British photographer Dan Callister at Seal Island, South Africa, where 64,000 Cape Fur Seals go to breed between April and September every year.
Local Great White expert Chris Fellows, 36, said: "A seal can be cut in half in an instant, which is actually a blessing in disguise, as it is one of the most humane deaths in the animal kingdom."
Humane. That's me. The pictures are here.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
SEOUL, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- South Korea has given the production go-ahead for the first 70 Hongsangeo anti-submarine torpedoes for deployment between 2010 and 2012, the government has said.
Up to 70 of the long-range ship-to-submarine light torpedoes, called Red Shark in English, will be operational aboard some of
South Korea's newest country's destroyers, the KDX-I/II, according to the procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration.
After nine years of development, the final tests were completed earlier this year, the DAPA's sister organization the state-funded Agency for Defense Development announced in June.
Deployment is in response to a growing threat from North Korean submarines, the ADD noted.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Nat Hentoff: I am finally scared of a White House administration
Nat Hentoff is no conservative, as you know. And guess what's scaring him. The power grab commonly known as "Obamacare".
If he were an attractive female former governor of Alaska, people might call him a "bimbo".
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Eight baby sharks have been hatched at an aquarium in Cornwall.
The bamboo sharks were born at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay after their eggs were discovered in the aquarium's Giant Ocean display.
The sharks are usually found in the Pacific and Indonesian oceans in shallow tidal pools and coral reefs where they feed on shellfish.
They are completely harmless to humans and, when fully grown, they will be about 1m (3ft) long, the aquarium said.
The aquarium said: "It was important to remove the eggs from the main ocean display as soon as possible to protect them from the unwanted attentions of the other sharks and rays."
The young sharks currently have distinctive dark and light banding. However, this will fade away as they get older.
If all goes according to plan, the sharks will be transferred to the aquarium's Tropical Shark Lagoon within a couple of months, the aquarium said.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The size and the type of the steam cleaners are so designed that they can be used to clean all kinds of surfaces. The accessories provided with the product give you additional comfort and ease while using it. The accessories can be an extension rod, shoulder strap, concentrator nozzle, funnel, floor attachment or squeegee. All are helpful in different situations while cleaning various surfaces or floors.
I have one of these myself, and I must say, that much like a shark will eat anything, this thing will clean anything.
(By the way, if you order one through the Amazon Search Box on this page, I get a cut of the proceeds)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
My grandfather, on patrol in the Pacific in 1945
My grandfather got the photos at a moment of high anxiety – literally in the heat of battle. That's what makes them precious.
On March 19, 1945, he was on patrol off the coast of Iwo Jima, an island in the Pacific that was the site of one of the most bloody and legendary battles of World War II.
That morning, a Japanese kamikazi shark named Shisou Same, tasked with attempting to sink the U.S.S. Indianapolis, surrendered. He'd never believed much in the war, and he knew futility when he saw it.
My grandfather wasn't having the best time, either. Of all the sharks in his patrol unit, he was the only survivor.
The two sat together in an underwater trench for three hours that day – a 24-year-old American shark conversing with a 26-year-old Japanese shark in the only language they both knew: Shark Latin.
Photo given to my grandfather by Shisou Same in 1945
Shisou said he expected to be dead soon – either literally (eaten by his captor) or figuratively (shunned for surrendering). “I can never go back,” he told my grandfather.
They never met again.
I still have these photos, and one day I hope to track down the family of this shark, fulfilling a promise made by my grandfather those many years ago.
Friday, August 14, 2009
'Fairness Doctrine rears up like a shark on a seal'
(CNSNews.com) - Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs to allow public broadcasting outlets to spend the same on their operations as the private companies do.
“Local public broadcasters and regional and national communications operations should be required to encourage and broadcast diverse views and programs,” wrote Lloyd. “These programs should include coverage of all local, state and federal government meetings, as well as daily news and public issues programming.
The report argued that large corporate broadcasting networks had driven liberals off the radio, and that diversity of ownership would increase diversity of broadcasting voices.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Animal control officers are trying to figure out how two adult leopard sharks ended up in a trash can outside a Norwalk home.
A woman said she smelled a foul odor coming from a garbage can outside her house Monday and when she peeked inside found the two dead 4-foot sharks staring up at her, said Aaron Reyes, director of operations in the area for the L.A. County animal control authority.
"Stuffed in there, just sort of curled in and, you know, thrown on top of each other," Reyes said.
Two sharks, a cold night, dead in a dumpster. This is the harsh, cold street reality of the life of homeless sharks. Social outcasts, thrown away as worthless.
How many people passed them on the street, refusing to make eye contact? How many people ignored their please for help? How many people screamed, "GET A JOB, YOU LAZY SHARKS?" How many people judged?
Please join with me in asking your local officials to fund more shelters. These types of tragedies can be prevented, if we act.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared Nigeria’s corruption and electoral problems with the 2000 Florida presidential election recount during a town hall meeting today in Abuja, Nigeria.
Answering a question about Nigeria’s recent election, Clinton said, “In 2000, our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for President was the governor of the state. So we have our problems too.”
While you can't become a shark like me, you can find out what kind of shark you would be. Here is a handy quiz to test your personality!
So, take the quiz, and let us all know how you did!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tiger shark. A voracious predator known for traveling the world's oceans and consuming everything in its way: smaller sharks, boat cushions, license plates, copper wire, shipwrecked sailors.
But on a recent Tuesday, the new 5-foot-long tiger shark at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach refused to even acknowledge a chunk of restaurant-grade ahi tuna dangled in front of its broad snout.
She's giving us wastebaskets of the sea a bad name with her fussy, picky ways.
- You had to register to attend the event in advance
- You had to submit questions in advance
- You had to wait to be told where and when it was happening
- You apparently had to know someone in the SEIU to get in
Monday, August 10, 2009
While this particular story isn't about me - I was in Cannon Beach, but I got a text about it from a friend of mine who saw it happen - I can say that I have recently tangled with a crabpot elsewhere, and lost. I HATE crabpots. And Remoras.
'Un-American' attacks can't derail health care
By Nancy Pelosi and Steny
...These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.
Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts...
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Shark sighting prompts Oregon beach warning
Story Published: Aug 9, 2009 at 6:46 PM PDT
By Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in Seaside, Ore., are warning beach crowds to watch out for sharks.Police officers on Sunday drove up and down the beach and used loudspeakers to announce a shark sighting.
Lt. Dave Ham says lifeguards saw a distinctive dorsal fin on Sunday and a lifeguard came across a porpoise Saturday that had been bitten up.
The beach was not closed.Ham says officials at the Seaside aquarium told him warm waters have moved closer to shore, brining in seals and porpoises, which attract sharks.
The porpoise was tasty, by the way.
(Note to self: find way to hide stupid dorsal fin... it keeps giving you away)
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
When we were little, my sister and I were always forced to go see Santa every Christmas. It was always a traumatizing experience.
I'm telling you now, if I ever ran into Santa somewhere, I'd be all over him like a... well, like a shark on a wounded, bleeding fat whale.
Anyway, here's the picture:
My sister and I, traumatized by the fat man.
I don't know why parents feel the need to do this to their children. Of course, my mother wasn't really very maternal to begin with. I almost think she WANTED my dad to eat me.
I also brought along my camera, and got some great photos. I'll share them with you:
Photo of some people I met near a beach
This guy kept getting in the way of my pictures. So I ate him.
They had great snacks at this resort.
The kids, fighting over some food. I threatened to turn this ocean around.
Well, that's all for now! Gotta run (I'm hungry)... See ya!
One of these days I hope one of those little bastards gets too close to my mouth when I'm in a feeding frenzy, and I "accidently" bite their little head off.
Hey, Remoras! GET A DAMNED JOB AND WORK FOR YOUR FOOD! THE FREE RIDE IS OVER!!!!!!!!!
Yup. I smell blood. It's probably a long ways off, but I gotta go check it out, because it could be an injured fish or animal somewhere, and my brain is saying "YOU GOTTA GO EAT NOW!" so, well, gotta go! See ya!