That's how long ago I quit smoking. I have saved $590, I have not smoked 2,363 cigarettes and I have saved 9 days of my life. I didn't do it cold turkey, I am not using the patch, I am not using the gum nor am I using Chantix.
Instead I took another path. I took up vaping. For those who don't know e-cigs, or personal vaporizers, are catching on in many places, especially here in California (new "vape" shops seem to open every week). Sure you can go into a store and buy an "NJoy" or a "Blu". Those are popular, but I have tried those before and they didn't work as well as I had hoped. Instead I went to a vape shop and started off with a model called the "eGo Twist", it worked but the battery life wasn't that great so I switched over to a unit called the "iTaste". 30 hours of battery life and you can even run an iPod on it using the battery.
After reading the comments in louisev's diary about the woman who died of kidney failure thanks to airlines that wouldn't/couldn't seat her due to her obesity I feel the need to rant just a bit about what being overweight really is per the "standard" and about how people who are overweight are treated in our society. Follow me over the fold for more.
This diary won't have much in the way of writing, however I wanted to share this long (17 minute) commentary on tragedy and video games. Especially after that disgusting performance by Wayne LaPierre earlier today.
This will probably be short but I just have to get this off my chest. I am really sick and tired of hearing how violent video games are to blame for tragedies like the one in Newtown. In the 80's it was violent movies and heavy metal. In the 90's it was violent rap, movies and video games. These are all easy things to blame for what happened in Newtown.
The shooter did not go and shoot a bunch of kids because he played call of duty or any of the other first person shooters out there. He did it because he was a sick bastard with mental issues period.
Like many of you I watched the torrent of lies that passed for Lyin Ryans speech last night. It made the bridge to nowhere lie of 08 look like a tiny fib. So rather than just being ticked about it I donated again today to the obama campaign. I sent them $10, let's money bomb him today and stick it to Ryan.
I was watching Lawrence O'Donnell lasst night and listened to the clip of Romney talking, again, about his taxes and how he only paid 13%. But then Romney said something else that really struck me. He said, and I am paraphrasing here, that he also gave 10% to charity and so he really paid over 20%. That tells you all you need to know about Romney, as with the 10% that he is obligated to donate to his church (10% I am sure he would keep if he could) his 13% paid in taxes is nothing but another charity to him.
While we little people pay taxes because we are required to and pay at the rate that we are required to Romney uses every trick there is to avoid paying the amount he should be paying. Not because he needs the money but because he believes that we should be happy with the small amount he has paid, that the country is nothing more than a charity case. Leona Helmsley learned that the hard way.
(I am on vacation so I am keeping this short and sweet, if someone has the video I will add it at some point.)
Ok, so this is not much of a diary but teh google isn't giving me much in the way of information. I was wondering if those better connected than myself could help out. Is there a plan or place to meet this weekend for the L.A. part of Occupy Wall St.? If so where and when. Would love to get involved and show some support.
I haven't written in ages and will be up front in admitting that this is going to be a short piece because I am not going to quote the people who did the hard work figuring this out but here is some pretty solid evidence that the entire "Weinergate" drama was an intentional frame job/setup.
It seems there is an exploit in Twitter/yfrog that will allow anyone to post pictures to your yfrog/twitter account without you doing it yourself. There's a full rundown at the link below. There's not much more that I can add to this but definitely read the link below.
Apparently yfrog provides a user with an email address to which they can send photos which not only automatically appear in the photo gallery, but also trigger a tweet about it.
This yfrog email is not secure, and is readable in any picture URL Weiner has every sent out. The blog post linked above demonstrates clearly how this works and also shows a screengrab, which has a matching 'anomaly' of missing URL as the original hoax screengrab.
My assumption that a faked screengrab was based on hacking accounts being too difficult and dangerous for these clowns. Turns out the character assassination attempt was even easier than that.
UPDATE: See below for pics showing how the above can be done courtesy of Unit Zero
Over the past few weeks I have had the displeasure of hearing more and more radio commercials for Meg Whitman on the radio here in So Cal. What amazes me is the total disconnect between her ideas and reality.
Friend's let us take a trip down memory lane. It was 2004 when Peggy Noonan penned this piece of excrement. Now let us truly savor, shall we?
All I can say is today there is indeed so much to savor. Not only did we take the presidency but we have also increased our margin in the House and senate. Indeed the long night that has been the past 8 years is finally giving way to the dawn. So yes, there is much to savor Ms. Noonan, namely that large crow pie we will gladly force feed you.
Ok so it's not much of a diary but this is all I can think of today. I voted, did you?
Just to add a bit more to this. After voting I was "profiled" in California. Supposedly I needed a license for my bicycle. In reality it was probably due to my blue bandana, moustache, goatee, shaved head and a tshirt advertising a tattoo place. I was patted down, had my ID ran and questioned six ways to sunday for not having a sticker on my bike saying it was licensed. What BS. What a buzz kill.
I just saw an ad on TV telling people to vote yes on Prop 8 here in California. Once again the right is trying to use fear and bullshit hate to stop people from being able to marry. It's time to fight back and what better way than with Love:
I know it's not much of a diary but two of my friends are in this video and it is a good ad.