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Lollapalooza 2009 Rumors

Chicago is way excited about two things right now:  the 2016 Olympics bid and Lollapalooza.  I have compiled some rumors/facts and welcome any other rumors people have heard, especially concerning the $60 festival tickets, as they eventually jump to close to over $200.

  1. Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon and Jane’s Addiction are rumored to play.
  2. The ever-elusive $60 souvenier tickets go on sale this week.  An email was sent, I believe, Monday stating this.  Last year, the tickets sold out in either 1 minute or 10 minutes.  Ridiculous.
  3. My personal prediction was that Coldplay is going to play, but their tour schedule has since filled up, with dates on both August 7th & 9th.  They still could play August 8th, but I’ve heard that bands can’t have a show for a certain amount of days before and after they play Lollapalooza.
  4. Last I heard, which was probably on the Chicago Tribune, is that Chicago is one of the front runners for the Olympics bid, but recently someone important, whom I can’t remember his name or title, withdrew his association with the bid. 
  5. When I look at the evaluation scores, Chicago is third. 

**Update [2:41 pm]:  The $60 tickets came and went at 2:05 pm this afternoon.  Last year, they sent an email right before they released the tickets.  The year before, an email a day in advance.  And this year, no warning.  I don’t think my mind/blood pressure can handle this again next year…


Bacon Explosion, etc.


The New York Times posted an article about the recipe for Bacon Explosion, which has 5,000 calories and 500 grams of fat.  See above.


Since I’ve mentioned one ridiculous food, I might as well mention Doner Kebabs, which have disgusting amounts of fat, saturated fat and salt.  Also, according to the BBC article, 33% of doner kebabs are mismarked for the type of meat they contain.

– ninjagarden

Vegan/Vitamin Study

There is an interesting article on BBC regarding a study that Dr. Lindsay Allen of the governmental agency, U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS), co-conducted. The study consisted of testing 500 malnourished African children’s diets (using one control group and three variable groups) to come to the conclusion that a vegan lifestyle is “unethical” (her words; not mine). Aside from the study being completely unethical, which I will go back to, there are other things that I find very wrong with this study:

  1. From the quotations in the BBC article, Dr. Allen appears to over exaggerate her findings, leading me to think that she is a biased scientist. Her strongly worded quotation, “There’s absolutely no question that it’s unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans” is somewhat contradictory and unfounded when later the BBC article states, “She accepted that adults could avoid animal foods if they took the right supplements…” What Dr. Allen appears to be doing is confusing her opinion that a non-vegan lifestyle is ethical for children and the fact that adults can safely maintain a vegan lifestyle with the right supplements.
  2. The study was partially funded by the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.
  3. Okay, going back to the unethical. So, there is no doubt that the 500 children in the study are malnourished; the BBC article blatantly states this, “This meant they were already malnourished.” Instead of treating the children like lab specimens and not people, the right thing to do would be to refer the problem to either a non-profit or governmental agency that deals with world hunger issues.
  4. This study is extremely exploitive of African children and world hunger. If there were 500 malnourished American children, this study would not have been conducted.

I’m trying to think of a way that this is not exploitive and I see from the abstract that Dr. Allen and her team were researching vitamin B-12 deficiencies, which is stated as a growing, global health concern. So, I try to rationalize that maybe these children were only malnourished of vitamin B-12 and, otherwise, led a completely healthy life, but the BBC article states that their diet consisted of “low-nutrition corn and bean staples.” Hmm…

ARS abstract

Dr. Allen’s ARS profile

– Allison AKA ninjagarden

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So, in some parts of Texas (and other parts of the nation I assume), people are rushing out to buy guns, as a direct result of Obama getting elected. Gun-enthusiasts are fearful that the Obama administration will toughen gun control laws due mainly to the fact that Obama is a democrat and an off-the-record quotation; according to the BBC article, Obama has said very little about plans to change gun control laws. The BBC article has some interesting points from a European standpoint and can be found here. And here are some quotations from the article:

Sales of military-style assault weapons (like the Russian-designed AK-47) which are considered the likeliest targets for future curbs have increased by 50% in some areas.

“Being a single mum, I can’t imagine not having a gun for home protection because that makes me a more confident parent, knowing that if someone intrudes into my home I know exactly what to do and my son knows what I’m going to do. I’m going to shoot to kill.”

Top Gun is the kind of business that simply could not exist in Europe – the staff wear holstered handguns both in the shop and on the shooting range.

No area of American daily life makes this country feel more foreign to Europeans – business is brisk at the range and plenty of doctors, lawyers and office workers stop off on the way home from work to sharpen their skills and to relieve a little stress.

Caption from article: The Top Gun shooting gallery could not exist in Europe.

– Allison AKA ninjagarden

Mexican Drug Lords

So, have people been following the decapitations that have been going on lately? I’m not sure if decapitations happen regularly around the world or if it’s just being reported heavily due to the really weird one (Yes, must be extremely weird for a decapitation to stand out as really weird.) that happened on the Canadian Greyhound bus. But anyway, I guess it might not be completely due to the ease of being able to reference readers back to a top story because the decapitations kept happening in Mexico.

The first Mexican decapitation article I read about was back in early August of this year. The initial article was vague and stated something along the lines of, “A few bodies were found without heads. There was a message written on their backs. The end.” Since that article, I’ve read about a few more beheadings:

Aug 27: In Tijuana, three decapitated bodies were found with attached, drug-related messages. The burnt heads were found at a separate, nearby location.

Aug 29: Eleven headless bodies were found in Yucatan, again, with messages and burnt heads found nearby.

Oct 20: Four heads that were originally mistaken for medical use were received at a police station in Ascension–a northern Mexican city that neighbors a Ciudad Juarez, which has had over 3,800 drug-related murders this year.

There’s a lot more drug-related violence, kidnapping, scandal, protest and murder that has been happening in Mexico. You can read the articles here.

Being removed from the situation, I don’t really have much to comment, other than it’s interesting and shocking and this is one of the reasons you shouldn’t use illegal drugs that you have no idea where they came from. So I will say that I’m looking forward to Scarface II: Tijuana Invasion.


You may have seen this already, but the video (if you follow the link) I found to be very calming and neat!

The “deepest ever” living fish have been discovered, scientists believe.

A UK-Japan team found the 17-strong shoal at depths of 7.7km (4.8 miles) in the Japan Trench in the Pacific – and captured the deep sea animals on film.

The scientists have been using remote-operated landers designed to withstand immense pressures to comb the world’s deepest depths for marine life.

Monty Priede from the University of Aberdeen said the 30cm-long (12in), deep-sea fish were surprisingly “cute”.

Nobody has really been able to look at these depths before – and I think we will see fish living much deeper
Alan Jamieson, Oceanlab

The fish, known as Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis, can be seen darting about in the darkness of the depths, scooping up shrimps.

Alan Jamieson, from the University of Aberdeen, said: “It was an honour to see these fish.

Japan Trench

“No-one has ever seen fish alive at these depths before – you just never know what you are going to see when you get down there.”

The deepest record for any fish is Abyssobrotula galatheae, which was dredged from the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench at a depth of more than 8km (5 miles) in 1970. However, it was dead by the time it reached the surface.

The previous record for any fish to have been spotted alive was thought to have stood at about 7km (4 miles).

Pressure points

The Hadeep project, which began in 2007, is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab and the University of Tokyo’s Ocean Research Institute (Ori) and aims to expand our knowledge of biology in the deepest depths of the ocean.

It is funded by the Nippon Foundation and the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc).

Bathyal zone: 1,000-3,000m (3,000-10,000ft)
Abyss: 3,000-6,000m (10,000-20,000ft)
Hadal: 6,000m-11,000m (20,000-36,000ft)

The researchers have been looking at the Hadal zone – the area of ocean that sits between 6,000 and 11,000m (20,000-36,000ft). It consists of very narrow trench systems, most of which are found around the Pacific Rim.

The researchers are able to explore them using specially designed remote operated vehicles that are fitted out with cameras.

Professor Priede, director of Oceanlab, said: “There is the question of how do animals live at all at these kinds of depths.

“There are three problems: the first is food supply, which is very remote and has to come from 8km (5 miles) above.

“There is very high pressure – they have to have all sorts of physiological modifications, mainly at the molecular level.

Lander (Oceanlab)

The lander was designed to withstand immense pressure

“And the third problem is that these deep trenches are in effect small islands in the wide abyss and there is a question of whether these trenches are big enough to support thriving endemic populations.”

But this species appears to have overcome these issues, added Professor Priede.

“We have spotted these creatures at depths of 7,703m (25,272ft) – and we have actually found a massive group of them.

“And this video is pretty tantalising – the fact that there are 17 of them implies that they could well be a family group, begging the question of whether some form of parental care exists for these fish.”

Vibration sensors

The researchers said they were surprised by the fish’s behaviour.

“We certainly thought, deep down, fish would be relatively inactive, saving energy as much as possible, and so on,” Professor Priede told BBC News.

Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis (Oceanlab)

The fish were surprisingly active

“But when you see the video, the fish are rushing around, feeding accurately, snapping at prey coming past.”

Because the fish live in complete darkness, they use vibration receptors on their snouts to navigate the ocean depths and to locate food.

Professor Priede added: “Nobody has seen fish alive before at these depths – only pickled in museums – and by the time they come up from the depths they look in a pretty sorry state.

“But these fish are actually very cute.”

Alan Jamieson added that he believed the team would find more fish during their next expedition in March 2009, which would probe the ocean between depths of 6,000m and 9,000m.

He told BBC News: “Nobody has really been able to look at these depths before – I think we will see some fish living much deeper.”

Another gun article…

So, here’s another article related to gun control… To cut murder rates in Brazil, the government is offering monetary compensation (~$60-185) and no questions asked for anyone that turns in a firearm. Other measures are being taken to reduce murders like increased sentencing for unlicensed guns. Annd four years previous, murder rates were cut by 12% due to similar measures.

Of course, I think this is a great idea, especially for a country with no second amendment.