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May 25th, 2012


03:38 pm - I found this interesting...
[LINK:] JPMorgan Chase executives finally appear before Senate committee to answer for staggering losses. GOP lawmakers immediately attack the blatant irresponsibility, recklessness, and rampant unprofessionalism of ... federal regulators??? (oh, and BTW, JP's losses are now up to $7.7-billion, not $2.2-billion)...
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[LINK:] Towers of Trash: 5000-Foot Junk Skyscrapers to Fuel Cities (it's no longer out-of-sight/out-of-mind, but it could help power some things while we're at it)…
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[LINK:] "maybe you haven't experienced the Race War at all. Maybe you've somehow managed to avoid the dangerous gangs of black teens, flash-mobbing across the country in their insatiable search for white flesh. It's okay. I myself didn't know there was a Race War on until I read Sowell's most recent column"...
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[LINK:] When the National Guard was sent to Joplin, Missouri to protect the disaster site, they looted it. People of Joplin would love to do something about it, but Missouri is the only state in America that exempts the National Guard from being held accountable to the public -- as part of that whole 'GOP-believe-oversight-is-bad'-thing. Is this the third or fourth time GOP ideology screwed over Joplin? I'm losing count...
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[LINK:] See? There are terrorists IN America -- A white supremacist likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a federal judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison Tuesday for a 2004 bombing that wounded a black city official in suburban Phoenix…
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[LINK:] Morgan Stanley cut its outlook for Facebook revenues just days before Morgan Stanley took Facebook public, but I guess they forgot to adjust their privacy settings when they posted about it, so only their friends knew (Every time it goes wrong, we discover crap like this -- makes you wonder about what shady stuff is going on with the trades that didn't go bonkers)…
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[LINK:] The great thing about the GOP primaries, is that now the DNC has a seemingly endless wellspring of anti-Romney quotes from the mouthes of the former darlings of the GOP…
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[LINK:] "In fact, the number of U.S. soldiers who have died by their own hand is now estimated to be greater than the number (6,460) who have died in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq"...
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[LINK:] Four of the Secret Service agents fired over the Colobian sex scandal want their jobs back. They say, and others agree, that such behavior was tolerated as normal for years (how MANY years, I'm wondering)…
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[LINK:] VIDEO -- Anderson Cooper quizzes supporter of pastor who proposes concentration camps for gay people. -- This is as entertaining as it is disconcerting: the level of dismissiveness in her tone is exactly the 'elitism' that her ilk say they despise (and -- I've seen dogs process information for problem solving faster and better)…
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[LINK:] Jonathan Chait takes it to New York Magazine to explain how a revisionist version of American civil rights history paints the Republicans as the party of racial equality (which is TOTALLY in line with that whole scheme of being anti-gay, anti-single-mother, anti-muslim, anti-Hispanic, etc… because, if you don't call bigotry out as bigotry, and claim you are for equal rights, then the bigotry is okay)
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[LINK:] Cognitive Democracy -- Farrell and Shalizi argue that neither the "libertarian paternalist" idea of "nudging" people to good choices, nor the market-based approach of letting price signals steer our decisions produce the best possible outcome for all. They see, in the Internet, a means by which knowledge about the world can be shared widely and usefully, to help democracies function as systems for producing good outcomes for everyone...
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[LINK:]What we couldn't say about the Byron Sonne trial, Part I -- Sonne, of course, was Toronto's "G20 hacker," a security expert whose life was destroyed by Toronto cops and the Canadian prosecutor when he pointed out the stupidity of the $1.2B G20 security theater (IOWs -- it appears when law enforcement recognizes they jumped off a cliff, rather than cut their losses, they kicked in the rockets for their death dive just so long as it might take their suspect with them)…
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[LINK:] Russia does not like the US missile defense system. Russia has been offering threats over its construction. But in case all else fails, they appear to also be developing a new missile that might out-perform the US missile system -- though the first test failed incredibly. How much money is this dumb dance of bullshit costing us?
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[LINK:] This… is the original creator (I'm sure some others have tinkered with it since) of the security software our office uses? -- Meth Labs and Dead Dogs: How the Founder of McAfee Antivirus Went on the Run in Belize (wow… just… wow)…
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[LINK:] That strange noise your phone just made? You probably shouldn't ignore it as you're about to get hit by a tornado or swept away by a tsunami…
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[LINK:] Sexual displays are common in animal instincts. Remember this when you hold that smart-phone in your hand; because you are an animal with instinctive drives too…
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[LINK:] Those drug cartels that were practically running Mexico? Turns out there are two of them, they are at war -- and if we've learned anything from the US it's that illegal drug sales can keep a bad war limping on for a long, long time (legalize weed, take away half their power)…
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[LINK:] Poachers hunt animals to extinction because they bring in good money. India decides to not fight the business model, but go one better: offer more money for dead poachers…
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[LINK:] For those guys who think women can't drive: this one commands a battleship…
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[LINK:] The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a criminal defendant may be retried even though the jury in his first trial had unanimously rejected the most serious charges against him. The vote was 6 to 3, with the justices split over whether the constitutional protection against double jeopardy barred such reprosecutions (between this, and all the laws protecting prosecutors from their actions [legal or not], I'm going to suggest every US citizen will need to become a prosecutor to protect themselves from misuse of the law)…

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May 21st, 2012


03:04 pm
Posting this for my ability to call these back without bookmarking them on my job-provided laptop…

(yeah, NOT SFW)

http://www.juxtapoz.com/Erotica/dear-voter-grand-old-party
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIv-qsH40m0
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6755115/the-app-app
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFe9wiDfb0E
http://www.collegehumor.com/embed/6770096/gilbert-gottfried-reads-fifty-shades-of-grey
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4fb70c4830/the-avengers-vs-the-economy
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6767820/narnia-dogs-cant-stand
http://www.dorkly.com/video/36659/mario-goes-berserk
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6767148/troopers-tractor-beam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA-vcDlTmeA
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6766131/sex-with-the-hulk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL_g0tyaIeE
http://www.cracked.com/video_18416_wonder-womans-sex-tape-lost-episode-super-friends.html
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6762911/too-many-avengers
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ba132721d0/white-man-s-d-k-with-susan-sarandon

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May 9th, 2012


10:37 am
These things are not actually that cool -- but it's cool when someone actually explains it to you (learning!): Cracking The Credit Card Code
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2012/05/08/cracking-the-credit-card-code/
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In a statement, the Catholic civil rights group called the segment “the most vulgar expression of hate speech ever aired on television.” (me: The only way that could be true is if we never aired what Bill Donohue says on television, hypocrite) President Bill Donohue demanded Stewart apologize and threatened to pressure the show’s sponsors to pull their advertising if he didn’t. -- Stewart didn’t apologize. During a recent comedy routine in Clearwater, Fla., Stewart referred to the Catholic League’s campaign with, “I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
http://blogs.ajc.com/business-beat/2012/05/08/delta-air-lines-pulls-ads-from-the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart/?cp=1
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Bowling for abortions… you know, I would have bet money that this wasn't true -- or just another Onion article the right-wing fundies took seriously. But nope -- it's a real thing. And after reading right-wing articles about it, where "good Christians" demanded the death of the teenage girls involved, I'm going to support them right away: National Network of Abortion Funds
http://www.fundabortionnow.org/
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Since GM went bankrupt (sort of like Mitt Romney wanted), the federal loans and managing of the bankruptcy by the Obama administration was actually Romney's idea -- and even though Romney had NO political office or power, it's actually like Romney saved the auto industry. Only he didn't. He wrote a NY-Time article that more or less suggested GM -JUST- be allowed to fail. // Obama took ten months to kill bin Laden, and he probably had a fall-guy set up in case the operation failed -- I mean, the SEALs took ten months to train for the operation to kill bin Laden, and since Obama is not a military tactician -- yeah, some other military people where in charge here and there, and Bush/Cheney wasted all kinds of resources and started two wars in response, but never caught bin Laden -- but, you know, the GOP are taking credit… or something. // A man in Wisconsin repeatedly blocks his wife from leaving to vote in the Democrat primaries, and finally throws himself behind the SUV she used to back out. He's in stable condition at a hospital now. For some reason, getting hurt… while… you know… illegally impeding a person's right to vote -- is somehow the liberals' fault.

…these are just some of the incredible levels of cognitive disconnect I've had to deal with JUST this morning. I admit such mental blockage is common on all sides of political discourse (in fact, this is shaping up to seem a lot like the 2004 election year, with Democrat and Republican roles reversed on several issues), but this level of fabrication and denial… it's really not healthy for America.

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May 4th, 2012


04:06 pm
[LINK:] We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party. // But the real move to the bedrock right starts with two names: Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist.
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[LINK:] I didn't tell every superhero about this! Who put this shit on Facebook!?
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[LINK:] Murdoch facing new challenge as US senator contacts Leveson over hacking -- Jay Rockefeller writes to British judge in bid to find out whether News Corporation has broken American laws. -- 5,000 potential victims of phone hacking, was one of those an American; what are the odds?
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[LINK:] The monster sculpture work of Jordu Schell. There is a LOT of it...
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[LINK:] How awesome is this treasure trove of emails, documents, files et. al placed online by the NY Fed? // Some of the emails between Lehman execs are laughable — naive, silly, hubristic, childish. // But my favorite piece simply has to be the Morgan Stanley research report from June 30 2008 “Overweight Rating” on Lehman Brothers — “Bruised, Not Broken, Poised for Profitability“. 60 days later, Lehman Brothers filed what was then the largest bankruptcy in the United States.
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[LINK:] This week in TSA awfulness: a recap of recent American airport atrocities. Yeah, you read that right -- just under a week.
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[LINK:] "#$#! I Just Got Tear Gassed!" and Other MoJo Tales From Occupy May Day -- Photos, video, and dispatches from our correspondents in New York City, DC, Oakland, and San Francisco…
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[LINK:] David Barton, Jon Stewart, and the Myth of Raymond Raines…
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[LINK:] Medical marijuana -- the gateway drug to cancer treatments…
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[LINK:] I think the wrong lesson was learned here today: Straight man's Facebook status -- "I am gay, I'm coming out"; Friends and family -- "OMG"; Best Buy employee who exchanged his broken cell phone -- "Trollololol"
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[LINK:] Porn Web Sites vs. Religious Web Sites: Which Are Riskier For Web Users? -- (probably the web sites that rely on faith instead of constant monitoring to keep infectious software out of their web site…)
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[LINK:] Side effects of becoming vegetarian -- actually, more like a study which only slightly (almost anecdotally) confirm the results of using a poor diet in place of an omnivore diet. Yes, if you are going veg/vegan, you need to eat PROPER proportions of nutrients. And no, cheeseburgers don't have Omega 3 in them either.
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[LINK:] Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield. --WOW! We haven't had threats like that in over 50 years…
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[LINK:] FBI returns Riseup server to May First/People Link cabinet // Anonymous email servers keep no records of their users and are frequently used by activists, organizers and information sources world-wide. (abuse of power, or pure authority derp?)
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[LINK:] In other words, having goaded the government into an outrageous and very public seizure of the blog, the RIAA members refused to follow up and answer the government’s questions. In turn, the government acted shamefully, not returning the blog or apologizing for its apparent mistake, but instead secretly asking the court to extend the seizure and deny Dajaz1 the right to seek return of its property or otherwise get due process…
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[LINK:] What Is President Obama’s Problem With Medical Marijuana?
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[LINK:] Here's what's really bad about this monumentally awful decision: the only people who wouldn't have thought this was "torture" in 2001-03 were the people doing it or writing memos trying to justify it. Is it a good idea to let officials use "uncertainty" they tried to create in order to argue they should be immune now because things were so unclear at the time?
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[LINK:] What "saving face" may look like. China to dissident: we've decided to allow you to continue your studies abroad and are granting you a student visa. Dissident: I have studies to continue? China: You do now…
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[LINK:] Dude reading entire Bible in 100 days, tumblogging neat stuff he finds…

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April 25th, 2012


04:56 pm - We'll focus on mostly news, since politics have reach levels of stupidity too stupid to bother with:
Jailed for $280: The Return of Debtors' Prisons
Technically, it is illegal to be jailed for not paying outstanding debts. But with some legal trickery, debt collectors can now make it so you obligated to pay legal fines, which, if you can't do, leaves you in contempt of court -- THEN they haul you to prison.
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FRACKED UP!: Hollywood,Interrupted Visits America’s New Boomtown
It's the new gold rush, and there are plenty of jobs to be had… except, there's nothing usual about the lives that come with the job. Your high wage job with the franking industry will leave you living live a modern day gypsy. And if you're curious -- they'll give a trucking job to almost anybody.
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Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor
A story on Pentagon propaganda contractors caused the Pentagon to unleash propaganda contractors to wage a campaign against the two reporters most responsible for the story. Forget ineffective weapons, your tax dollars paid for this childish bullshit.
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There’s a Big Thing On Legalizing Sex Work
Some who support legalizing prostitution are confronted with the question: would you want someone you know to be a prostitute. Of course, this question misses the point of legalizing and then regulating prostitution.
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Megaupload Trial May Never Happen, Judge Says
Looks like the US was never able to actually charge the website with anything, and they knew it. But so long as the US was able to abuse the law, kick in the doors, haul people to jail, cost them tons of money, shred the servers (containing some actual owned intellectual property), and generally waste everyone's time and money to appease the RIAA -- who cares?
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Investigation: Two Years After the BP Spill, A Hidden Health Crisis Festers
Few noticed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, that an alarming amount of the residents in Prince William Sound were in a bad way. ANd while everyone in authority and BP is busy saying that everything is fine, there's evidence that everything is not fine, even by typical southern state standards.
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CISPA
The next future-failed attempt to change the internet since recording and distribution companies refuse to change their business models to work with the internet. Congress, and the corporations do not yet seem to understand that the internet is ALREADY bigger than they are. Join the fight any way you can.
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Rush Limbaugh Attacks Sandra Fluke Again
Worried that there may still be a few women voters siding with the GOP, Rush Limbaugh launches a new attack on Sandra Fluke. Told you his apologies were meaningless. SO! Who is still yet funding his programs with advertising...
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Mad cow disease found in California; no human threat seen
Except for the problem of figuring out where this cow caught the disease...
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Syrian troops 'kill dozens' in Hama
If that's their idea of a cease-fire, I'd hate to have seen the battles before.
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Norway killer expounds on fanatical views at trial
Anders Behring Breivik explains his motives, and what other plans he had. Here we see yet another man who was so afraid of 'terrorists', that he decided to become one. FOX News expected to learn nothing from this example of slippery sloping.

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April 11th, 2012


11:03 am
Just sharing my news information; not really contributing anything to any causes, la, la-la, la la-la-la…Collapse )

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April 5th, 2012


10:27 am
The LA Times reports that Santa Monica police are today "trying to sort out" who used pepper-spray on the peacefully assembled students. Reports I heard last night indicated that the person or persons responsible were campus police, not Santa Monica police, who were called in later to secure the site. Among the injured: a child, who looks to be about 4 or 5 years old from these photos. (non-lethal weapons are quickly becoming weapons for the lazy and undisciplined)…
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/04/pepper-spray-santa-monica-college.html
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animated gift images made from old stock photos. The results are sometimes very impressive, if not cleverly surprising…
http://fluxmachine.tumblr.com/
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SOPA bill writer/supporter Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican congressman, probably doesn't have many friends these days. But Reddit isn't done with him, or with his district. The blog-website has started up a test-PAC to begin advertising against Lamar. This should be interesting…
http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/rrb93/that_redditfunded_billboard_in_lamar_smiths/
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Did you react to the KONY2012 craze? Or did you do as I always beg you to do -- research the source of information, read between the lines, THEN react when you feel you have gained a full picture? Well, if you didn't, you may very well have been supporting not only a poorly thought-out plan to arm local militias to hunt down a vanished war criminal, but you may have been helping to direct funding toward the DC lobby known as 'The Family', an organization responsible for supporting Uganda's internationally-denounced Anti Homosexuality Bill, also dubbed the "kill the gays" bill.
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2012/4/4/8029/40080/
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Apparently, forcing random class partners to write a tandem story can be a bad idea, though slightly revealing on the surface issues of gender differences and communication. Still, the results got an A+…
http://misscellania.blogspot.com/2012/04/college-theme-paper.html
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True Chinese factory horror stories Mike Daisey might have told, had he not been such a lying liar. -- Matthews interviews a labor advocate and self-taught "barefoot lawyer" for migrant workers who have experienced workplace injuries; the man takes him on "a tour that even Daisey couldn’t have dreamed up"…
http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/china-electronics-factories-injuries-labor-rights-foxconn-wintek-mike-daisey
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Science fiction and fantasy cosplay has changed a lot in the last 35 years. Back in the late 1970s, there weren't very many rules, if any. And there certainly was nothing like a separate costuming fandom. There were also an awful lot of naked people (which eventually resulted in the only rule I ever remember seeing posted: "No costume is no costume"), making authentic Edgar Rice Burroughs characters fairly popular subjects (Ever seen the movie 'Zardoz'? Yeah -- link is NSFW, hope you don't see your mom and/or dad here)…
http://io9.com/5895773/a-treasure-trove-of-cosplay-from-the-swinging-1970s-%5Bnsfw%5D
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So horrible, I have a hard time believing this could have happened, but --- The officers were responding to a false alarm accidentally triggered by Chamberlain's medical alert pendant while he slept. Instead of helping the man, who had a heart condition, they broke down his front door, tasered him, reportedly called him the "n-word" and mocked him, then shot him dead.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/nyregion/fatal-shooting-of-ex-marine-by-white-plains-police-raises-questions.html?_r=2
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If you thought Gunther von Hagens' Body World art exhibit was creepy but cool, wait until you get a load of "Animal Inside Out" at the Natural History Museum in London…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/9183859/Animal-Inside-Out-plastinated-specimens-at-the-Natural-History-Museum.html
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It took six years, but -- New Orleans Cops Involved In Katrina Shootings And Cover-Up Face Decades In Prison. -- U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt expressed frustration that he was bound by mandatory minimum sentencing laws to imprison former Sgts. Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius and former officers Anthony Villavaso and Robert Faulcon for decades when other officers who engaged in similar conduct on the Danziger Bridge – but cut deals with prosecutors – are serving no more than eight years behind bars…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/cops-involved-in-katrina-_n_1402498.html
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Famous nude paintings reformed to mimic today's standards of female modeling. I don't know… they don't seem as grotesque as the link made them sound… was this a good or bad thing?
http://www.annautopiagiordano.it/venus-ita.html
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Ironic that the GOP hate Hispanics so much, yet Spain took the Paul Ryan budget plan to heart and enacted it. Not so ironic was the catastrophic results to the economy. Say what you will about Obama's spending, it doesn't seem that the Republican approach is working in Europe...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/apr/03/spain-debts-high-government-bonds
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Tennessee, where science was "decided" by court trial 90 years ago, is trying to model science again through moronic legislation. 90 years… and these jackasses still don't get that science doesn't work that way…
http://news.yahoo.com/tenn-governor-probably-sign-evolution-bill-205851280.html
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Howard Morgan, Black Off-Duty Cop Shot 28 Times By White Chicago Officers, Faces Sentencing -- there's just a LOT that doesn't make sense here. Is Morgan guilty of anything? Who can say -- because so much of this case seems to have been mishandled…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/howard-morgan-ex-cop-shot_n_1399834.html?ref=chicago
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So… 2030 will be an interesting time (*buys shotgun*)…
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Looking-Back-on-the-Limits-of-Growth.html

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March 29th, 2012


01:03 pm
Speaking as a guy who has a shaved head, and has been in a few fights, and has bounced off the curb a few times -- I can honestly say that's the cleanest head I've ever seen after it supposedly was bashed on the curb a few times: "George Zimmerman on Police Surveillance -- Tapes show neighborhood watchman on night of Trayvon Martin killing"

http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/george-zimmerman-police-surveillance-16024475
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How would a loving religion help protect family values? Well… according to NOM's memos, by hyping fears and driving racial wedges between gays, blacks, and hyspanics. Sounds bad? Well keep reading - NOM was FULL of "great" ideas that day: "A series of four internal NOM memos, outed as part of an investigation in Maine, talks of such goals as "Sideswiping Obama". The memos reveal a manipulative, brazenly cynical strategy for winning America's cultural wars by diving Americans."

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/connelly/article/Same-sex-marriage-foes-Drive-a-wedge-between-3439288.php
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You'd think Afghanistan would be the best place for homosexuals to claim as a homeland -- since women seem unwelcome in every sense. But no, this is just basic stupidity: "For economic and social reasons, many Afghan parents want to have a son. This preference has led to some of them practising the long-standing tradition of Bacha Posh - disguising girls as boys."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15262680
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You know the cost of living in your city has kinda over-inflated beyond ridiculous when SubWay can't afford to give you a $5-foot long. I mean, shit food like that at $5 probably has a 450% profit margin in Ohio: "The catchy Subway sandwich shop jingle involving a variety of foot-long sandwiches available for $5 doesn't apply in San Francisco"

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/No-Subway-5-Footlongs-In-SF-Cost-of-Doing-Business-Too-High-144709445.html
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You can play this game if you want, but you should realize that the jackpot reached $500-million because NO ONE IS WINNING: "Mega Millions jackpot at $500 million and counting"

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/03/mega-millions-jackpot-at-500-million-and-counting.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+lanowblog+%28L.A.+Now%29
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Capital One scores in the negative again by denying atheism symbolism on the basis of blocking religious content -- but scoring Jesus and everything Catholic/Christian related under "spiritual". Or maybe, Capital One is afraid of dealing with any typically non-gullible customers: "Atheist Symbol Rejected By Capital One, But Jesus Is Preapproved"

http://consumerist.com/2012/03/capital-one-says-it-doesnt-allow-religious-images-on-credit-cards-apparently-hasnt-looked-at-its-own.html
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What better way to secure the government of your nation from rebels than overthrowing your government? Wait, what? Dammit, Africa -- when will you start making sense?: "A delegation of West African leaders has abandoned its trip to Mali to negotiate with the leaders of last week's coup owing to security fears after a protest by junta supporters."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17546198
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No link -- just comment: If the Supreme Court finds the Healthcare Reform Laws unconstitutional, it will be a huge blow… to the GOP owned Heritage Foundation (they cooked up the original plan in response to Bill Clinton's attempt to reform healthcare in the 90's, not that the GOP ever mentioned that).

But it will also turn this election upside-down, giving the GOP something to run on after all their other issues have failed: economy is looking up; hard to believe Satan is destroying America personally; crushing women's rights to dust on the grounds of religious freedom just alienates 51% of the voters (who knew?); the gay agenda hasn't brought down the US army like they said it would; Obama's birth certificate… gods, that was just stupid; we're drilling more oil, but exporting it and shutting down refineries, so that drill-baby-drill chant was a dud; American Muslims are not only not scary, TLC has proved they are boring; etc, etc, etc…
So, yeah, another campaign based on healthcare reform destroying seems like a winning issue? Unless Romney is the candidate... hell, I don't even know what the GOP is thinking anymore...

Anyway...

The right-leaning justices haven't really shown how we're NOT already paying for everyone's healthcare, only shifting and bending through some VERY strained logic loopholes -- honestly, I figured they'd just start claiming forcing hospitals to treat the sick and injured who can't pay is unconstitutional. So what are we left with?

We're left with the only constitutional option, which Obama didn't even consider the first time around: SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE OPTION -- a government version of healthcare insurance to compete and bring down the unjustifiable costs of health insurance overhead costs. HOWEVER, this is not a miracle cure -- lobbies have corrupted a lot of government institutions, who is to say the insurance industries can't corrupt government healthcare?

Again, as always, it seems the one true issue we should all be voting on -- the one that keeps slipping by -- is CORRUPTION of the US government, and how to stop it.
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Alright -- after all that horribleness, you need an online game with cats: "Time 4 More Cats"

http://jayisgames.com/games/time-4-more-cat/

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March 28th, 2012


03:44 pm
Okay… wow… One person is chalking this up to "confusion" and believes more training is needed. Either way… ladies -- time for you to all become pharmacists and just replace the old guys as quickly as you can: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

http://news.yahoo.com/1-5-pharmacies-hinders-teens-access-morning-pill-130248952.html

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Apparently, racial slurs are no longer racist if someone somewhere believes other people use it as a term of affection. I suppose people shoot each other in the chest too as an additional gesture of affection: Zimmerman Friend Defends Racial Slur: ‘Coon Asses’ Used Proudly In Parts Of This Country

http://news.yahoo.com/1-5-pharmacies-hinders-teens-access-morning-pill-130248952.html

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Maybe the chemicals those fracking/mining companies gave you cancer. But if you live in Pennsylvania, you'll never know, because those chemicals are corporate trade-secrets, and the new law in Pennsylvania says your doctor has to remain silent about such trade secrets. Enjoy your cheap energy, government corruption, mysterious cancer, and extremely frustrated doctors who apparently have no freedom of speech: "For Pennsylvania's Doctors, a Gag Order on Fracking Chemicals"

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/for-pennsylvanias-doctors-a-gag-order-on-fracking-chemicals/255030/

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No terrorist will ever get a bomb or weapon on a plane ever again -- assuming that bomb or weapon has some pawn value: "Think twice before you check your luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport. // There are now more than 200 (thefts) a day — and that’s every day. Baggage handlers, jetway workers and even security people are all in on the ongoing scam to steal you blind."

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/exclusive-the-stunning-jfk-airport-baggage-scandal-200-thefts-per-day/

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Obviously, hoodies are not what makes a person feel threatened. I own eight of them and wear them to work, and while at work, on most cold days (in MN, that means 60% of the year) -- and I haven't been shot yet. The fact is, an armed racist will find anything threatening on a black teenager so long as it's on a black teenager. But Geraldo Rivera is a thoughtless dumbass, and FOX News is incapable of admitting to any mistake, so let the rhetoric lay waste to all senses of sensibility: "Did A Hooded Sweatshirt Mysteriously Vanish From Fox News’ Online Store?"

http://www.mediaite.com/online/hooded-sweatshirt-mysteriously-vanishes-from-fox-news-online-store/

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I'm getting really sick of the federal government telling the public we cannot seek damages from the federal government whenever the federal government fucks up royal: "Supreme Court Rejects Damage Claim in HIV Privacy Case"

http://fox8.com/2012/03/28/supreme-court-rejects-damage-claim-in-hiv-privacy-case/

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March 26th, 2012


11:25 am
FaceBook has decided their copyright trolls will go after any website with the words "Face" or "Book" in the title. However! FaceBook has claimed it will also sue any employer attempting to break FB's privacy to spy on employees. So… there's your moral conflict for today.
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Have you read any of those warehouse worker conditions stories in America yet? Sounded too horrible to believe? I mean, surely there are laws against this? Well… there are laws. And if they were enforced, it'd bring a company great harm… unless we're talking about a temp agency. Oh, and make sure that temp agency is managed by another temp agency -- or else the corporation can't claim they didn't know what was going on. Your move, WalMart, Apple, Amazon:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/new-blue-collar-temp-warehouses_n_1158490.html?view=print&comm_ref=false
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Did George Zimmerman suffer a broken nose at the hands of Trayvon Martin before the shooting? If 'yes', then it changes outlooks for conviction, but it doesn't change the main problem: George Zimmerman SOUGHT OUT a conflict, escalating it, till it ended in a shooting. The 'Stand Your Ground' law should not protect such actions.
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WARNING: any web application offered to you for free to 'censor' content you do not want, might also censor websites that certain communication companies don't what anyone to know about either. IOWs, the censoring apps are kinda like inviting corporate censorship into your browser.
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Woman works two jobs. The two jobs are fine, in fact, their schedules mesh perfectly. But the clients of the two jobs don't mix so well -- 1. writer of society column, 2. stripper. Honestly, when will America get over the shock of nudity?
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/03/houston_chronicle_stripper.php
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If you're from Kazakhstan, you probably didn't like the movie 'Borat'. And if you're from Kazakhstan, and you won a medal in an international sports competition, you REALLY didn't like it when they played the 'Borat' theme for Kazakhstan instead of the real anthem:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17491344
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3D movies haven't been selling as well as planned. (Hell, they couldn't GIVE those 3D TVs away for FREE.) Rather than back off the 3D bullshit, movie companies will stop charging extra for 3D movies, and raise the rates of 2D movies to make up the difference. The ignorance… it burns my eyes and gives me headaches!
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Anonymous icons from all over the web. Find one from a lesser known website, and use it for FB profile to watch the universe fold in on itself:
http://www.murketing.com/journal/?p=3098
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A comment I came across has left me looking into some things: "right now there are right-wing patriot groups practicing tactical maneuvers in urban and forest environments in the midwest and south-west preparing for 2012 and after. Don't believe me.. Check out youtube. Search "US Resistance Movement".. Things are very surreal at the moment as the right wing and left wings of this country find themselves in the same militancy camps. These camps all are in the US, since no one can travel abroad for training revolutionaries did in the 70's. Will they end up shooting each other when the real bullets fly, or will they come together united against the federal government and Blackwater/contractor armies. Who knows.. you're guess is as good as mine." -- I haven't found videos that show me proof of this; people playing paintball in America doesn't mean military training. But… weird…
Anyway -- this article was a interesting read:
http://www.vice.com/read/paintballing-with-hezbollah-0000151-v19n3
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5 Reasons 'The Walking Dead' Has to Get Better -- "I don't watch it because it's a good show; I watch it because I really want it to be a good show. // The first two seasons haven't been exploring the greater themes of the undead so much as they've been turning the camera on Lori and T-Dog fighting about who left the cheese uncovered, while every once in a while a zombie wanders by in the background, peeks in the windows and decides it probably doesn't want to get involved." (WARNING: comic and TV spoilers)
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-the-walking-dead-has-to-get-better/

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March 6th, 2012


03:08 pm - Who didn't already know what kind of talk-show asshole Rush Limbaugh is?
These sponsors knew damn well who Rush was and the dangers of advertising with his show. Rush's crossing the line and calling Sandra Fluke, who is not a politician or public figure, a 'slut' and worse -- is NOT the worst, or even most hypocritical thing Rush has done. (Hell, even after apologizing, he's still on his tirade against "single, white, over-educated women who are ruining America", so what's to be surprised about?)

The sponsors are withdrawing their ads NOW because of the ATTENTION -- the sudden populist uproar; they didn't just suddenly realize they made a mistake working without the likes of Rush because we pointed it out. The sponsors were no better than Rush to begin with.

Boycott them whether they take down their ads on Rush's show or not -- if you really give a damn. Boycott anything from Clear Channel if you really want to silence the bastard. In fact, GET HIM THE HELL OFF OF ARMED FORCES RADIO! My tax dollars WILL NOT PAY for this bigotry! Do you get it? Do you see what it really takes to send a message?

I'm tired of apathetic people drawing a line in the sand when it should be etched in titanium.

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February 28th, 2012


03:39 pm
I used to enjoy it when neo-cons were wrong all the time; now I realize they don't care what they are so long as they are opposed to us...

Thirty years ago, religious types still understood that it was wrong to kill. But back then, they didn't consider a fetus, even a very far along fetus, to be a full person -- "according to Exodus 21:22-24, the destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense"…

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/02/18/the-biblical-view-thats-younger-than-the-happy-meal/
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The MPAA simply has no idea what their rating systems do. They believe it informs the public of the content, but it does so much more than that, and they act oblivious to that fact (or they pretend to be oblivious until a major media conglomerate tells them to change a rating). -- At this point, I find them irrelevant. Common sense should tell you what is in the movie/documentary, "Bully" . Common sense should tell you that people should watch it, not despite the offensive material within it, but because of it -- to see it in the true light of the outside observer…

http://thedailywh.at/2012/02/23/bully-of-the-day/
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Can't find cold treatment, Pseudoephedrine, because the state's meth-curbing law has made the sale of Pseudoephedrine impossible to buy? Then perhaps it is easier in the state you live in to buy meth -- and turn it BACK into Pseudoephedrine instead…

http://boingboing.net/2012/02/27/scientific-paper-of-the-day-h.html
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"In September 2009, after admitting to my parents that I was atheist, I was abruptly woken in the middle of the night by two strange men who subsequently threw me in a van and drove me 200 mi. to a facility that I would later find out serves the sole purpose of eliminating free thinking adolescents." -- religious brain-washing camps...

http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/q6is0/in_september_2009_after_admitting_to_my_parents/

…you might ask why these are still legal. The truth, as I've long ago noted, is that certain neo-con politicians are protecting them…
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Here's that speech that Santorum said made him want to puke -- you're welcome…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUl6T2hQIbk
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Many consumers could see their water bills double or even triple, as the country attempts to overhaul its aging water system over the next 25 years…
(Told you that infrastructure was best if replaced sooner than later)

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/money/Water-bills-expected-to-triple-in-some-parts-of-U-S/-/1637116/9141368/-/rru6h1/-/index.html
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Science publishing giant Elsevier has pulled its support from the Research Works Act, a bill that would have restricted the ability of scientists doing government-funded work to place their papers with open access journals. The action follows a scholarly and scientific boycott of Elsevier, and has led to the collapse of the bill...

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/newmessagerwa
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We've talked a lot about how copyright law and the DMCA can be abused to take down legitimate, non-infringing content, interfering with one's free speech rights. And we're always brushed off by copyright maximalists, who insist that any complaints about taking down legitimate speech are overblown. -- So isn't it interesting that we've just discovered that our own key anti-SOPA blog post and discussion... have been blocked thanks to a bogus DMCA takedown?

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120223/15102217856/key-techdirt-sopapipa-post-censored-bogus-dmca-takedown-notice.shtml
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Someone is claiming that Homeland Security is monitoring Facebook and TWitter for certain words. Here's your challenge -- make a relevant post that includes all of the terms :) …

http://animalnewyork.com/2012/02/the-department-of-homeland-security-is-searching-your-facebook-and-twitter-for-these-words/
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Mother Jones's Mac McClelland goes underground at an unnamed ecommerce packing facility in a rural American town and reports on the terrible, back-breaking working conditions that are compounded by continuous verbal abuse, unsafe working conditions, mandatory overtime, and humiliating disciplinary procedures…

http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/mac-mcclelland-free-online-shipping-warehouses-labor
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Of course, Rupert Murdoch's news offices in Britain aren't done fucking up, getting caught, and bringing the heavy hand of justice down on them. Can't wait to see what investigations of FOX News brings out…

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/27/murdochs-sun-newspaper-found-to-be-illegally-paying-sources/
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In one experiment, wealthier people took twice as many candies as poorer people from a jar that had been designated for children. In another study, nearly half of all drivers of expensive cars cut off pedestrians at crosswalks, while no drivers of the cheapest cars and about 30 percent of drivers of cheaper cars did the same thing…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/rich-people-_n_1305008.html
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The Racist tree -- a kids tale by Alexander Belchman…

http://i.imgur.com/upuAg.jpg
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I dare you to walk DADT back…

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/27/1068849/-Progress?via=blog_1

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February 22nd, 2012


11:40 am - I'm giving up Santorum for Lent...
Rick Santorum actually said he was pro-science and it is the Democrats who are anti science. Anti-government neo-cons know that Santorum would mean MORE government in the wrong places, and so there will be more glorious in-party fighting. Newt Gingrich prided himself on how cheap gasoline was when he was speaker of the house, compared to the price today, and simply ignored that the majority of that time in between was held by a Republican Senate and President. Meanwhile, oil/gas drilling in America has increased several times during the Obama presidency, proving that the "drill here/drill now" catchphrase fails to lower energy prices worldwide. White supremacists in Duluth Minnesota are protesting an anti-racism campaign in that city -- because they say it is unfair to be accused of racism "just because you're white". I would not want to be in Canadian Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews' shoes for all the money in the world right now; but I suppose he deserves what's coming to him. Two more reporters were killed in Syria; and I'm a little dumbfounded to think why Assad believes the random yet constant shelling of a city will solve anything. Obama will close corporate tax loopholes while dropping the rate to 28%; call this a tax increase since most businesses used those loopholes to pay nothing and complain about taxes being too high. Violence in South Sudan scattered the staff of two Doctors Without Borders clinics, the staff are reported as missing; that's something I'd support a full US military retaliation on.

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February 14th, 2012


12:32 pm
Athens burns? The monks in Tibet should be the ones rioting, and the people in Greece should be the ones setting themselves on fire -- for the crisis they caused. Austerity measures are one issue, but when the majority of Greece's public were simply not paying their taxes, EVER!… well what the fuck did you expect? The country became a maxed out credit-card because the people of Greece never paid a dime for the services they demanded. Corporations in the US should take note of this...
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Here is where I state my obvious point -- if government is to regulate the US economy, then the government must make the economy work in favor for as many people as possible. My tax dollars should not be allowing this bullshit to happen. I would gladly pay more in taxes if it would help these people back into productive society. Fuck the Republican switch from "deficits don't matter" to the current "debt crisis reduction through cuts to the poor". This is inhuman.
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The problem is not internet piracy. The problem is that the majority of companies out there have not understood how to adapt their business model. They should not be allowed to curb the internet to protect their incompetence.
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Maybe the military trains them well. But clearly, our education system failed them long before their military involvement. At the risk of insulting many friends in the Marines: send a soldier to history class. That's me giving the US Marine Corps Scout Snipers the benefit of the doubt.
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The United States may have given birth to ACTA, but it still requires an international agreement to exist. Several nations have already dropped out, or are facing regrets/consequences and are considering dropping out. Though, what will really matter is if the EU stays in. It most likely will, but not if the people in EU have anything to say about that. And really -- how does any nation expect to make a policy work if the majority of the public is against that policy?
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Back in the 1960s-and-70s, the US government did a study on the harms of pornography -- and when the study said there was no social harm, and in fact, there may be a social benefit, the conservatives scrapped the report and INVENTED a "report" that was largely just a load of testimonial bullshit about why some in Congress felt porn was too evil to allow. What did we get? Legislation banning pornography ... AND a thriving porn industry thanks to a system that helped funnel in cash reserves to the mafia. Brilliant?
These anti-online-privacy laws will probably have a similar effect -- driving everyone over to more criminal enterprises, and thus, helping to funnel money toward corruption. Only business models such as iTunes, Netflicks, and so on will beat piracy.
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The Occupy movement has managed to keep over the winter through some re-invention and some basic stamina. Mainly, it'll keep because authority figures refuse to allow it to grow, get old, and die from apathy -- and instead step in with SWAT teams to give the movement fresh material for populist outrage to feed on. Occupy Washington DC has been evicted, but spring is coming, and warm weather combined with the election year politics are sure to set the fires of protest again. Make no mistake -- the state of pay-for-free-speech politics means this election will be Obama VS. Wall-Street corruption.
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John Stewart comes back from vacation with yet another obvious point, though not so funny. Why are the organized churches in this world unable to recognize hypocrisy? And for the love of God, why is the demand that we remain living respectfully with everyone seen as religious persecution?

…My guess? Conservatives have no new ideas to fix the problems they created first, then blocked the correction of later -- and so now they're going full on victimhood-mode to manufacture religious political issues to get the stoopids out to vote. (Meanwhile, the ACTUAL moralists can see the neo-cons have been shitting on poor people since the Reagan era, and they're probably staying home.)
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Pennsylvania bill HB 1950 -- remember all those times you saw people in Iraq and Nigeria being killed and abused for the sake of cheap energy exports? Good news is, the US is finally becoming less reliant on international energy imports. Bad news is, as evidence of this bill, the US has also begun to abuse its own citizens for the sake of cheap energy. I hope the irony is not lost on you all.
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I don't believe the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline marks the death of our environment. However, I do feel it marks the next wave of dependency on harmful means of energy production. We've about used up the "easy oil", and the market is primed to move on to clean energy. But recently the markets claim to have created new technology that will make the old dirty energy cheap again (people in the Gulf States can tell you cheap energy isn't actually cheap). So here we are -- ready to chose a new direction: funding and focusing on renewable energy, or funding and focusing on protecting old dirty energy. In that light, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline battle matters.
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The GOP would like you to: stop taking lunch breaks; link all safety nets to Wall Street gambling; just accept rape as part of the armed services duty; create your own reality in deficit debates; concede your civil rights to businesses; ignore the true flow of corruption in Washington; embrace racism and bigotry for God's sake; ignore the sins of political allies; support government powers only if they are powerless; ignore political allies when they preach in favor of the poor; support terrorism (if you like Ron Paul); blame your failed marriage on 'the gay'; and wonder (in ignorance) why we can't simply vote to oppress minorities… (Thank you CPAC, for always clarifying the depths of the GOP radicalism and vitriol.)
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Don't get me wrong -- I don't believe the entire GOP is out to cast me and those like me into a flaming pit to die. But I do believe, as an easy political tactics, they have been implying to voters for a long time now that similar things could be accomplished despite what the US Constitution says (In sales, we call that: appealing to the lowest common denominator -- kinda like 'sex sells', but in this case, it's 'your social awkwardness turned into blame and fear sells'). And after using this political obfuscation tactic for so many years, many have had the nerve to act surprised that the next generation of politicians act as if these lies are true. There's the source of the radicalism. You can find a little of that radicalism on the left too, but the quantity and quality that the GOP have reached simply isn't there. Excuse me for holding the GOP accountable for the hate.

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January 20th, 2012


11:48 am - Sign on the line to serve in the information wars...
VIDEO -- Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea; At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.
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MegaUpload raided, founder arrested; Anonymous launches mass DDoS against entertainment companies and US law enforcement. (Another skirmish begins.) Updates here.
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How Copyright Industries Con Congress -- when a movie studio makes $10 selling a DVD to a Canadian, and then gives $7 to the company that manufactured the DVD and $2 to the guy who shipped it to Canada, society has benefited by $10+$7+$2=$19. Yet some simple math shows that this is nonsense: the studio is $1 richer, the trucker is $2, and the manufacturer is $7. Shockingly enough, that adds up to $10. What each participant cares about is his profits, not his revenues.
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Hollywood bought its politicians, and it expects them to stay bought -- how many people are lining up behind the pro-PIPA/SOPA forces? How many regular Americans are fighting alongside the studios? How many petition signatures has the MPAA and RIAA gathered from its customers? -- The answer is none.
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If Album Covers Were Honest -- These days we actually buy music based on what it sounds like, but if you listen to the guy who works in your local record store, that's a tragedy.
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George Lucas’s Red Tails, opening Friday, tells the story of a group of World War II African-American fighter pilots. Dr. Roscoe Brown, 87, squadron commander of the 332nd Fighter Group, tells Marlow Stern about being a real Tuskegee Airman. (I don't know why Lucas is going around telling people his movie is the only movie made about the Tuskegee Airmen. You should watch this.)
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The Invisible Hand Behind Bonuses on Wall Street -- In his annual compensation survey, a closely watched report that was sent to roughly 800 of the company’s clients in November, Mr. Johnson estimated that bonuses in the industry would fall 20 to 30 percent from last year’s levels. (Is it down because they've been screwing up? Nope. It's down because *GASP* consumer regulations are going into effect -- oh the horror. Seriously, WallStreet, grow the fuck up.)
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Based on the novel of the same name written by Jason Pargin John Dies at the End stars two college dropouts (Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes) who discover a new drug that allows the user to drift across time and dimensions. The problem is once they come back they aren’t always human.
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One in five people suffered mental illness in past year, new report says -- Women and young people affected the most (makes you wonder what the causes are, if any).
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Homeowners: After company started drilling for oil nearby, our water smelled like rotten eggs, contained concrete slurry and gas bubbles that could be ignited with match. State: Coincidence, because we make sure drilling is safe.
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CDC: You know that level of lead that we used to say was safe for your kids? Yeah, um, it's really only half that. Sorry for your little retard, we'll get it right next time.
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Iowa GOP: Santorum won Iowa and we're going declare it a tie. BTW, we accidentally lost eight precincts worth of ballots, so vote Republican.
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An Infographic demonstrating how, for over 100 years, the entertainment industry has always called every innovation "dangerous," always tried to kill or regulate it, and always been totally and utterly wrong.
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Homeland Security investigates illegal immigrants in Baltimore in a test pilot program. The program decides most of the immigrants are legal to stay, and closes the cases in order to clear the backlog. But the final decision on that matter pretty much explains to you why so many come here illegally.

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January 17th, 2012


10:09 am
An Italian cruise ship captain sank his career faster than his ship; Tim Tebow learned why you shouldn't make things you do about God (because you might lose, and then what does that say about God?), and Mitt Romney is still the best the GOP can come up with. Meanwhile -- some other things happened:

Ugh -- some jobs suck so much, you'd rather risk going to jail robbing banks than work them. However, guess what's waiting at jail?

A truly shitty job: Convict call center staff.
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When politicians lie, and reporters KNOW that what is being said is a lie, are reporters obligated to correct that lie in the report -- or do they simply report what was said and leave it at that?

You can probably guess MY answer, but have an article to read in the meantime.
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About halfway through Nuclear Aftershocks, a new FRONTLINE documentary about the physical and social fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it becomes clear that correspondent Miles O'Brien and his production team are really going to piss some people off…

In the best possible way.
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The man then asks Mitt whether he believes that he and his doctor should be arrested over medical marijuana, and Mitt turns his back on him and walks away. Lucky for Mitt, the gravely ill man in the wheelchair he was running away from after callously dismissing him wasn't able to chase him because he was so gravely ill.

Those pesky 'gotcha' questions -- oh, but, actually -- you all might want to look further into the beliefs Mormons have on medical practices. This might not be a purely GOP-asshat kind of thing.
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In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill.

Next up on our bill-killing agenda: PIPA. Hopefully, the White House won't just issue another signing statement on this kind of thing.
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Stephen Colbert gave his Super-PAC away and announced he is running for office. Every step he takes points out the absurdities of our presidential election system.

Colbert's not the joke anymore -- our system of elections is.
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Pop quiz: is it a cop or a soldier?

What might have made this a good quiz is if they told you which force or department these armed individuals belonged to. Otherwise -- this is just shock value...
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It’s never been so good to get fired -- if you’re the CEO of a public company. A new study shows how top execs are walking away with hundreds of millions of dollars, even after they do a crummy job.

Hmmm… corporations actions tend to be driven only by their responsibility to shareholders and nothing else -- not the law, not ethics, nothing. At this rate, it'd be more responsible to shareholders to just kill the poorly performing CEOs, don't you think?
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US copyright lobby to Canada: pass our stupid laws or we won't let you into the suicide pact!

The U.S. copyright and patent lobby groups are not shy about demanding that Canada cave to external pressure on intellectual property.
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More and more US schools have police patrolling the corridors. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the canteen floor. Why is the state criminalizing normal childhood behavior?

We've taken childhood behavior and made it criminal.
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Tuscon, Arizona is putting a wide range of books on the banned list--from The Tempest to Rethinking Columbus to textbooks about Hispanic history--as part of a statewide purge of Ethnic Studies programs in high schools.

Because, you know, learning about other cultures in America is a big problem. I'm sorry, did I say problem? I meant SOLUTION. It's a big solution to problems that Arizona wishes it could ignore.
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When the state stepped in to take over financially struggling Central Falls in 2010, Rhode Island's smallest city lost something fundamental: its democratic government.

When it happened to Detroit in 'RoboCop-2', I just didn't take it seriously, but now…
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Twenty top predictions for life 100 years from now

I'm okay with this.
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Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours Wednesday to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, founder Jimmy Wales announced on Monday

I have images of college kids running to their libraries -- desperately asking for that set of books, the ones with the name that sound like 'Wikipedia', but starts with an 'E'… can't remember. Get your homework done early, kids!
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Opinion: before anyone in the US calls the Egyptian revolution a failure because the people of Egypt elected many Muslim religious 'extremists' -- take a look at our own Congress-and-Senate, and the number of Western-religious extremists working in politics. If we're all ready to say Egypt is making a mistake -- then we're also singling out a large problem within our own politics. Now… that's an admission I'm comfortable making, but I doubt most Muslim-fearing-right-wingers would be willing to admit this.

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December 14th, 2011


02:39 pm
That acidic-dirt tasting smog that is shutting down your city is just 'bad weather' -- sure it is, Beijing… It's not like California can measure YOUR air pollution from THEIR coastline or anything...

And all that talk about 'not hiring anyone during Obama's term' and 'going Galt' and 'cutting jobs [jobs=spending]' means the weak economy is all Obama's fault -- you betcha, GOP… surely stagnating the economy to win elections would NEVER occur to all of you to try...

And Putin's election in Russia was pure democracy at it's finest; even Chechnya's 97% support is without question... *COUGH*Chechen-War-2/Alexander-Litvinenko*COUGH* --sorry, I had some trouble swallowing something…

And the real problem with TLC's "American Muslim" show is that it DOESN'T show Muslims as ignorant, racist, radicalized, violent, and hateful of all women... Good thing you caught that issue, you ignorant, racist, radicalized Florida "christian" group. I'm glad Lowes listened to you!

And you're absolutely right, WI-gov. Scat Walker--er, sorry, SCOTT Walker -- people SHOULD have to PAY to protest in the United States... It's not like the US Constitution doesn't try to guarantee equality or anything, it should be more like a traded commodity, since that would make it more fair...

…this is not the leadership of the world merely doing a shit-job of lying to the rest of us -- I take this crap as a challenge. This is leadership saying, "Meh, I 'lost' all your civil rights. Whoops. What are you going to do about it?"

What are we going to do about it? More importantly, and what some leaders should be asking, what are some individuals who are riding the ragged edge going to do about it?

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December 4th, 2011


11:29 am - STUFFS FOR SALE...
To simplify my life, here is a bunch of clutter I'm offering for sale...

I got pack of 5, 2-inch zombies, the photo does no justice to the detail these creatures are in. Fairly nice, but I'm over zombies. $4 for all of them together...

Over here are vinyl figures, goggles, a watch, and more toys. Cartoon transformer ($5); pocket Mr. Potato-head ($1); nurse robot ($2); a pair of cactus poodles ($3), some afro lion in a cart ($2); Nibbler ($2); the mech from Ghost in the Shell ($1); a tree snail replica ($3); some strange cat thing ($2); a panda on drugs ($3); three Smorkin' Labbits ($5 for all); a watch by designer (shit... I can't read his handwritten name) ($5); some kind of dark teddy bear ($3), an alligator-man warrior (great detail) ($5); and that peg-leg man from Family Guy ($2)...

More toys and collectibles over here. Futurama's Zap and Fry ($2 - each); California Raisins (could be worth something) ($5 for both); RC Twins transformers ($5 each); Evangelion Unit 01 ($5); SideSwipe transformer ($5); die-cast Ford Focus rally car ($5); and a Rasta-man hat ($2)...

Plushies and action figures on this link. Mr. Toast plush ($5); Plush prostate gland ($3); Fake snake, with some scratches that make it less realistic ($2); a dead-rubber-ducky ($2); and a figure from HellRaiser (great detail) ($5)...

Mostly toys over hear. Vampire woman from Castlvania game (with troll) ($5); transformer ($5); Gorilla with six-shooter ($10); Yeti from Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer show ($5); and a hippo with head/arms/legs attached via velcro (stress relief) ($5)...

Desk trinkets behind this link. One dragon with crystal paper weight ($2); and two 3D puzzles -- a square and an egg ($2 each)...

One deer skull, seems anti-vegan to keep this around. Plus the small bullet hole creeps me out. I've painted it a few times over the years, so it will never be white again. Currently, it has a coat of copper metallic paint on it (I was going to patina it) -- ($15)...

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Here we have a decent collect of books that I'm dumping. They've been a good source of ideas, color examples, references, and creative approach essays, but I don't use them anymore...

TIME Life collections; these are still everywhere. Whatever -- $2 for each of them...

Design books; Re:Design/Re:Construct, conceptually improving graphic design -- Film posters of the 50s and 60s, just fun popular film posters -- and Russian film Posters, my favorite, but no longer necessary [memorized them] -- $5 for each of these...

Music culture design books, mostly rave flyers, self promotional pieces, and music covers/art -- Chalet, vector art and graphic design -- It's a Matter of Promotion, graphic design, self promos -- Fold 7, mostly photo design and graphic layout -- License to Design, mostly music and rave flyers, some additional related graphics, good use of metallics -- $5 for each...

Propaganda poster examples and study, all great for figuring out how to really hit someone with a visual message -- Graphic Agitation, excellent collection of propaganda pieces that hit hard, $10 -- Shock in Advertising, good written concept and examples of controversial messaging, $5 -- The Design of Dissent, awesome book of hard hitting graphics and art, some very recent, $10...

Art and design books, all digital design related -- Pen and Mouse, wonderful example of digital art, good color references for design, $10 -- Localizer 1.0, mostly music flyers, cover art, etc, $10 -- Tolleson Design, good example of conceptual design processing and thinking outside normal production boundaries, $10...

Assume shipping costs will be around $5 to $10 depending on how much you buy. E-mail me (pseudomanitou**AT**gmail[dot]com) or message me here. I prefer PayPal for payment, but some of you that I know I'll accept other options. We can bargain down the price for the whole if you're buying a lot of items. Clearly, shipping outside of the US is not a good idea. Spread the word, I need to break my material possession vice more than I need the money, but help me out either way. Happy shopping.

UPDATE -- The following items have been sold: cartoon transformer, SideSwipe transformer, Blue RC transformer, goggles, copper skull, Russian movie poster book, Localizer 1.0 book

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December 2nd, 2011


12:35 pm
So Occupy Wall Street is being shoved out of their tents. Not off the street permanently, but out of habitation. So December 6th OWS moves on to Occupy Our Homes -- basically, they'll begin habitation in the empty foreclosed homes...
This will be interesting. If they can find them -- we know there are entire areas of empty homes that could be turned into actual thriving communities. Could work. However, if the OWS people just take over one random house and shit in the bathtub because there's no running water, it won't work.
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Siri is not stopping people from finding Planned Parenthood clinics. Siri is a mix of algorithms and programming (wolfram alpha) that is brand spanking new, barely understood, unrefined by anyone other than the original programming team (remember: 75% computer scientists are male), and very much still in the development stage. Voicing concerns at this point is helpful. Mass outrage to the point of paranoia only reveals you have no understanding of how the gadget in you hands actually works at all.
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Seriously? People thought this was a puzzle?
http://boingboing.net/2011/11/30/fun-paper-puzzle.html
…maybe it is puzzling to the people who have all the digital devices, and rarely interact with paper…
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Republican ideology is imploding from all the radicalism in ideas that never quite matched up in the first place. It's getting to the point where those pundits who helped create this extremism are desperately trying to pull it back. What? Did you think you could create an alternate reality based on 'facts' you pulled from your ass and still have the second generation of politicians, who bought those lies entirely, act competently?
http://www.dangerousminds.net/marie_antoinette_republicans_set_for_spectacular_flame_out
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Proof that DRM and the anti-piracy fight has devolved into racketeering, extortion, and excluding artists from the legal tools to defend their own work from publicists/distributors:
http://torrentfreak.com/copyright-corruption-scandal-surrounds-anti-piracy-campaign-111201/?_
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New Guide: which US restaurants pay sick leave, living wages? Which have institutionalized racism/bigotry?
Here's the thing… this list will be an eye-opener when it comes to restaurant chains, but the small restaurants that pass -- probably had a lot to do with writing this report:
http://boingboing.net/2011/12/02/guide-which-us-restaurants-pa.html
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James Theckston, former regional vice president for Chase Home Finance in southern Florida, admits banks are mostly responsible for the housing mess: “On the application, you don’t put down a job; you don’t show income; you don’t show assets,” he said. “But you still got a nod.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/opinion/kristof-a-banker-speaks-with-regret.html?_r=2
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When a car is involved in an accident, they usually drain the gas tank after the accident. NHTSA hasn't figured out you might want to drain the battery on the hybrid/electric cars that are also in accidents: NHTSA’s concern stems from a fire in June that started in a Chevrolet Volt sitting in a storage lot, three weeks after the vehicle had been evaluated in a side pole crash test…
http://www.midwestenergynews.com/2011/11/29/is-the-chevy-volt-dangerous-2/
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SOPA probably has earned enough resentment that it will not move on to a vote. But stay vigilant -- because EACH time one of these over-reaching anti-piracy laws gets shot down, corporate lobbies come back to Washington with an even MORE overly-reaching anti-piracy law. It's insanity at its finest.
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Why is Hooters allowed to exist in the capacity it does if people can't work a second job there without being fired for it?
http://badjocks.com/2011/12/02/hs-cheerleading-coach-i-was-fired-for-working-at-hooters-nicole-zivich/
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Victoria Secret models get the photoshop treatment, only in reverse -- adding 100 pounds:
http://fora.mtv.ca/2011/11/if-the-victorias-secret-angels-gained-100-pounds/
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Join a credit union. And not just for the obvious reason:
http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20111201/NEWS01/312010051/Surprise-Squad-reveals-identity?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage
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I don't understand why the same people, who don't trust government spending, are also the first to accept the supposed "clean-up/policing costs" after any Occupy protest site has been cleared. Remember when Scott Walker claimed the damages done to the Wisconsin state capital building were in "the millions"? Also note: clean-up would not have been so much a problem if the protesters had left on their own design.
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I'm starting to think the newly mutated radical right-wing is not so much anti-government, or anti-liberal, or anti-poor, or anti-gay, or anti-any one thing. They are simply anti-EVERYTHING, because they are projecting their personality on the rest of humanity to the point of being paranoid. They believe in nothing, unless what they hear confirms their fears and hatred. There is no double standard -- because there is no standard. If it reeks of condemnation of their own society, giving them reason to never forgive or empathize with their society, they eat it up.

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November 28th, 2011


02:18 pm
11-18-2011; recognized as the day the US recognized 1/3 of Americans are in poverty. I'm not sure who the 1/3 are since 1/2 of the people I know are poor. And since I know 1/3 of Americans do work, I know this is just wrong. Take a Fortune 500 company; take the top three CEO wages at that company; divide those wages by the total number of employees; see if that makes up the difference in the poverty that drives this apathy.
http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/occupy_thanksgiving

Occupy LA is being taken down as you read this (provided you read this 11-20-2011); but for now, reports I hear are telling me it still stands.

My town -- "The Partisans Will Never Find Us Here: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Art of Getting Shit Done" -- http://www.good.is/post/the-partisans-will-never-find-us-here (the article is preaching bi-partisanship while jabbing Republicans… hypocritical, I know, but we'll see what the results of the redistricting does to Minneapolis -- and then be able to compare how things work now, and how things will or won't work later)

Hmmm, yeah -- I think I can fix that:
http://butdoesitfloat.com/2353920/Everyone-has-a-piece-of-the-puzzle

Odd how random things lead me to random knowledge:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium#Thorium_as_a_nuclear_fuel
…safer, greater possibilities, but more expensive to process? My energy bill is the cheapest of all my bills, despite my ancient 950-square foot brownstone condo and not-energy-efficiency minded girlfriend. I could easily afford double the bill there. It's my ISP and cell-phone bills that should be cheaper.

FOX News offers a Senator "favorable coverage" and other friendly perks for killing legislation News Corp didn't like. Apparently this is illegal... in Australia. In the US, it is just so common I get laughed at for suggesting it is a criminal perversion of our democratic system no matter who is favored. But whatever: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/23/murdoch-news-corp-senator-bribe

None of the 1% are 'job creators'. None of the 1% are necessary or essential to the US as they are (only their wealth, they posses no unique tallents). And they do NOT earn what they have. But so long as the popular myths drive people to use incorrect terminology, most will not wake up to these perspectives: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/nov/22/occupy-language-struggle-over-meaning

"Remember when universities used to expel students instead of spray them with chemical agents?" -- Listen, buddy, we paid to arm our police like soldiers, so we're damn well going to use them as if we're going to war with the public. What the hell are these "campus police" you speak of anyway?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-ostertag/uc-davis-protest_b_1103039.html

Yes, pepper spray is safe -- provided you are perfectly healthy, expecting to be sprayed, the spray is only used in small manufacturer approved amounts, and the other conditions of usage perfectly match the conditions of what little testing (if any) has ever been done…
You see where I'm going with this?
http://boingboing.net/2011/11/23/what-the-evidence-says-about-p.html

So there is no significant data that explains why there computer science is typically filled with men -- up to 75% men. Some idiots slashed their academic throats claiming men were better at math. An ACTUAL study shows no support for this conclusion. I wonder who out there actually believes otherwise? I just always assumed the popular media image of computer sciences with awkward male nerds, poor hygiene, highly questionable ideals about gender roles, and so on -- made computer sciences very unappealing to most women. Would anyone care to ask women?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zVaFjSxAZs

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