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Felix, 1995 – 2009

Posted on May 15th, 2009 at 20:23 by John Sinteur in category: personal


The house feels so empty….

I’ve been offered a beautiful Main Coon poly dactyl called Judai, and I’ve accepted. He’ll move in in a few days, and I’ll post a picture at that time

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  1. Gecondoleerd 🙁

  2. Me, my GF and our two cats feel so sorry…

  3. I understand how you feel Dear John Sinteur. I lost my friend Tao the Cat last december… 🙁

  4. Pets find a way of leaving little pawprints on your heart. RIP, Felix.

  5. Please accept my condolences.

  6. I grew up in a house full of Siamese. But all the cats of my adult life have been black & whites. Some of best friends were among them. I am sure he appreciated the great life you provided him and was happy to do what he could in return.

  7. Sorry to hear this, John.


  8. Thank you, everybody….

  9. My Condolences John

  10. Sorry, Man.

  11. I’m sorry man…
    Pets tend to get closer than any human being can.

    B.t.w. – I check out your blog daily and love it.

  12. I’m so sorry John, I’ve lost a number of pets throughout my life and its never easy, the house always feels empty. My condolences from me and my Bengal cat.

  13. Sorry to hear that. It’s always a sad thing when it happens.

“Oil is not a commodity, it’s a political weapon.”

Posted on May 15th, 2009 at 17:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


Oil, first and foremost, is a $2 trillion international industry, and most of this annual haul is extracted from under undeveloped nations. As Dick Cheney put it when he was CEO of Halliburton, “The good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratically elected regimes friendly to the United States.” Sometimes, a company will reach out to rulers of oil-rich states on its own, negotiating and striking deals with them through official emissaries. More often, though, a company will instead work through men like Calil and Eronat: independent fixers, whose job it is to know the leaders and other government officials for whom oil serves as both piggybank and “political weapon.” A fixer can open doors for his corporate clients, arranging introductions to the various potentates he knows. He can help companies navigate the local bureaucracy, or provide the lay of the land with political and economic intelligence, or point to important people or companies that should be courted or hired in order to curry favor. And, in some cases, the fixer can feed money to those in power, in payoffs that often would be illegal under the stringent American and European anti-bribery laws.

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Fake DHS “photography license” for fake no-photos laws

Posted on May 15th, 2009 at 16:41 by John Sinteur in category: Security



All around the world, cops and rent-a-cops are vigorously enforcing nonexistent anti-terrorist bans on photography in public places. If you’re worried about being busted under an imaginary law, why not download these templates and print yourself an imaginary “Photography license” from the DHS? Who knows if it’s legal to carry one of these — probably about as legal as taking away your camera and erasing your memory card for snapping a pic on the subway.

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  1. I’m searching for a UK version now….

  2. It looks illegal. It would probably be completely legal if it didn’t contain the seal of the DHS, though, but I’m no expert.

Our Thing

Posted on May 15th, 2009 at 6:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Five Families were established by Charlie “Lucky” Luciano in the wake of the Castellammarese War (1929 – September 10, 1931), a gang war in New York between partisans of Joe “The Boss” Masseria and those of Salvatore Maranzano. The arrangement, under the administration of The Commission, was created to divide the city among the gangs with mutual interests, and prevent the continuous grab for more territory. Of course, the arrangement has been anything but peaceful, and the Five Families have all gone through periods of prosperity and decline. So who are they, and how are they doing now?

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“El Efecto Streisand”

Posted on May 15th, 2009 at 6:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

Twitter is now having political effects in Guatemala..

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