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Moral Bankruptcy at HSH Nordbank

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 18:38 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Child pornography planted on a work computer, a house break-in and illegal wiretapping: The leadership of Germany’s HSH Nordbank stands accused of going to great lengths to rid itself of unwanted senior officials. Prosecutors in both New York and Germany have launched investigations.

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  1. Sounds like a doomed company which is destroying itself out of sheer stupidity. Happens all the time.

    In such a situation, the competent employees are usually the first to leave for a new job.

    Such reports confirm my opinion that nobody should rely on a single company (job ‘security’ in the 21st century, ROFLLOL). Everybody should actively and constantly work on a strong network of people, and should not hesitate to immediately look for a new job and hand in ones notice at the first signs of doom.

    These sociopathic corporations don’t deserve ANY loyalty.

Some say…

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 17:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

… he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves..

Some say that he appears on high value stamps in Sweden, and that he can catch fish with his tongue..

All we know is, he’s called Ben Collins

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Wrongfully Accused Of File-Sharing? File For Harassment

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Last month it was revealed that ACS:Law, the now infamous one-man law firm that has sent out tens of thousands demands for cash settlements to make supposed copyright infringement lawsuits go away, has been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on allegations of misconduct.

This referral, achieved through the tireless work of those wrongfully accused and consumer groups such as Which? and BeingThreatened.com, was much-welcomed news. But the wheels of justice can turn very slowly. It could take months, maybe more than a year, for the authorities to do their work. This is a serious problem for those still affected by the actions of ACS:Law principal Andrew Crossley.

Make no mistake, this is not going away soon. Crossley is regularly going to court and gaining the identities of thousands more individuals he says are infringing his clients’ copyrights, yet he has no solid proof in almost any instance that this is the case. As a result of flawed evidence, huge numbers of people say they have been accused in error.

Noticing this apparent failing, a team of lawyers in the north of England have announced that they are pursuing a group action and are urging people to come forward to participate. Noting that Crossley has been referred to the SDT for “bullying and excessive conduct”, Ralli Solicitors say that letter recipients may be entitled to compensation for harassment.

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Suddenly Facebook CEO starts caring about privacy

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 8:03 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg says a lawsuit by a man who claims to own a huge chunk of the popular social networking website is seeking to uncover needless details about his private life.

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Garbage collection in Java

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 7:33 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Software


AT the first glance, what can you see in the picture above? I thought the man was on a rubbish dump, and the boat was one of the rubbish when I first saw this picture. Until I read further, only then I realize that it’s actually not a rubbish dump, but a very polluted river.

The picture above shows no sign of a river to me, to you too I suppose. The man above is actually collecting things like plastic bottles to be recycled and can probably earn a pound or two a week by doing so. People now fish for rubbish at the river, instead of fish.

If you’ve been wondering what river is that and its location, the river is called Citarum located in Indonesia .

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Tests find sickened family has 50.3 ppm of Corexit’s 2-butoxyethanol in swimming pool

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 7:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Our heads are still swimming,” stated Barbara Schebler of Homosassa, Florida, who received word last Friday that test results on the water from her family’s swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico.


BP Press Officer Daren Beaudo released a statement on August 28 that reads, “Unified Command records indicate that the last date of use of the Corexit 9527 was May 22,” almost three months before the samples were taken from the pool.

Yet, the Schebler’s report is the second time in the last 10 days that the 2-butoxyethanol marker for Corexit 9527A has been discovered near the Gulf. It has also been found near the Florida border in Cotton Bayou, AL, at about 1/4 the level as in Homosassa, FL. A WKRG segment from August 19 featured an inland water sample that tested for 13.3 ppm of the Corexit dispersant.

The question remains, how did this chemical find its way into the Schebler’s pool in such a high concentration?

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Fidel Castro takes blame for persecution of Cuban gays

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 7:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


Fidel Castro has said that he is ultimately responsible for the persecution suffered by homosexuals in Cuba after the revolution of 1959.

The former president told the Mexican newspaper La Jornada that there were moments of great injustice against the gay community.

"If someone is responsible, it’s me," he said.

In the 1960s and 70s, many homosexuals in Cuba were fired, imprisoned or sent to “re-education camps”.

Mr Castro said homosexuals had traditionally been discriminated in Cuba, just as black people and women.

But, nevertheless, he admits he didn’t pay enough attention to what was going on against the gay community.

“At the time we were being sabotaged systematically, there were armed attacks against us, we had too many problems,” said the 84-year-old Communist leader.


[Here] we have an 80+ year old guy, who has actually learned. Who at this late age, has developed. Someone, who has no incentive to develop, because he’s worshiped as a demigod. It wasn’t bitter necessity that forced his insights. His admission, nonetheless is something pretty unusual. Sure, he’s still trying to shift blame and is not abjectly on his knees, but this is quite extraordinary. He’s actually risen above his upbringing and old prejudices.

What then are we to make of politicians in the U.S., who are younger by decades, who grew up in a much more free society, who have the benefit of experience that is not being suppressed in a totalitarian system – what are we to make of those politicians who are less enlightened today, today, than an old tyrant on a small island, politicians who practice active homophobia?

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Sao Paolo

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 7:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


This is Sao Paolo, Brazil during the Holland-Brazil World Cup quarterfinal in South Africa. See if you notice something missing.

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Army Revises Training to Deal With Unfit Recruits

Posted on September 1st, 2010 at 6:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


Dawn breaks at this, the Army’s largest training post, with the reliable sound of fresh recruits marching to their morning exercise. But these days, something looks different.

That familiar standby, the situp, is gone, or almost gone. Exercises that look like pilates or yoga routines are in. And the traditional bane of the new private, the long run, has been downgraded.

This is the Army’s new physical-training program, which has been rolled out this year at its five basic training posts that handle 145,000 recruits a year. Nearly a decade in the making, its official goal is to reduce injuries and better prepare soldiers for the rigors of combat in rough terrain like Afghanistan.

But as much as anything, the program was created to help address one of the most pressing issues facing the military today: overweight and unfit recruits.

“What we were finding was that the soldiers we’re getting in today’s Army are not in as good shape as they used to be,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, who oversees basic training for the Army. “This is not just an Army issue. This is a national issue.”

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