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A flood of toxic sludge – The Big Picture

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 21:57 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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On Monday, October 4th, a large reservoir filled with toxic red sludge in western Hungary ruptured, releasing approximately 700,000 cubic meters 185 million gallons of stinking caustic mud, which killed many animals, at least four people, and injured over 120 – many with chemical burns. The 12-foot-high flood of sludge inundated several towns, sweeping cars off the road as it flowed into the nearby Marcal River. Emergency workers rushed to pour 1,000 tons of plaster into the Marcal River in an attempt to bind the sludge and keep it from flowing on to the Danube some 45 miles away. The red sludge in the reservoir is a byproduct of refining bauxite into alumina, which took place at an alumina plant run by the Hungarian Alumina Production and Trading Company. A criminal probe has just been opened by Hungarian authorities. 30 photos total


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An aerial photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 shows the ruptured wall of a red sludge reservoir of the Ajkai Timfoldgyar plant in Kolontar, 160 km (100 mi) southwest of Budapest, Hungary. Note the excavators at bottom to give a sense of scale. (AP Photos/MTI, Gyoergy Varga) #


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  1. It is a pretty nasty thing, and so far noone knows what happened and how.
    The area will be closed down, the Prime Minister wants to fence it off and turn it into a memento of something (don’t ask, not sure what) and probably they will have to change the soil in the whole area affected – around 200 square kilometers.

Sony Reveals Google TV Remote Controller, Not A Joke

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 17:43 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, What were they thinking?

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Today, ABC Nightline gave us a peek at Sony’s Google TV and in the midst also the remote controller. Now before we move on here we just like to advise readers that this isn’t a joke. What you’re looking at above is in fact the actual remote control you will need to use to operate Sony’s Google TV (unless of course you opt to control the unit with your Android phone instead).


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  1. I think I had one of those radios in the 70’s

  2. Wait, I get it, Google TV is a huge label printer.

  3. Beats the hell out of writing a search using the arrow keys on a remote…

  4. Umm yeah…

    “need” is sort of a misleading term here. You NEED a keyboard if you want to type WORDS. If you don’t need to type words you don’t need a keyboard. I’m not sure how you are expected to search for videos on YouTube on an Apple TV without a keyboard. If it is using voice activated controls like the iPhone has, I think I’d prefer the bulky remote.

    But then, I don’t watch tv.

Cartoons

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 16:23 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Calif. anti-climate campaign got virtually all its money from three oil companies

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 14:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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With major contributions from the oil industry, supporters of a ballot initiative to suspend California’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions law reported a fundraising tally Tuesday of more than $5.2 million in the past three months.

The numbers disclosed by the Yes on 23 campaign revealed the continued backing of three out-of-state oil companies — Valero Corp. and Tesoro Corp. of Texas, and Flint Hills Resources, a Wichita, Kan.-based company owned by Koch Industries.

The companies contributed a combined $5 million during the period ending Sept. 30.

In all, the campaign has raised $8.3 million during the first nine months of the year and has $3.1 million remaining cash on hand.


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Rubber hose cryptanalysis

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 14:13 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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A teenager has been jailed for 16 weeks after he refused to give police the password to his computer.


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Shouldn’t taxpayers get a receipt?

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 13:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Corn syrup, milk chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, coconut, almond, soy lecithin … any consumer can read these ingredients and their nutritional value on every package of a 75-cent Almond Joy. What is provided to a taxpayer with a $5,400 tax bill? Nothing. For many Americans, the amount they pay in taxes is larger than any purchase they make during the year, but studies show they know almost nothing about where that money goes to.

This contributes to ridiculous beliefs, like the view that 20% of government spending goes to foreign aid, for example. An electorate unschooled in basic budget facts is a major obstacle to controlling the nation’s deficit, not to mention addressing a host of economic and social problems. We suggest that everyone who files a tax return receive a “taxpayer receipt.” This receipt would tell them to the penny what their taxes paid for based on the amount they paid in federal income taxes and FICA.


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  1. Funny, FICA means “cunt” or “vagina” in italian…

  2. What a stellar idea!

Surprise, Surprise: MPAA In Favor Of Current ACTA Text Before Anyone’s Supposed To Have Seen It

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 7:20 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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As we’ve been discussing, the last round of ACTA negotiations all but finalized the document, and now word is spreading that the full text will be released before the end of the week (I’ve been hearing Wednesday). There are still a few points where the negotiating parties disagree (and there’s even disagreement about how "big" the disagreement is). However, for the most part, the document is close to finalized.

That said, Jamie Love points out that the MPAA has already released a statement endorsing the outcome of the latest round of negotiations (pdf). Now this raises a bunch of important questions. Considering that the document is still secret, either the USTR has already provided the MPAA with a copy of the document before letting everyone else know — or the MPAA is simply assuming what ACTA says. Neither possibility says much good about either the USTR or the MPAA, but neither is all that surprising either.


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Jon Stewart: The Most Trusted Name In Fake News

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 7:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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But even though The Daily Show often comes up with facts and stories missed by other news sources, Stewart says, it would be wrong to describe what he does as "journalism."

"We don’t do anything but make the connections," he says. "We’re just going off our own instinct of, ‘What are the connections to this that make sense?’ And this really is true: We don’t fact-check [and] look at context because of any journalistic criteria that has to be met; we do that because jokes don’t work when they’re lies. We fact-check so when we tell a joke, it hits you at sort of a gut level — not because we have a journalistic integrity, [but because] hopefully we have a comedic integrity that we don’t want to violate."

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“The last thing that I would suggest is that her witchcraft or masturbation stance should be what we should be thinking about or focusing on, and I think that’s an enormous mistake that the Democrats will make. We like to sit around the office and we have a little game called ‘How will the Democrats blow it?’ And that’s the way they’ll do it. They’ll think somehow that that will resonate with voters, that 20 years ago Christine O’Donnell on MTV said ‘Masturbation is a sin.’ And they’ll play it, and they’ll ridicule it, and the voters will be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have a job.’ That’s how they’ll blow it.”


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Pot raid at school turns up tomatoes

Posted on October 6th, 2010 at 7:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Police last month raided an Española-area school looking for marijuana growing in a greenhouse, but all they found there were tomatoes.

Patricia Pantano, education director of the Camino de Paz Montessori School and Farm in Cuarteles, between Española and Chimayó on N.M. 76, said the raid occurred Sept. 21 during the lunch hour.

"We were all as a group eating outside as we usually do, and this unmarked drab-green helicopter kept flying over and dropping lower," she said. "Of course, the kids got all excited. They were telling me that they could see gun barrels outside the helicopter. I was telling them they were exaggerating."

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“We’re sitting here as a teaching staff, always short on money, and we’re thinking, ‘Gosh, all the money it takes to fly that helicopter and hire all those people, it would be great to have this for education.’ ”

I’m sure there will be a politician nearby to claim “If we dumped public school budgets in favor of increased counternarcotics activity, the police would be able to balance the state budget through increased asset seizures. Then maybe we could afford education.”


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  1. If it was legalized then the funds could be freed up for hopefully better uses. As it stands, the entire war on drugs is a huge waste of financial and human resources. The devastation in Ciudad Juarez alone out weighs the social costs of drug use. Wake the fuck America

  2. Correction: Wake the fuck up America!