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Tea Party

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 18:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. “The Federal Reserve bank buys government bonds without one penny…”
    — Congressman Wright Patman, Congressional Record, Sept 30, 1941

    ”From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.”
    — Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. , 1913

  2. Good thing she won’t need any roads or sewers or policemen or firemen.

Windows Phone 7: The Ars Review

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 16:45 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

Long, but excellent review.

Nice piece of work by Microsoft, I’d say.


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  1. Nice piece of Ars…review

  2. You think the review is bogus? 🙂

Leaked Letter Exposes Sarkozy’s Repressive Anti-Piracy Agenda

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 16:21 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Next week France will host a European conference on online freedom of expression. The conference is a French-Dutch initiative to draft a code of conduct against Internet censorship. However, a leaked memo makes clear that French President Sarkozy is urging his Minister of Foreign Affairs to turn it into a promotional campaign for the Hadopi anti-piracy legislation instead.

Bits of Freedom has written a letter to the Dutch foreign minister, stating that hadopi os in flagrant breach of Internet freedom, in particular the fundamental right to freedom of communication and the fundamental right to privacy. Which is precisely why the previous government has repeatedly spoken out against the introduction of such a “three strikes” law in the Netherlands.


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The George W. Bush Presidential Library Will Be Awesome

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 15:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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My guess:

Crayons, three (3) slightly chewed (burnt sienna, blue, white)

Pretzel, one (1), slightly chewed

Flight Suit, naval, one (1), worn once

Flight Suit, Air Guard, one (1), never worn

book, My Pet Goat, one (1), dog-eared

Segway, one (1), damaged

shoe, one (1), scuffed


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  1. Chainsaw, one (1), worn drive sprocket.
    Gasoline can, one (1), red plastic, 5 gal. with spout.
    Barbeque lighter, one(1), disposable, butane fueled.

    (Slashing and burning the US economy, for the use of).

Top Corporations Aid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Campaign

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 15:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The chamber has had little trouble finding American companies eager to enlist it, anonymously, to fight their political battles and pay handsomely for its help. …

Proponents of that measure pointed to reports that health insurance providers funneled at least $10 million to the chamber last year, all of it anonymously, to oppose President Obama’s health care legislation.

The chamber’s increasingly aggressive role — including record spending in the midterm elections that supports Republicans more than 90 percent of the time — has made it a target of critics, including a few local chamber affiliates who fear it has become too partisan and hard-nosed in its fund-raising. ….“When you become a mouthpiece for a specific agenda item for one business or group of businesses, you better be damn careful you are not being manipulated,” said James C. Tyree, a former chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, who has backed Republicans and Democrats, including Mr. Obama. “And they are getting close to that, if not over that edge.”

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In January, the chamber’s president, Thomas J. Donohue, a former trucking lobbyist, announced that his group intended “to carry out the largest, most aggressive voter education and issue advocacy effort in our nearly 100-year history.” …But a review of the nearly 70 chamber-produced ads found that 93 percent of those that have run nationwide that focus on the midterm elections either support Republican candidates or criticize their opponents.

Government by the Corporations, for the Corporations…


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Gordon Pinsent reads Bieber

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 14:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Really, you’re posting Bieber stuff? I’d almost think I’m missing something.

    Nahhh.

Video Shows ‘Stealth’ Nuclear Submarine Stuck in Scottish Mud

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 14:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For all the talk about which high-tech weapons systems the British military might have to do without as the country slashes budgets to reduce its debt, officers in the country’s Royal Navy must be glad they still have tugboats and ropes at their disposal, since those were what they were using Friday to try to dislodge a nuclear submarine that ran aground just yards off the coast of Scotland.


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The danger of Grameenism

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 7:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For years, the example of microcredit in Bangladesh has been touted as a model of how the rural poor can lift themselves out of poverty. This widely held perception was boosted in 2006, when Mohammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, the microfinance institution he set up, jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize. In South Asia in particular, and the world in general, microcredit has become a gospel of sorts, with Yunus as its prophet.

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But what is the current situation in Jobra? Says Bateman, ‘It’s still trapped in deep poverty, and now debt. And what is the response from Grameen Bank? All research in the village is now banned!’ As for Begum, says Bateman, ‘she actually died in abject poverty in 1998 after all her many tiny income-generating projects came to nothing.’ The reason, Bateman argues, is simple: ‘It turns out that as more and more ‘poverty-push’ micro-enterprises were crowded into the same local economic space, the returns on each micro-enterprise began to fall dramatically. Starting a new trading business or a basket-making operation or driving a rickshaw required few skills and only a tiny amount of capital, but such a project generated very little income indeed because everyone else was pretty much already doing exactly the same things in order to survive.’




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  1. OK, so there are diminishing returns and not every village has been a success. What’s the “danger” mentioned in the title?

Ron Paul Was Right

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Robert Pape, a University of Chicago political science professor and former Air Force lecturer, will present findings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that argue that the majority of suicide terrorism around the world since 1980 has had a common cause: military occupation.


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Too Pig to Jail?

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 7:17 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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"The banks have dragged their feet and taken forever to do loan modifications, yet within less than two weeks they have managed to review hundreds of thousands of foreclosure cases," he said. "It is simply not credible."


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  1. The same behaviour as another evil organization, the Catholic Church.

    When a convicted molesting priest demanded his dismissal from his duties, the Vatican needed years to even answer. And the answer was “We need more time to review this case”.

    When a Bishop ordained married men, he was excommunicated within days.

    When something is against their interests, they can get very efficient very fast. When something bothers them, they misuse their size and anonymity to delay as long as possible.

From the “you have to be fucking kidding me” department

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 7:04 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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There is no evidence the Deep Water Horizon oil spill killed any fish, according to federal and state officials overseeing the oil cleanup, while captured commercial fish passed testing by multiple government agencies.


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  1. I’m sure toxic dispersants would not have had any affect either.

  2. Oil in the sea is so much cooler than just water…Fish love oil!!

“Alma” by Rodrigo Blaas

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 6:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Animator Rodrigo Blaas is in negotiations to make his feature directorial debut for DreamWorks Animation, which is working with Guillermo del Toro to adapt Blaas’ award-winning short Alma into a full-length movie.


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Metaphor

Posted on October 22nd, 2010 at 6:26 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


 
wait – so you can’t get to heaven if you have any possessions, and selling or giving them away dooms somebody else to eternal hell? Let me guess – that’s where the Church steps in and says “give it to us instead”, right?


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