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One of these days…

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 20:20 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

… they’re going to recognize Amazon reviews as a new art form


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  1. Brilliant!

Testing the TSA with Titanium Man

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 17:05 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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Simply put: I carry enough titanium in with me to set off most metal detectors, unless their settings are on low. Therein lies the truth that I see every time I fly: The security system in the aviation world was, is, and will always be a sham to a certain extent. There are way too many holes to call it secure.


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NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 16:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe

That should give them enough time to fly some of the Greys over from Area 51.


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  1. Hopefully NASA’s press conference will be less of a letdown than Apple holding a press conference to tell us the Beatles are available on iTunes. Sheesh! Maybe NASA is going to tell us they’ve discovered extra-terrestrial Beatles!

Cartoons

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 16:45 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon


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BP commissions film on BP oil disaster

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 11:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It’s not exactly a disaster film on the Michael Bay scale, but BP is in the process of assembling a feature-length chronicle of the environmental catastrophe that will be all but synonymous with the oil giant’s brand for many years to come: the great Gulf oil spill of 2010.

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports today that BP will provide funding for the project. However, in Stelter’s words, the oil giant insists that the film "is not intended to scrub its reputation clean."

And in other news, they have a bridge for sale…


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WikiLeaks

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 11:19 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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In a rare, two-hour interview conducted in London on November 11, Assange said that he’s still sitting on a trove of secret documents, about half of which relate to the private sector. And WikiLeaks’ next target will be a major American bank. “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” he said, adding: “For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails.”

Wait, what? Some big banks are crooks?

Why didn’t anybody tell me this before?


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  1. There is a difference between an open secret, and actual evidence.

    Everybody knew that Microsoft wanted to crush Linux with unfair methods. But it needed the leaking of the “Halloween memos” in 1998 to make to clear to everybody how incredibly evil and malicious Microsoft really is.

    I’m quite looking forward towards these documents on Wikileaks. This might get very interesting. In the best case, it will ruin the reputation of the big banks utterly and completely.

  2. I hope so too that it will ruin the reputation of the banks! Only I’m afraid it will be swept under the rug like all the other stuff….

    We’ll just have to wait and see…

  3. Microsoft isn’t evil. Saying such things implies mass murders and tortures are no different from savvy businessmen.

    All major corporations operate in terms of wanting to crush any competition that infringes on possible profits. That is called “business”.

    However, that does not exempt businesses from obeying laws put in place to try and insure fair competition. The fact American corporations routinely break laws for the sake of greed is certainly criminal. If they could truly blow the lid off private banking and expose the fat rats for the crooks they are, no one would like it more than I.

Obama proposes freeze in federal worker pay

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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President Barack Obama proposed a two-year freeze on Monday on the pay of federal workers and vowed to work with Republicans to cut the ballooning U.S. budget deficit.

The pay freeze is part of an effort by Obama to push back against Republicans, who have labeled the president and his Democrats big spenders while taking aim at his policies such as an $814 billion stimulus package and healthcare reform.

The White House estimates the worker pay freeze would save about $2 billion in the current 2011 fiscal year and $28 billion over five years. It would require congressional approval.

I plan on holding a press conference to announce that I am reducing our household debt by switching my toothpaste from Crest to Ultra-Brite. Future generations will appreciate the sacrifice we’ve made today.


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  1. Now now Jon.

    2 Billion dollars is a LOT of money and will make a BIG hole in the projected 2011 Budget (see wikipedia 2011_United_States_federal_budget)Deficit of 1.3 Trillion dollars.

    Oh wait…

  2. I heard a government worker say that the pay freeze is only on cost of living raises. Any other raises are still going through, not to mention bonuses. I doubt that the general public will know this.

  3. Better yet, tie the unemployment rate to a decrease in ALL government payrolls.

    If the unemployment rate is 10%, then government wages would decrease by 10% in 2011.

    This policy would include Senators, Congressmen, Presidents and their staff.

  4. With 44% of those in Congress being millionaires, I don’t think a 10% paycut on their $174,000 salary is going to motivate them to act differently.

Deconstructing ‘Gimme Shelter’: Listen to the isolated tracks of the Rolling Stones in the studio

Posted on November 30th, 2010 at 11:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Holy shit is this revelatory. Wonderfully demonstrates how the Rolling Stones sound is more than just the sum of its parts, with the component tracks of one of their key songs, “Gimme Shelter,” from 1969’s Let it Bleed album.


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Rio’s drug war – The Big Picture

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 22:47 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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A small war took place last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between Brazilian forces and hundreds of drug traffickers holed up in the shantytown complex dubbed Complexo do Alemão. After recent efforts by officials to pacify Rio’s drug and gang-related violence ahead of the upcoming the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics Games, drug gangs struck out last week – attacking police stations and staging mass robberies. After days of preparation, Brazilian security forces launched a raid in the Complexo do Alemão, where between 500 and 600 drug traffickers were holed up. At least 42 people were killed in the violence last week, with security forces taking control of many neighborhoods. A relatively low number of arrests were made, and authorities warn of further conflict as continue to flush out more suspects in Rio’s maze of favelas. (40 photos total)


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Alleged drug dealers, one holding a weapon, ride a motorcycle through an intersection in the Morro de Alemão shantytown, on November 27, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images) #


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BP among companies Obama excluded from US environmental oversight

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 17:29 by Paul Jay in category: News

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A number of the nation’s biggest polluters received exemptions from basic environmental oversight for federally funded stimulus projects, according to a published report.

While the stimulus bill was being debated in Congress in 2009, numerous companies lobbied for environmental exemptions, but their efforts were ultimately rebuffed by environmental advocates.

But while companies may have failed to pressure Congress into issuing legislative exemptions from environmental oversight, federal agencies granted exemptions to 96 percent of stimulus projects so far, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity

The energy companies BP, Westar Energy and Duke Energy, chemical manufacturer DuPont, and ethanol maker Didion Milling were among the companies to receive “categorical exclusions” from the National Environmental Policy Act.


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Wikileaks removed from ACMA blacklist

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 12:35 by Paul Jay in category: News

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No parts of whistleblower website Wikileaks are now on the Australian blacklist of banned websites, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

In March 2009 the ACMA revealed that a number of pages on Wikileaks were put on the blacklist of banned websites because the pages linked to websites on Denmark’s blacklist.

However, the ACMA today revealed that Wikileaks was no longer on its blacklist of websites.

“Currently, the ACMA list of prohibited URLs that is notified to accredited filter providers does not contain any URLs within the Wikileaks website,” the ACMA told ZDNet Australia in a statement. “Since April 2010, the ACMA has investigated two complaints about specific pages of content on the Wikileaks website, which both resolved to content found to be not prohibited.”


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Bluefin tuna gets scant relief at fisheries meet

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 11:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Fishing nations opted Saturday to leave catch limits for eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna virtually unchanged despite concerns that the species is perilously close to collapse.

Annual quotas for the sushi mainstay will be trimmed from 13,500 tonnes this year to 12,900 tonnes in 2011, the 48-member International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) decided at the close of a 10-day meeting in Paris.

Some nations here favoured a much lower cap, or even a suspension of fishing, to ensure bluefin’s long-term viability.

But industry representatives and the governments that back them insisted the new catch limits were sufficient.

"They will make it possible to reach maximum sustainable yield by 2022, which represents a balance between respecting natural resources and preserving the social-economic fabric," said Bruno Le Maire, France’s agriculture and fisheries minister in a statement.

ICCAT scientists calculate that the new catch levels will put eastern Atlantic bluefin on track for a 70 percent chance of reaching sustainability by that date.

The same scientists, however, caution that the data upon which these estimates are based is spotty at best, while conservationists counter that a 30 percent risk of failure is too high.


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Tell me you didn’t see this one coming

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 11:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Republican Congressman from New York has invented a new definition for the word "terrorism" that doesn’t require guns, bombs, vast underground networks of sleeper cells, a criminal conspiracy or even violence.

All that’s needed to be a terrorist, according to Rep. Peter King, is a website and some inconvenient information.

That’s why King sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday, demanding that whistleblower website WikiLeaks be deemed a "foreign terrorist organization" and it’s founder declared a terror ringleader.


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  1. A sign of how far America is fallen is that to be declared a terrorist, you need a website and some ACCURATE inconvenient information.

    Lies and slander (ala Beck & Limbaugh) on the other hand…

It’s an entirely different kind of dying, altogether.

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 7:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Leslie Nielsen, a serious actor who became a comic star with his career-changing roles in "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" comedies, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.


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How Germany got it right on the economy

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 7:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Germany’s economy is the strongest in the world. Its trade balance – the value of its exports over its imports – is second only to China’s, which is all the more remarkable since Germany is home to just 82 million people. Its 7.5 percent unemployment rate – two percentage points below ours – is lower than at any time since right after reunification. Growth is robust, and real wages are rising.

It’s quite a turnabout for an economy that American and British bankers and economists derided for years as the sick man of Europe. German banks, they insisted, were too cautious and locally focused, while the German economy needed to slim down its manufacturing sector and beef up finance.

Wisely, the Germans declined the advice. Manufacturing still accounts for nearly a quarter of the German economy; it is just 11 percent of the British and U.S. economies (one reason the United States and Britain are struggling to boost their exports). Nor have German firms been slashing wages and off-shoring – the American way of keeping competitive – to maintain profits.


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Cartoons

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 7:15 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon


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Oops

Posted on November 29th, 2010 at 7:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled ‘Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists’ in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused.


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X-Ray Pin-up Calendar

Posted on November 28th, 2010 at 22:27 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Medical imaging firm EIZO wanted to come up with a catchy giveaway that highlighted their expertise in “high-precision displays for the examination and diagnosis of radiographs.” The result, dreamt up by German ad firm BUTTER: A pin-up calendar in which women, truly, truly bare all. As the promotion concept puts it, “Very popular among craftsmen but quite new for medics: Pin-up calendars. At last, one which shows absolutely every detail.”


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State’s Secrets

Posted on November 28th, 2010 at 21:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

WikiLeaks has released 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables. Browse the database at the Guardian. Comprehensive coverage is also available at the New York Times, Der Spiegel, and El Pais.


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  1. De Volkskrant reports that the cables confirm that US military have kept nuclear weapons in the Netherlands.

World Economy Collapse explained in 3 minutes

Posted on November 28th, 2010 at 21:05 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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US rejects talks with WikiLeaks

Posted on November 28th, 2010 at 15:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The United States rejected talks with WikiLeaks over its planned release of confidential US documents late on Saturday, saying the whistle-blower website was holding them in violation of US law.

The US State Department set out its position in a letter to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his lawyer that was released to the media.

"We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained US government classified materials," State Department legal adviser Harold Koh wrote.

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"As you know, if any of the materials you intend to publish were provided by any government officials, or any intermediary without proper authorisation, they were provided in violation of US law and without regard for the grave consequences of this action," Koh continued.

"As long as WikiLeaks holds such material, the violation of the law is ongoing."

So we’re going to find out where US jurisdiction really ends…


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  1. That sounds like they’re about to label WikiLeaks as a terrorist organisation–formally.

  2. There’s already a dDOS going on

djay for iPad

Posted on November 28th, 2010 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Inverted Pendulum

Posted on November 28th, 2010 at 9:33 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

Inverted Pendulum from Tensor on Vimeo.


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BP Ignored Safety Modeling Software To Save Time

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 20:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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BP ignored the advice of safety modeling software in an attempt to save time before the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a presentation slide (PDF) prepared by US investigators. The slide in question briefly appeared on the Oil Spill Commission’s website in error, but was quickly retracted. Advanced cement modeling software, provided by BP’s cement contractor Halliburton, had highlighted serious stability concerns with the well

So, eleven counts of negligent homicide, and still nobody is in jail, and no company is being dismantled.


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Crows vs. Cat vs. Cat Fight

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 20:25 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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  1. Fantastic sound track!
    BTW can you send me a good email address for you? I want to send you a link, but j***@sinteur dot com isn’t working well…..

  2. I think it’s from one of the predator movies. Check your mailbox..

Body Scanners Coming to Trains, Subways and Boats, Homeland Security Chief Says

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 20:22 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Brace yourselves, commuters — body scanners may be coming to trains, subways and boats, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.” She said as aviation security tightens, “we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime.”


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  1. Be afraid , be very afraid. Or else the terrorists win…

  2. Kiss your democracy goodbye! Anyone that doesn’t see the real point in all of this?

Winning the Class War

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 17:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A stark example of the potential for real conflict is being played out in New York City, where the multibillionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has selected a glittering example of the American aristocracy to be the city’s schools chancellor. Cathleen Black, chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, has a reputation as a crackerjack corporate executive but absolutely no background in education.

Ms. Black travels in the rarefied environs of the very rich. Her own children went to private boarding schools. She owns a penthouse on Park Avenue and a $4 million home in Southampton. She was able to loan a $47,600 Bulgari bracelet to a museum for an exhibit showing off the baubles of the city’s most successful women.

Ms. Black will be peering across an almost unbridgeable gap between her and the largely poor and working-class parents and students she will be expected to serve. Worse, Mr. Bloomberg, heralding Ms. Black as a “superstar manager,” has made it clear that because of budget shortfalls she will be focused on managing cutbacks to the school system.

So here we have the billionaire and the millionaire telling the poor and the struggling — the little people — that they will just have to make do with less. You can almost feel the bitterness rising.


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‘First Family of Black Friday’ finally makes it inside

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 12:18 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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After a week of waiting in line, rotating shifts and Thanksgiving Day in a Best Buy parking lot, the ‘First Family of Black Friday’ finally reached the inside of the store.

Tina Thain and Lorie Davenport were the first in line outside the Best Buy near Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg. Lined up on November 17, Thain and Davenport, were determined to be the first to get their hands on items.

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The Davenports purchased a Nook (electronic reader), a wireless router, gift cards, DVDs and a label maker.

She said they accomplished their goals and had a great experience during the week.

That label maker made the whole thing worth it, I’m sure.


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  1. I saw that same look on a sow at feeding time when I visited visited a farm recently

Life imitates art…

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 11:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Iceland Is No Ireland as State Free of Bank Debt, Grimsson Says

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 11:33 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Iceland’s President Olafur R. Grimsson said his country is better off than Ireland thanks to the government’s decision to allow the banks to fail two years ago and because the krona could be devalued.

“The difference is that in Iceland we allowed the banks to fail,” Grimsson said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Mark Barton today. “These were private banks and we didn’t pump money into them in order to keep them going; the state did not shoulder the responsibility of the failed private banks.”

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As a consequence, “Iceland is faring much better than anybody expected,” Grimsson said. The Icelandic state’s liability on foreign depositor claims stemming from Icesave accounts at failed Landsbanki Islands hf should be put to a national referendum, he said.


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  1. Sure.

    What we have observed in the last years wasn’t capitalism. Real capitalism would include taking responsibility for bad business decisions.

    We don’t live in capitalism, we live in a system of neo-feudalism. We are governed by an extremely thin class of pseudo-nobles, who feel that they are ‘entitled’ to huge profits, but the losses should be left for the public.

    It’s again the ancient attempt to separate risk and chance. Nobody ever succeeded in trying that, in the long term. Never, and nobody ever will.


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