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“If law fails, CIA will assassinate Assange”

Posted on February 28th, 2011 at 21:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

Pundit: The US government routinely assassinates people.

Anchor: Let’s move on.

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State police caught on tape during drug raid

Posted on February 28th, 2011 at 20:50 by Paul Jay in category: News


When the cops came in, Rudy’s band was practicing in his basement recording studio.

What the police didn’t know is that the microphones were hot and everything was being recorded.

“They have a recording studio? What the (expletive),” said one cop.

“I hope they’re not mixing,” said another.

But they were mixing, and two cops take turns singing on the microphone, not knowing their performance was being recorded.

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Past medical testing on humans revealed

Posted on February 28th, 2011 at 20:47 by Paul Jay in category: News


ATLANTA (AP) – Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission. The meeting was triggered by the government’s apology last fall for federal doctors infecting prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis 65 years ago.

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CNN interview about Googlization

Posted on February 28th, 2011 at 15:56 by Paul Jay in category: News

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A Higher Percentage of Americans Believed in King George During the Revolutionary War than Believe in Congress Today

Posted on February 28th, 2011 at 8:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


Influential Harvard and Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig noted in a must-watch speech last week that polls show that only 11% of the American people have confidence in Congress.

He notes that more people believed in King George at the time of the Revolutionary War than believe in congress today.

He’s right.

Historians have estimated that between 15 and 20% of the white population of the colonies were Loyalists

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  1. But then remind me how few believe in evolution?

  2. I hate to sound like I’m defending Boehner and his cronies, but have they been in power long enough to make a difference in any capacity? What does 11% represent to people who just took hold of the reigns of congress two months ago?

  3. I didn’t watch Lessig’s speech, but I don’t imagine he’s tying this to either party–he’s not so interested in partisan affairs, he wants to change campaign funding.

  4. Headline: Tea Party member tarred and feathered, run out of town on rail. Crime? Professed belief in evolution and a woman’s right to choose! More at eleven!

  5. And those loyalists’ descendants have the same right to large tracts of North Carolina and New York states as Cuban exiles have to Cuba. I think it is time for Canada to invade that failed state to the south, before things get too out of hand.

  6. Really? This number gets trotted out all the time. The truth is that 11% of people trust congress, but something like 80% of people trust *their congressperson*. So, they trust the person they elected, but not the other random people with power they didn’t get a vote on. Understandable and working as expected.

Open-Minded Man Grimly Realizes How Much Life He’s Wasted Listening To Bullshit

Posted on February 28th, 2011 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


During an unexpected moment of clarity Tuesday, open-minded man Blake Richman was suddenly struck by the grim realization that he’s squandered a significant portion of his life listening to everyone’s bullshit, the 38-year-old told reporters.

A visibly stunned and solemn Richman, who until this point regarded his willingness to hear out the opinions of others as a worthwhile quality, estimated that he’s wasted nearly three and a half years of his existence being open to people’s half-formed thoughts, asinine suggestions, and pointless, dumbfuck stories.

"Jesus Christ," said Richman, taking in the overwhelming volume of useless crap he’s actively listened to over the years. "My whole life I’ve made a concerted effort to give people a fair shake and understand different points of view because I felt that everyone had something valuable to offer, but it turns out most of what they had to offer was complete bullshit."

"Seriously," Richman added, "what have I gained from treating everyone’s opinion with respect? Nothing. Absolutely nothing."

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Two planets found sharing one orbit

Posted on February 27th, 2011 at 11:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that Earth once shared its orbit with a Mars-sized body that later crashed into it, resulting in the moon’s formation.

The two planets are part of a four-planet system dubbed KOI-730. They circle their sun-like parent star every 9.8 days at exactly the same orbital distance, one permanently about 60 degrees ahead of the other. In the night sky of one planet, the other world must appear as a constant, blazing light, never fading or brightening.

Gravitational "sweet spots" make this possible. When one body (such as a planet) orbits a much more massive body (a star), there are two Lagrange points along the planet’s orbit where a third body can orbit stably. These lie 60 degrees ahead of and 60 degrees behind the smaller object. For example, groups of asteroids called Trojans lie at these points along Jupiter’s orbit.

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Posted on February 27th, 2011 at 9:31 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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CNN Sign Bomb

Posted on February 26th, 2011 at 21:13 by Paul Jay in category: News

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“They Were Purposefully Trying to Deceive Everyone”

Posted on February 26th, 2011 at 14:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


"The data we had was abdominable," says Leifer, describing footage that they were supposed to use to estimate the flow rate as "worse than the quality you typically see on YouTube." Rather than giving them the original footage of the spill site to evaluate, it appeared as if BP had taken a video of a computer monitor showing the actually footage and given them the blurry, jerky copy. "They were purposefully trying to deceive everyone," says Leifer.

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Predator: The Musical

Posted on February 26th, 2011 at 11:59 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.

Posted on February 26th, 2011 at 11:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


What’s happening in Wisconsin is, instead, a power grab — an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy. And the power grab goes beyond union-busting. The bill in question is 144 pages long, and there are some extraordinary things hidden deep inside.

For example, the bill includes language that would allow officials appointed by the governor to make sweeping cuts in health coverage for low-income families without having to go through the normal legislative process.

And then there’s this: “Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the department may sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).”

What’s that about? The state of Wisconsin owns a number of plants supplying heating, cooling, and electricity to state-run facilities (like the University of Wisconsin). The language in the budget bill would, in effect, let the governor privatize any or all of these facilities at whim. Not only that, he could sell them, without taking bids, to anyone he chooses. And note that any such sale would, by definition, be “considered to be in the public interest.”

If this sounds to you like a perfect setup for cronyism and profiteering — remember those missing billions in Iraq? — you’re not alone.

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Bush cancels Denver trip in dispute with Wikileaks founder

Posted on February 26th, 2011 at 0:40 by Paul Jay in category: News


Former President George W. Bush has canceled his planned Saturday visit to Denver after learning that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would be speaking at the same conference he was to attend.

“Six months ago, President Bush accepted an invitation to speak to the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on February 26, 2011. This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his appearance,” said Bush spokesman David Sherzer.

“The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.”

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  1. “has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.”

    This being so obvious, but I’ll say it anyway.

    Based on all the available evidence thus far, I don’t blame Julian Assange one iota for not wanting to be anywhere near this man.

  2. Ah I thought the obvious comment would be that Bush’ Iran War, his torturing, and his tax cuts have done far greater harm than Wikileaks have.

  3. @Desiato

    That’s what I said. (possibly becoming too subtle these days.LOL)

  4. Groucho Marx said “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”, and now Bush is saying he wouldn’t want to share a forum with himself.


Posted on February 26th, 2011 at 0:26 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon

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“At the end of the day, our mission is trying to influence the policy debate.”

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 17:52 by Paul Jay in category: News


The American Petroleum Institute, the largest oil and gas industry trade group, will start backing political candidates this year as the U.S. considers repealing $46 billion in subsidies and imposing pollution rules.

The group, whose members include Exxon Mobil Corp. andChevron Corp., would make donations separately from industry executives and employees, who gave $27.6 million mostly to Republican candidates for Congress last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington. API has paid for advertising on policy issues and to lobby on legislation.

“This is adding one more tool to our toolkit,” said Martin Durbin, API’s executive vice president for government affairs, in an interview. “At the end of the day, our mission is trying to influence the policy debate.”

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PayPal Statement on Courage to Resist Situation

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 15:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


While it is generally not our policy to comment publicly on account dealings, we are sharing the following statement to clarify information regarding the Courage To Resist organization’s PayPal account and their claim that this is somehow associated with their support of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. Let me be clear, this decision had nothing to do with WikiLeaks.

Translation: it had everything to do with WikiLeaks, but we hated the publicity.

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Something to think about

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 12:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

Every story referencing “Gaddafi Shot” is about today’s oil trading.

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Justice drops defense of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 12:18 by Paul Jay in category: News


The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials – including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and aide Paul Wolfowitz – in a lawsuit by Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla, who spent years behind bars without charges in conditions his lawyers compare to torture.

Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour. Miller said “conflicts concerns” prompted the decision. He did not elaborate.

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Baltimore Red-Light Camera Tickets Verified by Dead Police Officer

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 12:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


Apparently, some 2,000 Baltimore red light camera traffic citations which require a police officer to swear that he or she has reviewed the photos as indeed showing a traffic violation had a slight problem. It seems that all the verification signatures on the citations issued were from a police officer who had died in a car accident last year.

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  1. I live there. I’m not surprised

Huge Rally in Benghazi, Libya

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 11:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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You should see the single-player version!

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 11:37 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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  1. This video contains content from Ubisoft, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.

First public protests against the Kims’ regime

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 11:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


The wave of protests that began in the Mideast appears to have reached even North Korea. For the first time in the history of the Stalinist regime, groups of ordinary citizens have protested in three cities demanding food and electricity, sources say. The event is exceptional and confirms the economic difficulties, especially concerning food supplies, people have to face under the Communist government.


“When such an incident took place in the past, people used to report their neighbours to the security forces, but now they’re covering for each other,” the source said.

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Tom Friedman’s Volcano Wakeup Call

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 8:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


A very clever friend sends over today’s Tom Friedman column edited down to nothing but mixed metaphors and cliches:

A wake-up call’s mother is unfolding.  At the other end is a bell, which is telling us we have built a house at the foot of a volcano. The volcano is spewing lava, which says move your house. The road will be long and rocky, but it will trigger a shift before it kicks. We can capture some of it. IF the Middle East was a collection of gas stations, Saudi Arabia would be a station. Iran, Kuwait , Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates would all be stations. Guys, here’s the deal. Don’t hassle the Jews. You are insulated from history. History is back. Fasten your seat belts. Don’t expect a joy ride because the lid is blowing off. The west turned a blind eye, but the report was prophetic, with key evidence. Societies are frozen in time. No one should have any illusions. Root for the return to history, but not in the middle.

My friend could have published this himself, but he was between a rock and a hard place with no easy answers.

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Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 8:26 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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March 2

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 8:16 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

So Apple announces “an event” on March 2nd, but a brand new laptop line, a brand new connection technology (Thunderbolt), and first beta releases of OS X Lion all aren’t important enough to be demoed on stage.

Hmmm…. they must think the iPad 2 is a really big thing, then.

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  1. Or maybe they just don’t think the Mac is that important after all.

  2. PS Gruber is copy-catting all yr posts! 😉

The basic problem for all iPad competitors

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 8:11 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google


That said, will I recommend my dad get one? No. Not this year. Why? No apps that have been specifically designed for the 10-inch tablet, which in my experience does demand new apps. Yes, Android phone apps “stretch” to bigger sizes a lot better than iPhone apps did when stretched up, but sorry we haven’t seen great apps like the History of Jazz, Aweditorium, NPR, BBC, Flipboard, Heritage, etc, like what you see on iPad.

The apps are ALL that matters for the market and Android does NOT have them yet.

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  1. An interesting quote from an otherwise very enthousiastic piece about the Xoom, so I dare say lifting this bit out is very misleading. And I haven’t yet figured out which of the ‘apps’ mentioned is one I – or anyone else for that matter – really need.

Xoom Irony

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 8:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

Xoom Irony - part I

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  1. At least you CAN install it…

  2. Even on a desktop.
    A complex flash website:

    Waiting more than 5 seconds…
    No , i’m not gonna wait. You just lost a client..

  3. What if you want to play some casual game on Kongregate, or browse some of those fancy interactive infographics?

  4. You’re better off waiting a few seconds for it to appear on the device you own, than to wait a few years for it to appear on the device you will want to own, because the one you already have doesn’t support it.

TSA officer pleads to $30k theft — with boss’s OK

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 8:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


A former Transportation Security Administration screener at Newark Liberty International Airport admitted to stealing up to $30,000 in cash from travelers, federal prosecutors said.

Al Raimi, 29, of Woodridge, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of theft by a government officer. Raimi worked as a lead officer at a security checkpoint at the airport. Between October 2009 until Sept. 8 2010, Raimi said he stole the cash from airline passengers. Raimi then "kicked up" some of that money to his immediate supervisor, Michael Arato. "In exchange, Arato allowed Raimi to continue stealing," said Asst. U.S. Attorney Erick Kanefsky in a statement.

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Posted on February 24th, 2011 at 19:33 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Report: Army targeted senators with psyops

Posted on February 24th, 2011 at 16:50 by Paul Jay in category: News


The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized “psychological operations” team to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.

The operation was ordered by three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.

An officer in charge of the unit objected when he was ordered to pressure the visiting senators and was harshly reprimanded by superiors, according to the magazine.

“My job in psyops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” the officer, Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, told Rolling Stone.

“I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line,” he added.

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  1. I’m really curious if McCain is still with-it enough to get upset over this.

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