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Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 21:59 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon, News

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Mike Huckabee Says He Wants Americans To Be Indoctrinated At Gunpoint

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 20:59 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012, Pastafarian News


Did Mike Huckabee just flush his presidential aspirations down the proverbial toilet? Well, if American mainstream media has an ounce of journalistic gumption remaining the answer most certainly would be “yes”. Huckabee has just been caught on video, at a Christian supremacist conference, stating that Americans should be forcibly indoctrinated at gunpoint. The organization which hosted the “Rediscover God In America” conference, United in Purpose, has edited Huckabee’s comment from footage of his speech, but not before People For The American Way’s Kyle Mantyla captured the unedited footage, in which Mike Huckabee states, “I almost wish that there would be, like, a simultaneous telecast, and all Americans would be forced–forced at gunpoint no less–to listen to every David Barton message, and I think our country would be better for it.”

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  1. It’d be interesting (to me) if you started tagging posts about the 2012 candidates with their names so I can later more easily dig up the things I’ll vaguely remember reading about them.

  2. i second that…or at least a 2012 tag if tagging each candidate is too cluttered

  3. Web 2.0 crowdsourced tagging, baby.

  4. I’ve added an Indecision 2012 category for now..

  5. Sounded more like a joke, a stupid ill informed not funny joke, but still I think you are over reacting, watch from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1O1dvN8lag#t=0m46s rather.

    But even if he was serious, it still wouldn’t be a problem, not for the current GOP base. Remember all the stories on SP, I am sure every reporter who ran them was thinking: ‘wow, when this runs, for sure it’s all over’, if anything it helped. If you think this is going to hurt Huckabee’s chances, guess again, got any footage of him saying something positive about women’s or gay’s or poor people’s rights?

Jedi Badminton

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 19:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Super Slow-Motion Motion

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 19:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The economic effects of immigration policy

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 18:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


“When undocumented workers are taken out of the economy, the jobs they support through their labor, consumption, and tax payments disappear as well.”

A joint report from The Center for American Progress and The Immigration Policy Center calculates the striking costs for trying to remove undocumented immigrants from Arizona. Although S.B. 1070 has not been fully implemented in AZ, were it to be, it would: decrease employment by 17%; result in the loss of ~600k jobs; reduce state tax revenue by 10%; and, shrink the state economy by ~$49 billion. Intro and summary (pdf). Full report (pdf).

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  1. Yeah, I’ve noticed employment has increased since we added all the undocumented workers from Mexico.

  2. Watch the movie “A Day WIthout a Mexican”

  3. The government and other organizations (especially religious) regularly release statistics based on assumption to support their beliefs. You can’t believe any of it without applying a reality test. Something most Americans are too stupid to do.

Creepy app warns of an end to privacy

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 18:49 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


Creepy is a software package for Linux or Windows – with a Mac OS X port in the works – that aims to gather public information on a targeted individual via social networking services in order to pinpoint their location. It’s remarkably efficient at its job, even in its current early form, and certainly lives up to its name when you see it in use for the first time.

You can enter a Twitter or Flickr username into the software’s interface, or use the in-built search utility to find users of interest. When you hit the ‘Geolocate Target’ button, Creepy goes off and uses the services’ APIs to download every photo or tweet they’ve ever published, analysing each for that critical piece of information: the user’s location at the time

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I Saw This Coming All Along

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 18:40 by John Sinteur in category: Google


So here’s the Android bait-and-switch laid bare. Android was “open” only until it became popular and handset makers dependent upon it. Now that Google has the handset makers by the balls, Android is no longer open and Google starts asserting control. Andy Rubin, Vic Gundotra, all of them: shameless, lying hypocrites.

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Angry Birds topple Middle East leaders

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 11:03 by Paul Jay in category: News


A cartoon video which recounts the unrest in the Middle East using the characters in the popular Angry Birds game and the children’s story Three Little Pigs is racking up the views on YouTube.

The video, which has been posted on the YouTube channel of a Russian named Egor Zhgun, had been viewed more than 236,000 times on the video-sharing site as of Wednesday afternoon.

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The High Water Mark of American Science

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 7:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


In the 1980s the Department of Energy started to design what would have been the biggest science experiment in the world, the Superconducting Super Collider. Waxahachie, Texas was all set to host a particle accelerator that would have dwarfed Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider, today’s reigning champ. Construction began in 1991, then was abruptly canceled in 1993.

The SSC was designed to collide protons and anti-protons at energies of 40 TeV, today the LHC can only ever hope to reach 14 TeV. The LHC has tunnels 17 miles in circumference; the SSC would have been more than 54 miles.

Congress pulled the plug in 1993 for a couple reasons. The projected budget swelled from about $4.4 billion to $12 billion. Political support for the project had always been shaky, and it essentially came down to whether Congress wanted to fund the International Space Station, or the SSC. The ISS won out.

Today the old SSC site sits rusting away. No one wants to buy the derelict buildings, so they are slowly rotting into the Texas prairie. Workers had drilled over 14 miles of tunnels underground.

For what the US has paid to “liberate” Iraq, they could have built one of them in every city larger than Durham, North Carolina.

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  1. Amazing!

GOPers Demand Sean Duffy Salary Tape Be Pulled From The Internet

Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 7:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


Here’s a one-minute clip, excerpted from roughly 45 minutes of video of the public Duffy townhall, that the Polk County GOP doesn’t want anyone to see:

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  1. that lying fucking sack of shit! he’s rolling around in cash right now!!


Posted on March 31st, 2011 at 5:37 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Army to probe psy-ops allegations in Rolling Stone

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 22:41 by Paul Jay in category: News


A military officer trained in using psychological tactics to influence the emotions and actions of enemy troops told CNN Thursday her unit was ordered to used those skills to manipulate visiting lawmakers into securing more troops and funding for the war in Afghanistan.

After a fellow officer questioned the legality of using “psychological operations” on elected U.S. officers, both received reprimands that could threaten their military careers, she said.

“We’re not allowed to do that against any U.S. citizen, whether it is a congressman or my neighbor three doors down,” said Texas National Guard Maj. Laural Levine. “That is the first thing you are taught — never target Americans, ever.”

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The unbelievable truth about Ireland and its banks

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 17:54 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Ireland’s central bank and new government will confirm on Thursday that the hole in the country’s banks is even wider, deeper and darker than seemed to be the case last November, when those bust banks forced the country to go with a begging bowl to the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 67.5bn euros (£59bn) of rescue loans.

Regulators at the Irish central bank have conducted a review of how much extra capital – as a buffer against future losses – is required by Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank, EBS and Irish Life and Permanent.

Unless something unexpected happens in the next 24 hours, the total amount of additional capital that will need to be injected into these banks will be a bit less than 35bn euros – including 8bn euros that was supposed to be injected into them at the end of February, but was postponed because of Ireland’s political turmoil.

Anyway, let’s assume that the total amount extra that these banks need is circa 30bn euros. That would take the total quantity of state investment in Ireland banks to a breathtaking 75bn euros (actually a tiny bit more than that).

That is an almost unbelievably large number. When I think about it, I have a small panic attack – because it represents 45% of Ireland’s GDP and 55% of its GNP.

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Spirit Stays Silent

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 17:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


Despite NASA’s best efforts to wake her, Mars Exploration Rover Spirit remains silent on the Red Planet’s surface. It’s been a whole year since we last heard from the little wheeled robot and hope has all but faded for her revival.

For the next month, NASA will continue to listen out for Spirit, but after that time search operations will be scaled back to focus on sister rover Opportunity. Opportunity continues her marathon drive to Endeavour Crater, over seven years since she landed on Mars.


“Spirit was so close to us, just a year ago. Snap your fingers, and she’s a hundred million miles distant and we can’t even prove she’s alive.”


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  1. Damn you John and damn Randall. This comic always makes me feel so sad.

  2. Maybe it it were a combat battalion in Afghanistan. That would be sad. It is a machine that did an amazing job way past anything hoped for or dreamed of.

    It will come home someday and be put in a museum. Not in America, not in our lifetime, since America has sold its science soul to make war. But someday humans will get to Mars and recover the rovers.

Amazon’s cloud drive might be ‘illegal’ claims music industry insider

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 16:53 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Yesterday Amazon revealed its Cloud Drive service that offers users 5GB of storage with the ability to play music files through its Android application or web browsers. Now it seems that the music labels are up to their usual tricks by asking Amazon to sign new licensing terms.

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Last Folio

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 11:06 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Serendipity led Yuri and the documentary fi lm team to an abandoned jewish school in eastern Slovakia, where time had stood still since the day in 1943 when all those attending it were taken away to the camps… the school books all still there, essay notebooks with corrections, school reports, even the sugar still in the cupboard…

These decaying books lying on dusty shelves; the last witnesses of a once thriving culture, are treated by Yuri like the survivors that they each are – every one captured as a portrait, preserved in their fi nal beauty, pictures speaking a thousand words.

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Data Protection: Betrayed by our own data

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 11:02 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


Most people’s understanding of what can actually be done with the data provided by our mobile phones is theoretical; there were few real-world examples. That is why Malte Spitz from the German Green party decided to publish his own data collected from August 2009 to February 2010. However, to even access the information, he had to file a suit against telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom.

The data, which ZEIT ONLINE has made available for download and acts as the basis for our accompanying interactive map, were contained in a massive Excel document. Each of the 35.831 rows of the spreadsheet represents an instance when Spitz’s mobile phone transferred information over a half-year period. Seen individually, the pieces of data are mostly inconsequential and harmless. But taken together, they provide what investigators call a profile – a clear picture of a person’s habits and preferences, and indeed, of his or her life.

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iPad will fail

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 10:15 by Paul Jay in category: News


According to Lark, the high cost of additional accessories for the iPad makes the tablet inaccessible.

“An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you’ll be at $1500 or $1600; that’s double of what you’re paying,” he said. “That’s not feasible.”

I really want that $800 keyboard.

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  1. More interestingly, an iPad with a mouse? My impression was that it won’t pair with a bluetooth mouse. (Unless maybe jailbroken.)

  2. A bit of a stretch. Apple has done well charging premium prices for (relatively) seamless tech. If you have an iPad and you want to use a keyboard normally you’d switch to your laptop.

I give up

Posted on March 30th, 2011 at 6:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Comedy Central want $2 for me to watch the show on my iphone when I can watch it for free on Flash enabled devices… and the reviews suggest that the app’s not worth it. Bah.

BP Managers Said to Face U.S. Manslaughter Charges Review

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 12:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


Federal prosecutors are considering whether to pursue manslaughter charges against BP managers for decisions made before the Gulf of Mexico oil well explosion last year that killed 11 workers and caused the biggest offshore spill in U.S. history, according to three people familiar with the matter.

U.S. investigators also are examining statements made by leaders of the companies involved in the spill — including former BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward — during congressional hearings last year to determine whether their testimony was at odds with what they knew, one of the people said. All three spoke on condition they not be named because they weren’t authorized to discuss the case publicly.

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  1. this will never gain traction, in the US? pffffft


Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 12:44 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon

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  1. Was it profitable in Somalia?

  2. From that link: “Three of the top 10 suppliers to the USA in 2005 were in Africa: Nigeria, Algeria and Angola.”

    According to this, about 0.6% of U.S. oil imports come from Libya.

  3. 2011:
    Libya rebels to start oil exports ‘in less than a week’.
    Free the people!

  4. Poor Tunisia: the start of it all, but too small to be noticed.

Like a Boss!

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 10:23 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. So, where’s the monolith?

Trump proposes massive onetime tax on the rich

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 9:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

[November 09, 1999]:

Trump, a prospective candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination, is proposing a onetime net worth tax on individuals and trusts worth 10 million or more.

By Trumps calculations, his proposed 14.25 percent levy on such net worth would raise 5.7 trillion and wipe out the debt in one full swoop.


By my calculations, 1 percent of Americans, who control 90 percent of the wealth in this country, would be affected by my plan, Trump said.

The other 99 percent of the people would get deep reductions in their federal income taxes, he said.

It will be interesting to see this coming back to him when he’s trying to get the Republican nomination…

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  1. My God Harriet! We’ll have to make due with only two mansions on Barbados!

    Anyway, even if he (Trump) did that, most of the gazillionares would move their $$ off-shore and sequester it in ways that would reduce that projected amount to a pittance.

  2. Now I get it. He’s gotta say something utterly common sensical like this to balance out the birther routine. Dang. He’s so fair and balanced he’s going to split the Fox arrow.

  3. Trump will be branded a communist pretty soon I bet, because this 14.25% tax on the 90% ‘wealth’ of the country, is not in stockpiles of cash stashed in a vault, but most likely is stocks, bonds, options and real-estate, so it seems to me his proposal will in effect mean giving the state a 14.25% interest in most, if not all, companies. That will probably have a very negative impact on the net-worth of it all, and thus the plan seems somewhat flawed.
    There will probably be a hundred or more reasons why, even when implemented, this will not work, but it’s a fun way to point out how absurd the wealth is divided. I wonder how many of the 99% not-richest of the country actually find his idea appealing – I fear it won’t be as many as he is trying to reach.

  4. @Jim: agreed that it’s impractical, but it’s interesting that Trump even had this idea, and also interesting to think through ways that it could be implemented. Some countries do have “wealth taxes” (taxes on assets rather than income), although I think those are slowly going away. (John, does the NL still have one? France does, I think.)

  5. Yes. For Box 3 there’s a tax of 1.2% on assets exceeding a certain amount, depending on the kind of asset.

    See wikipedia

Japan business lobby gives OK to scrap corporate tax cut

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


Japan’s top business lobby gave the government the green light to scrap a planned cut in the corporate tax rate and urged firms to look at shifting production to western Japan as the nation grapples with its worst crisis since World War Two.

Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, said the influential lobby would not fight the government if it decided to shelve a plan to lower the corporate tax rate, which at around 40 percent is among the highest in the industrialized world.

In America the businesses would demand bailouts after a Tsunami.

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Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 8:44 by John Sinteur in category: Security, Software

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RIAA lobbyist becomes federal judge, rules on file-sharing cases

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Last week, Washington, DC federal judge Beryl Howell ruled on three mass file-sharing lawsuits. Judges in Texas, West Virginia, and Illinois had all ruled recently that such lawsuits were defective in various ways, but Howell gave her cases the green light; attorneys could use the federal courts to sue thousands of people at once and then issue mass subpoenas to Internet providers. Yes, issues of “joinder” and “jurisdiction” would no doubt arise later, but the initial mass unmasking of alleged file-swappers was legitimate.

Howell isn’t the only judge to believe this, but her important ruling is especially interesting because of Howell’s previous work: lobbying for the recording industry during the time period when the RIAA was engaged in its own campaign of mass lawsuits against individuals.

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  1. The fact that she did not recuse herself for that relationship is a gross violation of judicial ethics. She should be removed from the bench and lose her license to practice law…

Atheist Song – First hymnal for Atheists

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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WWDC 2011 sells out in under 12 hours

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 7:49 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


If you were hoping to get a glimpse of the wild machinations and famous technology tracks of the Worldwide Developers Conference but hadn’t yet found the $1599 necessary to purchase a ticket, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until 2012: This year’s conference is sold out.

If you’re going (I’m not, because I won’t fly in the US), you’re going to meet a lot of small developers. All the larger companies have a procurement process that takes way, way more than 12 hours to approve a purchase request.

And in other news: small developers are making money on the Apple platform.

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  1. “All the larger companies have a procurement process that takes way, way more than 12 hours to approve a purchase request.”

    Maybe it’s a European thing, but in the U.S. you charge expenses to a credit card that you’re personally responsible for (even if it’s the company-issued AmEx), and get reimbursed after the fact based on receipts. No procurement hooey.

  2. haha…for $1600 plus expenses you’d better have it in your approved budget a year in advance.

  3. Hey, maybe they can have a group debugging session at WWDC to see if they can squash that Daylight Savings Time bug. I caught it by updating to 4.3.1. Phone’s now an hour behind the correct clock. Thanks, Apple, great attention to detail.

    (See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12878517)

Duvhök jagade på Centralen

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 7:39 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Härom dagens satt en duvhök mitt på golvet och åt på sitt byte. Helt obekymrad över alla tågresenärer som passerade.

Dagens Nyheters fotograf, Roger Turesson, förevigade vardagsdramatiken.

In the Netherlands, birds of prey (mostly hawks) have been making a come-back the last decade. They’re still hunting at places where people don’t come, it’s just that the definition of “places where people don’t come” has changed – they’re hunting next to freeways and in the wide center divide. Stop a car nearby to take a picture and they’re gone, they still avoid people. This goshawk has gone a bit further already…

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  1. I biked by one sitting on a fence post at eye level about 8 meters away the other day. Also have seen several roadkilled foxes along country roads.

  2. My backyard is kind of an animal refuge. We have rabbits, opossums, and sometimes a red fox (we live in the Fox River Valley) who hunts the rabbits.

Dutch bankers’ bonuses axed by people power

Posted on March 28th, 2011 at 23:10 by Paul Jay in category: Robber Barons


An online campaign has overturned ING’s executive pay policy, and the mood in Amsterdam is getting increasingly militant about bonuses at bailed-out banks.

Britain has a rival when it comes to bashing bankers. After a furious row over pay packages at Amsterdam-based ING in which thousands of customers threatened to make mass withdrawals, the Netherlands is now vying for the title of Europe‘s most bonus-hating country.

A growing Dutch political storm could end with a blanket ban on bonuses to financiers who work for institutions bailed out by the taxpayer.

ING customers mobilised on Twitter and other social networks to protest at bonuses paid to bosses at the bank, one of the biggest in the country. The threat of direct action raised the spectre of a partial run on ING, terrifying the Dutch establishment. Fred Polhout, union organiser at the bank, says: “People were outraged. We heard about the bloated sums being paid again in the City and in New York; but suddenly the issue exploded on our own front door.”

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  1. And this is ING with their squeaky-clean frugal Dutch “Save your money” image.

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