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National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 – The Big Picture

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 22:51 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


There’s still time! The deadline for entries for this year’s National Geographic Photo Contest is November 30. Photographers of all skill levels (last year more than 16,000 images submitted by photographers from 130 countries) enter photographs in three categories: Nature, People and Places. The photographs are judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts. There is one first place winner in each category and a grand prize winner as well. The following is a selection of 54 entries from each of the 3 categories. The caption information is provided and written by the individual photographer. — Paula Nelson (54 photos total)

GOOD MORNING: Jabulani the elephant greeting his caretaker, Stavros Chakoma, before heading out on safari. Kapama Game Reserve, Kruger region of South Africa. (Photo and caption by Paula Durham/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest) #

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Modernising US party politics

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 18:02 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: bleeding obvious

Companion opinion pieces on Al Jazeera’s English website (Clearly a Tool of the Devil™). Warning: these are rather long and boring.

Modernising Liberalism

To retain relevance in the 21st century, liberals in the US will need to revitalise their ideology.
Neither contemporary conservatism nor contemporary liberalism offers a credible path to the kind of economic dynamism and shared prosperity that characterised what has been called the “American Century”. For Americans of all political persuasions, the fundamental question that US politics must address in the coming decades is: How shall we continue to prosper when the basis for our economic renewal is unclear, our willingness to make shared investments in our collective future is waning, and our place in a post-American world is uncertain?

Modernising Conservatism.

US Conservatives must reform their internal ideology in order to create a coherent effort to revitalise the party

For those willing to probe a bit deeper, however, it should quickly become apparent that we badly need to take stock of our position. Conservatism, despite these impressive electoral victories, is failing on its own terms. Start with the social indicators, which are the most important to conservatives. The US’ fast-growing and largely minority underclass shows limited signs of progress or assimilation to middle-class American life. And the white middle class – the bed-rock of conservatism’s political strength and social vision – is showing signs of social stagnation and economic regress that should be sounding ominous claxons in conservative meeting halls but, so far, have attracted only the attention of Charles Murray. Stagnant income growth and mobility and a shrinking middle class are considered unhealthy by most conservative understandings of social health, cohesion and well-being. While conservatives have plenty of macro ideas for increasing economic growth, they have fewer ideas about how to secure a wider distribution of new wealth.

Both sides seem to be enjoying the fight too much to listen to such radical voices. Implicit warning to the US: The rest of the world is worried about you.

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Interior Crocodile Alligator

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 16:51 by John Sinteur in category: Google

Purple monkey dishwasher. Lemon bags scooter pocket.

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  1. Not a bad name for a band, though.

Yeah, that looks much more presentable…

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 14:47 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Men searched for valuables in the Zongo market in Cotonou, Benin, on Thursday, two days after residents say the market was destroyed by police without warning. Officials said they were making the area presentable for Pope Benedict XVI, who arrives Friday.

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  1. What _would_ Jesus say?

  2. Since when did the church care about Jesus?

  3. @Ronald: Answer – only when Jesus is a cute 12 year old boy from Latin America

  4. Ronald=Roland (sorry)

Viacom: Pass SOPA Or Spongebob Dies

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 14:27 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


It’s the most unintentionally hilarious video of the year… Viacom has put out one of the most ridiculous “anti-piracy” propaganda videos yet, complete with debunked stats, ridiculous claims, ominous music… and lots and lots of Viacom employees admitting that they’re too clueless to adapt to a changing marketplace, and begging you to give them money so they can keep their jobs. Seriously. As the video goes on, the claims get more and more ridiculous, to the point where someone even threatens that if you don’t keep buying Viacom products, Spongebob might no longer exist.

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Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 13:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


Just before Mitt Romney left the Massachusetts governor’s office and first ran for president, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives, and the Romney administration’s e-mails were all wiped from a server, according to interviews and records obtained by the Globe.

Romney administration officials had the remaining computers in the governor’s office replaced just before Governor Deval Patrick’s staff showed up to take power in January 2007, according to Mark Reilly, Patrick’s chief legal counsel.

As a result, Patrick’s office, which has been bombarded with inquiries for records from the Romney era, has no electronic record of any Romney administration e-mails, Reilly said.

I’m sure it was in the public’s best interest.

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Neutrino experiment affirms faster-than-light claim

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 13:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


It is a remarkable confirmation of a stunning result; but most physicists remain skeptical. That seems the most probable outcome of a release of new data expected on 17 November from researchers with the Italian OPERA collaboration, who say they have confirmed their controversial finding that flighty subatomic neutrinos can travel faster than light.

“It’s slightly better than the previous result,” says OPERA’s physics coordinator Dario Autiero of the Institut de Physique Nucleaire de Lyon in France (pictured). He adds that most of the members of the collaboration who declined to sign the original paper because they wanted more time to check the result have now come on board. One of these is Caren Hagner of the University of Hamburg in Germany. She says not only has the experiment’s precision been improved, the statistical analysis is more robust and has been replicated by different groups within OPERA not just the original team. “We gained much more confidence,” Hagner says.

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Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 12:53 by John Sinteur in category: Quote


It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced.

– Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

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Lovely Owl

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 11:27 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Nice to see someone gives a hoot

  2. G’dam tribbles again!

  3. @Mykolas: anyone that really cares for birds like these, would not touch them with his/her bare hands. Our sweaty fingers aren’t good for the oily protection layer on the birds’ feathers. And they don’t want our scent smeared on them. I’ve spent some time with professional falconers, even did a crash course. It was always gloves only.
    It’s equally not-cute as the kitty that’s being tickled and then spreads it’s paws video on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bmhjf0rKe8). It looks cute at first glance, but what we are looking at is one terrified kitty, most likely spreading it’s paws as a result of the Moro-reflex. Scaring the living daylights out of a small kitty time and time again isn’t all that cute if you ask me.

Nook’s Specs Are Exaggerated, Again

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 9:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


The new Nook Tablet’s tag line is, “The best in HD entertainment.” On the Nook Web site, the very first bullet point is, “HD movies and TV shows.”

Then, on the “Learn More” page, there are nine more references to the Nook Tablet’s ability to play high-definition video. “HD videos stream smoothly.” “Enjoy HD Video.” “The best in HD entertainment.” “Netflix and Hulu Plus pre-loaded to instantly watch HD movies.” “Streaming HD videos and more.” “Supports HD content up to 1080p.” And so on.

Hmm. Well, I don’t know about you. But if I read all of this, I might come away with the impression that the Nook Tablet can show high-definition video!

Well, guess what? It can’t.

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Adobe claims that 98 percent of U.S. web users and 99.3 percent of all Internet desktop users have installed the Flash Player

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 8:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

Therefore: http://occupyflash.org

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  1. We are the 99….. Loading…