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Seattle Cops Mock Man Hit By Semi Truck While Jogging To Work

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 21:22 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Will Ron Paul kill the caucuses?

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 21:11 by Paul Jay in category: News


Leading Republicans, looking to put the best possible frame on a Paul victory, are already testing out a message for what they’ll say if the 76-year-old Texas congressman is triumphant.

The short version: Ignore him.

“People are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third,” said Gov. Terry Branstad. “If [Mitt] Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire and the other states.”

Not a Onion Newsflash.

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  1. The news media and other candidates have been trying to ignore him since Iowa. They haven’t figured out that it’s not working. The best they can do is misquote him or try to put him down.

  2. It’s not smart to mess with MIC.

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Gorgeous Daytime Fireworks Display

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 21:01 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. buenisimo!

Sarah Palin breathing

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 15:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Now how long will it be before someone finds this video and thinks it’s real?

  2. This isn’t real?

  3. Well, it is real, but FOX edited out the worst parts.

Kim Jung-ll lived the high life, while his people starved

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 15:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Atlantic Wire reports that for his dining pleasure, Kim shipped in first-class chefs so that he could sample the world’s finest cuisines. He was fond of sushi and shark’s fin soup, a controversial delicacy in North Korea. He did this while his people dined on scraps they found in the streets or in the garbage. The beloved dictator is also known to have fed his dogs very well, better than his people.

Kim Jong-Il developed a taste for fine alcohol by keeping a "royal wine cellar," of over 10,000 bottles and reportedly spent up to $720,000 a year just on Hennessey cognac. This, while the average North Korean earns about $900 a year.

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Libya commander Abdel Hakim Belhaj to sue UK government

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 10:02 by John Sinteur in category: News


A Libyan military commander has started legal action against the UK government, which he claims was complicit in his illegal rendition and torture.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj said he and his wife were detained in Bangkok in 2004, then transferred to Abu Salim jail, Tripoli.

He said he was held there for six years and often tortured.

The UK Foreign Office does not comment on intelligence matters, but says the government is holding an inquiry into claims of detainee rendition.

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Kim Jong Il’s economic legacy, in one chart

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 9:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


That’s one reason why reuniting two countries would be an unimaginably wrenching task. Remember, West Germany had to spend about $1.9 trillion to assimilate East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. And that was an objectively easier situation (East Germany’s per capita income, for instance, was one-third that of West Germany’s, not a measly 5 percent). Beck estimates that bringing North Korea up to just 80 percent of South Korean standards could cost $2 trillion to $5 trillion over 30 years — to put that in perspective, South Korea’s entire economy comes to about $1 trillion.

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Nearly a Third of Americans Are Arrested by 23, Study Says

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 1:12 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


By age 23, almost a third of Americans have been arrested for a crime, according to a new study that researchers say is a measure of growing exposure to the criminal justice system in everyday life.

The study, the first since the 1960s to look at the arrest histories of a national sample of adolescents and young adults over time, found that 30.2 percent of the 23-year-olds who participated reported having been arrested for an offense other than a minor traffic violation.

That figure is significantly higher than the 22 percent found in a 1965 study that examined the same issue using different methods. The increase may be a reflection of the justice system becoming more punitive and more aggressive in its reach during the last half-century, the researchers said. Arrests for drug-related offenses, for example, have become far more common, as have zero-tolerance policies in schools.

The study did not look at racial or regional differences, but other research has found higher arrest rates for black men and for youths living in poor urban areas.

The US must be a nation full of criminals!

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  1. That’s crazy. And I’m amazed it was as high as 22% in 1965. I’d really like to see a breakdown of the leading arrest charges.

  2. Come on. It is a police state with a rich book of of frivolous laws from which to persecute the citizenry. One needs to look no further than the useless war on drugs. And back in the 60’s? They arrested you for even saying the word Vietnam in the wrong tone, let alone protesting against that bone thrown at the military industrial complex. And a nations of criminals? True but in the “leadership” mostly – look no further than the corporatocracy.

  3. There was no war on drugs yet and Vietnam protests didn’t start until 1965 so they had not had a big impact on cumulative arrests.

  4. @Desiato – your comment is said with such certainty. Unfortunately, historical evidence is not on your side.

    May 1963, the first coordinated Vietnam War protests occur in London and Denmark. These protests are mounted by American pacifists during the annual remembrance of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.
    May 2, In the first major student demonstration against the war, hundreds of students march through Times Square in New York City, while another 700 march in San Francisco. Smaller numbers also protest in New York; Seattle; and Madison, Wisconsin.
    May 12, twelve young men in New York publicly burn their draft cards to protest the war.[1][2]
    August: the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
    In December 1964, Joan Baez leads six hundred people in an antiwar demonstration in San Francisco.[3]

    The war on drugs goes back further http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Drugs

  5. Sorry, I misphrased my comment, I meant to say protests “didn’t *really* start until” 1965. The point was that they didn’t contribute substantially to the national arrest rate, and coming back with mention of protests by “hundreds” of people doesn’t contradict that. You’re totally arguing with my literal comment rather than looking at all at what I’m trying to say.

    Sure, repression of drug use goes back to Prohibition and before. But how actively was it being pursued in the 1960s before Nixon actually invented the “War on Drugs” phrase in 1971? Do you have anything to support your claim in #2 that one need look no further to explain 22% of young adults having an arrest record?

    What I found with a quick search didn’t go back further than the 1970s, but indicates that the arrest numbers did not start to increase greatly until the 1980s, and when I look at the magnitude of the increases, I think, wow, if drug arrests are 4X what they were in 1970 (accounting for population growth), and the overall cumulative arrest rate only grew from 22% to 30%, there must be a lot of other arrests going on. (Or tons of repeat arrests, or…?)

    So notice that I’m not disputing that the War on Drugs is a huge factor in today’s arrest rates (& more so incarceration rates)–it clearly is. But it’s completely not obvious that it was a major factor in the early 1960s, which was your claim.

    [1] “In 1973, there were 328,670 arrests logged in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for drug law violations.”

    [2]”1970: Adult 322,300, Juvenile 93,300″

  6. Well technically you are right. The term war on drugs was not coined until ’71. Back then it was just the defacto war on blacks and statistics will bare me out. I think part of the reason (for the increase) is much better record keeping and as you said, re-arrests. Still, I concede the volley to you on this, as indeed, it has become much worse. My point is that US was in practice (not in name) a police state in ’65 and is even worse now. Back then the justification for the police tactics was inner city unrest (read fear of blacks) along with the growing civil unrest by the white middle class (anti Vietnam, and later joining the civil rights movements). Today the justification is in the name of terrorism which is statistically a red herring. Add to that the continue war on blacks renamed the drug wars, the war on immigration, and you some of reasons for the increase. With the recent trends in the militarization of civilian police, it (the police state) will only get worse. And besides, there is, unfortunately, simply too much money that wants to keep it this.

Movie executives see record profits, salaries despite piracy fear-mongering

Posted on December 20th, 2011 at 1:12 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property, Robber Barons


Movie industry lobbyists like to say that online piracy costs their clients billions of dollars every year, and it’s getting worse — but that’s doesn’t quite seem to be the case, according to data released this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS).

The CRS report (embedded below) shows that the movie industry is doing very well, earning record profits and paying executives more than ever, even as it hires fewer workers than it did just a decade ago.

Although a recent National Crime Prevention Council ad campaign tries to make the point that piracy kills jobs, the CRS found that total gross revenues and box office receipts have doubled in the last 15 years. Grosses went from $52.8 billion in 1995 to $104.4 billion in 2009, while box office receipts went from $5.3 billion in 1995 to $10.6 billion in 2010 — yet hiring still went down.

One thing that has gone up, higher than ever, is executive pay. The CRS report noted that News Corporation paid CEO Rupert Murdoch $33,292,753 in 2011; Viacom gave CEO Philippe Dauman made $84,515,308; Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes took home $26,303,071; while Disney CEO Robert A. Lger earned $29,617,964. Sony CEO Howard Stringer was at the bottom of the bunch at $4.3 million, having taken a 14 percent pay cut due to losses.

Those salaries are quite hefty compared to the top earners just a decade and a half ago.

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