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US judge rules Iran responsible for 9/11

Posted on December 24th, 2011 at 20:47 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


A US judge has signed a default judgment finding Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida liable for the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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  1. Let’s hope that Iraq doesn’t sue us now.

  2. All historic children of the CIA.

  3. The prelude to war

  4. I thought the winners were supposed to write history, not the losers.

2011 in Review: The Year Secrecy Jumped the Shark

Posted on December 24th, 2011 at 19:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


The government has been using its secrecy system in absurd ways for decades, but 2011 was particularly egregious.

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Shell’s Nigeria oil spill gets muted response

Posted on December 24th, 2011 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


Nigerian authorities on Thursday put emergency measures in place to prevent the spill of less than 40,000 barrels from the Shell facility, the biggest leak in Nigeria for more than 13 years, washing up on its coast.

The spill is small compared to last year’s much documented rupture of BP’s Macondo well off the United States but critics say the fact it happened in Nigeria means little attention has been paid to it.

In comparison, BP’s Macondo disaster spilled nearly 5 million barrels in the Gulf of Mexico, sparked criticism of the company by politicians, a media frenzy and wiped billions off its market value.

"There are double standards operating. With the Deepwater Horizon spill last year there was a massive amount of interest," said Paul Horsman, a spokesman for Greenpeace, the environmental group. "The reality is, where ever the oil industry operates, it creates havoc."

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  1. “the reality is,where ever the oil industry operates,it creates havoc.” this truth immediately subjects the response,”where ever the the oil industry operates,a tax per barrel should be collected to cover the the costs of restoration should be collected as a tax.the havoc restoration tax should apply to each petroleum related per barrel occurs from pumping at the well,transportation,refining,wholesale and retail.the cost of petroleum must include all spill restoration,including management collection and payment.the havoc tax must be world wide with penalties applicable from pumping to ultimate use.

Happy… ehm…

Posted on December 24th, 2011 at 9:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the summer/winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make your great nation. Not to imply that this country is necessarily greater than any other country in the world. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishees.

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  1. And the very same to you from this wishee and, no doubt, many others. And thank you for all you do to make this such a superb port of call.

  2. Same here, John, Porpentine exrpressed it better than I could. You may like this from Roger Abbott (Cdn Comic) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZm0FekSWjQ. Ciao.

  3. Indeed! This is one of my favorite places on the intertubes.

  4. “I wonder if I might crave your momentary indulgence in order to discharge a by no means disagreeable obligation which has, over the years, become more or less established practice in government service as we approach the terminal period of the year — calendar, of course, not financial — in fact, not to put too fine a point on it, Week Fifty-One — and submit to you, with all appropriate deference, for your consideration at a convenient juncture, a sincere and sanguine expectation — indeed confidence — indeed one might go so far as to say hope — that the aforementioned period may be, at the end of the day, when all relevant factors have been taken into consideration, susceptible to being deemed to be such as to merit a final verdict of having been by no means unsatisfactory in its overall outcome and, in the final analysis, to give grounds for being judged, on mature reflection, to have been conducive to generating a degree of gratification which will be seen in retrospect to have been significantly higher than the general average.”

  5. Are you trying to say “Happy Christmas,” Humphrey?

  6. Yes, Minister 😉

  7. Happy New Year, gentlepersons!


Posted on December 24th, 2011 at 9:26 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA

Posted on December 24th, 2011 at 8:50 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" currently working its way through U.S. Congress.

"Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation – but we can clearly do better," Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s newly appointed CEO, said. "It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."

So they did see effect on their business after all.. but trust once lost is difficult to get back.

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  1. Well, this is interesting. GoDaddy is still supporting SOPA, they’re just not saying so any more:


    Adelman couldn’t commit to changing its position on the record in Congress when asked about that, but said “I’ll take that back to our legislative guys, but I agree that’s an important step.” But when pressed, he said “We’re going to step back and let others take leadership roles.” He felt that the public statement removing their support would be sufficient for now, though further steps would be considered.

Snow Cone Machines for Homeland Security

Posted on December 24th, 2011 at 3:23 by John Sinteur in category: Security


When you give out money based on politics, without any accounting, this is what you get:

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) is a federal- and state-designated agency responsible for managing and administrating the homeland security program in Montcalm County and 12 other counties.

The WMSRDC recently purchased and transferred homeland security equipment to these counties — including 13 snow cone machines at a total cost of $11,700.

Wait. It gets funnier:

“It is used to attract people so they can be educated and prepared for homeland security,” Dey said from his office in Muskegon. “More importantly, they (homeland security officials) felt in a medical emergency the machine was capable of making ice packs which could be used for medical purposes.”

This is excellent commentary.

Feel safer yet?

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