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Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 22:20 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Ugandans react with anger to Kony video

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 22:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


It seems that the while the film has a viral power never seen before in the online community, it did not go down nearly so well with the very people it claims it is meant to help.

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Jon Stewart To Fox News: ‘Shut The F*ck Up’

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 21:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Neil deGrasse Tyson – We Stopped Dreaming

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 21:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 20:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


girl has committed suicide after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist, according to Moroccan media reports.

Last year Amina’s parents filed charges against their daughter’s rapist, a man 10 years older than her but it was only recently that a judge in the northern city of Tangier decided that instead of punishing him, the two must be married.

The court’s decision to forcibly marry Amina to her rapist was supposed to “resolve” the damage of sexual violation against her, but it led to more suffering in the unwelcoming home of her rapist/husband’s family.

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  1. Am I the only one that thinks we should just turn our back and walk away from these idiots.

  2. As opposed to what exactly?

  3. Just leave them alone! I know we haven’t done that in the past, but we certainly didn’t put the mullahs in power.

UK kids’ art project is ‘biggest copyright blag ever’

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 20:16 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Face Britain, a world-record breaking attempt supported by the Prince Charles’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, has gathered some 70,000 self portraits from youngsters since it was launched.

But the children are required to surrender “all intellectual property rights” when they upload their handmade images. The young artists can then buy back their creations in the form of mugs, mouse mats and T-shirts – but don’t appear to get a penny back for the commercial exploitation.

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  1. We had a talent thing back in 2000, called “Pepsi-RLT Klub, Making of a Star!” for music bands.
    The original version required us to give up all the rights to our music.
    I think about 7 bands signed up.

    Then they removed that clause – “sorry, our lawyers made a mistake” sure, very likely.
    We got as far as the semi-finals, and then we were offered the chance to have our music recorded and distributed, and whatnot, BUT we were supposed to give up the rights to it.
    We said no, thank you.

    They try to screw the amateur artists every single time and way.

Rights Group Demands Cash So Libraries Can Read Books To Kids

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 17:40 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


There can hardly be an adult in the world who didn’t enjoy being read a story as a child and for many of us recollection of these tales means reliving some of our earliest memories.

But rather than being scared of the big bad wolf, kids in Belgium have a new foe – the country’s evil copyright overlords.

In quite possibly their lowest move yet, rights group SABAM are now trying to attach a price to children’s reading sessions taking place in libraries up and down the country.

More often associated with music-related collections, SABAM have been contacting libraries that hold sessions where children can listen to stories read out by library staff. These, the group insists, are events held in public and are therefore chargeable.

One target for SABAM is a library in Dilbeek that has been holding a twice-monthly reading hour for children.

“Each time a dozen or so children attend,” library worker Alexandra Vervaecke told DeMorgen. “A while ago we were suddenly contacted by SABAM and told that we have to pay. I have done the calculations: for us it would amount to 250 euro per year.”

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  1. In other words, screw the children. Hey! Come to think of it,is SABAM run by Catholic priests?

  2. For your information, SABAM is not a ‘right’ group or a political related entity.
    It’s SUPPOSED to collect money for the artists it represents.

    in fact to the pubic eyes it looks so much more like a mafia type organisation.

    Artist members of it complains of the huge cost and fee sabam is keeping for themselves. It has been condamned not so long ago for the living style of its management.

    All in all a crappy parasite in Belgium society but that is still there. But in no way any rightist organisation

Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 17:12 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.

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New York Times CEO Robinson’s Exit Compensation Package Tops $23 Million

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 13:33 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Janet Robinson, the New York Times Co. chief executive officer who was pushed out in December, received an exit package, including stock options and retirement benefits, of $23.7 million.


The payout to Robinson is equal to about 2.4 percent of the company’s market value of $981.9 million, and exceeds the approximately $3 million the company earned in net income over the past four years. Not included in Robinson’s exit package is her salary of $1 million for 2011, when Times Co. reported a loss $39.7 million.

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In his heart, Rick Santorum knows that Dutch people are forcibly euthanized

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 13:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Heart? He has a heart? I doubt it. The guy doesn’t even have a brain that functions well…unless it is applied to the employ of the Inquisition.

  2. The Republican motto: Any lie is OK if it’s in a good cause.

  3. @itspast: I think you mean, “Any lie is OK if it supports _our_ cause.”

Use Birth Control? You’re Fired!

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 13:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


And we aren’t talking here just about exemptions for religiously affiliated employers like Catholic hospitals and universities. We are talking about authorizing secular, for-profit employers to deny a woman coverage for birth control if the employer doesn’t believe that she and her partner should be allowed to have sex without getting pregnant. Yup, that’s right. If the owner of the Taco Bell where you work opposes birth control, Arizona legislators want to give him a legal right to deny you insurance coverage for your pills.

Sadly, that isn’t even the half of it. You may want to sit down for this one. Arizona legislators know that whether or not her insurance covers it, a woman may get the prescription she needs to prevent an unintended pregnancy. They want to give her boss the right to control that too. The bill they are pushing would not only allow employers to take the insurance coverage away, but it would also make it easier for an employer who finds out that his employee uses birth control to fire her.

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  1. Um…why would any employer want this? People get fired for getting pregnant (and therefore being unavailable for work) not for not getting pregnant.

  2. Remember, Arizona, like around half of the states in the US, is an ‘at will’ state. That means an employer can fire people without cause. Imagine a religious idiot, who notes that a 20-something woman is getting her birth-control pill on her employers healthcare policy, demanding that the woman get a note from her doctor saying that she has a medical need for the pill.

    Fail to provide and the religiously-insane employer can sack her and pat himself on the back for ‘not contributing to sin’ that he’d be paying half for.

    Look at the polling figure for the Deep South and you get a clear view of how (wilfully) uninformed they are…

John McCain “It Is The Job Of Some Of Us To Remind People That 9/11 Began In Afghanistan”

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 12:04 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Google Science Fair 2012: How can robots aid scientific research ? with LEGO

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 12:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Greece on the breadline: the children of Athens too hungry to do PE

Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 0:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


It has been a common secret among PE teachers for some time now that they don’t expect pupils to do PE any more, because many of them are underfed and get dizzy.

They need to be discreet, as these underprivileged children don’t wish to be exposed to their peers. In my previous school, the teachers arranged among themselves to give the school canteen some money, so that the canteen could give the child a snack, without embarrassing the child.

However, this was not enough. In many schools today, it is the parents’ associations who come together, gather food and discreetly arrange to allocate it to those families of the school who are suffering. In co-operation with the teachers, they know which children in the school are hungry and in need of help. Again, they try to do it as discreetly as possible.

“Many families, suddenly left without work, are in shock and there is nowhere to turn. Social services are collapsing. They are not professional beggars. They are ordinary people like you and me, suddenly left with nothing. I know one area, where schools have specialised in what they gather: 1st primary school gather rice and legumes, 2nd vegetables, 3rd meat and chicken etc.

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