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There is zero fraud, waste or abuse at the DHS

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 22:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

Or at least, none reported. Here, check it out. Go to http://www.dhs.gov/xutil/program-contacts.shtm and click on “Report Fraud, Waste or Abuse, Office of the Inspector General”.


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Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 18:58 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.

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A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed on Wednesday that payments of as much as $20,000 were made to “a handful” of accused priests “as a motivation” not to contest being defrocked. The process, known as “laicization,” is a formal church juridical procedure that requires Vatican approval, and can take far longer if the priest objects.

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A victims advocacy group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, sent a letter of protest to the current archbishop of Milwaukee on Wednesday asking, “In what other occupation, especially one working with families and operating schools and youth programs, is an employee given a cash bonus for raping and sexually assaulting children?”


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  1. Crikey! Isn’t it time there was an American pope? This fella seems like just the chap.

Former UK adviser: Cannabis and ecstasy bans prevent scientific research

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 18:08 by Paul Jay in category: News

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The classification system that makes drugs such as cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy) illegal has prevented scientists from properly researching their possible therapeutic uses for conditions such as schizophrenia and depression, according to the government’s former chief adviser on drugs.

Professor David Nutt said the UK’s laws on misuse of drugs needed to be rewritten to more accurately reflect their relative harms and called for a regulated approach to making drugs such as MDMA and cannabis available for medical and research purposes.

“Regulations, which are arbitrary, actually make it virtually impossible to research these drugs,” said Nutt. “The effect these laws have had on research is greater than the effects that [George] Bush stopping stem cell research has had because it’s been going on since the 1960s.”

Almost all the drugs that could help scientists to understand brain phenomena such as consciousness, perception, mood and psychosis are illegal, including ketamine, cannabis, MDMA and psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms. Nutt said there had been almost no work in this field because the government made it difficult for scientists to access the drugs.

A Home Office spokesperson told the Guardian: “The Home Office licensing regime enables bona fide institutions to carry out scientific research on controlled substances while ensuring necessary safeguards are in place.”


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Acta: Piracy treaty dealt crucial blows in EU votes

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 15:52 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Three key EU committees have voted against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).

The treaty, which aims to curb piracy, was rejected by committees tasked with assessing its legality and impact on civil liberties and industry.

To date 22 member states, including the UK, have signed the treaty – but it is yet to be formally ratified.

The European Parliament will make its final decision on Acta in July.


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Auto Jobs: Sign of the Times

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 10:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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At the Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama more than 20,000 people have applied for one of the 877 job openings.

So 4.4% would be hired if all 877 jobs are filled. And people thought Harvard University was selective…


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BBC Panorama – Euro 2012 – Stadiums Of Hate (Full Episode)

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Thanks for posting. Woah…speechless.

  2. ..and those who want more EU integration as a solution to the crisis should watch this. It will be a very tough row, at least culturally, if not financially.

  3. I wonder if these people beat their girlfriends for being slav-lovers?

  4. Found the vid reposted (for now)-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzo3RYCbO5I

  5. And here’s a response from black sportsmen who actually lives in Poland:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqqDOhlylhM

Illinois rep EXPLODES on the House floor!

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 9:57 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. It is Republican Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost. Here is a some back ground http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/illinois-state-rep-goes-berserk-in-epic-rant-2/

    Clearly Mike Bost is fit to serve … in the Ukraine Utlra right)

Axelrod: Handful of plutocrats trying to buy this government

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 9:30 by Paul Jay in category: Indecision 2012

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Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said Wednesday that billionaires were trying to buy the United States government in the November elections.

“There was a report this morning that the Republican Super PACs, apart from Romney and apart from his own super PAC, intend to spend a billion dollars in this campaign setting up shadow state organizations—district-wide organizations—as well as running media,” he told Current TV host Jennifer Granholm.

“So a handful of plutocrats of billionaires with a special interest agenda are going to try and buy this government in this election, and the stakes of that are pretty profound.”


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Cartoons

Posted on May 31st, 2012 at 8:51 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Politwoops – Deleted tweets from politicians

Posted on May 30th, 2012 at 20:39 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Sure, we all tweet things we don’t mean to share, but now politicians have no way to hide them. Discover tweets that your politicians shared and then promptly deleted.


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  1. About as compelling as Amercia’s Best Bloopers and Outtakes.

Now you’re all probably wondering why I called you here today…

Posted on May 30th, 2012 at 19:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Romney app misspells ‘Amercia’

Posted on May 30th, 2012 at 18:13 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign misspelled the word “America” on its new iPhone app, and it’s already paying a price for it.

In the app, the phrase “A Better America” is misspelled “A Better Amercia.” The misspelling was picked up and tweeted widely Tuesday night, soon spawned a hashtag-driven Twitter meme in which people imagined just what Amercia stood for and what kind of policies Romney had planned for Amercia.

I wonder if somebody got fierd for that!


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  1. A topic high on my list of most useless media stories this year.

  2. Make sure you have lots of space on that list, the election season has just begun…

  3. Just turn on Fox or CNN.

Secret ‘Kill List’ Tests Obama’s Principles

Posted on May 30th, 2012 at 17:58 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?

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In response to his concern, the C.I.A. downsized its munitions for more pinpoint strikes. In addition, the president tightened standards, aides say: If the agency did not have a “near certainty” that a strike would result in zero civilian deaths, Mr. Obama wanted to decide personally whether to go ahead.

The president’s directive reinforced the need for caution, counterterrorism officials said, but did not significantly change the program. In part, that is because “the protection of innocent life was always a critical consideration,” said Michael V. Hayden, the last C.I.A. director under President George W. Bush.

It is also because Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.

Counterterrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good. “

So getting that “near certainty” is easy, right? Anybody running around is a terrorist. Anybody standing still is a well-disciplined terrorist.


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  1. In the last year or so before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I remember Mikhail Gorbachev telling a joke to the extent of “President Mitterand has 100 lovers. One of them has AIDS, but he doesn’t know which one. President Bush has 100 security guards. One of them is a terrorist, but he doesn’t know which one. President Gorbachev has 100 economic advisers. One of them is smart, but he doesn’t know which one.”

    Of course, that was intended to highlight some of the troubles he was having in trying to keep the USSR afloat, financially (and we all know how that worked out), but that line about the US president is an interesting one. If, by the standards of this article, the statement about the US Secret Service in Gorby’s joke were true, does that mean that he could authorize launching a strike on the White House?

Priest Removed From Ministry Due To Sex Abuse Allegations Now Works At TSA

Posted on May 30th, 2012 at 13:04 by Paul Jay in category: News

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The CBS 3 I-Team has learned that a Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations now holds a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport.

The security checkpoint between Terminals D and E is a busy place where thousands of people – including lots of kids – pass through every day. But you might not believe who the I-Team observed working as a TSA supervisor at that checkpoint this week: Thomas Harkins.

Until 2002, Harkins was a Catholic priest working at churches across South Jersey. But the Diocese of Camden removed him from ministry because it found he sexually abused two young girls. Now, in a new lawsuit, a third woman is claiming she also is one of Harkins’ victims.

The I-Team asked Harkins about the suit as he was leaving his shift at the airport.

“I have nothing to say,” was Harkins’ reply.


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  1. Surely this must make us all feel safer?

Bishops ‘not obliged’ to report sexual abuse to police

Posted on May 30th, 2012 at 9:33 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The Italian Bishop’s Conference (CIE) has issued guidelines on child protection that inform its bishops that they are ‘not obliged to report illicit facts’ of child abuse to the police.

The new guidelines were released recently after the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith advised every Bishop Conference to create a document covering Child Protection if they did not already have one.


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  1. This is their idea of child protection?

  2. How can this possibly be anything other than clear documention of conspiracy to commit a crime?

  3. Yep, lock ’em all up…if they don’t feel obliged to protect the community’s children, it is not safe to have these guys running around.

Cartoons

Posted on May 29th, 2012 at 18:57 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Would a message from God pass these Catholic rules on revelation?

Posted on May 29th, 2012 at 18:13 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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To put it another way, what was absolutely valid for the establishing of a religion becomes by necessity invalid once it already exists.


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Kamer wil antinamaakverdrag [ACTA] van tafel

Posted on May 29th, 2012 at 16:22 by Desiato in category: Intellectual Property

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De Tweede Kamer wil dat Nederland niet akkoord gaat met een internationaal verdrag voor bescherming van intellectueel eigendom. Ze heeft daartoe vandaag een motie van D66 en VVD aangenomen. Ook een PVV-motie hierover werd aangenomen. De Kamer vreest dat het antinamaakverdrag de internetvrijheid en privacy van burgers in gevaar brengt.

Het zogeheten ACTA-verdrag, dat gesloten moet worden tussen onder meer de EU-landen, de Verenigde Staten en Japan, ligt al langer onder vuur, ook in het Europarlement. Tegenstanders vrezen dat het misbruikt wordt om mensen van internet te weren die zich schuldig hebben gemaakt aan illegaal downloaden.

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Het kabinet is overigens van mening dat het ACTA-verdrag niet in strijd is met de Europese of Nederlandse grondrechten.

The Dutch parliament has accepted a motion expressing that it wants The Netherlands not to agree to the ACTA international treaty on intellectual property rights.


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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Posted on May 29th, 2012 at 13:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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You can tell you’ve got your competitors rattled when they start producing knocking copy about you. It’s a testament to the success of OpenStreetMap that TomTom, the troubled, declining manufacturer of satnavs (PNDs) and geodata vendor, has published a rather cynical example of FUD about “open-source maps”.


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Joy in the Congo: A musical miracle

Posted on May 28th, 2012 at 19:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Facebook Might Have a Smartphone in Its Future

Posted on May 28th, 2012 at 14:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This past week, Google completed its acquisition of the hardware maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, which could lead to the search giant’s making its own smartphone. But another software titan might be getting into the hardware game as well: Facebook.

Employees of Facebook and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, say the company hopes to release its own smartphone by next year.

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“Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” a Facebook employee said.


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  1. I loved the bits about how making a phone turned out to be slightly harder than the software boys thought.

  2. Is that a Spambook phone in your pocket, or…?

Irrumabo te Habeo mea

Posted on May 28th, 2012 at 11:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s signing of the new Kansas Tax Act on Tuesday was a historic event. The act will shape the lives of Kansans for many years to come.

The nonpartisan Legislative Research Department has estimated that the act will reduce Kansas government revenues by $4.5 billion over the next six years. Inevitably, there will be major reductions in the government services Kansans have come to expect — especially education.

Equally important, the act dramatically changes the Kansas tax system, shifting the income tax burden from the wealthy and prosperous to working people. The act provides that all income of business owners is tax-free (except in the unusual case where a regular corporation is used). Although the act was promoted as a boost to small business, there is no limit on the size of business that can be exempt from tax.

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Who will still be paying Kansas income tax? Only three groups: 1) employees, 2) some retirees and 3) individuals whose investments are so modest that they cannot afford to create a trust or partnership to shelter their investment income.

You know the difference is between Greece and the US?

Greece just has people avoiding paying the taxes they owe. The US has the people who owe big taxes rewriting laws so they no longer legally owe taxes at all.


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  1. It’s really hard to feel sorry for them. The christian right voted for them. I hope they like what they get. Massive debt and brain drain as the smart ones leave.

  2. The really sad thing is that the federal government will probably be asked to help cover all the costs when it all falls down

  3. State-paid education is the one social program that really helps reduce inequality. Stands to reason that it’s a common target for cuts.

With Personal Data in Hand, Thieves File Early and Often

Posted on May 28th, 2012 at 11:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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With nothing more than ledgers of stolen identity information — Social Security numbers and their corresponding names and birth dates — criminals have electronically filed thousands of false tax returns with made-up incomes and withholding information and have received hundreds of millions of dollars in wrongful refunds, law enforcement officials say.

The criminals, some of them former drug dealers, outwit the Internal Revenue Service by filing a return before the legitimate taxpayer files. Then the criminals receive the refund, sometimes by check but more often though a convenient but hard-to-trace prepaid debit card.


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German teen Shouryya Ray solves 300-year-old mathematical riddle posed by Sir Isaac Newton

Posted on May 28th, 2012 at 11:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A GERMAN 16-year-old has become the first person to solve a mathematical problem posed by Sir Isaac Newton more than 300 years ago.

Shouryya Ray worked out how to calculate exactly the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance, The (London) Sunday Times reported.

The Indian-born teen said he solved the problem that had stumped mathematicians for centuries while working on a school project.


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  1. The kid’s smart, and right about the triviality of such a solution. Such things can be easily simulated using differences on computers these days. It is interesting to think about what Newton would of come up with if he had access to such things in his time.

Slowly Rotating Triangle

Posted on May 27th, 2012 at 21:00 by Desiato in category: Cartoon

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Outside Money Making The Race A Rich Man’s Game

Posted on May 27th, 2012 at 12:42 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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Right now, more than 80 percent of the money raised by superPACs has gone to pro-GOP groups. And, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, 80 percent of all the money raised by these groups has come from just 100 individuals — the wealthiest people in America. People like Texas billionaire Harold Simmons.


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Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way

Posted on May 27th, 2012 at 10:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

Does TED even understand it’s being mocked?


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  1. The part of the audience laughing understood, I think. And c’mon, they invited him to begin with…

Vice President Biden Discusses Grief & Loss

Posted on May 27th, 2012 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


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‘I’m off to save prostates!’

Posted on May 27th, 2012 at 5:44 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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FTC ruling…POM products could “support prostate health” but… insufficient evidence that they can treat, prevent or reduce the risk of prostate cancer…

So POM produces even more provocative ads. (FWIW, regular ejaculation also supports prostate health and is probably more fun than drinking fruit juice.)


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Meanwhile in Azerbaijan…

Posted on May 27th, 2012 at 5:28 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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“The trouble I had yesterday was that I swallowed my snow and I – the snowflakes – I got one in my throat. And stuff like that happens, you know, when it’s live and so, but it didn’t make me nervous at all.” Loreen said.

Crikey, doesn’t everyone know you don’t swallow, you inhale?


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