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Forging a Japanese Sashimi Knife

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 19:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Black dialect joke a hit with Ozark Tea Party

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 16:46 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Michael Cook at Talk Business reports on the warm reception a speaker received at a recent Ozark Tea Party rally June 9 in Mountain Home for telling this “icebreaker” joke in her approximation of black dialect:

A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’

“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’

“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’

“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”

The Baxter Bulletin, which covered the event, captured audio of the episode and reported that the crowd laughed heartily at Tea Party Board member Inge Marler.

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  1. Yeah, typical blaming the poorest.

    Reality looks rather like this:

    “The son of a Goldman Sachs banker asks his mom: ‘Mom, whats a democracy?’
    ‘Well, son, that is when the 99% folks work every day so Daddy can get bailouts and bonuses without having to worry about risk’
    ‘But Mom, don’t they get mad about that?’
    ‘They do, son. They do. And that’s called dangerous class warfare and irresponsible anti-market socialism'”

R. Allen Stanford gets 110 years for role in $7B swindle

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 16:24 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was sentenced Thursday to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over 20 years in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.

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  1. The good news for Stanford is that he only has to serve 65 of those years, and all of his friends each serve 30, and all of their friends each serve 15, and all of their friends each serve 7…

Myth of Perpetual Growth is killing America

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 15:50 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Yes, everything you know about economics is wrong. Dead wrong. Everything. The conclusions of economists are based on a fiction that distorts everything else. As a result economics is as real as one of the summer blockbusters like “Battleship,” “The Avenger” or “Prometheus.”

The difference is that the economic profession is a genuine threat, not entertainment. Economics dogma is on track to destroy the world with a misleading ideology.

Why? Because all economics is based on the absurd Myth of Perpetual Growth. Yes, all theories and business plans based on growth are mythological.

When economists predict, insurance companies get nervous.

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  1. Here’s a better battle-cry against problems in Academic Economics written by Paul Krugman: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/magazine/06Economic-t.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

    On another note, there is good reason to believe that world GDP will rise over the LONG TERM barring ridiculously destructive war and ridiculously bad economic management (hyperinflation, etc). If there is an end to growth we haven’t hit it; we haven’t noticed a slowing. Growth happens; for the foreseeable future it won’t stop; those are the facts.

Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing ‘distress and harm’

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 14:10 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), What were they thinking?

Imagine a 9 year old kid posting this picture on her weblog:

What do you do as a school council? Indeed, you make taking pictures in the lunch room illegal, based on the “distress and harm” the picture caused.

UPDATE: Ban lifted

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  1. Helloooooo parents, wake up! Fer frack’s sake, this shouldn’t need the internet to get fixed.

  2. Ah…the green vegetable portion of this balanced meal is three thin slices of cucumber. How very British. On second thought, in England they would have been boiled, so perhaps the Scots have a nouvelle cuisine movement going on?

  3. I thought the vegetable portion was on the bun.

  4. In Scotland it’s a very real problem that people don’t get enough vegetables.
    Access and price are a real problem, at least according the interviews I’ve heard on the radio.

    I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if that pic up there showed the regular, daily food.

  5. mmmm popsicles.

    We didn’t get those when I was in school 🙁

Kremlin chemicals induced storm to rain on anti-Putin parade, says MP

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 13:14 by Paul Jay in category: News


Officials dismiss claims silver iodide was used to dampen protests in Moscow, saying Russia wanted no rain at all

A row has erupted in Moscow after a member of parliament accused the Kremlin of using chemicals to induce the torrential downpours that soaked protesters at an anti-Putin demonstration this week.

Rain on Tuesday drenched tens of thousands of people as they gathered for the biggest opposition event since Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president last month. A thunderstorm in the afternoon caused protesters to disperse more than an hour before the rally’s scheduled end.

The weather may have been manipulated by the authorities seeking to disrupt the protest, the opposition leader and Duma deputy, Ilya Ponomaryov, wrote on his blog. “An anomalously high content of silver iodide” was found in rainwater collected during the day and analysed by chemists, he said.

Experts countered there was little evidence to suggest authorities could induce rain at specific places and times.

Thundery showers were forecast well in advance, pointed out the deputy director of Russia‘s Hydrometeorological Centre, Dmitry Kityov. While he said it was theoretically possible to artificially induce rainfall, he said “this sort of thing has never been seen before”.

In Russia, sometimes it rains cement

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  1. The best time to induce rain in a particular spot is when there are thundershowers about.

  2. I’m so happy to see that the author/editor of the Reuters article re: cement actually understands significant digits! “80-100 cm (2.5-3 ft)” Too many news articles in the US contain the phrase “about 328 feet” when they mean “about 100m” – which gives completely the wrong idea about the precision.

Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After ‘Vagina’ Comments

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


“If they are going to legislate my anatomy, I see no reason why I cannot mention it,” she said according to the Free Press.

“Regardless of their reasoning, this is a violation of my First Amendment rights and directly impedes my ability to serve the people who elected me into office,” Brown added in a statement released by her office.

Brown was not the only woman silenced on the floor today. Rep. Barb Byrum was also not allowed to speak on the floor.

“Byrum, D-Onondaga, caused a disturbance on the House floor Wednesday when she wasn’t allowed to introduce an amendment to the abortion regulations bill banning men from getting a vasectomy unless the sterilization procedure was necessary to save a man’s life,” the Detroit News reports.

Assuming that half the population of Michigan is female, how is it possible that there will be a single Republican in office after the next election?

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  1. How you ask? F. O. X. Propaganda engine & Super PACs.

  2. You would think that people with rational capabilities would ignore the lies. Not many Spocks out there.

  3. My hope is the triumphalist tea-baggers have gone a snatch too far. This is _Michigan_ fer goodness sake, not Mississippi!

    The whole thing is is part of the creeping conspiracy to make it too difficult to get an early, safe abortion and thus to delay any unhappily pregnant woman until she has no choice. I can’t believe this is still happening…

  4. They should just make everyone happy and do similar to what they do in late night infomercials for male enhancement and refer to “that certain part of the female body.” It’s hotter anyway.

Dirt is Good

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 10:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


Every once in a while, advertising is amazing. World champion sand sculptor JOOheng Tan was recently asked by ad agency Lowe in Singapore to help create these impressive backdrops for an OMO washing detergent ad campaign. In an age when something like this could have been created digitally, they asked Tan to physically build three 18-ton sand sculptures to be used as backdrops in ads encouraging kids to get dirty.

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Indonesia ‘internet atheist’ given jail term

Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 4:25 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


An Indonesian man has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail and fined $10,598 for professing his atheism on the internet, Al Jazeera has reported.

Alexander Aan, a West Sumatran civil servant, was sentenced in court on Thursday with blasphemy and violating internet laws.

Aan was arrested earlier this year for posting “There is no God” on the social networking website Facebook.

Perhaps he should have pleaded that FB cut off the last part of his remark, which read, “…but God.”

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  1. I read about that and was wondering how I could send an effective message to the Indonesian govt that I’ve always wanted to visit the country, but will spend my tourist money elsewhere if this BS goes on.

  2. There’s a nice “contact us” feature on http://www.indonesia.travel/, which is a site owned by the Ministry Of Tourism and Creative Economy.

  3. Maybe I should contact BZ and ask what countries are not safe to travel to if you’re an atheist.

  4. As we say in Canada, “Foreigners with money? No problem!” (Atheists are provably smarter and more affluent as a group.)

    I’d say go to Indonesia and find out for yourself. You’ll be helping the fantastic and friendly local working people in the tourism business; the government and the loony fringes only benefit from poverty and ignorance. (here is a limit to this. Personally, I wouldn’t go to Soddy Arabia.)

  5. It’s important that the peasants think there’s a better life waiting for them in the afterlife; otherwise, they might start demanding a better life now.

  6. @Sue W: Sodding is illegal in Saudi Arabia, but would be a fabulous tourism rebranding opportunity should they suddenly run out of oil and have to build a real economy.