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TSA screeners spooked by Apple’s ‘futuristic artifact’

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 22:32 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Do you feel safer yet?


“I suspect I will be reading about ‘intercepted alien technology of unknown origin or purpose’ on the blogosphere soon.”

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Teresa Sullivan fired from UVA: What happens when universities are run by robber barons.

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 20:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


At some point in recent American history, we started assuming that if people are rich enough, they must be experts in all things. That’s why we trust Mark Zuckerberg to save Newark schools and Bill Gates to rid the world of malaria. Expertise is so 20th century.

Kiernan played a strange and as-yet-unclear role in the ousting of Sullivan over last weekend. Here is the story of how it unfolded and how we came to know of Kiernan’s role in the matter.

Here is a lot of information about this ruckus.

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  1. “That’s why we trust Bill Gates to rid the world of malaria”

    Uh, what? Gates wasn’t appointed to cure malaria. Gates has no official role. Who the fuck “trusts” him to cure malaria? Seems like a good place to stop reading right there and not “trust” this author to have a useful point.

  2. (Not meaning to imply anything about the justness of Teresa Sullivan’s firing.)

  3. Ok, so the author proves that he basically can’t see the difference between tell the financial supporter (Bill Gates) and the actual people doing the research (aka. Scientist Not Bill Gates).

    And I have to believe he can actually understand more complicated things.

Google: government requests to censor content ‘alarming’

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 18:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


Google and many other online providers maintain that they cannot lawfully remove any content for which they are merely the host and not the producer, a principle enshrined in EU law on eCommerce since 2000.

In January 2012 the European Union’s executive Commission announced it would introduce clearer guidelines on handling such requests, outlining under which circumstances it would be legal to have content removed from the Web and when it would curb free speech and fundamental rights.

The Commission has launched a public consultation called “a clean and open Internet” and has asked companies how many requests they get to take down content, from whom and for what reason.

The [European Union’s executive] Commission has launched a public consultation called “a clean and open Internet”

You have found a cake! Have or eat?
>Do both
You can't do that. Have or eat?

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  1. Oh good, sounds like a make-work project! Let’s give all the unemployed young adults in the EU free internet and pay then to research this question.

Sheriff: Hitchhiker writing book on kindness shot himself

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 18:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


A West Virginia man who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness in America” has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday.

Valley County sheriff’s officials said they believe 39-year-old Ray Dolin shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion, but they offered no further details.

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Tea Party II Coloring Book, Social Activism for Kids

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 17:37 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


Political coloring books aren’t new, nor are they limited to one side of the ideological spectrum, said Fran Walfish, a Los Angeles-based clinical psychotherapist who specializes in children and families. In the 1990s, she said, there were coloring books about changing families, addressing themes like gay parenting.

Recent years have seen a resurgence. PM Press, based in Oakland, Calif., has published coloring books like the feminist-themed “Girls Are Not Chicks,” and “Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon,” which challenges gender norms. Ramsey Kanaan, the publisher, said the books teach young readers “diversity or tolerance or creative thinking.”

Like Mitt Romney bobbleheads and Hillary Clinton nutcrackers, most political coloring books are aimed at adults, like “The Bush Years: Celebrating the Beginning and End of an Error,” or the overtly sexist “The Official Geraldine Ferraro Coloring Book: V.P. or K.P.?” from the 1980s.

But the “Tea Party II” book is very much geared for younger minds. “Don’t be intimidated by political correctness!” one caption reads, and there are color-in drawings of conservative figures like Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. The caption under drawings of the House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and the Senate majority leader Harry Reid reads: “These people need to improve their behavior and get better at what they do or resign.”

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The Oatmeal v. FunnyJunk, Part IV: Charles Carreon Sues Everybody

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 13:25 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


I can say that Charles Carreon remains a petulant, amoral, censorious douchebag without violating his trademark because that’s nominative, not commercial.

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  1. One interesting thing is that Mr. Carry-on’s original letter to the Oatmeal only asked $20,000 for damages to the FunnyJerk proprietor’s reputation. (Such a small reputation!) Hoping for a quick pay out. Scum.


Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 13:06 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Sexual abuse by clergy a ‘mystery,’ Pope says

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 12:45 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics on Sunday it is a “mystery” why priests and other church officials abused children entrusted in their care, undermining faith in the church “in an appalling way.”

You know, every Sunday, Catholic priests discuss the “mysteries of faith” in the sermon. Perhaps they should include this one for a while.

For me, it’s a mystery that people still attend the Catholic Church.

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  1. Not a mystery. The Dark Side. Brainwashing and mental abuse form earliest childhood. I know a family that were kidnapped into Irish orphanages when father died and mother had a breakdown. All ten that survived report stories of terrible abuse. All are now older than 60. All but two men still go to mass twice on Sunday, and deep down think that they are doomed to hell.

  2. This sexual behavior is a mystery, But trust us to tell you whether you should have sex before marriage and if you should use a condom. Yikes.

Anglican Mainstream: Gays marrying will lead to children being taught about ‘eating human faeces’

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 12:38 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Writing about her letter to her MP, Dr Lisa Nolland, lay minister and blogger for Anglican Mainstream, has claimed that legalising same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught risky sexual practises in school, including “eating human faeces”.

I fully understand, Lisa. Kids should only learn about eating shit through reading the Bible.

[Ezekiel 4 12:13]:

And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.

And the Lord said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

[2 Kings 18:27]:

But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?

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  1. An addition: It becomes hopelessly super-ironic when an Anglican clergyman warns hysterically that same-sex marriage will allegedly become a danger to “traditional marriage between one man and one women”, when taking into account why the Anglican Church was founded 500 years ago.

    Hint: The Anglican Church was founded because a king (Henry VIII) got regularly fed up with his current wife, needed permission to declare the marriage void because he wanted to marry a new younger girl, so he simply founded his own church which allowed him to do so. He went so far to even have two of his wives beheaded. In total, he expended 6 wives (the last one was lucky to outlive him). So much for “sanctity of marriage”. Any similarities to certain modern conservatives aren’t completely coincidental…

  2. And to add insult to injury, the above quotes are from the King James version, a translation which was a successor of the “Great Bible” which was commissioned by that same Henry VIII. Why a new version you say? Well, it was in response to the perceived problems of the earlier translations as detected by the Puritans, which is, of course, a faction within the Church of England.

    Perhaps the Anglican Church needs to start giving history lessons in Sunday School as well!

  3. Not that I’m a card carrying Anglican, but the “Anglican Mainstream” isn’t that at all. Like the so-called “Moral Majority” it’s a bunch of evangelical homophobic anti-abortionists trying to hold the doctrinal line on the real mainstream which has been moving, with all of society, into acceptance of gays and lesbians, ordination of women and gay priests and bishops, and belief that the Bible is a series of contradictory time-capsules.

    Most Anglicans (in Britain and Canada) are very fuzzy on doctrine and just want to be terribly nice to people.

Finally you can be a card carrying communist!

Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 9:15 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons, What were they thinking?


from each according to his volatility, to each according to his greed

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  1. To be fair, one should add that the german Sparkassen system hasn’t much to do with ruthless investment banks. They are decentralized savings banks, often in ownership of the state, the local town or similiar. As of german law, their primary goal is not to make profits, but to provide monetary services like savings or deposit accounts the citizens, to give loans to local businesses etc. Profits go mainly into safety reserve funds or are donated to local charities. Another comparable banking system are credit unions. It would be absurd to compare a Sparkasse to the greedy sharks like Deutsche Bank or Goldman Sachs.

    Interestingly, the USA also had a savings-and-loans banking system, which worked quite well while they were tightly regulated. At the start of the 80s, these banks were heavily deregulated. Consequently, only some years later, the devastating savings-and-loans-crisis occurred, which was ghastly similiar to the great financial crisis of 2007, also had its cause in highly risky real estate deals to pursue profits, countless banks needed heavy bailouts, and the crisis was among the reasons for the huge deficits the USA had end of the 80s.

  2. @Steffen: In retrospect this shows how much the US & UK governments were under the influence of the financial sector – did no legislator ask, “What could possibly go wrong?” during the deregulation process?


Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 9:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

Instructions for building

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