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Rules for the cat

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 23:05 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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Cartoons

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 22:53 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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EFF Will Represent The Oatmeal Creator in Fight Against Bizarre Lawsuit Targeting Critical Online Speech

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is joining with attorney Venkat Balasubramani of the law firm Focal PLLC to represent The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman in a bizarre lawsuit targeting the online comic strip’s fundraising campaign in support of the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation.


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  1. OK chaps, beaver pelts away!

Potential jurors voice thoughts on Texas drug law during by saying no matter how strong the evidence, they wouldn’t convict man of felony for less than gram of cocaine

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 22:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“It was a wow moment,” defense attorney Todd Dupont said.

Israel Rangel was charged with possession of less than a gram of cocaine. Cops said he had half as much coke as there is Sweet’N Low in a single packet.

When citizens showed up in court to pick a jury, it started the way all cases do.

“The prosecutor asked a question to the first 65 people,” Dupont said.

“The jurors if they believed beyond a reasonable doubt that the offense was committed, would they convict?” Walker said.

“I was surprised, first of all, of the bluntness of the question,” juror Lou Ellen Wheeler said.

But Wheeler – who was eventually picked for the jury – was even more surprised by the answers. She said yes, but 50 out of 130 jurors said no, they would not convict someone even if it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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“They said they weren’t going to make somebody a felon and ruin their lives over less than a gram of cocaine,” Dupont said.


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  1. Interesting. You know where this leads.
    Many years ago, Britain stopped capital punishment. Even though the government made a virtue of a necessity, not only had a number of innocent people been executed in error, but juries couldn’t be prevailed upon to convict, sometimes not even on the clearest evidence.

  2. With the government’s head perpetually always up their a$$, someone has to change the laws.

Actors Against Acting Athletes with Gary Oldman

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 17:19 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. Wasn’t he in Team America: World Police movie?

Nancy Pelosi Slams Contempt Vote: ‘I Could Have Arrested Karl Rove … But We Didn’t’

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 16:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is playing politics with its vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, an action she said that even she didn’t seek as House Speaker when she thought someone was legitimately deserving of it.

“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” Pelosi said to laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol … If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.”

Rove was senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2007.

Asked on what grounds she could have arrested Rove, Pelosi replied, “Oh, any number. But there were some specific ones for his being in contempt of Congress. But we didn’t.”


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  1. This is what’s wrong with Congress. The excuse that “everyone is doing it” is not working with the American people. But I can see why Pelosi agrees that contempt of Congress is normal and acceptable.

  2. Wait, Pelosi is accusing politicians of… “playing politics”? So… they’re doing their job?

G20: Bill Gates adds his weight to calls for Robin Hood tax

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 16:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Bill Gates will tell the G20 group of developed and developing countries on Thursday that they could raise an extra $48bn (£30bn) a year to fight global poverty by levying a small tax on share and bond trading.

Despite hostility from Britain and the US, the Microsoft founder will add weight to the growing campaign for a so-called Robin Hood tax when he tells the two-day summit in Cannes that a levy on finance would help hard-pressed rich nations to meet their aid pledges to the poor.


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  1. We are much ahead in this area too. In Hungary, they are going to introduce a small tax on every transaction – paying bills, transferring money between accounts, withdrawing money from the ATM, etc.
    And it will apply to people and business alike. Much better than trading tax.

Google to pay $0 to Oracle for their lawsuit

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 15:12 by John Sinteur in category: Google

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In a hearing in the US District Court today, it was determined that Google will pay a net total of nothing for Oracle’s patent claims against them. In fact, Google is given 14 days to file an application for Oracle to pay legal fees to Google(in a similar manner to how things are done for frivolous lawsuits). However, it is not quite peaches and roses for Google, as Oracle is planning on appealing the decision in the case.

This is obviously very good news for Google, but we will have to see what happens with Oracle’s appeal. Of course, appeals for most cases are to be expected(especially with a case like this one, which was heavily watched, and has a large impact on the Software and IT industries as a whole).


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Behind the scenes at a McDonald’s photo shoot

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 14:30 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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  1. Think of the jobs that would be lost if they used the ‘real’ burger in their advertising. This provides hours of well-paid work.

  2. Think of the burgers that wouldn’t be sold if they used the ‘real’ burger in their advertising 🙂

  3. Food photography is pure fantasy at the best of times. It normally involves non-food materials (the video skips over that aspect). Check out how shiny the meat is in the created image. That effect normally comes from a good coating of glycerin.

  4. Or nasty boiled up bits of dead cow = gelatine.

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll)

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 14:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


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“I’m Just Asking You As An Expert Is Heroin Worse For Someone’s Health Than Marijuana?”

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 14:23 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. The head of the DEA is required, by law, to denounce all drugs and to never admit they can ever be good. Any other answer would cost her her job.

Will INTA Committee Betray EU Citizens?

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 11:22 by Paul Jay in category: News

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 Brussels, June 19th 2012 – This Thursday, June 21st, the “International Trade” (INTA) committee of the EU Parliament will adopt its draft report on ACTA. Under pressure from the EU Commission and industry lobbyists1, members of the committee could decide, potentially in a secret vote, to call for the adoption of ACTA or to postpone the final vote for years, which would help the pro-ACTA to save face. Citizens participation is absolutely crucial to ensure that the Parliament will stick to the general interest and face its political responsibility by voting a clear rejection of ACTA.

This Thursday, June 21st, the “International Trade” (INTA) committee will recommend the rest of the Parliament to either accept or reject ACTA.

For months, many NGOs and public institutions produced analysis and commentaries, showing that ACTA is dangerous for innovation, freedom of speech and privacy online. Hundreds of thousands of citizens took the streets this past winter against ACTA, urging for a reform of today’s outdated copyright regime. This has led to an intense political debate within the EU Parliament. The different opinion reports recently adopted by several committees of the Parliamenturged for the rejection of ACTA.

But as the final vote of the EU Parliament gets closer (scheduled for July 3rd-5th2), all these efforts could be smashed.

Whereas the draft report of INTA rapporteur David Martin (UK, S&D) recommends the rejection of ACTA, other INTA members have tabled amendmentsasking either for the adoption of ACTA or for postponing the vote for years, pending an opinion of the EU Court of Justice on the legality of the agreement. Postponing the vote would ruin all chances to have ACTA rejected any time soon, and would pave the way to more repressive policies in the meantime. Citizens must remind Members of the INTA committee that postponing ACTA vote is a tactic of both the EU Commission and copyright lobbies to save face. If the final vote is postponed, the EU Parliament would be seen as playing into the hands of ACTA supporters, renouncing to its political power and its mission to defend citizens.

“Confirmed rumours in the corridors of the Parliament suggest that Thursday’s vote could be held in secret. Such a trick would allow Members of political groups who are officially against ACTA to escape their political responsibility. Important progress has been made in the last months as policy-makers increasingly understand the need to break away from repression and to reform copyright. We cannot allow powerful lobbies and the EU Commission to erase it all”, says Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net.

 


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New declassified docs contradict 9/11 claims

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 10:19 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive. The documents were released after the NSA pored through the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission and sent Freedom of Information Act requests.

The material contains much new information about the hunt before and after 9/11 for bin Laden, the development of the drone campaign in AfPak, and al-Qaida’s relationship with America’s ally, Pakistan. Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him. The CIA materials directly contradict the many claims of Bush officials that it was aggressively pursuing al-Qaida prior to 9/11, and that nobody could have predicted the attacks. “I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released, because they paint a picture of the CIA knowing something would happen before 9/11, but they didn’t get the institutional support they needed,” says Barbara Elias-Sanborn, the NSA fellow who edited the materials.


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  1. So was it incompetence, indolence, ignorance or evil on the part of the Bush administration?

  2. Based on everything else that the administration did, I’d vote “incompetence.” Then again, I believe one should never attribute to evil or incompetence that which may be adequately explained by evil *and* incompetence.

Defend Innovation

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 6:33 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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The patent system is in crisis, and it endangers the future of software development in the United States. Let’s create a system that defends innovation, instead of hindering it.

A good idea. (Even if the EFF cannot accept US funds from a Canadian. I’ll pay them in beaver pelts.)

[Edited to fix link. –Desiato]


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  1. The link is showing up as a relative URL instead of an absolute URL. Just so you know!

  2. How many beaver pelts are we talking about here?

  3. Well it depends on your Standard Beaver currency policy. A good Canadian beaver pelt it worth more than that of most of your mingy European beavers.

  4. @ guys…thx for fixing it!

A quick peek at the future Louisiana science curriculum

Posted on June 21st, 2012 at 2:31 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Solar Fusion is a Myth


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