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There are things it doesn’t say on the tin.

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 23:52 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

The customer reviews on Amazon.co.uk’s Veet For Men Hair Removal Gel Creme are not for the fainthearted.


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Just a stop, or where the road ends?

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 23:32 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


“I’m not a target for snipers because I’m a tourist, not like you journalists,” he told a reporter. “Besides, I’m not afraid if they shoot at me or that they might kill me. I’m a combination of samurai and kamikaze.”

Despite evidence to the contrary, murder is not a commonplace occurrence in Ankh-Morpork, there are, of course, assassinations, but as these are guild sanctioned they are not deemed to be against the law. Ankh-Morpork does, however, have an extraordinarily high suicide rate, due mainly to the city’s view on what constitutes as suicide. For example, walking alone through the night-time alleyways of the Shades is suicide, as is asking for a short in a dwarf bar. It is very easy to commit suicide in Ankh-Morpork if you are not careful.

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  1. For a moment there I thought you quoted The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy again.

  2. Terry Pratchett does have a way with words…

Secret and Lies of the Bailout

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 21:22 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you’d think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we’ve been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right?


It was all a lie – one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people. We were told that the taxpayer was stepping in – only temporarily, mind you – to prop up the economy and save the world from financial catastrophe. What we actually ended up doing was the exact opposite: committing American taxpayers to permanent, blind support of an ungovernable, unregulatable, hyperconcentrated new financial system that exacerbates the greed and inequality that caused the crash, and forces Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to increase risk rather than reduce it. The result is one of those deals where one wrong decision early on blossoms into a lush nightmare of unintended consequences. We thought we were just letting a friend crash at the house for a few days; we ended up with a family of hillbillies who moved in forever, sleeping nine to a bed and building a meth lab on the front lawn.

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8 things the Marines aren’t telling the Navy

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 21:13 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. And what message is being sent that the Army times slot is being filled by the Marines times and the Air Force times is being billed by the Navy times?

Misspelling “Windows Phone” Makes Google Maps Work

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 19:56 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft

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Can a $1 trillion coin end debt ceiling crisis?

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 19:06 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


What if the threat of a voluntary default by the United States could be erased by simply turning one tiny scrap of platinum into a coin?

That’s right. No debt ceiling problem. No bickering in Congress. No market jitters. The only thing needed is for the Treasury Department to mint a platinum coin with a face value of $1 trillion.

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  1. [Quote]:

    In reality, to pursue the thought further, the coin really would be as much a Federal debt as the T-bills the Fed owns, since eventually Treasury would want to buy it back. So this is all a gimmick — but since the debt ceiling itself is crazy, allowing Congress to tell the president to spend money then tell him that he can’t raise the money he’s supposed to spend, there’s a pretty good case for using whatever gimmicks come to hand.

    But leaving the debt ceiling on one side, isn’t it true that since spending can currently be financed by Fed money printing, we shouldn’t care at all about the notional debt owed to the Fed? Alas, no.

    It’s true that printing money isn’t at all inflationary under current conditions — that is, with the economy depressed and interest rates up against the zero lower bound. But eventually these conditions will end. At that point, to prevent a sharp rise in inflation the Fed will want to pull back much of the monetary base it created in response to the crisis, which means selling off the Federal debt it bought. So even though right now that debt is just a claim by one more or less governmental agency on another governmental agency, it will eventually turn into debt held by the public.

    We are living in weird economic times, where many of the usual rules don’t apply and there are big free lunches to be had. But not everything is a free lunch, even now. Sorry.

  2. “The Triganic Pu has its own very special problems. Its exchange rate of eight Ningis to one Pu is simple enough, but since a Ningi is a rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles along each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one Pu. Ningis are not negotiable currency, because the Galactibanks refuse to deal in fiddling small change. From this basic premise it is very simple to prove that the Galactibanks are also the product of a deranged imagination.”

    — Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

  3. that is an inspired comment.

  4. But what if the price of platinum drops? Just askin’ . . .

Is Mitch McConnell’s Objection to Filibuster Reform Related to Campaign Finance?

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


A really interesting report was released today by CampaignMoney.org, which follows Mitch McConnell’s use of the filibuster and how money seems to pass to him when he exercises that “minority voice” of his.

The full report (PDF) highlights eight specific instances where McConnell’s fortune increased commensurate with his blocking efforts in the Senate. It’s more blatant than we usually see.

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Fiscal cliff put in a much better perspective

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 16:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

US tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000

Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000

New debt: $1,650,000,000,000

National debt: $14,271,000,000,000

Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000

Let’s now remove eight zeros and pretend it is a household budget:

Annual family income: $21,700

Money the family spent: $38,200

New debt on the credit card: $16,500

Outstanding credit card balance: $142,710

Total household budget cuts so far: $38.50

Got it?

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  1. This is why every current (and past member for last 12 years) should be in prison for fraud.

  2. This is also why I think that all members of Congress should spend 1 year in prison for each year in office, and have a 2 term limit. They get to screw us for 4-12 years (Congress-Senate), but they will get a similar amount of time rooming with Bubba until they get to eat some of the port they wrote…

  3. port->pork … danged keyboard!

  4. Spaceman;

    “danged keyboard” is nothing but the “Perversity of Inanimate Objects”, the bane of my existence!

  5. Another “Perversity of Inanimate Objects” or just a “Freudian Slip” to make thing seem worse?
    Eight Zeros off $38,500,000,000 is $385.00. NOT $38.50.
    Still; this isn’t a significant step in the right direction!

  6. Mr. G. W. Bush’s “Guns _and_ Butter” administration may have something to do with this.

  7. It is only pork when it is creating jobs in someone else’s district.

    But when it comes to the fact the Senate has a three day work week, and then almost every member and much of their staff fly to their home state each and every week, at the taxpayers’ expense, while enjoying ludicrously expensive healthcare plans for their family, now and for the rest of their lives, we begin to see some operating costs that might could use revising.

    And then there is the fact we spend more on war and weapons of death than the entire rest of the world combined.

  8. Your wrong Sue.

    While Bush did add to the over 14 Trillion dollar debt, Bush’s largest year to year deficit was $500billion. Obama has yet to have a deficit less than 1 Trillion dollars. Obama had added more to the national debt in his 4 years than Bush did 8.

  9. It’s “You’re”. And you are wrong.

    And here is an overview of what has added to the deficit.

  10. @John B. Actually my point was that you are unlikely to be able to fight long wars on the scale of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the “War on Terror” without putting your country into financial difficulties and without your citizenry feeling the consequences for many years. And I do blame Mr. G. W. Bush’s administration for this.

  11. John Barton is wrong. Does he not realize that GWB started two unfunded wars and provided an unfunded drug benefit. All off of the books. But spending nontheless. Obama put those onto the books where they should have been to begin with… so suddenly he gets blamed for spending done by GWB. Do you prefer dishonest accounting that makes things look good for you? Or do you prefer honest accounting that tells you how things really are.

  12. The link John gives in #9 has an illustration of (some of) what Erik says in #11.

Roberts Should Refuse to Swear In Obama

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 16:20 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


After unsuccessful attempts to knock President Obama off the ballot and defeat Obama after the election by throwing the Electoral College into chaos, WorldNetDaily now is petitioning Chief Justice John Roberts to refuse to administer the presidential oath of office. WND commentator Craige McMillan said that if Roberts doesn’t withhold the oath, he will face “impeachment and eternal dishonor.” He even compared the current state of the U.S. to Nazi Germany by warning that America will have its own Nuremberg Trials to prosecute those who had been “violating their own oath of office, continu[ing] the sham through a second presidential term”

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Worse than a jealous ex

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 16:18 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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Leviticus 19:28

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 14:55 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. No-one else is going to touch this, so I’ll bite: “Just say No to crack.”

“My God, it’s full of planets! They should have sent a poet.”

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 14:34 by John Sinteur in category: News



NASA Kepler released last month 18,406 planet-like detection events from its last three year mission to search for exoplanets (Kepler Q1-Q12 TCE). Further analysis is required by the NASA Kepler Team and the scientific community to extract and identify true planets, including those potentially habitable. The Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo (PHL) performed a preliminary analysis and identified 262 candidates for potentially habitable worlds in this dataset. These candidates become top priority for further analysis, additional observations, and confirmation.

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GOP Congressmen Who Begged For Federal Aid In Disasters Striking Home Districts Vote Against Sandy Aid

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 14:32 by John Sinteur in category: Fuck you I got mine, News


While it is not particularly remarkable that there would be members of the Republican caucus who would vote against honoring the obligations of the United States government (they are, after all, threatening to disavow debt that we’ve already promised to pay if we don’t do what they say in making budget cuts), what shocks even an old cynic such as myself are those Members who had the extraordinary nerve to cast a ‘no’ vote despite recently pleading for the very same relief when voters in their own districts were under water or picking up the pieces of their lives following a devastating tornado.

Members like Missouri Republican Sam Graves who—just two years ago—begged President Obama for an emergency declaration freeing up big time federal bucks to aid the people in his home district in their hour of need following a severe natural disaster.

And what do you imagine the money was for?

“This is the problem with entitlements. They’re really only entitlements when they’re something other people want. When it’s something you want, they’re a hallmark of a civilized society, the foundation of a great people.

– Jon Stewart

A great demonstration of the modern GOP mindset: Fuck you I got mine.

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Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 13:09 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft


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  1. There is too such a thing as an iPad 4; it’s the one that was launched the same time as the iPad Mini.

An Inquiry Into Tech Giants’ Tax Strategies Nears an End

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 12:30 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Robber Barons


Congressional investigators are wrapping up an inquiry into the accounting practices of Apple and other technology companies that allocate revenue and intellectual property offshore to lower the taxes they pay in the United States.


Apple has long been a pioneer in developing innovative tax strategies that lessen its domestic taxes. At the September hearing, Senator Levin said the investigation indicated that Apple had deferred taxes on over $35.4 billion in offshore income between 2009 and 2011.

Tech companies are able to easily shift “intellectual property, and the profit that goes along with it, to tax havens,” said a former Treasury Department economist, Martin A. Sullivan. “Apple went out of its way to try and ensure that its tax savings didn’t attract too much public attention, because tax avoidance of that magnitude — even though it’s legal and permissible — isn’t in keeping with the image of a socially progressive company.”

In its statement, Apple said it paid “an enormous amount of taxes” to local, state and federal governments. “In fiscal 2012 we paid $6 billion in federal corporate income taxes, which is 1 out of every 40 dollars in corporate income taxes collected by the U.S. government,” it said.

So if Apple is a huge tax-avoiding company, and still manages to pay 1 out every 40 dollars, there’s only two options: either Apple is insanely profitable compared to all the others, or all the others are even bigger tax cheaters. It’s time to change the entire system.

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Lance Armstrong Said to Weigh Admission of Doping

Posted on January 5th, 2013 at 12:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


Lance Armstrong, who this fall was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports, has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation. He would do this, the people said, because he wants to persuade antidoping officials to restore his eligibility so he can resume his athletic career.

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  1. Coverage ahead of actual news is one of my pet peeves. I don’t want to read what the President is thought to be likely to say in his speech tomorrow. Wake me up when it actually happens, don’t bother me with gossip and rumors before it does.

  2. @Desiato: Agreed, but this is a hypocritical attempt to try to control public reaction via a deliberate “leak”. (You’d almost have pity on the hapless PR flacks trying to work this dog.)

  3. Lance, say it ain’t true! Guess the Tea Party was wrong about him too.