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Utah company fires 2 workers who supported Obama

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 21:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


A Utah business owner says he fired two employees in large part because they supported President Barack Obama.

“They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were,” Terry Lee, owner of Terry Lee Forensics, a Cedar City, Utah, digital forensics company, told The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday.

Lee first mentioned the firings in the comments section of another story in the Tribune about a Vernal, Utah, smoothie shop owner charging “liberals” a higher price than “conservatives” for drinks. That shop owner said “liberal programs” are costing his business more, so it’s only fair that left-leaning customers should pay more.

According to the Tribune, Lee showed his support for the tactic by writing:

“Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes. Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits.”

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Obongocare. They don’t even speak English anymore..

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  1. They are racist pigs, as indicated by their own tongues.

  2. They never did speak or write English very well. I’ve found similar behaviour in rural car repair facilities, welding shops, garbage dumps and the like. They get the clientele they deserve.

  3. And stupid racists at that. (I know, so doubly stupid) The President’s father is from Kenya, in Africa. “Obongocare” has to have that at its etymological root.

    The bongo originated from the eastern region of Cuba known as the “Oriente”, during the nineteenth century.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn paid hotel maid £950,000

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 21:40 by John Sinteur in category: News


The economist, 64, and chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo reached the deal to end all legal action for sexual assault against him the US.

The six-figure sum is considerably less than the £3.5 million Mr Strauss-Kahn was earlier reported to have paid Ms Diallo in December, France’s Journal de Dimanche newspaper said.

The 30-year-old chambermaid then paid £320,000 in legal fees, leaving her a settlement of £630,000, the Sunday paper reported.

Mr Strauus-Kahn – once tipped as a future president of France – was arrested in May 2011 for trying to rape Guinea immigrant Miss Diallo when she came to clean his suite in New York’s Sofitel hotel.

He was charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse, a criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching and held at the city’s notorious Ryker’s Island prison.

So you can just buy your way out of a criminal prosecution?

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  1. Nah, they were just negotiating about the price.

  2. No. The criminal prosecution was dismissed long ago because Diallo appeared to have lied about a number of things and had lost credibility to the point where they had no case. This is settling Diallo’s civil suit against DSK. You missed it in the article–it’s in there.

  3. Still you can buy yourself out of a criminal prosecution.
    It’s called a settlement. Or legal corruption.

    No big U.S. bank — Wells Fargo included — has ever been indicted for violating the Bank Secrecy Act or any other federal law. Instead, the Justice Department settles criminal charges by using deferred-prosecution agreements, in which a bank pays a fine and promises not to break the law again.
    ‘No Capacity to Regulate’
    Large banks are protected from indictments by a variant of the too-big-to-fail theory.


More ‘insulting president’ lawsuits under Morsi than Mubarak

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 21:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


There were four times as many ‘insulting the president’ lawsuits during President Mohamed Morsi’s first 200 days in office than during the entire 30-year reign of former president Hosni Mubarak.

This is the claim made by Gamal Eid, human rights lawyer and executive director of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).

Moreover, the number of such lawsuits during the Morsi era is more than during the entire period dating back to 1909 when the law was introduced (originally for ‘insulting the king’), Eid said via Twitter.

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How to catch illegal logging in the Amazon? Make the trunk call

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 19:28 by John Sinteur in category: News


Trees in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being fitted with mobile phones in an attempt to tackle illegal logging and deforestation.

Devices smaller than a pack of cards are being attache d to the trees in protected areas to alert officials once they are cut down and the logs are transported. Location data is sent from sensors once the logs are within 20 miles of a mobile phone network to allow Brazil’s environment agency to stop the sale of illegal timber. The technology, called Invisible Tracck, which is being piloted by Dutch digital security company Gemalto, has a battery life of up to a year and has been designed to withstand the Amazonian climate.

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  1. e-tree phone home!

WTF: Cops Nab Five-Year-Old for Wearing Wrong Color Shoes to School

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 17:40 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


In Mississippi, if kindergarteners violates the dress code or act out in class, they may end up in the back of a police car.

A story about one 5-year-old particularly stands out. The little boy was required to wear black shoes to school. Because he didn’t have black shoes, his mom used a marker to cover up his white and red sneakers. A bit of red and white was still noticeable, so the child was taken home by the cops.

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Ultra Slow Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush (36 minutes slow, you have been warned!)

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Report Details Sexual Abuse of Children by German Priests

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 16:02 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A report about child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, based on victim accounts and released by the church this week, showed that priests carefully planned their assaults and frequently abused the same children repeatedly for years.


Many of the victims said their call to the hot line was the first time they had told anyone about assaults that took place decades ago, most between 1950 and 1980, the report said. Many callers broke down in the middle of their stories and, overcome by emotion, simply hung up the phone, it said. Those who told their stories painted a picture of priests who preyed on emotionally vulnerable children, building up their trust and then assaulting them, repeatedly, over a period of several years.

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Dr. Cornel West – Government can be Oppressive

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 15:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


MLK could have been jailed without due process under the NDAA or killed without due process under the present administration

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  1. Wouldn’t it be a paradox if Obama killed the man that made it possible for him to be President?

Medicare Pricing Delay is Political Win for Amgen, Drug Maker

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 14:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


Just two weeks after pleading guilty in a major federal fraud case, Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, scored a largely unnoticed coup on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers inserted a paragraph into the “fiscal cliff” bill that did not mention the company by name but strongly favored one of its drugs.

The language buried in Section 632 of the law delays a set of Medicare price restraints on a class of drugs that includes Sensipar, a lucrative Amgen pill used by kidney dialysis patients.

The provision gives Amgen an additional two years to sell Sensipar without government controls. The news was so welcome that the company’s chief executive quickly relayed it to investment analysts. But it is projected to cost Medicare up to $500 million over that period.

Amgen, which has a small army of 74 lobbyists in the capital, was the only company to argue aggressively for the delay, according to several Congressional aides of both parties.

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UPDATED: 5 People Shot At 3 Different Gun Shows On Gun Appreciation Day

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 13:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


If the gun advocates behind this year’s inaugural Gun Appreciation Day had hoped to use the day’s festivities to build support for their anti-regulation platform, they are going to have to wait another year.

Emergency personnel had to be called to the scene of the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina after a gun accidentally discharged and shot two people at the show’s safety check-in booth just after 1 pm. Both victims were transported to an area hospital, and the Raleigh Fire Department announced that the show would be closed for the rest of the day.

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Mega Goes Down As 250,000 Users Sign Up

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 13:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


Earlier today Kim Dotcom and his team decided to open up Mega to the public.

Soon after the announcement thousands of people registered an account, every minute.

“I have never seen anything like this. From 0 to 10 Gigabit bandwidth utilization within 10 minutes,” Dotcom wrote in a tweet.

A few hours later Mega’s user count hit 250,000.

Unfortunately, the site’s servers can’t keep up with the demand and Mega is suffering frequent downtime.

The Help section on the new site has some great advice:

Always keep redundant copies of important files, online and offline. Although we keep each file in at least two locations, there is no guarantee against multiple concurrent failures and repeated unprecedented government misconduct.

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  1. Really, not smart enough to rate-limit signups? There’s a reason lots of services start with an invite-code based beta…

    I was trying to figure out whether the new mega could still be used to distribute pirated content. Given that the base paid account gets something like 500GB storage and 1TB bandwidth (/mo?), presumably the free accounts are smaller. Neither of those lets you seed a whole lot of movie torrents. So have they gone clean?

    (mega site isn’t loading for me anymore so can’t check the spec but I think it’s close.)

  2. Well, you’re probably going to call me cynical again, but I think the rate limiting was omitted on purpose. What better publicity than this?

  3. Hmm, it does seem to have worked to get you to post this…

  4. See what I mean? 🙂

Priest Is Planning to Defy the Vatican’s Orders to Stay Quiet

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 13:22 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote to Father Flannery’s religious superior, the Rev. Michael Brehl, last year instructing him to remove Father Flannery from his ministry in County Galway, to ensure he did not publish any more articles in religious or other publications, and to tell him not to give interviews to the news media.

In the letter, the Vatican objected in particular to an article published in 2010 in Reality, an Irish religious magazine. In the article, Father Flannery, a Redemptorist priest, wrote that he no longer believed that “the priesthood as we currently have it in the church originated with Jesus” or that he designated “a special group of his followers as priests.”

Instead, he wrote, “It is more likely that some time after Jesus, a select and privileged group within the community who had abrogated power and authority to themselves, interpreted the occasion of the Last Supper in a manner that suited their own agenda.”

Father Flannery said the Vatican wanted him specifically to recant the statement, and affirm that Christ instituted the church with a permanent hierarchical structure and that bishops are divinely established successors to the apostles.

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DJ Shadow: same as he ever was

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 13:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


On December 14, 2012, DJ Shadow, best-known for his genre-breaking Endtroducing… was booted off the stage in the middle of his set, later tweeting about the incident and his fit there. The venue, Mansion has since issued an an apology, but already has a bit of a reputation for kicking DJs off the stage, having done it to DJ Dennis Ferrer.

So what did Shadow get booted for? Well, why not give it a listen for yourself?

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Hello Kitty Bubble Gun Controversy

Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 0:06 by Paul Jay in category: Do you feel safer yet?


MOUNT CARMEL — The family of a kindergarten student in Northumberland County is thinking about filing a lawsuit after their five-year-old was suspended from school.  The family’s attorney says she was suspended because she threatened to shoot herself and a classmate with a Hello Kitty bubble gun.

A pink Hello Kitty bubble gun is the reason a five-year-old girl was suspended from kindergarten at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School.  Her family’s attorney says she was at her school bus stop last week when she told a classmate she was going to shoot her and herself with the bubble gun…a gun she did not have with her.  People in the community can’t believe it.

“It’s just bubbles. It can’t harm anybody. It’s not hard and won’t puncture anything or harm anybody in any way,” Kayla Nash of Shamokin said.

According to the family’s lawyer, district officials at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School questioned her for three hours without her parent’s knowledge.

She was suspended for ten days for making terroristic threats.

“I would be very upset about that.  They should have called the mother right away.  My son is 13.  If he got called into the office I would want to know right away,” Michele Krah of Mount Carmel said.

“It’s only a bubble gun.  For a five-year-old.  To give them a ten-day suspension.  That’s horrible,” Ray Scott of Mount Carmel said.

The Hello Kitty bubble gun is similar to this one except it’s pink and has a picture of Hello Kitty on it.  It is considered a toy.  When you pull the trigger, it shoots out bubbles.

The family’s lawyer says a psychologist examined the girl and said she was not a danger to others, so district officials reduced the suspension from ten days to four days.

Mount Carmel’s superintendent told Newswatch 16, “We don’t comment on issues involving staff or students because of confidentiality.”

“I know they’re trying to I guess ban stuff like that at school but obviously I don’t think bubbles would hurt any child…except get them wet,” Diane Bressi of Mount Carmel said.

The family’s attorney says the incident will go on her permanent record, which the family will fight.  He says the family is also considering suing the Mount Carmel Area School District.

To Onion or not to Onion..news…

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