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Evolution Of Mom Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama)

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 19:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

I had to post this – after all, I did post this as well, back when…


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Gun Activists Warn Obama is Raising a Private Black Army to Massacre White Americans

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 18:22 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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Gun Owners of America president Larry Pratt appeared Tuesday on the Talk to Solomon Show alongside conservative blogger Greg W. Howard, of Twittergate fame, for another chance to spew anti-Obama conspiracy theories.

Pratt predicted that President Obama may begin confiscating guns in order to provoke a violent response to justify further oppression, which host Stan Solomon feared would lead to the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of people.

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But Solomon wasn’t finished: “I believe they will put together a racial force to go against an opposite race resistance, basically a black force to go against a white resistance, and then they will claim anyone resisting the black force they are doing it because they are racist.”


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The Department Of Homeland Security Stole My Boat Today

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 15:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A person with a gun and a government badge asked me to swear in writing that a lie was true today. And when I didn’t do what she wanted she simply took my boat and asked me to leave.


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  1. Sigh. The U.S. is not exceptional in this. The surprise is that this citizen is surprised by his treatment.

Science Explains Why the Silent Treatment Works (and Why It’s Healthier for You, Too)

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 15:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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When dealing with jerks and trolls both online and off, you have a choice: you can engage and try to get them to see the error of their ways, or you can avoid them, ignore them, and move on with your life. Most of us already know that ignoring jerks is the best way to deal with them, but a new study from Baruch College (CUNY) brings the point home, and explains why it’s better for your health, too.

The study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (available at the link below) may fall into the “science proves what we already knew was true” category, but there’s an interesting spin on the results: not only is ignoring obnoxious people more effective at silencing them than actually speaking to them or engaging them in a discussion, it’s healthier and less mentally draining on you as well.


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Hackers Vandalized Drudge Report For Last 15 Years

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 14:07 by Desiato in category: News

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MIAMI—Following recent reports that a covert Chinese military unit is behind a series of cyber assaults on American companies, blogger Matt Drudge revealed to reporters today that his popular news aggregation website The Drudge Report has also been at the mercy of Chinese hackers since shortly after the site’s inception in 1996. “They make the whole site look like garbage, they publish all this incendiary trash, and meanwhile I have to sit here with my name on this thing—it kills me,” said the popular blogger, who went on to claim the website’s primitive graphics, inflammatory muckraking, and shoddily researched takedowns were the work of a sophisticated unit of Chinese super-hackers determined to drag down the quality of what would otherwise be a reliable, respected source of online reportage and commentary. “All I can say is if someone in China is trying to make my website look like complete and utter shit then they’re doing a hell of a job.” At press time, sources confirm Drudge was consulting popular viral content aggregator Buzzfeed to see how they were dealing with a similar breach in security.

“News” is not really the right category for this…


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Torture, Lies and Hollywood

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 14:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I WATCHED “Zero Dark Thirty” not as a former F.B.I. special agent who spent a decade chasing, interrogating and prosecuting top members of Al Qaeda but as someone who enjoys Hollywood movies. As a movie, I enjoyed it. As history, it’s bunk.

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In fact, torture led us away from Bin Laden. After Mr. Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times, he actually played down the importance of the courier who ultimately led us to Bin Laden. Numerous investigations, most recently a 6,300-page classified report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, have reached the same conclusion: enhanced interrogation didn’t work. Portraying torture as effective risks misleading the next generation of Americans that one of our government’s greatest successes came about because of the efficacy of torture. It’s a disservice both to our history and our national security.

While filmmakers have the right to say what they want, government officials don’t have the right to covertly provide filmmakers with false information to promote their own interests. Providing selective information about a classified program means there is no free market of ideas, but a controlled market subject to manipulation. That’s an abuse of power.


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  1. Rights? Abuse of power? And he just noticed?

Half of Michigan blacks disenfranchised by GOP war on Democracy

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 13:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


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You read that wrong

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 10:41 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 10:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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From 2010 to 2012, Oceana conducted one of the largest seafood fraud investigations in the world to date, collecting more than 1,200 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states to determine if they were honestly labeled.

DNA testing found that one-third (33 percent) of the 1,215 samples analyzed nationwide were mislabeled, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

Of the most commonly collected fish types, samples sold as snapper and tuna had the highest mislabeling rates (87 and 59 percent, respectively), with the majority of the samples identified by DNA analysis as something other than what was found on the label. In fact, only seven of the 120 samples of red snapper purchased nationwide were actually red snapper. The other 113 samples were another fish.

I wonder if they managed to mix in some sea horse


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Flawed F-35 Fighter Too Big to Kill as Lockheed Hooks 45 States

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Pentagon envisioned the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as an affordable, state-of-the-art stealth jet serving three military branches and U.S. allies.

Instead, the Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) aircraft has been plagued by a costly redesign, bulkhead cracks, too much weight, and delays to essential software that have helped put it seven years behind schedule and 70 percent over its initial cost estimate. At almost $400 billion, it’s the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history.

It is also the defense project too big to kill. The F-35 funnels business to a global network of contractors that includes Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) and Kongsberg Gruppen ASA of Norway. It counts 1,300 suppliers in 45 states supporting 133,000 jobs — and more in nine other countries, according to Lockheed. The F-35 is an example of how large weapons programs can plow ahead amid questions about their strategic necessity and their failure to arrive on time and on budget.

“It’s got a lot of political protection,” said Winslow Wheeler, a director at the Project on Government Oversight’s Center for Defense Information in Washington. “In that environment, very, very few members of Congress are willing to say this is an unaffordable dog and we need to get rid of it.”

Lockheed has a great business model. Undercut competitor during proposal, ‘accidentally’ go over budget to get more money, expand project goals as much as possible to justify further funding, and keep it going as long as you can until it is too big to fail, then just drag your ass in delivery.

…then use the product in your presentations to “prove the company’s history of innovation” which influences the success of the NEXT proposal.


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  1. Mark my words: The Netherlands will buy them. Even if we have to close some hospitals for it, or cut pensions.

Hush, Doctors: Gas industry gags physicians

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 9:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pennsylvania doctors already were flying blind when it came to answering their patients’ anxious questions about the health effects of fracturing. In an essay in the Harrisburg Patriot-News in February, Dr. Marilyn Heine, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, reported that some of her colleagues were being asked if symptoms like rashes might be tied to fracking chemicals, or whether they should have their well-water tested. She said that medical expertise is being “handcuffed by a lack of research.”

Act 13 adds a muzzle to the handcuffs.

Sponsors of the bill say that the confidentiality agreement is necessary because the exact cocktail of carcinogens – and 650 of 750 of the chemicals used in fracking are known to cause cancer – are “trade secrets,” and that doctors might spread them to competitors in the oil and gas industries.

Puh-lease.

Isn’t it far more likely that they know that if people knew about the massive amounts of benzine, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and other toxins to which they and their kids have been exposed, they would ask more questions – and ask them louder?


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Texas bans shooting immigrants from helicopters

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 9:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Officials in Texas announced on Thursday that State Troopers would no longer be allowed to open fire on suspects from helicopters after the recent killing of two immigrants.


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  1. Immigrants. But what if you declare them to be terrorists first?

  2. No, that would unlock the drones, not the helicopters.

  3. So basically if you yield control of the helicopter to a guy on the ground and yell “terrorists!”, you’re good to shoot.

First Person Goomba

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 9:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

(First Person Mario)


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N.C. driver’s license for all non-citizens unique among states

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 9:09 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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North Carolina is the only state that will clearly mark all people who are not U.S. citizens – everyone from business executives with “green cards” to students on visas – with a newly designed driver’s license coming this summer, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks legislation in all the states.

Forget driver’s licenses, I think immigrants should have to wear patches on their clothes. But don’t worry, nothing dour. How about stars? Yes, stars are nice. A bright shade of yellow, perhaps?


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Cartoons

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 8:58 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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HTC Settles F.T.C. Charges Over Security Flaws in Devices

Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 8:24 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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The Federal Trade Commission charged HTC with customizing the software on its Android- and Windows-based phones in ways that let third-party applications install software that could steal personal information, surreptitiously send text messages or enable the device’s microphone to record the user’s phone calls.


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