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Archbishop warns against ‘hero leader culture’

Posted on March 31st, 2013 at 19:34 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby cautioned against the dangers of putting too much trust in a “hero leader”

Justin Welby has warned against “pinning hopes on individuals” to solve all of society’s problems.

In his first sermon as Archbishop of Canterbury, he warned against the “hero leader culture” or putting our trust in one person as this can lead to false hope.

Yeah, guys, so you’d better stop following this Jesus figure!

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Posted on March 31st, 2013 at 18:44 by Desiato in category: Cartoon, Funny!

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Indoor gardening prompted pot raid

Posted on March 31st, 2013 at 10:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables.

No wonder it was fruitless. They were growing vegetables.

“With little or no other evidence of any illegal activity, law enforcement officers make the assumption that shoppers at the store are potential marijuana growers, even though the stores are most commonly frequented by backyard gardeners who grow organically or start seedlings indoors,” the couple’s lawsuit says.

The couple filed the suit this week under the Kansas Open Records Act after Johnson County and Leawood denied their initial records requests, with Leawood saying it had no relevant records. The Hartes say the public has an interest in knowing whether the sheriff’s department’s participation in the raids was “based on a well-founded belief of marijuana use and cultivation at the targeted addresses, or whether the raids primarily served a publicity purpose.”

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Happy Easter!

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 17:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. The muppets win by a large margin

North Dakota, socialist haven? – Salon.com

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 11:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


North Dakota is the very definition of a red state. It voted 58 percent to 39 percent for Romney over Obama, and its statehouse and senate have a total of 104 Republicans and only 47 Democrats. The Republican super-majority is so conservative it recently passed the nation’s most severe anti-abortion resolution – a measure that declares a fertilized human egg has the same right to life as a fully formed person.

AlterNet But North Dakota is also red in another sense: it fully supports its state-owned Bank of North Dakota (BND), a socialist relic that exists nowhere else in America. Why is financial socialism still alive in North Dakota? Why haven’t the North Dakotan free-market crusaders slain it dead?

Because it works.

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Fusion center director: We don’t spy on Americans, just anti-government Americans

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 10:38 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?


In trying to clear up the ‘misconceptions’ about the conduct of fusion centers, Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis simply confirmed Americans’ fears: the center does in fact spy on Americans – but only on those who are suspected to be ‘anti-government’.

“The misconceptions are that we are conducting spying operations on US citizens, which is of course not a fact. That is absolutely not what we do,” he told the NWA Homepage, which supports KNWA-TV and Fox 24.

After claiming that his office ‘absolutely’ does not spy on Americans, he proceeded to explain that this does not apply to those who could be interpreted as a ‘threat’ to national security. Davis said his office places its focus on international plots, “domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government. We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information.”

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  1. I hear the Tea Party is anti-government…

  2. They just want to see your papers. (German accent)

If Your Cable Company Were Honest, This Is What Its Commercial Would Look Like

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 10:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


You may have already seen this, as it seems to be getting passed around everywhere this morning, but for those of you with actual important stuff to do all day, you may have missed this amusing mock cable company commercial from what Extremely Decent Films has dubbed “The First Honest Cable Company.” It is marginally NSFW depending on your work environment and their likelihood of being offended by a the occasional swear word or vague reference to a sexual act.

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Why Bad Directors Aren’t Thrown Out

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 10:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


In the annals of shareholder democracy, it’s hard to imagine a more compelling case against a company’s directors than those who presided over the serial management calamities that have plagued the computer giant Hewlett-Packard in recent years.


“You really couldn’t have a stronger case for removing directors,” Michael Garland, executive director for corporate governance in the New York City comptroller’s office, told me this week. “There’s been a long series of boardroom failures that have harmed the reputation of the company and repeatedly destroyed shareholder value over an extended period of time.”

Yet all 11 H.P. directors were re-elected on March 20.

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Avery Drummer Molek – 5, 6 years old

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 9:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. And 6 heats later it might sound like thuis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA5D-WEcNGA

2 Letters from Steve

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 7:52 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


Just two letters meant so much.

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Ever try pot? Answer yes, and U.S. won’t let you in — ever

Posted on March 30th, 2013 at 4:52 by Desiato in category: News


Ever try pot? Answer yes to a border agent, and foreigners could face permanent consequences even if they haven’t used marijuana in years.

More and more Canadians are learning the hard way that admitting to U.S. border agents that you smoked pot can bar you from entering the country forever.


Questioned at border

Immigration lawyer Len Saunders, whose offices are near the border in Blaine, Wash., says he’s been getting a lot of calls from mostly young Canadians who’ve been denied entry into the U.S. after being questioned about their past drug use.

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How not to prove you’re not wearing a tin foil hat.

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 22:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


Do those who think climate science is a giant hoax or a conspiracy, also tend to have other conspiratorial type beliefs? A paper written back in 2010 attempted to answer that question:

(Lewandowsky, S., Oberauer, K., and Gignac, G. E. in press). NASA faked the moon landing–therefore (climate) science is a hoax: an anatomy of the motivated rejection of science. Psychol. Sci. doi:10.1177/0956797612457686).

The paper did indeed discover such a connection (and based on the emails I get when I write about climate science here, it was not much of a surprise). I still wonder what psychological factors/experiences etc. make people to be susceptible to these ideas.

You might also wonder what the climate change denial crowd thought of this paper, and to say the least they did not like it at all! The reaction was actually quite interesting, and John Cook (the Physicist in Australia who writes the blog Skeptical Science) got together with Psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky and others to study the reaction. What they wanted to know was this: Did the reaction to the original paper show commonly accepted “conspiricist ideation”? In non psychological babble- did the climate science denial blogosphere start coming up with conspiracy theories about the paper that said they tended to be conspiracy minded??!

The paper they wrote has just been published

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When the Worst Performers are the Happiest Employees

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 18:42 by Desiato in category: News


“Low performers often end up with the easiest jobs because managers don’t ask much of them,” he said, so they’re under less stress and they’re more satisfied with their daily work lives.

Meanwhile, dedicated and conscientious workers end up staying at the office late, correcting the work of the low performers, and making sure clients or customers are satisfied. This pattern breeds frustration and disengagement in the high performers—and perhaps ultimately drives them to seek work elsewhere.

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  1. Appears to me the low performers in most of those cases are in management.

  2. How’s this for a thought experiment? Put a perfectionist high performing career-minded female programmer into a shared office with a careless low performing programmer, recent immigrant who was trained in mechanical engineering (and was, incidentally, pregnant).


Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 17:37 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Soaring Bee Deaths in 2012 Sound Alarm on Malady

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 14:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment, colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005. But beekeepers and some researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, incorporated into the plants themselves, could be an important factor.


While each substance has been certified, there has been less study of their combined effects. Nor, many critics say, have scientists sufficiently studied the impact of neonicotinoids, the nicotine-derived pesticide that European regulators implicate in bee deaths.

The explosive growth of neonicotinoids since 2005 has roughly tracked rising bee deaths.


Although even some bee scientists say the evidence is inconclusive, the European Commission, the Union’s administrative arm, has embraced the food safety authority’s findings. The proposal calls for a two-year prohibition of neonicotinoid use on the flowering crops that lure bees, as well as the seeds of such crops.

That would mean, for example, that farmers could no longer use the products on the colorful fields of rapeseed, or canola, that stretch across huge areas of Europea’s agricultural heartlands.

“The Commission has come to the conclusion that a high risk for bees cannot be excluded except by imposing further restrictions,” the draft proposal says.

Companies that produce neonicotinoid-based pesticides, including the German giant Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, the big Swiss biochemical company, have lobbied strenuously against the moratorium. Monsanto incorporates the chemical into some of the seeds it produces; in the United States, neonicotinoids are heavily used on the country’s huge corn crop.

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I feel blessed

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 12:10 by Paul Jay in category: Funny!


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So confusing…

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 11:53 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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Idaho teacher under investigation for saying ‘vagina’ in biology lesson

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 10:25 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


An Idaho high school science teacher has found himself under investigation by the state after parents complained that he used the word “vagina” during a lesson on the human reproductive system and explained the functional aspects of orgasm.

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  1. And in other news, economics will now be taught without using the word ‘money’, physics will be taught without referring to that nebulous concept ‘energy’ and chemistry will only be taught with the original 4 elements, air, water, earth & fire…

    If you’re not in some parts of the US & you’re getting a good education, lucky you! If you’re in a part of the US dominated by ignorant bible-thumpers & Rethugs, commiserations…

  2. I don’t know what’s so wrong with “hoo haa.” Keeps everyone happy.

  3. It would not be so bad…except they grow up to be the cannon fodder and sometimes the controls of their regressive imperialistic nation.

  4. “regressive imperialistic nation”

    WOW. Nice.

  5. Crikey, in my day at an all girls’ school, the elderly lady biology teacher just said,
    “Well you all know what happens down there, so we won’t go into that. Let’s cut up another kitten.”

    I might be misremembering the kitten.

You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 8:45 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


Experts said the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon was emergent behavior from the hive mind of the internet—accidental, ad hoc, uncoordinated: a “meme” that “went viral.” But this is untrue. The real story of the “Harlem Shake” shows how much popular culture has changed and how much it has stayed the same.

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Horsing-around TSA agent at JFK accidentally pepper-sprays five other screeners, sending them to the hospital

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 7:45 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?


A bumbling TSA agent “playing around” with a pepper-spray container at Kennedy Airport fired the caustic liquid at five fellow screeners yesterday, sending all six to the hospital, a source told The Post.

The agent, Chris Yves Dabel, discovered the device at the Terminal 2 security checkpoint and tried to determine if it was real, a source told The Post.

He told Port Authority cops that he “found the canister on the floor and thought it was a laser pointer.”

“They were playing around with it,” said one Kennedy Airport official.

The screener sprayed five other TSA agents around him, sending all six to Jamaica Hospital and halting security checks at Kennedy for at least 15 minutes, police said.

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Somersby Cider

Posted on March 28th, 2013 at 11:07 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Funny!, If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law

Posted on March 28th, 2013 at 10:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


Slipped into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which passed through Congress last week, was a small provision that’s a big deal for Monsanto and its opponents. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by activists who oppose the biotech giant. President Barack Obama signed the spending bill, including the provision, into law on Tuesday

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  1. What can possibly go wrong with this?

Evaluating Drug Decriminalization in Portugal 12 Years Later

Posted on March 28th, 2013 at 9:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results.

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Posted on March 28th, 2013 at 8:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Posted on March 28th, 2013 at 8:23 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Simulating Mars on Earth

Posted on March 28th, 2013 at 8:07 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Scientists in both the United States and Morocco are studying what it would be like for human beings to live on Mars. Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart spent time in the Utah desert at the Mars Desert Research Station observing a crew simulate what conditions would be like on the red planet. Researchers with the Austrian Space Forum in partnership with the Ibn Battuta Center spent time in the northern Sahara conducting experiments in engineering, planetary surface operations, astrobiology, and geophysics. — Lloyd Young ( 27 photos total)

The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is seen in the Utah desert on March 2. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) #

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Brave Heroes Denied $1.3 Million Reward For Finding Killer Cop

Posted on March 27th, 2013 at 21:11 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


You know what? Drones ARE better than human soldiers and cops.When the ex-LAPD supervillain Christopher Dorner rampaged across Southern California last month, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a million-dollar reward for information leading to Dorner’s capture. Three brave heroes who survived their encounters with Dorner have since claimed the reward, but the stingy governments and groups who offered the money now refuse to pay because Dorner somehow didn’t survive an army of cops roasting and demolishing the mountain cabin he holed up inside for his last stand.

So now any citizen knows not to bother giving the cops info – if the reward is high enough, it is in the cops interest to kill the suspect and keep the reward.

And any criminal that has a reward on his head knows he’s going to get killed by the next cop he meets.

Everybody wins!

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Florida fisherman bags two-headed MUTANT SHARK

Posted on March 27th, 2013 at 19:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


A Florida fisherman found an unpleasant-looking surprise in the belly of a bull shark he had just caught; a two-headed fetus ready to be born.


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Online Dispute Becomes Internet-Snarling Attack

Posted on March 27th, 2013 at 16:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


A squabble between a group fighting spam and a Dutch company that hosts Web sites said to be sending spam has escalated into one of the largest computer attacks on the Internet, causing widespread congestion and jamming crucial infrastructure around the world.

Millions of ordinary Internet users have experienced delays in services like Netflix or could not reach a particular Web site for a short time.

However, for the Internet engineers who run the global network the problem is more worrisome. The attacks are becoming increasingly powerful, and computer security experts worry that if they continue to escalate people may not be able to reach basic Internet services, like e-mail and online banking.

The dispute started when the spam-fighting group, called Spamhaus, added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam. Cyberbunker, named for its headquarters, a five-story former NATO bunker, offers hosting services to any Web site “except child porn and anything related to terrorism,” according to its Web site.

A spokesman for Spamhaus, which is based in Europe, said the attacks began on March 19, but had not stopped the group from distributing its blacklist.

Patrick Gilmore, chief architect at Akamai Networks, a digital content provider, said Spamhaus’s role was to generate a list of Internet spammers.

Of Cyberbunker, he added: “These guys are just mad. To be frank, they got caught. They think they should be allowed to spam.”

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  1. How much generator fuel do you think those CyberBunker people have stashed in there? Would it take long for their servers to grind to a halt if you took ’em off the electric grid?

Troops betrayed in Cyprus bank grab as Russians seize £2billion

Posted on March 27th, 2013 at 14:55 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


FURY erupted yesterday as it emerged that rich Russians withdrew £2billion BEFORE a tax raid on bank savings in Cyprus was announced.

The revelation came as Eurozone ministers proposed a plan to protect investors with under 100,000 euros (£85,700).

But British troops on the Mediterranean island were left fearing they may still lose out as the UK Government watered down a guarantee to safeguard their cash.

An earlier scheme to grab 6.75 per cent of smaller savings would see an estimated 60,000 British ex-pats — with £1.7billion in Cypriot banks — potentially losing thousands.

The controversial one-off tax was announced on Saturday as part of a 10billion euro bailout.

But Russian oligarchs and big investors emptied accounts in the days beforehand, prompting claims they were tipped off by bank insiders. A source told The Sun: “It leaked out. Bankers warned their best clients. Government officials warned their friends and relatives.

“Billions disappeared from accounts in days, most from accounts held by Russians.”

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  1. There are British soldiers who have more than €100,000 in cash in the bank in Cyprus? Reeeaaalllllyyyy?

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