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‘Prepare to be shocked,’ Milwaukee archbishop warns of priest sex files

Posted on June 30th, 2013 at 12:58 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


In a major turning point in its nearly 3-year-old bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday is scheduled to make public thousands of pages of documents detailing the sexual abuse of minors by priests going back decades, and what church leaders did — and did not do — in response.

The records will contain parts of 42 priests’ personnel files as well as depositions of former Archbishop Timothy Dolan, now cardinal of New York; retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland; retired Bishop Richard Sklba; and now-defrocked priest Daniel Budzynski.

Most of the information, which is being released as part of an agreement in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings, has never been seen publicly.

“Needless to say, there are some terrible things described in many of the documents,” Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in his weekly letter to local Catholics in advance of the release. To those deciding to read the files, Listecki advised, “prepare to be shocked.”

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  1. Morally bankrupt as well. The whole organization should be declared a criminal conspiracy, imo.

Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip

Posted on June 30th, 2013 at 11:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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NSA hat Wanzen in EU-Gebäuden installiert

Posted on June 29th, 2013 at 19:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


Die amerikanische National Security Agency (NSA) überwacht nicht nur die Kommunikation europäischer Bürger, sondern späht offenbar auch gezielt Gebäude der EU aus. Das geht aus geheimen Dokumenten hervor, die der Whistleblower Edward Snowden besitzt und die der SPIEGEL in Teilen einsehen konnte. In einem als “streng geheim” eingestuften Papier der NSA vom September 2010 wird beschrieben, wie der Geheimdienst die diplomatische Vertretung der EU in Washington attackiert.

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  1. Google’s English translation:

    Hamburg – The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) not only monitors the communication of European citizens, but apparently peeking also targeted the EU building. This is clear from secret documents that the whistleblower Edward Snowden owns and Der Spiegel could see in parts. In a “top secret” classified NSA paper in September 2010 describes how the intelligence attacked the EU’s diplomatic representation in Washington.

    Thus, not only bugs were installed in the building in the U.S. capital, but also the internal computer network was infiltrated. In this way, the Americans not only get access to meetings at the premises of the EU, but also to e-mails and internal documents on the computers.
    The attack on the EU institutions is a further level of Spähaktivitäten the NSA. For weeks, details emerge about Prism and other surveillance programs that the whistleblower Snowden has assembled. The British intelligence agency GCHQ will therefore result in a similar program called tenses, be monitored by the world’s telephone and Internet connections.

    According to the documents, which SPIEGEL has read, the EU representation has been attacked in like manner as those in Washington at the United Nations. In the NSA document of September 2010, the Europeans are expressly named as an attack target.

    Eavesdropping on EU PBX in Brussels

    Apparently, the U.S. Secret Service is responsible for eavesdropping, which took place in Brussels. A little more than five years of EU security experts were several failed calls that had apparently been considered a remote maintenance facility in the Justus Lipsius building. There sit the EU Council of Ministers and the European Council
    Track down the caller who watched the security authorities, led to the NATO headquarters in Brussels suburb of Evere. A detailed analysis showed that the attacks apparently originated on the telecommunications system from a separately shielded area of ​​the NATO facility, which is used by the NSA experts.

    A review of remote maintenance system revealed that she was repeatedly called for precisely this complex and NATO achieved. Each EU Member State has in the Justus Lipsius building spaces in which Minister may withdraw, there is also telephone and internet connections

  2. Yeah — NSA spying – protect Americans against terrorism. Right. No oversight, secret actions — what could possibly go wrong. Heads need to roll in the U.S., starting at the top in my opinion.

Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comment

Posted on June 29th, 2013 at 19:04 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?


Maybe it’s time the Internet adopted a “sarcasm” tag to alert readers to the use of irony in online conversation, and, hopefully, avoid situations like that of Justin Carter, a Texas teenager who has been in jail since February over a Facebook comment that failed to make a woman in Canada LOL.

Earlier this year, Carter and a friend got into an Facebook argument with someone regarding “League of Legends,” an online video game with notoriously die-hard fans. Justin’s father, Jack, explained to ABC local affiliate KVUE that at the end of the conversation “[s]omeone had said something to the effect of ‘Oh you’re insane, you’re crazy, you’re messed up in the head,’ to which [Justin] replied ‘Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts,’ and the next two lines were lol and jk [all sic].”

In case you’ve never been online before today: Internet shorthand LOL stands for “laughing out loud”; JK means “just kidding.”

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  1. Kinda reminds me of that guy who was pretty unhappy with Robin Hood Airport in Nottingham, UK. He made an online comment about ‘blowing the place up’ if they ‘didn’t get their cr*p together’. He was dragged in front of a judge and eventually released. In the meantime, his tweet was retweeted by thousands with the hashtag ‘I am Spartacus’ added.

    I wonder, if this happens in the US, would all the other retweeters be jailed too?

Voting rights and the Supreme Court: The impossible “literacy” test Louisiana used to give black voters.

Posted on June 29th, 2013 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


After the end of the Civil War, would-be black voters in the South faced an array of disproportionate barriers to enfranchisement. The literacy test—supposedly applicable to both white and black prospective voters who couldn’t prove a certain level of education but in actuality disproportionately administered to black voters—was a classic example of one of these barriers.

The website of the Civil Rights Movement Veterans, which collects materials related to civil rights, hosts a few samples of actual literacy tests used in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s. In many cases, people working within the movement collected these in order to use them in voter education, which is how we ended up with this documentary evidence.



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  1. I think most people would miss the second “the” in question 25.

  2. If you think that’s bad, you’re missing the point.

    Take a look at the second question:

    Draw a line under the last word in this line.

    Two answers are technically correct:

    Draw a line under the last word in this line.
    Draw a line under the last word in this line.

    Whoever is grading the test will look at your skin color to decide if you got this wrong – and one question wrong means no vote.

  3. Now you know why the rabid right is so fearful of the changing color of the USA. They just assume that since when they were in power and used such blatantly cruel methods to frustrate non whites that a future dark colored U.S. citizenry will do the same thing to them, by then, marginalized whites.

  4. Question 10 is the one that gets me. I don’t even know the first word that begins with L. Is it laaarceny?

  5. I would fail this, even on a good day.
    Is the answer to question 11 the “1”. This just because the number immediately below 1,000,000 is 999,999, a number not present in the option. But since the question didn’t ask for the number immediately below, if its any other number I guess you would have to indicate either the one or the correct zero, wherever the correct zero might be in the line up. A particularly apposite metaphor I might add.

  6. Guess it’s time to trade in my white skin and relinquish my Louisiana voter’s card! It took me over ten minutes trying to second guess the “correct” answers to these ambiguous questions. If it had been administered to ALL residents, it would have only taken two hands and a foot to tally the votes in any election

    Most of them have two or more interpretations as others have pointed out, so it is dead easy to mark at least one as being incorrect. FAIL!

    Eg: 20. Spell “backwards” forward. or Spell backwards, “forward”.

    Also 12. Took a few second to figure out. But it looks as though it is necessary to start on the left side of #2 circle, loop down & underneath #2 circle, go up between 2 &3 or 3 & 4, then over #4 circle, ending on #5 circle.

    Got to hand it to the creators of this test, they were quite devious designing a legitimate looking Voter Eligibility Test that could be used to meet their own ends.

  7. You see folks, bad schools, overpaid teachers, the internet ‘n’ video games have made us all stupid. Any kid could do this 100 years ago – or they’d be beaten black and blue for it.

  8. Can we require one for Congress?

Maersk Triple-E

Posted on June 29th, 2013 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


The enormous ship, due for launch on June 28, is the world’s biggest. A behemoth even in a world of behemoths, and the first sibling in a new fleet of 19 sisterships. The vessel will have the ability to carry 18,000 twenty foot shipping containers and will weigh-in at 165,000 metric tons, the equivalent mass of all the gold ever mined.

Sheer size is her most distinguishing feature. At 400 meters, the M/V Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller, as she’ll be called, is significantly longer than any aircraft carrier or even the Titanic, and only slightly shorter than the Empire State Building is high. Standing on her bridge is like peering over the rim of the Grand Canyon. From her highest deck, shipyard workers resemble overgrown ants and officers needing to walk the bridge’s width, wing-to-wing, will wish they had packed roller skates.


The M/V Maersk’s principal achievements lie in benefits invisible to all but accountants, naval architects and environmental experts, but the cumulative results are outstanding. Triple-E vessels will travel 184 kilometres using 1 kWh of energy per ton of cargo, whereas a jumbo jet travels half a kilometre using the same amount of energy per ton.

The savings are the result of a unique hull design, an energy-efficient engine, a waste heat recovery system, which uses exhaust gas to produce extra energy to help propel the ship, and a vast economy of scale. Combined, these factors denote that the Triple-E will emit 20 percent less CO2 (per container moved) compared to the Emma Maersk and 50% less than the industry average on the Asia-Europe trade lane.

Gasoline, by way of illustration, has a kWh equivalence of about 33 per gallon.

So if you consider that a car and passengers weigh about 2 tons, a Prius starts looking like a gas guzzler at 50MPG = 80km per gallon = 160km per gallon per ton = 160km per 33kWh per ton = 4.8km per kWh per ton.

Going the other way, if your Prius at 2 tons could get the same fuel efficiency as this tanker, you’d be looking at an EPA sticker of 184 km per kWh per ton = 92km per kWh (for 2 ton vehicle and passengers) = 92km per 0.03 gal = 3036km per gal = 1900MPG.

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Amazing bead chain experiment in slow motion

Posted on June 28th, 2013 at 17:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. It’s merely the siphon effect, combined with the momentum of the chain “particles” – elementary (or not so) physics in action! Neat – thanks for the link! 🙂

  2. Anyway, it reminds me of some of the experiments that Professor Frank Oppenheimer had us do in my freshman physics labs back in 1966 at the University of Colorado. He had tons of stuff like this. As for explaining it, it doesn’t require any “theories” per the video. It is just basic physics! Of course, for most people, “basic physics” is akin to “basic magic”. I just wish my father (a professor of physics) was still alive. He would enjoy watching this video. It would probably give him some great ideas for his freshman courses in mechanics… 🙂

  3. Blimey! You studied under Frank Oppenheimer?! Aren’t you a lucky man (that he was banished)?

Absolutely no Words

Posted on June 28th, 2013 at 17:46 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


This video will affect you in a way your out of breath. We heard them yell, shout and scream. But, who ever pays attention when they take that deep breath before they shout it out? Nobody does except for me. Have fun.

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  1. Big breaths!

Who is Leaking More: Edward Snowden or the Government Officials Condemning Him?

Posted on June 28th, 2013 at 17:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


To paraphrase George Orwell, all leaks are equal, but apparently some leaks are more equal than others.

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  1. This is precious (and not in the Hobbit sense)…

    “Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone extensively detailed this week’s NSA media counteroffensive against Snowden, as officials have tried to explain—anonymously and without real proof—that Snowden’s leaks have hurt national security. On Wednesday, intelligence officials described to ABC News, Washington Post, Reuters, and AP about the how terrorists are allegedly “changing their tactics” now that they’ve been tipped off the US is monitoring the Internet.”

    Ok, any spy and/or terrorist worth their salt ASSUMES that all their communications are monitored at one end or the other, or both. They act accordingly. This says zip, zero, nada, nothing… Changing their tactics? Not likely. Hardening their communication channels? Probably. Snowden’s fault? Not really. Most of this info was already out in the public, but just not so well “authenticated”.

Unequal responses to leaked information

Posted on June 28th, 2013 at 17:33 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Money well spent

Posted on June 28th, 2013 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, If you're in marketing, kill yourself


Samsung sure is getting the most of its marketing dollars (via Dan Montopoli).

The company’s latest ad, which began airing June 10, has earned the lowest score of 26 Apple TV ads in the past year, according to Ace Metrix Inc., a consulting firm that analyzes the effectiveness of TV ads through surveys of at least 500 TV viewers.

Ace Metrix? This Ace Metrix?

Ace Metrix™, the new standard in television analytics, today announced Samsung has joined its roster of advertising clients, subscribing to the Ace Metrix LIVE™ platform.


Bloomberg, of course, does not find that detail worth mentioning.

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Christian Nightmares, Backdoor Christianity: ‘The Loophole’ by Garfunkel…

Posted on June 28th, 2013 at 10:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. That’s a bummer!

This Could Easily Be Shown On TV, And That Scares The Crap Out Of Me

Posted on June 27th, 2013 at 23:23 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. Sorry, I’m a bit slow. I was waiting for the Onion logo to pop up at some point while I was watching this but…

    Are you telling me that that WAS A REAL ADVERT on a shopping channel?

    Words fail me…

  2. Oh, give me break guys…this is a joke. Dial 333-111-888?

  3. What scares me is that if it was shown on TV, a gazillion people would believe it to be true! Just remember the radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds in 1938 by Orson Wells. Thousands of people started to panic, not realizing it was a radio play of the story by H.G. Wells…

  4. ‘Amnesty International produced a short film spoofing a teleshopping show that is performing illegal arms deals with AK-47 assult rifles.’


Posted on June 27th, 2013 at 23:21 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Ecuador offers U.S. rights aid, waives trade benefits

Posted on June 27th, 2013 at 21:47 by Paul Jay in category: News


Ecuador’s leftist government thumbed its nose at Washington on Thursday by renouncing U.S. trade benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The angry response threatens a showdown between the two nations over Snowden, and may burnish President Rafael Correa’s credentials to be the continent’s principal challenger of U.S. power after the death of Venezuelan socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

“Ecuador will not accept pressures or threats from anyone, and it does not traffic in its values or allow them to be subjugated to mercantile interests,” government spokesman Fernando Alvarado said at a news conference.

In a cheeky jab at the U.S. spying program that Snowden unveiled through leaks to the media, the South American nation offered $23 million per year to finance human rights training.

The funding would be destined to help “avoid violations of privacy, torture and other actions that are denigrating to humanity,” Alvarado said. He said the amount was the equivalent of what Ecuador gained each year from the trade benefits.

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  1. I can’t believe Ecuador isn’t willing to renounce their sovereignty or freedom for money. I can’t believe Obama’s administration thought they would, or at least that they would voice that opinion.

Pelosi On Michele Bachmann’s Reaction To DOMA Decision

Posted on June 27th, 2013 at 16:55 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


REPORTER: Congresswoman Bachmann put out a statement and she essentially said that the decision today cannot undo God’s word. How do you react to that?

PELOSI: Who cares?

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Artist Manipulates Water With The Power Of Her Mind

Posted on June 27th, 2013 at 16:42 by Paul Jay in category: News


“Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?” asked existentialist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. NY-based artist Lisa Park took this prompt as an invitation to extend the potential of man beyond our bodily limitations in the performative art project Eunoia, which means “beautiful thought” in Greek.

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Jesus corrects Huckabee

Posted on June 27th, 2013 at 16:23 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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Setback for Hollande’s transparency drive

Posted on June 27th, 2013 at 15:17 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News, Robber Barons


French politicians have diluted President Francois Hollande’s plans to make politicians declare their wealth in a transparency drive. They have also backed harsh penalties for journalists who publish the information.

After the resignation of a budget minister over a secret Swiss bank account, Hollande’s government drafted a bill in April to force politicians to declare their assets and income to an independent authority.

However, members of the National Assembly, the lower house of France’s parliament, who worried about their privacy, including Hollande’s own Socialist Party, voted on Tuesday in favour of an amended version of the bill.

The new version would only provide the information to people who specifically requested it.

Besides, it would ban publication of the details: any reporter who publishes the information would be subject to a jail sentence of one year and could pay a fine of 45,000 euros ($58,000).

They are so worried about their privacy poor lambs. Off with their heads!

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Rebecca Solnit, How to Act Like a Billionaire

Posted on June 26th, 2013 at 18:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


What do the U.S. government and Silicon Valley already have in common? Above all, they want to remain opaque while making the rest of us entirely transparent through the capture of our data. What is arising is simply a new form of government, involving vast entities with the reach and power of government and little accountability to anyone.

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Mind-Boggling 3D Drawings on Flat Sheets of Paper

Posted on June 26th, 2013 at 18:13 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



The illusionary work of Dutch artist Ramon Bruin, aka JJK Airbrush, will leave you wondering what’s real and what’s just a clever illustration. The artist’s skilled hand crafts imaginary three-dimensional worlds on two-dimensional platforms adorned with props like pencils and other art supplies used to create each image. Although, it can be confusing at times to decipher whether the props themselves are drawings.

The Netherlands-based artist’s anamorphic illustrations brilliantly play with perspective. Bruin also adds a touch of whimsy and humor to his creations that aids in their believability while providing an entertaining image. His expert level of understanding of the various mediums he works with (pencil, watercolor, acrylics, and oils) is his secret for now, though. When asked by a fellow deviantART user to share some of his techniques, Bruin replied, “Perhaps I share some later. Right now I’m focussing on mesmerizing you all.”

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

Posted on June 26th, 2013 at 18:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Unwinding is the right title for George Packer’s epic, sad and unsettling history of the last four decades in the US. His topic is the coming apart of something in the national fabric: the unravelling of unspoken agreements about the limits to Wall Street’s greed; about what a congressman would or wouldn’t do for the right price; about what a company owes its workers, or what the wealthy should contribute in tax.

The result of all this unwinding is more personal freedom than ever before: “Freedom to change your story, get your facts, get hired, get fired, get high, marry, divorce, go broke, begin again, start a business, have it both ways, take it to the limit, walk away from the ruins, succeed beyond your dreams.” But it is the loneliest sort of freedom. What Packer’s disparate characters share – as his narrative moves up and down the spectrum of inequality, from inner-city Ohio to Silicon Valley, to the exurban McMansions of Florida, to Washington’s corridors of power – is that each is fundamentally on his or her own.

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  1. From the link, talking about those bogus real estate deals in Florida-

    (At one development, named Carriage Pointe, he finds emaciated cows wandering between the empty houses, brought in so that someone could claim an agricultural tax break, then left to starve.)

    Aren’t some people great?

Is the font: Sans serif?

Posted on June 26th, 2013 at 16:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

A checklist checklist (PDF)

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U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists

Posted on June 26th, 2013 at 9:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


The infrastructure set up by the National Security Agency, however, may only be good for gathering information on the stupidest, lowest-ranking of terrorists. The Prism surveillance program focuses on access to the servers of America’s largest Internet companies, which support such popular services as Skype, Gmail and iCloud. These are not the services that truly dangerous elements typically use.

In a January 2012 report titled “Jihadism on the Web: A Breeding Ground for Jihad in the Modern Age,” the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service drew a convincing picture of an Islamist Web underground centered around “core forums.” These websites are part of the Deep Web, or Undernet, the multitude of online resources not indexed by commonly used search engines.

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  1. However, if after an attack terrorists were shown to have used everyday infrastructure to communicate, there’d be hell to pay for managers of the intelligence agencies. So surveillance is a necessary part of CYA strategy.

  2. @Desiato: Terrorists probably have also used telephones, roads, credit cards, cars, aircraft, knives, hotels, trains, money, and pretty well every other thing you can name. Oh, and pressure cookers. Let’s make every Italian grandmother give up her Lagostina so that the world will be made safe for democracy.

Snowden, in asylum letter, says fair trial ‘unlikely’

Posted on June 26th, 2013 at 9:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


Here are excerpts from the letter based on a simultaneous translation from Spanish to English broadcast by the BBC

I, Edward Snowden, citizen of the United States of America, am writing to request asylum in the Republic of Ecuador because of the risk of being persecuted by the government of the United States and its agents in relation to my decision to make public serious violations on the part of the government of the United States of its Constitution, specifically of its Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and of various treaties of the United Nations that are binding on my country. As a result of my political opinions, and my desire to exercise my freedom of speech, through which I’ve shown that the government of the United States is intercepting the majority of communications in the world, the government of the United States has publicly announced a criminal investigation against me.

Also, prominent members of Congress and others in the media have accused me of being a traitor and have called for me to be jailed or executed as a result of having communicated this information to the public.Some of the charges that have been presented against me by the Justice Department of the United States are connected to the 1917 Espionage Act, one of which includes life in prison among the possible sentences.

Ecuador granted asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, in relation to this investigation. My case is also very similar to that of the American soldier Bradley Manning, who made public government information through WikiLeaks revealing war crimes, was arrested by the United States government and has been treated inhumanely during his time in prison. He was put in solitary confinement before his trial and the U.N. anti-torture representative judged that Mr. Manning was submitted to cruel and inhumane acts by the United States government.

The trial against Bradley Manning is ongoing now, and secret documents have been presented to the court and secret witnesses have testified. I believe that, given these circumstances, it is unlikely that I would receive a fair trial or proper treatment prior to that trial, and face the possibility of life in prison or even death.

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Posted on June 26th, 2013 at 9:01 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus

Posted on June 25th, 2013 at 17:33 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. ROFLMAO! Just too good!

  2. Definitely not a person that takes themselves too seriously!

Director Saschka Unseld discusses Pixar, photorealism, and the making of ‘The Blue Umbrella’

Posted on June 25th, 2013 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


Ultimately, it’s always about what fits the story. That was what I mentioned earlier. First there was the story, and then it, was, “Okay. What is the style? What is the look we can best tell it with?” Because there are no technical limitations anymore. You can make it look however you want it to look.

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My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale!

Posted on June 25th, 2013 at 8:20 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


As a songwriter Pandora paid me $16.89* for 1,159,000 play of “Low” last quarter. Less than I make from a single T-shirt sale. Okay that’s a slight exaggeration. That’s only the premium multi-color long sleeve shirts and that’s only at venues that don’t take commission. But still.

Soon you will be hearing from Pandora how they need Congress to change the way royalties are calculated so that they can pay much much less to songwriters and performers. For you civilians webcasting rates are “compulsory” rates. They are set by the government (crazy, right?). Further since they are compulsory royalties, artists can not “opt out” of a service like Pandora even if they think Pandora doesn’t pay them enough. The majority of songwriters have their rates set by the government, too, in the form of the ASCAP and BMI rate courts–a single judge gets to decide the fate of songwriters (technically not a “compulsory” but may as well be). This is already a government mandated subsidy from songwriters and artists to Silicon Valley. Pandora wants to make it even worse.

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  1. That asterisk by the dollar amount leads to this:

    * I only own 40% of the song, the rest of the band owns the other 60% so actually amount paid to songwriters multiply by 2.5 or $42.25)

    This doesn’t change much in the comparison with the amounts paid by other providers like Spotify or Youtube, since s/he gets 40% of those as well.

    But it’s hard to draw any conclusions when some amounts are from broadcast plays (AM/FM station, SiriusXM) (1 pay = tens of thousands of listeners), some are from semi-broadcast (Pandora’s faux-radio stations), some are from direct song plays (1 play = 1 play but it was requested by the listener). These should probably have different pay-outs in an ideal scheme. The blog post doesn’t address that.

    And then there’s this:

    Here’s an idea. Why doesn’t Pandora get off the couch and get an actual business model instead of asking for a handout from congress and artists? For instance: Right now Pandora plays one minute of commercials an hour on their free service. Here’s an idea! Play two minutes of commercials and double your revenue! (Sirius XM plays 13 minutes and charges a subscription).

    How about NOT?

    It’d be nice if artists had some control over they want to monetize their work (e.g. ad-supported vs subscription-supported). But fragmentation is also going to limit the success of the ecosystem overall.

Amid NSA spying scandal, the gloves are off for EU’s justice chief

Posted on June 24th, 2013 at 21:55 by Paul Jay in category: News


No longer is the EU standing for U.S. lobbying and policy pushing. The EU’s Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is back in the trenches. The gloves are off, and she’s fighting back.

While the EU may not have known the specifics of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) foreign dragnet surveillance program, two years later Europe’s justice chief is enraged.

The European Commission was aware in mid-2011 of the extent and reach of the U.S.’ prying eyes. By opening the door for data protection ceasefire negotiations, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding trusted her transatlantic ally to stick to its word.

In a strongly worded letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after the NSA leaks came to light, she warned that the 27 member state bloc may as a result reconsider its long-standing diplomatic relationship with the White House.

But now, those concerns over the theoretical transfers of EU data to third countries have become a brutal realization, and Reding is no longer playing nicely.

Reding said she had “serious concerns” about the recent reports of “large-scale” accessing and processing of EU citizens’ data using major online service providers in an article for The New York Times. The PRISM scandal “hit a raw nerve” because Europeans “care about their privacy.” She stated that new tools enabling Europeans to “deal with this kind of scenario are contained in the European Commission’s proposal.”

But those tools have been significantly “watered down,” according to some members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The political war of words between the Parliament and the Commission over the extraterritorial effects of U.S. law on European citizens’ data and privacy rights has been an ongoing dispute for more than two years.

While Reding was publicly standing her ground against the politicians she is ultimately accountable to, the behind-the-scenes political and diplomatic exercise was of mostly talk but little action.

As the two sovereign supergiants were saying one thing, they were quietly double-crossing each other at the same time.

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