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The Comment Section For Every Article About Bikini Waxing Ever

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 23:19 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

No, no quote here – go read the entire piece.

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  1. Oh dear, far too much beating around the bush for my taste.

  2. Check, please.

Doug Engelbart has died

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 21:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


Reports abound that Douglas Engelbart most famous for creating the computer mouse and for demoing much of what we take for granted in desktop computing in 1968’s Mother of All Demos (YT), died last night at age 88.

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  1. Sigh. Another hero gone.

  2. He lived long, invented kewl sh!t, and prespered (as in Presper Eckert – another computer pioneer – pun intended)… 🙂

Star Wars

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 21:51 by John Sinteur in category: News



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The NSA Comes Recruiting

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 21:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


The NSA came to recruit at a language program at the University of Wisconsin where I am spending my summer learning a language. Two recruiters, a redhead who looked more like a middle-aged 2013 NSA flyer copymother (listed as “NSA_F” below) and a portly, balding man (“NSA_M”), began to go through slides explaining the NSA and its work.

I had intended to go simply to hear how the NSA is recruiting at a moment when it’s facing severe challenges, what with the Edward Snowden and all. Dismayingly, however, a local high school teacher had thought it was good to bring 5 of his students to the session. They were smartly dressed, some of them even wearing ties as if there might be a job interview, young faces in a classroom of graduate students. They sat across from me at the roundtable. It was really their presence that goaded me–and I think a couple of other students–into an interaction with the recruiters.

Roughly half an hour into the session, the exchange below began. I began by asking them how they understood the term “adversary” since the surveillance seems to be far beyond those the American state classifies as enemies, and their understanding of that ties into the recruiters’ earlier statement that “the globe is our playground.” I ended up asking them whether being a liar was a qualification for the NSA

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Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 21:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. “Please do not bomb (or drone) our country.”

State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook ‘likes’

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 19:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


The department’s Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its “likes” count between 2011 and March 2013.

“Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as ‘buying fans’ who may have once clicked on an ad or ‘liked’ a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further,” the inspector general reported.

Money well spent. I remember all of my friends jumping on the State Department Bureau bandwagon because they saw how popular it was on Facebook.

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  1. Yes John, I get your point, but for others this works. Baah Baaah Baaahhhh …said the sheep draped in U.S. flags before they were sacrificed at the alter of the corporate gods.

Paedophile priest told boy (7) he could get dead grandfather into heaven if he performed sex act

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 19:42 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Belfast Crown Court heard that the boy was quite distressed about his grandfather being in purgatory but that 55-year-old James Martin Donaghy told the child “he could get him into haven if he helped him” and performed a sex act.

Last month just before his trial was due to begin Donaghy, originally from Lady Wallace Drive in Lisburn but now languishing in Magilligan prison, pleaded guilty to four charges of indecently assaulting the boy and one of common assault against the schoolboy on dates between January and May 1989.

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  1. I hope he langushes there for the rest of his life.

  2. Off with his head, then if he survives that, decapitate him.

  3. And this is different from other religions because…..

The $2,000 Tweet

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 15:28 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Last month, when hedge fund titan and activist investor Carl Icahn joined Twitter, he caused a stir with his first tweet — a jab at Dell.

The tweet was more than just a harmless social media shot, however, since Icahn is currently attempting to take over Dell. It also qualified under section 14A of the Securities and Exchange Commission rules as disseminating information that should be included in a proxy filing. And that, in turn, meant that Icahn’s attorneys had to make a regulatory filing with the SEC.

According to hedge fund attorneys specializing in proxy battles, such filings cost an average of $2,000 each in legal and filing agent fees. That’s $2,000 per tweet, not including the labor costs exerted by the firm’s own compliance department. While $2,000 may seem like pocket change for a billionaire hedge fund manager, that number could add up fast in the stream-of-consciousness world of live tweeting.

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Kerberos? How authentic!

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 15:06 by John Sinteur in category: News



The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is announcing that the names Kerberos and Styx have officially been recognised for the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto, which were discovered in 2011 and 2012. The names were submitted to the IAU by the leader of the team responsible for the discovery, who had called for the help of the general public in an open contest that attracted a substantial number of participants.

The IAU is pleased to announce that today it has officially recognised the names Kerberos and Styx for the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto respectively (formerly known as P4 and P5). These names were backed by voters in a recently held popular contest, aimed at allowing the public to suggest names for the two recently discovered moons of the most famous dwarf planet in the Solar System.

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Bolivian President’s Plane Leaves Austria After Diplomatic Scramble

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 13:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


It began as a seemingly offhand remark by the president of Bolivia, who suggested during a visit to Moscow that he might be happy to host Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former security contractor who is desperate to find asylum. It escalated into a major diplomatic scramble in which the Bolivian president’s plane was rerouted to Austria, apparently because of suspicions that Mr. Snowden was aboard.


“At the moment there is nothing we can do but wait for permission for a flyover. Spain is now consulting with the U.S.A. whether the plane can fly over Spanish airspace,” Mr. Morales said, speaking through a translator. The president, his staff and four pilots were forced to spend the night in the airport’s V.I.P. area.

So apparently Spain is neither a sovereign country, nor part of a sovereign European Union, but a vassal country to the USA.

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  1. Perhaps this is what happens as a powerful country starts to decline in relative influence. Flailing about in ridiculous attempts to deny truth and hide wrong-doing. Bullying, lying, exaggerating, and falling back on paroxysms of patriotic fervour.

    USA – your friends are embarrassed, you need to get to rehab.

  2. Rehab – means the citizens need to rise up and take back their government from the monied interests (see next article). IMO as longs as USA citizens have petro for their cars and mass entertainment for their brains, do not expect that to happen any time soon.

  3. Rehab might occur when other countries start denying access to the US armed forces, when their citizens rise up and take control. Not everyone is so sheepish.

  4. Nice try. France and Portugal denied flyover permission, too. Spain doesn’t need anyone’s permission. They can grant or deny Spanish air space all on their own. The flight could also travel another route over friendlier countries. And, of course, one of America’s embarrassed friends could always step up and offer that “hero” the asylum he seeks. Write your MP, Sue. You and Snowden could be neighbors. 🙂

  5. @Rob – I’m sure the Canadian government (like most governments) doesn’t want to touch this particular political hot potato.

    People in Latin America are fit to be tied over this. Lots of leaders there looking for a reason to blame the USA for stuff now get the gift of a provocation.

  6. There may be a handful of tinpot governors and embarrassed friends excited about this, Sue, but I doubt the average Latin American gives a rat’s ass. The President of Bolivia was treated like a punk by everyone involved because he IS a punk. Can you imagine Spain trying to halt a Canadian flight … even with Edward Snowden smiling in the cockpit? Not a chance …

    It’s really hard to get worked up about leaders who look for reasons to blame the USA for whatever ails them. Not saying we’re blameless but we’re simply not good enough to be blamed for everything.

Can American democracy survive its betrayal by the government?

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 13:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


Indeed, what exists now in the US is a perfect storm of disempowerment of Americans by all three branches of their government when it comes to the most basic rights citizens can possess. For three presidential terms the Executive Branch has been firmly the hands of presidents and officials who believe that the government can contravene the most basic rights of any person – citizen or foreigners – as long as they can justify such actions in the guise of “protecting the American people” and other raisons d’Etat.

Congress, in theory should have checked such untrammeled Executive Power, most recently revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaking of NSA and other Executive Branch surveillance and spying policies. But what the Snowden affair reaffirms instead is the reality that Congress has little will to oppose such policies and indeed by and large supports the military-industrial-intelligence behemoth that so threatens the rights of all. Given the corporate control of the Congress and the political process more broadly, there is little incentive for legislators to draft and/or support any kind of legislation that would protect and enhance the rights of individual citizens at the expense of state power or its corporate sponsors.

The question remains as to what Americans will do in response to this tripartite aggression against them by their government. Almost 36 months ago the tactics and bravery of the early Arab uprisings helped inspire the Occupy movement globally, and particularly in the US. But however powerful the initial outburst, the movement has lost much if not most of its political and cultural momentum. Today protests sweeping across countries as diverse as Turkey and Brazil serve as another reminder of the power, and at times, obligation, of “the people” to take to the streets in order to force their governments take their core needs and concerns into consideration as part of the normal practice of governance.

With no where to turn politically, and an economic system that despite all the scandals and damage of the last half decade still remains firmly in the grips of the hyper-corporate forces that led the country into the “Great Recession,” Americans have no one but themselves to rely on to reassert control over a political system that was designed precisely to ensure this kind of stacking of the deck against citizens by their government wouldn’t happen. Occupying public or virtual spaces will not solve their problems unless it is done on a far greater scale and level of intensity and perseverance than were exhibited by the first incarnation of the Occupy movement. Even the civil rights revolution offers too narrow a model of protest and strategy for the present situation.

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  1. But the footballs season is starting, and there are so many other problems. Abortion, freedom of religion, the environment, etc.,etc.,etc. So many distractions and no priorities.

  2. “The footballs season” starts September 5, Chas. 🙂 Politics isn’t everything. Football is. 🙂

US mother wins lawsuit over bagel

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 at 2:35 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News


A US woman whose newborn was taken from her because she failed a hospital drug test after eating a poppy seed bagel has won a settlement, says her lawyer.

A child welfare agency and hospital in Pennsylvania have paid Elizabeth Mort $143,500 (£94,500) for the mistake.

Her three-day old daughter, Isabella, was removed from her for five days in April 2010.

Words fail me…if it wasn’t the Beeb, I’d think it was the Onion.

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