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Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 23:34 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 23:26 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Pastafarian News


In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.

The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.


“That includes following Twitter,” said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. “But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet.”

In its decree, the penitentiary said that getting an indulgence would hinge on the beneficiary having previously confessed and being “truly penitent and contrite”.

Praying while following events in Rio online would need to be carried out with “requisite devotion”, it suggested.

Apart from the papal Twitter account, the Vatican has launched an online news portal supported by an app, a Facebook page, and it plans to use the online social networking site Pinterest.

“What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone,” said Celli.

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  1. And the sooner we get through purgatory the sooner we can have a crack at the angels.

  2. Pah! Sister St. Joseph once told me that you got 5 mins off purgatory for every Hail Mary and 10 mins off for every Our Father. You can see why buddists came up with prayer wheels.

Interview: HSBC Swiss Bank Whistleblower Herve Falciani on Tax Evasion

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 22:53 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


SPIEGEL: Still, authorities in Spain and France have convicted a number of prominent tax evaders based on the data you gave them.

Falciani: That’s true, but so far not even 1 percent of the information I supplied has been analyzed, because the authorities are only interested in client names. But this information can also be used to expose the system banks have installed to make tax evasion and money laundering possible. For me, it has always been about calling attention to the banks’ behavior, after I failed to change it from inside.

SPIEGEL: The bank denies you ever pointed out problems from inside.

Falciani: I did, but to no avail. Most Swiss banks do have a whistleblower program, but they use it to punish those who avail themselves of it.

SPIEGEL: Did you also offer your information to German authorities?

Falciani: Three years ago, I offered my help and made direct contact through my lawyer.


Falciani: Nothing happened.

SPIEGEL: Why was that?

Falciani: I ask myself the same question. We’re talking about a total of 127,000 clients and over 300,000 accounts.

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These Really Exist: Giant Concrete Arrows That Point Your Way Across America

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 22:29 by John Sinteur in category: News



On August 20, 1920, the United States opened its first coast-to-coast airmail delivery route, just 60 years after the Pony Express closed up shop. There were no good aviation charts in those days, so pilots had to eyeball their way across the country using landmarks. This meant that flying in bad weather was difficult, and night flying was just about impossible.

The Postal Service solved the problem with the world’s first ground-based civilian navigation system: a series of lit beacons that would extend from New York to San Francisco. Every ten miles, pilots would pass a bright yellow concrete arrow. Each arrow would be surmounted by a 51-foot steel tower and lit by a million-candlepower rotating beacon. (A generator shed at the tail of each arrow powered the beacon.) Now mail could get from the Atlantic to the Pacific not in a matter of weeks, but in just 30 hours or so.

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CNBC Hosts Decide To Teach Senator Warren How Regulation Works. Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That.

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 21:35 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. This woman is going to change things.

  2. Go Elizabeth!

  3. [Quote]:

    Earlier this week, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) went on CNBC last Friday to debate the Glass-Steagall banking regulations that were adopted in 1933, and her proposal to update and strengthen the law in a way that would likely force the big banks to spin off some of their business and stop being so damn big.

    As you can imagine, CNBC is no fan of Glass Steagall, regulating banks, or Elizabeth Warren.

    During her appearance on CNBC, Warren basically kicked ass, the video went viral, with over 700,000 views in a matter of days, so CNBC pulled it.

    ELIZABETH WARREN: From 1797 to 1933, the American banking system crashed about every 15 years. In 1933, we put good reforms in place, for which Glass-Steagall was the centerpiece, and from 1933 to the early 1980s, that’s a 50 year period, we didn’t have any of that – none. We kept the system steady and secure.

    And it was only as we started deregulating, you start hitting the S&L crisis, and what did we do? We deregulated some more. And then you hit long-term capital management at the end of the 90s, and what did we do as a country, this country continued to deregulate more. And then we hit the big crash in 2008.

    You are not going to defend the proposition that regulation can never work, it did work.

    CNBC’s BRIAN SULLIVAN: I didn’t say regulation never worked, Senator. By far and away, and I agree, there were fewer bank failures in that time after Glass-Steagall.

    ELIZABETH WARREN: “Fewer,” as in of the big ones, zero.

No one is to stone anyone until I blow this whistle!

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 19:01 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. “A concerned yid?” Blimey!

FISA Court Agrees to Publish Secret Decision

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 18:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


Do you need more evidence that Edward Snowden has made a difference? A few days after Snowden’s disclosures, Yahoo filed a motion with the FISA court to declassify and publicly release its 2008 decision that forced Yahoo and others to turn over material to the NSA. Here’s what happened today:


Will this lead to any big policy changes? I don’t know. But it’s something. And it wouldn’t have happened without Snowden.

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Long Island Landscapers

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 17:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


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It’s Finally Ironic

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 17:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Excellent

Tea party porn

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 15:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 14:02 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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McDonalds Tells Workers To Budget By Getting A Second Job And Turning Off Their Heat

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 10:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


McDonalds has partnered with Visa to launch a website to help its low-wage workers making an average $8.25 an hour to budget. But while the site is clearly meant to illustrate that McDonalds workers should be able to live on their meager wages, it actually underscores exactly how hard it is for a low-paid fast food worker to get by.

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  1. The only way this would work is if they lived collectively in, y’know, dorms with bunk beds and a suitcase holding all their possessions. Oh wait…

Взрыв ISUZU 13.07.2013 на МКАДе

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 9:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

The same accident I posted earlier this week, from another angle:

And the aftermath:


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Animated reconstruction of Asiana flight 214 crash at San Francisco Airport

Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 8:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


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