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It’s Rare That The Daily Show Slips Out Of Satire And Into Anger. This Is One Of Those Times.

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 19:30 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. Yeah, if you could make this not autoplay everytime I come to the site, that would be great.

  2. Fixed:)

Research

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 15:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

Accordion to a recent scientific survey, replacing words with the names of musical instruments often goes undetected.


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  1. Sorry, I am tone deaf on this issue.

  2. Doesn’t sound right to me, either.

  3. It should be noted this isn’t my aria of expertise.

  4. I note this thread is bassed on sax and violins. But I make no trombones about it. It’s nobody’s flute.

  5. I would trumpet this oboeservation, but I don’t want to harp upon the subject.

  6. No more fiddling around, we should band together on this. I’ll orchestrate it.

  7. I’d play the dulcimer but I’m hammered.

Take a picture of Saturn

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 14:46 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Take a picture of Saturn in the sky tonight. You could capture a view like this one. Recorded just last month looking toward the south, planet Earth and ruins of the ancient temple of Athena at Assos, Turkey are in the foreground. The Moon rises at the far left of the frame and Saturn is the bright “star” at the upper right, near Virgo’s alpha star Spica (picture with labels). If you do take a picture of Saturn or wave at Saturn and take a picture, you can share it online and submit it to the Saturn Mosaic Project. Why take a picture tonight? Because the Cassini spacecraft will be orbiting Saturn and taking a picture of you.


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The Real Face of Terror: Behind the Scenes Photos of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Manhunt

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Rolling Stone cover featuring the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has, of course, set off a firestorm of controversy across the country. Critics believe that the cover glamorizes Tsarnaev, depicting him as a kind of rock ‘n roll outlaw rather than a terrorist who has been charged with killing four people and seriously wounding hundreds of others.

Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police who has photographed the funerals of many officers killed in the line of duty, is furious with the magazine. Murphy, who also acts a liaison to the families of fallen officers, is so angered by the cover—which he says is both dangerous and insulting to the victims of the bombings—that he feels the need to counter the message that it conveys.

From the comments on that page:

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If your objection is that the cover photo glamorizes Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and presents him as an enticing role model to young readers because of his looks then you’re rightly concerned about something that has nothing to do with Rolling Stone.

If your objection is that the cover photo humanizes Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and presents him as a multi-demensional — even sympathetic — figure, well you have just confronted one of humanity’s starkest truths: that we are all humans, endowed with a tremendous capacity for both evil and empathy. Again, your concern has nothing to do with Rolling Stone.

If your objection is that the cover photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev disrespects the victims of his alleged crimes because it focuses on the criminal rather than the crimes then you’re arguing for such a narrow view of journalism and journalistic priorities that the end product would probably do little to educate, enlighten, and engage readers.

If your objection is that Rolling Stone’s intention is to drive sales with sensational cover photos, well, yeah.

Then again, see the photos above, linked online, to drive traffic.


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  1. I recall years ago seeing a reproduction of the front – full page – Daily News photo of Ethel Rosenberg on the electric chair with the Headline “Dead!” which was taken secretly by one of the witnesses at her execution.
    That was a controversial picture, I have no idea why the front page of Rolling Stone, which uses a picture of a naïve, deluded young man that has appeared in many other places, should be thought as some kind of recruitment poster for terrorists, it’s an absurd suggestion, it makes no sense.

The crumbs off his plate are the entire careers of other people.

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 12:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Man Who Couldn’t Defeat George W. Bush Attempting To Resolve Israel-Palestine Conflict

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 12:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Arriving in the Middle East today for top-level negotiations with Palestinian and Israeli officials, a man who could not even devise a way to beat George W. Bush in a head-to-head vote will spend the next several days attempting to bring a peaceful resolution to the most intractable global conflict of the modern era, State Department sources confirmed. “We are confident that [this person who managed to win just 19 states against George W. Bush, even in the midst of two highly unpopular and costly foreign wars] will be able to establish a framework to bring about lasting peace in the Middle East,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, stating that the diplomat, who was actually deemed by the American populace to be a worse option than four more years of an administration led by a former baseball team owner and Dick Cheney, could provide the leadership necessary to resolve the bitter, bloody conflict that has raged for more than six decades. “[The individual whose sole goal for more than a year was to make the simple case that he would do a better job than one of the most disliked and poorly rated politicians of all time, and who decisively failed at this singular task] will lay out his bold vision for a road map to peace, and it’s one that we believe both Israelis and Palestinians will be very receptive to. Our best hope for a safe, prosperous Middle East lies with [a guy who came in second to a former substance abuser who nearly choked to death on a pretzel].” Sources throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories said they were optimistic about a peace deal, saying they were eager to hear the ideas of the husband of a powerful food-processing heiress.


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Here’s Why JP Morgan Is Being Accused of Enron-Style Shenanigans

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 9:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Here’s how JP Morgan could have manipulated energy prices, if the allegations are true:

  1. JP Morgan’s energy sales team would offer a low bid for power from a particular plant a day ahead of the sale, leading state electrical system operators to schedule that power plant for operation.
  2. The next day, JP Morgan traders would raise the price of energy from that plant, leading the electrical system operators to choose a different, cheaper bid.
  3. But, because the plant was scheduled to operate and then didn’t, it would become eligible for a “make-whole” payment. These payments are designed to recompense power plants that expect to operate but don’t, in an effort to smooth out price volatility. In this case, they apparently allowed JP Morgan to generate a profit on their assets without actually providing electricity.

The manipulating of heavily regulated energy markets through creative price-setting is analogous to what Enron did in the early part of the century with strategies named “Fat Boy,” “Ricochet,” and the always popular “Death Star.”


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Viscera Cleanup Detail — RuneStorm

Posted on July 19th, 2013 at 8:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Disaster! An alien invasion and subsequent infestation have decimated this facility. Many lives were lost, the facility was ruined and the aliens were unstoppable. All hope was lost until one survivor found the courage to fight back and put the aliens in their place!

It was a long and horrific battle as the survivor dueled with all manner of horrific life-forms and alien mutations, but our hero won out in the end and destroyed the alien menace! Humanity was saved!

Unfortunately, the alien infestation and the heroic efforts of the courageous survivors have left rather a mess thoughout the facility. As the janitor, it is your duty to get this place cleaned up.

So grab your mop and roll up your sleeves, this is gonna be one messy job.

Today you’re on Viscera Cleanup Detail!

A first person sandbox game for windows PC built with the Unreal Development Kit.


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