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Spaceship!

Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 16:41 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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  1. He had more fun building it, than his kids have had playing with it! 🙂
    Very neat!

That’s a long time to wait for your luggage.

Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 12:26 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Bet it’s not a record, though … 🙂

Cartoons

Posted on July 31st, 2014 at 10:42 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Why are conservatives afraid of Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Posted on July 30th, 2014 at 22:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“You’re a scientist, and a black one, who’s smarter than [conservatives] are,” Maher quipped.

The line got laughs, but it’s worth remembering that Tyson served the George W. Bush administration as a member of the Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond in 2004. Conservatives have no problem harnessing Tyson’s intellect.

No, the danger Tyson brings to the political structure, as he gains an increasingly large foothold in the popular culture, is the threat of an informed populace.

“When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different to you,” Tyson wrote in 2011. “It’s a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths of the world that exist outside of whatever your belief system tells you.”

That may not sound radical, but the promise of a large, nerdy, young voting block that subscribes to Tyson’s sentiment is a threat to the political status quo — certainly Republicans, but Democrats as well.


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  1. By that logic, the Americans would never have gone to the moon.

    There was an article recently about Republicans understanding climate science (and knowing global warming to be true) but not accepting it because it didn’t fit with their religious/political beliefs. Cognitive dissonance, head in the sand.

    Have you read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality? (Caution: huge fanfic that’s not yet finished.) I wish J.K. R. had written that story and gotten the same popularity with it… then we’d have oodles of kids excited about science and rational thinking.

  2. Yes, I’m on the notification list for new episodes…

  3. @Desiato: Yes, it’s irrational. US conservatives are not actually conservative at all. You know the ideology of keeping government small and out of our faces? What will happen during climate diasters? Governments will get more power.

Boeing CEO sorry for ‘cowering’ workers remark

Posted on July 30th, 2014 at 21:58 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Boeing CEO Jim McNerney has apologized for saying the aerospace giant’s employees were “cowering” during his tenure, a comment one union official called “a new low” in the company’s relationship with workers.

McNerney made the remark during a Wednesday call with analysts, when he was asked if he is thinking about retiring after he turns 65 next month. McNerney said he won’t retire because “the heart will still be beating, the employees will still be cowering,” The Seattle Times reported.

In an apology sent companywide on Friday, McNerney said the comment made during a call about the company’s quarterly results was a “joke gone bad.”

More like honesty gone bad, I think. Unsuccessful sociopaths end in prison. Successful sociopaths end up as CEOs.


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  1. Um…perhaps it was meant seriously but listening to the recording, it sounded more like an ironic remark. Poor taste, but the “analysts” are notorious for encouraging abuse.

Russia wants Apple, SAP to cooperate against foreign spying

Posted on July 30th, 2014 at 21:56 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Russia has proposed that Apple Inc and SAP hand the government access to their source code to make sure their widely used products are not tools for spying on state institutions.

Riiiight…


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Fear of Ebola Breeds a Terror of Physicians

Posted on July 30th, 2014 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Health workers here say they are now battling two enemies: the unprecedented Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 660 people in four countries since it was first detected in March, and fear, which has produced growing hostility toward outside help. On Friday alone, health authorities in Guinea confirmed 14 new cases of the disease.

Workers and officials, blamed by panicked populations for spreading the virus, have been threatened with knives, stones and machetes, their vehicles sometimes surrounded by hostile mobs. Log barriers across narrow dirt roads block medical teams from reaching villages where the virus is suspected. Sick and dead villagers, cut off from help, are infecting others.

“This is very unusual, that we are not trusted,” said Marc Poncin, the emergency coordinator in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, the main group fighting the disease here. “We’re not stopping the epidemic.”

Efforts to monitor it are grinding to a halt because of “intimidation,” he said. People appear to have more confidence in witch doctors.


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“This is why white people are so healthy”

Posted on July 30th, 2014 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Deforestation, child labour, underpaid farmers: in the countries where it’s grown, cocoa isn’t really synonymous with social well-being. Whilst chocolate giants such as Mars, Mondelez or Nestle have never been doing so well, the cocoa industry is failing both socially and environmentally. The food multinationals are trying to react by announcing a shift towards ‘responsible’ cocoa, with a number of fair trade certifiers offering them customised labels. But for Mars and others, these moves are primarily a way to secure and optimize their supply chain.


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Unconfirmed Reports of Video of the Iraq Mass Executions by ISIS

Posted on July 30th, 2014 at 14:32 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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According to the video description, the place of the incident was “Tikrit” in Iraq, according to a video description, and describe themselves as Rafidis, which include Shiites, Iranians, Alawites ….. an imprecise term.

According to a Twitter Video Description the largest massacre of Shiites in Tikrit.

It is not known if it this video relates to the first massacre in Tikrit ago more than a month, or if they have committed more massacres.

The full length video of 36 minutes can be seen here, with the executions in the last 5 minutes.


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App Rot

Posted on July 29th, 2014 at 18:08 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Apple’s App Store design is a big part of the problem. The dominance and prominence of “top lists” stratifies the top 0.02% so far above everyone else that the entire ecosystem is encouraged to design for a theoretical top-list placement that, by definition, won’t happen to 99.98% of them. Top lists reward apps that get people to download them, regardless of quality or long-term use, so that’s what most developers optimize for. Profits at the top are so massive that the promise alone attracts vast floods of spam, sleaziness, clones, and ripoffs.

Quality, sustainability, and updates are almost irrelevant to App Store success and usually aren’t rewarded as much as we think they should be, and that’s mostly the fault of Apple’s lazy reliance on top lists instead of more editorial selections and better search.

The best thing Apple could do to increase the quality of apps is remove every top list from the App Store.


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Florida Republicans Are Taking Secret Trips On Big Sugar And No One Will Talk About It

Posted on July 29th, 2014 at 12:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) once called the political contributions that flow from the powerful sugar industry to politicians “disgusting.”

But a Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald investigation published last week found that Scott, along with several other prominent Florida Republicans over the past three years, have traveled to a hunting lodge in Texas owned by industry giant U.S. Sugar. The lodge is located at King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in Texas and itself a stakeholder in several sugar-related businesses.

Other politicians who made the trips included former U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, now Florida’s commissioner of agriculture, as well as past and potential future state speakers of the House. The resources for the trips were not given to the candidates individually, but rather to the Republican Party of Florida.

In 2006, the state passed a law that forbids politicians from accepting freebies like travel and food. However, donors can still make those types of donations to political parties if the gift serves a “campaign purpose.” The hunting trips were classified as fundraising events.


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He was burnt to death with magnifying glass for your sins

Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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10 most corrupt states in America

Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 9:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union. Based on this method, the the most corrupt states are:

1. Mississippi

2. Louisiana

3. Tennessee

4. Illinois

5. Pennsylvania

6. Alabama

7. Alaska

8. South Dakota

9. Kentucky

10. Florida

That these places landed on the list isn’t exactly surprising. Illinois, which has gain notoriety for its high-profile corruption cases in recent years, is paired with states like Mississippi and Louisiana, which are some of the least economically developed in the country. The researchers also found that for 9 out of the 10 of the most corrupt states, overall state spending was higher than in less corrupt states (South Dakota was the only exception). Attacking corruption, the researchers argue, could be a good way to bring down state spending without hurting services that people need.

Researchers also found that spending in these states was different than their less corrupt counterparts. According to the report, “states with higher levels of corruption are likely to favor construction, salaries, borrowing, correction, and police protection at the expense of social sectors such as education, health and hospitals.”

The paper explains that construction spending, especially on big infrastructure projects, is particularly susceptible to corruption because the quality of large, nonstandard projects are difficult for the public to gauge, while the industry is dominated by a few monopolistic firms. Corrupt states also tend to, for obvious reasons, simply have more and better paid public servants, including police and correctional officers. The researchers argue that the need for correctional officers is greater in corrupt places too because “the overall extent of corruption will be higher in states with higher numbers of convictions of public officials.”


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  1. Noticeably absent: New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas

    Why would they base the study on convictions? I would think the most corruption occurs in places where there are no convictions or very few.

Doctors Bow In Reverence To Cancer Victim Who Donated Organs ‘To Be A Great Kid’

Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 9:40 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture

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Liang was diagnosed with the tumor at the age of 9, just after he moved to Shenzhen to join his brother and sister, and to attend primary school, Shanghai Daily reports. One day, Liang felt dizzy and the next day had trouble walking, so his sister took him to a hospital where he learned he had a brain tumor.

Before passing away on June 6, Liang told his mother, Li Qun, that he wanted to donate his organs.

“There are many people doing great things in the world,” he said according to China Daily. “They are great, and I want to be a great kid too.”


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Witches declare war on Boko Haram

Posted on July 28th, 2014 at 9:07 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Worried by the socio-economic challenges facing the country, especially the nation’s state of insecurity, witches and wizards in the country recently held an emergency meeting at Afuze, Edo State

Making this revelation in an exclusive interview with Saturday Sun in Lagos on Wednesday, leader and spokesman, Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria, (WITZAN), Dr. Okhue Iboi said the emergency meeting held by his members was not only aimed at discussing the various challenges confronting the nation but also to chart a way forward.

“Witches and Wizards in Nigeria are deeply worried by what is going on in the country especially Boko Haram insurgency. As stakeholders in the Nigerian project, we can no longer afford to fold our hands while the nation burns. Enough is enough”, he declared.

While saying that the Boko Haram issue was one of the key issues discussed at their meeting, Iboi said it was witches and wizards from Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states that urged the association to convene the emergency meeting.


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The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police

Posted on July 27th, 2014 at 20:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that “Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse,” specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly “poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat” of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI’s use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents.

But as the State Department publicly catalogued those very abuses, the NSA worked to provide increased surveillance assistance to the ministry that perpetrated them. The move is part of the Obama Administration’s increasingly close ties with the Saudi regime; beyond the new cooperation with the MOI, the memo describes “a period of rejuvenation” for the NSA’s relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Defense.


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  1. Too many guys in white bed sheets for my taste.

NSA and Germany

Posted on July 27th, 2014 at 20:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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After the judges at the NSA investigation comission of the german parliament noted that most of the foreign intelligence program of the BND is against the constitution, the german government now answered that

http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/18/021/1802128.pdf

1)The german government has noted the opinion of the german judges.
2) Everything what the BND does is legal and justified.
3) in general the german government only wants to act after the investigation comission has finished, (which could, however, take some years)…..

Furthermore the german government was asked what was in the letter that it had send to the US, asking questions on the criminal activities that the US government suspects Edward Snowden has done. (Note that interpol does exclude political crimes as a reason for extradition)

https://netzpolitik.org/2014/informationsfreiheits-ablehnung-des-tages-antwort-der-usa-wird-beeinflusst-wenn-frage-oeffentlich-wird/

The german government answered, that not even these questions can be published, because

1) this would perhaps modify the answers of the US government
2) decisions on extradition requests from other governments regularly contain an assessment of the juridical standards of the state that requests the extraditions. The letter sent to the US government is used with respect to this assessment. If the questions would become public, it could affect the cooperation of germany with the united states on extraditions…

In other words:

If this letter would become publicly known it would show the US as a government of low juridical standards and they fear Germany could never extradite anyone to the United States….


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Feds drop Cancer Society’s charitable status after determining organization is politically biased against cancer

Posted on July 27th, 2014 at 20:18 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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The federal government has removed the Canadian Cancer Society’s charitable status after an CRA audit revealed the organization was conducting political activities with a strong prejudice against cancer.

“The Cancer Society has made a concerted political effort against all forms of cancer,” said Minister of Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay. “Radical and ideological members of the Society have demanded everyone to stop smoking, using asbestos in construction and even had the nerve to remind everyone to wear sunscreen. Clearly, this does not meet the definition of a charity.”

The audit stated that 98% of the activities that the Canadian Cancer Society since 1938 has been politically slanted against malignancy, while tens of thousands of volunteers have canvassed neighbourhoods spreading their own negative opinions on cancer and raising money to fight it.

“There was also an extensive anti-cancer research network worth billions of taxpayer dollars that pay scientists who oppose cancer,” Findlay stated with a complete look of disgust on her face.

The auditors pointed out that “preventing cancer” is not allowed, but “relieving cancer” is charitable as long as no one knows about it.

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The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world if it wants to keep its charitable status for tax purposes. It can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor.


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  1. “When I fed the poor they called me a Saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.”

  2. I don’t understand why this has the “batshitinsane” category. You do realize this is from a satire site, right? I like a couple of their other headlines:

    Comic-con fans eager to discover what they’ll spend next 12 months bitching about
    One weird trick to summoning Cthulhu, dread lord of R’yleh
    New app locates hottest nearby places to curl up and die

  3. @Mudak: It’s fair comment though. The CRA _is_ investigating PEN. And a bunch of environmental charities, because, you know, terrorism.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tom-henheffer/canada-charities-audit_b_5620754.html

    http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/flaherty-cites-terrorism-when-asked-why-cra-auditing-environmental-charities

“I see you’re using the clever ‘not moving’ ploy…”

Posted on July 27th, 2014 at 19:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. John, you are a day late – yesterday was Caturday! 🙂

The most important battle you’ve probably never heard of

Posted on July 27th, 2014 at 18:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Bouvines is the most important battle in English history that no-one has ever heard of,” says John France, professor emeritus in medieval history at Swansea University.

“Without Bouvines there is no Magna Carta, and all the British and American law that stems from that. It’s a muddy field, the armies are small, but everything depends on the struggle. It’s one of the climactic moments of European history.”

[..]

Only three clauses are still valid – the one guaranteeing the liberties of the English Church; the clause confirming the privileges of the city of London and other towns; and the clause that states that no free man shall be imprisoned without the lawful judgement of his equals

Unfortunately, the UK now has arbitrary detention without trial, so what remains are the liberties of the Church, and if you interpret “the city of London” in the modern, financial way, well…..


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How the F-35 boondoggle shows that deficit hawkery is a sham

Posted on July 27th, 2014 at 1:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Yesterday in Fort Worth, officials from the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, and the Australian government gathered to celebrate the fact that two F-35 fighter jets bound for our ally down under were rolling off the assembly line. The news about this plane over the last few years has largely been buried on the inside pages of newspapers, but if you’d been following it you know that it has been one of the most remarkable boondoggles we’ve ever seen, not only the most expensive weapons system in history, but one that has been plagued by one disastrous problem after another (the latest of which came last month when an F-35 caught fire when taking off and the whole fleet of them were grounded).

The remarkable lack of interest in figuring out how things could have gone so wrong with this plane, especially from people who claim to be so desperately concerned about runaway government spending, tells you something about what a sham deficit hawkery really is.


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The Evidence Is In: Patent Trolls Do Hurt Innovation

Posted on July 26th, 2014 at 13:55 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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There were six times as many patent lawsuits last year than in the 1980s. The number of firms sued by patent trolls grew nine-fold over the last decade; now a majority of patent lawsuits are filed by trolls…

The economic burden of today’s patent lawsuits is, in fact, historically unprecedented. Research shows that patent trolls cost defendant firms $29 billion per year in direct out-of-pocket costs; in aggregate, patent litigation destroys over $60 billion in firm wealth each year. While mean damages in a patent lawsuit ran around $50,000 (in today’s dollars) at the time the telegraph, mean damages today run about $21 million. Even taking into account the much larger size of the economy today, the economic impact of patent litigation today is an order of magnitude larger than it was in the age of the telegraph.

Where’s the pesticide?


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Deuteronomy 22:28-29

Posted on July 26th, 2014 at 8:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. Can no-one go back in time and eliminate that flea-bitten camel shagger, Abraham?

  2. Short answer no.

    If someone could (even in the future) he would already be gone.

    Also, he is probably not a real historical person, just a literary creation used to justify the take over of Canaan by the Israelites.

    He is the father of the Jews and the Arabs, so getting ride of him would eliminate a lot of people alive today.

    I am not aware if Deuteronomy 22:28-29 is ever implemented by Jews or Christians, but we know Muslims do this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/world/africa/05somalia.html?_r=0

    seems a bit harsh, but what do I know, I am not any of the above.

  3. Clearly you know nothing about time travel either. What’s wrong with getting rid of a lot of people who would be unborn at the time? Every time you step on an insect you eliminate potential multitudes – not to mention Onan.

  4. Assuming that Time Travel ever becomes possible and widespread, I posit that the effect will be similar to Wikipedia – some areas will be hotly contested until a stronger authority steps in to maintain stability (“Time Cops”), but other areas will reach their own meta-stability because no one cares.

    Of course, the question is who will watch the watchmen.

    I read a delightful short story a while ago which was part of a collection based around individual elements (H, He, Li, Be, etc.). The Hydrogen story protagonist was a Timecop who had the rare ability to remember alternate realities, and was essentially a time terrorist because his bosses couldn’t remember what he’d changed.

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    If we know one thing about time travel from watching cable, it’s that given the opportunity, someone will always travel back in time change things, whether to prevent World War II, or start World War III, or save Lois Lane from an unpleasant death. Whenever this takes place, we end up with a different timeline, presumably one in which someone different decides to kill someone’s parents before they’re born or whatnot, which creates yet another timeline, which is wiped out by someone else’s temporal shenanigans, and so on like a four-dimensional Escher painting.

    How many times does this take place? It’s impossible to say. As each timeline is created it’s instantly replaced, and you can’t get a thing done without finding out that your brother is suddenly your aunt, and rather than being a VCR repairman you’re Squindar, Lord of the Under-realm. It is for measurements such as these that the word “bazillion” was created.

    The only way reality can exist for more than an instant is when someone, by accident or design, changes things to create a universe where time travel is never discovered. And that, my friends, is where we are now. Time travel may be possible, but anyone who tries to discover it will fail, probably due to a misadventure of ludicrous improbability.

Twitter

Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 14:58 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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  1. …to talk to the stove. Don’t you know a thing about the internet of things?

Fast + pray

Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 9:54 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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  1. Another wonderful example of folk art showing all the assured confidence of a mind untroubled by convention or comprehension. The wavy lettering no doubt produced by the pressure of working under the deadline threat of imminent Armageddon.

  2. @pete: Excellent start. Our thesis in Art History is now entitled:

    Alternating Alterities: The Dialectical Object as Therapy in Response to Societal Change.

  3. I an far too busy at the moment on a History of the Future of Postmodernism Reconsidered, which my publisher (myself) assures me will be a runnaway best seller.

  4. @Sue you’re in charge of naming all my research in the future. 🙂

New York apartment blocks are using “poor doors”

Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 2:42 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Critics have dubbed this second entrance, which will apparently be located at the back of the building, the “poor door”. It offers access to the 55 affordable apartments, which face the street. The block’s 219 luxury apartments have those river views all to themselves.

This segregation is a sneaky way to appease New York’s drive for mixed-income housing, without actually forcing people with different incomes to mix. Developers are under pressure to ensure that a proportion of all new housing is affordable, and receive subsidies and tax exemptions for any affordable apartments they build. But Extell has decided to keep its two sets of apartments as separate as possible, and last week its plans were approved by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

I’m sure the rich and those of low net worth will be better off if they don’t meet in the elevators or hallways, don’t ya know?


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  1. Best quote in the article:
    David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers, the building’s developers, told The Real Deal last year:

    I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighbourhood.”

    We’re just going to leave that quote there for you to think about.

  2. Surprised they can sell any of the luxury apartments.

Antarctica’s Point of No Return

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 23:30 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Recent satellite observations have confirmed the accuracy of two independent computer simulations that show that the West Antarctic ice sheet has now entered a state of unstoppable collapse.
Save yourselves, little penguins!

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Thousands salute MH17 victims convoy

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 18:19 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In a 13-page statement responding to The Times’s questions, Mr. Cuomo’s office defended its handling of the commission. It said the commission was created by and reported to the governor, and therefore he could not be accused of interfering with it.

While he allowed the commission the independence to investigate whatever it wanted, the governor’s office said, it would have been a conflict for a panel he created to investigate his own administration.

“A commission appointed by and staffed by the executive cannot investigate the executive,” the statement said. “It is a pure conflict of interest and would not pass the laugh test.”

Yet, The Times found that the governor’s office interfered with the commission when it was looking into groups that were politically close to him. In fact, the commission never tried to investigate his administration.

I don’t see what the problem is. Every police department in America investigates itself on a regular basis and clears its officers of wrongdoing quickly, effectively and without controversy. If they can do it, why not the Cuomo administration?


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Three German students surprise a homeless guy

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 14:50 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. I lived on the street for a few years when I was young, depending upon the charity of others, and doing pickup work when I could find it (car wash, furniture moving, whatever). This was a simple act of kindness and these kids should be saluted for their abundant humanity!

  2. And what lovely harmonies! 🙂

  3. I was surprised at how trusting the homeless guy was about somebody in his space & wanting his stuff. Seems just as likely somebody would ask to “use your bucket” and then clobber you with it. Kudos to the kids for sure.


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