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Losing Sparta

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 19:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Philips maintains constant evaluation of all its business activities to ensure optimum performance and the decision to divest this business was made in response to the long-​term evolution taking place within luminaires manufacturing.”

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  1. Excellent article. Such plants were where industry went after they left the NE US and Canada. There are still swathes of devastation remaining.

  2. I met that guy in a previous life. On a Thursday, my colleague asked him if we were going to be open on Monday. He looked us in the eye and said “business as usual”. When told “business as usual” meant we get paid on Friday, have a weekend, and come back to work on Monday, he once again looked us in the eye and repeated, “business as usual”. The owner had taken a buyout check and disappeared and we were shut down on Friday. 150+ of us were out of work.

    Stories like this no longer illicit sympathy and understanding from many Americans. They are now fodder for others who say things like “See, you’re lucky to have a job”.

  3. @Rob: You get to recognize the signs. These fools treat you like children (or cattle) instead of grown-ups. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were open and honest about it.

    The last time, I called people together and told them the bad news as soon as I found out. Breaking ranks and insubordination; so sue me. We were all out of work anyway and the idiots wanted to manage the message!

    It is interesting how some people put it down to chance instead of a elitist conspiracy by the Illuminati. Or to uncontrolled greed and a lack of connection of the ownership of capital to the surrounding community.

    I think it’s the result of conglomerates of conscienceless corporatist MBAs taking over the world, but that’s probably the same thing 🙂

  4. Rumors were swirling all around us for weeks, Sue, but we were kept on the job and kept in line by lies from above. We had the owner telling us we would be around for a long time, that we were not for sale, and that all of the rumors were untrue. Grounds for dismissal for employees but standard operating procedure for ownership. Learned my share of life lessons on that job so I guess some would think I should thank them.

  5. Loved the BS about increasing productivity and lower wages to keep their jobs. Pathetic! The solution is political. American workers are being conned by their government. Time to clean house (and senate and president and supreme aholes too).

  6. @chas: Are you peasants revolting, finally?

  7. @Sue: I’m only saying what needs to be done to correct the situation. Anyone that thinks America is losing their jobs due to wages or training or laziness or unions is unbalanced.

  8. @chas: In practical terms, it’s a sticky situation – very resistant to change. The system was designed to be that way.

A Dutch court has ruled that “Black Pete” is offensive. How did it take so long?

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 18:02 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Yesterday, a court ruled that one of Holland’s much-loved Christmas traditions was “insulting” to black people and perpetuated racist stereotypes. The Amsterdam mayor was given six weeks to decide whether or not he would hold the city’s annual Sinterklaas parade, a Christmas street party.

Like modern versions of Othello, rather than hiring white guys in blackface what about hiring black guys for the job?

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  1. It doesn’t matter which color people they hire or what color they are painted (if any) – the basic back story will always retain a racist core, and will continue to be attacked.

    Its a part of our rich cultural heritage, just like bull fighting in Spain, or the cringe-inducing origins of Thanksgiving.

    Still, a lot of kids will be very unhappy with the current developments.

  2. Re “rich cultural heritage” Do you have space to include the acting out of the symbolic immolation of the catholic conspirator, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, that we Brits act out every 5th November?

  3. It’s hard to understand why the Pieten can’t be just that, just “Pieten” without having to be black or blackfaced. Rich cultural heritage, my ass.

  4. Penny for the guy, guv?

  5. Remember, remember that Guy in the ember, the religiously driven crackpot? Or is there a reason that what he believed in has quietly been forgot?

  6. Blimey Jim, I thought doggerel was a BBQ ingredient until I met you!

While You Weren’t Looking, Congress Changed the Disclosure Rules On Travel. To Their Benefit.

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


A member of Congress used to have to specifically report the details if they traveled on someone else’s dime. As of last week, that rule was lifted with no public announcement. National Journal reports:

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.

For a group of officials that considers an adjustment to their burrito order worthy of a press release and a television appearance, that this change was made literally behind closed doors tells us everything we need to know about it.

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  1. The paparazzi are pretty hungry right now. Could be good money to follow these people and publish a shot of them in…er…congress in some exotic locale.

Let’s hold up a mirror!

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 17:33 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Here’s Holly Fisher, aka Holly Hobby Lobby.


She seems nice.

She and her friends have been gloating over how all those libruls’ heads are gonna explode over the photo. Unfortunately, someone posted this:


Oops. Whose heads are exploding?

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  1. What was it Burger King was saying? “We’re all the same inside.”

  2. My gun is bigger than your gun.

Child abuse files lost at Home Office spark fears of cover-up

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


A dossier compiled by an MP detailing allegations of a 1980s Westminster paedophile ring is one of more than 100 potentially relevant Home Office files destroyed, lost or missing, it has emerged.

The government faced fresh calls for an overarching inquiry into historical cases of paedophilia as it was revealed that a total of 114 Home Office files relevant to allegations of a child abuse network have disappeared from government records.

David Cameron has already ordered the Home Office permanent secretary to look into what happened to a lost dossier given earlier in the 1980s to Leon Brittan, then home secretary, by the campaigning Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens.

The revelation that further relevant documents have disappeared will raise fresh fears of an establishment cover-up.

Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, who is calling for an overarching national inquiry into historical child abuse, said: “I had absolutely no idea these other files were also missing. The public view will be that there is something fishy going on. The public will understandably think these documents have gone missing because it helps protect the names of those identified in them. That is the conclusion that many will come to, and who could blame them”


Jim: How am I going to explain the missing documents to the Mail?

Sir Humphrey: Well this is what we normally do in, circumstances like these. [hands over a file]

Jim: [reading] This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, a few others lost in the flood of 1967. [to Humphrey] Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?

Sir Humphrey: No a marvellous winter, we lost no end of embarrassing files.

Jim: [reading] Some records which went astray in the move to London, and others when the War Office was incorporated in the Ministry of Defence, and the normal withdrawal of papers whose publication could give grounds for an action for liable or breach of confidence, or cause embarrassment to friendly governments. [to Humphrey] Well that’s pretty comprehensive. How many does that normally leave for them to look at? [Humphrey says nothing] How many does that actually leave? About a hundred? Fifty? Ten? Five? Four? Three? Two? One? Zero?

Sir Humphrey: Yes Minister.

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  1. The main known abuser is Cyril Smith MP, who died in 2010. His family still denies the allegations.

    The establishment effectively believed that subjecting troubled youths to a few beatings and a bit of buggery was a good way to run a state-sponsored children’s home.

Conservatives Purposely Making Cars Spew Black Smoke

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:23 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.

“Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, “rolling coal” has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.

So, out of sheer spite and stupidity, these folks are lowering their mpg and polluting their air at us simply because we care about it?

They should know that I hate people giving me money and I’m totally against blow jobs.

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  1. Progressives usually think you can reason with human beings, but you can’t with these grown-up children. (I say this with deep respect.) They are fun-loving guys with many good qualities. They have lots of money combined with poor impulse control and above all they love being told what to do by clever people so they can hate them loudly and self-righteously.

    Annoying liberals on one side or annoying rednecks on the other is a sporting contest that both teams will pay to encourage. It drives the political and media tribes wild with greed.

    Sadly, I can’t see a bridge for this divide. It’s a shame that everything gets trampled in the process.

  2. I don’t see any difference in this and the House Republican announcing they’ll oppose Obama irregardless of the damage to the US.

  3. Perhaps Obama should very publicly open and support a suicide prevention center?

  4. @Desiato: Good article, btw. It does miss the element of fun though. IMO, both sidea seriously enjoy their fulminations and grumbling.

  5. The main effect they will achieve with this childish behaviour will be to further lower the already low life expectancy in redneck county(the southern states life expectancy is 6 years below New England, “vegetables are for sissies, we are more steak and potatoes here”). They obviously want to add lung cancer and respiratory problems.

  6. @steffen: Perhaps, although their birth rate should be higher what with the attitude to contraception and abortion. Notoriously poor health and pre-natal care will result in more babies with mental and physical disabilities…

  7. “…more babies with mental and physical disabilities…”

    or future voters as they will be known.

    And so it goes on, round and round in ever-decreasing circles, until it goes down the plug-hole.

  8. @porpentine: If it weren’t for the complaining I’d really enjoy my life 🙂

Jamming XKeyScore

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:08 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


Back in the day there was talk about “jamming echelon” by adding keywords to email that the echelon system was supposedly looking for. We can do the same thing for XKeyScore: jam the system with more information than it can handle.

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  1. And given what we learned recently, if you even read that article, you’ll be added to the list of people to be monitored.

  2. Got added to their monitoring list, I dont give a sh…. on it.

Emperor Pawpatine

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. Come, to the dock side!

  2. “Always two there are, a master and an apprentice.” There must be a matching lol cat out there on the Internet.

Hell yeah!

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 0:58 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


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  1. What? No halo?