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Israel tapped John Kerry’s phone when he was brokering peace talks

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 at 21:36 by John Sinteur in category: News


Israeli intelligence intercepted phone calls of US Secretary of State John Kerry while he was trying to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority earlier this year, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.

The report was confirmed by several sources in the intelligence community, according to Der Spiegel.

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  1. I thought only enemies spied on each other. Isn’t Israel supposed to be our friend?

  2. Just checkin’ chas, my friend. Just checkin…

Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 at 21:33 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


A social media specialist for a Utah language school that teaches English to non-native speakers says he was fired for writing a blog post about homophones—words that sound the same, but carry different meanings—because his boss was afraid readers would think it was about “gay sex.”

Tim Torkildson told the Salt Lake Tribune that shortly after his lesson went up, Nomen Global Language Center owner Clarke Woodger fired him, complaining “now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality.”

“I had to look up the word” Woodger said, according to the account Torkildson published on his personal blog, “because I didn’t know what the hell you were talking about. We don’t teach this kind of advanced stuff to our students, and it’s extremely inappropriate. Can you have your desk cleaned out by eleven this morning? I’ll have your check ready.”

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  1. Words that sound other words? Cupid stunt?

  2. …like other words, duh.

  3. Sounds hoaxy, cos it’s a wrongful dismissal lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Winning comment from the post:

    Homophonia isn’t the half of it!

Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana Says There’s “No Purpose” in Releasing Names of Priests Who Molested Children

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 at 19:49 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Ten years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana paid out approximately $26,000,000 to 123 victims of sexual abuse by priests who served there over the span of more than 50 years. They’re lucky they had insurance for that sort of thing.There’s an obvious question to ask: Which priests molested children?

The Daily Advertiser requested the names of the abusive priests from the diocese and the response was stunning:

“Bishop [Michael] Jarrell sees no purpose in such action,” Monsignor Richard Greene, media liaison, wrote in response to The Daily Advertiser’s request for the priests’ names.

No purpose.

Even though some of those priests may still be serving in churches today. We know at least one is. Should parents be worried? Are children safe in their presence?

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  1. I can think of a purpose. Names given to the police can be investigated and criminals prosecuted.

The Other Aging of America: The Increasing Dominance of Older Firms

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 at 2:06 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Like the population, the business sector of the U.S. economy is aging. Our research shows a secular increase in the share of economic activity occurring in older firms—a trend that has occurred in every state and metropolitan area, in every firm size category, and in each broad industrial sector…

We explore three potential contributing factors driving the increasing share of economic activity occurring in older firms, and find that a secular decline in entrepreneurship is playing a major role. We also believe that increasing early-stage firm failure rates might be a growing factor…

…it has become increasingly advantageous to be an incumbent, particularly an entrenched one, and less advantageous to be a new entrant.

Owning a monopoly means never having to say sorry.

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