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Tim Cook’s stock grant

Posted on January 11th, 2012 at 19:07 by Desiato in category: Apple, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Robber Barons

You’ve probably seen those headlines about Tim Cook making $378 million in Apple stock last year. Those articles are mostly a bit confused. He was awarded restricted stock, to vest over the next 10 years. Apple is just reporting the whole grant to the SEC in the year it was made.

OK, that seems a bit more reasonable than a $378 million payday, right?

Well, let’s do a thought experiment to see how much Cook actually might make with those 900,000 shares he will receive if he doesn’t get fired or leave before then.

I’m sure Apple’s Board would be happy if Cook kept Apple growing as much as it has the last 10 years. That seems like a good benchmark.

From Fall of 2001 to Fall of 2011), Apple stock increased from about $9 to $378, or 42x.

If Cook is successful and the stock tracks along, then in the Fall of 2021 his stock price will be 42 * $378, and Cook was not given options (where you only make money if the stock goes up) but actual stock, so he makes the full value, or 42 * $378 * 900k.

Per year Cook would make 1.4 billion dollars.


Minus tax.

(He only has to do roughly 1/4th as well as the past 10 years to make roughly $378 million per year.)

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  1. Honestly, I think the chance to produce the x42 growth without Steve Jobs seems fairly slim.
    No offense to Tim, and I might be wrong, but it doesn’t seem likely.

  2. Well, if he’s only as good as Ballmer and the stock stays flat for 10 years, he still makes $37.8 million per year.

  3. I was with you until the “That seems like a good benchmark.”

    I think that’s up there somewhere around the best-case scenario.

  4. Wait, let me try that…


    Yes, I thought so. I can be just as good as Balmer. Can I have my $37.8 million now?

  5. Monkeyman!!!

  6. I’m sure we can get you 900,000 shares in Dubbele.com…

People Who Didn’t Get What They Wanted For Christmas

Posted on December 28th, 2011 at 7:29 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

I weep for the world

Sometimes I lose my faith in humanity…

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  1. Dammit, I didn’t get an iPhone either. Or a car. On the other hand, I got Snuff from Pratchett, so I am happy 😀

  2. Latest “shock your grandma” tactic, surely?

  3. Pratchett rules!!! sorry, lost my head there for a moment.

    I got what I wanted for Christmas (A hug from my wife, my sister and my two nieces.)

Today In Dishonest Fox News Charts

Posted on December 15th, 2011 at 9:07 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Note how the 8.6 percent unemployment rate in November looks higher than March’s 8.8 percent rate, and about the same as the 9 percent unemployment rate in October.

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  1. Also, it’s a screenshot from Fox News RADIO.

  2. it is amazing how much of an angle there is between 9.1 and 9.0. Especially when there is no angle between 9.0 and 8.6.

    I guess this is what they call “new” math. It might even be “Newt” math.

Remains of 274 US troops dumped in landfill

Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 18:13 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


The US Air Force dumped the cremated, partial remains of at least 274 troops in a landfill before halting the secretive practice in 2008, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The procedure was never formally authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials, who conducted a review of the cremation policies of Dover Air Base — the main point of entry for US war dead — in 2008, the Post said.

Nor was the dumping ever disclosed to the families of the fallen troops, who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a respectful and dignified manner, the Post said, citing Air Force officials.

Honoring the fallen….

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  1. Get the name of that landfill. If it’s takes human remains, let’s send them congress.

  2. Stupid. Top brass didn’t want to remind the public that war is a meat grinder. Any marketing type would have told them to solve this problem in the classic WWI fashion; a “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” with a nice “eternal flame” and a couple of sad-looking angels in bronze.

    Eventually technology may have something to add, many WWI “unknowns” are now identified.

Naomi Wolf’s ‘Shocking Truths’ on #OWS Crackdowns are False

Posted on November 29th, 2011 at 16:47 by Desiato in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), News


Naomi Wolf’s feverish article charging that the crackdowns of occupy locations were being coordinated by federal law enforcement agencies has captured the #OWS collective consciousness.

And, as it turns out, the sole basis for her article — Rick Ellis’s article in Examiner.com — was debunked by Ellis himself nine days before Wolf decided to feed her feverish fact-free article to the frenzied masses.

The Naomi Wolf article in question is the one that was posted here.

[edited to fix link]

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  1. Correlation does not imply causation. Extraordinary claims etc.

    There is a lot of “truthiness” in Ms. Wolf’s work and she is very passionate, but for me it is undermined by tl;dr and poor fact-checking.

    For example: a possible explanation for the number of Occupy shutdowns happening in the same week or two is that the authorities in each jurisdiction had access to media reports about what was happening elsewhere. However, it would not surprise me if there was some “collusion” – after all there are regular conferences of municipal officers, so they certainly know one another well enough to ask advice especially on the subject of “security”.

    All this is a complete distraction from the issues of economic justice, political paralysis, and a potential world economic slump.

  2. Her 10 steps to fascism are still 100% reality today.

Gag Order Silences Parents of Boy Charged With Sexual Assault for Playing Doctor

Posted on November 29th, 2011 at 8:15 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


WISC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Madison, reports that Grant County, Wisconsin, District Attorney Lisa Riniker, who charged a 6-year-old boy with first-degree sexual assault becaused he played doctor with a 5-year-old girl, has obtained a gag order that prohibits his parents, who have sued Riniker and two other county officials, from talking about the case. Iowa County Judge Bill Dyke issued the order last Monday, forcing the boy’s parents to cancel a planned interview with WISC.

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  1. Was it consenual?

Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits

Posted on November 17th, 2011 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Britain’s jobless young people are being sent to work for supermarkets and budget stores for up to two months for no pay and no guarantee of a job, the Guardian can reveal.

Under the government’s work experience programme young jobseekers are exempted from national minimum wage laws for up to eight weeks and are being offered placements in Tesco, Poundland, Argos, Sainsbury’s and a multitude of other big-name businesses.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says that if jobseekers "express an interest" in an offer of work experience they must continue to work without pay, after a one-week cooling-off period or face having their benefits docked.

Young people have told the Guardian that they are doing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour and have to be available from 9am to 10pm.

Which leaves them no time at all to look for real jobs. But then again, why would any company hire an employee if the government provides them for free?

Anybody want to bet these “apprenticeships” count as employment in government stats? In a few months there will be proud claims unemployment went down despite the economy in the shitter.

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Congress Pushes Back On Healthier School Lunches

Posted on November 16th, 2011 at 17:52 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do?

In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza and french fries to stay on school lunch lines and is fighting the Obama administration’s efforts to take unhealthy foods out of schools.


This time around, food companies that produce frozen pizzas for schools, the salt industry and potato growers requested the changes and lobbied Congress.

Well, it could be worse – the US has a history of calling people who give out free breakfast to kids communist outlaws bent on overthrowing the U.S. government.

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Virginia GOP says Halloween-themed email over the top

Posted on November 1st, 2011 at 12:51 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Virginia Republicans were in apology mode Monday over a Halloween-themed email that depicted a zombie-like President Obama with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.

The northern Virginia-based Too Conservative blog first flagged the mailer from the local Republicans in Loudon County promoting a local holiday parade. It also offers a ghoulish caricature of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-San Francisco).

“I am no fan of Barack Obama, but putting up a photo of him as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head?” the blog stated. “Someone should send this to the US Secret Service.”

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What We Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana

Posted on October 29th, 2011 at 9:26 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Our commitment to a balanced approach to drug control is real

No, not really. Because if the rest of the answer to the petition was real, you’d immediately make alcohol and tobacco illegal.

For example, how can you say, with dry eyes, that “marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions” and two paragraphs later that “we are improving our criminal justice system to divert non-violent offenders into treatment”

Ever heard of “self-fulfilling prophecies”?

Oh, and read the response to the “Under God” petition as well. So it’s official, whitehouse.gov petitions are nothing but mental masturbation. Pricks pretending to care.

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Did British hacks fabricate “empty camp” story?

Posted on October 28th, 2011 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Earlier this week, U.K. tabloids such as The Times and The Daily Mail suggested that London’s Occupy LSX protest was left largely empty at night, and used pictures taken by thermal imaging cameras as evidence. With only one or two ‘hot’ tents glowing in a field of darkness, it looked like the campsite was a fraud.

A visit to the camp already proved it plenty full, but
after renting the same model of camera and shooting the above video, however, activists also proved that tents remain “cold” to the cameras even when occupied. This insulating effect is the purpose of tents, whose heat-reflectivity is marketed by the companies that make them.

Moreover, the footage shows that activity in and around camp is still apparent at night, despite the insulating effect of the material. Presumably, those taking the original thermal images could observe the camp and assess the occupation level with their own eyes, too.

Only in carefully-selected thermal stills would the protest camp appear empty, leaving the impression the reporters must have known the story spun from the thermal images wasn’t true.

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Wartime Contracting Panel Seals Records for Next 20 Years

Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 13:49 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Established by Congress to investigate and expose government waste, the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan has decided to not reveal its volumes of materials to the public for another two decades.

After three years of work, the commission officially shut down last week, having concluded that the U.S. misspent between $31 billion and $60 billion in contracting for services in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But it won’t allow its records to be opened for public review at the National Archives until 2031, because some of the documents contain “sensitive information,” according to one official.

So they know who stole the money, and whoever did it is important enough to get protection..

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  1. That’s out of about a trillion dollars, right?

  2. Yes. Mind you, a retail outfit that has a 6% “shrinkage” will likely go out of business..

  3. And mind you, the rest of the trillion $$ was equally misspent.

  4. Had your education at InHolland?

    1000 billion is a trillion. 100 billion is 0,1 trillion.

    Payed a lot for the certificates there?

  5. 6% of 1000b = 0.06*1000b=60b. Problem?

  6. Advise: Apply for a job at a large bank. They can use more people with these skills.

We came, we saw, he died

Posted on October 21st, 2011 at 19:17 by Paul Jay in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Company Thanks Guy Who Alerted Them To Big Security Flaw By Sending The Cops… And The Bill

Posted on October 19th, 2011 at 12:44 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Security


We’ve seen before that organizations don’t seem to react well to outside security folks pointing out vulnerabilities in their systems. They very often take a “blame the messenger” approach — as if pointing out a flaw suddenly makes that flaw come into existence. But one company seems to be taking it to another level. That Anonymous Coward points us to a story in which a security professional found a big and ridiculously obvious bug in the website of an Australian investment fund, First State Superannuation. Apparently you could see other people’s accounts by merely changing the account numbers in the URL. Increase the number by one, and see the next user in line. This is the kind of extraordinarily basic mistake that I thought had been eradicated a decade ago. Apparently not.

But the company that runs the fund, Pillar, went quite crazy about this. While the company did fix the security hole, it also sent the police to interrogate the security researcher, Patrick Webster. Pillar also sent a letter to customers (pdf) in which it suggests that Webster created this massive security flaw, rather than their own dreadful programming:

It has come to our attention that a member of First State Super, who has online access to their account, devised a way to view an image of your statement.

And then, to add insult to injury, Pillar sent Webster a letter saying he broke the law, they were closing his account, and may seek money from him to fix the vulnerability

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  1. Watch this backfire on the company. Since they decided not to keep this quiet they may end up seeing a loss of customers from the publicity.

  2. How would this look like in other situations in life?

    – I call someone to attention that his car is leaking oil. He then sues me to pay the repair bill, and claims that I have damaged his car.
    – I come to a traffic accident scene with several seriously injured people. I call 911. I then get sued to pay the rescue team and the hospital bills.
    – At a supermarket, I tell the staff that some tomatoes in the vegetables rack are mouldy. They remove the spoiled food, demand from me to pay it, and sue me for “damaging their business reputation”.

  3. My mouth stands open… (I am also a security professional).

    The only coment I have: WTF!!!!

$12,000 fine for insulting Victorian Gaming Minister Michael O’Brien

Posted on October 18th, 2011 at 15:26 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


STATE Parliament is set to pass new legislation making it a criminal offence to "insult" Gaming Minister Michael O’Brien.

Fines of up to $11,945 will be given to anyone found guilty of upsetting the minister and his staff under the extraordinary new offence.

The Baillieu Government is seeking changes to the Gaming Regulation Act which it says are "reasonably necessary to respect the rights and reputation of the minister and authorised persons". If passed, the ruling will become law.

The amendment proposed to the Act will make it an offence to "assault, obstruct, hinder, threaten, abuse, insult or intimidate" the minister or authorised persons exercising "due diligence" in monitoring gambling systems such as pokies.

State Labor has seized on the extraordinary amendment, with Opposition gaming spokesman Martin Pakula branding the minister "Windscreens O’Brien – because this proves he’s got a glass jaw".

"Is the minister so precious that he now needs legislation to protect him from insults?" he said.

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  1. Just put a bigger, tougher, nastier bloke on that duty.

  2. Is “Crikey!” strong enough?

  3. Is your supreme court as useless as our?

Home Secretary: scrap the Human Rights Act

Posted on October 2nd, 2011 at 17:29 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Theresa May, the Home Secretary, risks an explosive rift inside the Coalition with an explicit call for the scrapping of the Human Rights Act.


“I’d personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it,” she says.

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  1. Well, she would say that wouldn’t she? A politician in power would always like to rule without considering those silly rights and laws. Those “problems” are also safeguards.

A PR Firm President Will Seriously Fire You If You Don’t Replace The Milk

Posted on September 29th, 2011 at 22:34 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


So, I am gravely serious when I write this – if I catch someone not replacing the milk, or at least, in the case where the downstairs store has close already, not sending an email to the office so the first person that arrives (usually Christa or me) can pick one up upon arrival – then I am going to fire you. Im not joking. You will be fired for not replacing the milk, and have fun explaining that one to your next employer. This is not a empty threat so PLEASE don’t test me.

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Teen’s parents: After suicide, he’s still being bullied

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 14:01 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Even after a teen-ager tragically committed suicide in suburban Buffalo this month in the wake of constant harassment, the bullying allegedly did not stop with his death.

The parents of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was found dead at their home on Sept. 18, indicated in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry on Tuesday that their daughter endured further taunts at a school function immediately after Jamey’s wake. At a homecoming dance she attended shortly after her brother’s death, a potentially poignant moment turned ugly after a song by Lady Gaga, Jamey’s favorite artist, who recently dedicated a song at a concert in his memory.

“She was having a great time, and all of a sudden a Lady Gaga song came on, and they all started chanting for Jamey, all of his friends,’’ Jamey’s mother, Tracy, told Curry. “Then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting, ‘You’re better off dead!’ and ‘We’re glad you’re dead!’ and things like that.

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  1. What a tragedy. Hate speech should be suppressed in my opinion.

  2. Sue W., disagree. Without the freedom to be a jerk, not being one would be a matter of obedience instead of virtue. It points in the direction of a nation of sheep.

    I’m glad you’re commenting here; I benefit from the insight and the way you use language.

  3. I agree, you can’t censor free speech, but you can film the jerks spewing their hate and show them on utube. I’m sure the colleges they may be considering would love to see the videos.

  4. I humbly submit that it is wrong and should be illegal to harass anyone with hateful speech. It is personally threatening and an encouragement to further lawless behaviour, from one side or the other, which is why many jurisdictions have tried to stop it.

    I don’t really buy the slippery slope to serfdom/sheep nation argument. This is a gang of children bullying other children. If it can it should be stopped before it gets to this extent.

Rick Perry: Climate Change Is A Hoax Drummed Up By Scientists Looking To Make Money

Posted on August 18th, 2011 at 15:15 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


"A substantial number of scientists [have] manipulated data to keep the money rolling in," New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline quoted Perry saying on the stump in a tweet. Before that, Cline quoted Perry saying, "I do believe the issue of global warming has been politicized."


Let’s talk about money rolling in, shall we?


Perry has also shown an eagerness to do the bidding of his major supporters. Most notably, his second-biggest all-time donor, Harold Simmons, owns a nuclear waste dump. Perry led the charge in 2010, while Simmons gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Perry’s re-election campaign, to allow Simmons to import nuclear waste from thirty-eight states. On June 27 of this year, ten days after Perry signed the legislation, Simmons gave $100,000 to Americans for Rick Perry. Tom Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, estimates that the rule change will bring upward of $2 billion for Simmons. “If you put money in Perry’s purse, he’ll create policies you need,” says Smith.

How’s that for a pot calling a kettle black?

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  1. Oh those sleazy scientists with all their emphasis on evidence and peer review. Nothing like politicians.

  2. When will politics be classified as a crime against humanity.

Freeper-Americans Applaud Breivik Manifesto

Posted on July 25th, 2011 at 11:46 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


The patriots at Free Republic know a fellow traveler when they see one:

I’ve seen the video based on the Berwick manifesto and I have to agree with almost all of it. I’m starting to read the manifesto and so far, it is dead on.
–Nowhere Man

He was right about the stifling of speech by the MSM. Perhaps that is where we need to direct our efforts. It is my feeling that the MSM is somewhat culpable because they do try to stifle speech. Perhaps this wouldn’t have happened if he felt his voice was being heard seriously, rather than ridiculed.

The thing is that much of the writing in the manifesto is spot on in its analysis of Islam, the threat posed to Western culture and democratic systems of government by multiculturalism and by Marxism and their sympathizers. There is little evidence in the first 800 or so pages that this is guy who would become so radicalized he would shoot up and blow up innocent people.

He strongly defends and argues in favor of the constitutional rights we enjoy in the United States. He rejects Nazism and other “hateful” ideologies. He shows understandable alarm at the loss of freedoms in the name of tolerance. None of these would be foreign to conservative philosophy. You can tell he researched his subject very well and the argument he presents in favor of protecting Western culture is one I would not fault.

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  1. He did a job of copy+paste from the Unabomber’s manifesto and other texts on the internet, in a nonsensical way. The man was horrifyingly stupid. And it scares me shitless that so many readers seem even more stupid for appreciating it.

    Have you seen the video? He mascerades in a uniform. I wonder what those medals are? Youtube-medals?

  2. He mascarades in uniform to attract youth to his ideas, but that is not important. What he did killing people was wrong, but his analyses regarding multiculturalism and danger of muslim immigration is 100% correct.

  3. @alex – Oh really? How so?

BP’s new oil spill in Alaska: ‘Reckless’?

Posted on July 20th, 2011 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


On Saturday, an 8-inch pipeline in BP’s Lisburne oil field — near Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay — was being pressure-tested when the pipe burst, releasing crude oil, methanol, and water across a gravel pad and into a small pond. Buildings nearby shook from the force of the rupture, and heavy winds blew the oily mixture across roughly 7,000 square feet of tundra and gravel.


There’s some compelling evidence that this was a preventable spill. A 2010 investigation by ProPublica revealed that 148 sections of BP pipeline in Alaska (including the one that burst) were so corroded that they were in imminent danger of rupture. Internal records showed that these pipelines had worn so thin — in some cases as thin as a few thousandths of an inch — that they should be operated only under reduced pressure. The investigation also found that regular maintenance of BP’s pipelines and facilities throughout Alaska had been neglected for more than a decade, due to a company-wide effort to reduce operating costs.

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  1. We’re Sorry…

  2. Someone has proposed building a pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the Texas coast refineries. To transport bituminous tar, gravel, water etc. It will have to be heated to get it to move. This is for thousands of miles, mostly in the contiguous U.S. All to save the cost of “upgrading” in the North i.e. cleaning the fuel from the filth will somehow be cheaper in TX.

    I thought it was an investment hoax. Not so sure now. Why bother maintaining such a pipeline? If it breaks just fix it.

The Most Incredible Thing Fox News Has Ever Done

Posted on July 17th, 2011 at 14:57 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


To the good: they treat hacking as a problem and scandal. To the incredible/bad: they present their (now closed) UK sister publication News of the World as a victim of the hacking problem, rather than as a perpetrator.

Watch, if you can stand to.

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  1. “…piling on?” Ah, poor babies…Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.

    “99% of NOTW staff did nothing wrong.” Except to work for one of the shittiest organizations and one of the scummiest people on the planet.

House Passes $649B Defense Spending Bill

Posted on July 9th, 2011 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a $649 billion defense spending bill that boosts the Pentagon budget by $17 billion and covers the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Scoffing at the suggestion that “everything is on the table” in budget negotiations between the Obama administration and congressional leaders, Frank said, “The military budget is not on the table. The military is at the table, and it is eating everybody else’s lunch.”

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  1. Can we have a category that’s for something several doors beyond the Hall of Shame? The Torture Chamber or maybe The Furnace Room Off The Basement Where We Defile Lady Liberty? ‘Cause that’s where this story belongs…

  2. For perspective, that budget is around 77% of the cumulative total of NASA’s budget since 1958 (even after it’s corrected into 2007 dollars).

    I hope we’re getting a good return on our investment.

  3. They cut back. Only 20% of the whole budget, now Medicaid gets more money. If the numbers are correct. Social security gets more money too – 21% and 23% respectively. Next year the proposed budget however is a bit over 1 trillion dollar.

Man robbed bank for $1 to cover jail health care

Posted on June 21st, 2011 at 9:21 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


That’s right James Verone says he has no medical insurance. He has a growth of some sort on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. He is 59 years old and with no job and a depleted bank account. He thought jail was the best place he could go for medical care and a roof over his head. Verone is hoping for a three-year sentence.

Only in the USA.

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  1. Not true. There are crazies in every country.

  2. It’s not his mental state I was talking about..

  3. “He thought jail was the best place he could go”

    That’s a crazy person, John. There are lots of better places for him to go. That said, life is not easy for indigents anywhere.

  4. Yes, he is crazy, but again, that’s now what’s interesting here. I’ve never heard somebody – crazy or not – come up with this particular solution in any other country.

  5. If this global economic meltdown continues, I think we’re going to start seeing a number of innovative solutions we haven’t seen before. 🙂

  6. In Hungary. Serial small value shoplifting. For food and bed. Though that was a long time ago.

  7. “Are there no workhouses?”

    Apparently now there are.

Our Abortion Was Different: When The Anti-Choice Choose

Posted on June 14th, 2011 at 11:18 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and likely presidential candidate, wants all abortions outlawed. He has even said that abortion providers should be “criminally charged.” Clearly, his compassion for zygotes, fetuses, and other squishy, jelly-like substances not fully alive is without question. When it comes to actual human beings, however, there is some doubt. He voted to cut every social and welfare program that came before him as senator, and not just those helping women and girls, but those helping the poor, immigrants, children in general, and, of course, education.

Mr. Santorum doesn’t hate all people, however. As a Republican, he loves rich people, white people, business people, and Christians. The real Americans, he calls them. There’s one other person he loves, too: his wife, Karen Santorum.


Karen was going to die if her pregnancy was not ended, if the fetus was not removed from her body. So, at 20 weeks, one month before what doctors consider ‘viability’, labor was artificially induced and the infected fetus was delivered. It died shortly thereafter.

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  1. This blog post includes a copy of a Philadelphia Inquirer article that suggests that Karen Santorum had a miscarriage and that labor was not induced. (Which pretty much contradicts this “Santorum had an abortion” claim.)

  2. This happened to a devout fundamentalist acquaintance; his wife had an ectopic pregnancy -fetus implanted outside the womb. This is a medical emergency, the woman would die and the fetus is not viable. They aborted the child. Although it was, naturally, very upsetting, they called it a miscarriage, as they had planned to have the child. Fair enough, but don’t try to limit others’ rights to have abortions!

“my account was hacked”

Posted on June 9th, 2011 at 12:42 by Desiato in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


“my account was hacked” usually becomes “my account of what happened was hacked to bits on closer inspection”.

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  1. Your article perfcelty shows what I needed to know, thanks!

The WH/Politico attack on Seymour Hersh

Posted on June 5th, 2011 at 10:14 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Dutifully writing down what government officials say and then publishing it under cover of anonymity is what media figures in D.C. refer to as “real reporting.”  But the most hilarious part of this orgy of cowardly anonymity comes at the end, when Politico explains what is supposedly the prime defect in Hersh’ journalism:

Hersh has faced criticism for his heavy reliance on anonymous sources, but New Yorker editor David Remnick has repeatedly said he stands by his reporter’s work.

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Kansas Rep. Pete DeGraaf: Being impregnated during a rape is just like getting a flat tire

Posted on May 24th, 2011 at 0:10 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Rape is often called the ultimate violation of self. A crime of absolute contempt for personal integrity, leaving the women caught in its wreckage to labor under the trauma for years. What reprehensible event could possibly have the same consequences as the spiritual dead zone rape victims are left in?

Well, getting a flat tire, according to Kansas state Rep. Pete DeGraaf.

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  1. This is part of the gradual reduction in rights in the USA over many years. The idiot legislator notwithstanding, the bigger news is that abortion is going to be banned in some places before long. It’s extraordinary that Kansas has forbidden health insurance to cover this procedure. Fortunately, therapeutic abortions _if done early_ are fairly inexpensive and safe.

    The idea of these goons is to make it so hard for women to get contraception, or failing that have early, safe abortions that they will give up (or get a later, unsafe one). They want the ladies back in the kitchen having white babies asap, imo. Kinder, Küche, Kirche

  2. We had a state representative here in Louisiana, who was debating abortion in the cases of incest and rape, compare incest to the inbreeding of livestock on his family farm. Said it made for better stock.

    There may be some truth to Sue’s “white babies” notion but I doubt any of those brain-dead representatives have thought that far ahead.

  3. Let’s see what he says after HE gets a “flat tire”!

After approving NBC buyout, FCC Commish becomes Comcast lobbyist

Posted on May 12th, 2011 at 5:33 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, plans to step down—and right into a top lobbying job at Comcast-NBC.

The news, reported this afternoon by the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico, comes after the hugely controversial merger of Comcast and NBC earlier this year. At the time, Baker objected to FCC attempts to impose conditions on the deal and argued that the "complex and significant transaction" could "bring exciting benefits to consumers that outweigh potential harms."

Four months after approving the massive transaction, Attwell Baker will take a top DC lobbying job for the new Comcast-NBC entity, according to reports.

The response of groups like Free Press was expected in its anger, but not without merit. "No wonder the public is so nauseated by business as usual in Washington—where the complete capture of government by industry barely raises any eyebrows," said Free Press’ Craig Aaron.

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Rep. Rehberg, Whose Net Worth Is $31 Million, Says He’s ‘Cash Poor’ And ‘Struggling’

Posted on May 1st, 2011 at 10:56 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


While Rehberg calls himself poor and complains that he’s struggling, the fact is that he is, as of 2009 records, the 14th richest member of the House of Representatives. Opensecrets.org estimates that his average net worth in 2009 was $31 million. If he’s struggling on that, one has to wonder if he’s really a good arbiter of what’s fair for Main Street America.

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  1. Well, compared with Goldman Sachs bankers he is surely “struggling”. When you only have a net worth of meagre $31 million, things that are deemed “essential” in these circles are still very expensive. Like a Lear Jet, a luxurious apartment in Manhattan, a shower curtain for $6000 … (please insert sarcasm tags)

  2. It’s true. The rich are different. And they don’t think of themselves as rich.

  3. He actually said he is “cash poor and land rich” and that his business is struggling (because of the economy).

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