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Principia Discordia => Aneristic Illusions => Topic started by: Thurnez Isa on December 29, 2006, 04:11:55 pm

Title: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on December 29, 2006, 04:11:55 pm
http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/12/282006g.asp

Year In Review: 'Net Neutrality' a Must for Most Christian

Christian broadcasters are concerned about legislation that could make it tougher for the public to access their websites. Recent action by a House committee would seem to allay some of those fears.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow broadband network operators to offer streamlined access to websites that pay them extra for a higher level of service. Frank Wright, president of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), says such an arrangement would put many nonprofit radio stations at a disadvantage.

"The telephone companies and cable companies that control access to the Internet are talking about creating kind of a better level of service for those who are willing to pay for it," Wright explains, "and everyone else sort of gets what's left over."

Broadband Internet providers such as Verizon and AT&T have been lobbying for a sort of "fast lane" on the web that would be reserved for video and other high-priority content. But last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill [PDF] that would require such providers to abide by strict "Net neutrality" principles -- that is, operate their networks in a nondiscriminatory manner.

Wright obviously sees merit to such a move. "A system of Internet control that shows favoritism to one group over another would probably disadvantage non-profits like religious broadcasters," he says. "We don't have the revenue streams that would help us pay for a better level of Internet service that they're talking about."

Despite being opposed by several Republicans on the committee, the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006 (H.R. 5417) was passed out of committee on a 20-13 vote. Committee chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, a congressman from Wisconsin, said the measure "will provide an insurance policy for Internet users against being harmed by broadband network operators abusing their market power to discriminate against content and service providers."

The president of the Christian Coalition of America is asking Congress to preserve what supporters of what has come to be known as "net neutrality." Roberta Combs says Sensenbrenner and others on the committee have stood up for continued freedom on the Internet.

"We urge Congress to move aggressively to save the Internet -- and allow ideas rather than money to control what Americans can access on the Worldwide Web," she says. Congress, says the Christian Coalition, must make sure the Internet remains accessible to all Americans, rich or poor.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 29, 2006, 04:13:22 pm
Wow, they must be deluded.  Sometimes, Christian paranoia actually works in peoples favour.  Amazing.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on December 29, 2006, 04:15:49 pm
I made this thread cause i notice sometimes we have 2/3 threads of the same newstories
ie. planet eris, james brown
this way we have a thread to dump it all on
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 29, 2006, 04:17:22 pm
Point.  But now we also have non-absentee mods who will actually merge stories too.  Still, this can be good for random shiz.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on December 29, 2006, 04:17:38 pm
Wow, they must be deluded.  Sometimes, Christian paranoia actually works in peoples favour.  Amazing.

yes
this could make some really strange bed fellows
Quote
and allow ideas rather than money to control what Americans can access on the Worldwide Web
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 07, 2007, 08:26:49 pm
http://www.tv.com/story/7321.html

 :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 08, 2007, 03:18:21 pm
I just think it's funny to see who qualifies as a "celebrity"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 08, 2007, 03:25:53 pm
Come on "La Toya Jackson"
She's as famous as her brother Tito
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 08, 2007, 03:39:08 pm
I imagine they contrived this whole idea just to get Erik Estrada in a police uniform again.  The rest were afterthoughts when everyone else turned them down. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: DJRubberducky on January 08, 2007, 04:37:31 pm
Ah shit, man!  I know somebody in Muncie.  And he only knows me by a different online handle.  Maybe I should call the show and rat out a stoner who works at Blockbuster and see if he makes it onto an episode. ;)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 12, 2007, 11:58:54 am
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article2145136.ece

Ali Ansari on the lastest Iran happenings.  I think alot of Ansari's opinions, the dude is one of the best experts on the country.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 12, 2007, 04:40:12 pm
time for the bunkers?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 16, 2007, 02:58:11 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070116/world/international_iraq1_dc

U.N. says 34,000 Iraqis killed in 2006

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday more than 34,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in violence last year and it chided the government for allowing the killers, some of them inside the security forces, to go unpunished.

Several bombs that killed 35 people in Baghdad were a reminder of the violence that killed 94 every day last year, by the U.N. count. It was not clear if the bombings, among the bloodiest this month, were related to the hangings on Monday of two aides to Saddam Hussein, which angered minority Sunni Arabs.

The government is preparing a security plan backed by U.S. reinforcements and billed as a "last chance" for Iraq to pull back from a sectarian civil war pitching Sunni rebels against Shi'ite militias and dragging in millions of armed civilians.

"Without significant progress on the rule of law, sectarian violence will continue indefinitely and eventually spiral out of control," the U.N. human rights chief in Baghdad, Gianni Magazzeni, told a news conference presenting his latest report.

Sectarian tensions have been inflamed by the botched execution of Saddam's aides. The ousted president's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti was decapitated by the noose. Mourners visited the two fresh graves in the home village where Saddam himself was buried after he was hanged two weeks ago.

Magazzeni said 34,452 civilians were killed and more than 36,000 wounded in 2006. He accused the government of failing to provide security and blamed some of the violence on militias colluding with or working inside the police and army.

"The root causes of the sectarian violence lie in revenge killings and lack of accountability for past crimes as well as in the growing sense of impunity for on-going human rights violations," the U.N.'s latest report on Iraq said.

The casualty figures are much higher than statistics issued by Iraqi government officials. The government itself branded the United Nations' last two-monthly report in November grossly exaggerated and banned its civil servants from releasing data.

"The focus of this report is actually on the need for the government to increase its action with respect to the rule of law," Magazzeni said. "Law enforcement agencies do not provide effective protection to the population of Iraq."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 16, 2007, 02:58:54 pm
"DEATH SQUAD KILLINGS

According to the latest U.N. report, based on data from hospitals compiled by the Health Ministry and from the Baghdad morgue, 6,376 civilians were killed in the last two months of 2006 -- comprising 3,462 in November and 2,914 in December.

Of 4,731 people killed in Baghdad in November and December, Magazzeni said most died of gunshot wounds -- an indication they were victims of individual death squad killings, not bombings.

Though Baghdad is the epicenter of violence, the U.N. report said increasing violence in typically less restive provinces such as Mosul illustrated the overall deterioration in security.

It said more than 470,000 Iraqis had fled their homes and now claim refuge within Iraq since the February bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra that prompted a surge in violence. Many more do not register or have fled the country altogether.

A roadside bomb followed by a blast from a motorcycle rigged with explosives killed 15 people and wounded 70 near a Sunni mosque in central Baghdad on Tuesday, an interior ministry source said. Two more bombs in the capital killed 10 people.

University students were among the dead in a car bombing that killed 10 people and wounded 25.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, with the help of some 20,000 more U.S. troops being deployed by President George W. Bush, is preparing a major crackdown on sectarian killers in Baghdad -- including militias loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and other fellow Shi'ite allies of Maliki.

Senior Shi'ite politicians call it a "last chance" to avert civil war and save a government that represents Shi'ites' first real taste of power in Iraq for centuries.

U.S. commanders have said crucial to success will be whether Maliki fulfils his commitment to deal as strongly with Shi'ite militias as with Sunni Arab insurgents."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 16, 2007, 03:03:44 pm
Whats interesting is that no-one so far has reported that a Baathist insurgent group has hung 100 Shiite muslims in retaliation for the death of Saddam Hussein.  Thats a grizzly way to go and I'm surprised the media hasn't reported, for the sheer "urgh" factor.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 16, 2007, 03:06:55 pm
The ousted president's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti was decapitated by the noose.

Now this I really gotta see  :-o
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 16, 2007, 03:11:47 pm
http://www.hollywoodrag.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/the_fraggle_rock_movie_is_coming/

for anyone who grew up in the 80's
 :-)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 16, 2007, 03:14:12 pm
Fraggle rock in general and the Doozers in particular I blame 100% for my teenage descent into the depraved pits of sex, drugs and madness.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 16, 2007, 03:16:14 pm
They'll probably screw up the movie
but its still Fraggle rock
and one of Frank Zappas sons is making it
so there still is hope
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 17, 2007, 02:30:01 pm
http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/1168667764242580.xml?oregonian?lcfp&coll=7

David Wu of Oregon fires Star Trek metaphors at Bush's Iraq plan


WASHINGTON -- If David Wu tires of the congressman gig, he might have a second career lecturing at Star Trek conventions.

Reaction is flying in from across the galaxy to the Oregon Democrat's comparison of the Bush administration to Klingons on the House floor this week.

"What's been said of me is that I've always had the lowest profile in the Oregon delegation," Wu said in an interview Friday. "You know what? This is not the way that I would have chosen to raise my profile."

Wu said his speech referred to "Rise of the Vulcans," a book about the influence of neoconservatives on President Bush's war policy.

"Right after I said it, I kind of had a notion that maybe it wasn't going to be understood in the way that I meant it," Wu said. "Maybe not everybody read 'Rise of the Vulcans.' "

Wu, who Thursday was named chairman of the technology and innovation subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee, said he has long been a Star Trek fan. He admitted Friday that while recovering from a recent back injury, he watched "a whole basket of Star Trek tapes" lent to him by a neighbor. Which Star Trek series or movie is his favorite?

"I watch them all," Wu said. "A terrible confession."

Wu said his Wednesday speech was made out of frustration with how the Bush administration is handling its plans to increase troops in Iraq.

"Sometimes, even a congressman, when you get frustrated, you fall back on those things that are kind of familiar, comfortable," Wu said.




http://youtube.com/watch?v=f-RqyLcDFfw
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 17, 2007, 02:47:54 pm
I just got a scam letter in French.
Just sayin'.
Waiting for the laundry.
This is my news.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 17, 2007, 02:57:12 pm
scam letter in french???
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 17, 2007, 03:14:13 pm
*watching CNN*

BREAKING NEWS:

Hard Freeze! It's cold!

What to do?

OMFGtoohotthennowtoocoldnotinwinterglobalwarmingy argh!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 17, 2007, 03:30:26 pm
scam letter in french???

You know those letters from African Princes and the Irish Lottery?
It was like that but completely in French. (I am not French)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 17, 2007, 04:30:58 pm
I could probably translate
though you probably actually dont care what it says
 :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 17, 2007, 04:48:34 pm
No need to translate. I imagine it's an idiotic scam, and I never really read them anyway. Maybe I'm just really lucky and won the Irish lottery for real (3 times!).

I sent it to your hotmail, in case you're curious.
Notice at the bottom there is an ad for Latinsingles.com or something.... unbelievable
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 17, 2007, 05:07:47 pm
the french is pretty dreadful actually

this Doctor Narcisse Pierre whos is the Executive Administrateur of a Body African Assignee of Markets in Mali is trying to set up a marketing scheme supposely worth millions
 :-o
He wants people in the civil service and offering you a "mutal arrangement"
most of it is buisness mumbo jumbo
he doesn't really say what it involves, and will only give you details if your interested
but he does say its a "brilliant career"

come on you have to be interested
 :lol:

heard better spam mail from african presidents who will give me their fortunes if i send them my bank information
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 17, 2007, 05:10:45 pm
I have no assets or bank information, but i'd love to get involved.
I'll stick to the Irish lottery. At least that's in my language.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on January 17, 2007, 08:11:41 pm
Mysterious Samurai Saves Police
http://www.tv3.co.nz/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/209/articleID/18823/Default.aspx

A samurai sword wielding vigilante has come to the rescue of two Police officers when they were attacked by an armed gang in South Shields, England.
 
A group of men had forced their way into a house and were ransacking the place when passing plain-clothes officers were alerted by a woman inside screaming.
 
The criminals outnumbered them and were armed with a hammer, knives and chains and attacked the Police officers.
 
As one of them stabbed at a Policeman with his knife, a mysterious do-gooder appeared from nowhere and attacked him with a samurai sword.
 
One of the burglars began running away but was stopped by the stranger who struck him on the arm with the sword.
 
Two of the criminals were arrested, but in true hero style the samurai disappeared before police could speak to him.
 
A third man was arrested later and two more are still being hunted.
 
Police are especially keen to trace the man with the sword who came to the aid of their officers, and have asked for anyone with information to call them.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on January 17, 2007, 08:18:36 pm
Thats cool.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 17, 2007, 09:23:33 pm

Police are especially keen to trace the man with the sword who came to the aid of their officers, and have asked for anyone with information to call them.


You realise they only want to do him for assault with weapon causing abh. If they're real bastards they'll prolly pin interfering with the police in the line of duty and leaving the scene of a crime on him too.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Starship, take me on January 18, 2007, 03:51:51 am
http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/01/16/070116173159.3yvt2yr3.html?56

Amsterdam to get statue to world's prostitutes

Amsterdam's red light district is reportedly to receive a bronze statue dedicated to prostitutes around the world.

According to the Dutch agency ANP, sculptress Els Rijerse made the statue at the request of a former prostitute Mariska Majoor, who a decade ago founded a centre on prostitution in the Dutch capital.

Majoor was quoted as saying by ANP that the statue would be a first of its kind and that it had received the blessing of the city authorities.

The statue represents a self-assured woman, her hands on her hips, looking sideways towards the sky, and standing on a doorstep, ANP said.

The precise place where the statue will be laid and its title have not yet been announced, it said.

Also,
http://www.fark.com/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Verthaine on January 18, 2007, 04:36:46 am
http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/01/16/070116173159.3yvt2yr3.html?56

Amsterdam to get statue to world's prostitutes

Amsterdam's red light district is reportedly to receive a bronze statue dedicated to prostitutes around the world.

According to the Dutch agency ANP, sculptress Els Rijerse made the statue at the request of a former prostitute Mariska Majoor, who a decade ago founded a centre on prostitution in the Dutch capital.

Majoor was quoted as saying by ANP that the statue would be a first of its kind and that it had received the blessing of the city authorities.

The statue represents a self-assured woman, her hands on her hips, looking sideways towards the sky, and standing on a doorstep, ANP said.

The precise place where the statue will be laid and its title have not yet been announced, it said.

Also,
http://www.fark.com/

In a related story,a first statue honoring pimps will be place near the statue of the prostitute.
The pimp statues title will be "That ho better have my money".
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 20, 2007, 05:44:39 pm
Hillary Clinton announces she wants to run for the Presidency, snakes flee to Australian urban areas (the connection between these two stories is unknown).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 20, 2007, 06:11:39 pm
did she finnaly officially announce?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 20, 2007, 06:25:41 pm
Yeah, I saw it today on CNN on my way into work.

...I totally want to vote for her.  :lol: Unless Nader runs again.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 20, 2007, 06:32:05 pm
Hillary = Bush in a skirt.  Seriously.  She isn't so much a Dem hawk as a batshit insane reincarnation of Maggie Thatcher.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 20, 2007, 06:39:44 pm
She isn't so much a Dem hawk as a batshit insane reincarnation of Maggie Thatcher.

QOTD!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on January 20, 2007, 09:00:04 pm
Hillary = Bush in a skirt. Seriously. She isn't so much a Dem hawk as a batshit insane reincarnation of Maggie Thatcher.

Thank you for saying that.  :mittens:

I've never been able to stomach her.  Her husband I'll take over a million of her.  /hyperbole because I can
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 21, 2007, 12:51:59 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6282767.stm

Pope has also had enough of freedom.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 21, 2007, 10:35:07 am
a batshit insane reincarnation of Maggie Thatcher.

That has to be either a split infinitive or an oxymoron or some shit. Can't stand the implication that Thatcher wasn't batshit insane.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 21, 2007, 02:23:40 pm
Hillary Clinton = worst thing ever.

This is a bold statement, but I would consider reelecting Bush a third term before I voted for Hillary.
Thats a bit far but you get my point....

Only candidate worth a fuck so far = Barrack Obama
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 21, 2007, 04:36:19 pm
Actually, Obama also wants to start WW3 in the Middle East.  Plus, the fact his name sounds like Osama and he went to a Muslim school will kill his chances of votes in the red states.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 22, 2007, 11:29:43 am
Even a lot of democratic voters won't vote for a black guy named Obama.
I'm still crossing my fingers. He's still the best potential candidate of any party so far.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 22, 2007, 11:35:54 am
What about the New Mexico dude?  I know nothing about his policies, what is he like?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 22, 2007, 11:48:05 am
Don't know who your talking about. I'm only moderatly interested in politics.

I pick a candidate to vote for, and a reason to hate everyone else, and I run with it.

Do you mean McCain from Arizona? I liked him, but he's losing stock because he is catering to the Religious Right, instead of fight for what he believes in. He is a moderate Republican, that feel he needs to blow the far right to get elected.
Hard to respect that.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 22, 2007, 11:59:41 am
No, the Dem governor of New Mexico, can't remember his name.  With him the Dem race is shaping up to be between a woman, a black guy and a latino.  Which will certainly make the election interesting.....
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 22, 2007, 12:12:21 pm
Not familiar with him, offhand.
The news here is all about Hillary and Obama right now.
America is all about the "rock star" candidates.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 22, 2007, 01:32:44 pm
theres alot of buzz around viginian senator jim Webb
he hasnt officially announced and he doesn't have a lot of experience, but his mid-fifties, white, former military and a former republican
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 22, 2007, 01:52:14 pm
So, the next president will either be a black guy, a woman, or a moderate Republican white guy....




Smooth move, dems.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 22, 2007, 01:57:30 pm
No, the Dem governor of New Mexico, can't remember his name.  With him the Dem race is shaping up to be between a woman, a black guy and a latino.  Which will certainly make the election interesting.....

Bill Richardson, former Energy Secretary during the Clinton administration.  And I'd vote for him over Hillary and Obama.  He has more leadership experience and is probably better equipped to handle the immigration stuff. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 22, 2007, 02:37:31 pm
Immigration is not an issue for me.
Stay, go, I don't give a fuck.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 22, 2007, 02:41:28 pm
Yes but it IS an issue for a large portion of the electorate.  If you are going to support a candidate, while you want them to be somewhat in sync with your own personal beliefs, its a bonus if they also may be in sync with others on the issues you are less concerned about, especially one like immigration. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on January 22, 2007, 04:31:53 pm
I'm waiting for the political pendulum's back-swing. I anticipate that 08 will be the end of a ridiculous period of American history characterized by far-right absurdity and the beginning of a ridiculous period of American history characterized by far-left absurdity.

Personally, I vote based on die rolls. I feel its a rational response to idiocracy.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 22, 2007, 04:45:26 pm

Personally, I vote based on die rolls. I feel its a rational response to idiocracy.

...That's not a bad idea. I can probably steal some of my husband's D20s for extra flair.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 22, 2007, 04:55:39 pm
Careful with that approach, do you really want Dennis Kucinich as your next president?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 22, 2007, 05:07:11 pm
No, Hillary will win, initiate war with Iran, lose badly and ensure Republican dominance of American politics for the next 20 years.  She has her orders too, you know.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 22, 2007, 05:46:08 pm
I genuinely don't care about immigration policy.
I'm just going to let someone else formulate my opinion on it.
Any takers? Next thing that sounds good is my new opinion on immigration.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on January 22, 2007, 05:47:42 pm
immigration is good for the fertility of the land
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 22, 2007, 05:49:55 pm
We have a winner.

Hurray for immigration! Everyone meet in America for the after-party!

Immigration is the best!

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on January 22, 2007, 05:54:40 pm
I genuinely don't care about immigration policy.
I'm just going to let someone else formulate my opinion on it.
Any takers? Next thing that sounds good is my new opinion on immigration.


Even though triple zero already "won" I suggest:

We line up illegal immigrants who are already in the country
next to immigrants who want to come in (illegally)
and they duke it out, one on one. If a Mexican who wants to hop the fence can beat up a Mexican lawn mower that lives in an apartment with eleven other dudes, he has earned his spot and the lawn mower gets ejected.

I think this will make Texas and California into very exciting places.

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 22, 2007, 05:57:16 pm
You shoulda typed faster.

Immigration: It's for cool kids!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 22, 2007, 05:57:23 pm
And Rupert Murdoch will turn that into a reality game show.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 22, 2007, 08:59:23 pm
I genuinely don't care about immigration policy.
I'm just going to let someone else formulate my opinion on it.
Any takers? Next thing that sounds good is my new opinion on immigration.


 :mittens: :potd:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: DJRubberducky on January 22, 2007, 09:52:35 pm
And Rupert Murdoch will turn that into a reality game show.

!No Mas Hermanos!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 22, 2007, 09:57:12 pm
 :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 23, 2007, 06:30:08 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/canada_france_quebec

Begining of the 1st Canadian-French war??
LOOk OUT FRANCE.. WE GOT BIGGER FRIENDS!!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 23, 2007, 06:56:16 pm
Quote
Quebec has held two referendums on independence -- in 1980 and 1995 -- and both times a majority was opposed.

If I remember correctly that vote in 95 was really, really close.  Like 49/51 or something like that. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 23, 2007, 06:58:26 pm
They're starting that shit again? I don't want to have to use my passport to go from Ontario to Quebec when up there! It's bad enough we need one now to even GET to Canada.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 23, 2007, 06:58:52 pm
Is Canada becoming as touchy as their Chinese overlords nowadays?  "Interferring in our affairs" sounds very close to "subverting our sovereignty", the Chinese Communist party code phrase for piss off.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 23, 2007, 06:59:49 pm
"subverting our sovereignty", the Chinese Communist party code phrase for piss off.

I think I'm going to start using that around the office when I don't want to be bothered.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 23, 2007, 07:00:48 pm
I think you need nukes to make it work.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 23, 2007, 07:01:13 pm
Is Canada becoming as touchy as their Chinese overlords nowadays?  "Interferring in our affairs" sounds very close to "subverting our sovereignty", the Chinese Communist party code phrase for piss off.

Local politics
The Prime minister looks incredibly bad with this Quebec as a seperate nation shit
so hes trying to look more hard stanced on the issue
his poll numbers are dropping slightly, looking bad on foreign affairs and the quebec issue
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 23, 2007, 07:01:42 pm
Quebec is a real flash point in Canada if there is one.  I can see why.  It would be kind of inconvenient to have a massive sovereign nation cutting your nation in two.  But, then there is my Quebecois heritage that enjoys the "fuck you" attitude of the Sovereign Quebec movement.  
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 23, 2007, 07:02:08 pm
He should get his deputy PM to have an affair.  That always takes the heat off the PM.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 23, 2007, 07:05:01 pm
I think you need nukes to make it work.

This is America! Someone is selling them SOMEWHERE.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 23, 2007, 07:05:19 pm

If I remember correctly that vote in 95 was really, really close.  Like 49/51 or something like that. 

yes very close
remember watching when i was a teenager
strange thing being french and living in ontario
the "yes" side was winning half the night
it wasn't untill they counted the votes from the cities that the "no" side pulled ahead and kept the lead
the polls are far different now
most in quebec now dont want to seperate and the french population of quebec is one the decline
the seperatists are still very strong in the province but now have to play a role of pushing for seperation but not seeming they are pushing for one
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 23, 2007, 07:09:23 pm
I think you need nukes to make it work.

This is America! Someone is selling them SOMEWHERE.

Try Wal-Mart, they stock everything.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 23, 2007, 07:10:54 pm
Wal-Mart is cheap 3rd world shit
Sears is where you have to go for the good nukes
and pics of woman in their underwear
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 23, 2007, 07:11:30 pm

If I remember correctly that vote in 95 was really, really close.  Like 49/51 or something like that. 

yes very close
remember watching when i was a teenager
strange thing being french and living in ontario
the "yes" side was winning half the night
it wasn't untill they counted the votes from the cities that the "no" side pulled ahead and kept the lead
the polls are far different now
most in quebec now dont want to seperate and the french population of quebec is one the decline
the seperatists are still very strong in the province but now have to play a role of pushing for seperation but not seeming they are pushing for one

Are the french people moving out to other parts of Canada or are they just dying faster than they are procreating?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 23, 2007, 07:18:25 pm
Imigration dialuting the local french population
Half the city of Montreal is completely english (the boring half)
I remember going through Montreal with my friends
We got lost and they sent me into a coffee get directions and the buggers working there didn't speak a word of french
Plus the french imigrates they're getting from African countries are coming to "Canada" and not "Quebec"
Plus their not procreating as fast enough rate
and the Quebec born youth aren't as interested in seperation... they're more interested in rebelling against free trade

IMO I think the seperatists will have one last push and if they don't win they probably going to go the way of the Christian Allience and slowly be sucked into the other political movements

EDIT: Quebec City and the area around Ruoyn are very much still french though
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 23, 2007, 07:37:33 pm
Makes sense.  It would be interesting to see a predominately English Quebec, especially Montreal and Quebec City.  I really need to get back their some day.  When I grew up in Northern Maine my family used to take quite a few trips to Quebec City.  It was a long ass drive but it was cool to see the different, kind of European architecture.  But yeah, it was tricky asking for directions when you could only say hello and goodbye in French. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 23, 2007, 07:43:27 pm
Ou est la piscine?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 23, 2007, 07:45:23 pm
Makes sense.  It would be interesting to see a predominately English Quebec, especially Montreal and Quebec City.  I really need to get back their some day.  When I grew up in Northern Maine my family used to take quite a few trips to Quebec City.  It was a long ass drive but it was cool to see the different, kind of European architecture.  But yeah, it was tricky asking for directions when you could only say hello and goodbye in French. 

I hear Quebec City is gorgeous though. I do really need to get to Montreal this year though.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 23, 2007, 07:45:41 pm
Quebec city is still very much french
its quite a lovely city in terms of aesthetics, but I've only been through the city, and only once
Almost got arrested near the border once cause apparently the van we were traveling in was classified in Quebec as a "mini-bus" and we didnt have the currect papers or something
We just pulled the whole "Im just a stupid English Ontarian" manuver.. and besides I was working for an inventory company at the time and we had a few fine looking ladies working for us so that helped us as well
we didn't even get a ticket
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 23, 2007, 07:48:31 pm
Ou est la piscine?

too cold for swimming
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 24, 2007, 03:22:43 pm
I miss our old Prime Minister

"No, a proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." - Jean Chretien

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aX6XMIldkRU
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 24, 2007, 03:24:52 pm
He was funny.  I loved watching his press conferences.  Much funnier than Mulrooney. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 24, 2007, 03:25:50 pm
That and he chocked a protestor
and pepper spreyed a bounch of others
 :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 24, 2007, 03:29:28 pm
I miss our old Prime Minister

"No, a proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." - Jean Chretien

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aX6XMIldkRU

That reminds me of Rummy's Known knowns quote:

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on January 24, 2007, 04:11:12 pm
 :lol:  Definition of is, anyone?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 24, 2007, 05:15:35 pm
I miss our old Prime Minister

"No, a proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." - Jean Chretien

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aX6XMIldkRU

That reminds me of Rummy's Known knowns quote:

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

I've always liked that quote - it's like a Buddha-ism. The kind of thing you'd expect to hear from some hippy scientist is a hollywood blockbuster, just before he slides open the door to hanger 19. It's also the dumbest possible thing to say out loud at a press conference.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 24, 2007, 06:35:35 pm
Except for "we know Osama bin Laden is either alive and well, alive and unwell, or unalive and unwell."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 24, 2007, 06:36:19 pm
Or unalive and well.
What, with the 77 virgins and all.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 24, 2007, 08:12:47 pm
which of course some interpreters will tell you is actually 77 raisins, not virgins.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 24, 2007, 08:13:39 pm
White raisins.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 24, 2007, 08:33:26 pm
BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to "purify" the Internet, state media reported on Wednesday, describing a top-level meeting that discussed ways to master the country's sprawling, unruly online population.

Hu made the comments as the ruling party's Politburo -- its 24-member leading council -- was studying China's Internet, which claimed 137 million registered users at the end of 2006.

Hu, a straitlaced communist with little sympathy for cultural relaxation, did not directly mention censorship.

But he made it clear that the Communist Party was looking to ensure it keeps control of China's Internet users, often more interested in salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal than Marxist lessons.

The party had to "strengthen administration and development of our country's Internet culture", Hu told the meeting on Tuesday, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

"Maintain the initiative in opinion on the Internet and raise the level of guidance online," he said. "We must promote civilized running and use of the Internet and purify the Internet environment."

In 2006, China's Internet users grew by 26 million, or 23.4 percent, year on year, to reach 10.5 percent of the total population, the China Internet Network Information Center said on Tuesday.

The vast majority of those users have no access to overseas Chinese Web sites offering uncensored opinion and news critical of the ruling party.

But even in heavily monitored China, news of official misdeeds and dissident opinion has been able to travel through online bulletin boards and blogs.

Hu told officials to intensify control even as they seek to release the Internet's economic potential. "Ensure that one hand grasps development while one hand grasps administration," he said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 24, 2007, 08:36:06 pm
This should be fun to watch.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 24, 2007, 08:36:23 pm
Yeah, thanks to those traitors to freedom, Google Yahoo and Microsoft, who wont stop dealing with them.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 24, 2007, 08:41:31 pm
What surprises me is that only 137 million Chinese are internet users.  I would have guessed a much higher number. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 24, 2007, 08:43:15 pm
Raisins?

I thought discordianism was the goofy religion.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 24, 2007, 08:44:35 pm
No, outside of the largest cities you're in a lawless, semi-industralized hell hole at best.  I had friends who backpacked around China last year, outside of the areas around Hong Kong and the west coast cities and they said in places it reminded them of rural south America.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 24, 2007, 08:48:33 pm
Ahh, well that makes sense then.  I wonder if there is a Chinese HIMEOBS on their internets. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 24, 2007, 09:09:38 pm
Ahh, well that makes sense then.  I wonder if there is a Chinese HIMEOBS on their internets. 

His Democratically Elected Presidents Elite Orbital Bomber Squadron?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 25, 2007, 10:45:19 pm
http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2007/january/01_17_3.html

The United States has signaled to Gulf Arab allies that an attack on Iran could take place in 2007.

Diplomatic sources said the Bush administration has raised the prospect of a U.S. strike on Iran over the next few months. The sources said the discussions with Gulf Cooperation Council states have also been conducted by U.S. Central Command as well as the U.S. intelligence community.

"There has not been a U.S. commitment, but the discussions have been interpreted as an expression of intent," the source said. "Right now, the U.S. message is that the GCC must get ready for any contingency."

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets foreign ministers from the GCC states as well as Egypt and Jordan. The sources said Ms. Rice intends to brief the foreign ministers on U.S. strategy toward Iraq and Iran in a meeting scheduled to take place in Kuwait.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 25, 2007, 10:52:48 pm
 :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!: :argh!:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 26, 2007, 01:25:02 am
I really hope someone has some sense in that adminstration

someone....

anyone...


 :-(
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on January 26, 2007, 02:08:20 am
http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2007/january/01_17_3.html

The United States has signaled to Gulf Arab allies that an attack on Iran could take place in 2007.

Diplomatic sources said the Bush administration has raised the prospect of a U.S. strike on Iran over the next few months. The sources said the discussions with Gulf Cooperation Council states have also been conducted by U.S. Central Command as well as the U.S. intelligence community.

"There has not been a U.S. commitment, but the discussions have been interpreted as an expression of intent," the source said. "Right now, the U.S. message is that the GCC must get ready for any contingency."

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets foreign ministers from the GCC states as well as Egypt and Jordan. The sources said Ms. Rice intends to brief the foreign ministers on U.S. strategy toward Iraq and Iran in a meeting scheduled to take place in Kuwait.

Someone needs to take that bitch aside and slap the fuck out of her.

She really is a dumbass, and so are the people who hand this shit to her to peddle around like a whore with 2002's goods.

Mother fuck an A.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 26, 2007, 07:36:07 am
She's a racist conspiracy. In a couple of years time people will say "yeah but look what happened the last time a person of colour held a position of power". Same thing as maggie thatcher did for the notion of a woman PM. (try suggesting that one in the uk and see where it gets you)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 26, 2007, 08:43:18 am
I want to know what her doctoral thesis is on.  Because I suspect it was some soft topic like Prussian diplomacy from Napoleon to to Versailles.  Its funny how I've searched all over and not found it once.  She also did intern work with the Rand Corporation, who have run a number of shady (and in some cases impossible) scernarios in front of various administrations to convince them to intervene in Central and South West Asia.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 26, 2007, 09:00:28 am
Also, because I am wont to notice such things....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6294643.stm

Quote
Schools in England should teach “core British values” alongside cultural diversity, a report says.

The report suggests that

Quote
pupils should study free speech, the rule of law, mutual tolerance and respect for equal rights.

Now, the bolded one is very interesting.  Because it has apparently now replaced Justice as an ideal.  Justice and fairplay was something at the centre of the whole thing, according to people like my grandfather. 

But of course, we are not talking about actual values here.  This report says nothing more than the values which are useful to the political elite.  This is no mistake but a deliberate and careful crafted attempt to engineer the public discourse around Britishness in a direction favoured by the political elite, one that above everything else, stresses and emphasises the ‚Äòlegitimacy‚Äô of their position. That‚Äôs Blair‚Äôs message in his speech, we should value, first and foremost, democracy and the rule of law, that from which he derives his authority and status - justice doesn‚Äôt even merit a mention, not as a value in its own right.

Blair’s vision is one in which the sovereignty of parliament and the laws it passes should be respected no matter what, a false vision of a ‘Britishness’ that is both absolutist and authoritarian, the kind of ‘Britishness’ that belongs, properly, to Henry VIII and not to the 21st Century.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 26, 2007, 01:31:53 pm
[fluffy]

doooooooooooooom


[/fluffy]
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 26, 2007, 01:53:13 pm
Britishness‚Ñ¢!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 26, 2007, 01:53:47 pm
The British people do not believe in Doooooooooooooooooom.  Tony Blair says so.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 28, 2007, 12:46:33 am
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3354296,00.html

"UFO" spotted over Iran, firing a "yellow beam".   :|
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 28, 2007, 02:26:08 am
well i guess Bush has sent in the "shock and awe"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 28, 2007, 02:36:11 am
More likely headline "USAF take leak over Iranian town"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on January 28, 2007, 03:38:29 am
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3354296,00.html

"UFO" spotted over Iran, firing a "yellow beam".   :|

Gates quoted as saying, "IMMA CHARGIN MAH LAZOR!"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 28, 2007, 05:31:13 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6306665.stm

Jane Fonda....what a way to shoot yourself in the foot as an anti-war protest....at least pick someone with some credibility as to the interests of the troops.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on January 28, 2007, 09:10:07 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6306665.stm

Jane Fonda....what a way to shoot yourself in the foot as an anti-war protest....at least pick someone with some credibility as to the interests of the troops.

Tell me about it.  The dittoheads are gonna have a field day with this one.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 28, 2007, 02:40:54 pm
What is a dittohead?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on January 28, 2007, 04:31:37 pm

Jane Fonda....what a way to shoot yourself in the foot as an anti-war protest....at least pick someone with some credibility as to the interests of the troops.

hey at least she's not going to meet with guirella warriors and taking pictures next to ant-aircraft guns this time
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 29, 2007, 05:37:09 am
What is a dittohead?

Limbaugh, Coulter, Savage and O'Reilly style fans.  The radio listening right wingers crowd, who can get whipped up over almost anything.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on January 29, 2007, 02:04:07 pm
Oh Goodie.... my father.   :cry:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 29, 2007, 02:24:07 pm
What is a dittohead?

Actually, more specifically, it is a Rush Limbaugh fan.  I don't know where it comes from but the whole "ditto" meme has been a part of his radio show for years.  (Yeah, I listen to it for nyuks)  In fact the web cam that broadcasts his radio show on his website is called the "Dittocam". 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 29, 2007, 02:41:59 pm
Ooops, my bad.  I always just equated it with the mindless followers of the right (the left's being called moonbats, for some odd reason).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 29, 2007, 02:54:04 pm
I think Limbaugh isolates himself, at least in his own mind, from the likes of Coulter, Savage, O'Reilly, etc.  He rarely ever talks about them.  Sure he's Conservative like they are but in reality, he is a radio DJ first and a Conservative second.  I think he has a fair amount of disdain for the other guys, especially since his TV show he had back in the 90's was a miserable failure while O'Reilly and Hannity are enjoying Radio AND Television success.  And I've heard Savage on the air call out Limbaugh.  I think they probably hate each other more than they actually hate the Democrats.   
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 29, 2007, 02:57:34 pm
That may be so, but they all perpetuate a similar mindset, varying only in degrees.  The rest is just business.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 29, 2007, 03:21:12 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6306665.stm

Jane Fonda....what a way to shoot yourself in the foot as an anti-war protest....at least pick someone with some credibility as to the interests of the troops.

Fuck her. If she would have been more pro-active for our POWs in Vietnam maybe, just MAYBE I'd have respect for her efforts. But any representative of our country, woman, celebrity, or not, that goes to a foreign country in which thousands of our troops are dying and imprisoned and practically SPITS in the face of her own countrymen is NOT someone I want leading a protest. She's a traitor in my opinion, and I wish that Charlie would have fucked her shit up.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 29, 2007, 03:24:33 pm
She says she was coerced into a lot of what happened, which I can believe.  Alot of British figures did the same in reference to East Germany (such as the CND) and ended up being Stasi stooges, often without ever realizing who held the strings.

That said, her dismissive statements about systemic torture in North Vietnam are pretty unforgivable, especially as they were said once the war was over.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 29, 2007, 03:24:51 pm
Of course Suu, your self-righteous rant would have more weight if our troops werent coating children with napalm and giving them horrible cancers through Agent Orange.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 29, 2007, 03:27:16 pm
Shit, if a kid was shooting at me, I'd fucking coat it's ass in flaming Styrofoam too!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 29, 2007, 03:31:23 pm
Napalm delivery system = airplane.


And, just to remind everyone how threatening those Vietnamese kids were:

(http://www.roshangari.net/autosite/sitedata/20040516000000/napalm.jpg)



Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 29, 2007, 03:54:45 pm
Napalm delivery system = airplane.


And, just to remind everyone how threatening those Vietnamese kids were:

(http://www.roshangari.net/autosite/sitedata/20040516000000/napalm.jpg)





That one second from the right is a kinda vicious looking little bast tho.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 29, 2007, 04:22:10 pm
Yes, and I was totally joking. I'm no advocate for our country's war machine.

I actually watched a show with that girl (the one with her clothes burned off) and how she is today. I believe she lives in the US out west somewhere.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 29, 2007, 04:23:29 pm
Damn... Suu, you're too deadpan sometimes.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 29, 2007, 04:29:40 pm
Speaking of the Vietnam war, I only just found out the history of the below pic the other day:

(http://grampyshouse.net/cliches/images/saigonmurder.jpg)

Apparently, the guy on the right was a VietCong commander guilty of scores of civilian killings, but because of the chaos in the city in during the Tet Offensive, the officer had little choice but to execute him on the spot.

He later moved to the US and opened a restaurant, but because of his infamy due to that picture and repeat attacks on his premises, he had to close.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on January 29, 2007, 04:44:17 pm
Damn... Suu, you're too deadpan sometimes.

Especially when I've had a wine-induced headache for a couple of days and haven't made my AM trip to the Dunkin' yet.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 29, 2007, 05:41:21 pm
Speaking of the Vietnam war, I only just found out the history of the below pic the other day:

(http://grampyshouse.net/cliches/images/saigonmurder.jpg)

Apparently, the guy on the right was a VietCong commander guilty of scores of civilian killings, but because of the chaos in the city in during the Tet Offensive, the officer had little choice but to execute him on the spot.

He later moved to the US and opened a restaurant, but because of his infamy due to that picture and repeat attacks on his premises, he had to close.

I think he had some good reviews at first though.  I think I read a review somewhere that said "The food will blow you away."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 01, 2007, 08:17:55 pm
Not really news...its what is not being reported.  Read the link below....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6319451.stm

Then read this:

http://episkoposcain.blogspot.com/2007/01/iran-behind-karbala-raid.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on February 01, 2007, 08:34:28 pm
I think he had some good reviews at first though.  I think I read a review somewhere that said "The food will blow you away."

damn. taking bad puns to a new level.

(well not really new for me, but good to see it on this board as well)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 01, 2007, 08:46:15 pm
:thanks:

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on February 01, 2007, 08:58:30 pm
this one's for you then:

http://sulkyknowledge.su.funpic.de/slechte%20grappen.html

my personal collection of bad jokes

(sorry about the ad appearing, my old site got disconnected)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 02, 2007, 02:02:12 pm
this one's for you then:

http://sulkyknowledge.su.funpic.de/slechte%20grappen.html

my personal collection of bad jokes

(sorry about the ad appearing, my old site got disconnected)

:mittens:

What did the salt say to the pepper?
Hey, what's shaking?

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on February 02, 2007, 02:46:25 pm
 :|

Two guys walk into a bar; the third one ducks.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on February 02, 2007, 02:47:48 pm
an englishman, and irishman and a scotsman walk into a bar.

the bar tender says: "what is this? some kind of joke?"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 02, 2007, 02:50:18 pm
Why did the fungus move out of his house?
He didn't have mush room. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on February 02, 2007, 03:00:43 pm
why did the mushroom always get invited to parties?


because he's a fungi.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on February 02, 2007, 03:05:49 pm
this one's for you then:

http://sulkyknowledge.su.funpic.de/slechte%20grappen.html

my personal collection of bad jokes

(sorry about the ad appearing, my old site got disconnected)


nice...
Quote
three guys and a gal stranded on a deserted island. After 1
week she's so ashamed of what they're doing she commits
suicide. After another week, they're so ashamed of what
they're doing they bury her. After another week they're so
ashamed of what they're doing they dig her back up.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on February 02, 2007, 03:09:16 pm
That's the joke that keeps on delivering punchlines  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 02, 2007, 06:00:55 pm
Um, your school teachers obviously don't "do" the observation thing...

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/02022007/356/sex-offender-posed-boy.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on February 03, 2007, 03:45:46 am
Um, your school teachers obviously don't "do" the observation thing...

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/02022007/356/sex-offender-posed-boy.html

For some states, we wonder if their brains are even less developed than their student's.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on February 03, 2007, 10:14:22 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/international_iraq_dc

"Egypt charges four with spying for Israel

Egypt has charged an Egyptian who holds Canadian citizenship and three Israelis with spying for Israel, a state prosecutor said on Saturday.

High State Security Prosecutor Hisham Badawi said the Egyptian, Mohamed Essam Ghoneim el-Attar, 31, had been arrested and charged. The rest of the suspected spy ring, who are in Turkey and Canada, were charged in absentia.

Badawi said the Israelis had recruited Attar while he was living in Turkey in August 2001. Intelligence agents assisted him in obtaining a residency permit in Canada under a fake name and found him work in a bank.

Attar was paid to spy on Egyptians and Arabs during his time in Turkey and Canada, and used his position in the bank to obtain information on specific accounts, Badawi added.

He was also expected to scout and approach potential recruits, according to Badawi, who said Attar was paid $56,000 between August 2001 and January 1 2007, when he was arrested at Cairo airport as he entered Egypt for a family visit.

Badawi said Attar had been under investigation since January 2002 and would stand trial before a High State Security Emergency Court.

"We only know what we have heard in the media. I am not aware of anything other than what has been reported," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev told Reuters in Jerusalem.

In 1996, Egypt detained Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Arab textile worker, and sentenced him to 15 years in jail for spying for Israel. Egypt said Azzam passed messages in women's underwear using invisible ink.

Both Azzam and Israel denied the charges. He was released after serving eight years, as part of a deal which included the release of six Egyptian students in Israel."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on February 07, 2007, 08:26:37 pm
from my Christian Coalition of America newsleter

"Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, Who Was About to be Kicked Out of United States Navy -- After His Fight to be Allowed to Pray in the Name of Jesus at All Times -- Gets Reprieve Thursday From 3-Judge Federal Panel

On Thursday, a three-judge panel (on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia,) temporarily blocked the United States Navy from kicking out of the Navy an evangelical chaplain, Chaplain (Lt) Gordon J. Klingenschmitt, an Air Force Academy graduate, who has been fighting to overturn restrictions on prayer in the military, specifically allowing military chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus at all times."
 
With the federal court of appeals' ruling, Chaplain Klingenschmitt will be allowed to stay on active duty at least another week.  The court meanwhile will decide whether it should grant a longer term injunction that would keep Chaplain Klingenschmitt in the Navy, at least until his lawsuit against Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter is heard.  Chaplain Klingenschmitt's attorney, William Farley, said:  "We will get to the bottom of this.  We will find out why everything started to fall apart after he began praying in the name of Jesus." 
 
Chaplain Klingenschmitt said regarding the decision by the three-judge panel, "I consider this a small miracle at the eleventh hour, but my career still dangles by a thread since this stay will probably only last a week.  Next week, I pray the court of appeals makes a more permanent decision.  But for now, God has answered our prayers."
 
During the past two years, the Christian Coalition of America played a major role in forcing the Navy and the Air Force to repeal regulations the two services had adopted early last year which forbade military chaplains from praying in the name of Jesus during military functions other than worship services.  The provision agreed to last September 25th by the House and Senate conferees debating the final Defense Authorization bill rolls back the current Air Force and Navy regulations which had overturned 200+ years of tradition allowing military chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus and according to their faith requirements. 


At the time, Christian Coalition of America President Roberta Combs said, "The decision by Congress to force the Air Force and Navy to rescind their unconstitutional restrictions on religious freedom for military chaplains is a victory for free speech.  I urge the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to conduct oversight hearings early next year to ensure that military chaplains can pray as they have been able to pray for the past 200+ years of American history.  Congress cannot allow the Air Force and the Navy or any other service to adopt politically-correct guidelines restricting the religious freedom of chaplains ever again.


The Air Force had adopted restrictive guidelines on February 9, 2006 and the Navy had adopted similar restrictive guidelines on February 21, 2006. The Air Force and Navy had surrendered to atheist activists and left-wing Members of Congress in adopting these ill-advised regulations.  According to the September 25th agreement signed by the House and Senate conferees, the Secretary of the Air Force must reinstate the policy that was set forth in Air Force Directive 52-1 dated 1 July 1999 and the Secretary of the Navy must reinstate the policy set forth in Secretary of Navy Instruction 1730.7B dated October 12, 2000."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: N E T on February 07, 2007, 08:49:05 pm
Denmark's secret to happiness: low expectations
By Benedict Carey
Published: January 8, 2007
 
NEW YORK: Sweden has more blonde beauties per capita, Italy and France have far better cuisine, and most of the free world can boast of better weather.

But over the last 30 years, the citizens of Denmark have scored higher than any other Western country on measures of life satisfaction, and scientists think they know why.

In the Dec. 23 issue of the medical journal BMJ, researchers review six possible explanations, and conclude that the country's secret is a culture of low expectations.

"It's a David and Goliath thing," said the lead author, Kaare Christensen, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

"If you're a big guy, you expect to be on the top all the time and you're disappointed when things don't go well," Christensen said. "But when you're down at the bottom like us, you hang on, you don't expect much, and once in a while you win, and it's that much better."

The researchers arrived at their findings by a process of elimination and humor. Blonds may have more fun, they argue, but Sweden has a higher prevalence of them. As for climate, Danes "bask in a somewhat colder and cloudier version of the balmy English weather."

They also eat fatty foods, drink a lot; genetically, are not significantly different from their gloomier Scandinavian neighbors.

But on surveys, Danes continually report lower expectations for the year to come, compared with most other nations. And "year after year, they are pleasantly surprised to find that not everything is getting more rotten in the state of Denmark," the paper concludes.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/08/news/danes.php
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Starship, take me on February 07, 2007, 10:25:58 pm
http://english.pravda.ru/science/mysteries/07-02-2007/87167-alien_monster-0

Village residents from the Rostov region of Russia caught a weird creature two weeks ago after a strong storm in the Sea of Azov. The shark-looking creature was producing strange squeaky sounds. The fishermen originally believed that they had caught an alien and decided to film the monster with the help of a cell phone camera. The footage clearly shows the creatures’ head, body and long tail. The bizarre catch was weighing almost 100 kilograms, the Komsomolskaya Pravda reports.
   
However, ufologists and scientists were greatly disappointed when they found out that the fishermen had eaten the monster. They said that they were not scared of the creature so they decided to use it as food. One of the men said that it was the most delicious dish he had ever eaten.

Chairman of the Anomalous Phenomena Service, Andrei Gorodovoi, stated that the creature, which he could see on the short video, was an anomalous being. However, it could hardly be described as an extraterrestrial form of life, he added. Gorodovoi rejected the version about mermaids too. “There are many legends about mermaids living in the Sea of Azov. Nevertheless, specialists of the Service for Anomalous Phenomena have never confirmed those fairytales. On the other hand, we do not deny the possibility of other forms of life in the Sea of Azov,” the ufologist sad.

A spokesman for the Rostov-based zoo, Alexander Lipkovich, contacted local ichthyologists and asked their opinion about the Azov alien. “They said that the fish bears resemblance to a sturgeon. It was an extremely interesting individual. I have never seen anything like this before in my whole life,” the specialist said.

Credo Mutwa (http://www.credomutwa.com/), thou art avenged!
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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 07, 2007, 10:26:46 pm
Cryptids are awesome.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Starship, take me on February 08, 2007, 12:10:35 am
"Ploetzlich regnete es Kuehe vom Himmel” (Cows Raining from the Sky)

In the Ochotskische sea near the Sachalin island a cow fell from the sky and sank a Japanese fishing boat on impact. This was stated in a confidential report from the German embassy in Moscow to the "Auswaertiges Amt" (German State Department). This event was given as one of many examples of the desolate state of security in Russian air traffic. According to this report, Russian soldiers had stolen a herd of cattle and wanted to remove them in a transport aircraft - a kind of theft not uncommon in Siberia. However, the soldiers failed to tie up the animals. When the cows got nervous and began to move, the plane became unstable as well. The Iljuschin was so hard to control that the pilot feared to crash and ordered the crew to open the tailboard and to chase the cattle (25 to 30 animals) out of the plane from an altitude of about 8000 meters. Accidentally, one of the cows fell onto a wooden Japanese fishing boat that could not bear the impact and sunk. Though the fishers were rescued some hours later by a Russian patrol boat, they were arrested because their story was not believed. Russian authorities then checked their statements and found that they were true. The pilot was able to make an emergency landing with open tailboard."

This happened back in April of '97.  Mark your calender for the ten-year anniversary.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: N E T on February 08, 2007, 01:20:14 am
I think I'll eat a well marbled ribeye with chopsticks to celebrate this absurdity.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on February 08, 2007, 09:48:00 am
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Gorbachev to Gates: "Have Mercy!"
In an open letter to the former Microsoft CEO, the former Soviet Leader asks Gates to intercede on behalf of a Russian teacher accused of software piracy.

By Tom LaSusa, Network Computing

In 1987, President Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall and made his impassioned request to then Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, "Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Nearly two decades later, it's Gorbachev's turn to reach out to a powerful world figure -- Bill Gates -- with his own emotional plea. The request: to intercede on behalf of a Russian teacher accused of using pirated software in his classroom.


Prosecutors have accused Alexander Ponosov, headmaster of a middle school a remote Russian village, of violating Microsoft's intellectual property rules by using unlicensed copies of Microsoft software on his school's computers. Russia has been cracking down on piracy as part of its efforts to join the World Trade Organization. The punishment for this crime could be life in a Siberian prison.


In an open letter posted on the Internet site of Gorbachev's charitable foundation (www.gorby.ru), Gorbachev says that the teacher was totally unaware he was committing a crime, and therefore should be shown compassion. While recognizing the importance of punishing intentional piracy, Gorbachev pleads with the Microsoft mogul to show mercy and have the company withdraw its complaint against the teacher.


"This noble step will be enthusiastically received by all those in Russia who use Microsoft products." Gorbachev contends.


Is there any minor offence in russia that doesn't carry 'life in a siberian prison' as punishment?

"Ivan - stop picking your nose,  remember what happened to your uncle Aleksei"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 10, 2007, 05:08:39 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6349287.stm

Too....much....irony.....on.....every....side...r ibs...cracking....from....

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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on February 10, 2007, 06:20:01 pm
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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 12, 2007, 05:59:52 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6352785.stm

Little Johnny Howard not only shows he has some semblance of a backbone, but he also has no compunction about interfering in US internal politics.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on February 12, 2007, 06:57:21 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6352785.stm

Little Johnny Howard not only shows he has some semblance of a backbone, but he also has no compunction about interfering in US internal politics.

Well somebody has to. The US are quite obviously incapable of doing it themselves.  :evil:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on February 13, 2007, 04:32:38 am
Obama is pretty fuckin slick...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on February 18, 2007, 02:53:33 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/070216/oddities/afplifestyle_us_crime

Talking Urinals Discourage Drunk Driving
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 18, 2007, 05:28:31 pm
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Christians have accused the artist Damien Hirst of exploiting religious imagery for the sake of controversy in a new exhibition, to be displayed in a working Anglican church.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2281384.ece

And in other news, the pot called the kettle black.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on February 18, 2007, 09:04:52 pm
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Christians have accused the artist Damien Hirst of exploiting religious imagery for the sake of controversy in a new exhibition, to be displayed in a working Anglican church.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2281384.ece

And in other news, the pot called the kettle black.

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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on February 19, 2007, 06:47:11 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/070217/world/us_science_space_asteroids_1


"SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - An unmanned "tractor spacecraft" could eventually be used to drag an asteroid off course before it slams into Earth with catastrophic consequences, experts have said.


NASA astronaut Edward Lu said Hollywood-style solutions such as detonating a nuclear bomb in outer space to destroy an oncoming asteroid could increase the chances of a hit on Earth.

Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting, Lu said the most viable tactic would be to use the gravitational pull of a spacecraft to alter the asteroid's trajectory.

"Some of the simpler methods that people have talked about have turned out to be, upon closer inspection, not as simple as you might think," Lu said.

"There is a random element to them. Things like hitting them with a bomb or flying a spacecraft into them -- you just don't know what the results of that are going to be. It could make things worse."

Lu said a small "tractor spacecraft" similar in size to those used in the Apollo missions would need to be deployed to deflect rogue asteroids.

"It would be positioned hovering in front or behind, with the intention to drag the asteroid off its trajectory with gravity," Lu said. "You can move an aircraft carrier with a tiny tug if you pull long enough."

US scientists are closely monitoring the progress of Apophis, which is scheduled to pass within about 32,000 kilometers (19,000 miles) of Earth in 2029.

Experts have said previously it is possible that Apophis, which could obliterate a country the size of England if it struck, may change its orbit when it swings by Earth in 2029, putting it on a collision course with the planet when it is due to pass by again in 2036.

How the international community should react to the threat of an asteroid will be the subject of a series of four workshops beginning later this year which will aim to draft a treaty to be tabled at the United Nations in 2009.

Russell Schweickart, the chairman of the Association of Space Explorers, whose members are astronauts, said there was a need for a set of internationally recognized procedures for dealing with asteroids.

"We know how to identify an asteroid, we know how to deflect it, the question is who will take on the responsibility for dealing with it. Who are the decision makers?" Schweickart said.

The problem lies in the fact that it is not possible to pinpoint early on which part of the globe an asteroid might strike when it is first identified as threatening the planet.

"When you look at the potential of where something like Apophis is going to hit, you end up drawing a line right across the planet. Eventually that line will shrink to a point," Schweickart said.

"But you will have to have made the decision to deflect the asteroid when it is still a line. If you wait until it's a point, it's too late. Just grab your martini, and go and watch it hit."

Schweickart said a working group of pre-eminent scientists, diplomats and experts in international law would seek to draft a treaty for consideration by the UN in two years' time."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on February 21, 2007, 05:23:52 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070219/us/politics_kennedy_footage_dc

"New footage of JFK in Dallas released


By Ed Stoddard

DALLAS (Reuters) - Previously unreleased footage of John F. Kennedy's fateful motorcade in Dallas moments before he was gunned down was released on Monday, a surprising new detail in a saga that has gripped the United States for four decades.

The silent 8mm film shows a beaming Jacqueline Kennedy close up in vivid color waving to the crowd.

A group of excited bystanders -- women sporting big 1960s hairstyles -- waves to the cameraman shortly before the motorcade sweeps past.

The president's coat is clearly if briefly seen bunched up on his back -- a detail that will be scrutinized by conspiracy theorists who see evidence of a plot in, among other things, the fact the bullet wounds on his jacket and body did not appear to match.

The film was donated to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas by amateur photographer George Jefferies and his son-in-law, Wayne Graham. It was released to coincide with the Presidents Day federal holiday.

Museum curator Gary Mack said he was not surprised Jefferies took so long to come forward.

"Everyone who captured the motorcade before the assassination thinks their pictures are unimportant. But to historians, all photos and home movies are important to possibly answer questions that will be asked in the future," he said.

Located in the former Texas School Book Depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a sixth-floor window on November 22, 1963, the museum is devoted to Kennedy's presidency and the events surrounding his assassination.

The footage was taken less than 90 seconds before the fatal shots were fired. The 40-second film also shows the scene of the crime the following day.

The footage is sure to be new fodder for conspiracy buffs who have long maintained Kennedy was the victim of a sinister plot orchestrated by shadowy elements in either the government, the "military-industrial complex," the Mafia or communist Cuba.

"I've already seen the footage on a conspiracy Web site -- it's interesting for the conspiracy researchers to study Kennedy's coat which appears to be bunched up on his back," Mack said.

He said since Kennedy's jacket was riding high on his back, the entry wound in his body did not match the expected position in his coat -- grist for the conspiracy mill that charges more than three shots were fired.

Investigators maintain the shooting was carried out by Oswald acting alone. The most complete and best-known film of the Kennedy assassination to come to light was taken by bystander Abraham Zapruder.

Mack said the new footage offered the best view of Mrs. Kennedy in the motorcade he had ever seen."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: HunterRose on February 21, 2007, 05:52:17 am
Quote from: Kotaku
    "Lik-Sang.com, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

    As of today, Lik-Sang.com will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed. Furthermore, Lik-Sang is working closely with banks and PayPal to refund any store credits held by the company, and the customer support department is taking care of any open transactions such as pending RMAs or repairs and shipping related matters. The staff of Lik-Sang will make sure that nobody will get hurt in the crossfire of this ordeal."

The lawsuits they are talking about, by the way, involve Sony's attempts to make gray market imports of console systems illegal, especially in Europe. The way they did this was by filing a suit in every single frickin' EU country... essentially bleeding Lik Sang to death. You can see the writing on the wall in Lik Sang's statement:

    "Fighting multiple lawsuits in different countries at the same time and paying high premiums to expensive lawyers is an overwhelming situation for a small company like Lik-Sang. Launching separate court actions with separate claims and different judges is completely unnecessary, except for the fact that it helps reaching one single target: outspend Lik-Sang to death. 'Pay Beyond.'"

"Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders, starting just two days after Japan's official release, as early as 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who's who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few."

Old news I know but its still idiotic
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on February 21, 2007, 07:22:39 am
Sony can blow me. Bastards tried to rootkit me. Luckily for them I don't buy music I steal it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 22, 2007, 03:50:20 am
Matt Taibbi rides again!

http://www.alternet.org/story/48278

Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires

While America obsessed about Brittany's shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.


"Now, after she shaved her head in a bizarre episode that culminates a months-long saga of controversial behavior, it's the question being asked by her fans, her foes and the general public: What was she thinking?"-- Bald and Broken: Inside Britney's Shaved Head, Sheila Marikar, ABC.com, Feb. 19


What was she thinking? How about nothing? How about who gives a shit? How's that for an answer, Sheila Marikar of ABC news, you pinhead?

I'm not one of those curmudgeons who freaks out every time that Bradgelina moves the war off the front page of the Post, or Katie Couric decides to usher in a whole new era of network news with photos of the imbecile demon-spawn of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. I understand that we live in a demand-based economy and that there is far more demand for brainless celebrity bullshit than there is, say, for the fine print of the Health and Human Services budget.

But that was before this week. I awoke this morning in New York City to find Britney Spears plastered all over the cover of two gigantic daily newspapers, simply because she cut her hair off over the weekend. To me, this crosses a line. My definition of a news story involves something happening. If nothing happens, then you can't have "news," because nothing has changed since the day before. Britney Spears was an idiot last Thursday, an idiot on Friday, and an idiot on both Saturday and Sunday. She was, shockingly, also an idiot on Monday. It will be news when she stops being an idiot, and we'll know when that happens, because she'll have shot herself for the good of the planet. Britney Spears cutting her hair off is the least-worthy front page news story in the history of humanity.

Apparently, from now on, every time a jackass sticks a pencil in his own eye, we'll have to wait an extra ten minutes to hear what happened on the battlefield or in Congress or any other place that actually matters.

On the same day that Britney was shaving her head, a guy I know who works in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders sent me an email. He was trying very hard to get news organizations interested in some research his office had done about George Bush's proposed 2008 budget, which was unveiled two weeks ago and received relatively little press, mainly because of the controversy over the Iraq war resolution. All the same, the Bush budget is an amazing document. It would be hard to imagine a document that more clearly articulates the priorities of our current political elite.

Not only does it make many of Bush's tax cuts permanent, but it envisions a complete repeal of the Estate Tax, which mainly affects only those who are in the top two-tenths of the top one percent of the richest people in this country. The proposed savings from the cuts over the next decade are about $442 billion, or just slightly less than the amount of the annual defense budget (minus Iraq war expenses). But what's interesting about these cuts are how Bush plans to pay for them.

Sanders's office came up with some interesting numbers here. If the Estate Tax were to be repealed completely, the estimated savings to just one family -- the Walton family, the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune -- would be about $32.7 billion dollars over the next ten years.

The proposed reductions to Medicaid over the same time frame? $28 billion.

Or how about this: if the Estate Tax goes, the heirs to the Mars candy corporation -- some of the world's evilest scumbags, incidentally, routinely ripped by human rights organizations for trafficking in child labor to work cocoa farms in places like Cote D'Ivoire -- if the estate tax goes, those assholes will receive about $11.7 billion in tax breaks. That's more than three times the amount Bush wants to cut from the VA budget ($3.4 billion) over the same time period.

Some other notable estimate estate tax breaks, versus corresponding cuts:

    * Cox family (Cox cable TV) receives $9.7 billion tax break while education would get $1.5 billion in cuts

    * Nordstrom family (Nordstrom dept. stores) receives $826.5 million tax break while Community Service Block Grants would be eliminated, a $630 million cut

    * Ernest Gallo family (shitty wines) receives a $468.4 million cut while LIHEAP (heating oil to poor) would get a $420 million cut

And so on and so on. Sanders additionally pointed out that the family of former Exxon/Mobil CEO Lee Raymond, who received a $400 million retirement package, would receive about $164 million in tax breaks.

Compare that to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which Bush proposes be completely eliminated, at a savings of $108 million over ten years. The program sent one bag of groceries per month to 480,000 seniors, mothers and newborn children.

Somehow, to me, that's the worst one on the list. Here you have the former CEO of a company that scored record profits even as it gouged consumers, with gas prices rising more than 70 percent since January of 2001. There is a direct correlation between the avarice of oil company executives and the increased demand for federal aid for heating oil programs like LIHEAP, and yet the federal government wants to reward these same executives for raising prices on the backs of consumers.

Even if you're a traditional, Barry Goldwater conservative, the kinds of budgets that Bush has sent to the hill not only this year but this whole century are the worst-case scenario; they increase spending generally while cutting taxes and social programming. They commit taxpayers to giant subsidies of already Croseus-rich energy corporations, pharmaceutical companies and defense manufacturers while simultaneously cutting taxes on those who most directly benefit from those subsidies. Thus you're not cutting spending -- you're just cutting spending on people who actually need the money. (According to the Washington Times, which in a supremely ironic twist of fate did one of the better analyses of the budget, spending will be 1.6 percent of GDP higher in the 2008 budget than in was in 2000, while revenues will be 2.6 percent of GDP lower). This is something different from traditional conservatism and something different from big-government liberalism; this is a new kind of politics that transforms the state into a huge, ever-expanding instrument for converting private savings into corporate profit.

That's not only bad government, it's bad capitalism. It makes legalized bribery and political connections more important factors than performance and competition in the corporate marketplace. Beyond that, it's just plain fucking offensive to ordinary people. It's one thing to complain about paying taxes when those taxes are buying a bag of groceries once a month for some struggling single mom in eastern Kentucky. But when your taxes are buying a yacht for some asshole who hires African eight year-olds to pick cocoa beans for two cents an hour ... I sure don't remember reading an excuse for that anywhere in the Federalist Papers.

I also don't remember reading much about this year's budget. It was a story for about half a minute when it came out two weeks ago. It barely made TV newscasts, and even when it did, only the broad strokes made it on air. There was some fuss about the Alternative Minimum Tax and a mild uproar over the fact that the 2008 budget failed to account for estimates of the costs for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But overall, the budget was a non-starter as a news story. As it does every year, it takes a back seat to hot-button issues like gay marriage, the latest election scandal, etc. Already, the 2008 election presidential campaign has gotten far more ink than the 2008 budget. As entertainment, bullshit politics always triumphs over real politics.

Here's the thing about the system of news coverage we have today. If the Walton family, or Lee Raymond, or the heirs to the Mars fortune actually needed the news media to work better than it does now, believe me, it would work better. But they have no such need, because the system is working just fine for them as is. The people it's failing are the rest of us, and most of the rest of us, apparently, would rather sniff Anna Nicole Smith's corpse or watch Britney Spears hump a fire hydrant than find out what our tax dollars are actually paying for.

Shit, when you think about it that way, why not steal from us? People that dumb don't deserve to have money.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: HunterRose on February 22, 2007, 04:38:15 am
Goddamn I am thinking it would be better to just fucking run from the US and move to Like Canada or somewhere, its bullshit.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 22, 2007, 04:40:53 am
I'm just stoked I've found Matt Taibbi again.  I remember when he wrote for the eXile, back in the early days.  He's kickass.  I suppose it kinda sucks, the story, but I'm reading the rest of his stuff now.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: HunterRose on February 22, 2007, 04:48:28 am
I'm just stoked I've found Matt Taibbi again.  I remember when he wrote for the eXile, back in the early days.  He's kickass.  I suppose it kinda sucks, the story, but I'm reading the rest of his stuff now.
still its scary to see the idiots that care more about a dumb bitch going bald than the fact that we are constantly getting ass raped by the government while the richest of the rich get away with murder
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on February 22, 2007, 05:03:27 am

Shit, when you think about it that way, why not steal from us? People that dumb don't deserve to have money.

 :lol:
holy shit
I think Roger found his soul mate
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on February 22, 2007, 04:45:05 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/britain_iraq_military



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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 26, 2007, 07:14:46 pm
Serbia found not guilty of Genocide in Bosnia (http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/2/26/worldupdates/2007-02-26T200432Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_-289256-3&sec=Worldupdates)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 26, 2007, 07:15:20 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6395791.stm

Serbia cleared of genocide.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 26, 2007, 07:19:26 pm
Merged.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 26, 2007, 07:26:07 pm
Oh yeah, forgot about this thread. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 26, 2007, 07:29:18 pm
I also posted it in here about 10 secs after you did, so no biggy.  If I hadn't of posted in here I would have merged them instead.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on February 26, 2007, 07:34:03 pm
 :argh!: The fuck?

I knew hundreds of Bosnian refugees while living in Florida. Ask THEM if it wasn't genocide...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 26, 2007, 07:38:04 pm
Actually, under international law it was ethnic cleansing, no less reprehensible, but a different charge. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 26, 2007, 07:43:57 pm
I think, perhaps, if money hadn't been part of the equation then Serbia would have been held responsible.  Actually, when you think about it, there really has been no justice served to the Bosnians.  Two of the Three ringleaders of the ethnic cleansing are still at large and the other one, Milosevic, died in the middle of his trial.  And why do I have the feeling that the current "apologetic" leader of Serbia has a pretty good idea what swimming pool Radovan and Ratko are sitting by?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on February 26, 2007, 07:53:40 pm
Actually, under international law it was ethnic cleansing, no less reprehensible, but a different charge. 

how does international law differentiate 'genocide' vs 'ethnic cleansing'?

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 26, 2007, 08:02:21 pm
I think this court was operating under strict definitions.  The actual case being tried was of a specific massacre in Srebenicia where about 8000 people were killed.  So Serbia wasn't being tried for the whole of the 100,000 people who were killed.  Even still, I don't know how you say Serbia wasn't responsible for what happened.  It's obvious, they were unhappy about Bosnia breaking off and took actions to eliminate those who championed it. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 26, 2007, 09:30:03 pm
Actually, under international law it was ethnic cleansing, no less reprehensible, but a different charge. 

how does international law differentiate 'genocide' vs 'ethnic cleansing'?



Genocide is an attempt to physically destroy an entire ethnic group.  The war in former Yugoslavia was always about who owned the land, who it belonged to.  People were driven out and killed and those are war crimes, but of a different variety.  Its like charging someone with manslaughter (1) in a murder case, the end results are often the same, but intent, which is key in Western legal theory, is different.

Also, we should have KLA leaders in the dock on similar charges.  As soon as we bombed Serbia into submission, they waged a campaign of terror to force ethnic Serbs out.  In fact, that happened wherever NATO intervened in the Balkans.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 26, 2007, 09:31:18 pm
http://somalinet.com/news/world/Somalia/7367

Guess which part of the world is not reporting this story...?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on February 27, 2007, 02:31:45 pm
http://somalinet.com/news/world/Somalia/7367

Guess which part of the world is not reporting this story...?

US News:

uhhh is that the african somalia or the umm...district of bahgdad somalia? cuz...uhh...ahhh.....[coughs]....HERE'S RICK WITH THE WEATHER!!!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 27, 2007, 04:58:25 pm
"Somalia, right isn't that where all of those dark colored people came from who bag my groceries.  I knew we couldn't trust em, always smashing my bread!"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on February 27, 2007, 08:16:52 pm
I don't know if this was posted yet, and it was a couple days ago,

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21075

Bloggers gotta watch their backs.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 27, 2007, 08:17:53 pm
Al-Qaeda is the worst threat to the USA
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6401427.stm

Which is why we are now funding them to fight the Iranian leaning Iraqi Parliament, right?

Right.

 :argh!:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 27, 2007, 08:20:47 pm
I don't know if this was posted yet, and it was a couple days ago,

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21075

Bloggers gotta watch their backs.

Not only in Egypt.

THE US GOVERNMENT is planning to force bloggers who criticise Congress and organise grassroot causes to register themselves or face jail time.

According to GrassrootsFreedom.com, under Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, bloggers who have more than 500 readers will have to register and report quarterly to Congress just like lobbiests or go to jail.

GrassrootsFreedom.com chairman Richard Viguerie said the new law would create the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever.

The amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter and is currently on hold as it seems to have got bogged down in the legislative process. It would be interesting to find a bog that is read by more than 500 people.

http://www.grassrootsfreedom.com/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on February 27, 2007, 08:25:06 pm
I don't know if this was posted yet, and it was a couple days ago,

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21075

Bloggers gotta watch their backs.

Not only in Egypt.

THE US GOVERNMENT is planning to force bloggers who criticise Congress and organise grassroot causes to register themselves or face jail time.

According to GrassrootsFreedom.com, under Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, bloggers who have more than 500 readers will have to register and report quarterly to Congress just like lobbiests or go to jail.

GrassrootsFreedom.com chairman Richard Viguerie said the new law would create the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever.

The amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter and is currently on hold as it seems to have got bogged down in the legislative process. It would be interesting to find a bog that is read by more than 500 people.

http://www.grassrootsfreedom.com/

The constitution is dead. I live on my own freedom, not what some piece of paper says.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on February 27, 2007, 08:46:37 pm
(http://kaousuu.net/vendetta.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 27, 2007, 08:56:20 pm
(http://i.flowgo.com/websites/williamhung/images/american_idol_judges_auditi.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on February 27, 2007, 09:02:12 pm
*floored*
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 02, 2007, 04:31:05 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070302/world/international_pakistan_taliban_dc

"ISLAMABAD/KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistani security forces captured one of the Taliban's three top leaders just hours after U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's unannounced visit to Pakistan earlier this week, a senior security official and Taliban sources said.
   
The capture of Mullah Obaidullah Akhund marked the first Pakistani arrest of a senior leader of the Islamist militia since it was driven from power in Afghanistan in 2001 and thousands of its fighters fled into Pakistan.

The sources told Reuters that Akhund, the third most senior member of the Taliban's leadership council, was arrested late on Monday in the southwestern city of Quetta.

The arrest comes at a time when the Bush administration is facing a wave of skepticism over Pakistan's role as an ally in the war on terrorism.

Pakistani government and military spokesmen said they had no knowledge of the arrest, including one official who had earlier denied it.

The New York Times, however, carried a report on its Web site, saying U.S. officials in Washington had confirmed Akhund was being held.

Friday's edition of Dawn, a leading Pakistani daily, ran a front-page story, again sourced to an unnamed official, with a headline that read: "Mullah Omar's deputy Obaidullah captured."

Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousaf told Afghan Islamic Press, a Pashtun-language news agency based in Peshawar, that it was a false rumor.

But at the end of 2006 the Taliban denied for more than a week that a U.S. air strike had killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani, a senior commander, in December, before confirming his death.

Cheney had asked Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to do more to stop al Qaeda rebuilding from safe havens in Pakistani tribal lands and step up efforts to thwart a spring offensive by the Taliban against Afghan and NATO troops.

The Pakistani security official, whose information has proved reliable in the past but insists on anonymity as he is not authorized to speak, said the timing of Akhund's arrest was coincidence, and not linked to Cheney's visit.

Taliban sources, speaking on satellite telephones from undisclosed locations, said Akhund was caught at the home of a relative in the Baluchistan provincial capital.

They said two other leaders had been arrested in Quetta this week. Pakistani security officials said five suspects had been detained midweek, but their identities were not confirmed.

LINK MAN

Aside from being on the leadership council headed by Mullah Mohammad Omar, Akhund was also defense minister in the Taliban government before it fell.

As defense minister, Akhund was believed to have liaised closely with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence during the years when the Taliban ruled in Kabul and could count on Pakistani support.

"He wasn't a commander, but he and Mullah Beradar were key links to commanders in the field," Ahmed Rashid, a respected Pakistani journalist and author of "Taliban," a seminal study of the Islamist militia, commented.

"He was in the shura (council) and very important."

While Akhund's capture would represent a major coup, it sits uneasily with Pakistan's past denials of allegations that Taliban leaders were running the Afghan insurgency from Quetta.

Musharraf said last month that he was "500 percent" sure that Mullah Omar was in Afghanistan, although he admits there are Taliban fighters in Pakistan.

The lack of arrests in the past fed speculation that Pakistani intelligence services or rogue agents have allowed Taliban leaders to operate freely.

Having supported the Taliban prior to al Qaeda's September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Pakistan has struggled to shake off suspicions that its spies continue to play a double game in case the West's commitment to Afghanistan does not last.

U.S. generals have spoken of Taliban "command and control" centers on Pakistani territory.

Yet NATO officials have thanked Pakistan for its help in several recent counter-insurgency operations, including the air strike that killed Osmani."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 02, 2007, 04:32:07 pm
oh yah and this one's for hunter
it was higher in the news so obviously far more important

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070302/tecnology/net_americanidol_dc
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on March 03, 2007, 03:48:58 am
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070302/sc_nm/japan_dolphin_dc

Doing it for the dolphins.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on March 03, 2007, 04:33:39 am
oh yah and this one's for hunter
it was higher in the news so obviously far more important

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070302/tecnology/net_americanidol_dc

Why do you hate me?

I actually consider this good news. I would have vomited had it said "Contestant kicked off for doing something that makes people happy." (See recent Miss America debauchle).

The fact that it's news at all,  however, is shitty enough.
I'm glad that someone having sex is more important than the wars.
Thanks Jesus!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 03, 2007, 09:12:41 am
Have any American Idol contestants actually survived past their first album?  Or even a second single?

Because ours sure as fuck don't, making it the single most worthless contest ever.  There have been exactly 2 successes from that program format, and none of them are from after 2002.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on March 03, 2007, 04:01:47 pm
Kelly Clarkson has had continued success.

Allow me to expound on my feeling toward Idol.
American Idol in and of itself is actuually a good thing. It gives nobodies a shot at putting something out, and potentially gives stardom to someone that may otherwise have lived in obscurity. Talent is hard to shop around, this forum is proof of that.
Another positive I see is that the contest is actually about pop singing talent. Ugly fuckers like Reuben Studdard and that old fucker Taylor Hicks were successful without good looks. Many other show aren't like that. Remember Fear Factor? No ugly fuckers on there. How cute does one have to be to eat blood covered scorpions?
The big disappointment about Idol to me, is that it showcases that most of us are really fucking zombified. I know die-hard fans of the show that can't name all the winners. Why? All they care about is the next winner. Why? Because the next season is always the "biggest" or "most shocking" yet. People that watch Idol, but are still marginally aware of the rest of the world (genocides, the war, commercials are killing their souls) are fine by me. I imagine that if you like pop music the show is downright enjoyable. But these fucking zombies who think that Paula Abdul fucking some backup dancer is the biggest story on the plant? Fuck those people. News time being taken up to ask "is Idols judging too harsh?" You've gotta be kidding me. It's not harsh enough. They should incorporate corporal punishment into the show.
Anyway I guess I'm saying I don't hate Idol, I just hate all humans.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on March 03, 2007, 04:08:24 pm
News time being taken up to ask "is Idols judging too harsh?" You've gotta be kidding me. It's not harsh enough. They should incorporate corporal punishment into the show.

And that's exactly what it would take to get me to sit through an episode.

 :foxnews:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 03, 2007, 06:24:09 pm
I'll repeat - Celebrity chainsaw juggling

An I'll keep repeating it until someone gives me the funding to produce it
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 03, 2007, 06:29:31 pm
Lets Hunt Down and Kill Bully Ray Cyrus, hosted by Bill Hicks.  It would have been a winner  :evilmad:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on March 04, 2007, 11:14:09 pm
She's at it again...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outspoken U.S. conservative columnist Ann Coulter is drawing fire from Republicans and Democrats alike after publicly using a derogatory gay slur in reference to Democratic presidential hopeful
John Edwards.

"Ann Coulter not only once again went out of her way to use a nasty epithet, she pushed her offensiveness up a notch," Amy Ridenour, president of the National Center for Public Policy Research, said on Sunday.

Coulter made the comments on Friday during a speech at the influential American Conservative Union's Political Action Conference, calling Edwards a "faggot."

"We conservatives have enough trouble overcoming the false things that are said about us without paying for a platform upon which we shoot ourselves annually in the foot," Ridenour, whose group helped sponsor the conference, said in a statement on the center's Web site.

Coulter said the comment was a joke and on her Web site she carried the speech with the comment, "I'm so ashamed, I can't stop laughing." She then said Edwards' campaign chairman's main job was "fronting for Arab terrorists."

Edwards, a 2008 presidential contender and the party's 2004 vice presidential candidate, said Coulter's comments were "un-American and indefensible."

"The kind of hateful language she used has no place in political debate or our society at large," he wrote in comments posted to his Web site on Saturday.

"I believe it is our moral responsibility to speak out against that kind of bigotry and prejudice every time we encounter it," Edwards added.

The candidate also posted a video of Coulter's comments, asking supporters to raise $100,000 in so-called "Coulter Cash" for his campaign to "fight back against the politics of bigotry."

Coulter's Friday speech raised objections from Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as well as Democrats.

In a statement on Sunday, Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said, "It was an offensive remark. Political discourse ought to be more substantive and thoughtful." McCain, the only contender who did not attend the event, and Giuliani called Coulter's words inappropriate, according to the New York Times.

"Ann Coulter's words of hate have no place in the public sphere much less our political discourse," Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) of Massachusetts said in a statement released on Saturday.

Several conservatives were also quick to denounce Coulter's comments in a variety of online columns.

Coulter is no stranger to controversy.

At the same conference last year, she used the word "raghead" -- a slur against Muslims -- in referring to U.S. homeland security policies. In a column published in the National Review after the September 11 attacks she urged an invasion of Muslim countries and forced conversion to Christianity.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: East Coast Hustle on March 04, 2007, 11:50:26 pm
that cinches it.

Anne Coulter is not only one of us, but possibly the single most brilliant one of us.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 06, 2007, 05:20:01 pm
Just off the BBC news wire, Libby is guilty.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Random Probability on March 06, 2007, 11:24:47 pm
that cinches it.

Anne Coulter is not only one of us, but possibly the single most brilliant one of us.
Fucking Rah!

I still wanna grind that boney ass of hers.  I bet it would be like fucking a wolverine on crack! (for the record, both of us on crack, not just the wolverine)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 07, 2007, 05:22:26 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070306/world/international_iraq_prison_dc

"Qaeda-led militants storm Iraq jail, free 140


Tue Mar 6, 1:55 PM

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Dozens of al Qaeda-led militants stormed an Iraqi jail in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday and freed up to 140 prisoners in one of the biggest prison breaks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, police said.

As many as 300 militants led by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, attacked Mosul's northwestern Badoush prison just after sunset in the ethnically mixed city and overwhelmed police, who were forced to call the U.S. military for backup, officials said.

Hisham al-Hamdani, a member of the Mosul provincial government, said Abu Omar al-Baghdadi took part in the attack himself. The Islamic State in Iraq is a body set up by al Qaeda's Iraq wing and other Sunni militant groups in October.

Most of the prisoners were believed to be insurgents, police said.

It was unclear if there were any clashes between gunmen and police during the incident.

Saddam Hussein's nephew, Ayham Sabawi, escaped the same prison in December after he was accused of financing the Sunni insurgency against U.S. forces and the Shi'ite-led government."

hummm...
thats quite a morale boast to the insurgence
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 07, 2007, 05:24:43 am
oh and...

"Left-wing former CBS News Anchor, Walter Cronkite, Endorses Campaign to Force Christianity Out of American Public Life
According to LifeSiteNews.com earlier this week, the left-wing former anchor of CBS News, Walter Cronkite -- who is the honorary chairman of a group called Interfaith Alliance -- has endorsed a campaign called "First Amendment First" which is dedicated to forcing Christianity out of the U.S. public life. 

Last week in San Jose, California, the new campaign to force Christianity out of the public square was launched with the full support of Walter Cronkite who served as CBS anchor from 1962 to 1981.  The news source reports that "in addition to opposing religious influence in politics, the Interfaith Alliance is dedicated to promoting public acceptance of homosexuality, calling for an end to 'discrimination based on sexual orientation.'" 

According to LifeSiteNews.com, "the Interfaith Alliance, an organization dedicated to countering the influence of the conservative Christian Coalition on federal politics, the new campaign is designed to promote policies that would silence the political voice of the 'religious right.'" "


and



"House and Senate Democrats Are Extremely Divided Over President Bush's Successful "Surge" Strategy for Iraq/President's New Policy Has Drastically Cut Violence in Iraq/Displaced Families Returning to Homes in Iraq
Democrats in the House and Senate are deeply divided regarding whether or not to support legislation withdrawing support for the American troops fighting in Iraq.  On the other hand, the American people overwhelmingly support the troops in Iraq and want them funded to whatever extent they require.  The "U.S. News Political Bulletin" reported yesterday that "Democrats may have given up in their effort to derail President Bush's 'surge' strategy for Iraq.  'The Wall Street Journal' reports, 'Plagued by internal divisions, House Democrats have largely abandoned efforts to cap the increase in U.S. troop levels for Iraq and will focus instead on highlighting the war's strain on the military and competing interests in Afghanistan.'  As a result, President Bush 'will have a relatively free hand to add the more than 21,500 soldiers and Marines he wants by the end of May.'" 

Indeed, President Bush's "surge" policy has been highly successful so far and it is anticipated most of the Democrat presidential candidates will be severely wounded if the war goes in President Bush's favor during this year.  Former Reagan Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, said in a column this week quoting an Associated Press report, "...Since the crackdown was formally launched February 14, a total of 164 bodies have been found in the capital as of Monday...the AP count showed that 390 bodies were discovered in the same period in January....'The best part remains the return of displaced families to their homes, wrote the Iraqi Web logger Mohammed Fadhil, a Sunni.  'More than 600 families have returned so far.'"   The "Old Media" is refusing to document the success of the Bush surge.

Reagan Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Jack Kelly says:  Democrats have invested so much political capital in an American defeat that their electoral prospects in 2008 could be devasted if we win."   American soldiers and Marines serving in Iraq are overwhelmingly optimistic about America's chances to win the war. "


both part of my christian coalition news letter
no links
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 07, 2007, 07:05:45 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070306/world/international_iraq_prison_dc

"Qaeda-led militants storm Iraq jail, free 140


Tue Mar 6, 1:55 PM

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Dozens of al Qaeda-led militants stormed an Iraqi jail in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday and freed up to 140 prisoners in one of the biggest prison breaks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, police said.

As many as 300 militants led by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, attacked Mosul's northwestern Badoush prison just after sunset in the ethnically mixed city and overwhelmed police, who were forced to call the U.S. military for backup, officials said.

Hisham al-Hamdani, a member of the Mosul provincial government, said Abu Omar al-Baghdadi took part in the attack himself. The Islamic State in Iraq is a body set up by al Qaeda's Iraq wing and other Sunni militant groups in October.

Most of the prisoners were believed to be insurgents, police said.

It was unclear if there were any clashes between gunmen and police during the incident.

Saddam Hussein's nephew, Ayham Sabawi, escaped the same prison in December after he was accused of financing the Sunni insurgency against U.S. forces and the Shi'ite-led government."

hummm...
thats quite a morale boast to the insurgence

Since when is 300 classed as 'dozens'? Should have been hundreds no?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 07, 2007, 11:00:58 am
Haven't you heard?  US policy in Iraq has gone 180 degrees, we're now supporting the Sunnis against the Shiites.  Including Al-Qaeda in Iraq, because that way the USA gets back in the good books with the Arab states who hate Iran like poison.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 07, 2007, 11:50:26 am
I can never keep up - are we at war with Eurasia or Eastasia today?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 07, 2007, 02:01:29 pm
WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH OCEANIA.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on March 07, 2007, 03:30:43 pm
HUH I THOUGHT WE WERE OCEANIA?
\
:chickenhawk:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 07, 2007, 03:31:09 pm
No war like self-war.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 07, 2007, 08:41:52 pm
Vampire hunters drove stake through Milosevic's heart

Serbian vampire hunters rammed a wooden stake through the heart of former dictator Slobodan Milosevic to stop him 'returning from the dead'.

Miroslav Milosevic, no relation to the former president, gave himself up to police who have launched an investigation.

He claimed he and his fellow vampire hunters acted to stop the former dictator returning from the dead to haunt the country.

Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia, which led the country to civil war and oversaw the break up of the former Yugoslavia, condemned the desecration of the grave in the eastern town of Pozarevac.

The vampire hunters told police the three-foot-long wooden steak had been driven into the ground and through the late president's heart.

Slobodan Milosevic died on March 11, 2006, while on trial before a UN war crimes tribunal for his role in the 1990s break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Slobodan Milosevic's daughter-in-law Milica Gajic said she planned to sue the vampire hunters and accused the police of failing to protect the grave properly.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2229686.html?menu=
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 07, 2007, 08:45:19 pm
wow its amazing how long it takes old superstitions and folklore to die
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 07, 2007, 08:48:15 pm
In other news, Christianity is still popular.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 07, 2007, 08:50:10 pm
http://www.unicorngarden.com/vampires.htm

Rumour has it Joss Whedon consulted this book extensively for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to the point of giving the heroine the same last name.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 07, 2007, 08:50:25 pm
In other news, Christianity is still popular.

 :potd:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: theCalmpsychopath on March 07, 2007, 09:53:25 pm
http://humour.200ok.com.au/xmas_santareplies.html


 :lulz: stupid children
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 07, 2007, 09:57:39 pm
 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on March 08, 2007, 12:15:57 am
He seemed like a "ton of fun."

it's grounds for a pardon, ya know.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17506701/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 08, 2007, 02:01:47 am
"Why Russia Still Loves Stalin

When I was growing up in the Soviet Union of the 1970s, it was President Leonid Brezhnev that I loathed. The dreaded Joseph Stalin seemed merely a name from a distant past. Back in 1956, he had been outed as a monster by my great-grandfather, Nikita Khrushchev, in the famous "secret speech" at the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party and deleted from history.

But Brezhnev, with his sinister eyebrows, was everywhere. He brooded over me and my classmates from school posters, promising the bright, shining future of communism. And he had made his ominous presence felt in my own family. My school on Kutuzovsky Prospect was a haven for the party elite, where Politburo members -- including the Brezhnevs -- sent their children. My friends boasted of grandfathers who were ambassador to England or head of the KGB. But my once-powerful great-grandfather officially didn't exist. In 1964, Khrushchev had been "retired" by Brezhnev, removed as Soviet leader for the mysterious, undefined crime of "voluntarism" and exiled to a country estate outside Moscow. Like Stalin, he had been written out of the past.

At home, I was told that I should be proud to be a Khrushchev. At home, history still existed. My parents told me about the secret speech, though it didn't mean much to me until I was in high school. While it hadn't gone far enough in demystifying the totalitarian system, the speech had launched the period known as the thaw, when millions of Soviet citizens were released from the gulag, and opened the door to a more frank exchange of ideas and to a limited flow of foreign visitors and goods. The freedoms that the former communist countries enjoy today have flowed from the cracks in the system that Khrushchev introduced with his speech of Feb. 25, 1956.

Yet nearly 50 years to the day from that speech, my great-grandfather has become a scapegoat for many of the perceived ills of post-communist, "democratic" Russian society. And Stalin, the man he exposed as a brutal dictator who terrorized and oppressed the nation, is enjoying a virtual rehabilitation, with opinion polls revealing his shocking popularity, especially among the young.

It's not surprising. After the anarchy that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, a period when democracy came to represent confusion, crime, poverty, oligarchy, anger and disappointment, it turned out that Russians didn't like their new, "free" selves. Having for centuries had no sense of self-esteem outside the state, we found ourselves wanting our old rulers back, the rulers who provided a sense of order, inspired patriotic fervor and the belief that we were a great nation. We yearned for monumental -- if oppressive -- leaders, like Ivan the Terrible or Stalin. Yes, they killed and imprisoned, but how great were our victories and parades! So what if Stalin ruled by fear? That was simply a fear for one's life. However terrifying, it wasn't as existentially threatening as the fear of freedom, of individual choice, with no one but oneself to blame if democracy turned into disarray and capitalism into corruption.

This is why the country rallies behind President Vladimir Putin. Putin promotes himself as a new Russian "democrat." Indeed, Russians view him less like the godlike "father of all nations" that Stalin was, and more like a Russian everyman -- a sign of at least partial democratization. Putin often notes that Russia is developing "its own brand of democracy." Translation: His modern autocracy has discovered that it no longer needs mass purges like Stalin's to protect itself from the people. Dislike of freedom makes us his eager backers. How readily we have come to admire his firm hand: Rather than holding him responsible for the horrors of Chechnya, we agree with his "democratic" appointment of leaders for that ill-fated land. We cheer his "unmasking of Western spies," support his jailing of "dishonest" oligarchs and his promotion of a "dictatorship of order" rather than a government of transparent laws.

"Putinism," an all-inclusive hybrid that embraces elements of Stalinism, communism, KGB-ism and market-ism, is our new national ideology. A man for all seasons and all fears, Russia's president pretends that by selectively adopting and adapting some elements from his predecessors' rule -- the Russian Orthodox Church of the czars, the KGB of the Soviets, the market economy of the Boris Yeltsin era -- he is eliminating the extremes of the past, creating a viable system of power that will last. But his closed and secretive system of governing -- the "vertical power" so familiar from the pre-secret speech era, with information once again manipulated by the authorities -- suggests that his proposed "unity" is yet another effort to rewrite the past.

And so the secret speech is no longer seen as a courageous act of political conscience, in which Khrushchev, in order to secure justice for Stalinism's victims and liberate communist ideals from the gulag's grotesque inhumanity, called for reform of the despotic system he had helped to build. In the Russian media today, the speech is dismissed as something far more ignoble: Khrushchev's effort to avenge his oldest son, Leonid, whom Stalin had allegedly persecuted for betraying socialist ideals by serving the Nazis during World War II.

These rumors about Leonid have been surfacing since the Brezhnev era. Until recently, the public had by and large dismissed them as "planted" KGB propaganda. But today, as the country looks for an easy answer to its feelings of insecurity, the Khrushchevs -- father and son -- have become favorite scapegoats for Russia's problems.

Khrushchev's critics consider the collapse of the Soviet Union to be as much his fault as Mikhail Gorbachev's or Yeltsin's. The fall of the communist system didn't exactly seamlessly usher in democracy, despite people's expectations. Russians were in such a hurry to get rid of the negative burdens of the Soviet regime that they got rid of everything positive, too. In a sweeping negation (much like Khrushchev's denunciation of Stalin), they were told that the nearly century-long Soviet period had been completely useless. The 1990s refused to recognize the communist era -- which had indeed brought Russia oppression, but also industrialization, educational growth, near-universal literacy, victory in World War II, science and space developments. This tendency to dismiss the past, never to fully repent of its sins, is common in Russian history, and it allows for a film of nostalgia to take hold.

Deprived of national pride and their lifelong beliefs, Russians experienced the demise of the Soviet era as the end of empire and a sense of national identity. In a state of moral, material and physical despair, they yearned to feel better about themselves and their land. The image of Stalin, with his wise, mustachioed smile, filled the void. And because he refuted him, Khrushchev became the architect of Russia's ills.

In her book, "Stalin: The Second Murder," journalist Yelena Prudnikova writes of Khrushchev's posthumous denunciation of Stalin as if it were a murder: "If it weren't for [Khrushchev's] execution [of Stalin] we wouldn't have come to such a sorry state. Since then we have lived increasingly useless and dirtier lives," because this "murder of Stalin was also the murder of his people. The country, deprived of high ideals in just a few decades, has rotted to the ground."

My great-grandfather tried to begin the process of freeing Russia from Stalin's bloody past, but the nation has never fully dealt with the crimes of Stalinism. Instead, the complexities of life in a fragmented modern society that can boast of no momentous achievements -- no more superpower status, no new Sputniks -- have made Russians nostalgic for the "strong state" they once inhabited. It's a cycle that will keep on repeating itself until Russia finally and fully confronts its past."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/11/AR2006021100845.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 08, 2007, 02:16:17 am
Actually, the Russians really don't give a shit about Stalin's victims.  Honestly.  They're more interested in making sure they know where their next meal is coming from to worry about historical abstract moralizing.

On the other hand, the American owned newspapers love a chance to stick it to the Russians any chance they get.  This article gives a good reason as to why this might be
http://www.exile.ru/2004-September-04/book_review.html

And this, too http://www.exile.ru/2003-May-03/the_gki_archipelago.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on March 08, 2007, 06:41:36 pm
http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070307/APN/703072914

Quote
It took the 22-year-old Cornwell about 150 hours and $400 in parts to modify a mini-fridge common to many college dorm rooms into the beer-tossing contraption, which can launch 10 cans of beer from its magazine before needing a reload.

With a click of the remote, fashioned from a car's keyless entry device, a small elevator inside the refrigerator lifts a beer can through a hole and loads it into the fridge's catapult arm. A second click fires the device, tossing the beer up to 20 feet - "far enough to get to the couch," he said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on March 08, 2007, 06:51:52 pm
http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070307/APN/703072914

Quote
It took the 22-year-old Cornwell about 150 hours and $400 in parts to modify a mini-fridge common to many college dorm rooms into the beer-tossing contraption, which can launch 10 cans of beer from its magazine before needing a reload.

With a click of the remote, fashioned from a car's keyless entry device, a small elevator inside the refrigerator lifts a beer can through a hole and loads it into the fridge's catapult arm. A second click fires the device, tossing the beer up to 20 feet - "far enough to get to the couch," he said.

O_O! Fucking awesome!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 10, 2007, 04:56:46 pm
http://www.exile.ru/2007-March-06/war_nerd.html

News from the War Nerd on the secret VP Office plans to break up the Middle East into little tiny bitty states, presumably so Iran can steam roller over all of them and become a regional hegemon, if not outright superpower.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 10, 2007, 07:36:33 pm
the one that interests me is the free nation for the Kurds
... I must say im more the skeptical
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 10, 2007, 07:41:13 pm
Thats the promise that is being made to back Kurdish armed groups opposing the Iranian government....not to mention the the NeoCons have shown nothing but contempt for Turkey.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 10, 2007, 07:48:49 pm
Im very skeptical that could be done peacefully though
though the more i think of it i guess it is possible at least in the short term
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on March 11, 2007, 08:33:19 pm
http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20070310/my-lunch-with-samy/

Samy is the guy who wrote the famous "samy is my hero" mySpace worm, which was in fact the most virulent and successfull internet worm in the history of the internet. if you don't know the story of Samy, follow the first link in the article, which is an interesting and fun read of itself.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 21, 2007, 04:48:07 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/us_company_pg_amway

"P&G not in league with the Devil: court

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Procter and Gamble Co. does not worship Satan, according to a US court ruling that revolves around a decades-old urban myth targeting the world's biggest consumer goods company.ADVERTISEMENT
 
P&G said late Monday it had won 19.25 million dollars in a civil suit brought against four former distributors of direct-selling company Amway who were accused of spreading false rumors.

Last Friday's jury award in Salt Lake City represents the latest in a long line of court battles between P&G and Amway over the devil-worshipping claim, which has taken on new currency in the Internet era.

"This is about protecting our reputation," Jim Johnson, P&G's chief legal officer, said in a statement.

"We will take appropriate legal measures when competitors unfairly undermine the reputation of our brands or our company," he said.

The former distributors were accused of rehashing a rumor that dates from at least 1981, to the effect that P&G is in league with the Devil.

According to the false urban legend, the global company's logo contains a "666" symbol, its bosses have appeared on television talk shows to declare their love of Beelzebub, and part of its profits go to the Church of Satan.

Amway, part of the Alticor Inc. group of companies, direct retails products like consumer goods through independent sellers in more than 80 countries.

Amway has itself been forced to debunk accusations that its business model amounts to little more than a "get rich quick" pyramid-selling scheme."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 21, 2007, 12:11:26 pm
Amazing.


The Devil actually got away with it.


Score one for Satan.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on March 21, 2007, 12:19:35 pm
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/offbeat/2007/03/high_court_takes_bong_hits_4_j_2.html

Quote
High Court Takes "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case, Toke Three

"Free Speech or Half Baked Lawsuit?"

When a joke is taken seriously, that's irony, but when it's taken so seriously that the Supreme Court is called upon to determine how future jokes can be made, that's meta-irony. And yet, there it was, a Borat-like moment in the most hallowed of judicial halls: the Morse V. Frederick case. At question in the narrow interpretation: Was it wrong for an Alaska high school principal to tear down her student's banner during an off-campus field trip because it read "Bong Hits 4 Jesus?" And, despite the absurdity of hearing justices parse the minutia of that "sophomoric" prank, what was at stake in the wider scope could not have been more serious: the regulation of free speech within America's public schools.

Further heightening the irony, though, is that no clear solution presented itself. In reviewing the Court's transcript and the multitude of reader comments from yesterday, there were two arguments that struck me as fundamental to this case broadly. First, since the Court's decision may set a precedent for the extent to which students can dissent with their schools, will a decision favoring student Frederick create a situation in which teachers are unable to keep order for fear they will be sued? Second, will a decision favoring Principal Morse create a situation in which schools can punish any student who openly disagrees with their "mission," no matter how oppressive that "mission" is?

Since neither option is appealing, a more narrow focus on the specifics of this case is necessary to further define what constitutes disruption and free speech. And this is where the oral arguments become really ironic. It appears that because Frederick's banner was a joke, and not a political statement (protected under Tinker V. Des Moines), he might be on shakier ground. The justices seemed to hint that if in the school's mind he was encouraging drug use rather than advocating its legalization, tearing down the banner may have been justified. That is to say, had it read "Vote Yes For Bong Hits" or "Give Pot A Chance" or "Make Marijuana Mandatory," he may have been better protected. However, as one reader noted -- and this case seems to exemplify -- humor and satire that point out absurdity are often vehicles for political statements. Take away students' capacity to mock authority, and you undermine political expression. Protect it, and every class clown will test and push the limits further. Therefore, it would seem no matter which way the Court leans, the joke's on them, and us.


By Emil Steiner |  March 20, 2007; 11:42 AM ET

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 21, 2007, 12:31:12 pm
The fuck?  They're onto us.  Satire was the best fucking weapon we have, and they're even trying to ban that.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 21, 2007, 12:33:22 pm
Yeah, but it's High School.

Teenagers have never had any rights.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on March 21, 2007, 01:00:12 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/03/19/polar.bear.ap/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/03/19/polar.bear.ap/index.html)

Quote
BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- Berlin Zoo's abandoned polar bear cub Knut looks cute, cuddly and has become a front-page media darling, but an animal rights activist insisted Monday he would have been better off dead than raised by humans.

"Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws," animal rights activist Frank Albrecht was quoted as saying by the mass-circulation Bild daily, which has featured regular photo spreads tracking fuzzy Knut's frolicking.

"The zoo must kill the bear."

When Knut -- or "Cute Knut," as the 8.7 kilogram (19 pound) bear has become known -- was born last December, his mother ignored him and his brother, who later died. Zoo officials intervened, choosing to raise the cub themselves.

The story prompted quick condemnations from the zoo, politicians and other animal rights groups.

"The killing of an animal has nothing to do with animal protection," said Wolfgang Apel, head of the German Federation for the Protection of Animals.

...

I was so hoping this was PETA. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 21, 2007, 01:05:02 pm
Bild is the German version of the National Enquirer.  Just so you know.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: theCalmpsychopath on March 21, 2007, 11:27:00 pm
http://www.bumbinorn.ru/2007/02/22/hambo_lama_48654.html
 :eek: an 80 year old dead Buddhist corpse has no decay
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on March 22, 2007, 05:23:16 pm
Colossal Squid May Go Into Microwave
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=143&art_id=nw20070322104107938C144090

Quote
No final decision has been made on how to defrost the colossal squid, which has eyes as big as a dinner plate. If anyone made squid rings from the beast, they would be as big as tractor tires.

But there are no plans to eat the beast, partly because the flesh contains so much ammonia it would taste like floor cleaner.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on March 22, 2007, 05:44:27 pm
Wow, that is quite the story.  It makes me think of things that make me laugh.   :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on March 22, 2007, 06:01:26 pm
Wow, that is quite the story.  It makes me think of things that make me laugh.   :lol:

I just like how they're quick to say that they're not going to eat it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on March 22, 2007, 06:08:29 pm
It's humorous to think of people who instinctively think about eating everything they see. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 23, 2007, 01:35:34 pm
Yay!  We're now getting our very own Security Ministry!  Funny how John Reid gets to keep all the "macho" bits, ie; the ones that allow him to boss people around and act like the Stalinist thug he is.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,2023040,00.html

It is believed that Mr Reid has won a critical battle to transfer the counter-terrorism, civil contingencies and "homeland security" functions now exercised by Sir Richard Mottram's intelligence and resilience unit at the Cabinet Office into the new Home Office.

Sir Richard effectively acts as the government's senior crisis manager in the event of a terrorist attack. It is believed however that he would retain his role in the Cabinet Office as chair of the joint intelligence committee and as security and intelligence coordinator overseeing the funding of the security services.

But MI6 and GCHQ, who currently report to the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, are said to be deeply unhappy at the idea that they should now report instead to Mr Reid in an attempt to create a "seamless response" to improve the government's capacity to counter the terrorist threat.

Ruth Kelly's communities and local government department, which last year acquired from the Home Office the role of working with Britain's Muslim community to tackle extremism, is battling to ensure that role does not return to the Home Office as part of the reorganisation.

It is believed that ministers have dropped ideas of rebranding the 225-year old Home Office as a national security ministry and Mr Reid is also proposing to retain the historic title of home secretary.

The shakeup will leave the new "core" Home Office responsible for policing, serious and organised crime, counter-terrorism strategy, MI5, immigration and nationality, passports, drugs and antisocial behaviour. At the same time detailed Whitehall discussions are going on this week over the transfer of the Home Office's responsiblities for prisons, probation, criminal justice policy, sentencing and victims to Lord Falconer's Department of Constitutional Affairs, which has already registered the domain name justice.gov.uk. Meetings have been taking place all week to thrash out details of the future split of budgets and staffing.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on March 23, 2007, 04:52:58 pm
Colossal Squid May Go Into Microwave

Imagine the fun you could have with a 1-ton microwave
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on March 25, 2007, 12:07:20 pm
april: the month of myspace bugs

one article here
http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20070322/month-of-myspace-bugs/

other article (more myspacian perspective) here
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/674176/Hackers_Declare_War_on_MySpace.html
a little quote:
Quote from: myspace sucker
thats so stupid, some people need to get a life. if my profile gets deleted or something though i will personally hunt these guys down and slay them

follow the mayhem here (this is the place where the bugs will be posted, the skriptkiddies will come,sploit their friends, lulz etc)
http://momby.livejournal.com/

i really hope this will escalate, AVENGE SAMY!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on March 25, 2007, 07:56:00 pm
http://www.bumbinorn.ru/2007/02/22/hambo_lama_48654.html
 :eek: an 80 year old dead Buddhist corpse has no decay

Thats pretty cool.

Still, I want my body to return to the Process after death, not avoid it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 25, 2007, 08:01:50 pm
I'm gonna get cremated - One last laugh at the expense of the maggots
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on March 25, 2007, 08:02:56 pm
I'm gonna get cremated - One last laugh at the expense of the maggots

I'm gonna be chopped up for parts.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on March 25, 2007, 08:24:37 pm
I'm gonna get cremated - One last laugh at the expense of the maggots

Yeah, dem maggots should know that the mites gotta eat too.  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 27, 2007, 04:47:36 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070327/odds/odd_china_sleeper_dc

"SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Beijing worker who broke into luxury villas to steal property and get a good night's sleep has been jailed for a year, state media reported Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT

The court heard that Ye, a migrant worker, broke into five villas "out of curiosity," took showers, tried on clothes and slept in beds -- even when the householders were at home, the Shanghai Daily said.

When Ye found a woman sleeping in the house on his third break-in, he took a carton of milk from the fridge and went to bed on a separate floor, the paper said.

"The woman went to work the next morning, but Ye stayed on. She returned in the evening. When she was on the first floor, Ye went to the second floor, and vice versa," the paper said.

Ye was eventually caught at his fifth villa when the owner came home at 2 a.m. and called the police, having found a bathed and clean-shirted man watching his TV, the paper said."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 28, 2007, 07:14:10 pm
http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/Products/Analytic/companion/rel/canada.cfm

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a139/ThornIs/chart.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 28, 2007, 07:28:22 pm
USofA

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/population/religion/

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a139/ThornIs/chart2.jpg)

(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a139/ThornIs/chart3.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on March 30, 2007, 01:56:11 am
from ign (http://ps2.ign.com/articles/755/755900p1.html)


'Sephiroth' and 'Reno', arrested for Murder in germany

January 16, 2007 - It seems that flavour of the week right now is covering videogame-related injuries, deaths and misdemeanours. Now, according to a translated report by Expatica, two 15 year old teenagers in Germany have been arrested for murder.

Although not mentioned in the initial translation, it has now been revealed that the two teens used the aliases 'Sepheroth' and 'Reno' - taken from the iconic Final Fantasy VII characters. They allegedly stabbed a couple to death in their home. They were arrested after kidnapping a female friend and holding her hostage for an hour before giving themselves up.

The damning part of this whole incident, beyond the tragic and gruesome nature of the crimes, is that the broader media caught wind that the teens had a copy of Final Fantasy VII installed on their computer.

In Germany, Final Fantasy VII is now being referred to as a 'Killerspiele'; which translates as 'killer game'. Now not even the sacred Final Fantasy brand name is free from the taint of violent crime.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Lies on March 30, 2007, 03:58:23 am
from ign (http://ps2.ign.com/articles/755/755900p1.html)


'Sephiroth' and 'Reno', arrested for Murder in germany

January 16, 2007 - It seems that flavour of the week right now is covering videogame-related injuries, deaths and misdemeanours. Now, according to a translated report by Expatica, two 15 year old teenagers in Germany have been arrested for murder.

Although not mentioned in the initial translation, it has now been revealed that the two teens used the aliases 'Sepheroth' and 'Reno' - taken from the iconic Final Fantasy VII characters. They allegedly stabbed a couple to death in their home. They were arrested after kidnapping a female friend and holding her hostage for an hour before giving themselves up.

The damning part of this whole incident, beyond the tragic and gruesome nature of the crimes, is that the broader media caught wind that the teens had a copy of Final Fantasy VII installed on their computer.

In Germany, Final Fantasy VII is now being referred to as a 'Killerspiele'; which translates as 'killer game'. Now not even the sacred Final Fantasy brand name is free from the taint of violent crime.

 :argh!:

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 30, 2007, 02:00:26 pm
There's a character named "Sephiroth"?



The SSOOKN are sorely pissed.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 30, 2007, 04:40:51 pm
Pariah changed his name to 'Cuntholio' when he was playing.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 02, 2007, 06:40:53 pm
http://www.onenewsnow.com/2007/03/capitol_hill_lawmakers_invoke_.php

"Capitol Hill lawmakers invoke 2 Chron. 7:14, call for prayer

Members of Congress are issuing a bipartisan appeal for non-stop prayer. The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation -- a group of lawmakers who meet weekly for prayer -- held a news conference this week and urged Americans to commit to pray for the nation and its leaders for five minutes a week.

Founded by Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Virginia) in 2005, the Prayer Caucus -- an official caucus of the U.S. House -- meets every week that Congress is in session. According to Forbes, members of the Caucus gather together in Room 219 of the Capitol and "lay aside party affiliations, political agendas, and individual schedules" to pray together, focusing on God's promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land."

With its membership now nearing ten percent of the House, the Caucus recently announced plans to spread "219 Prayer Groups" across the country, the objective being to establish "spiritual blocks" that will comprise a "wall of prayer" around America. A page on the Prayer Caucus website -- PrayerCaucus.org -- promotes the effort and permits individuals to commit to pray five minutes a week for the nation and its leaders.

During a Wednesday news conference on Capitol Hill, congressmen issued the bipartisan appeal for non-stop prayer. Associated Press reports that Representative Al Green (D-Texas) said members of Congress need prayer support. "Every one of us who stands here today is here by the grace of God," Green declared. "Not one of us had earned the right to be where we are. So we should give God not only the prayers to deliver us, but also the glory once we are delivered."

Representative Mike Pence (R-Indiana) said praying Americans are like Hebrews during the Exodus, who supported the arms of Moses during battle. "Republicans and Democrats are coming together simply to ask the American people who cherish prayer to hold up our arms," he shared. "These are anxious times for our nation."

The Prayer Caucus receives no taxpayer support or funding, according to the group's website. Several current and former members of Congress serve as advisory members and speak on behalf of the group, "calling the nation back to prayer.""

 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 02, 2007, 07:12:29 pm
Founded by Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Virginia) in 2005, the Prayer Caucus -- an official caucus of the U.S. House -- meets every week that Congress is in session. According to Forbes, members of the Caucus gather together in Room 219 of the Capitol and "lay aside party affiliations, political agendas, and individual schedules" to pray together, focusing on God's promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land."

How bout a tax break God?  You think you can get that on the agenda for me? 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 02, 2007, 08:19:20 pm
Not sure if you guys have seen this yet but:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYZre8kEsuw
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on April 02, 2007, 08:25:38 pm
Not sure if you guys have seen this yet but:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYZre8kEsuw

Yes.

Someone show this to Dr Dre.

Please.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 03, 2007, 11:52:40 am
Not sure if you guys have seen this yet but:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYZre8kEsuw

I want to stab myself in the face.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 03, 2007, 02:27:35 pm
The forums do not have the proper emoticon to respond to this.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 03, 2007, 04:55:50 pm
a dutch politician also once did something similar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VupY6U874gw), have been trying to look for an actual video that shows him saying the words, i know this youtube vid looks like a cut-n-paste job, but it's actually his voice (there's also a longer mp3 version available with more text, but since you all don't understand dutch anyway, this 0.39 sec clip gives a good impression)

the lyrics kind of go like this:
"this is minister Donner of jus-tice
and i work together with the po-lice"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on April 03, 2007, 04:58:23 pm
Not sure if you guys have seen this yet but:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYZre8kEsuw
Nope. No words.
Keeping digging that grave Fox.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on April 03, 2007, 05:25:55 pm
HIMEOBS INSANITY CAMPAIGN HAVING EFFECT IN CANADA (http://www.thestar.com/News/article/198600)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on April 03, 2007, 05:33:24 pm
I am INSANELY curious as to why the principal threw the feces at the kid.

"I just couldn't take it anymore."

Take WHAT anymore?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 03, 2007, 07:41:41 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6521311.stm

RAF pilots have been asked to consider the idea of flying suicide missions as a last-ditch tactic against terrorists.

The head of Britain's fast jet squadrons, Air Vice Marshal David Walker, raised the scenario in a "what if" session with senior pilots.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on April 03, 2007, 07:57:42 pm
I am INSANELY curious as to why the principal threw the feces at the kid.

"I just couldn't take it anymore."

Take WHAT anymore?

The impossible test of will that it is to be in the possession of a pocketful of poop, staring down an annoying teenager and not resort to fecal grafitti as a means of dispute resolution.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 03, 2007, 08:59:32 pm
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=69835 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=69835)

Quote
The Associated Press reports: METALLICA may work as a name for a heavy metal band, but a Swedish couple is struggling to persuade authorities it's also suitable for a baby girl.

Sweden's tax agency rejected Michael and Karolina Tomaro's application to name their 6-month-old daughter (photo) after the legendary rock band. [See previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET report.]

"It suits her," Karolina Tomaro, 27, said Tuesday (April 3) of the name. "She's decisive and she knows what she wants."

Although little METALLICA has already been baptized, the Swedish National Tax Board refused to register the name, saying it was associated with both the rock group and the word "metal."

In Sweden, parents must get the names of their children approved by the tax authority, which is in charge of the population registry and issues personal identification numbers, similar to Social Security numbers in the United States.

Tomaro, who has appealed the decision, said the official handling the case also called the name "ugly."

The couple was backed by the County Administrative Court in Gothenburg, which ruled on March 13 that there was no reason to block the name. It also noted that there already is a woman in Sweden with METALLICA as a middle name.

The tax agency appealed to a higher court, frustrating the family's foreign travel plans.

"We've had to cancel trips and can't get anywhere because we can't get her a passport without an approved name," Tomaro said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on April 03, 2007, 10:16:21 pm
TURN ON CNN!

Someone was murdalized.

http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=90181
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on April 05, 2007, 02:10:47 pm
Accu-weather: 2 days ago it was 80.
Today it's dumping snow.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 05, 2007, 02:15:14 pm
British sailors released.  Kicked out into a Tehran backstreet and told to find their own way home.  More on this as it happens.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 05, 2007, 02:18:44 pm
HIMEOBS INSANITY CAMPAIGN HAVING EFFECT IN CANADA (http://www.thestar.com/News/article/198600)

This is the greatest story ever, whoever wrote this piece sucks ass though. Details much?

50 points of fail for the Toronto Star (which, from what I remember, is usually a pretty decent paper).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: N E T on April 05, 2007, 09:52:25 pm
Michael Jackson is in discussions about creating a 50-foot robotic replica of himself to roam the Las Vegas desert, according to reports.

http://music-news.com/ShowNews.asp?nItemID=13535
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: saint aini on April 06, 2007, 12:09:16 am
The forums do not have the proper emoticon to respond to this.

 :emo: :banghead: :hammer: :mullet: :himeobs: :cainftw: :postpics: :musak: :mccain:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: N E T on April 07, 2007, 07:12:39 pm
Beijing's Penis Emporium

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/5371500.stm
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 07, 2007, 10:10:43 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6513155.stm

Chocolate Jesus exhibit cancelled

 :cry:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 07, 2007, 10:22:58 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070406/odds/odd_britain_dentist_dc

"Dentist guilty of urinating in surgery sink

LONDON (Reuters) - A British dentist was found guilty Thursday of urinating in his surgery sink and using dental tools meant for patients to clean his fingernails and ears.ADVERTISEMENT

A medical tribunal said it was satisfied the evidence showed 51-year-old Alan Hutchinson, who routinely did not wear gloves or wash his hands, had risked the health of "himself, staff and patients" for more than 28 years.

A dental nurse who worked for Hutchinson for 16 years said she had caught him urinating in the sink more than once.

"He was tucking something into his trousers before zipping them up hastily. I walked over and I was behind him. He moved to the left and I could smell urine," the nurse told the tribunal.

The tribunal determined that the dentist's poor hygiene habits made him unfit to practice and struck him off the dental register, banning him from work.

"You urinated into a sink in your surgery following which you did not wash your hands and then proceeded to treat a patient. This behavior was clearly inappropriate and is completely unacceptable," the tribunal chairman said."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 08, 2007, 04:25:06 am
Poor GIGGLES will never get a job as a dentist again...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on April 08, 2007, 04:30:31 am
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/200265
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 08, 2007, 11:07:51 pm
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9015839
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 09, 2007, 02:08:28 pm
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=57201 (http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=57201)

Maine Legislator pwned by Tree.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 09, 2007, 02:49:58 pm
ZOMG A WOMAN SAILOR WAS CAUGHT BY THE IRANIANS!!!!  NEVER MIND THAT TWO WOMEN SOLDIERS GOT ICED IN BASRA LAST WEEK, ALONG WITH TWO MALE BUT EQUALLY DEAD SOLDIERS, A FUCKING WOMAN WAS CAPTURED BY IRAN!!!! AND SHE WAS MADE TO WEAR A HEADDRESS AND SMOKE AND EVERYTHING!!! OMG CAN YOU FUCKING BELIEVE IT!?!?  THIS IS BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW!!!

[/BBC/SKY/C4/ITV/C5 news for every day of the past week]
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 09, 2007, 02:56:38 pm
zOMG!@

THANK YUO FOR DELIVERING THE NEWS THAT MATTERS MEDIA CONGLOMERATES!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 09, 2007, 02:58:39 pm
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Oh, and the rich got another tax cut and some other none woman sailor stuff happened.  This is your daily news round up!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 09, 2007, 03:03:32 pm
Wait... what was that about the rich?
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 :tgrr:

BREAKING NEWS: VAPID POP STAR DOES SOMETHING!
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 :nigel:

OMG! WHAT? LOL!
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 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on April 09, 2007, 03:05:48 pm

BREAKING NEWS: VAPID POP STAR DOES SOMETHING!
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 :nigel:


ZOMG!!! I can't believe it, quick, pass my cellphone I have to vote on this.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 10, 2007, 12:24:51 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/6539407.stm

Genocide Dog!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 10, 2007, 01:32:46 pm
Wow.



Also,
http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/04/kinberg_0410
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 11, 2007, 04:15:25 pm
Post Goatse, And Go To Jail

http://sla.ckers.org/forum/read.php?11,9714
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on April 11, 2007, 04:41:08 pm
the last three posts were all excellent reads. Thanks, dudes.



the bike confiscation has me all pissed off now

and if this goatse thing explodes, we're all going to jail.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 11, 2007, 04:42:57 pm
Who's we? I've never done anything illegal.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 11, 2007, 04:43:01 pm
I may be going to jail anyway.

I just sent an abusive email to our new SU president, calling him, among other things "a Stalinist cunt".

My luck has to start running out now.  The only person I havent pissed off is the Rector and thats because I'm saving that story for the papers.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 11, 2007, 04:44:28 pm
as long as he doesn't know its you

please say you didn't use your email
 :sad:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 11, 2007, 04:45:12 pm
Of course I did.  It wouldn't mean anything if it wasn't from me.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 11, 2007, 04:45:32 pm
update on the goatse thing, i just got from the ha.ckers blog (http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20070408/goatse-can-get-jailtime-in-the-us/#comments)

Quote from: syberghost
April 10th, 2007 at 5:49 am

I’m looking at the Senate site, and it looks to me like this was passed in the House, placed on the Senate calendar in July of last year, and has not had any action since.

Which means it’s not law.

so, that's good. a reply was: "time to write our congressmen, I guess."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on April 11, 2007, 04:47:32 pm
I really hope that during this discussion, they have to show the actual image in Congress
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 11, 2007, 04:47:48 pm
Wouldn't it be better of it stayed off of their radar and was forgotten? Is this attached to another bill or something?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 11, 2007, 04:49:36 pm
i dunno, i'm hardly the expert on american politics law passing stuff.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 11, 2007, 04:52:51 pm
i dunno, i'm hardly the expert on american politics law passing stuff.

Thats how you prevent debate
you attach your bill to something like "Flag's for Orphans" - something you would look like a careless idiot to vote against
we try to do the same thing here, but Canada is a little behind the political times
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 11, 2007, 04:55:37 pm
Yep, that's about how it goes. Pretty fucking infuriating.

Also, seeing the house's reaction to goatse would be fecking hilarious.

I CAN SEE HIS TUBES!
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Shut the fuck up Ted.
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Also, needs more tentacles.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on April 11, 2007, 05:19:47 pm
(http://obama.senate.gov/img/pic_obama_bio.jpg)
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Also, needs more tentacles.

:mittens:

Obama lurves teh tentacles.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 12, 2007, 02:54:35 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070406/world/international_easter_philippines_dc

"Filipinos crucify themselves on Good Friday

CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - More than a dozen Filipinos were nailed to crosses and scores more whipped their backs into a bloody pulp on Friday in a gory ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ.

The voluntary crucifixions in the northern Philippines were the most extreme displays of religious devotion in this mainly Catholic country, where millions are praying and fasting ahead of the Easter weekend.

In the small village of Cutud, about 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, seven men cried out as nails the size of pencils were driven into their hands and feet before they were hoisted up in the scorching heat.

Up to 20,000 people watched the spectacle, which has grown from a village production started in 1962 to a media and tourist attraction copied in other parts of the country.

The atmosphere was festive, with hawkers selling beer, ice-cream and souvenir whips. Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" blared out from speakers before the penitents approached the crosses.

"I don't like the festivities. It should have been more solemn," said Pauline, a tourist from Poland, but added: "I believe in the sincerity of the volunteers, it was very moving."

Local travel agents offered overnight packages for curious visitors and VIPs watched from a specially elevated "viewing platform."

For hours before the crucifixions, lines of men, hooded and half naked, flayed their backs with bamboo whips and paddles tipped with broken glass. Blood splattered over the road.

The country's dominant Catholic Church disapproves of the crucifixions and flagellations as a misrepresentation of the faith.

But participants, many of whom have been nailed multiple times, say they do it as a sacrifice for their families.

A priest from Bangladesh said the ritual was a wonderful experience.

"Through this, faith can be solidified. I was very touched by it," said Father Robert Gonsalves, who is studying in the Philippines.

Some foreigners have previously been crucified including a Belgian nun and a Japanese man, who later allowed footage of his ordeal to be used in a pornographic film.

No one has ever died during the rituals."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on April 12, 2007, 05:09:26 am
(http://obama.senate.gov/img/pic_obama_bio.jpg)
/
Also, needs more tentacles.

:mittens:

Obama lurves teh tentacles.

Post of the Motherfucking Day!  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 12, 2007, 05:44:21 am
GET THE HELL OUT OF MY TUBES YOU FILTHY DEVIANTS!
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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 13, 2007, 02:13:32 pm
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=57586 (http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=57586)

The Humble Farmer gets muzzled.  He's this guy on the MPBN radio network who hosts a weekly jazz program.  He has the classic Maine/Downeast accent and has a sort of dry sense of humor.  (You'd understand why I like the guy).  Apparently he made some "political" comments relating to the Bush administration and so the MPBN trustees told him to tone it down.  So, he has quit the banter alltogether and is only announcing song titles. 

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 13, 2007, 02:51:30 pm
Good on him.  Fuck their censorship.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 13, 2007, 02:54:57 pm
Kind of dispells the whole notion of Public Radio being part of the "liberal media"
Apparently MPBN has gotten a flurry of e-mails from angry listeners.  I think I should fire one off as well. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 13, 2007, 03:08:15 pm
Its all bullshit.  The people at the top of the elite both think liberals and conservatives are tools.  And the corporations often back those at the very top (or are owned by them), so regardless of who they are, they wont brook too much criticism.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 16, 2007, 12:11:36 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6558405.stm

Moqtada is "surging" right out of the Iraqi Cabinet, taking six cabinet members with him.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 16, 2007, 10:48:40 am
In America, you have the religious retard against abortion crowd.  In the UK, we have conscientiously objecting doctors against abortion.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6558823.stm

The problem is serious enough that "within five to seven years, a woman's ability to get an abortion will be more shaped by the service's ability to provide them rather than the state of the law."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 18, 2007, 11:03:15 pm
Save Small and Independent Publishers

Postal regulators have accepted a proposal from media giant Time Warner that would stifle small and independent publishers in America. The plan unfairly burdens smaller publishers with higher postage rates while locking in special privileges for bigger media companies.

In establishing the U.S. postal system, the nation's founders wanted to ensure that a diversity of viewpoints were available to "the whole mass of the people." Time Warner's rate increase reverses this egalitarian ideal and threatens the marketplace of ideas on which our democracy depends.

It's time stand up for independent media. Demand that Congress step in to stop the unfair rate hikes. The deadline for comments to the Postal Service is fast approaching.

Click here to sign the letter before April 23 to alert Congress and put the Postal Board of Governors on notice.

http://action.freepress.net/campaign/postal
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 20, 2007, 05:43:25 pm
Putting the victim on trial: new UK gun crime policy?

http://www.ministryoftruth.org.uk/2007/04/20/criminalising-the-victim/

It’s Tony Blair’s favourite trope when it comes to the subject of law, order and criminal justice; the suggestion that what is needed to modernise Britain’s approach to criminal justice are measures that ‘rebalance’ the system in favour of the presumed ‘rights of victims’.

But I wonder, on hearing this, just how many people thought that this all too seductive idea might mean turning victims of crime into criminals?

What? Surely not, you might think. Well not only is this being suggested by a senior police officer in today’s Guardian but it already happened - and no one seems to have noticed.

To begin at the beginning, today’s Guardian features an article on gun crime in which the Chief Constable of Merseyside police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, makes the frankly staggering suggestion that witnesses to, and even victims of, gun crime should be subject to criminal proceedings if they refuse to give evidence, even in circumstances where they fear for their life.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 20, 2007, 06:11:56 pm
That's going from the "long arm" of the law to the "strong arm" of the law.  fun. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 20, 2007, 06:18:50 pm
Whats better is that this guy is in the running for Police Commissioner, the top policing job in the country, essentially.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 20, 2007, 06:22:32 pm
Would he have the authority and power to enact such a thing if he were to become Police Commissioner?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 20, 2007, 06:24:52 pm
No, but he could recommend it to the Cabinet.  And since they have already passed laws like this for home abuse and violence, they'd likely agree.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on April 23, 2007, 08:45:42 am
Time Travel

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/viewnews.php?id=92512

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left."  -Einstein

http://www.askquestions.org/details.php?id=9286&gclid=CM_GtYGs2IsCFSKOgQodZ2lzWQ

Least fit monkey?

http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18544/

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 23, 2007, 07:39:33 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6584481.stm
Successor to Mikhal "What's-that-on-his-forehead" Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin dead.

Heart surgeons everywhere are shocked.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 23, 2007, 10:15:09 pm
Vodka producers commit suicide as the worlds second largest market (Yeltsin) collapses.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 24, 2007, 12:44:17 pm
LSD as Therapy? Write about It, Get Barred from US
Andrew Feldmar. Photo by C. Grabowski.
BC psychotherapist denied entry after border guard googled his work.

http://thetyee.ca/News/2007/04/23/Feldmar/

this is actually one of the reasons why i'm a bit scared if i ever would want to visit the USA. who knows, i might have done something or i happened to raise a flag somewhere and end up on some list, i arrive at the border and get arrested. ok this guy just got sent back, but there's also the story about the russian guy who published something about the DVD content encryption scheme and he got arrested (even though he didn't commit this "crime" in the USA but in Russia).
i most probably have nothing to worry about, but it still frightens me. is one of the reasons why i decided a few years ago "i'm not gonna go there until things clear up a little" .. heh :)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 24, 2007, 12:45:08 pm
Freedom Of Religion Means Freedom For All Of Them

Back in August of 2003 the town fathers of Duchesne, Utah transferred a piece of a town park over to the local Lions Club. The expressed purpose for the transfer was to allow a Ten Commandments monument to remain standing on the 10' by 11' site. The monument had stood in this park for over 25 years. The town also passed an ordinance which banned the erection of any other religious monument in the park. In September of 2003, town fathers heard from the Church of Summum, a 30-year-old religion which espouses that "the voice of wisdom is silent, except to the OPEN MIND."

http://www.plastic.com/article.html;sid=07/04/19/08263085;cmt=70
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on April 24, 2007, 01:06:27 pm
Freedom Of Religion Means Freedom For All Of Them

Back in August of 2003 the town fathers of Duchesne, Utah transferred a piece of a town park over to the local Lions Club. The expressed purpose for the transfer was to allow a Ten Commandments monument to remain standing on the 10' by 11' site. The monument had stood in this park for over 25 years. The town also passed an ordinance which banned the erection of any other religious monument in the park. In September of 2003, town fathers heard from the Church of Summum, a 30-year-old religion which espouses that "the voice of wisdom is silent, except to the OPEN MIND."

http://www.plastic.com/article.html;sid=07/04/19/08263085;cmt=70


What makes me happy is that Summum is dualist crap.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 27, 2007, 10:45:04 am
http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2007/04/24/real-id-a-threat-to-security/

US ID laws are going to create a virtual"African diamond war for the digital age" where anyone's ID may be up for grabs, totally destroying your life.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 27, 2007, 11:01:42 am
http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2007/04/24/real-id-a-threat-to-security/

US ID laws are going to create a virtual"African diamond war for the digital age" where anyone's ID may be up for grabs, totally destroying your life.

yaaaaay! i can hardly wait
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on April 27, 2007, 01:15:59 pm
My business plan is all mapped out and good to go. Just waiting for those bloody human rights whingers to lose the fight and I'll be raking it in :ninja:

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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on April 27, 2007, 06:02:34 pm
You Don't Have to Be Smart to Be Rich, Study Finds

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/529236/ (http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/529236/)

Quote
"A nationwide study found that people of below average intelligence were, overall, just about as wealthy as those in similar circumstances but with higher scores on an IQ test."

“Your IQ has really no relationship to your wealth."
*wipes sweat off brow*
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 27, 2007, 06:07:49 pm
I wonder how much wealth was put into that study. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 27, 2007, 06:09:25 pm
Little, if you use the proper definition.  That being, wealth as things which improve life, and not merely cash.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on April 27, 2007, 06:21:10 pm
http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2007/04/24/real-id-a-threat-to-security/

US ID laws are going to create a virtual"African diamond war for the digital age" where anyone's ID may be up for grabs, totally destroying your life.

BTW, this makes me sick and want to move Canada or Cuba even more.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 27, 2007, 06:33:41 pm
I think the answer is obvious
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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on April 28, 2007, 02:30:16 am
Beware the thought police!

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/27/student.essay.arrest.ap/index.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: theCalmpsychopath on April 29, 2007, 11:32:25 pm
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=46457&in_page_id=2

Drunken German man rode a horse into a bank
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on April 29, 2007, 11:43:09 pm
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=46457&in_page_id=2

Drunken German man rode a horse into a bank

This ATM ain't big enough for the two of us pardner...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 30, 2007, 03:41:18 pm
http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2007/04/24/real-id-a-threat-to-security/

US ID laws are going to create a virtual"African diamond war for the digital age" where anyone's ID may be up for grabs, totally destroying your life.

BTW, this makes me sick and want to move Canada or Cuba even more.

To Cuba?

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on April 30, 2007, 03:43:29 pm
Beware the thought police!

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/27/student.essay.arrest.ap/index.html

Stand by for more Vtech induced hysteria.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on April 30, 2007, 04:45:00 pm
:lulz:  You arrive drunk to your wedding?  Your brother will steal your bride!

(methinks this guy did this on purpose)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18389704/?GT1=9246
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 30, 2007, 07:14:20 pm
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=71522 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=71522)

Courtney Love cashing in. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 01, 2007, 12:51:44 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/17042007/3/canada-toronto-mulls-trans-fat-ban.html

"TORONTO (CBC) - Toronto's board of health is considering how it might phase out trans fats from city restaurants.ADVERTISEMENT

On Monday, city councillors on the board asked Toronto's medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, to report by September on how it might be done.

The move comes as New York City restaurant owners get ready for a July 1 ban on oils, shortenings and margarines containing trans fats. Eating establishments in that city will have until July 2008 to eliminate artificial trans fats from all other foods....
n June 2006, a federal task force report recommended legislation to limit trans fats in processed foods. It called for a limit of two per cent of total fat content in spreadable margarine and five per cent in all other foods.

Ten months later, a report by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Toronto Public Health called for the federal government to act immediately on the task force's recommendations and to eliminate harmful trans fat from Canada's food supply.

In the meantime, McKeown has asked Toronto restaurants to voluntarily limit their use of trans fats.

He said he wants to meet with federal Health Minister Tony Clement to see how the government plans to respond to the task force report before making his own recommendations."



its a good thing I have someone in high places looking out for me
Im obviously completely incapable of doing it myself
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 01, 2007, 03:03:52 am
Heh.  Welcome to Amerrika--er...Canuckistan.   :lulz:  Our brand of "protection" from ourselves coming to a Canadian border near YOU.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on May 01, 2007, 04:07:16 pm
Who the fuck cares?

I'd rather not have this shit in my food anyways, it's why I make my own most of the time.

Are you really going to miss trans fats?

Is your food going to taste like cat piss now?

Do you feel that your right to eat trans fats at yuor local Applebeez is being violated?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 01, 2007, 04:30:22 pm
I don't eat trans either - or vary rarely at best
I could even handle being told not to I just don't like being forced not to (though I would have a different additude if it was more directed towards public spaces, such as schools, ect.)
kind of my same additude towards raising cigarettes to ten dollars a pack in order to force people to stop smoking
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on May 01, 2007, 04:34:40 pm
I guess I don't really care because it doesn't affect me.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 02, 2007, 07:50:53 am
http://www.techweb.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199202810 (http://www.techweb.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199202810)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on May 02, 2007, 08:29:18 am
goats taste good...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: cyberus on May 02, 2007, 09:38:45 am
http://thetyee.ca/News/2007/04/23/Feldmar/

Apparently having used psychedelics is enough to be barred from coming into the US.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 03, 2007, 06:12:28 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6616763.stm

New information on the Kent State shootings.  Looks like they found out what caused the National Guard to fire...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 03, 2007, 07:54:58 am
AACSLA Pwnt ... as usual ... will they every learn?

http://www.techweb.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199203059 (http://www.techweb.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199203059)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on May 03, 2007, 08:00:04 am
Yay.

Safety Nazis.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on May 03, 2007, 03:00:33 pm
Student Arrested For Making Video Game Map of School
http://www.fortbendnow.com/news/2847/chinese-community-rallies-behind-student-removed-from-clements-over-pc-game-map
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 03, 2007, 06:19:25 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/6619983.stm

Rose the goat is dead  :cry:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on May 03, 2007, 07:16:24 pm
Student Arrested For Making Video Game Map of School
http://www.fortbendnow.com/news/2847/chinese-community-rallies-behind-student-removed-from-clements-over-pc-game-map

Sings of the impending police state ITT
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on May 04, 2007, 02:13:45 am
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368186 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368186)

New research on death.

summary if anyone asks.

Also, for those of you that eat transfats, the reason they build up in your arteries is because they are fats that your body has a hard time breaking down, possibly cannot break down very much at all. So it just precipitates into your circulatory system.

Yeah, I'll be glad when they are gone. Its like feeding yourself heavy metals, except in this case its more legal.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: That One Guy on May 04, 2007, 02:51:37 pm
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=47622&in_page_id=2
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on May 04, 2007, 02:54:44 pm
"I HAS A ALPHABET"

That sounds like a 4chan meme.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 05, 2007, 05:49:34 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368186 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368186)

New research on death.

summary if anyone asks.

Also, for those of you that eat transfats, the reason they build up in your arteries is because they are fats that your body has a hard time breaking down, possibly cannot break down very much at all. So it just precipitates into your circulatory system.

Yeah, I'll be glad when they are gone. Its like feeding yourself heavy metals, except in this case its more legal.

holy fuk

after some googling i found the dutch term for this, "transvetzuren", trans fatty acids.

that's a lot of products, it's in.

gonna pay some attention to this in the future.

(ah a quick check in my kitchen cupboards shows that at least one of my usual supermarkets puts the amount of trans-fat on their items. this also tells me to use real cream butter in the future instead of that plant-oil-fat produced stuff, so it doesn't seem too bad for me yet .. apparently according to some site NL was in 1996 the top 2 of most transfat intake, together with iceland, at 1.4g a day)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 05, 2007, 05:51:35 pm
Try living in scotland - most other nations can't even smell our food without having a heart attack.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 05, 2007, 06:13:05 pm
i suppose you're talking about animal fat now?

love that stuff.

not particularly good for you, but it tastes so mmmmm lard mmmmmm
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 05, 2007, 09:06:56 pm
Man widowed after his goat 'wife' chokes to death (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=452655&in_page_id=1770)

A Sudanese man who married a goat was in mourning today after his wife died when she swallowed a plastic bag.

Charles Tombe shot to fame last year when he tied the knot with Rose.

A court ordered him to marry the beast "to save her honour" after he was caught making amorous advances toward the mother-of-one in the middle of the night.

Mr Tombe and Rose are believed to have lived happily ever after until her life was cruelly cut short.

The story, which became one of the world's best read tales, began in Juba, southern Sudan, in February last year when the BBC reported that the then owner of the goat, Mr Alifi, was awoken in the night by a strange noise.

Walking out of his traditional hut, he was confronted by the sight of Mr Tombe and Rose in a passionate embrace.

Today the Times reported that Mr Alifi said: 'When I asked him "What are you doing there?" he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up."

When Mr Tombe was brought before a council of elders he claimed he was drunk when Rose caught his eye.

He was ordered to pay Mr Alifi a "dowry" of 15,000 Sudanese dinars - about £25 - since he was considered to have used the goat "as his wife."

In the same way a man is expected to marry a woman if he has sex with her in southern Sudan, Mr Tombe was deemed to have married Rose.

However, despite a happy marriage money was tight and Rose died after swallowing a plastic bag as she scavenged for food on the streets of Juba.

She is said to have left a male kid - not a boy. It is not yet known whether she will be cremated or used in a local speciality of goat curry.

Tom Rhodes, a Briton who helped to found the Juba Post which first broke the story, said townsfolk still congratulate him.

“It shows the Sudanese have a sense of humour,” the Times reported he said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: theCalmpsychopath on May 05, 2007, 09:11:33 pm
 :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 05, 2007, 09:12:55 pm
Man widowed after his goat 'wife' chokes to death (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=452655&in_page_id=1770)

http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php?topic=11728.msg392659#msg392659

http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php?topic=12503.0
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 05, 2007, 09:15:14 pm
Not only is it the most popular story on bbc news site - it's the most popular story here too.

Every second or third thread by the looks of it.

Proof that goat fucking stories never get old
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on May 06, 2007, 12:03:58 am
Not only is it the most popular story on bbc news site - it's the most popular story here too.

Every second or third thread by the looks of it.

Proof that goat fucking stories never get old

Why was I not made aware of goat fucking in these boards?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 06, 2007, 12:47:36 am
Figured youd have an RSS feed for stories of this nature
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 06, 2007, 06:43:54 am
I think Sarkozy is going to win the French Presidential elections tomorrow.  Which will be very bad news.  He was the jackbooted Minister of the Interior when all the riots kicked off last year - caused indirectly by his policies.

If he does win, expect more riots.  Maybe not right away, but soon enough.  He's a security freak running on an Anerisan "tough on crime" ticket.  He'll make sure there are no economic opportunities for French Africans outside of the black market, then crack down hard on that.  And they'll only put up with so much shit, especially since the students and unions are now getting it back together.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 06, 2007, 10:46:07 am
i heard the goat was in fact an alien from a planet called Eris
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 06, 2007, 03:32:33 pm
I think Sarkozy is going to win the French Presidential elections tomorrow.  Which will be very bad news.  He was the jackbooted Minister of the Interior when all the riots kicked off last year - caused indirectly by his policies.


thats what I was thinking as well
if course I thought Bayrou was going to make it pass the second vote
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 06, 2007, 03:34:27 pm
More than 3,000 police have been deployed in Parisian multi-ethnic areas.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on May 07, 2007, 05:34:01 am
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368186 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18368186)

New research on death.

summary if anyone asks.

Also, for those of you that eat transfats, the reason they build up in your arteries is because they are fats that your body has a hard time breaking down, possibly cannot break down very much at all. So it just precipitates into your circulatory system.

Yeah, I'll be glad when they are gone. Its like feeding yourself heavy metals, except in this case its more legal.

holy fuk

after some googling i found the dutch term for this, "transvetzuren", trans fatty acids.

that's a lot of products, it's in.

gonna pay some attention to this in the future.

(ah a quick check in my kitchen cupboards shows that at least one of my usual supermarkets puts the amount of trans-fat on their items. this also tells me to use real cream butter in the future instead of that plant-oil-fat produced stuff, so it doesn't seem too bad for me yet .. apparently according to some site NL was in 1996 the top 2 of most transfat intake, together with iceland, at 1.4g a day)

okay, heres the news on transfat.

First, it is not a naturally occuring fatty acid. Transfatty acids, that is, those fatty acids which have double bonds with hydrogens on opposite sides (trans) rather than on the same side (cis), are created by partially hydrogenizing poly unsaturated fats. Now, polyunsaturated fats are those that have 2 or more double bonds. As already stated, in their naturally occuring state, these are cis fatty acids. However, when in factory operations they hydrogenize these double bonds (break the double bonds, and add the hydrogens where the bonds used to be. Carbon atoms get four bonds, so instead of being double bonded to one carbon, and single bonded to another carbon and a hydrogen, the carbon has one bond to two carbons, and bonds to two hydrogen.) The process of partial hydrogenization doesn't remove all the double bonds from the molecule, there are usually one or two left over. However, something about the process causes the hydrogens attached to these double bonds to flip from cis to trans position. Thus, a transfat is formed.

There is much evidence to suggest that our lipase enzymes (which break down fatty acids) don't break these down very well, and/or they are poorly recognized by other protein receptor sites. Therefore, the majority of these transfats sit in the blood, and in time precipitate out of solution to form deposits which cling to the smooth muscled arteriole walls, called plaque. And we know where plaque build up leads....

So yeah, you are better off eating butter than margerine, because butter in small quantities is less likely to kill you over time.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 07, 2007, 01:21:41 pm
okido.

gonna check for "trans vet zuren" (transfatty acids) and "gehard plantaardig vet" (hardened vegetable fat) and avoid it like the plague.

cause even though the world might be going to shit, i wanna be there when the fireworks start.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 08, 2007, 04:36:46 pm
http://blogs.tampabay.com/breakingnews/2007/05/wildfires_blank.html

My parents are dealing with this right now. :sad:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 09, 2007, 12:43:41 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/middle_east/6633979.stm

Herod's tomb found.  BBC fail to point out that the Massacre of the Innocents never happened and that for a foreign Arab infidel, Herod was a surprisingly good and popular ruler.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 09, 2007, 04:11:54 am
Quote
Roman-appointed King of Judea from around 37 BC to 4 BC
A bloody ruler who killed political rivals
Ordered the Massacre of Innocents to protect his throne, the New Testament says
Behind ambitious building projects including expanding Second Jewish Temple and walls around Jerusalem

if its in the bible it must be true
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 09, 2007, 04:15:35 am
Yet, no other contemporary historical account ever mentions it.  Funny that.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 09, 2007, 07:00:31 am
Contemporary history is the work of the devil  :evil:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 09, 2007, 01:00:00 pm
dunno if anybody's been following the HD DVD / Blu-ray encryption / AACS thinks they can own 128bit integers news, but this one is hilarious:

http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=1155
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 09, 2007, 02:12:31 pm
The fact tha AACS seem to imagine that they can stop me stealing films is laughable enough but to base a business model on this is patently ludicrous.

I must have at least 10 grands worth of stolen intellectual property in my possession - come get me!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on May 11, 2007, 12:30:31 am
Oral sex can cause throat cancer*

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn11819&feedId=online-news_rss20 (http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn11819&feedId=online-news_rss20)



















*Don't worry, its not oral itself, its through the transmission of HPV.

Gotcha.  :wink:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Fredfredly ⊂(◉‿◉)つ on May 11, 2007, 12:51:12 am
great...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 11, 2007, 12:55:04 pm
Eh, just get yrself vaccinated, Noodle.  Then you can give all the head you want.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 11, 2007, 02:08:56 pm
http://www.boston.com/news/odd/articles/2007/05/10/armless_one_legged_driver_leads_chase/

This man...is a Tampa Bay LEGEND.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 11, 2007, 07:06:54 pm
Convienient timing:


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1687360.ece

AL-QAEDA leaders in Iraq are planning the first “large-scale” terrorist attacks on Britain and other western targets with the help of supporters in Iran, according to a leaked intelligence report.

Spy chiefs warn that one operative had said he was planning an attack on “a par with Hiroshima and Nagasaki” in an attempt to “shake the Roman throne”, a reference to the West.

Another plot could be timed to coincide with Tony Blair stepping down as prime minister, an event described by Al-Qaeda planners as a “change in the head of the company”.



Did you catch them all?

Iran reference (check)
Nuclear veiled reference (check)
Tony Blair having a reason not to step down (check)
Murdoch publication (check)

I do believe we have Grade A Propaganda here, ladies and gentlemen.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 11, 2007, 07:13:34 pm
"The report, produced earlier this month and seen by The Sunday Times, appears to provide evidence that Al-Qaeda is active in Iran and has ambitions far beyond the improvised attacks it has been waging against British and American soldiers in Iraq.

There is no evidence of a formal relationship between Al-Qaeda, a Sunni group, and the Shi’ite regime of President Mah-moud Ahmadinejad, but experts suggest that Iran’s leaders may be turning a blind eye to the terrorist organisation’s activities."

doesn't Al Qaeda only make up something like 10 percent of the violence in Iraq?
and what happens with the insurgancey finally has no use of Al Qaeda?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 11, 2007, 07:16:08 pm
Yeah, they're not the biggest players.

However, the article and leaked report are subtle.  They claimed that Al-Qaeda in Iraq have made deals with Iran, not Al-Qaeda core.

Its highly unlikely, but more plausible than the latter making deals.  The same way in which Bush respecting the Constitution is more likely than hell freezing over. Neither are likely, but one is more so than the other.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: saint aini on May 11, 2007, 09:29:32 pm
http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news?slug=ap-playerschampionship&prov=ap&type=lgns

Famed island green causes chaos at Players
Famed island green causes chaos at Players
 
By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer
May 11, 2007

AP - May 10, 6:31 pm EDT
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A strong wind swirled around the famed island green, turning what should have been a seemingly simple tee shot into a daunting challenge for even the world's best golfers.

And when the opening round at The Players Championship was complete Thursday, the par-3 No. 17 had tormented and frustrated a good chunk of the field.

A record 50 balls were hit into the murky water surrounding the green, breaking the single-round tournament mark of 45 set in 2000. It also was seven shy of the total number of balls hit into the water in four rounds last year.

"That was certainly the toughest shot," co-leader Phil Mickelson said.

Mickelson was one of the lucky ones, escaping the 17th with a par. It helped him finish at 5-under 67 and share the first-round lead with Rory Sabbatini.

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Tiger Woods shot 75 and was without a birdie on his card for the first time in four years.

Chris DiMarco, winless in five years and now coping with a bum shoulder, shot 68 for his best round of the year. Peter Lonard was another stroke back in fourth. Only 16 players broke par, and Retief Goosen (71) had the only bogey-free round.

No. 17 -- and the blustery conditions -- had a lot to do with the relatively high scores.

"Not golfing weather, really," Vijay Singh said. "Today was weather when you come out here and look around and go back to your car and go home."

Unfortunately for some, that wasn't an option.

They played in gusts nearing 40 mph, and the results showed -- especially on the Stadium Course's signature hole.

Players, good and bad, dunk an estimated 150,000 balls into the water surrounding No. 17 each year. For four days, though, the pros take over and usually fare much better.

Not Thursday.

About a third of the field found water during the opening round and made the short, somewhat embarrassing walk to the drop area for a third shot.


AP - May 10, 6:28 pm EDT
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Davis Love III, Ben Curtis, Kent Jones and Trevor Immelman couldn't even hit the green from there, needing to tee it up for a third time before landing on the 90-by-85 foot putting surface. They finished with quadruple-bogey 7s.

The 128-yard hole played tougher than any other, mostly because the wind swirled in different directions.

There were 12 birdies, 70 pars, 26 bogeys, 23 double bogeys and 12 "others" at No. 17. The hole left many golfers shaking their head, questioning their club selection and feeling either frustration or relief as they walked to the 18th tee.

"It's playing very tough out there because the last thing you want to do is try and hit a shot far enough to get to the back and then the wind die on you, or try and hit one to the front and have the wind gust on you," Sabbatini said. "It's going to be a very tough test of patience out there."

It's the shortest hole on the course, rarely more than a short iron. But on a windy day, it can wreak havoc on everyone.

Paul Casey set the tone early Thursday. He was in the first group to reach the 17th tee, and his shot came up short. Playing partner Charles Warren followed suit. Nathan Green landed his shot safely on, barely avoiding the entire threesome having to stop at the drop area.

That happened a few hours later, when Jose Coceres, Hunter Mahan and Richard S. Johnson each splashed their tee shots.

Love was in the next group and did the same thing, making it four in a row.

The gallery seemed to enjoy each of them. Of course, that's part of the hole's lure.

It's the most photographed hole in the world, has its own Web site, T-shirts and culture. Tickets for this tournament aren't hard to get. But for a seat on the grassy mounds surrounding No. 17, it pays to arrive early.

Those fans certainly got their money's worth Thursday. The hole played at an average of 3.693 strokes, on pace to shatter the previous tournament record of 3.368 set in 1984.

"One thing beyond anything else that's going to make more guys hit in the water on 17 is the wind," Jim Furyk said. "It makes it that much more tougher."




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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 15, 2007, 05:25:27 pm
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/18177/antichrist-2

""The storefront worship center was packed with more than 100 of the faithful clutching their Bibles, but this was not a typical Sunday-morning service by any stretch of the imagination.

The front door was flanked by two bodyguards wearing earpieces and dark suits, and many others like them were sprinkled through the small room. They were there for Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, the leader of a controversial international sect, who this weekend paid a rare visit to his Central Florida followers to conduct a series of seminars.

Miranda says he is God and also the Antichrist. Some of his followers sport a 666 tattoo. He has been barred from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The Costa Rican government is considering a similar action. The Nicaraguan Catholic Church has asked for the same.

On the pulpit, he is funny, warm and charismatic. But his rhetoric is far from conventional.

“I am upstaging Jesus Christ,” he said of his ministry.

Miranda, a 61-year-old former evangelical pastor, is the founder and leader of Creciendo en Gracia, or Growing in Grace. The organization has followers in about 23 countries, according to its Web site.

Miranda is a rich man, by his own admission, whose followers shower him with gifts as well as money.

The east Orange County educational center, as the group calls its gathering places, is one of 12 in Florida. It’s not clear how many followers Miranda has in this area, though. Group leaders say they deem it unnecessary to keep tabs.

A gathering Saturday at Lake Eola attracted a few hundred.

Miranda teaches that the devil no longer exists and that Jesus, like him, was also God incarnate but that his message is no longer current. Nevertheless, Miranda also believes, like mainstream Christians, that Jesus died for the world’s sins. Unlike them, Miranda preaches sin no longer exists.

His followers, some of whom had the 666 or the letters SSS tattooed on their arms, ankles and necks, laughed and applauded during his sermon.

Later, at a news conference, Miranda said the 666 is a number that represents him as the Antichrist but said it is not the devil’s mark since he does not believe there is a devil. He readily admitted the voluntary marking of his followers has more to do with publicity than with anything else.

“It’s the best way to get the world’s attention,” Miranda said.

The letters SSS mean salvo, siempre salvo, or once saved, always saved. They are key to the belief system of the group, which teaches that there is nothing members could do that would cause them not to be God’s “chosen ones.”

Miranda said he’s not worried about the countries that are slamming doors in his face.

After all, his mission is to establish a world government so it makes sense that governments would oppose him.

“We will lead,” he said.""

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/16/miami.preacher/
Pastor with 666 tattoo claims to be divine

http://www.cegenglish.com/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 15, 2007, 05:29:35 pm
At least he did away with sin.  That makes him teh win in my books.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on May 15, 2007, 05:37:34 pm
if he's big into 666 but doesn't believe in Satan, abolished 'sin' and says that Jesus is outdated, doesn't that make him...uh Crowley?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 15, 2007, 05:38:36 pm
Yeah, but with a Spanish accent.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: DJRubberducky on May 15, 2007, 05:39:09 pm
Pentagon limits troops' Web access
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_hi_te/military_sites_blocked

To be fair, the access is only blocked from Department of Defense computers, it doesn't prevent them from sending email (so, as a friend pointed out, Danny could email somebody messages to post on his blog), and there are occasionally other resources available such as Internet cafes.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on May 15, 2007, 05:39:33 pm
Yeah, but with a Spanish accent.

Cr-Ole!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 15, 2007, 05:40:34 pm
Oh, fuck.


Go stand in the corner.




(  :lulz: )
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on May 15, 2007, 05:42:40 pm
Don't you guys play 'Thelemite Matador'?

You wave a cloth at Thelemites, bait them about how stupid they are and when they lunge at you, jump aside and yell 'Cr-Ole!'
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 15, 2007, 05:46:05 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6658633.stm

The US will not allow Russia to stop it from deploying anti-missile defences in Europe, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said.

"I don't think anyone expects the United States to permit a veto on American security interests," she said after meeting President Vladimir Putin.


Yeah, because after all, thats only the entire point of the joint Russia-NATO council, isn't it, you stupid bint. :roll:

Also, for mucho lulz, there is an example of how the missile intercept system is meant to work.  I've already noted several possible flaws
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 15, 2007, 05:50:42 pm
Don't you guys play 'Thelemite Matador'?

You wave a cloth at Thelemites, bait them about how stupid they are and when they lunge at you, jump aside and yell 'Cr-Ole!'

:mittens:

11/10
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 15, 2007, 07:26:05 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6656417.stm

Rampant limb severage in Japan.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on May 16, 2007, 05:39:01 am
Damn.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: B_M_W on May 16, 2007, 05:53:50 am
Damn.

Thats what you get when guro is popular.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 17, 2007, 04:16:28 am
Not sure if anyone's posted this yet:

http://www.bigmouthmedia.com/live/articles/us-troops-get-youtube-ban.asp/3756/

Quote
US troops get YouTube banUS Pentagon officials have revealed they are set to ban overseas soldiers from accessing social networking sites and video sites.

The Department of Defence (DoD) has revealed that 13 sites, including YouTube, MySpace and Photobucket, slow down the military computer network.

It is also thought that the DoD has moved to protect information, after the recent announcement that the US military will censor the content of soldiers' electronic communication.

US Korea Forces general B.B Bell said in an army memo: "This recreational traffic impacts our official DoD network and bandwidth ability, while posing a significant operational security challenge."

Service men will be able to visit the sites on their own personal computers, but access in areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan is limited mainly to Defence Department machines.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 17, 2007, 10:21:27 am
I'm not sure why that is a big story.  Our government has banned YouTube from its offices and buildings, down to local libraries, because its a bandwidth intensive site and someone (*cough*UK Army troops in Basra*cough*) managed to crash the entire MoD computer system with just one joke video.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 17, 2007, 01:19:54 pm
Yeah, the sites they've blocked are basically bandwidth killers. 

I mean, they could have done a China-esque lockdown, but they basically said, "dudes, stop posting videos of you shooting camel spiders."

(http://www.whatsthatbug.com/images/camel_spider_sandoval.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: DJRubberducky on May 17, 2007, 02:38:58 pm
Yeah, this vaguely affects my cousin Danny, since he keeps a blog and it's probably on MySpace rather than something like LiveJournal.

But srsly, even if he wants to keep updating, all he needs to do is give someone else the keys and email entries.  Email sites aren't blocked.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 17, 2007, 08:39:03 pm
Yeah, the sites they've blocked are basically bandwidth killers. 

I mean, they could have done a China-esque lockdown, but they basically said, "dudes, stop posting videos of you shooting camel spiders."

(http://www.whatsthatbug.com/images/camel_spider_sandoval.jpg)

holy shit camel spiders scare the hell out of me.

I've got a buddy who was in iraq for a while. He said that there's a lot of camel spider talk to soldiers who just came over. The people who've been there a while have all sorts of stories about how they can survive getting shot, how they can jump 4 feet in the air, how they can run as fast as a tank, etc etc

Most of it is just trying to scare the newbie, but it's created significant panic. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel_spider (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camel_spider)

My buddy did actually shoot one though. Said doing so really helped him sleep that night.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 19, 2007, 08:08:10 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_fe_st/odd_phone_number_fight

Florida isn't the only FUCKED up place for news stories.

And if you think the phone number gag is funnay, you should hear their commercials.  :argh!:

"Call Gem, we smell great!"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 20, 2007, 02:41:01 am
http://www.ericmargolis.com/archives/2007/05/canadaas_dirty.php


"CANADA’S DIRTY HANDS


Eric S. Margolis - 4 May 2007


Canada is one of the world’s most respected, law-abiding nations. Yet recent shocking revelations show it has become a party to the torture of prisoners in Afghanistan and a violator of the Geneva Conventions?

The story begins in 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The Soviet KGB created a mirror -image secret police for its Afghan puppet government, KhAD. Having been pursued by KhAD agents, I can speak with personal knowledge of this subject.

KhAD sought to eradicate all opposition to the Communists. It also ran the education system and religious establishment. KhAD quickly became notorious, even in a famously brutal society, for its cruelties.

All political prisoners – that is, anyone who opposed the Communists – were subjected to systematic tortures. These ranged from garden variety beatings, pulling of finger nails, near-drowning and electric shocks to more refined cruelties. Prisoners were flayed alive, thrown into vats of sulphuric acid, blinded, buried alive, burned with gasoline, or slowly frozen in refrigerated rooms.

Psychological tortures - sleep deprivation, long isolation in darkness, sound assault, mock executions and psychotropic drugs were also used by KhAD under KGB supervision. The same tortures, known as `enhanced interrogation,’ are routinely used today by the CIA.

The Communists killed 2 million Afghans. Canada turned its back and refused to aid the mujahidin battling Soviet occupation. After the Soviets withdrew in 1989, the newborn Taliban movement drove the remaining Afghan Communists – rebranded the Northern Alliance – into the far northeast.

In 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan, allied itself to the Northern Alliance, and overthrew Taliban. A figurehead, Hamid Karzai, was put in power. Real power, however, was held by the Communist-dominated Northern Alliance.

Once the Northern Alliance took Kabul, the KhAD, rechristened NDS, was quickly reestablished. The old Communist torturers and war criminals went back into business.

Today, an estimated 60% of NDS personnel are former KhAD agents. US and Canadian forces fighting to pacify southern Afghanistan have been routinely handing captives and suspects over to the NDS secret police– in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions.

Canada’s conservative government, reeling from public outrage, feebly claimed to have assurances from the Afghan Communist secret police - which had murdered or maimed tens of thousands of victims - to treat prisoners humanely.

How did Canada get into this mess? Conservative politicians in Ottawa saw a chance to win new voters by whipping up false patriotism in a jolly little war against `evil’ Muslims that was supposed to be….a slam dunk. They sought to curry favor with their ideological mentor, the Bush Administration.

No one in Ottawa had any knowledge whatsoever about Afghanistan, its tribal politics, or history. Even so, they dispatched 2,500 combat troops and $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan.

Senior Canadian officers and politicians who claim not to have known they were handing over prisoners to the Afghan secret police for torture are either stunningly ignorant or lying. I guess they never read Rudyard Kipling’s famous admonition to British soldiers fallen wounded in Afghanistan, `save your last bullet for yourself.’

This writer, who has covered many guerilla wars in Asia, Africa and Central America repeatedly warned in recent years that the longer Canadian troops stayed in Afghanistan, the more they would become brutalized and involved in war crimes. Such is the nature of all guerilla wars.

Canadians who still believe the fairy tale their forces in Afghanistan are `nation building’ or doing social work should reflect on the grim fate of prisoners their soldiers handed over to the mercies of the Afghan secret police.

Ottawa’s deal this week with Kabul for inspection of NDS prisoners is a sham. The KhAD had the same empty `agreement’ with human rights groups in the 1980’s.

It’s bad enough Canadian and other NATO troops are defending Afghanistan’s warlords who run its booming heroin industry. Now Canada is hand in glove with the Communist Party’s veteran torturers. "
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 20, 2007, 04:20:39 am
No shit.  You keep your troops in those sort of conditions long enough and they turn into throat-slitting, nasty business types themselves.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Fredfredly ⊂(◉‿◉)つ on May 20, 2007, 09:56:25 pm
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DONT POST PICS OF SPIDERS
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 20, 2007, 11:01:58 pm
Only pics of Ziggy ITT!
                      \\
(http://www.spauda.lt/menas/images/ziggy.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 21, 2007, 01:08:11 pm
Hundreds Click on 'Click Here to Get Infected' Ad (http://www.physorg.com/printnews.php?newsid=98802904)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 21, 2007, 10:56:50 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/international_palestinians_israel_dc

Quote
srael pounds Gaza, Palestinian attack kills 1

GAZA (Reuters) - At least five Palestinians and an Israeli woman were killed on Monday in fresh attacks by both sides and a senior Israeli cabinet minister said all Hamas leaders involved in cross-border rocket fire could be targeted.

The woman's death in the southern Israeli town of Sderot marked the first fatality in a Palestinian rocket attack since November and is likely to stoke further Israeli anger at what Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called an "intolerable" situation.

Israeli-Palestinian violence has surged in recent days, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction and the militant Hamas group have struggled to maintain calm between their own fighters following weeks of internal fighting.

Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and Hamas all claimed responsibility for the rocket attack. Hamas had avoided such strikes after most militant groups declared a truce months ago but had renewed them following Israeli violence.

Abbas said Israel's attacks would have "grave consequences for the entire region" and that militants should stop their rocket fire "so as not to give the Israelis the excuse they use to justify their attacks that have killed innocent victims," said the Palestinian president's spokesman, Nabil Amr.

Israel's security cabinet decided on Sunday to escalate military action in response to some 150 rockets fired from Gaza since last week, which have put political pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

"It is our obligation to harm the rocket launchers and our obligation is to continue to harm Hamas," Livni said during a news conference in Sderot with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana.

Dozens of Israelis burned tires on a street in Sderot following the deadly rocket attack. The crowd scattered when a siren wailed that signals incoming rocket attacks.

Palestinians fear Israel may soon raid Gaza should the violence continue. Several vehicles and artillery batteries have been stationed near the northern border for days.

FEMALE WOULD-BE BOMBERS READY

In Gaza, Palestinian women dressed in black, donning masks with the words "al-Aqsa Brigades," which is part of Fatah, and clutching rifles told reporters they were ready to commit suicide bombings against any Israeli troops who entered Gaza.


An Israeli air strike killed at least four members of Islamic Jihad on their way to launch rockets at the Jewish state. Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Israel should target all militant leaders.

"I don't distinguish between those who carry out the (rocket) attacks and those who give the orders. I say we have to put them all in the crosshairs," he told Israel Radio.

Israel's internal security minister, Avi Dichter, said Hamas's leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal, whom Israel tried to assassinate in Jordan in 1997, and Haniyeh, who lives in Gaza, could be targeted.

Thousands of Hamas supporters had earlier taken to the streets of Gaza City and gunmen fired into the air, vowing revenge, one day after an Israeli air strike on the home of Hamas politician Khalil al-Hayya.

"We will keep to the same path until we win one of two goals: victory or martyrdom," Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, said at the funeral service.

One man was killed in an earlier Israeli air strike on what the Jewish state called a rocket manufacturing facility and Palestinians described as a stonemason's shop. The air strikes also cut electricity to about 50,000 people.

Abbas will go to Gaza on Tuesday to speak to leaders about maintaining law and order, following weeks of internal fighting, and perhaps renewing a truce with Israel, Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr said.

(Additional reporting by Ari Rabinovitch and Corinne Heller in Jerusalem and Ali Sawafta in Ramallah)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 22, 2007, 12:28:47 am
No shit.  You keep your troops in those sort of conditions long enough and they turn into throat-slitting, nasty business types themselves.

I really wish I could record and stream some of the early morning phone in shows for you...
there is this impression, and I would say the majority or close to, that our troops, not only can do no wrong, but they are the carriers of cvilization to the oppressed ignorant masses
I could only imagine that there are some places in the states that are probably worse
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 22, 2007, 01:14:30 am
Only "some" places in the states?  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 22, 2007, 01:18:43 am
No shit.  You keep your troops in those sort of conditions long enough and they turn into throat-slitting, nasty business types themselves.

I really wish I could record and stream some of the early morning phone in shows for you...
there is this impression, and I would say the majority or close to, that our troops, not only can do no wrong, but they are the carriers of cvilization to the oppressed ignorant masses
I could only imagine that there are some places in the states that are probably worse

Thats because everyone knows that since WWI the fighting gene has been removed from the Canadian population, via natural selection.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 22, 2007, 05:39:20 pm
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=2878527&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

PETA: Destroying wonky American traditions everyday.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 22, 2007, 07:22:31 pm
Do never piss off teh gorillas.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/05/18/rotterdam.gorilla.ap/index.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 22, 2007, 07:25:12 pm
fucking gorillas!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 22, 2007, 07:25:47 pm
fucking gorillas!

That may/may not have been his reasoning for dragging off and biting the woman...jungle lurv.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 23, 2007, 09:41:42 pm
President to become Dictator in face of a crisis

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=22081

Read it and weep.  Got passed over a week ago, too.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 23, 2007, 09:44:50 pm
President to become Dictator in face of a crisis

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=22081

Read it and weep.  Got passed over a week ago, too.

spreading word
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 23, 2007, 09:45:12 pm
*blinks*

They did this in STAR WARS! Jar-Jar gave emergency powers to Chancellor Palpatine, the rest is history.


Oh snap. Thread ruined.  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 23, 2007, 09:49:27 pm
This has been a while coming, actually, but where it'll backfire on the assholes is when their "learned colleague" from across the aisle is in power.  Then the shit will come a-flying.

Ain't nobody from the red states wants Dictator Hillary.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 23, 2007, 09:51:28 pm
*blinks*

They did this in STAR WARS! Jar-Jar gave emergency powers to Chancellor Palpatine, the rest is history.


Oh snap. Thread ruined.  :lulz:

They may have also done it in a well known blockbuster film called The Rise of Nazi Germany, which not many people know is based on Star Wars.   8)

Also, in general, that link is pretty fantastic and has some of the most well-balanced and thought out current affairs articles I have seen on the net.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 23, 2007, 09:52:44 pm
This has been a while coming, actually, but where it'll backfire on the assholes is when their "learned colleague" from across the aisle is in power.  Then the shit will come a-flying.

Ain't nobody from the red states wants Dictator Hillary.

I don't know
they have been setting the ground works for this for a long time
There have been time I wouldn't have thought they would actually be able to do it, but ... and with almost no real media opposition
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: That One Guy on May 23, 2007, 09:54:06 pm
This has been a while coming, actually, but where it'll backfire on the assholes is when their "learned colleague" from across the aisle is in power.  Then the shit will come a-flying.

Ain't nobody from the red states wants Dictator Hillary.

Unless of course they shoe-horn some random "crisis" that can trigger those powers before the next election. Hmmmm ... didn't they "release" info regarding plans for another Al-Qaida attack on the US?

 :tinfoilhat: :tinfoilhat: :tinfoilhat:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 23, 2007, 09:56:38 pm
President to become Dictator in face of a crisis

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=22081

Read it and weep.  Got passed over a week ago, too.

Thank god for that. Now the missing kid story is making sense to me.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 23, 2007, 09:59:27 pm
*blinks*

They did this in STAR WARS! Jar-Jar gave emergency powers to Chancellor Palpatine, the rest is history.


Oh snap. Thread ruined.  :lulz:

They may have also done it in a well known blockbuster film called The Rise of Nazi Germany, which not many people know is based on Star Wars.   8)

Also, in general, that link is pretty fantastic and has some of the most well-balanced and thought out current affairs articles I have seen on the net.


ZOMG. The Nazi's stole EVERYTHING from Star Wars!!!! Even 50 years PRIOR. Damn them!  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 23, 2007, 09:59:56 pm
This has been a while coming, actually, but where it'll backfire on the assholes is when their "learned colleague" from across the aisle is in power.  Then the shit will come a-flying.

Ain't nobody from the red states wants Dictator Hillary.

Unless of course they shoe-horn some random "crisis" that can trigger those powers before the next election. Hmmmm ... didn't they "release" info regarding plans for another Al-Qaida attack on the US?

 :tinfoilhat: :tinfoilhat: :tinfoilhat:

Iran is allegedly planning a summer offensive in Iraq.  Never mind its bollocks, thats the claim.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: theCalmpsychopath on May 23, 2007, 10:01:24 pm
President to become Dictator in face of a crisis

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=22081

Read it and weep.  Got passed over a week ago, too.

Thank god for that. Now the missing kid story is making sense to me.
wait, did that get passed?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 23, 2007, 10:01:48 pm
Alkidda has wmds hidden in new york  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 23, 2007, 10:06:28 pm
And Nebraska.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: theCalmpsychopath on May 23, 2007, 10:08:39 pm
oh noes! Al qaeda is trying to destroy our corn!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 23, 2007, 11:03:39 pm
Yup - better make A retard the uber-fuhrer. It's either that or doom  :evil:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 24, 2007, 04:39:26 am
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a139/ThornIs/bush-1.jpg)


before anyone asks

no, I dont know why I put a bond villian in there
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 24, 2007, 04:50:57 am
is this the one you've been working on?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 24, 2007, 04:53:26 am
no

the one I was working on was complete failure

that was just something I was doring to try something out
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: saint aini on May 24, 2007, 04:55:55 am
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a139/ThornIs/bush-1.jpg)


before anyone asks

no, I dont know why I put a bond villian in there

Cf. the principia on saints other than second class... fictional characters are more capable of perfection.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 24, 2007, 11:07:19 am
Chagos Islanders may be able to return home!

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article2578474.ece

About the single most disgusting thing the British government has done to its own citizens in the last 40 years.

Of course, its not over yet.  The Foreign Office appeal may yet succeed.  I hope not, however.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 24, 2007, 11:09:22 am
Now, from Our Correspondent for LOL, another BNP protest!

Quote
Two BNP councillors staged an impromptu walkout from Sandwell Council last night in protest at Sikh becoming mayor.  They claim his appointment breaches the Magna Carta  - but now face an enquiry by the local government standards board.

Simon Smith (who represents Great Bridge) and Carl Butler (Tividale) insist that they didn’t leave the chamber during the vote to appoint Gurcharan “Sid” Sidhu as first citizen – but Butler admits they did retire to an area close to the public gallery for a “coffee break”.

He claims that under the Magna Carta – which was written in 1215 and forms the basis of England’s constitution - “foreigners” are banned from holding public office.

Quite how this applies to “Sid”, who’s been a British citizen for 44 years – isn’t clear, but as Butler is happy to explain, he believes that even people who are born in this country should be disqualified from public life if they are of African or Asian heritage.

“That’s not racist it’s realist”, he told us.

‚ÄúThe Magna Carta states that no foreigner should take public office and that‚Äôs our view.  There‚Äôs no personal animosity, he just shouldn‚Äôt be mayor‚Äù.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: That One Guy on May 24, 2007, 02:08:50 pm
“That’s not racist it’s realist”, he told us.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 :lulz: :lulz:

Someone hand that man a dictionary, preferably an unabridged, in as violent a manner as possible.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 24, 2007, 02:15:06 pm
Also, the Magna Carta, which was written by French foreigners, states no such thing.  Which makes it even funnier.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 24, 2007, 02:19:42 pm
“That’s not racist it’s realist”, he told us.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 :lulz: :lulz:

Someone hand that man a dictionary, preferably an unabridged, in as violent a manner as possible.


Best threat of physical violence EVAR.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: That One Guy on May 24, 2007, 02:43:47 pm
 :thanks:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 24, 2007, 03:16:21 pm
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a139/ThornIs/bush-1.jpg)


 :mittens:

nice work dude. reminds me of:

(http://www.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/bush1.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 24, 2007, 03:18:09 pm
I really hate that paperclip guy. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 24, 2007, 03:19:50 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v711/Marburger/Devilclip.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: DJRubberducky on May 24, 2007, 03:28:22 pm
That thing looks like it'd be Saddam Hussein's bitch.

[/pop-culture-reference]
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 24, 2007, 03:32:32 pm
(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a95/discordman/springboing.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 24, 2007, 05:49:34 pm
Orang Utan lullfest

http://news.sky.com/skynews/video/videoplayer/0,,30000-1267241,.html (http://news.sky.com/skynews/video/videoplayer/0,,30000-1267241,.html)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 24, 2007, 05:51:48 pm
heh orang cutang :)

do they all look like this? or is this an especially fat one?

lotsa apes escaping and mauling people these days .. I WONDER IF THEY'RE UP TO SOMETHING
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 24, 2007, 05:55:07 pm
heh orang cutang :)

do they all look like this? or is this an especially fat one?

lotsa apes escaping and mauling people these days .. I WONDER IF THEY'RE UP TO SOMETHING

I think it's a reall old one but yeah, it's a characteristic male. They're kinda pot belly shaped with ridiculously long comedy arms. What surprised me is that orang utans kinda have a rep for being real amiable apes, unlike chimps and gorillas who you'd almost expect this kind of behaviour from.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 24, 2007, 05:59:31 pm
well he looks strong as fuck, wouldn't want to mess with him
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 25, 2007, 11:13:55 pm
http://ww2.wpri.com/Global/story.asp?S=6571025&nav=menu20_3_2_1

Creationists Strike Back.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 26, 2007, 12:15:24 am
just pretend it's like disneyland. they also don't tell you donald duck's a made up story right :)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 26, 2007, 12:34:46 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070525/ap_on_fe_st/odd_snakes_on_a_plane

 :lulz: Mother fucking snakes on a mother fucking plane...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on May 29, 2007, 03:10:13 pm
possible posted already.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20070529/ten-woman-to-donate-kidney-in-tv-show-5f8abb3.html

But i couldn't remember, so here it is again for your edification.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 29, 2007, 03:32:46 pm
Next, when HIMEOBS takes over reality TV...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on May 29, 2007, 03:40:57 pm
Celebrity chainsaw juggling FTW!

No training provided and no safety measures taken. Just a bunch of celebrities, kidnapped and taken to a secret remote location and persuaded, at gunpoint if necessary, to keep 15 chainsaws up in the air for as long as they can.





Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on May 30, 2007, 12:25:36 am
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070529/ap_on_he_me/un_hookah_smoke

Quote
"Contrary to ancient lore and popular belief, the smoke that emerges from a water pipe contains numerous toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and other diseases."


Uhh, no shit.  What kind of morons had that in their popular belief.


Reminds me of when I see "Lead is known to the state of California to cause cancer."  What are the rest of us?  A bunch of morons?  I mean if an entire state knows something, then tells us, shouldn't we all know it? 

But I guess we can't believe those damn liberals scientists in Cali.  They let sick people smoke pot for Christ's sake.

Also, why must we force them to tell us how much fat is in a bottle of water but not a bottle of beer? 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on May 30, 2007, 01:30:23 am
I've wondered that myself.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 30, 2007, 02:05:31 am
Boy bags hog said bigger than 'Hogzilla' (http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/05/25/boy_bags_wild_hog_bigger_than_hogzilla/?p1=MEWell_Pos2)
(http://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/AP_Photo/2007/05/29/1180411252_3423/410w.jpg)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie. But the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig. An 11-year-old boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9 feet 4, from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. Think hams as big as car tires.

If the claims are accurate, Jamison Stone's trophy boar would be bigger than Hogzilla, the famed wild hog that grew to seemingly mythical proportions after being killed in south Georgia in 2004.

Hogzilla originally was thought to weigh 1,000 pounds and measure 12 feet long. National Geographic experts who unearthed its remains believe the animal actually weighed about 800 pounds and was 8 feet long.

Regardless of the comparison, Jamison is reveling in the attention over his pig.

"It feels really good," Jamison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."

Jamison, who killed his first deer at age 5, was hunting with father Mike Stone and two guides in east Alabama on May 3 when he bagged Monster Pig. He said he shot the huge animal eight times with a .50-caliber revolver and chased it for three hours through hilly woods before finishing it off with a point-blank shot.

Through it all, there was the fear that the animal would turn and charge them, as wild boars have a reputation for doing.

"I was a little bit scared, a little bit excited," said Jamison, who lives in Pickensville on the Mississippi border. He just finished the sixth grade on the honor roll at Christian Heritage Academy, a small, private school.

His father said that, just to be extra safe, he and the guides had high-powered rifles aimed and ready to fire in case the beast, with 5-inch tusks, decided to charge.

With the animal finally dead in a creek bed on the 2,500-acre Lost Creek Plantation, a commercial hunting preserve in Delta, trees had to be cut down and a backhoe brought in to bring Jamison's prize out of the woods.

It was hauled on a truck to the Clay County Farmers Exchange in Lineville, where Jeff Kinder said they used his scale, recently calibrated, to weigh the hog.

Kinder's scale measures only to the nearest 10, but Mike Stone said it balanced one notch past the 1,050-pound mark.

"It probably weighed 1,060 pounds. We were just afraid to change it once the story was out," he said.

The hog's head is being mounted by Jerry Cunningham of Jerry's Taxidermy. Cunningham said the animal measured 54 inches around the head, 74 inches around the shoulders and 11 inches from the eyes to the end of its snout.

"It's huge," he said. "It's just the biggest thing I've ever seen."

Mike Stone is having sausage made from the rest of the animal. "We'll probably get 500 to 700 pounds," he said.

Jamison, meanwhile, has been offered a small part in "The Legend of Hogzilla," a small-time horror flick based on the tale of the Georgia boar. The movie is holding casting calls with plans to begin filming in Georgia.

Jamison is enjoying the newfound celebrity generated by the hog hunt, but he said he prefers hunting pheasants to monster pigs: "They are a little less dangerous."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on May 30, 2007, 02:10:50 am
Quote from: Jamieson Stone

"It feels really good," Jamison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."


You will boy, come the apocalypse!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 30, 2007, 01:01:40 pm
Where the fuck do hogs that big actually live without being commonly seen?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 30, 2007, 01:43:50 pm
Where the fuck do hogs that big actually live without being commonly seen?

fastfood cafetaria's.

hidin' behind the customers
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 31, 2007, 07:23:30 pm
Holy shit.

Speaking of shit...that pig would fucking ruin any forest he was in just from one giant dump!  WTF does it EAT?  Log cabins full of lumberjacks?  Fuck me running.  Wow.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 31, 2007, 07:40:01 pm
Where the fuck do hogs that big actually live without being commonly seen?

Alabama, apparently.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on June 02, 2007, 04:41:05 am
Holy shit.

Speaking of shit...that pig would fucking ruin any forest he was in just from one giant dump!  WTF does it EAT?  Log cabins full of lumberjacks?  Fuck me running.  Wow.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on June 02, 2007, 06:18:32 am
heh

Sudan threatens the US with stopping exports of gum arabic (key ingredient in soft drinks) because the US called what it's doing in Darfur a 'genocide.'

i'd link you, but i can't find it now.  but its troof!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 02, 2007, 02:52:02 pm
I can't find a link for that story
if anyone comes across it could you link it up for me
I know gum arabic is not in the sanctions imposed by the US over the genocide
would be interested to view if the sanctions continue...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on June 02, 2007, 06:25:18 pm
link (http://www.theseminal.com/2007/06/01/darfur-and-diet-coke-how-cola-may-contribute-to-genocide/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 02, 2007, 08:43:48 pm
http://www.plastic.com/article.html;sid=07/05/31/19444838;cmt=40
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 04, 2007, 07:13:12 pm
You've heard of sleep walking, how about sleep fucking?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18999826/site/newsweek/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18999826/site/newsweek/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 04, 2007, 07:16:00 pm
You've heard of sleep walking, how about sleep fucking?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18999826/site/newsweek/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18999826/site/newsweek/)

My ex wife used to hate that.

Current GF says it's kinda nice.

What can I say? My john thomas never sleeps 8)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LHX on June 04, 2007, 07:18:04 pm
Quote from: Jamieson Stone

"It feels really good," Jamison said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big."


You will boy, come the apocalypse!

LMFAO
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on June 04, 2007, 09:02:07 pm
http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2105235,00.html

You have to love this kind of diplomacy!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 04, 2007, 09:08:43 pm
Rice is actually an expert on Soviet nuclear weapons.

Allegedly.

I tried searching for any of her academic papers (I did have access to the RAND Corporation archives, too), but turned up nothing.

Besides, with that sort of rhetoric, she and Putin will get on like a house on fire.  From a nuclear missile exploding near it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on June 04, 2007, 09:10:03 pm
I tried the same thing, but could find nothing.

Isn't Bush having a face to face with Putin as well?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 04, 2007, 09:19:41 pm
Sarkozy is.  Him and Putin will get along, I'm sure.

Besides, we already have a way to talk to Russia.  Its called the Joint Russian-NATO Council.  Only, we treated the Russians like children, refused to give them a veto and broke several promises, so they withdrew.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 05, 2007, 08:27:44 pm
http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKL0531348920070605?pageNumber=1 (http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKL0531348920070605?pageNumber=1)

Quote from: teh News

LONDON (Reuters) - Parents are stopping their children going out to play on their own because of safety fears, potentially restricting their future development, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Children's Society survey found that 43 percent of adults thought children should not go out unsupervised until they were 14.

That is despite the fact that in their own youth most had been allowed out on their own at the age of 10 or younger.

"Children have told us loud and clear that friendship matters and yet this is an area in which we appear to be failing them," said Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the society.

"On the one hand we want freedom for our children but on the other we are becoming increasingly frightened to let them out."

Fears over children's safety have been exacerbated by stories in the media of youngsters being attacked by predatory paedophiles, such as the murders of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002 and the abduction and killing of Sarah Payne in 2000.

However experts say high profile incidents are still rare and there is no evidence to suggest there has been an increase in the number of youngsters murdered by strangers.

The study, carried out as part of the society's Good Childhood Inquiry, suggested that early friendships were very important and often lasted a lifetime, with 69 percent of respondents saying they were still in contact with a childhood friend.

It added that its inquiry had found that children rate having friends as the most important factor in their lives.

But the report said there was research to suggest that since 1986 the number of teenagers with no friends has increased from one in eight to nearly one in five.

"All the research shows that spending time with friends is fundamental to children's wellbeing and development which means it is crucial that we resolve this contradiction," said Reitemeier.


Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 05, 2007, 08:36:11 pm
Are they getting their kids de-clawed too?  Sheesh!  :roll:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 05, 2007, 08:38:05 pm
 :lulz:

We're raising a class of social rejects!  We cannot lose!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 05, 2007, 08:48:16 pm
if you keep your kids inside, the terrrrrrists have won
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 05, 2007, 09:00:33 pm
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=73995 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=73995)

a headline for the metal-heads, as I know there are a few.  Anneke has quit The Gathering. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 06, 2007, 06:47:54 pm
http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1269281,00.html (http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1269281,00.html)

HIMEOBS - We are defending yuor sacred old people  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 06, 2007, 06:52:49 pm
Sounds like they need some beefier security detail if it took 8 of them to contain the guy. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on June 06, 2007, 06:57:38 pm
Lol, they called it the "popemobile" in the article.  SkyNews wins.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on June 06, 2007, 06:59:01 pm
Don't they always call it the popemobile?

I can never remember it being called anything else, any where...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 06, 2007, 07:00:19 pm
Yeah, I think it is officially the Popemobile.  I think after they put that silly looking bubble thing on it for JP they didn't have much choice but to give it a silly name. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 11, 2007, 06:45:34 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6739681.stm

The Tories are using a Commons debate to urge an inquiry into the Iraq war.

Shadow foreign secretary William Hague told MPs ministers had "no adequate reason" to refuse to establish an inquiry, to begin in the near future.

He called for a Privy Council inquiry to examine the build-up to war and its immediate aftermath.


Hey, wasn't this the party arguing that we should ignore the UN and just go in and attack Iraq anyway?  I do believe it is.  And isn't this the party that voted unaminously to go to war, thus defeating a potential rebellion in Parliament by Lib Dems and allied Labour backbench dissidents?  I do believe it is.

What complete fucktards.  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 11, 2007, 06:48:42 pm
Hell yeah. How fucking dumb do they think the british electorate actually is?

... actually, hang on, forget I said that  :argh!:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 11, 2007, 06:51:25 pm
 :lulz:

Everything you need to know about Britain can be learnt from the last two series of Big Brother.  Its pretty sad.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 11, 2007, 07:00:59 pm
Nevar miss an episode :lulz:

It's funnier and more educational than watching monkeys in a zoo.

I do wish someone with a bit of skill would get in there tho - cat among pigeons would be 10 week lailfest  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 11, 2007, 07:03:10 pm
Only person who went on that show worth a damn was Jack Dee.

Of course, I never really watch, so I'm not really in a position to say.  But since it seems to be infested with outlandish people and crypto-racists, I don't really need to.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 11, 2007, 07:06:55 pm
I never put too much stock in the celebrity version - not long enough for the really interesting psychological effects to manifest.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on June 11, 2007, 09:57:51 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_go_ot/autism_vaccines

I found this quite interesting....
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 12, 2007, 11:50:45 am
 :argh!:

They had this crap in the UK.  It doesn't, it has been proven by numerous scientific papers and research.  There is just one guy, one scientist, who thinks it is, and he feeds the parents false hope and fears about the truth of their child's condition.

I had the same vaccinations, as did everyone of my age that I know.  Yet, in all my life, I've only known one autistic person of my age.  Hmmmm........
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 12, 2007, 12:03:35 pm
:argh!:

They had this crap in the UK.  It doesn't, it has been proven by numerous scientific papers and research.  There is just one guy, one scientist, who thinks it is, and he feeds the parents false hope and fears about the truth of their child's condition.

ahk, but science has nothing to do with it .. "Plaintiffs only have to prove that a link between autism and the shots is more likely than not".

more likely than not!

"9 out of 10 bibles agree that vaccinations are bad and work of the devil. autism is work of the devil, and 9 is more than 10 so it's more likely than not"

Quote
I had the same vaccinations, as did everyone of my age that I know.  Yet, in all my life, I've only known one autistic person of my age.  Hmmmm........

yeah but it seems that newer generations are more susceptible to the terminal-stoopidititis

which, we all know is caused by things that go against one's retarded belief systems

and not at all caused by the retarded belief systems themselves  :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 12, 2007, 12:27:03 pm
 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 15, 2007, 07:06:10 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19230333/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19230333/)

A video baby monitor picks up NASA Shuttle video. 

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 16, 2007, 03:22:16 pm
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2007/06/14/4260273-ap.html

Nazi Austrian President Heinz Fischer Dies
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on June 17, 2007, 06:04:24 am
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070614/od_nm/germany_squirrel_dc;_ylt=Apx.C0jqg0YUF8o7.f.hqEADW7oF
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SBCU on June 18, 2007, 08:54:49 am
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1945760.ece (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1945760.ece)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 18, 2007, 01:36:37 pm
Quote
And earlier this year his campaign was widely criticised for seizing control over a MySpace group where an enthusiastic supporter, Joe Anthony, had amassed a list of 160,000 friends for Mr Obama.

Trolls for Obama

hey there maybe some way to get some founding out of this
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 18, 2007, 02:03:17 pm
There are already plans for live chat debates by Presidential candidates.... 8)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 18, 2007, 02:55:33 pm
Data retention laws do not cover Google searches, says Europe
http://www.out-law.com/page-8147

google trying to blame their contempt for privacy on being forced european legislation or whatnot

finally the shit is starting to hit the fan.. it's about time for the current giant to go the same way as altavista, yahoo and microsoft did before it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 22, 2007, 05:27:22 pm
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=75309 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=75309)

Queen is recording a new album.
I call heresy. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on June 22, 2007, 05:30:42 pm
With Paul wassisname on vocals?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 22, 2007, 05:32:42 pm
Paul wassisname

never heard of the guy, but if that's really Rev's brother, it must be PWHNage

:rimshot:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 22, 2007, 05:37:44 pm
With Paul wassisname on vocals?

Yup.  Also, in related news, Alice In Chains is re-forming with some un-named vocalist.  New album and tour forthcoming.  I find some poetic justice in the fact that they, AIC, will be touring with Stone Temple Roses, I mean Velvet Revolver. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 22, 2007, 05:38:44 pm
Paul wassisname

never heard of the guy, but if that's really Rev's brother, it must be PWHNage

:rimshot:

Actually, both of my brothers are pretty good musicians.  Probably not great vocalists though.  Tone-defness seems to run in the family. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 23, 2007, 12:35:27 pm
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/22/ce-oh-no-he-didnt-part-xxxv-nbc-sez-piracy-hurts-corn-grower/

CE-Oh no he didn't, part XXXV: NBC sez piracy hurts 'corn growers'
Posted Jun 22nd 2007 7:15PM by Darren Murph
Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment


Although some may argue that piracy is (at least on some level) beneficial, it looks like NBC has taken that sentiment to the opposing extreme with its latest comments. In a purported filing with the FCC calling for enhanced regulation of the internet in an attempt to stifle evil P2P activity, NBC blurted out a string of text that it surely hoped would be overlooked. Alas, hardly any ridiculous claims go unseen these days, so now we're faced with this gem: "In the absence of movie piracy, video retailers would sell and rent more titles. Movie theaters would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment." There's absolutely no need for us to pick apart the aforementioned quote, after all, we're fairly certain the absurdity shines right through on its own.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 23, 2007, 04:11:28 pm
"In the absence of movie piracy, video retailers would sell and rent more titles. Movie theaters would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment."


sounds perfectly logical to me
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 25, 2007, 09:32:40 am
YAY! So now my evil habits are killing farmers too.

The more I download the more people die :ninja:

Cybin,

Mass murdering peer to peer
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 27, 2007, 06:42:52 am
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/06/21/guantanamo.ap/index.html

Bush administration close to shutting down Guantanamo


"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere, The Associated Press has learned.

Both the Pentagon and the White House denied Thursday evening there were any plans to close the facility.

President Bush's national security and legal advisers are expected to discuss the move at the White House on Friday and, for the first time, it appears a consensus is developing, senior administration officials said Thursday.

The advisers will consider a new proposal to shut the center and transfer detainees to one or more Defense Department facilities, including the maximum security military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where they could face trial, said the officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal deliberations.

Officials familiar with the agenda of the Friday meeting said Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace were expected to attend.

It was not immediately clear if the meeting would result in a final recommendation to Bush.
"No decisions on the future of Guantanamo Bay are imminent"

Deputy White House Press Secretary Scott Stanzel said Thursday that there are no plans for such a meeting.

"The President has long expressed a desire to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and to do so in a responsible way. A number of steps need to take place before that can happen such as setting up military commissions and the repatriation to their home countries of detainees who have been cleared for released. These and other steps have not been completed. No decisions on the future of Guantanamo Bay are imminent and there will not be a White House meeting tomorrow."

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman agreed.

"I am telling you there is nothing to this," he said

"There has been no change in our policy, and I am not aware of any plans to change at this point."
Heavy resistance from high up to closing Guantanamo

Previous plans to close Guantanamo have run into resistance from Cheney, Gonzales and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But officials said the new suggestion is gaining momentum with at least tacit support from the State and Homeland Security departments, the Pentagon, and the Intelligence directorate.

Cheney's office and the Justice Department have been dead set against the step, arguing that moving "unlawful" enemy combatant suspects to the United States would give them undeserved legal rights.

They could still block the proposal, but pressure to close Guantanamo has been building since a Supreme Court decision last year that found a previous system for prosecuting enemy combatants illegal. Recent rulings by military judges threw out charges against two terrorism suspects under a new tribunal scheme.

Those decisions have dealt a blow to the administration's efforts to begin prosecuting dozens of Guantanamo detainees regarded as the nation's most dangerous terror suspects.

In Congress, recently introduced legislation would require Guantanamo's closure. One measure would designate Fort Leavenworth as the new detention facility.

Another bill would grant new rights to those held at Guantanamo Bay, including access to lawyers regardless of whether the prisoners are put on trial. Still another would allow detainees to protest their detentions in federal court, something they are now denied.

Gates, who took over the Pentagon after Rumsfeld was forced out last year, has said Congress and the administration should work together to allow the United States to permanently imprison some of the more dangerous Guantanamo Bay detainees elsewhere so the facility can be closed.

Military officials told Congress this month that the prison at Fort Leavenworth has 70 open beds and that the brig at a naval base in Charleston, South Carolina has space for an additional 100 prisoners."


 :cry:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on July 07, 2007, 01:51:58 am
semi old news


http://www.alaskareport.com/z46129_ted_stevens_corruption.htm

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens under criminal investigation for corruption

Anchorage, Alaska - The FBI and a federal grand jury are examining an extensive remodeling project at the Girdwood, Alaska, home of Senator Ted Stevens that was overseen by indicted executives at VECO Corporation.

Contractors who worked on the project said the FBI asked them to turn over their records from the job and one said he was called to testify about the project before a federal grand jury in Anchorage.

Another contractor says Bill Allen, the indicted former head of VECO, hired him to complete the framing and most of the interior carpentry at Stevens' home. But the company in charge of the remodel, Christensen Builders Incorporated, says as far as they know, the senator paid all his bills.

Ted Stevens is refusing to comment and yesterday said "I've put out a statement and it says, 'I do not comment on things under investigation.' Thank you."

FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez says his agency will not confirm nor deny any aspect of a pending investigation.

Stevens' son, former Alaska senate president Ben Stevens, is also awaiting his arrest on corruption, extortion, tax evasion, and bribery charges.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 13, 2007, 02:41:38 pm
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=76696 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=76696)

On rumored fight between the DEF LEPPARD and DANZIG camps at a European festival back in 1993:

"He [Danzig] made a rude comment to my wife, and somebody, not me, gave him a bit of a kick from behind, and I guess he was mad about his soup getting spilt. It must've been really good soup for him to get that upset, but it was Germany, so the soup probably couldn't have been that good; it was probably really, really dark, with all sorts of nasty stuff in it. Anyway, Phil Collen (Vivian's fellow DEF LEP guitarist) was ready to go — he's a black belt in karate, but Danzig backed down. It really was over nothing, other than that bowl of soup."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on July 13, 2007, 02:49:09 pm
This just in:  Danzig is a pussy.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 13, 2007, 02:53:14 pm
"Mother, tell your children not to mess with my soup."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on July 13, 2007, 09:05:42 pm
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/13675836/detail.html

Umm...duct tape. And lot's of it for you, woman.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: avatar on July 14, 2007, 06:21:40 am
Benadryl... a good recommendation.  I tend to prefer schnapps for drugging toddlers though.

Aavatar
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on August 03, 2007, 06:18:35 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070803/odds/odd_germany_sex1_dc

Quote
BERLIN (Reuters) - German workaholics may be suffering from a lack of sex, according to a university study published Friday.
 
A survey of 32,000 men and women by researchers at the University of Goettingen found over 35 percent of those reporting unsatisfying sex lives tended to use hard work as a diversion.

Some 36 percent of men and 35 percent of women surveyed for the "Apotheken Umschau" newsletter said they were likely to put in extra time at the office and volunteer for extra assignments.

The hard work ethic was even more pronounced among those who reported having no sex -- 45 percent of men and 46 percent of women said they voluntarily took on more responsibilities.

"These findings are worrying," the leader of the study, Ragnar Beer, was quoted as saying.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on August 08, 2007, 03:38:57 pm
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2007/aug/07/man-claims-have-magical-sword-during-heist-deputie/?news-breaking
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on August 08, 2007, 04:09:19 pm
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2007/aug/07/man-claims-have-magical-sword-during-heist-deputie/?news-breaking

 :lulz:
It's too bad the guy didn't actually have a magic sword. And by the article, it doesn't look like he was actually even carrying a weapon, just claiming that he had "an Excalibur".
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on August 08, 2007, 04:49:46 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_re_eu/georgia_russia

maybe of interest to Cain or others who keep track of russia foreign policy
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Darth Cupcake on August 08, 2007, 05:41:42 pm
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyid=2007-08-08T132631Z_01_L07870114_RTRUKOC_0_US-DUTCH-LEGO-ODD.xml

For those of us who enjoy Legos, and the Dutch.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on August 09, 2007, 06:22:24 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070808/ap_on_sc/human_evolution

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Fossils challenge old evoluton theory

WASHINGTON - Surprising research based on two African fossils suggests our family tree is more like a wayward bush with stubby branches, challenging what had been common thinking on how early humans evolved.

The discovery by Meave Leakey, a member of a famous family of paleontologists, shows that two species of early human ancestors lived at the same time in Kenya. That pokes holes in the chief theory of man's early evolution — that one of those species evolved from the other.

And it further discredits that iconic illustration of human evolution that begins with a knuckle-dragging ape and ends with a briefcase-carrying man.

The old theory is that the first and oldest species in our family tree, Homo habilis, evolved into Homo erectus, which then became human, Homo sapiens. But Leakey's find suggests those two earlier species lived side-by-side about 1.5 million years ago in parts of Kenya for at least half a million years. She and her research colleagues report the discovery in a paper published in Thursday's journal Nature.

The paper is based on fossilized bones found in 2000. The complete skull of Homo erectus was found within walking distance of an upper jaw of Homo habilis, and both dated from the same general time period. That makes it unlikely that Homo erectus evolved from Homo habilis, researchers said.

It's the equivalent of finding that your grandmother and great-grandmother were sisters rather than mother-daughter, said study co-author Fred Spoor, a professor of evolutionary anatomy at the University College in London.

The two species lived near each other, but probably didn't interact, each having its own "ecological niche," Spoor said. Homo habilis was likely more vegetarian while Homo erectus ate some meat, he said. Like chimps and apes, "they'd just avoid each other, they don't feel comfortable in each other's company," he said.

There remains some still-undiscovered common ancestor that probably lived 2 million to 3 million years ago, a time that has not left much fossil record, Spoor said.

Overall what it paints for human evolution is a "chaotic kind of looking evolutionary tree rather than this heroic march that you see with the cartoons of an early ancestor evolving into some intermediate and eventually unto us," Spoor said in a phone interview from a field office of the Koobi Fora Research Project in northern Kenya.

That old evolutionary cartoon, while popular with the general public, is just too simple and keeps getting revised, said Bill Kimbel, who praised the latest findings. He is science director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University and wasn't part of the Leakey team.

"The more we know, the more complex the story gets," he said. Scientists used to think Homo sapiens evolved from Neanderthals, he said. But now we know that both species lived during the same time period and that we did not come from Neanderthals.

Now a similar discovery applies further back in time.

Susan Anton, a New York University anthropologist and co-author of the Leakey work, said she expects anti-evolution proponents to seize on the new research, but said it would be a mistake to try to use the new work to show flaws in evolution theory.

"This is not questioning the idea at all of evolution; it is refining some of the specific points," Anton said. "This is a great example of what science does and religion doesn't do. It's a continous self-testing process."

For the past few years there has been growing doubt and debate about whether Homo habilis evolved into Homo erectus. One of the major proponents of the more linear, or ladder-like evolution that this evidence weakens, called Leakey's findings important, but he wasn't ready to concede defeat.

Dr. Bernard Wood, a surgeon-turned-professor of human origins at George Washington University, said in an e-mail Wednesday that "this is only a skirmish in the protracted 'war' between the people who like a bushy interpretation and those who like a more ladder-like interpretation of early human evolution."

Leakey's team spent seven years analyzing the fossils before announcing it was time to redraw the family tree — and rethink other ideas about human evolutionary history. That's especially true of most immediate ancestor, Homo erectus.

Because the Homo erectus skull Leakey recovered was much smaller than others, scientists had to first prove that it was erectus and not another species nor a genetic freak. The jaw, probably from an 18- or 19-year-old female, was adult and showed no signs of malformation or genetic mutations, Spoor said. The scientists also know it isn't Homo habilis from several distinct features on the jaw.

That caused researchers to re-examine the 30 other erectus skulls they have and the dozens of partial fossils. They realized that the females of that species are much smaller than the males — something different from modern man, but similar to other animals, said Anton. Scientists hadn't looked carefully enough before to see that there was a distinct difference in males and females.

Difference in size between males and females seem to be related to monogamy, the researchers said. Primates that have same-sized males and females, such as gibbons, tend to be more monogamous. Species that are not monogamous, such as gorillas and baboons, have much bigger males.

This suggests that our ancestor Homo erectus reproduced with multiple partners.

The Homo habilis jaw was dated at 1.44 million years ago. That is the youngest ever found from a species that scientists originally figured died off somewhere between 1.7 and 2 million years ago, Spoor said. It enabled scientists to say that Homo erectus and Homo habilis lived at the same time.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on August 15, 2007, 04:51:44 pm
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/246002

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Toronto: A metaphor for a country in decline

Christopher Hume

Now that we've finished venting about councillors' refusal to cut their salaries, their perks and all the rest of that nonsense, let's all take a deep breath and remember who's to blame for the mess Toronto is in: we are.

That's right, it's us. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

We're the ones who vote – those of us who bother – for the Denzil Minnan-Wongs, the Dalton McGuintys, the Mike Harrises, the Stephen Harpers and the rest.

We're the ones who reward politicians who tell us the fantasies we want to hear, not the truths we need to hear. We're the ones who have made it impossible for leaders to talk about anything much more substantial than tax cuts.

Aided and abetted by the media, we ask the wrong questions and get angry when we don't hear the wrong answers.

We're the ones who vote for the Mel Lastmans and the David Millers because they promise they won't raise taxes. Then when the spit finally hits the fan, we turn around and scream bloody murder.

Democracy boasts many virtues, but it also has serious weaknesses, including the fact that it allows citizens to vote thoughtlessly and without regard to reality. Indeed, look at who gets elected to see just how irrational, even moronic, the process has become. How else does a George W. Bush end up the most powerful person on Earth?

One of the truths the politicians would like us to forget is that you get what you pay for. Civilization costs money. If the city's going to remove snow, pick up garbage, pay the province's social services bill, fill potholes and so on, it must be able to cover these costs.

Instead of voting for councillors who promise we can remain forever in dreamland, where taxes never go up and roads are free, we should think first and ask whether they are able to do the opposite, i.e., insist we return to the real world. It, of course, is not such a nice place.

Toronto, like all of Canada, is based largely on myths that border on lies. We like to think that the city is among the greatest and the country a respected world citizen. We may be a middling power, but always sensible and responsible.

In fact, we grow increasingly irrelevant. And although Canada still ranks among the most desirable places on the planet, by any measure – productivity, innovation, wealth creation, education, environmental integrity, tolerance – we are slipping. This was confirmed most recently by the Conference Board of Canada in a massive three-volume report that took three years to prepare.

Like all Canadian cities, Toronto is chronically and systemically underfunded. This is built into the very governance structure of the nation, which undervalues urban centres. We have set it up that way.

Toronto isn't just Canada's largest and most important city; it has become a metaphor for a country in decline. Our administratively burdened federation has reached a point of fragmentation where the premiers fail miserably when it comes to dealing with the most urgent issue facing us and the rest of the planet: global warming. This isn't just worrisome, it's immoral.

Because they fear reality, Canadians are terrified of change. The idea of reducing the role of the provinces and empowering cities isn't taken seriously. Yet it's something that must happen if we are to achieve the nimbleness we need to keep up with the wholesale transformation of Asia and Europe.

Instead, we grow slow and complacent, content to rely on resource exploitation rather than the value-added approach of leading economies.

In the meantime, we continue to demand European-style public services on American-level taxes.

As we Torontonians are finding out, it doesn't work that way.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Richter on August 16, 2007, 01:19:33 pm
CIA, Catholic Church, Fox News, etc, alter Wikipedia for their own ends:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/aug/15/wikipedia.corporateaccountability (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/aug/15/wikipedia.corporateaccountability)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on August 16, 2007, 06:44:18 pm
Quote
Democrat party

Somebody using a computer inside Democrat HQ edited a page on conservative American radio host Rush Limbaugh, calling him "idiotic", "ridiculous" and labelling his 20 million listeners as "legally retarded".

for some reason I approve of this
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on August 16, 2007, 08:12:04 pm
Whatever Happened To The Baby From NIRVANA's 'Nevermind'?

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=78907 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=78907)

Quote
Although Elden said he feels "pretty normal" about his famous photo, he did add that it occasionally helped him with girls, explaining, "I have to use stupid pickup lines like, 'You want to see my penis again.'"

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on August 16, 2007, 08:14:01 pm
I remember hearing about this guy a few months ago, actually.

I should write him a letter and tell him that his penis got the CD taken away from me in 3rd grade for bringing it in for Show and Tell.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on August 16, 2007, 08:15:25 pm
That's pretty cool. I always wondered what happened to that baby. Sounds like he's enjoying his arbitrary notoriety.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on August 16, 2007, 08:17:01 pm
Third grade?


Third.




Grade.













Oh, fucking hell.









LMNO
-looking for his bifocals and walker.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on August 16, 2007, 08:18:21 pm
*IS 25 YEARS OLD TODAY!*

:thankyou:

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on August 16, 2007, 08:23:22 pm
Happy Birthday.  Could you hand me my Metamucil?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on August 16, 2007, 08:26:03 pm
Happy birthday, Suu.


Now, GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU DAMN KIDS!
   \
(http://www.laughteryoga.org/drkataria/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/israel-125year-old-man-laughing.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on August 16, 2007, 08:41:58 pm
I already take fiber.  :sad:

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on August 17, 2007, 07:12:12 pm
http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/339/9788/Metallica.html

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on August 20, 2007, 03:48:06 pm
"Queen of Mean" drops dead.  Terrorism not suspected.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20358637/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20358637/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: That One Guy on August 20, 2007, 04:57:29 pm
Hard to tell if Wikipedia entry on Dada has been vandalized or not. (http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/hard_to_tell_if_wikipedia)

I love the Onion  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on August 25, 2007, 01:02:49 am
 Daily reminder: never work for the Brit military

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/wo...622581.ece

Of course, this is far from an isolated case.  Quite the opposite in fact, it is official policy.

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/po...ned/530257

As noted by the above link, the Home Office has basically told the Iraqis to get stuffed and apply at the UN for refugee status instead - presumably along with the hundreds of thousands of other Iraqis, who may or may not have risked their lives helping British troops.

Even the American military has plans to provide for those who work for them.  But not Blair, nor Brown.  Proof, as if any more was needed, that despite a leadership change, New Labour are still filled with scumbags who care very little for human life at all.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on August 25, 2007, 01:34:21 am
hummmm.... can anyone tell me why these pages don't exist...?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on August 25, 2007, 01:38:18 am
Home computer?

I know the Times one does, because I saw it only half an hour ago...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mangrove on August 25, 2007, 01:56:43 am
I remember hearing about this guy a few months ago, actually.

I should write him a letter and tell him that his penis got the CD taken away from me in 3rd grade for bringing it in for Show and Tell.

holy fuck. how did i miss this?

where's my bus pass!??

teh mang' - was clubbing when Nevermind came out.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on August 25, 2007, 07:36:55 am
Home computer?

I know the Times one does, because I saw it only half an hour ago...

Think the "...'s" might have something to do with it....
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on August 25, 2007, 05:40:16 pm
Yeah, sorry, I c+p'd it from another forum which truncated the links.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article1622581.ece

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/politics/international_politics/iraqi+translators+feel+abandoned/530257
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on August 29, 2007, 12:16:03 am
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/28/craig.arrest/index.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 09, 2007, 09:39:43 pm
Israeli "Neo-Nazi" Gang arrested.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6985808.stm

Irony is now officially dead, ladies and gentlemen.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on September 10, 2007, 10:44:29 am
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/09/apec_conference.html

APEC Conference in Sydney Social Engineered

The APEC conference is a big deal in Australia right now, and the security is serious. They've blocked off a major part of Sydney, implemented special APEC laws allowing extra search powers for the police, and even given everyone in Sydney the day off -- just to keep people away.

Yesterday, a TV comedy team succeeded in driving a fake motorcade with Canadian flags right through all the security barriers and weren't stopped until right outside President Bush's hotel. Inside their motorcade was someone dressed up as Osama Bin Laden. (more) (http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/09/apec_conference.html)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on September 15, 2007, 12:15:11 pm
http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20070912/facebook-says-you-should-not-expect-privacy/

Facebook Says You Should Not Expect Privacy

If there are any people left who think social networking is a safe place to enter your information I think this is a pretty telling story. Times Online has an interesting article (http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article2426470.ece) on the latest move by Facebook regarding information that previously was inaccessible to search engines. Guess what? They’re going to make it publically accessible. It’s like people never learn (remind anyone of the AOL search query fun?). (more) (http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20070912/facebook-says-you-should-not-expect-privacy/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 15, 2007, 11:17:31 pm
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hU5CoGrg6q9-gg3YfryNK1RfMKPQ

Northwest Passage opens as Arctic ice melts.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 15, 2007, 11:24:01 pm
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article2461339.ece

Dunno if any of you are rally fans or not, but this guy was one of my idols, when I was younger.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on September 18, 2007, 02:03:04 pm
Anyone who thinks they are safe anywhere on the internet isn't paying attention.



Because Rule 34 is coming.*

FOR YUO.































*Yes, I know.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Richter on September 18, 2007, 07:12:29 pm
The Terrible Legality of Pance:

http://www.boston.com/news/odd/articles/2007/09/16/cities_cracking_down_on_saggy_pants/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 18, 2007, 07:19:19 pm
Quote from: Whut?
Proposals to ban saggy pants are starting to ride up in several places. At the extreme end, wearing pants low enough to show boxers or bare buttocks in one small Louisiana town means six months in jail and a $500 fine. A crackdown also is being pushed in Atlanta. And in Trenton, getting caught with your pants down may soon result in not only a fine, but a city worker assessing where your life is headed.

Holy shit!

The world is getting weirder and weirder.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on September 18, 2007, 07:23:12 pm

Quote from: Whut?
Proposals to ban saggy pants are starting to ride up in several places. At the extreme end, wearing pants low enough to show boxers or bare buttocks in one small Louisiana town means six months in jail and a $500 fine. A crackdown also is being pushed in Atlanta. And in Trenton, getting caught with your pants down may soon result in not only a fine, but a city worker assessing where your life is headed.

Heh, I like the author's style.   :D
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 18, 2007, 07:24:06 pm
I missed that. Trust YOU to spot it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on September 19, 2007, 07:15:41 pm
Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water (http://green.yahoo.com/index.php?q=node/1570)

Quote
ERIE, Pa. - An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century.

John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.

The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel.

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations.

The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.

The discovery is "the most remarkable in water science in 100 years," Roy said.

"This is the most abundant element in the world. It is everywhere," Roy said. "Seeing it burn gives me the chills."

Roy will meet this week with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to try to obtain research funding.

The scientists want to find out whether the energy output from the burning hydrogen — which reached a heat of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit — would be enough to power a car or other heavy machinery.

"We will get our ideas together and check this out and see where it leads," Roy said. "The potential is huge."


...well this is potentially really cool...

I want to see a video though.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on September 19, 2007, 07:26:17 pm
I notice if it doesn't say how much more energy it takes to create the hydrogen than it produces when burnt.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on September 19, 2007, 07:28:16 pm
very good question. But note they're not making hydrogen, they're making radio waves.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on September 19, 2007, 07:30:36 pm
Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water (http://green.yahoo.com/index.php?q=node/1570)

Quote
ERIE, Pa. - An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century.

John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.

The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel.

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations.

The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.

The discovery is "the most remarkable in water science in 100 years," Roy said.

"This is the most abundant element in the world. It is everywhere," Roy said. "Seeing it burn gives me the chills."

Roy will meet this week with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to try to obtain research funding.

The scientists want to find out whether the energy output from the burning hydrogen — which reached a heat of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit — would be enough to power a car or other heavy machinery.

"We will get our ideas together and check this out and see where it leads," Roy said. "The potential is huge."


...well this is potentially really cool...

I want to see a video though.


Just in case you missed that.

How much energy is used to release the hydrogen, is my question.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on September 19, 2007, 07:34:13 pm
Welcome to Davy Jones' Sauna.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on September 19, 2007, 07:37:12 pm
Welcome to Davy Jones' Sauna.

I just had lunch with a guy named Davy Jones.

True story.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on September 19, 2007, 07:40:00 pm
Is he a Daydream believer and/or a homecoming king?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on September 20, 2007, 06:46:09 am
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=18&objectid=10464451

RIP Robert Jordan
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 20, 2007, 12:22:15 pm
Now he's dead I no longer have to feel bad about downloading his books.

In fact, I have never read his books, but I know a few people here liked him as an author, so I shall try and read some tonight.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 20, 2007, 03:23:53 pm
I am reading the Wheel of Time, myself. Largely because I quite liked the first 3-4 books. After that, It's just taking SOOOOO long to complete. I take it his wife will complete the rest of the series?

Robert Jordan: Long winded (at least when he had wind in his lungs, no longer true, obviously.)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Richter on September 20, 2007, 08:40:05 pm
I just started on "Eye of the World", courtesy of D-Cup.
We'll see if they write up the last one, they say he left extensive notes.

Also: Dead Mummified Baby.
http://www.wmur.com/news/14157668/detail.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 20, 2007, 08:45:25 pm
I just started on "Eye of the World", courtesy of D-Cup.
We'll see if they write up the last one, they say he left extensive notes.

Also: Dead Mummified Baby.
http://www.wmur.com/news/14157668/detail.html

I read a while back that he'd told his wife how he wanted it all to end.

Of course he could have avoided this all by finishing it on book ten like he said he was going to.

Instead of writing hefty tomes that actually only cover one day of action, but with 500 characters different plot lines.

Silly fucker.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 20, 2007, 08:55:07 pm
Sounds like another Tolkein style hackjob is in the works then.

Cain,
knows how well THAT all ended up.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 20, 2007, 08:57:37 pm
 :sad:

I'm not all that worried about it, though. I got impatient with the wheel of time when book 10 came out, and it barely advanced the overall plot at all.

I'll read whatever they throw out to finish the series, but I won't be TOO hacked off if it's shit.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on September 20, 2007, 09:02:42 pm
At the behest of my friends, some of whom are fanatic Robert Jordan fans, I read Eye of the World. I didn't really like it.

I might have liked it if he resolved at least 30% of the plot threads he started.
I might have liked it if any of the female characters in the book weren't sooo irritating.


I do appreciate that Jordan was making a push to write non-Tolkien fantasy. (ie no Elves, Dwarves, & Orcs)

I think Jordan was really good at writing characters,
but I didn't think his storytelling had good "flow".
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Richter on September 20, 2007, 09:05:14 pm
As long as it stays true to the original style and depth.  Though I'll be interested to see how the fan community as a whole recieves it.  
(Hope this isn't another debacle of the "Dune"  or "Highlander" series' magnitude.)

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on September 20, 2007, 09:09:29 pm
At the behest of my friends, some of whom are fanatic Robert Jordan fans, I read Eye of the World. I didn't really like it.

I might have liked it if he resolved at least 30% of the plot threads he started.
I might have liked it if any of the female characters in the book weren't sooo irritating.


I do appreciate that Jordan was making a push to write non-Tolkien fantasy. (ie no Elves, Dwarves, & Orcs)

I think Jordan was really good at writing characters,
but I didn't think his storytelling had good "flow".

I really liked it up until the third book. It's gone downhill since then.

TOO much detail.

Not enough serious kicking ass.

Rand is too emo. I want him to get out there and REALLY burn some shit down. Not memorise the face of every single woman who has died because of him.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nomad on September 20, 2007, 09:27:42 pm
Being one of those serious fanatics of the books, I'm really sad he died.  You're all right though... he should have finished it a long time ago.  I think the reason he's so long winded and spread out is that he's trying to cover all of the bases.

Action
Detail
Politics
Detail
Romance
Detail
Intrigue
Detail
Mystery
Detail

One of my friends read all the books and just left out the descriptions of hallways and rooms.  He liked it a LOT more then, because it cut out all the shit that you don't really need.  I personally liked the detail, because hidden in every description are hints about the cultures he's describing.  From a sociological point of view, the man's a genius.  The ways in which all the characters interact I find to be very true to life.  It's like a fantasy soap opera, but more accurate than telemundo.

Favorite parts of the later books are the interactions between Matt and Tuon... but those of you who read my posts already know that I'm a sap.

I think what also helped is that I started reading them when I was very young, puts more fervor into it for me.


-Nomad Ttam
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on September 21, 2007, 10:55:36 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070921/ap_on_he_me/aids_vaccine_fails

This sucks on so many levels.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on September 26, 2007, 02:43:30 pm
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=81524 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=81524)

Man dies "crowd surfing" at a Smashing Pumpkins concert.  What a mediocre way to go. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 30, 2007, 12:42:01 pm
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=paUniverse_sun14_parallel_universes&show_article=1&cat=0

Looks like the Everett-Wheeler hypothesis may have some life left in it yet.  Multiple Universes, for those who don't know what I'm talking about.

LMNO, care to comment?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on October 01, 2007, 01:11:30 pm
1.  The entire article goes completely off the rails starting about paragraph 7 or so.

2.  Good to see they have some math that seems to be consistent.  Needz moar peer-review, kthnx.




3.  FUCK YOU, LORD BABY JESUS MADE ONE, AND ONLY ONE UNIVERSE.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 01, 2007, 04:13:11 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21081464/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21081464/)

Beyonce cancels concert in Malaysia because she can't adequately display her "talents."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on October 12, 2007, 02:57:17 pm
CIA watchdog chief is being investigated by order of the Director of the CIA, for investigating the extraordinary rendition and torture programs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/10/12/unprecedented-cia-chief-_n_68182.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on October 12, 2007, 03:37:30 pm
Stephen Colbert considering running for US Presidency on both tickets

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003657754
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on October 12, 2007, 03:58:22 pm
Stephen Colbert considering running for US Presidency on both tickets

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003657754


if Colbert ran, it would prompt me to vote without the aid of a d20
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: rabidpigmy on October 12, 2007, 04:53:07 pm
Dido, save I'd probably divine with a d100 just to see his odds.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 16, 2007, 07:50:22 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21323472/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21323472/)

Libya and Vietnam have won spots on the U.N. Security Council.  The U.S. did not oppose either.  Family members of Pan Am bombing are pissed at the U.S. Gov't. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on October 17, 2007, 05:42:01 pm
Well it finally happened

First Death from Halo 3 (http://www.cwyohba.org/noexit/news/beaconrechalo3/beaconrechalo3.html)

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on October 17, 2007, 06:34:52 pm
AW Cabal strikes again...




TERRORISM NOT SUSPECTED.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 18, 2007, 01:40:59 pm
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=72792 (http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=72792)

Portland (Maine) School Committee approves giving Birth Control pills/patches to Middle School students (6 - 8th grade).

It's big news here in Maine and I noticed it made it on the MSNBC crawler too.  Anyway, as you can imagine there are a lot of parents who are not happy with this.  But the School Committee voted 7 to 2 in favor. 

I think it's a good thing because it's clear that there are enough Middle School students sexually active to have this option available to them.  I mean, being a Mom at the age of 13 is going to screw up their life a lot more than the actual act of having sex. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on October 18, 2007, 01:57:59 pm
The only problem I have with it is that female birth control is essentially an influx of hormones, which could easily fuck up a kid's body.


Also, why are they approving this, and are still against passing out free condoms?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 18, 2007, 08:14:50 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21360857/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21360857/)

Hastert is resigning. 

50,000 Intertube points to anyone who can scare up that pic of him with Bush where he (Hastert) looks like a big Igor-style henchman. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on October 19, 2007, 05:31:19 am
dammit. i himeobsd that pic once:
(http://www.cwyohba.org/noexit/1hPhoto.jpg)

but i dunno where the original went :(
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 23, 2007, 06:19:25 pm
(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21432722/)

Too Much Junk in the Trunk. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on October 27, 2007, 05:37:00 pm
This is actually two stories.

Firstly, David Horowitz, Ann Coulter and a bunch of other idiots masquerading as humans have recently taken part in something called "Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week" on US campuses, allegedly to try and raise awareness of the threat of terrorism.

Now, I don't know about you, but according to my checklist, most Islamic terrorist groups only hit on 4 of the 15 or so indicators of fascist groups.  They're not ethnically centered, nor do they care for the State, they're not a mass movement and their anti-Semitism is theologically, not racially, driven.

Of course, this is to soften up audiences for an invasion on Iran, but thats beside the point.  Iran is a corrupt Islamic republic, to be sure, but in reality it has more in common with Belarus than Hitler's Germany.

Now comes the part which may take some...mental adjustment.  You may want to take some alcohol or other mind altering substance at this point, so you can handle the contradictions more easily.

Notorious Islamophobe and alleged political commentator Daniel Pipes, who spoke during "Islamo-Fascism Awareness week" has recently spoken out in support of....Mujahedeen-e Khalq, the Iranian Stalinist/Islamist terrorist group/cult, arguing that they be taken off of the State Department's list of terrorist organizations.

He's not alone, either.  Max Boot has argued it should be funded by the US and unleashed at the throats of the Iranian government.  FOX News has had front organization spokesmen for the Mujahedeen-e Khalq, Alireza Jafarzadeh, on their programs as a "foreign affairs analyst".

Those interested in knowing the crimes of the MEK can go http://www.fas.org/irp/world/para/mek.htm Note that "During the 1970s, the MEK killed US military personnel and US civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of the US Embassy in Tehran" and that "Coalition aircraft bombed MEK bases during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Coalition forced the MEK forces to surrender in May 2003."

These people are murderers and confirmed enemies of the USA.  FOX News, Daniel Pipes, Max Boot et al are consorting with terrorist organizations and arguing in their favour.  Does someone want to alert the FBI and get a waterboarding room set up?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 04, 2007, 02:14:01 pm
Pakistan declares Martial Law

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article3127397.ece

My take on it.

Well, I suspected this was the pipelines for a while now. Pakistan has been steadily falling apart for the last few years. What with Al-Qa'ida and elements of the Taliban now being based in Pakistan, the Baloch insurgency, the vital importance of relying on US patronage for Musharraf and the increasing numbers of foreign radicals who gain their training in Pakistan, the situation has been untenable for quite a while now. Something had to give, and it seems that this is the last vestiges of democracy.

I know the Realists in the State Department are probably high-fiving each other right now, because to them a strong man dictator is a better choice for a chaotic state than a democracy, but this is really quite bad, in a way they probably haven't realized.

That this was a political decision based on the upcoming ruling on the election and not because of state security was so blatantly obvious it barely needs pointing out. None of the major systemic reasons behind the failings of Pakistan as a state have changed in recent months - though they may have intensified somewhat. No, the change has been the return of a possible challenger for the leadership of the country (Bhutto), and this ruling.

Now, I don't know the intriacies of Pakistani internal politics. I should make that clear right now. But Pakistan, as an ex-British colony and one time democracy, has a thriving civil culture who very likely wont take this lying down. Already statements have come in from opposition leaders, lawyers and political commentators condemning the move. In short, he's made the situation in the country even more unstable. While before, Musharraf could rely on the support of the national and regional parliaments, to give him that veneer of legitimacy and popular support...well, now that is not looking like a good political move.

Not that it will matter. The Constitution is suspended and law is now dictated by force of arms. So these parliaments will be sidelined, and the supporters of Musharraf will quickly come out of the closet, seeking his favour by backing his actions. Naturally, they will be condemned by their political enemies, and instability will creep up the political system.

And since the rule of law is subject to arms now, expect the Islamic extremists and Baloch insurgency to go into overdrive. In standard terrorism theory, the strategy terrorists normally employ is that of a vanguard, to force the government into repressive measures and out of proportion responses, in order to turn the population against the leadership. Now, while modern insurgencies don't necessarily require that anymore (all they really have to do is show the state is not necessary), its an added and welcome bonus.

In short, Pakistan is a powder keg of instability right now. A nuclear armed powder keg. Now, the US is supposed to have plans to get hold of those weapons and sites should something nasty happen, but the reaction of Rice and Milliband suggests this move was quite unexpected. And since the sympathies of the ISI are hard to guage at the best of times, who knows where such weapons could end up?

Now, I simply could have said Law of Eristic Calculation (Imposition of Order leads to Escalaction of Disorder) but that would have been far too simple.

Anyway, stay tuned. This move is only going to put Pakistan into more trouble, and things are going to get very interesting...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on November 14, 2007, 07:19:51 pm

Tree man 'who grew roots' may be cured

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=MLYGYKBGOGQ2DQFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/11/12/wtree112.xml

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/graphics/2007/11/12/w3a.jpg)

This guy is turning into a tree.

This is some straaaange stuff

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/graphics/2007/11/12/w2a.jpg)

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on November 14, 2007, 07:24:02 pm
Well, at least he can smile about it.   :?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 14, 2007, 09:49:54 pm
Pfft, thats just poor hygiene.  Clip your nails you fucker, like everyone else, and stop attention whoring.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 24, 2007, 07:42:33 pm
Is Huckabee the new breed of Republican religious fundamentalist, breaking with pro-corporate sentiment?

http://www.alternet.org/story/68057/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on November 24, 2007, 09:08:56 pm
Is Huckabee the new breed of Republican religious fundamentalist, breaking with pro-corporate sentiment?

http://www.alternet.org/story/68057/

W. Bush made a lot of headway in his campaigns despite his shortcomings because he had a 'charming' personality and sense of humor. His loony Fundie base jumped on that bandwagon.

To hell with Mike Huckabee. Screw his religious nutcase credentials.

Or maybe not. Bring him in to the White House and let us play out this neo-conservative/evangelical fuckwit movement as quickly as we can.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on November 25, 2007, 11:37:36 pm
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/11/more_war_on_the.html

more schneier on security.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on November 27, 2007, 04:45:00 pm
Bang Your Head!!!

Quiet Riot lead singer found dead:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21978302/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21978302/)

Bummer.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mother John Frumm on November 27, 2007, 04:52:45 pm
Am now going to Kenya, or maybe in 30 years.

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyid=2007-11-26T162851Z_01_N26389797_RTRUKOC_0_US-SEXTOURISM.xml
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on November 28, 2007, 02:51:30 pm
http://www.nu.nl/news/1334003/122/'Kerstman_personage_uit_bijbel'.html (no it's dutch you can't read it, don't bother)

what it says:

11% of Dutch people believes Santa Claus is a character taken from the bible.
2% of the Dutch believe Sinterklaas (the original dutch holiday, at 5th december) is a character taken from the bible.
51% of the Dutch believe Santa Claus is based on Sinterklaas (this is in fact probably true, kolonial times 17th century, see similarity in name)
25% has no idea where Santa Claus comes from, and the rest believes he is invented by Coca Cola (which is also partly true).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on November 28, 2007, 03:08:15 pm
Santa is Turkish.

Srsly.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Payne on November 28, 2007, 03:13:57 pm
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/64132

NASCAR want more minority drivers for the "Growth Opportunity".

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on November 28, 2007, 03:33:55 pm
Santa is Turkish.

Srsly.

Saint Nicolas from Myra. i know.

though the area was in Greek hands at the time, i heard.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 28, 2007, 03:47:18 pm
Breaking News: 13% of Dutch people are idiots who need to die in a fire.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 28, 2007, 04:43:23 pm
Breaking News: 13% of Dutch people are idiots who need to die in a fire.

I kind of assumed that the 13% who think he's a character from the Bible were like "I don't fucking know, isn't that some stupid Christian holiday?"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on November 28, 2007, 05:00:55 pm
people aren't very christian like in the US, here. i guess they probably thought "Saint Nicolas, must be a christian thing, he a saint, right?"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 28, 2007, 05:02:07 pm
Actually, most people from the US don't know the Bible very well either.

And they still need to DIE IN A FIRE!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 28, 2007, 05:05:24 pm
I think they should get extra bonus points for having no idea what's in the Bible.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Igor on November 28, 2007, 05:36:36 pm
Problem is that they then claim to live by the Bible's rules.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Richter on November 28, 2007, 05:57:37 pm
...which is based on poorly written, poorly translated Greek.  Not to mention subsequent interpretations add ons, and concepts from theologicians several thousand years after the fact.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 28, 2007, 05:59:36 pm
Problem is that they then claim to live by the Bible's rules.

Well, yeah, if they are also claiming to be Christian. I wonder what portion of that 13% claim to be Christian, though?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adios on November 28, 2007, 06:08:01 pm
...which is based on poorly written, poorly translated Greek.  Not to mention subsequent interpretations add ons, and concepts from theologicians several thousand years after the fact.

The bible was conceived and written by the aliens who built the pyramids as the original LAZOR MIND CONTROL. The aliens have since died and forgot to delete it before dying.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on November 28, 2007, 06:44:41 pm
Hey yuor country has its share of idiots too. Don't lump us in with those fingerlicking mouthbreathers!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Richter on November 28, 2007, 06:59:50 pm

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
-Ganhi

Hawk:  :lulz: :tinfoilhat:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 28, 2007, 10:22:58 pm
Dissecting the 'Party of God'
By Fred Burton and Reva Bhalla

While the world obsesses this week over whether the ill-fated Annapolis conference will result in the ultimate Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, the real political drama is taking place in Lebanon.

In Beirut, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, a renowned Syrian stooge, has stepped down, creating a political vacuum large enough to send the country back to its dark days of civil war. Hezbollah ("the Party of God") stands in the middle of this political battle, aiming to expand its power, ensure its long-term survival as a militant movement and serve Damascus' interests in selecting Lebanon's new president. Hezbollah intends to meet these objectives through force, and it already has plans to launch a government takeover should the pro-Western government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora act unilaterally and appoint a president.

The standoff in Beirut plays into the larger interests of Hezbollah's Syrian and Iranian patrons. Hezbollah was created by the Iranians and has been nurtured by the Syrians since the early 1980s. Though Tehran and Damascus have a deeply rooted strategic alliance, their interests often collide when it comes to deciding how Hezbollah is utilized as a militant proxy. So, while Iran wants Hezbollah to focus on the larger objective of bolstering itself as a model Islamist movement capable of defending Shiite interests in the wider region, Syria uses Hezbollah primarily to score tactical gains in its "Godfather"-like political feuds in Beirut. At the same time, Hezbollah is having its own difficulties selling the Lebanese public on the idea that it is an independent, nationalist resistance movement, rather than a simple pawn of the Iranians and Syrians. All of these factors put a great deal of stress on the Hezbollah leadership, which has come under intense pressure in recent months over how to handle the presidential crisis in Lebanon while balancing these competing interests.

At the end of the day, the Iranians have the most sway over Hezbollah's actions. As believers (to varying degrees) in the Vilayat al-Faqih concept, Hezbollah leaders largely see the group's relationship with Iran as religiously sanctioned, and one that must be honored at all costs. Iran keeps close tabs on the group's leaders and does not hesitate to make the necessary adjustments when it feels its interests are being challenged. It also does not hurt that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) markets 75 percent of the Bekaa Valley's heroin, on which both Hezbollah and Syria rely heavily for their finances.

The Hezbollah Leadership

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is Hezbollah's secretary-general and has been Hezbollah's most pragmatic and charismatic leader -- though his stature has exceeded Iranian limits, and his accommodating attitude toward Syria and Lebanese politics does not sit well with a number of mullahs in Tehran. Therefore, given that many actors, including Israel, want Nasrallah dead, Iran has jumped on that excuse to order him into hiding. As a result, he no longer attends Hezbollah meetings and has limited his contact with the party leadership and cadres. Needless to say, Nasrallah's influence over the organization's decision-making process has waned considerably, raising concerns about just how moderated Hezbollah's future actions will be.

Imad Fayez Mugniyah, nicknamed "the Wolf," is Hezbollah's strongman. He has alternately been described as the head of Hezbollah's security apparatus, as the group's chief of intelligence and as its chief of special operations. Mugniyah also has been described by sources as having one foot in Hezbollah and the other in the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, indicating that his loyalty is to Tehran. He is credited with some of Hezbollah's deadliest attacks and kidnappings of the 1980s, including the April 1983 attack against the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, the October 1983 attack against the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut and the June 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847. After spending years in the shadows, Mugniyah, according to our sources, has re-emerged in Beirut's southern suburbs, where he is busy organizing cells of Shiite operatives from the Arab Gulf states to carry out retaliatory attacks against U.S. interests and pro-U.S. Arab governments in the event of war against Iran. With Mugniyah back in the game, Hezbollah once again is capable of staging major attacks abroad, allowing Iran to raise substantially the cost of a U.S. attack against the country. Mugniyah coordinates with Hashim Abu Fares, Hezbollah's main official in Iran, who does the group's dirty work by training and recruiting operatives for Iraq and for reprisal attacks in the Gulf states.

Wafiq Safa is Hezbollah's head of security. Safa is one of the founding members of the group and is highly trusted by the IRGC and Nasrallah. Since Nasrallah no longer attends meetings, he depends primarily on Safa for updates. Safa, who is a terse and paranoid leader, takes care of the group's security arrangements, doing everything from arming Hezbollah allies in Beirut to forging automobile license plates to sheltering Syrian agents in the city's southern suburbs. Safa constantly coordinates with Mugniyah and controls most of Hezbollah's centers in the Bekaa Valley. He is known to have an extensive surveillance system throughout the Bekaa, with all incoming and outgoing security reports passing through him.

Hussein Khalil takes the lead in shaping Hezbollah's political position and activities, as well as communicating with local political forces in Lebanon. He also acts as the group's primary liaison with Syria. Khalil works in collaboration with Sheikh Naim Qasim, Hezbollah's deputy secretary-general. Qasim is widely seen as a hard-liner in the organization and is far more willing to carry out Iran's bidding than to accommodate the Syrians, whom he deeply distrusts. His views toward Damascus consistently put him at odds with Nasrallah.

The Iranian Grip

Each of these key figures in the Hezbollah chain of command is closely watched by Tehran. After all, Iran needs to convince its adversaries in the region and in the West that it exerts control over its militant proxies' decision-making processes. Iran's IRGC oversees practically every aspect of Hezbollah's activities, and Hezbollah officials regularly travel to Damascus to receive instructions from the Iranian Embassy there. In addition to keeping Hezbollah close, Iran also expends a great deal of effort keeping watch over Syria's military command. For example, it regularly sends Iranian military delegations to Syria and gives Syrian officers intense training in Tehran on operating and maintaining long-range missiles. In fact, sources in the region report that Iran has significantly increased its control over Syria's long-range military arsenal, including its missiles, at a military base in the Shinshar area, south of the city of Homs.

This is particularly alarming news for anyone who has gotten on Iran's bad side. Longtime Stratfor readers are aware that the summer 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah resulted from an Iranian decision to have Hezbollah launch an artillery rocket into Haifa and force Israel into a full-blown conflict for which it was ill-prepared. With IRGC officers literally in control of Hezbollah's military arsenal and holding sway over Syrian military commanders, Iran's adversaries -- particularly Israel -- cannot be sure what provocations might be unleashed. It is a game of risk the Iranians are not afraid to play, particularly as they seek to bolster their leverage in negotiations with the United States over Iraq.

Hezbollah's To-Do List

With Iranian help, Hezbollah has wasted no time in recovering from last year's conflict and is preparing for its next military confrontation with Israel. For example, to form a special force, Hezbollah has recruited hundreds of young Shiite operatives from across Lebanon and is training them at Hezbollah centers around Wadi al-Nabi in the Bekaa Valley. Each recruit is paid about $335 per month and is expected to report for combat missions when called upon. Hezbollah also has been buying up Beirut apartments left and right in order to secure its supply lines in the southern suburbs, in the event of a showdown between its members and rival Lebanese factions.

Hezbollah is spending the bulk of its effort on rebuilding its positions and communications systems in southern Lebanon, where more than 13,000 U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) troops currently are based. As we discussed after the conflict, the UNIFIL presence in the South will not be an effective buffer between Israel and Hezbollah strongholds there and in the Bekaa Valley. UNIFIL no longer does thorough searches for weapons depots, and violations it reports to the Lebanese army -- which includes a large number of Shia sympathetic to Hezbollah -- often are ignored. As a result, Hezbollah has succeeded in building two large armored defense lines north of the Litani River, which are critical to the group's strategy of pulling Israel into a protracted guerrilla war in the Bekaa in the event of another military confrontation. With UNIFIL troops just a few miles away, Hezbollah even had the chutzpah to stage large military exercises Nov. 5 north of the Litani. The maneuvers entailed Hezbollah fighters preparing missiles for launching and mobilizing village fighters on short notice. Hezbollah also was able to test the effectiveness of its communication systems between its paramilitary units and command centers along the river.

Though Hezbollah does not view UNIFIL as a critical threat to its operations, it still presents an obstacle that the group would rather see removed. Hezbollah, along with its patrons in Damascus and Tehran, remembers well that its attacks in 1983 drove U.S. and French forces out of the country. Hezbollah, however, is not jumping the gun to attack UNIFIL directly, as it is not yet ready to deal with the repercussions.

This is where Syria comes in.

The Syrians, via their military intelligence, have an artful way of transiting jihadists in and out of Syria -- operating a jihadist supply chain of sorts. Some of these jihadists turn up in Iraq, but lately a good number have turned up in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, particularly the Ain al-Hilweh camp outside Sidon. Many of those recruited at Ain al-Hilweh are coming from the now-defunct Fatah al-Islam movement. Their mission is to undergo training for a military campaign against UNIFIL troops. Two such attacks already have occurred -- a June car bombing that killed six members of UNIFIL's Spanish battalion and a July attack against a U.N. military police observation post involving the Tanzanian contingent. And this is only the beginning.

With Hezbollah preparations in full steam and Lebanon teetering on the brink of civil war, this theater is just waiting to explode. The controller of the time bomb, however, likely is sitting in Tehran.

www.stratfor.com
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 29, 2007, 12:09:02 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7118265.stm

Australian cabinet formed.  Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil named as environment minister.  Why do I suddenly feel I am living in a Private Eye article?  More on page 94
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on November 29, 2007, 02:00:17 pm
Interesting.  Though it makes sense, I seem to remember quite a few of Midnight Oil's songs revolving around issues of the environment and land use. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on November 29, 2007, 02:02:33 pm
Yeah, as well as racism and other similar things.  I'm sure Lysergic can correct me on this, but as I recall, Garrett is considered one of the more hardline environmental campaigners in the Australian Labor Party.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on November 29, 2007, 02:05:27 pm
But how can he sleep while his bed is burning?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 02, 2007, 01:00:32 am
Oh OWNED!

When Republican Representative Tom Tancredo isn’t railing against the “scourge” of illegal immigration on the presidential campaign trail, he relaxes in the 1053 square foot basement recreation room of his Littleton, Colorado McMansion. There, he and his family can rack up a game of billiards on their tournament size pool table, play pinball, or enjoy their favorite movies in the terraced seating area of a home theater system. Tancredo, who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War by producing evidence that he suffered from mentally illnesses, especially likes entertaining his buddies with classic war movies.

When Tancredo hired a construction crew to transform his drab basement into a high-tech pleasure den in October 2001, however, he did not express concern that only two of its members spoke English. Nor did he bother to check the workers’ documentation to see if they were legal residents of the United States. Had Tancredo done so, he would have learned that most of the crew consisted of undocumented immigrants, or “criminal aliens” as he likes to call them. Instead, Tancredo paid the crew $60,000 for its labor and waited innocently for the completion of his elaborate entertainment complex.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/69391/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: hunter s.durden on December 02, 2007, 05:26:25 am
Want a story.....


I'm high...


And mad....
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on December 02, 2007, 08:47:24 am
Want a story.....


I'm high...


And mad....


 :news:

(http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb163/wompcabal/newspaper.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on December 03, 2007, 01:59:01 pm
Want a story.....


I'm high...


And mad....


Trixter is reuniting:

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=86017 (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=86017)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 03, 2007, 03:19:53 pm
The OSCE is a corrupt tool of the western power elites, who are still butthurt over Putin denying them access to his oil

http://www.exile.ru/articles/detail.php?ARTICLE_ID=14536&IBLOCK_ID=35
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Darth Cupcake on December 04, 2007, 03:44:07 pm
SEX IN SPACE! SEX IN SPACE! YAY SCIENCE!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2000/feb/24/spaceexploration.internationalnews1
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on December 04, 2007, 03:50:34 pm
Twenty positions were tested by computer simulation to obtain the best 10, he says. "Two guinea pigs then tested them in real zero-gravity conditions. The results were videotaped but are considered so sensitive that even Nasa was only given a censored version."

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE OBTAIN THIS VIDEO
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Igor on December 05, 2007, 05:30:52 pm
'Cultural Guerrillas' secretly restore Paris landmark's clock.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,,2217067,00.html

They were working in there for nearly two years.  :eek:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 05, 2007, 05:51:38 pm
FACEBOOK IS WATCHING YOU:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/140225
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 06, 2007, 10:49:47 pm
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/jeff_jarvis/2007/12/the_holy_vote.html

Not really news, but you can catch the British reaction to Huckabee here.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mother John Frumm on December 07, 2007, 07:42:55 pm
You could choose a human if you preferred, but it was a novelty for many of the men to have sex with an orangutan.

http://www.viceland.com/int/v14n10/htdocs/yo1.php?country=us
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 07, 2007, 08:19:07 pm
 :cry:

Also, from the same link, and much more fun  http://www.viceland.com/int/v14n10/htdocs/land_of_juggalos.php?country=uk
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mother John Frumm on December 07, 2007, 08:21:10 pm
Show us UR tits, indeed.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 07, 2007, 08:56:49 pm
Show me UR cock.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mother John Frumm on December 08, 2007, 02:37:34 pm
If I had a cock, I would show it to you.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 08, 2007, 08:41:56 pm
OH I SEE HOW YOU ARE.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 10, 2007, 12:23:44 pm
Mangina.  Totally.

Anyway, the UK government seems to think keeping people in jail for 42 days without charing them for being smudg...uh, a poe-, uh, terrorist is just peachy.  Sign this petition http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/notadaylonger/ or write a sarcastic poem in protest, whichever you feel will get you more attention.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on December 10, 2007, 03:30:45 pm
Quite possibly the complete and utter troofpaste of Star Wars Fandom in one happy article: http://www.jivemagazine.com/column.php?pid=3381
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Darth Cupcake on December 10, 2007, 03:37:45 pm
Hahahahaha, so much troof in that article...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on December 10, 2007, 03:42:25 pm
Oh, I changed my board name too, as discussed.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 10, 2007, 03:44:14 pm
Oh, you changed it, did you?

Pray tell how you did that, for the rest of the forum...

 8)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on December 13, 2007, 02:22:48 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071212/sc_afp/healthscienceskoreacloning

SKoreans clone cats that glow in the dark

South Korean scientists have cloned cats by manipulating a fluorescent protein gene, a procedure which could help develop treatments for human genetic diseases, officials said Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT

In a side-effect, the cloned cats glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet beams.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 13, 2007, 05:38:59 pm
NUH UH

OK, between this and the iPhone I can say decidedly that we live in the science-fiction future.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on December 13, 2007, 05:47:26 pm
Oh, yeah?


THEN WHERE'S MY FUCKING JET-PACK, I ASK YOU!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on December 13, 2007, 05:54:22 pm
word, and where's my Rosie Robot cleaning up all my dishes and shit?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 13, 2007, 06:32:54 pm
If you wait a couple more years you'll be able to buy them at the Apple Store.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on December 13, 2007, 06:51:23 pm
Heh, 20 years from now we will be having debates in Congress about Mexican Robots taking all of the butlering and maid jobs from the American Robots. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on December 14, 2007, 04:36:37 pm
http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?t=116369
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on December 17, 2007, 05:09:49 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/071214/odds/odd_badsanta1_dc

Author of nasty letters from Santa sought


OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's post office and police are trying to track down a "rogue elf" who wrote obscene letters to children on behalf of Santa Claus
 
The Ottawa Citizen said at least 10 nasty letters had been delivered to little girls and boys in Ottawa who wrote to Santa this year care of the North Pole, which has a special H0H 0H0 Canadian postal code. Return letters from Santa are in fact written by an 11,000-strong army of Canada Post employees and volunteers.

"We firmly believe there is just one rogue elf out there," a Canada Post spokeswoman told the paper.

Canada Post's popular "Write to Santa" program -- which last year delivered more than a million letters to children in Canada and around the world -- has been shut down in Ottawa until the offender is caught.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 17, 2007, 05:11:36 pm
HIMEOBS had to recall Agent Big-Ears before the pigs got too close.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 18, 2007, 02:48:55 pm
Nick Clegg wins Lib Dem leadership race with a 0.6% majority of the vote.

Cain takes ~£150 in winnings and free food/drink, but backed the wrong man to win, and so might face some uncomfortable questions on Thursday...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 18, 2007, 08:25:33 pm
Update on man/bike sex arrest:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7098116.stm

"This is not the first legal case involving someone simulating sex with an inanimate object.

    * In 1997 Robert Watt, 38, was fined £100 for trying to have sex with a shoe in an Edinburgh street
    * In 2002 the same man was arrested for simulating sex with a traffic cone in front of a crowd of people"

 :lulz:

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Bebek Sincap Ratatosk on December 18, 2007, 09:31:16 pm
Update on man/bike sex arrest:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7098116.stm

"This is not the first legal case involving someone simulating sex with an inanimate object.

    * In 1997 Robert Watt, 38, was fined £100 for trying to have sex with a shoe in an Edinburgh street
    * In 2002 the same man was arrested for simulating sex with a traffic cone in front of a crowd of people"

 :lulz:



A shoe? A SHOE??!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 19, 2007, 01:56:18 pm
Not a story, just some notes from my dissertation:

Despite their differences in ideology, there seem to be several points of agreement among the groups that are worth bearing in mind when looking at them.  Firstly, these groups are not like traditional terrorist groups or criminal gangs of the past.  Their international dimension and inclusion within the larger international system mean their behaviour and responses to that system are rather different.  In the past, terrorist and insurgent groups aimed at the overthrow of their local political system, or secession from the country in question.  These can be seen as ideological and nationalist groups, ranging from the Viet Cong to the Red Army Faction.  Their aims had been state-centric, within the bounds of the current international system (insofar as Marxist groups who came to power accepted the state-based Westphalian system).

However, two of these three groups did not seek to overthrow the government and run the state as new leaders, installing a new political system which stayed within these bounds.  And the defeat of the UIC's conventional military at the hands of Ethiopia and the Transitional Federal Government has also ended hopes of such a system in Somalia.  Instead, these groups are a part of what Stephen Sloan and Michael Scheuer have described as a 'global insurgency' “where the object is not the use of terrorism as one aspect of guerilla warfare to seize power, but which emphasizes terrorism as a means of fundamentally transforming entire regions.”

This transformation seems to involve breaking down the ability of the state to not only project military force effectively, but all essential functions of the state, such as basic security, ability gain employment, running water, electricity, functioning infrastructure and other basic elements of a modern society.  If one considers Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (where the most basic needs, such as physiological ones, are at the bottom, and the pyramid moves up to lesser needs, such as respect and a sense of belonging) then we can more fully appreciate the psychological dimension of this strategy.  Each layer on the pyramid is dependent on the lower layers being in place, otherwise the model becomes unstable and unable to sustain these higher needs.  Therefore, if insurgents are to blow up power stations and destroy roads, or carry out attacks on oil pipelines and engage in industrial sabotage, it forces people to be concerned about their security more than their other needs.  And if the government is seen as unable to protect the population, then people will look elsewhere for that.

This we can see as most readily working in Iraq, where it has been the lynch pin of Al-Qaeda's strategy there.  Each faction is more willing to trust its own militias than the Iraqi national government's security services.  It also explains why seeking a political panacea for the problems of the country (the establishment of democracy) has failed to provide stability, as was expected.  However, it is also true in Mexico, where the cartels and street gangs engage in coercion for protection money and buy off the local (or national) law enforcement.  It has also, unwittingly, been the case in Somalia, where the defeat of the UIC has lead to the re-establishment of clan hostilities.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 01, 2008, 02:30:23 pm
Kenya election blackout news

http://www.kenyanpundit.com/?cat=51

Highlights include:


- Confirmed reports that women are being targeted for rape in the slums based on their ethnicity.

- Ethnic cleansing going on in Rift Valley. Kikuyus been targeted all over the province. Guys are being hidden by friends - I have first hand reports of this. My friend’s mother’s house was burnt in Molo last night. Where are these people supposed to go? Meanwhile, ODM supporters in ODM strongholds being beaten, raped, and killed arbitrarily by GSU officers. How does the “government” expect to heal these divisions once they have achieved their objective? Why are the two sides willing to pay such a high cost? We are just now recovering from Molo clashes of 1992! I’m frustated about the lack of options.

- Press being denied access to mortuaries.

- Media Council has strongly denounced the ban on live broadcasts. I suspect that media houses were caught off-guard and are just now trying to find their footing. I’ve been told that KISS fm has been doing a good job with updates. Also hopefully print media will be back in full force tomorrow (if we can get to somewhere where we can buy papers that is).
NTV and KTN now broadcasting news updates every hour.

- Govt says Chief General Kianga still in office. There were rumors circulating that he had resigned and that the military is split as far as which way to go.

- Even in places in Nairobi that are safe, the situation is charged. I predict socialization will strictly be on ethnic lines since no side is willing to listen to the other and I’m talking about my peers folks. I hang out with people on both sides yesterday evening at different times and you cannot have a civil conversation if you’re not on the same side. It is really very scary. Bad bad slurs being tossed around casually. I felt like I was on the set of some bad movie about ethnic cleansing. People like me who come from many places in Kenya and who are upset about the process but don’t want violence have no voice. Kibaki you’ve “won” but is it worth it?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Igor on January 02, 2008, 11:30:43 pm
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22989956-15306,00.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/31/2129471.htm

Quote
AUSTRALIANS will be forced to contact their internet service provider to avoid having their access to the web restricted.
[...]
Under the plan, all internet service providers will be required to provide a "clean" feed to households and schools, free of pornography and other inappropriate material.

But it'll never get passed, right?

Right?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 03, 2008, 08:52:11 pm
Oh nooooo this should not be funny. But it is.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/03/2130790.htm
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on January 07, 2008, 06:18:56 am
Ron Paul is a Reptilian! (http://www.discoflux.com/node/90)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on January 08, 2008, 04:45:46 pm
Quote
"The logic goes that we ought not to complain about ubiquitous ads from drug companies because they spend so much on research. If those Big Pharma researchers weren't relentlessly pursuing cures for today's maladies, we'd be screwed. That's why we should all just smile and live with the onslaught of ads on the latest breakthroughs in erectile dysfunction, anxiety, hair loss, or restless sleep disorder medication. But, a recent study reveals the shabby truth about the ratio of research to advertising done by Big Pharma (http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050001&ct=1) and it's not like they're spending a little bit more on the ads. In fact, they are spending almost twice as much shilling their products as they are in developing them."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 12, 2008, 09:58:08 am
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/11/britney-naked-pillpoppi_n_81145.html

Britney just went up in my estimation.  Naked, off her face on drugs, swearing like a sailor and possibly a screw or two loose?

H.A.W.T.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 14, 2008, 01:25:57 pm
Quote from: Brit the Slam Pig
Before police took her outside, they wanted to cover her with a sweater, and she screamed, "Don't cover me up. I'm f***ing hot."


NOT.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on January 14, 2008, 04:48:20 pm
Huckabee Splits Young Evangelicals and Old Guard

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/us/politics/13huckabee.html

"Mr. Huckabee, who was a Southern Baptist minister before serving as governor of Arkansas, is the only candidate in the presidential race who identifies himself as an evangelical. But instead of uniting conservative Christians, his candidacy is threatening to drive a wedge into the movement, potentially dividing its best-known national leaders from part of their base and upending assumptions that have held the right wing together for the last 30 years.

"His singular style — Christian traditionalism and the common-man populism of William Jennings Bryan, leavened by an affinity for bass guitar and late-night comedy shows — has energized many young and working-class evangelicals. Their support helped his shoestring campaign come from nowhere to win the Iowa Republican caucus and join the front-runners in Michigan, South Carolina and national polls."

----

William Jennings Bryan? :lol:

And the Vote-Splitter Award goes to...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 14, 2008, 05:55:43 pm
Have you seen Jesus Camp?

Evangelicals terrify me.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 14, 2008, 06:26:17 pm
Pfft, this has been in the works for a while.  The religious right are stupid in many ways, but they're politically adept.  Why do you think they let the NeoCons have a good long run at ruining the country with their backing?  Could it be to discredit them and allow the Religious Right to removed the most ideologically coherent philosophy in the GOP right now?  Someone has to fill that vacuum.  It also makes the policies on Iran and Israel make sense, since NeoConservativism has no particular desire to destroy Israel or radicalize Iran - but current policies do.  And which group of people believe the destruction of Israel must be bought about in order to cause the apocalypse?  Exactly.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 14, 2008, 07:53:33 pm
A lot of Evangelicals are Zionists, though. No shit.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 14, 2008, 07:57:54 pm
Yes, but they also believe Israel has to be destroyed, for Jebus to come back.  They're exactly the same people.  Because the Israelis have gone on a right-wing bender since Rabin was killed, they keep thinking "more force" is the solution to everything, which is ultimately going to make them impossible to diplomatically deal with their neighbours.  And the evangelicals don't feel like pointing this out to them, instead giving them more money and letting them cut their own throats.  Its a variation on "you and him fight" and hoping one day Israel picks a fight with the wrong country.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 14, 2008, 08:18:20 pm
Fucking insane retards, the lot of them.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on January 14, 2008, 08:22:41 pm
Fucking insane retards, the lot of them.

fuck you Nigel, some of my best friends are humans!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 14, 2008, 08:23:22 pm
FUCK YOU, MY MOM WAS KILLED BY INSANE HUMAN RETARDS!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 14, 2008, 08:44:45 pm
 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 21, 2008, 11:49:09 pm
Hackers are trying to extort electricity companies after causing power outages

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jSw3W7MyNAF7rq8RTxcvoz76WIiwD8U8GUP02
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: stromcrow on January 22, 2008, 12:12:35 am
"The FBI has been accused of covering up a file detailing government dealings with a network stealing nuclear secrets"

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3216737.ece
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on January 30, 2008, 02:38:38 pm
"The FBI has been accused of covering up a file detailing government dealings with a network stealing nuclear secrets"

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3216737.ece

This is a bloody incredible story and deserves way more coverage.

The whistleblower in question, Sible Edmonds, says she has more to reveal as well.

http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/75351/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 30, 2008, 04:31:29 pm
Austrailian Gov't to issue official apology to Aborigines

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22907094/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22907094/)

Quote
Australia's government announced Wednesday it will issue its first formal apology to country's indigenous people next month for past policies that forcibly removed generations of Aboriginal children from their families.

The apology would be a milestone on an issue that has divided Australians for decades.

The Feb. 13 apology to the so-called "stolen generations" of Aborigines will be the first item of business for the new Parliament, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said.

"The apology will be made on behalf of the Australian government and does not attribute guilt to the current generation of Australian people," Macklin said in a statement.

But, the apology doesn't include any sort of economic solutions to help drag them out of poverty. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 30, 2008, 04:43:16 pm
Talk is cheap.

Apology even more so.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 11, 2008, 02:21:10 pm
The End of the World is officially here.

Slayer won a Grammy last night.  Seriously.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23101297/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23101297/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on February 11, 2008, 09:42:51 pm
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/02/08/sad.shopping.ap/?iref=mpstoryview

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- If you're sad and shopping, watch your wallet: A new study shows people's spending judgment goes out the window when they're down, especially if they're a bit self-absorbed.

Study participants who watched a sadness-inducing video clip offered to pay nearly four times as much money to buy a water bottle than a group that watched an emotionally neutral clip.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 12, 2008, 06:06:18 am
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/02/08/sad.shopping.ap/?iref=mpstoryview

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- If you're sad and shopping, watch your wallet: A new study shows people's spending judgment goes out the window when they're down, especially if they're a bit self-absorbed.

Study participants who watched a sadness-inducing video clip offered to pay nearly four times as much money to buy a water bottle than a group that watched an emotionally neutral clip.

SURPRISE!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Darth Cupcake on February 12, 2008, 03:36:39 pm
Srsly. "I NEVER WOULD HAVE GUESSED!"

Also, the picture that goes with the article is extra special. It really highlights the "misery" part of "misery is not miserly." :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Diseris on February 13, 2008, 07:59:42 am
Drugs will make you smart...

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2008/feb/11/woman-says-she-mistakenly-deposited-meth-into/ (http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2008/feb/11/woman-says-she-mistakenly-deposited-meth-into/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 13, 2008, 04:17:17 pm
Dude.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 14, 2008, 11:54:11 pm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/14/usa.georgebush?gusrc=rss&feed=worldnews


George Bush's fellow Republicans walked out of Congress today, staging a dramatic display to support giving the president long-term authority to eavesdrop on Americans without a warrant.

The current law allowing the Bush administration to wiretap without a warrant expires Saturday, and congressional Democrats have sought a temporary extension to allow more time for negotiating between the Senate and the House of Representatives on a new plan.

But Bush has threatened to veto a short-term extension of the very law he helped write, and House Republicans backed him up today by storming out of the Capitol to protest Democratic inaction on the White House's new preferred eavesdropping proposal.

"We need this [new] bill to be brought to the floor of the House … we will have made America safer and this fight will be over," John Boehner, the House Republican leader, told reporters.

The bitter falling out came hours after liberals and conservatives in the House banded together to defeat a three-week extension of the current wiretapping law, which allows the administration to monitor communications between US citizens and foreigners without court approval.

Democratic leaders have suggested since that they are inclined to let the law lapse.

"If there is no extension, it is solely in the hands of the president of the United States. He has tried to frighten the American people," the Senate's Democratic leader, Harry Reid, said. "But having said that … we'll continue today to see if we can get this [law] extended."

Bush wants Congress to pass the Senate's bipartisan wiretap bill, providing a six-year window for unfettered surveillance of phone calls and e-mails that the administration believes are tied to terrorism. Democrats largely prefer the House's bill, which contains more civil liberties protections for Americans.

Most significantly, the House bill does not offer legal amnesty to the telecommunications companies that allowed the administration to spy on their customers without a warrant.

"The Senate bill will provide fair and just liability protection for companies that assisted in the efforts to protect America after the attacks of September the 11th," Bush said today.

"Without this protection, without this liability shield, we may not be able to secure the private sector's cooperation with our intelligence efforts."

But the expiration of the current law does not stop the Bush administration from wiretapping without a warrant, as Democrats often note. Spying on already identified targets can continue for up to one year, and new surveillance targets can be chosen after consultation with the secret foreign intelligence court that formerly supervised US wiretaps.

Ben Powell, general counsel for the director of national intelligence, said that scenario would not be sufficient for the administration. He told reporters that US spy agencies should not have to show probable cause before eavesdropping on phone calls made to overseas locations.

The House Republicans vowed to remain in Congress until the Senate wiretapping bill is passed, and Bush said he would postpone a planned trip to Africa if Democrats did not act. But the new majority in Congress appears ready to stand its ground and blame Bush's allies for opposing a temporary extension of current law.

"I think that the president is beginning to learn, even though it's slow … What should happen is, the president should give the House and Senate time to act, as we've done for 230 years," Reid said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 15, 2008, 08:18:14 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23183663/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23183663/)

Quote
The chief songwriter and founder of the band Boston has more than a feeling that he’s being ripped off by Mike Huckabee.

In a letter to the Republican presidential hopeful, Tom Scholz complains that Huckabee is using his 1970s smash hit song “More Than a Feeling” without his permission. A former member of the band, Barry Goudreau, has appeared with Huckabee at campaign events, and they have played the song with Huckabee’s band, Capitol Offense.

Scholz, who said Goudreau left the band more than 25 years ago after a three-year stint, objects to the implication that the band and one of its members has endorsed Huckabee’s candidacy.

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Diseris on February 17, 2008, 01:44:42 pm
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120301945499169247.html?mod=mostpop (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120301945499169247.html?mod=mostpop)

Spoofing big business?  Jump up for a shout out....
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 17, 2008, 04:01:34 pm
"Joe Herrick"? Of "Gutterman Research"?  :lulz: Anyone want to take bets on this being Joey Skaggs?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on February 17, 2008, 04:02:22 pm
lol

Possible.. Skaggs usually has a punchline though. Or maybe they just don't get it yet.

good spot
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on February 17, 2008, 05:46:18 pm
http://www.gallup.com/poll/3742/New-Poll-Gauges-Americans-General-Knowledge-Levels.aspx


:facepalm:


18% of Americans Think Sun Revovles Around Earth

Code: [Select]
As far as you know, what specific historical event is celebrated on July 4th?
Signing of the Declaration of Independence/day it was signed 55%
Independence Day 32
Birth of United States 1
Other 6
No opinion 6
  100%


As far as you know, from what country did America gain its independence following the Revolutionary War?
England/Great Britain/United Kingdom 76%
France 2
Other 3
No opinion 19
  100%


As far as you know, does the earth revolve around the sun, or does the sun revolve around the earth?
Earth revolves around the sun 79%
Sun revolves around the earth 18
No opinion 3
  100%
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on February 17, 2008, 05:49:38 pm
how can you have "no opinion" on general knowledge questions? :)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 17, 2008, 09:12:33 pm
Oh sweet baby jesus in heaven.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on February 17, 2008, 09:16:19 pm
Oh sweet baby jesus in heaven.

no opinion.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 17, 2008, 09:48:00 pm
But baby jesus made the world in seven days! By intelligent design, with the help of MacGyger (because babies are not very good at building things).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 18, 2008, 04:38:33 am
YUO MAKE BABY COPERNICUS CRY
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 18, 2008, 05:35:26 pm
 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on February 20, 2008, 02:46:26 pm
http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/01/airforce_area51_newname_080122w/ (http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/01/airforce_area51_newname_080122w/)

Area 51 has been re-named "Homey Airport" 
Now we know what Alfonso Ribeiro has been up to since Fresh Prince. 
 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on March 01, 2008, 03:21:28 am
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/the-worlds-rubbish-dump-a-garbage-tip-that-stretches-from-hawaii-to-japan-778016.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on March 01, 2008, 05:48:23 am
Oh wow, am I just now realizing this thread exists?

Alright then, have some news:
http://tastybooze.com/2008/02/greatest-police-car-escape-ever/
http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2008/02/blind_hacker
http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2008-02-27-mohawk-suspension_N.htm
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/02/photogalleries/Antarctica-pictures/index.html
http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2008/02/27/bacon-cups/
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article853274.ece
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2008/02/26/qc-sadomacho-stbruno.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4411639a6479.html
http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/27-02-2008/104245-Bird-boy-0
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=518454&in_page_id=1766
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3428410.ece
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23239361/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on March 01, 2008, 01:52:01 pm
the funny thing is, if you were to post these links over the course of a week or two, i might have actually clicked most of them. now i'm not going to look at any.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adjective Noun on March 01, 2008, 08:41:50 pm
http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2008/02/27/bacon-cups/

Pure win. That is all.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on March 02, 2008, 04:11:29 am
the funny thing is, if you were to post these links over the course of a week or two, i might have actually clicked most of them. now i'm not going to look at any.

That's too bad, there's some pretty wacky shit in there. Your loss.

lol, wacky

Also: http://www.iht.com/articles/reuters/2008/02/29/africa/OUKWD-UK-PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL.php
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 02, 2008, 12:13:07 pm
IHT are being purposefully disingenous.  An Israeli minister in the aftermath of the Lebanon/Hezbollah spat in 2006 threatened mass devastation on Gaza as well, should Israel have to fight a two front war.  Its not just an off-hand comment, but a threat of policy.

I also love the bit about the kid.  Sounds like the reasoning of the US military when they dropped a bomb on Zaqarwi and killed a 5 year old girl at the same time.  Actually, it sounds kinda like the reasoning the IRA used to use, when their publicity went bad after a bombing.  "Well clearly its the people who got caught up in it's fault.  We certainly have no moral responsibility, we only dropped a bomb/failed to send coded warnings to the police/are legitimately resisting the British occupation.  Sucks to be the kid."

The thing is, any policy of mass retaliation is just going to put the Palestinians in the Hamas camp anyway.  AFAIK, Fatah lost the civil war badly, despite some neat toys from the USA making their way to their hands as part of an aid package, but managed to disillusion most of the population about how bad Hamas really is, even when compared to their levels of corruption and thuggery.  Sending the tanks rolling in and raiding the refugee camps etc is only going to put people mentally on the defensive, and cause them to side with Hamas, seeing as they have most of the Palestinian firepower in Gaza.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on March 05, 2008, 12:07:41 am
:news:

Quote
The real cause of climate changes, volcanoes activity, intensification of the seismic activity etc., is the planet Eris's getting closer to our solar system, intermediary named 2003-UB-313 and known in Antiquity under various names as: Nibiru, Marduk, Nemesis, Hercolubus, The Gods Planet, the Planet of the Empire, the Planet of the Cross, the Red Planet.


from http://beyondouterspace.blogspot.com/2007/07/planet-eris-and-global-warming.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 05, 2008, 12:54:13 am
:news:

Quote
The real cause of climate changes, volcanoes activity, intensification of the seismic activity etc., is the planet Eris's getting closer to our solar system, intermediary named 2003-UB-313 and known in Antiquity under various names as: Nibiru, Marduk, Nemesis, Hercolubus, The Gods Planet, the Planet of the Empire, the Planet of the Cross, the Red Planet.


from http://beyondouterspace.blogspot.com/2007/07/planet-eris-and-global-warming.html

http://www.principiadiscordia.com/blog/cain/eris-is-going-to-pwn-the-solar-system/

 8)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 06, 2008, 05:56:09 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080305/odds/odd_election_cemetery_dc

Cemetery full, mayor tells locals not to die

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - The mayor of a village in southwest France has threatened residents with severe punishment if they die, because there is no room left in the overcrowded cemetery to bury them.ADVERTISEMENT
 
In an ordinance posted in the council offices, Mayor Gerard Lalanne told the 260 residents of the village of Sarpourenx that "all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish."

It added: "Offenders will be severely punished."

The mayor said he was forced to take drastic action after an administrative court in the nearby town of Pau ruled in January that the acquisition of adjoining private land to extend the cemetery would not be justified.

Lalanne, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday and is standing for election to a seventh term in this month's local elections, said he was sorry that there had not been a positive outcome to the dilemma.

"It may be a laughing matter for some, but not for me," he said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on March 06, 2008, 05:58:19 pm
I bet people are just dying to re-elect him.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on March 10, 2008, 03:59:31 pm
This is pretty fucked up right here:

Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/03/10/pharma.water1.ap/?iref=hpmostpop

Quote
(AP) -- A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs -- and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen -- in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas -- from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit, Michigan, to Louisville, Kentucky.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 10, 2008, 04:13:41 pm
YAH NEW SINS

http://green.yahoo.com/news/nm/20080310/hl_nm/pope_sins_dc.html

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.

The guidance came at the weekend when Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican's number two man in the sometimes murky area of sins and penance, spoke of modern evils.

Asked what he believed were today's "new sins," he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the greatest danger zone for the modern soul was the largely uncharted world of bioethics.

"(Within bioethics) there are areas where we absolutely must denounce some violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments and genetic manipulation whose outcome is difficult to predict and control," he said.

The Vatican opposes stem cell research that involves destruction of embryos and has warned against the prospect of human cloning.

Girotti, in an interview headlined "New Forms of Social Sin," also listed "ecological" offences as modern evils.

In recent months, Pope Benedict has made several strong appeals for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.

Under Benedict and his predecessor John Paul, the Vatican has become progressively "green."

It has installed photovoltaic cells on buildings to produce electricity and hosted a scientific conference to discuss the ramifications of global warming and climate change, widely blamed on human use of fossil fuels.

Girotti, who is number two in the Vatican "Apostolic Penitentiary," which deals with matter of conscience, also listed drug trafficking and social and economic injustices as modern sins.

But Girotti also bemoaned that fewer and fewer Catholics go to confession at all.

He pointed to a study by Milan's Catholic University that showed that up to 60 percent of Catholic faithful in Italy stopped going to confession.

In the sacrament of Penance, Catholics confess their sins to a priest who absolves them in God's name.

But the same study by the Catholic University showed that 30 percent of Italian Catholics believed that there was no need for a priest to be God's intermediary and 20 percent felt uncomfortable talking about their sins to another person.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: guest7654 on March 11, 2008, 04:29:03 am
edit* disregard, repost.

Drugs found in drinking water across U.S.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/03/10/pharma.water1.ap/index.html

At first I thought, "Hey, free drugs!"
Then I thought, "zomg! conspiracy!"
So I had to look...come to find out, we are drinking our bodily waste and it turns out it isn't purified near as much as we would like to think.

This reminds me, flouride in our drinking water??  OK, I know, but flouride in baby water from Wal-Mart???  By the time they have teeth, aren't they ready for tap water???  And what about the over-usage of question marks in this post?????
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 26, 2008, 01:45:49 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080325/world/britain_internet_health

LONDON (AFP) - An online game that encourages prepubescent girls to contemplate breast enlargement surgery and extreme crash diets to achieve a 'perfect figure' has been criticised by worried parent groups and health experts.

The 'Miss Bimbo' game is aimed at girls aged 9 to 16 and has attracted 200,000 members since opening its British site in February. The website sparked controversy when it was introduced in France, where it attracted 1.2 million players.

The young girls are encouraged to monitor the weight, wardrobe, wealth and happiness of their virtual character to create "the coolest, richest and most famous bimbo in the world." The girls compete to earn "bimbo dollars" which can use to buy larger breasts, diet pills, nip-and-tuck surgery, sexy lingerie and nightclub outfits.

Healthcare professionals have warned that website encourages anorexia and bulimia by advising the girls to remain "waif thin".

"A lot of children will get caught up with the extremely damaging and appalling messages." Dee Dawson -- the medical director of the Rhodes Farm Clinic, which treats girls who suffer eating disorders -- told The Times.

The Parentkind group also condemned the site and warned that "Childrens innocence should be protected as far as possible "

A spokesman for the parents' group added: "It depends on the mindset of the child but the danger is that after playing the game , some will then aspire to have breast operations and take diet pills.

The Miss Bimbo site was created by French entrepreneur Nicholas Jacquart, who has moved to South London to promote the website in Britain.

www.missbimbo.com
 
 :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on March 26, 2008, 02:01:19 pm
edit* disregard, repost.

Drugs found in drinking water across U.S.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/03/10/pharma.water1.ap/index.html

At first I thought, "Hey, free drugs!"
Then I thought, "zomg! conspiracy!"
So I had to look...come to find out, we are drinking our bodily waste and it turns out it isn't purified near as much as we would like to think.

This reminds me, flouride in our drinking water??  OK, I know, but flouride in baby water from Wal-Mart???  By the time they have teeth, aren't they ready for tap water???  And what about the over-usage of question marks in this post?????

I'm really surprised that this article missed a huge source for this.  Excess/expired medications being flushed.  It is actually a recommendation by the federal government.  While they do explicity mention that only medications that indicate they are safe to be flushed, should be flushed, many will just assume if one medication can be flushed, so can others. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 26, 2008, 02:42:04 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080325/world/britain_internet_health

LONDON (AFP) - An online game that encourages prepubescent girls to contemplate breast enlargement surgery and extreme crash diets to achieve a 'perfect figure' has been criticised by worried parent groups and health experts.

The 'Miss Bimbo' game is aimed at girls aged 9 to 16 and has attracted 200,000 members since opening its British site in February. The website sparked controversy when it was introduced in France, where it attracted 1.2 million players.

The young girls are encouraged to monitor the weight, wardrobe, wealth and happiness of their virtual character to create "the coolest, richest and most famous bimbo in the world." The girls compete to earn "bimbo dollars" which can use to buy larger breasts, diet pills, nip-and-tuck surgery, sexy lingerie and nightclub outfits.

Healthcare professionals have warned that website encourages anorexia and bulimia by advising the girls to remain "waif thin".

"A lot of children will get caught up with the extremely damaging and appalling messages." Dee Dawson -- the medical director of the Rhodes Farm Clinic, which treats girls who suffer eating disorders -- told The Times.

The Parentkind group also condemned the site and warned that "Childrens innocence should be protected as far as possible "

A spokesman for the parents' group added: "It depends on the mindset of the child but the danger is that after playing the game , some will then aspire to have breast operations and take diet pills.

The Miss Bimbo site was created by French entrepreneur Nicholas Jacquart, who has moved to South London to promote the website in Britain.

www.missbimbo.com
 
 :lol:

BUT TRASHY CELEBRITY MAGAZINES WHICH PROMOTE THE SAME THINGS ARE FINE, SO LONG AS THEY PAY THEIR TAXES ON TIME!

Goddamn I hate the hypocrisy.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 26, 2008, 02:44:22 pm
You would think that the fact that "bimbo" is plastered all over the site would have provided a clue...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on March 26, 2008, 02:54:14 pm
You would think that the fact that "bimbo" is plastered all over the site would have provided a clue...

young girls seem to be using that word to describe themselves for some reason
from what im hearing from some of my students
 :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on March 26, 2008, 08:01:52 pm

This reminds me, flouride in our drinking water??  OK, I know, but flouride in baby water from Wal-Mart???  By the time they have teeth, aren't they ready for tap water??? 

Ingested fluoride actually has its greatest effect while teeth are developing, before they emerge, which is why kids are given it in grade school before they lose their baby teeth.

I ate fluoride tablets while I was pregnant and breastfeeding with my youngest, and she has amazing teeth. OTOH she is developmentally extremely odd and seems to have OCD far more severely than I do. Coincidence? Almost certainly.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 26, 2008, 08:16:59 pm
I had flouride as a kid, and my dentist has basically declared my teeth indestructible.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on March 26, 2008, 08:20:12 pm
(http://www.borev.net/jaws.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Roo on March 26, 2008, 09:21:31 pm
I used to live out in the middle of nowhere, where we had well water, and therefore no flouride in the drinking water...so we had these little flouride pills instead...which tasted like candy, and came in pretty colors. I liked eating all the pink ones, and then all the orange ones and so on (like mini M&Ms).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Diseris on March 30, 2008, 01:58:19 pm
A little hope for everyone:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/29/science/29collider.html?em&ex=1207022400&en=fc4bb1d73347fe4e&ei=5087%0A (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/29/science/29collider.html?em&ex=1207022400&en=fc4bb1d73347fe4e&ei=5087%0A)

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But William Unruh, of the University of British Columbia, whose paper exploring the limits of Dr. Hawking’s radiation process was referenced on Mr. Wagner’s Web site, said they had missed his point. “Maybe physics really is so weird as to not have black holes evaporate,” he said. “But it would really, really have to be weird.”

and even

Quote
Dr. Arkani-Hamed said concerning worries about the death of the Earth or universe, “Neither has any merit.” He pointed out that because of the dice-throwing nature of quantum physics, there was some probability of almost anything happening. There is some minuscule probability, he said, “the Large Hadron Collider might make dragons that might eat us up.”

To bad Gygax isn't going to be around to see that...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 09, 2008, 04:00:47 pm
More fallout from the Housing meltdown:

(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24023831/)

As families go through foreclosure on their homes, they are forced to give up their family pets.  The shelter in the story estimates 15% of the animals surrendered to them are a result of foreclosures. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Iason Ouabache on April 13, 2008, 04:16:21 am
"People searching the Internet for information about suicide methods are more likely to find sites encouraging suicide than those offering help or support, according to a study released Friday."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080411/lf_afp/healthinternetsuicide_080411164139 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080411/lf_afp/healthinternetsuicide_080411164139)

 :emo:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 16, 2008, 02:42:18 am
Fed up with politics, man eats vote

NAPLES (Reuters) - Ballot stuffing took on a new meaning in Italy's parliamentary election on Sunday when a man ate his ballot paper in protest at the country's politicians.

Police in Naples said they had charged the 41-year-old businessman with destroying election materials. He said all Italian politicians and politics "are crap" and that he was protesting "against the system."

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080414/odds/odd_election_odd_dc
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on April 16, 2008, 07:44:20 am
:mittens:  Go random Italian dude.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on April 24, 2008, 06:50:30 pm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24292481/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24292481/)

Mick Jones (ex-Clash for you young-uns) is writing a song inspired by the "Don't Tase Me Bro" incident. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 27, 2008, 10:59:33 pm
Security is No Match for Chocolate and Good Looking Women

A survey out today by the organizers of the tech-security conference Infosecurity Europe found that 21% of 576 London office workers stopped on the street were willing to share their computer passwords with a good looking woman holding a clipboard. People were offered a chocolate bar in exchange for the information. More than half of the people surveyed said they used the same password for everything.

http://blogs.wsj.com/biztech/2008/04/16/security-is-no-match-for-chocolate-and-good-looking-women/?mod=WSJBlog
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 15, 2008, 02:01:12 pm
Girl's twin is found inside her stomach

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24645826/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24645826/)

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ATHENS, Greece - A 9-year-old girl who went to hospital in central Greece suffering from stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors said Thursday.

Doctors at Larissa General Hospital examined the girl and surgically removed a growth they later discovered was an embryo about six centimeters (more than two inches) long.

"They could see on the right side that her belly was swollen, but they couldn't suspect that this tumor would hide an embryo," hospital director Iakovos Brouskelis said.

The girl has made a full recovery, he said.

Andreas Markou, head of the hospital's pediatric department, said the embryo was a formed fetus with a head, hair and eyes, but no brain or umbilical cord.

Markou said cases where one of a set of twins absorbs the other in the womb occurs in one of 500,000 live births.

The girl's family did not want to be identified, hospital officials said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 15, 2008, 02:02:29 pm
Yeah, I've heard of that before.  Pretty sucky, really.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Hoopla on May 15, 2008, 02:03:38 pm
Parasitic twin phenomena, no?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 15, 2008, 02:07:05 pm
That's gotta creep the fuck out of that poor girl.  I mean what kind of mental therapy is she going to need to get her head around that. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Hoopla on May 15, 2008, 02:14:24 pm
Well, she at least has the peace of mind of knowing she was the dominant twin.

Like Dwight K. Shrute says, when referring to his own absorbed twin: "I have the strength of a grown man and a little baby."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 15, 2008, 02:19:29 pm
Heh, and he is a wise man indeed.   :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 15, 2008, 02:36:57 pm
http://episkoposcain.blogspot.com/2008/05/leaderless-jihad.html

I didn't know this, but Marc Sageman apparently has a new book on Al-Qaeda out, called Leaderless Jihad.

For those of you who don't know who Sageman is, shame on you. He's a former CIA Case Officer and psychiatrist with experience in Pakistan and Afghanistan who has undertaken some very interesting studies on Al-Qaeda.

His previous book, Understanding Terror Networks, is a classic of terrorism literature and has been highly recommended by pretty much every terrorism lecturer and researcher up at the St Andrews. Its a wide-reaching investigation into the background, motivating beliefs and (most importantly) social networks that comprise the nebulous organization called Al-Qaeda. Notes based on this research of 400 Al-Qaeda members can be found here.

These social bonds are the most important factor in recruiting and getting someone into terrorism, which is why I think Sageman's book is so important. If we rely on arguments from religion, personal psychopathy, brainwashing or hatred of 'Western' values, many of which are unproven caricatures as Sageman shows, then we wont be able to carry out the necessary counterterrorism policies - which should be aimed at severing the existing terrorists from a pool of possible recruits, while taking in their current members and working towards a political solution of the underlying factors that led to the emergence of terrorists in the first place.

His new book seemed more focused on what is called the New Wave of Al-Qaeda terrorists. Essentially, these are lone wolf or self-forming cells, who instead of being intensely religious and well educated (the profile of a previous Al-Qaeda member) are younger, probably had more run-ins with the police or a criminal record, and are "bored and looking for thrills".

This seems to be a real possibility. I remember more than a few classes I took with John Horgan where he said the process of radicalization often took place after one made contact with the terrorist group in question. If these "thrillseekers" are looking for jihadist videos, tracts and forums for thrills, sooner or later they are going to be talking with people sympathetic to a jihadist worldview. This taints or affects their thinking into a downward spiral based on the violent and paranoid worldview which could ultimately result in terrorist related activities.

Of course, that's a highly simplified way of putting it, and no doubt the actual processes are much more discrete and subtle. But I think as a simplified and limited explanation, it can work. These people get caught up in a discourse of warriorship, fanatical Islam and martyrdom. "We have always been warriors, we have always fought and been victorious, and now we are weak and persecuted". Its the common theme of too many terrorist group's rhetoric to be just a coincidence.

According to a talk Sageman gave at the New America Foundation "It's more about hero worship than about religion," The vast majority of Sageman's sample had not attended radical madrassas, could speak Arabic and have not read the Koran. Nearly all joined the movement because they knew/are related to someone who's already in it. The age of these terrorists is decreasing too: In Sageman's 2003 sample, the average age was 26; among those arrested after 2006, it was down to about 20. Its more accurate to describe these people as supermepowered, transnational gang members than terrorists.

All of this has very interesting, and worrying implications for policy and society in general. Especially the latter, since media culture and rhetoric has not caught up with Sageman's studies or knowledge. They'd much rather listen to media heads or politicians than soldiers and academics who study terrorism closely, and to be honest, that's a real shame. Because if we don't understand how Al-Qaeda is morphing and evolving, we're going to be throwing around very dangerous charges and allegations at people who may have had little or nothing to do with such attacks, and be concentrating on totally useless avenues of investigation and prevention.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 15, 2008, 07:53:49 pm
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071228/flatulence_expert_071228/

Flatulence expert defines 'normal' output rate

TORONTO -- So you think your husband's a little too adept at playing the colonic calliope? Wish your sleep wasn't interrupted by a fusillade of flatulence?


Well, if you think you've taken up residence in Beantown but he insists his output is normal, you can both at least take heart from the fact that debates like yours are raging all over.


You both should know this as well: Whether it takes the form of stealth bombers or noisy bottom burps, flatulence is a normal byproduct of the human body. Everybody farts, multiple times throughout the day and night.


But the whens and the hows can turn a basic bodily function into an inconvenient, unpleasant or downright embarrassing occurrence. And that leads some people to question what is normal and whether there's any way to turn down the tap, as it were, on the frequency, noise or odour quotients.


The fact of the matter is that while humankind has learned how to split the atom, manipulate genes and travel to the moon, it doesn't know all that much about how to reduce the production of natural gas.


"I know a lot about gas,'' says Dr. Michael Levitt, the American gastroenterologist who has unravelled much of what is known about human flatulence.


"I really can't treat anybody.''


Levitt is a veritable gas guru, a leading expert on the underappreciated field of flatus -- intestinal gas that escapes via the southern route. He admits his unusual expertise has put his three kids (one of whom is economist and "Freakonomics" co-author Steven Levitt) through expensive universities.


Levitt has gone to extraordinary lengths to plumb the mysteries of flatulence. He's captured farts in specially made Mylar pantaloons, measured the cocktail of gases they contain, even conducted a study devised to get to the bottom of what may be the most contentious question in the field: Which gender emits the smelliest farts?


So what have he and others learned about the fine art of flatulating?


It's a pretty common occurrence. Studies in which volunteers tracked their gas passage suggest people fart 10 to 20 times a day, with some hitting the 30, 40, even 50 mark, says Levitt, who is with the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn.


An Australian study that followed a group of men and women for a couple of months concluded men let rip on average 10 times a day, while women lag with eight emissions.


But producing less gas may create another problem for women -- and the people around them. Levitt's research suggests women's flatulence is more ... aromatic.


The study was the first ever attempt to provide an objective evaluation of the odour of flatus, Levitt explains. Volunteer judges, blinded to the identity of the generating gender, were asked to rank the potency of the end product.


Volunteer producers -- primed by a diet of pinto beans -- farted into aluminum bags via a rectal tube. The contents of the bags were measured for volume and for sulphur concentration. (Sulphur gases give farts their foul odour.) Syringes full of gas were withdrawn from the bags and wafted by the nostrils of the unfortunate judges.


"Some journal reviewed the worst jobs ever performed in science and this became the number 1,'' Levitt says with a chuckle.


"Now I might say the judges were paid well. Some of them complained of being dizzy and having a headache at the end of session.''


The conclusion: "Women had more sulphur gas and were judged to have more potent odour.''


Sulphur gases make up a tiny fraction of the overall volume of farts, Levitt says. But if that punch is concentrated, well, watch out.


"Individual passage of gas by males is appreciably greater than the individual passage by females -- in volume,'' Levitt explains. "So females could have a higher concentration of sulphur gases but the total amount passed per passage would be about the same.''


But who complains most about a partner's farts? Again, the distaff contingent takes the prize.


"It's often the women who are bringing the husband and saying: 'He's got a problem with gas.' And he says: 'No I don't,''' says Dr. Bruno Salena, a gastroenterologist at McMaster University in Hamilton.


Levitt concurs: "When I go to various parties, etc., I've never had a male complain about the gas passage of his female partner. But I've had so many complaints from the opposite direction it's ridiculous.''


In the main, flatulence is made up of five gases -- nitrogen and oxygen, which are swallowed while talking, chewing or drinking fizzy beverages, and carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane, which are produced in the gastrointestinal tract during digestion of food.


Gas produced or trapped in the intestine only has three possible routes it can follow. Some will be absorbed into the body. Some will be burped out. And some will pass as flatulence.


People who lack bacteria that break down certain food components -- say lactose, the sugar in milk or some of the sugars in carbohydrates -- may produce more gas when they consume those foods.


That explains the potency of beans. They contain sugars humans can't break down. "So it's automatic that they're delivered to your large intestine, these sugars, where they churn out and make gas," Levitt says.


As for the noise, well, that's a product of restriction and pressure, says Salena, likening the process to whistling.


"Depends on the variables: the volume and pressure and the restriction," he explains.


"It's like making a sound with your lips, blowing air through your lips. And you can make that sound by some restriction and pressure. Similarly it (farting) is a combination of restriction and pressure. So it's a vibration of basically tissue, just like the lips."


As for cutting back on flatulence production, Salena suggests trying to reduce the amount of swallowed gas. Levitt is pessimistic about that option, insisting breaking that habit is hard to do. That's because people who swallow air are generally unaware they are doing it, he says.


Diets with extremely low carbohydrate intake produce little gas, but are hard to live on, Levitt notes. And many of the foods those regimes eschew should be part of a healthy diet, Salena says.


Maybe years of exposure to the subject have inured Levitt, but he says he doesn't give a hoot about the occasional toot.


"I don't worry one bit about gas. And I don't worry one thing about what I eat. I eat everything.''

Some weird factoids about flatulence through the ages:

-----------Blue angels: Only certain people have bacteria in the gastric systems that produce methane, Dr. Levitt says. And only methane-producers can perform the time-honoured frat house trick of igniting a blue flame when they hold a match to an escaping fart.

-----------Musical toots: In the 1800s Frenchman Joseph Pujol apparently became so adept at controlling his flatulence flow he could sound musical notes. Called "le Petomane'' _ the fartiste _ he was reputedly the highest paid performer in France at his prime.

-----------Colonic explosions: In the early days of colonoscopies, attempts to burn off polyps in the colon ignited explosive hydrogen gas in the colon of several unlucky people, sometimes with tragic results. The colon-cleansing preparations people now take the night before a colonoscopy have solved the problem. Says Levitt: "I've never heard of an explosion in someone who's had a decent prep. But until they used these prep solutions, there was a problem with explosions.''
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 15, 2008, 08:10:38 pm
zomg colon explosions  :eek:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on May 15, 2008, 11:28:45 pm
FARTS!  :D 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: e on May 16, 2008, 12:42:26 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7401892.stm

Quote
At the Erez border crossing in Gaza, Israeli troops opened fire towards [Palestinian] demonstrators.

There was no immediate word of any casualties. There were also clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops near the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank.

Quote
n Jerusalem, Mr Bush received a standing ovation from MPs at the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

Mr Bush said: "Israel's population may be just over seven million.

"But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307m strong, because the United States of America stands with you."

 :argh!: :argh!:

Quote
Israeli PM Ehud Olmert said there should be a different Middle East over the next 60 years that would include a democratic homeland for Palestinians.

He also said he thought the Israeli people and parliament would overwhelmingly back a peace agreement with the Palestinians

At least not everybody in the Israeli government is an asshole.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 16, 2008, 03:53:41 am
I sometimes wonder if Bush realizes there are people in Iran and Syria saying the exact same thing.

Lets try it out.

Quote
Palestine's population may be just over a million.

"But when you confront terror and evil, you are 200m strong, because the Revolutionary Guard and our allies stand with you.

Yes, it sound just as retarded, whichever way you phrase it. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 21, 2008, 07:21:05 pm
http://episkoposcain.blogspot.com/2008/05/scientology-is-cult.html

Kid got arrested in London for holding a sign calling the Co$ a cult.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on May 21, 2008, 07:21:34 pm
What were the charges?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 21, 2008, 07:23:38 pm
A spokeswoman for City of London Police said they had received complaints about the use of the words "cult" and "scientology kills" and warned protestors their signs breached the Public Order Act.

Chief Supt Rob Bastable said: "City of London Police upholds the right to demonstrate lawfully, but we have to balance that with the right of all sections of community not to be alarmed, harassed or distressed as a result of other people's behaviour."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 21, 2008, 07:24:39 pm
Also note: my blog is hosted in California, so I can call the Scifags deluded little cultists all I want.  And did so in my post.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 21, 2008, 07:26:06 pm
That sounds more like a slander issue than a rights issue. They make a big deal over here too about what we can/can't have on signs to avoid complications such as these.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 21, 2008, 07:26:41 pm
That sounds more like a slander issue than a rights issue. They make a big deal over here too about what we can/can't have on signs to avoid complications such as these.

I don't care if its slander, because its true.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on May 21, 2008, 07:54:08 pm
A spokeswoman for City of London Police said they had received complaints about the use of the words "cult" and "scientology kills" and warned protestors their signs breached the Public Order Act.

Chief Supt Rob Bastable said: "City of London Police upholds the right to demonstrate lawfully, but we have to balance that with the right of all sections of community not to be alarmed, harassed or distressed as a result of other people's behaviour."

ugh

well I guess it IS the government's job to make sure everyone stays complacent and asleep


ugh nonetheless
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 22, 2008, 04:42:00 pm
That sounds more like a slander issue than a rights issue. They make a big deal over here too about what we can/can't have on signs to avoid complications such as these.

I don't care if its slander, because its true.

it's not slander if it's true, right?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 22, 2008, 04:48:41 pm
That sounds more like a slander issue than a rights issue. They make a big deal over here too about what we can/can't have on signs to avoid complications such as these.

I don't care if its slander, because its true.

it's not slander if it's true, right?

Unless the court decides its true.

For more see: every court case involving Jeffry Archer
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 23, 2008, 01:24:14 am
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2000899/Man-admits-%27having-sex%27-with-1%2C000-cars.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: e on May 23, 2008, 01:24:49 am
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2000899/Man-admits-%27having-sex%27-with-1%2C000-cars.html

Sadly, I think I've seen this before on a website.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: NWC on May 23, 2008, 02:41:30 am
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2000899/Man-admits-%27having-sex%27-with-1%2C000-cars.html

does he just stick it in the exhaust pipe?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 23, 2008, 09:52:23 am
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2000899/Man-admits-%27having-sex%27-with-1%2C000-cars.html

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ALLOW CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS!  MEN WITH MEN.  WOMEN WITH WOMEN!  MEN WITH CARS!  WOMEN WITH DOPLHINS!  DOGS WITH CATS!  PRIME MINISTERS WITH FOREIGN HEADS OF STATE!  WHERE WILL THIS MADNESS END? 

[/Torygraph editorial]
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 23, 2008, 06:01:05 pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2000899/Man-admits-%27having-sex%27-with-1%2C000-cars.html

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ALLOW CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS!  MEN WITH MEN.  WOMEN WITH WOMEN!  MEN WITH CARS!  WOMEN WITH DOPLHINS!  DOGS WITH CATS!  PRIME MINISTERS WITH FOREIGN HEADS OF STATE!  WHERE WILL THIS MADNESS END? 

[/Torygraph editorial]

 :lulz:

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 27, 2008, 04:26:34 pm
Man who was hanged 86 years ago, pardoned by Austrailian governor.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24835639/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24835639/)

Quote
SYDNEY, Australia - An Australian governor gave a posthumous pardon Tuesday to a man hanged 86 years ago for the rape and murder of a young girl, after new research discredited the evidence used for his conviction.

Colin Campbell Ross, who was hanged in 1922 at the age of 28, was pardoned Tuesday by Victoria state Gov. David de Kretser.

Descendants of Ross and the 12-year-old victim, Alma Tirtschke, petitioned for the pardon.

Prosecutors alleged that Ross, who ran a wine saloon in Melbourne, gave Tirschke alcohol before raping and strangling her on New Year's Eve 1921. The only physical evidence connecting him to the crime were hairs on a blanket; prosecutors said the hairs were Tirtschke's.

While witnesses gave alibis for Ross, he was convicted and hanged four months later, protesting his innocence.

The pardon petition built on research by Kevin Morgan, who wrote a book about the case called "Gun Alley (Murder, Lies and the Failure of Justice)." Morgan arranged for forensic tests on the original hair samples and showed that the ones on Ross' blanket did not match Tirtschke's. He also gave new character evidence about the prosecution's main witness.

Better late than never?

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 27, 2008, 04:47:51 pm
Man who was hanged 86 years ago, pardoned by Austrailian governor.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24835639/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24835639/)

Quote
SYDNEY, Australia - An Australian governor gave a posthumous pardon Tuesday to a man hanged 86 years ago for the rape and murder of a young girl, after new research discredited the evidence used for his conviction.

Colin Campbell Ross, who was hanged in 1922 at the age of 28, was pardoned Tuesday by Victoria state Gov. David de Kretser.

Descendants of Ross and the 12-year-old victim, Alma Tirtschke, petitioned for the pardon.

Better late than never?

Wait, his 12 year old victim also petitioned for the pardon?  Despite being dead?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 27, 2008, 04:49:10 pm
Heh, I didn't catch that awkward phrasing. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 27, 2008, 06:57:21 pm
Anyone got a plunger?  Some Ass-tronaut on the Space Station clogged the toilet:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24841375/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24841375/)

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on May 27, 2008, 09:28:15 pm
Heh, I didn't catch that awkward phrasing. 

even then, how could she have descendants?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on May 27, 2008, 09:29:28 pm
ZOMG!! ZOMBIE FETAL AUSSIES!!!!

 :omg:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on May 28, 2008, 03:46:20 am
Heh, I didn't catch that awkward phrasing. 

even then, how could she have descendants?

That was the question on my mind, as well.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 30, 2008, 04:51:10 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080530/world/vatican_women_priests_1

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VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has again coming down firmly against the notion of women priests.

A decree clearly stating the church's opposition to women priests has been published in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano under a headline that calls the ordination of women a "crime."

The decree, published Thursday, was signed by William Cardinal Levada, the American head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

It says that anyone involved in trying ordain a woman and any woman who attempts to receive ordination is automatically excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

A top Vatican official said in a statement Friday that the church decided to act after what it described as "so-called ordinations" in various parts of the world.

Msgr. Angelo Amato of the doctrinal office says the Vatican wants to provide bishops with a clear response on the issue.

The church has always banned the ordination of women, stating that the priesthood is reserved for males. The new decree is explicit in its reference to women.

In March, the archbishop of St. Louis excommunicated three women - two Americans and a South African - for participating in a woman's ordination. They were part of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, which began in 2002.

Pope Benedict led the doctrinal office before becoming pontiff in 2005. Like his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, he has consistently rebuffed calls to change traditional church teachings on divorce, abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage and the requirement that priests be male and celibate.

Rev. Thomas Reese, a U.S.-based Jesuit theologian, said he believed the decree was an attempt by the Vatican to emphasize the rule.

"This is another opportunity to send the signal that it's a no-no," he said.

In Friday's statement, Amato said the Vatican felt "in good company" with the Orthodox and ancient eastern churches that maintain an all-male clergy, saying that Protestant churches have been the ones to break tradition.

Amato said the church does not feel authorized to change the will of Christ, who chose only men as his Apostles.

Catholics who are excommunicated cannot receive the sacraments. Amato said the penalty can be lifted if those so punished are sincerely repentant.

moi opinion
well you join a chuch you might as well follow the rules and the tradition
but "a crime?"  :?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 30, 2008, 04:57:05 pm
I want to be excommunicated for the lulz.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 30, 2008, 04:58:46 pm
you should be excommunicated cause your a woman and inferior


cause...
cause...
...aahhh...  :? ....

....

jesus didn't say otherwise ?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 30, 2008, 05:01:54 pm
That and I don't want my name in the big book of Confirmations in the Vatican anymore. The stupid Holy Vaseline gave me a forehead of zits when I was 13.  :argh!:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on May 30, 2008, 05:07:25 pm
That and I don't want my name in the big book of Confirmations in the Vatican anymore. The stupid Holy Vaseline gave me a forehead of zits when I was 13.  :argh!:

 :lulz:

you are aware now that the vatican completely owns your ass
and can call upon you at any time
and there is NO WAY TO GET OUT OF IT
it also makes you eligitable for the next inquistion
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 30, 2008, 05:08:12 pm
NOBODY EXPECTS THE INQUISITION!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Dido on May 30, 2008, 05:32:08 pm
Quote
Amato said the church does not feel authorized to change the will of Christ,

This one will never cease to amuse me.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on May 30, 2008, 05:37:00 pm
Quote
Amato said the church does not feel authorized to change the will of Christ,

This one will never cease to amuse me.

Christ hated teh wimminz.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Dido on May 30, 2008, 05:45:30 pm
And there has never been such a thing as a synod. Or a synod that was later revoked, or whatever the correct theological vocabulary is.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Dido on May 30, 2008, 05:48:59 pm
Incidentaly, it would appear that tireless scientists are working their asses off to make flying safer...
http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn14013-inflight-surveillance-could-foil-terrorists-in-the-sky.html?feedId=online-news_rss20
 (http://ttp://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn14013-inflight-surveillance-could-foil-terrorists-in-the-sky.html?feedId=online-news_rss20)

I must learn to keep my face under control. Dito any urges that will me get close to the cockpit.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on July 10, 2008, 02:59:40 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080709/koddities/oddity_robbed_buying_drugs

Man robbed buying crack calls cops who arrest him

By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. - An East Hartford man called police to report he had been robbed while trying to buy crack cocaine.

Max Minnefield called police Monday to tell them he had paid a man and a woman $8 for drugs he never received. Police charged him with criminal attempt to commit possession of narcotics.

During his arraignment Tuesday, Judge Bradford Ward asked Minnefield, "Did you really think the police were going to go after the people?" He added that his question was rhetorical.

Prosecutors later dropped the charges.

Laura Weslund, Minnefield's public defender, said no drugs were ever found.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on July 10, 2008, 03:28:24 am
Oh wow, I'm gonna go ahead and sticky this. Didn't even know it existed. If anyone has objections, PM me and I'll take it down unless there's a big outcry against taking it down as a stickied post.

Also:
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL0919437820080709?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 10, 2008, 09:06:57 pm
Ex-diplomat: Sex with teens OK in foreign cultures

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/ex-diplomat-sex-with-teens-ok-in-foreign/n20080710153009990029?ecid=RSS0001 (http://news.aol.com/story/_a/ex-diplomat-sex-with-teens-ok-in-foreign/n20080710153009990029?ecid=RSS0001)

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - An ex-diplomat convicted of having sex with teenage girls in the Congo and Brazil and taping the encounters is asking a judge for leniency, claiming that cultural differences in those countries make sex with girls more acceptable.

Gons G. Nachman, 42, pleaded guilty in April to possessing child pornography after admitting that he had sex with 14- to 17-year-old girls while serving as a consular officer in Brazil and Congo and documenting the encounters in pictures and videos.

And yes, I am curious about a certain poster's response to this story.  So what say you? 

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: N E T on July 10, 2008, 09:27:58 pm
Ex-diplomat: Sex with teens OK in foreign cultures

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/ex-diplomat-sex-with-teens-ok-in-foreign/n20080710153009990029?ecid=RSS0001 (http://news.aol.com/story/_a/ex-diplomat-sex-with-teens-ok-in-foreign/n20080710153009990029?ecid=RSS0001)

Quote
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - An ex-diplomat convicted of having sex with teenage girls in the Congo and Brazil and taping the encounters is asking a judge for leniency, claiming that cultural differences in those countries make sex with girls more acceptable.

Gons G. Nachman, 42, pleaded guilty in April to possessing child pornography after admitting that he had sex with 14- to 17-year-old girls while serving as a consular officer in Brazil and Congo and documenting the encounters in pictures and videos.

And yes, I am curious about a certain poster's response to this story.  So what say you? 



:vom:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 10, 2008, 09:33:07 pm
Dude, by that guy's logic (this is OK in their culture of origin, therefore it's OK for me while I'm there) it's also OK to have sex with 8-year-old boys in Thailand.

Slippery slope, ya know?

My thought is that if he wants to do things that are acceptable in the Congo but not in his own culture of origin, he should go right ahead and emigrate. Once he's a citizen of the Congo, he can fully enjoy the benefits of that culture.

Also, I don't think your certain someone is going to comment on this or ANYTHING that might serve to clarify his opinions on underage sex.

I have to say, I do not understand WTF is WRONG with people who cannot hook up with people of reasonably comparable age. I've known guys who were virgins at 28, saying shit like "Since I have so little experience I should date girls who are 16 and therefore experientially similar to me". No, fucker, it doesn't work that way. You are a damaged, pathetic loser with YEARS of experience being a pathetic, damaged loser, and you should STAY AWAY from inexperienced young girls.

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 11, 2008, 01:14:56 pm
Yeah, I'm sure he won't.  Can't blame a guy for trying though.   :wink:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Golden Applesauce on July 12, 2008, 01:48:49 am
This reminds me of a big controversy that we had in Cincinnati a while back.  Some high school students went to Germany for a field trip or foreign exchange program or something and got drunk.  The school had a policy against underage drinking that was enforced for all school-sanctioned events, and wanted to expel the students.  Some people said that the policy shouldn't apply because the students could legally drink in Germany.

Since, y'know, underage sex and underage drinking are such similar things.



As regards the case itself:
The conviction was for possessing child pornography, not having underage sex.  So to be sentenced as having sex with minors without being convicted of having sex with minors seems dubious from a civil rights standpoint.  And in defence of humanity, the judge hasn't dropped charges or anything.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 12, 2008, 01:55:52 am
It's a vastly different situation, actually; the teenagers were not consular officers, for one thing, and they themselves were the underage parties, for another. The responsible party would be the server, in this case, or possibly their chaperone, and it's not illegal for the server to have served them.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on July 12, 2008, 06:11:00 am
Woman Kills Husband with Fold-Up Couch (http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL0919437820080709?rpc=64)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on July 13, 2008, 12:20:56 am
ATTN: WOMEN

Ditch the condoms! Semen is an antidepressant!

http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/08/does-semen-have-antidepressant.php

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: N E T on July 13, 2008, 04:48:10 am
ATTN: WOMEN

Ditch the condoms! Semen is an antidepressant!

http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/08/does-semen-have-antidepressant.php

 :lulz:

I got laid because of that article.

True story.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on July 14, 2008, 03:58:28 am
       http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/06/2008630173538122871.html


Quote
News Americas
US 'escalates covert Iran missions'

US congressional leaders have agreed to a presidential request for up to $400 million in funding for covert operations against Iran, according to a report in the New Yorker magazine.

Previous cross-border operations have included the capture of Iranian security officers and the backing of anti-Tehran armed groups, said the report by Seymour Hersh, the investigative reporter.

The operations have been taking place since last year, the article said.

Bush's request, made through a Presidential Finding document, was approved by US congressional leaders, including Democrats, late last year, the report said.

Cross-border US operations against Iran include seizing members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and taking them across the border to Iraq for interrogation, the report said.

But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which include the CIA, have now been significantly expanded, the New Yorker said, citing current and former officials.

Armed Sunni groups

The operations also include providing support to armed Sunni Muslim groups opposed to the Iranian government, which is Shia.

Among groups inside Iran benefiting from US support is the Jundallah, also known as the Iranian People's Resistance Movement, according to Robert Baer, a former CIA officer cited by the article.

Vali Nasr, an Iran analyst, told Hersh that the group was a vicious organisation suspected of links to al-Qaeda.

The article said US support for the dissident groups could prompt a violent crackdown by Iran, which could give the Bush administration a reason to intervene.

US denial

Ryan Crocker, the US amabassador to Iraq, told the CNN news channel that he had not read the article, but denied the allegations of cross-border operations.

"I'll tell you flatly that US forces are not operating across the Iraqi border into Iran, in the south or anywhere else," he said in an interview from Baghdad on Sunday.

Hersh has written previously about possible administration plans to go to war to stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

An April 2006 article in the New Yorker that suggested "regime change" in Iran, whether by diplomatic or military means, was Bush's ultimate goal.

Iran maintains that its nuclear activities are for peaceful energy purposes only.

Election battle

Hersh told Al Jazeera that he believed the US was planning for a possible strike against Iran, something that was being pushed by Bush and Dick Cheney.

"The president and the vice-president truly believe that the Iranians have [nuclear]bombs or will have them soon, no matter what their own intelligence says."

In December, a joint report by US intelligence agencies found that Iran was less determined to develop nuclear weapons than was previously thought.

Hersh said he also believed a strike was more likely if Barack Obama, the US Democratic presidential candidate, became favourite to win November's presidential poll.

Howeever Hersh said he thought that Bush and Cheney believed their policies would be safe in the hands of John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on July 14, 2008, 03:12:19 pm
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=85129564-65f3-425e-9403-1cf2000338d0&k=64324

Pope to apologize for abuse scandal

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Benedict told a news conference yesterday he will apologize for a sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Australia, saying pedophilia was "incompatible" with being a priest. The Pope is to attend World Youth Day in Sydne
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 16, 2008, 09:34:28 pm
Barenaked Lady arrested for Cocaine possession:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25706230/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25706230/)

Quote
Page, 38, of Toronto, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison, Manlius police Capt. Bill Bleyle said Wednesday.

The arrest comes as the band, known for its clean image and cross-generational appeal, recently released a new album for children titled, “Snacktime,” a collection of two dozen original children’s songs.

Yeah "Snacktime" indeed. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Voodoo on July 16, 2008, 10:35:26 pm
Weed possession would be funnier for "Snacktime"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on July 17, 2008, 02:08:11 pm
'Our kinky games with Max Mosley': Girls tell of sex session with Grand Prix boss - but deny Nazi orgy (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1033319/Our-kinky-games-Max-Mosley-Girls-tell-sex-session-Grand-Prix-boss--deny-Nazi-orgy.html)

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on July 17, 2008, 02:17:11 pm
'Our kinky games with Max Mosley': Girls tell of sex session with Grand Prix boss - but deny Nazi orgy (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1033319/Our-kinky-games-Max-Mosley-Girls-tell-sex-session-Grand-Prix-boss--deny-Nazi-orgy.html)



Why the fuck was Woman-D questioned before woman-b and woman-c???

was there no order in this court?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on July 17, 2008, 02:20:50 pm
Probably because woman D had bigger tits.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 17, 2008, 02:21:34 pm
'Our kinky games with Max Mosley': Girls tell of sex session with Grand Prix boss - but deny Nazi orgy (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1033319/Our-kinky-games-Max-Mosley-Girls-tell-sex-session-Grand-Prix-boss--deny-Nazi-orgy.html)



Why the fuck was Woman-D questioned before woman-b and woman-c???

was there no order in this court?

ICWUTUDID
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 17, 2008, 06:27:34 pm
Cannibal chat! http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/01/0081861
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Bebek Sincap Ratatosk on July 17, 2008, 06:48:27 pm
Dude, by that guy's logic (this is OK in their culture of origin, therefore it's OK for me while I'm there) it's also OK to have sex with 8-year-old boys in Thailand.

Slippery slope, ya know?

My thought is that if he wants to do things that are acceptable in the Congo but not in his own culture of origin, he should go right ahead and emigrate. Once he's a citizen of the Congo, he can fully enjoy the benefits of that culture.


So you're saying that the morality of individuals should be based on their passport?

It seems to me, that an individual is free to do whatever they want. If society has passed some law against it, then he might have to deal with the consequences of the act. If society has placed a taboo on the act (such as this one), then he might have to deal with being seen as a pariah and maybe lose his job.

If I go to Amsterdam and smoke a joint, American courts should not be able to try me for breaking the law. The law is not tied to where I'm from, but rather, where I am. As much as this guy may be an asshole, weirdo, freak... I don't think he should be tried here for something he did elsewhere. HOWEVER, in this case, he videotaped the acts and brought the videos back here. THAT is illegal and I think he should be fully prosecuted for it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 17, 2008, 08:59:05 pm
Dude, by that guy's logic (this is OK in their culture of origin, therefore it's OK for me while I'm there) it's also OK to have sex with 8-year-old boys in Thailand.

Slippery slope, ya know?

My thought is that if he wants to do things that are acceptable in the Congo but not in his own culture of origin, he should go right ahead and emigrate. Once he's a citizen of the Congo, he can fully enjoy the benefits of that culture.


So you're saying that the morality of individuals should be based on their passport?

It seems to me, that an individual is free to do whatever they want. If society has passed some law against it, then he might have to deal with the consequences of the act. If society has placed a taboo on the act (such as this one), then he might have to deal with being seen as a pariah and maybe lose his job.

If I go to Amsterdam and smoke a joint, American courts should not be able to try me for breaking the law. The law is not tied to where I'm from, but rather, where I am. As much as this guy may be an asshole, weirdo, freak... I don't think he should be tried here for something he did elsewhere. HOWEVER, in this case, he videotaped the acts and brought the videos back here. THAT is illegal and I think he should be fully prosecuted for it.

As an ambassador, the laws apply differently to him because his embassy is, legally, part of he country he represents, and he is bound by the laws of his country.

And yes, if the crime is severe enough, the law DOES provide that he be tried on his home soil for crimes committed abroad. And while people's morality is not dependent upon the country that issued their passport, it does provide a cultural context by which that morality can be judged. If he wants the cultural context of the Congo, he should adopt it. Fully. Not enjoy the benefits of British citizenship while claiming a loophole provided by Congo culture.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Bebek Sincap Ratatosk on July 17, 2008, 10:17:22 pm
Dude, by that guy's logic (this is OK in their culture of origin, therefore it's OK for me while I'm there) it's also OK to have sex with 8-year-old boys in Thailand.

Slippery slope, ya know?

My thought is that if he wants to do things that are acceptable in the Congo but not in his own culture of origin, he should go right ahead and emigrate. Once he's a citizen of the Congo, he can fully enjoy the benefits of that culture.


So you're saying that the morality of individuals should be based on their passport?

It seems to me, that an individual is free to do whatever they want. If society has passed some law against it, then he might have to deal with the consequences of the act. If society has placed a taboo on the act (such as this one), then he might have to deal with being seen as a pariah and maybe lose his job.

If I go to Amsterdam and smoke a joint, American courts should not be able to try me for breaking the law. The law is not tied to where I'm from, but rather, where I am. As much as this guy may be an asshole, weirdo, freak... I don't think he should be tried here for something he did elsewhere. HOWEVER, in this case, he videotaped the acts and brought the videos back here. THAT is illegal and I think he should be fully prosecuted for it.

As an ambassador, the laws apply differently to him because his embassy is, legally, part of he country he represents, and he is bound by the laws of his country.

Well, I think that only applies ON the property of the embassy, not in the brothel next door. Now, I certainly agree that an ambassador should be setting an example and this incident should make him ineligible to serve as a representative of his government. But, that has far more to do with "representing" other people, than the legal or illegal nature of the act. If I ran through the corporate office wearing nothing but a jock strap, I would probably lose my job, but not be prosecuted.

Quote
And yes, if the crime is severe enough, the law DOES provide that he be tried on his home soil for crimes committed abroad.

As far as I've been able to find, that would apply to torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes that infringe on the national interests of the State (like counterfeiting).

Quote
And while people's morality is not dependent upon the country that issued their passport, it does provide a cultural context by which that morality can be judged. If he wants the cultural context of the Congo, he should adopt it. Fully. Not enjoy the benefits of British citizenship while claiming a loophole provided by Congo culture.

I disagree. I think that such a view is a huge overreach on the part of the State. I have enough problems with society telling me what is and isn't morally permissible within the borders of the nation. I reject the concept that they maintain that right once I've left their borders.

I reject the argument that these girls were somehow 'more mature' that 14 year olds in the US. That's bullshit, the guy wanted to jump some teenage lolitas and he did. Sadly their government doesn't do shit to protect them. However, it is NOT the right, duty or privilege of this government to involve itself, except, that they should totally fire the jackass and make sure that every future employer knows his tastes.

Now, since he brought child porn into the US... they should throw the book at him, but that's a perv of a different color.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 18, 2008, 12:53:27 am
Actually, it may very well BE illegal in the Congo (no idea what legal age is there, but not many countries have a legal age under 16) but how would he be prosecuted there? Extradition?

According to your logic, sex tourists who rape little kids in Thailand should be immune from prosecution if they make it home without getting prosecuted.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on July 18, 2008, 01:39:37 pm
I wonder... is it a crime to book a flight in the US with the express intent of comitting otherwise legal acts?


Probably not.  My extent of the law about this is limited to Law and Order: SVU, but I do recall some dialogue about:

STABLER:  "Those scumbags can just get away with it?"

MCCOY: "Yes.  But they won't escape the law forever."

(15 minutes later, they're all prosecuted for mail fraud, or something.)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 18, 2008, 02:10:24 pm
I think you're getting your Law and Order's mixed up. 

And also, I don't care about the legality.  I just want someone to stuff him in one of the refrigerators we have lying around here.  In fact, I'd volunteer to do the stuffing. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Contessa_Ugolino on July 18, 2008, 02:24:51 pm
This post 100% pedo free! Despite involving the Catholic Church!

Italian monk releases second heavy metal album: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7513571.stm
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 18, 2008, 02:37:45 pm
See, and this is why I can't dog Christians across the board.  Because for every Robertson/Dobbs nutjob, you've got someone like Brother Cesare here, who seems to actually be tuned into reality.  Also, I'm going to look for more of his music. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 18, 2008, 07:03:51 pm
This post 100% pedo free! Despite involving the Catholic Church!

Italian monk releases second heavy metal album: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7513571.stm

He's so adorable! I love him!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Voodoo on July 18, 2008, 09:23:58 pm
When I first saw this headline, in my mind I could hear George Bush saying, "the free market works!"

"Moscow's sex slave trade reportedly thriving" http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/07/18/russia.prostitution/index.html


edit for grammer spelling
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 22, 2008, 01:10:11 am
In better late then never news:

Radovan Karadzic has finally been apprehended.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25787633 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25787633)

I really hope someone airs the fucker's trial. 

ETA:  He's the Hitler wannabee/fanboi who orchestrated the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and Croats in Srebenica and other locales in Bosnia.  In case you were wondering. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on July 22, 2008, 01:21:36 am
Only 12 years overdue.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on July 22, 2008, 08:00:56 am
Against the death penalty?

You = subversive anarchist.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/92212/

Finally, at long last, I have something in common with Muhammad Ali.

No, I'm not the heavyweight champion of the world, and haven't been named spokesperson for Raid bug spray. Like "the Greatest" - not to mention far too many others -- I have been a target of state police surveillance for activities -- in my case against the death penalty -- that were legal, non-violent, and, so we assumed, constitutionally protected. In classified reports compiled by the Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security, I am "Dave Z." This nickname was given by an undercover agent known to us as "Lucy." She sat in our meetings of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, smiling and engaged, taking copious notes about actions deemed threatening by the Governor of Maryland, Robert Ehrlich. Our seditious crimes, as Lucy reported, involved such acts as planning to set up a table at the local farmer's market and writing up a petition. Adding a dash of farce to this outrage, she was monitoring us in the liberal enclave of Takoma Park, Maryland, a place known more for vegans than violence, more for tie-dying than terrorism.

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and the ACLU, we now know that "Lucy" was only one part of a vast, insidious project. The Maryland State Police's Department of Homeland Security devoted near 300 hours and thousands of taxpayer dollars from 2005 and 2006 to harassing people whose only crime was dissenting on the question of the war in Iraq and Maryland's use of death row.

My dear friend Mike Stark, a board member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is at times referred to in "Lucy's" report as a "socialist" and an "anarchist." One can only assume this is the pathetic time honored tradition of reducing people to simple caricatures, all the better to garner Homeland Security grant money.

Veteran peace activist in Baltimore, Max Obuszewski, who initiated the suit, was as well consistently shadowed as he walked down the streets. His "primary crime" (their lingo) was entered into the homeland security database as "terrorism - anti govern(ment)." His "secondary crime" was listed as "terrorism -- anti-war protesters." The database is known as the Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA. Yes, a respected peace organizer of many decades standing is checked as a terrorist, his actions listed as criminal, for doing nothing more than exercising his rights. It boggles the mind.

Former police superintendent Tim Hutchins defended these totalitarian practices by saying, "You do what you think is best to protect the general populace of the state." (The article mentioned that Hutchins is now a federal defense contractor. I guess The Global War on Terror is just the gift that keeps on giving for the Hutchins family.)

But "protect the general populace" from what? The surveillance continued even after it was determined that we were planning nothing more dangerous that carrying clipboards in a public place. Hutchins and the Ehrlich administration have undertaken an ugly violation of our civil rights, manipulating fears of terrorism to stamp out dissent.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 22, 2008, 02:08:25 pm
Only 12 years overdue.

Only Ratko remains.  Supposedly hiding out somewhere in Belgrade, Serbia.  Apparently the new pro-Western regime in Serbia greased the wheels to find and apprehend Karadzic.  I imagine they'd love to get this shit behind them so it isn't a constant stain on their reputation. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 22, 2008, 02:21:40 pm
Also, apparently he evaded capture for 13 years by disguising himself as Santa Claus. 

(http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photo/_new/080722-karadzic-hlrg-4a.hlarge.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 23, 2008, 06:01:00 am
Adorable goddamn baby bats:

(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/11_03/049bats_468x322.jpg)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-495789/Adorable-baby-bats--honestly--snuggled-wool-animal-shelter.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Voodoo on July 23, 2008, 06:47:42 pm
they look just like my dogs!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 23, 2008, 07:03:30 pm
What the hell kind of dogs do you have?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Voodoo on July 23, 2008, 07:10:35 pm
scruffy mutts with big ears. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 23, 2008, 09:07:52 pm
I want bat-dogs!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Voodoo on July 23, 2008, 09:11:12 pm
I will find a pic to post tonight.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 23, 2008, 09:14:58 pm
I want bat-dogs!

If I had a bat-dog I would name it Louisville Slugger. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BADGE OF HONOR on July 23, 2008, 09:19:06 pm
GROAN.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on August 05, 2008, 03:03:03 pm
Something Strange is afoot. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26014848/) 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on August 05, 2008, 08:54:24 pm
Wow, ANOTHER one?

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on August 05, 2008, 08:55:07 pm
I was waiting for that to drop.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Raphaella on August 05, 2008, 09:09:11 pm
Quote
A sixth foot found in June in British Columbia was determined to be an animal paw that had been shoved inside a shoe as a hoax.
Clearly this needed a troll. I mean, really.  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on August 09, 2008, 12:52:06 am
Waterboarding: THE AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE:
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSKUA75551820080807
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on November 29, 2008, 11:00:54 pm
A little bird told me that this is the work of Discordians:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g0Qse_bPFqZms857O_uj-_wHZk7gD94LGGP83
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: fomenter on November 29, 2008, 11:07:22 pm
 :lulz:
 needs a candelabra
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on November 29, 2008, 11:16:04 pm
What the hell, that is awesome!  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Iason Ouabache on December 01, 2008, 05:59:57 pm
A little bird told me that this is the work of Discordians:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g0Qse_bPFqZms857O_uj-_wHZk7gD94LGGP83
Obviously someone mixed up "conservation" and "conservatory".
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on December 03, 2008, 12:05:05 am
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_100_MPH_WRECK

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 03, 2008, 09:20:23 am
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_100_MPH_WRECK



I just got a boring AP website out of that link.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on December 05, 2008, 05:32:29 am
HAVE ANOTHER!

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/ODD_CHEESEBURGER_ASSAULT?SITE=ORAST&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on December 05, 2008, 11:10:03 am
Mayor McCheese would be most displeased. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 05, 2008, 03:41:32 pm
"authorities say the man again took the McDonald's sandwich and put it on her face."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 05, 2008, 03:56:57 pm
That sounds like some really quite perverted sex act more than an assault.

Though the two are not mutually exclusive.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on December 05, 2008, 06:47:58 pm
The Juice gets 15 years:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28067187/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28067187/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: cptmarginal on December 07, 2008, 01:18:14 am
AVOID THE NOID (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,151193,00.html)

Quote

In commercials for Domino's Pizza, the chain's employees wage a never ending battle against the Noid, a gremlin who delays deliveries and carries a gun that can turn a pizza ice cold. Many viewers are amused by the Noid, Domino's says, but one of them took the advertising campaign personally. Last week Kenneth Noid, 22, walked into a Domino's Pizza shop in Chamblee, Ga., with a .357 Magnum revolver and took two employees hostage. When police arrived, he demanded $100,000 in cash, a getaway car and a copy of The Widow's Son, a 1985 novel about secret societies in an 18th century Parisian prison.

All Noid got was the pizza he ordered. After a five-hour siege, the two employees slipped away and Noid gave himself up. According to police, Noid has "psychological problems" and believes that he has an "ongoing dispute with Tom Monaghan," the head of the Detroit-based Domino's chain.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Shibboleet The Annihilator on December 08, 2008, 06:25:25 am
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/1208/575299.html

Click & enjoy!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 08, 2008, 04:37:15 pm
JESUS FUCK.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on December 08, 2008, 04:53:18 pm
Hah. You think that's bad, look at this Greyfaced behavior:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 08, 2008, 06:47:24 pm
That is completely INSANE. FUCK.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on December 08, 2008, 06:48:54 pm
"INSANE?  THIS. IS. AMURRIKA!"
   \
(http://llamabutchers.mu.nu/archives/king%20leonidas%20pretty%20pissed.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on December 08, 2008, 07:31:52 pm
Hah. You think that's bad, look at this Greyfaced behavior:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html)

holy crap :sad:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on December 08, 2008, 08:05:30 pm
Hah. You think that's bad, look at this Greyfaced behavior:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html)

ATTN TEXAS:

You are no longer allowed to associate yourselves with the rest of the United States of America. Please hand over all your non-Christians and minorities, and detach your state from the North American continent within the next three months.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on December 08, 2008, 11:52:29 pm
Hah. You think that's bad, look at this Greyfaced behavior:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html)

ATTN TEXAS:

You are no longer allowed to associate yourselves with the rest of the United States of America. Please hand over all your non-Christians and minorities, and detach your state from the North American continent within the next three months.

The Popes of the Floating Republic of Mu do hereby empower this deceleration. Texas, you now have 30 days to comply or face dire consequences (or fines and red tape, whichever is more annoying).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 09, 2008, 01:16:58 am
Hah. You think that's bad, look at this Greyfaced behavior:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6150136.html)

I'm surprised the cops didn't arrest them for having concealed weapons while they were at it.

I mean, if you're going to fuck with Sikhs, that is the next logical step after mistaking them for Muslims.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on December 09, 2008, 03:25:57 am
Cain, you know Amurricans all too well.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 23, 2008, 06:20:47 pm
This is pretty cool: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/us/23muslim.html?_r=1

Quote
CLEVELAND — Five years ago, young Muslims across the United States began reading and passing along a blurry, photocopied novel called “The Taqwacores,” about imaginary punk rock Muslims in Buffalo.

Noureen DeWulf and Bobby Naderi, both actors, with Jay Verkamp, center, the sound mixer for the film version of Mr. Knight’s novel. The film was shot in Cleveland.

“This book helped me create my identity,” said Naina Syed, 14, a high school freshman in Coventry, Conn.

A Muslim born in Pakistan, Naina said she spent hours on the phone listening to her older sister read the novel to her. “When I finally read the book for myself,” she said, “it was an amazing experience.”
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 27, 2008, 12:50:26 pm
That is pretty cool.  Though seriously, heard of scanners?  You could probably buy two computers for the price of those phone calls to Pakistan.

Random news roundup

President Lula of Brazil has his 'Alexander Hamilton' moment: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/19/world/americas/19brazil.html?_r=1

Iran's President is more important than he, or his critics, like to think: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/27/iran-ahmadinejad

In contrast with previous examples in history, times of tension are now seeing drops in the value of the dollar: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a6ziiuAEeEes&refer=home

http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/GKY2-qDEbJM/idUSTRE4BP16V20081226: This isn't about India, however.  Troops are being deployed from the Indian border to the Afghanistan one.  One thing can be said for the strange US insistence on going into Pakistan, its reducing the possibility of another Indo-Pakistan war.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5400786.ece: Santa goes postal
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 07, 2009, 08:14:04 pm
Joe the Journalist

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28542733/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28542733/)

Joe the Plumber is going to Israel for 10 days to cover the "Average Joes" of Israel and how the military action is impacting them, or something. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Pariah on January 07, 2009, 08:45:56 pm
Joe the Journalist

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28542733/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28542733/)

Joe the Plumber is going to Israel for 10 days to cover the "Average Joes" of Israel and how the military action is impacting them, or something. 
:facepalm:
That's the stupidest thing I've heard all day
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 07, 2009, 08:51:19 pm
Maybe someone will throw a shoe at him. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: the last yatto on January 07, 2009, 10:29:33 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7812875.stm  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on January 13, 2009, 11:49:40 pm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7812875.stm  :lulz:

 :sadbanana:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on April 27, 2009, 03:18:53 pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5225138/Viagra-rival-can-be-rubbed-directly-into-skin.html

As my friend said:
Quote
if i read this article correctly, it was someone's job to rub a salve on rat dicks

 :fap:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 07, 2009, 05:23:59 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090603/odds/odd_us_comics

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's bureaucrats may have little to laugh about these days, given opposition charges of misspent tax money, but that has not stopped one ministry offering its officials a unique form of training -- as stand-up comics.

More than 100 transport ministry officials in their 20s got tips this week from professional comedians as part of training in communication skills.

"By experiencing comedy routines, we hope they can learn more about how to speak to clients and how to manage their staff as they begin to have more management responsibility," said Atsuya Kawada, deputy director of the ministry's personnel division.

The training coincides with attacks by the main opposition Democratic Party, eyeing victory in a looming election, on what the party calls wasteful public spending due to decades of policy collusion between bureaucrats and ruling party lawmakers.

Kawada said the approach was better than just listening to lectures for young officials, who are often tired from long working hours.

"We also hope this training will soften the stiff image of bureaucrats," he added.



I wish they did that here
 :sad:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 09, 2009, 07:17:33 pm
Swedish Anti-Piracy Lawyer Gets New Name 'Pirate'

"Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (in Swedish) reports that Henrik Pontén, a lawyer of Antipiratbyrån, a Swedish organization against file sharing, has received a notification from officials that an application for change of his name has been approved and a new first name 'Pirate' has been added to his name. Authorities do not check the identity of persons applying for name changes. Pirate Pontén now has to apply for another change in order to revert the change."

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/06/08/1641237/Swedish-Anti-Piracy-Lawyer-Gets-New-Name-Pirate?himeobs=was+here
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 09, 2009, 08:15:59 pm
Swedish Anti-Piracy Lawyer Gets New Name 'Pirate'

"Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (in Swedish) reports that Henrik Pontén, a lawyer of Antipiratbyrån, a Swedish organization against file sharing, has received a notification from officials that an application for change of his name has been approved and a new first name 'Pirate' has been added to his name. Authorities do not check the identity of persons applying for name changes. Pirate Pontén now has to apply for another change in order to revert the change."

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/06/08/1641237/Swedish-Anti-Piracy-Lawyer-Gets-New-Name-Pirate?himeobs=was+here

 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Fredfredly ⊂(◉‿◉)つ on June 10, 2009, 12:14:53 am
Swedish Anti-Piracy Lawyer Gets New Name 'Pirate'

"Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (in Swedish) reports that Henrik Pontén, a lawyer of Antipiratbyrån, a Swedish organization against file sharing, has received a notification from officials that an application for change of his name has been approved and a new first name 'Pirate' has been added to his name. Authorities do not check the identity of persons applying for name changes. Pirate Pontén now has to apply for another change in order to revert the change."

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/06/08/1641237/Swedish-Anti-Piracy-Lawyer-Gets-New-Name-Pirate?himeobs=was+here
:mittens: :mittens: :mittens:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Iason Ouabache on June 10, 2009, 02:15:28 am
Swedish Anti-Piracy Lawyer Gets New Name 'Pirate'

"Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (in Swedish) reports that Henrik Pontén, a lawyer of Antipiratbyrån, a Swedish organization against file sharing, has received a notification from officials that an application for change of his name has been approved and a new first name 'Pirate' has been added to his name. Authorities do not check the identity of persons applying for name changes. Pirate Pontén now has to apply for another change in order to revert the change."

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/06/08/1641237/Swedish-Anti-Piracy-Lawyer-Gets-New-Name-Pirate?himeobs=was+here
LOL, Bureaucracy!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 13, 2009, 12:22:58 am
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090611/odds/odd_us_snakes

Police in Sierra Leone have called in the army and fire brigade to try to take back control of a police station which has been overrun by hundreds of venomous snakes.

Snake charmers have tried in vain to lure the beasts, mostly cobras and vipers, out of Gerihun police station in the southern district of Bo. Attempts to smoke them out also failed.

Officers and residents wanting to report crimes have grown too afraid to come to the building.

"Even during work time when statements are being taken, these snakes can come out in dozens. Inhabitants have found it difficult to report cases to the police," station spokesman Brima Kota said.

Soldiers and fire fighters had been dispatched from the capital Freetown and would try to flood out the snakes, believed to number as many as 400, he said.

Wild animals have regularly had run-ins with villagers in remote, thickly forested parts of Sierra Leone, particularly in settlements where humans have only recently returned after fleeing the country's 10-year civil war.

Paramilitary police were drafted in to protect villagers in Bo from wild bush cows after a farmer was gored to death a few years ago, while rampaging elephants killed eight people and chased 600 from their homes in the east not long before that.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on June 19, 2009, 09:29:15 pm
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090617/national/oddity_gorilla_with_knife_3


THE PRIMATES ARE LEANING TO USE WEAPONS NOW
 :eek:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on July 22, 2009, 08:54:46 pm
An explosion of exploding donation at Goodwill:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32088144/ns/us_news-weird_news/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32088144/ns/us_news-weird_news/)

ARVADA, Colorado - A land mine found in a suburban Denver Goodwill donation box forced the evacuation of a strip mall.

The rectangular, olive-green box with the words "Front Toward Enemy" raised the suspicions of Goodwill workers Tuesday.

Arvada police say the Claymore land mine didn't go off in the donation box and no one was hurt. A bomb squad disposed of the device.

Police Sgt. Jeff Monzingo says it's unclear whether the device was operational or where it came from. No suspects have been identified.

Claymore mines were widely used during the Vietnam war.

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on July 23, 2009, 05:34:15 am
http://www.theledger.com/article/20090721/NEWS/907215041/1374?Title=Ads-Tout-Religion-in-Government

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A Hillsborough public policy group whose Christian platform included a push for a state ban on gay marriage has embraced a new attack on an old target: the separation of church and state.

Ten billboard advertisements against what activist Terry Kemple called the separation "lie" are being put up throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Seven or eight of the billboard messages already are in place, and the rest will be by the end of this week, Kemple said.

For the next six months, they'll be seen a million times a day, said retired businessman Gregg Smith, who rented the ad space for $50,000.

The message, as explained on www.noseparation.org , is that "America's government was made only for people who are moral and religious."

"The Judeo-Christian foundation that the Founding Fathers established when America began is the reason that this country has prospered for 200-plus years," said Kemple, president and sole employee of the local Community Issues Council, which paid for the Web site.

"The fact is, for the last 40 years, as anti-God activists have incrementally removed the recognition of God's place in the establishment of our country, we have gone downhill," he said.

Smith, 73, who spends half of the year at his Tampa home, brought the idea to Kemple's attention as a "separate ministry" needing local support.

For now, the initiative is just educational, though both men left open the opportunity for future work.

"Has the thought occurred that this may be the beginning of something bigger? Of course," Kemple said. "There is no next step.

"We'll just see what God ordains," he said.

The billboards showcase quotes from early American leaders like John Adams, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin. Most of the quotes portray a national need for Christian governance.

Others carry the same message but with fictional attribution, as with one billboard citing George Washington for the quote, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.''

"I don't believe there's a document in Washington's handwriting that has those words in that specific form," Kemple said. "However, if you look at Washington's quotes, including his farewell address, about the place of religion in the political sphere, there's no question he could have said those exact words.''


 :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Iason Ouabache on July 23, 2009, 07:08:50 am
Once again, if you have to lie to support your cause then it isn't really worth supporting in the first place.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on July 23, 2009, 08:13:39 am
"I am enquiring here about your plan to get my nose parated. My physician directed me to you."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on July 24, 2009, 06:18:25 pm
http://wonkette.com/409987/fake-boobed-dingbat-homophobe-lands-book-deal

As Sarah Palin proved to a disgusted nation, you don’t need to know how to write or even read to get a book deal in End Times America. All you need to be is a disgraced former beauty contestant who hates the same fruits and coloreds as Red State America, where illiteracy is no barrier to buying, say, a Glenn Beck book at the Wal-Mart. What do you call a dumb bigot with big hair, high heels and a few pounds of makeup? How about America’s Next Top Author?

Carrie Prejean delighted Americans last year or whenever, because Perez Hilton made her say she simply does NOT care for the homosexuals doing the things white people do, such as have weddings. Then, of course, Miss Christianity was found to be a typical soft-porn Internet model, as most Christian teen-age girls turn out to be, if they’re not too obese, which rules it out for about 96% of them. Then she got fired, by Donald Trump or California, we do not remember, and now she’s got a book deal with esteemed wingnut publisher Regnery, which really needed a less used-up-looking Ann Coulter type to move units at CostCo.

Uh, let’s see, Prejean’s collection of ghost-written AM radio talking points will be called, sure, Still Standing. Because America’s gay mafia hoped to cut off her legs and feed them to rats, but actually nobody wanted to do that at all, because who cares, right? So, there’s the title. Pre-order now at World Net Daily or Human Events, we bet!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on November 04, 2009, 12:31:53 am
http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-Housing/idUSTRE59Q03Q20091027

Foreclosed Couple Detain, Torture Loan-Modification Agents

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As Los Angeles housing advocates launched a campaign warning of mortgage rescue scams, a couple hit by foreclosure are charged with torturing two loan-modification agents they suspected of fraud, authorities said....

"The two allegedly sought loan modification assistance from the victims but believed that nothing was being done and wanted their money back," a statement from the district attorney's office said.

[DA mouthpiece Shiara] Davila-Morales added that the couple, according to investigators, believed they had been swindled.








these people are heroes!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Remington on November 04, 2009, 01:14:40 am
Congress Approves $500 Billion For Monument To Human Folly (http://www.theonion.com/content/news/congress_approves_500_billion_for)

In recognition of mankind's inherent propensity for tragically foolish decisions, Congress allocated nearly $500 billion Monday for the construction of a new national monument honoring human folly.

"From Hannibal's disastrous crossing of the Alps to Custer's humiliating defeat at Little Bighorn, human history has been plagued by senseless mistakes, and it is high time we built a memorial to honor that history," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said of the expensive and ill-advised monument. "My deepest hope is that future generations of Americans will one day look upon this pointless edifice and be filled with a sense of awe and wonder at mankind's utter lack of foresight."

"To think of all the ways our time and money could have been better spent," Pelosi continued. "I can imagine no more fitting tribute."

According to the bipartisan plan, the proposed monument will be built precariously over a Washington freeway overpass, and will require as many as 30 years of grueling labor to complete. As a representation of humanity's failure to learn from past mistakes, the project is being designed by the architecture firm of Ganz & Weiss, best known for their work on a series of dangerously constructed St. Louis public housing projects that were condemned in the late 1990s.

"Our goal is to create a structure that, like the human race itself, is doomed from the outset and plagued by innate flaws that can never be corrected," Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) said of the monument, which he claimed would eventually sink into the federally protected wetlands that surround it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 12, 2010, 04:18:09 pm
With apologies to the man's family, this headline is just too funny:

‘Strongest Man,’ 104, dies after he's hit by car

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34818457/ns/us_news-life/

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on January 12, 2010, 06:27:16 pm
Oh, that took me a little while to get. :lulz:


:wade:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on April 16, 2010, 07:59:28 pm
Average Time Spent Being Happy Drops To 13 Seconds Per Day

BERKELEY, CA—A study published in the latest issue of the Journal Of Social Sciences revealed that the amount of time spent being happy has dropped to an all-time low of 13 nonconsecutive seconds per day. "According to our data, the average American experiences a 0.8-second window of happiness upon awakening, before remembering that they're conscious beings in a relentlessly bleak and numbing world," said Dr. Derek Moore, lead author of the paper. "Other periods of happiness include 1.9 seconds after a good meal; 0.6 seconds upon receiving a paycheck; 1.1 seconds following completion of a scientific study; and the 2.5 seconds approaching orgasm, just before the guilt sets in." Researchers also recorded the smallest period of contentment yet, a 3.7-millisecond interval preceding the realization that one was experiencing happiness and that it could not possibly last.

source (http://www.theonion.com/articles/average-time-spent-being-happy-drops-to-13-seconds,17258/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on April 16, 2010, 09:00:02 pm
From my email:

Sheriff warns against prescription drug scam

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sheriff Bill Gore warned Friday about a scam in San Diego County regarding the collection of prescription drugs.
An official “Prescription Take Back Day” is planned for Saturday, according to the sheriff’s department. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., those with unused prescription drugs can drop them off at six locations around the county.
“Scammers have targeted some residents telling them if they are unable to make it to one of these locations their drugs can be left on the front porch and someone will come by to pick them up. That is simply not true,” Gore said.

The Board of Supervisors is working on a ordinance to place permanent prescription drop boxes at sheriff’’s stations around San Diego County.

Gore said those unable to make it to a drop-off site Saturday, should hold onto their prescriptions until the permanent boxes are in place.

According to the county’s Oxy Task Force — a multi-agency effort that includes the sheriff’s department — parents frequently unknowingly supply dangerous drugs to their children by leaving unused prescriptions in their medicine chests. The task force was formed to combat OxyContin use among young people.

Other prescription drugs often used for recreation include Vicodin, Adderall, Soma, Xanax, Ambien, codeine, methadone and fentanyl. Saturday’s drop-off sites will be at the county’s administration center on Pacific Highway, Tri-City Medical Center, Poway sheriff’s substation, Scripps Memorial Hospital, and the El Cajon and South Bay courthouses.

This story was written and edited by City News Service.
Read more: http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-04-16/local-county-news/sheriff-warns-against-prescription-drug-scam#ixzz0lIJjt4n0
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Eater of Clowns on April 16, 2010, 10:56:37 pm
Average Time Spent Being Happy Drops To 13 Seconds Per Day

BERKELEY, CA—A study published in the latest issue of the Journal Of Social Sciences revealed that the amount of time spent being happy has dropped to an all-time low of 13 nonconsecutive seconds per day. "According to our data, the average American experiences a 0.8-second window of happiness upon awakening, before remembering that they're conscious beings in a relentlessly bleak and numbing world," said Dr. Derek Moore, lead author of the paper. "Other periods of happiness include 1.9 seconds after a good meal; 0.6 seconds upon receiving a paycheck; 1.1 seconds following completion of a scientific study; and the 2.5 seconds approaching orgasm, just before the guilt sets in." Researchers also recorded the smallest period of contentment yet, a 3.7-millisecond interval preceding the realization that one was experiencing happiness and that it could not possibly last.

source (http://www.theonion.com/articles/average-time-spent-being-happy-drops-to-13-seconds,17258/)

Reading that made me genuinely happy for at least a minute. "Before remembering that they're conscious beings in a relentlessly bleak and numbing world."  Damn, good stuff.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on April 20, 2010, 05:23:21 pm
:news:

Earthquakes are caused by promiscuous women
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-promiscuous-women-case-earthquakes/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on April 20, 2010, 05:56:00 pm
Goddamn, I want one of those "admit one" belts!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: East Coast Hustle on April 20, 2010, 06:09:13 pm
:news:

Earthquakes are caused by promiscuous women
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-promiscuous-women-case-earthquakes/

so by that logic, there are higher concentrations of promiscuous women in areas that have more earthquakes.

also, by that logic, there should be earthquakes IN MY PANCE.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Iason Ouabache on April 20, 2010, 06:23:08 pm
:news:

Earthquakes are caused by promiscuous women
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-promiscuous-women-case-earthquakes/

so by that logic, there are higher concentrations of promiscuous women in areas that have more earthquakes.

also, by that logic, there should be earthquakes IN MY PANCE.
There are some ladies out there willing to test this theory:

http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/in-name-of-science-i-offer-my-boobs.html

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On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that's your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I'm sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn't rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it'll be one involving plate tectonics.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: NWC on June 09, 2010, 03:27:07 pm
Lady gets hit by lightning right before her boyfriend was going to propose: http://www.digtriad.com/news/local_state/article.aspx?storyid=143375


NOT COOL. This guy should devote his life to helping that crazy scientist guy build his tower that takes drunken rage swings at thunderstorms.


Actually, everyone should devote their lives to building such towers.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BabylonHoruv on June 10, 2010, 06:16:09 am
:news:

Earthquakes are caused by promiscuous women
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-promiscuous-women-case-earthquakes/

so by that logic, there are higher concentrations of promiscuous women in areas that have more earthquakes.

also, by that logic, there should be earthquakes IN MY PANCE.

California, yes

Alaska, no.  Well, I guess a higher proportion of the women are promiscuous, but the male to female ratio is like 15 to 1.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: NWC on June 15, 2010, 04:53:22 pm
Took me way too long to figure out that this was a real article:

http://www.dailytech.com/Goatse+Finds+Reveals+Another+Gaping+Hole+in+iPad+This+Time+in+Safari/article18723.htm

SFW, I think
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Hoser McRhizzy on June 20, 2010, 05:14:21 pm
Woman ruptures throat blowing into vuvuzela (http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/18/woman-ruptures-throat-blowing-into-vuvuzela/)

Quote
Yvonne Mayer: I thought I was blowing it right, but perhaps I was trying too hard... [M]y experience has proven they can be dangerous if underestimated.

............
Maybe a repost: Man moons Hell's Angels, throws a puppy at them, and makes his getaway in a bulldozer! (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/10333211.stm) 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Rumckle on June 21, 2010, 02:39:25 pm
Police Raid Bar After Woman Mistaken For Justin Beiber (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/police-raid-bar-after-us-woman-mistaken-for-justin-bieber/story-e6frf7jx-1225881045747)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Remington on June 23, 2010, 02:23:22 pm
Have your face recorded and logged by Unilever, and they will give you ice cream (http://consumerist.com/2010/06/big-brother-is-watching-you----and-he-has-ice-cream.html)

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If you happen to be going to Cannes this summer (and, really, if you aren't, you should be) mega-conglomerate Unilever is ready to tempt you with a treat straight out of Minority Report. The company has set up a vending machine that lets anyone who walks by score some free ice cream. The price? Just smile for the machine's facial recognition software, which will determine your age, gender and emotion. Only the most happy will get ice cream. The rest? We don't really know, but we seem to remember something having to do with stolen eyeballs that can be used to trick such systems.

The "Share Happy" machine can sense when it's being approached, and "captures and measures your smile 15 times a second, and when it's wide enough, rewards you with ice cream." Once you hit the jackpot, you can share your winning smile with friends via Facebook. As to who Unilever's sharing it with, and what they're doing with it, we can only imagine. But, hey, free ice cream seems like a fair price for helping educate the smart machines and help them build their dossier, right?

 :weary:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 26, 2010, 07:58:10 am
Have your face recorded and logged by Unilever, and they will give you ice cream (http://consumerist.com/2010/06/big-brother-is-watching-you----and-he-has-ice-cream.html)

Quote
If you happen to be going to Cannes this summer (and, really, if you aren't, you should be) mega-conglomerate Unilever is ready to tempt you with a treat straight out of Minority Report. The company has set up a vending machine that lets anyone who walks by score some free ice cream. The price? Just smile for the machine's facial recognition software, which will determine your age, gender and emotion. Only the most happy will get ice cream. The rest? We don't really know, but we seem to remember something having to do with stolen eyeballs that can be used to trick such systems.

The "Share Happy" machine can sense when it's being approached, and "captures and measures your smile 15 times a second, and when it's wide enough, rewards you with ice cream." Once you hit the jackpot, you can share your winning smile with friends via Facebook. As to who Unilever's sharing it with, and what they're doing with it, we can only imagine. But, hey, free ice cream seems like a fair price for helping educate the smart machines and help them build their dossier, right?

 :weary:

HMMmmmmmmmm I have a bunch of mixed thoughts on this

Actually, you can do that without ever needing to log the photograph. Of course you couldn't share it via Facebook, then.

But this is a bit of a dumb report like that, they freak out because "ooohhhh MINORITY REPORT the machine is doing FACE RECOGNITION", but smile recognition is one of the more easier things. At least, I guess it must be, because my mom's digital camera has it. It holds off snapping the pic until the smile scores high enough. We tried it with a number of grins and frowns, it was surprisingly effective. Especially good results on the more subtle part of the scale, if someone isn't aware their picture is being taken and doesn't "pose" or is busy talking, it will take the pic at the exact moment the person is smiling, even if it's just for a flash of a second. It actually makes people appear more photogenic!

Well, I thought that is pretty awesome. Oh I might post some of those frown/grin faces to spagbook if y'r interested. (It's just me making faces)

Anyway, the real privacy implications is that it will upload those pics to Facebook. Except that, to be fair, depending on what the app exactly does, it might be no worse than the other stuff you're sharing via Facebook already. Since you already put pics up there [and they won't be as good since they won't be taken with smile detection].
So the real bad thing is that the Unilever app will get some info about you and your friends. But Unilever isn't really in the business of datamining social networks. So I assume the data goes to whatever social media advertising company they hired for this stunt. Except that, I think (correct me if I'm wrong) privacy law would forbid such a third party from storing that data without explicitly notifying the user.

So it's mostly Facebook itself that will be getting more privacy-sensitive data from this stunt. But they don't need to give away free icecream to entice people to give up their data :)

Maybe I'm partial, because I think it's a pretty good marketing stunt and what it's doing is significantly less bad than what Facebook is doing already, privacy-wise. It's really reall clever:

You get people to smile, while thinking of Unilever icecream. Smiling on purpose causes you to feel happy because of mirror neurons and basically you are now anchoring this feeling to Unilever icecream. FUCKING BRILLIANT, I say!
And there's one more. Taking the picture of the very happy smiling person, overlaying it with the Unilever icecream logo, and sharing with their friends --> Instant personalized brand recommendation! STRIKE TWO!

Seriously, just for coming up with that shit, I might let the privacy slide for a bit. I am AMAZE. And it helps I'm not on Facebook and won't be bothered by this poop.

Oh and I bolded the bit about eyeballs because it was funny.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on June 26, 2010, 06:55:00 pm
Trip,

I agree. Once the 3 parts of the memetic structure came together for me, I was all WTF thatscarybrilliant. Note that this memetic marketing can be done by some dude in a uniform for $10 an hour, but they just went and built a robot to do it. s-c-a-r-y-b-r-i-l-l-i-a-n-t


Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on July 27, 2010, 07:33:47 pm
Lady Gaga Kidnaps Commissioner Gordon (http://www.theonion.com/articles/lady-gaga-kidnaps-commissioner-gordon,17789/)

GOTHAM CITY—Supervillain Lady Gaga brazenly abducted Commis≠sioner James Gordon from a charity fundraiser Tuesday, leaving police baffled and the citizens of Gotham fearing for their safety. Known for her outlandish costumes and geometric polygon hair, the criminal mad≠woman made a daring escape from Arkham Asylum last week and has been taunting authorities by interrupting television broadcasts ever since. "If you ever want to see Commissioner Gordon again, you'll do exactly as I say," Lady Gaga said from her secret lair, adjusting her angular yellow Tyvek and spandex dress as henchmen danced menacingly around the bound commissioner. While the kidnapping occurred at stately Wayne Manor, home of playboy jet-setter Bruce Wayne, the eccentric billionaire was not available for comment.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jasper on July 27, 2010, 10:01:27 pm
You know, I thought the Onion was supposed to do somewhat hard to believe stuff.  It's getting to where I can't be totally sure it's from them.

(If they didn't mention Arkham, Gordon, or B. Wayne, I'd almost have bought it.)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Hoser McRhizzy on September 15, 2010, 10:38:39 pm
Upcoming show by perky pop band The New Pornographers (Mutiny, I Promise You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-g8J3pcmGY&feature=related), Sing Me Spanish Techno (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDUHJNVjpS0)) has been cancelled by Michigan’s Calvin College (http://www.calvin.edu/admin/sao/resources/articles/new-pornographers.htm).  Because the name of the band is dirtywrong and prevents these christian scholars from engaging in a “serious critical engagement of popular culture.”  :lol:


And in other news, in Canada, it is still illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft.  Not just a charge of fraud here, but a specific law on the books just for people who (for example) think sewing weeds in bags will get them out of debt faster.  http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/297576#tab=comments&sc=0&local=
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Prince Glittersnatch III on September 16, 2010, 03:30:43 am
How does the Church of Scientology fit into those laws?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on September 16, 2010, 02:45:09 pm
I, for one, am glad the canadian government has taken a stand against prayer candles and jacking off to squiggles.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on September 16, 2010, 09:39:56 pm
I, for one, am glad the canadian government has taken a stand against prayer candles and jacking off to squiggles.

Hey, in this economic climate, some people lacking in artistic skills can't afford high quality porn!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adios on September 18, 2010, 07:35:19 pm
A cure for the recession!!!!

The American dollar is in bad need of a makeover. Thanks to the Dollar ReDe$ign Project, we may now have some options.

Organized by creative strategy consultant Richard Smith, the Dollar ReDe$ign Project is soliciting ideas for the dollar bill of the future. "Our great 'rival', the Euro, looks so spanky in comparison it seems the only clear way to revive this global recession is to rebrand and redesign," the project notes on its website.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/721294

People like this make me want to drive an asphalt over their organs.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jasper on September 30, 2010, 11:30:12 pm
Can I be in favor of a dollar redesign without thinking it will fix anything?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Don Coyote on September 30, 2010, 11:32:17 pm
Can I be in favor of a dollar redesign without thinking it will fix anything?

Only if you are a communist.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jasper on September 30, 2010, 11:34:32 pm
Oh, dang.  Out of luck I guess.

Still, prettier money would make me less likely to get rid of it.  As it is, I can't stand the sight of the stuff.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Don Coyote on September 30, 2010, 11:35:56 pm
Oh, dang.  Out of luck I guess.

Still, prettier money would make me less likely to get rid of it.  As it is, I can't stand the sight of the stuff.

I don't even carry cash all that much.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jasper on September 30, 2010, 11:46:34 pm
I would, if it featured Darwin.  Or at least Lady Gaga.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 01, 2010, 02:56:05 am
Hee hee!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42989.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Disco Pickle on October 01, 2010, 01:38:09 pm
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/01/spain.breastfeeding.fathers/index.html?hpt=T2

jesus. fucking. christ.

 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jasper on October 02, 2010, 03:20:11 am
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/01/spain.breastfeeding.fathers/index.html?hpt=T2

jesus. fucking. christ.

 

I'm okay with giving fathers "breastfeeding leave" from work, on the sole condition that they explain to all their coworkers that is why they're screwed for the next several shifts.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 02, 2010, 03:44:51 am
No, it's too obvious. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 02, 2010, 03:45:41 am
Also, the USA should let me take hysterectomy sympathy leave. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Iason Ouabache on October 04, 2010, 07:00:35 am
Hee hee!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42989.html
I always assumed that the money went the other direction in that relationship. That's what I get for being naive.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Hoser McRhizzy on October 14, 2010, 04:12:36 am
No words.  This is just too frigging useful...  :lol:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/874330--obama-related-to-limbaugh-palin

Quote
Rush Limbaugh calls President Barack Obama “imam,” even though he knows the president isn’t a Muslim. Sarah Palin has openly doubted the president’s “cojones.”

Turns out these two conservative firebrands have been dissin’ their own cousin.

The online genealogy service Ancestry.com now reports that Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, and Obama and Limbaugh are 10th cousins once removed.

(apologies if this is a repost)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on October 14, 2010, 04:22:20 am
No words.  This is just too frigging useful...  :lol:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/874330--obama-related-to-limbaugh-palin

Quote
Rush Limbaugh calls President Barack Obama “imam,” even though he knows the president isn’t a Muslim. Sarah Palin has openly doubted the president’s “cojones.”

Turns out these two conservative firebrands have been dissin’ their own cousin.

The online genealogy service Ancestry.com now reports that Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, and Obama and Limbaugh are 10th cousins once removed.

(apologies if this is a repost)

That must be equally embarassing for all three of them.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Hoser McRhizzy on October 14, 2010, 04:52:29 am
That must be equally embarassing for all three of them.

Probably.   :lol:

I'm just happy I finally have the proof I need: this obviously means that Sarah Palin is Muslim.

Of course, it gets less fun as you go.  I don't actually care about which people with too much money are related to which people with too much money.  Just thinking the story's useful for making certain heads explode.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on October 14, 2010, 04:53:51 am
That must be equally embarassing for all three of them.

Probably.   :lol:

I'm just happy I finally have the proof I need: this obviously means that Sarah Palin is Muslim.

Of course, it gets less fun as you go.  I don't actually care about which people with too much money are related to which people with too much money.  Just thinking the story's useful for making certain heads explode.

Maybe if you make the argument that she's black the Tea Partiers will go back to calling themselves Republicans.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Iason Ouabache on October 14, 2010, 08:30:08 am
No words.  This is just too frigging useful...  :lol:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/874330--obama-related-to-limbaugh-palin

Quote
Rush Limbaugh calls President Barack Obama “imam,” even though he knows the president isn’t a Muslim. Sarah Palin has openly doubted the president’s “cojones.”

Turns out these two conservative firebrands have been dissin’ their own cousin.

The online genealogy service Ancestry.com now reports that Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, and Obama and Limbaugh are 10th cousins once removed.

(apologies if this is a repost)

That must be equally embarassing for all three of them.
Meh. Anything past third cousin is worthless. I'm willing to bet that if you picked any 2 Americans at random they will be 10th or better cousins. I'm too lazy to do the math though.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on October 14, 2010, 02:41:26 pm
No words.  This is just too frigging useful...  :lol:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/874330--obama-related-to-limbaugh-palin

Quote
Rush Limbaugh calls President Barack Obama “imam,” even though he knows the president isn’t a Muslim. Sarah Palin has openly doubted the president’s “cojones.”

Turns out these two conservative firebrands have been dissin’ their own cousin.

The online genealogy service Ancestry.com now reports that Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, and Obama and Limbaugh are 10th cousins once removed.

(apologies if this is a repost)

That must be equally embarassing for all three of them.
Meh. Anything past third cousin is worthless. I'm willing to bet that if you picked any 2 Americans at random they will be 10th or better cousins. I'm too lazy to do the math though.

True. Some places also tend to become gene puddles.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on October 14, 2010, 04:13:58 pm
No words.  This is just too frigging useful...  :lol:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/874330--obama-related-to-limbaugh-palin

Quote
Rush Limbaugh calls President Barack Obama “imam,” even though he knows the president isn’t a Muslim. Sarah Palin has openly doubted the president’s “cojones.”

Turns out these two conservative firebrands have been dissin’ their own cousin.

The online genealogy service Ancestry.com now reports that Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, and Obama and Limbaugh are 10th cousins once removed.

(apologies if this is a repost)

That must be equally embarassing for all three of them.
Meh. Anything past third cousin is worthless. I'm willing to bet that if you picked any 2 Americans at random they will be 10th or better cousins. I'm too lazy to do the math though.

This is probably true.  Say, could you lend me, your long lost 10th Cousin, $50?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on October 14, 2010, 05:31:38 pm
Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks (http://www.theonion.com/articles/historians-admit-to-inventing-ancient-greeks,18209/?utm_source=recentnews)



WASHINGTON—A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had "entirely fabricated" ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization.

The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge "Greek" documents and artifacts.

"Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far," said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. "We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, the lever and fulcrum, rhetoric, ethics, all the different kinds of columns—everything."

Enlarge Image

Just one of the "ancient" artifacts dreamed up in a basement in Somerville, MA.

"Way more stuff than any one civilization could have come up with, obviously," he added.

According to Haddlebury, the idea of inventing a wholly fraudulent ancient culture came about when he and other scholars realized they had no idea what had actually happened in Europe during the 800-year period before the Christian era.

Frustrated by the gap in the record, and finding archaeologists to be "not much help at all," they took the problem to colleagues who were then scrambling to find a way to explain where things such as astronomy, cartography, and democracy had come from.

Within hours the greatest and most influential civilization of all time was born.

"One night someone made a joke about just taking all these ideas, lumping them together, and saying the Greeks had done it all 2,000 years ago," Haddlebury said. "One thing led to another, and before you know it, we're coming up with everything from the golden ratio to the Iliad."

"That was a bitch to write, by the way," he continued, referring to the epic poem believed to have laid the foundation for the Western literary tradition. "But it seemed to catch on."

          (http://o.onionstatic.com/images/articles/article/18209/Historians-Jump-3-R_jpg_250x1000_q85.jpg)
          caption: Just one of the "ancient" artifacts dreamed up in a basement in Somerville, MA

Around the same time, a curator at the Smithsonian reportedly asked for Haddlebury's help: The museum had received a sizeable donation to create an exhibit on the ancient world but "really didn't have a whole lot to put in there." The historians immediately set to work, hastily falsifying evidence of a civilization that— complete with its own poets and philosophers, gods and heroes—would eventually become the centerpiece of schoolbooks, college educations, and the entire field of the humanities.

Emily Nguyen-Whiteman, one of the young academics who "pulled a month's worth of all-nighters" working on the project, explained that the whole of ancient Greek architecture was based on buildings in Washington, D.C., including a bank across the street from the coffee shop where they met to "bat around ideas about mythology or whatever."

"We picked Greece because we figured nobody would ever go there to check it out," Nguyen-Whiteman said. "Have you ever seen the place? It's a dump. It's like an abandoned gravel pit infested with cats."

She added, "Inevitably, though, people started looking around for some of this 'ancient' stuff, and next thing I know I'm stuck in Athens all summer building a goddamn Parthenon just to cover our tracks."

Nguyen-Whiteman acknowledged she was also tasked with altering documents ranging from early Bibles to the writings of Thomas Jefferson to reflect a "Classical Greek" influence—a task that also included the creation, from scratch, of a language based on modern Greek that could pass as its ancient precursor.

Historians told reporters that some of the so-called Greek ideas were in fact borrowed from the Romans, stripped to their fundamentals, and then attributed to fictional Greek predecessors. But others they claimed as their own.

"Geometry? That was all Kevin," said Haddlebury, referring to former graduate student Kevin Davenport. "Man, that kid was on fire in those days. They teach Davenportian geometry in high schools now, though of course they call it Euclidean."

Sources confirmed that long hours and lack of sleep took their toll on Davenport, and after the lukewarm reception of his work on homoeroticism in Spartan military, he left the group.

In a statement expressing their "profound apologies" for misleading the world on the subject of antiquity for almost 40 years, the historians expressed hope that their work would survive on its own merits.

"It would be a shame to see humanity abandon achievements such as heliocentrism and the plays of Aeschylus just because of their origin," the statement read in part. "Moreover, we have some rather disappointing things to tell you about the pyramids, the works of Leonardo da Vinci, penicillin, the Internet, the scientific method, movies, and dogs."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on October 14, 2010, 05:56:02 pm
oh lord....  :lulz:


American People Hire High-Powered Lobbyist To Push Interests In Congress
http://www.theonion.com/articles/american-people-hire-highpowered-lobbyist-to-push,18204/?utm_source=recentnews

(http://o.onionstatic.com/images/articles/article/18204/American-People-R_jpg_600x345_crop-smart_upscale_q85.jpg)

WASHINGTON—Citing a desire to gain influence in Washington, the American people confirmed Friday that they have hired high-powered D.C. lobbyist Jack Weldon of the firm Patton Boggs to help advance their agenda in Congress.

Known among Beltway insiders for his ability to sway public policy on behalf of massive corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, and AT&T, Weldon, 53, is expected to use his vast network of political connections to give his new client a voice in the legislative process.

Weldon is reportedly charging the American people $795 an hour.

"Unlike R.J. Reynolds, Pfizer, or Bank of America, the U.S. populace lacks the access to public officials required to further its legislative goals," a statement from the nation read in part. "Jack Weldon gives us that access."

"His daily presence in the Capitol will ensure the American people finally get a seat at the table," the statement continued. "And it will allow him to advance our message that everyone, including Americans, deserves to be represented in Washington."

     (http://o.onionstatic.com/images/articles/article/18204/American-People-Jump-R_jpg_250x1000_q85.jpg)
     Weldon says he hopes to spin the American public, above, as a group worth Congress' time.

The 310-million-member group said it will rely on Weldon's considerable clout to ensure its concerns are taken into account when Congress addresses issues such as education, immigration, national security, health care, transportation, the economy, affordable college tuition, infrastructure, jobs, equal rights, taxes, Social Security, the environment, housing, the national debt, agriculture, energy, alternative energy, nutrition, imports, exports, foreign relations, the arts, and crime.

Sources confirmed that Weldon is already scheduled to have drinks Monday with several members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss saving the middle class.

"If you have a problem, say, with America's atrocious treatment of its veterans, you can't just pick up a phone and call your local congressman," Weldon told reporters from his office on K Street Monday. "You need someone on the inside who understands how democracy works; someone who knows how to grease the wheels a little."

Weldon said that after successfully advocating on behalf of Goldman Sachs and BP, he is relishing the opportunity to lobby for the American people, calling it the "challenge of a lifetime." The veteran D.C. power player admitted that his new client is at a disadvantage because it lacks the money and power of other groups.

"The goal is to make it seem politically advantageous for legislators to keep the American people in mind when making laws," Weldon said. "Lawmakers are going to ask me, 'Why should I care about the American people? What's in it for me?' And it will be up to me and my team to find some reason why they should consider putting poverty and medical care for children on the legislative docket."

"To be honest," Weldon added, "the American people have always been perceived as a little naïve when it comes to their representative government. But having me on their side sends a clear message that they're finally serious and want to play ball."

According to Washington heavyweights, hiring Weldon is an immediate game changer and should force politicians to take citizens' concerns seriously for the first time in decades. Moreover, sources said, Weldon will be able to help lawmakers see the American people as more than just a low-priority fringe group.

"Jack is very good at what he does," said Joseph Pearlman, a headhunter for the McCormick Group who specializes in placing lobbyists. "He can take an issue that is nowhere on the congressional radar, like the pursuit of happiness, for example, and make it politically relevant. The next time Congress passes a bill dealing with civil rights or taxes, I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. populace is mentioned somewhere in the final language."

Though Weldon has only been on the job for three days, legislators have already seemed to take notice.

"Before today, I'd actually never heard of this group," Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) told reporters. "But if Jack says they're worth my time, I'll take a look and see if maybe there are some areas where our interests overlap."

"But I'm not making any promises," he added. "I'm a very busy man."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Phox on October 14, 2010, 05:59:17 pm
oh lord....  :lulz:


American People Hire High-Powered Lobbyist To Push Interests In Congress
http://www.theonion.com/articles/american-people-hire-highpowered-lobbyist-to-push,18204/?utm_source=recentnews

(http://o.onionstatic.com/images/articles/article/18204/American-People-R_jpg_600x345_crop-smart_upscale_q85.jpg)

WASHINGTON—Citing a desire to gain influence in Washington, the American people confirmed Friday that they have hired high-powered D.C. lobbyist Jack Weldon of the firm Patton Boggs to help advance their agenda in Congress.

Known among Beltway insiders for his ability to sway public policy on behalf of massive corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, and AT&T, Weldon, 53, is expected to use his vast network of political connections to give his new client a voice in the legislative process.

Weldon is reportedly charging the American people $795 an hour.

"Unlike R.J. Reynolds, Pfizer, or Bank of America, the U.S. populace lacks the access to public officials required to further its legislative goals," a statement from the nation read in part. "Jack Weldon gives us that access."

"His daily presence in the Capitol will ensure the American people finally get a seat at the table," the statement continued. "And it will allow him to advance our message that everyone, including Americans, deserves to be represented in Washington."

     (http://o.onionstatic.com/images/articles/article/18204/American-People-Jump-R_jpg_250x1000_q85.jpg)
     Weldon says he hopes to spin the American public, above, as a group worth Congress' time.

The 310-million-member group said it will rely on Weldon's considerable clout to ensure its concerns are taken into account when Congress addresses issues such as education, immigration, national security, health care, transportation, the economy, affordable college tuition, infrastructure, jobs, equal rights, taxes, Social Security, the environment, housing, the national debt, agriculture, energy, alternative energy, nutrition, imports, exports, foreign relations, the arts, and crime.

Sources confirmed that Weldon is already scheduled to have drinks Monday with several members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss saving the middle class.

"If you have a problem, say, with America's atrocious treatment of its veterans, you can't just pick up a phone and call your local congressman," Weldon told reporters from his office on K Street Monday. "You need someone on the inside who understands how democracy works; someone who knows how to grease the wheels a little."

Weldon said that after successfully advocating on behalf of Goldman Sachs and BP, he is relishing the opportunity to lobby for the American people, calling it the "challenge of a lifetime." The veteran D.C. power player admitted that his new client is at a disadvantage because it lacks the money and power of other groups.

"The goal is to make it seem politically advantageous for legislators to keep the American people in mind when making laws," Weldon said. "Lawmakers are going to ask me, 'Why should I care about the American people? What's in it for me?' And it will be up to me and my team to find some reason why they should consider putting poverty and medical care for children on the legislative docket."

"To be honest," Weldon added, "the American people have always been perceived as a little naïve when it comes to their representative government. But having me on their side sends a clear message that they're finally serious and want to play ball."

According to Washington heavyweights, hiring Weldon is an immediate game changer and should force politicians to take citizens' concerns seriously for the first time in decades. Moreover, sources said, Weldon will be able to help lawmakers see the American people as more than just a low-priority fringe group.

"Jack is very good at what he does," said Joseph Pearlman, a headhunter for the McCormick Group who specializes in placing lobbyists. "He can take an issue that is nowhere on the congressional radar, like the pursuit of happiness, for example, and make it politically relevant. The next time Congress passes a bill dealing with civil rights or taxes, I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. populace is mentioned somewhere in the final language."

Though Weldon has only been on the job for three days, legislators have already seemed to take notice.

"Before today, I'd actually never heard of this group," Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) told reporters. "But if Jack says they're worth my time, I'll take a look and see if maybe there are some areas where our interests overlap."

"But I'm not making any promises," he added. "I'm a very busy man."
:horrormirth:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on October 15, 2010, 06:22:19 am
ATTENTION, LADIES...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6214655.stm
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: E.O.T. on October 15, 2010, 06:32:36 am
WOW

          cram had like, an extra espresso today or something.

THE VERSION

          of the barack/ palin story which i came across was obama/ palin/ bush, which i thought made perfect sense, maybe. it's not like anyone just gets 'elected' to these kinds of positions...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adios on October 20, 2010, 06:16:09 pm
More bullets struck the Pentagon in a shooting Tuesday than initially thought, officials said.

"It has been determined that at least six shots were fired," Steven Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said in a statement Wednesday. "As previously stated, two exterior windows were impacted by bullets. Upon investigation, it has been determined that four other bullets hit the Pentagon's facade."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/20/dc.pentagon.shots.fired/index.html?hpt=T2

 :lulz:

WHERE IS THE "T" WORD, DAMMIT?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on October 20, 2010, 06:39:23 pm
More bullets struck the Pentagon in a shooting Tuesday than initially thought, officials said.

"It has been determined that at least six shots were fired," Steven Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said in a statement Wednesday. "As previously stated, two exterior windows were impacted by bullets. Upon investigation, it has been determined that four other bullets hit the Pentagon's facade."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/20/dc.pentagon.shots.fired/index.html?hpt=T2

 :lulz:

WHERE IS THE "T" WORD, DAMMIT?

We don't use the T word anymore. This is the era of HOPE dammit!   :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on October 20, 2010, 08:24:18 pm
More bullets struck the Pentagon in a shooting Tuesday than initially thought, officials said.

"It has been determined that at least six shots were fired," Steven Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said in a statement Wednesday. "As previously stated, two exterior windows were impacted by bullets. Upon investigation, it has been determined that four other bullets hit the Pentagon's facade."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/20/dc.pentagon.shots.fired/index.html?hpt=T2

 :lulz:

WHERE IS THE "T" WORD, DAMMIT?

We don't use the T word anymore. This is the era of HOPE dammit!   :lulz:

All lulzing aside, CB has noticed something that was put into media policy a few months ago.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: the last yatto on January 09, 2011, 11:52:11 pm
http://www.truth-out.org/a-union-activists-call-change66673

AFL-CIA :fnord:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: the last yatto on January 16, 2011, 09:01:51 am
Gaddafi said the turmoil would only be justified if Tunisia adopts his model of rule -- known as the Third Universal Theory -- which replaces representative democracy with direct rule by the people through institutions called popular committees. :lulz:

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE70F00A20110116
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Disco Pickle on January 18, 2011, 08:28:12 pm
Comcast ok'd to buy majority stake in NBC from General Electric

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/18/technology/fcc_comcast_nbc/

Quote
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice on Tuesday approved -- with several conditions -- a merger of the country's largest cable operator, Comcast, and broadcasting company NBC Universal.

The FCC voted 4-1 in favor of the deal.

"After a thorough review, we have adopted strong and fair merger conditions to ensure this transaction serves the public interest," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

The FCC said the Comcast-NBC Universal combination will be required to take steps to increase competition in the video marketplace. The merger will also require Comcast to expand local news coverage, expand programs for Spanish-speaking viewers and offer Internet access to schools and libraries.

The lone dissenter, Commissioner Michael Copps, expressed concern that the merger will limit communications choices and drive up costs to consumers.

"At the end of the day, the public interest requires more -- much more -- than it is receiving," Copps said in a statement
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 18, 2011, 08:29:56 pm
Heloooo, netflix queue.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adios on January 18, 2011, 08:31:04 pm
Heloooo, netflix queue.

Explain?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on January 18, 2011, 08:33:21 pm
If comcast controls my cable, and also owns NBC, one way to deprive them of money while keeping the glowing box is to use alternate forms of visual media not directly associated with either.  Hence, netflix.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on January 18, 2011, 08:34:06 pm
Quote
"At the end of the day, the public interest requires more -- much more -- than it is receiving," Copps said in a statement


Yes, like funnier shows.  They can start by firing Jay Leno.  
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adios on January 18, 2011, 08:40:46 pm
If comcast controls my cable, and also owns NBC, one way to deprive them of money while keeping the glowing box is to use alternate forms of visual media not directly associated with either.  Hence, netflix.

Gotcha, thanks. Satellite is an option, but when the weather is the worst and you need it.......
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on January 31, 2011, 07:13:01 pm
There's also Hulu.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Requia ☣ on February 01, 2011, 09:41:18 pm
Comcast ok'd to buy majority stake in NBC from General Electric

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/18/technology/fcc_comcast_nbc/

Quote
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice on Tuesday approved -- with several conditions -- a merger of the country's largest cable operator, Comcast, and broadcasting company NBC Universal.

The FCC voted 4-1 in favor of the deal.

"After a thorough review, we have adopted strong and fair merger conditions to ensure this transaction serves the public interest," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

The FCC said the Comcast-NBC Universal combination will be required to take steps to increase competition in the video marketplace. The merger will also require Comcast to expand local news coverage, expand programs for Spanish-speaking viewers and offer Internet access to schools and libraries.

The lone dissenter, Commissioner Michael Copps, expressed concern that the merger will limit communications choices and drive up costs to consumers.

"At the end of the day, the public interest requires more -- much more -- than it is receiving," Copps said in a statement

Doesn't it violate pretty much every anti trust law ever written for them to own both the television station and the delivery network?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on February 01, 2011, 09:45:17 pm
Doesn't it violate pretty much every anti trust law ever written for them to own both the television station and the delivery network?

You're so 20th Century.   :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 02, 2011, 04:55:09 am
A couple of blocks from Villager's apartment:

http://www.dotnews.com/2011/man-sponge-bob-hat-charged-exposing-himself-ashmont-t-stop

I'd also like to point out that this man pulled it out outside in Boston in January. Deduce.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Eater of Clowns on February 02, 2011, 04:56:00 am
A couple of blocks from Villager's apartment:

http://www.dotnews.com/2011/man-sponge-bob-hat-charged-exposing-himself-ashmont-t-stop

I'd also like to point out that this man pulled it out outside in Boston in January. Deduce.

He was probably looking to make sure it was still even there.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 02, 2011, 05:00:40 am
A couple of blocks from Villager's apartment:

http://www.dotnews.com/2011/man-sponge-bob-hat-charged-exposing-himself-ashmont-t-stop

I'd also like to point out that this man pulled it out outside in Boston in January. Deduce.

He was probably looking to make sure it was still even there.

:mittens: :mittens: :mittens:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 04, 2011, 11:55:48 am
Okay, craziest thing I read in the last hour.

It seems Duff Paddy is going to have to face a proper US Court, to answer for his part in the 911 attacks (Abetted by Rodney King)
Valerie Turks, 31, is also claiming  $900 Billion for child support, for the son she claims Puff is Daddy to, and $100 Billion for lost earnings.

In papers she has submitted to the court, Turks wrote: "P Diddy went through Kim Porter and Rodney King and knocked down the World Trade Center and then they all came and knocked my children down. Set me up to be on disability and disabled my baby. He put my baby in a wheelchair."

She added: "I won a lot of money at the casino in Mississippi and Sean P Diddy Combs has my chip to my money. I want my chip please help me. It's well worth over 100 zillions of dollars."

Turks also applied for a restraining order against Diddy, which a judge has denied.
Court date has been set for Jan 31st. 
:roll:

I'm going on the assumption that it must be true, because no-one would make shit like that up, surely?



Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 07, 2011, 11:07:26 pm
Apparently, Aaron Barr's claims (in the Financial Times on Saturday) that his Security Firm, HB Gary Federal,  have "taken down" the twelve top people of Anonymous, were inaccurate and fatuous. The response from Anonymous hasn't done much for HB Gary Federal's credibility as a provider of online Security either. Hilarious.



"ANONYMOUS PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Distribution
February 7th, 2011

Recently, the head of internet security firm HBGary Federal, Aaron Barr, sought to elevate his investigation of the Anonymous movement by providing the Financial Times with what he claimed to be accurate and useful information about those who allegedly drive our activities.

In yesterday's release we inferred that the information presented was easy to undermine by any of the millions of people around the world with a cursory understanding of internet culture. Not only was the information provided by HBGary Federal woefully inaccurate, it provided no incriminating evidence against any of the persons named.

Today, Anonymous learned that HBGary Federal intended to sell to the FBI a large document (it can be found at http://hizost.com/... ) that allegedly detailed the identities of dozens of our participants.

Within hours of learning this, Anonymous infiltrated HBGary Federal's network and websites. Anonymous acquired the document with supposed personal details of anons, along with more than 50,000 company e-mails (~4.71GB) - all of which have now been distributed on the internet. Additionally, his associated websites and social media accounts were hijacked and manipulated to stress how poorly this 'security expert' handles matters of his own security ( http://imagebin.org/... ). Woe to his clients and others who invested in his confidence.

The lack of quality in Aaron Barr's undertaken research is worth noting. Aaron Barr missed a great deal of information that has been available online, and in fact failed to identify some of those whose identities were never intended to be hidden. People such as DailyKos' diarist blogger Barrett Brown, and the administrator for anonnews.org joepie91, whose identities could have been found with a simple Google search.

It is also worth noting that Aaron Barr was also providing this documentation as an example of investigation protocol. This would introduce a systemic flaw  to the FBI's investigative woodwork. The risk of institutionalising a flawed procedure exponentiates a problem, and it does so at the taxpayers expense in every sense. Had  the FBI indeed bought this information from HBGary Federal, it would  have been paid for by taxpayers money. Many innocent people would have  been marked as leaders in actions they may not even have been associated  with.

Unlike you, Aaron, we did our research, we know who you are, and now, so will everyone else. Although you have managed to ruin your credibility in an attempt to further it, you did provide us with entertainment, albeit very briefly.

Anonymous does not have leaders. We are not a group, we are not an organization. We are just an idea. What we have done today will appear harsh. It is harsh. We will respond to those who see threats to Anonymous. We understand that our participants have been concerned about recent FBI raids and companies such as HBGary lurking in our chats, so we’ve given all of Anonymous a message: we will fight back.

We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us - always.

Yours faithfully,

Anonymous."


http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2011/2/6/20216/40699
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adios on February 07, 2011, 11:11:43 pm
 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on February 08, 2011, 01:37:51 pm
It's probably a bad thing that I kind of respect that, isn't it?



Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 08, 2011, 01:43:39 pm
It's probably a bad thing that I kind of respect that, isn't it?


Nah.  I can respect somebody saying, "no, it wasn't the guys you're saying did it," along with, "yo, moron, you're ripping off the taxpayers."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Dean on February 09, 2011, 04:47:10 pm
Quote
"The House failed to extend three key expiring provisions of the Patriot Act on Tuesday, elements granting the government broad and nearly unchecked surveillance power on its own public. The failure of the bill, sponsored by Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis), for the time being is likely to give airtime to competing measures in the Senate that would place limited checks on the act's broad surveillance powers. The White House, meanwhile, said it wanted the expiring measures extended through 2013."
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/02/09/0215243/House-Fails-To-Extend-Patriot-Act-Spy-Powers
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on February 10, 2011, 04:30:10 pm
Quote
"The House failed to extend three key expiring provisions of the Patriot Act on Tuesday, elements granting the government broad and nearly unchecked surveillance power on its own public. The failure of the bill, sponsored by Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis), for the time being is likely to give airtime to competing measures in the Senate that would place limited checks on the act's broad surveillance powers. The White House, meanwhile, said it wanted the expiring measures extended through 2013."
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/02/09/0215243/House-Fails-To-Extend-Patriot-Act-Spy-Powers

HEY GOP!  HOW'S THAT TEA-BAGGER-FREEDOM-THEY-BRING-SUCH-ENERGY-TO-THE-MOVEMENT THING GOING FOR YA?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 17, 2011, 03:32:04 am
Quote
A Florida inmate is in more trouble after jail deputies found out he was taking the term "fanny pack" a little too literally.

Neil Lansing, 33, was charged with drug possession and smuggling contraband in jail for having 30 items tucked up his anus, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported.

Using a rectum as a smuggling compartment is nothing new in Florida, but this has to set some kind of world record, or at least a state jail system mark.

On top of 17 blue pills and a cigarette, Lansing was able to fit six matches, a flint, a syringe, some lip balm, an unused condom and a receipt from CVS just in case he wanted to return some of the items.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/weird/Fanny-Pack-Inmate-Stuffed-30-items-Up-Anus-116255314.html

Honestly...  I can't actually think of much to say about this one.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 17, 2011, 01:02:05 pm
Quote
A Florida inmate is in more trouble after jail deputies found out he was taking the term "fanny pack" a little too literally.

Neil Lansing, 33, was charged with drug possession and smuggling contraband in jail for having 30 items tucked up his anus, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported.

Using a rectum as a smuggling compartment is nothing new in Florida, but this has to set some kind of world record, or at least a state jail system mark.

On top of 17 blue pills and a cigarette, Lansing was able to fit six matches, a flint, a syringe, some lip balm, an unused condom and a receipt from CVS just in case he wanted to return some of the items.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/weird/Fanny-Pack-Inmate-Stuffed-30-items-Up-Anus-116255314.html

Honestly...  I can't actually think of much to say about this one.

syringe? lip balm? RECEIPT?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 17, 2011, 01:14:04 pm
Quote
A Florida inmate is in more trouble after jail deputies found out he was taking the term "fanny pack" a little too literally.

Neil Lansing, 33, was charged with drug possession and smuggling contraband in jail for having 30 items tucked up his anus, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported.

Using a rectum as a smuggling compartment is nothing new in Florida, but this has to set some kind of world record, or at least a state jail system mark.

On top of 17 blue pills and a cigarette, Lansing was able to fit six matches, a flint, a syringe, some lip balm, an unused condom and a receipt from CVS just in case he wanted to return some of the items.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/weird/Fanny-Pack-Inmate-Stuffed-30-items-Up-Anus-116255314.html

Honestly...  I can't actually think of much to say about this one.

syringe? lip balm? RECEIPT?

I figure he'll want the lip balm for his ass after all that.

The receipt?  I have no clue...  Maybe somebody ordered that syringe, and he wanted the receipt to show what he paid for it?  (See, it was $5.99, plus tax, that's worth either five cigarettes or a bj...)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 17, 2011, 01:19:13 pm
Quote
A Florida inmate is in more trouble after jail deputies found out he was taking the term "fanny pack" a little too literally.

Neil Lansing, 33, was charged with drug possession and smuggling contraband in jail for having 30 items tucked up his anus, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported.

Using a rectum as a smuggling compartment is nothing new in Florida, but this has to set some kind of world record, or at least a state jail system mark.

On top of 17 blue pills and a cigarette, Lansing was able to fit six matches, a flint, a syringe, some lip balm, an unused condom and a receipt from CVS just in case he wanted to return some of the items.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/weird/Fanny-Pack-Inmate-Stuffed-30-items-Up-Anus-116255314.html

Honestly...  I can't actually think of much to say about this one.

syringe? lip balm? RECEIPT?

I figure he'll want the lip balm for his ass after all that.

The receipt?  I have no clue...  Maybe somebody ordered that syringe, and he wanted the receipt to show what he paid for it?  (See, it was $5.99, plus tax, that's worth either five cigarettes or a bj...)

 :lulz:

i... but it's a needle literally in his butt!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 17, 2011, 01:22:37 pm
It's the one, unused condom that I'm wondering about.

And the fact that, according to the article, he knew he was going to jail, and stood in court in front of the judge with all that... stored.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 17, 2011, 01:23:58 pm
It's the one, unused condom that I'm wondering about.

And the fact that, according to the article, he knew he was going to jail, and stood in court in front of the judge with all that... stored.

i wonder if he got fidgetty
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 17, 2011, 01:26:49 pm
It's the one, unused condom that I'm wondering about.

And the fact that, according to the article, he knew he was going to jail, and stood in court in front of the judge with all that... stored.

i wonder if he got fidgetty

One would imagine that if one were carrying a sharp object there, one would fidget as little as possible.  I mean, I'm sure it was capped, but...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 17, 2011, 01:33:09 pm
It's the one, unused condom that I'm wondering about.

And the fact that, according to the article, he knew he was going to jail, and stood in court in front of the judge with all that... stored.

i wonder if he got fidgetty

One would imagine that if one were carrying a sharp object there, one would fidget as little as possible.  I mean, I'm sure it was capped, but...

imagine trying to get all of that out too  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 17, 2011, 02:40:25 pm
It's the one, unused condom that I'm wondering about.

And the fact that, according to the article, he knew he was going to jail, and stood in court in front of the judge with all that... stored.

i wonder if he got fidgetty

One would imagine that if one were carrying a sharp object there, one would fidget as little as possible.  I mean, I'm sure it was capped, but...

imagine trying to get all of that out too  :lulz:

Imagine being the sheriff who realized it was his job to take all of that out.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Adios on February 17, 2011, 11:45:10 pm
Sounds like a real pain in the ass.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 18, 2011, 12:57:36 am
Not exactly a news story, but I don't know where esle to put this:

http://failbook.failblog.org/2011/02/17/funny-facebook-fails-cake-crashing-a-true-story/#more-26707
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 18, 2011, 02:44:25 pm
Here's a good one. Tory Politician A Member Of Feared Biker Gang.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20110218/tuk-tory-politician-a-member-of-feared-b-45dbed5.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on February 18, 2011, 04:04:42 pm
It's the one, unused condom that I'm wondering about.

And the fact that, according to the article, he knew he was going to jail, and stood in court in front of the judge with all that... stored.

i wonder if he got fidgetty

One would imagine that if one were carrying a sharp object there, one would fidget as little as possible.  I mean, I'm sure it was capped, but...

imagine trying to get all of that out too  :lulz:

Imagine being the sheriff who realized it was his job to take all of that out.

FACT:  99.9% of all drugs consumed in jail/prison have been up someone's ass.

My dad has some GREAT stories...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 18, 2011, 10:02:36 pm
The religious right is going to have a collective shitfit.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021804967.html

http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-03993_PI.pdf

On a quick read, they tightened up the "conscience law" so that pharmacists can no longer refuse to provide birth control based on moral objections, it looks like it now applies ONLY to sterilizations and abortions.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 18, 2011, 10:26:31 pm
The religious right is going to have a collective shitfit.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021804967.html

http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-03993_PI.pdf

On a quick read, they tightened up the "conscience law" so that pharmacists can no longer refuse to provide birth control based on moral objections, it looks like it now applies ONLY to sterilizations and abortions.

They'd be risking their Rapture Tickets if they didn't get all damp over stuff like this. They'll be picketing Pharmacists, and screeching their ignorant diatribe at any woman going in with a 'whiff of the slut' about her. It's what they do.
Anyway, it's ridiculous that Pharmacists can refuse to provide perfectly legal drugs on moral grounds. If they're that bent out of shape about people getting the Pill, then they need to find a different fucking job!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on February 19, 2011, 12:04:38 am
The religious right is going to have a collective shitfit.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021804967.html

http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-03993_PI.pdf

On a quick read, they tightened up the "conscience law" so that pharmacists can no longer refuse to provide birth control based on moral objections, it looks like it now applies ONLY to sterilizations and abortions.

They'd be risking their Rapture Tickets if they didn't get all damp over stuff like this. They'll be picketing Pharmacists, and screeching their ignorant diatribe at any woman going in with a 'whiff of the slut' about her. It's what they do.
Anyway, it's ridiculous that Pharmacists can refuse to provide perfectly legal drugs on moral grounds. If they're that bent out of shape about people getting the Pill, then they need to find a different fucking job!

My take on it, exactly.  FFS, your job is to count the pills and put them in the bottle.  Period.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on February 23, 2011, 02:07:38 pm
Here's a good one. Tory Politician A Member Of Feared Biker Gang.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20110218/tuk-tory-politician-a-member-of-feared-b-45dbed5.html

So he's a member of two organized crime groups then.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 23, 2011, 04:56:42 pm
Here's a good one. Tory Politician A Member Of Feared Biker Gang.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20110218/tuk-tory-politician-a-member-of-feared-b-45dbed5.html

So he's a member of two organized crime groups then.
At least. I bet he's A Mason too. P2, even, maybe. Although I'm actually finding it quite hard to picture him flying a full Patch, going toe to toe with some  H.A Soldiers, carving up the territory between them in some gloomy New Forest glade. 
 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Phox on February 23, 2011, 09:47:29 pm
Here's a good one. Tory Politician A Member Of Feared Biker Gang.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20110218/tuk-tory-politician-a-member-of-feared-b-45dbed5.html

So he's a member of two organized crime groups then.
:lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 24, 2011, 02:02:30 am
China bans Dalai Lama from reincarnating:

http://isikkim.com/6-china-bans-reincarnation-of-7-lama-43/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 24, 2011, 02:39:17 am
How fucking dim do they think all that sounds to non-Chinese? Or what they were trying to achieve anyway? How are they going to enforce this then? Do they have Soul eating Devils in China? You're under arrest for attempting to reincarnate?  Hmm,  . . . .
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on February 24, 2011, 02:47:02 am
Or what they were trying to achieve anyway?

This was specifically to foul the traditional inheritance that a "reincarnated" Lama receives from the church. The CCP was really pissed that they were getting around all sorts of bureaucracy with that trick.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 24, 2011, 03:04:04 am
How fucking dim do they think all that sounds to non-Chinese? Or what they were trying to achieve anyway? How are they going to enforce this then? Do they have Soul eating Devils in China? You're under arrest for attempting to reincarnate?  Hmm,  . . . .

I think they'd have to arrest him. Cuz, you know, executing him is just going to make him a repeat offender.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 24, 2011, 03:58:28 am
Judicially induced Recidivism. I suppose it would make for very stable crime figures.
They need to legislate quickly to retain the Legal high ground, specify exactly how far their jurisdiction goes, then push it all the way. Go for extra-corporeal  extradition treaties, set up Diplomatic relations, an Embassy, certainly some kind of border control, or they'll end up with all kinds of Riff raff trying to incarnate all over the place, with no  thought for cultural considerations at all. What if their National Psyche get's polluted with Gai-Jinn Archetypes? They're paranoid enough about Koreans, or Tibetan Mysticks. I suppose China is just about the only Major Nation that's never had any State Sanctioned Religion  at all. And Kung Fu as well. Way to go little dudes! Although that Communism thing was never really going to work out too well, was it? The Chinese have Dragons and shit, instead of Religion. Same Pie, different crust.  I know. I used to watch Monkey!
And the nature of Monkey, . . . . .is irrepressible!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 24, 2011, 04:10:11 am
INvasion through reincarnation sounds like an interesting fantasy plot...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 24, 2011, 04:56:27 am
Isn't that what the Scientologists did? Or are doing? Cuz they don't like sharing their shit, or cramping their style.
And they've got Tom Cruise starring as Xeno in the New Movie, "Rapture me good, Lord Xenu"   
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on February 25, 2011, 11:42:49 pm
Paging poptard... :lulz:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/client/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229219056 (http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/client/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229219056)

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Phox on February 25, 2011, 11:59:08 pm
Paging poptard... :lulz:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/client/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229219056 (http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/client/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229219056)


:facepalm:

or perhaps

 :awesome:


I'm not actually sure.  :oops:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 26, 2011, 12:42:04 am
I wonder if they're watching now. If they are, then,
(http://i.imgur.com/Vb9V1.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Thurnez Isa on April 07, 2011, 12:29:56 am
They're turning Atlas Shrugged into a movie
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/atlas-shrugged-first-movie-target-175724
Can hollywood actually manage to make the movie suck even more then the book?
Time will tell.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on April 07, 2011, 01:22:51 am
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0411/GOP_lawyer_circulates_Obama_impeachment_articles.html

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on April 07, 2011, 06:54:08 am
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0411/GOP_lawyer_circulates_Obama_impeachment_articles.html

 :lulz:
:lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Laughin Jude on April 07, 2011, 07:05:19 am
They're turning Atlas Shrugged into a movie
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/atlas-shrugged-first-movie-target-175724
Can hollywood actually manage to make the movie suck even more then the book?
Time will tell.

The trailer was pretty awful. They seem to have lifted some of the lines straight from the book, and Rand most definitely did not have an ear for dialogue.

And :lol: at it being a trilogy... because the speech will take up an hour and a half of the third part.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Laughin Jude on April 07, 2011, 07:09:41 am
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0411/GOP_lawyer_circulates_Obama_impeachment_articles.html

 :lulz:

It's cute when politicians act like the Constitution has any meaning in this country.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on April 08, 2011, 07:48:35 am
Within hours of learning this, Anonymous infiltrated HBGary Federal's network and websites. Anonymous acquired the document with supposed personal details of anons, along with more than 50,000 company e-mails (~4.71GB) - all of which have now been distributed on the internet. Additionally, his associated websites and social media accounts were hijacked and manipulated to stress how poorly this 'security expert' handles matters of his own security ( http://imagebin.org/... ). Woe to his clients and others who invested in his confidence.

Just a little bump. That 4.7GB of company emails should STILL be causing a huge stink in the global media, had Anonymous been clever about oozing the shit drip by drip in a similar sense as Wikileaks did.

Well, they'd probably also have to do a bunch of journalistic research and strike deals with der Spiegel, Guardian and le Monde (? the French one, was that it?).

Maybe it's not leakage of worldwide diplomatic communications, but just that 4.7GB of emails should be losing lots of high-placed people their jobs and actually should be bringing entire corporations down, exposing the corruption in the US government.

Why is this not being talked about?

And I don't mean the media, I mean HERE.

Check this, for instance, be sure to follow all the fucking links too:

http://www.salon.com/about/inside_salon/2011/02/11/threats_against_glenn_greenwald_wikileaks/index.html

That's the HBGary leaked emails showing that BANK OF AMERICA has been trying to hire the fucks at HBGary in order to, yeah, start an online cyber smear campaign against Glenn Greenwald in anticipation of the leaked documents that Wikileaks has been promising on "a major US bank".

Oh yeah, the article is 2 months old. But there's 4.7GB of those emails, if it'd have been dissected like the Wikileaks cables, the list of lulz would go on and on, I'm sure.

I'm thinking Anonymous should be dumping a whole lot more emails of other corps on the Internets... HBGary was obviously just one among many. It's easier too, just pick the low hanging fruits. Remember the social engineering email that got Anon root at one of HBGary's servers? That was luck+social engineering+balls. It won't work everywhere, but if one would try it at 10 similar corporations, they'd probably get 3 hits.



Which reminds me BTW, anyone know, what's up with Wikileaks and the promised documents on this "Major US Bank"? Are they out yet? What's holding up? Do they have a system/plan, maybe let Libya and Japan play out first before stealing the media's eye? They said "beginning of 2011", well that's now. Or did I miss the release and did it go out with a fizzle?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Lenin McCarthy on June 17, 2011, 05:00:46 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1394595/Has-equality-destroyed-sex-life-A-controversial-book-claims-feminism-rise-new-men-killed-womens-libidos-.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1394595/Has-equality-destroyed-sex-life-A-controversial-book-claims-feminism-rise-new-men-killed-womens-libidos-.html)

I found a copy of the Daily Mail at the hotel I stayed at in London last week.  I almost wish the Norwegian tabloids were like that.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Idem on June 29, 2011, 07:47:01 pm
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j8ZIuaQwriWK5FnaeHGc9oLSDOnA?docId=CNG.bed48949978a3cf59e6ed8638cc60a46.591

It appears that the DPRK is heading into another famine.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 30, 2011, 06:29:38 am
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j8ZIuaQwriWK5FnaeHGc9oLSDOnA?docId=CNG.bed48949978a3cf59e6ed8638cc60a46.591

It appears that the DPRK is heading into another famine.

The Chinese wont be as keen on bailing them out this time, either.  What with their own yield being significantly lower this year, and the price of food rising.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 30, 2011, 03:52:18 pm
We're heading into another Dark Age.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 30, 2011, 08:12:08 pm
Russia's not.

Russia is gonna be awesome in 60+ years.  All global warming is going to do to them is give them more decent farmland.  They don't give a fuck.  And in the meantime, they're just going to go on pumping out oil and gas, undercutting OPEC prices constantly and building up friends in Europe.  If they end up reintegrating the Near Abroad, their demographic decline, which has been overstated anyway, will be reversed entirely in a "Greater Russia" of 230 million, stretching from the Ukraine to central Kazakhstan, and even if they don't the population is still growing at a sustainable rate.  Sure, they'll fuck up eventually, it's Russia, after all, but in the medium term, they're pretty good.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Idem on June 30, 2011, 10:48:19 pm
COLBERT SUPERPAC APPROVED

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/06/30/colberts-super-pac-victorious-at-fec/?mod=google_news_blog
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on July 12, 2011, 09:06:31 pm
In Soviet Russia, victims rape yuo!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2013870/Robber-broke-hair-salon-beaten-black-belt-owner-kept-sex-slave-days--fed-Viagra.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Dysfunctional Cunt on July 12, 2011, 09:08:18 pm
In Soviet Russia, victims rape yuo!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2013870/Robber-broke-hair-salon-beaten-black-belt-owner-kept-sex-slave-days--fed-Viagra.html

Strangely enough, I don't see the problem.......  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on July 12, 2011, 09:17:12 pm
In Soviet Russia, victims rape yuo!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2013870/Robber-broke-hair-salon-beaten-black-belt-owner-kept-sex-slave-days--fed-Viagra.html

Oh my god. :lulz:

Hilariously, me and some friends were just talking about a "Rape back the night" self-defense training course last night, in which participants carry dildoes and learn skills to help them to turn things around on would-be rapists.

I can't see a downside.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 12, 2011, 09:37:54 pm
I'M MOVING TO RUSSIA.  WHICH WAY?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Dysfunctional Cunt on July 12, 2011, 10:18:10 pm
Now, I don't have a problem with this one either.....

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/restaurant-bans-kids-under-6-discrimination-or-smart-move-2509487/ (http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/restaurant-bans-kids-under-6-discrimination-or-smart-move-2509487/)

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on July 12, 2011, 11:10:57 pm
Yeah going to restaurants usually ends up with me reconsidering my evolutionary impulse to procreate.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on September 12, 2011, 11:26:55 pm
Rep Joe Walsh apparently not only can't be bothered to pay child support (it's reported that he's apparently over $100,000 behind in payments), he's got the balls to sue his ex-wife over the case...

http://wonkette.com/452922/joe-walsh-heroically-sues-ex-wife-to-avoid-supporting-his-children
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 12, 2011, 11:46:05 pm
Rep Joe Walsh apparently not only can't be bothered to pay child support (it's reported that he's apparently over $100,000 behind in payments), he's got the balls to sue his ex-wife over the case...

http://wonkette.com/452922/joe-walsh-heroically-sues-ex-wife-to-avoid-supporting-his-children

Must be that "personal responsibility" thing he's always on about.   :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on September 13, 2011, 12:23:36 am
Rep Joe Walsh apparently not only can't be bothered to pay child support (it's reported that he's apparently over $100,000 behind in payments), he's got the balls to sue his ex-wife over the case...

http://wonkette.com/452922/joe-walsh-heroically-sues-ex-wife-to-avoid-supporting-his-children

Must be that "personal responsibility" thing he's always on about.   :lulz:

Apparently "personal responsibility" means "if my ex-wife didn't want to pay for kids, she should've kept her legs shut."

ETA:  Huffington Post has a copy of her court filing.  He apparently not only paid only partial child support from November of 2005 to March of 2008, he has failed to pay any at all since then, has failed to pay medical insurance, tuition, and failed to provide tax returns as required.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/29/joe-walsh-child-support-w_n_913631.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on September 15, 2011, 03:09:03 am
Bonus!  Joe Walsh apparently can't be bothered to show up for court about this, either...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/14/1016944/-Deadbeat-Congressman-Joe-Walsh-still-not-paying-his-child-support?via=blog_1

Quote
Cook County Circuit Judge Raul Vega also wanted to know why Walsh wasn’t in court for the hearing — the McHenry Republican’s ex-wife, Laura Walsh was — and said he expects him to show up at the next hearing, in November.

Walsh’s new attorney, Janet Boyle, asked Vega “for what purpose” he wanted the congressman in court.

Vega gave her a puzzled look.

To which Boyle responded: “Mr. Walsh is a U.S. congressman.”

“Well, he’s no different than anyone else,” the judge said.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on September 21, 2011, 06:37:23 pm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/rick-santorum-asks-google-to-change-his-dan-savage-created-results/2011/09/21/gIQAvW19kK_blog.html?tid=sm_twitter_politics

Hehehe!  Santorum whines to Google that the interbutts is MEAN...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 21, 2011, 06:40:27 pm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/rick-santorum-asks-google-to-change-his-dan-savage-created-results/2011/09/21/gIQAvW19kK_blog.html?tid=sm_twitter_politics

Hehehe!  Santorum whines to Google that the interbutts is MEAN...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on September 21, 2011, 11:05:36 pm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/rick-santorum-asks-google-to-change-his-dan-savage-created-results/2011/09/21/gIQAvW19kK_blog.html?tid=sm_twitter_politics

Hehehe!  Santorum whines to Google that the interbutts is MEAN...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thought you'd like that one, Dok.

Colbert hits another one out of the park.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/21/1018815/-Stephen-Colbert-DESTROYS-GOPs-class-warfare-argument!?via=siderec
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on September 25, 2011, 02:27:35 am
Irish Coroner rules on cause of death, "Spontaneous Human Combustion".
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/coroner-rules-irish-man-died-of-spontaneous-combustion.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 25, 2011, 02:04:01 pm
Saudi women are being given the right to vote and run for office in municipal elections.

No word yet on whether they have to vote the way their husband wants, or do as he says once in office, though.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on September 25, 2011, 03:11:52 pm
Saudi women are being given the right to vote and run for office in municipal elections.

No word yet on whether they have to vote the way their husband wants, or do as he says once in office, though.
^Mr Cynical.^.  Saudi Women aren't all married you know!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 25, 2011, 03:53:46 pm
No, I believe those under the age of seven are mercifully relieved of that particular burden.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on September 25, 2011, 04:23:52 pm
I was thinking of Widows. But yeah, good point.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 25, 2011, 04:49:15 pm
I was thinking of Widows.

I believe they, under Islamic law, must instead obey the demands of either their own brothers, or their husband's brothers, depending on certain factors.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on September 25, 2011, 04:52:00 pm
Ah, I can see how that might effect the wheels of Democratic process.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on September 25, 2011, 04:59:41 pm
So basically, it's a sly trick to give the men with the most wives more votes, under the guise of emancipation?

Impressive.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on September 25, 2011, 05:12:42 pm
So basically, it's a sly trick to give the men with the most wives more votes, under the guise of emancipation?

Impressive.
I bet David Cameron is taking notes.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 25, 2011, 05:16:02 pm
I think the House of Saud are looking to modernize their country.  Slowly.

Very, very slowly.

But cultural modernization is going to lag behind.  So....
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on September 25, 2011, 05:45:20 pm
Growing pains.

People argued against giving women the vote here for similar reasons.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on September 25, 2011, 06:38:31 pm
Saudi women are being given the right to vote and run for office in municipal elections.

No word yet on whether they have to vote the way their husband wants, or do as he says once in office, though.

I wonder the same thing about Michele Bachmann.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on September 25, 2011, 08:29:15 pm
Growing pains.

People argued against giving women the vote here for similar reasons.

You're right. Good point.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on September 27, 2011, 09:49:33 pm
No driving to the voting stations for Saudi Arabia's women

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15079620

Quote
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a woman to 10 lashes for breaking the country's ban on female drivers.

The woman, identified only as Shema, was found guilty of driving in Jeddah in July.

Women2drive, which campaigns for women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, says she has already lodged an appeal.

In recent months, scores of women have driven vehicles in Saudi cities in an effort to put pressure on the monarchy to change the law.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on September 27, 2011, 11:04:50 pm
A Financial Trader, on the News, telling even a little bit of the ugly truth does not bode well for the rest of us.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15078419
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on September 27, 2011, 11:15:52 pm
A Financial Trader, on the News, telling even a little bit of the ugly truth does not bode well for the rest of us.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15078419

Link to the video clip the article talks about:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15059135

(for some reason I couldnt find it in your article, but I only just read about it on HN)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on September 27, 2011, 11:23:06 pm
A Financial Trader, on the News, telling even a little bit of the ugly truth does not bode well for the rest of us.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15078419

Link to the video clip the article talks about:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15059135

(for some reason I couldnt find it in your article, but I only just read about it on HN)

WOW I saw the link, hadn't seen the video, that's a fucking hefty elephant dose of TROOF on the BBC right there.

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on September 28, 2011, 12:54:46 am
Yeah, you could hear jaws dropping all round the country. (The video link is the picture at the top of the article)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on September 28, 2011, 04:35:44 am
Quote
The new meme that Fox News is moving to the middle because crazy doesn’t sell is a big con. This meme was started in a willfully blind article by Howard Kurtz for the Daily Beast’s Newsweek and has since been duly picked up by obedient media soldiers. The truth is that “crazy doesn’t win.” And the larger truth is that as Fox repositions itself, we will all now be treated to mea culpas by their colleagues in the press, at the same time as they dance around the elephant in the room that Fox News is not a news organization.

http://www.politicususa.com/en/crazy-win-fox-news-move-to-middle
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on October 03, 2011, 11:31:45 pm
Why you should never swim in Spanish rivers.
"We realised it was a record when the fish wouldn't fit in the 8ft sling to carry it to the weighing scales."
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3844915/Angler-Jon-Avery-reels-in-biggest-catfish-ever-caught-by-a-Brit.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on October 04, 2011, 11:00:04 am
LSD and Psilocybin Mushrooms Cure Headaches and Fear of Death Itself.

 In a hilarious-but-utterly-soul-crushing study where they gave elderly, terminally ill patients LSD, subjects reported a vast decrease in end-of-life anxiety, pain, sleep disturbances and even their fear of Death.  Cool beans. I suppose.
http://www.cracked.com/article_19372_5-ways-your-bad-habits-might-just-save-your-life_p2.html

OK,  Cracked still counts as news, right?


Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on October 10, 2011, 01:17:04 pm
Has anybody heard anything about this?

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/10/09/republicans-introduce-legislation-that-would-imprison-americans/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on October 10, 2011, 02:05:09 pm
Has anybody heard anything about this?

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/10/09/republicans-introduce-legislation-that-would-imprison-americans/

Read about it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/us-drug-policy-war-congress_n_998993.html

Not sure if I got that link from PD or somewhere else.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on October 10, 2011, 11:17:48 pm
Quote
"Joe the Plumber," who gained prominence during the 2008 presidential campaign, has filed papers to run for Congress in Ohio.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/10/joe-the-plumber-congress-marcy-kaptur-dennis-kucinich-/1
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on October 11, 2011, 12:59:18 pm
In one of the most pro-Democratic districts in Ohio.

Boy dun fucked up.  Hilarity to follow.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on October 11, 2011, 01:36:23 pm
Another Hollywood Vampire uncovered.  1860 photograph of a young Travolta ''Proof'' that John Travolta is a Vampire. This follows Nic Cage's outing last month.
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/877153-after-nicolas-cage-vampire-pic-now-pic-of-john-travolta-in-1860-appears
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on October 11, 2011, 01:43:55 pm
Venezuela using mimes to shame reckless drivers: 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2047684/Dangerous-drivers-silent-treatment-Venezuela-employs-mimes-traffic-police.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2047684/Dangerous-drivers-silent-treatment-Venezuela-employs-mimes-traffic-police.html)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 11, 2011, 05:25:38 pm
I approve of using mockery to keep people in line.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on October 11, 2011, 05:27:40 pm
I approve of using mockery to keep people in line.

Yeah, but mimes? That's just uncalled for.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on October 12, 2011, 01:32:34 pm
Kidnappers attempt to abduct Saddam Hussein look-alike in order to force him to do porn.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/11/mohamed-bishr-saddam-look-alike-porn_n_1004877.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/11/mohamed-bishr-saddam-look-alike-porn_n_1004877.html)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 14, 2011, 04:41:17 am
Kidnappers attempt to abduct Saddam Hussein look-alike in order to force him to do porn.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/11/mohamed-bishr-saddam-look-alike-porn_n_1004877.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/11/mohamed-bishr-saddam-look-alike-porn_n_1004877.html)

really, world?  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on October 15, 2011, 11:08:00 am
DON'T Think for Yourself.  Not if you're a member of the GoP!

Quote
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) has been removed from his local Republican committee in Virginia.

So have state officials Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and House Speaker Bill Howell from theirs.

Every Republican who endorsed Del. Bill Janis, the Republican turned independent who is running for the post of commonwealth’s attorney in Henrico County next month, is out.

The Republican Party of Virginia’s party plan says any Republican who supports a non-Republican in a contested race will be automatically removed from the rolls of his or her local committee, according to the state party’s executive director, Dave Rexrode.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/virginias-top-republicans-removed-from-party/2011/10/14/gIQA98WgkL_blog.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on October 18, 2011, 11:35:07 pm
Interesting article on this blog, here:

http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-republicans-hope-public-doesnt.html

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on October 19, 2011, 11:17:19 am
Interesting article on this blog, here:

http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-republicans-hope-public-doesnt.html



Interesting indeed, but at the end he seems to suggest it is wrong to conclude that "they're all crooks".

But I think he's mistaken. Even though possibly the Democrats are "better" than the Reps, they're still not good enough to actually turn America back into a really cool country again.

Partly because the Dems let the Reps block all that shit. And because "low information voters" are their responsibility as well. There's nothing partisan about informing the people who does what. And finally, if they somehow would get their shit done, against all odds, they're still pretty right-wing and 0wned by corporations.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Salty on October 20, 2011, 08:39:07 am
What the fuck?

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/20/us/ohio-animals-on-loose/

Quote
As of Wednesday afternoon, authorities had killed 49 animals -- 18 tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, two grizzly bears, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon.

Quote
Authorities were waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of his death, but Lutz said Thompson shot himself just after releasing the animals.

 :argh!:
:cramstipated:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on October 20, 2011, 11:20:48 am
What the fuck?

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/20/us/ohio-animals-on-loose/

Quote
As of Wednesday afternoon, authorities had killed 49 animals -- 18 tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, two grizzly bears, three mountain lions, two wolves and a baboon.

Quote
Authorities were waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of his death, but Lutz said Thompson shot himself just after releasing the animals.

 :argh!:
:cramstipated:

Wait...  why would he have "pried" the cages open?  The owner would have the cage door keys, wouldn't he?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on October 20, 2011, 12:44:06 pm
18 tigers? :x

That's a lot of goddamn tigers.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on October 20, 2011, 12:55:37 pm
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/10/how-the-media-cover-the-ohio-zoo-escape--our-official-prediction

Quote
Yesterday the owner of an exotic-animal preserve near Zanesville, Ohio, set dozens of its occupants free before taking his own life. Much of the rogue menagerie, which included lions, tigers, and bears—yeah, yeah, oh my—has been shot and killed by local police. “We could not have animals running loose in this county,” a police sheriff said. Information about the escape is still coming in, but it’s not too early to guess how the situation will be addressed by the media. VF.com’s official predictions:

“Ohio Slaughter a Metaphor ... But for What? Several Possibilities Loom”
By Bill Keller

“CELEBRITIES WITH DEAD ANIMALS IN MOVIES: 10 FUNNIEST AND MOST UPSETTING MOMENTS”
By the Huffington Post

“Terrorist Lion Traced to Obama’s Kenyan Village”
By the National Review Online

“Ohio Animals, African Imports, and Globalization”
By Thomas Friedman

“OMFG So Sad!!!!!! R.I.P. Animals!!!
By Perez Hilton

“What the Animals Would Have Looked Like at 50, If They Had Lived and Known Kate Middleton”
By Newsweek

“Were the Animals Looking to Join Occupy Wall Street/Attend the World Series? Kim Kardashian Investigates”
The Daily Beast

“Gender Inequity for Female Animals?”
By Jezebel

“Where’s Ohio? Locating Animal Safari Some-Such on a Map”
By The Robb Report

“Israel’s Response to the Ohio Zoo Escape”
By The New Republic

“ABC to Have Moment of Silence During Dancing with the Stars for Animal Massacre”
By People

“The Separated Husband as Hunter”
A New York Times Modern Love column

“This Zoo Animal Slaughter, While Tragic, Gets Top Billing from ALL OF YOU, Even Though There’s Some VERY Important SHIT Going Down in Other Countries RIGHT NOW. GUYS.”
By The Atlantic

“Why Is My Kid Scared of Lions?”
By Slate

“Will Hillary Clinton Replace Joe Biden on the 2012 Ticket? Whispers Begin Anew in Light of Recent Wild-Animal Fracas”
By Politico

“New Animal-Sounds iPhone App Could Have Been Used to Humanely Round Up Ohio Zoo Escapees”
By Gizmodo

“A Rare Miss from Animal Collective”
By Pitchfork
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on October 20, 2011, 05:28:21 pm
 :lulz: :argh!: :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on October 24, 2011, 10:51:45 pm
http://www.propublica.org/article/government-could-hide-existence-of-records-under-foia-rule-proposal
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on October 24, 2011, 10:59:26 pm
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111023/00191416469/us-trying-to-force-governments-to-pay-much-higher-prices-needed-drugs-through-secretive-tpp.shtml
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 25, 2011, 06:48:12 am
Fuck, my government is evil.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on October 25, 2011, 11:29:48 am
Fuck, my government is evil.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on October 27, 2011, 08:23:26 pm
In addition to the jerk-off who thinks buying one cup of coffee entitles him to unlimited free office space, Starbucks in NYC have to deal with this guy. (http://gawker.com/5853881/starbucks-has-a-serial-bathroom-masturbator)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 27, 2011, 08:26:35 pm
BARF
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Jenne on October 27, 2011, 08:34:30 pm
Greaaat.  Remind me to go into Dean and Deluca's instead when I'm next in NYC...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on December 14, 2011, 08:33:46 pm
BREAKING NE--well, something broke ... :?

Barack Obama declares Iraq war a success

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/14/barack-obama-iraq-war-success (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/14/barack-obama-iraq-war-success)

:asplode:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on December 14, 2011, 08:43:56 pm
Oh my god.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 14, 2011, 09:03:18 pm
You mean to say the mission is accomplished?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on December 14, 2011, 09:05:28 pm
Also, the Iraq War was 100% a success.

The Iraq Occupation, however, was a blistering suck of fail that should've caused America to have it's wannabe imperialist licence permanently revoked until the Iraq Occupation ceased to exist in living memory. 

Everyone was in denial that there was an Iraq Occupation, because only Evil Dictators and Nazis Occupy Foreign Countries, but fuck it, you can't just go around changing definitions to protect delicate little feelings.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Elder Iptuous on December 15, 2011, 02:43:12 am
So, it seems the house passed the NDAA with it's citizen indefinite detention provisions.
And Obama has turned back from his veto threat.
and the Senate passed the earlier version of the bill already, so when it goes to them, it should be a rubber stamp, i guess (?)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/congress-passes-662-billion-defense-bill-aka-ndaa
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on December 15, 2011, 02:44:49 am
So, it seems the house passed the NDAA with it's citizen indefinite detention provisions.
And Obama has turned back from his veto threat.
and the Senate passed the earlier version of the bill already, so when it goes to them, it should be a rubber stamp, i guess (?)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/congress-passes-662-billion-defense-bill-aka-ndaa

Already started a thread on that, because that level of fail rates it's very own unlimited thread.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Elder Iptuous on December 15, 2011, 03:09:46 am
yeah, i thought i remembered seeing that, but a lazy man's search didn't find it.
will be more diligent in the future.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Pæs on December 15, 2011, 05:51:00 am
BREAKING NE--well, something broke ... :?

Barack Obama declares Iraq war a success

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/14/barack-obama-iraq-war-success (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/14/barack-obama-iraq-war-success)

:asplode:

My face right now.
(http://www.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/american-psycho.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on December 20, 2011, 03:21:45 am
I....

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/failed-tea-party-politician-posts-fac

"Failed Tea Party Politician Posts Facebook Page Calling For Obama Assassination"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on December 20, 2011, 12:43:45 pm
I....

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/failed-tea-party-politician-posts-fac

"Failed Tea Party Politician Posts Facebook Page Calling For Obama Assassination"

There's so much in that that has me making "wha...buh....faugh...." sounds that I just can't form a coherent thought about it.

Other than, "Teabagger turns out to be racist big surprise." and "Why the hell the kids too?!?!"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on December 20, 2011, 12:51:11 pm
I....

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/failed-tea-party-politician-posts-fac

"Failed Tea Party Politician Posts Facebook Page Calling For Obama Assassination"

There's so much in that that has me making "wha...buh....faugh...." sounds that I just can't form a coherent thought about it.

Other than, "Teabagger turns out to be racist big surprise." and "Why the hell the kids too?!?!"

I can not post coherently about calling for the murder of children.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: SuuCal on December 20, 2011, 01:14:58 pm
I....

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/failed-tea-party-politician-posts-fac

"Failed Tea Party Politician Posts Facebook Page Calling For Obama Assassination"

There's so much in that that has me making "wha...buh....faugh...." sounds that I just can't form a coherent thought about it.

Other than, "Teabagger turns out to be racist big surprise." and "Why the hell the kids too?!?!"

I can not post coherently about calling for the murder of children.

Yeah, I'm not cool with this. At all.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on December 20, 2011, 01:36:08 pm
I....

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/failed-tea-party-politician-posts-fac

"Failed Tea Party Politician Posts Facebook Page Calling For Obama Assassination"

There's so much in that that has me making "wha...buh....faugh...." sounds that I just can't form a coherent thought about it.

Other than, "Teabagger turns out to be racist big surprise." and "Why the hell the kids too?!?!"

I can not post coherently about calling for the murder of children.

Yeah, I'm not cool with this. At all.


I'm wondering what was going through his head at the time. That's on a level of fucked up that even if you were whipped up into some stupid frenzy and you start saying shit that's going to get you in a lot of trouble, you still wouldn't say that.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on December 20, 2011, 01:49:29 pm
I....

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/failed-tea-party-politician-posts-fac

"Failed Tea Party Politician Posts Facebook Page Calling For Obama Assassination"

There's so much in that that has me making "wha...buh....faugh...." sounds that I just can't form a coherent thought about it.

Other than, "Teabagger turns out to be racist big surprise." and "Why the hell the kids too?!?!"

I can not post coherently about calling for the murder of children.

Yeah, I'm not cool with this. At all.


I'm wondering what was going through his head at the time. That's on a level of fucked up that even if you were whipped up into some stupid frenzy and you start saying shit that's going to get you in a lot of trouble, you still wouldn't say that.

Maybe it was, "gee, I REALLY want that body cavity search from the Secret Service."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on December 20, 2011, 02:11:46 pm
I....

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/failed-tea-party-politician-posts-fac

"Failed Tea Party Politician Posts Facebook Page Calling For Obama Assassination"

There's so much in that that has me making "wha...buh....faugh...." sounds that I just can't form a coherent thought about it.

Other than, "Teabagger turns out to be racist big surprise." and "Why the hell the kids too?!?!"

I can not post coherently about calling for the murder of children.

Yeah, I'm not cool with this. At all.


I'm wondering what was going through his head at the time. That's on a level of fucked up that even if you were whipped up into some stupid frenzy and you start saying shit that's going to get you in a lot of trouble, you still wouldn't say that.

Maybe it was, "gee, I REALLY want that body cavity search from the Secret Service."

He still would have gotten that without resorting to talk about killing two young girls.

I dunno. This is still making my brain hurt.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on January 10, 2012, 03:04:40 pm
White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to Mars (http://m.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/obama-mars/)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on January 10, 2012, 03:12:27 pm
White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to Mars (http://m.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/obama-mars/)

Cain found this one the other day... http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php/topic,31247.0.html -- still my favorite piece of news from 2012!

I choose to believe it, all of it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on January 10, 2012, 03:15:19 pm
Hey, if I can believe that Frank Zappa and Jack Kirby are time cops...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on January 24, 2012, 06:01:08 pm
From yahoo news comes this headline: russian scientists claim of life on venus proven false. In other news americans waste time on disproving obvious bullshit.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Prince Glittersnatch III on January 25, 2012, 11:42:00 pm
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/tibetans-shot-dead-for-failing-to-observe-chinese-new-year/story-fnb64oi6-1226252287686

China shoots people for not celebrating the New Year.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on January 25, 2012, 11:55:41 pm
Wat
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 26, 2012, 12:23:36 am
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/tibetans-shot-dead-for-failing-to-observe-chinese-new-year/story-fnb64oi6-1226252287686

China shoots people for not celebrating the New Year.

Well, really they were shot for being Tibetans.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on January 26, 2012, 05:00:06 pm
McDonald's Twitter Fail:

http://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-twitter-campaign-goes-horribly-wrong-mcdstories-2012-1 (http://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-twitter-campaign-goes-horribly-wrong-mcdstories-2012-1)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on January 26, 2012, 05:06:01 pm
McDonald's Twitter Fail:

http://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-twitter-campaign-goes-horribly-wrong-mcdstories-2012-1 (http://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-twitter-campaign-goes-horribly-wrong-mcdstories-2012-1)

Heh.

Quote from: From the press release
With all social media campaigns, we include contingency plans should the conversation not go as planned. The ability to change midstream helped this small blip from becoming something larger.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 27, 2012, 05:49:46 pm
Don't change horses in mid stream  :argh!:
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Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on January 31, 2012, 12:01:54 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/mandatory-ultrasound-bill-virginia-anti-abortion_n_1242627.html

Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator, Attaches Rectal Exam Amendment To Anti-Abortion Bill

 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on January 31, 2012, 01:58:56 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/mandatory-ultrasound-bill-virginia-anti-abortion_n_1242627.html

Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator, Attaches Rectal Exam Amendment To Anti-Abortion Bill

 :lulz:

Brilliant!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on January 31, 2012, 04:12:12 pm
Unfortunate that the fetal seance bill passed anyway, but I applaud Howell's methods.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on January 31, 2012, 04:52:16 pm
Unfortunate that the fetal seance bill passed anyway, but I applaud Howell's methods.

Truth, all around.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Lord Cataplanga on February 05, 2012, 11:12:30 pm
Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/welfare-drug-testing-bill_n_1237333.html)

The title really says it all, doesn't it?

Quote
"After it passed, Rep. McMillin got pretty upset and pulled his bill," Dvorak said. "If anything, I think it points out some of the hypocrisy. ... If we're going to impose standards on drug testing, then it should apply to everybody who receives government money."

Edit: I just read Cain's thread about a similarly awesomely hillarious ammendment to an anti-abortion law. (http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php/topic,31543.0.html) Could this be the beggining of a trend?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on February 06, 2012, 02:20:23 am
This was on Jon Stewarts show, ep 2nd feb. They were at some press conference and asked some politician to pee in the cup.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: kingyak on February 08, 2012, 03:29:35 pm
Critics often fail to consider the wacky hijinks that can result from living in a police state.

Quote
An undercover police officer in Sussex, England, shadowed a suspicious character through the streets a small market town for 20 minutes, following directions passed to him by a CCTV operator who guided him towards the suspect. After 20 minutes, the CCTV operator realized that the "suspicious character" was the police officer himself.

http://boingboing.net/2012/02/08/english-plainclothes-police-of.html (http://boingboing.net/2012/02/08/english-plainclothes-police-of.html)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on February 08, 2012, 06:58:50 pm
That's fucking awesome.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Elder Iptuous on February 08, 2012, 08:04:52 pm
oh man....
if that cctv footage and accompanying radio traffic made it onto the web it would go down in history!
 :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 08, 2012, 08:14:39 pm
Critics often fail to consider the wacky hijinks that can result from living in a police state.

Quote
An undercover police officer in Sussex, England, shadowed a suspicious character through the streets a small market town for 20 minutes, following directions passed to him by a CCTV operator who guided him towards the suspect. After 20 minutes, the CCTV operator realized that the "suspicious character" was the police officer himself.

http://boingboing.net/2012/02/08/english-plainclothes-police-of.html (http://boingboing.net/2012/02/08/english-plainclothes-police-of.html)

THIS IS GODDAMN FANTASTIC.

I hope that this results in thousands of calls to the police to report suspicious characters.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BadBeast on February 15, 2012, 08:37:24 am
Lightning kills entire Football team.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/lightning-kills-an-entire-football-team-1181336.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Elder Iptuous on February 15, 2012, 03:20:30 pm
I was all like, "Oh sHit!"
and then i saw it was just a soccer team...
 :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 15, 2012, 03:51:05 pm
I was all like, "Oh sHit!"
and then i saw it was just a soccer team...
 :lol:

Plus it was in the Congo, so it was just black people.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on February 15, 2012, 07:24:09 pm


That many people dead in one lightning strike, I'd probably suspect witchcraft too.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cramulus on February 17, 2012, 05:31:14 pm
http://www.waka.com/home/top-stories/Holmes-Sagging-Pants-Bill-Passes-Alabama-House-59-0-139465303.html

Alabama has a bill which imposes a $100-$150 fine for wearing "saggy pants"

I hope they also appoint a hall monitor to enforce the new state dress code.



reminds me of Louisiana's "thong law"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 18, 2012, 03:50:05 am
http://www.waka.com/home/top-stories/Holmes-Sagging-Pants-Bill-Passes-Alabama-House-59-0-139465303.html

Alabama has a bill which imposes a $100-$150 fine for wearing "saggy pants"

I hope they also appoint a hall monitor to enforce the new state dress code.



reminds me of Louisiana's "thong law"

AMERICA SINKS DEEPER INTO IRRECOVERABLE RECESSION AMID SAGGY PANTS CRISIS

NEWS AT 11
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on February 24, 2012, 07:35:19 pm
Superbowl measles outbreak linked to anti-vaccination movement. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/02/measles-outbreak-in-indiana.html)

Sometimes, you gotta love it when herd immunity breaks down.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 24, 2012, 07:36:58 pm
Superbowl measles outbreak linked to anti-vaccination movement. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/02/measles-outbreak-in-indiana.html)

Sometimes, you gotta love it when herd immunity breaks down.

Humans are a funny species.  You can grind their noses in their own poop, and they will still side with superstition over reason any day of the week.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: LMNO on February 24, 2012, 07:44:15 pm
Superbowl measles outbreak linked to anti-vaccination movement. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/02/measles-outbreak-in-indiana.html)

Sometimes, you gotta love it when herd immunity breaks down.

Humans are a funny species.  You can grind their noses in their own poop, and they will still side with superstition over reason any day of the week.

IT SMELLS LIKE ROSES, I TELL YA!
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(relax.  it's just chocolate.)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 24, 2012, 08:09:12 pm
Superbowl measles outbreak linked to anti-vaccination movement. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/02/measles-outbreak-in-indiana.html)

Sometimes, you gotta love it when herd immunity breaks down.

 :lulz:

This is funny except for the inevitable deaths of the immunocompromised who rely on herd immunity because they can't get vaccinated.

I fucking hate those anti-vaccine fucks.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on February 27, 2012, 03:50:58 am
Superbowl measles outbreak linked to anti-vaccination movement. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/02/measles-outbreak-in-indiana.html)

Sometimes, you gotta love it when herd immunity breaks down.

 :lulz:

This is funny except for the inevitable deaths of the immunocompromised who rely on herd immunity because they can't get vaccinated.

I fucking hate those anti-vaccine fucks.

It's like people came up with an ass-backwards way to be horrible to others less fortunate than they are, even if it's at their own expense.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 05, 2012, 01:54:30 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17252190

Not really worthy of a thread, given how inevitable it was really. So, PUTIN'S BACK BABY.
It is almost like he never left.
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UTN276yrr4k/TtT_CWC5YaI/AAAAAAAAB4g/BQW-cNzLd38/s1600/putin_sharks.jpg)

Given Russia's past of dealing with comrades for being ..... disloyal to mother Russia, I wonder if we may yet see dissent in Moscow?
Briefly, of course.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 09, 2012, 03:12:13 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-17310549

"The Falkirk MP headbutted Conservative MP for Pudsey Stuart Andrew during a brawl at the Strangers' Bar."

It tends to be rather rare that I feel any kind on national pride, but that made me smile. You can take the man out of Scotland, but you can't take his desire to attack people with his head.

Perhaps best of all is the total and utter sincerity where he apparently uttered the immortal phrase

""You can't touch me, I'm an MP."

Not seeking re-election is madness. That's a vote winner hands down.

(Yes, yes, obvious injustice, if you or I did it then jail for sure but I'm taking any politician being head butted as a win, however minor)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 13, 2012, 12:02:15 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17347173

Quote
The Commons agreed on Monday evening, without a vote, to add a line to the code specifying that the standards commissioner "may not investigate a specific matter... which relates only to the conduct of a member in their private and personal lives".

Arguing in favour of the change, Mr Walker said "the bedroom and the bottle" were "the two weaknesses that seem most likely to compromise MPs in their private lives".

Without his amendment, he said, "every sexual peccadillo, domestic dispute or unguarded cross word will lead to tabloid calls for the commissioner to take action".

Emphasis mine, just found it somewhat amusing. Seems to be a meaningful nod to enough people to pass it. Not that this would link in to the whole press situation going along at the moment. Would be nice to get a list of who the first to agree were. Then I can start speculating on which are alcoholic or enjoy recreational substances and those engaged in sexual misadventures. I assume misadventures, as you tend to be quite proud of an adventure. For reference see Lembit Opik.

Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 17, 2012, 03:02:55 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17413777

Quote
Police investigate attempted break-in at Parliament

Quote
The attempted break-in took place in the Norman Shaw Buildings where Ed Miliband's office is.

But it was not the Labour Party leader's suite which was targeted, sources have told the BBC.

Quote
Sources have told the BBC that the door of an office used by Labour staff was forced, and that it follows a spate of laptop thefts around the House of Commons.

1- If it's an attempted break in, this implies it was aborted. How is it then possible to make a determination on who was or was not the target? Why would someone target a less important figure if you can easily target the more important figure?

2-This is the first I've heard about multiple thefts. Who else has been a victim? Given the massive breaches in data security just from leaving laptops on trains and the like, this would surely warrant serious investigation? Is it possible none of these laptops had any sensitive information whatsoever? Possibly, though I would say unlikely.

3- The attempt was at around 7pm. In London. Sounds smart, I'm sure everyone round that way is in bed by then. This does not suggest Oceans 11 style cunning and forethought. It sounds more like opportunism or total confidence that they would not be caught. Given as they haven't been caught.....

4-There is a pretty solid CCTV coverage around this area. Just think it's worth noting this.

This stinks more than a kettle of boiling piss. Behold as nothing comes from it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 18, 2012, 05:56:02 am
I suspect Ed Miliband was not a target, because the idea of Ed Miliband having anything worth stealing or exposing is laughable on the face of it.  "Slightly pink in the right light Ed" is about the most boringly conventional nonentity to grace Parliament since Nick Clegg.

So, what else can you get from the Norman Shaw building?  Well, access to the Palace of Westminster, for one.

But before jumping to conclusions, lets look at these previous thefts:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13467210

Quote
The Metropolitan Police are investigating a spate of laptop thefts from Parliamentary buildings.

The news came as Labour MP Keith Vaz revealed he was the latest victim, when a laptop and iPad were stolen from his Westminster office on Thursday.

Quote
Mr Vaz's office is within the Norman Shaw North building on Victoria Embankment, close to the Palace of Westminster.

The MP for Leicester East told BBC Radio 5 live the equipment taken contained information relating "to the work I do as the chairman of the home affairs committee, which includes policing issues".

Emphasis mine.  Also

Quote
Mr Vaz said his office building was "supposed to be secure" and the thief "must" have full security clearance to move around.

"If this happened to a constituent, I would call a residents' meeting - which I am happy to do - and get more CCTV cameras in the corridors.

"Oddly enough, I could only find one, in the car park... pretty astonishing for an iconic building like Parliament."

Within the remit of the Home Affairs Select Committee is, of course, the News of the World phone hacking scandal, as well as police issues.  I bet someone would be willing to pay to know what Keith Vaz knows.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 18, 2012, 11:22:02 pm
Ah. This clarifies a couple of things. Me being backward, I assumed "Recent spate of thefts" to refer to recently. Obviously "recently" means "has happened in previous years"

Given the remarks in the article in regard to CCTV, I have to find this somewhat strange. I walk past multiple cameras every day and I am not in an area that either needs or warrants them. I seem to have made the age old mistake of assuming buildings in need of good security would have basic security.

Further than this, considering laptops have recently been stolen over a number of years... is anyone going to pick up the phone and arrange for this to be rectified? I'm being silly again.

I suspect Cain may be right in regards to the target not being inconspicuous Ed. The perpetrator having full clearance seems blindingly obvious, as seems to be the desire to ignore it as hard as possible. The chances of it being the same person being involved in all offences must be above average.

My question is this: Why not just use a good old fashioned bribe? Vaz shares all the new labour trappings, including a suggestibility to sleaze. The only reason I can see to rob him is that his price was a little too high. Which also makes no sense as surely he'd have a fairly good idea of who the thief works for.


It's a bad day when a briefcase full of used notes looks like the classy option.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on March 22, 2012, 11:33:36 am
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/mexican-drug-cartel-knights-templar-cease-fire-for-popes-visit/story-e6frf7k6-1226303513690

Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar cease fire for Pope's visit

THE Knights Templars drugs cartel is calling a short truce - but only to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico.

"They did put up signs announcing this," a Guanajuato state government source told AFP privately on Sunday.

The Knights Templars are holding off on all violent action, we are not killers, welcome to the Pope," the official said paraphrasing one of the signs put up in the town of Irapuato, Guanajuato state.

The signs were seen in at least seven towns statewide.

The Pope arrives March 23 in Leon, in the neighbouring state of Michoacan, where the Knights Templars were founded.

President Felipe Calderon has launched a military crackdown against the cartels battling it out for control of the lucrative drug trade, in which some 50,000 Mexicans have lost their lives since 2006.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 25, 2012, 05:01:10 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17503116

Quote
Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas has resigned with immediate effect after a newspaper claimed he was prepared to arrange access to the prime minister and chancellor for £250,000

Sleaze? In Government? Again? I'll shut up this barely qualifies as news now.

More interesting
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17502417

Quote
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has said the war on drugs has failed, and it is time to end the "taboo" on discussing decriminalisation.

Nice to see some balls here. I doubt this will lead to any particular change in local or global policies. Depending on how far this gets pushed it could have a few interesting outcomes. One is probably a new Presidente. I wonder how much history this General has read?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 25, 2012, 09:30:08 am
Yeah, saw the Cruddas story.  I have a friend who has been working on coding government lobbying and access for a while now...I wonder if his system predicted Cruddas as a player?  Will have to shoot him off an email, see what he's got.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: MMIX on March 25, 2012, 05:48:32 pm
Yeah, saw the Cruddas story.  I have a friend who has been working on coding government lobbying and access for a while now...I wonder if his system predicted Cruddas as a player?  Will have to shoot him off an email, see what he's got.

Hmmmm, politicians are corrupt - well thats hardly news is it? I kinda liked Charlie Brooker's take on it

 "David Cameron: the world's first pay-per-view Prime Minister."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on March 26, 2012, 01:30:49 pm
The program wasn't about finding corruption - this was about assessing and weighing access and influence in government departments and, as it turned out, detecting networks of influence within government.

Anyway, Cameron said he wasn't going to release the names of people he'd had private dinners with, but this was possibly the shortest lived resistance movement in history, as he just declared about 10 minutes ago that he would give up names.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 27, 2012, 11:15:32 pm
http://www.totalpolitics.com/blog/314662/mps-try-to-overturn-and39god-can-healand39-ad-ban.thtml

Quote
Three Christian MPs are trying to overturn an advertising ban on claiming that ‘God can heal’.

Gary Streeter (Con), Gavin Shuker (Lab) and Tim Farron (Lib Dem) say that they want the Advertising Standards Authority to produce "indisputable scientific evidence" to say that prayer does not work - otherwise they will raise the issue in Parliament.

The MPs wrote to dispute the ruling after the outpouring of support and prayer for football star Fabrice Muamba.

3 MP's need the concept of "burden of proof" explained to them. Probably slowly, with pictures.




Good to have chaps like this in charge of the future of the NHS.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Reginald Ret on March 31, 2012, 11:07:27 am
Given the remarks in the article in regard to CCTV, I have to find this somewhat strange. I walk past multiple cameras every day and I am not in an area that either needs or warrants them. I seem to have made the age old mistake of assuming buildings in need of good security would have basic security.
Well, the Very Important People don't want to be watched all the time, so they won't have that much CCTV. Of course for the poor and powerless to ask for the same respect is too much, they need to be watched all the time.
As everyone knows, poor equals criminal and rich = powerful = saint.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on March 31, 2012, 07:36:46 pm
Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting every inch watched at all times, but basic entry/exit just seems obvious. I wonder how easy it is to actually gain access? Probably a lot easier than I previously thought.

In other news, Batman caught in Maryland
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17564941
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on April 02, 2012, 05:51:47 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17582542

Quote
An investigation is under way after indecent images were "inadvertently" shown by a Catholic priest during a presentation at a primary school in County Tyrone.

Father Martin McVeigh projected the images onto a screen during a meeting for parents in Pomeroy in preparation for First Holy Communion. One child was also present.

Parents said 16 indecent images of men were displayed. The priest said he had no knowledge of the offending imagery.

"He was visibly shaken and flustered," said the parents. "He gave no explanation or apology to the group and bolted out of the room. The co-ordinator and the teachers then continued with the presentation.

"Twenty minutes later he returned, he continued with the meeting and wrapped up by saying that the children get lots of money for their Holy Communion and should consider giving some of it to the church."

"The priest has stated that he had no knowledge of the offending imagery. The archdiocese immediately sought the advice of the PSNI who indicated that, on the basis of the evidence available, no crime had been committed.

Pretty sure that showing indecent images to children is a crime, even if it is only one child. Also nice to see he was able compose himself in time to remind attendees that God needs money. Paraphrasing Carlin, "He's all-powerful, all knowing, all wise and he needs your money!"

For bail in the forthcoming future I guess.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Salty on April 03, 2012, 06:44:50 am
This is why you don't go with the guy with the gun. Let him shoot you right then and there.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/samantha-koenig-disappearance_n_1398626.html

The signs around town, REWARD FOR INFORMATION and such, are all torn on the edges and faded. The poor family.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on April 03, 2012, 05:17:13 pm
Oh, that's horrible. :(
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on April 07, 2012, 11:53:12 pm
People still not understanding the concept of Anonymous
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17648852
Quote
The hacking group Anonymous is alleged to have blocked the Home Office website, apparently in protest at government policies.

Shortly before the website became inaccessible a message was posted blaming a "high volume of traffic".

Anonymous is a loose group of "hacktivists" who came to the fore in 2010 in the wake of the emergence of Julian Assange's Wikileaks website.

Anonymous began by aiming distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on websites, like the credit card firm Visa, who had withdrawn services from Wikileaks.

But it has gradually changed into a grouping which claims to battle government surveillance and attempts to police the internet.

Which is all kind of "meh" until you tie it in to this
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17601594

Quote
David Cameron has said "gaps" in national security must be plugged as he defended plans for more secret court hearings and more internet monitoring.

It follows concerns raised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and others about civil liberties implications.

Now the suspicious bastard that lives in my head starts shouting things like "false flag" and I'm having trouble shutting him up. Blaming Anonymous and collaring the next few silly bastards who charge lazors at that website would be a lovely little PR boost. Shouting about terrorists every few minutes as well really doesn't help. Given the level of shit the IRA pulled here over the past few decades it's really hard to take it seriously. But that's another rant entirely.

I also struggle to understand the value in attacking websites like the home office. The chance of the hack actually having a positive  impact is negligible. The benefit to the hacked is huge, it's basically giving them the ammo they need to push these kind of laws.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on April 08, 2012, 06:14:21 pm
Actually, this is pretty typical of Anonymous - they're not big on strategic planning.  I might have hung around with the /i/nsurgents a bit, back in the day....The idea is usually to raise awareness and make a symbolic show of anger and frustration, not do real damage. 

Besides, the Lib Dems are going to kill the legislation.  First useful thing they will have done since 2010.

(and I'd just like to take this time to remind everyone, yet again, I said Nick Clegg was a tosser and not to be trusted BACK IN 2008)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on April 21, 2012, 10:19:29 pm
Who mentioned Ted Nugent recently?

http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/stop-the-presses/military-cancels-ted-nugent-performance-citing-violent-rhetoric-171841819.html

Quote
By The Hollywood Reporter | Stop The Presses! – 3 hours ago

Getting the boot from Fort Knox is the latest wrinkle in a controversy that began last weekend at an NRA convention and led to a visit from the Secret Service.
Citing inflammatory language while expressing his displeasure with President Barack Obama, the military has uninvited rock star and conservative political activist Ted Nugent from performing at Fort Knox in Kentucky, according to the U.S. Army post's Facebook page.
"After learning of opening act Ted Nugent's recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation," it's Facebook posting says.
So far, the June 23 concert remains on the Fort Knox schedule, with REO Speedwagon and Styx listed as "co-headliners," but army personnel said they will grant requests for refunds in light of their decision to nix the opening act.

The cancellation is the latest wrinkle in a controversy that has engulfed Nugent since last weekend when, speaking at an NRA convention, the rocker said that he would be "dead or in jail" if Obama is reelected in November.
Also referring to Obama and Democratic candidates in general, he told the NRA faithful: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November."
Use of the violent metaphors earned Nugent a visit from Secret Service agents on Thursday. He said Friday on his website that he had with them a "good, solid professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence toward anyone."
A spokesman for Fort Knox told TheBlaze.com that having Nugent perform "would be a conflict of interest since the military has the obligation to be apolitical."
Such a claim, though, seems dubious when it comes to choosing entertainers, who oftentimes show their partisanship. At its website, for example, Fort Knox is touting an appearance this month by comedian Jay Phillips who is supportive of Obama through his Twitter activities. And Ludacris has performed at U.S. Army bases even after the 2008 release of his pro-Obama song "Politics As Usual," which calls Hillary Clinton, who was running against Obama at the time, a "bitch" who is "irrelevant." The ultra-partisan song also called President George W. Bush "mentally handicapped" and says that Sen. John McCain "don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed."
Fort Knox personnel did not return calls or emails requesting clarification on their "obligation to be apolitical" in their entertainment selections.
Comments at the Fort Knox Facebook page have been running about 3-1 against the decision to boot Nugent from the concert.
"He is such a supporter of the troops. Such a shame that he was canceled for expressing his freedom of speech. This is America, if you have not forgot," one commenter wrote.
"I thought that freedom of speech was one of the very same things that our military fought for. When Obama said he was going to change the military, he did. He made them cowards. Shame on you Fort Knox," said another.
And on the flip side: "Anyone who threatens a U.S. president like that should not be allowed on a military installation. No matter which party he affiliates himself with. Good decision."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cainad (dec.) on April 22, 2012, 09:45:06 pm
"We had a good, solid professional meeting..."

I believe this translates to "they schooled my ass without ever needing to raise their voices," yes?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Placid Dingo on April 23, 2012, 09:10:33 am
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/anonymous-formula-1-bahrain

More Anon fun, attacking the Formula 1 over Bahrain's Human Rights record.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on April 25, 2012, 02:47:22 am
 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: Goddamn, what a Hail Eris moment. Thousands of people thought they were fired for a whole morning.....

http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/04/23/2245250/company-accidentally-fires-entire-staff-via-email
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: inode_buddha on April 25, 2012, 07:11:49 pm
:lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: Goddamn, what a Hail Eris moment. Thousands of people thought they were fired for a whole morning.....

http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/04/23/2245250/company-accidentally-fires-entire-staff-via-email

 :fnord: it makes me want to buy stock in toilet paper companies  :fnord: :sniffle: "It's so beautiful!"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on April 26, 2012, 01:14:01 am
INTERNAL SERVER ERROR! :crankey:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on April 30, 2012, 04:29:27 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17894176

Piratebay blocked by major ISP's in the UK.

Shit. I guess I'll just have to use Isohunt instead.

Or Demonoid

Or any of the million other torrent sites. Or one of the dozen ways around this.

Curiously it comes out the same day that this does

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17895456
Quote
Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced an extra £1.5m of funding focused on "promoting freedom of expression online".

It is part of a package of measures intended to "strengthen and develop" human rights around the world, he said.

Edit - I just realised the latest category added to the pirate bay was Porn in it's many forms. There's probably a bit of "Think of the Children" going on here as well. Hopefully more details on that soon as the results could be hilarious.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 01, 2012, 08:14:40 am
Porn has actually been on there for a few years now.  You needed to have an account (or do some basic experimenting with the URL),but it was always accessible.

Since my internet provider is not a major ISP, this does not concern me.  And even if it did....well, Demonoid.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Salty on May 01, 2012, 08:21:35 pm
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/dangerous-cities-women-include-detroit-saginaw-mich-anchorage-fairbanks-alaska-article-1.1069848

HO YEAahhcrap.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Freeky on May 01, 2012, 08:29:25 pm
A stunning advocation for living in your state, Alty.  :lol:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Salty on May 01, 2012, 08:36:45 pm
Those numbers heavily include statutory rape, which is very common in the villages.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Freeky on May 01, 2012, 08:40:34 pm
Those numbers heavily include statutory rape, which is very common in the villages.

Ah.  Statutory rape,while still icky, is a different beast sometimes.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on May 04, 2012, 06:11:33 am
Today, we have for your amusement this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17920848

Usual meaningless election. Labour a little ahead, tories slightly behind which is all just shockingly surprising.

Of somewhat more interest to me was the "comments" section, taking here a few samples of the "highest rated"

Quote
82. ACCALove
3RD MAY 2012 - 22:22
There should be a box at the bottom of all ballot papers that says:

"None of the above"

The number of votes for this should be published so that we know just how many people want to vote but just don't want any of the current parties.

Quote
160. Kevlar
3RD MAY 2012 - 23:20
I'm 34 and chose not to vote today. I've decided not to vote ever again. There will be some of you who will say, that I've lost my voice. But I've realised an uncomfortable truth- I never really had one to begin with. I saw the millions rally against the Iraq war. I watch politicians of every stripe on TV, and I almost throw up. And so do you, if you're honest.

Quote
296. Some Lingering Fog
5 HOURS AGO
While people argue on here about Left versus Right, you will end up being shafted by career politicians from the Centre.

There is no difference between Labour, Conservative and the Liberal Democrats so if you voted for any of them today you voted for the continuation of the existing political Establishment.

If you believe you have voted for change then you are sadly deluded.

I'm probably being overly optimistic, but there does seem to be a slight awakening to the two party con. Don't worry, it'll be chloroformed back to sleep shortly.

In other news
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17936006

The unloved, attention seeking stepdaughter of politics Louise Mensch, defends Rupert Murdoch, gets grief, baits trolls further.
I shudder to type this, but I think there could be a worrying chance (that is, the chance exists) that you could be looking at nu-thatcher here.

Cain, What I was getting at with my previous post was Porn had recently become very easy/obvious to access. Basically you didn't need to type "tits" anymore to find it.

I'm probably doing that thing where you look at totally unrelated things, find one thing that links them and declare them to have a meaningful connection.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on May 29, 2012, 04:34:33 am
http://www.geekosystem.com/halo-logo-bbc/

Halo UNSC Logo Mistakenly Used for United Nations in BBC Broadcast

(http://static02.mediaite.com/geekosystem/uploads/2012/05/BBC-logo-whoops.jpg)

 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on May 30, 2012, 09:55:14 pm
I am in a frothing rage.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/30/four-year-old-sings-aint-no-homos-going-to-make-it-to-heaven-receives-standing-ovation-video/
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on May 30, 2012, 10:40:29 pm
I am in a frothing rage.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/30/four-year-old-sings-aint-no-homos-going-to-make-it-to-heaven-receives-standing-ovation-video/

If you get mad about shit like that, you're just gonna get ulcers.

The world is SWIMMING in stupid people.  And they have stupid kids.  Which they make even more stupid.

I mean, shit, where do you think stupid people come from?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on May 30, 2012, 11:04:35 pm
I am in a frothing rage.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/30/four-year-old-sings-aint-no-homos-going-to-make-it-to-heaven-receives-standing-ovation-video/

If you get mad about shit like that, you're just gonna get ulcers.

The world is SWIMMING in stupid people.  And they have stupid kids.  Which they make even more stupid.

I mean, shit, where do you think stupid people come from?

Glarg.  They make you take a test to drive a fucking car, I swear, some days I think you should have to take a test to breed.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BabylonHoruv on May 30, 2012, 11:07:22 pm
I am in a frothing rage.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/30/four-year-old-sings-aint-no-homos-going-to-make-it-to-heaven-receives-standing-ovation-video/

If you get mad about shit like that, you're just gonna get ulcers.

The world is SWIMMING in stupid people.  And they have stupid kids.  Which they make even more stupid.

I mean, shit, where do you think stupid people come from?

Glarg.  They make you take a test to drive a fucking car, I swear, some days I think you should have to take a test to breed.

And who would administer that test and determine which answers were the right ones?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on May 30, 2012, 11:24:28 pm
I am in a frothing rage.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/30/four-year-old-sings-aint-no-homos-going-to-make-it-to-heaven-receives-standing-ovation-video/

If you get mad about shit like that, you're just gonna get ulcers.

The world is SWIMMING in stupid people.  And they have stupid kids.  Which they make even more stupid.

I mean, shit, where do you think stupid people come from?

Glarg.  They make you take a test to drive a fucking car, I swear, some days I think you should have to take a test to breed.

And who would administer that test and determine which answers were the right ones?

Me.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Elder Iptuous on May 31, 2012, 05:33:56 am
I am in a frothing rage.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/30/four-year-old-sings-aint-no-homos-going-to-make-it-to-heaven-receives-standing-ovation-video/

If you get mad about shit like that, you're just gonna get ulcers.

The world is SWIMMING in stupid people.  And they have stupid kids.  Which they make even more stupid.

I mean, shit, where do you think stupid people come from?

Glarg.  They make you take a test to drive a fucking car, I swear, some days I think you should have to take a test to breed.

And who would administer that test and determine which answers were the right ones?

Me.

i'll vote for you.
Hell, i'll even chipin your kickstarter by the bootstraps.
Luna for Womb Warden 2012...
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on May 31, 2012, 02:02:06 pm
More Miami fun
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18241494

Quote
A man who was shot dead in Miami at the weekend after he was found biting the face off another naked man has been identified by police.

Rudy Eugene, 31, reportedly growled at a police officer after he was warned to back away.

A witness said the aggressor continued to eat the victim, before the officer opened fire several times, killing him.

The attack next to a busy road on Saturday afternoon has been linked to a potent drug known as "bath salts".

About 75% of the victim's face was reportedly missing.

Quote
Miami police said they still do not know what prompted the bizarre and savage assault, which has been compared to a "zombie" attack.

Armando Aguilar, of Miami's Fraternal Order of Police, told the Associated Press: "He had his face eaten down to his goatee. The forehead was just bone. No nose, no mouth."

Mr Aguilar told a CNN affiliate he believed the suspect could have taken a type of drug known as "bath salts", citing four past overdoses in the Miami area where people had also removed their clothes and gone berserk.

"It causes them to go completely insane and become very violent," he said.

According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, users of the drug have reported experiencing agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and elevated body temperature.

Holy fuck. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the fuck "Bath Salts" actually are? If they are actual bath salts this could be a rather fragrant zombie apocalypse.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on May 31, 2012, 02:07:42 pm
It's mephedrone, I think.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on May 31, 2012, 02:19:39 pm
Sounds plausible, it seems to be widely available and weakly controlled. Probably a name to watch as the war on drugs develops.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephedrone#Effects

Given this list of effects and side effects it would suggest the face eating chap may have had some underlying issues. Who would have thought?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on May 31, 2012, 09:57:28 pm
I wonder if that's what this guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32PBZ870ymg&skipcontrinter=1) got into?  :p
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 02, 2012, 02:59:18 pm

Holy fuck. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the fuck "Bath Salts" actually are? If they are actual bath salts this could be a rather fragrant zombie apocalypse.


Bad shit!  Mephedrone is a component, although there are about 4 different chemicals that have gone into bath salts in varying combinations.  And no, they definitely aren't for bathing.  They essentially provide an effect on the user that is like meth and cocaine combined.  Causes wild hallucinations and breaks from reality while doing a number on the circulatory system. 


There was an incident in Maine where a guy ran into the police HQ claiming the parking meters were chasing him. 


Seasoned drug addicts are saying "no thanks" to this stuff, it's THAT BAD.


It's being banned in many states and it has been banned federally for a year while more research is conducted.  I imagine there will eventually be a permanent ban. 


This is part of the new trend of substance abuse,namely, the synthetics.  We are seeing more and more of these substances enter into communities,  such as the. synthetic cannibinoids like K2 and now K3.  They get banned but the way they are banned is. by making certain chemicals or chemical "recipes" illegal.  So all the drug pushers need to do is tweak the formula just a bit and they are back in business.  And even then, these things can still easily be ordered over the internet.


It's really scary stuff.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on June 02, 2012, 04:17:17 pm
Thanks for the added info. Have you got any sources I can look through? Anything reliable saying hardened drug users are giving it a pass has got to be interesting reading.

I wonder if that's what this guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32PBZ870ymg&skipcontrinter=1) got into?  :p

I recall a couple of reports about the Kony guy being under the influence of "bath salts" (Seems to be a catch all for unidentified synthetics containing mephedrone?) Given the range of possible reactions it's certainty possible. Probable. Pretty fucking likely.


In other news...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18306126

Quote
An Egyptian court has sentenced ex-President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for complicity in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.

The 84-year-old is the first former leader to be tried in person since the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011.

But Mubarak suffered a "health crisis" as he was being transferred to prison, Egyptian state TV reported.

Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly also got a life sentence, but the acquittal of four aides sparked fury.

Mubarak and his two sons were also acquitted on separate charges of corruption.

Shouting and scuffles erupted in court after the verdict was read out.

So expect Eygpt to be interesting again soon.
Quote
The verdicts and sentences

Hosni Mubarak: Guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters - life imprisonment; not guilty of corruption
Alaa and Gamal Mubarak: Not guilty of corruption
Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly: Guilty of conspiring in killing of protesters - life imprisonment
Four aides of al-Adly: Not guilty of charges of complicity, instigation and providing assistance in the murder and attempted murder of protesters
Hussein Salem, business tycoon: Not guilty of corruption

Sidebar halfway down the article, I'm guessing that the "not guilty" on corruption is due to lack of evidence rather than a desire to let them go free. I'm basing this more from how long it took to start the process. If you can't hide the evidence by that point you're just asking to be caught. It will also be pretty interesting to see how the army end up handling any forthcoming protests, they've not been brilliant so far.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on June 02, 2012, 04:22:29 pm
Also this, apologies if the tale is stale, it's a few days old

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18299896

Quote
rench police are hunting a Canadian porn actor wanted for the murder and dismemberment of his lover.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is thought to have flown from Montreal to Paris last weekend, say French police officials.

The suspect's alleged victim was Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student, Montreal police told the BBC.

A hand and a foot were posted to political parties in Ottawa on Tuesday and a headless torso was found behind Mr Magnotta's Montreal flat.


Same chap apparently wrote a blog post on "How to disappear". I guess we'll find out just how much he really knew about that kind of thing.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 02, 2012, 04:51:10 pm
Also this, apologies if the tale is stale, it's a few days old

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18299896

Quote
rench police are hunting a Canadian porn actor wanted for the murder and dismemberment of his lover.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is thought to have flown from Montreal to Paris last weekend, say French police officials.

The suspect's alleged victim was Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student, Montreal police told the BBC.

A hand and a foot were posted to political parties in Ottawa on Tuesday and a headless torso was found behind Mr Magnotta's Montreal flat.


Same chap apparently wrote a blog post on "How to disappear". I guess we'll find out just how much he really knew about that kind of thing.

You might want to check "Or Kill Me".

Luka Magnotta posted here a few months back.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 02, 2012, 04:53:41 pm
Thanks for the added info. Have you got any sources I can look through? Anything reliable saying hardened drug users are giving it a pass has got to be interesting reading.



Here's an article you might be interested to read.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/01/02/news/bangor/a-year-of-bath-salts-in-maine-users-getting-younger/



Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on June 02, 2012, 05:35:14 pm
Thanks for the added info. Have you got any sources I can look through? Anything reliable saying hardened drug users are giving it a pass has got to be interesting reading.



Here's an article you might be interested to read.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/01/02/news/bangor/a-year-of-bath-salts-in-maine-users-getting-younger/

From the article:
"Also, “It was cheap. It was marketed as cheap, legal cocaine,” he said."

War On Drugs by-product. Like all that salvia and damiana everybody was smoking because they were getting drug tested at work, just worse.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 02, 2012, 07:40:39 pm
Whoooooo if we're gonna have that discussion here Imma request a thread split please (not yet, but you know, 30 pages and all that).
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 02, 2012, 07:46:04 pm
Also this, apologies if the tale is stale, it's a few days old

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18299896

Quote
rench police are hunting a Canadian porn actor wanted for the murder and dismemberment of his lover.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is thought to have flown from Montreal to Paris last weekend, say French police officials.

The suspect's alleged victim was Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student, Montreal police told the BBC.

A hand and a foot were posted to political parties in Ottawa on Tuesday and a headless torso was found behind Mr Magnotta's Montreal flat.


Same chap apparently wrote a blog post on "How to disappear". I guess we'll find out just how much he really knew about that kind of thing.

You might want to check "Or Kill Me".

Luka Magnotta posted here a few months back.

I wonder if that might be going to get us any "special attention"?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on June 02, 2012, 08:45:01 pm
Whoooooo if we're gonna have that discussion here Imma request a thread split please (not yet, but you know, 30 pages and all that).

If it happens, maybe just merge it with the other crap thread like some chernobyl siamese twin.

Also, re: special attention: Possibly. It occurred to me too.
What did that sick fuck have to post here for, anyway?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 02, 2012, 08:50:56 pm
Also this, apologies if the tale is stale, it's a few days old

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18299896

Quote
rench police are hunting a Canadian porn actor wanted for the murder and dismemberment of his lover.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is thought to have flown from Montreal to Paris last weekend, say French police officials.

The suspect's alleged victim was Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student, Montreal police told the BBC.

A hand and a foot were posted to political parties in Ottawa on Tuesday and a headless torso was found behind Mr Magnotta's Montreal flat.


Same chap apparently wrote a blog post on "How to disappear". I guess we'll find out just how much he really knew about that kind of thing.

You might want to check "Or Kill Me".

Luka Magnotta posted here a few months back.

I wonder if that might be going to get us any "special attention"?

Probably not, though I'm half surprised the Daily Mail has not yet run a "serial killer suspect member of Greek "chaos" cultist group" story yet.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 02, 2012, 08:58:21 pm
Maybe an anonymous source ought to help them? :) [any mod is hereby allowed to wipe this post in case anybody actually does, also do not quote this]
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 02, 2012, 08:59:48 pm
Also this, apologies if the tale is stale, it's a few days old

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18299896

Quote
rench police are hunting a Canadian porn actor wanted for the murder and dismemberment of his lover.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is thought to have flown from Montreal to Paris last weekend, say French police officials.

The suspect's alleged victim was Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student, Montreal police told the BBC.

A hand and a foot were posted to political parties in Ottawa on Tuesday and a headless torso was found behind Mr Magnotta's Montreal flat.


Same chap apparently wrote a blog post on "How to disappear". I guess we'll find out just how much he really knew about that kind of thing.

You might want to check "Or Kill Me".

Luka Magnotta posted here a few months back.

I wonder if that might be going to get us any "special attention"?

I would absolutely fucking count on it. Luckily it's just one post.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 02, 2012, 09:04:58 pm
Whoooooo if we're gonna have that discussion here Imma request a thread split please (not yet, but you know, 30 pages and all that).

If it happens, maybe just merge it with the other crap thread like some chernobyl siamese twin.

Also, re: special attention: Possibly. It occurred to me too.
What did that sick fuck have to post here for, anyway?

My guess it's because he wants to be famous and was trying to get exposure on a lot of bigger forums for his eventual ickyness. Betcha he posted once or twice on a shit ton of forums, anticipating exactly this kind of reaction.

AUGH AUGH AUGH AUGH. My skin is crawling.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on June 02, 2012, 09:47:36 pm
Whoooooo if we're gonna have that discussion here Imma request a thread split please (not yet, but you know, 30 pages and all that).

If it happens, maybe just merge it with the other crap thread like some chernobyl siamese twin.

Also, re: special attention: Possibly. It occurred to me too.
What did that sick fuck have to post here for, anyway?

My guess it's because he wants to be famous and was trying to get exposure on a lot of bigger forums for his eventual ickyness. Betcha he posted once or twice on a shit ton of forums, anticipating exactly this kind of reaction.

AUGH AUGH AUGH AUGH. My skin is crawling.

The thing with this one is, there's so much bullshit and country-jumping going on, it could drag out for years. Might never get to the bottom of all of it.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 02, 2012, 10:57:12 pm
Whoooooo if we're gonna have that discussion here Imma request a thread split please (not yet, but you know, 30 pages and all that).

If it happens, maybe just merge it with the other crap thread like some chernobyl siamese twin.

Also, re: special attention: Possibly. It occurred to me too.
What did that sick fuck have to post here for, anyway?

My guess it's because he wants to be famous and was trying to get exposure on a lot of bigger forums for his eventual ickyness. Betcha he posted once or twice on a shit ton of forums, anticipating exactly this kind of reaction.

AUGH AUGH AUGH AUGH. My skin is crawling.

(http://i.imgur.com/l0uGI.jpg)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BabylonHoruv on June 02, 2012, 11:56:13 pm

Holy fuck. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the fuck "Bath Salts" actually are? If they are actual bath salts this could be a rather fragrant zombie apocalypse.


Bad shit!  Mephedrone is a component, although there are about 4 different chemicals that have gone into bath salts in varying combinations.  And no, they definitely aren't for bathing.  They essentially provide an effect on the user that is like meth and cocaine combined.  Causes wild hallucinations and breaks from reality while doing a number on the circulatory system. 


There was an incident in Maine where a guy ran into the police HQ claiming the parking meters were chasing him. 


Seasoned drug addicts are saying "no thanks" to this stuff, it's THAT BAD.


It's being banned in many states and it has been banned federally for a year while more research is conducted.  I imagine there will eventually be a permanent ban. 


This is part of the new trend of substance abuse,namely, the synthetics.  We are seeing more and more of these substances enter into communities,  such as the. synthetic cannibinoids like K2 and now K3.  They get banned but the way they are banned is. by making certain chemicals or chemical "recipes" illegal.  So all the drug pushers need to do is tweak the formula just a bit and they are back in business.  And even then, these things can still easily be ordered over the internet.


It's really scary stuff.

It's important to note that so far there is no evidence that the zombie guy was actually on bath salts.  The toxicology reports aren't in yet, bath salts is speculation on the part of the cops who think it is similar to LSD, which chemically it isn't at all.  Mephedrone is a stimulant, not a psychedelic, similar to meth but not to LSD.

Given that inaccuracy I'm not too convinced by the cop's evaluation of the situation.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: AFK on June 03, 2012, 01:04:24 am
I dunno, it is pretty consistent with the reports I've seen regarding people on bath salts.  People are pretty out of their gourd when they're on that stuff.


Also, the guy being naked is also consistent because many people who use bath salts will have an elevated body temperature to go along with the break from reality.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Cain on June 03, 2012, 10:33:54 am
http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/attachements.cfm/att_102496_EN_Europol-EMCDDA_Joint_Report_Mephedrone.pdf

Quote
The ECMDDA reported that mephedrone can cause various unintended side effects including: dilated pupils, poor concentration, teeth grinding, problems focusing visually, poor short-term memory, hallucinations, delusions, and erratic behaviour.

Quote
Almost nothing is known about the long-term effects of the drug due to the short history of its use. BBC News reported that one person who used the drug for 18 months became dependent on the drug, in the end using it twice a week, had to be admitted to a psychiatric unit after he started experiencing hallucinations, agitation, excitability and mania.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on June 04, 2012, 06:36:58 am
Besides being a somewhat less than ideal gift for your girlfriend on your second date, the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" can also be considered a screaming example of why drug prohibition doesn't work.

It would appear that every time you make something illegal and harder to get on the street, some asshole throws together his chemistry set and comes up with something at least five times worse than the thing you just prohibited.

Gee, it's almost like people are going to get high no matter how many times the government wags their finger at them. Go figure.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on June 04, 2012, 08:52:59 am
^^
THIS
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Triple Zero on June 04, 2012, 12:34:58 pm
Besides being a somewhat less than ideal gift for your girlfriend on your second date, the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" can also be considered a screaming example of why drug prohibition doesn't work.

It would appear that every time you make something illegal and harder to get on the street, some asshole throws together his chemistry set and comes up with something at least five times worse than the thing you just prohibited.

Gee, it's almost like people are going to get high no matter how many times the government wags their finger at them. Go figure.

Now now, Vex, I'm sure that after banning the next generation of drugs, and perhaps one more after that, people will naturally come to see how silly all this is and they won't make new kinds of drugs but instead just give up. Besides, at some point the only drugs left will be so awful that nobody will want to use them anymore! Right? We just have to make sure the only thing left is a substance that combines Jenkem's disgusting method of preparation with the gruesome side-effects of Krokodil and then surely our children will be safe!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on June 04, 2012, 04:51:37 pm
http://io9.com/5914378/north-carolina-considers-outlawing-accurate-predictions-of-sea-level-rise

 :horrormirth:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on June 06, 2012, 03:44:43 pm
This is almost admirable. I have visions of legislators trying to pull a Cnut while they start to drown. Incidentally "Cnut" is a fantastic name for a child.

In other news...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18330411
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Thousands of Egyptians are continuing to protest against the verdicts in the trial of ex-President Hosni Mubarak.

Two runners-up in the presidential election first round joined the demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Mr Mubarak and his interior minister, Habib al-Adly, were sentenced to life in prison for not stopping the killing of protesters in last year's uprising.

But six security chiefs were acquitted. Mr Mubarak and his two sons were also cleared of separate corruption charges.

Thousands of protesters are staying in Tahrir Square overnight, urging a renewal of the revolution that toppled Mr Mubarak last year.

"We are now at a crossroad. It's either the revolution or back to the Mubarak regime," Abdellah Mahmoud, one of the demonstrators, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Huge crowds took to the streets on Saturday and Sunday to express their outrage that no-one had been found guilty of ordering police to open fire in January and February 2011, in attacks which left more than 850 people dead.

Many people were also angry that Mr Mubarak did not receive the death penalty, as the prosecution had demanded. The 84-year-old and his sons were acquitted of corruption under the statute of limitations.

Egypt continues to be fun. Looks like it may just continue until someone hangs. No idea who but armies have always excelled at finding scapegoats. TAKING ALL BETS.

Further news....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18334377

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Senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, US officials say.

US officials said Libi was the target of an attack which hit a volatile tribal area of Pakistan's north-west, killing 15 suspected militants.

So far, so war on terror...

Quote
But drone strikes have increased in frequency since President Barack Obama took office in 2009 and hundreds of people have been killed.

The dead include senior al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, as well as an unknown number of other militants and civilians, stoking public anger in Pakistan.

The US does not normally comment on individual drone operations, but this strike came after it emerged in the New York Times that the US president personally approves or vetoes each drone strike.

While not unexpected, this did make me pause for a moment. This guy has a Nobel peace prize. Surely there is some kind of mental magic involved where a person can order drone strikes for peace?

If I'm missing something help me out, because this all makes as much sense as giving Ron Jeremy an award for celibacy.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on June 07, 2012, 06:59:14 pm
Malfunctioning Cake Ruins Party and Spews Liquor All Over Oil Tycoons

Sea-raping mega-oil firm Shell has a new rig to launch, and like any enormous company, it decided to celebrate with a private party atop Seattle's Space Needle. The crown jewel? An oil rig-shaped cake which sprays liquor! Into your face.


http://gizmodo.com/5916538/malfunctioning-cake-ruins-party-and-spews-liquor-all-over-rich-people
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 08, 2012, 06:56:49 am
Malfunctioning Cake Ruins Party and Spews Liquor All Over Oil Tycoons

Sea-raping mega-oil firm Shell has a new rig to launch, and like any enormous company, it decided to celebrate with a private party atop Seattle's Space Needle. The crown jewel? An oil rig-shaped cake which sprays liquor! Into your face.


http://gizmodo.com/5916538/malfunctioning-cake-ruins-party-and-spews-liquor-all-over-rich-people

Ooooh, this is a good one! It has layers upon layers. Fake video, fake Shell lawsuit threats, fake agencies, all kinds of greatness!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BabylonHoruv on June 08, 2012, 08:36:20 pm
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/ (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/)

No bathsalts.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 08, 2012, 08:38:45 pm
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/ (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/)

No bathsalts.

From your link:

Quote
But Miami police spokesman Detective William Moreno wasn’t giving up on the bath salts theory just yet.

 “To the best of my knowledge, I’m being told we’re not in possession of any such report,” Moreno said. “It could be several months before the full toxicology report is released.”

LEARN TO READ, ASSHOLE.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on June 08, 2012, 08:43:15 pm
I'm not too worried about any bathsalt zombies anymore.

Because of THESE

http://www.hornady.com/ammunition/zombiemax

(http://accurateshooter.net/Blog/zombiemax02.jpg)

Yes, you can really buy some.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on June 08, 2012, 09:29:14 pm
It looks like it's just regular 12 gauge 00 buck with a zombie label?
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Junkenstein on June 08, 2012, 10:40:53 pm
That's not just what it looks like, it's exactly what it is.

Some marketing guy just got a fucking massive pay rise.

Now with video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQWb-5nblx4
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on June 09, 2012, 02:59:16 am
Dibbs on selling fire extinguisher cases full of these bullets, an axe, a big ass revolver, and kerosene with the words on the front reading "BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF ZOMBIES."
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Elder Iptuous on June 09, 2012, 03:37:39 am
kinda like these?
http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/In_38e50d_351295.jpg
http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/zombies-20101219-095913.jpg
http://www.bestviral.com/i/images/513.jpg
http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/71097_206481376675_1059278_n.jpg
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on June 09, 2012, 04:49:36 am
kinda like these?
http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/In_38e50d_351295.jpg
http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/zombies-20101219-095913.jpg
http://www.bestviral.com/i/images/513.jpg
http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/71097_206481376675_1059278_n.jpg


No nothing like those at all. The kind I'm talking about result in me making money.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: BabylonHoruv on June 09, 2012, 05:26:32 am
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/ (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/)

No bathsalts.

From your link:

Quote
But Miami police spokesman Detective William Moreno wasn’t giving up on the bath salts theory just yet.

 “To the best of my knowledge, I’m being told we’re not in possession of any such report,” Moreno said. “It could be several months before the full toxicology report is released.”

LEARN TO READ, ASSHOLE.

The same police department that thinks bathsalts are "the new LSD"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 09, 2012, 06:27:32 am
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/ (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/)

No bathsalts.

From your link:

Quote
But Miami police spokesman Detective William Moreno wasn’t giving up on the bath salts theory just yet.

 “To the best of my knowledge, I’m being told we’re not in possession of any such report,” Moreno said. “It could be several months before the full toxicology report is released.”

LEARN TO READ, ASSHOLE.

The same police department that thinks bathsalts are "the new LSD"

Shut the fuck up.
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on June 09, 2012, 06:29:43 am
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/ (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/)

No bathsalts.

From your link:

Quote
But Miami police spokesman Detective William Moreno wasn’t giving up on the bath salts theory just yet.

 “To the best of my knowledge, I’m being told we’re not in possession of any such report,” Moreno said. “It could be several months before the full toxicology report is released.”

LEARN TO READ, ASSHOLE.

The same police department that thinks bathsalts are "the new LSD"

Shut the fuck up.

Shouldn't he be down at the funeral home spooging on somebody's Meemaw?  :x
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 09, 2012, 06:34:21 am
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/ (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/)

No bathsalts.

From your link:

Quote
But Miami police spokesman Detective William Moreno wasn’t giving up on the bath salts theory just yet.

 “To the best of my knowledge, I’m being told we’re not in possession of any such report,” Moreno said. “It could be several months before the full toxicology report is released.”

LEARN TO READ, ASSHOLE.

The same police department that thinks bathsalts are "the new LSD"

Shut the fuck up.

Shouldn't he be down at the funeral home spooging on somebody's Meemaw?  :x

Probably.  That source was hilarious, though.

WE GOT TOXICOLOGY RESULTS!
\
:hippie:

UM, NO WE DON'T.
\
:hippie:

WE MAKE SHIT UP.  YOU DECIDE.
\
:hippie:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Tiddleywomp Cockletit on June 09, 2012, 06:38:07 am
http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/ (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/06/08/060812-news-miami-zombie/)

No bathsalts.

From your link:

Quote
But Miami police spokesman Detective William Moreno wasn’t giving up on the bath salts theory just yet.

 “To the best of my knowledge, I’m being told we’re not in possession of any such report,” Moreno said. “It could be several months before the full toxicology report is released.”

LEARN TO READ, ASSHOLE.

The same police department that thinks bathsalts are "the new LSD"

Shut the fuck up.

Shouldn't he be down at the funeral home spooging on somebody's Meemaw?  :x

Probably.  That source was hilarious, though.

WE GOT TOXICOLOGY RESULTS!
\
:hippie:

UM, NO WE DON'T.
\
:hippie:

WE MAKE SHIT UP.  YOU DECIDE.
\
:hippie:

OUCH, dude.

Too much LOLZ.  :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Luna on June 09, 2012, 12:15:05 pm
I'm not too worried about any bathsalt zombies anymore.

Because of THESE

http://www.hornady.com/ammunition/zombiemax

(http://accurateshooter.net/Blog/zombiemax02.jpg)

Yes, you can really buy some.

Yep.  New sweetie has a box of these in the ammo closet. 
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on June 09, 2012, 06:41:35 pm
High School teacher goes crazy, senselessly attacks students at graduation ceremony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=_lfxYhtf8o4)
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 09, 2012, 08:50:04 pm
High School teacher goes crazy, senselessly attacks students at graduation ceremony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=_lfxYhtf8o4)

That is a fucking awesome speech!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on June 14, 2012, 07:59:17 am
http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Angus/article/23248/i-started-laughing-and-kept-on-laughing-olympic-torch-protester-gets-a-police-visit.html
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Don Coyote on June 14, 2012, 11:24:18 pm
You know that terrible feeling when you find something that something else you read was parodying?
http://gawker.com/5918385/would-you-like-to-buy-a-college-student
Quote
University of Chicago professor Luigi Zingales lays it out in a NYT op-ed today: instead of funding everyone's college education with debt that they may or may not be able to repay, let investors pay for the college education of promising kids. In return, the kid gives them a percentage of their future earnings (only the earnings above and beyond what they would have made without going to college). The lenders can pay the IRS a fee to do the collections. Students graduate without debt, and the amount they ultimately pay back is contingent on their actual earnings. It's a way for everyone to get in on a game that the elites have played for years:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/opinion/the-college-graduate-as-collateral.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
Quote
In fact, top colleges like Yale are already — implicitly — using a form of equity contract. They charge the average student less than the average cost of educating each student, while financing the shortfall with donations from the wealthiest alumni. It is tantamount to an implicit stake on the wealthiest alumni’s income. This system works very well for the top schools, which produce at least a few multibillionaires. It is much less effective for normal, middle-of-the-road colleges. It is precisely for these colleges that a formal equity contract would work best.

UP NEXT JUST HOW MUCH OF A PERCENTAGE DO YOU HAVE IN YOURSELF!!!! :horrormirth:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 14, 2012, 11:35:58 pm
You know that terrible feeling when you find something that something else you read was parodying?
http://gawker.com/5918385/would-you-like-to-buy-a-college-student
Quote
University of Chicago professor Luigi Zingales lays it out in a NYT op-ed today: instead of funding everyone's college education with debt that they may or may not be able to repay, let investors pay for the college education of promising kids. In return, the kid gives them a percentage of their future earnings (only the earnings above and beyond what they would have made without going to college). The lenders can pay the IRS a fee to do the collections. Students graduate without debt, and the amount they ultimately pay back is contingent on their actual earnings. It's a way for everyone to get in on a game that the elites have played for years:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/opinion/the-college-graduate-as-collateral.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
Quote
In fact, top colleges like Yale are already — implicitly — using a form of equity contract. They charge the average student less than the average cost of educating each student, while financing the shortfall with donations from the wealthiest alumni. It is tantamount to an implicit stake on the wealthiest alumni’s income. This system works very well for the top schools, which produce at least a few multibillionaires. It is much less effective for normal, middle-of-the-road colleges. It is precisely for these colleges that a formal equity contract would work best.

UP NEXT JUST HOW MUCH OF A PERCENTAGE DO YOU HAVE IN YOURSELF!!!! :horrormirth:

The funny thing is that THAT'S OK, but doing the exact same thing without the middleman taking a cut is OH NOES SOCIALISM!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: N E T on June 15, 2012, 12:31:24 am
Malfunctioning Cake Ruins Party and Spews Liquor All Over Oil Tycoons

Sea-raping mega-oil firm Shell has a new rig to launch, and like any enormous company, it decided to celebrate with a private party atop Seattle's Space Needle. The crown jewel? An oil rig-shaped cake which sprays liquor! Into your face.

http://gizmodo.com/5916538/malfunctioning-cake-ruins-party-and-spews-liquor-all-over-rich-people

Too perfect. It was the Yes Men:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=InL4ONJh9fA
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Telarus on June 15, 2012, 09:07:26 am
HBO admits Game Of Thrones Bush blunder
http://za.omg.yahoo.com/news/hbo-admits-game-thrones-bush-blunder-080346397.html
HBO and the executive producers of Game Of Thrones owned up and apologised on Wednesday for showing a model of President George W Bush's head appearing on a spike in season 1 of the fantasy TV series
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on June 15, 2012, 07:24:00 pm
HBO admits Game Of Thrones Bush blunder
http://za.omg.yahoo.com/news/hbo-admits-game-thrones-bush-blunder-080346397.html
HBO and the executive producers of Game Of Thrones owned up and apologised on Wednesday for showing a model of President George W Bush's head appearing on a spike in season 1 of the fantasy TV series

Sounds like they were hoping someone would notice, and no one did so they commented on it, and when no one noticed that, they apologized for the head AND the comment.

And still, crickets.
 :lulz:

"HAY GUYS WE USED THE HEAD OF GEORGE BUSH ON A STAKE IN THAT ONE SHOT, SEE? IT'S TOTALLY NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT THOUGH"

"OH HAY, GUYS! WE CAN'T HELP NOTICING THAT NOBODY NOTICED THAT WE USED GEORGE BUSH'S HEAD ON A STAKE SO WE WANTED TO SAY THAT WE'RE REALLY SORRY AND THAT WE'LL TAKE OUT THE PART WHERE WE COMMENT ON HOW WE USED THE HEAD OF GEORGE BUSH ON A STAKE, OK? DID YOU NOTICE YET? GUYS?"
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 15, 2012, 07:28:52 pm
 :lulz:
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Freeky on June 15, 2012, 07:31:22 pm
You know that terrible feeling when you find something that something else you read was parodying?
http://gawker.com/5918385/would-you-like-to-buy-a-college-student
Quote
University of Chicago professor Luigi Zingales lays it out in a NYT op-ed today: instead of funding everyone's college education with debt that they may or may not be able to repay, let investors pay for the college education of promising kids. In return, the kid gives them a percentage of their future earnings (only the earnings above and beyond what they would have made without going to college). The lenders can pay the IRS a fee to do the collections. Students graduate without debt, and the amount they ultimately pay back is contingent on their actual earnings. It's a way for everyone to get in on a game that the elites have played for years:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/opinion/the-college-graduate-as-collateral.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
Quote
In fact, top colleges like Yale are already — implicitly — using a form of equity contract. They charge the average student less than the average cost of educating each student, while financing the shortfall with donations from the wealthiest alumni. It is tantamount to an implicit stake on the wealthiest alumni’s income. This system works very well for the top schools, which produce at least a few multibillionaires. It is much less effective for normal, middle-of-the-road colleges. It is precisely for these colleges that a formal equity contract would work best.

UP NEXT JUST HOW MUCH OF A PERCENTAGE DO YOU HAVE IN YOURSELF!!!! :horrormirth:

So essentially, if this were, say, implemented in all colleges, not just Yale and etc., people would be essentially making the same amount of money if they hadn't gone to college, and corporates would be making even more grotesque amounts of money.

Someone stop the world, I wanna get off!
Title: Re: Random News Stories
Post by: Don Coyote on June 16, 2012, 10:40:00 am
You know that terrible feeling when you find something that something else you read was parodying?
http://gawker.com/5918385/would-you-like-to-buy-a-college-student
Quote
University of Chicago professor Luigi Zingales lays it out in a NYT op-ed today: instead of funding everyone's college education with debt that they may or may not be able to repay, let investors pay for the college education of promising kids. In return, the kid gives them a percentage of their future earnings (only the earnings above and beyond what they would have made without going to college). The lenders can pay the IRS a fee to do the collections. Students graduate without debt, and the amount they ultimately pay back is contingent on their actual earnings. It's a way for everyone to get in on a game that the elites have played for years:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/opinion/the-college-graduate-as-collateral.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
Quote
In fact, top colleges like Yale are already — implicitly — using a form of equity contract. They charge the average student less than the average cost of educating each student, while financing the shortfall with donations from the wealthiest alumni. It is tantamount to an implicit stake on the wealthiest alumni’s income. This system works very well for the top schools, which produce at least a few multibillionaires. It is much less effective for normal, middle-of-the-road colleges. It is preci