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How Trump Continues To Lead The Polls – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Posted on August 29th, 2015 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Recent polls indicate that, despite public outcry against his incendiary comments on women and minorities, Donald Trump is still the leading Republican candidate. Here are some reasons Trump stays so popular with his supporters:

 

  • Highly relatable lack of qualifications for holding government office

  • Americans’ appreciation for classic underdog story of man who started with only several hundred million dollars and went on to make several billion dollars

  • Only candidate to publicly state willingness to make America great again

  • Exploits other Republican candidates’ weaknesses by allowing them to open their mouths and speak on issues

  • Very, very handsome

  • Voters eager to see presidential library with three infinity pools and rooftop driving range

  • Bolstered by impassioned endorsement from Donald Trump

  • Eccentric, megalomaniac billionaire still more relatable to average American than anyone willing to dedicate life to politics

  • Appeals to widespread desire to see nation implode sooner rather than later

 


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  1. Trump is just a diversion allowing Bush-Clinton to skate into office virtually unnoticed.

  2. @will: I think I’d notice any skating. Actually any chance of a Skating with the Stars extravaganza with presidential candidates that I could then be all superior and avoid watching?

The Closing of the Canadian Mind

Posted on August 28th, 2015 at 18:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Americans have traditionally looked to Canada as a liberal haven, with gun control, universal health care and good public education.

But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance.


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  1. This is the effect of the first-past-the-post voting system. Can get a majority with about a third of the votes, if the opposition is divided and you micro-target groups within the electorate to gain the swing 5%. (People who are bribed by such things rarely stay bought – for example, there are lots of discontented retirees who are observing the recent bribing of families with big cheques and feeling grumpy.)

    With Canada’s economy and international reputation in decline, the tar sands fiasco playing out in a time of cheap oil, a housing bubble on the point of breaking the middle classes, all the smart people in the present government have bailed in order to spend more time with their money.

    The next government might bring in proportional representation, which presumably brings its own set of difficulties. And both opposition parties claim they will legalize cannabis.

  2. So what have we learned: Any political system can be gamed by a devious and unscrupulous political party which is bankrolled by people with a similar lack of morals.

  3. @will: There are parasites in any ecosystem. For Freya, my cat, I use a nice product called Revolution – it handles most internal and external parasites.

    I highly recommend it. Your results on the body politic may vary.

Georgia Mom’s Letter About Anna Duggar Goes Viral on Facebook

Posted on August 27th, 2015 at 21:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“I know everybody is laughing about this Josh Duggar story. Oh, a DUGGAR on Ashley Madison, it’s so rich!” Kirkland wrote on Aug. 20, the day Josh confessed to cheating in a statement posted to his family’s website. “I wish more people would talk about Anna. I normally keep things light on Facebook, but let’s talk about Anna. Let me tell you: Anna Duggar is in the worst position she could possibly be in right now. Anna Duggar was crippled by her parents by receiving no education, having no work experience (or life experience, for that matter) and then was shackled to this loser because his family was famous in their religious circle. Anna Duggar was taught that her sole purpose in life, the most meaningful thing she could do, was to be chaste and proper, a devout wife, and a mother. Anna Duggar did that! Anna Duggar followed the rules that were imposed on her from the get-go and this is what she got in reward- a husband who she found out, in the span of 6 months, not only molested his own sisters, but was unfaithful to her in the most humiliating way possible. While she was fulfilling her ‘duty’ of providing him with four children and raising them. She lived up to the standard that men set for her of being chaste and Godly and in return, the man who demanded this of her sought women who were the opposite. ‘Be this,’ they told her. She was. It wasn’t enough.”

 


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  1. Read the bible, she’ll get her reward in heaven. He’s getting his now.

After Scandals, Ireland Is No Longer ‘Most Catholic Country In The World’

Posted on August 27th, 2015 at 8:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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KENNEDY: Once, more than 90 percent of Irish people attended church each week. Now it’s only about 30 percent. That’s lower than in the U.S. One major reason is the avalanche of sex abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland in the ’90s. Maeve Lewis runs an organization for victims of priest sexual abuse.

MAEVE LEWIS: What you find is, on any moral issue now, when a bishop or a priest or somebody attempts to speak out, that people will quite cynically say, you know, how could you listen to that with what they’ve done? And, I mean, really, the most damaging thing to the Catholic Church here was not the fact that priests actually abused children. It was the wide-scaled cover-ups that went on at very senior levels. That’s what people find unforgivable.


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  1. The church burnt its crops and salted the ground. The people who used to go to the church for spiritual and moral support have learned how to fast…

  2. Similar to Quebec’s Quiet Revolution. Many people in Ireland remain conditioned to believe, they are just not engaged in churchgoing. I can see the growth of new religious and political groupings, especially with families and older women.

The Crackdown on Little Free Library Book Exchanges

Posted on August 25th, 2015 at 11:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Crime, homelessness and crumbling infrastructure are still a problem in almost every part of America, but two cities have recently cracked down on one of the country’s biggest problems: small-community libraries where residents can share books,” Michael Schaub wrote. “Officials in Los Angeles and Shreveport, Louisiana, have told the owners of homemade lending libraries that they’re in violation of city codes, and asked them to remove or relocate their small book collections.”

 


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  1. Keeping the people ignorant and easier to control, and god bless the people that are helping the effort. I’m sure they’re loyal conservatives.

H&R Block snuck language into a Senate bill to make taxes more confusing for poor people

Posted on August 25th, 2015 at 8:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The EITC is one of America’s premier anti-poverty programs. It targets poor families specifically, and because you have to work to get it, countless studies have found it encourages single mothers and other people without much connection to the labor market to enter the workforce. The Census Bureau estimates that it and the related Child Tax Credit keep 9.4 million people out of poverty every year, and recent research suggests that when you take into account the people the EITC brings into the workforce, the real number is probably twice that. If that weren’t enough, it also boosts test scores for kids in families receiving it and improves both parents’ and children’s health.

The EITC is awesome.

But because it offers refunds for people who otherwise don’t make enough to file taxes, the EITC expands the market for parasitic tax prep companies like H&R Block and Intuit. Currently, recipients only have to fill out a single-page form, and the IRS operates free tax preparation centers for low-income people having trouble completing their returns. But that hasn’t stopped commercial tax preparers from swooping in, and currently two-thirds of EITC claimants pay to have their returns prepared. Commercial preparers charge hundreds of dollars in fees, so a huge chunk of EITC benefits are going to these useless garbage companies, rather than to actual poor people. Preparers also used to offer high-interest “refund anticipation loans,” which were even more costly; regulators have pushed those out of existence, but similar “refund anticipation checks” remain.

But this apparently doesn’t exploit the poor enough for H&R Block’s taste, so they pushed hard to expand Schedule EIC, the form that EITC recipients fill out, from one page to four or five.


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  1. Crappy journalism. H&R Block needed a senator to do the dirty work for them, and the only interesting question is who did it. But Matthews can’t be bothered to do the actual investigative journalism to find out.

EU drops pesticide laws because US says it should

Posted on August 24th, 2015 at 18:21 by Paul Jay in category: News

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 The EU scrapped planned pesticide regulations under pressure from US officials over the controversial transatlantic trade deal TTIP, newly published documents have revealed.

According to documents obtained by the Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe, a visit from high-level officials from the US Mission to Europe and the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) in July 2013 convinced the EU to drop planned rules that could have led to the banning of 31 pesticides containing health hazardous chemicals.

AmCham representatives reportedly “complained about the uselessness of creating categories and thus, lists” of prohibited substances during the meeting, and US trade officials “emphasised the need for an impact assessment,” The Guardianhas reported.

The European Commission at first resisted, claiming that though they back TTIP “they would not like to be seen as lowering EU standards,” but relented later that same day, a letter from the desk of the Commission’s secretary-general has shown..


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Honest Cop Charged With Misconduct

Posted on August 24th, 2015 at 7:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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With incidents of police shootings and brutality on the rise, one might expect police officers who draw attention to instances of police misconduct to be praised for their honesty and integrity.

But a Gold Coast police officer was stood down from his job and charged with a criminal offence for doing just that.

Sergeant Rick Flori had spent 25 years in the Queensland Police Force until he was suspended earlier this year.

He is accused of leaking footage which showed four police officers brutally bashing a 21-year-old man in handcuffs at a police station carpark in 2012.

The victim of the bashing, Gold Coast chef Noa Begic, was arrested and charged with ‘public nuisance’ and ‘obstructing police.’ But the horrific CCTV footage shows him being slammed face-first into the concrete floor of a Surfers Paradise police station, before being put into the back of a police van and repeatedly punched while another officer holds him still.

The officers later wash Mr Begic’s blood away with a bucket of water.

Sergeant Flori is alleged to have leaked the footage to the Courier Mail newspaper, leading to his suspension and prosecution for ‘misconduct in public office.’


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Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny

Posted on August 23rd, 2015 at 19:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Trump is probably too dumb to realize it, or maybe he isn’t, but he doesn’t need to win anything to become the most dangerous person in America. He can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is.


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  1. The old “Devil made me do it” defense. Are they even smart enough to vote?

Jesus Paves

Posted on August 23rd, 2015 at 11:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

[(JACKSON, Miss) Mayor Tony Yarber:]


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  1. So, he’s saying that his potholes are the result of someone else’s prayers? I’m confused.

Careful where you point that!

Posted on August 23rd, 2015 at 10:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Second a Day

Posted on August 23rd, 2015 at 10:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Brace yourself: SOPA set to strike again

Posted on August 22nd, 2015 at 11:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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ClearCorrect sent digital files over the Internet from a subsidiary in Pakistan to its Texas offices that were then used to 3D-print dental braces. Rival company Invisalign claimed the braces violated its patents, and parent company Align Technology — rather than seeking an injunction through the courts — turned to the ITC, an agency that typically regulates imported goods that infringe intellectual property rights, such as fake iPhones and knockoff Louis Vuitton handbags.

 


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Google Says More People Are Interested in Deez Nuts Than Hillary Clinton

Posted on August 22nd, 2015 at 10:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Donald Trump is an unrepentant racist buffoon who is, for the time being, running circles around the Republican presidential field. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is vacillating between bad pandering tweets to millennials and bad meandering responses to questions about her emails.

A disinterested and disheartened nation is turning to a new candidate, one with the promise to turn things around: Deez Nuts. Well, according to Google searches, anyway.

Google Trends says more people are interested in fake candidate Deez Nuts, who was polled at 9 percent in North Carolina by Public Policy Polling. Many local news stations covered candidate Nuts’s rise, which was very funny because news anchors were forced to say “Deez Nuts” on live television. In fact, people are so interested in Deez Nuts, it’s diverting a lot of attention away from the Trump campaign.


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  1. In Britain, media people call July-August “the silly season” for good reason.

Ashley Madison breach: GOP official used account for ‘opposition research’

Posted on August 22nd, 2015 at 10:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The executive director of the Louisiana GOP spent $176 on Ashley Madison, a website for people seeking affairs, but he says he wasn’t using it to cheat.

Jason Doré acknowledged that his name is on the list released by hackers this week, according to The Times-Picayune. But he said he used the account strictly for “opposition research.”


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  1. Calm down. “Research” isn’t a crime!

  2. Right – opposition sex research no doubt…

The Ashley Madison Hack Shows We’re Too Dumb to Cheat

Posted on August 22nd, 2015 at 0:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The writer Fran Lebowitz once created useful categories for people she believed were committing crimes against the rest of us (“You write poetry and you are not dead”).

After that train ride, I wanted to add a new category — “You are on the Quiet Car and you are not Quiet.”

In the wake of Tuesday’s revelation that up to 15,000 of Ashley Madison’s would-be philanderers might work for the United States government or military, I want to add yet another: “You are a government employee and you were too stupid to create a new email account when you registered on a website for cheaters.”

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Right now, I don’t care about cheaters in general. I care about the ones whose lifestyles I’m funding. According to The Washington Post, the capital has the highest rate of membership for the site of any American city. A number of those caught up in the hack work at the Department of Justice and — #irony — the National Security Agency.


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  1. No-one’s yet admitted that this was a way for prostitutes to connect with clients.

  2. In that way it wasn’t any different from just about every other dating site, right?

  3. I admit nothing. Notheeng.

Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version)

Posted on August 21st, 2015 at 12:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Behind the scenes:

  2. I think they win the internet for this month.

The curious case of whistled languages and their lack of left-brain dominance

Posted on August 21st, 2015 at 12:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Whistled Turkish is a non-conformist. Most obviously, it bucks the normal language trend of using consonants and vowels, opting instead for a bird-like whistle. But more importantly, it departs from other language forms in a more fundamental respect: it’s processed differently by the brain.


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Location, Sensors, Voice, Photos?! Spotify Just Got Real Creepy With The Data It Collects On You

Posted on August 21st, 2015 at 9:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Music streaming market leader Spotify has decided that it wants to know a lot more about you. It wants to be able to access the sensor information on your phone so it can determine whether you’re walking, running or standing still. It wants to know your GPS coordinates, grab photos from your phone and look through your contacts too. And it may share that information with its partners, so a whole load of companies could know exactly where you are and what you’re up to.

This has all been made apparent by a rather significant update to the Spotify privacy policy, pushed out to users today.


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  1. Oops. Read: we’re doing furious damage control now. Please allow yourself to be pacified while we tinker at the edges and then revert when the outrage is gone.

  2. How could it be worse? A wife finding that her cheating POS husband is playing “our song” to his lover?

Jeb Bush wants “a new arrangement with Silicon Valley” to ease crypto

Posted on August 21st, 2015 at 8:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job—while protecting civil liberties—to make sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst,” Bush said in South Carolina at an event sponsored by Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security, according to The Intercept.

 

If you bolt up your doors, it makes it harder for police to raid meth labs.


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  1. And it we elect another bush or Clinton, we can just flush democracy down the crapper.

  2. “Evildoers?” You have to admire his ability to talk the language of the common people.

Your Toner Is No Good Here: Region-Coding Ink Cartridges… For The Customers

Posted on August 20th, 2015 at 23:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Xerox uses region coding on their toner catridges AND locks the printer to the first type used. So if you use an NA (North America) catridge you can’t use the cheaper DMO (Eastern Europe) anymore. The printer’s display does NOT show this, nor does the hotline know about it. When c’t reached out to Xerox, the marketing drone claimed, this was done to serve the customer better, I kid you not.

 


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  1. They should have said “We do this to rip you off for more profits.”…

My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers

Posted on August 20th, 2015 at 23:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In my 40 years of reporting on mass surveillance, I have been raided three times; jailed once; had television programs I made or assisted making banned from airing under government pressure five times; seen tapes seized; faced being shoved out of a helicopter; had my phone tapped for at least a decade; and — with this arrest — been lined up to face up to 30 years imprisonment for alleged violations of secrecy laws. And why do I keep going? Because from the beginning, my investigations revealed a once-unimaginable scope of governmental surveillance, collusion, and concealment by the British and U.S. governments — practices that were always as much about domestic spying during times of peace as they were about keeping citizens safe from supposed foreign enemies, thus giving the British government the potential power to become, as our source that night had put it, a virtual “police state.”


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Weaponizing Your Pets: The War Kitteh and the Denial of Service Dog

Posted on August 19th, 2015 at 20:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. I mostly use the TV-B-Gone in waiting rooms. Highly recommended.

Woman fined for Facebook pic of police car in disabled spot

Posted on August 18th, 2015 at 13:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In the US, citizens have begun to film the police with abandon.

In turn, the police have started to wear bodycams in order to capture what they see.

In Spain, however, a new gagging law has been enacted. It’s titled the Citizens Security Law.

When laws are named this way, you get the feeling that citizens’ security might not be their primary aim.

This law limits what people can post on social networks about, for example protests. It also prevents “the unauthorized use of images of police officers that might jeopardize their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations.”

Oddly, this law has just been used to fine a woman who took a photograph of a police car. This particular car was parked (illegally) in a disabled spot.


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  1. Emergency tapas attack, no doubt.

John Oliver’s “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption” Church Exposes Faith-Based Fraud

Posted on August 18th, 2015 at 11:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

1-800-THIS-IS-LEGAL (1-800-844-7475) Recording audio

http://www.ourladyofperpetualexemption.com


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Duggars Pitch New Reality Show Counseling Sex Abuse Victims

Posted on August 18th, 2015 at 9:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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According to industry insiders Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are pitching a new reality show where they would counsel young victims of sexual abuse.

Apparently the Duggars are pitching the idea of a new reality show related to the upcoming special Breaking the Silence, a documentary on child sexual abuse scheduled to air August 30 on TLC.

US magazine reports TLC has been working closely with the Duggar family on the one-hour documentary that will include daughters Jill and Jessa as well as other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.

Another new show in development at TLC: ‘Dr Kevorkian Suicide Hotline’


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  1. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that the Duggars aren’t going to be doing much paid TV work in the immediate future.

The ‘End of the high seas’, or we watch the seas die

Posted on August 17th, 2015 at 1:52 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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I find it very unlikely that coral reefs as I knew them in the mid-1960s will still be found anywhere on this planet by mid-century. Instead, we will have algal-dominated, rubble-strewn, slowly eroding limestone benches. I see little hope for reefs unless we embark on a more aggressive emissions reduction plan. Aiming for CO2 at 350ppm, or a total warming of around 1C is scientifically defendable, and would give reefs a good chance; a number of coral reef scientists have called for this.


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  1. I’ve been diving since the mid-nineties. The decline is visible to the my non-professional eye…

Detainees’ lawyers question Obama commitment to close Guantanamo.

Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 9:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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There is this profound dissonance between what the administration is saying about its desire to close Guantanamo and what it is actually doing.
In an extremely rare legal manoeuvre, the Obama administration has challenged a legal request to free a hunger-striking Guantánamo Bay detainee entirely in secret.
Meanwhile the Guardian reveals that it is the The Pentagon that is blocking the return of UK permanent resident Shaker Aamer and two other longtime Guantánamo Bay detainees for whom the US Department of State has completed diplomatic deals to transfer home.
The contravention of the president’s orders indicates that there is a profound problem with the state of democracy in America.


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  1. Obama was supposed to be the transparent president. He’s just as transparently evil is the rest of them.

    Politicians don’t believe in Democracy. They just exploited it.

  2. @will: Evil is a bit harsh. I’d say he’s well-intentioned but has been ineffectual in some areas and that perhaps people expect too much of the president’s position.

    We get the politicians we deserve, btw. You get Obama, Canadians get Mr. Harper.

  3. @Sue: “Lesser of two evils”? I think it’s already been decided.

Angry eagle attacks UAV: How do drones affect wildlife?

Posted on August 15th, 2015 at 22:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


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“This is the last thing a small bird sees when a Wedge-Tailed Eagle decides that you are dinner,” Mr. Lancaster, who posts under the name Melbourne Aerial Video, wrote in the description for the YouTube video that featured the incident, which has since gone viral. “Do not fly drones near birds of prey.”


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awake craniotomy with singing and talking

Posted on August 15th, 2015 at 14:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I’m a professional opera, concert and choral singer that was diagnosed with a brain tumour (a GBM as it turned out). The neurosurgeon’s advice was to do an awake craniotomy so that I could sing during the surgery (on June13th 2014) in order to avoid deficits after the procedure. The music neuro team of the UMC in Utrecht was also involved in order to assist the surgery. There is no blood or exposed flesh in the video.
I sing two (first and last) couplets of Schubert’s lied “Gute Nacht”: the minor – major transition in order to see if I can still recognise the key change.
All is fine until min. 2:40 when things start to get very interesting…

Fremd bin ich eingezogen,
fremd zieh ich wieder aus.
Der Mai war mir gewogen
mit manchem Blumenstrauß.

Das Mädchen sprach von Liebe,
die Mutter gar von Eh’

Das Mädchen sprach von Liebe,
die Mutter gar von Eh

Nun ist die Welt so trübe,
Der Weg gehüllt in Schnee

Nun ist die Welt so trübe,
Der Weg gehüllt in Schnee
Ich kann zu meiner Reisen
Nicht wählen mit der Zeit,

Muß selbst den Weg mir weisen
In dieser Dunkelheit.
Es zieht ein Mondenschatten
Als mein Gefährte mit
Es zieht ein Mondenschatten
Als mein Gefährte mit

Und auf den weißen Matten
Such ich des Wildes Tritt

Und auf den weißen Matten
Such ich des Wildes Tritt

Was soll ich länger weilen,
daß man mich trieb hinaus?
Laß irre Hunde heulen
Vor ihres Herren Haus!

Die Liebe liebt das Wandern;
Gott hat sie so gemacht
Gott hat sie so gemacht
Von einem zu dem andern
Fein Liebchen, gute Nacht!
Von einem zu dem andern
Fein Liebchen, gute Nacht!

Will dich im Traum nicht stören

Wär schad’ um deine Ruh
Sollst meinen Tritt nicht hören
Sacht, sacht die Türe zu!
Schreib im Vorübergehen
Ans Tor dir: gute Nacht,
Damit du mögest sehen,
An dich hab ich gedacht

Schreib im Vorübergehen
Ans Tor dir: gute Nacht,
Damit du mögest sehen,
An dich hab ich gedacht
An dich hab ich gedacht


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  1. (oh, and that kind lady in front comforting him, a doctor in neuropsychology, not a nurse)


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