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World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Could somebody please give me a transcript of one of these?


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Royal de Luxe Parade

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 17:21 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



The Royal de Luxe Parade
in Nantes, celebrating Jules Verne from what I can gather.

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Bash.org Quotes

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 16:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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<DaZE> at my school.. the cop from DARE passed around 3 joints to show everyone… and he said “if i dont get all three of these back this schools getting locked down and everyones getting searched till i find it..” and like 30 minutes later when everyone got to see ‘em and they got passed back the cop had 4


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Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 16:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Quoting letters of the fallen from the war in Iraq, President Bush vowed Monday to a Memorial Day audience of military families and soldiers in uniform that the nation will honor its dead by striving for peace and democracy, no matter what the cost. a “We must honor them by completing the mission for which they gave their lives; by defeating the terrorists,” the president told a supportive crowd of several thousand people at Arlington National Cemetery.

Following the ceremony, the Secret Service promptly arrested everyone in attendance taking pictures of the flag draped coffins.

Asked why the US government was hiding the coffins of US servicemen killed in Iraq, an anonymous Pentagon employee replied “it started as an Easter tradition. It caught on. Frankly, dead servicemen are kind’uv a downer. You feel bad, especially if you dodged the draft yourself. The thrill is in making the case for war and making wildly optimistic predictions, not keeping track of the costs of dead and wounded, let alone reading and signing each individual condolence letter.”


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Scholieren afgetekend tegen Europese grondwet

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 16:14 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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Nederlandse scholieren moeten niks hebben van de Europese grondwet. Bij het landelijke ScholierenReferendum stemde dinsdag 69,9 procent tegen. Dat maakte het Instituut voor Publiek en Politiek (IPP) dinsdag bekend.

Voor het referendum hadden zich 50.000 leerlingen van bijna 150 middelbare scholen in heel Nederland aangemeld. Net niet de helft (47,4 procent) heeft ook daadwerkelijk gestemd. Van de stemmers bracht 13 procent vorige week al zijn stem uit via een stembiljet. De rest deed dat dinsdag via internet.

Het IPP hield de afgelopen jaren vaker een dag voor de officiële verkiezingen de Scholierenverkiezingen. “Bij deze verkiezingen geven scholieren meestal de trend aan die een de dag later bij de echte verkiezingen realiteit blijken” aldus het instituut.

De resultaten van het ScholierenReferendum werden dinsdagmiddag aangeboden aan minister Pechtold voor Bestuurlijke Vernieuwing.


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Question Authorities

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 10:55 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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For more than four years – steadily, seriously, and with the unsentimental rigor for which we love them – civil engineers have been studying the destruction of the World Trade Center towers, sifting the tragedy for its lessons. And it turns out that one of the lessons is: Disobey authority. In a connected world, ordinary people often have access to better information than officials do.
Proof can be found in the 298-page draft report issued in April by the National Institute on Standards and Technology called Occupant Behavior, Egress, and Emergency Communications. (In layman’s terms, that’s who got out of the buildings, how they got out, and why.) It’s an eloquent document, in many ways. The report confirms a chilling fact that was widely covered in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. After both buildings were burning, many calls to 911 resulted in advice to stay put and wait for rescue. Also, occupants of the towers had been trained to use the stairs, not the elevators, in case of evacuation.
Fortunately, this advice was mostly ignored. According to the engineers, use of elevators in the early phase of the evacuation, along with the decision to not stay put, saved roughly 2,500 lives. This disobedience had nothing to do with panic. The report documents how evacuees stopped to help the injured and assist the mobility-impaired, even to give emotional comfort. Not panic but what disaster experts call reasoned flight ruled the day.


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To the end, colonel a man of the troops

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 10:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


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His courage under fire was the stuff of Hollywood, such as once ordering his helicopter pilot to land in the middle of a firefight so he could rescue his wounded men.

As an orphan shining shoes at a military base in Santa Monica, Calif., he lied about his age to join up in the waning days of World War II. That started a career that led him to Korea, where he survived a gunshot to the head, and a whopping four tours of duty in Vietnam, where his daring and swagger became the inspiration for Robert Duvall’s Colonel Kilgore character in the movie ”Apocalypse Now.”

Tomorrow, the US military will lay to rest Colonel David H. Hackworth — among its most decorated heroes of all time — at Arlington National Cemetery.

The top brass is not expected to attend.

Hackworth’s most enduring foe was not the communists he fought. He earned a a chestful of medals, including two Distinguished Service Medals, 10 Silver Stars, eight Bronze Stars, and eight Purple Hearts. His adversary became the US military bureaucracy, which he railed against for 30 years on grounds that it failed to put the troops first. He also opposed military action in Bosnia, Kosovo, and especially Iraq.

But while the military leadership may be absent from the funeral, hundreds — and probably thousands — are expected to attend. The numbers would be larger, except that many who consider him a hero aren’t in Washington. Hackworth became a touchstone for soldiers in the Middle East who questioned the Pentagon but didn’t feel comfortable raising complaints with superiors.

”He had an incredible communication line to the barracks and the trenches,” said Roger Charles, president of Soldiers for the Truth, Hackworth’s organization, which has a website that averages about 1 million hits a day. ”He answered all the e-mails.”

To the very end, however, the military brass treated him with disdain for his biting criticism of insufficient training, equipment, and pay. There were deeper grievances as well, including his role in 1996 in exposing the fact that the chief of naval operations, Admiral Jeremy M. ”Mike” Boorda, wore combat ribbons that he did not earn. Boorda committed suicide an hour before a planned interview with Hackworth.


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Young private braved snipers to bring symbol of evil down

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 9:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

The Houston Chronicle had a memorial day article last saturday:

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Sixty years ago today, a north Houston boy born in Madisonville, Texas, was crawling across the slate roof of the Reichstag building in the heart of Berlin. Nazi snipers tried to pick him off , before he reached his objective. Twenty of his own buddies were laying down enfilading fire that kept them from stopping PrivatePvt. R.C. Woods, Bobby to his friends, from reaching his goal.

There’s one small problem. The Soviet flag was raised over the Reichstag on May 2nd, 1945, at 2:25 pm. Here’s a quick BBC summary. So whatever snipers existed on May 28, 1945, were probably imaginary.


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Boy, 4, killed during target practice

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 9:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A 4-year-old boy was fatally wounded when he wandered behind a paper target while family and friends were practicing shooting, authorities said.

Evan Davis Klassen, of Chisago City, was shot around 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Lake Vermilion, where a group of about a dozen people had gathered for the Memorial Day weekend.

“They thought they had the kids under control,” said Sgt. James McKenzie of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department.

While the paper target didn’t completely obscure the child, he was wearing camouflage pants that made him difficult to see against the foliage, McKenzie said.

A 40-year-old man fired a handgun about 30 feet through the target and into the boy, he said.

McKenzie called the shooting as “a pretty straightforward accident” and said no charges were likely to be filed. The man’s name and relationship with the boy were not released.

After the shooting, people rushed the boy to a nearby lodge. Emergency medical workers arrived, but there was nothing they could do, McKenzie said.


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Rush Limbaugh’s tortured logic

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 9:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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When I was 12 years old, I was Rush Limbaugh’s biggest fan. Every day, my father and I listened to him for hours. “Mega-dittos” — Limbaugh’s catchphrase — was part of my childhood vocabulary, and Limbaugh was the hero who fought for my father’s values. Until recently, my dad was still an avid listener.

In mid-May, I played an Iraqi prisoner in the opening night of the play “Abu Ghraib,” an original student production at Harvard University, where I am a master’s candidate in ethics. My father called to wish me luck. Imagine his disappointment when I told him what Limbaugh had said about me in his radio program that day:

My dad, who has voted Republican all his life, was shocked. “But this is beyond partisan politics!” he said. “Has he seen the play?”

No, and Limbaugh still has not seen the show. Neither, for that matter, have the dozens of others who have sent those of us involved in the play hate mail. Nor has Bill O’Reilly, who lambasted the play on his television program — for both its subject matter and because the university did not permit his film crew to tape the show. He attacked the play as “creepy” and called us stupid, anti-American college kids who have something to hide. He conveniently failed to mention that we couldn’t allow an outside organization to tape the show because of standard university policy. O’Reilly has used this supposed injustice against him to focus media attention on him and his false claims and away from the real injustices presented in the play.

So they have all missed the point: The play is an attempt to humanize every prisoner and soldier at Abu Ghraib, and to speak to the tragedy that occurred there. It is in no way about anti-Americanism or Republicans vs. Democrats. It’s about a problem that concerns all of us. The play’s director and producer turned down an invitation to appear on O’Reilly’s show for just that reason — this is not a partisan issue.

“Abu Ghraib,” written and directed by Harvard sophomore Currun Singh and performed by 15 students, opened to four sold-out audiences on May 12. The 90-minute play examines prisoner abuse through testimony, drama, modern dance and film. The stories it tells are factual accounts — of a soldier whose friends were killed in war, of an insurgent filled with hatred for Americans, of the sergeant who turned in the incriminating photographs from Abu Ghraib.


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Cartoons

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon




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Memorial Day

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 8:16 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Former Marine and Vietnam veteran Manuel Garcia, pays his Memorial Day respects at the Arlington West memorial in Santa Monica, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2005. Each cross in the memorial, erected by Veterans for Peace, represents a U.S. casualty killed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


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A Gamers’ Manifesto

Posted on May 31st, 2005 at 7:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

20 things that are wrong with games today


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EU just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 14:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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So, a couple of days before the first referendum, Jean-Claude Juncker, the “president” of the European Union, let French and Dutch voters know how much he values their opinion:

“If at the end of the ratification process, we do not manage to solve the problems, the countries that would have said No, would have to ask themselves the question again,” “President” Juncker told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

Got that? You have the right to vote, but only if you give the answer your rulers want you to give. But don’t worry, if you don’t, we’ll treat you like a particularly backward nursery school and keep asking the question until you get the answer right. Even America’s bossiest nanny-state Democrats don’t usually express their contempt for the will of the people quite so crudely.


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Red State/Blue State France

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 14:20 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Guantnamo Bay is becoming the anti-Statue of Liberty

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 13:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“When people like myself say American values must be emulated and America is a bastion of freedom, we get Guantánamo Bay thrown in our faces. When we talk about the America of Jefferson and Hamilton, people back home say to us: ‘That is not the America we are dealing with. We are dealing with the America of imprisonment without trial.’ ”

— Husain Haqqani, Pakistani scholar


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WaitingForLoginWindow

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 13:33 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Recall from an earlier entry in this list that during the boot process, Mac OS X no longer displays status messages telling you which processes are starting when. It ends up that in Tiger, the progress bar you see while booting is a complete sham it’s just something to look at while you’re waiting for the loginwindow process to start. (Cf. Charles Miller’s “The Placebo Mini-Pattern” if you’re curious why Apple would bother with this sham progress bar.) The progress window is displayed by the aptly-named WaitingForLoginWindow process.

(It’s even documented by a man page: type man WaitingForLoginWindow at a command-line prompt.)

The pace of the progress bar isn’t measuring anything it’s just a guess as to how long it will take until loginwindow is ready. When loginwindow appears, it kills the WaitingForLoginWindow process. When it exits, WaitingForLoginWindow stores the number of seconds it ran in a text file here:

/var/db/loginwindow.boottime

The next time it runs, WaitingForLoginWindow uses the number of seconds stored in this file to set the duration and pace of its progress bar animation.
Examine the contents of this file to see how long WaitingForLoginWindow ran the last time you booted. (On my iBook it was “20.711155”, but the next time I rebooted, it dropped to “4.642473”; on PowerMac G5s, it’s generally 1-3 seconds.)

The fun part is that you can launch WaitingForLoginWindow at any time. Using Terminal, execute:

/usr/libexec/WaitingForLoginWindow

Up pops the “Starting Mac OS X” progress window. It’s harmless, pointless, but kind of fun. To quit it, you can type killall WaitingForLoginWindow at the command line.

When you’re playing around with it from the Terminal like this, WaitingForLoginWindow doesn’t write to the loginwindow.boottime file because it needs administrator privileges to do so. (If you launch it with sudo /var/db/loginwindow.boottime, however, it will write its run time duration to this file.) If you change the number of seconds in the /var/db/loginwindow.boottime file, you can change how fast the progress bar moves the next time you boot. This has no effect on how long it actually takes to boot it just alters the pace of the progress bar.


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a chicken crosses the road…

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 11:52 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

and it takes a while before it is able to duck a jaywalking fine


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Political Animals

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 11:27 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Bill O’Reilly: Black People Aren’t “Regular Folks”

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 11:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Terrorist link to copyright piracy alleged

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 8:04 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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That’s what the Senate Homeland Security committee heard Wednesday from John Stedman, a lieutenant in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who’s responsible for an eight-person team of intellectual property (IPR) investigators.

“Some associates of terrorist groups may be involved in IPR crime,” Stedman said. “During the course of our investigations, we have encountered suspects who have shown great affinity for Hezbollah and its leadership.”

Even though Stedman’s evidence is circumstantial, his testimony comes as Congress is expected to consider new copyright legislation this year. An invocation of terrorism, the trump card of modern American politics, could ease the passage of the next major expansion of copyright powers.

Maybe we should cut off the income stream of the terrorists by spreading pirate copies for free over the Internet. I hate to do it, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for my country.


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UK workshops find patent directive faulty

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 7:58 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Workshops held by the UK Patent Office (UKPO) around the country have found that the definition of technical contribution in the software patent directive would let through too many patents, according to the UKPO on Friday.

The minister for science and innovation, Lord Sainsbury, and the UKPO agreed to hold the workshops after a public meeting at the end of last year, where software companies and developers expressed their concern about the directive, officially known as the directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.

The conclusion from the 13 workshops, which were attended by over 300 people, were that the definition of technical contribution in the directive is “ambiguous and too liberal”, the UKPO said.

The attendees of the workshop discussed in groups a number of fictional patent claims and assessed whether various definitions of technical contribution would allow these patents to be passed. Of the nine fictitious case studies that the UKPO said should not have been patentable, four were let through by the directive’s definition and only two were disallowed, with the remaining three leaving the workshop attendees unsure, according to the results on the UKPO Web site.

Steve Probert, deputy director at UKPO, admitted that a better definition may be found by modifying the current definition but said the UKPO cannot change the UK’s political policy on this.

“As far as we’re concerned there’s nothing more we can do at the moment,” Probert told ZDNet UK. “It is very much a political football between [European] Parliament, the Presidency and the [EU] Council. As far as I know the government still stands fully behind the text agreed by the Council.”

It’s unclear why the fuck they bothered to do the workshops, if the outcome was clear from the start. How typical of government – “sure, we’ll listen to you. And afterwards, we’ll ignore you.”


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Chirac’s Failure To Lead

Posted on May 30th, 2005 at 7:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


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France’s stunning rejection Sunday of a new European constitution was, most of all, a noisy protest against the disruptive, leveling force of economic globalization. You could see that in television images of the “no” voters as the result was announced — burly arms raised in the air, fists cocked — as if by rejecting a set of technical amendments to European rules they could hold back a threatening future.

And you could see the result on the faces of the losers — glum establishment politicians being interviewed after the vote, trying to put a brave spin on a devastating defeat. For this no vote had been opposed by nearly all the luminaries of the French political class in both the socialist and conservative parties.

It was a no that resonated on many levels: a rejection of the document and the wider Europe it came to symbolize, a rejection of a market-driven way of life that’s taken for granted in America, and above all a rejection of President Jacques Chirac, who tried to trick and cajole France into embracing the realities of the global economy, rather than forthrightly explaining them.

Fear of the future is always a powerful political force, and one that often has unfortunate consequences. And it’s hard in this case to see much positive coming out of the French no. Europe will go on as before, but European politicians will be tempted to waste even more time soft-pedaling the fact of global competition rather than helping their people adapt and change.

Chirac will be a chief victim of Sunday’s vote, and he richly deserves the scorn that will be shoveled his way. His mistake was far larger than what commentators were citing Sunday night: his decision to put the constitution to a vote even though that wasn’t technically necessary. Chirac’s real failure was his inability over two terms as president to level with the French people about the changes that are needed to protect the way of life they cherish. He played games with economic reform — tiptoeing up to the edge and then pulling back at any sign of public displeasure.


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Group shuns Filipino mother of slain soldier

Posted on May 29th, 2005 at 8:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Everyone agrees that Ligaya Lagman is a Gold Star mother, part of the long line of mournful women whose sons or daughters gave their lives for their country.

Her 27-year-old son, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman, was killed last year in Afghanistan when his unit came under fire during a mission to drive out remnants of Taliban and al-Qaida forces.

But the largest organization of these women, the American Gold Star Mothers Inc., has rejected Lagman, a Filipino, for membership because — though a permanent resident and a taxpayer — she is not a U.S. citizen.

“There’s nothing we can do because that’s what our organization says: You have to be an American citizen,” national President Ann Herd said Thursday. “We can’t go changing the rules every time the wind blows.”


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France begins crucial EU vote

Posted on May 29th, 2005 at 7:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Voters in mainland France began casting their ballots Sunday on a proposed landmark constitution for Europe.

The new constitution must be approved by all 25 European Union members, either by parliament or by referendum, before it can take effect in 2006.

Voters are being asked whether they approve of the proposed law that would ratify the treaty establishing the constitution.

Opinion polls indicate there is a chance the referendum will fail in France, although some analysts believe supporters have gained ground.

Backers contend the constitution, which EU leaders signed last October, will strengthen Europe and France, make EU operations more efficient and let Europe speak with one voice on global issues. Among other things, the constitution would make the euro the official currency.

Opponents worry about losing national identity and sovereignty, and the influx of cheap labor — just as France struggles to reduce high unemployment.

Germany became the ninth country to ratify the constitution when the upper house of parliament voted Friday in favor of the treaty that embodies it. Germany followed Austria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain in approving the text. The Dutch vote Wednesday.

If the measure fails, the treaty — designed to make Europe operate more efficiently — will be of no consequence. It was drawn up by a 200-person panel of parliamentarians headed by Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a former president of France.


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Nine Inch Nails, MTV at Odds on Bush Photo

Posted on May 29th, 2005 at 7:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nine Inch Nails dropped out of the MTV Movie Awards after clashing with the network over an image of President Bush the band planned as a performance backdrop.

The Bush image was to accompany the song “The Hand That Feeds,” which obliquely criticizes the Iraq war. It includes the lyrics: “What if this whole crusade’s a charade / And behind it all there’s a price to be paid / For the blood on which we dine / Justified in the name of the holy and the divine.”

MTV said in a statement to its news division that the network was disappointed the industrial rock band would not perform but had been “uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement.”

The Foo Fighters will perform in place of the Trent Reznor-led band at the awards being taped June 4 in Los Angeles.

Reznor said in a statement posted on the band’s Web site Thursday that the image of the president would have been unaltered and “straightforward.”

“Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me,” he said.


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Venezuela

Posted on May 29th, 2005 at 7:40 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a poster that portrays U.S. President George W. Bush as a devil during a march against terrorism in Caracas May 28, 2005. The U.S. rejected on Friday Venezuela’s first move to extradite a Cuban exile wanted for an airliner bombing, in a case that could challenge the U.S. commitment to fight all forms of terrorism. REUTERS/Howard Yanes

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The Bush administration may be in a classic no-win situation because it may have to choose between extraditing Posada to a nation led by one of its most strident critics — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — or being labeled “hypocrites” for talking tough about terrorism but refusing to extradite a suspected terrorist, said Jennifer L. McCoy, an expert in U.S.-Venezuela relations at Georgia State University.

“It’s hard to recall anything this ticklish,” McCoy said. “It certainly is an awkward situation for the U.S.”


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MPAA CEO talks…

Posted on May 29th, 2005 at 6:59 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the statutory authority to issue a regulation requiring the implementation of the so-called broadcast flag in digital television devices by July 1, 2005.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit did not rule against the idea of a broadcast flag. It only ruled that the FCC does not have authority from Congress to issue such a regulation.

In the end, it will be the consumers who suffer the most if broadcast flag is not mandated for the digital era.
As CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, my principal concern is protecting the magic of the movies. So why should I care about a so-called broadcast flag regulation?

The answer is simple. I want to make certain that the American people will continue to have the opportunity to see our movies and television shows on free television in the digital age.

The digital era presents great opportunities and great challenges. The opportunities come with the high-quality, high-resolution pictures that greatly enhance the viewing pleasure of the consumer. The challenges lie in protecting that content so that it is not stolen and resold or rebroadcast by video pirates.

Without proper protections, it will be increasingly difficult to show movies, television shows or even baseball games on free television.

Then don’t. Nobody is forcing you to. If you want to make money, keep broadcasting. If y ou don’t want to make money, you don’t have to. Either adapt your business model to the realities, or take your ball and go home. Stop wining that the regulations you tried to buy aren’t given to you. Besides, your precious Broadcast Flag doesn’t work anyway.

The irony, of course, is that modern cable and satellite delivery systems already have imbedded technical means that maintain the value of digital programming by preventing its redistribution over digital networks. The broadcast flag extends that same protection in the estimated 15 percent of American households that do not subscribe to cable or satellite services but rely instead on over-the-air broadcast television.

So you’re worried that the 15 perfect that are so backwards in technology that the don’t even have cable or satillite will start a massive piracy campaign? I don’t know what the fuck you’re smoking, but I strongly suggest you stop.


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Brinkhorst gaat vragen wat tv-show over grondwet kostte

Posted on May 28th, 2005 at 12:33 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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Minister Brinkhorst (Economische Zaken) gaat maandag vragen wat de televisieshow over de Europese grondwet heeft gekost die vrijdag is uitgezonden op RTL4. Brinkhorst beloofde na te vragen of de overheid inderdaad een miljoen euro heeft betaald voor het door Reinout Oerlemans gepresenteerde programma.

De minister deed deze belofte aan televisiemaker Ivo Niehe bij Barend en Van Dorp.


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Human-powered hydrofoil seeks jumpy riders

Posted on May 28th, 2005 at 12:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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The first human-powered commercial hydrofoil, resembling a bizarre cross between a pogo stick and a jet ski, has gone on sale.

Riders operate the “Pumpabike” by bouncing up and down on a small platform at the rear of the contraption, whilst holding onto a steering column at the front.

In doing so, they can reach speeds of up to 16 knots (30 kilometres per hour), says inventor Mike Puzey, who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Puzey’s design has no propeller and involves no pedalling. Instead, thrust comes entirely from the hydrofoils beneath the craft.

The vehicle is made from plastic and aluminium, and weighs just 14 kilograms. It has two hydrofoils, a large rear one that generates 80% of the lift, and a smaller one at the front for steering and stability. Each craft costs between $800 and $1200, depending on its configuration and where you buy it.


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