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Rush Limbaugh Announced as New Viagra Spokesman

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 22:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — NEW YORK – June 28, 2006 — Pfizer Inc. today announced conservative talk radio commentator Rush Limbaugh has been signed as the new spokesman for the company’s erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra (sildenafil citrate). Limbaugh went public with his use of the medication following a security incident June 26 at the Palm Beach International Airport. Limbaugh has long been a known supporter of the pharmaceutical industry. “We feel very fortunate to have Rush on board,” said a Pfizer spokesperson. “I don’t know why Purdue didn’t snatch him up years ago.” Purdue Pharmaceuticals manufactures the painkiller OxyContin. For his part, Limbaugh says he looks forward to the partnership as an opportunity to represent the Hard Right with unflagging firmness. “I know there are those who have accused me of being inflexible in my views,” he commented. “All I can say is, they have no idea how rigid I can be, thanks to this little blue bill.” Limbaugh went on to extol the drug’s efficacy. “I think everyone’s aware of how I feel about Hillary. Now, I’m not saying I would ever go there, but let’s say I’d be ready for the job. Give me an intern and I’d run circles around Bill Clinton.” The radio show host reassured fans that his new role as Viagra spokesman won’t cut into his on-air duties. “I’ll continue to expose limp Liberal fallacies on all fronts,” he said. Pfizer is hoping the Limbaugh “dittohead” following will give a boost to sales. “His listeners will buy into anything he says, so we’re hoping that transfers into them buying our product. With a doctor’s prescription, of course.” Previous Viagra spokesmen have included Senator Bob Dole and NASCAR driver Mark Martin. The addition of the controversial radio personality to the Pfizer stable seems to indicate the drug manufacturer intends to target an increasingly conservative demographic. However, Pfizer’s representative denied reports that ultra-right-wing commentator and author Ann Coulter was also being wooed to push the erection-enhancing medication. “We feel that would be antithetical. As clinically effective as Viagra has proven to be, it has its limits.”


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Data brokers and buyers anger Congress

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 17:12 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security

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Almost every piece of personal information that Americans try to keep secret — including bank account statements, e-mail messages and telephone records — is semi-public and available for sale.

That was the lesson Congress learned over the last week during a series of hearings aimed at exposing peddlers of personal data, from whom banks, car dealers, jealous lovers and even some law enforcement officers have covertly purchased information to use as they wish.

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The committee subpoenaed representatives from 11 companies that use the Internet and phone calls to obtain, market, and sell personal data, but they refused to talk.

All invoked their constitutional right to not incriminate themselves when asked whether they sold “personal, non-public information” that had been obtained by lying or impersonating someone.


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Chinese, English speakers handle math differently

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 16:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Things add up differently for native English speakers, compared with people who learned Chinese as a first language.

Simple arithmetic was easily done by both groups, but they used different parts of the brain, a new study shows.

Researchers used brain imaging to see which parts of the brain were active while people did simple addition problems, such as 3 plus 4 equals 7. All participants were working with Arabic numerals, which are used in both cultures.

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The Size Of Our World

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 15:22 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Click here for the rest of this series…


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Спа?ете Българ?ките Приказки! Fight for copyrights in Bulgaria turns ugly

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 15:20 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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On 9 May the Bulgarian publishing house ‘Trud’, owned by the German media group Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, sent a letter threatening with a lawsuit a Bulgarian specialized web library for blind people – bezmonitor.com (its name means ‘without a monitor’). The publishing house claims that they own the copyrights for certain classical Bulgarian books and translations of foreign-language ones, which appear on the website, in ASCII format, which is good for reading by the audio programs used by people who cannot see. The website is non-commercial; its creator, Victor Kirilov, who is also blind, is supporting it on his own. Although he removed the texts in question in the same day, he mentioned this case to his friend Grigor Gatchev, who is recognized translator, an author and well-known blogger.

On 14 May Grigor wrote about the story in details in his personal blog, and hundreds of people express their outrage towards the immoral behavior of the publishing house. The news quickly spread in Internet, reaching over 50 websites and around 90 forums, and hundreds of e-mails were sent to the office of the publishing house, demanding explanation of this behavior.

In addition to being immoral, this action of “Trud? appeared also to be illegal. The Bulgarian Law for Copyright and related rights states:
Art. 24 (1) Without the agreement of the owner of the copyright is permitted:

10. Distribution of already published texts through Braille writing or a similar alternative method, if this is not done for profit.
(All texts on bezmonitor.com are in pure ASCII, and almost only blind people visit it, so, it falls under the category “similar to Braille?.)

Bulgarian citizens as well as organizations of the blind people, such as Association ‘Eyesight’ and the National Library for the Blind ‘Louis Braille’ informed all Bulgarian media on the behavior of publishing house ‘Trud’, which itself owns a few major daily newspapers. ‘Trud’ tried to prevent the story from becoming public, as the owner of the publishing house is also a director of the Union of the Bulgarian Publishers. Most major BG media outlets kept silent. However, fewer small independent newspapers voiced people’s outrage.

After removing the texts, Victor asked the publishing house for documents stating that they really hold the copyrights in mention – after all, anyone could say in e-mail anything. “Trud? refused to supply him any documents, and instead wrote a complaint to the Bulgarian Service for Combating the Organized Crime (despite that all texts in mention were taken down). The department, although a state institution, has reputation for serving corporate interests and having made illegal arrests on previous cases. A phone call from the department to the blind programmer of the website, Victor, makes him remove all texts under the fear of arrest, which although completely illegal and immoral, would put Victor’s health in danger.

Later, Victor was summoned to the office of BSCOC and presented to sign a document in sense that he would be responsible for all violation of copyrights that may involve his site, and that this is a criminal offense that will lead to years of imprisonment. He was explained that, after this warning, the copyright holders don’t have to resolve the matter with him first, and may directly trial him – and that even a sole pretension on violation would result for him in being arrested (possibly for years, since these trials take a long), and his PC confiscated. Which, to a blind man with a frail health, is a clear attempt for intimidation. Victor was refused any access to the complaint being filed against him, or to the documents the publishing house is said to have attached to the complaint to prove their right. He was refused even to have a copy of the document he signed.

At this meeting, however, it turned out that not only his site is being harassed – all Bulgarian online electronic libraries are targeted by the complaints to BSCOC, despite that some of them never had any copyrighted texts. At a talk with the “Trud? CEO, Nikola Kitzevsky, Victor learned that “Trud? now makes a commercial (paid) online electronic library, and is determined to make it the only electronic library in Bulgaria. Which sheds some light over what is really happening.

The authors whose texts are in question are pillars of the Bulgarian literature. In their stories they fight injustice and defend the poor and disadvantaged people. Now a corporation, many years after authors’ death, is attempting to prevent access to those stories for those very same people…

It is sad that the publishing house ‘Trud’ completely misses the point that one blind person has made the utmost effort to provide access for sightless people to literature and this is an act only to be admired and supported. People of Bulgaria, however, are determined to win this battle.


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Amnesty International

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 15:11 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Amnesty International’s campaign. Cut-outs hidden in public lockers.


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Soccer fans

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 15:07 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Refurbished

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 15:07 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Great Picture

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Security issues at your bank?

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 14:53 by John Sinteur in category: Security

The consensus seems to be it’s dangerous to report them. What a sad world this is…


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Scientists OK Gore’s Movie for Accuracy

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 14:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The nation’s top climate scientists are giving “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy.

The former vice president’s movie – replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets – mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.

The AP contacted more than 100 top climate researchers by e-mail and phone for their opinion. Among those contacted were vocal skeptics of climate change theory. Most scientists had not seen the movie, which is in limited release, or read the book.

But those who have seen it had the same general impression: Gore conveyed the science correctly; the world is getting hotter and it is a manmade catastrophe-in-the-making caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

It looks like only Big Oil still disagrees

and those who oppose Gore for his political affiliations, of course…


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Stealing al Qaeda’s Playbook

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 13:56 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia

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In 2005 Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies & West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center worked together to translate what appears to be one of the most important works defining al Qaeda’s strategic goals & methods, Management of Savagery (PDF) by al Qaeda strategist Abu Bakr Naji. Then they analyzed it along with three other al Qaeda works: Knights Under The Banner of The Prophet by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Between Two Methods by Abu Qatada and Observations Concerning the Jihadi Experience in Syria by Abu Mus’ab al-Suri. The result is Stealing al-Qa`ida’s Playbook (PDF) (also Google cached HTML). If you want to understand more of al Qaeda than the simplistic cant that “they’re evil”, these two books are the place to start.

One choice nugget: “The jihadi movement had been unsuccessful in the past because the superpowers propped up … proxy governments and convinced the masses through the media that they were invincible. The solution, Naji says, is to provoke a superpower into invading the Middle East directly. This will result in a great propaganda victory for the jihadis because the people will 1) be impressed that the jihadis are directly fighting a superpower, 2) be outraged over the invasion of a foreign power, 3) be disabused of the notion that the superpower is invincible the longer the war goes on, and, 4) be angry at the proxy governments allied with the invading superpower. Moreover, he argues, it will bleed the superpower’s economy and military. This will lead to social unrest at home and the ultimate defeat of the superpower.”
You’re doing a heckuva job, Bushie!


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Priorities

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 13:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

A few examples….

– The American Journal of Public Health reports more than 1,700 African Americans die each week because they don’t have the same access to health care as other Americans.
– The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 110 workers die each week in workplace fatalities – many of which could be prevented by better enforcement of basic workplace laws by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (which is being gutted by budget cuts).
– The Pentagon reports roughly 15 American soldiers die each week in Iraq.
– The Institute of Medicine reports 346 Americans die each week because they lack health insurance.
– The Environmental Working Group reports that 192 Americans die each week because of exposure to asbestos.

So guess which issue the Senate decides to spend time on…


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Traffic

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 10:58 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, News

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One of the most congested expressways in Sao Paulo, Brazil looks devoid of all traffic during the second half of the Brazil vs Ghana FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 match. Brazil won 3-1. (AFP/Mauricio Lima)


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Cartoons

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 10:45 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Fokke & Sukke

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Publisher in £80,000 font raid

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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A publishing firm fell foul of the law by using unlicensed typefaces worth £80,000, according to licensing lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The publishing firm had claimed to be using just one font but in fact was found using 11,000.

The publisher was the subject of a BSA enquiry after an ex-employee tip-off, said the BSA, which is funded by software companies.

It looks from the article like this publishing firm was indeed breaking copyright law, but I find it noteworthy that the BSA has now adopted RIAA accounting rules. Here’s why:

Linotype claims over 6,500 fonts available.
Adobe claims over 2,200 typefaces available.
Bitstream claims over 1,400 fonts available.


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  1. Here, they sent out a letter asking for the softwares and licenses the company uses.
    My brother’s boss sent a letter to BSA asking for the softwares and licenses they use.
    Still waiting for answer :)

    And it was funny to see, that BSA uses pirated Windows and Office, only doing their official works on OpenOffice. And the bunch of CDs with ripped games.

    Corrupt organization, preaching water drinking wine.

Brussels poised to fine Microsoft

Posted on June 28th, 2006 at 8:59 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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The European Commission is ready to impose a fine of 2m euros ($2.5m; £1.4m) a day on Microsoft.

The Commission is expected to rule that Microsoft has failed to fully implement its 2004 antitrust decision.

Under the ruling, Microsoft had to supply rivals with information about its Windows operating system.

On Monday, Microsoft said it had begun to provide the information Brussels had demanded, but the Commission has signalled the company acted too late.

In December, Brussels informed the software giant that it had failed to comply with the original ruling it issued in March 2004.


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