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Pity of the Consistent

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 19:26 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon, Pastafarian News

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Americans split on Iran action

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 19:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said the United States should use economic sanctions and diplomacy to stop Iran’s nuclear program and 18 percent favored military action, the poll found.

However, 46 percent said military action should be taken either now or if diplomacy fails while 45 percent ruled out a military strike altogether, USA Today said.

Of course it depends on how the question was asked, but I’d say that, according to this poll, 46% of Americans are dangerous idiots. They should take a look at these top secret pictures of Iran.


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UK chooses ‘most ludicrous laws’

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 19:11 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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The UK’s top 10 most ridiculous British laws were listed as:

# 1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27%)

# 2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen’s image upside-down (7%)

# 3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)

# 4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned(5%)

# 5. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter (4%)

# 6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet (4%)

# 7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen (3.5%)

# 8. It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (3%)

# 9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour

# 10. It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%)


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On the path to barbarity

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 19:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Arguments in favour of the legalisation of torture have not lost their capacity to shock. The fact that US attorneys-general and the senior legal adviser at the state department have said they are in favour of it seems proof to many of America’s slide into barbarism. In reality, however, their pro-torture arguments are no different from the claims made in favour of “humanitarian war” and of other forms of military intervention – arguments that, unfortunately, have become increasingly popular since the end of the cold war.

Torture and “humanitarian war” are similar in many ways. Both involve the inflicting of violence in order to force a change of behaviour. Both are predicated on the assumption of guilt: torture is justified because the victim is said to be a terrorist, or an “illegal combatant” who has committed or is about to commit a terrible crime, while pre-emptive war is justified because a state is said to be “a rogue state” violating international law (Iraq) or committing crimes against humanity (Yugoslavia). It is therefore no coincidence that the US administration that justifies its wars in the name of claims about humanity and its right to liberty also advocates the use of torture to protect these.


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The Subjectivity of Wine

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 19:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In 2001, Frederic Brochet, of the University of Bordeaux, conducted two separate and very mischievous experiments. In the first test, Brochet invited 57 wine experts and asked them to give their impressions of what looked like two glasses of red and white wine. The wines were actually the same white wine, one of which had been tinted red with food coloring.


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Every day diplomacy

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 19:03 by John Sinteur in category: Security, What were they thinking?

If you’re going to take pictures from a moving train, make sure you speak English!


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Man angry with son-in-law fingers him as terrorist to FBI

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 18:25 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Security, What were they thinking?

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A man in Sweden who was angry with his daughter’s husband has been charged with libel for telling the FBI that the son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda, Swedish media reported on Friday.

The man, who admitted sending the email, said he did not think the US authorities would stupid enough to believe him.

The 40-year-old son-in-law and his wife were in the process of divorcing when the husband had to travel to the United States for business.

The wife didn’t want him to travel since she was sick and wanted him to help care for their children, regional daily Sydsvenska Dagbladet said without disclosing the couple’s names.

When the husband refused to stay home, his father-in-law wrote an email to the FBI saying the son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda in Sweden and that he was travelling to the US to meet his contacts.

He provided information on the flight number and date of arrival in the US.

The son-in-law was arrested upon landing in Florida. He was placed in handcuffs, interrogated and placed in a cell for 11 hours before being put on a flight back to Europe, the paper said.

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He has admitted sending the email, but said he didn’t think “the authorities were so stupid that they would believe anything. But apparently they are.”

And you, Sir, are about as stupid as a person can be…


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Cartoon

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 14:02 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Mission pictures

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 13:51 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

Did you ever get the feeling your vacation pictures were inadequate? If so, do not look at these pictures


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  1. Only marginally better than mine, John ;-)

Valderrama Ejected for Taunting

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 13:46 by John Sinteur in category: What were they thinking?

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Colombian soccer star Carlos Valderrama was known for his voluminous hair as well as his deft passing. Add inflamatory taunts to the list.

As the assistant coach of Atletico Junior, Valderrama was ejected from a Colombian league match Wednesday after waving cash in the face of a referee for calling a penalty that helped end his team’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs.

The incident, condemned Thursday by Colombia’s soccer federation, touched off riots that injured 10 fans and resulted in the arrests of at least a dozen more in Junior’s stadium in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla.

Take a look at the video, and yes, those weapons were confiscated at that time, that’s not part of another news item..


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Suicide Bombing Makes Sick Sense in ‘Halo 3′

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 10:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I’ll begin by pointing out a basic fact: A lot of teenage kids out there play dozens of hours of multiplayer Halo a week. They thus become insanely good at the game: They can kill me with a single head shot from halfway across a map — or expertly circle me while jumping around, making it impossible for me to land a shot, while they pulverize me with bullets.

I can’t do those things. I haven’t got enough time to practice as they do: I’m an adult, with a job and wife and kid, so I get maybe an hour with Halo on a good day. I wind up sucking far, far more than most other Halo 3 players, and despite the best attempts of Xbox Live to match me up with similarly lame players, I usually wind up at the bottom of my group’s rankings — stumbling haplessly about while getting slaughtered over and over again.

So after a few weeks of this ritual humiliation, I got sick of it. And I devised a simple technique for revenge.


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Cartoons

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 9:06 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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