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Corporate Tax Holiday in Debt Ceiling Deal: Where’s the Uproar

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 22:49 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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And the whole thing is predicated on that dirty little secret – the notion, long known to all would-be major corporate taxpayers, that there would come a day when there would be another tax holiday.

That time, they hope, is now.


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Russia classifies beer as alcoholic

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 21:44 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic.

Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.


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  1. What about kvass? Surely that’s still a major food group?

Station Crew Views Shuttle Landing

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 20:42 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights, on its way home, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station. Airglow over Earth can be seen in the background.


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Times Of London Cartoon

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 20:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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There are several methods of dealing with a much-publicized scandal, some less advisable than others. Issuing a public apology for mistakes or poor judgment? Pretty much always a good idea. Holding individuals responsible for their roles and dealing with them accordingly? Usually works out pretty well. Publishing a tacky, potentially offensive cartoon making light of serious allegations AND life-threatening poverty? Oddly enough, that rarely ever works.

And, yet, that’s precisely what the Times of London did when it ran an editorial cartoon, marked “Priorities…”, that depicted three starving, ethnically ambiguous children sitting nude in the sand. One of the doe-eyed children looks mournfully out at the viewer, cradling his distended stomach and announcing that he has had “a bellyful of phone-hacking.” Any guesses as to what company owns the Times of London? If you guessed “News Corp,” you’re a winner!


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  1. Off with their heads! (The Times, not the kids).

When design kills: The criminalization of walking

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 20:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Bad design kills people.

That’s right. It’s not a matter of aesthetics, or of politics, or of opinion. It’s a plain fact: When you design streets solely for cars, people die as a result. The underlying conditions that are responsible for those deaths are rarely or never challenged. The victims often get blamed for their own injuries or deaths.

Don’t believe me? Well, let me refresh your memory about Raquel Nelson, the Atlanta-area mother who was recently convicted of vehicular homicide, second degree — but not for anything she did behind the wheel. No, she was crossing a busy road with three children when her 4-year-old son was struck by a car and killed.


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  1. And it was a hit-and-run as well… :-(

Clarification: today’s pop-music hype-factory industry

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 20:23 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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About $1 million, according to Daniels, Riddick and other industry insiders.


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  1. About $1 million what?

  2. “The vocal producer’s job is to make sure Rihanna sings the song right. Not only that, the vocal producer has to deal with the artist’s rider. The rider is whatever the artist needs to get them in the mood to get into the booth and sing.”

    What real professional doesn’t need a personal motivator and a supervisor in his job?

    Fucking assholes.

  3. “byzantine system of picking a pretty shell and filling it with others peoples ideas and “feelings”. ”
    With comments like that… Can’t argue with someone who doesn’t really understand it :)

    “What real professional doesn’t need a personal motivator and a supervisor in his job? ”
    All of them need those. Especially when you know that it’s not really sure you will get any money from the job you are doing, no matter the quality of work you do.

    The song roll-out seems to be a bit expensive for one song. Don’t they mean “per release”? Which can be one song, one album, whatever that comes out together as one package.

The proper way to watch Inception

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 18:04 by Paul Jay in category: News

Source


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Wall Street Journal: WikiLeaks worse than News of the World

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 16:58 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Seen in this light, the damage caused by WikiLeaks almost certainly exceeded what was done by News of the World, precisely because Mr. Assange and his media enablers were targeting bigger—if often more vulnerable—game. The Obama administration went so far as to insist last year that WikiLeaks “[placed] at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals—from journalists to human rights activists to soldiers.” Shouldn’t there be some accountability, or at least soul-searching, about this, too?

“Wikileaks worse than NewsCorpse” …said NewsCorpse.


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  1. Given WSJ is part of News International, the parent corporation of NotW, can you spell “conflict of interest”? I dropped my WSJ subscription when NI/NewsCorpse bought it a few years ago. Rupert Murdock is, in my humble opinion, on of the most vile creatures on God’s green earth…

  2. Pigs rule. About time to cull the sty.

  3. Crikey, that’s outrageous! I’m still hoping this story will continue to run through the summer…I’m loving drinking to the downfall of Murdoch.

Cartoons

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 12:58 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Don’t worry

Posted on July 21st, 2011 at 10:37 by Desiato in category: Funny!


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  1. Source not known, sorry.