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Amputee forced to prove disability

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 23:11 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Fredrik Jansson of Skelleftea, who had to have his leg amputated while battling cancer, said the local government forces him to prove every three years that he still has trouble walking in order to keep his disabled parking permit, The Local reported Friday.

"It is ridiculous to say the least. It defies all common sense," Jansson said. "I go down to Umea once every three years and have a doctor establish my leg is still gone."


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Stop Anders Breivik wearing our clothes, Lacoste reportedly ask police

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 23:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Lacoste, the French fashion label known by its green crocodile logo, is reported to have asked the authorities in Norway to prevent Anders Behring Breivik from wearing the brand.

The rightwing extremist, who has admitted killing 77 people during bomb and gun attacks in July, has been pictured wearing Lacoste items since he was arrested.

Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper reported that police prosecutor Christian Hatlo has confirmed that Lacoste contacted the police with the request

Dear Lacoste, welcome to the Streisand effect.


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  1. Celebrity endorsement. No such thing as bad publicity?

  2. Coming out publicly against a mass murder wearing your label is actually good publicity.

Perry’s Death Penalty Defense

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 18:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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[W]e’re learning quite a bit about how Rick Perry thinks. Scientists tell him, after rigorous, peer-reviewed, international research that global warming is real, and Perry responds, “I don’t care.” A deeply flawed judicial process puts potentially-innocent Americans on death row, and Perry responds, “Let’s get the killin’ started.”

The governor balks when presented with evidence on evolution, abstinence education, and climate change, but embraces without question the notion that everyone he’s killed in Texas was 100 percent guilty. The scientific process, he apparently believes, is unreliable, while the state criminal justice system is infallible.

Intellectually, morally, and politically, this isn’t just wrong; it’s scary. The fact that Republicans in the audience found this worthy of hearty applause points to a party that’s bankrupt in more ways than one.

How about adding some lions and gladiators?

“are you not entertained?”


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  1. I think I just got it. The entire United States of America is suffering from PTSD and cannot be relied upon to do anything sensible. Run for the hills!

It’s been like this since Irene hit. Barack Obama doesn’t care about white people.

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 18:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

Now watch this drive.


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Cartoons

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 18:04 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Wikileaks: US troops executed Iraqi children then blew up the evidence

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 12:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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More disturbing evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by US troops has been published by Wikileaks. The leaked US diplomatic cable tells how US troops handcuffed and brutally executed 11 Iraqi civilians including an infant and a 70 year old woman, then called in an airstrike to cover up yet another horrible war crime back in March of 2006.

Of course the US government has been downplaying and even denying the allegations by the Iraqis for half a decade now, but in the age of transparency via Wikileaks, criminals can hide no more. Thanks anyways President Obama, but we’ll take it from here.


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  1. Julian Assange deserves the Nobel Peace price (not Obama).

  2. Read the cable twice now. Missed the “disturbing evidence” both times. These are Iraqi accusations. At least the party who sent the cable was not “wishing to pre-judge the accuracy of the information received”. Not a burden the blogger observed.

EU Officially Seizes The Public Domain, Retroactively Extends Copyright

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 11:40 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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As was unfortunately expected, despite no evidence that this made any economic sense at all, the member states of the EU have agreed to retroactively extend copyright another 20 years, at which point you can expect it to be extended again (thanks to jtdeboe for sending this over). This is nothing short of governments and the entertainment industry seizing works from the public domain. As we’ve said before, the purpose of copyright law is to incent the creation of new works. If existing copyright law was enough to incentivize the creation at the time, then there’s simply no reason to retroactively extend the law.

This proposal, which various studies have shown will do little to help content creators, has been pushed for a long time by the record labels. It had been blocked in Europe for a while, but for reasons unknown, Denmark recently changed its mind, thereby enabling this effort to flat out seize material from the public.


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I know what I want to be when I grow up

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 10:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It begins with a freshly showered person riding naked for hours on a clean, washed horse inside a two-meter-high "forest" of marijuana.


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F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 9:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it.

The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft.

Except her own plane. So that was the plan.


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  1. That story has been all over the news here. The commander was going to hit the nose and she was going for the tail. The plan, which they had all of a few seconds to devise, was to stop the incoming airliner immediately. The other pilot said he planned to eject on impact but he didn’t think it was going to work.

Britain, US ‘lost some’ moral authority after 9/11

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 9:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Britain and the United States lost some of their moral authority through some of the measures they put in place after the September 11th attacks, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Some measures, such as the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, had been a mistake, Cameron told Al Jazeera television in an interview to mark the 10th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

"We can certainly see with hindsight and in some ways at the time, mistakes were made in that we lost some of our moral authority, which is vital to keep when you’re trying to make your case in the world," Cameron said.

“Some” of your moral authority? Like being bald is losing “some” of your hair?


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  1. Not a coverup, more of a combover.

The New Apple Advantage

Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 8:58 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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So let’s be lazy for a second here, and attribute all of Apple’s success over the past 15 years to two men: Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. We’ll give Jobs the credit for the adjectives beautiful, elegant, innovative, and fun. We’ll give Cook the credit for the adjectives affordable, reliable, available, and profitable. Jobs designs them, Cook makes them and sells them.

It’s the Jobs side of the equation that Apple’s rivals — phone, tablet, laptop, whatever — are able to copy. Thus the patents and the lawsuits. Design is copyable. But the Cook side of things — Apple’s economy of scale advantage — cannot be copied by any company with a complex product lineup. How could Dell, for example, possibly copy Apple’s operations when they currently classify “Design & Performance” and “Thin & Powerful” as separate laptop categories?

This realization sort of snuck up on me. I’ve always been interested in Apple’s products because of their superior design; the business side of the company was never of as much interest. But at this point, it seems clear to me that however superior Apple’s design is, it’s their business and operations strength — the Cook side of the equation — that is furthest ahead of their competition, and the more sustainable advantage. It cannot be copied without going through the same sort of decade-long process that Apple went through.


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  1. I agree with that. Design and quality wise Apple is not that different. Business on the other hand, being able to sell things for this amount of money is lightyears ahead.
    So maybe Jobs resignation won’t mean anything. Maybe Apple will even improve on the quality of their products.