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President’s Approval Rating Soars After Punching Wall Street Banker in Face

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 22:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


President’s Approval Rating Soars After Punching Wall Street Banker in Face


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The Black Death Revealed

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 21:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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DNA from the teeth of medival corpses confirm that the Black Death was caused by Yersinia pestis.

Although long suspected to be the cause, there were alternate theories. The Black Death is estimated to have killed a third of Europe population, and Yersina pestis is still killing today.


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Mountain Biker gets taken out by BUCK

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 21:44 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. The impala (or whatever) wasn’t wearing a helmet.

  2. Was a Red Hartebeest, impalas are much smaller and lighter.

The Torresol Energy Gemasolar Thermasolar Plant

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 21:33 by Paul Jay in category: News

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The Torresol Energy Gemasolar thermasolar plant in Fuentes de Andalucia near Seville, southern Spain. Gemasolar is the first commercial-scale plant to apply central tower receiver and molten salt heat storage technology. The annual production of Gemasolar (110GWhe) is the equivalent of the energy generated in a conventional thermal plant burning 89,000 tons of lignite or the converted energy of 217,000 oil barrels. Therefore, the plant is expected to save more than 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emission a year.


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Cartoons

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 21:29 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon


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Meanwhile in Japan….

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 20:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Goldman Sachs let off paying £10m interest on failed tax avoidance scheme

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 18:20 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Britain’s tax authorities have given Goldman Sachs an unusual and generous Christmas present, leaked documents reveal. In a secret London meeting last December with the head of Revenue, the wealthy Wall Street banking firm was forgiven £10m interest on a failed tax avoidance scheme.

HM Revenue and Customs sources admit privately that the interest-free deal is "a cock-up" by officials, but refuse to say who was responsible.


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  1. You gotta wonder who got paid off for that one…

  2. Looks nasty in this climate.

  3. Must be a mistake, ain’t no bank would ask for such a thing. No way.

Get Hacked, Don’t Tell: Drone Base Didn’t Report Virus

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 12:35 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Officials at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada knew for two weeks about a virus infecting the drone “cockpits” there. But they kept the information about the infection to themselves — leaving the unit that’s supposed to serve as the Air Force’s cybersecurity specialists in the dark. The network defenders at the 24th Air Force learned of the virus by reading about it in Danger Room.

The virus, which records the keystrokes of remote pilots as their drones fly over places like Afghanistan, is now receiving attention at the highest levels; the four-star general who oversees the Air Force’s networks was briefed on the infection this morning. But for weeks, it stayed (you will pardon the expression) below the radar: a local problem that local network administrators were determined to fix on their own.

“It was not highlighted to us,” says a source involved with Air Force network operations. “When your article came out, it was like, ‘What is this?’”


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  1. The Unsung Heroes of IT – Mr Imgonna Fixitall, the administrator.

  2. More like the BOFH in this case.

Sith Lords Gathering

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 11:35 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Pastafarian News


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OWS

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 10:56 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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AWS services

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 10:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

Anyone want a promotion code for $50 for Amazon Web Services? Mail me. First one gets it.


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Dearly beloved, let us spray.

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 10:53 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Citigroup memo predicted OWS movement over half a decade ago

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

[October 16, 2005]:

A third threat comes from the potential social backlash. To use Rawls-ian analysis, the invisible hand stops working. Perhaps one reason that societies allow plutonomy, is because enough of the electorate believe they have a chance of becoming a Pluto-participant. Why kill it off, if you can join it? In a sense this is the embodiment of the “American dream”. But if voters feel they cannot participate, they are more likely to divide up the wealth pie, rather than aspire to being truly rich.

Could the plutonomies die because the dream is dead, because enough of society does not believe they can participate? The answer is of course yes. But we suspect this is a threat more clearly felt during recessions, and periods of falling wealth, than when average citizens feel that they are better off. There are signs around the world that society is unhappy with plutonomy – judging by how tight electoral races are. But as yet, there seems little political fight being born out on this battleground.

A related threat comes from the backlash to “Robber-barron” economies. The population at large might still endorse the concept of plutonomy but feel they have lost out to unfair rules. In a sense, this backlash has been epitomized by the media coverage and actual prosecution of high-profile ex-CEOs who presided over financial misappropriation. This “backlash” seems to be something that comes with bull markets and their subsequent collapse. To this end, the cleaning up of business practice, by high- profile champions of fair play, might actually prolong plutonomy.

Our overall conclusion is that a backlash against plutonomy is probable at some point. However, that point is not now. So long as economies continue to grow, and enough of the electorates feel that they are benefiting and getting rich in absolute terms, even if they are less well off in relative terms, there is little threat to Plutonomy in the U.S., UK, etc.

But the balance of power between right (generally pro-plutonomy) and left (generally pro-equality) is on a knife-edge in many countries. Just witness how close the U.S. election was last year, or how close the results of the German election were. A collapse in wealth in the plutonomies, felt by the masses, and/or prolonged recession could easily raise the prospects of anti-plutonomy policy.


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BP to risk worst ever oil spill in Shetlands drilling

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 10:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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BP is making contingency plans to fight the largest oil spill in history, as it prepares to drill more than 4,000 feet down in the Atlantic in wildlife-rich British waters off the Shetland Islands.

Internal company documents seen by The Independent show that the worst-case scenario for a spill from its North Uist exploratory well, to be sunk next year, would involve a leak of 75,000 barrels a day for 140 days – a total of 10.5 million barrels of oil, comfortably the world’s biggest pollution disaster.

This would be more than double the amount of oil spilled from its Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico last year, which had a maximum leak rate of 62,000 barrels a day in an incident lasting 88 days – and triggered a social, economic and environmental catastrophe in the US which brought the giant multinational to the brink of collapse.

The North Uist well, in a seabed block named after the Hebridean island but located 80 miles north-west of Shetland, is part of BP’s ongoing attempts to open up the West of Shetland sea area, sometimes referred to as the “Atlantic Frontier”, as a rich new oil province to replace the dwindling productivity of the North Sea.

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A spokesman for BP said that the company was legally obliged to model the worst-case scenario, “but the reality is, the chances of a spill are very unlikely”.

Yeah, we’ve heard that before from BP..


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  1. I was in this area years ago. It is pristine, wild, and beautiful in a windswept way. The people were great. I hope BP doesn’t mess it up.

iPhone 4S review

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 10:19 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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The crazy thing about Siri is that it works — at least most of the time — better than you’d expect it to. It understands and responds to you in a way that’s so natural it can sometimes be unsettling. The software even has a good sense of humor. Asking it “what is the meaning of life?” will bring up a number of responses, both serious and not so serious. The first time I asked, Siri simply said “42.” If you ask Siri if there’s a god, the software points you in the direction of the nearest church (oddly, no synagogues, Buddhist temples, or mosques are suggested).


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U.S. Accuses Iranians of Plotting to Kill Saudi Envoy

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 8:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The United States on Tuesday accused Iranian officials of plotting to murder Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States in a bizarre scheme involving an Iranian-American used-car salesman who believed he was hiring assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million.

The alleged plot also included plans to pay the cartel, Los Zetas, to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Washington and the Saudi and Israeli Embassies in Argentina, according to a law enforcement official.

I’m sorry, law enforcement official, but I’m sure it’s going to take more than an assassination plot to take peoples’ attention off the fact that There Are No Fucking Jobs.


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  1. All these shameful government sanctioned assassinations.
    Also, is it real, or they just want to make Saudi Arabia jump at Iran?

  2. USA isn’t the only government using “extra-judicial” killings then, Roland?

    Iran is so messed up, it wouldn’t surprise me if it were true.

  3. There’s quite a lot of “doing-stuff-by-proxy” going on between Saudi Arabia and Iran to make this story possible. On the other hand, the US has its own reasons for having interesting terrorist plots, as I said in the post…

한글자막

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 8:48 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

Okay, I admit, some advertising is great


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Cartoons

Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 8:39 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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