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Quiz: Are These 2012 Headlines Real Or From The Onion?

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 21:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, and 2012 was definitely a strange year…

Crap, I only had 11 out of 20…


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  1. I got 18 out of 20…
    a) Correct
    b) Incorrect
    c) All the above

    answ: a.

  2. 17 out of 20. Not bad…

Sense of flying

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 21:06 by Paul Jay in category: News


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Dragon House | Illusion Of Choice | Dubstep

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 21:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


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The Pope Already Has More Twitter Followers Than You

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 20:16 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The Vatican officially unveiled the new personal Twitter account of Pope Benedict XVI this morning, and he hasn’t even had to tweet anything to blow past your puny follower count. Less than an hour after turning on the account, @pontifex had amassed more than 15,000 followers and will only draw in more as the Western Hemisphere slowly wakes up. And he’s not even planning his first tweet for another nine days.

Don’t take his posts as infallible, he’s not tweeting iCathedra.


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Landings at San Diego Int Airport Nov 23, 2012

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 16:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Landings at San Diego Int Airport Nov 23, 2012 on Vimeo on Vimeo


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How do Lego Lawyers take notes without thumbs?

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 16:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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New Case Law in Sovereign Debt Restructuring…in Lego Form

Called the “Trial of the Century” in Sovereign Debt restructuring, it pits Elliott Partners and their CEO Paul Singer versus the Republic of Argentina as well as other Sovereign Debt investors who accepted the terms of the earlier debt restructurings. If the judges current decision withstands appeal it will dramatically change the mechanisms used to forcibly cram down owners of distressed sovereign debt.

NB: As part of the case Elliott seized a tall ship owned by the Argentine Navy.


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The Uncommon Origins of the Common Fork

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 15:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Forks were in use in ancient Egypt, as well as Greece and Rome. However, they weren’t used for eating, but were, rather, lengthy cooking tools used for carving or lifting meats from a cauldron or the fire. Most diners ate with their fingers and a knife, which they brought with them to the table. Forks for dining only started to appear in the noble courts of the Middle East and the Byzantine Empire in about the 7th century and became common among wealthy families of the regions by the 10th century. Elsewhere, including Europe, where the favored implements were the knife and the hand, the fork was conspicuously absent.

Imagine the astonishment then when in 1004 Maria Argyropoulina, Greek niece of Byzantine Emperor Basil II, showed up in Venice for her marriage to Giovanni, son of the Pietro Orseolo II, the Doge of Venice, with a case of golden forks—and then proceeded to use them at the wedding feast. They weren’t exactly a hit. She was roundly condemned by the local clergy for her decadence, with one going so far as to say, “God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks—his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to him to substitute artificial metal forks for them when eating.”

When Argyropoulina died of the plague two years later, Saint Peter Damian, with ill-concealed satisfaction, suggested that it was God’s punishment for her lavish ways. “Nor did she deign to touch her food with her fingers, but would command her eunuchs to cut it up into small pieces, which she would impale on a certain golden instrument with two prongs and thus carry to her mouth. . . . this woman’s vanity was hateful to Almighty God; and so, unmistakably, did He take his revenge. For He raised over her the sword of His divine justice, so that her whole body did putrefy and all her limbs began to wither.”

Doomed by God for using a fork. Life was harsh in the 11th century.


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Meanwhile in Georgia

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 14:53 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

Apache helicopters, army guys, Russion T-90 battle tanks, and Obi-wan-kenobi….


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  1. It’s scary that the Lord has taken up drinkin’. Although that is the only rational thing to do in his situation.

Cartoons

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 14:26 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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On the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans Got Nothin’

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 at 14:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The reality should be seeping in to viewers of the Sunday shows that the Republicans don’t have a game plan. They don’t have a single, specific proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff. And even if they had one, they don’t have a roadmap to get there. They keep expecting Obama to come back with something more to their liking, which they’d also reject. Many Republicans literally don’t understand what is happening. Sen. Charles Grassley tweeted over the weekend that he was frustrated that President Obama hadn’t embraced the recommendation of the Bowles-Simpson Commission. Apparently, he is one of the many people in Washington who doesn’t understand that Bowles-Simpson recommended letting the Bush tax rates on the wealthy expire, while also proposing to cap or eliminate deductions primarily enjoyed by the wealthy.

Above all, the Republicans have yet to grasp that the field is tilted against them. Republicans have every reason to expect, based on their scouting of past Obama performances, that he will start moving toward them and then, essentially, bargain with himself. But now he doesn’t have to. Right now, the policy choice isn’t between an Obama proposal the Republicans abhor and a preferred Republican proposal. No, the choice is between an Obama proposal the Republicans abhor and the fiscal cliff, which Republicans would like even less and the Democrats could live with for a while.

The Republicans are losing, and time is running out. But instead of putting the quarterback on the field and rolling out an aggressive two-minute drill, they seem to be preparing to punt.


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  1. It’s not their fault, the Koch brothers haven’t told them the plan yet.