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I just want to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you.

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 19:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A passenger has given birth aboard a plane flying over Armenia and named her daughter after one of the flight attendants who helped with the delivery.

You’re having a baby? Surely you can’t be serious!

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Brazilian Bikini Waxes Make Crab Lice Endangered Species

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason.

Waning infestations of the bloodsuckers have been linked by doctors to pubic depilation, especially a technique popularized in the 1990s by a Manhattan salon run by seven Brazilian sisters. More than 80 percent of college students in the U.S. remove all or some of their pubic hair — part of a trend that’s increasing in western countries. In Australia, Sydney’s main sexual health clinic hasn’t seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008 and male cases have fallen 80 percent from about 100 a decade ago.


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Aaron Swartz, Internet Pioneer, Found Dead Amid Prosecutor ‘Bullying’ In Unconventional Case

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 16:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy,” the statement reads. “It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims.”

That sentiment was echoed by Harvard University Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, a friend of Swartz, wrote a withering blog post attacking the Department of Justice for its misplaced zeal:

“We need a better sense of justice, and shame. For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutor’s behavior,” Lessig wrote. “[Aaron] was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying.”

Swartz’s friend Henry Farrell, a political scientist at George Washington University, also pointed at the DOJ. “His last two years were hard, thanks to the U.S. Department of Justice, which engaged in gross prosecutorial overreach on the basis of stretched interpretations of the law,” he told HuffPost. “They sought felony convictions with decades of prison time for actions which, if they were illegal at all, were at most misdemeanors. Aaron struggled sometimes with depression, but it would have been hard not to be depressed in his circumstances. As Larry Lessig has rightly said, this should be a cause for great shame and anger.”


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  1. Those once popular beauty queens, Justice and Liberty, are now working in a Wall Street whore-house.

OVERVIEW

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 14:22 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.


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  1. This should be mandatory for every human being.

Live Action Toy Story

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 13:44 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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Why There Are Only 100 Copies Of The New Bob Dylan Record

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 3:15 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Bob Dylan has made some puzzling moves in his celebrated career, but the compilation that his record label recently released may be as odd as anything he’s ever put out.

The compilation, 50th Anniversary Collection, is a limited-edition, four-CD set that was only released in Europe. It seems to have been designed by the label to exploit a recent change in European copyright law.

The collection is a scrapbook of recordings from the first years of Bob Dylan’s career: unreleased home tapes, live performances from Greenwich Village folk clubs and outtakes from the sessions for his second studio album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

The packaging of the 50th Anniversary Collection is minimal — just four discs, a brown paper cover and a cursory list of the 86 tracks.

Dylan’s record label declined requests to talk about the collection or its unconventional release strategy.

But the subtitle, The Copyright Extension Collection, Volume 1, speaks for itself.

“Even record executives occasionally stray into honesty,” says James Boyle, a law professor at Duke University. “This is, in fact, a copyright extension collection. That’s what it is.”

Boyle says Dylan’s label appears to be exploiting an obscure but potentially lucrative change in European copyright law.

The European Union recently extended the term of copyright for sound recordings from 50 years to 70 years. But, there’s a catch.

“You actually have to have, at some point, distributed these songs during that initial 50-year period. These were masters that were lying in the vaults,” Boyle says, “and none of them had ever seen the light of day. And so he had to get them out before that 50-year period expired in order to get the extra 20 years.”

I think they may end up with a wee bit more than just 100 copies


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  1. Ooh, I know the answer to this one! There are less than a hundred mentally competent Dylan fans still living.

Vicar went to hospital with potato stuck in bottom

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 3:13 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The clergyman, in his 50s, told nurses he had been hanging curtains when he fell backwards on to his kitchen table.

He happened to be nude at the time of the mishap, said the vicar, who insisted he had not been playing a sex game.


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  1. The Torygraph now wallowing the pit of ordure vacated by the late unlamented News of the World? (I know, you just buy it for the crossword.)

My Guns Are Less Regulated Than My Uterus

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 3:07 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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So the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of kindergarteners, mall shoppers and moviegoers? Is that freedom?

I’m not advocating for no guns. I like mine and am not about to give them up. But in this country, my uterus is more regulated than my guns. Birth control and reproductive health services are harder to get than bullets. What is that about? Guns don’t kill people — vaginas do?

When the cottonwood is flying and Alaskans are all lined up for Sudafed, we have to get it from a pharmacist, give them our identification, and the state keeps track of how much we’re consuming just so they’re sure we’re not running a meth lab. I get it, meth is bad, but I can buy bullets right off the shelf.


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Clint Eastwoof

Posted on January 13th, 2013 at 2:29 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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These images record the last moments of life for some dogs found in public pounds run by governmental agencies in Taiwan. These portraits are taken on the very day in which the animal depicted is about to be put down or mercifully killed. These images are but a small fraction of the total body of work in this ongoing project.


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  1. Rather than appealing to people’s sympathy to get donations on TV, why don’t we just make fickeled owners responsible for the lifetime of the pet.

  2. There’s no “either this or that” in here – one can do both.

  3. I must truly be a member of the Net-Generation. The emotional payload of the quote totally failed to inspire any empathy in me. Instead, I was totally amazed at how much the dog really does look like Clint Eastwood.