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Upstanding members of society…

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 22:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham was charged Monday with using both personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography and engage in graphic online chats in which he allegedly bragged about sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl.

The federal criminal complaint alleged that Farnham, 66, a Democrat from Elgin, possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin a week before his abrupt resignation in March.

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When he resigned his seat on March 19, Farnham told the Tribune he was stepping down due to serious health concerns.

True, if you read that as mental health issues. He has a very sick mind.


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Diagnosis

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 22:47 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. The carburetor is flooded?

  2. It seems to be doing just swimmingly.

I hope they crash into a lime orchard…

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 21:37 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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It’s Good – no – Great to be the CEO Running a Huge Criminal Bank

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 18:50 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Every day brings multiple new scandals.  At least they used to be scandals.  Now they’re simply news items strained of ethical content by business journalists who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak not about evil.  The Wall Street Journal, our principal U.S. financial journal ran two such stories today.  The first story deals with tax evasion, and begins with this cheery (and tellingly inaccurate) headline: “U.S. Banks to Help Authorities With Tax Evasion Probe.”  Here’s an alternative headline, drawn from the facts of the article: “Senior Officers of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Aided and Abetted Tax Fraud by Wealthiest Americans, Failed to Make Required Criminal Referrals, and Demanded Immunity from Prosecution for Themselves and the Banks before Complying with the U.S. Subpoenas: U.S. Department of Justice Caves in to Banker’s Demands Continuing its Practice of Effectively Immunizing Fraud by Most Financial Elites.”

Oh, and the feckless DOJ (again) did not require any officer who committed the felony of aiding and abetting tax fraud to resign or to repay the bonuses he “earned” through his crimes.  But not to worry, the banks – not the bankers – may have to pay fines as the cost of doing their felonious business.  The feckless regulators did not even require Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to disclose to shareholders their participation in the program.


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  1. Couldn’t the DOJ just get an injunction to bar the executives from the banks while they investigate? Surely, no one in their right mind would leave the executives in charge while there’s an ongoing investigation. It would be too easy for them to destroy evidence. The executives are just employees, not owners, they have no rights in these investigations. The corporations has the rights guaranteed by the supremes (pronounce as “a-holes”), not the employees.

  2. @chas – I’m not saying they’re bent but there are suggestions of questionable practices by “the authorities” (admittedly the SEC not DOJ).

    http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/how-former-senior-sec-official-spender-c-barasch-manipulated-the-system-for-his-clients-benefit-and-his-own

Using Facebook Notes to DDoS any website

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 18:28 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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Facebook Notes allows users to include tags. Whenever a tag is used, Facebook crawls the image from the external server and caches it. Facebook will only cache the image once however using random get parameters the cache can be by-passed and the feature can be abused to cause a huge HTTP GET flood.


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How One Woman Hid Her Pregnancy From Big Data

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 18:20 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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For the past nine months, Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, tried to hide from the Internet the fact that she’s pregnant — and it wasn’t easy.

Pregnant women are incredibly valuable to marketers. For example, if a woman decides between Huggies and Pampers diapers, that’s a valuable, long-term decision that establishes a consumption pattern. According to Vertesi, the average person’s marketing data is worth 10 cents; a pregnant woman’s data skyrockets to $1.50. And once targeted advertising finds a pregnant woman, it won’t let up.

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Vertesi said that by dodging advertising and traditional forms of consumerism, her activity raised a lot of red flags. When her husband tried to buy $500 worth of Amazon gift cards with cash in order to get a stroller, a notice at the Rite Aid counter said the company had a legal obligation to report excessive transactions to the authorities.

“Those kinds of activities, when you take them in the aggregate … are exactly the kinds of things that tag you as likely engaging in criminal activity, as opposed to just having a baby,” she said.


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  1. Walk into a store and buy a stroller. Won’t cost $500.

  2. Didn’t bother reading the article, but my impression is that gift cards are commonly used to pay for illegal/illicit stuff. Just like Tide. And in the U.S., “nobody” buys $500 worth of gift cards with cash. (i.e. it probably happens less frequently in a legit way than it does in a way related to crime.)

No woman, no cry?

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 12:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Jeffrey Mogil’s students suspected there was something fishy going on with their experiments. They were injecting an irritant into the feet of mice to test their pain response, but the rodents didn’t seem to feel anything. “We thought there was something wrong with the injection,” says Mogil, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The real culprit was far more surprising: The mice that didn’t feel pain had been handled by male students. Mogil’s group discovered that this gender distinction alone was enough to throw off their whole experiment—and likely influences the work of other researchers as well.


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Serious Cyril Smith allegations were not known to us at the time, says Lord Steel

Posted on April 29th, 2014 at 23:57 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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In his first broadcast interview since new allegations emerged about sexual abuse committed by the late Liberal MP for Rochdale at a residential school, Steel said evidence at the time merely suggested Smith had been involved in administering corporal punishment…

Steel said he challenged Smith after the Rochdale Alternative Press published claims in 1979 based on sworn affidavits from seven alleged victims of the MP at the Cambridge House Hostel from the early 1960s. These allegations were followed up by Private Eye.

John Walker, the joint editor of the Rochdale Alternative Press, told the BBC that the Liberal party press office told him on 22 April 1979: “It is not a very friendly gesture [publishing the allegations]. All he seems to have done is spank a few bare bottoms.”

Even in 1979, it was not acceptable for a fifty-year old politician, a “confirmed bachelor”, to spank bare bottoms in a hostel for boys that he had, himself, founded.


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15-year-old sexually molested in Highlands Regional Medical Cent

Posted on April 29th, 2014 at 15:57 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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eople go to hospitals to be healed, not sexually molested. But an 8 On Your Side investigation confirmed a 15-year-old Highlands county girl, who was heavily medicated and sedated at Highlands Regional Medical Center, was sexually molested in her ICU bed.

The hospital, its parent company and attorneys say, it is her fault.


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State Department Gives 87% of Afghan Funds to Only Five Recipients

Posted on April 28th, 2014 at 19:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a scathing report showing the Department of State gave a staggering 87 percent of all Afghan reconstruction funds to only five recipients.

In fact, 69 percent of all taxpayer money spent went to just one contractor.


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  1. Because we all know that you can reconstruct a country without the cops.

  2. Sorry, I meant to say “can’t reconstruct a country without the cops”.

Cartoons

Posted on April 28th, 2014 at 18:25 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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There’s a man in the woods

Posted on April 28th, 2014 at 15:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


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How’s your implanted chip doing?

Posted on April 26th, 2014 at 20:15 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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  1. It may be true! Check out this link
    http://goo.gl/5vOV7v

  2. @Gene
    So you’re saying that McCain is involved too? Why, this goes all the way to the top!

    ;)

Chase Bank Slams the Door on More Porn Stars

Posted on April 26th, 2014 at 18:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Chase Bank has reportedly sent out letters to hundreds of porn stars notifying them that their accounts would be closed on May 11. Teagan Presley confirmed to XBIZ that her personal account was one of the ones shut down.

“I got a letter and it was like please cancel all transactions, please fix your automatic pay account and make sure everything’s taken care of by May 11,” Presley told XBIZ. “I called them and they told me that because I am, I guess, public and am recognizable in the adult business, they’re closing my account.

Apparently Chase doesn’t like any competition when it comes to fucking people.


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Matt Taibbi Talks About Criminalized Poverty and Why Wall Street Is Above the Law

Posted on April 26th, 2014 at 14:29 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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The idea of being a citizen or being a part of a nation-state is sort of disappearing for a certain class of people. They kind of live in this stateless archipelago. They’re essentially untouchable personally; they receive the benefits of living in whatever country they’re in, but they don’t have to make any of the sacrifices that you would normally make as a citizen. This begins with paying less in taxes than the rest of us do, and now it’s extended to not having to be responsible for crimes you commit in those territories. That’s the subtext of this whole thing—a collapse in patriotism among this class of people, because you wouldn’t have all this totally socially nonproductive activity, like selling worthless mortgages to old people, if any of these people had a conscience or felt any burden of citizenship. They don’t feel like they owe us anything.


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Catholic Church affirms late Bishop’s molestation

Posted on April 25th, 2014 at 18:45 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The abuse registration point of the Catholic Church has ruled that four complaints of molestation against the late Bishop Jan Niënhaus are founded.

Bishop Jan Niënhaus (picture Katholiek Documentatie Centrum, Nijmegen)Niënhaus died in 2000. The abuse of underaged boys apparently took place from the 19850’s to the early 1970’s. This was confirmed today by the archbishopric of Utrecht, after reports by Volkskrant newspaper.

Niënhaus, who formally served as substitute Bishop in Utrecht and Benda, is the second Dutch bishop of whom the registration point finds grounds that claims of child abuse are grounded. Earlier the abuse by bishop Jo Gijsen was affirmed.

Cardinal Wim Eijk has said that he “regrets that the abuse took place” and that he hopes that affirmation ‘can help in the victims’ process of healing.


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  1. For one dizzying moment, I thought it was the bishop who was molested.

Translation for designers

Posted on April 25th, 2014 at 18:31 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

original


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Putin calls internet a ‘CIA project’ renewing fears of web breakup

Posted on April 25th, 2014 at 17:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a “CIA project” on Thursday.The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that America’s overseas espionage agency had originally set up the internet and was continuing to develop it.Putin has long hinted that he wants a Russian-run alternative. The idea of breaking up the internet has gained ground in Germany, Brazil and elsewhere round the world in the light of the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the extent to which the US National Security Agency has infiltrated Facebook, Skype and other social media.


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  1. Now _there’s_ a stupid idea who’s time has come.

‘Sh*t Just Got Weird’

Posted on April 24th, 2014 at 16:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

The Daily Show
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Is this a palm tree?

Posted on April 24th, 2014 at 15:45 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Got to hand it to you, John…

  2. Isn’t someone going to shake it?

  3. Arme boom!

  4. yummie, multilingual puns!

  5. Seems like quite a reach, to me.

  6. I’d say it was ‘armless.

  7. When they first planted this one, how deep did they have to digit?

Despotism

Posted on April 24th, 2014 at 15:17 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?


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  1. Hey wait a minute.. there’s something missing from that Pledge of Allegiance at 01:00.

  2. Nah, must be a glitch in an old recording. And that burning cross was an illusion…

Dying Of The Light

Posted on April 24th, 2014 at 15:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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And there you have it, the whole thing, from birth to grave: a The Attorney General makes a benign, routine request for funds, asking Congress to address a chronic problem that kills more Americans every year than died in the 911 attack and the subsequent wars, b a news agency deliberately manipulates his testimony to play on the artificially manufactured fears of its audience and thereby create an exploitable i.e. profitable issue where none actually exists, c which in turn causes low-intellect pundits and political celebrities to predictably bleat hysterical bravado in order to score points with their fanatical cognitively-challenged followers, which is then d taken as valid information by tens of thousands of people in confirmation of their paranoid conspiracy theories and retransmitted to their friends who then share it with their friends and so on until it becomes a permanent part of an altered reality for a significant fraction of the population and thereby ensures the news network a dedicated audience in perpetuity.As much as Sarah Palin likes to think she’s a political force to be reckoned with, she’s nothing more than a enthusiastic dupe in a larger process who can always be counted on to reflexively bark as needed.And Sarah Palin has got nothing on Alex Jones.


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  1. What are we talking about here, Fox News or Facebook? :-)

Justin Bieber apologises for posting Tokyo war shrine photograph

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 at 15:20 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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He’s apparently trying really hard to beat Rob Ford in the Canadian Goodwill Ambassador of the Year contest. Starting a war beats beating your wife any day.


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  1. Who’s offended? China or Japan? I’m not sure. Are the other countries offended by the Presidential Libraries?

  2. Pop star does something unwise. Does this become interesting because said pop star is Canadian? Uh, Sue, I think you may be taking “daily irrelevant” a bit too literally…? Am I missing something?

  3. @chas: China (and others) are offended by the honoring of war criminals, sure. I don’t know if people treat presidential libraries as shrines, but I take your point. It is a fascinating part of the secular belief-system that is America today.

    @Desiato: A minor point, perhaps. Most silly celebs screw up by getting wasted and behaving badly (Mr. B also does this). What is interesting (to me) is that he tries so hard to be ‘sincere’ and obviously ‘nice’, but ends up offending on an international scale.

  4. So we’re talking about the Chinese, Japanese, and Canadians and somehow the Americans get drawn into the conversation? We don’t need to be self-centered. Everyone else already centers us. Thanks, I guess.

The NYPD just figured out the perfect way to publicize its own worst moments on Twitter

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A little before 3pm New York time this afternoon, the NYPD tweeted out a seemingly innocuous three sentences, asking people to share photos taken with NYPD members and include the hashtag #myNYPD.

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The good news is that that hashtag is now trending. The bad news is that it’s trending.

While a few people shared the sorts of pictures the NYPD was hoping for, the thousands who think much less highly of the department—including the Occupy Wall Street movement—responded with cheeky, stark, and even gory photos of apparent police brutality.


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Teen urinates in Ortland drinking water

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 at 17:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A 19-year-old man was caught on camera urinating in a reservoir that holds Ortland’s drinking water on Wednesday, according to city officials.

Since then, the city has been draining 38 million gallons of water from Reservoir 5 at Mount Tabor Park in southeast Ortland.

see what I did there?


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  1. The enormous amount of dilution makes the city’s actions in draining the reservoir ridiculous. Unless, of course, if they believe in homeopathy!

  2. Homeopathy indeed! In any case, this is just plain nuts! How many birds, rabbits, squirrels, and such piss in the reservoir every day? Volume-wise this teen’s output is just a “piss in the bucket”!

  3. The city is actually Portland, Oregon:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tabor_(Oregon)
    At least it rains so much there that the reservoir will be refilled before long.

  4. Who’s taking the piss?

  5. I see it but I don’t get it.

  6. There is no P in ortland

  7. Ah. Except there is.

  8. You should know that Portland has been involved in a long running fight over the open reservoirs. The city is replacing them with underground tanks, even though all science indicates that open reservoirs are really cleaner and safer. Teenagers and other idiots have been peeing in these reservoirs probably since they were created more than 100 years ago, but it has only become an issue since they city decided to change them.

    This is what happens when contractors take over your government.

    http://www.waterreform.org

    http://friendsofreservoirs.org/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pWeo93IoEc&feature=youtu.be

    Portland Oregon is in a rain forest, but they pay more for water than Phoenix, Arizona!

    In the future fresh clean water will be more expensive than oil.

  9. PPortland

Easter egg: DSL router patch merely hides backdoor instead of closing it

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 at 17:24 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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Back in December, Eloi Vanderbecken of Synacktiv Digital Security was visiting his family for the Christmas holiday, and for various reasons he had the need to gain administrative access to their Linksys WAG200G DSL gateway over Wi-Fi. He discovered that the device was listening on an undocumented Internet Protocol port number, and after analyzing the code in the firmware, he found that the port could be used to send administrative commands to the router without a password.

After Vanderbecken published his results, others confirmed that the same backdoor existed on other systems based on the same Sercomm modem, including home routers from Netgear, Cisco (both under the Cisco and Linksys brands), and Diamond. In January, Netgear and other vendors published a new version of the firmware that was supposed to close the back door.

However, that new firmware apparently only hid the backdoor rather than closing it. In a PowerPoint narrative posted on April 18, Vanderbecken disclosed that the “fixed” code concealed the same communications port he had originally found (port 32764) until a remote user employed a secret “knock”—sending a specially crafted network packet that reactivates the backdoor interface.

The packet structure used to open the backdoor, Vanderbecken said, is the same used by “an old Sercomm update tool”—a packet also used in code by Wilmer van der Gaast to “rootkit” another Netgear router. The packet’s payload, in the version of the backdoor discovered by Vanderbecken in the firmware posted by Netgear, is an MD5 hash of the router’s model number (DGN1000).

The nature of the change, which leverages the same code as was used in the old firmware to provide administrative access over the concealed port, suggests that the backdoor is an intentional feature of the firmware and not just a mistake made in coding.


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Watch A Congressman Who’s Had It Tell A Leader Of The War On Drugs Exactly What He Needs To Hear

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 at 13:51 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Well 4/20 came and went, and it seemed like the world didn’t burn down (even if it burned). Seeing the success of decriminalization in Colorado and Washington state, as well as the destructiveness of the War on Drugs, a lot of people would like to say a thing or two to the drug czars in charge. Watch Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) do exactly that and then some.

The highlights of his mic drop:

And the whole smackdown:


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  1. Thanks for this Paul. It’s high time.

BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading

Posted on April 21st, 2014 at 13:50 by Paul Jay in category: Robber Barons, They never learn

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A former BP executive who led the company’s cleanup of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.

SEC regulators say Keith A. Seilhan, 47, a 20-year veteran of BP plc, sold his family’s $1 million portfolio of BP securities after learning that the public estimates of the extent of the Gulf of Mexico spill were grossly underestimated. The regulators say the sale of the stock and options saved Seilhan from more than $100,000 in losses.

Seilhan has agreed to pay a $105,409 civil penalty and the same amount in “ill-gotten gains,” as well as more than $13,000 in prejudgment interest, Reuters says.

Forbes says:

“In his position as Incident Commander [in Houma, La.], Seilhan learned of nonpublic information relating to the seriousness of the disaster, including initial oil flow estimates from the sunken rig that were significantly greater than the public estimate of 5,000 barrels per day. Indeed, those private estimates were between 52,700 and 62,200 barrels per day — a 10x increase than that provided to the public.

“After he learned of this information, Seilhan [liquidated his portfolio.] … By doing so, Seilhan and his family were able to avoid over $100,000 in losses as BP’s share price eventually declined 48%. Later, after BP announced it had successfully capped the well, Seilhan repurchased shares of the BP Stock Fund (composed nearly entirely of BP shares) at a lower basis.”

Mary McNamara, an attorney for Seilhan, said her client wanted to “avoid further distraction and protracted litigation” by settling the matter, according to Reuters.

“Mr. Seilhan is widely respected for his work helping to lead the cleanup and containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010,” McNamara added.


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  1. On the bright side, another wicked old basket has popped an artery: Charles Keating has died:

    http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21600648-charles-keating-moral-crusader-and-financial-snake-oil-salesman-died-march-31st-aged

  2. Sue, I don’t know if we can blame just one for being wicked when the whole bunch are wicked. How do you prosecute just one?

Audio Effects from Old cartoons (WarnerBros)

Posted on April 21st, 2014 at 11:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

I think I’ve found my new ringtone


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  1. That’s da awesumz! How do you extract a fileformat you can use out of that?

  2. Use one of the websites that will extract the audio (mp3) from the YouTube video, then use an audio editing app (e.g. Audacity, good & free & open source) to copy the snippet you want into its own sound file. In Audacity, you then “export” the file to MP3.

    I did something similar to get my own custom ringtone, which is a v.42bis modem sync. Just for fun, I added at the beginning a rapid series of touch tones to simulate the modem dialing, and I used my own phone number. Again, Audacity makes this easy-ish to do (if you’re familiar with audio editing).

  3. zomg! Those poor flattened animals!

Wingsuit pilots fly at 125mph under bridge on side of mountain

Posted on April 20th, 2014 at 16:36 by John Sinteur in category: News


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