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AT&T vs. municipal fiber

Posted on December 4th, 2014 at 13:56 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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Why is one bandwidth-hungry town building its own 1Gbps fiber network for its citizens when AT&T already offers them 6Mbps DSL? That’s the question AT&T would like to ask city leaders in Chanute, Kansas, a small town of roughly 9,000 people that is petitioning the state to allow it to offer greater access to the high-speed fiber network that it built to support town utility operations.

“Why would you want a Ferrari when we already offer us taking a shit on your face?”


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Study: Less war improves mental health of soldiers

Posted on February 5th, 2014 at 14:44 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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The imminent end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan has triggered some of the highest morale and lowest levels of mental illness among deployed U.S. soldiers in years, according to an Army mental health study released Monday.

The findings by Army scientists working in the combat zone last year dovetails with the 19% drop in active-duty Army suicides in 2013 announced by the service Friday.

The study, which interviewed war-zone troops anonymously, also notes fewer soldiers deployed to Afghanistan contemplated suicide. Some 8.5% did, down from 13% in 2010.

“We’re seeing some of the lowest rates of behavioral health issues. We’re seeing leadership rates higher than they were in the past. Morale is on the rise. All of the key indicators that we would be looking at are looking much better,” says Army Lt. Col. Maurice Sipos, a research psychologist and author of the report.

New evidence has emerged of bears shitting in woods. Stay tuned for more.


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  1. Go into a war and win it, and you’re a hero (not necessarily what I believe). Stay to pacify the population, you’re a villain. Seems like someone should learn something from this.

  2. @chas: Robert Fisk had a suggestion; extend U.S. citizenship to the people in a country invaded by the U.S.

    It’s what the Romans did…and they redistributed the wealth of the defeated elites to their veterans.

  3. @sue: Great, free Heroin for everyone! Too bad they didn’t have oil.

UK government tackles wrongly-blocked websites

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 17:32 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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A spokesman for the Internet Service Provides Association said: “There’s a growing realisation that filters are not perfect and will lead to some over-blocking,”

Well, you could have simply asked in advance. Everyone else who ever tried this would have told you.

Oh wait, you could instead have listened when they tried to tell you. Instead you’re now exposed as the daft fucks you really are.


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Accounting for Obamacare: Inside the Company That Built Healthcare.gov

Posted on December 28th, 2013 at 11:39 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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That lack of expertise explains why in building healthcare.gov, the government turned to industry contractors; in particular, to CGI Federal, a subsidiary of CGI Group, a Canadian company. To those uninitiated in the dark art of government contracting, it seems scandalous that CGI, a company most Americans had never heard of, a company that is not located in Silicon Valley (where President Obama has plenty of Internet superstar friends who could have formed a dazzling brain trust to implement his signature legislation) but rather in Montreal, could be chosen as the lead contractor for the administration’s most important initiative. While right-wing news outlets have focused on the possible relationship between Toni Townes-Whitley, senior vice president for civilian-agency programs at CGI Federal, and Michelle Obama, both of whom were 1985 Princeton graduates, CGI’s selection is probably more an example of a dysfunctional system than it is a scandal. “A lot of the companies in Silicon Valley don’t do business with the government at that level [the level required for federal contracting],” explains Soloway. “It is very burdensome, and the rules make it very unattractive.” Indeed, government contractors have to meet a whole host of requirements contained in a foot-thick book, including cost accounting and excessive auditing, to prove that they are not profiting too much off the American taxpayer. Hence, there tends to be a relatively small, specialized group of companies that compete for this work, even on such critical matters as healthcare.gov.

Stated reasons for the rules:

to protect taxpayers from waste and fraud

Actual purpose for the rules:

prevent any individual politician or government employee from being blamed for waste and fraud


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  1. I’d guess they were the high bidder (bribes).

  2. @chas: Oh, you know about Montreal do you?

  3. What was the old saw again? Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance?

    The Washington Post put the problem succinctly in their headline: “Politics not a factor, but neither were firm’s ties to failed projects” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/healthcaregov-contract-politics-not-a-factor-but-neither-were-firms-ties-to-failed-projects/2013/12/22/61728fca-6753-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html).

    In the Netherlands we still have the debate on the high speed train debacle, which I hope will raise a stink on the same problem. The rules of engagement for procurement may well have made it impossible for the railroad consortium to consider the past performance of their supplier.

Do intellectual property rights on existing technologies hinder subsequent innovation?

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 at 5:54 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: bleeding obvious

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A recent study published in the Journal of Political Economy suggests that some types of intellectual property rights discourage subsequent scientific research.

“The goal of intellectual property rights – such as the patent system – is to provide incentives for the development of new technologies. However, in recent years many have expressed concerns that patents may be impeding innovation if patents on existing technologies hinder subsequent innovation,” said Heidi Williams, author of the study. “We currently have very little empirical evidence on whether this is a problem in practice.”

Ooh, I know this one! Lemme see, er, I’d say…perhaps?

“My take-away from this evidence is that – at least in some contexts – intellectual property can have substantial costs in terms of hindering subsequent innovation,” said Williams.


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Economy built for profits not prosperity

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 at 5:43 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: bleeding obvious, No shit, sherlock, Robber Barons

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Newly released data on corporate profitability for 2012 show the continuation of historic levels of profitability despite excessive unemployment and stagnant wages for most workers. Specifically, the share of capital income (such as profits and interest, which are hereafter referred to as ‘profits’) in the corporate sector increased to 25.6 percent in 2012, the highest in any year since 1950-1951 and far higher than the 19.9 percent share prevailing over 1969-2007, the five business cycles preceding the financial crisis…

We now have an economy built to assure high corporate profitability even when it’s operating far below capacity and when most families and workers are faring poorly. This is further evidence that there is a remarkable disconnect between the fortunes of business and those best-off (high-income households) and the vast majority.

More of the same. Can’t make up my mind about the category.


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  1. Workers should form corporations that provide labor to other enterprises. Since existing corporations love outsourcing, they’ll love outsourcing labor to these corporations. Win-win!

    :-p :-p :-p

  2. “More of the same. Can’t make up my mind about the category.”
    Try “sharks”…

CPAC Tea Party Event On Racism Turns Into Chaos

Posted on March 16th, 2013 at 14:09 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, bleeding obvious

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A CPAC session sponsored by Tea Party Patriots and billed as a primer on teaching activists how to court black voters devolved into a shouting match as some attendees demanded justice for white voters and others shouted down a black woman who reacted in horror.

The session, entitled “Trump The Race Card: Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One?” was led by K. Carl Smith, a black conservative who mostly urged attendees to deflect racism charges by calling themselves “Frederick Douglass Republicans.”


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Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps May Be Gay, Suggests Former Member Lauren Drain

Posted on March 16th, 2013 at 12:04 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church who recently published a book about leaving the hate-mongering group has also revealed that founder Fred Phelps’s anti-gay ideology may have spawned from a gay experience.

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I never understood why, when [the media asked him], “Why are you so against the homosexuals? Did you have a homosexual experience? Do you have homosexual tendencies?” And he would get so mad, he would shut down. And he’d be like, “I can’t talk to this person anymore, they’re stupid.” His reaction to that was stronger than any other question you can ask him. So I always wondered that — why does he get so mad? If I’m not gay, I’ll just say I’m not gay. And I’m not going to freak out, like, “Why are you calling me gay?” I always thought that was super strange. … I don’t know what happened there, so [speculation] is all that I can leave it at. But something happened, and something made him change his mind about the military, and in turn have kind of a crusade against sexual immorality and homosexuals.


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  1. I got 20 bucks…

GroverNorquist: Up is the new down

Posted on January 3rd, 2013 at 15:46 by Desiato in category: awesome, ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane, bleeding obvious, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Funny!, No shit, sherlock

[@GroverNorquist]:

The Bush tax cuts lapsed at midnight last night. Every R voting for Senate bill is cutting taxes and keeping his/her pledge.

Yes, I think all the tags I applied to this post are justified.


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Free birth control cuts abortion rate dramatically, study finds

Posted on October 5th, 2012 at 16:10 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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A dramatic new study with implications for next month’s presidential election finds that offering women free birth control can reduce unplanned pregnancies — and send the abortion rate spiraling downward.

A “new study”, or, as we here in the Netherlands like to call it, “history”.


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  1. The other important number is the real reason that women’s choices are so controversial to the nutjobs in every society – in a U.S. city, free contraception cut the rate of live births in young women by about 80%. How can you keep the proles dumb and hungry if they plan their pregnancies?

Israeli panel recommends legalising outposts

Posted on July 10th, 2012 at 15:18 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: bleeding obvious

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A government-commissioned report has recommended that Israel legalise dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlement outposts, a move that would defy international opposition to settling land Palestinians want for a future state.

The report, written by a committee with pro-settler sympathies, also reaffirmed Israel’s longstanding position, at odds with most of the world, that the West Bank is not occupied territory and therefore Israel has the legal right to settle it.

Gosh, what a surprise.


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House Hunters is fake: here’s why it matters

Posted on June 14th, 2012 at 20:17 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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From bait-and-switch marriage proposals to wig-pulling, cocktail-tossing catfights, it’s safe to say we’ve grown accustomed to absurd contrivance and scripting in “reality” television. But who would expect such dramatic puppet-mastering on HGTV?

Apparently we all should have. Earlier this week on the website Hooked on Houses, former House Hunters participant Bobi Jensen called the show a sham. Jensen writes that the HGTV producers found her family’s plan to turn their current home into a rental property “boring and overdone,” and therefore crafted a narrative about their desperation for more square footage. What’s more, producers only agreed to feature Jensen’s family after they had bought their new house, forcing them to “tour” friends’ houses that weren’t even for sale to accommodate the trope of “Which one will they choose?”

Wait, what? Reality TV is fake? Next you’re going to tell me WWE isn’t real either!


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  1. lol…my 82-year old mum loves this stuff. I get at least a 15-minute blow-by-blow account of every episode. The morality play aspect is never lost on her. And that’s just the wrestling (just kidding, ma!)

  2. Post edited to fix markup that was messing up rendering of the blog.

  3. thanks!

  4. Wait –WWE is a fake? Oh my, everything I know is wrong – damn!

Is some homophobia self-phobia?

Posted on April 8th, 2012 at 17:59 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious, No shit, sherlock

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Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.


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  1. no shit Sherlock.

Modernising US party politics

Posted on November 18th, 2011 at 18:02 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: bleeding obvious

Companion opinion pieces on Al Jazeera’s English website (Clearly a Tool of the Devil™). Warning: these are rather long and boring.

Modernising Liberalism

To retain relevance in the 21st century, liberals in the US will need to revitalise their ideology.
Neither contemporary conservatism nor contemporary liberalism offers a credible path to the kind of economic dynamism and shared prosperity that characterised what has been called the “American Century”. For Americans of all political persuasions, the fundamental question that US politics must address in the coming decades is: How shall we continue to prosper when the basis for our economic renewal is unclear, our willingness to make shared investments in our collective future is waning, and our place in a post-American world is uncertain?

Modernising Conservatism.

US Conservatives must reform their internal ideology in order to create a coherent effort to revitalise the party

For those willing to probe a bit deeper, however, it should quickly become apparent that we badly need to take stock of our position. Conservatism, despite these impressive electoral victories, is failing on its own terms. Start with the social indicators, which are the most important to conservatives. The US’ fast-growing and largely minority underclass shows limited signs of progress or assimilation to middle-class American life. And the white middle class – the bed-rock of conservatism’s political strength and social vision – is showing signs of social stagnation and economic regress that should be sounding ominous claxons in conservative meeting halls but, so far, have attracted only the attention of Charles Murray. Stagnant income growth and mobility and a shrinking middle class are considered unhealthy by most conservative understandings of social health, cohesion and well-being. While conservatives have plenty of macro ideas for increasing economic growth, they have fewer ideas about how to secure a wider distribution of new wealth.

Both sides seem to be enjoying the fight too much to listen to such radical voices. Implicit warning to the US: The rest of the world is worried about you.


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Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid

Posted on December 17th, 2010 at 15:12 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

I’m going to wait to hear what Glenn Beck has to say about this before deciding whether it’s true.

Fox News is a business model. The goal of Fox News is not to inform or misinform – it is to attract viewers in order to sell advertising. It is not so much a “propaganda machine” as it is a mirror reflecting the views of its audience. Rupert Murdoch feeds his audience “information” that pleases their world view and makes them feel good about themselves so they tune in.


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Wikileaks: Decision To Free The Lockerbie Bomber Was About Oil

Posted on December 9th, 2010 at 9:23 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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Among the biggest Wikileaks embarrassments for the UK came out last night, while Julian Assange waits in police custody.

Britain’s sudden release of the Lockerbie Bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, in August 2009, which everyone assumed was motivated by oil, really was all about oil, reported the Daily Mail.


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