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Virginia GOP says Halloween-themed email over the top

Posted on November 1st, 2011 at 12:51 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Virginia Republicans were in apology mode Monday over a Halloween-themed email that depicted a zombie-like President Obama with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.

The northern Virginia-based Too Conservative blog first flagged the mailer from the local Republicans in Loudon County promoting a local holiday parade. It also offers a ghoulish caricature of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-San Francisco).

“I am no fan of Barack Obama, but putting up a photo of him as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head?” the blog stated. “Someone should send this to the US Secret Service.”


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What We Have to Say About Legalizing Marijuana

Posted on October 29th, 2011 at 9:26 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Our commitment to a balanced approach to drug control is real

No, not really. Because if the rest of the answer to the petition was real, you’d immediately make alcohol and tobacco illegal.

For example, how can you say, with dry eyes, that “marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions” and two paragraphs later that “we are improving our criminal justice system to divert non-violent offenders into treatment”

Ever heard of “self-fulfilling prophecies”?

Oh, and read the response to the “Under God” petition as well. So it’s official, whitehouse.gov petitions are nothing but mental masturbation. Pricks pretending to care.


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Did British hacks fabricate “empty camp” story?

Posted on October 28th, 2011 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Earlier this week, U.K. tabloids such as The Times and The Daily Mail suggested that London’s Occupy LSX protest was left largely empty at night, and used pictures taken by thermal imaging cameras as evidence. With only one or two ‘hot’ tents glowing in a field of darkness, it looked like the campsite was a fraud.

A visit to the camp already proved it plenty full, but
after renting the same model of camera and shooting the above video, however, activists also proved that tents remain “cold” to the cameras even when occupied. This insulating effect is the purpose of tents, whose heat-reflectivity is marketed by the companies that make them.

Moreover, the footage shows that activity in and around camp is still apparent at night, despite the insulating effect of the material. Presumably, those taking the original thermal images could observe the camp and assess the occupation level with their own eyes, too.

Only in carefully-selected thermal stills would the protest camp appear empty, leaving the impression the reporters must have known the story spun from the thermal images wasn’t true.


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Wartime Contracting Panel Seals Records for Next 20 Years

Posted on October 26th, 2011 at 13:49 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Established by Congress to investigate and expose government waste, the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan has decided to not reveal its volumes of materials to the public for another two decades.

After three years of work, the commission officially shut down last week, having concluded that the U.S. misspent between $31 billion and $60 billion in contracting for services in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But it won’t allow its records to be opened for public review at the National Archives until 2031, because some of the documents contain “sensitive information,” according to one official.

So they know who stole the money, and whoever did it is important enough to get protection..


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  1. That’s out of about a trillion dollars, right?

  2. Yes. Mind you, a retail outfit that has a 6% “shrinkage” will likely go out of business..

  3. And mind you, the rest of the trillion $$ was equally misspent.

  4. Had your education at InHolland?

    1000 billion is a trillion. 100 billion is 0,1 trillion.

    Payed a lot for the certificates there?

  5. 6% of 1000b = 0.06*1000b=60b. Problem?

  6. Advise: Apply for a job at a large bank. They can use more people with these skills.

We came, we saw, he died

Posted on October 21st, 2011 at 19:17 by Paul Jay in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


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Company Thanks Guy Who Alerted Them To Big Security Flaw By Sending The Cops… And The Bill

Posted on October 19th, 2011 at 12:44 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Security

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We’ve seen before that organizations don’t seem to react well to outside security folks pointing out vulnerabilities in their systems. They very often take a “blame the messenger” approach — as if pointing out a flaw suddenly makes that flaw come into existence. But one company seems to be taking it to another level. That Anonymous Coward points us to a story in which a security professional found a big and ridiculously obvious bug in the website of an Australian investment fund, First State Superannuation. Apparently you could see other people’s accounts by merely changing the account numbers in the URL. Increase the number by one, and see the next user in line. This is the kind of extraordinarily basic mistake that I thought had been eradicated a decade ago. Apparently not.

But the company that runs the fund, Pillar, went quite crazy about this. While the company did fix the security hole, it also sent the police to interrogate the security researcher, Patrick Webster. Pillar also sent a letter to customers (pdf) in which it suggests that Webster created this massive security flaw, rather than their own dreadful programming:


It has come to our attention that a member of First State Super, who has online access to their account, devised a way to view an image of your statement.

And then, to add insult to injury, Pillar sent Webster a letter saying he broke the law, they were closing his account, and may seek money from him to fix the vulnerability


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  1. Watch this backfire on the company. Since they decided not to keep this quiet they may end up seeing a loss of customers from the publicity.

  2. How would this look like in other situations in life?

    - I call someone to attention that his car is leaking oil. He then sues me to pay the repair bill, and claims that I have damaged his car.
    - I come to a traffic accident scene with several seriously injured people. I call 911. I then get sued to pay the rescue team and the hospital bills.
    - At a supermarket, I tell the staff that some tomatoes in the vegetables rack are mouldy. They remove the spoiled food, demand from me to pay it, and sue me for “damaging their business reputation”.

  3. My mouth stands open… (I am also a security professional).

    The only coment I have: WTF!!!!

$12,000 fine for insulting Victorian Gaming Minister Michael O’Brien

Posted on October 18th, 2011 at 15:26 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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STATE Parliament is set to pass new legislation making it a criminal offence to "insult" Gaming Minister Michael O’Brien.

Fines of up to $11,945 will be given to anyone found guilty of upsetting the minister and his staff under the extraordinary new offence.

The Baillieu Government is seeking changes to the Gaming Regulation Act which it says are "reasonably necessary to respect the rights and reputation of the minister and authorised persons". If passed, the ruling will become law.

The amendment proposed to the Act will make it an offence to "assault, obstruct, hinder, threaten, abuse, insult or intimidate" the minister or authorised persons exercising "due diligence" in monitoring gambling systems such as pokies.

State Labor has seized on the extraordinary amendment, with Opposition gaming spokesman Martin Pakula branding the minister "Windscreens O’Brien – because this proves he’s got a glass jaw".

"Is the minister so precious that he now needs legislation to protect him from insults?" he said.


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  1. Just put a bigger, tougher, nastier bloke on that duty.

  2. Is “Crikey!” strong enough?

  3. Is your supreme court as useless as our?

Home Secretary: scrap the Human Rights Act

Posted on October 2nd, 2011 at 17:29 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Theresa May, the Home Secretary, risks an explosive rift inside the Coalition with an explicit call for the scrapping of the Human Rights Act.

[..]

“I’d personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it,” she says.


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  1. Well, she would say that wouldn’t she? A politician in power would always like to rule without considering those silly rights and laws. Those “problems” are also safeguards.

A PR Firm President Will Seriously Fire You If You Don’t Replace The Milk

Posted on September 29th, 2011 at 22:34 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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So, I am gravely serious when I write this – if I catch someone not replacing the milk, or at least, in the case where the downstairs store has close already, not sending an email to the office so the first person that arrives (usually Christa or me) can pick one up upon arrival – then I am going to fire you. Im not joking. You will be fired for not replacing the milk, and have fun explaining that one to your next employer. This is not a empty threat so PLEASE don’t test me.


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Teen’s parents: After suicide, he’s still being bullied

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 14:01 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Even after a teen-ager tragically committed suicide in suburban Buffalo this month in the wake of constant harassment, the bullying allegedly did not stop with his death.

The parents of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was found dead at their home on Sept. 18, indicated in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry on Tuesday that their daughter endured further taunts at a school function immediately after Jamey’s wake. At a homecoming dance she attended shortly after her brother’s death, a potentially poignant moment turned ugly after a song by Lady Gaga, Jamey’s favorite artist, who recently dedicated a song at a concert in his memory.

“She was having a great time, and all of a sudden a Lady Gaga song came on, and they all started chanting for Jamey, all of his friends,’’ Jamey’s mother, Tracy, told Curry. “Then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting, ‘You’re better off dead!’ and ‘We’re glad you’re dead!’ and things like that.


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  1. What a tragedy. Hate speech should be suppressed in my opinion.

  2. Sue W., disagree. Without the freedom to be a jerk, not being one would be a matter of obedience instead of virtue. It points in the direction of a nation of sheep.

    I’m glad you’re commenting here; I benefit from the insight and the way you use language.

  3. I agree, you can’t censor free speech, but you can film the jerks spewing their hate and show them on utube. I’m sure the colleges they may be considering would love to see the videos.

  4. I humbly submit that it is wrong and should be illegal to harass anyone with hateful speech. It is personally threatening and an encouragement to further lawless behaviour, from one side or the other, which is why many jurisdictions have tried to stop it.

    I don’t really buy the slippery slope to serfdom/sheep nation argument. This is a gang of children bullying other children. If it can it should be stopped before it gets to this extent.

Rick Perry: Climate Change Is A Hoax Drummed Up By Scientists Looking To Make Money

Posted on August 18th, 2011 at 15:15 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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"A substantial number of scientists [have] manipulated data to keep the money rolling in," New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline quoted Perry saying on the stump in a tweet. Before that, Cline quoted Perry saying, "I do believe the issue of global warming has been politicized."

Right.

Let’s talk about money rolling in, shall we?

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Perry has also shown an eagerness to do the bidding of his major supporters. Most notably, his second-biggest all-time donor, Harold Simmons, owns a nuclear waste dump. Perry led the charge in 2010, while Simmons gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Perry’s re-election campaign, to allow Simmons to import nuclear waste from thirty-eight states. On June 27 of this year, ten days after Perry signed the legislation, Simmons gave $100,000 to Americans for Rick Perry. Tom Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, estimates that the rule change will bring upward of $2 billion for Simmons. “If you put money in Perry’s purse, he’ll create policies you need,” says Smith.

How’s that for a pot calling a kettle black?


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  1. Oh those sleazy scientists with all their emphasis on evidence and peer review. Nothing like politicians.

  2. When will politics be classified as a crime against humanity.

Freeper-Americans Applaud Breivik Manifesto

Posted on July 25th, 2011 at 11:46 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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The patriots at Free Republic know a fellow traveler when they see one:
I’ve seen the video based on the Berwick manifesto and I have to agree with almost all of it. I’m starting to read the manifesto and so far, it is dead on.
–Nowhere Man

He was right about the stifling of speech by the MSM. Perhaps that is where we need to direct our efforts. It is my feeling that the MSM is somewhat culpable because they do try to stifle speech. Perhaps this wouldn’t have happened if he felt his voice was being heard seriously, rather than ridiculed.
–sageb1

The thing is that much of the writing in the manifesto is spot on in its analysis of Islam, the threat posed to Western culture and democratic systems of government by multiculturalism and by Marxism and their sympathizers. There is little evidence in the first 800 or so pages that this is guy who would become so radicalized he would shoot up and blow up innocent people.

He strongly defends and argues in favor of the constitutional rights we enjoy in the United States. He rejects Nazism and other “hateful” ideologies. He shows understandable alarm at the loss of freedoms in the name of tolerance. None of these would be foreign to conservative philosophy. You can tell he researched his subject very well and the argument he presents in favor of protecting Western culture is one I would not fault.
–lastchance


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  1. He did a job of copy+paste from the Unabomber’s manifesto and other texts on the internet, in a nonsensical way. The man was horrifyingly stupid. And it scares me shitless that so many readers seem even more stupid for appreciating it.

    Have you seen the video? He mascerades in a uniform. I wonder what those medals are? Youtube-medals?

  2. He mascarades in uniform to attract youth to his ideas, but that is not important. What he did killing people was wrong, but his analyses regarding multiculturalism and danger of muslim immigration is 100% correct.

  3. @alex – Oh really? How so?

BP’s new oil spill in Alaska: ‘Reckless’?

Posted on July 20th, 2011 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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On Saturday, an 8-inch pipeline in BP’s Lisburne oil field — near Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay — was being pressure-tested when the pipe burst, releasing crude oil, methanol, and water across a gravel pad and into a small pond. Buildings nearby shook from the force of the rupture, and heavy winds blew the oily mixture across roughly 7,000 square feet of tundra and gravel.

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There’s some compelling evidence that this was a preventable spill. A 2010 investigation by ProPublica revealed that 148 sections of BP pipeline in Alaska (including the one that burst) were so corroded that they were in imminent danger of rupture. Internal records showed that these pipelines had worn so thin — in some cases as thin as a few thousandths of an inch — that they should be operated only under reduced pressure. The investigation also found that regular maintenance of BP’s pipelines and facilities throughout Alaska had been neglected for more than a decade, due to a company-wide effort to reduce operating costs.


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  1. We’re Sorry…

  2. Someone has proposed building a pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the Texas coast refineries. To transport bituminous tar, gravel, water etc. It will have to be heated to get it to move. This is for thousands of miles, mostly in the contiguous U.S. All to save the cost of “upgrading” in the North i.e. cleaning the fuel from the filth will somehow be cheaper in TX.

    I thought it was an investment hoax. Not so sure now. Why bother maintaining such a pipeline? If it breaks just fix it.

The Most Incredible Thing Fox News Has Ever Done

Posted on July 17th, 2011 at 14:57 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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To the good: they treat hacking as a problem and scandal. To the incredible/bad: they present their (now closed) UK sister publication News of the World as a victim of the hacking problem, rather than as a perpetrator.

Watch, if you can stand to.


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  1. “…piling on?” Ah, poor babies…Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.

    “99% of NOTW staff did nothing wrong.” Except to work for one of the shittiest organizations and one of the scummiest people on the planet.

House Passes $649B Defense Spending Bill

Posted on July 9th, 2011 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a $649 billion defense spending bill that boosts the Pentagon budget by $17 billion and covers the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Scoffing at the suggestion that “everything is on the table” in budget negotiations between the Obama administration and congressional leaders, Frank said, “The military budget is not on the table. The military is at the table, and it is eating everybody else’s lunch.”


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  1. Can we have a category that’s for something several doors beyond the Hall of Shame? The Torture Chamber or maybe The Furnace Room Off The Basement Where We Defile Lady Liberty? ‘Cause that’s where this story belongs…

  2. For perspective, that budget is around 77% of the cumulative total of NASA’s budget since 1958 (even after it’s corrected into 2007 dollars).

    I hope we’re getting a good return on our investment.

  3. They cut back. Only 20% of the whole budget, now Medicaid gets more money. If the numbers are correct. Social security gets more money too – 21% and 23% respectively. Next year the proposed budget however is a bit over 1 trillion dollar.

Man robbed bank for $1 to cover jail health care

Posted on June 21st, 2011 at 9:21 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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That’s right James Verone says he has no medical insurance. He has a growth of some sort on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. He is 59 years old and with no job and a depleted bank account. He thought jail was the best place he could go for medical care and a roof over his head. Verone is hoping for a three-year sentence.

Only in the USA.


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  1. Not true. There are crazies in every country.

  2. It’s not his mental state I was talking about..

  3. “He thought jail was the best place he could go”

    That’s a crazy person, John. There are lots of better places for him to go. That said, life is not easy for indigents anywhere.

  4. Yes, he is crazy, but again, that’s now what’s interesting here. I’ve never heard somebody – crazy or not – come up with this particular solution in any other country.

  5. If this global economic meltdown continues, I think we’re going to start seeing a number of innovative solutions we haven’t seen before. :)

  6. In Hungary. Serial small value shoplifting. For food and bed. Though that was a long time ago.

  7. “Are there no workhouses?”

    Apparently now there are.

Our Abortion Was Different: When The Anti-Choice Choose

Posted on June 14th, 2011 at 11:18 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and likely presidential candidate, wants all abortions outlawed. He has even said that abortion providers should be “criminally charged.” Clearly, his compassion for zygotes, fetuses, and other squishy, jelly-like substances not fully alive is without question. When it comes to actual human beings, however, there is some doubt. He voted to cut every social and welfare program that came before him as senator, and not just those helping women and girls, but those helping the poor, immigrants, children in general, and, of course, education.

Mr. Santorum doesn’t hate all people, however. As a Republican, he loves rich people, white people, business people, and Christians. The real Americans, he calls them. There’s one other person he loves, too: his wife, Karen Santorum.

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Karen was going to die if her pregnancy was not ended, if the fetus was not removed from her body. So, at 20 weeks, one month before what doctors consider ‘viability’, labor was artificially induced and the infected fetus was delivered. It died shortly thereafter.


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  1. This blog post includes a copy of a Philadelphia Inquirer article that suggests that Karen Santorum had a miscarriage and that labor was not induced. (Which pretty much contradicts this “Santorum had an abortion” claim.)

  2. This happened to a devout fundamentalist acquaintance; his wife had an ectopic pregnancy -fetus implanted outside the womb. This is a medical emergency, the woman would die and the fetus is not viable. They aborted the child. Although it was, naturally, very upsetting, they called it a miscarriage, as they had planned to have the child. Fair enough, but don’t try to limit others’ rights to have abortions!

“my account was hacked”

Posted on June 9th, 2011 at 12:42 by Desiato in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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“my account was hacked” usually becomes “my account of what happened was hacked to bits on closer inspection”.


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  1. Your article perfcelty shows what I needed to know, thanks!

The WH/Politico attack on Seymour Hersh

Posted on June 5th, 2011 at 10:14 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Dutifully writing down what government officials say and then publishing it under cover of anonymity is what media figures in D.C. refer to as “real reporting.”  But the most hilarious part of this orgy of cowardly anonymity comes at the end, when Politico explains what is supposedly the prime defect in Hersh’ journalism:

Hersh has faced criticism for his heavy reliance on anonymous sources, but New Yorker editor David Remnick has repeatedly said he stands by his reporter’s work.


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Kansas Rep. Pete DeGraaf: Being impregnated during a rape is just like getting a flat tire

Posted on May 24th, 2011 at 0:10 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Rape is often called the ultimate violation of self. A crime of absolute contempt for personal integrity, leaving the women caught in its wreckage to labor under the trauma for years. What reprehensible event could possibly have the same consequences as the spiritual dead zone rape victims are left in?

Well, getting a flat tire, according to Kansas state Rep. Pete DeGraaf.


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  1. This is part of the gradual reduction in rights in the USA over many years. The idiot legislator notwithstanding, the bigger news is that abortion is going to be banned in some places before long. It’s extraordinary that Kansas has forbidden health insurance to cover this procedure. Fortunately, therapeutic abortions _if done early_ are fairly inexpensive and safe.

    The idea of these goons is to make it so hard for women to get contraception, or failing that have early, safe abortions that they will give up (or get a later, unsafe one). They want the ladies back in the kitchen having white babies asap, imo. Kinder, Küche, Kirche

  2. We had a state representative here in Louisiana, who was debating abortion in the cases of incest and rape, compare incest to the inbreeding of livestock on his family farm. Said it made for better stock.

    There may be some truth to Sue’s “white babies” notion but I doubt any of those brain-dead representatives have thought that far ahead.

  3. Let’s see what he says after HE gets a “flat tire”!

After approving NBC buyout, FCC Commish becomes Comcast lobbyist

Posted on May 12th, 2011 at 5:33 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, plans to step down—and right into a top lobbying job at Comcast-NBC.

The news, reported this afternoon by the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico, comes after the hugely controversial merger of Comcast and NBC earlier this year. At the time, Baker objected to FCC attempts to impose conditions on the deal and argued that the "complex and significant transaction" could "bring exciting benefits to consumers that outweigh potential harms."

Four months after approving the massive transaction, Attwell Baker will take a top DC lobbying job for the new Comcast-NBC entity, according to reports.

The response of groups like Free Press was expected in its anger, but not without merit. "No wonder the public is so nauseated by business as usual in Washington—where the complete capture of government by industry barely raises any eyebrows," said Free Press’ Craig Aaron.


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Rep. Rehberg, Whose Net Worth Is $31 Million, Says He’s ‘Cash Poor’ And ‘Struggling’

Posted on May 1st, 2011 at 10:56 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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While Rehberg calls himself poor and complains that he’s struggling, the fact is that he is, as of 2009 records, the 14th richest member of the House of Representatives. Opensecrets.org estimates that his average net worth in 2009 was $31 million. If he’s struggling on that, one has to wonder if he’s really a good arbiter of what’s fair for Main Street America.


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  1. Well, compared with Goldman Sachs bankers he is surely “struggling”. When you only have a net worth of meagre $31 million, things that are deemed “essential” in these circles are still very expensive. Like a Lear Jet, a luxurious apartment in Manhattan, a shower curtain for $6000 … (please insert sarcasm tags)

  2. It’s true. The rich are different. And they don’t think of themselves as rich.

  3. He actually said he is “cash poor and land rich” and that his business is struggling (because of the economy).

In first interview, Belgian bishop downplays abuse, refuses to consider giving up priesthood

Posted on April 17th, 2011 at 8:51 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Pastafarian News

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A former Belgian bishop at the center of one of the Roman Catholic church’s biggest pedophile scandals said Thursday that he had abused two nephews and insisted he had no plans to abandon the priesthood.

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Earlier this week, the Vatican used its new rules to crack down on sex abuse by high-ranking churchmen by ordering Vangheluwe to no longer work as a priest while officials determine his punishment.

Over the weekend, Belgian bishops reported that Vangheluwe had merely been sent outside the country for spiritual and psychological counseling.


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  1. “Over the weekend, Belgian bishops reported that Vangheluwe had merely been sent outside the country for spiritual and psychological counseling.”

    Isn’t that another way of saying “We have removed him from your jurisdiction so he can’t be prosecuted”?

  2. Unfortunately, he can’t be prosecuted because it happened too long ago. The Belgian judicial system is famous for delaying child abuse cases until they are barred. I mean that literally, they keep postponing the first hearing until there is no case left. Imagine being a parent trying for many years to get your case heard, until finally the case is thrown out because it was too long ago…

  3. Sounds like conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, to me. Not sure if that’s a crime in the EU.

Borders Group Awards Executives Millions for Putting 6,000 Out of Work

Posted on April 17th, 2011 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Robber Barons

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On February 16, Borders Group Inc. (BGP) filed for Chapter 11 protection and announced it would close about 30% of its stores nationwide in the coming weeks (In re Borders Group Inc., 11-10614, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York). Borders is/was currently the second-largest book chain after Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS),

Six thousand people – 6,000 – out of work.

[..]

Meanwhile, the President and CEO is asking for $8.3 million in executive bonuses (including nearly $1.7 million for himself).

Well, if they didnt give him the bonus he might leave and ruin another company!


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  1. You say he is asking for $8.3M. Have they given it to them yet? If not, they probably will, and until I hear otherwise, that’s probably the case… More for the rich. Regarding the 6000, to quote/paraphrase Marie Antoinette (probably incorrectly, according to the Wikipedia), if they have no bread, let them eat cake!

  2. lol…the company is now farked and the people at the top haven’t managed to work out a plan to avoid this mess. So, they’ll clearly need some kind of bonus just to keep their executives from jumping ship. You’d better count the spoons when these guys do finally go.

    When Nortel went belly up the sad news is that 300 former employees on disability benefits lost all of their income and 19,500 pensioners and laid-off employees lost a large percentage of their pensions. This after the company had been systematically looted by waves of “top executives” who added “value” to the company.

    What’s it going to take to get these corporatist pillagers stopped?

It Gets Better: Apple Employees

Posted on April 15th, 2011 at 11:58 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

UPDATE

[Quote]:

YouTube has pulled a video made by Apple employees for the “It Gets Better” project, replacing it with a still image that said the video violated “YouTube’s policy on depiction of harmful activities.”

Youtube, you’re a bunch of fucking pricks.


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  1. As a survivor of teen suicide attempts, this would likely have helped.
    I’m glad we all made it.

“Le aéroport c’est moi”

Posted on April 14th, 2011 at 13:40 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Newly released Federal Aviation Administration documents and audiotapes shed a scary new light on a bizarre incident late last year during which U.S. Senator James Inhofe landed his Cessna on a closed runway at a south Texas airport, scattering construction workers who ran for their lives as the politician’s plane hopscotched over them and six vehicles.

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Boyd also said that Inhofe showed little contrition following the close call. “He come over here and started being like, ‘What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.’”


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  1. Quote from the article:

    “In a recorded conversation with Lee Williams, an FAA quality assurance specialist, airport manager Marshall Reece tore into Inhofe’s piloting. “I’ve got over 50 years flying, three tours of Vietnam,” Reece said, “and I can assure you I have never seen such a reckless disregard for human life in my life.” He then added, “Something needs to be done. This guy is famous for these violations.””

    Sounds very much like the textbook description of a sociopath: Lack of remorse or empathy for other humans, tendency to violate boundaries and rights of other people, irresponsible behaviour, disregard for other peoples safety, expressions of aggression and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper.

New Zealand to sneak in Internet disconnection copyright law with Christchurch quake emergency legislation

Posted on April 13th, 2011 at 11:12 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), Intellectual Property

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Using the tragedy in Christchurch as a means to advance the corporate agenda of offshore entertainment giants is shameful, to say the least. It’s hard to imagine the depravity at work in the mind of the big content lobbyist who decided that hitching a ride on emergency legislation to address the horrific consequences of the Christchurch quake was a good idea.


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U.N. diplomat is denied private meeting with WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning

Posted on April 12th, 2011 at 8:49 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Juan E. Mendez, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture, said his request for a private interview with Manning was denied by the Defense Department on Friday. Instead, he has been told that any visit must be supervised.

Mendez has been seeking to determine whether Manning’s confinement at a military brig at Quantico amounts to torture, following complaints about his treatment and an incident in which the private was forced to strip in his cell at night and sleep without clothing.

“My request . . . is not onerous: for my part, a monitored conversation would not comply with the practices that my mandate applies in every country and detention center visited,” Mendez said in a statement Monday, noting that at least 18 countries have allowed unmonitored interviews.

A simple conclusion: yes, it’s indeed torture and the US knows it.


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Scott Walker Gives $81,500 Government Job To Top Donor’s 26-Year-Old College Dropout Son

Posted on April 5th, 2011 at 6:51 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Since taking office in January, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has stripped public workers of their collective bargaining rights, proposed wage cuts to local government employees, and insisted that his “state is broke” and that its public workers are overpaid. But Walker applies a different standard to himself.

Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reveals that Walker is using state funds to pay more than $81,500 a year to the 26-year-old son of a major campaign donor with no college degree and two drunken-driving convictions.

Despite having almost no management experience, UW Madison college dropout Brian Deschane now oversees state environmental and regulatory issues and manages dozens of Commerce Department employees. After only two months on the job, Deschane has already received a 26 percent pay raise and a promotion.


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    The son of a prominent lobbyist is being demoted following controversy over his selection as a high-paid supervisor in the Walker administration.

    So that makes it official. $64,000 is the most you are allowed to pay an the unqualified child of a major donor in the state of Wisconsin.

Transocean Cites Safety in Bonuses

Posted on April 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Transocean Ltd. had its "best year in safety performance" despite the explosion of its Deepwater Horizon rig that left 11 dead and oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the world’s largest offshore-rig company said in a securities filing Friday.

Accordingly, Transocean’s executives received two-thirds of their target safety bonus. Safety accounts for 25% of the equation that determines the yearly cash bonuses, along with financial factors including new rig contracts.


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  1. I think you can move that out of the foyer and into the Hall of Shame.

  2. …and the award for 2011 goes to…TEPCO!


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