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G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether

Posted on March 26th, 2011 at 11:38 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.

The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

All these poor, poor corporations, being driven out of business by oppressive tax schemes. Thank goodness there’s a whole raft of business-friendly politicians finally installed in office who can give them the tax breaks they so desperately need to get the economy back on track!

3.2 billion = 64,000 50k/yr jobs.

Tell GE to take a hike, hire 64,000 people to build infrastructure, and get some of that 50k back in income taxes.

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  1. Out of curiosity–when subsidiaries of GE generate profits on legitimate (!) business in other countries, why should that get taxed in the US? (i.e. I’m not talking about artificial offshoring tactics here.)

  2. Actually, that’s a very useless question. If I answer that, for example, the location of the headquarters is the place that matters, you get one kind of discussion. If I say foreign subsidiaries shouldn’t be taxed in the US, we’ll get into a whole off-shoring discussion in one form or anther anyway.

    Here’s the point: You can argue that it’s not GE’s fault that US tax laws (and those in many other countries) are so full of loopholes, and you’d be ignoring it’s companies like GE that often draft the laws themselves and hand them to lobbyists or politicians. You can argue it’s not GE’s fault that our corrupt public officials are so easily (and legally) bribed. Or, you can argue that with their buying power, it is partly their fault.

    They are adhering to the letter of the law and obliterating the spirit of the law. It is a giant fuck you to every tax-paying citizen of every country.

    The problem isn’t that corporations will take advantage of poor regulation, hazy tax law, and opportunities to corrupt elected officials; the problem is that these opportunities exist in the first place.

    Here’s the question you should ask: how do you get rid of the opportunities?

    And that’s not easy. For example.. you could say that Americans can vote for politicians who favor serious campaign finance reform. But that’s “socialism”. And where did that come from? Is GE a media company? It’s the unions I tell ya. Them evil unions!

    We really need the guy who changes the Google search algorithm each week to go to work for the US Treasury dept to change the corporate tax code on a yearly basis until it becomes cost prohibitive for corporations to pay tax lawyers to skirt the system. Google has been successful up until now because content farmers who spam search results find it futile to expend the energy to game Google’s system only to find the next day the game has changed. We need to apply this same strategy to foil those who are looking to game the US (and any other) tax code. Once that works, get that bastard to do the same thing with campaign finance and the SEC.

  3. (end rant)

  4. Also, why not have a sales tax on stock purchases?

  5. [Quote]:

    ‘That GE can almost set its own tax rate shows how very much we need reform,’ said Rep. Lloyd Doggett. ‘Our tax system should encourage job creation and investment in America and end these tax incentives for exporting jobs and dodging responsibility for the cost of securing our country.’

  6. [response from GE]:

    It was significant losses at GE Capital in the financial crisis, not “tax avoidance” strategies, that reduced General Electric’s 2010 overall tax rate below historic levels.

    Without these financial crisis losses at GE Capital, G.E.’s tax rate would have been near the average of other multinational corporations. Our tax rate will return to more normal levels this year as GE Capital recovers from the financial crisis. In short, when you lose money, you don’t pay taxes, and that’s what happened at GE Capital.

    The Times points out that G.E.’s job numbers in the United States are down over the past decade, but does not provide the context: G.E.’s employment in the United States has increased in this period, apart from the sale of businesses. Those jobs weren’t eliminated; they moved to other companies.

Married GOP Congressman Sent Sexy Pictures to Craigslist Babe

Posted on February 10th, 2011 at 13:38 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Rep. Christopher Lee is a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York. But when he trolls Craigslist’s "Women Seeking Men" forum, he’s Christopher Lee, "divorced" "lobbyist" and "fit fun classy guy." One object of his flirtation told us her story.

The emails aren’t especially interesting, but they point to Rep. Lee’s hypocrisy, given his anti-woman, anti-gay voting record.


Rep. Chris Lee, weeks into his second term as Congressman for New York’s 26th District, has resigned the office.

He says he “made profound mistakes”…

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Match.com buys OkCupid for 50 million

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 at 10:43 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

And as a result, the OkCupid web post about why you should never pay for a dating site can now only be found in Google Cache

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  1. And why is that shameful?

  2. Because OKCupid has failed to live up to its own principles.


Posted on January 27th, 2011 at 12:26 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Web developers have tried to compensate for this problem by creating IPv6 — a system that recognizes six-digit IP addresses rather than four-digit ones.

Aha! Today I learned there are only 9999 devices on the entire internet! Hooray for smarty-pants web developers who will soon expand it to 999,999 devices! Enough for everyone! Hooray!

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  1. IP address are four digit numbers in 256 base, a dot is used to separate the digits.

  2. Web developers are now responsible for TCP/IP? I think I must be stuck in the wrong layer of the OSI model.

  3. IPv1 had one digit because the CEO of IBM, Dr James Watson, saw a worldwide need for maybe 9 computers.

Miss America 2011: “Wikileaks was actually based on espionage.”

Posted on January 16th, 2011 at 9:49 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan, became champion of the 2011 Miss America pageant tonight. She has deep thoughts on foreign policy and radical transparency.

She won after strutting in a black bikini and a white evening gown, playing “White Water Chopped Sticks” on piano and telling the audience that when it comes to the website Wikileaks, security should come before public access to government information.

“You know when it came to that situation, it was actually based on espionage, and when it comes to the security of our nation, we have to focus on security first and then people’s right to know, because it’s so important that everybody who’s in our borders is safe and so we can’t let things like that happen, and they must be handled properly,” she said.

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  1. Given that there are senators who believe exactly the same thing, this seems completely unremarkable.

  2. @Desiato – and they are about as dumb as her also

  3. To think, I was once proud to be a Cornhusker!

  4. Ha….that’s _so_ American of her. Next thing she’ll be running for President. Oh, wait…take a number, dear.

  5. These pageants used to be about “World peace”. But with all the terrorist threats and focus on how to be safe, the new standard line seems to be “Security first”. I wonder who her ghostwriter is…

Guess what image Glen Beck removed from his site?

Posted on January 11th, 2011 at 11:19 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

So they are feeling unjustly blamed for the actions of an extremist… Maybe they can ask Muslims for advice on how to deal with that.”

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Qwest field beers

Posted on January 8th, 2011 at 17:15 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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  1. [Quote]:

    "We received a copy of the YouTube video showing the quantity of liquid served in the 16 oz. beer cup is the same quantity that fits into the 20 oz. beer cup. This is the first time we have been alerted to this fact. Upon our internal investigation this afternoon, we discovered the cups that are marked 16 oz. hold 20 oz. of liquid. Fans who purchased a 16 oz. beer actually received 20 oz. of beer for the 16 oz. price. Fans that purchased the 20 oz. beer received the amount they purchased. We are working with Levy Restaurants to follow up with the cup vendor about the measurement and to determine how long this has been occurring at Qwest Field. We are determined to find a solution as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we will serve domestic beer in the 20 oz. cup at tomorrow’s playoff game to ensure all fans receive the amount they purchase, and we will charge the 16 oz. price."

Flintstones Cigarette Commercial

Posted on January 8th, 2011 at 16:55 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), If you're in marketing, kill yourself

You think those days are over? Think again!

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GOP House chair pushing TSA privatization while contractor is campaign donor

Posted on January 1st, 2011 at 13:35 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


In a rather astounding example of burying the lede, the Washington Post writes today about how many airports are considering using private contractors, instead of the TSA, to handle airport security. Then the Post interviews the incoming House Transportation chairman, who trashes the TSA and is pushing airports to switch to the private contractors.

Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), the incoming chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has written to 200 of the nation’s largest airports, urging them to consider switching to private companies.

The TSA was “never intended to be an army of 67,000 employees,” he said.

“If you look at [the TSA's] performance, have they ever stopped a terrorist? Anyone can get through,” Mica said in an interview. “We’ve been very lucky, very fortunate. TSA should focus on its mission: setting up the protocol, adapting to the changing threats and gathering intelligence.”

What the Post doesn’t tell you, until the end of the story, is that one of the big private contractors is in the House Transportation chairman’s own district.

Covenant, based in Mica’s home district in northeastern coastal Florida, has airport screening contracts in Sioux Falls, S.D., Tupelo, Miss., and seven small airports in northern and eastern Montana. Its deal at San Francisco International is by far its largest. Covenant employs nearly 1,100 people in the bay area, who make up nearly all of its 1,150 workers. The last four-year contract, from 2006 to 2010, totaled $314 million. A new contract has been put out for competitive bids. Meanwhile, Covenant is operating on a two-month contract ending in February.

Um, kind of a relevant fact that deserves to be highlighted a tad earlier.

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For Many, Food Stamps Alone Aren’t Enough

Posted on December 31st, 2010 at 17:14 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


For millions of Americans the economic recovery can’t get here soon enough. In 2010 a record 40.3 million Americans received food stamps. That’s a 20 percent jump from 2009.


This Oklahoma family of five saw no choice but to apply for food stamps. Their $500 benefit lasts two to three weeks but hardly four.

Just before midnight on the last day of every month, Sheri and her husband make a trip to the grocery store to beat the midnight rush.

“We get excited,” says Sheri. “Like, ‘Oh, we’re going to go shopping tonight!’”

On the first of the month food stamp debit cards are automatically refilled with benefit money from the government. On an average night between midnight and 3 a.m., a store could bring in about $3000. On the first of the month that number is 10 times as much with almost everyone using food stamps.


Hard times can be good times — for the aggressively avaricious. Where others see pain, they see opportunity. In desperation, they delight. The grimmer the economic outlook, the more ghastly their grabbing.

And who grabbed the most outrageously in 2010? We offer below our annual take on America’s ten greediest of the year.

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Homeland Security Presents ‘Evidence’ For Domain Seizures; Proves It Knows Little About The Internet – Or The Law

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 23:06 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Earlier this week, we noted how the owners of the various hiphop blogs and Torrent-Finder, the torrent search engine, that were seized by Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group still hadn’t been provided the details on why their domains were seized. However, that’s no longer the case. A partial affidavit and the seizure warrant for those sites has been released, and it highlights how ridiculously clueless Homeland Security is on this issue (you can read the whole thing at the bottom of this post). What’s troubling isn’t just that the folks who made the decision to seize these domain names don’t seem to know what they’re talking about, but that they seem to have relied almost exclusively on the MPAA for their (lack of) knowledge on the subject at hand.

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Worst Responders

Posted on December 17th, 2010 at 15:14 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Worst Responders
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PayPal statement regarding WikiLeaks

Posted on December 4th, 2010 at 11:26 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. We’ve notified the account holder of this action.

Translation: Bank of America knows they’re next in line with Wikileaks, and threatened us to stop all transactions with us, and we caved immediately.

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‘First Family of Black Friday’ finally makes it inside

Posted on November 27th, 2010 at 12:18 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


After a week of waiting in line, rotating shifts and Thanksgiving Day in a Best Buy parking lot, the ‘First Family of Black Friday’ finally reached the inside of the store.

Tina Thain and Lorie Davenport were the first in line outside the Best Buy near Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg. Lined up on November 17, Thain and Davenport, were determined to be the first to get their hands on items.


The Davenports purchased a Nook (electronic reader), a wireless router, gift cards, DVDs and a label maker.

She said they accomplished their goals and had a great experience during the week.

That label maker made the whole thing worth it, I’m sure.

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  1. I saw that same look on a sow at feeding time when I visited visited a farm recently

It gets worse

Posted on November 26th, 2010 at 14:04 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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  1. Not to sound too cynical or sarcastic about this, but John McCain has basically declared that, if Obama thinks something is a fair, reasonable, or good idea, then he’s opposed to it on the sheer basis of the fact that Obama likes it.

Taliban Leader in Peace Talks Was an Impostor

Posted on November 23rd, 2010 at 20:19 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.

But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all. In an episode that could have been lifted from a spy novel, United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor, and high-level discussions conducted with the assistance of NATO appear to have achieved little.

“It’s not him,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. “And we gave him a lot of money.”

There are a couple hundred people in dog kennels in Cuba right now who can attest about the U.S. Government not really giving a shit about fact-checking whether or not someone’s actually a member of the Taliban.

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Girls interrupted: same-sex couple banned from ball

Posted on November 10th, 2010 at 14:59 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


”I don’t think it’s appropriate they feel discriminated against, and I’m very upset they feel that,” [principal Heather Schnagl] said.

You don’t think it’s appropriate that your students have the ability to form independent thoughts? You don’t think it’s appropriate that your students feel that way about a policy which bars them from attending an event with their peers because their partners don’t have a penis?

How dare they embarrass you for being a fucking bigot.

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  1. “fucking bigot” gets a new and distinct meaning. About time too, I say!

Halliburton objects, so PA limits fracking disclosure rules

Posted on November 9th, 2010 at 9:30 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


A funny thing happened on the way to tighter public disclosure rules for fracking fluids in Pennsylvania.

Halliburton sent a letter of objection and bingo, the rules suddenly got less stringent.

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O’Donnell threatened to sue radio station

Posted on October 28th, 2010 at 12:52 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Christine O’Donnell, the surprise Tea Party-backed Senate candidate in Delaware, threatened to sue a local radio station if it did not turn over a videotape of an interview it conducted with her.

O’Donnell’s campaign later apologized to the station for the threat, WDEL reports.

O’Donnell appeared on WDEL’s "The Rick Jensen Show" Tuesday, during which she fielded several questions from listeners and the host. Upon the conclusion of the interview, an O’Donnell aide demanded video of the interview be turned over to the campaign and destroyed because such videotaping had not been previously approved.

It was then, according to WDEL, that O’Donnell herself threatened to sue the station if it did not comply with the request. WDEL also says it later fielded a phone call from O’Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran, who threatened to "crush" the station with a lawsuit if it did not agree to turn over the tape.

WDEL’s attorney was soon involved and told the campaign there was nothing illegal about videotaping the interview for later use on the station’s website and added that such action is protected by the First Amendment.

Upon further investigation, WDEL says O’Donnell’s attorney called the station to apologize for the uproar and threat of litigation.

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Kentucky Stomper Wants An Apology From Woman He Assaulted

Posted on October 28th, 2010 at 12:46 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Tim Profitt — the former Rand Paul volunteer who stomped on the head of a MoveOn activist — told told local CBS station WKYT that he wants an apology from the woman he stomped and that she started the whole thing.

"I don’t think it’s that big of a deal," Profitt said. "I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you."

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  1. Man, what a dick, that’s all I can say

  2. Nah, not a dick, just a typical right wing brown shirt thug well schooled in the art of blame the victim. Stomping a woman’s head is indicative of no dick IMO.

Racist Email Flap Blows Up Virginia Beach GOP

Posted on October 21st, 2010 at 13:36 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


As the progressive Blue Virgina blog reported Monday — and I independently confirmed from one of the recipients Tuesday — Virginia Beach Republican Party chair Dave Bartholomew forwarded a racist email comparing African Americans to dogs. The email, subject line "my, dog," consists of a racist parable about African Americans and welfare. In the first 24 hours since the email came to light, Democrats condemned Bartholomew and he resigned his position with the Republican Party.


The e-mail was dated March 15 and sent from the address that Bartholomew uses as party chairman. Bartholomew forwarded it without reading the contents when “he was first getting familiar with the Internet,” Byler said.

Well, I guess you’re pretty familiar with the Internet now!

He says he’s not a racist. He not only has black friends, he calls them man’s best friend!

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GOP Legislator Who Crusaded Against College Sex Ed Classes Owns Company That Sells Kinky Sex Gadgets

Posted on October 20th, 2010 at 16:32 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


In the winter of 2009, Georgia state legislator Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) led a high-profile campaign against the teaching of public university courses that dealt with sexual health and related topics. Hill was joined by a small cadre of other conservatives who sought to end the teaching of courses dealing with topics such as male prostitution and gay history, and some of his acolytes even called for firing professors who taught these courses. Hill even appeared on CNN and boasted about an award he received for leading the battle to shut down courses dealing with sexuality. “Our public colleges are not the place for our young adults and future leaders to experiment and experience these types of sexually explicit behavior,” Hill said at the time.

Now, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Jim Galloway reports that, while Hill may think that sex is too hot of a topic for the young adult students at public colleges in the state to handle, he’s perfectly fine making a buck off it. Galloway writes that Hill’s Democratic opponent, Stephanie Webb, has discovered that the company Hill serves as CFO of, Gila Distributing, sells numerous sex gadgets and gay pride paraphernalia through the company. These products include “stress relievers” in the shape of male sex organs and Gay Pride flag lapel pins.

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A dollar?

Posted on October 16th, 2010 at 10:20 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

Honestly, CVS?

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BP’s Hayward defends safety record to UK lawmakers

Posted on September 16th, 2010 at 13:47 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Outgoing BP CEO Tony Hayward defended his company’s safety record Wednesday in the face of questions from British lawmakers, and said the Gulf of Mexico oil spill should not lead to a universal ban on deepwater drilling.


Hayward insisted that BP’s safety record is “better than the industry average” and said no corners had been cut in the interest of saving money.

And those hundreds of violations in their gulf rigs over the past few years don’t mean anything. Industry standard. Everyone does it. Right?


A Washington-based research group says two BP refineries in the U.S. account for 97 percent of "egregious willful" violations given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Soldiers face charges over secret ‘kill team’ which allegedly murdered at random and collected fingers as trophies of war

Posted on September 9th, 2010 at 10:45 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians.

And they wonder why nobody greets them as liberators any more…

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“just as I care for my own family”

Posted on September 7th, 2010 at 13:41 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


The problems thrust Brown in the spotlight two weeks ago when, first, he was charged with felony assault and accused of twisting his fourth wife’s arm behind her back and then, three days later, he forfeited in court any rights to see his children from his third wife. Throughout, he wore an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Those are just the latest of Brown’s skirmishes. In 2002, he was charged with and later convicted of beating his pregnant third wife with a broken bedpost and pulling her down the stairs by her hair. In 2006, the Texas Medical Board revoked his license after he tested positive for cocaine. He’s been treated for narcissistic personality disorder, bipolar disorder and depression and spent time at an addiction rehab center and court-ordered anger management counseling, according to the medical board and other public records.

In court, public documents and earlier news articles, Darlina Barone, Brown’s since-remarried third wife, told how he had an obsession with sex and firearms. He threatened to kill her if she ever tried to divorce him, she said.


In 2008, he was awarded a Republican Congressional Medal of Distinction, which included a lunch with Vice President Dick Cheney and a dinner with President George W. Bush.

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  1. On an unrelated note, you have to wonder who thought “The Brown Hand Center” was a good name.

  2. This guy’s commercials have always creeped me out.

Former justice minister refuses a drugs test

Posted on August 24th, 2010 at 14:00 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Thomas Bodström, chair of the Parliamentary Justice Committee and former justice minister, has come out in favour of voluntary drug testing, but when Sveriges Radio asked him to submit to a test, he refused.

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Outrage at UN decision to exonerate Shell for oil pollution in Niger delta

Posted on August 23rd, 2010 at 14:00 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


A three-year investigation by the United Nations will almost entirely exonerate Royal Dutch Shell for 40 years of oil pollution in the Niger delta, causing outrage among communities who have long campaigned to force the multinational to clean up its spills and pay compensation.

Before you click through – take a guess who funded the investigation.

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  1. Looks suspicious, but if Shell were mostly innocent and offered to fund an investigation to prove it, they couldn’t succeed in your book.

    Here’s the bike of Mike Cowing, the guy who led the UNEP investigation:

    Doesn’t sound like the kind of guy who’s in it for a buck, eh?

    (I’m not claiming this proves anything, of course, but in my mind his bio goes a fair way to balance the fact that the study was paid for by Shell. Unless there’s some really deep corruption going on (not impossible in the UN, but not the trend, I’d guess), Cowing wouldn’t be bothering to lead a sham investigation.)

  2. Looks suspicious, but if Shell were mostly innocent and offered to fund an investigation to prove it, they couldn’t succeed in your book.

    Correct. For things like this, they should have avoided everything that makes it even look improper. And come on, Shell isn’t stupid, they should know that a favorable outcome of sponsored research would be questioned – why are they still doing this?

  3. “And come on, Shell isn’t stupid, they should know that a favorable outcome of sponsored research would be questioned – why are they still doing this?”

    Paid for by Shell, not sponsored by Shell – I pay for the blood test if I cause an accident, but I don’t sponsor it.

    Why do this? I don’t know. One possible reason is because they were told: And you gonna pay the expenses of this investigation, we won’t waste “public” money on it.

    I don’t say that’s what happened, but “paid for by” can be involuntary too.

North Carolina Crime Lab Buried Blood Evidence

Posted on August 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Greg Taylor was wrongfully convicted of killing a prostitute in 1991 in North Carolina. Taylor proclaimed his innocence, but the evidence against him seemed insurmountable: blood from the victim found on his SUV.

The catch is that there was never any blood in the car. Taylor was convicted after crime lab technicians reported traces of blood on his SUV near the crime scene. Those same technicians buried the results of additional testing that showed there was never any blood.

Taylor wrongly served 17 years in prison until being released in February.


Cooper said that the investigators pored through 15,000 lab files from the period between 1986 and 2003. Of those, they identified 230 instances where a lab report did not clearly reflect the totality of information in the lab notes.


Of the 190 cases that will now be reviewed, four people are sitting on death row, three have already been executed and five died in prison.

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The “Ugly face” of the ECI

Posted on August 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

What happens if you expose the fact that voting machines can be tampered with?

You are arrested.

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