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Mexican Bishop Claims Allowing Gay Couples To Marry Will Lead To Man-Dog Unions

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Jose Maria de la Torre Martin, the bishop of the Diocese of Aguascalientes, Mexico, found himself in hot water after criticizing a proposed state law that seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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The Catholic bishop claimed this week that allowing gay couples to marry will lead to “allowing a man to marry a dog and they can inherit the puppies,” according to local sources.

His obsession with bestiality says so much about him that it’s really disturbing.


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  1. One has to wonder just how many “puppies” this bonehead has…

  2. But wait, the priests love (literally) puppies, especially Hush Puppies

  3. Ruff.

Nein! Nein! Nein!

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 13:50 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Microsoft is to put some numerical distance between its poorly received Windows 8 operating system and its replacement by calling the new version Windows 10.

The new operating system, expected to be released next year, comes three years after the launch of Windows 8. It was announced at an event aimed at business users in Seattle.

“Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever,” Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group, told the audience. “It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.”


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  1. Let’s look at the numerical history of Windows (desktop) releases:
    Windows 95 (odd number): good
    Windows 98 (Even number): meh
    Windows 98 SE (Released in 1999): better
    Windows ME: awful
    Windows XP (Windows 5?): Good
    Windows Vista (6): OUCH
    Windows 7: Good
    Windows 8: meh

    The fact that Microsoft is jumping to Windows 10 means even they know it’s going to be awful.

Apple Watch Sneak Peek

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, batshitinsane

If you thought people waiting in line to buy an iPhone 6 was batshitinsane, check this:

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Apple invited people to check out the new Apple Watch in person — for one day only — in Paris during Fashion Week, at the Colette boutique on Rue Saint Honoré.

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  1. No one creates buzz like Apple. It’s the 8th wonder.

  2. These look like genuine hipsters not placeholders.

you can take my sagan cannon when you pry it from my cold lifeless fingers.

Posted on September 30th, 2014 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Late, I know, but I gotta say it.

    Awesome picture & a striking contrast – which would YOU rather be? The person convinced they’ve found the answers & ready to strike down those who think they have a different answer or the person equipping themselves with the tools to ask the question, and then the question behind that, and the question behind that…?

  2. I see the problem here … women. :)

  3. That was my first thought as well, but I suppressed it in case you thought me prejudiced :-)

    But she does have a lovely beard for an unbeliever.

Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6

Posted on September 29th, 2014 at 23:59 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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If you use enough force to bend an iPhone, or any phone, it’s going to deform.”


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The ABC of Hand Tools

Posted on September 29th, 2014 at 21:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Why is this video so relaxing?

Cop Asks for Man’s License, Shoots Him When He Reaches for It

Posted on September 29th, 2014 at 20:30 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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In the era before cheap video technology, this would be a story about a police officer who reported that he shot a man during a traffic stop when the man dove into his car to grab a weapon. Absent images, many people would give the police officer the benefit of the doubt, even when the motorist turned out to be unarmed, on the theory that cops have no reason to shoot men who comply with their orders. The motorist’s behavior would be described as erratic and aggressive. People would believe that the cop reasonably feared for his life before shooting his gun.

But this is the era of the dash cam.


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  1. The cop fired 4 times at the perp from just a few feet away and hit him only once. I reckon he was fired for failing his marksmanship test.

EU to Publish Details of Probes of Tax Deals Benefiting Apple, Fiat

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 20:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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European Union regulators will publish as soon as Monday their preliminary view that tax deals granted to Apple Inc. and Fiat SpA violated EU law, people familiar with the matter said, marking the next formal step in the bloc’s drive against alleged tax avoidance by multinationals.

The European Commission, the EU’s central antitrust authority, opened formal investigations in June into whether tax deals granted to Apple in Ireland, Fiat Finance and Trade in Luxembourg and Starbucks Corp. in the Netherlands amounted to illegal state support for the companies.

The commission will publish its so-called opening decision in the Apple case as soon as Monday, explaining why it reached the preliminary view that two tax deals agreed between the U.S. company and the Irish government—in 1991 and 2007—amounted to illegal state aid, a person familiar with the matter said.

Apple will have 30 days to respond to the EU’s decision, the person said.

Wait what, aren’t we just supposed to have congressional hearings and then do nothing?


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  1. The taxman cometh.

Assassin’s Kittens Unity

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 16:58 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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Kicking the Facebook Habit

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 14:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In July, I posted 159 times to my 2,308 friends, or about five posts a day (peaking at 12), and got a total of 1,110 “likes,” or about seven per post (peaking at 228). Sometimes I commented on or liked my own posts, a pathetic kind of Freudian Möbius strip. There were two days in July when I didn’t post at all, but that chastity was undone by sharing videos posted by Diddy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a Barack Obama Throwback Thursday photo, and a status update by the astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I was an old lady working the social-media slot machine. And my own likes felt perfunctory, never more so than my compulsion to like all the birthday notices posted on my page. Loading Facebook began to feel a lot like opening my inbox: lots of flotsam and jetsam.

It ended like any relationship does: bit by bit, then all at once. I wanted out from under Facebook’s thumb. So in mid-August, I deactivated my profile. (This can be undone at any time, unlike permanently deleting an account, a step that gives users 14 days to change their minds, and that I’m hesitant, for now, to take.)

When my friends tried to check in on me, they saw only an Error 404-style page. A typical note from an over-30 friend was “Are you O.K.?” A typical under-30 note was “Did you block me on Facebook?” Their self-centered hysteria only amplified my abstinence.

From the 12 Steps of FBAA FaceBook Addicts Anonymous:

1. We admitted we were powerless over Facebook—that our lives had become unmanageable.


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Fellate Show

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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AC/DC: Malcolm Young will not return to the band

Posted on September 27th, 2014 at 20:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Rock band AC/DC have confirmed that founding member Malcolm Young will not return to the band, after taking a break due to illness.

The band said “due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition” their new album Rock or Bust would be the first in AC/DC’s 41-year history not to feature Young on the recordings.

Malcolm is only 61….

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AC/DC co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young, whose retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney’s eastern suburbs specialising in dementia, sources connected to the Young family have said.

The home is understood to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay, the same facility that is home to Gough Whitlam and, until his recent death, Neville Wran, who was afflicted with dementia in his last years.

The Young family connection said: “If you were in the room with [Malcolm Young] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn’t remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care.”


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The best “unlikely allies” story you’ve probably never heard.

Posted on September 27th, 2014 at 16:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Pride”, a critically-acclaimed new film given a limited release in the US today, tells the true story of how a small group of LGBT activists became the biggest fundraiser for the year-long British coal miner’s strike of 1984-85. The miners faced a pre-meditated, organized, thuggish, dishonest, deceptive, and illegal surveillance and smear campaign by the Thatcher government, which froze all mining union funds, cancelled their unemployment, and denied food and housing welfare to their wives and children, in an attempt to starve them out. For the first time, the British government trained Britain’s police into a paramilitary force, bused in at great expense and in great numbers to overwhelm the protesters, using violent, repressive, and corrupt tactics against non-violent protesters, with prolonged police detentions and the indiscriminate arrest of over 11,000 British citizens. The government was supported by the rightwing tabloid media, who used sensationalist, crude headlines to shape public opinion. LGBT activists reclaimed one such headline as the name of their most successful benefit.

Although the miner’s strike was broken by the Thatcher government, the miners kept their promise to support the LGBT community, by marching alongside them at the front of London’s 1985’s Pride parade.. Later that year at the Labour Party conference, a motion was tabled that supported adding equal rights for gays and lesbians as part of the Party’s platform. This motion was opposed by Labour’s executive committee, but the motion went to a vote – and passed, thanks to the votes of the National Union of Mineworkers and their allies.


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FBI Director Angry At Homebuilders For Putting Up Walls That Hide Any Crimes Therein

Posted on September 27th, 2014 at 9:36 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you, Privacy, Security

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On Thursday, FBI boss James Comey displayed not only a weak understanding of privacy and encryption, but also what the phrase “above the law” means, in slamming Apple and Google for making encryption a default:


“I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law,” Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington. “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

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“There will come a day — well it comes every day in this business — when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device. I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘how come you can’t do this thing.'”

First of all, nothing in what either Apple or Google is doing puts anyone “above the law.” It just says that those companies are better protecting the privacy of their users. There are lots of things that make law enforcement’s job harder that also better protect everyone’s privacy. That includes walls. If only there were no walls, it would be much easier to spot crimes being committed. And I’m sure some crimes happen behind walls that make it difficult for the FBI to track down what happened. But we don’t see James Comey claiming that homebuilders are allowing people to be “above the law” by building houses with walls.


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The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes

Posted on September 26th, 2014 at 14:27 by John Sinteur in category: Security, Software


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  1. Very cogently put. And from the window you can see New Oxford Street, the video seems to have been shot from 78 New Oxford Street, according to Google street view.
    Sorry my attention drifted to the Sally shop in Fairgate House.

Cop’s Tip For Not Getting Raped By A Cop: ‘Don’t Get Pulled Over’

Posted on September 25th, 2014 at 12:12 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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In response to the arrests of three law enforcement officials in Oklahoma for sexually assaulting women while on the job, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper told women they can avoid getting raped by a cop if they simply follow traffic laws.

Because a cop who is willing to violate the law to rape a woman would never cross the line of abusing his official power to pull over a law abiding citizen, right?

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In one case, the victim told police that Holtzclaw broke into her home in March, kicked out her boyfriend and then forced her to perform sexual acts.

Let me guess – it’s clearly her fault for not having a stronger lock, and for dressing like that in her own home!


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  1. Militarized occupying force. Well-educated, well-trained, well-paid, well-armed. Alternately bored and terrified. Heroes.

  2. They’re so arrogant in their power that they don’t even care what we think anymore.

Wall St. Bankrolls Ex-Executive as He Sues Over A.I.G. Bailout

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 19:37 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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One might call it “chutzpah,” as several irate lawmakers did, or “rubbing salt in the wounds” of the American taxpayer. But to a few Wall Street financiers, a lawsuit that accuses the government of shortchanging the American International Group in its 2008 bailout is something else: a promising investment in a cause they support.

Maurice R. Greenberg, 89, the former A.I.G. chief executive who still holds a large stake in the insurance company, filed the lawsuit on behalf of fellow shareholders. He has now raised several million dollars from three Wall Street companions to help cover the cost of the case. The investors, who are entitled to a cut of any damages Mr. Greenberg collects from the government, contributed about 15 percent of the tens of millions of dollars in legal costs, according to people with knowledge of the arrangement.

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The lawsuit, which seeks more than $40 billion from the government, does not dispute that A.I.G. needed a $182 billion lifeline to survive the financial crisis. It instead challenges the onerous nature of the rescue. The government took what became a 92 percent stake in the company — a step it did not pursue with other bailed-out Wall Street giants — imposed a steep interest rate and steered billions of dollars to the insurer’s trading partners. Those decisions, the suit says, cheated A.I.G. shareholders and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.”

Well, let’s get established that a “just compensation” for those who caused the crisis in 2008 is a bullet in the head. That should end the lawsuit pretty damn quick.


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  1. “Well, let’s get established that a “just compensation” for those who caused the crisis in 2008 is a bullet in the head. That should end the lawsuit pretty damn quick.”

    To sort of quote Jon Stewart, “Do you know how I know we live in the greatest country in the world? Because in any other country, these people would have been lined up and shot!”

    The Lord still helps those best who take a big helping for themselves.

Cartoons

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 19:29 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Graffiti Removal Guy Comes Back to Discover Image of Himself in the Same Spot

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 14:35 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture

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Street artist DS recently added a couple of paste-ups to a wall in London. It didn’t take too long before a graffiti removal guy removed the paste-ups. Shortly after that, DS was back with a paste up of the graffiti removal guy removing the graffiti. Gold!


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iPhone hoax: No, you can’t recharge it in the microwave, LAPD warns

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 14:29 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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No, the latest iPhone software does not allow for the device to be quickly charged by heating it up in the microwave, despite some convincing, but very fake online ads.

Microwaving the phone will not only ruin the device, it could cause a fire or explosion, authorities said.

But a hoax floating around the Internet seemed so legitimate to some that even police are spreading the warning, as noted by the Los Angeles Police Department communications unit on Twitter.

So clearly, as if there was any doubt, iPhone users are not smarter than average.


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  1. Apparently the fix for a bent iPhone 6+ is to put it in the microwave for 3 seconds.

  2. Wood grain finish? ZOMG, did I miss a trend or something?

It’s good to see that this kid won’t stand for what Kanye did

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 at 23:41 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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Inmate wants to worship Flying Spaghetti Monster

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 at 8:42 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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“The founder of Pastafarianism stated that it was a parody of religion,” a prison official wrote in denying one of Cavanaugh’s requests. “The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services will not dedicate administrative and facility resources to support a parody.”

Ah, but you see, he’s not an original Pastafarian, he’s with the orthodox al dente sect.

Personally, I’m Lasagna’s Witnesses.

Our Pasta, who “Arghh” in the colander, Swallowed be thy sauce. Thy serving come, Thy strands be wrung, On forks as they are on spoons. Give us this day our garlic bread, And forgive us our starchiness, As we swashbuckle, splice the main-brace and cuss, And lead us not into Kraft Parmesan, But deliver us from Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, For thine are the meatballs, and the beer, and the strippers, for ever and ever. R’Amen.


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  1. International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day was last Saturday, for Orzo’s sake.

ДТП Челябинск – Троицк 20 сентября 2014 года

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 at 22:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


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No I will not complete your customer satisfaction survey.

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 at 20:17 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

Last few months, for about 80% of all my online purchases, I received an email afterwards kindly asking me to complete a survey.

Dear companies,

STOP THAT SHIT

And if you really insist on going on with bothering me after each and every purchase, for the love of $DEITY realize that if I didn’t click on your stupid link the first time, odds are you are going only to piss me off by sending me reminders. It’s a clear indication you don’t actually care about my repeat business, and it shows you don’t give a rats ass about what I think. Perhaps you should talk to your boss and tell him to stop measuring your performance by the percentage of surveys returned.

I think I’m going back to offline buying..


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  1. Glad you got that off your chest!

    For your heroic efforts in leading a doomed consumer backlash to the barricades, I hearby award you the next tail of a rodent that my cat brings to the door. Unfortunately I can’t give you the ears as well – she eats that bit.

  2. No one will have an identity to steal after 10 more years of this shit. These are almost all phishing scams.

  3. Thanks Sue!

    And chas, if only. No, these survey messages contain correct details of a purchase and are usually correctly linking to the site I made the purchase on.

  4. Freya did her best to oblige, but it’s a vole. Fortunately she wasn’t hungry.

  5. I fully agree.
    I would not mind the surveys if you could truthfully rate their service, but the questions are asked in such a way that the outcome will always be positive, since they “measure”” very specific, usually irrelevant things.
    The question “Are you happy with what you got and the way we handled things?'” is never there…

  6. We all have our pet peeves. I find email very easy to delete.

John Cleese – how to inspire creativity within yourselves

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 at 15:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Love his use of the “screw in a lightbulb” jokes to emphasize his points. My favorite video of his is “Romance With a Double Bass” (1974). Absolutely brilliant!

  2. More pondering time == more creative solutions. I pondered a problem for 5 years, worked out a solution, and got a patent for it… :-) Unfortunately, a multi-mega-galacticorp owns the patent (I have credit as sole inventor), otherwise I would be getting a gazillion $$ a year from Microsoft, Oracle, and Google. Sigh…

Federal Appeals Court Ridicules Florida Cops For Using SWAT Team To Check On Barbershop Licenses

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 at 14:46 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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“It was a scene right out of a Hollywood movie,” the Court’s ruling began. “Teams from the OCSO [Orange County Sheriff’s Office] descended… with some team members dressed in ballistic vests and masks, and with guns drawn, the deputies rushed into their target destinations, handcuffed the stunned occupants—and demanded to see their barbers’ licenses. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was providing muscle for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s [DBPR] administrative inspection of barbershops to discover licensing violations.”

The Cout’s 44-page ruling, which will allow four barbers to proceed with a lawsuit that the cops violated their Fourth Amendment protection from unconstitutional searches, vividly describes how a team of local and state police ran amok—and then claimed immunity from prosecution, which the Court rejected, when the raid’s victims sued.

Notably, the ruling didn’t even talk about the blatant constitutional violations first, but instead snidely asked if the cops involved were complete idiots who thought they were so far above the law that they could ignore previous multiple rulings from the very same Court ordering cops not to conduct militarized SWAT raids as a routine tactic

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“Upon discovering that barbering without a license is a 2nd-degree misdemeanor under Florida law, Vidler became intrigued by the possibility of a collaboration between the Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and OCSO, and spent over a month… developing a plan for a joint sweep operation,” it said. “All of the targeted barbershops were businesses that serviced primarily African-American and Hispanic clientele.”


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  1. That’s freakin’ unbaweavable!

Black Market Takes Over the iPhone 6 Lines

Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 14:16 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


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Dutch bishops give Pope Francis a bleak picture of Catholic Church in decline

Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 10:40 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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More than 23,000 Catholics quit the Dutch Church in 2010, the peak of an exodus in which an average 18,000 have left each year since 2006. This year, however, only about 7,500 had left by October.Catholicism is still the Netherlands’ largest faith, officially claiming 24 percent of the 16 million population. Next come the Protestant churches at 18 percent and Islam at 5 percent.But Eijk told Vatican Radio that government estimates put the Catholic total at 16 percent, falling to 10 percent by 2020. And the bishops’ report said a mere 5.6 percent of those declared as Catholics actually went to church regularly.Ad de Groot, a lay Catholic leader in Eijk’s archdiocese of Utrecht, said secularization and the sexual abuse crisis had prompted people to leave in the past. But now, the very plan to close churches is alienating the Catholics who are left, he said.De Groot’s group accuses the bishops of merging parishes without consulting those who are losing their local churches. “Many people are angry and disappointed,” he said. His group told the Vatican last week that half of practicing Catholics would drift away in coming years as their churches closed.

Amazing… you can rape their kids, but don’t you dare close their hangout! Who are these people?


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  1. Psychology 101. People build communities. Churches are major community gathering places where people of similar minds and interests congregate. Close the churches, and the members of the community will find someplace else to congregate, and it won’t necessarily be another location of the church since that location is not their community or congregation.

  2. Same thing is happening to a lot of worn-out institutions; Freemasons for example.

Joan Rivers posts from the grave: ‘I’ve just bought an iPhone!’

Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 15:29 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Comic legend Joan Rivers has been dead for over a week now, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the Fashion Show star being chuffed to bits with her new iPhone 6-feet-under.

In a warning to PR companies everywhere, sponsored scheduled posts appeared on Rivers’ Facebook and Instagram accounts on Friday morning – before they were quickly taken down.


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  1. She would have died laughing!

Nurse says she’s tired of treating ISIL terrorists

Posted on September 19th, 2014 at 21:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the “Islamic State.”

The nurse, who was identified only by her initials, E.G., in a news story published by the Taraf daily on Wednesday, said of ISIL militants: “We treat them, and they go on to decapitate people. I am sick of treating wounded ISIL militants.” E.G. has also written a letter to Parliament and the National Police Department, saying she and her colleagues are extremely disturbed by the fact that they have to treat people “who chop off heads.”


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  1. If she’s really sick of it, all she has to do is pick up the phone. There are people in the US and UK who will gladly take over that responsibility.

  2. Surely a nurse who doesn’t like nursing is in the wrong profession, this is more than just “bad faith”, I blame poor career advice. What a waste:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmopROxBnBU

  3. Actually, we have some really good medication in the US for ISIL militants.

  4. typically a barbiturate, paralytic, and potassium solution, right?

    Your argument isn’t helping.

  5. Yes John, it’s probably too high tech for them. Actually, I don’t see a solution for the problem. The more we interfere, the worse it gets.


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