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THE Subprime Market for idiots – a google presentation… Here
GLOBAL warming: “General Motors Corp Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has defended remarks he made dismissing global warming as a “total crock of s—,” saying his views had no bearing on GM’s commitment to build environmentally friendly vehicles”
Obama and Hillary’s Mistake – The critical point is: what you say about your opponent mainly reflects upon you rather than upon them.
Via The Croydonian
EU are being watched:
Passengers travelling between EU countries or taking domestic flights would have to hand over a mass of personal information, including their mobile phone numbers and credit card details, as part of a new package of security measures being demanded by the British government. The data would be stored for 13 years and used to “profile” suspects.
Brussels officials are already considering controversial anti-terror plans that would collect up to 19 pieces of information on every air passenger entering or leaving the EU. Under a controversial agreement reached last summer with the US department of homeland security, the EU already supplies the same information [19 pieces] to Washington for all passengers flying between Europe and the US.
But Britain wants the system extended to sea and rail travel, to be applied to domestic flights and those between EU countries.
Do you know 19 things about yourself?
Clinton, 92: “The hits that I took in this election are nothing compared to the hits the people of this state and this country have been taking for a long time.”
Hillary Clinton, tonight: “You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.”
Posted: 23rd, February 2008 | In: Anorak TV, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0
THERE Is No Such Thing As Web 2.0:
Web 2.0 has been picked up as a term by the entrepreneurial community and its corollaries in venture capital, the press, analysts, large media and Internet companies, and Wall Street to describe a theoretical new category of startup companies.
Or a “space”, if you will.
As in, “Foobarxango.com is in the Web 2.0 space”.
At its simplest level, this is just shorthand to indicate a new Web company.
The technology industry has a long history of creating and naming such “spaces” to use as shorthand.
Before the “Web 2.0 space”, you had the “dot com space”, the “intranet space”, the “B2B space”, the “B2C space”, the “security space”, the “mobile space” (still going strong!)… and before that, the “pen computing” space, the “CD-ROM multimedia space”, the “artificial intelligence” space, the “mini-supercomputer space”, and going way back, the “personal computer space”. And many others.
But there is no such thing as a “space”.
A satellite shot by the Americans is going to hit Cromer:
The British government says a sizeable chunk of the poison satellite of death will hit the earth at 5.30pm GMT today (12.30 Eastern). They expect it to hit somewhere in the South Atlantic, but are a little bit concerned that it might end up crashing into the picturesque seaside village of Cromer in Norfolk – they’re worried enough to have informed the local emergency services…
Put Cromer out of its misery…
Bill Blanko in the Commons
FOOTBALL tricks and capoeira fighting style:
David Horvitz will travel for you: “IF you give me $1,626 I will go to the small Okinawan island called Iriomote and send you an envelope filled with star-sand (don’t worry, I’ve been there before, I know where to go). I will send it from there.
IN the Las Vegas Review-Journal, news of bouncers in Las Vegas:
Sources have been telling me that doormen at several clubs are clearing $8,000 to $10,000 a night before they share tips. So much cash is pouring in that some doormen are making $400,000 to $500,000 a year, several nightclub executives told me.”Pure has guys at the door making more than the president,” said one executive with intimate knowledge of the cover-charge system. He was referring to the annual salary of the president of the United States, which is $400,000, plus benefits.
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CHINA would eat Sponge Bob: “The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television is beefing up its campaign to protect domestic product by extending its primetime ban on foreign cartoons by an hour.”
The country’s top media regulator also demands that local TV stations get the censor’s approval before showing cartoons.
Beginning May 1, foreign toons such as the hugely popular “SpongeBob SquarePants” and Japanese mangas will be banned from 5-9 p.m. on local channels, Sarft said in a ruling that extends a 2006 order that banned cartoons from 5-8 p.m.
Who the hell watches children’s cartoons at 9pm, other than a goofed student?
A state appeals court has upheld a Superior’s man conviction for having sex with a dead deer.
The 3rd District Court of Appeals rejected Bryan Hathaway’s argument that the charge should be dismissed because the law against committing an act of sexual gratification with animals does not apply if they are dead.
“He rather convincingly contends that animal means a living creature,” Judge Gregory Peterson wrote. “However, Peterson pled no contest to the charge. A plea of guilty or no contest waives all nonjurisdictional defects and defenses.”
Hathaway, 21, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor a year ago and was sentenced to probation that required him to be evaluated as a sex offender.
In January, Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci sentenced him to nine months in jail for probation violations that included using alcohol and marijuana and having unapproved contact with a minor child.
Hathaway told investigators that he saw a dead deer in a ditch near Superior in fall 2006 as he rode a bicycle by it. He then dragged it into the woods and had sex with it.
“When I was done, I was upset with myself,” Hathaway said in a statement to police. “I know having sex with animals is wrong. But I can’t help myself and I need help.”
Anne Althouse comments:
The crime charged is §944.17(2)(c), which is “an act of sexual gratification involving his or her sex organ and the sex organ, mouth or anus of an animal.” This would exclude the “Portnoy’s Complaint” sort of behavior — masturbating with a slab of raw liver — but it also makes it rather clear that the concern is not for the animal’s welfare but about the perversion of the person engaging in the behavior of “gratifying” himself.]
When does the cease cease to be an animal and become a dead object?
David Bossie’s new book, Hillary: The Politics of Personal Destruction (Thomas Nelson, March 2008) lays out a compelling case, questioning whether Hillary tells the truth about herself, her past, and her agenda. Bossie, the former Chief Investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Bill Clinton presidency and current president of Citizens United, sheds new light on the woman who boldly declares she’s “in it to win it.”
PAUL Gascoigne: I saw him the worse for wear in a Sunderland nightclub once. Fans were pestering him and he was getting angrier by the second. I took a trip to the Gents and Gazza stepped up to the urinal alongside me…. Read on
JOHN McCain is embroiled in controversy. The allegation is that McCain had a more than business-like relationship with an lobbyist. McCain will ‘go to war’ against the New York Times. A round-up here. Across the Pond.
In the New Republic:
Beyond its revelations, however, what’s most remarkable about the article is that it appeared in the paper at all: The new information it reveals focuses on the private matters of the candidate, and relies entirely on the anecdotal evidence of McCain’s former staffers to justify the piece–both personal and anecdotal elements unusual in the Gray Lady. The story is filled with awkward journalistic moves–the piece contains a collection of decade-old stories about McCain and Iseman appearing at functions together and concerns voiced by McCain’s aides that the Senator shouldn’t be seen in public with Iseman–and departs from the Times’ usual authoritative voice. At one point, the piece suggestively states: “In 1999 she began showing up so frequently in his offices and at campaign events that staff members took notice. One recalled asking, ‘Why is she always around?'” In the absence of concrete, printable proof that McCain and Iseman were an item, the piece delicately steps around purported romance and instead reports on the debate within the McCain campaign about the alleged affair.
File under: life in the old dog yet…
JEFFREY H asks: “What turns ordinary men into extraordinary monsters like Steven Wright, John Halliday Christie, Peter Sutcliffe, Fred West, and others too numerous to mention?
SIMON Jenkins on Tony Blair for President::
As Jane Austen said of bachelors, a statesman is always in need of a dinner, not to mention a title and a motorcade. Besides, “leader of Europe” has an irresistible ring. It is a sure bet that, were Blair to be dragged protesting to the throne, he would not demur the crown.
To which there is only one sensible answer. Has the man never read history? His professed ambition is one that invariably ends in tears. Europe has never tolerated being led. It is a continent of cats, not dogs. Diversity is its glory, cantankerousness its defence. It is not a family or a community but a marketplace, a cultural entrepôt. Those who have sought its unity, even as a political metaphor, have come to grief.
He won’t be able to resist…
FORMER England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been detained under the Mental Health Act following an incident at a Tyneside hotel.
1990. He gave us hope…
PETA Announces ‘Worst-Dressed’ Celebrities of 2008
THE WINNER: Aretha Franklin
How ’bout some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for animals? Aretha, when you waddled into the Grammys in yet another vulgar fur, you looked as if you were going to perform “I Am the Walrus” by The Beatles. You may be a queen, but you don’t know jack about compassion.
Marilyn Manson: “Always draped in leather from head to toe, Manson has enough skeletons in his closet to fill a pet cemetery. As if wearing dead animals isn’t foul enough, Manson says that he wears his cow-skin pants 24/7, only peeling the smelly things off to have sex. That alone should be enough to tarnish leather’s dated sex appeal. Manson may just be the shock-rocker’s stage name, but his wardrobe is a real-life tale of blood and guts.”
Eva LongWHORIA: “Eva Longoria is short on compassion. In her trashy furs, she looks like the street walker of Wisteria Lane. Eva is one “desperate housewife” who needs a quickie divorce—from her stylist.”
Lindsay Lohan: “I Know Who Killed Me isn’t just the title of Lindsay Lohan’s last bomb—it’s also the cry of the animals snuffed out so that this “mean girl” can pose in their pelts. Lindsay, there’s no road to recovery for the foxes who are anally electrocuted so that you can look skanky.”
Kate Moss: “Nothing completes the transition from supermodel to super-tramp like a fur coat. If Kate could see clearly through those bleary eyes, maybe she’d clear her closet of those furs.”
Kylie Minogue: “What does Kylie Minogue have in common with her python purse? They are both cold-blooded. Come on, Kylie—it’s not cool to clutch onto an accessory made by nailing snakes to trees and skinning them alive.”
If they didn’tl wear fur, there would be far fewer fury animals.