July 28th, 2009


New Taser device can shock 3 people without reload (or can shock 1 person 3x more)

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Arizona – A Taser stun gun, capable of shocking three people without being reloaded, was unveiled Monday in front of hundreds of law enforcement officers who applauded after watching six rounds of the barbed wire fired at metal targets.

The demonstration at the Scottsdale-based company's annual conference was performed by Taser International Chairman Tom Smith, and his brother, CEO Rick Smith, who says the device will become the new standard for police officers who want greater tactical abilities.

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you could cut ties with all the lies

Who would YOU rather have a beer with: this sexy POTUS or our last (alcoholic) POTUS?!?

Frothy Diplomacy: What Beer Will Obama Choose for White House Meeting?

The President Hopes to Ease Tensions by Drinking Beer with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley

The easy part for President Obama might have been getting Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. to accept his invitation to the White House for a beer.

Now comes the hard part: finding just the right beer for the occasion.

Does the president choose a lager for Thursday's gathering? A porter? Maybe a wheat beer? Does he pick something light to help the men with the Washington, D.C., summer heat?

Whatever the president picks, it is likely to be closely watched and could even help propel a lesser-known beer into the mainstream.


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So what beer would YOU all recommend? 


Police uses taser on a deaf, mentally disabled man: It was self defense!

Antonio Love: Ala. Police Use Taser On Deaf And Disabled Man

Police in Mobile, Ala., used pepper spray and a Taser on a deaf, mentally disabled man who they said wouldn't leave a store's bathroom.

The family of 37-year-old Antonio Love has filed a formal complaint over the incident on Friday.

Police tell the Press-Register of Mobile that officers shot pepper spray under the bathroom door after knocking several times. After forcing the door open, they used the stun gun on Love.

Police spokesman Christopher Levy says
police didn't realize Love had a hearing impairment until after he was out of the bathroom. The officers' conduct is under investigation.

The newspaper says the officers attempted to book Love on charges including disorderly conduct
, but a magistrate on duty wouldn't accept the charges.

Hawaii Again Declares Obama Birth Certificate Real. Birthers Demand "The Real One"

Hawaii Again Declares Obama Birth Certificate Real

State officials in Hawaii on Monday said they have once again checked and confirmed that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, and therefore meets a key constitutional requirement for being president.

They hoped to stem a recent surge in the number of inquiries about Obama's birthplace.

"I ... have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen," Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said in a brief statement. "I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago."

So-called "birthers" – who claim Obama is ineligible to be president because, they argue, he was actually born outside the United States – have grown more vocal recently on blogs and television news shows.

Fukino issued a similar press release Oct. 31, but was prompted to speak out again because of the renewed attention on Obama's beginnings. Hawaii's Health Department has been flooded in recent weeks with questions from individuals and several national TV news networks asking for proof that Obama was indeed born in Hawaii.

"They just keep asking over and over and over again," Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.

The Constitution states that a person must be a "natural-born citizen" to be eligible for the presidency. Birthers contend that Obama's birth certificate is a fake, and many say he was actually born in Kenya, his father's homeland. They've challenged his citizenship in court.

One widely circulated YouTube clip of a town hall meeting showed a Republican congressman getting booed for saying Obama is a citizen. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh and CNN's Lou Dobbs have also raised the issue, and 10 Republican members of Congress co-sponsored a bill that would require future presidential candidates to provide a copy of their original birth certificate.

However, it appears Congress has moved on and has accepted Obama's island birthplace. The U.S. House on Monday unanimously approved a resolution recognizing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii becoming the 50th state. A clause was included that reads: "Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961."

State law bars the release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.

However, Obama's birth certificate along with birth notices from the two Honolulu newspapers were brought forward even before he took office. But that's done nothing to shake the belief by many Obama critics that the president was born abroad.

I Smell a Schism approaching...

gays have been so divisive lately lol

Rowan Williams
, the archbishop of Canterbury, said profound differences among the world’s 77 million Anglicans over gay clergy and same-sex unions could divide their church into a “two-track model” yielding “two styles of being Anglican.”

The formula could avert a formal breach between liberals and conservatives but bring new strains in the relationship between the global Anglican Communion and American Episcopalians who resolved this month to open the door to ordaining openly gay bishops and to start the process of developing rites for same-sex marriages.

Archbishop Williams insisted that the issue should not be debated “in apocalyptic terms of schism and excommunication but plainly as what they are — two styles of being Anglican.”

In a lengthy message published Monday on his Web site, the archbishop offered a detailed and nuanced response to events at the Episcopalian convention in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month when gay-rights advocates in the United States chalked up major victories over conservatives on sexual issues.

The developments were seen by both liberals and conservatives as likely turning points in the history of the divided Episcopal Church, reflecting the profound rifts over sexual issues within Anglicanism — the world’s third largest network of Christian churches after the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The differences have crystallized around the Episcopal Church’s consent in 2003 to the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson, the church’s first openly gay bishop, as the bishop of New Hampshire.

Before the Anaheim convention, some Anglicans had been urging the Episcopalians to agree to a moratorium on the election of gay bishops and had sought to prevent the development of a liturgy to bless same-sex couples.

The archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, which is composed of 38 “provinces” worldwide. The Episcopal Church, which claims about 2.3 million members, is the official branch of the Anglican Communion in the United States.

In his message, Archbishop Williams repeated his view that “a blessing for a same-sex union cannot have the authority” of the full Anglican Communion, any more than a blessing for a heterosexual couple living outside marriage would have.

That, in turn, means that as long as the broader Anglican Church “as a whole does not bless same-sex unions, a person living in such a union cannot without serious incongruity have a representative function in a Church whose public teaching is at odds with their lifestyle.”

The issues have confronted the archbishop with deep divisions not simply among liberals and conservatives in the United States but also across the broader church with its many followers in Africa, Britain and elsewhere. Four conservative dioceses in the United States and many individual Episcopalian churches have broken away from the national denomination to forge alliances with conservative Anglican groups such as the Anglican Church of Nigeria.

Archbishop Williams said: “There is at least the possibility of a twofold ecclesiastical reality in view in the middle distance — that is a ‘covenanted’ Anglican global body, fully sharing certain aspects of a vision of how the Church should be and behave, able to take part as a body in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue; and, related to this body, but in less formal ways with fewer formal expectations, there may be associated local churches in various kinds of mutual partnership and solidarity with one another and with ‘covenanted’ provinces.”

The archbishop has promoted the idea of covenant — described by some analysts as a kind of good behavior guide for churches — to overcome the rift.

“This has been called a ‘two-tier’ model or, more disparagingly, a first- and-second-class structure,” the archbishop’s message said. “But perhaps we are faced with the possibility rather of a ‘two-track’ model, two ways of witnessing to the Anglican heritage, one of which had decided that local autonomy had to be the prevailing value and so had in good faith declined a covenantal structure.”

The message continued: “It helps to be clear about these possible futures, however much we think them less than ideal, and to speak about them not in apocalyptic terms of schism and excommunication but as what they are — two styles of being Anglican, whose mutual relation will certainly need working out but which would not exclude cooperation in mission and service of the kind now shared in the Communion.”

The archbishop’s message drew mixed responses from both liberals and conservatives in the United States, The Associated Press reported. The Rev. Susan Russell, president of an Episcopal gay advocacy group, said it was disappointing that Archbishop Williams had debated the inclusion of gays and lesbians from “solely a political or rights-based” rather than a theological perspective.

But, she said, “what the archbishop is really stating is the reality: that the structures that have served the Anglican Communion historically need some work. The 21st century is different than the 16th century.”

Canon Kendall Harmon, a conservative, said the Archbishop’s message was “going to increase the chaos in the province of the American church and in the Anglican Communion,” The A.P. reported.



TVA Ignored Ash Spill Warnings FOR 20 YEARS. Had Its Lawyers Block Study

TVA Ignored Ash Spill Warnings FOR 20 YEARS

The Tennessee Valley Authority failed for more than 20 years to heed warnings that might have prevented a massive coal ash spill in Tennessee, then allowed its lawyers to stifle a $3 million study into the disaster's cause to limit its legal liability, an inspector general's report said Tuesday.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and chairman of the TVA congressional caucus, said the report "raises major concerns which must be taken seriously ... to ensure that such a coal ash spill never happens again."
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Scientists Say Evolution Causing Women To Become Increasingly Beautiful. Men still Butt Ugly

Evolution produces more 'beautiful' women
Study shows attractive women have more children

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, at least when the beholders are European researchers.

Recent studies found that, evolutionarily-speaking, women are growing more beautiful while men are remaining their same scratchy, hairy primordial selves, according to a report in The Sunday Times.

Further, a study from the University of Helsinki found that beautiful women have more children than their less-than-blessed peers.

Sure, if you’re Angelina Jolie. But what explains Octomom?

The research goes on to say that not only do gorgeous gals have more kids, but a higher proportion of their offspring is female. And, of course, those little girls grow up to be multi-child-bearing winsome women, repeating the pattern of attractive dominance, the Times reports.

“If more attractive parents have more daughters and if physical attractiveness is heritable, it logically follows that women over many generations gradually become more physically attractive on average than men,”
said British evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, according to Times.

The report focused on inherited attractiveness and didn’t address the role of plastic surgery in boosting looks or baby-making.

The Times states this finding is the result of many studies of beauty and its role in reproduction. For instance, the University of Helsinki looked to a 40-year study of 1,244 women and 997 men from the U.S., which included photos of the participants’ looks as they aged and taking note of how many children each had, with lovely ladies bearing 16 percent more babies other women.

Kanazawa’s work, the Times reports, found that attractive parents were more likely to bear daughters, suggesting that the human DNA was programmed to do so.

Kanazawa pointed to reports from the Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which monitors 15,000 Americans, that found attractive parents were 26 percent less likely to have sons (than “unattractive” parents, we presume).

Researchers also found that both sexes agree women are more visually pleasing than men
, according to the Sunday Times.

We needed a study to support that?

When it comes to men, researchers found no notable difference in the number of off-spring by hot or homely men. Because let’s face it, a man’s looks are second only to success. Don’t believe us? Ask Donald Trump. Or Howard Stern. Billy Joel. Ozzy Osbourne. Woody Allen. Kid Rock. You get the idea.

As a man I am appalled that we are still butt ugly... on the other hand the planet just got hawtter!!!
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The Baucus Bill's Bad Math

The Associated Press has some speculative details of the "compromise" health care bill that looks ready, at long last, to emerge from Max Baucus's Senate Finance Committee:

[Any] legislation that emerges from the talks is expected to provide for a non-profit cooperative to sell insurance in competition with private industry, rather than giving the federal government a role in the marketplace. The White House and numerous Democrats in Congress have called for a government option to provide competition to private companies and hold down costs.

Officials also said a bipartisan compromise would not subject companies to a penalty if they declined to offer coverage to their workers. These businesses would be required to reimburse the government for part or all of any federal subsidies designed to help lower-income employees obtain insurance on their own.

Democratic-drafted legislation in the House includes both a penalty and a requirement for companies to share in the cost of covering employees.

So there's not a public option in the Finance Committee's bill -- which should come as no great surprise to anyone who's been following this debate. Instead, there's Kent Conrad's plan for regional, non-profit cooperatives. The real fight over the public option will take place when the HELP Committee's bill, which does include a public option, is reconciled with the Finance Committee's version, and/or when the Senate's version is ultimately reconciled with the House version.

The bigger news, rather, is that Baucus's bill will not contain an employer mandate -- a requirement that employers provide health insurance to their employees -- even though it does contain an individual mandate.

Does this look familiar to anyone?

-- No employer mandate
-- No public option
-- But yes, an individual mandate

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CBO boosts Obama's health care plan

President Obama and his Democratic allies, scrambling to broker a health care deal Monday, finally got an upbeat assessment from Congress' official scorekeeper when it said the plan for government-run coverage would not force out private insurers.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer trumpeted the report from the Congressional Budget Office, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst, that said private insurers could survive competition from a government health insurance option - contradicting a chief criticism from Republicans.

"Now we've heard that the reform will represent a government takeover of health care. A point of fact: The opposite is true," said Mr. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat.

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Fuuuuuuuuuuck.  I'm not certain there's any point to this whole clusterfuck unless we're getting a public health care option.  Those co-ops mentioned?  States can have them IF THEY WANT, so it's not like it's a requirement.  Not to mention which, the co-ops are run by private health care companies, so it's basically like the fox guarding the henhouse hospital here.  I wouldn't mind the co-op idea so much as a state option IN CONJUNCTION WITH a federal public plan.  But without one, we're just going to continue to be enslaved even further by corporate health care insurance companies, who are far too busy counting their record quarterly profits to give an ever-loving fuck what happens to all of the American people they screw over on a daily basis. 

The public health plan option scares the hell out of private insurance.  Why?  BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

Call or email your 
Senators and Representatives in Congress.  Make sure they hear what you really want before it's too late.
Obama - Smooth

Gibbs: Obama Will Never Satisfy The 'Birthers'

President Obama will never satisfy the conspiracy theorists who don't believe he is a citizen of the United States, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Monday, "because for 15 dollars you can get an Internet address and say whatever you want."

In the most impassioned part of his daily press briefing, Gibbs insisted that there was no way to put the so-called "birther" issue to rest.

"The God-honest truth is no," he said. "And I almost hate to indulge in such an august setting as the White House briefing room, and I mean this seriously, discussing the made up, fictional, nonsense of whether or not the president was born in this country. A year and a half ago I asked that the birth certificate be put on the Internet because lord knows if you have a birth certificate and put it on the Internet, what else could be the story?"

"Nothing will assuage them," the press secretary added. "But there are 10,000 more important issues for people in this country to discuss."


This was from yesterday but I thought people would appreciate it.


Sotomayor Confirmed By Senate Judiciary Committee!

In a 13-6 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court, the WaPo reports:

Sotomayor "The 13 to 6 vote came nearly two weeks after the committee's members grilled Sotomayor for 2 ½ days, eliciting answers that betrayed little indication of how the nominee, an appellate judge for the past 11 years, would rule on the most significant issues that come before the nation's highest court. Sotomayor is President Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court and would become the court's first Hispanic and its third female member...This morning's vote was as notable for its sharp polarization between the political parties as it was for its lack of drama. All the members had announced in advance how they intended to vote. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), a conservative, was the only Republican to join the committee's dozen Democrats in supporting Sotomayor. Two of the veteran GOP senators who voted against her, Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Orin Hatch (Utah), have never before opposed a Supreme Court nominee."

Sotomayor's confirmation now goes to the full Senate for a final vote.


Woohoo...Si se puede!

ETA: Al Franken made a statement before the vote..GO AL!


Evil Red Dye No. 2, meet your nemesis.....Brilliant Blue G!

Blue M&Ms 'mend spinal injuries'

The food dye that gives blue M&Ms their colour can help mend spinal injuries, researchers have claimed after tests on rats.

Published: 7:00AM BST 28 Jul 2009
Blue M&Ms 'mend spinal injuries'
On the downside, the treatment causes the skin to temporarily turn bright blue and BBG needs to be injected soon after the trauma


The compound Brilliant Blue G blocks a chemical that kills healthy spinal cord cells around the damaged area - an event that often causes more irreversible damage than the original injury.

BBG not only reduced the size of the lesion but also improved the recovery of motor skills, the rodent tests showed.

Those treated with BBG were later able to walk, although with a limp. Rats that did not receive the BBG solution never regained the ability to walk.
On the downside, the treatment causes the skin to temporarily turn bright blue and BBG needs to be injected soon after the trauma. The test injections were given within 15 minutes.

The new findings by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York build on work reported five years ago by the same team.

They discovered that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) - a chemical that keeps our cells alive - quickly pours into the area surrounding a spinal cord injury.

But they found it overstimulated otherwise healthy neurons and caused them to die from metabolic stress, creating a secondary injury.
Injecting oxidised ATP into the site of the injury helped stop this, they found.

But neurosurgeon Prof Maiken Nedergaard, who led the research, said: "No one wants to put a needle into a spinal cord that has just been severely injured so we knew we needed another way."

The new approach of using BBG has answered this problem because it can be administered intravenously.

More tests will be needed to prove the safety of BBG before human clinical trials can begin.

But researchers are optimistic new treatments for acute spinal cord injuries could emerge in the next few years.


I'm sorry, but that little blue rat is the cutest fucking thing I've seen in awhile. It's a BLUE rat! Fuckin' BLUE!

Something tells me that the side effect of turning blue for awhile might not be that big of a deal to those with spinal cord injuries. In fact, it could be kind of cool!

This really puts what happened to Violet Beauregard at the Wonka Chocolate Factory into a complete different prespective!

Violet Beauregarde

ETA: Have changed the headline to correct the Red Dye reference.

Wealthy criminals hire prison brokers to get good cells, learn prison culture

Prison consultants help inmates get good digs

By SAMANTHA HENRY, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jul 28, 6:50 am ET

NEWARK, N.J. – Bernie Madoff once had the best that money could buy when it came to his many homes. For his latest accommodations, he sought out a different kind of broker: a type of prison consultant increasingly popular among white-collar wrongdoers.

Madoff, now serving a 150-year sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex near Raleigh, N.C., isn't the only high-profile individual to seek out a specialist to help prepare for life behind bars.

From Martha Stewart to Michael Vick, prison consultants are often hired by celebrities, white-collar miscreants and disgraced politicians to lobby for good prison placement, mitigate sentence length and offer crash courses in prison culture.

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The same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spine injuries, offering a better chance of recovery, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp.

The only side effect was that the treated mice temporarily turned blue.

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Nerdy source, Crossposted to ontd_science!
¤ darren aronofsky don't give a fuck


Voinovich slams DeMint and Coburn for GOP downfall; blames 'the southerners'

Too many conservative senators like Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) are to blame for the GOP's downfall, one of their retiring Republican colleagues complained Monday.

"We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns," Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) told the Columbus Dispatch. "It's the southerners."

Voinovich, a native Clevelander who retires after the 2010 election, continued after the southern elements of the GOP.

"They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr,'" he said. "People hear them and say, 'These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'"

Voinovich has broken with his party at several significant points during his two terms in the Senate. He bucked leaders to vote against a dividend tax cut pushed by President George W. Bush earlier this decade, for instance, and only last week voted against an amendment sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) to expand Americans' ability to carry concealed weapons.

Voinovich, along with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), voted against Thune's amendment, providing the key swing votes preventing it from passing.


errrr, errrrr
| classy as fuck.


Franken assails Court, Klobuchar slams sexism at Sotomayor vote

Al Franken spewed fire and Amy Klobuchar threw brimstone this morning at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Minnesotans joined 10 other Democrats and one Republican in approving the nominee, but not before Franken raked the current Court and Klobuchar decried bias against women on the bench.

Franken was the last senator to speak before the vote, but his statement was perhaps the most arresting as he threw off the mild-mannered mantle of a first-month senator and threw down a gauntlet over high-court rulings he termed “judicial activism.”

It was a theme that he struck more tentatively during committee hearings and today promised to revisit when the nomination reaches the Senate floor.

“Individual rights, individual protections and individual liberties” are under attack by the current Supreme Court, Franken asserted, pointedly citing other senators on specific high-court rulings with which he found fault.

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Two things:

1. I liked Arlen Specter's comments too. Maybe he was just pandering but when he got all feminist and pro-Latina I was like :')

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2. Amy Klobuchar 2016? It may just be moar likely than you think.
cookie monster

This is rather funny...

So Glenn Beck says Obama is a racist who has "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."

What exactly is "white culture" as opposed to the general culture we have here in America that includes many races? How can you define "white culture" in a way that has any real meaning? I have said this before, but I will say it again, you can have an "Irish" culture or an "Italian" culture or many different kinds of cultures that make up the American mix, but "white" only has meaning as something other than "non-white". Yet when someone like Beck thinks about American Culture, he sees it as "whites only" which tells us far more about him than anything about Obama.

Unless you define white culture as their obvious love of NPR, sea salt, frisbee sports, rugby, gentrification, expensive sandwiches, 80s night, David Sedaris, religions their parents don't belong to, and Wes Anderson Movies.

boring Glenn Beck story is below:
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