April 11th, 2010

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ONTD_Political's PotD: April 10, 2010.

It's springtime in the United States and cherry blossoms are now at their peak bloom. This year marks the 98th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This annual celebration runs for two weeks (March 27 - April 11) and commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington on March 27, 1912. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan.
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New Jersey teacher unions make 'death threat' joke on Gov. Chris Christie

Source: Ny Daily News

A group of New Jersey teacher union reps has ripped a page from Tony Soprano's playbook - and issued a ham-handed death threat against Gov. Chris Christie.

Bergen County Education Association leaders sent a memo to its members this week that included a jokey prayer that seemed to wish death upon the new governor, whose office wasn't laughing Friday.

"Dear Lord," begins the missive, "this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays... I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor."

The memo, sent to locals in the county earlier this week, is signed by New Jersey Education Association field reps, including Joe Coppola, president of the Bergen County Education Association.

Coppola told The Bergen Record that the "prayer" was a joke and was never meant to be made public.

"Obviously, it's inappropriate," he told the paper. "I would never wish anybody dead."

The back-and-forth comes as the Republican Christie is fighting to push through a state budget with $820 million in cuts to school districts statewide.

The cuts are widely expected to force teacher layoffs, program cuts and property tax hikes. The governor has asked all school employees to accept an across-the-board pay freeze to help close the gap, furthering angering unions.

Aides to the governor were not laughing yesterday about the NJEA's latest push-back.

"There is nothing professional about this 'professional' group," Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak said, referring to the NJEA. "These tactics come from the same people who in public Web postings wish the governor would die. How do they explain themselves to the children?"
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Obama ditches the press to go to his daughter's soccer game

Obama Leaves White House Without Press, Breaking Protocol

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama quietly breached years of protocol on Saturday morning by leaving the White House without the press with him.

About two hours before reporters were supposed to be in position to leave with the president, Obama left the grounds of the White House. Members of the press were told he was attending one of his daughter's soccer games in northwest Washington, D.C.

The White House press corps traditionally travels with the president anywhere he goes, inside and outside the country, to report on the president's activities for the benefit of informing the public and for historical record.

After Obama left, a press aide hastily gathered members of the media who happened to be at the White House early or working on other matters. They rushed to a van and left the White House to catch up with the president.

Too late. By the time, the press van appeared to arrive at the president's location, the press was told he was already departing. Time to go back to the White House.

Reporters and photographers didn't have a chance to see him or his vehicle to verify his presence at any location.

Although nobody outside the White House or the press may have noticed, Obama broke years of tradition.

The small press "pool" that accompanies the president had been told to gather at the White House at 11:30 a.m. He left about 9:20 a.m.

Asked what happened, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: "The president decided this morning to attend his daughter's soccer game. The pool was assembled as soon as possible to be there as well."

Obama eventually left the White House again on Saturday for a round of golf. This time, the press was with him.


I love his priorities, and how he totally, totally, totally ditched the press to go be a dad. XD
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Dawkins plans to arrest Pope

Richard Dawkins, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”.

Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998.

The Pope was embroiled in new controversy this weekend over a letter he signed arguing that the “good of the universal church” should be considered against the defrocking of an American priest who committed sex offences against two boys. It was dated 1985, when he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with sex abuse cases.

Benedict will be in Britain between September 16 and 19, visiting London, Glasgow and Coventry, where he will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th-century theologian.

Dawkins and Hitchens believe the Pope would be unable to claim diplomatic immunity from arrest because, although his tour is categorised as a state visit, he is not the head of a state recognised by the United Nations.

They have commissioned the barrister Geoffrey Robertson and Mark Stephens, a solicitor, to present a justification for legal action.

The lawyers believe they can ask the Crown Prosecution Service to initiate criminal proceedings against the Pope, launch their own civil action against him or refer his case to the International Criminal Court.

Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, said: “This is a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence.”

Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, said: “This man is not above or outside the law. The institutionalised concealment of child rape is a crime under any law and demands not private ceremonies of repentance or church-funded payoffs, but justice and punishment.

Last year pro-Palestinian activists persuaded a British judge to issue an arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, the Israeli politician, for offences allegedly committed during the 2008-09 conflict in Gaza. The warrant was withdrawn after Livni cancelled her planned trip to the UK.

“There is every possibility of legal action against the Pope occurring,” said Stephens. “Geoffrey and I have both come to the view that the Vatican is not actually a state in international law. It is not recognised by the UN, it does not have borders that are policed and its relations are not of a full diplomatic nature.”

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Huckabee "draw[s] parallels between homosexuality" and drug use, incest, polygamy

From an April 9 article on Fox News host Mike Huckabee's interview with the College of New Jersey newsmagazine The Perspective:

He continues to oppose any government recognition of same-sex relationships. Even civil unions are "not necessary," Huckabee said. "I think there's been a real level of being disingenuous on the part of the gay and lesbian community with their goal of civil unions," he alleged, referring to LGBT activists who first claimed that their goal in several states was to enact civil unions, but subsequently launched efforts to implement full marriage rights.

Huckabee went on to draw parallels between homosexuality and other lifestyles that are considered by some to be morally aberrant. "You don't go ahead and accommodate every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal," he said of same-sex marriage. "That would be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want who use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them."

He also affirmed support for a law in Arkansas that prohibits same-sex couples from becoming adoptive or foster parents. "I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family," Huckabee said. "And always we should act in the best interest of the children, not in the seeming interest of the adults."

"Children are not puppies," he continued. "This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?"


Tight election win could plunge UK into social chaos - Nick Clegg

Britain will be hit by waves of "Greek-style unrest" if a Tory or Labour government narrowly wins the election and then tries to push through draconian spending cuts, Nick Clegg warns today.

In an interview with the Observer, the Liberal Democrat leader says he fears "serious social strife" would break out on the streets if a government with limited support at the election on 6 May then raised taxes, laid off public-sector workers and froze wages.

As the main parties prepared to launch their election manifestos early next week, Clegg said it was "stating the obvious" to say that a hung parliament, in which the main parties were forced to work together, would be good for the country. The alternative would be to have a government that lacked support across huge parts of Britain at a time when emergency measures were needed to cut the deficit.

Advancing his case for a fairer voting system that would return MPs in proportion to the number of votes cast, he said that Labour won office in 2005 with the support of 22% of eligible voters.

"Imagine the Conservatives go home and get an absolute majority, on 25% of the eligible votes," Clegg said. "They then turn around in the next week or two and say we're going to chuck up VAT to 20%, we're going to start cutting teachers, cutting police and the wage bill in the public sector. I think if you're not careful in that situation… you'd get Greek-style unrest. And so my warning to people who think the old politics still works, is be careful for what you wish for."

In his own constituency city of Sheffield, where there are no Conservative MPs or councillors, and a high proportion of public-sector workers, he fears a ferocious backlash against potential Tory cuts.

"Suddenly these people will be told by a government that has no legitimacy [in the area] in their eyes that this government is going to slash and burn, having promised them something else."

Clegg said he was "not campaigning for a hung parliament" but it would be preferable to rule by a party with a tiny majority based on a minority of votes. "Do I think politicians working together can be a good thing? Of course it can."

Last month strikes and protests against the Greek government's harsh austerity measures caused chaos, with 10,000 marching in protest in Athens.

A series of opinion polls last night suggested that a hung parliament, or a small Tory majority, remained the most likely outcomes.

A survey of 96 Labour-held marginals for the News of the World found Conservative support had fallen by four points to 36% since January, while the Lib Dems had surged five points to 19%. Labour remained on 37%. The figures would be likely to leave Mr Cameron in control of 308 seats – not enough to wield a majority. Labour would have 248 seats and the Lib Dems 61.

Meanwhile, a YouGov survey for the Sunday Times found the Tory lead had dropped from 10 to eight points over the past week. It put the Tories on 40%, Labour (up three) on 32% and the Lib Dems down two on 18%.


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Source: The Observer

If the Boat Race is more exciting than the election, politics is in deep water

When our politicians are so mediocre it's no wonder the electorate is apathetic

Last weekend, I went to the Boat Race. It turned out to be an exciting one – quite close. "Not like those deathly dull processional contests of the 1990s!" everyone said. I remember watching those on TV: Cambridge would take an early lead and then gradually increase it until, after about halfway, you couldn't get both crews in the same helicopter shot. By the time the exhausted and heartbroken Oxford boat heaved itself over the line, the Cambridge rowers had already necked an aperitif and ordered their starters. In those years, it was difficult to understand how Oxford weren't better, considering how much longer they seemed to spend rowing.

I didn't find that dull – I thought it was great. I don't give a damn about the quality of the race, I just want Cambridge to win. I don't completely understand why. "Because I went to university there," doesn't seem reason enough. I suppose there's something comforting in any long-held allegiance, however arbitrary. That's why people support football clubs – it gives a sense of belonging, of shared achievements and disappointment. We allow ourselves to enjoy a victory we didn't contribute to because we know that in the event of defeat, we'd also have felt the pain.

But I can see that to people who don't have a connection with Oxford or Cambridge, it's just the close boat races that are diverting. Similarly, to an exhaustedly indifferent electorate, only the close elections are worth following.

1997 was an exciting election, even though it was a foregone conclusion, because the result pleased a lot of people. Everyone is saying how exciting this year's is going to be because you genuinely can't predict the result. This is a reason to engage, to enthuse, to speculate – all of which activity, like organising a wedding to breathe life into a failing relationship, disguises the awful truth that we don't much care any more.

A regime which has led us into recession, debt and open-ended war is difficult to get behind, even if some of the crises weren't primarily its fault. And the likely alternative seems almost wilfully unappealing: slick but lacking substance and desperate to avoid expressing any kind of opinion in case it puts some voters off.

I can see the wisdom of that when they've got the likes of Chris Grayling knocking around. I don't think that his suggestion that B&B owners, perhaps balking at how those initials might be interpreted by gay couples, should be allowed to turn them away makes him a homophobe. It just means that he hopes homophobes will vote for him. The fact that he thought he could secure their support without repelling the rest of us shows a curious mixture of cynicism and ineptitude.

It's unfair to harp on about how posh a lot of the shadow cabinet are – there's nothing wrong with being posh. Some people have been kind enough to say that I come across as a bit posh sometimes. Eton is a good school – I see no reason why someone who went to Eton shouldn't be prime minister. That's the kind of broad-minded guy I am.

But it does seem a devil of a coincidence that David Cameron – the dynamic new Tory who is going to lead his party out of the wilderness and his country into a sort of loving Thatcherism (which must be the political equivalent of S&M) – should have such a similar background to many of the old Tories whom he claims to be so unlike. It's an irony that you'd think he might have referred to amid all his talk of change.


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Source: David Mitchell @ The Observer

Starkey and female historians (part 3)

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This time last year TV historian David Starkey attacked female historians for ‘feminising’ history and supposedly dumbing down the subject. His criticism focused on the idea that female historians were concentrating too much on things like relationships and women, which gave a false picture of the past. This was an incorrect assertion, as there are plenty of female historians writing on topics that don’t revolve around relationships and women. Dr. Starkey’s criticisms, I felt, could be explained in part by his position as a TV historian, rather than as an academic one.

Now he is at it again. In an interview, the TV historian claims that female historians tend to be quite pretty and like to show off their looks, with the implication being that they are academic lightweights who can only compete with intellectual titans like him if they flaunt themselves:

Now the historian David Starkey has poured vitriol on his female competitors, likening their books to “historical Mills & Boon”.

The broadcaster and writer, whose speciality is Tudor history, says patronisingly that women who write history books are “usually quite pretty” — and eager to show off their looks on their book covers.

Once again, Dr. Starkey has attacked female historians without any foundation: it is not clear whether he is just trying to generate publicity for a new project or whether is it evidence of something more deep-seated (such as a dislike of women or envy at colleagues who have stayed within the academic sphere so are more respected).

Hundreds of books and articles are published by female historians each year. Few of them ever have a small picture of the author on the front, and most of them are on serious and well-researched topics (just like most articles and books by male historians). I wouldn’t be able to recognise most female historians I have read by sight, and know that their books speak for themselves. A quick survey of my collection reveals precisely zero books where the historian’s (male or female) picture is visible on either the front or back cover, but then I don’t own anything by David Starkey.

Source: Pickled Politics


Fucking NYC Hipsters ~Too Cool For Census~!


Many New York City residents aren't returning their census forms. The return rate is only around 50 percent, but the lowest rate of return (around 30 percent) is the hipster enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These young, recent graduates with ironic mustaches and plaid shirts are apparently too busy tweeting to fill out a simple census form.

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Please use this entry to bash hipsters, because talking about the census is boring!

Where I found it because I would never actually listen to NPR.
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Disgruntled employee? Pissed at neighbor? Want revenge? Report them to the FBI for Child Porn

Wikifounder reports Wikiparent to FBI over 'child porn'
'Something I helped start has come to this'
By Cade Metz in San Francisco
Posted in Music and Media, 9th April 2010 21:20 GMT

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has reported the site's parent organization to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying he believes the Wikimedia Commons "may be knowingly distributing child pornography."

Earlier this week, Sanger disclosed his FBI report with a post to a public mailing list and later an open letter to a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's board of trustees. In the letter, he also says he notified his Senators and Congressional representatives over the images in question.

Sanger - who parted ways with Wikipedia in 2002 over what he calls "disagreements about editorial and management policy" - tells The Reg that he filed his report through the FBI's website.

"I believe Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/), owned and hosted by the California-based Wikimedia Foundation, may be knowingly distributing child pornography," reads his letter to the bureau and his Senators and representatives, before providing specific weblinks, one to a "pedophilia" category that includes a limited number of images. "I don't know if there is any more, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is - the content on the various Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons and various others, are truly vast."
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Woman sues over 'Ossi' discrimination

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A woman born in the former East Germany is claiming discrimination after discovering the word "Ossi" preceded by a minus sign had been written on a job application rejected by a firm in western Germany. She's going to court.

A bookkeeper identified in German media as Gabriela S. told news magazine Der Spiegel she was ready to take her legal fight as far as needed to stop what her lawyers are calling discrimination due to ethnic background.

Born in the former East Germany, Gabriela S. applied unsuccessfully for a job with a window manufacturer in the southwestern city of Stuttgart. When her application materials were returned to her, she found someone from the company had written the word "Ossi" preceded by a minus sign on her resumé.

"Ossi" is an term for eastern Germans that is often derogatory.

She is suing the company for discrimination based on ethnic origin. If she wins, the firm could be forced to pay her €4,800, or the equivalent of three months' salary.

"They'll only feel it if they have to pay," she told Der Spiegel.

A labor court in Stuttgart must now decide if "Ossi" is an ethnicity. A decision is expected on Thursday.

The word "Ossi" is considered by many Germans from the former GDR to be pejorative, used by some from western Germany as an insult. The related "Wessi," referring to westerners, is also used by some from the east as an epithet.

"I just want all this Ossi-Wessi stuff to stop," Gabriela S. said.

If she was rejected for being from East Germany, that is discrimination. However, I wonder if she'll be able to win her lawsuit under the anti-discrimination law. That law covers race, ethnic origin, gender, religion or ideological view, disability, age, and sexual identity. And while she's going for the "ethnic origin" approach, I don't know if the court will agree with her claim that East German is a different ethnicity from West German.


A bit of background reading on how remainders of the East-West divide still exist in many Germans' minds, perhaps of interest for non-Germans.

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Chile's new president to visit New Orleans, learn lessons of Katrina for quake recovery

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's new president is looking to New Orleans and its recovery after Hurricane Katrina for lessons to help him lead the South American nation's own comeback from a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Embarking on his first trip to the United States since taking office last month, Sebastian Pinera is scheduled to meet with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Sunday — a visit sure to invite comparisons between Chile's much-praised response to the magnitude 8.8 earthquake and the U.S. government's much-criticized response to Katrina.

Pinera, who calls himself Chile's "reconstruction president," still faces obstacles such as providing temporary housing for tens of thousands as the South American winter approaches.

"We don't want to make the same mistakes," Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said before the trip. "The idea is to understand what was done well (after Katrina), and what was done poorly."

Nagin and Pinera "will discuss the ways that New Orleans has used this devastating experience to rebuild a better city than before," the mayor's spokesman James Ross said.

The Chilean delegation then goes to Washington, where Pinera will speak at the Brookings Institute on Monday before joining the White House summit on nuclear security.

President Barack Obama is expected to highlight Chile's cooperation in keeping highly enriched uranium, or HEU, from the hands of potential terrorists.

Recently, as aftershocks from last month's magnitude-8.8 earthquake shook their equipment, U.S. and Chilean engineers extracted the last of Chile's HEU and shipped it in customized containers to South Carolina, where it will likely be converted to safer fuel and resold for use in the world's reactors.


lmfao now I'm imagining Pinera in the French Quarter or on Bourbon Street or something...lolololol

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Cable Wars: Corporations pissed at Govt for trying to make cheap broadband


Government's Broadband Funds Stimulate Laments From Companies
JOELLE TESSLER | 04/11/10 12:48 AM |

WASHINGTON — When Congress included $7.2 billion for broadband in last year's stimulus bill, its goal was to bring high-speed Internet connections and information-age jobs to parts of the country desperate for both things.

Now as the government awards the money, some phone and cable companies complain that not all of it is being used to bring broadband to places that lack it. Instead, these companies say, much of the money will fund new networks in places where they already offer service.

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Great Plains, some local phone and cable companies fear they will have to compete with government-subsidized broadband systems, paid for largely with stimulus dollars. If these taxpayer-funded networks siphon off customers with lower prices, private companies warn that they could be less likely to upgrade their own lines, endangering jobs and undermining the goals of the stimulus plan.

"It is extremely unfair that the government comes in and uses big government money to harm existing private businesses," says Gary Shorman, president of Eagle Communications, a Kansas cable company with about 16,000 customers.
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Third time is the charm. Apologies to mods for first accidently deleting source in first try and having wrong source in the second. I blame IE.

H.R.5353 - Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008
To establish broadband policy and direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a proceeding and public broadband summits to assess competition, consumer protection, and consumer choice issues relating to broadband Internet access services, and for other purposes.

IRS more popular than tea party movement

Hahahaha. The teabagger network giveth more hilarity: a new Fox News poll shows that more Americans have a favorable view of the IRS (49%) than of the tea party movement (36%).

It's not just that people don't know what the tea party movement is. The net favorable rating (favorable minus unfavorable) of the IRS is +11% (49%/38%) compared to +2% for the tea party movement (36%/34%).

Best of all, this poll comes one week from April 15, the IRS's worst day of the year and the teabaggers best day of the year. Ask the same question six months from now, and you'll probably get even worse news for the teapartiers.

A couple of other things worth noting in this poll: Fox asked whether Americans felt the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or the Tea Party movement more closely represented their values. The results: 40% said Democratic Party, compared to just 25% and 19% for the GOP and teabaggers, respectively.

And as Greg Sargent noted yesterday, the poll not only showed most Americans weren't offended by Biden's BFD f-bomb, but 51% said they'd be less likely to vote for a candidate if Sarah Palin campaigned on his or her behalf. Only 25% said they'd be more likely to vote for the Palin-backed candidate.

Source: Daily Kos

Bears still defecating in woods, Pope still Catholic...


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Spot the key difference in these recent Tory election announcements and policy directions, which have been coming thick and fast since the election really got going…

Group A

1) Tax breaks for marrieds

2) A neighbourhood army

3) National Service

4) Not too fussed about the digital economy bill (only 9 Tories turned up to vote)


Group B

5) Against increased NICs for employers

6) Against governmental oversight of takeovers by overseas corporations

7) Against telling B&B owners they have to accept gay people under their roof

8) Legislation modelled on the Human Rights Act to allow local government to do whatever it wants, even where it conflicts with existing law.

9) Not too fussed about the digital economy bill (only 9 Tories turned up to vote) – again

Yup, you’ve got it.

All the ones aimed at individuals are based on the state intervening in the way people live their lives so that they conform.

Meanwhile, all the ones aimed at businesses and the state itself are aimed at allowing them to do exactly as they choose.

Freedom means something different if you’re a Tory.

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Subject: Inside The Minds Of Girl Gamers

We've heard the stats about women and social gaming. Nearly half of women play online games.

They like casual gaming like Farmville and Fashion Wars. They buy more console games then men. Even Nintendo is marketing to them.

So the A&E-owned cable network Lifetime, in their pursuit to learn about all things women-related, conducted a year-long, in-depth study to go inside the minds of women gamers: She's Got Game: Women & Gaming Study.

Kris Soumas, head of games for AETN Digital Media, and Matt Lashey, vice president of strategic insights for Lifetime, said they surveyed gaming CEOs, talked to a pool of men, and surveyed to more than a 1,000 women about their habits and opinions about gaming.

Lifetime plans to offer these stats and details to marketers and advertisers, and use them for their own game-building pursuits. Lifetime Game Studios Korea, is headquartered in Seoul, and they also own Roiworld.com stateside.

Here's just a few stats based on their study:

Click and read more below. :)

stats based on their study

Women play online more than men (55% vs. 45%).
Women play more frequently (and differently) than men.
A majority of women gamers like to play on their own (83%).
Many women say they play to compete against other people (47%).
They made 7 game-related buys in the past year.
They also put women into several separate categories: immersives, competitors, bonders, dabblers and minders. One web supervisor at a university, described as an "immersive," says she can "play forever" and likes games like Left 4 Dead and God of War. Other women gamers, like bonders, love getting physical when gaming, and see it as a great way to connect with their family.


Is anybody getting tired of those playstation 3 ads. Where the men girlfriends,complain about them playing games and ignoring them?

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HBIC Judge is being fierce by going after the evil that is known as Wal-Street

Maybe 8th level of hell is a better description?

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, shown in his courtroom in Lower Manhattan, gets a steady stream of cases dealing with high finance. (Michael Nagle / For The Times / April 5, 2010)

Judge Jed Rakoff taps into nation's outrage over economic crisis
The outspoken federal jurist has condemned not only big banks for their financial misdeeds but also their regulators.
By Nathaniel Popper
April 10, 2010

Reporting from New York
The economic crisis has brought out the populist in many politicians and others. Among the more unlikely ones may be a silver-bearded federal judge who has wasted no chance to tell the country's biggest banks what he thinks about how they operate.

When Bank of America Corp. was trying to settle civil charges over its conduct in its purchase of Merrill Lynch, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff wrote that the bank's executives had led what "could have been a bank-destroying disaster if the U.S. taxpayers had not saved the day."

Addressing how the firm pays its top people, the judge spoke in February of "the incredibly bloated compensation of too many executives in too many American companies."

In another case, Rakoff called JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s handling of a major client improper at the very least, "if not a downright sham."

He condemned not only big banks but also their regulators, saying the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement in the Bank of America case did "not comport with the most elementary notions of justice and morality."
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Black People, Stop Crying Bloody Murder About The Slavery Thing! That is Just a Libural Myth!

Southern Nobility Still In Sorrow for The Lost of Cheap Labor... Lincoln's Radical Agenda Continues to Damage Southern Economy.

Mississippi Gov. Barbour Thinks Slavery Omission ‘Doesn’t Matter For Diddly’

This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) defended Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-VA) omission of slavery from his proclamation on Confederate History Month. Barbour told CNN host Candy Crowley that it seems unnecessary to mention slavery because everyone knows that it was a “bad thing” and that people are exaggerating something that “doesn’t matter for diddly.” He also pointed out that the Mississippi Democratic legislature has approved a similar proclamation and has faced little criticism:

CROWLEY: The [Virginia] Governor didn’t even mention slavery in his proclamation. Was that a mistake?

BARBOUR: Well, I don’t think so…I don’t know what you would say about slavery, but anyone who thinks that you have to explain to people that slavery is a bad thing — I think it goes without saying.

CROWLEY: What about the sensitivity of it? Because we heard from a number of African American politicians and just people on the street that were interviwed in Virginia going “this is offensive to celebrate something that was really about slavery and has no mention of it?”

BARBOUR: Well maybe they should talk to my Democratic legislature, which has done exactly the same thing in Mississippi for years. As far as I know, the Democratic legislature — we have a majority — both houses are Democrats. I’m unaware of them being criticized for it or them having their supporters feel uncomfortable with it. [...]

To me it’s a sort of feeling that it’s just a nit. That it is not significant. It’s trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn’t matter for diddly.

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