July 28th, 2010

castiel omg

Once more with feeling.

Obama pledges swift response after Battle Creek oil spill; Granholm tours site

Detroit News staff and wire

Marshall Township -- President Barack Obama has pledged a swift response to requests for help in dealing with a spill that dumped more than 800,000 gallons of oil into waterways in southern Michigan.

White House spokesman Matt Lehrich says U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D- Battle Creek updated the president about the spill Tuesday. Lehrich says Obama asked what the U.S. government could do to provide additional help.

Schauer told reporters on a conference call that the spill is a "public health crisis."

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As if Michigan doesn't have enough crises to deal with right now.

Skynet Version 1.0????

The $57, 000, 000 Fall Guys


Three Sydney University PhD students who developed Terminator-style robots will soon see their technology trialled by US Marines sharpshooters in a $57 million coup.

Alex Brooks, Alex Makarenko and Tobias Kaupp have been plugging away on the robots for eight years at their company, Marathon Robotics, which is based at Sydney's Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh.

The Rover robots, the first such "smart targets" to be adopted for training exercises by the US military, are armoured autonomous robots that look, move and behave like real people. Australian troops are already using them for training.

Teams of the robots can execute complex pre-planned scenarios and are intelligent enough to scatter and run for cover when a buddy robot is shot.

The robots, which weigh 150 kilograms, are based on the Segway platform. They do not need to be controlled with a joystick and can accelerate at up to 12.6km/h.

They use GPS and a scanning laser range-finder for navigation, positioning and obstacle detection and avoidance. The robots are networked so they can be monitored and given commands remotely.

Rover was developed in conjunction with the Department of Defence and with support from the federal and New South Wales governments. Brooks would not say how much each robot costs.

The robots can be used for scenarios including sniper training, hostage rescue, escalation-of-force decision-making and executive protection. The mannequin on top drops back when hit and is made from durable plastic so can withstand hundreds of shots.

"Our customers always stress that shooting a moving target is orders of magnitude more difficult than shooting a stationary or predictable target," said Makarenko, Marathon Robotics' chief technology officer.

"We fully expect that training with live ammunition on smart targets will substantially improve moving marksmanship."

NSW Treasurer and Minister for State and Regional Development, Eric Roozendaal, said Rover was a great example of "world-beating NSW technology".

He said the NSW government was helping Marathon Robotics target its technology to a range of international export markets including Europe.

www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/us-target-practice-the-57m-aussie-fall-guys-20100727-10tpu.html

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My husband has had a go on these - I can actually say this now, it's known!

Apparently they're pretty good to train with - exactly as unpredictable as the person holding the remote decides to be - but creepy as fuck when they come whoooooshing up behind you afterwards to give you the armless plastic robot version of a kiss on the cheek...and it gets
so much creepier when you realise what the sigs and blackhats - blackhats are support staff, basically, and ''sig' is shorthand for a signaller/communications guy - did as soon as they got their sticky little mitts on them!

You do an exercise with SkyNet Version 1.0 up there. Exercise ends, and naturally there's a debrief and a chance to mix up the robot programming for Round 2...but the final, unstated step in the previous program was for the robot in question to roll up behind you and for the voice circuits some smartarse sig put in to start working. Cue a tinny little voice right in your ear...

HELLO CLARICE.

I LOVE YOU. WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND?

On one memorable occasion not too long ago, someone hooked them all up to blare
the Collingwood FC theme song
in perfect unison.
Discworld quote

Gender-Neutral Marriage Law Possible by 2012

Authorities in Finland have taken a step towards full legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Next autumn the Ministry of Justice will begin examining how to implement new gender-neutral matrimony laws, which will grant the same rights to all couples, regardless of their gender.

Under the new legislation, married same sex couples would be able to adopt children outside of their family circles.

Nearly ten other countries have implemented legislation validating gender-neutral unions. The legislation came into force most recently in Iceland, whose female Prime Minister shares a same-sex relationship. Finland and Denmark remain the only Nordic countries to have failed to grant full legal status to all marriages regardless of the parties’ gender.

Applying gender-neutralisation to all marriages would mean that all married couples would have the same responsibilities and the same rights – including full adoption rights. Currently same-sex couples may only adopt children from within their family circles. Newly-married same-sex couples would also automatically have the right to share the same surname, as is currently the case with heterosexual pairs.

Equal Rights Regardless of Partner’s Gender

The status of same-sex couples has improved considerably during the past ten years. New relationship laws were introduced in 2002, and last year, gay and lesbian couples won the right to adopt within their families.

Justice Minister Tuija Brax says it’s essential that everyone be treated equally before the law, regardless of sexual orientation. She points out that the Finnish constitution does not permit discrimination based on gender.

Brax will drive the formulation of a report on reform of matrimony legislation to be prepared by the Justice Ministry. The process will involve an examination of legislation implemented in other countries. The authorities will also review how gender-neutral marriages can be adapted to current family law.

Largest Political Parties Support New Marriage Law

Four of the five major parties support amending current matrimony legislation, with only the Centre Party withholding support for the measure. The National Coalition Party was the last to pledge support for the proposed changes. The Green League would like to sign gender-neutral marriage into law during the next governmental term.

“There’s currently a great deal of public support in Finnish society. I believe that Finnish society has changed for good on this matter and it’s time we get it settled,” said the Minister.

Brax estimates that a decision on new legislation could come during the autumn of 2011 at the earliest, allowing it to be proclaimed law by 2012.

The introduction of gender-neutral marriage legislation would not guarantee the right to a church wedding, as the church itself decides for whom it will perform a Christian marriage ceremony.

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Bolding from original article.

The article's a bit old. I think this will pass easily despite the resistance from some politicians. Tho from reading comments (I know you shouldn't do that...) on the forum of a local newspaper about this it's still obvious that the country's idiot bigot population is still far too big. And apparently the same excuses against it get used everywhere (paedophilia, marrying animals etc). There's also been some butthurt from the biggest state church which is kinda hilarious. :D

Will stop posting news about a tiny northern country nao.
Def-Con4

A look at the TOTALLY NOT RACIST membership of Breitbart.com

Real America: Andrew Breitbart's Racist Witch-Hunt Website Community

Maybe you've heard of Andrew Breitbart. The former Drudge #2 and Huffington pal has been on an absolute tear recently, exposing anti-Tea Party demonstrators as "thugs" and insisting that this group of patriots is "on the receiving end (of threats and intimidation) every single day, but haven’t made anything of it because they know that the press isn’t going to be sympathetic to their cause."

Breitbart's real bugaboo is the false accusations of racism against the patriotic Americans in the tea party. In his March 25 column "2010: A Race Odyssey," he writes:

"As I have said over and over and over, the left has one trick that it will use again and again when its back is in the corner: shout ‘racist’ in a crowded country…. Are we going to allow the left to use its despicable acts of lies and intimidation to shut up legitimate dissent on a subject that has nothing to do with race?"

The crusader has even gone so far as to offer a $10,000 reward for proof that Capital Hill tea partiers used racial slurs prior to the health care vote.

Indeed. No racism anywhere near Breitbart and his crew.

Breitbart's wire services network, wittily named Breitbart, which also hubs his original content sites, recently ran an Associated Press story from New Jersey of a 15-year-old girl who prostituted herself and the 7-year-old stepsister she was responsible for watching:

"Trenton police Capt. Joseph Juniak said Wednesday that the older girl started by taking money to have sex with several men at the party of a high-rise apartment. The teen then gave some of the money she had collected to the younger girl to let the men start touching her, Juniak said. 'It went from touching to straight out assault and rape,' Juniak said. 'They threatened to kill her if she screamed or told anyone.'"

Heartbreaking.

Remembering that nowhere in the report was the race of anyone involved mentioned, let's look at the edifying comments from Breitbart's (racist-free) readership:



Wow. That guy got +13 Breitbart patriot thumbs for his (her?) bit of genius political punditry. Wonder what some of the others had to say?
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Ottawa disputes leaked friendly-fire account

MacKay’s office says Canadians were killed by insurgents in Afghanistan, not by U.S. bomb

The federal government insists that an archive of leaked military records from Afghanistan doesn’t tell the whole truth, and that a document that reports that four Canadian soldiers died from U.S. friendly fire is incorrect.

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I don't think every report is false; but I don't think ALL the war reports are infallible either. They need to be discussed critically.

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Beck's Gold Buddies Under Investigation.

An executive with Goldline, one of two gold companies now under investigation for their sales practices, told ABC News Tuesday morning that his company does not intentionally steer customers toward overpriced gold coins – but he also touted the coins as a safe harbor because "no one knows" whether the U.S. government will seize gold from private citizens.

In an interview on Good Morning America, Goldline executive vice president Scott Carter responded to allegations that his company has made a fortune by persuading gold investors that collectable coins are worth buying, despite a hefty mark-up. He said the firm, which weaves its sales pitches into broadcasts by popular conservative political personalities – including two former presidential candidates and Fox News host Glenn Beck – is simply offering its customers sound advice.

"You should hold this three to five years," said Carter, "preferably 10." He said that some of the price of the gold coins his company sells can be traced to "upfront costs." He noted that his firm had been in business more than 50 years, and earned half a billion dollars, and enjoyed an A plus rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Carter also restated a central point of Goldline's sales pitch – that the federal government took gold bullion from private citizens during the Depression, and could always do so again. That's why the company encourages customers to buy collectable coins instead. "It's hard to determine what the government will do," said Carter. "I don't know whether it's a possibility. But [it] has been done before and people are concerned. Many people are paralleling 1933 to today."

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Source would also like to sell you a bridge in Florida.

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Source link also has a video that is more informative than the article, and fenris_lorsai pointed out a good article on Mother Jones on the topic. The folks over at The Big Picture also created a handy-dandy (and enormous) graphic to illustrate the problems that are prevalent in Goldline's (and similar) strategies.

It should be noted that Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson are also big promoters of Goldline, so it's not just Glenn Beck who is on on this action.

TL;DR: Conservative douchewaffles use fear and paranoia to herd their audiences into paying for shit that will not make good investments in the long run, company gets investigated for their dealings.

Why Would Essence Hire A White Fashion Editor



On Friday evening, cultural critic and writer Michaela angela Davis tweeted: "It is with a heavy heavy heart I have learned that Essence magazine has engaged a white fashion director, this hurts, literally, spiritually."

Michaela's tweet erupted a series of reactions, re-tweets, and scores of Facebook comments. Responses ranged from shock, disappointment to utter confusion.

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Cersei

Jury Begin to Decide Blago's Fate



Chicago, Illinois -- Jurors in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich began deliberating Wednesday.

The jury members were instructed by the judge before they received the case just before noon (1 p.m. ET). Testimony wrapped up last week.

The ousted governor did not take the stand in his own defense, saying it was his decision, based on his attorneys' advice, not to do so.

While awaiting trial, Blagojevich protested his innocence in interviews and on Twitter, as well as during his appearances on the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show.

Blagojevich faces 24 counts including racketeering, wire fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. The two-term Democrat was removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he had attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Barack Obama before he became president.

In one conversation recorded by federal agents, he told an aide, "I've got this thing, and it's [expletive] golden. I'm just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing."

The count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, while the count of solicitation of bribery carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

The former governor's brother, Robert Blagojevich, testified Tuesday that the governor was "trying to politically work something to his benefit" in handling the appointment -- but was thinking in terms of political horse-trading, not corruption.

"It didn't seem out of the ordinary, because Obama was taking a lot of people from Illinois with him to D.C.," said Robert Blagojevich, who raised money for his brother. He said the governor "was interested in the idea of being the head of Health and Human Services."

Robert Blagojevich is himself charged with wire fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and bribery conspiracy and is on trial with his brother. One count of wire fraud against him was thrown out Wednesday before jury instructions began.

Prosecutors argued that Rod Blagojevich and his inner circle engaged in a near-constant conspiracy of extortion and kickbacks after his 2002 election.

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Happy news for once :)

A Malaysian trans woman who had a civil partnership with a British man has won her fight to stay in the UK.

Fatine Young, 36, who was born male, feared she would be arrested and jailed if returned to her home country, which would consider her relationship to be homosexual.

She met 30-year-old Ian Young in 2006 while he was working in Kuala Lumpur and entered Britain on a six-month tourist visa to live with him in December 2008.

The couple tied the knot in a civil partnership service in the UK in June 2009 after seeking permission from the Home Office. They now live together in Sponden, Derby.

Last month, Mrs Young won her claim for asylum.

She told LGBT Asylum News: "After nearly a year struggling I am so relieved that the Home Office has approved my asylum claim, knowing that I am safe from the prosecution back home. My plight, known through the media in the UK, has touched a nerve amongst the Muslim community in Malaysia.

"Honestly, I'm not angry at the UK government for [repeatedly] rejecting my application, I'm just confused and scared. I don't know what have I done wrong as I know I follow everything by the book. I called my family in Malaysia to tell them the news but received no reaction from them. Ian's family and friends are happy that I got to stay here in UK."


Mrs Young has also claimed she was "treated badly and humiliated" by staff at the visa processing centre because her appearance does not match the gender stated in her passport.

Mr and Mrs Young say that while their family and friends have accepted their relationship, he had to leave his job as a school caretaker because parents claimed to be "uncomfortable" about their relationship.

Mr Young was transferred to another school, while his wife hopes to find work in the UK.

She said: "As soon as I've got my paperwork from Home Office, I will look for work. I know it may be a bit difficult to gain employment but I will try my best, I want to contribute something back to the government."

Source: Pink News
jonstewart-rave

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Arizona Immigration Law: Sections BLOCKED By Federal Judge


PHOENIX — A federal judge dealt a serious rebuke to Arizona's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law on Wednesday when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton shifts the immigration debate to the courts and sets up a lengthy legal battle that may not be decided until the Supreme Court weighs in. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said the state will likely appeal the ruling and seek to get the judge's order overturned.

But for now, opponents of the law have prevailed: The provisions that most angered opponents will not take effect, including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

The judge also delayed parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places – a move aimed at day laborers. In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.

"Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully-present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked," Bolton, a Clinton appointee, said in her decision.

She said the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. Other provisions of the law, many of them slight revisions to existing Arizona immigration statute, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

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Suck on THAT, you anti-immigrant asscactii!
jonstewart-rave

Congress Passes Historic Legislation to Reduce Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity


Today, the House passed legislation reducing the two-decades-old sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Senate passed an identical bill in March and the legislation is now heading to President Obama, who supports the reform effort.

This is a historic day, with House Republicans and Democrats in agreement that U.S. drug laws are too harsh and must be reformed. The tide is clearly turning against the failed war on drugs. 

Before the changes, a person with just five grams of crack received a mandatory sentence of five years in prison. That same person would have to possess 500 grams of powder cocaine to earn the same punishment. This discrepancy, known as the 100-to-1 ratio, was enacted in the late 1980s and was based on myths about crack cocaine being more dangerous than powder. Scientific evidence, including a major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has proven that crack and powder cocaine have identical physiological and psychoactive effects on the human body.

The 100-1 ratio has caused myriad problems, including perpetuating racial disparities, wasting taxpayer money, and targeting low-level offenders instead of dangerous criminals. African Americans comprise 82 percent of those convicted for federal crack cocaine offenses but only 30 percent of crack users, and 62 percent of people convicted for crack offenses were low-level sellers or lookouts.

Advocates pushed to totally eliminate the disparity but ultimately a compromise was struck between Democrats and Republicans to reduce the 100-to-1 disparity to 18-to-1. The compromise also eliminated the five year mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of five grams of cocaine (about two sugar packets worth). The repeal of that mandatory minimum is the first repeal of a mandatory minimum drug sentence since the 1970s. Overall, the compromise bill is expected to reduce the federal prison population by thousands of offenders and save an estimated $42 million in criminal justice spending over the first five years.

I'm overjoyed that thousands of people, mostly African American, will no longer be unjustly subjected to the harsh sentencing laws enacted in the 1980s. The compromise is not perfect and more needs to be done, but this is a huge step forward in reforming our country's overly harsh and wasteful drug laws.

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Well, halla-frakkin-lujah!  It's about time!

ETA:  Another piece here on how it all came together over last weekend:


Congress addressed a historic wrong on Wednesday afternoon, replacing it instead with a slightly lesser wrong, when the House voted to reduce the disparity in the sentencing of people caught with crack cocaine versus powder cocaine.

To be charged with a felony, crack users needed to possess only 5 grams of the drug. To be hit with the same charge, powder cocaine users needed to be caught with 500 grams. That 100-to-1 disparity has frequently been cited by drug war opponents as exhibit A to buttress their claim that drug laws are racist.

The moment on the House floor came and went fairly quickly, but the ease with which the bill passed belied a lot of behind-the-scenes activity.

As of Friday, the bill was not on the calendar to be considered this week. But on Saturday at the Netroots Nation conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked about the disparity and said that she expected the bill to come up the next week. It was placed on the calendar on Tuesday.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) controls the floor schedule and has been pushing on the issue for several weeks, working "hand in glove," according to one Senate aide, with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who sponsored the upper chamber's version of the disparity fix. The Senate aide said that Hoyer was late to a bicameral leadership meeting Tuesday night because he was still making calls to nail down support for the legislation.

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And yet another dose of Chilean WTF...

They are painted for Fondart 2011: Song to Pinochet and Song to Doña Lucia (Lucia Hiriart, Pinochet's wife)

Listen to the disk secretly. It is only sold by phone, for fear the "communists" will attack the music stores.


A few years ago, a "group of artists marginalized since 1989" embarked on the monumental task of proving that "talent is not limited to people of the left." Although history does not give the verdict on whether or not they achieved their goal, that was at least the intention declared to the press by Cesar Caamaño, one of the composers and main producers of the work.

They created "A Song to Pinochet: Song of a Liberator." But the work went unnoticed by the mass audience. The disk can only be sold by phone and not directly in trade "for fear of possible attacks" by opponents of the former dictator, now cremated. "It's like showing the cat a sausage," said Caamaño to reporters.

The work consists of eleven tracks, three to four minutes long-which are called "cantatas"-either by will or by confusion of the artists. So there is a "Cantata of A Thousand Nights" (about the government of Salvador Allende), "Cantata of Doña Lucia" and "Cantata of the Captain General, a lament in a foreign land," (on Pinochet's detention in London), among others.

Among the creators and performers of this album are Marcelo Descalzi (composer), winner in 1990 of "Winter Song" on "Tuesday 13th" Cesar Caamaño (composer), winner of the folk genre in the Festival de Viña '92 with "Weaving is the Manque" and Joana Catalan (singer), who played the role of Dulcinea in a staging of the play "Man of La Mancha" in 1984.
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source If you so desire, you can listen to some of this shit at the source.

I...have no words. This is worse than the people who perform at Tea Party events. I'm torn between wanting to go LOL PINOCHETISTAS and wanting to cry.

Gay jokes and carry-on commentating

Schoolyard slurs about the coalition might be troubling, but they are nothing new.

Before the left gets too precious about David Davis's reported comments on the '"Brokeback coalition", we should give our sluggish short-term memories something of a workout. Erudite and edifying though schoolyard slurs of this kind may be, they are neither new nor exclusive to the right.

Remember Harriet Harman's cheeky suggestion, in her first speech as the acting leader of the opposition, that “while the happy couple are enjoying the thrill of the rose garden, the in-laws are saying that they are just not right for each other”? Remember all those headlines about "a very civil partnership" and "a man-date to govern"? Playground gay jokes have been employed across the political spectrum to cast aspersions on the new government from day one.

It’s a troubling trend, and not just because of the obvious problems with equating male homosexuality, even in jest, with something the press and politicians find unnatural, suspicious and uncomfortable. The conceit is dazzling in its banality, substituting genuine political analysis for sniggering dick-jokes: it’s Carry-On commentating, and it manages to belittle all parties involved while failing to enlighten us one iota about the reasons for the fractures already emerging in the new government.

The discomfort underlying all the "Eton fag" and "Brokeback partnership" catcalls is multifarious, but it’s hard not to get the impression that a coalition government is somehow not daddy enough for us; that political partnerships and electoral reform are somehow not manly enough for the tough, thrusting, winner-takes-all tradition of British politics. As any 13-year-old boy can tell you, anything with the slightest hint of hetero-abnormality is gay, and gay is, like, completely rubbish. Obviously.

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Source: Laurie Penny @ New Statesman
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Patriotic Republican Finds Legal Loophole to Overthrow Mooslim Tyrant! We are Free!

AND WE ARE GETTING FREE SLAVES!!

Iowa GOP Supports Amendment To Strip Obama’s Citizenship Because He Won The Nobel Peace Prize

At its state convention in Des Moines last month, the Iowa GOP adopted a new party platform that includes the repeal of mandatory minimum wage laws, the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education, and even clarification on the definition of manure. Out of the “387 enumerated planks and principles,” Newsweek’s Jerry Adler found the most “startling” section of the platform calls for “the reintroduction and ratification of the original 13th Amendment.”

Adopted in December 1865, the current 13th Amendment of the Constitution prohibits “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” in the United States or any place under its jurisdiction. The Iowa GOP is not trying to overturn this amendment to reinstate slavery. Instead, it wants to reintroduce the “original 13th Amendmentfirst offered by senator Phillip Reed of Maryland in 1810. The amendment states that “if any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honor” from a “foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen” and “shall be incapable of holding any office of trust.” In receiving only 12 out of the 13 votes needed for ratification, the amendment was never adopted.

Traditional supporters of the idea are known as “Thirteenthers,” who seek to prevent those with the title of “esquire,” such as lawyers and bankers, from participating in government. But according to its spokeswoman, Danielle Plogmann, the Iowa GOP supports it as an attack on President Obama’s Nobel Prize win:
There are, of course, other implications of Thirteenthism, such as ensuring that the United States never again suffers the humiliation of having a president win the Nobel Peace Prize. That was just what the Iowa Republicans had in mind, according to Plogmann, who wrote in an e-mail that the plank “was meant to make a statement about the delegates’ opinion about Mr. Obama receiving the prize.” (Presumably they didn’t mind if, in the process, they were also making a statement about any American scientist or writer unlucky enough to win a Nobel.) Unfortunately for them, the Department of Justice looked into whether Obama needed Congressional approval to accept the Nobel under the existing emoluments clause, and based on the meaning of “foreign state” (which would not cover the Nobel Prize Committee) concluded that he did not.
Iowa is currently “the only state where this type of plank has been introduced into the GOP platform.” While chances are indeed remote that such a measure would pass, should the Iowa GOP and “Thirteenthers” successfully push their belief, “every act of federal government since 1819,” including the abolition of slavery, “would be delegitimized.” (HT: Iowa Independent)
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Aaaaand we have sneak peek shots of Obama on tomorrow's ep of The View.



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Plus an article:

Obama: 'What is a Snooki?'

President Obama charmed the ladies on "The View" yesterday and confidently showed off his command of the big challenges facing the nation today.

But the name Snooki didn't ring a bell.


"I'm sorry, I don't know who that is
," the smiling but perplexed President said when asked about the big-haired "Jersey Shore" bombshell, according to several audience members interviewed after the show.

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Details of 100m Facebook users collected and published

Personal details of 100m Facebook users have been collected and published on the net by a security consultant.

Ron Bowles used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles, collecting data not hidden by the user's privacy settings.

The list, which has been shared as a downloadable file, contains the URL of every searchable Facebook user's profile, their name and unique ID.

Mr Bowles said he published the data to highlight privacy issues, but Facebook said it was already public information.

The file has spread rapidly across the net.

On the Pirate Bay, the world's biggest file-sharing website, the list was being distributed and downloaded by more than 1,000 users.

One user, going by the name of lusifer69, described the list as "awesome and a little terrifying".
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