September 9th, 2011

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Dead Island Maker Gives Leading Lady A "Feminist Whore" Skill

Dead Island Maker Gives Leading Lady A "Feminist Whore" Skill [updated]

One of the unlockable skills for Dead Island leading lady Purna allows her to deal extra damage against male victims. It's called Gender Wars in the game, but the original skill was apparently named "Feminist Whore."

The errant bit of renamed text was discovered by a resourceful computer gamer who found the original skill name buried in the code for the non-retail version of the game that was accidentally sent to digital game store Steam.

In the code, the game lists some of Purna's skills as "TeamSpirit1Purna", "SharpApprenticePurna" and "FeministWhorePurna".

Reached for comment this morning Techland confirmed that Feminist Whore was indeed the original name for the Gender Wars skill. The inappropriate name was caught by the developers and changed, they said, but remained in one debug, diagnostic file which ended up in the actual game.

Reached for comment this morning, publisher Deep Silver confirmed to Kotaku that the line of code was in an early build of the game.

"It has come to our attention that one of Dead Island's leftover debug files contains a highly inappropriate internal script name of one of the character skills. This has been inexcusably overlooked and released with the game," Blazej Krakowiak, Techland International Brand Manager, said via email. "The line in question was something a programmer considered a private joke. The skill naturally has a completely different in-game name and the script reference was also changed. What is left is a part of an obscure debug function. This is merely an explanation but by no means an excuse. In the end that code was made a part of the product and signed with our company name. We deeply regret that fact and we apologize to all our customers or anyone who might have been offended by that inappropriate expression.

"The person responsible for this unfortunate situation will face professional consequences for violating the professional standards and beliefs Techland stands for."

Publisher Deep Silver also responded with a prepared statement:

"These unfortunate actions were of one individual at developer company Techland and do not in any way represent the views of publishing company Deep Silver."


...Oh. :/

Interpol adds Gaddafi to Most Wanted list

Red notices were also issued for spy chief Abdullah Senussi [left] and Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [centre]

Interpol has issued a red notice - its highest arrest alert - for Muammar Gaddafi as the hunt for the former Libyan leader intensifies.

The France-based international police organisation said it had issued the notice in collaboration with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) where Gaddafi is accused of crimes against humanity.

Notices were also issued for Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and Abdullah Senussi, his former director of military intelligence, who have also been indicted by the ICC.

"The Red Notices have been circulated to all of Interpol's 188 members and include essential identifying and judicial information," the organisation said.

Interpol said the issue of the notices was also the first step towards its formally recognising Libya's National Transitional Council [NTC] as the country's formal government.

"Interpol will co-operate with and assist the ICC and Libyan authorities represented by the Interim Transitional National Council of Libya to apprehend Muammar Gaddafi," Ronald Nobel, Interpol's secretary-general, said.

Interpol's move followed a request for the red notice from Moreno-Ocampo. It means that the three men are now considered among the world's most wanted fugitives.

"Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo's request for Interpol red notices will significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders and is a powerful tool to help in their location and arrest," Noble said.

Moreno-Ocampo said the issuing of the alert meant that Gaddafi's arrest was a "matter of time" and ensured that the warrant for his arrest was in the hands of law enforcement agencies around the world.

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9/11 has become all about New York — with D.C. and the Pentagon nearly forgotten

9/11 has become all about New York — with D.C. and the Pentagon nearly forgotten

By Marc Fisher, Published: September 2

To see the new 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City, visitors will need timed-entry tickets; almost all of them for the first week were snapped up well in advance of next Sunday’s opening. To see the Pentagon Memorial, next to the spot where American Airlines Flight 77 punched a 75-foot-wide hole through the building’s west wall a decade ago, visitors must walk through a long tunnel under an interstate highway and then through a vast parking lot. When they arrive, their chances of having the memorial to themselves are excellent.

In a 10th-anniversary edition of a Life magazine book commemorating that tragic day, the story of the attack on the Pentagon merits five out of 208 pages. In “Project Rebirth,” a new book and documentary film telling the stories of Sept. 11 survivors who have been interviewed each year since the attacks, every one of the people profiled experienced the attacks in New York.

In history books, documentaries and news accounts and across popular culture, the shift toward an almost exclusive focus on the New York part of the 9/11 story has been steady and relentless. Amid hundreds of hours of programming in this week’s many television tributes, there are only nominal mentions of the Pentagon attack.

“If I were a family member of a Pentagon victim, I might feel a little deserted,” said James Young, director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a leading scholar on how memorials and public memory are shaped.

Comparing one person’s pain with another’s, or one city’s with another’s, can feel disturbing, even petty. Merely to point out that the story of 9/11 has become overwhelmingly a New York story, with the Pentagon attack and its 184 victims relegated to a historical afterthought, might be dismissed as small at first, just another example of Washington’s insecurity and New York’s self-centeredness. But the comparison matters, because memory matters. The stories we tell now about what happened in 2001 will color the history our descendants receive and pass along.

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Reflective source

I thought this was an interesting perspective to share -- especially because I know that friends who had parents and relatives at the Pentagon share the same tragedy as so many New Yorkers, but it is hard for me to remember any of my friends being very vocal about their grief. The terror that seized my chest when I heard about the Pentagon attack was bad enough (my father travels between Arlington and Capital Hill multiple times daily) but the radio silence about the Pentagon victims must be heartbreaking. Same goes for those on Flight 93. I really hope the NYC memorial is truly, truly a national international one because of how indiscriminating the attacks were.
Pride & Prejudice

It’s time to abolish the 50p tax rate (or in short: BAWWWWW won't somebody think about teh rich)

THERE are many reasons why the top 50p rate of tax should be axed. It sends a message that the UK doesn’t like successful people; it has made Britain less competitive in the race for talent and capital; and the job losses and reduced economic growth it will cause means that the overall revenue raised by the government will be lower, over time, than had the tax not been introduced.

The 50p tax’s sole purpose is to hurt a few people and fuel class warfare. Even those on low incomes who will never pay the tax will be worse off because of it. It is also a myth to believe that the “rich” do not pay much or enough tax in today’s Britain.

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'war on wealth'
Balthier - Not impressed

Nikki Haley Wants To Drug Test Applicants For Unemployment Benefits

Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday she wants to institute drug testing for people who apply for state unemployment benefits.

"I so want drug testing," Haley told a receptive, hometown gathering of Rotarians at a breakfast reception held at the Country Club of Lexington. "It's something I've been wanting since the first day I walked into office."

SOURCE which talks about how there are no jobs in SC
absinthe, wormwood

Is the NHS an ex-Parrot?

In the Yes Camp: The TUC

The House of Commons have now voted through the government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill, and passed it on to the House of Lords as the next step towards becoming law.

Despite the government’s “listening exercise” and changes to the Bill, what was passed in the Commons yesterday is still a toxic combination of competition, markets and fragmentation that strikes at the founding principles of the NHS. To take just a few examples of the areas where we still have serious concerns:

  • The Bill means increased competition instead of collaboration. This is despite evidence that the NHS is one of the most cost effective health care systems in the world – much more so than in the USA, where competition is central. Plans to allow ‘Any Qualified Provider’ to deliver NHS services will open up swathes of the NHS to private and voluntary sector providers.
  • It still means private patients jumping the queue. The Bill removes the cap on the amount of money NHS hospitals can make from private patients. This could mean NHS patients being pushed to the back of the queue for care. With foundation trusts strapped for cash, the temptation to prioritise paying patients will be strong.
  • It means a fragmented system and lack of accountability. The government would no longer have a direct duty to provide a comprehensive health service. It would be up to local commissioning groups to determine what to provide as part of the NHS. This could intensify postcode lotteries for care.
  • There are still fears about transparency. Private and voluntary sector providers will have a much bigger role delivering NHS services if the Bill goes through, but the Bill doesn’t hold them to the same standards of transparency as NHS providers.
  • The reform is getting even more expensive. On the tightest financial settlement in many years, the NHS is also being asked to make ‘efficiency savings’ of £20bn by 2014-15. The cost of the reorganisation is estimated to be up to another £3bn. We already know that tens of thousands of jobs are being cut, including clinical posts.

Despite the Commons vote, the campaign to halt this Bill is not stopping here. With senior Liberal Democrat Peers concerned about the repercussions of the Bill, there could be a lot of scope for resistance and amendments to it. We’ll be pressing Peers of all parties to take an active role in the debate and to listen to the widespread concerns of NHS service users and staff about the risks to the future of our National Health Service.

In the No Camp: Martin Shapland on

If you had been on Twitter on Wednesday night after the vote on NHS reform, you might have got the impression from the vitriol of the miscellaneous lefty masses that the coalition government had just asset-stripped hospitals, privatised cancer wards and thrown grandmothers out on the streets to sell off the beds. ‘It’s a Tory Privatisation!’ ‘The Liberal Democrats have sold out!’ -#lowerthanvermin was the hashtag of choice.

Of course all of that is complete tosh.

No party or ideology has a monopoly on the NHS. A free at the point of use, national and public health service is something Labourites, Liberals and Conservatives alike passionately believe in and that is something the NHS reforms will not change. If you don’t believe me, read the explanatory notes yourself here.

The Bill's aims are to restructure the NHS; abolishing Primary Care Trusts and setting up Commissioning Boards, which will have much more local accountability, give GPs more autonomy over local services and allow much more transparency than the existing setup. They will also encourage efficiency and give NHS providers new freedoms to improve quality of care.

It will not, as online campaigning portal 38 Degrees and others have suggested, allow the secretary of state for health to ‘wash their hands’ of the NHS, lead to privatisation, or subject the NHS to new aspects of UK or EU Competition Law.

38 Degrees' assertions are particularly misguided as they contradict the legal advice they commissioned themselves.

Where 38 Degrees told their members that ‘the bill will remove the duty of the secretary of state to provide’ (Sections 1 and 3 of the 2006 act) their legal advice states: The duties set out in Sections 1 and 3 of the 2006 Act are executed on behalf of the Secretary of State by Primary Care Trusts … Thus, there is no change at all. Incidentally the Bill itself retains the wording ‘The secretary of state has the duty to promote a comprehensive health service’ - something retained from the original 1946 Act.

Where 38 Degrees told their members the Bill will ‘make it almost inevitable that UK and EU competition law will apply as if it were a utility like gas or telecoms’,  their legal advice states: ‘The current procurement law contained in the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, which derives from European law, has always applied to NHS purchasing … As regards the applicability of domestic and European competition law to the NHS, it is likely that… competition law already applies to PCTs and NHS providers.

Apart from the fact that Labour’s 2006 NHS act delegated the duty to provide to Primary Care Trusts and exposed the NHS to European competition law, the charge that the Liberal Democrats somehow ‘sold out’ is risible.

It was a motion at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference led to the Bill being paused and a massive rewrite taking place that guaranteed no privatisation of the NHS, no special favours to the private sector, retained the legal requirement that services be free of charge, ensured
continuous improvement in the quality of services and put in place a clause to reduce health inequalities – all of which, incidentally, is the duty of the secretary of state.

I note the cries of ‘privatisation’ ‘shame’ and ‘sellout’ come from the same Labour party that financed new hospitals using expensive private finance initiatives, created ‘private’ foundation hospitals and paid the private sector £250m for operations that weren’t carried out. 

There are complaints you can make about the bill – it's rushed, it’s a top-down reorganisation and it’s not what’s in the coalition agreement – but it is not privatisation through the back, or any, door.

Of course the art of politics is about presentation, something the coalition is relatively poor at, but it is important to get the facts right, and not scaremonger as 38 Degrees and Labour have. We received an email in the office this morning from a member of the public worried about paying for healthcare and asking whether they were going to have to start paying for their healthcare.

The very clear and understandable answer is no: the NHS will remain free at the point of use – I’m saddened to learn that you have been misled.

After watching the Labour response to the tuition fees bill, I'm deeply suspicious of anything they say.  HOWEVER, I'm not too keen to trust Tories with the NHS either.  IDK ontd_p, maybe it's a bit more complicated than news reports would lead us to believe?
Warm tone butterfly (by fruitpunch_it)

David Cameron: parents of truants face benefit cuts

Parents of children who regularly truant face having their benefits cut, David Cameron has warned, as he opened the first wave of the Government’s free schools.

In a keynote speech on Friday, the Prime Minister said the government's social policy review, set up in the wake of the recent riots, was considering the proposal.

Addressing the Norwich Free School, Norfolk, he outlined Coalition plans to ensure teaching was based on “excellence”.
Controversial reforms were needed to “bring back the values of a good education” because failure to do so would be “fatal to prosperity”.
Mr Cameron said more discipline and rigour were needed.

In his speech, Mr Cameron signalled a return to “elitism” in schools in an attempt to mend Britain’s “broken society” and secure the economic future.

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Conservative Bingo: Drink everytime you see or hear the words "invest", "capital", "prosperity", "business" "tax" etc etc


CH War and Peace

US students tried for anti-Israel protest

A group of Muslim students are being tried in the US for protesting during a speech by Israel's ambassador to the United States in 2010, Press TV reports.

State of California prosecutors argued on Wednesday that the 10 Muslim university students broke the law when they repeatedly interrupted a speech by the Israeli envoy, Michael Oren, during a public meeting in the University of California, Irvine, in February 2010.

The Orange County District attorney alleged that the Muslim students, known as "Irvine 11", violated Oren's right to free speech by delaying his remarks for 20 minutes.

However, supporters of the students insist that they were practicing their constitutional rights based on the First Amendment to the US Constitution and should not be criminalized for protesting.

"A foreign ambassador is coming to our home and talking to us about these issues and we can't have a voice at the table nor can even voice it out in a protest," said Kifah Shah of the 'Stand with the Eleven' group, in a Press TV interview.

Since the incident, the students and the school's Muslim Student Union chapter have been disciplined by university officials.

A group of peace organizations believe the prosecutors pursued criminal charges due to political consideration in favor of the Israeli regime, the prime US foreign ally.

The group says the case is a prime example of selective prosecution and that the students are being punished because the Israeli ambassador was involved.

"Because they were protesting the activities of his country and also because the young men were all Muslim, and because perhaps those behind the prosecution thought that they could get away with it because of the rampant Islamophobia in this country," said Ameena Qazi from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Los Angeles.

CAIR says this case has dealt a significant blow to Muslim-American students on college campuses across the country.

The Muslim organization says the prosecution would prevent Muslim students to feel that they are equally accepted in society and allowed to participate in public events.

The Irvine 11 trial is scheduled to last several weeks with closing arguments expected by September 23. If convicted, the Muslim students face up to six months in jail.



Agency forces amputee to prove leg still gone

Even though ten years have passed since Fredrik Jansson from Skellefteå in northern Sweden had his leg amputated, he must still prove his leg hasn't grown back in order to keep his disabled parking permit.
“It is ridiculous to say the least. It defies all common sense,” Jansson told The Local.

Eleven years ago, Jansson was forced to have his leg amputated after a long battle with cancer.

Despite the fact that it is unlikely his condition will get better, he regularly has to prove to local authorities that he has enough trouble walking to need a disabled parking permit.

“I go down to Umeå once every three years and have a doctor establish my leg is still gone,“ he said.

According to Jansson the trip makes him lose a day's wages as well as using up a medical appointment someone else might have been more in need of.

But according to the local authorities, the medical certificate is necessary in order to establish who needs a permit and who can manage without, as there are a limited number of disabled parking spaces in the area.

“It is really difficult for us to judge these things and that is why we need the medical recommendation,“ said traffic administrator Annica Persson from Skellefteå municipality to The Local.

She also pointed out that there are very many prosthetic aids for those lacking limbs today, which also makes it difficult for laymen to know who can manage without a permit and who can't.

For Jansson, however, a prosthetic leg is not an option.

But even if it was, he doesn't think he would manage without a disabled parking permit if he was trying to carry shopping bags, manage crutches, and forced to walk some distance to his car.

But according to Persson the authorities are not allowed to take carrying groceries into consideration.

“We are only allowed to make our judgement from the person's ability to walk,” she said.

However, Persson also said that it is in fact possible for the authorities to make an exception from the rule and use the same medical note twice, provided the certificate has enough information in it.

She also said that using it more than two times would probably not be possible, or the certificate would be considered outdated.

“But even so, the actual application for the permit still has to be handed in every three years,“ Persson said.

Jansson understands that it is not in fact Persson and the local authority that make up the rules, but he still thinks that it is ridiculous that the permit has to be renewed so often.

“It's not like my leg is going to grow back,” he told The Local.