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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Woody Allen responds to the "new" scandal: http://www.theonion.com/articles/boy-ive-really-put-you-in-a-tough-spot-havent-i,34949/?ref=auto

Straight from America's Finest News Source.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Darqcyde wrote:
Woody Allen responds to the "new" scandal: http://www.theonion.com/articles/boy-ive-really-put-you-in-a-tough-spot-havent-i,34949/?ref=auto

Straight from America's Finest News Source.

It's either real or very, very well written, and considering the fact that Allen is effectively a luddite and notoriously ignores gossip, well . . .
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darqcyde wrote:
WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Darqcyde wrote:
Woody Allen responds to the "new" scandal: http://www.theonion.com/articles/boy-ive-really-put-you-in-a-tough-spot-havent-i,34949/?ref=auto

Straight from America's Finest News Source.

It's either real or very, very well written, and considering the fact that Allen is effectively a luddite and notoriously ignores gossip, well . . .
Of course it's real. It's The Onion!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kremlin Analysts Push For Ukraine Annexation
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Indeed, Russia’s relationship with Yanukovych and its perceived meddling in the Ukraine have been at the very heart of the protests from the outset—for it was the president’s decision to snub the EU in favor of closer ties and a $15 billion loan from Moscow that set off angry demonstrations last November.

Now, Russian politicians and analysts have started using loaded language when talking about what to do with Ukraine and its intractable protesters. Recently, a former advisor to Russian president Vladimir Putin, political scientist Andrey Illarionov, opined that Russia is extremely eager to seize Ukrainian territory. According to Illarionov, Moscow’s propaganda machine is running at top speed in order to prepare for such an outcome. He quoted Kremlin sources as saying, “we should wait ‘til the Sochi 2014 Olympics start and then set about finding the solution to the Ukrainian Question.”

Such wording is not accidental—Illarionov is definitely hinting at the notorious Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” (Endlösung der Judenfrage) in his speech. World War II-era allusions are widespread among Ukrainian political experts, as well—when local analysts talk about the Russian line of action against Ukraine, they use the word “Anschluss.”

The historical meaning behind the latter German term is being actively promoted as a viable option for dealing with Ukraine by Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Since the Euromaidan started, he’s made lots of ridiculous statements, but his recent ones really take the cake. “We will give Ukraine cartridges but not soldiers,” Zhirinovsky said. “We will send all the Ukrainian refugees to Siberia, that frosty minus-60 degree resort …If [the protesters] hinder you in the East and South of Ukraine, let a local administration appeal to us officially and we will ask the Russian government to rise in defense of Russians in these Ukrainian regions.”

A colleague of Zhirinovksy, Roman Khudyakov, also advised that Ukraine should hold a referendum to join the Russian empire and then “we can help.”

Of course, Zhirinovsky has a reputation as something of a windbag, but as Illarionov noted, “nobody hides the fact of preparations for Russian intervention in Ukrainian affairs, which it is carrying on right now.” Political analysts say that the Kremlin is ready to swap out the current president, Yanukovych, for a more convenient and loyal person (such as Andrey Klyuyev or Victor Medvedtchuk)—and Moscow strategists don’t want to wait for the 2015 elections as a tool for such a change. They’d like their plans to come to fruition in the next couple of weeks.

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The information about the aggressiveness of Russia’s designs is not so surprising to Ukrainians, who are already used to politically incorrect statements coming out of Moscow. In 2008, at the Bucharest NATO Summit, Putin said that “Ukraine is a historical misunderstanding which was created on the Russian territory.” So, in his mind, Russia needs to restore its territory at the expense of Ukraine. “They even don’t say “Ukraine” as a term, using instead the ‘Reunification of Russia’,” Illarionov says.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Him wrote:
Darqcyde wrote:
WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Darqcyde wrote:
Woody Allen responds to the "new" scandal: http://www.theonion.com/articles/boy-ive-really-put-you-in-a-tough-spot-havent-i,34949/?ref=auto

Straight from America's Finest News Source.

It's either real or very, very well written, and considering the fact that Allen is effectively a luddite and notoriously ignores gossip, well . . .
Of course it's real. It's The Onion!

I some surreal way, the Onion op-ed seems more "real" than this actual op-ed by Allen published yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/opinion/sunday/woody-allen-speaks-out.html?_r=0
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That does remind me of a discussion I had with a friend yesterday about the differences in how the media (and by extension society at large) treats the same sort of crime differently depending on the involved. My friend brought up the Woody Allen thing and while musing about it I started thinking about R. Kelly and and his many, many crimes (warning: pretty disturbing article) and how differently he is treated by the media and society.

I imagine there will always be some level of apology for artists in our society but the difference in this case is so striking, so unnerving really. R. Kelly the person, not just his music, is celebrated by people. He is well known enough that the shit he did should be known by everybody but the girls weren't white so nobody cares.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Copenhagen Zoo puts down 2-year-old giraffe Marius, dissects him in front of zoo visitos (and streams it online), then feeds him to lions... said it was necessary to prevent inbreeding, despite interest from other zoos in taking him.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Copenhagen Zoo puts down 2-year-old giraffe Marius, dissects him in front of zoo visitos (and streams it online), then feeds him to lions... said it was necessary to prevent inbreeding, despite interest from other zoos in taking him.


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"I'm actually proud because I think we have given children a huge understanding of the anatomy of a giraffe that they wouldn't have had from watching a giraffe in a photo," Stenbaek Bro told AP.
Shocked Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that rationalization does seem to be a bit of a stretch.
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The Ninth Circuit court has ruled that California's rule requiring "good cause" may not be interpreted so narrowly as to prevent virtually everyone from getting a concealed carry permit, as was being done in San Diego.

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The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.

California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have “good cause,” which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge O’Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the “good cause” provision violates the Second Amendment.

The Court ruled that a government may specify what mode of carrying to allow (open or concealed), but a government may not make it impossible for the vast majority of Californians to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

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The Peruta decision employs the typical two-step test which has been adopted by many federal courts: 1. Does the conduct at issue involve Second Amendment rights? 2. If so, then apply heightened scrutiny; but if the law destroys the right, rather than merely restricts it, the law is categorically unconstitutional, with no need for detailed analysis under strict or intermediate scrutiny. The details of the two parts of the test vary among the Circuits, and not all Circuits recognize the final item in Step 2.

The Peruta Court expressly stated that its ruling only applies to law-abiding citizens. The plaintiffs were in accord; they did not challenge the statutory requirement a permit applicant must be of “good moral character.”

The Peruta decision examines the text of the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald, and the legal history of the right to bear arms. The Court pays particular attention to the historical cases and commentators that have been favorably cited by Heller and McDonald. The survey leads straightforwardly to the conclusion that the right to carry a gun in public places for lawful self-defense is part of the Second Amendment right. So plaintiffs pass step 1 of the two-part test.

As for step 2: the “good cause” requirement, as interpreted by San Diego, is a near-total destruction of the right to bear arms. “Heller teaches that a near-total prohibition on keeping arms (Heller) is hardly better than a near-total prohibition on bearing them (this case), and vice versa. Both go too far.”

Hence, San Diego’s policy is unconstitutional.

As Heller had observed, there are many 19th century cases which say that a state may ban concealed carry so long as open carry is still allowed. California might have been able to do the same. But it is unconstitutional to prohibit carrying in every mode: “the Second Amendment does require that the states permit some form of carry for self-defense outside the home.”

The Peruta decision does not strike down California’s statutes about licensing for the carrying of firearms. The decision simply says that the “good cause” requirement may not be interpreted in a manner that disable typical law-abiding citizens from being able to obtain carry permits. The state statute is fine; the way the statute was interpreted by many California jurisdictions is not.
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http://news.yahoo.com/epa-vastly-misjudges-methane-leaks-study-confirms-190358292.html

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The review of scientific studies of methane emissions suggests that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methane counts are about 50 percent too low, though the underestimate could range from 25 percent to as much as 75 percent. That means the United States is pumping about 14 million tons more methane than thought into the atmosphere each year, according to the findings, published today (Feb. 13) in the journal Science.

"Evidence from numerous studies consistently suggest that methane emissions are larger than those estimated by the EPA inventory," said Adam Brandt, lead study author and an energy resources engineer at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

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In other news: http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/13/technology/comcast-time-warner-cable-deal/

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If the deal is approved, the combined group will be the country's dominant provider of television channels and Internet connections, reaching roughly one in three American homes.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is horrible disturbing news. If we had reasonable regulations and enforcement, I'm sure that wouldn't happen.
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That is horrible disturbing news. If we had reasonable regulations and enforcement, I'm sure that wouldn't happen.


For which article? Or is it both? I say this, because the methane article talks about how they believe most of the methane is coming from a few "super producers" in the petro chemical production/extraction fields.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darqcyde wrote:
stripeypants wrote:
That is horrible disturbing news. If we had reasonable regulations and enforcement, I'm sure that wouldn't happen.


For which article? Or is it both? I say this, because the methane article talks about how they believe most of the methane is coming from a few "super producers" in the petro chemical production/extraction fields.


I missed the other article, was talking about Comcast and Timewarner. Will have to read about the methane leaks later.
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