Friday, September 30, 2011

Rogers executives jump from windows as CRTU declines to review Netflix

That's ok, there's always the customers to take it out on.

Netflix Inc. won’t face regulation in Canada after the country’s broadcast agency rejected calls from BCE Inc. and other cable providers that argued the Internet-based movie company has a competitive advantage, two people familiar with the matter said.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will announce next week it won’t undertake a formal review of Netflix and other online providers, the two people said, on condition they not be identified because the decision hasn’t been made public.

a competitive advantage = cheaper, easier to use and more convenient. Can't have that.

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National Post trans-intolerant ad

Newspapers do, in fact, pick and choose what political advertisements they run especially during elections. So I'm going to charitably assume for now that this ad from the Institute for Canadian Values (a group that seems to be fronted by Charles McVety, an evangelical preacher with a pretty colorful Wikipedia bio) was a mistake.

Click thru to see how coarse and bigoted Canada is becoming...

Read more here.

Let them drink Champagne

Scientists discover extreme rarity: A Conservative with a brain

Until this week, Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, a fiscal conservative from Mayor Rob Ford’s home base of Etobicoke, was a reliable Ford ally. No longer.

At council’s special meeting on service cuts, Lindsay Luby criticized Ford for falsely raising the spectre of a 35 per cent tax hike. She said she had not been given enough information to approve cuts.

She authored a surprise proposal to forbid the privatization of the Toronto Parking Authority. And she voted with council’s left-leaning faction on numerous tight votes, voting against Ford 25 times in all — after voting with him on every major issue of his mayoral term before Tuesday.

Lindsay Luby, a councillor since 1985, has never been close with Ford. He unsuccessfully ran against her in 1997, famously called her a “waste of skin” during a debate about a pothole in 2005, and backed her challenger in the 2010 election.

My My, Robbie Ford has been classy that long?

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We need an App to tell if your parents are homophobes

Clue one, they just downloaded this app...


We need others: Is my son a liberal! Is my son an atheist? Is my son trapped by two braindead parents?

I just downloaded the new "Is My Son Gay" app to my Android phone, because I need to see if I am gay or not...

The French-developed app is obviously weird and offensive to the LGBT community and their supportive families. The app seems aimed at the kind of paranoia that helped foster the war on drugs, the movie Reefer Madness and the entire run of All in the Family.

Read more here.

Harper and Co.'s "Don't F*ck with our Money" copyright bill

A parade of bullshit. A bill clearly favouring one side over another. Digital locks, ptttfff, whatever.

Read more here.

Steven Cuckovich of Will C. Wood High School: Idiot of the Day

Another tin pot dictator with a captive audience...

When someone sneezes, it's common for a person in the vicinity to respond, "bless you."

But for making that remark, students in Steven Cuckovich's health class in Vacaville, Calif. lost 25 points off a test. The next day, someone used the phrase again when a student sneezed, and Will C. Wood High School student Erica Fagan told KXTV that Cuckovich docked points off everyone's grades.

The punishment has nothing to do with religion, Cuckovich tells KTXL News in Sacramento. Rather, it's about deterring students from being disruptive in class and interrupting learning time.

"The blessing doesn't really make sense anymore," Cuckovich told KTXL. "When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So they were saying 'God bless you' for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, what you're doing really doesn't make sense."

Read more here.

Pushy Islam: Renounce Christianity or die

The lawyer for an Iranian Christian cleric sentenced to death for apostasy says he is optimistic that his client will be acquitted.

The lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, said there was a 95% chance Yusuf Naderkhani would be freed.

Iran's Supreme Court has said that Naderkhani's sentence may be annulled if he renounces Christianity. His lawyer says that he refuses to do so.

There have been international appeals for clemency for Naderkhani.

Now in his early 30s, he converted to Christianity at the age of 19. He was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death the following year by a court of appeals.

The former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, said he could not advise Naderkhani to recant.

"As a Christian I can't do that," he told BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

The Religion of Peace...

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Woman hears herself for the first time

I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :)

Paul Champ, lawyer for The Canadian Press, doesn't know what country he's in

"Who would say it's a bad thing to preserve and protect Canadian documents and Canadian archives and make them more accessible to Canadians? ... It's sort of like being against apple pie and baseball."

Ummm, apple pie? Baseball?

Anywayyyyy, Harper and Co. are all for freedom of long as Liberals are damaged..

Think some future conservative government will be all gung-ho to release info on, I don't think so either.

The Harper government is appealing a court order to lift the shroud of secrecy over a decades-old RCMP dossier on socialist trailblazer Tommy Douglas.

Federal Court Justice Simon Noel ordered the government in August to reconsider its decision to withhold at least one-third of the 1,142-page security intelligence file and heavily censor the rest.

Read more here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bend over customers, here comes Bank of America

Bank of America will charge customers $5 per month to use their debit card starting in early 2012, according to Dow Jones Newswires...

...The added fees are an effort to generate revenue that bank officials expect they will lose as a result of recent regulations -- passed through the Dodd-Frank Act -- that curb overdraft and other fees, according to the Detroit Free Press.

A banking industry group told the Free Press in May that creating or charging fees is one of the few ways banks can recoup revenue lost through through the new rules.

Read more here.

OH! That's why Kevin Page is an idiot

Mr. Page is Harper's lap dog, and is suggesting we fuck over the elderly, as there are just too damn many of them...

Canada's aging population and other factors mean the country's finances are not sustainable over the long term, according to a report released Thursday by Parliament's budget watchdog.

Government debt can't grow faster than the economy in order for a country to be considered fiscally sustainable, and in his report, Kevin Page estimates the amount of fiscal action required to achieve sustainability.

Read more here.

Defense Research Establishment

One wonders why someone at the Defense Research Establishment in Canada is doing a search with the term:

"kevin page is an idiot"

Kevin Page was appointed Canada's first Parliamentary Budget Officer on March 25, 2008.

Just wonderin'

Alessio Rastani performs astonishing feat of making traders seem the victim

OMG it's a fake! Those poor misunderstood financial geniuses, they must have been right all along!

PR stunt? Organized by who...?

He's become the face of the global debt crisis and an internet sensation. The self-styled City trader who stripped away the jargon and bluster of the financial world and summed up our woes in just three minutes. "I go to bed every night dreaming of another recession," Alessio Rastani explained in a BBC interview. "It's an opportunity."

Read more here.

Meltdown - The men who crashed the world

This will be dismissed by some as left wing propaganda, with is par for the course.

Ignore that now tired old chestnut and enjoy.

Overcompensating Rick Perry just loves him some guns

These types are so blind to just how repulsive they come across.

Unless of course you have a gun fetish too...

The entire population of Mississippi are doctors, lawyers and theologians

How else would they be qualified to decide this...

Mississippi voters will be allowed to decide on a ballot measure that defines "personhood" from the moment of fertilization, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week. The measure could potentially outlaw abortions, birth control, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research across the state.

Measure 26, which will bypass the legislature and go straight to a popular ballot vote, redefines the term "person" as it appears throughout Mississippi's Bill of Rights to include "all human beings from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."

Next up, a popular vote on sub atomic theory...

Read more here.

Harper and Co. poised to shove copyright bill down our throats

They've been trying to push the "Don't Fuck with our Money" bill for ages, now that Canada has foolishly given these thugs a majority...

Consumers and creators alike have their ears perked for the reintroduction of the government's copyright bill, expected Thursday.

"An act to amend the Copyright Act" was listed for introduction by Industry Minister Christian Paradis on Wednesday's parliamentary notice paper.

Heritage Minister James Moore indicated in early September that the government planned to reintroduce the copyright bill in exactly the same form as the legislation that died when the last session of Parliament ended in the spring, the former Bill C-32. At that time, Moore indicated that the government wants to pick up where it left off in the last session, and the legislative committee studying the bill will not be inviting groups that have already commented to appear before the committee again.

Someone is very eager to see this bill passed...They run as if the very whips of their masters were behind them...

FYI my Conservative friends, no one with any knowledge of the modern world will take your punitive measures seriously.

Read more here.

Americans think they are just *so* wonderful

CNN takes masturbation to a whole new level...

“And may God bless the United States of America” is a popular closing line in speeches by presidents and presidential hopefuls.

Does a higher power, if one exists, “shed his grace on thee,” as the lyrics of “America the Beautiful” proclaim?

And if so, does this make the United States of America the greatest country in the world?

Christianity Today crunched data from a Pew Research Center poll that asked more than 1,500 Americans for their views of the United States.

“Nearly all Americans think they live in the best country on Earth. While a majority of Americans believe there are other countries just as great, nine in 10 say no nation is better. Within this high view of America, there are differences between different religious groups,” the magazine noted.

To this end, Christianity Today suggested the existence of a “patriotism God-gap in America.”

Among those surveyed, evangelicals were the most likely to think the United States is No. 1.

Read more here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Corporate Arrogance: Apple Denied Trademark for Multi-Touch

In a decision handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has been denied an application for a trademark on the term Multi-Touch. Apple originally applied for the trademark on January 9, 2007, the day the iPhone was introduced.

Read more here.

How to freak out Americans: Do what they do

Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States' Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries.

"Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful presence close to American marine borders," the head of the Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Read the commenters on the story for the typical American response...

Read more here.

Nobody can play the blues like a 9 year old middle class white kid

Waste of Time Wednesdays: Reasoning with a Homophobe

North Carolina GOP state Sen. James Forrester -- who is also a medical doctor -- sponsored legislation in that state that puts on a ballot a measure, in May of 2012, that if passed will ban marriage for gays and lesbians in the state. At a town hall several weeks ago he argued that it was needed because gays have an "unhealthy lifestyle" and die "20 years earlier" than other people. But in this clip from my interview with him he could not back up those claims with any data from public health officials. He also would not answer questions about why he was pushing the amendment, saying I was trying to "trip" him up. This clip from the interview focuses on some of the relevant points, showing that this man, who is also a doctor, knows little about the law or public health. A stunning, extraordinary fact given that he is a 10th term legislator in North Carolina.

And again, Sen. Forrester is promoting the thing that delights bigots everywhere: Let the people vote on the rights of others.

Epically bad idea, thus they love it so.

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The Tea Party turns to Canada for ideas


House Republicans have introduced legislation to retire the dollar bill and replace it with a mandated dollar coin.

Read more here.


A little-known Canadian band may soon be paid a fortune by supporters of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry. More than a decade after their biggest hit, the Tea Party are considering selling the domain name to supporters of the American political movement, with analysts estimating its value at "well over" $1m (£635,885).

Read more here.

To save money, Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti suggests we fire him

This can only mean he is suggesting his own termination:

The city's workforce will come under the microscope of some council members as the city looks to solve its financial woes.

"I know how to solve it," said Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti. "We need to lay off 7,000 people. I know how to solve it. We need to get rid of the top-heavy managers in this city."

Agreed. Starting with you.

Read more here.

Facebook "fixes" issue after they've been caught

Facebook has said that it has "fixed" cookies that could have tracked users after they logged out of the site.

The issue was brought to light by an Australian blogger who has conducted a year-long analysis of the social network's use of cookies.

He concluded the company might still be able to track members' web browsing after they logged out, albeit only on websites that integrate with Facebook...

...The blogger who first highlighted the issue, Nik Cubrilovic, wrote about the issues in detail on his blog on Sunday.

He said that he had informed Facebook about the issue a year ago but there was no response from the firm until his blog post was widely reported across the net.

In an update to his blog Mr Cubrilovic acknowledged the changes that Facebook had made.

Read more here.

Pauline Butcher says Zappa wasn't a hippie

Duh. "We're only in it for the Money" didn't clue her in?

Frank Zappa's image may have suggested he was one of the wild men of rock but a new memoir by his assistant Pauline Butcher paints quite a different picture of the American musician, who died in 1993.

When in 1967 Pauline Butcher met Frank Zappa in London she didn't even know who he was. But she spent much of the next five years working for him in California and got to observe the rock-star lifestyle at first hand.

Read more here.

In the Land of the Free, 3 Million Americans are in Jail

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Song is Born..cont

Obama and the Pushy Christian

Toronto Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday: Hey, I can have stupid ideas too

The idea is half-formed and completely out of the blue, but it managed to garner more notice than any other business on a day of grim-toned debate at city hall that Mayor Rob Ford termed Toronto’s “day of reckoning.”

At around 7 p.m., after hours of heated argument over cuts that could include closing museums, offloading the Toronto Zoo and selling three city-owned theatres, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday managed to leave speechless even the most loquacious of council members with a motion to study adding private toll lanes to the Don Valley Parkway.

“Are you serious?” was all the normally garrulous Adam Vaughan could muster during questions.

Nope, just conservative.

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Rob Ford challenged by simple math

There can be no other explanation of this:

“Taxpayers of this city — overwhelming, wherever I go, as of yesterday, as of last night (and on) Saturday — they have told me, I’m talking 90 per cent, nine out of every 10 people I meet say, ‘Rob, stay the course.’”

Sure, I believe him...

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Lou Reed and Metallica produce the worst song you will hear today...and possibly ever

The View by Lou Reed & Metallica

Young people to incompetent financial institutions: We need to have words

Why are people occupying Wall Street? Why has the occupation – despite the latest police crackdown – sent out sparks across America, within days, inspiring hundreds of people to send pizzas, money, equipment and, now, to start their own movements called OccupyChicago, OccupyFlorida, in OccupyDenver or OccupyLA?

There are obvious reasons. We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates.

Is it really surprising they would like to have a word with the financial magnates who stole their future?

Read more here.

MGM hopes its jingoistic remake Red Dawn doesn't offend the wrong totalitarians..cont

This is a film that was shot back in 2009, and subsequently underwent digital modifications to change the villains of the new film to North Koreans (they were original Chinese). And it’s a film that’s struggled to find distribution in the aftermath of MGM’s troubles, given that, as the Los Angeles Times reports, no major studio wanted to potentially offend the Chinese government. China is, after all, one of the most lucrative growing markets for films.

But offending the ticket buying public is ok...

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Netflix and Facebook don't give a f*ck about your privacy

Do I want the world to know I've rented every My Little Pony title in existence.. hypothetically of course....

A 1988 video rental privacy law is keeping Netflix’s U.S. users from sharing what they’re watching on Facebook.

Netflix on Thursday announced it is integrating its video streaming service with Facebook — allowing users to watch videos on either site and see what people on their friends lists are viewing.

Read more here.

Greedy self centered trader justifies his miserable existence

The Depression was just an opportunity to make money....This is why we're fucked.

Pushy Christians: Jail or Jesus

The ultimate captive audience.

A new alternative sentencing program offering first-time, nonviolent offenders a choice of a year of church attendance or jail time and fines is drawing fire from the American Civil Liberties Union as well as national attention, officials said Friday.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

NYPD Officer who maced protesters identified

A photographer has identified the cruel and cowardly NYPD supervisor who point blank maced a penned in group of young women and then slinked away Saturday at the Occupy Wall Street protests:

Deputy Inspector Anthony V. Bologna of the NYPD Patrol Borough Manhattan South.

Such a brave man....

Read more here.

Paul Ryan defends those poor suffering millionaires

Translation: dare to tax the millionaires, oh sorry, the job creators, and they will take it out on you. Then you'll understand what class warfare really is.

Increase Diversity Bake Sale organized by those a few cupcakes shy of a dozen

Bet all the cakes were white...

In protest against an Affirmative Action-like bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, U.C. Berkeley College Republicans announced plans to host a satirical Increase Diversity Bake Sale, selling racially price-adjusted pastries on campus, SFGate reported. The bake sale is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10am.

The announcement, posted on the group's Facebook page, advertised a pricing structure, ranging from $2 per pastry for white men to $.25 per pastry for Native Americans, with a $.25 price break for women.

"Just like the CA Senate Bills 185 and 387 the phone bank supports, we will be considering race, gender, ethnicity, national/geographic origin and other relevant factors to ensure the equitable distribution of baked goods to our diverse student body," read the announcement. The post finished with a signoff: "Hope to see you all there! If you don't come, you're a racist!" In another post, the group explained that the bake sale is meant to be satirical.

Satirical here reads ill conceived and short sighted.

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A song is born

Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Danny Kaye, etc

Google: Don't be Ev...oh yeah f*ck it, let's be evil

Uh oh, someone might damage Google's cash flow...Damn Hippies!!!!

Like Obama, Google used the Left to get on top, now it's fuck those leftists.

Google, whose top executives have long been a bottomless cup of campaign coffee for Democrats, is finally entering its bipartisan phase, theatrically hiring Republican operatives and broadcasting the news through insider Washington publications, pumping air into a K Street tech bubble.

The shift in political strategy comes as Google faces a serious antitrust threat, punctuated by a high-profile hearing on the company held Wednesday afternoon in the Senate...

...The company known for its progressive politics is now giving money to the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Republican Governors Association, the GOP firm The David All Group, Crossroads Strategies, the Republican Attorneys General Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee, among others. On Thursday, Google and Fox News cosponsored a Republican presidential debate.

Read more here.

Maryland state Delegate Tiffany Alston: Sleazy Politician of the Day

Maryland state Delegate Tiffany Alston, who helped derail same-sex marriage, has been charged with embezzling money to pay for her own wedding.

Alston, 34, a little-known freshman state lawmaker before this spring, is charged with writing herself checks and cashing them to pay for at least $3,560 in expenses for her wedding day..

...Alston, who is a Democrat, initially co-sponsored the marriage equality bill before voting against it "for my constituents." She also fled the legislative chamber in order to prevent the bill from advancing out of committee.

A sincere fuck you from all of us.

Read more here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Je me souviens

To Lesley, Don and Judy.

Have a good night.

Right on queue, police overreact to Wall St protests

Video posted by the group Occupy Wall St from the eighth day of protests against corporations show police using Tasers and mace to control the crowd, which the group says has only made it more committed to keep up the demonstrations in lower Manhattan for the long haul.

A New York Police Department spokeswoman today confirmed the group’s claim that approximately 80 people were arrested Saturday, mainly for disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

“One person was arrested for assaulting a police officer,” she said.

She added that no arrests have been made today.

The spokeswoman could not confirm whether police officers are using mace, Tasers or netting against protesters.

Tasers....and you wonder who is the real menace.

Read more here.

Catalonia set to rejoin Humanity

One of the most barbaric "sports" around, if you ignore competitive according playing*...

Bullfighting fans in Catalonia are set to see the last fights before a ban on the age-old tradition comes into effect in Spain's north-eastern region.

About 20,000 spectators are expected to fill Barcelona's Monumental arena, where top matadors will be performing.

Lawmakers voted for the ban last year - the first in mainland Spain - after 180,000 people signed a petition.

They say the bullfighting is barbaric, but opponents say they will challenge the ban in Spain's top court.

Read more here.

* I do realize Canada is in a bit of a glass house here, what with the seal hunt....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Top Army backed gay film of the Reagan era to get the 3D treatment

It's good news for those who have the need for speed: The 1986 hit, "Top Gun" will be converted to 3D and rereleased in theaters.

A four-minute clip of the updated film - the 'Danger Zone' aerial scene - premiered at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam on Monday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Top Gun" is slotted for 3D release in early 2012, pending Tony Scott's approval.

Read more here.

The World of Steampunk rejoices, Baggage designs to be digitized

A project to construct one of the earliest mechanical computers based on sketches by its designer, Charles Babbage, has received a major boost.

The Science Museum in London has agreed to help by digitising the mathematician's original plans.

Eventually the images will be used to create a full working model of the Analytical Engine.

Conceived in the late 1830s, it foreshadowed the modern computer revolution by more than a century.

Read more here.

Randy Thomasson: Larry King provoked his own murder

How low can a homophobe go?

Pretty low it seems.

If you also think this kid deserved death, it's time to look into your own dark soul.

Harper and Co. want to throw you in the joint over pot

Harper, bringing us all jail.

Minimum sentences in the federal government's new "tough on crime" legislation are going to overwhelm B.C.'s overcrowded jails with small-scale marijuana growers, according to the province's prison guards.

If passed, the federal government's new law will mean a six-month minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing between six and 200 cannabis plants.

Growing more than 200 to 500 plants would draw a year in jail and more than 500 plants would draw a minimum two years in jail. The maximum sentences in all cases would rise from seven to 14 years in prison.

Read more here.

What's this with Daddy Long Legs?

To Netflix CEO Reed Hastings from all of Canada: A Hearty Sincere F*ck You

And a fuck you to Nick Carbone, for penning this dribble.

Netflix Canada was and is a joke. The selection resembled a bargin bin of crap DVDs.

We here still don't know who was behind its crappy choices and lack of selection. Netflix itself? The Canadian cable companies?

It's a hassle to have to deal with two separate companies, meaning double ratings, double queues, and most begrudgingly, double bills. Why not make the grieving process easy by just blaming our northern neighbors?

Canadians: they're lovely people. Seriously. And we bet they'd offer a hearty and sincere “Sooorry.”
[you wish, you cretin of an American writer] But according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, we should blame them for the split between Netflix and the new DVD-by-mail service called Qwikster.

“It's all the Canadians' fault,” Hastings joked Thursday as he answered questions about the fracturing company while celebrating
Netflix's first anniversary of its Canadian launch. The Great White North got its first taste of Netflix last September, as a streaming-only endeavor.

“Is broadband good enough that streaming only, without DVD, is a good enough product to catch on?” Hastings wondered. Turns out, it certainly was. Good enough to become its own business, apparently.

The DVD-by-mail service, not even available in Canada, became unbundled from the streaming service in July. And this week
Netflix announced the postal program would become a separate company, now (laughably) known as Qwikster. We've never seen a better definition of “going postal.” The Netflix stock has tumbled more than 30 points this week in reaction to the name change.

Translation: Canada seems to be ok with our shitty service [note to Netflix: we're not], so let's offer this shitty service to Americans. If they don't fall for it, we'll make meaningless apologetic blog posts and blame Canada.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rick Santorum and the Party of Hate

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Story of England - Michael Wood

The history of England as experienced in one village. Surprisingly touching.

CRTC might, maybe, sorta do something about ISP throttling

Now don't make us maybe do something...maybe...

Internet service providers that slow down games or other applications in violation of a CRTC policy may face a third-party audit or even a public hearing, the telecommunications regulator says.

Read more here.

Nobody got rich on their own

Elizabeth Warren slaps Ayn Rand.

Top rebuttal comments on Youtube:

What social contract ?
3 minutes ago Like•Dislike•Reply 4 people like this

Wow....really Elizabeth? You're a complete moron!
5 minutes ago Like•Dislike•Reply 3 people like this

Yup, best the conservative mind can come up with...

World's First Mobile Phone (1922)

Rick Perry bullsh*ts about Texas secession quote

"We've got a great union," said Perry at the event, according to CNN. "There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."

On Wednesday night, Perry said he "never used" the term "secession" in discussing the matter and added that he has "no idea" why any report would suggest otherwise.

Translation: how dare you infer what I clearly implied.

Read more here.

France continues to maintain itself as the Idiot of Europe

So French.

They are not like us? Make a law! Quickly!

Two French Muslim women who continue to wear the full-face veil in defiance of a new law banning it in France have been issued fines by a court.

Hind Ahmas and Najate Nait Ali were caught wearing the niqab in public outside Meaux town hall, eastern Paris, soon after the law came in in May.

The women say they will appeal against their punishment all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

Read more here.

True to form, conservative Harper only cares if XL pipeline makes money

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is "confident" TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be built, but a major union says the government needs to consider whether the project serves Canadian interests.

The proposed extension would carry oilsands crude south from Alberta to refineries in Texas.

"It's hard for me to imagine that the eventual decision would be not to build that," Harper told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday.

"The economic case is so overwhelming," he said. "The number of jobs that would be created on both sides of the border is simply enormous."

Translation: it will make money for a few, so what's the fucking problem?

Read more here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

F*ck Hope, be Afraid, be very Afraid

Rick Perry political ad. Unbelievable crap, Americans will eat it up.

Comments and ratings disabled on Youtube. Duh.

Rick Santorum's dog comes back to bite him

The life of a rabid homophobe is so difficult..

Why does mean Google allow Rick Santorum's name to be linked to a messy anal sex byproduct? Rick Santorum wants to know! He called out the search engine yesterday over his well-known "Google problem."

Read more here.

Harper and his bedwetting supporters plan to throw even more in jail

Among the many things that delight the conservative mind, throwing more and more of your fellow citizens in jails is high on the list.

Armed with a majority, the Harper government is setting out to refashion Canada’s justice system with a sweeping crime bill to toughen punishments for a range of offenders, from drug dealers to sexual predators to what Justice Minister Rob Nicholson calls “out-of-control young people.”

These people so pine for a repressive past you can almost taste it.

Not mentioned in the article is the provision allowing access to your internet info..without a warrant. Hey, you voted these people in, you deal with it.

Read more here.

Mayor Ford's blabby brother says something dumb, again

The mayor’s influential brother, Etobicoke councillor Doug Ford, now says he is happy to co-operate with Waterfront Toronto, which he once described as a “boondoggle.”

“Everyone wants us to work together and sing Kumbaya so we’re going to work together with them,” he said in an interview.

Yes, with that attitude all should go swimmingly.

Read more here.

Religious people are nerds

UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies: Idiots of the Day

More droppings of wisdom from those that want to make Casablanca an adult only movie...

Films that depict actors smoking should be handed an automatic 18 certificate, according to research published by the Thorax, a medical journal co-owned by the British Thoracic Society.

The report, produced by researchers from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, called for movies that feature smoking to attract a similar age classification to those that portray sex or violence. Their study of more than 5,000 adolescents found that 15-year-olds who saw the most films showing actors smoking were 73% more likely to have tried it than those who had seen the fewest.

But depicting violence for those under 18? Bring it on...

Read more here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Movies go better with Noooooo!

The Beatles banned segregated audiences

The Beatles showed their support for the US civil rights movement by refusing to play in front of segregated audiences, a contract shows.

The document, which is to be auctioned next week, relates a 1965 concert at the Cow Palace in California.

Signed by manager Brian Epstein, it specifies that The Beatles "not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience".

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Robert Newman, head of the California Christian Coalition and Scumbag of the Day

Asked about the epidemic of gay suicides, Newman dismissed the issue, saying, “I hardly think bullying is a real issue in schools.” He reasoned that some level of bullying is “part of the maturational process” and that the law should be repealed because “there’s no reason to have a special bill for say three percent of the population, period.”

Translation: it is the duty of the "mature" students to beat up on those that don't fit the norm.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

By the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over

Note it takes $200,000 to "feed" his family.

Lack of competition helps make U.S. only 25th in global internet speeds

But, but, corporations say less competition is better for consumers. Would they lie?

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the U.S. has sunk to 25th in a global ranking of Internet speeds, just behind Romania.

Why? Because our nation's regulators abandoned an earlier commitment to foster competition in the marketplace for Internet access providers.

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I Claudius

Family Research Council: Hate group of the day..week...century

How much hate can you pack into one sentence?

In a matter of days, the U.S. military will be embarking on its most difficult mission yet: celebrating homosexuality in its ranks.

Oh, that much...all those Nazis on D-Day were nothing compared to those vicious faggots!

Members of Congress are still waiting for answers to their questions about religious freedom, conscience exemptions, and same-sex partner benefits.

religious freedom = persecuting those who the Bible says to, while retaining a clear conscience.
conscience exemptions = similar to above
same-sex partner benefits = money for fags, I think not

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5,900-year-old women’s skirt discovered in Armenian cave

Excavations at Areni 1 Cave in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor region unearthed a more-than-5,900-year-old women’s straw-woven skirt, Armenian Archaeology and Ethnography Institute Director Pavel Avetisyan told Armenian

Avetisyan informed that this artifact was discovered in 2010 and, even though they had informed about this precious item at the time, interest toward it grew further only recently.

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Toronto Sun defends (duh) Mayor Ford

Stay the course.

It’s not only what Mayor Rob Ford and his supporters on council must do, it’s also what thousands of people who voted for this slate are urging him to do.

Of course, if you read some media reports, the Ford Nation’s sky is falling and he is too.

The mood is nasty as political enemies try to portray the foundations of his support collapsing as brighter, thinner, more suited political intellectuals line up their next more-worthy socialist tax-and-spend candidate to restore the buffet at the trough.

It’s a tough time for squealing pigs when they are not fed. Much of the sneering left is not pleasant at the best of times, let alone when they don’t get their way. Now, they are stooping to levels of trying to insinuate that Ford is some sort of overweight buffoon who doesn’t like people who read and enjoys watching families starve.

What they are really doing is insulting many of you.

But you see through them.

Oooo that's got the Ford Nation all charged up. Now, to get the commenters on the story to post dropping of pure wisdom....

Editor: Did you use all the buzzwords?

Joe Warmington: Umm...intellectuals, check...socialist, so clever crowd, check...freeloaders, check...squealing pigs, check

Editor: Excellent...

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Foo Fighters vs the Westboro Baptist Church

Netflix comes up with a terrible, pretentious new name: Qwikster

A new name, to help hide a blunder apparently..

Via the Netflix blog...

I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation.

It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes. That was certainly not our intent, and I offer my sincere apology. I’ll try to explain how this happened.

Read more here.

Fox edits out joke from Emmys implying they are f*cking criminals

The commercials for the Emmy Awards this year promised “unexpected” moments.

Here’s one: on Sunday afternoon Fox confirmed a report by the Web site Deadline Hollywood that the network had spiked a planned joke involving allegations of misconduct by its parent company, the News Corporation, from the awards telecast.

Alec Baldwin, a star of the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” had taped an opening skit for the show days in advance, and in it he had referenced the phone hacking scandal that has embroiled the News Corporation in Britain. When Fox decided to edit out the reference over the weekend, Mr. Baldwin asked that his appearance be cut altogether because he felt the edit might affect the flow of the entire segment. In a Twitter message on Thursday, Mr. Baldwin suggested that Fox had erred in its edit. He later wrote: “I think it would have made them look better. A little.”

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Too bad the Ontario conservatives don't have a group they would dare beat up on.

Canadian conservatives don't attack groups they don't like openly (ie: gays, women, minorities) unlike their American counterparts (they seem to let their minons flood message board with their, um, views, leaving them innocent).

Not yet that is...Mayor Ford has taken the first steps...a few more years of conservative coarsening of political discourse and we'll be as divided as the U.S.

"The Tories are trying to come up with wedge issues, but nothing seems to stick," said Larry Savage, who teaches political science at Brock University.

"As the front-runner, he should have steered clear of these wedge issues [because] it looks like they've blown up in his face because they polarize people."

While Hudak needs to play to his conservative support base, observers said his challenge is to expand his appeal to a much broader swath of the electorate.

So far, however, his approach appears to have missed that mark, with polls either suggesting a much tighter contest or giving the Liberals the edge.

Read more here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mayor Ford and the TTC send a message to Toronto commuters: F*ck You

Cause ya know, only the Pinkos use the TTC, and they don't count...

TTC riders will likely be paying more for decreased service, less space and fewer vehicles to get them around.

The transit commission met Friday to approve its 2012 operating budget — one which meets the directive from Mayor Rob Ford to slash the budget by 10 per cent.

What the commissioners decided is that the TTC will take regressive measures — reduce service, lay-off staff and probably raise fares in the new year — in order to meet that 10 per cent target, or $70 million.

and the 'duh' moment:


So, stop voting for Conservative neanderthals, people! What did you expect from the Fords... or Harper... or Hudak? This is what they do!

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Huffington Post's Amy Lee wonders aloud if the epic crap that is Game of Thrones can win an Emmy

Genre shows don't win Emmys. This isn't hyperbole so much as it’s an unfortunate trend. When you glance at the list of winners over the history of the awards, it becomes obvious that the Emmys love a prestige show with a glossy finish.

But this year that may change.

The latest longshot trying to buck this trend is "Game of Thrones" -- HBO's epic fantasy series nominated for Best Drama Series -- that celebrates its roots rather than hiding them away like some low IQ second cousin. Indeed, much of what makes "Game of Thrones" such a thrilling watch, especially for fans of fantasy, is its deep awareness of the genre's conventions.

Yes, teenagers saying "cunt" is a deep fantasy genre convention...

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Corporate Arrogance: Sony asks users to never, ever sue collectively again

Sony is preparing to ban gamers from the PlayStation Network (PSN) unless they waive the right to collectively sue it over future security breaches.

The firm has amended PSN's terms and conditions and users have to agree to them next time they log in.

The move comes months after a string of hacking attacks compromised over 100 million accounts of the PlayStation Network subscribers.

Read more here.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stuart Sutcliffe The Lost Beatle

Swiss public speaking coach states the obvious: PowerPoint is a nightmare

Taxes, health care, jobs. These are issues that are center stage in America's elections. But a parliamentary candidate in Switzerland has a slightly different platform: PowerPoint.

Come again? Yes, we're talking about the computer program that has become the tool of choice for public speakers of all varieties -- such as politicians, businessmen, and educators.

Matthias Poehm would rather see it all stopped. No more discussion points. No more, "Next slide, please." No more droopy eyes tired of following along.

The Swiss public speaking coach believes PowerPoint presentations dilute the point, dull the speech and in the end, make people less persuasive. They are also a huge waste of money, Poehm says.

Read more here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Vancouver police think the RCMP tasering an 11 year old is AOK

RCMP officers in Prince George, B.C., will not be disciplined or charged after the use of a stun gun, commonly known as a Taser, on an 11-year-old boy at a group home earlier this year.

On Thursday, West Vancouver Chief Const. Peter Lepine told reporters that his department's investigation found that the RCMP officer's use of force was lawful.

"We found their actions did not violate the Criminal Code of Canada and we are not recommending any charges," he said at a press conference in Prince George.

Read more here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mexican drug cartel now full fledged terrorists

In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico yesterday, bloggers and Twitter users who share information on crimes of drug cartels and related gangs received a gruesome warning. The tortured bodies of two people in their mid-twenties "hanging like cuts of meat from a pedestrian bridge" were found with posters warning various sites that publish news of narco-terror incidents to stop, or suffer a similar fate.

Read more here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Poll suggests Toronto getting wise to Mayor Ford's Bullsh*t

Mayor Rob Ford’s handling of the 2012 budget has badly shaken Torontonians’ faith in him, according to a new opinion poll that finds his popular support dropping like a rock across the city.

The Forum Research survey of 1,046 Torontonians conducted Monday after the release of city manager Joe Pennachetti’s recommended budget cuts, pegs Ford’s support at 42 per cent — a big drop from 57 per cent on June 1, and 60 per cent in late February.

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Officialdom continues to cover up G20 wrongdoing

Two undercover police officers who infiltrated the group of 17 men and women charged with conspiring to cause mayhem at the G20 summit in Toronto last summer were subsequently identified, vilified and threatened to the point that both are now seriously at risk, a court filing states.

The information is in an affidavit that is part of an unusual and strenuous prosecution effort to keep the names and descriptions of the two officers confidential, even though their names, their involvement in the case and personal details about their lives – including vacation photos – have been posted on the Internet, along with derogatory comments.

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Mayor Ford throws his weight around

The hostility between Rob Ford and Waterfront Toronto is real and escalating, judging by the frank language contained in a letter from the mayor’s office to the agency that was obtained by The Globe and Mail.

Penned by the mayor’s chief of staff, Amir Remtulla, the missive accuses Waterfront Toronto chief executive officer John Campbell of “a very serious breach” of responsibility for comments that appeared in The Globe last week. It also states that the issue has been taken up with federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, suggesting the mayor’s office may be building consensus to remove Mr. Campbell from his post.

Waaaaaaaaa Stephen, do something, they're being mean to me....

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Good Samaritans

Except the man in the suit, who manages to do fuck all.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mayor Ford's anti progressive agenda now in writing

Surprise surprise, less for arts and the poor.

Mayor Rob Ford’s long-awaited strategy for slaying a budget shortfall pegged as high as $774-million has crystallized with the release of a staff report that sets the stage for a raucous session at City Hall.

The report from city manager Joe Pennachetti includes 24 service “adjustments” such as phasing out childcare spaces, shuttering museums and limiting new affordable housing developments. It also includes a list of reductions for consideration by city agencies, boards and commissions – everything from night bus service to library hours – and recommends selling or closing zoos and farms and putting three city-owned theatres up for sale.

Read more here.

Some American conservatives are cold hearted bastards

Modern conservatism is allowing all the slime from under the rocks to come out.

North Carolina to allow bigoted vote on citizen's rights

Letting people vote on the rights of others is a really bad idea, but bigots *love* it. Let's them feel like they are being democratic while simultaneity kicking those they don't like in the teeth.

A win-win situation for them.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says a move by North Carolina lawmakers to ban gay marriage in a constitutional amendment is “bad for business” and has pledged $10 for every ‘like’ on a Facebook page supporting same-sex marriage...

...North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast that has yet to ban gay marriage in its constitution. This week, the state’s Republican-led general assembly will debate a 2012 ballot initiative to extend a law defining marriage as between a man and women to the state constitution.

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Harper and Co. still want to impose backwards thinking Copyright law

They been trying for years to shove this stupid law down our throats.

Now they have a majority...

Mr. Moore told The Canadian Press in an interview that the Conservative government will re-introduce its copyright bill this fall, in exactly the same form as legislation that died with the last Parliament.

The measures will go back to a legislative committee for study, and Mr. Moore said groups who testified before MPs won't be asked back to comment again.

“We've taken a couple runs at it before in minority Parliaments, but we think that we have a very good formula with the old Bill C-32 and when we come forward with our legislative agenda this fall we want to pick up where we left off, which is to continue the study of the legislation,” Mr. Moore said.

Translation: we've got a majority now, and the ones that voted us in don't give a fuck about copyright.

A word to Harper: you do realize no one will take these laws seriously, especially if it is crystal clear these laws are only there to keep your rich friends rich. Lawmakers are clueless on how the digital world actually works.

Read more here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Kirk and crew encounter Star Wars on Blue-ray

Andy Whitfield RIP

Good actor, terrible show.

Andy Whitfield, who played the title role in the hit cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has died at age 39, according to representatives and family.

Whitfield died Sunday in Sydney, Australia, 18 months after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, manager Sam Maydew told the Associated Press.

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer," Whitfield's wife Vashti said in a statement. "He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

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Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says out loud what conservaties say in private

These thugs don't give a fuck anymore because they now have enough of the public as callused as they are.

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak isn't sorry for using the term "foreign workers" to describe immigrants who would stand to benefit from a Liberal business tax credit proposal but is now using gentler language to frame the issue.

Speaking Monday morning at a news conference in Toronto, Hudak called the Liberal pledge an "affirmative action scheme" but did not call the would-be beneficiaries "foreign workers" as he did repeatedly over the last week.

Read more here.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Matthew Vadum: Vile Conservative of the Day

Abducted B.C. boy returned home

See, there is good news

A frantic four-day search for a missing three-year-old came to an abrupt — and happy — end in B.C. on Sunday, when Kienan Hebert was mysteriously returned to his family's home, apparently by his alleged abductor.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Senator (and medical doctor) James Forrester (R): Homophobe of the Day

"get them to change their lifestyle and back to the normal lifestyle which we can accept"

"We can accept"...the thinking of the bigot in a nutshell.

Could he have struggled longer with the word "un...............healthy"?

More pronouncements from the morons the f*cked up the last decade: Tony Blair

Tony Blair has denied that military intervention in the Middle East has radicalised Muslims and encouraged them to engage in acts of terrorism.

The former prime minister said the fight against Islamic terrorism would only end "when we defeat the ideology".

Whatever go on..

Mr Blair added that he did not believe the provision of democracy in Middle Eastern countries "by the way a process, as I say, not imposed as an act of imperialism should radicalise anybody.

"And until we stop accepting that somehow we, by our actions, are provoking these people to be as they are, we will carry on with this problem."

We have the Godlike ability to do no wrong.

Good to know.

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Harper, STFU about 911

Pronounce all you want Stephen, your words are irrelevant.

Sept. 11 will become a "national day of service" to inspire Canadians to show the kind of compassion and generosity that were in abundance following the attacks of 10 years ago, the federal government announced Friday.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Assholes vandalize Rodin statue in Argentina

A cast of Auguste Rodin's famous The Thinker sculpture has been vandalised in Buenos Aires.

The bronze work, which is the third of 22 sculptures from the original mould, was spray-painted pink and given green hair and a shoulder tattoo.

Last week government officials began cleaning the sculpture, blasting it with water to remove the paint.

However art conservationists are now concerned it may have suffered more damage from the aggressive technique.

Read more here.

Republican Debate In 45 Seconds

Rick Perry comes across as a over compensating drama Queen

Not news really, just an observation.

George C Scott watches Star Wars on Blu-ray

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Star Trek

David Bowie sells water

Cab Calloway

Wendy's Soviet Fashion Show

Back when propaganda was fun!

The 'Harper Government' is arrogent *and* dishonest

Noo! What a shock.

Despite Conservative assertions to the contrary, a directive did go out to some civil servants last fall ordering them to use the term "Harper Government" in official government of Canada communications.

Documents obtained by The Canadian Press contradict a published denial by Dimitri Soudas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former director of communications, who wrote "nothing could be further from the truth."

Read more here.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Harper waits until after the election to spew his bile

I think Harper himself is the greater threat, but let's let the get Fearmonger have his say, shall we?

In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the biggest security threat to Canada a decade after 9/11 is Islamic terrorism.

Come on everybody, be afraid, that is what you voted for, isn't it?

Read more here.