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Yemen gets new president after 33 years
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Admiral Gen. Shabazz Aladeen to attend Oscars
Aladeen tweeted on his verified Twitter account, "Victory is ours! Today the mighty nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea."
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/25/2012 15:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under:

Electronic ciggy explodes, leaves serious mark.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 02:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Probably a short (due to some 'crud') where the battery meets the atomizer connection. Batteries don't like shorts and will act aggressively.

I've used these for years and you have to clean the connections once in a while.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/25/2012 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Non-smoking is bad for your health? The govmint going to now control electronic ciggies? Can't win.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/25/2012 19:07 Comments || Top||

Today's Idiot
One of our own from here in beautiful East TN.
Two of 'em, and with each sentence it gets worse.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [416 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The story reminds me of the idiot who hijacked a truck in Baltimore, and drove South on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to try to escape. When he passed Odenton, he decided to pull off at the next exit, at Route 32. Those of you in the area have guessed what happened next, I'm sure.

The man couldn't read, I am guessing, or he would have known not to take the 'NSA Employees Only' exit. At least he did have the minimal intelligence not to try to overrun the Army unit with the machine guns.

Let's hope his years in prison have mellowed him.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 02/25/2012 7:30 Comments || Top||

#2  They Y-12 Security doesn't fool around. They are very serious always. I've been there and took extra care to follow all instructions.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/25/2012 8:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Y-12 has beefed up security since 9/11. Drive down the wrong road and you've got a lot of splainin to do.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/25/2012 19:15 Comments || Top||

Saudi Arabia beheads drug trafficker
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a man convicted of trafficking drugs in the kingdom, the interior ministry said. The ministry in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency said Wahid Atawi, a Saudi national, had confessed to bringing a quantity of hashish into the country in a bid to sell the banned substance.

His beheading brings to nine the number of people executed since the beginning of the year in the kingdom, according to an AFP tally based on official reports. Amnesty International said the kingdom executed 79 people in 2011. Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for a wide range of offences, including rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

Robber beaten to death in Tangail
A man died on Thursday in Tangail after he was brutally beaten by the local people who suspected him of stealing.

Victim Yusub Ali, 35, is son of Nuru Miah of village Kasabhanu at Kalihati upazila, said the police.

Kalihati police sub-inspector Maksudul Alam, quoting local people, said Yusub was caught when he had secretly entered the house of Nuru Miah at village Patal at the upazila.
Shouldn't have worn the clown slippers...
Critically injured from beating by the villagers he was taken to Tangail General Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. He was buried in his village after an autopsy in the hospital morgue.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

Peter Falk as Vince Ricardo: Are you interested in joining? The benefits are terrific. The trick is not to get killed. That's really the key to the benefit program
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Is the village saving on police and guard pensions?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2012 10:38 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
The gentrification of Grozny
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

Chinese 'netizens' inundate Obama's Google+ page
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 16:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [436 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Doing the work Americans won't. Heh.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2012 18:58 Comments || Top||

China preparing for space warfare
Posted by: Frozen Al || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [412 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From the article: North Korea has demonstrated its ability to disrupt U.S. navigational capabilities through Soviet-made electronic jammers placed on vehicles near the North-South demarcation line that, when activated, were able to disrupt U.S. Global Positioning System signals up to 62 miles away.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/25/2012 0:36 Comments || Top||

The Colonization Begins: Germany Sends 160 Tax Collectors To Greece
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 12:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suppose it would be in ultra bad taste to use the infamous photo of a huge swastika flag blanketing the Parthenon?
Posted by: borgboy || 02/25/2012 14:15 Comments || Top||

#2  The Prussian double-eagle will do...
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 14:45 Comments || Top||

#3  After getting drawn into multiple internal conflict of the Greeks [The Macedonian Wars], the Romans got fed up and appointed a Proconsul for the place. Ah, yes the cycles of history and human behaviors.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2012 15:12 Comments || Top||

#4  This is going to be amusing. Those tax collectors assume that the Greek police will be like German police, and obey without question, not realizing that the Greek police are little different or more disciplined than the people they will be ordering them to oppress.

They will soon realize that the mule is the national bird of Greece.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 16:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Basic introduction to Greece culture for Germans.

When a Greek holds up his open palm at you, it means "Go to Hell." Two open palms, "Go to Hell twice."

Two palms and the sole of a shoe, "Go to Hell three times." And two palms and two soles means, of course, "four times", but with great emphasis.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 16:46 Comments || Top||

#6  I almost feel sorry for the krauts.
Posted by: Spot || 02/25/2012 17:38 Comments || Top||

#7  They will soon realize that the mule is the national bird of Greece.

With Aris K. posing, I would presume.
Posted by: Ptah || 02/25/2012 18:36 Comments || Top||

#8  ...not realizing that the Greek police are little different or more disciplined than the people they will be ordering them to oppress.

That's usually resolved by prioritization of police pay and pensions in the allotments of on hand resources. [see: Kalifornia, unions]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2012 19:03 Comments || Top||

Kosovo, Serbia seal deal on key issues
BRUSSELS: Serbia and its one-time province of Kosovo reached agreement Friday on two key issues that will significantly enhance Serbia’s chances of becoming an official candidate for EU membership next week. The agreements allow Kosovo to represent itself in international conferences and spell out the technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders and border crossings.

The EU wanted Belgrade to make new progress in the talks with Kosovo before backing its bid to join the bloc. EU foreign ministers will meet next week to consider whether Serbia has fulfilled conditions required to be a candidate for membership.

Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, used to be a province of Serbia. Belgrade has vowed to never recognize its secession but the two sides have been in regular talks for the past year on normalizing ties.

One of the key sticking points has been Kosovo’s insistence that it be represented in international forums as an independent state, something Serbia has opposed. A compromise proposed by the EU and accepted by both sides states that Kosovo’s nameplate at meetings will be followed by an asterisk. This would have a footnote attached referring to a UN Security Council resolution that makes no mention of Kosovo’s independence, and a ruling by the International Court of Justice saying Kosovo’s declaration of independence is legal.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing is finished.
Posted by: newc || 02/25/2012 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Why does Serbia want to join the EU right now? Is this a case of rats swimming TO the sinking ship?
Posted by: Tom || 02/25/2012 14:57 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Plans to drug test welfare recipients get momentum
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 03:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What is rarely seen by the public are the layers of bureaucracy whose sole purpose seems to be to keep those receiving welfare from bettering themselves enough to get off welfare.

The purest example of this was seen in the old Swedish welfare state, where it was said that
"If you are an incompetent and crappy artist whose works no one wants, you will live like a king and get the highest tier of benefits. But God help you if you sell anything, because at the first sign of any success, the government will chop you off at the legs."

In the US, the welfare bureaucrats often have redundant and frivolous demands, such as how recipients must travel to the far side of a municipal area from where they live, likely by public transport taking several hours each way, to attend "mandatory meetings" that consist of an empty room with a sign-in sheet.

If they fail to obey, they lose their benefits. In some cases, such requirements are made for them for 3 or 4 days of the week. Then add to that "real" meetings, that are little more than jobs programs for counselors, have nothing to do with employment or anything useful, where the group sits around talking about their feelings.

Oh, and they also have to apply for work in the middle of that. It is a dehumanizing, demoralizing, and exhausting experience unless you take the attitude that "it is my job to be on welfare, and if I quit I will be utterly helpless." Which is precisely the attitude that the system wants. Total, absolute dependence.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Almost 40 years ago I was introduced to the evil of bureaucracy and it's effects on the truly needy.

I was hired by Social Security in the explosion that was SSI. All people had to be dealt with under various grand father clauses. In NYC 2 blocks from the WTC the office dealt with many of the worst sorts from the vaious slums of the lower east side and Brooklyn. There was a group of NGO types in the lobby of the building handing out instructions for these people on how to claim disability for what we came to call the four 'A's: most everyone claimed to be disabled due to Angina, Allergies, Asthma or Arthritis. Disgusting to say the least.

BUT there were also the victims of the bureaucratic power struggle. It seems that the NYC welfare department decreed that ALL recipients of city welfare had to apply for SSI despite their complete unsuitability. The saddest case I got was a 20 year old woman who was squeeking by on Aid to Families with Dependent Children. A widow with 2 kids and no education or family. THEY STOPPED HER BENEFITS until she could prove that she wasn't able to get SSI. It took my boss 3 weeks to even get through to the city people and another 3 to get them to own up.

That job turned me from a full on libertarian to much more of a compassionate conservative. It also led to me running screaming into the woods to become a nail-banger for the next 6 years.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/25/2012 11:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Apparently Republicans aren't very interested in actually winning back the White House this year.

How about we drug test everyone if they receive any kind of government benefits? We can assume that everyone is guilty unless they prove themselves otherwise by peeing in front of a medical tech watching us through a slot in the wall. And it'll be a very inexpensive program to run too.

We can drug test anyone receiving farm subsidies, or anyone taking a tax break on their tax returns for any reason, using Medicare, and anyone having the privilege of obtaining a driver's license.

Yeah, that's the answer.
Posted by: Croluse Claiger9492 || 02/25/2012 15:25 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
The Manhattan boatlift.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 05:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under:

Wild boars terrorize Islamabad
Karma, dudes!
Pakistan's capital is fighting a hairy invader: the wild boar, which has taken over Islamabad in ever increasing numbers.

The wild pigs, which feast on rubbish outside homes and restaurants, are said to be a major cause of traffic accidents, and will charge if frightened or injured. The animals can weigh up to 220 pounds, have sharp teeth, and adult males have tusks.

The Associated Press reported that city authorities are using poison and allowing free hunting permits to try and cut down on the wild boar population, but few Pakistanis are interested.

"Hunters are wary of getting arrested by the police, or even worse — getting mistaken for a terrorist," the AP reported.
AyPee has better article, but...
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/25/2012 09:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It sounds rather...Biblical.

Hey, you don't suppose DARPA is behind this? Lately, we've seen BigDog and his even bigger brother, Legged Squad Support System. Maybe they have been working on This Little Piggy. Time to go watch Screamers" again!

(good crocodile story at the link, btw)
Posted by: SteveS || 02/25/2012 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Wild bacon - is there anything it can't do?
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2012 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Hopefully, "boer maak 'n plan" [The Boar has a plan]
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 10:46 Comments || Top||

#4  "The wild pigs, which feast on rubbish outside homes and restaurants"

No food, maybe they'd go away. Ever think of getting rid of the "rubbish outside homes and restaurants"?

Probably not.

(And I doubt this stuff is in industrial dumpsters like we're used to seeing out back of restaurants in the Western world. Can't see 200-lb. pigs climbing into those.)
Posted by: Barbara || 02/25/2012 10:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Can't see 200-lb. pigs climbing into those

Don't know about that Barb. There's a heap of 2 legged pigs round about there too.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/25/2012 11:23 Comments || Top||

#6  No food, maybe they'd go away. Ever think of getting rid of the "rubbish outside homes and restaurants"?

Then where will they get their customers?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/25/2012 12:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Ever think of getting rid of the "rubbish outside homes and restaurants"?

Maybe their constant provoking of India is a plan to "get rid of the rubbish".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2012 13:09 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, think of all the food they could get. Wait.... Never mind.
Posted by: Ducatisti || 02/25/2012 15:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Begs the question - in the land of the pure how does one dispose of a bagged pig? Or is that what the slaves are for?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2012 15:32 Comments || Top||

#10  If it was DARPA, we can but hope that the pigs are all conditioned to respond to Muezzin calls as "feeding time at the mosque! The pigs who get their first get the most!"

They could even be trained to savagely bite dummies on the floor to make their food come faster.

Imagine the hilarity as they just started to pray when a hundred, hundred-pound pigs came tearing through, biting everyone they met.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 16:53 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
After scientists taught monkeys the concept of money, the first prostitute monkey appeared
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 13:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Correction: first there was the bank heist. THEN the prostitution.

They then taught them how to gamble, and saw they made the same irrational decisions a human gambler would make as well. The data generated by the capuchin monkeys, Chen says, ”make them statistically indistinguishable from most stock-market investors.”
Posted by: RandomJD || 02/25/2012 14:03 Comments || Top||

#2  "But the monkeys did demonstrate better money-handling skills compared to politicians," Chen added softly.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 14:44 Comments || Top||

#3  "But the monkeys did demonstrate better money-handling skills compared to politicians," Chen added softly.

Meaning he's still to teach them the idea of "others' money"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2012 15:44 Comments || Top||

#4  I can imagine the monkeys next developing the concepts of mercantilism and employment, as well as organized crime. I think they already proved that monkeys have a similar response to slot machines.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 16:33 Comments || Top||


gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/25/2012 21:34 Comments || Top||

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