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Rockstar energy drinks assault on gay people

The Bilerico Project | Rockstar Energy Drink's Assault on LGBT Rights and Autism

A few facts about Rockstar Energy Drink. It was co-founded by conservative radio host Michael Savage. It's current CEO is Russell Weiner, Michael Savage's son and a co-founder of the "Paul Revere Society" here in the States.

A few facts about Michael Savage. Better yet, here are a few comments directly from the mouth of Michael Savage: Shop TLA Video

* "You want me to tell you what makes me sick? When I see two puffy white males kissing each other, I want to puke. When I see two women kissing each other, on the lips, as lovers, I want to vomit."

* "When you hear "human rights," think only one thing: someone who wants to rape your son. And you'll get it just right. OK, you got it, right? When you hear "human rights," think only someone who wants to molest your son, and send you to jail if you defend him. Write that down, make a note of it." . . .

*Thanks, Jeff!*

Naked Wizard Needs Food Badly

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April 23, 2009

FBI expert explains why torture isn't an intelligence-gathering tool

Op-Ed Contributor - My Tortured Decision - NYTimes.com

Anyone else sick of hearing about torture?

One of the most striking parts of the memos is the false premises on which they are based. The first, dated August 2002, grants authorization to use harsh interrogation techniques on a high-ranking terrorist, Abu Zubaydah, on the grounds that previous methods hadn’t been working. The next three memos cite the successes of those methods as a justification for their continued use.

It is inaccurate, however, to say that Abu Zubaydah had been uncooperative. Along with another F.B.I. agent, and with several C.I.A. officers present, I questioned him from March to June 2002, before the harsh techniques were introduced later in August. Under traditional interrogation methods, he provided us with important actionable intelligence.

We discovered, for example, that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Abu Zubaydah also told us about Jose Padilla, the so-called dirty bomber. This experience fit what I had found throughout my counterterrorism career: traditional interrogation techniques are successful in identifying operatives, uncovering plots and saving lives.

Pirate Bay Four demand retrial, Judge has conflict of interest

BBC NEWS | Technology | Pirate Bay lawyers demand retrial

If the last few months are anything to go by, we have some interesting ideas of justice in the world: Four guys who run a website that does not host any copyrighted material at all get huge fines and jail time; people who torture for the U.S. government are outside prosecution because they were following orders; and the bankers and traders who destroyed the world economy still get hefty bonuses and bailout cash.

Lawyers for four men jailed for running The Pirate Bay file-sharing website are calling for a retrial, saying the judge could have had a conflict of interest.

Judge Tomas Norstrom is a member of the Swedish Copyright Association and sits on the board of Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property.

But the judge has told Swedish Radio: "These activities do not constitute a conflict of interest."

Jay Smooth is Back in the Saddle, Argues that Miss California is a Trans-Dimensional Traveler

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April 22, 2009

To save Flint, we must destroy Flint

An Effort to Save Flint, Mich., by Shrinking It - NYTimes.com

Instead of waiting for houses to become abandoned and then pulling them down, local leaders are talking about demolishing entire blocks and even whole neighborhoods.

The population would be condensed into a few viable areas. So would stores and services. A city built to manufacture cars would be returned in large measure to the forest primeval.

“Decline in Flint is like gravity, a fact of life,” said Dan Kildee, the Genesee County treasurer and chief spokesman for the movement to shrink Flint. “We need to control it instead of letting it control us.”

How Not to be Hated on Facebook - TIME

How Not to be Hated on Facebook - TIME
1. Stop taking quizzes. Nobody cares what literary time period you are. 2. If you sync your Twitter account to Facebook so that you fill others' news feeds with a constant stream of mundane updates and references to people with little @ symbols before their names, be prepared for people to de-friend you. Maybe even in real life. 3. Don't friend someone you don't actually know 6. Don't invite people to events if they don't live in your city. 7. I'm sorry your grandfather died of emphysema, but I will not join your "cause." 10. Cryptic status updates about your mental state — "Rachel is trying so hard," "Rachel wishes things were different," "Rachel is starting her life over" — don't make you sound intriguing, just lonely and pathetic.