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April 26, 2009

Caption Contest!

Picture Is Unrelated - WTF Pictures

Leave your captions in the comments below.

An Abridged History Of The Imagery Of The Human Embryo

Jezebel - An Abridged History Of The Imagery Of The Human Embryo - fetal development

Although claiming to show the living fetus, [Lennart] Nilsson actually photographed abortus material obtained from women who terminated their pregnancies under the liberal Swedish law. Working with dead embryos allowed Nilsson to experiment with lighting, background and positions, such as placing the thumb into the fetus' mouth. But the origin of the pictures was rarely mentioned, even by ‘pro-life' activists, who in the 1970s appropriated these icons.

So, when anti-abortion activists are showing pictures of their "babies" to clinic clients, they're actually using pictures of aborted fetuses.

April 25, 2009

50 Business-Speak Phrases That We All Hate

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate

1. "When I worked for Verizon, I found the phrase going forward to be more sinister than annoying. When used by my boss - sorry, "team leader" - it was understood to mean that the topic of conversation was at an end and not be discussed again."

4. "Incentivise is the one that does it for me."

32. "My least favourite business-speak term is not enough bandwidth. When an employee used this term to refuse an additional assignment, I realised I was completely 'out of the loop'."

April 24, 2009

Krugman: Reclaiming America’s Soul

Op-Ed Columnist - Reclaiming America’s Soul - NYTimes.com

We are, or at least we used to be, a nation of moral ideals. In the past, our government has sometimes done an imperfect job of upholding those ideals. But never before have our leaders so utterly betrayed everything our nation stands for. “This government does not torture people,” declared former President Bush, but it did, and all the world knows it.

And the only way we can regain our moral compass, not just for the sake of our position in the world, but for the sake of our own national conscience, is to investigate how that happened, and, if necessary, to prosecute those responsible.

What about the argument that investigating the Bush administration’s abuses will impede efforts to deal with the crises of today? Even if that were true — even if truth and justice came at a high price — that would arguably be a price we must pay: laws aren’t supposed to be enforced only when convenient. But is there any real reason to believe that the nation would pay a high price for accountability?

Court to decide if we have the right to make backup copies of DVDs

Court considers legality of DVD backup copies

RealNetworks of Seattle is battling for the right to sell a software program called RealDVD, which the company contends allows consumers to make a "fair use" single backup copy of a purchased DVD.

"This is really all about the studios having the ability to control how consumers watch and view DVDs and the technology by which they do that," said Bill Hankes, a spokesman for RealNetworks. "They believe that consumers want this right, and they're producing products that allow them to do it. They just don't want us to do it."

The Motion Picture Association of America is countering that RealNetworks is violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits the circumvention of encryption protections. And the MPAA alleges that RealNetworks is breaking its contract as a licensee of the content-scramble system technology used to protect DVDs.

If Cheney isn't prosecuted, can other criminals also walk?

Free the Torturers – and the Rapists Too! | CommonDreams.org

I am over the moon about President Obama's recent publication of the Bush administration's torture memos. They come as a breath of fresh air for those of us banged up in Cook County Jail.

Obama's announcement that "nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past" is the most reassuring news most of us here have heard in a long time.

Speaking as a multiple rapist and serial killer, I welcome the president's clear view that "this is a time for reflection, not retribution". Absolutely. We have indeed been "through a dark and painful chapter in our history" (in my case 17 years in the super-secure lockdown facility).

Now people may say that it is not safe to let me out, especially as I have never expressed any remorse for my actions and indeed have every intention of reoffending as soon as I possibly can.