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February 23, 2013

Trailer: Game of Thrones, season 3

Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote!

File under: Death Knells of Democracy. Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote | ThinkProgress
A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections: Provision for vote by corporate property owner. (1) Subject to subsection (2), if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election as provided in [section 1]. (2) The individual who is designated to vote by the entity is subject to the provisions of [section 1] and shall also provide to the election administrator documentation of the entity’s registration with the secretary of state under 35-1-217 and proof of the individual’s designation to vote on behalf of the entity.

This is what the Harlem Shake *really* looks like

And why all the videos of white people dancing like assholes seem pretty fucking racist to me. How To Do The Actual Harlem Shake | Videogum

Photo Gallery: Magazines from the set of BLADE RUNNER

Much more at the link. sciencefiction: These are fictional magazine...

February 22, 2013

Was the Pope blackmailed into resigning?

Conspiracies and scandal and blackmail in the Vatican? My monocle has popped off my face! Papal resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper | World news | The Guardian
A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with having stolen and leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting. According to La Repubblica, the dossier comprising "two volumes of almost 300 pages – bound in red" had been consigned to a safe in the papal apartments and would be delivered to the pope's successor upon his election. The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were "united by sexual orientation". In an apparent quotation from the report, La Repubblica said some Vatican officials had been subject to "external influence" from laymen with whom they had links of a "worldly nature". The paper said this was a clear reference to blackmail.