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October 18, 2008

Wall Street to pay staff $70 Billion in bonuses

Wall Street bankers in line for $70bn payout | Business | The Guardian

Financial workers at Wall Street's top banks are to receive pay deals worth more than $70bn, a substantial proportion of which is expected to be paid in discretionary bonuses, for their work so far this year - despite plunging the global financial system into its worst crisis since the 1929 stock market crash, the Guardian has learned.

Staff at six banks including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are in line to pick up the payouts despite being the beneficiaries of a $700bn bail-out from the US government that has already prompted criticism. The government's cash has been poured in on the condition that excessive executive pay would be curbed.

The New Yorker looks at ACORN

Hendrik Hertzberg: Online Only: The New Yorker

Sounds suspicious—unless you know that groups like ACORN are required by law to submit them, even if they’re obvious fakes. This is to prevent funny business, such as trashing forms that look like they might be Republican (or Democratic, as the case may be).

Sounds suspicious—unless you know that ACORN normally sorts through forms, flags those that look fishy, and submits the fishy ones in a separate pile for the convenience of election officials.

Sounds suspicious—until you reflect that the motivation of the misbehaving registration workers is almost always to look like they’ve been doing more work than they really have, and that the victim of the “fraud” is actually the organization they’re working for.

Sounds suspicious—unless you know that even if one of these fake forms results in a nonexistent person actually being registered, now under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, “any voter who has not previously voted in a federal election” must provide identification in order to actually cast a ballot. This will make it tough for Mickey Mouse, even if registered, to vote, no matter how big, round, or black his ears. Likewise, members of the Duck family (Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie) who turn up at the polling place will have a hard time getting into the voting booth. (Uncle Scrooge might be able to bribe his way in, but he’s voting Republican anyway.)

Russian troops ambushed in Ingushetia

BBC NEWS | Europe | Russians ambushed in Ingushetia

Russian troops have launched a search for militants in the volatile southern region of Ingushetia after a deadly attack on a military convoy.

Official Russian reports of the ambush, which has been blamed on local Muslim separatists, said two soldiers were killed and at least seven injured.

But other reports suggested as many as 40 Russian soldiers were killed.

Advice from Warren Buffet

Op-Ed Contributor - Buy American. I Am. - NYTimes.com

A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors. To be sure, investors are right to be wary of highly leveraged entities or businesses in weak competitive positions. But fears regarding the long-term prosperity of the nation’s many sound companies make no sense. These businesses will indeed suffer earnings hiccups, as they always have. But most major companies will be setting new profit records 5, 10 and 20 years from now.

Let me be clear on one point: I can’t predict the short-term movements of the stock market. I haven’t the faintest idea as to whether stocks will be higher or lower a month — or a year — from now. What is likely, however, is that the market will move higher, perhaps substantially so, well before either sentiment or the economy turns up. So if you wait for the robins, spring will be over.

A little history here: During the Depression, the Dow hit its low, 41, on July 8, 1932. Economic conditions, though, kept deteriorating until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in March 1933. By that time, the market had already advanced 30 percent. Or think back to the early days of World War II, when things were going badly for the United States in Europe and the Pacific. The market hit bottom in April 1942, well before Allied fortunes turned. Again, in the early 1980s, the time to buy stocks was when inflation raged and the economy was in the tank. In short, bad news is an investor’s best friend. It lets you buy a slice of America’s future at a marked-down price.

I think the McCain/Palin crowds are getting even worse

Talking Points Memo | McCain's Legions

October 17, 2008

Giant Squid joins The View

900-Pound Giant Squid Joins Cast Of 'The View' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

"We feel that the squid brings a fresh new point of view to the program," said View executive producer and host Barbara Walters. "We looked at hundreds of potential candidates, but in the end, this rare and exotic creature from the darkest depths of the sea truly stood out."

"And as far as we can tell, it is a female," Walters added.

The 900-pound cephalopod from the family Architeuthidae joins cohosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd. Like many past hosts, who have come from such diverse backgrounds as law, stand-up comedy, and local news, the squid was a virtual unknown before joining the cast. Plucking it from relative obscurity, producers discovered the squid 26,000 feet below sea level in the Mariana Trench and said to themselves, "This is the perspective the show has been lacking."

Target Women: Disney Princesses

Qwitter--track when people no longer find you interesting

Qwitter: Catching Twitter quitters

This looks like a recipe for emo depression and unnecessary drama.

Obama's 90% Ad

Obama's 90 Percent ad

Photo Gallery: World Animal Day

World Animal Day - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Supreme Court steps in and restores vote to 200,000 Ohioans

Talking Points Memo | Supreme Court Hands GOP Loss in Ohio Voting Rights Case

Short version: The GOP said that Ohio law mandates that every new voter registration needs to be verified. 200,000 new voters in Ohio--mostly working-class folks--had typos on their forms. The GOP said the Ohio gov't needs to vet all of these individually in the next three weeks or those people shouldn't be allowed to vote.

The Supreme Court, surprisingly, overturned the GOP request for stripping the voting rights form 200,000 people. Not because the case doesn't have merit, but because the GOP doesn't have proper standing. Essentially saying that the GOP isn't being hurt by this and they do not have the right to sue the gov't to force them to enforce laws. Interesting.

The Supreme Court a short time ago vacated a temporary restraining order issued by a federal district judge in that big Ohio voting rights case. The TRO had required the Ohio Secretary of State to identify mismatches between information on new voter registration forms and state DMV records and provide those mismatches to county election officials.

As we've been reporting this week, the GOP brought the lawsuit as part of its strategic effort to disqualify voters in swing states. Once the mismatches are identified, the process of trying to disqualifyvoters can begin. By one estimate, one-third of the voters who registered this year in Ohio might have such mismatches, some 200,000 voters. Mismatches include things like ... typos.

The district court initially sided with the GOP, a three-judge appeals panel overturned the district court, then the entire 6th Circuit Court of Appeals took up the case and upheld the district court.

Obama tries out his stand-up routine, slays

BBC NEWS | Americas | Obama jokes about his identity

Seriously, watch this right now.

Obama and McCain were at a white-tie charity event. Obama decided to test out his stand-up material.

Updated with embedded video. And McCain's time at the mic is included after the jump.

The Daily Show Round-Up: October 17, 2008

Colbert Round-Up: October 17, 2008

How To: Make a Kick-Ass Megaman Costume

craineum's Blog :: The Aging Gamer: Halloween Costumes - Mega Buster | Destructoid Community Blogs - videos and stories uploaded by Dtoiders everywhere

Sony's "Little Big Planet" faces worldwide recall for fear of offending muslims

Littlebigplanet: LittleBigPlanet Faces Worldwide Recall For Qur'an References

"During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an," admitted the company in a statement.

. . .

The words are: 1- In the 18th second: "كل نفس ذائقة الموت" ("kollo nafsin tha'iqatol mawt", literally: 'Every soul shall have the taste of death'). 2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: "كل من عليها فان" ("kollo man alaiha fan", literally: 'All that is on earth will perish').

Just to be clear: it's offensive to some muslims to use the Qur'An in song.

The Office-- Season 5 : Ep. 3

October 16, 2008

GM laying off 1,100 workers in Michigan

GM to lay off 1,500 hourly workers as demand slows - Yahoo! News

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp will lay off 1,500 hourly workers at plants in Michigan and Delaware where it builds pickup trucks, large cars and a two-seat roadster due to slowing demand, a spokesman said on Thursday.

. . .

The layoffs include 700 workers at a Pontiac, Michigan, assembly plant, as well as 400 each at plants in Hamtramck, Michigan, and Wilmington, Delaware, he said.

Colbert Round-Up: October 16, 2008

New Yorker Cartoon-Off: XKCD vs Some Guy Named Katz

The Cartoon Lounge: Online Only: The New Yorker

As you might expect, king of all nerds Randall Munroe wins this easily. Here he is drawing "1999."