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Friday, February 05, 2010

Venezuela’s Chavez: Twitter Messages Are Terrorist Threats

 
 

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via Mashable! by Barb Dybwad on 2/5/10

Venezuelans have been taking to Twitter to protest threats to journalism and freedom of expression, leading the hashtag #freevenezuela to become one of the largest trending Twitter topics this week.

President Hugo Chávez has responded to the outpouring of messages — many of which call for his resignation along with expanded freedom of the press — by asking the National Assembly to start preparing legislation that would regulate the Internet.

Similar to what we saw happening in Mexico this week, government officials in Venezuela are perceiving social networks such as Twitter to be a threat to the state. Chávez has apparently even gone as far as indicating that Twitter could be considered a "tool of terror," and National Assembly deputies were quick to leap to the charge of "eliminating terrorist threats posed by social networks."

We suspect this won't be the last case we hear about governments feeling threatened by Twitter and other popular social networks. What do you think: Will Venezuela succeed in regulating networks like Twitter?

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Keith Olbermann Denies that 'Countdown' is Going Down

 
 

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via TV Squad by Danny Gallagher on 2/5/10

Fox and MSNBC have been attacking each other with more frequency (but probably less violently) than the Black Spy and the White Spy, and one of their main forms of ammunition have been their respective ratings.

So naturally 'Countdown', hosted by the rather large (both in stature and physical size) talking head Keith Olbermann, had to respond to a report that appeared in the New York Post's "Page Six" column claiming that his show is one baboon hair away from cancellation hell.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Obama hints to Dems: If you don’t pass ObamaCare, you deserve to lose the mi...

 
 

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2 Fun Ways To Kill Time At Work With A Stapler!


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2 Fun Ways To Kill Time At Work With A Stapler!

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Rats Deserting a Sinking Obama!

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Rats Deserting a Sinking Obama!

Rats abandoning a sinking ship isn't a novelty but when it's the Good
Ship Obamapop, it's newsworthy:


NIMBYMP! Not in my back yard, Mr. President!


Democrat incumbents and wannabes from Missouri to Florida to Nebraska
are treating Obama as if he were afflicted with the plague and a Death
Panel has already passed sentence.


No fools they, the Dem pols would rather go it alone rather than have
a presidential albatross around their necks. It makes sense, too,
considering his endorsement track record success of zero percent:
Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts.


Actually he's zero for four if we count his and Michelle's desperate
failed trip to Copenhagen to bring home the 2016 Summer Olympics to
Chicago. That first-round elimination was a humiliating face slap,
repeated in December via a humiliating rebuke at the global climate
talks, also in Copenhagen.


Not ready to get slapped silly by voters come November, "A Democratic
Senate candidate in Missouri denounced the budget's sky-high deficit.
A Florida Democrat whose district includes the Kennedy Space Center
hit the roof over NASA budget cuts. And an endangered Senate Democrat
denounced proposed cuts in farm subsidies."


The only problem with that analysis is that just about every Dem
running this year is "endangered." Just ask Virginia State Sen.
Creigh Deeds, former New Jersey Governor John Corzine, and
Massachusett's A.G. Martha Coakley what happened last year.


Also, with a rampant anti-incumbency fever infecting the electorate,
every Dem officeholder, federal, state, or local, is more vulnerable
since the leader of their pack is the guy most responsible for the
fever.


As a Baltimore Sun article put it, "It is a time-tested campaign
tactic for politicians to declare their independence of party
leaders. But the tactic is particularly important for Democrats this
year, because their party dominates Washington, and being an insider
is a political liability in an anti-incumbent climate."


Pointed questions proffered by perspiring Dems at an Obama Q&A session
yesterday only served to heighten the feeling that they are unhappy
campers in Obama's Camp Sweaty. As Senator, (not "Madame") Boxer
said, "California is hurting:" http://bit.ly/9bJ05U

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

HR Giger wedding cake

 
 

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via MAKE Magazine by Gareth Branwyn on 2/3/10

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Now that's true love, true, chest-bursty love.


H.R. Giger Cake

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kululua Airline’s Rebranding Is Like Aviation 101


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kululua Airline窶冱 Rebranding Is Like Aviation 101

kulula (Images courtesy PSFK)

By Andrew Liszewski


If you窶决e ever flying on South Africa窶冱 kulula airline you窶冤l never have to worry about hearing an intercom announcement asking if there窶冱 a pilot on board, because their recent rebranding will leave every passenger with a basic knowledge of aviation and aircraft. It窶冱 rather clever and educational (I had no idea where the black box was stashed) though something tells me it would never fly in certain countries (no pun intended) because who knows how this knowledge could be used.


kulula (Images courtesy PSFK)


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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Ahmadinejad suggests exchange for jailed U.S. hikers

 
 

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via American Conservative Daily by The Washington Times on 2/2/10

TEHRAN (AP) -- Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested in a television interview Tuesday that Iran would release three jailed U.S. hikers in exchange for Iranians currently serving in American prisons. Ahmadinejad said that there were ongoing negotiations about possibly exchanging the hikers for several Iranians jailed for years in the United States. "There are some talks under way to have an exchange, if it is possible," he said. "Recently they (the U.S.) have sent messages, we answered to bring them (the Iranians), to bring these people (the hikers). We are hopeful that all prisoners to be released." Ahmadinejad did not ...

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Monday, February 01, 2010

You Dang Kids

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Obama budget lets Bush tax cuts expire


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Obama budget lets Bush tax cuts expire

Facing a gaping deficit but aiming to spur job creation at the same time, President Barack Obama窶冱 fiscal year 2011 budget would hit top earners, oil companies and others while giving tax breaks to small businesses to help them hire new workers.





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