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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

He will not leave that Explorer (alive).


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He will not leave that Explorer (alive).







"He will not leave that Explorer (alive)."

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The More I Look At This The Weirder It Gets [PIC]



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Adorable kitten fails mirror self-recognition test (adorably)


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Adorable kitten fails mirror self-recognition test (adorably)



This incredibly cute Persian kitten is hell-bent on destroying its new archenemy—its own reflection in a linoleum floor.



This is not a proper example of the Gallup Mirror Test—a classic tool for gauging animal self-awareness. (In the real test, researchers put two dye dots on the animal—one that it can see when it looks in the mirror and one that it can't—and judge whether the animal is aware that the image in the mirror is itself based on how it reacts to the dot it can see. Basically, does seeing that dot on itself in the mirror make it realize the dot is on its body?) Nevertheless, this kitten's response to its reflection isn't surprising, given that cats are not on the very short list of animals that can pass the Mirror Test.



Who does pass? Great apes, dolphins, elephants, magpies, and humans over the age of 18 months old. That last bit is particularly interesting in light of a couple of studies that have found a correlation between babies that can pass the mirror test, and babies that can "get" the concept of empathy with another individual.



(Thanks to John Pavlus!)





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Obama to address nation to mark end of Iraq combat, and thank Bush for doing the right thing that Obama voted against [Amusing]



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Can Obama trust Jimmy Carter not to give away half of America on his trip to Best Korea? What the hell, let's offer them Florida as a gag gift [Unlikely]



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Social Security: Alan Simpson offends almost everyone with 'cow' quip


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Social Security: Alan Simpson offends almost everyone with 'cow' quip

Social Security is a touchy subject. Alan Simpson, co-chair of Obama's deficit commission, has a colorful mouth and lots of things to say about Social Security. Put the two together and 'poof!' another political brush fire for Obama.





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but kittehz neber leev a kitteh behynd!




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Democratic Party leader says he dislikes the British, thinks Americans are “simple-minded”


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Democratic Party leader says he dislikes the British, thinks Americans are "simple-minded"

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Taliban take comfort in US withdrawal plans: general


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Taliban take comfort in US withdrawal plans: general

Washington (AFP) Aug 24, 2010



President Barack Obama's July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan has given Taliban insurgents hope they can prevail in the war, the US Marine commandant said on Tuesday.

But General James Conway said the insurgents will be disappointed when they find that no major withdrawal is on the horizon among US forces deployed in the Taliban heartland of southern Afghanistan


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Consequences WIN


epic fail photos - Consequences WIN






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A question too far...


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A question too far...

for Obama's counterrorism adviser John Brennan, who has declared jihad a legitimate tenet of Islam. Pressed on the issue by Washington Times editorial writer James Robbins -- author of the terrific forthcoming book This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive, from whom we hope to be hearing in due course regarding the book -- Brennan takes a hike.



Here is the transcript:





TWT: You mentioned jihad, for example, and would you agree with the lesser and greater and lesser jihad framework? I mean, that's pretty standard.



BRENNAN: Sure, it is...absolutely.



TWT: Can you give me an example of a jihad in history? Like, has there ever been a jihad...an armed jihad anywhere in history? Has it ever existed for real, or is it just a concept?



BRENNAN: Absolutely it has.



TWT: Example?



BRENNAN: I'm not going to go into this sort of history discussion here.



TWT: But it's important to frame the concept, because we want to say that what al-Qaeda is doing is not jihad. They say it is, and Abdul Azzam has said, in fact, 'there's not even a greater jihad.' That that's just a myth--that hadith didn't even really happen. That there's only armed jihad. Ayatollah Khomeini said 'there is only armed jihad, and it would be useful to be able to characterize or to contrast what they're doing and what they claim against a legitimate armed jihad in the past.



BRENNAN: I think we've finished. I have to get going.





As Yid with Lid observes: "Now that he admitted that Jihad can be violent, and pushed to give an example, Brennan decided to pick up his toys and go home."





The Times's close encounter with Brennan occurred on June 24. It is not clear to me from Times reporter Kerry Picket's account of the meeting with Brennan why the Times has just posted the videos (the one above as well as one of the four preceding minutes of the close encounter during which Brennan takes issue with a Times editorial critical of him, also worth viewing).



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This Explains So Much About AT&T Service [Image Cache]


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This Explains So Much About AT&T Service [Image Cache]


Now I understand why AT&T representatives react so cheerfully when I call to complain about my reception. [Shoebox] More »











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