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Didn’t feel like posting have some Fluttershy and porn.

 

 

also this

Abandoned Japan

Author: Artefact

Japanese lovers of desolate and abandoned places have once again sought out the most forlorn and forsaken ruins amidst city and country that the land of the rising sun can offer.

Enjoy the gallery, k bai.

-Grass

Weekend Quickie: Derpy got un-derped

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Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these hasn’t it. It seems that the pony named Derpy Hooves has been edited, and this was because Hasbro has apparently gotten numerous amounts of letters/email stating that little Derpy is an outcry for making fun of mentally retarded people. Christ, America, you’ll butt-hurt over a minor detail in a character and yet you won’t cry about this scene; which is actually darker than what you’re crying over. A darker episode for young children that has a higher chance of mentally scarring kids with a darker side of a character than something like Derpy’s voice and eyes. Have you no SHAME, America? Political correctness? Pfft, fuck political correctness, Brad Stine was right.

America has been offended by the truth, so we shamefully hide it by telling people we’re just plain offended by the truth, so governments will start hiding it from the people. Just tell your representative you’re offended by a children’s show and more than likely, it’ll be banned in a matter of weeks. I kid of course, but what this boils down to is being scared of offending people. I can make a LIVING offending people, all I have to do is till a few racial jokes and everyone goes ape-shit.
“Hey, man that’s offensive.” Says a black man.

“Do you think I give a shit?” I reply back, “Americans have been racist for YEARS, and you can’t take a fucking joke? I was taught as a young child that everyone needs to laugh at themselves and each other from time to time. That is, unless you’re afraid of the truth of your own origin. But then, only idiots are afraid of truth.”

My point here is that, Derpy isn’t offensive to mentally retarded people, it’s a made up ideal of Americans that things are politically correct; It’s a mental condition, much like religion, in which the person PURPOSELY AVOIDS saying something offensive or doing something offensive to someone else or an audience. Anyway, /mlp/ and EqD  aren’t happy, so if you wanna join the cause go to savederpy.com and voice your opinion without flaming or trolling. Hopefully Hasbro will get the message and we’ll have our old Derpy back someday.

Till then, See ya later, guys. This is Grass signing out.

 

Edit: oops, I forgot to leave you guys with the un-derped eps that weren’t modded by Hasbro. Here you go.

All my feels can’t describe this post

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Every video meme ever has been packed into 1 convenient video and the guys have actually made the transition in the songs really smooth so it doesn’t sound like too big a mash-up. Anyway I’m going to shut up and let you watch it.

So ya, the updated internet fad of 2011/2012. Also I should’ve posted this a few posts back but new pony ep announced a few days back.

 

 

New Pony Ep

There’s also apparently a felt design contest, should be up there next to the word “new”.

Let me move onto the news.


Miniature donkey caught after running wild

DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR (KPTV) –

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owner of a runaway miniature donkey.

The donkey, temporarily nicknamed “Shrek,” is being cared for at the Deschutes County Livestock Rescue and Shelter.

Shrek was found wandering in the NE Bend area last weekend.

Deputies say the animal was once cared for, but might have been on the run for a long time.

Anyone with information on a possible owner of this animal is asked to contact Corporal Neil Mackey at 541-617-3325. Potential owners will be asked for additional descriptive information on the animal.

 

And then there’s the government’s secret experiments with moths.

 

Safe sex for bugs: Semi-secret Phoenix factory churns out 22 million sterilized moths a day

 

Sometimes, when the government workers leave the Phoenix factory at the end of the day, their skin feels crawly — maybe there’s a tickle on the tummy, an itch on the arm — and they’re not sure whether it’s the real thing or the suggestion of a paranoid mind.

Always, they shake out the cuffs of their pants before they head out, put their lab coats in the factory laundry room to be cleaned, and fetch their Tupperware from the break room where the sign in the hall says, “Notice: Keep this door closed.”

But once in a while, workers will get home, start to undress, pulling off pants or shirt or socks or bra or boxers, and it happens.

Things fly around.

And when it happens, workers probably shouldn’t shriek or shiver or swat or scratch — though they do — because when they interviewed to work at the moth factory, it was implied that being an insect production worker meant they weren’t afraid of bugs.

In one of those gray, who-knows warehouses that surround Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, there exists a government-owned project of the creepiest kind: a Phoenix moth-breeding factory that churns out 22 million bugs per day.

Yes, moths — trays and trays of specially treated Department of Agriculture-official moths that exist to save the cotton crops of the American West. Think organic pest control.

The daily moth crop is released via airplane above fields in Arizona, California and Mexico every morning of cotton season: bug showers from April to October.

And the project is semi-secret — but only because people don’t really know it’s there.

The factory isn’t labeled. The front door stays locked. A sign says, “Please ring bell for service.”

Let’s go inside.

You will want to wear closed-toe shoes. You will want those shoes to cover your ankles.

Floors crunch when you walk through dark rooms during a tour.

Things on the floor are moving.

 

Oh and this one had me in stitches.


 

DIA director: China preparing for space warfare

Growing threat to United States

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities.

Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites.

Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said.

“The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China’s growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China’s conventional military capabilities,” Burgess said.

“China operates satellites for communications, navigation, earth resources, weather, and intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance, in addition to manned space and space exploration missions,” he said.

“China’s successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) missile and is developing jammers and directed-energy weapons for ASAT missions,” he said. “A prerequisite for ASAT attacks, China’s ability to track and identify satellites is enhanced by technologies from China’s manned and lunar programs as well as technologies and methods developed to detect and track space debris.”

China’s January 2007 anti-satellite missile test involved a modified DF-21 missile that destroyed a Chinese weather satellite. The blast created a debris field in space of some 10,000 pieces of space junk that could damage both manned and unmanned spacecraft.

For the U.S. military, the successful 2007 ASAT test represented a new strategic capability for China. Analysts estimate that with as many as two-dozen ASAT missiles, China could severely disrupt U.S. military operations through attacks on satellites.

Burgess said China rarely admits that its space program has direct military uses and refers to nearly all satellite launches as scientific or civil.

Additionally, Burgess said Chinese state-run enterprises “continue to proliferate space and counter-space related capabilities,” including some with direct military applications.

For example, China’s Beidou global positioning system satellites will be available for regional users this year and globally by 2020, he said.

The satellites will provide foreign militaries with precision targeting capabilities through purchases of Chinese Beidou receivers and services.

The system will provide foreign militaries with “greater redundancy and independence in a conflict scenario that employs space assets,” he said.

The Chinese, as well as the Russians, are also developing space capabilities that interfere with or disable U.S. space-based navigation, communications, and intelligence satellites.

Moreover, North Korea has demonstrated its ability to disrupt U.S. navigational capabilities through Soviet-made electronic jammers placed on vehicles near the North-South demarcation line that, when activated, were able to disrupt U.S. Global Positioning System signals up to 62 miles away.

 

And then CNN told me women well…Biologists say women are attracted to male traits *flexes* that are largely useless *throws football* and impractical *gestures towards crotch*

(quote courtesy of fark.com)


Are women turned off by stressed-out men?

(Health.com) — Scientists have been trying to confirm what Hollywood has known for decades: Women are often attracted to men with chiseled cheekbones and lantern jaws.

These and other masculine facial features are associated with high testosterone levels, and women seem to know this fact intuitively. Studies suggest that women are especially drawn to rugged-looking guys when they’re in the mood to mate (i.e., when they’re ovulating), while at other times, when they’re more interested in companionship, they tend to prefer a softer, more delicate look—think Ryan Gosling versus Burt Lancaster.

It’s not entirely clear why testosterone-fuelled features are attractive, but some experts have proposed that they’re a sign of a healthy immune system. Testosterone dampens immune function, so a man with high testosterone who’s still standing, the theory goes, is likely to have a stronger-than-average constitution. And he’ll pass those hardy genes on to his offspring, making him an attractive mate choice.

A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, provides the strongest evidence yet to support this theory. It also adds a new wrinkle: stress.

In the study, men with higher testosterone levels tended to have stronger immune systems and faces that were more attractive to women. This relationship, however, was especially pronounced in men with low levels of cortisol, a stress hormone involved in the so-called fight-or-flight response.

This finding, researchers say, suggests that a man’s stress levels may play a key role in whether his testosterone is free to work its magic on women. Cortisol may even have a direct impact on a man’s facial features, although it’s much too soon to say if that’s the case or not, says Benedict Jones, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland, who researches the influence of hormones on attractiveness.

“The important thing here is that…we’re seeing evidence that the relationship between men’s facial attractiveness and their hormone levels is probably much more complex than we once thought it was,” says Jones, who was not involved in the new study. “The interplay between cortisol and testosterone seems to be more important than the effects of any one hormone.”

Why is testosterone so sexy and cortisol, apparently, such a turnoff? The answer may lie in something called the “handicap hypothesis.”

Biologists who study mate choice across species have suggested that attention-getting male features—such as the peacock’s tail, or the deer’s antlers—are attractive to females because they’re largely useless and impractical. They’re often a disadvantage in areas of life besides attracting a mate, but they signal to females that a male is healthy enough to divert some energy away from surviving and put it towards looking good.

“The very fact that you’re able to stay alive with this handicap means that the female choosing you is getting a high-quality mate,” says Anthony Little, Ph.D., a research fellow at the University of Stirling, in the United Kingdom, who did not participate in the new research but has studied how human faces communicate information.

Health.com: Celebrity health secrets: fit, famous men over 40

Rugged features aren’t exactly seen as a handicap in humans, but a similar dynamic nevertheless may be at work, Little says. “Humans don’t have colorful feathers, but we pay lots of attention to things like facial appearance and body appearance.”

The handicap hypothesis has been around since 1975, but the new study is the first to provide concrete evidence for a link between high testosterone levels, good immune system function, and attractiveness in humans.

In the study, researchers asked a large group of female college students in Latvia to look at photographs of 74 male students and rate their facial attractiveness. Meanwhile, the researchers tested the men’s testosterone and cortisol levels and gauged their immune-system function by measuring their antibody response to the hepatitis B vaccine.

The men with the strongest immune systems—those with the most antibodies—generally got the highest marks on looks. “Women seem to be able to detect the men who’ve got the strongest immune response, and they seem to find them the most attractive,” says study coauthor Fhionna R. Moore, Ph.D., a psychology lecturer of Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland.

A stronger immune system was also linked to higher testosterone levels, but all of these links were weaker in men who also had high cortisol levels. It’s as though cortisol, which tends to suppress the immune system, interferes in the conversation between testosterone, immune response, and attractiveness.

Cortisol isn’t a perfect marker for stress, Little notes. It’s not clear from one test, for instance, whether high cortisol levels are due to a momentary spike in stress or to chronic stress that keeps cortisol persistently elevated.

Still, he says, the fact that cortisol appears to come between testosterone and facial attractiveness suggests there’s something about stress that women find unattractive.

Once again, Hollywood seems to have beaten science to the punch: It’s no secret that there’s something attractive about a man who seems relaxed and cool under pressure.

 

And lastly a hit from the east.

 

Bleach Anime Ends – “Finally!”

Author: Artefact

Bleach is to finally end – although only the anime version, the manga original still apparently having a few decades left before finally drawing to an end.

The final episode is scheduled for the 27th of March, entitled “Changing History, Unchanging Heart”.

Jubilation abounds online:

“Finally!”

“Another page in the disastrous history of Jump anime…”

“Continuing any further would have been a disaster.”

“It’s pretty tragic  that they dragged it out this much.”

“Well, they used up their stock of the original so it was bound to happen. They did spectacularly well to drag it out over 7 years, who’d have thought!”

“They caught up to the original, can’t be helped.”

“It’s over…”

 

That’s all the news for today, I’ll see you guys again next time.

 

The Next Chapter of “Aliens”

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A quick welcoming glance at our calender makes us realize I didn’t post yesterday. Big deal, complain more or whine more, whatever you choose. Cause after all complaining doesn’t equal whiiiiiining; Cookie if you guys got that reference, fig newton if you didn’t.  Anyway, shitty references aside I’ve completed the new chapter of my book if you guys wanna see. So let’s get down to the link spam before I get to the news. First off let’s start with Zac Gorman, and his motion comics of zelda. Next up, we have a link dump by Scott from VGCats.

 

Also its been a while since we’ve had some neat links to check out up in here. SO HERE YOU GO. New One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 minute video, SHED.MOV, Skyrim and Spaaaaaaaace, TF2 goes French(Flight of the Concords), Link tothe AWesome, and an older video but still quite amazing; This is Aperture.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen like 80% of these links, you guys are behind; Just sayin’.

And lastly…Pinkie the Genius.

 

 

As usual, click the image for a bigger image, if you haven’t figured this out, get out from under your damn rocks.

 

Anyway, let’s move on with stories.


Defense: Ga. Suspect Says Angel Told Him to Kill

By GREG BLUESTEIN

 

Prosecutors urged jurors Tuesday to dismiss a murder defendant’s assertions that an angel who looked like Olivia Newton-John ordered him to fatally shoot a co-worker’s husband outside a preschool. They say Hemy Neuman was not delusional or insane and had planned the killing for months.

Neuman fell so hopelessly in love with Andrea Sneiderman, whom he supervised at General Electric, that he believed he was the father of her two children and that the only way to protect them was to kill Russell Sneiderman in November 2010, Neuman’s attorney Doug Peters said during opening arguments.

“He thought Sophia and Ian were his children and that Rusty Sneiderman was a danger to them,” said Peters, who contends his client is not guilty by reason of insanity because he couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong at the time of the killing.

Neuman believed an angel told him to pull the trigger, said Peters, who didn’t give details.

Prosecutors, though, urged jurors to reject the insanity claim, arguing the 48-year-old Neuman meticulously planned the killing so he could be with Andrea Sneiderman. Prosecutors said Neuman will also claim he was visited by a demon who sounded like Barry White.

“I’ll boil it down to a sentence: A man wanted someone else’s wife so he killed her husband,” said Don Geary, one of the prosecutors. “He got caught. We ask you to return a verdict that speaks the truth.”

Her husband was shot to death shortly after dropping their 2-year-old son off at a day care center in Dunwoody, an affluent suburb north of Atlanta. A bearded man in a hoodie approached Sneiderman, fired several shots and then hopped into a silver minivan and sped away. It happened so quickly that police initially believed it could have been a professional job.

At the center of the trial is Andrea Sneiderman. Peters said the two shared a string of “intimate relations” during business trips after he hired her in early 2010, but that she rebuffed his attempts to marry her. Prosecutors say she rejects the allegations and that Neuman could be hallucinating.

She testified Tuesday that Neuman seemed stable to her and that she rejected his advances.

Police interviewed Neuman six weeks after Sneiderman’s death after detectives discovered that shortly before the shooting he rented a minivan matching the description of a vehicle seen driving away from the crime scene. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted. He’d be turned over to the state mental health system if found not guilty.

Neuman who also lived in the Atlanta suburbs had a troubled childhood and was constantly in fear of his father, who was wracked with guilt for having survived the Auschwitz death camp during the Holocaust while 11 other relatives died. He eventually moved from his home in Mexico to a boarding school in Israel, partly to get away from his father’s volatile behavior.

“It was a life of anger, it was a life filled with terror, of not knowing when or why their father would explode with rage,” Peters said.

He later graduated from Georgia Tech and bought a pricey home in a Cobb County subdivision after landing a job as a high-ranking manager at GE, where he made $180,000 a year and supervised 5,000 engineers and a $800 million budget, prosecutors said.

Neuman hired Andrea Sneiderman in early 2010 after she decided she needed to earn more money because her husband, a 36-year-old Harvard-trained entrepreneur, was having trouble finding steady work, attorneys said. They soon hit it off, and on work trips they would share long dinners, wine and occasionally romance, Neuman’s defense team contends.

Prosecutors say Neuman began planning Russell Sneiderman’s killing after she rebuffed one of his advances. They say he bought a gun, took it to target practice and then on Nov. 10 camped outside Sneiderman’s house to try to kill him. He bolted when Sneiderman, who couldn’t recognize Neuman, startled him.

Nine days later, prosecutors say, Neuman arrived at his office earlier than usual — at 5:36 a.m. — and then sneaked out a back door to avoid security cameras and give himself an alibi. He then drove to the Dunwoody Prep day care center, shot Sneiderman four times and hopped in the minivan and tried to melt into morning rush traffic, they say.

Neuman was so callous about his actions that he returned to work a few hours later and later participated in the religious ceremonies of his victim’s death, including the Jewish ritual of shoveling dirt on Sneiderman’s grave at his funeral, Geary said.

Peters asked the jurors to pay careful attention to phone records between Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman, noting that the two exchanged three calls on the night before the shooting and that she called him six times in the hours after her husband was killed.

He also said his arguments that his client couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong during the killing are backed by evaluations from psychiatrists and mental health experts who diagnosed Neuman as bipolar and concluded he had a delusional disorder.

“This case is not about what happened. We know what happened,” Peters said. “It’s about why.”

 

Long story is long, enjoy your block texts.

Moving on.

 

Cops: Ohio Woman’s Breast Implant Exploded During Domestic Assault

 

FEBRUARY 21–An Ohio man beat his girlfriend so severely that one of the woman’s breast implants exploded during the weekend assault, police report.

 

 

Samuel Cole, 60, was arrested for felony assault after he allegedly punched and choked the victim during a confrontation Sunday morning. Cole, pictured in the adjacent mug shot, also allegedly stomped the woman so hard that her implant burst, according to cops.

Cole, who is being held in the Hamilton County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, is also subject to a “stay away” order barring him from contacting the 52-year-old victim.

After allegedly beating the woman, Cole transported her to a local hospital for treatment and “threatened her not to tell staff about the assault.” Hospital workers contacted police about the attack and the woman’s injuries, according to a Colerain Township Police Department report.

Along with punching and trying to suffocate the woman, Cole “also stomped on the victim’s chest with his foot causing serious injury to her left breast,” noted investigators.

 

Oh so funny, breast implants exploding is always funny.


Mardi Gras in 1938: Unpublished Photos

 

Relatively early on in its remarkable, decades-long run as a weekly magazine, LIFE turned its eye toward always-enticing, ever-vivid New Orleans and that great city’s signature, defining event: Mardi Gras. In February, 1938, editors sent photographer William Vandivert (later a charter member of Magnum) to the Big Easy to chronicle the carnival — and to show LIFE’s readers how one American city, more Caribbean than Southern in so many ways, maintained a centuries-old tradition of refined debauchery and plain, unalloyed fun in the midst of the Great Depression.

The story that ran in the March 14, 1938, issue of LIFE, alongside some of Vandivert’s photographs, was interesting enough, in its own way. Titled “LIFE goes to America’s Most Famous Party,” the five-page feature focused almost exclusively on the aristocratic Comus Ball, and the pomp and ceremony that attends the crowning of the ball’s king and queen. In fact, in 1938, LIFE was invited to the Comus Ball “to photograph it,” the magazine gently boasted to its readers, “for the press for the first and only time in its 81 years.”

But Bill Vandivert was in New Orleans for more than a few days and nights in the late winter of 1938, and he made hundreds of photographs — far more interesting photographs, it turns out, than those that ran in the magazine — on the crowded, joyously chaotic streets and boulevards of that singular town.  Here, in tribute to the spirit of the Crescent City, and to celebrate the ancient festival of carnival (from Latin, carne vale, or “farewell to meat”) that traditionally marks the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent, LIFE.com offers a gallery of those previously unpublished Vandivert photos: pictures of men, women and children happily caught up in the whirldwind of Mardi Gras, in a vanished New Orleans that feels at once ghostly and, somehow, intensely alive.

 

Enjoy the gallery, cause I’m not posting it.

 

Peoria Unified district to clarify dress code for teachers

by Kristena Hansen

 

Teachers in the Peoria Unified School District soon may need to spruce up their wardrobes to come to work.

The school board is looking to put in place rules governing what teachers and staff wear in the classroom and at various school functions by adopting a policy that outlines everything from inappropriate footwear to how much skin a blouse or skirt should expose.

The district’s current policy requires that staff attire be professional, but no dress code offers further definition. Thus, it is up to each principal to decide on and enforce standards.

District officials said the proposal aims to set clear expectations of employees and avoid awkward confrontations for principals enforcing them.

Board member Diane Douglas said the dress code is a long time coming.

“We’re setting an example for students,” Douglas said. “We’re teaching them how they should look and behave.”

The proposed dress code would require men to wear a collared shirt while women’s tops or shirts must have at least a 2-inch strap.

Jeans would be allowed once per week; sweatpants, sweatshirts and other athletic apparel would be appropriate only while teaching gym class or supervising physical-education activities. No cleavage, underwear or bare midriffs may show.

It would ban rubber flip-flops and allow tennis shoes only under special circumstances.

“A high degree of our workers’ compensation injuries are slip-and-falls because people are not wearing the appropriate footwear,” Douglas said.

Those workers’ compensation claims would be harder to get if the district has clear guidelines in place, she said.

But the board asked staff to broaden the situations in which wearing tennis shoes would be allowable. Board member Joe McCord said they’re often the best choice for teachers, especially those chasing down youngsters on the playground at recess.

 

I’m not sure what to say here to be honest..I guess the only word that comes to mind is….okay?

And our last story from the west.


Five Leadership Mistakes Of The Galactic Empire

 

My colleague Dorothy Pomerantz notes that this weekend, the re-issued 3-D version of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, pulled down about $23 million in the Box Office over the weekend. This got my mind to pondering the mistakes that people make, ranging from making the Star Wars prequels to reissuing them in 3-D to actually going to relive the misery that was The Phantom Menace all over again.

But mistakes are learning opportunities. And in thinking about Star Wars, let’s leave the prequels behind and focus on the original trilogy. It occurs to me that the Star Wars films have a lot to teach us about leadership styles.

In particular, the Galactic Empire strikes me as a quintessential example of how not to effectively run an organization. Let’s take a look at five of the Empire’s biggest mistakes and see how you can avoid them in your own organization.

Mistake #1: Building an organization around particular people, rather than institutions.

Perhaps the biggest mistake of the Galactic Empire made is its singular focus on the preservation of power for the Emperor and a few of his chosen lackeys. There is a constant through line we see starting with A New Hope and running through to the end of the Return of the Jedi of the Emperor consolidating more and more power into his own hands and that of his right-hand man, Darth Vader. In A New Hope, the Galactic Senate is disbanded in favor of regional governors hand-selected by the Emperor. By the time Return of the Jedi rolls around, the Emperor’s only advisor is Darth Vader, and his distrust in his organization is so complete that his only plan for succession is a desperate attempt to poach Luke Skywalker from the Rebel Alliance and get him to join his organization. Anytime your future plans depend on getting a rising star from a rival organization to join your team, you know that you have some serious institutional issues.

As the events of the movie make clear, the deaths of the Emperor and Darth Vader pretty much eliminated any opportunity for succession. A galaxy-wide organization was defeated simply by taking out two key individuals. Despite his decades of scheming, Palpatine’s organization barely lasted a day after he was gone.

Key Takeaway: Your organization needs to be structured so that talent is being developed on all levels of the organization, in order to ensure smooth functioning and ensure that it’s easy for people to rise in the organization in the event that key individuals leave. Responsibility should be distributed on several fronts, so that chaos doesn’t ensue if one person can’t be reached. Realistic succession plans are vital to developing an enduring organization.

Mistake #2: Depriving people of the chance to have a stake in the organization.

By consolidating his power, the Emperor didn’t just ensure that his organization wouldn’t survive his death. He also deprived a key motivation for both his employees and the public-at-large: a feeling of having a stake in the success of the organization. The Emperor disbanded the Galactic Senate, removing the idea of any democratic stake in the government. He wiped out all references to the Force, so there was no longer any guiding ideology. His sole idea for maintaining control of the Empire was building the Death Star, on the theory that, in the words of Grand Moff Tarkin, “Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.” Similarly, while in the first Star Wars film, there was a scene showing officers in the Imperial Navy discussing strategy, by Return of the Jedi, it was clear that no feedback was being solicited anymore. The Emperor or Vader gave orders and that was it. No further discussion.

But as was ably demonstrated in this exchange in the movie Office Space, this is the worst possible way to get the best work out of your employees. Fear, combined with a sense of powerlessness, only inspires the bare minimum amount of work:

Peter Gibbons: You see, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.
Bob Porter: Don’t- don’t care?
Peter Gibbons: It’s a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don’t see another dime, so where’s the motivation? And here’s another thing, I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Porter: Eight?
Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.

Key Takeaway: In order to get the best work out of people in your organization, you need to solicit their feedback, engage them in the decision-making process, and ensure that they have a stake in the success of the organization.

In an early part of the Empire Strikes Back, the Empire attempted to wipe out the Rebel Alliance once and for all in the Battle of Hoth. However, because Admiral Ozzel took the Imperial Fleet out of lightspeed too close to the Hoth system, the Rebel Alliance was able to detect the Imperial approach and quickly begin its defense. Enraged by this error, Darth Vader used the Force to choke Admiral Ozzel to death. Captain Piett, Ozzel’s second-in-command, was then promoted to Admiral and given command of the Imperial Fleet.

This swift, decisive punishment of failure is a huge error of management. First of all, mistakes are inevitable – especially in times where quick decisions are needed to be made on incomplete information. Rather than simply kill Admiral Ozzel, Vader should have attempted to direct him to a course of action that corrected his error. Instead, he threw the Imperial Fleet into organizational disarray as countless numbers of officers were suddenly thrust into new roles and responsibilities without the opportunity to learn them. This organizational chaos was undoubtedly key to the Rebels ability to escape in mass numbers, even as they flew perilously close to the Imperial Fleet.

Even beyond this one mistake, by adopting a management style of “failure leads to Force choking,” Vader developed an organizational culture that was destined to be weak. People would be afraid to offer feedback or suggestions, choosing instead to follow orders to the letter. This ensures that decisions are made at a very high level, and anyone under those levels will lack initiative or the ability to act on their local knowledge. What’s more, by punishing failure so harshly, the Empire provides an incentive for people within the organization to actually lead their superiors to failure. After all, the quickest way to promotion in the Empire is for your boss to make a mistake, so it’s in your own best interests to ensure that he does.

Key Takeaway: It’s essential to remember that failure is the engine of success. Mistakes are inevitable, but the key to making them is learning from them. It’s also vital to ensure that organizations are flexible, capable of quickly adapting to changing conditions and allowing for initiative and quick action at all levels, even if that leads to some mistakes.

Mistake #4: Focusing all of the organization’s efforts into a single goal and failing to consider alternatives.

When it came to the success of the Galactic Empire, the Emperor had one single idea that he was absolutely obsessed with: building the Death Star. The completion of the Death Star, with its ability to destroy entire planets, was the singleminded obsession of the Emperor. At no point do we ever see any alternatives broached. No scenes between Darth Vader and the Emperor debating the wisdom of building a second Death Star so soon after the first one was destroyed. Nobody suggests to the Emperor that it might be wiser to develop more flexible ways for the Empire to destroy planets, such as combining the firepower of several Star Destroyers at once.

The only other goal we ever see the Emperor pursue, apart from the destruction of the Rebels, is to get Luke Skywalker to turn to the Dark Side and succeed Darth Vader and possibly the Emperor himself. As discussed above, having only one succession plan, based entirely around getting a key player from a rival organization to change his mind, showed remarkable lack of foresight. This singleminded obsession with one way to succeed is something that undermined not only the Galactic Empire, but also many other organizations throughout history. Kodak focused on film even after developing digital technology. Borders focused on brick and mortar years after it was clear that a strong Internet presence was key to the book business.

Key Takeaway: It’s vital to be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances. You should always consider alternatives to your course of action and develop multiple plans for achieving particular goals in case one or more plans don’t pan out.

Mistake #5: Failing to learn from mistakes.

The Galactic Empire devoted years, an enormous amount of money, and an enormous amount of manpower to building the Death Star. After it was built, the Death Star only successfully completed one mission before it was destroyed by the Rebels. And the Empire’s response? Build a bigger, newer Death Star to serve as a target for the Rebel Alliance. In the second case, the Death Star wasn’t even completed before the Rebels managed to destroy it again.

Despite the failure of Force choking Admiral Ozzel to improve performance by the Imperial Fleet, Vader Force choked Captain Needa after his failure to capture the Millenium Falcon shortly thereafter.

Both the Emperor and Vader were obsessed with turning Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force, even after Skywalker made it clear that he’d rather die than abandon the Rebel Alliance or join the Dark Side.

You may see a pattern emerging here. Perhaps the Emperor and Vader were blinded by their success taking control of a millennia-old Republic and turning it into an Empire, but it’s clear that they became very overconfident in their own abilities. Despite making the same mistakes over, and over again, they still moved stubbornly, blindly forward without ever changing course. And then kept on moving forward without changing their paths until the Empire was destroyed.

Key Takeaway: While it’s admirable to not let setbacks hold you back from pursuing your goals, its vital to learn from every failure in order to correct your course of action. Failing to learn from your mistakes and repeating them will inevitably lead to the destruction of your organization.

The Bottom Line: Ultimately, the Galactic Empire failed as an enduring organization because of incredibly flawed leadership at the very top. By building an organizational culture based on fear, lack of independence, and an unwillingness to adapt to changing circumstances, the Emperor set the stage for his own inevitable failure.

 

And our last post from Sankaku.

 

Stocking Rio:Bone Action Figure

Author: Leon

 

 

Sentinel’s RIO:bone action figure of Stocking has finally appeared to complete with the already released Panty action figure. She comes along with her cat, sunglasses and her stocking-katana for a release in May 2012.

 

And your daily dose of Porn

 

Anyway, that’s our show for today, I will see you again next time. Till then, stay stupid and stay hungry. Good night.

 

 

 

4chan Revolts

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That’s right folks, you heard it here. 4chan, is up in arms about the newly created /mlp/ board. Screaming and yelling will do all those in /co/ and /b/ no good. And in all honesty this means I can stop frequenting places like tumblr and Fakebook for MLP shit. The skeptic in you is probably asking why I don’t just ues ponychan or ponibooru or 20pc.net. Let me be frank with you, 4chan’s been like a brother site to me, it’s mostly where I need to go if I want to fap or at least that’s where I used to go before danbooru and gelbooru started showing up with HQ pics for anime and shit. But 4chan is 4chan and frankly I still like the place despite it being one of the largest turd-fests online. I’ve been on and off lurking 4chan since 2004 so seeing an internet culture like MLP get put onto one of the largest traffic sites online I figured now would be a good time to stop lurking 4chan and start posting pics. Believe me, I barely posted back in the day since there was nothing of value to be posted. Anyway, onto the news.


Franklin Township official bemoans $12K in paperwork to remove tree from creek

By Rick Epstein

 

FRANKLIN TWP. — The state Department of Environmental Protection requires permits and engineering work totaling $12,000 before the township can pull a tree out of a creek near Pittstown, Committeeman Scott Bauman told the Township Committee on Feb. 9.

The offending tree has caused a disruption in the flow of the stream and caused a drainage problem near Stone Barn Road, he said. So the township engineer met with two representatives of the DEP.

It’s a C-1 stream, Bauman said, citing the DEP’s most heavily protected category. The stream is “so protected that DEP wasn’t too keen about just going in there and pulling out the tree.”

Given the committee’s commitment to thrift and the high price of compliance, Bauman said, “The wild side of me asks: How much are the fines for this?” If it was just $5,000, it might be worth it to “get a bunch of guys with a chain and bring it out.”

Township Attorney Michael Selvaggi advised that if the tree was removed “and you didn’t do it right, they’d fine you. And you’d still be under an administrative order to do it right and do the design and everything else.”

He further explained that even though the tree isn’t on public property, “if it alters the natural course of the water or it creates a damming effect,” it changes the aquatic environment upstream. “So that’s why you may be under an obligation to get rid of that tree.”

If the township decides to do nothing, the “DEP does have the ability to do the work and then send you a bill for it,” said Selvaggi. “Then you just negotiate the bill that way. You’d still have to pay the permit fees.”

Bauman said, “Hopefully we’ll have a place in the budget for this.”

 

Oh you lazy Americans, won’t even remove a tree from the creek. Sure, let’s just let laziness take it’s course.

 

BY JUSTO BAUTISTA

PATERSON — A bus passenger and three NJ Transit employees were sickened Thursday night, apparently from a liquid that was found on the floor of a bus.

The liquid turned out to be a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water, said John Durso Jr., a spokesman for NJ Transit.

The incident began around 6 p.m. when a passenger dropped his hat on the floor of a Route 161 bus that was traveling in Paterson on its way to Manhattan, Durso said.

The passenger, who was not identified, retrieved his hat, which had come into contact with the liquid. He put it on his head, felt a burning sensation and requested medical aid, Durso said.

The passenger was treated at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Durso said.

Shortly after 7 p.m. a transit supervisor, mechanic and driver became ill as they worked on the same bus at the NJ Transit bus garage in Wayne, Durso said

All three employees were treated at St. Joseph’s and released, Durso said.

The Route 161 bus makes stops in Paterson, Passaic and Bergen County on its way to the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan, Durso said.

*sigh* Really?

Christ you people.


‘Poison’ drunk by convicted man in court turns out to be water

Martin Stroia drank the liquid from an aspirin bottle and slumped to the floor after he was found guilty of displaying a gun in the Broward County Courthouse’s lobby last year.

A man convicted of armed trespassing was rushed to an emergency room Thursday morning from the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale after he took a swig from an aspirin bottle, told court deputies it was poison and collapsed onto the floor.

But Marin Stroia’s health was never in danger, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Thursday afternoon, The liquid in the aspirin bottle turned out to be plain water.

Stroia, 60, was taken back to the Broward Main Jail, where he is awaiting sentencing.

A security guard from Oakland Park, Stroia was charged with armed trespassing and reckless display of a weapon after he came into the courthouse through an exit door on Jan. 14, 2011, pulled out a gun and turned it on himself. Stroia was distraught over a child-support case. Broward Circuit Judge Joel Lazarus persuaded him to put down the gun.

Jurors deliberated for less than an hour Wednesday evening and less than half an hour Thursday morning before returning with a verdict of guilty on both charges. The jury was still in the courtroom when Stroia pulled the small, clear bottle from his pocket and took a drink. He told a court deputy it was poison, but did not say it loud enough for his lawyer, who was standing right next to him, to hear.

After jurors left, Stroia, who held a picture of his son, said he had not poisoned himself. But as he was being led away by deputies to be fingerprinted and booked into jail, Stroia slumped, heaving, to the floor.

Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes ordered the courtroom cleared and summoned paramedics. Stroia was wheeled out on a stretcher, his eyes closed.

BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Stroia would not face additional charges for the suicide scare.

Stroia faces a maximum of five years in prison for the trespassing conviction and one year on the weapons charge. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The trial started with opening statements Tuesday afternoon, ended with closing arguments 24 hours later, and featured the unusual sight of a sitting judge taking the stand as a witness.

Lazarus, called to testify by defense attorney Maury Halperin, described how Stroia sat near the escalator in the courthouse lobby with a gun pointed to his head. He said he never saw Stroia point the gun at anyone else.

It was a crucial point for Halperin, who wanted jurors to acquit his client because he had been summoned to court for his custody case, and thus was not trespassing, and never pointed the gun at anyone else, and thus was not reckless with the weapon.

Jurors rejected both defense arguments. Prosecutor Joseph Wolf said Stroia would have been welcome in the building had he used the proper entrance and gone through the metal detectors, as every member of the public is required to do. But going in through the exit and pulling out the weapon turned the courthouse lobby into a danger zone until Stroia gave up his gun, Wolf said.

Oh and one more from the sand people.

Al Qaeda on rise in Syria, has ‘marriage of convenience’ with Iran, US intelligence director says

Published February 17, 2012 | FoxNews.com

WARSHINGTON –  The nation’s top intelligence adviser told Congress on Thursday that Al Qaeda “is extending its reach into Syria” — possibly with Iran’s help.

In a rare public admission, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Al Qaeda and the Iranian regime have a “shotgun marriage, or marriage of convenience.” More significantly, given the series of attacks this week linked to Iran, Clapper said Tehran appears to see Al Qaeda as an insurance policy — a “surrogate or proxy” — against future Western aggression.

This public confirmation comes as U.S. officials investigate the release of five Al Qaeda members after “years of house arrest” in Iran. The men include Saif al-Adel, who was tipped as the likely replacement for Usama bin Laden.

The release of Al Qaeda leaders is not confined to Iran. U.S. officials are also investigating whether the Syrians released Abu Musab al-Suri, seen as one of the terror network’s most important strategists. Al-Suri was captured in Pakistan 2005 and was in CIA custody until he was sent back to Syria as part of the controversial rendition program. Until recently, US officials were confident he would not be released by the Syrian government.

Clapper also confirmed that U.S. officials believe an Al Qaeda affiliate was responsible for a series of blast in Syria because the car bombs “bore the earmarks” of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The affiliate, written off by some members of the U.S. intelligence community, has made a comeback according to Clapper.

Al Qaeda of Iraq is one of Al Qaeda’s largest regional affiliates, and it “is extending its reach into Syria” by infiltrating opposition groups, likely without their knowledge. Clapper said the lack of a unified opposition group could leave a power vacuum that extremists could fill if the Syrian government falls, a potential development he called “troubling,” because Syria has an extensive network of chemical weapons sites.

Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess added that it appears “the Al Qaeda like attacks” were likely caused by elements already inside the country, and that the U.S. intelligence community had not yet detected “a clarion call to outsiders” to join the cause.

He made no mention of the video released by core Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri over the weekend, calling on Muslims to support Syrian rebels.

The officials also told Congress that if Iran is attacked over its alleged nuclear weapons program, it could respond by closing the Strait of Hormuz to ships and launch missiles at regional U.S. forces and allies.

Burgess tells senators Iran is unlikely to initiate or intentionally provoke a conflict.

Clapper says it is “technically feasible” that Tehran could produce a nuclear weapon in one or two years, if its leaders decide to build one, “but practically not likely.”

He says recent diplomatic outreach by Iran to European diplomats could indicate that officials there are reconsidering the program.

Both men say they do not believe Israel has decided to strike Iran. Clapper said he would be meeting with Israeli officials soon to discuss the matter.

 

And now for some Sankaku news.

 

Chinese Walnuts “Made From Cement”

Author: Artefact

Even the Chinese are aghast at their latest innovation – walnuts with tooth cracking cement fillings have apparently been recovered, the effort and cost of obtaining real nuts seemingly being greater than the trouble of making convincing fakes.

According to reports, the walnuts were on sale in a Henan province market, and consisted of a cement kernel with the outer shell glued on. The cement was wrapped in paper so as to prevent the “nut” from rattling suspiciously.

That’s all for today folks, I will see you guys next week. Here’s a little food for thought though: If Taiwan is drawing closer to being the Chinese version of Japan, why the fuck are people still hoarding over to Japan for the same thing they can get in Taiwan.
Good night, everyone.

Valentine’s Day

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So let me first go off to say Happy Valentine’s to all. Now, I do have things that I care about in this world and whatever values are left over in those things that I care about. Just cause I’m an asshole 90% of the time doesn’t mean Grass doesn’t give a shit about certain things in this world. Well, this is just getting depressing…Let’s just start today’s news.

Empire State Building owners file for $1 billion IPO

New York – Anyone who’s ever wanted to own a piece of pricey real estate in New York, but couldn’t afford to do so, may soon have the opportunity to own at least a sliver.
The owners of the Empire State Building have decided to put this landmark property on the stock market. On Monday, the owners filed required paperwork with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering. According to the New York Times, this decision is the “culmination of efforts” by the Malkin family, the building’s controlling family, to simplify control of its extensive real estate through consolidation. The estate of Leona Helmsley also has some ownership in the 102-story building owned by Malkin Holdings LLC. The Malkins took ownership in 2002 after purchasing the Empire State Building from Donald Trump and his partner, and gained management rights after settling litigation with Leona Helmsley in 2006. The renowned Empire State Building is the “crown jewel” of the consolidation of 12 properties in New York and Connecticut to form the real estate investment trust (REIT). Empire State Realty Trust Inc. is the name of the new company, and it will be headed up by Anthony E. Malkin as its chairman and chief executive officer. The plan is to list Class A common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ESB,” with a target to raise $1 billion; the NYT notes this figure is an interim number used in the filing to determine filing fees. Underwriters listed on the paperwork for the IPO are Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. This IPO would allow investors to gain ownership of not only a notable landmark building, but may possibly indicate a good investment. Business Week reported, “Because it’s got an iconic building as a centerpiece, I expect it will be successful anyway, but you’re going to have more or less a higher percentage” of individual investors, said Lawrence Longua, director of the REIT Center at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. For institutional investors, the owners “are very recognized names in the industry, so I suspect all in all, it’ll do well,” he said. Business Week also reported “Midtown Manhattan office values have gained 87 percent since a mid-2009 trough”, this information comes from Green Street Advisors Inc., a REIT research firm in Newport Beach, California. For those wanting to own a legendary piece of the Big Apple, if all goes as intended, the SEC will deem the Malkins’ filing effective, and stock will be on the open market in the near future. No figures are currently available as to how many shares will be available and what the value of stock will be.
Oh, boy, I can’t wait to own a piece of the Empire State Building. /sarcasm
Are you kidding me? The Empire State building isn’t an estate or a home, it’s an office space. But I guess I can understand; it is  historical after all.
Next up…there’s no militia…

Defense: Feds “manipulated” facts about militia

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DETROIT – Federal authorities worried about a perceived threat to the government and President Barack Obama “manipulated” facts and greatly overreached when they charged seven members of a Midwest militia with conspiring to rebel against the United States, a defense attorney told jurors Tuesday.

On the second day of trial, the jury heard opening statements from attorneys for three more defendants before prosecutors summoned their first witness, an FBI agent in charge of the two-year investigation that led to the March 2010 arrests of nine members of the southern Michigan-based militia, called Hutaree.

The defendants are accused of conspiring to someday ambush and kill a police officer, then attack the funeral procession with explosives and trigger a broader revolt against the U.S. government. Defense lawyer James Thomas said the startling allegations don’t fit.

“A new president comes into office. The agencies that are sworn to investigate and protect him are very, very curious about what’s going on out there,” Thomas told jurors. “That premise — that somebody would be out there who is going to be a danger, either to the country or to the president of the United States — got distorted.

“It was a conclusion that was brought to be supported by facts, facts that were manipulated,” he said.

On Monday, the government showed jurors automatic weapons, vests and other military gear seized when the nine group members were arrested in southern Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in March 2010. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Graveline said the group was looking for a conflict to trigger an attack — maybe a traffic stop, a search warrant or a dispute between authorities and another militia.

“They wanted to start an armed confrontation. … The war to them meant patriots rising up against the government,” said Graveline, who held up automatic weapons and other items

Graveline showed the jury a video clip of leader David Stone declaring, “Welcome to the revolution.” The government placed an undercover agent inside the Hutaree and also had a paid informant. More than 100 hours of audio and video were recorded.

“They were ready, willing and able to go to war. They were preparing for war,” the prosecutor said.

Prosecutor: Mich. militia willing to “go to war”
FBI: Mich. militia plotted to kill police
FBI agent had infiltrated Hutaree

CBS Affiliate WWJ reports that Stone is heard on a recording made by an undercover agent in a car, talking about the new world order, allegedly rehearsing a speech. Stone was heard saying the militia needed to “start huntin'” police soon.

Todd Shanker, attorney for David Stone Jr., acknowledged there are “offensive statements” on the recordings but said the words were “almost fantasy” made among people who were comfortable with each other.

“These are extreme charges. … They are going to fail and they are going to fail miserably,” said Shanker, adding later that the Hutaree really was more of a “social club” than any organized militia.

William Swor, attorney for David Stone, said his client was a firm believer in the Bible’s book of Revelation and the coming of an “anti-Christ.”

“The anti-Christ as David Stone understands it will come from overseas, and the troops of the anti-Christ will take over America. That is the resistance that David Stone was preparing for,” Swor said.

He told jurors the government was displaying weapons in court to “make you afraid.” Swor said members lived hand-to-mouth and couldn’t even afford transportation to a regional militia meeting in Kentucky, a trip that wasn’t completed because of bad winter weather. He said it was the undercover agent who supplied the van, gas and a secret camera that captured Stone on video.

Of the original nine defendants, Joshua Clough, of Blissfield, Mich., is the only one to make a deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in December to illegal use of a firearm, faces a mandatory five-year prison sentence and could be called as a witness to testify for the government.

Besides the Stones, the other defendants are Tina Mae Stone and Joshua Stone, both from Lenawee County; Thomas Piatek, of Whiting, Ind.; Michael Meeks, of Manchester, Mich.; and Kristopher Sickles, of Sandusky, Ohio. Jacob Ward, of Huron, Ohio, will have a separate trial. Besides conspiracy charges, all face at least one firearm charge and some have more.

Really I just find it ironic that these sort of things still exist. “No, President Obama, we’re not trying to overthrow the government.” really? I mean REALLY? FUCKING REALLY?

People have no compassion anymore.

Now here’s a real slap-stick for you. A congressman’s daughter is on the cover of a swimsuit SI mag.

New swimsuit cover girl Upton is congressman’s niece

The new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model is Kate Upton, 19, who also happens to be the niece of a Republican congressman from Michigan.

Her selection as the cover model was revealed last night when a Times Square billboard for the magazine was uncovered on TV during the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. On the cover, she is posed on an Australian beach in a two-toned, red string bikini.

Upton was among 10 SI models who appeared on the Letterman show, and she was accompanied to New York by her parents. Her father, Jeff, is a high school athletic director in St. Joseph, Michigan. His brother is U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican who has represented Michigan’s 6th congressional district since 1987.

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, which hits newsstands today, is annually the most widely-read edition of the magazine.

M.J. Daly, senior editor for Sports Illustrated, said Upton “embodies the sophistication and sexiness” called for in the issue that is seen by some 70 million readers in the magazine, the Web and on mobile devices like phones and tablet computers.

This year’s 17 models in the swimsuit edition were photographed in Australia, Zambia, the Republic of Seychelles, Panama and in the United States in Apalachicola, Florida.

“Every single girl we shoot has the opportunity to be on the cover, and it really comes down to who has the best picture,” Daly told Reuters. “Whoever has that really special, jaw-dropping photo ends up on the cover.”

Upton, who will make promotional apperarances for the magazine, also is featured in the March issue of Esquire magazine and has a role in the upcoming Farrelly brothers movie, The Three Stooges.

Those are our stories from the west, time to head to Sankaku.

2 things…

Highschool DxD Doesn’t Need No Blu-Ray

Gallery post.

And

“Immune to Exposure” – FEMEN Topless at -24°C

Author: Artefact

Topless protest group Femen’s latest political protest has seen them brave temperatures of -24°C in order to strip off and annoy the Russians, although observers could be forgiven for wondering more about how they manage to survive such extremes of exposure.

For once they had a rather clear political message – they were protesting Russian efforts to force the Ukraine into surrendering control of natural gas pipelines crossing its territory by denying it the cheap gas it views as its right, the sort of ploy Russia now commonly employs against disobedient former vassals.

The protests took place at the Moscow headquarters of Gazprom, resulting in one arrest (for climbing on their roof) and much media coverage.

 

Also a gallery post. I will see you guys next time, until then. Keep the world afloat with information.

Valentine’s Eve

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You’re probably wondering why I’m posting Valen’s this early, it’s cause I’m not sure if I’ll be doing anything tomorrow or the day after. I know I barely post anymore and it’s gotten to the point of like 2 posts a week, which I really shouldn’t be doing cause I said I’d come back to post daily. Ugh, whatever. I’ve been obsessing over flash games for the past couple of weeks so blame me and my forgetfulness. I have been casting once a day though. So if you ever feel like you wanna see what I’m doing when I’m not posting, head over there.

 

So it seems recently  I’ve been having trouble sleeping due to me being restless. I partially blame ADD, but I also blame how active my mind is around 10 or 11 PM. Anyway, um, I’m probably going to try to post more often if I can remember. I got hooked on watching those Ancient Aliens documentaries  about how ancient astronauts came to Earth and did shit and how mankind has benefited from that, etc etc. I’m an open minded person so it’s okay for me to watch. Anyway, without further ado, let’s move onto the news today.

 

Atlanta weather | Northern suburbs could get dusting of snow

By Mike Morris

A winter weather advisory has been posted for Monday night for extreme north Georgia for as much as 1.5 inches of snow, while forecasters said up to a half-inch snow is possible in the northern suburbs of  Atlanta.

The rest of metro Atlanta will likely see mostly rain.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation urged motorists to use caution overnight as the predicted wintry mix of precipitation moves into the mountain counties.

Teri Pope said DOT crews in 10 northeast Georgia counties — Banks, Dawson, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White — will be reporting to work at midnight, while crews in other north Georgia counties will be on call to report in if conditions warrant.

She said road crews would be “working to keep at least one passable lane in each direction open on state routes and two passable lanes in each direction on interstates.

Pope said that Ga. 180 Spur in Towns County was closed Saturday due to snow, and will remain closed until temperatures warm up later this week.

A portion of Ga. 348, also known as the Richard Russell Scenic Parkway, in Union and White counties “will close [Monday] afternoon before precipitation begins to prevent motorists from being caught in hazardous conditions,” Pope said late Monday afternoon.

She said that more than 120 electronic billboards will be used if needed to advise motorists of hazardous travel conditions.

“This is the first regional winter weather event since the State Transportation Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia allowing for travel advisories to be posted on electronic billboards around the metro Atlanta region,” Pope said.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton is predicting a 90 percent chance of precipitation for metro Atlanta early Tuesday, along with early morning temperatures in the mid-30s.

The winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight until noon on Tuesday for Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Pickens, Dawson, Lumkin, White, Rabun and Habersham counties.

Just south of those counties, the Weather Service said up to a half-inch of snow could accumulate across Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Floyd and Polk counties.

All precipitation is expected to turn to all rain by Tuesday afternoon, when highs will climb into the upper 40s.

By Thursday, afternoon highs will climb to near 70 degrees, with overnight lows in the 50s.

Monday began on another frigid note, with temperatures before daybreak in the upper teens and mid-20s across metro Atlanta.

Those subfreezing temperatures led to an icy patch on Ga. 85 in Clayton County early Monday, when a pipe burst at a nearby business. The state Department of Transportation sent a crew to treat the icy patch, and the road reopened before the morning commute.


Censorship Bill Takes Aim at Teachers

Bill would force teachers to comply with FCC regulations

Tony Pomposelli

A newly proposed bill would force teachers to act within Federal Communication Commission standards if it passes.
The Arizona Republic reports SB 1467 establishes penalties for instructors who violate FCC standards in the classroom, ranging from suspension to termination. FCC regulations limit speech classified as indecent, obscene or profane.
The bill’s primary sponsor, Senator Lori Klein, said the bill came after constituents complained about teachers using inappropriate language in front of high school students. In its current form, the legislation would target any public classroom from preschool all the way up to community colleges and universities. Klein says she is still working on the bill, as the intent was never to include higher education in the bill. Additionally, changes might reduce the first violation from a mandatory one-week suspension to a warning.
Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs has signed on to the bill, saying that the bill is not violating free speech standards. He cites U.S. Supreme Court allowances on reasonable speech restriction based on “time, place or manner.” But Senate Minority Leader David Schapira says that while the concern is understood, the proposed solution isn’t. Schapira also says teachers shouldn’t be using the kinds of words that the bill targets in classrooms and that school districts should be implementing the policies.
The bill has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.
Next up, a story about a guy who kills himself after seeing her girl drown.
(story given to me, by Tracy via facebook)

BRIDGEPORT, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Alabama say a man dove into the Tennessee River after seeing his girlfriend’s car sinking and drowned in the fast-moving water. But authorities say he may not have realized the girlfriend had already escaped from the car and was helped to shore by a fisherman.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/AcO3OO) 25-year-old Christopher Heaton of Jasper, Tenn., died after the Tuesday evening rescue attempt near Bridgeport, Ala.

Police say he had driven to the spot where they were to meet near a boat ramp, when he saw her car sinking and immediately dove into the water.

Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says the woman, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to a hospital in Scottsboro, Ala., where she was treated for bruises and hypothermia.

 

So a guy fakes bingo and gets paid….


Man Who Faked ‘Bingo’ Returns Jackpot

Worker Paid $400 Before Checking Card

 

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania man has returned a $400 jackpot after falsely claiming to have a “bingo” at a church fundraiser, police said.Police told the New Castle News that the man was playing at Mary Mother of Hope parish hall in the city about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.The man claimed to have a bingo so a worker paid him the jackpot before checking his card and realizing he had not won.The woman called police because the man left with the money. Officers arrived at his home a short time later and told the man they would file a theft charge against him if he did not give back the money.Police are not identifying the man because he gave back the money.The incident happened Wednesday night.

 

Next up, AKO’N!!

 

ACORN-linked group raising funds for California ‘Occupy’ protest

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EXCLUSIVE: A re-branded ACORN branch in California is raising money to help fund an upcoming “Occupy” protest in Sacramento, FoxNews.com has learned.

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment sent out letters this month pleading for contributions of up to $20,000 for buses, food, printing, sound and other supplies for an upcoming event dubbed “Occupy the Capitol.”

“Thousands of us are arriving in Sacramento on March 5 to Occupy the Capitol with our demand that the 1 percent pay for jobs, education, essential services, and a better future,” reads a copy of the letter obtained by FoxNews.com. “We need your activists and staff to join us. …We also urgently need funding.”

The letter, which was posted on the California Federation of Teachers’ website, lists a tiered system for donors. To be a “Working Class Hero,” donors must give $20,000, or enough to “rent 20 buses” for the protests. A gift of $5,000 earns an “Occupy Ally” designation.

Critics said the fundraising is yet more evidence linking the remnants of ACORN, a national organization that disbanded after a series of scandals, to the national “Occupy” movement. Like ACORN, the new group, a 501(c)3 non-profit, could be using federal funds for political ends, said Dan Epstein, executive director for Cause of Action, a Washington-based watchdog group.

“We have seen that ACCE has lobbied for federal funding, thus raising a serious concern:  If they are acting as a fiscal sponsor for the ‘Occupy’ movement, are they using federal dollars for the same political ends,” Epstein said.

Assets from the now defunct ACORN were transferred to ACCE in March 2010. The ACCE took ACORN’s database of California supporters and computer equipment used by former employees hired by the new organization.

In October, FoxNews.com reported that New York Communities for Change, the successor to ACORN in New York, was aligned with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests last fall. The group hired nearly 100 former staff from the defunct ACORN branch and paid them up to $100 a day to attend the demonstrations.

ACCE officials did not immediately return call for comment.

 

And our last story about H.W. Bush’s…socks.


Former president’s off-the-cuff fashion choice

By Tony Freemantle

 

If by chance you happen to come across George H.W. Bush and he has on a pair of outrageously colored or mismatched socks, don’t worry – the octogenarian former president isn’t losing his marbles.

If he caught you staring at the light and dark blue striped confections on his ankles at the commencement ceremonies at Dartmouth College last summer, where he received an honorary degree, he would not have thought you rude.

And if you couldn’t help but gawk slack-jawed at the bright pink numbers he had on while watching the Houston Marathon last month, well that’s fine too because, with his slacks jauntily hitched, that’s kind of the reaction he was hoping for.

In fact, the more people look at his socks, the more he likes it. They’re simple utilitarian garments, socks, but not when a former president wears them as a statement – actually more than a statement.

There was a time when a visitor at the 41st president’s west Houston office invariably left with a little box containing presidential cuff links. These days, you might find yourself leaving with a pair of lobster socks – light blue creations emblazoned with the bright red crustaceans.

“It’s his trinket now,” says Jean Becker, his long-time chief of staff. “This is his signature gift. He’s sort of becoming famous for his socks.”

Bush says he has been a “colored socks fan” for some time, and that his penchant for wearing them at high profile events “is not a big thing” in his life. His staff, however, begs to differ.

“He used to wear them on special occasions and not very often,” says Becker. “But he has lately gotten more outrageous. Now he goes out of his way.”

It could be because recently, the 87-year-old president’s ankles are more openly on display. He has been diagnosed with lower body parkinsonism, a condition that causes instability from the waist down, and he often uses a wheelchair. But for whatever reason, Becker says the “sock thing” has certainly ramped up a few notches in recent months.

He has green and black striped socks. Pink and salmon striped socks. Orange socks with yellow polka dots. Socks with the American flag. Orange and pink socks. Blue striped socks with lavender accents at the top.

Bush says his favorite socks have orange stripes, “but they’re getting a little old now.”

In November, the actor Kyle MacLachlan visited Bush in his office and was much taken with the pink and salmon striped socks the president was wearing with his grey pin-striped suit and black loafers.

This got Bush thinking about Christmas presents. His staff swept into action and within no time, the office was awash in boxes of socks, which went out to select friends and family, including MacLachlan, as gifts.

For years, Bush’s principal supplier of socks has been Spike Heminway, a long-time friend and golfing buddy from Kennebunkport, Maine, where the Bush family has a seaside estate.

Bush says he receives varying responses when people see his socks. And because he is a former president he probably gets away with it more than most folks.

“I suspect some people think this old boy is a little strange,” Bush says.

As for reaction from the president of Dartmouth on seeing what the honorary degree recipient had on his ankles? “No reaction at all,” Bush says. “I think he’s too polite for that.”

 

And now our final news story from Japan.

But before that…Early Valentine’s day Present!

 

 

And now the article.

 

Zero no Tsukaima F Yuri Skinship Anime

Author: Leon

Zero no Tsukaima F has received one of the many inevitable service-centric episodes fans have come to expect, with Louise, Henrietta and the male all busy groping one another.

 

Since this is a gallery post, I’ll leave you guys with one more.

 

Cops Bust Cop in Nude BDSM Club Raid

Author: Artefact

 

Police have busted a naked policeman found tied up on stage in a BDSM sex club, charging him with public indecency – apparently on the grounds that the club was not a properly lisensed brothel.

The incident occurred in Sapporo when a 28-year-old head warden at a local police station paid a visit to a BDSM club named “Club Patio,” situated in the centre of town.

He took to the stage, took off his clothes, and was bound in place with a red rope by a female member of staff, when police suddenly raided the premises.

The officer was subsequently taken into custody at 1:25AM on charges of public indecency.

He admits the charges, saying “there was no doubt that I was naked at the time,” although at the time of his arrest he was apparently not forthcoming about the fact he was a police officer as well.

Police say there were “about 15″ male and female patrons at the establishment watching his on-stage antics when they arrested him.

Police explained their own presence at the club by saying that they were investigating the club for providing sexual services when they only had a late-night restaurant license (brothels and sex clubs normally have to pay to “register” with police if they wish to remain unmolested).

The rather lurid details of the incident and the pathetic way in which Japanese police shake down brothels by “licensing” them has provoked much comment online:

“I can’t believe this made the national news!”

“If he is M then he is only going to enjoy being arrested.”

“Ruining his dignity as a policeman is the ultimate reward for this guy.”

“He wasn’t actually naked though – he was tied up.”

“That’s what the place is for. Let them be already.”

“Wouldn’t they normally cover up his name in the reporting?”

“He probably wanted it this way.”

“How is nudity in a private SM club ‘public indecency’ in any case?”

“If this is illegal public indecency then every bathhouse in the country is illegal.”

“I wish they’d leave these people to their harmless fetishes…”

“Don’t they have anything better to investigate? They should overlook this sort of thing, it’s completely harmless.”

“If the patrons were in an establishment they believed to be a sex club, how can you arrest them for being naked?”

“Arresting patrons for being in a joint which was improperly licensed is low. How would they know what kind of license it ought to have?”

“No victims arise from customers paying to engage in consensual sex play. If they are adults and consent, the authorities should not be interfering whether it is gay sex or BDSM sex or whatever…”

“They have really been abusing the definition of public indecency lately, haven’t they?”

“How do they call being naked in a room indoors in a private club an act of gross public indecency…”

“You can’t even get naked at an SM club. Being a pervert sure is harsh.”

“Arresting people for being naked at an SM club is kind of crooked thinking.”

“So this would have been legal if the club was properly licensed as a sex club!?”

“There was really no need to release his name for something like this. There are so many other dodgy coppers whose names they never release, after all.”

“What’ll his family think of him now…”

“For a true masochist all this is probably heaven.”

“When I see news like this, I am reminded why I am glad to be S and not M.”

 

That is our show ladies and gentlemen, I will see you again next time.

 

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