Archives: July 2008

Exxon has record profit again on soaring oil prices

From Reuters: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday soaring oil prices pushed its second-quarter earnings up 14 percent, again breaking its own record for the highest-ever profit by a U.S. company. Net income in the quarter rose to $11.68 billion, or $2.22 a share, from $10.26 billion, or $1.83 a share,

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PayPal Fuck-Ups

So I’ve had a PayPal account for something like 8 or 9 years. All of the sudden, they have decided that I set up my account as a Not-for-Profit organization, and that I need to “prove” to them that I am indeed such an entity. My account is locked until I do. Yeah, I thought

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links for 2008-07-31

Dr. Horrible Remote Control (tags: evil) Five ways to trigger a natural disaster – earth – 29 July 2008 – New Scientist Environment (tags: environment science)

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Knoxville Terrorist was a fan of O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage

According to the Knoxville News: Police found right-wing political books, brass knuckles, empty shotgun shell boxes and a handgun in the Powell home of a man who said he attacked a church in order to kill liberals “who are ruining the country,” court records show. Knoxville police Sunday evening searched the Levy Drive home of

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Eliminationist Quotes from Conservative Voices

What, really, is eliminationism? It’s a fairly self-explanatory term: it describes a kind of politics and culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas for the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through complete suppression, exile and ejection, or extermination. Source: Eliminationism in America: Appendix “I tell people don’t kill

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Terrorist opens fire in UU Church in Knoxville, TN

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now that the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennesee was the target of a mass shooting. Two people were killed and 5 more are in serious condition after Jim D. Adkisson, 58, walked into a children’s Sunday school play and opened fire on the crowd. Like

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Bottle Cap Art Car Project

Our Bottle Cap Art Car Project in progress. See the whole set on Flickr. This is a project that Stephanie designed and is working on, with my help.

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Señor Gomez says hi

Señor Gomez was hitching on College Ave, so I gave him a ride. Dunno how long he’ll hang out, but he seems fun. I plan to use him in my halloween decorating.

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It’s a class war, stupid

If you only read one article about the 2008 election, make it this one – Matt Taibbi’s “It’s a Class War, Stupid” in Rolling Stone this month. Taibbi’s article about the looming economic depression (yeah, you read that right – I didn’t say recession, I said depression) is spot on… and the mainstream media is

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Dear Diary…

So, it’s been a long time since we really sat down to chat, hasn’t it? I mean, we got back from the honeymoon, and it’s been a couple weeks, other than posting some photos of cool clocks and a video here and there (complete with misspellings in captions) I haven’t really talked much about life

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Cool clock

At Smith and Wollensky’s in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t running, though, which drove me crazy.

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links for 2008-07-14

Anti-Gay Alabama A.G. Caught Being Gay No really? C’mon, this stuff is getting really old now. Can’t we just call all homophobes as gay and be done with it? That’s where we’re going anyway. (tags: homophobia politics equality) Global warming his the North Pole | Herald Sun FOR the first time in human history, the

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Peach Sangria

courtesy of Dine Magazine (Jul/Aug 2006 issue). Passed along by a friend who made a batch and enjoyed it.

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links for 2008-07-12

Bush to G8: ‘Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter’ After rejecting global climate-change targets, George Bush’s parting shot to the G8 summit. Yes, because the imminent collapse of our climate and destruction of human life is super funny. (tags: government news Bush corruption green) Quintessential TSA stupidity: taking airline cutlery away from a pilot yeah

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links for 2008-07-10

Handwritten Typographers Comparing typographer’s handwriting with the fonts they created. (tags: typography design handwriting) Rick Shenkman and The Truth About the American Voter Nearly half (49%) of Americans think the president has the authority to suspend the Constitution. No, he doesn’t, you idiots. (tags: book statistics government) Senate Rejects Amendments That Would Have Stripped Telecom Amnesty

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links for 2008-07-09

Arianna Huffington: Surge Amnesia: The Media’s Newest Affliction John McCain and his supporters are going to claim again and again that the surge has worked. And it looks like the media are going to let that patently false assertion go unchecked. (tags: politics war Iraq Bush) Open Left:: Perfectly Logical Calculations, and Why They’re Actually

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links for 2008-07-08

The Associated Press: FDA reports more cases of salmonella illnesses (tags: news health) Tiptoeing on Bush and Convention – NYTimes.com GOP doesn’t know what to do with Bush at the convention, given how unpopular he is, will he tank McCain? (tags: republicans election 2008) FOX News Doctors NY Times Photos – Political Machine Fox News

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links for 2008-07-07

Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc (tags: poetry funny book) Tautology (rhetoric) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I especially enjoyed the definition of RAS syndrome. (tags: linguistics rhetoric wikipedia) The rotating tower block – Building A skyscraper being built in Dubai that rotates. Hideous. (tags: architecture) Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection

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links for 2008-07-06

Violet Vanishes – Vox (tags: blogging netiquette TOS) violet blue ® :: open source sex | when transparency does not equal erased (tags: blogging netiquette TOS) Tomorrow Museum » Archive » William Gibson Completely Deleted from BoingBoing Archives (tags: blogging netiquette TOS) 9 police officers arrested for corruption | The Indianapolis Star The Star’s editorial

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links for 2008-07-05

Former N.C. Senator Jesse Helms dies. Thousands of gay men dies because Helms obstructed health care and research for HIV, including some of my friends. I can’t wait to dance on his grave. (tags: politics)

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It’ ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe.

Over there at stAllio!’s digs, he’s been keeping a good hand in at critiquing the local political situation. Just to sum things up a bit for you out-of-towners – Indianapolis has a bunch of dirty cops; after a string of high-profile drug shootings, Mayor Ballard frantically tries to keep it together; and Jon Elrod quit

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links for 2008-07-04

Shakesville: Hitch Gets Waterboarded The problem with Hitchens seeing the light about waterboarding is that he’s be denouncing opponents of it for 7 years. Now it’s as though he “discovered” that it’s torture all on his own. No apologies to those he’s ridiculed all these years and now agrees (tags: war corruption politics)

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links for 2008-07-03

An Expert Reveals Chinese Origins of Interrogation Techniques at Guantánamo – NYTimes.com Current military interrogation techniques were “copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.” (tags: corruption Bush politics war) 30+ Must-Have Updated Firefox 3 Extensions

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Anecdotal Evidence

People I know who have either been laid off or are on the verge of having it happen, or who are otherwise struggling financially: 8 Yes, that would be 8. Eight. There’s no way you can tell me we’re not in a recession. And I’m frustrated with anyone thinking about voting in more of the

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links for 2008-07-02

Hedgehog Launch | Armor Games (tags: gamesOnline games fun) Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case – NYTimes.com With some derision for the Bush administration’s arguments, a three-judge panel said the government contended that its accusations against the detainee should be accepted as true because they had been repeated in at least three secret documents. (tags: corruption

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Book Meme: What I’ve Read

(via Publishing Careers) The National Endowment for the Arts has an initiative you may have heard of called the Big Read. According to the website, its purpose is to “restore reading to the center of American culture.” They estimate that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. Here’s

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links for 2008-07-01

At a Roadside Vigil, an Iconic Voice of Protest – NYTimes.com A wonderful story about Pete Seeger – and the post with “may peace prevail” is interesting – my neighbors have one, too. (tags: peace) Right Wing Watch: The Dangers of Auto-Replace the AFA uses autoreplace to change the word “Gay” to “homosexual” in the

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