Archive for March 4, 2008

I Am Giving You A Test

March 4, 2008

Click for the test.

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Dubai Has Let Him Go

March 4, 2008

The young kid arrested and held because he was carrying legal melatonin is being kicked out of Dubai.

Never, ever go to Dubai!

Previously here:

CitiGroup Is Sinking
Dubai Tries A PR Gambit
Dubai Continues Its Madness
More About Dubai
Dubai: Don’t Go There, Ever!
Dubai’s Been Busy
Let Dubai Know You Are Not Pleased
Reference: Dubai, The Enemy
Reference: Dubai

Ralph Nader On The Daily Show Tonight

March 4, 2008

I don’t like John Stewart. He’s smarmy and has a psychotic, fake laugh.

But Ralph Nader will be appearing on his show tonight, Tuesday, March 4, 2008.

Here’s the latest YouTube video about Nader:

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Vote Nader 2008 website

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John McCain: Unfit For The Presidency

March 4, 2008

Will we have to rename the office the PresiDUNCY?

Three YouTube videos:

The other two after the break, because I don’t want to overload the page with Flash.

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Big Man Marine Murders Helpless Puppy

March 4, 2008

I heard of this yesterday but only went looking today.

YouTube keeps deleting it. Here’s one they missed:

And if that is subject to Extraordinary Rendition and winds up in Google Guantanamo, the screensnaps that appear after the break damn well will not disappear.

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CitiGroup Is Sinking

March 4, 2008

Gulf investors may not save Citigroup, Dubai executive says

DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones) — Mideast sovereign wealth funds may fail to save troubled U.S. banking giant Citigroup Inc. unless more cash is pumped into the lender, the head of a $13 billion Dubai-owned investment firm said Tuesday.

Sameer Al Ansari, Chief Executive of Dubai International Capital told delegates at a private equity conference that it will take more than the combined efforts of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the Kuwait Investment Authority and Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to save the bank.

And get this:

Middle East sovereign funds flush with cash from record oil earnings are looked upon as possible saviors for many international lenders reeling from continued U.S. sub-prime losses.

Emphasis added by me.

Every gas-guzzling SUV owner out there is giving away our sovereignty.

CeBIT 2008: An Exciting MID Shown

March 4, 2008

It looks like Steve (aka Chippy) has struck gold at CeBIT 2008:

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Gigabyte M528 impresses with Atom and Ubuntu Mobile

Myself and JKK had a good 30 minutes in private with the M528 this morning and I am very happy to say that it impressed us. Running Ubuntu Mobile on an Atom 800Mhz with 4GB flash and a very nice thumboard (read, better than the N810) it seems to perform as well as it looks. Its more pocketable, more powerful, better looking and will be priced very competitively.

I like the looks of this thing. It’s the first MID that’s caught my attention in a good way. It also reminds me of another prototype shown last year and mentioned in my old blog.

There are more photos and a video is promised, so go look!

jkkmobile also has a very brief Gigabyte M528 hands on. I’m sure he’ll have more details later too.

It will be very interesting to see what the price of this will be. It’s competing in a world that now has such things as the Everex CloudBook and Asus EeePC! That wasn’t something anyone expected when Intel first announced its MID initiative.

Fireball XL5: Directing By Alan Pattillo

March 4, 2008

I withdrew from confronting the world for a half hour to watch an episode of Fireball XL5:

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Hit the link to see screensnaps of why Alan Pattillo was the greatest director of Supermarionation.

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Yet Another Fraudulent Memoir

March 4, 2008

Author admits acclaimed memoir is fantasy

In “Love and Consequences,” a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods.

The problem is that none of it is true.

Margaret B. Jones is a pseudonym for Margaret Seltzer, who is all white and grew up in the well-to-do Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, with her biological family. She graduated from the Campbell Hall School, a private Episcopal day school in the North Hollywood neighborhood. She has never lived with a foster family, nor did she run drugs for any gang members. Nor did she graduate from the University of Oregon, as she had claimed.

Citing previous frauds:

The revelations of Seltzer’s mendacity came in the wake of the news last week that a Holocaust memoir, “Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years” by Misha Defonseca, was a fake, and perhaps more notoriously, two years ago James Frey, the author of a best-selling memoir, “A Million Little Pieces,” admitted that he had made up or exaggerated details in his account of his drug addiction and recovery.

And here’s someone who should be fired:

Sarah McGrath, the editor at Riverhead who worked with Seltzer for three years on the book, said she was stunned to discover that the author had lied.

Emphasis added by me.

Three years and you never question it? Never ask for verification? Even with other memoirs blowing up all around you?

The Long Goodbye

March 4, 2008

No Laughs, No Thrills, and Villains All Too Real

BERLIN — The other morning Jens Augner, slight and owlish, a schoolteacher in his 40s, quizzed his eighth-grade class of 13- and 14-year-olds at the Humboldt Gymnasium, a local school. As part of a trial program, he has just introduced a new history textbook into the curriculum: to be exact, a comic book about the Holocaust, called “The Search.”

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