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    One thing amongst the madness to cheer us up?
    Hopefully this blood sacrifice will help appease the ancient gods of the global economy. At least it might if "Voodoo Economics" lives up to it's name.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
    of course we will be all reading this in the grim meathook future...

      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
    @ icelandbob - AWESOME! Where can I subscribe? (byclosingyoureyes,stupid!) ... never mind ...
    • CommentAuthorpoor_boy
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009 edited
    @ thekamisama - <blockquote>The chief financial officer of Freddie Mac, one of the mortgage giants at the heart of the nation's financial meltdown, was found dead in his basement early Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide.</blockquote>My god, people, don't you see? Obama is cursing our nation's enemies to death with his voodoo powers!

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    edited to add proofiness. flesh is stronger than steel
    • CommentAuthorvian
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
    Get ready to meet the private police force.

    I mainly picked up the Lovelock book because I like the idea of Gaia theory. That said, I'm still casting about for good refutations of his claims. He is definitely arguing the worst case scenario, a technique which has its merits, but most reactions I find are based on an op-ed piece whose length doesn't allow it to get too deep in statistics.

    Actually, this could be a good counterargument. I'll have to get back to it when I'm not so tired.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
    Thee different people playing loud rap with their mobiles just on the light rail today. The average is one per car. They bob their heads in such a self-satisfied way as if to say I am absolutely oblivious to how fucking annoying I am. It's the little things that really drive home how much I want dangerous psychokinetic powers.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
    @ E0157H7 - This is why one doesn't whistle in prison. It Will Get You Stabbed.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009
    and of course the future will be run by idiots...

    Just shoot me... Some boo Bill Nye for saying moon reflects light
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2009
    and this is what those scientists will be developing in the future...

    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2009
    Grim Meathook Present:

    Govt 'violence manual' raises China net users' ire

    Posted 2 hours 3 minutes ago

    Extracts from what appears to be a government manual telling law enforcers how to use violence have caused outrage among internet users in China.

    Details from the guide were published online and in a state newspaper.

    One passage advises: "Take care to avoid leaving blood on the subject's face or visible wounds on the body."

    The official who circulated the extracts said he thought much of the guide was useful but some parts were inappropriate.

    The guide is aimed at local government enforcers who are employed to deal with low-level crime such as checking permits and removing unlicensed street vendors.

    They have often been accused of using excessive force.
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    Well, what else did these "internet users" believe was the purpose of police wearing weapons? Police use weapons to employ violence on citizens. Only difference between the cops and the robbers is the cops want you (well, just the affluent and enfranchised) to forget that part. Naturally therefore the police have PR policies dictating the use of violence, and we citizens shouldn't bitch about it unless we're ready to ask why we let police have the power to beat and kill people in the first place.
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    Don`t look now, but Mexico city is on a epidemy of influenza, 20+ death confirmed and 900+ suspected cases...

    If this turns to be a HUGE epidemy... we could have a good idea of how a epidemic apocalypse could goes... Mexico city have almost 25 million of people, living very very close...

    Now, after saying this, im going to try to figure how to go back home avoiding big concentrations of people (gov suggestion)... since the company is sending all people home, right now.

    Also, the rage in Mexico city today are the Facemask, if im able to take a picture of a big group of people using them, i post the pic tonight :).
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2009
    Situation Update No. 19
    On 2009-04-25 at 11:27:58 [UTC]

    Event: Epidemic Hazard
    Location: Mexico Mexico City, San Luis Potosí, Oaxaca, Baja, Mexicali

    Number of Deads: 68 persons
    Infected: 1004 persons

    The World Health Organisation said on Saturday it will hold an emergency meeting at 1400 GMT to discuss a deadly swine flu strain outbreak in Mexico and the United States. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan called the "virtual meeting" that will link public health authorities and experts in various parts of the world "to seek their advice and guidance," WHO spokesman Fadela Chaib said. Chan will also brief journalists about the outbreak -- which has killed up to 68 people in Mexico and infected 8 in the United States -- on a teleconference before the virtual meeting starts, at 1300 GMT. The experts will not necessarily issue firm recommendations on Saturday. Once more details are clear about the virus and its risks, the emergency panel could recommend a change in the WHO's pandemic alert level -- currently at 3 on a scale of 1 to 6 -- or recommend travel advisories to control the flu's spread.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2009
    And while there is a flu epidemic, GM is coming back to bit us on the arse...

    ‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands

    The gospel of high-tech genetically modified (GM) crops is not sounding quite so sweet in the land of the converted. A new pest, the evil pigweed, is hitting headlines and chomping its way across Sun Belt states, threatening to transform cotton and soybean plots into weed battlefields.
    In late 2004, “superweeds” that resisted Monsanto’s iconic “Roundup” herbicide, popped up in GM crops in the county of Macon, Georgia. Monsanto, the US multinational biotech corporation, is the world’s leading producer of Roundup, as well as genetically engineered seeds. Company figures show that nine out of 10 US farmers produce Roundup Ready seeds for their soybean crops.
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2009
    Mexico swine flu outbreak is 'potential pandemic'

    I find myself unable to properly respond to this information. The cynical side of me says, "Ho hum, more disaster porn distracting from real news," while the credulous mammal in me says, "Surgical masks and Tamiflu now, please." I feel like the right response should be sometime between now and hearing "Bring out your dead!" in the streets, but don't want to be caught out being either a cynic or a fool.

    I currently work from home quite a lot and get most things delivered, so holing up in the house and riding out an outbreak in Boston really wouldn't involve much of a lifestyle change apart from maybe keeping the kid out of school.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2009
    The timing of the Swine Flu outbreak - at the start of the northern winter - is a worry. It has the entire flu season to spread.

    Last figures I saw were 68 dead out of around 1,000 cases. That's a 6-7% fatality rate compared with 15% or more for the Spanish flu and 2% for SARS. hopefully that'll come down now that medical authorities are aware of the risks.
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    hopefully that'll come down now that medical authorities are aware of the risks.

    25 april 2009.

    Somehow... im still alive...

    LOL i always wanted to say that, ha ha ha.

    Well, Mexico have a high developed culture to fight disasters, the earthquake of 1985 kill many and since then, i think that the usually useless MX government are quite good at fighting the results of the disasters.

    No pic of Face mask yesterday, the fear win and i accept a ride to my home from one of buddies at work, and im not leaving my house this weekend... i wonder , how much a influenza epidemic last ???

    Greeting for everyone from Mexico city.
  5.  (5626.18)
    Hate to mention it but Tamiflu-resistant viral strains are popping up more and more...

    Wish you the best of health and luck, mate.
  6.  (5626.19)
    The timing of the Swine Flu outbreak - at the start of the northern winter - is a worry. It has the entire flu season to spread.

    Last figures I saw were 68 dead out of around 1,000 cases. That's a 6-7% fatality rate compared with 15% or more for the Spanish flu

    Northern winter? Is there something I don't know about?

    The /1000 cases should be lowered minus however many just happen to have the regular flu, last I read we can't keep up with confirming what's what, so in other words the death rate for swinepocalypse might be higher already.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2009
    "Northern winter? Is there something I don't know about?"

    You mean like the southern hemisphere?