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From the 'is that even legal' department: A Milwaukee-area bar is holding a fundraiser July 11 to pay legal expenses for a man accused of killing his girlfriend while driving his motorcycle drunk after the two had been patronizing the establishment. The event will feature bikini car washes, a pig roast, and FREE BEER! No, really. Protests are planned. The bar -- Fatties on the Lake -- says the event will go on anyway, with free camping and rides offered to those who might overindulg...

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My first trip to South-by-Southwest in at least a couple of years was a very cool time. Kolby stays up there now, so I had a place to crash and good company to do whatever with. Andrew was in town from LA doing his thing. Had hoped to catch theArt live, but the matinee they were playing during my 24 hr trip got shutdown by the fire marshals before they even took the stage. Still, got to meet them and hang a little. Good folks to a person. Saw some other good music though (Jon Davidson, the Effe...

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In the run-up to Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's announcements today, Captain Plastic (aka Shepard Smith) from FOX News asserted repeatedly that the sun orbits the earth. "You see, the sun orbits the earth every 24 hours, because of that there are 60 seconds in a minute. I'm not sure how often whatever star orbits Planet Blago does so, but it's obviously at a different rate." Dude was commenting on Blago's tardiness for his latest (self-scheduled) media prank and I was willing to let him off t...

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So you hijack a supertanker (Sirius Star) 450 miles offshore east Africa in a motorboat and actually succeed. It seems the problem quickly becomes: what the hell do you do with the thing? You probably don't have a place to put 2 million bbl of crude. Or dock a ship more than 1,000 ft long. But you have to monetize your actions somehow, or it turns into just an oversized prank. You start off by demanding $25 million for the ship, cargo, and crew. Weeks turn into months, and your demand...

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The fine folks over the Center for Public Integrity have put together a fun little way to revisit the disaster that has been the US executive branch for the past 8 years: you can rank W. and gang's biggest mistakes from a list of more than 100! I admire the work it must have taken to narrow the list down even that far, and whether your personal favorites lie in the realms of failed intelligence, intentional deceit, the oppression of science, erosion of our rights, or any number of other ca...

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By mid-December 2008 the year's tally for pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia alone totalled 109, with 42 ships successfully hijacked, and 14 vessels (with 268 crew) still being held hostage. Included among these were a Saudi supertanker (Sirius Star) and a ship carrying ex-Soviet tanks (Faina). Sirius Star The International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau monitors piracy globally, with a multi-national naval fleet stationed off Africa's east coas...

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Kuwaiti Company Makes Huge Gas Find in Texas So let me get this straight; letting China (CNOOC) buy Unocal was somehow an afront to both our security and our sensibilities as Americans, but it's OK to lease onshore drilling rights in the US to companies from Kuwait?? How does that benefit us in this time of dire need? It probably doesn't, but given Halliburton's involvement and the Bush family's Saudi and Kuwaiti ties, it's not hard to imagine who it does benefit.

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I have held for years now that the damage brought about by the reign of George W. Bush can most clearly be measured by our (the United States') diminished standing in the world. This stretches will beyond the war in Iraq. Put plainly, while he has pursued a course of unilateralism bordering on the isolationist, the rest of the world has figured out it can get by just fine—and maybe even better—without us. I see dozens of examples of this each and every day. The one at the link ...

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This is reposted from http://poneke.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/lhc-5/. Additional comments and discussion are available there. Harvard physicist speculates that forces from the future may have stopped the world’s biggest scientific experiment Jump to Comments BREAKING NEWS A physicist at the world’s biggest scientific experiment – the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva – is speculating that the failure of the collider soon after it was switched on in September was c...

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We made it through Ike OK. Especially compared to so many others who have suffered and lost so much. Sunset, Friday night, Sept. 12, 2008 At 11:36 pm on Friday, Sept. 12 our power went out. Ike still hadn't made landfall. But the amount of water pouring into Galveston via storm surge was already quite frigtening, even from afar. Mandatory evacution orders had been issued long before. That night the wind blew. It blew hard. We lost a small tree in the backyard and four br...

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