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Thursday, February 18, 2010

A new back for the penny


The US Mint has revealed a new design for the 2010 penny.

Lincoln in still on the front, but this is the new back.

The Strange Tale of Solarcon-6

Philip K Dick’s FBI file and the bizarre story of a neo-Nazi plot to start a Third World War

philip k dick

Dick knew that there had to be an FBI file on his activities because, as he told the Bureau in the letter requesting access to it: “In the early ’fifties, two agents of the FBI, Mr George Scruggs and Mr George Smith, approached me.”

Undoubtedly, one of the prime reasons why Dick attracted attention from the FBI was a series of bizarre letters he penned to the Bureau in the early 1970s, in which he described his personal knowledge of an alleged underground Nazi cabal that was attempting to covertly manipulate science fiction writers to further advance its hidden cause.

And the nature of that cause was even more bizarre: to initiate a Third World War by infecting the American population with syphilis. On 28 October 1972, Dick wrote to the FBI and outlined his distinctly odd beliefs:

“I am a well-known author of science fiction novels, one of which dealt with Nazi Germany (called MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, it described an ‘alternate world’ in which the Germans and Japanese won World War Two and jointly occupied the United States).

“This novel, published in 1962 by Putnam and Co., won the Hugo Award for Best Novel of the Year and hence was widely read both here and abroad; for example, a Japanese edition printed in Tokyo ran into several editions. I bring this to your attention because several months ago I was approached by an individual who I have reason to believe belonged to a covert organization involved in politics, illegal weapons, etc., who put great pressure on me to place coded information in future novels ‘to be read by the right people here and there’, as he phrased it. I refused to do this.”

The Strange Tale of Solarcon-6

The writing on the cave wall

A group of 26 symbols crops up at Stone Age sites throughout the world – are these the origin of the written word?

The writing on the cave wall

When feathered dinosaurs ruled the Earth

Xu Xing's fossil finds have helped reveal the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds.

When feathered dinosaurs ruled the Earth

Liars and Fools

Liars and Fools for the day are:

Faux's S'yawn Handjob tells us his new book is a pack of lies to "expose" Obama's "campaign" to "forfeit our national sovereignty".
So, how many lies did you pull out of you ass for this 'book', hey, S'yawn.

Faux's S'yawn handjob lies and says the wingnuts are at "war for our national survival" against Obama administration.
Then, again maybe he isn't lying in this case ... the wingnuts ARE at war, but at war to destroy this nation.

Lush Dimbulb lies saying that climate change is a "hoax" that is "about advancing socialism, Marxism".
Again, you blowhard learn exactly what socialism is first.

Is Obama taking America toward eugenics? "He'd claim no, but ... yes", lies Faux's Glen Brick
It is amazing how the NAZIS always say the same things ... forever accusing everyone else of being what they in fact are themselves.

Cop News

Afghan Taliban chiefs arrested in Pakistani sweeps

Pakistani authorities, aided by U.S. intelligence, have apprehended more Afghan Taliban chiefs following the capture of the movement's No. 2 figure — arrests that together represent the biggest blow to the insurgents since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

The arrests of more than a dozen Taliban leaders, including known associates of Osama bin Laden, came as militants fought to keep a grip on their southern stronghold of Marjah.

Afghan Taliban chiefs arrested in Pakistani sweeps

World War II vet's unusual legacy honored

World War II vet's unusual legacy honored

Joseph Beyrle flew into Normandy with the U.S. 101st Airborne – but by 1945 he was fighting for the Soviets.


The worst drivers by occupation

The worst drivers by occupation

The most accident-prone professionals behind the wheel are often juggling too many tasks.

Why is this town so happy?

Why is this town so happy?

Despite high unemployment and cold weather, Holland, Mich., ranks as one of the "happiest" cities.

Its secret


IRS auditing more taxpayers than ever

IRS auditing more taxpayers than ever

With the IRS seeking to collect every penny, even the smallest mistakes could be costly.

Origin of key cosmic explosions unraveled

Origin of key cosmic explosions unraveled

Astronomers begin to solve one of their most enduring — and possibly embarrassing — mysteries.


Signs you're not ready to retire

10 signs you're not ready to retire

If your nest egg is facing any of these dangers, your retirement could be in jeopardy.

How to tell if you're frugal or cheap

How to tell if you're frugal or cheap

You can earn respect by being budget-conscious — but you can lose friends by being a tightwad.

Surprising secrets about fast food

Surprising secrets about fast food

Many of today's foods aren't crafted in a kitchen, but designed and perfected in labs.

$1 trillion pension gap threatens taxpayers

$1 trillion pension gap threatens taxpayers

States may be forced to slash services and hike taxes to make up for a massive shortfall.

Questions about massive virus attack

Questions about massive virus attack

As investigators try to track who is responsible, it is becoming clear how the Kneber Botnet started.

The truth behind expiration dates

The truth behind expiration dates

Don't rely only on the "sell by" or "best by" dates on food to tell if it's safe to eat.

America's most 'miserable' cities

America's most 'miserable' cities

These locales suffer from a mix of high unemployment, taxes, crime, and other factors.

S.C. lawmaker wants to ban U.S. currency

From the "I'm an insane idiot" Department:

A lawmaker who introduced a bill to ban the use of Federal Reserve Notes in South Carolina says he doubts colleagues have the "intestinal fortitude" to pass it.

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Parents File Lawsuit Over Webcams Used To Spy On Students

The parents of Blake Robbins, a student at Harriton High School in Rosemont, PA, have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District, the Board of Directors of the school district, and the Superindent, as well.

At issue: laptops that were given to students by the district, which can have their webcams activated remotely by school administrators, even when the student is at home or away from the computer.

She survived the Holocaust but not Morris Piller

Good grief.
Throwing away her personal belongings only adds to the nastiness.
She survived the Holocaust.

But a tenacious life story wasn't enough for 92-year old Eta Eckstein to keep her Brooklyn landlord at bay.

While out of her apartment in a rehab facility, the grandmother got evicted.

"It's unspeakable," says Eta's grandson, Idan. "They just threw her belongings onto the street."

Eta's family got no explanation from the landlord, Morris Piller.
One, Morris Piller should be horsewhipped in the public square for this!

Falklands War Redux?

So far it doesn't appear as though the British battleships will be sent, but there's definitely friction.
Argentina is being about as aggressive as they can be to deter the British from their dreams of oil in the Falklands.
They estimate the oil reserves are on par with the North Sea oil, so someone is going to cash in.
The British military and the Foreign Office are stepping up surveillance of Argentinian naval action following the threat from Buenos Aires to blockade the Falkland Islands.

The imminent arrival of a British company’s oil rig in the area is an immediate source of friction between the two countries, which has reignited 28 years after the war with the discovery of rich petroleum and gas reserves around the islands.

The Argentinian government has declared that it was taking control of all shipping between its coastline and the disputed islands it calls Islas Malvinas and the adjoining South Georgia, a claim promptly rejected by the UK.

Repugican makes joke about Obama using teleprompter. Reads joke from a teleprompter.

You can't make this stuff up.

UPDATE: Sam Stein of Huff Post tweets that there have now been six teleprompter jokes at the conservative CPAC conference, all read off of teleprompters.

Lush speaking into the mirror again

In addition to outright seditious spewing, Dimbulb proves, yet again, how wingnuts and repugicans always accuse Democrats of being what wingnuts and repugicans actually are.
"I know we're not supposed to talk about Adolf Hitler but this administration is making it really, really tough to ignore some facts out there. ... [T]he "Big Lie" was an expression coined by Hitler. And the "Big Lie" is exactly what all of liberalism is. ... This is how the OSS described Hitler's psychology: "His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or a wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong"
- Lush Dimbulb, comparing Obama's touting of the stimulus to a "Big Lie."
You would think he'd be beginning to recognize that face looking back at him in the mirror wouldn't you, but nooooo!

"America's Cop" Gets 4 Years in Prison

Disgraced ex-Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday after a federal judge ripped him for abusing his 9/11 notoriety.

"The fact that Mr. Kerik would use that event (9/11) for personal gain and aggrandizement is a dark place in the soul for me," Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said before imposing the term.

Kerik - the first top cop in city history to plead guilty to a crime - appeared stunned when Robinson handed down a stiffer sentence than anticipated.

The judge blasted Kerik, the head of the NYPD when the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists, for taking advantage of his new-found fame.

Prosecutors charged Kerik hid profits from his post-9/11 autobiography from the IRS. Robinson said his decision to hand down a sentence higher than the federal guidlines of 27 to 33 months was also based on Kerik's willingness to lie as he pursued a White House position.

"With great power comes great responsibility, and great consequences," the judge said.

He had warned Kerik that a stiffer sentence in the case was possible. Kerik, in a dark pinstriped suit with an American flag pin on his lapel, said he blamed no one but himself.

"Your honor, I make no excuse," said Kerik, who must surrender to federal authorities on May 17. "I take full responsibility for the mistakes I've made."

Kerik, addressing the court before sentencing, also asked for mercy.

"Allow me to return to my wife and two little daughters as soon as possible," said an apologetic Kerik, whose NYPD tenure covered 2000-01.

The maximum sentence for Kerik's eight guilty pleas was 61 years. He admitted lying to the White House, lying about a payoff from the mob-linked contractor and filed false tax returns.

Kerik, 54, became a national hero after his appointment as police commissioner by ex-mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 2000. His leadership on 9/11 was widely hailed, and Giuliani boosted his buddy as head of Homeland Security during the Bush

Administration. But his nomination failed when Kerik said he didn't pay Social Security to a nanny - which was only a blip on the former top cop's list of wrongdoings.

Last November, Kerik cut a plea deal to resolve the charges against him.

He was jailed for three weeks prior to his plea after the judge ruled Kerik was trying to taint the jury pool by releasing secret pre-trial information.

While behind bars, Kerik was put under psychiatric observation after displaying unspecified disturbing symptoms.

He was released on $1.5 million bail after his guilty pleas, and spent the last three months wearing an electronic monitor at his Franklin Lakes, N.J., home.

Four Needles Planted In Products In Four Days

Four Needles have been found in products in local stores within four days of each other.

Four Needles Planted In Products In Four Days

Abbey Road Recording Studio Is Up For Sale

Abbey Road Recording Studio Is Up For Sale

The Georgian town house at 3 Abbey Road was purchased in 1929 and turned into a studio. The Beatles are most closely associated with it because they did most of their recording there. Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" was also recorded there, as was Wings' "Band on the Run," Radiohead's "OK Computer," and most recently the soundtracks to "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings." The street crossing out front, made famous by The Beatles' "Abbey Road" cover, is not part of the sale.

Abbey Road Recording Studio Is Up For Sale

Online Community Weighs In On Facebook Ruling

This week, a judge ruled a Florida high schooler had every right to say her teacher was the worst she ever met... and post it on Facebook. The judge ruled the remarks are protected free speech.

Online Community Weighs In On Facebook Ruling

Today is ...

Today is Thursday, February 18, the 49th day of 2010.

There are 316 days left in the year.

Today In History February 18

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

Battery Day


Pluto Day

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Staines, England, United Kingdom
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

as well as Israel, Denmark, Sweden, and the United States

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

If it's on your mind and in your heart, it's also going to be written all over your face for the next several days -- which means this coming weekend will be quite a blowout.
Make your plans now, but allow for a bit of wiggle room.
Things could change.
You won't mind at all, though, and heaven knows your companion won't be mad either.
Surprised, maybe -- no, definitely -- and delighted, too.
But not mad.

This is gonna be fun.