Cultural Notes


First I’ve heard of this, but I wouldn’t be surprised to be hearing more on it.


It’s always Florida.


So do old retired people fill the time by creating and selling fucked up new drugs?


I got the impression from the article that this one was originally developed overseas.

I have to wonder how these people figure out what to throw together to create something supposedly safe for human consumption.


I’d bet that’s part of the reason drug addicted homeless people disappear.

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A post was merged into an existing topic: Movie reviews


AMERICAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public buys your bull.

Yeah, pretty much.

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I love irony.

On Saturday one of our best known reporters wrote a piece about the Ashley Madison debacle. Amongst other things, he covered the fact that there may well be a lot of harvested or fake email addresses among the list. He also wrote:

The only thing more staggering than the number of kinky Kiwis is the fact that some would-be cheaters were so lazy and stupid that they signed up using their work email address.

And in an enormously satisfying piece of irony, his work email address has turned up in the leaked list :laughing:
Perhaps that might make him pause in the future before making blanket judgements about people.

Nah, who am I kidding, he’s a “journalist” and paid to sensationalise things.


There’s a bit going out right now, about the FBI raiding the offices of a gay escort website.

The SJNJs are having shit fits because “sites like this” supposedly encourage sex trafficking.

How the hell does a college guy getting some extra bucks lead to sex trafficking of underage girls from a foreign country?

It’s also been mentioned that a lot of other, straight websites are not being targeted. But that’s not good enough to manufacture the quantity of fake outrage that SJNJs require to fight off zombie virus infection.


Same way a video game with a damsel in distress causes spousal abuse.

I read those took a big hit last year or the year before.

Anyone semi famous with a public email account needs to be keeping their mouth shut, I’d guess most variations on famous names and emails are taken. The ones that get me are the 15k that have US government emails. Why the hell wasn’t that site blocked from work?


It may have actually been blocked. Some reports are saying that they are using bought email addresses to pad their user base which may account for a large chunk of that 15k. They also don’t confirm email addresses, so someone could log in from home and use their work email address. That would be stupid, but there are a lot of stupid people around.

That’s what amused me so much about the two articles. He castigated people for using their work emails without considering the fact that they may well not have, but then got caught in it himself.

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Here’s some more:

Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz analyzed the data from the site’s user database and found a lot of suspicious stuff suggesting that nearly all the female accounts were fake, maintained by the company’s employees.

And the guys whose information was “stolen” are trying to CYA, and sue.


I saw another ad campaign for water conservation. This one, “Sweep, don’t Spray”, is mainly directed at shop owners, asking them to stop power-washing and hosing down sidewalks.

That this even needs to said is mind-boggling. And ultimately useless, because they are not going to change their methods.


It will when they start getting fined at $500+ per offense…


I haven’t seen any enforcement around here. Then again, in this neighborhood, enforcement of any kind is rather arbitrary.


Since California still has some of the lowest water rates in the country why don’t they increase the rates to pay for improvements or something?

Seriously, they are selling something for below street price here aren’t they? If the water runs out everyone pays.

I looked up my water prices. $.43 per 100 gallons. So .004 per gallon. LA is at .006, I have like three full reservoirs within 20 miles of my home. Our last drought lasted three months and took water levels down like 10 feet.

Our price per gallon doesn’t go down until 37k gallons a month, while the CA water breaks at 12k.

The article I link to doesn’t agree with me, but if there are no scarcity pricing signals then how do you control supply? Wouldn’t it be easier to increase pricing on water, especially over a certain amount than to become a water police state?


Wait, so, they give you a discount for using more of something they want you to use less of? That makes no frickin’ sense! Around here, if you use more water then you get charged a higher rate, and at a certain level, the hike is significant. I occasionally hear about one of my neighbors getting a bill that is 3-4 times what their used to (like $180 vs $40-50), usually because the meter was mis-read or they have a leak somewhere.


My water bill has gone up about 400% over the last twenty years. Tiered pricing is already in place, so the more you use, the more it costs. Unfortunately, I think that all of these rate increases have gone towards residential customers rather than the farmers and ranchers who actually use most of the water.


Winner for best headline. Troll level over 9000.

Even if they were that loud, which is a possibility I suppose, it sounds like they were intentionally embarrassed and treated like third class citizens. BTW, this has happened before, but they weren’t black, they were Latino, so is that better or worse?


Sounds like someone should have gotten the issue on video. If the train was full of snooty, techy, iPhone users, then there should have been no shortage of capable devices. If they were just laughing and not bothering anyone, that’s one thing, but one story says they were disrupting the experience of those around them (since it was supposed to be a throwback to the 1900’s experience, with a certain ambiance and decorum), and were asked several times to keep it down. Maybe the “we was just havening a good time” defense is no more valid for them as it would be for racist redneck klannys doing (insert unacceptable behavior here*).

*No, I’m not saying that burning crosses or dragging some poor sob down a country road is an equal offense.