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Journal: Celebrity gun fail: Jose Canseco blows off his own finger 21

Journal by damn_registrars
Cleaning a gun can be quite dangerous if you're an idiot:

Actress and model Leila Knight told the Daily News that Canseco was cleaning one of his four guns in the couple's kitchen when it discharged and blew off the middle finger of his left hand.

It's unclear if steroids can save him this time:

"He had been at the shooting range a few days earlier. He didn't know it was loaded," Knight told The News. "The middle finger was hanging by a thread, and I wrapped his hand in a towel and then called 911. The doctors said they would either have to amputate or do reconstructive surgery. But if they do surgery, he won't be able to use it again. He blew away an artery and a big bone chunk."

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Journal: [TCM] Manifesto reading part 2 10

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Let's pick up from where smitty left off

The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones.

Our epoch, the epoch of the bourgeoisie, possesses, however, this distinct feature: it has simplified class antagonisms. Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other â" Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.

From the serfs of the Middle Ages sprang the chartered burghers of the earliest towns. From these burgesses the first elements of the bourgeoisie were developed.

The discovery of America, the rounding of the Cape, opened up fresh ground for the rising bourgeoisie. The East-Indian and Chinese markets, the colonisation of America, trade with the colonies, the increase in the means of exchange and in commodities generally, gave to commerce, to navigation, to industry, an impulse never before known, and thereby, to the revolutionary element in the tottering feudal society, a rapid development.

The feudal system of industry, in which industrial production was monopolised by closed guilds, now no longer sufficed for the growing wants of the new markets. The manufacturing system took its place. The guild-masters were pushed on one side by the manufacturing middle class; division of labour between the different corporate guilds vanished in the face of division of labour in each single workshop.

Meantime the markets kept ever growing, the demand ever rising. Even manufacturer no longer sufficed. Thereupon, steam and machinery revolutionised industrial production. The place of manufacture was taken by the giant, Modern Industry; the place of the industrial middle class by industrial millionaires, the leaders of the whole industrial armies, the modern bourgeois.

Modern industry has established the world market, for which the discovery of America paved the way. This market has given an immense development to commerce, to navigation, to communication by land. This development has, in its turn, reacted on the extension of industry; and in proportion as industry, commerce, navigation, railways extended, in the same proportion the bourgeoisie developed, increased its capital, and pushed into the background every class handed down from the Middle Ages.

We see, therefore, how the modern bourgeoisie is itself the product of a long course of development, of a series of revolutions in the modes of production and of exchange.

Each step in the development of the bourgeoisie was accompanied by a corresponding political advance of that class. An oppressed class under the sway of the feudal nobility, an armed and self-governing association in the medieval commune(4): here independent urban republic (as in Italy and Germany); there taxable âoethird estateâ of the monarchy (as in France); afterwards, in the period of manufacturing proper, serving either the semi-feudal or the absolute monarchy as a counterpoise against the nobility, and, in fact, cornerstone of the great monarchies in general, the bourgeoisie has at last, since the establishment of Modern Industry and of the world market, conquered for itself, in the modern representative State, exclusive political sway. The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.

The bourgeoisie, historically, has played a most revolutionary part.

This section establishes Marx's claim against the Bourgeoisie as being the cultivators of society's ills. He describes them as something of an evolution of the history of class conflict over time; notice how he explicitly describes the industrial revolution without demonizing it - he does however describe how it has been used to perpetuate class conflict. Marx is ultimately trying to build an argument for a different kind of economy here, he believes that capitalism is inherently immoral based on its tendency to benefit from class conflict and oppression, he is describing the Bourgeoisie as being particularly inclined to exploit the proletariat.

Republicans

Journal: The Kevlar Kandidate Gets Some Help 22

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Scott Walker has been trying to get reelected, in spite of driving his state's economy straight into the shitter. If you are undecided as to whether or not his policies work, just compare his state to Minnesota. One state has seen meaningful economic recovery under a liberal governor, another state has been watching everything crumble under the leadership of a conservative governor. Walker is in need of some help, so the GOP sent some top brass to one of his rallies :

"It's not going to be an easy election, it's a close election. Like I said, much closer than I can even understand why. I don't want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters but, some of them might not be as sharp as a knife."

... certainly, calling voters stupid will give Walker the help he needs.

Republicans

Journal: Credit where credit is due 7

Journal by damn_registrars
I must admit, Smitty, when you give up on an argument you really give up on an argument. You don't just walk away, you turn up a distraction to 11 and rock out with it until the rest of the band has all gone home. Then after the band has left and someone comes in to tune the piano for a completely different genre of music you are still thrashing on your distraction as if the party was still at its peak. I guess this might explain your hearing loss... and come to think of it it might explain some other things, too.
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Journal: I'm sure this makes sense to someone 6

Journal by damn_registrars
I'm getting the "excessive bad posting from this subnet" message when I attempt to post from work (but not from home). My karma is still excellent (indeed I even get the "karma bonus" checkbox choice when writing from work). This disables me "temporarily" from posting from work.

Oh well I should probably post less from work anyways. Being as I don't click on the conservative advertising on slashdot they aren't making any money from me reading their site right now either.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: Well played (again), friend

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My dear friend decided to keep the verbiage to a minimum today with this short joke. Some of his jokes are subtle, but this one is a cream pie right in the face. Thank you, friend, my week was getting a bit long and needed something to break up the monotony.
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Journal: Jason Bourne fantasies of the far-right 1

Journal by damn_registrars
Google news suggested this news story to me this morning: George Zimmerman thinks he's Jason Bourne . I can say it is as well sourced as most of the conspiracy theories that are posted as political news here on slashdot so it should fit right in.

Actually, it cites an article from talking points memo , which itself cites an interview from GQ , so this is actually (at least) several orders of magnitude better rooted in reality than most of the conspiracies we see here.
Republicans

Journal: Where's the outrage? 21

Journal by damn_registrars
This week brought us the resignation of another government official, yet the GOP is strangely quiet. Where are the conspiracy theories on this matter? I am disappointed that we haven't even seen any of our slashdot conservatives trying to claim this is a Wag the Dog maneuver to distract us from something else...
Government

Journal: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General 31

Journal by damn_registrars
However, before the conservatives start celebrating, pay attention to this

he will resign the post heâ(TM)s held for nearly six years as soon as a successor can be confirmed.

In other words, you're stuck with him until you confirm someone to take his place. So if you hate him, the best thing you can do to get rid of him is to encourage the senate to actually hold a vote on his replacement. Even if the senate flips in November, they won't be able to push him out until they vote to approve someone else.

Eric Holder To Resign As Attorney General (source chosen because it has no paywall)

The Internet

Journal: 5,000 attempts and going (phone book attempt) 3

Journal by damn_registrars
Some dumbass in Korea is desperately trying to gain access to my home system. In less than 6 hours, the system has made over 5,000 unsuccessful attempts to get in. I'm not sure if "phone book" is the right term or not, but they are going through a (very) long list of usernames and attempting to log in with them. One IP address the whole time, just not giving up.

Not that I expect it to make a difference, but I sent an email to their ISP.

This is an interesting change from the distributed attacks that I was used to seeing. Not sure if the two are related or not but I do seem to be seeing a larger number of attacks since being issued a new IP address at home.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: Winner! 6

Journal by damn_registrars
Nothing engages (enrages?) the crowd here on slashdot like pointing out what a tool samzenpus is when he posts whackjob conservative FUD to the front page. My first comment has so far drawn twenty-six moderations. Of those 26, the tally is currently:
  • 6 troll
  • 5 flamebait
  • 2 informative
  • 9 insightful
  • 1 interesting
  • 1 funny
  • 1 underrated
  • And 1 insightful that was undone

What actually surprises me the most is that not one of those moderations were "overrated".

Although if I could ask anything to change here on slashdot, it would be that they give us a way to actually view all these moderations in a way other than having to read the poorly-formatted comments that they send to our slashdot "inboxes". Clicking on my comment tells almost nothing useful about how it was moderated.

Republicans

Journal: The Samzenpus Failure Machine Rides Again! 8

Journal by damn_registrars
The article that this links to has nothing to do with wasting food. The point of the Seattle City Council's action is to get people to compost. You can throw as much food as you want in the compost, that is just fine. This goes with their earlier ordinances to encourage recycling, they are just trying to reduce the amount of material that is disposed of as "regular" trash.

This is in response to the atrociously miswritten Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food. Even the worst editors on slashdot usually read at least a little ways in to an article before attempting to summarize it. However, once in a while samzenpus is so engrossed in beating off to fox news that he allows this kind of garbage to slip right in.

Well done, samzenpus. You showed us that just when we thought the front page crap here couldn't get any worse, you can still one up the crappiness. For those with short memories, I will remind us that he also posted these awful gems: NBC apologizes for editing Zimmerman 911 call

school sends child's lunch home after determining it unhealthy

Tesla will discontinue the Roadster

... and the cherry on the turd sundae:

California May Reduce Carbon Emissions By Banning Black Cars

I know I've missed plenty of great samzenpus failures along the way, but these are just some highlights. Really, why the fuck is this idiot an editor? I know some people who work for google, I'm sure they have a decent algorithm that could replace him.
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Journal: Surprise! You owe another $117k! 14

Journal by damn_registrars
Funny how we didn't do anything about this problem. After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didnâ(TM)t Know (new york times, 9/20/2014).

Oh, wait. We didn't actually do anything - aside from handing out the largest government handout in the history of government - with the affordable care act. If you want to know who owns the congresspeople and senators that are supposed to represent you, look only as far as the insurance card(s) in your wallet.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself. -- A.H. Weiler

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