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Submission + - 10 Year Anniversary of Forbidden Pokemon Episode (tripod.com)

caffiend666 writes: "It's now been just past 10 years (December 16th, 1997) since the now forbidden Pokemon episode caused seizures in hundreds of Japanese children and a few adults. How far as anime come in the last 10 years? How much change has this bizarre and horrific incident really caused? Now is probably a good time for an introspective review of the significance behind mass culture."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Oddly, Hypocrisy Rooted in High Morals (yahoo.com)

caffiend666 writes: "According to a Live Science article: "Actually, a new study finds that a sense of moral superiority can lead to unethical acts, such as cheating. In fact, some of the best do-gooders can become the worst cheats.... In the new study, detailed in the November issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers find that when this line between right and wrong is ambiguous among people who think of themselves as having high moral standards, the do-gooders can become the worst of cheaters.... The researchers suggest an "ethical person" could view cheating as an OK thing to do, justifying the act as a means to a moral end." All righty then...."
Space

Submission + - Sputnik at 50: An improvised triumph (yahoo.com)

caffiend666 writes: "According to an AP News article, "When Sputnik took off 50 years ago, the world gazed at the heavens in awe and apprehension, watching what seemed like the unveiling of a sustained Soviet effort to conquer space and score a stunning Cold War triumph. But 50 years later, it emerges that the momentous launch was far from being part of a well-planned strategy to demonstrate communist superiority over the West." "At that moment we couldn't fully understand what we had done," Chertok recalled. "We felt ecstatic about it only later, when the entire world ran amok. Only four or five days later did we realize that it was a turning point in the history of civilization." "And that winking light that crowds around the globe gathered to watch in the night sky? Not Sputnik at all, as it turns out, but just the second stage of its booster rocket...""
Quickies

Submission + - Exercise, caffeine fight skin cancer (yahoo.com)

caffiend666 writes: "The combination of exercise and caffeine increased destruction of precancerous cells that had been damaged by the sun's ultraviolet-B radiation, according to a team of researchers at Rutgers University.... In mice there is a protective effect from both caffeine and voluntary exercise, and when both are provided — not necessarily at the same time — protection is even more than the sum of the two..." All proof that we're doing the right thing by staying indoors and drinking coffee!"
Privacy

Submission + - FIOS customer names/addys in public ARIN database (squirrelfish.org)

Tom Haines writes: "Anyone with a verizon fios business account w/ static IPs will love to know that their account name and address are in the ARIN database associated with their IP address(es). maybe it's just me, but as a residential customer who only signed up for the biz service to get static IPs, this sucks. I didn't want my home address linked with my IPs. Not to mention, you can query ARIN using the term "FTTP" and get back a list of fios customers, including addresses. Hooray verizon!"
Space

Submission + - 2 killed in SpaceShipTwo motor test explosion (cnn.com)

RZG writes: Two people were killed and 4 were injured during a "cold fire test" of the motor for SpaceShipTwo. This obviously is a setback for Virgin Galactic and the non-government space community in general. "Aerial video of the blast aftermath showed a charred and twisted flatbed trailer attached to a truck cab with a large silver tank next to it. Large pieces of debris appeared to be strewn for hundreds of yards from the center."
Announcements

Submission + - 7-Elevens become Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts' (yahoo.com)

caffiend666 writes: "According to a yahoo News Article: Some 7-Elevens are being rebranded into Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts' . "The Fox/7-Eleven deal is an example of a practice called reverse product placement. Instead of just putting products prominently in a movie or TV show, fake goods move from the screen to reality.... In some cases, 7-Eleven has contracted with manufacturers of similar products to make their Kwik-E-Mart counterparts.... " Customers have "been looking at Squishees and KrustyO's and Buzz Cola for years and have never been able to put their hands on it,...But they won't find Duff beer, the brand chugged by Homer Simpson. The movie will be rated PG-13, and selling a Simpson-themed beer "didn't seem to fit," said Rita Bargerhuff, a 7-Eleven marketing executive. "That was a tough call, but we want to make sure it's considered good, responsible fun."" WooHoo"
United States

Submission + - Cindy Sheehan resigns as face of anti-war movement

caffiend666 writes: "Memorial Day, Cindy Sheehan resigned as the face of the American anti-war movement. According to her blog, '... when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode.... This is not my "Checkers" moment, because I will never give up trying to help people... but I am finished working in, or outside of this sytem'. Even as a Republican who supported the war, here is to a courageous woman who deserves to be considered a hero and wished well."
Space

Submission + - Remains of James Doohan lost after landing

caffiend666 writes: "According to a Space.com news article the cremated remains of 200 people were lost in mountains after trip to space. 'The search for the UP Aerospace payload of experiments and the cremated remains of some 200 people — including "Scotty" of Star Trek fame, as well as pioneeering NASA Mercury astronaut, Gordon Cooper — continues within rugged New Mexico mountain landscape.' Is it just me, or does it appropriate that they lost the landing party? He wasn't wearing a red shirt, was he? Here's to a safe recovery!"
Privacy

Submission + - Police objecting to tickets from red-light cameras

caffiend666 writes: "According to this Dallas Morning New article, any "...Dallas police officer in a marked squad car who is captured on the city's cameras running a red light will have to pay the $75 fine if the incident doesn't comply with state law... Many police officers are angry about the proposed policy. The prevailing belief among officers has been that they can run red lights as they see fit." How is this a case for or against governments relying on un-biased automated systems? Or, should anyone be able to control who is recorded on camera and who is held accountable?"
Google

Submission + - Tax Accounting Evil at Google?

theodp writes: "In its annual report, Google said it's done no tax-accounting evil, but the search giant acknowledged that both the IRS and SEC are taking a look at the way in which it accounts for income tax. Google is one of a number of U.S. companies that have come under fire for allegedly practicing 'profit laundering', i.e., moving book profits offshore to evade millions and even billions in taxes to the country where it really operates. In past SEC filings, Google has credited its Irish subsidiary for reducing its effective tax rate."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Best Buy Bustsed

tashanna writes: "Best Buy has gotten caught with it's hand in the proverbial cookie jar. It looks like Best Buy has an alternate version of their site that was used to deny price matches versus BestBuy.com:

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ordered the investigation into Best Buy's practices on Feb. 9 after my column disclosed the website and showed how employees at two Connecticut stores used it to deny customers a $150 discount on a computer advertised on BestBuy.com.

Blumenthal said Wednesday that Best Buy has also confirmed to his office the existence of the intranet site, but has so far failed to give clear answers about its purpose and use.
Of course, it could all be a simple misunderstanding. Fortunately, A Connecticut Attorney General has volunteered to sort all it out."
Mars

Submission + - Scientist: Sun is Warming Both Earth and Mars

MCraigW writes: "Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural — and not a human-induced — cause. Earth is currently experiencing warming, which climate scientists say is due to humans pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.

In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps" near Mars's south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun."

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