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Dr Pepper to Deliver on Its Promise - Readies Coupons for All Americans to Celebrate Release of New Guns N' Roses Album

Last update: 5:14 p.m. EDT Oct. 22, 2008
PLANO, Texas, Oct 22, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Don't cry, Guns N' Roses fans. The agonizing wait for the 17 years-in-the-making masterpiece Chinese Democracy will finally be over (fingers crossed) on Nov. 23, 2008. Sure, there have been more rumored release dates than the 23 flavors of Dr Pepper, but if Chinese Democracy hits stores as announced today, it's going to be so easy, easy for every American to get a free Dr Pepper as promised.
"We never thought this day would come," said Tony Jacobs, vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper. "But now that it's here all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us."
Dr Pepper is ready to give out free soda coupons to every American when the album releases on Nov. 23, 2008. If you're out to get a free Dr Pepper just follow these simple steps:
    1. On the Nov. 23, 2008 release date, go to
    2. Register your information to receive a coupon for one free 20-oz. Dr
    3. When your coupon arrives, redeem it wherever Dr Pepper is sold.
    4. Drink your Dr Pepper slowly to experience all 23 flavors.  Dr's

Coupons will be available for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 23, 2008. Allow 4-6 weeks for coupon to arrive. Coupons will expire on Feb. 28, 2009. Limit one coupon per person. Full terms and conditions available at .


Guns 'n Who?

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Anyone think it’s weird to be stampeded into a $700B solution to the worst crisis since the Great Depression by the people who brought us the worst crisis since the Great Depression? (

What nobody's saying: The bailout will kill the U.S. dollar (

How about you LET THE FUCKING FREE MARKET HANDLE IT then? If they want taxpayer funds to bail out their incompetence, they give up equity (

Rescue plan even worse than it seems: Banks' toxic assets would be bought for TWICE their market value! Banks actually making massive profits from this proposal! (

The text reads the bailout "shall be limited to $700,000,000,000 outstanding AT ANY ONE TIME." This means that $700 billion is a rolling amount, there is NO LIMIT to the potential size of this bailout (

The government's preferred solution to the crisis is the very thing that got us into this mess in the first place (

Emergency? White House admits to planning bailout for MONTHS (

Bailout plan same as Patriot Act -- drawn up months in advance and looking for a crisis to take advantage of (


House Republicans rise up against Cheney to oppose bailout. Wow. (

"We don't have the money to wipe out poverty. We can't do it. But all of a sudden, yeah, we do have $700 billion for a bailout of Wall Street."


Dear American: I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude. I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. (

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To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation; With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest -- a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours -- Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia -- I love you so much, and I'm so proud of all of you.

Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story -- of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.
It is that promise that has always set this country apart -- that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well. That's why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women - students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive.

We meet at one of those defining moments - a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.

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Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture" (given on September 18, 2007)

Pausch has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.[7][8] and underwent a Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) on September 19, 2006 in an unsuccessful attempt to halt his pancreatic cancer.[9] He was told in August 2007 to expect a remaining three to six months of good health. He soon moved his family back down to Virginia.

On March 13, 2008, Pausch advocated for greater federal funding for pancreatic cancer before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.[10] In the week prior to this, he had been hospitalized in order to have needle aspiration of pleural effusion in his right lung.

On May 2, 2008, a PET scan showed that he had very tiny (5mm or less) metastases in his lungs and some lymph nodes in his chest. He also had some metastases in his peritoneal and retroperitoneal cavities.

On June 26, 2008, Pausch indicated that he was considering stopping further chemotherapy because of the potential adverse side effects. He is, however, considering some immunuo-therapy based approaches.[2]

On July 24, 2008, on behalf of Pausch, his friend(anonymous) posted a message on Pausch's webpage indicating cancer progression further than what was expected from recent PET scans and Pausch becoming more sick than ever. It was announced that his family had sent him into a hospice program - palliative care to those at the end of life.[3]

On July 25, 2008, it was announced by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America that Randy Pausch had passed away the night before.

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This is a googolplex level of awesomeness.

Rush on The Colbert Report, their first American TV appearance in over 30 years.

A FOAF said that that "Rush played through his outro and credits, as he pucked up a pillow and nightcap and went to sleep on his desk. When the next episode started the following night, they were still playing. Colbert woke up when they finished and started the show." So FREAKING awesome!

Thanks for the link, [profile] fossilapostle .
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I think I might be the last person to have seen this movie (but just in case, you can watch it here). Eye-opening, for sure.

Question!  Was this commercial...

designed to intentionally evoke reminders of this...


or was it just me?
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I can't blame my lack of TV on not having heard of Charlie Brooker before -- afterall, it wasn't like I was watching BBC America when we *had* TV. Still, it's a shame that these clips are over a year old and I'm just now seeing these brilliant bits from his show, "Screenwipe".

Charlie Brooker on American TV

Charlie Brooker on Reality TV

Charlie Brooker on Fat Kids & Jamie Oliver

Charlie Brooker on UK exports to US

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I'm not going to be around this weekend, so I leave you with these pictures -- they can be found in your local Target.  The clock especially brought back memories.... "it stops short/ never to go again/ when the old man died."


Jun. 22nd, 2008 10:20 pm
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71.

Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine about seven dirty words you could not say on television. A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of his "Filthy Words" routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.  [source]

It's a huge loss -- especially now, when we really need him. (I mean, how pissed off would Bill Hicks have been when Bush Jr was elected in 2000?)

I just can't believe it (and keep editing this damn post to try to make an entry worth the greatness of this man. But I just can't. I'm sorry). RIP, George Carlin. It's just not going to be the same without you.

* piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. 
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... It *was* all about the oil. Not WMDs, not birth pangs of democracy in the Middle East.

It was the oil.

BAGHDAD — Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.

Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP — the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company — along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq’s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat.

The deals, expected to be announced on June 30, will lay the foundation for the first commercial work for the major companies in Iraq since the American invasion, and open a new and potentially lucrative country for their operations.

The no-bid contracts are unusual for the industry, and the offers prevailed over others by more than 40 companies, including companies in Russia, China and India. The contracts, which would run for one to two years and are relatively small by industry standards, would nonetheless give the companies an advantage in bidding on future contracts in a country that many experts consider to be the best hope for a large-scale increase in oil production.

There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract. The Bush administration has said that the war was necessary to combat terrorism. It is not clear what role the United States played in awarding the contracts; there are still American advisers to Iraq’s Oil Ministry.



Jun. 4th, 2008 07:19 am
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On Reddit, under the heading, "Animaniacs predicts Wikipedia"...

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[Error: unknown template qotd]Weird, because a newborn baby BIRD did suddenly fall into my care. What am I doing with it? After realizing that our house is just too cold for it and that I'm ill-equipped to force-feed a baby bird, I'm returning it to the tree where it was found, on the ground, abandoned at 7am this morning.

I jokingly named it "Gravity".

For Alica

May. 24th, 2008 05:51 pm
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It's called "Group Therapy".

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Giveaway of the Day


Remove any undesirable elements on your images.

Posted: 17 May 2008 02:00 AM CDT

Image Mender - the program allows you to remove any lines or blemishes on your images and it also helps you to remove larger marks, logos or any other undesirable elements. Image Mender is easy to use.

The clear and user-friendly interface of the program enables you to work. You just need to highlight the part of the image you would like to correct, and then Image Mender will do the rest. After editing, you can save it in the desired format.

Major functions:

  • Intellectual reconstruction – the program reconstructs the image under the cleared spot so fine that the traces are hardly noticeable even after the removal of large fragments;
  • Ease of use - operating Image Mender is a lot simpler than operating Photoshop Clone Tool. You only need to select the fragment to be removed from the image;
  • Supporting various formats – the program supports the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, TGA, MNG, RAS, RAW, JP2, JPC, PCX;
  • High performance – the program is written completely in the C++ language, which ensures its high performance.

So far, the program has an 87% positive rating.

 Be sure to view the demo so you know how to do it -- it's deceptively easy, but unlike Photoshop, GIMP, etc, you don't "select" (i.e., circle) the region on you want to correct; you actually highlight it with the marker, obliterating it from view. Then hit "mend" -- and after a time, your picture looks perfect!

ETA:  You must activate it before you can run setup or you can't save images. Also, it has a hard time loading images of 2K pixels or more (it doesn’t give any error messages, just displays a blank frame). Also, you can't revert back to a previous correction -- instead, it just shows multiple iterations of what you wanted to corrected. If your computer crashes, it will take all those iterations with it, so it's suggested that you save often.
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Have I posted these pictures yet?  When I was shopping with my niece for jeans, I happened to notice the odd shape of the tag (the one on the left) on this pair of girls jeans:

I flipped the tag over and saw that it was part of a logo:

But isn't it a bit much? I mean, come on -- a rectangular shaft with a monkey head at the tip? Nevermind the euphemism of "spanking the monkey".
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From DailyKos, regarding why Clinton has lost the party's nomination (her support of the invasion of Iraq) and why Obama's stance defines his values and beliefs:

When Sen. Clinton stood up to speak on the war on Oct 10, 2002 the war was not a controversial issue among the establishment of this country. Many of the same pundits who escoriate her in the mainstream media today were braying in support of Pres. Bush. After 9/11, the Senator from New York had to be tough on terrorism. Pres. Bush had an approval rating of 64%, down from a high of 88% a year earlier, but still quite respectable. Even VP Cheney was at 54%. [...]
The anti-war protests appeared anemic due to the biased media coverage in the aftermath of 9/11. Quite a few Liberal Members of Congress protested the war, but they were marginalized as the `loony left' by compliant elite opinion makers. As in the letter which the DLC wrote to the members of Congress calling on them to support the President.So it was quite easy to make the decision to support the war. She did not find it necessary to read the NIE: she already knew most of the experts personally and knew their views. That much of the evidence for WMD in Iraq was fabricated was obvious to most experts, but it is doubtful that Sen. Clinton ever even questioned it. The important thing was not to get caught on the wrong side of history, when many of her colleagues even on the Democratic side of the Senate was going to vote for it. [...]

So [in 2002] who could have known that this war was a dumb war? Only people who paid attention, even without any secret information available to Federal Government officials.  Who knew that it was not Saddam Hussein but his mortal enemy the Al Queda that had carried out the attacks of 9/11, in spite of Cheney's claims? Everyone of course. But that was not enough for the pundits, the Congress or Sen. Clinton to oppose a war on Iraq. They let the confusion of Hussein and Al Qeada stand. It was not lack of knowledge, it was lack of courage to act on what they knew. It was not only Sen. Clinton that failed. Most of the establishment of the country went along, to their everlasting shame: Judy Miller was the worst but opinion makers like  Thomas Friedman,  Jonathan Alter,  establishment news sources like the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic, all went along.

How did a minor American politician, a mere State Senator in Illinois, get it right when all these towering giants did not? It is not that Barack Obama  had better information. It is not even because  he was smarter. He simply had the courage to say what he knew to be true. He would, strangely, trust that the people he was addressing were adults.

As Sen. Clinton noted, she brings many years of experience to the table as does Sen. McCain. Sen. Obama brings a speech he gave in 2002. Here is the text of that speech:

Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances.

The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don’t oppose all wars.

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton’s army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain.I don’t oppose all wars.

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this Administration’s pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

I don’t oppose all wars.

Only a few seconds of the film of  that speech that survives. The words repeated by-some of his supporters- are powerful, even if delivered without Obama's special diction.

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