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People Stay Homeless Because the Shelters Are So Damn Nice

Michael Bloomberg, man of the people, has an explanation for why the number of homeless people in New York City's shelters has jumped 18 percent so far this year: Hoi polloi have just never seen amenities like these. "We have made our shelter system so much better that, unfortunately, when people are in it — or fortunately, depending on what your objective is — it is a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before," he said yesterday. "When we came into office, the shelter system was an abomination. People were driven around all night. The kids slept on benches. None of that happens again," — none! — "so there's less pressure on people to move out today." Oh, and maybe the economy a little bit, too, he noted.

More than 18,000 children, and more than 43,000 people overall, were living in shelters as of two weeks ago, numbers requiring the opening of nine new shelters in the last two months, the Times reports. All of them will presumably come with Whirlpools and complimentary eggs Benedict in bed, according to Bloomberg's billionaire logic.

But the mayor, despite his out-of-touch bumblings, likely knows full well what's going on, even beyond the glossed-over crummy economy:

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:09 AM (6 replies)

RIP Jerry Nelson you will be always loved and missed


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Aug 24, 2012, 10:24 AM (7 replies)

CNN...after one hour...Gawker's worthless 'Bain files'

By Dan Primack August 23, 2012: 1:33 PM eastern


Gawker release the papers one hour before that.
and there are over 900 pages.

AUG 23, 2012 12:00 PM
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Aug 23, 2012, 02:14 PM (13 replies)

Ann Romney speech bumped for re-runs on three networks

Re-Runs of Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and a new Grimm will be played so they can have some viewer revenue.........LOL

The RNC's plan to create a Romney "bookend effect" at next week's convention, with Ann speaking on Monday night to assure voters that the man accepting the nomination on Thursday isn't a robot, may be foiled by the major network's commitment to airing programs people will actually watch. The New York Times reports that NBC, CBS, and ABC don't intend to air any of the Republican National Convention on Monday night, with reruns of Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and a new Grimm trumping Ann's speech. Though it seems that the party should have known weeks ago that the networks wouldn't broadcast four full days of prime-time convention coverage, the Romney campaign was fuming. “I don’t think it’s the decision that Bill Paley would have made,” quipped a senior Romney adviser, underscoring the need for Ann to paint her husband as a guy people born after 1957 can relate to.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Thu Aug 23, 2012, 01:54 PM (13 replies)

Nowhere Man by Lawrence Hertzog -8.2 rating

IMdb link;

Bruce Greenwood stars as documentary photographer Thomas Veil who, in the course of one evening, seemingly has his whole existence erased, in the compelling one-hour drama Nowhere Man. It appears as if some mysterious and powerful entity has coerced Veil's family and friends into cooperating in a clandestine plan to annul every trace of him. Veil is all alone with no option but to begin a desperate, dangerous quest to find out how and why this has happened and most importantly, who is behind this torturous scheme.

YOUTUBE example
I'm really liking this series the actor won an emmy

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 22, 2012, 01:31 PM (2 replies)

Tampa Mayor: City ‘Prepared’ To Call Off Convention

Tampa Mayor: City ‘Prepared’ To Call Off Convention In Event Of Dangerous Weather

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn told CNN the city is prepared for severe weather if it hits during the Republican National Convention next week. Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to head toward the Florida by early Monday.

"We're prepared for it, we've trained for it, we have contingency plan after contingency plan," Buckhorn said. But in the event of dangerous weather, "human safety, human life trumps politics," he said.

Hurricane or not its gonna be a ShitStorm.
Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 22, 2012, 12:35 PM (3 replies)

'I was too important to go to Vietnam' Romney his religion and God

At a press event in California before the GOP primary in that state, former Gov. Mitt Romney was asked about his support

“Governor Romney, it is true, is it not that you had four deferments from the Vietnam War… You have said before that you support war and the efforts of US military involvement overseas at all costs, yet you made sure you would never go to war yourself. What makes you think that veterans and those currently serving in the military think that you have their best interests at heart when you yourself weren’t even interested in sacrificing your time, energy, or life for your nation at a time when it seemed most crucial?”

Romney responded:

“That’s a good question, young man, and I would be happy to answer it. The Vietnam War came at a time in my life when I had other plans. I knew in my heart of hearts that I would one day serve my nation. That I would one day hold an office that would help not only our nation, but also the world. So I did what I could to make sure that I would be around to serve my nation, as well as serving God by teaching very important religious principles to a broader audience overseas. My father did not want me serving, and he convinced me that yes, I was too important to go to Vietnam. I had a greater purpose in life. I wasn’t neglecting my nation, but rather preparing myself for a future of service.”

An onlooker that seemingly was a Vietnam veteran shouted, “Fuck you, Romney! You wouldn’t know service if it bit you on your well manicured ass.” To which Romney responded, “Please don’t be testy, my friend. I did what I did for you, and I thank you for your service as well.” That same veteran responded, “You only served yourself, you jackass. You could’ve served your nation even if your draft number wasn’t called… but you didn’t… you chose to serve yourself instead. Thanks for revealing your true colors.”

Well on edit it sounded true.......LOL but its not
gotta get some coffee.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 22, 2012, 12:12 PM (13 replies)

GOP Endorses new type of Contraception.

Todd Akin endorses rape as a legitimate contraceptive

In an attempt to justify his no-exceptions view on abortions, US congressman Todd Akin has insisted that pregnancy resulting from rape is ‘really rare’ because sexual violence is actually a form of contraception.

During an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday, Mr Akin said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Mr Akin went on to highlight the money that could be saved from using a more aggressive form of contraception.

“Instead of putting a condom on, why not try a balaclava and some loose fitting trousers,” he said.

“Unlike condoms they can be used again and again.”

Todd Akin talks contraceptives

The 65 year-old Republican, who is refusing to resign from a Senate race in Missouri, also offered advice to couples who wanted to delay starting a family.

“If you’re not trying to conceive, just ensure that you only have sex when your partner vigorously rejects you,” he explained.

“No means no kids, that’s what I say.”

Mr Akin also went on to offer tips to women who may consider the whole experience as horrifically distressing.

“Rape is such an ugly word,” he said.

“Why not try to look at it as more of a ‘love ambush’

Read more: http://newsthump.com/2012/08/21/todd-akin-endorses-rape-as-a-legitimate-contraceptive/#ixzz24HF8zqxW
Read more: http://newsthump.com/2012/08/21/todd-akin-endorses-rape-as-a-legitimate-contraceptive/#ixzz24HF2nTeg

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 22, 2012, 08:24 AM (0 replies)

Australian TV Documentary:Sex, Lies and Julian Assange

This doc has been deleted in some countries but is from the ABC.

The excellent Australian documentary on the persecution of Julian Assange tells us much about the main accuser, Anna Ardin, but not enough.

• Anna Ardin worked on behalf of a number of Miami-based, U.S. government-paid intelligence agencies and was an associate of the anti-Cuban terrorist, Carlos Aberto Montaner. Source: Cuban news agencies, Granma and Prensa Latina.

• While in Cuba, Ardin worked with the Ladies in White, a feminist anti-Castro group that is partially funded by the US Government and counts among its supporters Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA agent convicted of terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of people. Source: Indymedia.

• After leaving Cuba, Ardin worked on websites financed by USAID and controlled by the CIA. One of these websites was ‘Miscelánea de Cuba’, run by the Cuban, Alexis Gainza. Source: Australia-Cuba Friendship Society.

• Through Gainza, Ms. Ardin became involved with several Swedish agencies, including Dagens Nyheter and SVT, and then entered the Swedish Social Democrat party. Gainza is connected with the German Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte (International Human Rights Society), a group linked to German and U.S. intelligence and includes former Nazis (such as Ludwig Martin) and ex-military figures (Dieter von Glahn) in its ranks. The current president of the IGFM, Martin Lessenthin, works closely with the Venezuelan opposition party Primero Justicia, led by anti-Chavez terrorist Alejandro Peña Esclusa. Primero Justicia, in turn, is the main partner of the International Republican Institute, an extreme right-wing group funded by the US Government’s National Endowment for Democracy. Both USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy are funded by the CIA. Sources: various.

Naomi Wolf offers eight further indicators of skullduggery in the Assange case (and many thanks to a reader named wxyz for the link):

Based on my 23 years of reporting on global rape law, and my five years of supporting women at rape crisis centers and battered women’s shelters, I can say with certainty that this case is not being treated as a normal rape or sexual assault case. New details from the Swedish police make this quite clear. Their transcript of the complaints against Assange is strikingly unlike the dozens of such transcripts that I have read throughout the years as an advocate for victims of sex crimes.

Specifically, there are eight ways in which this transcript is unusual:

1) Police never pursue complaints in which there is no indication of lack of consent.

Ask Sweden to produce ANY other police report in which any action was taken in a situation in which there is no stated lack of consent or threat of force. Police simply won’t act on a complaint if there is no indication of a lack of consent, or of consent in the face of violence. The Assange transcripts, in contrast to any typical sex crime report, are a set of transcripts in which neither of the women has indicated a lack of consent. (There is one point at which Miss W asserts she was asleep – in which case it would indeed have been illegal to have sex with her – but her deleted tweets show that she was not asleep, and subsequent discussion indicates consent.)

The Assange transcript is therefore anomalous, as it does not suggest in any way that either woman was unconsenting, or felt threatened. On this basis alone, therefore, the Assange transcript is completely aberrant.

2) Police do not let two women report an accusation about one man together.

The transcripts seem to indicate that the police processed the two accusers’ complaints together.

This is completely unheard-of in sex crime procedures; and the burden should be on Clare Mongomery, QC, or Marianne Ny, to produce a single other example of this being permitted.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 22, 2012, 05:19 AM (3 replies)

George Orwell is 'too Left-wing’ for a statue at BBC headquarters

When the George Orwell Memorial Trust proposed a statue of the writer for outside the BBC’s new headquarters it expected an enthusiastic response. However, not everyone appeared enamoured of the plan.

According to Baroness Bakewell, who is backing the campaign, Mark Thompson, the Corporation’s outgoing director general, said the statue could not be erected on BBC premises because Orwell was “too Left-wing”.

Orwell worked as a BBC journalist, producing radio programmes at Broadcasting House during the Second World War before leaving to publish Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Aug 22, 2012, 05:13 AM (20 replies)
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