Saturday, July 10, 2010

Jose Bautista inside the park homerun

This has been quite the season for Jose Bautista. He is finally more that a utility player with the Jays. He has led both leagues in homeruns for a good portion of the first half of the season. Bautista even gets selected to play in the All-Star game. Everything seems to be going his way in fact he even gets an inside the park homer against Minnesota on July 7th.

A smart baseball man would realize now that is price will never be higher. Time to move him before the trade deadline.

Suspicious wife watches dead husband for two weeks, thinks he’s faking it

A suspicious wife sat over her husband's body for 14 days because she suspected he was faking his own death to get away from her.

The woman, 72, told police in Vaslui, Romania, she did not report the death until she was sure husband Vasile wasn't trying to trick her so he could start a new life with his mistress.

Police spokewoman Mihaela Straub said: "There are no signs of foul play and he had a well established heart condition."

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Friday, July 09, 2010

World Cup soccer referees

It's O.J.'s special day today

...happy 63rd birthday bro!

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We survived the G20, so now what?

It is now almost 2 weeks since the G20 Economic Summit in downtown Toronto and city is back to normal but there is still a lot of ruffled feathers and finger pointing going on. For someone who was not at all involved and who avoided downtown during the Summit weekend it’s all a little bit disconcerting. It’s a good thing that a civilian investigation has been initiated. Perhaps a proper review of what happen will provide us all with some lessons.

What we observed was a mix of peaceful demonstrators (who made up the vast majority of marchers) and violent anarchists (or thugs or criminals depends on your perspective) marching towards the Summit site. The police prevented them from advancing at which point the black clad thugs began to create mayhem by breaking windows and attacking police vehicles. The police more or less passively watched. My guess is that they were told or had interpreted that their role was to provide security to the Summit. Someone had failed to mention protecting property.

No doubt the criticism directed at police for being too passive changed things over the next two days. Police became much more aggressive and began arresting anyone perceived to be doing something wrong. Except that they failed to discriminate between illegal activity and lawful demonstration. So by the end of the weekend, over 1,000 people had been arrested and thrown into makeshift pens in a building on Eastern Avenue. In their sweep they picked up not only the bad guys but peaceful demonstrators, citizens trying to get to work, reporters covering the demonstrations and some people who just happened to have been at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Now they had an even worse problem with public perception.

Behind the scenes, the provincial Cabinet had provided police with special search and arrest authority within the perimeter of the Summit site. However, since there was no advance notice to the public, it created a lot of addition confusion. In fact, in hindsight it is unclear why the police believed they needed this authority and why Cabinet agreed.

So remains are lawsuits, civilian complaints, numerous investigations, damaged reputations, and some big bills to pay. But don’t be fooled by the noise opponents of the police. The public still supports the police but probably a little concerned about how they went about fulfilling their duties. An Angus Reid poll found that 73 per cent of Torontonians and two-thirds of Canadians believe police treatment of protesters was justified during the G20 summit. Two-thirds of Canadians are disgusted with the G20 demonstrations in Toronto. Fifty-nine per cent are ashamed, 57 per cent are angry and 54 per cent are sad. In Toronto, 81 per cent said they are disgusted with the G20 protests, while 74 per cent are angry, 65 per cent are sad and 61 per cent feel ashamed.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Did I ever tell you how evil Facebook is?

Most people know about the origin of Facebook. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with several other students at Harvard. The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include (potentially) any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over.

Mark Zuckerberg is now a billionaire because what began as a social network with no real commercial application has developed since developed under his direction into a creative and lucrative business model. Facebook is no longer a social networking system. The social networking application is what he uses to attract users - over 400 million. He then uses their personal information that many people voluntarily put onto his system and he sells it to companies for marketing purposes. Yes, Zuckerberg is in the business of collecting personal information for marketers. A major source of revenue for Facebook comes from sharing its users' personal information with developers who create games and quizzes

When Facebook began, it's privacy policy was quite clear - your information was protected. But when its current business model was developed it was necessary to change to policy so that Zuckerberg and his employees could access that information. So it began to change its privacy policy. Each time it changed its policy it applied to everyone unless you proactively chose not to share your info. Every change became the default setting. That meant information that may have once been visible only to friends and family became public, unless a user went into their settings and specifically marked it as private.

For this business model to succeed, the system needed to lack any transparency and making changes to your setting had to have some degree of difficulty in order to frustrate all but the most persistent. So that is exactly what Facebook did.

Most Facebook users are either unaware of or don't care what is going on behind the scene with their personal info.

Yes I am on Facebook although not for much longer. However, there is virtually no information about me on Facebook. I have no pictures of myself posted and if anyone who tags me in a photo, I go in an untag the photo. Although some savvy users are deleting their accounts over privacy concerns, the majority of users who leave are either bored with it or are students and leave because their parents get accounts (wouldn't want mom spying on you).

Some people are fighting back. There are a growing number of lawsuits. As well Facebook has been threatened with action by a number of government privacy regulators including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

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What not to do during the heatwave

38-year-old Taiwanese man froze to death as a heatwave swept the island - after he walked into a refrigeration room to cool off, police said on Tuesday.

Chen Sung-mou, a worker at a sugar factory on the offshore island of Penghu, was found unconscious inside the room on Sunday and was pronounced dead in hospital.

He had apparently entered the room to seek refuge from the heat, police said.

But it appeared that hypothermia caused him to fall asleep, trapping him inside the room, even though the door was unlocked.

Wives rag on their husbands almost 6 days in a year

Wives spend 7,920 minutes a year nagging their husbands about household chores, their drinking and their health.

This equals two-and-a-half hours of earbashing each week - which totals 11 hours a month or five-and-a-half days a year.

A study of more than 3,000 people carried out by health campaign group Everyman concluded the most common subject women nagged their partners about was not helping to tidy the home.

Other complaints included not helping to wash the dishes, drinking too much and not visiting the doctor to get checked out.

According to this study someone like me who has been married for 29 years would have listened to almost 6 months of nagging through their marriage. No wonder guys become workaholics or alcoholics. We need a diversion.


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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Bye bye Chris Bosh

Celebrity middle fingers

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Ringo is 70 today!

Richard Starkey with The Beatles in 1965

At the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971

Ringo earlier this year

Oh my Ranger fan falls from second deck

A male fan fell from the second deck of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Tex. last night while reaching for a foul ball, landing in the field level seats below.

During the bottom of the fifth inning during a game between the Rangers and Cleveland Indians, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz fouled a ball off into the club level (second deck) seats along the first-base line. The man reached for the ball from his seat in the first row of the second deck. He lost his balance and fell nearly 30 feet before landing on fans in the field-level seats.

The fan was taken out of the stadium on a stretcher and went to John Peter Smith Hospital by ambulance. Four fans who the man landed on were treated for minor injuries at the stadium. The man is "able to move all his extremities and was responsive to paramedics.

Umpires delayed the game for 16 minutes while the fan was attended to. The Rangers won the game 12-1.

It doesn't sound like this guy was drunk but was just a little over zealous in going after a foul ball. Come on man it's just a friggin' baseball. Hardly worth losing your life over. I'm sure a got a few in my basement I can send you. Just hope you're okay. Also the poor shmucks sitting in the lower deck having a guy land on top of them. All around not a good scene.

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Hump Day Hottie - kinky Russian spy edition

Anna Chapman

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

What about that Lady Gaga

Try to stay cool for the rest of the week

New things the Queen learned about Canada

All the flowers in the world aren't going to hide Poutine inducing flatulence.

Pierre Trudeau has been stuffed and mounted.

The bathrooms need sturdier walls.

Do not pass GO, do not collect $200

Lindsay Lohan was just sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation in her DUI case, followed by a 90-day inpatient rehab program. The judge said there was a pattern of violations since Lindsay was placed on probation in 2007 following her plea bargain in her DUI case. There were lots of excuses, but ultimately they didn't fly. Her reaction to the sentence is Oscar-worthy.

The law can even catch up to the privileged. Just ask O.J. Simpson. Meanwhile she will likely only spend 3 weeks in the clinker and then hit the talk show circuit talking about the trauma it put her under.

Prince declares the Internet "Completely Over"

Last week, Prince announced that he was going to release his latest album 20Ten as an add-on to European newspapers and an upcoming issue of German Rolling Stone. In an interview promoting the release with England's Daily Mirror , the iconic songwriter reveals his improbable motive for the choice: he hates the Internet. "The Internet's completely over," says Prince, who will not sell his new album via iTunes or Amazon.

He recently took down his relatively new Lotusflow3r site, which launched in January 2009 to accompany the release of his Lotusflow3r triple-disc album. The site, which he created to combat pirated material on the web, allowed fans to pay a membership fee in order to access Prince videos, music and photos. However, 18 months after its launch, the site simply prompts an error page. Ironically, a decade ago Prince was one of the artists openly endorsing the Internet in an age of Napster, releasing his remix album Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic exclusively to subscribers of his NPG Music Club, which also came to an abrupt end in 2006.

So do I have to dig out my CD players to hear his new release? Why stop there? Release your new album on 8-track only. Make it only available in flea markets. And while you're at it why don't you charge 1970s prices too. Maybe Dick Clark will invite you on American Bandstand to promote your music since I guess MTV is completely over too. I hear Wells Fargo will deliver orders to your customers - using horse-drawn carts.


Nancy Reagan is 89 today

In a 1950 film called The Next Voice You Hear when she went by Nancy Davis

Last year with President Obama.

Bob Probert was more than just a fighter

Unlike many fighters over the years, Bob Probert was a decent hockey player who was good with his fists.  Afterall he scored 162 goals in the NHL and in 1987-88, scored 29 for the Red Wings. The only NHL players with higher career goal totals and over 3,000 penalty minutes were Dale Hunter and Tiger Williams.

He was the last player to score a goal in Maple Leaf Gardens in the 3rd period on February 13, 19999.  I happened to have been at the game.

Still he will always be best known for his fights and this Tie Domi fight was a classic battle. Domi was with the Rangers at the time.

Probably the bravest thing he did on ice was figure skate with Kristina Lenko in the Battle of the Blades reality TV show. He wasn't very good at it but he gave it his best. I think the show revealed to hockey fans the real Bob Probert.

Divorce judge orders couple to build wall down middle of house

A New York judge ordered a warring couple to build a wall down the middle of their home in an effort to stop their petty squabbling. Judge Eric Prus told Pinchs and Nechama Gold, an Orthodox Jewish couple who lived in the same house through years of marital strife, to split their home in half as they go through a bitter divorce. In a ruling passed on Thursday, the Golds were told they have two weeks to agree on where the wall should go in their home in the New York borough of Brooklyn - or the court will decide for them.

"They've been living like there was a wall up for two years now," said Abe Konstam, an attorney for Pinchs Gold. "This just helps them completely avoid each other." The Golds married 21 years ago, but after years of arguments, the wife, who claims her husband verbally abuses her and their five children, just wants him to pack his bags. She claims he even spitefully blows out their Shabbos candles. Pinchs denies those allegations.

Pinchs Gold, meanwhile, claims Nechama Gold hides his heart medication. She also banished him from the bedroom, he claims, forcing him to sleep for two years in their dining room. On May 18, her lawyer asked the court for temporary exclusive occupancy. The judge's response took a more divide-and-conquer approach to the hostilities.

"It's a large house, so I think we can come up with some sort of agreement," conceded Nechama Gold's lawyer, Brian Perskin. "But she wants him out." The plans drawn up allots Nechama Gold about 700 more square feet because the kids will live with her. "This could be called the Divorce Wall," said Rabbi Mendel Gold, Pinchs Gold's brother. "It could probably even help healthy couples."

Israeli sholdiers dancing to Ke$sha

Some Israeli soldiers may have to face the music for a viral video of them dancing on duty.

A video of the soldiers stopping a patrol in the West Bank to dance to American electro-pop singer Kesha's hit "Tick Tock" has been removed from YouTube. But Israeli TV stations picked it up and showed it repeatedly Monday.


Man buys rifle to stop alien invasion

A Fairfield Connecticut man was arrested on Thursday morning after buying a high powered rifle to stop an alien invasion, police said.

Dane Eisenman, 57, responded to a classified advertisement for a .30-06 rifle about a month ago. While filing out the paper for the rifle he mentioned to the seller what he would be using the weapon for. He said he was going to use the weapon to kill aliens.

The seller was unsure if Eisenman was referring to space aliens or illegal aliens. Eisenman told the seller of the rifle every 36,000 years, aliens who live under the sun come to Earth to kill humans, and he needed to be prepared because "They're going to be coming soon."

After the sale of the rifle, the man reported Eisenman to police. Eisenman, who is a convicted felon, is legally prohibited from buying or owning a hand gun or rifle. Eisenman turned himself into police and was charged with charge of criminal possession of a firearm.

Hey Dane when the come to get us I'll be right behind ya boy. We'll kill as many as those motherfuckers from Alpha Geminorum as we can. You use your .30 calibre and I'll use my lightsaber.

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Monday, July 05, 2010

The TV Hat is a like a portable personal TV

The dumbest gadget award goes to the TV Hat, a baseball cap with an elongated peak from which hangs a “personal private theater”. It is a head-mounted blackout tent into which you drop your portable media player, wherein you can watch movies in the glare of the midday sun, or in bed next to your smiling spouse. It costs $30, and includes a 2.5x magnification screen.

Who would use this? First, you look like an idiot, or at the very best like some weird, creepy guy in night-vision goggles. Second, this is most likely to be used outside or in a public place, which means you will be rendered not only blind and deaf to the outside world, you will not be paying any attention to the goings-on around you. Perfect for behind the wheel.

But wait, there is another use. The head-mounted dork-theater is not only for watching distraction-free. It is also for keeping others out: “Privacy side shields prevent others from seeing what you are viewing.” That's right - perfect for watching porn. Just keep your hands out of your pants.

Hey Robbie Robertson is 67 today

Rare footage of Robbie with The Band in 1969

Robbie today

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

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It wouldn't be the 4th of July without a hot dog eating contest

Former Champion Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi was arrested Sunday after attempting to hop on stage following a rival's win in the 95th annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut celebrated the Fourth of July by downing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes (his record is 68). Moments later, Kobayashi was on a hunger strike this year so he did not compete (actually due to contractual problems with Major League Eating, yes there is such an organization) tried to jump on stage wearing a "Free Kobi" shirt, but police arrested him. The 32-year-old eater won the competition six years in a row before Chestnut bested him in 2007.

Mr. Kobayashi was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and obstruction of governmental administration, after he knocked through police officers guarding the stage and charged for the microphone, the police said.

Joey has an impressive eating resume: 9.8 pounds pork rib meat in 12 minutes at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort during the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off in Sparks, Nevada on August 27, 2008; 4.5 pounds of steak, plus sides, in 8 minutes, 52 seconds at Big Texan Steak Ranch on March 24, 2008; 8.6 pounds of tempura-fried asparagus at the World Deep Fried Asparagus Eating Championship in Stockton, California, on April 26, 2008; 241 wings at Wing Bowl XVI in Philadelphia, on February 1, 2008; and 103 burgers at the Krystal Square Off in Chattanooga, TN on October 28, 2007.

That Kobayashi guy acts like one of those has been fighters who can't come to terms with losing his title. How pathetic. Meanwhile this Joey guy is going to eat himself to death. Those 54 hot dogs add up to 16,686 calories (recommended daily intake is 2,000), 1,085 g of fat (RDI is 65), 36,936 mg of salt (RDI is 2,300), 1,226 g of carbohydrates (RDI is 300) 70 g of fiber (RDI is 25), and 572 g of protein (RDI is 50). Joey, you might want to see your doctor in the morning.

Why is that man rolling on the ground?

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America have a happy 4th of July