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News & Not News / Head of British Jedi Church attacked by Sith
« on: April 01, 2008, 02:45:21 AM »

Star Wars comes to Holyhead as Darth Vader strikes back in Jedi's back garden

By Tom Chivers
Last Updated: 1:12am GMT 29/03/2008

A Star Wars fan got closer to his idols than he would perhaps have liked when he was attacked in his garden by Darth Vader.

Jedi Master Jonba Hehol - known to family and friends as Barney Jones, 36, of Holyhead - was giving a TV interview in his back garden for a documentary when a man, dressed in a black bin-bag and wearing Darth Vader's trademark shiny black helmet, leapt over his garden fence.
Darth Vader attacks Jedi Master in his back garden fence.

Wielding a metal crutch - his lightsaber presumably being in for repairs - the Sith Lord proceeded to lay about his opponent, whose Jedi powers proved inadequate for the task of defending himself.

After besting Master Hehol in single combat, Vader, who The Sun reports was under the influence of alcohol, went on to assault the camera crew and a hairdresser.

Master Hehol, a hairdresser, who founded the first-ever British Jedi Church in loving homage to the world-famous science fiction franchise with his brother Daniel, was unimpressed by the revenge of the Sith.

"This wasn't a joke. This was serious," he said.

Police are investigating a claim of assault.

The Jedi "religion" was born as a joke in the 2001 census, when almost 400,000 people claimed to believe in the Jedi faith.

Based on the teachings of Yoda, the crinkly green dwarf of the films, the "church" has a branch in Florida and plans to open another in the Philippines.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Favorite Paul Anderson movie.
« on: March 29, 2008, 03:25:17 AM »


News & Not News / Clueless Women Don't Know How to Communicate
« on: March 21, 2008, 05:41:40 AM »
Well, that's how it read to me anyway, this article is obviously sexist. :carcus:

More often than not, guys interpret even friendly cues, such as a subtle smile from a gal, as a sexual come-on, and a new study discovers why: Guys are clueless.

More precisely, they are somewhat oblivious to the emotional subtleties of non-verbal cues, according to a new study of college students.

"Young men just find it difficult to tell the difference between women who are being friendly and women who are interested in something more," said lead researcher Coreen Farris of Indiana University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

This "lost in translation" phenomenon plays out in the real world, with about 70 percent of college women reporting an experience in which a guy mistook her friendliness for a sexual come-on, Farris said.

Some might think the results come down to "boys being boys," and so even the slightest female interest sparks sexual fantasy. But the study, to be detailed in the April issue of the journal Psychological Science, also found that it goes both ways for guys they mistake females' sexual signals as friendly ones. The researchers suggest guys have trouble noticing and interpreting the subtleties of non-verbal cues, in either direction.

The study's funding came from the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Flirting or not?

To unravel it all, Farris and her colleagues examined non-verbal communication in a group of 280 undergraduates, both men and women with an average age of 20 years old.

The students viewed images of women on a computer screen and had to categorize each as friendly, sexually interested, sad or rejecting. Each student reported on 280 photographs, which had been sorted previously into one of the categories based on surveys completed by different groups of students.

Overall, women categorized more images correctly than men did. When it came to friendly gestures, men were more likely than women to interpret these to mean sexual interest.

More surprising, the researchers found guys were also confused by sexual cues. When images of gals meant to show allure flashed onto the screen, male students mistook the allure as amicable signals.

So ladies trying to brush off a guy at work or the gym may need to be, uh, more direct. Men in the study also had more trouble than women distinguishing between sadness and rejection.

Programmed for sex

The results help to tease out the underlying causes of guys' flirt-or-not mistakes. One common explanation for reports of men taking a friendly gesture as "she wants me," is based on men's inherent interest in sex, which is thought to result from their biology as well as their upbringing.

Following this idea, men and women would be aware of the same behavioral cues, but men would have a lower threshold for what qualifies as sexual interest. In contrast, women would wait for compelling evidence before labeling a behavior as sexual interest.

However, Farris and her colleagues didn't find this to be the case. Rather than seeing the world through sex-colored glasses, men seemed just to have blurry vision of sorts, overall. For instance, the college guys sometimes mistook sexual advances as pal-like gestures.

"I would say that there are many factors that could relate to men demonstrating insensitivity to women's subtle non-verbal cues," said Pamela McAuslan, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, who was not involved in the current study. These factors would include socialization, gender roles and gender stereotypes, she said.

For instance, "women are supposed to be the communicators, concerned with relationships and others ... men are supposed to be less concerned with communication and to be constantly alert for sexual opportunities," McAuslan said. "This could mean that men in general may be less sensitive to subtle non-verbal behavior than women."

That doesn't mean such men can't learn to read cues or that all men are clueless decoders of women's gestures.

"These are average differences. Some men are very skilled at reading affective cues," Farris told LiveScience, "and some women find the task challenging."

News & Not News / Evolution stopped in its tracks!
« on: March 17, 2008, 05:08:30 PM »

I for one am appalled. [also I can't find this anywhere else DAMN YOU YAHOO]

News & Not News / Spitzer resigns
« on: March 12, 2008, 04:32:38 PM »

Whether U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor, who prosecutes federal and local laws in the District of Columbia, will bring charges against Spitzer likely depends on the plea deal the governor is negotiating with the government in New York, two senior law enforcement officials said.

In a statement issued after Spitzer's resignation, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said there was no deal with the fallen governor: "There is no agreement between this office and Governor Eliot Spitzer, relating to his resignation or any other matter."

Nothing brings a greater smile to my face then to imagine this guy being put behind bars. This isn't your typical asshole that the republicans are going after this is the guy that built his career going after people with false charges or suing them until bankruptcy to build his career.

So lets hope that the people he's fucked over bring him down further.  :ganishka:

Creation Station / Berserk Comical Comic Championship: Round 1
« on: March 12, 2008, 02:50:13 AM »
 Hello fellow members!

 After much thinking I have come to the conclusion I needed to make another contest thread, but not just any contest thread A CHAMPIONSHIP.

 Well here are the rules!
  • Grail, you got drafted you are a judge.
  • Fresh material.
  • Anywhere between 3 and 7 panels are fine, points will be subtracted for going over or under.

Photoshops are allowed. The drawings can be either black/white or in color.

This rounds theme is: What ever the fuck you want!

Updated for good measure: Please do not discourage entries by proclaiming someone else or self proclaiming yourself, as winners. Winners will be picked by Grail and I.

Edit: Please don't call peoples entries unfunny or ghey. If you can feel, free to ban them, hand out their ip address to biker gangs or sleep with their wife, but I beg of you don't scare away people from posting something in the thread.

Vagabond / The End of Vagabond?
« on: March 08, 2008, 06:19:41 AM »
Sort of. :carcus:

Now that I have your attention, here's an interview I read a while back but couldn't find again. Wally and I had been looking for it with no luck, but then I recently stumbled upon it randomly and thought I'd share it here. Lots of interesting stuff on Inoue's own take on Vagabond and it's creation, you should read the whole thing just for that, but as for the part pertinent to this thread...

To the End of the Story

"In the beginning I wanted to create a simple road trip movie," said Inoue, "but due to my own habits, it's not easy for me to make things like that."

According to Inoue, Vagabond will end in one and a half to two years. In Vagabond, Musashi has already finished his fight with Shishido Baiken, and has beaten his rivals, including Yoshioka Seijuro, Gion Toji, and Yoshioka Denshichirou. Sasaki Kojiro is the only one left.

Inoue succeeded in arousing in his readers a strong sympathy towards Kojiro by narrating the childhood days of Kojiro. Readers understand that Kojiro will fight a life-or-death battle with Musashi, so there is only a limited world which Inoue should draw.

As for Inoue, he is only seeking ways on how to draws it and one could say he is suffering from it, because Inoue wants to complete this manga, a challenge to him, as a professional manga artist.

So, is the clock already ticking? Is Inoue now wrapping up Musashi's loose ends with his friends before his final battle with Kojiro? Is 12-31-2008 really THE END!?

Geez, I sure hope not, and I think there's plenty of reason to think Inoue is going to go beyond his estimation there, including his comments on his own nature. In any case, it should become clearer shortly whether or not Vagabond will likely continue beyond this year (we'll predict it like the groundhog with his shadow, "Op, looks like six more weeks of Vagabond, at least"). I'd also take everything written  in that interview with a grain of salt since something might have gotten lost in the translation, if anyone is interested in the original article, look here:

If you happen to see something there that doesn't come across right in the English version, please, do tell.

News & Not News / Is it the end for the Kucinich's??
« on: March 05, 2008, 01:04:02 AM »
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dennis Kucinich, the liberal Ohio politician who made two failed White House campaigns, fought Tuesday in the Democratic primary to keep his seat against the toughest, best-financed challenger in his 12-year congressional career.

Although the presidential primary commanded most of the nation's attention, Kucinich's race was the best known congressional contest on ballots in Ohio and Texas.

Other races included three veterans of the Iraq war seeking congressional nominations in Ohio and a battle for the nomination to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. Voters in one Vermont community approved a measure calling for the arrest of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

For years, the 61-year-old Kucinich has won re-election by margins of up to 75 percent in a reliably Democratic district.
Is it the last time we will ever get to see his hot wife ever again?

News & Not News / Perry Bible Fellowship no more.
« on: February 23, 2008, 12:29:24 PM »

'Perry Bible Fellowship' Comic Is Ending

By E&P Staff

Published: February 20, 2008 11:10 AM ET

NEW YORK Nicholas Gurewitch's "Perry Bible Fellowship," the offbeat comic that ran online and in newspapers, will end next week.

"I'm making this decision for a variety of reasons, but mainly because I want to do other things besides be a cartoonist," said Gurewitch.

Too bad, always enjoyable.

Vagabond / New Readers (No Spoilers)
« on: February 06, 2008, 09:44:22 PM »
A spoiler free Vagabond discussion thread for readers of any level to post their thoughts on the series, whether you've only read the first page or every volume of the series.

Creation Station / Bob's 293 preview!
« on: February 05, 2008, 09:26:10 PM »
Start drawing the manga yourself. 

Well thanks to CnC's suggestion I called up Miura my self and he told me what to expect in the next Episode. So useing that information I asked him if I could make the next preview, he said sure.

Now I present you....

Shootin' the Breeze / Lakers get Gasol!
« on: February 01, 2008, 08:08:17 PM »

HOLY SHIT! Goodbye to old Stone Hands, hello to Solid Gasol. It's too bad about Crittenton, though. And yes, I'm aware 90% of you have no idea what I'm talking about, but we're possibly real contenders again. =)

News & Not News / Bluetooth legs to go with your blue tooth headsets
« on: January 25, 2008, 06:28:35 PM »

Thought this was interesting to read about. Any idea on how much long it's going to be till functional arms?

Shootin' the Breeze / Stupid things you did as a kid
« on: January 14, 2008, 09:53:18 PM »
I figured it's a good time to make a thread like this now [If you know another story that was some other kid pleaz post it].

When I was about 5 I had this strange fascination with dish washing soap [I think because it smells great], so I'd fill it up with soap and start it when it was empty. After doing this several times the damn thing broke and flooded the kitchen. My mom wasn't too happy about that either.  :ganishka:

Another time I was making my self a tuna sandwich when I was about 8 or 9. One of the things I always did was lick the back of the lid because I liked getting every last bit of delicious tuna out of the can. So in my infinite wisdom i thought it was a good idea to put the whole lid in my mouth and savor the flavor. I got it out eventually but learned my lesson really quick.

Also when I was about 5 [Note this is also a great way to horribly embarrass your mom] I was at the grocery store, when this guy walked up behind me and my mom. i looked at him and started scream "mom that man touched me". The poor guy who was probably my age now freaked out telling my mom he didn't do anything, drawing an even bigger crowed as I scream about how this guy touched me. My mom quickly grabbed my hand running out of the store in embarrassment vowing to never take me anywhere ever again.

Lets hear some stories. 

News & Not News / FBI fails to pay phone bill
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:22:17 PM »

WASHINGTON - Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.

A Justice Department audit released Thursday blamed the lost connections on the FBI's lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. Poor supervision of the program also allowed one agent to steal $25,000, the audit said.

In at least one case, a wiretap used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act investigation "was halted due to untimely payment," the audit found. FISA wiretaps are used in the government's most sensitive and secretive criminal investigations, and allow eavesdropping on suspected terrorists or spies.

"We also found that late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost evidence," according to the audit by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.

More than half of 990 bills to pay for telecommunication surveillance in five unidentified FBI field offices were not paid on time, the report shows. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000.

The FBI did not have an immediate comment.

The report released Thursday was a highly edited version of Fine's 87-page audit that the FBI deemed too sensitive to be viewed publicly. It focused on what the FBI admitted was an "antiquated" system to track money sent to its 56 field offices nationwide for undercover work. Generally, the money pays for rental cars, leases and surveillance, the audit noted.

It also found that some field offices paid for expenses on undercover cases that should have been financed by FBI headquarters. Out of 130 undercover payments examined, auditors found 14 cases of at least $6,000 each where field offices dipped into their own budgets to pay for work that should have been picked up by headquarters.

The faulty bookkeeping was blamed, in large part, in the case of an FBI agent who pleaded guilty in June 2006 to stealing $25,000 for her own use, the audit noted.

"As demonstrated by the FBI employee who stole funds intended to support undercover activities, procedural controls by themselves have not ensured proper tracking and use of confidential case funds," it concluded.

Fine's report offered 16 recommendations to improve the FBI's tracking and management of the funding system, including its telecommunication costs. The FBI has agreed to follow 11 of the suggestions but said that four "would be either unfeasible or too cost prohibitive." The recommendations were not specifically outlined in the edited version of the report.

This is the funniest thing I've seen all week. Then again this just shows how fucking irresponsible the FBI really is, honestly how can the FBI NOT pay it's phone bill or watch it's employees?  :ganishka:

Just requoting this for a demonstration of shittyness on the FBI's part;
In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000.

Shootin' the Breeze / 2008 Presidential Primaries
« on: January 09, 2008, 03:33:18 AM »
Obama and Huckabee won Iowa, Hillary and McCain just won New Hampshire, and we've got a real race on both sides now heading into South Carolina and beyond, so let's get a dedicated election thread going. Thoughts?

I'll periodically update and/or reset the poll as things develop. Be sure to recast your vote!

News & Not News / RIAA: Fuck you!
« on: December 31, 2007, 06:30:40 PM »

Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry has utterly failed to halt the decline of the record album or the rise of digital music sharing.

Still, hardly a month goes by without a news release from the industry's lobby, the Recording Industry Association of America, touting a new wave of letters to college students and others demanding a settlement payment and threatening a legal battle.

Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

The industry's lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.

"I couldn't believe it when I read that," says Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA. "The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation."

RIAA's hard-line position seems clear. Its Web site says: "If you make unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings, you're stealing. You're breaking the law and you could be held legally liable for thousands of dollars in damages."

They're not kidding. In October, after a trial in Minnesota -- the first time the industry has made its case before a federal jury -- Jammie Thomas was ordered to pay $220,000 to the big record companies. That's $9,250 for each of 24 songs she was accused of sharing online.

Whether customers may copy their CDs onto their computers -- an act at the very heart of the digital revolution -- has a murky legal foundation, the RIAA argues. The industry's own Web site says that making a personal copy of a CD that you bought legitimately may not be a legal right, but it "won't usually raise concerns," as long as you don't give away the music or lend it to anyone.

Of course, that's exactly what millions of people do every day. In a Los Angeles Times poll, 69 percent of teenagers surveyed said they thought it was legal to copy a CD they own and give it to a friend. The RIAA cites a study that found that more than half of current college students download music and movies illegally.

The Howell case was not the first time the industry has argued that making a personal copy from a legally purchased CD is illegal. At the Thomas trial in Minnesota, Sony BMG's chief of litigation, Jennifer Pariser, testified that "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Copying a song you bought is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy,' " she said.

But lawyers for consumers point to a series of court rulings over the last few decades that found no violation of copyright law in the use of VCRs and other devices to time-shift TV programs; that is, to make personal copies for the purpose of making portable a legally obtained recording.

As technologies evolve, old media companies tend not to be the source of the innovation that allows them to survive. Even so, new technologies don't usually kill off old media: That's the good news for the recording industry, as for the TV, movie, newspaper and magazine businesses. But for those old media to survive, they must adapt, finding new business models and new, compelling content to offer.

The RIAA's legal crusade against its customers is a classic example of an old media company clinging to a business model that has collapsed. Four years of a failed strategy has only "created a whole market of people who specifically look to buy independent goods so as not to deal with the big record companies," Beckerman says. "Every problem they're trying to solve is worse now than when they started."

The industry "will continue to bring lawsuits" against those who "ignore years of warnings," RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy said in a statement. "It's not our first choice, but it's a necessary part of the equation. There are consequences for breaking the law." And, perhaps, for firing up your computer.

So does this mean I'm going to jail?  :???:

News & Not News / News Alert Hitler/Will Smith drinking buddies
« on: December 24, 2007, 03:20:17 PM »

Will Smith has stunned the world by declaring that even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was essentially a "good" person.

The Men In Black star, 39, is determined to see the best in people, and is convinced the former German leader did not fully understand the extent of the pain and suffering his actions would cause during his time in power in the 1930s and '40s.

He says, "Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today'.

"I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good'. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming."

Hitler's totalitarian leadership as Fuhrer during 1934 until his eventual suicide in 1945 resulted in the persecution of an estimated six million Jews in the Holocaust, and his invasion of Poland in 1939 led to the start of the Second World War.

News & Not News / He fought the man and the man got phucked up
« on: December 18, 2007, 12:39:07 PM »

MINNEAPOLIS - Two officers who raided an innocent family's house on a bad tip were shot at and returned fire, but no one was injured, a police spokesman said.

Vang Khang said Monday that he grabbed his hunting gun to protect himself, his wife and his six children when they heard someone burst through the back door early Sunday. He fired three shots, hitting two members of the SWAT team, but they were unhurt because of their bulletproof vests and helmets.

Officers returned fire, but nobody in the house was injured. Police released Khang after taking his statement.

All six of the children, ages 3 to 15, were home at the time.

Lt. Amelia Huffman said the officers went to the house listed on the search warrant, but it turned out the source was wrong.

Seven police officers were put on paid administrative leave as the department investigates, standard procedure when officers are involved in shootings, Huffman said.

Huffman declined to say much about the underlying case but said it was generated by a unit that typically handles drug and gang crimes.

Khang, 34, and his wife, Yee Moua, told reporters Monday night that they thought intruders had broken into their home.

Moua said she was watching television on the main floor when she heard voices and then windows breaking. She ran upstairs to tell her husband.

Khang said he grabbed the shotgun from a closet and fired three shots out his bedroom door. When his sons yelled at him that the intruders were actually police, he put down his gun and put his hands in the air.

"The whole family is badly shaken and still trying to understand what happened," Moua said. She and Khang showed reporters five broken windows and 22 bullet holes.

It's really good to see that no one was seriously hurt, but this is bull shit by the police of course. Why didn't they try to enter peacefully at first anyways? Instead they went kicking in doors.

Fuck the man.

News & Not News / Saudi Rape Victim Pardoned by King Abdullah
« on: December 17, 2007, 04:32:41 PM »

RIYADH: King Abdullah has pardoned a woman who was sentenced to 200 lashes after pressing charges against seven men who raped her, a Saudi newspaper reported Monday.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Information, but the newspaper, Al Jazirah, is close to the religious establishment that controls the Justice Ministry, Reuters reported.

The case has provoked a rare and angry public debate in Saudi Arabia, leading to renewed calls for reform of the Saudi judicial system.

The rape took place a year and a half ago in Qatif, a small Shiite town in the Eastern Province, center of the Saudi Arabia's oil industry. The woman, who has been publicly identified only as the "Qatif girl," said she met a former boyfriend to retrieve a photograph of herself. They were sitting in a car together when seven men attacked, raping them both.

The woman and the former boyfriend were originally sentenced to 90 lashes each for being together in private, while the attackers received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in prison, and 80 to 1,000 lashes each.

For a woman to be in seclusion with a man who is not her husband or a relative is a crime in Saudi Arabia, whose legal code is based on a strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic law.

Her lawyer, Abdulrahman al-Lahem, a well-known human rights activist, appealed, saying the attackers' sentences were too lenient and that of the victim was too harsh. The appeal brought down the wrath of the court. In November, it doubled the woman's sentence and stripped Lahem of his license to practice, but also increased the sentences of her attackers to prison terms of two to nine years.

Adding to the charged political nature of the case, the woman is a member of the kingdom's Shiite Muslim minority.

Jamal Khashoggi, the editor-in-chief of Al Watan, a leading Saudi daily, said that it has been known in Riyadh political circles since early this month that the Qatif girl would be pardoned. Khashoggi said that he believed that the timing of the pardon, on the eve of the Id al-Adha holiday, was coincidental.

"I've been hearing for two or three weeks now that the pardon would be issued," Khashoggi said by phone. "It has been expected that the girl would be pardoned in the end in similar cases, very public cases like this, it has been the same. One of our writers was recently sentenced to a number of lashes and received a pardon from the king. It is very common in cases like this."

Man that bitch is lucky King Abdullah had a lapse of inteligence. Hopefuly that woman doesn't make any other guys rape her!  :ganishka:

They need to change that countries laws.

News & Not News / Judge jails 46 for cell phone
« on: November 28, 2007, 05:27:24 PM »
A US judge has been removed from the bench after jailing 46 people when a mobile phone began ringing during his court session and no one would own up.

The entire courtroom was sent to the cells during a domestic violence hearing when the judge, Robert Restaino, 48, "snapped" and - according to a review of his actions - "engaged in what can only be described as two hours of inexplicable madness".

 The State Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended his removal from the bench, saying Restaino acted "without any semblance of a lawful basis" and behaved like a "petty tyrant".

The bizarre episode began on March 11 2005, when the judge was presiding at Niagara Falls City court over a slate of domestic violence cases.

A mobile phone rang and, furious at the intrusion, Restaino demanded to be told who owned it. "Every single person is gong to jail in this courtroom unless I get that instrument now," he said.

"If anybody believes I'm kidding, ask some of the folks that have been here for a while. You are all going."

A security officer was posted at the door while other officers tried to find the phone, but failed.

Finally, the judge scrapped plans to release the defendant in the dock and set bail for all 46 people present at $1,500 (750).

One man, according to the report, told the judge: "This is not fair to the rest of us." To which the judge replied: "I know it isn't."

Everyone in the courtroom was a defendant, attending court as part of a programme in which domestic violence offenders agree to undergo drug testing and counselling, instead of jail time.

Participants make weekly appearances in court to have their progress monitored and are usually released after each appearance unless they have violated the programme's terms.

All the defendants were taken to the city jail. Fourteen people who could not raise their bail money were shackled and bussed to the county jail.

After receiving inquiries from the local media, the judge ordered their release in the late afternoon.

Restaino, who has worked as a full-time judge since 2002, told the commission he had known that he had no legal basis for his actions and that they had been "improper and inexcusable".

He told the panel he had been under stress in his personal life at the time of the incident.

In the state commission's ruling yesterday, its administrator Robert Tembeckjian said: "The fundamental rights of 46 people were deliberately and methodically violated."

Restaino now has 30 days to appeal the commission's decision. His lawyer told the Associated Press he plans to do so. During an appeal he would remain in office.

Oh boy! Sucks to be them! At least they are trying to take him off the bench.

News & Not News / I got my FREE TACO! Did you!?
« on: October 30, 2007, 09:52:44 PM »
Taco Bell was giving away a free taco to America today from 2pm to 5pm to celebrate a stolen base in the World series; anybody could just go ask for one and get it without paying, which was a somewhat surreal drive through experience (for an official transaction anyway). If you have multiple Taco Bells in the area, that's all the more free tacos! And I bet I could get at least two more by changing my hair and appearance. =)

Somehow, well, let's be honest, it was the glorious freeness of it, this was one of the best meals I've had; top 10,000 at least! :troll:

Seriously, it was great, a euphoric experience beyond simply eating, it tasted like... like victory.


Quote from: yahoo!

George Lucas' Fracture takes battle games to a new level with "terrain deformation."

Well, this isn't my usual forte, but I saw this on yahoo, didn't see a subject for it in the search, and figured one of our tech demo lovers would eventually make a thread telling us about the next best thing since the last best thing, so I'm beating them to the punch and asking... uhh, is this that thing, or does anyone really care? I think I've seen it mentioned in other threads before.

I already love the advertising of this, from yahoo acting like George Lucas actually has something to do with it, to calling the infomercial here a documentary, to the crap about WE GOT THE GUY FROM [INSERT MILITARY MOVIE/TV SHOW POPULAR AMONG MALES AGES 18-49] HERE!!!

Anyway, enlighten me in this thread, which has a has a half-decent chance of one day hosting our next big embarrassing flame war; and I'll be proud to say I got the ball rolling. =)

Vagabond / "I think I know who would've won."
« on: September 19, 2007, 05:14:45 PM »
That's right, one of THESE threads to drum up debate and activity! So, bring it on! :daiba:

This vote's very important, so feel free to debate the merits of these candidates further, which I've narrowed down to these 11; I suggest taking this painfully serious and considering things such old age, likely height/weight advantages, as well as displayed or implied skill. Or Hell, just give your favorite their due and write what you liked about them!

Vagabond / The Way He Went By Himself...
« on: September 19, 2007, 04:52:06 PM »
Quote from: Miyamoto Musashi
The Way I Go By Myself

 1. I never act contrary to traditional morality.
 2. I have no partiality for anyone or anything.
 3. I never try to snatch a moment of ease.
 4. I think little of myself but much of the public.
 5. I am entirely free of acquisitiveness throughout my life.
 6. I never regret what I have done.
 7. I never envy others for their good luck, or on account of my ill luck.
 8. I never grieve at parting from anyone or anything at whatever time.
 9. I never reproach either myself or others; never complain about myself or others.
10. I never dream of falling in love with a woman.
11. Likes and dislikes, I have none.
12. Whatever my dwelling house may be, I take no objection to it.
13. I never desire dainty food for myself.
14. I never have antique objects or curios in my posession.
15. I never perform purification or observe abstinence to protect myself against evils.
16. I have no taste for implements of any kind, excepting swords and other arms.
17. I would never grudge my life in the cause of righteousness.
18. I never wish to have any estate that would make my old age comfortable.
19. I worship Gods and Buddhas, but never think of depending on them.
20. I would sooner lay down my life than disgrace my good name.
21. Never for a moment does my heart and soul stray from the way of swordsmanship.

The 12th day of the 5th month, the 2nd year of Shoho (May 12, 1645) Shinmen Musashi

So, how many of you think you could live by these 21 tenants Musashi claimed to live his life by? Like most of the rest of you, I'm probably fucked at #1, and certainly at #2, and it only gets worse from there (I think my favorite has to be #11 =). Anyway, living up to these would sure be a lonely life as advertised, and considering #10, what do you think Musashi would think of the character of Otsu in relation to him, especially in Inoue's portrayal when he's literally dreaming of her? Although, he won't even talk to her when he sees her... I guess that's a good thing. =)

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