Archive | June 11, 2013

Being Middle Management Sucks For Monkeys, Too

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The corporate ladder has a lot of rungs, but there are three basic places you can be on it: at the top, where you’re making the rules, at the bottom where you’ve got nothing to lose, and everywhere else. Studies have shown that folks in that vast middle management hierarchy are generally the most stressed out people at a place of employment, and a recent study by the University of Manchester suggests thatphenomenon might not be confined to humans working thankless white collar jobs. Monkeys in the middle of the social hierarchy — those who aren’t leaders, but aren’t losers either — seem to suffer more stress from the effects of unpleasant behavior while also getting less benefit from stress relievers like grooming,

The University of Manchester team spent more than 600 hours closely monitoring the daily lives of individual Barbary macaques living in England’s Trentham Monkey Forest.

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JoyCamp: Am I Free to Go?

If you’ve ever been stopped at a DUI checkpoint and harassed by cops, then you’ll want to tune into this installment from your friends at JoyCamp. In this episode a couple of dangerously good looking “officers of the law” get owned by a guy at a DUI checkpoint in Los Angeles. What these cops don’t know is that this guy is aware of his rights, and isn’t giving in no matter how they try to convince him. See kids, knowing your rights IS cool!

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How the Cold War Spawned the Environmental Movement

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In Arming Mother Nature, Jacob Darwin Hamblin argues that environmentalism is rooted in cold war plans to abuse nature for military ends

I have often wondered why NATO holds environment conferences. Now I know the answer. Back in the 1960s, the Western military alliance coined the term “environmental warfare” and for years actively considered how to wage such wars. More than that, argues Jacob Darwin Hamblin in this startling account, much of modern environmental thinking originated with the scientists and military strategists during the dark days of the cold war.

And you thought the first environmentalists were muesli-eating, sandal-wearing hippies? Far from it, Hamblin says. Before them was a generation of scary Dr Strangelove types, “scientists, military leaders and politicians who believed they would have to manipulate and exploit nature” in a war against the Soviet Union. The original doom-mongers were not sounding the alarm; they were riding into battle.

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Coincidence Control Network Podcast: Laser Pizza Edition

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This week: The Beast cometh!, Weed Weekly, Wake up and smell the bacon, Joe’s infomercial, Beware the Build-A-Bear Group, Kim wants Google glass to look at porn because Kim is a massive perv, Icke-TV, Bradley Manning’s trial, Kim wants to join the Israeli army to perv over girls because Kim is a massive perv, and Lou Reed gets a new liver…for cash.

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PersonnelJoe Nolan, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins

Linkypoos:

  • The Mark of The Beast has Arrived! – Link

  • Two excellent reasons to get stoned – Link

  • Francis Bacon’s Triptych Turns 40 Link Link

  • Tales of Hot Rod Horror 2 Link Link

  • Bilderberg comes to the Uk, provides speakers corner for twats – Link, Link

  • Awwwwwwww – Link

  • David Icke is launching a TV channel … fuuuuuu- Link Link

  • Bradley Manning’s Trial Begins Link

  • Lots of reasons to join the army – Link

  • Lou Reed Gets a New Liver Link

Interludes:

Arnie, The Lonely Island, and Zombi

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Hacker Who Exposed Steubenville Rapists Raided By FBI, Faces Ten-Year Prison Sentence

hackerPrison sentence for rape: a year or two. Prison sentence for hacking a high school football team’s website in order to expose said rapists: potentially a decade, Mother Jones reports:

In April, the FBI quietly raided the home of the hacker known as KYAnonymous (whose real name is Deric Lostutter) in connection with his role in the Steubenville rape case. Today he spoke out for the first time about the raid and his motivations for pursuing the Steubenville rapists.

Lostutter may deserve more credit than anyone for turning Steubenville into a national outrage. After a 16-year-old girl was raped by two members of the Steubenville High football team last year, he obtained and published tweets and Instagram photos in which other team members had joked about the incident and belittled the victim.

Lostutter says he played no role in the hacking the Steubenville team’s fan page; he points out that another hacker, Batcat, has publicly taken the credit.

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Alex Jones Creates A Stir On The BBC

The walking, talking antithesis of mainstream news programming, or the perfect addition to it? Following a dramatic appearance on CNN earlier this year, this past weekend Alex Jones was featured on the BBC One’s Sunday Politics show for the ostensible purpose of discussing the Bilderberg Conference. Perhaps not completely surprisingly, things took a turn towards the chaotic, with the show fading out with Jones shouting at viewers to “wake up” as host Andrew Neil makes “looney tunes” gestures at the camera:

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Here’s Your Chance To Apply For NSA Whistle-Blower Edward Snowden’s Old Job

Want to be a cog in the military-industrial surveillance apparatus? Via Buzzfeed, defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton is apparently taking resumes to replace certain individuals who didn’t perform as desired:

Edward Snowden, the man who leaked top secret information about government surveillance, is currently in hiding in Hong Kong after revealing himself. His old employer has a listing posted for a job similar to the one Snowden held.

Defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, Snowden’s former employer, has a job opening for an information security engineer in Honolulu, Hawaii. A Booz Allen spokesman would not confirm that the job posting was to fill Snowden’s job. The job requirements include “top secret clearance.”

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