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The Red Laugh

red_laughForgive me, I realize that literature isn’t often posted on this site… However, anyone intrepid enough to actually finish reading this short story will surely agree that The Red Laugh is supremely relevant to today’s world… From Amagamatedspooks.com:

LEONID ANDREYEV (1871-1919) became the foremost literary figure in Russia between the revolution of 1905 and the communist revolution of 1917. Originally studying and training as a lawyer, he abandoned that career soon after its beginning and dedicated himself wholly to his writing. His first story,“In the Fog,” was published in 1902 and won him immediate critical recognition. His new career, that of an author, had begun.

A pessimistic, moody man (who had already tried to end his life by shooting in 1894), he soon turned this dark sentiment over to an analysis of the predicament of the existentialistic situation of mankind in a series of socially aware works that included To the Stars, Savva, King-Hunger, and Anathema.

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Long-Range Taser Reignites Safety Debate

Paul Marks: The manufacturer of the Taser stun gun is sparking new controversy with the commercial launch of a long-range version that can be fired from a 12-bore shotgun.

Government-funded tests on initial versions of the new Extended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP) have revealed possible health risks to people on the receiving end. The manufacturer, Taser International of Scottsdale, Arizona, says the issue has been addressed in redesigned devices, but these have been yet to be independently tested.

Unlike the current Taser X26, which fires darts attached to short wires, the XREP is wire-free. It’s projectile, the size of a shotgun cartridge, is designed to pierce the target’s skin and contains battery-powered circuits that deliver a debilitating shock. It has a range of 20 metres or more, compared with 5 metres for previous Tasers.

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President Hannity? Talk Show Host Drops Hint

WorldNetDaily: Talk-show host Sean Hannity, a vocal opponent of Barack Obama’s policies, said today he would not rule out a bid for the Presidency in 2012.

Egged on by radio colleague Bill Cunningham, Hannity said he would consider entering the front lines of the political fray if God directed him.

“I’ve never made a decision in my life without — whatever destiny God has you’ve got to fulfill it, he said. I’m not sure that’s destiny.”

Hannity would make a formidable candidate, with the likability of Reagan, good looks and strong convictions. He’s also a polished communicator and knows the issues inside out…

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Vintage Men’s Magazine Cover Scans

stagmags.com:

The classic men’s girlie and adventure magazines flourished during the 1950′s and 60′s, when popular titles sold by the millions to men all across America and – in the case of soldiers stationed overseas – around the world. They were the successors to the lurid pulps which had enticed readers in earlier decades; like them, the men’s magazines promised tales of blood and sex.

The magazine covers depicted within this website are colorful, rude, shocking, sleazy, and often downright fascinating. They are not politically correct; and they are definitely Not Safe For Work. What they are is, a lot of fun.

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I Swam The Amazon

by Sharon Van Geuns

That’s 3,274 miles, swimming 10 hours a day for 66 days.. on two bottles of wine a day *or 196,440 lengths of your average pool.

He’s middle-aged, his ample belly bulges over his Speedos… and he thinks drinking two bottles of wine a day keeps him in shape.

Swimmer Martin Strel would be the first to admit he makes the unlikeliest of athletes.

But the 55-year old hard drinking Slovenian just happens to be the greatest endurance swimmer in the world… ever.

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White House Taps Goldman Sachs Executive for State Post

By Jay Solomon of the Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration picked Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Vice Chairman Robert Hormats to be the State Department’s undersecretary for economic, energy and agricultural affairs, the White House announced Friday.

Mr. Hormats, if confirmed by the Senate, will buttress Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign to use economic, trade and environmental issues to redefine Washington’s relationship with nations such as China, India and Russia, said administration officials.

Mr. Hormats also will play a central role in managing Washington’s “strategic and economic dialogue” with Beijing, a diplomatic exchange overseen by Mrs. Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The first Obama administration U.S. – China dialogue is slated for this month in Washington, according to the State Department.

Mr. Hormats “will be key in Secretary Clinton’s efforts to bring more visibility to the work of the department on economic matters,” a senior U.S. official said Friday.… Read the rest

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John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar: Forced Abortions, Mass Sterilizations Needed To Save The Planet

Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A “Planetary Regime” with the power of life and death over American citizens.

The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both?

These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology — informally known as the United States’ Science Czar…

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The CIA and the Iranian Experiment

voltairenet.org: The news of alleged election fraud has spread through Tehran like wildfire, pitching ayatollah Rafsanjani’s supporters against ayatollah Khamenei’s in street confrontations. This chaotic situation is secretly stirred by the CIA which has been spreading confusion by flooding Iranians with contradicting SMS messages. Thierry Meyssan recounts this psychological warfare experiment.

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AIG’s Dangerous Collapse

Daniel R. Amerman, CFA: While it may look superficially similar to the recent implosions of such investment giants as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Lehman, the takeover and bailout of AIG is quite different, and means that the market is entering the next and even more dangerous phase.

What is driving the fall of AIG — and potential government losses that may far, far exceed the $85 billion bailout announced late September 16th — is not mortgages or real estate (directly), but fears that AIG’s huge, global credit-default swap positions will unravel. The $62 trillion dollar credit derivatives market is 50 times the size of the subprime mortgage derivatives market, and is indeed larger than the entire global economy.

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Von NotHaus Starts ‘Free Marijuana Church’

From Jeff Rense: Honolulu, HI — Retiree wants you to ‘blow your mind’ at his new church — that literally goes up in smoke. Bernard von NotHaus, who recently retired, explains that now is the time to get high and talk to God. So he founded the Free Marijuana Church that uses a ‘chemical’ to practice his religious belief. He even has a name for it: Chemicalology …

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