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You may remember the neo-con flavor of the month Carrie Prejean whose claim to fame until now was her comments against gay marriage during the Q&A session of the Miss USA pageant. Prejean didn’t win and she eventually had her Miss California crown stripped causing her to sue the pageant organizers.

Well we are learning today that Ms Prejean has dropped her ridiculous demands and settled for not much more than the pageant paying for her boob job after the lawyers for the Miss USA organization offered to release her previously unreleased solo sex tape.

A legal standoff between Carrie Prejean and Miss California USA officials reportedly ended when a Pageant lawyer played his trump card: a sex tape far more hard-core than the nude pictures which had previously scandalized her – and in which she had the starring role.

After being shown the hardcore home video – in which she apparently engages in a solo sex act – Prejean dropped her million-dollar-plus demands, TMZ.com reports, and bolted from the negotiating table.

What is it with neo-cons and their sexcapades?

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The Lines Before Were Nothing

Wow, if you thought the wait to renew your drivers license was long before

Starting at the end of the year, if you come into a driver license station in South Dakota to renew your driver license it’s going to take a little more work. That’s because federal regulations are changing, and it’s going to take four and sometimes five different forms of identification just to renew the license.

I’m curious what my soon to be of driving age daughters will need to provide for their 3rd, 4th, and 5th forms of identification considering they are a few years away from having a utility bill, bank statement, credit card statement or mortgage document.

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FISA Construction Boom

Remember just a few months ago when Congress and Barack Obama voted to give away some of our 4th Amendment rights as part of the new Government surveillance rules and nobody seemed to care? Well now that the NSA has pretty much carte blanche to monitor our communications without warrants they will be needing somewhere to store all those ones and zeros that make up our private data.

Enter their currently under construction datacenter in Utah that could eventually have enough storage to hold ever bit of porn ever produced, or in the NSA’s case, all of our digital communications.

There’s an interesting article in the current New York Review of books (predictably, a book review) detailing the history of the National Security Agency, that shadowy power-behind-the-power to which we surrender much of our privacy. That in itself is interesting, but I found the introduction a bit shocking: the NSA is constructing a datacenter in the Utah desert that they project will be storing yottabytes of surveillance data. And what is a yottabyte? I’m glad you asked.

There are a thousand gigabytes in a terabyte, a thousand terabytes in a petabyte, a thousand petabytes in an exabyte, a thousand exabytes in a zettabyte, and a thousand zettabytes in a yottabyte. In other words, a yottabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000GB. Are you paranoid yet?

How’s that for change you can believe in?

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22 Milliseconds Costs Company $850,000

In a lawsuit reminiscent of the McDonalds Coffee spill case, a jury awarded a family and their son’s estate a total of $850,000 after he was killed from being struck by a line drive during a baseball game. So who you ask was determined to be at fault for the families unquestionable tragic loss?

Despite findings that there were no defects with the bat, the jury still felt that Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the maker of the aluminum bat was to blame because they didn’t properly warn everyone that using their bat could result in a batted ball traveling a few MPH faster than it would have with a wooden bat.

In the verdict read in District Judge Kathy Seeley’s courtroom, the jurors found the company, which makes Louisville Slugger bats, liable for failing to warn users of the danger of its aluminum bats and that this failure caused the accident that killed 18-year-old Patch.

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Baseballs hit with aluminum bats, such as the one used in that American Legion game, only give pitchers milliseconds to respond in a defensive stance, the plaintiffs said. Plaintiff’s attorney Joe White said the average time needed by a pitcher to defend a batted ball is 400 milliseconds. Patch had 378 milliseconds to respond, he said.

Guess what, coffee is hot and spilling it in your lap could burn your mommy or daddy bits and standing on a pitching mound 45-60 feet away from someone hitting a ball in your direction can be dangerous no matter what the bat is made from. A great loss for the family for sure but hardly the fault of the bat maker.

At least the lawyers won’t go hungry…

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Google Voice – Invites

In honor (or maybe inspite) of my move here I am offering to random commenters my 3 invites for Google Voice which like most of Google’s services starts out as invitation only.

For those not familiar with it, Google voice gives you a single phone number that you can setup to ring any or all of your phones, saves and transcribes your voicemail online, gives you the ability to listen in on messages as they are being left, and as of just recently it now allows you to move your cell phone voicemail away from your carrier which gives you all the Google Voice functionality from your cell phone. Of course the real advantage is you just give out your Google Voice assigned phone number and no matter what happens in the future with your other numbers, you can be still reached using that same number.

I have been using the service since I got the invite back in July but because I rarely get calls outside of work I really haven’t had the chance to put it through its paces so I am a bit short on details. But if you have more questions, you can find more of what it does here and here. And if you would like to try it, just comment on any post and close it with your desire for an invitation and later this week I will shoot out my invites to 3 of you.

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Makes You Go Hmm….

Some food for thought to close out your Halloween weekend via care2.

Some of the latest polling shows that a larger percentage of people believe that houses can be haunted than believe that human caused global warming exists (37% to 36%). Among Conservatives, only 18% believe in man made global warming while 28% believe in haunted houses.

Wow.

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Teacher Suspended For Teaching

An Illinois High School English teacher has been suspended for having his students read an article documenting the fact that some so-called unnatural acts aren’t as unnatural as some would like you to believe.

Delong is said to have allowed students to read the article “The Gay Animal Kingdom” from the June 7, 2006, edition of Seed magazine. Seed magazine is a science and culture publication.

The article by Jonah Lehrer talks about the research of Joan Roughgarden, a biology professor at Stanford University who said she has documented homosexual societies among the more than 450 animal species.

Another example on how knowledge can be a terrible thing when it contradicts one’s world view. The more ignorant they are kept, the easier they are to control…

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