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I just want to point out my continued frustration with LJ's performance on a mobile device.  The mobile site is unusable. As in, pages don't exist, images don't display, can't do a damn thing unusable. But no problem, my phone handles full-scale websites just fine. I'll use the full version. Ha! 

This when I visit full version LJ:

Are they even testing this stuff before they turn it live?

The only explanation is they are making a special effort to make it fail this bad.  Good grief.  Hire me for a week guys, I'll draw up a plan to sort this shit out.

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Looks delicious, doesn't it? Yum.

It may be yum, but frankly I'm never going to eat it. I bought it as decor. Never seen three dried shrimp in a bag sold as a snack before. It was in a gas station, between the circus peanuts and the pixie sticks. Very surreal.

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Bush to Jacques Chirac, prior to war in Iraq: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”  

This is confirmed by Chirac. So we went to war with Iraq because of Biblical prophesy? It was a f*cking holy war?  Excuse the pun, but holy shit! Four thousand American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis have lost their lives because of this. A trillion dollars in debt, gone to line the pockets of the war industries.


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You, with the backing of Phillip Morris, have banned the sale of clove cigarettes, and other flavored cigs.

Except, you are exempting Menthol cigarettes. Menthol isn't a flavor? No, it's a flavor. Here's why not menthol:
- Phillip Morris manufactures menthols, so it would hurt their bottom line if those were banned
- Menthols are popular with the black community, and that wouldn't work well for Obama. Can you imagine? lol

The idea behind banning flavored cigs is that these are preferred by youth. But we know that menthols are popular in the black community. So is that to say black youth are not worth protecting? That is what this bill implies.

All we have here is an anti-competitive measure, and an expansion of federal power. It's targeting imported products, exempting popular domestic products, and declaring that federal power now supersedes state power on this issue.

Argh. And they wonder why we don't vote. It's because no matter who you pick, they find a way to screw things up.
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In the latest Xmen movie, what the hell was Gambit's mutant power supposed to be? He was just sort of ninja'ing around, laying smackdowns with a deck of cards, and flying with a stick. It was very unclear. Super-gambling, I got. The rest was vague.
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I can't decide what I like better, the name of the product or the graphics:

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Ok, I've been trying to find a Security contact at T-mobile, or really, any human who can help. Here are my support options:

If you’ve got questions about your phone, plan, services, or bill—we’re here for you. We offer a variety of ways to get in touch.
It’s the fastest, easiest way to get your questions answered. Browse online support, change your plan, pay your bill, and manage your account, anytime you like.
Ask questions and get help from other T-Mobile customers in our Community Forums.
Find a T-Mobile store near you using our store locator. We’ll even give you driving directions.
Chat live with one of our specialists. If all agents are busy, you can even send us an e-mail instead of waiting.
Get in touch, free of charge: Just dial 611 from your T-Mobile phone or call 1-877-453-1304. Customer Care representatives are available from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. PST, 7 days a week. Automated account help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Send your questions and comments to T-Mobile Customer Relations, P.O. Box 37380, Albuquerque, NM 87176-7380.

Please don’t send payments to this address. You can pay your bill online, by phone at 1-877-453-1304, or if you prefer to make a payment in person, find a payment center near you.

Ok, #1 doesn't even count, it's stuff like "how do I push buttons" and "my phone is making a ringing sound, what do I do?"

#2 ...  I'll get to that.

#3 I called the store, rather than drive down. They don't have a clue who to contact. They told me to call customer support.

#4 Instant Chat help:

#5   I called customer support. After determining that she had no appropriate contacts, she told me to go to the "Contact Us" section and email. I read to her the options available under "Contact Us". She went and looked herself. "That's strange, usually we have a way to contact us."  I couldn't help but laugh at that point. As in, I spit coffee on my screen a bit when she said it. "No, no you don't. It's always like this."  She couldn't get me anyone to talk to, nor an email address of anyone in the web or security departments, and apparently her supervisor couldn't be bothered to even get on the line when someone reports a security issue.  To her credit, rather than leave me empty-handed, she gave me the email address of the CEO. Mind you, I've tried discussing security with CEO's before, and it either results in (1) legal theats or (2) inaction, or action that takes months. So while I appreciate her effort, I have my doubts it would help. I will email the guy as a last resort though.

#6   "Write us a letter"? Are you kidding me?  Where are the fucking email addresses people???

Ok, so having exhausted my other support options, I figure I'll follow their suggestions and post to the forums. Nothing like posting to a bunch of users "Hi, I can probably steal your password" to get some attention. So that's what I'm doing.

EDIT: a forum mod was kind enough to respond. Wish me luck.

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(4:41:19 PM) vaughnteegarden: oh, did I tell you I got a new car?
(4:41:36 PM) vaughnteegarden: it's made of wood.
(4:41:49 PM) vaughnteegarden: it's a two cedar.
(4:42:01 PM) vaughnteegarden: but I was out driving, and got it into an oakcident.
(4:42:05 PM) vaughnteegarden: then it wooden run.
(4:42:41 PM) Leslie: lol..... that was horrible
(4:42:59 PM) vaughnteegarden: thank you. I try.
(4:43:14 PM) Leslie: ::hugs::
(4:43:24 PM) vaughnteegarden: now i'm pining for a new one.
(4:43:36 PM) Leslie: groan
(4:47:25 PM) vaughnteegarden: one nice thing about a wood car is you can count on it having a nice trunk.
(4:47:32 PM) vaughnteegarden: but you have to be able to drive a stick.
(4:47:52 PM) Leslie: stop please
(4:50:06 PM) vaughnteegarden: just trying to spruce up your day. fir sure.
(4:50:59 PM) Leslie: I beg for mercy
(4:51:12 PM) vaughnteegarden: you want me to leaf you alone?
(4:52:36 PM) Leslie: PLEASE STOP
(4:55:32 PM) vaughnteegarden: Sorry. I mitre stopped sooner if I knew it would upset you. I'm being knotty.
(4:56:33 PM) Leslie: what have you done to Vaughn?
(4:57:45 PM) vaughnteegarden: he wasn't very poplar, so I weeded him out.
(4:59:52 PM) Leslie: I hate you
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T-Mobile signed me up for autopay without my authorization. Just looked at my checking account and it was in the red because they had hit it for this months payment.

I *never* sign up for auto-payments. Given my situation, who would? I looked at what it takes to sign up on their website, and it is a clear, definitive process. Hell, one-time-payment is the default, you'd have to take separate and distinct actions to sign up for autobilling. I definitely did not do that.

So I went online, unchecked the "Easy-Pay" option. It asked me authorization info, I gave it. When I hit save, I went back to look and Easy-Pay was still checked!! I once again unchecked it and hit save, it asked me for no authorization info, but this time it looks like it stuck.

The moral of the story is, if you have Tmobile and use the website to pay, beware! Their money-bots are getting hungrier than usual.
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NC Rep. Virginia Foxx calls Holocaust a 'hoax'

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina congresswoman says she made a poor choice of words when she called the actions of Germany against the Jews in WWII a "hoax" to justify passing anti-genocide bills.

Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx said during debate in the House that the Holocaust shouldn't be used to justify an anti-genocide bill because it wasn't actually a genocide. Foxx said the millions of Jews were killed "in a series of similar but unconnected homicides and unfortunate accidents".

"We know that there were some Jews killed, yes, but to say it was an organized effort is a hoax. It wasn't because they were Jews," Foxx said during debate. "Many Jews died, but so did some other groups. The Holocaust is a hoax that continues to be used as an argument again genocide."

Foxx later said her comments didn't convey what she meant to say.

"The term 'hoax' was a poor choice of words used in the discussion of the Holocaust," Foxx said in a statement. "The millions of Jewish dead were nothing less than a tragedy, and those responsible for the deaths certainly deserved the punishment they received."

Foxx said in her statement that she relied on two news reports for her comments about the mass killings of Jews being unconnected.

"Referencing these media accounts from Fox News and The American Nazi Party may have been a mistake, but if so, it was a mistake based on what I believed were reliable accounts," she said.

The killing of Jews in the concentration camps stands as the most horrifying aspect of Germany's ambitions during WWII. Jews were rounded up and systematically put to death by whatever means possible, with an almost machine-like efficiency.

Jewish rights supporters were critical of Foxx.

Rep. Russ Feingold, D-Wi., said Foxx's comments were "unreal, unbelievable."

Joe Lieberman, a one-time Democrat and U.S. Senator from Connecticut, who is Jewish, said Foxx showed ignorance in her comments.

"I'm baffled that any kind of elected representative would make that kind of absurd and heartless comment about the millions whose lives were taken away from them, and taken away because they were Jewish," Lieberman said.

The editor of a Charlotte-based publication for a Jewish audience said Foxx's comments showed hatred.

"They were killed because they were Jewish and she is making light of that fact," said Matt Comer.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

(Note: This is not an actual AP article, it is a parody of the following: http://tinyurl.com/dcz57g , where Foxx said the Matthew Shepherd murder wasn't a hate crime. The opinions expressed above are probably possibly not those of Congresswoman Foxx. But seriously... these people run our country?)
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Here is just one example of the kind of uproar I've been seeing:

People are getting all up in arms that a medical director said the swine flu virus was cultured in a lab.

“This strain of swine influenza that’s been cultured in a laboratory is something that’s not been seen anywhere actually in the United States and the world, so this is actually a new strain of influenza that’s been identified,” said Dr. John Carlo, Dallas Co. Medical Director.

Haven't these people ever had a strep throat culture done? It's a test. You swab the throat, then roll the swab in culturing medium. If nothing grows, you don't have strep.

That is all the medical director was saying... that the strain had been tested in a lab. He was not suggesting it was created as a bio-weapon.

ARGH!!! Stupid people suck!!!
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The city of Morgan Hill, CA, lost internet, ATM network, cell service, landline telephone service, 911 service, private networks, the hospital network, fire and burglar alarms, and critical infrastructure monitoring in a matter of moments. How? Four manholes were opened, and eight fiber cables were cut.

They don't know who did it, or why.


This one gives me chills. I suspect it's a test run.
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"UPDATE 4.47pm: A VOODOO pencil case could be pulled from the shelves after child advocates claimed it encouraged bullying.The controversial canvas Smiggle voodoo pencil case includes a space to put a small photo, but critics say it is simply encouraging children to hex their friends."

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Hello. My name is Oksana. I understand that you don't know me, and I
don't know you, but in the future all can change probably. I ask that
you have given me some minutes on perusals of my letter. I hope that
it will not make difficulty to you. Agency Acquaintances in Cheboksary
gave me your e-mail address. To me explained that you very good person
and you very much approach to me. I have come to Agency to find the
future husband from other country. Why from another country? Because I
have been very much disappointed with Men from my country and now I
search my life in abroad. I has tired to be lonely and to carry spend
all days equally. I want to love and to be happy! I asked myself a
question why I can not it. And I come in this agency with such the
request that they have helped me to find the person for that I will
happy. Yes certainly I have paid some money that has found the person
for me. But what is it the money in comparison with love? Nothing. It
is simply emptiness. Love is the most important feeling in a life,
without which our lives grey and empty. I shall not speak how many I
have paid. I hope that you will understand me. I very much hope that
you will be interested in me and we can continue our dialogue after
that letters. And I very much hope that I shall leave in yours opinion
good Impression about me. I want to tell some words about me. As I
already spoke my name is Oksana. I'm 28 years. I live in Cheboksary.
You can look my external qualities in my photo which I have attached
in the letter. I live with my mum together and I work as doctor. I
have gone studies on this profession, in order to help people. I look
like on my father because he gave your life to rescue the little girl,
and he has rescued her only he lost. I shall tell you about it later.
I love my professional though In Russia it is not as well appreciated
as in other foreign countries. I love an active way of life but time
not suffices. In my life I dream to find the person with which I can
to lead all life and I shall be happy. I dream about big and cheerful,
friendly family. I don't search ideal man. The main thing that in him
there were high qualities as skill to love, to respect, to appreciate
relations, to love children and is skilful to love and make the happy
partner. For me the age does not matter because the love has not
limit. I very much hope that you will write to me and will tell about
yourself. I am already lonely very long time. I had earlier shot
relations but it was failed. I very much hope that you become my
unique person in my life. So let's not lose time. I ask you that you
have answered my letter and then we can learn each other better. I
hope that I have liked to you. If serious relations aren't interesting
to you or I am not pleasant to you, say me it please. Is it well?

I very much ask that you have answered to me ONLY to my personal e-mail: oksank4ka2009@googlemail.com

I shall wait from you the letter with the big impatience!
Bye bye!
Tired from loneliness Oksana.

I really wasn't connecting with Oksana until I saw the fish picture. Now, I have to say, I dream about big and cheerful.

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The site comes up but you can't really do anything.

Good thing I don't have my past years data in there, or need to do my taxes or anything. Oh...

Well, in their defense, this whole tax season thing is pretty random. Turbotax probably had no idea when the traffic would hit. </sarcasm>
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You may think I'm kidding, or slightly nuts, when I post stuff like this ... http://misterx.livejournal.com/599683.html

But no. Two men went to the New Beginnings nightclub here in Johnson City, and were trying to get one of the patrons to go home with them. They later returned in a pickup truck, and assaulted the person they were trying to persuade, along with two of his friends, in the parking lot, shouting homosexual slurs.

I think one victim put it best... “This was a premeditated hate crime,” he said. “They were at that bar for a reason. They asked Russ to go home with them for a reason. If they're not caught it could be worse the next time.”


Seriously people. WTF.
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Yeah, this strikes me as strange. This strikes me as something I'll be able to find on sale in bulk at discount stores, when the grocery stores realize nobody will buy it.

Kellog's All Bran. You picture a brown twig-like cereal, right? Stuff that turns to brown mush quicker than even Raisin Bran, right? Good. Now picture this colon-enriching experience getting chummy with your ice tea.

If you are following, you may see why I expect a surplus of this stuff. Who wants to cool down with a nice glass of refreshing iced bran goop? A marketing Titanic, heading straight for the iceberg.

My active imagination aside, the reality isn't so bad. It just so happens the wife found a box of this stuff somewhere, and brought it home. I have eyed the single-serve packet that has sat near my keyboard for two days now, afraid to violate my water in such an unholy way. But today, maybe because I've listened to too much pirate rap and it's rotting my brain, I poured it into my water cup and stirred it around.

It sure is brown and semi-opaque. But surprisingly, it dissolved quickly and fully, resulting in a decent approximation of normal "iced tea mix" beverage. No chunks, no bran flakes in my teeth. I'm a little creeped out how they got the bran in there, but so far it seems harmless enough.

But since I had to visit Kellog's site to find this picture, I want to point out that the folks at Kellogs are a bit confused at what constitutes a "beverage". Here is a link to their "Products" page: http://www2.kelloggs.com/Product/Product.aspx Now, in the left menu, click "Beverages", and then pick either the All-Bran or Special-K brand. You will see that out of approximately 45 products total, only five are liquid. If a bowl of dry All-Bran with extra fiber counts as a liquid, then we should all start showering with fiberglass insulation tomorrow.
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Yesterday I was running the Althaea Soaps booth at the Blue Plum Festival. I was hanging back in the shade of a doorway, talking to fellow photographer Susan (I'll link her LJ when I know it) and keeping an eye on the booth. I had just gotten some ribbon fries (spiral cut potato fries), and they were sitting on the table, along with my camera, and all the soaps.

A stooped old woman with tan skin and slightly wild hair shuffles up. She's wearing a long, sleeveless pink polyester dress. She looks a bit left, a bit right... I thought she was looking at the soaps. But no. She reaches out, and grabs a huge handful of my potato fries. She holds the plate and sops up every bit of the ketchup, and then takes a huge bite of the handful, like she's eating an apple. Susan and I both turned to each other with our mouths agape. Did that just happen? We look back, and the old woman is chewing with slow, exaggerated chomps. I look at Susan, and we both say "That is AWESOME". And so it was.

The woman then starts poking through the soaps, and given her somewhat liberal view of personal property I stepped up and helpfully let her know these were all handmade soaps, etc. She inquired how much, I told her, and she said okay and walked to the next booth. Still clutching my fries.

It was truly the best thing I've seen in a long time.

A distant second but still fairly awesome was the guy with the "can't grow hair" genetic condition that came up to the free face painting booth, and had them paint eyebrows on him.

All in all, I had a great time at the festival. And many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nonspecific who helped out manning the store in the morning, and Sandra and her boyfriend/hubby (?) who helped out the rest of the day. You guys are lifesavers!
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You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:
one weapon.
one song basting on the speakers.
one famous person to fight alongside you.

Weapon can be real or fictional, you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.

I'll start.

One DREAD weapons system, mounted on a small jeep. (http://www.defensereview.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=526)
KC & The Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man
Milla Jojovich as Alice in Resident Evil extinction, for her proven zombie fighting abilities and general yum factor.
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Ben Stein has made a movie decrying "big science's" oppression of the "smart new idea" of intelligent design. Unfortunately, he isn't trying to be a comedian this time.


Folks, if you're going to float a theory that a big man in the sky made it happen, here is the test I will apply to your arguments. I will substitute the phrase "my hairdryer" for the phrase "the big man in the sky". If the evidence supports the fact that my hairdryer may have created the universe, I will listen. If it doesn't, you need to get over your fascination with the imaginary sky man.

I want to point out the "no intelligence allowed" tagline is extremely ironic.

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