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Great idea Causes Outrage

Great idea Causes Outrage

A Chinese shopping centre is being accused of sexism after it designated special women-only parking spots that are 30cm wider than others at the same site.

The parks at the World of Metropolis in the northern Chinese city of Dalian are outlined in pink and “make things easier for women,” according to the mall’s manager, Yang Hongjun.

“It’s not an insult to women at all,” she told the UK’s Daily Telegraph. “If their parking spaces are larger, it’s only for practical reasons. It doesn’t mean that women drive less well than men.”

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Blinded by Stupidity

Blinded by Stupidity

It sounds like a classic urban myth, the sort of thing that would be shared wildly until counteracted by Snopes. However, Taiwanese undergraduate Lian Kao really has been blinded as a result of not changing her contact lenses.

The space between contact lenses and the eye is well suited to allowing microorganisms that don’t like oxygen to breed, and worse still, feed on the cornea. Acanthamoeba represents the main threat, and in Kao’s case six months of not removing her lenses gave it ample time to become established.

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Steven Spielberg accused of murdering helpless dinosaur

Steven Spielberg accused of murdering helpless dinosaur

This is the picture of Steven Spielberg posing with the sick animatronic Triceratops from Jurassic Park some troll posted to his timeline (links to actual post just in case you want to read all the sadness for yourself) on Facebook. The response was depressing to say the least. It’s one of those times when you really hope the people responding are also trolls and just trying to trick the original poster. Like two trolls clubbing the shit out of each other under a bridge. TWO TROLLS ENTER, ONLY ONE WILL LEAVE. Wait — why does one have to leave? I say nuke the bridge while they’re going at it.

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How nice would it be if this worked?

We the people of Australia do hereby firmly reject the Abbott Government and the Liberal National Party as our ruling body. We do not condone any of its actions henceforth, nor do we accept its values as our own.

We strongly implore the Governor General of Australia to dismiss the LNP Government before serious damage is done to Australia as a nation.

The Federal and State LNP Governments are poised on the brink of inflicting irrevocable damage on the Nation.

Just days after the election, the LNP Government had already removed several key, and crucially important ministers from the Cabinet. Among these were the ministers for Science, Mental Health, Aged Care and Disabilities. Insultingly, they have been replaced with a minister for Sport.

Furthermore, just 100 days into the Abbott regime, we have become the first nation to attempt to repeal actions against the Climate Change, have been slammed with human rights abuses for our Asylum Seeker Detention Centres including children being separated from their parents, the sick being denied medication and asylum seekers being imprisoned for unacceptable amounts of time, and have had the very last bastion of free journalism in Australia (the ABC) threatened with budget cuts because they do not say what the LNP want them to say!

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I call Bullshit

I call Bullshit

We had the highest recorded drug use in the world for ecstasy, second for prescribed or black market opioids such as codeine and morphine, third for methamphetamines, fourth for cocaine and seventh for cannabis use.

Worryingly, use is set to increase in all categories save for ecstasy use.

But that could be because:
a) I’ve never had any drugs
b) I’m sure most people don’t record their drug usage, and we might just have better health care

But then I thought about it and it could well be true. Who wouldn’t want to be high until we get rid of this shitty government?

“Those that are at risk are getting worse because of high unemployment, poor job prospects, lack of optimism.”

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Tower Dumps

Tower Dumps

Police are collecting the mobile phone data of thousands of innocent Australians in their bid to track down criminals, according to media reports.

Both federal and state police are ordering telecommunication companies to handover personal information of phone users in a technique known as a “tower dump”, which provides data detailing the identity, activity and location of any phone that connects to a chosen cell tower in a given period of time, Fairfax Media reports.

It quotes sources saying Australian law-enforcement agencies are using the technique – which requires no warrant – during investigations where there are few leads.

A tower dump often covers multiple towers and provides helpful information to police, but privacy advocates have questioned the collecting of data from innocent people.

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MPAA Shoot themselves in the foot again

MPAA Shoot themselves in the foot again

The Motion Picture Ass. of America has shot itself in the foot by issuing a copyright takedown notice against a corner of Reddit – and promptly turned a virtually unused subredit into a popular forum.

The discussion board, /r/FullLengthFilms, is a place for Redditors to post links to films available for streaming or download, and typically scores about 2,500 unique visitors a day. While some of the linked films could be legally downloaded, there’s also a contingent of movies that can be streamed or downloaded illegally.

Some bright spark at the MPAA got wind of this and issued a takedown notice – obtained by Torrentfreak – against the subreddit after a link appeared to a copy of the 2010 film Edge of Darkness, which was adapted from the British TV series of the same name.

Reddit is one of the planet’s largest and more vigorous online communities and when news of the takedown broke, users went a little nuts – as did the traffic to /r/FullLengthFilms. Its moderator reports that site traffic nearly quadrupled in a day and the number of people subscribing to the site skyrocketed.

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Police Searching for Derp

Police Searching for Derp

A young mum has gone on the run with her two-year-old daughter after she refused to have the child vaccinated and “brainwashed” in school with lessons about slavery.

Megan Elizabeth Everett, 22, was supposed to return her daughter, Lilly, to the child’s father Robert Baumann, with whom she has a shared custody agreement.

Instead Ms Everett disappeared, leaving a note for Mr Baumann explaining her behaviour.

She wrote: “If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised. We will miss you. But I had to leave.”

 

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Spoiled Brat Alert

Spoiled Brat Alert

Through no direct fault of her own, Frances Abbott - Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s daughter, for those of you playing along at home – has been finding some creative ways of staying in the press as of late. Following that whole Whitehouse Institute ordeal, which we covered at some decent length, now she’s once again involved in a story that’ll furrow some brows for a variety of reasons, after it emerged that she successfully took on her – now former – landlord in a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing that took place after Frances broke the lease on a Melbourne apartment after signing it only 3 days prior.

 

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This is Fucked…

This is Fucked…

Why don’t I ever get any of these dodgy overpriced jobs?

Three websites for the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolios have cost taxpayers $113,130, according to answers to questions on notice.
The costs include more than $68,000 for “website testing”, $19,000 for training, $15,000 for “website release management” and $10,000 for “website deployment”.
“I assume [website deployment] means pushing the button to put it up,” said Labor Senator Joseph Ludwig, who was asking top bureaucrats about the costs in a Senate budget estimates hearing on Wednesday morning.

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They probably only paid a fraction of this to the developers though. And half of the development was free in the form of wordpress plugins and jQuery components. $68000 to sit at the pub (testing) methinks

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Angry man throws rocks at very expensive car

An apparently irate father in the US has been filmed in an outrageous attempt to stop a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador racing up and down his street.

Reportedly unhappy at the noisy luxury sports car’s antics, the dad waited on the road with handfuls of rocks, which he proceeded to throw into the side of the Lamborghini, creating a hell of a bang.

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What a fuckwit.

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Something else for our resident Douchebag to ignore

Something else for our resident Douchebag to ignore

The US power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 per cent by 2030 from 2005 levels under federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centrepiece of the Obama administration’s climate change strategy.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 per cent of electricity. It also set off a political backlash likely to run well into next year.

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Your Science Lesson for the Day…

Your Science Lesson for the Day…

Don’t put grapes in your microwave:

Your microwave: It heats up your leftovers, pops your popcorn, and makes your old coffee slightly less awful. Chances are, you’re not using it as much as you used to.

But if there’s one thing we all know it’s that you should never, ever put metal in your microwave. Because it will definitely explode, just like in the clip above from the movie American Hustle. Except that scene is wrong. Remember that one time you absentmindedly left a spoon in the bowl you stuck in the microwave and everything was fine? Or whenever you’ve heated up a Hot Pocket and wondered about the metal lining in the packaging? That’s when you started thinking that the whole thing is just a hoax.

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