Emperor With No Clothes

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Beer of the Week…. Pong Beer

Pong BeerNobody likes to waste good beer, so when it comes time to get wasted playing the noble game of beer pong, go with a brew that fits the occasion. Like Pong Beer. Not so subtly named after the game, this “exceptionally crisp, smooth, and refreshing” beer is made using natural ingredients, and conveniently comes in 30 can “Rack Packs”.

by The Punjapit Alliance

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Mutants Rights: Toy Biz v. United States (inspired by Radiolab)

Toy Biz v. United States was a 2003 decision in the United States Court of International Trade that determined that for purposes of tariffs, Toy Biz’s action figures were toys, not dolls, because they represented “nonhuman creatures.” This decision effectively reduced the tariff rate by a factor of two.

BackgroundU.S. law distinguishes between two types of action figures for determining tariffs: dolls, which are defined to include human figures, and toys, which include “nonhuman creatures”. Because duties on dolls were higher than on toys, Marvel Comics subsidiary Toy Biz argued before the U.S. Court of International Trade, that their action figures (including the X-Men and Fantastic Four) represented “nonhuman creatures” and were subject to the lower tariff rates for toys instead of the higher ones for dolls. On January 3, 2003, after examining more than 60 action figures, Judge Judith Barzilay ruled in their favor, granting Toy Biz reimbursement for import taxes on previous toys.

ReactionBecause a common theme in Marvel Comics had been the struggle for mutants like the X-Men to prove their humanity, the case shocked numerous fans. Marvel responded to these concerns by claiming “our heroes are living, breathing human beings – but humans who have extraordinary abilities … A decision that the X-Men figures indeed do have ‘nonhuman’ characteristics further proves our characters have special, out-of-this world powers.”

via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_Biz_v._United_States
and: http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2011/dec/22/mutant-rights/

by Pip G.

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Great Moments in Poetry # 2: Catullus 16 “Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo”

Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo is the first line, sometimes used as a title, of Carmen 16 in the collected poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus (ca. 84 BC – ca. 54 BC). The poem, written in a hendecasyllabic (11-syllable) meter, was considered so explicit that a full English translation was not openly published until the late twentieth century. The first line has been called “one of the filthiest expressions ever written in Latin — or in any other language, for that matter.”

by Arthur Furrowfield + Dr.Vince

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Stonehenge Spring Equinox – 20th March 2012

you’ll get the idea…

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Archaeologists believe the iconic stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, as described in the chronology below. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were erected in 2400–2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC (see phase 1 below).

The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge monument. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.

Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could possibly have served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone material from as early as 3000 BC, when the initial ditch and bank were first dug. Such deposits continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years

by Elizabeth + Arthur Furrowfield

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Redknapp warns Arsenal fans to “lay off” Wenger

Redknapp feels Wenger has changed into a "nutter" on the sideline

On the eve of a seismic north London derby, Harry Redknapp has warned those Arsenal fans calling for Arsène Wenger’s dismissal to be careful what they wish for. Wenger remains the best man to turn around Arsenal’s sliding fortunes, according to Redknapp.

“Arsenal can’t do any better than what they’ve got, can they?” said Redknapp, who takes his high-flying Tottenham Hotspur team to a nerve-riddled Emirates tomorrow. “They can’t replace Wenger. Wenger is top class. He has done an amazing job at Arsenal.

“Having said that, let’s hope we can make it a miserable weekend for them. But they have had fantastic times: 15 years of Champions League football. It’s incredible. They play fantastic football. They have Robin van Persie, who is in as good form as anyone in the country.

full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/9105243/Tottenham-manager-Harry-Redknapp-warns-Arsenal-fans-to-lay-off-manager-Arsene-Wenger.html

by Arthur Furrowfield + Dr.Vince

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Possible GM – Peugeot “strategic partnership” ?

General Motors (GM.N) and PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA) are discussing a manufacturing alliance designed to stem losses in Europe and reduce production costs elsewhere, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Talks between GM, the world’s biggest automaker, and European No.2 Peugeot are focused on sharing vehicles and parts rather than swapping stakes, according to the people. Any new shareholdings that emerged would be small and symbolic.

French Labor Minister Xavier Bertrand confirmed that the government had been informed about a possible “strategic partnership,” online newspaper La Tribune reported that the discussions had been taking place for months, and the news sent the French automaker’s shares soaring on Wednesday.

Peugeot confirmed talks but would not name the partner, and GM spokeswoman Kelly Cusinato said “We routinely talk to others in the industry but have no comment beyond that.”

full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/22/us-psa-idUSTRE81L0I620120222

by Arthur Furrowfield

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