Star Wars: Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion, 1.4 Trillion Times the US Debt

It has been a relatively boring week in the news. It has been fun howerevr watching all the massive corporations coming out and saying that they are selling some of their private jets and helicoptors. That will make all the difference!

If you think the US debt and our current economic problems are big, then you never had to finance the building of the Death Star! Gizmodo has a fun page on a break down of the cost of making it. People with far too much time on their hands…

[From Star Wars: Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion, 1.4 Trillion Times the US Debt]

And to ‘borrow’ a page element from Gizmodo, here is a funny Youtube video
of a Darth Vader comedy sketch. I think I have posted it before, but it made me laugh once again, so here you go!!

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The greatest theft of a generation. Happening as we Speak.

I am sure you have heard the phrase “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” The recent bailouts are a great example of a major shift of taxpayers money being handed over to greedy companies and bastards like the Merrill Lynch CEO. The billions of dollars being given to banks, insurance companies and the like, is shocking. Especially in a country where there are large portions of the population in poverty, starving, homeless, etc…

Is this the decline of the US empire? I think they are losing the last vestige of respect they were clinging to. IMO, what is happening right now is theft. The poor are bailing out the extremely wealthy. How nice…

[From Merrill Lynch: Merrill Lynch CEO Spent $1,220,000 On Office Renovation As Company Prepared To Burn]

Though I don’t think Obama is a saviour(you probably guessed that already…), at least he is speaking out against the crazy bonuses the US banks have been giving out to their executives. Here is an article from Aljazeera about Obama’s comments.

[From Al Jazeera English – Americas – Obama blasts ‘shameful’ bonuses]

Another evil part of corporations in general, is the ownership of the human genome. Here is a horrible story about sick babies denied treatment due to DNA ownership rights. How fucking evil is that?

BABIES with a severe form of epilepsy risk having their diagnosis delayed and their treatment compromised because of a company’s patent on a key gene. It is the first evidence that private intellectual property rights over human DNA are adversely affecting medical care. Sick babies denied treatment in DNA row – National – smh.com.au]

Happy Monday! Enjoy the following Pics!

Now that George W Bush is out of power, it seems to me like the news is boring. I am working on a posting about some recent financial shenanagins. You can expect that in a couple of days. In the meantime, here ya go!
Good to see cectic.com out with a new comic!

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Should you Prosecute a Woman if she has an Illegal Abortion?

I am pro-choice. There, I said it. I won’t go into a full rambling on why I think I am right, or why I think the pro-life(anti-choice, anti-women) movement is wrong. You can Google all you want about the topic, but in the end, you probably are already decided on which side of the fence you lie. For the anti-choicer’s here is a video that makes you think a bit harder about making abortion illegal. And, the following link makes a good case for how un-reasonable it is…

[From How to Stump Anti-Abortionists With One Question « Unreasonable Faith]

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The video below has been pulled by Warner Music Group for Copyright violation. Bastards!! It was a good vid…

Now on to lighter things…The last couple of days has been all about my neighbour to the south. Here is the funniest video I have seen in a very long time! America, Fuck Ya! LMAO!!!!

George W Bush’s Last Day in Office!

Not in a very long time, have I been excited about someone losing their job! Today is the last day that the evil Bush is in power.

I really hope that I can look back years from now, and see an improvement in the worldbyebyebushblog in a “post-Bush” era. It may take many years to undo the nasty things he accomplished. Below is a summary of his tenor, and a few other links to finish up this horrible era…

[From George W Bush Timeline – Facts About George W Bush – Esquire]

Here is a well written retrospective from Harper’s Magazine. Lots of scary facts!

[From Harper’s Index: A retrospective of the Bush era (Harper’s Magazine)]

Here is the official byebyebush site!
And lastly, if you want to have a permanent bit of memorabilia, here is a link to a site selling t-shirts, buttons, coffee mugs, etc…

Canada says it is OK to kill Innocent People

Holy shit. Just the other week, I posted an article on how horrible the USA was by voting against food as a basic human right(see Food is a basic human right). Now, Canada is sticking out like a sore thumb, and is the only country to vote against a resolution to look into the horrible war crimes committed by Israel in the current Gaza escalation.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I think the events over there are fucked up, and I can’t begin to understand all of the complexities, but Israel is killing innocent civilians in Gaza(more than 1000 so far), and cutting off all outside aid, water,medicine, etc… to over 1 million people. I also understand that the wording of the draft seemed to favour the Hamas side of events, but why not abstain like most of the European countries and stay neutral? If you pick sides, then you are condoning the actions of that side.

Harper, you and your policies are an embarrassment, and you are making Canada into a USA puppet state. Shame on you. Canada used to be recognized as a peace keeping country. Now we are in a war in a foreign country, fighting against the party that used to rule there, and we think it is OK to bomb UN schools, and entire housing complexes. How far we have come…not.

[From TheStar.com – Canada – Canada votes alone for Israel]

Graham crackers used to curb Masturbation![SFW]

Sometimes you just find the weirdest things on the Internet. Most of it isn’t appropriate for THIS site, but don’t worry…I only add content that is safe for work(SFW).
One of the weird things I read today, was that Graham crackers were made with the intent to curb masturbation! And at the bottom of the wiki article, it turns out that the inventor of corn flakes had the same goal with his product…WTF?

Reverend Graham would often lecture about the adverse effects of masturbation or “self-abuse” as he called it. One of his many theories was that one could curb their sexual appetite by eating bland foods. [From Graham cracker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Don’t you feel better now that you have this bit of information?

To finish, here is a great cartoon by Calvin & Hobbs, that summarizes our current state of affairs in the capitalist economies that we live in! Pretty awesome.

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