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June 2nd, 2006

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"It’s rare that I’m rendered speechless by crazy Christian fundamentalism, but....

Apparently the new Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game (due out in the second half of this year) will put a player on a missionary mission: convert or kill non-Christians (Muslims, Jews, Bhuddists, etc.,) and save their souls."




from one review:

"Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry, and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New York City. You are on a mission - both a religious mission and a military mission -- to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state - especially moderate, mainstream Christians. Your mission is "to conduct physical and spiritual warfare"; all who resist must be taken out with extreme prejudice. You have never felt so powerful, so driven by a purpose: you are 13 years old. You are playing a real-time strategy video game whose creators are linked to the empire of mega-church pastor Rick Warren, best selling author of The Purpose Driven Life."

reviews:

http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/2006/5/29/20467/4408
http://www.worthplaying.com/article.php?sid=34316&mode=thread&order=0
http://www.warcry.com/scripts/columns/view_sectionalt.phtml?site=15&id=499&colid=9754
An amazing series of ads, these are for Amnesty International with the tagline "It's not happening here but it's happening now." Strikes me as a good way to bring attention to brutality, starvation and torture when, in the "first world", it's so easy to put blinders on.

[Cross-posted from malloreighnews.]

Any thoughts/opinions? leightsy and I were discussing it and she's of the opinion that they're a bit much while I think that the shock value is the selling point.

June 1st, 2006

Wal-Town

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Some interesting facts about Wal-Mart:

Wal-Mart is the world's largest company. [1]

Wal-Mart is 3.5 times as big as the second largest retailer, Carrefour. [2]

Wal-Mart sells four times number-two retailer Home Depot sells in a year and does more business than Target, Sears, Kmart, J.C. Penney, Safeway, and Kroger combined. [1]

Wal-Mart’s 2002 revenues hit US$245 billion, placing it as the 19th largest economy, between Belgium and Sweden and more in revenues than the entire GDP of Israel and Ireland combined. [3&4]

In 2002, Wal-Mart revenues were $244.5 billion with a record profit of $8.0 billion. [5]

Wal-Marts global profits have hit US$14 billion. [6]

Wal-Mart employees 1.5 million people worldwide. [2&7]

Wal-Mart employs 60,000 people at more than 250 stores in Canada. [8]

Since coming to Canada in 1994, Wal-Mart has opened the equivalent of a new store every 16 days. [8]

Wal-Mart, by pushing out competition, eliminates three jobs for every two jobs it creates. [4]

Wal-Mart is working on moving into the Canadian grocery business as well; it already controls 50 percent of the grocery sales in Mexico and has been expanding its grocery business in the USA. [2]

Of the 10 richest people in the world, five are Waltons—the ruling family of the Wal-Mart empire. S. Robson Walton is ranked by London’s "Rich List 2001" as the wealthiest human on the planet, worth more than $65 billion (£45.3 billion) in personal wealth and topping Bill Gates. [4]

According to a study by Forbes, Wal-Mart employees earn an average hourly wage of $7.50 and, annually, a princely $18,000. [3]

Wal-Mart states 70% of its workers are full-time, but "full time" is 28 hours a week, meaning they gross less than $11,000 a year. [4]

Only 38% of Wal-Mart employees are covered by the company healthcare plan because most employees cannot afford the high premiums. [4]

Wal-Mart has been charged with 1,400 child labor violations in Maine alone. [4]

1 million women have filed the largest corporate class action lawsuit ever in the United States against Wal-Mart. 72% of Wal-Mart employees are women, but only 10% of them are managers. Female managers on average make $16,400 less a year than their male counterparts. [9]

Honduran workers making clothing for Wal-Mart, as well as other American companies, can work at a rate of making two shirts a minute, one sleeve every 15 seconds. That’s 1,200 garments a day. They are paid on average $0.70/hour. [10]

Wal-Mart refuses to open its suppliers to independent observers, citing fears or revealing corporate secrets. [11]

Wal-Mart is the largest American importer of Chinese goods. 10% of all Chinese imports to the United States are imported by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart even established its own global procurement division this year, abandoning the pretense to its traditional "buy American" campaign. [12]

Independent unions are illegal in China and union organizers are regularly imprisoned. [13]

Although Wal-Mart claims it does not use sweatshops, a February 2004 report from the National Labor Committee and China Labor Watch on working conditions at a factory contracted by Wal-Mart in Chang Ping Township in Guangdong province revealed that:
• Workers were paid less than the legal minimum and worked longer hours than legally allowed
• Workers were trained to answer prepared questions and paid them a bonus for remembering them correctly during visits by Wal-Mart inspectors
• Emergency fire exits and medical boxes were normally locked, but the Chinese managers unlocked them ahead of inspections
• Time cards had been doctored. [14]

taken from http://wal-town.com/about/about_walmart.html

May 25th, 2006

:: Phantom Time

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Interesting read regarding the subject of Phantom Time and that its really the year 1708.

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=164

April 25th, 2006

:: Real Names

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Ever wonder what Vitamin C's real name is? How about David Bowie or Snoop Dogg? Now you can find out!

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/realname.html

hehe

April 20th, 2006

:: Laser Weaponry

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Laser Weapons are on the horizon finally...

http://www.popsci.com/popsci/aviationspace/a4ce42fd3f98a010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html

April 14th, 2006

:: Incredible Machines

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Really cool yet kinda disturbing at the same time. I think it's that japanesse voice and singing that starts to get to you around minute 8.

Definitely cool though.

http://www.zeronews-fr.com/flash/the-incredible-machine.php

April 13th, 2006

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http://www.pistolwimp.com/media/44210/ Incredible Machines... does anyone remember that game where you put together plastic pieces into a tower and then rolled a marble down it? I loved that. This is like the marble game, only it's at least ten times more awesome. Or maybe like Mousetrap...

Go watch!

Oh, and because I don't want to make a new topic so immediately:

Here's the trailer for TITANIC: Two The Surface, featuring the return of Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack from Titanic.

March 30th, 2006

:: Missing Organs

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I really had no idea these types of "witch hunts" still existed in the world. This is crazy.

Missing Penis Sparks Riots

March 29th, 2006

This is dope we're totally going to have healing vats like in Cyberpunk or Starship Troopers. And then...
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