Why Thinkpads rock

So you’re in the market for a new notebook and wondering which one to get… Sure, those Macbooks are shiny and generally well built. Hell, even my heavily used and somewhat mistreated 8 year iBook G4 still works like a charm, albeit “a bit” slow by today’s standards. But if you’re concerned about durability, yet don’t want to log around a fully rugged Toughbook – nothing beats a IBM Lenovo Thinkpad.

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Built like a freaking tank!

Chinese ghost cities

Planned economy ftw I guess…

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Vast new cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns. Racing to stay ahead of the world economy, is the superpower about to implode?
“There are around 64 million empty apartments in China,” claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. It’s all part of the Chinese government’s efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in, but the properties are priced out of the market. It’s after 2pm and in the new city of Dongguan shop owner Tian Yu Gao is yet to serve a single customer. “It’s a bit boring,” he sighs. His open shop is a rare sight in the Great Mall: once heralded by the New York Times as proof of China’s astonishing consumer culture, today it is an eerie vista of emptiness. “It can’t stay this way,” insists Tulloch, “when the bubble bursts, it will impoverish vast numbers of people”.

Drugging and electroshocking little kids… for science?

A story, so unbelievable, you’d expect hearing it from conspiracy theorists and random crackpots was just published at truthout: The Hidden Tragedy of the CIA’s Experiments on Children.

It’s quite long, but if you have an hour or so to spare, it’s sure worth reading. Involving clinical child abuse on a massive scale, using drugs like LSD and electroshock “therapy” on at least hundred children as young as three, interrogation and torture of POWs and collaboration with Nazi doctors, big pharma sponsoring drugs to be tested on unsuspecting patients, CIA financing and cover-ups as well as physicians and psychotherapists, who’ve kept practicing and teaching in the US for decades, after committing all those crimes against humanity during fifties and sixties.

Due to a complete lack of citing sources, it’s quite hard to check for accuracy of said article – but sadly, it appears quite plausible, considering it all happened during the time of MK-Ultra, a large scale, illegal CIA human research program, which to this day remains highly classified by the US government. While you’re at it, you can spend some time reading up on that too, starting with the Wikipedia article.

You don’t know shit…

… or at least everyones habits about cleaning up after taking one. Until you’ve read this hilarious, eye opening thread over at MetaFilter that is.

Seriously, read it. It might take you an hour or so, but taking a dump will never be the same. Sitters vs. Standers, Folders vs. Crumplers, Front to Back and Back to Front, even some Diagonals. And then there’s foot flushing. Hell, the whole discussion is just a huge compilation of wtf-moments about things you’ve never even thought before.

Moneyquote: If you are not bleeding, you are not doing right!