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How irresponsible is Putin? Let's ask this Russian guy who embezzled a billion dollars

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Russia's Ghandi
Like all karate black belts, Putin is incapable of anticipating anything.

He's "not someone who sets strategic plans; he lives today." He's as unpredictable as a menopausal woman [no offense, Mom - Riley]. Sometimes he even barricades himself in his Kremlin nuclear fallout shelter for hours on end, snacking on buckets of tasty popcorn shrimps as he watches Bridget Jones's Diary over and over again.

We know all of this thanks to Russia's bravest political dissident-in-exile, Sergei Pugachev, who describes Putin as a comatose Ritalin-induced vegetable: "With [Putin] it was just quiet, no one there, no meetings, everything quiet. He'd sit there, or watch TV. He really likes watching TV."

Russia's bloodthirsty dictator-for-life is...Chauncey Gardener? Fancy that. "I can't write. I can't read. I like to watch TV. As long as the roots are not severed, all is well in Russia." Finally, the mystery of Vladimir Putin has been solved forever.

Who is Sergey Pugachev, and how did he become privy to so many hot Putin scoops?


'ISIS who? Down with Israel!' Satirist tests students' tolerance at Berkeley

A US political satirist staged a social experiment at a prestigious university. Waving an ISIS flag was met with no negative reaction, but with an Israeli flag he got a less-than-warm reception from the students.

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz headed to the University of California, Berkeley, one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the country, to assess students' reactions to two very different, but powerful symbols.

He took to the university campus waving an infamous black-and-white flag - the emblem of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL).

Comment: On the one hand, the ignorance of what should be the most educated young adults in the U.S. as astounding. See below for an equally atrocious example from a campus in Virginia.

On the other hand, maybe these students aren't that stupid. Sure, Israel isn't in Europe, but at least their general sentiment regarding the Zionist state was spot on. Israel is just as sickly destructive (if not more so), and poses a greater threat to world peace than ISIS ever will. In fact, we can probably blame Mossad (not to mention CIA, MI6, NATO, etc.) for ISIS in the first place.

So while Horowitz may have been attempting to show how dumb American students are because they don't know who ISIS is, and are hold 'intolerant' opinions about Israel, it doesn't really come off. Israel is still a child-killing, racist country that deserves its place as 'worst country in the world'.


The lost art of sleeping in your car

Sleeping in your car used to be something that automakers used to be proud of. Seats that reclined into beds were a major selling point for cars like the Rambler, for example. Now, thanks to anti-homeless laws and a sick desire not to spend a miserable night in a car, hardly anyone still does this. But I thought it would be worth a go.

The car-sleeping concept really was a big deal back in the day; aside from car-snoozing enthusiasts like Nash/Rambler, there were options and kits for all kinds of cars, even genuinely small cars like the Beetle and Type III. Now, I can't think of any car company that actively talks about the ability to spend the night in their cars. Hell, the last time I think any company publicly acknowledged that they designed a car you could sleep in was about a decade ago, with the Honda Element.

Comment: This may come in handy during a societal collapse.


Tony Abbott trades 'shirtfronting' Putin for joint cuddly koala pic

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Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they meet Koalas before the start of the first G20 meeting in Brisbane.
Twitter users have had a field day with Australian PM Tony Abbott's claim that he would "shirtfront" Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit over the MH17 crash - because the leaders' face-to-face encounter actually resulted in a...koala cuddle.

Yes, that's right. Social media is abuzz with photos of Abbott and Putin snuggling up to the world's cutest marsupial, even though previous statements had almost guaranteed that a scuffle was in the works.

When the soft, furry critter sunk its claws into Putin's suit, the Australian PM seemed to feel quite soft and fuzzy inside himself; a smack down shoulder charge appeared to be the last thing on his mind.

Abbott's remark came back in October, after he told journalists that he would "shirtfront" the Russian president on the sidelines of the G20 summit over the MH17 tragedy.

"I am going to shirtfront Mr. Putin - you bet I am - I am going to be saying to Mr. Putin [that] Australians were murdered, they were murdered by Russian-backed rebels," Abbott said.

Comment: Abbott is all bark and no bite.


Unclear and present danger: Jon Stewart on ISIS and US troops in Iraq

A tweet from Jordanian intelligence raises questions about ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and President Obama increases the number of troops in Iraq for murky reasons. (7:53)


A dog gets it right and howls at Louis Armstrong song, "What a Wonderful World"

A dog howls along with a toy that sings Louis Armstrong songs. The dog, which appears to be a husky, attempts to sing along to Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" while being filmed. The song is played by a dancing toy that plays music and resembles a dog.

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Little girl yells at street preacher 'piehole should be quiet!'

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An unidentified young girl yelled at a street preacher who was using a megaphone in Salem, Mass., on Oct. 29.

A video (below) of the confrontation was filmed by Robert Goss-Kennedy who wrote on
Every year Salem is inundated with street preachers during our Halloween celebrations. They spend most every weekend during October telling us to "Turn or Burn." I've been recording their interactions with people for a couple of years now for a long running art project, and while this young guy was preaching, a little girl just ran up and started laying into him.
According to the Friendly Atheist, the little girl told the preacher, "Stop talking, no one's listening." She later followed with, "No one wants to hear you" and "Piehole should be quiet!" notes the girl also shouted, "Zip your lips!" and "Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!"


West is losing the propaganda war: Russians have a better sense of humor!

The video is from last year, but its been hot on the Russian internet lately after last week's silly scare stories about Russian submarines in Sweden

Another reason Washington is losing the propaganda war:

Russian's have a better sense of humor than the policy wonks manning the info trenches in the West.

Comment: The hunt for red October is on! 'Russian sub in Sweden' story is ridiculous


SOTT Exclusive: Mystery of underwater vessel in Swedish waters solved: 'Twas Putin!

Sub-in-Swedish-waters mystery solved: it was just Putin doing his daily cold-water therapy. Perhaps Obama and his Western cohorts should try it too, although the chances of making real men out of them is very little... too little substance to work with.
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Get to the roots of t'hairorism: Turkish hair-removal cream features 9/11 mastermind

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The controversial advert

Self-confessed 9/11 architect, the hirsute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has appeared as an pitchman for an online campaign for a range of hair removal treatments - but the Turkish company behind the ads says the terrorist's image was used by accident.

Comment: Really? Accidental use of an image is hard to believe.

Next to the slogan "That hair will not shed itself!" is an iconic picture of the disheveled Al-Qaeda terrorist, taken after he was captured by US forces in 2003, and a series of white plastic bottles.

But the company in question, Epila, says that this was not a viral marketing stunt.


"We didn't know that he was a terrorist. This image is in popular use in Turkish memes on the Internet. The guy is quite hairy, so we thought his body was a good fit for our ad," Mehmet Can Yıldız, a company representative, told Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper.

"We didn't want to imply anything political. We didn't know that it could become an international story. I repeat: We featured him for his hair, not terrorism."

The Kuwait-born, US-educated Mohammed is currently in Guantanamo prison, awaiting the long-delayed trial for organizing the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. He is also implicated in over 30 other terrorist attacks and the beheading of US journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002.

"I am the mastermind of 9/11, not Osama bin Laden," Mohammed once boasted during a pre-trial hearing.

Comment: We can't help but wonder if there is a hidden message here.