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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.


Bizarre dancing manhole cover in China

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A bizarre video has emerged from China of a dancing manhole cover on a pavement in Chongqing.

The footage shows the heavy cover rattling around on top of the manhole as though it is being pushed from underneath by an invisible force.

Local residents have been trying to solve the mystery behind the strange occurrence since it began a couple of months ago.

According to local media, the puzzle has now been solved, after it was revealed that a local restaurant had connected their chimney for waste gas emissions to the underground sewer pipe.


RT's audience are 'socially inferior', its 'pundits' cranks and fanatics

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Hooray for RT UK!
As RT UK launches, attacks on the channel in the British media have stepped up...

The latest is a piece by Mr. Cyril Waugh-Monger, a very important newspaper columnist for the NeoCon Daily, a patron of the Senator Joe McCarthy Appreciation Society and author of 'Why the Iraq War was a Brilliant Idea' and 'The Humanitarian Case for Bombing Syria.'

Dear socially inferior person reading this article. My name is Cyril Waugh-Monger (I'm called 'Mr Terribly Pompous Neo-Con' by my friends) and I'm here to tell you why on no account should you watch RT and why you should be making complaints to Ofcom about this dreadful channel so that in the interests of 'free speech' and 'democracy' we can get it off air.

1. RT doesn't peddle Russophobia

Outrageously, RT doesn't compare Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. It doesn't join in with the demonization of Russia and its leader. How can we have a channel which is watched by people in Britain, which doesn't do that? We neocons say that demonization of Russia and its leader is compulsory. How dare RT not do as we say!

Comment: Keep watching the MSM!
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