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Thursday
Jan172013

Tanked Episode 233 for Wed Jan. 16, 2013

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

- Beer/Mixed Drinks
- Weekend Catchup
- Detroit auto show is a goin’ on
- Casino Bus trip for scott this weekend.



 TECH 

Perhaps the only nifty thing to come out of CES 2013  

Razer Edge pictures and hands-on

Click for full read-up






 VIDEO GAMES 

Man hires hitman to kill his son's in-game character to stop addiction

What do you do if your kids are addicted to video games? Hire a hit man to kill them off  - virtually, of course. That's what one father has done in China.
Many parents have struggled with their children's extreme video game addiction, sometimes even resorting to professionals for help. However Mr Feng, a Chinese father, took the task of ridding his son of his gaming addiction into his own hands, and hired online hit men to ruin the son's virtual gaming experience.
Feng's son Xiao Feng, 23, reportedly began playing video games at an obsessive rate in high school, leading to terrible grades and a general unwillingness to find a job. Feng became fed up of his son's laziness and hired the higher-level hit men to assassinate Xiao in-game.
According to gaming site Kotaku.com, Feng's plan was to have Xiao become bored of getting killed all the time - which is definitely a different approach to kicking a gaming habit. He hoped this would lead to Xiao finding a job.
After repeatedly being killed in-game, a still-defiant Xiao told his father:  "I can play or I can not play, it doesn't bother me. I'm not looking for any job - I want to take some time to find one that suits me."
Feng was reportedly relieved by his son's response, but there's no word if the addiction has been cured and a job found.
A Yomiuri online report of November 2012 detailed the extent of gaming addiction in China. At one student report centre there were 327 requests for help with game addiction from January to July of 2012. Additionally, the National Web Counselling Association reported having received roughly 150 similar requests in three years.

Is this just a case of an over controlling parent or a serious problem?

Pocketlint





 MOVIES 
 


Best Director

Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild AV
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Michael Haneke, Amour
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln RM

Best Original Screenplay

Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained SC
Moonrise Kingdom AV  RM
Amour
Flight

Best Visual Effects

Life of Pi    SC  RM
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Avengers
Prometheus AV
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Foreign Feature

Amour SC
A Royal Affair RM
Kon-Tiki
No AV
War Witch

Best Animated Feature?

Frankenweenie
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph SC, AV RM
Paranorman
Brave  

Best Supporting Actress?

Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables" SC, RM
Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Amy Adams, "The Master" AV


Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"  SC
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Alan Arkin, "Argo" AV  RM
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Best Actress?

Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty" SC  AV
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" RM
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Actor?

Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln" SC  RM
Denzel Washington, "Flight"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master" AV (Aaron likes to drink)

Best Picture?

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln            SC
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Amour
Django Unchained AV
Argo   RM

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 FOOD BEATING 


 SCIENCE

Washington bureaucrats reject public request to build Death Star due to excessive cost

 

The office of the US President has rejected a popular public petition to construct a Death Star due to a high construction cost of $850 quadrillion, a major design flaw and the fact that “the Administration does not support blowing up planets.”

The proposal to construct the Star Wars-inspired space station-cum-death ray was lodged in November last year through We the People, a recently-implemented system that allows ordinary Americans to petition the government with any request, providing it gets enough popular support.

The authors promised that building the Death Star would “spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.”

The petition has collected 34,435 signatures, well above the 25,000 threshold that necessitates a response from the White House.

But despite endorsement from the public, the government has been reluctant to make the necessary investment in the pioneering space platform.

Titled ‘This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For’ and authored by Paul Shawcross, who oversees science and space departments at the White House, the official response gives three reasons for why the project isn’t viable:

• The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.

• The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

• Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Instead, Shawcross calls for Americans to revel in the existence of the rather more modest International Space Station, which although impressive, does not possess a death ray, or in fact weapons of any sort.

This is not the only time We the People has been used to push forward unlikely proposals. Recent petitions have called for British TV interviewer Piers Morgan to be deported for his gun control stance (more than 100,000 signatures) for Texas to secede (more than 120,000 signatories) and to recount the presidential election, which 68,000 petitioners claim Barack Obama won through a combination of fraud and administrative error.

We the People, which was launched in 2011 and has attracted in excess of 3 million signatures, has previously been criticized for allowing itself to be hijacked by attention seekers and for failing to turn any petitions into actual policies.

Nonetheless, at least one petition has yielded a positive reaction from the Administration. A request to ‘Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House’ was promptly responded to with what appears to be a functional recipe.




RM
MicroZap Inc., Texas Company, Claims No Moldy Bread For 60 Days!                                   
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Attention, bread shoppers: A Texas company could have the answer to some consumers' unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold.
MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is bombarded with microwaves for about 10 seconds, which kills the mold spores, said chief executive officer Don Stull said.
               
The process could eliminate bakers' need for preservatives and ingredients used to mask preservatives' flavor, as well as reduce food waste and increase bread's shelf life, he said.
Researchers at Texas Tech University also see using the technology in bread made in developing countries, where there are fewer food safety standards and spoilage is a problem.

 WEB GEM 

NFL- Bad Lip Reading




 
 
 ODD NEWS 
 
Box of Human Heads found at Chicago Airport                                     
Investigators are confused why a package containing 18 human heads was flagged by US Customs officials at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

Initially it seems it was unclear whether the heads - which were reportedly still covered in skin - were legitimate anatomical specimens.
   
But authorities have now concluded that they were properly frozen, wrapped and tagged as human specimens.
   
The heads had been sent to Chicago from a research facility in Rome.
   
A spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, Mary Paleologos has said foul play was not suspected.
   
"There's no issue with the transportation of body parts for medical purposes," said Brian Bell, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.
   
"There's nothing against the law that says you cannot ship them, provided you have the right documentation."
   
The body parts have been sent to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office for further investigation and are being stored there until officials decide what to do with them, authorities said.
   
Mr Bell added: "Everybody here is 'oh my gosh, you got a box of heads' and everybody thinks that it's unheard of.
   
"It is a potentially legitimate medical shipment. We've seen it at various ports in the nation."


Illinois Priest Was Trapped In Bondage Gear Because He Put His Handcuffs On Upside Down

LINK TO THE SMOKING GUN



 Bucket disguise came too late for burglar

SLIDELL, La., Jan. 16 (UPI) --
Louisiana police said a burglar who attempted
to hide his identity from security cameras by putting a bucket
over his head was too late with the precaution.

Slidell police said Richard Boudreaux, 23,
burglarized multiple businesses in a single night last week,
including his former employer, Kenney's Seafood, WDSU-TV,
New Orleans, reported Wednesday.

Police said Boudreaux realized while at Kenney's Seafood
the business used security cameras and he wasn't wearing a mask,
so he placed a bucket over his head. However,
investigators said his face had already been seen by the cameras.

Boudreaux, who was arrested on burglary and drug charges,
told police he chose Kenney's Seafood because he needed
money and had "bad blood" with the owner.
He said he also attempted to break into Jerry's Buy and Sell
to steal a gun because he feared future gun control laws.


 VOICE MAILS 

Hey guys this is Dan from maumelle Arkansas.  Ive been listening for a few months and I have to ask, what is the most messed up thing you ever seen on the internet? I'm sure you guys stumble across all kinds of videos and stories that never make it to the show. Love the show.
-Dan.