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4815162342.com :: View topic – ULTIMATE THEORY

To summarize: our heroes never actually crashed; they are the future of mankind – the survivors of a cataclysmic polar event of which they are unaware; they are on the island to survive, procreate and repopulate the Earth. They are unaware of this plan which is sustained by a sophisticated collective consciousness and a group of scientists using electromagnetic power, and psychological techniques of reward and punishment.

Holy Smokes! This is so plausible, it just might work! If you’re a fan of Lost, you’ve got to read this theory.

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Eye of the Storm: Kuwait makes history | Jerusalem Post

The Kuwaitis will be making history for a number of reasons. This is the first election in which women are allowed to vote, which means the size of the electorate has more than doubled. More importantly, and much to the chagrin of Islamists who insist that women are unfit to play any role in politics, a number of women are standing, often on a platform of radial social and economic reform.

All this one year after the first free elections in Iraq.

Consider this: if George H.W. Bush hadn’t fared so well against Michael Dukakis in 1988, it’s quite likely that residents of both countries would be now be casting 100% of their votes for Saddam Hussein.

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Paradise Is Overrated

iowahawk’s latest (final?) Zarkman guest column has Zarqawi giving a dispatch from the afterlife. I feel for him, I really do.

Language is a bit crass, not safe for work, not safe for kids, yada yada.

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Macworld UK – Inside Apple’s iPod factories

MacWorld reports that the Mail on Sunday (UK) is reporting that Apple is using “sweatshops” to manufacture iPods:

The report claims Longhua’s workers live in dormitories that house 100 people, and that visitors from the outside world are not permitted. Workers toil for 15-hours a day to make the iconic music player, the report claims. They earn £27 per month. The report reveals that the iPod nano is made in a five-storey factory (E3) that is secured by police officers.

Another factory in Suzhou, Shanghai, makes iPod shuffles. The workers are housed outside the plant, and earn £54 per month – but they must pay for their accommodation and food, “which takes up half their salaries”, the report observes.

Interesting. Of course, you have to view this in context – what’s the average salary for those NOT working in the iPod factory? If the standard of living is such that food and housing amount to just $27 pounds/month, wouldn’t you expect the prevailing wage to be much lower, as well?

Come to think of it, I wish that I could find a job that would pay double my monthly housing and food expenses. I’d be a rich man. I think that most Americans would take that offer, as well.

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