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  1. This is great, but one little criticism - the credits in the bottom right are a bit distracting - it would be better with a credit roll of all the brumstixers (is that the right word?) scrolling down at the end, like a movie.


  2. In 2005, a woman named Jamie Leigh Jones was working for US defense contractor KBR (which at the time was owned by Halliburton). She was sent to Iraq, where she shared a barracks with 400 men. Over the course of her stay, she was drugged and gang-raped. When she attempted to report the crime, she was, under the orders of KBR employees, imprisoned in a shipping container where she was denied food, water, and medical treatment. She was only released due to the efforts of her father back in America.

    When she was finally returned to the United States, she attempted to bring a lawsuit against KBR. She found that she could not do so because her contract specifically stipulated that any allegations of sexual assault had to be heard in private arbitration. This was apparently a frequent enough problem that it was, staggeringly enough, actually a standard boilerplate in their contracts.

    Yesterday, Senator Al Franken introduced an amendment to the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill. Put simply, the amendment would prevent federal money from going to any company that had such a clause in their employee contracts.

    This amendment would seem to be a no-brainer. It says nothing about taking any action against KBR or Halliburton; it says only that if a company attempts to conceal allegations of rape, our country will not respond by giving them money. Indeed, the amendment passed handily. However, the following 30 men voted against it:

    Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

    John Barrasso (R-WY)

    Kit Bond (R-MO)

    Sam Brownback (R-KS)

    Jim Bunning (R-KY)

    Richard Burr (R-NC)

    Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

    Tom Coburn (R-OK)

    Thad Cochran (R-MS)

    Bob Corker (R-TN)

    John Cornyn (R-TX)

    Mike Crapo (R-ID)

    Jim DeMint (R-SC)

    John Ensign (R-NV)

    Mike Enzi (R-WY)

    Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

    Judd Gregg (R-NH)

    James Inhofe (R-OK)

    Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

    Mike Johanns (R-NE)

    Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

    John McCain (R-AZ)

    Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    James Risch (R-ID)

    Pat Roberts (R-KS)

    Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

    Richard Shelby (R-AL)

    John Thune (R-SD)

    David Vitter (R-LA)

    Roger Wicker (R-MS)

    Of these 30 men, the following are up for reelection in 2010:

    Tom Coburn (R-OK)

    Mike Crapo (R-ID)

    Jim DeMint (R-SC)

    Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

    Richard Shelby (R-AL)

    John McCain (R-AZ)

    John Thune (R-SD)

    David Vitter (R-LA)

    Richard Burr (R-NC)

    I would like to encourage everyone to repost this information. These votes should be generating an overwhelmingly higher level of outrage than is currently happening.

    Source:

    http://senate.gov/legislative/...session=1&vote=00308


  3. In 2005, a woman named Jamie Leigh Jones was working for US defense contractor KBR (which at the time was owned by Halliburton). She was sent to Iraq, where she shared a barracks with 400 men. Over the course of her stay, she was drugged and gang-raped. When she attempted to report the crime, she was, under the orders of KBR employees, imprisoned in a shipping container where she was denied food, water, and medical treatment. She was only released due to the efforts of her father back in America.

    When she was finally returned to the United States, she attempted to bring a lawsuit against KBR. She found that she could not do so because her contract specifically stipulated that any allegations of sexual assault had to be heard in private arbitration. This was apparently a frequent enough problem that it was, staggeringly enough, actually a standard boilerplate in their contracts.

    Yesterday, Senator Al Franken introduced an amendment to the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill. Put simply, the amendment would prevent federal money from going to any company that had such a clause in their employee contracts.

    This amendment would seem to be a no-brainer. It says nothing about taking any action against KBR or Halliburton; it says only that if a company attempts to conceal allegations of rape, our country will not respond by giving them money. Indeed, the amendment passed handily. However, the following 30 men voted against it:

    Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

    John Barrasso (R-WY)

    Kit Bond (R-MO)

    Sam Brownback (R-KS)

    Jim Bunning (R-KY)

    Richard Burr (R-NC)

    Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

    Tom Coburn (R-OK)

    Thad Cochran (R-MS)

    Bob Corker (R-TN)

    John Cornyn (R-TX)

    Mike Crapo (R-ID)

    Jim DeMint (R-SC)

    John Ensign (R-NV)

    Mike Enzi (R-WY)

    Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

    Judd Gregg (R-NH)

    James Inhofe (R-OK)

    Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

    Mike Johanns (R-NE)

    Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

    John McCain (R-AZ)

    Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    James Risch (R-ID)

    Pat Roberts (R-KS)

    Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

    Richard Shelby (R-AL)

    John Thune (R-SD)

    David Vitter (R-LA)

    Roger Wicker (R-MS)

    Of these 30 men, the following are up for reelection in 2010:

    Tom Coburn (R-OK)

    Mike Crapo (R-ID)

    Jim DeMint (R-SC)

    Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

    Richard Shelby (R-AL)

    John McCain (R-AZ)

    John Thune (R-SD)

    David Vitter (R-LA)

    Richard Burr (R-NC)

    I would like to encourage everyone to repost this information. These votes should be generating an overwhelmingly higher level of outrage than is currently happening.

    Source:

    http://senate.gov/legislative/...session=1&vote=00308


  4. Ingredients:

    4 large leeks

    about 4 Potatoes (you want roughly 50% leeks and 50% potatoes)

    1 medium onion

    1 oz (25 g) butter

    1 1/2 pints (850 ml) stock or veggie bouillon

    10 fl oz (275 ml) Milk

    salt and black pepper

    To serve:

    1 tablespoon crème fraiche or double cream

    Some fresh chives or parsley

    Step 1 - VEG

    Trim the leeks, discarding the tough outer layer.

    Split them in half lengthways and slice them quite finely, then wash them thoroughly in two or three changes of water & Drain well.

    In a large, thick-based saucepan, melt the butter, add the leeks, onions and potatoes, stirring with a wooden spoon so they all get a coating of butter.

    Season with salt and pepper, then cover and let the vegetables sweat over a very low heat for about 15 minutes.

    Step 2 - STOCK + Milk

    Add the stock and milk, bring to simmering point, cover and let the soup simmer very gently for a further 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft – if you have the heat too high the milk in it may cause it to boil over.

    Step 3 - BLEND

    Put the whole lot into a blender – leave it to cool a little first – and blend for about 20 seconds.

    You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.

    Step 4 - Serve

    Return the soup to the saucepan and reheat gently, tasting to check the seasoning.

    Add a swirl of cream or crème fraîche before serving and sprinkle with freshly snipped chives or parsley.


  5. Ingredients:

    4 large leeks

    about 4 Potatoes (you want roughly 50% leeks and 50% potatoes)

    1 medium onion

    1 oz (25 g) butter

    1 1/2 pints (850 ml) stock or veggie bouillon

    10 fl oz (275 ml) Milk

    salt and black pepper

    To serve:

    1 tablespoon crème fraiche or double cream

    Some fresh chives or parsley

    Step 1 - VEG

    Trim the leeks, discarding the tough outer layer.

    Split them in half lengthways and slice them quite finely, then wash them thoroughly in two or three changes of water & Drain well.

    In a large, thick-based saucepan, melt the butter, add the leeks, onions and potatoes, stirring with a wooden spoon so they all get a coating of butter.

    Season with salt and pepper, then cover and let the vegetables sweat over a very low heat for about 15 minutes.

    Step 2 - STOCK + Milk

    Add the stock and milk, bring to simmering point, cover and let the soup simmer very gently for a further 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft – if you have the heat too high the milk in it may cause it to boil over.

    Step 3 - BLEND

    Put the whole lot into a blender – leave it to cool a little first – and blend for about 20 seconds.

    You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.

    Step 4 - Serve

    Return the soup to the saucepan and reheat gently, tasting to check the seasoning.

    Add a swirl of cream or crème fraîche before serving and sprinkle with freshly snipped chives or parsley.


  6. impedance is just a number on the back of the box that tells you roughly how loud it will go.

    Both those recorders are really good, if you want cheaper a lot of people still use old mini-disc recorders you can get on ebay for peanuts. If you can spend more then the new sony digital recorders are *really* good.

    What you need to watch out for is noise from handling the microphone while recording - type the model number into youtube and you'll find people doing demo recordings and reviews which can be useful.


  7. Also being near the stage doesn't matter - you need to be near the speaker stack, but not too close or you'll end up getting too much base.

    Regina often has a pretty small speaker stack, compared to rock bands so you could probably stand just about anywhere.

    Something Ive always thought would be really cool would be getting two people to tape the same concert, one person stands on the right, one on the left - then afterwards you combine the two tapes and get a stereo recording.


  8. It really depends how much money you want to spend - are you rich?

    A lot of people use headphones as microphones, you can wear them around your head without raising any suspicion, plug them into some little recorder that looks like an ipod and you're all set - you need to pick the right model headphone as not every one will work as a microphone (it depends on the impedance)

    If you havent seen it, go and watch the french film Diva its an 80s film about a guy who sneaks a nagra reel-reel tape recorder into concerts to tape his favourite 'diva' singer.

    I'd love to try getting away with that! You could just imagine the bouncers looking at an old reel-reel, laughing and letting you in thinking that old thing cant possibly still work.