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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Geneva Motor Show 2008: The Babes

In addition to Chis wonderful Geneva Flat Paint Post I had to add the following

If you love cars you’ll know all about the Geneva Autosalon as it is in the top 3 of the best and most important in the world. It is small, but everyone is there and all the vasr that you need to see are there too.

Geneva is not only about the cars. It is also about the babes that make the cars look even better. If you check out our three part series you won’t miss a chick. So start checking them out in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Credit is due to the Italian brands as once again they had the best looking babes on their stands. And the best looking car in the form of the Alfa Romeo C8 Spider.

Dutch Woman Flips Out When Confronted By Police

If you break the law frequently you should be prepared to have it catch up with you sooner or later. And due to the popularity of tv shows such as COPS we can all join in the fun when you do get caught. In The Netherlands they also have the COPS format and when our two friendly officers stop a lady driver for being a law onto herself she flips the fuck out. In the US they would have tazered or shot her ass half way into the clip.

Yellow Card on Blass

Duplicate post - I was way out in front with the douchebags and hot chicks. Look back to January 30th for my post.

I didn't need Digg to help me find it either.

Apple TV vs. Vudu vs. Xbox 360: Video Download Battlemodo

If you've been wondering how to compare the video-download options of Apple TV, Vudu and the Xbox 360, I think today is your lucky day.

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Apple to announce corportate push with Iphone tomorrow

But now Jobs wants to go corporate. On Mar. 6, at its Cupertino (Calif.) campus, Apple (AAPL) is expected to announce a strategy to use its Web-browsing iPhone to move into the corporate market. Apple will likely unveil plans to spur development of more software for the phone, to improve security on the device, and to make it compatible with popular e-mail systems such as Microsoft's (MSFT) ubiquitous Outlook. Such steps may make corporations more willing to approve the iPhone for use by their employees. The moves will put Apple into direct competition with Research In Motion (RIMM), whose BlackBerry devices now dominate the wireless e-mail market.

The corporate push comes at a time when Apple badly needs a new source of growth. The company's shares have fallen 35% so far this year because of slowing iPod sales and softening consumer spending. The iPhone may well represent Apple's best chance in years of tapping the corporate market. Not only will employees be more likely to afford the phone's steep $400 price tag with their company's help, but many are already hankering for fashionable, useful alternatives to the BlackBerry and other existing devices. "The next big battleground is the wireless [market for corporations]," says Rich Nespola, chairman and chief executive of Management Network Group, a telecommunications consultancy.

Winning Over CIOs

Researchers say marijuana is less of a drag than cigarettes

This study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine was done on 5,263 teenage students in Switzerland. When comparing users of only marijuana & users of marijuana & cigarettes it found that 22% more users of only marijuana play sports, 11% more users of only marijuana had better grades and used less alcohol & illegal drugs.

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1,000 (Colorful) Places to See Before You Die

Even if you haven’t yet been able to travel as your wildest dreams may desire, put these locations on your list of places to see in life.

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The Underground Tunnel Beneath Niagara Falls [PICS]

Imagine a tunnel more than ten storeys underground, a hundred years old, bricklined, wet, and completely inaccessible save by descending through a narrow slit in its ceiling thirty feet above the floor, and then returning up the same rope you came down. This tunnel exists in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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NIN Confirms Uploads to Public and Private Torrent Sites

The acceptability of P2P took another big step forward over the weekend, as accounts claiming to be ‘the official profile for NIN’ appeared on a number of torrent sites, including The Pirate Bay and the private trackers and NIN has now confirmed that these accounts indeed belong to the band.

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Hot Chicks Who Date Douchebags [PICS]

Humble guide into the dark cultural trainwreck of hottie/douchey commingling. This site is all about poking fun at douche-scrotes and the hotties who love them.

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Flat paint is the new Thing

The Future is Flat: 2008 Geneva Auto Show

Further proof that flat is never dull. The anti-bling movement has come to Geneva.--Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

Chismillionaire's Geneva Report-

Somebody Cut a Nissan GT-R in Half: 2008 Geneva Auto Show

This is simply tragic. Some animal cut this perfectly good Nissan GT-R in half so a bunch of Swiss can ogle its innards. Unfreakinbelievable. With all those lame Sentras and worthless Quests they've got lying around, you'd think Nissan would take a buzz saw to one of those. Heck, I'll personally hack up a Versa just to watch it die. But a GT-R? Have a heart.

Alice, get me Ghosn on Line One. Somebody needs a talking to. -- Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe: 2008 Geneva Auto Show

It was a typical day at the Rolls-Royce booth in Geneva, meaning that we couldn't get anywhere near the 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe until 30 minutes after the press conference. Chinese manufacturer BYD had the good fortune to have its booth right next to the Rolls stand, allowing it to pull in a healthy crowd for its own press conference immediately preceding the two-door Phantom's unveiling.

As in the past, we were immediately cowed into silence by the Roller's monstrous size -- exactly as it should be for a car of this stature. Despite its 18-foot length, this will be the sportiest of the Phantoms, as it has the stiffest chassis and the firmest suspension settings. Nevertheless, said Ian Robertson, chairman and CEO of Rolls-Royce, "that waftability that we refer to is still very much in the character of this car."

How this relates to the 2009 Infiniti FX50 that dropped down from a coffin hung in the rafters, we're not sure. But this is a hugely powerful SUV. A 5.0-liter V8 with variable valve timing and lift delivers 390 horsepower and, says Infiniti, upward of 435 pound-feet of torque.

2008 Maserati GranTurismo S: 2008 Geneva Auto Show

Finally, Maserati has a car that can go from zero to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. This would be the 2008 Maserati GranTurismo S unveiled in Geneva today. Noting the crowd's fatigue at this late afternoon press conference, Maserati CEO Roberto Ronchi took a simple tack for his speech.

"People have been asking me, 'What does the S stand for,'" he said. "First of all, it stands for 'sport' because there is the new 4.7-liter V8 engine." That engine makes 440 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 361 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm -- significant gains over the 405 hp at 7,100 and 339 lb-ft at 4,750 in the regular GranTurismo.

"'S' also stands for 'speed,'" he continued, "because this is the fastest Maserati we've ever built." The GranTurismo S has a top speed of 295 km/h, he said, which is 183 mph.

Audi R8 V12 TDI Le Mans: 2008 Geneva Motor Show

Last night Audi took the wraps off the newly red and newly named Audi R8 V12 TDI Le Mans. And we were there. We just failed to get a picture of the diesel-powered supercar. Well here it is in all its crimson glory, sorry for the delay.

Mechanically the car's story is unchanged from its showing at the Detroit auto show three months ago. It's still powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 diesel generating 500 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. And the engine is still mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and Audi's now ubiquitous all-wheel-drive system.

The diesel-powered supercar complies with Euro 6 emissions standards that take effect in 2014 thanks to the use of a 2,000-bar common-rail fuel system, piezo injectors, particulate filters in the exhaust and a urea injection system. Audi even parked a cutaway of the high-tech mill next to the newly red sports car for all the world to see its workings.

So far Audi says the R8 V12 TDI Le Mans is still just a concept, but the good money is on a production version in showrooms by the end of the decade.--Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

Lincoln Letters Online

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Barely a year into the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln suggested buying slaves for $400 apiece under a "gradual emancipation" plan that would bring peace at less cost than several months of hostilities.

The proposal was outlined in one of 72 letters penned by Lincoln that ended up in the University of Rochester's archives. The correspondence was digitally scanned and posted online along with easier-to-read transcriptions.

Accompanying them are 215 letters sent to Lincoln by dozens of fellow political and military leaders. They include letters from Vice President Andrew Johnson and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who both succeeded Lincoln in the presidency in the 12 years after his assassination in 1865.

In a letter to Illinois Sen. James A. McDougall dated March 14, 1862, Lincoln laid out the estimated cost to the nation's coffers of his "emancipation with compensation" proposal.

Calculating costs
Paying slave-holders $400 for each of the 1,798 slaves in Delaware listed in the 1860 Census, he wrote, would come to $719,200 at a time when the war was soaking up $2 million a day.

Buying the freedom of an estimated 432,622 slaves in Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri and Washington, D.C., would cost $173,048,800 — nearly equal to the estimated $174 million needed to wage war for 87 days, he added.

Lincoln suggested that each of the states, in return for payment, might set something like a 20-year deadline for abolishing slavery.

The payout "would not be half as onerous as would be an equal sum, raised now, for the indefinite prosecution of the war," he told McDougall.

The idea never took root. Six months later, Lincoln issued the first of two executive orders known as the Emancipation Proclamation that declared an end to slavery. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified after the collapse of the confederacy, ending two centuries of bondage in North America.

"To be given a document that plunks you right into a situation that Lincoln was facing, it's very compelling," said Brian Fleming, a University of Rochester librarian who is heading the online project, which debuted Feb. 18 — Presidents Day.

Lincon official had letters
The Lincoln letters addressing the war, slavery and other affairs of state, are part of a collection of papers once belonging to his Secretary of State, William H. Seward Sr.

They were bequeathed by Seward's grandson, William Henry Seward III, who lived in Auburn, 70 miles east of Rochester, and arrived at the University of Rochester between 1949 and 1987.

The digitally scanned letters appear on the school library's Web site along with transcriptions, contextual essays written by graduate students and lesson plans designed to help teachers.

The archives are at