No Treats From Obama

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 August, 2009 | permalink

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Opie is extremely picky about who he takes his treats from. Perhaps he’s not a great fan of the stimulus and healthcare plans…

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The Freedom Pig Becomes A Hero

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

A 150lb pig who has evaded capture for five months since appearing in a park in the Cove neighborhood of Panama City, Florida is being hailed as a hero.

The animal has survived being shot with tranquiliser darts and a taser stun gun since it’s been on the run.

A Facebook group called “the Pig of the Cove” has been set up to celebrate the pig, so far boasting 429 members across the US. Many believe that the pig is a symbol of our desire to live free lives, free of government control.

Animal control officials insist that they are not trying to kill the animal but only want to catch it before it hurts itself or someone else. The humane society said the pig will not be put down.

Should the pig be stopped or should officials let it carry on it’s mission as an inspiration to many. Your thoughts.


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White House Bans Twitter

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 July, 2009 | permalink

The White house has banned access to Twitter on it’s computers. White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs casually mentioned to CNN that Twitter is blocked, saying that people already know enough about what he’s doing.

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While Barack Obama twitters on two accounts, @WhiteHouse and @barackobama, Gibbs clearly doesn’t understand the power of the micro-blogging tool.

Talking of Twitter, you can follow us @pigjockey.

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Trillion Is The New Billion

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 July, 2009 | permalink

Is anyone able to fully comprehend what $1 trillion really is? Mint.com have put together a nice video to help.

No longer is government spending talked about in terms of a mere ten digits. With the recent flurry of government spending, we are going to need another three zeros to make sense of it all. One trillion dollars is a number that few people can comprehend, let alone your standard nine digit calculator. So what does one trillion dollars look like?

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Walter Cronkite Announces Death Of JFK

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 July, 2009 | permalink

One of the most historic moments of modern times was the death of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The first person to let the nation know of the tragedy was Walter Cronkite. Walter broke the news at the five minute mark on the video. Here’s the clip.

Rest in peace Walter Cronkite.

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Obama Throws His First Pitch

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 July, 2009 | permalink

Staying with tradition, Barack Obama threw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

He received a surprising amount of boos from the sellout crowd as he jogged onto the field wearing his Chicago White Sox jacket, which he said was influenced by his wife’s opinion that it makes him “look cute.”

His left handed toss was low, but Albert Pujols managed to scoop it up before it reached the dirt.

“This is as much fun as I’ve had in quite some time,” Obama said.

Here’s the video, just in case you didn’t see it.

Well done sir!

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A Spectrum Of U.S. Consumer Spending

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 July, 2009 | permalink

US Consumer Spending. Image: visualeconomics

The image illustrates consumer spending as of April 2009.

It’s interesting to see that only 7 out of the 12.4 percent of income spent on food is for food at home. Is this a sign of lavish lifestyles or is it the root cause of the obesity problems we have in the US. Read into it what you will.

[Via Visual Economics]

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