Jay Leno pretends he's the victim, shows his sociopath colours

Jay Leno’s so fucking sad that these corporate bullies at NBC is moving him back to 11:35 p.m., something that he doesn’t want to do.

Leno apparently has completely forgotten that he has been going around saying he want the slot back publicly as early as November 2009. It’s obvious he must have voiced this to the NBC executives much earlier at the least, if not scheming to push out Conan.

The perpetrator can’t even recognize his crime, claims he’s the real victim.

Spoken like a true sociopath. Kudos Jay!

Nov 2, 2009 – Leno says he’d return to ‘Tonight’ if asked; Host getting some heat in 10 p.m. slot, says he’d rather have stayed put [Associated Press via MSNBC.com]
Nov 23, 2009 – Andy Richter: The TV Squad Interview – Andy Richter called Leno publicly trying to get his 11:35 p.m. block back “not classy” back in November. [TV Squad]
Jan 11, 2010 – Jay Leno Talks Cancellation, Possible New Time Slot on Tonight’s Show – The monologue in which Jay Leno pretends being reinstated to 11:35 p.m. spot isn’t what he wanted. [Gawker]

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NBC to fire Conan, place Leno back in the 11:35pm slot

Can someone explain how this can even happen? I am not talking about fairness or justice or anything like that. This decision just makes no sense.

Update: The situation looks worse than originally reported. NBC has given Leno the 11:35pm slot and told Conan to move to 12:05am slot in a ploy to deny Conan the $40 million buyout NBC is owed if they fire him or cancel The Tonight Show before a certain date. If Conan resigns in disgust, NBC doesn’t have to pay him anything.

Source: NYT, TMZ

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Google now requires you to register with your real name and SSN

No Backbone As Google Bows To Korean Government And Bans Users With Fake Names [Silicon Valley Watcher].

In Korea.

And, it only costs 900 grands to get Google to handover personal information of people who post videos that are potentially embarrassing for the government.

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Bill C-15 proposes clasifying Adderall and other ADHD drugs as a hard drug

Bill C-15, currently just past the first reading in the parliament, proposes, among other things, moving all amphetamines, even the types approved for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), from Schedule III to Schedule I.

This would put drugs containing any type of amphetamine, such as the widely used Adderall, in the same category as heroin, phencyclidine (PCP), and methamphetamine.

Moving all amphetamines to Schedule I technically does not make it impossible for ADHD patients to obtain Adderall, but it would make it practically impossible for doctors to prescribe it for prolonged use outside hospital settings. It also serves no purpose in containing recreational use of methamphetamine, a very addictive subtype of amphetamine, as it is already separately classified under Schedule I. To have this kind of grave error, even in the first draft of the bill, is a complete embarassment for the Canadian government. Had it sought consultations from medical experts, the error would have been pointed out immediately. It’s another proof that the current government’s drug policy is driven by social conservative paranoia, not scientific facts.

Correction: In its original version, this post made the mistake of confusing Schedule I set by United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Schedule I set by Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) of Canada. While the term “Schedule I” is used to classify drugs considered most dangerous in both countries, Canada does not completely prohibit use of Schedule I for valid medical reasons.

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Amazon quietly launches electronics store for Canada

Amazon.ca Electronics

No TVs, DSLRs, or iPods yet though. But, if you need a blue 8GB Zune in your mailbox tomorrow afternoon, Amazon’s got one ready to ship out immediately.

Hopefully, Amazon will expand its offerings quickly and finally put an end to this Future Shop-Best Buy monopoly (monopoly, not duopoly – Best Buy bought out Future Shop) on Canada’s consumer electronics market.

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Volkswagen briefly became the largest company in the world by market value

Volkswagen’s regular shares are trading at over €850, down a bit from the intra-day high of €1005.

At €1005, market capitalization of Volkswagen comes out to over €296 billion (about $368 billion), toppling Exxon Mobil’s $343 billion valuation.

The sudden jump in the share price from €205 on Friday last week to €1005 today has largely to do with Porsche disclosing it has acquired options to bring its effective stake in Volkswagen up to 74.1%, decreasing available float to approximately 6%.

Hedge funds, which have shorted more than 12% of Volkswagen shares, faced potentially unlimited liabilities, and started buying up shares to cover their positions at pretty much any cost.

To put it more plainly, no one thinks Volkswagen’s worth that much money – it’s just that hedge funds got royally screwed by Porsche in complex derivative trading, and it’s now buy or die for them.

Update: Financial Times has posted an article specifically about this ridiculousness.

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Who is this "Michael" from Waterloo?

I was just listening to The Best Show With Tom Scharpling from September 16th on iTunes, and at the 1h59m58s mark, someone claiming to be “Michael” from Waterloo, a football player in his second year originally of Hamilton, calls in. (You can try narrowing it down to one person, if you like.)

So, there is exactly one person who is cool enough to know who Tom Scharpling is at UW, and that person is a football player from Hamilton?

What the fuck is this?

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