The first coffee of 2011

Welcome to your New Year’s Day coffee. We’ll try to make it extra-strong for you.

This has to be the greatest career move ever made:

This guy quit his job, and started a business suing spammers.
Here is the New York Times, on why you should find it worrying that banks are shutting down payments to Wikileaks.

No matter your personal opinions on Wikileaks or Assange, you ought to find it troubling.
I’m not sure why I find this surprising — probably because, like everybody else, I just bought into the political rhetoric and media spin. In retrospect, it seems obvious. So, this just in:

Suicide bombers are not religious fanatics. They are just suicidal, and looking for an acceptable means (according to their religion and culture) by which to end their life.
Tennessee, where suggesting a preference for “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” can put you on a terrorist watch list.
During recent protest marches in London, with the exception of a handful of incidences, I have been rather sympathetic with the police. A significant portion of those marching have been destructive and violent, and while I disagree with kettling, it is easy to be sympathetic with the desire to avoid the violence and property destruction that accompanied the first march.

But suggesting that marches be banned? We live in a democracy, sirs. The freedom to engage in such demonstrations is more than worth the “disorder” they cause.
All hail the singing mouse! I hope it wins the next X Factor.
Have goats?

Want more milk?

Then you need some Mariah Carey.
Banks in America have been illegally foreclosing on customers who are up to date on mortgage payments, and even on non-customers who do not have a mortgage at all.

There is a word for this — theft. And it’s nice to see an article that features people actually standing up to the banks for a change, rather than just being victimized by them.

Your weekly offloading of links

Two Star Wars references today, folks, making three for the week … and a reminder that all the photos are links. Haven’t reminded in a while, it seems.

The Lego Millenium Falcon The Bank of America, as it often must these days, foreclosed on a home. They changed the locks, shut off the power. The whole deal. The only problem was that they did it to the wrong home.
Would you enjoy a 100 book challenge in 2010? Tough shit — try it and you’ll be sued.
Ladies: Do you find your vagina to be insufficiently pink? Introducing crotch dye!
Do you like video games? In particular, do you like video games classified as “roleplaying games”? If so, you may be addicted to false achievement.
If Star Wars had Facebook
The Wall Street Journal appears to be developing a Tesla crush
France’s anti-downloading police, Hadopi, unveiled their new logo … and in doing so violated copyright. Great start!
I am normally not a huge fan of the Chive. They clearly make a living from using the photographs of others, almost always uncredited. However this is just awesome fun.