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  • John McAfee Is a Menace to Bloggers Everywhere

    A few weeks ago, John McAfee was known as the creator of McAfee Antivirus, a program that acted like a condom for your computer, except when you didn't use it, something far more valuable than your body got a virus. Now John McAfee is known as a possibly-dangerous, insanely rich fugitive.

    Here's a quick recap of John McAfee's life over the last few weeks:

    November 12 – McAfee's home is searched by Belize police, who call him a person of interest in a murder. He hides by burying himself in the sand.

    November 17 – McAfee begins blogging as he evades police.

    December 5Guatemalan police detain McAfee for illegally entering the country and prepare to extradite him.

    December 6 – McAfee is denied asylum in Guatemala. He's now hospitalized and his lawyer claims he has suffered a heart attack:

    McAfee's lawyer vowed to block Guatemalan efforts to remove the entrepreneur and said the 67-year-old had suffered two mild heart attacks early on Thursday. McAfee was not taken to a hospital and posted on his blog during the morning hours.

    "I don't think a heart attack prevents one from using one's blog," said the lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.

    I've had mild colds that prevented me from blogging. I once stubbed my toe and took a half day off. If John McAfee had two heart attacks and continued to blog, then he is the world's hardest-working blogger.

    My real concern–aside from the fact that this guy is batshit–is the precedent he's setting for other bloggers. I can see it now: Some poor intern at Gawker keels over after working 29 hours straight, and his editor just props him up at his desk and places his lifeless fingers on the keyboard. A HuffPo writer is encouraged to liveblog her own open-heart surgery. The National Review bloggers are forced to keep writing even when Jonah Goldberg sits on them and reads aloud from his own books.

    Where will it end?

    [Ed. note: I guess you'll find out!]

    Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: Belize, Guatemala, Internet, John McAfee
  • Jon Stewart on the Guatemalan Syphilis Experiment

    As you may have heard, President Obama recently issued an apology for a 60-year-old US government program that secretly gave syphilis to Guatemalans. This is a great first step, but I'm still waiting for an apology for the secret government program that gave herpes to confused guys who hang out in rest-stop men's rooms.



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    Tags: Barack Obama, Energy & Oil, Environment, Guatemala, Jon Stewart, Military, The Daily Show, Video
  • U.S. Government Scientist Gave Syphilis to Guatemalans on Purpose

    In today's Totally Fucked-Up Shit Your Country Did news, the U.S. government says it is sowwies for giving syphilis to nearly 700 Guatemalan women, prison inmates and mentally ill patients in the 1940s…

    On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service.

    "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," according to the joint statement from Clinton and Sebelius. "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."

    Professor Susan Reverby of Wellesley College discovered the Guatemalan project while researching the notorious Tuskegee experiment, which deliberately left black American men untreated for syphilis.

    The sadistic fuckstick at the center of both of these projects? Dr. John C. Cutler, the asshole who continued to defend the Tuskegee experiment even into the 1990s. Unfortunately, he died in 2003, so there is nowhere to send your hate-mail. We do, however, have a comments suggestion. It's good for working your nerves.


    Tags: Guatemala, Health, Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, Sex
  • Migration Madness 2010: Racial Profiling Tournament Brackets

    Arizona's recent bid to lead as America's biggest racial profiler has already received backing from Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, and the Northern Mariana Islands, among others. But now seven of Mexico's fellow Latin American countries have followed its lead with motions in supports of lawsuits challenging Arizona's immigration enforcement law SP1070

    Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru filed separate, nearly identical motions to join Mexico's legal brief supporting the lawsuit filed by U.S. civil rights and other advocacy groups….

    Mexico says the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade, tourism and the fight against drug trafficking.

    You know what that means, don't you? It's time for Migration Madness, the tournament in which political entities slug it out in the headlines for the title — no, the legal right, actually — to have or not have Constitutionally unsound racial profiling implemented within the United States.

    And, no that we know which governing bodies have qualified, we can finally draw up the tournament seedings, which are based upon several factors, including country ranking, win-loss war record, ethnicity, and whether or not I think a country had a funny name. Continue after the jump to see how it shakes out…

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    Tags: Alabama, Arizona, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Florida, Guatemala, Immigration, Michigan, Mike Cox, Nebraska, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia