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Posted on February 8th, 2016 at 18:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Cardinal George Pell ‘too ill’ to travel from Rome for child sex abuse inquiry

Posted on February 6th, 2016 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Cardinal George Pell is still too ill to travel from Rome to give evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the inquiry has heard.

His lawyers applied for the 74-year-old to be able to give evidence by audio visual link at hearings of the inquiry dealing with abuse in Ballarat.

So it’s confirmed, he is a real sick fuck.


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Denmark confirms US sent rendition flight for Snowden

Posted on February 6th, 2016 at 7:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

 

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The revelation that the US landed a private aircraft in Copenhagen intended to capture Snowden in June 2013 was first reported last month by the Danish online media Denfri, but Danish officials initially denied the report.
On Friday however it was reported that Justice Minister Søren Pind told parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee that the Danish government did allow the Americans to use both Danish airspace and the airport knowing full well that the aircraft was intended to take a captured Snowden back to the US.

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Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped

Posted on February 3rd, 2016 at 16:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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…Speaking to PC World, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore explained that Windows 10 is constantly tracking how it operates and how you are using it and sending that information back to Microsoft by default. More importantly he also confirmed that, despite offering some options to turn elements of tracking off, core data collection simply cannot be stopped:

“In the cases where we’ve not provided options, we feel that those things have to do with the health of the system,” he said. “In the case of knowing that our system that we’ve created is crashing, or is having serious performance problems, we view that as so helpful to the ecosystem and so not an issue of personal privacy, that today we collect that data so that we make that experience better for everyone.”

To his credit, Belfiore does recognise the controversial nature of this decision and stresses that:

“We’re going to continue to listen to what the broad public says about these decisions, and ultimately our goal is to balance the right thing happening for the most people – really, for everyone – with complexity that comes with putting in a whole lot of control.”


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In huge Israeli intel breach, US, UK have spied on air force for 18 years

Posted on February 2nd, 2016 at 13:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Based on documents and photos leaked by US intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden, which had previously been classified, the news reports said the US and Britain have for years been able to track the transmissions of Israeli aircraft, and effectively view images and videos broadcast to IDF commands during drone operations in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and near the Jewish state’s northern border.

The tracking has been done from a Royal Air Force installation in the Troodos Mountains, near Mount Olympus, the highest point on the Island of Cyprus, according to The Intercept, which, along with German newspaper Der Spiegel, first published the documents.


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Archbishop Says He ‘Didn’t Know’ It Was Criminal To Have Sex With Children.

Posted on February 1st, 2016 at 16:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The St. Louis archbishop embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal testified that he didn’t know in the 1980s whether it was illegal for priests to have sex with children, according to a released court deposition.

Archbishop Robert Carlson, who was chancellor of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul at the time, was deposed as part of a lawsuit against the Twin Cities archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota.

In a video released by the St. Paul law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, the Catholic archbishop is asked whether he had known it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child.

“I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson responded. “I understand today it’s a crime.”

When asked when he first realized it was a crime for an adult — including priests — to have sex with a child, Carlson, 69, shook his head.

“I don’t remember,” he testified.


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  1. So wait, separation of church and state doesn’t mean we can do anything we want?

  2. So much for the vow of chastity. Off with his head – both of them!

  3. @Mykolas: We’ll have trouble with the guillotinists union if you insist on the little head as well, you know :-)

  4. As for the archbishop, there is too much of a pattern. These guys are not just naive bunglers; they have education and many are from powerful families…someone has put them up to this story.

  5. Ignorance is no excuse for the law. Errrrm, what was your question again?

  6. @Sue – Hmmm – never thought about. Perhaps we can get a scab to do the job?

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life

Posted on February 1st, 2016 at 15:33 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Facebook does not have the greatest track record with its Android app. Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.

But the problems have remained, and recently they led the Android blogger Russell Holly to dump the app, starting a chain reaction which revealed something rather interesting about the app’s performance. Prompted by Holly’s revelation that life on Android was better without Facebook’s app, Reddit user pbrandes_eth tested the app’s impact on the performance of an LG G4.


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  1. That 24/7 data mining of your life does take some power.

United Nations Committee Affirms Abortion as a Human Right

Posted on February 1st, 2016 at 10:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In a landmark case, Peru has compensated a woman for denying her a medically indicated abortion. In 2001, K.L. was a 17-year-old who was diagnosed as having a fetus with anencephaly at 14 weeks’ gestation. As described below, this fetal anomaly is routinely lethal. Although abortion was legal in Peru in this circumstance, a hospital director refused her request for an abortion. She was forced to continue her pregnancy and deliver the doomed fetus, which survived only four days. Working with human rights lawyers, K.L. filed a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee, based in Geneva. In 2005, the Committee concluded that Peru had violated several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and it ordered financial compensation to K.L. Fifteen years after the incident, reparations were finally made for Peru’s “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.” This marked the first time a United Nations Committee had held a country accountable for failing to ensure access to safe, legal abortion.


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Facebook admits fear of ad blockers in annual filing.

Posted on January 31st, 2016 at 17:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Here’s how Facebook phrased the risk in its filings:

Technologies have been developed, and will likely continue to be developed, that can block the display of our ads, particularly advertising displayed on personal computers. We generate substantially all of our revenue from advertising, including revenue resulting from the display of ads on personal computers. Revenue generated from the display of ads on personal computers has been impacted by these technologies from time to time. As a result, these technologies have had an adverse effect on our financial results and, if such technologies continue to proliferate, in particular with respect to mobile platforms, our future financial results may be harmed.


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  1. Fun fact – Facebook in 2015 had revenues in the UK of £105,000,000,000. It paid £4,327 in corporation tax.

    Fear of adblockers is so much more important than doing anything like the right thing. Like paying your damned taxes.

  2. @porpentine, do you have three extra 0’s in there? 105 billion is a lot of money, even if it is pounds.

  3. @will Thanks. Yes my finger slipped in outrage. The revenues for 2014 in the UK were £105,000,000, though some sources have it higher. The amount they paid, though, is still a minuscule £4,237 That’s less than an average British worker would have paid individually.

    FB could have done better for themselves, though. In 2012 they paid no corporation tax whatever.

    In 2014 they diddled the books – booking profits overseas and losses in the UK – so that despite the £105 million turnover they declared themselves to have lost £28.5. For such sterling work, they gave bonuses to its 362 UK staff totalling £35.4, which is £96,00 per staff member.

    The figures don’t need exaggeration and I apologise for the earlier error.

80 percent of Chicago PD dash-cam videos are missing audio due to ‘officer error’ or ‘intentional destruction’

Posted on January 30th, 2016 at 20:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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From DNA Info, here’s the latest piece of evidence that the corruption and abuse in the Chicago Police Department aren’t limited to a few bad cops — the problems are systemic.


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  1. Make them turn in their nightly video before they can get paid. How do we know they’re working instead of at Donut shops without videos anyway.

Cartoons

Posted on January 27th, 2016 at 22:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


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The Joy of Tech comic… Apple is doomed!

Posted on January 27th, 2016 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. They earned a gazillion $$ last year. This year, just a gazillion – 1$. OMG! They are doomed! Doomed to live in luxury forever…

Cruz Proudly Accepts Endorsement of Pastor Who Believes God Sent Hitler to Kill Jews

Posted on January 26th, 2016 at 20:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Ted Cruz may not have many friends or endorsements, but on Thursday Cruz boasted that he had received political support from evangelical fanatic cultist Mike Bickle.

“I am grateful for Mike’s dedication to call a generation of young people to prayer and spiritual commitment. Heidi and I are grateful to have his prayers and support. With the support of Mike and many other people of faith, we will fight the good fight, finish the course, and keep the faith.”

Bickle, who is known for all of the insane religious things one can be known for, is the leader of almost-cult The International House of Prayer. At his house of prayer in Missouri, Bickle leads all-day prayers to prepare for the end times. The organization is one of those nefarious western churches that finds it useful to meddle in anti-gay activism in Uganda as well.

Bickle preaches that Jews are being prodded to convert to Christianity by what he calls “hunters,” who Bickle believes are sent by God. One of these hunters? Adolph Hitler

Yes, Cruz has proudly accepted the endorsement of a man who believes that Hitler was sent by God.

Let’s be fair here. If god did exist, Hitler was totally his fault.


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  1. I, for one, am running out of epithets to use in these trying times!

  2. Sue;
    I agree; it is getting hard to avoid descending into their ranks. Vulgarities seem so appropriate; but we have to hang on, à la Peanuts.

Young voter tells Clinton: ‘My friends think you’re dishonest’

Posted on January 26th, 2016 at 8:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Oh poor Clinton, “I am such a victim.” Point in fact, she is just another corrupt, power drunk politician with no new ideas and well into the pockets of big money.

SNOWBOARDING WITH THE NYPD

Posted on January 25th, 2016 at 14:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Sigh. Don’t try this at home :-)

Flint Residents Told That Their Children Could Be Taken Away If They Don’t Pay For City’s Poison Water

Posted on January 25th, 2016 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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As the water crisis in Flint deepens, it is becoming apparent that the effects of the lead-infested water are not just a health hazard, but the situation has the potential of ruining many more lives outside of the poison issue. There is no denying that the water in Flint is undrinkable and that it is contaminated with lead and other substances, and it is clear that the government of Flint is responsible for the problem.

However, the city’s government continues to charge people for the poison water and then threatening to foreclose their home or take their children if they refuse to pay. Michigan law states that parents are neglectful if they do not have running water in their home, and if they chose not to pay for water they can’t drink anyway, then they could be guilty of child endangerment. Activists in Flint say that some residents have already received similar threats from the government if they refuse to pay their bills.

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Recent estimates have indicated that it could take up to 15 years and over $60 million to fix the problem, and the residents will be essentially forced to live there until the problem is solved. Despite the fact that the issue is obviously the government’s responsibility, they have made it illegal for people to sell their homes because of the fact that they are known to carry contaminated water. Meanwhile, residents are still left to purchase bottled water on their own, in addition to paying their water bill.


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  1. This story is grossly misleading. Although I would not be surprised that you could make this leap in theory, no one is actually threatening to remove children due to unpaid water bills in Flint.

Pound vs. Dollar vs. ASCII

Posted on January 25th, 2016 at 9:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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We read: London's City Airport also recently won \243800,000 of funding
Hmmm,
$ unicode pound
U+00A3 POUND SIGN
UTF-8: c2 a3 UTF-16BE: 00a3 Decimal: £ Octal: \0243
$ unicode dollar
U+0024 DOLLAR SIGN
UTF-8: 24 UTF-16BE: 0024 Decimal: $ Octal: \044

So a pound is worth 243/44 times as much as a dollar. Actually more, as
a dollar is ASCII and thus safe from getting mangled...

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Why do people keep coming to this couple’s home looking for lost phones?

Posted on January 25th, 2016 at 9:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It started the first month that Christina Lee and Michael Saba started living together. An angry family came knocking at their door demanding the return of a stolen phone. Two months later, a group of friends came with the same request. One month, it happened four times. The visitors, who show up in the morning, afternoon, and in the middle of the night, sometimes accompanied by police officers, always say the same thing: their phone-tracking apps are telling them that their smartphones are in this house in a suburb of Atlanta.


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  1. So this collection of technology has grown and has been deployed across the world and been used for something that no-one can actually debug?

    If it were me, I’d put up a sign outside:

    “We don’t have your phone. It’s a technical error.
    Please call the police department:___
    Brought to you by Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile…”

Insecure by design: protocols for encrypted phone calls

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 at 17:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The MIKEY-SAKKE protocol is being promoted by the UK government as a better way to secure phone calls. The reality is that MIKEY-SAKKE is designed to offer minimal security while allowing undetectable mass surveillance, through the introduction a backdoor based around mandatory key-escrow. This weakness has implications which go further than just the security of phone calls.


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Jews leave France in record numbers

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 at 16:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Yoav Krief remembers the day he knew it was time to move to Israel: January 9, 2015.

It was a Friday. Four Jews had just been killed in the Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket in Paris, two days after the Charlie Hebdo attack. One of them was Krief’s friend.

“I was not good, really not good,” Krief says of how he felt at the time. “I talked to my mom, and I said, ‘We must go to Israel. We need to go to Israel.'”

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Nearly 8,000 French Jews moved to Israel in the year following the Charlie Hebdo attack, according to the Jewish Agency, which handles Jewish immigration, or aliyah, to Israel.

The number of French Jews moving to Israel has doubled — and doubled again — in the past five years.

In 2013, less than 3,300 French Jews moved to Israel. Only two years earlier, that number stood at 1,900.


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  1. That’s strange. Did the Palestinians ever try that?

Texts, social networks are ‘gift of God’ if used wisely: Pope Francis

Posted on January 23rd, 2016 at 15:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pope Francis, who has acknowledged being “a disaster” when it comes to technology, said on Friday that the Internet, social networks and text messages were “a gift of God” if used wisely.
Well, your institution is a disaster with a lot of things you call a gift of God.. kids, women… and when you can’t even see something as the gift of science it is, well, what could I possibly expect…

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  1. Ah, but science itself is the gift of God which makes sense of His main gift, Life Itself. And everything else, of course.

    Casuistry, I believe it’s called, this circular, self-proving roundabout of argument. It was bullshit the day it was first formulated and it’s still going strong after all these blood-soaked, abuse-ridden years.

Student suspended after carrying classmate having asthma attack to nurse

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 at 11:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Ruelas’ referral form from his teacher reads in her handwriting:

“During 5th period another student complained that she couldn’t breathe and was having an asthma attack. As I waited for a response from the nurse the student fell out of her chair to the floor.  Anthony proceeded to go over and pick her up, saying ‘f—k that we ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse.’ He walks out of class and carries the other student to the nurse.”

“I broke rules but, she need help, like she needed help,” said Ruelas.

“I don’t, ya know think, he should have used that language, but as far as getting suspended for walking out of class, he could have saved her life,” said Cortes.

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Ruelas said he wasn’t concerned about the two-day suspension, only the girl’s health, and even with the outcome would help her again if given the chance.

“Most definitely,” said Ruelas.

Adding insult to injury, Cortes said the school called her Wednesday morning wanting to know why her son was absent.  She had to remind them they suspended him.


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  1. Hey kid, how many days did your principal say you need to stay at Disney World?

Half the Foreign Policy Experts Signing Clinton’s Anti-Sanders Letter Have Ties to Military Contractors

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 at 11:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a letter this week in which 10 foreign policy experts criticized her opponent Bernie Sanders’ call for closer engagement with Iran and said Sanders had “not thought through these crucial national security issues that can have profound consequences for our security.”

The missive from the Clinton campaign was covered widely in the press, but what wasn’t disclosed in the coverage is that fully half of the former State Department officials and ambassadors who signed the letter, and who are now backing Clinton, are now enmeshed in the military contracting establishment, which has benefited tremendously from escalating violence around the world, particularly in the Middle East.


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  1. Hmm…so half of them don’t?

Carly Fiorina accused of ‘ambushing’ children for anti-abortion rally

Posted on January 21st, 2016 at 20:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On Wednesday, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive embarked on a day of campaigning across Iowa, in an attempt to boost her ailing presidential campaign.

The alleged ambush occurred when Fiorina hosted a “right to life” forum at the Greater Des Moines botanical garden. Entering the rally, before a crowd of about 60 people, she directed around 15 young children towards a makeshift stage.

The problem, one parent said, was that the children’s parents had not given Fiorina permission to have their children sit with her – in front of a huge banner bearing the image of an unborn foetus – while she talked about harvesting organs from aborted babies.

“The kids went there to see the plants,” said Chris Beck, the father of four-year-old Chatham, one of the children Fiorina appeared with. “She ambushed my son’s field trip.”

So, Chris, you’re not going to vote for her then?


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  1. “Where are the Renta-Kids, ffs!”

  2. It is child abuse. Soul-less unscrupulous scum

Guess who said this…

Posted on January 21st, 2016 at 19:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

Trump’s candidacy has exposed, not just that tragic—that ramifications of the betrayal of a transformation of our country, but, two, he has exposed the complicity on both sides of the aisle that has enabled it, OK?

How about the rest of us? Right-wingin’, bitter-clingin’, proud clingers of our guns, our God, and our religions and our Constitution. Tell us that we’re not red enough? Yeah, coming from the establishment.

We’re paying for, some of their squirmishes, that have been going on for centuries, where they’re fighting each other, and yelling, ‘Allah akbar,’ calling jihad on each other’s heads forever and ever. Like I said before, let them duke it out and let Allah sort it out.


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  1. hhhmm… that is tough. From the “I can see Russia from my house.” to maybe….”I can see Trump’s toupee from where I stand?” S.P.

  2. Yeah, too easy, I admit

  3. I can see the US from my house, and I find it all very puzzling. The Archdruid was interesting this week, though:

    http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.ca/2016/01/donald-trump-and-politics-of-resentment.html

Guantanamo Bay Murders? Sgt Joseph Hickman says CIA killed prisoners

Posted on January 21st, 2016 at 12:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was on guard at the Cuban prison camp on the night they died, and calls the official version of events “impossible”.

“They would have had to all three tie their hands and feet together, shove rags down their throats, put a mask over their face, made a noose, hung it from the ceiling on the side of the cellblock, jumped into the noose and hung themselves simultaneously,” the ex-Marine told Vice News in an explosive video interview.

“In a cellblock where guards are ordered to check on detainees every four minutes.”

There had also been an inspection of the cellblock only a few hours earlier, Hickman said, and guards had found nothing detainees might use to make the nooses and rags.


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German high court rules Facebook Friend Finder is unlawful

Posted on January 20th, 2016 at 15:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Germany’s highest court has declared unlawful a feature that encourages Facebook users to market the social media network to their contacts, confirming the rulings of two lower courts.

A panel of the Federal Court of Justice ruled that Facebook’s “friend finder” promotional feature constituted advertising harassment in a case that was filed in 2010 by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV).

The Facebook feature invites users to grant it permission to vacuum up the e-mail addresses of friends or contacts in the user’s address book, which in turn allows the social network to send an invitation to non-Facebook users to join the service.

The court concluded this was a deceptive marketing practice, confirming decisions by two lower courts in Berlin in 2012 and 2014, which had found that Facebook had violated German laws on data protection and unfair trade practices.

The federal court also said Facebook had not adequately informed members about how it was using their contacts’ data.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Facebook in Germany said it was waiting to receive the formal decision and would study the findings “to assess any impact on our services”.

 


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Catholic Archbishop Blames Disobedient Wives For Domestic Violence

Posted on January 19th, 2016 at 17:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Speaking to his congregation in Toledo, Spain, Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez said that wives could escape being physically abused by not being disobedient and by not asking their husbands for a divorce.

Rodriguez, who is the Archbishop of Toledo, spoke to his congregation about relationships at a sermon held in Toledo Cathedral on December 27.

In addition to blaming women for domestic violence, the archbishop criticised “false marriages” and “quickie divorces.”


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  1. …and they don’t even know how stupid and evil they appear.

Ad bloc blocks Adblock.

Posted on January 19th, 2016 at 9:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Popular ad blocker Adblock Plus claims that it was uninvited from the US Interactive Advertising Bureau’s big conference.

The IAB represents the biggest names in the digital-advertising industry: Google, Facebook, Twitter, online publishers, and ad-tech companies.

Each year it holds its annual leadership meeting in Palm Desert, California. It’s where the biggest names in the online-advertising industry network and thrash out their ideas on the issues and trends of the day.

This year they’ve got Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison, Yahoo’s global revenue chief Lisa Utzschneider, and Google ads boss Sridhar Ramaswamy speaking.

Adblock Plus won’t be attending, though.

Last week, Adblock Plus received an email saying that the company’s registration fee was being returned and its registration had been canceled.

When Adblock Plus said that “there must be some confusion” because it didn’t ask for a cancellation or a refund, the IAB simply replied: “I’m sorry if there’s any confusion. Just to be clear, there will be no ticket available for you and we’ve refunded your registration fee.”


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  1. This is how much I love adblock – if I had to choose between no more boobies on the internet or no more adblock, I’d choose no more boobies.

  2. I’d give up adblock myself.
    I started using uBlock Origin a while ago and never looked back.

Sixty-two people have the same amount of wealth as half the world, says Oxfam

Posted on January 18th, 2016 at 10:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Just 62 people own as much wealth as the poorer half of the global population, a new report reveals, as the widening of the gap between the rich and poor accelerates.

As the business elite converge on Davos for the World Economic Forum, an Oxfam report shows wealth is becoming further concentrated, with the number of people owning the same amount as the bottom half of humanity falling from 388 to 62 in five years.

It says a “broken” economic model underpinned by deregulation, privatisation and financial secrecy has seen the wealth of the richest 62 people jump by 44 per cent in five years to $1.76 trillion.


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  1. You know, I wouldn’t mind quite so much that these guys have such disgusting levels of wealth if they’d just be honest about it. Ask them and they’ll tell you stories of how they ‘earned’ it or ‘worked long and hard’ for it. Just admit you inherited a huge figure and, inevitably, it turned into what they have now or they wheeled and dealed in the financial markets, and turned a huge figure into a ginormous figure on the backs of the ordinary people who put money into the banks, or else that they did what the workers didn’t, take in the profits from the workers very high productivity without paying the workers what they were worth, and I for one would have less disgust for the super-rich.
    I mean, why be liars and thieves when they could just be thieves?

  2. @Kharkov: Because they hire people to tell them the truth about themselves. All those experts can’t be wrong, can they?


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