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Fastest way to get through a border patrol checkpoint

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 at 13:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Lewis Macleod reads Little Red Riding Hood

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 at 13:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Inside the Mirrortocracy

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


If spam filt­ers sor­ted mes­sages the way Silicon Val­ley sorts peo­ple, you’d only get email from your col­lege room­mate. And you’d never sus­pect you were mis­s­ing a thing.

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Woensdag 23 juli dag van nationale rouw

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 at 22:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


Premier Mark Rutte heeft woensdag 23 juli uitgeroepen tot dag van nationale rouw. Dat is op de dag dat de eerste slachtoffers van de vliegramp in Oekraïne van vlucht MH17 aankomen in Eindhoven.

Translation; tomorrow is day of national mourning in NL.

First time since 1962….

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  1. Okay, little reality check here. dutch news sources, which I can’t help but watch a lot, make clear that our government is holding back quite a lot just to make sure we get the bodies back first, and THEN we start looking for the idiots who did this.

    At the same time, there’s plenty evidence that a missile shot did the deed. And evidence points to… wait, let me short-cut that. Does anybody believe that the grunts who pulled the trigger in that SA-11 are still alive? I mean, be realistic…. if you’re a Ukrainian separatist with such a weapon system, and you fuck up like that, you are likely to be disappeared right away, right?

  2. I believe that the rocket launcher would likely have had a trained Russian crew, and that they and all the equipment are safely back in Russia. A trained crew can still make such a mistake – in 1988 the Vincennes shot down Iran Air flight 655 on its usual route in Iranian air space, even though it was emitting the signal indicating that it was a civilian aircraft. The USA never admitted legal liability, but in 1996 expressed “regret” and paid a financial settlement to the victims.

Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 at 20:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


resident Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing the objections as hypocritical.

Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would be handed over on schedule in October but a decision on a second would depend on Russia’s attitude.

It was the clearest signal yet that Paris will go through with the controversial deal despite the Ukraine crisis and came only hours after British Prime Minister David Cameron said it would be “unthinkable” for his country to fulfil such an order.

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  1. A taxi driver writes:
    “The French are old ‘ores, just like the Brits. Only the Brits ‘av been selling the Russians soccer teams an’ Knightbridge pent’arses. Stolen money, the ‘ole lot, ‘swelp me, guv!”

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mission Statement

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 at 17:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. I love Weird Al. He is an amazing talent. His songs are always so thought provoking.

    Still in this case I think I’ll stick with the original:


  2. I think I need to upgrade my version. I still have “Outreach” and “Capacity” left on my Bullshit Bingo card.

  3. Sue, I’m pretty sure ‘capacity’ was in there.

On Every Anniversary Of The Moon Landing, My Thoughts Always Turn To That Horse Neil Armstrong And I Jettisoned Out Of The Airlock |

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 at 16:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


The next thing I knew, it was time to stuff the horse into the airlock. Neil and I were shoving him in there, and the horse was screaming, and the other guy that was with us was yelling, “No, no, no! Don’t launch the horse!” but we said, “Shut the fuck up for a second, and just let us jettison this horse into the infinite blackness of outer space.”

And that’s exactly what we did.

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  1. I can’t make out if it’s the drugs or lack of oxygen…

Cops React to the Death of Eric Garner

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 at 16:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


There has been no shortage of community outrage in the days since the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six suspected of selling loose cigarettes, during a violent, videotaped arrest in Staten Island last week. Mayor de Blasio delayed his vacation and called the circumstances “very troubling,” while NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said “this would appear to have been a chokehold,” an illegal maneuver.


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There has been no shortage of community outrage in the days since the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six suspected of selling loose cigarettes, during a violent, videotaped arrest in Staten Island last week. Mayor de Blasio delayed his vacation and called the circumstances “very troubling,” while NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said “this would appear to have been a chokehold,” an illegal maneuver.

Two officers involved, including eight-year veteran Daniel Pantaleo, who administered the neck-grab to bring Garner down, have been taken off the streets (as have four EMS workers, who were placed on modified duty). And while the PBA union has requested the police be given “the benefit of the doubt,” emotions are running high not just among the public but for police officers, too.

In internet communities for law enforcement, like PoliceOne.com, “the One resource for Law Enforcement online,” and Thee Rant, an NYPD message board, the Garner story has stirred up racial, political, and professional tensions, most of them quite ugly.

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I’d like to order a vowel, please

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:04 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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Posted on July 22nd, 2014 at 9:03 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmerman statement to United Nations on plane crash

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 23:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Whirlpool Wants Congress to Ban Class-Action Suits Tied to Energy Star Program

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 18:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


After government testing showed that scores of consumer products carrying the Energy Star label did not deserve the listing, a wave of class-action lawsuits was filed against the companies that manufacture the products.

Now, at least one major manufacturer wants Congress to ban the lawsuits and is threatening to withdraw from Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency program, unless it gets its way.


“By eliminating consumers’ access to the civil justice system, corporations will not be held accountable in court for swindling customers,” said Sarah Jones, a spokeswoman for the trial lawyers’ organization, the American Association for Justice.

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Malaysia Airlines diverts flight from Ukraine – to Syria

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News



Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday.

Flightradar24 posted a flight map on its Twitter account on Monday showing the change in the flight’s route.

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NeXT vs Sun

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 17:17 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


In 1991 Steve Jobs’ company commissioned an head-to-head programming competition to show how much faster and easier it was to program a NeXT computer vs a Sun workstation. The NeXT operating system went on to be the foundation for Apple’s Macintosh OS-X about a decade later.

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  1. Well, would I rather have learned to use NeXTstep or Devguide? Not sure. For the type of programs shown here, relative simple GUI plus simple key-value storage, sure, but for writing all the other stuff, not sure. But what I don’t get is that the Sun guy can’t display Postscript on a NeWS system using Devguide? That looks fishy. Personally, I would have used neither NeXTstep nor Devguide and saved a lot of money off the bat. My code would have been somewhat portable. ;-P I wonder what would happen nowadays if a free/open source buff would take on this challenge, as a web-app, against a seasoned Visual Studio coder.

  2. Why a web-app? How about a three-way battle between the Microsoft platform (Visual Studio and all the technologies that go along with it), XCode and all the Apple technologies, and Google?

    And have the requirements be something modern as well – with a social/mobile part (perhaps location based, sales people in the field exchanging some information, with push notifications and all that), scalable to millions of users, with user interfaces for at least three device families (phone/tablet/PC)?

    Then web technologies would be just a small part of the task. We’ve come a long way since 1991, let the challenge reflect that.

How did the Snowden revelations impact behaviour?

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 12:45 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


This week the Australian government announced what seems to be an extraordinary piece of legislation.

Spies who leak sensitive information will face tough new penalties of up to 10 years’ jail and internet firms could be forced to store customers’ data for up to two years under sweeping national security reforms…

To appreciate the impact of policies designed to curtail the dissemination of disclosures, it is useful to actually go to the evidence. A few months ago, Alex Marthews and Catherine Tucker provided that evidence in this paper

One thing is more certain, this adjustment is suggesting that moves like this one for the Australian government may be actually upsetting more citizens than they think and that might well add up in terms of votes. I’m sure that will be of interest to politicians who think supporting this legislation is innocuous.

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How Women Got In On the Civil Rights Act

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 15:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


For twenty years, the belief that the sex provision was a monkey wrench that unintentionally became part of the machine was the conventional wisdom about Title VII. But when scholars—including Michael Gold, Carl Brauer, Cynthia Deitch, Jo Freeman, and Robert Bird—dug into the archives they not only learned that the real story of the sex amendment was quite different; they essentially uncovered an alternative history of women’s rights.

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I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 13:10 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Rich people vote their self-interest in every single election.  Why don’t poor people?


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Failed fruit

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 12:13 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Struggling to Keep Afghan Girl Safe After a Mullah Is Accused of Rape

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 11:50 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex.

But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an “honor killing” in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.

This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her refuge and returned her to her family, despite complaints from women’s activists that she was likely to be killed.

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  1. Nice folks. Loser has his way with a 10yr-old girl and her family’s reaction is to kill HER. None of our business, I suppose.

  2. There’s an old saying: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can make it drink”. Actually, that’s not an insult of horse intelligence.

  3. Actually, it’s suppose to be “can’t make it drink”.

  4. [Quote]:

    A member of the Islamic Assembly (Majlis) and its ‘Judicial Commission’, Nayereh Akhavan (here’s a photo of her),  has said that there can be no ban on child marriages because there are ten year olds who have reached ‘sexual and intellectual puberty’ and because it would ‘contradict sharia’. We know Islam’s prophet consummated his ‘marriage’ with Aisha when she was 9.  And of course there is Ayatollah Khomeini ‘s book of sayings: ‘Tahrir al Wasilah’, where he says that a man can even have sex with a baby.

    He says: ‘A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate vaginally, but sodomising the child is acceptable. If a man does penetrate and damage the child then, he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl will not count as one of his four permanent wives and the man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister… It is better for a girl to marry at such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband’s house, rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.’

    There’s more on sex with animals and placing penises between the thighs of weaning babes if you have the stomach to read on.

    The book in English is very inappropriately called Ruhollah Khomeini, Sayings of the Ayatollah Khomeini: Political, Philosophical, Social, & Religious (“The Little Green Book”) [Bantam Books, September 1985, New York/London. ISBN 0553140329] by the moral relativist brigade.

  5. Pedophiles use religion to justify abusing women and molesting children? I’m shocked.

  6. I think there should be a constitutional amendment banning trade with counties that don’t respect everyone’s right.


Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 10:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pro-Life Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic for Not Hiring Her to Do the Job She Refused to Do

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 10:28 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Sara Hellwege, a pro-life nurse, applied for a job at Tampa Family Health Centers (in Florida) this past April. TFHC is a Title X clinic, meaning they’re all about things like family planning, contraception, and birth control.

So when Hellwege mentioned her affiliation with the “American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists” in her resume, the interviewer (Chad Lindsey) asked her if that would be a problem since, you know, conservative Christians + birth control = crazytown.

Hellwege said she couldn’t prescribe birth control since, in her unscientific mind, it caused abortions. Lindsey, knowing that all of the job openings involved prescribing birth control, told her there were no other positions available and that there was no reason to proceed with the interview process.

So she’s suing him.

I repeat: She’s suing him because he’s not hiring her for a job she refuses to do.

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Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

Learn It

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  1. Exhortations to learn IT and to not excrete in public are perfectly sensible.


Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 19:57 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

Russian separatists have been doing things at the crash site that without respect, inhumane, and without precedent. I’m appalled. I have no words.

This picture is one that has accompanied many stories about this.


And although I have no kind words for the separatists right now, it must be said this is unfair. Here‘s what really happened when that picture was taken.

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Playing With a Bug

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 18:21 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. I think the spider mite learned more at the meeting than the person with the pen.

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 13:11 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


U.S. communications increasingly travel across U.S. borders — or are stored beyond them. For example, the Google and Yahoo e-mail systems rely on networks of “mirror” servers located throughout the world. An e-mail from New York to New Jersey is likely to wind up on servers in Brazil, Japan and Britain. The same is true for most purely domestic communications.

Executive Order 12333 contains nothing to prevent the NSA from collecting and storing all such communications — content as well as metadata — provided that such collection occurs outside the United States in the course of a lawful foreign intelligence investigation. No warrant or court approval is required, and such collection never need be reported to Congress. None of the reforms that Obama announced earlier this year will affect such collection.

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  1. They’ve been spying on us since Raygun? It didn’t seem to do any good. Why are we still wasting money on it?

  2. @chas: You can’t stop now. Can’t stop ever. This ratchet only goes one way…If they stopped, and then there was the inevitable “incident” there would be political hell to pay.

Bedworth school excludes pupil from end-of-year trip because she missed ONE day to go to mum’s funeral

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


A child was excluded from a school trip celebrating 100 per cent attendance because she’d missed one day – to go to her mum’s funeral.

Little Maddie Stevens, 11, was left confused and angry after staff at St Giles’ Junior School in Bedworth refused to let her go to Frankie & Benny’s restaurant with her friends on Tuesday.

Maddie’s mum Gail died of breast cancer in January this year, after a two-year battle with the disease.

The grieving youngster’s dad Andy, a finance manager, said: “It’s just so insensitive after everything she has been through.

“Maddie has been absolutely amazing since her mum died. She took only one day off to go the funeral, because we wanted to keep things as normal for her as we could. But even if she’d taken a week off I’d be saying this.

“She got very upset when Gail passed away and at the funeral, but she’s just tried to get on with things.


When the Telegraph contacted St Giles’ Junior School, a spokesperson said: “Following concerns raised, the rewarding of pupils for 100 per cent attendance has been withdrawn.”

Let unsaid in that response “and that’s her fault!”. Bunch of insensitive idiots.

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  1. The correct response: “We are _so_ sorry! We are a bunch of insensitive idiots. The head teacher has resigned.”

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Switzerland, his representative said Thursday. He was 70.

“His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists,” his spokeswoman, Lori Haynes, said.

Winter was in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of a tour of Europe, although he was scheduled to return to the United States for shows later in July, according to his official Facebook page.

Winter first gained national attention when Rolling Stone magazine featured the the Texas music scene in a December 1968 cover story. It captioned his photo: “Johnny Winter, Albino Bluesman.” The article said guitarist Mike Bloomfield considered the young Winter the “best white blues guitarist he had ever heard.”

Rolling Stone now ranks Winter 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists.

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  1. Can a blue man play the whites? Yeah!

Fill in the dots…

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A Pittsburgh pastor who wrote a not-quite-bestselling book about his successful struggle to become a former gay has been arrested for …..

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Blogger Fined By French Court Because Negative Restaurant Review Was Too Prominent In Google

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 20:44 by John Sinteur in category: News


There are two contexts in which this story can be analyzed: 1) the futility of trying to use the courts to attack or quash negative reviews and 2) European courts’ increasingly bold attempts to blunt the impact of or censor specific search results that are perceived to cause harm (whether or not the information at issue is truthful or factual).

On the first point the restaurant has gained much more unwanted attention for itself through the action and subsequent coverage. I wouldn’t be surprised now if it went out of business. However, the food and service appear to be mediocre; so perhaps it’s inevitable anyway.

On the second matter, I’m sure the BBC coverage fails to elucidate some of the nuances of the case but the judge’s actions and decision appear to me to be pretty outrageous. I could perhaps understand the decision if the review were totally defamatory and not supported by the weight of opinion from other sources. But it seems very consistent with other reviews.

The only “crime” here, then, was ranking too high in search results.

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The World Health Organization calls for the decriminalisation of drug use

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 20:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


The United Nations’ leading health agency, the World Health Organization, has called on countries around the world to end the criminalisation of people who use drugs. The call was made in a report published this month that looked at policy responses for dealing with HIV among key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people. The WHO’s unambiguous recommendation is clearly grounded in concerns for public health and human rights. Whilst the call is made in the context of the policy response to HIV specifically, it clearly has broader ramifications, specifically including drug use other than injecting.

In the report, the WHO says:

  • “Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize injection and other use of drugs and, thereby, reduce incarceration.
  • Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize the use of clean needles and syringes (and that permit NSPs[needle and syringe programs]) and that legalize OST [opiate substitution treatment] for people who are opioid-dependent.
  • Countries should ban compulsory treatment for people who use and/or inject drugs

The report also highlights Portugal’s success in decriminalising personal drug possession and treating drug use as a health, rather than a criminal justice, issue.

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