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Pope Apologizes To U.K.: Deeply Sorry, Ashamed Of Sex Abuse

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 16:22 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday he was ashamed of the "unspeakable" sexual abuse of children by priests, issuing an apology to the British faithful even as thousands of people opposed to his visit marched in central London in the biggest protest of his five-year papacy.

During a Mass in Westminster Cathedral, Benedict said he hoped the church’s humiliation would help victims heal and help the church purify itself of the sins of its ministers and renew its commitment to educating the young.

Missing from his statement were the words “and to show you our commitment, here are the names of the priests we’re handing over to civil authorities for prosecution today.”

So it’s still just words, and words won’t prevent future abuse.


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  1. To quote napalm death: “It’s all smiles and handshakes, but who moves to disarm?”

Hitler’s election poster uses the concordat of Pius XII

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 16:20 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The poster was printed for the Reichstag election of 12 November 1933, when voters were already being presented with a single list of candidates to be approved or rejected as a group: the “Hitler list”. The poster is titled “Why is a Catholic obliged to vote for the parliamentary list of Adolf Hitler?” It answers this question by enumerating the benefits to the Church of the concordat negotiated by Pius XII, and signed just months before.

Naturally, the poster doesn’t mention that the Reichskonkordat also contained a Secret Supplement providing for a future German mobilisation, in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles. The secret part of the concordat indicates that already in 1933 the Pope expected Germany to go to war against Russia. And a recently discovered letter shows that ten years later, when this indeed happened, Pius hoped for a German victory. It was a marriage of convenience: Pius got a favourable concordat and a German army to fight Communism, whilst Hitler got the “Catholic vote” to help bring him to power.


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The Future

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 16:12 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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  1. The sitting one looks like John Glenn.

Federal Contracts

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 11:38 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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The Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997 sets a goal that 23 percent of all government contracts go to small businesses, as defined by employee size and revenue.

Small companies like AT&T, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett-Packard, Office Depot, Xerox, and Dell.


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UK passes buck on Europe’s cookie law with copy-paste proposal

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 11:24 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Privacy, Security

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OUT-LAW reported yesterday that the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a consultation on its plans for implementing a suite of five EU Directives, known collectively as the European Electronic Communications Framework.

One of these Directives amends the existing Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications. The new law includes an Article that demands that websites get every visitor’s prior consent before sending cookies to their machines.

An exception exists where the cookie is "strictly necessary" for the provision of a service "explicitly requested" by the user – so cookies can take a user from a product page to a checkout without the need for consent. Other cookies will require prior consent, though.

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The Article that demands prior consent appears to be qualified by a Recital that says: “Where it is technically possible and effective, in accordance with the relevant provisions of [the Data Protection Directive], the user’s consent to processing may be expressed by using the appropriate settings of a browser or other application.”

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The advertising industry is adamant that you can rely on cookie settings

So there you have it – it is illegal for a web server to send your browser a cookie.

Unless it is required for the website to work, or unless your browser settings allow it anyway.

So the practical upshot is that it is illegal to send cookies to browsers who block them? What use is this law?

From the comments on that article:

Industry don’t want these changes because it obligates them to behave ethically and seek consent to track and profile.

Industry don’t give a shit about how this impacts users, they only care about how it impacts their ability to cast a wide net for profiling – which is what opt out has allowed them to do for far too long.


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Elizabeth Warren

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 10:50 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

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"You can’t buy a toaster in America that has a one-in-five chance of exploding, but you can buy a mortgage that has a one-in-five chance of exploding, and they don’t have to tell you about it."


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Black Box Voting

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Consultants examining the Aug. 5 Shelby County election found 3,221 more votes than voters on documents provided by Shelby County elections officials pursuant to a court order.

Most voterless votes were found in large Republican precincts, a non-random distribution.


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The pope is enjoying his visit to the U.K.

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Pastafarian News


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  1. “Suffer the little children to come unto me.”
    Not a chance.

Intel Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Uses HDCP Crack

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 9:33 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Intel threatened legal action Friday against anybody who uses its proprietary crypto key — leaked on the internet — to produce hardware that defeats the so-called HDCP technology that limits home recording of digital television and Blu-ray.

“There are laws to protect both the intellectual property involved as well as the content that is created and owned by the content providers,” said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman for the company, which developed HDCP. “Should a circumvention device be created using this information, we and others would avail ourselves, as appropriate, of those remedies.”

Yeah, because that worked so well for the css crack!


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Manta

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 8:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Mexico’s Bicentennial – The Big Picture

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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This week, Mexico commemorated the 200th anniversary of the beginning of its War of Independence. In September of 1810, a Mexican priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla uttered a call to arms against the Spanish, later known as the Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores"). Soon after began a series of battles with the Spanish that would build into a war that lasted over a decade, eventually resulting in independence. This bicentennial year, tens of thousands of Mexicans thronged the streets of Mexico City to celebrate. The celebrations took place under a somewhat subdued light though, amid the violence of a brutal nationwide drug war and vocal criticism of government spending on the lavish ceremonies. Collected here are photos of this week’s celebration of 200 years of Mexican independence. (42 photos total)


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Mexican troops wearing period costumes take part in the re-enactment of a historic battle during bicentennial celebrations this week, in Mexico City September 13, 2010. (REUTERS/Henry Romero) #


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Nation Once Again Comes Under Sway Of Pink-Faced Half-Wit

Posted on September 18th, 2010 at 8:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Following an Aug. 28 rally in Washington, D.C. attended by an estimated 87,000 Americans, experts confirmed this week that the U.S. populace appears to have fallen under the spell of yet another pink-faced half-wit.


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