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At risk

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 20:57 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. “You may be at risk of dying if you:
    – Are alive”

Image with proof Osama is dead

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 19:58 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Surprised someone hasn’t retrieved it and claimed the reward.

  2. No proof. More likely Jesus Christ is practicing for the Rapture.

Rapture van

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 19:53 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

And don’t forget “the Bible guarantees it”.

“…or thy money back you shall get…”


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  1. Matthew 24:36

  2. That only means “the Father” told them, since that verse reads “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

  3. Apparently these vultures are buying billboards throughout the US and the turkeys are flocking to giver them more money to spread the word, just like 1993. May not be as big as the Great Disappointment of 1844, but will be hilarious as all get out.

  4. I’m not so sure, Sue. This one seems to be getting a lot more publicity than past predictions of the end of the world, and I can’t figure out why anyone’s paying any attention to them. I mean, this guy alone has incorrectly predicted the rapture in the past. So I’ll say it now: if anyone’s predicting the end of the world for any reason other than the sun burning out, they’re wrong (although I concede that things like a massive asteroid collision or widescale nuclear war would wipe out most of humanity albeit not the planet as a whole).

  5. This picture is a strong candidate to circulate around the Internet on May 22. With the single word “FAIL” on it in huge letters…

Canadian Catholic Bishop Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 19:52 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A former Roman Catholic bishop in Nova Scotia has pleaded guilty to trying to import child pornography after he was arrested in 2009 returning from a trip to Thailand.


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  1. And this is the guy who “negotiated” the $15M Cdn. settlement of sexual abuse claims against priests in Nova Scotia. In August 2009 he apologized to the victims (now numbering at least 140) on behalf of the church. Usual dreadful stories and ruined lives.

    In September 2009, he returned from a trip to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia with large amounts of child pornography and sex toys. You bet he wanted to plead guilty, so that no-one looked into who he had been doing in those countries.

Bin Laden’s Neighbors Say Compound Was Under Surveillance Since 2005

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 19:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Contrary to statements released by Pakistani intelligence agencies denying any knowledge of the occupants of the Abbottabad compound raided by American Special Forces units on May 1, there is evidence that the occupants of the compound housing Osama bin Laden were well known to Pakistani intelligence from the time the purpose-built compound was finished and occupied in 2005.


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  1. If that’s true, it’s not good for Pakistan. If neighbors detected Pakistani surveillance teams, the US surveillance teams detected them, too. The back-and-forth since should be a lot more intense if the US has airtight evidence that Pakistani intelligence had knowledge of Bin Laden’s whereabouts and maybe they are in other venues.

  2. It is naive to speak of Pakistan as if it were one entity with one heart and one mind. The President and even the head of their secret service could have been in the dark, while others within the government and military knew all along.

  3. ISI is full of sensationally duplicitous b’tards who have committed crimes and deceptions beyond belief. They are not under political control IMO.
    I _am_ surprised that OBL was hidden in a place with so little plausible deniability.
    When the US pulls out of Afghanistan, the money tap could run dry, and they’ll all have to go back to banditry.

  4. No country is “one entity with one heart and one mind”, TS. Not sure what the point of that was. It’s fairly obvious Pakistan has been playing all sides but I don’t think anyone here thought anyone there would sign off on hiding the most wanted man in the world. It’s quite a bit more than just embarrassing and it’s not at all good for any of Pakistan’s entities, hearts, and minds.

Pakistan pays U.S. lobbyists to deny it helped bin Laden

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 19:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pakistan’s Washington lobbyists have launched an intense campaign on Capitol Hill to counter accusations that Islamabad was complicit in giving refuge to Osama bin Laden.

Alarmed by lawmakers’ demands to cut off billions of dollars of U.S. aid after bin Laden was found living in a Pakistani safe house for six years, President Asif Ali Zardari has ordered a full-court press to quell mounting accusations that it helped the al Qaeda leader avoid capture.

So the US pays Pakistan loads of money which then uses the money to lobby the US…


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  1. Yep. Better than weapons, I suppose.

  2. Sorta like subsidies for oil companies.

Wall Street Journal launches insecure Wikileaks clone, promises to sell you out

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 14:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Wall Street Journal launched a Wikileaks clone, Safehouse, today. The site itself is reportedly crude and insecure, and its terms of service say they will report you to the law or otherwise sell you out if it pleases them:

“We reserve the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process, to operate our systems properly, to protect the property or rights of Dow Jones or any affiliated companies, and to safeguard the interests of others.”

Shit sandwiches are on the menu today at Rupert Murdoch’s news empire, but if you’re dumb enough to leak something to it, you’ve really earned yours.


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it is US’ enemies whose acts are full of simplicity

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 12:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Late at night, on the outskirts of a big city, they slipped in and got him. It was illegal, a breach of sovereignty, and the host country would later scream blue murder. But it was so compromised by its associations that little attention was paid. When news of the raid got out, and the result was seen for what it was, any cavils about international law were put to one side as the world rejoiced.

The operation of which I speak is, of course, the kidnap of Adolf Eichmann from Argentina by an Israeli squad in 1961 — an event whose initial audacity was quickly consumed by an even more extraordinary act, that of putting Eichmann on trial in Israel, complete with a defence counsel, and a process that many criticised at the time as achingly slow, overly deferential to a man whose identity and guilt was unquestionable, and whose accordance of the notion of possible innocence was a traumatic affront to survivors.

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To win, to triumph, is to defeat an enemy, and the most important part of that victory is to no longer be defined by them. Essential to that victory, is the extension of respect to the vanquished. That may involve mercy, but does not need to. But look at any victor, and you will find some mechanism by which that respect and recognition could be established. The Mongols slaughtered their enemies — and then named their children after them. The Romans tortured rebels as public entertainment — and then extended the Pax Romana to their followers.

Conversely, any victor that cannot manage such a gesture is in deep trouble, because they cannot free themselves from a fight they have already won. And if victory itself cannot free them, what will? Those forces caught in such a loop cannot get out of it, because their own identity is more strongly defined by the way their enemy regards them, than it is by the way they regard themselves. The inability to grant either mercy, or legal formalism, or respect, or to simply move on is an expression of a fatal lack of confidence at the core of the project, a lack of political being.


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Protester to sue police over secret surveillance

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 8:56 by Paul Jay in category: News

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John Catt, aged 86, has had his presence at peaceful protests systematically logged by secretive police unit over four years

An 86-year-old man has been granted permission to launch a lawsuit against police chiefs who have classified him as a “domestic extremist” and kept a detailed record of his political activities on a clandestine database.

John Catt, who has no criminal record, is bringing the high court action against a secretive police unit which systematically logged his presence at more than 55 peace and human rights protests over a four-year period.

Some of the entries record his habit of taking out his sketch pad and drawing the scene at demonstrations. Other entries contain notes on his appearance – such as “clean shaven” – and the slogans on his clothes.

His lawsuit will challenge the power of police to compile secret files on law-abiding protesters.


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  1. In the UK the Cold War never ended.

Homeland Security Wants Mozilla to Pull “Domain Seizure” Add-On

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 8:09 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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However, where ICE might have expected a swift take down from Mozilla, the legal and business affairs department of the tech company was not planning to honor the request so easily.

“Our approach is to comply with valid court orders, warrants, and legal mandates, but in this case there was no such court order,” Anderson explains.

According to Anderson complying with the request without any additional information would threaten open Internet principles. So, instead of taking the add-on offline they replied to ICE with a set of 11 well-crafted questions.

Interestingly enough, Mozilla never heard from ICE again.


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  1. There must be huge Streisand fans working for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit. :-)

Casamento gay é legalizado. Reconhecida união homoafetiva

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 7:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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O julgamento do Superior Tribunal Federal decidiu hoje que o casamento gay está legalizado no Brasil. Com expressiva maioria de votos os ministros do STF tornaram a união estável homoafetiva legalizada, incluindo o Brasil entre os países que reconhecem o casamento homossexual como comum para a sociedade.


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  1. Great news! In spite of my cynicism, this trend is irreversible.

David Koch: I Don’t Think Obama ‘Contributed Much At All’ To Bin Laden Killing

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 7:47 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Billionaire Republican financier David Koch told New York magazine he doesn’t think President Obama “contributed much at all” to the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, and the military and intelligence agencies deserve all the credit.

“[A]ll that Obama did was say ‘yea’ or ‘nay,’ we’re going to take him out or not,” Koch said, while attending the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Spring Ball on Wednesday evening. He went on:

He just made the decision, it was obvious where the guy is. He was one of the worst terrorists organizing attacks on the United States. I mean, no president in his right mind would not approve that decision to go eliminate him. So he’s getting a lot of recognition and his polls have jumped up, but his decision was the easiest of them all. The real hard work was done by the intelligence and the SEALs.

Isn’t that something?

A billionaire CEO type grouses about all the benefits accruing to the guy who makes the decisions as opposed to the guys who actually get their hands dirty. Reminds you of somebody?


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  1. Kinda reminds me of a billionaire CEO type. :)

  2. No pleasing his type. Stupid git.

Cartoons

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 7:39 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Face/Off

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 7:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

The Daily Show – Face/Off
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My opinion: the reason they don’t release it is that the Seals didn’t kill him in the action, they executed him, which means premeditated murder and the picture shows this. It’s evidence the US committed a (war) crime.

The US should of course be held responsible for the crimes they commit, but in this particular case I’m realistic (or if you want, cynical) enough to shrug it off. Not going to happen. Besides, there are plenty of other things the US has done that deserve prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity without the mitigating circumstances you could argue for this particular case.


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Wolf!

Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 7:19 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

Malware for the Mac


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  1. Not scared. My just arrived iMac is safe. It works. Except the internet part. I will have to install Windows for that :)

  2. Keep in mind that in that fairy tale, the wolf did, in fact, come and eat the shepherd. Just not the first few times when the shepherd was yanking everyone’s chain.

  3. Unfortunately it’s not just up to Apple to keep the Mac secure.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385044,00.asp