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Brigitte Bardot threatens to follow Gérard Depardieu’s Russian move

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 23:23 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Brigitte Bardot  has threatened to follow Gérard Depardieu in asking for a Russian passport, in protest not at tax hikes but at the treatment of two circus elephants.

The animals, named Baby and Nepal, are owned by a touring circus and thought to be carrying tuberculosis. They were ordered to be put down by a court in Lyon, southern France, on Friday as a precautionary measure.

Bardot’s threat on Friday comes a day after her fellow actor Depardieu caused a storm in France by becoming a Russian citizen in protest at high tax rates proposed by François Hollande’s Socialist government, which he accuses of penalising success.

Absolutely nothing, nothing, to do with taxes.


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Dutch Government Aims to Shape Ethical Hackers’

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 23:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Dutch government’s cyber security center has published guidelines that it hopes will encourage ethical hackers to disclose security vulnerabilities in a responsible way.

“Persons who report an IT vulnerability have an important social responsibility,” the Dutch ministry of Security and Justice said on Thursday, announcing guidelines for ethical hacking that were published by the country’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC).

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While the released guidance does not affect the existing legal framework, it encourages parties to work together to make IT systems safer, the NCSC said.

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When an organization decides to follow these guidelines, it should include in its policy that it will not take legal action against ethical hackers who comply with the rules, it added.

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service however will keep the option to prosecute when it suspects that crimes have been committed, the ministry of Security and Justice said.

In other words, you’re still better off dumping the info anonymously on hacker forums. A missed chance.


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Argentina reasserts claim over Falklands

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 23:01 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

 

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has released a public letter urging the United Kingdom to relinquish its control over the disputed Falkland Islands.

She accused Britain of taking part in an act of “blatant colonialism” in claiming the archipelago and called on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to honour UN resolutions that indicate both sides should sit at the negotiating table to discuss the sovereignty of the Falklands.

Even those who actually know history are apparently doomed to repeat it.  This, from an Argentine politician in political trouble, is an absolute gift to a Conservative British Prime Minister in political trouble.

 

 


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Storied Swiss bank to shut after US tax trial

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 22:57 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

 

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Wegelin & Co, the oldest private Swiss bank, has said it would shut its doors permanently after more than 250 years following its guilty plea to charges of helping wealthy Americans evade taxes through secret accounts.

The plea, in US District Court in Manhattan, marks the death knell for one of Switzerland’s most storied banks, whose original European clients pre-date the American Revolution.

Wegelin on Thursday admitted to charges of conspiracy in helping Americans evade taxes on at least $1.2bn for nearly a decade.

What a lot of American tax evaders there are! Naughty bankers!

 


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    “[The Wegelin case] teaches a lesson to small and mid-sized players but in sad contrast it sends the wrong message to big banks. That they can hide money, be caught, pay a fine and go back to business as usual.”

The Original Star Wars Trilogy As Maps

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 19:26 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture

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Maps are an easy path to the heart for several geeks I know, but I haven’t seen enough of them that pertain to the Star Wars universe. Artist Andrew DeGraff created a series of them, but instead of showing you the galaxy, they take you on the path of the films in the original trilogy.


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The greatest country

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 18:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Steubenville High School Students Joke About Rape In Video Leaked By Anonymous

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A chilling video leaked by an Anonymous cell this week has added a new twist to a sordid tale of alleged rape that has shattered the peace of a close-knit Ohio football town.

The disturbing 12-minute video, posted online Tuesday by the hacktivist group “Knight Sec,” shows teens making jokes about the events that reportedly transpired on Aug. 22.

One teen appears to refer to the victim as “deader than” Trayvon Martin, and adds, “she is so raped her p**s is about as dry as the sun right now.”

Months later, what exactly happened in Steubenville, Ohio, is still being pieced together. Few witnesses have stepped forward to talk about the parties where the underage girl, who was from a neighboring town, was allegedly transported, assaulted and photographed by athletes from local Steubenville High.

The video, which was allegedly posted to YouTube on the night of the incident, has been brought to the attention of local police.


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  1. India in Ohio, but do not expect mass protests..Americans too apathetic.

Time to toss the floss

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 17:41 by Desiato in category: News

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“Flossing is almost completely useless, it doesn’t stop tooth decay,” he says, adding that he has “slides of bacteria waving as the floss goes past.”

On the other hand, he, like so many at the forefront of preventive dentistry, “would advise people to use xylitol. I have some xylitol mints in my desk drawer. If you look at the evidence it is overwhelming that xylitol works.”


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  1. Bullshit. 1) Xylitol’s benefits regarding tooth decay are only because it is not converted to acids which is what promotes tooth decay. 2) Flossing removes residual food stuffs and in so doing prevents it from decaying in place and creating acids that cause tooth decay. 3) Large quantities of Xylitol (~40g has negative side affects)

  2. Actually, one theory of the benefit of xylitol is that bacteria in your mouth absorb it thinking it is sugar they can use, but as it turns out to be non-caloric, the bacteria starve.

    If you read the article, you’ll see there are a variety of claims about clinical studies showing the lack of benefit from flossing, and substantial benefit from using mouth cleansers like Listerine. Maybe you can link to some articles that summarize studies to the contrary?

    I’m not about to stop flossing; it seems pretty clear that flossing removes nasty stuff from your mouth.

  3. Not so much to the contrary regarding Xylitol – as stated, it is not converted to acids. My BS comment is the implication that it eliminates the need to floss, which it does not.

  4. Wikipedia suggests that there are two theories of benefit from xylitol: starving harmful bacteria, and keeping saliva at a higher pH which aids deposition of minerals into tooth enamel. Both may contribute.

  5. Nowadays, Doctors and Dentists just tell you what make the most profit for them. Still pushing snake oil.

  6. Many people are still on the fence about xylitol. I swear by it though, if you find a brand that makes it from trees rather than corn. Has more benefits than just for cavities, it’s safe for diabetics (which is a HUGE plus for me) I agree though flossing is still a must!!

  7. adopting a diet which includes fermented foods aids in preventing tooth decay and keeping teeth white.. So keep flossing and get a healthier diet. Including fermented foods in your diet does so much more than this! see http://www.mercola.com I’ll keep flossing all the same!

  8. Wikipedia: “Mercola criticizes many aspects of standard medical practice, particularly vaccination and the use of prescription drugs and surgery to treat diseases.” Wrong guy for this crowd, I think.

  9. @Desiato: On the contrary, just the kind of fellow we love to talk about!

  10. @Sue: Touché!

Debts Trigger Rapid Decline of American Cities

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 17:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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San Bernardino, California, has gone from being the birthplace of McDonald’s, one of the world’s most successful companies, to a mound of unpaid debts. It’s a sad example of what a lack of infrastructure investment and an almost religious aversion to higher taxes have done to cities across the United States.


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CIA Official Who Destroyed Torture Tapes Squirms at Zero Dark Thirty Abuse

Posted on January 4th, 2013 at 16:14 by Paul Jay in category: Boo hoo poor you, News

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Jose Rodriguez thinks the new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden is “well worth seeing.” But the retired CIA veteran has reservations about its gut-churning portrayal of the CIA’s treatment of detainees. Which is rich, coming from the man who destroyed the video footage documenting many of those brutal agency interrogations.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post on Friday, the former chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and its clandestine service takes issue with Zero Dark Thirty‘s torture scenes. Those scenes are admittedly hard to watch. They show terrified, disoriented and bloodied detainees kept awake for days on end by having their arms painfully suspended from the ceilings of secret jails; stuffed into tiny wooden boxes when they don’t cooperate with their inquisitors; and waterboarded on soiled mattresses while interrogators bark questions. They also largely match up with the minimal public disclosure of how the post-9/11 program actually operated.

But they offend Rodriguez, who describes himself as “intimately involved in setting up and administering” a program he has steadfastly denied amounted to torture. Most CIA detainees weren’t subject to what he euphemistically calls “enhanced interrogation.” Those who were experienced “harsh measures for only a few days or weeks at the start of their detention.” And director Kathryn Bigelow left out all the bureaucratic red tape CIA interrogators encountered: “To give a detainee a single open-fingered slap across the face, CIA officers had to receive written authorization from Washington.”

Except there’s a problem with Rodriguez’s account that he sidesteps in calling the film inaccurate. While at the CIA, Rodriguez himself destroyed nearly 100 video recordings of brutal interrogations, including those of two al-Qaida figures who most definitely were subjected to “harsh measures,” Abu Zubaydah and 9/11 architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. If Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are in the dark about torture — like the rest of the country — Rodriguez is a big part of the reason why.


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  1. Well, that was disappointing. I was really hoping the article would back up the headline. Maybe reveal the guy actually did squirm, had some regret, maybe was actually sorry for doing what he did. Nope. I can only wish that someday he gets to experience himself what he did to others.