Holy crap! Rep. John Carter just learned about encryption! And he thinks it’s only on mobile phones but (ooooh, scary) might one day be used on “big super computers” to keep stuff safe.
A Catholic priest has sparked outrage at a primary school in Melbourne’s west over controversial comments he made about Jill Meagher’s death at an end-of-term service.
The priest reportedly held up a newspaper with Adrian Bayley’s face on it, before mentioning rape and murder to students, staff and about 100 other parishioners at St Christopher’s Primary School at Airport West on Friday.
The 3AW Drive program, presented by Tom Elliott, was told the priest then said that if Ms Meagher had been “more faith-filled” she “would have been home in bed” and “not walking down Sydney Rd at 3am” when she was raped and murdered by Bayley in September 2012.
Why do you never see one of these asshats say something like “if the rapist had been more faith-filled he would have been home in bed and not walking down Sydney Rd at 3am to rape her”?
A school in New York state has apologised after receiving complaints because a student recited the US Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic.
The school’s foreign language department arranged for the pledge to be read in a different language each day for a week.
Complaints were received from people who lost family in Afghanistan and from Jewish parents, an official said.
I don’t know what to point out first. That they should do the pledge in Cherokee instead, or that Arabic is not widely spoken in Afghanistan, where the major languages are Dari and Pashto.
It’s hard to believe freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) caused such a stir in the Senate with his letter to Iran even before his maiden floor speech. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led an unsuccessful fight against Obamacare, couldn’t even do that.
But Cotton — now famous for orchestrating the controversial letter to Iran with the signatures of 46 of his GOP colleagues — finally got the chance to do just that on Monday evening. Cotton began, as one does, with Adolf Hitler.
If you want to stand out amongst the current batshit insane GOP you have to ramp the crazy up to eleven right out of the gate.
And this is the same guy that a few years back copied Best Korea when it comes to punishment proposals:
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday offered legislative language that would “automatically” punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, levying sentences of up to 20 years in prison.
The provision was introduced as an amendment to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, which lays out strong penalties for people who violate human rights, engage in censorship, or commit other abuses associated with the Iranian government.
Cotton also seeks to punish any family member of those people, “to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree,” including, “parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids,” Cotton said.
“There would be no investigation,” Cotton said during Wednesday’s markup hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “If the prime malefactor of the family is identified as on the list for sanctions, then everyone within their family would automatically come within the sanctions regime as well.
A German biologist who offered €100,000 (£71,350; $106,300) to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus has been ordered by a court to pay up.
Stefan Lanka, who believes the illness is psychosomatic, made the pledge four years ago on his website.
The reward was later claimed by German doctor David Barden, who gathered evidence from various medical studies. Mr Lanka dismissed the findings.
But the court in the town of Ravensburg ruled that the proof was sufficient.
Reacting to the verdict by the court in the southern town, Mr Lanka said he would appeal.
“It is a psychosomatic illness,” he told regional paper Suedkurier. “People become ill after traumatic separations.”
Zhu Weiqun, a Communist Party official who has long dealt with Tibetan issues, told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that the Dalai Lama had, essentially, no say over whether he was reincarnated. That was ultimately for the Chinese government to decide, he said, according to a transcript of his comments on the website of People’s Daily, the party’s main newspaper.
And here’s the first thing I would do if I were president of the United States. I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.
“Ambition characterizes and distinguishes national officeholders from other kinds of human beings,” Cotton wrote. “Inflammatory passion and selfish interest characterizes most men, whereas ambition characterizes men who pursue and hold national office. Such men rise from the people through a process of self-selection since politics is a dirty business that discourages all but the most ambitious.”
Cotton insists that the Founders were wise not to put too much faith in democracy, because people are inherently selfish, narrow-minded, and impulsive. He defends the idea that the country must be led by a class of intellectually superior officeholders whose ambition sets them above other men. Though Cotton acknowledges that this might seem elitist, he derides the Federalists’ modern critics as mushy-headed and naive.
Didn’t a similar idea result in over 11 millions deaths during WWII?
Catholic Bishop Dr Kevin Doran has said it is wrong for a woman to get back at a rapist by having an abortion.
Yeah, because it really hurts the rapists having an abortion, and surely no other possible reason could motivate women to abort such a pregnancy.
Of course, forced marriage with the rapist is the only reasonable option, but only if her father still owns her. If he’s already sold her to her husband, you’ll have to execute her.
There have been some radical solutions to online piracy in recent years but one coming out of India today is perhaps the most ‘ambitious’ so far. The Tamil Film Producer’s Council says it is in discussion to stop releasing all films for at least three months which means that pirates will have nothing to copy and will therefore go out of business.
An Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should receive the death penalty for her criticism of Islam is now a Department of Justice contractor hired to teach classes to Muslims who are in federal prison.
According to federal spending records, Fouad ElBayly, the imam at Islamic Center of Johnstown in Pennsylvania, was contracted by the DOJ’s Bureau of Prisons beginning last year to teach the classes to Muslim inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md.
The records show that ElBayly has two contracts worth $12,900 to teach the classes and to provide the inmates “leadership and guidance.” One of the contracts is dated Feb. 20, 2014, and the other is dated Dec. 8, 2014.
I’m sure this will end well…
With Tuesday’s opinion, the Alabama justices did not just overrule a federal district judge; they attempted to openly defy the Supreme Court. This is no longer a case about just marriage equality; it is a case about the power to say what the law is. The Alabama Supreme Court wants to claim that power for itself. And it’s daring the U.S. Supreme Court to call its bluff.
The Muslim Action Forum (MAF), which staged a protest outside Downing Street against Charlie Hebdo in February, has launched a “legal strategy” to stop insults against Mohammed.
The organisation is also asking supporters to “lobby your MP” to make “Islamophobia” a criminal offence.
They state that they intend “to launch a series of legal challenges in the English Court system” because “depictions of our Holy Prophet peace be upon Him is the worst kind of ‘Hate Crime’ that can be perpetrated on the 3 million Muslims in the UK and 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide.”
So they are using your fairy tales to kill women, atheists, gays, and who knows what else in about half the countries where that filth has taken root, and the DARE claim that silly pictures of their precious pedophile are the worst kind of hate crime?
Go fuck yourselves.
Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state’s wildlife may “cultivate a taste” for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That’s according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who’s been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the “marijuana eradication” team in Utah. Some of his colleagues in Georgia recently achieved notoriety by raiding a retiree’s garden and seizing a number of okra plants.
The devout Muslim says he was working as a cashier’s assistant at the Costco in Sunset Park Brooklyn in September of 2012 when pork came across the conveyor belt.
It’s against his religious beliefs to touch either pork or alcohol.
Camara says after telling his managers this, they transferred him outside collecting the shopping carts.
Camara says they never told him why he was reassigned.
When I refused to do my assigned task, they gave me another one. Discrimination!
My own religious beliefs prohibit me from breaking a sweat, “loss of sacred essence” and all that, so I demand my employer to allow me to lay on my ass all day. Also I get to eat hamburgers.
It’s my religion, dude. Don’t question it.
A wounded soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan will have to verify his condition and the kind of support needed, including his wheelchair, to Veterans Affairs every three years, rather than annually under a policy change.
The revision was quietly unveiled in the House of Commons on Friday by Pierre Lemieux, parliamentary secretary to the veterans minister.
In addition, Lemieux told opposition parties that veterans who are required to complete these renewals under the veterans independence program will have six months to hand in the paperwork, considerably longer than under the current system.
So now veterans will only have to amputate those regrowing limbs every three years instead of every year. I’m sure they’re glad about this change!
In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no right to protect children from their parents who refuse them needed medical treatment in favor of faith healing.
“Children do die,” says Rep. Christy Perry. And it’s fine with her if Idaho children die in the name of God. Perry’s district includes many followers of a religious cult, Followers of Christ, that eschews medicine. She says that the sect’s members are more comfortable confronting death when it happens to their children.
“I’m not trying to sound callous, but [people calling for reform] want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not. It’s a way of life,” she says.
On her website, Perry ironically proclaims that she’s “a pro life mother and grandmother and emphasizes her honor and value of all human life, born and unborn.” Perry also claims she’s “an ardent supporter of defending each child’s right to life.”
Terminating am embryo without a nervous system or therefore the ability to feel pain: worst thing in the world. Letting your grown child suffer slowly and die from an easily preventable disease: perfectly OK and within parents rights. Got it.
Perhaps we should declare all abortions to be done in the Name of God. After all, the bible has explicit instructions on how to perform abortions.
“Global warming isn’t real because I was cold today! Also great news: World hunger is over because I just ate.”
– Stephen Colbert
Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican who recently became the chair of a key congressional subcommittee on science and technology, didn’t vaccinate most of his children, he told a crowd at his first town hall meeting last week.
Loudermilk was responding to a woman who asked whether he’d be looking into (discredited) allegations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had covered up information linking vaccines to autism. He responded with a rather unscientific personal anecdote: “I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not…Most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy.”
I guarantee this idiot made sure some shaman said a magic incantation over every one of his kids to protect them from the devil and provide them entrance to a make-believe land of salvation.
But to actually trust science and medicine, and take real action to safe guard his children and everyone else? “Nah, think I’ll pass.”
Over half of Republicans answered “Muslim” when asked which religion describes President Obama’s “deep down” beliefs, according to a newly released poll by Alex Theodoridis of the University of California at Merced.
An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.
The question Monday from Republican state Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.
Barbieri later said that the question was rhetorical and intended to make a point.
Need the perfect expandable storage solution for your $1,200 Walkman? Sony might have a bridge to sell you.
The company is now selling a 64 GB Micro SDXC card “for Premium Sound” in Japan. At $160, it’s four or five times more expensive than a typical 64 GB card, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, it’s supposed to produce “less electrical noise.”
Now, the idea of audiophiles obsessing over barely-perceptible details is nothing new. The speaker market is filled with products whose frequency response exceeds the 20 Hz to 20 kHz range of the human ear, and you can spend thousands of dollars on audio cables in pursuit of eliminating noise.
But while those expenses at least have some technical justifications behind them, the case for audiophile storage is flimsy at best. As writers at The Register and PC Perspective have pointed out in the past, a storage device couldn’t affect digital sound quality without actually changing the actual data being transferred. And if that happened, it be a much bigger problem for all kinds of applications—not just music.
Still, that hasn’t stopped some people from believing the storage device makes a difference, perceiving “more organic” tones in some products and “edgy grain” in others. So when Sony tells the Journal that “we thought some among people who are committed to great sound quality would want it,” it might be onto something.
Governor Walker has never been shy about flashing his religious credentials, regularly telling audiences about the nondenominational evangelical church he attends, the Baptist preacher who raised him, and his belief that he only runs for office when “called” upon by God to do so.
As he told the bankers in January, “[a]ny major decision I’ve made in my life, politics or otherwise, I’ve tried to discern God’s calling on.”
His reliance on the role of the Lord in his political decision-making process goes back to his aborted college years, when in an interview published in the Marquette University yearbook, he said that “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.”
More recently, Walker even went so far as to “punt” on the question of whether evolution is real, claiming that it is “a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or another.”
It is statements such as these that led FFRF member Edward Susterich to file an official records request demanding the governor “provide a copy/transcript of all communications with God, the Lord, Christ, Jesus or any other form of deity.”
The Office of the Governor quickly, albeit briefly, replied his request, saying that “[p]ursuant to the Public Records Law, we are responding to let you know that this office does not have records responsive to your request.”
Maybe his hairdryer broke?
“The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
― Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it. We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.
A DeSoto County state representative said Monday that comments he made to The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in a Sunday story were taken out of context as state officials condemned his remarks.
Republican Rep. Gene Alday made the remarks about the DeSoto County town of Walls, where he was formerly police chief and mayor before winning election to the Legislature in 2011.
“I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work,” Alday was quoted as saying by the Jackson newspaper.
He had to go to the emergency room for pain, he said. “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”
Alday now says he didn’t intend the remarks for publication and bears no ill will toward anyone, citing past actions to help black people.
Note that he doesn’t retract his words… all he says is “he didn’t intend the remarks for publication”….
A legislator in Montana wants to expand the state’s indecent exposure law to ban both male and female nipple exposure and outlaw clothing that “gives the appearance or simulates” a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple.
Republican Rep. David Moore, of Missoula, proposed the bill in reaction to a group of naked bicyclists who pedaled through Missoula in August 2014.
His bill would also ban tight-fitting beige clothing, and he has strong feelings about yoga pants of any color.
Next ban: airport bathroom stalls
A year after a toxic leak contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents, West Virginia lawmakers are considering a series of proposals that would weaken a new chemical tank safety law, remove stronger pollution protections for streams across the state, and protect the coal industry from enforcement actions over violations of water quality standards.
The study, “Incarceration’s Front Door: The Misuse of Jails in America,” found that the majority of those incarcerated in local and county jails are there for minor violations, including driving with suspended licenses, shoplifting or evading subway fares, and have been jailed for longer periods of time over the past 30 years because they are unable to pay court-imposed costs.