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Merry leap second everybody!

Posted on June 30th, 2015 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. What year/day/month hh:mm:ss is it anyway? I’m confused. My watch is confused! My computer is confused! Heck, I think even NIST that keeps the atomic clock for the USA is confused! :-)

Norway wants $5.1m from Catholic church for fraud

Posted on June 30th, 2015 at 13:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Norway is claiming $5.1m compensation from the Catholic church for exaggerating membership numbers to obtain more state aid, the Oslo diocese said on Monday.The diocese, its bishop and the financial officer are suspected of fraudulently registering thousands of people on its membership lists between 2010 and 2014, which enabled it to obtain 50 million kroner (more than $6.0m) in state subsidies.Norway’s church denies engaging in fraud, but has admitted its past methods were “unsatisfactory”.

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She told AFP that the church would not be paying the sum and would take the matter up with the culture ministry.

“We have a very different understanding of the law,” she said.

Of course they do.

Perhaps she should research one of those pesky 10 Commandments…Thou Shalt Not Lie

…with a young boy as you would lie with a woman…


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  1. Tax breaks and state subsidies are the road to hell.

    (And you’re going to burn for that pun, John!)

Man dies in custody after aggressive arrest

Posted on June 29th, 2015 at 17:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A 42 year old man from Aruba died on Sunday night in a hospital in The Hague after becoming unwell following a violent arrest. The police have launched an investigation into the matter.

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According to a statement by the Public Prosecutor, Henriques was arrested around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday at the Night at the Park music festival in The Hague after shouting that he had a weapon. The man resisted arrest and the police had to use force to bring him under control. He became unwell en route to the police station. Officers started administrating CPR and an ambulance took him to the hospital in very critical condition.

Video images show that Henriquez became ill on the festival grounds already.

 

 


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  1. This is terrible but I thought Eric Garner did not have any weapon or make any claim to have one, did not resist, did not get CPR, etc., etc..
    On another note – when I clicked on the “write a comment” thingy, “Spaceman Spiff” was already entered in the Name window. So – Spaceman – hope no one puts words in your mouth!

El-Erian Sees 85% Grexit Odds as ‘Massive’ Contraction Looms

Posted on June 29th, 2015 at 10:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Volatility in the euro jumped by the most since the 2008 global financial crisis and the currency dropped 1.4 percent top $1.1013 as of 5:43 a.m. in London.

Tuesday marks the expiry of Greece’s current bailout package as well as the deadline for a payment to the IMF.

While there’s no rule to say Greece would have to leave the euro if it skips that payment or fails to extend its financing arrangements, it may prove difficult to stay in if, for example, the country has to start printing its own currency to keep its financial system afloat.

El-Erian said that some sort of parallel currency may well be issued by Greece because the government has to find some way to pay its bills.

So Greece reintroduces the new Drachma, values it at 1:1 against the Euro, states that all debts are now valued in Drachma instead of Euro, and in a short while devalues it significantly. The economy will be hit hard, and the Greek will suffer a lot, but in a few years they will recover. At which point other countries in the Euro who are in trouble will consider an exit as well – after all, the Greek came out all-right in the end. And THAT’s the only reason the other European governments are still talking. The IMF doesn’t care about that result, so they’re out already.

 


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America’s First Black President Throwing Slaves Under the Bus on TPP

Posted on June 29th, 2015 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Huffington Post has reconfirmed its reporting from over the past weekend, namely, that the Administration has a hairball to untangle to get Malaysia to sign the TransPacific Partnership. Basically, Malaysia needs to have an anti-slavery provision that was inserted in the bill in committee watered down. And the reason that that has to happen, as our reader Antifa pointed out in comments, is that Malaysia controls the Straits of Malacca, a critical shipping choke point. One of the major objectives of the pact is to strengthen America’s position in the region relative to China. Thus Malaysia’s location makes it a critically important signatory to the pact.

 


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  1. Slaves are good for business. Surly, Obama understands that.

Texas Pastor Now Says He Didn’t Mean He’d Really Set Himself Aflame

Posted on June 28th, 2015 at 11:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Put away the marshmallows.Texas Pastor Rick Scarborough issued a statement clarifying his statement that he would be willing to set himself on fire in his fight against gay rights, now declaring, “We do not support any violence or physical harm.” .

 


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  1. You don’t want to get all fired up, pastor. It’s just a mild case of heartburn.

  2. Religion make people nuts, or is it nuts that make religion?

CNN confuses sex toy banner for ISIS flag at Pride

Posted on June 28th, 2015 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Fortunately for the organisers of Pride in London, but unfortunately for CNN editor Lucy Pawle, the flag shown to shocked viewers across the world was in fact a celebration of anal sex toys.

 


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  1. It is a CNN reporter – she gets paid to gin up sensationalist stuff to get more eyeballs. Investigative journalism? What, at CNN? ..right.

  2. lol…why is a gently raised young lady doing a job like that?

Greece

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 19:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

Timestamp saturday 27th of June. 19:10

Why doesn’t it surprise me one bit that all this Greece shit is hitting the fan on a day the banks and markets are closed?

All that is known at the moment is that discussions have “broken down”, but the evening is till young.


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This Is Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Beat Hillary Clinton

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 17:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Sanders does have an overall plan on how to beat Clinton. As Devine explains, it goes something like this: Raise enough money to devote significant resources to building a full operation and maintaining a media presence in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as Nevada and South Carolina. At the same time, develop a basic foundation for campaign organizations in other states, so if Sanders fares well in the initial contests, these preliminary outfits can quickly be built out. Devine and other Sanders advisers estimate they will need to raise $40-$50 million by the Iowa caucuses to be in such a position, and they claim Sanders is on track to hit that mark, mainly with thousands and thousands of low-dollar contributions. (Sanders has drawn crowds of thousands at recent campaign events.) “I don’t know if we can outright beat her in Iowa and New Hampshire,” Devine says, “but we have a real shot at it in both places.”

And when—or if—that happens, Devine figures, Sanders will have about a million contributors already on his side, and this group will enthusiastically kick in more money to replenish Sanders’ coffers and fund the continuation of Bernie-mentum. “I worked for Walter Mondale in 1984,” Devine recalls, “but I saw what Gary Hart did.” Hart, a former senator who went up against Mondale in a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, placed a surprising second in Iowa and won New Hampshire. “Things then moved fast. Some polls moved 50 points in seven days,” Devine says. (Mondale, though, did end up squelching the Hart insurgency by exploiting the Democratic establishment in key states.)

If Sanders does score well in the early states, Devine insists, his campaign will have a delegate-accumulation strategy reminiscent of the one Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign employed to focus as much on snagging delegates as winning caucuses and primaries. “Even if Clinton beats us in some states by 20 points, we can split the delegates with smart focusing,” Devine says. And then Sanders will be in a position to make the case to the Democratic establishment that he can assemble an electorate in the general election that is favorable to Democrats (as Obama did in 2008). “We don’t know yet what it will look like,” Devine remarks. “We haven’t done the strategic modeling yet. I’ve been trying to persuade Bernie we should do that.” Instead, he says, Sanders at this point would rather concentrate on promoting his message: Inequality is killing the middle class, climate change must be addressed, big-money politics must be reformed, and new progressive policy ideas, such as free college tuition and expanded Social Security benefits, must be advanced.

 


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Alabama judge: Marriage ruling worse than segregation

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 16:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court and a leading opponent of same-sex marriage on Friday called the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize gay and lesbian nuptials nationwide “even worse” than the Court’s 19th century decision to uphold racial segregation.”

I believe it’s worse because it affects our entire system of morality and family values,” Ray Moore told CNN in a phone interview Friday.

Can somebody get a married black gay couple to ride in the front of the bus past his house to make his head explode?


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Jindal: ‘Let’s just get rid of the court’

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 15:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) condemned the Supreme Court on Friday following its ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body,” the 2016 contender said in a statement.

Can we go back to the 2000 election with this please? (yes, I do mean the election Bush won by a 5-4 vote).

“If we want to save some money, let’s just get rid of the court,” Jindal added.

Friday’s historic 5-4 ruling ensures that states recognize same-sex marriages under the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

Jindal later said that the ruling fundamentally redefined the institution of marriage.

Which has happened quite frequently so far.

Many laws in the history of the United States have addressed marriage and the rights of married people. Common themes addressed by these laws include polygamy, interracial marriage, divorce, and same-sex marriage.

For example – in 1880 the age of consent was 12 or 13 years. Example. Less than 150 years ago, adults were allowed to have sex with 7 year olds in Deleware. Is this the history Christians tout when they say they want to preserve the “sanctity” of marriage?

“Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” he added.

You mean like it was altered numerous times already?


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  1. There ain’t no fool like a republican fool. Either that, or they just think the rest of us are fools.

  2. Well, my experiments have shown that some dicks are delicious. However, it would not be right to generalize without a bigger sample, er, size…

Even former NSA chief thinks USA Freedom Act was a pointless change

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 14:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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If somebody would come up to me and say, “Look, Hayden, here’s the thing: This Snowden thing is going to be a nightmare for you guys for about two years. And when we get all done with it, what you’re going to be required to do is that little 215 program about American telephony metadata—and by the way, you can still have access to it, but you got to go to the court and get access to it from the companies, rather than keep it to yourself”—I go: “And this is it after two years? Cool!”

 


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Greece and Its Creditors Should Do a Guns-For-Pensions Deal

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 12:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard has said that Greece needs to slash pension spending by 1% of GDP in order to reach its new budget targets. The Greek government continues to resist, arguing that Greeks dependent on pensions have already suffered enough. But it has yet to put a compelling alternative to its creditors.

What depresses us is how little attention has been paid to one major area of Greek government spending that seems ripe for the ax: defense spending. Greece spends a whopping 2.2% of GDP on defense, more than any NATO member-state save the United States and France. Bringing Greece into line with the NATO average would alone achieve ¾ of what the IMF is demanding through pension cuts.

Greece has long argued that its defense posture is grounded in a supposed threat from Turkey – also a big spender on things military. But surely the United States and the major western European powers can keep a cold peace between NATO allies at much lower cost.

So why don’t they? German and French arms-export interests surely explain the silence on the creditor side: Greece is one of their biggest customers.

With Greece sliding towards default and economic chaos, such silence is indefensible.

 


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Schools Fear Gay Marriage Ruling Could End Tax Exemptions

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 12:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Conservative religious schools all over the country forbid same-sex relationships, from dating to couples’ living in married-student housing, and they fear they will soon be forced to make a wrenching choice. If the Supreme Court this month finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the schools say they will have to abandon their policies that prohibit gay relationships or eventually risk losing their tax-exempt status.

The religious schools are concerned that if they continue to ban gay relationships, the Internal Revenue Service could take away their tax-exempt status as a violation of a “fundamental national public policy” under the reasoning of a 1983 Supreme Court decision that allowed the agency to revoke the tax-exempt status of schools that banned interracial relationships.

 


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  1. I want Conservative Religious Schools to imagine the world’s tiniest violin between my finger & thumb & it’s playing just for them.
    Time to leave the Dark Ages, boys…

  2. Religious schools should not be given a tax-exempt status in the first place. They don’t usually exist to educate, but to proselytize. I seem to recall something in the US Constitution about the separation of Church and State…

  3. @Spaceman – and neither should church property and the like be exempt.

  4. Religion is a business just like any other business, perhaps with a bigger advertising budget. Tax it like any other business.

“If they can have it, no one can!”

Posted on June 27th, 2015 at 12:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Fire his ass! Better still, set fire to it!

  2. Technically he’s in the clear if he still has them issue marriage licenses. There’s no requirement for him to do the ceremony too.

  3. Someone who has such poor grasp of written language should be not be hired as a clerk.

Non-Denominational Terrorist Organization Welcomes Extremists Of All Faiths

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 21:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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DAMASCUS—Saying its doors were open to anyone with hate in their heart, sources at non-denominational terrorist group Universal Soldiers of Vengeance told reporters Friday that the organization welcomes radicals of all faiths. “Unlike other terror groups that can be too narrow and dogmatic, we encourage our members to use whichever religious justification they most identify with when indiscriminately slaughtering scores of innocent people,” said USOV spokesman Rahman Hasemian, who noted that the group is open to perpetrating massacres in the name of God, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, or dozens of other deities. “We each have our own path to opening fire on a crowd of unsuspecting villagers or blowing up a public market, and there is room for each and every kind of religiously motivated violence here. We must always remember that the complete disregard for human life we share is stronger than the beliefs that divide us.” To determine whether USOV is a good fit for them, Hasemian added that any and all bloodthirsty zealots are always encouraged to stop by a meeting and execute a hostage in the name of whatever higher power they believe in.

 


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  1. Gotta love the Onion! They have mastered the art of sarcasm!

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 20:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

The 6-to-3 ruling means that it is all but certain that the Affordable Care Act will survive after Mr. Obama leaves office in 2017, and will give it a greater chance of becoming an enduring part of America’s social safety net.

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“We really should start calling this law Scotus-care,” Justice Scalia said, to laughter from the audience.

The 5 Most Melodramatic Lines From Justice Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent

For his next dissent Scalia is just going to slap his dick on a photocopier and submit the printout.

 


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  1. …as long as said photocopier supports the business card format.

  2. Dear Michele Bachman:

    1) What history does the phrase “millennias of judicial restraint” refer to?
    2) Are you aware that the noun millennia is already plural?
    3) Is that tweet a picture of a text message you sent? If so, why?

Every state flag is wrong, and here is why (Sic semper clickbaitis)

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 17:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In conclusion, every flag is awful and needs to be fixed. Just not all for the same reason.

 


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The Increasing Scarcity of Helium

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 16:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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As helium supplies start to dwindle, the prices have already started to rise, and party balloons are taking a back-seat to the more serious applications. A hundred years down the line, a party balloon might be about as precious as a gold ring.

“With this party balloon, I thee wed.”

We can go ahead and make helium the way much of the existing subterranean helium was made: Radioactive substances that release alpha articles are releasing helium ions which can bond with available electrons to form helium.

The best part is how fast it is. A 1-Curie alpha source (such as the standard for the unit, 1 gram of Radium-226) can produce 1 kilogram of helium in just 130 million years.

Or let’s form an expedition to mine valuable Helium from its natural home, the Sun, to conduct important magnetic observations, and, if time and resources allow, to also collect the egg of the Sun-fowl if any should dwell there. Of course we’ll go at night. If you are of hardy flesh and stout heart, please write me c/o the Royal Society.


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  1. I feel the need to point out that you can’t get 1 kilogram of helium from 1 gram of Radium (pesky conservation of mass). The problem is Ra-226 has a half life of 1600 years, so it’ll be gone well before the 130 million year mark. If it kept making helium forever at its initial rate, then you would get about 1 kg.

Action Man: Battlefield Casualties

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 14:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The UK is one of only nineteen countries worldwide, and the only EU member, that still recruits 16 year olds into its armed forces, (other nations include Iran and North Korea). The vast majority of countries only recruit adults aged 18 and above, but British children, with the consent of their parents, can begin the application process to join the army aged just 15.

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It is the poorest regions of Britain that supply large numbers of these child recruits.  The army has said that it looks to the youngest recruits to make up shortfalls in the infantry, by far the most dangerous part of the military. The infantry’s fatality rate in Afghanistan has been seven times that of the rest of the armed forces.

A study by human rights groups ForcesWatch and Child Soldiers International in 2013 found that soldiers who enlisted at 16 and completed training were twice as likely to die in Afghanistan as those who enlisted aged 18 or above, even though younger recruits are, for the most part, not sent to war until they are 18.

The youngest recruits from the poorest backgrounds are often enlisted into front-line combat roles. In fact, the very youngest recruits – aged between 16 and 16 years, 3 months, are only allowed to join combat roles. These non-technical jobs typically involve very limited education and training that becomes virtually worthless to them upon leaving the army.


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IRS employees can use ‘password’ as a password? No wonder we get hacked

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 9:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The public is finally starting to learn what security experts have been warning for years: the US government has no idea what it’s doing when it comes to cybersecurity. Worse, the government’s main “solutions” may leave all our data even more vulnerable to privacy violations and security catastrophes.

The effects of the massive hack of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continue to ripple through Washington DC, as it seems every day we get more information about how the theft of millions of government workers’ most private information is somehow worse than it seemed the day before. (New rule: if you read about a hack of a government or corporate database that sounds pretty bad, you can guarantee it be followed shortly thereafter by another story detailing how the same hack was actually much, much “worse than previously admitted.”)

 


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Hillary in 2004

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 9:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

And a campaign video yesterday:

She’s a fraud.


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  1. I’m not sure this makes her a fraud.

    As this article shows, the evolution of her thinking on the matter mirrors the rest of the country.
    http://www.vox.com/2015/4/12/8384397/hillary-clinton-lgbt-issues

    “Just because you’re a politician, doesn’t mean you’re not a thinking human being,” Clinton told NPR’s Gross. “You gather information, you think through positions, you’re not 100 percent set … you’re constantly reevaluating where you stand. That was true for me.”

    If her beliefs changed between 2004 and now then I have no problem with that. Who wants a dogmatic politician unable to admit when they are wrong?

    If however she believed in equal marriage in 2004 but opposed it for political expediency then I would agree that she’s a fraud.

  2. She can change her mind, and maybe she did. That would be great! But she acts as a champion of lgbt rights. The earlier video clearly shows she hasn’t been. I’m personally less inclined to believe in someone who acts as if they’ve been a supporter all along when there stands evidence to the contrary. I would prefer a video from her where she would tell what changed her mind. I think that would be more powerfull then this marketing crap – right now it just looks like she changed her mind only because it was polically convenient.

  3. Hilary is a fraud. She always has been and always will be. She bends with the wind and the $$$. Too bad no one strong in the dem party can run and shut her down and out for good. Will come down to Hilary vs one of the whack jobs in the repub? Looks that way.

  4. What puzzles me is just how to make some other, equally important causes “politically expedient” – like income inequality, reining in state surveillance, stopping american imperialism, stopping torture, etc., etc.. Did our 0.001% overlords simply conclude that lgbt rights won’t affect their wallets & so threw us a bone?

  5. I will give her the benefit of the doubt, that she has altered her perception of what marriage means. That said, there is a lot of other cruft that keeps me from supporting her for President of the USA – GO BERNIE! He has always been up front with his beliefs and commitments!

Freedom of panorama: EU proposal could mean holiday snaps breach copyright

Posted on June 24th, 2015 at 15:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A new EU proposal could see millions of Britons face legal action for uploading photos of famous UK landmarks onto personal websites or even Facebook pages.

Monuments such as the Angel of the North and the London Eye, or public works of art such as Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth or Liverpool’s Superlambananas, may need to be blacked out in holiday snaps to avoid breaching the copyright of individual architects or artists.

Members of the public would only be able to upload the uncensored photograph with prior consent from the author.

These are restrictions that already exist in some member states of the EU, including France, Belgium and Italy, but in an attempt to harmonise copyright law, Brussels could extend this to the UK as early as next month.

The UK, along with countries such as Spain and Germany, currently enjoys “freedom of panorama”, a provision in copyright law that allows people to publish photographs of modern buildings or public art installations and use any way they like without infringing copyright.

However, where this clause does not exist, restrictions extend even to educational, not-for-profit websites such as Wikipedia. The website’s page for the Atomium building in Belgium, for example, is illustrated by a silhouetted shot of the building, due to copyright restrictions.

 


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  1. Sounds like a typical grumpy old man complaint about the EU. So sue me already (I’m already Sue).

A condom that changes colour when it comes into contact with STIs has been invented by a group of school pupils

Posted on June 24th, 2015 at 12:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The ‘S.T.EYE’ has a built-in indicator to detect infections such as chlamydia and syphilis, turning a different colour depending on the strain of bacteria present.

It is the brainchild Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13 and Chirag Shah, 14, pupils at Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, Essex, who wanted to “make detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before” without the need for invasive tests.

You may think awkward post-coital silences are common enough as it is – but the group’s ingenuity has been recognised with an award, the TeenTech gong for best health innovation.

 


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  1. How many colours simultaneously? Perhaps we can get a contest going?

The support for Iceland’s Pirate Party is soaring

Posted on June 24th, 2015 at 12:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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According to a new poll, by research company Gallup, the Pirate Party has the support of 34.1% of the nation. That is more than the combined support of the two parties that form Iceland’s coalition government, the Progressive Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) and the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn)

The Pirates received 5.1% of votes in the 2013 elections, meaning that support for the party has almost septupled in two years.

 

Here is what they stand for


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  1. “Power to the People”? We better watch this. Sounds very radical.

New Pentagon manual declares journalists can be enemy combatants

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 at 20:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The manual pushes aside the George W. Bush-era label of “unlawful enemy combatant” for al Qaeda and the like. The new term of choice: “unprivileged belligerent.”

An eye-catching section deals with a definition of journalists and how they are expected to stay out of the fight.

The manual defines them this way: “In general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents.”

Lumping terrorist writers with bona fide scribes prompted one officer to call the paragraph “odd.” A civilian lawyer who opines on war crime cases called the wording “an odd and provocative thing for them to write.”


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What would Feynman do?

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 at 11:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

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How well would the late Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Dr. Richard P. Feynman do in a technical interview at a software company?


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“Rent a Crowd” Company Admits Politicians Are Using Their Service

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 at 8:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It got me wondering, would someone like Jeb, or another candidate that’s been struggling like he has, hire a crowd? Pay people to attend their rallies to make them seem like they’re gaining in popularity? We have seen Hillary Clinton stage appearances, knowing ahead of time the people she’d interact with. Would a staged rally be out of the question for a struggling GOP candidate? According to “Crowds On Demand”, not at all.

Crowds on Demand is an American publicity firm. It claims to be the only “rent a crowd” service, providing its clients with the ability to hire actors to pose as fans.

It’s only a small step from Rent-a-Crowd to Rent-a-Vote..


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  1. In England the appearance of politicians surrounded by sympathetic voters, (by which I mean party cronies) is immediately apparent from a casual glance of the photo evidence. This due to the supporters carrying signs with identical printed slogans on them, in a way that no casual supporter will have had either time or inclination to produce.
    In additions they tend to bunch up behind the candidate to give the impression that he/she is surrounded by an admiring crowd. This sham was exposed yet again in the recent election when a candidate complained of being jostled by a mob. On Craig Murray’s blog he posted a picture taken from atop of an adjacent building showing the alleged ‘mob’ and the general configuration of the area.
    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/05/channel-4-news/glasgow-riot/
    3 protestors do not constitute a riot.
    The press claimed that the candidate was the victim of the bullying protestors, the only evidence was a poorly photo-shopped snap of a protestor and the candidate in a face to face confrontation. No such confrontation took place.
    This kind of manipulation takes place regularly, it’s kind of depressing.

Cut NHS from trade deal say doctors

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 at 7:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Doctors have voted overwhelmingly to urge the Government to remove health and social care services from a controversial trade agreement between the EU and United States.

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“Freedom of information requests of other countries which have entered into such agreements show exactly how damaging this treaty will be to both the social fabric and the health economy of this country,” he said.

“If there is anything resembling an NHS by the time this treaty is negotiated it won’t survive this treaty.

“The correct motion is to kill this treaty dead, not to tolerate it sneaking in and mugging us.”

 


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Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Of course, people were quick to downplay the alarm. “It only listens when you say ‘Ok, Google’.” (Ok, so how does it know to start listening just before I’m about to say ‘Ok, Google?’) “It’s no big deal.” (A company stealth installs an audio listener that listens to every room in the world it can, and transmits audio data to the mothership when it encounters an unknown, possibly individually tailored, list of keywords – and it’s no big deal!?) “You can opt out. It’s in the Terms of Service.” (No. Just no. This is not something that is the slightest amount of permissible just because it’s hidden in legalese.) “It’s opt-in. It won’t really listen unless you check that box.” (Perhaps. We don’t know, Google just downloaded a black box onto my computer. And it may not be the same black box as was downloaded onto yours. )

 


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  1. Interesting quote from here

    “The fact is that an end user should not care if software downloads a “binary blob” without running it.” Is that the official position of Google? Reminiscent of when Thomas Hesse from Sony stated: “Most people, I think, don’t even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?”


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