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Senator Wants DUI Charges Dismissed Citing that Lawmakers are “Privileged from Arrest”

Posted on January 25th, 2015 at 10:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Frankfort, KY — A Kentucky state senator is having no reservations about proclaiming his political privilege. In fact, he’s simply citing a section of the Kentucky constitution that claims politicians are in fact, above the law.

Sen. Brandon Smith (R) was charged with driving under the influence and wants the case dismissed citing that lawmakers are “privileged from arrest.”

His attempt to circumvent the hand of justice have thus far proven to be successful too. On Wednesday a judge delayed Smith’s arraignment after his attorney filed this request.

“(Smith) has raised a serious constitutional issue regarding his immunity in this case,” attorney Bill Johnson wrote.

Smith and his attorney are citing a century-old rule, Section 43 of the Kentucky Constitution, which is still on the books and states:

“The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place.”


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Davos: Mark Carney calls for tech sector to show ‘responsibility’ over tax

Posted on January 24th, 2015 at 21:14 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, challenged the world’s big technology companies to pay more tax as he stressed the perils of growing inequality at the World Economic Forum, in Davos.

Carney said IT companies needed to show a greater sense of responsibility. “Some of the firms that take advantage of international tax rules are the tech companies,” he said. “The amount of tax they pay is small in relation to the system. A sense of responsibility is needed.”

I don’t think they’re going to volunteer to save our economies, Mark. We all know the rich live in a different country.


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Grexit: An Escape to More of the Same

Posted on January 24th, 2015 at 20:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The optimists, say someone like Hans-Werner Sinn, advise the Greeks to leave the euro and adopt a new currency. The value of this new drachma would immediately collapse. As long as prices in Greece are somewhat sticky, Greek goods & services will become incredibly competitive on world markets, spawning an export/tourism-led recovery. By staying on the euro, however, Greece forfeits the exchange rate route to recovery. Instead, Greece’s competitiveness can only be restored via a painful internal devaluation as wages and prices adjust downwards.

While the optimists tell a good story, they blithely assume a smooth switch from the euro to the drachma. Let’s run through the many difficult steps involved in de-euroization on the way to an independent monetary policy. All euro bank deposits held at Greek banks must be forcibly converted into drachma deposits, and speedily enough that a bank run is preempted as Greeks desperately try to evade the corral by moving euros to Germany. At the same time, the Bank of Greece, the nation’s central bank, needs to issue new drachma bank notes, the public being induced to use these drachmas as a medium of exchange.

Now even if Greece somehow pulls these two stunts off (I’m not convinced that it can), it still hasn’t guaranteed itself an independent monetary policy. To do so, the drachma ₯ must also be adopted as the unit of account by the Greek public. Not only must financial markets like the Athens Stock Exchange begin to publish stock prices in drachmas, but supermarkets must be cajoled into expressing drachma sticker prices, employees and employers need to set labour contracts in terms of drachmas, and car dealership & real estate prices need to undergo drachma-fication.

Consider what happens if the euro remains the economy’s preferred accounting unit, even as Greek drachmas begin to circulate as a medium of exchange. No matter how low the drachma exchange rate goes, there can be no drachma-induced improvement in competitiveness. After all, if olive oil producers accept payment in drachmas but continue to price their goods in euros, then a lower drachma will have no effect on Greek olive oil prices, the competitiveness of Greek oil vis-à-vis , say, Turkish oil, remaining unchanged. If a Greek computer programmer continues to price their services in euros, the number of drachmas required to hire him or her will have skyrocketed, but the programmer’s euro price will have remained on par with a Finnish programmer’s wage.

As long as a significant portion of Greek prices are expressed in euros, Greece’s monetary policy will continue to be decided in Frankfurt, not Athens. Should the ECB decides to tighten by lowering interest rates, then Greek prices will endure a painful internal deflation, despite the fact that it has formally exited the Euro and floated a new drachma.

We know that a unit of account switch (not to mention successful introduction of drachma banknotes) will be hard for Greece to pull off by looking at dollarized countries in Latin America. To cope with high inflation in the 1960s and 70s, the Latin American public informally adopted the U.S. dollar as an alternative store of value, medium of exchange, and unit of account. Even after these nations’ central banks had succeeded in stabilizing their own currencies, however, dollarization proved oddly persistent. This is referred to as hysteresis in the economics literature. Economists studying dollarization suggest that network externalities are the main reason for hysteresis. When a large number of people have adopted a certain standard there are significant costs involved in switching over to a competing standard. The presence of strong memories of past inflation may also explain dollar persistence.

In trying to de-euroize, Greece would find itself in the exact same shoes as Latin American countries trying to de-dollarize. Greeks have been using the euro for 15 years now to price goods; how likely are they to rapidly switch to drachmas, especially in light of the terrible performance of the drachma relative to other currencies through most of its history? Those few Latin American countries that have successfully overcome hysteresis required years, not weeks. If Greece leaves the euro now, it could take decades for it to gain its own monetary policy.


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  1. The informal economy in Russia works like this. Huge numbers of unrecorded transactions carried out in Euros or U.S. dollars – it’s gangster state arguably doesn’t really have a monetary policy.

King Abdullah embodied the wickedness of Saudi Arabia’s regime

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 16:40 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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It is a final touch of absurdity in a kingdom that is wicked in itself, and a source of wickedness and corruption elsewhere in the world. Saudi Arabia practices torture and arbitrary judicial murder. Women are beheaded in the street, liberal thought is punishable by flogging, which can be a death sentence even more horrific, because it is more prolonged than having your head hacked off with a sword. It is a raft of fear and hatred lashed together, floating on unimaginable amounts of money, at least for the lucky few. Among the poor, not all of whom are slaves or foreigners, there is tufshan, a special word defined by an anthropologist as “subtle and incapacitating torpor”.

Saudi’s influence on the outside world is almost wholly malign. The young men it sent to fight in Afghanistan turned into al-Qaida. The Sunni jihadis whom Saudis have funded in Iraq and Syria turned into Isis. It has spread a poisonous form ofIslam throughout Europe with its subsidies, and corrupted western politicians and businessmen with its culture of bribery. The Saudis have always appealed to the worst forms of western imperialism: their contempt for other Muslims is as great as any American nationalist’s.

So that’s the good news, then!

The bad news?

Secretary of State John Kerry said, “The United States has lost a friend, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and the world has lost a revered leader.” He called King Abdullah “a man of wisdom and vision.”

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And the British are lowering their flags to half mast in mourning.


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  1. I always wondered if we should have just let Saddam keep going in 1990. In fact, most of our wars since WWII accomplished nothing of value. They have just made things worse.

ISIS Suffers Heaviest Defeat in Iraq in a Single Day

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 23:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Over the last 24 hours, ISIS has been defeated in every front in Iraq in unprecedented way. From Mosul to the north to Anbar to the west and Diyala to the east, Iraqi government forces, Shiite militias, Sunni tribes and Kurdish forces were all victorious in battle.

Since the start of the U.S.-led air campaign, ISIS has lost its momentum in Iraq and lost some of the cities and towns that it captured in June 2014. It still controls the provincial capitals Mosul and Tikrit as well as the city of Fallujah west of Baghdad, and many other small towns throughout.

Want to really stop ISIS?

Kill the Saudi government. As well as Qatar, and a few other oil states. Once the money dries up the problem solves itself.


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  1. Well the Saudi King has finally croaked. So that’s a start then?

  2. So you’re saying the US should invade Saudi Arabia and bring some regime change along? :-p

Police union to state lawmakers: Don’t mess with warrants

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 23:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Carrie Mills is a retired Atlanta Police officer with 30 years on the job – primarily in APD’s drug unit.

Mills is now a union rep for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers. She considers herself an expert on search warrants, particularly no knock warrants, which allows officers to enter a structure without knocking first.

Mills says no-knock warrants helped close a lot of cases while she was an officer.

“If we knock and announced, all evidence is going to be destroyed,” Mills said.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, (D-39), has announced plans to introduce a bill that would make it harder to get no-knock warrants.

Fort says he was moved to introduce his bill after 19-month-old Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh was seriously injured when a flash grenade exploded near his face during a botched drug raid involving a no-knock warrant in Habersham County.

“We are saying there should be restrictions on them and we think the situation in the recent past where they have been abused warrants that,” Fort said.

But Mills doesn’t agree.

“I don’t think any changes are needed because it is not easy now,” Mills said.

Mills says law makers should be careful what they ask for.

“You have to draw the line between your right as a citizen to privacy and a community’s right to live in a crime-free environment. You can’t have them both,” Mills said.

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin


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America’s best-selling cars and trucks are built on lies: The rise of fake engine noise

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 at 15:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades.

It’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.


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  1. > “Mustang EcoBoost”

    *head kersplode*

Iraq War report ‘delayed until after UK election’

Posted on January 21st, 2015 at 18:27 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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The official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not publish its long-awaited report before the general election…

The inquiry began its work in 2009 and held its last public hearing in 2011.

Blimey! Who’d have thought it would take so long to type “Tony Bliar dunnit” a couple of dozen times?


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Alabama “Lawyers for Fetuses” Law (HB 494)

Posted on January 20th, 2015 at 20:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A minor who does not or cannot obtain parental consent can petition the court for judicial waiver which will allow the minor to bypass the parental consent requirements. The minor must provide evidence that that she has been informed and understands the abortion procedure and its consequences. She also must provide evidence that she has been counseled about alternatives to abortion and that she is mature enough to make informed decisions.

The court must notify the district attorney that the minor has petitioned for a consent waiver and that the district attorney may participate in the proceedings as an advocate for the state, and may examine and question the minor in order to help the court make its decision as to whether to provide a waiver.

The law also states that the court may appoint a guardian ad litem for the interests of the “unborn child.” The guardian ad litem shall assist the court in deciding whether or not to provide a waiver to the minor. In other words, the court can appoint a lawyer for the fetus, and may call witnesses to testify against the minor to help the court decide whether or not to grant the waiver.

The court is not permitted to make the parent or legal guardian aware of the judicial by-pass proceedings, but if the parent or legal guardian is made aware by some other means, they are entitled to notice of the proceedings and have a right to participate in the proceedings and to be represented by counsel.

A teenager has to prove that she’s mature enough to make an informed decision about her body and the responsibilities that come with it. And if she fails to prove that she’s mature enough, that she’s incompetent and incapable of making sound decisions…she now has a baby to raise. Yes. That makes sense.

The really, especially cruel, kicker is that the appointed guardian ad litem has APPEAL RIGHTS even in the unlikely event that access to an abortion is granted. Since Alabama ALSO has a strict 20-week abortion ban in place, how many of those appeals do you think will get resolved within the few week period from when the accused first becomes aware of her pregnancy (typically at least 6-8 weeks in) and the 20 week trigger?

That’s exactly the point.

Any attorney that accepts the role of guardian ad litem for a fetus should be disbarred on ethical grounds.

But… if the fetus is a legal individual, you get a gynecologist and a sheriff’s marshal to serve trespassing papers on it, and then evict it. See, the law works!


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Ann Jones, Answering for America

Posted on January 20th, 2015 at 19:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Europeans understand, as it seems Americans do not, the intimate connection between a country’s domestic and foreign policies. They often trace America’s reckless conduct abroad to its refusal to put its own house in order. They’ve watched the United States unravel its flimsy safety net, fail to replace its decaying infrastructure, disempower most of its organized labor, diminish its schools, bring its national legislature to a standstill, and create the greatest degree of economic and social inequality in almost a century. They understand why Americans, who have ever less personal security and next to no social welfare system, are becoming more anxious and fearful. They understand as well why so many Americans have lost trust in a government that has done so little new for them over the past three decades or more, except for Obama’s endlessly embattled health care effort, which seems to most Europeans a pathetically modest proposal.

What baffles so many of them, though, is how ordinary Americans in startling numbers have been persuaded to dislike “big government” and yet support its new representatives, bought and paid for by the rich. How to explain that?


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  1. The art of success in politics is to scare as many voters as possible into voting against their own best interests.

  2. John, I’m a firm believer in Democracy, but I don’t think the average voter has the intelligence to vote anymore. They get too much input for most of them to logically process.

Instead of Criminalizing Homelessness, Utah Is Doing the Opposite — And It’s Working

Posted on January 20th, 2015 at 13:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A simple solution to a vexing problem: In 2005, Utah’s leaders asked themselves what all chronically homeless people have most in common, and found a strikingly obvious answer: the lack of a home. Their remedy was astoundingly simple: give homes to people without them.

“It’s just so rational,” Kerry Bate, the director of Salt Lake County’s housing authority, told Mic. “We really should’ve figured it out a long time ago, but we had some mental blocks in the way.”


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  1. Looking forward to when it says this instead:
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    A simple solution to a vexing problem: In 2015, Utah’s leaders asked themselves what all chronically jobless people have most in common, and found a strikingly obvious answer: the lack of a job. Their remedy was astoundingly simple: give jobs to people without them.

    “It’s just so rational,” Kerry Bate, the director of Salt Lake County’s employment authority, told Mic. “We really should’ve figured it out a long time ago, but we had some mental blocks in the way.”
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‘Corporate wolves’ will exploit TTIP trade deal, MPs warned

Posted on January 20th, 2015 at 0:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The controversial TTIP trade deal between Europe and the US could depress workers’ wages by £3,000 a year and allow “corporate wolves” to sue the government for loss of profit, MPs have heard.

The claims were made in a highly-charged House of Commons debate, with many Conservative MPs defending the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free trade deal and opposition MPs warning that it risks giving too much power to big US corporations.

Anti-TTIP campaigners claim one million people have signed a petition against the deal, mainly because of worries that it could open the door to US health companies running parts of the NHS. This has been firmly denied by the UK government and the European commission, who have said public services are explicitly excluded.

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

— Otto von Bismarck


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  1. Oh cmon, Airstrip One! Get with the program!

AMIA Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman found dead in his Puerto Madero home

Posted on January 19th, 2015 at 22:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nisman, who was expected to take part in a closed-door hearing in Congress today to reveal the details of explosive allegations that involved President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, was found minutes before midnight.

The prosecutor reportedly committed suicide, according to sources, who say he was found in a pool of blood. That information has yet to be confirmed.

How… convenient.


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  1. and he shot himself with a .22 If I was going to kill myself, with a handgun (there are cheaper less messy ways), I would want to make sure I was dead and NOT use a .22

    I’ll bet someone is blaming the Zionists as I type.

  2. Well, this isn’t suspicious at all…
    It’s just like the time they found that mafia informant who had shot himself with a 6-shot revolver. 18 shots to the back of the head with 2 pauses to reload – worse case of suicide anyone’s ever seen…

The Guardian view on the freedom of the internet: it’s under attack around the world

Posted on January 19th, 2015 at 20:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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When the power of the internet first became apparent, the obvious resort of government was simply to ban or block access to sources of information that political leadership found displeasing. But, as a recently released report from the Washington-based thinktank Freedom House points out, there is now a growing tendency to use more sophisticated methods. A recent study in Science magazine showed how the Chinese censorship regime lets through any amount of criticism of the party or its officials but clamps down hard on anything that might inspire political action. And here in Britain, a woman has just been jailed for five years for inciting terrorism in Syria on Facebook.

Other countries are just as authoritarian but less subtle about it. Out of 65 countries assessed by Freedom House, 36 have seen a deterioration of online freedom. The worst examples are in Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, where media users and online journalists were targeted by the Yanukovych regime during the Euromaidan protest. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, called Twitter “the worst menace to society”, and Vladimir Putin has called the internet a “CIA operation”. In May his government passed a so-called bloggers law that requires any site drawing more than 3,000 daily viewers to register with the telecommunications regulator – an approach intended to inhibit independent reporting of the Putin regime. There is now a frightening number of Russian laws repressing free speech online, which authorities often describe as “extremism”.

It is especially worrying that repressive techniques are being mimicked from one country to the next. The Snowden revelations led to a healthy debate on how a democratic country, the United States, as well as some of its allies, carries out massive online surveillance. But repressive regimes have seized upon this to introduce more online repression that increasingly leads to detentions. Surveillance, in these countries, is now used not just to collect huge amounts of data but to punish dissent and lock people up. The revelations of NSA activity, says Freedom House, have served “as an excuse” for some governments to “augment their own monitoring capabilities”.


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Winner Gouden Loekie 2014

Posted on January 18th, 2015 at 17:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

Winner of Best Commercial in the Netherlands for 2014


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  1. wow

  2. You can buy true love.

Guantanamo Bay Murders? Sgt Joseph Hickman says CIA killed prisoners

Posted on January 15th, 2015 at 20:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A FORMER Guantanamo Bay guard has spoken for the first time about what he claims was a CIA murder of detainees, covered up as a triple suicide.

Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was on guard at the Cuban prison camp on the night they died, and calls the official version of events “impossible”.

“They would have had to all three tie their hands and feet together, shove rags down their throats, put a mask over their face, made a noose, hung it from the ceiling on the side of the cellblock, jumped into the noose and hung themselves simultaneously,” the ex-Marine told Vice News in an explosive video interview.

“In a cellblock where guards are ordered to check on detainees every four minutes.”


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Why porn is exploding in the Middle East

Posted on January 15th, 2015 at 19:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The world is a big place, and cultural gaps are vast. But there are a few things that connect people across borders. Some people argue food is the best glue while others say it’s education. But there’s a new contestant: online porn.

Porn is being made and watched in the Middle East, and millions more are watching it around the planet. In fact, some of the world’s top porn consumers come out of the Middle East. According to data released by Google, six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. Pakistan tops the list at number one, followed by Egypt at number two. Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey come in at numbers four, five, seven and eight, respectively. Pakistan leads the way in porn searches for animals like pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats and snakes.


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  1. “Pakistan leads the way in porn searches for animals like pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats and snakes”

    oh don’t get me started!

  2. > “According to data released by Google, six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states.”

    Huh, really? Say, it’s too bad that that claim doesn’t have a handy link to this Google data. Neither does the linked article at muslimsandtheworld.com which seems to be the source of that claim.

    When I search for “google data porn searches by country” I find lots of articles that similarly don’t support the claim. Several have screenshots of a Google Trends page but don’t show what the query term being graphed was. One pointed back to the Google Trends data for “gay sex pics”. Looking at that is quite instructive.

    The top countries reported in the article are Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Pakistan, India. If you click on the suggested “related search” for “free gay pics”. A quite similar search, right? Now the top 5 are South Africa, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium. Huh. Next suggestion is “gay men pics”. Top countries are United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India. Huh, quite different for what seems like a similar query.

    Now yes, this is for “gay” porn, but I suspect results may be equally unstable for vanilla porn. Also… do people in Pakistan search for porn in English? Does Google translate terms and aggregate across languages?

    The next bit of “support data” in the Salon article John linked to is from PornMD and discusses the top search terms among porn searchers. OK, that selects for people already searching for porn and doesn’t say much about how many people that is in total.

    So I’m not claiming that there’s no interest in porn in the Middle East. I’m just highlighting that it’s not clear these articles with headline claims (“exploding”!) are based on decent data.

  3. @Desiato: So…to include the words “Middle East” and “exploding porn” is obvious clickbait? Blimey!

    They’re cumming for our wimmenfolk! (And menfolk, and donkeyfolk…)

The New CISPA Bill Is Literally Exactly the Same as the Last One

Posted on January 15th, 2015 at 19:33 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. That’s a cliche, but politicians often follow the hoariest routes to power, and attempting to enact change by doing the same thing repeatedly is one of them. When word broke last week that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the twice-defeated bill known as CISPA, was being re-revived by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), it wasn’t clear if the zombie legislation would be updated to address the myriad concerns with previous versions. We combed through the full text of the bill and, nope, it’s exactly the same, word for word for overly broad data-scooping power-granting word.


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  1. Nothing stops them from trying it time after time. We cannot lose even once or the law is enshrined forever.

For five kilometres, I kept stepping on dead bodies.

Posted on January 14th, 2015 at 22:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In the week before Paris grabbed the world’s attention, Boko Haram (previously) staged an attack on the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga which reportedly forced 20,000 people to flee and left hundreds or even thousands dead. A Baga survivor who hid for three days said that, after breaking cover and escaping, “for five kilometres, I kept stepping on dead bodies”.
In the later months of 2014, the town of Mubi, home to Adamawa State University, was captured by Boko Haram in October, then retaken by the government in November. One survivor described the initial capture of the town on video.

Two hundred and twenty-seven soldiers were dismissed yesterday for refusing to fight in Mubi in October, but claim they were given no opportunity to defend themselves: “How could they accuse us of refusing to fight when we have actually fought and the Boko Haram overwhelmed us?”

As BBC reporters discuss why it is hard to know the truth in Nigeria, others ask why the world has ignored Boko Haram’s latest attack.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s president, in the middle of an election campaign, has made no statement on the Baga reports.


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What defines Dutch cycling?

Posted on January 13th, 2015 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. What defines Dutch cycling? No helmets.

  2. Funny you should mention it. With the growing sales of bikes with electric motor support, some of which can go up to 50 km/h, there’s calls for a helmet law…

  3. Wonderful! I love it that old bikes are cherished and still used!

    Here are typical local conditions for me right now:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQT454raJc
    (although frankly, -12C is borderline for me…)

  4. No helmets? Guess they don’t need them without American drivers.

MH17

Posted on January 12th, 2015 at 22:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Few people know more about the air-combat-weapon systems of the former Eastern Bloc than Rupert Smid. He is a leading expert on air combat. Throughout our investigation we met him as part of our reporting in several countries including Ukraine, Russia, Austria and the Netherlands. His name is not really Smid – but he can’t reveal his true identity. He works for an organization that does not want to be involved in this issue. We can only assure you that Rupert Smid is a leading expert on Russian air combat systems.

Smid tells us: “There is no doubt: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile. And this missile was fired from the ground and not from a fighter jet.”

This bit is a nice illustration of the main problem the Dutch investigators have apparently run into: there are several organizations that have enough information about the incident to point the finger, but none of them want to be involved in this issue, because questions would be asked about why it was not used to prevent this tragedy.

The investigation should be taken over by the UN.


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Charlie Hebdo Staff Prepares Next Issue

Posted on January 12th, 2015 at 22:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The paper has had to file court requests to recover material from its office, now sealed off as a crime scene. With the help of Libération, Charlie Hebdo will print three million copies of the issue, compared with its usual 60,000 copies. The paper was also expected to be translated into several languages.

Evidence once more that terrorists are stupid fucks. Try to find something, anything, that would have boosted the circulation from 60.000 to 3 million. Even a nude BDSM picture of Michelle Obama and François Hollande together would not have done that.


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  1. Although it might be closer than you think…M. Hollande has quite the reputation :-)

Advocate says Colorado received $60 million in taxes and fees from marijuana in 2014

Posted on January 12th, 2015 at 21:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Colorado raked in $60 million in marijuana taxes and licensing fees in the past year, plus saved most if not all of the $145 million the Harvard report estimated it spent each year fighting marijuana,” Aubin wrote in the Jan. 5, 2015, piece.


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2014

Posted on January 12th, 2015 at 18:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Surviving Whole Foods

Posted on January 12th, 2015 at 18:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Whole Foods is like Vegas. You go there to feel good but you leave broke, disoriented, and with the newfound knowledge that you have a vaginal disease.


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Rupert Murdoch had a thought about “Moslems” following Charlie Hebdo shooting

Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 21:14 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Rupert Murdoch has given his thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, and the subsequent hostage-taking in a Jewish supermarket.

With the tact and sensitivity for which he is famed, the 83-year-old concedes that “maybe most Moslems peaceful, but . . .” – you knew there would be a but – “until they recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held reponsible.”

He added that there was a “big jihadist cancer looming” which would not be fought by “political correctness”…

Blimey, now we have Bill Maher and Rupert Murdoch singing from the same song sheet!


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  1. Obviously now Murdoch will be handing himself over to the police to face justice for the phone hacking crimes committed by journalists on his newspapers.

  2. I wouldn’t hold my breath Gareth :-)

Témoignage/Vidéo posthume du terroriste islamiste: Amédy Coulibaly, le tueur de Montrouge.

Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 13:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Amedy Coulibaly revendique dans une vidéo posthume, postée le dimanche 11 janvier, l’attaque de Montrouge au nom de l’État islamique, donc un jour après le jour de son exécution par la police, vendredi dernier. (Ci-dessus, capture d’écran de la vidéo.)

Ceci prouve une complicité supplémentaire au moins. Il serait intéressant de savoir d’où cette vidéo a été postée et diffusée sur Internet deux jours après les faits ? Est-ce de France ou du Moyen-Orient, où, paraît-il, la femme d’Amedy Coulibaly se trouverait depuis le 2 janvier. Mais est-ce encore le cas?


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Legendary Cartoonist Robert Crumb on the Massacre in Paris

Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 12:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Robert Crumb is considered by many to be the single best cartoonist America has ever produced. The creator of counter culture icons like Fritz the Cat, the Keep On Truckin guy and Mr Natural, Mr. Crumb was inducted into the comic book Hall of Fame in 1991, the same year he moved his family to France, where he has resided ever since. Writer Celia Farber reached him at his home in Sauve, France on Friday, January 9, 2015, to talk about the massacre of cartoonists and others in Paris this week. 

Celia Farber: Have journalists been calling you today to talk about the assassinations at Charlie Hedbo? Are you willing to talk about it?

Robert Crumb: Liberation wanted me to draw a cartoon, so I did this cartoon for Liberation about it.  So far, you are the first American journalist that’s asked me to talk about it. I’ll talk about it, yeah.

No other journalists have called you? Really?

No, you’re the only one. You don’t have journalists over there anymore, what they have is public relations people. That’s what they have over in America now. Two-hundred and fifty thousand people in public relations. And a dwindling number of actual reporters and journalists.


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  1. I’m glad to hear he is still alive and well :-)

    The actual journalists and reporters of his day were Bourgeois Establishment Creeps and Narks, I seem to remember.

Your move, Jehova’s Wittnesses

Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 10:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. OK, took me a while! Nice shot.

You MUST mock

Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 10:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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And aren’t we all tired of those who claim to know the answer to life, death and the creation being so fucking sensitive about their knowledge? If I knew the answer to it all, if I thought I understood the wishes of the author of the universe and was privileged to understand what happens to us after death, the last thing I would be is all prickly and defensive. ‘Mock me all you like,’ I’d cry. ‘Go on, laugh your socks off, paint crude daubs, make mocking films. They pass me by as the idle wind which I respect not.’

Whether it is deluded pricks chanting Christian slogans like Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo or deluded pricks chanting Islamic ones like Said and Charif Kouachi in Paris the result is the same: in this breast at least arises even more, as if that were possible, contempt for the dumb, semi-literate, ill-founded, unreasoned drivel that forms the basis of their juvenile, crazed and self-defeating actions.


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