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Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmerman statement to United Nations on plane crash

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 23:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Whirlpool Wants Congress to Ban Class-Action Suits Tied to Energy Star Program

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 18:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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After government testing showed that scores of consumer products carrying the Energy Star label did not deserve the listing, a wave of class-action lawsuits was filed against the companies that manufacture the products.

Now, at least one major manufacturer wants Congress to ban the lawsuits and is threatening to withdraw from Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency program, unless it gets its way.

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“By eliminating consumers’ access to the civil justice system, corporations will not be held accountable in court for swindling customers,” said Sarah Jones, a spokeswoman for the trial lawyers’ organization, the American Association for Justice.


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Malaysia Airlines diverts flight from Ukraine – to Syria

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday.

Flightradar24 posted a flight map on its Twitter account on Monday showing the change in the flight’s route.


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How did the Snowden revelations impact behaviour?

Posted on July 21st, 2014 at 12:45 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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This week the Australian government announced what seems to be an extraordinary piece of legislation.

Spies who leak sensitive information will face tough new penalties of up to 10 years’ jail and internet firms could be forced to store customers’ data for up to two years under sweeping national security reforms…

To appreciate the impact of policies designed to curtail the dissemination of disclosures, it is useful to actually go to the evidence. A few months ago, Alex Marthews and Catherine Tucker provided that evidence in this paper

One thing is more certain, this adjustment is suggesting that moves like this one for the Australian government may be actually upsetting more citizens than they think and that might well add up in terms of votes. I’m sure that will be of interest to politicians who think supporting this legislation is innocuous.


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How Women Got In On the Civil Rights Act

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 15:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For twenty years, the belief that the sex provision was a monkey wrench that unintentionally became part of the machine was the conventional wisdom about Title VII. But when scholars—including Michael Gold, Carl Brauer, Cynthia Deitch, Jo Freeman, and Robert Bird—dug into the archives they not only learned that the real story of the sex amendment was quite different; they essentially uncovered an alternative history of women’s rights.


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I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 13:10 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Rich people vote their self-interest in every single election.  Why don’t poor people?

 


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Failed fruit

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 12:13 by Paul Jay in category: News


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Storm

Posted on July 20th, 2014 at 10:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

(non-animated version)


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Playing With a Bug

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 18:21 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. I think the spider mite learned more at the meeting than the person with the pen.

Bedworth school excludes pupil from end-of-year trip because she missed ONE day to go to mum’s funeral

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A child was excluded from a school trip celebrating 100 per cent attendance because she’d missed one day – to go to her mum’s funeral.

Little Maddie Stevens, 11, was left confused and angry after staff at St Giles’ Junior School in Bedworth refused to let her go to Frankie & Benny’s restaurant with her friends on Tuesday.

Maddie’s mum Gail died of breast cancer in January this year, after a two-year battle with the disease.

The grieving youngster’s dad Andy, a finance manager, said: “It’s just so insensitive after everything she has been through.

“Maddie has been absolutely amazing since her mum died. She took only one day off to go the funeral, because we wanted to keep things as normal for her as we could. But even if she’d taken a week off I’d be saying this.

“She got very upset when Gail passed away and at the funeral, but she’s just tried to get on with things.

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When the Telegraph contacted St Giles’ Junior School, a spokesperson said: “Following concerns raised, the rewarding of pupils for 100 per cent attendance has been withdrawn.”

Let unsaid in that response “and that’s her fault!”. Bunch of insensitive idiots.


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  1. The correct response: “We are _so_ sorry! We are a bunch of insensitive idiots. The head teacher has resigned.”

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Switzerland, his representative said Thursday. He was 70.

“His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists,” his spokeswoman, Lori Haynes, said.

Winter was in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of a tour of Europe, although he was scheduled to return to the United States for shows later in July, according to his official Facebook page.

Winter first gained national attention when Rolling Stone magazine featured the the Texas music scene in a December 1968 cover story. It captioned his photo: “Johnny Winter, Albino Bluesman.” The article said guitarist Mike Bloomfield considered the young Winter the “best white blues guitarist he had ever heard.”

Rolling Stone now ranks Winter 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists.


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  1. Can a blue man play the whites? Yeah!

Blogger Fined By French Court Because Negative Restaurant Review Was Too Prominent In Google

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 20:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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There are two contexts in which this story can be analyzed: 1) the futility of trying to use the courts to attack or quash negative reviews and 2) European courts’ increasingly bold attempts to blunt the impact of or censor specific search results that are perceived to cause harm (whether or not the information at issue is truthful or factual).

On the first point the restaurant has gained much more unwanted attention for itself through the action and subsequent coverage. I wouldn’t be surprised now if it went out of business. However, the food and service appear to be mediocre; so perhaps it’s inevitable anyway.

On the second matter, I’m sure the BBC coverage fails to elucidate some of the nuances of the case but the judge’s actions and decision appear to me to be pretty outrageous. I could perhaps understand the decision if the review were totally defamatory and not supported by the weight of opinion from other sources. But it seems very consistent with other reviews.

The only “crime” here, then, was ranking too high in search results.


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The World Health Organization calls for the decriminalisation of drug use

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 20:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The United Nations’ leading health agency, the World Health Organization, has called on countries around the world to end the criminalisation of people who use drugs. The call was made in a report published this month that looked at policy responses for dealing with HIV among key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people. The WHO’s unambiguous recommendation is clearly grounded in concerns for public health and human rights. Whilst the call is made in the context of the policy response to HIV specifically, it clearly has broader ramifications, specifically including drug use other than injecting.

In the report, the WHO says:

  • “Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize injection and other use of drugs and, thereby, reduce incarceration.
  • Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize the use of clean needles and syringes (and that permit NSPs[needle and syringe programs]) and that legalize OST [opiate substitution treatment] for people who are opioid-dependent.
  • Countries should ban compulsory treatment for people who use and/or inject drugs

The report also highlights Portugal’s success in decriminalising personal drug possession and treating drug use as a health, rather than a criminal justice, issue.


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Денис Пушилин ушел в отставку

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 19:33 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Председатель Верховного совета самопровозглашенной Донецкой народной республики Денис Пушилин отправлен в отставку по собственному желанию. Об этом сообщает «Интерфакс» со ссылкой на Владимира Маковича, вице-спикера парламента ДНР.

По словам Маковича, Пушилин в настоящее время находится в Москве.

«Он прислал на мое имя письмо с просьбой об уходе с занимаемой должности по собственному желанию. На сессии совета этот вопрос был поставлен на голосование. Депутаты поддержали отставку Пушилина», — рассказал Макович.

Denis Pushilin, self-declared Chairman of the Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, has submitted a letter of resignation (from Moscow).

Rats off a sinking ship.


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Ukraine’s intelligence agency, the State Security Service, known as the SBU, just released what it said was audio from intercepted phone calls between separatist rebels and Russian military intelligence officers on Thursday, in which they appeared to acknowledge shooting down a civilian plane.

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 14:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Ukraine’s intelligence agency, the State Security Service, known as the SBU, just released what it said was audio from intercepted phone calls between separatist rebels and Russian military intelligence officers on Thursday, in which they appeared to acknowledge shooting down a civilian plane.


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Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 11:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Further Reading

LOVEINT: On his first day of work, NSA employee spied on ex-girlfriend

New letter from NSA oversight to senator details 12 instances of obvious abuse.

Edward Snowden has revealed that he witnessed “numerous instances” of National Security Agency (NSA) employees passing around nude photos that were intercepted “in the course of their daily work.”

Makes you wonder how many of those pictures were for underage girls… but then again, if those teens don’t want the NSA looking at their nude photos they just shouldn’t have become terrorists, right?


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  1. Everyone’s a terrorist if they potentially threaten your job.

  2. Baby, you so fine we’re gonna classify that body as a weapon.

Crash claims top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne

Posted on July 18th, 2014 at 11:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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About 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were heading to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference, conference attendees have been told.

Delegates at a pre-conference in Sydney were told on Friday morning that about 100 medical researchers, health workers and activists were on the plane that went down near the Russia-Ukraine border, including former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange.


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Double Irish Dutch Sandwich

Posted on July 17th, 2014 at 0:56 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Want a glimpse of how companies can shift their profits among countries in a way that reduces their tax liabilities? Here’s the dreaded “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich”…

 

Best of all, it’s surprisingly legal and affordable and, as long as you have oodles of money, you have the motive, means and opportunity.

 


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  1. Brilliant summary, Sue. It’s the holy grail of power- and money-seekers throughout the ages. A perfectly legal crime.

  2. Oh great. You might as well just tell them how to make an A-bomb.

  3. Perhaps that should be “googles of money”…

Tacky

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 19:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. What’s _his_ new fragrance called?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 11:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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How the Other Half Works: an Adventure in the Low Status of Software Engineers

Posted on July 15th, 2014 at 10:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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If programmers want to be taken seriously, and we should be taken seriously and we certainly should want this, we’re going to have to take stock of our compromised position and fix it, even if that’s “getting political”. We’re going to have to stop glorifying pointless self-sacrifice for what is ultimately someone else’s business transaction, and start asserting ourselves and our values.


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NSA-Ausschuss erwägt Einsatz von Schreibmaschinen

Posted on July 14th, 2014 at 18:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Der NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss will möglicherweise auf altbekannte Methoden setzen, um sich vor Ausspähung zu schützen. Es werde erwogen, wieder auf mechanische Schreibmaschinen zurückzugreifen, um geheime Dokumente zu verfassen, sagte der Vorsitzende des Untersuchungsausschusses, Patrick Sensburg (CDU), am Montag im ARD-”Morgenmagazin”.


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  1. A pre-TCP/IP Mac or MS-DOS machine would probably be fine too.

  2. Pen and paper.

How a password changed my life

Posted on July 14th, 2014 at 13:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It was obvious that I couldn’t focus on getting things done with my current lifestyle and mood. Of course, there were clear indicators of what I needed to do -or what I had to achieve- in order to regain control of my life, but we often don’t pay attention to these clues.

My password became the indicator.


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  1. Here’s a link to change all your passwords with one click: http://fffff.at/category/projects/

America Fails the ‘Rule of Law’ Test

Posted on July 13th, 2014 at 13:17 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The U.S. Army field manual defines “the rule of law” as follows: “The rule of law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced, and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards. It requires, as well, measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness and procedural and legal transparency.”


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Israeli ‘knock on the roof’ bombing technique caught on film

Posted on July 13th, 2014 at 12:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The IDF practice of firing a missile at a civilian home to warn the occupants to leave the building before a larger attack, has been caught on film. Amnesty International has decried “roof knocking,” saying it in no way constitutes an “effective warning.”

(note there’s a cut in the film at about 1:15 – there’s usually about 15 minutes between the roof knock and the raid. Enough to get the people out, not enough to get the missiles (which are the real target) stored there out)


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  1. The knock isn’t so people can escape, it is so people can rush in and be human shields. If they die in the service of Allah’s jihad then they get instantly transported to paradise and their own 70 Houries.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

  2. I first thought you were trying, and failing, to be funny. You weren’t though, were you?

    Heaven help us all when brainwashing is so successful – and I mean you, Joe, not the poor bastards you so casually malign.

Singapore bans gay penguin book

Posted on July 13th, 2014 at 3:19 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Singapore has ordered the destruction of a children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo after it was deemed inappropriate.

The National Library Board, which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled the book from the shelves this weekend and said it would “pulp” the copies of three titles, citing complaints their content goes against Singapore’s family values.

They have laws against gay sex but rarely use them? Now the Authorities are trying to appease religious fundamentalists? Save yourselves, little penguins!


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They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 15:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Ooh, grammar flame! Very mature :-)

  2. Weird Al (whose price is above that of rubies) must be having an impact: the Price Chopper supermarket in Ogdensburg, NY, now proudly has a “20 items or fewer” sign!

    However, I fear that the struggle against wandering and lost apostrophes is futile.

The Onion Reviews ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 15:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Onion Reviews ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’


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  1. Want to understand one of the reasons for the dumbing down of the masses? Look no further than the ilk that produces movies like this and then feeds them to the populace that eats em up in mass and demands something even more stupid which then begins the cycle again. Burn the TV; Shred the movie ticket; Read a book.

Police Unions And Pharmaceutical Companies Fund Anti-Marijuana Fight

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 13:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, special interest groups that have a financial stake in the fight have been pushing back under the guise of fighting drug abuse.

Last week, The Nation published an interesting look at who’s driving the fight against the legalization of marijuana.

Pharmaceutical companies that make billions off painkillers and police unions are two big heavy hitters in the fight against marijuana legalization. They throw their monetary support behind groups that fight legislation that would legalize pot — even medical marijuana — and lobby Congress.


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Testing Tongues

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 12:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Applicants for radio announcing jobs in the 1920s had to a pass a diction test — New York Daily News radio critic Ben Gross gives this example in his 1954 book I Looked and I Listened:

“Penelope Cholmondely raised her azure eyes from the crabbed scenario. She meandered among the congeries of her memoirs. There was the Kinetic Algernon, a choleric artificer of icons and triptychs, who wanted to write a trilogy. For years she had stifled her risibilities with dour moods. His asthma caused him to sough like the zephyrs among the tamarack.”

In the 1940s Radio Central New York administered a cold reading to prospective radio personalities to assess their speaking ability — announcer Del Moore found it so entertaining that he gave it to his friend Jerry Lewis, who made it a staple of his annual muscular dystrophy telethon:


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  1. FWIW guv, Cholmondeley is pronounced “chumley”. Just so you don’t look like a bleeding idiot, swelp me.


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