Ideally suited to mobilization on the shifting terrain of asymmetrical conflict, inherently covert, insidiously plastic, politically potent, irony offers rogue elements a volatile if often overlooked means by which to demoralize opponents and destabilize regimes. And yet, while major research resources have for forty years poured into the human sciences from the defense and intelligence community in an effort to gain control over the human capacity to lie (investments that led to the polygraph, sodium pentothal and its successor compounds, “brain fingerprinting” and associated neuro-physiological imaging techniques, etc.), we have no comparable tradition of sustained, empirical, applied investigation into irony
Officials were told of this change in policy on July 24th at a meeting in Brussels in which the Commission explained that the documents had “been submitted to databases of [member states’] national parliaments” meaning that “hundreds of people have actually uncontrolled access”.
And so the Brussels ‘reading room’ appears to be the solution, where national and EU representatives will have to go if they want to find out what’s happening to the TTIP text.
It’s not just TTIP that is taking such extreme measures. The US-Asia equivalent, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has a similar super-secure reading room.
A spokesperson for the European Commission told Ars: “It is simply not true that the Commission has restricted access to the negotiating documents for Members of National Parliaments. This is the responsibility of Member State governments and the Commission doesn’t and cannot take decisions on this issue.”
That may simply mean that it was the Member State governments that took the decision formally, but that the initial impulse came from elsewhere. The leaked notes obtained by Correct!v are quite clear about who was behind the move. They describe how the European Commissioner responsible for trade and thus TTIP, Cecilia Malmström, instructed officials to make the written report on the most recent round of TTIP negotiations available only in the reading room of the Commission in Brussels. As a result “transmission of negotiating reports to the Member States will no longer take place,” according to the notes.
In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.
He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.
When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.
“The Tianjin Binhai New Area explosion, just how many people were killed? Officially published figures say 50 people died in the accident, 11 of which were members of the firefighting effort. However, “Apple” reporters followed family members of those missing, and police cars into the disastor-zone investigation. According to the police, 120 firefighters and armed police entered the site to help, but only 4 came out. Added with the others, there should ought to be approximately 200 dead. The police also said, there were many dead from those living in their houses, mostly from broken shards of glass. The power of the explosion was enormous, with everything within 10 kilometers being affected. Police also criticized firefighters for improperly fighting the fire with water; you must not use water, use chemical foam fire extinguishing instead. Most strange is this: I have a friend on WeChat (Chinese IM service), her friend was a soldier involved in the rescue, who told her that they had already lifted, two or three hundred bodies from the site. Internet users also said not to trust the news from the mainland.”
Are you here bro?
My phone can’t get any calls out
Gangzi just passed away
He died, He died
Are kidding me?
Where are you?
I’m in the car to Tanku… Tangu
Please call me right now
I’m wearing all my gear, I’m the only person with a phone
Then please call immediately me tomorrow when you get home
If I don’t come back, My father is your father
Remember to visit my mother’s grave
OK, your dad is my dad
Please take care
In June, a laptop was stolen from a bedroom on a Monday afternoon in Palo Alto, CA, a suburb 15 miles south of San Francisco. There were no witnesses to the larceny, and no surveillance footage either.
With a laptop thief on the loose and few leads at their disposal, investigators in Santa Clara County, which includes Palo Alto, were discouraged when they discovered no surveillance footage existed of the bedroom; footage which could provide crucial clues to identifying their thief.
An California state judge issued a warrant ordering the victim’s landlord to share with authorities any video surveillance that could potentially solve the crime. The landlord replied, in essence, that they could not — because they did not record video of their tenants nor their tenants’ children sleeping peacefully in their beds.
The theft remains unsolved. The thief remains at large.
Until very recently, this situation would not have occurred.
Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier serving a 35-year military prison sentence for leaking official secrets, has been threatened with indefinite solitary confinement for having an expired tube of toothpaste in her cell and being found in possession of the Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair issue, according to her lawyers and supporters.
In a 45-minute video posted on Tibetan websites Thursday, Tsuglag Rinpoche, leader of the Buddhist extremist group Kammaṭṭhāna, threatened to soon inflict a wave of peace and tranquility on the West.
Speaking in front of a nondescript altar surrounded by candles, burning sticks of incense, and a small golden statue of the Buddha, Rinpoche did not specify when or where an assault of profound inner stillness would occur, but stated in no uncertain terms that the fundamentalist Buddhist cell plans to target all Western suffering.
“In the name of the Great Teacher, we will stop at nothing to unleash a firestorm of empathy, compassion, and true selflessness upon the West,” said Rinpoche, adding that all enemies of a freely flowing, unfettered state of mind will be “besieged with pure, everlasting happiness.” “No city will be spared from spiritual harmony. We will bring about the end to all Western pain and anxiety, to all destructive cravings, to all greed, delusion, and misplaced desire. Indeed, we will bring the entire United States to its knees in deep meditation.”
Before reading this go find a bucket, a bowl, anything that will hold a decent amount of vomit. Place it beside you as you read just in case.
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said in a statement.
Flammable goods at a container terminal in northern China’s Tianjin municipality exploded at about 11:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday (11:30 a.m. ET), shattering windows and causing injuries, according to state media reports.The number of casualties from the blast in the city’s Binhai New Area is unknown, China Central Television reported on its news app, citing the local fire department. Injured people have been hospitalized, it said. One report put the number injured higher than 400. The Daily Mirror reported the injury toll at more than 1,000.
British ministers including Theresa May and Philip Hammond have made hair-raising claims about the dangers of migrants entering the country. But do the facts bear them out?
You can safely apply Betteridge’s law of headlines here.
Dutch press already calls it the Goal of the Season (which just started…) but seeing it with commentators from Brazil makes it even better:
26 GIFs and photos showing Google’s visions for the future
I bet Page is pissed NASDAQ wouldn’t let him convert the stock symbol to something that alphabetically comes before AAPL.
“I am having a good Friday, I refuse to talk about the Kardashians today. You are on your own, Amy,” the anchor said before storming off. “I’ve had enough Kardashians. I can’t take anymore Kardashian stories on this show.”
Move over, Dennis the Menace. The European Union has produced a series of cartoon strips, games and colouring books that rival the antics of Minnie the Minx, Desperate Dan and other classic comic characters.
The cartoons teach children how EU cash has funded fire engines, hospital wards and infrastructure as part of a drive to counter the impression that the 28-member bloc is wasteful.
Children can also learn about the intricacies of the Common Agricultural Policy, the work of competition lawyers and the virtues of free movement.
And the English title is “On the road to victory”.
I haven’t been able to track down the German language title. I guess it’s “Triumph des Willens”
So please, tell your Grandma I’m sorry. And to upgrade her browser.
So far this year, 24 unarmed black men have been shot and killed by police – one every nine days, according to a Washington Post database of fatal police shootings. During a single two-week period in April, three unarmed black men were shot and killed. All three shootings were either captured on video or, in one case, broadcast live on local TV.
Those 24 cases constitute a surprisingly small fraction of the 585 people shot and killed by police through Friday evening, according to The Post database. Most of those killed were white or Hispanic, and the vast majority of victims of all races were armed.
However, black men accounted for 40 percent of the 60 unarmed deaths, even though they make up just 6 percent of the U.S. population. The Post’s analysis shows that black men were seven times more likely than white men to die by police gunfire while unarmed.
Try to read this article in Vanity Fair without vomiting too much….
Go ahead, I’ll wait…
Okay. Now. Guess the reason this was published. No, not that, the real reason. I think it’s this.
Africa will mark one year without polio on Tuesday. The last case was in Somalia in 2014.
But last week, a polio vaccination campaign in Kenya faced an unlikely opponent: the country’s Conference of Catholic Bishops declared a boycott of the World Health Organization’s vaccination campaign, saying they needed to “test” whether ingredients contain a derivative of estrogen. Dr. Wahome Ngare of the Kenyan Catholic Doctor’s Association alleged that the presence of the female hormone could sterilize children.
Ngare is a practicing gynecologist with no infectious disease experience.
“We are not in conflict with the Ministry of Health, but we have an apostolic and moral duty to ensure Kenyans are getting safe vaccines,” Bishop Philip Anyolo, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops chair, told journalists at a news conference in Nairobi.
No, in fact, you don’t. You’re a bishop, not a doctor, you don’t dispense medical information. There are telephones now in Kenya. You might have a moral duty to pick one up and talk to a doctor, or for all I care to the Pope about it (there is a new Papal physician who teaches Immunology and, if that doctor hasn’t been shoved onto a plane to sort this out from on high, the Pope’s rolodex is deep..) He’d set you straight. Apostolic duty? Fuck off.
- Globally, the number of people using ad blocking software grew by 41% year over year.
- 16% of the US online population blocked ads during Q2 2015.
- Ad block usage in the United States grew 48% during the past year, increasing to 45 million monthly active users (MAUs) during Q2 2015.
- Ad block usage in Europe grew by 35% during the past year, increasing to 77 million monthly active users during Q2 2015.
- The estimated loss of global revenue due to blocked advertising during 2015 was $21.8B.
- With the ability to block ads becoming an option on the new iOS 9, mobile is starting to get into the ad blocking game. Currently Firefox and Chrome lead the mobile space with 93% share of mobile ad blocking.
No – you didn’t “lose” 21 billion – that was never yours to begin with. But if you start measuring things that way, how much money is stolen from users in bandwidth to deliver ads?
Use of K2/Spice continues to rise, despite public health officials in many parts of America declaring it a national health crisis. But let’s take a look back. Like many in the American military where its use remains twice as popular as marijuana, some early users may have thought that K2/Spice (or “synthetic marijuana”) was a safer, more responsible alternative to weed for managing their substance abuse problems and for self-medicating anxiety disorders. After all, until recently, it was still sold legally throughout the country, and convenience stores everywhere sold the stuff.
But despite being legal and cheaper by the gram, for many, buying Spice turned out be a much worse bargain than buying weed–more physically addictive than weed, more likely to do short and long-term damage to the body and mind. Some users have even claimed it’s more addictive than crack. It’s not always clear what’s even being sold as Spice: Anybody with a few thousand bucks can get their own custom synthetic produced and shipped to them from any number of Chinese labs serving the market via the internet without traveling beyond their own bedrooms. Spice’s reach now extends to every region in the country and beyond, recently being blamed for a string of suicides in Alabama, and “120 emergency cases in a single week in April” in New York City.
From the comments there, I couldn’t have said it better:
If only there were some sort of safe, natural version of synthetic marijuana; surely the government would be doing whatever they could to get people access to it.
We all had a good laugh at the folks down in Texas (and elsewhere) who got their camo longjohns in a knot over Operation Jade Helm, the military exercise that was interpreted by those with severe cases of the prion disease as a covert op aimed at the subjugation of American liberty, which was going to be hustled down through secret tunnels and into the basements of several abandoned Wal Mart outlets. I am only exaggerating this a little.
Naturally, this whole delusion was fanned on the scurvier precincts of the airwaves and the skeevier frontiers of the Intertoobz by the usual suspects. And it was all pretty funny, until the last couple of days. First, a couple of local gomers decided to take potshots at an army base in Mississippi. And then, down in the newly insane state of North Carolina, shit really got real in a hurry.
Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 41, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, are accused of stockpiling guns and ammunition, as well as attempting to manufacture pipe bombs and live grenades from military surplus “dummy” grenades, according unsealed criminal complaints released Monday. The close to 60 pages of information compiled by federal authorities since July include allegations Litteral planned to makes explosives out of tennis balls covered in nails and coffee cans filled with ball bearings. According to the documents, both Litteral and Campbell spoke openly about their opposition to Jade Helm 15, a series of ongoing special forces training missions in several Southwestern states that has drawn suspicion from residents who fear it is part of a planned military takeover.
There is a real wildness at the edge of our politics, and the far frontier of political respectability is not as distant as it once was. It would have been politically perilous for Abbott, Cruz, and Paul simply to have dismissed the Jade Helm truther theories as the unfortunate product of sad and angry minds. For all the talk about how Donald Trump has tapped into some general dissatisfaction with government and some ill-defined populist moment, the energy behind his campaign comes mainly from these sad and angry places, deep in the tangled underbrush of fear, hate, and profitable ignorance, where it’s all funny until somebody builds a bomb.
Earlier in the debate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had stated that Trump “buys and sells politicians of all stripes.” He wasn’t so much complaining that big donors like Trump can buy and sell politicians as grumbling that Trump should only purchase Republicans.
I think people should learn an assembly language as early as possible. I don’t expect them to use that assembler for very long because working in assembly language is slow and painful (and joyous!). My goal in advocating that everyone learn such a language is to make sure that the magic is destroyed.
If you’ve never worked in machine language, it’s almost impossible for you to really understand what’s going on. If you program in Java, or C#, or C++, or even C, there is magic. But after you have written some machine language, the magic goes away. You realize that you could write a C compiler in machine language. You realize that you could write a JVM, a C++ compiler, a Ruby interpreter. It would take a bit of time and effort. But you could do it. The magic is gone.