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The Right War for the Right Reasons

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 20:23 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Quote

[March 12, 2003]:

But no one can plausibly argue that ridding the world of Saddam Hussein will not significantly improve the stability of the region and the security of American interests and values.

— John McCain


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  1. Right! That and $5 will get you a nice latte at Starbucks…

Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 18:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey – as we now know it – was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its’ antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds.

These lactic acid bacteria have now been tested on severe human wound pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), among others. When the lactic acid bacteria were applied to the pathogens in the laboratory, it counteracted all of them.

While the effect on human bacteria has only been tested in a lab environment thus far, the lactic acid bacteria has been applied directly to horses with persistent wounds.


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Melbourne sex abuse priest Mato Krizanac returns to church in Bosnian parish

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 16:15 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A Catholic priest expelled from the Melbourne diocese for sexual abuse has been allowed to resume his duties in an overseas parish despite an explicit warning from Archbishop Denis Hart to the church hierarchy in Bosnia.

The decision to assign Father Mato Krizanac to a parish in Bosnia raises further questions about the church’s resolve to clamp down on clerical sex offenders and dismantle its entrenched culture of protecting abusers.

Father Krizanac, who spent more than a decade at the Croatian Catholic Church in Clifton Hill, was permanently stripped of all clerical duties in June by Archbishop Hart following a 12-month investigation into claims he abused an Adelaide girl in the mid-1980s.

But The Sunday Age can reveal that Father Krizanac immediately returned to a clerical role in Bosnia with the apparent permission of the Archbishop of Sarajevo, who ignored the damning findings of the church’s independent commissioner in Melbourne, Peter O’Callaghan, QC.


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The Joy of Tech comic… Apple Event Survival Kit!

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 9:17 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Cartoon

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Scottish independence and the complacency of the Westminster establishment

Posted on September 8th, 2014 at 1:58 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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For the last 35 years the behaviour of the Westminster establishment has been particularly egregious. The establishment class has repeatedly got away with neglecting the public interest in order to put their own interests first, in accordance with the cult-like economic dogma of greed, social neglect, privatisation and financialisation that they have become so obsessed with since Thatcher introduced it in 1979.

The Westminster establishment seized the profits from Scottish oil and siphoned them into the City of London and used them to fund tax breaks for their wealthy backers. Instead of creating a sovereign wealth fund which would surely have rivaled Norway’s as one of the biggest in the world, the establishment class squandered it all on the ridiculous fantasy of building a post-industrial economy based around the City of London financial sector.

Interesting times; polling is getting it wrong more often (hard to get a representative sample in an increasingly disparate world), but a recent poll has the “Yes” side gaining ground. The Establishment are crapping themselves…Is it going to be “Scotland, the Brave…?”


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Sierra Leone to Impose 3-Day Ebola Quarantine

Posted on September 7th, 2014 at 23:33 by John Sinteur in category: News

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With West African governments increasingly desperate to contain an ever-quickening Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone has decreed a stringent new measure confining residents to their homes later this month.

For three days, from Sept. 19 to Sept. 21, “everybody is expected to stay indoors” as 7,000 teams of health and community workers go door to door to root out hidden Ebola patients, a government spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, said Saturday from the capital, Freetown. The military and the police will enforce the measure, Mr. Bayraytay added.

With an incubation time of 8 to 21 days, that sounds woefully inadequate.

Right now they’re only managing to quarantine about 8% of social contacts of victims, and that was in the data published by Science- as the epidemic spread and resources run thing it’s probably even fewer now.

We get the infected patients in their home, they also quarantine everyone living in the home and try to track down anyone who was in contact with those people, who will also be in their home, hopefully. They’re not going to be just quarantining the ones that are actually ill, but also they contacted, who may become ill in the next 21 days.

It’s true you need to do this for 21 days to root everyone out. But they’ve done a number of studies on what’s a feasible quarantine length for a large population (I actually helped run one) and three days is pretty much as long as you can go without meeting a hell of a lot of resistance. So three days it is.

And they may well be wrong.


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Apple courts fashionistas as smartwatch expectations mount

Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 21:41 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Apple Inc has invited top fashion editors and bloggers in unprecedented numbers to its Tuesday launch gala, further evidence that the iPhone maker is preparing to take the wraps off a smartwatch.


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Video captures explosive volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 18:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nobody in America Trusts Anyone, Says New Study

Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 17:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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To examine trust over time, the researchers looked at data from two large, nationally representative surveys of people in the US: the General Social Survey of adults (1972-2012) and the Monitoring the Future survey of 12th graders (1976-2012). Together, the surveys included data from nearly 140,000 participants. Both surveys included questions designed to measure trust in other people and questions intended to gauge confidence in large institutions.

The data showed, for example, that while 46% of adult Americans agreed that “most people can be trusted” in 1972-1974, only 33% agreed in 2010-2012. And this finding was mirrored by data from 12th graders – while 32% agreed that “most people can be trusted” in 1976-1978, only 18% did so in 2010-2012.


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  1. I believe the presidents and congress have something to do with this mistrust. It starts at the top.

I might as well call this “Don’t Read This Article”

Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 16:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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How to Know When it’s Time to Euthanize Your Dog

The most important thing to be alert for is The Look. It’s capitalized because it is a Real Thing. At some point near the end of its life, your dog will make eye contact with you. There will be something about that particular eye contact that you will recognize when you see it. Your dog will tell you, as clearly as if they had it notarized, that they are ready to go.

At Dear Prudence, Pet Euthanasia and Can I Lie About It?

…the subject of euthanizing her has come up at home and briefly in the vet’s office. Is this wrong? And if we decide to go down this path, am I obligated to be honest about why she was put down when relatives and friends ask?


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  1. This is difficult, but it’s the price we pay for having companion animals. We have to be strong and manage their lives (spay/neuter) and euthenize when the time comes.

    It’s really selfish to subject a pet to some of the horrendous measures that vets occasionally “prescribe”.

    I visited my elderly father and step mother a few years ago. We found his cat had long ingrown claws that were curled in drawing blood with every step. This cat was on monthly “dialysis” for “kidney failure” and had come back from the vet just 2 days before. (Bastards deserved to be horse-whipped.)

  2. Wait… the cat had just come back from the vet and had ingrown claws? Horse-whipping is too good for them.

Cartoons

Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 15:45 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Baton Rouge cop resigns, accused of sending racially charged texts

Posted on September 6th, 2014 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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A Baton Rouge police officer accused of sending racist text messages resigned Thursday, but NAACP leaders said they still want answers, particularly whether any of the arrests the officer made in the past may have been racially motivated.

Michael Elsbury, who has been with the department for about 15 years, still faces a criminal investigation even though he resigned, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.

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Part of the string of texts read: “I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work … I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants.”

Another part of one of the texts reads: “They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys.”


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Megachurch Pastor says ‘gays must be put to death’

Posted on September 5th, 2014 at 22:33 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Claiming that being gay is a choice like drug abuse, the senior pastor for a megachurch in Tennessee says that “gays must be put to death” because God commands it.

Last Sunday, Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty told his large congregation that Christians should never stop discriminating against homosexuals, claiming that gays could choose to be straight if they only accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Gallaty explained why gays should be put to death:

God said that the sins of the people had infected the very land in which they live. So what happens to people who engage in this activity, this sexual immoral activity? Go to Leviticus 20, God gives us the punishment for engaging in these sins… ‘If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death. And their blood is on their own hands.’

Pastor Gallaty tried to justify his Biblically inspired hatred for gays and lesbians by repeatedly trying to argue that being gay is a choice, and some sort of rebellion against his imaginary God’s divine plan.

Caught in a gay sex scandal in 3…2…1…


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  1. Surely anyone who has read Leviticus must notice that it’s just a ridiculous list of prohibitions, perhaps it had utility back then as social control, but none of it is relevant now. If anyone wants an idea about what a mindless vengeful savage the old testament god is they should regard the story of Job. God does not come out well in this particular fantasy.

    What modern traveller would use such an absurd, archaic document as a guide book.

  2. http://biblehub.com/john/8-7.htm

    The Gospel of John (see above) says:

    When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    Since Christians are supposed to be followers of Christ Jesus, I would think they should place more weight on the Gospel than on the Torah. People like this pastor and those of his church who approve of his message are the real American Taliban– hate filled purveyors of ignorance.

  3. “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    Good advice and directly contradicts a lot in Leviticus. Which makes me wonder. If that wasn’t such a good law why did God make it? Has he since changed his mind? Shouldn’t it then be removed from the Bible, along with most of the rest of the OT?

  4. I see little different between this pastor and the ISIL/IS/ISIS thugs that are beheading people in the name of their beliefs. They are cut from the same cloth.

  5. Perhaps he is a bit cross having found out how few actual straights (in his terms) still exist. The rest of us are all out trying to be nice, doing good work and having a good time.

Army can’t track spending on $4.3b system to track spending, IG finds

Posted on September 5th, 2014 at 14:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Global Combat Support System-Army, a logistical support system meant to track supplies, spare parts and other equipment, was launched in 1997. In 2003, the program switched from custom software to a web-based commercial software system.

About $95 million was spent before the switch was made, according to the report from the Department of Defense IG.

As of this February, the Army had spent $725.7 million on the system, which is ultimately expected to cost about $4.3 billion.

The problem, according to the IG, is that the Army has failed to comply with a variety of federal laws that require agencies to standardize reporting and prepare auditable financial statements.

“This occurred because DOD and Army management did not have adequate controls, including procedures and annual reviews, in place to ensure GCSS-Army compliance with Treasury and DOD guidance,” the IG report concludes.

No problem… just spend another $4.3b on a system to track the spending on the system to track the spending


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  1. ….military intelligence at its finest.

  2. Ah, but it a stimulus to the economy, or something. Must be spent on US companies.

Surviving an ISIS Massacre

Posted on September 5th, 2014 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


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50 Years of Funny

Posted on September 5th, 2014 at 8:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Democracy

Posted on September 5th, 2014 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.

Alan Corenk


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  1. Yes, but in a real democracy you can kick the bums out. (And get another fresher set.)

  2. Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

  3. Ha! I wish I’d said that!

Randall Munroe – XKCD

Posted on September 4th, 2014 at 16:54 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Is it just me or do Comedy Central videos always autoplay for everyone? Having 2 or 3 start when I click over here can be very jarring.

  2. You might want to try something like flashblock. Works for me.

  3. I have Flashblock and Ghostery and even so one of the videos currently on the front page manages to run some JS that tries to connect as shown by the Little Snitch dialog I get asking for permission.

The Taste Makers

Posted on September 4th, 2014 at 12:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Today, flavor and fragrance houses bring in annual revenues of twenty billion dollars. About ninety per cent of the money that Americans spend in the supermarket goes toward processed food, much of which could not be made without companies like Givaudan. “Most of the food-and-beverage companies have become marketing-and-distribution companies,” a flavor-company executive told me, only somewhat in jest. I understood what he meant when, in one of his laboratories, I saw a number of his colleagues working on a tasteless “slurry,” consisting largely of starch, oil, and salt, which a client was hoping to transform into a marketable product. The client had asked the flavor company’s in-house chef to develop various dips, such as guacamole, using fresh ingredients; after settling on the best recipes, the company’s flavorists mimicked them chemically, with an eye toward injecting the flavor compounds into the slurry in the most stable and cost-effective way.


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  1. Someday you’ll have a 3D printer like machine that will use natural gas and water to create anything you’ll want to eat. Instead of having to fly down to the local food cart, you’ll be able to have a “Star Trek” like machine just create whatever you want to eat.

    The Wonder World of Chemistry: A Film Story of Better Things for Better Living (1936)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XfWttNDIaM

  2. Just doing for food what Pantone does for everything else.

Why does the universe exist?

Posted on September 4th, 2014 at 12:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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$100,000 in donations help Comcast get merger support from Chicago mayor

Posted on September 4th, 2014 at 11:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is supporting Comcast’s purchase of Time Warner Cable, has received more than $100,000 in donations from Comcast’s political committee and its employees.

As detailed by the International Business Times yesterday, public records show that Comcast’s political arm and employees have been supporting Emanuel for a decade. Emanuel was a member of Congress from 2003 to 2009 and then served as President Obama’s chief of staff for nearly two years. He has been Chicago mayor since May 2011.

“[D]uring his time running for and serving as mayor of Chicago, Emanuel has received large campaign contributions from Comcast and its employees, including from [Comcast Executive Vice President David] Cohen himself, who contributed $5,000 to Emanuel’s mayoral campaign in February 2011,” the International Business Times wrote. “Cohen also contributed $10,000 to the Chicago Committee, which the Chicago Tribune has described as Emanuel’s ‘other political fund (which) he uses for political activities that support his policy initiatives at City Hall.’ In all, records from the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Emanuel’s mayoral campaign and his other municipal political organizations have received $50,000 from Comcast employees since he began running for mayor in 2010.”

Besides that, Comcast’s political action committee gave $46,000 to Emanuel’s congressional campaigns between 2003 and 2008.

Cohen wrote last week that Comcast is proud to have Emanuel’s support, saying it “underscores the powerful benefits of this transaction for their cities, constituents, and customers—and the impact that the enhanced scale, investment, and innovation of Comcast will have on their local communities.”


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Wearables

Posted on September 4th, 2014 at 10:49 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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According to a designer who works at Apple, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, in bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s watch comes out.


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  1. They are going to release a $50,000 watch?

Race/Off

Posted on September 4th, 2014 at 8:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Too bad he did not hammer the issue of the militarized local police forces. All those weapons help pump up the jack boot instincts in the cops.

Judge mulls contempt charges in Microsoft’s e-mail privacy fight with US

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 at 16:08 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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A federal judge is mulling whether to hold Microsoft in contempt of court for defying orders to give the US government e-mails stored on an overseas server.

The case is the nation’s first testing the Obama administration’s position that any company with operations in the US must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. The US believes the e-mail on a Microsoft server in Dublin, Ireland is associated with narcotics trafficking.

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The Justice Department said that global jurisdiction is necessary in an age when “electronic communications are used extensively by criminals of all types in the United States and abroad, from fraudsters to hackers to drug dealers, in furtherance of violations of US law.”

It’s almost impossible to NOT have operations in the US – do they count app sales for iPhone and Android as “having operations in the US” through Apple and Google? That would mean the US government just claimed it should get access to all of the data I store everywhere. I won’t let them, so to be on the safe side, I won’t be visiting any time soon.


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  1. I hear you. I have not brought my tourist dollars there for a long time and don’t expect to do so anytime soon. Conferences in the US can get my slides with voice over. And that is just because they treat you like a criminal just for visiting them. Print en mugshot. Man I hope the Americans feel safer for it, because that is all it is good for.

The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Do you feel safer yet?, Privacy, Security

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As nude celebrity photos spilled onto the web over the weekend, blame for the scandal has rotated from the scumbag hackers who stole the images to a researcher who released a tool used to crack victims’ iCloud passwords to Apple, whose security flaws may have made that cracking exploit possible in the first place. But one step in the hackers’ sext-stealing playbook has been ignored—a piece of software designed to let cops and spies siphon data from iPhones, but is instead being used by pervy criminals themselves.

On the web forum Anon-IB, one of the most popular anonymous image boards for posting stolen nude selfies, hackers openly discuss using a piece of software called EPPB or Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker to download their victims’ data from iCloud backups. That software is sold by Moscow-based forensics firm Elcomsoft and intended for government agency customers. In combination with iCloud credentials obtained with iBrute, the password-cracking software for iCloud released on Github over the weekend, EPPB lets anyone impersonate a victim’s iPhone and download its full backup rather than the more limited data accessible on iCloud.com. And as of Tuesday, it was still being used to steal revealing photos and post them on Anon-IB’s forum.

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The fact that Apple isn’t complicit in law enforcement’s use of Elcomsoft’s for surveillance doesn’t make the tool any less dangerous, argues Matt Blaze, a computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania and frequent critic of government spying methods. “What this demonstrates is that even without explicit backdoors, law enforcement has powerful tools that might not always stay inside law enforcement,” he says. “You have to ask if you trust law enforcement. But even if you do trust law enforcement, you have to ask whether other people will get access to these tools, and how they’ll use them.”


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After 13 Years Of Fighting For Wall Street, Eric Cantor Will Make Millions At An Investment Bank

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 at 0:15 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who resigned last month after losing renomination to an underfunded college professor, spent much of his 13-plus years in the U.S. Congress advancing the agenda of Wall Street investment firms. This week, he announced that he will be joining a Wall Street investment bank as its new vice chairman.

Cantor will be joining Moelis & Co., the investment bank said, to “provide strategic counsel to the Firm’s corporate and institutional clients on key issues,” to “play a leading role in client development,” and to “advise clients on strategic matters.” The announcement press release praised Cantor as a “leading voice on the economy and job creation,” who worked in Congress “to lower taxes, eliminate excessive regulation, strengthen small businesses, and encourage entrepreneurship.” The deal reportedly includes a $1.4 million signing bonus and at least a $2 million annual compensation package.


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  1. Where else can you find people with that much experience screwing the people?

Apple Issues Media Advisory Related to Celebrity Photo Theft

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 at 0:11 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Privacy, Security

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Apple issued a media advisory related to recent celebrity photo theft, saying the accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on users names, password and security questions and was not related to any breach of Apple’s systems, including iCloud.

Over the weekend a number of nude celebrity photos appeared online. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Victoria Justice and Kirsten Dunst all had their photos comprised, among others.

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website athttp://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.

If you are a celebrity, it’s more likely that people know the name of your first pet, or your mothers maiden name…


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  1. Right John, it is why I advise people to make up random letters and numbers for those all too frequently used security questions. Also, never use the same answer twice.

Chimps Outplay Humans in Brain Games

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 23:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In a recent study by psychologists Colin Camerer and Tetsuro Matsuzawa, chimps and humans played a strategy game – and unexpectedly, the chimps outplayed the humans.


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Rotherham Whistleblower ‘Sent On Diversity Training For Saying Most Abusers Were Asian’

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 17:10 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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A researcher was sent on a diversity awareness course – and faced the sack – for raising the alarm about the appalling abuse of children in Rotherham and the fact most of the perpetrators were of Pakistani descent, it has been reported.

Some 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013 in the South Yorkshire town, including cases of them of being made to witness brutal rapes, being covered in petrol and threatened with being set alight, according to a devastating report last week.

Many of the victims were young girls in care of the council – which was accused of “blatant” failures in not dealing with the problem.

The researcher, who was seconded to Rotherham Council from the Home Office in 2002, spoke to BBC Panorama anonymously and said she was told she must “never, ever” again mention the fact they most of the abusers were Asian men.

Rotherham Council even tried to have her sacked when she resisted pressure to change the findings of the report she completed, she said.

Just wait until they discover most Nazis were German.


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  1. The discussion about the ethnicity of the men involved seems so secondary to the horror of the basic story.

Frans Timmermans

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 17:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

Remember this post?

Everybody here said “he’s going places”.

Well, he was just made European Commissioner.


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