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Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Pope Francis Among Picks for Nobel

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 23:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Japanese group seeking to preserve pacifism in the Asian nation’s constitution and Pope Francis, who has made the fight against poverty a focus of his tenure, are among the top contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He should start a land war somewhere and continue funding a torture camp to really get a lock on winning.


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  1. lol, you don’t have to do that until after you get your peace prize (actually, this is what happens when you give your peace prize to someone who hasn’t done anything yet.)

  2. Obama doesn’t fund Guantanamo, Congress does. And what’s with the land war? I’m only aware of an air war.

Turkish President Erdogan tells conference: ‘I am increasingly against the internet every day’

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 22:29 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you

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The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended his government’s efforts to control online speech, telling a press freedom conference: “I am increasingly against the Internet every day.”

Mr Erdoğan’s comments came during an “unprecedented” meeting with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Press Institute (IPI).

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“Media should never have been given the liberty to insult,” Mr Erdoğan was quoted as saying during the 90-minute meeting.

Tough shit, asshole.


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  1. Justice and development, just not _that_ kind of development.

Eric Schmidt on Google privacy: We’re ‘more secure’ than Apple

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 22:18 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google

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The seemingly ongoing battle between Google and Apple has been well-documented, but it’s always at its best when the CEOs start trading blows. In an interview with Charlie Rose last month, Tim Cook took Google to task for its data collection practices. Unsurprisingly, Eric Schmidt wasn’t too pleased with Cook’s representative of his company, so he took the time to respond on a CNN Money segment this week.

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“Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policies,” Schmidt quipped. “It’s unfortunate for him. In the first place, in Google’s case, we have always been the leader in security and encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great.”

First, Tim Cook wasn’t talking about how well they protect data from others – he was talking about how well they protect data from themselves… here’s what he said:

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Cook said Apple makes most of its profits by selling hardware, unlike many of its Silicon Valley neighbors that profit from advertising targeted at their users.

“Our business is not based on having information about you. You’re not our product,” Cook said. “I think everyone has to ask, how do companies make their money? Follow the money. And if they’re making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried.”

So, Let me summarize this back-and-forth:

“You’ve been spying on your users!”

“That’s not true! We protect our users from being spied on by other people all the time!”

So, Schmidt, you’re a deceptive little douche.


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What am I running inside my bash?

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 19:07 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Software

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I have a long running bash instance (inside a screen session) that is executing a complex set of commands inside a loop (with each loop doing pipes, redirects, etc). The long command line was written inside the terminal – it’s not inside any script. Now, I know the bash process ID, and I have root access – how can I see the exact command line being executed inside that bash?


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Catholic Church the only body ‘effectively acting to eradicate pedophilia’

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 23:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A former Vatican spokesman has written, against the backdrop of the house arrest of a former nuncio being investigated for abuse of minors, that the Church is the only international body acting effectively against pedophilia.

But since this deranged piece of shit also thinks house arrest “is a very important penal action,” you can safely ignore anything else he says.


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  1. What? No flagellation for the papal nuncio? Pity.

Reza Aslan educates Bill Maher and CNN hosts on Islam

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 20:27 by Desiato in category: News

Worth watching for a rare nuanced take on Islam’s link with violence, lack of rights for women, etc.


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  1. So is it Christianity– Bad, Islam– Good?

    I would prefer Bill Maher to this Islamic apologist.

    Remember– Let me quote Pat Condell on that:

    “If you criticize religion, then, every so often somebody will say to you – quite disapprovingly – ‘you may not have faith in god, but you could show a bit more respect for those people who do’.

    And, you might find yourself thinking ‘well actually, maybe they’re right. It wouldn’t hurt to show a bit more respect – after all, nobody likes to be told point-blank that their religion is a crock of delusional garbage and a force for evil in the world. That, what they call ‘faith’ is merely fear dressed up as virtue. And that their puerile beliefs are a strait-jacket on the whole of humanity.’

    That’s bound to put anybody’s nose out of joint.

    So yes, maybe I could show a bit more respect.

    The only fly in the ointment is – I don’t actually feel any respect. I have tried, I really have, and I feel just terrible about it, but it just isn’t there.

    I suppose I could lie to myself, and pretend for the sake of people’s feelings – because we all know how delicate and tender they can be these days.

    But, the bold truth is, I don’t actually care about their feelings – at all; not even slightly.

    Of course, I realize that should weigh heavily on my conscience – but luckily my conscience knows when it is being bullied and manipulated – so it doesn’t care either.

    My conscience knows that there is no earthly reason for anybody on this planet to respect religion – in any way. Indeed, purely on the evidence religion itself provides, in such regular abundance, there is every reason to actively disrespect it to the point of outright abuse.

    And quite frankly, the fact that religion gets so little abuse, compared to what it really deserves, I can only attribute to the unbelievable tolerance, restraint and plain good manners of atheists and secularists everywhere.

    So, if you are a religious person, and if you’re thinking of demanding more respect for your beliefs, please try to bear in mind that you and your religion are already getting way more respect than you’ve ever deserved. Your faith is a joke. Your god is a joke. He’s so absurd, he’s an embarrassment even to people who don’t believe in him – and he and you still have it all to prove. So far, no proof has been forthcoming, nor is it likely to be; as we all well know – so respect, I’m afraid, is out of the question. The best you can hope for is amused incredulity – and that would be on a good day.

    People say ‘well, you can only truly understand faith when you have faith’ – which I take to mean when you’ve suspended your critical faculties and hypnotized yourself into believing a load of fascist nonsense about your eternal soul, then, you’ll understand faith – well, I can certainly believe that.

    Faith peddlers like to put themselves beyond question by claiming that their faith ‘transcends reason’ – the very thing that calls it to account – how convenient. Yes, faith transcends reason – the way a criminal transcends the law. The word ‘transcendent’ is very popular with religious hustlers because they never have to explain precisely what they mean by it – other than some vague, superior state of understanding, more profound than ‘mere reason’ – which is crude and simplistic next to the subtleties and profundities of belief without evidence.

    If you hear a senior clergyman, and you will, using the word ‘transcendent’ to explain the nonsense he claims to believe, then you know two things: one, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; and two, he doesn’t want you to know what he’s talking about either.

    Faith doesn’t transcend reason at all; faith sidesteps reason – it runs away from reason because reason threatens its cozy bubble of delusion. So faith disqualifies reason the way a Dutch criminal court disqualifies truth and the witnesses – and for much the same reason.

    If you’re a believer, your faith allows you to adopt a set of beliefs that make absolutely no sense, knowing that you won’t be measured by whether they make sense, but by the level of piety that you exhibit in believing them. In other words, your willingness to deny reality becomes a measure of your virtue.

    No wonder religion is so popular.

    But what a price you pay for this ‘virtue’. You’ve been persuaded that believing in the impossible is your only hope… how did that happen?

    And that your purpose is to worship something beyond your understanding, defined by and only accessible through, self-appointed intermediaries. Your thoughts, your words and your identity, are no longer solely yours to decide; but are subject to the approval of those who have assumed authority over you – through your faith.

    The people who’ve told you that you were born with something wrong with you – c’mon – in a state of ‘sin,’ no less. A condition that can only be cured by complete submission and obedience to them – surprise, surprise – from the moment you’re born ‘til the moment you die.

    And if all this doesn’t exactly flatter your ego – and why should it – Don’t worry, we can give it a special name to make you feel better, and persuade you that you’ve still got some dignity – let’s call it “faith”, and let’s deem it to be the highest and most noble and profound of all virtues; and let’s pretend that it comes from within. When we all know, that nothing about your religion is allowed to come from within – because that would give you strength and freedom – the two things your religion wants as far away from you as possible.

    Faith is the grip that clergy have over you.

    It’s the invisible rope around your neck that pulls you along the road they want you to travel – for their benefit, not yours.

    It’s a dead-end word.

    It’s a word of bondage.

    It’s a word that lets you believe what you’ve been told to believe -without feeling that you’ve been told what to believe, but you have – and you can stop pretending any time you like.

    It’s not a virtue – that’s the last thing it is.

    It’s an abdication from reality.

    It’s a dumb act of self-hypnosis.

    It’s a cowardly copout.

    It’s gullibility with a halo – and hiding behind it is like pretending to be an invalid.

    So, I don’t really understand exactly what it is that I’m supposed to respect.

    It seems to me, I’d need to be some kind of moral contortionist to respect something that noxious – something that depends for its existence on a closed-mind – and it is clearly dragging humanity in the wrong direction; giving us false ideas about ourselves, and about the nature of reality.

    I feel, if I respected that, I’d be needlessly contributing to the stupidity and ignorance of the human race – and that is one thing I don’t want on my conscience; no offense.

    Peace.”

  2. > I would prefer Bill Maher to this Islamic apologist.

    If you think he’s an apologist then I think you didn’t watch the video or didn’t listen very well.

  3. He’s definitely not an apologist. The problem is, he has a stupid audience sitting in the CNN studio like that.

    As a result, he makes a few statements that are problematic as well – for example, near the 5 minute mark, he’s telling that bad people will do bad things regardless of religion, and good people do good things, but he should have been called out with a “but it takes religion to make good people do bad things”. His audience is not sophisticated enough.

    But if I were to choose whom to have a good solid discussion with about this subject, I would pick him over Bill Maher any day. It would have so much more depth…

  4. Nice token anchorpersons being forced to try to furrow those botoxed brows in their best frowny faces? Priceless.

  5. I believe people use religion to justify their personal views. So, let’s just get rid of the “middle man”. It’s just business!

My guess is…

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 9:58 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

Microsoft had a few internal builds calling it “Windows 9″, and they started testing all kind of third party software and ran in to this.

And that’s when they decided to call it Windows 10….


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  1. Blimey! That has the ring of reality – “the sins of the fathers” (and mothers)…

  2. Innnteresting. But does OS.name not return the NT version instead of the marketing name? I don’t have any Windows anymore, so can’t try it.

  3. Well, even if it does, you can trust people to do the wrong thing in code anyway…

  4. ….uh?

    If it returns “NT 7.x” or whatever they’re up to, how does this kind of code create a problem?

Power Can Corrupt Even the Honest

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 22:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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To investigate this the authors used experimental methods to distinguish between the situational and individual component; and determine if power corrupts or if corrupt individuals are drawn to power.

After completing psychometric tests to measure various individual differences, including honesty, participants played the ‘dictator game’ where they were given complete control over deciding pay-outs to themselves and their followers. The leaders had the choice of making prosocial or antisocial decisions, the latter of which resulted in reduced total pay-outs to the group but increased the leader’s own earnings.

The findings showed that those who measured as less honest exhibited more corrupt behaviour, at least initially; however, over time, even those who initially scored high on honesty were not shielded from the corruptive effects of power.

“We think that strong governance mechanisms and strong institutions are the key to keeping leaders in check,” concludes Antonakis. “Organisations should limit how much leaders can drink from the seductive chalice of power.”


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  1. So who do we vote for? Republican or Republican lite?

  2. The lack of choice comes from power’s need for and tight association with ignorance and fear. With instant run-off voting we could enhance our democracy with actual choices.

  3. Didn’t I read on this site somewhere, someone suggested including a NOTA – none of the above – option on the ballot paper to indicate a negative vote for the proposed candidates? Getting your vote counted, but not for any candidate with reflect in the voting figures by reducing the overall percentage of any candidate – and thus their legitimacy. It’s not much but it is something.

10 new features of Windows 10

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 20:39 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Late last night, Microsoft unveiled the next version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10. The company says that the new operating system is designed to run across a wide range of devices, including desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, servers, as well as tiny Internet of things devices. “Windows 10 will deliver the right experience at the right time on the right device,” Microsoft’s operating systems chief Terry Myerson said. However, Windows 10 isn’t fully designed yet. At the event, Microsoft demonstrated several new features of the operating system, but noted that this is just the scratch of the surface it plans to ship with the final version of Windows 10, which ships next year.

In that case, you’d better not install it on your surface, right?


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Mexican Bishop Claims Allowing Gay Couples To Marry Will Lead To Man-Dog Unions

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Jose Maria de la Torre Martin, the bishop of the Diocese of Aguascalientes, Mexico, found himself in hot water after criticizing a proposed state law that seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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The Catholic bishop claimed this week that allowing gay couples to marry will lead to “allowing a man to marry a dog and they can inherit the puppies,” according to local sources.

His obsession with bestiality says so much about him that it’s really disturbing.


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  1. One has to wonder just how many “puppies” this bonehead has…

  2. But wait, the priests love (literally) puppies, especially Hush Puppies

  3. Ruff.

Nein! Nein! Nein!

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 13:50 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Microsoft is to put some numerical distance between its poorly received Windows 8 operating system and its replacement by calling the new version Windows 10.

The new operating system, expected to be released next year, comes three years after the launch of Windows 8. It was announced at an event aimed at business users in Seattle.

“Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever,” Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group, told the audience. “It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.”


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  1. Let’s look at the numerical history of Windows (desktop) releases:
    Windows 95 (odd number): good
    Windows 98 (Even number): meh
    Windows 98 SE (Released in 1999): better
    Windows ME: awful
    Windows XP (Windows 5?): Good
    Windows Vista (6): OUCH
    Windows 7: Good
    Windows 8: meh

    The fact that Microsoft is jumping to Windows 10 means even they know it’s going to be awful.

Apple Watch Sneak Peek

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, batshitinsane

If you thought people waiting in line to buy an iPhone 6 was batshitinsane, check this:

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Apple invited people to check out the new Apple Watch in person — for one day only — in Paris during Fashion Week, at the Colette boutique on Rue Saint Honoré.

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  1. No one creates buzz like Apple. It’s the 8th wonder.

  2. These look like genuine hipsters not placeholders.

you can take my sagan cannon when you pry it from my cold lifeless fingers.

Posted on September 30th, 2014 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Late, I know, but I gotta say it.

    Awesome picture & a striking contrast – which would YOU rather be? The person convinced they’ve found the answers & ready to strike down those who think they have a different answer or the person equipping themselves with the tools to ask the question, and then the question behind that, and the question behind that…?

  2. I see the problem here … women. :)

  3. That was my first thought as well, but I suppressed it in case you thought me prejudiced :-)

    But she does have a lovely beard for an unbeliever.

Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6

Posted on September 29th, 2014 at 23:59 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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If you use enough force to bend an iPhone, or any phone, it’s going to deform.”


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The ABC of Hand Tools

Posted on September 29th, 2014 at 21:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Why is this video so relaxing?

Cop Asks for Man’s License, Shoots Him When He Reaches for It

Posted on September 29th, 2014 at 20:30 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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In the era before cheap video technology, this would be a story about a police officer who reported that he shot a man during a traffic stop when the man dove into his car to grab a weapon. Absent images, many people would give the police officer the benefit of the doubt, even when the motorist turned out to be unarmed, on the theory that cops have no reason to shoot men who comply with their orders. The motorist’s behavior would be described as erratic and aggressive. People would believe that the cop reasonably feared for his life before shooting his gun.

But this is the era of the dash cam.


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  1. The cop fired 4 times at the perp from just a few feet away and hit him only once. I reckon he was fired for failing his marksmanship test.

EU to Publish Details of Probes of Tax Deals Benefiting Apple, Fiat

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 20:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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European Union regulators will publish as soon as Monday their preliminary view that tax deals granted to Apple Inc. and Fiat SpA violated EU law, people familiar with the matter said, marking the next formal step in the bloc’s drive against alleged tax avoidance by multinationals.

The European Commission, the EU’s central antitrust authority, opened formal investigations in June into whether tax deals granted to Apple in Ireland, Fiat Finance and Trade in Luxembourg and Starbucks Corp. in the Netherlands amounted to illegal state support for the companies.

The commission will publish its so-called opening decision in the Apple case as soon as Monday, explaining why it reached the preliminary view that two tax deals agreed between the U.S. company and the Irish government—in 1991 and 2007—amounted to illegal state aid, a person familiar with the matter said.

Apple will have 30 days to respond to the EU’s decision, the person said.

Wait what, aren’t we just supposed to have congressional hearings and then do nothing?


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  1. The taxman cometh.

Assassin’s Kittens Unity

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 16:58 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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Kicking the Facebook Habit

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 14:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In July, I posted 159 times to my 2,308 friends, or about five posts a day (peaking at 12), and got a total of 1,110 “likes,” or about seven per post (peaking at 228). Sometimes I commented on or liked my own posts, a pathetic kind of Freudian Möbius strip. There were two days in July when I didn’t post at all, but that chastity was undone by sharing videos posted by Diddy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a Barack Obama Throwback Thursday photo, and a status update by the astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson.

I was an old lady working the social-media slot machine. And my own likes felt perfunctory, never more so than my compulsion to like all the birthday notices posted on my page. Loading Facebook began to feel a lot like opening my inbox: lots of flotsam and jetsam.

It ended like any relationship does: bit by bit, then all at once. I wanted out from under Facebook’s thumb. So in mid-August, I deactivated my profile. (This can be undone at any time, unlike permanently deleting an account, a step that gives users 14 days to change their minds, and that I’m hesitant, for now, to take.)

When my friends tried to check in on me, they saw only an Error 404-style page. A typical note from an over-30 friend was “Are you O.K.?” A typical under-30 note was “Did you block me on Facebook?” Their self-centered hysteria only amplified my abstinence.

From the 12 Steps of FBAA FaceBook Addicts Anonymous:

1. We admitted we were powerless over Facebook—that our lives had become unmanageable.


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Fellate Show

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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AC/DC: Malcolm Young will not return to the band

Posted on September 27th, 2014 at 20:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Rock band AC/DC have confirmed that founding member Malcolm Young will not return to the band, after taking a break due to illness.

The band said “due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition” their new album Rock or Bust would be the first in AC/DC’s 41-year history not to feature Young on the recordings.

Malcolm is only 61….

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AC/DC co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young, whose retirement from the band was announced on Wednesday, has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney’s eastern suburbs specialising in dementia, sources connected to the Young family have said.

The home is understood to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay, the same facility that is home to Gough Whitlam and, until his recent death, Neville Wran, who was afflicted with dementia in his last years.

The Young family connection said: “If you were in the room with [Malcolm Young] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn’t remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care.”


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The best “unlikely allies” story you’ve probably never heard.

Posted on September 27th, 2014 at 16:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“Pride”, a critically-acclaimed new film given a limited release in the US today, tells the true story of how a small group of LGBT activists became the biggest fundraiser for the year-long British coal miner’s strike of 1984-85. The miners faced a pre-meditated, organized, thuggish, dishonest, deceptive, and illegal surveillance and smear campaign by the Thatcher government, which froze all mining union funds, cancelled their unemployment, and denied food and housing welfare to their wives and children, in an attempt to starve them out. For the first time, the British government trained Britain’s police into a paramilitary force, bused in at great expense and in great numbers to overwhelm the protesters, using violent, repressive, and corrupt tactics against non-violent protesters, with prolonged police detentions and the indiscriminate arrest of over 11,000 British citizens. The government was supported by the rightwing tabloid media, who used sensationalist, crude headlines to shape public opinion. LGBT activists reclaimed one such headline as the name of their most successful benefit.

Although the miner’s strike was broken by the Thatcher government, the miners kept their promise to support the LGBT community, by marching alongside them at the front of London’s 1985’s Pride parade.. Later that year at the Labour Party conference, a motion was tabled that supported adding equal rights for gays and lesbians as part of the Party’s platform. This motion was opposed by Labour’s executive committee, but the motion went to a vote – and passed, thanks to the votes of the National Union of Mineworkers and their allies.


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FBI Director Angry At Homebuilders For Putting Up Walls That Hide Any Crimes Therein

Posted on September 27th, 2014 at 9:36 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you, Privacy, Security

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On Thursday, FBI boss James Comey displayed not only a weak understanding of privacy and encryption, but also what the phrase “above the law” means, in slamming Apple and Google for making encryption a default:


“I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law,” Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington. “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

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“There will come a day — well it comes every day in this business — when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device. I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘how come you can’t do this thing.'”

First of all, nothing in what either Apple or Google is doing puts anyone “above the law.” It just says that those companies are better protecting the privacy of their users. There are lots of things that make law enforcement’s job harder that also better protect everyone’s privacy. That includes walls. If only there were no walls, it would be much easier to spot crimes being committed. And I’m sure some crimes happen behind walls that make it difficult for the FBI to track down what happened. But we don’t see James Comey claiming that homebuilders are allowing people to be “above the law” by building houses with walls.


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The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes

Posted on September 26th, 2014 at 14:27 by John Sinteur in category: Security, Software


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  1. Very cogently put. And from the window you can see New Oxford Street, the video seems to have been shot from 78 New Oxford Street, according to Google street view.
    Sorry my attention drifted to the Sally shop in Fairgate House.

Cop’s Tip For Not Getting Raped By A Cop: ‘Don’t Get Pulled Over’

Posted on September 25th, 2014 at 12:12 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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In response to the arrests of three law enforcement officials in Oklahoma for sexually assaulting women while on the job, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper told women they can avoid getting raped by a cop if they simply follow traffic laws.

Because a cop who is willing to violate the law to rape a woman would never cross the line of abusing his official power to pull over a law abiding citizen, right?

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In one case, the victim told police that Holtzclaw broke into her home in March, kicked out her boyfriend and then forced her to perform sexual acts.

Let me guess – it’s clearly her fault for not having a stronger lock, and for dressing like that in her own home!


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  1. Militarized occupying force. Well-educated, well-trained, well-paid, well-armed. Alternately bored and terrified. Heroes.

  2. They’re so arrogant in their power that they don’t even care what we think anymore.

Wall St. Bankrolls Ex-Executive as He Sues Over A.I.G. Bailout

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 19:37 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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One might call it “chutzpah,” as several irate lawmakers did, or “rubbing salt in the wounds” of the American taxpayer. But to a few Wall Street financiers, a lawsuit that accuses the government of shortchanging the American International Group in its 2008 bailout is something else: a promising investment in a cause they support.

Maurice R. Greenberg, 89, the former A.I.G. chief executive who still holds a large stake in the insurance company, filed the lawsuit on behalf of fellow shareholders. He has now raised several million dollars from three Wall Street companions to help cover the cost of the case. The investors, who are entitled to a cut of any damages Mr. Greenberg collects from the government, contributed about 15 percent of the tens of millions of dollars in legal costs, according to people with knowledge of the arrangement.

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The lawsuit, which seeks more than $40 billion from the government, does not dispute that A.I.G. needed a $182 billion lifeline to survive the financial crisis. It instead challenges the onerous nature of the rescue. The government took what became a 92 percent stake in the company — a step it did not pursue with other bailed-out Wall Street giants — imposed a steep interest rate and steered billions of dollars to the insurer’s trading partners. Those decisions, the suit says, cheated A.I.G. shareholders and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.”

Well, let’s get established that a “just compensation” for those who caused the crisis in 2008 is a bullet in the head. That should end the lawsuit pretty damn quick.


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  1. “Well, let’s get established that a “just compensation” for those who caused the crisis in 2008 is a bullet in the head. That should end the lawsuit pretty damn quick.”

    To sort of quote Jon Stewart, “Do you know how I know we live in the greatest country in the world? Because in any other country, these people would have been lined up and shot!”

    The Lord still helps those best who take a big helping for themselves.

Cartoons

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 19:29 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Graffiti Removal Guy Comes Back to Discover Image of Himself in the Same Spot

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 14:35 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Great Picture

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Street artist DS recently added a couple of paste-ups to a wall in London. It didn’t take too long before a graffiti removal guy removed the paste-ups. Shortly after that, DS was back with a paste up of the graffiti removal guy removing the graffiti. Gold!


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iPhone hoax: No, you can’t recharge it in the microwave, LAPD warns

Posted on September 24th, 2014 at 14:29 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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No, the latest iPhone software does not allow for the device to be quickly charged by heating it up in the microwave, despite some convincing, but very fake online ads.

Microwaving the phone will not only ruin the device, it could cause a fire or explosion, authorities said.

But a hoax floating around the Internet seemed so legitimate to some that even police are spreading the warning, as noted by the Los Angeles Police Department communications unit on Twitter.

So clearly, as if there was any doubt, iPhone users are not smarter than average.


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Comments:

  1. Apparently the fix for a bent iPhone 6+ is to put it in the microwave for 3 seconds.

  2. Wood grain finish? ZOMG, did I miss a trend or something?


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