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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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9 September, Apple Media Event

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 13:03 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

Rumors are pretty solid about the iPhone 6, but it’s unclear if there’s going to be any wearables, iWatches, or similar.

And the rumors about them are as varied as the rumors were about the original iPhone. So, how accurate are those rumors? Take a look at what people predicted the iPhone will look like, and take that as a reference…

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  1. Tim Cook at D11 2013 on the subject

  2. I’ll correct a couple of letters in one word:

    “And the rumors about them are as vapid as the rumors were about the original iPhone.”

  3. An interesting observation is the pace of the iOS 8 beta releases. Usually it’s every 2 weeks right up to GM at the day of the media event. This time they’ve not done a beta for a few weeks, and it’s unlikely they will do one between now and next week.

    So, looks like they are hiding some major new feature.

Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science.

The fake ‘towers’ – computers which wirelessly attack cellphones via the “baseband” chips built to allow them to communicate with their networks, can eavesdrop and even install spyware, ESD claims. They are a known technology – but the surprise is that they are in active use.

The towers were found by users of the CryptoPhone 500, one of several ultra-secure handsets that have come to market in the last couple of years, after an executive noticed his handset was “leaking” data regularly.

Hmmmm….

No.

And here’s why:

“What we find suspicious is that a lot of these interceptors are right on top of U.S. military bases.” says Goldsmith. “Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that’s listening to calls around military bases? The point is: we don’t really know whose they are.”

If you think a foreign agent can deploy one IMSI catcher (let alone 17) near a military base I’ve got some swamp land to sell you. And the US government itself doesn’t need them, they already have access.

So, this is likely just a story to boost sales of those cryptphones.


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Grand Ayatollah Issues Fatwa Stating High Speed Internet is against Sharia

Posted on September 1st, 2014 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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In answer to a question published on his website, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, one of the country’s highest clerical authorities, issued a fatwa, stating “All third generation [3G] and high-speed internet services, prior to realization of the required conditions for the National Information Network [Iran’s government-controlled and censored Internet which is under development], is against Sharia [and] against moral and human standards.”

IF people would be able to get information from another source, his power will evaporate, and he knows it.


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  1. I’ve been a sinner for most of my life (and a liar for the rest of it), so there’s nowhere for me now but the Train Pirates!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jzrjTkpYmw

  2. Shiver me timbers, matey! I’m with you!

  3. It’s getting to where you don’t know who you can trust.

Emojli: Behind the Scenes and Why You Should Never Build An App

Posted on August 31st, 2014 at 16:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Richard Dawkins on Post Modernism

Posted on August 30th, 2014 at 22:44 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


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  1. Blimey! It just goes to show what happens when you don’t pay attention: I thought post modernism was making fences with metal stakes instead of wooden ones.

Average full-time workweek is 47 hours, Gallup says

Posted on August 30th, 2014 at 0:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Full-time American workers labor the equivalent of nearly an additional day each week, averaging 47 hours instead of the standard 40, according to Gallup poll results released Friday.

Just 42% of full-time employees work 40 hours a week, the traditional total based on five 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. workdays, Gallup said of findings it released ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

Nearly the same percentage — 39% — say they work at least 50 hours a week. And almost one in five Americans, or 18%, said their workweek stretched 60 hours or more.

“The 40-hour workweek is widely regarded as the standard for full-time employment, and many federal employment laws — including the Affordable Care Act, or ‘Obamacare’ — use this threshold to define what a full-time employee is,” Gallup said.

“However, barely four in 10 full-time workers in the U.S. indicate they work precisely this much,” Gallup said.

Salaried employees work an average of 49 hours a week, compared with 44 hours for people paid by the hour. A quarter of salaried workers said they spend 60 or more hours a week on the job.

116 million full-time employees times 7 hours per week over the 40-hour normal = 20,300,000 40-hour jobs. So, the 116-million full-time employees in America are now doing the work of 136 million people. There are 10.5 million people unemployed.

Do the math.


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  1. There are of course several practical issues with your implied proposal.

    Say John, do you ever work more than 40 hours a week? I suspect it’s not unheard of. How come you’re not hiring me to do the extra work?

  2. Yes, that’s part of the problem indeed. A big part, I’d say. And Dutch labor protection laws are not really helping out there. I would have to take on so many responsibilities it might bankrupt me if you had an accident that would stop you from working for, say, six months. The complexity of hiring somebody are somewhat eased if I would use a pay-rolling intermediate, but if anybody would tell me it’s easy to hire help I would laugh so hard it would hurt. I’d love to be a “job creator”, but I’d be crazy to do so without a lot of other things to protect me. As a result, I’d rather stay a single-person company.

  3. Work hard, retire early then give your job to a person who needs it.

FISA Court Twists PATRIOT Act To Pretend It’s Okay To Spy On Americans Based On Their Constitutionally Protected Speech

Posted on August 29th, 2014 at 23:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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ection 215 of the Patriot Act is rather explicit:


the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or a designee of the Director (whose rank shall be no lower than Assistant Special Agent in Charge) may make an application for an order requiring the production of any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items) for an investigation to obtain foreign intelligence information not concerning a United States person or to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities, provided that such investigation of a United States person is not conducted solely upon the basis of activities protected by the first amendment to the Constitution.

Seems clear, right? But, of course, what seems clear in the statute and how the intelligence community and the rubber-stamping FISA Court will view things often seem to differ by a wide margin. The FISA court has now released yet another heavily redacted opinion, given by Judge John Bates, concerning just such a request. You may recall Judge John Bates from his recent letters in which he pretends to represent the entire judiciary, in fighting back against any attempt to limit the NSA and the FISA Court’s ability to spy on American people. Bates seems absolutely sure that doing so will let the terrorists win, which gives you a glimpse into his mindset.

Thus, while depressing, it shouldn’t be too surprising to find out that when a Section 215 request came to him concerning activity of a US person that was entirely protected by the First Amendment, Bates figured out a way to give the FBI the go ahead to spy on the person anyway. Because terrorism.

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What good are rights, especially those that allow you to be critical of your government, if they can be stripped away from you on a whim?
Not a US citizen? Rights don’t apply.
Within 100mi of the US Border? Rights don’t apply.
3 degrees of separation from someone who is a suspected terrorist? Rights don’t apply.
State of Emergency? Rights don’t apply.
Leak something that makes the government look bad? Rights don’t apply.
Cop on a bad day? Rights don’t apply.
Fasion a poptart in the shape of a weapon? Rights don’t apply.
Yell something that offends someone across a campus? Rights don’t apply.

Why even bother having rights if they’re such a joke.
—Anonymous Coward


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Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data

Posted on August 29th, 2014 at 22:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

Known as Stingray, the device — small enough to be carried in a car — tricks cellphones into thinking it’s a cell tower and draws in their information.

If you want to build your own, it’s called an IMSI catcher.

Build your own for about $1500


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Javascript: the weird parts

Posted on August 29th, 2014 at 22:29 by John Sinteur in category: Software

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I’ve heard of that boolean arithmetic. Let’s give it a try.js> true+true===2
true
js> true-true===0
true
Ah. It looks like true is equal to one. I’ll just check.js>true===1
false
Doh!


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  1. This is what happens when someone who creates a computer language has never taken a class in formal logic… :-(

  2. If you like that, I recommend this talk (18 mins):

    Brian Leroux, WTFjs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et8xNAc2ic8&list=PLMW8Xq7bXrG77SV1VAAiAciRyq3VSC2Gq&index=7

    and his site/blog:
    http://wtfjs.com/

Britain Raises Terror Alert, Cites British Terrorists

Posted on August 29th, 2014 at 21:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This is the first time in three years that the level has been so high, just one notch below the top of the scale ['critical']. Prime Minister David Cameron said the decision was made by an independent government commission because the rise of the group in Iraq and Syria once called ISIL or ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, poses a threat to Britain.

“What we’re facing in Iraq now with ISIL is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before,” said Cameron.

Those that forget history are condemned to look like dumb asses.

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“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
– Winston Churchill


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  1. Which War are we in now?

Apple Building Massive Structure at Flint Center for iPhone 6 Event

Posted on August 29th, 2014 at 21:38 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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For the occasion, it appears that Apple has been building a massive structure on the campus, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade. A MacRumors reader has sent in images of a mysterious structure at the Flint Center, which appears to span three stories and is protected by “scads” of security people. Administrators had previously declined to comment on what the structure is for, stating only “We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes.”

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Apple has not held an event at the Flint Center in many years, so the company’s return to the site of the original Mac unveiling suggests its upcoming announcement will be a major one. The Flint Center has a much higher seating capacity than other venues where Apple has unveiled products in the past, including the Yerba Buena Center and its own Cupertino campus.

Could be just a “here’s a new iPhone model, and it has NFC” but somehow it feels different. I’m going to keep a spare set of pants on standby.


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The Biggest Tax Scam Ever: How Corporate America Parks Profits Overseas, Avoiding Billions in Taxes

Posted on August 29th, 2014 at 14:28 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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As Burger King heads north for Canada’s lower corporate tax rate, we speak to Rolling Stone contributing editor Tim Dickinson about his new article, “The Biggest Tax Scam Ever.” Dickinson reports on how top U.S. companies are avoiding hundreds of billions of dollars by parking their profits abroad — and still receiving more congressionally approved incentives. Dickinson writes: “Top offenders include giants from high-tech (Microsoft, $76 billion); Big Pharma (Pfizer, $69 billion); Big Oil (Exxon­Mobil, $47 billion); investment banks (Goldman Sachs, $22 billion); Big Tobacco (Philip Morris, $20 billion); discount retailers (Wal-Mart, $19 billion); fast-food chains (McDonald’s, $16 billion) – even heavy machinery (Caterpillar, $17 billion). General Electric has $110 billion stashed offshore, and enjoys an effective tax rate of 4 percent – 31 points lower than its statutory obligation to the IRS.”

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And small business is not benefiting from all these tax games that multinationals are able to play, and they’re having to compete with these companies here.

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So, Apple has this amazing deal, where they’ve got essentially a shadow company in Ireland. And it’s incorporated in Ireland, but for Irish purposes, it’s an American company, and for American purposes, it’s an Irish company. And so you end up with this black hole of taxation where in fact this Apple subsidiary files a tax return to no government in the world. And so, it can use all kinds of accounting tricks to funnel money to this company, and they sit there essentially absolutely untaxed. Just there’s no tax return. And so you have billions of dollars sitting there. And again, when Apple needs billions of dollars to fund its American operations, it has bond offerings, and its cost of borrowing here in the United States is incredibly low. Just investors are virtually paying Apple to raise this money, because it’s secured by these massive piles of cash, technically abroad, although they’re actually banked reportedly in Manhattan.

And any international company NOT doing this would be facing shareholder lawsuits over it.


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  1. Oh, the horror! Small companies that don’t do business overseas do not get tax loopholes on overseas profits! Horrors!

    Every single American individual is going to take whatever tax deduction they legally can. And yet they’ll whine when companies do the same thing. Can we PLEASE start shaming politicians for not closing the legitimate loopholes instead of shaming companies for legally lowering their tax bills? And shame journalists for these lousy articles?

  2. And here I was reading “we need to level the playing field world wide and close these loopholes” in the line about small business…

  3. The problem is the companies control congress and have these loopholes written into the tax code. Individuals don’t have that kind of power.

  4. I’m all for leveling the playing field. I’m also for disabling some of these constructions. But if large company A has a subsidiary in China and makes money there and leaves that money abroad rather than repatriating it and paying taxes on it, how does that affect the competition between A and smaller company B back here in the US?

  5. And plenty of other examples… This is something that can likely only be resolved by having a single world-wide tax on these kind of things. And the can of worms you open when you do that…. oh boy.

  6. A single world-wide tax isn’t going to happen. Based on the pain resulting from the Euro, I think there’s an easy argument to make that it’s not even desirable. And I think for the sake of diversity and experimentation alone it’s worth having different tax regimes in different countries, or at least the possibility thereof.

    I don’t know how to solve the corporate tax-haven problem. I’m tempted to conclude that the solution is the same as the solution to music/movie piracy: make it cheap and easy to conform to the desired behavior. This may mean shifting the tax burden to different places (e.g. VAT, carbon tax, …?).

  7. no, I don’t have a solution either… it’s difficult enough to not let companies externalize any costs, let alone do a good honest tax…

Mystery of Death Valley’s Sliding Rocks Solved

Posted on August 28th, 2014 at 22:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Hundreds of mysterious engraved trails have been stumbled upon at the Racetrack Playa of Death Valley in California. There’s almost always a rock sitting at the end of the track, but no one has actually seen a rock — not a pebble nor a boulder — sliding on this nearly flat, dry mud surface. What gives? Several decades of speculation range from powerful winds and ice flotation to dust devils and slick films.

Now, for the first time ever, researchers have observed the sliding rocks in action. Finally! Under just the right conditions, thin sheets of ice blown by light winds push the rocks across the dry lake. The work, which turned out not to be “the most boring experiment ever,” was published in PLoS ONE this week.


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Why are Stars Star-Shaped?

Posted on August 28th, 2014 at 20:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Militarized Schooling? “Newtown Was A Nuclear Bomb That Changed Everything”

Posted on August 28th, 2014 at 14:25 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?

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Returning students at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fla. found 20 new armed officers in the elementary schools in the first year of a plan costing about $1 million.

The school board also approved security training for employees, the hiring of a safety consultant and more measures to control school access, such as fencing and buzzers.

Meanwhile, all 16 schools in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, public school district have been enclosed in security fencing and each school limits visitors to a single entry point, officials said. This September, for the first time, two police officers will patrol elementary schools, at a cost of roughly $68,000 from the district’s state funding.

…officials continue to allow four anonymous employees to carry firearms on school property. Bulletproof glass and panic buttons have been installed, and officials held schoolwide assemblies for security training.

Because, clearly, the solution to “too many weapons in society” is “more weapons!”


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  1. In cold war terms, this was known as “Mutually Assured Destruction”, or more simply, just plain MAD… :rolleyes:

  2. Changed “everything”? Hardly – especially no change in any real control of access to weapons.

  3. I’d say it was incremental not a massive change. Everyone thinks Hell is over a cliff but you can get there on a broad, easy road, according to the old preachers…

Entirety Of Man’s Personal Data Protected By Reference To Third Season Of ‘The West Wing’

Posted on August 26th, 2014 at 17:21 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security

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Online sources confirmed Wednesday that every piece of 34-year-old Mark O’Connell’s personal data is currently protected by a reference to the third season of long-running NBC political drama The West Wing. Reports indicate that the reference, derived from the name of a guest character in an early-season episode of the Aaron Sorkin drama that went off the air in 2006, is, at present, all that stands in the way of strangers gaining total access to intimate details of the automotive insurance agent’s personal, professional, and financial life. In particular, sources noted that the security of everything from O’Connell’s banking and credit card accounts, to proprietary documents from his work, to his social media profiles, to all of his email correspondence, rests solely on the wry nod to a scene during the Emmy-nominated episode “On The Day Before,” in which the White House staff hosts a dinner for several Nobel laureates while President Bartlet works to veto an estate tax bill. Those close to the situation, however, noted that some of O’Connell’s most sensitive information is safeguarded by a secondary layer of protection in the form of a security question about his favorite character from Sports Night.


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  1. I know that episode. Wonder if I could get all of his goodies.

Church took 20 years to defrock paedophile priest, inquiry hears

Posted on August 26th, 2014 at 11:22 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Archbishop Hart told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that Father Michael Glennon was first convicted and jailed in 1978 but it was not until 1998 that he was laicised.

He was convicted five times on multiple charges and died in jail in January this year.

Archbishop Hart, who was vicar general of the Melbourne diocese before being appointed archbishop in 2001, replacing George Pell, told the hearing it was very difficult before 2001 to get approval from the Vatican to defrock a priest.

“The difficulty would be a serious concentration on procedure,” he said.

“If every I wasn’t dotted and every T crossed in the way that they wanted, then there was a leaning in favour of a priest who might have been accused of something.”


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Faith, Hope and Love… | Nate Phelps

Posted on August 26th, 2014 at 10:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

Posted on August 26th, 2014 at 1:35 by Desiato in category: News

[Cornell West on Obama]:

It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.

Ouch.


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  1. True — an another reason the US needs to become a multi party system. Too many voices are not heard in the the current one party $ystem (one party with two names: Republican$ and Democrat$).

  2. I knew Obama was a fraud when as Senator from Illinois he completely reversed his stance on FISA from opposition to support. Unfortunately, when running for President, the alternatives provided by the Republicans were even less palatable for me, so I voted for him. I just wish we had a slot in the elections for “None of the Above”, and if NOTA gets the most votes, then all candidates are disqualified from running again, and the election, starting with the primaries, is begun all over. None of the Above would have received my vote!

  3. I wonder how a NOTA option would do. There was quite a bit of excitement on the left about Obama, but Romney wasn’t popular on the right. Still, wouldn’t most conservative voters have held their nose and voted Romney over NOTA to try to vote against Obama?

    I’d love to see a rank-n-runoff system.

  4. How about a “Not that person” vote – instead of voting FOR a candidate, you can vote AGAINST him. The guy with the most net votes (FOR minus AGAINST) wins. If all the NOTA voters would then vote “really, NOT that one!” it just might help a third party candidate.

Too many followers

Posted on August 25th, 2014 at 23:13 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

Why does an idiot like this have 9.44 million followers on Twitter?


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  1. Why? a significant portion of the 9.44 million are batshit insane?

  2. Well, since all Jihadists are English football hooligans, sounds about right.

    Also, __The Crusades__???, they were like 800 years ago, are the Muslims still grinding on that. They need to learn to forgive and forget, oh wait, Forgive and Forget isn’t a part of Islam.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

  3. haters gotta hate

Search at San Jose

Posted on August 25th, 2014 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Don’t get hit, or it’s curtains for you

Posted on August 25th, 2014 at 15:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Isn’t this Don Draper’s vehicle?

  2. This reminded me of Rutger Hauer in “Blind Fury” where he plays a blind samurai. One very funny scene is when he has to drive a car to get away from a bunch of bad guys, runs through a stop light, and someone yells at him something like “Hey buddy, are you blind!” to which he replies “Why yes, I am!” and drives on!

  3. @SteveG: If it isn’t, it’s curtains for him!

  4. And don’t try pulling the wool over his eyes, either.

  5. Wonder if that’s a handicapped plate … if so, I’ll bet he gets a wide berth.

Actor Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Posted on August 24th, 2014 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News.


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Cubs Cut Workers’ Hours To Avoid O-Care Mandate, Then Disaster Struck

Posted on August 24th, 2014 at 16:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs grounds crew experienced a disaster. As rain poured onto Wrigley Field, they were unable to cover the playing surface with a tarp in time. They were booed. The game was called. Because of the mismanagement, their opponents, the San Francisco Giants, protested the game after it had been called as a win for the Cubs. They succeeded. It was the first successful protest in Major League Baseball in 28 years, according to Deadspin.

But the whole bizarre episode was cast in a new light Thursday when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Cubs had slashed worker hours to keep them under 30 hours a week to avoid paying health benefits under Obamacare.

Citing “numerous sources with direct knowledge,” the Sun-Times reported that the Cubs had sent home 10 grounds crew workers early the night of the Tuesday game that ended in disaster. And at least part of the reason, per the newspaper’s sources, is that the team has been trying to keep seasonal workers under 30 hours per week as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.


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I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me

Posted on August 24th, 2014 at 13:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This is a problem much bigger than Facebook. It reminded me of what can go wrong in society, and why we now often talk at each other instead of to each other. We set up our political and social filter bubbles and they reinforce themselves—the things we read and watch have become hyper-niche and cater to our specific interests. We go down rabbit holes of special interests until we’re lost in the queen’s garden, cursing everyone above ground.

But maybe worse than the fractious political tones my feed took on was how deeply stupid it became. I’m given the chance to like a Buzzfeed post of some guy dancing, and another that asks Which Titanic Character Are You? A third Buzzfeed post informs me that “Katy Perry’s Backup Dancer is the Mancandy You Deserve.” According to New York magazine, I am “officially old” because Malia Obama went to Lollapalooza (like!) and CNN tells me “Husband Explores His Man-ternal Instincts” alongside a photo of a shirtless man cupping his nipples. A cloud that looks like a penis. Stop what you’re doing and look at this baby that looks exactly like Jay-Z. My feed was showing almost only the worst kind of tripe that all of us in the media are complicit in churning out yet should also be deeply ashamed of. Sensational garbage. I liked it all.

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Give the Like a rest and see what happens. Choose to comment with words. Watch how your feed changes. I haven’t used the Like on Facebook since August 1st, and the changes in my feed have been so notably positive that I won’t be liking anything in the foreseeable future.


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  1. Oh, Facebook. So 2008.

  2. So if you use the software in an unnatural way that no normal user would, the results are undesirable. HORRORS! Bad Facebook! Evil! Evil!

    yawn.

Massive Tree Pollen Explosion

Posted on August 24th, 2014 at 12:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. ….aaaaaannnnnd I’m spent!


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