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My Night With Afghanistan’s Only Female Warlord, Commander Pigeon

Posted on October 16th, 2014 at 14:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


Everybody in Kabul knew about Commander Pigeon, but no one agreed on a narrative. The Afghans accused her of robbery and murder. A few suspected she worked with Taliban commander Mullah Dad-e Khuda, who escaped from Bagram prison in 2008, and a local warlord called the Green Imam. Together they supposedly controlled all the drug-trafficking routes in the north. One person told me, “She has many houses in Kabul but prefers to live in the mountains among the animals.” She didn’t have any of the usual warlord stories. No acid throwing or biting off chicken heads, or leaving prisoners in vats to die. She was not like Commander Zardad who kept a human dog on a chain to maul and sometimes eat people. She was a woman and she killed men—while wearing a flowery dress.

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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Posted on October 16th, 2014 at 14:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


Nigeria is much closer to the West Africa outbreak than the US is, yet even after Ebola entered the country in the most terrifying way possible — via a visibly sick passenger on a commercial flight — officials successfully shut down the disease and prevented widespread transmission.

In Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, which have been ravaged by the deadly virus, this isn’t the case. Unlike more-developed and wealthier nations, those countries simply aren’t equipped to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola. That’s why international help is so desperately needed.

But when Nigerian officials found out that a man who traveled to the country from Liberia was sick with Ebola, they quickly figured out who he had been in contact with and acted on that information to successfully contain the disease. Nigeria ended up seeing 19 confirmed cases of Ebola, but no new cases have been reported in over a month.

If there are still no new cases on Monday, the World Health Organization will officially declare the country “Ebola-free.” Here’s how Nigeria did it.

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  1. Hard to believe Nigeria is more efficient than the US when it comes to protecting people. I guess being PC isn’t as important there.

Spectaculair ongeval E40 Aalter

Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 15:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Shasta County atheist to get $2 million for first-amendment violation

Posted on October 15th, 2014 at 10:54 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, batshitinsane


The California government and a nonprofit will pay a Shasta County atheist nearly $2 million for violating his civil rights when he was sent back to prison for taking issue with a religious drug-treatment program while on parole.

Barry Hazle Jr. and his attorney, John G. Heller, announced the settlement this morning at a press conference in San Francisco.

Hazle was imprisoned for just over 100 days after taking issue with the drug-treatment program that centered on submitting one’s fate to a “higher power.” Heller said the program also included prayer and references to God.

But when Hazle asked for another treatment program, he was told Westcare’s 12-step program was the only one available.

Probation officials eventually sent him back to prison at California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, where he had already spent a year on drug possession charges that were overturned by an appeals court, according to court documents. Their decision was based on Hazle allegedly being “disruptive, though in a congenial way, to the staff as well as other students…sort of passive-aggressive,” and needing further treatment, according to court documents.

So his conviction was overturned, basically declaring him innocent, but they sent him back because he didn’t go “Yes Sir!” loudly enough on every thing they said to him?

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Grooming Students for A Lifetime of Surveillance

Posted on October 14th, 2014 at 19:25 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


Since 2011, billions of dollars of venture capital investment have poured into public education through private, for-profit technologies that promise to revolutionize education. Designed for the “21st century” classroom, these tools promise to remedy the many, many societal ills facing public education with artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, and other technological advancements.

They are also being used to track and record every move students make in the classroom, grooming students for a lifetime of surveillance and turning education into one of the most data-intensive industries on the face of the earth.

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  1. Sure, if grading student work had not been invented yet and proposed today then someone would describe it as a nefarious plot to groom students to accept being reduced to a number and aimed to reduce students’ self-confidence.

  2. On the other hand, a MOOC approach to teaching is a great idea, and people could do that from home. Why build schools at all?

  3. Of course all of this would not have happened if they’d stuck with the cardboard computer: https://www.cs.drexel.edu/~bls96/museum/cardiac.html

  4. @pete: That’s wonderful! Thanks.

Revenge of the Unforgiven

Posted on October 14th, 2014 at 16:46 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Why are debtors receiving so little relief? As I said, it’s about righteousness — the sense that any kind of debt forgiveness would involve rewarding bad behavior. In America, the famous Rick Santelli rant that gave birth to the Tea Party wasn’t  about taxes or spending — it was a furious denunciation of proposals to help troubled homeowners. In Europe, austerity policies have been driven less by economic analysis than by Germany’s moral indignation over the notion that irresponsible borrowers might not face the full consequences of their actions.

Like the War on Drugs this is a very difficult thing for some people to comprehend. Do they want to impoverish or imprison their neighbours? Probably. Will it help? Nope. Will we keep doing it? Yes.

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  1. This is nothing like the war on drugs. The problem a lot of people have with debt forgiveness is where it comes from. Responsible debtors end up paying for irresponsible debtors in the form of higher fees, higher interest, higher insurance, tighter credit, etc. If my neighbor needs a few bucks to tide him over, he can ask me for it.

  2. With respect, if the problem isn’t getting better, and may be getting worse, perhaps there’s a need to do something different.

    “Responsible debtors” will also suffer if there is another serious economic downturn or deflation-driven depression. Even people with no debt will.

    Many irresponsible debtors are sinking. And yes, it’s their fault, etc. etc. but that doesn’t help them pay. They will eventually default, increasing costs for everyone.

    What Argentina needs, for example, is more than a few bucks, I’m sorry to say.

  3. In the Victorian era, people who defaulted were jailed in debtors’ prisons, and not let out until their debts were paid. This naturally meant that they were less likely to be able to pay.

  4. In his first Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said about welfare that it was “meant to be a helping hand, not a way of life”. Argentina has been in financial trouble since I was in high school 40 years ago when we were hearing about 60% inflation. I think that qualifies as a way of life.

  5. @Rob: Again with all due respect to Mr. Clinton, things can be a bit more complicated than slogans such as that imply. Frankly, I’d rather people had the welfare “way of life” than see them starve, become criminals or slaves, sell their children or other extreme manifestations of poverty and deprivation. It might be the price of social order. Plus they still contribute to the economy – in general they spend everything that they are given.

    In the timeframe you mention, Argentina went from such difficulties to a military dictatorship to mass murder of political opponents to provoking a war with Britain. Didn’t end well but who was to blame? I don’t know enough to say how it could have been avoided.

    The present debt default was caused by speculators buying up already-distressed bonds then refusing to agree to the haircut that the rest of the owners had agreed upon. Result: no-one got anything and the Argentine govt. gets to blame the greed of the U.S. in general, and a hedge fund and a NY judge in particular, for any problems. And of course, more hardship for the poor.

  6. I don’t dispute anything you say, Sue. I’m just saying debt relief is a tough sell. When just about everyone, everywhere has some debt, giving relief to a select few is just not going to play well. It’s not just “righteousness” as the original post contends or lack of compassion, it’s also “we can’t afford it” and “we have our own problems”.

  7. I didn’t mean relief above, I meant forgiveness.

  8. The “select few” have already been given all kinds of bailouts, financial and otherwise. And they have mostly got away with it. We are told that they are worth it :-)

  9. The select few are at both ends and squeezing those of us in the middle pretty hard. :)

Spies can access my metadata, so why can’t I? My 15-month legal battle with Telstra

Posted on October 14th, 2014 at 0:13 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


After former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of top-secret documents revealing the extent of spying by the US and other “Five Eyes” agencies, including ones in Australia, I decided it was time to see if I could access what they could on me from my telco.

So I asked Telstra to provide me with all of the metadata it had stored about my mobile phone account, informing them that they had a duty to do this under the Privacy Act’s National Privacy Principles, which gives Australian citizens a right of access to their “personal information” from a company, and the right to have that information corrected if it is inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date.

After about a month of back and forth phone calls chasing up a response, Telstra refused me access, saying I needed a subpoena to access the data. A subpoena is a writ usually issued by a court with authority to compel production of evidence under a penalty for failure.

As I didn’t have the cash to sue Telstra and get a court to issue a writ, I complained to the federal privacy commissioner, claiming Telstra was in breach of the Privacy Act.

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Apple killed Finland’s two biggest industries, says Prime Minister

Posted on October 13th, 2014 at 20:52 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


In the early 00s, Finland’s two biggest industries were paper manufacturing and cell phones, led by the then-dominant Nokia. A decade later, both industries are in trouble — and as the country’s prime minister suggested in a recent interview, Apple might be to blame in both cases. “One could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry, but we’ll make a comeback,” Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told CNBC on Monday. “We just have to keep at it.”

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  1. One could say a lot of things. The guy has a gift for getting attention.

ISIS states its justification for enslavement of women

Posted on October 13th, 2014 at 16:01 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


In a new publication, ISIS justifies its kidnapping of women as sex slaves citing Islamic theology, an interpretation that is rejected by the Muslim world at large as a perversion of Islam.

“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,” the group says in an online magazine published Sunday.

The title of the article sums up the ISIS point of view: “The revival (of) slavery before the Hour,” referring to Judgment Day.

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  1. “Why can’t I get any clean black robes? And where are my new flags?”
    “There’s no power for the washing or sewing machines, oh Righteously Guided One.”
    “That’s it. We need more women!”

  2. Islamist (er, I mean English Soccar Hooligans) probably got the idea from sites like this:

    from http://islamqa.info/en/10382

    – Principles of Fiqh » Jurisprudence and Islamic Rulings » Transactions » Slavery.
    10382: Ruling on having intercourse with a slave woman when one has a wife

    Could you please clarify for me something that has been troubling me for a while. This concerns the right of a man to have sexual relations with slave girls. Is this so? If it is then is the man allowed to have relations with her as well his wife/wives. Also, is it true that a man can have sexual relations with any number of slave girls and with their own wife/wives also? I have read that Hazrat Ali had 17 slave girls and Hazrat Umar also had many. Surely if a man were allowed this freedom then this could lead to neglecting the wife’s needs. Could you also tell clarify wether the wife has got any say in this matter.
    Praise be to Allaah.

    Islam allows a man to have intercourse with his slave woman, whether he has a wife or wives or he is not married.

    A slave woman with whom a man has intercourse is known as a sariyyah (concubine) from the word sirr, which means marriage.

    This is indicated by the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and this was done by the Prophets. Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) took Haajar as a concubine and she bore him Ismaa’eel (may peace be upon them all).

    Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also did that, as did the Sahaabah, the righteous and the scholars. The scholars are unanimously agreed on that and it is not permissible for anyone to regard it as haraam or to forbid it. Whoever regards that as haraam is a sinner who is going against the consensus of the scholars.

    Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphan girls then marry (other) women of your choice, two or three, or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one or (slaves) that your right hands possess. That is nearer to prevent you from doing injustice”

    [al-Nisa’ 4:3]
    What is meant by “or (slaves) that your right hands possess” is slave women whom you own.

    And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “O Prophet (Muhammad)! Verily, We have made lawful to you your wives, to whom you have paid their Mahr (bridal‑money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), and those (slaves) whom your right hand possesses — whom Allaah has given to you, and the daughters of your ‘Amm (paternal uncles) and the daughters of your ‘Ammaat (paternal aunts) and the daughters of your Khaal (maternal uncles) and the daughters of your Khaalaat (maternal aunts) who migrated (from Makkah) with you, and a believing woman if she offers herself to the Prophet, and the Prophet wishes to marry her a privilege for you only, not for the (rest of) the believers. Indeed We know what We have enjoined upon them about their wives and those (slaves) whom their right hands possess, in order that there should be no difficulty on you. And Allaah is Ever Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful”

    [al-Ahzaab 33:50]

    “And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts).

    Except from their wives or the (women slaves) whom their right hands possess for (then) they are not blameworthy.

    But whosoever seeks beyond that, then it is those who are trespassers”
    [al-Ma’aarij 70:29-31]

    Al-Tabari said:

    Allaah says, “And those who guard their chastity” i.e., protect their private parts from doing everything that Allaah has forbidden, but they are not to blame if they do not guard their chastity from their wives or from the female slaves whom their rights hands possess.

    Tafseer al-Tabari, 29/84

    Ibn Katheer said:

    Taking a concubine as well as a wife is permissible according to the law of Ibraaheem (peace be upon him). Ibraaheem did that with Haajar, when he took her as a concubine when he was married to Saarah.

    Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 1/383

    And Ibn Katheer also said:

    The phrase “and those (slaves) whom your right hand possesses — whom Allaah has given to you” [al-Ahzaab 33:50] means, it is permissible for you take concubines from among those whom you seized as war booty. He took possession of Safiyyah and Juwayriyah and he freed them and married them; he took possession of Rayhaanah bint Sham’oon al-Nadariyyah and Maariyah al-Qibtiyyah, the mother of his son Ibraaheem (peace be upon them both), and they were among his concubines, may Allaah be pleased with them both.

    Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/500

    The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is permissible.

    Ibn Qudaamah said:

    There is no dispute (among the scholars) that it is permissible to take concubines and to have intercourse with one’s slave woman, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts).

    Except from their wives or the (women slaves) whom their right hands possess for (then) they are not blameworthy.”

    [al-Ma’aarij 70:29-30]

    Maariyah al-Qibtiyyah was the umm walad (a slave woman who bore her master a child) of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and she was the mother of Ibraaheem, the son of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), of whom he said, “Her son set her free.” Haajar, the mother of Isma’eel (peace be upon him), was the concubine of Ibraaheem the close friend (khaleel) of the Most Merciful (peace be upon him). ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) had a number of slave women who bore him children, to each of whom he left four hundred in his will. ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) had slave women who bore him children, as did many of the Sahaabah. ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn, al-Qaasim ibn Muhammad and Saalim ibn ‘Abd-Allaah were all born from slave mothers

    Al-Mughni, 10/441

    Al-Shaafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

    Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts).

    Except from their wives or the (women slaves) whom their right hands possess for (then) they are not blameworthy.”

    [al-Ma’aarij 70:29-30]

    The Book of Allaah indicates that the sexual relationships that are permitted are only of two types, either marriage or those (women slaves) whom one’s right hand possesses.

    Al-Umm, 5/43.

    The wife has no right to object to her husband owning female slaves or to his having intercourse with them.

    And Allaah knows best.

    and remember http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

  3. Just don’t be crying to me when you don’t have any clean underwear, Joe!

One Ebola, Two Eboli?

Posted on October 13th, 2014 at 14:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. There’s that “joke” again.

    A small boy goes to confession.
    “Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I went to a brothel and had sex with three prostitutes.”
    “Whyever did you do that Johnny? Don’t you know that it’s a mortal sin?”
    “I know what it is and I want it.”
    “Don’t you know that you could go to Hell for it?”
    “I know what it is and I want it.”
    “Don’t you know that you could pick up a sexually transmitted disease?”
    “I know what it is and I want it.”
    “Whatever for? You would suffer horribly!”
    “Because if I get it, the maid will get it. If the maid gets it, my father will get it. If my father gets it, my mother will get it. If my mother gets it, the gardener will get it. And he’s the bastard I want. He killed my frog!”

Bias in the Box

Posted on October 12th, 2014 at 14:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


Indeed, Baldus found that in Philadelphia prosecutors were twice as likely to strike black jurors. But Baldus also found that defense attorneys were almost twice as likely to strike nonblack jurors. The critical difference was in the effect of these strikes. While prosecutors dramatically enhanced their death-sentencing rate by removing blacks, defense attorneys only marginally decreased death sentencing by removing nonblacks. The data was most disturbing when Baldus looked at the race of the defendant. In Philadelphia, juries, no matter their racial composition, sentenced black defendants to die at higher rates than nonblack defendants. Moreover, predominately non-black juries were significantly more punitive toward black defendants than were black-majority juries. In other words, the racial makeup of the jury and of the defendant heavily influenced the sentencing outcome.

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Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 22:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


“…FBI provides assistance with compelled and cooperative partnership associated with WHIPGENIE”, the details of which are classified above Top-Secret – and the actual partnership terms are even held from the 5-Eyes.

This will lay to rest one of the 2 strong claims made by Skeptical: that the USG can not and will not coerce a commercial company to subvert its products. They clearly will.

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  1. This is from: firstlook.org/theintercept/ Right?

  2. If I click the source link, do I end up on the no-fly list?

  3. @des- fyi, if you type that question into the comment section of a web page you end up on the no fly list…

  4. Crap. Anyone want my miles?

Federal Bureau seeks Sac State students for service

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 21:28 by John Sinteur in category: News


On Monday, Sac State’s Career Center welcomed the FBI for an informational on its paid internship program where applications are now being accepted. One of the highly discussed topics in the presentation was the list of potential traits that disqualify applicants.

This list included failure to register with selective services, illegal drug use including steroids, criminal activity, default on student loans, falsifying information on an application and illegal downloading music, movies and books.

FBI employee Steve Dupre received questions ranging from the use of cell phone apps to download free music , to Spotify and other means of retrieving music.

“If you’re doing that, stop doing it.” Dupree said.

He explained how the FBI will ask people during interviews how many songs, movies and books they have downloaded because the FBI considers it to be stealing.

So from now on you can only get a job at the FBI is you are able to lie and get away with it at a polygraph. Does that really make the FBI a better institution?

as we all know, FBI’s recruitment standards are so exceedingly high, and their ethical standards are so unimpeachable.

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  1. Perhaps if they restricted their recruits to women over 40…and psychopaths.

Small Plates – Video

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 18:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


For the magazine’s fall Food issue, we treated six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, where the seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person.

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Unfortunately, he’s not talking about Catholic priests

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 10:44 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Vatican’s top judge: Keep kids away from ‘wrong, evil’ gays for their own protection

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  1. Clearly a follower of Jesus Christ…

No, you’re not

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. Way to sweep ebola under the rug.

  2. a variation on the same old crap we’ve heard about AIDS, the black death, etc.
    This never goes away. Just a Christian version of the Ghost shirt.

  3. Actually I think redemption technically happens after death, so you may not be so safe, Tile & Carpet World.

Lest we forget…

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 3:39 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


“My dreams of marrying someone I loved suddenly got put by the wayside. Instead, I was back to being scared to walk down the street…”

Even if marriage is legal.

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Pregnant Austrian teens in ISIS: We’ve made a huge mistake

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 22:52 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The teenage girls who abandoned their families in Austria to become jihadis for ISIS feel they’ve made a terrible mistake by joining the barbaric lifestyle and they want to come home.

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, are believed to be married, pregnant and living in the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa in northern Syria, Central European News reports.


The change of heart is a much different tune than the note they left behind for their parents when they fled back in April, which read: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah — and we will die for him.”

These western girls are living with ISIS, the people who just go around beheading random westerners.

The same people beheading children who practice a different brand of their same religion and mass murder Muslims who do not agree with their brand of islam.

The same people who stone women to death for minor offenses.

And these girls are somehow able to communicate publicly about their desire to leave and how they hate ISIS now.

Yeah, right.

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Microsoft CEO to women: Don’t ask for a raise

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 21:49 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


A lot of advice is thrown at women to be considered equals in the workplace — lean in, speak up, be confident, demand raises and promotions, don’t dress “slutty” — which in itself is problematic because it places the onus on women to correct the culturally entrenched male dominance in workplaces.

(Companies should be the ones working to demolish the “old boys club,” and putting practices into place including strict policies on sexual harassment, equal pay, mentorship and paid maternity and paternity leave, for starters.)

However, advice given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hit a new level of terrible: Don’t ask for raises, trust that your “super powers,” “the system” and “karma” will get you what you want. I’m not sure what mystical world Nadella is living in, but I imagine that there, raises gallop magically into a woman’s bank account via a unicorn.

Update: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued an apology, which an be read here.

Steve was too limited when he said it:

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”

Because, really. If you’re trying to rephrase something that came out inartfully the first time, don’t try to fit it into one tweet. Take up all the goddamn space you need so that it comes out better the second time. A petri dish has more culture than Microsoft..

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  1. A tweet is the modern way to make sure a lot of people see (and read) your statement. Sending out a link to 5,000 words isn’t going to somehow be more helpful.

    He was clear about the parts that mattered: he fucked up, and he now understands why and how. Seems pretty sane and healthy to me.

    (People have commented that there isn’t a culture at Msft of asking for raises (just promotions or review scores) and that Nadella was commenting from that narrow perspective. It’s not an excuse, but it’s perhaps an explanation for the tone-deaf response.)

  2. Also, you’re citing Steve Jobs in a discussion of how to treat employees? Really? Steve Jobs who was a notorious nasty asshole to his employees? Yeah, I’m sure him screaming at people how much they sucked created an environment where women thrived. Not.

  3. The difference, @Desiato, is that Steve treated men and women pretty much equally cruelly.

    The discussion here isn’t how to treat employees in general; it’s how women should be treated as equals to men.

  4. Exactly. Steve could be a huge asshole to individuals, and did scream at people. But this is the company he created.

  5. Awesome. This is the company that Gates and Ballmer created. So what’s with that culture now that you claim Msft doesn’t have?

    Whereas Apple has culture, you say? Culture that engages in backdating of executive stock options? Culture that makes it OK to conspire with competitors to not recruit each others employees, thus keeping salaries down? GREAT culture. Yeah, walking in the pride parade totally makes up for that stuff.

    Go ahead and keep cherry-picking, John…

  6. John, please watch what the woman who interviewed Nadella has to say about the incident. (She is the President of a prestiguous technical college and a role model to women entering engineering fields)


    (Interesting bits are in the first ~4 minutes I think.)

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 17:48 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: Intellectual Property



To oversee national lightbulb markets and their respective development in global trade, Phoebus established a supervisory body, chaired by Meinhardt of Osram. The cartel’s other main activities were to facilitate the exchange of patents and technical know-how and to impose far-reaching and long-lived standards. To this day, we still use the screw-type socket—devised by Thomas Edison back in 1880 and designated E26/E27—thanks to the cartel. Most significantly for consumers, Phoebus expended considerable technical effort into engineering a shorter-lived lightbulb.

Did you buy compact fluorescent light bulbs, to save the planet and to save you money? Did they last long enough to break even? Will you change to LED bulbs?

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  1. is anyone actually surprised by this revelation?

  2. Well it was the 1920’s, notorious for all kinds of naughtiness and swindling…

Slachtoffer steekpartij vmbo-school Voorburg overleden

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 16:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


Op een school in Voorburg, het Corbulo College, is een jongen neergestoken. De 15-jarige leerling werd in de buurt van de school door hulpdiensten behandeld, maar is inmiddels overleden.

So sad… 15 year old kid stabbed to death on a school I know (son of a friend went to school there)… management has changed since I last went there, but I recognize some teachers names.

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Obviously he’s not well versed in taqiyya.

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 13:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Prominent member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Wassim Doureihi, discusses the Prime Minister’s comments about extremist organisations.

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  1. Blimey! What a wonderful provocation. Just what the ratings need!

Malala and Satyrathi win Nobel Peace prize

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize.

Good choice.

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Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 20:56 by Desiato in category: Pastafarian News


No religion exists in a vacuum. On the contrary, every faith is rooted in the soil in which it is planted. It is a fallacy to believe that people of faith derive their values primarily from their Scriptures. The opposite is true. People of faith insert their values into their Scriptures, reading them through the lens of their own cultural, ethnic, nationalistic and even political perspectives.

After all, scripture is meaningless without interpretation. Scripture requires a person to confront and interpret it in order for it to have any meaning. And the very act of interpreting a scripture necessarily involves bringing to it one’s own perspectives and prejudices.

The abiding nature of scripture rests not so much in its truth claims as it does in its malleability, its ability to be molded and shaped into whatever form a worshiper requires. The same Bible that commands Jews to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) also exhorts them to “kill every man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey,” who worship any other God (1 Sam. 15:3). The same Jesus Christ who told his disciples to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) also told them that he had “not come to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34), and that “he who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36). The same Quran that warns believers “if you kill one person it is as though you have killed all of humanity” (5:32) also commands them to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (9:5).

How a worshiper treats these conflicting commandments depends on the believer.

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  1. a very well written argument

  2. You have to shape the message for the audience. Hey, that politics!

  3. The real issue, then, is how susceptible we all can be to a charismatic smooth-talking con man. And far too many of their ilk are drawn to the clergy, likely because of what that profession promises. Pick a famous member of the clergy of any religion. Would we know their names absent their profession?

  4. @Mudak – Answer — no we would not. I add: The susceptibility stems from both lack of education, especially modern science and an innate fear of the unknown. Unfortunately (or fortunately) this has never happened: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead, Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all” TS Elliot: Prufrock. If it did, well then we would be sure there is an afterlife. And Chas is correct, as the manifestation of any organized religion is politics. Why else to kill in god’s name? Is it not the same as sacrificing an animal to the gods? Ignorance of the followers, manipulation of the ignorant by the politicians (senators,clerics, priests, whatever). I hate to be cynical, but I see no hope until the human population dispenses once and for all with their various mythologies.

  5. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bring the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  6. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bringing the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  7. “He didn’t mean…”

    Yeah. There are *so many* apologetic explanations for that verse it’s almost funny. Here’s another one you see a lot: “The sword is to separate the good from the wicked, an all men are under the wrath of God until they become saved. Yet the gospel is the gospel of peace because once you become saved, you are at peace with God.”

    Of course, it’s all bullshit. In the very next verse he says that, yes, discord and violence is his goal: “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

    Not much selling of cloaks in that one.

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 15:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But it doesn’t work. Far from curing them of the conviction that they are threatened and beleaguered, greater control breeds greater paranoia.

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  1. Perhaps the more thoughtful amongst the ruling classes do feel paranoia. After all, they must anticipate that disruptive change is probably the inevitable outcome if present trends continue.

    Most of the rest seem to feel a fervid sense of entitlement.

Interview with Peter Piot Discoverer of the Ebola Virus

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 13:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


Almost four decades ago, Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. In a SPIEGEL interview, he describes how the disease was isolated and explains why the current outbreak is different than any that have come before.

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Drone capture

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 12:56 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

You raise a village do they call you Ackmed the village destroyer?


You start a caliphate in Iraq do they call you Ackmed the nation builder?


You lead many men to victory in the Syrian battles do they call you Ackmed the great?


But you fuck one donkey…

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  1. We all knew these guys needed to bugger off, but not literally.

  2. It’s getting so no self respecting goatherd can show his affection for his livestock without someone snooping. What ever happened to privacy! I blame Obama.

    Seriously though, wasn’t this sort of thing going on long before IS moved in?

  3. I vote for an air-drop of Fleshlights by the Humane Society.

  4. Sue, I second that.. maybe a fleshlight drone strike?

  5. Maybe he just couldn’t hold out any longer for those 72 virgins. I man has needs, Y’know.

  6. @Sue – According to the Fleshlight website, it is molded from “you favorite porn stars”. I searched and I could not find anything molded from “your favorite donkey” or “your favorite sheep”. Perhaps this is a business opportunity? Actually for these pricks, I would like air drop Fleshlights like devices that also do auto castrations once they are “done”.

  7. @Mykolas: Be careful what you ask for…some of the most violent and feared warrior groups in history were eunuchs!

  8. Oh. My technical advisor says there’s a difference between cutting off the pointy bit and the round bits. Sorry.

Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest.

“This is a first for us,” Denise Alex-Bouzounis, public information officer with the Columbus Police Department, told The Huffington Post. “She really didn’t want her face out there for everyone to see.”

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Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could “harm public order”.

The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

Yeah, all those atheists joining IS, it’s really a… wait, what?

If Saudi Arabia thought atheists were actually terrorists, they would donate millions to secular political groups.

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  1. Surely, we can give the Saudis credit for one thing they have more of than anyone else … transparency.

  2. @Rob: When the House of Saud falls it won’t be a laughing matter, but I did chortle a bit there :-)

  3. And we got rid of Saddam for this?

  4. Not convinced “when” is the appropriate term, Sue. Think I’d go with “if ever”.

  5. This makes sense. If the population did not believe, they could not be manipulated. And if that happened, no more House of Saud. I hope the decree backfires. And: I think it will fall someday, after the middle east emerges from the new dark ages to which it seems intent on rushing towards.

  6. Referring to enemies as atheists is just a reflex, like certain people using the terms “communist” or “socialist”.

    @Rob: I wouldn’t bet much on their ultimate survival. They may have funded (and certainly their citizens have funded) both Al Q. and IS.

    @Mykolas: We might end up in the dark too…

1 billion people fired!

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 11:45 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Well, that’s if you believe this headline.


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  1. Nothing like destroying your credibility than with a headline like that. How could you believe anything else that is comes after it?

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