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The Onion Reviews ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 15:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

The Onion Reviews ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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  1. Want to understand one of the reasons for the dumbing down of the masses? Look no further than the ilk that produces movies like this and then feeds them to the populace that eats em up in mass and demands something even more stupid which then begins the cycle again. Burn the TV; Shred the movie ticket; Read a book.

Internet Users Think Steven Spielberg Killed Dinosaur, Accuse Him of Animal Cruelty

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 15:00 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


But put a man next to a dead animal, and you will have enough dumb commenters for a lifetime

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  1. Spoof, surely.

Police Unions And Pharmaceutical Companies Fund Anti-Marijuana Fight

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 13:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, special interest groups that have a financial stake in the fight have been pushing back under the guise of fighting drug abuse.

Last week, The Nation published an interesting look at who’s driving the fight against the legalization of marijuana.

Pharmaceutical companies that make billions off painkillers and police unions are two big heavy hitters in the fight against marijuana legalization. They throw their monetary support behind groups that fight legislation that would legalize pot — even medical marijuana — and lobby Congress.

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Testing Tongues

Posted on July 12th, 2014 at 12:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


Applicants for radio announcing jobs in the 1920s had to a pass a diction test — New York Daily News radio critic Ben Gross gives this example in his 1954 book I Looked and I Listened:

“Penelope Cholmondely raised her azure eyes from the crabbed scenario. She meandered among the congeries of her memoirs. There was the Kinetic Algernon, a choleric artificer of icons and triptychs, who wanted to write a trilogy. For years she had stifled her risibilities with dour moods. His asthma caused him to sough like the zephyrs among the tamarack.”

In the 1940s Radio Central New York administered a cold reading to prospective radio personalities to assess their speaking ability — announcer Del Moore found it so entertaining that he gave it to his friend Jerry Lewis, who made it a staple of his annual muscular dystrophy telethon:

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  1. FWIW guv, Cholmondeley is pronounced “chumley”. Just so you don’t look like a bleeding idiot, swelp me.

GOP candidate who supports abstinence-only learns it doesn’t work the hard way.

Posted on July 11th, 2014 at 18:12 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Cassidy is a state Congressmen from Louisiana and is the leading contender challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu.  In 2013 he co-sponsored the Abstinence-Only Reallocation Act which would award school’s state money for abstinence-only education programs.  He has also consistently railed against the ACA’s contraceptive mandate.  So it will come as no surprise that Cassidy’s 17 year-old (unmarried) daughter is pregnant.

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  1. Isn’t that just a rite of passage for teenage girls in the South?

  2. Not just the South and certainly not just the girls. Sarah Palin’s daughter and her boyfriend did the same thing in Alaska. Teenagers having sex is timeless and universal. They write books and songs about it. They even make movies about it these days. In spite of all that, there are still a handful of quite well-educated people, like the physician Cassidy, who have not or cannot grasp reality.

  3. @Rob: I hate to say it, but their reality involves getting girls knocked up as early as possible. Then they don’t get ejerkated and uppity.

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

Posted on July 11th, 2014 at 17:03 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?, Privacy, Security


William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War but resigned soon after September 11, disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance.

On 5 July he spoke at a conference in London organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and revealed the extent of the surveillance programs unleashed by the Bush and Obama administrations.

“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

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  1. Population control? That would be a good thing, imo.

Here’s A Super Simple Way To See Where Your Congressmen Get Their Money

Posted on July 11th, 2014 at 8:56 by Paul Jay in category: awesome


Wouldn’t it be nice to easily be able to see who’s funding your congressperson? A new browser plugin for Safari, Google Chrome, and soon Firefox, promises to do just that.

 The free plugin, called “Greenhouse,” was created by 16-year-old Nicholas Rubin, a self-taught programmer based in Seattle. Greenhouse was designed to expose the role that money plays in Congress by offering “detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation.”

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Death Penalty

Posted on July 11th, 2014 at 8:34 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Undisputable Bubble Insanity: No Revenue, No Assets Company Up Over $1 Billion (+110%) Today On 57K Shares Traded

Posted on July 10th, 2014 at 16:12 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Just 2 days ago we highlighted the best example of the exuberance awash the markets currently – CYNK Technology Corp, the social media development company that had a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion, which according to official filings, had one employee, no website, no revenue, no product, and no assets. Fast forward 2 days – and some 57,000 shares traded (about 0.02% of its total shares outstanding) at around $10 and CYNK now has a market cap approaching $3 billion (and still no revenue, no product, and no assets)… Lord Overstone said it best. “No warning can save people determined to grow suddenly rich.”


Think we are exaggerating, here is the company’s own description from its 10-K (yes mysteriously it does actually have public filings):

we have not yet commenced our full scale business operations and we have not yet realized any revenues.

We have minimal operating history upon which an evaluation of our future prospects can be made. Based upon current plans, we expect to incur operating losses in future periods as we incurred significant expenses associated with the initial startup of our business. Further, we cannot guarantee that we will be successful in realizing revenues or in achieving or sustaining positive cash flow at any time in the future. Any such failure could result in the possible closure of our busiess or force us to seek additional capital through loans or additional sales of our equity securities to continue business operations.

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  1. It’s a pump & dump scam, probably supported by lots of spam. Yawn.

  2. “A company for carrying on an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is.”

  3. From Charles Mackay’s “Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds”, describing the time of the South Sea Bubble in about 1720.

    The most remarkable [project] was “A company for carrying on an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is”:

    [the prospectus stated] that the required capital was half a million, in five thousand shares of 100 pounds each, deposit 2 pounds per share. Each subscriber, paying his deposit, was entitled to 100 pounds per annum per share. How this immense profit was to be obtained, [the proposer] did not condescend to inform [the buyers] at that time, but promised that in a month full particulars should be duly announced, and a call made for the remaining 98 pounds of the subscription. Next morning, at nine o’clock, this great man opened an office in Cornhill. Crowds of people beset his door, and when he shut up at three o’clock, he found that no less than one thousand shares had been subscribed for, and the deposits paid. He was thus, in five hours, the winner of 2000 pounds. He was philosophical enough to be contented with his venture, and set off the same evening for the Continent. He was never heard of again.

    [filling in the background to the comment of my fellow commentor SueW.]

  4. These days one need not remove to the Continent. And one can do it again and again.

What is a Full Stack developer?

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 23:35 by John Sinteur in category: Software


Is it reasonable to expect mere mortals to have mastery over every facet of the development stack? Probably not, but Facebook can ask for it. I was told at OSCON by a Facebook employee that they only hire ‘Full Stack’ developers. Well, what does that mean?

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  1. Hang on a sec, I’ll go to GitHub and create an OpenStack distro called FullStack… and backdate some commits so I can show “5+ years experience”…

  2. Boo, github.com/desiato is taken. Though appropriately he mostly seems to be spending time dead…

  3. hmmm… here I thought I’d post something that you can use to measure yourself, and you turn it into something you can use for a job interview…

  4. All wrong – it refers to pancakes topped with raspberries and tons of whipped cream. Farcebook wants developers that can make and eat those constantly so they too huge to leave their chairs. Productivity thing really. Wait, it is an U.S. company, so they should have no shortage finding overdeveloped developers. Now this is something that is measurable John! (Oink Oink)

  5. Ha! Dead for tax purposes, Hotblack?

  6. Perhaps they mean Stack Overflow? (That would be the maple syrup Mykolas.)

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 21:04 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?, Security


The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes:

• Faisal Gill, a longtime Republican Party operative and one-time candidate for public office who held a top-secret security clearance and served in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush;

• Asim Ghafoor, a prominent attorney who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases;

• Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor of international relations at Rutgers University;

• Agha Saeed, a former political science professor at California State University who champions Muslim civil liberties and Palestinian rights;

• Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country.

The official NSA reply is predictable:

[I did not have sex with that woman]:

No U.S. person can be the subject of surveillance based solely on First Amendment activities, such as staging public rallies, organizing campaigns, writing critical essays, or expressing personal beliefs.

On the other hand, a person who the court finds is an agent of a foreign power under this rigorous standard is not exempted just because of his or her occupation.

The United States is as committed to protecting privacy rights and individual freedom as we are to defending our national security.

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In ‘sexting’ case Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner, lawyers say

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 19:46 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.

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Christian Pastor Who Tortured a Child Will Spend No More Than Two Years in Prison

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 18:25 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Here’s what I know about the Heart of Worship Community Church in Corona, California: Its members love Jesus, its website needs a lot of help, and the pastor is fucked up.

This is what Pastor Lonny Lee Remmers (below), along with two church members, did to a 13-year-old boy in 2012 because he needed to be “disciplined”:

… The alleged incidents occurred in March and included [church members Nicholas James Craig and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr.] driving the unidentified boy to a desert and forcing him to dig his own grave for more than an hour. They allegedly hit him with a belt and threw dirt on him before returning to the group home.

While the boy was showering, one of the men allegedly rubbed salt into the cuts on his back. Witness Steven Larkey, who lives in the group home, told investigators he could hear the boy screaming and saw blood all over the shower the next day.

The boy, who was later taken into protective custody, also told police he had been stripped, tied to a chair and sprayed with Mace. Because he was not allowed to wash or cool off with water for half an hour, his nose began to bleed, and his thrashing from the pain caused the blood to splatter.

At a Bible study later that evening at Remmers’ home, Remmers asked the boy to sit in the middle of the group and then squeezed his nipple with pliers.

What’s the proper punishment for the abuse and torture of a little boy? A life sentence? A couple of decades behind bars?

Not even close. The men of God will receive, at most, up to two years in prison and some probation. That’s it. In most states, you get a harsher penalty for selling weed.

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  1. Lock the parents up too. They probably requested the extra discipline.

  2. Squeeze his nipples with electrified tweezers while simultaneously dipping his dick in hot pepper mash.

Pornhub pleads with users to stop uploading videos of Brazil ‘getting f**ked by Germany’ in the World Cup

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 17:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


In the world’s continuing mission to completely humiliate Brazil in the wake of its 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany, adult site Pornhub has allegedly been flooded with highlights of the game.

Footage of the goals bearing the title ‘Young Brazilians get f**ked by entire German soccer team’ (and other more explicit variants) quickly sprang up following the game (at least according to hundreds of screen grabs circulating Twiter), with the site eventually asking football fans to cease with the gag while getting a swipe in at Brazil’s performance itself.

“Please stop uploading the game highlights to Pornhub… Our public humiliation category is full. #BrazilvsGermany,” Pornhub wrote.

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  1. ManASSas Police should investigate this new incident of sexting

Tor Sued Over Revenge Porn

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


Tor, which offers encrypted software and an open network of protected communications, has been sued in the state of Texas over a revenge porn website that used its free service.

The plaintiff in the case — Shelby Conklin, a criminal justice major at the University of North Texas — is mainly going after a website called Pinkmeth, which lets users upload and publicly share sexually explicit material without consent from the people in the pictures. This kind of service is often used by hackers and ex-partners, and it’s illegal in 11 states (and counting). Texas, however, is still working on its own revenge porn laws.

Conklin alleges Pinkmeth “gained unauthorized access to nude photographs” she owned and posted them to the internet. She also said Tor, which The Economist once called “a dark corner of the web,” was involved in an active “civil conspiracy” with Pinkmeth because the revenge porn website used the anonymous communications service to prevent others from tracking its location.

Conklin is seeking more than $1 million in damages for “mental anguish and loss in earning capacity” as a result of the publication and dissemination of the nude photos.

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All Of Brazil Is Crumbling Right Now

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 0:05 by John Sinteur in category: News



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  1. Chin up chaps! It’s only a game!

  2. Christ the redeemer right now:

  3. If you’re going to lose, that’s the way to do it. Go down in flames. Nothing agonizing about this one.

Michael Klare, Fighting for Oil

Posted on July 8th, 2014 at 20:28 by John Sinteur in category: News


This winter, the driest in decades, Syria and Iraq in particular have experienced a severe lack of rainfall in what should be the wettest part of the year and record heat as well. These are factors the Pentagon lists in its recent Quadrennial Defense Review as “threat multipliers.” According to meteorologist Eric Holthaus, “As in neighboring Syria, it’s increasingly clear that Iraq is drying out, an effect that’s long been predicted as a result of the human-caused build up of heat-trapping gases like CO2. Since 1973… parts of Iraq and Syria have seen ‘some of the most dramatic precipitation declines in the world.’ Citing projected stark declines in rainfall and continued population pressure and upstream dam building, a study released earlier this year made the case that the Tigris and Euphrates rivers may no longer reach the sea by 2040.”

The weather destabilization of Syria and the rise of ISIS seem to be connected. In the Mobius Strip of life, the more desperate you are — thank you, global warming — the more you’re likely to fight over what resources, from water to oil, you can command, and then when you’re done, you’ll use those resources to heat the planet further. It’s a closed system, a simple formula for the production of violent emotions, dead bodies, and a particularly nasty world.

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Kentucky State Senator: Mars Has the Same Temperature as Earth, so Climate Change is a Hoax

Posted on July 8th, 2014 at 15:28 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


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  1. The myth of higher education. Smith’s home city: Hazard- how ironic

  2. I wondered what happened to Forrest Gump in later life.

  3. I think he is trying to refer to the “global warming” of Mars based on the observation that its south “pole” icecap is evaporating. Not that that proves Mars is going though the same thing as Earth, but he might have remembered something like: “Mars also has global warming,” and made up something like: “Mars is like earth, so its weather is like ours.” If so, the senator not be just plane stupid but stupid by proxi plus some.

  4. The Sun has no coal mines….

Heritage Foundation Panelist on Radical Islam

Posted on July 7th, 2014 at 13:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. If angry PTSD victims set the agenda the wars will never stop.

  2. I don’t know who the woman ranting in the video is, so I don’t understand what PTSD means in relation to her, but I think PTSD is a real thing and serious problem for people who suffer from it. I suppose you can blame the victim and say that soldiers who suffer from PTSD have no one to blame except themselves, since they volunteered to serve in the military.

    It probably serves no purpose to blame Islam for the evil done in its name anymore than it does to blame Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism or any other religion for the stupidity of some of their true believers.

    One thing I do find curious is when progressives in the west feel the need to defend Islam in a seemly reflexive action based on the fact that they disagree with conservatives. I.E., if the people I hate, hate Islam then I must defend it.

    Personally, I have no love for the Military-Industrial complex that drives much of the foreign policy of the US and other western states, but that doesn’t mean i want to live in a world controlled by religious nuts who think that they can doing anything they want to defend the honor of their sky dude.

    Salaam http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

  3. @Joe: I agree with most of what you said, FWIW. (BTW, you can look up Brigitte Gabriel on Mr. Google’s excellent search engine at your leisure.)

    I don’t think it’s defending Islam from conservatives, I think it’s defending a vulnerable minority from bullying and intolerance. And I think we can all agree that we _hate_ intolerance :-)

    And I don’t particularly want to debate that some people are horribly persecuted in some Muslim countries. That’s part of the ancestral heritage of all humans and is deplorable. In theory “we” are meant to be behaving better than that.

  4. And I think we can all agree that we _hate_ intolerance :-)

  5. Yup, if they win the World Cup, they’ll be insufferable!

Losing Sparta

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 19:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Philips maintains constant evaluation of all its business activities to ensure optimum performance and the decision to divest this business was made in response to the long-​term evolution taking place within luminaires manufacturing.”

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  1. Excellent article. Such plants were where industry went after they left the NE US and Canada. There are still swathes of devastation remaining.

  2. I met that guy in a previous life. On a Thursday, my colleague asked him if we were going to be open on Monday. He looked us in the eye and said “business as usual”. When told “business as usual” meant we get paid on Friday, have a weekend, and come back to work on Monday, he once again looked us in the eye and repeated, “business as usual”. The owner had taken a buyout check and disappeared and we were shut down on Friday. 150+ of us were out of work.

    Stories like this no longer illicit sympathy and understanding from many Americans. They are now fodder for others who say things like “See, you’re lucky to have a job”.

  3. @Rob: You get to recognize the signs. These fools treat you like children (or cattle) instead of grown-ups. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were open and honest about it.

    The last time, I called people together and told them the bad news as soon as I found out. Breaking ranks and insubordination; so sue me. We were all out of work anyway and the idiots wanted to manage the message!

    It is interesting how some people put it down to chance instead of a elitist conspiracy by the Illuminati. Or to uncontrolled greed and a lack of connection of the ownership of capital to the surrounding community.

    I think it’s the result of conglomerates of conscienceless corporatist MBAs taking over the world, but that’s probably the same thing :-)

  4. Rumors were swirling all around us for weeks, Sue, but we were kept on the job and kept in line by lies from above. We had the owner telling us we would be around for a long time, that we were not for sale, and that all of the rumors were untrue. Grounds for dismissal for employees but standard operating procedure for ownership. Learned my share of life lessons on that job so I guess some would think I should thank them.

  5. Loved the BS about increasing productivity and lower wages to keep their jobs. Pathetic! The solution is political. American workers are being conned by their government. Time to clean house (and senate and president and supreme aholes too).

  6. @chas: Are you peasants revolting, finally?

  7. @Sue: I’m only saying what needs to be done to correct the situation. Anyone that thinks America is losing their jobs due to wages or training or laziness or unions is unbalanced.

  8. @chas: In practical terms, it’s a sticky situation – very resistant to change. The system was designed to be that way.

A Dutch court has ruled that “Black Pete” is offensive. How did it take so long?

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 18:02 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Yesterday, a court ruled that one of Holland’s much-loved Christmas traditions was “insulting” to black people and perpetuated racist stereotypes. The Amsterdam mayor was given six weeks to decide whether or not he would hold the city’s annual Sinterklaas parade, a Christmas street party.

Like modern versions of Othello, rather than hiring white guys in blackface what about hiring black guys for the job?

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  1. It doesn’t matter which color people they hire or what color they are painted (if any) – the basic back story will always retain a racist core, and will continue to be attacked.

    Its a part of our rich cultural heritage, just like bull fighting in Spain, or the cringe-inducing origins of Thanksgiving.

    Still, a lot of kids will be very unhappy with the current developments.

  2. Re “rich cultural heritage” Do you have space to include the acting out of the symbolic immolation of the catholic conspirator, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, that we Brits act out every 5th November?

  3. It’s hard to understand why the Pieten can’t be just that, just “Pieten” without having to be black or blackfaced. Rich cultural heritage, my ass.

  4. Penny for the guy, guv?

  5. Remember, remember that Guy in the ember, the religiously driven crackpot? Or is there a reason that what he believed in has quietly been forgot?

  6. Blimey Jim, I thought doggerel was a BBQ ingredient until I met you!

While You Weren’t Looking, Congress Changed the Disclosure Rules On Travel. To Their Benefit.

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


A member of Congress used to have to specifically report the details if they traveled on someone else’s dime. As of last week, that rule was lifted with no public announcement. National Journal reports:

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.

For a group of officials that considers an adjustment to their burrito order worthy of a press release and a television appearance, that this change was made literally behind closed doors tells us everything we need to know about it.

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  1. The paparazzi are pretty hungry right now. Could be good money to follow these people and publish a shot of them in…er…congress in some exotic locale.

Let’s hold up a mirror!

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 17:33 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Here’s Holly Fisher, aka Holly Hobby Lobby.


She seems nice.

She and her friends have been gloating over how all those libruls’ heads are gonna explode over the photo. Unfortunately, someone posted this:


Oops. Whose heads are exploding?

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  1. What was it Burger King was saying? “We’re all the same inside.”

  2. My gun is bigger than your gun.

Child abuse files lost at Home Office spark fears of cover-up

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


A dossier compiled by an MP detailing allegations of a 1980s Westminster paedophile ring is one of more than 100 potentially relevant Home Office files destroyed, lost or missing, it has emerged.

The government faced fresh calls for an overarching inquiry into historical cases of paedophilia as it was revealed that a total of 114 Home Office files relevant to allegations of a child abuse network have disappeared from government records.

David Cameron has already ordered the Home Office permanent secretary to look into what happened to a lost dossier given earlier in the 1980s to Leon Brittan, then home secretary, by the campaigning Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens.

The revelation that further relevant documents have disappeared will raise fresh fears of an establishment cover-up.

Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, who is calling for an overarching national inquiry into historical child abuse, said: “I had absolutely no idea these other files were also missing. The public view will be that there is something fishy going on. The public will understandably think these documents have gone missing because it helps protect the names of those identified in them. That is the conclusion that many will come to, and who could blame them”


Jim: How am I going to explain the missing documents to the Mail?

Sir Humphrey: Well this is what we normally do in, circumstances like these. [hands over a file]

Jim: [reading] This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, a few others lost in the flood of 1967. [to Humphrey] Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?

Sir Humphrey: No a marvellous winter, we lost no end of embarrassing files.

Jim: [reading] Some records which went astray in the move to London, and others when the War Office was incorporated in the Ministry of Defence, and the normal withdrawal of papers whose publication could give grounds for an action for liable or breach of confidence, or cause embarrassment to friendly governments. [to Humphrey] Well that’s pretty comprehensive. How many does that normally leave for them to look at? [Humphrey says nothing] How many does that actually leave? About a hundred? Fifty? Ten? Five? Four? Three? Two? One? Zero?

Sir Humphrey: Yes Minister.

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  1. The main known abuser is Cyril Smith MP, who died in 2010. His family still denies the allegations.

    The establishment effectively believed that subjecting troubled youths to a few beatings and a bit of buggery was a good way to run a state-sponsored children’s home.

Conservatives Purposely Making Cars Spew Black Smoke

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:23 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.

“Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, “rolling coal” has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.

So, out of sheer spite and stupidity, these folks are lowering their mpg and polluting their air at us simply because we care about it?

They should know that I hate people giving me money and I’m totally against blow jobs.

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  1. Progressives usually think you can reason with human beings, but you can’t with these grown-up children. (I say this with deep respect.) They are fun-loving guys with many good qualities. They have lots of money combined with poor impulse control and above all they love being told what to do by clever people so they can hate them loudly and self-righteously.

    Annoying liberals on one side or annoying rednecks on the other is a sporting contest that both teams will pay to encourage. It drives the political and media tribes wild with greed.

    Sadly, I can’t see a bridge for this divide. It’s a shame that everything gets trampled in the process.

  2. I don’t see any difference in this and the House Republican announcing they’ll oppose Obama irregardless of the damage to the US.

  3. Perhaps Obama should very publicly open and support a suicide prevention center?

  4. @Desiato: Good article, btw. It does miss the element of fun though. IMO, both sidea seriously enjoy their fulminations and grumbling.

  5. The main effect they will achieve with this childish behaviour will be to further lower the already low life expectancy in redneck county(the southern states life expectancy is 6 years below New England, “vegetables are for sissies, we are more steak and potatoes here”). They obviously want to add lung cancer and respiratory problems.

  6. @steffen: Perhaps, although their birth rate should be higher what with the attitude to contraception and abortion. Notoriously poor health and pre-natal care will result in more babies with mental and physical disabilities…

  7. “…more babies with mental and physical disabilities…”

    or future voters as they will be known.

    And so it goes on, round and round in ever-decreasing circles, until it goes down the plug-hole.

  8. @porpentine: If it weren’t for the complaining I’d really enjoy my life :-)

Jamming XKeyScore

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:08 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


Back in the day there was talk about “jamming echelon” by adding keywords to email that the echelon system was supposedly looking for. We can do the same thing for XKeyScore: jam the system with more information than it can handle.

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  1. And given what we learned recently, if you even read that article, you’ll be added to the list of people to be monitored.

  2. Got added to their monitoring list, I dont give a sh…. on it.

Emperor Pawpatine

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. Come, to the dock side!

  2. “Always two there are, a master and an apprentice.” There must be a matching lol cat out there on the Internet.

Hell yeah!

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 0:58 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


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  1. What? No halo?

The Supreme Court just sneakily reversed itself on Hobby Lobby.

Posted on July 5th, 2014 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


For the court to issue an emergency temporary injunction is a truly extraordinary act. Even more extraordinary was that justices filed a 16-page barnstorming dissent. And those dissenters share a highly relevant personal characteristic: a uterus. That’s correct, the three dissenting justices last night were the court’s three women: Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan. In the event that the religious and gender rift at the court was not already painful to behold, the dissent, penned by Sotomayor, is a forceful and unwavering rejection of both the majority’s reasoning and tactics. “I disagree strongly with what the court has done,” Sotomayor wrote. “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today. After expressly relying on the availability of the religious-nonprofit accommodation to hold that the contraceptive coverage requirement violates [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] as applied to closely held for-profit corporations, the Court now, as the dissent in Hobby Lobby feared it might, retreats from that position.”

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  1. It’s time to impeach these buggers! Alito and gang do not deserve to be Supreme Court Justices, and they have adequately proven that they do not honor the Constitution which they have each sworn, on a Holy Bible none the less, to preserve, protect, and defend (or similar words). Since they are liars and have broken their solemn oath, they should be removed from their benches.

  2. So it’s religions’ vs women’s rights. This is a battle that women have to fight. The three female Supremes can bleed conservatives dry if they want. Continually issuing restraining orders that take the whole court to overturn will become a real pain in the ass.

  3. @chas: From here it looks like white (allegedly hetero) patriachy vs. everyone else. The future is going to be browner and a lot more fun, for everyone :-)

Child sexual abuse royal commission: Vatican declines request to provide all documents relating to Australian priests

Posted on July 5th, 2014 at 18:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The head of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, revealed last month that he had personally written to the Vatican, seeking copies of all documents relating to complaints about abuse involving priests in Australia.

The Vatican has provided documents to the royal commission relating to two cases, but Justice McClellan wanted more information to find out how church authorities in Australia, under the guidance or direction of the Vatican, responded to allegations of abuse.

In a written response, the Vatican says the Holy See maintains the confidentiality of internal deliberations, adding that it would be inappropriate to provide such documents.

Leonie Sheedy, founder and chief executive of Care Leavers Australia Network, a support group for victims of child sexual abuse says the Catholic Church is treating the Australian public with contempt.

“I’m not surprised … I feel like the Catholic Church believes it is above the laws of Australia and probably the world,” she said.

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  1. Can’t a royal commission compel answers, under oath, from any Australian?

  2. Treating the public with contempt? What was your first clue? I really believe politician are even dumber than we thought.

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