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ISIS Spokesperson Reportedly Killed By Syrian Army

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 19:17 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you

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Abu Mosa, spokesperson for the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has been killed by the Syrian Army, according to unconfirmed reports that are making the rounds on Twitter.

Mosa was featured in the recent Vice News documentary, in which he said, “I say to America the Islamic Caliphate has been established and we will not stop.”

Mosa also famously said, “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”

Mosa’s statement was released the same week that an ISIS supporter reportedly Tweeted a photo of the ISIS flag on his phone while standing in front of the White House.

One post from a pro-ISIS Twitter account said: “This brother Abu Moussa was martyred during missile clashes” by the Syrian Arab Army in Raqqa.


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Video Points To NYPD Cover-Up After Cop Fatally Ran Over Pedestrian

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 17:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Newly released video from NYC Housing Authority security cameras in Queensbridge appears to show that the NYPD is lying about a fatal crash that killed a Japanese student last year and may have tried to cover up the incident by discarding further video evidence. Although the NYPD has refused to release any video—which they previously claimed shows the NYPD vehicle with its flashing lights engaged—attorney Steve Vaccaro has obtained video from NYCHA through a Freedom of Information Law request.

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” -Charles de Montesquieu


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British Subtitles

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 11:12 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

…because you never quite know what some British people are saying, even when they’re speaking English.


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  1. Blimey! Wot dincha get, yer git?

What if Michael Bay Directed “UP”?

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 10:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


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When they open again they’ll be 20 percent off.

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 10:02 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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  1. OK, I’ll bite:

    That’s a sore point!

Police Kill Kajieme Powell Near Ferguson

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 9:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Responding to a shoplifting call just a few miles from the unrest in Ferguson yesterday afternoon, two St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department fired a dozen shots in all at 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, killing him instantly. Described by neighbors as mentally ill, Powell was carrying a knife and shouting, “Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me now, motherfucker!” as he approached the officers. Today, the department released a cell phone video of the shooting, which a rep for the police union called “exculpatory.”

No attempt to assess the actual situation. Just charge in and shoot….

For comparison, here’s how a similar incident played out in NL just a few days ago. (google translate)


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  1. I guess these dickheads never heard of a Taser? When some sick puppy wants to commit “suicide by cop”, you don’t just do it, you subdue them, and get them to the help they need. I hope these asshats get their just(ice) deserts – and about 25 years in prison.

Policing by consent

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 9:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The UK Parliament passed the first Metropolitan Police Act in 1829. The act was introduced by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, who undertook a study of crime and policing, which resulted in his belief that the keys to building an effective police force were to 1) make it professional (most prior policing had been volunteer in nature); 2) organize as a civilian force, not as a paramilitary force; and 3) make the police accountable to the public. The Metropolitan Police, whose officers were referred to as “bobbies” after Peel, was extremely successful and became the model for the modern urban police force, both in the UK and around the world, including in the United States.

At the heart of the Metropolitan Police’s charter were a set of rules either written by Peel or drawn up at some later date by the two founding Commissioners: The Nine Principles of Policing. They are as follows:

1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.

2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.

3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.

4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.

5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.

6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.

9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.


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  1. Not likely to see any current British Home Secretary even thinking this sort of inflammatory nonsense. Not to mention any of the other radicalism of this, the founder of the Conservative party.

Officer Who Threatened to ‘F*cking Kill’ Ferguson Protesters Taken Off Duty

Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 8:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In a letter sent Wednesday, the ACLU called on the Missouri Highway Patrol to “identify and remove” an officer featured in the video below. In the video, the officer points a gun protesters and says he’ll “fucking kill” one man. When asked what his name is, he replies “Go fuck yourself.” While Ferguson protests have had “tense moments,” the ACLU argues that the officer’s behavior was “from start to finish wholly unacceptable.”

In a statement, the St. Louis County Police Department said the officer was with the St. Ann Police Department, and had been relieved of duty and suspended “indefinitely”:

Funny how a camera can help. With all the news coverage saying the cops are out of control, this first public reprimand for one of the cops involved comes only after a video capturing his actions was released and viral.


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because we destroyed ourselves — Tremble the Devil

Posted on August 20th, 2014 at 11:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Maybe it doesn’t mean much to you that the average black family has eight-cents of wealth for every dollar of wealth owned by whites, that the the ongoing recession has doubled the wealth gap between blacks and whites, or that the unemployment rate of blacks is edging up on twice as high as the white rate – easily surpassing it when you count incarcerated blacks. After all, a black child in American is nine-times more likely than a white child to have a parent who’s locked up.

But let’s look into the data and the implications a little bit more.

The precise era that saw a drug-law fueled explosion in our prison population, the early 1970s, are the exact same years that the economic situation of blacks began to starkly worsen and that the gap between rich and poor is wrenched wide open. Beginning in those years and continuing into today, “the economic status of black compared to that of whites has, on average, stagnated or deteriorated.”

Up until 1973, the precise year the Rockefeller Drug Laws were passed, the difference between black and white median income had been closing. But then that year it changed course, and in “an ominous bellwether… the gap between black and white incomes started to grow wider again, in both absolute and relative terms.” Direct empirical research into incarceration’s economic effects weren’t done until recently, when a Pew Charitable Trusts research paper showed that prior to imprisonment two-thirds of male inmates were employed and half were their family’s primary source of income. Additionally, upon release an ex-con’s annual earnings were reduced by 40%

In the nearly forty years since America’s modern drug laws were passed, there has been a massive increase in economic inequality by any measure. In the early 1970′s not only did the income gap between black and white begin to widen again, it also becomes much more top-heavily favored to the very rich – who happen to be almost exclusively white as well.


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  1. There is no doubting the evidence that blacks have been getting a raw deal, and the laws need to be changed. But, people have to adapt to the real world. They have to stay in school for a chance in this life. They have to jump through the hoops set up by the 1%. I have to take drug tests. It sucks, and it’s stupid. A wise man doesn’t take drugs when they know they’re going to have to take drug tests to keep a job.

    The reality is that the people that act incoherent and need to be drug tested are in Congress.

  2. So, how many incidents of any note (accidents, information leaks, thefts, anything) have been prevented by this testing policy at your job?

  3. None, we don’t have any druggies because of the testing (snark).

  4. It’s not about any of that any more, John. It’s all about liability insurance. The insurance companies insist on drug testing and background checks, whether they do any good or not. It’s about documentation.

  5. So the 1% controls the insurance companies which make money without risking capital (it’s your capital, not theirs). No wonder we didn’t get sanity, universal health care.

Leaked Comcast employee metrics show what we figured: Sell or perish

Posted on August 20th, 2014 at 11:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The company’s choice to transform what is traditionally a non-revenue-generating area—customer service—into a revenue-generating one is playing out with almost hilariously Kafkaesque consequences. It is the nature of large corporations like Comcast to have dozens of layers of management through which leadership instructions and directives are filtered. The bigger the company, the more likely that members of senior leadership (like Tom Karinshak) typically make broad policy and leave specific implementations to lower levels. Here, what was likely praised in the boardroom as an “innovative” strategy to raise revenue is instead doing much to alienate customers and employees alike. Karinshak’s assurances that he doesn’t want employees to feel pressured to sell in spite of hard evidence that Comcast demands just that are hard to square with the content of the document.


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Islamic State jihadi threatens more ‘bloodshed’ after beheading James Foley

Posted on August 20th, 2014 at 11:12 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Mess O'Potamia

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“We are an Islamic army, an estate that has been accepted by a number of Muslims worldwide. So, effectifvely, any agression towards the Islamic State is an aggression towards Muslims of all walks of life who have accepted the Islamic Caliphate as their leadership.

“So, any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic Caliphate, will result in the bloodshed of your people.”

The fucker is lying. What they want more than anything else is for their war to become “ISIS vs. USA”, instead of “ISIS vs. Other Arabs” as it is now. Much easier recruiting that way.


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Cartoons

Posted on August 20th, 2014 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Police are operating with total impunity in Ferguson

Posted on August 19th, 2014 at 23:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Above you’ll see a picture of Scott Olson, the Getty photographer who’s brought us many of the most striking images of protests and police crackdown that followed the shooting of Michael Brown.

The other two men in the photograph, despite presumably being police officers, are not identifiable at this time. Unlike normal police officers, they are not wearing name tags or badges with visible numbers on them. When police arrested the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, they weren’t wearing badges or nametags either. Reasonable people can disagree about when, exactly, it’s appropriate for cops to fire tear gas into crowds. But there’s really no room for disagreement about when it’s reasonable for officers of the law to take off their badges and start policing anonymously.

There’s only one reason to do this: to evade accountability for your actions.


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Ferguson Municipal Public Library

Posted on August 19th, 2014 at 13:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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We are here for all of our residents. If you want to come, get water, read, check email, we are here and happy to serve our community! #fergmo #FergusonLibrary #Ferguson

*Please watch closely for the removal of this sign.


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  1. Oasis of sanity, apparently.

Amnesty International got escorted out.

Posted on August 19th, 2014 at 13:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

Cops apparently don’t want Amnesty International seeing the shit they’re pulling:

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It’s probably too Darth to see

Posted on August 19th, 2014 at 11:23 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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Diplomats ‘trying to censor’ US Senate report on British role in CIA activities

Posted on August 18th, 2014 at 22:46 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia

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Desperate diplomats are trying to censor a US Senate report that would blow open Britain’s role in torture and rendition, legal action charity Reprieve said yesterday.

Britain’s ambassador to the US has held at least 22 meetings with US intelligence select committee senators since they began looking into leaked CIA cables in 2009.

Newly released Foreign Office documents show “the desperate attempts being made by the UK to censor the Senate’s report on CIA torture,” stormed Reprieve executive director Clare Algar.

Current ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott most recently tried to lobby Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich on July 14.

He has also courted six other senators since July 2012, including committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and vice-chairman Saxby Chambliss.


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  1. Once you declare the King and Queen as above other people, other people become expendable.

  2. @chas: I don’t think it’s to do with the (largely) ceremonial Head of State being a hereditary position vs. an elected one.

    It’s about British (and other) governments being obliged to please the USA. Or actually wanting to please them.

  3. And the House of Lords is ceremonial too?

  4. The House Of Lords actually works as a revising chamber and prevents the House of Commons from ramming through some pretty odious legislation. The Lords have been instrumental in legislating some of the more humane and enlightened laws (few though they are) such as gay rights. Things are not always what they seem. Having said all that I think the French had the right idea of how to deal with aristocracies. But you have to start where you are and preferably not from a point of ignorance.

  5. Some confusion here surely. The House of Lords is an unelected and unrepresentative body which exists solely to provide jobs for superannuated career politicians. The membership tend to be drawn from bands of politicians who have retired and from toadying business and professional elites. Their number is supplemented by a few hereditary positions and some seats are reserved for senior members of the Church of England.
    While it is no longer acceptable for the Lords to buy their seats somehow contributors to the two main political parties seem still to find themselves mysteriously appointed. All of this must help the widely held belief that the Brits are Stupid. Come the revolution all their Lordships will be shot.

  6. It’s not possible to disagree with any of that. The confusion arises because they Lords does in fact serve to humanise and mitigate the worst excesses of that worst of all political systems (except for all the rest) untempered democracy. See USA for unending examples.

    There’s an awful lot of competition but I think we can safely say that Brits are indeed Stupid. Not Stupider than most, perhaps, but Stupid like the rest. I note that we all choose to express these thoughts in our Stupid language.

  7. Perhaps we might agree that many political systems work in many parts of the world to varying degrees. Nothing to do with this issue.

    The particular problem is that several countries (Britain, Canada, Poland and probably others) are complicit in what are essentially kidnap/torture conspiracies. They were doing it for the US.

    At least one has been exposed and partly compensated (not by the US though): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maher_Arar (this man was entirely innocent).

The drug war means never having to say you’re sorry

Posted on August 18th, 2014 at 22:22 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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Remember the story about the Georgia toddler whose chest was blown open by a flash grenade during a botched drug raid?

Here’s an update:

Habersham County officials say they do not plan to pay for the medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured during a police raid.

Bounkham Phonesavah, affectionately known as “Baby Boo Boo,” spent weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT team’s flash grenade exploded near his face. The toddler was just 19-months-old and asleep in the early morning hours of May 28. SWAT officers threw the device into his home while executing a search warrant for a drug suspect.

Habersham County officials are defending their decision not to pay, but the child’s family isn’t giving up.

After weeks of recovery at two different hospitals, Channel 2 Action News was there in July as the little boy walked out of a hospital with his family.

He is doing better, but late Friday afternoon, his family’s attorney told said the family’s medical bills are mounting.

“But at this point, the county is refusing to pay,” said attorney Muwali Davis.

Habersham County’s attorney provided the following statement, saying: “The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses. After consideration of this question following advice of counsel, the board of commissioners has concluded that it would be in violation of the law for it to do so.”

I’ll just state the obvious here. If there’s a law that prevents a local government from reimbursing a family to repair a child nearly killed by the negligence and ineptitude of local law enforcement officers, then that law needs to be changed.


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Ms Streisand, white courtesy phone please

Posted on August 18th, 2014 at 19:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A financial services business licenced through National Australia Bank is suing an online forum for refusing to remove an allegedly fake and negative post about its services, claiming it has damaged its reputation with would-be clients.

It is the latest legal action launched against an online forum or review website for publishing negative comments, following several high profile cases in Australia and overseas.

Financial advice group WCS Group has initiated action against Whirlpool in the Supreme Court of Victoria, seeking unspecified damages and costs, despite the fact the forum generates no revenue.


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What I Did After Police Killed My Son

Posted on August 18th, 2014 at 15:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Yes, there is good reason to think that many of these unjustifiable homicides by police across the country are racially motivated. But there is a lot more than that going on here. Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either.


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I Went Undercover in America’s Toughest Prison

Posted on August 18th, 2014 at 15:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I didn’t believe that a “concentration camp” could exist in America until, in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw one with my own eyes.


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  1. The article doesn’t make it clear which of the conditions the author heard about and which he witnessed first-hand. E.g. was he really served food green with mould? Not great journalism.

‘Expendables 3′ Flops: Is Piracy to Blame?

Posted on August 18th, 2014 at 14:33 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Is piracy to blame for “The Expendables 3’s” puny box office debut this weekend or were viewers ready to euthanize the film’s aging action heroes?That’s the question Hollywood’s asking after the thriller fell short of initial projections by roughly $10 million, debuting to a paltry $16.2 million.As the dwindling numbers trickled in over the weekend, studio executives privately pointed the finger at a leaked copy of the film that hit the internet three weeks before its debut and was seen by 2.2 million people.“This is really a clear situation where this had an impact,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst of BoxOffice.com. “It’s hard to measure, but the ripple effect, not only of the downloads, but of the word-of-mouth that spread as a result, can be seen in the soft opening.”

Well, if you produce a turd, and people can tell each other it’s a turd before the opening weekend, your opening weekend is going to suck.

And you prove it in the same article:

For instance, an unfinished copy of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was widely distributed online a month before the film opened in 2009, but the picture still managed to rack up $373 million globally. That’s a big number and one that suggests a lot of people were still willing to shell out for the finished product.

And that’s because, you guessed it, people tell each other it’s not a turd.


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NSW Government Plans To Give Business 2 Votes Each In City Of Sydney Council Elections

Posted on August 17th, 2014 at 16:10 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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The NSW Liberal Government will support moves to give business owners in Sydney city two votes at the 2016 council elections in a move that has the potential to unseat incumbent lord mayor Clover Moore.

The Shooters and Fishers Party plans to amend the City of Sydney Act to ensure the compulsory enrolment of around 40,000 businesses in the Sydney local government area. The changes were recommended by a joint parliamentary committee dominated by Liberal and Shooters and Fishers MPs.


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  1. So, soon we’ll have Lord Mayor Microsoft?

  2. Oh, now corporations are to be actually more than persons? The Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment cannot be far behind.

Okay..

Posted on August 17th, 2014 at 14:48 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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  1. Ah…everyone needs a hug in these difficult times. Consider yourself hugged, persons…

Indiana grandmother suffers violent SWAT raid after a neighbor uses her wireless internet

Posted on August 17th, 2014 at 14:24 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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Ms. Milan added that she believes the raid was about retribution and intimidation moreso than genuine concern for officer safety regarding the online postings. “I believe that they were showing us that because ‘you’ threaten us, we’re going to let you know that you can’t threaten us and get away with it. Just high-fiving… They were having a show of force.”


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Tula, the revolt

Posted on August 17th, 2014 at 8:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

On August 17, Curaçao commemorates the beginning of the struggle for independence and emancipation.

Tula (fragment). The uprising begins from Jeroen Leinders on Vimeo.


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Pipe Guy – House/Trance/Techno Live

Posted on August 16th, 2014 at 17:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Isil bans philosophy, chemistry in Syria schools

Posted on August 16th, 2014 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremist group has banned the study of philosophy and chemistry in schools in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa and established an “Islamic curriculum” for students, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday.

The Isil asked teachers and school directors to “prepare an Islamic education system in the schools of Raqqa”, which would be reviewed by a board of education appointed by Isil.

The “Islamic experts” belonging to the Isil decided to exclude chemistry and philosophy from the educational programme because “they do not fit in with the laws of god”, the SOHR reported.

We are witnessing the beginning of a genocide…

so the rapid oxidation of flammable substances with the intent of propelling pieces of lead at targets doesn’t fit with the laws of God. Guess they should all go back to sticks and stones.


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  1. Just remember the Persians were masters of the bow and could hit a hand-sized target from the back of a galloping horse. :-)

  2. @Spaceman: What have the Parthians ever done for us?

  3. The aqueduct?

  4. and sanitation?

  5. Baghdad was at the pinnacle of scientific thought until some mullah declared it did “not fit in with the laws of god” a thousand years ago. History repeats itself and have these people learned nothing in a thousand years?

Dont Talk to Police

Posted on August 15th, 2014 at 19:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. I especially (dis)like that the courts can use police “heresay” against you.

EXCLUSIVE: 10 Ways to Use Our Sponsor’s Product More Often

Posted on August 15th, 2014 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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AdDetector is a browser extension that spots articles with corporate sponsors. It puts a big banner on top of any article that may appear unbiased at first glance, but is actually paid for by an advertiser.

For example, it turns the small, light-grey-on-white “Sponsored” on this deadspin article into a giant red banner.


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