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FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

Posted on May 25th, 2017 at 8:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


The FCC has released a revised version of its plans to tear up net neutrality – and unwittingly revealed the extraordinary influence that the cable industry has over the process.

The new “notice of proposed rulemaking,” which was approved in a 2‑1 vote last week, completely ignores hundreds of thousands of critical comments and includes only details that support its chair’s case for dismantling the Open Internet Order.

Almost all the changes in the revised document have come directly from the cable companies that will benefit most from the approach that the FCC is proposing. In some cases, it is embarrassingly transparent.

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I sure hope nothing bad happens to these characters we’ve all grown to love.

Posted on May 24th, 2017 at 23:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. The Daily Irrelevant, bringing you MetaFilter since 1999.

Wilbur Ross says Saudis did not protest Trump

Posted on May 24th, 2017 at 0:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday cited a lack of protests against President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia as evidence of a “genuinely good mood” on the first leg of his foreign trip.

Are you just a fucking moron, or did you willfully miss that protesting is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia?

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  1. Mr. Ross was a very clever man in his day, although he’s even older than Mr. Trump, so I’d put it down to jet lag, dementia and consequent brain farts.

  2. “Very clever” and “fucking moron” are not mutually exclusive terms.

  3. @porpentine: This whole circus has been great for the media (mainstream and otherwise) and for comedians. The ultimate reality show that practically everyone on the planet has an opinion about.

Trump writes in Holocaust memorial guestbook

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 at 23:44 by John Sinteur in category: News


“I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution,” he wrote. “At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again.’ And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who helped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.”

Oh, wait, no, that was Obama. Trump wrote:

“It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends — so amazing + will never forget!”

As the article remarks: Raoul Wootliff, a reporter for the right-wing Times of Israel, posted on Twitter, “He forgot: ‘See you next summer.’”

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  1. I am suddenly reminder of what Justin Bieber left in the guest book at the Anne Frank house:

    “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber,”

    But then again, I suspect Trump wouldn’t even know who Anne Frank was…

  2. O.o
    Bieber didn’t really, did he?!

  3. I’m glad you’re impressed. I’m not. Presidents are all too ready to resort to force. We should have stayed out of all the wars of the last 30 years. All we did was make matters worse. We can remember the victims better by not making the same mistakes of the past, not writing BS.

“You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I chose both.”

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Sebastian Toombs?

Manchester Bombing Attack Shows Hatred Is an Appetite, and It Demands to Be Fed

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 at 16:07 by John Sinteur in category: News



Hatred is a constant in the human condition, all the way back to Cain, if you believe in that sort of thing. Hatred is part of the connective tissue of human evolution, stretching from the savannas of east Africa to the streets of Manchester. Hatred walked upright as soon as we learned how to do so. Hatred is part of what has bound us to our prehistoric ancestors. The human is a predatory animal. It hunts to feed its appetites. Hatred is an appetite. It demands to be fed.


None of this is meant to diminish the awful reality of what happened on Monday night in Manchester. The horror is genuine and the pain and loss, all too real. But the surprise at that horror ought not to prevail. We do these things to each other. We always do these things to each other. We gussy them up with political or philosophical camouflage. We anoint them with the preferred incense of whatever faith we pretend to follow. But we do these things to each other because we always do these things to each other, and because, over time and throughout history, hatred and reason have fought each other over the fundamental human impulse to satiate themselves. They fight to no better than a draw, one bloody night at a time.

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  1. The writer has confused fear and hatred. That is important because with hatred there is no hope.

  2. The writer has confused hatred and fear. That is important because with hatred there is no hope.

Trump physics – for every Trump action, there’s an equal and opposite Trump tweet

Posted on May 21st, 2017 at 16:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. More examples today:


    President Trump’s first foreign trip brought a big benefit to his daughter’s pet project.

    As Trump traveled the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged $100 million to a fund for women entrepreneurs proposed by Ivanka Trump, according to a report.

    The massive donation comes in spite of Trump, as a presidential candidate, criticizing rival Hillary Clinton for letting her charity take funds from the Saudis.

30 Liverpool U9s v Coutinho & Wijnaldum

Posted on May 21st, 2017 at 0:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


I’ve only met ginnie once, and for sure he’s just as great a guy in real life as he’s here in this vid

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander reveals secret flights as co-pilot

Posted on May 21st, 2017 at 0:19 by John Sinteur in category: News


For 21 years, the king of the Netherlands has flown twice a month as co-pilot while his passengers were in the dark, he has told a Dutch newspaper.

Willem-Alexander acceded to the throne in 2013 but his other role, in the cockpit, has continued.

“I find flying simply fantastic,” he told De Telegraaf newspaper.

He intends to carry on as co-pilot but will spend the coming months learning how to fly Boeing 737s.

Until now Willem-Alexander has worked behind the joystick of a Fokker and it was already known that he had appeared as a “guest pilot” before being crowned king, in order to maintain his pilot’s licence.

What was not clear was that he was co-piloting passenger flights incognito, twice a month as king, often with KLM Captain Maarten Putman.

The Dutch government said last month that he had flown Fokker 70 aircraft for both the government and KLM Cityhopper service, and that the plane was being replaced this year with a 737. Cityhopper flights are aimed mainly at business travellers in dozens of European destinations, particularly in the UK, Germany and Norway.

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  1. It’s just a ceremonial position anyway. I meant the copilot position of course.

  2. @will: You finally made me laugh!

Toucan play this game.

Posted on May 20th, 2017 at 20:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Posted on May 18th, 2017 at 23:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

He picks out the boss at 1:40, latest, and folds his wings. He is maybe 1/3 of the way down the tower at the time. In other words he is picking out a specific person, waving his hands a bit, from above, from a crowd, from around 1800ft: incomprehensible visual acuity.

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Ok, Google. You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise…

Posted on May 18th, 2017 at 21:10 by John Sinteur in category: News


With little editing, the audio from the Blade Runner 2049 trailer overlaid onto the new Google Assistant ad

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Putin offers to give U.S. Congress notes of Trump’s meeting

Posted on May 18th, 2017 at 0:59 by John Sinteur in category: News


Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to turn over to Congress records of U.S. President Donald Trump’s discussions with Russian diplomats in which Trump is reported to have disclosed classified information. His offer added a bizarre twist to the furor over Trump’s intelligence disclosures.

Putin’s remarks come as Washington was reeling over revelations late Tuesday that Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau’s investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The White House issued a furious denial after word emerged of Comey’s notes detailing Trump’s request.


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The president is not a child. He’s something worse.

Posted on May 18th, 2017 at 0:36 by John Sinteur in category: News


We were wrong, it turns out. Anyone cannot be president. Anyone can be elected president (any man, that is), but not anyone can be president.

After the careless, boastful revelations of his great intelligence to Russia, the firing of the FBI director, the new allegations that he asked James B. Comey to just “let this [Michael Flynn investigation] go” and the months of conducting himself without any curiosity, reverence for history, or ability to avoid mistakes, many columnists lately have been calling President Trump a child, or a bull in a china shop. This is, I think, unfair to children, and to bulls. Bulls have done a good job running Wall Street. Sometimes children are not cruel on purpose. Children can sit still and are often unable to stick their feet into their mouths, and sometimes will let you get more ice cream than they get.

He is something more terrifying than a child. Children can learn.

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  1. Look at how I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” President Trump said at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s commencement on May 17. “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

    Well, the Emperor Valerian was captured in battle, enslaved, used as a foot-stool, forced to drink molten gold and then skinned and stuffed. Does that count?

  2. Someone told him about the Jon Stewart observation that he always says “believe me” when he’s lying, so he’s switched it up with “and I say this with great surety”.

Duck Ramps Appear at U.S. Capitol, but Not Everyone Is Pleased

Posted on May 18th, 2017 at 0:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


Political turmoil rocked the nation’s capital again on Tuesday evening as politicians from both parties responded to President Trump’s — you know what, never mind. This is a story about ducks.

Ducklings, to be precise. Ducklings walking up a ramp and stepping off it into the waters of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, which can be difficult for them to do unassisted because they are very small.

The two ramps at the reflecting pool are a new feature whose arrival Monday attracted attention (from humans, at least) only after a congressman voiced his displeasure. This is happening in Washington, after all, so it may not surprise you to hear that the duck ramps were controversial.

The ramps were installed by the Architect of the Capitol, an office that acts as the steward of the historic buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill. Shortly after they went up, Representative Mark Walker, Republican of North Carolina, criticized them on Twitter as a misuse of government funds.

Well, I guess this must be the first occurrence of a Lame Duck complaining about a duck ramp.. but daaamn, really? Okay, let’s make a list of the costs involved here:

$30 – lumber

$40 – paint

$120 – design

$63,000,000 – Trump Golf Trips

$200 – labour

So someone pleeeeaaase help me budget this duck ramp

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  1. Was anyone else as surprised as I was to find out Rep. Walker is a Democrat? Just kidding, of course he’s a Republican

  2. Qwackers.

Donald Trump Jr. implies the Comey memo is true

Posted on May 17th, 2017 at 23:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. relied on the wise words of Fox News personality and attorney Geraldo Rivera to defend his dad amid the latest White House scandal. Trump retweeted Rivera’s post explaining that the president was only pushing former FBI Director James Comey to let go of the investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn because Flynn is a “good man.”

Trump captioned Rivera’s “News Flash” with a single, stark word:


Trump’s tweet seems to imply that the contents of Comey’s memo detailing the Flynn exchange are true. Reports of the memo suggest President Trump told Comey that Flynn “is a good guy,” and so he hoped Comey could “let this go.”

Does anybody else think that Jr is under the impression that, as Donald Trump’s eldest son, he will ascend to the Presidency if Trump Sr. is removed?

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  1. I just saw Rep. Kinzinger (R-IL) on CNN calling for an independent investigation from “an outside group”, “outside of politics”…

    I don’t know, sounds like a good idea actually. Some sort of bureau. A federal bureau, perhaps. Maybe one tasked with investigating?

Somebody fetch me an XXL serving of popcorn pls

Posted on May 17th, 2017 at 23:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


According to The Hill, the Senate Intelligence Committee sent a request to former FBI Director James Comey to testify in public regarding the probe into the White House’s alleged ties to foreign governments.

The letter was sent by Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA) this Wednesday and also asks Comey to participate in a closed-door session. Although they haven’t yet received a response, committee members are “optimistic” that Comey will testify.

“I hope he’ll accept our invitation. I believe he will,” Warner reportedly said.

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  1. Ever see a 6’8″ guy fuck an orange?

Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

Posted on May 17th, 2017 at 0:08 by John Sinteur in category: News


WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

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  1. Well, remember that time Obama summoned Chaffetz and Gowdy to the Oval Office and told them, “Hillary’s a good woman, I hope you’ll let her go, let go of this Benghazi thing”? And the Republicans all agreed that nothing was improper about that and it was well within a President’s prerogative to make requests like that? Remember?!

  2. you mean to tell me a career lawyer/attorney general with decades of experience is able to politically outmaneuver an illiterate real estate ‘mogul’?

    well that’s pretty surprising.

  3. Interesting. The mob boss shows gratifying loyalty to his consigliere. After all, the boss has completely clean hands, no?

Facebook fined 150,000 euros by French data watchdog

Posted on May 16th, 2017 at 22:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


Facebook (FB.O) has been fined 150,000 euros ($166,000) by France’s data protection watchdog for failing to prevent its users’ data being accessed by advertisers.

Watchdog CNIL said its fine – which was imposed on both Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland – was part of a wider European investigation also being carried out in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany into some of Facebook’s practices.

The 150,000 euro fine is small in the context of the company, which has quarterly revenue of about $8 billion and a stock market capitalization which stands at around $435 billion. But it is the maximum amount the CNIL could fine when it started the investigation on the tech giant.

The CNIL can now issue fines of up to 3 million euros, after the passing of a new law in October 2016.

Which will go up to “20 million or 4% of world wide revenue” when new pan-european rules go into effect shortly. And they’re even stricter than French rules.

“We take note of the CNIL’s decision with which we respectfully disagree,” Facebook said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

And my guess is that you’ll just as respectfully start actually following the rules the first time you get threatened with the new penalties.

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Lightning Storm Moves Across the USA

Posted on May 15th, 2017 at 16:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


Explanation: Watch a huge lightning storm move across the eastern USA. The huge storm caused much damage and unfortunately some loss of life for people in its path. Seen from space, the lightning is seen as momentary flashes in the featured time-lapse video recorded last month by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) aboard the GOES-16 satellite. The outline of North America is most evident during the day, while the bright lightning strikes are most evident at night. Inspection of the video shows that much of the lightning occurred at the leading edge of the huge tail of the swirling storm. Because lightning frequently precedes a storm’s most violent impact, lightning data from GLM holds promise to help reduce the harm to humans from future storms.

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Oklahoma Republican Declares That Rape Is The ‘Will Of God’

Posted on May 15th, 2017 at 15:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


Democratic Rep. Cory Williams masterfully cornered Faught during the hearing by asking him if he believes rape and incest are the “will of God” since the legislation has no exceptions for either, meaning women would be forced to give birth to their rapist’s baby.

Faught’s reply is absolutely appalling and demonstrates once again why women should never vote for Republicans, especially Republicans who want to base our laws on the Bible.

“Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened,” Faught said. “The Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately.”

Faught literally just used the Bible to justify rape. And then he used it to justify incest.

“Same answer,” Faught replied. Then he argued that Williams’ questions have nothing to do with the bill. Williams vehemently disagreed and explained why.

“You are proffering a divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that and so I think it is very important,” Williams said before demanding Faught repeat his answer again. “This body wants to know — and myself personally — whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God.”

Faught obliged and stated that rape and incest are God’s will because God is sovereign over all activities that happen.

And you still worship such a piece of shit?

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  1. By that reasoning, all kinds of shit is OK. Defaults to the Lord made me do it.

Emergency alert!

Posted on May 15th, 2017 at 14:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

There’s an emergency alert system in the Netherlands, originally designed and built to warn for air raids, but of course since used for all kind of OMG-WTF-BBQ messages. Since a large air horn is limited in what kind of content it can send, an emergency-extension to the SMS protocol was designed, so if you’ve got a mobile phone that understands it you will get an alert from it every first monday of the month at noon, since that’s when they test the system.

I had seen it in real action before when they sent out an amber alert for a missing kid, and I’m fine with that too… but imagine how bad the crowds must have been for this one:

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  1. Translation:
    “Celebration Rotterdam” no room left for party goers, city center full. Celebrate at home or else where. See:

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 23:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


The WannaCrypt ransomware worm, aka WanaCrypt or Wcry, today exploded across 74 countries, infecting hospitals, businesses including Fedex, rail stations, universities, at least one national telco, and more organizations.

In response, Microsoft has released emergency security patches to defend against the malware for unsupported versions of Windows, such as XP and Server 2003, as well as modern builds.

To recap, WannaCrypt is installed on vulnerable Windows computers by a worm that spreads across networks by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft’s SMB file-sharing services. It specifically abuses a bug designated MS17-010 that Redmond patched in March for modern versions of Windows, and today for legacy versions – all remaining unpatched systems are therefore vulnerable and can be attacked.

This bug was, once upon a time, exploited by the NSA to hijack and spy on its targets. Its internal tool to do this, codenamed Eternalblue, was stolen from the agency, and leaked online in April – putting this US government cyber-weapon into the hands of any willing miscreant. Almost immediately, it was used to hijack thousands of machines on the internet.

Now someone has taken that tool and strapped it to ransomware: the result is a variant of WannaCrypt, which spreads via SMB and, after landing on a computer, encrypts as many files as it can find. It charges $300 or $600 in Bitcoin to restore the documents. It is adept at bringing offices and homes to a halt by locking away their data.

So. Need another example why it’s a bad idea for three-letter agencies to hoard zero days?

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  1. [Quote:]

    This is what I called short sighted finite thinking on the part of the Intelligence Community managers.

    This is also what I called (for some years now) a swindle of the tax payers. First, they find or create weaknesses then they don’t fix these weaknesses so we are all vulnerable to attack.

    Then, when attacks occur, they say they need more money for cyber security — a total swindle!!! [Indeed.]

    This is only the second swindle of the public. The first was terror efforts by saying we need to collect everything to stop terror — another lie. They said that because to collect everything takes lots and lots of money.

    Then, when the terror attack occurs, they say they need more money, people and data to stop terror. Another swindle from the start. [The war on terror is a “self-licking ice cream cone”, because it creates many more terrorists than it stops.]

    And, finally, the latest swindle “THE RUSSIANS DID IT.” This is an effort to start a new cold war which means another bigger swindle of US tax payers.

    For cyber security, I would suggest the president order NSA, CIA and any others to fix the cyber problems they know about; then, maybe we will start to have some cyber security.

We overanalyze Trump. He is what he appears to be

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 21:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


It’s one thing when that involves a wild Twitter accusation or the firing of a staff member. All Trump’s crises so far have been internal and self-inflicted, more or less.

But what will happen when he gets into a confrontation with North Korea, when Kim Jong Un deliberately provokes him? Will his response be considered and strategic? Will he be able to get information and aid from allies? Will he be able to make and keep commitments during negotiations?

There’s no sign of hope for any of that.

More likely he will prove, as he has in literally every confrontation of the past several years, congenitally unable to back down or deescalate, even if doing so is clearly in everyone’s best interests.

More likely he will be desperate to maintain face and will listen to whatever his security staff whispers in his ear.

More likely he will make rash and fateful decisions with insufficient consultation and no clear plan.

That’s who he is: a disregulated bundle of impulses, being manipulated by a cast of crooks and incompetents, supported by a Republican Party willing to bet the stability of the country against upper-income tax cuts. We need to stop looking for a more complicated story.

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  1. 🆘🆘🆘 if we can’t get him out SOON; then definitely 🔥🔥🔥☠️☠️🤢🤢 and exploding worlds, a pic I don’t have quick access to. He sorely lacks logical problem lsolving skills.

Bob Goodlatte

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 1:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

Here’s Bob Goodlatte talking about Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.

Goodlatte is now chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

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  1. I live in this guy’s district. He got elected on a platform of imposing term limits and a promise to get out himself after two. Needless to say, that was a lie. Most recently he was instrumental in trying to gut the office of ethics, took about $75,000 from Verizon before voting to allow user browsing histories to be a marketable commodity, and voted to repeal the ACA numerous times (while enjoying his luscious little benefits package as a rep). Everybody around here thinks he’s just great, tho. Not sure what it’ll take to get him out his position.

‘What is wrong with you?’ Michelle Obama savages Trump’s gutting of her legacy

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 1:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


One of the former first lady’s signature legacies was an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Earlier this month, Donald Trump’s administration froze regulations that would cut sodium and increase whole grains served in school meals.


The 53-year-old demanded: “And why is that a partisan issue? Why would that be political? What is going on? You know, now that’s up to moms. Moms, think about this. I don’t care what state you live in. Take me out of the equation. Like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap. Why would you celebrate that? Why would you sit idly and be OK with that?

“Because here’s the secret: if somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid, and we need to demand everyone to care deeply about kids. That’s all we have. So we should be driving this and every elected official on this planet should understand: don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”

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  1. You go, girl.

  2. And here’s an “Obama plus kids twitter for you to follow and get you through all this

  3. But does anyone really eat the meals? There wasn’t any regulation of meals until recently and kids did just fine. How did the meals become an issue at all? If kids sit at video games and TV all day, there isn’t a chance in Hell that they will be healthy, irregardless of what they eat.

    I’m sure the meals are better in Europe, but so is the lifestyle (they seem to ride bikes everywhere).

    We try to cure society’s ills with regulations that don’t achieve much of anything. Regulate the banks and industry. I’m all for it, but the regulations in the schools hasn’t achieved anything. And can someone please get the horny teachers away from the kids?

  4. @will – I don’t think the kids did do just fine tho’. Obesity rates have skyrocketed in the last years and something really does need to be done. Since my tax dollars are paying for those meals I would like some thought given to the content and source of the food. More importantly, my kids and nieces and nephews should be fed better food at school. Seems like the driver here is 1) anything Obama did has to be bad, and even more 2) the food giants make more $$ by “crap” school menus.

  5. No offense, but I don’t think a minority of people should decide what everyone’s kids are eating. I just want them to eat. If a majority of the healthy meals are being thrown away, it ain’t working. More data is needed. Has anyone asked the kids?

  6. @will: Free education is about the only social program that can reliably lift people out of poverty. Giving poor kids decent food can’t be a waste.

Anybody care to guess…

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 1:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

Is there ANY other phrase more likely to make the “most used in news reports” list other than “Further undermining Trump’s credibility…”

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  1. *throws aside popcorn and switches to nachos*

Vice President Mike Pence Met Privately With Top Russian Cleric

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 1:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


A top cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin met privately with Vice President Mike Pence Thursday morning and urged the U.S. to cooperate with Russia to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

I can’t help not believing a word of that. Looking at their shared religious views I suspect burning all the gays was a more likely subject of conversation, but with all the recent shit going on about the administration and contacts with Russia even that’s not likely…

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  1. Oh, c’mon. Gay Islamist terrorist abortionists are rampantly at large in the Middle East. Or so RT tells us.

Meanwhile on Fox

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 0:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

(check the ticker if you want to know when this was broadcast)

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Today in Apple history: Bill Gates predicts doom for Apple’s biggest product

Posted on May 13th, 2017 at 0:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

[May 12, 2005:]

“As good as Apple may be, I don’t believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run,” Gates told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “You can make parallels with computers: Apple was very strong in this field before, with its Macintosh and its graphics user interface — like the iPod today — and then lost its position.”

Gates went on to describe how the rise of cellphones, capable of doing much of what an iPod can do, would destroy the market for MP3 players.

Bill was TOTALLY right with this prediction.

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  1. Microsoft was way ahead at the time. Windows CE debuted in 1996; Windows Mobile debuted in April 2000.

    And more generally, Microsoft had been working to adapt Windows to smaller-form-factor devices for a decade – its support for stylus. handwriting, and voice interfaces date predate Windows XP. And shortly after this interview, Microsoft embarked on a major venture into palmtop computing, known as “ultra-mobile PCs,” or Project Origami – which was supposed to revolutionize the mobile space.

    The problem was that the end products sucked. All of them.

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