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The Star Wars

Posted on December 13th, 2017 at 19:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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President Trump Signing Order to Send Americans Back to the Moon

Posted on December 11th, 2017 at 23:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

Trump will sign “Space Policy Directive 1” that orders NASA “to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

Since only congress can allocate extra money for NASA, this means exactly nothing.

Actually, Bush W pulled this stunt too. A few days later 9/11 happened. So, we’d all better stay clear of public areas or mass transit for a while.

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  1. Let’s be honest, most Presidents have done this. Call for some lofty goal, sign a bit of paper and then forget about it & do nothing. Oddly, it’s Obama’s statement, copy & pasted, with a line about working with SpaceX and/or Blue Origin added.
    NASA, sadly, has become a ‘Jobs for Senators/Congressmen’s districts/States’ program.
    Bush 41 made the usual call for NASA to do something big and NASA did, after getting buy-in from all their various parts, pieces and locations. Orbital construction, orbital depots, Moonbases and more, all for the (not) bargain price of upwards of 400 billion dollars. Congress, unsurprisingly, balked at that and nothing was heard of it ever again.
    And should a U.S. President ask for something big again, NASA will likely come up with a similar bloated, super-expensive plan that’ll never go anywhere.
    It’s the private sector that’ll get humanity to Mars, not NASA.

Report: 44,000 ‘unknown’ military personnel stationed around the world

Posted on December 10th, 2017 at 21:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


The U. S. military has more than 44,000 troops across the globe that the Pentagon claims it cannot track, according to a recent report.

“We are not at a point where we can give numbers other than those officially stated,” said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.

The report — compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center under the Office of the Secretary of Defense — shows more than 44,000 personnel in a category labeled “Unknown.”

Everything is fine. The Pentagon can’t keep track of its money, either.

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Amazon is running its own hunger games – and all the players will be losers

Posted on December 10th, 2017 at 21:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


Amazon, the online retail giant, is in the midst of running its own hunger games. The contestants are 238 cities and regions across North America. The prize is being chosen as the site for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2), which promises to employ upwards of 50,000 people. These cities are locked in a fierce battle to outbid each other and they’ll do anything, give anything, to be chosen.

In an era of brutal austerity, cities are hollowed out and hoping for a savior. Since the tech sector is flush with cash, by showing up and saying the magic words – growth, jobs, investment, innovation – city leaders bend to their will. Amazon’s HQ2 competition is the latest egregious example of a techno-capitalist regime that’s bewitching cities around the world.

While only about 30 of the proposals are publicly available so far, they paint a troubling picture of cities clamoring to sell their soul to Amazon. As the Seattle Times reports, the amount of money, perks and power that cities are ready to give away to Amazon is absolutely galling. It goes way beyond just standard subsidies and tax breaks.

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When Water Flows Uphill

Posted on December 9th, 2017 at 22:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Civil war

Posted on December 9th, 2017 at 22:17 by John Sinteur in category: News


For the past four years, I have lived in America, but America does not belong to me. Here, I am part of a minority that constitutes the majority of the world: I am a person of colour. I am an immigrant in a country that purports to be a melting pot but is in reality a crucible, a vessel of fierce and fiercely luminous burning.

To observe the United States from this vantage point is to observe a place simultaneously coming clean and coming undone.

Any honest assessment of American life in this monstrous year must contend with a terrible unshackling of norms – a complete redefinition of which ideologies are worthy of public discourse – as well as the unsettling reality that none of this is new. This is a country that prizes its mythology above all else.

But there is in its history ample proof that the United States tends to unleash its most self-destructive impulses immediately following – and in direct response to – those moments in which it seeks most boldly to achieve its stated ideals of freedom and equality. Such was the case with the racist incarceration and segregation policies implemented in the decades after the abolition of slavery, and with the gun-hoarding and white rage that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Now, with the rise of Donald Trump and the transformation of the Republican Party into an entity so spineless and callous as to accept such a man as its standard-bearer, there is evidence of another terrible milestone in the history of American rage.

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I hope someone speaks jive on that flight.

Posted on December 9th, 2017 at 0:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This should be interesting…

Posted on December 8th, 2017 at 19:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

Say ‘engage’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say engage one more Goddamn time!”

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  1. Do they speak Klingon in What?


Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 23:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Trump did not completely grasp the ramifications of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, several advisers told The Washington Post.

No Shit Sherlock. You could automate these articles.  “President Trump did not completely grasp the ramifications of $random_decision”.

You can almost hear him say it… “Who would have thought $random_decision was so complicated?”

It took me two entire minutes to Google why it was a stupid decision. That’s, like, 30 hours in Trump-adjusted time.

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Facebook’s Algorithm Hijacked This $8 Billion Company to Sell Cat Blindfolds

Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 21:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


Theoretically, Facebook should have plucked out shoes on Wish and served them to shoe lovers, or pushed perfume on perfume lovers. But since Wish’s catalog is so massive and Facebook’s audience is so broad, some strange products bubbled their way to the surface.

Unlike the shoe or perfume ads, curious users actually clicked Wish’s ads for things like plastic nostril holders or profane cuff links. According to Wish, Facebook registered this click as a positive metric and, in turn, showed the bizarre ads to more users, who were shocked, clicked and, in rare cases, actually bought them.

It was only a matter of months before things spiralled out of control. By late November, Wish had become the leading purveyor of advertising clickbait.


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  1. So these 2 articles so next to each other make me really scared…

DeepMind’s AlphaZero crushes chess

Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 21:02 by John Sinteur in category: News


20 years after DeepBlue defeated Garry Kasparov in a match, chess players have awoken to a new revolution. The AlphaZero algorithm developed by Google and DeepMind took just four hours of playing against itself to synthesise the chess knowledge of one and a half millennium and reach a level where it not only surpassed humans but crushed the reigning World Computer Champion Stockfish 28 wins to 0 in a 100-game match. All the brilliant stratagems and refinements that human programmers used to build chess engines have been outdone, and like Go players we can only marvel at a wholly new approach to the game.

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Texas Prisons Ban 10,000 Books. No ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ for Inmates.

Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 19:40 by John Sinteur in category: News


The nearly 150,000 inmates in Texas prisons are barred from using Facebook, possessing cellphones and receiving snacks in the mail. They are also prohibited from reading the pop-up edition of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Color Purple” and the 1908 Sears, Roebuck catalog.

The publications are among the 10,000 titles banned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a list that includes best sellers like “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “A Time to Kill” and even obscure works, such as the “MapQuest Road Atlas.” Not banned: “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler and books by white nationalists, including David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.

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The Republican Crime Syndicate Takes Control

Posted on December 6th, 2017 at 20:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


With each passing day, a new crime is perpetrated against the American people that concentrates wealth in the hands of a group of oligarchs that exert greater and greater control over how the wealth of America is distributed.

This oligarchy pays off Republican politicians with donations that underpin their political careers. Without these nefarious donations, these paid predators would be out of a job. The donations are nothing other than bribes aimed at securing the financial well-being of their recipients.

And the voters that put GOP politicians in charge! GOP supporters tend to be poorly-educated and under-informed, gullible to the magical thinking that is the very basis of modern Republican ideology.

And for those who suggest there is even a semblance of moral equivalency between Republicans and Democrats, they should keep solidly in mind one important distinction: Democrats want tax cuts for the middle class, health insurance for all, a decent and protected environment, net neutrality and food for poor kids.

The truly perverse thing about this crime spree [via the new tax bill and the many other measures] is that it constitutes a full-on attack on Trump’s core supporters, who are being betrayed at every turn. All anyone can hope for is that voters wise up to what the GOP has been up to.

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  1. Pretty faint hope. We’re talking about something close to religious-strength fanaticism here.
    It must be all the LSD in the contrails…

Don’t Buy Anyone an Echo

Posted on December 6th, 2017 at 0:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


Let me make this point dreadfully clear, though: Your family members do not need an Amazon Echo or a Google Home or an Apple HomePod or whatever that one smart speaker that uses Cortana is called. And you don’t either. You only want one because every single gadget-slinger on the planet is marketing them to you as an all-new, life-changing device that could turn your kitchen into a futuristic voice-controlled paradise. You probably think that having an always-on microphone in your home is fine, and furthermore, tech companies only record and store snippets of your most intimate conversations. No big deal, you tell yourself.

Actually, it is a big deal. The newfound privacy conundrum presented by installing a device that can literally listen to everything you’re saying represents a chilling new development in the age of internet-connected things. By buying a smart speaker, you’re effectively paying money to let a huge tech company surveil you. And I don’t mean to sound overly cynical about this, either. Amazon, Google, Apple, and others say that their devices aren’t spying on unsuspecting families. The only problem is that these gadgets are both hackable and prone to bugs.

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Trump’s Treasury Department is lying about its own analysis of the tax bill

Posted on December 5th, 2017 at 22:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


It doesn’t involve an inappropriate tweet or casual racism, but Alan Rappeport’s scoop about the Trump administration lying about its own internal analysis of the Republican tax plan deserves to go down as one of the most shocking stories of 2017. And the mild-mannered headline “Ahead of Vote, Promised Treasury Analysis of Tax Bill Proves Elusive” doesn’t come close to doing it justice.

Here’s the issue. For months now, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been saying that his team will release a “dynamic” analysis of the Republican tax plan that will reveal its growth-boosting effects to be so incredible that they put deficit worries to rest. On September 28, he even said that his in-house analysis indicated the bill would reduce the deficit by $1 trillion rather than increase it.

That’s never seemed remotely plausible to me, but it’s clear that a lot of Republicans on Capitol Hill are counting on something in that neighborhood coming true to make the plan workable.

Rappeport reports that Mnuchin’s just been making it up.


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Thousands unfollow Sen. John McCain after he asks for more Twitter followers

Posted on December 5th, 2017 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


“We’re only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M – spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!” McCain tweeted out at 10:27 a.m. Monday morning from his verified account, @SenJohnMcCain

And the internet did help spread the word, but in the opposite way the senator was hoping for.

Using the hashtag #UnfollowMcCain, a mass unfollowing ensued.

“You’re kidding, right? *THIS* is what you’re concerned with?” @madmia2


By 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, about 6 hours after the senator’s original tweet, he has lost more than 17,000 followers on Twitter.

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Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller

Posted on December 5th, 2017 at 17:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


Donald Trump’s banking information has formally been turned over to Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating whether the president’s campaign conspired with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election.

Deutsche Bank, the German bank that serves as Trump’s biggest lender, was forced to submit documents about its client relationship with the president and some of his family members, who are also Deutsche clients, after Mueller issued the bank with a subpoena for information, according to multiple media reports. The news was first reported by Handelsblatt, the German newspaper.

The revelation makes it clear that Mueller and his team are investigating the president’s finances.

I like reading that last sentence..


Oh fuck yeah read it again, slower this time… and now in a different voice… Hang on, I’ll just turn down the lights and slip into something more comfortable first…

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Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Posted on December 3rd, 2017 at 16:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use.

Voyager 1, NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft, is the only human-made object in interstellar space, the environment between the stars. The spacecraft, which has been flying for 40 years, relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These thrusters fire in tiny pulses, or “puffs,” lasting mere milliseconds, to subtly rotate the spacecraft so that its antenna points at our planet. Now, the Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980.

Absolutely brilliant space technology, decades old.. Surely with all the progress technology has made, we’re doing much more interesting…. oh wait.. the best we can have is a billionaire shooting his car into the general direction of mars? Bummer.

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  1. Voyager 1 was launched in 1977. Think how relatively primitive technology was just over 40 years ago. This must be among the finest achievements ever by humans. 13,000,000 miles and still in touch!

    For all the wonders that we now take for granted, we haven’t moved very far. Unlike Voyager.

  2. Sorry, that should be 13,000,000,000 miles.

Apple is sharing your face with apps, and you should be worried

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 20:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


Less noticed was how the iPhone lets other apps now tap into two eerie views from the so-called TrueDepth camera. There’s a wireframe representation of your face and a live read-out of 52 unique micro-movements in your eyelids, mouth and other features. Apps can store that data on their own computers.

To see for yourself, use an iPhone X to download an app called MeasureKit. It exposes the face data Apple makes available. The app’s maker, Rinat Khanov, tells me he’s already planning to add a feature that lets you export a model of your face so you can 3D print a mini-me.

“Holy cow, why is this data available to any developer that just agrees to a bunch of contracts?” said Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst at Forrester Research.

Being careful is in Apple’s DNA, and it has been slow in opening home and health data to outsiders. But it also views the face camera as a differentiator, helping position Apple as a leader in artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Apple put some important limits on apps. It requires “that developers ask a user’s permission before accessing the camera, and that apps must explain how and where this data will be used,” Apple’s Neumayr said.

And Apple’s rules say developers can’t sell face data, use it to identify anonymous people or use it for advertising. They’re also required to have privacy policies.

And last but not least, they have to pinky-swear not to lie about this.

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IoT: The Internet of Terror

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 20:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


If it seems like the sky is falling, that’s because it is.


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Is It Too Late for Robert Mueller to Save Us?

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 17:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


For the past year I’ve been trying to understand what exactly the Trump era has been training us to become. Passive, certainly. Overwhelmed and anxious and unable to focus, without a doubt. But I also wonder whether we’re being trained to abandon our steadfast belief that the rule of law will save us, or if we’re being taught to cling to the illusory protections of the law as it becomes just another on a long list of anachronisms.

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Brexit Travel Paradox

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 15:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

(psst. don’t mention the world “Gibraltar”)

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  1. You seem to have forgotten or ignored the fact that Scotland wants a soft border too.

    Sometimes I go down to the beach and I can hear the French laughing at us.

The Centuries-Old Debt That’s Still Paying Interest

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 15:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Kimmel To Roy Moore: Not Only Will I Fight You, I’ll Wear A Girl Scout Uniform So You Can Get Excited

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 8:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

So Moore will spat with Kimmel but wont debate Jones….

Well, Jones doesn’t appeal to teenage girls like Kimmel, so Moore doesn’t see him as a threat.

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Broken promises

Posted on December 1st, 2017 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


By the end of 2014, America will have been charged about $400 billion by the local phone incumbents, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, for a fiber optic future that never showed up. And though it varies by state, counting the taxes, fees and surcharges that you have paid every month (many of these fees are actually revenues to the company or taxes on the company that you paid), it comes to about $4000-$5000.00 per household from 1992-2014, and that’s the low number.

You were also charged about nine times to wire the schools and libraries via state and federal plans designed to help the phone and cable companies.

And if that doesn’t bother you, by year-end of 2010, and based on the commitments made by the phone companies in their press statements, filings on the state and federal level, and the state-based ‘alternative regulation’ plans that were put in place to charge you for broadband upgrades of the telephone company wire in your home, business, as well as the schools and libraries — America, should have been the world’s first fully fibered, leading edge broadband nation.

In fact, in 1992, the speed of broadband, as detailed in state laws, was 45 Mbps in both directions — by 2014, all of us should have been enjoying gigabit speeds (1000 Mbps).

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I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

Posted on November 30th, 2017 at 22:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


In 1926, Calvin Coolidge’s treasury secretary, Andrew Mellon, one of the world’s richest men, pushed through a massive tax cut that would substantially contribute to the causes of the Great Depression. Republican Sen. George Norris of Nebraska said that Mellon himself would reap from the tax bill “a larger personal reduction [in taxes] than the aggregate of practically all the taxpayers in the state of Nebraska.” The same is true now of Donald Trump, the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and other fabulously rich people.

During the 1920s, Republicans almost literally worshiped business. “The business of America,” Coolidge proclaimed, “is business.” Coolidge also remarked that, “The man who builds a factory builds a temple,” and “the man who works there worships there.” That faith in the Market as God has been the Republican religion ever since. A few months after he became president in 1981, Ronald Reagan praised Coolidge for cutting “taxes four times” and said “we had probably the greatest growth in prosperity that we’ve ever known.” Reagan said nothing about what happened to “Coolidge Prosperity” a few months after he left office.

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  1. Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it… Well, fine, I don’t have much of a problem with that but…
    Why does everyone else, or at least the majority who know it’s a massive wealth transfer to the rich, from the poor, which also pushes the middle-class down, have to repeat it too?
    Oh, right, a majority (in the Electoral College), or a large number of people who drank the Kool-aid, voted for the GOP… And now seem surprised that THEY’RE the ones who are going to suffer.
    Not suffer alone, true, but GOP voters are getting a lesson in the GOP priorities.
    George Carlin, were he alive today, would have a field day with this.
    And to end, his famous quote, “That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

At&T starting to throttle streaming video, unless you opt out.

Posted on November 30th, 2017 at 12:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

FCC: “Data carriers wouldn’t ever deliberately slow down or throttle other services…”

AT&T: “Hold my beer

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  1. That’s not throttling. Throttling is where you restrict the bandwidth, which would cause high-def video to stall and stutter.

    This is real-time video resizing. They’re giving you a lower-res video stream so you use less bandwidth, on the assumption that you’re watching the video on a small-screen display.

  2. Resizing video is non-trivial. It must be decoded, scaled to a lower resolution, and then re-encoded (also means a reduction in quality). This requires a significant amount of CPU time or dedicated hardware. When you consider millions of streams, this is expensive. Seems like using that money to upgrade their bandwidth would be a better solution.

Warrant Protections against Police Searches of Our Data

Posted on November 29th, 2017 at 23:54 by John Sinteur in category: News



The cell phones we carry with us constantly are the most perfect surveillance device ever invented, and our laws haven’t caught up to that reality. That might change soon.

This week, the Supreme Court will hear a case with profound implications on your security and privacy in the coming years. The Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unlawful search and seizure is a vital right that protects us all from police overreach, and the way the courts interpret it is increasingly nonsensical in our computerized and networked world. The Supreme Court can either update current law to reflect the world, or it can further solidify an unnecessary and dangerous police power.

The case centers on cell phone location data and whether the police need a warrant to get it, or if they can use a simple subpoena, which is easier to obtain. Current Fourth Amendment doctrine holds that you lose all privacy protections over any data you willingly share with a third party. Your cellular provider, under this interpretation, is a third party with whom you’ve willingly shared your movements, 24 hours a day, going back months — even though you don’t really have any choice about whether to share with them. So police can request records of where you’ve been from cell carriers without any judicial oversight. The case before the court, Carpenter v. United States, could change that.

Traditionally, information that was most precious to us was physically close to us. It was on our bodies, in our homes and offices, in our cars. Because of that, the courts gave that information extra protections. Information that we stored far away from us, or gave to other people, afforded fewer protections. Police searches have been governed by the “third-party doctrine,” which explicitly says that information we share with others is not considered private.

The Internet has turned that thinking upside-down. Our cell phones know who we talk to and, if we’re talking via text or e-mail, what we say. They track our location constantly, so they know where we live and work. Because they’re the first and last thing we check every day, they know when we go to sleep and when we wake up. Because everyone has one, they know whom we sleep with. And because of how those phones work, all that information is naturally shared with third parties.

More generally, all our data is literally stored on computers belonging to other people. It’s our e-mail, text messages, photos, Google docs, and more ­ all in the cloud. We store it there not because it’s unimportant, but precisely because it is important. And as the Internet of Things computerizes the rest our lives, even more data will be collected by other people: data from our health trackers and medical devices, data from our home sensors and appliances, data from Internet-connected “listeners” like Alexa, Siri, and your voice-activated television.

All this data will be collected and saved by third parties, sometimes for years. The result is a detailed dossier of your activities more complete than any private investigator –­ or police officer –­ could possibly collect by following you around.

The issue here is not whether the police should be allowed to use that data to help solve crimes. Of course they should. The issue is whether that information should be protected by the warrant process that requires the police to have probable cause to investigate you and get approval by a court.

Warrants are a security mechanism. They prevent the police from abusing their authority to investigate someone they have no reason to suspect of a crime. They prevent the police from going on “fishing expeditions.” They protect our rights and liberties, even as we willingly give up our privacy to the legitimate needs of law enforcement.

The third-party doctrine never made a lot of sense. Just because I share an intimate secret with my spouse, friend, or doctor doesn’t mean that I no longer consider it private. It makes even less sense in today’s hyper-connected world. It’s long past time the Supreme Court recognized that a months’-long history of my movements is private, and my e-mails and other personal data deserve the same protections, whether they’re on my laptop or on Google’s servers.

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Woman Tried to Trap WaPo into Running False Story

Posted on November 28th, 2017 at 13:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


Last week, a woman named Jaime T. Phillips approached the Washington Post with some salacious new information about Roy Moore, namely that he impregnated her when she was 15, and then forced her to get an abortion. That is some prime dirt; a story like that would sell a lot of newspapers, and would likely be the death knell for the would-be senator’s campaign. However, the story was just a bit too good to believe. The WaPo’s reporters, evincing an apropos degree of skepticism, found that Phillips’ account did not stand up to scrutiny, and that the more questions they asked, the more inconsistencies that presented themselves. For example, she claimed that she had only lived in Alabama for that one summer 26 years ago, and yet she had a cell phone with an Alabama area code. Eventually, the newspaper’s staff found a gofundme page in which a Jaime Phillips was raising money to move from Alabama to New York to take a job combating “liberal lies” in the media. They also observed Phillips entering the offices of Project Veritas, a New York-based conservative group that is known for undercover “sting” operations like this. In short: busted.

The whole story is really worth reading, as it’s got a cloak and dagger feel to it, but with a bit of Keystone Kops thrown in, given the bumbling incompetence of Phillips, et al. Obviously, Project Veritas’ goal was to prove that the Post would print anything salacious about Moore just to move newspapers, and that the paper’s coverage of this subject is not to be trusted. In the end, they managed to prove the exact opposite. (Z)

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Trump White House ethics lawyer exits

Posted on November 27th, 2017 at 16:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


The ranks of former White House ethics lawyers available to comment on the ongoing controversies engulfing President Donald Trump’s administration has just grown by one — an attorney who’s certain to offer a much different perspective than the most prominent figures now ensconced as seemingly permanent fixtures on cable news.

After almost a year in the White House counsel’s office tackling a raft of ethics and financial disclosure issues, James Schultz resigned last week and is returning to private practice at the Philadelphia-based law firm where he previously worked, Cozen O’Connor.

Schultz insists his exit is unrelated to any of those myriad controversies, but simply triggered by a desire to get back to private law work and back to Philadelphia, where his family has remained

At first I misread this as “Trump White House ethics lawyer exists” which would certainly surprise a lot of people – and I clicked to read the article fully expecting something like “he was hiding behind the couch the whole time”..

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