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New Oliver Stone 9/11 Film Introduces ‘Single Plane’ Theory

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!, News

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Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone said Monday that his new film World Trade Center unveils “compelling and controversial” new evidence that a single plane was responsible for all four collisions in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Get ready to go through the looking glass here, people,” Stone told reporters at a Manhattan press conference before an advance screening of the movie, which premieres Wednesday. “The film you are about to see is going to blow the lid off the 9/11 Commission’s official report and expose a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of government.”

World Trade Center, which stars Nicolas Cage as a dedicated Port Authority officer who stumbles on secret evidence amid the rubble and carnage of the terrorist attack, tells a story quite different from what Stone called “the official government line” about the event. According to the film, at 8:46 a.m., a lone commercial airliner flew diagonally through the North Tower of the World Trade Center, maintained a circular holding pattern for approximately 17 minutes, then struck the South Tower before heading to the Pentagon.

(read the whole article, it’s hilarious!)


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Jackson’s Chameleon

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 17:31 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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For the first time, Taronga Zoo has successfully bred the spectacular Jackson’s Chameleon, with 22 of the little creatures doing extremely well. Only 4cm long, the young tree dwellers were introduced to the media late last month.


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With Exploits Out, MS Braces for Worm Attack

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 17:26 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft, They never learn

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A network worm attack exploiting a critical Microsoft Windows vulnerability appears inevitable, security experts warned Aug. 10.

Just days after the Redmond, Wash., software maker issued the MS06-040 bulletin with patches for a “critical” Server Service flaw, Microsoft’s security response unit is bracing for the worst after exploit code that offers a blueprint for attacks began circulating on the Internet.

Even before the release of Microsoft’s patch, the US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) warned that the flaw was being used in targeted attacks and that the appearance of public exploits is a sure sign that a worm attack is imminent.

An exploit module was added to the HD Moore’s Metasploit Framework that could launch attacks against all unpatched Windows 2000 systems and some versions of Windows XP.

Two penetration testing companies, Immunity and Core Security Technologies, have already created and released “reliable exploits” for the flaw, which was deemed wormable on all Windows versions, including Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

Look, whatever the article says, it probably makes sense to ban all liquid or gel substances from any building that has Windows PCs, make all people stand in ridiculously long lines to have their pocket books and backpacks security-checked for 8.5″ floppy disks carrying said exploit, and even perhaps start a secret list of people who are banned by name from actually accessing a PC at all. I recommend the first name be John Smith, that bastard.

Further, we should probably ban anyone that has dirt on their shoes, because I hear worms like dirt.

Safety first people. It may be an inconvenience, but it’s all about your safety, and the safety of democracy across the world. We will prevail over the security-exploiters.


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Amicus Brief

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 17:06 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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In a landmark legal document, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen, the ACLU of Oklahoma Foundation, and the American Association of Law Libraries have submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the motion for attorneys fees that has been made by Deborah Foster in Capitol Records v. Debbie Foster, in federal court in Oklahoma. This brief is mandatory reading for every person who is interested in the RIAA litigation campaign against consumers.

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This is an important case. While it may appear to many as just one woman defending herself against several large corporate copyright plaintiffs, as the court is undoubtedly aware, this lawsuit is but one battle in the broader war the RIAA is waging against unauthorized internet copying. As a result of this war, the RIAA has wrought havoc on the lives of many innocent Americans who, like Deborah Foster, have been wrongfully prosecuted for illegal acts they did not commit for over a year despite their clear innocence and persistent denials. Using questionable methods and suspect evidence, the RIAA has targeted thousands of ordinary people around the country, including grandmothers, grandfathers, single mothers, and teenagers. In its broad dragnet of litigation, the RIAA has knowingly entangled the innocent along with the guilty, dragging them through an expensive and emotionally draining process of trying to clear their names.

In deciding whether or not to grant defendant Deborah Foster’s Motion For Attorneys Fees, the court should consider the broader context of the RIAA lawsuit campaign—especially the positive effect that a fee award would have on encouraging the RIAA to be more diligent in conducting its pre-suit investigations, more prompt in dismissing suits when a defendant asserts substantial claims of innocence or mistaken identity, and more responsible in asserting its legal theories. Moreover, a fee award would encourage innocent accused infringers to stand up and fight back against bogus RIAA claims, deter the RIAA from continuing to prosecute meritless suits that harass defendants it knows or reasonably should know are innocent, and further the purposes of the Copyright Act by reaffirming the appropriate limits of a copyright owner’s exclusive rights.


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U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 14:49 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A comparison of peoples’ views in 34 countries finds that the United States ranks near the bottom when it comes to public acceptance of evolution. Only Turkey ranked lower.

Among the factors contributing to America’s low score are poor understanding of biology, especially genetics, the politicization of science and the literal interpretation of the Bible by a small but vocal group of American Christians, the researchers say.

“American Protestantism is more fundamentalist than anybody except perhaps the Islamic fundamentalist, which is why Turkey and we are so close,? said study co-author Jon Miller of Michigan State University.


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Just married

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 14:40 by John Sinteur in category: Joke

Two Italian virgins get married and go on their honeymoon. However, they have no idea what there supposed to do once they get to their hotel room. The newlyweds decide to call his mother and get some advice on what to do.

The mother says that they should sit on the bed together and snuggle with each other and things should start to happen from there. The newlyweds start to do this but nothing else happens.

He calls his mother back to find out what to do next. She says they should take their clothes off, get under the covers in bed, and nature should take its course. The bride and groom take his mother’s advice but still nothing.

He calls his mother a third time. Getting frustrated with the situation she says, “Listen, just take the biggest thing you have and stick it in her hairiest thing!” and hangs up on him.

A few minutes later he reluctantly calls his mother back, “Well, I have my nose in her armpit. What do I do next?”


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It puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose again…

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 14:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Caption competition

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 13:57 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Homeland Security spending

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 12:38 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Yes, that’s a policeman.  Yes, that’s an armored personal carrier.

And the site that warrants this level of protection? NYC harbor? Downtown DC? Nope. Try Germantown, Tennessee.

The Memphis suburb of Germantown doesn’t have much violent crime and has never had a riot. What it does have is a brand new, $184,000, armored personnel carrier.

The vehicle, called BearCat, was bought with a Homeland Security grant. At 16,000 lbs empty weight, the Bearcat comes complete with eleven gun ports, a radiation detector, inch and a half steel plate armor, and bullet-proof glass over two inches thick. Obviously perfect for traffic stops and handling shoplifting cases down at the 7-11.

And hey, Germantown is not the only place.  Yuma, Arizona recently pitched out $214,000 of Homeland Security play bucks for a Bearcat of their own.

Where did Yuma learn about the Bearcat?  From that other prime terrorist target, Long Beach, California. Middleton, Wisconsin has one, and Santa Fe has one of five Bearcats now protecting New Mexico against terrorist threats.


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A pattern may be emerging…

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 12:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

“Bin Laden determined to attack in the U.S.” – stay on vacation
Tsunami in Asia – stay on vacation
Terri Schiavo – overnight flight to D.C.
Hurricane Katrina – stay on vacation
Terrorism threat in the U.K. – stay on vacation


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Terror politics

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 11:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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MR. SNOW: All right. Let me just begin briefly talking about the story of the day.

In terms of the President’s awareness of what has been going on, he has been kept fully briefed, especially as the action by the Brits became more and more imminent. He had full briefings through the weekend. He’s had two detailed conversations with the Prime Minister, the most recent the one I told you about you yesterday, Nedra, that took place just about as we were completing our gaggle. In addition, U.S. security intelligence and law enforcement officials have been in constant contact.

The President did approve the recommendation of the Homeland Security Council that we raise the travel alert to red. That was done overnight, as you know. And we remain in very close contact with our allies in trying to follow up on details of the operation that took place, as we said, overnight in Britain.

Q — was this plot?

MR. SNOW: I’ll leave that to the Brits. I think we want to be careful about getting too much into detail, but there were some signals that they thought it was time to move. And I will leave it either to the Home Secretary — I think it’s probably important in this case, because of security and legal concerns in Britain, to let them take the lead on releasing such details, which they have not so far.

Q When did the President first learn about this plot and the investigation into it?

MR. SNOW: Again, we’re being a little careful on operational details. I think it’s safe to say to what I said before, which is he certainly has been extensively briefed over the last few days as the operation that took place became more and more imminent.

Q Was part of that during the teleconference on Sunday?

MR. SNOW: Let’s see, what day was Sunday, that was the 6th? Yes. Yes.

Look at the speeches of White House officials shortly after the 6th, when they new the terrorism was going to hit the news in a major way, and tell me they weren’t politicizing the threat:

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At the same time, Republicans began a concerted effort to use Mr. Lieberman’s defeat to portray Democrats as weak on national defense, reprising a theme that they made central to the last two national campaigns.

The attacks came in searing remarks from, among others, Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican National Committee and Vice President Dick Cheney, who went so far as to suggest that the ouster of Mr. Lieberman might encourage al Qaeda types.

“It’s an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party, to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy,” Mr. Cheney said in a telephone interview with news service reporters.

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He cast Mr. Lieberman’s loss in ominous terms, suggesting that it would hearten American terrorist enemies. Terrorists, he said, are Уbetting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task.

I heard on CNN that Bush and Blair had been discussing this for a “couple of weeks” but let’s stay with last sunday. Tuesday night an anti-war candidate defeats Lieberman in a primary. Wednesday Cheney says that he hopes that does not send the “wrong message to Al Queda.” Thursday we hear about a terrorist plot.

Right.

And I’m sure this “Give the Republican National Committee $500 or Terrorists Will Attack You” email campaign is pure coincidence as well.

Still don’t believe it? Check out this article from back in March, when exactly this kind of attack on planes was outlined, and suddenly this week it’s important enough to tell everybody not to take liquids on board?


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  1. That’s just the crazier half of it. Over here in the marginally less crazy UK, i’m sure we’ll have the likes of the Home Secretary and others trying to build political capital on all this. Can’t get ID cards through parliment? No problem. We’ll just scare the shit out of the populace. We’ll reduce them to whimpering puppies. They’ll lap up the ID cards and beg for more. increase police holding time without charge? no problem, have as long as you like. Stop and search? sure go ahead. Probe my ass as well. If only i was French, i’d have the courage to start burning stuff in the street to protest against this crap….*sigh*

  2. Maarten, Spot on.
    This is exactly why this whole lockdown situation is totally rediculous. We’ve got cops posing around London with their Heckler Kochs. And for what? Would they realistically pull the trigger in a crowded place like London, let alone an airport that is totally jam packed with people. This is nothing but showboating. And all the while the media and government are working each other into a pant wetting frenzy of dillusions of how a “new era” of terrorism has dawned. There’d be less fuss if aliens landed in parliament square….

DHS Recommends Security Patch to Protect Against a Vulnerability Found In Windows Operating Systems

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft, Security

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recommending that Windows Operating Systems users apply Microsoft security patch MS06-040 as quickly as possible. This security patch is designed to protect against a vulnerability that, if exploited, could enable an attacker to remotely take control of an affected system and install programs, view, change, or delete data, and create new accounts with full user rights.

Windows Operating Systems users are encouraged to avoid delay in applying this security patch. Attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems routinely occur within 24 hours of the release of a security patch. This vulnerability could impact government systems, private industry and critical infrastructure, as well as individual and home users.

Because, if you don’t apply patches, the terrorists win.

Apart from the snark, it’s nice to see an ordered list of priorities for the DHS: This vulnerability could impact government systems, private industry and critical infrastructure, as well as individual and home users.


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Bank of England names 19 terror suspects

Posted on August 11th, 2006 at 7:12 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security

Since the police has this nasty “innocent until proven guilty” rule they have to follow, they’ll let others do the smearing work. If any of these 19 ever gets a “oops, you had nothing to do with it”, his life will still be ruined, thanks to the BoE. Do you feel safer already?

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The Bank of England froze the assets of 19 people early Friday, naming them as people arrested Thursday in connection with an alleged terror plot to bomb British passenger jets.

“On the advice of the police and security services, the Treasury has instructed the Bank of England to issue notices to effect a freeze of the assets of a number of individuals arrested in yesterday’s operations,” a Treasury statement said.

Most of those named in the list were London residents, and many bore Muslim names.

Scotland Yard had no immediate comment.

The bank released the following names: Abdula Ahmed Ali, Cossor Ali, Shazad Khuram Ali, Nabeel Hussain, Tanvir Hussain, Umair Hussain, Umar Islam, Waseem Kayani, Assan Abdullah Khan, Waheed Arafat Khan, Osman Adam Khatib, Abdul Muneem Patel, Tayib Rauf, Muhammed Usman Saddique, Assad Sarwar, Ibrahim Savant, Amin Asmin Tariq, Shamin Mohammed Uddin, and Waheed Zaman..

The oldest person on the list, Shamin Mohammed Uddin, is 35. The youngest, Abdul Muneem Patel, is 17.


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