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Homeland Security Presents ‘Evidence’ For Domain Seizures; Proves It Knows Little About The Internet – Or The Law

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 23:06 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Earlier this week, we noted how the owners of the various hiphop blogs and Torrent-Finder, the torrent search engine, that were seized by Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group still hadn’t been provided the details on why their domains were seized. However, that’s no longer the case. A partial affidavit and the seizure warrant for those sites has been released, and it highlights how ridiculously clueless Homeland Security is on this issue (you can read the whole thing at the bottom of this post). What’s troubling isn’t just that the folks who made the decision to seize these domain names don’t seem to know what they’re talking about, but that they seem to have relied almost exclusively on the MPAA for their (lack of) knowledge on the subject at hand.

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Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 17:34 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Bank of America Wants You to Know Its Executives Don’t Suck

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 14:57 by Paul Jay in category: News


Company defensively registers hundreds of domain names for its senior executives and board members.

As Bank of American awaits a possible release of information from WikiLeaks, it wants to ensure that you don’t think it’s executives suck. Or blow for that matter.

The company has been aggressively registering domain names including its Board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names followed by “sucks” and “blows”.

For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. Just to be sure, it also picked up the .net version of these names and some .orgs as well.

Let’s be creative!


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  1. lol…there are _so_ many combinations…just how much do they have in their marketing budget? Hundreds of millions…oh. Well it’s about as effective as smug, glossy ads in the Economist, and a lot more fun for the public.
    Or does it come under Legal? Hmm.
    I’m looking forward to the release as a tiny bit of payback for the ruin of many, many little people.

  2. Let’s register BrianMoynihanReallySucks.com !

  3. Personally, I’d send them to BrianMoynihanCanBiteMyAss.com

  4. Any one of you two gentlemen already sold those to them? I mean, this almost asks for a (not-quite-extortion) scheme, let’s say a business proposition?

  5. Nah, it’s just their latest investment strategy: register large numbers of crap domain names, then bundle them together and sell shares in them against future revenue from selling the domains to people who want to put up web sites saying what a stupid idea this is.

  6. BrianMoynihanBlowsandSucks.com = still available!

Halliburton settles Nigeria bribery claims for $35 million

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 by Paul Jay in category: News


(CNN) — Oilfield contractor Halliburton has agreed to pay Nigeria $35 million to settle bribery allegations that led to charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney and other executives, the company announced Tuesday.

Cheney, who was Halliburton’s CEO in the 1990s, and nine others were charged with conspiracy and “distribution of gratification to public officials” in a long-running case involving the company and its Kellogg, Brown and Root subsidiary. Nigerian officials accused the company of paying bribes to secure $6 billion worth of contracts for a liquefied natural gas project in the Niger Delta.

$35 Million for a  $6 Billion crime. That’s a bargain.

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  1. I imagine you meant the quote to link to the article below. But where does the $6 Million bit come from?


  2. [Quote]:

    Saipem Group and Halliburton have agreed to pay criminal fines totalling US$ 67.5 million to resolve an investigation into a consortium of construction firms which bribed Nigerian government officials in order to win construction contracts worth over US$ 6 billion on the Bonny Island LNG facilities.

    Total contract is $6B. Profit is still likely to be way, way above $35m.. or 67.5m, or whatever the fine is.

  3. So… the penalty for exchanging money for political goodwill is… to pay more money for more goodwill?

In space…

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

no one can hear you scroll horizontlly

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  1. Wasn’t Pluto disgraced from being a planet in 2006?

  2. lovely…thanks for this…a great way to get things in perspective!

Gotcha Fail: Rep. Frank Turns Tables on CNS

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 9:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


The conservative Media Research Center-owned website CNSNews.com has a habit of springing loaded questions on members of Congress. For example, it asked Obama administration official John Holdren to explain something he wrote in a book published nearly 40 years ago.

Apparently feeling confident (and sufficiently homophobic), CNS decided to target Rep. Barney Frank with a question about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – specifically, whether he thought gay and straight soldiers should shower together.

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  1. Forgive me for asking the obvious here, but if the introductory headers to that video essentially hold that this group is dedicated to exposing so-called liberal bias in the media, how does what the rest of the video do that exactly? If anything, it exposes this particular reporter as being at best woefully uninformed and at worst, a complete moron. Either way, it raises questions about how representative he, personally, is, of his entire organization.

  2. Translation: “exposing so-called liberal/conservative bias in the media” means “confirming the bias of the regular viewer”.

    For a lot of people, getting a bias confirmed that way results in lots of returning eyeballs for the station. Lots of returning eyeballs means more money from advertisers.

    The reporters don’t give a flying fuck about being informed or intelligent. They care about getting paid.

The Great Cover-up

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:57 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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56 percent of bankers say bonuses ‘not enough’

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:45 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Wall Street’s five biggest banks had a banner year in 2010, racking up their second-highest revenues on record, and to celebrate they put aside some $90 billion for year-end bonuses. But an informal poll suggests that more than half of the people receiving those bonuses feel they aren’t getting enough.

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  1. I feel I’m not getting enough either. Anyone else?

  2. I feel that way too. You never can get enough bonus money 🙂

  3. Um…what is wrong with being paid the agreed-upon salary at regular intervals?
    Many of my pals are getting pay cuts, furloughs (with no pay) and lay-offs.
    The Financial Industry (sic) makes nothing itself and has to depend on the underlying economy. Suck too much blood from the host and you’re looking for a new planet.

No loss. No loss at all.

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:40 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Arizona was a Catholic-affiliated institution, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has just made a major strategic error: they have stripped the hospital of its affiliation.

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Why Bolivia stood alone in opposing the Cancún climate agreement

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


Diplomacy is traditionally a game of alliance and compromise. Yet in the early hours of Saturday 11 December, Bolivia found itself alone against the world: the only nation to oppose the outcome of the United Nations climate change summit in Cancún. We were accused of being obstructionist, obstinate and unrealistic. Yet in truth we did not feel alone, nor are we offended by the attacks. Instead, we feel an enormous obligation to set aside diplomacy and tell the truth.

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Chamber Of Commerce Swaps Expert To Join House Ag Committee

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:02 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


Ryan McKee, a senior director focusing on derivatives regulation at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed as a professional staffer at the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture under Frank Lucas (R., Okla.), the committee’s incoming chairman.

The Chamber of Commerce is a business lobbying group. McKee was best known for defending corporations against harsh new financial regulations that could raise their costs of hedging.

If they ever find Bin Laden, they should put him in charge of homeland security to keep things consistent.

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