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Mitt Romney “This President Doesn’t Understand The Genius Of America’s Economy!”

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 20:16 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. “The american economy is fueled by freedom” – what in the hell? Is this why when my car is out of gas it doesn’t run? Because we are in fact bankrupt of freedom here in the US?

    We once built the hoover dam and highway systems, sure. Isn’t that what the expanded militarization of every government department and the United States military is supposed to accomplish? To give average Joes jobs where they kill innocent civilians? What a load of rhetorical diarrhea. This guy couldn’t run a nose with the flu

Hot Air Balloon Pilot Saves Passengers Before Being Killed By Thunder Storm

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 20:15 by Paul Jay in category: News


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A Sign of Restive Times: Policeman Punches Photojournalist

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 16:30 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Although this image of a Greek police officer punching a news photographer at an Athens street protest was shot last fall, it didn’t come to our attention until yesterday. But the passage of several months makes it no less dramatic or shocking. And it remains timely for what it represents: the tensions between police and media all over the world, including the US, where Occupy protests show signs of stirring once again. In this image, shot by Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis, a police officer punches veteran photojournalist Tatiana Bolari, co-owner of the Greek photo agency Eurokinisi. The incident occurred at an anti-austerity protest on October 5 when police moved against a group of photographers and journalists covering the event, Behrakis told PDN.


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CNN Runs Desperate TSA Propaganda Piece as Video of Toddler Grope Down Goes Viral

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 16:27 by Paul Jay in category: News

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In a desperate attempt to save face for the TSA, CNN has run a propaganda piece that literally justified the grope down of a wheel chair bound 3 year old toddler.


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NSA Chief Denies, Denies, Denies Wired’s Domestic Spying Story

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 16:26 by Paul Jay in category: News

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NSA chief General Keith Alexander faced tough — and funny — questions from Congress Tuesday stemming from Wired’s story on the NSA’s capabalities and warrantless wiretapping program.

Congressman Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, asked Alexander whether the NSA could, at the direction of Dick Cheney, identify people who sent e-mails making fun of his inability to hunt in order to waterboard them.

Alexander said “No,” adding that the “NSA does not have the ability to do that in the United States.” Elaborating, Alexander added: “We don’t have the technical insights in the United States. In other words, you have to have […] some way of doing that either by going to a service provider with a warrant or you have to be collecting in that area. We’re not authorized to do that, nor do we have the equipment in the United States to collect that kind of information.”


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Cartoon

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 16:25 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon


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German Gov’t Uses Anger Over Lack Of ACTA Transparency To Justify Further Lack Of Transparency

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 16:24 by Paul Jay in category: Intellectual Property

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Even though the ACTA text is now finalized, getting details from national governments about what exactly happened during the negotiations is proving extremely difficult, with information still trickling out slowly.

For example, as the Netzpolitik blog explains (German original), the European Commission tried to counter accusations that the negotiations were lacking in transparency by pointing out that the German government had a representative present during all the sessions (that’s transparency?). This was news to people, since the German government had somehow omitted to mention this fact.

A natural question was therefore: who exactly took part? A German freedom of information request was put in to find out, and refused on rather remarkable grounds: that it might place the German officials who had been present during the negotiations at risk, because of the “emotional discussions” about ACTA that have taken place recently. The German government even claimed that threats of physical violence had been made against those who had taken part in ACTA, and so it couldn’t endanger the persons involved by naming them.

This all seems pretty far fetched. I don’t recall hearing about anyone threatening ACTA officials with physical violence, but I suppose it’s possible that someone, somewhere in Germany, say, wrote something to this effect. However, the Germany government is really missing the point here.

The fact that such “emotional discussions” have taken place demonstrates how deeply frustrated people are at the continuing lack of transparency surrounding the ACTA negotiations. Using that previous failure to provide information to justify further withholding of details is only likely to exacerbate things. It’s time for the German government, and the other signatories, to stop playing these bureaucratic games and to start engaging with their citizens through the release of more details about what exactly happened behind ACTA’s closed doors.


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Flying like a bird

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 16:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. There’s a bunch of debate swirling around about whether this is real or not, e.g.:
    http://gizmodo.com/5894904/man-flies-like-a-bird-flapping-his-own-wings

Justices Reject Patents for Medical Tests Relying on Drug Dosages

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 15:19 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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“Einstein could not patent his celebrated law that E = mc2; nor could Newton have patented the law of gravity,” he wrote.

The basis for Prometheus’s invention, Justice Breyer said, was also a law of nature — “namely, relationships between concentrations of certain metabolites in the blood and the likelihood that a dosage of a thiopurine drug will prove ineffective or cause harm.”

The question for the court was whether the use that Prometheus made of this relationship was eligible for patent protection. In general, Justice Breyer wrote, an inventor must do more than “recite a law of nature and then add the instruction ‘apply the law.’ ”

“Einstein, we assume, could not have patented his famous law by claiming a process consisting of simply telling linear accelerator operators to refer to the law to determine how much energy an amount of mass has produced (or vice versa),” he wrote.


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“I’m proud of you,” deaf man signs to Obama. “Thank you,” president signs back.

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 15:16 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

I wonder if Obama understood him, or was just being kind. Someone needs to sign “My hovercraft is full of eels” to him and see if it gets the same response. For science.


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  1. Or “Please, fondle my buttocks” to see if he knows the area.

Cartoon

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 14:43 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon, Indecision 2012


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Cartoons

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 14:04 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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  1. Excellent!

Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 13:03 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn’t see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.

Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn’t want to work for a company that would seek such personal information.


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Meanwhile in New Zealand

Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 0:50 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

‘Marmageddon’ sends NZ into a spin

The horror, the horror!


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