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Election fatigue? 6 spots to stick your head in the sand

Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 19:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


You won’t run into your neighbor on the beach in Curacao, a mostly off-the-radar Caribbean getaway that mixes an island lifestyle with a liberal Dutch attitude. While November might be high hurricane season for most of the region, the island is out of the range of these tropical tempests, untouched by one in almost 160 years.

There are more than 40 beaches lining its shores, along with about 60 diving spots, where visitors can see more than 600 species of fish in one of the Caribbean’s healthiest marine environments. The streets of capital Willemstad are lined with Dutch colonial architecture swathed in palm trees: Imagine an Amsterdam bursting with tropical Miami Beach colors.

If you’re fleeing the elections, the locals completely empathize. They just held the first of their own in October as a newly autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, so they’ll understand how you feel right now.

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  1. I want to go to there. Election be damned, it snowed here today.

  2. From personal experience right now I can tell you… oh, heck, why did you think I posted this? 🙂

Amputee scales 103 floors with mind-controlled ‘bionic leg’

Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 19:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


When Zac Vawter put his mind to climbing the 103 floors of Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower, his legs did the rest.

Even the one that isn’t human.

The Seattle resident scaled the skyscraper’s stairway heights on Sunday thanks to what the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago calls the “world’s first neural-controlled bionic leg.”

We can rebuild him!

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Sen McCain Calls For Special Committee “Like We Had With Watergate” To Investigate Benghazi Attack

Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 19:23 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. Mishandled? They must be talking about McCain’s flying experience again.

Files aren’t property, says US government

Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 16:32 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


While serial self-publicist Kim Dotcom was re-igniting the submarine cable debate in New Zealand, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation’s (EFF’s) case trying to recover files on behalf of a former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin took a new twist.

The EFF has been in court trying to gain access to the servers seized by the Feds last year, when the Megaupload saga began. Access to the servers, they have argued, is necessary to help establish Goodwin’s case that his files should be returned.

In a filing that the EFF says should “terrify” users of any cloud service, the government is arguing that Goodwin’s property rights aren’t sufficient to demand access to the servers.

The government arguments are that Goodwin cannot demonstrate any “ownership” over the servers, since he merely paid for a service. Moreover, while conceding that Goodwin might have the right to assert his copyright, that is “not sufficient to establish that he has an ownership interest in the property that is the subject of his motion – the copies of his data, if any, which remain on Carpathia’s servers”.


While it seems to have the capacity, as stated by the EFF, to chill the cloud computing market, it’s an interpretation of intellectual property rights that would also be unwelcome in Hollywood. Content owners would hardly welcome a determination that the existence of a copy of data isn’t necessarily sufficient to establish ownership rights over that data.

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  1. Seriously, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

  2. Be careful, don’t store your money electronically on someone’s server… you might not have ownership rights once you do. 🙂

  3. Well, next I’ll be expecting lawsuits against the ISPs who are shutting down users who download. RIAA can’t establish their ownership rights on files stored on the hosting servers, so there’s no crime.


Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 14:34 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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The girl was 16. She was raped by men from a higher caste, and her father committed suicide from the shame. The reaction of her community? To call for a change in the age of consent

Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 13:34 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


For a full ten days after she was abducted and raped by a group of
 men, the teenager told no-one, terrified by the men’s threats 
and their claim that they would distribute photographs they had
 taken during the attack.

When she did eventually tell her mother,
 things got even worse; her father, a gardener, unable to bear the
 trauma of what had happened to his daughter and the indignity of such
 photographs being passed around, swallowed pesticide.

In the following days, police arrested and charged seven men, all 
members of a higher caste. But the response to what took place by 
certain elements of society – a suggestion that the age of marriage
 should be be lowered to reduce rapes, and that such attacks were 
triggered by eating ‘Western’ fast-food – sparked both a wave of
 anger and a debate about India’s attitudes towards women that has
 gripped the country

Today, the 16-year-old sits with her hands quietly folded on the edge 
of a bed in a relative’s house, reaching for courage amid this
 bewildering storm. She says she is determined to obtain justice. “It’s
 not just about me. Things have been happening in other villages,” she 

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