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UK government tackles wrongly-blocked websites

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 17:32 by John Sinteur in category: bleeding obvious

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A spokesman for the Internet Service Provides Association said: “There’s a growing realisation that filters are not perfect and will lead to some over-blocking,”

Well, you could have simply asked in advance. Everyone else who ever tried this would have told you.

Oh wait, you could instead have listened when they tried to tell you. Instead you’re now exposed as the daft fucks you really are.


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Dear America, I Saw You Naked And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 15:54 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?

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“Working for the TSA,” I wrote, “has the feel of riding atop the back of a large, dopey dog fanatically chasing its tail clockwise for a while, then counterclockwise, and back again, ad infinitum.”


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Godwin Help Us

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 12:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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These natural, and apparently adequate means all failing, what will convince them? This, and this only: cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right. And this must be done thoroughly – done in acts as well as in words. Silence will not be tolerated – we must place ourselves avowedly with them … The whole atmosphere must be disinfected from all taint of opposition to slavery, before they will cease to believe that all their troubles proceed from us.


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Mitch McConnell Thinks You’re Stupid

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 11:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Imagine, for a moment, that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll were to go on ESPN with an unusual announcement about Sunday’s Super Bowl. He says his team will refuse to kick off to the Broncos unless the Broncos spot them a field goal in exchange.

“We’re not just going to give the other team the ball unless we get something significant in return,” imagine Carroll declaring. “It would be irresponsible for us to just give in to their request for the ball without getting at least three points attached to it.” Carroll says that unless the condition is met, the Seahawks aren’t even going to bother playing the game. They insist that if the Broncos won’t sit down and negotiate, it’ll be their own fault if the Super Bowl gets canceled.


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  1. OMG I’m tired of this “Debt Ceiling” nonsense. The Debt Ceiling is just an alert to Congress that they need to deposit more money to fund the checks they’ve already written – because only Congress has the Constitutional authority to spend money.

    However, playing on the ignorance of the average American, they spin it to sound like the President has personally maxxed out the national credit card, and must be stopped. In that metaphor, it’s more like Congress opened an account for their son, but then Congress themselves spent all the money out of it, and now they’re publicly calling him incompetent.

    This is right up there with the latest Republican smooth lie, “Pension Smoothing”, in which they’re planning to deliberately cause losses both to US business and Federal tax income, but it’s ok, because it’s just beyond the 10-year window used by the CBO. More details here: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-senate-is-nearing-a-deal-on-unemployment-insurance-and-it-shows-the-absurdity-of-the-republican-position-2014-1

    Politics: derived from “poly” meaning “many”, and “ticks” meaning “disease-spreading blood-sucking parasites”.

Cartoons

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 10:58 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 10:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A top secret document retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by CBC News shows that Canada’s electronic spy agency used information from the free internet service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary airline passengers for days after they left the terminal.

After reviewing the document, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on cyber-security says the clandestine operation by the Communications Security Establishment Canada ( CSEC) was almost certainly illegal.

Ronald Deibert told CBC News: “I can’t see any circumstance in which this would not be unlawful, under current Canadian law, under our Charter, under CSEC’s mandates.”


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  1. Oh dear, what a thankless job it is being America’s poodle. Will Obama not even throw us the Keystone XL bone?

Goldman Sachs

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 10:27 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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An estimated 2,500 demonstrators braved the cold and snow this evening to protest against the pending partial sale of state-owned energy provider DONG to US investment firm Goldman Sachs.

Parliament’s Finance Committee is set to vote on the controversial deal tomorrow. If it pass, Goldman Sachs take a 19 percent stake in DONG at a cost of eight billion kroner.

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The partial sale of DONG Energy to Goldman Sachs took a shocking turn this morning after Annette Vilhelmsen, the head of government coalition party Socialistisk Folkeparti (SF), announced that she would step down as head of the party and the party would leave the government coalition.

Vilhelmsen called a meeting this morning after she was unable to obtain a consensus in her party on agreeing to the government’s pending DONG/ Goldman Sachs agreement, which is set to be decided on in parliament later today.

“It’s been a dramatic 24 hours. I must admit that there has been disagreement in the party, at a national level and in the parliament group,” Vilhelmsen said at the press conference at Christiansborg. “I couldn’t gather the party.”

Not only is this Goldman Sachs, the 19 percent they are buying are being sold at almost half of it proper evaluation, there where pension funds that where willing to pay more and Goldman Sachs would have veto right despite only owning 19 percent.

It makes you wonder which politicians they paid.


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  1. The dumbing down of the Danes began when they sent troops to join the coalition forces.

  2. Sounds like a Republican to me. I didn’t know they had any socialists in that party.

Mitt Romney Is the 2016 Republican Front-Runner

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 10:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Mitt Romney leads the Republican field among New Hampshire primary voters for 2016. Yes, you read that right.

Why not make it a third run for president? That’s something that the former Republican nominee is definitely not thinking about right now. To put it in his own recent words: “Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no.”

But that didn’t stop the Virginia-based bipartisan policy firm Purple Strategies from adding his name to a recent survey for Granite State voters, which shows Romney in the lead with 25 percent support. Libertarian firebrand Rand Paul (who has strong infrastructure in New Hampshire) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are behind with 18 percent and 17 percent support, respectively.


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  1. Oh please, please, ple…

    Wait, let’s go one better! Romney/Palin 2016!

    Oh please, please, please! We only THINK we’ve plumbed the depths of batschmit crazy insanity from the GOP. Let Romney/Palin run and we’ll see…

    Quoting James Cameron’s -The Abyss- “This here’s the bottomless pit, baby. Three & a half miles… straight down.”

  2. @Kharkov: lol – you are a shining wit, sir! (I’ll start making popcorn!)

    OK, Desiato, it -is- that time already…

David Cameron wants fresh push on communications data

Posted on January 31st, 2014 at 8:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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David Cameron wants a fresh push after the next election to “modernise” laws to allow monitoring of people’s online activity, after admitting there was little chance of progress before then.

The prime minister told a parliamentary committee that gathering communications data was “politically contentious” but vital to keep citizens safe.

He said TV crime dramas illustrated the value of monitoring mobile data.

Since there are no real terrorists being caught this way, he needs to point to fake terrorists.

Perhaps there should be more Harry Potter reruns on TV.


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  1. The last refuge of the scoundrel used to be patriotism. Today it’s “Think of the children!”

    Most “child abductions” are by a parent. I suggest that it would be more effective and a lot cheaper to implant a tracking device in every parent.