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Privacy Badger | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 at 12:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it’s like you suddenly disappeared.

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  1. Sounds good, but has anyone analyzed their tools to determine they really do what Privacy Badger says they do? These days there are a lot of so-called “privacy” tools that are just a means for black-hats (NSA and GCHQ included here) to pwn your system under the guise of “security/privacy”… 🙁

  2. Well – the question is how far you can trust the eff.

  3. I wonder how many trackers are shifting to browser fingerprinting to supplement their tracking cookies.

    John, what do you use on iOS to reduce tracking?

  4. I do almost no browsing on my phone.

  5. If you don’t mind it being slow, and the actual content of your browsing being flagged in the OMFG TERRERIST lists, there’s the Onion Browser for iOS. It uses Tor to access the web through a maze of twisty little proxies, and has other antitracking features. I don’t know how successful it is in real terms, but it (probably) makes the tracking task harder.

    (I have no financial interest in this app, but use it on occasion)

Oil Company Argues Oil Spills Are Good for the Economy

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 at 11:23 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


A Houston-based oil pipeline company recently made that very flawed argument in a written submission to Canada’s National Energy Board. Kinder Morgan wants to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries oil from Alberta to British Columbia, because of backlogged demand. The pipeline has a 300,000-barrel-a-day limit, and yet the company’s demand exceeds that by about 70%, according to the National Post. Opponents of the expansion think increasing the amount of oil travelling through the pipeline will increase the likelihood of a spill.

Maybe that’s why, buried deep in Kinder Morgan’s 15,000 page submission to the NEB, the oil company argued oil spills “can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies,” because of the economic benefits brought on by clean-up efforts. “Spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and clean-up service providers,” the report reads.

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  1. They are right. Also, car accidents and late detection of cancers help the economy by creating more health care jobs. and government sale of mining rights are considered a positive for the government economically because the environmental damage and loss of the minerals mined are not considered.

    Economic measures are generally what’s good for business, not what’s good for humanity.

  2. Don’t forget war. There’s money to be made building bombs & the planes to drop them and more money to be made rebuilding things afterward (The image of Milo from Catch 22 taking a contract from the Germans to pay his own squadron to bomb his own base comes to mind here).
    Of course a few of the little people get hurt but they’re a renewable resource…

I’m a shark!

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 at 9:41 by John Sinteur in category: Caturday


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  1. If I give your mother the wool, will she make me one?

  2. That is entirely adorable! I’ll ask H.M. the Cat what she thinks.

Alabama’s chief justice: Buddha didn’t create us so First Amendment only protects Christians

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 at 8:55 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

He then noted that he loves talking to lawyers, because he is a lawyer who went to “a secular law school,” so he knows that “in the law, [talking about God] just isn’t politically correct.” He claimed that this is why America has “lost its way,” and that he would be publishing a pamphlet “this week, maybe next” that contained copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, thereby proving that all the people “who found this nation — black, white, all people, all religions, all faiths” knew that America was “about God.”

Chief Justice Moore later defined “life” via Blackstone’s Law — a book that American lawyers have “sadly forgotten” — as beginning when “the baby kicks.” “Today,” he said, “our courts say it’s not alive ’til the head comes out.”

“Now,” he continued, “if technology’s supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?”

That’s one shiny mirror you’re holding up there…

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  1. Good Lord (your preferred Name for Him/Her/It here)! And we let this asshat be a judge? When did he last read the US Constitution? Never would be my guess… Sigh, to Heck we all are going, thanks to people like this. 🙁

  2. This is exactly why all religions are wrong. Every time one of these aholes speaks increases my conviction.

  3. We increase our knowledge and you get technology, Your Honor.

Here’s the First Look at the New Satanic Monument Being Built for Oklahoma’s Statehouse

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News



In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised. Now an artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath an inverted pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.

The statue is a direct response to the state’s installation of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Capitol in 2012. State Representative Mike Ritze paid for the controversial statue with his own money, and therefore it was considered a donation and OK to place on government property. Following that line of reasoning, the Satanic Temple submitted a formal application for their monument.

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  1. Why not? If we truly have “separation of church and state”, then if one religious idiot can put an icon on public property, then any other can as well… Now, who wants to donate to the Oklahoma Statehouse Pastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster monument?

  2. They could have gotten the same reaction with solar panels.