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Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 23:08 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

Learn It


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  1. Exhortations to learn IT and to not excrete in public are perfectly sensible.

MH17

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 19:57 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

Russian separatists have been doing things at the crash site that without respect, inhumane, and without precedent. I’m appalled. I have no words.

This picture is one that has accompanied many stories about this.

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And although I have no kind words for the separatists right now, it must be said this is unfair. Here‘s what really happened when that picture was taken.


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Playing With a Bug

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 18:21 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. I think the spider mite learned more at the meeting than the person with the pen.

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 13:11 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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U.S. communications increasingly travel across U.S. borders — or are stored beyond them. For example, the Google and Yahoo e-mail systems rely on networks of “mirror” servers located throughout the world. An e-mail from New York to New Jersey is likely to wind up on servers in Brazil, Japan and Britain. The same is true for most purely domestic communications.

Executive Order 12333 contains nothing to prevent the NSA from collecting and storing all such communications — content as well as metadata — provided that such collection occurs outside the United States in the course of a lawful foreign intelligence investigation. No warrant or court approval is required, and such collection never need be reported to Congress. None of the reforms that Obama announced earlier this year will affect such collection.


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  1. They’ve been spying on us since Raygun? It didn’t seem to do any good. Why are we still wasting money on it?

  2. @chas: You can’t stop now. Can’t stop ever. This ratchet only goes one way…If they stopped, and then there was the inevitable “incident” there would be political hell to pay.

Bedworth school excludes pupil from end-of-year trip because she missed ONE day to go to mum’s funeral

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A child was excluded from a school trip celebrating 100 per cent attendance because she’d missed one day – to go to her mum’s funeral.

Little Maddie Stevens, 11, was left confused and angry after staff at St Giles’ Junior School in Bedworth refused to let her go to Frankie & Benny’s restaurant with her friends on Tuesday.

Maddie’s mum Gail died of breast cancer in January this year, after a two-year battle with the disease.

The grieving youngster’s dad Andy, a finance manager, said: “It’s just so insensitive after everything she has been through.

“Maddie has been absolutely amazing since her mum died. She took only one day off to go the funeral, because we wanted to keep things as normal for her as we could. But even if she’d taken a week off I’d be saying this.

“She got very upset when Gail passed away and at the funeral, but she’s just tried to get on with things.

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When the Telegraph contacted St Giles’ Junior School, a spokesperson said: “Following concerns raised, the rewarding of pupils for 100 per cent attendance has been withdrawn.”

Let unsaid in that response “and that’s her fault!”. Bunch of insensitive idiots.


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  1. The correct response: “We are _so_ sorry! We are a bunch of insensitive idiots. The head teacher has resigned.”

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 12:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Switzerland, his representative said Thursday. He was 70.

“His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists,” his spokeswoman, Lori Haynes, said.

Winter was in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of a tour of Europe, although he was scheduled to return to the United States for shows later in July, according to his official Facebook page.

Winter first gained national attention when Rolling Stone magazine featured the the Texas music scene in a December 1968 cover story. It captioned his photo: “Johnny Winter, Albino Bluesman.” The article said guitarist Mike Bloomfield considered the young Winter the “best white blues guitarist he had ever heard.”

Rolling Stone now ranks Winter 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists.


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  1. Can a blue man play the whites? Yeah!

Fill in the dots…

Posted on July 19th, 2014 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A Pittsburgh pastor who wrote a not-quite-bestselling book about his successful struggle to become a former gay has been arrested for …..


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