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70 days in Sudan

Posted on April 5th, 2017 at 23:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


Twelve years after reporting on the conflict in Darfur, film-maker returned. But this time, the Sudanese government put a price on his head

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These high school journalists investigated a new principal’s credentials.

Posted on April 5th, 2017 at 23:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


Connor Balthazor, 17, was in the middle of study hall when he was called into a meeting with his high school newspaper adviser.

A group of reporters and editors from the student newspaper, the Booster Redux at Pittsburg High School in southeastern Kansas, had gathered to talk about Amy Robertson, who was hired as the high school’s head principal on March 6.

The student journalists had begun researching Robertson, and quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials. For one, when they researched Corllins University, the private university where Robertson said she got her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago, the website didn’t work. They found no evidence that it was an accredited university.

“There were some things that just didn’t quite add up,” Balthazor told The Washington Post.

The students began digging into a weeks-long investigation that would result in an article published Friday questioning the legitimacy of the principal’s degrees and of her work as an education consultant.

On Tuesday night, Robertson resigned.

Not surprisingly, one of the Booster Redux staff who helped cover this story, Trina Paul, won a second place Editorial Writing award at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Regional contest.

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Phony VPN Services Are Cashing in on America’s War on Privacy

Posted on April 5th, 2017 at 23:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


Don’t look now, but online scammers are already hard at work taking advantage of newly signed legislation that allows Internet Service Providers to sell your online privacy, including your web browser history, to the highest bidder without your consent.

I received an email yesterday from a purported Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider called MySafeVPN claiming to be affiliated with Plex, the streaming media startup that I’ve written about many times in the past. The email led with ominous marketing speak alluding to “recent changes to US privacy bills, UK privacy laws, and more,” asserting that Plex users concerned about their ISP gaining access to their download history should, you know, sign up for their VPN service. How convenient.

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9yo girls ‘physically & spiritually’ ready to marry

Posted on April 5th, 2017 at 23:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


Girls as young as nine are “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage, a Malaysian MP says, also claiming there’s “nothing wrong” with females marrying their rapists. It comes after Malaysia failed to criminalize child marriage in a recent law.

If they’re “spiritually” ready for that, then surely they’re also “spiritually” ready to vote, right? So, dear piece of shit, are you willing to go the full monty on this, or are you just the ignorant asshole the whole world now thinks you are?

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  1. Why will we boycott NC for it’s bathroom bill, but not Malaysia? Are we really so religious PC that we can’t see this is wrong?

  2. @will: OK, if you insist, I’ll boycott Malaysia as well. It’s a pretty scummy regime with increasingly authoritarian behaviours…so no more laksa, unless it from Singapore!

    The religion crap is just a diversion.

  3. All kinds of “crap” are justified on religious grounds. I don’t care which religion it is. Barbaric and unjust actions need to be eliminated. The religions of the world need to be fixed or eliminated.