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Watch the ‘VICE News Tonight’ Episode ‘Charlottesville: Race and Terror’

Posted on August 19th, 2017 at 16:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Correspondent Elle Reeve goes behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, the Charlottesville Police, and Black Lives Matter during the “Unite the Right” rally.


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Kennedy Center thanks Trump for ‘gesture’ of not attending annual honors

Posted on August 19th, 2017 at 16:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the office of the president of the United States,” chairman David M. Rubenstein and president Deborah F. Rutter said in a joint statement.

“In choosing not to participate in this year’s Honors activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the honorees. We are grateful for this gesture,” they said.


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  1. In others words a huge sigh of relief that persona non gratis is not coming.
    ..or should i say persona huge douchebag.

White supremacists taking DNA tests sad to discover they’re not 100% white

Posted on August 19th, 2017 at 14:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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That’s why many were on the defensive when they find that they weren’t 100 per cent European, or “white,” and disputed the findings. Panofsky added that some disregarded the results, saying they knew themselves better than a DNA test.

“My advice is to trust your own family tree geneaology research and what your grandparents have told you, before trusting a DNA test,” one user wrote on the forum after receiving what the study describes as “bad news.”

Yeah – never mind that those grandparents may have kept quiet about all the sex they had outside of marriage.

But then again, depending on how far you go back and how much of the DNA you include, you’re basically 70% banana.


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Ahnold.

Posted on August 19th, 2017 at 12:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


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What are flat Earthers saying about Monday’s eclipse?

Posted on August 19th, 2017 at 11:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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There is so much about the eclipse that raises questions to the heliocentric nonsense we are indoctrinated to believe.

Science has never been able to make a shadow with a distant light get smaller as the object moves away from the surface the shadow is on.

Here’s an example: Hold a golf ball against a wall with a light at any distance and notice the shadow on the wall is about the same size as the ball itself. Now, move the ball away from the wall towards the light and what you will see is the shadow gets bigger and fuzzier until it no longer can cast a shadow at all.

This is not what we see during a solar eclipse. We see a shadow approximately 70 miles wide made by an object that is suppose to be 2,000 miles wide and 238,000 miles away. This is complete nonsense and impossible.

The path of the eclipse is also questionable. The shadow can be modeled perfectly on the flat earth model with a close and local small sun and moon. On the FE model, the sun and moon make circles over the flat earth where the sun takes about 24 hours and the moon takes just a little longer just how we observe it.  Once every 27.3 days the sun over takes the moon and if the alignment is right we get an eclipse that is viewable from somewhere on the flat plane of earth.

Believing that the earth is falling around the sun while the moon is falling around the earth and not effected by the sun’s gravity is nonsensical again. This is what children are taught in school and are not allowed to question without being labeled mentally impaired.

Every sense we have tells us the sun and moon are close to the same size, local and circle above our flat stationary plane.  Only nonsense tells us otherwise.


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  1. It’s the 21st century… and there are still Flat Earthers out there. We’ve been to the Moon, use satellites extensively, we’ve even got humans in a can in orbit… and still there are Flat Earthers. At best, they’re people who insist that the world is what they tell it to be, and at worst, they’re wilful idiots.
    And we’re interested in their opinion, why?

  2. @Kharkov: We’ve been to the moon, but we can’t fix stupid?

    I was listening to <a href=http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510053/on-point-with-tom-ashbrook<NPR's "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook (a phone in program with expert guests) about the eclipse.

    Some lady phones in and starts insisting that her god was responsible and eclipses are a sign of tribulation…and 2024 is going to be a doozy. There was an audible pause from Tom and the expert and then Tom said something like, “But scientists have done all the calculations and have worked out the future eclipses for the next few thousand years!”

    The god botherer then replied, “Well, God has chosen to give us the intelligence to work all this out.”

    Apparently we’re all going to get it from the almighty for living impure* lives.

    *A fair cop in my case, thankfully 🙂

The Eclipse Conspiracy

Posted on August 19th, 2017 at 11:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The scientists are all talking like it’s a sure thing.

On August 21, the “moon” will pass between the Earth and the sun, obscuring the light of the latter. The government agency NASA says this will result in “one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights.” The astronomers there claim to have calculated down to the minute exactly when and where this will happen, and for how long. They have reportedly known about this eclipse for years, just by virtue of some sort of complex math.

This seems extremely unlikely. I can’t even find these eclipse calculations on their website to check them for myself.

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I am not saying the eclipse isn’t going to happen. I’m just saying there are two sides to every story.


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  1. The author, on FaceBook:

    I wrote about how the eclipse might not happen. The scientists are saying it will definitely happen, but we should be open to hearing both sides. The initial response was lol. Today it seems to have reached some other corners of Facebook that are less given to lol. Someone wrote to say “I hope you get cancer and die.” So to be clear, satire.

  2. On the bright side, cancer is usually curable if detected early 🙂
    Live long and prosper, everyone!

A Missouri lawmaker faces mounting calls to resign after Facebook comment

Posted on August 19th, 2017 at 11:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Missouri lawmaker is under mounting pressure to resign after she said on social media she hopes President Trump is assassinated, following his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal went on her personal Facebook page Thursday morning to vent two days after the president blamed “both sides” for the brutality.

“I put up a statement saying, ‘I really hate Trump. He’s causing trauma and nightmares.’ That was my original post,” she told the Kansas City Star. The Facebook post received many responses, Chappelle-Nadal said, and to one she replied, “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

Resign and go away, moron.


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Cartoons

Posted on August 18th, 2017 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. But I thought the only terrorists were the KKK and Nazis in the US.

  2. Nah mang (as Scarface would say), the only terrorists are Muslim. Haven’t you been listening to Donny?

  3. The terrorist believe in honor killings. We read about it all the time. It’s not restricted to any religion.

  4. Terrorism isn’t about the particular crimes that are committed, it’s about our reaction to them.

    “Stay calm! Be brave! Wait for the signs!”

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Posted on August 18th, 2017 at 11:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

Just found the absolute worst page in the dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest and disingenuous.


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  1. Distinctly

Trump’s Neo-Nazi Remark and What’s Next for Republicans

Posted on August 16th, 2017 at 21:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The problem is that the only way all that works is if Republican officeholders en masse run away from the man as fast as these CEOs have. So far, we haven’t seen anywhere near enough of them doing that. There is a lot of bold talk deploring white supremacy, and the Klan, and white supremacy. That and six bucks will get you a latte. The tweet by Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, is a good example of this approach.

We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.
– Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 15, 2017

Say his goddamn name. Don’t tell me how much you deplore racism in the abstract. That does not make me feel good as a citizen. Tell me you deplore racism in the specific human being who’s now president* of the United States. For anyone whose moral compass still points true north, that’s the proper response. Otherwise, shut up.

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It’s not enough to deplore white supremacy from within the safety of your gerrymandered districts. It’s time to distance yourselves from the president* who refuses to distance his presidency* from it, and from the policies that made that president* not merely possible, but inevitable. My god, at least have the moral courage demonstrated by the guy who runs Walmart. Grab your bibles and consult your St. James, folks. You know, that part about faith without works?


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  1. The Nazis are a convenient target in our PC world. Where’s the outrage over Spain’s car attack. Guess that’s not so easy.

  2. Yes, there is a serious problem with terrorism – Muslim , Nazi, of whatever stripe.

    But only white nationalism seems to be at the heart of government in the USA. And Russia. Any connection? Do you think?

  3. A connection between racists and Russia? Please enlighten us.

  4. Pardon my outrage at you calling everyone in the US racists. You may not have noticed the last president was black. Do you have any blacks in your government? Even if you’re from the US, you should have been proud to have a black president (his wife was). Their problem was the inept Democratic party and backroom deal for bad treaties and preventing purchase of cheaper medical drugs from other countries. They wanted the US to pay for your drug research.

    If you are from Europe, please realize that most of the US soldiers saving you in two world wars were racist by your definition. But, you didn’t care then.

  5. Wait what? Where did I call everyone in the US racists? You asked for a connection between white nationalism and russia, and I called those same racists and russia. At NO point did I say “everyone in the US is a racist”. I know too many US folks to be able to do that, the VAST majority of US citizens is anything but.

    Stop reading things that are not there.

  6. My bad, forgot to add @porpentine’s name to my post. But, I can see by your multiple posts, John, that you believe we have a massive terrorist problem with the KKK and Nazis in the US. The nut jobs are convenient targets, maybe too convenient.

    And it wasn’t me calling Russia racist. They’re my good buddies, fighting the Nazis in Ukraine, or so I’ve been told by Ivan.

  7. I was a sergeant in a Dutch battalion with a history. They landed in Normandy. Don’t tell me I don’t know about WWII.

  8. Game, set and match.

  9. I assume the battalion landed in Normandy and not you? I saw “The Longest Day”.

  10. Yes, and I was obviously not there – I was not born yet. But when you’re in the only dutch unit to ever receive the highest military decoration – the “Willem’s Order” – they make sure you know why.

  11. Hello? A couple of muslims just killed 13 people with a car in Barcelona. Thats 12 more than in Charlottesville. Where are the articles and indignant responses you are all so good at? I see absolutely nothing here. Is this not something to discuss here? Or is it not interesting if Trump can’t be blamed? Or right wing?

  12. And a few posts back I already commented with having no problem to have them first against the wall. I stand by that.

  13. @Will…Correction, we have never had a black president in the United States.

Fox News guest: Confederate and LGBT flags represent ‘the exact same thing’

Posted on August 16th, 2017 at 0:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Tuesday guest on “Fox & Friends” said that the Confederate flag and the pro-gay rights rainbow flag “represent the exact same thing.”

Star Parker, a conservative commentator and author, appeared on the Fox morning show to speak on the deadly Charlottesville, Va., rally over the weekend involving white supremacists protesting the removal of a Confederate statue.

Yeah. One means “inclusion, everybody is fine” and the other means “fuck you, we’re the master race and the rest should submit or die.”

I can surely see how you would confuse those two and think they’re the same. Reminds me a about about this

 

 
somebody just reminded me of the Gay Civil War, when all the homosexuals fought the heterosexuals over state’s rights and the homosexuals lost.

Okay… I guess… but, ehm… at what point in time did the LGBT Movement secede from the United States in armed revolt in order to maintain their slave-owning economy?


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  1. Oh come on…. you have to admit the South had some faaaaaabulous officers in their employ…

  2. So… being white is the new black? Or is it Confederate Eye for the Union Guy?

The president of a Washington college Republicans chapter has resigned after attending the Charlottesville rally

Posted on August 15th, 2017 at 22:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The president of Washington State University’s College Republicans, James Allsup, has resigned after he attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, local Seattle station King 5 News reported.

His resignation comes after The College Republican National Committee (CRNC) condemned white supremacy and called on leaders in CRNC who supported “Unite the Right” to resign.

“Advocates for white nationalism, racial supremacy of any kind, and terrorism have no home in the Republican Party or anywhere else in America,” Chandler Thornton, the CRNC national chairman, told King 5. “The National Executive Board for the College Republican National Committee calls on leaders in our organization who may support or condone these events to resign immediately.”

Allsup claims he has been planning to resign before he went to the rally, according to King 5.

Riiiiight. Allsup just made himself unemployable for life. I wouldn’t be surprised if the white hoods came back in fashion soon.


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Hillary Clinton Opens New Presidential Library Charting Course Of Purely Theoretical Tenure As Commander In Chief

Posted on August 15th, 2017 at 16:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Tuesday on the steps of the recently completed 200,000-square-foot facility, Hillary Clinton opened a new presidential library and museum that commemorates the presidency she might have had if elected. “Visitors to the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Center can learn all about her tenure as commander in chief as it hypothetically might have unfolded over two terms in office,” read a press release issued by the library, which archives thousands of pages of correspondence the former candidate wrote herself on replica Oval Office letterhead, displays pens she could have used to sign landmark legislation, and otherwise chronicles the pivotal moments of her nonexistent presidency.


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  1. Sad, just sad, and she was elected president?

  2. We know, we know, we know. Hillary Clinton is a terrible rage harpy who should abandon public life forever and probably stop showing her lady face anywhere outside her house, because she ran such a BAD CAMPAIGN and offered NO VISION for solving Regular (White People’s) Problems, despite how she talked about those things constantly and her website was full of solutions and plans to make all Americans’ lives better, even the lives of the literal tens of thousands of white people in the Rust Belt who, with the help of Russia, propelled Donald Trump to the most historic negative three million popular vote U.S. American presidential victory in all of world history.

    MAYBE if she had talked about those things in her 33,000 missing EMAILS, you know? Ever think about that, Hillghazi???? And MAYBE if she hadn’t run around hurting Real America’s feelings all the time by saying lots of Trump supporters belonged in something called the Basket Of Deplorables — such a divisive asshole, that Hillary! — then we wouldn’t be sitting here witnessing the aftermath of an actual act of detestable terrorism committed by economic insecurity actual Nazis.

    Oh wait, sorry, what we meant to say is that maybe if fuckers had LISTENED TO HER when she committed the crime of saying something very true about how Donald Trump was enabling, encouraging and emboldening a certain group of racist neo-Nazi white supremacist Fuckhead-Americans, and maybe if folks on MANY SIDES had pulled their thumbs out of their assholes and voted for the only fucking qualified AND VIABLE opponent to Trump and everything he represents, we wouldn’t have the actual Basket of Deplorables partying its way through the streets of Charlottesville like it’s Germany, 1936.

    Read more at https://wonkette.com/621659/shame-hillary-clinton-didnt-try-to-warn-us-about-trumps-basket-of-deplorable-nazi-fuck-trash#8J1Tjq7G1leGx93w.99

  3. Jeebus… I guess the articles from the Onion still touch a nerve…

  4. No. it’s the comments.

  5. So now they’re not “Deplorable”, just fuckers. I don’t believe Trump really wanted to win. That’s how bad the Democratic party performed in a national election, they couldn’t even beat Trump. I don’t see any signs they can win next time either.

  6. I don’t see the signs either. Perhaps if Michelle throws her hat in the ring.

How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer

Posted on August 15th, 2017 at 13:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Azerbaijan releases election results… before the polls even open

Posted on August 13th, 2017 at 23:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Critics have long viewed Azerbaijan’s elections as predetermined, but the country appears to have gone a step further this year by publishing results before the polls have even opened.

The mistake came when an electoral commission accidentally published results showing a victory for Ilham Aliyev, the country’s long-standing President, a day before voting. Meydan TV, an online channel critical of the government, released a screenshot from a mobile app for the Azerbaijan Central Election Commission which showed that Mr Aliyev had received 72.76 per cent of the vote compared with 7.4 per cent for the opposition candidate, Jamil Hasanli. The screenshot also indicates that the app displayed information about how many people voted at various times during the day. Polls opened at 8am.


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My fellow white Americans.

Posted on August 13th, 2017 at 18:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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All I’m saying is that if violent acts are happening in your name and endorsed by David Duke and perpetrated by people waving signs with your name on it and wearing hats with your catchphrase on it, after you have asked Jeff Sessions and the department of Justice to stop investigating white supremacist terror groups exactly like this one, and all you can say is “I condemn this on many sides” rather than “stop doing this in my name” or “white supremacy is not tolerated in this country” or without using the phrase “domestic terrorism,” you’ll have to forgive me for drawing the logical conclusion that the President of the United States, in choosing his words carefully so as not to offend a racist, torch-wielding mob, gives more fucks about the feelings of actual Nazis than anyone or anything else. If you’re willing to speak “off the cuff” about North Korean missile strikes or classified intel or fallen soldiers or disabled reporters or Gold Star families but recognize that your words have impact when you’re worried about offending ACTUAL NAZIS, may you and every single person who ever defended you feel a shame that burns hotter than any collection of tiki torches.


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  1. I think most Americans consider these groups as being a bunch of nut jobs. I’m surprised anyone takes them seriously.

  2. One of them just murdered a protestor with a car. What would it take for you to start taking them serious?

  3. The nazis and skinheads have been marginalized for years. I really don’t think we need to raise their profiles. The violence at these demonstration is counterproductive. Using a car as a weapon is an escalation that should have been anticipated.

    The US will have elections next year. No reason to burn through all the issues yet. If someone can impeach Trump before then, it won’t be for this reason. As always, follow the money trail.

  4. Headline on BBC: “Antifa: Left-wing militants on the rise”. Be careful what you ask for.

Not even Robert E. Lee supported Confederate war memorials

Posted on August 13th, 2017 at 18:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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So insistent was Lee on extinguishing the fiery passions of the Civil War that he opposed erecting monuments on the war’s battlefields. “I think it wiser moreover not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered,” he wrote.

Rather than raising battlefield memorials, he favored erasing battlefields from the landscape altogether, according to documents at the University of Virginia and the Library of Congress.

Then again, expecting these Nazis to correctly represent any bit of history is too much to expect.


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Obama tweets Mandela quotes after Charlottesville clashes

Posted on August 13th, 2017 at 11:19 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Man charged with murder after car rams anti-far-right protesters in Charlottesville

Posted on August 13th, 2017 at 10:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Col Martin Kumer, the superintendent of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, told the Guardian that 20-year-old James Fields of Ohio had been arrested following the attack.

“He has been charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death,” Kumer said in an email.

The Richmond FBI field office said it was also opening a civil rights investigation of the accident along with the Justice Department’s civil rights division and the district US attorney’s office.

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One of the speakers, the far-right figurehead Richard Spencer, said he had been maced on the way into the park and lashed out at police and city authorities.

“Never in my life have I felt like the government was cracking down on me until today,” said Spencer, who was flush-faced. “We came in peace and we were effectively thrown to the wolves.”

He said that “militarized police”, whom he compared to “stormtroopers”, “did not protect us, they funneled us towards the antifa … I am a citizen of the USA”.

I suppose it’s not so great when they’re up against you and not minorities, right Richard? Well, if you play Nazi games, you win Nazi prizes.


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  1. That’s a great quote.

Charlottesville

Posted on August 12th, 2017 at 22:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Video of car ramming here at 7min30sec warning HOLY FUCK

  2. And another video.

    No doubt about it – some racist fuck did that on purpose.

  3. Oh, and you want to hear something REALLY fucked up? Read this

  4. Oh, and just to be crystal clear here…. Sebastian Gorka, go fuck yourself

  5. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said during a short statement from his private golf club in New Jersey.

    Really you piece of shit? MANY sides? Okay – counting… alt-right, nazi, white-supremacist, am I missing any?

    Trump makes one more step towards open acceptance of the deaths of left wing protesters. It isn’t even subtle now.

  6. You’re blind if you didn’t notice both sides came armed with everything just short of guns. Thugs are thugs, no matter what you call them.

  7. I guess The Spanish car attack puts everything into a different perspective. Where’s the outrage?

  8. You mean those fucking terrorists should be the first against the wall? No argument from me there.

Robert Jeffress: God’s OK with U.S. bombing North Korea

Posted on August 12th, 2017 at 9:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Texas pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, said that God has given the president “full control” to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a statement to CBN News Tuesday, the First Baptist Dallas pastor wrote that a biblical passage in the book of Romans endowed “rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil.”

“In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un,” Jeffress told CBN News. “I’m heartened to see that our president — contrary to what we’ve seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors — will not tolerate any threat against the American people.”

I think we should relocate his church to a Seoul suburb and see how fast his mind changes.


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  1. What’s that Commandment again? The one about not killing, that one. Perhaps we’ve all missed the 2nd line, the bit that says, “…unless you really don’t like them.”
    On a more practical note, there’s no realistic way of killing just Kim, dozens or even hundreds would die alongside him and remember, most of Seoul, certainly the northern half, is in range of a LOT of heavily entrenched large-calibre artillery guns. But hey, they’re not Americans so, to the hard-right, they don’t count…
    What a shining example of Christianity at its finest…

  2. Don’t forget there’s quite a bit of US troops around. Google OPLAN 5027 for some depressing reality. Think half a million South Koreans and 50k US dead. And there’s about 12,000 self-propelled and towed weapon systems to take out at the very same moment if we want to keep Seoul intact. Not bloody likely.

  3. World leaders don’t like to take out their counterparts. It sets a bad precedent.

School…

Posted on August 11th, 2017 at 19:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Researchers Find a Malicious Way to Meddle with Autonomous Tech

Posted on August 11th, 2017 at 18:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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While automakers focus on defending the systems in their cars against hackers, there may be other ways for the malicious to mess with self-driving cars. Security researchers at the University of Washington have shown they can get computer vision systems to misidentify road signs using nothing more than stickers made on a home printer.

UW computer-security researcher Yoshi Kohno described an attack algorithm that uses printed images stuck on road signs. These images confuse the cameras on which most self-driving vehicles rely. In one example, explained in a document uploaded to the open-source scientific-paper site arXiv last week, small stickers attached to a standard stop sign caused a vision system to misidentify it as a Speed Limit 45 sign.


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Cartoons

Posted on August 10th, 2017 at 19:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Short and to the point. It could even fit in a tweet.

Posted on August 10th, 2017 at 16:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Watch ‘Game Of Thrones’ Viewers Completely Lose It During The Show’s First, Glorious Dragon Battle

Posted on August 9th, 2017 at 16:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock full of dragon glass, you know that something Game of Thrones fans have been waiting five-plus seasons for finally happened: Dany unleashed her largest dragon on an army full of unsuspecting Lannisters, and pretty much torched them all.

The folks at The Burlington Bar in Chicago’s Logan Square have been dutifully screening new Game of Thrones episodes as the show airs each Sunday night, then videotaping the audiences’ stunned and elated reactions to all the badassery that’s taken place so far this season. So we gleefully anticipated the sharing of this video, above, showing bar patrons watch Season 7, Episode 4’s final, nail-biting scene.

Skip forward to 2:14 into the video to see the moment Drogon appears.


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How can we stop algorithms telling lies?

Posted on August 8th, 2017 at 9:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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What organisation will put a stop to the oncoming crop of illegal algorithms? What is the analogue of the International Council on Clean Transportation? Does there yet exist an organisation that has the capacity, interest, and ability to put an end to illegal algorithms, and to prove that these algorithms are harmful? The answer is, so far, no. Instead, at least in the US, a disparate group of federal agencies is in charge of enforcing laws in their industry or domain, none of which is particularly on top of the complex world of big data algorithms. Elsewhere, the European commission seems to be looking into Google’s antitrust activity, and Facebook’s fake news problems, but that leaves multiple industries untouched by scrutiny.

Even more to the point, though, is the question of how involved the investigation of algorithms would have to be. The current nature of algorithms is secret, proprietary code, protected as the “secret sauce” of corporations. They’re so secret that most online scoring systems aren’t even apparent to the people targeted by them. That means those people also don’t know the score they’ve been given, nor can they complain about or contest those scores. Most important, they typically won’t know if something unfair has happened to them.

Given all of this, it’s difficult to imagine oversight for algorithms, even when they’ve gone wrong and are actively harming people. For that matter, not all kinds of harm are distinctly measurable in the first place. One can make the argument that, what with all the fake news floating around, our democracy has been harmed. But how do you measure democracy?


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  1. we have already lost the “war” with the machines?

  2. Why not truth in labeling? like – “the following report has been not been developed, written or vetted or by humans, just algorithms” or “your insurance has been denied because our algorithm.”

Quelle Surprise! Financial Firm Fines Are Way Down Under Trump

Posted on August 7th, 2017 at 15:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Wall Street Journal published a solid, well-researched article on how much various Federal financial regulators have levied in fines in the first half of 2017 versus the first half of 2016. The decline is so large, a full 2/3, that it demonstrates that the Trump business-friendly stance, and the large number of ex-Goldmanites on his team, is proving beneficial for large financial firms.


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Social Enterprises as a Tool for Activism (SHA2017)

Posted on August 7th, 2017 at 13:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

 

We have entered the era of President Trump. Activists, NGOs, and charities thus need to reexamine the stability of (and motives behind) their funding sources. Surprisingly, business is an excellent tool that one can leverage to change the system. While business is not perceived as sexy by most activist-types, this talk will explain why social enterprises are tactical, lightweight, independent, effective, and why they are now more important than ever.

 

 

(side note – there aren’t that many pictures of me online. The slide shown on the screen at the 25:10 mark has me in it)


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Why Corrupt Bankers Avoid Jail

Posted on August 7th, 2017 at 2:51 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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In the years since the mortgage crisis of 2008, it has become common to observe that certain financial institutions and other large corporations may be “too big to jail.” The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which investigated the causes of the meltdown, concluded that the mortgage-lending industry was rife with “predatory and fraudulent practices.” In 2011, Ray Brescia, a professor at Albany Law School who had studied foreclosure procedures, told Reuters, “I think it’s difficult to find a fraud of this size . . . in U.S. history.” Yet federal prosecutors filed no criminal indictments against major banks or senior bankers related to the mortgage crisis. Even when the authorities uncovered less esoteric, easier-to-prosecute crimes—such as those committed by HSBC—they routinely declined to press charges.

This regime, in which corporate executives have essentially been granted immunity, is relatively new. After the savings-and-loan crisis of the nineteen-eighties, prosecutors convicted nearly nine hundred people, and the chief executives of several banks went to jail…

Something has changed in the past decade, however, and federal prosecutions of white-collar crime are now at a twenty-year low. As Jesse Eisinger, a reporter for ProPublica, explains in a new book, “The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives” (Simon & Schuster), a financial crisis has traditionally been followed by a legal crackdown, because a market contraction reveals all the wishful accounting and outright fraud that were hidden when the going was good.


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