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John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018

Posted on February 8th, 2018 at 9:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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With a broken heart I have to announce that EFF’s founder, visionary, and our ongoing inspiration, John Perry Barlow, passed away quietly in his sleep this morning. We will miss Barlow and his wisdom for decades to come, and he will always be an integral part of EFF.

It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and leadership. He always saw the Internet as a fundamental place of freedom, where voices long silenced can find an audience and people can connect with others regardless of physical distance.


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This Trump Adviser Has a Plan for Avoiding the Flu: Be Christian

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 22:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Texas minister Gloria Copeland, who explained, via Politico, why Christians are immune to the flu virus:

Texas minister Gloria Copeland, who sat on the Trump campaign’s evangelical executive advisory board, denied the country is in the midst of a severe flu outbreak in a Facebook video that went viral because, “Jesus himself is our flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of the flu.”

“We have a duck season, a deer season, but we don’t have a flu season and don’t receive it when someone threatens you with ‘everybody is getting the flu,'” Copeland added. “We’ve already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on. And by his stripes we are healed.”

Notice Copeland’s quick signal to the faithful that she does believe in hunting—just like Jesus taught. It’s all part of the worldview. Politico helpfully adds that public health professionals disagree with Copeland’s assessment, as will any of her followers who end up getting influenza. Every day there is new evidence this administration and its allies have (way) more than their fair share of outright cranks and dangerous anti-science zealots. After all, the president once outed himself as an anti-vaxxer and said global warming was a hoax manufactured by the Chinese. In that rich vein lies Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, whose views on drug policy are best summarized as “1980s school principal caught in a time warp.”


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  1. Well, I suppose they make a useful control group.

  2. Not really a useful control group. As the comedian said, “there’s no cure for stupid”.

  3. It’s always amazing to me that such ‘devout’ Christians manage to break their own religion’s tenets. Matthew 4:7 “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
    “I have faith, therefore God will not allow me to (INSERT CONDITION HERE – get the flu, in this case).” is pretty much the textbook definition of putting God to the test.
    That rich Christians take the view that THEY, being rich, are right with God and the poor, being poor, are, by definition of their being poor, are not right with God, doesn’t surprise me but why do so many Americans so notably fail to call them on their very UNchristian views? The bible talks on many occasions about helping the poor to be… not-poor.

To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 19:15 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Start with his inauguration ceremony. Pastor Paula White was one of the clergy nominated to pray for Trump on the day. A televangelist and exponent of the”health, wealth and prosperity” movement, she preaches the “prosperity gospel”, an unorthodox approach to Christianity that says God wants people to be rich, and that he makes them wealthy as a sign of his blessing. So the richer you are, the more obvious it is that God loves you, and the stronger your faith is.

White teaches that God rewards “faithful” people who invest in His promised providence. You invest by making deposits – faith, prayers and gifts of money – to God (the church, naturally, is the “steward” of your financial gifts). So if you want to be healthy and wealthy, all you need to do is give, and then believe, and all your heart’s desires will be realised. The more you invest, the greater the likely rewards.

We need our leaders to be social visionaries, political realists and exemplars of virtue and integrity. Trump, as we know, is wanting in each and every one of these departments. Over the next few years of Trump’s presidency, ennui and disenchantment will set in among hardcore supporters. They will eventually become the faithless followers. Too many investors will want a return. And when there are no new gullible recruits, Ponzi schemes, even political ones, unravel.


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  1. The New Testament, King Trump version.

The Internet

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 11:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. What we have here is a failure to Think, not Communicate.

  2. C’mon, they are just playing with her. She is messaging them from within one of the Applebee’s locations. For *sure* they know exactly where she is, what table she occupies, how big her party is, what she ordered, what her home address is, how often she comes there and whether little Jason is inside or not. They just cannot admit to it even though Donna has already accepted she has not privacy.

The Median Young Family Has Nearly Zero Wealth

Posted on February 7th, 2018 at 0:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Using the Survey of Consumer Finances, I calculated various wealth series for young families with heads below the age of 35.

Here is median net worth for young families. I include both the net worth concept used by the Federal Reserve and a modified net worth concept that excludes vehicles. Insofar as vehicles are rapidly depreciating consumer durables, many argue that they should not be counted as assets for these purposes. Without these vehicles, the median young family had a net worth of $1,250 in 2016. This was down from the $7,846 peak in 1995.


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  1. Oh, when they mentioned vehicles, I thought they were talking about launching a fancy sportscar into space…

  2. I guess NASA’s payloads were too valuable to risk failure. You would have though some High School students could come up with something useful to put on Mars. I guess it answers the question,”Is there intelligent life on Earth?”

“The pound took another beating today…”

Posted on February 5th, 2018 at 22:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

I mourn the days that the Onion was funny. Fox News interrupted a live broadcast of a speech Trump delivered in Ohio on Monday. During the speech, Trump said that the tax cut bill “set off a tidal wave of good news that continues to grow every single day.” Fox cut over to cover a historic drop in the Dow Jones industrial average. That’s JUST the sort of thing the Onion would have done and we would all have loved. For those of us who remember the brilliant “Yes minister” BBC series, there was this running gag that whenever the lead characters were watching some news coverage of themselves on TV, they’d always turned off the TV after the news item about them, and always mid-sentence in “the pound took another beating today…”

 


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Dear LinkedIn…. ehm…. no.

Posted on February 5th, 2018 at 19:54 by John Sinteur in category: News


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How Donald Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Nuclear Poker

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 at 17:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Trump Administration, by contrast, is convinced that the best way to limit the spreading nuclear danger is to expand and advertise its ability to annihilate its enemies. In addition to putting the Nevada testing ground on notice, he has signed off on a $1.2 trillion plan to overhaul the entire nuclear-weapons complex. Trump has authorized a new nuclear warhead, the first in 34 years. He is funding research and development on a mobile medium-range missile. The new weapon, if tested or deployed, would be prohibited by a 30-year-old Cold War nuclear-forces agreement with Russia (which has already violated the agreement). And for the first time, the U.S. is expanding the scenarios under which the President would consider going nuclear to “significant non-nuclear strategic attacks”, including major cyberattacks.

Trump’s new plan also expands the President’s “first use” of nuclear weapons to circumstances that include “non-nuclear strategic attacks” against the U.S. or its allies. That could mean cyberattacks on nuclear command and control systems or civilian infrastructure, like the electricity grid or air-traffic-control system, arms-control experts have concluded. Previous Administrations limited the threat of a nuclear response to mass-casualty events, like chemical- and biological-weapon attacks. Stephen Schwartz, a nuclear weapons policy expert, said the key concern is the expansion of the nuclear umbrella to “include these new and not extreme possibilities, thus dramatically lowering the threshold for nuclear use.”.


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  1. Always wondered where “Resident Evil” got the Umbrella corporate name from.

How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 at 17:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For years, disruptive digital businesses have countered complaints like mine with assurances that everything will be different in the future, once millions and millions of people around the world adopt their application. Well, here we are. Spotify now claims 140 million active users, 70 million of whom are paid subscribers, and the total consumption of audio streams in the U.S. jumped by an estimated 50 percent last year. But while it’s clear that some are earning significant paychecks from streaming as a result—“Happy days are here again,” Billboard gushed last March, reporting the fastest growth for the industry in decades—most musicians are not.

The basic reason is simple: According to the data trackers at BuzzAngle Music, more than 99 percent of audio streaming is of the top 10 percent most-streamed tracks. Which means less than 1 percent of streams account for all other music.

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Consider the dominant streaming video service, Netflix, which now has more subscribers than all cable providers combined. While Netflix has grown more popular, it has diminished its content to the point where it recently hosted only 25 movies made before 1950, as Zach Schonfeld pointed out in Newsweek. “It’s the sort of classics selection you’d expect to find in a decrepit video store in 1993,” Schonfeld wrote, “not on a leading entertainment platform that serves some 100 million global subscribers.”

The streaming music catalog is currently in a much better state. But it could only be a matter of time until these companies lose interest in the 90 percent of music that doesn’t return even 1 percent of their gross. It seems likely that they will eventually jettison these less-played tracks for different content—just look at Netflix.

Or look now at how badly their applications already serve entire genres of less popular music. Spotify lists recordings by song title, album title, or featured artist name. But that information is so limited it leaves out even the other performers on a recording, a crucial aspect to classical and jazz. For that matter, performers are kind of important to rock, too! Not to mention songwriters, producers, engineers, publishers, record labels—almost all the labor that goes into making recordings is erased from the databases used by the major streaming services.

Why hide all that information, all that context to each recording? Digital services are so good at handling massive amounts of data—just think how much Spotify knows about each of us. And yet they can’t bring themselves to specify which of the radically different Miles Davis Quintets played on which album—is it the one with John Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones, or the one with Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams?


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An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 at 17:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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You’ve got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you’ve got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.

According to two papers published in the journal Cell in January, long ago, a virus bound its genetic code to the genome of four-limbed animals. That snippet of code is still very much alive in humans’ brains today, where it does the very viral task of packaging up genetic information and sending it from nerve cells to their neighbors in little capsules that look a whole lot like viruses themselves. And these little packages of information might be critical elements of how nerves communicate and reorganize over time — tasks thought to be necessary for higher-order thinking, the researchers said.

Though it may sound surprising that bits of human genetic code come from viruses, it’s actually more common than you might think: A review published in Cell in 2016 found that between 40 and 80 percent of the human genome arrived from some archaic viral invasion.

That’s because viruses aren’t just critters that try to make a home in a body, the way bacteria do. Instead, as Live Science has previously reported, a virus is a genetic parasite. It injects its genetic code into its host’s cells and hijacks them, turning them to its own purposes — typically, that means as factories for making more viruses. This process is usually either useless or harmful to the host, but every once in a while, the injected viral genes are benign or even useful enough to hang around. The 2016 review found that viral genes seem to play important roles in the immune system, as well as in the early days of embryo development.

But the new papers take things a step further. Not only is an ancient virus still very much active in the cells of human and animal brains, but it seems to be so important to how they function that processes of thought as we know them likely never would have arisen without it, the researchers said.


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The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 at 12:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lumbered through what is now western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into open sea. The dinosaur’s undersea burial preserved its armor in exquisite detail. Its skull still bears tile-like plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.


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  1. Amazing. Poor beast.

‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 at 12:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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There are 1.5 billion YouTube users in the world, which is more than the number of households that own televisions. What they watch is shaped by this algorithm, which skims and ranks billions of videos to identify 20 “up next” clips that are both relevant to a previous video and most likely, statistically speaking, to keep a person hooked on their screen.

Company insiders tell me the algorithm is the single most important engine of YouTube’s growth. In one of the few public explanations of how the formula works – an academic paper that sketches the algorithm’s deep neural networks, crunching a vast pool of data about videos and the people who watch them – YouTube engineers describe it as one of the “largest scale and most sophisticated industrial recommendation systems in existence”.

Lately, it has also become one of the most controversial. The algorithm has been found to be promoting conspiracy theories about the Las Vegas mass shooting and incentivising, through recommendations, a thriving subculture that targets children with disturbing content such as cartoons in which the British children’s character Peppa Pig eats her father or drinks bleach.

Lewd and violent videos have been algorithmically served up to toddlers watching YouTube Kids, a dedicated app for children. One YouTube creator who was banned from making advertising revenues from his strange videos – which featured his children receiving flu shots, removing earwax, and crying over dead pets – told a reporter he had only been responding to the demands of Google’s algorithm. “That’s what got us out there and popular,” he said. “We learned to fuel it and do whatever it took to please the algorithm.”


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FBI Warns Republican Memo Could Undermine Faith In Massive, Unaccountable Government Secret Agencies

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 at 18:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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WASHINGTON—Stressing that such an action would be highly reckless, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday that releasing the “Nunes Memo” could potentially undermine faith in the massive, unaccountable government secret agencies of the United States. “Making this memo public will almost certainly impede our ability to conduct clandestine activities operating outside any legal or judicial system on an international scale,” said Wray, noting that it was essential that mutual trust exist between the American people and the vast, mysterious cabal given free rein to use any tactics necessary to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens or subvert religious and political groups. “If we take away the people’s faith in this shadowy monolith exempt from any consequences, all that’s left is an extensive network of rogue, unelected intelligence officers carrying out extrajudicial missions for a variety of subjective, and occasionally personal, reasons.” At press time, Wray confirmed the massive, unaccountable government secret agencies were unaware of any wrongdoing for violating constitutional rights.


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Infrastructure

Posted on February 1st, 2018 at 21:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


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State of the Uniom

Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 13:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to WV town with 2,900 people

Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee cited the massive shipments of hydrocodone and oxycodone — two powerful painkillers — to the town of Williamson, in Mingo County, amid the panel’s inquiry into the role of drug distributors in the opioid epidemic.

“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” said committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., in a joint statement.

Walden got $11,500 from Amgen, Inc., and $10,000 from Allergan and Novartis last year (among other health care companies donating).  Pallone is friendly with Phizer. I don’t expect them to get to that bottom any time soon.


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PIA19912: Mount Sharp

Posted on January 30th, 2018 at 9:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

 

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This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken on September 9, 2015, by NASA’s Curiosity rover. In the foreground — about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the rover — is a long ridge teeming with hematite, an iron oxide. Just beyond is an undulating plain rich in clay minerals. And just beyond that are a multitude of rounded buttes, all high in sulfate minerals. The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. The Curiosity team hopes to be able to explore these diverse areas in the months and years ahead. Further back in the image are striking, light-toned cliffs in rock that may have formed in drier times and now is heavily eroded by winds.

The colors are adjusted so that rocks look approximately as they would if they were on Earth, to help geologists interpret the rocks. This “white balancing” to adjust for the lighting on Mars overly compensates for the absence of blue on Mars, making the sky appear light blue and sometimes giving dark, black rocks a blue cast.


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The NSA literally deleted ‘trust’ and ‘honesty’ from its core values

Posted on January 29th, 2018 at 20:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The National Security Agency — which as  whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed, hasn’t been truthful about how much data it collects on phone calls and internet traffic — just removed “honesty” from the core values listed on its website.

“Honesty” has been listed as a priority on the NSA’s website since at least May 3, 2016. But in an updated version on January 12, 2018, first spotted by The Intercept, the word was replaced with replaced with “Commitment to Service.”


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  1. Deleting truth and honesty from their written core values is the most truthful and honest thing they’ve done since their inception. So I’m ok with that…. I think.

Theresa May suggests NHS could be part of US trade deal

Posted on January 28th, 2018 at 11:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Theresa May has left the door open for the greater involvement of US corporations in British healthcare as she arrives in America to lay the groundwork for a future trade deal.

Ms May would only say that she was committed to a health service that is free at the point of delivery, but made no comment on whether the NHS would be off the table in any future talks.

 


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  1. This is like Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine. Fabricate a crisis, then make every attempt to capture even more public services for capitalists.

Don’t buy it.

Posted on January 27th, 2018 at 11:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

 

But remember the time you didn’t buy it.


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A Zimbabwean Priest Who Attempted to “Walk on Water Like Jesus” is Eaten By Crocodiles

Posted on January 27th, 2018 at 10:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A pastor in Zimbabwe who attempted to demonstrate the “Power of God” by walking on water has been by viciously attacked and killed by the crocodiles in the river he was walking across.

Jonathan Mthethwa was mauled by the three reptiles as he was carrying out a religious demonstration.

Stunned onlookers who witnessed the attack said the pastor had “prayed the whole week” before the demonstration took a fatal turn for the worse.


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  1. Oh, this plus the American snake guy in the same week! That God fella’s got a sense of humour, I’d say.

  2. In the books, Hannibal Lector would ‘collect’ religion-related natural disasters. I’d say Hannibal would include this one as well – Free-range rude, meeting reality.

  3. Actually it calls for joke number 522:

    Jesus is raised again after being crucified. He appears to His followers and, although his appearance has changed dramatically most of them gradually accept His return from the dead. Except for Doubting Thomas.

    Thomas says to Jesus, “Well, if you’re really Christ, you’ll be able to perform miracles like before?”

    “Yes,” says Jesus, “What do you want me to do to prove that I am God’s Son?”

    “OK, how about you walk over the Sea of Gallilee like you did previously?”

    “Right you are.” And Jesus goes down to the sea shore and starts to walk out. Unfortunately, he’s chosen a deep part and he sinks.

    Coming up, he’s pulled out by several of his congregation.

    “See,” said Thomas, “I was right to be skeptical. You aren’t Jesus at all!”

    “Yes, I am. Really. It’s just that I didn’t have these holes in my feet the last time I did this!”

Obama aide: ‘We would have been impeached’ for spending $24M to upgrade Air Force One fridge

Posted on January 27th, 2018 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Defense One reported this week that two aging refrigerators on the aircraft will be replaced at a cost of almost $24 million.

The coolers on the aircraft need to have the capacity to store 3,000 meals onboard, and two out of the five are in need of replacement, according to the publication. The refrigerators have been in use on the plane since 1990.

Boeing was awarded a $23.7 million contract to replace the refrigerators, according to Defense One.


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Donald Trump Was the Inevitable Result of Republicanism

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In 1997, a California neurologist named Stanley Prusiner won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of prions and the role that prions play in a number of severe neurological ailments, including “mad cow” disease and kuru, a disease found among the tribes of New Guinea that is spread by cannibalism. Prions are infectious proteins and, at the time Prusiner first announced his findings, much of the scientific community expressed doubts that simple proteins could be infectious agents. A lot of very smart people scoffed at the notion of a prion disease.

It has long been a contention at this shebeen that the Republican Party – and the conservative movement, which is its only animating life force – acquired a prion disease when Ronald Reagan first fed it the monkeybrains of supply-side economics and Protestant splinter theology back in the early 1980s. Prion diseases, like kuru, are progressive. The early symptoms can be as inconspicuous as a patient’s halting gate, or a citizen’s voting against his interests. The disease progresses and the high functions are eaten away until the patient is paralyzed and dies. I think, with the election of the president*, the Republicans may have drifted into the terminal stage.


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  1. I hope a vaccine is being developed for all 3 diseases.

Donald Trump tells Theresa May he won’t visit the UK unless she bans protests

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 14:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Donald Trump is refusing to visit the UK unless Theresa May can ensure that he is not met with protests.

Bloomberg revealed that Trump complained in a phone call to May about the “negative coverage” he has received in the British press.

May told the US president that that was how the UK media operated and she could do little to change it.

Trump went on to say that he would not visit the UK unless there were guarantees that he would not be met with protests.

Advisers who had been listening to the phone call are reported to have been “astonished” at the demands.

I’d hardly call the UK a functioning democracy right now, but still…. May banning protests is the best way of starting protests in the UK. Although they would likely turn into riots very fast.


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  1. But shouldn’t Donald realize the same? He’s mind boggling.

White House asks for Van Gogh loan – but Guggenheim offers gold toilet instead

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 14:07 by John Sinteur in category: News

The Guggenheim Museum proposed lending Maurizio Cattelan’s America after turning down a request for Landscape With Snow


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Let’s Pause to Appreciate That Trump Thinks Mueller Is Biased Against Him Because of Golf Club Fees

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 14:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A stunning new development! The Washington Post weighs in with a late-breaking insider account of the alleged golf-money showdown that has transfixed a nation:

The dispute was hardly a dispute at all. According to a person familiar [with the] matter, Mueller had sent a letter requesting a dues refund in accordance with normal club practice and never heard back.

This is basically what I guessed, right?

This is the type of thing trump would hold a grudge over for decades, and he assumes everyone is as petty and small as he is. “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” – Titus 1:15


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  1. Donald will scrap for the littlest of change. Have you noticed? But only if he can spend it (someone else’s) or save it (his own pocket)

Burger King ad explains net neutrality with flame-grilled Whoppers

Posted on January 25th, 2018 at 18:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Burger King is delivering its own hot take on the net neutrality showdown that has enflamed the U.S., using flame-grilled Whoppers.

Burger King’s new ad has become a sensation, with more than a million views on YouTube and it’s lighting up Twitter.

In the ad, customers, who the restaurant says are real, are told they will be charged different prices for a Whopper based on speed, or MBPS (making burgers per second). Prices range from $5 to $26.

The customers grow increasingly furious in an art-imitating-life display that mocks new internet rules that have led to wide-scale protests and even death threats.


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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Posted on January 19th, 2018 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

 


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  1. Does he want to see the sex videos?

  2. Ok, this post is just hanging here at the top for days so I can’t resist any longer – “does he want to see the sex vidoes?” We all know he has seen them, they’re on a constant replay loop down in the sub basement lounge at the Vatican! Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week, please tip your waitress…

  3. I’m just wondering what kind of evidence the Pope wants. He doesn’t appear to be willing to accept eye witness accounts just on “faith”.

  4. It suggests to me that there IS no evidence the church would accept. Given the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve spent in payments to abuse victims, for him to say this, tells me the church has simply decided that’s the cheaper way to go, not that anyone in the church thinks the complaints had any merit. The abuse has been going on for almost two thousand years, it’s been exposed for maybe 10? I’m guessing the only thing he regrets is saying what he said “out loud”.

  5. I’m going to throw out a wild guess and suggest that since the Pope is Argentine, maybe Barros is an old friend of his and he just can’t believe his old friend would do such a thing–or Barros has sworn to him and he can’t believe the man would lie.

GOP Lawmaker Falsely Claims ISIS Behind Las Vegas Shooting

Posted on January 19th, 2018 at 9:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Republican lawmaker on Thursday night claimed the so-called Islamic State was behind the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people in October. “I smell a rat like a lot of Americans. Nothing’s adding up,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Claiming to have what he “believes” is “credible evidence,” Perry cast doubt on investigators’ assertions that Stephen Paddock was the lone gunman in the attack and suggested a “terrorist nexus” was involved. He claimed to personally have information about “terrorist infiltration through the southern border.” “Let’s face it, ISIS, twice before the attack, warned the U.S. they would attack Las Vegas… and then after the attack claimed responsibility four times. Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection.” When pressed to provide more details on what “evidence” he has to support this theory, Perry said he was “not able” to reveal anything.

I forgot – is a “terrorist nexus” better or worse than an “axis of evil”?

The fact that he specifies that “ISIS has infiltrated the southern border” is pretty indicative that this is a targeted statement. If there is any region in America that fear mongering based on religion and race is extremely effective on, its southern states. He’s speaking directly to these paranoid, brainwashed, misinformed constituents. And they don’t need evidence.


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  1. Back a few weeks ago (maybe days, maybe months—who knows) when the WH announced their immigrant/terrorist study…. did anyone else catch that 1200 people have been accused of terrorism by THIS WH in this nation (I would believe)? Does anyone know who those people are and if they’re rightly accused? Been wondering.

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018

Posted on January 18th, 2018 at 20:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

So true

 


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  1. Ha. True stuff. Better then fb though. That’s what I think. still be careful abt those replies. Big trouble could be around the corner.


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