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In Leaked Emails, Iraq War Architect Expressed Relief That Brexit Distracted From U.K. War Inquiry

Posted on September 14th, 2016 at 14:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On July 4, former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw emailed former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to discuss the upcoming release of the Chilcot Report– a document detailing the British government’s inquiry. The report probed, among other things, the depth of private British commitment and support for the American-led war in Iraq.

In anticipation of coming press coverage, Straw asked Powell to review a statement in a Word document he drafted. He wrote that the “only silver lining of the Brexit vote is that it will reduce medium term attention on Chilcot — thought it will not stop the day of publication being uncomfortable.”


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What would the Earth be like if it was the shape of a donut?

Posted on September 14th, 2016 at 9:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It looks like a toroid planet is not forbidden by the laws of physics. It is just darn unlikely to ever form naturally, and likely will go unstable over geological timescales because of outside disturbances. So if we decide to assume it just is there, perhaps due to an advanced civilization with more aesthetics than sanity, what are its properties?


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  1. The phrase, “I can see your house from here.” takes on a whole new meaning…

Ohio ex-mayor who ‘dedicated life to Christ’ admits to raping 4-year-old — and blames her as ‘willing’

Posted on September 14th, 2016 at 9:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The 65-year-old Keenan pleaded not guilty last month during a court appearance, but prosecutors said he admitted to sexually assaulting the girl over a three-year period, beginning when she was 4 years old.

Prosecutors said Keenan confessed to the sex abuse to his wife, a pastor, a social worker and his brother- and sister-in-law.

According to court filings, the child told Keenan’s wife about the abuse and she confronted him — and he then admitted “I did it.”

Keenan also admitted the abuse during group discussions at a nearby hospital, and he then voluntarily checked himself into a psychiatric facility because he was suicidal.

He told a social worker there that he had molested the girl for at least two years, beginning in September 2013, but he blamed the child for initiating the sex acts and described her as a “willing participant.”

Keenan, who bragged about his Christian values after he was sworn in as mayor, also discussed the abuse at length with a pastor.


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Adblock Plus finds the end-game of its business model: Selling ads

Posted on September 14th, 2016 at 9:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Eyeo GmbH, the company that makes the popular Adblock Plus software, will today start selling the very thing many of its users hate—advertisements. Today, the company is launching a self-service platform to sell “pre-whitelisted” ads that meet its “acceptable ads” criteria. The new system will let online publishers drag and drop advertisements that meet Eyeo’s expectations for size and labeling.

“The Acceptable Ads Platform helps publishers who want to show an alternative, nonintrusive ad experience to users with ad blockers by providing them with a tool that lets them implement Acceptable Ads themselves,” said Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus.

Publishers who place the ads will do so knowing that they won’t be blocked by most of the 100 million Adblock Plus users. The software extension’s default setting allows for “acceptable ads” to be shown, and more than 90 percent of its users don’t change that default setting.


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  1. Thanks for the info. It’s under filter preferences.

“Hello?” “Yes, hello, do you have Earl Grey in a can?” *click*

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 19:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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As if 2016 hasn’t been challenging enough; the universe seems totally hellbent on making Britain suffer till the bitter end.

The most recent blow to our nation, has been described by many online as pure treason. Let us introduce squirty aerosol tea. Tea in a can.


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  1. It’ll probably sell better than canned whoop ass.

We just replaced 68 Tube adverts with pictures of cats. Here’s why.

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 18:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For the next two weeks, a Tube station in South London will create a rip in the space time continuum. The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service has replaced 68 adverts in Clapham Common with pictures of cats. This isn’t a clever marketing stunt for a pet food brand, or a guerrilla campaign for a new TV series. The people behind it are volunteers who raised the money on Kickstarter. We want to inspire people to think differently about the world and realise they have the power to change it.


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  1. This is a great use of people’s time and money!

    “Go three stops, and then get out at the cat station.”

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we’ll still track you

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 15:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times.

Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google’s app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are.

Amid complaints that Google Play is always switching on GPS, it appears Google has made it impossible to prevent the app store from tracking your whereabouts unless you completely kill off location tracking for all applications.

You can try to deny Google Play access to your handheld’s location by opening the Settings app and digging through Apps -> Google Play Store -> Permissions, and flipping the switch for “location.” But you’ll be told you can’t just shut out Google Play services: you have to switch off location services for all apps if you want to block the store from knowing your whereabouts. It’s all or nothing, which isn’t particularly nice.


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  1. My Samsung tablet forbids deleting any of the installed spyware and though I use Duck Duck Go search I still seem to get targeted ads. As a directionaly challenged person I think it’s sad no good offline GPS software was provided by Google/Samsung despite GPS circuits being ubiquitous.
    The Google tracking is getting creepy. Why does the military think the USA is the only country capable of putting a GPS and explosives in a model plane (drone)? “It’ll take the Russians 10 years to build an A-bomb”.

Pneumonia Virus Terrified After Remembering What Clintons Capable Of

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 13:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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WASHINGTON—Expressing regret over its reckless decision to infect the Democratic presidential nominee, the virus causing Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia was reportedly terrified Monday after remembering what the Clintons were capable of. “Oh shit, what the hell was I thinking—you don’t get on the wrong side of these people,” said the infectious agent, which became increasingly worried while recalling just how far the Clintons were willing to go to get what they wanted, as well as what often happened to those who dared to cross the powerful politicians. “Everybody knows you never mess with the Clintons. These people won’t hesitate to absolutely crush you, and they have the money and connections to do it. I knew I should’ve just stayed clear. I’m so fucked.” At press time, the horrified virus was reportedly planning to avoid the Clintons’ wrath by taking its own life.


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Google Program to Deradicalize Jihadis Will Be Used for Right-Wing American Extremists Next

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 12:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Using research and targeted advertising, the initiative by London-based startup Moonshot CVE and Google’s Jigsaw technology incubator targets potentially violent jihadis and directs them to a YouTube channel with videos that refute ISIS propaganda.

In the pilot program countering ISIS, the so-called Redirect Method collected the metadata of 320,000 individuals over the course of eight weeks, using 1,700 keywords, and served them advertisements that led them to the videos. Collectively, the targets watched more than half a million minutes of videos.

The event at Brookings was primarily about the existing program aimed at undermining ISIS recruiting. “I think this is an extremely promising method,” said Richard Stengel, U.S. undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Ross Frenett, co-founder of Moonshot, said his company and Jigsaw are now working with funding from private groups, including the Gen Next Foundation, to target other violent extremists, including on the hard right.

It’s sooooo good they’re only using it on “extremists”, right?

I’m glad the Ministry of Truth is right on it.


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Long-Secret Stingray Manuals Detail How Police Can Spy on Phones

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 11:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Harris declined to comment. In a 2014 letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the company argued that if the owner’s manuals were released under the Freedom of Information Act, this would “harm Harris’s competitive interests” and “criminals and terrorist[s] would have access to information that would allow them to build countermeasures.” But Stingrays are known for spying on low-level marijuana dealers and other domestic targets, not al Qaeda; as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jennifer Lynch said in December, “I am not aware of any case in which a police agency has used a cell-site simulator to find a terrorist.” Meanwhile, it is already publicly known that the NSA uses Stingray-like devices to locate suspected terrorists as part of a system known as Gilgamesh. Nathan Wessler, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told The Intercept that “when the most likely ‘countermeasure’ is someone turning their phone off or leaving it at home, it is hard to understand how public release of a manual like this could cause harm.” And furthermore, said Wessler, “It is in the public interest to understand the general capabilities of this technology, so that lawmakers and judges can exercise appropriate oversight and protect people’s privacy rights.”


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Florida police kill black man while he eats dinner in his backyard =

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 11:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Broward Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call Friday evening at the home of Gregory Frazier in Pompano Beach. His sister, Deborah, had called authorities after she claimed Frazier, 56, and his daughter were involved in a fight.

However, the fight had reportedly ended by the time the officers arrived at the home. The two white deputies were directed to the backyard, where they found Frazier eating.

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“I never would have called the cops if I’d known this was going to happen,” Ms Frazier told the New Times Broward-Palm Beach. “They just came in and started shooting right away.”

You were lucky, Ms Frazier. Usually they shoot the dog too.


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Soaring inequality in UK ‘contributed to Brexit’, Oxfam says

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 10:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The richest one per cent of the UK population now owns more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth, making the country one of the most unequal in the developed world, according to analysis by Oxfam.

The figures suggest that around 634,000 Britons are worth 20 times as much as the poorest 13 million and the charity urged Theresa May to take action to close the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots”.


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5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired over 2 million phony accounts

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 8:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“If I were a Wells Fargo customer, and fortunately I am not, I’d think seriously about finding a new bank.”


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AirAsia X flight from Sydney to Malaysia ends up in Melbourne after navigational error

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 8:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A flight from Sydney to Malaysia ended up in Melbourne after the captain incorrectly entered the plane’s location in its navigation system just before take-off, according to a safety investigation.

The AirAsia X flight took off from Sydney Airport just before noon on March 10 last year, heading to Kuala Lumpur, but soon started experiencing technical problems.

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Several key navigation systems, including autopilot, were knocked out and the plane was unable to return to Sydney as low cloud and rain meant the flight crew couldn’t see the runway.

They were then manually guided to Melbourne by air traffic controllers using their radar position, a process known as radar vectoring, and landed nearly two hours after taking off.

According to the ATSB, the captain accidentally omitted a zero when he was entering the plane’s longitude. This meant the navigation system thought the plane was near the South African city of Cape Town – 11,000 kilometres away.


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  1. Interesting. Clearly this plane needs a software update (and a hand-held GPS).

Your Car’s New Software Is Ready. Update Now?

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 8:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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TIRED of your vehicle and its aging, limited features? Don’t trade it in just yet. Download new software instead.

In some cases, that is already possible. And over the next few years, as the already extensive software on modern cars becomes even more feature-rich and upgradeable, manufacturers mean to step up the effort. They plan to offer many types of improvements or repairs through downloads that are beamed directly to the car via satellite, Wi-Fi or cellular signal, without the vehicle’s having to be brought into the shop.

Eventually, your car will be serviceable like a giant smartphone, with new features added periodically while you sleep.

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“The advantages for automakers of doing over-the-air updates are too great to ignore,” said Egil Juliussen, automotive analyst for IHS Markit. “They can keep their functionality up-to-date and get rid of bugs.”

Tesla’s upgrades have included an updated digital instrument panel, a revised touch screen, faster acceleration, activation of Autopilot and the ability for the vehicle to enter and exit a garage without anyone being in the car.

“Software updates to my Tesla are like Christmas,” said Ankur Pansari of San Francisco. “When I get them, I have a new toy to play with.”

and when a hacker discovers a zero day, the best we can hope for is that traffic jams are suddenly a lot less because all the affected cars won’t move. The Internet of Thingsargets just became a lot bigger.


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Now you can buy a USB stick that destroys anything in its path

Posted on September 12th, 2016 at 21:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For just a few bucks, you can pick up a USB stick that destroys almost anything that it’s plugged into. Laptops, PCs, televisions, photo booths — you name it.

Once a proof-of-concept, the pocket-sized USB stick now fits in any security tester’s repertoire of tools and hacks, says the Hong Kong-based company that developed it. It works like this: when the USB Kill stick is plugged in, it rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power supply, and then discharges — all in the matter of seconds.

On unprotected equipment, the device’s makers say it will “instantly and permanently disable unprotected hardware”.

You might be forgiven for thinking, “Well, why exactly?”

The lesson here is simple enough. If a device has an exposed USB port — such as a copy machine or even an airline entertainment system — it can be used and abused, not just by a hacker or malicious actor, but also electrical attacks.

“Any public facing USB port should be considered an attack vector,” says the company. “In data security, these ports are often locked down to prevent exfiltration of data, or infiltration of malware, but are very often unprotected against electrical attack.”


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  1. Blimey. Let’s not be sprinkling these areound parking lots…

How Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money

Posted on September 12th, 2016 at 19:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Donald J. Trump Foundation is not like other charities. An investigation of the foundation – including examinations of 17 years of tax filings and interviews with more than 200 individuals or groups listed as donors or beneficiaries – found that it collects and spends money in a very unusual manner.

For one thing, nearly all of its money comes from people other than Trump. In tax records, the last gift from Trump was in 2008. Since then, all of the donations have been other people’s money – an arrangement that experts say is almost unheard of for a family foundation.

Trump then takes that money and generally does with it as he pleases. In many cases, he passes it on to other charities, which often are under the impression that it is Trump%u2019s own money.

In two cases, he has used money from his charity to buy himself a gift. In one of those cases – not previously reported – Trump spent $20,000 of money earmarked for charitable purposes to buy a six-foot-tall painting of himself.

Money from the Trump Foundation has also been used for political purposes, which is against the law.


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Opinion Size Age Shape Colour Origin Material Purpose Noun

Posted on September 12th, 2016 at 12:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Native speakers of a language typically understand many grammar rules without having to study those rules. Yet some rules can be a problem for any of us, especially if we don’t know that we actually should be following a rule.

Today I want to look at what is called the royal order of adjectives, a fancy way of saying that multiple adjectives used together to modify the same noun have a particular order, at least in English. Most writers and editors have no problem with putting adjectives in the proper order, but every once in a while you may find yourself staring at a string of adjectives, wondering if something is wrong. Are they in the right order? And where do the commas go? Does a particular grouping of adjectives even get commas?


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The fourths are strong in this one.

Posted on September 12th, 2016 at 12:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


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This CIA Torture Story Is the Best Example of Our Post-9/11 Failings

Posted on September 11th, 2016 at 17:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Not that they’d listen to me or anything but, if I were the gang at the Pulitzer committee, I’d get a head start on putting Spencer Ackerman’s name on the National Reporting plaque right now, just to save themselves the work next spring.

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Summarizing it here is unfair both to Ackerman’s diligence and Jones’s courage. Read the whole damn thing. Read the next two installments. And remember that the monsters who did these things are still among us, still drawing breaths of free air, still drawing salaries, still working in the government of what is supposed to be a democratic republic, and very likely to be working in that government next January no matter who wins.

Panetta’s out there as a prime surrogate for the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The candidate herself, as Tiger Beat On The Potomac tells us, is meeting with a “bipartisan” group of “national security experts,” which includes some people mentioned quite prominently in The Guardian‘s report.

Hillary Clinton will meet with a bipartisan group of former national security officials on Friday, a group that includes ousted former CIA Director David Petraeus and former George W. Bush Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff… Others on the list—which is not yet final—include former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; John Allen, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; former acting Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers; former acting deputy CIA director Michael Morell; former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matt Olsen; and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe James Stavridis, who Clinton briefly considered as a running mate earlier this year.

I wonder if this report will come up?

No, actually, I don’t wonder at all. I wonder if it will be debated seriously in any of the four debates that will occur between now and the presidential election. No, come to think about it, I don’t wonder about that, either. But reading this report is probably the best way to commemorate the attacks of September 11, 2001, that day 15 years ago on which “everything changed.”


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Britain’s secret wars

Posted on September 11th, 2016 at 11:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For more than 100 years, Britain has been perpetually at war. Some conflicts, such as the Falklands, have become central to our national narrative, but others, including the brutal suppression of rebels in Oman, have been deliberately hidden


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Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations

Posted on September 10th, 2016 at 18:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the “Murray Buttes” region of lower Mount Sharp. The new images arguably rival photos taken in U.S. National Parks.

Curiosity took the images with its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sept. 8. The rover team plans to assemble several large, color mosaics from the multitude of images taken at this location in the near future.


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  1. No rock-climbers 🙂

  2. Some tourists can probably topple the rock on top.

Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You

Posted on September 10th, 2016 at 17:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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TV makers are constantly crowing about the tricks their smart TVs can do. But one of the most popular brands has a feature that it’s not advertising: Vizio’s Smart TVs track your viewing habits and share it with advertisers, who can then find you on your phone and other devices.

The tracking — which Vizio calls “Smart Interactivity” — is turned on by default for the more than 10 million Smart TVs that the company has sold. Customers who want to escape it have to opt-out.

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Vizio’s technology works by analyzing snippets of the shows you’re watching, whether on traditional television or streaming Internet services such as Netflix. Vizio determines the date, time, channel of programs — as well as whether you watched them live or recorded. The viewing patterns are then connected your IP address – the Internet address that can be used to identify every device in a home, from your TV to a phone.

IP addresses can increasingly be linked to individuals. Data broker Experian, for instance, offers a “data enrichment” service that provide “hundreds of attributes” such as age, profession and “wealth indicators” tied to a particular IP address.

Vizio recently updated its privacy policy to say it has begun providing data about customers’ viewing habits to companies that “may combine this information with other information about devices associated with that IP address.” The company does not promise to encrypt IP addresses before sharing them.

Here’s the thing you do: when, on installation, the TV insists on an internet connection, turn on your phone hot-spot feature for 5 minutes, and let it use that to complete that particular installation step. Once it proceeds turn off the hot-spot again. If you’ve already allowed the TV to connect to the internet, change the wifi password of the network it is using, or disconnect the cable.

Do the same with your “smart fridge” and whatever other “smart” stuff you’ve been fooled into buying.


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Youth pastor rapes a girl and the church asks her to apologize to the pastor’s wife

Posted on September 10th, 2016 at 13:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This is a disgusting story. Former youth pastor Brian Mitchell will spend 10 years in prison for raping a 16 year old girl. The girl told the court “I did not give him permission… I clearly said ‘no, didn’t want to.”

While it’s great that the rapist will actually spend time behind bars, the rape survivor still has to deal with the emotional scarring as she has PTSD symptoms from the assault. You would think that the church community would support the girl, but nope!

The girl’s mother said in court that church officials told her their family couldn’t return to the church until she apologized to Mitchell’s wife.

Absolutely atrocious. Instead of supporting the rape survivor, they engage in horrific victim blaming. This is just another sad example of the intersection of misogyny and religion. The family has left the church and I don’t know why anyone else would want to stay either.

How about “I’m sorry that you married a rapist. He is a piece of shit who deserves everything he got, and I’m sorry that you ever had to deal with him.”


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WikiLeaks threatens Daily Dot journalists over report on missing Syria emails

Posted on September 10th, 2016 at 13:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Crucial emails have gone missing from WikiLeaks’ Syria files, according to a report published today by The Daily Dot — and WikiLeaks isn’t happy about the discrepancy coming to light. The missing emails detail a 2011 transaction that moved $2.4 billion from the Central Bank of Syria to Russia’s VTB Bank, indicating both suspicious financial activity by the Assad regime and unusually close ties to the Russian banking sector.

The email is present in a cache of court-recorded emails taken from the Revolusec hacking group, who are believed to have provided the raw materials for WikiLeaks’ Syria Files, but it is absent from the Syria Files themselves. A number of emails sent on the same day are present in the files, leading to suspicion that WikiLeaks may have purposefully removed the message.

Reached for comment by The Daily Dot, a WikiLeaks spokesperson denied removing the email and made an apparent threat against the Dot reporters, saying that if they pursued the story, “you can be sure we will return the favor one day.”


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Matt Lauer: A Complete Disgrace to Journalism

Posted on September 10th, 2016 at 8:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


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‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’

Posted on September 9th, 2016 at 23:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Andy Card: When I was standing at the classroom door, I knew I was delivering a message that no president would want to hear. I knew that my message would define the moment. I decided to pass on two facts and an editorial comment. I didn’t want to invite a conversation because the president was sitting in front of the classroom. I entered the room and Ann Compton, of ABC, in the press pool, gestured, “What’s up?” I gestured back to her, two planes crashing. She gestured “What?” Then the teacher asked the students to take out their books, so I took that opportunity to approach the president. I whispered in his ear, “A second plane hit the second Tower. America is under attack.” I took a couple steps back so he couldn’t ask any questions. The students were completely focused on their books. I remember thinking what a bizarre stage we’re standing on. I was pleased with how the president reacted—he didn’t do anything to create fear.


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  1. “It was a new age.”

Lake Park’s Pokemon Go meeting was boring, livid, and gloriously absurd

Posted on September 9th, 2016 at 22:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On the evening of Wednesday, September 7, in the year of our Lord 2016, nearly 100 grown adults and several weeping children gathered in the Marcia Coles Community Room located below Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro to discuss—and sometimes scream and wail to the heavens about—Pokemon Go. The meeting was meant to address the many issues Lake Park has faced since becoming one of the most popular and concentrated Pokemon Go destinations in the country: increased litter, damaged grounds, lack of bathrooms, parking problems, concerned neighbors, etc. Instead, it was an alternately boring and interminable, occasionally livid and contentious, gloriously absurd and stupid waste of everyone’s time. No PokeCoins were awarded, and may God have mercy on our souls.


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Dear Mark. I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture.

Posted on September 9th, 2016 at 10:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Open letter from Aftenposten’s editor-in-chief to the Facebook founder.


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  1. “Facebook is for the pleasure and benefit of the whole world, myself included, on a number of levels.” Really?

I just want to listen to some music on my iPhone 7

Posted on September 9th, 2016 at 9:52 by John Sinteur in category: News

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