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Why 16% of the code on the average site belongs to Facebook, and what that means

Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 10:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


According to data collected by BuiltWith.com, 6% of the top 10,000 most high-traffic sites load content from Facebook’s servers. For the vast majority of them, that content is likely Facebook’s Javascript SDK, a huge block of code that is needed to display such features as the Like button (as seen on many media sites) and Facebook comments widgets (also used on many big media sites, Buzzfeed among them). The SDK code is so big that it represents about 16% of the total size of all Javascript on the average web page.

As if you needed another reason to block all traffic to and from facebook.com

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  1. Yeah “as if”, among all the other reasons

Weaponizing Ridicule

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


Venezuelan women stripped off their pants and threw them at riot police, taunting the already demoralized young men to “man up” and put them on. Jeering crowds laughed at the confused paramilitary forces, chanting for them to “wear some pants” and side with the people against the tottering Maduro dictatorship. Suddenly, the truncheon-wielding, helmeted police and their armored vehicles didn’t seem quite so menacing. Once the public could make fun of the repressive machine, everyone knew the police state’s time was running out.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 at 19:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


The deputy US Attorney General said he wants legislators to force technology companies to decrypt people’s private conversations.

Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday told a crowd of over 600 police officers that software developers should be required by law to unscrambled end-to-end encrypted chatter on demand – and if the engineers refuse, they should be strong-armed into complying.

“Unfortunately, some companies are unwilling to help enforce court orders to obtain evidence of criminal activity stored in electronic devices,” Rosenstein told attendees at the Utah National Security and Anti-Terrorism Conference in Salt Lake City.

“I hope that technology companies will work with us to stop criminals from defeating law enforcement. Otherwise, legislation may be necessary.”

Rosenstein, who does not have any legislative power, did not elaborate on just what those laws might be or how they might be enforced.

By now I’m sure ass-hats like these know better. Yet they still spout their bullshit, so I have to stop assuming incompetence and start assuming malice.

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This Guy Was Suspended From Twitter After He Sexually Harassed Tony The Tiger

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


“America has this back-ass-wards Calvinist streak where calling for the expulsion and genocide of non-white races is just a difference of opinion,” Boivin said. “But making a sex joke at a corporate mascot who paid money to advertise to you is cause for censure.”

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Mueller Has Early Draft of Trump Letter Giving Reasons for Firing Comey

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has obtained a letter drafted by President Trump and a top political aide that offered an unvarnished view of Mr. Trump’s thinking in the days before the president fired the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey.

The circumstances and reasons for the firing are believed to be a significant element of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, which includes whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey.

The letter, drafted in May, was met with opposition from Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, who believed that its angry, meandering tone was problematic, according to interviews with a dozen administration officials and others briefed on the matter.

“There are drafts on many sides, many sides…”

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Far-right German candidate promises to get rid of Arabic numerals

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 at 9:59 by John Sinteur in category: News


“Mr. Best … I find it alarming that in Völklingen many house numbers are displayed in Arabic numerals. How would you like to take action against this creeping foreigner infiltration?” asked the Die Partei politician.

The audience cheered and laughed, but Stern reported that Best gave a serious answer: “You just wait until I am mayor. I will change that. Then there will be normal numbers.”

You’d think people were smarter anno MMXVII…

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Terry Pratchett’s unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

Posted on September 1st, 2017 at 16:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.


The hard drive will go on display as part of a major exhibition about the author’s life and work, Terry Pratchett: HisWorld, which opens at the Salisbury museum in September.

Oh but for one more story… then again, it was his decision which works to publish and which not to, who am I to mourn the unpublished works hiding on those platters.

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  1. A literary giant, now lost to the world…
    He’ll be missed.

We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

Posted on August 31st, 2017 at 14:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


The US government is fighting to keep a former police officer in prison because he claims not to be able to remember the code to decrypt two hard drives under investigation.

Francis Rawls, a former sergeant in the Philadelphia police department, has spent nearly two years in prison for contempt of court after refusing to provide the passcode for two hard drives that were taken from his house in 2015 during an investigation into child abuse images.

Rawls claims he can’t remember the passcode for the two drives, encrypted using Apple’s FileVault system. The government says that he’s stalling because he fears that the contents could see him in serious trouble with his former employers.

The ex-cop has twice appealed the decision to detain him, once in federal court and once in the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals. His lawyers argue that holding him breaches his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself.

Both have turned him down, in the latter case because an examination of the drives showed that they had been used in a computer that had visited child abuse sites and claimed they contained files with the same hash values as known child pornography files.

On Monday Rawls’ legal team filed a request [PDF] that he be released on bail pending his final appeal to the US Supreme Court. The filing pointed out that Rawls’ stay in prison had already exceeded the maximum 18-month sentence under the 28 USC § 1826 statute for failure to comply with an order to testify or provide other information in federal judicial proceedings.

But on Wednesday the government hit back [PDF], saying that Rawls should stay in prison until he coughs up his encryption keys. It points out that Rawls isn’t being held under 28 USC § 1826, but rather the All Writs Act – the archaic legislation the FBI tried to use against Apple.

It says that they are not asking him for his decryption keys per se – they’re simply saying he needs to perform the physical act of decrypting the drives and he’s free to go. The government is also arguing that, as Rawls didn’t use his Fifth Amendment rights in his initial appeal he can’t try to use that defense now.

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  1. Well, let’s be serious – unless you have a lot of money you can pretty much be held indefinitely anytime the powers that be want to… and that’s been true for a long time.

  2. Write that sh*t down! It might save your life.

  3. Both have turned him down, in the latter case because an examination of the drives showed that they had been used in a computer that had visited child abuse sites and claimed they contained files with the same hash values as known child pornography files.

    Is this true? If the hard drives are over there… how do you know this computer went over yonder? What abt the hashtag part?

Holland has solved this problem; why can’t the US?

Posted on August 31st, 2017 at 12:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


… scientists — specifically meteorologists — predicted much of what Harvey would do, even if Trump claimed nobody knew how terrible itwould be.

This quote was sent to me by Grumpy, who added this comment:


This article is about how The Netherlands protects itself from the see better than the USA. The US has a different set of challenges, but the article is just scratching the surface. Yes, Dutch trust their government more, yes, Dutch are less in denial, yes, Dutch are more “social” about it. Though there is one “unique” thing that the article does not mention.

The Dutch have 4 levels of governmental oversight. Next to federal, state and municipal there is also the “waterschap” government, complete with elections, taxes and a legislative, executive, and (small) judiciary branch. These are not unique to The Netherlands; Begium, France, The UK and South Africa, have them too, all copies or former parts of the Dutch system. And there is the Philippines that hired some Dutchies to set up Water Boards (what’s in a name?) over there in the late ’70s. The interesting part is the amount of power they have over all other levels of government. They can basically veto any building project, close any road, evacuate people by force, and claim any recourse they need. In times of war they even are responsible for flooding defense. But I digress… The point is, water cannot be done at state level (water follows gravity) and not at federal level (power attracts politics). Waterschappen have been a major part of the Dutch governing bodies, way before Dutch independence, the (continuous) records go back to the dark ages: the 1100s.

The point about “science” is actually not emphasized enough. About half the people that work to keep The Netherlands safe from the water are scientists, a higher ratio than any US governmental body, including the NASA, NSA, etc. Of the other half, most are very experienced or are in training for over 20 years to become senior. Also these people are taken seriously. If a “dijkgraaf” (kind of like the mayor of the waterschap) or “heemraad” is interviewed by a journalist, there is no discussion about whether there are “alternate facts”. If they say “Water levels will rise by 4cm this year.” it is taken as a fact and a follow up question would be: “What does that mean?” and not: “Well, that is one opinion.” I think this is mainly because the politics is kept to a minimum. This is due, in part I think because before the consolidation from 2500 waterschappen just after WW2, into the 23 there are now, they were used to very large meetings where consensus was the only way to get anything done. In fact it has a name, this is called the “poldermodel”. But, again, I digress… The whole structure of how waterschappen are regulated is politically low-key, (like the Dutch senate). The assembly of states (Provinciale Staten) manages the structure of Waterschappen (though not in The West) except for the the “dijkgraaf” who is appointed by the king (meaning the ministers).

An other point which is left totally unmentioned is that the waterschap protects against too much water, but it also protect against too little water. This is very important to for example farmers or people that live on “veen” grounds. The USA has major problems with droughts, mostly in the north and south east and Hawaii. Again, something that cannot be done at state of federal level and definitely should not be politicized.

The Dutch build quite a few pumping stations in the USA after hurricane Katrina, a majority of which is currently not operational. In the Netherlands outage of a single backup station is extremely rare. Heck 400-year-old windmills are kept operational as backup backup systems.

As “Guns, Germs, and Steel.” is the answer to “Why do the Westerners control all the cargo?” one could argue that the answer to “Why do the Dutch control all the water?” is “Tradition, Trust, and Consensus.”

Arguing that the USA should implement Dutch practices is arguing for a Cargo cult.

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  1. Dutch society has deep roots in cooperation and being sensible.

    American society has deep roots in liberty, property rights, and capitalism.

    These lead to different outcomes.

    Concretely, for states that have water to agree to share with those that need it would imply that there is agreement on how the water is used. Very specifically, how much farmers are charged for the water in different places (subsidies or cost?) and whether cities in Arizona can create new suburban sprawl with grass lawns and golf courses. Some of the financial stakes are quite high and so it gets very political very quickly.

    I highly recommend reading _Cadillac Desert_.

    It also helps to realize that the low-lying parts of the Netherlands are also the more densely populated areas. There is no chance for the population of the high & dry areas to say “screw you people, we’re not paying for water management” because they’re completely and totally outnumbered by the people who are directly affected. That dynamic doesn’t exist in the US.

  2. North America is a huge water system that is variously managed by many different authorities.

    To my knowledge Northern US states and Canada have the International Joint Commission (IJC) responsible for water levels on the Great Lakes and that has many individual boards to manage the boundary waters. They have considerable power to change water levels as they see fit.

    Canada has many other water boards of the same style as the Dutch. In Ontario they are called conservation areas. They are paid for by a levy on municipal government that amounts to about $10 per household.

    If someone’s home is flooded by overground water, the municipality/province usually provides assistance and compensation, but may forbid recontruction of the home as happened to many hundreds of houses this year in the region where I live (Ottawa-Montreal). Municipalities are not meant to allow construction on “flood plain” but sometimes it happens.

    There is also a system of Riverkeepers*, the Canadian Water Network, and the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium and other organisations like the International Water Levels Coalition (private citizens group).
    *The Hudson river Riverkeeper was founded in the early 1960’s. Not-for-profit conservation watchdog organisation.

  3. Houston has numerous bayous and rivers that can carry more water than any pump system. Throw 30 inches of rain on the Dutch and watch what happens. Just one bayou was carrying 7000 cfs, that’s 3 million gallons per minute or 11.9 million liter per minute. And that’s just one bayou. And what about Beaumont? Are you going to put the same pump system there?

    I completely agree that the US supports capitalism and personnel liberty at the expense of the many too many times.

  4. Throw 30 inches of rain on the Dutch and watch what happens

    You’re trying to argue the Dutch don’t know how to deal with water? That’s like bringing a nail file to a gun fight.

  5. I’ve seen photos of the Dutch pumps. They don’t have the capacity needed for a 30 inch rain and they’re mounted below sea level (shades of Fuskashima). 30 inches over 2000 square miles is a large amount of water. The numbers are incredibly large. Let’s see: 30 inches over 3 days multiplied by 2000 sq miles.

    The system is designed for a once in a 1000 year event, but some section are only designed for once in a 100 year event (they’ll be sacrificed). Rainfall from Harvey was a once in a 500 year event over an area several times bigger than Holland. I don’t know if the rest of the Netherlands are covered by the pump system.

  6. We’ll be fine, will. If only because of one other little detail. We are very aware that climate change is real. The Gulf coast however has been hit with once in a 50 year hurricane for a few years in a row and is still electing politicians that think it’s fake.

Microsoft’s fix for web graphics going AWOL?

Posted on August 31st, 2017 at 0:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


If Internet Explorer 11 users exist, they may have noticed missing graphics in web apps. Now Microsoft has some free, helpful advice that might restore them: disable your antivirus.

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  1. Hi!! lol lolololo. Thanks for the funny. I needed that. I just hope no one believe it.


Posted on August 29th, 2017 at 15:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: “Science Shouldn’t Dictate American Policy”

Posted on August 29th, 2017 at 12:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


You know the drill. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, has been asked about something scientific and has said something ludicrous in response.

Shortly after announcing that he wants climate researchers to “debate” climate deniers on live TV, he gave a characteristically painful interview to a Texas radio show. Just after appearing to endorse peer-reviewed science, he added that “science should not be something that’s just thrown about to try and dictate policy in Washington DC.”

Okay – no more modern medicine for this guy, let him ride horseback to work, no electricity for him… let him find out what science has thrown about..

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  1. Let him ride bareback. The stirrup is a modern invention.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Viewers Reeling After Finale Unexpectedly Kills Off Fan

Posted on August 29th, 2017 at 0:36 by John Sinteur in category: News


PARAMUS, NJ—Saying they were still struggling to process what just happened, Game of Thrones viewers were reportedly reeling Sunday after the show’s season finale unexpectedly killed off a fan. “Holy shit, they decapitated some guy named Spencer Davenport from Dayton, Ohio,” said local woman Gaby Green of the brutally slain marketing specialist, whose bloody death in the final minute of the series’ gripping seventh season blindsided viewers across the country. “I should be ready for shocking deaths by now, but my jaw still fucking dropped when I saw that sword slice right through Spencer’s neck and his head crash to the floor of his studio apartment. I mean, Jesus. Well, at least it wasn’t Tyrion.” At press time, millions of viewers said they couldn’t wait for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones to find out if they themselves lived through the series’ very last episode.

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Pro-Russian Bots Take Up the Right-Wing Cause After Charlottesville

Posted on August 28th, 2017 at 11:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


The same social media networks that spread Russian propaganda during the 2016 election have been busily amplifying right-wing extremism surrounding the recent violence in Charlottesville, according to researchers who monitor the activity. It’s impossible to tell how much of the traffic originates from Russia or from mercenary sources. But there were hordes of automated bots generating Twitter posts and much more last week to help make right-wing conspiracy theories and rallying cries about Charlottesville go viral.

A sample of 600 Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations have been promoting hashtags for Charlottesville such as “antifa”, a term for activists on the far left; and “alt-left”, a term Trump used, which was interpreted by many as suggesting an equivalence between liberal demonstrators and white nationalists in the so-called alt-right.

But make sure to read Sputniks comment. It’s getting to be impossible to know what’s real…

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  1. Whoa! Everyone is out to try to save their ass.

Black-clad anarchists storm Berkeley rally, assaulting 5

Posted on August 28th, 2017 at 9:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


Black-clad anarchists on Sunday stormed into what had been a largely peaceful Berkeley protest against hate and attacked at least five people, including the leader of a politically conservative group who canceled an event a day earlier in San Francisco amid fears of violence.

The group of more than 100 hooded protesters, with shields emblazoned with the words “no hate” and waving a flag identifying themselves as anarchists, busted through police lines, avoiding security checks by officers to take away possible weapons. Then the anarchists blended with a crowd of 2,000 largely peaceful protesters who turned up to demonstrate in a “Rally Against Hate” opposed to a much smaller gathering of right-wing protesters.

Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood defended how police handled the protest, saying they made a strategic decision to let the anarchists enter to avoid more violence.

Greenwood said “the potential use of force became very problematic” given the thousands of peaceful protesters in the park. Once anarchists arrived, it was clear there would not be dueling protests between left and right so he ordered his officers out of the park and allowed the anarchists to march in.

There was “no need for a confrontation over a grass patch,” Greenwood said.

Sometimes there is, chief. Especially with a group you KNOW is only there for one reason.

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  1. Yes, Antifa was there to start violence. They are now officially the “Thought Police”. I’m so glad they’re saving us from the Nazis.

  2. The last time we were saved from the nazis it sure wasn’t with flowers and poetry.

  3. So violence at a peaceful Trump rally is OK? Because once it starts, there’s no containing it. Google “Charlie Manson”.

  4. Damnit will start reading for once – I’m telling the chief he SHOULD have stopped these asshats and you’re reading that as if I’m saying it’s ok to let them go and commit these terrorist acts? wtf?

  5. Sorry John, my reply was to Mark who seems to think violence is ok. You may realize by now that Antifa is following a page out of the Nazi playbook. Street violence helped propel them to power in Germany.

    So now they are asshats now? A combination of Mad Max and Helter Skelter maybe?

  6. There’s no shortage of asshats, I think..

The Presidency’s Unwritten Rules Must Now Be Written Down

Posted on August 26th, 2017 at 23:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Hark! Hark! The magic is wearing off…especially where it should be. Just a little more rubbing and the stain will be gone.

Trump Sandwich

Posted on August 26th, 2017 at 23:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The President of Blank Sucking Nullity r

Posted on August 26th, 2017 at 21:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


To understand Trump is also to understand his appeal as an aspirational brand to the worst people in the United States. What his intransigent admirers like most about him – the thing they aspire to, in their online cosplay sessions and their desperately thirsty performances for a media they loathe and to which they are so helplessly addicted – is his freedom to be unconcerned with anything but himself. This is not because he is rich or brave or astute; it’s because he is an asshole, and so authentically unconcerned. The howling and unreflective void at his core will keep him lonely and stupid until the moment a sufficient number of his vital organs finally resign in disgrace, but it liberates him to devote every bit of his being to his pursuit of himself. Actual hate and actual love, as other people feel them, are too complicated to fit into this world. In their place, for Trump and for the people who see in him a way of being that they are too busy or burdened or humane to pursue, are the versions that exist in a lower orbit, around the self. Instead of hate, there is simple resentment – abject and valueless and recursively self-pitying; instead of love, there is the blank sucking nullity of vanity and appetite.

This is what an asshole is, and lord knows Trump is not the only one in his business, or our culture, who insistently bends every incident or issue back towards his sour and jealous self. Some of the people who do this even care at some level about the broader world, but because they are assholes believe that the solution to that world’s problems lies in paying more attention to one particular asshole and his or her ideas. Trump is not one of those people. The rest of the world is an abstraction to him, a market to exploit; there is no other person in it who is real to him. They’re all supplicants or subjects, fans or haters, but their humanity is transparently not part of the equation. What other people might want, or indeed the fact that they could want at all, is crowded out of the picture by the corroded and corrosive bulk of his horrible self.

There is no room for other people in the world that Trump has made for himself, and this is fundamental to the anxiety of watching him impose his claustrophobic and airless interior world on our own. Is Trump a racist? Yes, because that’s a default setting for stupid people; also, he transparently has no regard for other people at all. Does Trump care about the cheap-looking statue of Stonewall Jackson that some forgotten Dixiecrat placed in a shithole park somewhere he will never visit? Not really, but he so resents the fact that other people expect him to care that he develops a passionate contrary opinion out of spite. Does he even know about . . .Let me stop you there. The answer is no.

The answer is always no, and it will always be no because he does not care.

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  1. Don’t hold back. Tell us what you really think.

  2. We don’t have to say we hate racism, inequality or homophobia anymore. We can just say we hate Trump. We can concentrate our combined hate at him and surly Karma will make him disappear. Kinda boring though. Trump has stolen the stage and continues to hold it.

  3. Trump personifies racism, inequality, homophobia and many other disturbing and inappropriate defects you haven’t listed. The fact that he holds the most powerful office on earth is alarming in the extreme. Most people notice this.

    He is also sui generis – there has never been anyone approaching his dishonesty, amorality, self-absorption and greed holding high office during any of our lifetimes.

    As to “kinda boring though” the above article is anything but boring. It is remarkably perceptive and insightful.

  4. The journalists that claim to hate Trump have given him the stage he so craves. It’s like feeding an addict.

  5. I see your point and don’t deny it. Media gotta media. They’ve been giving him that stage since the 1970s. And he’s been courting it needily, pathologically all that time.

    But the addicts in this equation are his supporters and abetters. Trump is the dope.

  6. Well, in my mind this stage must come down. One stick at a time better yet all at once. Drop into a big hole and bury it.

Trump pardons former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

Posted on August 26th, 2017 at 7:16 by John Sinteur in category: News



Dumping it on a Friday evening while the rest of the nation is focused on the Category 4 hurricane about to hit a major population center. Pardoning a guy who ran concentration camps…

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  1. Even on the day Trump is impeached/arrested/resigns/the videos are made public, Trump will STILL have a 25-30% approval rating. Trump knows this very well but the beast needs its red meat…
    And besides, can you think of a better way of distracting us from Russia/Emoulments/the gutting of environmental regulations/etc?
    Trump isn’t smart but he is crafty…

  2. THERE’S MORE OF US THAN THEM! Lots more. Carry the man out of the WH. We can do it.

See if you can spot the contradiction in these two tweets President Trump posted Friday morning.

Posted on August 25th, 2017 at 22:44 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. He’s killed South Carolina? I say, isn’t that a bit, you know…intemperate?

Trump goes to bat for NRA-backed bill by stifling National Parks director

Posted on August 25th, 2017 at 16:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


The National Park Service has several big problems with NRA-backed legislation that would restrict the agency from regulating hunting and fishing within park boundaries. But according to a leaked memo obtained by McClatchy, the Trump administration has so far prevented the parks from voicing such concerns.

National Park Service Acting Director Michael Reynolds prepared a June 30 memo detailing his agency’s objections to the draft legislation, the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act.”

Under the bill, the National Park Service would be prevented from regulating the hunting of bears and wolves in Alaska wildlife preserves, including the practice of killing bear cubs in their dens. It also would be prevented from regulating commercial and recreational fishing within park boundaries and from commenting on development projects outside park boundaries that could affect the parks.

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  1. I loathe the NRA. Did I tell you that before? As much, sometimes more, then trump and his mafia crew.

Report: Some patients treated for putting sunblock in their eyes during eclipse

Posted on August 25th, 2017 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


Nurse Practioner Trish Patterson told our sister station KRCR it usually takes 24 hours before people start noticing symptoms, including visual defects or blurriness.

Pain is not expected because there aren’t pain receptors in the retina.

Patterson said they treat looking directly into the sun the same as a welder’s flash.

So far, she said they haven’t had any patients with damage from looking at the eclipse, but they’ve had a few customers experience pain after they put sunscreen in their eye Monday since they did not have protective glasses.

I’m sure they used spf20/20

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  1. Quick Quiz: Who thinks they’re Trump voters, and who thinks they’re Democrat voters?

Why those Confederate soldier statues look a lot like their Union counterparts

Posted on August 25th, 2017 at 0:44 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Trump’s supportive comments about Confederate monuments have focused new attention on long-ignored Civil War statues of a mustachioed infantryman standing at rest, wearing a greatcoat and holding a rifle barrel.

The nameless figure, known to many as the Silent Sentinel, gazes over town squares and courthouse steps in dozens of Southern towns — but not just there.

Many of the South’s Silent Sentinels turn out to be identical to the statues of Union soldiers that decorate hundreds of public spaces across the North. Identical, but for one detail: On the soldier’s belt buckle, the “U.S.” is replaced by a “C.S.” for “Confederate States.”

It turns out that a campaign in the late 19th century to memorialize the Civil War by erecting monuments was not only an attempt to honor Southern soldiers or white supremacy. It was also a remarkably successful bit of marketing sleight of hand in which New England monument companies sold the same statues to towns and citizens groups on both sides of the Civil War divide.

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  1. Ha. Duped again America!

See the AuthaGraph

Posted on August 25th, 2017 at 0:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Posted on August 25th, 2017 at 0:23 by John Sinteur in category: News

I don’t have anything FaceBook related on my mobile devices, can anybody confirm this monumental stupidity?



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  1. Hmmm no. But on another note, I just discovered those links at the bottom of your page. Boy was I surprised! I thought they where links to other blogger sites. I discovered a trove of stuff! Do you realize in 2012 you wrote “can you Trump (capital T) this? Sure wish comments where still open.

  2. Older posts are a spam magnet. On many blogs comments on older posts are never looked at except by search engines. Peddlers of little blue pills know this.

  3. Ah. Spam management. Thanks. I don’t have any little blue pills nor am I seeking any. Since I’m a newer reader it is interesting. Mostly I say after a quick read, not much changes. I have to say though, I FOUND A GOOD solution to a persistent problem: JUST DON’T call it Climate Change.

    Comment by John Sinteur: “Got that? With all other factors being equal, conservatives were less likely to buy the exact same lightbulb if you told them it would help the environment.”

    If it all depends on marketing, we need a better marketing plan. Minimally a new term perhaps some new packaging

Under Trump, evangelicals show their true racist colors

Posted on August 25th, 2017 at 0:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


The 2016 presidential election, then, allowed the religious right finally to dispense with the fiction that theirs was a movement concerned about family values. Evangelical voting behavior suggests that the religious right was merely reverting to the racism that prompted its entry into the political arena in the late 1970s.

If this interpretation is mistaken, if the religious right — or at least its leadership — is not racist, then we might reasonably expect that the leaders of the movement would rush to condemn white supremacists and the equivocal responses of the president, who blamed the violence in Charlottesville on “both sides.” Where are these evangelical voices of condemnation?

In a word, nowhere.

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Trump has been subject to a military coup behind the scenes – this is the beginning of the end for his presidency

Posted on August 24th, 2017 at 23:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


Despite being one of those rare autocue-obedient recitals that tempt the willfully gullible to imagine he is becoming “presidential”, it had its absurdist flourishes. You had to smile at “I studied Afghanistan in great detail, and from every conceivable angle.” An hour earlier, he almost certainly thought Afghanistan was Jennifer Aniston’s younger sister, Afgh.


Trump’s speech confirmed that his weakness goes beyond the familiar presidential difficulty of getting contentious legislation through Congress. He is now so enfeebled that the Generals and Admirals are not just emboldened to ignore his orders with contempt (not a blind bit of notice was taken of his ban on transgender people in the military). They are dictating foreign policy even when it directly undermines the support of Trump’s base.

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  1. Oh what a day that was. But he sounded presidential. And you can too.. with the right speech writer. Dam! Where is that coup? Is it here yet? Get him out!!

Catholic Archbishop: ‘I’d Rather Go to Prison Than Report Child Abuse to Police’

Posted on August 24th, 2017 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


One of the highest-ranking officials in the Catholic Church has stated that he would “rather go to prison” than report pedophilia to police.

Australia’s most powerful clergy, Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, says he’s prepared to be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse by pedophile priests.

He made the shocking statement in response to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse saying there should be “no excuse, protection nor privilege” for clergy who failed to alert police of abuse.

Hart insisted that sexual abuse was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and was “of a higher order” than criminal law.

I think we should accommodate the bishop and throw him in jail.

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  1. This reasoning is how some justified murder; “I know it is against the law, but there was something higher and I’ll do the time.” But this “man of god” takes it to a new height; He’d rather go to jail than to tell on others? That is a first. I agree with John, just throw him in jail. I personally think that anyone talking about “a spiritual encounter with God” when describing child sex abuse should at least be removed from heading any organization that has children in it.

  2. I’d agree if that’s what he’d actually said, but of course he didn’t.


  3. Dunno who you think the fuckwits are.

    Surely it is confession that is “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and not sexual abuse.

    Much as I disapprove of all godbotherers, this looks to me like it was transcribed wrongly.

  4. He’s no different than the rest of the religious fanatics. I wonder what he expects to get in heaven.


Posted on August 24th, 2017 at 1:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

For when in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Ultimately, we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Collectively, to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Knowledge and wisdom, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Thus has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present President of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

Respectfully, in every stage of these Oppressions, We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A politician, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Upsettingly, We have not been wanting in attentions from our Republican brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.

Many have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Presently, we, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these States, solemnly publish and declare, That these united States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Donald J Trump, and that all political connection between them and the Republican Party, is and ought to be totally dissolved.

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  1. A consummation devoutly to be wished.

    On the other hand, you’d still have the Republicans to reckon with. As unhinged a pile of self-righteous, immoral, hypocritical sleazebags as the Great Republic has ever known. Not even the framers of the Declaration of Independence, in their most feverish nightmares, could have imagined their good work could have given the world this shower.

  2. You did check all the first letters, right?

  3. You’re getting subtle in your old age, John…
    I didn’t spot that at all!

Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington

Posted on August 24th, 2017 at 1:04 by John Sinteur in category: News


One recurring feature of the Trump Presidency has been an acute collective sensation, shared by a substantial portion of the electorate, of helpless witness. Dismayed Americans wait, like spectators at a game that has turned suddenly dangerous, for a referee to step in and cry foul. But one reason that Trumpism is so transfixing to watch is that it is about the upending of norms, the defiance of taboos, the destabilization of institutions. School’s out forever. What this means in practice is a serious deficit of accountability. Whom can you call when the authorities are the ones breaking the rules?

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  1. Waiting for investigations into stock “champions” making off with mucho $$ as they buy, sell, short mkts based on trump speeches. Not the everyday buyers, sellers, shorters but those that trump said the day before…. @watch this!”

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