Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones and Frank Zappa

"This Week in Trek" featured video

The podcast "This Week in Trek" featured on of my videos this week. They slightly misunderstood its intent, but hey, it was featured.

Uganda continues to be a vile pocket of hatred

Like the whine of a spoiled child, with more than a touch of psychotic.

At first, it was a fiery contempt for homosexuality that led a Ugandan lawmaker to introduce a bill in 2009 that carried the death penalty for a “serial offender” of the “offense of homosexuality.”

The bill’s failure amid a blitz of international criticism was viewed by many as evidence of power politics, a poor nation bending to the will of rich nations that feed it hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

But this time around — the bill was reintroduced this month — it is a bitter and broad-based contempt for Western diplomacy that is also fueling its resurrection.

“If there was any condition to force the Western world to stop giving us money,” said David Bahati, the bill’s author, “I would like that.”

Read more here.

Davy Jones RIP


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stone Age hunters from Europe may have discovered America

New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.

A remarkable series of several dozen European-style stone tools, dating back between 19,000 and 26,000 years, have been discovered at six locations along the US east coast. Three of the sites are on the Delmarva Peninsular in Maryland, discovered by archaeologist Dr Darrin Lowery of the University of Delaware. One is in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia. A sixth was discovered by scallop-dredging fishermen on the seabed 60 miles from the Virginian coast on what, in prehistoric times, would have been dry land.

Read more here.

Twitter becomes marketer's pimp

Companies are now able to search and analyse up to two years of Twitter updates for market research purposes.

Firms can search tweets back to January 2010 in order to plan marketing campaigns, target influential users or even try to predict certain events.

Until today, only the previous 30 days of tweets were available for companies to search. Regular users can access posts from the past seven days.

Read more here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Liberal party staff member behind "Vikileaks" deserves a medal

A Liberal party staff member was behind the "Vikileaks" Twitter campaign that took aim at Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, the House of Commons was told Monday.

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae said he was advised Sunday that a member of the Liberal party research bureau used a House of Commons computer to set up the account that was used to publish details of Toews's divorce two weeks ago.

Rae said he spoke with the staff member Monday morning. The person offered his resignation and it was accepted, Rae said, while not naming the staff member.

Read more here.

Internet trolls Rumblefish's copyright claim is for the birds

Never underestimate the scumminess of the lawyer class.

Rumblefish, a company notorious for sending copyright takedown notices to YouTube alleging copyright violations in videos' soundtracks, demanded removal of a video whose audio consists entirely of ambient birdsong recorded during a walk in the woods. When the video's creator objected, Rumblefish repeated its accusation, and Google added the notation "These content owners have reviewed your video and confirmed their claims to some or all of its content: Entity: rumblefish Content Type: Sound Recording."

Read more here.

Arrogant banker to server: "Get a real job"

An arrogant banker has done all in his power to enforce his position as the ‘one per cent,’ all the while reminding everyone else they’re not.

After dining on a meal at a boutique Newport Beach, California restaurant, the banker left only $1.33 on a $133.54 tab.

Adding insult to injury, he gave the server, Breanna, another tip: ‘Get a real job.’

Read more here.

Harper and Co. accused of f*cking with the last election

Harper and Co. acting in a dishonest way?

No! Knock me over with a feather...

More candidates are coming forward with reports of calls that tried to send voters to the wrong polling stations last election day.

The House of Commons returns Monday from a week-long break as the furor grows over harassing and fraudulent calls on May 2, 2011.

Liberal and NDP campaigns in 36 ridings say they were hit with the calls. One Conservative, MP Dean Del Mastro, said Saturday that his supporters also got calls.

Former Liberal MP Anthony Rota, who lost his bid for a fourth term in Nipissing-Timiskaming, Ont., by 18 votes, says the voter suppression tactics could have cost him the election.

"What I was hearing was, 'Elections Canada told us to go to the wrong poll.' Or they were sending them across town to vote in another location," he told CBC's Julie Van Dusen.

Best bullshit:

Defence Minister Peter MacKay pointed to Sona's resignation and told CBC News that the party doesn't need to investigate any further.

"I think they've identified the individual that was involved in this, and this is certainly not something our party condones," he said.

Translation: Ignore the Man behind the curtain...

Read more here.

Sacha Baron Cohen continues to be a tremendous a$$hole

From the moron who inflicted Borat on the world...

He promised controversy at this year’s Oscars and Sacha Baron Cohen certainly didn’t disappoint, providing one of the night’s greatest moments a full hour before the show even started.

Sporting full faux strongman regalia in a publicity stunt for his new film, “The Dictator” — the British comic actor created a huge red carpet stir after dumping what he jokingly called the ashes of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il from an urn onto TV presenter Ryan Seacrest.

Read more here.

Thunderf00t: Youtube starts banning 'religiously offensive' videos

Below is one of the banned videos. You decide..

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Virginia's Dave Albo: State rape is just so damn funny

Texas GOP Senate debate: I hate gay people the most. No I do! No, I do!!

Harvey Weinstein deals with bullies of his own

There's more to this than some harsh language. Someone doesn't want kids to be free of bullying it seems.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has threatened to pull out of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) over a film rating given to the documentary Bully.

The R rating means children under the age of 17 will not be able to watch the film, about bullying in US schools, without a parent present.

In a statement, Weinstein called the rating decision "a bridge too far".

Read more here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Indiana Rep. Bob Morris: The world knows what an idiot I am? Boy, am I sorry

After reflecting on the letter I wrote on February 18, 2012 to my fellow Indiana Republican Representatives, I realize now that my words were emotional, reactionary, and inflammatory. For that I sincerely apologize. I apologize to the Girl Scouts of Indiana and all of the girls and parents of Indiana who are participating in and running their Girl Scout organizations in a way that promotes leadership, community involvement and family values. I certainly should not have painted the entire Girl Scouts organization with such a wide brush.

But now the world knows, oppsie!

As I have mentioned, the letter was intended for only my colleagues in the Statehouse. That is not an excuse for the breadth of my letter – rather, it is the reason for the lack of research and evidence it contained.

If you read his "apology", he's not really sorry, he just regrets the world now knows what a fool he is.

Read more here.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stunningly ignorant teen age girls views on race

They've since been booted from their high school...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Indiana Rep. Bob Morris drags his family into his pit of idiocy

Undaunted by ridicule from the leader of his own party, an Indiana lawmaker is standing by his allegations that the Girl Scouts is a radical organization that promotes abortions and homosexuality.

The scouts and Planned Parenthood have dismissed Rep. Bob Morris' comments as absurd, as did Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma. But Morris, a Republican, told The Associated Press his critics need to do more research into the 100-year-old scouting organization.

"My family and I took a view and we're sticking by it," Morris said Tuesday, adding that his daughters were joining an alternative group for young girls run by conservative Christians. "My girls are no longer Girl Scouts. They're now going to join American Heritage Girls."

Fuckwit. I wonder if he's even dimly aware he's the laughing stock of the Internet.

...probably not.

Read more here.

EU court to rule on ACTA

The European Union's highest court has been asked to rule on the legality of a controversial anti-piracy agreement.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has been criticised by rights campaigners who argue it could stifle free expression on the internet.

EU trade head Karel De Gucht said the court will be asked to clarify whether the treaty complied with "the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms".

The agreement has so far been signed by 22 EU member states.

300m-year-old forest preserved in ash

Researchers have unearthed a forest in northern China preserved under a layer of ash deposited 300 million years ago.

Preservation of the forest, just west of the Inner Mongolian district of Wuda, has been likened to that of the Italian city of Pompeii.

The researchers were able to "reconstruct" nearly 1,000 sq m of the forest's trees and plant distributions.

Read more here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Vic Toews gets the attention of Anonymous

Indiana Rep. Bob Morris: Idiot of the Day

Another metal giant speaks up.

A lawmaker has sent a letter to fellow Republican members of the Indiana House saying he will not support a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts because he believes it is a “radicalized organization” that supports abortion and promotes homosexuality.

In a letter obtained by The Journal-Gazette of Fort Wayne on Monday, Rep. Bob Morris of Fort Wayne said he did some research on the Internet and found allegations that the Girl Scouts are a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood, allow transgender females to join and encourage sex.

“After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of web-based research*, and what I found is disturbing,” Morris wrote in his letter, which also accused the group of promoting “homosexual lifestyles.”


Read more here.

Ancient plants back to life after 30,000 frozen years

Scientists in Russia have grown plants from fruit stored away in permafrost by squirrels over 30,000 years ago.

The fruit was found in the banks of the Kolyma River in Siberia, a top site for people looking for mammoth bones.

The Institute of Cell Biophysics team raised plants of Silene stenophylla - of the campion family - from the fruit.

Read more here.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Uh oh. Iran warships enter Mediterranean

Iranian warships have entered the Mediterranean Sea for only the second time since the 1979 revolution.

The destroyer Shahid Qandi and its supply vessel Kharg have passed through the Suez Canal but their destination remains unclear.

Navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayari told the Irna agency the mission was a show of might and a "message of peace".

Read more here.

Google caught with its hand in the cookie jar

Google has been accused of bypassing the privacy settings of users of the Safari web-browser.

The Wall Street Journal said Google and other companies had worked around privacy settings designed to restrict cookies.

Cookies are small text files stored by browsers which can record information about online activity, and help some online services work.

However Google says the story "mischaracterises" what happened.

Yeah, ok..

"We didn't anticipate that this would happen, and we have now started removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers. It's important to stress that, just as on other browsers, these advertising cookies do not collect personal information."

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google "disabled the code after being contacted by the paper".

Read more here.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and the Conservative Bullsh*t of the Day

He's shocked, shocked!

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he is surprised to learn that a section of the government's online surveillance bill provides for "exceptional circumstances" under which "any police officer" can request customer information from a telecommunications service provider.

In an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House, Toews said his understanding of the bill is that police can only request information from the ISPs where they are conducting "a specific criminal investigation."

But Section 17 of the 'Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act' outlines "exceptional circumstances" under which "any police officer" can ask an ISP to turn over personal client information.

"I'd certainly like to see an explanation of that," Toews told host Evan Solomon after a week of public backlash against Bill C-30, which would require internet service providers to turn over client information without a warrant.

"This is the first time that I'm hearing this somehow extends ordinary police emergency powers [to telecommunications]. In my opinion, it doesn't. And it shouldn't."


Translation: the public has read the bill? Damn, damn, damn!

Read more here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews doesn't like personal information taken about him without a warrent

To put it politely Mr. Toews, you're a fucking hypocrite.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will request a parliamentary investigation into a Twitter account that's being used to post his personal information and is linked to an IP address in the House of Commons.

In an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CBC Radio's The House, to air Saturday, Toews says he's going to send a letter to Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer to request an investigation.

The user account on the social networking site Twitter that's being used to post personal information on Toews has been linked to an IP address on Parliament Hill, the Ottawa Citizen reported Thursday night.

An IP address is a unique number that identifies computers in a network, which suggests that someone who works on Parliament Hill may be posting Toews's personal information online.

Read more here.

Why is the man loathed so? See below for possible reasons:

Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother
Section 34 gives Orwellian powers to government-appointed 'inspectors'

Read more here.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie set to delight bigots across his state

Legislators in the US state of New Jersey have passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage, but Governor Chris Christie has vowed to veto the measure.

The state's Assembly approved the bill 42-33, after the Senate passed the bill on Monday.

Mr Christie and most state Republicans say they want gay marriage put to a popular vote.

Read more here.

Harper and Co.: Science? We don't need no stinkin' science

Note to the outside world: we are not being governed by the brightest of lights here. Sad but true.

The Canadian government has been accused of "muzzling" its scientists.

Speakers at a major science meeting being held in Canada said communication of vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed.

But one Canadian government department approached by the BBC said it held the communication of science as a priority.

Prof Thomas Pedersen, a senior scientist at the University of Victoria, said he believed there was a political motive in some cases.

"The Prime Minister (Stephen Harper) is keen to keep control of the message, I think to ensure that the government won't be embarrassed by scientific findings of its scientists that run counter to sound environmental stewardship," he said.

I suspect the federal government would prefer that its scientists don't discuss research that points out just how serious the climate change challenge is."”

The Canadian government recently withdrew from the Kyoto protocol to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Read more here.

Politico's Donovan Slack: Idiot of the Day

It's very clear what side President Obama is on here in Wisconsin.

Behind the stage where he will speak today are two flags: an American one, as usual, and right alongside it -- and a flag for the local union, Wisconsin 1848.

Except the flag was the flag of Wisconsin.

Politico pulled the story, but thru the magic of web cache: voila!

Read more here.

Harper and Co. do something right

The federal government is expected to take steps today to close a legal loophole that could have undermined thousands of gay marriages around the world.

The governing Conservatives are expected to detail changes to the Civil Marriage Act to ensure the marriages are recognized.

Read more here.

Someone in Parliament doesn't like Vic Toews

Whoever you are, welcome to the club.

Mr Toews should welcome such openness with his personal information. He seems to be ok that ours is open to such scrutiny.

A user account on the social networking site Twitter that's being used to post personal information on Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has been linked to an IP address on Parliament Hill.

The anonymous account uses an IP address that originates within the House of Commons, the Ottawa Citizen reported Friday.

An IP address is a unique number that identifies computers in a network, which suggests that someone who works on Parliament Hill may be posting Toews's personal information online.

The Twitter feed was set up on Feb. 14 and has already garnered more than 8,000 followers.

Read more here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski and Conservative Bullsh*t of the Day

Worried about the optics of wide-angle shots of empty seats in the House of Commons, a Conservative MP suggested Tuesday that broadcasting rules be changed on Fridays - at least - to focus only on the person speaking, to make for better television. Tom Lukiwski said he has heard concerns from colleagues that the empty seats picked up on camera make politicians look bad. "That kind of concerns a lot of members that it frankly doesn't look good for Parliament," he said. Friday is usually a light day in the House, as many MPs vacate Ottawa to return to their constituencies. A House of Commons committee reviewing the broadcasting rules this week heard from Parliament's chief informa-tion officer, who said wide-angle shots have been permitted since 1992 to provide some context for viewers at home. "You are on camera," Louis Bard told the committee. "If I have to focus on the chair and the member behind is sleeping, there's not much I can do."

The Story of Doctor Who

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore defends the "Don't F*ck with our Money" copyright bill

Canada’s copyright legislation is taking a very different path from controversial U.S. legislation that drew widespread protests, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore said Wednesday.

In an interview with CBC News the week a special committee set up its schedule for examining the bill, Moore said the government has rejected the aggressive approach the American government tried to take with the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Observers have said they’re not opposed to much of bill C-11, the act to amend the copyright act, but they fear lobbying could convince the Canadian government to take a more aggressive approach.

Read more here.

Canadian Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews: Vic wants to know about you. Let's get to know about Vic. anonymous party has created a Vikileaks Twitter account that is publishing embarrassing personal details culled from affidavits filed in Mr Toews's divorce, saying, "Vic wants to know about you. Let's get to know about Vic."

Read more here.

Business Insider's Matt Rosoff: Idiot of the Day

Via Boing Boing:

If you want to understand why Silicon Valley startups keep tripping into privacy-related PR disasters, you could not do better than reading this attack on online privacy from Silicon Alley Insider editor Matt Rosoff.

"Each time [a data breach] happens, bloggers and privacy zealots scream and yell and pull their hair out. In some cases, the companies are forced to apologize and cancel the offending feature. Sometimes, a few politicians grandstand so they can look like they're solving real problems and maybe the government gets involved and forces the companies to change a little bit.

But these flaps had exactly zero effect on Facebook's and Google's business. No effect. None. Nada. User growth, engagement, revenue -- all kept going up without a blip. Normal people don't care."

By "normal" people, Rosoff means people like him, who must endure rather than hope for obscurity. But the assumptions clouding his rather privileged viewpoint expose themselves at once, as he embarks upon a classical dialogue between himself and a straw-man interlocutor angry at a hypothetical data breach.

Read more here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Russian wet dream: Putin arrested

It's not real, but I'll bet many in Russia wish it was.

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker: Voting on civil rights is a bad idea

Bigots just love voting on the rights of others....oh, except when it affects them.

Harper and Co.: Be afraid

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

World does nothing as Uganda prepares to become the Nazis of Africa

Kinda helps in understanding the 1930's, no?

"Who cares? They're not coming for me..."

Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been re-introduced into Parliament and is currently in the hands of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee. As the Committee considers what to do with the bill, there has been considerable confusion over what would happen if the bill were to become law. Most of the attention has focused on the bill’s death penalty provision, but even if it were removed, the bill’s other seventeen clauses would still represent a barbaric regression for Uganda’s human rights record. In this series, we will examine the original text of bill’s eighteen clauses to uncover exactly what it includes in its present form.

Read more here.

Judge Napolitano: How to get fired from Fox News

Canada's public safety minister Vic Toews: Idiot of the Day

They are using the tired old, yet oh so successful "child porn" defence of a very bad bill.

Critics of a bill that would give law enforcement new powers to access Canadians' electronic communications are aligning themselves with child pornographers, Canada's public safety minister says.

"He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers," Vic Toews said of Liberal public safety critic Francis Scarpaleggia during question period on Monday, after Scarpaleggia asked about a bill expected to be tabled Tuesday.

Translation: Let us pass this very bad bill that will strip Canadians of even more rights and freedoms, or you're into kiddie porn.

Harper and Co.: Simple minded and hoping we all are too. As voters seem to think giving these reactionary thugs a majority was a good idea, perhaps we are...

Read more here.

Michael Geist discusses the bill here

Whitney Houston album prices rise after her death

It's easy to get so emotional about a singer after they've passed prematurely, as Whitney Houston did Saturday at the age of 48. But fans seeking to buy her digital albums in remembrance weren't too happy at sudden price hikes so soon after her death.

The Brits picked up on it quickly, with London-based Next Web writer Matt Brian and The Guardian's Josh Halliday both finding the price increases, which raised Houston's "The Ultimate Collection" 2007 album from £5 (about $7.89) to £8 (about $12.63). In the United States, the cost is even steeper: $15 for the "Greatest Hits" collection at both Amazon (mp3 store) and iTunes.

Halliday found out that Sony Music increased the price of "The Ultimate Collection" at about 4 a.m. Sunday, not even 12 hours after news broke of Houston's death. Fans were quick to point fingers at Apple for the anti-sale, but it turned out that when Sony bumped up the wholesale price of "The Ultimate Collection," iTunes and other retailers automatically upped their pricing.

Read more here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Manitoba government are cold hearted bastards

The Manitoba government is making a court bid Monday to quash a lawsuit by the family of Brian Sinclair, a homeless man who died after waiting 34 hours in a hospital emergency room in 2008.

Lawyers for the province and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA) will ask a Court of Queen's Bench judge on Monday to dismiss the majority of the civil suit, which was filed by the Brian Sinclair Estate and Family in September 2010.

The lawsuit seeks $1.6 million and names 18 defendants, including several medical staff, the WRHA and the Manitoba government.

Read more here.

Rick Santorum - Gifts From God

Malaysia cowardly defends deporting Saudi journalist for tweet

The Malaysian government has defended its deportation of a Saudi journalist accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a tweet

Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said the deportation to Saudi Arabia was legal and that Malaysia cannot be seen as a safe haven.

Hamza Kashgari, 23, was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Mr Kashgari's controversial tweet last week sparked more than 30,000 responses and several death threats.

Insulting the prophet is considered blasphemous in Islam and can be punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

Read more here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ontario PC's just love racist, homophobic Tim Hudak

Well, there's no accounting for taste.

Tim Hudak has retained his leadership of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives.

The Opposition chief survived a leadership review by delegates gathered at the Tory convention in Niagara Falls, receiving 78.7 per cent support of the 1,241 ballots cast. Most observers had expected the party would give the rookie leader a second chance, given the possibility of a snap election in a minority legislature.

Read more here.

Thousands protest ACTA in Europe

Another sleazy attempt by governments and corporations to control the Internet. They were hoping no one would notice...

Thousands of people have taken part in co-ordinated protests across Europe in opposition to a controversial anti-piracy agreement.

Significant marches were held in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).

Around 200 protesters gathered in central London outside the offices of several major rights holders.

Demonstrators argued that Acta will limit freedom of speech online.

Read more here.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Path and Hipster caught f*cking with your privacy

The makers of two iPhone apps have apologised after it emerged they had uploaded users address-book information without explicit permission.

Path and Hipster both sent contact data to company servers in order to help users find friends who were also using the apps.

Both companies said they had now updated their apps to fix the problem.

Ha, problem. Sounds more like an intentionally build in feature.

Best bullshit:

"We made a mistake," Path chief executive David Morin said in a blog post.

Translation: Damn, we got caught.

Read more here.

Music Labels’ Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance

Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing. Piracy, they claim, has been the industry’s undoing, accounting for an over 50% drop in sales since 1999 (the industry likes to discount the impact of legal per-song music downloads via services like iTunes, and the myriad other changes facilitated by the rise of high-speed Internet connections).

Their efforts to combat piracy are often draconian: threatening tens of thousands of people with lawsuits claiming obscenely high damages; attempting to coordinate their threats with consumers’ ISPs; and, most recently, supporting legislation like SOPA and PIPA that would undermine the fabric of the Internet. Hell, Universal once pulled down a 30 second YouTube video of a dancing baby because the baby had the audacity to dance to a Prince song.

Which is why my jaw dropped when I saw that VEVO, a property jointly owned by some of the biggest record labels in the world, was showing a pirated stream of an ESPN football game at its Sundance PowerStation venue last month — on no fewer than two televisions, and a pair of laptops

Read more here.

Washington State Representative Maureen Walsh: Hero of the Day

Thursday, February 09, 2012

NYC police murder teenager over small amount of pot

This madness has got to stop.

Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old teenager, was killed in his home on East 229th Street in the Bronx last week by plainclothes narcotics cops. Graham, who was unarmed, was shot in the chest as he was trying to flush a small amount of weed down the toilet, as his terrified grandmother and 6-year-old brother watched from a few feet away.

Read more here.

Public Safety Minister Vic Towes: F*ck you and all you stand for

Are Canadians “OK” with torture? Our government is, apparently. In a 2010 letter that has only just come to light, Public Safety Minister Vic Towes decreed that the government would accept intelligence that might be derived from torture by third parties. The Minister cautions that “Canada does not condone torture,” which is a bit like saying that one is opposed to shoplifting on principle … but, should a friend steal something of particular interest, well that’s another story.

Read more here.

Awww those poor cashed strapped Wall Street bankers

...Morgan Stanley’s recent dictum capping cash bonuses at $125,000. In response to that, Sherman quotes an unnamed banker:

"After tax, that’s like, what, $75,000?" an investment banker at a rival firm said as he contemplated Morgan Stanley’s decision. He ran the numbers, modeling the implications. "I’m not married and I take the subway and I watch what I spend very carefully. But my girlfriend likes to eat good food. It all adds up really quick. A taxi here, another taxi there. I just bought an apartment, so now I have a big old mortgage bill."

My heart bleeds

Read more here.

World's Oldest Work Of Art Found...maybe

A recently discovered painting in Spanish caves in Costa Del Sol was found by scientists to be approximately 42,000 years old, making it the oldest artwork ever. What is more, this artwork is also the first known painting by Neanderthals, not homo sapiens. Professor Jose Luis Sanchidrian called it an "academic bombshell" and its effects will reverberate through the field of Art History for years to come.

Doubts are being raised as to authenticity of said art works...

Read more here.

Toronto City council kiss Rob Ford's ass

That could take some time...

City council has excused Mayor Rob Ford after the city’s integrity commissioner found he improperly solicited charitable donations from lobbyists for his football foundation.

In August 2010, council accepted the finding of integrity commissioner Janet Leiper and directed the mayor to reimburse the donors.

Because he hadn’t done so, the issue returned to council but this time, council voted 22-12 to rescind its earlier decision and take no action against the mayor.

The move indicates there are no consequences if a member of city council runs afoul of their code of conduct, said Councillor Paula Fletcher, an opponent of the mayor.

Read more here.

Countering the recording industry written "Bill C-11 Is No SOPA" bullsh*t

Michael Geitst to the rescue as always:

Barry Sookman, lawyer and registered lobbyist for the Canadian Recording Industry Association (now Music Canada), the Motion Pictures Association - Canada, and Canadian Publishers Council, has an op-ed in the National Post claiming that concerns that proposed amendments to Bill C-11 could result in SOPA-style rules in Canada are the stuff of wild claims and hysteria.

The short response is that Sookman's column - along with his clients - downplay the dramatic impact of their proposed amendments. Their proposed amendments to C-11 would radically alter the bill by constraining consumer provisions, heaping greater liability risk on Internet companies, and introducing website blocking and Internet termination to Canada. Several of these provisions are very similar in approach to SOPA in the U.S. and the comparison is both apt and accurate. Moreover, the column leaves the false impression that Bill C-11's digital lock rules are standard when they are widely opposed by numerous stakeholders that Sookman would not dare to call anti-copyright.

There is much more to take issue with in the column and I've done so in paragraph-by-paragraph format below. Sookman's column is posted in italics and my response immediately follows:

Read more here.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A federal appeals court rules against the Prop 8 supporting bigots of California

A little kick in the teeth of the bigots behind the evil Prop 8...

A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the state's Proposition 8 "works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians" by denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment.

If you think voting on the civil rights of your fellow citizens is aok, you are one sick fuck.

Read more here.

Pete Hoekstra love you long time

No racism here...

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Russia and China act like swine over Syria

An Arab and Western-backed resolution condemning the violent crackdown in Syria has been vetoed at the UN Security Council by Russia and China.

They rejected the draft as "unbalanced" hours after activists accused troops of killing at least 55 people at Homs.

Western countries said the move would encourage Syria's government to continue its violent clampdown.

A BBC correspondent who entered Homs with rebels after the vote says gun and shell fire can be heard in the city.

Read more here.

The Island of Misnamed Toys

American arrogance: Mitt Romney

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Keystone FBI Cops hacked by Anonymous

As FBI and Scotland Yard investigators recently plotted out a strategy for tracking suspects linked to Anonymous, little did they know that members of the group were eavesdropping on their conference call and recording their plans.

The online vigilante group has released a 17-minute clip of a Jan. 17 conference call between investigators discussing evidence gathered against members of the group as well as upcoming plans for arrests. The group also released an e-mail sent out by an FBI agent to law enforcement agents around the world with a phone number and password for accessing the conference call.

The FBI has confirmed to the Associated Press that the recording is authentic.

Read more here.

Friday, February 03, 2012

NEWS FLASH: Rick Santorum is a heartless bastard

Can't pay? Fuck off and die.

"People have no problem going out and buying an iPad for $900. But paying $200 for a drug they have a problem with -- that keeps you alive. Why? Because you've been conditioned in thinking health care is something you should get and not have to pay for. Drug companies, health care companies need to have a profitability, because if they don't, then how are we going to regulate costs? We're going to ration care," said Santorum. "And you may be someone who gets that care, but this little boy, because of his condition, or because of his life expectancy may not. Why? Because it's not cost effective." While some of in the audience applauded Santorum's tough stance against government involvement in drug prices, others protested. The mother of the child yelled out that she was going bankrupt just to pay for her child to keep breathing. It wasn't clear what the boy's condition was. "I hear these and sympathize with these very passionate cases," Santorum responded to the mother. "Look, I want your son and everybody to have the opportunity to stay alive on much-needed drugs. But the bottom line is, we have companies with the incentive to make those drugs. And if they don't have the incentive to make those drugs, your son won't be alive and lots of other people in this country won't be alive. We either believe in markets or we don't."

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Trailer for "The Phantom Menace" in 3D manages to make the film seen even worse

This may be the most annoying thing ever created.

As a commenter said:

2 February 2012 3:56PM
There are no words in the English language that adequately express the extent to which George Lucas needs to fuck the fuck off.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu elicites other sick f*cks to back him up

Underneath any rock you find...

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu says he's received hundreds of messages of support since he made controversial comments Wednesday about facilitating the suicide of convicted murderers.

The Conservative senator sparked the controversy when he was asked his opinion on the death penalty and he replied that he is against it, but not opposed to ropes being left in the cells of serial killers who have no chance of rehabilitation. Boisvenu said they have the right to take their own lives.

Later in the day he issued a statement saying his comment was inappropriate and he wished to withdraw it. He apologized if he offended anyone that has been affected by suicide.

Boisvenu now says he has received 500 to 600 messages of support and that he simply expressed an opinion that many Canadians hold.

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Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu: Idiot of the Day

Charming. But his statement will delight our nuckle dragging Conservatives.

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu has backtracked from controversial comments he made Wednesday about having ropes in the jail cells of convicted killers that prompted an accusation that the Quebec senator broke the law.

His office issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that said a comment he made earlier in the day to reporters was "inappropriate" and that he regrets not clarifying his views on repeat criminals.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Quebec bloggers disent non to Huffington Post sweatshop

Dear Arianna and Co. have questionable motives, and here's another example...

A week before launch, Huffington Post Quebec has lost at least nine high-profile contributors — intellectuals, leftist activists and politicians — who'd agreed to blog but have now pulled out over concerns they'd be writing for free.

Amir Khadir, Steven Guilbault, Normand Baillargeon, Francoise David, Evelyne de la Cheneliere, Jean Barbe, Philippe Couillard, Bernard Drainville and Pierre Curzi say they won't blog for the new online news site.

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The Huffington Post is still redirecting traffic to the Canadian version 1 time in 10, to drum up bogus numbers.

A swarm of The Quadrotors of Death


US military makes self steering bullet

Sick fucks

A self-guiding bullet that can steer itself towards its target is being developed for use by the US military.

The bullet uses tiny fins to correct the course of its flight allowing it to hit laser-illuminated targets.

It is designed to be capable of hitting objects at distances of about 2km (1.24 miles). Work on a prototype suggests that accuracy is best at longer ranges.

A think tank says the tech is well-suited to snipers, but worries about it being marketed to the public.

I'm sure orders for them are already pouring in...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: Scumbag of the Day

The verbal feud over gay marriage in New Jersey got more personal Monday with Gov. Chris Christie firing a slang term at a lawmaker, and a hero of the Civil Rights movement chastising the governor for a separate remark.

Christie called openly gay Assemblyman Reed Gusciora “numb nuts” during a Statehouse news conference — his response to the lawmaker comparing him to former segregationist governors in the South.

Voting others civil rights, the out for all bigots...

“I think people would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights, rather than fighting and dying in the streets in the South,” Christie said after an event in Central Jersey.

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