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  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 1:46pm



    Trump will soon need yet another set of campaign managers and advisors who can fling feces without claiming that Obama invaded Afghanistan. Someone who won't try to explain Trump's flip-flops with "He hasn’t changed his position on immigration, he has changed the 'words' that he is saying."

    Unable to speak at all while still being able to shout down others on a cable news panel, Naruto would be the ideal candidate. Naruto has the special combination of publicity and legal experience that Trump needs.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 11:56am


    Oh dear. Then you won't like that I've arranged for a moose to take a selfie. And that I'm going to upload it to Kim Dotcom's new file sharing service with a caption insulting a Terrebonne Parish Sheriff.

    I suppose I'd better get started on the moose's Right To Be Forgotten claim.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 9:28am


    "If China can have a Great Firewall, why can't we have one?"

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 9:18am

    (untitled comment)

    > That's according to a report by the UK's Home Ministry, which claims the medium is inseparable from the message

    Consequently, an international arrest warrant has been issued for Marshall McLuhan.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 8:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Crap. My cut and paste failed.

    > No, do not confuse what God allowed to happen as the same as what He wanted to happen.

    Your defense applies equally to Christianity and Islam.

    > The bible supports SERVANTS... NOT SLAVES!!!

    The Bible - both testaments - make it crystal clear that its talking about slavery. Complete with lots of details about how to treat your slaves, the rules for selling your daughter into slavery etc.

    You sound like you're using a Bible translation that tries to gloss over the inconvenient bits, substituting "servant" for "slave." I'll bet it also uses "handmaiden" instead of "concubine" or "sex slave."

    > Also do not be a tool and assume where females were approved to be taken as wives to be the same as okay to rape and pillage them.

    Of course not! Deuteronomy 21:11-14 clearly states that when you take a woman as booty while pillaging, you have to wait a month before you rape her. (After which its up to you whether you marry her or let her go.)

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 8:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: AC#3 - Two kinds of refugees

    > I certainly enjoy the food that cultures bring, but I sure as fuck do not enjoy their refusal to understand our culture, or to learn our language, or their disrespect for our laws and customs.

    Again, that applies equally to EVERY wave of immigrants.

    Most fit in. The vast majority of their children fully assimilate into society. The bits of culture they bring with them get woven into the vast tapestry of American culture. Sure, you'll still get entire groups - Quakers and conservative Mennonites for example - who refuse to assimilate and stick to their own languages. As long as they follow the law and don't harm others and don't scare the horses, it's not a problem.

    And of course there are those who reject American culture simply by refusing to accept that America has always been multicultural. Again, see mirror for details.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 8:00am

    Re: oil dollars paid for what?

    What were "oil dollars" supposed to pay for?

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 7:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Crap. My cut and paste failed.

    And yet Bible does in fact have all the same directives as the Koran for "justification for slavery, arresting prostitutes, criminalizing homosexuality or any sexuality in general, stoning people you disagree with, putting the innocent in jail, ostracizing those you politically disagree with, or just murdering everyone you hate." And many Christians take those directives seriously.

    Heck, even the New Testament shakes its pom-poms for slavery, criminalizing homosexuality, treating women like chattel, etc.

    Everything that you've stated there applies equally to both religions. And equally to the "old world" be it Europe, Asia or Africa. Nothing has changed between previous waves of refugees and this one.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re: Crap. My cut and paste failed.

    > "...until you use it to justify blind importation of a culture that has been bread since birth to hate everyone not them!"

    That's the sort of Stormfront claim inevitably backed by quotes from the Koran - ignoring the fact that the Bible contains all the same quotes. And ignoring a whole lot of "Christian world" history, much of it disturbingly recent. By your standard *Christians* "have been bred since birth to hate everyone not them." Should we keep them out of the country too?

    Sure, there are a few in ANY culture or religion who take the hatred to heart. See mirror for details. All the more reason to support those fleeing from them.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 7:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: AC#3 - Two kinds of refugees

    EVERY wave of immigrants brought their culture. And the country is better for it.

  • Aug 28th, 2016 @ 9:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: AC#3 - Two kinds of refugees

    That explains how the 400,000+ Vietnamese boat people who resettled in America brought the Vietnam war and communism with them.


    Refugees tend to be far more cut off from everything back home than regular immigrants, having been uprooted, forced out of their homes and cities.

    Most every wave of immigrants has brought some of the overseas troubles with them. Everything from old world organized crime gangs to acts of war. (Think of the Fenian raids - Irish-American militias attacking British army forts, customs posts and other targets in Canada. Or the IRA fundraising in America in modern times.)

    And yet those past waves of immigration have been on balance very good for the country.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re: AP is the real problem

    You mean like Obama? (Ted Nugent in 2012: "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.")

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 10:33am

    Re: 'You first'

    That would never happen here in Canada.

    Consider public safety minister Vic Toews in the previous Conservative government, who introduced the "Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act." A massive attack on privacy and the presumption of innocence, the bill did not mention children or internet predators other than in its title.

    When faced with opposition, Toews declared that you could "either stand with us or with the child pornographers."

    Which is when someone started tweeting details of the safety minister’s messy divorce (Mr. Toews, once called the "minister of family values" and in his 50s, fathered a child with his teenage babysitter) gleaned from publicly available court records. The tweets also detailed his spending of public money.

    Needless to say, he considered THAT to be an unjustified and invasion of privacy.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 9:06am

    Re: AP is the real problem

    Better still, direct it at Trump and his campaign team. They're the ones who keep feeding AP with statements, speeches and interviews that crookedly and dishonestly get quoted verbatim.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 8:21am

    Re: This will get interesting.

    In the US at least, this is already settled.

    Techdirt: According To The Government, Clearing Your Browser History Is A Felony

    Sarbanes-Oxley's rules about preservation of evidence apply to everyone. The law forbids the destruction of evidence, regardless of personal knowledge of ongoing investigations, or even if no investigation has even commenced. It doesn't even have to be willful destruction.

    "It was used to bring additional charges against David Kernell, who hacked into Sarah Palin's email account. The actual hacking resulted in misdemeanor charges. The cleanup processes deployed by Kernell (clearing browser cache, running a disk defragmenter, deleting downloaded photos) were treated as felony obstruction of justice under Sarbanes-Oxley. When these actions occurred, Kernell wasn't under investigation."

    If those actions are felony obstruction of justice, it's a safe bet that willfully bricking your device is too.

    It could even happen in say, copyright lawsuits. Prenda Law cried "destruction of evidence" when they sued someone for copyright infringement. The victim dutifully turned over his computer to prove otherwise. Prenda found no evidence, so they declared the his registry cleaner to be "proof" that he was destroying evidence.

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 6:38am

    Re: Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent is essentially a rebranded InfoWars. Endless "9/11 truther" stories. Endless articles warning us of a "North American Union" by 2007, by 2010 and so on. Endless stories about an antenna in Alaska - HAARP - being used for mind control, to create earthquakes, etc. Endless stories about how martial law will be used to cancel US elections in 2004 (and 2008, 2012 and 2016.)

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 @ 5:20pm


    I wonder if one could defend against a trademark or patent lawsuit by attempting to have the USPTO declared incompetent. It's not like there's any shortage of examples to back such a defense.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 @ 11:33am

    Re: Is the DMCA being used for this?

    Even if the DMCA were the proper suppression tool within the US, it wouldn't apply to the Eurogamer article.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 @ 11:08am

    (untitled comment)

    Sony: Where the Osborne Effect meets the Streisand Effect.

  • Aug 22nd, 2016 @ 1:41pm

    Re: Re:

    > What is shocking is how Bush is not loved by the left. Obama has carried most of this policies and Bush started the TARP bailouts.

    Republicans have always been more in favor of socialism - for the wealthy. (TARP, corporate bail-outs etc.) But some times it goes to weird extremes. Space travel for example: Obama has been supporting the Commercial Cargo and Commercial Crew program with SpaceX and Orbital Sciences already making regular flights to ISS. Republicans on the other hand prefer the Big Government (and probably doomed) Space Launch System, AKA the Senate Launch System.

    One can just as easily say that it's shocking how Obama is not loved by the right. He's essentially a pre-2009 Republican, sticking to almost all their polices from TARP and auto bail-outs to the TPP to gun control to the military. Even ObamaCare is best described as "15 years of Republican policy until the moment Obama adopted it."

    The only significant difference is same-sex marriage. And even then with polls showing the majority of Americans supporting it - and prominent Republicans like George & Barbara Bush and Dick Cheney supporting it - he may be just one election cycle ahead of the Republicans.

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