But I'm not buying. AND He's not getting any quotes from me because he doesn't deserve any. He may call himself a "defender" of the constitution, but last I checked I neither voted for him or espoused any of his beliefs. Imho all he's done is exile himself as a means to gain notoriety, and truly, that he has by the bucketload. As for being a hero? Yeah no, not so much, not to me nor to anyone else who works in any way, shape or form to help our national defense. In fact all he's done is make our lives extra-miserable in a pretty thankless job to begin with.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stung by internal security lapses, U.S. intelligence officials plan to use a sweeping electronic system to continually monitor workers with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press.
The system is intended to identify rogue agents, corrupt officials and leakers and draws on a Defense Department model under development for more than a decade, according to officials and documents reviewed by the AP.
Anyone with a clearance already jumps through a painful number of hoops, can be subject to intimate scrutiny and obliged to give out private details on trips, family, medical events and more. The funny thing is most people, if not all, don't get paid extra for enduring something most Snowden supporters can't fathom. Yes, there are people who willingly give up their privacy to do a job that is needed. And if you don't think it's needed then you need to think about how many countries out there are really our besties, not willing to steal our technology, infiltrate our systems, capture or kill Americans because of their country of origin. The world isn't a pretty place and information can mean the difference between another 9/11 or not.
Snowden basically was a pissant in the machine who did what everyone else doesn't: steal what they were entrusted with and run.
The whole "privacy" thing is a lie. If you want privacy don't go online. Don't post. Don't tweet. Don't subscribe. It nauseates me no fucking end that people who are happily posting nude selfies are running around screaming that the government is "all up in them" for collecting phone records. Frankly I have nothing to hide, the government can collect my data all day, I don't care.
As for SXSW, I guess he's gotta do something to stroke his ego since the Russians aren't. I have a feeling the more he opens his mouth the more people are going to realize this isn't some brilliant martyr who "gave all" for his country. I especially like the free advert for Tor. Nice touch.
So from my keyboard at WoS here's a fine: SCREW YOU EDDIE. You did nothing to help my or my country and instead did us a whole world of hurt. Enjoy your Russian winter and don't come back. Ever.
Because 100% of the people can agree 100% of the time on 100% of everything. (When you live in a commie dictatorship that will kill you if you aren't.)
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100 percent turnout.
Seriously these are some stupid fucking people. They couldn't even toss in a few fake "no" votes just to make it APPEAR as if it weren't rigged. I guess a stupid dictator means stupid fakery.
You want 'em, we need 'em, guns, guns, guns.
Seriously though, when was the last time you successfully defended either your property or your life with one?
CHICAGO (AP) -- A woman working at a Chicago thrift store was killed when a gun that was in dropped-off clothing accidentally discharged, hitting her in the chest.
Chicago police say 54-year-old Carmen Dominguez and a male co-worker were sorting the donated clothing in a back room of the store in the city's Washington Heights neighborhood early Friday when the co-worker shook a sock. A .22-caliber gun inside the sock fell into the co-worker's hand and discharged.
The wounded woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Relatives said she was a wife and mother of two children.
Who's to blame? Who the fuck cares? She's dead and GUNS! Yay!
Rachel Canning recently sued her parents for child support and tuition at her private high school. The judge didn't want to set a precedent and she lost. However, Rachel's case on whether her parents must pay her college tuition is pending.
The brat moved out of her parents' home just before her 18th birthday. The 18th birthday is the point at which we all are legally considered adults. The birthday at which kids without responsible parents would be kicked out of foster care and have to fend for themselves.
Rachel is legally an adult. She made an adult decision and moved out of her parents' home, but she doesn't want to be a real adult and suffer the consequences of that decision. I guess living on your own (or with your friend's parents) isn't so much fun without the cash or with the prospect of *gasp* public high school (which is unlikely considering that her senior year is almost over).
Hopefully the judge will rule that Rachel needs to pay her own college tuition too if she want to live away from her parents. I knew a few fellow students when I was in college that were there on student loans and work study. They were adults and they took responsibility. Those of us that were still living with our parents knew there were rules to follow and we (generally) followed them.
The fact that this case is even being considered is a sad commentary on what our society is becoming. Forcing parents to financially suckle children who don't want to follow household rules is absurd. Being expected to help around the house and have a curfew is not abuse. A college education is a privilege, not a right.
So Rachel Canning needs to grow the hell up and show she is the adult she wants to make believe she is.
Ok I'm tired of it all. Everything, absolutely everything that tastes decent is bad for you: salt, booze, meat, dairy, carbs, whatever it is, it's all bad and will make us sick, so why live at all? The latest target on the hate-food list is sugar. Supposedly we shouldn't have ANY at ALL.
People will be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet, under new World Health Organization guidance.
The recommended sugar intake will stay at below 10% of total calorie intake a day, with 5% the target, says the WHO.
The suggested limits apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.[..]
It works out at about 50g a day for an adult of normal weight, said the WHO. (BBC)
Ok really? Fuck you. Fuck the WHO. Fuck the health nuts. Fuck it all. Whatever happened to "anything in moderation"? And just having some common sense? The idea of cutting out ALL sugars, including that in fruit and juice is just stupid. No jam on toast? No sugar in the tea? No chocolate? No honey or syrup? Fuck that and fuck you. I've had to give up just about bloody everything, from caffeine to salt, dairy to chewing gum and now they want to take away sugar? What's fucking left? Dry lettuce?
I'm going to die someday and I'd rather have lived a little thanks. Who wants to eat dry, boring tasteless crap just to live forever? Not me. I'm keeping my sugar, thanks and piss off.
I am sick, sick, sick of all the fucking assholes abusing the carry-on bag policy. I wholeheartedly support the idea of making them go ALL the way back to the ticket counter and checking their leviathan-on-wheels for extra bucks.
NEW YORK (AP) -- United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags, even sending some of them back to the ticket counter to check their luggage for a fee.
The Chicago-based airline has started a push to better enforce rules restricting the size of carry-on bags - an effort that will include instructing workers at security checkpoint entrances to eyeball passengers for bags that are too big.
In recent weeks, United has rolled out new bag-sizing boxes at most airports and sent an email to frequent fliers, reminding them of the rules. An internal employee newsletter called the program a "renewed focus on carry-on compliance."
As someone who has a slightly-smaller-than-standard carry-on I appreciate the rules being enforced. ENOUGH with the douche-maggots who insist on putting their bags in lengthwise because "it's the only way they fit". Fuck you. You just took up enough bag space for three other bags because you had a corpse-sized carry-on (but it has wheels?!?!). NO. NO MORE. No more longer, larger or wider than allowed bags. I don't care if it takes longer on line because in the end it will take shorter time embarking and disembarking.
My fellow passengers have been abusing the carry-on for some time now, buying bigger and bigger bags merely because they have wheels. Too damn bad. Pack less. Or check more. I don't care which, but quick wasting my fucking time and taking up my fucking space.
This guy... it's hard to really sum up how great this guy is, and yes I really do mean that literally. No sarcasm.
A school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads.
Arunachalam Muruganantham's invention came at great personal cost - he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society. But he kept his sense of humour. (BBC)
Most men don't have the stomach (not to mention the obvious parts) to deal with this topic much less to actually be motivated to DO something about it. Even when all around him decided he was insane, which maybe he was given the culture and the treatment he endured, he persevered.
Worse was to come. The villagers became convinced he was possessed by evil spirits, and were about to chain him upside down to a tree to be "healed" by the local soothsayer. He only narrowly avoided this treatment by agreeing to leave the village. It was a terrible price to pay. "My wife gone, my mum gone, ostracised by my village" he says. "I was left all alone in life."
Nuts? Maybe but the results have been revolutionary. Single handedly Arunachalam took on the world for a purpose, a very beautiful purpose: to help those who needed it. In this age where most everyone looks for praise or reward this guy did it merely because it needed to be done. That is the very definition of hero.
Muruganantham seemed set for fame and fortune, but he was not interested in profit. "Imagine, I got patent rights to the only machine in the world to make low-cost sanitary napkins - a hot-cake product," he says. "Anyone with an MBA would immediately accumulate the maximum money. But I did not want to. Why? Because from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty - everything happens because of ignorance."
He believes that big business is parasitic, like a mosquito, whereas he prefers the lighter touch, like that of a butterfly. "A butterfly can suck honey from the flower without damaging it," he says.
As I said before it's hard to really put into words what a great person this man is. The best I can suggest is that you read the full article by following the link above and see for yourself how one man can truly make a difference.
So I brought a coffee cake in to work today, I happened to have an extra around (these things happen when family suddenly comes to visit.) And so I generously decided to share the wealth with my coworkers.
It was a nice coffee cake, big, bundt-style cake with lots of good, crumbly goodness on top. Too good apparently for someone who, in a fabulous moment of selfishness, lopped the top off the last piece of cake and ate it, leaving the sponge beneath as a memento in the box.
FOR FUCKING REALLY DOUCHEBAG?
Ok, it's one thing to take the last piece, sure fine. It's also more or less legal to take a bigger piece than anyone else (if no one is around) BUT WHAT KIND OF CUMSTAIN TAKE THE TOP OFF THE CAKE AND LEAVES THE REST? FFS! Just throw the last morsel away, do you think you're doing a fucking FAVOR to the rest of us leaving a crumb-less hunk of crumb cake around?
I'm soo tempted to bring in a box of brown sugar and a stick of butter and leave it on the counter with a spoon. I doubt they would get the message and it wouldn't do all that much to assuage my anger.
Next time I happen to have goodies it's either going IN my office (not a great idea but I can supervise) or to another group or just leave it in a public place. I'll bet total strangers would probably appreciate it just as much and not be quite such assholes.
Ukraine is not actually part of the EU which is part of the problem, nevertheless it remains a mystery why the EU has failed, thus far, to take any concrete initiatives as the tinderbox on their continent begins to ignite.
Fearing that Europe's borders were being rewritten by force, world leaders rushed to find a diplomatic solution to the dispute. But there was no denying what had already happened on the ground: Russia captured the Black Sea peninsula on Saturday without firing a shot.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said there was no reason for Russia to invade Ukraine and warned that "we are on the brink of disaster."(A)
We all know what kind of man Putin is: another Napoleon, albeit a tiny bit shorter (5'5" vs. 5'6") and with every bit of the complex. He is abrasive, authoritarian, and uncompromising. Under Putin Russia is and has continued an international policy that suits Russian interests at the cost of world stability. None of which is unusual for Russia which breeds these kinds of leaders with great regularity.
America should be done putting herself out. We have been denounced as much FOR taking action as we have for NOT taking action. It's tiresome. We're everyone's favorite enemy, even among our "friends" we're used as a threat. Frankly if Putin chooses to take Ukraine it's not the US that loses, but Europe on whom the spectre of the Great Russian Block falls. We can wiggle our finger all we like, but the playing field AND the ball aren't really ours.
Of all the great ineptitude that come from EU leadership I expect that Germany will actually do something, the UK will back them and the French will waffle like the great wafflers they have always been. It doesn't help to have a self-avowed socialist in power, with socialism being only a slight middle-shift in conscience away from communism (which, of course, Russia isn't any more). But all eyes will turn to US, again, for money, for leadership and for action. Too bad we're all "action-ed out".
I predict a lot of blithering and hand-wringing in the UN which will amount to nothing. Russia is too big and too entrenched to allow any meaningful activity while it can make a difference. China may or may not care either, since they have their own expansionist ideals in the Pacific to follow. The Middle East will scoff and the bloodless fumblings of both sides and the Americas? Well, it's not hardly our playground now is it?
For anyone who thought the Cold War was over this may be a surprise. For the rest of us? Well, it wasn't.
Mea Culpa that is.
[Kelly] Blazek's response to an e-mail and LinkedIn request from Diana Mekota, a 26-year-old planning to move to Cleveland this summer, has made the rounds on Reddit, Buzzfeed and other viral hotspots after Mekota posted it to her Imgur account.
And the resulting backlash is yet another cautionary tale about how posting something mean-spirited online can come back to haunt you in the social media age.
"Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky," Blazek wrote, according to Mekota's post. "Wow, I cannot wait to let every 26-year-old jobseeker mine my top-tier marketing connections to help them land a job." (CNN)
For those of you asking "who the fuck" is Kelly, she's a "passionate advocate" for job-seekers who runs a popular online job bank for marketing professionals in Cleveland. This group tops 7,000 members and its purported purpose is to help people who are seeking jobs. Of course when one young professional moving to the area tried to get in the door she got it slammed on her foot.
Now Kelly, who was awarded "top communicator", is busy communicating her regret over dissing someone who was merely asking to get access to what the job bank was created for.
"I am very sorry to the people I have hurt," she wrote. "Creating and updating the Cleveland Job Bank listings has been my hobby for more than ten years. It started as a labor of love for the marketing industry, but somehow it also became a labor, and I vented my frustrations on the very people I set out to help."
Blazek was named 2013's "Communicator of the Year" by Cleveland's branch of the International Association of Business Communicators.
Well gee Kelly think your award went to your head a little? Someone being polite and more, responding politely to your PMS-inspired rant there, deserves better. Unfortunately you only get one chance to make an impression and instead of my lauding your decade long effort to help people I'm lambasting you for being a twat-type-tool. And as for the apology I only have this to say: Bitch you may PRETEND to be sorry but the fact that this isn't an accident suggests the prefix "lying" be added to the noun.
Rick Uldricks told CNN affiliate WJW-TV in Cleveland that he received a similar response in December when he messaged Blazek saying he'd been deleted from the jobs list and would like to be added again.
"I suggest you join the other Job Bank in town. Oh -- guess what. There isn't one," Blazek wrote, according to an e-mail he provided the station. "Done with this conversation, and you."
So to Ms. Kelly I offer a heartfelt "Good luck twat-waffle" because she's really going to need it.
I may have posted on this before, but too bad, because the stupid keeps needing rebuke.
Meanwhile, gay marriage foes who have seen repeated losses in conservative states over recent months - federal judges struck down same sex marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah and Texas - were distraught.
"This is going to continue to be a major problem, and it's going to spread across the country," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said on Fox News after Brewer's veto. "Who's going to protect the rights of Christians and religious people? That's the question that has to be answered." (AP)
It's hard to believe that Tony doesn't understand the difference between actual rights and mythological ones. In essence what he's asking for is to be allowed the unique privilege to treat some his fellow Americans with contempt.
Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or category, "in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated." (Wikipedia)
The laws of our land are based ON equality, the very opposite of discrimination thus the concept of "freedom to discriminate" is a misnomer, these are orthogonal concepts. If your personal beliefs do not allow you to treat all members of the public equally then a: you live in the wrong country and b: you need to re-evaluate your chosen profession. Furthermore history has shown that intelligent people can learn to overcome negative beliefs when provided the opportunity. The elevation of women and blacks to the same status as "white men" support this. In neither case did our nation disintegrate, instead we've rolled on tighter and stronger than before. Thus when the term "religious freedom" is used as a code word for discrimination it should not be tolerated.
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." - The Princess Bride
I know more laws aren't the answer, but at least permitting me to slap someone for trying to legislate discrimination in the name of "freedom" should be a permissible foul of some kind. Not enough to get ejected, but I know I'd take five in the penalty box for the "freedom" to slap the next idiot who tries.
There's no earth-shattering deductions here, the answers are plainly obvious: Now that the Olympics are over Russia will turn it's full attention to the excitement on their border. And they WILL interfere to the fullest extent.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukraine's fugitive president may be enjoying VIP treatment under Moscow's protection, said to have been spotted at an opulent five-star hotel and a Kremlin country retreat. But beneath the surface, the embrace has been chilly: State-run TV has portrayed him as a coward who betrayed those who stood by him.
The conflicting messages indicate that while Russia still considers him the legitimate president of Ukraine, it is far from happy with his handling of Ukraine's crisis.
The biggest loser in this whole confrontation isn't even in the same region: Syran hanger-on-to-power President Assad. Yes he's probably shitting enough bricks to build a bomb-shelter right now, knowing that when it comes to crises his is about as important as a paper-cut to a gun-shot victim. From Russia's point of view losing a few mil in arms sales pales in comparison to losing the entire Ukraine to the EU. Putin isn't dawdling either, sending hundreds of thousands of invasion-ready troops to the border under the ha-ha guise of "exercises". Really, was that the best you could come up with on the spur of the moment?
The current people in power in the Ukraine have only one chance to get this right. Anything less than a perfect dismount and the place will become a bullet-filled bloodbath courtesy of their "protector" who will go to any length to re-install their puppet.
I hope they get it right. Russia won't make it easy on them, but I hope they do, not for any ideology, nor to see Russia's nose get rubbed, but because more people do NOT need to die in this world. Not there, not anywhere.
Really, can one person be any stupider?
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- When college football player Michael Sam publicly revealed that he's gay a few weeks ago to ESPN and the New York Times, Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman got inspired.
Instead of being moved to do something in support of Sam?s announcement, he felt compelled to start working on a piece of legislation that would ban openly gay athletes from joining the NFL.
"We are losing our decency as a nation," Burkman said in a statement. "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That?s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?"
The Hill reported that Burkman claims to have backers in Congress but declined to name any.
Jack you're a tool. And not the good kind, Made in USA by Snap-on or something, but that cheap-ass, orange-handle plastic crap you can buy for a buck on your way out of a gas station. Do you really think that every gay guy on the planet is merely waiting in the shadow for a chance to jump your bones?
First no one is being FORCED to shower with anyone else, second even if there are gay people in the showers they're busy minding their own soap, third of all the hazing events have been reported on school teams were ANY of the perpetrators ever gay? How about you worry about real problems, like priests being alone with altar boys? There's some data to substantiate that.
It's hard, really, to describe how retarded your attitude is, but it's easy to grasp that you're a bigoted imbecile who fears much and knows very little. Frankly if there's a law being suggested I hope it addresses the risk of stupid being spread due to the fact that you're an infected carrier. As for lost decency, apparently you lost yours a long time ago so there's nothing for you to worry about...
This news post says it all, I don't gotta say nuttin'. In fact forget I even typed that.
INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP , Mich., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A 36-year-old Michigan man?s death was ruled to be a suicide after he fatally shot himself in the head while attempting to demonstrate gun safety at his Independence Township home at 9 p.m. on Sunday. When deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff?s Office arrived on the scene, they found the man?s girlfriend performing CPR.
She told officers that the man, who had been drinking most of the day, wanted to demonstrate how safe guns were when they were empty by placing a gun to his head and squeezing the trigger. He did this with two handguns before the third one fired.
?(The situation) is pretty unique, as I have never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger,? Undersheriff Michael McCabe told the Oakland Press.
Remember when people were filmed being gently pranked on TV? It was called Candid Camera and silly or weird things (the mailbox spitting back your mail for example) would happen and people would eventually figure out they were being filmed and get a little money (and fame) for being poked fun at. Well those halcyon days are past and now the very idea of being recorded by someone wearing an obvious camera is enough to bring out the hate in a big way.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- San Francisco tech writer Sarah Slocum claims she was attacked for wearing Google Glass at a bar on Haight Street.
According to Sarah Slocum?s Facebook page and Twitter account, she was showing off the glasses at Molotov?s when she was confronted by two women. While tape on the high-tech device was rolling, Slocum said that a man tore the Google Glass off of her face while someone else took her purse and phone.
?OMG so you?ll never believe this but? I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some [expletive] Google Glass haters?? Slocum wrote on Facebook.
Imho it wasn't so much that they hated Google Glass but that the idea that their behavior would be RECORDED OPENLY (as opposed to surreptitiously) and then possibly posted where everyone could see how drunk-ass-derelict they were was too much. Clearly this wasn't a bar for the so-fist-ti-kay, but rather for yokels to go and get it on. Things that happened in the bar were to be kept in the bar and someone basically coming in with a spotlight would pretty much put a crimp in the debauchery. Sounds more like a problem for the yokels who clearly have something to hide.
Google class may be a "civilizing" force, something that might someday do more than put the kaibosh on drunken revelry but actually put a crimp in crime. Think about it, if someone is broadcasting live as they jog and were to be assaulted it would be a lot harder to run and hide. But until they're prevalent, well, I guess it's best to use some caution and avoid situations where technology only leads to an old fashioned lynching...
Brazil is aghast, AGHAST I tell you that Adidas would have the nerve, NERVE, to sell t-shirts with a (gasp) SEXUAL INNUENDO on them for the World Cup. Cough *hypocrites* cough...
Sports giant Adidas says it is suspending the sale World Cup T-shirts after Brazil's authorities complained they sexualised the country's image.
One read "Looking to score?" next to a scantily-dressed woman; another printed a heart shaped like a bikini-clad bottom with the phrase "I love Brazil".
Brazil's tourism board, Embratur, says it is vehemently against any products that link Brazil's image to sex appeal. (BBC)
Ok really, it's too hard to stop laughing over this one. Brazil, really? The very HOME of the "Brazilian Wax", tiny floss-style butt thongs and plastic surgery out the ying-yang is UNHAPPY being associated with sex appeal?
DOES A BEAR SHIT IN THE WOODS?
Please. It's all about the 3 B's... Boobs, Bikinis and Brazil. Well there's also Booze and Bucks and Bimbos but pick 3 any 3. How does Pitbull put it? Oh yeah...
In Brazil they're freakin' with big ol' boobs and their thongs? Blue, yellow and green... (International Love - Pitbull)
Pull the other one, really, I got two...