Why is it I’ve never heard anyone criticize the Three Stooges for their shocking attitudes on social Darwinism? As they were making anti-Nazi propaganda films they were also making shorts that advanced the idea that heredity, not environment, is the deciding factor in our behavior.
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Our old friends at the U.S. Pentagon’s Tor Project have had a hard time of it recently. The public face of Tor, Jacob Appelbaum, was forced to resign from the project when it was revealed he apparently is a sexual predator.The first thing you should note is that he was forced to resign after it was revealed he’s a serial rapist - not “he was fired because…” - Tor’s leadership knew about this for a long time.
You may have noticed that Team Pierre was all aflutter about the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff last week. I decided to take a look at their coverage which is being led by team captain Glenn Greenwad’s partner, David Miranda. First he co-authored a piece with Saint Glenn and Andrew Fishman for Pierre Omidyar’s The Intercept. Followed a few days later with an op-ed in The Guardian.
Have you ever been hit with the realization that you haven’t thought about a particular person for a relatively significant period of time? Such an instance happened to me just now when someone else reminded me that celebrity left anarchist Charles Davis exists on this Earth along with the rest of us. I simply hadn’t thought of that ridiculous moron in I don’t know how long, and it was good.I’m not bitter that I was reminded of Chuckles. Indeed, it gives me a chance to say something here I’ve been meaning to say for a very long time.
The final moments of the New England Patriots first Superbowl win back in 2002 were quite dramatic. The final play of the game, an Adam Vinatieri field goal, decided the outcome. The third to last play of the game may not have been its most dramatic - a short pass from Tom Brady to Tight End Jermaine Wiggins - but it made Vinatieri’s attempt a shorter and higher percentage one.
I don’t really follow local news much. If I did it’s safe to assume I would be more vocal about living in a state run by an obnoxious Koch Tea Party douche. (To all you real leftists out there, even though it’s my mother we are talking about, I do apologize for doing something as gauche as referring to
Snooping around the fake Left I came across a predictable reaction to some Tim Shorrock tweets critical of a privacy activist who doubles as a Pentagon contractor’s call for the personal information of 4 million Americans to be posted online:Posted by a confused, uninformed Pokemon there is nothing
Not that I intend on making writing about twitter trolls a habit but continuing from my last post I came upon a tweet I simply had to comment on.This is the tweet he is referring to:Now, some explaining may be required to fully comprehend just how disgusting
Last night, as a joke, I tried confronting a Twitter troll with my perception of who they are as a person. I was given a firm answer:Honestly? I probably do. But, as always whenever I confront an Emoprog Army troll, couchdefiler was quickly joined in her unprovoked attacks by twitterer dongohuber.
Watching the narratives the media has been feeding the masses this NFL season has something other than else. A month into the season sharp minds at Bill Belichick press conferences were pressing the coach on whether he had supplied Tom Brady with enough talent to compete with the likes of (ahem) Peyton Manning.
At halftime of a week 1 NFL game between the Jets and Patriots in 2007 the Jets alerted NFL officials that the Patriots were using a camera on their sideline to tape the Jets sideline during the game. New NFL commissioner Roger Goodell investigated the matter and penalized the Patriots with a hefty fine and also took away a valuable #1 draft pick. That, perhaps thought Roger, was that. But, Roger was wrong.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting have published their final issue of their 16-page magazine Extra. It will now be the 4-page newsletter Extra. The first article in the final issue stood out as especially bad and I felt it needed to be remarked upon.
Shocking court documents revealed by Mark Ames add another piece to the horrifying puzzle that is eBay / PayPal billionaire Pierre Omidyar. Ten years ago Omidyar willfully perpetrated fraud and stole from his business partners at Craigslist. He did this not only to enrich himself, but also to spitefully crush a business model that rejected the established neoliberal principles of corporate culture. Allegedly.
Keeping an eye on our friends at The Intercept today (full disclosure: I don’t actually read The Intercept) they unleashed an ambitious spin of libertarian deception with an article titled Wall Street is Taking Over America’s Pension Plans written by some jackass who unironically retweets Molly Crabapple.
Has Pierre Omidyar lost his mind? The eBay / PayPal billionaire has apparently prevented Matt Taibbi from reporting the story he paid him to investigate for First Look Media. The story featured a whistle-blower speaking out about JPMorgan, their predatory lending prosecution, and the way corporations are able to gag reporting on their corruption - a legal power to keep the public ignorant which Taibbi says allows the unethical banking practices to continue.
The NSA leaks are a pretty big deal.
Winning % (Including Playoffs)Brady 76.5%Manning 67.7%Head to Head WinsBrady 10Manning 5Points Per Start (Including Playoffs)Brady 27.7Manning 27.1This is not an official NFL stat so I had to figure the totals myself. As far as I can tell Brady has the highest Points Per Game in NFL history.
I kept thinking about how Tor pimps always cite people living in repressive countries as the reason we need the anonymity tool. Finally it occurred to me - they aren’t worried about a political dissident in China being able to use the internet without fear. They are worried about a billion potential corporate customers being blocked by a government.
Google apparently turned in a GMail user after its image recognition software matched an image in a private email they were scanning for profit with one in a child pornography database. I recently wrote about the IP hider Tor and made the point that it can be used to make it easier to share child pornography without getting
Two months before Edward Snowden met Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong I wrote about the massive amount of coverage the New York Times was giving to a story about Chinese military hackers. I concluded that along with a push to increase publicly funded computer research the elite media was also advocating for COINTELPRO style activity against dissidents like Anonymous.
When Hoover started COINTELPRO it wasn’t to fight crime, it was to crush dissent.
"The person who raped and killed my seven year old child was able to sell videos of it online but I know that’s a small price to pay if it means Al-Qaeda members fighting the Assad regime in Syria are able to post Tweets."
I Tweeted this image
Why the internet sucks - Part 3