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General Discussion / Sargon needs some help
« on: May 04, 2018, 04:54:35 PM »
Sargon miscalculated a bit financially with all his recent travels (apparently his travel was paid for by someone else, but not all the sundries that go along with travel) and he's not got the money to continue defending the law suit.  Here's his gofundme for it:

https://www.gofundme.com/sargon-of-akkad-legal-fund

He's doing extremely well on this, he asked for 40,000 and has well over 50,000 in 9 hours as of this writing, so he should be fine for now, but some extra cushion in these things is never a bad thing.

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General Discussion / WTF
« on: April 21, 2018, 06:30:31 PM »
OK, I'm quite drunk and only half-way through this, but WTF AM I LISTENING TO?


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OK, here's the transcript from his 20/20 interview:

http://abcnews.go.com/Site/transcript-james-comeys-interview-abc-news-chief-anchor/story?id=54488723

And I think he just managed to talk himself into a stay in Federal prison.  How?  He's claiming there's evidence, that he knew about while still FBI director, that Trump attempted to obstruct justice.  The reason this is a problem for COMEY (much more so than Trump, because nobody seems to really think what Trump did was obstruction except partisans like Comey) is that if he actually thinks he witnessed President Trump attempt to obstruct justice while he was FBI Director, and didn't report it to the Justice Department (which we already know he didn't) then he violated 18 U.S. Code 4 - Misprision of felony.  (There's a fun one for you, knowing about the commission of a felony and not reporting it to appropriate authorities with all possible speed is, in itself, a felony under the usual definition of 'felony' used in US Federal law.)

(I also find it rather amusing there's a mention of his wife telling him to not be 'the torture guy,' probably in early 2004, when he later endorsed color of law cover for torture in 2005.)

(Incidentally, I think I found a provision the covers Hillary's private email server, 18 U.S. Code 1924 - Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material at

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1924?qt-us_code_temp_noupdates=0#qt-us_code_temp_noupdates

It specifies an offense involving unauthorized removal of classified documents or materials to store them in an unauthorized place.  Since Hillary definitely lacked authority to remove the classification from materials classified by any Department other than State, and she intentionally stored them in her unauthorized private email server, it sure looks like she violated that one hundreds of times.)

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This school has decided that, to prevent injuries from being hit with (possibly contaminated with grit or rocks) snowballs, children are not allowed to touch THE SNOW.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/school-children-banned-from-touching-snow-in-london-uk/96607/

If they've managed to write this as incompetently as most school administrators write rules, they've managed to ban children from being outdoors on the school site while it is snowing and from being on any surface from which snow has not been removed.

As the article notes, MOST schools would just ban throwing snowballs.

I do hope some children exploit this to say they are banned, BY THE SCHOOL, from actually going to the school if it is snowing.

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General Discussion / An unusually smart economist
« on: February 04, 2018, 10:08:38 AM »
I just ran across this this morning, although it's been floating around for a few years.


This guy has an interesting take on the recent financial crisis, and blames the spread from a modest problem with some bad mortgages (and how TARP definitely didn't help and things got substantially worse after it was put in place) to a near-collapse of the whole system on one specific, dangerous accounting rule that can result in momentary events flipping good debts bad and sticking the effects on the bad side when the momentary event passes.

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OK, this one is a new bit in politics in any western country as far as I know:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42783246

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Equality watchdogs are looking at whether Labour broke the law by offering discounted rally tickets to black and minority ethnic members.

So, yes, the British Labour Party, currently under the control of communist Jeremy Corbyn on a wave of recent memberships, has decided to charge white people more to attend a rally than non-white people.

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General Discussion / vid.me packs it in
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:37:19 PM »
Apparently, video sharing service vid.me (which I've never bothered to check out) has decided to pack it in as of Dec. 15, due to not being able to figure out a way to start making money.

Here's a video from a YouTuber Shane doesn't much like on the subject:


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Well, Stefan has gone and done one of his weird analyses of entertainment and decided Stranger Things is an allegory about uncontrolled immigration in the presence of a welfare state.

Does this actually mean anything beyond making a few hard-code statists no longer able to watch it because they won't be able to shake the idea that it contradicts their core theology?

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Nominations for Biggest Bogon Emitter and Idiot Extraordinaire / BBE: CBS
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:36:28 PM »
CBS has intentionally implied that Myles Power is promoting the use of MMS as a cure-all, using deceptive editing of one of his videos warning of the dangers of MMS.


Is there really anything more that needs to be said about the Fake News Media?

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The legal circus continues.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170605/00025737514/monkey-selfie-case-gets-even-weirder-as-monkeys-next-friends-are-criminal-dispute-with-each-other.shtml

So, the guy who's camera was used to take the selfie in question has parted ways with P'E'TA Corp., and there is now a criminal case against him for trespassing on property owned by one of P'E'TA Corp.'s people.  Meanwhile, they keep trying to appeal the judge's ruling that, as a mater of law, there can be no copyright on the picture.  (Copyright law is pretty messed up in the US, and I've seen appellate courts overturn rulings based entirely on the straight law, as happened in SCO v. IBM when the non-creation of the statutorily required sales contract to transfer ownership of the UNIX sourcecode copyrights somehow didn't mean that they couldn't have transferred and a jury had to decide, which then proceeded to find as the law states that the copyrights did not transfer from Novell because the required specific transfer contract was never created, but come ON.)  This one really IS settled law:  Copyrights only exist on human-created works under the law in all relevant countries.  There was the whole business with the painting elephant to settle that one for good.

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General Discussion / Brianna Wu may be doing something actually clever
« on: January 22, 2017, 05:38:16 AM »
She's apparently decided to run for Congress!

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/311302-game-developer-brianna-wu-eyeing-run-for-congress-in-2018

(Yes, yes, ignore the ficiton backed into each of the (few and short) paragraphs.  Nobody sane is going to be paying her any attention at this stage.)

The clever part is this:  Where other than a legislature can you fail at everything in every possible way and still be lauded as a hero?

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General Discussion / An update on Cindy Prior
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:45:07 PM »
Unfortunately, I didn't find out about this until just now, far too late for possible inclusion in the year-end roundup.

Also, Australian newspapers still seem to be under the delusion that pay walls are a good idea, so I wasn't able to see more than this article:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/cindy-prior-ordered-to-pay-costs-over-qut-racial-discrimination-case/news-story/466f3168375a6afec461b78e25c98154

Not only has Cindy Prior had her case against students (including the one she racially discriminated against) dismissed, she has to pay their legal bills.  According to this video


this award is likely to bankrupt her, with any award for the residual portion of her case against the university likely ending up going to the students to pay the lawyers.

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This really does seem like we need to do this.

For using someone else's commercially used copyrighted image as not only his YouTube channel icon, but his avatar, appearing in all his videos.

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General Discussion / OK, WTF is this now
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:03:17 AM »
WTF is this wacked shit coming out of Democrat emails now?  It sounds like the promised bombshell, but seriously, WTF are these people thinking?  And no, normal pagans don't do this kind of shit.  I've been to pagan things more than once, and this kind of shit doesn't go down at any kind of normal pagan thing.  (And, for the record and anyone who doesn't know, ritual pretend cannibalism is a Christian thing.)

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General Discussion / Not quite Taiwanese style, but...
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:24:04 AM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-conservative-whip-1.3588407

Our illustrious Prime Minister decided it was taking too long for the Opposition Members to get themselves organized for a vote on the assisted death bill, so he decided to get physical about it.  He grabbed the Conservative Whip's arm, and in the process elbowed another MP in the chest.  (For those not familiar with the terminology used in English Parliamentary-derived systems, a Whip is a Member designated by their Party to oversee Party operations in the legislature, and enforce Party discipline.  This makes the Whip one of the most important Members in each Party, and someone to treat with even more respect than is the norm, which is pretty high inside the House itself.)  The result was a LOT of other Members denouncing the PM, and the vote being rather more delayed and the PM looking like a thug in the media.

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