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From A Demon's Nest of Sentiments [Oct. 20th, 2014|09:28 am]

Unenlightenment forms the granitic foundation of all decision-making on Earth.

A half-baked, easily manipulated citizenry flourishes only where the air is rich with political gobbledygook, eyewash and tergiversating bushwah; which is why the news media and the ruling bestiary are so stingy and selective in meting out fact. Reporters and politicians are pimps for ignorance.

I read Walter Cronkite's autobiography probably 15-20 years ago, and he related what was a very sad incident that bodes ill for all. In it, while he was reporting the news at CBS, an edict came down from upon high that the news wing of CBS would be monitored by the Nielson Ratings people. Just monitored, they didn't need to worry about it. Then after the monitoring some bright C-level moron decided that the news should earn ratings, just like every other division of CBS in order to sell more advertising.

This was the beginning of the end for quality news.

I actually met Uncle Walter at a book signing, I opted out of shaking his hand as he looked absolutely miserable. A couple of weeks after the even he had major bypass surgery.

This is why I read a half-dozen, sometimes more, online news sources. One does its best to be as objective as possible, and I think it does a good job. The others lean towards liberal, but still present good reporting. I'm constantly impressed by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: whenever she explains something complex, then brings on a subject matter expert, she always asks them if what she just explained was accurate. Most of the time she's spot-on, on occasion they correct or amplify a point or two.
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Thank you, Florida! [Oct. 19th, 2014|02:42 pm]
A Florida court ruled that police need a warrant to acquire cell tower data, with a stingray or searching telcom records. They threw out Third Party Doctrine, which basically says that since your records are with a third party, that you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy, an argument that I've always thought was bull.

Obviously this only directly affects Florida, but it does become legal opinion that can be referenced for other courts, it also pretty much guarantees an appeal and that the matter will eventually end up at the Supreme Court.

A comment on the story was quite interesting: "Stingray devices violate the rights of telecoms companies who pay for exclusive spectrum usage rights. The FCC is required by law to make the manufacture and use of these devices illegal - just like cell phone jamming devices." Very true.
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(no subject) [Oct. 19th, 2014|09:57 am]

"Is apparently the new commander of the Democrats' war on women nurses. Because, goodnight, they set them up, and then they throw them under the bus."
—Rep. Louie Gohmert on CDC head Thomas Frieden

Problems couldn't POSSIBLY be related to the sequester and cutting funds to NIH and CDC. Nope. No way. Can't possibly be due to Congress not doing their jobs properly.

Speaking of throwing people under buses, I wonder if we could organize a Million Buss March on DC, and coincide it with a dwarf tossing convention, after all, Congress is full of mighty mental midgets.
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Great interview with Ursula K. LeGuin [Oct. 17th, 2014|09:32 am]
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Thanks for posting this, Alex! I love her comments on Amazon, of course, she has an advantage with living in Portland of having direct access to Powells. Still, I haven't bought a book from Amazon since their various attempts at bullying began.

She has to be one of the few remaining second generation Grandmasters of Science Fiction.
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'A managable inconvenience' [Oct. 17th, 2014|09:25 am]

"Abortion can be accessed by driving approximately 230-250 miles -- an inconvenience, but still a manageable one."
—Texas AG and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, on the law shutting down 80% of his state's abortion clinics

Ignoring people too poor to own reliable cars or afford long-distance transport or have the papers to get them past Border Patrol checkpoints. I have two doctors who are 100 miles or more from our house, and I don't have much of a choice if I want good medical care. If I had to go to Albuquerque or Lubbock, it would probably give me pause, especially since I don't have a Texas passport. ;-)

What I really hate about a lot of these politicians is the hypocrisy. I'm not talking about Abbott specifically here as I haven't heard anything specific, but for example, the pro-life doctor who encouraged his wife to have two abortions, one or two of his mistresses to have abortions, and slept with several other patients. And he has an excellent chance of being re-elected.

There's an old joke: If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a holy sacrament.
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Computer users beware the POODLE attack! [Oct. 15th, 2014|07:24 pm]

This is more of a problem for Internet Explorer 6 users and sadly there are still some of them out there. This is a client attack, not a server attack. This exploits an SSL v3 connection and can happen if you're on a public WiFi network. Recent versions of Windows, i.e. 7 and 8 and probably Vista should be fine.
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Pot, meet kettle [Oct. 14th, 2014|12:39 pm]
"Let's be honest. Does anyone not believe that Congresswoman Annie Kuster is ugly as sin? And I hope I haven't offended sin. If looks really matter and if this race is at all close, give a decided edge to Marlinda Garcia...Sad to say, but the drag queens are more attractive than Annie Kuster."
—NH state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, on U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster's re-election campaign

Wow. This guy is apparently a bit of a nutter according to some of the NH news sources, including being forcibly removed from the chamber after flipping a Nazi salute. And if you want to see what he looks like, here he is (looks kinda like Robert Picardo to me):
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From A Demon's Nest of Sentiments [Oct. 12th, 2014|11:38 am]

Deceit (noun): A dog rolls on the carcass of a dead possum in order to deceive other animals as to his identity as a dog. A man lolls in the scents of a church in order to deceive all around him as to his identity as a thief, an adulterer and a liar.

The difference is that the dog will not first have to endure being bored by the possum.
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Snapchat photos being released by the gig [Oct. 12th, 2014|10:09 am]

Snapchat is a picture message service with a difference: once viewed, the message is deleted, never to be seen again. Great for teens to sext each other, right? Wrong. Someone wanted persistence and set up a server to archive these pix. And that server got compromised. So now there are a huge number of what amounts to kiddie porn floating around the interwebs since the biggest demographic of Snapchat users are from the ages of 13 and 17.

Google Translation of original German site:

You might have to dig down for the link to The Snappening, the Google URL seems to be linking to the top of the site.
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Latest credit breaches: Kmart and Dairy Queen [Oct. 11th, 2014|05:04 am]

Sears Holdings just announced it, no indication as to how many cards or a date range but they are saying that no cards are yet being used fraudulently. We'll see how long that holds true. They're also saying only Track 2 data was compromised, so no personal identity info stolen that could promote ID theft, just simple credit theft. It was a point of sale hack, so either the same group that did Target/Michaels/Home Depot/etc or someone using the same malware package.

The Dairy Queen breach was suspected in August but only now confirmed, no indications how long or how many cards were compromised. This one was a cash register compromise, so probably a different batch of crooks.

I just had my card replaced because of the Home Depot hack, we use Kmart as my wife's pharmacy and both of us have used our cards there. So if our cards ever stop working, now we know why, and at least it's a good thing that our bank is actually being preemptive.
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