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Vote for Mitt Romney?

This is utterly convincing. You may remember this chap from here... you remember, the man who see penises everywhere…

U.S. Warns Apple and Publishers

U.S. Warns Apple and Publishers

"The publishers have denied acting jointly to raise prices. They have told investigators that the shift to agency pricing enhanced competition in the industry by allowing more electronic booksellers to thrive." Jesus... I don't care what you might have to say about "competition in the industry." We don't need any more freaking middle men. The [...]

Teens React to Rick Perry’s anti-gay commercial

The Fine Brothers (who make the entertaining "Kids React to Viral Videos" videos) made a "Teens React to Rick Perry's Strong" video.

BREAKING: U.S. Congress clueless, ignorant

BREAKING: U.S. Congress clueless, ignorant

When members of Congress earlier this month considered the Stop Online Piracy Act — better known to anyone who actually hangs out on the Internet as #SOPA — the most notable feature of the debate turned out to be the sheer ignorance of the elected officials discussing it. One after the other, members of the U.S. House of Representatives [...]

GoDaddy not only helped write #SOPA they are also exempt from it. Scumbags.

GoDaddy not only helped write #SOPA they are also exempt from it. Scumbags.

You may have heard about the mass exodus of customers from GoDaddy due to their support of SOPA. You may have also heard that GoDaddy no longer supports SOPA. The problem is, only one of those things is true. While GoDaddy no longer publicly supports SOPA, that is just a PR move. They have not withdrawn official support for the bill, let alone [...]

Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial

Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial

Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay. Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that [...]

Obama Girl creator does an anti-SOPA anthem

Governments turn to hacking techniques for surveillance of citizens

Governments turn to hacking techniques for surveillance of citizens

"It's an open market. You cannot stop the flow of surveillance equipment." -- Jerry Lucas, head of the Intelligence Support Systems conference showcasing technology that corrupt regimes around the world use to spy on, and censor, their citizens. (more…)

New Ron Paul Ad: Trust

House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months

House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months

Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-10 for H.R. 1981, a data-retention bill that will require your ISP to spy on everything you do online and save records of it for 12 months. California Rep Zoe Lofgren, one of the Democrats who opposed the bill, called it a “data bank of every digital act by every American” that would “let us [...]

Russian Pirate Party must change name, contemplates “Pira7e Party”

Russian Pirate Party must change name, contemplates “Pira7e Party”

A Russian judge has ruled that the Russian Pirate Party has to rename itself, citing a law that prohibits naming a party after criminal acts. The party is now debating what new name it will use for ballots. Options include “Unnamed Party” and “Pira7e Party” and “Pirrate Party.” I would like to conclude with stating that our [...]

Hackers are being radicalised by government policy

Hackers are being radicalised by government policy

I took a class on terrorism in college in 1999. One thing I remember from our instructor, who wrote fiction for "Soldier of Fortune" under a pseudonym, was that one of the goals of terrorism is to make the target government crack down with so much oppressive behavior that life gets intolerable and the citizens rise up in a glorious workers' [...]

Copyright extremist RIAA lawyer confirmed as America’s Solicitor General

Copyright extremist RIAA lawyer confirmed as America’s Solicitor General

The Senate late Monday confirmed former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr.to serve as the nation's solicitor general. Verrilli, one of at least five former RIAA attorneys appointed to the administration, is best known for leading the recording industry's legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site [...]

State of the Statists

State Dept adding intrusive, semi-impossible questionnaire for US passport applications

State Dept adding intrusive, semi-impossible questionnaire for US passport applications

The U.S. Dept of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for passport applicants: proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history, personal details of siblings; mother's addresses prior to your birth; any "religious ceremony" around time of birth, circumstances of birth including names (as [...]

Dropbox’s new security policy implies that they lied about privacy from the start

Dropbox’s new security policy implies that they lied about privacy from the start

Miguel de Icaza noticed that Dropbox's new security terms of service allows it to decrypt your stored files for law enforcement; but Dropbox has always claimed that it did not store the keys necessary to do this. This has been used as both a selling point ("we keep your files so safe, we can't access them") and an excuse ("don't ask us for help [...]

ACLU to Michigan cops: Stop searching mobile phones during traffic stops

ACLU to Michigan cops: Stop searching mobile phones during traffic stops

The ACLU is trying to get the Michigan state cops to stop dumping mobile phone storage during routine traffic stops. At present the Michigan troopers use something called a Cellebrite UFE that slurps up recently dialed numbers, SMSes, Facebook/Twitter posts, emails, bookmarks, Web history, cookies, notes, MMS, IMs, lists of recent Bluetooth [...]

Congress wants to outlaw DUI check-point phone apps

Congress wants to outlaw DUI check-point phone apps

Some U.S. senators don't blame accidents and loss of life on just the alcohol, but also on apps like PhantomALERT, which gives audio warnings to inebriated and buzzed drivers when DUI checkpoints are on their driving route. We write today with grave concern regarding the ease with which downloadable applications for the iPhone, iPad, and other [...]

Why Aren’t You Watching Al Jazeera?

Why Aren’t You Watching Al Jazeera?

Al Jazeera news people are getting killed to bring us the story, and then their company is getting censored in America -- a double tragedy. If you care about anything more on the news than celebrity trivia join me in saying: Thank God For Al Jazeera! (more…)

Egypt change

Egypt change

This pic is actually quite brilliant. It expressed perfectly my fear of what will become of Egypt; will it advance to the future or fall into medieval past?

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