Archive | September 8, 2013

TSA: Pay Us $85 To Avoid Full-On Airport Molestation

imagesIf you give the civil servants at your local airport $85 then they may not touch your n0-no square. At least as much as they might otherwise.

“Freedom” is available at no charge, but perhaps you’d like to upgrade to our new “Freedom Plus” package!

Via Raw Story:

You’ve likely heard the phrase “freedom isn’t free” before, probably in the context of honoring our service men and women, paying taxes, voting, or paying for audio clips of the movie Braveheart. It’s one of those phrases that’s been used so often that it’s probably no longer worthwhile. My main complaint about the phrase, other than the generally mouth-breathing blowhards who use it, is it leaves the obvious follow up question unanswered: fine, then how much will freedom cost me? It’s an important question we’ve never really had an answer to…until now.

And that answer is? 85 whole American dollars. No, I didn’t get that out of some Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy fan-fiction.

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Broward County Sheriff’s Department Trains to Combat ‘Native-Born Terrorists’

060913swatWe’re gonna protect and serve the living sh*t out of you, citizen.

Via Information Liberation:

A SWAT training exercise mounted by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and the FBI portrayed “native born” Americans carrying out a terrorist attack on Port Everglades, part of the accelerating demonization of American citizens as domestic extremists.

The drill was based around “sovereign citizens” attempting to steal a shipment of ammunition traveling through the facility by seizing hostages and planting bombs as part of their wider agenda to overthrow the government.

“These weren’t foreign-born America-hating terrorists. These were native-born America-hating terrorists. And they were making things difficult for the good guys,” barks a dramatic Florida Sun Sentinel report.

The whole spectacle was basically an opportunity for the Fort Lauderdale Police SWAT team to show off its arsenal of militarized gear, including “Two Bears — massive armored vehicles with turrets for automatic weapons fire — a beefed up front-end loader that lifted an overturned car like a toy and Hummers packed with serious firepower.”

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Financial Crisis and Impending War Are Converging As Failed Policies Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Obama speech on AfghanistanIt looks like two great events may be converging.

First, the announced, then put off, and, now, increasingly back-on US punitive bombing of Syria, which seems to be timed around the anniversary of 9/11, just so we don’t lose our anger at the terrorist “bad guys” who, so it seems, are on our side for this great military salute to international law by breaking it.

And, then, there’s the anniversary of the financial crisis which all the military bang-bang is sure to drive off the front pages even as New York Times economist Paul Krugman noted Friday:

“In a few days, we’ll reach the fifth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers — the moment when a recession, which was bad enough, turned into something much scarier. Suddenly, we were looking at the real possibility of economic catastrophe.

And the catastrophe came.”

President Obama has demanded TV airtime for Tuesday, the day after the Congress is supposed to vote on Syria (although he earlier said he would not be required to respect any vote.)

Currently calls to Congressional offices are reportedly running 540-1 against this war, but what the American people want does not seem to register with teeny alliance between the US, France and Israel—and not the rest of the world—determined to teach Assad a lesson no matter who likes it.  The latest number I saw showed a majority of Americans oppose a military strike.… Read the rest

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Police in Maldives Summon Expert to Examine Potentially Cursed Coconut

AO_Coconut2You put the lime in the coconut… or at least that’s what I’m guessing you do to rid it of black magic.

Via Unexplained Mysteries:

Police summoned a white magic practitioner to evaluate a young coconut believed to have been cursed by a black magic spell, after it was found near the Guraidhoo Island presidential election polling station in Kaafu Atoll.

Police told local media they took the coconut into their possession around 7:05am yesterday (September 3) after receiving a report that the suspicious ‘kihah’ (immature coconut) was located near the Guraidhoo Island School – the island’s polling station for the September 7 presidential election.

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A List Of Online Encryption Tools That The NSA Has Already Foiled

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Why even bother trying? The New York Times reveals:

The NSA is winning its long-running secret war on encryption. Below are encryption tools the agency has had some success in cracking, according to documents provided by Edward Snowden.

Virtual Private Networks – Commonly used by businesses to allow employees to access work networks from outside the office, via an encrypted “tunnel” through a public network.

Encrypted chat – Available with chat programs like Adium or with software added to programs like AOL Instant Messenger, providing “end to end” encryption, in which the data cannot be decrypted at any point along the transfer (even by the messaging service).

Encrypted Voice over Internet Protocol – Services like Microsoft’s Skype and Apple’s FaceTime allow users to make free, encrypted phone and video calls over the Internet. The documents suggest that the N.S.A. is working with some VoIP services to obtain pre-encryption access to such messages.

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Here, Kitty Kitty: Passerby Captures Lion Roaming Streets of Kuwait

He decided to sit in the car with the lion…

Reuters:

A passerby lured a runaway lion roaming an upmarket suburb of Kuwait into his car and then called the police for help, an incident that raised concerns about wild animals kept as pets in the wealthy Gulf Arab state.

Pictures in Kuwaiti media showed the animal glaring out of the back of a police car after it had been transferred from the passerby’s own vehicle. The lion, which police said was a young adult, filled the backseat.

“(The passerby) sat inside the car with the lion and then it became dangerous so the citizen called police who came and took it from that car to their car,” a police source said. The lion was picked up as it wandered the streets of Kuwait’s Bayan district, south of the capital, on Saturday.

Settle down, meow.

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Mass UFO Sighting At Minor League Baseball Game

Openminds.tv writes:

A UFO was spotted at a Canadian minor league baseball game. One of the teams scored four runs about the time of the sighting, causing some to speculate it was “cosmic intervention.”

The game was at the Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver. In the sixth inning a shiny blue object was spotted over the right field fence. The Vancouver Canadians scored four runs in that inning, and went on to win the game 5-1.

Tweeters began using the hashtag #luckyUFO, and even the Canadians team tweeted about the UFO. At least two baseball fans tweeted pictures of the object. One says he saw the object hovering and moving up and down before it disappeared.

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