Archive | March 11, 2014

Douchebag Megachurch Pastor Pays Over 200 Grand to Get His Book on the NYT Bestseller List For One Week

markdriscollIf you live in Seattle, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the antics of uber-douche “spiritual leader” Mark Driscoll, as his over the top douchebaggery is pretty much impossible to ignore around here. For those not in the know, he’s become rather famous by marketing a supposedly hip brand of Christianity (Christian rock can totally be a part of a church service dude!) to a younger demographic.

The problem is that his hip new faith embraces the same misogynist homophobia that most other conservative parishes in the Bible Belt embrace wholeheartedly. Women are not allowed to be a part of the clergy and are continually lectured in regards to the importance of submitting to their husband’s will. Being gay or getting an abortion will land you in hell. In fact, one of the weird things about Driscoll is that he somehow claims to know EXACTLY what God allows and doesn’t allow sexually.… Read the rest

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China’s Crackdown On Corruption Opens Door To Abuse

Using corruption to eliminate corruption seems to me, to be akin to attempting to put out a fire with fuel. This reminds me of a quote, “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate”.

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fire (Photo credit: matthewvenn)

via NPR

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made it a priority to eliminate corruption within the Chinese Communist Party.

“The [Communist Party] desperately wants the appearance of cracking down hard on corruption because they understand that rampant corruption is threatening the party’s legitimacy,” says Associated Press reporter Gillian Wong.

In a story published Sunday, Wong uncovers how that crackdown on corruption has led to another problem: abuse and torture of party officials.

“The way [the party] goes about investigating corruption tends to be so opaque — within the party, controlled entirely by the party — that it allows for these types of abuse to occur,” she says.

The investigations are carried out under the government’s secretive detention and disciplinary system called shuanggui.

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The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

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In this video Luke Rudkowski speaks with Department of Education whistleblower Charlette Iserbyt about the deliberate dumbing down of America. The former US Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor suggests that the our educational system is not based upon children learning. Is the Carnegie foundation instrumental in developing a socialist-collectivist style educational system that is detrimental to our youth? Are the elites impacting the development of the general population through our school systems?

Via We Are Change

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Great Walls of America ‘could stop tornadoes’

PIC: NOAA (PD)

PIC: NOAA (PD)

Maybe we should also build a wall around the ice caps so the sea level stop rising? Put a cork in those volcanoes? Or put some braces on those pesky tectonic plates that keep causing such a fucking ruckus.  Surely our quest to dominate nature instead of adapting to its dynamics will pay off then.

Via BBC:

Building three “Great Walls” across Tornado Alley in the US could eliminate the disasters, a physicist says.

The barriers – 300m (980ft) high and up to 100 miles long – would act like hill ranges, softening winds before twisters can form.

They would cost $16bn (£9.6bn) to build but save billions of dollars of damage each year, said Prof Rongjia Tao, of Temple University, Philadelphia.

He unveiled his idea at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver.

However critics say the idea is unworkable, and would create more problems than it solves.

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Deer supposedly extinct 85 years ago discovered in Vietnam

Muntjac, also known as Barking Deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjac are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France, Germany and Poland. (Wikimedia) (PD)

Muntjac, also known as Barking Deer, are small deer of the genus Muntiacus. Muntjac are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France, Germany and Poland. (Wikimedia) (PD)

Two Roosevelt’s muntjacs were recently captured by a camera-trap at Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

via Thanh Nien News

A deer thought to have become extinct 85 years ago has been found at a nature reserve in Vietnam’s central province of Thanh Hoa.
A pair of Roosevelt’s Muntjacs, also known as  Roosevelt’s barking deer, was caught on a camera trap set up by scientists surveying barking deer populations at the Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in Thuong Xuan District, the reserve’s management said Wednesday.
It said the scientists also collected the animals’ feces and got their DNA tested at the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources in Hanoi, and found them to be a match for a DNA sample kept at the American Museum of Natural History.
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Elitist Cadillac Commercial… Spoofed!

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The First Ever 2014 Cadillac ELR: Parody

“Why do we work so hard?  For what?  For this?  Stuff?  Other countries, they work, they stroll home, they stop by the cafe.  They take August off.  Off.  Why aren’t you like that?  Why aren’t we like that?  Because we’re crazy driven, hard working believers, that’s why.”

Umm… Okay.

When we saw the new TV ad for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, we just couldn’t help ourselves. So we made this… A spoof and a goof with some truth! Enjoy.

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The East German Stasi Collected Metadata, Too

A21l7FJJulia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation, authored an interesting article at Information Liberation on the East German secret police. They collected “harmless metadata” too, but didn’t have anywhere near the power of our own NSA.

Via Information Liberation:

The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime.

But their spycraft — while incredibly invasive — was also technologically primitive by today’s standards. While researching my book Dragnet Nation, I obtained the above hand drawn social network graph and other files from the Stasi Archive in Berlin, where German citizens can see files kept about them and media can access some files, with the names of the people who were monitored removed.

The graphic shows forty-six connections, linking a target to various people (an “aunt,” “Operational Case Jentzsch,” presumably Bernd Jentzsch, an East German poet who defected to the West in 1976), places (“church”), and meetings (“by post, by phone, meeting in Hungary”).

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Malaysia Air Flight 370: Usual Conspiracy Theories Emerge

Boeing 777-200 (9328013793) (2)Is there no tragedy involving loss of human lives that certain conspiracy theorists can resist deeming a false flag attack or other nonsense? Fast Company reports on the usual suspects crawling over the story of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet:

…Naturally, conspiracy theories are already flying left and right on social media. One theory suggests the plane’s sudden disappearance is a “false flag” operation intentionally planted by CNN. Another claims that some relatives of the passengers onboard have even reported hearing their phones ring–but no one is answering.

Other tin foilers have gone so far as to suggest that the plane simply vanished. “If we never find the debris,” writes one theorist, “it means some entirely new, mysterious and powerful force is at work on our planet which can pluck airplanes out of the sky without leaving behind even a shred of evidence.”

Another, just as bizarre conspiracy theory suggests terrorists hijacked the plane, and have parked the plane intact in an abandoned hanger to use as “a weapon of mass destruction” in the future:

[continues at Fast Company]

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Glenn Beck Developing ‘Edison vs. Tesla’ Movie

Nikola TeslaThe story of Thomas Edison taking all the glory while creative genius Nikola Tesla died alone and in poverty in the New Yorker Hotel room that was his final home certainly seems like a great premise for a movie, but can Glenn Beck be trusted to do it justice? Gizmodo gushes excitedly at the prospect:

Former Fox News TV personality Glenn Beck is really sick of talking about politics. So what rustles his jimmies these days? The mythologized feud between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Beck even has a movie in production about Edison that he hopes will “expose the truth” about this “bad man.”

From National Review:

Another film will “expose the truth” about Thomas Edison, a villain Beck thinks has gotten a break from historians and whose real story demonstrates our flawed understanding of the 20th century. Though remembered as “this nice, kind of, good old Thomas,” Beck explains, “he was really a bad man who was electrocuting animals.” Edison,”was absolutely on the wrong end, and luckily for him the story ended happily with his name being taken off his own company and given to GE,” he says.

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Can We Learn About Privacy From Porn Stars?

I understand taking on another name, yet I have to wonder if these porn stars are turning to the media to promote their goods. What say you disinfonauts?

Detail of a New York Times Advertisement – 1895 (wikimedia- Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs) (PD)

via New York Times

 I DIDN’T expect to become a porn star. People rarely do. I was 19 years old, and my photographer roommate had an offer from a website to buy some nude pictures. We did a shoot and then waited two weeks in case I woke up in a panic over the idea of releasing naked photos of myself into the world. But I didn’t, and so I turned to the required paperwork. One of the boxes to fill in read “Stage Name (if applicable).”

Stage names are common in the entertainment industry — whether in Hollywood, rap or pornography — and they’re used for all sorts of reasons.

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