A rant from Russell Brand about the extreme positions espoused by the good ole boys ‘n gals at Fox News Channel:
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Ann who? Remember the attention-grabbing woman who was always saying moronically outrageous things on Fox News to tweak liberals? Apparently she’s found an editor who will let her rant again (the Clarion Ledger, not exactly a major newspaper). As USA Today reports, her attack on football (a/k/a soccer) in the midst of the USA’s successful World Cup run is being greeted by the jeers she deserves:
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Soccer is destroying the USA. So says conservative syndicated columnist Ann Coulter.
Coulter went on a rant about the sport, calling it un-American in a column Wednesday headlined, “America’s Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer.”
Readers called the column “contemptible,” “uneducated” and “moronic” in comments posted on The Clarion Ledger‘s website. The Ledger is owned by Gannett, which also owns USA TODAY. Coulter’s column is distributed by Universal Press.
“Hahaha this is the biggest lot of nonsense I have ever read,” one commenter wrote.
The United States Supreme Court has banned warrantless cell phone searches, effectively updating the legal framework of privacy rights to keep up with 21st century technology. This report from the Washington Times:
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights.
Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental.
The ruling amounts to a 21st century update to legal understanding of privacy rights.
“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Do you trust Google? Consider this from PandoDaily:
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Last week, I wrote about how Google’s working with a mysterious set of “former military operations people” on Project Loon — the company’s zany and rather frightening attempt to have an army of WiFi/surveillance balloons that are constantly circling the globe way up in the atmosphere.
The information came via a report by Wired’s Steven Levy. Given Google’s history of close collaboration with the military-industrial complex, it wasn’t terribly surprising. Hell, Google’s DC office is crammed to the brim with former spooks, intelligence officials and revolving door military contractors.
But I was still curious: What kind of “former military operations people” are we talking about here? Are they on loan from a government agency? Are they private military contractors? Independent agents? And what country’s military did they come from?
So I put the question to Google’s PR department.
Google refused to confirm or deny the information, replying that “we don’t comment on specific personnel issues” and “sorry, but we don’t have any additional details to share.”
In other words: Yes, Google does work with “former military operations.” But as to who they are?
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I could have sworn I wrote about Attack on Titan last year when It began to take off, but now that it’s really taken off as a global pop culture phenomenon, it’s worth looking at it again.
I suppose I should summarise the plot for people who don’t know it. The story is set in an unspecified quasi-medieval era, possible the future, where the world’s dwindling human populations live in walled cities under constant attack from giant humanoid monsters called Titans that threaten to wreck their cities and eat them all. Their only defense is an army of specially-trained recruits whose life expectancy is unsurprisingly short. What sets the latest generation apart is the emergence of a new weapon that may be a trump card, more radical and ruthless strategies and, at last, a push to uncover the mystery of the Titans and their origins and the possibility of ending the war once and for all.
I first wrote about the movie version of Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth last year when I came across its Kickstarter campaign to raise money to self-distribute in cinemas and saw it at a screening at Lincoln Center in New York. Since then, my estimation of the movie has risen in its resonance and relevance to the times. It’s opening in ten US cities this week and On Demand. I spoke to writer-director John Alan Simon recently about the movie. I was curious about the decision to film the book over Dick’s long list of other novels. “Ive had a close-to-lifelong interest in Philip K. Dick,” said Simon. “I read him in college and earmarked mentally two novels that I felt a real affinity to one day adapt and try to produce as feature films. One of them was Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, the other was Radio Free Albemuth. At the time when we were initially talking to the agent for the estate, I didn’t really know the autobiographical aspect of Radio Free Albemuth. The novel had been published ten years after Philip K. Dick’s death, around 1985. It just wasn’t that well known yet about Dick’s actual visionary experiences with the entity that he called VALIS, or Vast Active Living Intelligent System, as he termed it in Radio Free Albemuth.”...
Thank you Crooks & Liars for bringing us this crock of lies from former Vice President Dick Cheney:
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday insisted that he did not “intend any disrespect” when he suggested that President Barack Obama was guilty of treason by trying to undermine the United States before leaving office.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Cheney — and his daughter Liz — said that the president was “determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch.”
He went on to suggest that Obama was a “fool” if he intended to work with Iran to prevent violence in Iraq.
“In this op-ed, you suggest the president is a fool,” ABC’s Jonathan Karl pointed out during a Sunday interview with Cheney. “That is the word you used, ‘only a fool would take the approach he’s taking in Iraq right now.’”
“It almost seems like you’re accusing the president of treason, that he’s intentionally bringing America ‘down a notch,’” Karl noted.
Do you take nutritional supplements? You’d better watch this as John Oliver eviscerates Doctor Oz:
Think you can exercise free will? Forget it, that’s just background noise in your brain reports The Independent:
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The concept of free will could be little more than the result of background noise in the brain, according to a recent study.
It has previously been suggested that our perceived ability to make autonomous choices is an illusion – and now scientists from the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, have found that free will may actually be the result of electrical activity in the brain.
According to the research, published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, decisions could be predicted based on the pattern of brain activity immediately before a choice was made.
Volunteers in the study were asked to sit in front of a screen and focus on its central point while their brains’ electrical activity was recorded. They were then asked to make a decision to look either left or right when a cue symbol appeared on the screen, and then to report their decision.
A photo gallery from College Humor finds signs of the Illuminati everywhere and in everything. A fun way to start your weekend…
No one is safe, but especially you (I don’t know why, you just seem sort of fragile and suspesctible to accidents). At any rate, the Illuminati grows stronger every day, and it is only a matter of time before they control every aspect of your life — no detail too small. It would be too dangerous to overlook the evidence. Let this carefully curated list of Illuminati hotspots guide you, strike fear into your heart, and who knows, maybe even protect you. God speed.
[See the rest of the Illuminati photo gallery at College Humor]