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24 June 2011 @ 01:12 am


Cyclist and bike shop owner training for triathlon hit by car. Car stops, driver gets out, yells at her, runs over her again. She's was in a coma for nearly a month and has only started speaking yesterday, and speaks briefly like a stoned three-year-old. The DA refuses to press charges against the driver and apparently, that's just that.


"Last month, a dear friend of mine named Jan Morgan was hit while riding her bicycle training for an Ironman. It was a straight road (no turns or hills) and the sun could not have been in the driver's eyes. The car hit them from behind at full speed. At first glance you might think this was an accident. BUT Robbie Norton, the woman who hit Jan, got out of the car, looked at Jan, yelled at her for cycling in the road, got back in her car and ran Jan over again. There were multiple witnesses who stopped Robbie Norton by dragging her out of the car.

Reddit, the problem is, we've just learned they do not intend on pressing charges. Reason? The District Attorney, Forrest Allgood, says there are no laws in Mississippi to protect cyclists from this."


Infuriating. Unbelievable.
 
 
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25 May 2011 @ 01:46 am


Via Reddit, again.
 
 
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The Leopard Trek team announced it would leave the Giro d’Italia tonight, following the tragic death of Wouter Weylandt in a crash on stage 3.

"Leopard Trek was allowed to cross the line first in memory of their fallen teammate Wouter Weylandt. The team completed the neutralised fourth stage today, with the team's eight riders crossing the line, arm in arm ahead of the field, along with Weylandt's close friend Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Cervelo."

The stage was "neutralized," meaning everyone rode at a steady, uniform pace as opposed to competitive racing; each team took a turn leading the race, and all riders slowed and fell back to allow the Leopard Trek team to ride ahead and cross the line first, in tribute to their fallen teammate.

I'm pretty sure this doesn't happen in any other sport.

YouTube video of the emotional end of the neutralized stage [pictured above]:

 
 
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02 May 2011 @ 12:18 pm


Osama bin Laden is dead.
 
 
 
 
 
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Tens of thousands take to the streets in protest, Presidential family flees country, Twitter blocked, internet filled with YouTubes of Egyptians defying riot police and water cannons on the streets.



"The Day of Wrath"


Reddit reports in, pointing out that the government-controlled media is letting little information out.

Twitter blocked, protests turn violent.

Even the Egyptian police are sick of the government's crap, according to reports that cops are joining in the protests or helping / not resisting the crowds of protesters.

Live updates direct from Egypt.
"7:46 PM Police fire tear gas at protesters in Sidi Gaber, Alexandria.
8:05 PM An uneasy calm prevails in Tahrir Square as both security forces and tens of thousands of protesters hold their positions. Ahram Online reporter says that protesters are now sitting down in the square discussing whether or not to continue the protest through the night.
9:30 PM According to medical sources, two protesters are dead in Suez, and according to Police sources one Central Security Forces soldier is dead in clashes in Cairo.
9: 35 PM Clashes between Police and protesters in Alexandria. Corniche Road opened.
10:00 PM Protesters in Tahrir square set up a local radio station."


The earliest reports of this clock in at over three hours ago, yet there's very little information being reported.
 
 
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06 April 2010 @ 02:58 am

www dot Collateral Murder dot com: Wikileaks has released the video that it has been in so much trouble over.

"Today Wikileaks released a video of the US military firing large caliber weapons into a crowd that included a photojournalist and a driver for Reuters, and at a van containing two children who were involved in a rescue. Wikileaks maintains that this video was covered up by the US military when Reuters asked for an official investigation. This is the same video that has supposedly made the editors of Wikileaks a target of the State Department and/or the CIA, as was discussed a couple weeks ago. Needless to say, this video is probably not work safe (language and violence), and not for the faint of heart." - Slashdot

The latest from Wikileaks' Twitter:
Collateral Murder videos now available as torrent: http://bit.ly/b24vnl (short) http://bit.ly/a5iYMo (full)


BoingBoing points out the obvious media blackout: Tiger Woods returning to golf is apparently far more newsworthy.

"On the day that an American consulate in Pakistan is attacked and that Wikileaks posted video of soldiers laughing while they kill civilians in Iraq, the major U.S. news networks have more important things to cover. Tiger Woods has returned to golf. Curiously, the search term 'wikileaks' doesn't work at MSNBC's search[reddit], even though other similar terms work fine and there should be many results from MSNBC's frequent coverage of the whistle-blowing site. In fact, a quick check suggests that Bing isn't indexing 'wikileaks' at MSNBC's site at all, but is doing so for other news providers. Bing itself lets you do that search just fine, so long as you don't restrict it to site:msnbc.com. Compare to the same query at Bing restricted to Fox. The kicker: if you misspell wikileaks in MSNBC's search box, it returns error-corrected results."
 
 
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25 March 2010 @ 12:43 am

Complete ACTA text finally leaked online, available for download off The Pirate Bay.


"Last April, the US Trade Representative explained to us that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement had to stay secret in order to provide room for negotiating. In fact, ACTA was so inchoate that "a comprehensive set of proposals for the text of the agreement does not yet exist." In other words: there's nothing to release.

That was true in early 2009, but by 2010, there was such a comprehensive set of proposals—and still we got nothing from the ACTA negotiating nations, except a long series of piecemeal leaks that appear to have emanated from Europe. This week, those leaks became a flood as French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net released a complete copy of ACTA's consolidated text, filled with various textual proposals from the different negotiating countries."
 
 
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12 November 2009 @ 08:04 am
 
 
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Breaking news: Sequoia Voting Systems hacks self in foot, SQL code revealed online.
"Sequoia Voting Systems, which seems to have inadvertently released the SQL code for its voting databases.... What was revealed was thousands of lines of MS-SQL source code that appears to control or at least influence the logical flow of the election, in violation of a bunch of clauses in the FEC voting system rulebook banning interpreted code, machine modified code and mandating hash checks of voting system code."

Someone more geeky than I needs to read these articles and confirm if this is saying what I think it's saying.