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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."
 
 
Current Mood: enraged
 
 
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02 February 2009 @ 01:56 pm


So true.
 
 
Current Mood: awake
 
 
 
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31 August 2008 @ 04:47 pm
Slashdot: Credit card companies bully / threaten Discovery into never airing Mythbusters Show on RFID security or lack thereof.

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage recounts how credit card companies lawyered up to make sure the Discovery channel never, ever airs a segment on the flaws in RFID security: "Texas Instruments comes on [a scheduled conference call] along with chief legal counsel for American Express, Visa, Discover, and everybody else... They [Mythbusters producers] were way, way outgunned and they [lawyers] absolutely made it really clear to Discovery that they were not going to air this episode talking about how hackable this stuff was, and Discovery backed way down being a large corporation that depends upon the revenue of the advertisers. Now it's on Discovery's radar and they won't let us go near it."

Sauces: Slashdot, Consumerist and BoingBoing.
 
 
 
 
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Telescopic Text: I made Tea. Or, illustrating the importance of brevity in creative writing. Via Cynical C blog.

How many camels is your girlfriend worth? Find out with this handy calculator. According to this thing, Kim is worth 37 camels, 6 goats and 0 sheep :D

5 lies you were taught in history class.

Answering the question "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" concerning privacy versus security, or rather, liberty versus control.

Remember that priest proposing a beauty contest for nuns? Yeah, it's been cancelled.

Denver mint fails to levitate; 9/11 conspiracy theorist has screaming match with Michelle Malkin; Democratic National Congress otherwise unremarkable.

Mom attempts to hack up her two adopted Chinese girls to death with an ax, then attempts to stab self, fails. She was overwhelmed with financial pressures and incredible stress and sought help over fears that she would harm her girls.

How the Soviets drilled the deepest hole in the world.

How to pick out the perfect pet tarantula.

NJ puppy scares off three bears.

Father who ran off reunited with the son he left behind, after 22 years... both doing hard time in the same prison for sex offenses. Awww. Via Fark, of course.

Man spends $10,000 on bar mitzvah. For his dog.

Two brothers burn down their grandma's house trying to play a prank on their cousin, who wasn't even home at the time. Alcohol may have been involved.

The Catholic Church is under growing pressure to abandon the exhumation and reburial of the body of one its most famous cardinals in defiance of his wish to lie for eternity next to the man he loved. So much WTFery here if you really think about it. If the Catholic stance on homosexuality is that it is wrong, then how did this guy end up (and remain) a Cardinal in the first place? If he was buried next to his lover, it's hardly a secret. And what does exhuming his corpse and moving him prove by now? And by this measure, aren't there dozens or hundreds more worthy (?) prominent deceased figures in the Catholic Church's history that should be exhumed and "chastized" long before this guy?

Cows have the ability to remember and recognize human faces. Also, research using Google Earth images has proved that cows have a magnetic sense, like birds.

The Mona Lisa remixed by various prominent modern artists. Hilarity ensues.
 
 
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
 
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15 August 2008 @ 11:54 pm
Man whose US immigration notice was sent to the wrong address is detained with untreated spinal cancer until he dies, denied access to his wife and children.

A Hong Kong computer programmer who had legally resided in the US for 15 years (since he was 17) and fathered two American children went for his final green card interview and was locked up, detained until he died of cancer that the DHS refused to treat him for. He had overstayed a visa (the DHS sent a key notice to the wrong address), and this prompted the DHS to lock him away and demand that he waive all right to immigration appeal and be immediately deported. In detention, his complaints of excruciating back pain were treated as fakery, and he was dragged around in shackles after he lost the ability to walk, taken on long, bumpy drives while official demanded that he drop his immigration appeals. The jailers who caused his death were private contractors with fat deals with the DHS to lock up immigration detainees.

As he lay dying, his family -- wife and two children, aged 1 and 3 -- were denied access to him while the warden considered their request to visit.

"Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses..."


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/nyregion/13detain.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&hp

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/08/13/man-whose-us-immigra.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/13/21144/6427/957/566547

Excuse me while I go get sick to my stomach.
 
 
Current Mood: sick
 
 
 
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15 August 2008 @ 09:54 pm
Al Quaeda in Iraq has banned women from buying cucumbers because they're too phallic, and men from buying tomatoes because they're too feminine. Just my humble opinion, but I think that rules like this say more about the mentality of the people making and enforcing them, than of those made to obey it.

Ten things you didn't know about oil.

What will the suburbs be like in ten or twenty years?

German farmer gets double arm transplant.

Bum stabs bum in argument over who was better panhandler. via kimberlin.


"There were thousands of bodies piled high. I saw hearts that had been taken from live people in medical experiments... They said a wife of one of the SS officers saw a tattoo she liked on the arm of a prisoner, and had the skin made into a lampshade. I saw that."
James Hoyt, one of the four U.S. soldiers to first see Germany's Buchenwald concentration camp, has died at 83.



Flat Earthers still complain of prejudice from people everywhere for believing the earth is a flat disc surrounded all around by the icy ring of the South Pole (pictured).
Quote: "People are definitely prejudiced against flat-Earthers," society member John Davis tells the BBC. "Many use the term 'flat-Earther' as a term of abuse, and with connotations that imply blind faith, ignorance or even anti-intellectualism."


Actual headline: Court grants injunction to stop woman cutting off man's penis.



The White House has its own interrogation room.
...a disturbing case in Washington, D.C., where security officials detained and interrogated Usman Khosa, a Pakistani U.S. college graduate, because he was “fiddling” with his iPod near White House gates. Officials took Khosa to an interrogation room “beneath” the White House. “Usman Khosa is a Pakistani national in his early twenties, a graduate of Connecticut College now working for the International Monetary Fund,” Suskind notes...



More pics of the world's lowest low-riding van.




Introducing the world's smallest solar powered car.
 
 
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
 
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07 August 2008 @ 03:21 am

Reviewing the first class suite of the new Emirates A380 in SFO.
A must-read:
Business Class seats are small pods that offer lie-flat seats, a large-screen video display, decent privacy, and a personal beverage station. First Class "suites" offer even more privacy, burlwood trim, a large-screen video display, lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of gold-chrome trim, and a retractable personal beverage station.
First Class passengers enjoy access to the aircraft's two showers. Yes! Showers! Each of the 14 First Class passengers can enjoy a 5-minute shower in one of two private lounges, each of which looks vaguely like something one might expect to find in a Napa Valley golf club. Two dedicated shower attendants clean and freshen the rooms after each use, and the A380 carries an extra half-ton of water to meet the personal-hygiene needs of these elite First Class passengers. In aeronautical terms, that's super decadent.



'Fakeproof' microchip e-passport cloned and faked in minutes, fools UN scanners. The Times Online reports that those microchipped passports the UK gov't boasted would be impossible to fake "can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports." 3,000 blank passports were stolen last week, but the Home Office said there was nothing to worry about, because they couldn't be forged.
In the tests, a computer researcher cloned the chips on two British passports and implanted digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. The altered chips were then passed as genuine by passport reader software used by the UN agency that sets standards for e-passports.




Woman finds Jesus in a pack of Cheetos.
 
 
 
 
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The DHS has expressed great interest in a bracelet that could be worn by all airline passengers that would serve as a boarding pass, ID, tracking device, and wearable Taser all in one. The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler until they disembark the flight at their destination.

A US company has devleoped MEDUSA, a microwave ray gun that can beam loud sound directly into your head for crowd control, 'loud' enough to cause discomfort and/or incapacitation. Normal audio safety limits do not apply since the sound does not enter through the eardrums.


Ten things to do with SUVs (that don't involve driving).


American Airlines cancels flight because their customers are too pissed off to fly. Imagine that.

The Indian Tata Nano, the world's cheapest production car, may end up not being sold at it's famous 1-lac (100,000 rupee) price thanks to rising prices of pretty much everything.

deputydog: Breathtaking pics of six communities living on the edge - literally, on beautiful cliff-edges with sheer drops.

Health officials in Colorado blame a country music festival for a spike in pregnancies.

Florida mom chucks newborn baby into the trash, denies giving birth despite having a crying trash bag in her hand.

Texas megachurch pastor wants to erect gigantic crosses at freeways to 'mark Texas for God.' How gigantic? They need FAA approval.

Man in wheelchair rescued from train tracks. Twice. In the same day. I'm not sure if this says more about the man or about the train tracks.

Sam Harris comments on the recent poll claiming that "21 percent of American Atheists believe in God."
 
 
 
 
 
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04 July 2008 @ 03:36 am
Torrent links to stuff I've been watching lately and thought I'd share.


Who Killed The Electric Car?
is a 2006 documentary film that explores the birth, limited commercialization, and subsequent death of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology. in 2006, director Chris Paine announced that he would be making a sequel called Who Saved the Electric Car. Wikipedia article.


Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is a 2005 documentary film by director Robert Greenwald. The film presents an unfavorable picture of Wal-Mart's business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Wal-Mart executives. Wikipedia article.


Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a 2004 documentary film that criticises the Fox News Channel, and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, claiming that the channel is used to promote and advocate right-wing views. The film says this pervasive bias contradicts the channel's claim of being "Fair and Balanced", and argues that Fox News has been engaging in what amounts to consumer fraud. Wikipedia article.


Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is a 2006 documentary about the ongoing Iraq War and the behavior of companies with no-bid contracts working within Iraq. Specifically, the film claims four major contractors - Blackwater, K.B.R.-Halliburton, CACI and Titan - are over-billing the U.S. government and doing substandard work while endangering the lives of American soldiers and private citizens. The documentary contends these companies are composed of ex-military and ex-government workers who unethically help their companies get and keep enormous contracts and milk the American taxpayer. The film crew interviews military servicemen, watchdog group affiliates, and former employees of Halliburton. Wikipedia article.


George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya (2008)George Carlin's last stand up show on March of this year.


Russell Peters: Outsourced (2006) Stand-up comedy by the west's most successful Anglo-Indian comedian. Wikipedia article on Russell Peters.



Taxi to the Dark Side.
2008 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary exploring the capture, detention, torture and death of an innocent Afghani taxi driver at the hands of American soldiers, as well as exploring America's policies on torture and interrogation in general. In a move similar to how they treated Beirut to Bosnia, The Discovery Channel bought the rights to the film and then opted never to air it. HBO then bought it from them, after which Discovery changed their minds and said they would also air it, however at a date after George Bush was no longer in office. Wikipedia article.



No End in Sight
is a documentary film that focuses on the two year period following the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The film asserts that serious mistakes made by the Bush administration during that time were the cause of ensuing problems in Iraq, such as the rise of the insurgency, a lack of security and basic utilities for many Iraqis, sectarian violence and, at one point, the risk of complete civil war. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film 97% positive ratings, and Metacritic gave it an average score of 89 out of 100. Wikipedia article.


These last two I downloaded a long while ago, but thought I'd throw them up here anyway.


Outsourced is a cross-cultural comedy about a Seattle-based call center who is fired and ordered to go to India to train his own replacement at the company's new call center there. Completely oblivious, India does to him what it does to most hapless outsiders, and this movie captures the cultural clash and ensuing hilarity. An enjoyable, sweet movie. Wikipedia article.



Zeitgetist The Movie
is a 2007 documentary film produced by Peter Joseph about the Jesus myth hypothesis, the attacks of 9/11, and the Federal Reserve Bank as well as a number of conspiracy theories related to those three main topics. It was released free online via Google Video in June of 2007. A remastered version was presented as a global premiere on November 10, 2007 at the 4th Annual Artivist Film Festival & Artivist Awards. Wikipedia article.


Happy downloading :D
 
 
 
 
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26 June 2008 @ 02:22 am
"The owners of this country know the truth: It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying – lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. You know what they want? Obedient workers – people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they’re coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club."

-George Carlin.

In one of his last interviews, he said:

“There is a certain amount of righteous indignation I hold for this culture, because to get back to the real root of it, to get broader about it, my opinion that is my species–and my culture in America specifically–have let me down and betrayed me. I think this species had great, great promise, with this great upper brain that we have, and I think we squandered it on God and Mammon. And I think this culture of ours has such promise, with the promise of real, true freedom, and then everyone has been shackled by ownership and possessions and acquisition and status and power.”

-From Cameron Reilly's G'Day World podcast and blog.

No one ever said it better, or was more right.