Daily Archives: November 24, 2016

Police Dept. Files DMCA Takedowns On News Stories Using Mugshots Taken By Police

Update: We’ve written up a followup to this post, noting that the Chief of Police in Burlington insists that this was not done by them, and they have no problem with the press using these images. It would appear that someone else is abusing copyright law to try to block these stories — and since the stories are about people being arrested, it’s not hard to put together a list of people with motives to abuse copyright law in this manner. Please read the follow up post, before reading this original post below.Here we are with yet another example of copyright as censorship. This one comes from the Shooting the Messenger blog, which dug up a fascinating story of how the Burlington, Massachusetts Police Department appears to be abusing copyright law to try to censor articles written about people they’ve arrested. Specifically, a representative from the police department has filed a bunch of DMCA notices with Google, targeting around 30 news stories, claiming the Police Department holds the copyright on the mugshots used in those stories. You can see one of the notices over at the Lumen Database, and you’ll quickly notice that it’s not like they’re targeting fly-by-night websites, but all sorts of big name press outfits, including CBS, the Boston Herald and the Denver Post.

Source: Updated! Massachusetts Police Dept. Files DMCA Takedowns On News Stories Using Mugshots Taken By Police | Techdirt

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Book Police Are Inherent to Public Schools

In her illustrious book, The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2004), Diane Ravitch discusses her outrageous experiences as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board. She illuminates several of the problems created for children and society by the language police and presents strategies for an improved system. While we ought to applaud Diane’s attempt to propose effective reform strategies within the public school system, we must identify that the system of public education is the root of the language-policing problem.Stories with yachts are not allowed since they are associated with the lifestyle of wealthy people.The central theme of this book is that various special-interest groups within the public schooling sector pressure those who produce reading material to censor passages.

When a committee must bend to the will of several different interest groups, the educational product becomes uninspiring. Diane points out that the “bias and sensitivity review” panels remove reading passages about owls, since Navajos regard owls as taboo, and even remove passages about peanuts, since some children are allergic to peanuts! Stories with dolphins are not allowed due to “regional bias” and stories with yachts are not allowed since yachts are associated with the lifestyle of wealthy people. Inadvertently, attempting to create an educational product that satisfies every single interest group results in an utterly unsatisfying, Frankenstein-like creation. Just imagine what movies would be like if producers were democratically forced to censor their creations based on the desires of voters and interest groups; we would surely end up with bland films!

Source: Book Police Are Inherent to Public Schools | Foundation for Economic Education

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Liberal Lunatic Sets Himself On Fire To Protest Donald Trump and cant even do that right.

With the election of Donald Trump, the liberals have shone themselves to be unreasonable and downright crazy. The reaction from the left has been everything from petty to insane, but no one took to this lunacy to extremes like an Ohio man. To protest Trump’s election, a distraught liberal actually set himself on fire. Take that Donald Trump!The Akron Beacon Journal reports that over the weekend a man in a Marine Corps uniform, claiming to be a veteran, had an existential breakdown over Trump beating Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.The unidentified 69-year-old man (not pictured) walked into a coffee shop in Akron, OH on Saturday morning. Though there had been an anti-Trump protest in the city, the man who hates Trump so much missed it and asked patrons if they knew about any other anti-Trump protests. Nobody in the shop was aware of such a protest, so the man ripped into them loudly and vulgarly about the need to protest the President-elect.When the staff of the coffee shop asked the belligerent man to please calm down, he threatened them.I have a f*cking gun, you S.O.B., and I’m not afraid to use it,’  said the man.No one was sure if the man actually had a gun, but he was terrifying enough that people quickly moved away from him. The man exited the coffee shop and went to protest Donald Trump in his own way.Around the corner, the man stopped another man and handed him his phone, asking if he would take a photo. The crazy anti-Trump man then retrieved a gas canister from his car and doused himself. He then proceeded to set himself on fire. The other man took off his coat and tried to beat the flames out. Soon other people ran up with fire extinguishers and put the burning man out.Witnesses say he was curled up in the fetal position, with his clothing burned almost completely off. Paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital with severe burns. The Akron Beacon Journal was not sure if the man survived the self-immolation, but I found another report from KRON that indicates he is still alive.

Source: Liberal Lunatic Sets Himself On Fire To Protest Donald Trump

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Christians, Transgender Activists Upset Over Aussie Gov’s ‘Hairy Fairy’ Ads

rs By Jillian Kay Melchior | 4:50 pm, November 23, 2016 PrivacyBadger has replaced this FacebookLike button. Christians and transgender activists alike are upset about a new road-safety campaign by the South Australian government featuring a so-called “hairy fairy.”The ads feature the Hairy Fairy, “a fictional character who helps drivers recognize moments when they may be tempted to speed and encourages the avoidance of situations that could ‘get hairy,’” according to the Motor Accident Commission’s website.Get our exclusive newsletter—the best of Heat Street every dayThe ad begins with a hirsute, long-haired man sitting on a fallen tree in a misty forest grove, wearing only a tutu and caressing a white rabbit. “Oh, hello, I’m the Hairy Fairy from Speedalot,” he says. The Hair Fairy then magically appears in various drivers’ backseats while instructing viewers on the dangers of speeding.Critics are outraged. “Apart from the tutu and work boots,” the Hairy Fairy bears an uncanny resemblance to Jesus, says one Change.org petition decrying the campaign as offensive.

Source: Christians, Transgender Activists Upset Over Aussie Gov’s ‘Hairy Fairy’ Ads

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Dollar Store Town: Inside the World’s Biggest Wholesale Market

Go into any dollar store in the United States and you’ll find the same kind of stuff. There are grocery items and cleaning products, some of them generic and others brand-named. But then there are other things for sale—toys and jewelry and knick-knacks that have a kind of generic cheapness to them.

Dollar stores are not just a U.S. phenomenon. They can be found in Australia and the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Mexico. And a lot of the stuff—the generic cheap stuff for sale in these stores—comes from one place. A market in China, called the International Trade Market, or: the Futian market.bulkland_1-10-1Yiwu market stall courtesy of Tobias Andersson Åkerblom and Daniel Whelan (Bulkland)The Futian market is enormous. It is made up thousands of little stalls scattered through four interconnected buildings. Estimates put its size at around 43 million square feet. That’s about ten times bigger than the Mall of America.

Source: Dollar Store Town: Inside the World’s Biggest Wholesale Market – 99% Invisible

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Internet freedom around the world keeps decreasing

For the sixth year in a row, Internet freedom is declining.According to the latest Freedom on the Net report, 67 percent of all Internet users now live in countries where online criticism of the government, ruling family or the military is subjected to censorship, and such activity can result in individuals getting arrested.Blocking social media apps Also, more governments have come to realize the power of social media and messaging apps, and are actively trying to censor them or prevent their use, particularly during anti-government protests, but also because they help thwart their surveillance efforts.

Source: Internet freedom around the world keeps decreasing – Help Net Security

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Original Gerber Baby Is 90

The original Gerber baby has turned 90. The baby food maker says Ann Taylor Cook celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday. Cook was about 4 months old in 1927 when her image was sketched in charcoal by family friend Dorothy Hope Smith. The drawing was submitted to Gerber a year later when Gerber put out a call for images to be used in its new baby food advertisements, reports the AP.Today reports that Smith explained in a note that if Gerber picked her entry she’d finish what was an uncompleted sketch, but the company thought it fit the bill. Cook’s picture became the company’s official trademark in 1931. Cook became a mother of four and taught literature and writing in Tampa, Florida, for 26 years before retiring in 1989. Her identity as the Gerber baby wasn’t revealed until 1978, notes Today: Previous to that, Americans suspected Elizabeth Taylor or Jayne Seymour might have served as the model.

Source: Original Gerber Baby Is 90

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5 Times Corporate Media Got Caught Publishing Fake News

Whatever a list of fake news might claim, mainstream media tells more lies than anyone — and their lies have lead to the suffering and death of millions.

Source: 5 Times Corporate Media Got Caught Publishing Fake News Causing the Death & Suffering of Millions

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The “Left” Is No Longer Left or Progressive. It Has Been Co-Opted

An effective form of suppression and control is the co-optation of the so-called “progressive left” in such a way that self-described “progressives” or “leftists” find themselves unwittingly supporting terrorism.Well-documented facts pertaining to the 9/11 wars, all supported by sustainable evidence, have barely made inroads into the collective consciousness of Western media consumers.

Despite the presence of five years of sustainable evidence that contradicts the Western narratives, people still believe the “official” lies.The consensus of ignorance is sustained by what Michel Chossudovsky describes as an “American Inquisition”. Beneath the protection of this psychological operation, the engineered enemy is Islam, and the Global War On Terrorism (GWOT) has become a brand to disguise imperial wars of aggression as “humanitarian”.Thus, huge sums of public monies are diverted from worthwhile, domestic projects such as healthcare schools and roads, to support a criminal Project for a New American Century (PNAC) that is globalizing death, poverty, and destruction as the U.S led empire tries to impose a unilateral model of control over the world. The U.S is said to be “exceptional”, and therefore the rightful ruler. Manifest Destiny writ large.

Dissent is suppressed within the framework of corporate media monopolies. Predominant narratives are supported by corrupt “NGOs” – totally bereft of objectivity — and intelligence agency “fronts”. Real investigative journalism offering historical context and legitimate evidence are relegated to the fringes, far outside the domain of the broad-based “consensus of misunderstanding.” So-called “progressives” (presumably unwittingly) support Canada’s close relationships with Wahabbi Saudi Arabia, Apartheid Israel, and even the foreign mercenaries currently invading Syria (ie ISIS and al Nursra Front/al Qaeda).

Source: The “Left” Is No Longer Left or Progressive. It Has Been Co-Opted | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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The Legend of ‘Tecmo Super Bowl’

Christian Okoye could see pixels dancing in his eyes. It was a look the retired Chiefs running back had seen before, one he’d become accustomed to encountering. “Man,” the approaching fan said, “you were a monster in Tecmo Super Bowl.”That brief exchange, which happened this October at Arrowhead Stadium, is far from unique. Okoye, 55, has met hundreds of similarly euphoric devotees of the old Nintendo game. The 6-foot-1, 253-pound force scored 40 touchdowns and made two Pro Bowls over six seasons with Kansas City — but the Nigerian Nightmare’s legend lives on due to his digital avatar’s freakish ability to shed tackles in a digital world.Released 25 years ago next month, Tecmo Super Bowl provided the ultimate in sports geek wish fulfillment. Using only two buttons and a directional pad, children of the late 1980s and early 1990s could turn their favorite players into whirling superhumans. Though the 8-bit classic featured all 28 NFL teams (this was 1991), expansive rosters, and a detailed playbook, TSB’s not-so-realistic quirks made it the best sports game of all time.

Source: The Legend of ‘Tecmo Super Bowl’

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Labatt employees mourn the end of beer-for-life era

A free beer allotment for Labatt brewery retirees — which was part of the workers’ pension benefit package for more than five decades — will soon go flat.Labatt has announced the long-standing perk will be phased out by Jan.1, 2019 because it’s too expensive. But workers call the cut petty when compared to the company’s ballooning revenues.Labatt said the allotment for existing retirees would be cut in half in 2018 and cut off completely in 2019.”I just think it’s nickel-and-diming of our retirees that put in a lot of work for many, many years,” said local union president Jim Stirr. “In the cost of doing business, it’s such a small, small thing.”

Source: Labatt employees mourn the end of beer-for-life era – Edmonton – CBC News

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According to Snopes, Fake News Is Not the Problem

The day after the election, news began swirling around social media that New York Times columnist David Brooks had called for President-elect Donald Trump’s assassination. Snopes managing editor Brooke Binkowski had a feeling it was fake. Because, come on now, would a prominent columnist for a reputable news outlet really make that kind of comment?

Snopes has made its business out of correcting the misunderstood satire, malicious falsehoods, and poorly informed gossip that echoes across the internet — and that business is booming. Traffic jumped 85 percent over the past year to 13.6 million unique visitors in October, according to comScore. The site supports itself through advertising, and in the last three years it has made enough money to quadruple the size of its staff.Sure enough, a bit of Snopes reporting revealed that Brooks had written a column saying Trump would likely resign or be impeached within a year. A news item published on The Rightists claimed Brooks had then said in an interview for KYRQ Radio New York that Trump should be killed.

Snopes found The Rightists doesn’t even pretend to traffic in truth. In the site’s “about” section, it describes itself this way: “This is HYBRID site of news and satire. part [sic] of our stories already happens, part, not yet. NOT all of our stories are true!” What’s more, the story’s facts didn’t add up. For example, the site claimed Brooks had made the comments on a radio station — KYRQ — that didn’t exist.

Source: According to Snopes, Fake News Is Not the Problem

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What You Need to Know About Long-Range WiFi Project

[What You Need to Know About Long-Range WiFi Projects]John Parsons 19th Nov 2016 Internet No CommentsIn 2015 security specialist Ben Caudill announced a special long-range WiFi project he called “Proxyham.” In addition to providing Internet access up to 2.5 miles from the source, Proxyham creates a secure and private connection. Mysteriously, however, after promising to show the technology at DEFCON, a well-known hacker’s conference, Caudill changed his mind and dropped the project.Ads by GoogleProxyham BasicsProxyham consists of commonly-available computing equipment and radio gear and can be divided roughly into two parts – a base station and a receiver.

The base station picks up a public WiFi signal via a standard network card. The base station takes the WiFi data and re-sends it on another radio signal, about 900Mhz. A receiver at the other end picks up the radio signal and converts it back into data. The transmitter runs at low power, making it legal to operate under FCC rules.Why Is Proxyham Secure?long-range-proxyham-securityProxyham creates a secret, nearly untraceable Internet connection. By comparison, your home Internet provider has your name, address and other important information. They also know the all-important Internet Protocol (IP) address, a unique number that identifies your home network.

Source: What You Need to Know About Long-Range WiFi Project – Make Tech Easier

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