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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 29, 2015, 03:10:14 PM
Soooooooooo... A couple years later, the WH finally manages to say, "Piss off."

https://petitions.whiteho...ion/pardon-edward-snowden

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OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO

Pardon Edward Snowden

A Response to Your Petition on Edward Snowden

Thanks for signing a petition about Edward Snowden. This is an issue that many Americans feel strongly about. Because his actions have had serious consequences for our national security, we took this matter to Lisa Monaco, the President's Advisor on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Here's what she had to say:

"Since taking office, President Obama has worked with Congress to secure appropriate reforms that balance the protection of civil liberties with the ability of national security professionals to secure information vital to keep Americans safe.

As the President said in announcing recent intelligence reforms, "We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, while upholding the civil liberties and privacy protections that our ideals and our Constitution require."

Instead of constructively addressing these issues, Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it.

If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and -- importantly -- accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers -- not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions.

We live in a dangerous world. We continue to face grave security threats like terrorism, cyber-attacks, and nuclear proliferation that our intelligence community must have all the lawful tools it needs to address. The balance between our security and the civil liberties that our ideals and our Constitution require deserves robust debate and those who are willing to engage in it here at home."

Follow @WeThePeople on Twitter all day long for a series of Q+As with various Administration officials on the petition responses we released today.

Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

At absolute best, it is dishonest and egregiously ignorant. Snowden doesn't get any right to any defense because of the national secrets act (or whatever it's called). He literally would not be allowed to defend himself in court. And they want him to come back to a kangaroo court where he'd be hanged before the sun set? Right.

It took over 2 years for them to vomit that nonsense onto the screen. Shameful.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 25, 2015, 09:36:05 PM
Finally, I avoid using insecure operating systems (Linux, OSX) wherever I can.

What are you using? OpenBSD or another BSD variant?
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer Programming To Be Officially Renamed “Googling Stackoverflow” on: July 21, 2015, 10:16:02 PM
You should *know* how any code works before you put it in your project.

Heh! You remind me of this:

http://ex-parrot.com/~pdw/Mail-RFC822-Address.html

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I'm pretty sure that embedded in that PCRE compatible regular expression to validate an email address is some kind of code that resolves to "HAIL SATAN!"

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NAS software and limitations on: July 21, 2015, 10:08:50 PM
I've had decent luck with FreeNAS. YMMV.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer Programming To Be Officially Renamed “Googling Stackoverflow” on: July 20, 2015, 11:45:18 PM
It's funny because it's true! Grin
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 19, 2015, 02:13:42 PM
Not really humour, but while we're on Pluto... Wink

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUZ2tfr1bsU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUZ2tfr1bsU</a>

It goes over some of why Pluto is a dwarf planet.

Also, some estimates put the number of dwarf planets in our solar system around 50.

tl;dr - We don't know jack all about much of anything. tongue
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / ProxyHam goes down the memory hole - ProxyGambit steps up - Privacy is resilient on: July 19, 2015, 12:26:44 PM
An interesting new technology that was nearly killed off:

https://threatpost.com/sa...r-defunct-proxyham/113832

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Without fail in the weeks leading up to Black Hat and DEF CON, there are inevitably talks that are either pulled by organizers, cancelled by presenters, or strong suggestions are made that the talks don’t happen. This year’s first casualty, Ben Caudill’s scheduled DEF CON demonstration of ProxyHam, has already fanned some seriously speculative flames from the research and anti-surveillance camps about exactly why the talk isn’t happening.

Devices such as ProxyHam, a hardware proxy ideal for whistleblowers and others concerned about online privacy, apparently make some people nervous. On July 10, through his company Rhino Security Labs’ Twitter feed, Caudill announced that not only was his talk canceled, but source code for ProxyHam would not be released, all development was at a standstill, and existing devices were being disposed of. Early speculation on why Caudill’s talk drifted from a run-in with law enforcement, to the delivery of a National Security Letter, or concerns over possible violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

More at the link.

ProxyGambit:

https://github.com/samyk/proxygambit

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ProxyGambit is a simple anonymization device that allows you to access the Internet from anywhere in the world without revealing your true location or IP, fracturing your traffic from the Internet/IP through either a long distance radio link or a reverse tunneled GSM bridge that ultimately drops back onto the Internet and exits through a wireless network you're no where near.

While a point to point link is supported, the reverse GSM-to-TCP bridge allows you to proxy from thousands of miles away with nothing other than a computer and Internet with no direct link back to your originating machine.

ProxyGambit Directional Antenna to Laptop

A high speed (150Mbps+) link is available with direct line of sight from 10km+ away, or if further away, a 2G GSM connection produces a reverse TCP tunnel serializing a shell into the device accessible from anywhere in the world via the Internet or GSM. Either method proxies your connection through local wifi networks near the device, shielding and making it more difficult to determine your true location, IP and identity.

More at that link.

If anyone is government is paying attention, the lesson to be learned is that outlawing communications and communications methods is pretty futile. Just give up. Wink

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 18, 2015, 10:25:57 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2AvU2cfXRk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2AvU2cfXRk</a>

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 18, 2015, 01:08:58 AM


10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 15, 2015, 11:20:49 PM
If you like logic, argumentation, and fallacies, you'll enjoy this:

http://imgur.com/a/QDbyt#0

Oh, and if you like football, that's a bonus too. smiley

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 14, 2015, 08:34:25 PM
I'd rather live longer and prosper.

Now that's prefectly getting 2 birds stoned.

I wonder if they had any arch rivals?

In a round-about way. But I hear most were pyramid schemes.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 14, 2015, 08:22:10 PM
To the moon!!! ┗(°0°)┛ ..○
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / UK to ban encrypted messenger services to combat the specter of ISIS on: July 14, 2015, 08:19:27 PM
From the you-just-cannot-make-this-stuff-up department:

http://techti.me/2015/07/...mbat-the-specter-of-isis/

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British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to have access to all means of electronic communication by anyone in the country and ban the use of encrypted apps such as Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and iMessage unless they agree to provide backdoors.

Now... just to put this in perspective... everything is so utterly insane and upside down that I've not seen this particular tidbit picked up at Techdirt.  ohmy

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: July 10, 2015, 09:56:31 AM
@IainB - Regarding this post:

What I have realised is that it's not just the FDA, but also a system of other government-directed organisations that have been established as the authoritative sources of science on some aspect or other of controlling our lives - and this has implications that I probably had not fully appreciated before.

Very well organised and articulated for the whole post.

To dive down the rabbit hole just a bit further... Many of the implications have already been made explicitly clear by many different voices among the world's elite. Here's one:

Source: https://archive.org/details/pdfy-z5FBdAnrFME2m1U4

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Another threat, less overt but no less basic, confronts liberal democracy. More directly linked to the impact of technology, it involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Under such circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits.

i.e. The technetronic era is one of a scientific, totalitarian dictatorship.

Also:

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Unlike the industrial age, when complexity and historical discontinuity induced ideological flights of the mind into atavism or futuristic Utopias, in the technetronic age the greater availability of means permits the definition of more attainable ends, thus making for a less doctrinaire and a more effective relationship between "what is" and "what ought to be."

In there we can see a clear leading towards a blatant logical fallacy and logical impossibility being pushed - is vs. ought.

If anyone thought that the dystopian nightmare of "Brave New World" was simply a novel... I would urge them to look around. If you are in the US, the next time you're watching TV, count how many ads there are for pharmaceuticals. Then read this:

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The transformation that is now taking place, especially in America, is already creating a society increasingly unlike its industrial predecessor. 1 The post-industrial society is becoming a "technetronic" society: a society that is shaped culturally, psychologically, socially, and economically by the impact of technology and electronics — particularly in the area of computers and communications. The industrial process is no longer the principal determinant of social change, altering the mores, the social structure, and the values of society. In the industrial society technical knowledge was applied primarily to one specific end: the acceleration and improvement of production techniques. Social consequences were a later by-product of this paramount concern. In the technetronic society scientific and technical knowledge, in addition to enhancing production capabilities, quickly spills over to affect almost all aspects of life directly. Accordingly, both the growing capacity for the instant calculation of the most complex interactions and the increasing availability of biochemical means of human control augment the potential scope of consciously chosen direction, and thereby also the pressures to direct, to choose, and to change.

What are universities for?

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In the technetronic society the university becomes an intensely involved "think tank," the source of much sustained political planning and social innovation.

Political planning is education? Whoops. I guess I didn't properly understand what higher "education" was for. Wink

Regarding the "technetronic society", another unarguably brilliant thinker penned a piece that I believe most people here have heard of, though it is doubtful that many have read it. Its original title is "INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY AND ITS FUTURE", though few probably know it by that. Here's a link for it:

http://www.washingtonpost...bomber/manifesto.text.htm

In it the author walks through many of the same kinds of concerns as Zbigniew Brzezinski outlines in "BETWEEN TWO AGES - America's Role in the Technetronic Era".

It is well worth the read.



Back on topic...

The sorts of concerns expressed regarding peer review and the scientific process can be seen in existing literature, although they are often less direct.

Different policy papers from ostensibly "non-government" organisations are readily available, but they exist in such volume that it is near impossible for mere mortals to plow through. Still, the dangers posed have been articulated and are available. An excellent example is "Agenda 21" published by the UN. It's a sprawling monstrosity with its roots in the UN, but much of the implementation is outside of the auspices of the UN. Again, it uses the typical kinds of pseudo-scientific babble we commonly see to mask religio-political agendas.

It is difficult to face the literature and then look at the world and try to claim that what we see is accidental. There are mountains of evidence screaming that it is by design. The failures of the FDA (and other organisations) are not "failures" -- they are intentional and deliberate. Why would you want a "health care" industry when healthy people don't make money for you? No... we have a "sickness monitoring" industry where a toxic food supply feeds sicknesses in the population for a large pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs that alleviate symptoms, but never cure.

The cure for cancer? That's a complete and total hoax. There is no research for a "cure for cancer". There *is* research for a "patent" though.

When you set up perverse incentives, you get perverse results.

I'm starting to blather. tongue


15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 09, 2015, 01:08:55 AM
Incidentally, speaking of AI, if you don't want your child's RI (real intelligence) and intellectual growth stunted, here are some vid exposees on sources of mercury and how it is toxic to brain cells;
smoking teeth poison gas
Mercury-silver amalgam dental fillings should be replaced with white resin or tooth caps.

What's In A Flu Shot
I'm not against vaccines, just the toxic and totally unnecessary mercury (thimerosol) additive and a few other toxins, which could easily be replaced with safer preservatives for a slight cost increase.

All science that leads to conclusions that would negatively affect the bottom lines of pharmaceutical companies is complete and total BS. A hoax. It's necessarily fake. If it were real science, it would support the profit motive of the "health" industry... /s

Don't ever expect to have any kind of a rational discussion on this topic. It won't happen. I illustrated that in the "Peer review" thread with some help. Wink

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: July 08, 2015, 08:13:47 AM
Any "The Prisoner" fans here?

I tripped across a commentary on the show that you might find interesting:

http://jaysanalysis.com/2...sis-of-the-prisoner-1967/

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Numbered Man – An Analysis of The Prisoner (1967)

Oppositional and defiant. No. 6 “fights the system.”


1960s spy fiction is some of my favorite fiction.  Developing its own unique aesthetic, from Bond to The Saint to Harry Palmer, the vivid, flamboyant style of both the spies and their cinema incarnations created an iconic pop phenomena that survives still (as 007 is still going strong).  Everyone knows 007, but few are aware of the more philosophical, science fiction based British cult show, The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan.  McGoohan not only starred in the show, but is also the series’ co-creator, following his successful Danger Man series, and reportedly passed over the role of Bond in Dr. No and The Saint due to moral qualms with 007’s ethics (McGoohan was a professing Roman Catholic).  Regardless, The Prisoner remains one of the most fascinating presentations of the dark side of international espionage, combining the esoteric, philosophical, geopolitical and the fantastical, as well as functioning as a critique of the most foundational assumptions of modern, “progressive” man.  For this, it most certainly warrants an analysis.

More at the link.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Political Apps Thread on: July 05, 2015, 12:35:49 AM
Peacekeeper 2.0 has an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds.

https://www.indiegogo.com...-the-fire-rises--2#/story

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 04:22:02 PM
I told you to stay off tumblr...  Grin

B-b-b-but the insanity is just TOO much fun~! Grin


...
The moral of the story is this: Animal control is not the job of security people. Never assume that it is.

It's stuff like that, that makes me wonder once more about how many of these tumblr blogs aren't just trolls looking to find a bunch of complete and total morons, or get those morons into serious trouble.

Some of the SJW tumblrinas are so wonky, that it's tough to know whether they're trolling or serious, because there really are people that are that wacked out. If a drunk can chop his own head off with a chainsaw, and a feminist can abort her kid purely because it's male... then some of these other freaks kind of seem to be a bit more realistic.

But... time for more insanity~!



tumblrinas that think they are animals or dragons or god knows what...

http://kinfessions.tumblr.com/

Here's one:

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When I was about 5 I realized I was a dragon but never knew the name for it. Originally I was an Ice dragon named Fragment, then I became Luna the Darkness dragon, then I became Breeze the Wind and Poison Dragon, and now I am Jiya the Lightning Dragon. I am an evolving dragon it seems.

...and...

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I just learned about Dollkin and have been searching all over trying to find out more about it. I am so interested and drawn to it but I can't find any real info about it. I have so many questions.

If you think these people need help...

http://therianhelpdesk.tumblr.com/

 huh

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flowercrowned-coyote asked: hello I'm a wolf, coyote, and deer therian. my wolf and coyote conflict quite a bit with my deer. when I howl withy the coyotes behind my house I want to join them, but I have the urge to run away. is this possible? is it bad? and what should I do?
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For starters, one’s theriotypes are them so you are a coyote/deer/wolf on a spiritual, brain-related, etc. level (whichever you personally believe). Thus, you don’t have a deer, you are one, so saying “my *insert animal here*” sounds more like you’re talking about an external entity like a totem or similar. Generally, people with multiple kintypes rarely experience them as a mesh like that. Instead, they tend to either experience one at a time or the theriotype they experience is dependent on environment. For example, I rarely experience my shark theriotype on land and rarely experience my lion theriotype in the water.

Identity in general is only “bad” if it interferes with your life in a negative way. So I wouldn’t say it’s bad, but I’m sure it’s odd and frustrating. I’d focus, first and foremost, on figuring out if you truly identify as these animals or if you have a connection to them on another level. Depending what you figure out, I’d focus on compartmentalizing so such a thing is less of an issue.

Mod Shlion

2 weeks ago 4 ☆ reblog
tagged: +mod shlion  +therian help desk  +therianthropy  +therian  +otherkin  +flowercrowned-coyote

 ohmy

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Anonymous asked: Is there a difference between kintype and thereotype??
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A Theriotype is specifically a nonhuman earthen animal that a Therian identifies as. A kintype is the nonhuman entity that an Otherkin identifies as.

You can have both if you identify as a nonhuman thing and a nonhuman earthen animal.

 wallbash

I'm not sure that's actually helping much... tongue
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: July 03, 2015, 03:51:38 PM
Reddit is one of the birthplaces of buttburt. smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 01:15:24 PM
How about a blog about shoplifting?

http://call-me-stickyfingers.tumblr.com/

Here's one post:

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Animal tip
*disclaimer* this MAY sound crazy, but believe me, it works.
Step 1: obtain an animal that scurries fast. Go to petco and purchase either 10 rats/10 white mice/3 ferrets OR obtain a farm pot bellies pig/hen/or boar. My aunt higgith once obtained a keckle of geese that she personally lifted from a nearby town farm.
Step 2: store animals in an inconspicuous container. Make sure it has air holes for breathing so your animals don’t die.
Step 3: drive to a store you’d like to shoplift from
Step 4: enter the store carrying your hidden animals of choice
Step 5: when no one is around, release your furry friends into the isle and watch them scurry and scamper everywhere
Step 6: immediately run to the nearest SA and tell them you saw a rodent/animal
Step 7: the SA will typically call in a special code in their walkie talkie or will have to alert their supervisors that a live animal is on the loose. Remember: the more animals scurrying free the better!
Step 8: steal all the shit you want! At this point the entire store will be trying to locate the pest and will probably not be paying attention to any cameras. Innocent shoppers may get frantic and scared of a wild boar making its way through the store and soon chaos may take over the store, inciting frenzied crowd syndrome
Step 9: while the store is chaotic, steal steal steal! Shove shit down your pants, eat a bag of chips while you’re at it, and empty the registers! Take a shit right inside the toy isle! LP won’t be paying attention
Step 10: leave! Run! Remember to only attempt this crazy tip once every five years or so. My aunt Higgith once released a bucket of rats and 3 guinea pigs into Target and she was able to get away with $4k worth of shit while the entire store was under terror

It gets crazier...
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: reverse smilie (: on: July 03, 2015, 02:01:58 AM
It makes more sense in RTL langauges than in LTR languages. smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 03, 2015, 02:01:06 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obrVHGNv66Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obrVHGNv66Y</a>
23  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Idea For A Reddit Reader on: July 02, 2015, 05:05:24 PM
Sigh... Nothing will help. Sad We're in the long process of moving across continents and getting set up. I still haven't had enough time to do any serious searching for a vehicle, which is a pre-requisite to looking for a place to live. Thank god for family here! cheesy
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2015, 12:01:22 PM
Just a silly thought...

The "save" button in most software shows a floppy disk icon.

When was the last time you used a floppy disk?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 01, 2015, 10:19:31 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVJC0LJTYZc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVJC0LJTYZc</a>



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