Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rep. Peter King says Ebola virus has turned airborne, scolds experts for being 'wrong'

[What amazes me is that these fucking idiots can get elected - and then re-elected. - Bozo]

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Thursday, October 23, 2014, 4:38 pm
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"I am not a scientist," Republicans opine when confronted with the science of climate change. Oh, if only we could convince them they were not epidemiologists either.

    Republican Rep. Peter King thinks the doctors are wrong on Ebola, suggesting the deadly virus might have mutated and gone airborne in an interview with Long Island News Radio last week.
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    “You know my attitude was it’s important not to create a panic and it’s important not to overreact and the doctors were absolutely certain that this can not be transmitted and it was not airborne and yet we find out the people who have contracted it were wearing all protective gear,” said King.
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His attitude was that it's important not to create a panic and overreact. His attitude now is screw all that, he's pretty sure we're all gonna die. Vote Peter King!
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    “It’s time for the doctors to realize that they were wrong and figure out why they were wrong. Maybe this is a mutated form of the virus,” adds King later in the interview.
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Or maybe the protocol for donning and removing the protective gear didn't work. Nah, it must be because upon coming to America the virus itself, once exposed to the Freedom in the Texas air, altered its very structure. That is clearly the more plausible scenario, so Peter I Am Not A Scientist just has to sigh and shake his head at all the stupid doctors who do not understand viruses and their transmission as much as he does.
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U.S. airlines posted more strong profits in the latest quarter, and say they expect the good earning

Hamilton Nolan
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:04 pm
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U.S. airlines posted more strong profits in the latest quarter, and say they expect the good earnings to continue for the foreseeable future, so it seems like a great time for them to install some human-sized seats in the motherfucking planes.
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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Sneak Big Gift To The NRA Into Bill Banning Copper Theft

[You get the government you elect. - Bozo]
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by Ian Millhiser
October 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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"Secondary metal" theft, where someone sneaks onto a property that is under construction and steals copper wiring or other valuable metal, is a very real problem that increases the cost of housing and other real estate development. It also has virtually nothing to do with gun rights. And yet, Pennsylvania state Sen. Richard Alloway (R) successfully added a provision that is likely to amount to a financial windfall for pro-gun litigators onto a bill that was intended to protect against metal theft. The bill passed the state legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is expected to sign it.
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Although the bulk of the bill is devoted to new and increased penalties for metal thieves, Alloway's amendment makes three significant changes to the state's gun laws. First, although Pennsylvania law currently prevents local governments from enacting laws that provide additional protections from guns that aren't offered by state law, the new bill permits lawsuits by people and many groups "adversely affected by" a local gun ordinance. Significantly, the NRA is a "membership organization" that will be allowed to file suits under the bill.
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The bill also requires courts to award "reasonable expenses" to anyone who successfully brings a lawsuit under this provision, and it requires such expenses to be paid by the locality that enacted the gun law even if "the regulation in question is rescinded, repealed or otherwise abrogated after suit has been filed . . . but before the final determination by the court." Thus, the law reduces the costs of bringing a pro-gun lawsuit, it deputizes the NRA to police gun laws enacted by city and town councils in Pennsylvania, and it gives the NRA an incentive to file as many suits as it can as quickly as possible.
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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a major casualty of the new bill is likely to be several local ordinances "involving mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns." The Inquirer also quotes Montgomery County Solicitor Sean Kilkenny, who says he recommends that three localities within that county repeal their lost or stolen gun ordinance - "[i]f a town like Jenkintown gets sued, a couple hundred thousand dollars would blow a huge hole in their budget."
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Actress Felicia Day Opens Up About GamerGate Fears, Has Her Private Details Exposed Minutes Later

[There are lot of sick fucks out there and the Internet gives them voice and power. Such a shame. - Bozo]
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by Lauren C. Williams
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:51 am Updated: October 23, 2014 at 10:10 am
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Instead of greeting two male gamers wearing Halo and Call of Duty shirts, prominent gamer and actress Felicia Day crossed the street.

"Seeing another gamer on the street used to be an auto-smile opportunity, or an entry into a conversation starting with, 'Hey, dude! I love that game too!' the Supernatural actress wrote on her Tumblr. But for the first time maybe in my life, on that Saturday afternoon, I walked towards that pair of gamers and I didn't smile. I didn't say hello. In fact, I crossed the street so I wouldn't walk by them. A small voice of doubt in my brain now suspected that those guys and I might not be comrades after all. That they might not greet me with reflected friendliness, but contempt."

That change is GamerGate - an online movement where a small subset of gamers have harassed female media critics, developers and bloggers with violent and graphic death and rape threats.
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Feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, who was driven from her home by gamers' threats, recently had to cancel a speaking engagement at Utah State University after a letter threatened a massacre if the school did not cancel its event. While the written threat was jarring, Sarkeesian cancelled her talk because of Utah's concealed carry laws, which meant the school couldn't guarantee her safety. Game developers Brianna Wu and Zoe Quinn have also had to leave their homes because of the massive amount of death and rape threats.
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Day said she has kept quiet on GamerGate, which recently forced Intel to pull advertising from gaming site Gamasutra, largely out of "self-protection and fear."

"I have been terrified of inviting a deluge of abusive and condescending tweets into my timeline. I did one simple @ reply to one of the main victims several weeks back, and got a flood of things I simply couldn't stand to read directed at me. I had to log offline for a few days until it went away. I have tried to re-tweet a few of the articles I've seen dissecting the issue in support, but personally I am terrified to be doxxed (having personal information such as an address, email or real name released online) for even typing the words 'Gamer Gate.'"
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In fact, Day was reportedly doxxed within an hour of writing her post on GamerGate. The immediate doxxing of female GamerGate critics, including Day, has been pointed to as an example of the sexism of the movement. Former NFL player Chris Kluwe, who wrote his own post calling GamerGaters "basement-dwelling, cheetos-huffing, poopsock-sniffing douchepistols," said Day was only targeted because of her gender.
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"None of you fucking #gamergate tools tried to dox me, even after I tore you a new one. I'm not even a tough target…Instead, you go after a woman who wrote why your movement concerns her," Kluwe said on Twitter.
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In her post, Day explains that, like 18 percent of internet users, she's experienced her share of severe harassment, and has even had stalkers show up on her doorstep. But that while she is sickened by the stigma and fear GamerGate has had on the community, she encourages everyone to keep gaming.
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"Games are beautiful, they are creative, they are worlds to immerse yourself in. They are art. And they are worth fighting for, even if the atmosphere is ugly right now," Day said. And that odds are the gamer guys she avoided on the street weren't part of GamerGate and "would have been awesome to talk to."
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Complaints of tech companies' lax online harassment policies have escalated as tech and gaming circles have try to combat criticism of a culture that shuts out and abuse women and minorities.
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Twitter has been heavily criticized for not taking online threats seriously. In July, users derailed an online Q&A with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo by pointing the conversation to the site's toothless online harassment policies. Twitter also caught flack in 2013 when the site made it so blocked users could still follow and see posts from the users that blocked them. The policy was reversed and Twitter has since vowed to revamp its policies after Zelda Williams, daughter of late actor and comic Robin Williams, received graphic images of her father after his death in August.
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Bill Maher's solution to Tea Party IRS complaints: Tax charities

Arturo Garcia
22 Oct 2014 at 18:22 ET                  
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Real Time host Bill Maher slammed conservatives for creating a "scandal" over perceived targeting by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), arguing on his blog that exemptions for certain types of charitable groups should be abolished.
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"The simple solution is to stop asking the IRS to make value judgments about what's a legitimate charity called 'Patriots for the Violent Overthrow of the Negro Usurper' and what's just a family sex party, like the kind the Palins would crash," Maher wrote on Tuesday. "Make them all pay taxes."
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Maher said this double standard in the tax code was highlighted by the increased scrutiny on Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's tax-exempt non-profit group, the All Day Foundation, following allegations that he used a foundation credit card in 2011 to pay for a party that turned into "a night of drinking, arguing and sex."
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According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, the organization pulled in more than $247,000 in revenue three years ago but listed only three groups benefitting from donations. A Maryland ministry also disputed the foundation's 2009 report that it donated $70,000 to the organization.
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"You think Citizens United has created an orgy of dark money? Adrian Peterson threw an actual tax-free orgy," Maher wrote.
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Meanwhile, he said, Tea Party conservatives have accused the IRS of targeting them because of their political leanings. Though the allegations have been debunked, Maher said the agency had to make a "angels-dancing-on-the-head-of-a-pin distinction between an organization that raises money for politicians and one that "promotes social welfare." (… by raising money for politicians.)"
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After Acid-Attacks, Thousands Of Iranian Women Take To The Streets

Beenish Ahmed
Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm Updated: October 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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At least four women in Iran's cultural capital were attacked with acid this week. Although police have arrested four men in connection to the acid-throwing, about 2,000 protesters marched on the department of justice in Ifsahan to decry the crime, which is relatively rare there. This massive outcry reflects on a burgeoning, social media-driven movement for increased social freedoms in the theocratic country.
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One 28-year-old woman was attacked while driving her car with her window rolled down. She suddenly lost control while driving and then stumbled out of the door screaming, "I'm burned, I'm burned." She then stripped off her head scarf - the covering is mandated by law for women in Iran along with loose-fitting clothing over the torso, arms, and legs.
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"The level of acid used was so much that all her clothes were in the processes of melting and I saw the acid create white spots on the asphalt," one witness told the official Iranian news agency, IRNA.
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The acid that is thrown on people - mostly women - is often highly corrosive and meant to disfigure and maim them. Acid-throwing occurs around the world from South Asia to South America and is on the rise in Italy and in the United Kingdom.
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Acid-throwing is unusual in Iran and the recent attacks have led many to believe that this recent spate of attacks are a natural outgrowth of a new law protecting, as the New York Times put it, "those citizens who feel compelled to correct women and men who in their view do not adhere to Iran's strict social laws" which was enacted by the country's parliament on Sunday. Though, to be sure, the law affords private citizens with the right to hand out verbal or written comments on social codes - not partake in vigilante violence.
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Ghosts and goblins

I was watching the Today show this morning and they were promoting an upcoming piece on Ghost Hunters - people who would come to your house (for a fee) and chase away any unwelcome "spirits" living in your home. So the news reporters sitting around the table asked one another, "Do you believe in ghosts?"

All four agreed that they did believe in some sort of super-natural spirits. All four.  Tens-of-thousands of years of human history and not one shred of respected scientific evidence that ghosts and spirits exist, but all four of these brainiacs believe.

And they report our news. And that's what's wrong with America.

Crap.

Don't blame atheists for religious folly.


Shooting report

Don't forget - too many guns used for too many wrong reasons. 






Gun control - because people with the IQ of a grape have guns