Thursday, February 28, 2008

Too smart for his own good

THIS just in from the "Sometimes the Jokes Write Themselves" department.

A US man has been rejected in his bid to become a police officer for scoring too high on an intelligence test.

WTF? only stupid people are allowed to become cops? What could possibly be the reason?

...police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Hmmmmm..... I wonder what the results of this policy would be?

The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

There you go. We take blockheads, give them guns, tasers and virtually unlimited power. Can anyone seriously claim to be surprised at the outcome?



Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stuck on Obama

A picture says a thousand words...

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Laptop encryption broken

(photo by iowa_spirit_walker)

I guess it was too good to last. The contents of your laptop hard drive will no longer be safe if the person that wants the data has the right tools at his disposal.

Today eight colleagues and I are releasing a significant new research result. We show that disk encryption, the standard approach to protecting sensitive data on laptops, can be defeated by relatively simple methods. We demonstrate our methods by using them to defeat three popular disk encryption products: BitLocker, which comes with Windows Vista; FileVault, which comes with MacOS X; and dm-crypt, which is used with Linux.

Translation - your friends won't be able to read your data, but Big Brother will be able to. linky


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thugs: Incident #8,349

Left: What Angela Garbarino looks like.
Right: What Angela Garbarino looked like after the thugs got done beating the shit out her.

"You're not going to let me call anybody?" she asks on the video. "I have a right to call somebody right now and I know that. Is this on the record?"

The footage documents Wiley attempting to read Garbarino her rights, but he runs out of patience and things get tense. He seems to forcefully put her in a chair.

"Don't touch me again. Get away from me," Garbarino says after a scream.

Then, Wiley walks over to the police camera recording the booking and turns it off. What happens next is a mystery, but when the video resumes the handcuffed Garbarino is sprawled on the floor and silently lying in a pool of her blood.

Another officer arrives and takes a cursory look before Garbarino is wheeled out on a stretcher. In addition to her bruised face, Garbarino's injuries also included two broken teeth.

ABC news has the story - linky


Monday, February 18, 2008

Papers please?

THIS just in from the "no shit, Sherlock" department.

Mass fingerprinting, biometric passports, identity cards and international identity databases will not protect Britain and other European countries from terrorists or criminals.

Here are three easy ways to reduce terrorism.

1) If you want crazy people to stop trying to blow you up, stop bombing their countries.
2) If you want crazy people to not be financially able to blow up your planes, buy less of their oil, ride a bike, take a bus.
3) If you want crazy people to stop trying to blow you up, stop providing weapons and training to them

ID cards and passports will do nothing but make the companies that make ID cards and passports richer.



Sunday, February 17, 2008

And they wonder why we hate them...


Saturday, February 16, 2008

You're better of not calling the cops

Absolutely sickening. I hope every last one of these bastards gets fired and the city get sued into oblivion.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hey Utah. Fuck you. Again.

REMEMBER Jared Massey? The dude that was brutally tasered by the Utah thugs? Remember the investigation, that found the thugs' actions to be "lawful and reasonable"?

This apparently generated enough publicity that there has been a new bill introduced into the Utah Senate (SB260) to keep this kind of thing from happening again. Sounds fantastic right? A step in the right direction, which is to protect the people from the police?

Think again. Apparently its still perfectly acceptable for civilians to be tortured by the police. What is unacceptable is that the public finds out what the thugs are doing.

Yes, you read this correctly. Senate Bill SB260, introduced by Senator Chris Butters, will prevent evidence of police misconduct from being available to the public.

The Salt Lake Tribune has the story. Full text of
SB260. Wikipedia entry of Chris Buttars, the senator who is pushing this tripe.


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Betty Hall

THERE have been some unpopular presidents in the past, and undoubtedly there will be some unpopular ones in the future. But...

She is the 14-term State of N.H. representative who has introduced to the state house HR 24 to impeach Bush and Cheney. The public Hearing for the resolution is next Tuesday Feb. 19th (the day after President's day).

She is joining the Code Pink fast.

She is 87 years old and refuses to eat again until Conyers begins impeachment proceedings. She told me "I've had a good life. I can't think of any better way to end it."

Bush has taken it to a whole new level. Here is a 90 year old woman, willing to starve herself to death if it will get him out of office.



Monday, February 11, 2008

Protest, get shot

THIS is actually old news, but for some reason its starting to get some publicity again. The thugs shot a peaceful protester in the face with a rubber bullet, then were stupid enough to get caught on video laughing about it afterwards. Stay tuned for the lawsuit.


In the world's oceans, a chicken called pollution comes home to roost.

THIS article at the LA Times is so long and so good, I'm not going to even bother trying to find excerpts. There are some truly fantastic videos and photos that go along with the story.

Read it here

Saturday, February 09, 2008

File under "I'd hate to be in this suckers shoes"

In case you're not aware, Dubai is the site of some of the most amazing engineering projects ever attempted. All in an effort to increase tourism to the point where the state would not be totally reliant on oil, which they believe is going to run out very soon. Obviously they are hoping to attract A LOT of tourists and their dollars...sorry, Euros (does the US dollar even still exist?)

And also in case you're not aware, they have a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. No, I don't think you quite understand: A ZERO-TOLERANCE policy on drugs. Imagine spending four years in jail in Dubai because the officials found a trace of marijuana that weighs less than a grain of sugar under some guys shoe (they use very "high" tech equipment-...get it? "high" tech?). How big is the frigging sugar in Dubai?!?!?! And who is this guy? Shaq?

And in case you're still deciding whether you want to be all Nancy Reagan on this and start preaching about the dangers of drugs and how he deserved to be locked up, consider that "drugs" also include over the counter medication......that is also available in....what's the name of that place again? oh yes...Dubai.

And there's another crack-head who got arrested because they found three poppy-seeds on him that he got from eating a bread-roll at Heathrow Airport. So that's why food at airports are so expensive. They are laced with drugs.

Unfortunately, the folks in Dubai didn't get the tourism memo. People use drugs and eat bread rolls.

here's two links :

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Mitt Romney

HAS thrown in the towel.




WHAT are the policies followed by customs and border agents when the decide to search the contents of cellular telephones and laptops? A lawsuit being prepared by the Electronic Freedom Foundatation and the Asian Law Caucus intends to settle this question once and for all.

Which brings us to the second question - why are they even allowed to do this in the first place? I can understand searching for weapons, bombs, that sort of thing, but going through your laptop, MP3 player, and cellular telephone are asinine. To be honest, I didn't even they were doing this, but it turns out that there is already a federal case being brought against the government for the practice.

Which then raises the next logical question - how much longer before the state establishes thoughtcrime?

The Washington Post has the story - linky


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Snip snip

There's been a lot of talk on the internet and blogs lately about the mysterious cable breaks in the middle east. I found a very interesting article about them that is definitely worth reading.