Cuba Removed From Naughty Terrorism List, NSA Analysts Question NSA Spying, IRS Blames Russians for Taxpayer Data Theft: P.M. Links

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    Cuba's government is no longer officially named as a state sponsor of terrorism, after a revision by the Obama administration as part of the process to normalize relations. Celebrate with some Romeo y Julieta churchills.

  • Also challenging Hillary Clinton "from the left" for the Democratic presidential nomination is former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Given his history, "left" apparently means enthusiasm for militarized policing.
  • You know who else worries that the NSA is spying to much? NSA analysts, that's who. They say the spook agency sucks up too much data to process. They have time, though. The NSA plans to keep its database of snoopage whether or not its authority to continue intercepting communications is reauthorized.
  • Rand Paul's libertarian and anti-interventionist positions help him with the general public, but not so much with the Republicans he needs to get the nomination.
  • The Pentagon may want to work on its mailroom practices, what with shipping live anthrax all over the place and such.
  • The IRS says that Russians were behind the theft of 100,000 taxpayer records. Yes, but who forced us to hand over the info for such careful storage?

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  1. The IRS says that Russians were behind the theft of 100,000 taxpayer records.

    The Russkies can fill out my 1040 next year.

    1. Hello.

      FIFA votes to keep Blatter in. Nice.

      Asia and Africa sure love dictators.

      1. They (the FIFA delegates) love people who give them cash money.

      2. I think the neo-Soviets voted for Blatter, too.

        1. Blatter’s got the whole world in a mess,
          Blatter doesn’t know that he’s a pest,
          Blatter, we rally hate to confess, but,
          Blatter! What’s the matter with you?

          /talking chimp tv show

    2. They probably need a source of funds for Blatter’s vig this week.

      1. He says he wants to fix FIFA. What was he doing the previous four terms?

        1. How should he know? He can’t watch everyone, you know!

          1. She previously played for the Men’s Spanish National Team.

            1. Apparently she has Armenian roots, so a Kardashian mix-up is easily made.

              1. Thank me:

                http://www.blick.ch/news/diese…..08663.html

                1. Bastard! I’m at my university pub and narrowly managed to scroll down before the UC SS caught me.

                  1. Why you’re not allowed to view that?

                    What happens if they catch you?

                    You get 100 lashes?

                    1. Worse, mandated tabling for the alumni association.

                  2. You know who else had an SS who caught people?

                2. I don’t think they needed to have the guy’s chest doing that trick.

                3. Well, that made me pretty happy.

              2. Snow queen?

    3. If only Teathuglicans hadn’t cut the IRS budget would this not have happened.

      1. Isn’t it amazing the havoc wrought by budget cuts?

      2. See-quest-yur!

    4. Do you claim all the kids you had with Lolita as dependents?

  2. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays.

    1. +1 Jack

      1. That scene would be a lot less sinister today.

        “Oh, Jack, you’ve been messing around on the computer for the last 10 minutes, and now you’re printing it out!”

        1. “Jack, you wrote a loop in Python and used standard i/o! Well done! Good use of this boring winter time.”

    2. Ok Bart Simpson, what’d you do now?

      1. Responded to the troll.

  3. Given his history, “left” apparently means enthusiasm for militarized policing.

    I hope you’re not just now figuring that out.

    1. Yeah no shit. The only time the left ever speaks out against policing is when it can be used to stir up more racial strife.

    2. It’s a form of amnesia. I propose it be called Gillespie Syndrome.

      1. “Gillespie Syndrome”…Is that the cause of those killings?

  4. BYRON WIEN: The Fed basically put $3 trillion into the stock market
    …Even though we’ve seen company earnings more than double between 2009 and 2014, there has been concern that the market rally has largely been driven by so-called easy money the Fed supplied through its bond-buying program, or quantitative easing….

  5. What about the Skipper, the Millionaire, and his wife? What about all the rest?

    American Express president Ed Gilligan has died

    1. Fuck them for not renewing their deal with Costco.

    2. A clear sign of my approaching birthday is I read that and immediately thought, “55?! Fuck…”

  6. Imagine, the analyst wrote in a leaked document, that you are standing in a shopping aisle trying to decide between jam, jelly or fruit spread, which size, sugar-free or not, generic or Smucker’s. It can be paralyzing.

    Oh, FFS!

    1. So we should stop giving women so many sexual choices, for their own good, and let their fathers sell them for livestock?

    2. I’m an indecisive motherfucker, and even if I don’t know what I want when I go up the aisle, it can’t take me more than 20 seconds to make that choice. Who are all these people that get stressed and “paralyzed” when confronted with these options?

      Unless you come from a poor village or the former Soviet Union, it shouldn’t be that intimidating.

      1. It’s intimidating to insecure people who believe there is a “best” choice, and they might not pick the right one.

        1. Yet they have no trouble voting.

          1. None at all. The “best” choice for them is already labeled with a D next to the name.

            1. *reads label on package* “non-GMO free-range organic dried spaghetti (D-Monsanto)” *thorws 23 in cart*

              /prog

        2. Somebody might see that they made the wrong one. It’s all about the signalling.

        1. That is no shit. My Peruvian step-mother had the same experience the first time she went in a grocery store here, only she was paralyzed and speechless. She simply could not believe what she was seeing.

      2. I have a tendency to agonize over decisions where the difference in possible outcomes is so minor that there’s not a clear advantage, or when I can’t possibly have enough information to make a good decision. When I was young I’d stare at a wall of toothpaste for 5 minutes. Since then I’ve cultivated arbitrariness for those sorts of decisions and it’s much easier, but I’m sympathetic to people who haven’t worked on that skill.

        1. So, you’re Tina from Bob’s Burgers?

          1. I don’t know what that is.

            1. Some fucking millennial you are.

              1. Yup, that’s Jesse.

                1. Hurtful, Los Doyers. I’m not even sure if I want your corpse fertilizing my “lawn” anymore.

                  1. You have a lawn.

                1. WHY DID YOU NOT LINK TO THE PORN VERSION?

                  See, I’d watch THAT show.

      3. Who are all these people that get stressed and “paralyzed” when confronted with these options?

        These people.

      4. Analysis Paralysis in board games can be a problem.

        1. I get in trouble with that in Scrabble.

    3. Remember “generics”? I have a feeling these people would still have problems.

      1. I need a drink!

    4. If you’re buying sugar-free jam, kill yourself.

      1. It’s a perfect match for fat-free peanut butter.

        1. DOUBLE KILL YOURSELF

          1. I think the development of, and heavy marketing of, ‘fat-free’ foods is one of the main culprits behind the serious levels of obesity in this country.

            1. “I’ll take a big mac, super sized, please. Oh but make that a DIET coke.” I think that sums it up well.

            2. Dots: A Fat Free Candy!

              I think Sour Patch Kids and tootsie rolls are still labeled as such.

                1. Way to HM the link, yo.

                    1. Huh, that site ignored my private browsing window and my ask approval when sharing location information setting to tell me where the nearest dippin’ dots vendor is.

                      There was always a dippin’ dots stand at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Reminds me of childhood.

            3. When you eat fat free, you find yourself hungry more often so you eat more fat free food so you get hungry more often…

  7. Rand Paul’s libertarian and anti-interventionist positions help him with the general public, but not so much with the Republicans he needs to get the nomination.

    Ironically, the ones who will woo the GOP for the nomination will repulse the general public.

    1. True, but I don’t think the Dem nominee will do much better, if at all.

      1. They’ll make a race of it. To the bottom, I mean.

        1. It’s bottoms, all the way down…

          1. When they get far enough down, It’ll be up the bottom from there.

    2. I disagree – it separates him from the crowd.

  8. Sarkozy was always known to be pro-American, but now he became a Republican.
    France’s Sarkozy renames UMP party ‘The Republicans’

    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday announced that the opposition UMP will from now on be known as “The Republicans”, as his scandal-tainted party seeks to improve its image ahead of the 2017 presidential race.
    Members of the right-wing party voted 83 percent in favour of the name change, according to results released by the leadership.

    1. seeks to improve its image

      Good luck with that…

      “No guys not the Republicans, THE Republicans. It’s TOTALLY different.”

      1. I’m sure they did to piss off everyone outside of the UMP. The thing is that all mainstream political forces in France call themselves r?publicain. The National Front and Communists are excluded but everyone else supports the values of the French Republic.

        1. Which republic is France on right now? Isn’t it number 5 for them?

        2. Hey now, let’s not start Eurosplaining things to people. Some of us had academic advisers whose scope of study was the economic legacy of the Paris Commune.

          1. +1 Necker.

          2. Not all of us had this kind of academic advisers. I had to visit grocery stores as a kid to explore the legacy.

    2. It could be worse. The Perussuomalaiset used to be called the “True Finns” in English, although that term is not quite right; the “Perus” means something more along the lines of “basic” or “elementary”. So they decided to deal with the confusion from English-language sources by requesting that in future, they be known in English as the “Finns Party”. As if that were so much less confusing.

      1. Your knowledge of Finland is impressive.

        1. I have some friends in Finland, and I’ve had an on agan, off again thing of wanting to learn the language to keep my brain active ever since I visited the place in 1992.

          1. I want to learn Finnish too. Apparently just listening to Korpiklaani isn’t quite enough to actually learn the language.

  9. …what with shipping live anthrax all over the place and such.

    At least they didn’t send any Anthrax live albums. That would have been terrible.

    1. YOU TAKE THAT BACK OR I’LL BEAT YOU WITH SCOTT IAN’S BEARD!!!

  10. I see Jesus in the cigar ash.

    1. Good thing it’s not Mohammed!

      1. …or Islamists would attack Philip Morris?

        1. No, they’d have to attack Allah.

          *** shudders at the implications ***

          1. Muzzie uses self-destruct.

            It’s super-effective!

  11. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays.

    1. I’m sure this won’t get old, ever.

      1. I’m still laughing about it.

      2. I’m a big fan to his truth and would like to subscribe to his Hate on Tony the Dbag Newsletter.

        1. I want to know how to unsubscribe.

    2. What is this about?

      1. About 20 lines, give or take?

  12. The NSA plans to keep its database of snoopage whether or not its authority to continue intercepting communications is reauthorized.

    Also, they will continue to intercept communications.

  13. Orlando City (soccer) will privately finance its own stadium.

    Good news for me, I don’t have to hate them.

    1. Fuck Orlando anyway.

      BTW, did they finally buy out that church, or are they still counting on Orange County or the City to ED it?

        1. Good for them, I guess. Except that it’s basically a $2 million gift from taxpayers anyway.

          Still…fuck Orlando.

          1. You’re just pissed because they have a better team logo than the Crew…

            Just like every other team in the League.

            1. Um, no. A yellow kitty on a purple shield? What the fuck does that have to do with Orlando?

              And when I say “fuck Orlando”, I don’t just mean Brek Shea’s team. I mean the whole place.

          2. And I guess we’ll see how they do tomorrow night.

    2. Disney could probably fund a dozen stadia.

  14. A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find.

    Ironically, Nernberg’s contributions at the Creation Science Museum are almost certainly what scientists have to thank for the find. He’s an amateur fossil collector, and he knew the fish were special as soon as he spotted them.

    “When the five fish fossils presented themselves to me in the excavator bucket, the first thing I said was you’re coming home with me, the second thing was I better call a paleontologist,” Nernberg said in a statement.

    “Most people would have overlooked these. When these were uncovered, Edgar right away recognized them,” Darla Zelenitsky, paleontologist and assistant professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary, told the Sun. “He’s apparently interested in fossils, and that’s probably how he saw them. An ordinary person might have just seen blobs in the rock.”

    I don’t know why but I find this oddly feel-good.

    1. Yeah, he could have destroyed them; instead, he called a paleontologist.

      1. i guess he isn’t the Taliban. A creationist that isn’t afraid of science and at least seem to understand some of it. It’s interesting, not what I would have expected. good for him.

    2. Unless the fish was fossilized while holding up a newspaper dated 60 million years ago, nobody’s buying it.

    3. “”There’s no dates stamped on these things.”

      Ummmmm…..yeah…..actually, there is.

  15. Celebrate with some Romeo y Julieta churchills.

    “Can’t get a good Cuban cigar in Cuba, can’t get good Vodka in Russia, that about wraps it up for Socialism.”

    1. +1 shot of Victory Gin

      1. You think they sell BOMBay Sapphire in Nagasaki?

        *sprints to nuclear fallout shelter*

    2. But they still have that great Bolivaran brand toilet paper in Venezuela!

      1. Must be flying off the shelves because I hear you can’t find it anywhere

    3. The only good vodka has had juniper berries steeped in it.

  16. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays.

    1. I don’t think you need a spam campaign to turn public opinion against him, and he doesn’t show up in the PM links anyway, so since this just annoys others and makes you look like kind of an asshole, why bother?

      1. Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays.

        1. We got it. You can lay off now.

        2. what is the context of this epic rant?

          1. That Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays.

    2. Jack Torrance is shaking his head in sorrow at your obsession.

  17. Cuba’s government is no longer officially named as a state sponsor of terrorism, after a revision by the Obama administration as part of the process to normalize relations. Celebrate with some Romeo y Julieta churchills.

    So, apparently Elian Gonzalez ended up not bad looking.

    1. Easy Jesse. Easy.

    2. Are you saying you want to pull him out of the closet by pointing your weapon at his face, too?

      1. Very good, Fist. Very good.

      2. That sums it up nicely. Yes.

      3. “This is my rifle, this is my gun.”

    3. Yeah, I noticed that too in a different shot. Oh, and he wants to come to America.

      1. Are you suggesting we should flip a coin and see who will marry him for a greencard?

        That seems to be what you’re suggesting.

        1. You just want a brown you can bang and neg into making ropa vieja.

          1. Damn it, Doyers, now I want a simple picadillo and I don’t have a Cuban immigrant spouse to make it for me.

            1. Picadillo is ni?o’s play. Get back to me when you roast up some lechon.

          2. Mmmmm – tasty. The ropa vieja, too.

            1. *slips a resume into Rhywun’s mailbox*

  18. The IRS says that Russians were behind the theft of 100,000 taxpayer records. Yes, but who forced us to hand over the info for such careful storage?

    Maybe they can track down Lerner’s emails?

    1. They had to steal all of those taxpayer returns that claimed a deduction for a donation to the Clinton Foundation.

  19. The IRS says that Russians were behind the theft of 100,000 taxpayer records.

    Say, whatever happened to all that bluster a few years ago about cyberattacks deserving, um, kinetic responses?

    1. Don’t worry, even now our crack operatives are sending emails to Putin offering him free Viagra if he only clicks the link…

      1. Wait are they suggesting the mighty Putin wrestler or bears might need Viagra? This will be about as successful as that reset button.

        1. “Wait are they suggesting the mighty Putin wrestler or bears might need Viagra?”

          I hear those bears are really difficult to satisfy.

          1. Maybe he’s a power bottom???

        2. It’s only to stave off Pulmonary edema.. when he scales the Urals. That’s all you need to know..

  20. Last night I actually had a woman say to me, “Your privilege is showing.” I thought this sort of bullshit-speak only happened in Salon articles and such.

    I let the moment pass without lighting the woman on fire.

    1. You should have just excused yourself and zipped up.

      1. LOL. Or do an Austin Powers impersonation:

        “You haven’t seen the privilege yet, baby!”

        1. “And you’re never going to, now.”

      2. I would have have totally got up and checked my zipper.

    2. Tell her that she has the privilege to suck your dick, and watch and see if her head explodes.

      1. Just be ready to back up that kind of talk. The kind of gal who would say “check your privilege” is most likely not the kind of gal I’d want calling my bluff in that situation.

        1. Yeah, she might write a scathing blog post or something.

          1. Exactly. In a way he would be giving her exactly what she wanted, something to be angry about.

          2. A searing blast of pepper spray, and cries of “RAPE!!11!”

    3. GIVE MORE CONTEXT

      1. I’d still like to hear more context as well. C’mon P.B.!

        1. That’s B.P., dude. He killed like a bunch of wildlife off the Gulf Coast, or something.

          1. Oh, right. I was thinking of the spread I like to eat with my sugar-free jam.

            1. Sugar-free jam and nonfat peanut butter make Homer something something.

        2. That was not a nice thing to call him… at all!

    4. “Shut up you dumb twat” would have flown out of my mouth before I could stop it.

      1. Banjos, you need to cultivate the word “cunt.” More staccato and forceful.

      2. A simple “Go fuck yourself” would have sufficed..

    5. I keep my privilege in my back pocket, next to my Thetan collection.

  21. The IRS says that Russians were behind the theft of 100,000 taxpayer records. Yes, but who forced us to hand over the info for such careful storage?

    Now the Russians will know for sure that Harry Reid was lying and that Mitt Romney paid his taxes. But the bugger called Russia our greatest geopolitical enemy, so they will keep their mouths shut.

  22. You know who else worries that the NSA is spying to much?

    The Parr family?

    1. Angela Merkel’s mole?

      *** bites lip ***

    2. You know who else worries about leaving out vowels?

      1. Jakob Smrz?

      2. Three celestial bodies in a straight line?

      3. The Czech’s?

    3. Western Digital, Hitachi, Seagate, Toshiba?

  23. Robot cheetah. Yes. As awesome as it sounds!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..?tid=sm_tw

    1. I’m actively rooting for SkyNet. Its our only hope for not living under totalitarian human government.

      1. I want to ride to work on a robot cheetah.

      2. Speaking of SkyNet, saw these in my mailbox today:

        autonomous robot swarms use collective cognition

        robots automatically recover from damage in minutes

        Definitely a good day for SkyNet!

    2. They sent a slamhound on Turner’s trail in New Delhi, slotted
      it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up
      with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling
      for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs
      and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized
      hexogene and flaked TNT.

    3. It looks more like an ox than a cheetah.

      And the front and back legs move in tandem, which is most definitely not the way that mammals run.

      1. You must be a blast at parties:)

  24. The Baltimore Sun on why O’Malley is better than Hillary

    With Martin O’Malley, however, leadership skills don’t translate to a majority of people questioning his honesty. He isn’t a magnet for perpetual scandal, and he isn’t beholden to special interests or vapid centrism.

    HAHAHAHAHAA!!

    1. Humor is the best start to a weekend!

      1. They’ll need it in Bodymore this weekend. 8-(

        1. It is entertaining to see the Left desperately trying to find a new Messiah after the fantastic failure of the current one.

          1. Sadly they are so emotionally driven they will always find someone to project their hopes and dreams on, or at least a Republican to blame for all the world’s sins.

            All the Progs that bitched about the NSA, that bitched about America playing world police, they’re all going to line up in droves to vote for Hillary in 2016.

          2. Sadly they are so emotionally driven they will always find someone to project their hopes and dreams on, or at least a Republican to blame for all the world’s sins.

            All the Progs that bitched about the NSA, that bitched about America playing world police, they’re all going to line up in droves to vote for Hillary in 2016.

          3. It may end up like Republicans in 2012, jumping from one challenger to another as they implode, until they are left with the establishment choice.

    2. In true Mencken spirit.

  25. You know who else worries that the NSA is spying to much? NSA analysts, that’s who.

    Wait, so it’s not Hitler?

    1. They transplanted his brain into the body of an NSA analyst.

    2. Just his clones.

  26. Rand Paul’s libertarian and anti-interventionist positions help him with the general public, but not so much with the Republicans he needs to get the nomination.

    Yeah, the other candidates lining up to shoot themselves in the foot are supposed to do that for him.

    1. Very nice. Thanks!

  27. The Pentagon may want to work on its mailroom practices, what with shipping live anthrax all over the place and such.

    They’re just returning it.

    1. The most impressive part of my Pentagon tour was definitely the food courts.

      1. Oh yeah? What’d they have there?

        1. Subway, Popeyes, dunkin donuts, Starbucks, a wrap place, BK, and one or two others that escape me. But that’s just the main food court. There’s several others.

          1. DON’T FORGET THE SUPER SECRET HOT DOG STAND IN THE CENTRAL COURTYARD THAT THE SOVIETS THOUGHT WAS A MISSILE LAUNCH SITE!!11!!!!!11

  28. Hey I don’t know if any of you guys heard this yet, but I heard a rumor that Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays.

    1. what?!!

    2. Hah! Next you’ll be telling me Lou Reed’s dead! Hahaha!

    3. You know who else supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays?

      1. Sean Penn?

      2. Cersei Lannister?

        1. Although her candidate didn’t actually behead him in the traditional sense, and he wasn’t totally gay either.

      3. Halliburton?

      4. Recep Erdo?an?

        1. Or George Galloway.. I always get them confused..

    4. I just got here for the PM links. Has this been going on all day?

    5. Which candidate?

      Which country?

  29. Rand Paul’s libertarian and anti-interventionist positions help him with the general public, but not so much with the Republicans he needs to get the nomination.

    This is why we can never have nice things.

    1. It’s amazing that being anti-interventionist is seen as a bad thing by Republicans when they used to bitch so much about nation building and America playing policeman of the world. Then 9/11 happened and they all lost their freaking minds.

      Or maybe it was more about Bill Clinton not being president anymore?

      1. Or maybe it was more about Bill Clinton not being president anymore?

        This.

        Both Teams Red and Blue discover the Constitution when the other side is in power.

        Don’t trust their sanctimonious bull, ever.

        1. Sure I expect that from the politicians, but I at least hoped the voters would stay consistant.

  30. Is it true that Tony supports a candidate who is funded by countries that rape women and behead gays?

    Because I heard this. Somewhere.

    1. Seriously? I had no idea…

  31. Hats off to J.D. Tucille! Unlike yesterday’s links from a “journalist” who will not be named but I heard likes going to parties, J.D. has some links that might be clickable after I peruse the commentariat.

    1. Dude, Tucille knows how to party. I read his book!

  32. Britain’s Hardest Grafter will pit 25 of Britain’s lowest-paid workers against each other for cash prize in series it claims is a ‘serious social experiment’

    In the hit Hollywood film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, contestants are chosen from the poorest districts of a country and compete in a fight to the death until just one survives in a hit TV show televised for the amusement of its wealthiest citizens.

    The author clearly didn’t read the book or even watch the movie, but NBD.

    The five-part BBC2 series will pit contestants against each other in a series of jobs and tasks with the “least effective workers” asked to leave until one is crowned champion.

    Umm, will this be exported to BBC America, because if so, POPCORN TIME.

    The format has been accused of trying capitalise on the trend of “poverty porn”, established by hit controversial series such as Channel 4’s Benefits Street, with website Graduate Fog accusing the show of “feeling distinctly Hunger Games”.

    Yes, yes and yes.

    1. My proposal: Before each task/job/whatever, have a couple Polish immigrants do it. Then use their performance as a video game-style ghost track.

    2. For the life of me, I can’t understand how doing an honest day’s work (which as far as I can tell is what they’re talking about) is the same thing as a fight to the death.

      Maybe someone on the show can actually, you know, get a regular job out of it.

    1. Wait until the “feminists” who were complaining about the sculpture of the man and woman talking see this.

      1. Have a coke and a smile?

    2. Joe Candle posted this above.

  33. PSA: Manhattanhenge is coming

    Saturday at 8:12p the sun will be in alignment with NYC’s street grid.

    1. The best view can be seen as far east in Manhattan as you can go without losing view of New Jersey.

      That’s a bit of a downer.

      I was probably gonna do some errands around 14th/23rd street tomorrow… may have to save them for the evening. Thanks for the reminder.

      1. Why aren’t you running your errands in Williamsburg like the rest of the filthy hipsters?

  34. How to Not Get Your Ass Kicked By Police: 1997 Edition

    everything was simpler then

    1. Rand should call him a pantfull

    2. “And heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction in the Senate.”

      “Heaven forbid”? Oh, Mr. President!

      1. I appreciate the sanctimony of the “DO SOMETHING”-ism… where “Action” is what’s needed!

        But the “action” of trying to repeal a fucking horrible piece of law is apparently “inaction”.

        1. There should be PenalTaxes for allowing executive pet projects to expire.. the price of reckless inaction indeed!

  35. Cuba’s government is no longer officially named as a state sponsor of terrorism, after a revision by the Obama administration as part of the process to normalize relations.

    Can anyone explain to me how this makes any sense whatsoever? Nothing in Cuba has changed to cause this change in policy.Either they are a state sponsor of terrorism or they’re not. Period. Full stop.

    If they aren’t a state sponsor of terrorism, they shouldn’t be on the list in the first place. If they are, then removing them from the list is an out-and-out lie.

    (for what its worth, as much as I think the Cuban government sucks, I don’t think they are.)

    1. I think it’s less about changes in Cuba and more about the politicians who were essential to embargoing Cuba are painfully slowly retiring and dying off, so we can have some detente and eventually going back to treating Cuba like the sugar producing adult Disneyland for Floridians it was always meant to be.

      1. So, was it a lie then? Or is it a lie now?

        1. My impression is, not really at either point. They had involvement with a bunch of revolutionary movements and shitty governments that we opposed, but we were really upset about communists in 1982 when they were put on the list, and we were pissy at them for being RIGHT THERE, but since that time we don’t really care as much because global communism imploded. It’s more about changes in our policy goals and global outlook than it is about Cuba’s actions.

      2. There’s a reason why “Take this plane to Cuba” was a gag in 80s, though. All of Eastern Block was quite keen on supporting honest-to-god terrorists (PLO, Shining Path, IRA, Red Brigades etc). Just that it stopped after USSR fell apart.

      3. “..we can have some d?tente and eventually going back to treating Cuba like the sugar producing adult Disneyland for Floridians it was always meant to be.

        It will be a thing of beauty..

    2. Its a quid-pro-quo

      Of course they weren’t actually sponsoring terrorism (they harbored that female cop killer…what, 30 years ago?)….

      ….it was a bullshit diplomatic “fuck you”.

      Now its being rescinded as a gesture of “we do nice things, now you do nice things, and this is how we start to make nice-nice”.

      Its not a lot different than what we’re offering to do with Iran, except they ARE actually sponsors of terror (and militias in neighboring countries actively trying to overthrow governments)… and we’re at some point going to at least pretend they’re not even if they stay on “the list”.

      the whole thing about the “sponsor of terrorism” list is just a legal maneuver to allow the USG to punish people for trading with our “enemies”.

      1. Or what GILMORE said.

      2. Of course they weren’t actually sponsoring terrorism (they harbored that female cop killer…what, 30 years ago?)….

        ….it was a bullshit diplomatic “fuck you”.

        Bullshit.

        The Castro regime actively supported communist terrorists throughout Latin America for 2+ decades and had the largest, non US, post WWII expeditionary military adventure with 40,000 combat soldiers in Angola in the 1970s.

  36. NSA analysts, that’s who. They say the spook agency sucks up too much data to process.

    This isn’t in the least bit surprising. In fact, when this became public, that was the first thing that occurred to me. Intelligence isn’t only data collection, but data analysis and dissemination. Mass surveillance is a lousy means of pre-emptive intelligence because it makes those latter two vastly more difficult. On the other hand, it’s probably a great way to be able to “get something” on people to be used at the discretion of those in power.

  37. With ranges in the hundreds of meters there would be a lot of downtime between connections outside of urban areas, but not for long. The Femtocell internet access point is coming later this year from many different manufacturers, with ranges and speeds that make Wifi seem like two cans on the ends of a string. Hopefully by the end of this year we’ll see small femtocell devices that will let you wander around your entire neighborhood without losing your home connection.

    http://bravenewcoin.com/news/1…..ller-apps/

    Comment?

    1. Have they cleared this with the FCC yet? If not, expect a 20 year wait.

    2. Cool article and interesting site. I hope this fetuscell thing takes off.

    3. Imagine a series of apartment buildings full of these?

      We’d need hundreds of channels for it to work and automatic channel hopping.

    4. Your backhaul will still be shit because there’s crap for competition in the landline part of the telecom market.

  38. It’s a Slate link that’s maybe already old, “Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals issued an order disqualifying the entire Orange County District Attorney’s Office (that’s all 250 prosecutors) from continuing to prosecute a major death penalty case” due to years of gross misconduct that ought to have a large number of cops and prosecutors behind bars but will probably result in one or two getting sternly-worded letters in their files. And nothing else will happen.

    1. I know the name Goethals seemed familiar. Any relation to the canal guy?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G…..n_Goethals

      1. I only knew the Goethals Bridge – had no idea about the Panama Canal.

    2. Slate is usually a bunch of statist fucks, but this was a good piece. Exposing Kamala Harris for the unprincipled piece of shit she is counts as a bonus….not that it matters in Cali.

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