Daily Archives: March 22, 2013

Man Carrying Umbrella Triggers Manhunt, School Lockdowns

New Yorkers Can Snitch On Gun Owners For $500 Reward

Man Freed after Two Decades In New York Prison; Doubt Cast On Murder Conviction : The Two-Way : NPR

It seems that they already do…Now What?

lost to illusions (poetic thought by George-B)

lost to illusions (poetic thought by George-B)

To be unaffected, 


in reality renders one


Feel as one may

unfeeling is a dead soul


lost soul

a soul lost to illusions .


Indeed as a person…GOP HAs DNA….Now all we have to do is artiifcially alter that DNA, to result into a populous friendly DNA!

Bell Book Candle

Part of the DNA of the GOP is the belief that only the GOP are fit to govern and stealing elections is permissible to achieve that end. In fact, the GOP will do anything to achieve their goal. In their view the ends do justify any means.

The GOP began stealing elections way back in 1876 in the disputed Tilden-Hayes contest for president. Hayes was declared the victor under a set of very dubious circumstances. The GOP continued to dominate national elections for 52 years from 1860 to 1912 with the single exception of the two split Cleveland terms. Cleveland managed to win his first term because the GOP were split, and the Democrats did not win the White House again until Wilson won in 1912 because of another GOP split.

Another facet of the GOP DNA is that they hate/hated any Democratic President who defeated them.
They hate/hated Wilson.

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Hear, Hear!

Does your computer have a hard drive?

The Daily Deconstructor

Sounds like a dumb question but Jacob Applebaum travels without one.  This is because our hard drives contain a treasure trove of information.

Not having a hard drive means nobody can take that information from us.  One method is to use a bootable USB stick as a removable hard drive, (which can be stored safely away from your computer).

Tails is a handy bootable operating system that contains many counter surveillance software tools to help secure your computer.  For example it has a screen-keypad that you can enter your password with a mouse thereby defeating keystroke-loggers.

Putting Tails on a non-rewritable CD and booting from that would make loading spyware impossible. (apologies for the ads.. gak)

Another way is to encrypt your hard drive.  While not totally foolproof it removes one from the low-hanging fruit category.

Using a bootable USB stick operating system for only one online task like banking is…

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International Environmental Film Festival of Paris : prize list and small gems


The 30th edition of the International Environmental Film Festival closed in Paris a few weeks ago. The selection of rare, beautiful and eye-opening films was a treat so I wanted to share some of the goodness with you.

Grand Prix: The Fruit hunters by Yung Chang

Inspired by Adam Leith Gollner’s book of the same name -that also inspired a post in these pages – Canadian director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) enters the world of fans of rare varieties of fruits.  As he follows fruit hunters’ travels and meet-ups, he finds the tree of an almost extinct mango, comes across actor Bill Pullman and interviews many of these unsung heroes of biodiversity. The aesthetics of the cinematography makes those fruits and those characters irresistible.

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Georgetown man sentenced to ten years in prison for killing his family’s dogs


Calling the killing of two dogs “an act of an evil heart,” Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman inGeorgetown County, S.C. sentenced Bobby Joe McConnell on Monday to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine for two counts of the ill treatment of dogs.

McConnellpleaded guilty to killing two dogs who belonged to his relatives. According to abcnews.com, McConnell’s public defender told the judge his client had been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and had been under the influence of alcohol on the day he killed the dogs.

On July 2, 2012, a fisherman found a black Labrador retriever muzzled and tied with duct tape and left in a canal to die.Luckily after surgery to remove her spleen, the dog survived. The dog, named Dara has been in the care oSaint Francis Animal Care Center.

Two other dogs were not so lucky…

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North Korea brags about human rights record as UN launches probe into claims of torture, slavery

Talking about Human Rights! The joke’s on us all! You have all the rights in the world, as long as you don’t use any; but if you do, hail rains on you!

She got a point!

Quotation: Jonathan Swift on life

I shall be like that tree,—I shall die at the top.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ADAM SEDGWICK (1785) – a geologist

Adam Sedgwick (1785)

One of the founders of modern geology, Sedgwick coined the term Cambrian to describe the earliest geologic period of the Paleozoic era, and, in his most important work, he and geologist R. I. Murchison named the Devonian Period—after the rock formations they studied at Devonshire. Sedgwick was outspoken in asserting the consistency between his scientific findings and his religious beliefs. How, then, did he respond when his former student Charles Darwin published Origin of SpeciesMore… Discuss



UK Physicians Commonly Prescribe Placebos

Placebos are apparently commonplace in the practice of medicine. A poll of general practitioners in the UK reveals that nearly all have, at one time or another, recommended a placebo pill or treatment to a patient, and three-quarters regularly do so. Though the practice can benefit some patients, as the simple expectation of improvement may be enough to make them feel better, not all placebos are inert. For example, many of those surveyed said they have prescribedantibiotics—which can cause a number of side effects—to patients with suspected viralinfections. As such, it is important that doctors use caution when prescribing placebo treatments. More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: Sacred, Centuries-Old Emerald Buddha Gets New Home (1784)

Sacred, Centuries-Old Emerald Buddha Gets New Home (1784)

Although legend dates the creation of the Emerald Buddha to a more ancient time, it was likely carved in the 15th century. The revered green figurine has enjoyed an eventful history ever since. After centuries of being variously lost, transported, and rediscovered, the small statue was moved with great ceremony by King Rama I to its current home in the most sacred temple in Thailand, the Wat Phra Kaew. Its three sets of gold clothing are periodically changed according to what schedule? More… Discuss



The Number of the Beast

According to the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible, the Number of the Beast is a numeral associated with an unspecified creature of evil. Though some believe that the beast itself is Satan, the biblical language is vague enough to have led to numerous other interpretations, such as the theory that the number actually represents the Roman emperor Nero. Most translations of the Bible render the number as 666, but many scholars believe that earlier translations cite what other number? More… Discuss