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Saturday, January 31, 2015

'Elementary' Season 3 Spoilers: Is Ophelia Lovibond's Kitty Winter Coming Back? : Entertainment : Design & Trend

'Elementary' Season 3 Spoilers: Is Ophelia Lovibond's Kitty Winter Coming Back? : Entertainment : Design & Trend



"We're going to miss Kitty as much as Sherlock [Jonny Lee Miller] and Joan [Lucy Liu] will," he said in the statement obtained by Hypable. "But with her departure, it's time to turn the page to the next chapter for Sherlock and Joan."






Stephen Miller on Twitter: "To recap in 24 hours Jeb Bush is dope smoker and bully & Bill Clinton had no idea his personal jet service was a pussy plane for Epstein."

Stephen Miller on Twitter: "To recap in 24 hours Jeb Bush is dope smoker and bully & Bill Clinton had no idea his personal jet service was a pussy plane for Epstein."

It Djents | How t0 Djent- guide for n00bs

It Djents | How t0 Djent- guide for n00bs



Type A: Which includes bands like Vildhjarta and Periphery, whose complex time signatures and shredding riffs will force you to rewind over and over to understand what you just heard.



Friday, January 30, 2015

Russia boasts it will maintain military superiority over the West until 2020 | Daily Mail Online

Russia boasts it will maintain military superiority over the West until 2020 | Daily Mail Online




Rick Pranitis on Twitter: "I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. - Ayn Rand"

Rick Pranitis on Twitter: "I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. - Ayn Rand"

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Political, Economic Dysfunction

Latin American Herald Tribune - VenEconomy: Venezuela’s Political, Economic Dysfunction



"Venezuela is a toxic mishmash of corruption and misrule, and a drop in oil prices has resulted in general shortages, soaring inflation and an increase in repression. The nation that once was a role model for populist governments across Latin America, a system installed by Hugo Chávez, is today a typical case of political and economic dysfunction."

This pathetic, but honest, description of the country’s reality was given by Freedom House’s annual report on the state of global freedom published on Wednesday.

Freedom House is an international organization headquartered in Washington dedicated to investigate and promote democracy, political freedom and human rights in the world for the past 40 decades. This year’s report contains an evaluation of 195 countries, among which Venezuela is one of the most condemned after having realized its democracy continues to weaken at a fast pace as the disrespect for civil and political liberties grows.

According to Freedom House, the country went from being one of the best evaluated in the Continent 20 years ago to rank among the worst democratic performances in 2014, a year in which a substantial increase in the repression of peaceful protests and in political prisoners contributed to a further erosion.

The authors of the report also claim that "once deemed a possible model for leftist-populist governments across Latin America, the system established by the late Hugo Chávez is now a case for studying the economic and political dysfunction."

In the opinion of Freedom House, democracy languishes when despotic regimes intimidate, imprison and kill their citizens, as has been the case of, for example, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.

The report refers to the Venezuelan case in particular, indicating that the authoritarian trend is marked with restrictions on the freedom of press, Internet and social networks.

The veracity of this assessment was corroborated by the deepening of the communicational hegemony imposed by the Government, which today forced another independent newspaper out of circulation (Tal Cual) with seven costly lawsuits in its 15 years of existence. Other outstanding reasons are the "harsh and unjustified scrutiny from regulating bodies" such as taxes, social security, and the Ministry of Labor as well as the strong difficulties TalCual faces to access newsprint. Or it is confirmed through the arrests and trials of more than a half dozen young Venezuelan Twitter users and bloggers. And it becomes more and more evident in a report by Espacio Público (public space) that describes 2014 as being the worst year for the freedom of speech, quantitatively speaking. This local NGO reported, between January and December of last year, 579 human rights violations, up 59% from 2013 and the highest recorded in Venezuela for the last 20 years.

The Freedom House report also noted that "the government of Venezuela has followed the pattern of demeaning the political opposition and the critical voices. The Venezuelan authorities responded to peaceful demonstrations with repressive measures, mass arrests, excesses in the use of force, and physical and psychological abuses against detainees," it says.

A trend that, far from going down, seems to increase if we take into consideration the latest statement by Vladimir Padrino, the Defense Minister, with the resolution No. 008610 published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday establishing a new model of military control of public order that includes the "use of potentially deadly force that might as well be firearms or another life-threatening weapon," as a last resort to "avoid disturbances, support the legitimately constituted authority and reject any aggression by repelling it immediately with the necessary resources." That is to say, everyday actions by State security forces that have left over 50 people killed during the protests that started in February of last year are being legitimized and legalized.

This kind of nonsense cannot be tolerated anymore.




fuck every word on Twitter: "fuck bureaucrats"

fuck every word on Twitter: "fuck bureaucrats"

Obamacare Tax Penalty to Hit Millions - Breitbart

Obamacare Tax Penalty to Hit Millions - Breitbart




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BBC News - What does North Korean leader Kim Jong-un really want?

BBC News - What does North Korean leader Kim Jong-un really want?



Kim Jong-un has also been making overtures to Russian President Putin. Two years ago, Russia wrote off 90% of North Korea's debt. But Geoffrey See says there aren't many foreign investors willing to engage with the country's idiosyncratic business environment:
"We would email the North Koreans two, three, four times and we [wouldn't] get a response, and we used to get very worried about it. We wondered if they are reading our messages, if things are moving ahead.
"We would go in like three months later from the first set of emails. When we meet with them we ask them, 'Did you receive our emails?' The response is always like, 'Oh, you are coming in three months' time, we didn't feel the need to send a response because we can just chat when you're back in here'."

Megyn Kelly on Twitter: "“There’s nothing in the law that is intended to cut the cost,” says @StevenBrill on #ObamaCare. #KellyFile"

Megyn Kelly on Twitter: "“There’s nothing in the law that is intended to cut the cost,” says @StevenBrill on #ObamaCare. #KellyFile"

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Greece and the temptation of Syriza - Al Jazeera English

Greece and the temptation of Syriza - Al Jazeera English





This new political will is characterised by the consciousness that "springs" (sudden outbursts of progressive energies, protests, etc) and "occupations" (longer episodes of direct democracy, with general assemblies, working groups, etc) are still not enough to change the neoliberal status quo (austerity measures, indebtment, unemployment, etc). Instead of Hegel's "beautiful souls" or Kierkegaard's "aesthetic individuals", sometimes it is needed to take a political risk and get one's hands dirty. True politics - and this is also a lesson of true love - is characterised by risk.
Of course, Syriza and the new European radical left parties (the Spanish Podemos, Slovenian United Left, or newly formed Croatian Worker's Front) are very well aware of all the temptations and possible failures when it comes to seizing power: Just remember Joschka Fischer as the perfect personification of  the transformation from a leader of 1968 into the foreign minister of Germany; or Manuel Barroso, who was one of the leaders of an underground Maoist group, to become the president of the European Commission. But this is still not a reason to stop aiming at seizing power. On the contrary, it seems it is precisely this awareness - not to end up like Fischer or Barroso - that keeps them moving into the direction taking over state power.  
What will decide whether new left governments in Europe will be truly left or will soon fall into the same trap of the 'long march through institutions', is precisely the question of power.
It is a problem already described by Stuart Hall in his article "The State – Socialism’s Old Caretaker" 30 years ago, in 1984: "On the one hand, we not only defend the welfare side of the state, we believe it should be massively expanded. And yet, on the other hand, we feel there is something deeply anti-socialist about how this welfare state functions. […] And where, to be honest, do we stand on the issue? Are we for 'rolling back the state' - including the welfare state? Are we for or against the management of the whole society by the state? Not for the first time, Thatcherism here catches the left on the hop - hopping from one uncertain position to the next, unsure of our ground."



Meninist on Twitter: "Facebook and Instagram down longer than some of you hoes."

Meninist on Twitter: "Facebook and Instagram down longer than some of you hoes."

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What Do Americans Think Of Obama's Performance As A President?

What Do Americans Think Of Obama's Performance As A President?




Monday, January 26, 2015

Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy - Slashdot

Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy - Slashdot



An anonymous reader writes:There has been a furious effort over the past few years to bring the teaching of programming into the core academic curricula. Enthusiasts have been quick to take up the motto: "Coding is the new literacy!" But long-time developer Chris Granger argues that this is not the case: "When we say that coding is the new literacy, we're arguing that wielding a pencil and paper is the old one. Coding, like writing, is a mechanical act. All we've done is upgrade the storage medium. ... Reading and writing gave us external and distributable storage. Coding gives us external and distributable computation. It allows us to offload the thinking we have to do in order to execute some process. To achieve this, it seems like all we need is to show people how to give the computer instructions, but that's teaching people how to put words on the page. We need the equivalent of composition, the skill that allows us to think about how things are computed." 

He further suggests that if anything, the "new" literacy should be modeling — the ability to create a representation of a system that can be explored or used. "Defining a system or process requires breaking it down into pieces and defining those, which can then be broken down further. It is a process that helps acknowledge and remove ambiguity and it is the most important aspect of teaching people to model. In breaking parts down we can take something overwhelmingly complex and frame it in terms that we understand and actions we know how to do."




Netflix CEO Says ‘Marco Polo' Is A Hit, And We'll Never Know Otherwise

Netflix CEO Says ‘Marco Polo' Is A Hit, And We'll Never Know Otherwise



The critics may not think much of it, but Netflix’s big-budget epic series “Marco Polo” is a hit with viewers -- at least according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
The historical drama is “a massive success,” Hastings told The Huffington Post in an interview this week. “It’s been super popular with the audience,” he said. “It’s epic-scale -- beautiful costumes, naked kung fu.”



Young police officer among the dead in Philippines carnage | Asian Correspondent

Young police officer among the dead in Philippines carnage | Asian Correspondent



A police senior inspector (equivalent to captain in the military) is among the five officers of the police special forces who were massacred during a police dragnet that went haywire Sunday in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
P/Senior Inspector Garry Erana, Baron of Class 2009 of the Philippine National Police Academy, was identified as among at least 50 policemen who perished in a day long gun battle when an operation to arrest high-valued terror suspects went badly wrong.

Erana was from Dumalinao in Zamboanga del Sur and was taking up doctorate degree at the Philippine Christian University at the time of his death.
The slain officer was among the police officials who were sent to Mamasapano to serve the warrants of arrest of Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli bin Hir and fugitive Filipino bomber Abdulbasit ‘Basit’ Usman.
Another police official said Ryan Pabalinas of General Santos City was among the casualties.
The unfamiliarity of the terrain and residents in the area may have contributed to the large number of casualties which has been placed to at least 50 policemen and 10 Moro rebels.
The PNP Special Action Forces where reportedly dispatched from Manila and had just arrived from General Santos City when they were met with volume fire from Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces who maintained a camp in Mamasapano.

The MILF blamed the PNP for not coordinating its operation with the rebel group.
A ceasefire between the MILF and the Philippine government has been in place since 2002 after peace negotiations were resumed following an all-out war declared by the government.
A peace agreement was signed in March last year and the two are already working on the decommissioning of rebel arms.
BIFF splinter group
The elite police forces obviously stumbled onto the MILF encampment although they were pursuing Usman and Zulkifli who are believed to have sought refuge with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
The BIFF broke away from the MILF after the latter reportedly abandoned its secessionist objectives and decided to negotiate with the Philippine government.
The BIFF is believed to have more than 5,000 fully armed militants, most of them concentrated around the marshlands of Maguindanao.
Zulkifli carries a US$5 million reward for any information that will lead to his arrest while Usman has a US$1 million pot on his head.
Both reward monies were put up by the US government.
Zulkifli has been implicated in the 2002 Bali bombings while Usman is suspected to be behind the spate of bombings in Mindanao in the early 2000s.
The Pakistan-trained Usman was arrested shortly after the deadly 2002 Fitmart Plaza bombing where 15 people were killed and 55 others wounded.
He however escaped from police detention in Sarangani in 2003.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BBC News - Venezuela denies Pinera and Pastrana access to Lopez in jail

BBC News - Venezuela denies Pinera and Pastrana access to Lopez in jail



The Venezuelan government has turned down a request by former presidents of Chile and Colombia to visit opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in jail.
Chile's Sebastian Pinera and Colombia's Andres Pastrana say they are in Venezuela to support the opposition.
They called for the release of Mr Lopez, who was arrested nearly a year ago.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the former leaders of taking part in a coup plot against him.
Mr Pastrana criticised the decision, saying "a president does not need official authorisation to visit a political prisoner".
Mr Pinera and Mr Pastrana travelled to Venezuela to attend a forum on democracy organised by the opposition.

Latinos angry at D.C. Democrats - Alex Isenstadt - POLITICO

Latinos angry at D.C. Democrats - Alex Isenstadt - POLITICO



Nothing against Harris, Latino officials say, but there needs to be a level competition for the seat that Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is vacating in 2016.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/hispanics-kamala-harris-2016-california-senate-election-114474.html#ixzz3PtGLKOOo





How the European dream is dying, state by state - Telegraph

How the European dream is dying, state by state - Telegraph



In France, Italy and Spain, voters are kicking against mainstream parties that they see as upholding EU institutions such as the euro while failing to represent their own people, the voters.
In Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark it is immigration that has become the touchstone for a popular sense that institutions do not represent the people.
Even in Germany the cracks in the European political order are beginning to show.
There are plenty of opportunities for revolt: parliamentary elections take place in Greece, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Early elections are also expected in Italy.

None of these things work anymore in Crimea | GlobalPost

None of these things work anymore in Crimea | GlobalPost



Earlier this week, the United Nations’ AIDS envoy told journalists in Paris that up to 100 drug addicts in Crimea may have died from a lack of access to effective treatment, according to Agence France-Presse.
That’s because methadone, used by formerly Ukrainian-run clinics to wean addicts off heroin, is outlawed under Russian law.


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Moved to tears: Blind mum SEES newborn baby for first time with new technology - Mirror Online

Moved to tears: Blind mum SEES newborn baby for first time with new technology - Mirror Online

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