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  • A question about Sidebars and Keywords: How do you use FR?

    09/17/2012 7:57:41 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 12 replies
    one man's opinion....
    First of all, before anyone gets upset, this thread is not a complaint, not a critique. FR works fine for me. I'm a happy camper. But I am curious as to how others navigate around the site, and what, if any tweaks might be worth considering; and maybe provide some food for thought for the folks in charge.
  • 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmakers influenced by controversial cleric (Blame the film!)

    09/16/2012 6:35:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' L.A. Now ^ | September 15, 2012 | Harriet Ryan, Ken Bensinger, Jessica Garrison and Abby Sewell
    The Southern California men behind the "Innocence of Muslims" movie that has enraged the Arab world were influenced by a fiery Coptic cleric who owns a home in Huntington Beach and is known around the globe for making insults against the prophet Muhammad. Although the preacher, Zakaria Botros Henein, has not been linked to the anti-Muslim film, his views were strikingly similar to those in the movie. He is often called Islam's "Public Enemy No. 1" and teaches that Muhammad was a necrophiliac, a homosexual and a pedophile. The three disparate figures who have emerged as key forces behind the...
  • Lawyers for Trayvon Martin's killer accused of "witch hunt" (Want his records)

    09/10/2012 11:57:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    Lawyers defending the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a "witch hunt" by seeking Martin's school and social media records, the family's lawyer said on Monday. "I think certainly it is a witch hunt to try to find something to attack the character of a dead child and it's completely irrelevant because his school records had nothing to do with him (George Zimmerman) shooting Trayvon Martin in the heart on February 26," said Martin family attorney Ben Crump. Zimmerman lawyer Mark O'Mara announced on his website last week that he...
  • GoDaddy Websites Down, Anonymous claims responsibility

    09/10/2012 12:31:31 PM PDT · by freedomlover · 2 replies
    9/10/12 | Freedomlover (me)
    My GoDaddy website, apparently with a lot of others, has been down all morning. Anonymous claims responsibility. Here are some links FYI GoDaddy via Twitter https://twitter.com/GoDaddy/status/245213898683318272 Anonymous via Twitter https://twitter.com/AnonymousOwn3r/status/245217519424634881
  • Minority Report: Fiction Has Become Reality

    09/06/2012 7:15:38 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 7 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | September 4, 2012 | John W. Whitehead
    “The Internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel we’re part of the medium. The scary thing is, we’ll lose our right to privacy. An ad will appear in the air around us, talking directly to us.”—Steven Spielberg It was a mere ten years ago that Steven Spielberg’s action film Minority Report, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, offered movie audiences a special...
  • (Vanity) My laptop died, need cheap OS

    09/05/2012 9:02:46 AM PDT · by GeronL · 207 replies
    geronl
    My Toshiba Satellite L305 has crapped out. It did not come with the reinstallation disk. I can get a new hard drive but I need an O/S. It is too old to run Windows 7, which I can't really afford. Does anyone know where I can buy a Windows Vista Home Premium (or sumtin') disk or product key for a good price?
  • NATIONAL EMPTY CHAIR DAY HAS GONE VIRAL!!!

    09/02/2012 7:05:04 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 78 replies
    google ^ | 09/02/2012 | ol hickory
    Look at the number of results and then you know why the Libs heads are exploding!!!
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies
    TRUTHUSA.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • U.S. Marine a victim of "Pre-Crime Detention" as FBI monitors America's Facebook posts

    08/25/2012 10:04:29 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/25/2012 | Doug Book
    Interrogated by FBI and Secret Service agents, thrown to the ground, handcuffed and driven off by local police who maintain he was never really “under arrest,” Marine Sergeant Brandon Raub was finally freed from a psychiatric hospital on Thursday after Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett dismissed a petition of involuntary commitment on the grounds that it was “…so devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy.” (1) In fact that petition, filed by the Chesterfield Police for the purpose of holding Raub in the John Randolph mental facility,...
  • Apple vs Samsung: What's In An mp3 Player?

    08/24/2012 9:08:35 PM PDT · by This Just In · 70 replies
    August 24, 2012 | This Just In
    I have never owned an mp3 player. Everyone else in my family owns either an Apple or a Sony, but I have yet to invest in one of these electronic devices. Not that I have anything against mp3 players. I've been reading reviews and checking prices for years. I consider it quite an investment to purchase one of these pricey players. I am not about to cough up a large chunk of hard earned cash in order to invest in a device that would last about a year, or one which turns on (or off) at random. I've discovered that...
  • Oklahoma’s Intangible Property Tax Problem

    08/24/2012 1:42:45 PM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-23 | Will Upton
    Besides choosing their elected officials this November, Oklahoma voters will have to make an important decision on State Question 766, deciding whether or not intangible property will receive a tax exemption. A quick hint, if SQ 766 passes it could fuel further job growth and innovation in the state. If the ballot measure fails it could cost Oklahoma businesses precious resources in a stagnant economy and lead to new rounds of layoffs. Until a 2009 State Supreme Court ruling, some Oklahoma businesses were “centrally assessed” by the State Board of Equalization while others were “locally assessed” by county assessors. Those...
  • Virus help- PTCH_ZACCESS.A downloaded and can't remove

    08/24/2012 10:24:48 AM PDT · by ncfool · 32 replies
    August 24, 2012 | self
    Sometime on Tuesday I clicked on a link on this site to a Anti-Obama link or picture. I evidently get a virus and have not been able to clean it. Its called PTCH_ZACCESS.A My Office IT guy has tried to clean a couple of times and its buried in the registry. Anybody have any experience with this bad virus. A screen keeps popping up wanting you to down load their virus removal software SECURITY SHIELD. My warning is to be very careful as its says it will get into your info and look for banking and credit passwords. I have...
  • Why is the FCC Looking Backwards on Broadband?

    08/22/2012 10:44:35 AM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-08-21 | Kelly William Cobb
    The tech sector is one of the most forward looking, fastest growing, and innovative industries. It represents one-sixth of our economy and investment is going nowhere but up. But today’s Federal Commissions Commission (FCC) report on the progress of broadband adoption makes one wonder how the industry flourishes despite being regulated by one of the most mind-bogglingly backward looking and pro-regulatory agencies in government. The FCC has determined – for the third year in a row – that broadband “is not yet being deployed ‘to all Americans’ in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The Commission’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report (known...
  • Verizon-SpectrumCo Approval Means More Competition, Lower Prices

    08/20/2012 2:44:11 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-08-16 | Kelly William Cobb
    [Last week,] a deal between Verizon and a consortium of cable companies to free more spectrum for mobile broadband gained significant traction with the Department of Justice (DOJ) conditionally signing off on the deal and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing a vote of approval will come in short order. The agreement is an innovative move without much precedent. Verizon will purchase a significant chuck of spectrum from SpectrumCo, a group of cable companies including Comcast and Time Warner Cable, that covers 80 percent of Americans and is ideal for 4G mobile broadband. Moving forward, those cable companies can purchase...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Fmr. Marine Arrested by FBI for Patriotic Facebook Posts!

    08/17/2012 1:01:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    The Josh Tolley Channel ^ | Aug. 17, 2012 | Josh Tolley
    Former Marine Raub Brandon was taken by FBI and Secret Service last night (8/15/12) for his patriotic Facebook Posts. Now being held in mental hospital...DEVELOPING STORY!! Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UCQ1VwhdRU&feature=player_profilepage
  • Politics and the Internet Timeline (FR mentioned)

    08/15/2012 8:56:26 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 39 replies
    techpresident.com ^ | May 2012 | multiple
    Technology is changing politics, government and civic life. This timeline shows the accelerating pace of change in the United States, in the international arena, and online. Here are the seminal moments, inventions, and first uses that mark the early emergence and then growing importance of the Internet and connection technologies on the political arena. To view it in it's original setting, go here. This timeline is meant to be a living document. We intend to keep updating it as events unfold. If you would like to suggest an important development that we may have missed, or make a correction to...
  • Software Advice Needed

    08/14/2012 3:09:44 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 23 replies
    Former Fetus
    OK, so I am NOT one of FR's photoshop artists! For years, all I have used has been Broderbund's PrintShop that came free with something else I was buying. For years I used it to make birthday cards, banners...We moved recently and I need to make some changes to my husband's business card. Since I got a new computer around Christmas, I tried to install Print Shop, just to find out that when I click on "install" nothing happens, absolutely nothing! There seems to be dozens of free software that can be downloaded to make business cards, I just don't...
  • Instapundit, PJ Media "currently unavailable"? Hacked?

    08/13/2012 3:35:59 PM PDT · by pending · 8 replies
    Instapundit, PJ Media Down, 18:30 EST. Have not found any info. Anyone hear what is up?
  • Windows Phone sales surge -- is it real or just a blip? (Up over 115% from a year ago)

    08/08/2012 8:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Computer World ^ | 08/08/2012 | By Preston Gralla
    Analyst reports released in the last two days show Windows Phone sales surging between 115% and 227% compared to a year ago. Does this mean Windows Phone is finally gaining traction, or is it just a blip on the radar? IDC reports that in the second quarter of this year, Windows Phone sales jumped by 115% compared to a year ago, to 5.4 million units, and a 3.5% market share. IDC also notes that Windows Phone "narrowed the gap between itself and BlackBerry last quarter in its bid to become the number 3 mobile OS in terms of market share."...
  • Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex

    08/06/2012 2:49:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 3, 2012 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    August 3, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – At some point yesterday I was scrolling through a rather mundane news article on an equally mundane news site, when my eye was suddenly drawn to the lascivious photo of a beautiful woman prominently featured on the left-hand side of the story. Superimposed on the photo was the headline, “Actresses’ first nude scenes.” And then the words, “Click here.” I confess that, as attractive as the invitation seemed, I didn’t react quite as the proprietors of the website evidently intended. I did not “click here.” Instead, I got mad. As a proud, chest-thumping moral Neanderthal,...
  • The ITU December Conference: A Threat to the Free and Open Internet

    08/06/2012 9:03:37 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-08-03 | Laurel Kays
    With the Olympics and upcoming election dominating news coverage, The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications in December is not a likely source of interest for most Americans. Yet it certainly should be, for the anti-freedom, pro-regulation policies being considered at the conference are serious enough to have given rise to a rare show of bipartisan action in Congress. The ITU Conference will, among other things, be considering proposed amendments to an international telecommunications treaty, two of which are of particular concern to advocates of a free and unregulated internet. In light of this threat,...
  • Technical vanity: are there self contained router boxes that accept a 4G antenna dongle?

    08/04/2012 5:06:59 PM PDT · by HiTech RedNeck · 30 replies
    8/4/2012 | HiTech RedNeck
    Clear (tm) wireless service has recently begun offering a deal where you can order a 4G antenna dongle, which looks similar to a WiFi dongle but taps into a cellular-like data service, for free. Only hitch is that this has to be plugged into a computer (typically a laptop, but there's no reason a desktop machine couldn't use it too). Are there small self contained routers that can use one of these dongles? That is, if the economics would even make sense (because after all you can buy a full size router and Clear service receiver for $50 right now)....
  • SHIELD Act: Kink in our Armor? US Elec Grids in Danger of EMP - Get HR668 Moving!

    08/02/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 15 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-1-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Congressman Trent Franks' (R-AZ) H.R. 668 calls for protecting America's electrical grids from electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The legislation is known as The SHIELD Act. "SHIELD" is an acronym for "Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage." If you've ever given a thought to how you retrieve funds from your bank, either from inside the lobby or from and ATM, in the event of a major attack on our electrical grids - when everything automated and computerized goes down, then you know why this is important legislation. And there are consequences far beyond my somewhat minor example above, as you...
  • The Ramifications of Congress's Internet Sales Tax

    08/02/2012 8:11:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 42 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-01 | Kelly William Cobb
    [Yester]day the Senate Commerce Committee [held] a hearing to push for an Internet sales tax. This follows a similar effort by the House Judiciary Committee late last month. And while the Wall Street Journal ran a cover story recently claiming (somewhat misleadingly) that GOP governors are throwing in the low-tax towel and signing off on online sales taxes, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has an op-ed in the same pages today telling fiscal conservatives why they should do the opposite. So, what’s all this Internet tax talk about? The Senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act and House’s Marketplace Equity Act – currently the...
  • The woman who made your WiFi work. (RF tech trivia)

    08/02/2012 6:51:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Diogenes' Middle Finger ^ | August 1, 2012 | Diogenes
    Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American actress. Max Reinhardt called her the “most beautiful woman in Europe” due to her “strikingly dark exotic looks”. Mathematically talented, Lamarr came up with an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. The international beauty, along with co-inventor composer George Anthiel, developed a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by...
  • Congress mulls allowing Netflix movie-pick sharing on Facebook

    07/30/2012 2:17:10 PM PDT · by bizlawnews · 6 replies
    FierceTelecom ^ | 7/30/2012
    Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) subscribers in the United States would be able to join the online-video company's customers abroad in sharing their movie-rental picks on Facebook, under a Senate proposal tied to controversial federal cybersecurity legislation.
  • (Vanity) Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part V: Like Sand Through the Hourglass

    07/29/2012 9:52:57 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-29-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a belated fifth post in a series on Internet Forums and Social Dynamics. In Part I, I pointed out how the internet self-selects into mutually exclusive groups according to common interests or beliefs. Part II provided an amusing look at the reactions within a group when posters to a forum go against the prevailing groupthink. Then Part III showed how segregation of internet groups occurs not only by interests but by common levels of intellect, sophistication, or expertise in a subject. And most recently, Part IV showed how the sheer size and untamed nature of the Internet, and...
  • Report The Scum On The Internet

    07/28/2012 7:36:08 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/28/12 | Friends of Ours
    here's a lot of folks who don't play nice on the internet, and the feds increasingly are targeting them. The FBI has established the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) pursuant to which it collects complaints on a broad array of online activity ranging from spam and hacking to identity theft and financial fraud, and depending on the nature of the complaint the matter will be referred, if necessary, to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further action. I can personally attest that the IC3 is user friendly. Over the last week a number of individuals from an apparent spam racket...
  • CNN's Bombshell, Walton retiring, shows liberal media bombing

    07/27/2012 9:35:50 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 20 replies
    Today, CNN President Jim Walton, a 30-year veteran of the network, announced his retirement at the end of the year. In his announcement, Walton admitted that the network “needs new thinking,” which is quite an understatement. The network has descended into the depths of despair after years as the undisputed news giant at the top of the ratings. In fact, Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, invented the cable news format in the 1980’s. The network created such iconic programs as “Crossfire” and was must-see viewing for Americans interested in politics and news coverage.
  • Gunsmithing with a 3D printer – Part 1 (makes functional AR-15 lower)

    07/27/2012 4:54:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    haveblue.org ^ | 28 June, 2012 | Have Blue
    I’ve used my Stratasys to prototype out various ideas for paintball gun parts, but the concept of using it for actual firearm parts hadn’t really occurred to me until early last year. I first thought of making some dummy 12 gauge shells to test out the action on a Remington 870, and then thought of using it to test out 1911 pistol grip panel ideas. Gun manufacturers have been using rapid prototyping for years, and the concept is now making its way to the hobbyist gunsmith. To the best of my knowledge, this has been restricted to mockups (Justin Halford...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Justice Department Sues Telco For Daring To Challenge Its Secret Demands For Private Information

    07/23/2012 6:54:05 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 3 replies
    techdirt ^ | 7-19-2012 | Mike Masnick
    The US Justice Department really does seem to be completely drunk with power these days. We've written before about how the FBI is famous for abusing the powers of "National Security Letters" (NSLs) that allow them to demand information from service providers, financial firms and the like -- with a built-in gag order. A few years ago, we wrote about an ISP, Calyx, which challenged an NSL it received, and had to fight the DOJ in complete secrecy for years, until the DOJ basically dropped the request and allowed Calyx's Nicholas Merrill to go public with the details of the...
  • Need help with error message

    07/23/2012 1:03:43 PM PDT · by pabianice · 30 replies
    7/23/12
    My PC is crashing about once a day and when rebooted gives this message.Can someone help me with this? Thanks.
  • Aurora Shooter Militant Occupy Black Bloc Member?

    07/21/2012 5:17:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WEB Commentary ^ | July 21, 2012 | Sher Zieve
    Private Detective Bill Warner is reporting at his site that the Aurora, CO theatre mass murderer James E. Holmes was apparently a member of the Occupy movement’s “elite” militant and violent Black Bloc unit. There is also a photo on the site showing Holmes being arrested by what appear to be San Diego police. We already know that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and a number of other Democrat lawmakers have praised the Occupy “movement” and Obama-mentor and boss George Soros has heavily financed it. Now, with the Black Bloc Uber-violent segment and its apparent hit-man James Holmes beginning to look,...
  • Paving The Way for Driverless Cars

    07/21/2012 12:05:53 PM PDT · by garjog · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 18, 2012 | By Clifford Winston
    California’s proposed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco—which Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to sign off on soon—has been characterized by the Obama administration and its other supporters as an effective way to reduce highway congestion. These costs amount to more than $100 billion annually in wasted time and higher fuel expenses. In fact, a much better technological solution is on the horizon, if we pave the way by getting rid of obsolete highway design. It is already possible to imagine a world in which you could predict exactly how long it would take to drive in your...
  • American Kids: The Most Indulged Young People Ever.

    07/20/2012 6:30:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's The Juggle ^ | June 27, 2012 | John J. Edwards III
    Picture a child of 8 or so. He wakes up and carefully makes his bed before going downstairs and emptying the dishwasher. He fixes himself a bowl of cereal and calmly eats it at the table, then clears his place, rinses the bowl and spoon, and places them both in the now-empty dishwasher. If this seems like some sort of mythical youngster from a faraway culture or a bygone age, you may be in the market for one of the parenting books smartly reviewed by Elizabeth Kolbert in this week’s New Yorker. Summing up the point of both the books...
  • Email providers

    07/20/2012 9:05:44 AM PDT · by rexiesmom · 15 replies
    My email provider is upgrading and now demands my date of birth. Any suggestions for a less intrusive, yet secure email provider.
  • FCC Oversight Hearing Puts Regulation and Taxes in Spotlight

    07/17/2012 8:54:05 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-07-11 | [Staff]
    [Last week], the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology dragged all five FCC commissioners up to Capitol Hill to oversee the agency on a wide range of issues. As to be expected, there were some notable takeaways on regulation, taxes, spectrum, and more. First, Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) managed to get FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to commit to maintaining a “light touch” approach and not enact new regulations on fiber networks, including price controls. The FCC adopted the policy back in late 2003, noting that such requirements “tend to undermine the incentives of both incumbent LECs and...
  • More Taxes, Much More Problems

    07/16/2012 9:19:35 PM PDT · by Mackaywarrior · 13 replies
    7/16/12 | Self
    Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are rallying this week to pass a bill known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” that will impose sales tax on internet purchases under the bill of “Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief.” The new tax is a deadly spike being driven into our already handicapped economy. A tax on internet sales would harm America in a time when the economy is already fragile. Many companies have used the internet to sell their products in a quicker and more efficient means. Consumers will now see the prices they pay on...
  • Facebook Monitors Your Chats for Criminal Activity [REPORT]

    07/12/2012 8:56:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 12, 2012 | Alex Fitzpatrick
    Facebook and other social platforms are watching users’ chats for criminal activity and notifying police if any suspicious behavior is detected, according to a report. The screening process begins with scanning software that monitors chats for words or phrases that signal something might be amiss, such as an exchange of personal information or vulgar language. The software pays more attention to chats between users who don’t already have a well-established connection on the site and whose profile data indicate something may be wrong, such as a wide age gap. The scanning program is also “smart” — it’s taught to keep...
  • Life, Death, and Your Digital Afterlife

    07/12/2012 12:42:58 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 5 replies
    The Verge (via RCP) ^ | July 11, 2012 | Maria Bustillos
    (snip) "What is it?" I said, laughing too, just contagiously. "Oh — oh, your father was called to jury duty, and I sent the form back saying 'deceased'..." "Yeah?" "And they wrote him back." "What?!" "It says, 'Your excuse has been accepted.'" The machinery of human affairs churns blindly on and on, no matter what, ... The system, the bureaucracy, the forms to fill out. The alarm clock rings, appointments to keep. The crazy futility of it all is a little bit sad, too, the way perhaps all truly hilarious things have to be. That Kafkaesque sensation of tragicomic futility...
  • Gratuitus self promotion - iPhone OTR Truckers Needed

    07/12/2012 6:49:03 AM PDT · by HamiltonJay · 14 replies
    Looking for a few OTR truckers with iPhones to get a free copy of my app to test and get feedback, first 10 responders to this thread I'll email promo code and app info.
  • The White House Now Controls All Private Communications in the United States

    07/11/2012 11:11:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Kulture Kritic ^ | July 11, 2012 | Staff
    In a shocking revelation on RT.com, it has been reported that President Barack Obama’s White House has now quietly taken control over all private electronic communications in the United States. The move was made in the name of national security and has some civil liberties groups quite concerned. President Obama signed an Executive Order on Friday, July 6. The order was a statement provided as the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.” This is considered to be the broadest move yet by the White House when it comes to expanding the power of the federal government. “The...
  • Is the Internet Making Us Insane?

    07/09/2012 2:57:31 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    Newsweek (via The Daily Beast) ^ | 7-9-2012 | Tony Dokoupil
    Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports. (snip) Questions about the Internet’s deleterious effects on the mind are at least as old as hyperlinks. But even among Web skeptics, the idea that a new technology might influence how we think and feel—let alone contribute to a great American crack-up—was considered silly and naive, like waving a cane at electric light or blaming the television for kids these days. Instead, the Internet was seen as just another medium, a delivery system,...
  • House Speaks Out Against Government-Controlled Internet

    07/09/2012 10:35:52 AM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-07-05 | [Staff]
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a resolution that urges President Obama to resist any international attempts to regulate the Internet. The United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will meet in Dubai this December and initiatives that will put the Internet under greater government control are expected to be up for vote. The committee-approved resolution, introduced by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), is intended to show the international community that the United States is united behind an open and innovative Internet, free from government control. But the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), the ITU meeting that will...
  • Identity Theft No Excuse for Not Paying Your Taxes

    07/08/2012 11:13:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 July 2012 | John Semmens
    The problem of identity theft is growing. In 2011, the IRS reported that more than 600,000 taxpayers were affected. This is more than ten times as many as 2008—the last year under the Bush Administration. Nonetheless, the Obama IRS isn’t showing any mercy for people whose identities have been stolen “Just because your identity has been stolen doesn’t excuse you from paying your taxes,” said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. “You are still liable for taxes on the amount of income shown in our records.” The amount shown in the IRS records for you may be a problem, though. Identity thieves...
  • Storm Warning: The Gloomy Forecast for EMPs

    07/07/2012 7:41:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 85 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation) ^ | July 6, 2012 | Jessica Zuckerman
    Almost a week after the D.C. area was pummeled with raging storms, many individuals are still suffering in the July heat without lights, phone lines, and, perhaps most importantly, air conditioning. In the immediate aftermath of this event, tens of thousands of Washingtonians, Marylanders, and Virginians were left without power. Storms across the country had similar effects, and Americans from Richmond to Detroit are still facing the summer heat without many basic comforts. As awful as this is, things could be even worse. Imagine for a moment that that the power never came back on.
  • Bill Gates Funds UN Assistant Sec-General: UN UNDP Supplies Computers to Iran North Korea

    07/05/2012 10:45:02 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 1 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-5-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    A United Nations agency has supplied computers and technology to Iran and North Korea. Two U.N. agencies are involved, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), of which the U.S. is a member, and UN Development Program (UNDP), which has already been documented as aiding rogue regimes. Both Iran and North Korea are under U.S. and U.N. sanctions. Note in the Fox article below, that the sanctions "run-around" happened out of the organization's Beijing office (both Russia and China have refused to cooperate with the full slate of sanctions required to stop Iran's nuclear program). The broadening inquiry raises new concerns about...
  • Updated VIP Guest List For Today's Defeat Obama Telethon!

    07/04/2012 9:10:18 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787
    Campaign to Defeat Obama ^ | July 4, 2012 | Ryan Gill
    An incredible and unprecedented group of conservatives are uniting for the fourth of July to defeat Barack Obama and we want you to be a part of this historic event! http://shout.lt/bGHM We have an updated list of special guests who will join TODAY'S Defeat Obama Telethon. You can see the updated list below. Remember - we need to reach the mark of $250,000 raised by Midnight tonight. We've just surpassed $75,000. So please, make a contribution online - HERE. And for anyone who contributes $100 or more, we'll read your first name, city and state on the air during the...
  • Campaign to Defeat Obama Conservative telethon aims for Big Bucks

    07/04/2012 9:03:59 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 2 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | July 4, 2012 | CNN political unit
    (CNN) – A conservative group with the goal of defeating President Barack Obama is aiming to raise $250,000 through a telethon Wednesday, with one-time GOP presidential frontrunner Herman Cain headlining. The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama organized the telethon that will also feature Florida Rep. Sandy Adams; Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio; and Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, a candidate for U.S. Congress in Ohio who is remembered as "Joe the Plumber" from the 2008 campaign.