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cerebralzero:

I could watch this guy all day

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You know how much threat ISIS represents to the United States? None. That’s how much. Exactly none. If there was a value less than none, then it would be that, but there’s not, so none is the answer.

You know what does represent a threat to the the United States, a bona fide danger to our continued existence as the land of the semi-free and occasionally bravish? Acting as if every person who says they want to turn the United States into dictatorial hell hole, is capable of making the United States their bitch. ISIS is a ragtag organization on the far side of the world, armed mostly with the discards we either sold to the last set of thugs (note: proper use of the term) who used the gear to cow their relatives, or the stuff we left sitting around because bringing the old stuff back threatened all those contracts for building new stuff. ISIS could no more threaten the United States than Lindsey Graham could punch God in the nose. The existential threat level is green. Or at least, it should be.

As the Deputy Undersecretary of Pogo might say, we have determined the source of the threat, and we’re it.

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Mark Sumner, "Stop Freaking Out About ISIS" (via holygoddamnshitballs)

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rtamerica:

Tracking everywhere: Private companies offer worldwide spying tools
Virtually all cell phones on Earth can be geographically pinpointed with the right technology, a new report suggests, and the tools that enable this tracking are becoming increasingly all too affordable.
Products that can locate a handhold phone within a city block from any corner of the globe are nothing new — the intelligence documents disclosed by former United States government contractor Edward Snowden last year have proved that the US National Security Agency is in the business of not just finding cellphones, but eavesdropping on those call and sometimes even infecting those devices.

rtamerica:

Tracking everywhere: Private companies offer worldwide spying tools

Virtually all cell phones on Earth can be geographically pinpointed with the right technology, a new report suggests, and the tools that enable this tracking are becoming increasingly all too affordable.

Products that can locate a handhold phone within a city block from any corner of the globe are nothing new — the intelligence documents disclosed by former United States government contractor Edward Snowden last year have proved that the US National Security Agency is in the business of not just finding cellphones, but eavesdropping on those call and sometimes even infecting those devices.

(Source: hipsterlibertarian)

SURPRISE! Chicago crime rates drop sharply after concealed carry permits issued

poorrichardsnews:

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Well, well, well! Chicago politicians try so hard to keep their crime rates up, but the Constitution keeps getting in the way. After winning some key court battles, the newly armed citizens of Chicago have driven the violent city’s crime rate down dramatically.

from Washington Times:

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rtamerica:

NSA search engine allows law enforcement to scour data on citizens
The United States National Security Agency has built a massive information sharing system intended to allow intelligence community analysts from across the US government access hundreds of billions of records detailing the lives of people the world over.
This “Google-like” search engine, according to journalist Ryan Gallagher at The Intercept, was developed by the NSA as early as 2007, but was only made publicly available on Monday this week thanks to classified documents disclosed to the news site by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

rtamerica:

NSA search engine allows law enforcement to scour data on citizens

The United States National Security Agency has built a massive information sharing system intended to allow intelligence community analysts from across the US government access hundreds of billions of records detailing the lives of people the world over.

This “Google-like” search engine, according to journalist Ryan Gallagher at The Intercept, was developed by the NSA as early as 2007, but was only made publicly available on Monday this week thanks to classified documents disclosed to the news site by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Feds spend $1 million collecting 'suspicious memes'

Through a National Science Foundation grant, the federal government is bankrolling a database of “suspicious memes” and other “false and misleading” political ideas posted on social media. So far, nearly $1 million has been spent on the plan, which is based at Indiana University and known as “Truthy,” inspired by comedian Stephen Colbert’s concept of “truthiness.”

A major focus of the project is determining whether memes are created by professional political activists or regular internet users. Truthy’s “About” page suggests that such content distributed by the “shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns” is just one example of “political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution” currently lurking on social networks.

The ultimate goal of the project, as explained in the NSF grant, seems to include suppression of this content: “[Truthy] could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.” 

- - Bonnie Kristian

(Source: hipsterlibertarian)

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new ones rise."

Carl Sagan (via mohandasgandhi)

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laliberty:

VIDEO: Cop (in Australia?) drags boy down the street by the arm. Crowd steps in and prevents the cop from continuing.

Man tells cop: “He’s a child. “You’re not allowed to touch anyone.”

Cop responds: "I can do whatever I want."

This one seems to have a happy ending, though…

zombie-prince:

young-based-lord:

Ukrainian protester lights cigarette with molotov  

If this is not the most badass picture then idk what is

zombie-prince:

young-based-lord:

Ukrainian protester lights cigarette with molotov  

If this is not the most badass picture then idk what is

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"The effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."

Middlemarch (1871) - George Eliot

(Source: hipsterlibertarian)

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"Get ready for most of business to move to this model. Get ready for the Reputation Economy. Get ready for the vacuum created by families not having a safety net. And get ready for the solution, which will be Basic Income and universal insurance models."

The Poisonous Underside of the Sharing Economy (via azspot)

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Confuse Students to Help Them Learn

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"A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on."

― William S. Burroughs (via psych-quotes)

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