Remember , it has been confirmed to Nancy Pelosi by her Qatari friends that Hamas is merely a “humanitarian organization” …
Thanks to Jim Hoft for bringing Hamas’ latest “humanitarian gesture” to our attention .
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Twitter erupted with digital eye-rolls at Obama’s curt mention of the ‘tragedy’ that the Ukrainian government quickly called a ‘criminal case’
” President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure.
There are no confirmed American dead, although it was feared around the time the president made his remarks that as many as 23 U.S. citizens had perished.
Obama declared in Wilmington, Delaware that ‘it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,’ but not before enthusiastically declaring that ‘it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.’ “
This is what passes for leadership in today’s America … mores the pity .
” Twitter has honored five requests made by a Pakistani bureaucrat working for the country’s Telecommunications Authority to censor tweets and accounts it considered “blasphemous” and “unethical.”
According to the New York Times, the social network agreed to shield certain tweets from the eyes of Pakistani Twitter users at the request of Abdul Batin. The requests including censoring crude drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, photographs of burning Qurans, and tweets from anti-Islam bloggers and an American porn star.
This is apparently the first time Twitter has agreed to block specific content in Pakistan since it introduced its country-specific censorship policy in 2012. The policy takes into accounts local laws that apply to tweets and will consider reactively withholding access to certain content if they receive “valid and properly scoped” requests from authorized entities. Despite this, the NYT claims that a number of accounts were blocked not reactively, but in anticipation of the annual “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” which falls on May 20.”
The first time Twitter’s censorship policy was enforced was in Germany in 2012 when it banned a neo-Nazi party—which are not allowed under German law—from the social network. Since then the policy has come into effect in several countries, although Twitter aims to remain as transparent as possible using several mechanisms, including partnering with Chilling Effects to publish notifications of when it withholds content, as well requests to withhold it.
” The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support today, but things haven’t exactly gone as planned. Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for.”
” While it’s hard to say if the force used in many of the pictures tagged with the #myNYPD hashtag is justified or not, the overall sentiment is clearly one in defense of citizens against an overly brutal police presence. Either way, there’s little doubt that the anti-police co-opting of the #myNYPD hashtag is picking up mainstream attention — it’s one of the top trending items on Twitter right now.”
” As a federal appeals court rules that the Obama administration must divulge its legal basis for launching drone strikes against American citizens, many statists opposed to Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s stand against the government are calling for him and his supporters to be the victims of what would be America’s first domestic drone attack.
Of course, it’s virtually inconceivable that the White House would launch a Predator drone strike against U.S. citizens, Harry Reid’s “domestic terrorist” slur not withstanding, but the mere fact that self-proclaimed liberals are openly calling for Bundy supporters to be massacred provides us with yet another chilling insight into the warped minds of statists.”
See all of the nasty drone strike wishes here
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” A local high school student filed a federal law suit after she’s banned from prom, her senior class trip and graduation ceremonies — all because of a tweet!
Attorney Jerry Tannenbaum says his client is paying big time for exercising her right of free speech. Tannenbaum says the 17 year old student at Sterling High School in Somerdale, New Jersey, used twitter to communicate with friends about her foul feelings towards the high school principal. She’s accused of calling him a colorful name later seen by school officials.
But this was done at night, at her home, off of school property to three or four of her friends.
Further, the school wrote that the teen “will not be allowed to participate in any school sponsored events this year, including prom, senior trip, and graduation ceremonies“.
He filed a lawsuit against the Sterling High School District in federal court on Friday accusing the district of violating the student’s first amendment rights.
” You can’t dictate to your students what they can say on their own personal web pages,” declares Tannenbaum .”
” Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list.
The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions today as punishment for Russia’s support of Crimea’s referendum. Among them: aides to President Vladimir Putin, a top government official, senior lawmakers, Crimean officials, the ousted president of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian politician and businessman allegedly tied to violence against protesters in Kiev.
It remains to be seen whether the sanctions will dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea, but one an early clue that they will not be effective came just hours later when President Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state, perhaps an early step towards annexation.
U.S. official have warned of additional sanctions for Russian action, hoping it will deter Russia from any further aggression towards Ukraine, but it didn’t appear to upset the often outspoke Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.”
” We’ve asked the companies in our Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the NSA’s unlawful surveillance of your communications. We’re pleased to see that
four five sixseven companies—Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic.net,SpiderOak, and Twitter—are implementing five out of five of our best practices for encryption. See the infographic.
By adopting these practices, described below, these service providers have taken a critical step towards protecting their users from warrantless seizure of their information off of fiber-optic cables. By enabling encryption across their networks, service providers can make backdoor surveillance more challenging, requiring the government to go to courts and use legal process. While Lavabit’s travails have shown how difficult that can be for service providers, at least there was the opportunity to fight back in court.
While not every company in our survey has implemented every recommendation, each step taken helps, and we appreciate those who have worked to strengthen their security. We hope that every online service provider adopts these best practices and continues to work to protect their networks and their users.”
“Putin’s Idea Of Community Organizing” … ROFLMAO … Best Tweet Ever
Originally posted on Twitchy:
Check out the “awesome” tweet:
We do, too.
And a wonderful exit question:
Make it happen.
” The poem “Our Generation” was posted to Twitter this week by Derek Nichols. It was written by his younger brother Jordan. It has an interesting concept: the message varies depending on if you read it bottom-to-top or top-to-bottom.
The poem, as read top-to-bottom:
Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Was how we handled our problems.
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
If you read the poem in reverse, the dire tone is flipped on its head:”
Update: An astute reader has written to inform us of the fact that this poem very closely mimics one written and published back in 2008 by someone named Jonathan Reed which took second place in AARP’s U@50 video contest that year .
Watch the video and decide for yourself .
Published on Feb 6, 2014
” Some people are cruel and write very harsh things to celebrities on Twitter. What you don’t see when you send a nasty tweet is that it can cause pain. So to raise awareness, and hopefully make people think twice before they post something awful, we’ve once again assembled a group of famous faces to remind everyone that words hurt.
Jimmy Kimmel Live – Celebrities Read Mean Tweets #6 “
” He is used to employing his immense physical strength to push his bobsleigh to top speed in the running starts.
But US bobsleigh team member Johnny Quinn on Saturday used his muscle for a different purpose — to escape from the bathroom at the Sochi Winter Olympics after being locked in.”
” And by using the none-too-subtle method of smashing the door down, he left a gaping hole in his wake.
” I was taking a shower and the door got locked/jammed….” Quinn wrote on his Twitter @JohnnyQuinnUSA. “With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out. #SochiJailBreak.” “
” There’s a reason why two-year-old Daisy Young is cuddling Bunny the rabbit very tightly – and it’s not just because she loves her more than any other toy.
Bunny, Daisy’s constant companion since she was just ten months, vanished from her side on a family shopping trip to the January sales.
Daisy’s mother Hayley Sworn only noticed Bunny was missing when they got home. Just how would she break the news to Daisy that the precious gift from her grandma was gone forever?”
” So this one is odd. A core Tor developer, Andrea Shepard, recently ordered a computer from Amazon.com to her home in Seattle. Yet, as she tweeted last night, something odd happened on the way to delivering that package to her house.
Also, some more details from PrivacySOS. As you can see, rather than go from the Amazon warehouse in Santa Ana, California up the coast to Seattle, instead the package went across the country to Dulles, Virginia to Alexandria (right outside of DC) and was “delivered” there. Upon seeing this, my initial reaction was that it might not be a big deal. With shipping logistics these days, it’s not uncommon to see a sort of hub system, where packages travel across the country from one warehouse to a shipping hub, only to be shipped back across the country for actual delivery. “
The maze is 34 x 23.3-inches.
” Over 30 years ago, a man spent 7 years hand-drawing the most complex, unbelievable and probably unsolvable maze I’ve ever seen. His daughter recently posted the following photos on Twitter and, needless to say, the entire Internet is exploding with questions about her dad.
So who is the man behind it? A professor? A mathematician? A wizard? No, no, and no. The correct answer is… the university janitor.
— Kevin Jackson (@Theblacksphere) January 13, 2014 “
” With no shortage of shots featuring a certain princess, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew released a collection of “Star Wars” behind-the-scenes photos on his Twitter account Thursday night.
Some of the old gang, including Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, reunited last summer at a festival in Germany. But they’ll never again have a time like they did below.”
” The Shooting 50 is our list of the most influential Twitter profiles in the firearms industry.
The list includes nonprofit organizations, firearms manufacturers, media, journalists, and shooting sports athletes. Their Twitter profiles help their users navigate the complex firearms industry through engaging and informative conversations.
The majority of these movers and shakers will gather next week in Las Vegas for the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show, January 13-14, 2014, the largest shooting, hunting and tactical trade show in the world. Wide Open Spaces will have boots on the ground at SHOT Show bringing you complete coverage of the latest and greatest firearms products.
Throughout 2014, Wide Open Spaces will have similar lists of influential figures, organizations and companies in other outdoor sports industries, including hunting and fishing.
So, without further ado, here’s The Shooting 50:
1. The National Rifle Association – @NRA “
Picture of gold and silver plated AK 47s posted on Serafin Zambada's Twitter account.
” Young Mexican drug cartel members are flaunting their wealth on Facebook and Twitter, giving investigators important clues about their movements and contacts.
Last week, police in the Netherlands arrested Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, an enforcer for the Sinaloa cartel, after he arrived at Schiphol airport on a flight from Mexico under an assumed name.
Arechiga’s Twitter tag is “El Chino Anthrax”, named after the deadly disease, and believed to refer to a method of disposing of opponents.
He is now in Dutch jail awaiting extradition to the United States, where he is wanted on drug trafficking charges.
On the social networking site, Gamboa has posted a picture of a Lamborghini with a rifle poking from its window, and experts believe that his online activity may have helped law enforcement officials pin him down.”
” Hundreds of teenagers stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall in a wild flash mob that forced the shopping center to close its doors during day-after Christmas sales, sources said on Friday.
More than 400 crazed teens grabbed and smashed jars of candy, stole cheap items such as baby balloons and beat up security guards at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., merchants said.
A violent game of “Knockout” also broke out on the upper level of the mall — and one teen may have been carrying a gun, sources said.
The teens used social media to plan the mass looting, vowing to put the mall “on tilt” – or to raid it, according to posts on Facebook and Twitter. “
” Facebook is ‘dead and buried’ to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat.
Researching the Facebook use of 16-18 year olds in eight EU countries, the Global Social Media Impact Study found that as parents and older users saturate Facebook, its younger users are shifting to alternative platforms.
” Facebook is not just on the slide – it is basically dead and buried,” wrote Daniel Miller, lead anthropologist on the research team, who is professor of material culture of University College London.
” Mostly they feel embarrassed to even be associated with it. Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about their lives.” “
Tis The Season! Politician’s Share Their Seasonal Cheer With Cheesy Christmas Photos But Where’s The Obama’s Official Portrait?
” Nothing says Christmas like sending a cheesy family photo to your relatives to show how much everyone has grown.
Never one to miss a trick, the nation’s politicians have jumped on the bandwagon and are using social media to send their messages of seasonal cheer along with some frankly ridiculous photos of their growing broods.
This Christmas has seen some impressively awful examples of these cheery seasonal photos with the Romneys and the Pelosis seemingly competing to see who can fit the most relatives into a photo.”
” The first drivable Lego car is made of 500,000 pieces and runs on air.
The inventors of the Lego car are Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian Raul Oaida, a self-taught technology guru.
The car — known as the Super Awesome Micro Project — can reach a top speed of 18 mph. It was built in Romania and delivered to a location in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, where the car was test-driven, according to the inventors’ website.
Even the engine is made of Legos, which has “four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons,” according to the site. Only the tires and some load-bearing elements are not made of the plastic block toys.”